Van Morrison “Wavelength” (Mercury 1978) —That's one freaky synthesizer sound, but a heck of a nice song.Buy it!
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Even the Losers” from Damn the Torpedoes (MCA 1979) —As the years pass, this record sounds more and more perfect - it's just been reissued with lots of bonus material.Buy it!
Tom Robinson Band “2-4-6-8 Motorway” from Power in the Darkness (Razor & Tie 1978) —Steal from the best, I always say: Bob Reuter gave me the idea to revisit this all-time classic.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Tombstone Blues” from Best of the Mono Recordings (Columbia 2010) N —There's always another way to get you to want what you already have - these Dylan mono recordings are fantastic.Buy it!
Ramblin' Jack Elliott “Don't Think Twice It's Alright” from Best of the Vanguard Years (Vanguard 2000) —A lovely rendition from a Dylan influence being influenced by Dylan.Buy it!
Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore “Lonely For a While” from Saints & Sinners (Remington Road 2010) N —A gorgeous & playful Jesse Winchester cover.Buy it!
Sam Bush “The River's Gonna Run” from Laps In Seven CD ALBUM (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2006) —Sam Bush, aided and abetted by his one-time employer Emmylou Harris, does an amazing job on this Buddy Miller gem.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Went Down to St. James Infirmary” from Silver Pony (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2010) N —There's some strange funk going on in this cut.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “And I Love Him” (Atlantic 1965) —Sweet contemporary take on the Beatles.Buy it!
Hot Chip “Slush” from One Life Stand CD ALBUM (Astralwerks 2010) N —I've strangely found myself drawn to this oddly beautiful little number.Buy it!
Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way” from Talk Talk Talk (Columbia 1981) —I can't count the number of times Iplayed this record in the year or three after it came out.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “Song to the Siren” from Olympia (Virgin UK 2010) N —I've only heard a little of this so far, but it's all been amazing.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Move, Shake, Bounce” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) N L —I still haven't had a chance to play this whole album, but these guys are one of the best bands in town.Buy it!
Kid Cudi “Erase Me” from Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (Universal Motown 2010) N —Intriguing pop/hip hop crossover, with guest vocals by Kanye West.Buy it!
James Gang “The Bomber” from Best of the James Gang (MCA 1973) —oops - I thought this was a cowbell track - my memory just went haywire. I brought this along because I watched the video posted by Bill Glahn on Facebook and was knocked out by it.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “Sucker” from All the Young Dudes (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 1972) —Okay, here's where the cowbell segment officially begins - thanks to Jim Varvaris for the recommendation.Buy it!
War “Southern Part of Texas” from Very Best of War (Rhino 2003) —Thanks again this week to Said for reminding me of a classic cowbell song.Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil” from Return to the Matrix 02/01/68 (Collector's Choice 2010) N —For the last 2 and a half weeks, I've listened exlusively to live JA in the car. You can buy these 4 live albums in 2 weeks; here's an astounding preview.Buy it!
Talking Heads “The Great Curve” from Remain in Light (Sire Records 1980) —I'm pretty sure I decided to play this one this week because I read about it on the wonderful blog by Scott Miller (of the Loud Family)Buy it!
David Bowie “Wild Is the Wind” from Station To Station (RCA Records 1976) N —Gee whiz, he was good back then.Buy it!
Gang Of Four “Natural's Not In It” from Entertainment (EMC 1979) —I don't think I'd have placed a bet this song would end up in a TV commercial, but yeah, it wins the most ironic award.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Stations of the Cross” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —My review of this album is here: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/2592/Buy it!
Neil Young “Hitchhiker” from Le Noise (Reprise 2010) N —It's his birthday.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “I Belong to the Band” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —Well, this one ought to get you up and dancing.Buy it!
Cee-Lo Green “Bright Lights Big City” from The Lady Killer (Ekektra 2010) —As long as you're out there on that dance floor.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Key Don't Fit” from Livin Proof (Silvertone 2010) N —Blues singers are always having trouble with keys.Buy it!
Claudette King “We're Onto Something” (Blues Express 2010) N —My review of this is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Claudette-King-We-Are-Onto-Something-2010.htm0Buy it!
Bettye Swann “(My Heart Is) Closed For the Season” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 2004) —One of the great, largely overlooked soul singers of the 60s.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “You're a Man of Words, I'm a Woman of Action” from Lost Soul (Legacy 1994) —How come so many Bettyes made great records?Buy it!
Carol Douglas “Doctor's Orders” from Disco Classics (Varese Sarabande 2003) —They just don't write 'em like this no more.Buy it!
Etta James “You Give Me What I Want” from Come a Little Closer (Chess 1974) —Hey, it's a bonus cowbell track!Buy it!
McCoy Tyner “Passion Dance” from The Real McCoy (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 1967) —One of the all-time greatest jazz cuts. With Joe Henderson on sax, Ron Carter on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Sonnet 20” from All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (Decca 2010) N —Rufus co-wrote this with a lyricist named Bill Shakespeare.Buy it!
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