New Music For Old People: Tinariwen, Pinback, The Casinos

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. “Imazeghen N Adagh” — Tinariwen

I don’t feature that much world music in this column but this group is special. They are from the Sahara Desert region of Northern Mali in Africa. There is a distinct guitar sound from that area I really enjoy. This is a good example of that type of playing. They’re worth seeing if you get the chance. They have played festivals like Coachella in the US and Glastonbury in the UK.

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2. “His Phase” — Pinback

This is one of my favorite guitar bands because of their unique sound. They always bury the lead vocal, but this track from their latest album actually has it at normal volume by the end of the song. It’s a start, lads, keep up the good work!

3. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” — The Casinos

A blast from the past, here is the original version of this classic tune written by John Loudermilk, who also wrote “Tobacco Road.” This is very early ’60s vintage and there is PLENTY of vocal on this track! It was a top tenner in its time. Jeez — NINE guys and not ONE Beatle haircut!

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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