Cannonball Adderley “Autumn Leaves” from Somethin' Else (Blue Note 1959) —Way back about 30 years ago, I heard this cut on KWMU one night back when they played jazz a lot more than they do now, and I was so blown away I turned my car around and drove immediately to Vintage Vinyl (before I worked in record stores) to buy it.Buy it!
Ben Webster “Jive at Six” from King of the Tenors (Verve 1993) —Well, you've got Ben Webster playing with Harry Sweets Edison and Oscar Peterson, and that's plenty of information for me. This swings hard.Buy it!
Esperanza Spalding “Vague Suspicions” from Radio Music Society (Universal unk 2012) N —I love the way this song unfolds slowly and carefully - beautiful tune, beautiful arrangement. Horrific theme.Buy it!
Buena Vista Social Club “Chan Chan” from Buena Vista Social Club (Nonesuch 1997) —Sending this out to Cat - I remember how suspicious she was of me taking her to this movie, and how much she loves this song ever since.Buy it!
Don Carlos & Gold “Come In Girl” from Laser Beam (Culture Press 1995) —A sweet and rootsy reggae number.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Lori Blue” from Defeat (Red Pill 2012) N —Former St. Louisian Stephan Bayley pays tribute to an old friend.Buy it!
Finn's Motel “Recent Linear Landscapes” from Escape Velocity (Scat 2006) L —Gee, these guys are taking a long time to make a follow-up record, aren't they?Buy it!
Aquitaine “Alone (radio edit)” from American Pulverizer, Pt. 1 - EP (self 2012) N L —St. Louis band rocks hard and catchy in an ancient New Wave stylee on this cut.Buy it!
Pere Ubu “Stormy Weather” from Song of the Bailing Man (Cooking Vinyl 1982) —It's good for ducks so don't complain.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “No Tomorrow” from ...Tick...Tick...Tick (Down There 2006) —One of them gosh-darn explosive guitar cuts.Buy it!
John Lennon “Instant Karma” from Lennon (CAPITOL 1990) —Better get yourself together, darling, join the human race.Buy it!
Buffalo Killers “Graffiti Eggplant” from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. (Alive 2012) N —Not the James Gang, but an incredible simulation.Buy it!
The dB's “World to Cry” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) N —Album of the year. Hands down.Buy it!
Shoes “Where Will It End” from Ignition (Black Vinyl 2012) N —Who would of thunk these guys would come back with a very fine record after all these years?Buy it!
The Jayhawks “Haywire” from Sound of Lies (American 1997) —Gary Louris was firmly in control at this point, and the result was pretty darned impressive.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Dreamin'” from American Artifact (self-released 2009) —As much as I enjoy the new Brothers Lazaroff record, I don't want us to forget the gems they've done before.Buy it!
The Mastersons “Time” from Birds Fly South (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2012) N —I really like Eleanor Whitmore's voice here - and the song is lovely.Buy it!
The Kinks “Little Miss Queen of Darkness” from Face To Face (Reprise 1966) —Ray Davies. 'Nuff said.Buy it!
Susanna Hoffs “November Sun” from Someday (Baroque Folk 2012) N —On the one hand, yeah, the Petersons could have added some amazing harmonies - on the other hand, this is pop perfection as it is.Buy it!
Andy Shernoff “Let's Get the Band Back Together” from Don't Fade Away (Yazoo Squelch 2012) N —So I go to the shelves to see what's new, and I find an EP from the main songwriter of the Dictators, backed up by the Skeletons or the Morells or whatever they call themselves at any given moment. You bet I want to hear this.Buy it!
New York Dolls “Plenty of Music” from One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner 2006) —Here's a band that got back together, made two delightful records, and was ignored by the public again just like the first time.Buy it!
Blake Mills & Danielle Haim “Heart of Mine” from Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) N —I can't remember the last time I listened to Shot of Love. I honestly don't remember this song, but the guy from Band of Horses does a terrific version with this fine singing partner.Buy it!
Sonny Landreth “Blues Attack” from Grant Street (SUGAR HILL 2005) —Just your basic Sonny Landreth guitar god cut.Buy it!
Ryan Shaw “Can't Hear the Music” from Real Love (Dynotone 2012) N —This young man belts it out with the best of them.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Detroit City” from Home In Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke (Rhino 1992) —The Bishop of Soul holds court.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Whistlin' In the Dark” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —She was terrific in concert at the Old Rock House last week. This song she wrote was one of the many highlights of the night.Buy it!
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women “Potter's Field” from Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2009) —A lovely song sung by the very talented Christy McWilson.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” from The Sun Records Story (Charly 2001) —Because sometimes you just have to play the classics, especially when you realize this song isn't as ubiquitous as it once was.Buy it!
MC5 “Shakin' Street” from Back In the USA (Atlantic 1992) —And boy, this song never gets old, does it?Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Easy Money” from Wrecking Ball (Columbia 2012) N —Anthemic song about planning to rob.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “John Lee” from Meet On the Ledge: The Classic Years (1967-1975) (A&M 1999) —You don't hear this Dave Swarbrick number every day.Buy it!
Sara Watkins “You're the One I Love” from Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch 2012) N —Short but wonderful.Buy it!
Sam Bush “Souvenir Bottles” from Circles Around Me (SUGAR HILL 2009) —Brilliant number from a brilliant musician.Buy it!
The Del McCoury Band “Keep Her While She's There” from The Company We Keep (McCoury Music/Sugar Hill www.mccourymusic.com 2005) —More banjo and mandolin and guitar.Buy it!
Charlie Parker “Perhaps” from Original Bird: The Best of Bird on Savoy (Savoy 1988) —I actually didn't mean to play this here, but how could I turn it off - so sweet and hot!Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “Return to Me” from Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) —Buddy Miller, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, and Greg Leisz, all setting the stage for a Lee Ann Womack vocal. Swoon.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Now We're Strangers” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2012) N —Like dancing on air.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “You'll Get Yours and I'll Get Mine” from Bootleg Vol. 4: The Soul of Truth (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 2012) N —With Rodney Crowell & the Carter Family, some funtime Gospel music.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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