Miles Davis “John McLaughlin” from Bitches Brew (Columbia 1970) —Celebrating what would have been Miles Davis' 85th birthday this week with the only short piece on Bitches Brew - it's short, of course, because Miles is only there in spirit.Buy it!
Miles Davis “Oleo” from Prestige Profiles (Prestige 2004) —With that Coltrane fellow on tenor sax.Buy it!
Miles Davis “Blue In Green” from Kind of Blue (Columbia 1997) —Miles with a mute - one of the most beautiful recordings in the world.Buy it!
Prince “Controversy” (Warner Brothers Records 1981) —I remember hearing this on the radio when it was new, and thinking the world had changed completely.Buy it!
Etta James “Sookie Sookie” from Come a Little Closer (Chess 1974) —One tough groove right here.Buy it!
Jackie Wilson “The Fairest of Them All” from Whispers (Brunswick 1966) —I onfy just discovered this one the other day thanks to one of my Facebook friends. Killer fairy tale song.Buy it!
Raphael Saadiq “Radio” from Stone Rollin' (Columbia 2011) N —I am definitely digging this new one from Saadiq - it rocks harder than the last one.Buy it!
Bob Seger “East Side Story” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (Original Hit Recordings) (ABKCO 2005) —Bob Reuter hepped me to this gem the other day. Seger was so damn great when he was young.Buy it!
Rory Gallagher “Mississippi Sheiks” from Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Rock 2011) N —Original recording of a song Gallagher later re-did - this new release includes the final recordings with his classic band, unreleased before now.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Thick As Thieves” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve 2010) —Did I hallucinate, or did somebody tell me Wolf is touring with the J. Geils Band this year?Buy it!
Peter Case “Good Times, Bad Times” from The Case Files (Alive 2011) N —What a powerful, shambolic blues cut this is.Buy it!
Tab Benoit “Long Lonely Bayou” from Medicine (Telarc 2011) N —My review of this fine new record is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Tab-Benoit-Medicine-2011.htmBuy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Saratoga Summer Song” from Tell My Sister (Nonesuch 2011) N —This 3-CD set includes remastered versions of their first two classic albums, and this 3rd disc of demos & unreleased songs from before the first album. This song is amazing!Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Days Like This” from The Long Surrender (GSD 2011) N —These songs sneak under your skin with supple subtletyBuy it!
Fairport Convention “Dirty Linen” from Ebbets Field 1974 (It's About Music 2011) N —A newly released live Fairport recording with the amazing 1974 line-up of Denny, Mattacks, Donahue, Pegg, Lucas, and Swarbrick.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Too Many People” from Ram (Apple 1971) —I just realized this was a cowbell classic the other day.Buy it!
Elton John “Ballad of a Well-Known Gun” from Tumbleweed Connection (MCA 1971) —Elton John knew how to make a cowbell work!Buy it!
Devotchka “Sunshine” from 100 Lovers (Epitaph 2011) N —I always enjoy Devotchka, but this instrumental track from their latest really blows me away.Buy it!
Pieta Brown “Dirt Road Blues” from A Nod to Bob 2 (Red House www.redhouse.com 2011) N —Very cool cover of the Dylan song from Time Out of Mind.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “New Morning” (Columbia 1985) —Many years ago, this was the first Dylan album I owned, thanks to Rene who gave it to me as a gift.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Ring Them Bells” from Follow Me Down (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —With gorgeous harmony from Vince Gill, another Dylan cover.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Changing of the Guards” from Street Legal (Columbia 1978) —From possibly the most under-rated Dylan album ever. Hey, did I mention Dylan turned 70 this week? Or that there's a tribute to him at Off Broadway tonight?Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “I'll Keep It With Mine” from I Shot Andy Warhol (Atlantic 1996) —I recommend you check out the 70 Dylan covers available for download at boogiewoogieflu.com, one of the best music blogs ever.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “One of Us Must Know” from Blonde on Blonde (Columbia 1966) —I didn't mean to treat you so bad, you shouldn't take it so personal. I didn't mean to make you so sad, you just happened to be there, that's all. Damn!Buy it!
The Modern Lovers “Roadrunner” from The Modern Lovers (4 Men with Beards 1976) —I know it's absolutely wrong, and a small part of the reason the world is so messed up, but sometimes I just wanna drive fast down the highway with the radio on loud!Buy it!
ABBA “Does Your Mother Know” from The Definitive Collection (utv 2001) —This song just makes me so happy!Buy it!
Buzzcocks “Promises” from Singles Going Steady CD ALBUM (IRS 1979) —How could you ever let me down?Buy it!
Thomas Dolby “Europa & the Pirate Twins” from The Golden Age of Wireless (EMI 1982) —I wonder if he could have churned out more songs this good if he wouldn't have had that admittedly fun novelty hit.Buy it!
The Jans Project “Hall of Accidents” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) N L —Nick Rudd writes and sings some cool stuff.Buy it!
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings “Got You Covered” from Kings and Queens (FU:M 2011) N R —When Ed Becker suggests I listen to something, then I go ahead & listen. This cut features Rosanne Cash.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Maybe Baby” from Rave On Buddy Holly (Fantasy 2011) N —A nice, if somewhat inconsequential, cover.Buy it!
Painkillers “Stop the Music” from Painkillers (Euclid 2011) N L —I spent a lot of time in the 80s singing along with this gem from St. Louis.Buy it!
David Lowery “The Palace Guards” (429 2011) N —I really like this solo album from the Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman.Buy it!
French Frith Kaiser Thompson “Loch Lomond” from Invisible Means (Windham Hill 1990) —You take the high road and I'll take the low road.Buy it!
Marah “Sooner Or Later” from If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry (Yep Roc 2005) —They're playing the last night of Twangfest, June 11, at the Duck Room, opening for Steve Wynn and the Baseball Project.Buy it!
Foster & Lloyd “That's What She Said” from It's Already Tomorrow (Effin Ell 2011) N —I'm very excited that one of the best duos in county music is working together once again.Buy it!
Levon Helm “Deep Elem Blues” from Ramble at the Ryman (Vanguard 2011) N —I'm guessing Larry Campbell takes the lead vocals on this one, as he's credited with the arrangement - one heck of a band here.Buy it!
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