New Music for Old People: Florence and the Machine, Honeycut, and Steve Earle

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!

Below is a jukebox containing all the songs I picked this week. After you read about them below, go back and listen to whatever you like by just clicking on that title in the jukebox, or stream the whole playlist by clicking on the “play” icon at the top. It’s free and it’s the entire song. We’re not selling anything. We’re just in the business of hopefully making your days better by listening to great music.

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1. “What Kind of Man” — Florence and the Machine (2:34)

Her next album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, won’t be out for months, but this is the lead-off single that’s out right now. I like this. Her voice gets better with each album and this is no exception and I like the song as well. This album may bust her out big but I haven’t heard it yet.

2. “Climbin’” — Honeycut (2:48)

This completes a trio of tracks by this band from an album that is nine years old. They sure don’t sound dated to me. Their latest album was released in February, 2012. I hope they’re still out there playing — I’d love to see them live.

3. “Baby’s Just As Mean As Me” — Steve Earle feat. Eleanor Whitmore (2:11)

There’s kind of an old-timey feel to this track from Steve’s latest album, . Ms. Whitmore’s sound is reminiscent of Maria Muldaur, who also could have sat in and added name value. A tasty swipe at his mate in in this hopefully fictitious lyric.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for five 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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