Saturday, 4 September 2010

A Tale of Two J's: Rice & Lewis Have Some Fun

From the ever-fertile grounds of Omaha, Nebraska - farming pun semi-sorta-intended - busy songsmiths Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice have finally dropped their new collaborative effort this week.

Lead track Scissor Runner doesn't contain too many surprises... a dusty melodic number, with that slight country air to the guitars and pleasantly worked vocal harmonies trading off with one another... but hints at an enjoyable album, in the vein of She & Him's latest outing.

Taken from new album I'm Having Fun Now, out now

Buy it at Insound!

Not being particularly familiar with Mr Rice, other than his work in the background of various other Nebraskan indie-rock staples, it's interesting to hear his vocal set alongside the more recognizable voice of Jenny Lewis. A few other high profile unisex duets have surfaced during the spring/summer of 2010, all garnering generally positive reviews. I'm Having Fun Now looks like being no less of a success, with high profile support slots for the likes of Pavement and Superchunk due in September only likely to boost their popularity.

Personally, I'm still stuck firmly on the aforementioned She & Him record and don't feel much need to venture beyond it for this particular style. Ideally suited as it is to blazing heat and throw away summer days, it's arriving slightly late unless we have an Indian summer. Me? I'm ready for the big cool down and already starting to dig out those bleak, oppressive metal records that accompany the descent into winter. Let the bemused hate mail start rolling in....

And if you're unfamiliar with the creative output of Ms. Lewis before this work with old Johnny, here's a little treat from my personal favourite Rilo Kiley album:

Taken from the album of the same name, out now

Buy it at Insound!

Jenny & Johnny Upcoming Tour Dates

9/5 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
9/6 Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
9/8 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
9/11 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
9/12 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
9/13 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
9/14 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
9/16 Washington, DC - Black Cat
9/18 Boston, MA - Agganis Arena (Pavement Support)
9/19 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront (Pavement Support)
9/21 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
9/22 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
9/23 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
9/24 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
9/25 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10/3 Los Angeles, CA - Palladium

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