New Music For Old People: Jenny Lewis, Beady Eye, Lake Street Dive



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. Jenny Lewis – “Acid Tongue”

I pulled this when it came out in 2008, but hadn’t found the best place for it until now. The constraint in the production is the star of this track. I assume Jenny is playing the acoustic guitar and there is a bassist. Other than the mighty backup singers, that’s ALL there is but it’s enough to tell her story and not lose your attention for three and a half minutes. I guess the drummer took too much acid and had to go to the ER…

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2. Beady Eye – “Flick of the Finger”

On August 28, 2009, the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, broke up their hugely successful Brit group Oasis which had begun in 1991. Liam kept the core of Oasis and renamed it Beady Eye. Oasis was steeped in the Beatles legacy, so if this sounds redundant, it’s just tradition, mate. I think this is a great example of what the Fab Four wrought in the next generation.

3. Lake Street Dive – “Bad Self Portrait”

This is really nice. From their self-titled debut album, it is the first single and is the best track on there. Too bad they didn’t title it Real Bad Selfies — it would’ve sold another million. Guess the current hippies don’t meet on Lake Street nowadaze.

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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