Top Ranking Albums of May 2014

RebelutionCount Me In [Easy Star 2014]

Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds in Country Music [High Top Mountain Records 2014]

JoMersa – Comfortable [Ghetto Youths International 2014]

Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain [Nonesuch Records 2014]

SeeedSeeed [Seeed Records 2014]

SOJAI Believe [ATO Records 2014]

Dub Thompson9 Songs [Dead Oceans 2014]

Tune-Yards Nikki Nack [4AD 2014]

Kelly Willis and Bruce Willis Our Year [Premium Records 2014]

EelsThe Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett [PIAS America 2014]

Thievery CorporationSaudade [ESL Music 2014]

BugleAnointed [Zojack World Wide 2014]

Various ArtistsPeace and Love Riddim [TJ Records 2014]

DubmatixIn Dub [Echo Beach 2014]

Various ArtistsKing Size Dub Dub Visionist Special [Echo Beach 2014]

Ziggi Recado Therapeutic [Zion High 2014]

Anthony Cruz Inna Di Dance [Shan Shan Music 2014]

Ivan and the ParazolMode Bizarre [Gold Record Music 2014]

Ana TijouxVengo [Nacional Records 2014]

Rodney CrowellTarpaper Sky [New West 2014]

PressureThe Sound [I Grade Records 2014]

SizzlaRadical [VP Records 2014]

SizzlaNuh Worry Unu Self [John John Records 2014]

SizzlaBorn A King [Muti Music 2014]

FutureHonest [Epic 2014]

The Secret SistersPut Your Needle Down [Universal Records 2014]

G. Love and Special SauceSugar [Brushfire Records 2014]

Johnny CashOut Among the Stars [Columbia 2014]

KelisFood [Ninja Tune 2014]

The Roots…and then you shoot your cousin [Def Jam 2014]

CunninlynguistsStrange Journey Volume Three [Bad Taste Records 2014]

Various ArtistsA Tribute to Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume 1 [ATO Records 2014]

Ernest RanglinBless up [Avilla Street Records 2014]

Danilo PerezPanama 500 [Mack Avenue Records 2014]

Duck SauceQuack [Fool’s Gold 2014]

Chris Robinson BrotherhoodPhosphorescent Harvest [Silver Arrow Records 2014]

Young MoneyRise of an Empire [Cash Money Records 2014]

Mikey SpiceI Am I Said [Joe Fraser Records 2014]

Joan OsborneLove and Hate [eOne Music 2014]

Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2014 [VP Records 2014]

Eliza GilkinsonNocturne Diaries [Red House Records 2014]

Mykal RoseCrucial World [John John Records 2014]

Top Ranking Albums of May 2014

Storytellers – The Greatest Storytelling Songs

Storytellers: The Greatest Storytelling Songs 

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant

Woody Guthrie – 1913 Massacre

Bob Dylan – Motorpsycho Nitemare

Marty Robbins – El Paso

Gordon Lightfoot – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue

Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

Jimmy Buffett –God’s Own Drunk

Ice T – 6 N Tha Morning

Townes Van Zandt – Fraternity Blues

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Conversation with the Devil

Flatt & Scruggs – The Ballad of Jed Clampett

Bob Dylan – Hurricane

Johnny Horton – The Battle of New Orleans

Steve Earle – Copperhead Road

Arlo Guthrie – The Motorcycle Song

Lloyd Parks – Cold Blooded

Eminem – Stan

Chris Ledoux – This Cowboy’s Hat

David Allan Coe – The Ride

Jeannie C. Riley – Harper Valley P.T.A.

Charlie Daniels Band – Uneasy Rider

Eminem & Dr. Dre – Guilty Conscience

Claude King – Wolverton Mountain

Johnny Horton – North to Alaska

Slick Rick – Children’s Story

Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John

Lefty Frizzell – Saginaw, Michigan

Marty Robbins – Big Iron

Johnny Cash – Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

C.W. McCall – Convoy

Johnny Cash – One Piece at a Time

Storytellers – The Greatest Storytelling Songs

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

Top Ranking Singles of 1956

Fats DominoBlueberry Hill

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog

Shirley & LeeLet The Good Times Roll

Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line

Ivory Joe Hunter – Since I Met You Baby

Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes

Little RichardLong Tall Sally

Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps – Be-Bop-A-Lula

Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So 

Johnny Cash – There You Go

Chuck BerryBrown Eyed Handsome Man

Eddie Cochran – Sweetie Pie

Howlin’ WolfSmokestack Lightnin’

