The Del-Lords “Shame On You” from Frontier Days (American Beat 1984) —Let those guitars jangle, let that big beat pummel, let Eric Ambel sing one of Scott Kempner's great songs!Buy it!
The Long Ryders “And She Rides” from 10-5-60 (Frontier 1983) —The only time I ever rode up in the Arch, I was with these guys. Yeah, that's rock'n'roll!Buy it!
Jay Bennett & Edward Burch “Shakin' Sugar” from The Palace At 4am (Part I) (Undertow 2002) —What do you do when you get kicked out of a highly successful band? Make the best music of your life.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Temple Beautiful” (Yep Roc 2012) N —Remember I said Chuck Prophet would be in Springfield? It's the Taste of Springfield Festival on July 7, and the Jans Project are also on the bill that day. Amy LaVere plays the night before, too.Buy it!
David Johansen “She” from In Style (Razor & Tie 1979) —Johansen's 2nd solo album confused me when it came out (but I still bought it the minute I saw it) - I mean, he was wearing disco clothes on the cover. The best songs hold up, though.Buy it!
The Hives “Go Right Ahead” from Lex Hives (Disques Hives 2012) N —A real-life musical mash-up of "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO and "Stepping Stone" by the Monkees, all with a strong dash of Hives-ness.Buy it!
Run-D.M.C. “It's Tricky” from Greatest Hits (Simply Vinyl 2002) —It is tricky to rock and rhyme. Try it.Buy it!
Tight Pants Syndrome “Your Buzz Is Safe With Me” from Singles CD ALBUM (Blip Blap! 2008) —One of the five or six best songs to come out of St. Louis in the last decade.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “I Want You” from Blood and Chocolate (Rhino 1985) —The guy is a stalker, pure and simple. Not Elvis himself, but the guy in the song.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Sleeper Awake” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —John Wesley Harding gave her this pop gem - and she nails the heck out of it.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “Thought I Knew You” from Girlfriend (Zoo 1991) —I've been playing the Janiva Magness version so much lately, I thought it would be nice to revisit the original.Buy it!
The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” from Help! CD ALBUM (Capitol Records 1965) —True fact: I first learned this song when I sang it in Concert Choir in high school in 1976. Yup, I led a sheltered life as a child.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Smuggler's Nightmare” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —St. Louis band that is constantly boggling my mind with new material.Buy it!
Heart “Saffronia's Mark” from Red Velvet Car (Eagle 2010) —I love to see veteran rockers make great music years after they fell off the charts.Buy it!
The Association “Enter the Young” from Just the Right Sound: The Association Anthology (Rhino 2002) —One of the most underrated bands of the 60s - their gigantic hits overshadowed all kinds of amazing songs.Buy it!
The dB's “The Adventures of Albatross and Doggerel” from Falling Off the Sky (bar none 2012) N —I'd say this is my favorite song these days if the rest of the album didn't have so many equal to it.Buy it!
The Creation “Biff-Bang-Pow” from Complete Collection Vol. 2: Biff Bang Pow (Sin-Drome 1998) —This is what you call Pop Art Pop!Buy it!
Humble Pie “Desperation” from As Safe As Yesterday is (Castle 1969) —Given a choice between a song performed by its originator, Steppenwolf, or by the amazing Humble Pie, I gotta go with the cover version.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Orpheo Looks Back” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —Don't look back or it will disappear. Beautiful song.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “A Showman's Life” from Midnight and Lonesome (Hightone 2002) —Nobody told me about this part - they told me all about the pretty girls and the wine and the money and the good times.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Naufragee du Tendre” from Tell My Sister (Nonesuch 2011) —Even though I was in a band that covered this song, I still don't know what it's about (something to do with shipwrecked), but I love this song beyond all comprehension anyway.Buy it!
The Roches “Hammond Song” from The Roches (Warner Brothers 1979) —Ah, sisters.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Somebody Else” from Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound 2012) N —Loudon is joined by Chris Smither in contemplating mortality.Buy it!
Rhett Miller “This Summer Lie” from The Dreamer (Maximum Sunshine 2012) N —I always prefer Rhett Miller away from the Old 97's - seems his songs are more melodically interesting on the solo records.Buy it!
John Doe “A Little More Time” from A Year In the Wilderness (Yep Roc 2007) —One of his best songs, methinks.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Just Like a Woman” from Before the Flood (Columbia 1974) —I love this version - the near hysteria in Dylan's voice is crazy but it works.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Coochy Coochy” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —Oh, you could dance to this one if you wanted to.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Come On” from You Never Can Tell - The Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966 (Hip-O 2009) —A master at work.Buy it!
Ricky & the Stompers “The Wild One” from 50 Early Rockin' Tracks (Collector 2000) —Plenty wild enough. This rockabilly joint should be a lot more famous.Buy it!
Jimmie Vaughan “Oh Oh Oh” from Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites (Shout! Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2011) —A rhythmic powerhouse with stunning guitar. That's Jimmie Vaughan's calling card.Buy it!
Ryan Shaw “The Wrong Man” from Real Love (Dynotone 2012) N —This young man can really sing.Buy it!
War “The Music Band” from Anthology (1970-1994) (Rhino 1994) —On the original album, this groove is twice as long, but hey, the abbreviated version is entrancing enough.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Closer to Home” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) N L —This St. Louis band has so many stylistic arrows in its quiver - this song features three or four of them alone.Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Lazy Robinson Part 2” from History, Mystery (Nonesuch 2008) —One of a million beautiful tunes in the Frisell catalogue.Buy it!
Chicago “Travel Suite: Flight 602” from Chicago III (Rhino 1971) —Not CSNY, but a pretty good imitation.Buy it!
The Kinks “A House in the Country” from Face To Face (Pye 1966) —You don't hear this one every day, but it's as great as all the classics by the Kinks.Buy it!
The Band “Mystery Train” from Moondog Matinee (Capitol Records 1973) —A version good enough to help inspire a book.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Suzanna” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —I can feel what it's like to see this memory in your head.Buy it!
Orange Juice “Felicity” from You Can't Hide Your Love Forever (Domino 1982) —Back in the day when I visited every record store in town on a regular basis, though I had very little money, I kept seeing this album on display, and I needed to own it just for the cover alone. It was more than worth the expense.Buy it!
Kathy Mattea “Dark as a Dungeon” from Coal (R.E.D. 2008) —Singing clear-eyed, with minimal accompaniment, Mattea makes this chestnut resonate.Buy it!
Joey Ramone “Waiting For That Railroad” from . . . Ya Know? (BMG 2012) N —Joey could break your heart when given half a chance.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “Baby, No” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) N L —Ending with some heart-felt beautiful rock.Buy it!
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