Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes “Trapped Again” from Havin' a Party with Southside Johnny (Epic 1979) —Springsteen was so deep in the zone back in the late 70s that he could toss bones as great as this song to his old friends.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “When You're Gone” from Some Girls (Disc 2) (Universal 2011) —There are some great songs on the bonus disc of this record - this is old school Stones blues.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Appreciate” from New (Hear Music 2013) N —The hype on this one almost made me resist the lure here - I mean, Macca has made some good records in recent years, so why does this one get all the acclaim? But, a few listens, and I'm sucked in nicely to a strong collection of pop songs.Buy it!
The Clash “Rudie Can't Fail” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic 1979) —Let us sing the praises of Topper Headon on drums - this is some cool rhythm work!Buy it!
X “In This House That I Call Home” from Wild Gift CD ALBUM (Rhino/Slash 1981) —There was a time when I thought these guys were the coolest folks in the world. Still love 'em.Buy it!
Vampire Weekend “Step” from Modern Vampires of the City (XL Recordings 2013) N —Every time I see you in the world you always step to my girl. That's a recipe for trouble right there.Buy it!
Cass McCombs “There Can Be Only One” from Big Wheel and Others (Domino 2013) N —Sometimes this guy reminds me a little of Lloyd Cole. Sometimes of Lou Reed.Buy it!
Arctic Monkeys “I Wanna Be Yours” from AM (Domino 2013) N —They do a pretty mean brooding ballad.Buy it!
David Bowie “Where Are We Now?” from The Next Day (ISO / Columbia 2013) N —They've just issued this in an even more deluxe version than the original deluxe version. Now there's a whole 'nother disc - me, I still stick to the original album, which is really nice.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “It Makes No Difference” from Meet Me At The Edge Of The World (GSD 2013) N —Quite beautiful and original take on the Band classic.Buy it!
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell “When You Get to Asheville” from Love Has Come For You (Rounder 2013) —This song haunts me - the modern world take on keeping in touch and holding on to lost possibilities.Buy it!
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison “9,999,999 Tears” from Cheater's Game (Thirty Tigers 2013) —Another tale of woe and loss, achingly beautiful.Buy it!
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale “Vampire Girl” from Buddy Jim (New West 2012) —This seems to be about setting yourself up for a fall over and over again.Buy it!
Maria Muldaur “I Never Did Sing You a Love Song” from Maria Muldaur (Warner Brothers 1974) —She did get the best players for her debut solo record - Dr. John, Ry Cooder, Clarence White, many more.Buy it!
Wynonie Harris “Keep On Churnin'” from Bloodshot Eyes (Rhino 1993) —It's amazing that he could sing this kind of stuff with a straight face. But I'm always glad he did.Buy it!
Tab Smith “Don't Take Your Love For Me” from Top 'n' Bottom (Delmark 1997) —Just stunningly sweet alto sax.Buy it!
Ella Mae Morse “Buzz Me” from Capitol Collectors Series (CAPITOL 1992) —One of the very finest big band singers of the 40s.Buy it!
Dinah Washington “September in the Rain” from What a Difference a Day Makes (Mercury 1959) —One of the very finest singers ever.Buy it!
Big Bill Broonzy “Mississippi River Blues” from I Can't Be Satisfied (TKO) —Mississippi River is so deep and wide, I can see my good gal standin' on the other side.Buy it!
Dave Van Ronk “John Henry” from Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways www.folkways.si.edu 2013) N —Somehow I've never really listened to Dave Van Ronk, but this collection is starting to rectify that oversight.Buy it!
Clifton Chenier “I'm On the Wonder” from The Best of Clifton Chenier (Arhoolie 2003) —Man, this guy was so great!Buy it!
Aaron Neville “My True Story” (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —Not as perfect as his gospel record a couple years ago, it's still really nice to hear Aaron singing stuff he loves.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Stepping Closer to Your Heart” from How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (Tamla 1965) —Tribute to Marvin Gaye at Off Broadway next Friday, Nov. 15.Buy it!
Bobby "Blue" Bland “That's the Way Love Is” from Greatest Hits Vol. 1: The Duke Recordings (MCA 1998) —I swear, these masterpieces Bland made in the 50s deserve even more praise than they've already gotten - as perfect as records get.Buy it!
The Gladiators “Cheater” from Symbol of Reality (nighthawk 1982) —Some of the finest reggae ever - love the weird sound on this one, and I love Albert Griffith's urgent vocal.Buy it!
The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (Motown 1964) —Whenever I play a song like this on the radio, I think there may be somebody out there hearing it for the first time, and that is a great gift.Buy it!
The Animals “She'll Return It” from The Singles Plus (BR Music 1994) —I pretty much love everything from these guys.Buy it!
The Turtles “Almost There” from Solid Zince: The Turtles Anthology (Rhino 2002) —As rocking as these guys got!Buy it!
The Youngbloods “One Note Man” from The Youngbloods (Edsel 1967) —If there was ever a 60s band ripe for rediscovery. Nobody gives these guys enough credit.Buy it!
The Association “It'll Take a Little Time” from Just the Right Sound: The Association Anthology (Rhino 2002) —And it's probably not news to you how much I love this band.Buy it!
Big Star “The Ballad of El Goodo” from Keep an Eye On the Sky CD ALBUM (Rhino 2009) —There ain't no one goin' to turn me 'round.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Good Things Happen to Bad People” from Electric (New West 2013) N —One of the best songs to come out this year.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “The Things I Do” from A Piece Of What You Need (Verve Forecast 2008) —Poor Teddy can't buy an audience, but he's so darn good.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Dimming of the Day” from Spirit In the Room (Rounder 2013) N —One of the greatest versions of one of the greatest songs I know.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, et al “Kiss and Say Goodbye” from Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Life of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch 2013) N —So many great songs, so many talented friends. Kate made an impact.Buy it!
Chris Stamey “Skin” from Lovesick Blues (Yep Roc 2013) —Sweet little song imagining himself in his lover's body.Buy it!
The Waterboys “Let the Earth Bear Witness” from An Appointment With Mr. Yeats (Proper American 2011) —They shall be remembered forever.Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Gather Good Things” from Big Sur (okeh 2013) N —Exquisite.Buy it!
King Tubby “Big Youth Fights Against Capitalism” from Yabby You - Jesus Dread (Blood and Fire 1997) —Some intoxicating dub.Buy it!
Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate “56” from Ali & Toumani (Nonesuch 2010) —Exceptionally gorgeous music from Mali.Buy it!
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott “Angel's Blue Eyes” from Memories and Moments (Full Skies 2013) N —What a beautiful song.Buy it!
Radney Foster “Louisiana Blue” from Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged & Lonesome (Devil's River 2012) —He's made a lot of great records over the years.Buy it!
Johnny Paycheck “Old Violin” from The Soul & the Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck (Epic 2002) —A great singer that most people only know as a novelty artist.Buy it!
John Doe “Tenting On the Old Campground” from Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War (ATO 2013) N —This is from an intriguing compilation album exploring songs from the Civil War era in all sorts of musical styles.Buy it!
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