Johnny Horton – Honky-Tonk Man

Ray Charles – Lonely Avenue

Johnny Burnette Trio – The Train Kept A Rollin

Fats DominoI’m Walkin’

Clarence “Frogman” HenryAin’t Got No Home

Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven

Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel

Mickey & Sylvia – Love Is Strange

Bill Haley & His Comets – See You Later, Alligator  

The Five Satins – In The Still of the Night  

Wanda Jackson – Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

Ray Price – Crazy Arms

James Brown – Please Please Please

Ray Charles – Mary Ann

Frank SinatraI’ve Got You Under My Skin

Fats DominoMy Blue Heaven

Webb Pierce – Why Baby Why

Harry Belafonte – Day-O (Banana Boat)

Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender

Fats Domino – Blue Monday

Paul AnkaDiana

Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love?

Elvis Presley – Blue Moon

Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business

Marty Robbins – Singing The Blues

Little Richard Rip It Up 

Faron Young – Sweet Dreams

Harry Belafonte – Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

Patsy Cline – I Love You, Honey

Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me

Little Willie John – Fever

Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes

The Drifters – I Gotta Get Myself A Woman

Buck Owens – After the Dance

Fats Domino – When My Dreamboat Comes Home

Dean Martin – Memories Are Made Of This

The DellsOh, What A Night

George Jones – Just One More

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – The ABC’s of Love

Elvis Presley – I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

The Drifters – Ruby Baby

Buck Owens – Down on the Corner of Love

Little Richard – Ready Teddy

Johnnie RayJust Walking In The Rain

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – These Foolish Things

Roy Orbison – Ooby Dooby

The Platters – My Prayer

Wanda Jackson – I Gotta Know

Bo Diddley – Diddy Wah Diddy

Guy Mitchell – Singing The Blues

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent

Patsy Cline – I’ve Loved and Lost Again

The Valentines – The Woo Woo Train

Elvis PresleyOld Shep

Young Jessie – Don’t Happen No More

Johnny Burnette Trio – Tear It Up

Junior GordonBlow Wind Blow

John Lee Hooker – Dimples

Huey “Piano” Smith – Little Liza Jane

Warren Smith – Ubangi Stomp

Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk

Carl Perkins – Dixie Fried

LaVern Baker – Jim Dandy

Johnny Burnette Trio – Honey Hush

Ray Charles – What Would I Do Without You?

Dean Martin – Innamorata (Sweetheart)

The Drifters – Steamboat

Eddie Cochran – Skinny Jim

Bo Diddley –  Cops and Robbers

Bing Crosby & Grace KellyTrue Love [from High Society]

Little Willie John – Need Your Love So Bad

Let The Good Times Roll

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

Top Ranking Albums of March 2011

Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis To Hollywood

March 2011

    1. Johnny CashBootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis To Hollywood [Legacy/Columbia 2011]
    2. Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What [Hear Music/Concord Music Group 2011]
    3. Richie SpiceBook Of Job [VP Records 2011]
    4. Radiohead The King Of Limbs [thekingoflimbs.com 2011]
    5. R.E.M.Collapse Into Now [Warner Brothers 2011]
    6. Diplo and Various Artists –Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves [Greensleeves 2011]
    7. TigerMost Wanted [VP Records 2011]
    8. AssassinMost Wanted [VP Records 2011]
    9. Robbie Robertson How To Become Clairvoyant[429 2011]
    10. Bob Marley & the WailersLive Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980[Axiom/Zion Records 2011]
    11. The Low Anthem Smart Flesh [Nonesuch 2011]
    12. TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light [Interscope 2011]
    13. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More [Glassnote 2011]
    14. Peter Bjorn & John Gimme Some [Startime International 2011]
    15. Grupo Fantasma – El Existential [Nat Geo 2011]
    16. Adele 21 [XL/Columbia 2011]
    17. Smith Westerns Dye It Blond [Fat Possum 2011]
    18. Yuck Yuck [Fat Possum 2011]
    19. Nicole Atkins Mondo Amore [Razor & Tie 2011]
    20. Wye Oak Civilian [Merge 2011]
    21. Drive-By TruckersGo Go Boots [ATO 2011]
    22. Cowboy Junkies Demons [Latent 2011]
    23. Los Lonely Boys Rockpango [Lonely Tone 2011]
    24. Alexander Ebert Alexander [Community 2011]
    25. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers [Atlantic 2011]

