Part 3 of After The Show’s “Using Music to Learn Vocabulary” has arrived!
1. Vagrancy: “Difference is Time” by Jason Boesel / Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Vagrancy is the state of wandering the land of an itinerant person without a home or regular employment.
2. Apocryphal: “Smarter” by Eisley
Apocryphal means erroneous or fictitious; of questionable authorship or authenticity; false.
3. Jonestown: “Highs and Lows of Being Number 1” by Jenny and Johnny
Jonestown, or the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, was a cult led by Jim Jones. In November 1978, 918 people in Jonestown died in a mass-suicide / mass-murder.
4. Garish: “Get Well” by Noise Addict
Garish means obtrusively bright and showy, loud, or gaudy.
5. Watershed: “Watershed” (an unfinished, unreleased demo) by Hanson
A watershed is a ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems; a critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point.
Jenny and Johnny made a cameo (see below) on the season 5 premiere of Gossip Girl, playing themselves.
The band’s song “My Pet Snakes” was also featured in the episode.
“Icarus” (The Hours) references the Icarus/Daedalus myth:
“Narcissus in a Red Dress” (The Like) references the Narcissus/Echo myth:
“Just Like Zeus” (Jenny and Johnny) references Zeus and Mount Olympus:
“Hey Now Girl” (Phantom Planet) references sirens from Homer’s Odyssey:
“Some Velvet Morning” (Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra) is about Phaedra and Hippolytus:
-Ben Lee’s album The Rebirth of Venus
-“Icarus” by Jason Webley and Amanda Palmer
-“Narcissus Road” by The Hours
-“Athena” by The Who
To celebrate the release of their new album I’m Having Fun Now, Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice) are playing a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
When/Where: 8/31/2010 at 6pm at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
For more details, click here.
I’m Having Fun Now by Jenny and Johnny doesn’t come out until August 31st, but you can listen to the entire album as many times as you want here.
If you’ve already heard “Scissor Runner,” “Switchblade,” and “Big Wave,” be sure to listen to “My Pet Snakes,” “Just Like Zeus,” “New Yorker Cartoon,” and “Committed.”
Also, head over to Spin here to watch an interview with Jenny and Johnny at their house!