Stopping off at Minnesota Public Radio station The Current while on the latest leg of her world tour behind last year’s solo album Acid Tongue, Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis treated listeners to a live performance of a brand new song ‘Just Like Zeus’ yesterday. A simple singalong number that seems to get progressively more country as it jangles along, it’s a cute little ditty that’s packed full of interesting (and sometimes opaque) lyrics. Best example: “Like seeing a cold sore in a kissing booth / there’s nothing less I’d rather do” – well, quite.
The other songs performed were ‘Carpetbaggers’ and ‘See Fernando’, both from Acid Tongue. Listen to the full session here. Jenny is on tour throughout the US until the mid-July with support from The Sadies, Deer Tick or Heartless Bastards, depending on the date. She’s playing at least two other new songs – ‘Big Wave’ and ‘Trying My Best’ – and has promised to throw in some Rilo Kiley favourites too. At least one show has also featured a surprise screening of the “making of Acid Tongue” documentary ‘Welcome To Van Nuys’, titled after Jenny’s hometown where the album was recorded. Zooey Deschanel, M Ward and Elvis Costello all cameo – unsurprisingly, as they all feature on the album. Watch this space for release details.