The King Of Limbs

Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves

Most Wanted

Most Wanted

Top Ranking Albums of March 2011

The Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955

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Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955

Nappy Brown – Don’t Be Angry

Chuck Miller – The House of Blue Lights

Smiley Lewis – I Hear You Knocking

Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

Chuck Berry – Maybellene

Bill Haley & the Comets – (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock

Little Richard – Tutti Frutti

Buddy Holly – Down the Line

Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame

Carl Perkins – Honey Don’t

The Penguins – Earth Angel

Eddy Arnold – Cattle Call

Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

Bobby Darin – Splish Splash

The Turbans – When You Dance

Hank Thompson – Don’t Take It Out On Me

The Robins – Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Frank Sinatra – Love and Marriage

Chuck Berry – No Money Down

Elvis Presley – Baby, Let’s Play House

Nappy Brown – Piddily Patter Patter

Webb Pierce – In the Jailhouse Now

Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy

Johnny Cash – Get Rhythm

Big Joe Turner – Flip, Flop, & Fly

Bill Haley & the Comets – Shake Rattle & Roll

The Platters – Only You

Young Jessie – Mary Lou

Little Walter – My Babe

Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons

Chuck Berry – Thirty Days

Elvis Presley – Mystery Train

Smiley Lewis – One Night

Faron Young – Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

Johnston Brothers – Hernando’s Hideaway

Johnny Cash – Cry Cry Cry

LaVern Baker – Tweedle Dee

Porter Wagoner – A Satisfied Mind

Ray Charles – Blackjack

Patsy Cline – Hdin’ Out

Fats Domino – Poor Me

Ferlin Husky – I Feel Better All Over

The Platters – The Great Pretender

Jim Reeves – Drinking Tequila

Georgia Gibbs – Dance with me Henry

Freddie Bell and the Bellboys – Hound Dog

Ray Charles – Greenbacks

Billy Lee Riley – Red Hot

Webb Pierce – I Don’t Care

The Clovers – Blue Velvet

Johnny Cash Trail to Mexico 

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – The Blues Walk

Merle Travis & Hank Thompson – Wildwood Flower

The Spiders – Witchcraft

Webb Pierce – Love, Love, Love

The Cadillacs – Speedoo

Johnny Cash – So Doggone Lonesome

Nat ‘King’ Cole – Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

Elvis Presley – I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone

The Drifters – Adorable

George Jones – Why Baby Why

Sarah Vaughan – How High the Moon

Mitch Miller – Yellow Rose of Texas

Bo Diddley – Diddley Daddy

Lefty Frizzell – I Love You Mostly

Clifford Brown & Max Roach – What Am I Here For?

Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Ray Charles – This Little Girl of Mine

Jim Reeves – Penny Candy

Sammy Davis, Jr. – That Old Black Magic

Elvis Presley – Milk Cow Blues Boogie

The Drifters – What’cha Gonna Do

Patti Page – How Much is that Doggie in the Window

Nat King Cole – A Blossom Fell

Jim Reeves – Yonder Comes A Sucker

Ray Charles – Come Back Baby

Elvis Presley – I Forgot To Remember

Bo Diddley – Pretty Thing

Ray Charles – A Fool For You

NEED:

