NRBQ “A Girl Like That” from Peek-A-Boo: The Best of NRBQ (Rhino 1990) —Do you remember when you were choosy and she had to have character?Buy it!
Everly Brothers “Lucille” from Heartaches & Harmonies (Rhino 1994) —Nifty version of the Little Richard classic. I love their harmonies applied here.Buy it!
Peter Karp & Sue Foley “Fine Love” from Beyond the Crossroads (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2012) —A fine song, too. These guys get lost in the blues world, as they're making pop music to my ears.Buy it!
The Cramps “Strange Love” from Flamejob (Medicine 1994) —Nothing strange about this love. It's Ivy's perfectly poised guitar and Lux's sassy vocals.Buy it!
Led Zeppelin “Custard Pie” from Physical Graffiti (Swan Song 1975) —This was the only Zeppelin album I ever owned on vinyl - and even this one I didn't buy until 1982 or 83.Buy it!
Iggy & The Stooges “DD's” from Ready To Die (Fat Possum 2013) N —Shorter Iggy: Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees and the girls with big breasts.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock “Devil on a String” from Love From London (Yep Roc 2013) N —You know, he's been doing this sort of thing for 35 years now.Buy it!
Big Dipper “Robert Pollard” from Crashes On the Platinum Planet (Almost Ready 2012) —Rock criticism set to music.Buy it!
Robert Randolph & The Family Band “Blacky Joe” from Lickity Split (Dare 2013) N —This is the first Robert Randolph album that strikes me as living up to his talent. Oh, and Carlos Santana plays some cool stuff here, too.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “Don't Go” from Girlfriend (Zoo 1991) —Because I wanted some more hot guitar - Richard Lloyd!Buy it!
The Byrds “This Wheel's On Fire” from Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde (Columbia 1969) —I love this version of a song that pretty much can't be done badly.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “I'll Be Faithful” from A Brand New Me (Atlantic 1970) —A previously unreleased gem.Buy it!
Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues “All the Tears That I Cried” from Just Look Them Straight In the Eye and Say... PogueMahone!! (WEA International rhino.com 2008) —A rarity I never heard until I found this box set.Buy it!
Tim Easton “Four Queens” from Not Cool (Campfire Propaganda 2013) N —You never know what you're gonna get with Tim Easton, but this bluesy song works great.Buy it!
Dion “Baby, I'm in the Mood For You” from King of the New York Streets (THE RIGHT STUFF 2000) —Bluesy rockin' from a master!Buy it!
Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony “The Hustle” from The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around (Rhino 1991) —Do it!Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Gotta Have You” from Jungle Fever (Motown 1991) —I'm not crazy enough to say this is as good as classic 70s stuff, but it's a pretty darn good song, and worth remembering now and again.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Please Let Me Kiss You Goodbye” from Gag a Maggott (Alive 1973) —It's certainly a pleasure to have these Swamp Dogg albums finally reissued and available.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Southside Blues / Tobacco Road” from Live! (CAPITOL 1966) —Lou Rawls tells about the cold life in Chicago, and sings the heck out of Tobacco Road.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Night People” from Get Out of My Life Woman (Pickwick 1995) —Lee Dorsey & producer Allen Toussaint tried to mingle at the disco once. I like the result.Buy it!
Huey "Piano" Smith and His Clowns “Mean Mean Man” from Having a Good Time: The Very Best Vol. 1 (Westside 1997) —These guys just made great records. Period. Here they try to channel Lieber & Stoller style inspiration, and still end up sounding like the Clowns.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “Every Day” from Brother to Brother (Fuel 2000 2003) —The very young Aaron Neville sounding so sweet.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “How'd Ya Like to Be King” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) L —St. Louis instrumental band comes close to Meters territory on this cut.Buy it!
Marty Erhlich Rites Quartet “On the One” from Things Have Got to Change (Clean Feed 2009) —This St. Louis native alto saxophonist deserves a lot more attention than he's gotten in his long and brilliant career.Buy it!
Count Basie “Counter Block” from Breakfast Dance and Barbecue (Roulette 1959) —I like this cut because you get to hear Basie play some piano.Buy it!
Al Basile “Daddy Got a Problem” from At Home Next Door (Sweetspot 2012) —Blues trumpeter and fine vocalist.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge “One Town at a Time” from Pokey LaFarge (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2013) N L —St. Louisian getting some national attention. Nice.Buy it!
Memphis Minnie “I'm So Glad” from The Blues: A Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Blues Singers (Smithsonian Folkways 1993) —I'm glad, too, that I get to hear the great Memphis Minnie!Buy it!
Natalie Maines “Come Cryin' to Me” from Mother (Columbia 2013) N —A song co-written by Maines, Emily Robison, Gary Louris, and Marty Maguire, the latter of whom I don't know.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Sally B” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —I'm reasonably sure this isn't about that little bar that used to be in St. Charles where rock bands would play.Buy it!
John Cale “The Soul of Carmen Miranda” from Words For the Dying (Opal 1989) —Since the soul of Carmen Miranda had captured the mind of man - that's an opening line.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Come Around Anytime” from Jungle (Blip Blap! 2013) N L —It seems as though just about everybody on the station is playing these guys, which I think is pretty cool.Buy it!
The Proclaimers “The Thought of You” from Like Comedy (429 2013) N —These guys know how to write a love song.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “That Kind of Lonely” from American Kid SINGLE (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —Ain't no reason to stay upbeat, is there?Buy it!
Dan Bern “Seven Miles an Hour” from Doubleheader (self 2012) —Dan Bern should have toured this album with the Baseball Project - that would have been a good doubleheader.Buy it!
Son Volt “Bakersfield” from Honky Tonk (Rounder 2013) N L —Yeah, this cut sounds like honky tonk.Buy it!
Jim Boggia “Made Me So Happy” from Safe In Sound (Bluhammock Music 2005) —This guy had a way with power pop melodies that put him way beyond so many of those who try this genre. Whatever happened to him?Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Thank You” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2013) N —Two happy songs in a row. Uh-oh!Buy it!
Chris Stamey “The Room Above the Bookstore” from Lovesick Blues (Yep Roc 2013) N —It's a Leonard Cohen morning / We are sitting all alone / At a cafe in the corner / With espresso and a scone.Buy it!
Doc & Merle Watson “Slidin' Delta” from The Definitive Doc Watson (Vanguard 2013) N —Doc never sounded happier than when he was picking guitars with his son.Buy it!
Hank Williams “I Could Never Be Ashamed of You” from Alone With His Guitar (MERCURY NASHVILLE 2000) —I can't be ashamed of loving Hank Williams, either.Buy it!
Benny Barnes “Go On, Go On” from Fifty Years of Country Music on Mercury (Mercury 1995) —This is how country music sounded when I first encountered it as a child, and it still makes think there's gonna be a jukebox in the booth at the restaurant.Buy it!
Slim Martin “Bunny Hop Rock” from That'll Flat Git It Vol. 20 (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2004) —Rockabilly could be made out of almost any idea.Buy it!
The Collins Kids “The Cuckoo Rock” from The Rockin'est (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1998) —Further proof!Buy it!
Hoyt Axton “Evangelina” from Della and the Dealer (Unknown 2003) —I stumbled upon this CD last year, and there are great songs that I can't figure out when they were originally released.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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