Tegan and Sara “Love They Say” from Heartthrob (Warner Brothers 2013) N —I was caught completely by surprise when these long-time indie guitar strummers turned into synth popmeisters. This album is pure pleasure.Buy it!
Free Energy “Hey Tonight” from Love Sign (Free Energy 2013) N —I'm continuing to dig this new record - always nice to hear a young band with some melodic gifts and a rock'n'roll drive.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “Rock and Roll Music” from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) —There's nothing like rock and roll music, is there?Buy it!
The Animals “Gonna Send You Back to Walker” from The Singles Plus (BR Music 1994) —Perfect combination of musicians - just love the way the guitar, bass, and keyboards work here.Buy it!
The Blues Magoos “She's Coming Home” from Kaleidoscopic Compendium: The Best of the Blues Magoos (Mercury 1992) —One of the best songs about infidelity I know - that sexy grinding rhythm lets us know how the singer wants them both.Buy it!
The Kinks “Sitting In My Hotel” from Everybody's In Show-Biz (Velvel 1972) —The Kinks will undoubtedly get an uptick in airplay as we get ready for the big Kinks tribute benefit for KDHX Mar. 30 at Off Broadway.Buy it!
David Olney “Postcard From Mexico” from One Tough Town (Red Parlor 2007) —It's always nice to be reminded just how great this guy is.Buy it!
Ray Davies “The Voodoo Walk” from Working Man's Cafe (V2 2007) —I wonder if Ray Davies solo material will be included in the Kinks tribute. Of course, there are a couple hundred great songs to consider.Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition “Run Devil Run” from White Buffalo (Fat Possum 2013) N —Nice and spooky and swampy.Buy it!
The Incurables “Famous Last Words” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) N L —Ah, Jimmy Griffin! Is there anything this guy can't do? What a killer pop song!Buy it!
Neil Young “Little Wing” from Hearts and Doves (Reprise 1980) —Sweet little song from Neil.Buy it!
Danny Barnes “Overdue” from Pizza Box (ATO 2009) —Former Bad Livers front-man has done alright as a solo artist.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Soon Or Never” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) —One terrific song from one of the world's most creative contemporary groups.Buy it!
John Hiatt “I Know How to Lose You” from Mystic Pinball (New West 2012) N —A sad tale, a beautiful tune.Buy it!
Jesse Colter “You Can Pick 'Em” from Out of the Ashes (Shout! Factory 2006) —It's nearly 7 years since this delightful album appeared - does she have another one in her? I'd love to hear more.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Devil's Rope” (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —Screw the Black Keys! This is what they've been trying to achieve! Love this cut!Buy it!
Melody Den “Storylines” (Perdition 2013) N L —My dream is to see a Tim Lee 3 / Melody Den show this year.Buy it!
The Slide Brothers “Don't Keep Me Wonderin'” from Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers (Concord 2013) N —If one sacredl steel player is good, four must be spectacular. This Allman Brothers cover sure is.Buy it!
Cash Box Kings “Black Toppin'” (blind pig 2013) N —Killer Chicago blues stylin' here.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “I Need a Strong Man (The To-To Song)” from Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul (Rhino 2007) —Aretha could do no wrong back in those days - listen to her soar on this cut.Buy it!
Petula Clark “Happy Heart” from The Ultimate Petula Clark (BMG Heritage 2003) —This song keeps reminding me of something else, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.Buy it!
Simone “To Voltando” from The EMI Years (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 1997) —Great Brazilian music - I used to actually know her place in the Brazilian pantheon, but my world music knowledge continues to slip away.Buy it!
Miles Davis “Bitches Brew” from Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2 (Columbia 2013) N —Stunning live version!Buy it!
Graham Central Station “My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me” from The Jam: Anthology (Rhino 2001) —Should be the theme song of this station, right?Buy it!
Little Esther “Mainliner” from I Paid My Dues (Proper 2006) —Let me be your sidetrack baby til your mainline comes along.Buy it!
Ted Taylor “You Must Have Been Meant For Me” from Greatest Hits (Collectables 1996) —Man, I love this guy and his falsetto.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “Back When We Were Beautiful” from Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch 2013) N —This song, written by Matraca Berg, just may be the most devastatingly gut-wrenching thing I've heard in ages.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Simple Again” from Live at the BBC (Universal 2011) —Speaking of gut-wrenching.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Straight and Narrow” from Electric (New West 2013) N —Figured we needed Richard to rock out a bit after those two songs back to back.Buy it!
Brandy Johnson “Wooden Wheels” from Worried Well (self 2003) —St. Louis singer/songwriter with lots of talent who seems to have dropped out of the game.Buy it!
One Direction “Tell Me a Lie” from Up All Night (Sony 2011) —Kelly Clarkson writes great songs - One Direction rocks this one.Buy it!
Love “My Little Red Book” from Love (Ekektra 1966) —You gotta love a good pop/rock number.Buy it!
Linton Kwesi Johnson “Inglan Is a Bitch” from Independant Intravenshan: The Island Anthology (Island 1998) —The combination of LKJ and Dennis Bovell was unbeatable.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Tap Water” from Escape from Dragon House (BRG 2005) —What a magnificent sound these guys have!Buy it!
Punishment of Luxury “Puppet Life” from 1-2-3-4 Punk and New Wave 1976-1979 (Unknown 1999) —One of the stranger records from that burst of creative expression when all things seemed possible.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “Ballad of Mott the Hoople” from Mott (Columbia 1973) —All bands should write a song about themselves at some point or another. But none will be better than this at it.Buy it!
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison “Waterfall” from Cheater's Game (Thirty Tigers 2013) N —I just love her voice - glad to have something new from her, and the love between them comes out in their harmonies.Buy it!
Darden Smith “Bull By the Horns” from Marathon (Darden Music 2010) —One of the most underrated songwriters out there - the guy has never disappointed me in the 25 or more years since I discovered him when he opened for Rosanne Cash at Mississippi Nights.Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “I Cry For Love” from Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus 2013) N —Cool version of her mentor Chip Taylor's song.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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