Song: State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)

Artist: Jim James, Louisville, KY

Album: Regions of Light and Sound of God, 2013

Notes: Haunting, spare, hypnotic lost gem from the front man and band leader of indie darlings, My Morning Jacket. This highly original cunning number is the standout cut on his third solo set. He also goes under the name Yim Yames, though real moniker is James Olliges.

Song: Happiness Is Easy

Artist: Talk Talk, England

Album: The Colour of Spring, 1986

Notes: Too good for prime time. Progressive percussion, stunning atmospherics and a children's backing mini choir all filtered through the musical mind of the great Mark Hollis, the enigmatic leader of the much-missed Talk Talk.

Song: The Old Magician

Artist: Prefab Sprout, England

Album: Crimson Red, 2013

Notes: The welcome return of the deft art and craft of singer-songwriter Paddy McAloon and his Prefab Sprout combo which is celebrating three decades of largely overlooked top notch fare this year. From a truly sensational comeback album, highly recommended - and annoyingly unavailable in the US.

Song: Take Me Back

Artist: Mindy Smith, Long Island, NY

Album: Mindy Smith, 2012

Notes: A warm slice of Americana pie courtesy of the genre's best. Sweet and simple with no saccharin, no added calories, no trans fats or artificial flavors - and just one of several rubies on her 2012 eponymous album which didn't get enough love.

Song: Southern Sun

Artist: Boy & Bear, Australia

Album: Harlequin Dream, 2013

Notes: Easy rolling indie-folk rock from down under from band's sophomore set which was nominated for a couple of categories in the Aussie equivalent of the Grammys, the ARIA Music Awards. The hip quintet formed five years ago in Sydney around frontman singer-songwriter Dave Hosking.

Song: All of Me

Artist: John Legend, Springfield, OH

Album: Love In The Future, 2013

Notes: A frank and career-defining ballad by one music's good guys. All but disappeared prior to an epic performance at this year's Grammy Awards which finally propelled this diamond into the top 10. Legend wrote the song about and for his girlfriend and new bride, Chrissy Teigen - who appears entirely unclothed in the music video.

Song: The Moment

Artist: Toad The Wet Sprocket, Santa Barbara, CA

Album: New Constellation, 2013

Notes: Their easy rolling melodic pop-rock signature sound and the first fruits from their welcome reunion. As with so many bands these days, their new recordings were financed through crowd funding - no less that $250k from 6,300 fans via Kickstarter. One of the most successful groups to emerge from Santa Barbara.

Song: Out Of Touch (12' Remix)

Artist: Hall & Oates, Philadelphia, PA

Album: Not available, 1984

Notes: L&F's deconstructed edit of the original 7:43 minute 12' vinyl remix. The added punch of the heavy bass-and-drum rhythm track is truly remarkable on this vintage reworking of a monster hit by the world's top-selling duo of the 1980s.

Song: Sometimes Always

Artist: Jesus & Mary Chain, Scotland

Album: Stoned and Dethroned, 1994

Notes: Clocking in at just 2:30 minutes but the most accessible lost nugget by the normally hardcore Scottish alternative rockers. The guest female vocalist on is Hope Sandoval the lovely main singer from Mazzy Star.

Song: This Town

Artist: Clare Bowen & Charles Esten, Australia/Nashville

Album: This Town (single), 2013

Notes: A bit of the Dolly Partons both visually and vocally about actress/singer Clare Bowen heard here in duet with Charles Esten on an enchanting strummer from the 'Nashville Cast' tv album. Mr. Esten also appears in Nashville but was first known as a regular on the US version of the improvisational television show, 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'

Song: Sun

Artist: Sleeping At Last, Wheaton, IL

Album: Space 1 EP, 2013

Notes: Lead-off cut from the recent 'Space 1' EP, one of four extended plays released as part of his wider 'Atlas' project, each of its six tracks named after a planet or a star. Sleeping At Last is the performing name of multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Ryan O'Neal, an indie-rocker who has released 21 EPs since bowing in 1999.

