New Music For Old People: Braid, Paul Thorn, Warsaw

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. Braid – “(Too) Many Enemies”

Lately I have taken to opening with a loud blockbuster to get your attention in the fashion that bands that play loud like to employ. This has a great chorus so just bang your head against the wall ’til it gets there and then simply listen to the chorus. Couldn’t be easier!

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2. Paul Thorn – “Old Stray Dogs & Jesus”

The title refers to the only two true friends the singer has in this world. Sometimes I know that feeling. I guess that’s why this resonated with me, but there are a coupla laughs thrown in for good measure. When it comes to writing a blues song like this—other than Randy Newman—stick me with a Thorn. I’m stickin’ YOU with it now…

3. Warsaw – “White Sea”

This has X-rated words and thoughts in it, so don’t play it while you’re baby-sitting the grandkids. Morgan Kibby is admittedly a great singer but her songwriting weaves in and out of reality and EMD. I will stick with her for now because if she wanted to, she could find a better vehicle for her voice and sell many more records. If she’s not trying to do that, then she’s doing fine.

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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