Jesse Dee “The Only Remedy” from On My Mind/In My Heart (Alligator Records 2013) N —This guy is doing the retro-soul thing with an equal focus on songwriting skills and his astounding vocal prowess.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Everything You'll Ever Need” from Total Destruction to Your Mind SINGLE (unk unk 1970) —The first two Swamp Dogg albums are getting the reissue treatment they deserve, at long last.Buy it!
Nick Waterhouse “Raina” from Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure www.innovativeleisure.net 2012) —A very enjoyable retro-soul singer that didn't get a lot of attention last year.Buy it!
Ike Turner “Cubano Jump (Hey Miss Tina)” from Rocks the Blues (P-Vine 1963) —Man, it must have been something to catch Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm back in their day.Buy it!
Ben E. King “What Now My Love” from Anthology (NA url 1993) —A version of this song that manages to be both restrained and majestic at the same time - neat trick if you can do it.Buy it!
Eddie Floyd “Bring It On Home To Me” from Rare Stamps (stax 1969) —Cool version of the Sam Cooke classic - dig that pumping bass line (presumably by Duck Dunn).Buy it!
Laura Lee “As Long As I Got You” from That's How It Is: The Chess Years (Chess 1990) —Speaking of bass lines that propel a song along - and man, she could sing!Buy it!
Frank Sinatra “Stars Fell on Alabama” from A Swingin' Affair (Capitol Records 1957) —Just listen to that guy's control of his voice!Buy it!
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra “Avalon” from The Jazz Age (BMG 2013) —This record is truly crazy - 1920's styled jazz arrangements of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music songs. But "Avalon" actually works better than you'd think this way.Buy it!
Hank Crawford “Used to Be Love” from Heart and Soul: The Hank Crawford Anthology (Rhino 1994) —Just listen to that beautiful tone!Buy it!
Madeleine Peyroux “Changing All Those Changes” from The Blue Room (Decca 2013) N —Nice little jazzy take on the Buddy Holly song.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Strange Things Happening Everyday” from Bootleg Vol IV: The Soul of Truth (Columbia 2012) —I can't resist the early 70s crossover country/New Orleans funk feel of this cut, and Cash sings the heck out of it.Buy it!
Caitlin Rose “When I'm Gone” from The Stand-In (ATO 2013) N —I've got to pay more attention to this record - she keeps turning my head and I haven't sat down to really listen yet.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “O Mary Don't You Weep” from We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions (Columbia 2006) —If I was Mary, and I heard this powerful and joyous injunction, I would forget I even knew how to weep.Buy it!
Dave Edmunds “Almost Saturday Night” from The Anthology (1966-1990) (Rhino 1993) —This was how I learned this song - it's one of the greatest things John Fogerty ever wrote, and you know that's saying a lot.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Straight and Narrow” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —She walks the straight and narrow / She does what the good book says / She walks the straight and narrow / She's got eyes in the back of her head.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock “Sam's Gone Away” from Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys COMP (Anti- 2013) —Robyn Hitchcock has a blast with this trad sea song.Buy it!
Richard Barone “Beautiful Human” from Clouds Over Eden (MCA 1993) —I still dream that music like this had broken through in the early 90s instead of Nirvana.Buy it!
Blue Öyster Cult “Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll” from Blue Öyster Cult (Columbia 1972) —Gigantic riff rock never gets old!Buy it!
Alice Cooper “School's Out” (Friday Music Records 1972) —And sometimes you just need to remember what it felt like to be 13!Buy it!
The Incurables “Wish” from The Fine Art Of Distilling (The Incurables 2012) N L —Jimmy Griffin writes cool songs.Buy it!
The Kinks “Johnny Thunder” from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Reprise 1968) —The Kinks tribute tomorrow at Off Broadway will be very cool. Wonder if anybody's doing this gem?Buy it!
The Kinks “Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues” from Muswell Hillbillies (RCA 1971) —This one would be a surprise if anybody does it, but I love this song.Buy it!
The Kinks “Ordinary People” from The Kinks Present A Soap Opera (Velvel 1975) —I can turn the most ordinary man in the world into a star!Buy it!
The Kinks “State of Confusion” (Arista 1983) —I always loved this big over the top rock song.Buy it!
The Mavericks “All Over Again” from In Time (The Valory Music Company 2013) N —It's simply impossible to frown when this song is playing. Happy music about misery, that's the ticket!Buy it!
Grace Basement “Highway” from Gunmetal Gray (Undertow 2009) L —There will be new music from the fertile pop mind of Kevin Buckley this year.Buy it!
The Small Faces “Afterglow (Of Your Love)” from Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (Immediate 1968) —One of the greatest songs ever!Buy it!
Jellyfish “New Mistake” from Spilt Milk (Charisma 1993) —Well, I messed up the perfect segue out of the last song, just imagine the drums from the Small Faces merged into the drums from Jellyfish.Buy it!
The Isley Brothers “You'll Never Leave Him” from The Isley Brothers Story Vol. 1: Rockin' Soul (1959-1968) (Rhino 1991) —One of the sweetest Bert Berns productions.Buy it!
Little Esther “He's a No Good Man” from The Early Hits 1949-54 (JSP 2010) —Esther Phillips was still a teenager when she belted out this r'n'b dance number.Buy it!
Shirley & Lee “Keep On” from Legendary Masters Series Vol. 1 (EMI 1990) —Good time New Orleans vibe. Love this stuff.Buy it!
Houston Boines “G Man” from The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions Vol. 2: Mississippi and Arkansas (Ace 2003) —I long to be a G man, want to be a G man all my life.Buy it!
Lou Christie “Lightnin' Strikes” from EnLIGHTNIN'ment The Best of Lou Christie (Rhino 1990) —You don't hear classics like this all the time any more.Buy it!
The Gamblers “Moon Dawg!” from Cowabunga! The Surf Box (Rhino 1996) —It's amazing how many of these singles still sound great!Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Homework” from Sleepless (Epic 2002) —Nice rework of Wolf's J. Geils band rework of Otis Rush's "Homework."Buy it!
Del Shannon “Drop Down and Get Me” (Varese 1981) —Backed by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, this great singer deserved more attention for this comeback attempt.Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition “Poor Lost Souls” from White Buffalo (Fat Possum 2013) —A tough-minded country weeper looking at the homeless on the streets.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Diamonds and Gold” from Rain Dogs (Island 1985) —Subconcious connects the word "diamonds" from the last song to this one - subconcious helps me all the time.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Imitosis” from Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum 2007) —No musician has a better vocabulary than Andrew Bird.Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “I'm So Lonesome (I Could Cry)” from Love & Circumstance (Ninth Street Opus 2010) —Beautiful singer with imaginative Bill Frisell guitar accompaniment.Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “I Cry For Love” from Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus 2013) N —She's just plain good.Buy it!
Mary Gauthier “Mercy Now” (Lost Highway 2004) —One of the most perfect records of the last ten years.Buy it!
Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran “God Only Knows” from Hagar's Song (ECM 2013) N —Stunningly beautiful saxophone and piano take on the Beach Boys.Buy it!
Ron Sexsmith “Nowhere to Go” from Forever Endeavour (Cooking Vinyl 2013) N —I don't usually gravitate to Ron Sexsmith, but this is a lovely little song.Buy it!
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