He’s just barely turned 24, but Johnathan Rice seems to have some stuff figured out for himself: major label deal, fancy friends, lauds from R.E.M., an IMDB page, a tour with Gibbard and Bazan, and a relationship with Jenny Lewis (by comparison, think we had just about figured out how to log on to Movable Type by that age). And it’s a mix-and-match of all of the above for the video of Johnathan’s roots-pop single “We’re All Stuck In The Desert”; got your major label budget, ample use of acting chops, Rilo Kileyers Blake Sennett and of course Jenny Lewis (in the backing band, driving the runaway car) Faye Runaway (one of the “Moneymaker” porn stars), and Winona Ryder (as a skinny reporter). The Blake and Winona bits are pulled from a faux press conference which features most of the aforementioned folks, and some others we couldn’t put names to (that’s where you guys come in — we’re just good for ID’ing rock stars, porn stars, and Winona Ryders). The conference has Johnathan answering questions regarding the video (which itself uses clips from the conference — the time line’s a bit Pulp Fiction), so for the sake of the narrative find the vid first, press clip next — both after the jump.

“We’re All Stuck Out In The Desert”

Press Conference

Comments (45)
  1. ev  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    let’s kick it off romper room style! “I see Matt Costa, and I see….”

  2. Daniel T  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    Jonathan Rice is (unintentionally?) hilarious and super talented. He makes music fun.

    Daniel Baldwin as the investment banker, but that one is easy, no?

  3. theheinrichmanure  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    that ain’t no baldwin. it’s pierre de reeder from rilo kiley. winona is the waitress in the video too! in press conference, i see matt costa, cass mccombs, blake sennett, winona…….

  4. methvalley  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    ummm…..this song is DOPE
    who knew?

  5. midnightcreep  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    winona has not been in a video since jon spencer blues explosion. that was a really long time ago

  6. shark  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    THIS IS SO RAD!

  7. maxwellsmart  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    ‘sär-”ka-z&m
    Function: noun

    : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual

  8. Stephen  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    Yeah, Blake back to acting. It’s been a while since Pinsky/Joey the Rat!

  9. the little girl was in the video autumn de wilde directed for death cab for cutie’s directions video of different names for the same thing. jrice knows errrrrbody!

  10. poolman  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    THIS PRESS CONFERENCE IS
    HYS-TERICAL!

  11. Gene  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    So … who’s the Priest?

  12. weatherunderground  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    and jason boesel from rilo/bright eyes is the drummer…….

    hippie guru jonathan wilson is playing the steel……

    rice looks super stoned

  13. sallybowles  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    with his long locks, johnathan is
    seriously **hotter** than ever!

  14. mack  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    great song. great video. this
    press conference is the best!

  15. jeff  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    it’s nice to see miss ryder back
    on screen again

  16. BobM  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    …And Morgan Nagler from
    Whispertown2000 too!!!!!!

  17. irolo  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    i’m getting a distinct DON’T LOOK BACK vibe
    only with a giant record instead of a giant lightbulb

  18. dothedance  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    this is different from his last album. what i mean is, i actually like it. i did not expect to. good media manipulation.

  19. killallhippies  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    he looks like he could use a shower

  20. DJDon  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    If this is the first single, I
    can’t wait to hear the rest.

  21. annie  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    i was at the echo show last month.
    everyone was singing the chorus.

  22. janie  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    I AM NOW A FAN.

  23. fucktard  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    do you think somewhere at the end of the rainbow, under his pot of gold, damien rice is weeping?

    or laughing….

  24. cg  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    The backing band in the music video is Jenny Lewis’s backing band from her solo tour — Michael Runion on bass, Jason Boesel (from Rilo Kiley) on drums, Farmer Dave on lap steel, and then of course Jenny herself on guitar/keys.

    In the “press conference,” the girl with the short dark hair who asks about cooking seafood is Morgan Nagler from Whispertown2000.

  25. dragking  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    probably not. damien’s probably balls deep with some starlet at present.

    has this record leaked?

  26. cowboyrobotscry  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    that’s not farmer dave that’s jonathan wilson. farmer dave is in interpol now. on jrice’s myspace it says farmer dave produced his new record…..
    but, i think it’s farmer dave on the actual recording
    beachwood sparks are the shit.

    this kid is definitely bringing down his douche factor dramatically. however, threat levels remain high until i hear the record.

  27. pwnightmare  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    I think that the “Free Market System”/”What is yr point?!” guy is maybe Rob Zabrecky from Possum Dixon? Weird, I loved that band…it’s been a while.

    Note: I am almost always wrong at Name That Person. Always. Almost.

  28. weezyF  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    for sure that’s rob zabrecky!`
    this kid knows everyone. like everyone. all the indie all stars are pimping him!

  29. DavidDoes  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    Nuthin wrong with your friends being
    in your video. Bands have been
    doin it forever.

  30. hurb  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    that press conference looks like a guest list for a really good show.
    the video: so he strangles the baldwin brother? why?

  31. possumkingdom  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2007 0

    this is funny

  32. a Meyn  |   Posted on Aug 16th, 2007 0

    Morgan Nagler of Whispertown2000=reporter inquiring about the use of herbs.

  33. currencythehighspitta  |   Posted on Aug 16th, 2007 0

    they should have played this song @ coachella

    it;s all shroomy

  34. johnathan rice  |   Posted on Aug 16th, 2007 0

    i just want to say that i don’t work for the wall street journal or anything, but i think kanye is gonna wax fifty come 9/11. i think 50′s ok and all that, and i really like the i get money single….but i put that more on flex’s track than fifty himself. you get what you pay for, these days, and that sounds like it cost a few nasdaq sweatrags. i don’t ever really find myself thinkin bout fifty’s lyrics, but i think about kanye’s words sometimes in my car. and kanye’s gonna have weezy on his new record, which is worth my weekly allowance any week. dedication 2 has been in heavy rotation since like 2006! weezy is just on that zeitgeist, and you can’t really ignore it. i want to see him break his own records, and, i want to do a remix with him and see if we can maybe do it with mannie fresh. i can’t promise big sales….but i’m so dedicated right now.
    thanks for peepin this video
    jr

  35. pwnightmare  |   Posted on Aug 16th, 2007 0

    I don’t see Pedro the Lion, but I hear him. I’m surprised that no one has called him out on this one. People love calling people out!

    TIP!

  36. i saw this guy on tour w/ Gibbard and Bazan and he was so amazing. and very very funny.
    i can’t wait for the new album.
    this song, along w/ “middle of the road” & “end of the affair (w/ Jenny lewis)” is on an EP called “a girl called miami”
    if you can’t buy it from his site i know iTunes has it.

  37. I may have missed someone mentioning it in the comments, but if not…Matt Costa was the foreign reporter at the end.

  38. Nevermind, I apparently didn’t even read the first comment, ha!

  39. el  |   Posted on Aug 16th, 2007 0

    Pierre de Reeder (rilo Kiley) in the coffee shop- investmant banker

  40. lazyconfessions  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    oh my god, his eyes,
    how beautiful!

  41. annie onymous  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2007 0

    this song would be 10 times better is it was 2 minutes shorter.

  42. lisa  |   Posted on Aug 20th, 2007 0

    I WANT MORE!

  43. Lizzie  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    Rays on. Rays off. Doesn’t even matter.

  44. ky  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2007 0

    who is that little girl? she looks so familiar.

  45. pokute  |   Posted on Oct 3rd, 2007 0

    That little girl has been in a few music videos this year. She does look familiar.

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