The Valentines – I Love You Baby

Rosco Gordon – The Chicken

Bill Haley & the Comets – Real Rock Drive

The Clovers – Love Bug

Ernest Tubb – The Yellow Rose of Texas

The Moonglows – Lover, Love Me

Dinah Shore – Whatever Lola Wants

Hank Snow – Mainliner

The Clovers – In the Morning Time

The Moonglows – She’s Gone

The Valentines – Lily Maebelle

Bill Haley & the Comets – Birth of the Boogie

The Moonglows – Sincerely

Chuck Miller – Hawk-Eye

The Spaniels – You Painted Pictures

Pete Seeger – Deila’s Go

B.B. King – Everyday I Have the Blues

The Moonglows – Most of All

Bill Haley & the Comets – Razzle Dazzle

The Spiders – Is It True

Ray Price – Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes

Rosco Gordon – Love For You Baby

The Ink Spots – Melody of Love

Bill Haley & the Comets – Dim Dim the Lights

Etta James – Good Rockin’ Daddy

Slim Whitman – Roll Along Silvery Moon

Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie – April in Paris

Kitty Wells – There’s Poison in Your Heart

Etta James – The Wallflower

Ferlin Husky – I’ll Baby Sit With You

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – Cherokee

Slim Whitman – Rose Marie

Eddie Snow – Ain’t That Right

Hank Thompson – Most of All

Etta James – Number One

Frank Sinatra – Learnin’ the Blues

The Clovers – Nip Sip

Perez Prado – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

The Moonglows – In My Diary

Lonnie Donegan – Rock Island Line

Al Hibbler – Unchained Melody

Smokey Joe Baugh – Signifying Monkey

Sarah Vaughan – Whatever Lola Wants

The Miller Sisters – There’s No Right Way To Do Me Wrong

Georgia Gibbs – 24 Hours a Day

The Penguins – Don’t Do It

The Five Tinos – Don’t Do That

Clifford Brown & Max Roach – Take the A-Train

The Penguins – Baby Let’s Make Some Love

Georgia Gibbs – Goodbye to Rome

The Turbans – Let Me Show You Around My Heart

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The Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1955

Graham Wilkinson & Kimya Dawson jam at the Mean Eyed Cat in Austin

This weekend I caught some music in Austin. I got in to the live music capital of the world at the tail end of the South By Southwest (SXSW) festivities, which features official and unofficial showcases that bring together bands from across the globe. I went to an unofficial show at the Mean Eyed Cat. This old saw sharpening workshop turned club and living tribute to Johnny Cash rocked Friday night as Kimya Dawsonand Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township played some great tunes.

Graham played some of my favorites including “Boys & Girls,” “Let It Go,” and “Polvo’s Martinis.” Christopher Denny joined Graham for a rollicking Bob Dylan cover with shredding guitar solos and wailing harmonica. “The Man in Black” himself would have loved this night of music. The sounds were as eclectic as Johnny’s tastes. From Dylan folk ballads to protest songs to country and reggae to rock and roll, Kimya and Graham kept Austin weird for another night!

Graham Wilkinson & Kimya Dawson jam at the Mean Eyed Cat in Austin

Top Albums of February 2010

February 2010

Escape From Babylon To The Kingdom Of Zion

  1. AlborosieEscape From Babylon To The Kingdom Of Zion [Greensleeves 2010]
  2. The GorillazPlastic Beach [Virgin 2010]
  3. Adam Carroll Adam Carroll Live At Flipnotics [Adam Carroll 2009]
  4. Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyAs We Enter [Explicit] [Universal Republic 2010]
  5. Carolina Chocolate DropsGenuine Negro Jig [Nonesuch Records 2010]
  6. Jimi HendrixValleys Of Neptune [Sony 2010]
  7. Busy Signal One More Night [VP Records 2010]
  8. Overproof Soundsystem King Step E.P. [Elephant House 2010]
  9. Various Artists Reggae Anthology: Henry “Junjo” Lawes – Volcano Eruption [VP Records 2010]
  10. Broken BellsBroken Bells [Sony 2010]
  11. Various Artists Dancehall Vol. 2: The Rise of Jamaica Dancehall Culture [Soul Jazz Records 2010]
  12. Guitar Shorty Bare Knuckle [Alligator 2010]
  13. YeasayerOdd Blood [Secretly Canadian 2010]
  14. MidlakeThe Courage Of Others [Bella Union 2010]
  15. Johnny CashAmerican VI: Ain’t No Grave [American Recordings/Lost Highway 2010]
  16. SadeSoldier Of Love [Epic 2010]
  17. ShearwaterThe Golden Archipelago [Matador Records 2010]
  18. Tommy Tornado Sunrise [Rude Rich Holland 2010]
  19. Massive AttackHeligoland [EMI/Virgin 2010]
  20. Ólöf ArnaldsVið og við. [One Little Indian 2010]
  21. Various ArtistsHope For Haiti Now [MTV Networks 2010]
  22. NnekaConcrete Jungle [Decon/Epic 2010]
  23. Gucci ManeThe State Vs. Radric Davis [Explicit] [Asylum/Warner Brothers 2010]
  24. The Magnetic FieldsRealism [Nonesuch 2010]
  25. Charlotte GainsbourgIRM [Because Muse/Elektra 2010]
  26. Patty GriffinDowntown Church [EMI/Credential 2010]
  27. Hot ChipOne Life Stand [EMI 2010]
  28. Lil’ Wayne Rebirth [Explicit] [Cash Money 2010]

Top Albums of February 2010