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Sunday, February 12, 2006

CMJ Magazine and CD: Issue 137

Jenny Lewis is on the cover of the new issue of CMJ New Music Monthly, promoting her solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat. In her interview, Lewis shares that someone recently told her that her face smells like a pencil, so she bought a pencil "to kind of reference." It's a good thing they didn't say her face smelled like a rotting corpse. I'm just sayin'. It's likely illegal to purchase one of those, and ultimately would prove an unsatisfying purchase anyway.

Lewis didn't like touring with Coldplay because she feels their fans are not "music people... It's hard to play for people that really don't give a shit."

She loves Vincent Gallo and seems fondly disposed toward tiny dogs as well.

Much of the material covered will be familiar if you've read other recent interviews with Lewis. Her childhood had issues, she's "clueless" at love, but currently in an "on" part of an on/off relationship with someone CMJ does not name (but if you called him Jonathan Rice you would be accurate).

In the "What's This Song About?" feature, John Roderick of The Long Winters reveals that his songs are "all about 'being with someone.'" He's "not really interested in describing relationships that 'work.' Who cares about those people, the bastards." Never trust a wedding or anniversary card from John Roderick; it is semi-sincere at best.

CMJ compiled a list of the top 30 albums of 2005 for this issue. A best of 2005 list in mid-February? And a top 30? I love it! In the spirit of such wacky randomness, here's the top albums on their list:

1. Animal Collective - Feels
2. Sufan Stevens - Illinois
3. Dalek - Absence
(part of 4.) Wol

CMJ Issue 137 CD Track Listing:

1. Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Melt Your Heart (pretty good song from an album that disappointed me)
2. P.O.S. - P.O.S. Is Ruining My Life
3. Chris Mills - Escape From New York
4. Some Girls - Dead In A Web
5. Speech - Esmerelda (Speech Soul Remix)
6. Electric Six - Dance Epidemic
7. Three Fantastic - WWII
8. 3 - Alien Angel
9. Colossus - From The Lab (Colossus Remix)
10. The Churchills - I'm A Sucker For A Girl In Uniform
11. Bleeding Through - Kill To Believe
12. Chicago Afrobeat Project - Tibet On It
13. We Are The Fury - Better Off This Way
14. Everville - Eye
15. Downtown Singapore - What She Said
16. Philip Glass-Luciano Supervielle - Etude No. 2


Blogger xolondon said...

I heard much of the Jenny Lewis - I was also excited and then let down. I felt like some of the songs were not fully baked. She dressed them up okay, but they don't go anywhere. I will also deduct points for her sweeping snottiness and her horrible taste in V. Gallo. Maybe she wants to do a brown bunny on him?

6:05 PM  
Blogger trill42 said...

Don't have the mag handy but IIRC she liked that Gallo put a hex on Blake Sennett to get him to not reveal the name of the best sushi restaurant in L.A. She also kind of admired (or something like that) that the guy wrote a movie for himself in which someone gives him oral sex on screen.

The interviewer didn't ask whether she might want to buy some of his sperm... She wouldn't get refused for having "an extremely dark complexion" but she also wouldn't she get the blonde hair/blue eyes discount, so it would be darn pricey. (Bizarre publicity stunt? Without that, he'd still seem like quite a creep)

But seriously, she does have a boyfriend... guess she just thinks Gallo is cool (and we don't know him, but we don't want to, and disagree! ;) )

I think the album was not well-suited to her strengths, and ITA about some of the songs seeming "not fully baked". Crossing my fingers that the next Rilo album will be great though...

Oh, and I think Rilo Kiley's "Sword" is an example of how a song can be kinda not fully-finished and yet work. ;)

4:45 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

unrelated to your JL discussion but the Chris Mills record is the best, most underappreciated record of the year.

10:22 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

I wonder what Jenny Lewis would think of the Chris Mills album...

;) I'll have to check it out; thanks for the recommendation, Craig!

12:25 AM  

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