Irma Thomas “Wish Someone Would Care” from In Between Tears (Fungus 1973) N —A seven minute cut of Irma Thomas belting it out on a Swamp Dogg cut.Buy it!
The S.O.S. Band “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” from Club Epic Vol. 1: A Collection of Classic Dance Mixes (Epic 1990) —I always figured this classic was produced and written by Jam and Lewis, but it turns out they had their first big hit without those guys. At any rate, let's dance!Buy it!
Cerrone “Love in C Minor” from Disco Classics (Varese 2003) —Seriously, I am still amazed at how many people purport to hate disco. How can you hate something this full of life?Buy it!
Thelma Houston “Don't Leave Me This Way” from The Disco Years Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around (Rhino 1990) —Or how can you hate singing like this?Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Die Young” from Devil's Halo ((RED) Downtown Records 2009) —For those who want to dance real slow, while feeling angry.Buy it!
Robert Glasper Experiment “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from Black Radio (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2012) —If you know me, you know I don't dig Nirvana. But this recontextured version of the song is plenty fun.Buy it!
Booker T. “Can't Wait” from Sound the Alarm (Stax Records url 2013) N —I don't know who Estelle is, but she does a good job singing this.Buy it!
The Clash “Rebel Waltz” from Sandinista (Epic 1980) —I'm hypnotized by this cut every time I hear it.Buy it!
Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra “If God Were the Devil” from For the Baby Doll (self 2013) N —If God were the devil, he'd know just what to say to make you mine.Buy it!
Tim Easton “Porcupine” (New West 2009) —Easton isn't the most consistent guy out there, but boy, when he hits a groove, he comes up with great stuff.Buy it!
Randall Bramblett “Roll” from The Bright Spots (New West Records www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —This is one of those guys who has been around forever, but which I only just finally realized is really, really good.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Swallow My Pride” from Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl 2013) N —I still haven't warmed up to this whole album, but this is a really pretty song that reminds me of Nick Lowe's recent work, albeit without as great a singer.Buy it!
James Cotton “Cotton Mouth Man” (Alligator 2013) N —Cotton teams up with Joe Bonamassa for a scorcher here.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Ain't Gonna Let You Go” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) —Raitt's guitar sizzles on this cut - what a tone!Buy it!
The Mavericks “Born to Be Blue” from In Time (The Valory Music Company 2013) N —These guys are just ridiculously great.Buy it!
J.J. Cale “Clyde” from Naturally (Mercury 1971) —Clyde plays electric bass, he plays it with finesse and grace.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “You're Not There” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —Love these guys!Buy it!
The Del-Lords “Flying” from Elvis Club (GB Music www.gbmusic.com 2013) N —Why aren't these guys better known? Why can't Scott Kempner, who writes brilliant rock songs, better known?Buy it!
The Kinks “Brother” from Sleepwalker (Arista 1977) —Not their best received album, but this is a really good song.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Excursion a Venise” from The French Record (Hannibal 1980) —One of my all-time favorite records has only the occasional word I can understand. Wish I would have had this one when I was actually studying French.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Soul of a Man” from Spirit In the Room (Rounder 2013) N —Asking the questions from the pits of despair. Devastating!Buy it!
Marshall Chapman “Call the Lamas” from Blaze of Glory (TallGirl 2013) N —I've come to like the remake of this wonderful song even better than the original.Buy it!
Son Volt “Tears of Change” from Honky Tonk (Rounder 2013) N L —It's not exactly honky tonk, but it's plenty sweet.Buy it!
Sturgill Simpson “Water in a Well” from High Top Mountain (High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers 2013) N —This is more like honky tonk.Buy it!
The Gourds “Ink and Grief” from Old Mad Joy (Vanguard 2011) —That's three songs in a row with steel guitar! I should win a prize.Buy it!
Ray Price “Heart Over Mind” from The Essential Ray Price (Columbia 2007) —I just love his singing. Oh, and more steel guitar.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Keep Me From Blowing Away” from Moment of Forever (Lost Highway 2008) —Willie Nelson is an absolute treasure!Buy it!
John Prine “You Stayed Away Too Long” from Unsung Hero: A Tribute to the Music of Ron Davies (Little Chickadee 2013) N —I don't even know who Ron Davies is, but this is a cool song, and he's got some awfully talented people on this tribute.Buy it!
Dale Watson & His Lone Stars “Smokey Old Bar” from El Rancho Azul (Red House www.redhouse.com 2013) N —This crazy beat underneath Dale's sinuous vocals makes for a weird but enjoyable feel.Buy it!
Vic Chesnutt “In My Way, Yes” from Silver Lake (New West 2003) —One of his greatest songs - this man had so much talent.Buy it!
Richard Barone “Cry Baby Cry” from Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Celebration (RBM 2012) —I often forget John Lennon even sang this - that's how completely Richard Barone owns this song to me.Buy it!
Nataly Dawn “Back to the Barracks” from How I Knew Her (Nonesuch 2013) N —This song reminds me of Kurt Weill.Buy it!
They Might Be Giants “Circular Karate Chop” from Nanobots (Idlewild 2013) N —Still tuneful after more than 25 years. Still clever, too.Buy it!
Tommy James & The Shondells “Gotta Get Back to You” from Anthology (Rhino 1989) —That bass player is having some fun here. Actually, they all are.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians “Goodnight I Say” from Fegmania! (Yep Roc 1984) —This was actually the first album with the Egyptians as his backing band. I'd forgotten that, probably because I didn't hear this one until after he'd done another one or two.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Thank You” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —One of my fave albums of the year so far.Buy it!
Johnny Marr “New Town Velocity” from The Messenger (Sire Records 2013) N —Every time this song starts, I think it's going to be Ian Gomm, but, even though it never is, I'm still happy with it.Buy it!
Big Star “Life Is White” from Radio City (Concord Records, Inc. 1974) —There is a new documentary out on Big Star, and it's supposed to be exceptionally good.Buy it!
The Painkillers “Dork On the Moon” from Painkillers 25th Anniversary Release (Euclid Records 2011) —St. Louis band of the 80s who deserved way more acclaim than they got.Buy it!
The Small Faces “Something I Want to Tell You” from Small Faces (Sanctuary 1966) —An enticingly odd little nugget from their debut record.Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “Sad Joy” from Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus 2013) N —Sad joy is hard to hide.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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