Howard Tate “Get It While You Can” from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —RIP Howard Tate who passed away last Friday at the age of 72. This 1967 mono single version was written by Jerry Ragovoy.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Stop” from Beg Scream & Shout! (Rhino 1997) —Written by Jerry Ragovoy & Mort Shuman and released in 1967 on the Verve label. I saw Howard Tate perform two years ago at the Ponderosa Stomp & he was still amazing.Buy it!
The Martinis “Key Chain” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) N —Music bed. Memphis soul instrumental recorded circa 1966/67.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Shoot 'Em All Down” from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —The b-side of the Stop single you just heard. Now, that's a record! This one was also written by Jerry Ragovoy & Mort Shuman. Really, I can't recommend this expanded reissue highly enough.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “Everything Will Be Fine” from Want More (Bloodshot 2011) N —Appearing this Saturday (12/10) at Off Broadway. Written by guitarist Billy Bungeroth.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal 2011) N —Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and produced by Mark Ronson. Featuring backing by the Dap-Kings. This compilation of covers, previously unreleased songs & different versions of previously recorded songs just came out this week.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “A Long Time” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) N —This ode to Detroit is one of my favorite singles of 2011. Written by Mayer Hawthorne & A. Cohen with additional vocals by Noelle Scaggs of Fitz & The Tantrums.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “Soul To Go” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —Music bed. Instrumental from the St. Louis band's new release. Written by guitarist Robin Allen.Buy it!
Dobie Gray “See You At The Go-Go” from Dobie Gray Sings for "In Crowders" That Go "Go Go" (Charger 1965) —This set goes out in tribute to Dobie Gray who passed away on Tuesday at age 69. This was written by Billy Page who also wrote one of Dobie Gray's biggest hits, 'The "In" Crowd.'Buy it!
Dobie Gray “A Showman's Life” from Soul Days (Cadre 2000) —Written by Jesse Winchester & recorded in Memphis in 2000. RIP Dobie Gray.Buy it!
Booker T. and The MGs “Sunday Sermon” from Stax Profiles (Concord 2006) —Music bed. 1970 Stax instrumental written by Art Jerry Miller with gospel piano by Booker T.Buy it!
Pee Pee Dynamite “A Groovy Christmas and New Year” from A Groovy Christmas and New Year/The Soul of Christmas 45 (Academy LPs 2011) N —Alright, this is a seasonal number I doubt you've heard. New reissue of your basic 70s Ghanaian soul Christmas soul song. Written by Kojo Donkoh & featuring the vocals of Pee Pee Dynamite.Buy it!
Los Straitjackets “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” from Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Silver Bells 45 (Yep Roc 2011) N —Revved up instrumental version found on this new single release. Thanks to Roy Kasten from Feel Like Going Home for gifting me with this.Buy it!
Funky Butt Brass Band “I'll Be Your Santa, Baby” from Shiny Christmas Balls (Funky Butt Brass Band 2011) N L —Written by Rufus Thomas. They will be having their annual holiday show next Saturday (12/17) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Winter Snow” from The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968 (Atlantic 1991) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the song written by Isaac Hayes.Buy it!
Etta James “I'd Rather Go Blind” from Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (MCA 2001) —This is a request from last week which I failed to get on the air. Recorded in 1967 at Muscle Shoals and wriiten by Ellington Jordan & Billy Foster. Put this in the 'songs I'll never grow tired of' category.Buy it!
Ruby Andrews “Tit For Tat” from The Oxford Southern Music CD # 13 (Oxford American 2011) N —Found on this highly recommended compilation CD which accompanies the annual southern music edition of Oxford American magazine. Now available in fine bookstores and newstands around town. This soul song dates back to 1969.Buy it!
The Showstoppers “What Can A Man Do” from The Best of The Showstoppers (BGO Records 2011) N —I never thought I would see this. This new compilation features the A & B sides of all six singles put out by the Philly-based band. This was the 1968 B-side to 'Ain't Nothing But A Houseparty.'Buy it!
The Bar-Kays “A.J. the Housefly” from The Best of The Bar-Kays (Stax-Volt 1992) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” from El Camino (Nonesuch 2011) N —Written by The Slack Keys and Danger Mouse & found on their new release which just came out this week.Buy it!
Neko Case “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” from New Coat of Paint - Songs of Tom Waits (Manifesto Records 2004) —Wonderful version of the Tom Waits song from 2004. By the way, if you are a Neko Case fan, you have to check out these two high-schoolers doing one of her songs at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vindfGQuC-4 Really beautiful.Buy it!
Au Revior Simone “Organized Scenery” from Still Night, Still Light (Our Secret 2009) —Brooklyn-based indie-pop trio made up of Heather D'Angelo, Erika Forster and Annie Hart. It hasn't hurt them to have director David Lynch singing his praises about this band in a recent issue of New York Times Magazine.Buy it!
