Aw man, Rilo Kiley broke up. The Jenny Lewis-fronted group was one of my favorite bands in high school and I totally saw them a bunch of times. Here’s a ridiculous anecdote about those guys from my teenage years:
My folks’ house, the house I grew up in, is located in a beautiful, hilly neighborhood on the Eastside of Los Angeles. It’s a quiet and lovely little area off the beaten path. (That’s one great thing about L.A., it’s so sprawling that little pockets can remain relatively undiscovered. Mt. Washington was one of those places up until the last decade or so). One day, there was a lot of strange stuff going on outside the house: someone had parked in our driveway and people were walking back and forth. I walked outside to investigate and saw a photoshoot in progress, a Rilo Kiley photoshoot. The kicker? I was wearing an effing Rilo Kiley t-shirt at the time. Actually. Like a real asshole. So now you know the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me. Anyway, here are the five RK songs I like the most.
“With Arms Outstretched”: