The Clash “Lose This Skin” from Sandinista (Epic 1980) —Whatever happened to Tymon Dogg, anyway? I still love this song.Buy it!
The English Beat “Spar Wid Me” from Special Beat Service (sire 1982) —How many of us learned to love reggae toasting from Ranking Roger?Buy it!
Bombino “Zigzan” from Nomad (Nonesuch 2013) N —That guitar is just otherworldly.Buy it!
David Bowie “Dancing Out in Space” from The Next Day (ISO / Columbia 2013) N —You hear this pseudo-Motown beat, and you'll dance anywhere.Buy it!
Marah “Christian St.” from Kids In Philly (Artemis 2000) —Man, these guys were great!Buy it!
Neil Young “On Broadway” from El Dorado (Reprise 1989) —I'd almost forgotten this little import-only EP Young did to push himself back into the rocking sound of Freedom.Buy it!
Free Energy “Hold You Close” from Love Sign (Free Energy 2013) —Just a sweet old fashioned rock'n'roll song.Buy it!
AC/DC “Shake a Leg” from Back In Black (ATCO 1980) —I love Bon Scott as much as the next guy, but it was this first Brian Johnson record that I think is perfect.Buy it!
13th Floor Elevators “Kingdom of Heaven” from The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Collectables 1966) —Strangely, the electric jug never caught on with other bands.Buy it!
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “You're Gonna Get It” (Rhino/Wea www.rhino.com 2002) —From the underappreciated second album.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “I.D. Blues” from Blue Sky (Sanctuary 2003) —I know Brian Henneman doesn't listen to this show, but I bet he would appreciate being played after his idol Tom Petty.Buy it!
Pistol Annies “Unhappily Married” from Annie Up (RCA 2013) N —You're going bald and I'm getting fat / I hate your mom and you hate my dad!Buy it!
The SteelDrivers “I'll Be There” from Hammer Down (Rounder 2013) N —That chorus - beautiful!Buy it!
Chip Taylor “Pretty Good Order (Human Beings)” from Block Out the Sirens of This Lonely World (Train Wreck 2013) N —Human beings have pretty good order most times. They walk a straight line unless they drink too much.Buy it!
Dinah Washington “Back Water Blues” from Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 1958) —Gosh, what a singer!Buy it!
Charley Patton “Mean Black Cat Blues” from Devil Sent the Rain Blues (Complete Recordings) (Universe 2004) —Scratchy recording, but damn! It's Charley Patton! And it sounds better than it ever did on older reissues.Buy it!
Robert Johnson “Last Fair Deal Gone Down” from The Complete REcordings: The Centennial Collection (Columbia 2011) —Speaking of sounding better and better with every reissue. You could almost swear he's in the room with you.Buy it!
Ray Charles “The Midnight Hour” from The Genius Sings the Blues (Atlantic 1961) —Well, you can't argue with this album title.Buy it!
Miles Davis “How Am I To Know?” from The New Miles Davis Quintet (Prestige 1955) —That first album with Miles and Trane together.Buy it!
Daft Punk “Give Life Back to Music” from Random Access Memories (Columbia 2013) N —It makes me want to dance, and I never want to dance any more. The secret - Nile Rodgers!Buy it!
Mavis Staples “I Like the Things About Me” from One True Vine (Anti- 2013) N —A song written by Pops Staples, but I've never heard it before. I do love this arrangement, tight, funky, and full of surprises.Buy it!
Alice Smith “Loyalty” from She (Rainwater 2013) N —Well, this woman can sing! And she writes songs as powerful as this one.Buy it!
Shannon McNally “I Don't Want to Know” from Small Town Talk: The Songs Of Bobby Charles (Sacred Sumac 2013) N —Another amazing singer. Thanks to John Wendland for pointing me in her direction.Buy it!
The Wailin' Jennys “Begin” from Firecracker (Red House www.redhouse.com 2006) —One of the most beautiful songs of the middle 00's.Buy it!
Richard Barone “The Bulrushes” from Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Concert (RBM 2012) —One of the most underrated singer/songwriters of the last 30 years. Just listen to this song and be wowed!Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Talk to Me of Mendocino” from Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Hannibal 1975) —The sound of grace.Buy it!
The Proclaimers “Whatever You've Got” from Like Comedy (429 2013) N —Whatever was done unto your hair / Vidal Sassoon was standing there.Buy it!
Sharon Shannon (featuring Kirsty MacColl) “Libertango” (Compass www.compassrecords.com 2004) —An Astor Piazzolla song sung by the late great Kirsty MacColl.Buy it!
Andrew Wyatt “Harlem Boyzz” from Descender (Downtown 2013) —From the Swedish singer in the band Miike Snow - lovely little pop number.Buy it!
Villagers “Rhythm Composer” from Awayland (Domino 2013) N —I love how the rhythm composes you.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Shine On Love” from Across a Crowded Room (CAPITOL 1985) —I know he has a new record out this year, but sometimes, I just go back to old ones I'd almost forgotten.Buy it!
ABBA “Take a Chance On Me” from The Definitive Collection (utv 2001) —I will always love this song - first one by ABBA that won me over!Buy it!
The Capitols “Cool Jerk” (Rhino 2005) —One of those pitch perfect dance songs!Buy it!
Solomon Burke & De Dijk “Hold On Tight” (Verve Forecast 2011) —The title track from the Bishop's final record.Buy it!
The Band “Tears of Rage” from Music From Big Pink (CAPITOL 1968) —I imagine if you listen to my show, you probably already know all about this song. Still spine-tingling after all these years.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Rhymes” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) —It ain't easy to cover Al Green and make it sound completely fresh, but that's what's going on here.Buy it!
Joe Stickley “Tumblin' Baby” from Wasn't It Pretty (Peola 2012) N L —St. Louis singer/songwriter shows some serious skills.Buy it!
Ana Moura “Amor Afoito” from Desfado (emarcy 2013) N —I don't know what she's singing, but it's something to do with love, and it's impossible to resist.Buy it!
Willie Nile “If I Ever See the Light” from American Ride (River House www.willienile.com 2013) N —New album gets released this coming Tuesday - it's more great stuff from a guy who's been dominating the last ten years.Buy it!
Pieta Brown “How Many Times” from In the Cool (Valley Entertainment 2005) —I love Brown's swagger.Buy it!
Gibson Brothers “Sundown and Sorrow” from They Called It Music (Compass Records 2013) N —I don't listen to a lot of bluegrass, but I am never disappointed by the Gibson Brothers.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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