Song of the Day: Allah-Las - Had It All

Song of the Day
08/25/2014
Jim Beckmann

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "Had It All" by Allah-Las from the 2014 album Worship The Sun on Innovative Leisure.

Allah-Las - Had It All (MP3)

When you've got the formula for the perfect summer album, why change a thing? Since their 2012 self-titled debut, Allah-Las have captured the sunny clime of their Los Angeles home in short, dazzling retro gems of sonic nostalgia, incorporating bright tinges of SoCal beach pop, garage and psych rock, latin rhythms and 60's folk. It was the perfect album to accompany taking off work early, throwing the board atop the Woodie, and heading out to the coast. With their 2014 followup, Worship The Sun, the band clearly has no plans to go off vacation. The fourteen songs on it are nuggets of sunshine, like today's featured song, "Had It All", which enters familiar territory with its jangly Byrds-ian opening and heavily reverbed, dreamy choruses. So, if it's summer you want, you can have it all the time with this excellent new album.

Allah-Las are about to embark on a European tour, but they will be at the Nootkah Sound Festival in Vancouver, BC, on August 30, and playing a couple of shows around LA before heading off. Their U.S. tour begins in November and they'll bring the sunshine to Seattle at Chop Suey on December 5. Find out more on their website and Facebook page. Until then, catch the rays as you watch Allah-Las perform an early version of "Had It All" live at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Austin during KEXP's SXSW 2013 broadcast:

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