Bob Mould “Angels Rearrange” from Silver Age (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2012) —This is a classic Husker/Sugar-styled Mould record.Buy it!
The Feelies “Original Love” from Crazy Rhythms (A&M 1980) —Ah, that nervous energy!Buy it!
Emitt Rhodes “You Should Be Ashamed” from Listen, Listen: The Best of Emitt Rhodes (Varese 1995) —A true master of melody.Buy it!
The Sights “Bad Man” from Left Over Right (HRM 2011) —I guess I just don't understand how I'm made out to be the bad man when I'm just doing what I could. Is it no good?Buy it!
The Beatles “And Your Bird Can Sing” from Revolver ALBUM (Parlophone 1966) —The single greatest record of all time.Buy it!
Levon Helm “Wide River to Cross” from Dirt Farmer (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 2007) —Buddy & Julie Miller wrote this gem which is becoming a modern classic - no better version than this one, though.Buy it!
The Mastersons “I Don't Know” from Birds Fly South (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2012) N —That guitar lick ain't fancy, but it's insistent.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “I Don't Wanna Know” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve 2010) —Allmusic says this is a betrayal song to dance to. I'll buy that.Buy it!
Webb Wilder “If You're Looking For a Fool” from Born To Be Wilder (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2008) —One of the most reliably enjoyable roots rockers of the past 25 years.Buy it!
Aaron Griffin and Mojo Rising “Phone Booth” from Mojo Rising (AGMR 2012) N L —This 17-year-old St. Louis kid has no business playing guitar and singing this Robert Cray song with this much fire and imagination. Sure, his dad's been a fixture on the blues scene for years, but this is surprisingly great stuff.Buy it!
The Linemen “Dust and Despair” from Reconsider (self 2009) L —It was cool to see these guys reunite for the KDHX celebration a few weeks back.Buy it!
Court Yard Hounds “April's Love” from Court Yard Hounds CD ALBUM (Columbia 2010) —Just beautiful.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “Empty Boxes” from Heartaches & Harmonies (Rhino 1994) —First sisters, then brothers. Sometimes this show just programs itself.Buy it!
Luke Ritchie “Off Your Guard” from The Water's Edge (MQZ Renewables 2011) —I owe Steve Carosello for introducing me to this tremendously talented singer/songwriter.Buy it!
Pet Shop Boys “Breathing Space” from Elysium (Astralwerks 2013) N —You can just float on the melody and the bed of gentle synth sounds.Buy it!
Benny Andersson Band “Story of a Heart” (Decca 2009) —This brilliant album snuck out three years ago, and I only just heard it about it a few weeks back. It's got a lot of different facets, including this song, which is quite possibly as great as anything he ever did in ABBA.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Two Faces” from Artificial Fire (Zedtone 2009) —Moody and intoxicating.Buy it!
John Lennon “Remember” from Gimme Some Truth (CAPITOL 2010) —Remember when you were young how the hero was never hung.Buy it!
The dB's “The Adventures of Albatross and Doggerel” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) N —One week from tomorrow at the Duck Room. You'll be very sorry if you miss this show.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Lori Blue” from Defeat (Red Pill 2012) —Beautiful song about a lovely person who left us way too soon.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “California Stars” from Unfinished Business (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —I played this last week, but it's such a sweet version, I thought I'd share it with those of you who don't wake up earlier.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “She Loves to Dance” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —Subconscious does it again - there's a line in here, "like watching stars collide," which undoubtedly made me play this after the previous song.Buy it!
Dan Bern “Haarlem” from Drifter (self 2012) N —One of our finest songwriters continues to toil in obscurity, but man, listen to this song.Buy it!
Dion “Statesboro Blues” from Bronx in Blue (Razor & Tie 2005) —A highly personal take on a song that's survived for decades.Buy it!
Robert Johnson “Stop Breakin' Down Blues” from The Complete Collection (Columbia 1990) —It'll make you lose your mind.Buy it!
Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers “Make It On Your Own” from What You Make of It (Delta Groove 2012) N —One of the coolest blues records I heard this year.Buy it!
Elmore James “Dark and Dreary” from The Best Of Elmore James: The Early Years (Ace 1995) —I love the Elmore James cuts with the saxophones.Buy it!
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra “Sare Kon Kon” from Antibalas (Daptone 2012) N —Taking the Afrobeat style to new approaches.Buy it!
Charles Mingus “Fifty-First Street Blues” from East Coasting (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 1957) —So many things to love here - the swing, the swagger, the tune, the solos.Buy it!
Brian Setzer “Drive Like Lightning (Crash Like Thunder) (Live)” from Rockabilly Riot! Live From the Planet (SURFDOG 2012) N —One of the world's best guitar players, and a heck of a vocalist. Man, this cut burns.Buy it!
The Mar-Kets “Surfer's Stomp” from Cowabunga! The Surf Box (Rhino 1996) —I'm sure it wasn't easy to be a teen back in the early 60s, but stuff like this makes it sound as though it was.Buy it!
Lesley Gore “Judy's Turn to Cry (Italian)” from Hits & Rarities 1964-1969 (Teensville 2011) —Pay close attention, and you can learn to speak Italian through pop song.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “Dirty Water” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records 2012) N —Bet you never realized you needed a cool instrumental take on the Standells.Buy it!
RICK JAMES “Big Time” from Bustin' Out: The Very Best of Rick James (Motown 1994) —For a few years there, Rick James just churned out these effortlessly funky delights.Buy it!
Howard Tate “I'm Your Servant” from Get It While You Can - The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select/Verve 2004) —What a singer!Buy it!
True Gospel Wymics “Oh Yes That's Right” from Oxford American Arkansas Masters (Oxford American 2009) —What's a Wymic? Who knows, but this is a strong, bluesy gospel cut.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Swallowed Up (In the Belly of the Whale)” from Wrecking Ball (Columbia 2012) —I actually can't think of anything to say about this one. I just like it.Buy it!
Tom Petty “Love Is a Long Road” from Full Moon Fever (MCA 1989) —I hadn't heard this in a long time - what a great song.Buy it!
Darden Smith “Over My Beating Heart” from Marathon (Darden Music 2010) —A lot of talented folks put their albums out themselves now that bigger labels don't remember them.Buy it!
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