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Albums Of The Week: Feelies | Some Kinda Love: Performing The Music Of The Velvet Underground

Come on, admit it: If your band could deliver a whole night of Velvet Underground covers that sounded as spot-on as this, you'd want to record it and release it too.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “As its subtitle makes clear, Some Kinda Love captures The Feelies performing an extensive retrospective set of Velvet Underground songs. Recorded at a sold-out White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, on Oct. 13, 2018 and produced by Feelies founders Bill Million and Glenn Mercer, the show was staged in conjunction with the opening of The Velvet Underground Experience exhibition in the East Village at the request of its curators.

Throughout the concert, the group applied the entirety of their deep intimacy with the unique building blocks of The Velvet Underground’s artistic vocabulary, handling it with deceptive ease and obvious relish. That evening, they ran through a thoughtful mix of selections from all four Velvets studio albums, as well as rare tracks that surfaced years after their demise. Their set quite rightly starts with Sunday Morning, the first song on the Velvets debut and fittingly closes with Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, the closing song on their last studio album together.

Formed in Haledon, N.J. in the 1970s, The Feelies have now released six albums, including their critically acclaimed and influential debut Crazy Rhythms, voted one of the top 100 albums of the 1980s by Rolling Stone and chosen by Spin as one of the 50 best alternative records of all time. Their music has left an indelible mark on the landscape of rock ’n’ roll. Over theyears, the band has appeared on the The Late Show With David Letterman performed with The Patti Smith Group, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan, and toured with Lou Reed.

In 2008, The Feelies ended a 17-year sabbatical to open for long-time admirers Sonic Youth at Battery Park and then resurrected their tradition of playing low-key gigs at strategic intervals throughout the year rather than doing lengthy tours. In 2009, they were invited by R.E.M. to perform at Carnegie Hall in The Music of R.E.M. charity concert benefitting music education programs for underprivileged youth. That same year Bar/None Records re-issued Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth, with the former enjoying its first first band-sanctioned CD release.

In 2011, they released a new studio album Here Before, which garnered rave reviews. In honor of their 40th anniversary, Bar/None re-released their third and fourth albums, Only Life and Time For A Witness in early 2015. As a special Record Store Day offering,  they released The Feelies Uncovered later in the year, a limited edition 12” EP featuring studio covers of songs by Dylan, The Doors, Smith and Neil Young.

2017’s In Between was recorded in the midst of these celebrations. The album found them bringing fresh sonic maneuvers into the mix that make it both the quietest and most furious music they’ve created. The twin-guitar attack of songwriters and founders Mercer and Million has remained at the core of the group’s infectious sound all along, paired with the driving rhythmic team of drummer Stan Demeski and percussionist Dave Weckerman, with Brenda Sauter’s bass guitar proving a rock-solid foundation.

The Feelies’ music has been featured in Married To The Mob, Something Wild, Prelude To A Kiss, The Truth About Charlie, The Squid & the Whale and Ricki And The Flash. Acclaimed novelist Rick Moody cited The Good Earth as the inspiration for his    1992 novel Garden State. They have influenced bands like R.E.M., Real Estate and Weezer. They continue to regularly perform live.”