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If you’ve been following along with us this year and digging Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project, you’re well aware of Sir Video, the artist’s side band that’s about to make a big splash in the pop waters.
This week’s Song of the Week is a solo, acoustic version of a number that appeared on the 2014 EP from Sir Video, Light Years. It’s light and breezy and it’s another hit for listeners who crave Timmy’s sound. Close your eyes, picture an island setting with the wind blowing calmly and the sound of serene waters surrounding you, and you’ve got the idea. As usual, there’s a lot of activity going on, surrounding the music. Here’s Timmy to bring you up to date:
“After years in the works, today I am announcing the debut show from my new band Sir Video. Since the project has a bit of a ‘retro-futuristic’ vibe to it, what better day to launch it than the DISTANT DAY IN THE FUTURE that Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future: Part II…October 21, 2015.
“We are renting out the premier Stage 1 at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles to throw a Back to the Future-themed party, which will also serve as a release show for our new digital EP, Young as the Night, which, combined with the tracks from last year’s Light Years EP, will be available as a limited edition CD as EP I / EP II.
“Which brings me to this week’s song. To celebrate the launch of the new project, I will be featuring a few Sir Video related tunes leading up to the show and EP release. The first of these is a ‘Timmy Sean’ solo acoustic version of a song first featured on 2014’s Light Years EP, entitled ‘Take My Breath Away.’ If you are a subscriber you will receive this as part of your subscription, but for this week only, I am also offering this track completely for FREE to anyone. So feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter, and for those of you in Los Angeles, RSVP to BTTFparty@gmail.com for free admission (and free beer!) to our debut show on 10/21/15!”
Timmy Sean’s acoustic version of the Sir Video tune “Take My Breath Away” is a free download; click here to add it to your collection. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.
Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project rolls into week 36 with a pounding live take of a song from his 2013 East Coast Girls EP.
“You’re Still on My Mind,” recorded at the Fire in Philadelphia last October 10th, is a shining example of how the excitement of a live performance elevates the emotions of a crowd invested in the music that surrounds them. Timmy and his Celebrities–Frankie Pedano (keys/vocals), Michael Vivas (bass/vocals), Michael J. Roxx (lead guitar), and John Tiedemann (drums)–kick up a storm on this classic pop-rocker.
Timmy says: “I’ve been spending a ton of time working on all the details for my new band Sir Video’s debut show in Los Angeles on 10/21 for the last month, so I decided to share a live track this week that originally appeared on my East Coast Girls EP. I also figured it tied in nicely since I have some very exciting news to announce in the next week or so about the Songs of the Week project, the East Coast Girls EP, and all of the covers that I’ve released as digital singles over the last couple years available in a physical CD format!”
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Timmy Sean has pulled out all of the stops for the final entry in the Beatles Month portion of his ongoing, yearlong Songs of the Week project.
For his fourth take on a standout track from the richest catalog in modern music history, Timmy, playing all the instruments and singing all the vocals, has put his stamp on the medley from Abbey Road that starts with the gorgeous lullaby, “Golden Slumbers,” and concludes with the exciting finish, “The End.” Putting his heart and soul into this track, Timmy has even recreated Ringo Starr’s famous, and one and only, drum solo on record as a Beatle. And it’s all quite fab, of course!
Recorded over the past year and finished up yesterday, this is an exciting close to the Songs of the Week’s Beatles Month.
About this final Beatles Month track, Timmy says: “What better way to finish up Beatles Month than the way they finished it with the final stretch of the Abbey Road medley. I always thought side 2 of Abbey Road played like a classical piece, and I really think hundreds of years from now it’ll still be looked at that way. So I decided to treat it like that and (other than a few liberties putting orchestral parts on guitars), play the music pretty much exactly as it was written.”
Timmy’s exciting version of “Golden Slumbers – Carry that Weight – The End” is now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, along with every one of the Songs of the Week released since the project began. Add the “Golden Slumbers – Carry that Weight – The End” medley to your collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.
