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Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio first met at a Christmas carol party at the Mandrake in Los Angeles, California in 2008. They ended up playing that night and meeting for the first time on stage. They performed “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” but Jena sang completely in scat-style gibberish and Lem Jay musically did not miss a beat. A unique musical friendship was born. Jena had built an instrument she called “The Shoe”, which was simply an old steamer trunk she dollied around with a plethora of electronic instruments inside. She brought it over to Lem Jay’s garage to jam soon after they met. Lem Jay, who is a pianist and music producer said, “From that night, it seemed like she was always over and we were always freestyling, making up songs, playing abstract piano duets, psychotherapy rants and love spells. We’d stay up all night recording all our jams. Sometimes we’d improvise complete songs from start to finish. I think we literally have over a hundred hours of nights like this. Since we did this so much, it was hard to know what it was, whether it was a band or an art project or just two friends constantly making music. Our first EP At Lem Jay’s Garage came out of this first year of us getting together in my garage and pressing record.“ That EP came out in 2009 under Jena’s label There Was An Old Woman Records. Their soon-to-be-released full-length album I’m Okay was recorded again in Lem Jay’s garage during the summer of 2013. Of this newest effort Jena says, “This new record means so much more to me because I actually wanted to write songs. I wanted to craft them more than I had ever done. I love the art of freestyle. For me, I always start there as a songwriter, but this record was different. I wanted to tell stories everyone could feel and understand, not just me.“

Jena Malone has been acting for over 19 years in independent and blockbuster films. Most recently seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and soon to be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Inherent Vice. She has been making music for eight years and has self-released two albums under Jena Malone and her Bloodstains.

Lem Jay has made music with many different artists, including Zooey Deschanel and Charlyne Yi. He has composed music for brands such as Pokémon and Converse and for art projects at MOCA, LACMA and The Hammer Museum.

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The Shoe’s Session X Performances

Last year, The Shoe went to Toronto to perform a few of their songs for Sessions X. The result was truly special. You can watch the beautiful performances of “Paper Cup”, “Dead Rabbit Hopes”, “His Gorgeousness”, “Harry Barry”, a cover of The Kinks’ “20th Century Man” and one… Read More »

The Shoe’s Thompson Miami Beach Video

The Shoe performed during Art Basel last year at Thompson Miami Beach during their Thompson Takeover tour. Check it out Here.

The Shoe Performs “Dead Rabbit Hopes” For Sessions X

This past summer, The Shoe went to Toronto to record a few songs with Sessions X . This beautiful footage of the band performing “Dead Rabbit Hopes” is the result. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.