Dive Right In

Lake Street Dive is my new jam. All of it. I've been listening to everything the band has done in anticipation of today's release of their latest album, Bad Self-Portraits.

cover to Lake Street Dive album 'Bad Self-Portraits' — members posing stiffly in a drawing room, with B&W photos of them posing goofily in closeup framed on mantle

The quartet, whose members met at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music, consists of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike "McDuck" Olson (guitar, trumpet, backing vocals), Bridget Kearney (acoustic bass, backing vocals), and Mike Calabrese (drums, backing vocals).

I guess I'd describe Lake Street Dive's music as stripped-down indie pop/rock liberally inflected with jazz, blues, and soul. Maybe that sounds like a little bit of everything — because it is, in a good way, but Dive is also as focused as a laser, at once familiar and not quite like anything I've heard in way too long.

Yesterday and Today

High crane shot of The Beatles on set of 'The Ed Sullivan Show' with full stage and cameras in view
Photo © 1964 SOFA Entertainment.

I'm a little surprised at how emotional I got watching the Beatles tribute earlier tonight.

And I shouldn't be. Surprised, I mean, because I am a very easy mark when it comes to that sort of thing. Nostalgia is practically my religion.

CBS aired The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles at 8 p.m. ET — 50 years to the hour from The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was taped a couple weeks ago, on the day after this year's live Grammy Awards telecast, which is why there were so many stars on hand who might otherwise have been working elsewhere and why Pharrell was wearing that hat.

Of course, I flashed back to my own first major exposure to the Fab Four, by way of the faux Billy Shears and Henderson Brothers who headlined producer Robert Stigwood's infamous 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Since my sister and I couldn't get enough of the film or its soundtrack, as I wrote in 2010, our mother quickly bought LPs of the original Beatles Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road, the albums from which most of the songs in the movie were taken. (Mom did own copies already, but we were in the middle of a move at the time, living with my grandparents.) Not long after that she busted out Magical Mystery Tour, too, it being a concept album in the Sgt. Pepper's vein, and somewhere in there we caught the animated Yellow Submarine on Channel 29 or 48.