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Jenny Lewis and Serengeti struck up a friendship after a chance encounter at a music festival in 2018, and that friendship has now borne musical fruit. During lockdown, the indie-rock icon and the idiosyncratic Chicago indie rapper recorded five songs together, co-produced by Fog’s Andrew Broder. We’ve already heard a couple of those collaborative tracks, “Unblu” and “Vroom Vroom.” Today, we’re hearing one more.

Their new track is “Idiot,” a slinky track with Serengeti’s deadpan bars and Lewis’ beguiling vocals over skittering beats and keyboard plinks. “Jenny sent the beat and it’s always a great joy, it’s fun to do,” Serengeti explains. “I wrote a small rap about a man who gets knocked out by his mom’s boyfriend and then reconnects with his high school girlfriend.”

“These songs with Dave start with a late night feeling and access to — because of where we’re at right now in the world — whatever you have in your house that makes a sound,” Lewis says. “Or, I don’t have Pro Tools, so I use my phone, and I’ve got a little drum machine and a drum kit. Sometimes when I’m doing my vocals, Forensic Files is on in the background. That makes it onto the track because that’s just what’s happening.”

Rilo Kiley have announced plans to re-issue their extremely rare self-titled debut album from 1999. The recording, originally pressed only on CD and sold exclusively at the band’s early shows, has been out of print since its original pressing 21 years ago. Rilo Kiley will be made available on limited edition vinyl and digital DSPs on October 2nd via Little Record Company, the label started by Rilo Kiley’s own Pierre de Reeder. The vinyl package includes gate-fold and coloured vinyl. Previously only available on CDs that Jenny Lewis and company sold at their early shows, prior to the release of their “official” debut LP, 2001’s Take Offs and Landings.

The Los Angeles four piece arrived on the music scene in 1998 with their very first show at Spaceland in Silverlake. In the audience was comedian Dave Foley who was so impressed with their performance that he introduced himself and immediately encouraged them to record some of their music. Recalls Foley of this first encounter with the fledgling Rilo Kiley:

“January 1998, I was a young man, young compared to now, hanging out in L.A’s alt. rock club scene. One night in particular, I found myself at Spaceland, at the bar drinking when a band started playing. They were good, so good that I stopped fighting for the attention of the bartender and turned to see who it was. On stage was a very young, delightfully unpretentious group named Rilo Kiley. Between songs they were charming, smart and funny. During songs they were brilliant. After the set I introduced myself and learned that this was their first public performance. I was astonished. They invited me back to their rehearsal space for Thai food and to hear some songs they didn’t have room for in the set. Dreamily, I filled my belly with noodles and my head with one great song after another. I was in a full on, pop music fan swoon. Having decided to force myself into their lives, I suggested (insisted) that I should fund a demo recording. They relented. I also tried to talk them into changing the band’s name. They were unrelenting. A lot of years have passed. I remain proud to know Rilo Kiley and grateful that I had the opportunity and ability to be of some help”.

Some of the songs from that initial Foley-funded demo session formed the foundation for Rilo Kiley and the band handmade copies of the CD to sell at shows before signing to Barsuk Records and going on to release some of the most influential and acclaimed albums of the era. Rilo Kiley officially disbanded in 2013 following the release of their RKives compilation. They recorded four more albums together, the last being 2007’s Under the Blacklight.

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Jenny Lewis may have released her fourth solo studio album “On the Line” way back in March this year, but it seems as if the album cycle is still in full swing. Coming off a memorable appearance on The Tonight Show, and in the midst of selling out shows across the globe, Lewis has somehow managed to find enough time to film a video for her pop-rock single “Rabbit Hole.”

Filmed in the familiarly bizarre style of Abso Lutely Productions (Tim & Eric, Nathan for You, Comedy Bang! Bang!), the clip sees Lewis performing the track with a backing live band comprised of bodysuit silhouettes, occasionally choreographing dance moves before revealing themselves to be unexpected familiar faces in the video’s final seconds.

The song comes from Jenny Lewis‘ latest album ‘On The Line’ – available now!

The video is a part of last March’s wordy Jenny Lewis: On the Line Online is a Three-Hour Live Listening Party, Variety Show & Charity Fundraiser, which raised donations for the Los Angeles Women’s Center

Music guest Jenny Lewis performs “Rabbit Hole” for the Tonight Show audience.

