New Music For Old People: Grace Potter, Foals, Hurricane Bells

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. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – “Treat Me Right”

It’s always a pleasure to showcase the best-looking Hammond organ player around. She plays as good as any of us and sings even better. With her great band The Nocturnals in tow, one can expect good, original, down-to-earth soul music. Here comes one now.

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2. Foals – “My Number”

What hath Daft Punk wrought? This is more of that dancing electronica, well served up by a UK band originally at college in Oxford. This track grew on me and reminded of the Daft Punk track that exploded worldwide.

3. Hurricane Bells – “Possibilities”

I can’t tell from my research if this band still exists. It revolves around guitarist-composer-singer Steve Schiltz, who hails from Rochester, New York. He was originally in a band called Longwave and they made four albums in the mid-2000s. Then he went off to do a solo side project and it became this band. This track is from an album called Tides and Tales, released in late 2011. When this modulates from a subdued intro to a full-on pounding groove, it will get your attention. I like all the parts the instruments are playing at that point — it’s pretty original.

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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