Gregory Porter “The "In" Crowd” from Liquid Spirit (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —Terrific version of the Ramsey Lewis / Billy Page composition by the jazz, soul, and gospel singer/songwriter.Buy it!
Oscar Brown Jr. “Mr. Kicks” from Between Heaven and Hell (Columbia 1962) —Written by Oscar Brown Jr. and arranged by Quincy Jones.Buy it!
Esther Phillips “Fever” from Yet Mo' Mod Jazz (Kent 2000) —I know you've heard this jazz classic a thousand times but this 1966 Atlantic recording is really great. Written by Eddie Cooley and John Davenport.Buy it!
The Nomos “Step Out and Git It” from Mod Jazz (Kent 1996) —Music bed. 1964 jazz instrumental recorded for the Prestige label.Buy it!
Ann Sexton “You're Gonna Miss Me” from Loving You, Loving Me (Seventy 7 Records 1973) —Written by Paul Kelly , recorded in Memphis, and produced by Gene "Bowlegs" Miller. Fine Southern soul from the soul singer originally from South Carolina.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Stealing In the Name of the Lord” from Hot Runnin' Soul - The Singles 1965-71 (Kent 2012) —Written by Paul Kelly and recorded for the Happy Tiger label in 1970. He originally wrote the song with Sam & Dave in mind to record it but they turned it down. Some R&B stations shied away from this one for fear of losing sponsors.Buy it!
Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens “What Have You Done ?” from What Have You Done, My Brother? (Daptone 2009) —Written by Dap-Kings bassist and Daptone Records co-founder, Bosco Mann.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “Karina” from Make the Road By Walking (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental wtitten by Thomas Brenneck and Leon Michels.Buy it!
The Poets of Rhythm “South Carolina” from The Anthology 1992-2003 (Daptone 2013) N —You wouldn't think this soul and funk band were based out of Germany but that is, indeed, the case. Recorded in 1993 and found on this new compilation put out by Daptone. Pretty far removed from the New Wave and Synth Pop songs coming out then.Buy it!
Lee Moses “I'm Sad About It” from Time and Place (Castle 2007) —Great soul track written by Lee Moses recorded in 1967 for the Musicor label. Soul out of Atlanta, GA.Buy it!
The Pac-Keys “Dig In” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) —Music bed. Memphis soul instrumental recorded circa 1965-67.Buy it!
Nina Simone “Save Me” from Soul Diva Sisters (Union Square 2004) —Amazing version of the Aretha Franklin song recorded in 1976. "Call in the Cape Crusader, Green Hornet, Kato too."Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Green Onions (Live)” from Stax Revue: Live at the 5/4 Ballroom (Stax Records url 1991) —Live version recorded in 1965 at the 5/4 Ballroom in Los Angeles.Buy it!
Sam & Dave “You Got Me Humming” from The Best of Sam & Dave (Atlantic 1987) —1966 recording written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Comin' Home Baby” from Green Onions (Stax Records url 1962) —Music bed. 1962 instrumental written by Bob Dorough.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Lonely Avenue” from Till the Night Is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus (Rhino 1995) —Written by Doc Pomus with lead vocals by Cesar Rosas.Buy it!
The Blasters “I'm Shakin'” from Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985) (Rhino 2002) —1981 cover version of the Little Willie John recordng written by Rudy Toombs.Buy it!
The Animals “That's All I Am To You” from Animalism (Hip-O Select 1966) —1966 version of the Otis Blackwell song made famous by Ray Charles.Buy it!
Georgie Fame “Mod Classics: 1964-1966” SINGLE (BGP url 2010) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental written by Clive Powell aka Georgie Fame.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Willie & Laura Mae Jones” from Dusty In Memphis (Deluxe Edition) (Rhino Atlantic 1999) —1969 Atlantic single written by Tony Joe White.Buy it!
Rumer “Aretha” from Seasons of My Soul (Warner Music UK www.putumayo.com 2010) —Written by Sarah Joyce (aka Rumer) and multi-instrumentalist and producer Steve Brown. Just a gorgeous vocal on this track.Buy it!
The Fireballs “Dock of the Bay” from Exotic Guitars From the Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Otis Redding song.Buy it!
La Luz “Sure As Spring” from It's Alive (Hardly Art 2013) N —New release from the Seattle band which just came out this week. Featuring the guitar and lead vocals of Shana Cleveland.Buy it!
Sundowners “Don't Come Knockin'” from Don't Come Knockin' - Single (Skeleton Key Records 2013) N —This July single was recorded in Liverpool and was produced by the The Coral's James & Ian Skelly. This band features the lead vocals of Fiona Skelly and Alfie Skelly.Buy it!
La Honda “Rich Man's Wine” from I See Stars (La Honda Music Ltd 2013) N —From their forthcoming release. This band featured the vocals of Sarah Joyce (aka Rumer) and was recorded twelve years ago when she was just eighteen but never was released. The indie-pop/folk record is finally coming out soon.Buy it!
La Luz “Phantom Feelings” from It's Alive (Hardly Art 2013) N —Music bed. Surf instrumental from the Seattle band.Buy it!
