James Cotton “Bird Nest on the Ground” from Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator 2013) N —Man, that guy can still blow the harp!Buy it!
Buddy Guy “I Came Up Hard” from Rhythm & Blues (RCA 2013) N —I was afraid of this record, what with the unnecessary guest stars which pepper the two discs, but dangit, it's Buddy Guy, and he's still great!Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Hard But It's Fair” from The Complete Chess Studio Recordings (Chess 1992) —Same Guy, 51 years ago.Buy it!
Cream “Swlabr” from Disraeli Gears (RSO Records 1967) —I don't understand the song title, but come on - that's one monstrous groove!Buy it!
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band “Clear Spot” (Reprise 1972) —I have to run so far to find a clear spot.Buy it!
The Animals “I'm Crying” from The Best of The Animals CD ALBUM (MGM 1965) —The cymbal dances, the keyboards pump, the guitar riff slinks, the tom-toms bounce, and Eric Burdon just rides it all.Buy it!
Charles Walker & The Dynamites “Keep Close” from Love Is Only Everything (Gemco Recording Group 2013) N —Man, that razor sharp, tight backing band and killer vocals. Soul mastery.Buy it!
Alice Russell “Different” from To Dust (Tru Thoughts 2013) N —Hey, that's a cowbell. Cool track.Buy it!
Shuggie Otis “Island Letter” from Inspiration Information (Luaka Bop 1974) —A quiet little groove.Buy it!
Ollabelle “Get Back” from Let Us In Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney for Linda (Reviver 2013) N —Imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable take on a song that's hard to cover.Buy it!
The Beatles “Don't Let Me Down” from Past Masters (CAPITOL 2009) —Imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable original Beatles song.Buy it!
Big Star “Try Again” from #1 Record (Ardent 1972) —Chris Bell had a way with the melancholy.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Golden Rose” from Jungle (self 2013) N L —St. Louis band takes great leap forward and gets even better. CD release tonight at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Love “Your Mind and We Belong Together” from Forever Changes (Elektra Records 1967) —A veritable symphony in 4 minutes 25 seconds.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Rocks Off” from Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones Virgin 1972) —As great a way to begin a masterpiece of an album as anybody has ever done. Of course, it's not the only time the Stones did something like that.Buy it!
The Skids “Into the Valley” from Into the Valley: The Best of the Skids (EMI 2005) —Before there was Big Country . . .Buy it!
Roundheels “Live With It” from Phonocology (self 2013) N L —Fine new local band - CD release tonight at the Heavy Anchor.Buy it!
Grant Hart “Morningstar” from The Argument (Domino) N —Well, you know how concept albums by aging punk rockers based on the works of John Milton & William Burroughs can go.Buy it!
The Primitives “Shine” from Pure (RCA 1989) —I've only recently begun to appreciate these guys had a lot more than just one great single ("Crash," in case you forgot it), not to mention more than one strong vocalist.Buy it!
Donna The Buffalo “Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday” (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 2013) N —I'm a sucker for these guys and their roots-rock Tex-Mex Cajun mash-up grooves.Buy it!
JJ Grey & Mofro “Florabama” from This River (Alligator 2013) N —What a cool, funky track.Buy it!
B.t. Express “Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)” from Millennium Party: Funk (Rhino 1998) —Right on that funk/disco border, and sweet!Buy it!
The Gladiators “Rearrange” from Serious Thing (nighthawk 1984) —So many ridiculously catchy songs in the Gladiators catalogue.Buy it!
Johnnie Taylor “Watermelon Man” from Wanted: One Soul Singer (stax url 1967) —Taking Herbie Hancock straight into the soul world.Buy it!
Jesse Dee “On My Mind, In My Heart” from On My Mind/In My Heart (Alligator Records 2013) N —This guy might be my fave soul revivalist of the younger set.Buy it!
Roy Buchanan “After Hours” from Sweet Dreams: The Anthology (Polydor 1992) —Some times, Buchanan's guitar just ripples right through my skin and into my soul.Buy it!
Hank Crawford “Dat Dere” from More Soul (Atlantic 1960) —Crawford outside his work with Ray Charles - sweet and soulful alto saxophone.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “School's Out” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) —I know they have a new one coming out, with the big release party at the Pageant Aug. 23, but I felt like playing this cool one from the debut.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “Time and Money” from Rat Farm (Megaforce 2013) N —I don't know why there isn't a big huge wave of thanks for the Meat Puppets continuing to make cool music after all these years (and all that rehab for Curt).Buy it!
Gogol Bordello “My Gypsy Auto Pilot” from Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO 2013) N —Just plain fun!Buy it!
Procol Harum “Drunk Again” from Exotic Birds and Fruit (Friday Music 2004) —Originally a non-LP b-side, but worthy of being remembered.Buy it!
Sparks “Something For the Girl With Everything” from Propaganda (Island 1974) —Take a brief moment to realize this song and the previous one both came out in the same year.Buy it!
The Zombies “She's Coming Home” from Absolutely the Best (Varese Sarabande 1999) —Why aren't these guys considered up there with the giants of English pop/rock of the period? Most people seem to forget about them, but man, they were great!Buy it!
Petula Clark “Lost In You” (Sony 2013) N —Have I mentioned she's 80, and she still sings like this?Buy it!
Gilberto Gil “Quilombo, O el Dorado Negro” from Beleza Tropical: Brazil Classics (Luaka Bop 1989) —I can't tell you how much I loved that first Beleza Tropical album. So many absolute Brazilian masterpieces.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Crazy to Love You” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2013) N —It's nice to hear his mature growling voice with the simple acoustic guitar accompaniment he so long ago abandoned.Buy it!
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell “Sun's Gonna Shine” from Love Has Come For You (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2013) N —A lovely partnership.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “Where I Fell” from Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —It's nice to hear new music from this very fine songwriter.Buy it!
David Olney “Ice Cold Water” from Through a Glass Darkly (Philo 1999) —I don't need no shelter, I can't even feel the rain, ice cold water runnin' through my veins.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Handyman Blues” from Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl 2013) N —He's coming to the Old Rock House Sept. 22.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “1968” from Blackjack David (Hightone 1998) —A tale of friendship and war.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Get Ready Marie” from American Kid SINGLE (New West 2013) N —Griffin imagines the love between her grandparents. Or was it parents? I don't know, I just love the song.Buy it!
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