Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Dec 7th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey “Close Your Eyes” from Mavericks (RNA 1990) —Chris Stamey, who wrote this, had a birthday the other day. Birthdays are usually Cat's job, but what the heck? I can celebrate greatness now and then.Buy it!
Marianne Faithful “Angel” from Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac (Hear Music 2012) N —This is so far from being a good tribute album - there are only 3 or 4 cuts I can actually enjoy at all. But this one justifies the whole project.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Blind Prayer” from The Rod Stewart Album (Mercury 1969) —To hear those early Rod Stewart albums is to ascend the highest peaks of musical ecstasy. Just listen to the talent on display in this song, and mourn for its tragic waste just a few years later.Buy it!
Heartless Bastards “Got To Have Rock and Roll” from Arrow (Partisan Records LLC/MapleMusic Recordings 2012) N —Apparently, singer/writer Erika Wennerstrom goes through musicians pretty rapidly, but I hope this version of the band can stick together. They've got heart and crunch. And great guitar solos.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Crazy” from Thankful n' Thoughtful (Anti-Records 2012) N —The new album is underwhelming, but it has its moments - this Gnarls Barkley cover is menacing and dark and full of LaVette angst.Buy it!
The Phonocaptors “P.L.T.” from Call It What You Want (Pro-Vel www.provelrecords.com 2004) L —Tonight at Off Broadway. Reunion performance of one of St. Louis's best bands, not to mention the CD release of the Incurables, another great local band. See you there.Buy it!
Lulu “Dreary Nights and Days” from From Crayons to Perfume: The Best of Lulu (Rhino 1994) —Was this from a film, or does it just sound like there should be a really cool movie with this as the theme?Buy it!
Dion “I Read It (In the Rolling Stone)” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon 2012) N —It doesn't even bother me that Dion is about 30 years behind the times with the references to a newstand and the influence of Rolling Stone. He sings his heart out here.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Whistlin' In the Dark” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —Magness wrote three songs for this new record that are as great as all the brilliant ones she's interpreted over the years.Buy it!
Blind Willie Johnson “God Moves on the Water” from News and the Blues: Telling It Like It Is (Legacy 1991) —Not as epic as Bob Dylan's new song, but a pretty good summation of the pain and suffering when the Titanic went down.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Shake That Devil” from Pretty Little Stranger (Vanguard 2006) —A beautiful song from a few years back - nice to remind ourselves of her songwriting, as well as the great interpretive ability she showed on this year's record.Buy it!
James Brown “Funky Drummer” from In the Jungle Groove (Polydor 1986) —The break that launched a thousand hip hop records is just part of the delights of this full=length groove stretched taut and funky.Buy it!
The Action 13 “More Bread to the People” from Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk In 1970's Nigeria (Soundway 2008) —See the subtitle of the album for an accurate description of the music.Buy it!
Lila Downs “Nothing But the Truth” from Shake Away / Ojo de Culebra (EMI 2008) —This woman is a major talent - she's mixing up various Latin musics with rock and hip-hop and pop and a powerful intelligence.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Sundown in Nashville” from Nashville Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —You can't find a better band than Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives.Buy it!
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