Song: Lost and Found
Artist: Katie Herzig, Nashville
Album: The Waking Sleep, 2011
Notes: A Lost & Found lost classic and a fitting way to relaunch the show on Live365.com this week. Used last year in the promos for the Disney movie, 'Saving Mr. Banks'. Katie's fifth album, 'Walk Through Walls' due in March accompanied by a three month US tour - dates at www.katieherzig.com.
Song: Graffiti On The Train
Artist: Stereophonics, Wales
Album: Graffiti On The Train, 2013
Notes: Epic but overlooked pop/rock corker from last year by the venerable Welsh combo which has been going strong for more than 20 years, led by earnest frontman and top whiskeyfied vocalist, Kelly Jones.
Song: Who'd Have Known
Artist: Lily Allen, England
Album: It's Not Me, It's You, 2008
Notes: Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (better known as Lily Allen) with an enchanting Dido-esque offering. A big star back in her home country, the English Rose has enjoyed huge success in Europe for nearly a decade but has yet to score big over the pond. This nugget is an interpolation of a Take That song, 'Shine' and was co-written by clever lad Greg Kurstin (he of The Bird & The Bee).
Song: Who Are You
Artist: Paradise Fears, Vermillion, SD
Album: Who Are Young (single), 2013
Notes: So mellifluous and sweet, how did radio at large lose this lovely harmonic pop roller? The band originally got together in 2010 at high school set on a music career instead of attending college. Smart move. More at www.paradisefears.com
Song: Help Me Lose My Mind
Artist: Disclosure feat. London Grammar, England
Album: Settle, 2013
Notes: Vibe perfect, uber-cool, laid-back slice of electronica from one of the genre's best albums of last year. Disclosure is a groovy English duo of young hipsters and siblings, Howard and Guy Lawrence - this lost cracker features the heavenly vocal of Hannah Reid, the lead singer of one of L&F's favorite bands of the past couple of years, London Grammar.
Song: Good Thing
Artist: Kathleen Edwards, Canada
Album: Back To Me, 2005
Notes: A+ underloved lost acoustic gem - maybe her best - by the under-appreciated Canadian songstress. Kathleen is from Ottawa but she spent much of her childhood abroad as the daughter of a diplomat growing up in both Korea and Switzerland. Joshua Radin is also a big fan.
Song: Sweet Distraction
Artist: Trent Dabbs, Nashville
Album: Not available
Notes: Exquisite but unavailable new ballad from the sterling Nashville based tunesmith. Originally recorded as an extra track for his ace new offering 'The Way We Look At Horses' released last November, but ultimately not included. Co-founder of the excellent Ten Out Of Tenn recording and performing collective of ace local musicians based in Music City.
Song: Blew My Mind
Artist: Dresses, Portland, OR
Album: Sun Shy, 2013
Notes: Ultra-catchy, cute number from a young boy/girl duo from Portland, Timothy Heller and Jared Maldonado - indeed the first song they wrote together and a standout highlight on their breezy debut set. More at www.dressestheband.com.
Song: The City Below
Artist: Mackintosh Braun, Portland, OR
Album: Arcadia, 2014
Notes: Deftly created and executed new cut from Portland-based duo, Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun's sophomore set due in March. If Capital Cities can score with 'Safe & Sound' (first played on L&F), then why not this equally pleasing electronic/pop outing?
Artist: James Blunt, England
Album: All The Lost Souls, 2007
Notes: One of the finest under-cherished lost tracks by the creator of the now over-played and nauseating smash 'You're Beautiful'. Co-written and produced by Mark Batson who's worked with the likes of Dave Matthews, India Irie, Eminem and Seal - and who co-wrote a different track called '1963' with the wonderful Rachael Yamagata.
Song: When I'm With You
Artist: Ben Rector, Tulsa, OK
Album: The Walking In Between, 2013
Notes: An off-beat, choppy percussive gem by L&F preferred vendor Mr. Rector, one of a half-dozen worthwhile extracts on most recent long-player. Originally from Tulsa but based in Nashville for the past few years - five fab albums since 2007 from eternally fresh-faced Ben, who won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2006 and has not failed to meet expectations since.
