Dave's Faves 2008

1. Amerykahn Promise – Erykah Badu / New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)

This cut starts out her latest CD with a more upbeat sound. She’s still got the sultry R&B, but a number of her songs are more up-tempo, and there’s definitely a political bent to it.

2. Keep On Looking – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings / 100 Days, 100 Nights

Sharon had a fabulous show at the State Fair this year. She’s a ball of dynamite at 53, and her band is one of the tightest you’ll hear (they backed up Amy Winehouse on Back to Black). The band gets into a James Brown Prisoner of Love thing in the middle of this.

3. One More Cup Of Coffee – Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley / Mr. Marley

Damian covers one of Bob’s first singles. This is an older recording originally released in 1996, but re-released last year. It’s a snappy tune that includes Stephen “Raggamuffin” Marley.

4. Fuck Me Pumps – Amy Winehouse / Frank

This is a re-release of an earlier British recording by Amy. It has some good straightforward R&B featuring Amy’s fantastic voice. I couldn’t resist this cut, however.

5. Speak Low – Boz Scaggs / Speak Low

This is similar to his last CD of standards, But Beautiful. I first listened to this after a night of drinking and pontificating about the state of our business in Vegas (what happens …), and it hit just the right amount of mellowness that I needed. He had a good concert at the Dakota not long ago – I should have gone.

6. Watermelon Time – Marcia Ball / Peace, Love & BBQ

Just some fun music from Marcia. I’m glad that her piano playing is mixed prominently in this recording. It was kind of buried in the Live CD that I featured a couple of years ago. Just nominated for a Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy.

7. Stay In Or Stay Out – Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin / Putomayo Presents Zydeco

Putomayo makes lots of interesting collections of genres of music and this is a fine set of Zydeco that Diane gave me for a present. I’ve been hitting random Zydeco bands at Famous Dave’s.

8. Butterfly – Susan Tedeschi / Back To The River

The latest from Susan is very hot. She’s cranked up the blues and plays a mean guitar.

9. Stripped Away – Dr. John / City That Care Forgot

Dr. John’s tribute to post-Katrina New Orleans. It’s some of Dr. John’s best work, and that’s saying something. He has a number of guest artists, and this features Eric Clapton. Highly recommended.

10. Still The Storms – Ziggy Marley / Love Is My Religion

Some of the cuts on this that I had heard sounded too wimpy, but once I picked it up and started to listen to it more, I liked it a lot better. There’s a lot of Ziggy’s classic sound here.

11. Amy Amy Amy – Amy Winehouse / Frank

Amy, Amy, Amy – need I say more?

12. Take What You Take – Lily Allen / All Right, Still

What would Dave’s Faves be without some bright pop music? What the f___ do you know?

13. Surprise – Gnarls Barkley / The Odd Couple

I got this from Tony as a Father’s day present, and it didn’t hit me right away, and I’d been over exposed to St. Elsewhere. However, it grew on me.

14. Break Up The Concrete – The Pretenders / Break Up The Concrete

Chrissie’s back (actually, she never left), and this is solid effort with yet another version of the Pretenders. This has a nice Bo Diddley beat.

15. Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie / No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion

This is from 4 disc compilation of 70s punk music including Elvis Costello, the Clash, Ramones, Generation X, the Runaways and other punks. This particular song comes off of Blondie’s Parallel Lines, which was a fave when John and I toured the Nancy Hauser Dance Company.

16. Smile – Lily Allen / All Right, Still

A hilarious and snappy little CD. It’s a very fun, surprising gem that was big on my personal chart last spring. No mystery why I like this stuff.

17. Great Day – Lindsey Buckingham / Gift of Screws

More guitar wizardry from Lindsey. A couple of tunes on this are basically Fleetwood Mac songs with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

18. Boots Of Chinese Plastic – The Pretenders / Break Up The Concrete

A quick rave up. See them at First Avenue February 20 – a good venue for the Pretenders.

19. Runnin’ Down The Dream – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Greatest Hits

I have this tape of Tom Petty’s first three records that I used to listen to all the time, and I can remember cruising out of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County one morning with the windows open and Tom Petty blaring. It was a perfect road moment. So later when I heard this CD cruising down Summit Avenue in Anita’s Beemer on a cocktail walk night, I knew I had to pick it up. This particular song I remember cranking up in the Control Data parking lot in the morning before going in to work (sad, but true).

20. Mystery Dance – Elvis Costello / No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion

A hidden track …