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Jenny Lewis w/ the Watson Twins: "Jack Killed Ma"

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Published on Jun 4, 2006

This song has got the Kiley-philes of the Internet all riled up, so to speak, and with good reason. It's the musical and thematic high point of the Jenny Lewis Revivalist Revue and the moment when it's clearest what she's trying to do while apart from her band. Jenny sits down behind the piano for this one, allowing her guitarist and call-and-answer partner to take center stage. The song itself is a throwback about love, jealousy, murder and regret -- a perfect homage to the 60's and 70's sub-radar tours of Johnny Cash and the Carter Family. The only bad thing about it is that it's likely to be relegated to b-side status, since Jenny will probably be back recording with Rilo Kiley again before she puts together another full album's worth of solo material. It deserves more prominent exposure than that, and hopefully the reaction of the online fan community can help spur that on.

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