Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Jenny Lewis all set to shake her Moneymaker.

I've never been the biggest fan of Rilo Kiley. Hearing them for the first time while in my friend Emily's car caused me to actually wrinkle up my nose and say the words, "What IS this crap?" I know I said that because she's chosen to remind me about it more than once. Then came Jenny and her Twins ... her "solo" venture away from the fold that included two 6' tall Watson Twins and a few others. And, all at once, things changed.

I blame that on the fact I was able to see her about three times while she toured. She'd dropped the rock and went as country as she wanted to be. There were short sparkly skirts and dance moves and accapella numbers ... but, most of all, there was the purity of her voice. All in all, it was gorgeous. She was the modern Hee-Haw miniaturized version of Dolly Parton, though she did it all with a wink and a nod. Throwback to the old, mixed with the new. When she unveiled new songs (have you heard "Fernando"?), her promise was made sure. Slowly and steadily, she and her troupe would take over the world. It was just a matter of time.

Maybe that's been put on hold, though. See, another Rilo Kiley album is on its way. I suppose her other bandmates were getting restless. No matter. This new track, "The Moneymaker" is unlike anything I've heard the band (or her) do before. I mean, press your ears against that bassline. It's noisy, sexy, girly funktastic goodness. This does nothing but make me completely excited for Under The Blacklight, out 8/21. For the record, nothing about Rilo Kiley has managed to do that before. I may even buy a ticket to their show, should they pass by this way. In fact, I will. It's a date.

You can buy the single now on iTunes.


7 comments:

Sherpa said...

I'd had Rilo Kiley's last album, but didn't really listen to it until after I fell in love with "Rabbit Fur Coat." Great album.

Michael said...

I've always liked Rilo Kiley and thought they were not bad live- Blake Sennet seemed to totally have front man syndrome and was pretty jealous of Jenny- with a lot of things trying to make it clear that he was in charge.

aisy said...

that video just upped your blog to pg-13... racey!

Dainon said...

And, man, if you'd seen the beginning of it, the first 7 minutes that got cut off? I'd have won a big fat 'R'. You don't even KNOW.

PG-13 is nice. I'll take it.

Sherpa said...

Mike--which is ironic because I've read (and agree) that the reason the 2004 album did so well is that the band put Jenny up front and gave her lead vocals on most of the songs.

As for that song? I dig it.

The video? definitely racey!

Ninny Beth said...

d- I'm not usually one to disagree with the generally acknowledged king of all things music but...
lyrics=BLAH! Though I can acknowledge the overall catchiness,
I like Jenny Lewis for her willingness to tie in the absurd, and sadly, I'm a little bit bored.

Dainon said...

Ha. Well, keep in mind that they want to make some dance music on this new record, which means you may have to sacrifice a bit of the brains for the beat. Knowhutimean, Vern?