New Music For Old People: The Night Marchers, Kate Earl, Scanners

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. “All Hits” — The Night Marchers

This band of West Coast punk-sounders, founded in 2007, chose the original punks Rolling Stones to emulate — and they are damn good at it. This is from their second album, Allez Allez from 2011.

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2. “I Get Around” — Kate Earl

Not a cover of the Beach Boys, but an Earl appropriation that’s a bit more detailed than the Wilson Brothers’. This has a Stones start-you-up groove; much more relaxed than the jumping jack of the previous track. I spied Kate when her first album came out and I always listen to see what she’s up to. This is from her current album, Stronger. Kind of an early, mixed Linda Ronstadt-ian, Joni Mitchellesque look (see photo at top)…

3. “Sick Love” — The Scanners

This is a four-piece UK band with two of each sex on board. Sounds to me, from this track at least, like ’60s producer Shadow Morton popped up out of seclusion and brought The Shangri-La’s into the millennium with this great track. Good song, detailed production and vocal parts. I walk around singing this unconsciously now. This is from 2010 and is produced by Stephen Hague, known for his New Order work in the UK. I think this was just an album track and NOT a single. Maybe Kate Earl should cover it on HER next album?

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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