New Music For Old People: Hoobastank, Hollie Cook, Jerry Douglas

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. “This Is Gonna Hurt” — Hoobastank

I like the way this draws on the independents of the ’80s as much as I scratch my head when I see their name. They are a good band despite their missed nomer, however. I hope this hurts you in a GOOD way.

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2. “Walking In the Sand” — Hollie Cook

I love reggae covers of old songs — ya know they’re NOT gonna do it just like the original before the needle hits the vinyl. This is really pleasant to listen to and Hollie is the daughter of Paul, legendary Sex Pistol drummer. This is from her 2011 self-titled debut album. It was a rave up in the UK. She rightfully calls her music “tropical pop.” I await much more of this trop pop.

3. “High Blood Pressure” — Jerry Douglas

And what a great idea to have Keb Mo sing this one. He turns in an atypical reading that is just downright perfect. The band is great too, but they don’t list them in iTunes, of course. Maybe sharp-eyed/eared producer Russ Titelman will clue us in the comments section next week? Needless to say (but I’m writing, not talking), Jerry Douglas is his usual flawless self.

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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