Dirty Dozen Brass Band “We Gon' Roll” from Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz 2012) —Robert Christgau says these guys are one of the best "you-had-to-be-there" acts, and he's right that their records don't kick as hard as their live shows. But, dammit, this is some funky stuff right here.Buy it!
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker “Burn It Down” (Outta Sight 2009) —Hope you feel like doing the boogaloo first thing this morning.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “You Haven't Done Nothin'” from Fulfillingness' First Finale (Motown 1974) —Hello, funky clavinet.Buy it!
Kool & The Gang “Hollywood Swinging” from Wild & Peaceful (Mercury 1973) —Asked to do a cover of "Soul Makossa," the Gang came up with this original instead. Thank you, Allmusic.com - I did not know that.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “I'm Alive” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —There is a lot to love about this Shelby Lynne cover, but I'm gonna single out exceptionally smart drumming by former St. Louisian Matt Tecu as the thing that makes this perfect.Buy it!
Art Neville “That Rock & Roll Beat” from A History of the Neville Brothers - A Family Affair (Charly 1999) —I do enjoy the Art Neville solo career - this is, of course, an Allen Toussaint number.Buy it!
The Yardbirds “Puzzles” from LIttle Games (Epic 1967) —From the Jimmy Page era.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Beside You” from Bang Masters (Epic 1991) —I love the Hammond organ on this cut, as Van finds a vocal spot halfway between Mose Allison jazz and r'n'b.Buy it!
Curtis Stigers “Chances Are” from Let's Go Out Tonight (Concord 2012) N —Fantabulous interpretation of Hayes Carll's song.Buy it!
Martha Wainwright “Jesus and Mary” from I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too (Drowned In Sound 2008) —A beautiful and complicated not-exactly-love song.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Crooked Man” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc 2012) —He was bent on being bent. That's one great line. I also like "Everything he said was wrong or else he quoted Bob Dylan."Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Lullaby” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2012) N —Well, this gentle number might help you sleep, but I'm not sure how pleasant your dreams will be.Buy it!
Milton Nascimento “San Vicente” from Brazil Classics Vol. 1: Beleza Tropical (Luaka Bop 1989) —Beautiful beyond description. Really.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Constantine's Dream” from Banga (Columbia 2012) N —A lot to unpack here - St. Francis of Assisi, Piero Della Francesca, Constantine, Columbus, art, animals, God, man, sleep, unrest, beauty, destruction.Buy it!
Miles Davis “Bemsha Swing” from Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (Prestige 1954) —Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, on a Monk classic.Buy it!
John Scofield “Already Septemeber” from A Moment's Peace (Decca 2011) —Because I just don't have the ability to think ahead, and remember to play this song in two weeks, when the title will hold true.Buy it!
Kronos Quartet “Don't Think Twice, It's All Right” from Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) N —I continue to be surprised and delighted by unexpected versions on this 4-disc set that I dip into now and again.Buy it!
Duncan Dhu “Cuento De La Cancion En La Botella” from Autobiographia (East West 1990) —The best Spanish pop/rock band I've ever heard. Alright, they're the only Spanish pop/rock band I've ever heard, but they were really good.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Sleeper Awake” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot 2012) N —That John Wesley Harding knows his pop traditions - this sounds like something Dusty Springfield could have scored with back in the day.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “The Golden Age of Rock N' Roll” from The Hoople (Columbia 1974) —I wasn't exactly cool back in the 70s, but I did fall in love with this song while most of the country was ignoring it.Buy it!
Ian Hunter “When I'm President” (Slimstyle 2012) N —Very cool to walk into the station and find a new album sitting on the shelf from the ex-Mott the Hoople singer.Buy it!
Slade “Everybody's Next One” from Beginnings / Play It Loud (Salvo 2006) —In the early days, they spelled better, and rocked pretty hard anyway.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Medic” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —These guys will be at the Heavy Anchor Saturday night with the Vondrukes - sounds like a good show to me.Buy it!
The Pirates “Shakin' All Over” from Don't Munchen It: Live In Europe 1978 (RPM 2000) —Scorching live version of the song they'd played backing up Johnny Kidd (though guitar genius Mick Green didn't play the original).Buy it!
The Trip Daddys “All American Boy” from THE LIFE WE CHOSE (Daddy Time Reords 2011) L —Speaking of scorching.Buy it!
The Jam “All Around the World” from Compact Snap (Polydor 1983) —I don't spend a lot of time looking for new, but I love this song anyway. Of course, "Can't dismiss what's gone before / But there's foundations for us to explore" is a great concept.Buy it!
Christy McWilson “Life's Little Enormities” from Bed of Roses (Hightone 2002) —One of my very favorite songs of the 00's. No home should be without it.Buy it!
Chris Smither “What They Say” from Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds www.signaturesounds.com 2012) N —They say the good die young but it ain't for certain / I've been good all day and I ain't hurtin'.Buy it!
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys “You Don't Know Me At All” from Turntable Matinee (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2006) —A sweet little song.Buy it!
Jimmie Lunceford “I'm Nuts About Screwy Music” from Strictly Lunceford: Rhythm Is Our Business (Proper 2007) —Well, who isn't?Buy it!
The Bobbettes “Mr. Lee” from Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1974 vol. 3 (1955-1958) (Atlantic 1985) —Screwy enough for me.Buy it!
Piano Red “Doctor Feelgood” from The Lost Atlanta Tapes (Landslide 2010) —All you women don't come around unless you weigh 400 pounds.Buy it!
Blind Willie McTell “Delia” from The Essential (Classic Blues 2001) —Bad things always seem to happen in songs about women named Delia.Buy it!
Otis Rush “If You Were Mine” from Essential Collection: The Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958 (Varese Sarabande 2000) —Otis Rush can no longer perform, but he can sure be proud of what he accomplished in his life.Buy it!
Elmore James “Make a Little Love” from Slide Guitar Master (Proper 2006) —That sound of Elmore James never gets old.Buy it!
Jerry Douglas “On a Monday” from Traveler (EOne 2012) N —Great version of the Leadbelly classic.Buy it!
Foster & Lloyd “Texas in 1880” from Foster & Lloyd (RCA 1987) —Allowing for the gated drum sound, this is still an amazing record.Buy it!
The Mastersons “Time” from Birds Fly South (New West 2012) N —This album is slowly working its way up my depth chart for the year. I do love it considerable much.Buy it!
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