Medicine “Time Baby 3” from Sounds of Medicine VINYL (American) —The band that intro'ed me to washy feedback guitars and Shoegaze-y stuff in general. It was a gig at The Galaxy on Delmar in 1995 but that's a whole other story.Buy it!
Sixteen Deluxe “King Fisher” from Vision Take Me Make Me Never Forsake Me (Sugar Fix 2000) —This band does the wild and crazy/quiet dynamic really well. This one is quiet.Buy it!
Jack Kerouac “San Francisco Scene (The Beat Generation)” from Readings By Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation (Verve 1997) —You don't here much writing as dense and rich like this much. If you know of some, send me a note, eh!Buy it!
Pixies “Wave of Mutilation” from Pixies At The BBC (4AD 1998) —One of my favorite songs. I first heard it on the movie 'Pump Up The Volume'Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Heroin” from Scepter Studio Sessions (Universal 2012) —From the Norman Dolph acetateBuy it!
Joy Division “Twenty Four Hours” from Closer (Collector's Edition) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2007) —The bridge section of this is one of my favorites of all time. The bass picks up pace and it kills me every time.Buy it!
Tub Ring “Bite the Wax Tadpole” from Drake Equation (Invisible Records 2001) —It appears this band quietly broke up :((Buy it!
Freekbass “Fame (Live)” from Body Over Mind (Gemini Records 2001) —This cover covers my love of Bowie and funk all at once. Freekbass takes that famous Carlos Alomar riff and transmogrifies it into a minute long bass introBuy it!
The Roots “Break You Off (Dub / Sound check at Bogart's Cinncinati, OH 2003)” from Home Grown! - The Beginner's Guide to Understanding The Roots, Vol. 2 (Geffen/Okayplayer 2005) —This and the Vol 1 are great intro's to kick ass band and plenty of nuggets for existing fans.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “The World Is Rated X” from Let's Get It On (Deluxe Edition) (Motown 1973) —In spite of the song title and the record it's on, this is about society (and not about booty getting')Buy it!
Johnny Socko “Old School Master” from Triple Live (Triple R 2001) —All time great ska band doing their tongue in cheek rap tribute to old school video games. And that's 'old school' in the context of 1980's arcade quarter eating arcade monsters.Buy it!
The Dead Milkmen “Punk Rock Girl” from Beelzebubba (Enigma 1988) —I've always been fond of this song (and it's tasty guitar solo). They were here not to long ago: http://kdhx.org/music/live-performances/dead-milkmen-6-8-13Buy it!
Talking Heads “Life During Wartime” from Stop Making Sense (Sire/Warner Bros. 1984) —There isn't anything about this band I don't like.Buy it!
Vallejo “Bonin' In the Boneyard” from Steamboat Live '97 (VMG 2010) —This Fishbone cover really shows off what this band can do.Buy it!
Screaming Headless Torsos “Mr. Softee's Nightmare” from 2005 (FuzeLicious Morsels 2005) —The singer here sounds crazier than the ice cream man he's singing about. Amazing. It's like hard rock and jazz at the same time.Buy it!
Indigo Girls “Power Of Two” from 1200 Curfews (Epic 1995) —One of my favorite live albums. Not a bad performance. This was at their peak, I should think.Buy it!
Herbie Hancock “Edith And The Kingpin (with Tina Turner)” from River: The Joni Letters (Verve 2007) —Tina Turner laying out delicate, jazzy vocals in a brilliantly unexpected way. Passion, she's always shown that. Passion sometimes trumps technique. Not here, acquire this track.Buy it!
Umphrey’s McGee “Maneater” from St. Louis, 12/30/2011, The Pageant (livedownloads.com 2011) —Hall and Oates cover, basically an excuse for a sweet 6 minute sax solo. Man, I love covers. Always been a tool for them.Buy it!
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