- The Detroit Cobras' track of "Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)" from their "Baby" album is like listening to early Beatles, if John Lennon was a girl, and his lyrics were written by Rusty Warren. You can't not want to dance to this raunchy rave up. Curiously, one of the few D.C. songs that isn't a cover.
-Dean Martin, always a favorite, had one of those exploit-the-dead-singer-by-doing-poorly-mixed-duets-with-contemporary-artists cd's that the young people love so much. Really. Ask any of the kids. They'll say "Man, after a long day of fighting the power, we relax with a little pop music body snatching." Anyhoos, the cd "Forever Cool" is pretty much the same (Dino sings with Robbie Williams! Joss Stone!! Kevin Spacey?!? Twice??!!?) with the exception of a couple of the tracks, one with Charles Aznavour (Everybody Loves Somebody), but especially the other with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Yeah, yeah, I know, but somehow they found a great obscure cut of the title song from Martin's comedy epic "Who's Got The Action?", and more importantly, found some Royal Crown Revue-ish* energy to the song making it one of my favorite tracks this year.
-Finally, I cannot find just one great track to single out from "Raising Sand", a collaboration between Robert Plant, Allison Krauss and producer T-Bone Burnett, because it's all just great. This bizarre-on-paper mix of two seemingly disparate voices combined with a spare, haunting production that reminds me of no less than Tom Waits' quieter, late-career ballads, is a work of Americana art I will cherish for a long time and have given as a Christmas present several times this year.
I would've given one to you, but you didn't ask...
...and now it's too late!
Hm, that was a bit melodramatic.
But then again, look who's writing.
*"Royal Crown Revue-ish". According to Webster's this is "like Royal Crown Revue, but not. see BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY".