Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Dec 28th 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
John Cale “Scotland Yard” from Shifty Adventures in Nookie Yard (Domino 2012) N —Celebrating 2012 with a bunch of music that came out this year - not just my fave songs, but a lot of songs I didn't play on air this year. The new Cale is a good record - not great like his last one, but definitely a pleasure.Buy it!
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals “Stars” from The Lion the Beast the Beat (Hollywood www.hollywoodrecords.com 2012) N —This woman can belt it out, but she saves the big notes for the most dramatic moments.Buy it!
Anders Osborne “Dancing In the Wind” from Black Eye Galaxy (Alligator 2012) —Osborne's album is all over the place, from slashing near metal to deep blues to singer-songwriter stuff. This song reminds me of Jackson Browne.Buy it!
Amy Gore and Her Valentines “Baby In Your Arms” from In Love (self 2012) N —Amy Gore was in the Gore Gore Girls, which I never heard. But this record is terrific - fulfills the promise of tough pop/rock I heard 30 years back in the first single by Holly & the Italians.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Don't You Start” from Projection Room (Euclid Records 2013) N L —We're still waiting for a second album from this St. Louis duo (my very favorite guitar/drum/no bass combo in the world), but they did a nice 7" single this year.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Property of Jesus” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? (One Little Indian 2012) —As much as I loved this record, I didn't give it enough airplay (partially due to an inability to remember which songs had profanity in them).Buy it!
Craig Finn “Apollo Bay” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) —Okay, I was suspicious at the beginning of the year, but over time, this record has really grown on me, and now I'm not sure he should ever get back with the Hold Steady.Buy it!
Carl Pandolfi “Space” from What Kind of Life (self-released 2012) N L —We are all going to need more space. This very talented St. Louisian put out a fascinating album a few months back - trying not to let it slip through the cracks.Buy it!
Half Knots “Colorado” from Proof (self 2013) N L —Another strong St. Louis record that I've only recently spent time with - their CD release show, shared with Melody Den (whose record is also excellent, but I forgot to bring it), will be Jan. 12 at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Chris Stamey “Astronomy” from Lovesick Blues (Bonus Track Version) (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2013) N —Stamey has so many good songs in him that just 7 months after the dB's album, he's back with a really good solo record. Breaking the rules of only 2012 releases, but what the heck, why not?Buy it!
Invisible System “Hode Baba” from Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia (World Music Network 2012) N —Fascinating band from Ethiopia that mixes up all sorts of dance sounds from outside their native land - this one has a rich dub texture to it.Buy it!
Little Feat “One Breath at a Time” from Rooster Rag (Rounder 2012) N —I gotta admit, I haven't paid close attention to the many records Little Feat made since they reformed quite some time ago - but this one cooks pretty hard.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “The More I Search (The More I Die)” from Thankful n' Thoughtful (Anti-Records 2012) N —I was disappointed in this album - it's better than the last one, not as brilliant as the two before that. But, dangit, she's still Bettye LaVette, and even her disappointments are better than a lot of records.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “Would These Arms Be In Your Way” from Living for a Song - A Tribute to Hank Cochran (Mercury 2012) N —Most of the songs feature great guest stars, and that's cool, but I really just want to hear Jamey Johnson sing. As he does here.Buy it!
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