Crosby, Stills & Nash “Guinnevere” from Crosby, Stills & Nash (Atlantic 1969) —Just a gorgeous melody - beautiful and haunting.Buy it!
Quicksilver Messenger Service “Dino's Song” from Quicksilver Messenger Service (self 1968) —Just try to resist this catchy little number. Go ahead. Try.Buy it!
Television “Foxhole” from Adventure (Ekektra 1978) —Their first album is justly celebrated as one of the greatest in the history of recorded music - but the second one ain't no slouch itself.Buy it!
X “Blue Spark” from Under The Big Black Sun (Ekektra 1982) —One of the best examples of the glory of Billy Zoom's guitar sound.Buy it!
Iron & Wine “Me and Lazarus” from Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Bros. 2011) N —Now that Sam Beam has figured out music just sounds better when you mix it professionally, he's even started to figure out how to write stronger material.Buy it!
Villagers “Pieces” from Becoming a Jackal (Domino 2010) N —This Conor O'Brien kid has some talent - what an intriguing little song.Buy it!
Henry Threadgill Zooid “This Brings Us To” from This Brings Us To Volume 2 (PI 2010) N —I've completely lost touch with Henry Threadgill, one of the greatest composers and improvisers of our time, but here's his latest album sitting on the shelf. Nice.Buy it!
Corinne Bailey Rae “I Wanna Be Your Lover” from The Love EP (CAPITOL 2011) N —By singing in her natural range, Rae matches Prince's falsetto original.Buy it!
Jason Ricci “Done With the Devil” (Eclecto Groove 2009) —An irressistible and irrespressible groove, and Ricci's harp playing is simply monstrous.Buy it!
Ana Popovic “Nothing Personal” from Blind for Love (Eclecto Groove 2009) —She'll be at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups on Wednesday, Feb. 2.Buy it!
The Marvelettes “Too Many Fish in the Sea” from The Definitive Collection (Motown 2008) —Gladys Horton, lead vocalist of the Marvelettes, passed away the other day. She was only 66.Buy it!
Clarence Carter “Snatching It Back” from Snatching It Back: The Best of Clarence Carter (Rhino Atlantic 1992) —One of the toughest of the tough soul grooves.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Fool's Paradise” from Night Beat MP3/FILE ALBUM (RCA Victor 1963) —Sam Cooke channels Charles Brown - beautiful.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops & Luminescent Orchestrii “Knockin'” from Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch 2011) N —I'm not familiar with the Luminescent Orchestra, but they add some nice touches to the Carolina Chocolate Drops on these four songs.Buy it!
Louvin Brothers “When I Stop Dreaming” from When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers (Razor & Tie 1995) —Charlie Louvin was one of the greats - he passed away the other day, and this is one of his greatest achievements with his brother Ira.Buy it!
Louvin Brothers “I'm Ready to Go Home” from Satan Is Real (CAPITOL 1960) —Beyond the fact that this album has one of the greatest covers of all time, you just have to listen to the singing to know true beauty.Buy it!
Charlie Louvin “The Best Mistake I Ever Made” from Chalie Louvin (First Generation 1999) —After Ira passed away, Charlie made some fine country records on his own.Buy it!
Everly Brothers “Love is Strange” from Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers on Warner Bros. 1960-1969 (Warner Brothers 1993) —Here's a cowbell number I'd forgotten about.Buy it!
Traffic “Dealer” from Mr. Fantasy (UA 1967) —Traffic knew how to rock a cowbell even in a song based on middle-eastern modes.Buy it!
The Wild Tchoupitoulas “Brother John” from The Wild Tchoupitoulas (Island Records 1976) —The record that made the Neville Brothers realize they could work all together - and showed off Aaron's cowbell ability.Buy it!
Tower Of Power “What is Hip?” from Tower of Power (Warner Brothers 1973) —I'm not sure what is hip, but I do know this is funk.Buy it!
Janis Joplin “Maybe” from I Got Dem Ol Kozmic Blues Again Mama (Columbia 1969) —One of her most soulful performances.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Thunder on the Mountain” from the party ain't over (Nonesuch / Third Man Records 2011) N —When Dylan wrote this, he was thinking 'bout Alicia Keys, but Wanda wants to think about Jerry Lee. Jack White is the wrong producer for Ms. Jackson, but he's the only reason we get a new album from her at all.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Bigger” from Raucous Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) N —The higher they fly the farther they fall, and if that's the case I don't have far to fall at all.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Space” from Blow Music Only With Delicate Mad Worship (Red Pill 2011) N —Former St. Louisian Stephan Bayley has an excellent new record - he's got Mitch Easter and Dave Mattacks for a rhythm section, too.Buy it!
David Lowery “I Sold the Arabs the Moon” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) N —I highly recommend you look up David Lowery's blog - he's writing about the songs on the record, and it's fascinating.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Bring Me My Queen” from City of Refuge (Rounder 2011) N —This wonderful record was supposed to come out last August, but it got delayed until just about now - she is like no other.Buy it!
Devotchka “All the Sand In All the Sea” from 100 Lovers (Epitaph 2011) N —I love walking into the station and finding a new record I wasn't expecting from a band I quite like - this song sounds very cool.Buy it!
The Selecter “Too Much Pressure” from Greatest Hits (EMI 1996) —The debut single that was as great as anything from the original ska revival.Buy it!
English Beat “Ackee 123” from Special Beat Service (sire 1982) —This one has been dancing in my head for days. Not their best song, but it's fun.Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “Don't Come the Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim” from Kite (Virgin 1989) —If you don't have this album, I suggest you rectify it - it's among the finest you don't own.Buy it!
Brthers Lazaroff “Give 'em What They Need” (Brothers lazaroff 2010) N L —One of the best bands operating in town these days.Buy it!
Lovin' Spoonful “She Is Still a Mystery” from Playlist: The Very Best of Lovin' Spoonful (Playlist 2008) —For a short time, they were as perfect as could be.Buy it!
Heart “Hey You” from Red Velvet Car (Eagle 2010) N —A very sweet song.Buy it!
Gang Of Four “You Don't Have to Be Mad” from Content (Yep Roc 2011) N —This kinda sounds like they did back in the olden days.Buy it!
The Saints “(I'm) Stranded” (Amsterdamned 1997) —One of the most anthemic of the post Stooges songs.Buy it!
John Renbourn “Weebles Wobble (But They Don't Fall Down)” from Palermo Snow (Shanachie 2011) N —A gorgeous acoustic guitar instrumental seems just the ticket after those last two blasts of adrenaline. And I love the title of this one.Buy it!
Roomful of Blues “Kill Me” from Hook, Line & Sinker (Alligator 2011) N —Strong cover of the Don & Dewey song.Buy it!
Nappy Brown “Two Faced Woman (and a Lyin' Man)” from Night Time Is the Right Time (Savoy Jazz 2000) —This guy had an incredible jump blues vocal style - can't believe I ignored him all these years.Buy it!
Agnes Riley “Big Fat Hot Dog” from Talk To Me Daddy (Flyright 1991) —She definitely knows what she wants.Buy it!
Floyd Dixon “Hard Living” from Marshall Texas Is My Home (Specialty 1991) —While Floyd Dixon is best known as a wild rockin' jump blues star, he could nail a tender ballad with the best of them, too.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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