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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: “Giver” by Mike Gale

The aim of this weekly column has always been to find a song that epitomizes the wistful, gorgeous vibe that defines Sunday Morning Music. A lot of people do not know what they means, but we know it when we hear it. This week’s featured clip is “Giver,” a solo outing by Co-Pilgrim front man Mike Gale, and it is just sublime.

Inspired by masters of lo-fi acoustic song-writing Robert Pollard, Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Gram Parsons and Elliot Smith, Mike’s latest solo record, Another Planet — from which “Giver” is culled — is modern folk music with cues taken from classic pop, doo-wop and soul as well as shoegaze. Filled with winding, scattershot harmonies it mixes Brian Wilson’s sublime talent for a heart breaking melody with Justin Vernon and My Morning Jacket’s reverberant bliss. On home recording and the writing process, Mike says – “I need to keep writing and recording all year round – it keeps me sane! I write everyday but I’ve only recently started recording at home by myself.”

Visually, what we’re given as a minimalist palate is a scene of the sea on a grey, grey day. What a perfect backdrop to encourage imaginative extrapolation.

The new Co-pilgrim record Slows To Go is out on October 16th, 2015. In the meantime, enjoy!

Mike Gale Another Planet

Remembering Gram Parsons

On This Date, September 19th, in 1973:  Gram Parsons (born Ingram Cecil Connor III) died of a lethal combination of morphine and alcohol in Joshua Tree, CA.  He was 26 years old.