Steve Winwood “We're All Looking” from Nine Lives (Columbia 2008) —It's pretty easy to convince yourself this track was recorded in 1969 with Traffic - it's that good.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Coming Your Way (Take 6)” from The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967-1969 (Sony 1969) —Dig that dual guitar action.Buy it!
Gang Of Four “Damaged Goods” from Entertainment! (Infinite Zero 1979) —Just your typical Peter Green/Jeremy Specer Fleetwood Mac song seque into Gang of Four. Happens all the time.Buy it!
The Clash “Jimmy Jazz” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic) —These guys were so far ahead of the curve for new wave back in the day - listen to Topper Headon's drums and find anybody else who could pull this off at the time.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Better Than Broken” from Zoysia (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2006) L —One of the great album opening cuts of the last decade.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Bad Liver And a Broken Heart” from Trouble In Mind (Lost Highway 2008) R —I'd say Brian Henneman had the wiser reaction, but they're both understandable.Buy it!
Guided By Voices “Laundry & Lasers” from Let's Go Eat the Factory (GBV 2012) N —One never knows what you'll get when you randomly pick a GBV song, but I like this brief number.Buy it!
Johnny Moped “Hard Lovin' Man” from Live From the Roxy Vol. 2 (Sanctuary 2002) —The punk rock thing in England united all sorts of people - this is basically pub rock sped up, but it sounded so totally radical.Buy it!
The Retros “High Energy Love” from Inner City Rockers (BDR 2011) N L —St. Louis band that ruled my world in 1979.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “Stiff Competition” from Heaven Tonight (CBS Records 1979) —As long as I'm looking back - this was a record I played a million times.Buy it!
Willie Nile “One Guitar” from The Innocent Ones (River House www.willienile.com 2011) N —I'm a soldier marching in an army / Got no gun to shoot / But what I got is one guitar.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “Waterlow” from Wildlife (Atlantic 1971) —Yeah, Ian Hunter knows how to rock, but he can break your heart, too.Buy it!
Edith Piaf “L'Effet Que Tu Me Fais” from The Best of Edith Piaf (CAPITOL 1991) —Translation? My effect?Buy it!
Maura O'Connell “There's No Good Day For Dying” from Don't I Know (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2004) —One of my favorite singers, and a song truly worthy of her skills.Buy it!
Miranda Lambert “Fastest Girl in Town” from Four the Record (Sony 2011) —I'll be wearing nothing but a tattoo and a smile. That's a modern-day attitude.Buy it!
Son Volt “Bandages and Scars” from Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Legacy 2004) L —Some mighty purty guitar on this one.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Anchor” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) —If your love was a ship, I'd pull your anchor and I'd christen it. That's some sharp writing.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Gloryland” (Crowville Collective 2012) N —I'd almost forgotten this really talented singer/songwriter. It's been a lot of years since he put something out, but the new one sounds good.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “Looking For a Girl” from Bella (Verve Forecast 2011) —As often as I play songs from it, I probably should have included Teddy Thompson among my fave records last year - a year with lots and lots of records to love is a good year, I always say.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “In My Arms” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records) N —Another Teddy Thompson song, and it features Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, and Brian Setzer. Now that's a guitar army.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Spoken Like a True Sunday Night” from A Demonstration (ep) (self-released 2010) L —Word is this great St. Louis band is working on new recordings. Can't wait.Buy it!
NRBQ “It Comes to Me Naturally” from NRBQ at Yankee Stadium (Mercury 1978) —One of the world's greatest drummers, Tom Ardolino, passed away a couple weeks back. Nobody played like he did.Buy it!
The Del-Lords “Burnin' In the Flame of Love” from Frontier Days (American Beat 1984) —Shoulda been a hit back in the day.Buy it!
The Like “Wishing He Was Dead” from Release Me MP3/FILE ALBUM (Geffen 2010) —I still thank Edward Burch for introducing me to this magnificent pop gem that got virtually no attention when it came out.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Objects In mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” from Weather (Naive 2011) N —The more I play it, the more I love it. I don't keep close track of the hierarchy, but I think this could be a top five release for me last year.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal 2011) N —Among the greatest vocal performances I heard last year. Beyond stunning to take a song as familiar as this one and make it brand new.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Waiting For the Miracle” from Songs From the Road (Columbia 2010) —Miraculously, there will be a new Leonard Cohen album soon.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “The Price” from Home In Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke (Rhino 1992) —Nobody did recitatives like Solomon Burke. And then when he starts singing - swoon.Buy it!
Arthur Alexander “7.Where Have You Bendorf (All of My Life)” from The Ultimate Arthur Alexander (Razor & Tie 1993) —This guy was so casually great.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “You're A Man Of Words, I'm A Woman Of Action” from Lost Soul (Legacy 1994) —Something tells me she ain't kidding.Buy it!
The Jackson 5 “Doctor My Eyes” from Gold (Motown 2000) —Little Michael belts out the Jackson Browne song.Buy it!
Maggie and Terre Roche “Underneath the Moon” from Seductive Reasoning (Real Gone Music 2012) N —One of the great lost treasures of the 70s is about to be back in print for the first time in ages.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Sleeping In Paris” from The Wheel (Columbia 1993) —An astonishingly gorgeous song.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Drifter's Escape” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —Sending this out to everybody who recently read Just Kids, and to those of you have yet to discover its fascinating power.Buy it!
Waterloo “Chain of Lakes” from Out of the Woods (Undertow 2006) L —A St. Louis band I really dug a few years back, and then they split across country.Buy it!
Laibach “Across the Universe” from Let It Be (Ekektra 1988) —From one of the silliest albums of all time, but a haunting rendition of this song nonetheless.Buy it!
Spirit “Fresh Garbage” from Spirit (Epic 1969) —A cowbell classic I thought I'd pull out again - I didn't realize this was actually Spirit's first single.Buy it!
Nils Lofgren “Old School” (Vision 2011) N —Nils sounds kinda cranky here. It's rockin' hard, but he's one step from yelling "Get off my lawn."Buy it!
Al Basile “Distant Ships” from The Goods (Sweetspot 2011) N —A very good singer and bluesy songwriter; it always makes me happy to remember him. And his cornet playing is a dream.Buy it!
Marty Raybon “Everybody's Reaching (Out For Someone)” from This, That and the Other (Marty Raybon 2009) —Somewhere on the border of bluegrass and country - darned sweet.Buy it!
The Carter Family “Single Girl, Married Girl” from Anchored In Love: Their Complete Victor Recordings 1927-1928 (Rounder 1993) —It's so hard to put myself in the context of that time and place - this song sounds to me like a feminist manifesto, but it had to be taken differently, didn't it?Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Farmer Brown / Chicken Reel” from Natural Forces CD ALBUM (Lost Highway 2009) —Sending this one out to my friend Allison, who posted on Facebook about her 7th grade class not understanding the phrase "choke my chicken." What's wrong with kids today?Buy it!
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