The Who “Pinball Wizard” from Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (Eagle Rock 1996) —Starting off with the classic rock classic.Buy it!
Wilco “You Never Know” from Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch 2009) —The other day, my itunes shuffle was Wilco crazy - so I figured it wanted me to play at least one of these songs.Buy it!
George Harrison “I Don't Want to Do It” from Let It Roll: The Best of George Harrison (CAPITOL 2009) —After Nels Cline pulled out some Harrison stylings, here's Harrison singing Dylan.Buy it!
Flying Machine “Smile a Little Smile For Me” from 20th Century Rocks: 60's Pop - Those Were the Days (K-Tel 2001) —This song always reminds me of George Harrison - it's his kind of melody, I think, and the lead singer has a similar voice.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Our Day Will Come” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal 2011) N —Further proof that we lost one of the truly great singers of our time - she just owns this song, and conjures up a hope for a future which never came.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Til' the Real Thing Comes Along” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —I'm not sure about the punctuation, but Nick Lowe has a really good song here.Buy it!
The Stylistics “You Are Everything” from The Best of the Stylistics CD ALBUM (Amherst 1975) —Sweet falsetto soul.Buy it!
DeRobert and the Half-Truths “I Know” from Soul In a Digital World (ged soul 2010) N —They're playing at 2720 Cherokee tomorrow night (did I get that address right? I can never remember.) And at Euclid Records tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “Finally Falling” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) —Alright, this guy is really good. Retro-soul with songcraft.Buy it!
The Chieftains with Los Folkoristas “La Golondrina” from San Patricio (Hear Music 2010) —I was as surprised at the way this fit following Mayer Hawthorne as anybody - since it wasn't the song I planned to play at all. Hit the wrong CD player, but it worked.Buy it!
Magazine “The Light Pours Out of Me (Version)” from Scree (Virgin 1991) —The slightly different but still brilliant version.Buy it!
The Hoodoo Gurus “The Generation Gap” from Electric Soup: The Singles Collection (Mushroom 1992) —Let's rock!Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Living Proof” from The Essential Bruce Springsteen (Columbia 2003) —From either Human Touch or Lucky Town originally - I never remember which is which. But a song I'd kind of overlooked for a long time.Buy it!
Willie Nile “One Guitar” from The Innocent Ones (River House 2011) N —As he so often does, Willie Nile released one of the best albums I heard in the past year.Buy it!
Beau Brummels “Still In Love With You Baby” from Introducing The Beau Brummels (Sundazed 1965) —A simple little rocker from the band that appeared on The Flintstones.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Just Because It Was Christmas” from Live on Musical Merry-Go-Round 12-7-2009 (KDHX kdhx.org 2009) —Tonight is the first of 2 nights of holiday music perfection as Rough Shop brings the annual holiday extravaganza to Focal Point. I'll be there tonight. See you then.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Shiny Red Suit” from download (none 2011) N —Nice little rockin' Christmas original.Buy it!
Ellen the Felon & the Mattronome “Satan Baby” from A Very Bert Dax Christmas Volume 9 (Bert Dax Cavalcade Of Stars 2011) N —This is nutty, but I love it.Buy it!
Money Shot Cosmonauts “Pink Christmas” from Mike & Cindy's Ho Ho 2011 (none 2011) N —A friend of a friend made this crazy Xmas compilation, and I had to share this song with you. Don't have any idea where he found it originally.Buy it!
Thomas Dolby “Simone” from A Map of the Floating City (Lost Toy People 2011) N —Not only a cowbell, but a theremin! By the way, this new record is really quite nice.Buy it!
Foghat “Ride, Ride, Ride” from The Best of Foghat (Rhino 1989) —I think I'm gonna stop doing the cowbell segment - it's getting to be too much pressure, as I've already played most of the best ones. LIke this one, which deserves a second airing.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Ring of Fire” from Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash (Dualtone 2007) —A loving rendition of the song June Carter wrote about and for Johnny Cash.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Kate” from The Legend (Columbia 2005) —Listen to the way that rhythm drives this song.Buy it!
Fay Simmons “You Hit Me Baby Like an Atomic Bomb” from Talk To Me Daddy (Flyright 2000) —In a good way, see?Buy it!
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet “All The Things You Are” from Groovin' High (Collectables www.oldies.com 1994) —I have days I'd rather hear Dizzy than Miles. The guy was so full of life when he played.Buy it!
Ray Bryant “Joy (Blues #2)” from Alone With the Blues (Ojc 1958) —Speakin of playing full of life - this solo piano jumps!Buy it!
Phil Upchurch “You Can't Sit Down (Parts 1 & 2)” from The Roots Of Mod (Uncut 2005) —This certainly fueled more than a few parties back in its heyday. Heck, I feel like dancing right here.Buy it!
TEENA MARIE “Square Biz” from It Must Be Magic (Motown 1981) —Hey, bonus cowbell!Buy it!
Dear John “Frustrated Conversation” from single (BDR 2011) N L —The reissue of this fine St. Louis pop gem originally out back in 1981, and the first ever issue of music from the Retros, the St. Louis band that opened for the Ramones back in 1979, will be celebrated next Friday, Dec. 23 at Off Broadway. I can't wait!Buy it!
Phonocaptors “Little Queenie” from Brown Eyed Handsome Man: St. Louis Salutes The Father Of Rock 'N' Roll (Undertow 2004) L —I love the way they rocked the heck out of this one.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Speaking Politely” from Infinity City (Euclid Records Records 2011) N —This is St. Louis pop right now!Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Hermetically Sealed” from With a Bang! (Blind Eyes 2011) N L —Number one in KDHX airplay in 2011 - so let's play them some more, because they're so darn good.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Feeling For the Wall” from Weather (Naive 2011) N —Another of my fave records this year - why doesn't she get more attention? There's nobody else doing the things she does so well.Buy it!
J.J. Cale “Strange Days” from Roll On (Because 2009) —Add a banjo, and Cale gets downright giddy.Buy it!
Anne McCue “Any Minute Now” from Koala Motel (Messenger 2006) —She's done alright in Australia, but America doesn't know her name. Good singer/songwriter, though.Buy it!
Desmond Dekker & The Aces “007 (Shanty Town)” from Rockin' Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker (Rhino 1992) —Desmond Dekker, like all Jamaican singers in the mid-60s, loved the movies.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “It's Raining” from Time Is On My Side: The Best of Irma Thomas Vol. 1 (EMI 1992) —This is not an accurate representation of today's weather, but come on, it's Irma Thomas singing Allen Toussaint!Buy it!
The Drifters “Drip Drop” from Let the Boogie-Woogie Roll: Greatest Hits 1953-1958 (Atlantic 1988) —Some song seques require virtually no thought.Buy it!
Lulu “Shout” from From Crayons to Perfume: The Best of Lulu (Rhino 1994) —Oh my God! She belted it out like nobody's business.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Break Up” from Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich (Columbia / Legacy 1997) —Charlie Rich summons up some Jerry Lee style.Buy it!
Clarence Carter “Soul Deep” from Testifyin' (Atlantic 1969) —Surely you didn't think Alex Chilton was the only one who could sing this classic?Buy it!
Mose Allison “I Hadn't Anyone Till You” from The Collection (Floating World 2010) —Mose is best known for writing his own songs, but this Ray Noble sounds nice coming from him.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “I Still Can't Believe You're Gone” from Phases and Stages (Atlantic 1974) —In memory of Dan "Bee" Spears, the long-time bassist for Willie Nelson's band who passed away recently.Buy it!
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