Sound Salvation (Music)
Fri May 18th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Bill Frisell “Please Please Me”
from All We Are Saying . . . (Savoy 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andy Statman “The One In Nine”
from Old Brooklyn (Shefa 2011) N —The world's only klezmer/bluegrass/rock'n'country mandolin-playing clarinetist.
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.
XTC “Towers of London”
from Black Sea (Virgin/Caroline 2001) —I'm pretty sure when I got to visit the Tower of London, I was singing this song at some point.
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.
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.
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.
Thin Lizzy “Chinatown” (Mercury 1980) —Even albums that aren't considered among their best have great songs.
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?
Willie Nelsn “Hero”
from Heroes (Legacy 2012) N —Now this is a lovely waltzing ballad, with help from Jamey Johnson and Billy Joe Shaver.
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,
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