Daft Punk “Doin' it Right” from Random Access Memories (Columbia 2013) N —I figure I'll do my part right now to keep anybody from hitting the snooze button, and instead dance their way into their morning routine.Buy it!
Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove” (Priority 1978) —This is a chance to dance your way out of your constrictions.Buy it!
Elvis Costello and the Roots “Wise Up Ghost” from Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs (Blue Note url 2013) N —Intoxicating slow funk.Buy it!
Sugarhill Gang “Rapper's Delight” from Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap Vol. 2: The Birth of the Rap Record (Rhino 1997) —I like to say hello to the black and the white, the red and the brown, the purple and yellow.Buy it!
Dumpstaphunk “Blueswave” from Dirty Word (Louisiana Red Hot Records 2013) N —Younger Neville cousins.Buy it!
Davell Crawford “I Can't Find My Way Home” from My Gift to You (Basin Street 2013) N —This version of the Steve Winwood song is simply exquisite.Buy it!
Madeleine Peyroux “Gentle On My Mind” from The Blue Room (Decca 2013) N —Seriously, am I the only one knocked out by this? She owns this song now!Buy it!
Junior Murvin “I Was Appointed” from Police and Thieves (Island 1977) —It's nice to be reminded he had more than just the one classic to his name.Buy it!
Miss Molly Simms “River Molds the Bricks” from Revenants (self 2012) —One of St. Louis's finest singers.Buy it!
Jesse Dee “Boundary Line” from On My Mind/In My Heart (Alligator Records 2013) N —He's in town tomorrow night at the Gramophone.Buy it!
Buffalo Killers “I Am Always Here” from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. (Alive 2012) —A band that clearly loves the James Gang - that's a good thing.Buy it!
Albert King “Call My Job” from The Ultimate Collection (Rhino 1993) —I'm not suggesting you call in sick today. That's what Albert is doing, not me.Buy it!
Bob Marley & The Wailers “Hooligan Ska” from One Love at Studio One (Heartbeat 1991) —I love the way Marley sings this one - a rare burst of aggressiveness from him.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill” from Gag a Maggott (Alive 1973) —A Swamp Dogg masterpiece, I think.Buy it!
Major Lance “You'll Want Me Back” from Everybody Loves a Good Time! The Best of Major Lance (Epic / Legacy 1995) —It's practically an Impressions record, with a different lead vocalist.Buy it!
ZZ Top “Sinpusher” from XXX (RCA 1999) —Not their best album by any means, but I was struck by the darkness of Billy Gibbons guitar on this one.Buy it!
Bombino “Azamane Tiliade” from Nomad (Nonesuch 2013) N —This guy's guitar is much lighter, and just as thrilling.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “Rat Farm” (Megaforce 2013) N —As usual, who knows what they're singing about? The music speaks for itself.Buy it!
Tommy Keene “The Puppet” from Excitement At Your Feet (Second Motion 2013) N —Great version of the Echo & the Bunnymen song.Buy it!
Flying House “Nightingale” from Blues For Wolfman (self 2013) N L —New St. Louis band featuring the Ibur brothers from 90s faves Five of These & Bella Wolf.Buy it!
David Johansen “Big City” from In Style (Razor & Tie 1979) —Here's a record that annoyed me to no end when it came out, but it actually has more going for it than my Dolls-fixated younger self thought at the time.Buy it!
The Kinks “People Take Pictures of Each Other” from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Reprise 1968) —The other song Ray Davies had in him about pictures.Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “Innocence” from Kite (Virgin 1989) —One of the most joyous and enjoyable records I know. "It would take a gunshot just to clear your head awhile."Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Time's Quickly Fleeting” from Hope, Fear, Youth (Brothers lazaroff 2013) N L —They've got a CD release block party event planned for Saturday afternoon at Vintage Vinyl.Buy it!
Gregg Allman “Midnight Rider” from T Bone Burnett Presents: The Speaking Clock Revue - Live from the Beacon Theatre (Shout! Factory 2011) —I said it was a solo version, I meant acoustic.Buy it!
Kate McGarrigle, Sloan Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, more “Proserpina” from Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the work of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch 2013) N —This gorgeous song was never recorded except as a demo by Kate McGarrigle, though Martha Wainwright did a nice version on her last album. This live rendition is beautiful.Buy it!
Melody Den “Thick and Thin” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —Beautiful song.Buy it!
Steve Young “Long Way to Hollywood” from Seven Bridges Road (Beatball 1972) —For my Facebook friend David Eason.Buy it!
Tim Easton “Gallatin Pike Blues” from Not Cool (Campfire Propaganda 2013) N —If this stray dog keeps on howlin', I believe I'm gonna lose my mind. He cries all night through keeping the stray dog time.Buy it!
Jackson Browne “Don't Let Us Get Sick” from Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven (Vanguard 2013) N —Sending this one out to Ted Cruz.Buy it!
Split Enz “Sugar and Spice” from Dizrythmia (Mushroom Records 1977) —There's a cowbell classic!Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “Love Runs Deeper” from Gift of Screws (Reprise 2008) —Big, big love song.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band “When It Blows Its Stacks” from The Spotlight Kid (Reprise 1972) —Dark bluesy Beefheart.Buy it!
Robert Pollard “Real Fun Is No One's Monopoly” from Honey Locust Honky Tonk (Guided By Voices Inc. 2013) —Definitely a contender for best song title of the year.Buy it!
Suzi Quatro “Devil Gate Drive” from Greatest Hits (EMI 2000) —The Chinn/Chapman glam-rock sound never gets old!Buy it!
Dion “We Don't Talk Anymore” from Return of the Wanderer (Ace 1978) —There aren't many people with careers as long as I've been alive who kept up their skills all the way through. Just dip in anywhere in Dion's catalogue, and you'll be happy.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Matchbox” from Let's Face the Music and Dance (Legacy 2013) N —I love the cool relaxed way he sings this.Buy it!
International Submarine Band “I Must Be Someone Else You've Known” from Safe At Home (Sundown 1968) —A young Gram Parsons sings an older but still young Merle Haggard.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “What I Wouldn't Give” from See You There (Surfdog Records 2013) N —A powerful final original from Mr. Campbell.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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