Los Lobos “Peace” from Kiko Live (Shout! Factory 2012) N —Killer extended version of a song that's semi-laconic on the original, and tough as nails here.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “One Day, Again and Again” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) L —St. Louis kings of funk and soul instrumentals.Buy it!
War “Smile Happy” from Why Can't We Be Friends? (Avenue 1975) —A slow burner of an album cut - love these guys.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Suzanne” from Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) N —Another amazing record from Ndegeocello - this version of Leonard Cohen's oft-covered classic is like no other, wild and fast and thrilling.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 —Considering how much I love this album, I probably should go back and see how I managed to misjudge her all these years.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “We Shall All Be Reunited” from Downtown Church CD ALBUM (CMG 2010) —Mrs. Robert Plant sings the heck out of this gospel gem.Buy it!
Jackie Greene “The Holy Land” from Till the Light Comes CD ALBUM (429 2010) —How am I to be my brother's keeper when his knife keeps cutting and the wound gets deeper?Buy it!
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames “Careless Reckless Love” from New Multitudes (Rounder 2012) N —Clearly the hit off this quite enjoyable record.Buy it!
Court Yard Hounds “Skyline” from Court Yard Hounds CD ALBUM (Columbia 2010) —2/3 of the Dixie Chicks but still 100% good.Buy it!
Chris Smither “Place in Line” from Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds 2012) N —Like the closest star by far, it's never really near.Buy it!
Dennis Wilson “River Song” from Pacific Ocean Blue (Caribou 1977) —Quite possibly the greatest Beach Boys related song after 1972.Buy it!
Stephen Stills “Bound to Fall” from Manassas (Atlantic 1972) —I love to hear Stills play the guitar - and back in those days, he could still sing!Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Crazytown” from Charmer SINGLE (Superego 2012) N —I've never heard a bad record by Aimee Mann. Wonder if she could possibly make one?Buy it!
Rain Parade “Fertile Crescent” from Crashing Dream (Island 1986) —The band was on its last legs at this point, but still capable of putting together strong, memorable songs.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “Daisychain” from Sunshine Lies (Shout! Factory 2008) —He's playing at the Duck Room tomorrow night - I know he's doing the Girlfriend album again, and I know that brings out bigger crowds, but man, songs like this one deserve to be aired.Buy it!
Tommy Keene “Black & White New York” from Crashing the Ether (Eleven Thirty 2006) —How does one go about crashing ether, anyway? Maybe this giant pop sound could pull it off.Buy it!
Buffalo Killers “Moon Daisy” from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. (Alive 2012) N —Slow and sludgy and downright beautiful.Buy it!
De Novo Dahl “Been Kept Up” from Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound (Roadrunner 2008) —I realized I know next to nothing about this band - this is the only album of theirs I've ever heard, and it's darn good. Are there more?Buy it!
The Beatles “Julia” from The Beatles (CAPITOL 1968) —Yep, this is purty. It's nice to be reminded of that once in a while.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Mr. Lacey” from What We Did On Our Holidays (Island 1969) —Embracing that old English folk tradition of the blues.Buy it!
Rory Gallagher “Daughter of the Everglades” from The BBC Sessions (Buddha 1999) —There was no one like him, was there?Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Pay in Blood” from Tempest (Columbia 2012) N —Sometimes I wonder if Dylan listens to himself and hears Louis Armstrong.Buy it!
The Bangles “Hero Takes a Fall” from All Over the Place (Columbia 1984) —After 28 years, this is still one of my favorite records of all time.Buy it!
Jans Project “Hall of Accidents” from Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) —Playing tonight at Off Broadway with the Deciders and Rough Shop. Definitely plan to be there.Buy it!
John Cale “Andalucia” from Paris 1919 (Rhino 1973) —Cale has a new album due out soon, which may be why I keep drifting towards his older stuff. Anyway - wow!Buy it!
The Raspberries “Waiting” from Raspberries (Capitol/EMI Music Distribution 1972) —Oh, Eric Carmen, such a sad tale you spin.Buy it!
Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges “Basin Street Blues” from Back to Back (Verve 1959) —Has there ever been a more sultry sound than the warm alto sax of Johnny Hodges?Buy it!
Mike Stern “Out of the Blue” from All Over the Place (Heads Up www.headsup.com 2012) N —One heck of a good guitar player.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Where Light Betrays the Night” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —It's all in the sound of this cut, the forlorn hope that love can conquer all.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Flywheel” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —I believe I mentioned earlier - tonight, Off Broadway, Jans Project, the Deciders, Rough Shop. My kind of show.Buy it!
Tom Russell “I'm On Fire” from Road to Bayamon (Philo 1988) —One of the best Springsteen covers.Buy it!
Kelly Joe Phelps “Down to the Praying Ground” from Brother Sinner & the Whale (Black Hen 2012) N —A concept album based on the book of Jonah in the Bible. It's not hard to swallow at all.Buy it!
Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell “Please Break My Heart” from Begonias (Yep Roc 2005) —A simply devastating duet.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Take Hold of My Hand” from 3 Pears (Warner Brothers 2012) N —Another terrific Dwight Yoakam record. Possibly the most consistent songwriter/singer/performer of our time.Buy it!
The dB's “World to Cry” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) N —The band that's given me my fave record this year will be at the Duck Room on Nov. 17. I'll be there with bells on.Buy it!
Slade “Good Time Gals” from Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet (Warner Brothers 1974) —Cowbell!Buy it!
Dan Bern “Capetown” from Drifter (self 2012) N —One of our greatest songwriters toils in obscurity.Buy it!
Tampa Red “Give It Up Buddy and Get Goin'” from The Bluebird Recordings 1934-1936 (Bluebird 1997) —Here's the best thing for you to do / Treat her like other strangers do.Buy it!
Big Maceo “Worried Life Blues” from Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 1996) —Hanging out in Chicago some 70 years ago.Buy it!
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