Jenny Lewis at Village Studios

Jenny Lewis looked around Room D of the storied Village Recording Studios taking it all in, as she and Jason Bentley reminisced on its rock & roll lore. “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac was recorded right in that same room, as was “Angie” by the Rolling Stones… and on and on.

For Jenny Lewis to record a live session behind her fourth solo album “On the Line” here made great sense. Her status in LA music history has certainly solidified, as she’s crafted an adored catalogue of music (both solo and work with her former band Rilo Kiley), while carrying the banner of Laurel Canyon artists before her. Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, CSN and others would be proud.

Further cementing her place within the hierarchy of the LA music scene, the players on her new album probably only answer the phone for a select few who call. Ringo Starr, Benmont Tench (founding member of the Heartbreakers), Beck, Don Was, and THE session drummer of all drummers Jim Keltner all contributed their talents for the recording of “On the Line”. The new album definitely has a pedigree that shines, and that magic transcended to her performance in the legendary studio.

On the Line was recorded over a couple years, with the beginning stages going down at another LA music landmark: Capitol Studios. Beck helped out, and producer-of-the-moment Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs, Kacey Musgraves) also put his golden touch to it. The result is a big, warm rock album. Lewis’ signature wit and thoughtful songwriting about love and excess is sharp throughout, and perfectly exemplified in the catchy, confident chill of “Wasted Youth.” A song that carefully balances pop against a backdrop of heavy themes.

Though her illustrious pals didn’t join her at the Village, her band elevated every track, sounding wire tight and ready for the road. Speaking of, they’ll be touring for the next few months, including a sold out stop at the Hollywood Palladium, May 11th. She told Jason that the Palladium is the last original LA room she has yet to play (her excitement is beyond), continuing in a pattern of performing at LA staples, like the Fonda and Echo. Just another well deserved accomplishment for one of our local indie-rock heroes.

Jenny Lewis‘ voice is as alluring as her lyrics. At times punchy and defiant, but always warm and honest. On her new album “On The Line”, she delivers piano-driven songs with hints of country under tones.

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Jenny Lewis  has released an infectious new single titled “Wasted Youth” from her forthcoming album “On The Line”, due out Friday, March 22nd. Jenny Lewis releases her fourth solo album, On The Line – the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed The Voyager on Warner Bros. Records.

The 11 all new original songs were written by Lewis and recorded at Capitol Records’ Studio B, and feature a backing band of legendary talent including Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams. The track, which sounds like vintage memorabilia in new packaging, was previously debuted during Lewis’ live-streamed hangout session/listening party for On The Line.

Other advance tracks from the album include “Heads Gonna Roll” and “Red Bull & Hennessy.” Utilize the present and listen to “Wasted Youth” below,

‘Wasted Youth,’ ‘Heads Gonna Roll’ and ‘Red Bull & Hennessy’ comes from Jenny Lewis’ new album ‘On The Line’ – available March 22nd!

Indie idol and former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis has released her third solo album, titled On the Line. It’s a masterful and sprawling record, sometimes devastating and other times soaring to great emotional heights. Lewis manages to convey a complete portrait of herself as an artist who has been through the gauntlet of rock stardom and made it to the other side vibrantly, loudly alive.

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Jenny Lewis is in a sharing kind of mood this February, dropping new song “Heads Gonna Roll” .

The track will open Lewis’ forthcoming full-length, “On the Line”, scheduled for release on March 22nd. It features an all-star cast with Ringo Starr on drums, Don Was playing bass and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers on keyboard. “Heads Gonna Roll” is the second song that’s been released from On the Line,following the snappy “Red Bull & Hennessy.”

