John Tejada – Year of the Living Dead

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Released: February 26, 2021

John Tejada - Year of the Living Dead album cover

Years ago, my friend Kelly and I would listen to music and dance for hours on the roof of his Greenwich Village apartment building. It was a celebration of music and movement and friendship on starry Saturdays when we had no money or cloudy Mondays when the city that never sleeps was sleeping.

Looking back, dancing on that roof was like dancing in a bubble before bubbles existed.

Year of the Living Dead is John Tejada’s pandemic album, and it reminds us there is room for celebration and dancing in our bubbles. I’m not an expert on Tejada’s music, other than what I’ve heard on various mixes. This is sparser and less melodic than I expected, and it is also more joyous. The glitchy beats and blankets of sound initially made me imagine Ricardo Villalobos reinterpreting Beaucoup Fish, but that’s not quite right.

What is right is the way Year of the Living Dead makes me feel. As spring begins to peek through the darkness of an especially isolated winter, this record invites us to step outside and dance under Saturday stars. We don’t need clubs or crowds, we just need earbuds and the sky and, if we’re lucky, a good friend.

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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  1. bobvinyl

    So, this didn’t take me to a rooftop in Greenwich Village. It took me to driving in Miami in the summer. That ends up being cool, because that is where I got really into the Lazy Dog album which was kind of a big deal for me in terms of appreciating electronic music.

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