New Music for Old People: Jesse Malin, Big Data, Catfish and the Bottlemen

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. “She Don’t Love Me Now” — Jesse Malin

A strong presence in the New York proto-punk scene of the new millennium, he hung with one of his big influences, Ryan Adams, and they made music together. This is new and falls into the simplification syndrome that comes out of New York City/Brooklyn every few years. Personally, I love this kind of simplicity if done right (Ryan Adams again for example and now this track).

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2. “Automatic” — Big Data feat. Jenn Wasner

Alan Wilkis IS Big Data. He is a producer and electronica expert. Jenn Wasner is in the duo Wye Oak and Wilkis chose to feature her vocal on this track. Think her name is a play on Jann Wenner? There is all sorts of electronicatrickery going on here, but the vocal comes through and it seems, in retrospect, that Jenn was a good choice by Wilkis.

3. “Homesick” — Catfish and the Bottlemen

They’re homesick perhaps for the North Wales they originated in before playing all the European summer festivals of 2014 and having a hit single in some of those places (“Kathleen”). The lead singer and main writer is Van McCann. This track was their first single and caught my ear about a year ago.

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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