Music

Jenny Lewis Channels Donna Summer in Live Video

Jenny Lewis has a new album out and is making the publicity rounds.

Combining her promotional effort with a charitable one she recently recorded a live session consisting mostly of tracks from her new record, The Voyager, for Los Angeles public radio station KCRW. PopMatters was invited to the event which was held at legendary music producer Bob Clearmountain’s (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) studio in Santa Monica.

Wearing a tie-died white suit and matching guitar, Lewis sang songs that could have been the soundtrack to a Brett Easton Ellis novel; songs that make oblique references to hardcore drug use and lovers who never quite act right, sometimes psychotically so. Very Los Angeles, but also very good.

Jenny Lewis is the ex-child actor that it’s impossible to hate. Her music stands on its own and the darkness she hints at not only gives her soul but usually seems genuine. This performance shows that she could easily be leading the best disco or soul-era band from the '70s, but is instead standing in front of a bunch of indie rockers. This isn’t all bad but her talent so outshines her band that it’s a pity she hasn’t been matched with personnel more in tune with her prodigious talent, which seems to be equal parts Patsy Cline and Donna Summer.

In this new age of ubiquitous and constant access to free content it’s hard to make the pitch to watch more online video, but if you’re a Jenny Lewis fan this is probably worth your time, and if you’re not it’s a good introduction to a superb performer.

The taped session will be broadcast Monday, November 3rd at about 11am on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic music program. For those not in Los Angeles go to KCRW's website for the livestream.

Session archives can be found here.

Music


Books


Film


Television


Recent
Music

"I'm an Audience Member, Playing This Music for Us": An Interview With Keller Williams

Veteran musician Keller Williams discusses his special relationship with the Keels, their third album together, Speed, and what he learned from following the Grateful Dead.

Books

Shintaro Kago's 'Dementia 21' Showcases Surrealist Manga

As much as I admire Shintaro Kago's oddness as a writer, his artistic pen is even sharper (but not without problems) as evident in Dementia 21.

Music

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Proclaim 'Jazz Is Dead!' Long Live Jazz!

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad bring their live collaborative efforts with jazz veterans to recorded life with Jazz Is Dead 001, a taste of more music to come.

Film

"I'll See You Later": Repetition and Time in Almodóvar's 'All About My Mother'

There are mythical moments in Almodóvar's All About My Mother. We are meant to register repetition in the story as something wonderfully strange, a connection across the chasm of impossibility.

Music

Electropop's CMON Feel the Noise on 'Confusing Mix of Nations'

Pop duo CMON mix and match contemporary and retro influences to craft the dark dance-pop on Confusing Mix of Nations.

Music

'Harmony' Is About As Bill Frisell As a Bill Frisell Recording Can Be

Bill Frisell's debut on Blue Note Records is a gentle recording featuring a few oddball gems, particularly when he digs into the standard repertoire with Petra Haden's voice out front.

Music

The 50 Best Post-Punk Albums Ever: Part 4, James Chance to the Pop Group

This week we are celebrating the best post-punk albums of all-time and today we have part four with Talking Heads, the Fall, Devo and more.

Music

Raye Zaragoza's "Fight Like a Girl" Shatters the Idea of What Women Can and Can't Do (premiere)

Singer-songwriter and activist Raye Zaragoza's new single, "Fight Like a Girl", is an empowering anthem for intersectional feminism, encouraging resilience amongst all women.

Music

VickiKristinaBarcelona Celebrate Tom Waits on "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" (premiere)

VickiKristinaBarcelona celebrate the singular world of Tom Waits their upcoming debut, Pawn Shop Radio. Hear "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" ahead of tomorrow's single release.

Television

'Everything's Gonna Be Okay' Is  Better Than Okay

The first season of Freeform's Everything's Gonna Be Okay is a funny, big-hearted love letter to family.

Music

Jordan Rakei Breathes New Life Into Soul Music

Jordan Rakei is a restless artistic spirit who brings R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and pop craft into his sumptuous, warm music. Rakei discusses his latest album and new music he's working on that will sound completely different from everything he's done so far.

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.