Cheap Trick “Downed” from In Color (Epic 1978) —Majestic way to open a show, I think.Buy it!
The Beatles “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (CAPITOL 1967) —I went back and forth as to whether I should start with this song or the Cheap Trick song, and then I realized they go together either way.Buy it!
The Finn Brothers “Weather With You” from Other Enz: Split Enz and Beyond (Raven 1999) —I never get tired of a melody this entrancing.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Golden Rose” from Jungle (Blip Blap 2013) N L —Catch them tomorrow afternoon at 5 pm at Euclid Records, as part of a big music fest held at the store.Buy it!
The Proclaimers “There's” from Like Comedy (429 2013) N —Astonishingly beautiful. Memories never lost.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “What You Don't Want to Hear” from The Indescribable Wow (Virgin 1988) —A 25-year-old (gulp) classic.Buy it!
The Kinks “Mr. Churchill Says” from Arthur: Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (Reprise 1969) —It took me a long time to realize this song really is filled with quotes from Churchill and other British government types.Buy it!
Franz Ferdinand “Fresh Strawberries” from Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (Domino 2013) N —One wouldn't ordinarily think of the Kinks as an influence on these guys, but damned if this song couldn't have been easily put on Arthur or Lola Vs. Powerman.Buy it!
Me'Shell Ndegeocello “Dirty World” from Weather (Naive 2011) —Propelling through bass and drums, laying back on vocals and atmospheric keyboards, tense & effective.Buy it!
Valerie June “Wanna Be On Your Mind” from Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord 2013) N —Mysterious groove, soulful vocal, dig it.Buy it!
Jimmy Cliff “Hard Road to Travel” from Jimmy Cliff (Trojan trojanrecords.com 1969) —Thoroughly invigorating.Buy it!
Parliament “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)” from Mothership Connection MP3/FILE ALBUM (casablanca 1975) —The song that launched a million chants.Buy it!
Donald Harrison “Hu Ta Nay” from Treme Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 2 (Rounder 2012) —Donald Harrison will be at Jazz at the Bistro next Wednesday through Saturday.Buy it!
Willie Colon “Che Che Cole” from El Cantante - The Originals (fania www.vampisoul.com 2007) —If it's on Fania, I'm pretty much gonna love it.Buy it!
Alice Smith “Fool For You” from She (Rainwater 2013) N —It's hard to keep Alice Smith and Alice Russell straight in my heads this year, but they're both great r'n'b vocalists.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “Her Favorite Song” from Where Does This Door Go (Universal 2013) N —That's a deep funk groove there.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Well I Done Got Over It” from Rhythm & Blues (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 2013) N —I'll tell you what - this new Buddy Guy record is damn good. It shows so many facets of his genius, including this early 60's styled r'n'b cut.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “$1000 Bill” from The Complete Chess Studio Sessions (Chess 1992) —Such as this actual 1960s Buddy Guy cut, co-write credit to Berry Gordy, which means the similarity to "Money" is entirely on purpose.Buy it!
Ted Taylor “Stay Away From My Baby” from Greatest Hits (Collectables 1996) —No man could hit the high notes like Ted Taylor.Buy it!
Albert King “Blues At Sunrise” from Let's Have A Natural Ball (Modern Blues Recordings 1990) —When Albert King was dominating the clubs in St. Louis and East St. Louis.Buy it!
Beth Hart “With You Everyday” from Bang Bang Boom Boom (Provogue www.mascotlabelgroup.com 2013) N —This woman can sing!Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Bon Vivants” from Still Green (Signature Sounds 2013) N —She just gets better and better.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Dark Road” from Build Me Up From Bones (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2013) N —Darkness covers you sometimes and the road is long and winding sometimes.Buy it!
The Del-Lords “Letter (Unmailed)” from Elvis Club (GB Music www.gbmusic.com 2013) N —Tonight at Off Broadway. Tomorrow at 4 pm at Euclid Records. Tomorrow night a Wood House Concert (may be open spots for that, may not; they'll know tomorrow)Buy it!
Melody Den “Amarillo” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —Still one of my fave records for 2013.Buy it!
The Byrds “So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star” from Younger Than Yesterday (Columbia 1967) —I always like a song filled with good advice.Buy it!
The Clash “Revolution Rock” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic 1979) —You know, Topper Headon was one hell of a drummer. Listen to him on this one.Buy it!
The Meters “9 'Til 5” from The Original Funkmasters (Instant 1992) —Speaking of great drummers - Zigaboo Modeliste!Buy it!
The Bleechers “Come Into My Parlour” from Vol. 1 - Reggae Chartbusters (Metro 2000) —When Lee Perry was on fire!Buy it!
Robert Fripp “NY3” from Exposure (EG 1979) —Frippertonics, yo!Buy it!
Sun Sawed In 1/2 “Ocean” from Elephants Into Swans (self 2013) N L —One of my very favorite songs this year on a very, very good record.Buy it!
Villagers “The Waves” from Awayland (Domino 2013) N —That nervous percussion thing in the background drives me wild. There is a lot going on in this record.Buy it!
Linda Thompson “Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk” from Won't Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds www.lindathompsonmusic.com 2014) N —One of the world's great singers has a new record coming out. Rejoice!Buy it!
Sweet Honey In The Rock “They Are All Falling Around Me” from Selections 1976-1988 (Flying Fish 1997) —There have been few experiences in my life more breath-taking than the many times I got to see these women live.Buy it!
Gregory Porter “No Love Dying” from Liquid Spirit (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —This guy is pushing jazz vocals hard into something new and cool.Buy it!
Shuggie Otis “Special” from Wings of Love (EPIC/LEGACY 2013) N —This album isn't as revelatory as Inspiration Information, but it's a lot of fun, anyway.Buy it!
Neil Young “Lost In Space” from Hawks & Doves (Reprise 1980) —I still think of Dr. Smith and Will Robinson and the rest when I see the words "Lost in Space." Nothing was more important to me when I was 8.Buy it!
Jimmie Dale Gilmore “Standin' On the Corner (Blue Yodel No. 9)” from Come On Back (Rounder 2005) —Jimmie sings Jimmie.Buy it!
Tampa Red “Worried Devil Blues” from The Bluebird Recordings 1934-1936 (Bluebird 1997) —This guy could be so cool - this is practically 50's style r'n'b 20 years early. With yodeling, of course.Buy it!
Big Joe Williams “Crawlin' King Snake” from The Essential Blue Archive: Baby Please Don't Go (Wolf 1998) —I love the way he keeps the lead guitar line going while he sings.Buy it!
Jimmie Revard & the Oklahoma Players “Big Daddy Swing” from Doughboys, Playboys And Cowboys - The Golden Years Of Western Swing (Proper 1999) —If anybody here wants a real fine daddy, here's your opportunity.Buy it!
Gibson Brothers “Dying For Someone to Live For” from They Called It Music (Compass Records www.compassrecords.com 2013) N —Crazy man on the phone who won't stop talking. Sorry, no comment here.Buy it!
NRBQ “Wacky Tobacky” from Peek-A-Boo: The Best of NRBQ (Rhino 1990) —A healthy song for healthy minds.Buy it!
Tommy Edwards “It's All in the Game” from It's All in the Game: The MGM Recordings 1958-1960 (Shout! 2012) —Slow dance for the end of the show.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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