After seven days in the studio were like, “Whoa this is really fun. Finally I bought this shitty Ford, but Jonathan needed to buy a car so we went to an estate sale near our house. To us, it represents unity and satisfaction because the snake is eating it’s own tail it can never be hungry and never want for anything. JL: When we first went into the studio our best friend Morgan said, “You guys aren’t singing together enough.” So we really over-compensated when we went out to Omaha. JL: Even with the band name, Jenny & Johnny, we wanted there to be a very distinct male and female presence. The songs that we write will determine what we do next. JR: We’ll be opening for Pavement and Belle and Sebastian. With this particular batch of tunes we wanted to go into the studio with my friend Pier de Reeder [from Rilo Kiley] and record some demos. I can parallel park pretty well — I’m a great driver. JR: Yeah, we’re not even going pretend to play it cool. I’ve never seen them live so I’m really looking forward to it. –Nice As Fuck, “NAF Theme” It was a nice surprise when a friend sent me a VISA gift card for my birthday.I could finally justify spending money to seeing Nice As Fuck’s most recent show in New York City at Bowery Ballroom.
This summer has been oppressively hot in New York, and without One Direction I have had little to look forward to. JR: You’d be even more impressed if you saw the actual phones. Come see the new place.” Nebraska is kind of the center of our musical universe. Jenny made her records there and we both worked with Mike. On the back of the car was a bumper sticker that said, “I’m having fun now.”We drove it around for a bit, but Jonathan ended up selling it to his friend. Apparently he said, “The world is not ready for what’s at the bottom of Lake Tahoe.”There’s something terrible down there. JL: Lots of Ouroboros, it’s that image of the snake eating it’s own tail. They left behind a lot of stuff, like a creepy old key with a skeleton key. But on the bookshelf was a book about Ouroboros and it sparked a bunch of strange dreams, which lead to a bunch of songs. JR: We didn’t put any thought into this record before we made it. Does writing, recording, and touring together ever put a strain on your relationship? Jason Boesel, who played in Rilo Kiley and has played with both of us for years, and Tod Adrian Wisenbaker on guitar from Whispertown 2000, an L. I’m impressed that you have two landlines in your house. It started about three years ago with a beautiful peach-colored rotary phone that has a terrible crackle. But they’re really frustrating if you’re dealing with an automated service, like Time Warner Cable, because you can’t really participate. We’re playing all these instruments and having a great time, maybe we should take these songs out to Omaha and finish them up with Mike Mogis.”JR: Mike built a studio in Omaha and kept telling us, “I’d love to give you guys some studio time. I understand you two have an obsession with station wagons. There are actually two versions of Johnathan’s car. They’re both station wagons, both a turquoise blue color. There was a 1977 Mazda station wagon for sale for 0 and we knew that Johnathan had to buy it. JL: It could have been at the bottom of Lake Tahoe. We don’t know if this is true or not, but Jacques Cousteau may have dove to the bottom of Lake Tahoe before he passed away. But I’m curious: does the snake ever run out itself to eat? JL: Well, the people that lived in this house before us were in their 90s and I’ve found that I have more in common with them than I do my peers. JR: We wanted Jenny & Johnny to be a new band, so it had to sound different. Can we expect more music in the future, or is this a one-off project? I’m working on a batch of songs and so is Johnathan, so we’ll see what happens. “I almost wore a tracksuit, but I wore a dress for you,” she adds, quickly correcting herself: “I wore a dress for me.”For Lewis, the clothes make the woman.On the cover of her new solo album, , she rocks a super-’70s white pantsuit airbrushed with psychedelic rainbow motifs that might have made even The Beatles pause.“I feel strong and mighty in that rainbow suit, like a little Elton John,” says Lewis, 38.