Squirrel Nut Zippers has got to be one of the greatest bands around that's keeping old sounds alive and somehow sounding new. I'm so glad to hear that the released a new album, "Lost at Sea."
They're the kind of band that you can play until you wear out their record and not be sick of them. They've got a variety of the old-time styles from swing, to rag-time, to folksy, and sweet little numbers. If you're looking for a new sound... that's old sounds, Squirrel Nut Zippers are the beat to keep!
The first album of theirs that I ever heard was "Sold Out" which is a less popular album with some really great songs. My first reaction was that they had more of a southern sound than a swing sound, which is how I heard them described and made me pick up the CD. They're sound is really much more versatile than that and that's probably what keeps them so fresh.
If you want a real old-timey treat, go to YouTube for their video "The Ghost of Stephen Foster." If you don't know who Stephen Foster is, you darn well should. I find one of the best ways to find great old music is to go back, way back, so far back you don't know much about what happened during the period other than from your history books. That's where this guy comes in. Somehow my search on Stephen Foster lead me to the origins of Jazz, back when it was called Jass. And that's when music really gets hot, if you're in for some research check out redhotjazz.com and enjoy.
Of course, if you're local to the Southern California area, like we are, you owe it to your fine taste in music to check out Hobo Jazz. They're a rowdy, wildly entertaining trio, and not a single show I've ever been to was remotely like the others. They play good old tunes from the 20's with their very own, and very classic spin on them that gets the whole room up and dancin. If you're not local, you can get a taste of them buy buying their album, but if you can make it to a show you'll never forget them.
With love and nostalgia,