You can get the MP3 on iTunes by clicking here – just in time for that holiday playlist:)
If it looks like we had fun making this video (which we filmed just yesterday; I edited it on a plane today), your perception is correct. “Last Christmas” is a quintessentially ‘80s Christmas song, so taking it back to a less synthesized era opened up a ton of possibilities for rearrangement. Ultimately, I decided to feature some of our talented ladies of PMJ in an Andrews Sisters-inspired vocal trio, with a surprise tap dance solo for some added holiday magic.
Cristina, Ariana, and Sara all have rich, colorful voices that lend themselves so well to these kind of vintage remakes, as well as having a great onstage chemistry (Ariana and Cristina are even roommates). Although we didn’t have much time to rehearse, all three of them were quick to learn the arrangement, and Ariana – a massive Andrews Sisters fan – came up with a few of the vocal harmonies, as well.
As you can see, I played up the “sister” dynamic between the vocalists and Melinda a bit in this video. Melinda, who can also be seen in the PMJ remake of “Umbrella,” showed her acting chops by mastering the facial expressions of a sulking little sister, jealous of her older siblings that are constantly in the spotlight. Thanks to a bit of holiday kindness on the part of clarinetist Jacob Scesney, it becomes a “Cinderella” story by the video’s end.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Postmodern Jukebox! In all its forms, family is such a big part of the holiday season, and we want you all to know that we consider you family, too. After all, by watching our videos / telling your friends about us / coming to our live shows / sharing your creativity with us, you’ve helped Postmodern Jukebox grow from a few musicians jamming in a basement in Astoria, NY, to a diverse community of performers packing venues all over the world. We are so grateful for your support of #RealMusic, and excited to see what 2016 has store for the modern vintage universe that is Postmodern Jukebox.
Peace and Love,
P.s. You can get last Christmas’ (see what I did there?) “A Very Postmodern Christmas” on iTunes here.
P.p.s. You can get my solo piano Xmas album, “(It’s Beginning To Look) A Scott Like Christmas” here.
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No, you’re not tuning in to a rerun. But when Kenton Chen made his Postmodern Jukebox debut last November singing The Chainsmokers’ #1 hit “Closer,” more then a few viewers clicked in expecting the Nine Inch Nails classic of the same name. Well, we know a good idea, no matter how accidental, when we hear it, so we invited Kenton back to make it a reality. Check it out:
Kenton became a fan favorite singing backups on our remake of “Say My Name” and especially showing off his stunning range on “MMMBop,” where he sang both the bass and soprano lines. So he was the obvious choice when it came time to tackle the biggest song in the country at the time: The Chainsmokers’ ode to making bad choices together, “Closer.” Kenton’s virtuosic ‘50s-style crooning won over even those who dialed in hoping to refuel their ‘90s-era angst – as one commenter put it, “I came expecting ‘Closer’ by Nine Inch Nails… and stayed for the breathtaking rendition of a song that I don’t really like.”
Still, the idea stuck in PMJ creator Scott Bradlee’s brain, who figured if anybody could find the soulful side of Trent Reznor it would be Kenton. Trading in his powder-pink prom jacket for dazzling blue satin, Kenton and his back-up singers kick off their heels (literally) and proceed to make tortured romance look sleek and stylish. The band locks into a tight ‘70s groove that you can feel from the inside, and while Kenton may make you believe that his whole existence is flawed, his performance is anything but. He’s too discreet to mention exactly what he wants to do like an animal, but trust me, this funky rendition gets the point across.