Velvet Underground “Foggy Notion” from VU (Verve 1985) —One of the Velvets' best songs, and it wasn't released until they'd been gone for 15 years.Buy it!
Brian Eno “Mother Whale Eyeless” from Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (Island 1974) —Ah, those early tuneful Eno records still sound lovely, don't they?Buy it!
Talking Heads “Swamp” from Speaking In Tongues (sire 1983) —Ah, 1983, my first job in a record store. We had something like 50 records we were allowed to play in the store, of which fewer than 10 were ones I enjoyed. I played this album just about every day I worked that year.Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “Night People” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder 2012) N —New Orleans brass band funk with a hip-hop twist.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “Billy Jack” from People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story (Rhino 1996) —Not anything to do with the movie I saw when I was 13 (the movie everybody I knew saw when I was 13, in fact), but some pure Mayfield funk.Buy it!
Paul Weller “Green” from Sonik Kicks (Island 2012) —Paul Weller plays with synthesizers & echo chambers. It's not his strength, but it's definitely fun.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Play That Song Again” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —Chuck Prophet is capable of restoring your faith in music - and if you haven't lost it, he'll simply reinforce it.Buy it!
The Byrds “So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star” from Younger Than Yesterday (Columbia 1966) —Cynical and yet thrilling.Buy it!
Vertigo Swirl “Braying For Revolution” from Swirl 3 (Rubber Stamp 2011) L —St. Louis band led by sometimes brilliant songwriter Brian Andrew Marek - this album has a lot of very cool psychedelic pop songs.Buy it!
Future Clouds and Radar “This Is Really a Book” from single (Euclid 2010) —Recorded live on the stage in Euclid Records a coupe years back.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Lusitania” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —Exquisite song about a boat that was sunk almost 100 years ago.Buy it!
Pete Townshend “Pure and Easy” from Who Came First (Ryko 1972) —The older I get, the more I appreciate the musical genius of Pete Townshend. When I was younger, I just dug the catchy hooks and the big rock flourishes, but I hear more and more depth all the time.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Show Me a Smile” from Future Games (Reprise 1971) —Christine McVie wrote so many beautiful songs. This is an early one.Buy it!
The Primitives “Amoureux D'une Affice” from Echoes and Rhymes (Elefant 2012) N —Gomez Adams would be so happy - they're speaking French. Seriously, it's great to know this delirious pop combo from the late 80s is back again in fine form.Buy it!
The Figgs “Do the Bounce” from Sucking in Stereo (Hearbox 2000) —A very short but instructional song.Buy it!
Joey Ramone “Rock 'n Roll Is the Answer” from Ya Know (BMG 2012) —I'm not sure what the story is behind a brand new album by Joey - but this song sounds good.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Opium Trail” from Bad Reputation (Mercury 1977) —I spent a couple happy days this past week driving around enjoying the heck out of this old record.Buy it!
Anders Osborne “Black Tar” from Black Eye Galaxy (Alligator 2012) —Slide guitar and bone-crunching thud! Yeah, I'll take it. The Black Keys wish they could rock like this.Buy it!
Ornette Coleman and Prime Time “Spelling the Alphabet” from Virgin Beauty (Portrait 1988) —A short burst of harmolodic genius.Buy it!
Norah Jones “Out on the Road” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2012) N —We made the official decision the other day at the record store to move Norah Jones out of the jazz vocals section. She's still an amazing singer, but this is a rock/pop record, and a darn good one.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Queen Jane Approximately” from Highway 61 Revisited (Sony 2004) —Sometimes you just have to hear the classics.Buy it!
Albert Hammond “It Never Rains in Southern California” (Collectables 1973) —It occurred to me that this song is a lot better than I used to think it was. So I listened, and yup, it is.Buy it!
One Direction “Tell Me a Lie” from Up All Night (Sony 2011) —I heart One Direction.Buy it!
Moby Grape “Motorcycle Irene” from Listen My Friends! The Best of Moby Grape (Columbia / Legacy 2007) —Lovely.Buy it!
Imelda May “Too Sad to Cry” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) —One of the best singers working today.Buy it!
Helen Merrill “I'm Just a Lucky So and So” from Dream of You (emarcy 1957) —This is how to sing Ellington.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” from Remember Me, Vol. 1 (R&J 2011) N —It's not as though this song makes much sense in the modern world, but Willie has a blast with it.Buy it!
Dinah Washington “Fast Movin' Mama” from Ladies Sing the Blues 1945-1957 (Mercury 1997) —Every woman wants her lovin', yes it's plain to see, but when she can't find her man it's because he's here with me.Buy it!
The Right Now “I Can't Speak For You” from Gets Over You (self-released 2012) N —In town tomorrow at the Old Rock House, and at Euclid Records at 2 pm.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “Run Run Run” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1974) —That Hi Records sound never gets old.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Whistlin' In the Dark” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —A powerful original song about betrayal and trying to hold on.Buy it!
James Hunter “Talkin' 'Bout My Love” from People Gonna Talk CD ALBUM (Go 2006) —Still hard to believe this wasn't recorded in 1965 instead of 2006.Buy it!
Ruth Brown “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean” from Night Train to Nashville - Music City Rhythm & Blues (1945-1970) (Lost Highway 2003) —Crazy updated take on her classic, with some very cool reverb guitar on it.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Torn Love Letters” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —Also known as the only song Anne Tkach sings lead on this record. She's so darn good.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Where Light Betrays the Night” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —I love that Rough Shop follows an acoustic record with electric, and the Brothers Lazaroff follow an electric record with acoustic.Buy it!
The Duhks “Camptown Races” from Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster (American Roots 2004) —Doo-dah!Buy it!
Gram Parsons “Still Feeling Blue” from GP (Reprise 1973) —I haven't dipped into Gram Parsons work in a long time - boy, this sounds great.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Hold On” from All I Intended to Be (Nonesuch 2008) —A beautiful song written by Jude Johnstone, and nope, I don't have any idea what her own records sound like, though she has several.Buy it!
The Mastersons “The Other Shoe” from Birds Fly South (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2012) N —Halfway in between Buddy Miller and the Jayhawks - not a bad place to situate yourself, methinks.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Rose of My Heart” from American V: A Hundred Highways (American 2006) —Not everything Cash did on the American albums was created equal; this Hugh Moffatt song, for example, is devastatingly beautiful.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Pink Bedroom” from Rhythm & Romance (Columbia 1985) —I'm sure Johnny was thinking of his daughter when he sang that last song.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Rosalie” from Lucky One (Fantasy 2009) —I hope you have kleenex nearby if you're listening at work - you don't want your boss to see you cry.Buy it!
The Roches “Moonswept” (429 2007) —I still can't believe Suzzy and Maggie Roche were in town last week and I couldn't go to see them. Oh, how I love the sound of the Roches.Buy it!
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