skip to nav skip to content


Roxx's Session Chatter

Sarah Jaffe

  • Print

We had a behind-the-scenes surprise vist from wonderful singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe. We recorded this off-air, as she was just stopping through town. This Texas artist was very calm and polite. Her record guy had brought along a very expensive German microphone, it was nice on vocals...but a little too sensitive for my taste. We appreciate the fancy mic, but I cringed when it was so sensitive it picked up a slamming office door during one of her songs. It also picked up every guitar, clothing, and mouth noise that would have otherwise been silent on the mics I prefer to use. He wanted to hook up a couple of phantom power instrument mics as well, don't get me started...(phantom power rant somewhere below). Plus, I wish you could see more of her face during these songs, but here is a fancy German microphone.

About "Clementine," she told us she actually hated this song. She needed some filler for an album, and wrote it on the spot at a concert. People went crazy over it and kept requesting it. "It was almost like a person," she said. "Like somebody you're sick of seeing for the longest time, then suddenly you're like, okay, I guess we can be friends." She says that strangely, she now has an intimacy with the song and it means something different for her. It has become now a favorite.

Sarah Jaffe has toured with bands like Crooked Fingers, and Midlake. She seemed annoyed that people always have to compare a new voice to someone else, so they'll feel comfortable. Sarah listens to a lot of techno right now. She mentioned liking Little Dragon, who performs with Gorrilaz.  I got the feeling she doesn't care about being hugely famous, but wants to do what she wants. I like her. To her label guy, she says about this next song, "I haven't done this one live before, but I feel like doing it. Is that okay?" He says she can do anything she wants.

Sarah Jaffe's new album is called " Suburban Nature." This is a debut release for her at the age of 24. She turned 24 in Paris, an amazing experience, she says-but strange to spend it with 13 boys she was touring with. She started playing music when she was 17. Her voice is lovely. We want her back soon for a real show, so we can share her with everyone. We know she loves pizza.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Nampa, ID

NW at 3 mph

94.9 FM The River