Thin Lizzy “The Rocker” from Vagabonds of the Western World (Deram 1973) —A perfect alliance between song title and song. Yeah, this one rocks.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall” from These Foolish Things CD ALBUM (Virgin 1973) —On the short list of greatest Bob Dylan interpretations.Buy it!
Primal Scream “Beautiful Future” (B-Unique 2008) —So I listened to Riot City Blues the other day & fell in love with them again - but then I couldn't find my copy at home, so I came up with this underrated gem to share with you.Buy it!
Graham Parker “Bad Chardonnay” from Songs of No Consequence (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2005) —Without question, a song that belongs with the best of Graham Parker.Buy it!
The Motors “You Beat the Hell Outta Me” from Approved By the Motors (Virgin 1978) —Cat played "Forget About You" by these guys the other day - I'd forgotten how much I loved them back in the day. Here's a KWUR New Wave classic!Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Sunday's Best” from Armed Forces (Rhino 1979) —I still remember getting this one in the mail - back in the olden days, kids, we had to sometimes order 7" import singles from catalogs we had to first request via mail, because you couldn't always find these in stores.Buy it!
The Zombies “Whenever You're Ready” from Absolutely the Best (Varese Sarabande 1999) —Sometimes I just shake my head in awe at the talent in this band.Buy it!
Alison Krauss & Union Station “Lay My Burden Down” from Paper Airplane (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —A typically gorgeous number from Ms. Krauss.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Waitin' On the Sky” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —Steve Earle will be in town in a few weeks to read from his book at the library. Details to follow when I remember them.Buy it!
Michael Fracasso “Saint Monday” (Michael Fracasso 2011) N —One of my fave singer/songwriters has a new self-released album; I once saw him perform, and the crowd was me, Larry & Kathy Weir, Ed Becker & Ed's wife.Buy it!
Phoebe Snow “Harpo's Blues” from Phoebe Snow (THE RIGHT STUFF 1974) —I never spent much time listening to Phoebe Snow, but I always did like her voice. She passed away too young the other day.Buy it!
Bill Evans Trio “Spring Is Here” from Portrait In Jazz (Jazzland 2011) —Exquisite!Buy it!
XTC “Easter Theatre” from Apple Venus Pt. 1 (Tvt 1999) —I guess this would have been more appropriate last week, but hey, five days after Easter isn't bad.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “Sing It Loud” (Nonesuch 2011) N —Just an incredible song - and a perfect singer for it.Buy it!
Marcia Ball “We Fell Hard” from Roadside Attractions (Alligator 2011) N —My review of this new record is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Marcia-Ball-Roadside-Attractions-2011.htmBuy it!
Rebirth Brass Band “Exactly Like You” from Rebirth of New Orleans (Basin Street 2011) N —In honor of those down in New Orleans at Jazzfest this weekend.Buy it!
Dave Edmunds “Girls Talk” from Repeat When Necessary (Swan Song 1979) —Thanks to Rich Reese for the fine collection of cowbell songs. I'll be pulling gems from this for a while.Buy it!
The Tremeloes “Here Comes MyBaby” from Very Best of the Tremeloes (Sanctuary 2002) —A classic cowbell number.Buy it!
The Monkees “Papa Gene's Blues” from The Monkees (Colgems 1966) —Here's a cowbell gem I'd overlooked for too long.Buy it!
Michael Nesmith “Joanne” from Magnetic South (Pacific Arts 1970) —I remember seeing Michael Nesmith appear on American Bandstand once, and I have a feeling he sang this song.Buy it!
The Mamas & The Papas “I Call Your Name” from Gold (Geffen unk 2005) —One of the most perfect Beatles covers - honestly, I kind of forgot it wasn't their own song.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Mighty Tight Woman” from bonnie raitt (Warner Brothers 1971) —Now that's how to cover Sippie Wallace.Buy it!
Tracy Nelson “Victim of the Blues” (Delta Groove 2011) N —Now that's how to cover Ma Rainey.Buy it!
April Smith “Movie Loves a Screen” from Songs For a Sinking Ship (April Smith 2010) N —Just a plain ol' good time song.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Big Black Dog” from Hard Bargain (Nonesuch 2011) N —A sweet song about loving a dog.Buy it!
Josh Williams “Blue Railroad Train” from Down Home (Rounder www.rounder.com 2010) —Every month, Barry Mazor's on-line column tips me to some very cool country music I hadn't heard before.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Slippin' and Slidin'” from Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) —By all reports, the young Earle did very well opening for the Decemberists the other night.Buy it!
Hazel Dickens, Carol Elizabeth Jones & Ginny Hawker “Love Me or Leave Me Alone” from Heart of a Singer (Rounder www.rounder.com 1998) —Another great vocalist passed away this past week - Hazel Dickens, who fought the good fight & sang the good songs.Buy it!
Hazel Dickens “Lost Patterns” from Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People (Rounder www.rounder.com 1980) —One heck of a country song.Buy it!
X-Ray Spex “Oh Bondage Up Yours!” from Germ Free Adolescents (Caroline 1978) —Vocalist Poly Styrene passed away on Monday, the day before her new album came out. I haven't heard the new one, but this classic still works.Buy it!
X-Ray Spex “Identity” from Germ Free Adolescents (Caroline 1978) —As one of my facebook friends put it: Oh cancer up yours!Buy it!
New York Dolls “Streetcake” from Dancing Backwards In High Heels COMP (429 2011) N —Can't argue with a song that pays lyrical tribute to Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.Buy it!
The Outsiders “Time Won't Let Me” from Nuggets From Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era (Rhino 2000) —Tom King, the songwriter & guitarist on this masterpiece, passed away a few days ago.Buy it!
Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra featuring Bing Crosby “Pinetop's Boogie Woogie” from As Good As It Gets: Swing (Disky 2000) —Bing Crosby tells people when to stop and when to start.Buy it!
Ray Bryant “The Madison Time (Part 1)” from Groove & Grind: 50s and 60s Dance Hits (Rhino 1990) —Then a few years later, Ray Bryant does the same, with a different groove.Buy it!
Duke Ellington “Rockin' In Rhythm” from Unknown Session (Sony 1979) —Holy moley! This is one exhilarating version of an exhilarating track!Buy it!
Duke Ellington “Lightning Bugs & Frogs” from The Ellington Suites (pablo www.fantasyjazz.com 1976) —This is from the Queen's Suite - combining a tribute to Duke Ellington's birthday & the Royal Wedding.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “Amelia” from Hejira (Asylum 1976) —Amelia, it was just a false alarm.Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Kiss Like Your Kiss” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway 2011) N —You should pick up the new issue of Blurt to read my review of this record. All the rest of the magazine is free after that.Buy it!
The Feelies “When You Know” from Here Before (Bar/None Records 2011) N —It is so great to have these guys back making music every bit as great as they did 25 years ago.Buy it!
Let's Active “Every Word Means No” from Afoot VINYL EP (IRS 1983) —Oh, those glorious pop songs of the 80s - I'm telling you, I was convinced this stuff would sweep the world.Buy it!
Sonny Boy Williamson “Cool Disposition” from One Way Out SINGLE (Checker 1968) —I feel bad that I don't remember all the friends who post videos on Facebook & give me inspiration, but I love every one of you.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Coming Your Way (Take 6)” from The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967-1969 (Sony 1969) —This one I know was posted in a different version by Phil Harris.Buy it!
Steeleye Span “The King” from Please To See The King (Sanctuary 1972) —Oh, I love these harmonies!Buy it!
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