Timmy Sean rolls on with this month’s special selection of Beatles covers with his version of John Lennon’s “Julia,” originally released on The Beatles, more commonly known as the White Album.
The song gets somewhat turned on its head in Timmy’s reimagining of the song, now presented with a beat and vocals alternating between immediate and ghostly, all the while reveling in the beautiful melody that continues to float as the most gentle creation imaginable. It’s a terrific performance.
Of this third Beatles cover in his Songs of the Week project, Timmy says: “Choosing a favorite Beatles song (or even several favorites) is quite a hard task. Gun to my head though, I’d have to say this one is at least in my top 3 or 4. The original version of ‘Julia’ is such a beautifully delicate arrangement, I knew I wanted my take on it to have a little bit more going on musically to steer clear of trying to compete with John’s unbelievable vocal performance singing with such emotion about his late mother. I also didn’t want to go completely in the other direction and make it TOO large. Hopefully, I got that balance right.
“Beatles Month finishes up next week already, and then back to the originals on 9/3! Wow..this year is FLYING by (and by the way, that’s not a subtle hint that ‘Flying’ is the final Beatles Month song…I promise that it isn’t…even though a minute and a half song with no lyrics would make my workload for next week pretty light). Hope you’re enjoying Beatles Month as much as I am. There’s so many good Beatles tunes. I could do a full year of just Beatles covers and not get bored!
“Also, I have a really exciting announcement to make soon about the Songs of the Week project for those of you that don’t do digital downloads and like to have your music on CDs (though, if you fall in that category, you’re probably not on Bandcamp reading this). See you next week for the big 3-5!”
Timmy’s version of “Julia” is now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, along with every one of the Songs of the Week released since the project began. Add Timmy Sean’s reimagining of “Julia” to your collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.
A heavy dose of Cream in Timmy Sean’s coffee propels the latest Song of the Week into high gear as Timmy tackles Little Willie John’s “Leave My Kitten Alone.”
The Beatles famously recorded “Leave My Kitten Alone” in 1964, but it sat on a shelf until finally showing up on the first Beatles Anthology release in 1995. The Fabs’ take on the song was, in the spirit of the times in which it was recorded, a fast-paced romp and in the style of Merseybeat. In Timmy’s updated version, the blues take center stage as a determined, thumping pace is set. Echoes of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker abound in this new version, which shares aural lineage with Cream’s “Strange Brew.” (Or so says Alan. For the record, Timmy says his take is inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughn’s version of George Harrison’s “Taxman”.)
August is Beatles Month for Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project. A take on a number from the group’s The Beatles record, commonly called the White Album, is on tap for next week.
Of his version of “Leave My Kitten Alone,” Timmy says: “Here’s a bit of a ‘deep cut’ for Week 2 of Beatles Month. Since I was around the music of the Beatles since birth, the Anthology was the first Beatles material that I got to ‘discover.’ Between “Free As a Bird,” “Real Love,” and then cuts like “That Means a Lot” and this one that I never heard before, my mind was blown. Even the songs that were deemed not strong enough for b-sides were incredible.
“After LUZER broke up, I put together a little blues trio to play some shows doing some covers and blues-tinged originals (which is also where previous Song of the Week ‘Way Too Long’ originated from). I had an idea for taking this tune and kind of flipping the idea of ’60s British Invasion act covering old blues songs, by making a ’60s British rock tune and making it a blues song. It wasn’t until then, more than a decade after I first heard it, that I learned that this wasn’t written by John and Paul!
“So…it’s essentially just a cover of an old blues tune. BUT, the only version I ever knew was the Beatles take on it, so to me it really was a tribute to the Beatles’ ‘Leave My Kitten Alone’ (much like my Rick Nelson tribute of ‘The Very Thought of You’). Also, after last week’s fairly faithful tribute to “You’re Going to Lose that Girl”, I wanted a bit of a curve ball for this second entry, so I decided to still include it in with Beatles Month.”
