The Nightcrawlers “The Little Black Egg” from Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era (Rhino 1997) —The original version of a song adapted by Rough Shop for Christmas purposes.Buy it!
Electric Prues “I've Got a Way of My Own” from Too Much to Dream - Original Group Recordings Reprise 1967-1968 (Rhino 2007) —Sometimes it's worth digging into the catalog behind the wonderment of the one hit. These guys reward closer inspection.Buy it!
The Rascals “Easy Rollin'” from Anthology (1965-1972) (Rhino 1992) —Has there ever been a song that sounds more like just waking up and feeling good?Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Haunted” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot 2012) —I don't worship at the feet of Jon Langford or the Mekons, but Langford wrote one heck of a perfect song for Hogan here.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “This World Is Not My Home” (Archer Records 2005) —Crying way down deep in her beer.Buy it!
Shawn Colvin “The Neon Light of The Saints” from All Fall Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —I haven't paid much attention to Colvin for a couple decades and change, but when you get Buddy Miller and Bill Frisell to play guitar for you, I'll listen. Good record.Buy it!
Charivari “Arc de Triomphe Two-Step” from I Want To Dance WIth You (Rounder Select 2000) —A very promising young Cajun band that disappeared after this record.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Joy” from For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters 1995) —I love Ely's take on this typically crazy Nilsson song.Buy it!
Rhett Miller “Lost Without You” from The Dreamer (Maximum Sunshine 2012) N —I can't figure out why I like Rhett Miller solo records but don't like the Old 97s, especially since this new solo record kinda sounds like the Old 97s.Buy it!
Dan Bern “The Golden Voice of Vin Scully” from Drifter (self thesailorkicks.bandcamp.com 2012) N —I always like Dan Bern, and this new album is on the shelves with a song referencing the greatest living baseball announcer. Of course I'm playing it for you.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Lazarus” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —At least we ain't Lazarus and had to think twice about dying. That's possibly my favorite line of the year.Buy it!
Delbert McClinton “The Jealous Kind” from The Ultimate Collection (Hip-O 1999) —One of my fave singers - I don't think I've ever been disappointed by anything he's done.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Game of Love” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —What's out there for you men is out there for us women, too.Buy it!
Gene Chandler “Nite Owl” from Nothing Can Stop Me: Gene Chandler's Greatest Hits (Varese Sarabande 1994) —The sad tale of breaking curfew.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Right On” from What's Going On (Deluxe Edition) (Motown 2001) —The live version from the second disc - deep soul indeed.Buy it!
Albert King “Don't Burn Down the Bridge ('Cause You Might Wanna Come Back Across)” from I'll Play the Blues for You (stax 1972) N —From the nifty expanded edition of the 1972 classic (though this isn't a bonus track, just part of the original album).Buy it!
The Impressions “It's All Right” from Greatest Hits (ABC/Paramount 1982) —I'm all in favor of having a good time. Feels like we deserve it.Buy it!
Charlie Haden Quartet West “My Love and I” from Sophisticated Ladies (Decca 2011) —Cassandra Wilson sings this beautiful Johnny Mercer number.Buy it!
Curtis Stigers “Into Temptation” from Let's Go Out Tonight (Concord 2012) N —A wonderful jazz take on the Crowded House gem.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “The Truth Is Told” from The Panic Bell (Undertow www.undertowmusic.com 2007) —From time to time, I've actually been reading Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens (I keep getting distracted, but I love it when I get into it). Anyway, Dolly Varden is a character in the book - that's where they got the name.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Nine” from Banga (Columbia 2012) N —I love the way this one builds up in intensity as it goes on.Buy it!
Moby Grape “Can't Be So Bad” from Listen My Friends: The Best of Moby Grape (Columbia / Legacy 2007) —Blues with baroque horns. Genius.Buy it!
That Petrol Emotion “It's a Good Thing” from Manic Pop Thrill (Diablo 1986) —I didn't understand this music when it was new - I don't know why, since it was by the Undertones without Feargal Sharkey. Any way, better late than never, right?Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Property of Jesus” from Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan (Universal 2012) N —Killer take on a Dylan song you don't hear every day.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Reason With Me” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —Beautiful song about a horrible life.Buy it!
Sister Rosetta Tharpe “I Shall Know Him” from Gospel Train (Verve 1962) —She's such a great guitarist she doesn't get enough credit for singing so incredibly well. Just listen to this one - damn!Buy it!
Karate Bikini “It's a Gas” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self thesailorkicks.bandcamp.com 2012) N L —A song that references Jumping Jack Flash and Song Sung Blue, and is more than just funny (though it is funny).Buy it!
The Vondrukes “DTV” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) L —I could really relate to this song after having troubles with DirecTV last week. Jeff Griswold of the band made me a special radio edit just so I could share the feeling with you in song.Buy it!
J.D. McPherson “Fire Bug” from Signs & Signifiers (Rounder 2012) N —This song rocks!Buy it!
Cheap Trick “Come On, Come On” from In Color (Epic 1978) —I remember when my friends and I touted these guys as the best band in America.Buy it!
Ike Reilly “The Reformed Church of the Assault Rifle Band” from Hard Luck Stories (Rock Ridge 2009) —Tell all your friends at the reformed church that I can't wash the Christ out of my shirt.Buy it!
The Bridge “Geraldine” from National Bohemian (Woodberry 2011) —Steve Berlin produced this album by a jam band, and reigned them in, reminding them that good songs are important, too.Buy it!
Dirty Dozen Brass Band “Don't Stop the Music” from Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz 2012) N —Hey, I'm not gonna stop it. Not when I'm dancing like this.Buy it!
Oliver Mtukudzi “Mumweya” from Jit (Earthworks 1993) —Zimbabwe in the 80s - incredible dance music.Buy it!
Freddie Hubbard “Hub's Nub” from Open Sesame (Blue Note url 1960) —From Hubbard's first album as leader, with Tina Brooks on sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums.Buy it!
Ray Charles “One Mint Julep” from Genius + Soul = Jazz (Concord 1961) —The definitive American cha cha.Buy it!
Dick Dale “One Double One Oh!” from Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology (Rhino 1997) —Unbelievable guitar sound.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Hang Loose” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —That insistent guitar figure kicks me hard, and what's-her-name belts it out nicely.Buy it!
The Feelies “Moscow Nights” from Crazy Rhythms (A&M 1980) —Perpetually nervous music.Buy it!
John Hartford “Your Long Journey” from Gum Tree Canoe (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 1987) —I'm thinking this was the first ever Feelies/John Hartford seque on the radio.Buy it!
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