CHAISE LOUNGE/A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas: Nothing beats a non gloomy Christmas down at the bar. Lounging it up on originals and classics together, this is not strict 90s lounge revival sounds as the crew goes deeper into genre blending on their newest platter. Easy rolling stuff that has lounge, pop, rockabilly, honky tonk and smatterings of other left of center sounds that show us what space age pop is like in the 10s. As much as we loved them last time out, we love them even more now as this is a quasi-retro juggernaut of cool in top form. It’s so groovy you can play it year round. The hype sheet calls it an instant classic and they aren’t kidding. Check it out.
Chris Spector – Midwest Record – midwestrecord.com
This just in from the esteemed jazz writer Ken Borgers (also a DJ at KKJZ in Long Beach, and JazzKnob.org) A review of “A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas”
“Chaise Lounge is a delicious, subtle, swinging ensemble that, to borrow a phrase from Duke Ellington, is beyond category. Steve Allen’s hip “Cool Yule” and the Kay Starr hit “The Man with the Bag” will bring a smile to jazz fans, and “Mr. Santa” out-Chordettes the Chordettes. There’s even a non-annoying version of Garrison Keillor’s least favorite holiday song, “Little Drummer Boy,” which someone should pass along to him as proof that in the proper hands, anything can swing. Add a little rockabilly and a couple of reimagined classics and here, at last, is new music for the season!”
I have thought of almost nothing else for the past 72 hours than the perfection of Saturday’s record release party at The Hamilton in Washington DC. There were early signs that the evening would be difficult to leave behind; ‘farewells’ and ‘well-dones’ lasted for me until almost 3 o’clock in the morning. (But wait, isn’t that when the song, Insomnia, begins?) But here it is, Tuesday evening, and I as I go through the motions of my week, I am mostly still there.
This show went differently than most. We mingled with guests before the performance, which did a lot for my sense of connection. Knowing who had made a point of being there and seeing new, smiling faces before the house lights went down, warmed the large room and transformed the 300+ person audience into an intimate gathering of friends.
And still, the show felt big, bright and exhilarating. I could have burst with appreciation for my band members. We always have fun together but on nights like that, when the sound is great, the audience is receptive and the venue seems made for us, we get to realize a collective vision and there is nothing quite like it. (Jeff, we love you and Gary, we missed you.)
So as I defrost chicken, fold laundry and chase away my kids so I can finish Season 2 of Downton Abbey, I breathe a deep sigh of satisfaction. I also chase away the blues that are creeping in with the pledge to do it all again, soon.
Last night Chaise Lounge was featured on a radio show called “Everything Old Is New Again” on WBAI in New York. I am amazed at how thrilling it was. When everything is available all the time on YouTube or on some web-based archive… it is amazing how exciting it is to hear something that is only on…now! I was able to tune in via internet radio. The fact that I was dropping in on a New York station from afar didn’t lessen the impact of the experience at all. They played 43 Good Excuses and I was wowed. Part of the thrill, I think, was the idea that any number of random people could have been listening to this. In New York, or on the internet. There is something just so “un-targeted” about this. The difference between listening to live radio and ,say, Pandora is a lot. As perfectly tailored as Pandora is to your current listening needs, there is an awful sense of being manipulated while listening. Even to tracks that you have selected. Sirius Radio is similar to me. The closer I can get to dialing in exactly what one wants, the less chance there is of finding something really great, really surprising. So here’s to old fashioned terrestrial radio. Huzzah
It is a very exciting time when a bands music finally gets onto the radio playlists and Chaise Lounge has hit the radio waves with their latest release Insomnia:
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