If Chandler Bing were real (and relevant) today, he might read (or watch) this post, and say "could these bands be any different?" He'd have a point. On one hand, we have The Staves, a British folk-pop trio of beautiful sisters who will melt your heart and sometimes break it with their music. On the other foot, there's The Young Things, a rock foursome from New York who come off as sort of a more '60s-electro-Libertines. In their own respective genres, they just kill it. That was evident during their respective A-Sides sessions, which were recently shot in New York City.
The Staves (Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor) are probably the only band who can say they opened up for all of the following artists on their respective tours: Bon Iver, The Civil Wars, and Tom Jones. Off topic, can you imagine Jones doing a duet with Bon Iver? It'd probably be the weirdest thing thing to happen to music since MC Hammer's "2 Legit" sign - or at the very least - Mick Jagger and David Bowie's music video for "Dancing in the Streets." Feel free to Google either.
Anyway, The Staves have toured with giants, but they've really stood on their own six feet with their acclaimed album Dead & Born & Grown. An hour or so before they hit the stage for a gig in New York, the girls stopped by Primary Wave Music's Listening Room (thanks to Alexander Stein for filming) to record an A-Sides session. Watch them perform a track below ("Mexico"), and talk about their career thus far. You can also see them on the road this summer as part of a North American headline tour, and watch "Tongue Behind My Teeth," another exclusive A-Sides live performance on jonnyasides.com.
The Young Things' music would make a perfect addition to the recent trippy episodes of Mad Men. Their edgy, retro flavor is rock and roll in its purest form. It makes you wish more bands were doing what they're doing, and heck, the boys arguably just started. The band have been hitting the road for awhile, and released an EP, but its their debut album Hello Love/Goodbye Sexualthat could propel them onto your radio dial - well, your satellite radio dial anyway. Check out "Golly Gee" plus an interview below, and catch another exclusive performance on jonnyasides.com.. Boom.
A-Sides "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its Top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve"based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week NO MATTER WHEN THEY WERE RELEASED (think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks, and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and listened to and liked (phew), posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls, and - most importantly - the songs my 17-month-old son gravitates toward. Yeah, you read that right. This weeks follows below (LW= last week's rank):
12. "Crazy Kids" - Ke$ha
11. "Spies Like Us" - Paul McCartney
10. "The Walker" - Fitz and the Tantrums
9. "Sahara Mahala" - The Jezabels (Watch A-Sides Performance Here)
8. "San Francisco"(LW-5) - The Mowgli's (Watch A-Sides Performance Here)
7. "Save You" - Pearl Jam
6. "Awkward" - San Cisco
5. "Love is Blindness" - Jack White
4. "Step" (LW-3) - Vampire Weekend
3. "You & I" - Crystal Fighters
2. "Doin' It Right" (LW- 2)- Daft Punk with Panda Bear
1. "Don't Swallow the Cap" (LW-1) - The National
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing. Support A-Sides' Kickstarter campaign here!