Monday, January 27th, 2003
So Rilo Kiley. Had a few days to digest their latest album, and I’m giving it a thumbs up. A big 7.8, if I were a Pitchfork-er. A good blend of indie rock and country – fuzzy pop hooks but enough twang to make it distinctive. Consider a less orchestrated and heart-on-sleeve, Liz Phair-fronted Bright Eyes. Like their Saddle Creek labelmates, Rilo Kily are verbose and come off as equal parts jaded and ingenueous, but always earnest. Main vocalist Jenny Lewis has a habit of reusing the same vocal melodies, but the strength of the songs as wholes mostly offset this shortcoming. My first happy new find of the year.
I have gotten the idea that I need to upgrade my Telecaster. Not modding parts, but getting a better one altogether. The skinny neck I thought I could get used to, and I have for the most part, but I’ve decided it’s also impeded my playing technique. I figure I can unload it for a couple bills at least, so ideally I won’t be paying more than couple hundred more for a new one. I need something I can drop the same pickups in, cause the Lawrence L490 and Nocaster I’ve got in there now sound ace. Hmm, as soon as I’ve gotten my pedalboard all sorted out, I decide that I need to improve my guitar setup. Coincidence? I think not. But I can’t be spending too much since I do still plan to get a new computer next month and there’s that whole moving out thing to attend to.
Check out Intersection’s new interface. Very sharp. Kyle’s writings are exceptionally well-written and always worth reading. I am honoured to be in his blog Top Ten for six weeks running.
np – Rilo Kiley / The Execution Of All Things