Ok so we all know Lorde, right? She’s now an international star at the age of 16 and has a massive hit song called “Royals.” Well she recently released her full length album and I wouldn’t be surprised if she showed up at every major music festival on earth next year. For those who are as tired of Royals as I am she has released her second single from her album “Pure Heroin.” The songs called “Team” and the video is outstanding. Give a look. This young lady is about to take over our ear drums for a while.
Ummmmm. Arcade Fire has started streaming their highly anticipated album “Reflektor” on youtube with a monster lyric video suddenly. This is unexpected twist in the saga that has been hype and promotion for this album. It was leaked in Ireland due to an early release so it looks like the band has taken it upon themselves to make sure fans hear the record directly from them before it becomes available for purchase next week.
Friday night Los Angeles was invaded by the Zombies. Led by original members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone the small Satellite in LA was packed up and shipped back to classic rock’s hey day with hits such as “She’s Not There,” Argent’s “Hold Your Head Up” and the timeless classic “Time of The Season”. Those tunes and a few choice covers led to what was an awesome night of notalgia for those old enough to remember and awe inspiring for those experiencing it for the first time. It was a night of classic rock they way it was meant to be heard. A small club. Keys, guitar, bass, drums and a couple still very very awesome singers.
The original Zombies formed in 1962 and it’s 2013. I’ll let you do the math but the fact is bands like this just don’t last this long and sound as good as they did. Colin Blunstone led the band vocally with his classic tone for most of the night with key moments of Rod Argent who played keys for the entire set lending a hand on a few choice songs. They opened the night with “I Love You” and “Breath In Breath Out” which is their most recent release off of their new album (yea you read that correctly). Mid way through the show Rod Argent told us they would like to play a few selections from their debut album called “Odyssey and Oracle”. This is where the magic happened. As the band moved through Zombie’s staples such as “Rose for Emily,” “Care Of Cell 44,” “I Want Her She Wants Me” and then finally capping off the mid set album cover with “Time Of The Season” I was pretty hooked. I got to be honest I was skeptical at first about paying 40 bucks to see this show. They have been around 50 years after all, but in the end that was the reason I went. After 50 years if a band like this is still at they have to be doing something right.
After The Zombies played an Alan Parson’s project song as well as a Smokey Robinson and the Miracles cover the cover fest continued but this time with a cover of Rod Argent’s from his solo band of the same name. The extended key board jam of “Hold Your Head Up” was a highlight of the night and in tasteful fashion Blunstone let Argent have the stage to himself as he lit the place on fire with his keyboard work. Closing out with the aforementioned “She’s Not There” which is the bands first hit ever was a suiting way to end the night. The unexpected encore featuring a rendition of Gershwin’s “Summertime” was just icing on the cake.
I love writing article like this. I love going to see bands that have stood the test of time. These songs and hits have been around for decades and hearing original members perform the songs live was a treat. After the show the band had signed a slew of posters and CD’s of which I definitely imbibed. All in all it was a fantastic night. You can’t beat a small club show with rock royalty gracing the stage. Nostalgia is a funny thing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it really really doesn’t. Friday night at the Satellite in LA I felt like I was a part of something that had been kept secret for 50 years and I loved every minute of it.
Here’s the set list from Friday:
I Love You, Can’t Nobody Love You (Solomone Burke), Breath Out Breath In, I Want You Back Again, What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (Jimmy Ruffin), Tell Her No, I Don’t Believe In Miracles (Blunstone), Show Me The Way, Any Other Way, A Rose For Emily, Care Of Cell 44, This Will Be Our Year, I Want Her She Wants Me, Time Of The Season, A Moment In Time, You Really Got A Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson and The Miracles), Old And Wise (Alan Parsons Project), Hold Your Head Up (Argent), She’s Not There
One of my favorite artists touring today just released their second full length album titled “Essential Tremors”. Raw energy rock and roll is what has driven this band since day one and with their new single “Heavy Bells” leading the way this new album is pretty awesome.
Usually a four piece band with Roddy leading the way on keys with drums bass and guitar this album, still very key heavy, shows a different side to The Business with a lot more emphasis on guitar and keys being lower in the mix. It’s a different stroke from those who are used to them playing songs like “Don’t Break The Needle” or “Full Grown Man”, but even with this minimal difference the band has not strayed to far from their original sound. Other songs like “Marigold” and “Black Light” are not just awesome rock songs, but they are the bridge between J Roddy’s first album and “Essential Tremors”. This album is a great step in the right direction.
Being known for great hooks and piano tunes J Roddy and his band have been touring the states for the last few years making stops at all of the major festivals. With this new release they add eleven more songs to their already stellar arsenal. With a full tour planned and a stop at LA’s famed Troubadour in West Hollywood on the books I am beyond excited. Whenever J Roddy comes to town my buds and I pull out the Jack Daniels and have our selves a good night of rock and roll. Check out all of the tour dates HERE and do youself a favor and buy this album!!
Party time. One of my favorite bar bands turned national headliners is back at it. On the horizon of their newest release J. Roddy Walston and The Business have relased the first single for FREE DOWNLOAD on RollingStone.com. The track is called ‘Heavy Bells’ and in true Walston style it is awesome.
Grit, emotion, heavy guitars, piano and man oh man that voice. I saw these guys years ago at a small club called The Satellite in LA and also during the afternoon at Lollapalooza. They started their set with maybe 500 people at their stage and by the end of their amazingly energetic set they managed to steal thousands from the surrounding stages. They were outplaying just about every band in their time slot. The new album called “Essential Tremors” comes out later this year on Sept. 10, but on first listen to this recent release it doesn’t sound like J. Roddy Walston and the Business have slowed down at all. They have tour dates scheduled up to the CD release date but mark my words they will be hitting every festival on earth next year with a full US tour. This is one of those bands that’s on the cusp of breaking into a much larger and more main stream audience, but until they do we’ll keep them to ourselves as our little secret and then we can tell all our friends that we liked them first.
BONUS: if you go to THIS PAGE.. you can download a free version of Little Richard’s ‘Lucille’ covered by the Business.