Joe Henry “Grave Angels” from Invisible Hour (Work Song 2014) N —I love the feel generated by the sound of this record - you feel like they're right in front of you, hanging out, playing this beautiful music.Buy it!
Clip Art “Broken By Design” (Clip Art 2010) —I don't remember how this one came into my possession and I know nothing about the band, but these are delicious pop songs.Buy it!
XTC “Another Satellite” from Skylarking (Geffen 1986) —I hadn't heard this one in a long time, and this song jumped out at me the other day.Buy it!
The Both “The Prisoner” from The Both (Superego 2014) N —Crunchy guitar pop from Ted Leo and Aimee Mann.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “The Only Flame in Town (live)” from Goodbye Cruel World (Rhino 2004) —Before the song was given the pop sheen treatment.Buy it!
Leon Russell “I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over” from Life Journey (Universal 2014) N —It's nice to hear Leon Russell with a recording budget worthy of his musical imagination.Buy it!
Charles Mingus “Slop” from Mingus Dynasty (Columbia 1960) —Sounds close to "Saturday Night Prayer Meeting," but it's different. It's still wonderful.Buy it!
Charlie Barnett & His Orchestra “Skyliner” from Cherokee (Evidence 1958) —A swing band that always makes me jump.Buy it!
Les Paul & Mary Ford “Dry My Tears” from The Legend and the Legacy (CAPITOL 1991) —Overdubbing two guitar parts and multiple vocal harmonies and man, these records were a blast.Buy it!
Jorge Ben “Que Pena” from Jorge Ben (Universal 1969) —A great time for Brazilian music (of course, there's always been great Brazilian music).Buy it!
Ozomatli “Prendida” from Place In The Sun (Vanguard 2014) N —These guys just know how to make me feel good - how can you help smiling when you hear a groove this hot?Buy it!
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “Thank You Lord” from Cold World (Daptone 2014) N —Gospel that's truly funky.Buy it!
Jimmy James and the Vagabonds “Do It Right” from Vagabond King: The Sixties Sides (Castle Music Ltd 2000) —I know nothing about Jimmy James except he made some very strong soul records that most people either don't remember or never heard in the first place.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Keep It To Myself” from The Complete Chess Studio Recordings (Chess 1992) —I love the bass and drums groove on this mid-60s cut.Buy it!
Joe Tex “You Little Baby Faced Thing” from The Ace Story Volume 1 (Ace 1979) —When Joe Tex started, he was practically Little Richard Jr.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Cool Water” from Let's Fly a Kite (Yep Roc 2014) N —If I hadn't gone through hell I wouldn't have alighted on your face.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Breakdown” from Places I Have Never Been (Columbia 1991) —This album, like all Willie Nile albums, is chock full of great songs. I like this one so much because it was the one that taught me that truth.Buy it!
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” from Going Back Home (UMC 2014) N —Great version of the Bob Dylan song.Buy it!
Lou Christie “Summer Snow” from EnLIGHTNIN'ment The Best of Lou Christie (Rhino 1990) —Nobody else ever sang like Lou Christie.Buy it!
Rocky Davis “Hot Rod Baby” from Hot Rod Gang (Buffalo Bop 2000) —She had a high speed motor and a 44 coupe!Buy it!
Paul Revere and The Raiders “Night Train” from The Legend Of Paul Revere (Columbia 1990) —I dig the vibe of this oddball rock take on the jazz classic.Buy it!
Nick Waterhouse “High Tiding” from Holly (Innovative Leisure www.innovativeleisure.net 2014) N —He's gonna be in town Monday night at the Firebird. I expect that will be a terrific show.Buy it!
Big Joe Turner “Chains of Love” from Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits (Atlantic 1989) —As beautiful a blues ballad as anybody ever did.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Get Off Of My Cloud” from December's Children (and everybody's) (ABKCO 1965) —I was walking along the baseball field at Bermuda School in about 1970 when I found a dirty copy of this 45 sitting in the ground. Until I found my dog in 2001, it was the best thing I'd ever found.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Sing This All Together” from Their Satanic Majesties Request (ABKCO 1967) —An imperfect response to Sgt. Pepper, true, but some of the Stones' most adventurous material nonetheless.Buy it!
The Beatles “Getting Better” from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (CAPITOL 1967) —I remember when I discovered punk rock and I sold this album because I thought it wasn't rock enough for me. Ah, the follies of youth.Buy it!
The Kinks “I Don't Nee You Any More” from The Kinks (Sanctuary 1964) —An obscure early gem from the pen of Ray Davies.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “Dragons to Slay” from Truth Serum (Thirty Tigers 2013) N —Jeffreys never got tired of that reggae/rock crossover thing that so many people did back in the late 70s, early 80s. Good thing, because he sounds great doing it.Buy it!
Chrissie Hynde “Sweet Nuthin'” from Stockholm (Caroline 2014) N —Chrissie Hynde still has the attitude and the songwriting chops after all these years.Buy it!
The Pretenders “Kid” from The Pretenders (sire 1979) —James Honeyman-Scott - that was a guitar player with class.Buy it!
Suzi Quatro “Devil Gate Drive” from Greatest Hits (EMI 2000) —Man, I wish I would have known how cool she was back when she was making these records - they still sound great, though.Buy it!
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