Blue Öyster Cult “Cities on Flame With Rock And Roll” from Blue Öyster Cult (Columbia 1972) —Because I believe we should wake up first thing in the morning.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “I Was Made to Love Her” from Definitive Collection (Motown 2002) —Because I know a cool seque when I see one.Buy it!
The Impressions “Finally Got Myself Together (I'm a Changed Man)” from The Very Best of the Impressions (Rhino 1997) —The Impressions post-Curtis Mayfield still had it going on.Buy it!
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite “I Don't Believe a Word You Say” from Get Up! (stax 2013) N —This is a tough blues cut. Maybe Harper should hire Musselwhite permanently.Buy it!
NRBQ “It Comes to Me Naturally” from NRBQ at Yankee Stadium (Mercury 1978) —This is music that just makes me happy! How can you resist these guys?Buy it!
The Incurables “Break the Heart of the World” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) L —Small man wears big shoes, don't make him grow just feel a little bit higher.Buy it!
The Iguanas “If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times” from If You Should Ever Fall On Hard Times (Yep Roc 2008) —Are these guys still out there? They made some really good records, but I haven't seen anything in 5 years.Buy it!
The Rubinoos “Wouldn't It Be Nice” from The Rubinoos (Berserkley 1977) —I saw these guys open for Elvis Costello back in 1979. I still love their sweet power pop!Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Shore Patrol” from The Hurting Business (Hightone 2000) —He'll be at Off Broadway Aug. 17. So will I.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Love So Fine” from Labour of Lust (Columbia 1979) —She makes the Mona Lisa look rough.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Worthless Thing (live)” from Goodbye Cruel World (Rhino 2004) —The live cuts prove that there was nothing wrong with the songs on Costello's least heralded pop record.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Walking the Chalkline Again” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —One of my fave albums to date this year. So many good songs.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Now, Again” from World Record (self-released 2013) N L —Yeah, these guys just know hooks & propulsion.Buy it!
The Stranglers “Hanging Around” from Feel It Live (On Tour 2012) (Coursegood 2013) N —I admit I haven't given much thought to these guys in years, but the new album and its accompanying new live record are really quite good.Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “Rock Away Blind” from Seeds We Sow (Eagle Rock 2011) —Lindsey does love to finger-pick.Buy it!
Buena Vista Social Club “Chan Chan” from Buena Vista Social Club (Nonesuch 1997) —I remember dragging Cat kicking and screaming to this movie, and then this song became one of her all-time favorites.Buy it!
Alice Russell “Twin Peaks” from To Dust (Tru Thoughts 2013) N —Deep, slow groove here.Buy it!
Delroy Wilson & Slim Smith “Look Who Is Back Again” from Full Up: The Best of Studio One Vol. 2 (Heartbeat 1983) —It's rock steady, I think, but it's just a masterful pop record in any genre.Buy it!
Brenda Holloway “Every Little Bit Hurts” from Motown's Leading Ladies (Motown 1995) —Speaking of masterful pop records.Buy it!
Beastie Boys “Lighten Up” from Check Your Head (CAPITOL 1992) —I'm just perverse enough to play a Beasties instrumental. But man, what a cool groove. (I had no idea Andy Coco plays this all the time).Buy it!
De La Soul featuring Mos Def “Big Brother Beat” from De La Mix Tape: Remixes, Rarities & Classics (Rhino 2004) —A cool cut that I'd completely forgotten until the other day.Buy it!
Brian Eno, John Cale, Kevin Ayers, Nico “Driving Me Backwards” from June 1, 1974 (Island 1974) —I think Eno after De La works pretty well.Buy it!
Roxy Music “Chance Meeting” from Roxy Music (Virgin 1972) —When Eno was on board.Buy it!
XTC “Day In Day Out” from Drums and Wires (Virgin 1979) —Just don't call them quirky.Buy it!
Petula Clark “Crazy” from Lost In You (Sony 2013) N —80 years old, her first new album in decades, and she covers Gnarls Barkley.Buy it!
Nataly Dawn “Long Running Joke” from How I Knew Her (Nonesuch 2013) N —Nice little tune.Buy it!
Andrew Wyatt “She's Changed” from Descender (Downtown 2013) N —Look at me playing two cuts in a row from young people.Buy it!
Tim Robbins with Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “Marianne” from Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys (Anti 2013) N —It's not really ridiculous to have an actor sing, since Robbins is actually pretty good.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Weird Weather” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —Another of my fave records so far this year.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge “Bowlegged Woman” from Pokey LaFarge (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2013) N L —Pokey is getting his chance at the big time.Buy it!
The Turtles “I Know That You'll Be There” from Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology (Rhino 2002) —Sweet!Buy it!
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women “Que Sera Sera” from Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women (New West 2009) —Alvin sings this with Christy McWilson & it rocks.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Far Celestial Shore” from One True Vine (Anti- 2013) N —Written by Nick Lowe.Buy it!
McCrary Sisters “Right Where You Are” from All The Way (self 2013) N —I love that slide guitar!Buy it!
Eric Burdon “Devil and Jesus” from 'Til Your River Runs Dry (ABKCO 2013) N —My fave cut on the very fine new record by Burdon, who doesn't sound as though he's lost much of his vocal power after all these years.Buy it!
The Zombies “Southside of the Street” from As Far As I Can See (India 2004) —Colin Blunstone can still sing, too. Even if the evidence I have is 9 years old already.Buy it!
The dB's “The Adventures of Albatross and Doggerel” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) —Masterful!Buy it!
Villagers “Grateful Song” from Awayland (Domino 2013) N —I continue to be delighted by every song on this record that pops up in my itunes shuffle.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Three Steps Down” from Rules of Travel (CAPITOL 2003) —I just love her voice!Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “Dana Dew” from Dana Dew/She Brought Me To The Wire 45 (Big Muddy Records 2013) N L —Man, this band is great!Buy it!
Luke Winslow King “Let 'Em Talk” from The Coming Tide (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) —Old fashioned pop writing, but it doesn't sound mannered.Buy it!
The Carper Family “Who R U Texting 2 Nite?” from Back When (self 2012) N —The very most modern country song.Buy it!
Terry Allen “Coctail Desperado” from The Silent Majority: Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2005) —The devil is his chauffeur, honey, and love's his limousine.Buy it!
Willie Nelson & Family “You'll Never Know” from Let's Face the Music and Dance (Legacy 2013) N —A perfect match of singer and song. Exquisite.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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