Jennifer O’Connor’s just your average singing/songwriting type, getting called up to cover Dylan at Lincoln Center here, knocking out an album with producer John Agnello in 12 days there. Her new album Here With Me’s out this week via Matador, and on its first official video, director Zacarias Bezunartea plays out the tune full of relationship stalemates with the relatable stress, and mental and spatial chess, of sitting stranded in the kitchen with the one that’s always in your mind but never really there. And this is Brooklyn, so don’t say that “she could always just live alone.” Do you know how high rent is here?

Here With Me is out now via Matador. She talks a bit about the record (with Yo La’s James McNew at her side and asking some Qs) in this clip. The title track’s my favorite (and a little sunnier if “Always” has you taking inventory of your own kitchen mess):

JO’C on tour:
08/21 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Album Release Show)
09/07 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s*
09/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland*
09/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
09/12 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
09/13 – Seattle, WA @ Triple Door*
09/19 – New Haven, CT Cafe Nine
09/25 – Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall+
10/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
10/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Coyote Cafe
10/16 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room^
10/17 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle^
* w/ Damien Jurado
+ w/ Great Lake Swimmers
^ w/ The New Year

Comments (29)
  1. Cinderella Tiger  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    I LOVE THIS GEM OF A VIDEO! JENNIFER IS A RARE TALENTED BEAUTY!

  2. Mr. Garrison  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    Looks like something from a freshman video production class. D-

  3. Valerie  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    If you like the video check her out live – she puts on an amazing show!

  4. Ollie Vincent  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    I’m not Mr. Singer/Songwriter guy, but this is kind of an amazing song. And none of the false modesty these s/s types always seem to have.

  5. abc  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    Great song. Always loved Jennifer O’Connor. Congrats!

  6. Rob  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    I dig her voice and harmonicas are rad!. And I think that used to be my apartment! roylaties please.

  7. Raymond  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    the song is good. but why is Matador sending out mass e-mails asking people to drive up the comment count? lame-o-rama

    • lalaland  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

      Every record company asks interns to make positive comments about artists on videos. :-P It’s not weird at all. In fact it’s standard industry practice among indie and major labels alike…

  8. CJ  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    awesome video! love the new album!

  9. amanda   |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    I love it! The harmonica was a nice touch.

  10. Ashli Hughes  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    She’s so amazing! I can’t wait to see her Spaceland! Looking forward to all her musical endevours!

  11. Ry  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    I’ve been waiting to hear this for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. She’s got a great voice. I’m eager to hear the rest of the album.

  12. Robin  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    I love the simple images… there is a realness about the video that brings clarity to the song. Interested to see what comes next

  13. Marie  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    While it could be seen as a bit shady to ask interns,street teams, bloggers…etc. to post and drive up a positive comment count…it is in no way a new industry practice and definitely doesn’t change the fact that Jennifer O’Connor is an amazing artist. The video isn’t all that great. But, the song is awesome!

  14. marie  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    While it could be seen as a bit shady to ask interns,street teams, bloggers…etc. to post and drive up a positive comment count…it is in no way a new industry practice and definitely doesn’t change the fact that Jennifer O’Connor is an amazing artist. The video isn’t all that great. But, the song is awesome!

  15. JESSY  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    Great video for a great song, I’ll be sure to see her in concert.

  16. Chris  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    Voice of an angel. I’m in love.

  17. Jess  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2008 0

    adorable!

  18. Kam  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2008 0

    I love the song! I have had the pleasure of seeing Jennifer live in Chicago and she was GREAT! I totally recomend checking out a show if you have the chance.

  19. Wendy  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2008 0

    Jennifer O’Conner has a beautiful fresh voice. I enjoyed the harmonica also.

  20. Sophia  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2008 0

    i recently saw her open for wilco. she was really great, she has a beautiful voice.

  21. Sweet song. Sweet video. She is good.

  22. Kevin Jones  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2008 0

    Another excellent song and video by the incredibly talented Jennifer O’Connor. One of my favorite songs off her new album which is also stellar.

  23. erik  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2008 0

    i love jennifer o connor she’s so amazing or something.

    signed,
    a matador intern

  24. erik  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2008 0

    i love jennifer o’connor she is so amazing or something.

    signed,
    a matador intern

  25. Amy Peter  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2008 0

    I can relate to this song – it’s sad to be with someone and feel alone in their presence. I wish she would come to Texas!!

  26. Samantha  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2008 0

    I love this talented artist. She has come a long way. She just gets better and better every time I see something new. She is pure and honest. Keep up the great work.

  27. Im loving this!
    She was in Pittsburgh last week and I missed her!

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