We’ll be on our 3rd hour of Tasty Tracks on this weekend’s presentation of The Appetizer. First off, if you haven’t already, surf over here and Like us on Facebook. I’d really appreciate it.
Back to what’s coming up this weekend. If you haven’t heard the alt. rock group Young The Giant, then you’re in store for a real treat. Their song My Body was the free iTunes single a few weeks back, and it’s been in regular rotation in my office for the past few weeks. These California rockers’ influences and style are a metaphor for the diversity of the band themselves, comprised of various ethnic backgrounds like British, Indian, French-Canadian, and Persian.
Other great acts featured this weekend include the husband and wife duo known as Tennis. Before Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore set sail on the Atlantic for a several month vacation, they were individual singer/songwriters who had individual careers in music. Their voyage on the ocean changed that. Upon returning, they began crafting their stories into songs together. Branding themselves as a Lo-Fi Pop sound, or a Brian Wilson meets Daniel Johnston, these Denver musicians have taken on the name Tennis, and their album Cape Dory showcases their collective songwriting talents.
Original Cover by Fred Ray; (right) cover by Joe Jusko
I love cover songs. To me, it’s a reinterpretation of art. The analogy that makes most sense to me is found in pictures and art. I’m a bit of a comicbook nerd and there are some classic comic book covers going back to the silver age and golden age of comics. When modern artists do their own rendition of those classic covers, which either different characters or a modern look for the character, that’s a version of “covering” something in reinterpretation. I especially like it when you take a song written in one particular style and reinterpret it in a completely different style. I’ll show you what I’m referring to this weekend when we hear some Green Day reinterpreted in a blue grass sound. Even if you’re not a bluegrass fan, you’ll still dig it.
A few weeks ago I blogged about discovering this great dance-rock band called Geographer
. I’ve got a track from their Animal Shapes release that you’ll certainly want to pick up. Also music from alt. country band The Bridge and the Shins later in the hour. And I’ll introduce you to Nicole Atkins
, a great new singer-songwriter with a new album called Mondo Amore.
All this and more coming up on the next presentation of The Appetizer.