The Monkees “Tapioca Tundra” from The Birds, the Bees, & the Monkees (Rhino 1994) —As good a reason for the Monkees to have ever existed as anybody could name.Buy it!
The Zombies “Imagine the Swan” from Odessey And Oracle (Remastered Edition) (Rhino 1968) —Another masterpiece from 1968 - I somehow never connected these two songs with the same time-frame before.Buy it!
Lou Christie “Summer Snow” from EnLIGHTNIN'ment The Best of Lou Christie (Rhino 1990) —I wouldn't be surprised if we get snow this summer - I wouldn't be surprised at anything any more about the weather.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Country Girl” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch Records 2012) —My goodness, Rhiannon can sing, can't she?Buy it!
Little Feat “Juliet (early version)” from Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat (Rhino 2000) —A song from the 70s that sounds timeless to me.Buy it!
Ike Reilly “Morning Glory” from Hard Luck Stories (Rock Ridge 2009) —Ike Reilly churned out some awfully good records these past few years, somehow turning into one of my favorite contemporary musicians.Buy it!
Emory Joseph “Brown-Eyed Women” from Fennario (Megaforce 2008) —See how much better Grateful Dead songs can sound when performed by somebody with talent?Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Patchwork Girlfriend” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) —Just check out the way all the instruments weave their own parts into this push/pull effect that knocks me out every time.Buy it!
Radiohead “Airbag” from OK Computer (Capitol Records 1997) —While I don't think they ever hit these heights again, I still love OK Computer whenever I hear something from it. And a major influence, I believe, on Punch Brothers.Buy it!
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames “Angel's Blues” from New Multitudes (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) N —Will Johnson sings, and Anders Parker plays the heck out of the guitar on this one.Buy it!
Son Volt “Chaos Streams” from Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Legacy 2005) L —I do love the exquisite guitar sounds on this record.Buy it!
Fieldwork “Ghost Time” from Door (PI 2007) —Vijay Iyer - 'nuff said.Buy it!
Dr. John “Revolution” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —Okay, if Dan Auerbach can help make this record sound so good, then he must not be completely hopeless.Buy it!
Super Maroon “When the Lights Are On” from demo (none 2012) L —One of the fine St. Louis bands who will be playing tonight at Off Broadway for the REM tribute to help support KDHX.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Seeking Out Approval” from Defeat (Red Pill 2012) N —A grinder from ex-St. Louisian Stephan Bayley. The man knows how to write tunes.Buy it!
Split Enz “Nice to Know” from Dizyrhythmia (Mushroom 1977) —Methinks it would not upset Mr. Bayley if I mention he sometimes reminds me of this great band.Buy it!
The Finn Brothers “Weather With You” from Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond (Raven 1999) —Tim Finn of Split Enz with his little brother Neil. Gorgeous.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Short Wave Decline” from Lines from the Frame (Undertow 2008) L —Hey, Chris Grabau, are you guys doing anything new soon?Buy it!
The Mastersons “Money” from Birds Fly South (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2012) N —This band is really growing on me. A lot.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Liar's Parade” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —My first chance to hear brand new music from this very talented St. Louis band.Buy it!
Army Navy “Ex-Electric” from The Last Place (The Fever Zone 2011) —Don Hollenbeck told me I should check these guys out - yep, he's right, they're good.Buy it!
The Easybeats “Helow How Are You” from The Very Best From Down Under (Music Products 1995) —Not one of their most famous songs, but a quite lovely one that reminds us that they probably admired the Bee Gees quite a bit.Buy it!
The Move “This Time Tomorrow” from Omnibus: The 60s Singles As and Bs (Edsel 1999) —A sweet song paying homage to early Beatles, methinks.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Perfect Man” from Out of the Game (Decca 2012) N —Rufus has done many things in his spectacular career, but this song makes me want to dance, and that's not something he's done before.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Marriage Made in Hollywood” from Slipstream (Redwing Records 2012) N —Great song, great performance.Buy it!
Norah Jones “She's 22” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note 2012) N —I think Norah Jones is moving completely away from the jazz world; she can sing anything she wants as far as I'm concerned.Buy it!
The Little Willies “Remember Me” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2012) N —Jones does have her country side well represented still - man, this Little Willies record is sweet.Buy it!
Hank Crawford w/James Moody “Boo's Tune” from Heart and Soul: the Hank Crawford Anthology (Rhino 1994) —As Crawford stepped outside the Ray Charles band, he got together with James Moody, who composed this catchy number, and they made a heck of a fine team.Buy it!
The Lafayette Afro Rock Band “Hihache” from Darkest Light: The Best of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band (Strut 1999) —That drum intro was sampled on a number of hip-hop records, but it also grounds one heck of a tasty slab of funk here.Buy it!
Ebo Taylor “Yaa Amponsah” from Appia Kwa Bridge (Strut 2012) N —From Ghana, and playing a mixture of high life & Afro-beat.Buy it!
John Renbourn “Faro's Rag” from The Hermit (Shanachie 1976) —As great a guitarist as any in the world.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “I Want to Go Back” from Revelation Road (Everso Records 2011) N —She's gonna play for free at Pridefest this June. Very excited to be able to walk six blocks and see Shelby Lynne.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “The High Road” from I've Got My Own Hell to Raise (Anti www.anti.com 2005) —I haven't thrown this record on in a long time, but this song popped up on itunes the other day, and damned if it didn't feel as thrilling as it first did 7 years ago.Buy it!
Curtis Salgado “Baby, Let Me Take You In My Arms” from Soul Shot (Alligator 2012) N —Holy moley! This man can sing.Buy it!
Little Milton “Love at First Sight” from The Modern Records Blues Story (Fuel 2000 2003) —From his days in St. Louis.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “Outrageous” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) L —St. Louis soulful instrumental band - man, these guys can play.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Don't Look Now” from West Of The West (Yep Roc 2006) —Dave Alvin covers CCR.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “I Was There When It Happened” from Bootleg Vol. 4: The Soul of Truth (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 2012) N —Johnny Cash singing Gospel. Yup, I'll take it.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “No-Biscuit Blues” from Tell My Sister (Nonesuch 2011) —Ending with a smile on my face.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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