Homer's Travels: Music: Rilo Kiley & Jenny Lewis

Friday, September 15, 2006

Music: Rilo Kiley & Jenny Lewis

After attending the Revenge of the Book-Eaters Benefit, I decided to explore Rilo Kiley and Jenny Lewis.

I purchased Rilo Kiley's latest album, "more adventurous" and gave it a spin. I am impressed. Very catchy tunes with interesting, if somewhat twisted, lyrics written By Jenny Lewis. I recommend it. At the risk of sounding political, something I am trying to avoid in Homer's Travels, I will quote a portion of the lyrics from the first song, "It's a Hit", lyrics by Jenny Lewis:
"Any chimp can play human for a day.
Use his opposable thumbs to iron his uniform
and run for office on election day
fancy himself a real decision maker
and deploy more troops than salt in a shaker.

But it's a jungle when war is made,
and you'll panic and throw your own shit at the enemy.
The camera pulls back to reveal your true identity.
Look, it's a sheep in wolf's clothing.
A smoking gun holding ape."
Remind you of anyone?

I also bought Jenny Lewis' solo album "Rabbit Fur Coat." Actually it's Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins. Unsurprisingly, the CD is packed with catchy melodies and twisted lyrics since Jenny Lewis wrote these songs as well (all except "Handle With Care" - a Traveling Wilburys' song). I enjoyed this CD. Possibly a little quirkier then Rilo Kiley but, anyone who knows me, I like quirky. Quirky is a good friend of mine. Rabbit Fur Coat has its quirky moments.

I was worried when I bought this albums. I was worried there would be only one or two songs that I liked. This has happen too many times in the past. But I was lucky this time. Both are to my liking - very satisfying.

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