Easybeats “St. Louis” from Very Best of (Varese Sarabande 2003) —Come on people, gotta get moving!Buy it!
Bob Seger System “Train Man” from Ramblin' Gamblin' Man VINYL SINGLE (Starline 1968) —Young Mr. Seger - so very different from later Mr. Seger. This one has a pyschedelic ballad vibe to it. I bet the Jefferson Airplane could have ran with this.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “My Train's Comin' In” from Do Your Duty (Sundazed 2006) —A cool Bettye LaVette reissue that just turned up on the shelf here at the station. Yay!Buy it!
Lucky Peterson “Trouble” from You Can Always Turn Around (sppf 2010) N —I don't know much about Ray LaMontagne, but I bet his version of this song isn't half as powerful as this one.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Saddle Up My Pony” from Silver Pony (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2010) N —A nice take on the Charley Patton classic.Buy it!
Roscoe Mitchell “Trio Four For Eight” from Far Side (ECM 2010) N —I'm craving the experimental free jazz these days, and this brand new record from the legendary Art Ensemble member is gorgeous stuff.Buy it!
Alpha Blondy “Jerusalem” (Shanachie 1986) —A bit of geopolitical thought with a deep reggae beat.Buy it!
Lydia Mendoza “Mal Hombre” from Best of (Arhoolie 2008) —I think my friend Rene posted this song on Facebook recently - I love, love, love it!Buy it!
Los Lobos “Yo Canto” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —I've never met a cumbia I didn't like.Buy it!
Cee-Lo Green “Cry Baby” from The Lady Killer (Ekektra 2010) N —Now this is a pop hit to my ears.Buy it!
Miranda Lambert “That's the Way That the World Goes Round” from Revolution (Sony 2009) N —She won some big CMA award, and I realized I'd never heard her, but Robert Christgau wrote a great piece on her, and this raucous rockin' version of John Prine works for me.Buy it!
Jim Hendrix “Lonely Avenue” from West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (Sony 2010) N —Ray Charles never sounded like this - I don't know if this cut was released in any form any other place, but I'm glad to finally hear it here.Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “Don't Let Me Down” from Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 10/16/66 Early & Late Shows - Grace's Debut (Collector's Choice 2010) N —Not very well-known, but a nice bluesy cut with great Marty Balin vocals.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Candy's Boy” from The Promise (Columbia 2010) N —There are lyrics here which turned up in "Candy's Room," but essentially, it's a different song - and with a cowbell!Buy it!
Clive Gregson & Christine Collister “I Shake” from The Last Word (RNA 1992) —Co-written by Clive and Boo Hewerdine, and featuring a nice cowbell.Buy it!
Everything But The Girl “Missing” from Amplified Heart (Atlantic) —I'd forgotten that the original (and superior) mix of this song, before it became a dance sensation, had some cowbell, probably played by Dave Mattacks.Buy it!
Teardrop Explodes “Poppies in the Field” from Kilimanjaro (Mercury 1980) —This record came out 30 years ago? That doesn't seem possible.Buy it!
Camper Van Beethoven “Never Go Back” from Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (Omnivore Recordings 1989) —I sure did love these guys back in the day - and they still sound good after all this time.Buy it!
Husker Du “Never Talking to You Again” from Zen Arcade (SST 1984) —Such a shock when this song came on the first time I played this album - acoustic guitars! What could be more punk than that?Buy it!
The Who “So Sad About Us” from A Quick One (Happy Jack) (MCA 1966) —I hadn't heard this song in a long, long time until somebody played it at work yesterday, and it just sounded so amazingly perfect.Buy it!
The Rezillos “(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures” from Can't Stand the Rezillos (sire 1978) —Another stroke of perfection, albeit a different one.Buy it!
The dB's “Black and White” from Stands for Decibels (IRS 1981) L —First song first side first album - lifelong love affair begins.Buy it!
The Fantasy Four “He's So Mod” from Getting Fantastic With the Fantasy Four (Pancake Productions 2010) N L —A Karen Reid gem.Buy it!
X “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes” from Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra 1982) —A deliriously great version of the Leadbelly song.Buy it!
David Bowie “Hang On To Yourself” from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (EMI) —I bet X played this song a lot when they were getting started.Buy it!
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl “Bang Bang Bang (feat Q Tip & MNDR)” from Record Collection (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 2010) N —I do always enjoy a good Q-Tip rhyme.Buy it!
N.E.R.D. “Nothing On You” from Nothing (Interscope 2010) N —That's one freaky rhythm track.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “If Love Whispers Your Name” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory 2010) N R —Probably my fave cut on a very strong new album by Richard Thompson.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “All These Strangers” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —Bob Reuter used to kid me 20 years ago about how long it would take me to play Richard Thompson or Elvis Costello on every radio show. So this pairing is for Bob.Buy it!
The Flatlanders “Borderless Love” from Hills and Valleys (New West 2009) —What a great show they put on the other night at the Old Rock House!Buy it!
Sweethearts of the Rodeo “Brand New Tennessee Waltz” from Rodeo Waltz (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1993) —This terrific duo came back to my mind the other day for the first time in 15 years, and then I remembered this gorgeous Jesse Winchester cover.Buy it!
Jesse Winchester “Biloxi” from Jesse Winchester (Ampex 1970) —And from the original source album.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “The Krugman Blues” from 10 Songs for the New Depression (Cummerbund 2010) N —Loudon will be at the Old Rock House Monday night. I hope he sings this ditty about my favorite columnist.Buy it!
Delbert McClinton “Lone Star Blues” from The Imus Ranch Record Vol. 2 (New West 2010) N —A delightful little number that fits Delbert to a T.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Riverboat Gambler” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) N L —What a great song this is. St. Louis is lucky to have these guys.Buy it!
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