Bobby Fuller Four “Let Her Dance” from I Fought The Law: The Best Of Bobby Fuller Four (Del-Fi 2002) —A joyous song about losing your love.Buy it!
The Nashville Teens “Tobacco Road” SINGLE (One Way 1964) —When I think of this song, which was done by many, many people, this is usually the version I think of.Buy it!
The Dirtbombs “It's Gonna Be Alright” from Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! (In The Red 2013) N —The most ambitious of all garage bands these days.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead” from I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) (Rhino 1996) —What a crazy song.Buy it!
The Cramps “Goo Goo Muck” from File Under Sacred Music - The Early Singles 1978-1981 (Munster 2011) —The original version, spookier and somehow more spacious than the album version.Buy it!
X “Unheard Music” from Los Angeles (Slash 1980) —Songs like this one helped to establish the existence of a nationwide musical underground back in the day.Buy it!
Jason & The Scorchers “Fear Not Gear Rot” from Halcyon Times (Jerkin' Crocus 2010) —Just an infectiously giddy number.Buy it!
Craig Finn “No Future” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant 2012) —What's happening with Craig and/or the Hold Steady these days?Buy it!
Scott Kempner “Love Among the Ruins” from Tenement Angels (Razor & Tie 1992) —The first solo album by the Del-Lords frontman was one heck of a cool record, and it's been criminally overlooked for 22 years.Buy it!
The Band “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” from The Band (CAPITOL 1969) —I love Robertson's opening guitar licks on this cut - well, I love the rest of it, too, but what an intro!Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Miracle of Five” (Zedtone 2007) —Beautiful love song.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Ulysses Contract” from The Hill or the Climb (Undertow 2014) N L —CD Release party tomorrow night at Off Broadway with Grace Basement opening.Buy it!
Christy McWilson “Darkness Darkness” from Bed of Roses (Hightone 2002) —One of the best covers of this Youngbloods classic I've ever heard.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Brother Where Are You” from Sweet Relief Vol 3: Pennies From Heaven (Universal 2013) N —Stunning cover of the Oscar Brown Jr. song.Buy it!
Ethan Johns “Don't Reach Too Far” from If Not Now Then When? (Three Crows Music 2013) —The same three chords as "Gloria," with a change every now and again. That's rock'n'roll.Buy it!
John Lee Hooker “Little Boy Bue” from Detroit Blues 1950-1951 (Collectables 1992) —The young Hooker, already fully formed and brilliant.Buy it!
The Gunbunnies “The Killing Frost” from Paw Paw Patch (Virgin 1990) —Once upon a time, this band was at the center of a feud of sorts between me and Thomas Crone. Well, this band and Robert Johnson. Anyway, we're cool now. And I still love this band.Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “Two Heads” from After Bathing At Baxter's (RCA 1967) —With each passing year, I get more and more impressed by these guys in their prime.Buy it!
The La's “Liberty Ship” from The La's (Go! Discs 1990) —One stunning album, and then nothing. One and done.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Godard Protagonist Inflection” from Projection Room (Euclid Records 2014) N L —Album release party tonight at Off Broadway, with three other bands.Buy it!
New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” from (the best of) New Order (Qwest 1994) —It's amazing how good these guys still sound.Buy it!
Elvis Costello and the Roots “(She Might Be A) Grenade” from Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —This track is so damn deep - it's all about ?uestlove's drums!Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “I Remember” from Higher! (Epic / Legacy 2013) N —How did they sit on stuff this good all these years?Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Right On” from What's Going On (Motown 1971) —It's all about the groove.Buy it!
Sarah Bollinger “Call Me Home” from Both / And (self-released 2013) N L —St. Louis soul singer who can belt it out with the best of them.Buy it!
Mary Gauthier “For Rose” from Filth & Fire (Signature Sounds 2002) —Though I didn't discover her until a few years ago, Gauthier has been magnificent for a long time. I only recently first heard this gorgeous song.Buy it!
Preservation Hall Jazz Band “I Think I Love You” from That's It! (Legacy Recordings 2013) N —Sadly, not a Partridge Family cover, but a lovely little song, nonetheless.Buy it!
Bill Kirchen “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” from Seeds and Stems (Proper 2013) N —Not the first time he's recorded this, but it's always a pleasure to hear him do anything.Buy it!
Sonny Landreth featuring Eric Johnson “The Milky Way Home” from From the Reach (Proper 2008) —Landreth has way more imagination than Johnson, but they both have spectacular skills, and Johnson sounds invigorated by the challenge of playing with the master.Buy it!
House of Brunettes “Tomorrow Has Come and Gone” from Life In Stereo (RittLaboratories 2013) N —Guitar-based rock band from Chicago that kicks serious butt. Great tunes, great playing.Buy it!
Arctic Monkeys “No. 1 Party Anthem” from AM (Domino 2013) —That's an ironic title, by the way.Buy it!
Tim Finn “Don't Bury My Heart” from The Big Canoe (Virgin 1987) —I keep getting hooked by this old album that I didn't hear until last year.Buy it!
Flying House “Centered on the Wheel (feat. Rebecca Ryan, Lily Ibur & Bella Ibur)” from Blues For Wolfman (self 2013) N L —I love the fact that the Ibur brothers are back making great music.Buy it!
Grant Hart “It Isn't Love” from The Argument (Domino 2013) N —Ex-Husker Du drummer has an ambitious and largely successful new record.Buy it!
Casper & the Cookies “Take It Away, Kathy” from Oh! (Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records 2005) —I'm pretty sure I saw these guys at the Way Out Club when this record was new.Buy it!
The Thin Dimes “Fixin'” from The Thin Dimes (self released 2013) N L —St. Louis band I know nothing about but I like this.Buy it!
Greg Leisz “Wild Mountain Thyme” from The Big E: A Salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons (MPI 2013) N —Leisz has probably played on as many records as Buddy Emmons did, so this is an appropriate choice to pay tribute.Buy it!
Krystle Warren “I Don't Know” from Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the work of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch 2013) N —I've now encountered her on two tribute albums, and she sings exceptionally beautifully. I hope I can find her own records some time.Buy it!
Pete Anderson “Rock In My Shoe” from Birds Above Guitarland (Little Dog 2013) N —When did Anderson become such an effective singer?Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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