Gus Jenkins “Tricky Too” from Mod Jazz Forever (Kent 2012) N —Instrumental written by & featuring Los Angeles session musician Gus Jenkins on guitar. I can't find details when this live recording was made. Sometime in the 60s for the Flash label.Buy it!
Margie Day & the Griffin Brothers Orchestra “Little Red Rooster” from Blowing The Fuse: 1951 (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2005) —Written by brothers Jimmy (trombonist) & Buddy Griffin (pianist) and recorded for the Dot label in 1951. Margie Day sang with them until 1952.Buy it!
L.C. Williams with J.C. Conney's Combo “Shout Baby Shout” from Shout Baby Shout/Ooh Wee Baby! 45 single (Freedom) —Repro 45 originally released in 1949 on the Freedom label. This R&B rave-up was written & sung by L.C. Williams.Buy it!
George Stone “My Beat” from Mod Jazz Forever (Kent 2012) N —Music bed. 1965 organ instrumental recorded for the Musicor label.Buy it!
Patti Drew “Hard To Handle” from Workin' On a Groovy Thing....The Best Of (CAPITOL 2007) —Otis Redding cover recorded for Capitol in 1968.Buy it!
Millie Jackson “It Hurts So Good” (Spring 1973) —Reissue of her 1973 Spring LP. Recorded at Muscle Shoals. Millie Jackson will be appearing at the 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival at Chaifetz Arena on Sat (2/25) along with Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Shirley Brown, Bobby Rush and Theodis Eale.Buy it!
Joe Tex “One Monkey Don't Stop No Show” from Hold What You've Got / The New Boss (Connoisseur 2001) —Reissue of two 1965 albums released by Joe Tex on the Atlantic label. Written by Joe Tex & produced by Buddy Killen.Buy it!
King Curtis “Soul Twist” from Soul Time (Great American Music 2010) —Music bed. Sax-driven R&B instrumental recorded circa 1961-62.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “509” from Hot Runnin' Soul - The Singles 1965-71 (Kent 2012) N —New compilation of Paul Kelly's early solo 45s. This southern soul track was written by Paul Kelly & was released in 1970 on the Happy Tiger label.Buy it!
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “I'll Take The Long Road” from What Have You Done, My Brother? (Daptone 2009) —2009 soul & gospel track written by Daptone Records founder and Dap-Kings bassist Bosco Mann.Buy it!
Alex Chilton “Jumpin' Jack Flash” from Free Again: The 1970 Sessions (Omnivore 2012) N —Reissue of his long out of print 1970 LP along with bonus demos & original mono mixes. Recorded after the demise of the Box Tops and before the advent of Big Star. Fantastic slowed-down, rearranged riff version of the Stones classic.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “White Night, Big City” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —From this highly recommended new release which just came out this week. Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express will be at Off Broadway in March (Thursday 3/22). I wouldn't miss this show.Buy it!
Big Star “Don't Lie To Me” from #1 Record/Radio City (Ardent 1972) —Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis in 1972. Written by Alex Chilton & Chris Bell.Buy it!
The Five Counts “That's Swift” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. Previously unreleased 60s rock instrumental.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “It Makes No Difference” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Soulful take on the Robbie Robertson-penned song found on her new release. Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn will be at the Old Rock House in March (Thursday, March 29).Buy it!
Willie Nile “The Day I Saw Bo Diddley In Washington Square” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate 2006) —Written by Willie Nile & Frankie Lee (who also plays drums on this album). This track also has Jakob Dylan on backing vocals.Buy it!
The Pogues “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” (Island) —Written by Shane MacGowan and brought to you commercial-free.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Property of Jesus” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —I love this Dylan cover so much. Nice to hear her belt this out. Not her usual singing style, anymore.Buy it!
The Waterboys “Dunford's Fancy” from Fisherman's Blues (Chrysalis 1988) —Music bed. Instrumental written by fiddler, Steve Wickham.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Banjo” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2012) N —Words & music by Leonard Cohen with backing vocals arranged & sung by Sharon Robinson.Buy it!
Richard & Linda Thompson “Withered and Died” from I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (Island 1983) —One of my favorite Linda Thompson vocals on this beautiful melody written by Richard Thompson.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Down Where the Drunkards Roll” from Beat the Retreat (CAPITOL 1995) L —Written by Richard Thompson. Los Lobos will be at the Sheldon Concert Hall later this month (Sun 2/26).Buy it!
The Latin Playboys “Manifold de Amour” from Desperado (Original Soundtrack) (Epic 1995) —Music bed. Instrumental excerpt taken from a song written by David Hidalgo & Louis Perez.Buy it!
Calexico “Roka” from Garden Ruin CD ALBUM (Quarterstick 2006) —Written by Joey Burns with a stunning vocal by a Spanish vocalist named Amparo Sanchez.Buy it!
Neko Case “Magpie to the Morning” from Middle Cyclone (Anti 2009) —Gorgeous melody written & sung beautifully by Neko Case.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Miss Me” from Miracle of Five (Zedtone Records 2007) —Written by Eleni Mandell & featuring a backup band including DJ Bonebrake, Nels Cline, & Rick Holmstrom among others.Buy it!
