15 Under The Blacklight
Country-ish song about a 15 year old girl and an older dude meeting on the
internet. Played live a lot.
85 Rilo Kiley / Initial Friend EP
Quiet, wistful song off Rilo's first CD, currently out of print.
The song was also featured in the movie Desert
Blue and on the soundtrack CD.. this version is an "early mix" that has a slightly
different vocal mix.
They often played the song live in their early days, then stopped playing it for
a few years, then dusted it off and started playing it again occassionally in
Better Son/Daughter The Execution of All Things
Motivational anthem and fan favorite off Execution.
Played live often.
A Man/Me/Then Jim More Adventurous
The title refers to the perspective from which the lyrics are sung (ie, the
first verse is being said by a man, the second verse by Jenny, and the last by
The vinyl edition of More Adventurous has a different version of this song than
the CD. Nothing too drastic, but features an extended ending.
A Town Called Luckey
Portions For Foxes CD single
An outtake from More Adventurous. Released as a b-side. No
known live performances.
About The Moon Science Vs. Romance 7" single
as a b-side to a vinyl-only single that's now out-of-print, it's one of the
rarer Rilo tracks, though the mp3 can be found if you search around for it. The
vinyl turns up on eBay from time to time.
Fan opinion of the song varies greatly, with some loving it, and others ranking
it as one of the band's worst tunes.
The track features backing vocals by The Watson Twins, who have since also
worked with Jenny Lewis on some of her solo stuff.
"About The Moon" is sometimes also unofficially called "The Moonlight." The band
used to play it live in their early days, but haven't for many years.
Absence of God
Though not released until More Adventurous came out in late 2004, the
band had been playing this song live since '02 (first known performance: KEXP
radio, Seattle 10/15/02). It was called simply "Untitled" for a year or so
before being properly named.
Accidntel Deth More Adventurous
That's no typo.. the title is a nod to the electronic band Dntel, whose
mastermind Jimmy Tamborello helped produce the track.
It was the last track from More Adventurous to have been played live,
with its live debut not happening until 4/28/05 in San Diego.
After Hours Devil In The Woods 4.3 compilation 7" / The
Execution of All Things UK single
This is a Velvet Underground song (originally written by Lou Reed and sung by Mo
Tucker, released on VU's self-titled 3rd album in 1969). Rilo's cover version
was first released on a 7" only available to subscribers of Devil In The Woods,
a indie music magazine. It was later included as a b-side to the UK single for
the track "The Execution of All Things." It has never been played live by
far as I know.
Portions For Foxes single
An outtake from More Adventurous. In fact, initial tracklists published
for the album listed "American Wife" as being included, but it was bumped in
favor of "Does He Love You?" just before the album went to press. Later released
as a b-side. No known live performances.
The Angels Hung Around Under The Blacklight
This song gets compared to Fleetwood Mac sometimes. Not played live much, if
Always Rilo Kiley (2nd pressing) / Initial Friend
Take Offs And Landings
There are 2 very different versions of this song. The first was released on the
band's first CD (though not on the original pressing), and is rather sparce and
"electronic" sounding, while the version released on Take Offs and Landings
is more "rock" with a big build-up intro. The song has been played live
throughout the band's existance, though somewhat sparingly, almost like a
"special occasions" number for the band. In 2003, the band would often play the
big intro to the song, but then stop and play a different song. What a tease!
And That's How I Choose to Remember It (Parts 1, 2, and 3) The Execution of
Hidden track trilogy between songs on Execution.
The Annoying Noise of Death Rilo Kiley (2nd pressing)
Hidden track found at the end of the 2nd pressing of Rilo's first CD. At over 20
minutes, it's easily the band's longest song... that is, if you can consider it
a song... it's mostly just several minutes of a keyboard note hitting over and
over and over. Sort of a medley with "Troubadours".
Asshole Rilo Kiley / Initial Friend EP
Great song on the band's first album featuring Blake on lead vocals. Has been
played live a few times, but not often.
August Take Offs And Landings
Another Blake tune. Has been played live several times.
The Moneymaker UK 7" single Under The Blacklight outtake.
Breakin' Up Under The Blacklight
Disco-y track featuring some crazy backup singers. Played live a lot.
