Jenny Lewis Discography
|Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
Rabbit Fur Coat
|CD/LP released by Team Love Records, 2006. catelog# TL008|
|1. Run Devil Run
2. The Big Guns
3. Rise Up With Fists!!
5. The Charging Sky
6. Melt Your Heart
7. You Are What You Love
8. Rabbit Fur Coat
9. Handle With Care
10. Born Secular
11. It Wasnt Me
12. Happy (Reprise)
|Jenny's first album outside of Rilo Kiley. Released January 24, 2006. The vinyl version is a 180 gram LP. "Handle With Care" is a cover song by the Traveling Wilburys featuring guest appearances by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, and M. Ward.|
|Availability: in print (Amazon), LP at Saddle-Creek in the Team Love store. also downloadable at iTunes.|
|Jenny Lewis / Whispertown2000 split 7"|
|7" released by Team Love Records, 2006.|
|A. Paradise [by Jenny Lewis]
B. Hometown [by Whispertown2000]
|This bonus vinyl 7" was offered for 99˘ to people who ordered Rabbit Fur Coat from Team Love/Saddle-Creek's online store. It was a limited edition of 2000 copies and only available online and at selected shows. It feaures a non-album Jenny track on one side and an exclusive track from Whispertown2000 on the flip. They are a band fronted by Jenny's close friend Morgan Nagler.|
|Availability: At last check, still some copies left via the Team Love Store at Saddle-Creek's website (w/ RFC purchase)|
|Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
Rise Up With Fists!! UK single
|CD/7" released by Rough Trade Records, 2006. catalog # 303|
|1. Rise Up With Fists!!
x. Rise Up With Fists!! (video)
|First single from Rabbit Fur Coat. Released March 6,
2006. Includes the album version of "Rise Up With Fists!!", plus the
non-album track "Paradise". It's also an enhanced cd that features the video
for "Rise Up With Fists!!"
There is a promo cd version of this single, which is basically the same, but without the video included. The video is also obviously omitted from the vinyl release (duh!)
|Availability: in print (Amazon), vinyl at Amazon.co.uk|
|Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
You Are What You Love UK single
|CD/7" released by Rough Trade Records, 2006. catalog # 337|
|1. You Are What You Love
|Second single from Rabbit Fur Coat. Released May 1,
2006. Includes the album version of "You Are What You Love", plus a
previously unreleased track, "Fireplace".
[By the way, there was apparently a planned follow-up 7" single for "Melt Your Heart" on Rough Trade Records, but it never came out. It's still sometimes listed in shops online, such as Amazon.co.uk, however.]
|Availability: in print (Amazon), vinyl at Amazon.co.uk|
|CD/LP released by Warner Brothers Records, 2008|
|1. Black Sand
2. Pretty Bird
3. The Next Messiah
4. Bad Man's World
5. Acid Tongue
6. See Fernando
9. Trying My Best To Love You
10. Jack Killed Mom
11. Sing A Song For Them
|Released on September 23, 2008 (a day earlier in the UK), this is the follow-up to Jenny's 2006 album Rabbit Fur Coat. Featured collaborators are Johnathan Rice, Farmer Dave Scher, Jason Boesel, Jason Lader and M Ward. She also invited other notable musician friends into the fold, including Elvis Costello for a duet ("Carpetbaggers"), Chris Robinson (of The Black Crowes), Benji Hughes, Zooey Deschanel (of She & Him) & Vanessa Corbala (of Whispertown2000) on backing vocals, Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle / The Entrance Band) and her sister Ana provided strings, Davey Faragher (of The Imposters) on bass, as well as Laurel Canyon's own Jonathan Wilson on guitar, and even members of Jenny's own family. Her sister Leslie Lewis provided backing vocals on two songs while her father, harmonica virtuoso Eddie Gordon makes a star turn on rumbling bass harp. The all analog sessions were recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California in just 3 weeks.|
|Vinyl package features two standard weight black vinyl discs produced and pressed at RTI in a double-gatefold jacket with a bonus CD in a paper sleeve. The discs contain three sides of audio and a special etching on the fourth side.|
|There's a bonus track called "Pelican Bay" when
you buy the full album on iTunes.