Benmont Tench: Hammond B3 Organ Don Was: Bass Jenny Lewis: Piano Ringo Starr: Drums The Section Quartet: Strings

Jenny Lewis will follow the album with an extensive U.S. tour

On The Line Deluxe Vinyl - Jenny Lewis Store

Jenny Lewis has confirmed her highly anticipated return with her fourth solo album, ‘On The Line’ – the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘The Voyager’.  The 11 all new original songs were written by Lewis and recorded at B studio B, and feature a backing band of legendary talent including Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams. Jenny has also announced her first round of 2019 headlining dates.the march-may 2019 itinerary includes stops at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium,

Late last year, Jenny Lewis teased that her new album, would be one of our most anticipated of 2019, was on its way early this year. After unleashing a pair of suspicious tweets, Lewis confirmed the new record is called On The Line, and it’s not dropping until March 22nd on Warner Bros. Records. The news arrives with the album’s first single, “Red Bull & Hennessy,” which arrived with a twinkly accompanying visualizer. “Red Bull & Hennessy” is Lewis’ first new music since her 2014 album The Voyager, and on this love song-turned-party song, she makes an invigorated return in a fit of bluesy electric guitar, “high on Red Bull and Hennessy.” She teases and taunts (“Don’t you wanna kiss me? Don’t you wanna even try?”), only to proclaim she’s “higher than you.” After five silent years, the singer/songwriter and former Rilo Kiley frontwoman is back and burning brighter than ever.

The unstoppable Jenny Lewis has shared another new track from her forthcoming album On The Line titled “Heads Gonna Roll.” The follow-up to the sultry “Red Bull & Hennessy” features Ringo Starr on drums, Benmont Tench on the organ and Don Was on bass. And with arms fully outstretched today, Lewis has also announced a string of additional 2019 dates to her already-extensive tour.

On The Line will be released on March 22 from Warner Bros. Records. Listen to its harmonic opening track, “Heads Gonna Roll,” 

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Jenny Lewis has announced that her fourth album, On the Line, will be released in spring 2019 through Warner Bros. Records. The album will be the follow-up to Lewis’ 2014 LP The Voyager. The 11-track release was recorded at Capitol Records’ Studio B, and features performances from Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams. The album’s tracklist, exact release date and other details have yet to be revealed. Lewis has also announced the dates for her 2019 headlining tour, set to run March through May,

‘Red Bull & Hennessy’ comes from Jenny Lewis new album ‘On The Line’ – available March 22nd! Limited edition Deluxe Vinyl available exclusively in Jenny’s store:

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Back in July, The Leo Weekly published an interview with Jenny Lewis where she is quoted as saying “I’m actually finishing up a mix on my record this week.” So, unless The Leo Weekly is lying, this news comes straight from one of America’s most beautifully voiced mouths. Alert your appropriate Kleenex stockists: tears incoming.

From the new album, The Voyager, available everywhere now.

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Earlier this year, Jenny Lewis reissued her 2005 solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat, to mark its 10th anniversary. In celebration of the 10-track remastered vinyl release, Lewis performed seven shows in four cities with the Watson Twins and M. Ward as support.

Lewis is now adding more dates to the anniversary tour, with stops in Boston, Washington D.C. and San Francisco later this year. The album, which was released while Lewis was a member of Rilo Kiley, features collaborations with Conor Oberst, Ben Gibbard, M. Ward and the Watson Twins.

In addition to the Rabbit Fur Coat tour, Lewis has joined forces with Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas to form the trio Nice as F— (NAF). Lewis debuted the new supergroup at a Bernie Sanders benefit concert in New York earlier this month. The band is set to open for M. Ward on select dates of his tour this spring.

A solo artist is just what Jenny Lewis became with the rootsy “Rabbit Fur Coat,” which originally came out in January 2006 and — with closely observed tunes about love, religion and her complicated childhood — opened a new chapter for one of pop music’s smartest, funniest songwriters.

Now she’s celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Rabbit Fur Coat” with a tour on which she’s playing the album in its entirety with help from M. Ward and the Watson Twins, who appeared on the original album.

Jenny Lewis commented on the look back at this tour, I don’t tend to look back in my life, which is probably why I’ve found myself in some pretty weird situations. But I think touring with the Postal Service a couple of years ago changed my perspective on that; it showed me how important it is to reflect, to kind of assess the songs from your life.

The moment I started singing with the twins, I knew it was meant to be. It really reminded me of when I started singing as a child with my mother and my sister in the San Fernando Valley. That’s when I discovered music. And working with women has led to some of the most satisfying moments of my musical life. Some of the most difficult, too, because my relationship with my mother is a difficult one. But it’s almost karmic that I reach out to women in my work.