The Dreamers “Rock and Roll Baby” from That'll Flat Git It Vol. 20 (Bear Family 2006) —Half rockabilly, half doo-wop, all hep!Buy it!
Chuck Berry “It Wasn't Me” from The Chess Box (Chess 1988) —Not one of his big hits, but one heck of a great song. I bet it was Not Me's fave song in the Family Circus.Buy it!
The Leaves “That's a Different Story” from Leaves Are Happening (Sundazed 2000) —They had a lot more on the ball than just "Hey Joe."Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Karate Bikini” (Karate Bikini 2010) —One of St. Louis' finest bands, with their theme song.Buy it!
The Records “Girls That Don't Exist” from The Records / Shades In Bed (On The Beach 2002) —What a nice thing to find on the shelf at the station, a 20-track compilation of this great band that's been out of print forever.Buy it!
XTC “Great Fire” from Mummer (Geffen unk 1983) —So much to love about this track, but I think I'm gonna go with the string arrangement this morning as my fave part.Buy it!
Peter Gabriel “I Don't Remember” from Peter Gabriel (Real World Records 1980) —One of my all-time fave pop songs from back in the day before he became a pop star.Buy it!
Joe Henry “Dark Tears” from Reverie (Anti www.anti.com 2011) N —Some stunningly beautiful acoustic guitar from Marc Ribot on this one.Buy it!
Magazine “Do the Meaning” from No Thyself (Wire-Sound 2011) N —It's not the classic Magazine line-up - for thing, John McGeogh passed away - but it actually sounds worthy of using the band name again. This is the only song I've heard so far, but I like it.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Get Him Back” from Extraordinary Machine (Epic 2005) —An extraordinary song.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “She's Hot” from Out My Way (Rykodisc 1986) —Oh gosh, how I played the heck out of this record back in 1986, when I thought SST was as cool as music got.Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “Seeds We Sow” (Eagle Rock 2011) N —Check your local listings, but I think there's some recent Lindsey Buckingham concert being shown on the Palladia channel these days (possibly even today).Buy it!
Ramblin' Jack Elliott “Death Don't Have No Mercy” from A Stranger Here (Anti- 2009) —In the last few years, my philosophy has been simple. If Joe Henry produced it, I want to hear it.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Wanderin'” from Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) —Every time I hear this one, I double check to make sure it isn't really some old Woody Guthrie song he dug up. It's that good.Buy it!
The Bangles “Ball N Chain” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) N —If brains were clothes, you'd have nothing to wear. Oh, snap!Buy it!
John Doe “Giant Step Backward” from Keeper (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2011) N —The best song on Doe's new record. It took me three weeks to remember which cut it was, because I've only heard the album at work, and I kept being distracted from checking which number on the CD player it was.Buy it!
Carla Thomas “Yesterday (live)” from Stax Does the Beatles (stax 2007) —I love this arrangement, with the horns and the piano flourishes, and Carla pushes her vocal prowess as far as it will go.Buy it!
Andrea True Connection “More, More, More” from Gold Funk and Soul (Cleopatra 2003) —Andrea True passed away the other day - this mix features some prominent cowbell.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Daybreak (45 version)” from More Cowbell For More Cowbell (Rich Reese) —I'm thinking it will be a good time at Off Broadway tomorrow night when some of St. Louis' finest pay tribute to Nilsson. I hope they have a cowbell ready.Buy it!
LaBelle “Don't Bring Me Down” from Nightbirds (Epic 1974) —A killer Allen Toussaint production.Buy it!
Etta James “That's the Chance You Take” from The Dreamer (Verve Forecast 2011) N —Etta gets by on guile and innate rhythm and musicality - she ain't what she was, but she's still Etta James, and that means it's worth hearing.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald & Lous Armstrong “They All Laughed” from Ella & Louis Again (Verve 1957) —Ella + Louis + Gershwin = bliss.Buy it!
Mahalia Jackson “Dig a Little Deeper” from In My Home Over There (MCA 1998) —I love the somber Mahalia, but it's nice to hear her when she cuts loose, too.Buy it!
Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Precious Memories” from Complete Recorded Works Vol. 3 (Document 1998) —One of the great guitarists of the last century, and a heck of a singer.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” from From Elvis in Memphis (RCA 1969) —Oh Lord, I hope this one doesn't count as "That song." (Me, I say if it's a good song, I'll play it even if there's a danger you heard it before).Buy it!
The Dells “Stay In My Corner” from 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection - The Best of the Dells (Chess 2000) —Six minutes of tingling up and down the spine.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “I Got High” from Want More (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —A tough song to resist - these guys will be at Off Broadway on Dec. 10, and at Euclid Records earlier that afternoon.Buy it!
Paul Motian Trio “Monk's Mood” from One Time Out (Soul Note 1990) —The great jazz drummer Paul Motian passed away the other day, a major loss in music. His trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano was always a great showcase for Motian's particular gits.Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Please, Please Me” from All We Are Saying (Savoy 2011) N —This is just sweet.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Had To Be Her” from Here come the choppers (Sovereign Artists 2005) —From my fave of all Wainwright's great records, the one with Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, and Jim Keltner in the band.Buy it!
Sam Bush “Circles Around Me” (SUGAR HILL 2009) —I've always said Sam Bush is the greatest mandolin player in the world, but now I've seen Chris Thile play, and that means there's at least a tie. Anyway, this is a lovely song.Buy it!
Son Volt “World Waits For You” from Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Legacy 2005) L —A song that's not quite like anything else I've heard from Jay Farrar over the years.Buy it!
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile “Here and Heaven” from Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony Classical 2011) N —There's that Thile fellow I was telling you about.Buy it!
Alison Krauss & Union Station “Dust Bowl Children” from Paper Airplane (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —You know, Dan Tyminski is a terrific vocalist in his own right - I love his take on this Peter Rowan song.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “I'm Beginning to Forget” from Welder CD ALBUM (31 Tigers 2010) —A sad little weeper that always threatens to turn into "Hickory Wind" but doesn't.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Revelation Road” (Everso Records 2011) N —Lynne plays all the instruments herself, and achieves an incredible loosey-goosey feel here.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Talking At the Same Time” from Bad As Me (Anti- 2011) N —I'm convinced this is the best record Waits has made since Frank's Wild Years. Yep, that was a long time ago, and there have been some good ones since, but this album is inspired.Buy it!
John Hiatt “Til I Get My Lovin' Back” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —Right purty song.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Jesse Justice” from Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch (Rack 'Em 2007) —A song I'd overlooked when this record came out - but, as with so many Joe Ely songs, it's a good 'un.Buy it!
Jakob Dylan “Oh, Mama, Come Home” from The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (Columbia 2011) N —Jakob does a nice job of capturing the blues feeling Hank's lyrics called for here.Buy it!
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