Benny Goodman “Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)” from Jazz: A Film By Ken Burns (Columbia) —Goodman at the height of the mania he inspired, with Gene Krupa kicking ass!Buy it!
The Isley Brothers “Twist and Shout” from The Heart and Soul of Bert Berns (Universal 2002) —Shake it up, baby!Buy it!
Little Milton “We're Gonna Make It” from The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 2 1964-1966 (Time Life 2001) —One of the most underrated blues singers and guitarists.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls” (ATO 2012) —A particularly soulful ballad.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down” from The Rod Stewart Album (Mercury 1969) —Man, those early Rod records just sound greater and greater as his newer stuff gets worse and worse.Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Big Red Sun Blues” from Lucinda Williams (Rough Trade 1988) —This album is about to be reissued - it's been out of print for ages, and it's the sweet spot of her career. She never made a record so perfectly expressive & melodically rich.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Lonely Are the Free” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) —"Lonely are the free, there ain't that many of them."Buy it!
Elvis Costello and the Roots “Refuse To Be Saved” from Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs (Blue Note url 2013) N —That is one nasty rhythm track, Roots!Buy it!
Ransom Note “I Spy” from Big Soul (Tower Groove Records 2013) N L —Such a lovely song - Jon Parsons on keyboards is especially great here.Buy it!
Neko Case “Bracing For Sunday” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) N —So far this year, KDHX has played from this album four times, but only two songs. Interesting.Buy it!
Nona Hendryx “We Can't Make It No More” from Back to the Streets - Celebrating the Music of Don Covay (Shanachie 2006) —I will listen to Nona Hendryx sing anything she wants, but I hope I can be forgiven for hoping she does an album of this sort of thing one day. Wonderful soul singing on a classic song.Buy it!
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love” from Live Wire! The Singles 1962-1972 (Motown 1993) —A lesser known but terrific song from this great vocalist.Buy it!
The Soul of John Black “High Power” from A Sunshine State of Mind (Yellow Dog 2013) N —This is a band, and there's nobody named John Black in it. But there is plenty of soul.Buy it!
Memphis Minnie “Caught Me Wrong Again” from Hoodoo Lady 1933-1937 (Columbia / Legacy 1991) —You caught me and my baby making friends. I guess that's what the kids called it back then.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “All I Really Want to Do” from Another Side of Bob Dylan (Columbia 1964) —I guess I've heard the Byrds version more often than Dylan's in recent years - I was caught by surprise at the sparseness of the original version.Buy it!
Los Lobos “On a Night Like This” from Masked and Anonymous (Music from the Motion Picture) (Columbia 2003) —What a great version of this song! I think I'll play some more Los Lobos.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Billy 1” from I'm Not There (Columbia 2007) —Here's Los Lobos on another Dylan song.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Gotta Let You Know” from Disconnected In New York City (Proper unk 2013) N —And Los Lobos doing one of their own songs.Buy it!
The Skatalites “Green Island” from Guns of Navarone: The Best of the Skatalites (Trojan trojanrecords.com 2003) —The Jamaicans loved those Italian film scores back in the day.Buy it!
The T-Bones “Fever” from No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) (Collectables www.oldies.com 1966) —Cool little instrumental rockin' version.Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Beatnick Sticks” from The Legend of Paul Revere (Columbia Legacy 1990) —It's a rockin' version of "Chopsticks." Bet you wouldn't have thought of doing that.Buy it!
Tim Easton “Knock Out Roses (For Levon)” from Not Cool (Campfire Propaganda 2013) N —A lovely instrumental. I bet Levon would have liked it.Buy it!
House of Brunettes “Ain't Young Once Enough?” from Life In Stereo (RittLaboratories 2013) N —Killer band out of Chicago just released something like 5 CDs worth of music all at once. And it's really good.Buy it!
Robert Pollard “Airs” from Honey Locust Honky Tonk (Guided By Voices Inc. 2013) N —I still haven't heard the album he did after this one, but this one still qualifies as new, too.Buy it!
Brownsville Station “Let Your Yeah Be Yeah” from Smokin' in the Boys Room: The Best of Brownsville Station (Rhino 1993) —A lesson in how to take a Jimmy Cliff song and make it a rock anthem.Buy it!
The Who “Boris the Spider” from A Quick One (Happy Jack) (MCA 1966) —Creepy crawly!Buy it!
Arctic Monkeys “Knee Socks” from AM (Domino 2013) N —These guys have their own thing going - I can't really find another band that sounds in the same ballpark.Buy it!
The Bangles “Single By Choice” from Doll Revolution (Liberty 2003) —Vicki Peterson! 'Nuff said.Buy it!
Mason Jennings “Patti and Robert” from Always Been (Stats and Brackets 2014) N —A song written after reading "Just Kids" by Patti Smith, and it's worthy of the inspiration.Buy it!
Pet Shop Boys “Your Early Stuff” from Elysium (Astralwerks 2013) —I imagine somebody told Neil Tennant something along the lines of the subject of this song. At any rate, this is a funny song.Buy it!
Scritti Politti “Brushed With Oil, Dusted With Powder” from Absolute: The Best of Scritti Politti (Virgin 2011) —Here's some early stuff from another band. Well, actually, mid-period.Buy it!
Midlake “Provider” from Antiphon (Bella Union/ATO 2013) N —Classic melodic ideas, exotic guitar and rhythms, hard to resist.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Stephanie Says” from VU (Polydor 1985) —I really like the way this song sounds coming right out of the Midlake one.Buy it!
The Wilhelms “In Tall Buildings” from Film at 11 (Perdition 2013) N L —A song I just can't get out of my head these days. Wistful, sad, determined.Buy it!
Guy Clark “The High Price of Inspiration” from My Favorite Picture Of You (Dualtone 2013) N —I keep coming back for more, still I take no caution.Buy it!
John Prine “Loretta” from Poet - A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt (Fat Possum / Turnstile 2001) —Dances like a diamond shines, tells me lies I love to believe.Buy it!
Amanda Shires “Box Cutters” from Down Fell the Doves (Lightning Rod 2013) N —Jason Isbell's wife made a pretty good record this past year that hasn't gotten enough attention. Heck, I even forget about it sometimes.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “My Heart Goes Out to You” from Not the Tremblin' Kind (Diesel Only 2000) —Solid songs, great singer, beautiful record.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Burn That Candle” from Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town (Reprise 1978) —If you don't burn the candle, how will she ever find her way back home?Buy it!
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “That's All It Took” from The Big E: A Salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons (Music Producers Institute 2013) N —Steve Fishell takes the steel guitar for this George Jones cover.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Kingdoms” from Jungle (Blip Blap! 2013) N L —Champs of KDHX airplay last year, and we're not done playing them yet.Buy it!
The Go-Go's “How Much More” from Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's (I.R.S. 1994) —A cool, early, more raucous version.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “I Can Bet” from New (Hear Music 2013) N —Macca ain't done yet.Buy it!
Aquitane “Robotson” from American Pulverizer Part 2 (Aquitaine 2013) N L —CD Release party tonight at the Firebird with Hidden Lakes and the Vondrukes also on the bill.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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