New Music For Old People: Bob Mould, Paul Weller, Andrew Bird

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. Bob Mould – “The War”

Born in 1960, rocked out in the ‘80s with his band Hüsker Dü, countered with new band Sugar in the ’90s, brazenly came out in the millennium, and fed us a handful of worthy solo albums throughout. This is from the latest, Beauty & Ruin, and has Sex Pistol and Ramones musical references.

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2. Paul Weller – “Push It Along”

More successful in various locations around the world than in the US, Weller has had an amazingly long career which continues as I write this. This is a track from 2008 that grabbed me; it’s from his ninth solo album, 22 Dreams. Prior to solo albums, he had great runs with his two early bands, The Jam and Style Council. This has a nice rocking opening that modulates into a Talking Heads kinda second half of each verse. It’s a good example of solo Weller if you’ve not tasted any before.

3. Andrew Bird – “Frogs Singing”

Andrew’s been here a few times before. I’m a fan. This reminds me of a Richard Thompson composition (no particular one) with Andrew’s strident fiddle playing replacing Thompson’s guitar-istics.

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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