New Music For Old People: The Shouting Matches, Josh Krajcik, Olly Murs

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. “Seven Sisters” — The Shouting Matches

Justin Vernon from Bon Iver takes a side trip with this blues trio. They also like to make Keith noises (who doesn’t, really?) but their approach is a wee bit cleaner than that of the last band. No ethereal fallout remains from Justin’s other band; this is tight and right off their album Grownass Man. Tasty title, toughguys!

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2. “The Remedy” — Josh Krajcik

Now, I don’t watch any of those talent shows on TV ’cause I like to listen to what I want and not hear the endless covers hour. This week, until I started researching bios, I blindly picked two singers from X Factor without knowing it because I really enjoyed the tracks, and this is one of them. This doesn’t mean I’m gonna sit through Simon and Company — I’d still rather go see Josh play live at a local show with no commercials. This is a great track, well produced and certainly well sung. Welcome to the semi-real world, Josh — it’s nice to have you around.

3. “Army of Two” — Olly Murs

Here’s the second track from the army of two TV guys. They should make them change their names if they win. This is a serious arrangement and production, but it doesn’t impede Olly from struttin’ his stuff. I love records that sound like this — there aren’t many of ’em any more. Welcome to the semi-real world, Olly — it’s nice to have you around.

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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