Jennifer Warnes “Ain't No Cure for Love” from Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (BMG 1987) —I heard Leonard Cohen's version of this song on Mark Perry's 'Drifter's Escape' show, yesterday. I figured this would be a chance to contrast & compare. This album is made up of all beautifully sung Leonard Cohen covers.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show “Agent Burns (Theme)” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show (Bloodshot 2002) —Music bed. Instrumental compsoed by Jon Rauhouse.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” from Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites (New Door Records 2 2007) —Raul Malo with a full band will be doing a holiday show next Thursday (12/15) at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room. I can't miss this.Buy it!
Bob Seger And The Last Heard “Sock It To Me Santa” from Underground Garage Presents: Christmas a Go-Go (Wicked Cool Records www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —Is it wrong that this is my favorite Bob Seger song? Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will be at Scottrade Center this Friday (12/9). If they don't play this, demand your money back.Buy it!
Detroit Junior “Christmas Day” from Christmas Party with Eddie G. (Columbia 1990) —From one of the best Christmas music compilations ever made. Sadly, out of print.Buy it!
The Modern Lovers “Roadrunner” from The Modern Lovers (Rhino 1976) —Written by Jonathan Richman & produced by John Cale. C'mon, you know you want to sing along.Buy it!
Jennifer O' Connor “Exeter, Rhode Island” from Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars (Matador 2006) —"The radio plays a power pop song, it keeps me company like a friend."Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Rock and Roll” from The Best of the Velvet Underground (Verve 1989) —1970 song written by Lou Reed and originally found on their Loaded album.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Incandescent Innocent” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental written to accompany one of Andy Warhol's film shorts.Buy it!
The Walkabouts “Buffalo Ballet” from Satisfied Mind (Cargo 1993) —Written by John Cale & sung by Carla Torgerson.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Strawberry Road” from Martinis and Bikinis (Virgin Records America 1994) —From one of my favorite 90s albums. Written by Sam Phillips & produced by T-Bone Burnett.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Because” from McLemoreAvenue (Stax Records url 1970) —Music bed. Excerpt from the 1970 instrumental medley of Beatles songs.Buy it!
George Harrison “All Things Must Pass” (Apple Records 1970) —From his first solo album recording.Buy it!
Sloan “Fading Into Obscurity” from Never Hear the End of It (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2006) —Pretty great mini pop-suite.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Calling On Mary” from One More Drifter In the Snow (Superego 2006) —Written by Aimee Mann & Paul Bryan. The way a Christmas record ought to be.Buy it!
Joe Stickley and Sean Canan “Galway Girl” from Loaded to the Gunwales (Peola 2010) L —Playing at Off Broadway next Friday (12/16). Also on the bill are The Lulus and Big Smith. This Steve Earle cover is off their most recent 2010 release.Buy it!
The Waterboys “Nobody 'Cept You” from Fisherman's Blues (Collectors Edition) (CAPITOL 2006) —1987 version of a Bob Dylan song that they learned off a 1970s bootleg.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Most Of The Time (Alternate Version)” from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia 2008) —Alternate stripped down 1989 version recorded during the Oh Mercy sessions.Buy it!
Gene Clark “Life's Greatest Fool” from No Other (Ekektra 1974) —Written by Gene Clark & also featuring Lee Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums), Jesse Ed Davis (guitar) and Steve Bruton (guitar).Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “City of Refuge” (Rounder 2011) —Coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall in 2012 (Thursday 4/12/12).Buy it!
Eliza Gilkyson “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” from Roses At The End of Time (Red House www.redhouse.com 2011) —One of my favorite songs I heard in 2011.Buy it!
Brave Combo “Must Be Santa (Polka)” from It's Christmas, Man! CD ALBUM (New Rounder 1992) —Appearing at the Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Company (105 E. Jefferson Ave, Kirkwood) next Friday (12/16).Buy it!
Los Lobos “Prenda Del Alma” from By the Light of the Moon (Slash 1987) —Appearing at the Sheldon Concert Hall in 2012 (Sun 2/26).Buy it!
Flaco Jimenez with Dwight Yoakum “Carmelita” from Partners (Reprise 1992) —Written by Warren Zevon.Buy it!
Leon Russell “Out In The Woods” from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz 2011) —1972 song written by Leon Russell.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Just Because You Can't Be Mine” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 2004) —Bettye Swann covering Merla Haggard. Sublime.Buy it!
Sandy Posey “Are You Never Coming Home” from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded for MGM in1967.Buy it!
Jean Shepard “Two Whoops And A Holler” from Jean Shepard: Honky-Tonk Heroine (Country Music Foundation 1996) —1953 song written by Joseph Franklin.Buy it!
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