New Music For Old People: Cris Cab, Fruit Bats, ALO

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. Cris Cab – “Liar Liar”

Cris likes to borrow Jamaican grooves for many of his songs and this is no exception. This was #34 on the worldwide iTunes chart in 2013.

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2. Fruit Bats – “Silent Life”

This band has been defunct for a few years. I still love them — great songs with really original lyrics and fresh music. This is my second favorite of theirs. I wish they were still together. They ARE — at MY house!

3. ALO – “Shine”

Somebody wanna check and see how many songs there are in history called this? Jeez — but this one is kinda nice and it draws you in. The Animal Liberation Orchestra has been around since before 2000 but these rats keep getting better and better. I’m a big fan, hence they are in the coveted closing position here. See ya next week.

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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