New Music For Old People: The Strokes, The Family Crest, Florence & The Machine

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. “Tap Out” – The Strokes

I will admit I am attracted to these guitar sounds and arrangements. This has some great moments in that category. It is the lead-off track from their long-delayed album Comedown Machine, which was their contract-closing workpiece on the RCA label.

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2. “When the Lights Go Out” – The Family Crest

I was in a movie theater watching the matinee showing of The Loved One when the October 1965 blackout hit New York City. I was also under the influence of mescaline and had a pretty rough time getting to the safer realms of downtown, but that’s another story. This song title immediately reminded me of that afternoon, so you see, different songs mean different things to different people. And that afternoon I was fer sure a different people. Meanwhile, my current favorite band plays its third track from their newest album and I hope brings in some more future aficionados. You’re all on your own now — I will play no more until their next release.

3. “What Kind of Man” – Florence & The Machine

I like this. Her voice gets better with each album and this is no exception and I like the song as well. This album may bust her out big but I haven’t heard it yet.

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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