The Who “Substitute” from A Quick One (Decca 1966) —That thunderous bass just kills me every time. And Moon's drums. And, well, all of it, really.Buy it!
The Boomtown Rats “Joey's On the Streets Again” from The Boomtown Rats (Mercury 1977) —Once upon a time, these guys made great records - a little Thin Lizzy here, a little Springsteen there, and voila! Classic pastiche.Buy it!
The Fabulous Poodles “Mirror Star” from Mirror Stars / Think Pink (American Beat 2009) —One of the more tuneful bands allowed on commercial radio back in the late 70s - pub rockers with a Kinks fixation & a violin, very nice.Buy it!
The New York Dolls “Fool For You Baby” from Dancing Backwards In High Heels COMP (429 2011) N —David Johansen just makes me happy.Buy it!
North Mississippi Allstars “The Meeting” from Keys to the Kingdom (Songs of the South www.nmallstars.com/ 2011) —It's always a good idea to ask Mavis Staples to join you on a record - this duet works great!Buy it!
Solomon Burke & De Dijk “I Gotta Be With You” from Hold On Tight (Verve Forecast 2011) N —Solomon Burke had lost none of his vocal skill for this final recording of his career - this song is a thriller.Buy it!
Blind Boys of Alabama “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” from Take The High Road (Saguaro Road 2011) N —The great country singer Jamey Johnson takes the lead on this beautiful Gospel number.Buy it!
Grease Band “All I Wanna Do” from The Grease Band (Shelter www.rhino.com 1971) —Peter Holsapple posted this song on Facebook the other day - this was the band that had backed Joe Cocker on the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. Great song.Buy it!
Roky Erickson “Bermuda” from Don't Slander Me (Restless 1986) —I grew up near Bermuda Road, and boy, was I confused when I heard about the Bermuda Triangle. Roky, however, was never confused about it. "It's just the innocent Devil's triangle."Buy it!
The Dead Boys “Sonic Reducer” from Yound Loud and Snotty (sire 1977) —Just about a perfect punk rock record.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Twilight of My Career” from Vol. 2 - High and Inside (Bonus Version) (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2011) N —In honor of opening day yesterday, let's sing about Roger Clemens.Buy it!
Edwyn Collins “What Is My Role?” from Losing Sleep (Heavenly 2010) N —A more rockin' number from Mr. Collins' new one.Buy it!
Aztec Camera “Oblivious” from High Land, Hard Rain (Sire Records 1983) —Once upon a time, Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera and Edwyn Collins of Orange Juice were among the brightest young songwriters of a generation.Buy it!
Ocean Colour Scene “The Riverboat Song” from Moseley Shoals (MCA 1996) N —A new deluxe reissue of this collection reminds me that I heard almost no more exciting riff-rock song in the 90s than this one.Buy it!
The Small Ponds “Loneliness” from Caitlin Cary & Matt Douglas Are The Small Ponds (Last Chance 2011) N —I'm always happy to check out something new from Caitlin Cary.Buy it!
The Kinks “Oklahoma USA” from Muswell Hillbillies (RCA 1971) —One of the most beautiful songs Ray Davies ever wrote, about dreaming about a musical.Buy it!
Simon & Garfunkel “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright” from Bridge Over Troubled Water (Columbia 1970) N —One of those quiet numbers in between the big giant hits.Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Let Me” from The Essential Paul Revere & the Raiders (Legacy 2011) N —It's all about knowing the value of the cowbell!Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Just Seventeen” from The Essential Paul Revere & the Raiders (Legacy 2011) N —The sheer number of great records these guys made boggles the mind - with and without a cowbell!Buy it!
Peter Bjorn & John “Second Chance” from Gimme Some (Columbia 2011) N —Maybe they'll do for the modern cowbell what they did a few years ago for the modern whistler.Buy it!
Duran Duran “Safe” from All You Need Is Now (Tape Modern 2011) N —Bonus cowbell song, featuring guest vocals by one Ana Matronic.Buy it!
Any Trouble “As Lovers Do” from Wheels In Motion (Stiff 1981) —These guys should have been stars - they had so many great songs that we should all be singing with warm nostalgia.Buy it!
Poi Dog Pondering “Sweet Thing” from Audio Love Letter (Platetectonic 2011) N —I haven't heard anything from these guys in years, and here's a nice Van Morrison cover on their new EP.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Problem Solver” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —There are a lot of things to love about this song, but it's the backing vocals that really elevate it in my mind.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “God's Winged Horse” from Buddy Miller & the Majestic Silver Strings (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —That's Buddy Miller, Marc Ribot & Bill Frisell playing acoustic guitars together, with Gred Leisz on pedal steel, and Buddy & Julie Miller singing. That's some talent, folks.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Divine Bell” from City of Refuge (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —Washburn doesn't do a lot of folk stuff on this record, but this is a corker.Buy it!
Gibson Brothers “Walkin' West to Memphis” from Help My Brother (Compass www.compassrecords.com 2011) N —It's always nice to hear from one of my fave bluegrass outfits.Buy it!
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers “Rare Bird Alert” (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —And a rousing instrumental from the biggest selling act in bluegrass.Buy it!
Tracy Nelson “I Know It's a Sin” from Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove 2011) N —This woman sure can sing - this Jimmy Reed song sounds incredible here.Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Copenhagen” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway 2011) N —I love the breathless quality of the verses, and the loving sound of the chorus, and that nasty guitar tone against the sweet pedal steel.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Meet Me In the Alleyway” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —Steve Earle goes for the T Bone Burnett production - new album due out Apr. 26.Buy it!
Brad Mehldau “Exit Music (For A Film)” from Live in Marciac (Nonesuch 2011) N —He'll be at Jazz at the Bistro next Wednesday & Thursday.Buy it!
Charlie Haden Quartet West “If I'm Lucky” from Sophisticated Ladies (Decca 2011) N —Melody Gardot sings this lovely ditty opening up the latest from Charlie Haden and his always enjoyable Quartet West.Buy it!
Christine Collister “Hynm to Grace” from Into the Light (Topic 2003) —A riveting, compelling version of the Roddy Frame solo song.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “The Spell That You Cast” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) —Elvis C. rocks out.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Hometown Blues” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) N L —Go ahead, just try to resist these guys. I certainly can't.Buy it!
Bessie Smith “Jail-House Blues” from The Essential Bessie Smith (Columbia Legacy 1997) —One of the greatest vocalists of the 20th Century.Buy it!
Jimmie Dale Gilmore “Your Love Is My Rest” from One Endless Night (Rounder www.rounder.com 2000) —Gilmore owns this version so much that I actually forgot it was a John Hiatt song until I just pulled it out.Buy it!
Joe Bonamassa “Tennessee Plates” from Dust Bowl (J&R Adventures 2011) N —I never forget John Hiatt's perfect original of this, but he and Vince Gill join Bonamassa on a pretty nice new version here.Buy it!
The Beau Brummels “I'm a Sleeper” from Bradley's Barn (Collector's Choice 1968) —Thanks to Spencer Marquart for putting this one in my head the other day via the magic of Facebook.Buy it!
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