Patti Smith “Amerigo” from Banga (Columbia 2012) N —Quote from Lindsay, who does the excellent show before me: "I just think this song is so divine." Yup.Buy it!
The Blood Oranges “Thief” from Corn River (Hi-N-Dry Records 1990) —Probably my single favorite song by one of my favorite bands from the early 90s - they really should have stuck around to earn the accolades they deserved.Buy it!
Anne McCue “Crazy Beautiful Child” from ROLL (Cooking Vinyl 2004) —Every once in a while, I'm reminded that this Australian woman has made some delightful records.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Who Shot John” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2011) N —He'll be playing next Saturday at a Taste of Springfield, up in Springfield, IL. It's really cheap to get in, and the Jans Project are on the bill, too. It will be hot, though.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Blue Chair (Single Version)” from Blood and Chocolate (Rhino 1985) —I love the album version, of course, but the single version is pretty cool, too.Buy it!
The Ike Reilly Assassination “The Nightime is a Liar” from We Belong to the Staggering Evening (Rock Ridge 2007) —I look good in the faded light / Honey, that's where I shine.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Paranoia Blues” from Paul Simon (Columbia 1972) —I love the claustrophobic feel of this blues.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Daredevil” 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 —She's operating at such a high level, intricate layers of creative ideas.Buy it!
Allison Moorer “Is Heaven Good Enough For You” from Show (Universal 2003) —Back in the day, we had Direct TV, and they had a channel that showed full concerts, and I saw Allison Moorer sing this song (and a bunch of others) and I found one of my favorite singers.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “I Like To Keep Myself In Pain” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —Gorgeous song written by Robyn Hitchcock specifically for Ms. Hogan.Buy it!
Lulu “Without Him” from From Crayons to Perfume: The Best of Lulu (Rhino 1994) —Lulu sings the heck out of this stunning Nilsson song.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Who's Feeling Young Now?” (Nonesuch 2012) N —Chris Thile and company cover a lot of musical ground here - I'm still reeling from seeing these guys open for Paul Simon last fall.Buy it!
The Clash “Koka Kola” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic 1979) —Elevator goin' up!Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Chantilly Lace” from Greatest Hits (Rhino 1981) —Hellooooooo, yoooooou good-lookin' thing, you.Buy it!
The Jive Five “I'm a Happy Man” from Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats (Collectables 2005) —This guy swaggers because he's so happy.Buy it!
Earl Gaines “White Rose” from Night Train to Nashville - Music City Rhythm & Blues (1945-1970) (Lost Highway 2004) —I think it's possibly a commercial, but I don't care - it's just a blast of a song, probably the best about petroleum jelly ever written.Buy it!
Miles Davis “A Night in Tunisia” from Musings of Miles (Prestige 1955) —I like this laid-back take on a tune that's usually bursting bombs in your face.Buy it!
Dakota Staton “When Sunny Gets Blue” from Dynamic! (CAPITOL 1958) —Al Becker, former host of Voices in the Dark here on 88.1, has raved to me many times about Dakota Staton - with good reason. She was amazing, such control of pitch and phrasing.Buy it!
Clifford Brown & Sarah Vaughan “He's My Guy” from Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 1955) —Of course, Sarah Vaughan was no slouch in those departments, either. Love her with the brilliant trumpeter Clifford Brown, who died way too soon.Buy it!
Allen Toussaint “Mi Amour” from I Believe to My Soul (Rhino 2005) —The various artists album that launched Joe Henry into the role of extremely busy producer.Buy it!
Dr. John “Locked Down” (Nonesuch 2012) N —I should apologize to anybody who told me this was Dr. John's best album in years, since I initially thought it wasn't as good as his last couple. You were right and I was wrong - this thing is a monster.Buy it!
Jorge Ben “Filho Maravilha (Fio Maravilha)” from Novo Millenium (Universal 2005) —Apparently this was some sort of soccer fight song - only in Brazil.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Fatal Shore” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —There are several songs on this new Andrew Bird album that I find to be just exquisite. This is one of them.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Where Light Betrays the Night” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —They'll be opening up for Kentucky Knife Fight at Off Broadway tomorrow night.Buy it!
The Wandering “If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day” from Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music, Vol. 3 (Songs of the South www.nmallstars.com/ 2012) N —Luther Dickinson assembled this roots super-group - I have long admired Amy LaVere, and I've heard of Shannon McNally. The other two members are new to me, but talented.Buy it!
The Wailin' Jennys “Begin” from Firecracker (Red House www.redhouse.com 2006) —This is such a beautiful, beautiful song.Buy it!
Emitt Rhodes “Shoot the Moon” from Listen, Listen: The Best of Emitt Rhodes (Varese 1995) —Why isn't this guy more widely acknowledged as one of the great songwriters of his time?Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Down To You” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) N —This is the only song on the new record that Bonnie Raitt gets a writing credit on. It kicks butt.Buy it!
The Flatlanders “Indian Cowboy” from Wheels of Fortune (New West 2004) —Butch Hancock never lets me down as a songwriter, and his singing has gotten infinitely better over the years.Buy it!
Beausoleil “One-Step A Choupique” from Cajunization (Rhino 1999) —Not just the best Cajun band in the world, but one of the very finest bands of any type in the world. Gosh, I love these guys.Buy it!
Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers “Pain Inside Waltz” from What You Make of It (Delta Groove 2012) N —My review of this terrific new blues record: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Nathan-James-And-The-Rhythm-Scratchers-What-You-Make-Of-It-2012.htmBuy it!
Billy Boy Arnold “Two Drinks of Wine” from Windy City Blues (Fantasy 1992) —He's just a stranger, and he just got in our town.Buy it!
Gladys Knight and the Pips “Room In Your Heart” from Letter Full of Tears (Collectables 1961) —The young Gladys Knight belted out the fairly typical r'n'b of the day. It's got a good beat and you can dance to this, for sure.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “I Don't Need No Doctor” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —With Ray Charles and Humble Pie in her head, Joan Osborne makes her own great version.Buy it!
Jack Walrath & The Mastes Of Suspence “Get On the Good Foot” from Serious Hang (Muse 1992) —Jazz trumpeter gets all funky covering James Brown.Buy it!
The dB's “Write Back” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) N —Give the drummer some. Will Rigby gets to contribute an excellent song to the new one from his reunited band.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “She Twists the Knife Again” from Across a Crowded Room (CAPITOL 1985) —Oh, the tours Richard Thompson led back in the time of this record - arguably his best band ever.Buy it!
ABBA “Take a Chance On Me” from The Definitive Collection (utv 2001) —Stephen Colbert had a pretty funny bit with this song the other day, but dammit, even while laughing, I wanted to hear the real thing.Buy it!
The Hives “Patrolling Days” from Lex Hives (Disques Hives 2012) N —I love this record, but no matter what I play before it or after, it always sounds jarring - I never have the rock with me that can live up to it.Buy it!
Guided By Voices “Wings of Thorn” from Universal Truths And Cycles (Matador 2002) —I know they have two new ones this year, but I'm still coming to terms with the old stuff.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “One I Love” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —This rocks pretty hard.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Red Badge of Courage” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —To err is human, to forgive divine / Ain't neither Marine Corps policy, neither is cryin'.Buy it!
Sara Watkins “You're the One I Love” from Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch 2012) N —I picked it because it was short enough to fit at the end of the show, but this is one heck of a cool little song.Buy it!
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