There's nothing quite like starting off your work week with some great music and a crisp cup of coffee - you know - the good stuff Jimmie Dimmick would drink before Bonnie got home. Last Monday, after chugging some quality beans (no one cares, Jon), Alma Micic serenaded A-Sides with her trademark smooth jazz stylings. The Belgrade native has been a force in the jazz world for years, gaining acclaim at countless venues all over the world, and about to embark on a European tour in support of her forthcoming third album. At an A-Sides session at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, the talented vocalist performed a pair of tunes with notable musician and producer Doug Wamble. The pair also took part in an interview, discussing their collaboration, and the unique covers and originals that appear on the new album. Speaking of the former, Micic's stripped down, jazzy take on "Sweet Child O' Mine" is a must listen. As you Google that video, watch the Berklee College of Music grad perform "Dark Cloud" below, and marvel at just how authentic Micic's voice sounds. The interview follows that video, and your enthusiasm follows that.
* To watch another exclusive A-Sides performance by Micic, click here.
I remember how giddy I was to see Madonna in concert for the first time in 1990. After years of being obsessed with her music and wanting to see what she did next (I have the Pepsi commercial taped on Beta somewhere), I caught her Blonde Ambition tour not once, but twice within a four-day period. It killed me then, and any time I see the 1991 documentary "Truth or Dare?" it reminds me just how amazing it was. Donna De Lory, along with Niki Haris, were back-up singers and dancers on that tour and other Madge tours, but I always felt either could move from the back to the front on any given day. De Lory is well on her way. Earlier this month, the talented artist in her own right performed two tracks for A-Sides in support of her new album The Unchanging. The album debuted at #2 on the iTunes world charts and has remained in the top 10 ever since. Watch "Be the Change" below, and catch her cover of "My Sweet Lord" as well as an interview over at the A-Sides YouTube channel!
"Be the Change"
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 1 1/2+ year-old son gravitates toward. Yeah, you read that right. This weeks follows below (LW= last week's rank):
12. "Fred Astaire" - San Cisco
11. "My Gun" (LW-12) - The Rubens (Watch them on A-Sides soon!)
10. "Thunder Clatter" (LW-10) - Wild Cub
9. "Little Games" - The Colourist (Watch the band perform it live on A-Sides soon!)
8. "Comrade" (LW-5)- Volcano Choir
7. "Bad Blood" (LW-3) - Bastille
6. "Don't Save Me" (LW-9) - Haim
5. "Methuselah" (LW-7)- San Fermin (Watch them perform it here on A-Sides!)
4. "Reflektor"(LW-4) - Arcade Fire
3. "Getaway" - Pearl Jam
2. "Chain My Name" (LW-2) - Polica
1. "Bitter Rivals" (LW-1) - Sleigh Bells
About A-Sides Music
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series was established in August 2011 and 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.