New Music For Old People: Frightened Rabbit, Mieka Pauley, Nickel Creek

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. Frightened Rabbit – “The Woodpile”

This is a Scottish indie band, now based in Glasgow: two guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. They started in 2003 on indie labels and by 2010 got picked up by Atlantic Records and released two EPs before their album The Pedestrian. The lyrics are very acid-trippy and the music is peppered with uneven bars. Still it comes together and the short guitar solo sounds great. Don’t try dancing to it though, you’ll bang your head!

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2. Mieka Pauley – “I Haven’t Even Started With You”

WOW! This is a ballad just how I like it — wonderful lyrics, great singing, playing and production. All this took place in Seattle but it doesn’t sound like the usual Seattle crews. Upon research I found that Mieka a) studied at Harvard, b) won the first Cosmopolitan (!) talent search as well as a few other awards, and c) got both her albums financed by fans. For a gal born in 1980, she’s doing amazingly well so far and her career appears to be in great shape. If it’s based on tracks like this, she’ll be around long after I’m gone.

3. Nickel Creek – “Hayloft”

It’s a joyous time when these folks get back in the studio and blend their prodigious talents together. This is my fave this time around, although there are a few more marvelous moments on this album, A Dotted Line. Like dear Mr. Kotter, they are ALWAYS welcome back.

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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