The Pretenders “Message of Love” from Pretenders II (sire 1981) —That James Honeyman-Scott was one heck of a guitar player, wasn't he?Buy it!
The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows” from Revolver ALBUM (EMI 1966) —It's a mindbender.Buy it!
The Troggs “I Can't Control Myself” from The Best of the Troggs (Fontana 1994) —Salacious!Buy it!
Joe South “Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home” from The Best of Joe South (Rhino 1990) —Sweet.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “She Belongs to Me” from Bringing It All Back Home (Columbia 1965) —You'll wind up peeking through a keyhole down upon your knees.Buy it!
John Prine “Souvenirs” from The Singing Mailman Delivers (Oh Boy www.ohboy.com 2011) N —A young John Prine recorded these demos back in 1970 in order to register his songs with the Library of Congress. Cool find.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Quick Sand” from Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch 2011) N —It's so nice to hear Ry Cooder rock again.Buy it!
The Belle Brigade “Shirt” from The Belle Brigade (Reprise 2011) N —Thanks to Spencer Marquart for introducing me to this extremely cool brother & sister pair with more than a small nod to 70s Fleetwood Mac.Buy it!
Andy Friedman “It's Time For Church” from Laserbeams and Dreams (City Salvage 2011) —What an amazing song from this singer-songwriter who needs to be more well known.Buy it!
Mose Allison “I'm Alright” from The Way of the World (Anti www.anti.com 2010) —Great version of the Loudon Wainwright anti-blues.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Blue Moon of Kentucky” from Alabama Wild Man / Jerry Reed Explores Guitar Country (One Way 2000) —For a few years there, Jerry Reed managed to sound like he had more fun making music than just about anybody else.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Boxcars” from Honky Tonk Masquerade (MCA 1978) —One of Butch Hancock's greatest songs, interpreted perfectly by his good friend.Buy it!
Chris Isaak “Crying Waiting Hoping” from Listen To Me: Buddy Holly (Verve Forecast 2011) N —You can take the majority of "interpretations" of Buddy Holly classics on the 2 new tributes to appear this year & chuck them in the river, but Chris Isaak absolutely nails this one!Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “When Love Lets Go I'm Falling” from Modern Art (Missing Piece 2011) N —Strange to release a brand new album but tour behind a 21-year-old clasic. He'll be here playing Girlfriend on Oct. 15.Buy it!
Wilco “Open Mind” from The Whole Love (Nonesuch 2011) N —I'm a gonna see Wilco and Nick Lowe on Tuesday at the Peabody Opera House. Should be very cool.Buy it!
Pet Shop Boys “Love, Etc.” from Pandemonium (Parlophone 2010) —They can still crank out the catchy, ya know.Buy it!
The Undertones “Teenage Kicks” from The Undertones (Ryko 1979) —One of the greatest songs in the world - after 32 years, I still get pumped up every time I hear it.Buy it!
Flamin' Groovies “Teenage Head” (Buddha 1971) —Never get tired of this one, either.Buy it!
Eddie & The Hot Rods “Teenage Depression” (Captain Oi! 1976) —I just love the teenage songs.Buy it!
Big Star “Back of a Car” from #1 Record / Radio City (Ardent 1992) —This one doesn't say "teenage" but it screams it.Buy it!
The Skeletons “On Your Way Down the Drain” from Nothing To Lose (Hightone 1997) —I never realized this was a Danny Kortchmar song.Buy it!
The Bangles “Open My Eyes” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) N —Covering Todd Rundgren with a cowbell! My review of this album is here: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/3348/Buy it!
Sahara Hot Nights “Vulture Feet” from Sahara Hot Nights (Universal 2011) N —Jim Roehm loaned me this excellent pop record, and here's the cowbell cut.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “Ghost On the Canvas” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records 2011) N —Who would've ever thunk Glen Campbell would wind up singing a Paul Westerberg song?Buy it!
