Jonathan Wilson “Fanfare” (Bella Union www.bellaunion.com 2013) N —It's kind of a Pink Floyd-ish song, but damned if it doesn't stick to the ribs better than those guys ever did.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Shape Shifter” from Warp and Weft (Raven Marching Band 2013) N —This melody shifts its shape a bit, too. Lovely song.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Salmon Falls” from Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 1995) —Steel drums and strings - you don't hear that combination every day.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Put You Down” from With These Hands (Ryko 1996) —Some people say the world's a strange and evil place / Others say because the sun shines every day we should live life come what may.Buy it!
Neko Case “Night Still Comes” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) N —My brain makes drugs to keep me slow. That's the first line on this album. Well, you have my attention.Buy it!
Natalie Maines “Trained” from Mother (Columbia 2013) N —Natalie Maines teams with Ben Harper and rocks hard.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Says Baby Strange” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —Tim's guitar is dirty, nasty, and gorgeous here!Buy it!
Bob Dylan “I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Met)” from The Bootleg Series, Vol 4, Live 1966: The Royal Albert Hall Concert (Columbia 1998) —It took me a long time to warm up to this concert - I miss Levon Helm's drumming with the Band, and Robertson's guitar didn't hit me right away. But goshdangit, this is some powerful shit right here.Buy it!
The Blazers “And I Feel It” from Seventeen Jewels (Little Dog 2003) —Whatever happened to these guys? They were one heck of a bar band with some catchy songs.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Into My Own Thing” from LIfe (Epic 1968) —George Clinton must have played this cut over and over and over again, taking very careful notes. There's a reason he gave Sly some employment later.Buy it!
Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster” from Old School Vol. 2 (Thump 1994) —That's some cowbell fueled funkBuy it!
Buckwheat Zydeco “Come and Get Yourself Some” from Jackpot! (Tomorrow Recordings 2005) —Do you believe in having a party, do you believe in having fun? Sure! As long as I'm in bed by a decent hour.Buy it!
Amy Gore and Her Valentines “I'm Addicted” from In Love (self 2012) —This former Gore Gore Girl made one heck of a crunchy pop record last year - if this had come out in 1979, I'd have worshipped her.Buy it!
The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” from Help! CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 1965) —I remember we sang this one in Concert Choir in high school, though I think it was based off the Carpenters version. At any rate, it must have been weird.Buy it!
Lou Reed “Waves of Fear” from The Blue Mask (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 1982) —When I heard the news that he passed away Sunday, this was the first song that popped into my head, and I had to hear it almost right away. A masterpiece of guitar terror.Buy it!
Lou Reed “Ecstasy” (Reprise 2000) —I've read a lot of really good essays on Lou Reed this past week, including one that reminded me I should have kept listening to this album a lot more when it came out. Lou Reed could never be dismissed, you know.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “I Heard Her Call My Name” from White Light / White Heat (Verve 1968) —Underneath all the noise, this is a magnificent pop song. Inside this magnificent pop song there is a wave of fear which can only be addressed by noise. Magnificent!Buy it!
Lou Reed “The Bells” (Arista 1979) —To say that I wasn't ready to listen openly to a 9 minute song with this many layers to it in 1979, well, that's an understatement of immense proportions. But it sure holds up!Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Pale Blue Eyes” from The Velvet Underground (Polydor 1969) —Pretty. Sad. Lonely. Warm. Angry. Tense. Worship.Buy it!
Lou Reed & John Cale “Style It Takes” from Songs For Drella (Warner Brothers 1990) —John Cale singing what is clearly a Lou Reed song about their early days with Andy Warhol.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “She's My Best Friend” from VU (Polydor 1985) —The songs on this album, all rejected for various reasons when they were recorded, some redone by Lou Reed solo, are among my faves from the Velvets.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Sweet Jane” from Loaded (Cotillion Records 1970) —The anthem! A song I'm still getting closer and closer to understanding its true depths.Buy it!
Detroit “Rock 'N' Roll” from Detroit (Akarma 1971) —Lou Reed always said Mitch Ryder did the best version of this song. I know my life was saved by rock 'n' roll, how 'bout you?Buy it!
Booker T. Jones featuring Lou Reed “The Bronx” from The Road From Memphis (stax 2011) —I'd almost forgotten this little ditty Lou Reed sang a couple years back.Buy it!
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane “Blue Monk” from At Carnegie Hall (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2005) —Lou Reed had nothing to do with this cut. But I had to finish the hour with something, and this is pretty great!Buy it!
NRBQ “Everybody Say Yeah” from 7" (Euclid 2011) —Another love letter to rock'n'roll.Buy it!
Robert Pollard “Full Sun (Dig the Slowness)” from Normal Happiness (Merge 2006) —Could've been a lost Who song.Buy it!
Rory Gallagher “Used to Be” from BBC Sessions (Buddha 1999) —This is one uplifting, joyously raucous performance.Buy it!
The Wilhelms “Flesh and Blood” from Film at 11 (Perdition 2013) N L —Andy Ploof and John Wendland of Rough Shop have a duo side project - CD release show is Sunday, Nov. 3, at Focal Point.Buy it!
Norma Waterson “Song For Thirza” from Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal & Mike Waterson (Topic 2002) —Astounding. I've got no other words.Buy it!
Sweet Honey In The Rock “I've Got to Know” from Woody Guthrie: At 100! (Live At the Kennedy Center) (Legacy 2013) N —Sweet Honey isn't the same without Bernice Johnson Reagon, but this still sounds richer than almost any other vocal group in the world you could name.Buy it!
Queen “She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)” from Sheer Heart Attack (Hollywood Records 1974) —Big and bold and really quite lovely. I don't think they ever did much else that sounded like this cut.Buy it!
Sloan “C'mon, C'mon (We're Gonna Get It Started)” from Navy Blues (Murder 1998) —The only thing left to do is cure the broken-hearted. This might work, for about 3 minutes, anyway.Buy it!
The Rides “Only Teardrops Fall” from Can't Get Enough (429 2013) N —Stephen Stills can't croon the way he used to, but he sings this one with conviction and spirit, and I think it's pretty cool.Buy it!
Obits “Double Jeopardy” from Bed & Bugs (Sub Pop 2013) N —I like the grit in this band's sound. They got spunk.Buy it!
Villagers “The Bell” from Awayland (Domino 2013) —Only one bell, as opposed to the plural that Lou Reed heard.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians “Raymond Chandler Evening” from Element of Light (Yep Roc 1986) —Sometimes I hear Hitchcock and am amazed he isn't universally beloved.Buy it!
Richard Barone “I'll Be Your Mirror” from Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Concert (RBM 2012) —One of the most beautiful of this oft-beautifully covered beautiful songs written by Lou Reed.Buy it!
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