Ensemble “The Wells Fargo Wagon” from The Music Man (CAPITOL 1962) —It could be, oh yes, it could be, thomething thpethial just for me.Buy it!
The Rutles “With a Girl Like You” from The Rutles (Rhino 1978) —Sometimes I forget this wasn't actually a Beatles song, it's such a perfect pastiche.Buy it!
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons “Watch the Flowers Grow” from Anthology (Rhino 1988) —The attempt to match the Four Seasons to hippie culture is both laughable and downright wonderful.Buy it!
James Hunter “Out of Sight” from Believe What I Say (Ace 1996) —James Hunter channels James Brown.Buy it!
ZZ Top “Party on the Patio” from El Loco (Warner Brothers 1981) —From their classic New Wave period.Buy it!
The Move “Night of Fear” from Omnibus: The 60s Singles As and Bs (Edsel 1999) —Silent night has turned to a night of fear. And yet, I'm not scared! This song makes me too happy.Buy it!
The Pretenders “Message of Love” from Pretenders II (sire 1981) —It's good, good, good like Brigitte Bardot! Great line, killer groove on this one.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Disappeared” from Charmer SINGLE (Superego 2012) —Nobody sings better bad love songs.Buy it!
Spirit “Apple Orchard” from Clear (Epic 1969) —It took me a long time to discover Spirit, but gee willikers, these guys were great!Buy it!
Shannon McNally “Homemade Songs” from Small Town Talk: The Songs Of Bobby Charles (Sacred Sumac 2013) N —Great singer covering great songwriter!Buy it!
Linda Thompson “Give Me a Sad Song” from Versatile Heart (Decca 2007) —I know she has a great new record out, but this song cried out to be heard after that last one.Buy it!
Lorde “Glory and Gore” from Pure Heroine (Universal Music 2013) N —This teenager has made one heck of a strong debut record.Buy it!
Ivan & Alyosha “Easy To Love” from All the Times We Had (Dualtone 2013) N —Something about these guys just captivates me every time I hear them - can't quite put my finger on it, but I like it.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “With These Hands” (Ryko 1996) —One of the best songs of the 90's, along with most of his other work that decade.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Southern Boys” from Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Work of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch 2013) N —A beautiful rendition of one of Kate's most complex songs.Buy it!
Charlie Parker “Relaxin' at Camarillo” from Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection (Rhino 1997) —The older I get, the more I appreciate his genius.Buy it!
Madeleine Peyroux “Born To Lose” from The Blue Room (Decca 2013) —I love the way she sings this song, taking all that pain head on, and absorbing its full sadness.Buy it!
MARY WELLS “Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right” from Compact Command Performances (Motown 1985) —I love the bluesy organ and guitar on this cut - very different from the Motown norm.Buy it!
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “If You Can Want” from 18 Greatest Hits (Motown 1983) —One of Smokey's weirdest song titles and funkiest songs.Buy it!
Charles Rouse “Bitchin'” from Blax-Plosion (Charly 2001) —Monk's long-time associate went funky in the 70s. Nice cut.Buy it!
Tony Joe White “Storm Comin'” from Hoodoo (Yep Roc 2013) N —You have to admire those artists who can stick with their signature sound for 40+ years.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “Blues Never Die” from Blues In My Soul (Delmark 2013) N —Tearing up an old Otis Rush number.Buy it!
Albert Collins & His Rhythm Rockers “Collins Shuffle” from Texas Music Vol. 1 - Postwar Blues Combos (Rhino 1994) —The Master of the Telecaster in his early days.Buy it!
Lightnin' Hopkins “Had a Gal Called Sal” from Mojo Hand: The Anthology (Rhino 1993) —Hopkins is such a fascinating figure - he recorded for dozens of labels, in every blues style imaginable. He was always looking for the next paycheck, and always impeccable.Buy it!
James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” from 20 All-Time Greatest Hits (Polydor 1991) —One of those songs everybody should have imprinted in their DNA.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “Want More” (Bloodshot 2011) —I can't feel my legs and I probably never did, all I want to do is just dance some more.Buy it!
The Blasters “Little Honey” from Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (Rhino 2002) —Phil Alvin's voice is so smooth on this cut.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Radar Gun” from Bottle Rockets and the Brooklyn Side (Bloodshot 2013) N L —One of the many exciting bonus cuts in this reissue package of their fabulous first two albums - this is the Chicken Truck classic version.Buy it!
Flying House “Blues For Wolfman” (self 2013) N L —This St. Louis band carries on the legacy of Five of These and Bella Wolf quite nicely.Buy it!
Craig Finn “Not Much Left of Us” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant 2012) —A sweet and supple groove for one of Finn's clear-eyed looks at his past.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Best Friends Money Can Buy” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate Music 2006) —Another case of pulling an older song from an artist with a new album. I'm just a contrarian sometimes.Buy it!
The Zombies “I Do Believe” from Breathe Out, Breathe In (Red House www.redhouse.com 2011) —Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent are still out there, touring, and sneaking out the occasional record, like this one which we only got at the station a week or two back. It's really good.Buy it!
Lehto & Wright “Nancy Spain” from The Thrashing Machine and Other Stories (New Folk Records 2005) —Playing tonight at Focal Point. All the right people are buzzing about this folk duo.Buy it!
Fats Kaplin “Osman Pehlivan” from The Fatman Cometh (Pulp Country 2006) —Fats goes all middle eastern - this man can do almost anything.Buy it!
Danny Barnes “Face to Face” from Dirt On The Angel (Terminus Records 2003) —I often forget how much I like Danny Barnes records, and then randomly, I encounter him again and enjoy myself. So, I share it with you.Buy it!
Charflies “If I Had a Quarter” from Blowfish Rodeo (self 2013) N L —New St. Louis band playing tonight at the Schlafly Tap Room. Their EP is really cool.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge “What the Rain Will Bring” from Pokey LaFarge (Third Man 2013) N L —Pokey is over in Europe right now - I do really like this sweet little song.Buy it!
Bob Wills “Oozlin' Daddy Blues” from Stompin' Western Swing (President 1999) —This is definitely stompin'.Buy it!
Bea Booze “See See Rider Blues” from R&B Jukebox Hits 1942 (Acrobat www.acrobatmusic.net 2005) —I fell in love with this neat little version of a song sung by thousands of singers.Buy it!
Johnny Paycheck “The Feminine Touch” from The Soul & the Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck (Epic 2002) —It's funny and it's sad: Men have no need for magazines they don't read or perfumes and powder and such.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Is The Better Part Over” from Let's Face the Music and Dance (Legacy 2013) N —I like both of Willie's albums this year, but I think this one is close to perfect.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye” from Live In London CD ALBUM (Columbia 2009) —Still on my short list for one of the greatest live albums ever.Buy it!
Jonathan Wilson “Lovestrong” from Fanfare (Bella Union 2013) N —So far, I'm the only KDHX DJ to touch this record.Buy it!
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