Timmy’s version of “Leave My Kitten Alone” is now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, along with every one of the Songs of the Week released since the project began. Add Timmy Sean’s bluesy, rocky take on “Leave My Kitten Alone” to your collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.
Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week, at least for this month, has become theTip-of-the-Hat-to-Beatles-Songs of the Week project. Any way you slice it, it’s pretty darn Fab.
The first of four Beatles covers appearing this month finds Timmy paying homage to the Beatles Help! album, released 50 years ago yesterday in the United Kingdom (a week later here in the United States). Timmy’s version of “You’re Going to Lose that Girl” has that certain something that he puts into every track he records–a Timmy kind of DNA type of thing–even as he turns out a reverent take on this classic song.
We could go on–we really could–but Timmy’s got the last word on this track, as posted yesterday on his Bandcamp page. To wit:
“Today marks the exact 50th anniversary of the release of one of my favorite albums of all-time, the Beatles’ “Help!” soundtrack, which contains arguably one of my favorite Beatles songs of all-time, “You’re Going to Lose that Girl.” Although it isn’t the most musically complex or lyrically artistic song they have, it is, in my opinion, the embodiment of a perfect pop song.
“As many people know, my father and uncles have starred in the longest running Beatles tribute show, Long Live the Beatles since the mid-’70s, so by the time I was born in the mid-’80s, I was experiencing live performances of Beatles songs pretty much every week. I played ‘Twist and Shout’ on drums for the talent show in kindergarten.
“The first songs I learned on guitar at the age of 10 were Beatles songs. And by the age of 14, filling in ‘as Ringo’ became my summer job. So every note of the Beatles catalog has been ingrained into my brain since the womb. That’s left me with a bit of a love/hate relationship with Beatles covers. They really did them all pretty damn perfectly the first time, so why try to top them? Well, you can’t. But you can try to make them your own. (Perfect example is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s take on ‘Taxman’…completely his own, without losing what makes that song so great.) So, this month I’m going to put my humble little stamp on four different tunes from the greatest band in the history of time, and my own personal biggest influence. They won’t top the originals, but they’re damn fun to re-IMAGINE…see what I did there?
“Happy 50th, HELP!”
Add Timmy Sean’s fun version of “You’re Going to Lose that Girl” to your collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.
The latest two songs served up in pop and roll style as part of Timmy Sean’s continually vibrant, all-year-round burst of creativity take a decidedly catchy stance, with one taking the slightly softer road and the other taking a louder, more in-your-face route.
Named after the video rental store situated across the street from where he grew up in Yardville, New Jersey, Timmy’s side project, Sir Video, makes a Songs of the Week appearance with the ultra-poppy “This Magic,” a track that will be part of a Sir Video EP being released in October. This EP will buddy up with last summer’s Light Years release to form a limited edition set coming from Timmy’s new Noisewater Records, also in October. All of this only scratches the surface of what Timmy has in store; a detailed road map of the artist’s plans is laid out on the Bandcamp information page for “This Magic.”
“This Magic” is a typically infectious slice of upbeat pop, performed entirely by Timmy. We’re convinced that if you look up the word “catchy” in the dictionary, you’ll find the artist’s picture next to the definition. The hooky chorus is one of Timmy’s best; another delicious chord sequence draws you in. When the song is finished, you’ll be poised to push the play button for an instant repeat of this tremendous song, delivered squarely in radio-friendly and hit-bound Hall and Oates territory.
“April” tips the scales more to the rock side of the equation, while still hitting all of the usual pop touchstones. Punchy electric guitars lead the way, softened by Timmy’s poppy vocal delivery. The story behind this track, which melds a touch of yesterday with a whole lot of today, is delivered by Timmy:
“This [is] a tune that I wrote in my late teens that never made it on a LUZER record. I originally planned to just re-mix and release the original recording this week, but in the last 36 hours I ended up re-recording everything except the drums. So with the magic of modern technology, here is me in 2015 playing along with an 18-year old Timmy Sean on drums.”
