Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Jan 13th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Billy Bragg “Lay Down Your Weary Tune” from Chimes of Freedo: the Songs of Bob Dylan (Universal 2012) N —This is from a very cool new box set tribute to Dylan - first I've seen it on the shelves, don't know when it's released, but I think I want it. The person at KDHX who burned the copy for our library misidentified this cut as being by Elvis Costello.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Faded Flower of Broadway” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate Music 2006) —I've played a lot from the most recent Willie Nile album, but it's nice to look back once in a while, isn't it?Buy it!
Lulu “Watch That Man” from From Crayons to Perfume: The Best of Lulu (Rhino 1994) —In reference to a discussion on Facebook yesterday as to whether Lulu or Bowie rocks harder, here's Lulu rocking Bowie.Buy it!
The Clash “Jail Guitar Doors” from Super Black Market Clash (Epic 1993) —I remember getting this record in the mail back in the day, as it was only available as an import 7" single and I couldn't find it anywhere.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “Turn Your Damper Down” from Funky Chicken (Universal Music Group International 1997) —Mama, you'd better come get Sis / She's out in the backyard learning to do the Twist. Oh, my.Buy it!
Mike and the Sensations “There's Nothing I Can Do About It” from Don't Sell Your Soul (Ubiquity www.ubiquityrecords.com 2011) N —A sweet little soul ballad from a group I never heard before. So much rare soul is getting unearthed these days, my mind spins trying to hear even a tiny percentage of it.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “A Thousand Lifetimes” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records 2011) N —An amazing song to be sung by someone in Campbell's condition, facing Alzheimer's - "Each breath I take is one that I will never take for granted."Buy it!
Guided By Voices “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” from Let's Go Eat the Factory (GBV 2012) N —A typically good Robert Pollard song, transmuting his Who fixation into something catchy as all get out. And short.Buy it!
Rocket From the Tombs “Ain't It Fun” from The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs (FIRE 2011) N —Peter Laughner was developing his own original rock voice back in the 70s - his bandmates went on to form Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys, but this group could have been its own revolution.Buy it!
Henry Threadgill & Make a Move “Don't Turn Around” (PI 2001) —Mr. Threadgill deserves to be one of our most revered musicians, and yet you can't hardly even find his music. This is where jazz can go when it doesn't worry about trends.Buy it!
Choc Stars “Kembela” from ...Unknown Album (Unknown) —A spin-off soukous group from Zaiko Langa Langa, who I played last week. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the very rare CD I borrowed to get this song.Buy it!
Tim Buckley “Song For Janie” from Tim Buckley (Asylum 1966) —Tim Buckley went through tremendous musical changes in his short career, and I like most of them, but push come to shove, I gotta go with the early pop stuff.Buy it!
Connie Smith “I'm Not Blue” from Long Line of Heartaches (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —I hadn't noticed before today this Marty Stuart production of a beloved country veteran singer.Buy it!
Walter Miller with the Barons “Standing On the Highway” from Complete Meteor Blues, R&B & Gospel Recordings (Ace 2006) —I've never heard anything else by Walter Miller or the Barons, but this is a blues groove that you could Madison to.Buy it!
Imelda May “Bury My Troubles” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —You can see her digging Pokey LaFarge in at least one shot on the Jools Holland New Year's Eve special clips that have made the rounds. Nice.Buy it!
Howard Tate “Sweet Love Child” from Get It While You Can: The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions (Hip-O Select 2004) —Ending with a gem from one of the coolest soul singers of his era.Buy it!