Bottle Rockets “Blue Sky” (Sanctuary 2003) —One of the sweetest songs in the Bottle Rockets repertoire.Buy it!
J.D. McPherson “Dimes For Nickels” from Signs & Signifiers (Rounder 2012) N —Just a relaxed, yet mildly frantic, groove.Buy it!
Dion “I'm Ready to Go” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon 2012) N —Dion is every bit as great now as he was 50 years ago - not many singers can say that.Buy it!
Dave Clark Five “Here Comes Summer” from History of the Dave Clark Five (Hollywood www.hollywoodrecords.com 1993) —There are a lot of things to love about this cut, but I choose this morning to concentrate on that slippery guitar.Buy it!
Dwight Twilley “Rock Yourself, Son” from The Great Lost Twilley Album (Shelter 1993) —They say the kid can't rock when you've been rocking all your life.Buy it!
Shoes “Nobody to Blame” from Ignition (Black Vinyl 2012) N —There's that crunchy sound with the purty melody these guys can do at their best.Buy it!
Sloan “Burn For It” from Parallel Play (Yep Roc 2008) —Another pop/rock band with multiple singers and catchy songs.Buy it!
Redd Kross “Dracula's Daughter” from Researching the Blues (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2012) N —The songs on this record sneak up on you - after awhile, all my initial problems with this album have disappeared.Buy it!
Blood Oranges “Fire Escape” from Lone Green Valley (East Side Digital 1992) —One of the great bands of the 1990s.Buy it!
Marshall Chapman “Falling Through the Trees” from Big Lonesome (TallGirl 2010) —I just love this woman - one of America's great songwriters.Buy it!
Sara Watkins “The Ward Accord” from Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch 2012) —Just listen to her play that fiddle. Beautiful.Buy it!
Diana Krall “Prairie Lullaby” from Glad Rag Doll (Verve 2012) N —T Bone Burnett producing, Marc Ribot on guitar, Diana Krall singing - more, please.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Santa's Last Stop” from Just Because It Was Christmas (Santa's Last Stop 2009) L —We're two weeks out from the annual Rough Shop holiday extravaganza at Focal Point. Be there!Buy it!
ZZ Top “It's Too easy Manana” from La Futura (Mercury 2012) N —A loud, thick, slab of bluesy sludge from the masters.Buy it!
Talking Heads “Animals” from Fear of Music (Sire Records 1979) —This album confused the heck out of me when it was new, though I pretty much loved it right away. Now, I'm wondering if it's my fave Talking Heads.Buy it!
? and the Mysterians “96 Tears” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (ABKCO 2006) —Is there a better Farfisa organ line in the world?Buy it!
Little Willie John “Talk To Me, Talk To Me” from Fever: The Best of Little Willie John (Rhino 1993) —A singer of astounding skill and emotional truth.Buy it!
Candi Staton “Love Chain” from Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters (Ace 2011) —Tough groove, great singing.Buy it!
Brook Benton & Dinah Washington “Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)” from Endlessly: The Best of Brook Benton (Rhino 1998) —An inspired pairing!Buy it!
Robert Cray “(Won't Be) Coming Home” from Nothin' But Love (Provogue 2012) N —Cray is always good; here he's even more inspired than usual.Buy it!
The Ronettes “Walking in the Rain” from Best of the Ronettes (ABKCO 1992) —Just a reminder that rain happens, though it's pretty sunny out this morning.Buy it!
Allison Moorer “Like the Rain” from Crows (Rykodisc 2010) —She's one of the best singers alive.Buy it!
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals “The Lion the Beast the Beat” (Hollywood www.hollywoodrecords.com 2012) N —I've kinda been sleeping on these guys for a while - this new record impressed me, so I should probably check out the old ones.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Beyond” from Blow Music Only With Delicate Mad Worship (Red Pill 2011) —Former St. Louisian Stephan Bayley makes some beautiful music.Buy it!
The Heavy “Curse Me Good” from The Glorious Dead (Counter Records 2012) —This is a lighter song from the Heavy, but I dig it just the same.Buy it!
Pugwash “I Want You Back In My Life (For Mam)” from Jollity (1969 2005) —I know very little about this guy, but the music is melodically rich and exquisite.Buy it!
Miles Davis “Minor March” from Miles Davis and Milt Jackson Quintet / Sextet (Prestige 1955) —Love the tricky intricate tune written by Jackie McLean.Buy it!
The Itals “Brutal” from Brutal Out Deh (Ital Music 1982) —That was actually one heck of a segue.Buy it!
Joey Ramone “Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)” from Ya Know (BMG 2012) N —It's not better than the original with the Ramones, but I find this slowed-down version pretty effective.Buy it!
The Painkillers “Good For Me” from Painkillers (Euclid Records Records 2011) L —The late Jeff Barbush. What a talented guy he was.Buy it!
Jenny Lewis “Carpetbaggers” from acid tongue (Warner Brothers 2008) —Elvis Costello guest-stars here.Buy it!
Little Big Town “On Fire Tonight” from Tornado (CAPITOL 2012) N —It sounds like a party song to me.Buy it!
DeRobert and the Half-Truths “Workin'” from Soul In a Digital World (ged soul 2010) —I'm sick and tired of not having, I gotta find me some money.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “So Hard To Get Along With” from Do The Funky Chicken (stax 1970) —Rufus never struck me as a guy who was hard to get along with. But I ain't gonna argue with the man.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “Seven Is the Wind” from The Crossing (Daptone 2012) N —This instrumental band is chock full of mysterious, intoxicating, soulful tunes.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “I Call It Pretty Music But the Old People Call It the Blues Pt. 1” from The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (Motown 2005) —The very young Mr. Wonder.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Roll Like a Big Wheel” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —This is pretty music right here.Buy it!
Louis Jordan “Bone Dry” from Jivin' With Jordan (Proper 2002) —They don't write 'em like this anymore.Buy it!
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys “I Hate Loving You” from It's Time (Yep Roc 2003) —Rockabilly, very nice.Buy it!
Joe Lewis “Life's Too Short to Live” from Sun Record Company: 50 Golden Years 1952-2002 (Castle 2002) —Sometimes it feels that way. But not when there are still cool records like this to discover.Buy it!
Jim Lauderdale “I Want You to Know” from Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2004) —Johnny Paycheck had so many great songs - and Lauderdale nails this one.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “My Little Yellow Bird” from Heartaches & Harmonies (Rhino 1994) —An Everly rarity, very nice.Buy it!
Rockhouse Ramblers “Bubbles in the Glass” from Lies And Damn Lies (self 2010) L —St. Louis band which has largely morphed into Colonel Ford, full of great songs, great singing, great playing.Buy it!
Maria Muldaur “Lookin' the World Over” from First Came Memphis Minnie (stony plain 2012) N Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Let's Have a Party” from Rockin' in the Country: The Best of Wanda Jackson (Rhino 1990) —It's a challenge for Pat - he's got to have a party now.Buy it!
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