Posted in music | streams on August 19, 2007

Love in an Elevator

Rilo Kiley's new album Under the Blacklight is streaming at MySpace. Listening to it brings me to another place, and by 'another place', I mean the waiting room at my dentist's office, or a really, really long elevator ride.

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Comments (59)

I was thinking that was a shitty thing to say..............but I just can't get my head around this freaking album. Like, this is it???? damn rilo.

Posted by Vinny | August 19, 2007 4:46 AM

ouch

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 6:50 AM

Uncut mag gave this album a rare 5 stars. I listened. Seems extraordinarily average to me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 8:13 AM

unfortunately, i have to agree. i liked 4 or 5 songs. i don't know what's happened to rilo kiley. i'm all for bands trying new things, but this just confused me.

Posted by jayme | August 19, 2007 8:33 AM

I've been reading you for years, BV, and I'm thrilled to see you finally get a little snarky. Good stuff.

Posted by Steve | August 19, 2007 8:57 AM

I agree with Steve! This post cracked me up. Bring on the snark.

I listened to this album yesterday and couldn't stand a single song - I have no idea what's gotten into Jenny Lewis.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 9:28 AM

Thank god one of you bloggers finally has the nuts to say stuff like this. I'm sick of hearing that every fucking album that comes out is "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!"

Posted by Hooch | August 19, 2007 9:47 AM

Agreed that bloggers should speak the truth about albums, but anyone with a cursory understanding of computers can probably download an album within 3 minutes. I wish more people would just listen to things and make up their own mind.

Posted by Tom | August 19, 2007 10:45 AM

Hey - is that the entrance to the elevator that runs up the outside of Harbour Center and offers a great view of my hometown of Vancouver? Sure looks like it to me, Mr. V. The difference between that elevator and the album is the elevator is a great ride...

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 10:47 AM

love in an elevator

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 11:37 AM

no, i haven't because the new Les Savy Fav has been on non-stop since i got it....

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 12:02 PM

Listen to the new Between the Buried and Me album instead of this garbage and your jaw wont come off the floor for a full hour.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 12:10 PM

Finally got a chance to listen to this album after hearing all the "positive" things people are saying. Wow you really need to hear the album to appreciate how bad it is. The lyrics and songwriting are .... man what happened eg:

"My eyes burn everybody smokes (2x). I smoke too but not as much as you. I do the smoke detector....."
or
"You've got the moneymaker, they show the money to you. You've showed them what you can do, showed them your moneymaker. To get out of here."

It's a bit sad to listen to this album and then listen to the Execution Of All Things.

Posted by Joe | August 19, 2007 12:25 PM

this band has always been shit, need I remind people of their hit? "when kissing turns to touching and touching turns to sex"
when I first h eard that song on KCRW i thought it was a joke skit or something.

terrible fucking band. just terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 12:36 PM

i'm pesonally looking forward to Cat Power's Covers 2, she has soul in her voice.

Posted by Cynthialia | August 19, 2007 12:41 PM

@12:10 PM

Personally I'd recommend the latest from Alcest - Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde. They're ex-black metal artists turned shoegazers which seems to be happening more frequently, ie. Boris.

Posted by Joe | August 19, 2007 1:04 PM

Ready for the asshole comment of the afternoon? Jenny Lewis is now obsolete thanks to Feist.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 1:09 PM

so far i'm a fan of your brand of snark. keep it coming!

Posted by lindsey k | August 19, 2007 1:34 PM

did you notice they are (sort of) borrowing song titles/lyrical "ideas" from Jeff Beck and the Black Crowes? or is that too obvious to even mention? and the spin cover title is sort of idiotic, they are not the new fleetwood mac.

im listening to the album, and its sort of cute.

Posted by nyc noise fan | August 19, 2007 1:36 PM

Pinksy get back to Salute your shorts!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 1:36 PM

actually i read bv because he's more informative and less snarky than some of the other blogs which seem to be more ill spirited than not.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 1:36 PM

Yo VEGAN, where's the post-Camp Bisco report?

Posted by heads | August 19, 2007 1:36 PM

Joe,

Alcest is pretty sweet, thanks for the suggestion, but honestly, if you haven't heard Colors, the band calls the cd "adult contemporary progressive death metal" which not only hits the nail on the head, but shames 99% of all bands musical talents out right now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 2:08 PM

It's just not very good. The single is god-awful and everything else is average at best.

Les Savy Fav kills as you would expect. I can't believe it's been like 5 years since their last full-length.

Posted by Devin | August 19, 2007 2:17 PM

This album sounds pretty lazy to me. I think the term "contractual obligation" sums it up rather well.

Posted by steve | August 19, 2007 2:25 PM

Indie rock fails constantly.

Posted by Chris | August 19, 2007 2:38 PM

word, this thing is shitty

Posted by jonathan | August 19, 2007 3:06 PM

this has been happening a lot lately [dentist office music for middle aged women]. ie. latest decemberists album. went from amazing to "what the fuck?"

Posted by ko | August 19, 2007 3:12 PM

MORRISSEY

October 22 NEW YORK, NY : Hammerstein Ballroom
October 23 NEW YORK, NY : Hammerstein Ballroom
October 26 NEW YORK, NY : Hammerstein Ballroom
October 27 NEW YORK, NY : Hammerstein Ballroom
October 28 NEW YORK, NY : Hammerstein Ballroom

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 3:33 PM

Is that true? If so, holy fuck, that's awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 4:57 PM

The Crane Wife was an amazing album... what are you smoking, KO?

