Carole King “Pleasant Valley Sunday” from The Legendary Demos (Hear Music 2012) N —I love the Monkees version, of course, but the world-weariness of this take (the demo the Monkees heard first) is becoming my fave.Buy it!
The 5th Dimension “Light Sings” from Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection (Arista 1997) —Exquisite arrangement to a pretty durn good song.Buy it!
The Explorers Club “Bluebird” from Grand Hotel (Rock Ridge 2012) N —This was released early this year, but it sounds as though it could have been on the radio when the previous two cuts were new.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Before the Beginning” from Then Play On (Warner 1969) —Peter Green pours it on - moody and beautiful.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “Here Come the Philistines” from Tooth of Crime (Nonesuch 2008) —Dark soundscape for a Burnett rant about the ways of the world.Buy it!
Tinariwen “Tenere Taqqim Tossam” from Tassili (V2 2011) —I get hypnotized every time I hear this song - best music I ever discovered on the Colbert Report.Buy it!
Van Morrison “If In Money We Trust” from Born to Sing: No Plan B (Blue Note url 2012) N —The very best song on a very good record. Like a cross between Superfly & A Love Supreme.Buy it!
Shawn Colvin “Up On That Hill” from All Fall Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —Shawn Colvin got Buddy Miller to produce & play guitar, and he brought in Bill Frisell, and the album is easily the best thing I've heard from her.Buy it!
Michelle Shocked “Blackjack Heart” from Mexican Standoff (Mighty Sound 2005) —Not many people noticed when Michelle Shocked put out three albums on the same day back in 2005, but there's some mighty fine music hidden away on them.Buy it!
John Hiatt “One of Them Damn Days” from Mystic Pinball (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2012) N —It was Monday or Tuesday or one of them damn days. That's a way to lure me into a song.Buy it!
Graham Parker & The Rumour “New York Shuffle” from Stick To Me (Mercury 1978) —While the world waits for their reunion album and tour, here's a blast of prime magnificence.Buy it!
Moby Grape “Truly Fine Citizen” from Listen My Friends! The Best of Moby Grape (Columbia / Legacy 2007) —A catchy little number.Buy it!
Joe Tex “I Believe I'm Gonna Make It” from The Very Best of Joe Tex (Rhino 1996) —Your love helps me kill better.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Never Can Say Goodbye” from Greatest Hit Singles (stax 1991) —I remember back in 1971 being confused that this was on the radio at the same time as the Jackson 5 version. I was just learning the ways of the pop world.Buy it!
Michael Kiwanuka “I Won't Lie” from Home Again (Interscope 2012) —This cut is one of the two or three most perfect matches between singer, song, and arrangement on this young man's record.Buy it!
The International Submarine Band “Luxury Liner” from Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology (Rhino 2001) —A rather different take from the version Parsons did a few years later.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “Living For a Song” from Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (Mercury 2012) —Johnson brings Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard aboard for a stunnig collaboration on this beautiful song.Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Horses” from Wishbones (Philo 2004) —Another song about turning experience into song.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Split Decision” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) N —Holy moley! She plays some hot guitar on this cut.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “I Got a Booking” from You Never Can Tell - The Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966 (Hip-O 2009) —He turned 86 yesterday, and I pulled out this delightful blues cut from the deepest part of his catalogue just because I enjoy the words so much.Buy it!
Blind Willie Johnson “Praise God I'm Satisfied” from The Complete Blind Willie Johnson (Columbia Legacy 1993) —So much to love - that growling voice, the joyful harmony, the driving beat on guitar.Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “My Baby Walked Off” from Sun Years (Blues Factory 2006) —And then there's this relaxed groove as Wolf testifies.Buy it!
Shemekia Copeland “Hangin' Up” from 33 1/3 (Telarc 2012) N —I'm not sure who Chris Long is, but he wrote one heck of a bluesy r'n'b song which Copeland tears into nicely.Buy it!
The Sights “Bad Man” from Left Over Right (HRM 2011) —Detroit rockers even make ballads sound hard.Buy it!
The Heavy “Be Mine” from The Glorious Dead (Counter Records 2012) N —I've just discovered these guys, dark, groove-laden, surprising.Buy it!
John Cale “Living With You” from Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood (Domino 2012) —John Cale playing around like he's a kid - I think it sounds great.Buy it!
Muzik Tarian Malaysia “Jonore Sports Club” from Rough Guide to the Music of Malaysia (Sheer Sound 2006) —Fiddle and accordion and oddball percussion - I love it.Buy it!
Dick Dale “Miserlou Twist” from Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology (Rhino 1997) —The crazier and longer Miserlou.Buy it!
The B-52's “Love In the Year 3000” from Funplex (Astralwerks 2008) —Robots, bootybots, erotobots.Buy it!
Carl Pandolfi “D(Isorder)” from What Kind of Life (self-released 2012) N L —A major talent from right here in St. Louis put together this eccentric and enjoyable solo record.Buy it!
Def Leppard “High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)” from High 'N' Dry (Mercury 1981) —Big gigantic hooks, and building excitement as they go along - these guys were the best at what they did.Buy it!
Jeffereson Airplane “Martha” from 02.01.1968 Return to the Matrix (Collectors' Choice Music 2010) —I think it would be fun to go back in time for a double bill of these guys and Big Brother & the Holding Company. Yep, if I had a tardis, that's what I'd do.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Man of the World” from Big Station (Fantasy 2012) —Now that's a rock song.Buy it!
The Heartbreakers “Born To Lose” from D.I.Y. Blank Generation: the New York Scene (1975-1978) (Rhino 1993) —I recently came to the conclusion that punk rock led to an awful lot of bad music (and continues to do so). But then I heard this cut again, and realized it was all worth it.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Where You Going Now?” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —At Off Broadway Saturday night Oct. 20.Buy it!
Kim Richey “Not a Love Like This” from Chinese Boxes (Vanguard 2007) —Take me or leave me, I'm tired of settling for less.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Crooked Man” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc 2012) N —Crooked where he put paper underneath the furniture.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Date Line” from Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound 2012) N —Only Loudon can come up with a great song about crossing the international date line.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Jamie” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) N L —They'll be playing at the Heavy Anchor on Nov. 2 with Karate Bikini and Aquitane. That's a pretty damn great local bill right there.Buy it!
The New Pornographers “Loose Translation” from Electric Version (Matador 2003) —Catchy little number.Buy it!
Freedy Johnston “Venus Is Her Name” from Rain On The City (Bar/None Records 2010) —A typically great Freedy Johnston song that most people never get the chance to hear.Buy it!
Jonathan Wilson “Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler” from Gentle Spirit (Bella Union www.bellaunion.com 2011) —This song sounds like a great lost Nilsson tune.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Barbara” from Out of the Game (Decca 2012) N —I like this Rufus Wainwright love groove sound.Buy it!
The Spaniels “Baby, It's You” from Play It Cool (Charly 1993) —Doo-wop.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “The End of the End” from Memory Almost Full (Hear Music 2007) —I couldn't figure out how to end the show with this perfect ending song. Dangit.Buy it!
Mike Seeger “Blood Stained Banders” from Fly Down Little Bird (Appleseed www.appleseedrec.com 2011) —The same basic song that Jorma Kaukonen sang as "Oh Good Shepherd."Buy it!
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