New Music For Old People: Between the Trees, Franz Ferdinand, Snarky Puppy feat. Shayna Steele

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. “Scarecrow” — Between the Trees

It’s a sad tale. Based in Orlando, this band debuted in 2006, made a little noise and got signed to Motown. After about a year, Motown changed their mind and back they went to the indies. Their second album, Spain, which this track is from, came out in 2009. In 2010, they made an announcement they were disbanding. Lead singer Ryan Kirkland has a future if he wants it. There’s really nice vocalizing on this. Too bad I’m not famous enough to be a judge on The Voice (hahahaha).

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2. “Love Illumination” — Franz Ferdinand

From their album with a way too long title to mention, this is kinda punchy in a good way. It reminds me of the Jefferson Airplane’s big hit “Somebody to Love” and even mentions it in the lyric. It is, however, NOT an Airplane sound-alike — just a tip of the hat. Very ’70s lead guitar sound for those who care.

3. “Gone Under” — Snarky Puppy feat. Shayna Steele

This is the Puppy’s second column entry and they are in my top ten at the moment pending an in-person look. The YouTube stuff is right up my alley (horns, love of soul music, great vocals) but I just missed them a few weeks ago locally. Meanwhile I’m listening away happily. They deserve the vaunted final position this week.

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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