Edwin Starr “Agent Double-0 Soul” from Soul Master / 25 Miles (Motown 2002) —My fave James Bond-related soul song.Buy it!
Prince Buster “Judge Dread” from FABulous Greatest Hits (SEQUEL rhino.com 1980) —This is not the courtroom I would want to be in, but it's a blast to visit with my ears.Buy it!
The Upsetters “Dread Lion” from Rockers (Original Soundtrack) (Mango 1980) —An edited version from Lee Perry's classic Super Ape album. Spooky.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Wild Horses” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) N —Sharon Jones is just about the most inventive song stylist of the last ten years - she completely remakes this song.Buy it!
The Lovin' Spoonful “Never Going Back” from Anthology (Rhino 1990) —I learned this song from the Beat Farmers, but the original is pretty great, too. And full of cowbell.Buy it!
The Monkees “Magnolia Simms” from The Birds, the Bees, and the Monkees (Rhino 1968) —Mike Nesmith clearly wanted this to be released on 78 rpm.Buy it!
Tampa Red “Sweet Woman” from The Bluebird Recordings 1934-1936 (Bluebird 1997) —You've got your dress on backwards and your clothes don't fit you right. Uh oh.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Understand You” from Release Me (UMG Recordings, Inc. 2012) N —I'm not familiar with Eric Taylor, but Lyle's version of his song here is gorgeous.Buy it!
The Searchers “What Have They Done to the Rain” from The Greatest Hits Collection (Sanctuary 1998) —I've been wondering what they've done to the rain myself. Where is it?Buy it!
The Mastersons “Birds Fly South” (New West 2012) N —I have never looked forward to winter before, but I am definitely waiting for that first snow with baited breath.Buy it!
David Hidalgo & Louie Perez “Big August Moon” from The Long Goodbye (Gonzolandia 2010) —A song good enough to have been on a Los Lobos album, but they never found the spot for it.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Life Is Hard” from Together Through Life (Columbia 2009) —Dylan will release a new record in September, and already, the internet is abuzz with complaints about the album cover. Wha?Buy it!
Melody Den “Let Me Sleep” from Melody Den (Perdition 2007) —Not quite a love song from this St. Louis outfit which is still working on a follow-up record.Buy it!
Debbie Davies “True Blue Fool” from After the Fall (M.C. Records 2012) N —My review of this fine record is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Debbie-Davies-After-The-Fall-2012.htmBuy it!
William Bell “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” from The Very Best of William Bell (stax url 2007) —Sometimes you just have to remember, right?Buy it!
Big Star “Back of a Car” from Radio City (Concord Records, Inc. 1974) —Turning this one up to top volume is highly recommended.Buy it!
Jellyfish “She Still Loves Him” from Live at Bogart's (Omnivore 2012) N —Nice live version of a song from their Bellybutton album.Buy it!
The Beatles “Helter Skelter” from The Beatles (Apple Records 1968) —Oh, yeah, McCartney was the wimpy Beatle.Buy it!
Aquitaine “Tongue Lines” from American Pulverizer, Pt. 1 - EP (self 2012) N R L —St. Louis is awash with excellent bands these days. And I only hear a fraction of what's out there.Buy it!
XTC “Complicated Game” from Drums and Wires (Virgin 1979) —Complicated games are everywhere these days. But this is the most enjoyable one.Buy it!
The dB's “The Wonder of Love” from Falling Off the Sky (bar none 2012) N —Album of the year. No question in my mind.Buy it!
Jay Bennett & Edward Burch “Puzzle Heart” from The Palace at 4 A.M. (Undertow 2002) —I continue to champion this wonderful record ten years after it was brought into the world.Buy it!
American Princes “Auditiorium” from Other People (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2008) —I somehow missed this record when it came out, but this song rocks nicely.Buy it!
The Hives “Without the Money” from Lex Hives (Disques Hives 2012) N —Oh, those Hives!Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “I Could Stay Here For the Rest of My Life” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —You can catch the stripped down Brothers Lazaroff performance at Harvest Sessions in Tower Grove Park Farmer's Market Saturday morning at 10 AM.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “She Loves the Jerk” from Goodbye Cruel World (expanded) (Rhino 1984) —Elvis Costello pays tribute to his fellow songwriting talent John Hiatt with a nifty little cover done as a demo.Buy it!
Tom Rush “The Dreamer” from The Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets (Columbia Legacy 1999) —Tom Rush deserves a lot more respect - everything I've heard from him is quite good.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Almost Twelve” from Another Country (EOne 2012) N —Wilson co-wrote this wisp of a Brazilian samba with one Fabrizio Sotti. It's purty.Buy it!
Jason Moran “Gangsterism on the Set” from Same Mother (Blue Note 2005) —Jason Moran remains just about the most interesting jazz performer under 50 - I still reel from seeing him live a few years ago at the History Museum.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Sifters” from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) N —I wish I could come up with something brilliant enough to describe the wonderful song.Buy it!
Sweet Honey In The Rock “The Gift of Love” from The Other Side (Cooking Vinyl 1986) —I think I saw this group something like 15 times, and every one was an absolute thrill. This song was new around the first time I saw them.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Montauk” from Out of the Game (Decca 2012) N —Imagining his new son grown up. Beautiful song.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “I'll Keep It With Mine” from I Shot Andy Warhol (Atlantic 1996) —A Bob Dylan song that has been covered wonderfully several times - I love the aggressive feel of this one.Buy it!
Billy Bragg & Wilco “The Unwelcome Guest” from Mermaid Avenue (Elektra 1998) —There are so many pop gems on this record I kind of forgot about this beautiful closing song.Buy it!
Gretchen Peters “Camille” from Hello Cruel World (Proper 2012) N —Bleak but beautiful.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “Be You” from Simply Grand (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2008) —Aided here by Dr. John, one of the greatest vocalists alive testifies.Buy it!
Dion “Holly Brown” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon www.theblackangels.com 2012) N —Here's another of the greatest vocalists alive.Buy it!
Rosco Gordon “The Chicken (Dance With You)” from Let's Get High SINGLE (JSP 1990) —I want to do it, I want to do the Chicken with you. Has there ever been a more enticing come-on?Buy it!
Muddy Waters “Still a Fool” from The Best Of Muddy Waters (MCA 1987) —There aren't many more powerful records in history.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “St. Louis” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) N L —Great song, great band.Buy it!
Hank Williams “Rockin' Chair Money” from Alone With His Guitar (MERCURY NASHVILLE 2000) —Some folks seem to be jealous, some don't seem to care, but I've got rockin' chair money to rock all the way from here. That's a different kind of rockin' than I'm used to hearing about in songs.Buy it!
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