New Music For Old People: Field Music, Battleme & The Forest Rangers, Andrew Bird



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. Field Music – “Clear Water”

More frequent column contributors here; these two English brothers kinda filled the gap when XTC called it quits and here is their seventh entry in these here parts. I guess I’m kinda guilty of playin’ The Field (Music) a bit, huh? If you’re an XTC fan you’ll surely “get” this and wanna catch up on their recorded output.

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2. Battleme & The Forest Rangers – “I See Through You (Free Your Mind)”

This is Matt Drenik, the lead singer of Austin, Texas band LIONS drifting into the next phase of his career. He also emigrated away from Austin to Portland, Oregon and started turning out songs for the TV series Sons of Anarchy in his new home studio there. Using the house band for the show, The Forest Rangers, he has compiled over 40 new songs so far including a cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey My My.”

3. Andrew Bird – “Pulaski at Night”

Andrew is a singer-songwriter-fiddler who has graced these pages before. I like his individuality in songwriting and arranging. This is a song title that wouldn’t have occurred to me in this lifetime. Next life, perhaps? Stay tuned.

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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