Kelly Hogan “Whenever You're OUt of My Sight” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot 2012) N —Robbie Fulks wrote this one - it sounds like something Dusty Springfield would have loved.Buy it!
Steve Forbert “Sugarcane Plum Fairy” from Over With You (Blue Corn 2012) N —Forbert was in town last night - I really can't go out on Thursday. Bad scheduling, Mr. Forbert.Buy it!
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey “Close Your Eyes” from Mavericks (Rhino 1991) —Chris Stamey, who wrote this, had a birthday the other day. Birthdays are usually Cat's job, but what the heck? I can celebrate greatness now and then.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Standing in the Doorway” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) N —Bonnie Raitt and Joe Henry - a musical match made in heaven.Buy it!
David Olney “No One Knows What Love Is” from Migration (Loudhouse 2005) —Great mix of baritone guitar and some sort of lap steel, I think.Buy it!
Marianne Faithful “Angel” from Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac (Hear Music 2012) N —This is so far from being a good tribute album - there are only 3 or 4 cuts I can actually enjoy at all. But this one justifies the whole project.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Blind Prayer” from The Rod Stewart Album (Mercury 1969) —To hear those early Rod Stewart albums is to ascend the highest peaks of musical ecstasy. Just listen to the talent on display in this song, and mourn for its tragic waste just a few years later.Buy it!
Heartless Bastards “Got To Have Rock and Roll” from Arrow (Partisan Records LLC/MapleMusic Recordings 2012) N —Apparently, singer/writer Erika Wennerstrom goes through musicians pretty rapidly, but I hope this version of the band can stick together. They've got heart and crunch. And great guitar solos.Buy it!
Iggy Pop “Nightclubbing” from The Idiot (RCA Records Label 1977) —Sublime decadence.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Crazy” from Thankful n' Thoughtful (Anti-Records 2012) N —The new album is underwhelming, but it has its moments - this Gnarls Barkley cover is menacing and dark and full of LaVette angst.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Passion” from Another Country (EOne 2012) N —Sort of a Brazilian vibe, definitely enticing.Buy it!
The Phonocaptors “P.L.T.” from Call It What You Want (Pro-Vel www.provelrecords.com 2004) L —Tonight at Off Broadway. Reunion performance of one of St. Louis's best bands, not to mention the CD release of the Incurables, another great local band. See you there.Buy it!
The Hives “Wait a Minute” from Lex Hives (Disques Hives 2012) N —These guys hold nothing back.Buy it!
The Jam “Billy Hunt” from All Mod Cons (Polydor 2007) —Kinks-worthy.Buy it!
Lulu “Dreary Nights and Days” from From Crayons to Perfume: The Best of Lulu (Rhino 1994) —Was this from a film, or does it just sound like there should be a really cool movie with this as the theme?Buy it!
Dion “I Read It (In the Rolling Stone)” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon 2012) N —It doesn't even bother me that Dion is about 30 years behind the times with the references to a newstand and the influence of Rolling Stone. He sings his heart out here.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Rock It All Away” from 3 Pears (Warner Brothers 2012) N —Dwight marries his country twang to the three chords from "Baba O'Riley."Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Whistlin' In the Dark” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —Magness wrote three songs for this new record that are as great as all the brilliant ones she's interpreted over the years.Buy it!
Peter Karp & Sue Foley “Resistance” from Beyond the Crossroads (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2012) N —Just rock solid songwriting on this second collaboration between two talented folks.Buy it!
Bobby Marchan “Meet Me In Church” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (ABKCO 2005) —I love all the drag performers who have made records.Buy it!
Fisk Jubilee Singers “Oh Mary Don't You Weep” from As Good As It Gets: Black Gospel (As Good As It Gets 2000) —Tight and very old school gospel.Buy it!
Blind Willie Johnson “God Moves on the Water” from News and the Blues: Telling It Like It Is (Legacy 1991) —Not as epic as Bob Dylan's new song, but a pretty good summation of the pain and suffering when the Titanic went down.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Pretty Bird” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch 2012) N —Rhiannon Giddens. Wow!Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Shake That Devil” from Pretty Little Stranger (Vanguard 2006) —A beautiful song from a few years back - nice to remind ourselves of her songwriting, as well as the great interpretive ability she showed on this year's record.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “New York City” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) N —These acoustic players just explode on this cut. All bow down to Chris Thile.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Nottamun Town (BBC Session - Top Gear 2/6/68)” from Fairport Convention: Live At the BBC (Universal 2007) —Early explorations of folk from this brilliant band.Buy it!
James Brown “Funky Drummer” from In the Jungle Groove (Polydor 1986) —The break that launched a thousand hip hop records is just part of the delights of this full=length groove stretched taut and funky.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “Turn To Me” from Let's Talk About Love (Aria B.G. 2007) —You want a guitar to slap you right in the face? Here you go!Buy it!
Johnnie Taylor “Watermelon Man” from Wanted: One Soul Singer (Stax Records url 1967) —A very cool vocal version of Herbie Hancock's classic.Buy it!
The Action 13 “More Bread to the People” from Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk In 1970's Nigeria (Soundway 2008) —See the subtitle of the album for an accurate description of the music.Buy it!
Michael Kiwanuka “Rest” from Home Again (Interscope 2012) N —I love a good lullaby, especially one this sensuous.Buy it!
The Beatles “Sun King” from Abbey Road CD ALBUM (Apple Records 1969) —Oh, yes, I played just one song out of the medley. Take that, fetishists.Buy it!
Frank Vignola “Black Sabbath” from no title (??? 2009) —I'm no fan of Ozzy and the boys, but I do love this jazz guitar take on their theme song.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Soon After Midnight” from Tempest (Columbia 2012) —Everything about Dylan's phrasing here is perfect - don't tell me this guy can't sing.Buy it!
Lila Downs “Nothing But the Truth” from Shake Away / Ojo de Culebra (EMI 2008) —This woman is a major talent - she's mixing up various Latin musics with rock and hip-hop and pop and a powerful intelligence.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Crooked Man” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc 2012) N —This song just makes me smile every time I hear it.Buy it!
Hazel Dickens “Little Lenaldo” from By The Sweat Of My Brow (Rounder 1983) —Nothing like a jaunty number about the exploitation of child labor.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Sundown in Nashville” from Nashville Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —You can't find a better band than Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives.Buy it!
Muddy Waters “Mean Red Spider” from The Anthology 1947-1972 (UM3 2001) —A great song, but I admit I picked it right now because it's so short.Buy it!
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