Tobias Jesso JR Shares ‘Goon’ LP Details

Tobias Jesso JR Shares 'Goon' LP Details, video for the single "How Could You Babe."

Tobias Jesso Jr.’s upcoming debut LP, Goon is set for release on March 17 via Arts & Crafts with True Panther Sounds releasing the album in the rest of the world. The Grant Singer directed video for “How Could You Babe” has just premiered and can be watched below.

Written on a piano at his parent’s house in North Vancouver, Goon, is an honest document of a modern songwriter. Drawn in by the strength of Jesso’s songwriting, producers Chet “JR” White (Girls), Patrick Carney (Black Keys) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferriera, The XX), strove to find the way to honour the songs’ emotional pulse, without overpowering their rawness.

“In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a pop singer,” says Jesso. “That job didn’t work out, but I ended up staying in LA for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer. She’s better now. I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in LA. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love cliches, a tough break up.

In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in LA. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent’s house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was ‘Just A Dream’. It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet to come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.”


01 – Can’t Stop Thinking About You
02 – How Could You Babe
03 – Without You
04 – Can We Still Be Friends
05 – The Wait
06 – Hollywood
07 – For You
08 – Crocodile Tears
09 – Bad Words
10 – Just A Dream
11 – Leaving Los Angeles
12 – Tell The Truth


Mar 22 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
Mar 24 – Washington, DC – Sixth & I
Mar 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Mar 26 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Mar 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Mar 28 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Mar 30 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
Mar 31 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Apr 1 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 3 – San Francisco, CA – Brick + Mortar
Apr 4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (early show)

May 1-4 – Leeds, UK – Live At Leeds
May 6 – London, UK – The Courtyard Theatre
May 7 – London, UK – The Courtyard Theatre
May 8 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day Cafe
May 10 – Dublin, Ireland – Unitarian Church
May 12 – Paris, France – Cafe Carmen
May 13 – Brussels, Belgium – TBD
May 14-16 – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
May 19 – Hamburg, Germany – The Sage Club
May 20 – Berlin, Germany – Grüner Salon in der Volksbühne
May 28-30 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival

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