"Pelican Bay" and another song, "The Highs and Lows of Being Number One", are bonus tracks on the Japanese version of the CD, released November 26, 2008.
|Availability: in print (Amazon)
Also available on LP (Amazon) and import CD (Amazon).. I'm not sure if this is the version with bonus tracks or not.
|The Next Messiah promo 7" single|
|7" vinyl on Warner Bros. Records, 2008. catalog # RTRADS477|
|A. The Next Messiah (Part One) [5:11]
B. The Next Messiah (Part Two) [3:38]
|Promo-only 45 featuring the song "The Next Messiah" split into 2 tracks. This was a bonus given with purchases of Acid Tongue at certain indie record stores.|
|Availability: try eBay|
|Jenny Lewis & Elvis Costello
Carpetbaggers UK 7" single
|7" vinyl on Rough Trade Records, 2008. catalog # RTRADS477|
|A. Carpetbaggers [Jenny Lewis]
B. Go Away [Elvis Costello]
|Released October 27, 2008 on white vinyl, the A side is Jenny Lewis' "Carpetbaggers" featuring Elvis Costello, and the B side is "Go Away," a Costello track with Jenny on backing vocals. This is a charity single with the record label donating a proportion of profits to the Jazz Foundation, set up to offer post New Orleans flooding support.|
|Availability: UK record stores, such as http://www.normanrecords.com/records/102376|
|Jenny & Johnny
Scissor Runner promo 7" single
|7" vinyl, 2010|
|A. Scissor Runner
|Promo vinyl 7" first made available for free at Rudy’s Barbershop in Silver Lake, CA for only 2 hours on Saturday, June 26th, 2010. Both tracks are featured on the I'm Having Fun Now album. This 7" is also included in the "limited edition deluxe" package of the album available from jennyandjohnnymusic.com|
|Availability: out of print?|
|Jenny & Johnny
Big Wave promo cassette single
|cassette tape, 2010|
|A. Big Wave|
|Promo cassette (yes, a tape! old school!) first made available for free at Mollusk Surf Shop in Venice, CA on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 for a couple hours. The song is featured on the I'm Having Fun Now album. This tape is also included in the "limited edition deluxe" package of the album available from jennyandjohnnymusic.com|
|Availability: out of print?|
|Jenny & Johnny
I'm Having Fun Now
|CD/LP on Warner Bros., 2010|
|1. Scissor Runner
2. My Pet Snake
4. Big Wave
5. While Men Are Dreaming
7. Just Like Zeus
8. New Yorker Cartoon
9. Straight Edge Of The Blade
|Released August 31, 2010.
Amazon Product Description: Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice have been collaborating on and off for years, each contributing to the other's solo records and live shows, but with this record they had a different intention: using their two voices in close harmony and playing practically every instrument themselves. The result is an eleven song thirty-five minute blast of whip-smart rock and roll. During hours of downtime on her 'Acid Tongue' world tour, Jenny and Johnathan began writing a batch of songs different from anything they had previously created. During a 9 day demo session in LA in October 09, helmed by Rilo Kiley's Pierre De Reeder, Jenny and Johnny played as many instruments as possible, right down to the drums, bringing in Jason Boesel for additional embellishments. The four friends worked lightening fast, had a hell of a lot of fun, and were so happy with the results that Lewis and Rice decided to start a brand new band and finish the record. In late December the two songwriters packed up a station wagon and drove from Los Angeles to Omaha, Nebraska to work with their friend, Mike Mogis. Jenny and Johnny hunkered down in Mogis' world-class ARC studios for five weeks of tracking, vocals, and mixing during the worst Midwestern winter since the 1860's. The front door of their guesthouse actually froze shut, so they used an alternate route to get to the studio every day. Cut off from the outside world in a blizzard's haze, the record's personality began to emerge. Gone were the vintage, classic-rock textures of their previous two albums, and in came a tougher, rougher sound. There's an exuberance in love songs like 'Scissor Runner' that mask some of the record's darkness, while Lewis chronicles the economic demise of her beloved California in 'Big Wave.' Listeners will relish Rice's haunting vocal on 'Animal' and both songwriters raising a middle-finger kiss off in the acerbic 'My Pet Snakes.' This is not a Rilo Kiley record, a Jenny Lewis record, or a Johnathan Rice record. This is Jenny And Johnny. They're having fun now, and they want you to, too.
|The LP version is on clear vinyl and comes with a slipcase CD of the album in it.|
|Pre-orders on iTunes included the bonus track "The Highs And Lows Of Being #1". This is apparently a different version than the Acid Tongue Japanese CD bonus track, and features Jenny and Johnny backed up by Elvis Costello And The Imposters.|
|Availability: jennyandjohnnymusic.com In print on CD (Amazon) and vinyl (Amazon).|
|various artists Compilations with songs from
Jenny Lewis upon them
Objectif 2006 - Vol. 3 (2006 Les Inrockuptibles CD) w/ "Rise Up With Fists!!" (from Rabbit Fur Coat)
Roskilde Festival '06 Soundvenue Sampler #07 (2006 Soundvenue Magazine CD) w/ "Happy" (from Rabbit Fur Coat)
Music 2 Drive 2 (2006 promo sampler) w/ "You Are What You Love" (from Rabbit Fur Coat)
Bolt (2008 movie soundtrack) w/ "Barking At The Moon" (previously unreleased)
|other non-Rilo Kiley Jenny Lewis
Rilo Kiley toured with Nada Surf in summer of 2001, and during at least one show (8/24/01), Nada Surf called up Jenny to sing the Heart song "Magic Man" with them. Unfortunately, no recordings are known to be in circulation.
