Seal & Jeff Beck “Like a Rolling Stone” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) N —An inspired match of vocalist, guitarist, and song.Buy it!
Bob Delevante “Like a Meadowlark Blues” from Columbus and the Colossal Mistake (Relay 2005) —Talented songwriter with Buddy Miller playing guitar - yep, that works.Buy it!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Travel On” from Americana (Reprise 2012) N —It's brilliant. It's stupid. It actually rocks.Buy it!
Slade “My Town” from Old New Borrowed & Blue (Polygram 1974) —Somebody sold us pert near the whole Slade catalogue at the record store, so we've listened to a lot of Slade the past few weeks. Man, those guys were working class rock geniuses.Buy it!
Spoon “Sister Jack” from Gimme Fiction (Merge 2005) —I don't love Spoon the way some friends of mine do, but I know a great pop song when I hear one, and this is one of those.Buy it!
A Band of Bees “Hourglass” from Free the Bees (EMI 2004) —I don't know how I missed these guys until recently, but I'm slowly catching on - this is as strong a rock/pop outfit as the millenium has produced.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “45” from When I Was Cruel CD ALBUM (Island 2002) —Ten years have passed since this record came out - how did that happen?Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Needle and Thread” from Artificial Fire (Zedtone 2009) —I know she has a new album out, but this song from her previous record just called to me the other day.Buy it!
Susanna Hoffs “November Sun” from Someday (Baroque Folk 2012) N —The label name includes the watchword for this record - baroque. I'd say baroque pop, not folk. Gorgeous.Buy it!
Lesley Gore “You Don't Own Me” from It's My Party: The Mercury Anthology (Island Def Jam 1996) —As powerful a feminist anthem as you'll find.Buy it!
Love “You I'll Be Following” from Love (Ekektra 1966) —He doesn't mean on Twitter.Buy it!
Derek “Cinammon” from Classic Rock: 1968 - Blowin' Your Mind (Time Life 1991) —Tastes good.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Rashida” from Out of the Game (Decca 2012) N —Rufus doesn't break new ground on this record, but he refines all the majestic elements that made me love him in the first place.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Extraordinary Machine” (Epic 2005) —Another case where the previous album has a song calling me while the new album sits on the shelf. Nothing wrong with the new one, but this one is so good.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “One Door Opens” from Live at the BBC (Universal 2005) —Great live solo version of a song that was relatively new in 2004 when he went on the BBC for this performance.Buy it!
The Vertigo Swirl “Eulplonn Sunrise” from Swirl 3 (Rubberstamp 2011) L —Brian Marek writes great songs.Buy it!
The Gourds “Cracklins” from Blood of the Ram (Diesel Motor 2004) —I just dig the two-step groove of this one.Buy it!
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials “Moratorium on Hate” from Jump Start (Alligator 2012) N —At first, I thought the idea of declaring a moratorium on hate was just silly pie-in-the-sky thinking, but damned if Lil' Ed doesn't convince me through this powerful driving song that at least it's worth a shot.Buy it!
Pelvic Girdles “Tweet” from Sad Hammer (self 2011) L —Hey, maybe this one's about Twitter. Probably not, knowing Curt Hendricks as I do.Buy it!
Redd Kross “Researching the Blues” (Merge 2012) —This isn't as great as classic Redd Kross was, but it's still pretty nice to have something even in the ballpark.Buy it!
Dwight Twilley Band “Rock and Roll 47” from twilley don't mind (THE RIGHT STUFF 1977) —This level of pop/rock brilliance is impossible to resist.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Wild One” from Dedication: The Very Best Of Thin Lizzy (Mercury 1991) —And opening riffs don't entice much better than this one.Buy it!
Paul Weller “When Your Garden's Overgrown” from Sonik Kicks (Island 2012) N —Weller can still knock out some pretty strong songs.Buy it!
The Frost “Black As Night” from Best of the Frost (Vanguard 2003) —Of course this could only have come from Detroit in 1970.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Eat At Home” from Ram (CAPITOL 1971) —So many great songs on Ram.Buy it!
The Clash “Train In Vain” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic) —I remember my confusion when this track wasn't listed on the album jacket - I don't think I'd ever seen a bonus cut before, and the title was etched into the groove between the end of the song and the label.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Political World” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) N —Great cover of a song I always liked from the album Infidels.Buy it!
Los Straitjackets “Bobsleddin'” from Jet Set (Yep Roc 2012) N —Yep, it rocks.Buy it!
Booker T. & The MG's “Sunny” from Hip Hug-Her (Rhino 1967) —Steve Cropper is incredible here.Buy it!
The Viceroys “Yayo” from The Viceroys at Studio One: Ya Ho (Heartbeat 1995) —16 men and a deadman's chest.Buy it!
Burning Spear “Tradition” from Marcus Garvey (Mango 1975) —A reggae masterpiece - every song on this record is great.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “You Gave Me Love” from The Money Recordings (Kent 2001) —One of the least heralded but sweetest of the many Bettys who made soul records in the 60s.Buy it!
James Carr “Pouring Water on a Drowning Man” from The Essential James Carr (Razor and Tie 1995) —Another soul singer who could do no wrong, but isn't as famous as he should be.Buy it!
Major Lance “Get My Hat (Nothing Can Stop Me)” from Everybody Loves a Good Time! The Best of Major Lance (Epic Legacy www.epicrecords.com 1995) —Curtis Mayfield wrote so many brilliant songs he could farm many of them off to other talented singers. Major Lance was one of his finest interpreters.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Mother-In-Law Blues” from I Left My Blues in San Francisco (Chess 1967) —Buddy Guy tells of woes most of us never have.Buy it!
Robert Cray Band “A Memo” from Nothin' But Love (Provogue www.mascotlabelgroup.com 2012) N —This is my fave Robert Cray record in a long time.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Red Guitar” from Another Country (EOne 2012) N —Fabrizio Sotti is the guitarist and collaborator with Wilson all over this record - they blend beautifully on this cut.Buy it!
John Scofield “Simply Put” from A Moment's Peace (Decca 2011) —Stunning and quietly exquisite.Buy it!
Jerry Douglas “Gone to Fortingal” from Traveler (EOne 2012) N —You take Jerry Douglas on dobro and Bela Fleck on banjo and all sorts of other great players and give them an entrancing Celtic/Indian crossover tune, you've got something great.Buy it!
John Prine “The Great Compromise” from Diamonds in the Rough (Atlantic 1972) —Much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was a victim of the great compromise.Buy it!
The Wandering “Sentimental Blues” from Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music, Vol. 3 (Songs of the South www.nmallstars.com/ 2012) N —Amy Lavere sings a nice little ditty here.Buy it!
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