Man or Astro-man? “Defcon 1” from Defcon 5…4…3…2…1 (Communicating Vessels 2013) —The idea today is to play all music released in 2013. This rockin' instrumental seemed like a great way to lift off.Buy it!
Robert Pollard “It Disappears In the Least Likely Hands (We May Never Not Know)” from Honey Locust Honky Tonk (Guided By Voices Inc. 2013) —I think he's had a couple of releases since this one earlier this year. I can't keep up.Buy it!
King Khan & the Shrines “Yes I Can't” from Idle No More (Merge 2013) N —Garage rock of the first order.Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “I Cry For Love” from Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus 2013) N —One of my very favorite songs this year. I bend, I don't break, if I want, I just take.Buy it!
Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra “If God Were the Devil” from For the Baby Doll (self 2013) —One of the most seriously overlooked great records of the year. Heck, I even almost forgot it. This man knows his rock'n'roll.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “All I Do Is Dream of You” from Projection Room (Euclid 2014) N L —This was a single this year, and it's from the new album, out in three weeks, I believe.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Pretty Time Bomb” from Push Any Button (Littlebox Recordings 2013) N —Thanks to John Wendland, number one Sam Phillips fan in the Midwest and beyond, for letting me know this existed. It's not as though I saw it or read one word about it this year.Buy it!
Ellen The Felon “Bang Bang Bang” from BANG BANG BANG (self-released 2013) N L —St. Louis pianist/songwriter/singer sounds better and better to me every time I hear her.Buy it!
Beth Hart “Bang Bang Boom Boom” (Mascot Records 2013) —I can't imagine why I put these two otherwise disparate songs together.Buy it!
Kacey Musgraves “Step Off” from Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury Nashville Records 2014) —Banjos, intelligence, and great singing. I'll take that.Buy it!
Valerie June “Somebody to Love” from Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord 2013) N —A different kind of banjo song. I believe I heard she will be opening for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings in March at the Pageant. That's a good double bill.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “America” from Warp & Weft (Raven Marching Band 2013) N —How can it be so cold out here in America? / Everybody's packing heat in America.Buy it!
Cave States “Loose Shoes” from The Great Divide (Undertow 2013) N L —Two great St. Louis singer/songwriters working together - this is a Chris Grabau song that I really love. And Danny Kathriner harmonizes with him beautifully.Buy it!
Cass McCombs “Honesty Is No Excuse” from Big Wheel and Others (Domino 2013) N —Mr. McCombs put out a double record of exquisitely melodic songs.Buy it!
Primal Scream “Tenement Kid” from More Light (First International 2013) N —These guys just keep on keeping on, making really good records whether they're enormously popular (as they once were) or not.Buy it!
The Slide Brothers “Motherless Children” from Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers (Concord 2013) —Holy crap, this cut just explodes!Buy it!
Robert Randolph & The Family Band “Get Ready” from Lickety Split (Dare 2013) —But no question, Robert Randolph is the king of the lap steel.Buy it!
The Obits “Spun Out” from Bed & Bugs (Sub Pop 2013) N —Just a good solid rock'n'roll band.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “Dana Dew” from Dana Dew - Single (Big Muddy Records 2013) N L —One of my very favorite Reuter songs - the last thing he released before he passed. Maybe his best vocal ever, too.Buy it!
The dB's “Revolution of the Mind” from EP (Bar/None Records 2013) —A rockin' song about thinking, not reacting.Buy it!
The Rides “Search and Destroy” from Can't Get Enough (429 2013) —Stephen Stills does Iggy Pop.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Jet Boys” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) —Tim Lee's guitar knocks me out every time I hear this cut.Buy it!
Aquitaine “Two of Me” from American Pulverizer, Pt. 2 - EP (S/R 2014) N L —CD release party next Friday, Jan. 2 at the Firebird, along with Hidden Lakes and the Vondrukes.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Say Hey” from American Ride (River House www.willienile.com 2013) —Definitely one of the best records this year - this man should be an international hero!Buy it!
The Wilhelms “Music” from Film at 11 (Perdition 2013) N L —Beautiful sentiments about the power of music itself.Buy it!
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion “9 Outta 10 Times” from Wassaic Way (Rte. 8 Records 2013) N —Mysterious little song - mesmerizing, intoxicating.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “Imogene” from Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —This is masterful songwriting.Buy it!
Tift Merritt “For Free” from Traveling Companion (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2013) N —This companion record was included with the reissue of her album the previous year - nice trick, because this record is really nice.Buy it!
Gregory Porter “Wind Song” from Liquid Spirit (Blue Note 2013) N —Man, this guy can sing!Buy it!
Jon Batiste & Stay Human “It's Alright (Why You Gotta)” from Social Music (Razor & Tie www.razorandtie.com 2013) N —New Orleans just cranks out these fine rootsy types.Buy it!
The Claudettes “Serenading the Clean-Up Crew” from Infernal Piano Plot . . . Hatched! (Yellow productions 2013) —I don't know anything about them, can't even remember how I got this album, but man, this is great piano blues.Buy it!
Madeleine Peyroux “Take These Chains From My Heart” from The Blue Room (Decca 2013) —I love the way she mixes her own phrasing with homage to the Ray Charles version. Gorgeous.Buy it!
Aoife O'Donovan “Lay My Burden Down” from Fossils (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2013) N —One heck of a song, one heck of a singer.Buy it!
Kathleen Haskard “Mother of Earth” from Where the Land Meets the Sky (self 2013) —Produced by Chuck Prophet. That's good enough for me.Buy it!
Melody Den “Storylines” (Perdition 2013) L —Handclap fueled rock number!Buy it!
Nataly Dawn “Back to the Barracks” from How I Knew Her (Nonesuch 2013) —I shot you in the arm it was intentional or unintentional.Buy it!
Brian Wright “Love My Little Baby” from Rattle Their Chains (SUGAR HILL 2013) —A younger Texas singer-songwriter who can stand with the best of the older ones.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Make It All Right” from Big Soul (Tower Groove Records 2013) N L —What a great sounding record these guys have made.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Baby If This Is Nowhere” from Meet Me At The Edge Of The World (GSD 2013) —Baby if this is nowhere, how sweet it is to find.Buy it!
Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes “Vicious Cycle” from Baby Caught The Bus (Vanguard 2013) N —A woman who can really sing in the roots styles she loves.Buy it!
Boz Scaggs “Corrina, Corrina” from Memphis (429 Records www.429records.com 2013) —Gorgeous version of this oldie but goodie.Buy it!
Ana Moura “Desfado” (emarcy 2013) —I double dog dare you to resist the joy of this Portugese fado song!Buy it!
Sun Sawed In 1/2 “Elephants Into Swans” (self 2013) L —Majestic pop extravaganza.Buy it!
Neil Young “Cinnamon Girl” from Live at the Cellar Door (Reprise 1970) N —Recorded live in 1970, released just a few weeks ago. Cinnamon Girl sung with Neil on piano. Cool and unusual.Buy it!
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