Bettie Serveert “iPromise” from Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion Records 2013) N —Well, I don't know what the date is, and I started off by announcing Alice Cooper but playing Bettie Serveert. It's gonna go uphill from here, I swear!Buy it!
Alice Cooper “Public Animal #9” from School's Out (Friday Music Records 1972) —Remember when music like this scared the living daylights out of adults? I couldn't own Alice Cooper records at the time, though the reason was my dad saw in the paper that people smoked pot at his concert.Buy it!
Def Leppard “Excitable” from Hysteria (Mercury 1987) —You bet when they started this song, the crowd stood up, just as they were told. (Although, I didn't see the Hysteria tour, and I'm not sure they did this the two later times I saw them.)Buy it!
Melody Den “Going Back” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N —The chorus on this one is infinitely pleasurable to sing along with.Buy it!
Slade “I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen” from Slayed? (Polydor 1972) —Noddy Holder. 'Nuff said.Buy it!
The Raspberries “I Want to Be With You” from Fresh (CAPITOL 1972) —One of those guitar intros that instantly raises the hair on the back of your neck. And the song keeps them there.Buy it!
Earth Quake “Lovin' Cup” from The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Clothes On: Berserkley Story (Castle 2004) —Back in the day, these guys were my least favorite band on the Berserkley label, but they sound a lot more classic to me now than they did then.Buy it!
The Incurables “16 Lines” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) N L —St. Louis's own Jimmy Griffin writes some strong songs. Every week, I think I have a new fave from this record.Buy it!
The Undertones “Beautiful Friend” from Positive Touch (Ryko 1981) —Boy, this takes me back to a time when it seemed every new record by my fave bands was stretching my horizons further and further.Buy it!
Ivan & Alyosha “Don't Wanna Die Anymore” from All the Times We Had (Dualtone 2013) N —A very good band that has apparently not been played on KDHX before. How did that happen?Buy it!
David Bowie “Love Is Lost” from The Next Day (ISO / Columbia) N —Really, this new Bowie album is very good. I mean, really, very good.Buy it!
Black Uhuru “Endurance” from Sinsemilla (Mango 1980) —Give me that Sly & Robbie riddim, and I'll just swoon.Buy it!
The Gladiators “Pocket Money” from Dreadlocks the Time Is Now (Virgin 1978) —Back when my friends and I were just discovering reggae, the Gladiators were this mysterious and clearly fantastic group that was really hard to find.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Through the Storm” from Victim Of Love (Dunham 2013) N —I love the combination of Bradley and the Menahan Street Band.Buy it!
The Timetones “In My Heart” from The Doo Wop Box II (Rhino 1996) —Clearly inspired by the Bristol Stomp, but plenty of fun on its own terms.Buy it!
Pops Staples “Miss Cocaine” from Peace to the Neighborhood (Charisma 1992) —It's rare to find an anti-drug song that's as seductive as the drug itself.Buy it!
Eric Burdon “27 Forever” from 'Til Your River Runs Dry (ABKCO 2013) N —A song about all those musicians who passed away at the age of 27.Buy it!
Southside Johnny & the Poor Souls “Winter In Yellowknife” from Songs From the Barn (Leroy unk 2013) N —Johnny's voice is way raspier than it used to be, so why not try his hand at a Tom Waits sort of song?Buy it!
Ana Popovic “Boys' Night Out” from Can You Stand the Heat (Artiste Exclusive 2013) N —Ana gives us her best James Brown impression - pretty cool. This album hits stores soon, but not yet.Buy it!
Cash Box Kings “Blues Falling Down on Me” from Black Toppin' (blind pig 2013) N —Dig this fat groove!Buy it!
Luke Winslow-King “Staying In Town” from The Coming Tide (Bloodshot 2013) N —I still know next to nothing about this guy, but I definitely enjoy this record, a gentle but strong throwback to older styles of country and folk and stuff.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “What We Really Want (acoustic version)” from Interiors (Columbia 1990) —A gorgeous little acoustic version from the bonus tracks edition.Buy it!
