Marion Brown “Porto Novo” (Arista/Freedom 1975) —The extraordinary avant-garde saxophonist passed away passed away a week and a half ago - this was one of his signature pieces.Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “And I Like It” from Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 10/15/66 Late Show - Signe's Farewell (Collector's Choice Music Live 2010) N —Four count 'em four new CDs have appeared documenting Jefferson Airplane concerts - I have jjust always loved these guys, and now I have more to love.Buy it!
Big Brother & The Holding Company “Easy Rider” from Live at Winterland 1968 (Columbia 1998) —A wacky little number featuring, I'm guessing James Gurley w/Janis Joplin.Buy it!
Moby Grape “Bitter Wind” from Historic Live Moby Grape Performances 1966-1969 (Sundazed 2010) N —A brief but enjoyable number.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “I Shall Be Free” from The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9) (Columbia 2010) N —She's a humdinger / Folksinger. Oh, that Bob.Buy it!
Jill Sobule “Jetpack” from Underdog Victorious (Artemis 2004) —One of my fave songs of the past 10 years - just a pure delight of sweetness.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Missy” from Antifogmatic (Nonesuch 2010) N —These guys are gonna be at the Old Rock House in December - seems pretty much like a show one can't miss.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Real Bad News” from Lost In Space (Superego 2002) —I was reminded of this song while perusing the columns writtenby Scott Miller of Game Theory/Loud Family fame over at his website. Google loudfamily, you'll find it.Buy it!
Crowded House “Even If” from Intriguer CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —One of my fave albums this year - it just sounds better and better every time I play it.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Wrote a Song For Everyone” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —Powerful take on the CCR classic.Buy it!
Flying Burrito Brothers “Wheels” from Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M 1970) —I heard an absolutely incompetent cover of this on some indie-rock record the other day - needed to hear the original to remember its glory.Buy it!
GREGORY ISSAACS “My Number 1” from The Best of Gregory Isaacs: One Man Against the World (VP * 1996) —The Cool Ruler passed away the other day - a major loss of a major vocalist.Buy it!
GREGORY ISSAACS “Night Nurse” from The Best of Gregory Isaacs: One Man Against the World (VP * 1996) —As deep a groove as there ever was - perfect vocal, perfect rhyythm.Buy it!
Temptations “Shakey Ground” from Ultimate Collection (Motown 1997) —So I just noticed this classic was co-written by Eddie Hazel, presumably the Funkadelic guitarist. Anybody know anything about that?Buy it!
The Bar-Kays “Holy Ghost” from Greatest Hits (K-Tel 1998) —One of the all-time cowbell funk jams.Buy it!
The Tremeloes “Here Comes My Baby” from British Are Coming (Sanctuary 2003) —A cowbell party classic.Buy it!
The Pretty Things “She's a Lover” from Parachute (snapper 1970) —This was the follow-up to their more generally acclaimed SF Sorrow, but it's pretty cool, too.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “National Ransom” (Hear Music 2010) N —The album hits the stores on Tuesday - it's 16 songs, 64 minutes, a whole lot of styles, and pretty much all great.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Haul Me Up” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2010) N —Richard rocks!Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “Song to the Siren” from Olympia (Virgin UK 2010) N —A deliciously intoxicating cover of the Tim Buckley song.Buy it!
Neil Young “Someone's Gonna Rescue You” from Le Noise (Reprise 2010) N —Continuing the AARP corner this morning - so many really good releases from what you could call your "heritage artists."Buy it!
Buddy Guy “74 Years Young” from Living Proof (Silvertone/Jive Records 2010) N —Excuse me, I'm scraping my jaw off the floor after this one.Buy it!
Lucky Peterson “Statesboro Blues” from You Can Always Turn Around (sppf 2010) N —My review of this album: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Lucky-Peterson-You-Can-Always-Turn-Around-2010.htmBuy it!
Billie Holiday “Georgia On My Mind” from Lady Day & Prez 1937-1941 (Giants of Jazz 1992) —An incandescent version of a song we've heard a zillion times.Buy it!
The Clovers “One Mint Julep” from Very Best of the Clovers (Rhino 1998) —It just popped into my head the other day - had to hear it.Buy it!
Earl Bostic & His Orchestra “Flamingo” from Honky Tonk! The King & Federal R&B Instrumentals (Ace 2000) —Sultry sax!Buy it!
King Perry & His Pied Pipers “I Wonder Who's Boogin' My Woogie” from Specialty Legends of Jump Blues Volume One (Specialty Records 1994) —This is an eternal question, isn't it?Buy it!
Kermit Ruffins “Happy Talk” (Basin Street 2010) N —Word is he never leaves the Treme area, and he really just barbecues, smokes weed, and performs in that club just like on TV. But he does put out good records.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Did Trouble Me” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) N —For pure singing genius, you can't get much better than this new gospel record from Mr. Jones.Buy it!
Billy Preston “Do What You Want” from That's the Way God Planned It (Apple 2010) N —Two of the most exciting reissues in the whole Apple line that just came out are by Billy Preston. I could probably have written that sentence better.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Spoken Like a True Sunday Night” from A Demonstration (ep) (self-released 2010) N L —A trippy and beautiful song.Buy it!
Fantasy Four “Your Mirrors Must Be Mad” from Getting Fantastic With (Pancake Productions 2010) N —This great but short-lived St. Louis band recorded a whole albums' worth of material in 2002, and it's just now seeing the light of day. This was always their concert highlight.Buy it!
Badfinger “Baby Blue” from Straight Up (Apple Records 1971) N —Love this.Buy it!
Buffalo Springfield “Rock and Roll Woman” from Buffalo Springfield Again (ATCO 1967) —Have you seen the videos floating around of the Stills/Young/Furay reunion? These old guys still got it.Buy it!
The Monkees “What Am I Doing Hangin' Round?” from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones (Arista 1967) —And Mike Nesmith said to himself, you know I could prbably write country songs like this.Buy it!
Meterial Issue “Very First Lie” from International Pop Overthrow (Mercury 1991) —For whatever reason, I only knew the hits by these guys, but this song jumped out at me when I heard it at work the other day.Buy it!
Elton John & Leon Russell “Jimmie Rodgers' Dream” from The Union (Mercury 2010) N —It's not earth-shattering, but it's awfully nice, and I'll take that from any record.Buy it!
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