Keith Richards “Take It So Hard” from Vintage Vinos (Virgin) N —As good as any Stones song of the last 30 years.Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Grown Up Wrong” from 12 X 5 (ABKCO 1964) —I believe it was Tony C who posted this song on Facebook and inspired me to play it.Buy it!
Pretty Things “Don't Bring Me Down” from Pretty Things (snapper 1965) —Competing head to head with the Stones, and coming out even.Buy it!
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “Xmas Every Day” from Eddie G's Xmas Party 2006 (Eddie G 2006) —A typically catchy Smokey track. About that Xmas feeling.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Ain't No Chimneys” from Christmas on KYULE 2010 (KYULE 2010) —The annual Xmas music comp put together by John Wendland is always my fave discovery of the season - I hadn't actually heard this cut before.Buy it!
Chic “I Want Your Love” from Very Best of Chic (Rhino 2000) —Somebody posted the video of this to Facebook - I'm getting lots of great musical ideas that way. Man, just check out that bass line.Buy it!
Prince “Pop Life” from Around the World in a Day (Warner Bros. www.warnerbrosrecords.com 1985) —Here's a record I need to go back and hear again - whenever I hear something from it, I am enthralled.Buy it!
Blue Nile “Tinseltown in the Rain” from A Walk Across the Rooftops (A&M 1984) —What majesty!Buy it!
Sade “Soldier of Love” from Soldier Of Love (Epic 2010) N —A martial rhythm track and some beautiful singing from Sade.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Forty Days and Forty Nights” from Silver Pony (Blue Note 2010) N —A funky jazz take on the Muddy Waters song.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Creep Along Moses” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —This Rick Holmstrom guy who plays guitar with Mavis these days is magnificent.Buy it!
Eden Brent “Ain't Got No Troubles” (Yellow Dog 2010) N —She ain't got no troubles because she has such an incredible New Orleans piano groove here.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Key Don't Fit” from Living Proof (Silvertone 2010) N —Locksmiths are so busy in the blues community.Buy it!
Nic Jones “Courting is a Pleasure” from Penguin Eggs (Shanachie 1980) —An amazing English folk guitarist who never recorded again after this 1980 album - 2 years later he was hurt in a car crash and couldn't play any more.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Among the Gorse, Among the Grey” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory 2010) N —The most somber and folk-rooted song on the new Richard Thompson album.Buy it!
Matthews Southern Comfort “My Front Pages” from Live in Maidstone 1970 (Zeit 2008) —A rare live recording of the Arlo Guthrie song.Buy it!
Tom Petty “Honeybee” from Wildflowers (Warner Bros. www.warnerbrosrecords.com 1994) —A hard rocking cowbell gem.Buy it!
Sloan “Live On” from Action Pact (Koch 2003) —Another riff rocking cowbell track suggested by Jim Varvaris, who, now that I think of it, also recommended the Tom Petty cut. We'd be a sorry cowbell segment without Jim's tireless efforts to help.Buy it!
Beck “Mixed Bizness” from Midnite Vultures (DGC 1999) —I'm not overly fond of Beck in general, but I do still enjoy this funky Prince-ish turn he did, especially this cowbell-laden track.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “This Is Tomorrow” from In Your Mind (Virgin 1977) —Bryan Ferry knew that the combination of Chris Spedding on guitar and a cowbell in the backline couldn't be beat.Buy it!
Shoes “Tomorrow Night” from Present Tense (Elektra 1979) —Haven't heard this one in years - still sounds cool.Buy it!
Posies “So Caroline” from Blood/Candy (Ryko 2010) N —Nice to hear these guys back at their power pop original game.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Little Wrapped Gift” from Just Because It Was Christmas (Santa's Last Stop Records / Perdition 2009) L —Rough Shop's 7th Annual Holiday Extravaganza expands to two nights at Focal Point, tonight & tomorrow. There is no happier seasonal event anywhere.Buy it!
George Jones & Tammy Wynette “Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus” from Country Christmas (Rhino 1996) —Spencer Marquart of Rough Shop re-hipped me to this gem when he raved about it on Facebook the other day.Buy it!
The Cameos “Merry Christmas” from Cameo-Parkway 1957-1967 (ABKCO 2005) —A jaunty little Xmas post-doo-wop number.Buy it!
Bobby the Poet “White Christmas ( 3 O'Clock Weather Report)” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (Original Hit Recordings) (ABKCO 2005) —I just discovered this accidentally yesterday. Holy cow.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Do You Hear What I Hear?” from Christmas in the Heart (Columbia 2009) —I really think Dylan's Christmas record was great - just compare how silly that parody was with the warmth and passion of this cut.Buy it!
Afrocubism “Jarabi” from Afrocubism (World Circuit/Nonesuch 2010) N —You just can't imagine how perfect is this union between Cuban and Malian musicians.Buy it!
Regina Carter “N'Teri” from Reverse Thread (E1 2010) N —If I'd had any brains, I'd have figured out a way to catch Regina Carter touring behind this album at Jazz at the Bistro last month. This is gorgeous.Buy it!
Tom Ze “Joao Nos Tribunais” from Estudando A Bossa: Nordeste Plaza (Luaka Bop 2010) N —Always nice to hear something new from this Brazilian fave - until I have to try to pronounce these titles on the air.Buy it!
El Guincho “Danza Invinto” from Pop Negro (Young Turks 2010) N —Spanish dance fun.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Bone Dry Dirt” from The Kudzu Ranch (Kudzu Records 2010) N —My mind really does work in mysterious ways when I put this show together sometimes.Buy it!
Radio Stars “Dirty Pictures” from Fool's Gold: Chiswick Chartbusters Vol. 1 (Chiswick 1977) —A classic shoulda-been big hit from a band I'd completely forgotten until reminded on Faceook the other day.Buy it!
Sweet “Blockbuster” from The Best of Sweet MP3/FILE COMP (CAPITOL 1974) —They sure don't write 'em like this no more.Buy it!
Fantasy Four “Wig Wam Bam” from Getting Fantastic with the Fantasy Four (Pancake Productions 2010) N —A fun-filled cover of another Sweet classic.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “Out My Way” (Rykodisc 1986) —I've just been reminiscing about the concerts I used to see back in the olden days - these guys could be sublime.Buy it!
Fishbone “Slick Nick, You Devil You” from Fishbone 101 - Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin' the Fonkay (Columbia 1996) —I can't believe I had never heard this until Andrea Hayes posted it on Facebook the other day. A crazy Xmas classic.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Silver Bells” from Merry Christmas (Everso 2010) N —Yes, they still make Christmas records that are essential. This one is terrific.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Freezing” from Christmas on KYULE 2010 (KYULE 2010) —An inspired choice by Mr. Wendland to include this non-holiday song in a holiday context.Buy it!
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