Posted by Sam | August 19, 2007 5:44 PM

hey that is the harbour center skylift in downtown vancouver! i used to work in the "fine dining" restaurant up at the top. don't ever go there new yorkers or anyone travelling to vancouver! mostly english people came there to eat the 27 dollar salmon dinners as it was shite farmed salmon and i felt bad, they were all paying for the view of course... once Jeff Daniels came by with his family for lunch on a quiet afternoon. it was so eery as i was embarrassed for him as the food there is so low quality and disguised as fine dining. i figured celebs had people that scoped this sorta stuff out. he knew it within 5 mins too that it was a poorly managed restaurant but had the grace to stay there..

Posted by canadian random | August 19, 2007 5:53 PM

laughing gas...

Posted by ko | August 19, 2007 6:20 PM

re:heads

YES BKVEGAN. where's the camp bisco love?

Posted by lakkk | August 19, 2007 6:33 PM

the whole album isn't terrible. but many songs are. that said, there are some really good songs too.

under the blacklight
close call
the angels hung around

the p4k will probably go 4 or 5 out of 10.

definitely not a typical rilo kiley album. but they're also on a lousy label now, so i'm not terribly surprised.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 7:25 PM

"I have no idea what's gotten into Jenny Lewis."
(posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2007 9:28 AM)

Well, *I'd* like to get into Jenny Lewis.

Posted by dirty old man | August 19, 2007 7:26 PM

ouch

Posted by marc | August 19, 2007 9:34 PM

What hell is bad about Crane Wife? It's friggin brilliant. If they put that out on an indy label, would you feel the same way?

Posted by Carter | August 19, 2007 9:56 PM

It actually seems like a pretty sincere attempt at trying something really different. The entire tone of the album is much more even tempered than anything they have put out before. It's strange but I actually really like some of the songs a lot.

Posted by Pat | August 19, 2007 11:19 PM

Is this move really that surprising? ...those two rich child actors were bound to get tired of slumming it in the indie rock world...
Them & their music will no doubt be popping up in the some strange places this fall

Posted by FTY | August 19, 2007 11:47 PM

It's cookie time, it's cookie time, it's cookie tiiiime!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2007 9:05 AM

I dated Jenny a few years back and let me tell you, she is not a sellout. This is her dream, let her live it out.

Posted by Gregory Jackson | August 20, 2007 9:37 AM

I dated Jenny a few years ago too??? I was her dream, you bastard!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2007 10:15 AM

I kind of like it. It's fun--not what I was expecting, but that's fine.

But in response to FTY's statement: "...those two rich child actors were bound to get tired of slumming it in the indie rock world..."

I'm not sure I would consider these kids rich, especially not as a result of being a child actor. I read an interview in the most recent Q where Jenny Lewis says that her mother blew all of the money she made as a child actor--she got none of it, which she seems okay with. Blake appears to have blown his on a heroine problem, which he overcame pre-Rilo Kiley (he's completely sober now). They've probably made some money from their music, but just because someone is or was an actor or musician, it doesn't mean they're rich.

Posted by Seth | August 20, 2007 11:46 AM

file under "greys anatomy music"

Posted by mat | August 20, 2007 11:51 AM

Some of my very favorite bands have been putting out subpar records over the past 2 years.

Yes, this includes The Crane Wife.

Posted by Camp Tiger Claw | August 20, 2007 12:42 PM


>>>Blake appears to have blown his on a heroine problem

I assume you mean heroin ?
unless he was addicted to a female hero ?


so he was a former child actor turned rocker / junkie ? my low opinion of him just got lower... I wonder if Adam Rich has a band...

Posted by FTY | August 20, 2007 2:22 PM

I don't think the 18 year old girls at work quite understand how big of a disappointment this album is if you grew up as an awkward teenager, seeing awkward acoustic sets from Blake and Jenny at records stores while skipping school.

Maybe Jenny got a makeover from Tyra.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2007 3:17 PM

>>I assume you mean heroin ?
unless he was addicted to a female hero ?


so he was a former child actor turned rocker / junkie ? my low opinion of him just got lower... I wonder if Adam Rich has a band... <<

Whoops. I'm usually better about proofreading. And why don't we read the article in question before dismissing him completely. He may have fallen into the child-star-cliché for a bit, but it appears he's overcome it successfully, and he's done something with his life of which he can be proud: producing some pretty damn fine music. Sure this album isn't amazing, but they've said they approached this album with the mindset that they wanted to have fun after touring behind albums that were more on the serious side.

Posted by Seth | August 20, 2007 4:03 PM

"Ready for the asshole comment of the afternoon? Jenny Lewis is now obsolete thanks to Feist."

Feist pales in comparison. Jenny lewis dominates.

but in all fairness, this record lacks. i'm sure her next solo attempt would be a little more legit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2007 8:56 PM

I'm sad that noone got my troop beverly hills reference

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2007 1:45 PM

Your making a reference to "Troop Beverly Hills" is what's sad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2007 1:48 PM

>

What, are we only allowed to like one female artist? Hipster boys can be so misogynistic.

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Posted by moeiswe | August 21, 2007 3:16 PM

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Posted by moeiswe | August 21, 2007 3:16 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2007 3:31 PM

They should call Mike Mogis and try it again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2007 5:31 PM

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