All In The Family
If you’ve been on vacation recently, you probably noticed how much your family gets on your nerves. C’mon admit it – you love ’em but sometimes … We know. To help restore your interest in your family, today we present some current music from artists who have familiar familial connections. Oh, brother – and sister.
Aimee Mann is the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter married to Michael Penn, himself no slouch in the singing and songwriting department. And Michael is the brother of Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn … nevertheless, Aimee’s new album is @#%&*! Smilers, from which comes the toe-tapping “Freeway.”
Teddy Thompson made a name for himself by playing with his father, British guitarist extraordinaire Richard Thompson and his mother, singer Linda Thompson. He also played in the band of Rosanne Cash, daughter of you-know-who. But back to Teddy – he frequently plays with his close friends Rufus and Martha Wainwright who … this is out of control, let’s just say Teddy’s new album is A Piece Of What You Need.
Martha Wainwright‘s I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too was reviewed by George on this site a week or so ago and he said it’s pretty good. Martha is the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (check out Emmylou Harris’ new album, also reviewed here recently). Martha sings about lost love, tough love and rough love, and although she likes to be photographed sitting around with no pants (no complaints) she’s a tough cookie. She also covers Pink Floyd!
Jordan Zevon worked with his late father, the brilliant singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, just before his death in 2003 and appeared on a multi-artist tribute album the next year. Jordan’s come into his own with the new Insides Out, and the song “This Girl,” which shows maybe the apple hasn’t fallen so far from the tree.
Jakob Dylan is best known for fronting the Wallflowers, but he’s stepped out on his solo debut Seeing Things. We also reviewed this one and found it to be a little too mellow for our tastes, but Starbucks customers have picked it up in droves and now Jakob’s touring to make the album even more of a success. Do we really need to point out his family connection?
We know Albert Hammond Jr. for his work in the rockin’ garage band The Strokes, and we know his father Albert Hammond Sr. for his 1970’s hits “It Never Rains In Southern California” and “The Free Electric Band.” Junior, who lists Buddy Holly and the Velvet Underground among his influences, has released his second album, ¿Cómo Te Llama? with instrumental help from guitarist Marc Philippe Eskanazi (The Mooney Suzuki) and on one song, piano work from Sean Lennon. Here we go again.
The debut album from the indie rock band El Madmo reveal this power-punk trio as superheroes, “born of social ineptitude and an ageless belief in trick-or-treatery.” And any good superhero has a secret identity… beneath the mask El Madmo’s bass player/singer, El, has sold almost 40 million copies of her three albums and has won nine Grammy Awards. She is also the daughter of sitarist Ravi Shankar – come on, you can look it up.
Finally – and this is going to be really popular among readers of this site – the latest from Miley Cyrus, daughter of that faux-country singer/actor who is most famous for his mullet. Before I get lynched, I’m outa here!