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Season 1 Episode 11

She & Him, Jenny Lewis, Jakob Dylan

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2009 on Sundance Channel
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Spectacle's wild circus mix of interview and performance returns to the younger side of the musical mosaic with this fascinating familial portrait. A group of young artists who hail from sometimes famous show business families take center stage on their own : Jenny Lewis, Jakob Dylan and the indie duo She & Him (singer-songwriter-actress Zooey Deschanel and guitarist/producer M. Ward). Elvis' interviews explore both their current musical adventures and their earliest family influences. Musical performances include Jenny Lewis and Elvis getting together for a song from her new album (which EC played on), Jakob Dylan playing a primitive, stripped-down version of a Wallflower song before sharing a duet with Elvis, and She & Him, according to the Sundance website, "showing off their intriguing, timeless sound". The program comes to a rousing close with Elvis and the all the guests "hooking up for a fitting finale on one of the host's signature hits".moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Song List

        Show Biz Kids (Steely Dan-Written by Walter Becker/Donald F*gan
        Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and band
        (Farmer Dave, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas, Tennessee Thomas)

        Change Is Hard (She & Him-Written by Zooey Deschanel)
        Performed by Zooey Deschanel (Vocal) and Matt Ward (Lead Guitar/Vocal)
        With Elvis Costello (Guitar), Davey Faragher (Bass)
        Farmer Dave (Pedal Steel), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

        Pretty Bird (Written by Jenny Lewis)
        Performed by Jenny Lewis (Vocal) and Johnathan Rice (Guitar)
        With Elvis Costello (Guitar), Davey Faragher (Bass/Vocal), Pete Thomas (Drums)
        Matt Ward (Lead Guitar), Farmer Dave (Pedal Steel), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

        Carpetbaggers (Jenny Lewis-Written by Johnathan Rice)
        Performed by Jenny Lewis (Vocal) and Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)
        Johnathan Rice (Guitar/Vocal), Farmer Dave (Pedal Steel), Davey Faragher (Bass)
        Zooey Deschanel (Vocal), Pete Thomas (Drums), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

        Go Away (Written by Elvis Costello)
        Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and Jenny Lewis (Vocal)
        Johnathan Rice (Guitar), Farmer Dave (Organ), Davey Faragher (Bass)
        Pete Thomas (Drums), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

        One Headlight (The Wallflowers-Written by Jakob Dylan)
        Jakob Dylan (Guitar/Vocal) - Alternate Arrangement/Snippet

        On Up The Mountain (Written by Jakob Dylan)
        Jakob Dylan (Guitar/Vocal) and Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal)

        Straight To Hell (Written by The Clash)
        Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and Jakob Dylan (Guitar/Vocal)
        Farmer Dave (Pedal Steel), Davey Faragher (Bass)
        Pete Thomas (Drums), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

        (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
        (Elvis Costello And The Attractions-Written by Nick Lowe)
        Performed by Elvis Costello (Guitar/Vocal) and Jakob Dylan (Guitar/Vocal)
        Johnathan Rice (Lead Guitar), Davey Faragher (Bass), Farmer Dave (Organ)
        Jenny Lewis (Vocal) and Zooey Deschanel (Vocal)
        Pete Thomas (Drums), Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Jakob: I just always liked … good songs by thoughtful songwriters and … I always wanted to know what they were listening to.

      • Matt Ward: I love that feeling when you're listening to a record or reading a book where you're not really sure what place in time it exists, and that's definitely an ideal for me when I'm producing something. I like that, I think it's a healthy confusion.

      • Zooey: There's always … if you want to write, you can write, you know. I think that … it's not letting anything stop you, I think, that's great.

      • Jenny Lewis: The Bakersfield sound with the hillbilly swing stuff, and then later with …Grahm Parsons and Emmylou Harris. There's just something about this kind of search for authenticity that gets kinda put through the wringer of Los Angeles and comes out, you know, sounding sweeter and less affected. And I think growing up in the San Fernando Valley, there's this kind of great divide. It's incredibly classist, Los Angeles, and the goal is to physically get over the hill into Hollywood. So if you grow up in the valley, you're often running into people who haven't quite made it in Hollywood, or might never make it in Hollywood. And I think the characters kind of walking around the shopping malls and the parking lots, being stuck in traffic on the 405. These were the kind of images that sparked, kind of, the initial songs that I started writing.

      • Elvis: We've got a bunch of show-biz kids … on this show. You know … there's Zooey, whose mother is an actress, there's Jenny Lewis, whose father plays the harmonica, and … Well, actually, your dad plays the harmonica …
        Jakob: Yeah, a little bit.
        Elvis: Yeah … and I think if we have a contest, let's face it, between all the parents, you'd definitely win.
        Jakob: Okay (laughs), I didn't wanna say it.

      • Elvis: Earlier this year, the writer of this song, Jenny Lewis, asked me to sing on her new record. Eight studio dates later, I contributed to her next single and had a brand-new album of my own under my arm. And, we're gonna play a few songs for ya. We're gonna play A and B side of a new single, which is not something you get to say very often. You're lucky if you can find a record shop these days.

      • (Elvis asks if he avoids anything because of comparison's to his dad)
        Jakob: Yeah … you know, I did a lot more when I started out, and I actually didn't play an acoustic guitar for a long, long time - which is only awkward because that's the guitar most of us write on, but … You know, I stayed away from certain things for a long time, but then … I suppose a certain … I don't know if it's a burden or just interest, kinda got lifted off and, uh, I just couldn't keep up with it anymore, and I thought I'd just … It's what I wanna do, it's what I like doing, and I think, you know, the guys I've admired, all the great songwriters, eventually … that's where they go back to. If you're writing songs, you end up with one of these and you end up by yourself, and you dig in and you mean business and … it was only a matter of time till … I got to the point where I was … really interested in doing that and not as concerned anymore.

      • Jakob: I wrote that song (One Headlight) at my kitchen table … very quietly, early in the morning - which is still how I write songs and, I was never one to go into the studio and put up drumbeats and build backwards and … It always started that same way. And I have recordings of that song and all the other songs the band did in the same way, which is just how I did this record, but instead of going into the studio and exploring them and designing sounds and a big ruckus, these ones just stayed exactly right at the beginning without being explored.

      • Elvis: Must have peace, more peace and love. It's just for the children, a new generation.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Pete Thomas, a founding member of the Attractions, not only got to rock out to an Elvis Costello and The Attractions classic, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding, he got to do it with his daughter, Tennessee Jane Bunny Thomas, the drummer for the all-girl band, "The Like". Last year, Tennessee appeared on Elvis' Momofuku album, accompanying her dad on four tracks.

      • This Week's Guest Musicians

        Davey Faragher (Bass/Vocal)
        Johnathan Rice (Guitar/Vocal)
        "Farmer" Dave Scher (Pedal Steel/Organ)
        Pete Thomas (Drums)
        Tennessee Thomas (Drums)

    • ALLUSIONS (0)