Monday: Night Terrors of 1927 “When You Were Mine” feat. Tegan and Sara
Absolutely loving this new song from local Los Angeles band Night Terrors of 1927!! With a blend of synth-electropop and anthemic vocal harmonies, sweetened even more by featured guests Tegan and Sara, the band continues to live up to the rapturous buzz generated by their 2012 debut and EP that followed. Although the collaboration is new, the members have a fairly solid musical history. Jarrod Gorbel was the lead vocalist for The Honorary Title, and his musical partner Blake Sennett is the former lead guitarist for Rilo Kiley. The band is hard at work on their eagerly awaited debut album, and if this song is any indication, it should be well worth the wait! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZD0mh1x3Lw
Tuesday: Jamestown Revival “California”
I’ll start right off by saying that this is a band that you really should see live. I discovered them back in February at the Americana Grammy Tribute show, they were unarguably the standouts on a bill of stellar talent. Was thrilled to see that industry blogger Bob Leftsetz recently gave them a glowing shout-out in his column as well. Originally hailing from Magnolia, Texas, the band is self-described as “indie rock with a southern slant” but the label of Americana or Folk would not be taken amiss. Beautifully blending vocal harmonies (and a little bit of banjo!), Jamestown Revival is definitely a band to watch!
Wednesday: Interpol “All The Rage Back Home”
Almost over the hump! Playing regularly in my head of late is the latest from New York band Interpol, from their first album in four years (or fifth album overall) “El Pintor”–an anagram for Interpol, in case you didn’t catch that. This ‘gloom rock’ band has toured with U2 and been compared to the likes of Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Smiths. “All The Rage Back Home” feels like a more melodic, energetic version of their earlier offerings, which admittedly I haven’t spent a whole lot of time with previously. This one however, has managed to implant itself quite firmly in my brain.
Throwback Thursday: Heatwave “Always and Forever” (1977)
One of the most beautiful love songs of the 70s –or any decade, really –this platinum selling single was a massive smash hit in 1977-78 for British-based R&B/funk/disco band Heatwave. It remains a perennial wedding favorite, and ‘Too Hot to Handle’ (the LP from which it originates) is one of the few R&B albums of the era that made it into the permanent collection of this alt-rock/Brit-pop devotee. The song has been covered by many artists over the past 38 years, including Diana Ross, Kenny Rogers and Luther Vandross, who made it a hit on the R&B charts again in 1995, and won a Grammy for his efforts. But Heatwave’s version of “Always and Forever” is still the definitive one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvEVurJpa9M
Friday: Andrew McMahon “Cecilia and the Satellite”
Wrapping up the week with Andrew McMahon, who already has a fairly long musical history despite his relative youth. He began playing piano at age 8 and in 1998 became the vocalist, pianist and primary songwriter for the band Something Corporate. His first ‘solo’ project was called Jack’s Mannequin, and its 2005 release coincided with a diagnosis of leukemia and the launching of a non-profit charity, the Dear Jack Foundation, to raise funds for research. A documentary on McMahon’s battle was released in 2009. Happy ending to this entry: The new song “Cecilia and the Satellite” from his 2014 solo album “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness” was named for his daughter, born in February of this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tYya_LOPEw
Check back next week for another batch of musical treats!