Bulletproof Take Offs And Landings
Quaint little song. Jenny and Blake performed it live during their 2004 acoustic
tour. A music video was made for the song by Liam Lynch, using computer
animation. The video was available on their official site circa 2001.
Capturing Moods The Execution of All Things
Played live frequently during Execution-era shows, and even in the year
prior to the album's release.
Close Call Under The Blacklight
Track from UTB, sometimes compared to the band Heart. Has been played live a
Dejalo Under The Blacklight
The Spanish chorus means pretty much "Leave it alone, it's our thing".
Johnathan Rice co-wrote the song with Jenny. Played live a lot.
Does He Love You? More Adventurous
Some disagreement between fans as to from whose perspective this song is sung.
Has been played live.
Don't Deconstruct Take Offs And Landings
Played live, but not that often.
The Moneymaker UK cd single and US promo 7"
Outtake from Under The Blacklight.
Dreamworld Under The Blacklight
The only song on UTB featuring Blake on vocals. Morgan Nagler (from
Whispertown2000) co-wrote the song with him. Played live a lot.
Emotional (Until Crickets Guide You Back)
The Execution of All Things
Outtake from The Execution of All Things (the album). Released as a
b-side to the UK Execution of All Things (the song) single. Was played live a
few times around 2001. They played it again a few times during their Summer '03
The Execution of All Things The Execution of All Things
Title track from the band's 2002 album. Has been played live many times.
The Frug Rilo Kiley / Initial Friend EP
One of the band's most popular early songs. It's been used in a few movies and
TV shows (Desert Blue, Once & Again, Dawson's Creek). The version on
the Desert Blue soundtrack CD is an early mix that sounds pretty close
to the regular version, but without the "do-wa-do" backing vocals. The band
used to play this song a lot live in their early days, but then got sick of it
and stopped playing it for a few years, until finally indulging fans with it
again at a few shows in 2005.
Give a Little Love Under The Blacklight
Final track on UTB. Kind of an 80s pop feel to it. Written by Jenny about
Blake. Played live, often with a backing track.
Glendora Rilo Kiley (1st and 2nd pressings)
A somewhat infamous song in the Rilo Kiley catalog. A lot of fans love it, and
can be very vocal about requesting it at shows. However, the band doesn't care
much for the song anymore, and hasn't played it live since 2001. Perhaps it'll
make a return to the band's live set someday, much like "The Frug" did.
Go Ahead Take Offs And Landings
Played live from time to time.
The Good That Won't Come Out The Execution of All Things
Drum machine driven song that kicks off Execution. The band often refers
to it by the alternate title "Frozen Lake." Played live from time to time.
Gravity Rilo Kiley (2nd pressing) / Initial Friend EP
When the topic of "least favorite Rilo song" comes up among fans of the band,
this one is usually at the head of the pack. But hey, a little yodeling never
killed nobody. It was played live in the band's early years.
Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You The
Execution of All Things
And the award for longest Rilo song title goes to...! Often referred to by the
abbreviated alternate title "Hail To" or "Hail to Whatever." Played live many
This song was debuted live 1/9/04 in Pomona, where it was performed solo by
Jenny. As many articles have noted, when recording the song in the studio, she
sang the song naked in an effort to achieve the perfect vulnerable vibe.
It Just Is More Adventurous
First played live at an Elliott Smith tribute/benefit show in Los Angeles on
11/3/03. It was written specially for Elliott, who had passed away months
earlier. It has also been played live many times since. The song is sometimes
referred to as "Everybody Dies."
It's A Hit More Adventurous
First played by Jenny acoustically at an in-store 2/21/03.. then the band played
it 3/6/03 Columbus and 3/10/03 Lincoln, where she called it her "protest song."
Fans referred to it as "Holiday For Hanging" until the official title was
revealed in 2004. It became the first radio single off More Adventurous
and had a video made for it around September 2004. It was released as a single
in the UK (again) in July 2005.
Jenny, You're Barely Alive Saddle Creek 50 compilation
Apparently an outtake from the Execution sessions, this track was released on a
Saddle Creek compilation in 2003. The band also played it live a few times that
Love and War (11/11/46) More Adventurous
The hardest "rocker" on More Adventurous. An early version of this song
was played at least once or twice in early 2003. Also frequently played at
More Adventurous-era shows. The significance of the date in the subtitle is
a mystery, but it has been noted that November 11th is Veterans Day.
