Cheap Trick “On Top of the World” from Heaven Tonight (Epic 1978) —I still remember the day I bought this album, along with Elvis Costello's "This Year's Model," at Grandpa Pigeon's, on sale for like $4 each.Buy it!
Blue Öyster Cult “The Red & the Black” from Tyranny and Mutation (Columbia Records 1973) —This always makes me think of how much D. Boon of the Minutemen loved this song.Buy it!
Roxy Music “Editions of You” from For Your Pleasure (Virgin 1973) —Somebody posted a live video of this to Facebook - I never got to see Roxy Music, but wow!Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “No One Ever Drowns” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc 2010) —He'll be at the Duck Room tomorrow night for Twangfest, and after the Miracle 3 perform, he and Linda will play in the Baseball Project to close out the fest.Buy it!
Ian Hunter “Once Bitten Twice Shy” from Ian Hunter (Columbia 1975) —I actually hadn't heard this one in years until the other day - it still sounds magnificent.Buy it!
David Bowie “Stay” from Station To Station (RCA Records 1976) —Consider this a bonus cowbell segment.Buy it!
Generation X “Your Generation” from Generation X (Chrysalis 1978) —Martin Rushent, who produced a lot of great records & helped forge the sound of punk rock, passed away a few days back. I know he produced Gen X, couldn't find out if he did this single or not.Buy it!
The Stranglers “No More Heroes” (EMI 1977) —Definitely a Martin Rushent production.Buy it!
Buzzcocks “You SayYou Don't Love Me” from Singles Going Steady CD ALBUM (IRS 1979) —A perfect record.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hold Down the Fort” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) N L —A delightfully catchy song about those of us who have stuck around the city of St. Louis.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Ballad of Treason” from City of Refuge (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —She'll be at the Duck Room Monday night opening for Head and the Heart.Buy it!
Exene Cervenka “I'll Admit It Now” from The Excitement Of Maybe (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —A horn-driven rocker with Dave Alvin on guitar.Buy it!
Dana Fuchs “Summersong” from Love to Beg (Ruf www.rufrecords.de 2011) N —Here's my review of this one: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreviews/fr/Dana-Fuchs-Love-To-Beg-2011.htmBuy it!
John Lennon “Love” from Plastic Ono Band (Apple Records 1970) —As beautiful a love song as the world has known.Buy it!
Eric Carmen “She Did It” from Best of (Arista 1988) —This one isn't quite as prfect, but it's awfully sweet.Buy it!
Sloan “The Answer Was You” from The Double Cross (Yep Roc 2011) N —Effortless pop gem.Buy it!
The Merry-Go-Round “Come Ride, Come Ride” from Listen, Listen - Definitive Collection - Remaster (Rev-Ola 2005) —Young Emitt Rhodes had a pop sensibility all his own.Buy it!
Circe Link “Shangriladeeda Farm” from California Kid (Circe Link) —Cowbell fuels this nifty slice of roots rock.Buy it!
The Drifters “Sweets For My Sweet” from The Definitive Drifters (WSM 2003) —A Doc Pomus gem with that Latin lilt & a cowbell.Buy it!
The Drifters “At the Club” from The Definitive Drifters (WSM 2003) —A Goffin & King number with the same Latin lilt and cowbell.Buy it!
Andrew Gold “Lonely Boy” from Thank You for Being a Friend: The Best of Andrew Gold (Ekektra 1997) —The singer/songwriter/guitarist passed away a few days back. Didn't realize he did this cowbell cut.Buy it!
Linda Ronstadt “You're No Good” from Heart Like a Wheel (CAPITOL 1974) —Andrew Gold was the brains behind Ronstadt's run of giant hits back in the day - his electric piano on this one fuels a pretty darn good record.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “Sugar Buzz” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) N —A slow burner of a love song.Buy it!
TV on The Radio “No Future Shock” from Nine Types of Light (Interscope 2011) N —I've been trying to figure out why this new TV on the Radio isn't selling very well - it sounds good to me.Buy it!
Martha Tilton with Paul Weston & His Orchestra “Does Everyone Know About This?” from Capitol Jumps (CAPITOL 2000) —I picked up this fun compilation of fun records from Capitol back in the 40s. This song is a real blast.Buy it!
Ray Bryant “Cubano Chant” from Lonesome Traveler (Universal unk 1966) —The great jazz pianist and composer of this enduring number passed away a few days ago.Buy it!
Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell “Lagrimas Mexicanas” (Naive 2011) N —A delightful collaboration between two talented players of different cultures.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Downbound Train” from His Best Vol. 1 (Chess 1997) —I can't think of any other Chuck Berry records that sound quite like this.Buy it!
Bobby Mitchell “I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday” from New Orleans (Time Life 2000) —One of my all-time fave songs.Buy it!
Benny Spellman “Fortune Teller” (Collectables 1988) —The great New Orleans vocalist Benny Spellman passed away the other day.Buy it!
Benny Spellman “Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)” from Fortune Teller (Collectables 1988) —Another classic from the pen of Allen Toussaint.Buy it!
The Beatles “I Need You” from Help! CD ALBUM (Parlophone Records 1965) —That George Harrison wrote some nice ones, didn't he?Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Switchboard Susan” from Labour of Lust (Columbia 1979) N —It is so good to have this classic album back in print after all these years.Buy it!
The Jam “Private Hell” from Setting Sons (Polydor UK 1979) —One of my all-time fave Jam songs - after 32 years, it still thrills.Buy it!
The Painkillers “What's Inside” from The Painkillers (Euclid 2011) N —Speaking of thrills after all these years - I'll never get tired of this song!Buy it!
Cumberland Gap “Steam Powered Aero Plane” from Cumberland Gap (Wildstone 2002) L —This local band is playing tonight at Twangfest. Anybody who covers John Hartford is okay by me.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “Away Out on the Old Saint Sabbath” from Revenge (Yep Roc 2007) —One of the smarter songwriters of the last 20 years, he's headlining tonight at Twangfest.Buy it!
Nora O'Connor “Nightingale” from Til the Dawn (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2004) —An amazing singer who never makes enough music - she'll be playing with Fulks tonight at the Duck Room.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 —Closing out Twangfest tomorrow night at the Duck Room.Buy it!
Joe Ely “The Highway Is My Home” from Satisfied at Last (Rack 'Em 2011) N —I love the sound of this new song from Joe Ely, and of course the song itself is terrific.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Come a Long Way” from Tell My Sister (Nonesuch 2011) N —This 3-disc set includes newly remastered versions of their first 2 masterful records (including Dancer With Bruised Knees which has this song) and a disc of demos.Buy it!
Davy Graham “Sarah” from The Complete Guitarist (Ace 1980) —Well, yeah, that's some guitar playing.Buy it!
David Crosby “Orleans” from If I Could Only Remember My Name (Atlantic 1970) —An eerie and beautiful vocal track from an eerie and beautiful record.Buy it!
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