12. S1ander Tongue Huntin'
Just noticed there's been a rash of older links blocked due to copyright issues, which is fair enough - I just wish the offended parties made themselves known so I could simply delete their track and switch it out for an artist that sees the value in this sort of low-rent, low-grade, low stakes promotion. Oh well... this blog's been trundling along for 15 years now, so it's been a pretty good run. You may want to snag this Summer mix quickly though.
1. The Jazz Butcher The Highest In The Land
Like Bowie's "Blackstar" this is an intimate last release by an artist ruminating on his impending mortality. The main difference being that Pat Fish makes you sing along as he breaks your heart.
As far as I can tell, it took 20 years for the band to follow their debut and, incredibly, this infectious collection of Lennon-esque vocals & Cheap Trickian power chords may have been worth the wait.
Opening up their Stonesy sound with ballads, slide guitar, and a hint of country/southern rock only makes it more Stonesy - but this is the mean cold-blooded late 60s Stones, so just know that any stray yayas in yer system are about to get out.