New Music for Old People: Field Music, The Dears, Cee Lo Green, and More

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Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Like the title says, this column's 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. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don't miss this. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD be!

1."The Rest Is Noise" - Field Music (3:53)
Two incredibly talented brothers from the UK do their their best to musically lament the passing of the band XTC. Amazing stuff - my favorite band nowadays

2. "Omega Dog" - The Dears (5:00)  This reminds me of parts of "Vienna" by Midge Ure's 80's band Ultravox. It kinda catches your ear and then gets permanently lodged inside, dammit !!!

3. "Livin' In the Jungle" - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (3:22)  Old soul music, or deep soul music as collectors call it is brave from the grave here and quite well done. If you like this check out all their albums - they're in that pocket.

4. "It's OK" [Explicit] - Cee Lo Green (3:46)  The star of Crazy and Grammy curse words shows that the Motown template can still work if one still cares to remember. Cee's got a great memory.

5. "Should Have Known" -  The Band of Heathens (4:38) If you take the 'of Heathens' off their name you get to the roots of this band. Curiously refreshing in the millennium, I'd say. Rarely disappointed with their albums.

6. "I'll Haunt You" - Seth Lakeman (3:55) Seth is surely a violinist who knows what to do in a pop framework with a taste of bluegrass and classical roots. There are always a few beauties on each of his albums. Here's the latest.

7. "Sanctuary" - The Bridge (4:18)  Shades of the band Free! Not an exact copy, but these guys could not play a note without their main source of inspiration. And that is surely NOT a bad thing.

8. "Fly High" - Chris Ardoin (2:41)  Keeping the Cajun tradition alive is also not a bad thing and few can do it as authentically and perfectly as Chris. He rarely disappoints and puts on a rockin' live show.

9. "Rosey" - Lelia Broussard (2:53)  A Louisiana gal imbued with the gift at an early age and will not quit. Fine with me! This is listenable good stuff; hope you enjoy it.

10. "Are You Experienced" - Jim Suhler & Alan Haynes (6:35)  Gawd ! If you're gonna cover something, especially live, one should aim a little lower. But there are two guys here with a sympathetic band and they do an amazing job of capturing what was great about "The Man" live. This is a pleasant surprise and I confess I keep going back to it for the buzz.

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