Galactic “Hey Na Na” from Carnivale Electricos (Anti- www.anti.com 2012) N —This album celebrating a completely wacked out Carnivale spirit will be released, appropriately enough, on Mardi Gras, which is just four days away.Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “Say Na Hey” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder 2012) N —Killer young brass band from New Orleans, with a guest appearance on this cut from legendary Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli.Buy it!
Rebirth Brass Band “Exactly Like You” from Rebirth of New Orleans (Basin Street 2011) —There will always be a party as long as these guys are providing the music.Buy it!
Chet Atkins “Hot Toddy” from Guitar Legend: The RCA Years (Buddha 2000) —A completely inappropriate but pleasant little song.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Good Eye” from Working On a Dream (Columbia 2009) —Springsteen gets the blues.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Sea of Heartbreak” from The List (Manhatten Records 2009) —Hey, there's that Springsteen fella again.Buy it!
Audra Mae and The Almighty Sound “My Friend the Devil” from Audra Mae and The Almighty Sound (Side One Dummy Records www.sideonedummy.com/ 2012) —I know next to nothing about this young woman, but she's definitely got some musical chops and imagination.Buy it!
Ray Davies “You're Asking Me” from Working Man's Cafe (V2 2007) —Wisdom from someone who's been there.Buy it!
The Who “It's Not Enough” from Endless Wire (Universal 2006) —Now that almost six years have passed since this came out, it's possible to judge this record not as the disappointing Who album it seemed, and more as a collection of pretty darn good Pete Townshend songs with Roger Daltrey singing. I love this song,Buy it!
Doll By Doll “Lose Myself” from Remember (Rhino 1979) —So far beyond what was the New Wave at the time.Buy it!
Dr. Dog “Big Girl” from Be the Void (Deluxe Edition) (Anti / Epitaph 2012) N —Hooks, hooks, and hooks, these guys write pop songs!Buy it!
Alex Chilton “Free Again” from Free Again: The 1970 Sessions (Omnivore 2012) N —In between the Box Tops and Big Star - nice!Buy it!
The Fabulous Poodles “Bionic Man” from Think Pink (Epic 1979) —Maybe the best Kinks imitation band I know.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Little Bit Like” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) N L —St. Louis band will be playing tonight at the Heavy Anchor.Buy it!
Joshua Redman “You've Got a Friend in Me” from Disney Jazz, Vol. 1 - Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (Walt Disney 2011) —Beautiful version of the Randy Newman pleasantry.Buy it!
Orchestra Baobab “Collette” from Made In Dakar (World Circuit 2008) —A little bit Cuban, a whole lot African, and plenty of joy.Buy it!
Devotchka “Sunshine” from 100 Lovers (Epitaph 2011) —Highly compelling instrumental of great depth and mysterious beauty.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Nine Bells” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —My review of this excellent record is here: http://blurt-online.com/news/view/6010/Buy it!
Gretchen Peters “The Matador” from Hello Cruel World (Proper 2012) N —If the world's gotta have misery in it, might as well have songs this engaging about what's wrong.Buy it!
Joe Henry “The World & All I Know” from Reverie (Anti 2011) N —Man, do I know how to pump people up with a set of gloomy songs or what?Buy it!
Jorge Ben “Morre O Burro, Fica O Homem” from Personalidade: The Best of Brazil (Polygram 1991) —This was originally scheduled to go early in the show where the Chet Atkins song appeared, but I like it after the three gloomy songs, too.Buy it!
The Punch Brothers “Patchwork Girlfriend” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) N —I'm very excited to have a new record from these guys - after seeing them open for Paul Simon a few months back, I love them more than ever.Buy it!
Mary Black “Walking With My Love” from Stories From the Steeples (Blix Street www.blixstrret.com 2012) N —Sung with Finbar Furey, and no, I don't know who that is, either. Anyway, a very nice little song.Buy it!
The Notorious Cherry Bombs “Let It Roll, Let It Ride” from The Notorious Cherry Bombs (Universal South 2004) —Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill together - a match made in country heaven.Buy it!
Joe Louis Walker “Too Drunk To Drive Drunk” from Hellfire (Alligator 2012) N —Now that he's got an album out on Alligator, maybe more people will recognize this guy as one of the best blues artists in the biz.Buy it!
Dion “You Keep Me Cryin'” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon 2012) N —This man has been making great records pretty much from the day I was born.Buy it!
Otis Taylor “The Devil's Gonna Lie” from Contraband (Telarc 2012) N —As expected, Otis Taylor only uses blues as a starting point. Very intense groove here.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “Dope Island” from Tooth of Crime (Nonesuch 2008) —Eerie beauty from T-Bone and his former wife Sam Phillips.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Crazy and Wild” from Weather (Naive 2011) N —Another male-female moody duet, but my copy of this disc doesn't give credits, so I don't know who that guy is singing with her.Buy it!
Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones “Court and Spark” from River: The Joni Letters (Verve 2007) —Stunning interpretation of Joni Mitchell - Wayne Shorter shines here, too.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Crazy to Love You” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2013) N —I still need to sit down and really listen to this record, but I'm loving it so far.Buy it!
Henry Kaiser “Autumn Waltz” from Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster (Emergent 2004) —Now that's right purty.Buy it!
The Explorers Club “Run Run Run” from Grand Hotel (Rock Ridge 2012) N —Hard to believe this is written and recorded in recent times, but I dig that sixties vibe.Buy it!
The Bees “Change Can Happen” from Every Step's a Yes (ATO 2011) N —These guys listen to 60s music, that's obvious, but they aren't as completely retro-minded as the Explorers Club.Buy it!
Mitch Ryder “Let's Keep Dancing” from The Promise (Michigan Broadcasting Corporation 2012) N —I've never heard him do anything like this, but it's intoxicating - almost like a Raul Malo song.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Property of Jesus” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —I'd heard good things about this cut, and it does indeed sound pretty darn good.Buy it!
Cornershop “Wog” from Woman's Gotta Have It (Luaka Bop 1995) —Here's a song I'd completely forgotten about until itunes reminded me the other day that it's pretty cool stuff.Buy it!
The Psychedelic Furs “We Love You” from The Psychedelic Furs (CBS 1980) —Count 'em - there are more loves than stupids. And why don't we have the right Bunnygrunt CD in the studio?Buy it!
The Retros “Inner City Rockers” (BDR 2011) N L —Happy birthday to drummer Steve Fairchild, who, I hope, has gotten to hear his music on the radio 33 years after it was recorded.Buy it!
Janis Martin “Drugstore Rock'N'Roll” from As Good As It Gets: Rockabilly (Disky 2000) —They used to dance at the drugstore counter.Buy it!
James Carr “Freedom Train” from The Essential James Carr (Razor and Tie 1995) —Now that's what you call a voice!Buy it!
Tommy McLain “Sweet Dreams” (Edsel 1999) —A gorgeous cover of the Patsy Cline hit, with some Cajun country soul added.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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