Rilo Kiley will reissue their rare 1999, self-titled debut album on October 2nd.
The re-release on limited edition vinyl and download formats should give much wider exposure to a record which was originally only sold on CD at the band’s early shows, and which subsequently went out of print.
One person who might well have got hold of one of those rare originally copies is comedian Dave Foley; an immediate convert after attending the very first Rilo Kiley gig in 1998 at Spaceland in Silverlake. He’s written down his memories of that show to mark this occasion:
“January 1998, I was a young man, young compared to now, hanging out in L.A’s alt. rock club scene. One night in particular, I found myself at Spaceland, at the bar drinking when a band started playing. They were good, so good that I stopped fighting for the attention of the bartender and turned to see who it was. On stage was a very young, delightfully unpretentious group named Rilo Kiley. Between songs they were charming, smart and funny. During songs they were brilliant.”
“After the set I introduced myself and learned that this was their first public performance. I was astonished. They invited me back to their rehearsal space for Thai food and to hear some songs they didn’t have room for in the set. Dreamily, I filled my belly with noodles and my head with one great song after another. I was in a full on, pop music fan swoon. Having decided to force myself into their lives, I suggested (insisted) that I should fund a demo recording. They relented. I also tried to talk them into changing the band’s name. They were unrelenting. A lot of years have passed. I remain proud to know Rilo Kiley and grateful that I had the opportunity and ability to be of some help.”