Procol Harum “Shine On Brightly” (A&M 1968) —The kings of majestic rock.Buy it!
The Kinks “Underneath the Neon Sign” from Present a Soap Opera (Velvel 1975) —A relatively hidden great cut from that period when the Kinks were like a mystery to most of us.Buy it!
John Cale “Whaddya Mean By That” from Extra Playful (Electric Drone 2011) N —Cale just sort of snuck out this little EP a few months back, and it's just a casually terrific batch of songs from a guy who never seems to run out of inspiration.Buy it!
Killer Filler “Kiddie Pool” from Filler Up (Pravda 2008) N —Former St. Louisian Chris Bess and his groovy combo.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Temple Beautiful” (Yep Roc 2011) N —This is the only song I've heard so far, but damn! It's a magnificent rocker. Can't wait to see Chuck Prophet at Off Broadway next month.Buy it!
Joe Louis Walker “Ride All Night” from Hellfire (Alligator 2012) N —Joe Louis Walker is a great blues performer who, it turns out, can rock like the Stones if he feels like it.Buy it!
Paul Burch & The WPA Ballclub “Forever Yours” from Blue Notes (Perfect Sound 2000) —A sweet song by an alt-country performer with vocal chops and a killer band.Buy it!
Imelda May “Proud and Humble” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —I'm completely under Imelda May's spell. Still.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Lying Low” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve 2010) —Peter Wolf is one of those rare talents who actually keeps getting better with age.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Long Time Gone” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Aided by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruthie Foster digs into the David Crosby song.Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) N —Sometimes you don't realize you're missing something essential in your life - like 29 years after first hearing this song, it turns out to be an even better fit for a New Orleans brass band than a synth-pop soul duo.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “Soul Food” from Funky Chicken (Universal Music Group International 1997) —Rufus and his friend have trouble getting service in a restaurant.Buy it!
Dizzy Gillespie “Enter, Priest” from The Cool World (Verve 1978) —Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody and Kenny Barron - that's a team, right there.Buy it!
Les Ambassadeurs featuring Salif Keita “Wassolon Foli” from African Classics (Sheer 2007) —Magnificent track from Mali in the late 70s.Buy it!
Dr. Dog “Lonesome” from Be the Void (Deluxe Edition) (Anti / Epitaph 2012) N —A pretty fun answer to Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," but it also just sounds cool.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Ruby, Are You Mad At Your Man?” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch Records 2012) N —The new album will be released Feb. 28. It's another winner.Buy it!
Donna The Buffalo “Rockin' Horse” from Life's a Ride (Wildlife 2005) R —Somehow, I never actually heard this record. This is a typically enjoyable song from these guys, though.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Pretty Little Stranger” (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 2006) —A fine bit of soulful rock.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Amen” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2012) N —There was a woman at the record store yesterday buying this for her husband for Valentine's Day. I said it was a romantic gesture buying a record so full of ruminations about mortality.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “Bob Dylan's Dream” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) N —Every bit as stunning as you would expect it to be.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Gloryland” (Crowville Collective 2010) N —I hope the producers of Showtime's Homeland series have figured out this song works perfectly with their show.Buy it!
Dion “I Read It (in the Rolling Stone)” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon 2012) N —Sometimes I just got to ask myself, what would my man Robert Plant do?Buy it!
Darrell Scott “Out In the Parking Lot” from Long Ride Home (Full Light www.darrellscott.com 2011) N —Co-written by and sung with Guy Clark.Buy it!
Scotty McKay “Rollin' Dynamite” from That'll Flat Git It Vol. 20 (Bear Family 2004) —Because rockabilly never gets old!Buy it!
The Undertones “Teenage Kicks” from The Undertones (Ryko 1979) —Perfection!Buy it!
The Retros “This Girl” from Inner City Rockers (BDR 2011) N L —St. Louis rockers in 1979. I heard them play this one live many times.Buy it!
Buzzcocks “Why Can't I Touch It” from Singles Going Steady CD ALBUM (IRS 1979) —Punk art pop rock.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “The Words Write” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) N L —St. Louis band that will play the Heavy Anchor next Friday night.Buy it!
Craig Finn “Jackson” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) N —The Hold Steady frontman brings his solo act to Off Broadway tonight.Buy it!
Bhi Bhiman “Crime of Passion” from Bhiman (Boocoo Music 2012) N —Former St. Louisian has a pretty good album here.Buy it!
Spirit “Gramophone Man” from Spirit (Legacy 1967) —I wonder if Mr. Gramophone Man knows the Under Assistant West Coast Promotions Man.Buy it!
Mitch Easter “Glazed” from Dynamico (Electric Devil 2007) —I'm always glad when I remember Mitch Easter snuck out this excellent record a few years back. One of the great songwriters who hasn't made enough of his own music.Buy it!
Nils Lofgren “Love Stumbles On” from Old School (Vision 2011) N —In the downtime from working with Springsteen, Nils still gets to record his own stuff.Buy it!
Tom Petty “You Wreck Me” from Wildflowers (Warner Bros. 1994) —Rock on, Mr. Petty and Mr. Campbell.Buy it!
Dick Dale “Riders In the Sky” from Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology (Rhino 1997) —I love the way he shreds this old chestnut.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Oh Lonesome Me” from Countrypolitan Favorites (Yep Roc 2007) —Easily one of my favorite records of the first decade of this century.Buy it!
Connie Smith “You and Me” from Long Line of Heartaches (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —A jaunty little song about a relationship that went sour sung by somebody who knows how to do this sort of thing.Buy it!
Gretchen Peters “Dark Angel” from Hello Cruel World (Proper 2012) N —A beautiful duet with Rodney Crowell.Buy it!
Ulysess L. Baxter “Mother, Congratulate Your Son” from 50 Early Rockin' Tracks (Crazy Love 2000) —Everybody made a record back then. Many of them are quite spirited.Buy it!
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