Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Century City” from Damn the Torpedos (MCA 1979) —Petty has produced plenty of great records over the years, but none more consistently perfect than this 3rd album from back in the day.Buy it!
The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There” from please please me (Parlophone 1963) —Right from the git-go, there was something special about this combo.Buy it!
The Go-Go's “This Town” from Beauty and the Beat (A&M 1981) —That first album was chock full of pop anthems.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock “Saturday Groovers” from Goodnight Oslo (Yep Roc 2009) —One could almost randomly pull a Robyn Hitchcock song from a hopper containing all of his material of the last 34 years, and it would probably be great.Buy it!
Sloan “She's Slowin' Down Again” from The Double Cross (Yep Roc 2011) N —It's so easy to take these guys for granted, but they write such strong material.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Problem Solver” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —Still among my fave songs of the year.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Run Away” from Follow Me Down (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —Stunning. Gorgeous. Wonderful.Buy it!
Kelly Willis “Wrapped” from What I Deserve (Ryko 1999) —She'll be headlinging the second night of Twangfest, next Thursday at the Duck Room, along with her husband Bruce Robison.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Greetings to the New Brunette” from Talking to the Taxman About Poetry (Ekektra 1986) —Sometimes Billy Bragg writes pitch perfect songs - "We are joined in the ideological cuddle" cracks me up every time.Buy it!
Kirsty Maccoll “Here Comes That Man Again” from Tropical Brainstorm (Instinct 2001) —Remember when cyber-sex was some exotic subject matter?Buy it!
Aztec Camera “We Could Send Letters” from High Land, Hard Rain (Sire Records 1983) —Ah, the young romantic yearning - I used to swoon to this record when I wasn't much older than the guy singing.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Infamous Love Song” from The Long Surrender (GSD 2011) N —This is what you call an epic.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “I Confess” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) N —I'll follow k.d. lang anywhere she wants to take me - she's such an amazing vocalist.Buy it!
Gil Scott-Heron “I Think I'll Call It Morning” from Pieces of a Man (Flying Dutchman 1971) —Everywhere I look, the obituaries keep saying Scott-Heron was a progenitor of rap; maybe he had soemthing to do with that, but he was so much more a jazz vocalist than a rapper. Just listen to what he does with phrasing here.Buy it!
Gil Scott-Heron “Lady Day and John Coltrane” from Pieces of a Man (Flying Dutchman 1971) —It's funny that I gravitated towards the really early stuff this morning, but these are such great songs largely overlooked.Buy it!
Gil Scott Heron “The Bottle” from winter in america (Get Back 1974) —Stone classic.Buy it!
Booker T Jones “Walking Papers” from The Road to Memphis (Anti- 2011) N —Booker T. knows the importance of a cowbell to the groove.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Crazy” from The Road To Memphis (Anti- 2011) N —It's not as audacious as "Hey Ya" was on the last record, but I gotta admit, it's pretty funky, and it has cowbell.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Let's Get It On” CD ALBUM (Tamla 1973) —There's nothing wrong with me loving you, and giving yourself to me can never be wrong if the love is true.Buy it!
Magazine “A Song From Under the Floorboards” from The Correct Use of Soap (Virgin 1980) —I am ugly, I am ill, and I'm as ugly as sin. Has there ever been a more inviting opening line?Buy it!
Bee Gees “Lonely Days” from 2 Years On (Polydor 1971) —Somehow or another, this song penetrated my consciousness back when I wasn't paying much attention to pop music, and then I became a fanatic.Buy it!
The Ohio Players “Fire” (Mercury 1975) —I remember seeing these guys in 1976 - what a wild show that was.Buy it!
Tracy Nelson “Lead a Horse to Water” from Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove 2011) N —Powerful r'n'b number here.Buy it!
Joshua Redman/Aaron Parks/Matt Penman/Eric Harland “Polliwog” from James Farm (Nonesuch Records 2011) N —I'm familiar with Redman, but these other players don't have the name recognition. Very nice stuff, though.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Space” from Blow Music Only With Delicate Mad Worship (Red Pill 2011) N —A short but very sweet pop song with ringing guitar and infectious melody.Buy it!
The Blasters “Trouble Bound” from Hard Line (Warner Bros. 1985) —A classic Gospel sound attached to their rockabilly genius.Buy it!
Blind Boys of Alabama “Can You Give Me a Drink?” from Take The High Road (Saguaro Road 2011) N —Vince Gill takes the lead vocal, the Blind Boys respond, and this is one fun cut.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “I'm So Glad (Trouble Don't Last)” from I Know I've Been Changed (Tell It 2010) —Aaron Neville sings from the heart without affectation on this delightful gospel record.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “He Got No Heart” from Balls (31 Tigers 2007) —She'll be at Twangfest Wednesday night at the Pageant. One of the best young country singer/songwriters out there today.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Stomp and Holler” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway 2011) N —He'll be the headliner Wednesday at the Pageant. Whip-smart, funny, and fun.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “Let's Kill Saturday Night” (Geffen 1998) —This was the big attempt to conquer Nashville - it should have worked. He'll be headlining Friday at the Duck Room for Twangfest.Buy it!
Eileen Rose “Twenty Dollar Shoes” from At Our Tables (Evangeline 2008) —Very talented singer/songwriter aided by the legendary Rich Gilbert on guitar - will be at the Duck Room Thursday for Twangfest.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “1976” from Vol. 2 - High and Inside (Bonus Version) (Yep Roc Records 2011) N —They'll close out Twangfest next Saturday at the Duck Room.Buy it!
Dave Edmunds “Back to School Days” from Get It (Wounded Bird 1977) —Dave Edmunds must have figured Graham Parker wrote this one just for him, it's so in his wheelhouse.Buy it!
Carlene Carter “I Fell In Love” (Reprise 1990) —Oh, how I loved this record back in 1990. Still think it's great.Buy it!
Foster and Lloyd “Picasso's Mandolin” from It's Already Tomorrow (Effin Ell 2011) N —It's so good to have these guys back together again (although, I guess, when they were apart, we had that much more music from them).Buy it!
Peter Case “Trusted Friend” from The Case Files (Alive 2011) N —Case does the solo guitar/singer thing about as well as anybody out there these days.Buy it!
J.J. Cale “One Step” from To Tulsa and Back (Sanctuary 2004) —You pretty much know what you're getting with any J.J. Cale record you pick up - and it's always good.Buy it!
Bob Neuwirth “Eye on the Road” from Back To the Front (Koch 1987) —He never made a lot of records, but this one was great from start to finish.Buy it!
Maeleine Peyroux “Martha My Dear” from Standing On the Rooftop (Decca 2011) N —An interesting take on the Beatles.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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