Song: What Would I Do Without You

Artist: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Nashville

Album: Good Light, 2013

Notes: Lovely lilting ode of love, an effortlessly simple but affectionate new cut from the sorely underrated Mr. Holcomb. His wife Ellie is in his backing band along with three so-called neighbors. More at

Song: Hey Ho

Artist: Gin Wigmore, New Zealand

Album: Holy Smoke, 2010

Notes: Brassy, gritty, lost corker from her freshwoman album showcasing ace Mexican horns and a dirty guitar vibe. Backed on that long-player by Ryan Adams' band, the Cardinals. A couple of intriguing albums and a deuce of EPs since bowing in 2009 - more at

Song: Pendulum

Artist: Pure Bathing Culture, Portland, OR

Album: Moon Tides, 2013

Notes: Shimmering, sugar-sweet ear candy from their glittering August 2013 release. Sarah Versprille & Daniel Hindman were formerly in the retro-folk combo, Vetiver, based in the ever-fertile musical breeding ground of Portland. Follow their art and craft at

Song: Losing You

Artist: Quincy Mumford, Allenhurst, NJ

Album: Speak, 2011

Notes: Mercifully no relation to the now overcooked and over-exposed Mumford & Sons, laid-back acoustic gem from a relative newcomer and surfing/skateboarding hipster. Six years into his recording career - more at

Song: Enough For You

Artist: Rictor, Nashville

Album: Till The End, 2013

Notes: Nashville natives, Kyle and Kelsey Rictor are also both concurrent members of General Ghost, but now branching out as this new duo. Ace music just poring out of the siblings on both fronts.

Song: Molly Malone

Artist: Sinead O'Connor, Ireland

Album: Sean-Nos Nua, 2002

Notes: Born to sing this ancient Irish folk tune, treating it with beautiful empathy - pouring her soul into the story of a lonely fishmonger, sweet Molly Malone. A rare and precious pearl from the L&F vault, from the somehow deleted treasure of an album which cannot be bought for love or BitCoins.

Song: Until The End

Artist: Dirty South feat. Joe Gil, Serbia

Album: Speed of Life, 2013

Notes: Big room EDM production, should have been as big as Avicii's equally mighty 'Wake Me Up'. Serbian-born electronic whiz Dragan Roganovic's beginnings can be traced back to a \tape deck, a couple of cassettes, a pause button, strong ears and clever hands. This number features guests vocals from underloved indie-folk popster, Joe Gil.

Song: Say Something

Artist: A Great Big World, New York

Album: Is Anybody Out There', 2013

Notes: The original (2011) version of the year's top desolate ballad smash, but sans Christina Aguilera who features on the hit version. New York-based pop duo, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino met while both attended the Steinhardt Music Program at NYU.

Song: Troubled Mind

Artist: Everything But The Girl, England

Album: Amplified Heart, 1994

Notes: Blissful, typically literate swayer from Tracey Thorn & Ben Watt. No new material from EBTG for more than a decade, but, pleasingly, a new album from Mr. Watt called 'Hendra' due any day, only his second solo outing.

Song: Grow Around You

Artist: Bernard Fanning, Australia

Album: Departures, 2013

Notes: Rousing pop/rock anthem from a CD which remains unreleased in the US (available only as an import for about $40 on Amazon). Bernard is from Brisbane, the former lead singer of hard rockers Powderfinger until they split up in 2010.

Song: A Little Bit of Love

Artist: Brenda Russell, Canada

Album: Brenda Russell, 1979

Notes: Perky lost soul/pop gem made all the more charming by the backing children's choir. A-list Canadian-American pianist/singer-songwriter now in her '60s her fabulous repertoire and vocal chops have been used by the likes of Sting, Stevie Wonder, Aretha, Joni Mitchell and Donna Summer. Also wrote 'Get Here' smash (Oleta Adams).

Song: Ghost In The Machine

Artist: Fire and The Sea, Los Angeles

Album: Ghost In The Machine (single), 2013

Notes: The close harmony class and soul searching of L&F alumni Kyler England and Adrianna Gonzalez, recently uniting as a new duo, The Fire and the Sea. Based in LA - their maiden EP will emerge this spring. Sensational.

