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What you’re listening to: Julie Berndsen of the Latenight Callers

Lead vocals for the Latenight Callers

Julie Berndsen with the Latenight Callers


Since co-founding the Latenight Callers in 2008 along with Krysztof Nemeth, Julie Berndsen has helped provide Kansas City with a good dose of “noir-a-go-go.”

Here, she breaks down the 10 songs she can’t get enough of.

“The Healer” by Erykah Badu

“Amazing beat. Erykah Badu is just brilliant and beautiful.”

“Hanging on the Telephone” by Blondie

“I listened to this song a ton when I was in college. It just feels youthful and reminds me of happy times. “

“Cold War” by Janelle Monae

“It’s Janelle Monae — girl can sing!”

“Alice” by Cocteau Twins

“I like it because the Cocteau Twins use a lot of completely made up words in their lyrics, but it totally works because her voice is so amazing and angelic.”

U.R.A. Fever” by The Kills

“Raw and dirty, like I like my carrots. Not overproduced, just an edgy song.”

“Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2

“My go-to song to get pumped up. It makes you feel like you’re going to go do something in the world and make a change. It’s a very passionate song.”

“Slow Life (with Victoria Legrand)” by Grizzly Bear

“Pretty melody, very inspirational and enlightening as a song.”

“Turning the Screw” by Queens of the Stone Age

“Raw, gritty, and dirty, Josh Homme can do no wrong. I have a secret crush on him. A friend of mine works at a restaurant that he frequents a lot, (and) she calls every time he comes in.”

“Caravan,” as sung by Ella Fitzgerald

The definitive version of this song. It goes without saying, but Ella’s one of the absolute best.”

“Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat

“Krysztof, our guitarist, will hate me for this selection, but it’s completely my life story, minus the telling your father you’re gay part.”


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