The Gladiators “After You” from Serious Thing (nighthawk 1984) —These guys played St. Louis often back in the mid-80s - they were always pure delight.Buy it!
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “I Second That Emotion” from Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (Motown 2002) —I often remind myself to play songs which seem overly familiar because there are always people who haven't heard them yet. And besides, there's always something new to hear in the classics.Buy it!
Hot Chocolate “Love Is Life” from Their Greatest Hits (EMI 1995) —That beat flows nicely after Neneh Cherry, despite being made something like 40 years earlier.Buy it!
Neneh Cherry “Dossier” from Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound 2014) N —Maybe the coolest song on her new record - her vocal against that minimal percussion at the beginning is intoxicating.Buy it!
M.I.A. feat. the Weekend “Exodus” from Matangi (Interscope 2013) N —I'm not versed enough in the electronic music world to understand why this record, which slams as hard as her previous stuff to my ears, died a quick death.Buy it!
The Old Souls Revival “What's a Guy to Do” from Common Ground (self-released 2014) N L —New St. Louis band with a lot of promise.Buy it!
The Iguanas “Boom Boom Boom” from Nuevo Boogaloo (Margaritaville 1994) —I love a good cumbia rhythm.Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “Tobacco Road” from Live At the Fillmore Auditorium 10/15/66 (Late Show - Signe's Farewell) (Collector's Choice 2010) —I love the yearning pride in Marty Balin's vocal on this early live version.Buy it!
Davell Crawford “Fire and Rain” from My Gift to You (Basin Street 2013) —Beautiful, jazzy, soulful version, with guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton.Buy it!
Richie Havens “Adam” from Mixed Bag (Verve 1967) —He made this one darn-near perfect record, and that was enough to give him chances to follow it up for the rest of his life.Buy it!
Eliza Gilkyson “No Tomorrow” from The Nocturne Diaries (Red House Records www.redhouserecords.com 2014) N —Her father wrote music for The Jungle Book. Her brother was in X. And she's a talented singer-songwriter herself. Family musical business.Buy it!
Lucy Wainwright Roche “Call Your Girlfriend” from There's a Last Time For Everything (One Ear Up Music 2013) N —In which Lucy gives her new man advice on how to break up with his girlfriend.Buy it!
Marti Jones “Put Me On Top” from My Long Haired Life (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1996) —Aimee Mann songs don't get covered enough - this is a great version.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Full Force Gale” from No Prima Donna - the Songs of Van Morrison (Polydor 1994) —This tribute album has a bad rep, and I think it's mostly deserved, but this cut is imaginative and gorgeous.Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus “Dark Night of the Soul” (Fat Possum Records / Hostess 2013) —A richly evocative ballad of anguish and hope.Buy it!
St. Paul & The Broken Bones “That Glow” from Half the City (Single Lock Records 2014) N —Dynamic soul music!Buy it!
Bible Belt Sinners “Lovesick and Blind” from Sunday Best (self 2014) N L —Don't miss them as part of the Euclid Records Record Store Day Celebration Saturday afternoon, Apr. 19.Buy it!
The Strypes “What A Shame” from Snapshot (Island Records 2014) N —These kids! Wow!Buy it!
Los Bravos “Black Is Black” from Hard to Find 45s on CD Vol. 6: More Sixties Classics (Eric 2001) —There was a long period when you could hear this song on oldies stations all the time - and now it's lost to history. Still a driving masterpiece.Buy it!
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