Song: Long Time Gone
Artist: Billie Joe & Norah, Oakland, CA/Brooklyn, NY
Album: Foreverly, 2013
Notes: An unexpected and surprisingly strong old school Country collaboration from the Green Day frontman and Miss Norah. One of several pearls on their combined 'Foreverly' project , a reverential, note-perfect update of a complete 1958 Everly Brothers LP, 'Songs Our Daddy Taught Us'. RIP Phil.
Song: The Old Magician
Artist: Prefab Sprout, England
Album: Crimson Red, 2013
Notes: The welcome return of the musical vision and sheer class of the obscenely talented Paddy McAloon, front and center with his British band, Prefab Sprout on a future lost acoustic classic which is kissed with an harmonica bridge from heaven. Band bowed some 30 years ago with 'Swoon', back on top form with an outstanding new collection which, maddeningly, is not available in the US.
Song: Joy To You Baby
Artist: Josh Ritter, Moscow, ID
Notes: Americana singer-songwriter reaches new understated heights with one of many highlights from last year's superb CD. Written during the throes of a painful divorce from fellow musician, Dawn Landes, it was a very personal collection about which he said 'these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness. I hadn't composed this stuff, I'd scrawled it down, just trying to keep ahead of the heartbreak.'
Song: The Living Years (live)
Artist: Paul Carrack, England
Album: Not available
Notes: Poignant, restrained, piano-led, solo live version of the Mike & The Mechanics hit from 1988 - by the original lead singer on the cut, Mr. Carrack. A much in-demand journeyman musician and guest singer over many decades, he was also the main vocalist on hits like 'Tempted' by Squeeze and the superb 'How Long' by Ace.
Song: Teenage Kicks
Artist: Undertones, N. Ireland
Album: The Undertones, 1979
Notes: Punk-pop lost classic from the '70s British New Wave, puts allcomers to shame with its raw simplicity and perfect punk credentials. Showcasing the distinctive lead vocal of Feargel Sharkey, 'Teenage Kicks' remained the all-time favourite record of the late, great British radio DJ and musicologist, Sir John Peel.
Song: Dirty Dishes
Artist: Deer Tick, Providence, RI
Album: War Elephant
Notes: Rootsy, alternative-country folk ditty from their 2007 freshman album written by raspy frontman John McAuley. Now celebrating a decade together, last year Deer Tick played Nirvana's landmark 'In Utero' opus in its entirety to celebrate the album's 20th anniversary - performing under the name Deervana.
Artist: Bruce Springsteen, Long Branch, NJ
Album: Devils and Dust, 2005
Notes: Horns-laced, economic lost diamond far superior to anything on his recent 'High Hopes' offering. Springsteen recently announced that all concerts on his current tour will be made available to download onto a special USB wristband and via his website.
Song: Time Will Tell
Artist: Gregory Alan Isakov, South Africa
Album: The Weatherman, 2013
Notes: Superbly crafted, deftly written and exquisitely executed organic Americana from L&F's top album of 2013, a stripped down, literate, clean, melodic indie-folk affair - no fuss no bother, just lovely music throughout. Isakov was born in Johannesburg but grew up in Philadelphia and now calls Nederland, Colorado his home. Five increasingly worthwhile albums since bowing ten years ago, more at www.gregory alanisakov.com.
Song: Start Again
Artist: Natalie Taylor, Nashville
Album: Not available
Notes: First-class ballad from one of the best new female singer-songwriters in recent memory. Originally from Alabama, but unsurprisingly now based in Nashville her influences include Jon Howard, John Mayer and Sara Bareilles - more on her www.natalietaylormusic.com.
Artist: Natalie Taylor, Nashville
Album: Not available
Notes: Another side to Natalie, this fab pop/synth cut ups the tempo and features a beat-catchy chorus. Too good for prime time.
Song: Kingdom Come
Artist: Coldplay, England
Album: X&Y, 2005
Notes: The ultimate torch song of irrational but romantic, everlasting, patient love. A hidden gem from their 2005 'X&Y' opus - and arguably one of its finest moments despite its obscurity.
