It no secret that when it comes to current popular music I'm fairly out of the loop. My channels of choice on Sirius/XM range from political discussion to 70s, 80s and country western music. My favorite is probably channel 22 which is a return to the New Wave tunes of the early to mid 80s.
But the other night I caught David Letterman's musical guest and I was blown away. The Walkmen are a five member band whose music is ... well hard to categorize. It seems vaguely old fashioned in a way I can only describe as having memorable melodies. Of course I don't mean to intimate that current popular music doesn't have meoldies, it's just that I seem to ahve trouble discovering them.
There's something I enjoy about a singer who seems lost in his music; for that brief two or four minutes to be inveloped in the story he sings. Leithauser doesn't just have a great voice, he has a great sense of feeling. And he's really great to look at which is nice.
It's amazing that this band has been together for 10 years and whatever they're doing seems to be working. Their latest album Lisbon has received great acclaim and for good reason.
I always feel I'm too old to go to concerts these days. But if The Walkmen find their way to my neighborhood I will probably pay them a visit.
If they come to your 'hood, check them out and let me know what you think.