Tag: The Beatles

Snapshots: Anna (Go To Him), Please Please Me

It’s often that The Beatles are given the label of saving rock and roll, and usually that’s for overblown reasons. Yes, they were incredibly creative, fully embraced technical advancements and managed to propel popular music into a more advanced form.  However, it’s perhaps most important that they always had their own particular identity. Early rock […]

Classic Albums: Revolver, The Beatles (1966)

One….Two….Three…Four…One…Two   It was April of 1966, and like Bob Dylan sang, “The times, they are a changin’.”  Dylan himself had just gone electric, The Vietnam war was expanding, and along with it, numerous counter-culture movements among the youth.  The Beatles had released their first “adult” album, Rubber Soul, barely five months prior, with music […]

“California”, Cheers Elephant, Man Is Nature (2011)

The eighth track off  Philadelphia based Cheers Elephant’s 2011 release, Man Is Nature, “California” is an absolute stunner of a pop melody. Starting off with a bouncy jazz guitar riff, “California” bursts with the energy of Beatlesque harmonies and sly, tongue-in-cheek, lyrics that are reminiscent of Queen’s “Killer Queen”. A stellar track on a stellar album […]

Doin’ It Right In The Land of 1000 Dances, A Mixtape

Art of the Song presents Doin’ It Right In The Land of 1000 Dances, a free mix for your downloading pleasure! Perfectly calibrated to get those hips shakin’ and feet tappin’, play this on your speakers and get ready to dance the night away!  If you’re feeling lucky, just click the picture for the download, or […]

Song Dissection: “You Never Give Me Your Money” from Abbey Road  “You Never Give Me Your Money” is in my mind, one of the best songs on Abbey Road. The melody is one of the most ambitious Paul McCartney ever wrote, a music-pastiche that incorporates three different home keys, various arrangements and production, and yet sounds cohesive as […]

Chris Chu has a point.  As he explains in the video, a lot of bands get pigeonholed into a certain sound when they become successful, and falter from the pressure to come up something better while boxed into one sound. Big Echo, their last album under The Morning Benders moniker, had brought them to the heights […]

Today in wish-fulfillment, here’s the third song off of Islands most recent release A Sleep & A Forgetting “Never Go Solo” which pretty much (ironically) sounds like a Beatles reunion.  With Lennonesque lyrics and piano lines and a McCartney styled melody, it’s one of my favorite songs of the year. Grab the vinyl from their label ANTI-Records […]