Little Richard “Rip It Up” from The Georgia Peach (Specialty 1991) —Oh, yes, we're rocking now!Buy it!
The Coasters “Young Blood” from 50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology (Rhino 1992) —What's your name? What's your name? What's your name?Buy it!
Velvet Underground “White Light / White Heat” (Verve 1968) —One noisy explosion of greatness.Buy it!
Dick Dale “Night Owl” from Surfers' Choice (Sundazed 2010) N —A crazy little vocal number that sets doo-wop on its ear.Buy it!
James Hunter “Ain't Goin' Nowhere” from The Hard Way - Single (Hear Music 2008) —As much as I love his singing, it's the guitar solo that makes me sit up and take notice here.Buy it!
Rock-A-Teens “Woo-Hoo” from Rock, Rhythm & Doo-Wop Vol. 2 (Rhino 2001) —Ah, the glories of the echo effect.Buy it!
John Fogerty “Mr. Greed” from Centerfield (Warner Brothers 1985) —It's not exactly subtle, but you can't argue with a song opposed to greed. Especially when it rocks this hard.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Street Songs” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) N —Alejandro has never done a song quite like this one before.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “Colored Lights” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc 2010) N —Nicely rocking new record from Mr. Wynn. Can't wait to hear the whole thing.Buy it!
Aztec Camera “Walk Out to Winter” from High Land, Hard Rain (Sire Records 1983) —This song always pops into my head about the time it starts getting really cold.Buy it!
Orange Juice “Felicity” from Coals to Newcastle (Domino 2010) N —Oh, I wish I had money enough and time to absorb a box set like this one, containing everything Orange Juice ever recorded. This song is Morrissey's favorite OJ song - that's what it says on the sampler here at the station.Buy it!
ABC “Tears Are Not Enough” from The Lexicon of Love (Mercury) —My little early 80s English set.Buy it!
The Jam “Private Hell” from Setting Sons (Polydor UK 1979) —As long as I'm playing old stuff, why not?Buy it!
Uncle Tupelo “Gun” from 80/93 An Anthololgoy (Columbia Legacy 2002) L —There's gonna be a tribute to Uncle Tupelo down at Off Broadway tomorrow - proceeds benefit KDHX>Buy it!
Jon Hardy & The Public “Restless Again” from A Hard Year (Jon Hardy & The Public 2010) N L —This St. Louis band knows how to write songs.Buy it!
Cee-Lo Green “It's OK” from The Lady Killer (Ekektra 2010) —EPY, it's another effortlessly delightful hook from the man who has a million of 'em.Buy it!
Diplomats of Solid Sound “Back Off” from What Goes Around Comes Around (Pravda 2010) N —One deep and hard-edged funky groove here. Love that tenor/baritone sax sound.Buy it!
Kanye West “Gorgeous” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A Fella 2010) N —Featuring Kid Cudi & Raekwon - love the dark feel of this cut.Buy it!
El DeBarge “5 Seconds” from Second Chance (Geffen unk 2010) —Fabolous does the rapping, El does the crooning.Buy it!
Plants and Animals “The Mama Papa” from La La Land (Secret City 2010) N —A nicely insistent rhythmic drive fueled by, what else, a cowbell.Buy it!
The Oyster Band “Heaven to Calcutta” from Ride (Cooking Vinyl 1989) —One of my fave bands of the late 80s, early 90s, and they used a cowbell quite well here.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School” from Cheap Trick (EPIC/LEGACY 1977) —Bun E. Carlos rarely resorted to cowbell, but there's one on this track.Buy it!
Laura Nyro & LaBelle “The Monkey Time / Dancing in the Street” from Gonna Take A Miracle (Columbia 1971) —Check out this nice little piece on Laura Nyro at the essential Boogie Woogie Flu blog: http://boogiewoogieflu.blogspot.com/2010/12/jewish-soul-sister.htmlBuy it!
Judee Sill “The Kiss” from Heart Food (Water Music 1973) —Peter Holsapple sold me on this amazing singer/songwriter I didn't know. Thanks, Facebook!Buy it!
Neil Young “Walk With Me” from Le Noise (Reprise 2010) N —I feel a love, I feel a strong love. With heavy feedback.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “No Face, No Name, No Number” from Olympia (Virgin 2010) N —Simply lovely.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “I Want To Live So God Can Use Me” from I Know I've Been Changed (Tell It 2010) N —Aaron Neville teams up with Allen Toussaint for a Joe Henry production of one heck of a great gospel album.Buy it!
Nat King Cole “You Can Depend On Me” from After Midnight: the Complete Session (EMI 2003) —You ever want to know why Nat King Cole is considered an astounding singer, check out this extraordinary gem of an album.Buy it!
Lester Bowie “The Great Pretender” (ECM 1981) —One of the most amazing recorded pieces I know.Buy it!
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Quarte “Rip, Rig and Panic” from Rip, Rig and Panic and Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith (Verve Records 1990) —With Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and the one and the only Elvin Jones on drums.Buy it!
The Feelies “The Good Earth” (Twin/Tone 1986) —I've been struck recently, as I have been several many times in my life, by the genius of this band.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Bigger” from Raucous (Cool Dog Sound 2010) N —Tim and his wife Susan have come up with 2 discs full of new material - this is a darn good band.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Dr. Watson, I Presume” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —A typicall gem of wordplay and intricate melody.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Stay Around a Little Longer” from Living Proof (Silvertone/Jive Records 2010) N —The other day, there was this horrible news report on one wretched website claiming B.B. King had died. But, as he sings with Mr. Guy here, he's gonna stay around a little longer.Buy it!
Norah Jones “Ruler of My Heart” from Featuring Norah Jones (Blue Note url 2010) N —Originally from a 2002 Dirty Dozen Brass Band album I don't think I managed to hear.Buy it!
Joe Cocker “Delta Lady” from Mad Dogs & Englishmen (A & M 1970) —One of the most explosive bands ever, led by the great Leon Russell.Buy it!
Ronnie Earl “Eleventh Step to Heaven” from Spread the Love (stony plain 2010) N —This does sound like it's climbing the steps to heaven - beautiful instrumental bliss.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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