Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition “Tennessee Walker Mare” from White Buffalo (Fat Possum 2013) N —I had my say here: http://kdhx.org/music/news/hear-and-now-stream-the-new-album-white-buffalo-by-jimbo-mathus-the-tri-state-coalitionBuy it!
Melody Den “Storylines” (Perdition 2013) N —I was too chicken to brave the potential ice storm and catch their CD release last week. The photos I've seen indicate it was one heck of a fun show, though.Buy it!
The Blasters “Fool's Paradise” from Non Fiction (Rhino 1983) —Phil Alvin was having some health issues a few months back - I hope he's doing better.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Ripped Upholstery Blues” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) L —John Wendland has such a blast singing this rhythmically intricate and fun number.Buy it!
Bruce Channel “Hey Baby” from More Greatest Hits of the 60s (Disky 2005) —Sweet spot combination of rhythm, harmonica, and plaintive vocal hook.Buy it!
Carl Mann “Gonna Rock 'n' Roll Tonight” from As Good As It Gets: Rockabilly (Disky 2000) —There were so many knocked off gems in the rockabilly era - this one's just plain fun.Buy it!
James Hunter “I'll Walk Away” from Believe What I Say (Ace 1996) —Ten years before I discovered James Hunter, he had an album out that most of my friends who love him still haven't heard.Buy it!
Huey "Piano" Smith and His Clowns “For Cryin' Out Loud” from The Best of Huey "Piano" Smith and His Clowns (Varese Sarabande 2009) —Somebody put a tack in my cotton pickin' chair.Buy it!
The Sugarman 3 “Dirty Water” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2012) —Cool instrumental version of the Standells classic.Buy it!
Albert King “Need More Mamma” from Windy City Blues (Delta) (stax 1992) —Albert King working with Willie Dixon - not a lot of examples of that out there. This has some blistering Albert King guitar.Buy it!
AC/DC “Black Ice” (Columbia 2008) —My fave song from what is still their latest album.Buy it!
The Hives “Midnight Shifter” from Lex Hives (Disques Hives 2012) —I think it's best to hear music this invigorating early in the morning, don't you?Buy it!
Generation X “Your Generation” from Perfect Hits: 1975-1981 (EMI 1985) —It's sometimes hard to remember how great Billy Idol was in this band.Buy it!
X “Your Phone's Off the Hook But You're Not” from Los Angeles (Slash 1980) —Oh, how we used to love singing along with X.Buy it!
Buzzcocks “Lipstick” from Love Bites (EMI 1978) —They had so many great songs, I'd almost forgotten this gem.Buy it!
R.E.M. “Sitting Still” from Murmur (I.R.S. 1983) —They just shined!Buy it!
The Beatles “Lady Madonna” from Past Masters (CAPITOL 1987) —Some songs just sound richer and richer with age. They pack so much into just over two minutes.Buy it!
The Kennedys “Winter Lies” from Closer Than You Know (Planned Effervescence 2012) N —A stunningly beautiful number from Pete and Maura Kennedy, outside their 60s pop-styled comfort zone.Buy it!
Marti Jones “Living Inside the Wind” from Live at Spirit Square (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1996) —I wouldn't be surprised if Marti Jones crossed paths with the Kennedys at some point in their careers.Buy it!
Chris Stamey “You n Me n XTC” from Lovesick Blues (Bonus Track Version) (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2013) N —This very fine new record comes out Feb. 5.Buy it!
Buffalo Springfield “One More Sign (demo)” from Box Set (Rhino 2001) —A lovely Neil Young demo.Buy it!
Anders Osborne “Higher Ground” from Black Eye Galaxy (Alligator 2012) —There's a heck of a lot to wrestle with on this album from last May, and now I find out he's about to release a new one.Buy it!
Pet Shop Boys “A Face Like That” from Elysium (Astralwerks 2013) N —They continue to make club music with melody and passion.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “First We Take Manhattan” from Live In London CD ALBUM (Columbia 2009) —We could use another Leonard Cohen live experience.Buy it!
Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach “Tears At the Birthday Party” from Painted From Memory (Mercury 1998) —I'd kind of forgotten this record - this is really a pretty darn good song.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Saskatchewan to Chicago” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2013) N —This very fine new record comes out next week.Buy it!
Joe Stickley “Country Wine” from Wasn't It Pretty - EP (Peola 2013) N L —This new EP is released Feb. 15.Buy it!
Blake Mills & Danielle Haim “Heart of Mine” from Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan (Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International) (Amnesty International 2012) —I'm not familiar with either of these people, but this is a great version of a Dylan song from Shot of Love, an album I haven't heard since it came out.Buy it!
MARVIN ETZIONI “Son of a Carpenter” from Marvin Country! (Nine Mile Records 2012) —Marvin the Mandolin Man can still come up with nice stuff.Buy it!
Mighty Sparrow “Man Like to Feel” from Volume Four (Ice 1994) —Ladies, you don't really want to take this advice, but you gotta admit, even when he's being a pig, he sounds cool.Buy it!
Roadmaster & Agyemang “Akwasi Broni” from The Rough Guide to Highlife (World Music Network 2012) N —This is actually the second Rough Guide to Highlife, released almost 10 years after the first, with no acknowledgement of its predecessor. The music is magnificent.Buy it!
The O'Jays “Time To Get Down” from Back Stabbers (Philadelphia International Records 1972) —On an album with so many masterpieces, it's easy to overlook one that's just plain ol' good like this.Buy it!
Otis Taylor “Girl Friend's House” from My World Is Gone (Telarc 2013) —This one gets released Feb. 12.Buy it!
Matt Hill and the Deep Fryed 2 “Mow My Baby Down” from Tappin' that Thang (Deep Fryed/VizzTone 2012) —We presume he's not really going to follow up on these threats.Buy it!
Dion “My Michelle” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon 2012) —I saw you dancing all alone / I swear you rang my new cell phone. Nice trick.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Up There Down There” from Dream of Life (Arista 1988) —Dream of Life seemed so underwhelming at the time, but this song holds up pretty well, actually.Buy it!
Chris Knight “In the Mean Time” from Little Victories (Drifters Church www.chrisknight.net 2012) N —It's unfortunate he has such a forgettable name, because his music is really good. I always get him confused with Peter Brady.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Apartment 21” from An American Quilt: 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —If she was in apartment 23, you'd have to warn her not to mess with the B. Yeah, I watch television. What of it?Buy it!
Lefty Frizell “I'm an Old, Old Man (Tryin' to Live While I Can)” from The Best of Lefty Frizell (Rhino 1990) —I love the way he sings.Buy it!
George Jones “I Always Get Lucky With You” from Super Hits, Vol. 2 (Sony 1993) —Speaking of great singers. One of the best to ever walk the earth.Buy it!
Radney Foster “Hammer and Nails” from Del Rio Texas Revisited: Unplugged & Lonesome (Devil's River 2012) —Some more great country music, co-written by Cindy Bullens.Buy it!
John Hiatt “No Wicked Grin” from Mystic Pinball (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2012) N —John Hiatt can be really gentle when he wants to. Sweet song.Buy it!
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