Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Jul 1st 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Elvis Costello “That's Not the Part of Him You're Leaving” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) —I love the fact that the internet allows us to be heard all over the world, but I sure wish we still had the option to play a whole show of one artist - I would love to do another Elvis Costello special.Buy it!
George Harrison “Don't Let Me Wait Too Long” from Living In The Material World (Apple www.applerecords.com 1973) —You know how sometimes you play an album you've heard a bunch over 35 years, and then a song you barely noticed jumps out at you? That's this one.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “With a Bang” from With A Bang (self 2011) N —St. Louis band knocks out the slashing guitar riffs, the propulsive rhythms, the joyous nonsense syllables, and the effervescent melodies. Yeah, I dig 'em.Buy it!
Richard Barone “Yet Another Midnight” from Glow (Bar/None 2010) —For 30 years, this guy has made great records, yet "Numbers With Wings" from his days in the Bongos aside, he's got a tinier cult than most great songwriters.Buy it!
The Left Banke “Pretty Ballerina” from There's Gonna Be a Storm: The Complete Recordings 1966-1969 (Mercury 1992) —One of the most beautiful of all pop songs.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) N —If this entire album covering Dylan's album is as beautiful as this cut, well, that will be one heck of an album.Buy it!
The Head and the Heart “Cats and Dogs” from The Head and the Heart (Sub Pop 2011) N —I'm not crazy about these guys, but the cowbell helps elevate this song slightly beyond the Mumford & Sons vibe.Buy it!
Booker T & the MG's “Born Under a Bad Sign” from Soul Limbo (stax url 1968) —That's some Al Jackson, Jr. heavily syncopated cowbell fueling this Albert King cover (which these guys played on in the first place, anyway).Buy it!
Richard Thompson “I Ain't Going to Drag My Feet No More” from Across a Crowded Room (Polydor 1985) —Have I really never played this cowbell masterpiece before? Sometimes it's hard to remember, but I think not.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Changing All Those Changes” from Rave On Buddy Holly (Fantasy 2011) N —There are a lot of artists on here with no business touching Buddy Holly songs, but Nick Lowe pays true homage.Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “Return To Me” from Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings (New West 2011) N —Lee Ann Womack sings and Bill Frisell plays gorgeous electric guitar while Marc Ribot plucks some delicious nylon-string acoustic and Greg Leisz envelops them with his pedal steel. Sublime.Buy it!
The Skeletons “Thirty Days in the Workhouse” from In the Flesh (ESD www.thirtytigers.com/ 1991) —They'll be at Off Broadway next Thursday night. Hey, that's the same night as Dave Alvin - looks like a killer double bill.Buy it!
Tim Easton and The Freelan Barons “Did Your Mother Teach You That” from Beat the Band (Campfire Propaganda 2011) N —It's always nice to find a new release on the shelves here from somebody I like but didn't know had something coming out.Buy it!
Beau Jocque And The Zydeco Hi-Rollers “Git It, Beau Jocque!” from Git It, Beau Jocque (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 1995) —For a little while, Beau Jocque was the king of zydeco, though he passed away far too soon.Buy it!
Chicago Blues: A Living History “First Time I Met the Blues” from The (R)evolution Continues (Raisin' Music 2011) N —Buddy Guy tears it up on this. My review of the whole double CD is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Chicago-Blues-A-Living-History-The-Revolution-Continues-2011.htmBuy it!