Rolling Stones “I Wanna Be Your Man” from Singles 1963-1965 (ABKCO 2004) —Lennon and McCartney probably tossed this one off while in line at the fish & chips shop, but I love it! Wha a nasty guitar solo!Buy it!
The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog” from The Stooges (Ekektra 1969) —I always think of the memorable John the Mailman rendition of this cut, the only song he knew how to play on guitar.Buy it!
The Ramones “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” from The Ramones (sire 1976) —Hey little girl, I wanna be your boyfriend. The Ramones showed their sweet side from the beginning. That's all Joey.Buy it!
Prince “I Wanna Be Your Lover” from Prince (Warner Brothers 1979) —Everybody seems to wanna be something.Buy it!
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes “Talk to Me” from Havin' a Party with Southside Johnny (Epic 1979) —A btilliant Springsteen song from back in the days when he gave them away like candy on Halloween.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “One More Night in Brooklyn” from Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) N —Earle gives us the feeling of being bored and trapped in a place that's not where you wanted, and yet getting out for one night helps so much.Buy it!
Kim Richey “Keys” from Wreck Your Wheels (Thirty Tigers 2010) N —There's more lines about keys than you might think.Buy it!
Crowded House “Isolation” from Intriguer CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —This record just moves me! One of my faves this year.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Only the Lord Knows” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —My review of this great new album from Mavis: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/2444/Buy it!
Funkadelic “Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?” from One Nation Under a Groove (Priority 1978) —This cut always makes me smile and sets the little bodies inside my head to dancing madly.Buy it!
David Bowie “TVC15” from Station to Station (3CD Special Edition) (RCA 2010) N —I sure hope Jay Babcock is listening. He said he's heard this song announced on the station a couple times but he missed actually hearing it.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Is Your Love in Vain” from Street Legal (Columbia 1978) —I have to admit I've never really listened to Street Legal, but Clint Heylin's recent book on Dylan's songs made me go back and at least sample this one. Gonna hear more one of these days.Buy it!
Robert Johnson “Love In Vain” from King of the Delta Blues (Columbia Legacy 1997) —I'll have to ask Thomas Crone one of these days if he's still tired of music critics loving Robert Johnson.Buy it!
Duke Robillard “Rhode Island Red Rooster” from Passport to the Blues (stony plain 2010) N —I've always dug Robillard, but I think his vocals on this down and dirty old school blues record are the best he's done.Buy it!
Grady Champion “Lonesome Bedroom Blues” from Back in Mississippi Live at the 930 Blues Cafe (Earwig 2010) N —The brilliant guitar player Eddie Cotton tears your heart out on this slow blues!Buy it!
El Guincho “Bombay” from Pop Negro (Young Turks 2010) N —More world sampling dance joy from this Spanish mixmaster. Come on, try to avoid smiling when you hear it.Buy it!
Dungen “Skit I Allt” from Skit I Altt (Kemado) N —I can't understand a word, but I know a catchy melody with a strong cowbell is a good thing!Buy it!
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Straight Into Darkness” from Long After Dark (MCA 1982) —A cowbell driven rock classic.Buy it!
Roy Wood “Rock Down Low” from Boulders CD ALBUM (BGO 1972) —Roy Wood knows the value of a cowbell in rock.Buy it!
Robert Plant “House of Cards” from Band Of Joy (Rounder 2010) N —A powerful take on the Richard Thompson classic - can't wait to hear the rest of this record. I mean Plant with Buddy Miller & Patty Griffin? That's a talented line-up there.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Burning Man” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory 2010) N —This guy can write some songs, can't he?Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Winslow Homer” from Beautiful Dreamer (Savoy 2010) N —Bill Frisell has some fun with viola player Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Roston on this impish Monkish tune.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Lover, Lover, Lover” from Songs From the Road (Columbia 2010) N R —Apparenlty there were more great live songs left off the Live in London album (and a few different versions of the songs that Cohen has to sing every time).Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Save the Country” from Time and Love: The Music of Laura Nyro (Astor Place 1997) —This tribute album comes close to having a 50% success rate - pretty darn good, I'd say.Buy it!
Michelle Shocked “Lonely Planet” from Mexican Standoff (Mighty Sound 2005) —She'll be at Off Broadway tomorrow night.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Twistin' the Night Away” from One Night Stand - Sam Cooke Live At the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (Sony 2005) —One of the greatest live albums ever, from one of the greatest singers ever.Buy it!
Otis Redding “Chained and Bound” from Live on the Sunset Strip (Stax/Concord 2010) N —One of the greatest live albums ever, from one of the greatest singers ever. Yes, I repeat myself.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It)” from Gasoline Alley (Mercury 1970) —Rod was hitting his stride so perfectly here.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “Breakin' the Chains of Love” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird www.dangerbirdrecords.com 2010) N —These guys are really cool - they're doing the soul revival without being reverent, and with some contemporary feel, too.Buy it!
Los Lobos “All My Bridges Burning” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —This may not be a blues song, strictly, but it's the blues in feeling.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “Poor Man Blues” from The Guitar Song (Mercury 2010) N —So many new records I want to hear this week - how am I gonna find time for a 2-disc set that's getting rave reviews? This cut is great.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Frank and Jesse James” from Warren Zevon (Asylum 1976) —These poor men had the blues, I'm sure.Buy it!
Modern Lovers “Modern World” from The Modern Lovers (Rhino/Beserkely rhino.com 1976) —I'm reading a book about the birth of modernism - so here's some modern rock!Buy it!
Ben Vaughn “7 Days Without Love” from Rambler 65 (Rhino 1997) —7 days without love makes one weak. Remember that.Buy it!
Dave Edmunds “Girls Talk” from Repeat When Necessary (Swan Song 1979) —Elvis Costello gave this gem away, and Edmunds turned it into a masterpiece.Buy it!
The Byrds “5D (Fifth Dimension)” from Fifth Dimension (Columbia 1966) —ONe of those songs that's been in my life forever, but really just jumped out at me for the first time in ages how great it really is.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Dropping Depth Charges” from A Demonstration (ep) (self-released 2010) N L —St. Louis band sounds triumphant here!Buy it!
The Shirelles “Please Go Away” from One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found (Remastered) (Rhino 2005) —I needed a short song to close out, and the first one I found was this classic.Buy it!
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