Richard Thompson Band “Shoot Out the Lights” from More Guitar (Beeswing 2003) —This album contains a complete 1988 concert from one of Richard's best bands - sure, I'd rather have Dave Mattacks, but Kenny Aronoff subbed pretty well.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Disappeared” from Charmer SINGLE (Superego 2012) N —It was quite a pleasure to see her last week at the Pageant.Buy it!
Wynonna “I Hear You Knockin'” from Sing: Chapter 1 (Curb www.bear-family.de 2009) —Most people just don't have any idea how great this singer is.Buy it!
Humble Pie “Stick Shift” from As Safe As Yesterday is (Castle 1969) —Remember when Peter Frampton was cool?Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Salty Tears” from Raucous Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) —I know the 3 are planning a new record next year. I betcha you'll hear it here.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Death of a Decade” (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) —These guys are just smart and sharp.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “Hung By Shame” from EP (self 2011) L —Sometimes the Uncle Tupelo influence comes out big with these guys.Buy it!
ZZ Top “My Mind Is Gone” from Rhythmeen (RCA 1996) —I wonder very often why this album isn't universally acclaimed as one of the best things in the world?Buy it!
ZZ Top “Big Shiny Nine” from La Futura (American Recordings 2012) N —And the new one is pretty darn great, too.Buy it!
The Buzzcocks “You Say You Don't Love Me” from Singles Going Steady (IRS 1979) —I don't want to live in a dream I want something real and I think I understand now the way that you feel.Buy it!
David Byrne & St. Vincent “Lazarus” from Love This Giant (4AD 2012) —It's the horns!Buy it!
John Lennon “How?” from Imagine (Apple 1971) —John knew how to ask the questions.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Roll On John” from Tempest (Columbia 2012) N —A moving tribute to Mr. Lennon.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “I Can't Stand the Rain” (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1974) —She left Kinloch, Missouri to make one of the best records ever, and a lot more really good ones besidesBuy it!
The Blues Broads “Blue Highway” from The Blues Broads (Delta Groove 2012) N —That's Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, and Annie Simpson. That's a lot of great singing.Buy it!
The Prisonaires “Baby Please” from Sun Record Company: 50 Golden Years 1952-2002 (Castle 2002) —A beautiful doo-wop number from guys in jail.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “If It Ain't One Thing It's Another” from City In the Sky (stax 1974) —The Staples tried valiantly to keep up with changing music trends - I think this could have made a nice movie theme back in the day.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Feeling Good” from Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) —One of the things that made Nina Simone so great was her ability to take anybody's song and completely reshape it to her own devices. Ndegeocello can do that, too, making this a rare tribute that matches the skills of the originator.Buy it!
The Roches “Hammond Song” from The Roches (Warner Brothers 1979) —Very few musicians have brought me more joy than the Roches have over the years.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “Love Puts On a New Face” from Taming the Tiger (Reprise 1998) —An overlooked but pretty darn good record from Mitchell's later years.Buy it!
Bobby Womack “Love Is Gonna Lift You Up” from The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL Recordings 2012) N —Womack wrestles with new-found vocal limitations - I'll tell you what, this is one catchy song.Buy it!
Sugar Minott “Two Timer - Timer Dub” from Reggae Legends (GREENSLEEVES 2010) —One of the sweetest reggae vocalists. And this has such a deep groove.Buy it!
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra “The Ratcatcher” from Antibalas (Daptone 2012) N —Now's the time on Sprockets Salvation when we dance.Buy it!
Average White Band “Pick Up the Pieces” from Rock Instrumental Classics Vol. 3 (Rhino 1995) —A perfect slab of funk.Buy it!
Dr. Victor Olaiya “Pariboto Riboto” from The Rough Guide to High Life (World Music Network 2012) N —The early horn-driven high life songs like this one are a revelation to me.Buy it!
Miles Davis “Doxy” from bags' groove (Prestige 1957) —A catchy little Sonny Rollins tune with some wonderful solokng from Miles and Rollins.Buy it!
Hank Crawford “Dat Dere” from More Soul (Atlantic 1960) —An Oscar Brown, Jr. number delivered nicely by guys pulling out of Ray Charles' band for a sideline.Buy it!
Heritage Blues Orchestra “Big-Legged Woman” from And Still I Rise (Raisin Music 2012) —There were so many great records released this year. This was one of them.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Down Past the Bottom” from Unfinished Business (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —Justin Townes Earle gives Wanda a much more comfortable backing than that silly ol' Jack White did.Buy it!
Los Straitjackets “Popotitos (Bony Maronie)” from Rock En Espanol Vol. 1 (Yep Roc 2007) —How can you resist a Spanish language version of Bony Maronie?Buy it!
Radney Foster “Just Call Me Lonesome” from Del Rio, Texas Revisited (Devil's River 2012) N —A nice acoustic version of a song he did originally 20 years ago. That record didn't sell much, either.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “Movin' On” from 40 #1 Hits (CAPITOL 2004) —Truck driving music.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Kmag Yoyo” from Live at KDHX Vol. 10 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2012) N —A nifty live exclusive from Mr. Carll.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Make It Rain (live)” from Glitter and Doom Live (Anti 2009) —This live version hits hard!Buy it!
The Beach Boys “The Private Life of Bill and Sue” from That's Why God Made The Radio SINGLE (CAPITOL 2012) N —It's not exactly major Beach Boys, but it's a pretty little song.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Your Mother and I (live)” from Career Moves (Virgin 1992) —Brian Wilson may not care about people's private lives being made public, but what if it's in the form of a song this poignant?Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Champagne and Wine” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —It ain't easy to cover Otis Redding and make it great. Osborne does it.Buy it!
Buddy & Julie Miller “Keep Your Distance” from Buddy & Julie Miller (Hightone 2001) —It ain't easy to cover Richard Thompson and make it great. The Millers accomplish that.Buy it!
Hazel Dickens “Go Away With Me” from By The Sweat Of My Brow (Rounder 1983) —Gee, she made some purty records.Buy it!
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