Sunday Brunch: Dec. 1, 2013


The Silver Seas “I’m The One” (from Alaska, 2013)
Daniel Tashian has been writing brilliant songs for a long time. In fact, in his day job he’s a professional songwriter- writing tunes for others, and the occasional ad jingle.  The stuff under his own name (including the album Arthur, one of my favorites from a couple of years ago) and under The Silver Seas moniker is his outlet where he gets to be himself. I was a little hesitant, however, to link to this video because…well, it’s kind of aimless. Even he looks distracted, and a little bored, as he tours around a mall (and malls are pretty boring to begin with, but maybe that’s the point).  When it starts, you think its going to be a sweet love story about “the guy” (Tashian) and the waitress. But, no…you don’t even see her again after the first few seconds.  Luckily, the song is so infectious that it makes up for these shortcomings. And the song is why we’re here in the first place, right?  Here’s two more songs from the album – the title track and “Roxy”, co-written with Josh Rouse, who Tashian has written songs with before (he’s played guitar in Rouse’s band as well).

Syd Arthur– “Ode to the Summer” (from On An On, 2013)
Yeah, these guys have the early 70’s hippie vibe down. Top notch musicianship reminiscent of Pink Floyd, as well as more current bands like Tame Impala, Dungen, and last week’s Sunday Brunch artist Midlake. “Syd Arthur” refers to the classic novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (in case you were wondering).  I should mention (so I will!) that violinist/mandolinist Raven Bush is Kate Bush’s nephew. So, the band (at least in part) comes from a musically experimental background naturally.

Robert Glasper– “Golden Lady” (Stevie Wonder cover) (from 1 Mic, 1 Take 2013)
This one goes back to February, but I’ve been meaning to include it for a while. Glasper and bassist Derrick Hodge do a sublime instrumental version of the Stevie Wonder track. It’s always been my favorite Wonder song, so I may be a little biased, but man, this version is good. Doesn’t appear to be on an album, unfortunately. Who’s Robert Glasper? His album Black Radio won the Grammy for 2013 best R&B album. He divides his time between the eclectic Robert Glasper Experiment and the more acoustic jazz-based Robert Glasper Trio.

“By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” – from Brunch: A Plea, by Guy Beringer, in “Hunter’s Weekly”, 1895.

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