Creedence Clearwater Revival “Good Golly, Miss Molly” from The Singles Collection (Fantasy 2009) —I'm pretty sure this was the first version of this song I ever heard, way back in my wayward youth.Buy it!
The Easybeats “Peculiar Hole in the Sky” from The Definitive Anthology (Repertoire 1996) —Now here's one you don't hear every day from this fab band.Buy it!
XTC “Science Friction” from White Music (Geffen 1978) —Frantic, frenetic, brilliant.Buy it!
Dr. Dog “Heavy Light” from Be the Void (Deluxe Edition) (Anti / Epitaph 2012) N —I am a trace, I am a gesture in the heavy heavy light. I don't know what it means, either, but it sounds good.Buy it!
The Long Winters “Bride & Bridle” from When I Pretend to Fall CD ALBUM (Barsuk 2003) —I miss these guys - they had some really good songs.Buy it!
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (Epitaph 2011) —I can never really understand what he's saying, but I love the sound of this band so much!Buy it!
Punch Brothers “New York City” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) N —Sublime.Buy it!
Vic Chesnutt “Buckets of Rain” from Crossing Jordan (DMZ 2003) —A powerful take on the Dylan classic from the late great singer/songwriter.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Political World” from Chimes of Freedom (Fontana 2012) N —Cool version of the Dylan song, as one can only expect from this great band.Buy it!
John Lee Hooker “This Is Hip” from The Very Best of John Lee Hooker (Rhino 1995) —A classic from the master.Buy it!
Dion “I'm Ready to Go” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon www.theblackangels.com 2012) N —Dion is rocking the blues.Buy it!
Peggy Lee “Fever” from Spotlight on Peggy Lee: Great Ladies of Song (CAPITOL 1995) —While Little Willie John's original is better, there is no argument that Peggy Lee does an incredible job with this song. And that bass player is perfect.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Whoop and Holler” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —The sound of pure joy!Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Lord Remember Me” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Ruthie joins the Blind Boys of Alabama for a stunning vocal workout.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong “It Ain't Necessarily So” from Porgy & Bess (Verve 1957) —I dig the way these two interpret Gershwin.Buy it!
The 5th Dimension “Save the Country” from Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection (Arista 1997) —These guys did love to cover Laura Nyro songs, didn't they? And Laura Nyro songs loved their interpretations.Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “Operator” from Letter Full of Tears (Acrobat www.acrobatmusic.net 2008) —An obscure but glorious cut from the early days of Pipdom.Buy it!
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “You Really Got a Hold On Me” from Gold (Motown 2006) —Like I could say anything you don't already know about this one.Buy it!
Mitch Ryder “The Promise” (Michigan Broadcasting Corporation 2012) N —It's so nice to have new material from this masterful vocalist.Buy it!
Tinhorn “Club Nitty Gritty” from Pajama Party (Rooster Lollipop 2000) —St. Louis band that deserves to be remembered all these years after they broke up.Buy it!
The Bangles “Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun)” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) —On the short list of my fave songs last year.Buy it!
The Creation “Nightmares” from Complete Collection Vol. 1 - Making Time (Sin-Drome) —The more I listen to the Creation, the more I marvel that they weren't able to make the top tier of British invasion bands. These guys were amazing.Buy it!
Robert Pollard “Top of My Game” from Normal Happiness (Merge www.mergerecords.om 2006) —Robert Pollard is in Guided By Voices again, and they were just declared by the White House Press Secretary to be the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Danse Caribe” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —I'm very impressed with the couple of songs I've heard so far from this new record. Bird may finally be taking full advantage of his enormous talent.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Play That Song Again” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —Nex t Thursday night at Off Broadway, with the Jans Project opening.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Reloaded” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —St. Louis music continues to shine - CD release party Apr. 14 at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Bob Delevante “Like a Meadowlark Blues” from Columbus and the Colossal Mistake (Relay 2005) —This guy deserved more success than he had - what a catchy song.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Tearing It Down” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —Just another witness to our own retreat. I think that's what he sang.Buy it!
Ike Reilly “Fish Plant Rebellion” from Poison the Hit Parade (Rock Ridge 2008) —Different options for dealing with the situation.Buy it!
Spoek Mathambo “Kites” from Father Creeper (Sub Pop 2012) N —A South African with a hip-hop/indie rock crossover sound. I like it.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Land of Hope and Dreams” from Wrecking Ball (Columbia 2012) N —The final recorded testament of Clarence Clemons, among many other reasons to love this track.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Going Home” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2013) N —Even though he can barely force his rasp into a melody a lot of the times, his recitations are beautifully musical. I love this record.Buy it!
Robert Glasper Experiment “The Consequences of Jealousy” from Black Radio (Blue Note 2012) N —Bringing Meshell Ndegeocello on board for a project is always a great idea - a sultry and mysterious slow jam.Buy it!
The Diplomats of Solid Sound “Get Out Of The Way (So I Can Get Back To My Life)” from What Goes Around Comes Around (Pravda 2010) —Warm, full-bodied funk.Buy it!
Jon Cleary “Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky” from Occapella! (FHQ 2012) —This album comes out in a few weeks - it's a brilliant tribute to the brilliant Allen Toussaint.Buy it!
Bhi Bhiman “Ballerina” from Bhiman (Boocoo Music 2012) N —We got married in a Wal-Mart. Now that's an opening line.Buy it!
Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound “Smokin' the Boys” from Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound (Side One Dummy Records www.sideonedummy.com/ 2012) N —I've only heard a couple tracks, but this woman has oomph!Buy it!
The Picketts “Still In Love” from The Wicked Picketts (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 1995) —Great version sung by Christy McNichol of the Boudleaux Bryant song.Buy it!
Fern Jones “I Ain't Got Time” from The Glory Road (Numero Group 2005) —Country gospel pleasures.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Kern River” from West Of The West (Yep Roc 2006) —Of coursse Merle Haggard sings it better, but honestly, I know this version so much better so it feels more right to me.Buy it!
Shooter Jennings “The Real Me” from Family Man (EOne 2012) N —I like Shooter better when he doesn't go all metal and heavy rock on me.Buy it!
Tift Merritt “Your Love Made a U Turn” from Tambourine (Lost Highway 2004) —I'd kind of forgotten how enjoyable this record was - soul revival in the alt-country world.Buy it!
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