Bob Dylan “It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)” from Before the Flood (Columbia 1974) —He won the Medal of Freedom for songs like this one - and I do love this rapid-fire live version.Buy it!
The Gaslight Anthem “Changing of the Guards” from Chimes of Freedom (Amnesty International 2012) N —As close as it is possible to imagine what Thin Lizzy would have done with this song.Buy it!
Iggy Pop “Pleasure” from Party (Arista 1981) —Sooner or later, baby, I'm gonna squeeze you just like a tomato / Sooner or later, I'm gonna bruise you just like some old potato.Buy it!
Son Volt “The Search” (Transmit Sound 2007) —I like the way Jay Farrar and co. rocked on this one.Buy it!
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames “Careless Reckless Love” from New Multitudes (Rounder 2012) N —Jay Farrar does a great job putting to music this particular set of Woody Guthrie lyrics.Buy it!
The Flying Burrito Brothers “Hot Burrito #2” from The Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M 1969) —Well, come on, does it ever get better than this one?Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Last of the V8's” from No Angel Knows (Philo 1997) —An early more rocking Cleaves song. (Of course, rocking is relative.)Buy it!
Richard Barone “Silence Is Our Song” from Glow (Bar/None Records 2010) —An absolutely gorgeous number from one of our great melodicists.Buy it!
The dB's “Far Away and Long Ago” from Falling Off the Sky (bar none 2012) N —Chris Stamey is another of those master tunesmiths - the new album comes out in less than 2 weeks, and it is brilliant.Buy it!
Supergrass “Brecon Beacons” from Life On Other Planets (CAPITOL 2002) —Here's one of those bands that churned out a lot of really good records that I barely paid attention to while they were around. They always make me smile when I do, though.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “Baby Loves to Rock” from All Shook Up (Epic 1980) —A much better song than I gave it credit for when it was new.Buy it!
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “You Gotta Move” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —Who better to cover this Gospel number?Buy it!
Dorothy Moore “Misty Blue” (MALACO 1976) —One of those masterpieces that need to be revisited on a regular basis.Buy it!
Hank Crawford w/Johnny Burke “Misty” from Heart and Soul (Rhino 1994) —I just couldn't resist playing an astounding version of "Misty" after "Misty Blue." That's just the way my mind works.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Broken Wings” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —A beautiful version of a beautiful John Mayall song.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Trying to Get to Memphis” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —He'll be playing at Twangfest next Saturday, June 9 at the Duck Room in Blueberry Hill. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Sleeper Awake” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Covering John Wesley Harding. She'll be at Twangfest on Thursday, June 7 at the Duck Room in Blueberry Hill. One of the best singers there is.Buy it!
Wussy “Pulverized” from Strawberry (Shake It 2011) N —Also at Twangfest Thursday, June 7 at the Duck Room.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Problem Solver” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) —At Twangfest on Friday, June 8, at the Duck Room. One of my fave songs last year.Buy it!
John Doe & Exene Cervenka “See How We Are” from Singing and Playing (Moonlight Graham Records 2012) N —John Doe (sans Exene) will be headlining and closing out Twangfest 16 next Saturday, June 9, at the Duck Room.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Reloaded” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —One last Twangfest band for today - Rough Shop will be playing next Saturday, June 9 at the Duck Room, too.Buy it!
John Henry & The Engine “Green China” from Sad Face of Yours (John Henry & The Engine 2011) L —Nice little song from right here in St. Louis - great feel on this one.Buy it!
Finn's Motel “Shrinking Violet” from Escape Velocity (Scat 2006) L —It's been 6 years - come on, guys. New record, please.Buy it!
Sonny Landreth “Reckless Beauty” from Elemental Journey (Proper 2012) N —Explosive slide guitar workout - this new all-instrumental album is just thrilling.Buy it!
Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band “Co Fa” from Zydeco (Putumayo 2000) —I'm not usually big on the Putumayo label, but this track on a pretty good zydeco comp just got under my skin.Buy it!
LOUISIANA RED “Red's New Dream” from The Best of Louisiana Red (Evidence 1995) —A seriously weird blues.Buy it!
Chris Smither “Feeling By Degrees” from Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds 2012) N —New album hits the stores on June 19.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Korean Parents” from Harps and Angels (Nonesuch 2008) —Ah - I gave away movie tickets, and my head is spinning from all the calls. Hope this song works here.Buy it!
Frank Sinatra “Paper Doll” from Come Swing With Me (CAPITOL 1961) —An early song supporting masturbation, I think.Buy it!
Curtis Stigers “This Bitter Earth” from Let's Go Out Tonight (Concord 2012) N —Nice cover of the Brook Benton classic.Buy it!
Jimmie Beck & His Orchestra “Pipe Dreams” from Night Train to Nashville - Music City Rhythm & Blues (1945-1970) (Lost Highway 2004) —I know nothing about this guy, but this cut is a pure instrumental dancing pleasure.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Baby Won't You Please Come Home” from The Rhythm And The Blues (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 1995) —If you only buy one Sam Cooke record, I think it should be this one. But I can't imagine owning only one of anything.Buy it!
Dee Clark “How About That” from Rain Drops (Charly 1994) —Lightweight, to be sure, but it makes me feel good.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald “My Man's Gone Now” from Porgy and Bess (Verve 1958) —This album with Louis Armstrong is my definitive Porgy and Bess.Buy it!
Norah Jones “4 Broken Hearts” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2012) N —Seductive groove, and Norah sings her heart out.Buy it!
Etta James “Born on the Bayou” from Matriarch of the Blues (Private Music 2000) —Great arrangement of the CCR song.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Big Station” (Fantasy 2012) —We're very close to the release of this new one from one of our greatest songwriters.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “I Can't Stand It” from VU (Polydor 1985) —Now 27 years later, the songs on VU sound as classic as the ones on the original albums.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Baby Blue” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —Another gem of a song from one of the most reliable pop bands in St. Louis.Buy it!
The Maxtone Four “Bob” from Hey Hey (Do It Anyway) (Brickhouse Acoustics 2007) L —I'd forgotten this little pedal-to-the-floor pop number.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Picking Up Sticks” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —This record is just a pleasure every time I hear it. Good job, Brothers.Buy it!
Radiohead “Sulk” from The Bends (EMI 1995) —Remember back in the day when these guys played so many cool songs that didn't sound like they were just randomly generated ideas?Buy it!
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