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A long time supporter of Little Kids Rock, his charitable interests expanded into animal rescue and pet adoption thanks to his friendship with animal rescue advocate Beth Stern, and her husband, Howard. Radin fondly recalls playing at Stern’s benefit showin the Hamptons last summer for North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), the world’s largest No Kill rescue and adoption organization. “We just had the best time and it got me even more involved in the cause,” he says. Rescue, it turns out, is a subject that weaves its way through Here, Right Now, starting with the rescue-advocating video for the title track, created with footage and facts from NSALA. Radin announced via social media that he would be donating all proceeds from the streams/sales of this track and video, along with proceeds from the sales of special “Here, Right Now” bracelets, to NSALA.
The track itself was written in the wake of a breakup, the sweet duet (with Maria Taylor) is a self-reminder to work on staying present, he says. Though Radin’s silvery, intimate tenor is perfectly calibrated for expressing the ache of love-damaged hearts, just one track, “Only a Wave (Better Days)” directly addresses his latest split —which he attributes to a failed rescue attempt. It’s one of three songs featuring vocals by producer Tony Berg’s daughter, Z. “That was the first time in my life I'd ever tried to fix a broken human,” says Radin. “I'll never do that again.” Radin and Berg sing like whispering lovers amid breath-like rhythms dotted by skittering, oddly soothing synths. “What Would You Do (Refugee Song),” the album’s third single, tackles heartbreak caused by a broken system, from the perspective of a child desperately needing rescue. “I'm not a very political person,” Radin says. “I try to see the best in everybody. It's difficult though, when you see kids being separated from their families at the border of our own country. This isn't what America should be.” The gently funky mood-elevator, “Going with You,” the album’s summery second single, could be a lovers’ anthem, but happens to be an ode to friendship. Inspired by a side trip Radin and Brothers, his regular opening act, took while touring Australia and China, its lyrics read, Wherever you’re going, I’m going too/I don’t care where we’re going/I’m going with you. “That is a very different-sounding kind of song for me,” notes Radin of the Danny Burke-produced track, inspired by the shimmery beach pop Radin heard after hitting the sand in Thailand. The album also carries references to the idea of self-determination, most strongly suggested by one of its two covers: Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” (The other is the Stones’ rarity, “She Smiled Sweetly.”)“He’s always been such an inspiration, not just as a songwriter and musician, but as a human being,” says Radin of the late rock ‘n’ roll hero. “He didn’t take shit from anybody. He always did it his way.” The rhythm of a needle riding vinyl grooves adds symbolism in Radin’s deconstructed version, equal parts manifesto and elegy. Berg and Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald contribute vocals; perhaps Radin’s SiriusXM Coffee House tour mates the Weepies will do the honours when they hit the road together this fall. But first, Radin will canter back toward the Hamptons for this summer’s rescue benefit. He says he’s glad his own fame arrived after adulthood, so it didn’t change him. Like most aspects of his unexpected career, he just takes it all in stride —a nice, easy pace, that is, with one hand firmly holding the reins.
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