Be Bop Deluxe “Panic In the World” from Singles A's and B's (See For Miles 1981) —These guys had the catchy thing going for them as well as the guitar hero thing and the prog thing. Very underrated band.Buy it!
Sahara Hotnights “781” from Sahara Hotnights (Universal 2011) —Speaking of catchy - thanks, as always, to Jim Roehm for introducing me to these popsters a couple years back.Buy it!
ZZ Top “Prettyhead” from Rhythmeen (RCA 1996) —The heaviest and the dirtiest sound ZZ Top ever had! Love this record!Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Sailor” from Smiler (Mercury 1974) —I hadn't heard this song in at least a decade, but it popped up in my itunes the other day, and sounded pretty rockin' after all these years.Buy it!
Sun Sawed in Half “Nowhere Fast” from Elephants Into Swans (self 2013) N L —This semi-St. Louis band has put out a new record chock full of greatness.Buy it!
Marshall Chapman “I Don't Want Nobody” from Blaze of Glory (TallGirl 2013) N —I don't want nobody standing in my kitchen but you!Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Wherever You Wanna Go” from American Kid SINGLE (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —Griffin puts her gorgeous voice front and center on this brand new album, due out next week, unless I'm grossly mistaken.Buy it!
The Del Lords “Princess” from Elvis Club (MRI 2013) —A masterpiece from this great band reunited almost 25 years after they gave it up.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Jet Boys” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —A quiet song about watching people experience.Buy it!
Dale Hawkins “Susie-Q” from Rock This Town: Rockabilly Hits Vol. 1 (Rhino 1991) —Play that riff, James Burton!Buy it!
Chuck Berry “His Daughter, Caroline” from You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings 1960 -1966 (Hip-O Select 2009) —Digging deep into the Chuck Berry catalog for this rockin' ditty about parenthood.Buy it!
David Hidalgo & Louie Perez “When Love Fails” from The Long Goodbye (Gonzolandia 2010) —This album by the two songwriters from Los Lobos was a very sweet record that almost snuck right by me a couple years back.Buy it!
Bobby Bare “Fellow Travellers” from The Moon Was Blue (Dualtone 2005) —Just a sweet, beautiful version of a lovely song.Buy it!
Conway Twitty “That's When She Started to Stop Loving You” from The Conway Twitty Collection (MCA 1994) —A rare song about breakup sung by a man sympathetic to the woman.Buy it!
The Pistol Annies “Damn Thing” from Annie Up (RCA 2013) N —I've only heard it once at work but this is clearly another terrific album from this trio!Buy it!
Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited “Ndakura” from Vanhu Vatema (Zimbob 1994) —That sweet, sweet sound of Zimbabwe.Buy it!
Victoria Kings “Musa Aloo” from Mighty Kings of Benga (Globe Style 1993) —Irresistible pseudo-soukous!Buy it!
Gaspar lawal “Kita Kita” from Nigeria 70 - Sweet Times: Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos (Strut 2001) —Of all the countries in Africa, Nigeria seems to have produced the most varied and the most exciting pop music - this one sounds heavily influenced by American funk and jazz and Jamaican dub.Buy it!
Linton Kwesi Johnson “Reggae Fi Peach” from Bass Culture (Mango 1980) —A specific atrocity in England back in 1980 inspired this song, which still resonates as injustices continue to pile up around the world.Buy it!
Alice Russell “Heartbreaker, Pt. 2” from To Dust (Tru Thoughts 2013) —Oh, my, she can sing!Buy it!
Judith Hill “You Were Always on My Mind” from single (iTunes 2013) N —I've fallen in love with watching The Voice, and I especially love this woman, who has the potential to be one of the great soul singers of our time - she understands it's all about presenting the songs and making it a vehicle for her personality.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Evil” from Music of My Mind (Motown 1972) —I'm guessing nobody sang this one on Glee this week.Buy it!
JJ Grey & Mofro “Florabama” from This River (Alligator 2013) N —I'm late to the JJ Grey party, but I'm definitely digging this new record a lot.Buy it!
Pet Shop Boys “Give It a Go” from Elysium (Astralwerks 2013) —Mellow, but catchy and melodic. I'll keep dancing.Buy it!
The Coctails “Road Hog” from Early Hi-Ball Years (Carrot Top 1992) —Lounge-based music before it got "cool." Definitely inspired stuff.Buy it!
David Lowery “Ah You Left Me” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) —This solo album by Lowery remains one of my fave things he's ever done.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Kid A” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) —I never get tired of hearing this astounding version of the Radiohead tune.Buy it!
Dave Edmunds “Let's Talk About Us” from The Anthology (1968-1990) (Rhino 1993) —Dave Edmunds takes on the Killer!Buy it!
Marshall Crenshaw “Brand New Lover” from Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Brothers 1982) —A song that never gets old. Never.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “Elo Kiddies” from Cheap Trick (EPIC/LEGACY 1977) —Who says this can only be heard at the beginning of a show?Buy it!
Willie Nile “Say Hey” from American Ride (River House www.willienile.com 2013) N —I don't understand why this guy isn't one of the most revered songwriters in the world!Buy it!
The Incurables “Wish” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) N L —One of these days, I'll think of something intelligent to say about this record other than "I love it."Buy it!
Citizen Band “The Ladder Song” from Other Enz: Split Enz and Beyond (Raven 1999) —As proggy as I'm gonna get, but these guys were in Split Enz, so they're cool! Actually, this is a fascinating song.Buy it!
Chris Potter “Penelope” from The Sirens (ECM 2013) N —Put Chris Potter, one of the best saxophone players active today, with Craig Taborn, an astounding pianist, and you've got a recipe for intoxicating music.Buy it!
John Medeski “Graveyard Fields” from A Different Time (okeh 2013) N —A gorgeous solo piano improvisation - this guy can do so many different things, it's scary.Buy it!
Little Willie G “Cultura” from Make Up For Lost Time (Hightone 2000) —I thought we could dance a little after that introspective number.Buy it!
Jesse Dee “On My Mind, In My Heart” from On My Mind/In My Heart (Alligator Records 2013) N —Soul power!Buy it!
New American Farmers “Faking the Divine” from Brand New Day (Big Barncat 2013) N —I know next to nothing about these guys, but man, they sound great. Close harmonies, strong songs, smart music.Buy it!
Luke Winslow-King “You & Me” from The Coming Tide (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —This guy is a pure pleasure, digging through traditional influences and falling somewhere in a unique world where Pokey LaFarge might sound avant-garde.Buy it!
Kim Richey “Breakaway Speed” from Thorn In My Heart (Yep Roc 2012) N —Wonderful song with Kim dueting with Jason Isbell, then adding Trisha Yearwood for harmony!Buy it!
Dan Bern “Rainin' in Madrid” from Drifter (self 2012) —Now that our economy is going to the dogs maybe we'll have flamenco music like they've always had in Spain.Buy it!
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