The Hives “Come On!” from Lex Hives (Disques Hives 2012) N —One minute and ten seconds of rock'n'roll exhortation!Buy it!
The Yardbirds “Over Under Sideways Down” from Roger The Engineer (Columbia 1966) —The Jeff Beck Yardbirds album. My fave.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “Billy Brown” from Born There (Big Muddy www.bigmuddyrecords.com 2012) N L —My current fave from this rocking local legend's new record.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Standing Still” from Levers and Pulleys (Undertow 2003) L —Still waiting for some new Magnolia Summer music, but the old stuff holds up well.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls” (ATO www.atorecords.com 2012) N —One of the more popular records this year on KDHX - I still haven't fully fallen in love with it, but I gotta admit, it's pretty nice stuff.Buy it!
Paul Simon “How Can You Live in the Northeast?” from Surprise (Warner Brothers 2006) —I thought the Brian Eno-produced album was way better than it's given credit for. This song in particular ranks among his best.Buy it!
The Psychedelic Furs “Flowers” from The Psychedelic Furs (Columbia 1980) —I still love the sonic overload of that first album, and the romanticism of the second one, and oh, heck, the commercial adjustments of the third one.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Everything But Fine” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) N L —"It's 30 degrees outside, just as cold where I'm sitting." Doesn't that sound good right now?Buy it!
A.C. Newman “The Town Halo” from The Slow Wonder (Matador 2004) —I'd forgotten this one until the ol' itunes shuffle reminded me - it's all hooks and drive. Kinda reminds me of late Move or early ELO.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Loving Cup (alternate)” from Exile On Main Street Expanded Edition (Rolling Stone Records 2011) —This alternate take is pretty cool, alt-country avant la lettre. But with more precision and swagger than that implies.Buy it!
Dr. John “You Lie” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —Love the African groove here.Buy it!
L'Orchestre Afrizam “Besala Mana Na Boya” from Sambi Noko Ya Libala, Vol. 1 (Ngoyart 2003) —Ah, that sweet, sweet sounds of pop music from the Congo.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “I Love Every Little Thing About You” from Music of My Mind (Motown 1972) —Ah, the sweet, sweet sounds of soul music from Detroit.Buy it!
War “Don't Let No One Get You Down” from Why Can't We Be Friends (Rhino 1975) —As long as we're having a heat wave, we might as well relax in one of these lazy, loping grooves from the best summer band ever.Buy it!
Richard Thompson Band “Gypsy Love Songs” from More Guitar (Beeswing 2003) —Kenny Aronoff was recruited for this tour in 1988 because Dave Mattacks was on the DL. Somehow, this made Richard Thompson play even more intensely.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Ain't Gonna Let You Go” from Slipstream (Redwing Records 2012) N —This is the track on her new record where Bonnie Raitt shows off those slide guitar skills. And, as always, she sings the heck out of it.Buy it!
Gene Autry “Bear Cat Papa Blues” from As Good As It Gets: Hillbilly (Disky 2000) —Might as well call this one Blue Yodel Number 13B. Autry was a big Jimmie Rodgers acolyte before he smoothed things out on the range.Buy it!
Fred Eaglesmith “Milly's Cafe” from Milly's Café (Lonesome Day www.lonesomeday.com 2006) —Eaglesmith can spin a Texas-styled yarn better than any other Canadian I know.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Ghost Blues” from Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound 2012) N —The day that I died, I knew I was toast / Next day I was hanging out with Marley's ghost.Buy it!
The Jans Project “Torn Between” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) L —Playing tomorrow at A Taste of Springfield, up in Illinois. 5 pm. Chuck Prophet a couple hours later.Buy it!
Doll By Doll “Janice” from Remember (Rhino 1979) —A classic from Jackie Leven.Buy it!
The Blood Oranges “Fire Escape” from Lone Green Valley (East Side Digital 1992) —One of the best bands from the early 90s.Buy it!
The Move “What?” from Looking On (Repertoire 1970) —Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood worked very well together. Oh, this song makes me happy.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Broken Wings” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —A beautiful John Mayall song that Osborne completely owns.Buy it!
Greg Kihn Band “Rendezvous” from Anthology: All the Right Reasons (Castle 2001) —Back in the time when Springsteen just gave away amazing songs.Buy it!
Nathan James “Tri-Tar Shuffle Twist” from What You Make of It (Delta Groove 2012) N —Cool instrumental that starts as a blues shuffle and ends up doing the Twist.Buy it!
Albert King “Albert's Stomp” from I'll Play the Blues for You (stax 1972) N —The new reissue of this 1972 classic contains this nifty little instrumental.Buy it!
The Iguanas “Warm Sun” from If You Should Ever Fall On Hard Times (Yep Roc 2008) —It's funny to think of the warm sun as a happy metaphor.Buy it!
The Little Willies “I Worship You” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2012) N —A Ralph Stanley number that Norah Jones sings beautifully.Buy it!
Don Gibson “It Has To Be” from RCA Country Legends (Buddha 2001) —Don Gibson had huge country crossover hits back in the late 60s, and some of the ones that I didn't hear then are just as great. Like this one.Buy it!
Jon Cleary “Southern Nights” from Occapella! (FHQ 2012) N —Beautiful take on the Allen Toussaint masterpiece.Buy it!
Bill Kirchen “High Snakes In Deep Water” from Have Love, Will Travel (Black Top unk 1996) —It's likely that when this record came out, I hadn't heard of Bill Kirchen yet. I certainly never saw this album until a couple weeks back.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Whenever You're Out of My Sight” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Robbie Fulks can write, Kelly Hogan can sing, we can enjoy.Buy it!
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson “Your Day Will Come” from Rattlin' Bones (SUGAR HILL 2008) —Speaking of great singers.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “No Great Harm” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) —Dig those harmonies.Buy it!
Steep Canyon Rangers “Nobody Knows You” (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) N —You don't get enough any more of bluegrass bands coming up with a song this catchy.Buy it!
The Watersons “Country Life” from For Pence and Spicy Ale (Shanachie 1975) —As thrilling a sound as I've ever heard, these four voices.Buy it!
Patti Smith “After the Gold Rush” from Banga (Columbia 2012) N —Patti's take on the Neil Young song is ridiculously moving.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Sifters” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —Sometimes he can just sound so exquisite.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Suzanne” from Live In London CD ALBUM (Columbia 2009) —I can't remember how I discovered this song when I was a teen (and decidedly not very hip), but I can't remember not knowing it, either.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Ragged Company” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —I'm wondering if as much as I love this cut maybe I should check out the Grace Potter & the Nocturnals original version.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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