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Throwback Thursday: Rilo Kiley!!!

22 Jan

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As soon as Cher asked me to guest write a post for Throwback Thursday I started to hum “The Frug.” For me, and many others, Rilo Kiley is the band you can play on repeat and never get tired of. In fact, as I wrote this post at work (I’m a bored receptionist, embrace it!) I listened to nothing but Rilo Kiley.

The band formed in 1998 in Los Angeles. Members Blake Sennett and Jenny Lewis both started out as child actors. Jenny’s most famous role was probably as Hannah Nefler in Troop Beverly Hills, a movie I know Cher loves like no other. Now, for my favorite nugget of pop culture trivia, Blake was Pinsky on Salute Your Shorts and Joey the Rat on Boy Meets World. Go on, let that marinate.

Three years after Rilo Kiley came together they released Take Offs and Landings which showcases Blake’s vocals more than any other album the band put out.

Tracks like Science vs. Romance and August are so beautifully constructed instrumentally and lyrically. Sennett and Lewis’ voices really complement each other on both songs.

Their second full length was The Execution of All Things in 2002. Just thinking about what this album did for me, especially “A Better Son/Daughter”, gets me all flustered. Yes, I do realize that I sound like a pathetic fan girl, and no I do not care. In the beginning of the song, Lewis comes off as meek. As the song rolls on she belts out lyrics like “And sometimes when you’re on you’re really fucking on and your friends they sing along and they love you. But the lows are so extreme that the good seems fucking cheap and it teases you for weeks in its absence.” Those lyrics have always resonated with me.

In 2004, we saw the release of More Adventurous. This was actually the first Rilo Kiley album that I was introduced to back in college. I could gush/drool over every song, but I’ll spare you. Instead, just watch the video below!

Under The Blacklight came out in 2007. It is the last studio album of new music that Rilo Kiley put out. The band took a hiatus/broke up/confused all of us/broke my heart three years later. Rkives came out in 2013 which gave us a compilation of unreleased work from the band.

Though it breaks my little heart that we won’t be expecting any new music from Rilo Kiley, I can take solace in the fact that they’re still putting music out through other outlets. Jenny Lewis has had an amazing solo career. She put out Voyager last year and embarked on a tour. However, before you pick up Voyager, do yourselves a favor and listen to Rabbit Fur Coat which Jenny recorded with Watson Twins in 2006. Then call me when your brain has stopped melting. Blake and drummer Jason Boesel formed The Elected in 2004 and have put out a few albums. If you’re feeling festive (and you should always be feeling festive) check out Sun, Sun, Sun. It is absolutely beautiful and a regular on my rotation of car CDs. Blake is now in Night Terrors of 1927!

I honestly never thought I’d see the day where these guys would be considered a throwback. Best case scenario, I reignited a love for this band or introduced them to a new audience. Worst case scenario, I have some tweens making fun of me for liking something that started in 1998. Either way, Rilo Kiley is truly one of those bands that reminds me why I love music so fucking much.

xx Jess

morning jam: Tuff Love “That’s Right”

22 Jan


My girls Tuff Love have an epic new video for their new single “That’s Right”!

The dream team from Glasgow will make you want to buy your own VHS (remember those!?) camcorder, cereal, and soda and get weird with your friends.

The single “That’s Right” is due out on Lost Map Records and you can pre-order it now via iTunes and 10″ pink vinyl here (which also comes with a download so you should really get the vinyl)!

Tuff Love are playing a show in Glasgow at Nice N Sleazy on February 6th and The Tin at The Coal Vaults in Coventry on February 18th. For tickets and more information follow them on Songkick here!

xx Cher

morning jam: Boxed In “Mystery”

20 Jan


Today’s morning jam is from London’s Boxed In. Their new album is out now and features this track, “Mystery” and many other epic songs. Listen to the track and the rest of the album below!

You can buy your copy of the self-titled album digitally via iTunes, or on CD or vinyl here and here.

Boxed In have a show this Friday in London at Rough Trade East, for more information follow the band on Songkick here!

If you like what you hear, make sure to follow Boxed In on Facebook and Twitter.

xx Cher

morning jam xx: Ryan Colao “Blueberry Fields”

19 Jan

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Blueberry Fields forever.

Take a magical three-minute and thirty-four second trip you didn’t know you signed up for with Ryan Colao’s psychedelic new track “Blueberry Fields”. I don’t know much about him besides you can get lost in his soundcloud, he’s from the US, and thank goddess he has a Twitter. Listen to his music below and if you like what you hear follow him on Soundcloud, Twitter and buy his music on iTunes.

For more new music and music updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

xx Cher

morning jam: Best Friends “Shred Til You’re Dead”

16 Jan


Check out the music video for Best Friends new single “Shred Til You’re Dead”! The Sheffield garage pop quartet are releasing the single for free through FatCat Records.

“Shred Til You’re Dead” is from their forthcoming debut LP due out later this year. While you are waiting for more awesome tunes by Best Friends, you download “Shred Til You’re Dead” for free now here!

If you like what you hear, follow Best Friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. While you are there, follow us on Facebook and Twitter too!

xx Cher

throwback thursday xx: Catherine Wheel “Black Metallic”

15 Jan

cw black and white group

Catherine Wheel were an alt-rock band from 1990-2000 from Great Yarmouth, England. The band were considered part of the shoegazing scene at the time for their intensive use guitar feedback and effects pedals, but focused more on songwriting and lyricism. As a band, they were influenced by Talk Talk and Pink Floyd.

Their track “Black Metallic” from their 1992 album Ferment is raw, pure and timeless. “Black Metallic” was their second-biggest hit in the U.S.

Another throwback: remember when MTV stood for Music Television?

Catherine Wheel released their second, more aggressive, atmospheric album Chrome in 1993. In a 2007 interview, lead singer and guitarist Rob Dickinson said that members of Interpol and Death Cab For Cutie told him without the album Chrome, their bands “wouldn’t exist”.

Catherine Wheel’s sound evolved throughout their next three albums Happy Days (1995), B-sides and outtakes album Like Cats and Dogs (1996), Adam and Eve (1997) and Wishville (2000).

The 90s were an incredible time for music and always worth rediscovering. Catherine Wheel is proof. For more great tunes from the past, I’ll post some classic jams every Thursday.

xx Cher

morning jam: Cheatahs “Controller” + “Sunne”

15 Jan


Take Cheatahs “Controller” as a burst of energy this morning like a ray sunshine coming through your window and warming your soul. The trippy, fuzzy new single is the first release from their upcoming EP Sunne.

If that wasn’t enough, today the boys released the brilliant title track of the EP Sunne that hits stores February 23rd! You can pre-order your copy now here. Listen to both tracks below!

Cheatahs will playing a one-off show at Power Lunches in London to celebrate the EP release. The show is on February 24th and tickets go on sale today here!

Follow Cheatahs via Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and Songkick for tickets and tour info.

xx Cher


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