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The Hook mixtape is compiled through a series of music related questions. Each artist who fills it out can answer as many or as few of the questions as they wish, and elaborate on their choices, or let them speak for themselves. 



Jess Williamson


Los Angeles



Texan born Williamson initially started her forage into the music world as a journalist, interviewing bands for her student radio show.

Press Clippings

 'Williamson has a fluttery, plaintive voice reminiscent of Angel Olsen or Faye Webster, and the mood of these songs is that of watching an old friend pack their belongings and disappear down the road.'  Pitchfork

The last piece of music you paid for (streaming doesn’t count)

I pre-ordered Volume 1 by Migration of Wolves on vinyl from their bandcamp:


This is a great album by my friend Taylor Tehan. I’ve been listening to it and loving it for years, and he’s finally pressing it to vinyl.


Your favourite place to listen to music

In my car on a long drive

A song which reminds you of your childhood

‘Angel from Montgomery’ - Bonnie Raitt

Your go-to karaoke song

‘Any Man of Mine’ - Shania Twain

A song you'd rather never hear again

‘Hotel California’ - the Eagles

A song which reminds you of someone you don't see anymore

“I See a Darkness” - Bonnie Prince Billy

A song which gets you in the mood (for dancing)

“Work It” - Missy Elliott

A song which gets you in the mood (for romancing)

Takes more than a song… but ‘Suzanne’ by Leonard Cohen is nice.


The soundtrack to your last holiday

‘Lubbock on Everything’ - Terry Allen

A song which has changed your mind

Every Joanna Newsom song… truly

A song which makes you cry

‘The Goal’ - Leonard Cohen

A song which makes you laugh

‘Watermelon’ - Jerry David DeCicca

A song which gives you goosebumps

‘Cellophane’ - FKA Twigs


A song which makes you feel empowered

‘Tomboy’ - Princess Nokia

An artist you regret never having seen live

Nina Simone

An artist you hope to see live soon

Joanna Newsom


A gig you’ll never forget

Joanna Newsom at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, 2016 

An album you know by heart

Ys by Joanna Newsom

A cover which is better than the original

‘Hurt’ - Johnny Cash


A song you first heard on a film soundtrack

‘Billy 4’ - Bob Dylan, from the Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid soundtrack 

A song you love in a foreign language

​‘Canción Mixteca’


An instrumental song you love

‘Journey in Satchidananda’ - Alice Coltrane

A song which gets stuck in your head

‘Under the Table’ - Fiona Apple

A recent musical discovery

Moor Mother

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