Vic Chesnutt “Bernadette & Her Crowd” from The Salesman and Bernadette (Velocette 1998) —The opening of this song stops me dead in my tracks every time - that quiet feedback, then "I'm shivering." The man was so talented.Buy it!
John Scofield “I Will” from A Moment's Peace (Decca 2011) N —Gorgeous jazz take on the Beatles classic.Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Across the Universe” from All We Are Saying (Savoy 2011) N —OMG! This is so luxuriously beautiful. Frisell, Greg Leisz on pedal steel, and Jenny Scheinman on violin completely own one of my all-time fave songs.Buy it!
Ellis Paul “The Dragonfly Races” (Black Wolf 2007) —He'll be at Off Broadway tomorrow night, Oct. 1.Buy it!
Merle Travis “16 Tons” from Best of Merle Travis: Sweet Temptation 1946-1953 (Razor & Tie 2000) —The original.Buy it!
Julie Miller “Orphan Train” from Broken Things (Hightone 1999) —As great a song as she ever wrote.Buy it!
Johnnie & Jack “Ashes of Love” from ??? (???) —Johnnie Wright, who co-wrote this classic & was married to Kitty Wells, passed away a few days ago.Buy it!
Johnnie & Jack “A Smile On My Lips - And An Ache In My Heart” from Bluegrass Meets Banjo: 23 Original Bluegrass Classics (Jasmine 2001) —And another, more obscure cut from this duo - as so often happens, it takes a death to make me aware of some great music I hadn't encountered before.Buy it!
The Ethiopians “Train to Skaville” from All the Hits (Trojan trojanrecords.com 1986) —Another great loss this week was Leonard Dillon of the Ethiopians. His music I knew a little bit, and this is an all-time gem.Buy it!
The Ethiopians “Reggae Hit the Town” (Sanctuary 2001) —Dillon went on to record great reggae at least through the 80s, but I immediately went back to those glorious ska/rock steady cuts from the early days.Buy it!
The Marvelettes “Too Many Fish In the Sea” from The Definitive Collection (Motown 2008) —I'm reading a book about the Supremes, and it makes me want to hear the Marvelletes. Go figure!Buy it!
The Drifters “Ruby Baby” from The Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino 1963) —I can't remember if I played this a few weeks back on the Jerry Leiber tribute special, but it's one of my all-time faves.Buy it!
Funkadelic “Cosmic Slop” (westbound 1973) —All the ingredients of a masterpiece right here.Buy it!
Patti Labelle “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine” from How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan (Ace 2010) —One of the most astonishing Bob Dylan covers I've ever heard.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Oh What a Feeling” from Nothing's Impossible (E1 Entertainment 2010) —Before they both passed away, Solomon Burke and Willie Mitchell managed to make a very fine record together.Buy it!
Cash Box Kings “Katie Mae” from Holler and Stomp (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2011) N —Great cover of Lightnin' Hopkins.Buy it!
Hot Club Of Cowtown “Cabiria” from Wishful Thinking (Proper 2009) —Elana James wrote this? It really seems like something that dates back to the 40s.Buy it!
The Delmore Brothers “Sand Mountain Blues” from Classic Cuts Vol. 3: More From the 1930s Plus (JSP 2008) —I just can't get enough of these guys some days.Buy it!
Dorsey Burnette “(There Was A) Tall Oak Tree” from The Best of Dorsey Burnette (K-Tel 1994) —A strange interpretation of the first couple chapters of Genesis.Buy it!
Charlie Feathers “Wild Wild Party” from Rockabilly Shakeout (Ace 1992) —I'd go to that party.Buy it!
The Regents “Runaround” from The Doo Wop Box Vol. 2 (Rhino 1996) —That's some amazing doo wop, the kind of hidden classic you hope to find in these kinds of collections.Buy it!
The Gourds “Drop What I'm Doing” from Old Mad Joy (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 2011) N —I think I've actually randomly picked the same song from this new Gourds record both times that I've reached for it. At least it's a really cool song.Buy it!
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