Song of the day: Nick Martellaro – "Hello, Goodbye"

January 11, 2013

BB Steve (Hi, Steve!) over at the PowerPop blog recently posted a cover of Los Shakers‘ “Always You” that was performed by one-man-band wunderkind Nick Martellaro, a New Yorker in his twenties who adores the music of the 1960s.

(That sentence was way too long. Many apologies, grammar nerds.)

I enjoyed Nick’s cover a lot, so I went to his YouTube channel to see/hear what other songs he’d covered.

The answer: Plenty. Nick’s speciality seems to be Beatles songs, but he assiduously recreates (and occasionally reinterprets) 1960s songs from other bands as well.

I liked his Beatles tracks most of all, and I’ll put a couple of them here shortly, but first here’s the Los Shakers song in case you don’t know it (or don’t visit the PowerPop blog):

Los Shakers – “Always You” (1965)

Nick Martellaro – “Always You” (2001)


And now here are some of Nick’s Beatles covers:

Nick Martellaro – “Hello, Goodbye (2012)

Nick Martellaro – “I’m Only Sleeping (2012)

Nick Martellaro – “Baby’s In Black (2012)

The originals:

The Beatles – “Hello, Goodbye (1967)

The Beatles – “I’m Only Sleeping (1966)

The Beatles – “Baby’s In Black (1964)

Song of the day: Thee Sgt. Major – "New Painter Man"

April 1, 2011

I found a song I like a lot (and would like you to hear) for today’s post but have had a Dickens of a time finding a copy to play you. I first heard the song on NPR’s website but couldn’t find any way to nick the HTML code for their NPR player to embed it here. I finally found a copyable bit of code from the band’s MySpace page and hopefully you’ll be able to hear it trouble-free.

(Note to self: Nobody, but nobody, is interested in reading about any of that. Just play them the song.)

The band is Thee Sgt. Major III and they’re from Seattle. The song is “New Painter Man”. Now, if you’re like me you’d be inclined to believe that, judging by the names of both the band and the song, they’re some sort of hippy-dippy psychedelic outfit. Not so. They’re more, um, er… How about I just let you hear for yourself?

Update: MP3s added to increase your choice of listening pleasure…

Thee Sgt. Major III – “New Painter Man” (2011)



By the way, Thee Sgt. Major III also recorded a sterling cover of “Break It All”:

Thee Sgt. Major III – “Break It All” (2008)



(If the embedded player for “Break It All” didn’t show up for you – it didn’t for me when I first previewed this post but did eventually – you can hear the song here: Maybe Blogger doesn’t like more than one instance of the MySpace player in a post.)

“Break It All” was originally written and recorded by Los Shakers, Uruguay’s premier Beatle-worshippers:

Los Shakers – “Break It All” (1965)


Song of the day: Los Shakers – "For You, For Me"

January 9, 2010

It’s been a thoroughly international week of music here recently, with songs from America, Britain, Korea, and Japan. Now, if you don’t mind too much, I’d like to keep the cosmopolitan flavour of Song of the day going for just one more day by adding Uruguay to that list.

Here are the Uruguayan Beatles, Los Shakers, with “For You, For Me (Para tí y para mí)” (1965):


As a bonus, and because I can’t get enough Los Shakers, here’s “I Am Thinking (Estoy pensando)” (1965):


If you’re hankering for Australian content, don’t worry – we’ll resume regular Australian Power Pop duties tomorrow.

Los Shakers on MySpace

Song of the day: Los Shakers – "Always You"

October 7, 2009

Here are Los Shakers, Uruguay’s answer to The Beatles, with the sublime “Always You” (1965):


Those harmonies!

Hopefully, the song – and the band – won’t remind you too much of Britain’s answer to The Beatles, The Rutles, because I think the song is marvellous in its own right, albeit unbelievably derivative. But still, a good song’s a good song.

As a bonus, here’s the equally sublime “Give Me” (1965):