New Music For Old People: LP, Spanish Gold, The Belle Brigade



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. LP – “Into the Wild”

If your name was Laura Pergolizzi, I’m sure if you wanted to have hit records YOU would call yourself LP as well. Laura had been songwriting like a maniac prior to gaining a singing career of her own, writing toons for folks like Cher, Rihanna, Joe Walsh, Christina Aguilera and The Backstreet Boys. She has a set out on Warner Brothers now called Forever for Now and I do like this track when I slip into a comfy pop music mood.

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2. Spanish Gold – “One Track Mind”

This genre-spanning trio consists of drummer Patrick Hallahan (formerly of My Morning Jacket), guitarist Adrian Quesada (formerly of Grupo Fantasma) and guitarist and lead vocalist Dante Schwebel (City and Colour, formerly of Hacienda). The track is from their recent full-length debut release, South of Nowhere.

3. The Belle Brigade – “How I See It”

This is the second appearance of this brother/sister group; they both sing and brother plays guitar and sister plays drums, but this is not Carpenter territory. It’s actually more Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham/Nicks style.

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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