In her almost 30 year career, Jenny Lewis has been a child actor (cult films such as Troop Beverly Hills and TV shows like The Golden Girls), and a musician, first with the band Rilo Kiley (formed in 1998) and eventually branching out to a solo career in 2006.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Jenny Lewis is one of my favorite singer/songwriters. She’s got one of the best voices out there, and this week she’s back with a brand new album called The Voyager.
If you haven’t yet had the chance, please read my review of Coachella 2010 day one… All caught up? Alright, let’s get going.
After a very packed Friday at Coachella, in terms of music AND people, we had originally planned on getting to the polo fields a little later on Saturday. The first act we wanted to see didn’t even go on until 3 p.m., but despite leaving a little bit later, the parking wasn’t nearly as bad and we made it there around the same time. Being a 3-day only festival this year, there were a few differences from past years. The most noticeable difference was that instead of three separate tickets for the whole weekend, you instead redeemed your one ticket for a wristband that you wore for all three days.
Another difference is that because of the wristband, they were allowing ins and outs. In past years, if you left, there was no getting back in, so you had to make sure that you were ready to leave.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit biased here, as Hot Chip are already one of my favorite bands. I’ve seen them in concert twice, including earlier this month at Coachella. They’ve also just recently released a video for “I Feel Better,” the second single off of their fourth studio album, One Life Stand. We featured the video for the CD’s title track awhile back, but even though it is a great song, the video just seemed to be lacking in the creativity department.
On the other hand, their new video for “I Feel Better” is simply amazing, thanks in part to the video being directed by British actor/comic Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun Of The Dead, Spaced, Look Around You). I’m a big fan of Peter’s. In fact, he is easily one of the funniest people on the planet (just check out his twitter account if you don’t believe me). So when I heard that he was directing the video for this song, I knew it just had to be good.
The song relies heavily on auto-tune, which is a first for the band. I know some people don’t like auto-tune as a whole, but I’m fine with it if it’s used for effect. The video features a fake boy band, who are the type of singers who might NORMALLY use auto-tune on their recordings. The guys from Hot Chip appear in the crowd scenes, in this amazingly funny, insane video. Check it out… It’s also the free iTunes video of the week right now, so make sure to grab it for your digital device!
Hot Chip is easily one of my top favorite bands of the last decade. My wife and I got to see them in concert a couple of years ago at Coachella (and will again this year, as they were just officially announced as part of the 2010 line-up). So I was obviously excited when I heard that they had a new CD coming out.
“One Life Stand” is the first video and the title track from their CD of the same name, which is being released on February 8th. This is one of those cases where the music video isn’t necessarily “amazing” but the song definitely is. As with most of Hot Chip’s catalog, this will get stuck in your head after just a listen or two. The CD actually features a longer version of the track, making this the “single edit,” but both versions are great in their own right.