Jona on The Fitz and The Tantrums
Johnny Kornman is my Co-Music Director at WVUM 90.5 FM. It’s been a pleasure working with the lad as he comes up with some pretty nifty ideas and always provides great company. He’s also the host of Freedom For the Funk, our station’s Funk/Soul program every Tuesday night form 9-11pm. Jonny has pretty sick taste in music so I asked if he would write a post for us. Here’s what he came up with:
The crates of promotional music that arrives at WVUM each week are not how I find most my new music. In the age of the blogosphere, the internet cuts out the lag time that labels, promotional companies, and the postal service adds to music reaching my ears. If I haven’t at least heard one track of a band by the time their album arrives, I can usually assume it’s not anything breathtaking. The Fits and the Tantrums greatly challenged this – I had heard nothing of this Los Angeles-based neo-soul group when their debut arrived at WVUM’s office. While the trend of resurrecting the Motown sound is nothing new (Mayer Hawthorn, Sharon Jones, and of course the meth queen herself Amy Whinehosue), Fitz still manages to bring new life into an old sound. Pickin’ Up The Pieces celebrates several different genres of the ‘60s with a uniting soulful core. Lead singer Fitzgerald’s animated vocals will put a smile on your face no matter what you are pickin up the pieces of. The band’s energy is equally groovy, kicking into each song with vintage flair. While most kids these days prefer to dance to a song that’s got synth and blips to organ and trumpet, I think most would find the sound of Fitz undeniably dancey.
Guest post by: Jonathan Kornman