The Proclaimers “After You've Gone” from Like Comedy (429 2013) —These twin brothers have grown up and attained some wisdom.Buy it!
The Lovin' Spoonful “Didn't Want to Have to Do It” from Anthology (Rhino 1990) —A sad and lovely song.Buy it!
The Rutles “Living in Hope” from The Rutles (Rhino 1978) —Some of the Rutles songs are really almost as good as the ones they parodied.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Once Upon a Time There Was an Ocean” from Surprise (Warner Brothers 2006) —So many of the Paul Simon albums that people ignored were actually excellent - this one, produced by Brian Eno, is full of songs as cool as this one.Buy it!
Anders Osborne “Dancing in the Wind” from Black Eye Galaxy (Alligator 2012) —Every time I hear this, I have to double check that Neil Young and Jackson Browne didn't co-write it.Buy it!
Depeche Mode “Welcome to My World” from Delta Machine (Columbia 2013) N —They still have a way with hooks, and interesting things to say.Buy it!
Steve Coleman & Five Elements “Cardiovascular” from Functional Arhythmias (PI 2013) N —Well, I messed up the segue, but this is a cool little number - jazz for med students, or patients, or something?Buy it!
Sam Bush “The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle” from Circles Around Me (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2009) —Based, as they say, on a true story.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine” from Genuine Negro Jig Music (Nonesuch 2010) —I was so entranced listening I forgot to type a comment.Buy it!
The Stanley Brothers “This Weary Heart You Stole Away” from Angel Band: The Classic Mercury Recordings (Mercury/Nashville 1996) —When these guys and Bill Monroe's band were trading all these great records, it must have been exciting to see what would come next.Buy it!
Johnny Horton “Out in New Mexico” from Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton, 1956-1960 (Columbia 1996) —I can't resist these classic story songs.Buy it!
Court Yard Hounds “Delight (Something New Under The Sun)” from Court Yard Hounds CD ALBUM (Columbia 2010) —It's been 7 years since the Dixie Chicks made a record, and 3 since 2/3 of them made one. Maybe we could be delighted by some new music under the sun from these singers.Buy it!
Bobby Bare “The Living Legend” from Twistable Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) —Having Bobby Bare on a tribute to Shel Silverstein was probably a bit obvious.Buy it!
Kris Kristofferson “Mama Stewart” from Feeling Mortal (KK Records 2013) N —He's still cranking out new songs and croaking them out and they always get me right here.Buy it!
Shannon McNally “Small Town Talk” from Small Town Talk: The Songs Of Bobby Charles (Sacred Sumac 2013) N —Thanks to John Wendland for introducing me to this very fine singer/songwriter.Buy it!
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) “The Low Highway” from Low Highway (New West 2013) —I've only heard this album while working in the record store, so I have a lot to still glean from it when I can pay more attention - but it sure does sound like one of his best.Buy it!
James Hunter “Hear Me Calling” from Believe What I Say (Ace 1996) —Back when he was a young whippersnapper!Buy it!
Big Joe Turner “Going Home” from Jumpin' With Joe: The Complete Aladdin and Imperial Recordings (EMI 1994) —You've got Big Joe Turner & you've got Wynonie Harris on the same record.Buy it!
Louis Jordan “We Can't Agree” from Jivin' With Jordan (Proper 2002) —I can just get lost in this kind of music. Love the jump blues.Buy it!
Otis Spann “Dust My Broom” from Windy City Blues (Fantasy 1992) —You don't usually hear this sung by a piano player.Buy it!
Leo Baxter & His Orchestra “Can I Depend On You?” from The Complete Meteor Blues, R&B And Gospel Recordings (Ace 2006) —This two-disc compilation is one of the very best collections of great music from the 50s era!Buy it!
George Jones “Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” from 50 Years Of Hits (Bandit Records. 2004) —I just found out George Jones passed away - this is a song in which he imagines the world without some of the greats. Nobody will fill his shoes.Buy it!
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