I’ll admit that I was a little late in discovering the music of Jenny Lewis, but she’s become one of my favorite artists of all time. Being our featured artist this week, and having just released her third solo album, The Voyager, I put together this playlist with some of, what I consider to be, her best songs.
You probably know Jenny Lewis as the lead singer for the band Rilo Kiley, who formed in 1998. Their biggest radio exposure came from the track “Portions For Foxes” and that’s where I first heard of the band for the first time. Even though I liked the song when I would hear it on the radio, for whatever reason it didn’t make me go and check out their other material. It wasn’t until their album Under The Blacklight came out in 2007 that they made a huge impression on me, and to this day that is still my favorite Rilo Kiley release.
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.
Parquet Courts are one of my favorite bands of the last couple of years, but they are still relatively new. The band, formed in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY, consists of Andrew Savage (vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (vocals, guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass) and Max Savage (drums).
The band’s music has been described as snarky punk, but I also hear some other styles mixed in as well. A couple of songs even remind me of Chuck Mosely-era Faith No More (“Dear Ramona”) or old-school Beck (“He’s Seeing Paths”). Even though the band has only released two full-length LP’s and one EP, I put together this playlist with some of their best songs, for those who have never heard the band before.
This week marks an overall change in the way I’ll be putting together these weekly playlists from now on. The original idea was to have one playlist that people would subscribe to and then each week it would be wiped out and a new batch of songs would take their place. On paper, it was a good idea because nobody ever has to subscribe to more than one playlist, but then it eventually started to have an effect on the prior weeks’ blog posts, which contained links to those specific playlists (and the list of songs) but the actual songs would no longer match up. If that makes sense, then let’s move on.
Starting this week, we not only got our own domain (cuterthanpie.com) but I actually went back through every previous post and cleaned up all the links, videos and playlists. From now on, every past edition of The Weekly Dose will be available to listen to on this site. However, there is a new master Spotify playlist that I’d recommend everybody subscribe to. All previous tracks can be found there (currently around 100 songs so far) and it will be updated each week with the latest edition.
Finally, before we head into this week’s playlist, I want to thank everybody for the support over the last couple of weeks. Not only did we move to a new domain name, but we’ve been averaging over 100 hits a day (and broke a record last week with a one day total of 465 views).