Miles Davis “In a Silent Way / It's About That Time” from In A Silent Way (Columbia 1969) —How do I love this record? Let me count the ways. John McGlaughlin's exquisite guitar. Those churning electric pianos. Miles' plaintive trumpet. The way the whole soundscape shimmers like the sun reflecting on a lake. Beautiful. Perfect.Buy it!
The Dramatics “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get” from Stax 50 - 50th Anniversary Celebration (stax 2007) —Some people are made of plastic / Some people are made of wood / Some people have hearts of stone / Some people are up to no good.Buy it!
Junior Murvin “Lucifer” from Police and Thieves (Island 1977) —A masterful Lee Perry production, and that gorgeous falsetto of Junior Murvin.Buy it!
The Ikettes “You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too” from Can't Sit Down... 'Cos It Feels So Good! - The Complete Modern Recordings (Kent 2007) —Great vocals, driving piano! I'll take that any day.Buy it!
The Slide Brothers “Motherless Children” from Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers (Concord 2013) N —These guys go wild on this traditional spiritual.Buy it!
Son Volt “Shine On” from Honky Tonk (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) N L —Granted, there are fiddles and slide guitar on this record, but essentially, this sounds like Son Volt.Buy it!
Deadstring Brothers “Like a California Wildfire” from Cannery Row (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —Their Rolling Stones fixations are fading into the sunset, as this record is more mournful country than they've done previously.Buy it!
Steve Forbert “What Kinda Guy?” from Alive On Arrival (Blue Corn 1978) —Forbert's first two albums are being reissued after a long absence from store shelves. This is great news, especially with lots of bonus cuts added. This is one of his classics, though.Buy it!
Marshall Chapman “Beyond My Wildest Dreams” from It's About Time (Margaritaville 1995) —A typically wonderful cut from the very talented Ms. Chapman.Buy it!
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison “Long Way Home” from Cheater's Game (Premium/Thirty Tigers 2013) N —A beautiful duet between husband and wife.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Heaven Help the Lonely” from Places I Have Never Been (Columbia 1991) —One of my all-time fave songs from one of the best songwriters of the last 35 years.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull w/ Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Flandyke Shore” from Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys COMP (Anti- 2013) N —The last recording by Kate McGarrigle?Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Good Things Happen to Bad People” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —This Sunday night, opening for Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, at the Peabody Opera House. Definitely the show of the year so far.Buy it!
The Mavericks “Lies” from In Time (The Valory Music Company 2013) N —Just a force of nature, that's what these guys are. Great song!Buy it!
Madeleine Peyroux “Bye Bye Love” from The Blue Room (Decca 2013) N —Cool, in multiple senses of the word, cover of the Everlys.Buy it!
Rufus “Magic In Your Eyes” from Ask Rufus (MCA 1977) —Chaka Khan was at her best in this band.Buy it!
Cerrone “Love in C Minor” from Disco Classics (Varese 2003) —This song makes me happy!Buy it!
Peaches & Herb “Shake Your Groove Thing” from Billboard Top Dance Hits 1978 (Rhino 1992) —I don't think I ever played this classic back in the More Cowbell days.Buy it!
Ray Charles “You Are My Sunshine” from Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music (Rhino 1962) —Betcha didn't see this one coming after those last two, did ya?Buy it!
Jesse Dee “Stay Strong” from On My Mind/In My Heart (Alligator Records 2013) N —This kid is doing some pretty darn cool things in the retro-soul field.Buy it!
William Onyeabor “Better Change Your Mind” from Nigeria 70 (Strut 2001) —Very cool stuff from Lagos back in the early 70s.Buy it!
Alcione “Duas Faces” from The Rough Guide to Samba (World Music Network 2013) N —The Rough Guides have been pretty great the last year or two (as they've started over, releasing entirely new guides to genres and places they've done before). This is a great Brazilian song.Buy it!
Magic Slim & the Teardrops “Treat Me the Way You Do” from Raising the Bar (blind pig 2010) —It was a major loss when this great bluesman passed away recently.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “Don't Let the Devil Ride” from The Devil Ain't Got No Music (Aria B.G. 2012) —One of the more powerful records I heard last year - Bell sings the Gospel with fury.Buy it!
Joe Lovano Us Five “In a Spin” from Cross Culture (Blue Note 2013) N —Lovano just might be playing the best music of his long career with his latest band.Buy it!
Free Energy “Girls Want Rock” from Love Sign (Free Energy 2013) N —Giddy! Just giddy!Buy it!
Slade “We're Really Gonna Raise the Roof” from Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet (Warner Brothers 1974) —They ain't kidding with that song title.Buy it!
The Rubinoos “Drivin' Music” from Anthology (Essential 2000) —I remember seeing these guys open for Elvis Costello back in 1979.Buy it!
Michael Fracasso “All Or Nothing” from A Pocketful of Rain (Lone Star Records 2004) —Hey, if you can get Patty Griffin to sing harmony with you, you're doing alright.Buy it!
Michael Nesmith “The Candidate” from And the Hits Just Keep on Comin' (1027 1972) —One of Nesmith's sobering tales.Buy it!
John Hartford “Lorena” from Gum Tree Canoe (Rounder Records www.rounder.com 1987) —This guy was so freakin' good. What a beautiful song.Buy it!
Nataly Dawn “Please Don't Scream” from How I Knew Her (Nonesuch 2013) N —She was in a duo called Pomplamoose, but I never heard that, and it's supposed to be different from this. This is catchy as all get out.Buy it!
Chris Stamey “You n Me n XTC” from Lovesick Blues (Bonus Track Version) (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2013) N —Just about my fave song this year so far.Buy it!
The Byrds “If You're Gone” from Turn! Turn! Turn! (Columbia 1965) —Gene Clark! 'Nuff said.Buy it!
Lloyd Price “Never Let Me Go” from Greatest Hits: The Original ABC-Paramount Recordings (MCA 1994) —He had two or three huge hits, but there were so many other gems in his catalogue.Buy it!
Luke Winslow-King “You Don't know Better Than Me” from The Coming Tide (feat. Esther Rose) (Luke Winslow-King 2012) N —Another new artist in the Bloodshot stable.Buy it!
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