Boston's Ellen Kempner is the singer/songwriter behind Palehound, and her debut full-length Dry Food, released in August, mines all the complexities of a painful breakup. She may only be 21, but she's been writing songs for a dozen years and playing guitar since her father taught her at the age of seven. Kempner stopped by the Paste Studio to play a few songs during CMJ last week. Watch her perform Dry Food's album closer "Seekonk" above, and check out "Dixie" and "Dry Food".
And while she's not technically a hound, Sammie the English bulldog mascot for publicity firm Girlie Action is certainly pale. And she seemed to enjoy Palehound, too.
Recording Equipment provided by sE Electronics & Rupert Neve Designs. Special thanks to Audio Power Tools Brooklyn for additional equipment.