Tim Lee 3 “Get There First” from Raucous Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) N —If I don't get there first, I don't know if I will last. What a great line, what a rockin' great song. Tim Lee just gets better and better.Buy it!
The Embarrassment “Celebrity Art Party” from Heyday 1979-1983 (Bar/None Records 1995) —James Weber found a video for this song and posted it to Facebook, thus reminding me once again that these guys were the best band of the early 80s that almost nobody ever heard.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “I Don't Want to Spoil the Party” from Hits 1979-1989 (CBS 1989) —Rosanne just sings so beautifully on this Beatles cover.Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Bumble Bee” from The Girls Got Soul (Kent 2000) —I love the way she spits out the words "evil bumble bee."Buy it!
The Searchers “He's Got No Love” from Very Best of the Searchers (Sanctuary 1998) —The Searchers, who also covered the previous song, weren't so well known for their originals, but gee willikers! This is a terrific mersey beat number.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Queen Jane Approximately” from Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia 2004) —We played this album the other day at work - and of course I've always loved this song, but the out-of-tune bass always bothered me. But I'm starting to embrace it. What's going on in my head?Buy it!
Jackie Greene “Shaky Ground” from Till the Light Comes CD ALBUM (429 2010) N —I don't understand how this guy, who is so rhythmically acute and melodically interesting, spends so much of his time hanging out with Phil Lesh.Buy it!
Terry Reid “Avenue” from River (Water Music 1973) —I believe that slide guitar in the background is provided by David Lindley.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “If It's Magic” from Silver Pony (Blue Note 2010) N —Just a gorgeous take on the Stevie Wonder number.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Dark End of the Street” from This Girl's In Love With You (Atlantic 1970) —Breathtaking.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Losing You” from You Are Not Alone (Anti www.anti.com 2010) N —One of Randy Newman's most beautiful songs, interpreted by somebody who knows about beauty - and who understands the real pain of loss.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” from The Devil is an Angel Too (Alligator 2010) —A powerhouse take on the Ann Peebles classic.Buy it!
Myron Walden “Countrified” (Demi Sound 2010) N —I don't know much at all about this saxophone player, but I do love this record - it's like a modern day King Curtis album, soul & jazz & gospel & country & rock all blended together beautifully. The guitarist, Oz Noy, is astounding.Buy it!
Generation X “Ready Steady Go” from Generation X (Chrysalis 1978) —As good a song as there was in the entire punk rock era back in the day.Buy it!
Japan “Adolescent Sex” (Blue Plate 1978) —Mick Karn, bassist for this band, passed away the other day way too young. I respect what they did when they morphed into some exotic soundscape band, but I really dig this first album, a punky glammy thing, the most.Buy it!
Be Bop Deluxe “Love Is Swift Arrows” from Axe Victim (EMI 1974) —I'd kinda forgotten how cool this record was until I threw it on at work the other day.Buy it!
Stealers Wheel “Stuck In the Middle With You” from Stealers Wheel (Lemon Recordings 1972) —Gerry Rafferty met an untimely end the other day - and he knew how to make judicious use of cowbell.Buy it!
Chris Bell “Make a Scene” from I Am the Cosmos (Ryko 1992) —Chris Bell kept the cowbell clanging in the background for most of this gem.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Coconut” from Nilsson Schmilsson CD ALBUM (RCA 1971) —Syncopated cowbell is hard to pull off, but it's done well here.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Move, Shake, Bounce” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) N L —A hypnotic, entrancing, dark number from this talented St. Louis outfit.Buy it!
The Welders “Debutantes in Bondage” from The Welders (ep) (BDR 2010) L —It's amazing to see all the positive attention these guys are getting, 31 years after recording 4 songs that should have been released back in the day.Buy it!
Edward Burch & John Horton “Hotel Song” from 7" (Euclid 2010) N —Edward Burch was a close friend of Jay Bennett, and he performed this delightful version of Jay's song onstage at Euclid Records last year.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Me and Us” from Antifogmatic (Nonesuch 2010) N —Gabe Witcher's fiddle kills me on this one - well, everything about this cut kills me, but that's the eerie part.Buy it!
Ian Walsh and Kevin Buckley “Say Darlin' Say” from Keeping It Reel (Mountain Rose www.buckleyandwalsh.com 2011) N L —Kevin Buckley of local pop group Grace Basement has a parallell career in the Irish folk world - this is actually an Appalachian song, but it's wonderfully done. CD release at McGurk's Monday night.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Haul Me Up” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2010) N —Richard's pop songs sound like folk, but they rock.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “No Face, No Name, No Number” from Olympia (Virgin 2010) N —A stunning version of the Traffic song.Buy it!
John Lennon “Isolation” from Plastic Ono Band (Apple Records 1970) —Not a lot to this song, but it gets me every time.Buy it!
Heart “Sand” from Red Velvet Car (Eagle 2010) N —A bittersweet and beautiful song about scattering the ashes of a friend.Buy it!
Neil Young “Sign of Love” from Le Noise (Reprise 2010) N —A beautiful song about a life-long love.Buy it!
Them “It's All Over Now, Baby Blue” from Girl, Interrupted (Tvt 2000) —I've always loved the baroque sound of this Dylan cover. And, of course, Van Morrison nails the vocal.Buy it!
Electric Flag “Texas” from A Long Time Comin' (Columbia 1968) —Oh, Michael Bloomfield on guitar, how I love you. And when Nick Gravenites sings "When you saw me on the streets, woman, you looked at me like I was a Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey clown." Ouch!Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “You'll Be Mine” from Howlin' Wolf (MCA / Chess 1959) —Wolf sounds like he's gonna get what he wants.Buy it!
Junior Wells “I Need Me a Car” from Messin' With the Kid (Chief Records 1989) —He's just not gonna get what he wants because he doesn't have a car.Buy it!
Huey Piano Smith & His Clowns “Pop Eye” from The Best of (fuel 2009) —I've never actually seen anybody dance the Pop Eye, but they sure did love to do it in New Orleans back in the day.Buy it!
Johnny Taylor “Hello Sundown” from RAW BLUES (stax 1969) —A very aptly titled album, this one.Buy it!
Sam & Dave “You Don't Know Like I Know” from Seat 'n' Soul (Rhino 1993) —Sometimes I think these songs have been played so often that I shouldn't bother, but then I realize how many people have never had the chance to turn on the radio and hear something this wonderful.Buy it!
John Legend & The Roots “Wake Up Everybody” from Wake Up! (G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia 2010) N —This track also features Common and Melanie Fiona - one of my fave records last year.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three “Old Black Dog” from Riverboat Soul (Free Dirt www.freedirtrecords.com 2010) N L —This guy has some skills in the old time music world.Buy it!
Marc Ribot “Delancey Waltz” from Silent Movies (Pi Recordings 2010) N —I need to get this record - this is stunningly beautiful.Buy it!
Kathy Mattea “The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore” from Coal (R.E.D. 2008) —A great version of a song that's been done a time or three before.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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