50 Ways To Prove I’m Rubbish #26

Whilst usually in this series – which I hadn’t forgotten about, honest! – I feature songs which I didn’t like, ignored or was dismissive of when I first heard them, today’s entry is included for a slightly different reason.

For despite being exactly the sort of band I would love, somehow Rilo Kiley – for it is them that I speak of – completely flew under my radar for several years.

In fact, I even bought Rabbit Fur Coat, the band’s main woman Jenny Lewis’ 2006 album with The Watson Twins, long before I was in any way conscious of Rilo Kiley’s existence.

And then, three or four years ago, today’s tune came on BBC 6Music, and my ears pricked up, partly because I recognised the voice but couldn’t place it, mostly because it’s such a great record.

When the DJ gave the band name after the record finished, and mentioned Lewis too, I couldn’t understand how this record wasn’t already in my life.

Shortly afterwards, I’d picked up their 2004 album More Adventurous, where this little beauty lives:

Rilo Kiley – Portions for Foxes

More soon.