The Heavy “Same Ol'” from The Glorious Dead (Counter Records 2012) N —A band that lives up to its name - thick slabs of syncopated rock.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Everything” from The Panic Bell (Undertow 2007) —Probably my favorite song from this excellent Chicago combo - new album due out in just a couple more months.Buy it!
Roger Daltrey “Giving It All Away” from Daltrey (Castle 1973) —I had absolutely no idea that Leo Sayer wrote most of the songs for this record. Learn something new.Buy it!
The Clash “The Right Profile” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic 1979) —It was several years after this album came out before I knew who Montgomery Clift was.Buy it!
The Kinks “Animal Farm” from The Village Green Preservation Society (Castle 1968) —There are just a lot of arrows in the quiver of Mr. Ray Davies.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Smuggler's Nightmare” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —One of many reasons St. Louis is a great place to live.Buy it!
The Blazers “17 Jewels” from The Seventeen Jewels (Little Dog 2003) —One of the truly great underrated bands in the land - just because they're Mexican-Americans, and one of them is a big guy doesn't make them Los Lobos clones.Buy it!
Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Jamaica” from Greatest Hits (Mercury 1981) —I don't care what anybody says, these guys had a way with rock grooves.Buy it!
The Youngbloods “Long & Tall” from Earth Music (Edsel 1967) —I love the guitar and electric piano on this, and if that's Jesse Colin Young singing, he was listening to some early McCartney on the way to the studio that day.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “Don't Wait” from Universal United House of Prayer MP3/FILE ALBUM (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2004) —Buddy Miller is producing the next Richard Thompson album. That's a lot of guitar talent in one place.Buy it!
John Hiatt “Give It Up” from Mystic Pinball (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2012) N —I could hear this song making inroads in the country market. Not that I know how that works, but it sounds country to my ears.Buy it!
Penelope Houston “Secret Sign” from Cut You (Reprise 1996) —Those who only remember her from the punk rock band the Avengers might be surprised at the richly melodic pop records she's made over the years.Buy it!
Steve Staicoff “By the Light of the Moon” from Tremore in Timore (self 2012) N L —Very talented St. Louis singer/songwriter/player of multiple instruments.Buy it!
Michael Kiwanuka “Home Again” (Interscope 2012) N —Sweet and beautiful.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Midnight Flight” from Love Over and Over (Hannibal 1983) —The McGarrigles didn't make very many records, and this one probably got less exposure than most. But, as always, it's a masterpiece of elegance and melodic beauty.Buy it!
Luke Ritchie “Right Then and There” from The Water's Edge (MQZ Renewables 2011) —A song that left me quivering with joy when I first heard it a couple weeks ago.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Looking to Look For” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc 2012) N —Man, she has some good songs.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “This World” from Interiors (bonus tracks) (Legacy 2005) —When they reissued this record, they made it even better with some bonus stuff, including this live gem.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Jonathan” from The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Columbia 2012) N —Dark brooding melody - I love it.Buy it!
Tim Finn “Charlie” from Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond (Raven 1999) —A collaboration with Phil Manzanera.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Early Roman Kings” from Tempest (Columbia 2012) N —David Hidalgo's accordion darn near steals this terrifically strange blues.Buy it!
Rockhouse Ramblers “If You Want Me Too” from Lies And Damn Lies (self 2010) L —Late lamented St. Louis honky-tonk band (though four out of five still perform as Colonel Ford, so they're not completely gone).Buy it!
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats “D.O.G.” from One Wrong Turn (Alligator 2012) N —There aren't many better songwriters in the blues world these days.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Rain Dogs” (Island 1985) —The album that introduced me to Marc Ribot on guitar.Buy it!
Ebo Taylor “Ayesama” from Appia Kwa Bridge (Strut 2012) —From Ghana, just outrageously funky!Buy it!
John Lennon “It's So Hard” from Imagine (Apple 1971) —Lennon's hard blues.Buy it!
Aquitaine “Photo Tangerin” from American Pulverizer, Pt. 1 - EP (self 2012) N L —Another terrific St. Louis band - this town is crawling with talent.Buy it!
The Jesus & Mary Chain “Sometimes Always” from 21 Singles 1984-1998 (Warner Brothers 2002) —William Reid duets with Hope Sandoval. Sparks fly.Buy it!
The dB's “The Wonder of Love” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) N —I can't imagine missing the chance to see one of the all-time best bands in pop/rock history tomorrow night at the Duck Room.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Sinaloa Cowboys” from The Ghost of Tom Joad (Columbia 1995) —An album I still haven't completely come to grips with.Buy it!
Dan Bern “Rincon” from Doubleheader (self 2012) N —A moving song from a Barry Bonds fan.Buy it!
George Jones “Choices” from The Cold Hard Truth (Asylum 1999) —Great match of singer and song.Buy it!
Ian Walsh & Kevin Buckley “Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore” from Keeping It Reel (Mountain Rose www.buckleyandwalsh.com 2011) L —St. Louisians with a handle on Irish folk.Buy it!
John Boutte “Sisters” from Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series Season 2 (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) N —Boutte is a great singer I'd never have heard were it not for the TV series Treme.Buy it!
Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra “Organ Grinders Swing” from 1936-1937, Vol. 4 (Masters of Jazz 1995) —Not the best known of the big bands, but an awfully cool one.Buy it!
Mary Lou Williams “Play It Momma” from Zoning (Smithsonian Folkways 1974) —That bass rules on this sparse piano cut. This woman was one of the titans of jazz, very rarely receiving the recognition she deserves.Buy it!
Donald Fagen “Miss Marlene” from Sunken Condos (Reprise 2012) N —On the short list of great bowling songs.Buy it!
Mitch Easter “Why Is It So Hard?” from Dynamico (Electric Devil 2007) —Here's a guy who should be more of a household word (and who should make more records).Buy it!
Ruby Fray “Mint Ice Cream” from Pith (K 2012) N —A strange thing for me to be enchanted by, but here it is. Good song, albeit lo-fi ambience.Buy it!
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