Song: Let Her Go (live)
Artist: Passenger, England
Album: Not available
Notes: Stunning, restrained live version of his now forever signature hit - a song first play on L&F in August 2012. Passenger was formerly a five-piece band formed by Mike which recorded an album together in 2007 - he then went solo but kept the group's moniker.
Song: Ace of Hearts
Artist: Chris Rea, England
Album: Wired To The Moon, 1984
Notes: An old school no-nonsense pop-rock delight, filled with smart hooks, and showcasing Rea's gritty, whiskey-laced trademark vocal style and fluid guitar chops. Astonishingly (actually not, we're talking about the record industry), none of Rea's terrific 25 albums are available Stateside. Criminal.
Artist: Natalie Imbruglia, Australia
Album: Counting Down The Days
Notes: A note-perfect pop percolator which somehow bypassed the Billboard Hot 100 from the telegenic Aussie actress/singer. Natalie was named the sixth most naturally beautiful woman of all time in a poll of fashion/beauty experts in 2004.
Song: She Acts Like You
Artist: Lindsay Buckingham, Palo Alto, CA
Notes: One of three cuts Buckingham recorded specifically for the 'This Is 40' comedy directed by Judd Apatow. Movie also prominently featured an amusing storyline and sterling cameo performance by veteran British rocker, Graham Parker.
Artist: Duncan Browne, England
Album: Duncan Browne, 1973
Notes: Extraordinarily nimble acoustic fret-work and a fine lost folk-pop gem (despite its arthritic audio quality). An alumnus of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art he was discovered by then Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Little known on these shores but he notably co-wrote 'Criminal World' with David Bowie for the 'Let's Dance' album. Duncan's own journey came to end way too soon, just 46 when he succumbed to cancer in 1993.
Song: Bohemian Like You
Artist: Dandy Warhols, Portland, OR
Notes: A lost Modern Rock classic from their 2000 CD which nabbed modest airplay but never cracked the Hot 100. The elephant in the room is how Jagger & Richards let them get away with the direct 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' guitar riff lift . Beyond reverential.
Song: Go Gentle
Artist: Robbie Williams, England
Album: Swing Both Ways, 2013
Notes: An affectionate, gently swinging winner from Robbie's latest long-player and some lovely horn runs kissing this old school pop ditty. Written when his daughter was born and a promise to always protect and love her - relevant from a father to a daughter at any age.
Song: Made of Stone
Artist: Matt Corby, Australia
Album: Made of Stone (single), 2012
Notes: Shades of L&F preferred vendors, Patrick Watson & the Cinematic Orchestra by the Australian singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Also influenced by CSN&Y, Nick Drake and Nina Simone, he was inspired to hone his craft after initially signing with Mumford & Sons' London-based label, Communion Records who issued his first recordings.
Artist: Sinead O'Connor, Ireland
Album: Not available, 1991
Notes: Extremely rare, to-die-for concert rendition of her signature hit featuring a wailing, blissful, single-note vocal hold midway through which elevates this to one of the greatest - and saddest - live recordings in rock history.
Song: Until The End
Artist: Dirty South feat. Joe Gil, Serbia/Los Angeles
Album: Speed of Life, 2013
Notes: Serbian-born electronic whiz Dragan Roganovic with a big room production EDM crossover corker and the one that got away (better than Avicii's 'Wake Me Up'). Surprisingly and cunningly features the guest vocal of L&F preferred indie-folk popster, Joe Gil.
Song: The Absence of Time
Artist: Eastwestern String Ensemble feat. Samuel Vigoda, Israel/Poland
Album: Ashes & Snow DVD, 2005
Notes: Blissful World Music-flavored excursion put to frame-perfect use in the astonishing 'Ashes & Snow' installation project created and produced by Canadian artist Gregory Colbert. Haunting musical divinity featuring an intensely creative sample of a Jewish liturgical vocal piece by Polish cantor, Samuel Vigoda. Do check out www.ashesandsnow.com.
Song: Higher Than The Sun
Artist: Keane, England
Album: The Best of Keane, 2013
Notes: High-end melodies and harmonies as ever, one of two new tracks added to the British pop-rockers' first best-of collection issued last year - which marks the beginning of a well-earned hiatus for a band celebrating 15 years together.