Franz Ferdinand “Right Action” from Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (Domino 2013) N —They've definitely got their groove back on this record.Buy it!
Tom Verlaine “Down on the Farm” from Dreamtime (Warner Brothers 1981) —Verlaine's crunchy guitar riff slays me.Buy it!
The Roundheels “Quiver” from demo (self 2013) N L —This St. Louis band kicks some hard rockin' butt!Buy it!
Sloan “I'm Not a Kid Anymore” from Parallel Play (Yep Roc 2008) —Not so much Styx once I heard the Ramones. Great line.Buy it!
Hoodoo Gurus “I Was a Kamikaze Pilot” from Stoneage Romeos (A&M 1983) —I played this record every day for months that year. I still love it.Buy it!
Elvis Costello & The Attractions “Uncomplicated” from Blood & Chocolate (Rhino 1986) —One of Costello's simplest, angriest, and most in-your-face masterpieces.Buy it!
Elvis Costello and the Roots “I I Could Believe” from Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —And one of Costello's most beautiful, sad, and intimate masterpieces.Buy it!
Deadstring Brothers “It's Morning Irene” from Cannery Row (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —Gentle and forceful.Buy it!
Steve Wynn “God Doesn't Like It” from Crossing Dragon Bridge (Blue Rose 2008) —Can you surrender and give yourself to destiny?Buy it!
Son Volt “Shine On” from Honky Tonk (Rounder 2013) N L —I dig the heavy reverb on the guitars.Buy it!
The Band “Just Another Whistle Stop” from Stage Fright CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 1970) —An obscure but cool Richard Manuel number.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Sadako Folding Cranes” from Warp and Weft (Raven Marching Band 2013) N —This song hypnotizes me every time - intoxicating beauty.Buy it!
Ellen The Felon “Party Girl” from BANG BANG BANG (self-released 2013) N L —I know next to nothing about this St. Louis artist, but I do enjoy her record.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Baby If This Is Nowhere” from Meet Me At The Edge Of The World (GSD 2013) N —These guys don't do a lot of blues, but I love their approach to the form.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “You Know I Won't” from Push Any Button (Littlebox Recordings 2013) N —A short but typically great ditty from Ms. Phillips.Buy it!
Judy Garland “Embraceable You” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Judy Garland (MCA 1999) —Gosh, I love Gershwin songs.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “It Ain't Easy” from Unsung Hero: A Tribute To the Music of Ron Davies (Little Chickadee 2013) N —I honestly don't know Ron Davies, but he sure has some powerhouse fans.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs” from The Fabulous Charlie Rich (Koch 1969) —Man, he could sing!Buy it!
The Wilhelms “Clean Slate” from Film at 11 (Perdition 2013) N L —A clean slate is all I wanted, all was offered, do you believe me?Buy it!
Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers “Guitar Town” from At the Ryman (Reprise 1991) —One of the great thrills in life was seeing the Nash Ramblers band with Emmylou right after this record came out.Buy it!
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) “Remember Me” from The Low Highway (New West 2013) N —Emmylou sang an old Steve Earle song, here's a very recent Steve Earle song.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes” from Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch (Rack 'Em 2007) —I love when Joe Ely gets rockin'.Buy it!
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages “Hangman's Token” from Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —I hear tell Barrence tore it up at a house concert in town recently. The guy is something else!Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Plastered to the Wall (Higher Than the Ceiling)” from Gag a Maggot (Remastered) (Alive 1973) —Though the bottle can't replace you after all, it's enough to keep me plastered to the wall.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Gotta Find Me a Brand New Lover (Parts 1 & 2)” from The Best of the Sweet Inspirations (Soul Classics 1994) —Whitney's mama Cissy Houston! 'Nuff said.Buy it!
Candi Staton “One More Hurt” from Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters (Ace 2011) —I can get lost for hours in the 70s soul world.Buy it!
Sugar Minott “Cell Block One” from Reggae Legends (GREENSLEEVES 2010) —One of reggae's smoothest voices.Buy it!
Anders Osborne “Sarah Anne” from Peace (Epic 2013) N —Osborne pleads, to a reggae beat!Buy it!
Dr. John “You Might Be Surprised” from Treme Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 2 (Rounder 2012) —Life is a near-death experience.Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “Tell Me” from Starlight (429 2012) —It makes me happy to know Armatrading is as good as ever - just wish more people were aware of her talents.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Nighttime in the Switching Yard” from Excitable Boy (Rhino 1978) —Zevon's funkiest number.Buy it!
Schnell Fenster “Whisper” from Other Enz: Split Enz and Beyond (Raven 1999) —Phil Judd in his post-Split Enz days. Typically magnificent.Buy it!
Big Dipper “Lord Scrumptious” from Crashes On the Platinum Planet (Almost Ready 2012) —A reunion record that lives up to the band's legacy.Buy it!
The Minus 5 featuring Curtiss A “Rockin' Here Tonight” from Songs for Slim: Rockin' Here Tonight - A Benefit Compilation for Slim Dunlap (New West 2013) N —I don't think I ever realized Slim Dunlap had played with Curtiss A before he was in the Replacements.Buy it!
Led Zeppelin “I Can't Quit You Baby” from BBC Sessions (Atlantic 1997) —The young and hungry Led Zeppelin remains my favorite Led Zeppelin.Buy it!
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters “Rush Hour” from Just For Today (stony plain 2013) N —Earl on a back to basics blues shuffle - still amazing!Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Tuna Fish Everyday” from Dig This (Kudzu www.scots.com 2013) N —Just a delightful rock'n'roll instrumental.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “24 Hour Blues” from Blues In My Soul (Delmark 2013) N —I love the fact that he dedicated this recording to Magic Slim on the day that Magic passed away.Buy it!
Buffalo Springfield “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?” from Buffalo Springfield (Rhino 2001) —They've reissued this very enjoyable box.Buy it!
Kamikaze Cowboy “Stream” from Hurry Sundown (Cowboy Angel 1996) —I still think of Bob Reuter at random times.Buy it!
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros “Johnny Appleseed” from Global A Go-Go (Hellcat Records 2001) —Strummer was making some vital music when he left this earth too soon.Buy it!
Tony Joe White “Who You Gonna Hoodoo Now?” from Hoodoo (Yep Roc 2013) N —Classic swamp rock! And it's brand new.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Along In the Sun and the Rain” from Buffalo Skinners: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 4 (Smithsonian Folkways 1999) —Closing off with a Woody Guthrie cowboy song.Buy it!
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