My Slumbering Heart The Execution of All Things
This song was one of the first written for Execution, and was a fan
favorite at Rilo shows as far back as 2001. The original title for it was
"Chemical Stress" (or the more abbreviated "Chem Stress").
The Moneymaker Under The Blacklight
First single off UTB. Has a video for it. Been played live a lot.
More Adventurous More Adventurous
Title track of the band's 2004 album.
Paint's Peeling The Execution of All Things
Nothing to say about this one!
Papillon Rilo Kiley / Initial Friend EP
Fan favorite from their first CD that features vocals from both Jenny and Blake.
They played it live in their early days, but not much in recent years. Blake and
Jenny apparently rehearsed it for their acoustic tour in early 2004, but
couldn't get it to sound good, so they didn't play it at any of the shows.
It's a Hit single
An outtake from Execution of All Things, "Patiently" was finally released a few years
later as a b-side. It was played live around early 2002, and also on the More
Aventerous tour, but not very often.
Pictures of Success Take Offs And Landings
Yet another fan favorite. This song was played a lot up through the Execution-era,
and is still played live, but less frequently. The song has the distinction of
being played in an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The band sometimes refer
to it by the alternate title "Build Your Own."
Plane Crash in C Take Offs And Landings
Played live occassionally around 2001-2002, but rarely since.
Portions For Foxes More Adventurous
This song originated as a jam done live at the end of "Spectacular Views,"
developing over tours in '02 and '03, until the band arrived at the finished
version which they would record for More Adventurous. It was known to
fans as "Baby, I'm Bad News" prior to the official title being
song was released as a single, had a video made for it, and became a modest hit
for the band in 2005.
Rest of My Life Take Offs And Landings
Sweet little song written by Blake. Has been played live in the band's early
days, but not very often.
Ripchord More Adventurous
Another Blake-penned number, it's the only song on More Adventurous
featuring Blake on lead vocals. Rumors say it was written about Elliott Smith,
though I don't know if Blake has ever confirmed or denied that. Played live
frequently, often with a horn solo.
Salute MY Shorts / Spectacular Views (Take Offs & Landings) Take Offs And
Written by Jenny, sung by Blake. It was originally called "Spectacular Views",
then pseudo-officially changed to "Salute MY Shorts!", which was actually a
fan-given title to the track (a refference to the TV show Blake was on as a kid,
called Salute Your Shorts). It's a hidden track at the end of Take Offs And
Landings, therefore it was released without a title. Then, when the band
released another song called "Spectacular Views" (on The Execution of
All Things), that only confused matters further. They've played it live
occassionally, often with Jenny on lead vocals.
Science Vs. Romance Take Offs And Landings
A standout track on the band's first LP, "Science Vs Romance" was also released
as a 7" single. They've played it live many times.. probably more times than any
other track on Take Offs and Landings.
Silver Lining Under The Blacklight
2nd single off UTB. Video made for it. Played live a lot.
Small Figures in a Vast Expanse Take Offs And Landings
Written by Blake, also known as "Let's Try a New Change". Played live
occassionally up through 2002, but seldom since.
Smoke Detector Under The Blacklight
Song based on a dance Jenny made up. Played live a lot.
So Long The Execution of All Things
In addition to the "rocking" album version, the band often does a mellower
version of this song live. It's perhaps the most-played Blake song.
Somebody Else's Clothes
Live at Fingerprints EP
This was apparently going to be a solo Jenny song, but it somehow worked its way
to becoming a Rilo Kiley song. It was performed many times on the Jenny+Blake
acoustic tour of early 2004, and at an in-store at a place called Fingerprints
in August 2004, which was later officially released on cd.
Spectacular Views The Execution of All Things
This song shares the same title as the hidden track on Take Offs And Landings
(aka "Salute My Shorts"), but it's a totally different song. In addition to the
"rocking" album version, the band often does a mellower version of this song
live, often with Blake on lead vocals. When the band rocks it out, however, they
frequently jam out with an extended ending, and in fact the song "Portions For
Foxes" developed out of such jamming.
