Patti Smith w/ Johnny Depp “The Mermaid” from Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys COMP (Anti- 2013) N —What a killer song. Patti makes this sound positively effervescent.Buy it!
Dexy's Midnight Runners “Liars A to E” from Too-Rye-Ay (Unknown 1982) —Every once in a great while, I need to remember that I loved this whole album, not just the giant mega-hit that has been played 40 billion times in the last 30 years.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “MacGillycuddy's Reeks” from My Ride's Here (Artemis 2002) —She was a systems analyst for a dot com company / She said you think because we kissed I'll be yours eternally. Ah, I miss Warren Zevon.Buy it!
The Anniversary “Never Die Young” from Your Majesty (Vagrant 2002) —Back at a time when I didn't think I'd ever like a new rock band again, these guys came into my life and knocked me out.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hermetically Sealed” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) L —You gotta love a song that kicks off with "Ba ba ba ba" as an unforgettable hook.Buy it!
Foxboro Hot Tubs “Mother Mary” from Stop Drop and Roll!!! (Reprise 2008) —Green Day by any other name not only smells sweeter, but has more fun.Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition “(I Wanna Be Your) Satellite” from White Buffalo (Fat Possum 2013) N —He'll be in town next Thursday, Mar. 7 opening for the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at the Old Rock House.Buy it!
Husker Du “Divide and Conquer” from Flip Your Wig (SST 1985) —Oh, to be 26 years old again and in love with music like this! It was as though the whole world was ours to grab.Buy it!
Wynonna “The House Is Rockin'” from Sing: Chapter 1 (Curb 2009) —Oh, yeah, that house is rockin', alright!Buy it!
Sonny Landreth “Gone Pecan” from Grant Street (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2005) —Very few people play guitar better than this guy.Buy it!
Melody Den “Lovely Lie” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —The more I hear from this record, the more impressed I am - St. Louis's Marc Chechik has hit a home run with this one.Buy it!
Half Knots “Repose” from Proof (self 2013) N L —A sweet and languid instrumental from this very fine St. Louis band.Buy it!
Dennis Diken with Bell Sound “Standing In That Line” from Late Music (Cryptovision 2009) —As good a Beach Boys homage as you'll find out there.Buy it!
The Beach Boys “Please Let Me Wonder” from Today! (CAPITOL 1965) —But we might as well have the real thing, too.Buy it!
The Incurables “16 Lines” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (self 2012) N L —This St. Louis band has so many great songs!Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “Always On My Mind” from Starlight (429 2012) N —There hasn't been much fanfare, but Armatrading is in a major career renaissance these past few years.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Good Things Happen to Bad People” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —Can't wait to Mar. 17 - Richard opening for Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell. Hey, that's an idea - I'll play them next.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “Black Caffeine” from Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch 2013) N —Oh, yeah, that show is at the Peabody Opera House.Buy it!
Dale Watson and His Lone Stars “Quick Quick Slow Slow” from El Rancho Azul (Red House www.redhouse.com 2013) N —When Dale Watson ain't bitching about contemporary popular country, he makes pretty cool old-fashioned honky tonk. This song is a blast. He's at Off Broadway tonight.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Sick and Tired” from Wild One: Rare Tracks (Rhino 1989) —Always happy to hear the Killer.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Mockingbird Hill” from Satisfied at Last (Rack 'Em 2011) —How many great songs has Joe Ely sung in his long career?Buy it!
The Cash Box Kings “My Tiniai” from Black Toppin' (Blind Pig Records. blindpigrecords.com 2013) N —I don't know what a tiniai is, but I'm glad they're excited by it.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Saskatchewan to Chicago” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —Wonderful mix of genealogy with blues form. A masterpiece!Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock “Sam's Gone Away” from Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys COMP (Anti- 2013) N —Lots of cool stuff on this new Hal Willner comp.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock “If You Were a Priest” from Element of Light (Yep Roc) —Had to hear a classic from the man, too.Buy it!
Colin Blunstone “Carolyne Goodbye” from One Year (Sony 1971) —Former Zombie had some pretty cool solo material.Buy it!
Boreal Hills “Kids” from Single (self 2013) N L —New St. Louis band playing tonight at Mushmaus with Divino Nino and La Kaza.Buy it!
Eric Burdon “River Is Rising” from ‘Til Your River Runs Dry (Universal Music Group International 2013) N —Very cool song arranged by the very talented Jon Cleary.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Cold As Canada” from Spring and Fall (Gawdaggle 2012) N —Huge in Australia, practically unknown here, but very deserving.Buy it!
13th Amendment “The Stretch” from Eccentric Soul: Omnibus (numero 2012) N —Very cool, very rare funk - I don't understand the need to have a box of 45 45's, but I'm glad to hear this song (and other gems from it).Buy it!
Average White Band “Cut the Cake” from In Yo' Face! The History Of Funk, Vol. 3 (Rhino 1993) —Scotland's funkiest.Buy it!
The Melodians “I'll Get Along Without You” from Swing and Dine (Heartbeat 1992) —I'm pretty sure this was an influence on "Pato & Roger A Go Talk" by the English Beat. At any rate, it's delightful.Buy it!
Bruno Mars “If I Knew” from Unorthodox Jukebox (Atlantic 2012) N —This guy can do just about anything - including a song that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Sam Cooke single.Buy it!
Gene Chandler “You Can't Hurt Me No More” from Duke of Earl (And All the Rest) (Neon 2001) —I just love the high drama of so many of his records.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Stupidity” from Home In Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke (Rhino 1992) —The young Bishop of Soul testifyin'!Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Play With Fire” from Out of Our Heads (London 1965) —It occurred to me I haven't heard this song in ages - before the Stones hit their rock'n'roll stride, they had this ability to come up with all sorts of interesting different styles.Buy it!
Dion “This Little Girl” from King of the New York Streets (THE RIGHT STUFF 2000) —That mixture of bravado and hurt - nobody did it better than Dion.Buy it!
Hank Crawford “Read 'Em and Weep” from Heart and Soul: The Hank Crawford Anthology (Rhino 1994) —Why, you'd almost think this was a Ray Charles jazz session. No wonder he hired this guy.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Open the Door” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —Everything is good these days but all of my friends are dying. What an opening line!Buy it!
Rory Gallagher “Cradle Rock” from Irish Tour 1974 (Buddha 1974) —Well, heck, this rocks!Buy it!
Mason Jennings “Which Way Your Heart Will Go” from Boneclouds (Epic 2006) —I had to take it down a bit after that last cut.Buy it!
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison “9,999,999 Tears” from Cheater's Game (Thirty Tigers 2013) N —That is so many more tears than just 96. Take that, ?!Buy it!
Jessi Colter “Cowboy's Last Ride” from Boots, Buckles & Spurs: 50 Songs Celebrate 50 Years of Cowboy Tradition (Legacy 2008) —This is a Johnny Cash song that Jessi sang quite beautifully back in 1977 or so.Buy it!
Raul Malo “For You” from You're Only Lonely (Sanctuary 2006) —I really really want to hear the new Mavericks album, but I haven't yet, so here's a great solo number from Raul.Buy it!
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