Continental Drifters “Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway” from Vermilion (Razor & Tie 1998) —From the single best record album I heard in the entire decade of the 1990s.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Strangest Ways” from Plastic Seat Sweat (Geffen 1997) —My baby's got the strangest ways of saying . . .Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “I Felt Like Jesus” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —You know, he's playing at some festival up in Springfield, IL right around the 4th of July. Just sayin'.Buy it!
Kid Creole & the Coconuts “Money” from The Conquest of You (SPV 2001) —The amount of great music these guys have contributed to the world, with so little of the world hearing it, is staggering.Buy it!
The Temptations “Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) [Alternate Mix]” from Psychedelic Soul (Motown 2000) —I'm not a big fan of remixes of classic songs, but damned if this version doesn't actually work at least as well as the real one.Buy it!
Albert King “Breaking Up Somebody's Home” from I'll Play the Blues for You (stax 1972) N —I was reminded again the other day that this is one of Albert King's finest records.Buy it!
Prince “Controversy” (Warner Brothers Records 1981) —I can still remember the thrill of hearing this song on WESL back when it was new - I hadn't heard anything even remotely like it before.Buy it!
Webb Wilder “Don't Slander Me” from More Like Me (blind pig 2009) —A very effective cover of the Roky Erickson classic.Buy it!
Dr. John “Ice Age” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —Sounds as though the good Doctor is grooving in Africa. Love this.Buy it!
Bombino “Iyat Idounia Ayasahen (Another Life)” from Agadez (Cumbancha 2011) —Holy cow, this guy can play guitar. I'm not familiar with the sounds of Algeria and Niger, but based on this evidence, maybe I should be.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Goin' To the Party” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —An atypically quiet little number from these guys that shows off the singer's dynamic range.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart” from Bad Reputation (Mercury 1977) —Phil Lynott was one heck of a major talent.Buy it!
Sloan “Sinking Ships” from Navy Blues (Murder Records 1998) —Having only discovered Sloan a couple years ago, I'm astonished to find out that their earlier records were even richer and more developed.Buy it!
The dB's “She Won't Drive in the Rain Anymore” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) N —A stunning song written by Peter Holsapple about the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina.Buy it!
Martin Carthy “Song of the Lower Classes” from The Collection (Green Linnet 1993) —Three part male acapella harmony that's truly breathtaking.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Waltz (Better Than Fine)” from Extraordinary Machine (Epic 2005) —She'll be at the Peabody Opera House on July 14.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “35 Summers” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —Some crazy old woman rambling on and on.Buy it!
Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet “Cassidy: This Sad Burlesque” from The Juliet Letters (Rhino 1993) —I honestly think this record deserves reconsideration. So much of it is beautiful, thrilling, and emotionally powerful.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Hundred Dollars” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) N —All bow down to the mighty Chris Thile and his mates.Buy it!
Roy Wood “Bengal Jig” from Exotic Mixture: Singles A's & B's (Repertoire 1999) —One of his jauntiest b-sides.Buy it!
Miranda Lambert featuring the Pistol Annies “Run Daddy Run” from Hunger Games Soundtrack (Universal Republic 2012) N —A hidden gem on a frequently enticing T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack.Buy it!
Sparks “Perfume” (Gut 2006) —I haven't spent nearly enough hours of my life listening to Sparks. Whenever they do cross my path, there's nothing like them.Buy it!
Patti Smith “After the Gold Rush” from Banga (Columbia 2012) N —A lovely rendition of the Neil Young classic.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Convenience Store” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —You can catch Rough Shop as part of the closing night of Twangfest tomorrow night at the Duck Room.Buy it!
Brian Eno “Driving Me Backwards” from June 1, 1974 (Island 1974) —Actually, that's Eno with Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Robert Wyatt, and Mike Oldfield.Buy it!
Youssou N'Dour “Diarr Diarr” from Dakar-Kingston (Universal 2010) —Senegal and Jamaica crossover - gorgeous.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Boogie On Reggae Woman” from Fulfillingness First Finale (Motown 1974) —Just one of the greatest songs ever.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “I Can See Everything” from Want More (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) —That's a groove right there.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “Finger Poppin'” from The Best of Loma Records: The Rise & Fall of a Soul Label (Warner Brothers 1995) —Gee whillikers, that woman could belt it out!Buy it!
Dirty Dozen Brass Band “Tomorrow” from Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz 2012) N —The Dirty Dozen works up quite a sweat on this one.Buy it!
The Yardbirds “Too Much Monkey Business” from Five Live Yardbirds (Repertoire 1964) —After the band is introduced, they cook up quite a storm!Buy it!
Sonny Burgess “Ain't Got a Thing” from We Wanna Boogie (Rounder 1990) —They knew how to rock in Memphis, didn't they?Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Slow Tom's” from single (Euclid 2010) —Powerhouse live rendition of their song about that little bar I've never visited.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “Search Me Lord” from The Devil Ain't Got No Music (Aria B.G. 2012) N —Spectacular Gospel blues record.Buy it!
Golden Echoes “When the Saints Go Marching In” from Old Time Religion (Specialty 1992) —It's often easy to forget this song is actually a spiritual - this version doesn't hide that fact.Buy it!
Chris Smither “Every Mother's Son” from Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds 2012) N —This new album comes out June 19. It's excellent, as usual.Buy it!
Flying Burrito Brothers “Wheels” from The Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M 1969) —Sheer perfection.Buy it!
Vern Gosdin “Chiseled in Stone” from Fifty Years of Country Music (Mercury 1995) —Ending on a powerful country ballad.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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