Cheap Trick “On the Radio” from Heaven Tonight (Epic 1978) —I remember the day I was shopping in Grandpa Pigeon's, and I bought this album and This Year's Model by Elvis Costello, both for like $5 each. That was a great day.Buy it!
Los Lobos “The Fat Man” from Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard 2007) —Some beautiful David Hidalgo guitar on this cut.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Rhapsody” from Man Under the Influence (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2001) —One of the many perfect songs from this brilliant man.Buy it!
Scott Kempner “Stolen Kisses” from Saving Grace (00:02:59 2008) —Scott Kempner rocks! Seriously, this is a record worth tracking down.Buy it!
Todd Snider “New York Banker” from Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables (Thirty Tigers/Aimless Records 2012) N —Todd Snider represents the 99%. Great song!Buy it!
John Hiatt “Movin' On” from The Open Road (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2010) —This record didn't hit me as hard when it came out, but this song about the ways the past informs our lives - well, it's pretty sweet.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Flywheel” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition 2012) N L —I think Fairport Convention in 1969 would have enjoyed this one. St. Louis band really shines on this album.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Movement and Location” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) N —There is nobody else doing what these guys do. Truly beyond category.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “Reason With Me” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —A harrowing song from the point of view of a thief and a junkie.Buy it!
Simone “Itamanrandiba” from The EMI Years (EMI 1997) —A lovely song from one of Brazil's most creative musicians.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Eyeoneye” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —The only song I've heard so far, but it's spectacularly inviting.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” (Columbia 2012) N —I apologize for the commercial - that was not supposed to be there. The song is great, though.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “Old McDonald Had a Farm, Pt. 1” from Do the Funky Chicken (Reissue) (stax 1970) —Rufus could make even this song sound funky.Buy it!
The Main Ingredient “Everybody Plays the Fool” from Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind Vol. 9 (Rhino 1991) —Magical.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Get Out of My Life Woman” from Wheelin' and Dealin' - The Definitive Collection (Arista 1997) —Ah, that satisfying Allen Toussaint groove.Buy it!
James Carr “To Love Somebody” from The Essential James Carr (Razor & Tie 1995) —Take one of the great ballads and one of the great singers and put them together - you best believe it's great.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “I'm Alive” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —Killer version of the Shelby Lynne song.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “The Thief” from Revelation Road (Everso Records 2011) N —This is a killer version of a Shelby Lynne song, too.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “I'm Qualified” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —Tough rockin' cover of a Clarence Carter album cut.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Evil” from Evil/Jezebel (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2012) N —Tom Jones belts the heck out of the Howlin' Wolf classic, in a fascinating arrangement.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Fighting My Way Back” from Dedication: The Very Best Of Thin Lizzy (Mercury 1991) —They had so many great songs, didn't they?Buy it!
Bobby Previte “The Ministry of Love” from Coalition of the Willing (Ropeadope www.ropeadope.com 2006) —Allmusic calls this song space age surf music, and I can hear that.Buy it!
Jay Gaunt “Midnight Rider” from Harmonicopia (JPG 2010) —I forget how young this kid was when he recorded this, but it's way too young to play harp this well.Buy it!
Junior “Let Me Know” from The Best of Junior (Mercury 1995) —The British Stevie Wonder.Buy it!
Iggy Pop “Nightclubbing” from The Idiot (RCA Records Label 1977) —Sometimes I'm really proud of a segue between songs. This one worked even better than I thought it would.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Look the Other Way” from Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Nice to get a new record from the young Mr. Earle.Buy it!
Dion “Tank Full of Blues” (Blue Horizon 2012) N —Dion keeps making great records.Buy it!
The Hives “Find Another Girl” from Veni Vidi Vicious (Epitaph 2000) —An atypical but still enjoyable Hives ballad.Buy it!
Grant Lee Phillips “Mona Lisa” from Virginia Creeper (Zoe 2004) —I've never really listened to this guy much, but wow! This song is just lovely.Buy it!
Future Clouds & Radar “Follow the Crane” from Peoria CD ALBUM (The Star Apple Kingdom 2008) —An epic of imagination and beauty, not to mention oddness.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “White Night, Big City” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —Since I heard both Roy Kasten & John Wendland play it this week, I figured we'd go for heavy rotation with this song.Buy it!
Chris Smither “I Feel the Same” from Another Way to Find You (Hightone 1991) —Boy, this takes me back to the many times I sat in awe watching this guy play at Off Broadway all those years ago.Buy it!
Helen Merrill “Born To Be Blue” from Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown & Gil Evans (Verve 1955) —Clover being green is something I've never seen 'cause I was born to be blue.Buy it!
Robert Glasper Experiment “Afro Blue ft Erykah Badu” from Black Radio (Blue Note 2012) N —The album I most want to sit down and experience this year - very intriguing list of guest artists and material.Buy it!
Lila Downs “Tirinenu Tsitsiki” from Una Sangra (One Blood) (Narada 2004) —Beautiful Mexican melody. Don't understand the words, but they sound nice.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Come Healing” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2012) N —I'm in favor of healing.Buy it!
Bhi Bhiman “The Cookbook” from Bhiman (Boocoo Music 2012) N —Former St. Louisian with an album of fine songs.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “West End Blues” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch Records 2012) N —I love these guys every time I hear them.Buy it!
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