Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Extending my card collection into tarot cards

In a first for the blog, I'm writing while holed up at work due to a bomb threat in the building. If I get blown up, I want you all to know I really appreciate your readership over these past few years. Hit up my wife if you want to make an offer on my card collection. Don't lowball her or I'll haunt you good! (Nah, don't worry, it's just a crazy person disrupting my commute home so I'm stuck in the office for another hour or two till police get everything under control.)

But onto what I was gonna blog about... Let me first say that I'm not at all into astrology, fortunetelling, or any supernatural stuff along those lines. I think I'd fall under the umbrella of "skeptic" for all mystical hoobajoob. (--though I admit to keeping my distance from the number 13 when convenient, and I've been known to literally knock wood from time to time.)

But from a collector standpoint, I dig dusty old items associated with that kinda stuff.. exotic and weird brikabrak. Especially in regards to music, like the back cover of Jane's Addiction's Ritual de lo Habitual. And I've mentioned the band Rilo Kiley here a few times over the years and how they're a favorite of mine and how I met my wife through our mutual love of the band. Well, singer Jenny Lewis recently put out some tarot cards to help promote her new album, On The Line. (Just to prove how not into this scene I am, my wife had to correct me that the ending T in tarot is silent. It's "TA-row") 

You can get them from her website. It's like $10 (closer to $15 after shipping). Not super cheap, but I thought it was worth it to get some official Jenny Lewis cards into my collection. I know Gypsy Queen has put out some cool faux tarot inserts the past couple years, but other than that I didn't really own any of that type of stuff.

The collector in me is wary of opening up the shrinkwrap. But thanks to an online search, here's what they look like...

These are all based on Jenny Lewis songs (and one from her time in Rilo Kiley, "Silver Lining"). Pretty cool.

Some of these images may have previously surfaced on her Instagram or Spotify accounts. The decks were originally offered thru Spotify a few months ago and sold out very quickly (to my disappointment)-- but thankfully they eventually were back in stock on her website and I was able to grab one.

It's a good album. Check it out if that's your thing.

So there you have it, tarot cards added to my card collection. Howbout you? Any tarot cards or things of that nature mixed in with your trading cards?


  1. I played her On the Line album pretty regularly on Spotify when it was released in March and the tarot card images would pop up for each song. The art isn't my bag but I like the song references.

  2. I enjoy tarot cards from an aesthetic perspective and I think they can make for some unique cards. That said I associate them too much with those bogus fortune tellers who somehow always operate their business on the second floors of pretty prime real estate in midtown NYC.

  3. I'm not a big Jenny Lewis fan but I have to admit after a few times hearing Red Bull & Henessey on the radio I would turn it up when it came on. It's one of the better songs of 2019.

  4. Interesting cards, even if I'm not familiar with Rilo Kiley or Jenny Lewis. Going to have to check them out though, I'm always up for checking out some new artists and do recall some of your previous posts on the band.

  5. I have a buddy that hosts an indie rock show once a week and he's played Jenny Lewis a few times...she's released some good stuff!

  6. Jenny Lewis is fantastic - I miss Rilo Kiley, but I think that has more to do with missing being in my 20s with the music up loud. Jenny's solo work is great too, always been a fan of her voice.

  7. I don't own any tarot cards... but that doesn't mean I wouldn't collect them at some point. If I stumbled across a cheap deck at the flea market with decent art, I'd probably grab it. As for Lewis... not familiar with her music. I'm kinda out of touch with modern music unless it's Drake, Cardi B, or something else my students request. But I liked the Red Bull & Henessey song you provided.