When I heard about the pet project of Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Postal Service) and her Scottish-American singer-songwriter boyfriend Johnathan Rice, I was prepared for a precious, cloying experience. I anticipated solipsism and a heavy dose of wince-worthy cutesy-poo — like a mildly more legit She & Him. But you know what? Yes, Jenny & Johnny’s brand-new debut, I’m Having Fun Now, is full of sweet duets and a touch of starry-eyed schmaltz, but these two are compelling songwriters and well-suited collaborators, and that didn’t just vanish once they started sharing a bed. Rice and Lewis both contributed heavily to Elvis Costello’s 2008 release Momofuku, and their appreciation for the bopping, new wave-tinged rock ’n’ roll of The Imposter is clear on tunes like “Scissor Runner” and “Big Wave.” It’s sturdy, catchy, sunny, upbeat indie pop — with the occasional organic, folky flourishes you’d expect — and likely Lewis’ best output in a few years.
In addition to that, J&J will play an all-ages show at Third Man Records at 6 p.m. on Sunday. As we are told by official people: "When fans arrive at the venue their ticket will be stamped, they then have 3 days to return to the Third Man shop if they would like to purchase a black and blue colored vinyl of the show." As we are told by the performers themselves, in the most adorable show announcement to hit our inbox in months:
On the twenty-sixth day of this month, we will give a celebratory concert for three hundred of our friends at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee. We are celebrating the changing of the seasons and change itself. However, since you have been so kind and gracious in your patronage of our new LP and our American tour, we don't want to take too much change from your pockets. Tickets will be three dollars. The show will be in keeping with the ideals and practices of Third Man Records, which is to say that it will be recorded to tape in two fifteen minute sets, to be released at a later date. We would like to thank Third Man Records in advance and promise to do our very best.
We wish you all a lovely Fall,
J and J
"Promise to do our very best." <— Awwwwwwwwwwww.