About this playlist
One of the best songwriters of her time, Jenny Lewis has just released her third (and arguably best) solo album, The Voyager. She has put together a playlist of some of her favorite music for Napster, with the added bonus of commentary. Here are her picks.
The War on Drugs, "Red Eyes"
"Philly represent! Represent! My dad was from Philadelphia. He learned how to play music on a wax harmonica."
Donnie & Joe Emerson, "Baby"
"This song is like a romantic trip to the moon … on GHB."
Angel Olsen, "Acrobat"
"Angel has the most beautiful voice. She reminds me of Karen Dalton, with short bangs."
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?"
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?"
Brandy and Monica, "The Boy Is Mine"
"This is one of my favorite songs of all time! I'd love to do a cover of it with Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls. But who would sing which part?"
Califone, "On the Steeple with the Shakes (X-mas Tigers)"
"I love this dude. I love his production and who doesn't want an Xmas tiger?"
Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, "What I Am"
"Yep, I still love this song! And the entire record."
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 hummus is delicious too."
Rickie Lee Jones, "Chuck E's in Love"
"This song is about Chuck E. Weiss! Look him up!"
Parquet Courts, "Stoned and Starving"
"I can't at all relate to this sentiment."
The Felice Brothers, "Wonderful Life"
"This song makes someone I know cry ... isn't it a wonderful life?"
Sharon Van Etten, "Every Time the Sun Comes Up"
"Ah, Sharon. Her voice is like the peach melba dessert from my favorite restaurant Antoine's, in New Orleans."
Courtney Barnett, "Avant Gardener"
"This is the best piece of art about an asthma attack since The Goonies."