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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Jenny Lewis

Posted by Amoebite, March 21, 2009 08:37pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

 Jenny Lewis
Day #5 - Artist #5 - Jenny Lewis:
Jenny Lewis
To indie rock girls everywhere, she is an inspiration. To indie rock boys, she is an infatuation. Jenny Lewis has become the first lady of indie rock throughout the decade by being the go-to female vocalist for collabortations across the indie spectrum...and by being so damn cute!

The bulk of her accolades have come from fronting the band Rilo Kiley, her flagship musical endeavor that began with their 2001 debut album, Take-Offs and Landings. They've continued to record and tour recently with their fourth album and major label debut, Under the Blacklight, which came out in 2007.

Rilo Kiley - "The Moneymaker" from Under the Blacklight (2007):


Jenny's most well known musical collaboration is probaJenny Lewis Postal Service Albumbly the one she's least known for being a part of. She contributed backing vocals for most of the 2003 album Give Up by The Postal Service. According to Wikipedia, this side project by Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello was the most successful selling album for legendary indie label Sup Pop since Nirvana's Bleach in 1989, selling over 900,000 copies. And keep in mind, this was still two years before Death Cab For Cutie blew up in the mainstream with their album Plans (2005).


The Postal Service - "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" from Give Up (2003):

Acid Tongue
Her first solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, was released in 2006 and was officially credited to Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins. The album was well received and "Portions For Foxes" was featured on the pilot episode of Grey's Anatomy. Lewis followed that up in September 2008 with her sophomore solo album, Acid Tongue, with contributions from Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), She & Him, and Elvis Costello.


Jenny Lewis - "Acid Tongue" from Acid Tongue (2008):


Rilo Kiley performed in front of a packed crowd as the sun was setting on Coachella in 2008, but this year Jenny Lewis is back on her own. Though she has been involved with many fantastic projects over the years, the spotlight should be on (only) her this year at Coachella on Saturday April 18, 2009.   

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Coachella 2009 (26), Rilo Kiley (2), Postal Service (1), Acid Tongue (1), Under The Blacklight (1), The Moneymaker (1), Jenny Lewis (2)