The Bangles “Through Your Eyes” from Sweetheart ofd the Sun (Model Music 2011) —Susanna, Debbie, and Vicki - singing together, not much better in the world than that.Buy it!
X “Blue Spark” from Under The Big Black Sun (Elektra 2001) —Billy Zoom lights that spark - love that guitar sound.Buy it!
New York Dolls “Plenty of Music” from One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner 2006) —I don't know why the Dolls reunion didn't sell millions of records. It certainly wasn't for lack of great songs.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band “Her Eyes are a Blue Million Miles” from Clear Spot (Reprise 1972) —One of the beautiful songs that really shouldn't have scared people away from the good Captain.Buy it!
The Vertigo Swirl “Satisfied Rainbows” from Swirl 3 (Rubberstamp 2011) N L —They live up to their name, these St. Louis psychedelic melody masters.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “ELO Kiddies” from Cheap Trick (EPIC/LEGACY 1977) —I do the unexpected, and play this song in the middle of a set, rather than as a way to say hello. We go the extra mile at Sound Salvation to keep you surprised.Buy it!
James McMurtry “Red Dress” from Saint Mary of the Woods (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2002) —McMurtry has been as strong as anybody this century.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “The Waltz of No Time” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —Sweet song.Buy it!
Mary Gauthier “Sweet Words” from The Foundling (Razor & Tie 2012) N —Well, this is a song to cheer you right up, isn't it? It's beautiful, though.Buy it!
Chris Smither “On the Edge” from Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds www.signaturesounds.com 2012) N —This new album hits the stores June 19 - consider this a sneak preview.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “The Crooked Line” from Secret, Profane And Sugarcane (Hear Music 2009) —Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris - they do sound great together.Buy it!
J.D. McPherson “Scandalous” from Signs & Signifiers (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) N —This record was re-released after originally being out 2 years back on a tiny label. It's rockabilly with r'n'b horns, very nice stuff.Buy it!
Ruth Brown “Daddy Daddy” from The Best of Ruth Brown (Rhino 1996) —Ruth Brown was so darn seductive!Buy it!
Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra “I'm Nuts About Screwy Music” from Swingsation (grp 1998) —This song title is one of the all-time greats - and this 1930s swing is plenty o'fun.Buy it!
Booker T. & The MG's “Green Onions” from Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's (Rhino 1994) —I remember the days of selling neckties on Euclid Avenue and dancing to this song.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Sally Was A Cop” from Big Station (Fantasy 2012) N —Alejandro's new album isn't out yet, but I bet he'll play some of it when he's at Off Broadway on Tuesday, May 15.Buy it!
Pere Ubu “Horns Are a Dilemma” from Song of the Bailing Man (Cooking Vinyl 1982) —David Thomas, the singer and guiding force for Pere Ubu and Rocket From the Tombs, is quite ill right now, being forced to cancel the RFTT tour in Europe. Hope he gets better soon.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “The Prince of L.A.” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) N L —St. Louis band that keeps on grabbing my attention.Buy it!
Chet Atkins & His Galloping Guitar “Oh ByJingo! (Oh My Gee, You're the Only Girl For Me)” from Guitar Legend: The Early Years (Buddha 2000) —The man could play that guitar!Buy it!
Sonny Landreth “Heavy Heart Rising” from Elemental Journey (Landfall Records 2012) N —Brand new album of instrumentals hits the stores May 22. It's a corker.Buy it!
Elmore James & His Broomdusters “Hawaiian Boogie” from The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James (Rhino 1993) —Classic instrumental featuring one of the greatest slide guitarists ever.Buy it!
Peter Karp & Sue Foley “Plank Spank” from Beyond the Crossroads (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2012) N —One more killer blues instrumental featuring two great players. Here's my review of this album: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Peter-Karp-Susan-Foley-Beyond-The-Crossroads-2012.htmBuy it!
Doll By Doll “Butcher Boy” from Remember (Rhino 1979) —We just don't hear Doll By Doll enough these days, do we?Buy it!
City Squirrel “Little World” from Defeat (Red Pill 2012) N —Former St. Louisian Stephan Bayley ruminates on the curveballs life can throw. Beautifully.Buy it!
John Grant “I Wanna Go to Marz” from Queen of Denmark (Bella Union 2010) —This is the guy who wrote the title track of this record which Sinead O'Connor does so well on her new album. He used to be in the Czars, but I've only just now heard him. Midlake backs him up here.Buy it!
The Lovin' Spoonful “Money” from Anthology (Rhino 1990) —John Sebastian explains what happens to the cash.Buy it!
The dB's “That Time Is Gone” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) N —June 12, the first new record from the dB's since 1987, the first from the original line-up since 1982. It's great!Buy it!
The Beatles “Tell Me Why” from a hard day's night CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 1964) —Don Draper expected more of this, but he got something else entirely. And it didn't interest him.Buy it!
Soviet League “Row” from Soviet League (Unknown 2012) —I forget who recommended this the other day, but this is very cool stuff.Buy it!
The Retros “High Energy Love” from Inner City Rockers (BDR 2011) N L —This was the band playing at the first party I ever went to, back in 1979.Buy it!
Suburban Studs “I Hate School” from 1 2 3 4 Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 (Unknown 1999) —Me, I always enjoyed school. But a good ol' punk rock rant against it is kinda fun.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “Total Strangers” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) —Man, these guys rock.Buy it!
Sir Joe Quarterman “I Made a Promise” from Blax-Plosion (Charly 2001) —There was so much great funk in the 70s that didn't hit the charts.Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “Turn It Up” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) N —Keeping the dance party going for a little bit, anyway.Buy it!
Dirty Dozen Brass Band “Tomorrow” from Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz 2012) N —I've been looking at this new record on the shelves for a few weeks, finally worked in a song. Interesting, sort of a ska vibe on this track. I dig it.Buy it!
Peter Tosh “Brand New Second Hand” from Legalize it (Columbia 1976) —I know this song is mean and nasty in the lyrics, but it's such a great hook, and Tosh knows how to sound sweet while he's being spiteful.Buy it!
Dr. John “God's Sure Good” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —I gotta admit, this is one tough track right here.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “If You Wanna Be With Somebody” from Fool's Parade (Mercury 1998) —I don't think I actually heard this record back when it came out - at any rate, as I've always loved Peter Wolf, I was surprised to discover this recently, and it's typically great.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “I'm Alive” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —Very cool interpretation of Shelby Lynne's song.Buy it!
Jim Lauderdale “Playing On My Heartstrings” from Country Super Hits Volume One (Yep Roc 2006) —One of my fave Lauderdale songs; of course, I usually say that about whichever one I'm hearing at the moment.Buy it!
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives “Holding On To Nothing” from Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N R —When I got the request twenty minutes ago, I didn't expect I'd move in such a country direction, but here it is. I can't control these things, they just happen.Buy it!
The Little Willies “Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2012) N —It could be because I've never heard the original, but dang, this cut blows me away.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Another Like You” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway 2011) —An all-time classic of the country duet sub-genre of male/female insult/love songs.Buy it!
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