New Music For Old People: Big Wreck, The Alternate Routes, Wakey!Wakey!



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. Big Wreck – “Hey Mama”

I probably like this album (Ghosts) now as much as I liked the Black Keys CD in 2003. This is my favorite track and I have included FOUR tracks from this album altogether in the column in five weeks. That may be a record for me. This one uses a few Led Zep elements borrowed graciously and tastefully. These guys are good even if you don’t care for this genre, and if you do, then you already know that, don’cha?

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2. The Alternate Routes – “Just the Same”

This is from their album Lately which actually wasn’t released lately, but rather in 2010. This is a good song and it’s well-produced as well. I like stuff like this. Plus, they’re from Bridgeport, Connecticut where I went to college for a year waaay before they were born.

3. Wakey!Wakey! – “Light Outside”

This is the brainchild of a Michael Grubbs who is based in Brooklyn. Grubbs also plays a character named “Grubbs” on the cable show One Tree Hill where the band’s music is featured. I need a deal like that. Nobody else in the band is ever mentioned anywhere; not even the ‘band’s’ website. I don’t need a deal like THAT. At least Ed Sheeran and Zach Deputy, who go out under their own names, play solo. In all Grubbs fairness, this is a great track and Michael understands how to write and perform catchy pop songs with strong piano licks.

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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2 comments to “New Music For Old People: Big Wreck, The Alternate Routes, Wakey!Wakey!”
  1. Dude, we heard you like the Honeydogs. If true, you should also check out The Hangdogs. The two played some shows together in the 90s, and they used to have fun confusing people.

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