The Smiths “Still Ill” from Hatful Of Hollow (sire 1984) —Ask me why and I'll spit in your eye.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock “Unsettled” from Globe of Frogs (A&M 1988) —Between Morrissey & Hitchcock, that's a whole lot of clever right at the top of the morning.Buy it!
The Clash “Hateful” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic 1979) —Anything I want, he gives it to me / Anything I want, he gives it but not for free.Buy it!
New York Dolls “Dancing on the Lips of a Volcano” from One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner 2006) —The reunion records were pretty good, but they sure didn't sell. Maybe these can become cult records in a few years just like the original records did.Buy it!
The Kinks “Mirror of Love” from BBC Sessions 1964-1977 (Sanctuary 2001) —A cool live version, with horns & piano, of the Preservation song.Buy it!
The Who “Pinball Wizard” from Tommy (MCA 1969) —The song that taught me how to use a suspended fourth. At least, that's what I think that chord was. It's been a long time since I played guitar.Buy it!
Southside Johnny and the Poor Fools “Gone Underground” from Songs From the Barn (Leroy 2013) N —Crusty old veteran wears his heart on his sleeve, just as he always did. Great to have Southside back this year.Buy it!
Big Star “Gone With the Light” from Keep an Eye On the Sky CD ALBUM (Rhino 2009) —One of many cuts that make the box set so darn essential.Buy it!
Television “Little Johnny Jewel (Pts. 1 & 2)” from Marquee Moon (bonus tracks) (Rhino 2007) —The single that astonished . . . well, the people in New York who knew about them already, and a few critics around the world.Buy it!
13th Floor Elevators “Fire Engine” from The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Collectables 1966) —This is a song Television used to cover. My goodness, it's amazing!Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “I Can't Stand It” from VU (Polydor 1985) —Another fave from Lou Reed.Buy it!
The Radiators From Space “Television Screen” from Irish A-Z of Rock (Solid Discs 1992) —Early Irish punk rock going four miles per minute.Buy it!
Dick Dale “Hava Nagila” from Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology (Rhino 1997) —Dick Dale. Hava Hagila. 'Nuff said.Buy it!
Bobby Fuller Four “Miserlou (live)” from Cowabunga! The Surf Box (Rhino 1996) —A rip roaring cover of the Dick Dale classic!Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “You're a Wonderful One” from How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (Tamla 1965) —Don't forget the big tribute concert benefit for KDHX tonight at Off Broadway. 9 local bands pay tribute to the great Marvin Gaye. Maybe someone will play this one.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “I Want You” (Motown 1976) —One of the many masterpieces Marvin Gaye put out in the 70s.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Georgia” from Big Soul (Tower Groove Records 2013) N L —Excellent St. Louis band that will be part of the tribute tonight.Buy it!
Valerie June “Pushin' Against a Stone” (Concord 2013) N —I gotta admit, I love the sound of Dan Auerbach's guitar on this cut.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Fun” from Sound The Alarm (stax 2013) N —The closest Booker T. comes on the new record to reminding us of the Stax glory days.Buy it!
The Bar-Kays “Hit and Run” from Phat Trax: The Best of Old School Vol. 1 (Rhino 1995) —I simply cannot resist the funk of the very early 80s. It only had a short life, but man, it was fun.Buy it!
Orlando Julius Ekemode “Alo Mi Alo” from Afro Hi Life Classics, Vol. 2 (Orlando Julius Afro House of High Life 2013) —This is actually halfway between hi life and Afro-beat. Very cool stuff from Nigeria in the 70s.Buy it!
Henry Butler “Mama Roux” from Treme Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 2 (Rounder 2012) —This dude is so great a piano player that I often forget he can really sing, too.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Enlightenment” (Polydor 1990) —The Van Morrison of this period was just coasting, searching for his next revelation, which was a couple years away, but I still love this song about searching for the meaning of life.Buy it!
Gregory Porter “I Fall In Love Too Easily” from Liquid Spirit (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —The most exciting male jazz vocalist to come along in ages.Buy it!
Hot Lips Page “Long Gone Blues” from Jump For Joy! (Sony 2001) —Billie Holiday didn't sing a lot of blues, but this is a good one, and Page on trumpet shines.Buy it!
Charles Brown “Black Night” from Driftin' Blues: The Best Of Charles Brown (EMI 1992) —One of the cornerstones of urban blues, smooth division.Buy it!
Lowell Fulson “Mean Woman Blues” from The Bob Geddins Blues Legacy (JSP 2009) —Such a mean woman - she won't cook him no breakfast or wash him no clothes.Buy it!
Muddy Waters “Screamin' and Cryin'” from Rollin' Stone (Chess 2000) —Oh, jeez, that opening slide guitar note sends chills up and down my spine every time.Buy it!
Ramblin' Jack Elliott “How Long Blues” from A Stranger Here (Anti- 2009) —I love the bluesy accordion in this track - I really should listen to older Elliott stuff some time, too. So dang much to hear in this world.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Mando Drum” from Still Green (Signature Sounds 2013) N —I can't resist a groove like this one.Buy it!
Kacey Musgraves “Dandelion” from Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury Nashville Records 2013) N —Sweet little country melody.Buy it!
John Prine “The Other Side of Town” from Fair & Square (Oh Boy 2005) —John Prine is always welcome in my world.Buy it!
Neko Case “Bought and Sold” from Furnace Room Lullaby (Anti- 2000) —Back when Neko was country.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Sadako Folding Cranes” from Warp and Weft (Raven Marching Band 2013) N —Beautiful and mysterious tune.Buy it!
Tom Waits “The Part You Throw Away” from Blood Money (Anti- 2002) —I've enjoyed rediscovering Tom Waits over the last year or so - I mean, I hadn't forgotten him, but I realized he didn't stop being great 25 years ago.Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “Heaven” from Gold (A&M 2005) —As I recall, this was the b-side of a failed single released for her first greatest hits album, Track Record. Great song, though.Buy it!
Beach Day “We've Gotta Go” from Trip Trap Attack (Kanine 2013) N —I have to thank Rich Reese for a) being cool and b) telling me I should check these guys out.Buy it!
Ivan & Alyosha “The Fold” from All the Times We Had (Dualtone 2013) —My kind of majestic power rock.Buy it!
Cave States “One Left To Be the Same” from The Great Divide (Undertow 2013) N L —Whoever decided Danny Kathriner and Chris Grabau should form a band together is a genius.Buy it!
The Carper Family “Loving Me Like You Do” from Back When (self 2011) —These guys are just plain fun.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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