Joan Armatrading “Me Myself I” (A&M 1980) —Dig that crunch - Joan totally reinvented herself with this record. She would do that several more times in her musical life.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “We're Here” from Meat Puppets II (Ryko 1984) —I don't know how they achieved that feeling that everything is just slightly out of sync, but it still makes me woozy after all these years.Buy it!
The Blasters “Help You Dream” from Hard Line (Warner Bros. 1985) —You're the prettiest woman I think I've ever seen and tonight, if you'll let me, I'd like to help you dream.Buy it!
Norah Jones “All a Dream” from Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note 2012) N —Digging the Norah Jones/Danger Mouse union.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “My Way” from Rare and Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign of The Queen of Soul (Rhino 2007) —Jaw dropping - the very finest version of this song anyone has ever done.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Trouble in Mind” from The Rhythm And The Blues (RCA 1995) —You're crazy if you only want to own one Sam Cooke record, but if you do, this album might be the one to get.Buy it!
Curtis Salgado “Strung Out” from Soul Shot (Alligator 2012) N —Possibly the best male singer to release a record this year - certainly in the uppermost echelons.Buy it!
Major Harris “Like a Rolling Stone” from How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan (Ace 2010) —I don't know much about Major Harris, but I dig this funky soul take on the Dylan classic.Buy it!
Pops Staples “World In Motion” from Peace to the Neighborhood (Charisma 1992) —Not many people bought this excellent solo record from the Staples patriarch - this cover of a Jackson Browne song is awfully good, as is much of the record.Buy it!
Dr. John “Revolution” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —The record that is justifying Dan Auerbach's musical career. All it took was working with a major talent.Buy it!
The Soundtrack of Our Lives “Throw It to the Universe” from Throw It To The Universe (Yep Roc 2012) N —Number one on my list of albums I haven't heard yet that I want to hear - this song is pretty darn good, that's for sure.Buy it!
Aquitaine “Photo Tangerin” from American Pulverizer, Pt. 1 - EP (self 2012) N L —Very good St. Louis band has finally settled on a name worth keeping - the music has been terrific for a year as Super Moon or Super Maroon.Buy it!
Killer Filler “Suburbarite” from Filler Up (Pravda 2008) —Ex St. Louisian Chris (Crispy) Bess and his seductive instrumental outfit.Buy it!
The Holies “Stay” from 30th Anniversary Collection 1963-1993 (EMI 1993) —Bob bop shoo waddy waddy.Buy it!
Fiona Apple “Every Single Night” 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 playing tomorrow night at the Peabody Opera House. I'd like to see her, but I'll be working.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Magic Summertime” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc 2012) N —Just out this week - this record deserves at least as much attention as the new Kelly Hogan. It's that good.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Island 2011) —I'm at the point now that I almost can't remember there were ever other versions of this song.Buy it!
Jellyfish “Will You Marry Me” from Live at Bogart's (Omnivore 2012) N —Another chance to fall in love with one of the best woulda-coulda-shoulda bands of the 90s.Buy it!
The Bottle Rockets “The Way It Used to Be” from Lean Forward (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2009) —That's some rock'n'roll right there.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “The Left Hand and the Right Hand” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —Perfect.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Temptation Inside Your Heart” from VU (Polydor 1985) —It still astounds me how this record of outtakes sounds like it should have been a real album when they were together.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Smuggler's Nightmare” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —Don't break a plate on your best friend's face / Don't ask me why. Tim McAvin, I won't ask why, but how about wha? Great song from this local band.Buy it!
Los Saicos “Besando a otra” from ¡Demolición! The Complete Recordings (monster 2010) —Peruvian rock'n'roll.Buy it!
The Small Faces “Whatcha Gonna Do About It” from From the Beginning (Hip-O 1967) —Steve Marriott - force of nature? Yup.Buy it!
Rough Shop “All the Good Things” from Sault Ste. Marie (EP) (Perdition 2012) N L —St. Louis band recorded so many great songs they had to put out an EP with 3 that didn't fit on the album. And this song mentions snow!Buy it!
Buck Owens “Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)” from The Buck Owens Collection (1959 - 1990) (Rhino 1992) —Some amazing pedal steel on this wonderful cut.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Working For the Man” from The Essential Roy Orbison (Monument 2006) —The urban and unchained take on the sound of the men working on the chain gang.Buy it!
Little Junior's Blue Flames “Mystery Train” from The Sun Story (Rhino 1987) —Where it all started.Buy it!
The Monkees “The Poster” from The Birds, the Bees, and the Monkees (Rhino 1968) —A charming Davy Jones number.Buy it!
Lulu “After the Feeling Is Gone” from From Crayons to Perfume: The Best of Lulu (Rhino 1994) —Man, she could sing.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Do-Re-Mi” from Folkways: The Original Vision (Smithsonian Folkways 2005) —My fave Woody Guthrie song. Happy 100th birthday tomorrow.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Vigilante Man” from Folkways: The Original Vision (Smithsonian Folkways 2005) —Don't forget the big tribute to Woody tomorrow night at Off Broadway - it's a benefit for KDHX.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “This Land is Your Land” from Folkways: The Original Vision (Smithsonian Folkways 2005) —As hard as it is to believe, this land is our land.Buy it!
Chip Taylor “Daddy, Why'd You Take My Guitar Away” from Unglorious Hallelujah (BACK PORCH 2006) —How many songs are there with a kid trapped in between parents who aren't happy together? This one will break your heart.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Black Dog” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2012) N —All night long the black dog keeps barking at the back door, it wants to get away.Buy it!
Sonny Landreth “The Goin' On” from From the Reach (Landfall Records 2008) —Vince Gill stopped in to sing one with Sonny a few years back.Buy it!
Dirty Projectors “Gun Has No Trigger” from Swing Lo Magellan (Deckdisc 2012) N —They're playing at the Pageant on Tuesday, July 17.Buy it!
Dirty Dozen Brass Band “We Gon' Roll” from Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz 2012) N —This cooks!Buy it!
Africando “Africando” (Stern's Africa 1993) —I don't know the story on them, but I dig the Afro-Cuban vibe.Buy it!
Genesis Gospel Singers “Moma Mo Akoma Ntutu” from Rough Guide to High Life (World Music Network 2012) N —This record is chock full of amazing Nigerian music from the 60s.Buy it!
Brian Eno “Third Uncle” from Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (Editions E.G. 1974) —One of the classics.Buy it!
Dr. Dog “That Old Black Hole” from Be the Void (Deluxe Edition) (Anti/Epitaph 2012) N —Among many other things, there's a bit of Talking Heads influence in the rhythm of this track.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “I Remember Sex” from Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound 2012) N —Loudon and Dame Edna Everage are a hoot together.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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