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Coming up: You’ll want to keep a look out for the next four entries in the Songs of the Week project. Beginning next Thursday, the project takes a decidedly Fab turn. Timmy says: “Next week kicks off a month-long Songs of the Week tribute to John, Paul, George, and Ringo, so keep an eye out…for the first of four installments of my spin on some Beatles tunes!” Very cool!
Week 28’s entry in Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project was entitled “Seventeen.” Timmy has followed up that Ben Folds-ian track with the logically-named successor “Eighteen,” a transcendent number that shows off the artist’s acoustic guitar dexterity and his love and mastery of melody.
“Eighteen” previously existed as a vehicle for Timmy’s band Luzer, having appeared on the group’s Fake Ass Rock Star EP-isode II album in 2002. This sensitive, acoustic version shows off everything we love about Timmy’s work: powerful, emotive vocals and his ability to hook the listener right out of the box. Light percussion and feather-light keyboard touches complement the seemingly effortless acoustic guitar parts.
Timmy says: “After releasing the brand new song ‘Seventeen’ last week, which I described as a prequel of sorts to a LUZER song I wrote at the age of 18 entitled (appropriately enough) ‘Eighteen,’ I decided to go back and revisit the original song. When LUZER formed, I was the oldest member, being all of 16 year old. Suffice it to say, there’s some songs in our early catalog that I’m embarrassed by. This one though, although a little on the melodramatic side lyrically (I mean, what isn’t melodramatic when you’re in high school), I thought held up pretty well. So, I decided to dust this one off for the first time in many-a-year as a little companion track to last week’s ‘Seventeen.’ Here is a brand new acoustic version of the LUZER track ‘Eighteen,’ as written by 18-year old Timmy Sean.“
This is another must-get for Timmy Sean fans. Add Timmy Sean’s acoustic version of Luzer’s “Eighteen” to your collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.
Pure Pop Radio’s exciting Big Week of Summer Fun is now in gear, with new songs added to the playlist; a Pure Pop Radio exclusive airing of the world premiere of a great new song by this year’s premiere supergroup, Pop 4; and electric airings of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. Plus, we’ve added a new coat of summery paint to our website. We hope you like it!
Click here to see what’s been added to the playlist today, and be here this coming Thursday, July 16, for another list of new songs and artists now spinning in rotation. Tune in tomorrow night for the exclusive-to-Pure-Pop-Radio world premiere of a great song from the upcoming hall-of-fame-worthy album by this year’s top supergroup, Pop 4. And this coming Friday, July 17, be here for our look at this week’s Song of the Week from the great Timmy Sean.
Here is your official Pure Pop Radio Big Week of Summer Fun rundown:
1. A Pure Pop Radio Exclusive! Tomorrow Night, Tuesday July 14: The World Premiere of Pop 4’s Song, “Don’t You Be Like That.” We’re honored to be able to bring to you, at 8:00 pm ET tomorrow night, an exclusive-to-Pure-Pop-Radio song from the upcoming album by Pop 4, this year’s top supergroup. Comprised of Liar’s Club’s Scott McPherson, Andrea Perry, K.C. Bowman, and Kirk Adams, the group’s debut album is fittingly called Summer; we predict this collection will be an instant favorite of pop fans around the world.
“Don’t You Be Like That” is a mid-tempo, melodic charmer with satiny lead vocals from Andrea, Kirk and Scott. The lovely melody combines with joyous harmonies and deft George Harrison-esque electric guitar for a melodic pop experience that you won’t forget. Tune in tomorrow tonight at 8:00 pm ET for the exclusive world premiere of this great song. We’re proud to be spinning it for you!
2. New Songs and Artists Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist!We’ve added a bumper crop of new songs and artists to our playlist. New songs! New artists! New melodic pop sounds that will form part of the soundtrack to your summer! Click here to see today’s list of new nuggets, and don’t forget to check out another list coming this Thursday, July 16.