Aoife O'Donovan “Fire Engine” from Fossils (Yep Roc 2013) N —Aoife O’Donovan will be at Off Broadway this Sunday (10/20). Also on the bill is Kristin Andreassen.Buy it!
Cotton Mather “Lily Dreams On” from Kontiki (Deluxe Edition) (Star Apple Kingdom 2012) —Beautiful pop song written and sung by Robert Harrison. Recorded in 1997.Buy it!
Neko Case “Calling Cards” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) N —Written by Neko case and Paul Rigby with Kelly Hogan on backing vocals. - Neko Case will be at the Pageant this Sunday (10/20). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “The Milkshake Incident, Part 1” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Dolly Varden.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “The Left Hand and the Right Hand (live)” from Live at KDHX - Vol. 11 (KDHX 2013) N —Recorded live at KDHX on 3/22/12.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Del Mar, 1976” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) —Written and featuring lead vocals by Steve Dawson. One of my favorite releases on 2013.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “The Girl On the Logging Road” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) —Music bed.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Birds Without a Wire” from Lines from the Frame (Undertow 2008) L —Written by Chris Grabau and featuring the lead vocals of Chris Grabau and Kelly Kneiser (of Glossary).Buy it!
Grace Basement “The Way to Be” from Wheel Within A Wheel (Avonmore 2013) L —Written and sung by Kevin Buckley.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Cracked The Bottle” from Jungle (Blip Blap 2013) N L —Composed and featuring lead vocals by Jenn Malzone.Buy it!
David Kitay “Theme from Ghost World” from Ghost World soundtrack (Shanachie 2001) —Music bed.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Mutineer” (Giant 1995) —Written by Warren Zevon. One of many memorable melodies and songs written by the singer/songwriter who left us way too soon.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “These Days” from Meet Glen Campbell (Capitol Records 2008) —Written by Jackson Browne.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Mr. Harris” from Whatever (Geffen 1993) —A love song of the highest order. Kills me every time. "Of course I know that we've only got ten years, or twenty left / But to be honest I'm happy with whatever time we get."Buy it!
Mogwai “Does This Always Happen?” from Earth Division - EP (Sub Pop 2011) —Music bed.Buy it!
Elsinore “The Art of Pulling” from Push/Pull (Parasol Records 2013) N —Sat 19-Oct Elsinore; Brother Nature, Battle Stag The Firebird 18+Buy it!
The Replacements “Here Comes A Regular” from Tim (Sire Records 1985) —"All I know is I'm sick of everything that my money can buy."Buy it!
X “The Have Nots” from Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra 1982) —"At the Hi-D-Hi and the Hula Gal Beehive Bar and the Zircon Lounge G.G.'s Cozy Corner, The Gift of Love Stop 'N' Drink, Sit 'N' Sip, Rest 'N Pieces Dexter's New Approach and The Get Down Lounge The Aorta Bar, Detroit's Main Vein..."Buy it!
Link Wray and His Ray Men “Jack The Ripper” from The Birth of Surf (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1961 surf instrumental.Buy it!
Lindi Ortega “Tin Star” (Last Gang Records Inc. www.lastgangrecords.com 2013) N —Written and sung by Lindi Ortega.Buy it!
Beth Bombara “Give Me Something” from Beth Bombara/Town Cars Split 7" (Extension Chord Records 2013) N L —From a split single by these two local bands. On white vinyl, nonetheless.Buy it!
Scott Miller & Rayna Gellert “Lo Siento Spanishburg West Virginia” from Codependents (F.A.Y. 2012) —One of many fine songs played by Scott Miller in his impressive opening set for Patty Griffin on Monday.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Sunny's Tune” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. 1989 instrumental composed by Ry Cooder for the "Johnny Handsome" movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Calexico “Sunken Waltz” from Feast of Wire (Quarterstick 2003) —Written by Joey Burns and John Convertino.Buy it!
The Union Electric “Bottomless Hole” from Cover Charge EP (Extension Chord Records 2013) N L —Handsome Family cover written by Brett Sparks and Rennie Sparks.Buy it!
Three Fried Men “Had to End Sometime” from Had to End Sometime single (Unreleased 2013) N L —Recently recorded version of a not-often heard Bob Reuter song. One of his finest which is saying a whole lot since he wrote so many good songs.Buy it!
Santo & Johnny “Tear Drop (Bonus Track)” from Hawaii (With Bonus Tracks) (Marathon Media International Ltd. 2012) —Music bed.Buy it!
Gene Clark “Life's Greatest Fool” from No Other (Ekektra 1974) —Written by Gene Clark and found on one of his best solo releases.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “I'll Keep It With Mine” from I Shot Andy Warhol ST (Atlantic 1996) —Written by Bob Dylan with guitar freakout at the end.Buy it!
Rainy Day “I'll Be Your Mirror” from Rainy Day (Llama 1984) —Susanna Hoffs sings lead on this Velvet Underground song.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “Sunday Morning” from Balls (31 Tigers 2007) —Yet another Velvet Underground cover.Buy it!
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