Pearl Jam – Brother : The song that supposedly almost killed Pearl Jam. Apparently during its recording, Stone Gossard ended up not liking the riff and refused to play it causing Jeff Ament to nearly quit the band. This song isn’t commercially available in a completed format. It’s on Lost Dogs but only as an instrumental; however, a polished master found its way on to the internet last year.
Darius Rucker – Something Here : While not technically Darius Rucker’s song, it’s still damn good. It appears on Paul Sanchez’s “Between Friends” CD with guest vocalists. Darius’ vocals are simply amazing on this song. [ iTunes ]
Paulo Nutini – Last Request : Great song from the talented vocalist from Scotland. [ iTunes ]
The Nixons – Secret : Known for their hit song “Sister”, The Nixons were a highly talented band that didn’t gain the staying power they deserved. “Secret” is a ballad from their indie EP release “Six” on the Dragon Street label. The EP is long out of print, but they pop up on eBay quite frequently.
Tim Locke – Many Happy Regrets : Tim Locke is a DFW singer-songwriter extraordinaire; bands include Grand Street Cryers (disbanded), Coma Rally, Calhoun. This is simply a great song from his solo disc “Love Songs For The Very Low” that is sadly out of print.
Mother Love Bone – Man of Golden Words : Amazing song by the seminal Seattle grunge band. The song contains, in my opinion, some of Andrew Wood’s most powerful lyrics. [ iTunes ]
Slash’s Snakepit – Beggars and Hangers-On : The best song from Slash’s band. [ iTunes ]
Freddy – Defying Gravity : Made famous on Kidd Kraddick In The Morning; guy’s been through a lot professionally. Supposedly a new album is in the can awaiting a distribution deal. [ iTunes ]
Eddie Vedder – Croon Spoon : Soundtrack tune featuring a duet between Vedder and Susan Sarandon — no, really.. It’s a fun tune. [ iTunes ]
Zac Maloy – Perfect Day : My favorite song of his first solo album. Great hook and lyrics. [ iTunes ]