Tag Archive | California Sound

Video Clip of The Week: La Sera, “I Need An Angel”

There is much to be said for a song that just has a Good Vibe going on, and that is the case with La Sera‘s truly sublime “I Need An Angel.” Like a rave-up duet between Maria McKee and Gram Parsons (if there could be such a thing), “I Need An Angel” transcends its potentially played out subject matter to cross genres in a way that the California Sound of the 196os inspired what we now call alt-country — and who is even doing that in modern music these days? Answer: no one – no one worth listening to. And there is no denying that there is a bit of Johnny Marr in that lead guitar riff. Squeal.

Shot on 16MM for a vintage look, the video is just crazy great; showcasing a live performance feel with liquid light visual effects and colorful tour-stop footage. I love this more each time I hit “play”!

“I Need An Angel” can be found on La Sera’s fourth album, Music For Listening to Music To (meta), which is out now on the Polyvinyl label. The band is on tour in the States through May, with dates posted below. Enjoy!


05/08 – Toronto, ON – CMW
05/09 – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
05/10 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
05/11 – New York, NY – Market Hotel
05/12 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
05/13 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street
05/14 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
05/15 – Champaign, IL – The Accord
05/16 – Lincoln, NE – Vega
05/17 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
05/18 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
05/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
05/20 – San Diego, CA – Ché Café
05/21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
05/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
05/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
05/25 – Davis, CA – Odd Fellows Hall
05/27 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
05/28 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore
05/29 – Seattle, WA – Barboza

La Sera Band
La Sera are the husband and wife team of guitarist/vocalist Todd Wisenbaker, and vocalist/bassist/ songwriter Katy Goodman

Video Clip of The Week: The Donkeys, “Blues in the Afternoon”

Oh boy, a road trip video soundtracked by music that recalls the mellow California sound of the 60s as epitomized by bands like Buffalo Springfield and The Byrds: just the perfect thing for enjoying on a Sunday morning while your coffee brews in the kitchen! At just One Minute, 48 Seconds, The Donkeys‘ video for their sublime “Blues in the Afternoon” reminds me of taking the train into Grand Central after a weekend spent in Connecticut, arriving back into the city and suddenly finding yourself heading down town on the subway like the trip out of Manhattan never happened. Maybe it was just a dream. Dreamy.

The Donkeys apparently carry this ‘California Dreaming’ vibe across eleven tracks on their new album, Ride The Black Wave, due for release on June 3rd, 2014 on Easy Sound Records. You can pre-order that at This Link. Enjoy!

Donkeys Band