Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Aug 12th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
BOBBY BLUE BLAND “Rockin' in the Same Old Boat” from The Anthology (MCA 2001) —I forget which of my Facebook friends hipped me to this one this week - somehow, I'd never noticed this slow, menacing gem before.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Our Little Angel” from Retrospective (Columbia 1995) —Back when this compilation came out, I paid it no attention, since I had all the original Rosanne Cash records - then the other day I realized that I'm 16 years late hearing Rosanne sing this Elvis Costello classic.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Posioned Rose” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —And then I got to hear the forthcoming Nick Lowe album, and darned if he doesn't cover another one from King of America. That's how radio sets are born.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Sleep of the Just” from King Of America (Columbia/Legacy. 1986) —This is one complicated song to unpack, though I know there's some bits in there about masturbating to pictures, and another odd reference to Madonna.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “Poison In Your Heart” from Kitty Wells Dresses - Songs of the Queen of Country Music (Diesel Only 2011) N —Laura Cantrell does a great job singing these old Kitty Wells numbers.Buy it!
Ben Hall “Oklahoma Hills” from Ben Hall! (Tompkins Square 2011) N —I highly recommend you check out this talented young guitarist who plays mostly Merle Travis or Chet Atkins inspired instrumentals like this Woody Guthrie song. Produced by Eric Ambel.Buy it!
Jimmie Vaughan “I Hang My Head and Cry” from Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites (Shout! Factory 2011) N —Gene Autry goes r'n'b. Here's my full review: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Jimmie-Vaughan-Plays-More-Blues-Ballads-And-Favorites-2011.htmBuy it!
Delois Barrett Campbell w/ Oslo Gospel Choir “I've Got a New Home” from Live in Chicago (Norske Gram 2002) —One of the great vocalists (and a star of the brilliant Say Amen, Somebody movie), Delois Barrett Campbell passed away the other day.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “Sanctimonious Bee” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —This St. Louis instrumental band has been around for something like 17 years, and they continue to make incredrible music.Buy it!
The Beatles “Lovely Rita” from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol Records 1967) —It's a silly lyric, but you can't argue with the tune or the production. And I haven't heard it in a long time.Buy it!
Electric Light Orchestra “The Diary of Horace Wimp” from Light Years: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra (Sony 1997) —A late period catchy ditty from ELO.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “Jonathan's Book” from A Piece Of What You Need (Verve Forecast 2008) —Despite 5 albums, 4 of which are excellent, Teddy Thompson just can't sell records. How can you resist songs like this?Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Old Times” from Sign of Life (Savoy Jazz 2011) N —Frisell's latest features what he calls the 858 Quartet - Frisell on guitar, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Eyvind Kang on viola, and Hank Roberts on cello. It's fabulous.Buy it!
Pat Metheny “Rainy Days and Mondays” from What's It All About (Nonesuch 2011) N —Like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects a 7 minute solo baritone guitar exploration of an old Carpenters song.Buy it!
Devo “Uncontrollable Urge” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Warner Bros. www.warnerbrosrecords.com 1978) —Amazing how weird these guys sounded when they first appeared, and how classic this sounds now.Buy it!