Steve Rilo Kiley (1st pressing)
One of Rilo Kiley's rarer tracks, only appearing on the first pressing of their
first EP. It's a short song wherein Blake laments his mother's asshole
boyfriend. Though the band gets many requests for it, they virtually never play
it live, at least not anymore. In the early days, Jenny was known to sing it
sometimes, leading to speculation
that perhaps she wrote it. Blake indulged fans with a few seconds of it at a
Pomona show on 1/9/04, before stopping and complaining about the lyrics.
Sword Rilo Kiley / Initial Friend EP
One of the band's oldest tracks, they hadn't played it for several years until
surprising the crowd with it at a show in San Diego on 4/28/05. I think they
might've done it a couple more times on that tour, but I'm really not sure.
"early version" - Rilo Kiley (1st pressing) "later version" - Rilo Kiley (2nd pressing)
There are two released versions of this song that sound pretty similar.
The "early version" from the 1st pressing is 5:25 and has a guitar solo at about
1:30, while the "later version" from the 2nd pressing is 5:51 and has a keyboard
solo at about 1:30 and a guitar solo at 4:10. Another confusing thing about this
song is the title: it's sometimes referred to as "Teenage Love Song" (3 words),
but if you check the tracklist on the back of the cd, you'll see "Lovesong" is
Who's the song written about? Jenny hasn't said, but some suspect Dave Foley
(actor from Kids In The Hall, Newsradio, that one poker show). He's thanked in the liner
notes, and apparently he put up the money for the band's first professional
The band has very rarely done this song live.
Rained the Day /
Keep It Together / "they say it rained the day your mother gave
you away" Rilo Kiley (1st pressing)
Hidden track at the end of Rilo Kiley's first cd (first pressing only). The
official title is still unknown, so fans usually refer to it by one of three
guesses at the title. It's kind of a goofy, circus singalong song.
Jenny sings it with sort of a fake East European accent, and because of this
occasionally a fan won't recognize her on the song.
No known live versions.
Three Hopeful Thoughts The Execution of All Things
One of the two songs on Execution sung by Blake. Played live many times
on the tour for that album, and occasionally on later tours.
Troubadours Rilo Kiley (2nd pressing)
/ Initial Friend EP
There are sort of two versions of this song. Actually, they're both the same,
though the one of Initial Friend is a slight edit.. with the ending
fading out earlier than the version on the self-titled 2nd pressing, which goes
on for a few more seconds and eventually gives birth to "The Annoying Noise of
Death". It's a hidden track on the self-titled cd, but labeled on Initial
Friend. They've played it live, but very rarely.
Under the Blacklight Under The Blacklight
This song was originally a Jenny Lewis solo song, played live once at the end
of her solo tour in 2006. Later became the title track for the 4th Rilo Kiley
album. Has been played live.
Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C) Take Offs And Landings
Short, instrumental reprise of "Plane Crash in C".
Variations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance) Take Offs And Landings
(Barsuk version only)
Short, instrumental reprise of "Science vs. Romance". Only found on the Barsuk
version of the album, not on the self-released Rilo Records cd.
We'll Never Sleep (God Knows We'll Try) Take Offs And Landings
Not played live very often.
Wires and Waves Take Offs And Landings
Catchy ditty off their first full-length. Played live a decent number of times.
Sometimes they even messed with the tempo of the song live. They've done a
mid-tempo version (3/03), and at some of the shows on the More Adventurous
tour, they really slowed it down a lot.
With Arms Outstretched The Execution of All Things
Singalong favorite, sometimes known by the alternate title "Promised Land".
Played live many times, often with Jenny either going into the crowd or bringing
friends on stage to sing with her.
Xmas Cake Maybe This Christmas Too compilation
This song came out on a compilation in the time between Execution and
More Adventuous. I don't believe they've ever played it live.
Part 2 : unreleased songs
The Biggest Lie
Elliott Smith cover. Played live at the Elliott Smith tribute/benefit
show in LA on 11/3/03. Also played in San Francisco 2/27/04. Recordings are out there. Jenny on lead vocals, Blake on backup.
