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Diamond Lane

by Raining Jane

Eclectic indie rock, with folk and funk influences, beautiful harmonies, guitars, cello, bass, keys, drums, cajon. Lyrics range from serious to comedic to political.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Wyoming Sky
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2. Window Song
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3. Fashionable
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4. Deep In My Pocket
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5. Tonight
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6. Somebody
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7. Diamond Lane
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8. Birthday Malaise
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9. Come On
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10. Turn Your Lights Down Low
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11. Follow Me
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Raining Jane is an independent, eclectic rock-folk band based in Los Angeles. Mai Bloomfield, Becky Gebhardt, Chaska Potter and Mona Tavakoli joined forces in 1999 and soon developed a loyal fan base out of UCLA's music scene. After spending the next four years gigging in California, recording an album and finishing college, Raining Jane made its first venture outside the golden state. Now the foursome spends months at a time touring all over the U.S. and opening for artists such as Vanessa Carlton, Guster, Reel Big Fish, Citizen Cope and Maktub. In 2005, Raining Jane self-released their second studio album "Diamond Lane," recorded at The Village Recorder in Santa Monica, with Grammy-award winner Mark Johnson and Robin Moxey. Also in 2005, Raining Jane garnered a full endorsement from Fender.

While Raining Jane's music is rooted in rock and folk, songs are further shaped by funk, hip-hop and world music influences. Each member contributes to songwriting and song crafting. Starting with a foundation in acoustic and electric guitars, drums and bass, Raining Jane strives to expand their sound beyond what is expected. This means swapping instruments and incorporating the cello, cajon, sitar and rapping. All band members are well versed in more than one instrument, but what seals the deal on the trademark Raining Jane sound is their unique, chill-inducing three-part harmonies.

Live shows bring out the best of the music and personalities of Raining Jane, with a dynamic stage presence and all-or-nothing delivery. They are known for their exuberance, sincerity and musical deftness, and for putting on a show that will make audiences think, feel and laugh. Guiding Raining Jane's journey is a passion for music and desire to make a positive difference in the world, one song at a time.


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Forget yellow brick roads. Stroll down the diamond lane instead.
Raining Jane sings and plays with the cohesion of a blues quartet that has been jamming together in the same smoke filled night spot almost forever. But theirs is an outdoor gig on a clear summer night lit by a bright moon in soaring melodies and angelic harmonies. These women have paid their fair share of dues, and they are winning. "Wyoming Sky" is a road song, but it elevates like transcendentalist poetry. "Window Song" unlocks rusty chains with a turning to sieze the day. They flash a thinly veiled, chilled-out punk attitude. They serve devotion en Francaise. Raining Jane gives the pleasure of one sublime night in a minute that lasts a lifetime. They show the impossibility of love without risk. A leap of trust depends on truth to yourself without shame. They hate the cloying greed of grasping after empty presence with naked aggression. Their funk au go go come hither groove is a haunted moment generating pure heat. The most they ask is to let their delicate torch song glow. Their ringing call promises a joined struggle born from the ashes of senseless destruction. The thing to do is to listen again and again.


I love the music and the sound is very addicting. I love the song Deep in my Pocket the most.


Every single on the cd is a gorgeous musical journey. The women beautifully blend folk, funk, pop, and rock. Sound like those genres don't mix? With this band, they do, and wonderfully! I was first introduced to Raining Jane during a superb college performance, and listen to this cd often. "Birthday Malaise" and "Fashionable" are just waiting to tear up a college radio station. Give this one a listen. You won't regret it.

Mike Phirman

Using ten words or less, I'd say this album is
Incredible. My first three thoughts after listening to it: (1) I wish there was more, (2) I am a cooler person than I was before I heard it, and (3) I now have to go and write a review to tell people how unbelievably good it is.


My driving anthems
I first heard Raining Jane at Whitworth College (my school) and then at Whitman College (not my school). They're such fun live (Mona is a kick; you need to see her play the cajon), and their CDs are awesome! I'm on a three-month road trip, and I listen to this CD a lot. It was great for getting me through Montana ("Wyoming Sky," especially). I love their sound, and all the songs on this CD are great. My favorites include "Somebody" and "Diamond Lane." I love the Marley remake as well.


Still my faves. . .
I've been following this group for years, loved all the their songs, but from the moment I first heard Wyoming Sky. . . it'll probably still be my all time fave when I die. Window Song is up there too.