Bombino “Iyat Idounia Ayasahen (Another Life)” from Agadez (Cumbancha 2011) —This guitar player from Niger is one of the most exciting musicians to appear in recent years. Hypnotic, propulsive, and thrilling.Buy it!
Television “Marquee Moon” (Ekektra 1977) —Speaking of thrills - I've never heard this song without being absolutely grateful to be in the presence of something this perfect.Buy it!
Tommy Keene “Guiding Light” from Excitement At Your Feet (Second Motion 2013) N —I absolutely love this new record from Tommy Keene, all covers of some of his favorite songs, and boy, does he have great taste.Buy it!
Neko Case “Night Still Comes” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) N —Here's another new record I'm falling in love with. So far beyond the very good material she's given us before.Buy it!
Amanda Shires “The Garden Song” from Down Fell the Doves (Lightning Rod 2013) N —I was just struck by the musical similarities between Amanda Shires and another fiddler who works outside genre constrictions, Andrew Bird.Buy it!
Kim Richey “Breakaway Speed” from Thorn In My Heart (Yep Roc 2012) N —If you can get Jason Isbell to sing a duet with you, and then add Trisha Yearwood on harmony vocals, you're doing all right.Buy it!
Denny Brown “Got the Whole Night” from The San Francisco / Austin / Hollywood Sessions (Unknown 2013) N —I still haven't figured out who this Denny Brown guy is, but his record is really very good. And David Grissom on guitar - he gets me every time!Buy it!
The Delgados “American Trilogy” from The Great Eastern (Blanco Y Negro 2000) —They only existed for a short while, but they were magnificent.Buy it!
They Might Be Giants “Great” from Nanobots (Idlewild 2013) N —Sometimes it only takes 53 seconds to get the job done.Buy it!
Richard Barone “Law of the Jungle” from Clouds Over Eden (MCA 1993) —After refalling in love with Richard Barone's Cool Blue Halo material, I revisited this record for the first time in ages, and yep, it holds up, too.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “Howl” (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —I think JC is learning more and more how to control his voice - his singing here is really good.Buy it!
The Soul of John Black “East LA Lady” from A Sunshine State of Mind (Yellow Dog 2013) N —I like the way the groove drives forward while the vocal lays back.Buy it!
Tas Cru “Kinda' Mess” from Jus' Desserts (Crustee Tees 2013) N —Some pretty decent blues from the man with the weird name.Buy it!
Little Willie John “My Nerves” from Fever: The Best of Little Willie John (Rhino 1993) —Now here's a great singer!Buy it!
Marc Broussard featuring Sam Bush “Rising Sun” from Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (EMI 2007) —I don't know the Fats Domino original, but I enjoy this mellow cover.Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition “Tennesse Walker Mare” from White Buffalo (Fat Possum 2013) —I like a good song about a horse.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Gloryland” (Crowville Collective 2012) —One of my fave records from last year.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “That's Me” from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Hear Music 2013) N —I had to hear almost the whole thing before I figured out the key to understanding the story, and then on second listen, it makes sense.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Mama You Been On My Mind” from Never A Dull Moment (Mercury 1972) —From the end of the times when he could do no wrong.Buy it!
Court Yard Hounds “Gets You Down” from Amelita (Columbia 2013) N —I heard nothing but raves about their Loufest performance.Buy it!
The Carper Family “Montana Cowboy” from Back When (self 2011) —Yee-haw!Buy it!
Lil Armstrong “Brown Gal” from Talk to Me Daddy (Flyright 2000) —Obscure but delightful.Buy it!
Zoot Sims “The Man I Love” from Zoot (Universal 1956) —Zoot had such a sweet tenor sound.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “It's All Over” from Heartaches & Harmonies (Rhino 1994) —Those voices - and a harpsichord!Buy it!
The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” from Abbey Road CD ALBUM (Apple Records 1969) —Every once in a while, I like to just remember how genuinely wonderful this song is.Buy it!
The Rascals “Silly Girl” from Anthology 1965-1972 (Rhino 1992) —Yeah, they could rock, but they could also do this sort of 60s sopisto-pop.Buy it!
The Searchers “When I Get Home” from Greatest Hits (Rhino 1985) —Ring them guitar chords, boys.Buy it!
Vampire Weekend “Diane Young” from Modern Vampires of the City (XL Recordings 2013) N —This song is goofy, it's brilliant, it's jet propulsive, it's ridiculous. I love it.Buy it!
Big Dipper “Joke Outfit” from Crashes On the Platinum Planet (Almost Ready 2012) —So good to have these guys back in the game.Buy it!
Soup Dragons “Crotch Deep Trash” from LoveGod (Polydor 1990) —This band sounds better now than I think I realized they were at the time.Buy it!
Waterloo “Some Kind of Holiday” from Out of the Woods (Undertow 2006) L —A typically beautiful song from Mark Ray and company.Buy it!
Wondermints “So Nice” from Mind If We Make Love To You (Rev-Ola 2002) —Not the Beach Boys, but an incredible enough simulation that they got hired to back up Brian Wilson.Buy it!
Willie Nile “God Laughs” from American Ride (River House www.willienile.com 2013) N —A candidate for best song of the year - God drinks, God smokes, God plans to quit before he croaks.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “The Left Hand and the Right Hand” from Live at KDHX - Vol. 11 (KDHX 2013) N —This great live version can be yours if you become a member of KDHX during the drive Oct. 3 - 12.Buy it!
The Dead Reckoners “Cryin' For Nothin'” from A Night Of Reckoning (Dead Reckoning 1996) —Kevin Welch wrote and sang this one.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Moss and Flowers” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) —One of those songs where the guitar plays the exact melody the singer sings.Buy it!
Sonny Landreth “Letting Go” from Elemental Journey (Proper 2012) —Exquisite instrumental.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Strangest Voices” from Plastic Seat Sweat (Geffen 1997) —Let's get ready to rumble!Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Rust Belt Fields” from Still Fighting the War (Music Road 2013) N —Ending on a sad tale about hard times.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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