Tuesday, January 24, 2006

jenny lewis

here are a couple songs off of jenny lewis' brand new solo record, rabbit fur coat. this is her first venture into the world of solo artistry, having honed her skills previously with the band rilo kiley, whose 2004 album more adventurous turned out to be quite the endearing little record. this one is not too shabby either. but it's hardly just lewis and her guitar here. besides the appearance of benjamin gibbard, m. ward and conor oberst on one song ("handle with care"), she is backed up by the watson twins - are we supposed to know who these girls are??? - throughout much of the album. also, rabbit fur coat is co-produced by m.ward and mike mogis. the presence of these two guys in the making of this album lends it an immeasurable dose of credibility, at least in my eyes (and ears).

if you're not like me, though, and you have a certain number of hangups about some of the supporting cast involved on this record, you can just forget them. because once you sit down and listen to this record, you will surely put them out of your mind and latch onto lewis' charm, her biting wit, and the honey voice with which she tells her tales.

for whatever it's worth, here are a few songs that i've enjoyed listening to and have selected to share with you. pay special attention to the lyrics of "the charging sky", as that was the main thing that i liked about it. also, it's a weird connection to make, but i do have to say that lewis' manner of singing on "melt your heart" reminds me a lot of...elliott smith.

MP3: "rise up with fists"
MP3: "the charging sky"
MP3: "melt your heart"
from the album: rabbit fur coat
release date: 01/24/06
label: team love


Blogger Ben said...


8:41 AM  
Anonymous mike said...

i just chose to share my favorites, but team love has the whole album available for download here.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous The Third Watson said...

well at least we can now see who has the talent: the Elected -vs- the Jenny Lewis & Co.

Neko Case - watch yr back!


10:58 AM  
Blogger matt said...

love this record so much. i wrote a review on sctas for it. and the charging sky does offer some excellent lyrics. have you seen the video for rise up with fist?

11:48 AM  
Anonymous mike said...

thanks, matt. great review. to any other visitors here, head on over to s.c.t.a.s. right now to check it out.

12:27 PM  
Blogger The Captain of the Ship said...

A long, long time ago, rilo kiley started out of this house, affectionately known as "The Wilton" on Wilton in Los Angeles in Hollywood proper, walking distance from the Bourgeois Pig and Birds. A bunch of kids fresh from Berkeley (and band members of the long defunct Whipped) called it home. As did their girlfriends when visiting from college or elsewhere (ahem, that'd be me) as well as randoms and couch-surfers galore. They built a makeshift recording studio in the attic and had a practice space on the first floor. Rilo started with a different drummer (Dave!) and a more whimsical sound - I wonder if Jenny remembers her song about dance moves or Blake's pre-rilo demo about silverlake hipsters - and they'd play at loft parties rich friends threw. I was only 18 at the time, being snuck into bars via fake IDs and friendly bouncers. Seeing them emerge from those humble beginnings full of skateboarding in the street at sunset. I'm so glad these sweet and lovely kids made it, Jenny especially, though there really was no doubt they would. And do I remember reading a Nylon-esque article correctly that the newest members of The Wilton are the Watson Twins???

Ah, the memories.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Bev said...

You should consider writing something on the band sometime. Jenny is god either way, but Rilo Kiley rocks!

12:27 PM  

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