Rolling Stones “Citadel” from Their Satanic Majesties Request (Decca Records 1967) —An overlooked little number hidden on that album nobody ever really listens to.Buy it!
The Band “Ain't No More Cane” from The Basement Tapes (Columbia 1975) —A showcase for the wonderful vocals of the Band principal singers, not to mention just a beautiful feel in general.Buy it!
Bob Mould “Black Sheets of Rain” (Virgin 1990) —I love the drums on this track - Anton Fier, right?Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “It's No Secret” from Return to the Matrix 02/01/68 (Collector's Choice 2010) N —I love the way Marty Balin gets all worked up on this number.Buy it!
The Kinks “You Really Got Me” from Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Rhino 1989) —The riff!Buy it!
The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” from Frat Rock (Rhino 1991) —I realized the other day that I just haven't heard this one in years.Buy it!
Ohio Players “Beg, Borrow and Steal” from Cameo-Parkway 1957-1967 (ABKCO 2005) —I really had no idea the Ohio Express name went back before the bubblegum era and into a tough three-chord psuedo-Louie Louie like this one.Buy it!
Jeff Beck “The Train Kept A Rollin” from Rock'n'Roll Party Honoring Les Paul (ATCO 2011) N —There just isn't anybody who can nail these old rock songs, not to mention the pop stuff Les Paul played, better than Beck.Buy it!
Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle and Roll” from Big Joe Turner's Greatest Hits (Atlantic 1989) —Nobody could shout the blues like Turner.Buy it!
The Miller Sisters “Someday You Will Pay” from Defrost Your Heart: Sun Country Vol. 1 (AVI 1995) —Featuring Charlie Feathers on spoons - this is just a delightful rip-roaring country number that sounds like a hit to me.Buy it!
Hank Williams “Hey Good Lookin'” from 40 Greatest Hits (Mercury 1978) —I realized the other day that I haven't played Hank Williams in ages - so many classic songs to have skipped over.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Bye Bye Baby” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway 2011) N —I've been thinking about writing a review of this one for too long - let's see if I can't get it done today.Buy it!
The Waco Brothers “Plenty Tough Union Made” from To the Last Dead Cowboy (Bloodshot 1997) —Dedicated to union workers not just in Wisconsin, but everywhere in the country that they're under attack.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Wide Open Road” from From Memphis to Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2 (Columbia 2011) N —A short but exciting Sun Records rarity.Buy it!
Hackberry Ramblers “Jolie Fille” from Early Recordings 1935-1950 (Arhoolie 2003) —Some old school Cajun music - exquisite.Buy it!
Beausoleil, Avec Michael Doucet “La Danse de la Vie” (Forward www.rhino.com 1993) —Some newer school Cajun music - exhilarating.Buy it!
Duke Ellington “Diminuendo in Blue” from Ellington at Newport (Columbia 1956) —Paul Gonsalves steals the show with chorus after blistering chorus on this magnificent performance.Buy it!
Dirty Dozen Brass Band “Lil' Lisa Jane” from My Feet Can't Fail Me Now (Concord 1985) —They know what to do with cowbells down in New Orleans.Buy it!
Todd Rundgren “Bleeding” from Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (Bearsville / Rhino 1971) —A classic made stronger by judicious use of cowbell.Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Buttercup” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway 2011) N —Her best album since Car Wheels, easy. Comes out either this coming week or next.Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “Something's Gotta Blow” from LIVE At the Royal Albert Hall (Savoy Jazz 2011) N —The renaissance Joan Armatrading has achieved these past five years has been so heartening - she's back to being one of my fave artists again after nearly 2 decades in limbo.Buy it!
Velvet Underground “Pale Blue Eyes” from Velvet Underground (Polydor 1969) —Now I can't even remember what TV show it was, but the other night this song was playing in the background of some lover reconciliation scene, and I thought it was an enormously strange choice - and then they cut out the lines about being married.Buy it!
The Holmes Brothers “Homeless Child” from Speaking in Tongues (Alligator Records 2001) —They'll be at BB's Jazz Blues & Soups next Saturday, Mar. 5.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Don't Knock” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —Just a delightful way to open up an album - congrats to Mavis, by the way, on finally winning a Grammy after some 55 years of making great records.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Country Boy Rock & Roll” from Ghost Train (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) N —That's some hot pickin' between Marty and Kenny Vaughan.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Harps and Angels” (Nonesuch 2008) —He'll be at the Sheldon tonight - I'm not making it this time, but I saw him a couple years ago, and he's such a delightful performer.Buy it!
Devotchka “Exhaustible” from 100 Lovers (Epitaph 2011) N —These guys just get better and better at doing what nobody else is doing.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Fool's Gold” from Johnny the Fox (Polygram 1976) —Oh, those twin guitars!Buy it!
The Baseball Project “Don't Call Them Twinkies” from Vol. 2 - High and Inside (Bonus Version) (Yep Roc Records www.yeprocrecords.com 2011) N —I know - everyobody's playing this cut. But, dangit, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady does for baseball what he did for punk rock - he makes it a part of growing up. Even if it celebrates the Cards losing, this is a great song.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Kerosene / Matches” from Raucous Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) N —Just a catchy little rocker.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Highlife” from Kudzu Ranch (Kudzu www.scots.com 2010) N —It's got a good beat and you can dance to it, and you want to sing along with the chorus, and that guitar is so twang-tastic.Buy it!
Lene Lovich “Lucky Number” from Stateless (Rhino 1979) —One of my all time faves! It still makes my inner self jump up and down like mad after 32 years.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Watertown” from Blow Music Only With Delicate Mad Worship (Red Pill 2011) N —Former St. Louisian Stephan Bayley writes better songs than 99% of the people out there getting all the attention these past few years - this is a brilliant record.Buy it!
Robert Pollard “Mr. Fantastic Must Die” from Space City Kicks (Guided By Voices 2011) N —A bold statement, though I understand it was the Human Torch who was knocked off recently.Buy it!
David Lowery “Raise 'Em Up On Honey” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) N —I admit I kind of lost track of Lowery's work with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven the last few years, but I'm digging this first solo record a lot.Buy it!
Leon Russell “Beware of Darkness” from Leon Russell & the Shelter People (Toshiba EMI 1971) —I love the arrangement on this George Harrison cover - it's odd, but it works.Buy it!
Tim Hardin “If I Were a Carpenter” from Hang On to a Dream: The Verve Recordings (Polydor 1994) —You know, as many times as I've heard this song sung, it's odd that I only first heard the original a couple days ago.Buy it!
The Coal Porters “No More Chains” from Durango (Prima 2010) N —I kinda wish I'd gone to see them at Off Broadway last week - this is a very good record.Buy it!
April Smith “Drop Dead Gorgeous” from Songs For a Sinking Ship (April Smith 2010) N —What a great song! If you're just drop dead gorgeous, you should just drop dead.Buy it!
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