David Byrne & St. Vincent “Who” from Love This Giant (4AD 2012) N —These guys sound invigorated working together - and I love the sound of this cut, the baritone sax, the crazy samples, the pounding beat.Buy it!
Orquesta Aragon “El Enfermo” from The Heart of Havana Vol. 1 (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 1992) —Chippy and chirpy and elegant.Buy it!
Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl” from The Best of Gene Chandler: The Duke of Earl (Collectables 2000) —When I was growing up, and on into my 20s, you could hear this song all the time. Nowadays, it seems to have fallen into obscurity. That ain't right.Buy it!
Freddie Scott “Are You Lonely For Me Baby” from Lost Soul (Legacy 1994) —One of the finest soul singers nobody ever talks about.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)” from Home In Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke (Rhino 1992) —Are the arms open or empty? There seems to be a disagreement on the internet, though they are definitely empty in the song itself.Buy it!
J.D. McPherson “Scandalous” from Signs and Signifiers (Rounder 2012) N —You'd think they don't write 'em like this anymore, but here it is.Buy it!
Shirley & Lee “I Want to Dance” from The Legendary Masters Series, Vol. 1 (EMI 1990) —Ah, Shirley - nobody else ever sounded like her.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Cool Cool Ways” from Wild One: Rare Tracks (Rhino 1989) —The Killer! 'Nuff said.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Missing Heart” from 3 Pears (Warner Brothers 2012) N —Dwight Yoakam simply doesn't know how to make a bad record.Buy it!
Conway Twitty “Somebody's Needin' Somebody” from Love Songs (Collectables 2006) —How to make all those pronouns seem specific.Buy it!
Lefty Frizell “My Baby's Just Like Money” from Hillbilly Boogie (Columbia Legacy 1994) —Money goes from hand to hand and your baby goes from man to man. Oops.Buy it!
George Jones & Tammy Wynette “Golden Ring” (Razor & Tie 1976) —Country music royalty right here.Buy it!
The Time Jumpers “New Star Over Texas” from The Time Jumpers (Rounder 2012) N —Nashville studio players get together with Vince Gill and have themselves a Western Swing kind oftime.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Mother Blues” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —Be careful of the things you wish for. You might get 'em. Brilliant, brilliant song.Buy it!
Imelda May “All For You” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) —My fave young vocalist of the past couple years. Love her stuff.Buy it!
James Carr “The Dark End of the Street” from The Essential James Carr (Razor and Tie 1995) —The greatest of all cheating songs - and that's saying something.Buy it!
John Hiatt “We're Alright Now” from Mystic Pinball (New West 2012) N —Yup, it's a new record from Mr. Hiatt, and it's got some great songs and some merely good ones, just like most of his records.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Congratulations” from Paul Simon (Columbia 1972) —40 years ago? Wha'?Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “One Man Guy” from Poses (DreamWorks 2001) —Rufus sings his daddy's song.Buy it!
Chick Corea & Gary Burton “Eleanor Rigby” from Hot House (Concord Jazz 2012) N —Exquisite piano and vibes take on a familiar song.Buy it!
Bee Gees “Love You Inside Out” from Spirits Having Flown (Reprise 1979) —A great song I've only recently discovered - I guess this wasn't as ubiquitous as their other hits of the time.Buy it!
Michael Kiwanuka “Rest” from Home Again (Interscope 2012) N —Sweet and soulful, almost country soul.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “The End of the Rainbow” from Live at the BBC (Universal 2011) —The world's bleakest song.Buy it!
Tom Verlaine “True Story” from Words From the Front (Collector's Choice 1982) —This remarkable album just keeps haunting me after 30 years - Verlaine wrote the songs based on letters from soldiers fighting in WWI.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Seeking Out Approval” from Defeat (Red Pill 2012) N —St. Louis expatriate Stephan Bayley writes and sings great songs.Buy it!
Ann Wilson “Get Together” from Hope & Glory (Zoe www.rounder.com 2007) —Stunning cover of a song that one would never think needed to be heard again - I love when somebody can find nuance in songs I didn't think had any left.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “Go On Ahead and Go Home” from Sing the Delta (Flariella Records 2012) N —You can hear the whole album streaming at kdhx.org - I was floored the other day when I listened. It's released next Tuesday, Oct. 2.Buy it!
Jon Brion “Ruin My Day” from Meaningless (self 2001) —You've heard his work as a producer, but you may have overlooked his very fine original music.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “Electromud” from Meat Puppets (Ryko 1982) —Because I get frisky now and then.Buy it!
Redd Kross “Dracula's Daughter” from Researching the Blues (Merge 2012) N —I think this one sounds like a Blind Eyes song. That's a compliment to both bands.Buy it!
MC5 “Back in the USA” from Back In the USA (Atlantic 1970) —One of my all-time favorite Chuck Berry covers.Buy it!
The Hives “Go Right Ahead” from Lex Hives (Disques Hives 2012) N —The Hives make me so happy.Buy it!
Iggy Pop “Butt Town” from Brick By Brick MP3/FILE ALBUM (Virgin 1990) —This was the last Iggy album I felt like playing more than once or twice. Still like it a lot.Buy it!
Dr. John “Ice Age” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —This one sucks me into that deep groove every time I hear it.Buy it!
Johnny Osbourne “Jah Promise” from Truths and Rights (Heartbeat 1992) —Just feel that bass, and that falsetto harmony, and the lovely tuneful crooning of Mr. Osbourne.Buy it!
Gonzaguinha “Tanacara” from Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical Vol. 2 (Luaka Bop 1998) —Whatever happened to that worldbeat NPR show that used this as the theme song?Buy it!
Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir “Stani Mi, Maytcho (Get Up My Daughter)” from Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Vol. 2 (Nonesuch 1988) —I've said it before and I'll say it again - quite possibly the most beautiful music on the planet.Buy it!
Bert Jansch “On the Edge of a Dream” from Edge of a Dream (Sanctuary 2002) —A late career record wherein Jansch just has a great time delivering songs, here in a rock band context.Buy it!
Slade “Get On Up” from Slade Alive Vol. 2 (Universal 1978) —This was a rock band, my friends.Buy it!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Southern Pacific” from Re-ac-tor (Reprise 1980) —In the week that I listened to Americana closely and really fell in love with it, I'm being as perverse as Neil Young, and playing a song from 30+ years ago on the radio.Buy it!
Buffalo Killers “Blood On Your Hands” from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. (Alive 2012) N —Other than Cat and me, are no KDHX djs enjoying these guys?Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “Room to Rock” from Sunshine Lies (Shout! Factory 2008) —Boy, Matthew sounds like Tom Petty on this one.Buy it!
Chicago “What Else Can I Say” from Chicago III (Rhino 1971) —Those early albums by Chicago were so damn good - what the heck happened to them?Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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