Keith Richards “Eileen” from Main Offender (Virgin 1992) —Keith threw a lot of really good songs - and some really good guitar riffs - into those two solo albums. Not exactly a vocal treasure, but spirited, to be sure.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Coming Up” from McCartney II (CAPITOL 1980) N —I bought this 45 back in the day - played it a zillion times. McCartney disco is crazy! This and "Funky Town" were my fave raves at the same time.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “National Ransom” (Hear Music 2010) —He'll be at the Pageant on July 1. I'll be at the Pageant on July 1. Which one of us will sing?Buy it!
Sloan “Follow the Leader” from The Double Cross (Yep Roc 2011) N —These guys put together some utterly infectious songs.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Progress” from The Road From Memphis (Anti www.anti.com 2011) N —I don't think Jim James sings this quite as soulfully as it deserves, but this song really gets under my skin every time I hear it.Buy it!
Liam Finn “Cold Feet” from Fomo (Yep Roc 2011) N —Probably my fave song after early listens to the new album, which comes out this Tuesday.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “Queen of the Minor Key” (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) N —A spectacularly effective rockabilly number.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Manzanita” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) —A lovely duet with the great Christy McWilson. Dave Alvin will be at Off Broadway on July 7.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “The Laugh of Recognition” from The Long Surrender (GSD 2011) N —I am still enamored with the mysteriously intoxicating sound of this record,.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “I Gotta Be With You” from Hold On Tight (Universal unk 2011) N —The final record from one of America's greatest singers was a fitting legacy for this giant of soul.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Something” from Stax Does the Beatles (stax 2008) —Originally from the Issac Hayes Movement album, yet another stunning example of the orchestrated brilliance of the man's records for a couple years there.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Goin' Back” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —Goffin and King and Marianne Faithfull - gorgeous!Buy it!
Pelvic Girdles “Longest Thing” from Sad Hammer (self 2011) N L —A nicely moody little number from this St. Louis trio.Buy it!
Magazie “The Light Pours Out of Me” from Where the Power Is (Virgin 2011) N —Picking 16 songs to represent the career of Magazine, who made 5 albums (4 studio, 1 live), most of which were perfect, just means you're leaving stuff off. But it also means there's Magazine on the shelves at the radio station!Buy it!
The Jans Project “Torn Between” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) N L —This song just makes me happy. I haven't paid any attention to the words, thoujgh - I don't know if he's as happy as I am.Buy it!
Spirit “Fresh Garbage” from Spirit (Legacy 1967) —They couldn't have made this groove without the cowbell.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Seaside Bar Song” from TRACKS (Columbia 1998) —Bruce tried to match the punk rock energy thing, and he needed a cowbell to fuel it.Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Good Thing” from The Essential Paul Revere & the Raiders (Legacy 2011) N —These guys sound better and better with each passing year after they made these records.Buy it!
The Coasters “Down in Mexico” from The Very Best of The Coasters (Rhino 1993) —Carl Gardner, lead singer of this fabulous vocal group, passed away the other day - I regret I didn't have time to scope out more than one track to pay tribute.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” from Ebbets Field 1974 (It's About Music 2011) N —Sandy Denny's voice - nuff said.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Dazzling Blue” from So Beautiful or So What (Universal unk 2011) N —The cat scan's eye sees what the heart's concealing. Wow.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Family Business” from Cannibal Courtship (Concord 2011) N —A bouncy little number indicting heavy arms dealers.Buy it!
Raphael Saadiq “Just Don't” from Stone Rollin' (Columbia 2011) N —Saadiq is taking soul revivalism into the future.Buy it!
Pat Metheny “Betcha By Golly Wow” from What's It All About (Nonesuch 2011) N —You probably didn't know you wanted to hear a stunningly beautiful version of the Stylistics classic played on solo baritone guitar. That's what I'm here for, to give you what you didn't know.Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “Freight Train” from Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —Frisell, Ribot, Miller, Leisz. Damn!Buy it!
Robert Plant “Silver Rider” from Band Of Joy (Rounder www.rounder.com 2010) —My goddam ear wax problem forced me to miss the Robert Plant concert the other night - my goodness, what a band he has!Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Naufragee du Tendre” from Tell My Sister (Nonesuch 2011) N —A beautiful song in French that was so much fun to play back when I was acting as a guitar player.Buy it!
April Smith “Terrible Things” from Songs For a Sinking Ship (April Smith 2010) —I know nothing about her but she writes great songs.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “What Are You Telling Me?” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) L —These guys are opening for Charles Walker & the Dynamites tonight at Off Broadway - get there early, they are terrific.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Dead Man's Hand” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —A gentle, mellow but stern number.Buy it!
Aurelio “Yange” from Laru Beya (Real World Records 2010) —Gorgeous music from Honduras.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “My Muse” from Follow Me Down (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —Everything I've heard from this record is exquisite.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “Tell Me What You Want” from Bella (Verve Forecast 2011) —Why can't Teddy Thompson sell more records?Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “A Sleep With No Dreaming” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) N —One of my all-time fave singers.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Meet Me in the Alleyway” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —A compelling song, even if the effects on the vocal make it hard to understand him.Buy it!
Joe Ely “You Can Bet I'm Gone” from Satisfied at Last (Rack 'Em 2011) N —It's no surprise I'm digging the new Joe Ely record - the man is consistently good.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Gonna Haunt You” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) N L —That banshee howling at the opening is scary, and then the song is pure pleasure.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.