Jason & The Scorchers “Beat on the Mountain” from Halcyon Times (Jerkin' Crocus 2010) —A song about unions and mining and hard times.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Grenade” from Golden Down (Razor & Tie 1981) —I think Willie Nile just might be the least heralded brilliant songwriter of the last 30 years.Buy it!
The Fuzztones “Bad News Travels Fast” from Children Of Nuggets: Original Artifacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1996 (Rhino 2005) —Down and dirty garage rock.Buy it!
The Hives “If I Had a Cent” from Lex Hives (Disques Hives 2012) N —Don't laugh, but I'm starting to think the Hives remind me of Devo - it's not that much of a stretch to compare the last Devo album to this one.Buy it!
Grace Basement “On Your Side (Soldier's Song)” from Gunmetal Gray (Undertow 2009) L —Kevin Buckley makes great Irish folk music, but I want to hear some more of his rock. In the meantime, I can keep turning to this terrific record.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “Perfect Word” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) —Perfect song from a perfect record - she's such an amazing singer, such control of all that power.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Dusty Groove” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —I'm not sure I know who Catherine Irwin is, but she gave this wonderful song to Kelly Hogan, so she's got some talent.Buy it!
Tom Russell “Walking On the Moon” from The Long Way Around CD COMP (Hightone 1997) —Find me a better song about the difference between young love and older cynicism.Buy it!
Tim Buckley “Sing a Song for You (Take 11)” from The Best of Tim Buckley (Rhino 2006) —What a singer, what a song.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Candles” from Out of the Game (Decca 2012) N —Ditto.Buy it!
The Beatles “In My Life” from Rubber Soul (Capitol Records 1965) —In my life, I've loved them all. All the Beatles songs, that is.Buy it!
The dB's “I Didn't Mean to Say That” from Falling Off the Sky (bar none 2012) N —Peter Holsapple's song would be great if he recorded it with anybody, but it's brilliant recorded by his old friends.Buy it!
The Kinks “A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy” from Misfits (Arista 1978) —I prefer this song, which acknowledges the downside of the fantasy, to the Bad Company song of a similar name.Buy it!
Love “7 And 7 Is” from Da Capo (Elektra 1966) —Not a fantasy, but fantastic rock'n'roll.Buy it!
Talking Heads “Paper” from Fear of Music (sire 1979) —I can still remember buying this album almost as soon as it came out, from Streetside on Delmar, and opening the shrink wrap, and feeling the album cover, and pondering over all these new and odd songs. And wanting to dance, of course.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “The Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)” from Cheap Trick (EPIC/LEGACY 1977) —I do remember the concern over TV violence back in the time of this record.Buy it!
Mighty Diamonds “One Brother Short” from Deeper Roots (Back to the Channel) (Caroline 1979) —This is a deep groove for sure.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “I Don't Want to Do Wrong” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —I can't get enough of this incredible Gladys Knight cover version.Buy it!
Raphael Saddiq “Radio” from Stone Rollin' (Columbia 2011) N —Man, this song rocks hard.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “Jezzebella” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) N —Speaking of rocking hard, but with a lot more open space in that big beat.Buy it!
Humble Pie “Get Down To It” from Eat It (A&M 1973) —Even more space, and it still rocks hard. Gospel rock.Buy it!
Aquitaine “Photo Tangerine” from American Pulverizer, Pt. 1 - EP (self 2012) N L —Excellent St. Louis band with its first official release under its third name in a year.Buy it!
Greg Kihn “Sorry” from Next Of Kihn (Beserkley Records 1978) —One of Kihn's best songs, hidden on one of his lesser albums.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Because the Night” from The Promise (Columbia 2010) —Springsteen essentially gave this song to Patti Smith, because he had so many good ones at that time he could easily spare it. But it's nice to hear his version, too.Buy it!
Patti Smith “April Fool” from Banga (Columbia 2012) N —I haven't familiarized myself enough with this album yet to determine which songs have words that annoy the FCC, but I know this one is safe, and terrific.Buy it!
Half Knots “You See a World” from Color Them Blue (Half Knots www.halfknots.com 2007) L —A gorgeous song from Danny Kathriner that I hadn't heard in a while. I love the ability of itunes shuffle to remind me of things like this.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Hot Knife” from The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Columbia 2012) N —Fiona and her sister singing the heck out of this one, accompanied only by a deep, rumbling drum.Buy it!
Sweet Honey In The Rock “Solid Gold II” from The Women Gather (Earthbeat 2003) —Who needs words when these women can sound like this?Buy it!
Little Willie John “Walk Slow” from The Very Best Of Little Willie John (Collectables 2001) —A lesser-known but definitely brilliant cut from this master.Buy it!
Chris Potter Underground “It Ain't Me, Babe” from Ultrahang (ArtistShare 2009) —Chris Potter is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, saxophonist under the age of 60 these days. Yup, this is the Dylan song, turned into jazz of mesmerizing beauty.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Lusitania” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —Whistling, entrancing groove, lyrics like "Let's not remember the Maine." I'm in.Buy it!
Leo Kottke “Arms of Mary” from Leo Live (On The Spot 1995) —I saw Kottke a few times in the years preceding this live record - man, his guitar playing is spellbinding.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “Peace in the Valley” from The Devil Ain't Got No Music (Aria B.G. 2012) N —That's the great Joe Louis Walker playing that spectral slide guitar behind Bell's exquisite finger picking.Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “The Midnight Special” from The Concert (Fantasy 1980) —Fogerty in peak form here.Buy it!
Dirty Dozen Brass Band “Paul Barbarin's Second Line” from Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz 2012) N —So far beyond every other brass band.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook & the Grascals “The Great Atomic Power” from Song of America (31 Tigers 2007) —Nice take on the Louvin Brothers song; it's hard to sing this and minimize the irony.Buy it!
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles “Lord Only Knows” from Diamonds In the Dark (Sugar Hill Records www.sugarhillrecords.com 2007) —Just rock that country, Sarah!Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Sundown In Nashville” from Nashville, Volume 1: Tear The Woodpile Down (Sugar Hill. ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —Country music master.Buy it!
The Notorious Cherry Bombs “Forever Someday” from The Notorious Cherry Bombs (Universal South 2004) —Vince Gill! 'Nuff said, but heck, Rodney Crowell's in the band, too.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Blue Swallow Hotel” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —I love the way John Wendland sings the opening line "There's one hundred per cent refrigerated air." You have to hear it. And the whole thing is great, anyway.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow” from The List (Manhatten Records 2009) —One of my all-time favorite voices.Buy it!
Chris Smither “Hundred Dollar Valentine” (Signature Sounds 2012) N —The drummer has a great time on this one - Smither is always very good, but this might be his best record in a long time.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Ask God” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —One heck of a blues song.Buy it!
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