The Bangles “Song For a Good Son” from Doll Revolution (Liberty 2003) —A strong number from Michael Steele before she left the band.Buy it!
The Redwalls “Hung Up on the Way I'm Feeling” from De Nova (CAPITOL 2005) —Wonder what these kids are up to now that they are in their late 20s. They were so very, very good before they were 21.Buy it!
The Rascals “Love Me” from Anthology (1965-1972) (Rhino 1992) —The Rascals got all funky at the end of their career. Overtly religious, too, but as long as the funk lives, that's okay.Buy it!
Nick Waterhouse “Teardrop Will Follow You” from Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure 2012) N —Somewhere in between jump blues and soul on this cut.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “Every Night and Every Day” from Rockford (Cheap Trick Unlimited 2006) —Classic Cheap Trick from a more recent vintage.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Done (Done)” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —Their first album in 5 years is worth the wait - this song kicks!Buy it!
Los Lobos “The Fat Man” from Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard 2007) —These guys can do just about anything they want - what a great Fats Domino cover.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “Let the Good Times Roll” from Funky Chicken (Universal Music Group International 1997) —The World's Oldest Teenager knew how to let the good times roll - just wear those short pants and declare!Buy it!
Bobby Rush “Swing Low” from Down In Louisiana (Deep Rush 2013) N —Bobby Rush as you may never have heard him before. Still making it new at the age of 77.Buy it!
Louis Armstrong “Hesitating Blues” from Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (Columbia 1954) —Armstrong's trumpet - as sweet as music gets. And he and Velma Middleton have a blast with the vocals here, too.Buy it!
Jay McShann's Kansas City Stompers “On the Sunny Side of the Street” from Jump N Jive (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 1999) —I'm not sure who's playing the beautiful alto sax here, but this is a lovely rendition of a song I've rarely taken seriously.Buy it!
Percy Mayfield “Louisiana” from Poet of the Blues (Specialty 1992) —One of the all-time great r'n'b songwriters.Buy it!
The Temptations “Cloud Nine” (Gordy 1969) —Sometimes I have to remind myself that brilliant songs I've heard a million times haven't been played nearly so often in recent years. New people need to hear this.Buy it!
The Gladiators “Marvel Not” from Proverbial Reggae (EMI 1978) —A rare lead vocal from Clinton Fearon - he's no Albert Griffiths, but he sounds pretty cool here.Buy it!
Norah Jones “Happy Pills” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2012) —Norah says - get the hell out of here! But oh so more eloquently.Buy it!
New Order “Regret” from Republic (Qwest 1993) —I'm just a sucker for big open chord progressions like this one.Buy it!
The Primitives “All the Way Down” from Pure (RCA 1989) —Back in the day, I remember being disappointed in this album for not having another "Crash," but this song, with the boy vocals instead of the girl, is awfully cool.Buy it!
Queens of the Stone Age “Outlaw Blues” from Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) —I don't love this band all the time, but they do a great job on this Dylan cover.Buy it!
John Cale “Vampire Cafe” from Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood (Domino 2012) N —I definitely like the off-kilter groove and dark feel of this cut.Buy it!
Craig Finn “No Future” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant 2012) —Examining the Sex Pistols lyric to a much deeper level.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Crooked Man” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc 2012) N —One of my fave songs last year. It brightens up my day every time I hear it.Buy it!
The Byrds “Renaissance Fair” from Younger Than Yesterday (Columbia 1967) —This song can still take my breath away!Buy it!
The Leaves “He Was a Friend of Mine” from Leaves Are Happening (Sundazed 2000) —An oddly compelling different take on a song made famous by the Byrds.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Bigger” from Raucus Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) —More ringing guitars.Buy it!
Sneakers “I Will Understand” from Racket (East Side Digital 1992) —Mitch Easter in an early band with Chris Stamey & Will Rigby. Some of you will understand how important that makes this.Buy it!
Melody Den “Robert Johnson” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —CD Release party a week from Saturday, Jan. 12 at Off Broadway, along with the Half Knots. Should be a very good show.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Sue Me Sue” from Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch (Rack 'Em 2007) —Some Tex Mex fun from Joe Ely.Buy it!
Jon Cleary “Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky” from Occapella! (FHQ 2012) —Great take on Allen Toussaint's credo.Buy it!
Dick Dale & The Del-Tones “Let's Go Trippin'” from Greatest Hits: 1961-1976 (GNP Crescendo 1992) —What an amazing guitarist!Buy it!
Otis Taylor “Jae Jae Waltz” from My World Is Gone (Telarc 2013) N —Perhaps if the music was actually a waltz, somebody might waltz with you, Otis.Buy it!
Tabou Combo “Mabouya” from Sound of the Beat (THE RIGHT STUFF 1996) —Some crazy funky dance music out of Haiti.Buy it!
Janiva Maghness “Things Left Undone” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —Stunning vocal on this Paul Thorn song.Buy it!
The Fifth Dimension “Go Where You Wanna Go” from Up, Up and Away: The Definitive Collection (Arista 1997) —How to cover the Mamas and the Papas - first, sing just about as well as they do.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Powder Blue” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) L —Very fine St. Louis band which got the second most spins on KDHX all last year.Buy it!
Spoon “The Infinite Pet” from Gimme Fiction (Matador 2005) —A band which Middle Class Fashion probably has listened to.Buy it!
The Beatles “Come Together” from Abbey Road CD ALBUM (Apple Records 1969) —A song which Spoon has probably listened to.Buy it!
The Carter Family “Wildwood Flower” from Anchored In Love: Their Complete Victor Recordings 1927-1928 (Rounder 1993) —A song I think I've always loved.Buy it!
Robert Johnson “Ramblin' On My Mind” from King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 2 (Columbia 1970) —So much has sprung from this record, but it's still possible to simply be flabbergasted by its actual power.Buy it!
Little Willie Littlefield “The Midnight Hour Was Shining” from Going Back to Kay Cee (Ace 1995) —A 50s r'n'b pianist/singer who should have been more famous.Buy it!
The Larks “My Reverie” from Spotlight on Apollo Records (Collectables 2002) —Gorgeous doo-wop.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “Search Me Lord” from The Devil Ain't Got No Music (Aria B.G. 2012) —One of the albums I really should have fit into my year-end list-making needs.Buy it!
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women “Downey Girl” from Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women (Yep Roc 2009) —A song that sounds as though it existed for a century before Dave Alvin wrote it.Buy it!
Tom Russell “It Goes Away” from Love and Fear (Shout Factory 2006) —Everything that hurts will go away.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Inch By Inch (demo)” from Goodbye Cruel World (Ryko 1995) —It's amazing how much better this album could have been if the demo ideas had been followed rather than swallowed.Buy it!
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