"Everyday," Fiona Apple and Jon Brion (Fantasy)
Taken from the star-studded "Rave on Buddy Holly" compilation, this straightforward cover manages to capture all the cuddliness and starry hope of Buddy's 1957 original.
"Woods," the Rosebuds (Merge)
The up-tempo centerpiece of the Rosebuds' evocative new album, "Loud Planes Fly Low," boasts the best use of rockin' toy piano since Blue Oyster Cult's "Flaming Telepaths."
"I Can't Feel It," Ty Segall (Drag City)
It's clear on his new album, "Goodbye Bread," that California phenom Ty Segall has been listening to a lot of T.Rex; "I Can't Feel It" paddles toward psychedelic surf before riding a wave with its sing-along chorus that repeats and builds on itself, led by Segall's high vocals and knack for catchy melody.
"Space in Your Face," the Mekons (Sin)
Making the rounds on the Net, this teaser for the veteran band's forthcoming "Ancient and Modern" CD, due in September, is inspired summertime speaker rock that breaks down hilariously
"Hard Times," Gillian Welch (Acory)
One of the standouts on Welch's new "The Harrow and the Harvest," this begins with solitary banjo and the singer's elegant vocals, then ghostly partner David Rawlings enters on guitar and vocal harmony, providing a truly uplifting chorus for economic downturns of any period.