rara chats with: Jenny Lewis


With the release of Jenny Lewis’ highly anticipated third solo album, The Voyager, out this week; we thought we’d catch up with the Las Vegas songwriter to see what she’s been listening to this month.

1)   The War on Drugs – Red Eyes

Philly represent! Represent! My dad was from Philadelphia. He learned how to play music on a wax harmonica.

2)   Angel Olsen – Acrobat

Angel has the most beautiful voice. She reminds me of Karen Dalton, with short bangs.

3)   Beat Happening – Our Secret

We covered this on the postal service tour, I played the drums on this cut to 15,000 people in Brooklyn! What were Jimmy and Ben thinking, letting me do that?

4)   Bob Marley and the Wailers – Mellow Mood

This is from an amazing comp of early recordings and demos called Fiyah Fiyah. You know what to do to get yourself in a mellow mood, don’t ya?

5)   Brandy and Monica – The Boy is Mine  

This is one of my favourite songs of all time! I’d love to do a cover of it with dee dee penny of the dum dum girls. But who would sing which part?

6)   Califone – On the Steeple with the Shakes (Xmas Tigers)

I love this dude. I love his production and who doesn’t want an Xmas tiger?

7)  Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians – What I Am

Yep, I still love this song! And the entire record.

8)   Eleanor Friedberger – Inn of the Seventh Ray

I think Eleanor told me that someone suggested she write a song about this infamous Topanga canyon hippie restaurant. Well, done Eleanor and the hummous is delicious, too…

9)   Sharon Van Etten – Every Time the Sun Comes Up    

Ah, Sharon. Her voice is like the peach melba desert from my favourite restaurant Antoine’s in New Orleans

10)   The Felice Brothers – Wonderful Life    

This song makes someone I know cry…isn’t it a wonderful life?

11)   Parquet Courts – Stoned and Starving    

I can’t at all relate to this sentiment

12)   Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E’s in Love

This song is about Chuck E Weiss! Look him up!

Head over to rara now to listen to Jenny Lewis’ playlist.


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