Jenny and Blake make appearances at the beginning of the Bright Eyes album Lifted or The Story is in the Soil Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002) on the track "Big Picture". Jenny has also joined Bright Eyes on stage a handful of times. And she's on the Bright Eyes song "Napoleon's Hat" from the Lagniappe benefit compilation.
The band The Postal Service has a CD called Give Up released on Sub Pop 2/18/03 which features some vocals from Jenny. It's an electronica-meets-indie-rock supergroup featuring Jimmy Tamborello (of Dntel and Figurine) and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard; Jenny Lewis and Jen Wood provide backing vocals. It's sometimes tricky to tell the two apart. Jenny sings on "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight", "Sleeping In", "Recycled Air", "Clark Gable", "We Will Become Silhouettes" and "Brand New Colony". There's also a b-side called "There's Never Enough Time" featuring Jenny. And she's on "Be Still My Heart", a b-side from the We Will Become Silhouettes single.
Cursive's album The Ugly Organ (released March 4, 2003) features Jenny singing backup on the tracks "The Recluse," "Bloody Murderer" and "Sierra."
In July and August of 2003, M. Ward toured supporting Rilo Kiley. During his opening set, Jenny and the other members of Rilo Kiley would form his backing band for a few songs. They were billed as M. Ward & A Band of Four. Jenny would sing backing vocals on the song "Sad Sad Song".
M Ward's album Transistor Radio (released 2/22/05) features Jenny signing backup on the tracks "Big Boat" and "Radio Campaign." She also joined Ward on stage at Bonnaroo '05 on these 2 songs.
Jenny also makes an appearance on The Elected's Me First (2004), a.k.a. Blake Sennett's first solo CD, contributing backing vocals to the track "Greetings In Braille", plus lyrical assistance on some songs. She also helped out on their second album, Sun, Sun, Sun (2006), singing backup vocals on the song "It Was Love", plus lending a hand writing the songs "Fireflies in a Steel Mill" (the line, "And I've heard that we can be fulfilled") and "Bank and Trust".
She sings a little at the end of the song "Inmates" by The Good Life, on their album Album of the Year (2004).
Jenny hooked up with Johnathan Rice to lend a hand on the song "Behind The Frontlines" on Rice's 2005 album Trouble Is Real, as well as "May The Road Rise To Meet You," a Traditional Gaelic Blessing which is a b-side to his "Kiss Me Goodbye" single, released on CD and 7" in August 2005. Jenny also co-wrote a few other songs with Mr. Rice, including "A Girl Called Miami" and "It Couldn't Be Me". As far as I know, these 2 songs have only been played live, not officially released yet, but will perhaps wind up on his next album.
Though you might not be able to tell by listening, both Jenny and Blake contributed to the song "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?", a satire of the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which was released as a single on October 11, 2005 by an all-star cast of indie rock artists and more under the name The North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative (NAHPI). Like its inspiration, it is a charity song, with all proceeds being donated to UNICEF. According to the official press release, the song "stems from a frustration with other benefit songs' misguided, somewhat patronizing attitude, and Western-centric worldview."
Jenny contributes some vocals to the song "You Again" on James Figurine - Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake (released July 2006). The song is basically an instrumental-- or lyric-less might be more accurate-- with Jenny quietly vocalizing in the background. James Figurine is a project by Jimmy Tamborello of the Postal Service.
Jenny contributed vocals to a song called "Roll On" (aka "A Warm Bed Is Something") by Dntel (another Jimmy Tamborello project). That album, Dumb Luck, was originally supposed to come out in 2003, but it was delayed like a son of a bitch, finally seeing release in April 2007. Jenny has performed an acoustic version of the song live at least once (8/23/04).
She guests on "Catch My Disease" and (maybe also) "We're All In This Together" on Ben Lee's album Awake Is the New Sleep (released 2/22/05).
While she doesn't actual perform on the song, Jenny had a quick cameo in the video for the song "Monkey to Man" by Elvis Costello. She just walks across the screen for half of a second.
She also pops up in the DVD release Spend an Evening With Saddle Creek (2005).
Jenny appears on Whispertown2000's debut cd Livin' In A Dream (2006). She sings backup on "Through a Hole" and "Lean Back." I'm not sure about singing on "Intentions", but she apparently does play the piano and harmonica for that song. She has in fact joined them live for that song and others on occasion.
