Bill Nelson's Red Noise “A Better Home in the Phantom Zone” from Sound-On-Sound (EMI 1979) —Wild man New Wave prog rock.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “You Liar” from A Simpler Sugar (self-released 2014) N L —St. Louis band really puts it all together for this new record.Buy it!
The Beatles “Lady Madonna” from Past Masters Vol. 2 (CAPITOL 1988) —Just listen to the drums on this cut. How do you think like that? Brilliant!Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Good Thing” from The Legend of Paul Revere (Columbia 1990) —One of the brightest and richest of all sixties rockin' numbers.Buy it!
Spoon “Rent I Pay” from They Want My Soul (Lorna Vista 2014) N —These guys sneak up on me now and again - I love the feel of this cruncher.Buy it!
The Educated Guess “Native Son” from West Skyline Drive (self-released 2009) L —Charlie Brumley, who leads this St. Louis band, is a true musical visionary.Buy it!
The Ike Reilly Assassination “I Will Let You Down” from Junkie Faithful (Silent Six 2005) —Possibly the most underrated great songwriter of the Century so far.Buy it!
Funeral Bonsai Wedding “Ezra Pound and the Big Wood River” from Funeral Bonsai Wedding (self-released 2014) N —Magnificent epic-length song with Steve Dawson (of Dolly Varden fame) giving his most impassioned vocals, and a killer vibraphone-led improvising band that brings to mind Astral Weeks.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Joan of Arc” from Cohen Live: Leonard Cohen In Concert (Columbia 1994) —Twenty years ago, it was important to document Cohen, because nobody thought he'd still be a brilliant performer so much longer. Win/win, as he still is.Buy it!
Robert Plant “Turn It Up” from lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch 2014) N —A mysterious and intoxicating cut from Plant's excellent new record.Buy it!
Jon Hardy and The Public “Something's Gotta Give” from Restless City (self released 2014) N L —Local boy makes a good new record.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “Takin' Me Back” from Heaven Tonight (Epic 1978) —Oh, man, did this record ever hit me hard back when I was 20 years old. I love a lot of Cheap Trick, but this was the one that first knocked me out, and remains my fave.Buy it!
The Bangles “Going Down to Liverpool” from All Over the Place (Columbia 1984) —Katrina & the Waves did it first, and they did it great, but the Bangles version remains indelible to me.Buy it!
Luke Winslow-King “Wanton Way of Loving” from Everlasting Arms (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2014) N —I'm guessing Esther Rose King is his wife - she gives this song an extra special sass for a duet.Buy it!
Van Morrison & The Chieftains “Irish Heartbeat” (Mercury 1988) —One of my favorite records in the 80s - Van pushed the Chieftains to make the most exciting music they'd done in years.Buy it!
Roy Wood “All the Way Over the Hill/Irish Loafer and His Hen (Medley) (2007 Digital Remaster)” from Boulders CD ALBUM (Parlophone 1973) —This album was my introduction to the genius of Roy Wood. I don't remember how I found it, but I sure did love it from the git-go.Buy it!
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas “Run Run Run” from Secret Evil (Dead Owl Records 2014) N —I know very little about this woman, but she can belt out a rock'n'roll number, that's for sure.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “One Night” from Olympia (Virgin 2010) —You can take the song out of New Orleans . . . Well, maybe you can take the New Orleans out of the song.Buy it!
Dr. John featuring Anthony Hamilton “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” from Ska-Dat-De-Dat . . . The Spirit of Satch (Proper Records 2014) N —It's not easy to find a fresh take on a song that's been done a million times, but Anthony Hamilton does the job here.Buy it!
Etta James “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” from The Essential Etta James (Chess 2010) —Etta has a deeper, more insistent take on this song.Buy it!
William Bell “You Don't Miss Your Water” from The Stax Story (stax 2008) —Not the song I thought was gonna play first, but still a great one.Buy it!
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