Song: The Enemy

Artist: Andrew Belle, Wheaton, IL

Album: Black Bear, 2013

Notes: Yet another treasure from an increasingly strong canon of work being assembled by this horribly under-appreciated tunesmith. Real name is Drew Forston, expectedly based for the last few years in Nashville - a few tv and film placements for his songs over the past couple - but flying lower under the radar than Captain Sulley Sullenberger. More at Andrew

Song: Tempest

Artist: Lucius, Brooklyn, NY

Album: Wildewoman, 2013

Notes: Strong hooks on this overlooked nugget by a Brooklyn based '60s girl group meets New Wave combo. Fronted by a pair of Berklee School of Music alumni, Holly Laessig and Jesse Wolfe, and signed to the top-drawer indie label, Mom + Pop Music.

Song: On My Own

Artist: Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald, Philadelphia, PA/St. Louis, MO

Album: Winner in You, 1986

Notes: L&F doesn't care that this was a hit way back when, or that its seemingly cheesy arrangement makes it dated: simply a tour de force of emotion, soul, top-notch songwriting and exquisite vocal delivery. Written by Burt Bacharach and his then wife, Carole Bayer Sager, it was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick - though mysteriously never released by her.

Song: Are You Living

Artist: General Ghost, Nashville

Album: Not available, 2014

Notes: A crisp, hook-laden rhythmic corker from the aforementioned Rictor brothers, Kyle and Kelsey. Regrettably this cut is not yet available for commercial consumption. More at

Song: Agape

Artist: Bear's Den, England

Album: Agape EP, 2013

Notes: Best cut from last year's little known EP of the same name by a jangly indie-folk trio which was signed by Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons) to his uber-hip Communion label a couple of years ago. They toured in 2012 with Ben Howard and the Staves. A fair smattering of worthwhile videos for your perusal at

Song: I Am Not Waiting Anymore

Artist: Field Report, Milwaukee, WI

Album: Field Report, 2013

Notes: Top-drawer lyrics on this backwoods gem by a six-piece folk outfit firmly led by Chris Porterfield (Field Report is an anagram of his surname). He was originally in DeYarmond Edison, a group fronted by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Song: Farewell Daddy Blues

Artist: Margot Bingham, Pittsburgh, PA

Album: Not available, 2013

Notes: A blues classic originally recorded by the great Ma Rainey, updated here by actress/singer, Margot Bingham, a stand-out talent in season 4 of the HBO series, 'Boardwalk Empire'. (ABCKO Records recently issued a rather good selection of music from recent seasons of the series, 'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2' - but, of course, this rather lovely blues gem not included in its 20 tracks.)

Song: I Don't Need You

Artist: Harry Nilsson, Brooklyn, NY

Album: Flash Harry, 1980

Notes: Too sad for words, an embittered, cynical man, crushed by previous bad experience, his heart locked up, unable, unwilling to open it one more time. From one of the all-time great vocalists, this ballad made even more poignant by being one of last songs he ever recorded before dying from heart failure, gone too soon at the age of just 52.

Song: Unforgivable

Artist: Natalie Taylor, Nashville

Album: Not available, 2013

Notes: Already a permanent fixture on L&F, a drop-dead catchy pop hit-in-waiting which floats along with such melodious ease. A new, telegenic, talented Nashville-based singer-songwriter who clearly deserves major attention: more at

Song: Go Alone

Artist: PJ Morton, New Orleans

Album: New Orleans, 2013

Notes: An old school/nu school, Stevie Wonder-flavored nugget from his recent long-player. PJ was born in the Big Easy, flew under the radar until being recruited as a touring backing musician for Maroon 5 in 2010. The album features Mr. Wonder and Busta Rhymes among others - and the ubiquitous and extremely irritating and overrated Adam Levine.

Song: Take Everything (2013 Remake)

Artist: Greg Laswell, San Diego, CA

Album: I Was Going To Be An Astronaut, 2014

Notes: Exquisite. A cover version of his own masterful original included in a remarkable, extremely quiet, reflective remakes album of other top gems from his past catalog. Too good for prime time.

Song: Your Song

Artist: Dave Edmunds, Wales

Album: Again EP, 2014

Notes: Unexpectedly delightful instrumental-only version of the iconic Elton song by the Welsh guitar veteran from his recent self-released 'Again' EP.