Herbie Hancock “Chameleon” from Head Hunters (Columbia 1997) —I just finished reading an entire book about this album - review to be written soon. At any rate, I love it even more now.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “You Can Make It If You Try” from Stand! (Epic Records 1969) —So the last track just stopped two thirds of the way through and then this one started - I don't understand, but at least it's still funky.Buy it!
Jungle Brothers “Because I Got It Like That” from Straight Out the Jungle (Warlock) —Built on a sample of the previous song.Buy it!
N.E.R.D. “Hypnotize” from Nothing (Interscope 2010) N —A seductive bit of slow funk.Buy it!
Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nation” from Rhythm Nation 1814 (A&M 1989) —Janet's best music never sounds trapped in its time - this is dance music for the ages.Buy it!
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl “The Bike Song” from Record Collection (RCA 2010) N —Such a delightfully bouncy number.Buy it!
O'Jays “(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky” from Ship Ahoy SINGLE (Philadelphia International 1973) —Sweet and beautiful.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “Berry Please” from Beat of Our Own Drum SINGLE (Vampisoul 2009) —In town tomorrow night at Off Broadway as part of the Beat 'n' Soul festival - also at Euclid Records at 3 pm.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go” from Curtis (Rhino 1970) —My friend Said mentioned on Facebook the other day that he needed to hear some Curtis Mayfield - that made me need to hear some, too.Buy it!
Ossie Dellimore “Overstanding” from Reggae Music (Skank 2010) N —Mr. Dellimore will be at 2720 Cherokee next Saturday, Nov. 13.Buy it!
Burning Spear “Slavery Days” from Marcus Garvey (Mango 1975) —One powerful song.Buy it!
Three Stooges “The Alphabet Song” from The Three Stooges (Universal Special Products 1995) —My brothers and I used to be able to sing this song at incredible speeds.Buy it!
Gene Vincent “B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go” from Capitol Collector's Series: Gene Vincent (CAPITOL 1990) —Sometimes, inspiration just strikes like that.Buy it!
The Dixie Cups “Iko Iko” from Glory Days of Rock'n'Roll New Orleans (Time Life 2000) —Amazing to remember this was a hit single once.Buy it!
Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Bensons “Soul Shake” from Night Train to Nashville (Lost Highway 2004) —Just a soul shouter combined with psychedelic guitar effects.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Go Bobby Soxer” from East Coast Teen Party (East Coast Music 2004) —The drummer is simply wild on this cut.Buy it!
Slade “Good Time Gals” from Old, New, Borrowed and Blue (Polygram 1974) —Here's a rocking cowbell number - thanks to Jim Varvaris for the recommendation and the loan!Buy it!
Free Energy “Free Energy” from Stuck on Nothing CD ALBUM (Caroline 2010) N —This was a recommendation from a faithful listener - I'm sorry, I didn't write down your name and I can't access that e-mail here. But it's got lots of great cowbell.Buy it!
Fantasy Four “Comfortable, Uncomfortable” from Getting Fantastic with the Fantasy Four (Pancake Productions 2010) N —St. Louis band broke up years ago, but recorded this delightful document which has finally seen the light of day.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Five Small Words” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —The only song on the new album featuring the Imposters as a unit.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Burn It Down” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —Intoxicating.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “High Water (For Charley Patton)” from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 (Columbia 2008) —What a spectacular live performance this is - it just really hit me the other day.Buy it!
Ronnie Wood “Thing About You” from I Feel Like Playing (Eagle 2010) N —A nice little rocker here.Buy it!
Levon Helm “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” from Imus Ranch Record II (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2010) N —A nice take on the Dylan classic with Levon's inimitable vocals and drums.Buy it!
Marshall Chapman “Sick of Myself” from Big Lonesome (TallGirl 2010) N —As far as I know, this lovely record is only available through www.tallgirl.com.Buy it!
Crowded House “Archer's Arrows” from Intriguer CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —This song was running through my head last night as I was drifting off to sleep - what a beautiful piece.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Fall Apart With You” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) N —So she cries when she hears Johnny Cash.Buy it!
Lulu “The Man With the Golden Gun” from From Crayons to Perfume: The Best of Lulu (Rhino 1994) —You know, I've never seen a full-length James Bond movie before the last two.Buy it!
Ruben Blades “Decisiones” from Buscando America (Elektra 1984) —In 1984, what the heck did I know about salsa? Nothing whatsoever. But I loved this record nonetheless.Buy it!
Celia Cruz “Una Rosa Roja” from Celia Johnny Pete (Vaya 2010) —Oh, how she could sing!Buy it!
Scritti Politti “Small Talk” from Cupid & Psyche 85 (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1985) —Yep, I still like this stuff.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Deuce and a Quarter” from The Royal Sessions (Yellow Dog Records 2004) —Some veteran soul musicians will be throwing it down tonight at Off Broadway as part of the Beat 'n' Soul festival.Buy it!
The Fleshtones “First Date” from Take A Good Look (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2008) —Headlining tomorrow at the Beat 'n' Soul - a major coup to get these legends in town.Buy it!
The Sights “I'm Going to Live the Life” from The Sights (New Line 2005) —Another great band playing Beat 'n' Soul tomorrow - and an acoustic set at Euclid Records at 4 pm.Buy it!
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker “Do the Right Thing” from Burn It Down (Ter A Terre 2009) —Headlining tonight at Beat 'n' Soul - there is some really great music down there both nights.Buy it!
The Coal Porters “Roadkill Breakdown” from Durango (Prima 2010) N —I imagine they sing on the other songs, but this short instrumental is a lot of fun.Buy it!
David Ball “Hot Water ipe” from Sparkle City (Red Dirt 2010) N —Poor David Ball - he had a giant country hit (Thinkin' Problem) right at the tail end of the time when such honky-tonk material could win the country audience. He keeps making good records, but always on tiny labels.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “Good Morning Sunrise” from The Guitar Song (Mercury 2010) N —This guy sells, though, and he's spectacularly good.Buy it!
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez “Your Name Is On My Lips” from The New Bye & Bye (Trainwreck Records 2010) N —I'm assuming these new songs were recorded when they were working together a few years back - at any rate, I like their partnership.Buy it!
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