|Compilation album by Rilo Kiley|
|Released||April 2, 2013|
|Genre||Indie rock, alt country, folk, indie pop|
|Label||Little Record Company|
|Rilo Kiley chronology|
|The A.V. Club||B+|
Following the 2010 announcement of the band's hiatus, drummer Jason Boesel discussed plans for a compilation album, intended for release that year. In 2012, it was confirmed by Pitchfork Media that the B-sides release was nearly finished. The release date for the album was eventually announced as April 2, 2013.
“Every record that I’ve ever been a part of, there are always leftovers — things that don’t work as a part of the whole thing,” Lewis says. “Some songs, which may actually be better songs in the long run, get kind of kicked to the side in the process. We scoured our digital hard drives and old 8-track cassette tapes and made this record.”
The band reached out to fans for help making a video for "Let Me Back In", inviting fans "to upload your favorite personal Rilo Kiley video clip, band footage, created animation, etc... whatever you have in moving pictures that you'd like to share with us." The video was released via Pitchfork Media on February 19, 2013.
Spin Magazine gave the compilation an 8/10, saying that "Rkives is not the sorely nonexistent sixth Rilo Kiley album, unfortunately, but as a career-spanning loose-ends wrap-up, it's sure a lot better than the next best thing". Rolling Stone called it a "mostly filler-free set of outtakes, demos and b-sides", and The A.V. Club said that while the album "begins and ends as a “fans only” endeavor [...] the compilation provides an essential supplement to the Rilo Kiley discography".
Some of the tracks were used as B-sides to previous singles throughout the band's career, while others are previously unreleased.
Tracks 5 and 6 were recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska for an unreleased EP.
Track 11 is a B-side from the band's 2002 album The Execution of All Things. It was previously available on the single for "The Execution of All Things" (under the title "Emotional (Until Crickets Guide You Back)").
Tracks 14 and 15 were recorded at Blake Sennett's house in Echo Park. Track 14 is a demo version of "Rest of My Life", a song from the band's 2001 record Take Offs and Landings.
|1.||"Let Me Back In"||Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett||Rilo Kiley, Jason Lader||4:23|
|2.||"It'll Get You There"||Lewis||Rilo Kiley, Jason Lader||5:02|
|3.||"Runnin' Around"||Lewis||Rilo Kiley, Jason Lader||2:56|
|4.||"All the Drugs"||Lewis||Rilo Kiley, Jason Lader||3:45|
|5.||"Bury, Bury, Bury Another"||Lewis||Mike Mogis||3:29|
|6.||"Well, You Left"||Sennett||Mike Mogis||6:17|
|7.||"Draggin' Around"||Lewis||Rilo Kiley, Jason Lader||3:24|
|8.||"I Remember You (feat. Benji Hughes)"||Lewis, Sennett, Hughes||Rilo Kiley, Jason Lader||4:16|
|9.||"Dejalo (Zondo Remix feat. Too $hort)"||Lewis, Johnathan Rice, Too $hort||Rilo Kiley||3:35|
|10.||"A Town Called Luckey (feat. Tim Kasher)"||Lewis, Sennett||Mike Mogis||6:43|
|11.||"Emotional"||Lewis, Sennett, Pierre De Reeder||Mike Mogis||3:52|
|12.||"American Wife"||Lewis||Mike Mogis||4:36|
|13.||"Patiently"||Lewis, Sennett||Mike Mogis||3:08|
|14.||"Rest of My Life (Demo)"||Sennett||Rilo Kiley||3:52|
|15.||"About the Moon (feat. The Watson Twins)"||Lewis, Sennett||Rilo Kiley||3:09|
|16.||"The Frug"||Lewis, Sennett||Sandbox||2:40|
- There are 2 separate hidden tracks not listed in the liner notes. They begin after several minutes of silence. The one on the CD is sung by Jenny Lewis and the one on the LP is sung by Blake Sennett
- Rilo Kiley
- Jenny Lewis - vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar
- Blake Sennett - guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Pierre de Reeder – bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals
- Jason Boesel - drums, percussion (Tracks 1-14)
- Dave Rock - drums, percussion (Tracks 15-16)
- Additional personnel
- Benji Hughes - guest vocals on track 8
- Too $hort - guest vocals on track 9
- Tim Kasher - guest vocals on track 10
- The Watson Twins - guest vocals on track 15.
- Spin review
- Rolling Stone review
- The A.V. Club review
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- Consumer Guide review
- Callihan, Kristen. "New Jenny Lewis and Rilo Kiley Albums in the Works, says Jason Boesel". Paste Magazine. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- Stuart, Tessa. "Jenny Lewis: Rilo Kiley Never Broke Up". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
- "Brooklyn Vegan". Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "Official Site". Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "AllMusic - Draggin' Around". Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "AllMusic - Portions For Foxes". Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "IMDB - Desert Blue - Soundtrack". Retrieved May 30, 2013.