>Johnathan Rice

>As much as I am embarassed to say, The OC was an important part of my teenage years. It served to be my emotional outlet as well as my source for music (The OC soundtrack 2, is still near my heart). I believe it was on that album that Johnathan Rice’s song “So Sweet” was featured on it. That was the first time I met the guy.

A few songs that stuck out to me off of ‘Trouble is Real’:

Interestingly, I read an interview where Ben Gibbard said that a conversation with Johnathan Rice inspired the song “Grapevine Fires” off of ‘Narrow Stairs’.

I am extremely excited for their upcoming project titled Jenny and Johnny. I can’t say I’m not surprised, Lewis seems to keep reinventing herself year after year. It seems that with every new reinvention, she comes out with something really different from anything she’s done before.

I was really thrown back by her return to Rilo Kiley with the flop ‘Under the Blacklight’. Don’t get me wrong, the album is fun to hear live and sing at the top of your lungs with a good friend, but it’s garbage for a serious listen. I think Rilo Kiley would have been better off to end their stint with ‘More Adventurous’ (2004). I however, probably wouldnt’ve been able to see them the times I did.

With Jenny and Johnny, I anticipate a folk-country sound that sounds a bunch like the album ‘Further North’. I’m really hoping they make their way to Toronto to support the record.

They warn on the website that “This is not a Rilo Kiley record, a Jenny Lewis record, or a Johnathan Rice record. This is Jenny and Johnny. They’re having fun now, and they want you to, too.” Very cute.

The album art is fantastic:

Reminds me a bit of:

You may also remember him from his appearance in the film ‘Walk the Line’ where he played Roy Orbison in a few scenes:

Jim with Jenny and Johnathan!!!

The indie gang, Gibbard, Deschanel, Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf), Lewis and Rice:

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