New Music For Old People: Queens of the Stone Age, The Zombies, Us

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. Queens of the Stone Age – “I Sat By the Ocean”

I had dabbled with this band before, downloading “Someone’s In the Wolf” and “In My Head” in their early period. So I gave a listen to the album, Like Clockwork. Leader Josh Homme seems to have adapted a deep love for Jeff Lynne, of all people — at least on this track. Who’d-a thought? And yet… it actually works. The production is a bit more advanced than on previous efforts but I never thought I’d hear a nod to ELO come from this band. By the way, I’m not complaining here.

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2. The Zombies – “Any Other Way”

They musta known when they formed 50 years ago that they would go on forever; hence their name choice. Using their unique ingredients, their magic and listenability are still right up front on this track from their 2011 album Breathing In/Breathing Out.

3. Us The Duo – “Make You Love Me”

This track is written and sung by a California-based husband and wife duo, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado. After a few successful single and YouTube collaborations, they recently released the self-titled album that this track is from. Before coming up with their clever name, other choices in contention could have been: Tuck & Patti Jr.? Children of The Carpenters or maybe The Dixie Chicklets?

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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