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José González

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Although his parents are Argentine, singer/songwriter José González was born in Sweden, where he became nationally renowned for his mix of autumnal indie pop and intimate acoustics. Following stints with hardcore bands during the 1990s, González formed the indie rock outfit Junip alongside organist Elias Araya and drummer Tobias Winterkorn; they released their first EP, Straight Lines, in 2000. González officially launched his solo career with the release of 2003's Veneer, an entirely acoustic affair that reflected a childhood spent listening to equal parts bossa nova, classical, and post-punk by the likes of Joy Division. Touchstones for González's sound included Nick Drake, Paul Simon, Red House Painters, and Elliott Smith, and the album featured a popular cover of the Knife's "Heartbeats." A theme from "Heartbeats" was revealed in his work, and González recorded covers of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division, "Hand on Your Heart" by Kylie Minogue, "The Ghost of Tom Joad" by Bruce Springsteen, and "Teardrop" by Massive Attack. As his popularity spread overseas, Veneer finally received an American release in 2005. González's stateside prospects were aided by the appearance of his song "Crosses" in the season-ending episode of The O.C. The title track from his 2006 EP, Stay in the Shade, was also featured in the show. Stay in the Shade displayed a move away from the bedroom sound of González's first album, yet it maintained the same caliber of songcraft and performance. Additionally in 2006, Gonzales teamed up with British electronic band Zero 7 on their album The Garden, providing vocals on four tracks: "Futures," "Left Behind," "Today," and a version of his own track, "Crosses." In 2005, he returned to work with Junip, and the group released an EP at the end of the year and a full-length album in 2006. He returned to his solo career the following year, however, with the release of In Our Nature. The record was partially influenced by the works of biologist Richard Dawkins and philosopher Peter Singer. In 2009, González began collaborating with a group of fellow Swedish songwriters and German composers on the Göteborg String Theory project; an experimental art and music venture that culminated in the 2010 album The Göteborg String Theory and a tour in 2011. In 2015, González released his third solo album, Vestiges & Claws, which featured the singles "Every Age" and "Leaf Off/The Cave." ~ Tim Sendra & Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
José González

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    10 songs

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    Vestiges & Claws

    10 songs

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    In Our Nature

    11 songs

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    Veneer

    4 songs

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    Let It Carry You

    3 songs

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    Down the Line

    2 songs

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    With the Ink of a Ghost

    2 songs

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    Open Book

    1 song

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    Leaf Off / The Cave

    1 song

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    Every age

    1 song

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    This Is How We Walk On The Moon - Single

    1 song

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    Step Out [The Chainsmokers Remix]

    2 songs

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    Far Away

    1 song

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    Stay Alive

    1 song

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    Step Out [From The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty]

    1 song

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    Crosses

    5 songs

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    In Our Nature Remixes

    5 songs

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    Stay in the Shade

    5 songs

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    Stay in the Shade [UK]

    8 songs

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    Stay in the Shade

    2 songs

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    Cycling Trivialities

    2 songs

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    Far Away - Single

    2 songs

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    Teardrop

    2 songs

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    Killing for Love

    8 songs

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    Australian Tour EP

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Top Songs by
José González

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    Popularity
  2.   Heartbeats
  3.   Crosses
  4.   Down the Line
  5.   Teardrop
  6.   Stay in the Shade
  7.   Hand On Your Heart
  8.   How Low
  9.   Killing for Love
  10.   In Our Nature
  11.   Lovestain
  12.   The Nest
  13.   Slow Moves
  14.   Stay Alive
  15.   Storm
  16.   Hints
  17.   Broken Arrows
  18.   Sensing Owls
  19.   Time to Send Someone Away
  20.   Cello Song by The Books
  21.   Deadweight on Velveteen
  22.   Fold
  23.   Leaf Off/The Cave
  24.   Far Away
  25.   With the Ink of a Ghost
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Stations & Shows Featuring
José González

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    Indie Chill

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    Indie Coffee House

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    Indie Sleepover

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    Cage the Elephant: I Am The DJ

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    Ricky Martin: I Am The DJ

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    Acoustic Anthems

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    Sara Bareilles: I Am The DJ

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    Folk

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    Indie 500

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    Café Acoustic

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    Broken Heart

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    Metropolitan Mood

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    Hotel Poolside

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    Adult Chill

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    Radiohead: DNA

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    The Current

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    Indie


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