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh “Bicinium” from Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh (Drag City Inc. 2008) —Medival anonymous instrumental with Helena Espvall on cello and Masaki Batoh on an instrument called a tingsha.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “I Wish I Was Your Mother” from The End/Losing Your Touch (Watermelon 1984) —Live 1993 version of an Ian Hunter song with harmony vocals & violin by Susan Voelz.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Sunny's Tune” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. 1989 Ry Cooder instrumental recorded for the "Johnny Handsome" movie sountrack. With lurid-sounding saxophone by Steve Douglas.Buy it!
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Got to Let Go” from Stage Whisper (Live) (Because/Elektra 2012) N —Written by and featuring harmony vocals by Charlie Fink of Noah & The Whale.Buy it!
Jarvis Cocker “Don't Let Him Waste Your Time” from The Jarvis Cocker Record (Rough Trade 2007) —Wonder if this one made Rob Levy's Anti-Valentine's Day show playlist?Buy it!
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Crimson And Clover” from I Love Rock 'N Roll (Remastered) (Blackheart Records 1981) —What can I say? I saw the Runaways movie last weekend & it put me in a Joan Jett kind of mood. These things happen.Buy it!
The Lively Ones “Surf Rider” from The Birth of Surf (Ace 2011) —Music bed. 1963 surf instrumental recorded for the Del-Fi label.Buy it!
Hospitality “Friends Of Friends” from Hospitality (Merge 2012) N —From the Brooklyn indie-pop band's debut full-length release. Co-written and sung by Amber Papini,.Buy it!
Sharon Van Etten “Serpents” from Tramp (Jagjaguwar www.jagjaguwar.com 2012) N —From her new release which just came out this week. Sharon Van Etten & the War on Drugs will be at the Luminary Center for the Arts in March (Sat 3/31).Buy it!
Laura Marling “Don't Ask Me Why” from A Creature I Don't Know (Ribbon 2011) —From the 22-year old's fourth full-length release. Clearly not a slacker.Buy it!
Craig Finn “Not Much Left Of Us” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) N —Appearing this Friday (2/10) at Off Broadway. Mount Moriah is opening.Buy it!
Imelda May “Tainted Love” from Mayhem (Decca 2011) —She tears up this soul classic on her 2010 release.Buy it!
Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks “Who Do You Love” from The Roulette Story (Mixed Repertoire 2009) —Bo Diddley cover from 1963 recorded for the Roulette label. That's a young Robbie Robertson tearing it up on guitar.Buy it!
Duane Eddy “The Marauder” from Duane Eddy: Greatest Hits (SONY BMG Catalog 2006) —Music bed. 1964 Duane Eddy-penned instrumental.Buy it!
Jon Dee Graham “Swept Away” from Full (Freedom 2006) —Jon Dee Graham will be at Off Broadway next Friday (2/17). It will be an early 7PM show.Buy it!
Sir Douglas Quintet “One Too Many Mornings/Got To Sing A Happy Song” from Together After Five (Smash/Mercury 1969) —Recorded in 1969 in San Francisco. Your basic Bob Dylan/Doug Sahm medley.Buy it!
Townes Van Zandt “Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold” from Live At the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (Tomato 1977) —Just amazing lyric writing on this song recorded live in 1973.Buy it!
Speedy West “Lazy Summer Evening” from Guitar Spectacular (Sundazed Music 2005) —Music bed. 1962 instrumental composed by Speedy West.Buy it!
The Dive Poets “Some Great War” from Single (self 2011) N L —The Dive Poets, Tenement Ruth, The Jump Starts & The Stingrays will be appearing at The Duck Room this Saturday (2/11). Doors at 8 PM. The festivities begin at 9 PM.Buy it!
Maria McKee “My Lonely Sad Eyes” from You Gotta Sin to Get Saved (Geffen 1993) —Them cover written by Van Morrison.Buy it!
The Little Willies “Jolene” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2012) N —Dolly Parton cover sung by Norah Jones.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “Big City” from Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard (Hightone 1994) —One of the better tribute albums out there.Buy it!
Tom T. Hall “It Sure Can Get Cold In Des Moines” from In Search of a Song (Mercury 1971) —Written by Tom T. Hall and probably not satisfying a listener's request to play something less twangy.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Rabbit” from Live at KDHX Volume 9 (KDHX kdhx.org 2011) —Recorded live at KDHX on 6/10/10.Buy it!
Peter Case “Hidden Love” from The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar (Hip-O Select / Geffen 1989) —"Far from the dreams the bright lights and the boulevards / In this empty room the guitar makes a band / Our last conversation still echoes on bare walls / Like a child’s painting of everything we planned'Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Trouble In Your Mind” from Live at KDHX Volume 8 SINGLE (KDHX kdhx.org 2010) —Recorded live at KDHX on 9/26/09.Buy it!
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