The TV show Weeds has a
thing where they have different artists
perform the theme song, "Little Boxes." Jenny and Johnathan Rice
recorded a version that was used for the episode titled "Yeah, Like Tomatoes"
(show 2.11), which originally aired October 23, 2006.
Jenny sings some faint backing vocals on Vagabonds, the 2008 Gary Louris album.
|Movies & TV (musical appearances)
Foxfire (1996) - Jenny Lewis has a part in this movie and sings a song in one scene. It's not included on the soundtrack CD or anything, just a little ditty about 17 seconds long.
Convicted: A True Story (1986) - Jenny (a child actor at the time) has a part in this TV movie, and in one scene, picks up a guitar, plucks a few notes and sings "Silent Night."
Jenny plays piano a bit in an episode of Murder, She Wrote titled "A Murderous Muse" (1994).
Jenny also plays some piano in the made-for-TV movie Blind Hate (a.k.a. Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story) (1991).
|other Watson Twins
The Watson Twins (Chandra and Leigh) were backup singers in Slydell, a popular band in the Silverlake music scene, '99-'03. They finished an album titled Record from the Ship just a few months before they broke up. However, it had a very small run, and I don't think it was ever properly released, just sold at their final few shows and perhaps on their website, so it's pretty hard to find now.
During this time, the girls also performed and recorded with a handful of other local L.A. bands, inluding Orphan Train, Joe Firstman, and Fairchild.
The twins first got together with Jenny singing backup on the Rilo Kiley song "About The Moon," which is a b-side on the Science Vs Romance 7" single (2001).
The Watson Twins released their own 8 song cd, Southern Manners, on July 25, 2006. The self-released debut features an appearance from Jenny Lewis on a song called "What'll I Do." They had previously been known as Blackswan for a while before changing the name of the group to correspond with their album backing up Jenny, Rabbit Fur Coat.
The Watson Twins recorded a song called "I'll Be a Sunbeam" for the short film Postmortem Bliss from acclaimed director Floria Sigismondi. The film made its television debut September 15, 2006 on Turner Classic Movies. (You can check it out here (.mov).. the Watsons' song plays over the final three minutes of the 11 minute film.)
|other non-Rilo Kiley Jason Boesel
Prior to joining Rilo Kiley in the autumn of 2001, Jason played drums in a couple other bands. Evergreen was a three-piece emo band from Southern California in the early 90s. They put out a couple 7"s, a split with Still Life, and an LP. They were also featured on a couple compilations. (Note: There is at least one other band also called Evergreen, so beware if you go looking for their releases. One is a post-Slint band with Britt Walford on drums and keyboards. That album came out in 1996 and was re-issued in 2003, and has a big golden button-looking thing on the cover... that's not the same band Jason was in.)
The other band Jason spent time in was The Lassie Foundation, an indie-pop band out of Los Angeles, 1996-2006. They put out a few albums and EPs, never really having a permanent drummer. Jason plays on 2001's The El Dorado L.P.
He played drums on the first Elected album, Me First (2004).
Jason has worked with Bright Eyes a lot, both on record and on stage. Jason drums on the Bright Eyes releases Lua (2004 single), Take It Easy (Love Nothing) (2004 single), Digital Ash In A Digital Urn (2005), Easy/Lucky/Free (2005 single), I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005), and Cassadaga (2007). He has also played in the band on several tours, and wrote an extensive tour diary featured in the liner notes for the Bright Eyes live album, Motion Sickness. From December 2007, he has played with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst in his latest project, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. The band played Reading and Leeds festivals in England and released the album Conor Oberst in August on Merge Records. On May 5th Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band released their second album Outer South - in which Boesel wrote and sings lead for two tracks.
He is also said to have worked on at least one track on the Young Veins (featuring former member of Panic! at the Disco, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker) debut record.
Jason is listed with Jenny Lewis as party vocals on Ben Lee's "Catch My Disease" on Awake Is the New Sleep (2005).
Jason has worked with shushshush, a project of Than Luu.
Jason plays on the 2008 album from JL&tWT bandmate, Michael Runion called Our Time Will Come.
He performs on Seeing Things, Jakob Dylan's first solo studio album. The album was released on June 10, 2008 by Columbia Records.
Jason Boesel made a solo record, Hustler's Son (Team Love Records, January 12, 2010). His band features Mystic Valley Band member Nik Freitas, Blake Mills (Band of Horses), and producer Jonathan Wilson (Elvis Costello 'Momofuku' and Jenny Lewis 'Acid Tongue'). Guests on the album include Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Orenda Fink (O + S, Azure Ray), David Rawlings (Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and fellow Rilo Kiley member Blake Sennett.
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( page updated: August 24, 2010 )