Johnny guitar watson “Love Me Baby” from The Best of the Modern Years (Metro Blue 2005) —A classic r'n'b stomp from one of the all-time greats.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “What's Up With Your Brother” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) —It's hard being so talented and having a brother who's just as talented in a different way.Buy it!
Muddy Waters “Where's My Woman Been” from Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection (Chess 2000) —Muddy Waters soon after arriving in Chicago and electrifying his Delta sound.Buy it!
The Kinks “Long Tall Sally” from The Kinks (Sanctuary 1964) —Such a charming little version of Little Richard's song.Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Into the Breach” from With a Bang! (Blind Eyes 2011) L —Rock!Buy it!
Earth Quake “Friday on My Mind” from Home of the Hits The Beserkley Story (Sanctuary 2000) —I think I heard this version before I heard the Easybeats original. So this goes out to the djs of KWUR back in 1978.Buy it!
The Feelies “Raised Eyebrows” from Crazy Rhythms (A&M 1980) —This is one of the craziest of rhythms - just try to dance to what thie drums are doing.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “White Night, Big City” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2011) N —So many things to love about this song (and this album). But I'm particularly enamored of the Television styled background vocals here.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “I Misunderstood” from Rumour and Sigh (CAPITOL 1991) —How can this record be 21 years old already? I still think of it as recent.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Out of Time” from The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook (Universal 2012) N —Really great cover of the Rolling Stones classic - of course he makes it sound as if he owns it.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “County Fair” from The Essential Bruce Springsteen (Columbia 2003) —I forget the details, but I'm pretty sure this was recorded back in the River or Nebraska time frame. At any rate, it's a nice song to have been resurrected.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “Billy Brown” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) N L —LP release party will be this Sunday night at Off Broadway. Free show, with Magic City & the Trio Project.Buy it!
Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound “Smokin' the Boys” from Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound (Side One Dummy Records 2012) N —I like this rocker!Buy it!
Dr. John “My Children, My Angels” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —It never occurred to me that Dan Auerbach could actually turn out to have talent, but his guitar playing works just fine on this excellent new record from the great Doctor!Buy it!
The Mastersons “You Don't Know” from Birds Fly South (New West 2012) N —This record is sneaking up on me - the more I hear it at work, the more I realize this just might be really, really good.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “God Only Knows” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) N —Gorgeous version of the Joe Henry song, not the Beach Boys one.Buy it!
The Little Willies “Jolene” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2008) N —Good enough version to stand next to the original - Norah Jones doesn't get enough credit for her enormous talents.Buy it!
Dionne Warwick “Move Me No Mountain” from Then Came You (Spy 1975) —A late-period gem from the pen of Jerry Ragovoy.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself” from Gold (Hip-O 2006) —Majestic.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Same Love That Made Me Laugh” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —Osborne nails this Bill Withers number.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “She Loves to Dance” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —CD release parties 4-20 at the Gramophone, 4-21 at Focal Point, and 4-22 at Lola (with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at 11 am for that last one).Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Pretty Bird” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch 2012) N —Rhiannon Giddens can sing. By herself, accompanied only by crickets.Buy it!
Norman & Nancy Blake “The Sunny Side of Life” from The Best in Bluegrass Vol. 1 (Dualtone 2005) —I enjoy the sunny side myself.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You” from The Devill Ain't Got No Music (Aria B.G. 2012) N —Is it a hymn or a Muddy Waters original? Who knows?Buy it!
Richie Ray “Nitty Gritty” from Latin Hot (Smoking Salsa & Sizzling Grooves) (Metro) —From the salsa world, a killer r'n'b romp through this number, with just a taste of Latin spice in the horns and the rhythms.Buy it!
Ray B Anthony “Alice Blue Gown” from internet (Sun 1957) —A rare rockabilly cut from the Sun label - very nice.Buy it!
Al Hibbler “Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me” from Unchained Melody: The Best of (Master Classics 2011) —That's none other than a young Roland Kirk on tenor sax on this cut.Buy it!
The Roots & TV on the Radio “Turn Me Around” from Soundtrack For a Revolution (Blacksmith 2012) N —An intriguing combination.Buy it!
Charles Mingus “Diane” from Mingus Ah Um "Legacy Edition" (Columbia 1959) —One of the bonus cuts from the expanded version of an album that should be in every single home in the nation.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Kid A” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) N —I know I've heard Radiohead's original of this, but I never paid attention after OK Computer. I do know that this is an amazing track, though.Buy it!
Dr. Dog “Lonesome” from Be the Void (Deluxe Edition) (Anti / Epitaph 2012) N R —Great way to open up an album, with a song that catches you by surprise if you've heard them before, yet prepares you for eleven more catchy numbers.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Last Sad Song” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —LP & CD Release Show tomorrow night (Apr. 14) at Off Broadway, with Ransom Note on the bill.Buy it!
Peter Karp & Sue Foley “Take Your Time” from Beyond the Crossroads (blind pig 2012) N —A quirky blues number that cracks me up every time I hear it.Buy it!
Loudon Wainright III “10” from Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story) —I think this new record comes out next week - I've loved the songs I've heard here on KDHX.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “Laugh It Off” from Working in Tennessee (Vanguard 2011) —What would the Okie from Muskogee say about this one?Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Pecolia's Star” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —So many great songs on this new one from Kevin Gordon - I keep being surprised by one I'd barely noticed before.Buy it!
Sam Roberts “An American Draft Dodger in Thunder Bay” from Chemical City (Universal 2006) —Canadian rocker with really good songs and a big sound - of course it didn't sell.Buy it!
The Teardrop Explodes “Passionate Friend” from Wilder (Mercury 1981) —English rock band with really good songs and a big sound - it didn't sell that much, either, but at least there's a cult.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “Shine So Bright” from Separate Ways (Verve Forecast 2006) —Son of the world's greatest guitarist with really good songs and all kinds of sounds - it doesn't sell, but at least so far he keeps getting chances to make records.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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