So we spent the morning rediscovering the excellent Jerry Leiber/Phil Spector song Spanish Harlem: Ben. E. King had his first post-Drifters hit with it in 1961, Aretha Franklin memorably changed the lyrics to it (to “black ’n Spanish Harlem”) 10 years later, and now NYC band Linfinity is following up their cover of the Talking Heads’ Road To Nowhere with a reboot.
With its hazy, faraway sound and frontman Dylan Von Wagner’s David Byrne-esque vocals, it manages to be kind of timeless—it’s easily the moodiest version we’ve heard of the song.**
You have two chances to catch this affecting chamber outfit live: Linfinity play tonight, as part of the CMJ Music Marathon’s American Myth Showcase. Then they head out on a U.S. tour, but will alight locally on 11/30 at Maxwell’s in Hoboken.
Pianos, Wednesday 10/20 at 10PM; $Free
What I'm listening to: Black Dog Blues - The Roulette Sisters
**We are partial to this libidinous Tom Jones (oxymoron?) cover.