This song has been referred to as "sad fisherman song" for a while, but the
actual title is "Butcher's Paper" (--at least, that's what was written on the
setlist). It was played live on 2/27/04 in San Francisco. The song features
Mike Bloom on guitar and Jenny singing, apparently written earlier in the day
by the two. Jenny dedicated it to Blake. I don't think it's been played
since. There's an mp3 of it. This song is supposedly slated to appear on Mike
Bloom's forthcoming solo cd.
Very old unreleased song. Rilo fan Michael Salter told me about see the band
perform the song in summer of 1999, "The lyrics have something to do with
dragging or pulling someone across the room. One of the most beautiful songs
I've ever heard...and when I asked jenny about it (a few years ago at a show)
she sort of remembered it, but said they never played it again." No known
Don't Dream It's Over
Crowded House cover played live occasionally around mid-2001. Jenny on vocals. No
recordings are currently known to be in circulation.
This is apparently an unreleased RK song performed 6/1/00 at the Roxy in Los
Angeles, CA. No recordings are in circulation and nothing else is known about it.
An old country-ish song they used to play live around 2000. Jenny on vocals. No
recordings are in circulation.
Greetings In Braille
The Elected song played by Rilo Kiley live in 2007. Fittingly, the song was
originally slated to be a Rilo Kiley song, but ended up on the first Elected
album instead of More Adventurous.
I Didn't Understand
Elliott Smith cover. Played live at the Elliott Smith tribute/benefit show in LA
on 11/3/03. It was just Jenny singing with no music. There is a poor quality,
incomplete mp3 of it out there. A complete, slightly better quality version
recently popped up. The show was professionally recorded and had been planned
to be officially released someday, though there hasn't been any news on that
front for a while, so we'll see.
First played on the More Adventurous tour. Also sometimes called "Let Me
Back In". Jenny sometimes tap dances during it. Plenty of live recordings are
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel cover played live once at the Knitting Facroty in Los
Angeles 6/28/02. There is a low-quality recording of it out there.
Let My Love Open The Door
Cover song by Pete Townsend (of The Who) that the band sometimes played on
tour in 2005. Blake would handle lead vocals, and the band would often bring a
bunch of people on stage to sing along on the chorus.
The Longest Summer
Unreleased song played live at least a couple times around early 2001. No
recordings are in circulation and nothing else is known about it.
Song from the musical Annie played live occasionally around 2001. No known
recordings in circulation.
Classic Tchaikovsky Chirstmas music performed at their Christmas show on
12/22/01 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. No known recordings.
Unreleased song played live occasionally around 2001. This might be an early
version of "Love and War" (an early live version of that song included the line,
"The party atmosphere sells itself").. but not sure. It was said to
feature trumpet in it. No recordings are in circulation.
Modest Mouse cover played live occasionally around 2001. Jenny singing, with
Blake on backing vocals. No known
recordings in circulation.
Pull Me In Tighter
New song first played on the More Adventurous tour. Plenty of live
recordings are in circulation.
Rise Up With Fists!!
Jenny Lewis solo song played by Rilo Kiley live in 2007.
Rock N Roll Suicide
David Bowie cover done live at most of the Jenny+Blake acoustic shows in early
'04. Many recordings out there.
Unreleased song played live several times in early 2003, usually featuring Dan
from Mayday on banjo. Also played on the Summer '03 tour, without banjo, but
instead M Ward on additional guitar. It was
thought at the time to be a front-runner for the upcoming album (More
Adventurous), but apparently the band tired of it by then or couldn't record
a version to their liking, and it faded into obscurity. Recordings of it are out
Cover played live at a UK radio session in '03 as a tribute to Robert Palmer
after the band learned of his death just hours before the session. Later done at
most acoustic shows in early '04. Blake on lead vocals, Jenny background. Theirs
was a really sweet, whistful interpretation of the song, in stark contrast to
the randy original. The UK radio version was supposed to be a b-side to the
"It's a Hit" single, but was pulled in favor of "Patiently" at the last minute.
Such Great Heights
Postal Service cover done by Blake at some '04 Rilo shows. Just him accoustic.
Sometimes joined by Nate Wolcott on trumpet. There are some recordings in circulation.
Woman Is The Nigger of the World
John Lennon cover done live once, 7/6/03 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los
Angeles. Jenny singing. A couple recordings are out there.