New Music For Old People: Katie Melua, The Dears, The Deadstring Brothers

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Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. Katie Melua – “Plague of Love”

Comparatively unknown in the US, this songstress is HUGE overseas. She has a unique voice and is a strong writer. I like the fact that she covers other people’s songs as well. This is from her album The House and I got on board with just one listen.

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2. The Dears – “Omega Dog”

This reminds me of parts of “Vienna” by Midge Ure’s ’80s band Ultravox. It kinda catches your ear and then gets permanently lodged inside, dammit! Could be arch electronica for Betty and Veronica.

3. The Deadstring Brothers – “Ain’t No Hidin’ Love”

These guys are VERY Stones-influenced, although more Keith than Mick. This track rocks right on out in a jack flash kinda groove. The singer avoids the obvious Jagger temptation because he’s a damn good singer on his own. I love this. It grows on ya right away.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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