Ike & Tina Turner “Sweet Flustrations” from 'Nuff Said (BGO 1971) —Tina Turner at the top of her always impressive game.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “Jealous Love” from I'm In Love (Atlantic 1968) —Who is playing that killer guitar lick, and who came up with this sterling arrangement? Magnificent.Buy it!
Jorge Ben “Ponta de Lança Africano” from Beleza Tropical: Brazil Classics Vol. 1 (Luaka Bop 1989) —Speaking of killer guitar licks - this was the song that knocked me on my ass the first time I heard it, and it never stops blowing me away.Buy it!
Marcia Ball “Between Here and Kingdom Come” from Roadside Attractions (Alligator 2011) —A perfectly lovely original r'n'b number.Buy it!
Donny Hathaway “Sugar Lee” from Everything Is Everything (ATCO 1970) L —Sorry for all the false starts and crazy stuff - I'm trying to get the hang of something different this morning. Any way, we're trying.Buy it!
Chicago Transit Authority “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” from Chicago Transit Authority (Rhino 1969) —One of my all-time favorite songs from back in the days when this band was so gosh-darn perfect. How did they wake up a couple years later and turn into what they became?Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Saving the Good Stuff For You” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —A new album from Richard Thompson - you bet I'm celebrating!Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “California” from Poses (DreamWorks 2001) —Ah, Rufus - this was back when he was a young whippersnapper.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “City of Refuge” (Rounder 2011) —I can speak on the topic of religion, just can't seem to make a career decision.Buy it!
Donald Fagen “I'm Not the Same Without You” from Sunken Condos (Reprise 2012) N —Fagen's album is the best thing he's done in 30 years, methinks.Buy it!
The Kinks “Complicated Life” from Muswell Hillbillies (RCA 1971) —Cut out the struggle and strife, it only complicates your life.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Holding On To the Earth” from The Indescribable Wow (Virgin 1988) —I remember getting this album on cassette when it was new. I never liked getting cassettes, but I loved this record.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Did You Ever Love Me?” from penguin (Reprise 1973) —From the songwriting team of Christine McVie and Bob Welch.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Little Bit Like” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) L —I'm looking forward to some new music from these talented St. Louisians this year.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Why Why Why” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) —These guys have made a masterful record - it just keeps sounding better to me.Buy it!
John Lennon “Mind Games” (CAPITOL 1973) —I was 14 when this song was new, but somehow, whenever I hear it, I feel closer to 10.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “Roll Away the Stone” from The Hoople (Columbia 1974) —To this day, it boggles my mind that my brother bought this record when it was new. He gave no other evidence of being this hip, but that's how I first heard Mott, so I'm glad he did.Buy it!
Melody Den “Life He Had” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —A song about aging and dying - powerful.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Blue Chair” from Blood and Chocolate (Rhino 1985) —I remember I had this crazy idea I could learn to play bass, and I tried to copy what Bruce Thomas plays on this cut. Boy, was that stupid. I should have tried Dee Dee Ramone.Buy it!
The Sights “Fool (I Can't Stop Making Out With You)” from Left Over Right (HRM 2011) —This ever-evolving but always entertaining band has just released a new single, but I don't have that. So, how about a great song from two years ago?Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Breaking Up With You” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) L —Another great St. Louis band with plans to record a new record this year.Buy it!
999 “Emergency” from DIY: The Modern World - UK Punk II (1977-78) (Rhino 1993) —There are many bands with one masterpiece in them - 999 had two. This is one of them.Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “When I Get It Right” from Walk Under Ladders (A&M 1981) —Possibly the best match of singer-songwriter from another world with the New Wave sounds of the day. Love this record.Buy it!
Bhi Bhiman “Kimchi Line” from Bhiman (Boocoo Music 2012) —I'm not a fan of cabbage myself. But this is a great song.Buy it!
The Sun Sawed In Half “You're the Something” from Elephants Into Swans (self 2013) N L —The band has scattered to different corners of the country, but the music they put together is better than ever.Buy it!
Supergrass “Brecon Beacons” from Life On Other Planets (CAPITOL 2002) —A consistently good band I often forget I like.Buy it!
Marshall Crenshaw “Someplace Where Love Can't Find Me” from The Best of Marshall Crenshaw: This Is Easy (Rhino 2000) —Crenshaw's new music is available only online - his older stuff is still out there in the physical world.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Play That Song Again” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) —Chuck Prophet shines!Buy it!
Ass Ponys “Ape Hanger” from Electric Rock Music (A&M 1994) —Back there for a couple years, nobody knew what could become popular. This extremely odd band even had a hit, which enabled people to hear other cool songs like this one.Buy it!
Half Knots “Colorado” from Proof (self 2013) N L —This St. Louis band has outdone themselves with the material on this terrific new release.Buy it!
Lou Reed “Turn To Me” from New Sensations (RCA 1984) —I listened to this album the other day, and was surprised to find myself singing along with every song, despite not having played it in 25 years. Maybe the last great Lou Reed record?Buy it!
Steven Staicoff “The Man Who Walked on the Moon” from Tremore in Trimore (self 2012) L —How to get a nice little song about an astronaut.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “I Want You” (Motown 1976) —One of Marvin's greatest, most seductive grooves.Buy it!
The Rascals “Easy Rollin'” from Anthology (1965-1972) (Rhino 1992) —Not always the first song you remember, but a sweet one, nonetheless.Buy it!
David Johansen “Melody” from In Style (Razor & Tie 1979) —This album confused the heck out of me when it was brand new, but I can dig its soul vibe more now than I did then.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Yes We Can” from The Best of Lee Dorsey (Repertoire 2006) —An Allen Toussaint rhythmic treasure (with the Meters, I think). Happy Mardi Gras, folks.Buy it!
Art Neville “Skeet Skat” from Brother to Brother (Fuel 2000 2003) —I think Art Neville's solo recordings are among the greatest treasures of New Orleans, and they don't get nearly the attention they deserve.Buy it!
Allen Toussaint “Bright Mississippi” from The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch 2009) —Allen Toussaint plays some cool jazz.Buy it!
Miles Davis “Directions (Live)” from Live in Europe 1969:The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 (Columbia 2013) N —It's Miles, still with Wayne Shorter, but now with Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette - three discs of material that I've only imagined could be great, and now we can hear it.Buy it!
Femi Kuti “Nobody Beg You” from Africa for Africa (Knitting Factory 2011) —Cool ass segue right there.Buy it!
Calexico “No Te Vayas” from Algiers (Anti- 2012) N —I like when Calexico sings in Spanish. It's pretty.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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