Sun Sawed In 1/2 “Ocean” from Elephants Into Swans (self 2013) N L —Oh my, this new record from this pseudo-local band is exquisite. Incredible songs, incredible vocals, incredible musicianship, incredible arrangements.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “The In Crowd” from Another Time, Another Place (Virgin 1974) —Come on, has there ever been a cooler version than this?Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “Time Machine” from Sunshine Lies (Shout! Factory 2008) —This was my fave Sweet record after Girlfriend.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Sad Dog” from Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion Records 2013) N —Still a terrific band after all these years.Buy it!
Rocket From the Tombs “Love Train Express” from Barfly (FIRE 2011) —The reconstituted version of the proto-Ubu/Dead Boys group made a pretty good debut album a couple years back.Buy it!
Spoon “The Way We Get By” from Kill the Moonlight (Merge 2002) —How can this record be over ten years old? Wha?Buy it!
Caitlin Rose “Everywhere I Go” from The Stand-In (ATO www.atorecords.com 2013) N —I'm always late to the party - this woman is mega-talented.Buy it!
Gary Walker & the Rain “Gary's Theme” from Album No. 1 (Mercury 1968) —This is an obscurity from the other guy in the Walker Brothers besides Scott. I dig it.Buy it!
X-Ray Spex “Warrior in Woolworths” from Germ Free Adolescents (Caroline 1978) —One of the smartest of the punk bands back in the day.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “High Roller” from Budokan II (Epic 1994) —How did Cheap Trick ever get used to playing without those teenage Japanese screams?Buy it!
Melody Den “Amarillo” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —It seems as though every time I listen to this album, I have a different favorite song. That's a good sign.Buy it!
The Byrds “Old John Robertson (single version)” from Turn! Turn! Turn! (Columbia 1965) —Roger McGuinn wrote it, but it sure sounds like something from 100 years before.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “Spanish Dancer” from Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch 2013) N —They were excellent the other night at the Peabody Opera House.Buy it!
Steve Forbert “Witch Blues” from Jackrabbit Slim (Nemperor 1979) N —A fine bonus cut from the soon-to-be reissued classic.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Matty Groves” from Meet on the Ledge - The Classic Years (1967-1975) (A&M 1999) —What shall captivate us today? Sandy Denny's beautiful voice? Dave Swarbrick's capering fiddle? The skittering bass of Ashley Hutchings? Dave Mattack's push and pull groove on drums? Richard Thompson's guitar? The whole dang thing?Buy it!
Aztec Camera “Over My Head” from Stray (sire 1990) —A gentle and beautiful number to come down from the heights of that last cut.Buy it!
Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran “I Shall Be Released” from Hagar's Song (ECM 2013) N —A beautiful, mysterious take on the Dylan song.Buy it!
Peter Tosh “Whatcha Gonna Do” from Legalize it (Columbia 1976) —From one of the all-time greatest reggae records.Buy it!
The Ethiopians “Selah Version” from Sir J.J. & Friends (Culture Press 1993) —A little number from one of the all-time greatest vocal groups, albeit in dub, because the groove is so cool, and I like the sparseness of this version.Buy it!
Big Mama Thornton “Nightmare” from Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (MCA 1992) —Slow and jazzy belting from Big Mama!Buy it!
Ray Charles “A Fool For You” from Blues + Jazz (Rhino 1993) —The best!Buy it!
Ike Turner “Loosely” from Blues Kingpins (CAPITOL 2003) —Ike Turner rockin' that piano.Buy it!
Joe Lutcher “Blues For Sale” from Specialty Legends of Jump Blues Vol 1 (Specialty 1994) —You better get yours before they get too stale.Buy it!
Johnny "Guitar" Watson “Dee's Boogie” from Hot Just Like TNT (Ace 1996) —Watson was a blast at making these records right on the crux between blues, r'n'b, and rock'n'roll.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By” from The Complete Duets (Motown 2001) —An Ashford & Simpson song made glorious by these perfect duet partners.Buy it!
Bobby Womack “Hang On In There” from Blax-Plosion (Charly 2001) —A funky soundtrack instrumental.Buy it!
Bobby Previte's Bump “614-Soul” from Counterclockwise (Palmetto www.palmetto-records.com 2003) —One of the great jazz drummers/composers got funky here.Buy it!
SLAVE “Slide” from In Yo' Face: The History of Funk Vol. 4 (Rhino 1993) —The great funk bands of the 70s always knock me out.Buy it!
Chris Stamey “If Memory Serves” from Lovesick Blues (Yep Roc 2013) N —Stamey's solo album is slowly seeping into my musical pores, one song here, another song there. The guy hasn't let me down yet.Buy it!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Don't Cry No Tears” from Zuma (Reprise 1973) —You can't go wrong with this song!Buy it!
The Proclaimers “Restless Soul” (Persevere 2005) —For those who love the Scottish accent.Buy it!
Benny Andersson Band “Fait Accompli” from Story of a Heart (Decca 2009) —Former ABBA tunesmith still writes about as perfectly as it's possible to write music.Buy it!
Boz Scaggs “Cadillac Walk” from Memphis (429 Records 2013) N —Those who know the Mink Deville original say this is a weird groove for this song; since I don't know the original, I'm merely knocked out by the song itself.Buy it!
JJ Grey & Mofro “Harp and Drums” from This River (Alligator 2013) N —I'm only just now starting to learn how good these guys are. You just can't hear everything.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “You're Not There” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —A rocker with a cool hook - that's all I ask!Buy it!
Tim Easton “Porcupine” (New West www.newwest.com 2009) —Like I said - a rocker with a cool hook, and you've got me.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “(Find A) Reason to Believe” from Every Picture Tells A Story (Mercury Records 1971) —You know the desert island question, right? This would be my album that I could live with if stranded away from civilization. I've loved it unconditionally for 42 years now.Buy it!
Tom Hall “Phonograph Blues” from Right Down There on Lee Street (self 2005) L —One of this town's best blues guitarists - I saw something about a Geyer Street Sheiks reunion coming up soon, too.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “Poor Jenny (One O'Clock Version)” from The Complete Cadence Recordings 1957-1960 (Varese Sarabande 2001) —Jenny has troubles in this song.Buy it!
The Ike Reilly Assassination “The Mixture” from Junkie Faithful (Silent Six 2005) —Songwriters don't come much stronger these days than Ike Reilly.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Excursion Venise” from French Record (Hannibal) —There aren't many records I love more than this one. And I can't understand 98% of the words.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.