Tim Lee 3 “Says Baby Strange” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —Very cool raw and dirty rocker to wake us up!Buy it!
Steve Wynn “All the Squares Go Home” from Tick ...Tick ... Tick (Down There 2006) —Keeping the groove alive!Buy it!
Cream “I Feel Free” from Fresh Cream (Island/Def Jam/Polygram Records 1966) —At times, they were just a great pop band.Buy it!
The Kinks “Do It Again” from Word Of Mouth (Velvel 1984) —Not an album you think about every day, but man - this song could go on any decent Kinks Best of.Buy it!
Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, and Sheryl Crow “So Goddam Smart” from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County COMP (Hear Music 2013) N —An oddball record, but this is a cool cut. I still haven't heard the whole thing - lots of good people on this.Buy it!
Paul McCartney featuring Allen Toussaint “I Want to Walk You Home” from Goin' Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino (EMI 2007) —Macca sounds happy to be singing while Toussaint plays piano.Buy it!
Fats Domino “My Girl Josephine” from Rock Is Dead But It Won't Lie Down: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time Vol. 2 (Alliance 1993) —The real thing, and I'm pretty sure that's Earl Palmer shuffling that beat behind him.Buy it!
Sam Bush “Bananas” from King of My World (SUGAR HILL 2004) —The world's greatest mandolin player. Until I heard Chris Thile. Now Bush is an awfully strong number two in my book.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Midnight Flight” from Love Over and Over (Hannibal 1983) —One of their lesser known songs, but this record is almost as worthwhile as the ones you know.Buy it!
Omara Portuondo “Juramento” from Flor de Amor (World Circuit 2004) —Magnificent Cuban vocalist.Buy it!
The Band “The River Hymn” from Cahoots (CAPITOL 1971) —You don't hear this one every day, but you know, many of the Band's lesser moments are still awfully, awfully good.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “I'm Trying to Overcome” from Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul (Rhino 2007) —Testify, Sister Aretha!Buy it!
McCrary Sisters “Hello Jesus” from All The Way (self 2013) N —That bluesy guitar opening gets me every time - and then the singing cuts straight to the heart. You don't hear tons of Gospel with such a recognition of pain.Buy it!
Alton Ellis & The Flames “Rock Steady” from Still In Love (Trojan trojanrecords.com 1996) —The song from whence the style arose, if I've got my Jamaican music history straight.Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “Keep On Chooglin'” from The Concert (Fantasy 1980) —People sometimes forget that Fogerty is no slouch on guitar.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Good Things Happen to Bad People” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —Thompson's soloing on this song, short as it is, is absolutely thrilling.Buy it!
The Proclaimers “Spinning Around in the Air” from Like Comedy (429 2013) N —This is not as great as "500 Miles," but it's close enough for middle-aged guys to come up with as a magical expression of love.Buy it!
True Believers “You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory” from live (Download 1985) —A much younger Alejandro Escovedo capturing the spirit of Johnny Thunders.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “You Don't Love Me” from Girlfriend (Zoo 1991) —This set has one great love song, and two great "she's gone" songs.Buy it!
Scott Kempner “The Secret Everybody Knows” from Saving Grace (00:02:59 2008) —Kempner's last solo album deserves to be pulled out of the obscurity in which it languishes.Buy it!
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes “When You Dance” from 1978: Live in Boston (Airline 2008) —I'm still waiting for Southside to fulfill his promise of coming back and playing a longer set. He made it in 1979, when the show had to end abruptly due to some sort of union issue about Labor Day or something. Hasn't been to St. Louis since.Buy it!
Boz Scaggs “Gone Baby Gone” from Memphis (429 Records www.429records.com 2013) —Sweet soul song - listen to Boz glide across those notes, and suddenly swoop into a glistening falsetto. A master at work.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Tuf Skin” from Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion Records 2013) N —A nifty little rocker.Buy it!
Primal Scream “Gentle Tuesday” from Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychede 1976-1996lic Era (Rhino 2005) —Hear that ringing guitar.Buy it!
They Might Be Giants “Icky” from Nanobots (Idlewild 2013) N —Everybody's saying who's that icky guy, I'd like to get to know him?Buy it!
The Yardbirds “Most Likely You Go Your Way (I'll Go Mine)” from Where the Action Is (Cleopatra 1997) —From the Jimmy Page era, a fun Dylan cover.Buy it!
The Revels, with Barbara Adkins “Church Key” from Cowabunga! The Surf Box (Rhino 1996) —I know next to nothing about this, but I know cool when I hear it.Buy it!
The Cramps “I'm Cramped (Original Mix)” from Songs the Lord Taught Us (I.R.S. 1980) —Just perfect and basic.Buy it!
The Coasters “Along Came Jones” from 50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology (Rhino 1992) —And then he grabbed her, he tied her up, he turned on the buzzsaw.Buy it!
The Vibrasonics “Kingsley, J.” from Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era, 1976–1995 (Rhino 2005) —An obscure band with well-played copies of the first two Pink Floyd records.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “Hey Hey Baby” from Blues In My Soul (Delmark 2013) N —A nicely relaxed classic Chicago blues sound.Buy it!
13th Floor Elevators “Slip Inside This House” from Easter Everywhere (International Artists 1967) —Sustaining the psychedelic vibe across nearly 8 minutes - the key is the electric jug.Buy it!
Daft Punk “Motherboard” from Random Access Memories (Columbia 2013) N —Okay, the slower beats are catching my ear - I think I like this record more than I thought I did.Buy it!
Davell Crawford “Can't Find My Way Home” from My Gift to You (Basin Street 2013) N —New Orleans take on Blind Faith.Buy it!
Jimmy Witherspoon “Rain, Rain, Rain” from Blowin' In From Kansas City (Point Blank 1993) —That's some blues belting right there. What a great singer he was.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Movin' On” from Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) —Tell her I've been getting sick again, we both pretend we don't know why.Buy it!
Natalie Maines “Silver Bell” from Mother (Columbia 2013) N —Rocking up a Patty Griffin song.Buy it!
Los Centzontles & David Hidalgo “Crei” from Songs of Wood & Steel (Los Centzontles 2008) —Just lovely.Buy it!
Matt Hill and the Deep Fryers “Down the Line” from Tappin' That Thang (Deep Fryed/VizzTone 2012) —Ending things with a real rocker.Buy it!
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