3. Brand-New Editions of Every Little Thing and Things We Said Today.Every Little Thing airs tonight, Monday, July 13 at 9 pm ET;Things We Said Today hits the airwaves tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 14, also at 9 pm ET. Both shows air on your 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe, Pure Pop Radio.
On this week’s fresh-from-the-fabified-oven edition of Every Little Thing, Ken gets the proceedings rolling with a pair of Beatles classics, including “Because,” and solo tracks from Paul McCartney (a live version of “Can’t Buy Me Love”) and George Harrison (“Mystical One”). Tonight’s second segment comprises a tribute to the great bluesman, B.B. King, which includes a track recorded for the recent McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney. It’s a spectacular, bluesy version of McCartney II’s “On the Way.”
Tonight’s third, themed segment presents reggae and ska sounds featured in various Beatles and solo Beatles tracks. You’ll hear McCartney’s “How Many People,” John Lennon’s “Borrowed Time,” and Wings’ “C Moon,” among other songs. It’s another terrific Beatleriffic set, curated by Ken.
Every Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs periodically on Monday nights at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.
Tomorrow night’s edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, takes a look at Paul McCartney’s recent live shows and covers an extraordinary event in the life of Rick Glover, who joins Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn to talk about his appearance on stage at McCartney’s recent concert in Columbia, South Carolina.
Glover has seen McCartney so many times–135!–he should have an entry in the book of Guinness World Records. One of the self-proclaimed Fans on the Run, a group of dedicated folks who travel around the world to see McCartney and his band, Glover talks to the panel about his run of shows seen since 1976, joking that he started going “before any of you guys were alive, I guess.”
Glover’s tale is, at heart, a story of love for McCartney’s music. It’s a wonderful story, and Glover tells it well. You won’t want to miss this show.
Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs every Tuesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.
4. The Latest Song of the Week from Timmy Sean. We’ve been writing about the great songs being released weekly as part of Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project. This week is no exception; be here this coming Friday, July 17, for our look at the latest entry.
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Whew! Our Big Week of Summer Fun promises to be our most exciting event of the year. Stick with us all week–enjoy the new songs and artists added to our playlist; the new editions of Every Little Thing and Things We Said Today; our exclusive, world premiere airing of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That”; and the latest Song of the Week from Timmy Sean.
We’ve got five exciting days of top-flight programming for you–don’t miss a minute! Jump in the pool with us–the melodic pop is fine! Click on the links below to listen to Pure Pop Radio, and take us on the go by downloading our mobile app for Android and iOS.
The two latest tracks released as part of his Songs of the Week project continue to prove how important Timmy Sean is to the worlds of pop and rock. When the two genres collide in Timmy’s world, gold falls from the sky. We are proud to be spotlighting Timmy’s work on a regular basis.
The 27th song released by Timmy this year is a fiercely realized, soul-tinged pop-rocker. You may remember that a live version of “On and On” was released this past March as one of the Songs of the Week. This is the studio version, a blazing, powerful number pressed into service with a commanding lead vocal, rich backgrounds, and a decidedly Hall and Oates-y vibe.
Timmy says: “Here is a preview of a song that will be on an upcoming release from my synth-pop side project, Sir Video, coming in the fall. I’ve been playing this tune live with Timmy Sean and the Celebrities since last year, and in fact featured a live version of it recorded at the Bitter End in NYC as a Song of the Week in March. It was also featured on a few Pro Tools and Reaper instructional videos by the producer of the track, Kenny Gioia (who plays trumpet on the track along with Brian Mahoney on sax). I’ve had a number of people recently asking where they could get the studio recording. So here it is!”
The most recent Song of the Week is another powerful pop-rocker, played in the thumping style of such artists as Ben Folds. “Seventeen” boasts an irresistible melody, pounding drums, an expressive organ part, and a hook that could catch an afternoon’s worth of fish. Once heard, this song will refuse to leave your brain. You’d best not fight the feeling!
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