“And we’ll go to Omaha to work and exploit the booming music scene.” Jenny Lewis delivers this line on the title track of The Execution of All Things with typically biting sarcasm, but nearly a decade later, it’s hard to know what to make of it. On the one hand, Rilo Kiley were consummate outsiders on this label possibly looking for a cred grab, a careerist Los Angeles band whose principal songwriters were former child actors. On the other, Saddle Creek got the better end of the deal, releasing Rilo Kiley’s only great record before they jumped to Warner Bros. and had their charm, humor, wit, personality, hooks and endearing scrappiness glossed over like a Zamboni. But in 2003, they fretted about deforestation, their capacity for drunken embarrassment and disappointing their parents and for 45 minutes, they fit right in as super-talented and expressive 20-somethings who had everything to live for and no idea how to react to it.
By Kevin Whitehead on 01.28.10 in Icons
Few musicians brought as much passion to jazz as Charles Mingus (1922-1979). You can hear it all over his music in every period: the power, the lyricism, and the sheer propulsion. He loved independent melody lines interw...
By Tess Duncan on 12.18.14 in Features
On falling out of love with Jenny Lewis, but in love with those influenced by her work
By Lindsay Hood on 10.17.14 in News
Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight while you were sleeping and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee. U2 addressed the recent criticism...
By Andrew Parks on 10.15.14 in News
Warner Bros. unveiled its latest round of limited Black Friday records today, including colored vinyl releases from the Flaming Lips, Green Day and Jenny Lewis and pic discs from Mastodon and Echosmith. Not the most bloc...