Moby Grape “Seeing” from Listen My Friends! The Best of Moby Grape (Columbia / Legacy 2007) —One of the later Moby Grape songs, and some scorching yet controlled guitar explosions.Buy it!
The Pretty Things “She's a Lover” from Parachute (snapper 1970) —Falsetto with heavy rock and a pretty tune.Buy it!
Small Faces “Sorry She's Mine” from Decca Anthology 1965-1967 (Decca 1996) —One of them absolutely joyous "fuck you" songs.Buy it!
Richard Barone “Silence Is Our Song” from Glow (Bar/None Records 2010) —A lush piano backing to a lovely vocal melody.Buy it!
Mike Doughty “Holiday (What Do You Want?)” from Yes And Also Yes (Snack Bar / Megaforce 2011) N —He'll be at the Old Rock House a week from Saturday, and also at Euclid Records. Alas, Rosanne Cash, who sings with him on this nice cut, won't be with him.Buy it!
Willie Nile “One Guitar” from The Innocent Ones (River House www.willienile.com 2010) N —You know it's a good day when you walk into the studio and there's a new Willie Nile album on the shelf.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “The Oldest Story in the Book” from Greatest Hits (Universal 2011) N —There are 40 songs on this double disc compilation, and I only knew half a dozen or so, despite having three or four Paul Kelly albums. That's because he's had a long career with not enough exposure.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Poverty Train” from Time and Love: the music of Laura Nyro (Astor Place 1997) —Patty Larkin does a spirited rendition of this Laura Nyro classic.Buy it!
Laura Nyro “Mercy on Broadway” from New York Tendaberry (Columbia 1969) —Laura Nyro does a spirited rendition of this Laura Nyro classic, too.Buy it!
McCrary Sisters “Blowin' In the Wind” from Our Journey (McC 2011) N —These four women sing the heck out of Dylan's song - maybe my favorite version of this ever. The whole album is a Gospel treasure.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “She'll Never Be Your Wife” from If Loving You Is Wrong: 20 Cheatin' Heartbreakers (Ace 2002) —This compilation is chock full of classic cheating songs, none better than this rare 1973 cut from one of my favorite singers in the world.Buy it!
Otis Rush “If You Were Mine” from 1956-1958: His Cobra Recordings (Paula 1989) —A Willie Dixon number performed to great effect by the young Mr. Rush.Buy it!
Maria Muldaur “Why Are People Like That?” from Steady Love (stony plain 2011) N —Maria has a ball with this Bobby Charles classic.Buy it!
Eli "Paperboy" Reed “Take My Love With You” from Roll With You (Q Division 2008) —Now this is a soul song! Not sure where he found it, but I dig it.Buy it!
The Jayhawks “Miss Williams' Guitar” from Tomorrow the Green Grass (American 1995) —The new Jayhawks album doesn't ring out like this old one.Buy it!
The Bandana Splits “Ricky Dee” from Mr. Sam (Boy Scout 2011) N —I heard Darren Snow play this the other day, and really dug this old-school girl group vibe with a swingin' rhythm (and, it must be said, too much echo).Buy it!
Rocket From the Tombs “Love Train Express” from Barfly (FIRE 2011) N —Nice to hear David Thomas rocking out.Buy it!
Wilco “Open Mind” from The Whole Love (Nonesuch 2011) N —A right purty little song.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Run Joe” from You Never Can Tell: The Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966 (Hip-O Select 2009) —An obscure little number from Berry's Carribbean fixation, with cowbell. Hope he had a happy 85th birthday.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “Down On the Houseboat” from Working in Tennessee (Vanguard 2011) —You coulda knocked me over with a feather when I noticed there's a cowbell on this new Merle Haggard record.Buy it!
Talking Heads “Making Flippy Floppy” from Speaking In Tongues (sire 1983) —The cowbell doesn't dominate, but it sure kicks one of the breaks up a notch.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Chelsea Hotel” from Weather (Naive 2011) N —How can you go wrong with a supremely talented bassist/singer/performer covers Leonard Cohen on an album produced by Joe Henry?Buy it!
June Tabor & the Oyster Band “Love Will Tear Us Apart” from Ragged Kingdom (Topic 2011) N —Together again after almost 20 years, and taking Joy Division into the world of folk music.Buy it!
Crowded House “Throw Your Arms Around Me” from Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond (Raven 1999) —Did you know that when Pearl Jam played Australia, they covered this Hunters & Collectors song? One of the best songs in the world.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Jimmie Standing In the Rain” from The Speaking Clock Revue: Live From the Beacon Theatre (Shout! Factory 2011) N —A live rendition of a very cool song.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Poisoned Rose” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —Stunning interpretation of this classic from King of America.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “Not California” from Welder CD ALBUM (31 Tigers 2010) —So I've had this record for a year and a half, and I've listened to it a few times, but I only just now noticed it was produced by Don Was. Hard to believe I used to pour over liner notes religiously.Buy it!
Speedy West “Stratosphere Boogie” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —Ya gotta love short instrumental tracks that live up to their titles.Buy it!
The Posies “She's Coming Down Again!” from Blood / Candy (Ryko 2010) —I just recently picked up a copy of this - hard to believe it came out a year ago and I barely noticed it. One of the strongest collections of songs I've heard in a long while.Buy it!
The Bangles “Mesmerized” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) N —A typically great Bangles pop number. Swoon.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Prussian Blue” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —A rare jangling pop number from Marianne Faithfull. What the heck, swoon some more.Buy it!
The Minutemen “Beacon Sighted Through Fog” from What Makes a Man Start Fires? (SST 1982) —Oh, how I loved this band.Buy it!
Joe Henry “After the War” from Reverie (Anti 2011) N —Nobody is making better sounding records these days than Joe Henry.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Woebegone” from Revelation Road (Everso 2011) N —Well, normally I link to my reviews when I play something from the record I just reviewed, but the Blurt site is down this morning. Look for it at blurt-online.com.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Love Made a Fool of Me” from Do Your Duty (Sundazed 2006) —A young Bettye LaVette with one of those songs that shoulda coulda woulda.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Say It” from Dedicated (429 2011) N —The modern-day Bettye LaVette knocks this Five Royales cover out of the park. Because that's what she does.Buy it!
Ronnie Wood “Lucky Man” from I Feel Like Playing (Eagle 2010) —He is lucky, but he's got some skills, too. Good song from an album I'd forgotten existed until the other day.Buy it!
Outkast “Ms. Jackson” from Stankonia (Laface 2000) —How can this song be 11 years old already?Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” from Want More (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —Wilco turned to soul.Buy it!
Norah Jones “How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart?” from The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (Columbia 2011) N —Hank wrote the words, and Norah makes a lovely little country waltz out of it.Buy it!
Jimmie Rodgers “Mule Skinner Blues - Blue Yodel No. 8” from The Essential Jimmie Rodgers (General Electric Company/BMG 1997) —In celebration of Barry Mazor's masterful book "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America's Original Roots Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century," which is now out in paperback.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “City of New Orleans” from Bootleg Vol. III - Live Around the World (Columbia Legacy 2011) N —Johnny Cash sings Steve Goodman.Buy it!
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