Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles have a new session up on the Rock Island, Ill.-based Daytrotter site today, offering fans a handful of acoustic renditions of the songs off their latest full-length, Heat. In typical Daytrotter fashion, the band is depicted in a watercolor-style portrait on the site and their session is accompanied by a poetic essay by Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller, who describes the “rusted brilliance” of Michelle’s musical world.
“These songs, while strong and backboned, come off sometimes as delicious whimpers, the people singing them willing to take any scraps that might come their ways,” he writes. “They’re neither beggars nor choosers. They’re survivalists and Lucy Michelle makes them sound as if they’re bundled themselves up into their own cozy trenches where they whittle away, biding time.”
In other LMTVL news, their new video for “Million Things” was just debuted on YouTube’s music channel Vevo, and is featured right under videos from big-name acts like Fiona Apple and the Rolling Stones.
“If pop singers just didn’t touch Christmas, the world would be okay.” So says Wiping Out Thousands’ Alaine Dickman, who was interviewed today alongside a handful of other local artists about the enduring appeal and/or irritation of seasonal holiday music. Most of the artists agreed that the older jazz standards and Rat Pack-era Christmas classics are still where it’s at. Love ’em or hate ’em, we’ll have a roundup of the latest Minnesota recordings of holiday tunes on the Local Current blog tomorrow. [Gimme Noise]
Forbes has compiled a list of 30 of the “brightest music stars” under 30. Ringing in #1 is AP’s Entertainer of the Year Adele, unsurprisingly. Mumford and Sons’ Marcus Mumford also made the list at #18, as did Spotify founder Daniel Ek, plus a slew of big-name pop acts like Lady Gaga, Drake, and Justin Bieber. [NME]