Elvis Costello “Brilliant Mistake” from King Of America (Columbia/Legacy. 1986) —In town tonight at the Pageant, with the great spinning wheel choosing the songs to play.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “That's Not the Part of Him You're Leaving” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) —I love the fact that the internet allows us to be heard all over the world, but I sure wish we still had the option to play a whole show of one artist - I would love to do another Elvis Costello special.Buy it!
George Harrison “Don't Let Me Wait Too Long” from Living In The Material World (Apple 2006) —You know how sometimes you play an album you've heard a bunch over 35 years, and then a song you barely noticed jumps out at you? That's this one.Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “When I Get It Right” from Walk Under Ladders (A&M 1981) —Still my fave album by her in a career with lots of good records.Buy it!
The Call “The Walls Came Down” from Modern Romans (Mercury 1983) —I don't think there are any Russians And there ain't no Yanks Just corporate criminals playin' with tanks. Yup.Buy it!
The Pirates “Please Don't Touch” from Out Of Their Skulls (Westside 1977) —Mick Green was one of the giants of English rock'n'roll guitar.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “With a Bang” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) N L —St. Louis band knocks out the slashing guitar riffs, the propulsive rhythms, the joyous nonsense syllables, and the effervescent melodies. Yeah, I dig 'em.Buy it!
Sloan “The Answer Was You” from The Double Cross (Yep Roc 2011) N —Speaking of beautiful loud pop songs.Buy it!
Richard Barone “Yet Another Midnight” from Glow (Bar/None Records 2010) —For 30 years, this guy has made great records, yet "Numbers With Wings" from his days in the Bongos aside, he's got a tinier cult than most great songwriters.Buy it!
The Left Banke “Pretty Ballerina” from There's Gonna Be a Storm: The Complete Recordings 1966-1969 (Mercury 1992) —One of the most beautiful of all pop songs.Buy it!
David Lowery “Marigold” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) N —Lowery can't sing like Michael Brown, but this is a lovely, lovely song, too.Buy it!
Gomez “Our Goodbye” from Whatever's On Your Mind (ATO / MapleMusic Recordings / Fontana North 2011) N —I do like the orchestrated pop songs, don't I?Buy it!
Buffalo Springfield “Leave” from Buffalo Springfield (ATCO 1966) —The young Stephen Stills, with all the world before him. What a great record.Buy it!
Iggy Pop “Candy” from Brick By Brick MP3/FILE ALBUM (Virgin 1990) —I don't think I've listened to any subsequent Iggy Pop records more than once or twice - this was his last great one.Buy it!
k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang “Heaven” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) N —Stunning take on the Talking Heads masterpiece.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) N —If this entire album covering Dylan's album is as beautiful as this cut, well, that will be one heck of an album.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Every Part of Me” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West 2011) N —A powerful and beautiful love song.Buy it!
The Head and the Heart “Cats and Dogs” from The Head and the Heart (Sub Pop 2011) N —I'm not crazy about these guys, but the cowbell helps elevate this song slightly beyond the Mumford & Sons vibe.Buy it!
Booker T & the MG's “Born Under a Bad Sign” from Soul Limbo (stax 1968) —That's some Al Jackson, Jr. heavily syncopated cowbell fueling this Albert King cover (which these guys played on in the first place, anyway).Buy it!
Richard Thompson “I Ain't Going to Drag My Feet No More” from Across a Crowded Room (CAPITOL 1985) —Have I really never played this cowbell masterpiece before? Sometimes it's hard to remember, but I think not.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Changing All Those Changes” from Rave On Buddy Holly (Fantasy 2011) N —There are a lot of artists on here with no business touching Buddy Holly songs, but Nick Lowe pays true homage.Buy it!
Wilco “I'm Always In Love” from Summerteeth (Reprise 1999) R —See, Nick Lowe will open for Wilco at the Peabody Opera House later this year - consider this a sneak preview.Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “Return To Me” from Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings (New West 2011) N —Lee Ann Womack sings and Bill Frisell plays gorgeous electric guitar while Marc Ribot plucks some delicious nylon-string acoustic and Greg Leisz envelops them with his pedal steel. Sublime.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “That's How Every Empire Falls” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —I don't know R.B. Morris, but this is one heck of a song.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “With These Hands” (Ryko 1996) —One of Alejandro's gems I'd kind of forgotten - and heck, was that a cowbell?Buy it!
ABBA “On and On and On” from Super Trouper (Atlantic 1980) —ABBA practically invent synth pop here - surely the Human League had this one.Buy it!
Sweet “Blockbuster” from Best Of Sweet (EMI 2004) —We just haven't got a clue what to do,Buy it!
Elvis Costello “You Belong to Me” from This Year's Model (Columbia 1978) —I wonder if this one is on the spinning wheel. We'll find out in 12 hours or so.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Harlan County Line” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) N —He'll be at Off Broadway next Thursday night.Buy it!
The Skeletons “Thirty Days in the Workhouse” from In the Flesh (ESD www.thirtytigers.com/ 1991) —They'll be at Off Broadway next Thursday night. Hey, that's the same night as Dave Alvin - looks like a killer double bill.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Hard Out Here” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway 2011) N —Boy, you ain't a poet, just a drunk with a pen.Buy it!
Tim Easton and The Freelan Barons “Did Your Mother Teach You That” from Beat the Band (Campfire Propaganda 2011) N —It's always nice to find a new release on the shelves here from somebody I like but didn't know had something coming out.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “'til John Lee Hooker Calls Me” from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) N —Terrific song about his relationship to all the musical greats he's loved.Buy it!
Beau Jocque And The Zydeco Hi-Rollers “Git It, Beau Jocque!” from Git It, Beau Jocque (Rounder 1995) —For a little while, Beau Jocque was the king of zydeco, though he passed away far too soon.Buy it!
Chicago Blues: A Living History “First Time I Met the Blues” from The (R)evolution Continues (Raisin' Music 2011) N —Buddy Guy tears it up on this. My review of the whole double CD is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Chicago-Blues-A-Living-History-The-Revolution-Continues-2011.htmBuy it!
Dorothy Moore “Misty Blue” (MALACO 1976) —I heard somebody sing this song on TV recently, probably on Memphis Beat. Anyway, it reminded me of the great original.Buy it!
LaBelle “Are You Lonely” from Nightbirds (Epic 1974) —A Nona Hendryx number that really jumped out at me when my friend Said posted it on Facebook.Buy it!
Solomon Burke & De Dijk “Good For Nothing” from Hold On Tight (Verve Forecast 2011) —These Dutch musicians came up with some good songs with Solomon for his final record.Buy it!
Eden Brent “Someone to Love” from Ain't Got No Troubles (Yellow Dog 2010) —A rollicking good New Orleans piano song.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Birmingham” from Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2 (Nonesuch 2011) N —Classic.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “On My Way to Town” from Tell My Sister (Nonesuch 2011) N —A Kate McGarrigle demo - gorgeous.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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