John Lennon “Cold Turkey” from Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon (CAPITOL 1997) —A nice cheerful song to open the show.Buy it!
The Beatles “Across the Universe” from Let It Be CD ALBUM (Apple Records 1970) —One of the most beautiful songs in the world.Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “High Flyin' Bird” from Live - 11/25/1966 & 11/27/1966: We Have Ignition (Collector's Choice 2010) —Marty Balin wonders if the high flyin' bird looks down as she flies - well, if it's a bird of prey, of course it does.Buy it!
Albert King “Crosscut Saw” from Born Under A Bad Sign (stax 2013) —Albert King with Booker T & the MG's and the Memphis Horns - masterpiece.Buy it!
Joe Louis Walker “Hellfire” (Alligator 2012) N —Among the most talented contemporary blues performers - this record is a scorcher.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Weak Spot” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) —That's the great William Bell singing this soul gem from last year. Wish I could have seen these guys in town the other night.Buy it!
DeRobert and the Half-Truths “I Know” from Soul In a Digital World (ged soul 2010) —A sweet little soul ballad.Buy it!
J. Geils Band “It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It)” from The Morning After CD ALBUM (Atlantic 1971) —A blast from the cowbell past.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “You Got What You Wanted” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —A great version of the Ike and Tina Turner number.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Rio Grande” from Ashgrove (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2004) —I love when itunes shuffle reminds me of something I haven't heard in several years.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “The Left Hand and the Right Hand” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2011) N —He put on an excellent show at Off Broadway last night - I couldn't stay for all of it, but I saw nearly an hour of excellent rock.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Desperation Breeds . . .” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —Mr. Bird was also playing in St. Louis last night, and I'm sure that was a terrific show, too.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “The Here & the Now” from Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound 2012) N —John Scofield plays some nice guitar, and as many of his kids as could be assembled sing background vocals along with the still living women who married him.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Dress of Laces” from Release Me (Curb / Lost Highway 2012) N —One of the stand-out cuts from this new and somewhat odd record.Buy it!
Maura O'Connell “There's No Good Day for Dying” from Don't I Know (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2004) —A beautiful song from one of the greatest singers in the world.Buy it!
Bhi Bhiman “Take What I'm Given” from Bhiman (Boocoo Music 2012) N —I would also have liked to catch this ex-St. Louisian in his triumphant return to town the other night. I'm really liking everything I've heard on his debut album.Buy it!
Charlie Brumley “It's Right the First Time (Kathleen, Kathleen)” from The Linden Years (self 2012) N L —An excellent song from this St. Louisian, the leader of the Educated Guess.Buy it!
Craig Finn “Rented Room” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant 2012) N —I'm trying to remember why I was suspicious of this record. It's great.Buy it!
New York Dolls “Runnin' Around” from One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner 2006) —How has it been 6 years since they put out this "reunion" record?Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Crawling to the USA” from This Year's Model (Columbia 1978) —Just a tossed off pop gem that Costello didn't even bother to put on an album when it came out.Buy it!
The Change Music Variety Show “Simple - Now!” from Now! (Tony Patti 2012) N L —Fabulous and catchy from a much-longer song cycle by a very talented St. Louisian who hasn't made his music public in a long time.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Lockerbie” from Defeat (Red Pill 2012) N —Former St. Louisian Stephan Bayley has a new album coming out with a different batch of City Squirrel associates - this is the first single, and it's a corker.Buy it!
Sahara Hotnights “Distant and Dreamy” from Sahara Hotnights (Universal 2011) —Pop music, ya gotta love it. These guys know the value of a good hook.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Jezebel” from single (Third Man 2012) N —Golly gosh, this man has a big voice.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie” from Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings (New West www.aversmusic.com 2011) —Guitar giant Marc Ribot takes the lead on this one. Who would have thought this chestnut could be reinvigorated?Buy it!
Chicago Afrobeat Project “Jekajo” from Chicago Afrobeat Project (Cabp Music 2005) —For those who feel like dancing.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Riro's House” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch 2012) N —And a different kind of dance.Buy it!
Sugar Minott “Oh Mr. D.C.” from The Best of Studio One (Heartbeat 2005) —Pure and sweet.Buy it!
Fats Domino “I'm Walkin'” from Greatest Hits: Walkin' to New Orleans (CAPITOL 2008) —I knew Earl Palmer could flow out of that reggae.Buy it!
Hadley Hendricks “Beach, Beach Blues” from 50 Early Rockin' Tracks (Crazy Love 2000) —Wild and crazy.Buy it!
Finn's Motel “Early Spring” (Unknown) N L —St. Louis band has released this song in download form - presumably an album will follow soon.Buy it!
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames “My Revolutionary Mind” from New Multitudes (Rounder 2012) N —Shh - don't tell anybody I'm kinda liking a track by Yim Yames. I'll just say he's better surrounded by these other guys.Buy it!
Fun. (featuring Janelle Monae) “We Are Young” from Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen 2012) N —I really, really like the number one single in the country. That doesn't happen very often any more.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Take It Away” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) N L —They'll be playing tonight at Plush. Good band.Buy it!
Little Feat “Brickyard Blues” from Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat (Rhino 2000) —A little rarity from the olden days of Little Feat.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Swallowed Up (In the Belly of the Whale)” from Wrecking Ball (Columbia 2012) N —One of the two bonus cuts on the deluxe edition of the album, and a chilling cut indeed.Buy it!
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