Sunday, October 12th, 2003
Take Offs And Landings
One of my favorite musical discoveries of the past year was Los Angeles’ Rilo Kiley. Signed to indie label du jour Saddle Creek, RK trade in indie-pop with a distinct country feel, anchored by singer Jenny Lewis’ sweet elastic voice. Their first record, Take-Offs And Landings was more countrified than last years The Execution Of All Things, which upped the rock quotient a few notches and was easily one of the best albums of 2002 that I didn’t find out about until 2003, from a profile in Magnet. If you haven’t heard their stuff before, there’s a whole slew of live and rare mp3s available here and here. A selection of album tracks are available here. The studio stuff is tighter and more polished than the live stuff, but it’s all worth checking out. Finally, click here to see some live concert footage and their too-cute one and only video for “The Frug”, from the 1998 film Desert Blue, starring Christina Ricci. “The Frug” originally appeared on their super-rare debut EP/minialbum, The Initial Friend.
The closest thing we’re getting to a new Magnetic Fields record before next Spring will be the soundtrack to the new Katie Holmes movie, Pieces Of April. Out on November 4, the soundtrack consists of five previously released Magnetic Fields songs and five new ones, only one of which actually appears in the film. And it’ll be credited to Stephin Merritt, not the Magnetic Fields, in case you’re looking for it. Bradley’s Almanac already has a review of the movie, not out till next Friday.
np – Mojave 3 / Spoon & Rafter