New Music For Old People: Daniel Norgren, Blonde Redhead, Griffin House

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. “Whatever Turns You On” — Daniel Norgren

You can’t tell on this track, but this singer is a Swedish lad with a taste for the blues. Born in 1983, he prefers the one-man band sound and usually performs in this mode. Unless he has four hands and feet, there are other musicians on this track, or he might have played all the parts by overdubbing. He has a great feel and strong respect for the past and it serves his purpose well. His last album was released in 2011. I hope he comes over here to play, as I am a fan just from this short track. Sometimes feel is everything.

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2. “Equus” — Blonde Redhead

There are at least three bands that subscribe to this genre which I call neo-avante garde and I consider Captain Beefheart to be the founder. Deerhoof and Don Caballero are the other two and I enjoy the envelope-pushing of all three. Deerhoof and Blonde Redhead are REALLY similar because they are both fronted by a female singer. This is a good choice for you to see what BR is all about — a great deal of guitar exploration and lead vocals that tend toward a feline sound. This is NOT for everyone, but maybe there’s a few of you out there.

3. “The Woman With the Beautiful Hair” — Griffin House

There were two or three earlier tunes from this artist that caught my ear, but now it seems his talent is growing even stronger. This is a wonderful lyric — almost out of the Warren Zevon book. The delivery, arrangement and production stay way clear of crowding the song itself, and that’s an even better set-up. Now if Griffin can get some listeners, I think it’s time he deserves a little more respect. I love this lyric and, for that matter, everything about this.

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!

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