New Music For Old People: Gratitude, Julian Lennon, Yellow Ostrich

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. Gratitude – “Drive Away”

I’ve been listening to this for nine years, ever since it came out in 2005. This is what I call enjoyable noise — it’s even got a message tucked in there somewhere. From San Fran, basically put together by singer Jonah Matranga and guitarist Mark Weinberg. GREAT opener!

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2. Julian Lennon – “Someday”

I think we already have acknowledged that his current album is far and away his best work. He did stray on this track, however, directly into his dad’s band’s boots, but since it was only ONE track on the entire wonderful album, I personally forgive him. I can see he is headed in the correct direction and he has my support and encouragement. I’m REALLY curious to see what Dhani Harrison is gonna do…

3. Yellow Ostrich – “Shades”

For two minutes and 25 seconds, a gigantic yellow ostrich deploys serious beats, tense guitar figures and comparatively calm harmonies to show you what this ostrich is all about. Somehow all these disparate ingredients come together and a band is born, albeit with serious Kraut rock roots. But enough of my ranting — what do YOU think?

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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