Billy Bragg “Lay Down Your Weary Tune” from Chimes of Freedo: the Songs of Bob Dylan (Universal 2012) N —This is from a very cool new box set tribute to Dylan - first I've seen it on the shelves, don't know when it's released, but I think I want it. The person at KDHX who burned the copy for our library misidentified this cut as being by Elvis Costello.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Faded Flower of Broadway” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate Music 2006) —I've played a lot from the most recent Willie Nile album, but it's nice to look back once in a while, isn't it?Buy it!
Love “Andmoreagain” from Forever Changes (Elektra 1967) —Simply perfect.Buy it!
Lulu “Watch That Man” from From Crayons to Perfume: The Best of Lulu (Rhino 1994) —In reference to a discussion on Facebook yesterday as to whether Lulu or Bowie rocks harder, here's Lulu rocking Bowie.Buy it!
The Clash “Jail Guitar Doors” from Super Black Market Clash (Epic 1993) —I remember getting this record in the mail back in the day, as it was only available as an import 7" single and I couldn't find it anywhere.Buy it!
The Searchers “When I Get Home” from The Definitive Pye Collection (Sanctuary 2004) —Just one of those casually wonderful Britpop songs of 1965 or thereabouts.Buy it!
James Carr “You've Got My Mind Messed Up” from Essential James Carr (Razor & Tie 1995) —Love the arpeggio soul ballads, and James Carr belts it out.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “Turn Your Damper Down” from Funky Chicken (Universal Music Group International 1997) —Mama, you'd better come get Sis / She's out in the backyard learning to do the Twist. Oh, my.Buy it!
Mike and the Sensations “There's Nothing I Can Do About It” from Don't Sell Your Soul (Ubiquity www.ubiquityrecords.com 2011) N —A sweet little soul ballad from a group I never heard before. So much rare soul is getting unearthed these days, my mind spins trying to hear even a tiny percentage of it.Buy it!
Delbert McClinton “People Just Love to Talk” from Acquired Taste (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2009) —Bluesy and soulful - love that baritone sax.Buy it!
Mose Allison “Lost Mind” from Local Color (Ojc 1957) —If you would be so kind as to help me find my mind, I want to thank you in advance. Nice.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “A Voice in the Dark” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) —The last song on the last album Elvis Costello has released - it's been 13 months, I want a new one.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “A Thousand Lifetimes” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records 2011) N —An amazing song to be sung by someone in Campbell's condition, facing Alzheimer's - "Each breath I take is one that I will never take for granted."Buy it!
Guided By Voices “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” from Let's Go Eat the Factory (GBV 2012) N —A typically good Robert Pollard song, transmuting his Who fixation into something catchy as all get out. And short.Buy it!
Rocket From the Tombs “Ain't It Fun” from The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs (FIRE 2011) N —Peter Laughner was developing his own original rock voice back in the 70s - his bandmates went on to form Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys, but this group could have been its own revolution.Buy it!
Henry Threadgill & Make a Move “Don't Turn Around” (PI 2001) —Mr. Threadgill deserves to be one of our most revered musicians, and yet you can't hardly even find his music. This is where jazz can go when it doesn't worry about trends.Buy it!
The Brothers Johnson “Light Up the Night” from Best of - the Millenium Collection (A&M 2000) —I didn't know this song when I saw them live in 1980, but I hope they played it.Buy it!
Jimi Hendrix “Changes” from Band of Gypsys (Polydor 1970) —Give the drummer some - Buddy Miles sings his song, and Jimi plays the guitar so sweet.Buy it!
Choc Stars “Kembela” from ...Unknown Album (Unknown) —A spin-off soukous group from Zaiko Langa Langa, who I played last week. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the very rare CD I borrowed to get this song.Buy it!
Ollabelle “When I Remember to Forget” from Neon Blue Bird (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com 2011) N —I'd almost forgotten to remember this pretty little number.Buy it!
Tim Buckley “Song For Janie” from Tim Buckley (Asylum 1966) —Tim Buckley went through tremendous musical changes in his short career, and I like most of them, but push come to shove, I gotta go with the early pop stuff.Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “Stars Are Crazy” from Seeds We Sow (Eagle Rock 2011) N —The new album by Lindsey is growing on me almost daily.Buy it!
Tom Rush “The Dreamer” from The Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets (Columbia Legacy 1999) —Beautiful song, as are so many of Rush's songs.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Run Away” from Follow Me Down (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —I'm not usually a fan of Shawn Colvin, but she does sing a gorgeous harmony here.Buy it!
Martha Wainwright “Bleeding All Over You” from I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too (Drowned In Sound 2008) —One of the great album titles, taken from this song, of the last decade.Buy it!
The Pretty Things “Roadrunner” from The Pretty Things (Fontana 1965) —I just enjoy the rawness of this Bo Diddley cover.Buy it!
Tony Jackson Group “Fortune Teller” from Freakbeat Freakout (Phantom 1998) —The original lead singer of the Searchers did a pretty nice take on this Allen Toussaint perennial.Buy it!
Martha & The Vandellas “Nowhere to Run” from The Ultimate Collection (Motown 1998) —Nobody ever covered this one with half the power of the original.Buy it!
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys “Power of the 45” from Turntable Matinee (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2006) —Well, yeah, I loved those little 7" records when I was a lot younger.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “Blackland Farmer” from Welder CD ALBUM (31 Tigers 2010) N —One of the best country singers in recent years.Buy it!
The Little Willies “Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2008) N —A nifty new take on Carl Martin.Buy it!
Connie Smith “I'm Not Blue” from Long Line of Heartaches (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —I hadn't noticed before today this Marty Stuart production of a beloved country veteran singer.Buy it!
George Jones “She's All I Got” from Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2004) —George Jones owns this Johnny Paycheck classic.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Bad Blood” from Do I Move You? (Northern Blues Music 2006) —This woman can sing the blues. Hard.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Koochie Koochie Koochie” from Blax-Plosion (Charly 2001) —One of the strangest things Mavis Staples ever sang, but you gotta admit it's seductively funky.Buy it!
Biz Markie “Pickin' Boogers” from Biz's Baddest Beats (Cold Chillin' 1994) —They don't write 'em like this anymore.Buy it!
Blind Boys of Alabama “Can You Give Me a Drink” from Take The High Road (Saguaro Road 2011) N —Vince Gill joins the Blind Boys for this absolute joy of a song.Buy it!
Walter Miller with the Barons “Standing On the Highway” from Complete Meteor Blues, R&B & Gospel Recordings (Ace 2006) —I've never heard anything else by Walter Miller or the Barons, but this is a blues groove that you could Madison to.Buy it!
Imelda May “Bury My Troubles” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —You can see her digging Pokey LaFarge in at least one shot on the Jools Holland New Year's Eve special clips that have made the rounds. Nice.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Sweet Love Child” from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —Ending with a gem from one of the coolest soul singers of his era.Buy it!
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