Procol Harum “Shine On Brightly” (A&M 1968) —Everything comes together on this, keyboards, vocals, guitar - what a great band.Buy it!
Small Faces “Here Comes the Nice” from Here Come the Small Faces (Atom 2004) —What is this nice bringing with him?Buy it!
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends “I Don't Want to Discuss It” from On Tour With Eric Clapton (Atlantic 1970) —Last week I played this by Rod Stewart - I hadn't heard the Delaney & Bonnie version, but Tony C hepped me to it, and I like this one even more.Buy it!
Little Richard “I Don't Want to Discuss It” from The Explosive Little Richard (Edsel 1967) —Then there's this version, which I also learned about from Tony C. Where would this show be without Facebook?Buy it!
Robin Rogers “Don't Walk Away Run” from Back In the Fire (blind pig blindpigrecords.com 2010) N —An amazingly talented blues singer & harp player who has sadly been diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer.Buy it!
David Johansen “Frenchette” from David Johansen (Razor & Tie 1978) —Let's just dance! I stole this idea from Bob Reuter, who posted an incredible live version he found on youtube. This album was one of the first I fell in love with in my nascent new wave days back in 78, with the radio barely picking up KWUR every weekendBuy it!
Richard Barone “1-2-3. . . Infinity” from The Glow (bar none 2010) N —1-2-3 . . . infinity and all the stuff in between. That's a lot of stuff. Brings me back to when I was 7 or 8, and some older kid was holding court on the subject of infinity.Buy it!
Tom Verlaine “Cry Mercy, Judge” from Flash Light (Collectors Choice 1987) —First track on my fave post-Television solo record by one of America's greatest songwriters/guitarists.Buy it!
Psychedelic Furs “No Tears” from Talk Talk Talk (Columbia 1981) —Thanks to Dominic Schaefer for putting this gem back in my head the other day. Still love the Furs.Buy it!
Ike Reilly “Girls in the Back Room” from Hard Luck Stories (Rock Ridge 2009) N —The promise of a happy ending is all in the palm of their hands.Buy it!
Heart “There You Go” from Red Velvet Car (Eagle 2010) N —I'm not really sure that a velvet car is practical. But it makes for a good record.Buy it!
Robert Plant “The Only Sound That Matters” from Band Of Joy (Rounder 2010) N —What an astoundingly beautiful cut - I'm not familiar with this song, but I absolutely love it.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Wanderin'” from Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) N —Sounds like one of those lost Woody Guthrie songs, but young Mr. Earle wrote it himself.Buy it!
Tim Easton “Hummingbird” from Break Your Mother's Heart (New West 2003) —A lot of times I forget to play music from the last 10 years before the current one. This is such a great song to remember.Buy it!
Dave Alvin & Christy McWilson “Here in California” from Live at KDHX Vol. 8 (KDHX 2010) N —If you support us during the membership drive next week, you get one of these nifty live CDs w/lots of great artists.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “That Don't Make It Junk” from Songs From the Road (Columbia 2010) N —I fought against the bottle but I had to do it drunk / Took my diamond to the pawn shop but that don't make it junk.Buy it!
Neil Young “Surfer Joe & Moe the Sleaze” from Re-ac-tor (Reprise 1981) —More cowbell kicks off with this under-recognized gem from Neil Young.Buy it!
Humble Pie “The Fixer” from Smokin' (A&M Records 1972) —Humble Pie probably belong in the cowbell hall of fame for devotion above & beyond the call of duty to that little clanger.Buy it!
The Byrds “You Got a Reputation” from Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Legacy Edition) (Columbia / Legacy 2003) —A rare use of cowbell on a Byrds rarity.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Slipped, Tripped & Fell in Love” from The Devil is an Angel Too (Alligator 2010) N —It was a great week for cowbell - every time I turned around I heard some more of it - this blues cut is chock full.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Sinners & Saints” (Fantasy 2010) N —I like an album that opens with a great fanfare.Buy it!
El Guincho “FM Tan Sexy” from Pop Negro (Young Turks 2010) N —Spanish dj who mixes up some tasty grooves that sound like actual songs.Buy it!
Dungen “Vara Snabb” from Skitt I Allt (Kemado 2010) N —Absolutely love this gorgeous jazzish instrumental that opens this album.Buy it!
Geri Allen “Four By Five” from Geri Allen & Timeline Live (Motema Music 2010) N —Thanks to Jen Eide for hepping me to this incredible new record from one of our greatest pianists.Buy it!
John Legend & The Roots “Hard Times” from Wake Up! (G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia 2010) N —You want funk? You want incredible soulful vocals in a variety of styles? You want some of the best r'n'b protest songs of the 70s reinterpreted? It's here!Buy it!
Roy Hargrove Quintet “Mr. Clean” from Earfood (Universal International 2008) —I threw this album on the other day - I'd forgotten this funky little gem hidden in there - like an acoustic version of Bitches Brew.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “You Better Tell Her” from Funky As I Can Be! (Great American Music Company 2008) —Just a blast of a song.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Don't Knock” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —Opening the album with a classic Staples feel.Buy it!
JJ Grey & Mofro “The Sweetest Thing” from Georgia Warhorse (Alligator 2010) N —Papa Ray convinced me to check these guys out - very sweet & soulful. They'll be at Taste of St. Louis one week from tonight.Buy it!
Macy Gray “The Sellout” CD ALBUM (Universal/Concord 2010) N —A sweet song of longing and loss.Buy it!
Michael Franti & Spearhead “Hey hey Hey” from The Sound of Sunshine (CAPITOL 2010) N —My fave hippie!Buy it!
John Hiatt “Thank You Girl” from Bring the Family (A&M 1987) —Ry Cooder plays some amazing guitar on this one.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “So Like Candy” from Mighty Like a Rose (Warner Bros. 1991) —Elvis C sings one heck of a great torch song.Buy it!
Big Star “Feel” from #1 Record (Ardent 1972) —Looking forward to an excellent evening at Off Broadway tonight as all sorts of local musicians pay tribute to Alex Chilton.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Silver Cloud” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —Alejandro rocks!Buy it!
MARY WELLS “Oh Little Boy (What Did You Do To Me)” from Ultimate Collection (Motown 2008) N —One of the most heart-wrenching Motown records ever!Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “You're Gonna Need Me” from You'll Lose a Good Thing (ITP 1962) —The b-side to "You'll Lose a Good Thing" is a cool & confident expectation of ultimate triumph.Buy it!
Baby Washington “Move On” from Oxford American 11th Edition Southern Music CD (Oxford American 2009) —A classic song about speeding and avoiding the cops.Buy it!
Shirley & Lee “Feel So Good” from New Orleans (Time Life 2000) —One of the most truthfully titled songs ever.Buy it!
Ken Cook “Don't Be Runnin' Wild (Problem Child)” from The Best of Sun Rock 'n' Rll Vol. 1 (SAAR 2000) —Sounds like Ooby Dooby by Roy Orbison, but it isn't.Buy it!
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