Hoodoo Gurus “Like Wow - Wipeout” from Mars Needs Guitars (Ekektra 1985) —A song that lives right up to its title.Buy it!
Graham Parker “Devil's Sidewalk” from The Up Escalator (American Beat 1980) —The last album on which Parker was backed by the Rumour, and one that is very under-rated merely because it had to follow their best record.Buy it!
Freedy Johnston “Responsible” from Can You Fly (Bar/None Records 1992) —So I'm 20 years late on discovering the brilliance of this album. At least I finally heard it.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Last Sad Song” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition 2012) N L —So much to love about this song, the way it opens with the chorus in full bloom, the loose harmony vocals, the beautiful lead guitar line, the loping groove. I'm proud to know these guys.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Big Black Mariah” from Rain Dogs (Island 1985) —I think pound for pound, Rain Dogs remains the apex of Waits' long and wonderful career.Buy it!
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “What Have You Done” from What Have You Done, My Brother? (Daptone 2009) —The other astounding vocalist on the Daptone label. We'll hear from the more famous one next.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Wild Horses” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —I bought this issue of MOJO a few months back, but only just got around to listening to the CD this week. Holy moley! This is absolutely incredible.Buy it!
Etta James “Power Play” from Come a Little Closer (Chess 1974) —Some amazing musicians on this record - Lowell George, Bobby Keys, Danny Kortchmar. And Etta just dominates!Buy it!
Percy Sledge “It's All Wrong But It's Alright” from It Tears Me Up: The Best Of Percy Sledge (Rhino 1992) —After two hot, hot vocal performances, I thought we'd do a more restrained cool one.Buy it!
Hank Crawford “Sherry” from Heart and Soul: The Hank Crawford Anthology (Rhino 1994) —This is originally from the Ray Charles at Newport album; Crawford played alto with Charles, and then had a long and soulful career on the side.Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Please Please Me” from All We Are Saying . . . (Savoy Jazz 2011) —An amazing take on the Beatles - this record proves once again that Bill Frisell can accomplish just about anything he wants to do in music.Buy it!
The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” (CAPITOL 1967) —You know, this song really is remarkably great in ways that just don't get talked about much. For one thing, the way it keeps shifting rhythmically knocks me out every time.Buy it!
The Vertigo Swirl “Between the Wars” from Swirl III (Rubber Stamp 2012) N L —Bizarrely beautiful waltz from Brian Andrew Marek's twisted musical mind.Buy it!
Five of These “I Married My Head” (self-released 1994) L —These guys were my favorite local band back in the mid-90s, and the record still sounds great.Buy it!
Peter Karp & Sue Foley “Fine Love” from Beyond the Crossroads (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2012) N —There is no resisting this hook-filled ditty.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Big Station” (Fantasy 2012) N —I saw Alejandro last Sunday at Rick Wood's house, then I heard he was amazing Tuesday at Off Broadway. This song was definitely a highlight of the house concert. New album out soon.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “The Wolf Is Getting Married” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —Unbelievably exhilarating song and performance.Buy it!
David Lowery “The Palace Guards” (429 2011) —I still think this song is among the best things Lowery has done, and that's in a career that included the album Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart.Buy it!
Todd Rundgren “Flamingo” from A Wizard A True Star (bearsville www.rhino.com 1973) —Fun with the Moog Synthesizer.Buy it!
Shoukichi Kina “Eternally Ecstasy” from Asia Classics 2 (Luaka Bop 1994) —Pop music from Okinawa.Buy it!
Andy Statman “The One In Nine” from Old Brooklyn (Shefa 2011) N —The world's only klezmer/bluegrass/rock'n'country mandolin-playing clarinetist.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Pale Blue Eyes” from The Velvet Underground (Verve 1990) —Gun to my head, this remains my favorite song of all-time.Buy it!
Stackridge “The Indifferent Hedgehog” from The Man In the Bowler Hat (Edsel 1973) —A song beautiful enough to follow the last one.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “The Waltz of No Time” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —Yeah, I've played this cut before and I'll play it again. It's gorgeous.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “I Feel So Good” from Rumor and Sigh (CAPITOL 1991) —I didn't even connect the fact that I just said "I feel good this morning" and then played this song. My feelings are less ironic than Richard's song title, though.Buy it!
XTC “Towers of London” from Black Sea (Virgin 1980) —I'm pretty sure when I got to visit the Tower of London, I was singing this song at some point.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Museum of Broken Hearts” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —Right now, it seems there might be Chuck Prophet, and then everybody else, as far as songwriters go.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Thought I Knew You” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —Bet you never knew Matthew Sweet wrote such a bluesy song. She'll be playing at the Old Rock House in a couple months. I hope to be there.Buy it!
Chantal Claret “Bite Your Tongue” from The One, The Only (The End 2012) —I know nothing about her, I don't think this album is released yet, but damn! She can sing.Buy it!
BUSTER BENTON “Disco Blues” from SPIDER IN MY STEW SINGLE (RONN 1978) —Blues for the dance floor in 1978. Sweet.Buy it!
Jon Cleary “Viva La Money” from Occapella! (FHQ 2012) N —Cleary can play guitar as well as piano, not to mention bass and drums. This album of Allen Toussaint covers is a joy to hear.Buy it!
Muddy Waters “Country Boy” from The Anthology (Universal unk 2001) —A very early and powerful Muddy Waters cut.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “Already Used Me Up” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) N L —Reuter's masterpiece, this album is.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Chinatown” (Mercury 1980) —Even albums that aren't considered among their best have great songs.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Side of the Road” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2010) N —He'll be playing at Twangfest on Saturday, June 9 at the Duck Room in Blueberry Hill. How many prepositions can you use in a sentence?Buy it!
Steve Earle “Waitin' On the Sky” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) —My fave song from last year's record.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Let's Sing Our Song” from The Essential Jerry Reed (RCA 1995) —Just listen to that guitar picking.Buy it!
Willie Nelsn “Hero” from Heroes (Legacy 2012) N —Now this is a lovely waltzing ballad, with help from Jamey Johnson and Billy Joe Shaver.Buy it!
Crispy Bess “Dick Gordon's Next Move” from Cuh-Lassy (Pravda 2009) —Former St. Louisian plays fun old-time dance rock like they did it in the mid-60s,Buy it!
The Nevermores “Crescent Moon” from NOW MORE THAN EVER (Tirc 2012) N L —St. Louis garage rock veterans.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “Still and Always Will” from The Bomb Shelter (Vintage Trouble 2012) N —This terrific band will be at Vintage Vinyl Saturday at 6, and then at LOLA later than night.Buy it!
The Monkees “Good Clean Fun” from The Monkees Present (Rhino 1969) —Played because it's short, but it's also really good.Buy it!
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