Dr. John “You Lie” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —Dan Auerbach sounds so darkly hypnotic on guitar here, and then the drums, bass, and horns come in. Oh, yeah, and Dr. John.Buy it!
The Electric Flag “Texas” from A Long Time Comin' (Columbia 1968) —Oh, Michael Bloomfield!Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “Pickin' Up the Pieces” (Dangerbird 2010) —Now, two years later, these guys sound like a classic golden oldie.Buy it!
Nona Hendryx “Temple of Heaven” from Mutatis Mutandis (Righteous Babe 2012) N —Her first album in 20 years, and this cut is a funk powerhouse showcasing that great voice.Buy it!
Prince “Gotta Broken Heart Again” from Dirty Mind (Warner Brothers 1980) —That young man with a quiet, sexy burner.Buy it!
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes “Love On the Wrong Side of Town” from Live at the Paradise Theatre Boston, Massachusetts December 28, 1978 (Akarma 2006) —One of the greatest live bands I ever saw, and I've been waiting since 1979 for them to come back and fulfill the promise to play longer than the show I saw that was cut short.Buy it!
Phil Alvin “Death in the Morning” from Un "Sung Stories" (Slash 1986) N —For many, many years, this was the album I most wanted to appear on CD - now it's actually here. A masterpiece.Buy it!
The Roches “Gung Ho” from Moonswept (429 2007) —There is nothing like the harmonies of the Roche sisters.Buy it!
Continental Drifters “Way of the World” from Vermillion (Razor & Tie 1999) —The very finest album to appear in the decade of the 90s. Still perfect.Buy it!
The Go-Betweens “Cattle and Cane” from Postpunk Chronicles: Going Underground (Rhino 1999) —I remember people used to try to convince me to like these guys, but it never happened. Then I heard this song the other day, and now I'm wondering if there might be more to them than I thought.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Everything But Fine” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) L —They'll be playing tomorrow at 2720 Cherokee with Empty Hill & the Distortions, and Prairie Rehab. Then taking a few months off to have a baby.Buy it!
Spirit “Gramophone Man” from Spirit (Columbia 1967) —Here's a band I still haven't spent enough time with - but boy, I love this cut.Buy it!
Anders Osborne “Tracking My Roots” from Black Eye Galaxy (Alligator 2012) N —This is a masterful country song from a guy as likely to do prog rock or hard blues.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “The Warmest Room” from Talking With The Taxman About Poetry (Elektra 1986) —Such a great pop song - let's send this out to number one Billy Bragg fan Stephanie Utterson.Buy it!
The Left Banke “She May Call You Up Tonight” from There's Gonna Be a Storm: The Complete Recordings 1966-1969 (Mercury 1992) —On the short list of greatest records of all time.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Nearly In Love” from Live at the BBC (Universal 2005) —That band from the mid-80s was spectacular!Buy it!
John Cale & Lou Reed “Faces and Names” from Songs for Drella (sire 1990) —Reed's contribution is some cool spooky guitar licks, but Cale dominates on this really strong song.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Early Roman Kings” from Tempest (Columbia 2012) N —My initial impresion? I love it.Buy it!
Robert Cray “I'm Done Cryin'” from Nothin' But Love (Provogue www.mascotlabelgroup.com 2012) N —Blues for the 99%. Brilliant song.Buy it!
Heartless Bastards “Low Low Low” from Arrow (Partisan Records LLC/MapleMusic Recordings 2012) N —How about a blind listening test where we have the singers from Heartless Bastards and Alabama Shakes doing the same songs?Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Goin' to the Party” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —See what I mean?Buy it!
Phil Judd “Dictionary of Love” from Other Enz: Split Enz and Beyond (Raven 1999) —Every time a song from this record pops up in my itunes shuffle, I sit up and take notice and wind up playing it on the radio.Buy it!
Squeeze “Go” from Argybargy (A&M 1980) —I remember seeing these guys bigger than life at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel back when this album was new.Buy it!
Painkillers “Relax (aka "Mood")” from Painkillers (Euclid 2011) L —A St. Louis band that deserved tons of success back in the 80s - the music outlives singer/guitarist Jeff Barbush.Buy it!
The Heebie Jeebies “I Lied” from STL '91 - The Best of the Heebie Jeebies (self 2012) N L —St. Louis band from the early 90s that just issued their old recordings on CD.Buy it!
The Picketts “Still In Love” from The Wicked Picketts (Rounder www.rounder.com 1995) —I know this is a cover, but I can't remember who did the original - anyway, I love Christy McWilson singing this (and everything else she sings).Buy it!
Delbert McClinton “Why Me?” from Never Been Rocked Enough (Curb Records 1992) —Now that's a rollickin' r'n'b cut.Buy it!
Jimmy Bo Horne “Gimme Some, Pt. 1” from Get Down Tonight: Best of T.K. Records (Rhino 1990) —I do love that 70's Florida dance music.Buy it!
PRINCE ALLA “Mama No Fight” from Only Love Can Conquer 1976-1979 (Blood & Fire * 1996) —Great reggae song about parental disapproval.Buy it!
The Upsetters “All Combine Parts 1 & 2” from Born In The Sky (Motion Records motionrecords.com 2001) —Riddim insanity as Lee Perry combines all the hits he could think of into one record.Buy it!
Bob Seger & The Last Heard “Heavy Music Part 1” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (ABKCO 2005) —What the heck ever happened to this young rocker?Buy it!
Devo “Jocko Homo” from Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology (Rhino 2000) —If I recall, this was a demo version, not the one originally released. But all versions of this song make me happy. I still remember how confused I was seeing them on SNL that first time when I'd never heard of them.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Girl Talk” (Blip Blap! 2012) N L —St. Louis piano-based pop/rock trio with catchy hooks.Buy it!
Peter Karp & Sue Foley “Danger Lurks” from He Said She Said (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2010) —Foley sings this one about the dangers of love.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “No More Blues” from Another Country (EOne 2012) N —Love her toughness on this one. Gosh, she can sing.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong “Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You” from Ella & Louis Again (Verve 1957) —Relaxed and swingin' and absolutely wonderful.Buy it!
Ray Charles “California, Here I Come” from The Genius Hits the Road (Rhino 1961) —Second only to the rendition by Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel.Buy it!
Louis Jordan “You're Much Too Fat (And That's That)” from Jivin' With Jordan (Proper unk 2002) —Louis Jordan could make insults sound like fun.Buy it!
The Wandering “Love, Life and Money” from Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music, Vol. 3 (Songs of the South www.nmallstars.com/ 2012) N —If it's gonna rain down misery, how come it all has to fall on me?Buy it!
The Band “Daniel and the Sacred Harp” from Stage Fright CD ALBUM (CAPITOL www.hollywoodrecords.com 1970) —One of the great under-rated Band cuts.Buy it!
Rhett Miller “Sleepwalkin'” from The Dreamer (Maximum Sunshine 2012) N —She was a genius, she won awards and stuff. That's a pretty enticing opening line.Buy it!
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