The Faces “Flags and Banners” from Five Guys Walk Into A Bar... (Warner Bros. / Rhino 1973)Buy it!
Todd Rundgren “Saving Grace” from Something/Anything? CD ALBUM (Bearsville/Rhino 1972)Buy it!
Joseph Arthur “Black Lexus” from Nuclear Daydream (14th Floor Records 2006)Buy it!
Cold Specks “When the City Lights Dim” from I Predict a Graceful Expulsion (Arts & Crafts Productions 2012) —Led by Al Spx, the pseudonym of a Canadian singer-songwriter based in LondonBuy it!
Sera Cahoone “NAKED” from Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop 2012)Buy it!
Rodriguez “Sugar Man” from Searching for Sugar Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Light In The Attic 2012) —The only question now is when will we get a new album from Sixto Diaz Rodriguez?Buy it!
Graham Parker & The Rumour “Three Chords Good” (Primary Wave 2012) N Buy it!
Zachary Lucky “Saskatchewan” (Independent 2012)Buy it!
Matthew Ryan “Let's Wave Goodbye” from In the Dusk of Everything (self released 2012)Buy it!
Michael Kiwanuka “Any Day Will Do Fine” from Home Again (Interscope 2012)Buy it!
The Amazing “FlashLight” from Gentle Stream (Partisan 2012) N —Christoff Gunrup and his Swedish bros from DungenBuy it!
Jens Lekman “The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love” from I Know What Love Isn't (Secretly Canadian 2012)Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Play With Fire” from Out of Our Heads (ABKCO 1965)Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “WISH YOU WERE HERE” from Faithful Man (Truth and soul 2012)Buy it!
The Radiants “Voice Your Choice” from Beg Scream & Shout! (Rhino 1997) —1964 release from the Chicago group of Maurice McAlister, Wallace Sampson and Leonard Caston, Jr.Buy it!
The Ovations “Won't You Call” from The Complete Goldwax Singles, Volume 1962-1966 (Goldwax 1964) —Featuring the Sam Cooke styled vocals of the late Louis Williams Jnr.Buy it!
The Sheepdogs “It Ain't Easy to Go” from The Sheepdogs (Atlantic 2012)Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Brother Is Gone” from Election Special (Nonesuch 2012)Buy it!
Greg Brown “Hymns To What Is Left” from Hymns to What is Left (Sawdust 2012) N —Yes, Greg Brown released an album this year, and yes I've just now heard it.Buy it!
The Shins “SEPTEMBER” from Port Of Morrow (Columbia 2012)Buy it!
Beth Bombara “All ALong” from V12LP Tower Groove Records (Tower Groove Records 2012) LBuy it!
Jump Starts “Carryin' On” from What Hides Inside (Loud Label 2012) LBuy it!
Ron Sexsmith “Lebanon, Tennessee” from Ron Sexsmith (Interscope 1995)Buy it!
JBM “Only Now” from Stray Ashes (Western Vinyl 2012) N —Montreal songwriter Jesse MarchantBuy it!
The Tallest Man on Earth “Leading Me Now” from There's No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans www.deadoceans.com 2012)Buy it!
The Wooden Sky “Child of the Valley” from Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun (Black Box Recordings / Fontana North 2012)Buy it!
Sweet Lights “Are We Gonna Work It Out” from Sweet Lights (self-released 2012)Buy it!
The Pernice Brothers “The Great Depression” from Goodbye, Killer (Ashmont 2010)Buy it!
The Royalty “Bottle Breaker” from Lovers ((RED) Victory 2012) —Featuring Nicole BoudreauBuy it!
Imperial Teen “RUNAWAY” from Feel the Sound (Merge Records 2012)Buy it!
Whitehorse “BROKEN” from Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records 2011) —Little did I know, until Googling this morning, that "Whitehorse" is the capital and largest city of Yukon, Canada. Of course it's also Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “The Kingdom Has Already Come” from Sing the Delta (Flariella Records 2012)Buy it!
Rumer “Flyin' Shoes” from Boys Don't Cry (Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic Records 2012)Buy it!
Townes Van Zandt “You Are Not Needed Now” from High Low and In Between (Rhino 2005)Buy it!
Tom Russell “Mesabi” (Shout Factory 2011)Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Duquesne Whistle” from Tempest (Columbia 2012)Buy it!
Raphael Saadiq “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012)Buy it!
John Hartford “I Wish We Had Our Time Again” from Live From Mountain Stage (Blue Plate Music www.ohboy.com 2000) —Steam-Powered Soul: A Tribute to John Hartford and KDHX Benefit - December 29 at Off BroadwayBuy it!
John Mellencamp “Troubled Land” from Life Death Love and Freedom (Hear Music 2008)Buy it!
Bill Withers “Let Us Love” from Single (Sussex 1972)Buy it!
Rough Shop “Little Wrapped Gift” from Just Because It Was Christmas (Santa's Last Stop 2009) L —9th Annual Rough Shop Holiday Extravaganza: Friday, 12/14 and Saturday 12/15 at the Focal Point. All proceeds benefit KDHX and the Focal Point. Details at KDHX.org.Buy it!
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