The Stooges “No Fun” from The Stooges (Ekektra 1969) —I read on the internet that this is the "national anthem of punk." Who knew?Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Do Anything You Want to Do” from Black Rose: A Rock Legend (Mercury 1979) —The lyrics just fly by so fast that when I want to quote them, I forget the last line because the next one is so interesting.Buy it!
Nick Gilder “Roxy Roller” from The Best of Nick Gilder: Hot Child in the City (Razor & Tie 2001) —One of the most overlooked pop songwriters of the late 70s.Buy it!
Spoon “I Summon You” from Gimme Fiction (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2005) —As you get older, time seems to accelerate. This record, which still seems pretty darn contemporary to me, is now 6 years old. Any random 6-year-gap back in the 70s or 80s seems like a lifetime.Buy it!
Sahara Hotnights “Secrets” from Sajara Hotnights (Universal 2011) N —Resolved: Return this CD to Jim Roehm. There is a reason I try not to borrow things.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Get It While You Can” from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —One of the greatest soul singers passed away the other day. This was his best known song, largely because Janis Joplin covered it.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Girl From the North Country” from How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan (Ace 2010) —Seriously! How do you turn a song like this into a powerhouse soul ballad? That's what Tate could do.Buy it!
Dobie Gray “Loving Arms” from Drift Away: His Very Best (Razor & Tie 1996) —Another great who passed away this week. Completely different style, way more laid back than Tate, but still great.Buy it!
Dobie Gray “Drift Away” from Drift Away: His Very Best (Razor & Tie 1996) —His biggest hit, and a stunning achievement.Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “I Ain't Superstitious” from The Definitive Collection (Geffen 2007) —The great guitarist Hubert Sumlin passed away this week, as well. His contributions were pretty spectacular.Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “Hidden Charms” from The Definitive Collection (Geffen 2007) N —This is one where Hubert Sumlin particularly shined.Buy it!
HUBERT SUMLIN “Pickin'” from Blues Guitar Boss (JSP 1994) —A nice little instrumental shuffle to let Sumlin play that guitar.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Bad As Me” (Anti 2011) N —This is one of the best songs Tom Waits has ever done. And yes, I'm fully aware of how big a statement that is.Buy it!
Champion Jack Duprée “Walking Blues” from It's All About the Blues (AAO 2002) —I love the relaxed quality of the groove, and the ridiculous skill he so casually displays on piano.Buy it!
Joe Henry “After the War” from Reverie (Anti 2011) N —See, my subconscious told me to play this song next, and that's because the last line of this song is "Walking back to you." I may not retain a lot in the frontal lobes, but somewhere in this brain, connections get made.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal 2011) N —Jaw-droppingly brilliant version of a song you might not have thought could be brought to new life once again.Buy it!
The Futures “Love Is Here” from Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records (Philadelphia / Legacy 2008) —There were so many great soul records coming out in the early 70s that some of the finest never came close to being hits. Exhibit A.Buy it!
Barry White “What Am I Gonna Do With You” from Gold: The Very Best of Barry White (Universal 2005) —The late great Barry White knew how to make a cowbell seductive.Buy it!
DeRobert and the Half-Truths “The Dole” from soul in a digital world (G.E.D. Soul Records gedsoulrecords.com 2010) N —This hot soul/funk outfit from Nashville will be at 2720 Cherokee next Saturday, the 17th, and also at Euclid Records the same day at 3 pm.Buy it!
Tito Puente “Swinging Shepherd Blues (Goes Latin)” from Un Poco Loco (Concord 1987) —I know it's cheating to use Latin music for cowbell segment, but this is such a sweet recording.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Heaven's Only Days Down the Road” from Revelation Road (Everso 2011) N —This record just gets deeper and deeper with each listen - easily one of my faves this year.Buy it!
The Band “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” from The Band (CAPITOL 1969) —You gotta love a good union song.Buy it!
Alison Krauss & Union Station “Dimming Of The Day” from Paper Airplane (Rounder 2011) N —I've never heard anything less than a stunning version of this Richard Thompson masterpiece.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “That's Enough Out of You” from Separate Ways (Verve Forecast 2006) —A nice little rocker from Teddy's second album. With his dad on guitar.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Now Be Thankful” from Meet on the Ledge - The Classic Years (1967-1975) (A&M 1999) —You bet I'm thankful for this.Buy it!
Tom Hall “Untrue Blues” from Right Down There on Lee Street (self 2005) L —A Great version of the Blind Boy Fuller song.Buy it!
Bessie Smith “Alexander's Ragtime Band” from Essential Bessie Smith (Columbia 1997) —Irving Berlin's early attempt at jazz never sounded so good.Buy it!
Robert Johnson “Little Queen of Spades” from The Complete REcordings: The Centennial Collection (Columbia 2011) —These 70+ year-old recordings never sounded so good.Buy it!
Marquise Knox “I Can't Be Satisfied” from Here I Am (APO 2011) N —St. Louis kid channels Muddy Waters.Buy it!
The Troggs “Good Vibrations” from Archeology (1967-1977) (Polydor 1996) —Very strange take on the Beach Boys.Buy it!
Magazine “Of Course Howard (1979)” from No Thyself (Wire-Sound 2011) N —An odd little cut, but interesting.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Petite Mort” from Weather (Naive 2011) N —I know what that means.Buy it!
LaVerne Baker “Jump Into the Fire” from For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters 1995) —Taking Nilsson to church.Buy it!
McCrary Sisters “Follow Me Up” from Our Journey (McC 2011) N —These women started out in church.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Better Off Without You” from Brand New Dance (Reprise 1990) —A stunningly gorgeous song I'd almost completely forgotten.Buy it!
The Little Willies “Remember Me” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2008) N —Norah Jones sings country. You need to know anything else?Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Strange Weirdos” from Strange Weirdos - Music from and Inspired By the Film "Knocked Up" (Concord 2007) —Isn't it weird that two weirdos can wind up not feeling that weird?Buy it!
Peter Case “Trusted Friend” from The Case Files (Alive 2011) N —I find this to be one of Case's strongest songs, though for some reason he saved it for this rarities release.Buy it!
Dwight Twilley Band “I'm On Fire” from Sincerely (RIGHT STUFF 1976) —One of the truly great records to break through the radio drek of 1976 - and only the tip of a very rich iceberg.Buy it!
The Records “Teenarama” from The Records / Shades In Bed (On The Beach 2002) N —For those who listened to KWK back in the day. Before KDHX, we had to take what we could get, and this was a great gift on the radio.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “A New Original” from Modernity (Blind Eyes 2008) —Of course the new album is good, but we can't forget the first one, can we?Buy it!
De Novo Dahl “Be Your Man” from Cats & Kittens (Emergent 2005) —Ending with a rocker.Buy it!
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