Hot Tuna “Angel of Darkness” from Steady As She Goes (Redhouse Records 2011) N —Jorma Kaukonen doesn't really feel like rocking out these days, but there are some pretty cool mid-tempo cuts here.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Spanish Rose” from Bang Masters (Epic 1991) —A sweet little number from a very young Mr. Morrison.Buy it!
Rickie Lee Jones “The Moon Is Made of Gold” from Balm In Gilead (Fantasy 2009) —It ain't easy to write a credible song about the moon these days, but Ms. Jones pulled it off.Buy it!
Gregg Allman “Just Another Rider” from Low Country Blues (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2011) N —Most of the songs on this new record are classic blues numbers subjected to Allman's interpretation, but the dude wrote this one himself, a powerful r'n'b number.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Meet Me in the Alleyway” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West 2011) N —Otherworldly sound on this one - like Earle and the band are crossing over from the spirit realm.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Lonely Fortunes” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —They're playing tonight at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “No Good Lover” from The Majestic Silver Strings (New West 2011) N —Blues with Marc Ribot & Bill Frisell on guitars!Buy it!
Ruth Brown “Wild Wild Young Men” from Ruth Brown / Miss Rhythm (Collectables 1999) —Just a good time early 50s r'n'b number.Buy it!
Marcia Ball “That's How It Goes” from Roadside Attractions (Alligator 2011) N —Marcia celebrates life!Buy it!
Allen Toussaint “Out of the City (Into Country Life)” from The Complete Warner Recordings (Rhino Handmade 2004) —Classic funk from the master!Buy it!
TV on The Radio “Second Song” from Nine Types of Light (Interscope 2011) N —Gerard Smith, bassist for this fascinating band, passed away the other day at the age of 36.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “Sugar Buzz” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) —As I've enjoyed pretty much every trip down whatever path lang has followed over the last 25 years, I'm confused by those who say this is a return to form. That said, it's possibly her best album.Buy it!
Tim Finn & Phil Judd “Precious Time” from Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond (Raven 1999) —Former Split Enz mates continued to make music together off and on.Buy it!
Big Country “Fields of Fire” from The Crossing CD ALBUM (Mercury 1983) —Those chiming guitars!Buy it!
Talking Heads “The Big Country” from More Songs About Buildings and Food CD ALBUM (sire 1978) —Contains one of my fave rhymes - I wouldn't live there if you paid me / I wouldn't live like that, nosiree.Buy it!
Psychedelic Furs “We Love You” from The Psychedelic Furs (Columbia 1980) —See, more loves than stupids.Buy it!
Painkillers “The Oracle” from Painkillers (Euclid 2011) N —St. Louis band of the 80s finally gets its material issued on CD. And it has a cowbell on this song!Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “Slave to Love” from Boys and Girls (E.G. 1985) —Cowbell-centric classic from Mr. Ferry.Buy it!
Grace Basement “Broke Up Man” from Broke Up Man 7" (Eastern Watts 2011) N L —New single from one of St. Louis's strongest pop combos.Buy it!
Bleu “B.O.S.T.O.N.” from Four (The Major Label 2010) —I've only just discovered this pop songwriter, but holy moley! He's got hooks, melodies, dynamics, and just about everything I want in a pop/rock record.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Hit Somebody” from My Ride's Here (Artemis 2002) —The life story of a goon, featuring David Letterman's best guest vocal appearance ever.Buy it!
Richard X. Heyman “No Time To Rest On Sunday” from Tiers (Turn Up 2011) N —Here's a name I hadn't heard in years - I remember he put out some pretty nice records in the late 80s, early 90s; now he turns up with a double album that's supposed to be fabulous. I like this song, anyway.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Love and Hard Times” from So Beautiful or So What? (PS 2011) N —As great a song as he's ever written. One verse cosmic, the rest intimate, all gorgeous and yet with a bite.Buy it!
Alison Krauss & Union Station “Dimming of the Day” from Paper Airplane (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2011) N —This Richard Thompson song can't be done badly as it's too perfect, but Krauss, aided by Jerry Douglas' sympathetic dobro, nails it here.Buy it!
Dinah Washington “Blue Skies” from After Hours With Miss D (Verve 2004) —Spectacular performance!Buy it!
Ambrose Akinmusire “Far But Few Between” from When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note 2011) N —This kid is the new jazz phenom! I haven't heard much, but he's got ideas out the wazoo, that's for sure.Buy it!
MC5 “Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)” from Kick Out the Jams (Elektra 1969) —This song starts out with Brother Wayne Kramer, and it kicks major booty from there.Buy it!
Peter Bjorn & John “Lies” from Gimme Some (Columbia 2011) N —Sounds like some great lost English punk single from 1977. Like the Jam crossed with the Boys or something.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “Incomplete” from Lollipop (Megaforce / Transdreamer 2011) N —As usual, Curt Kirkwood has some good songs on this new record - now how many people will hear them?Buy it!
The Jans Project “Hall of Accidents” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) N L —Three former B-Lovers / Turning Curious folks and a ringer make very good music together.Buy it!
The Feelies “Time Is Right” from Here Before (bar none 2011) N —How many other bands can go away for 20 years and come back sounding as fresh and lively as the day they left?Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hermetically Sealed” from With A Bang (self 2011) N —Teaser track from the forthcoming new release of this St. Louis band. Gotta love a song with "ba-ba-ba-ba" background vocals.Buy it!
Flying Burrito Bros. “Hot Burrito #1” from Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M 1969) —Gram Parsons can just break your heart sometimes.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “The Road” from Hard Bargain (Nonesuch 2011) N —Even after 38 years, Emmylou is still touched by Gram Parsons.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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