Jakob Dylan “Evil Is Alive and Well” from Women + Country (Columbia 2010) —A low-key beginning, but a powerful song if you pay attention.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Sensitive Man” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —Nick's new album will be here soon - I think it's out on Tuesday. And he'll be in town opening for Wilco next month.Buy it!
Johnny Adams “Real Live Living Hurtin' Man” from Heart & Soul (Vampi Soul vampisoul.com 1969) —That makes Johnny Adams even more sensitive than Nick Lowe!Buy it!
Rolling Stones “You Gotta Move” from Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones Virgin 1971) —A great rendition of the Rev. Gary Davis classic.Buy it!
The Leaves “Dr. Stone” from Leaves Are Happening (Sundazed 2000) —Wow~!Buy it!
Crazy Elephant “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” from 25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits (Varese 2000) —One of the best bubblegum songs ever made.Buy it!
Radio Stars “Dirty Pictures” from The Chiswick Story (Chiswick 1992) —One of my favorite obscure not-exactly-New Wave records from England in the late 70s.Buy it!
Blur “Brothers and Sisters” from Think Tank (Virgin 2003) —A dreamy, dopey number from Damon Albarn and company.Buy it!
Ollabelle “Record Needle” from Neon Blue Bird (Thirty Tigers 2011) —I just love the sound of their voices! And this is a sweet and beautiful song.Buy it!
Pajama Club “These Are Conditions” from Pajama Club (Lester 2011) N —Neil Finn & his wife Sharon have put together a little modern rock combo; it's not Crowded House good, but it has its pleasures.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Stranger Me” (Archer Records 2011) N —I have not yet gotten my fill of this delightful record, and especially this amazing song.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “Hold On Hope” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records 2011) —Who woulda thunk Glen Campbell would have covered a Guided By Voices song? He's in town out at St. Charles tonight.Buy it!
Boston Spaceships “Blind 20-20” from Let It Beard (Guided By Voices Inc. 2011) N —Speaking of Robert Pollard, here's his latest magnum opus - 75 minutes long, this album is.Buy it!
The Chills “Heavenly Pop Hit” from Submarine Bells (Slash 1990) —After 21 years, the majesty of this song has yet to fade even in the slightest.Buy it!
Siouxsie & The Banshees “Hong Kong Garden” from The Scream (Geffen 1978) —For a few years back there, these guys were among my favorite bands in the world. Now, I don't love them like I did then, but the singles can still sound good once in a while.Buy it!
The Delacardos “Hold Back the Tears” from Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll Vol. 6 (Ace 1997) —He doesn't really sound like he's holding back tears, but I love the way this sounds, anyway.Buy it!
Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff” from Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind Vol. 5 (Rhino 1991) —You can always learn something new. Apparently, a whole bunch of songs I love were arranged and/or produced by one Wardell Quezergue. It took his death the other day for me to find out about him, but here come a few songs he worked on.Buy it!
King Floyd “Groove Me” from Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind Vol. 4 (Rhino 1991) —And he made this one the masterpiece that it is.Buy it!
Dr. John “Good Night, Irene” from Goin' Back To New Orleans (Warner Brothers 1992) —And he was the man who helped Dr. John make this terrific history of New Orleans music.Buy it!
Marquise Knox “America's Blues” from Here I Am (APO 2011) N —How in the world can a 19-year-old be this good? Well, he's experienced - he did his first album a couple years ago. St. Louis blues just keeps carrying on.Buy it!
Betty Davis “70's Blues” from They Say I'm Different (Light In The Attic 2007) —Now this is some cowbell funk right here.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Cold Water” from Mule Variations ALBUM (Anti 1999) —A raggedy groove made even better with cowbell on the offbeats.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Oo You” from McCartney (Apple 1970) N —Here the cowbell slams down the regular beats.Buy it!
The Coral “Dreaming of You” from The Coral (Columbia 2002) —As bouncy and catchy and irressistible as any song released in the 00's.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “No Reason” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —When producer Hal Willner wanted Marianne to rock, he called up Wayne Kramer to play guitar.Buy it!
Rockpile “A Knife and a Fork” from Seconds of Pleasure (Columbia 1980) —Not the first song you always think of, but a perfect example of just how solid this record was, and just how unfair it was of us to be disappointed by it when it first came out.Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “Seeds We Sow” (Eagle Rock 2011) —Lindsey is going crazy with his finger-picking, and I like it.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Home” from 25 (Signature Sounds www.signaturesounds.com 2010) —This album last year was my introduction to a very talented singer/songwriter - it includes new versions of her fave songs, done with guest vocalists like Birdsong at Morning on this one.Buy it!
Allison Moorer “Marie” from Sail Away: the Songs of Randy Newman (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2006) —A stunning version of Newman's classic from one of my fave singers who deserves more respect.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Well All Right” from Listen to Me: Buddy Holly (Verve Forecast 2011) N —Buddy Holly would have been 75 the other day, so we now have two new tributes to him. This one takes fewer liberties than the other one.Buy it!
Mike Doughty “Holiday (What Do You Want?)” from Yes And Also Yes (Snack Bar / Megaforce 2011) N —I say, if you ask Rosanne Cash to sing with you, I will probably play you on the radio.Buy it!
Eddie Bush “Hey Baby Doll” from Sun Rock'n'Roll Vol. 1 (Charly 1997) —A short and sweet little rockabilly gem.Buy it!
Albert Ayler “Drudgery” from Music is the Healing Force of the Universe (Impulse 1969) —Albert Ayler rarely played the blues, and the blues was rarely played like this, but dang! This is great.Buy it!
John Scofield “Walk With Me” from Piety Street (emarcy 2009) —A terrific take on the gospel traditional number, with vocals by John Boutte, who you may have heard on Treme.Buy it!
Ray Charles “The Right Time” from The Genius Sings the Blues (Atlantic 1961) —The man was just ridiculously great!Buy it!
James Booker “Please Send Me Someone to Love” from New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (Rounder 1977) —Speaking of ridiculously talented.Buy it!
Oliver Sain “Harlem Nocturne” from St. Louis Breakdown - The Best of Oliver Sain (Sain Sound 2009) L —The late great St. Louis saxophonist, bandleader, songwriter covering the classics.Buy it!
LL Cool J “Going Back to Cali” from Walking With A Panther (Def Jam 1989) —That mournful jazz trumpet sample worked perfectly coming out of Sain.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Humpty Dumpty World” from Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch 2011) N —Ry Cooder imagines God washing his hands of the creatures he created.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Gimme a Chantz!” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) N L —Sending this one out to my friend Tony Patti, who wrote an eloquent review of this St. Louis release, and posted it on Facebook where only his friends get to see it.Buy it!
Magic City “Face Down in the Alley” from Le Animaux Epouvantables (Tower Groove 2011) N L —I don't have a turntable, so I can't experience this album at home, but we have a copy here at the station I can play. This is one terrific local band.Buy it!
Heidi Newfield “Can't Let Go” from What Am I Waiting For (Curb www.bear-family.de 2008) —It's a song made familiar by Lucinda Williams, but this version is so much hotter.Buy it!
Imelda May “Eternity” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —I am thoroughly enjoying every cut I've heard from this record - I picked up my own copy recently, and it's nearing the top of my pile of new stuff to play in the car.Buy it!
Brave Combo “Double Vision” from The Process (Rounder 2000) —Giving a cha-cha beat to a Foreigner song - perfect.Buy it!
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