Featured Friday Music Shuffle – End of the Month Mix

Here we are the last Friday in June, and the voting has picked up.  Skeletons in the Piano have made a huge push and taken over second place.  They are within possible striking distance of Killing Kuddles who has lead since the beginning of the polling period.  The next 38 hours or so will decide the whole thing.   Remember even if you have voted, you can vote again – here.
For our last shuffle of the month, I have loaded roughly an equal amount of songs for each of the top three (poll results as of this morning) Band of the Month nominees.  Strangely enough, the shuffle came up in order from 3rd place to 1st*
*Okay I shuffled three or four times to get it to come out this way.
To the shuffle:
The more I hear of the Living with Scars album, the more impressed I am by Jo Wymer and he band.  On Come on Baby, Jo shows off her vocal chops with a passionate pleading blues number that stands alongside some of the best female blues vocalists of all time.  

Upstate New Yorkers, Skeletons in the Piano are up next with the lead off track from their Stranger On A Damned Staircase album. That Old Hound Dog came up earlier in the month, but it’s worth repeating here. A damned fine blues based bit of indie rock from a highly original band.

And finally, we have another stand-out track from Killing Kuddles – the folksy, grungy, punk troubadour from Atlanta, Georgia.  Today’s song is a nifty, rocking tune called Runaway Queen.


 couldn’t locate a video for Runaway Queen, so here’s Too Crazy.

MP3: Lightouts – "The Big Picture"

Another from Audible Treats:

Critical Praise for Lightouts:

“Definitely a band to look out for, Lightouts have the potential to be massive.”

– The Music Ninja

“Gowanus duo Lightouts resurrect the melancholy chug and darkly sexy swagger of bands like The Cure, Girls Against Boys, JAMC and Afghan Whigs and impolitely jam it into the drum machine crunch of contemporary locals like Sleigh Bells, Year Of The Tiger and the Death Set.”
– Chris Weingarten, The Village Voice

“I require precisely no convincing that Lightouts are brilliant, but if you’re in any doubt then by all means check out their new single, ‘The Cure For Shyness.'”
– Listen Before You Buy 

“Best New Release”

– Indie Rock Cafe

The Song:

Lightouts new maxi-single “The Big Picture” is out now! The Gowanus-duo’s track offers the bouncy pop of Cut Copy mixed with the crunch of Weezer. The release premiered yesterday on The Music Ninja, who said, “American duo Lightouts were formed just a year ago, but judging by the chemistry on record, you’d think they’d been together forever. Their latest single, ‘The Big Picture,’ is a pop monster which combines the melodies and bounce of electro with the grit of rock to create something very special… Definitely a band to look out for, Lightouts have the potential have the potential to be massive.”

As with the band’s first four singles, they also included a cover tune (“Push”- a deep cut by The Cure), which was premiered by Impose and was selected as the Vinyl District’s Single of the Week, as well as a B-Side track, “Stray Boy,” which was premiered by Filter.Grab a Download on Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-big-picture-single/id528455634

Check out the premiere at The Music Ninjahttp://www.themusicninja.com/rock-lightouts-the-big-picture-tmn-premiere/

MP3 & Video: Turbo Fruits and Bad Cop to Release Split 7" on Jeffery Drag Records

via Audible Treats:
Critical Praise for Turbo Fruits: 

“When he’s excited (like on the spastic album opener, ‘No Drugs To Use’), Stein sounds like a hoarse Henry Rollins. When he’s feeling mellow (as on the proto-grunge ‘Volcano’), a hint of Mark Arm’s cultivated ennui creeps into his voice.” Pitchfork

“Stein’s endlessly engaging melodic style gives nods to Bowie and even Elvis, plus there’s a sprinkling of psychedelic dynamism now and then.” – The Guardian

Critical Praise for Bad Cops: 

“It’s a soulful, greasy, howlin’ whiteboy kind of rant-rock that’s even greater than the sum of all its crazy parts, a frantic, no-holds-barred, ‘fuck the rules’ kind of album that we desperately need right now…” – Impose

The 7″:

Nashville garage rockers Turbo Fruits and Bad Cop are proud to announce the release of a split 7″ on Jeffery Drag Records, which is available for pre-order now. The albums will ship on July 15 and be in stores on July 31. There is a limited edition of 300 on clear vinyl. The tracks will be available on iTunes on July 15.

The Turbo Fruits track “Love Tennessee” is an anthem of sorts for the radical music scene currently bursting out of Nashville (JEFF the Brotherhood, Pujol, Natural Child) as exemplified by the lyrics, “Whiskey and Coke / Telling our jokes / This is the place to be / We love Tennessee / No place we’d rather be / No place like Tennessee / That’s where we’ll always be.”

Like their previous music videos, the video for Bad Cop‘s single “Wet Lips” also stars an attractive femme fatale and is slightly NSFW. The sixties garage rock sound is amplified by the swirling psychedelic footage- it’s a wild rock n’ roll party you’ll want to be invited to.

Turbo Fruits have been on tour with Deer Tick since April and Bad Cop recently toured with Cage the Elephant. Both bands will have full-length LPs out later this year.

Attention vinyl junkies: We have a limited amount of 7″s available for review-let us know if you’re interested and we’ll send you a copy.

Check out the premieres at Prefix:

Check out the “Wet Lips” video here

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – SCOTUS Mix!

R.I.P. Don Grady

I’m not at work today, so my morning shuffle was not part of my morning walk, but instead, I listened to the shuffle while waiting with my daughter for the bus to take her to ESY and then while feeding the dogs.  Enjoying what will be the only bearable part of the day.  Temperatures here in Nashville are predicted to hit 101 today, and they will only rise from there over the next few days.

My wife is volunteering for an appearance by Michelle Obama at the Opryland Hotel – and it looks like mood should be jubilant over there.

To the shuffle:

First up we have theB-side to a 7″ from The Flint Hill Specials which is a side project of Americana band National Grain.  The song we have today is Unknown Folk Singer  and took me to the Last Motel Room (the A-Side of the 7″) where the faces of the forgotten and never known pass unseen along the concrete sidewalks and on the metal and concrete staircase.

You can grab the Downloads (plus a couple of covers) over the the Flint Hill Specials site.  You can catch up with National Grain on their site.
(by the way, you may have noticed over the past couple of days, I’ve been posting the Amazon ad rather than just the album cover image.  That’s because the embed code for the image link has been truncated.  I like the way just the album cover looks, and I hope to return to that format as soon as Amazon fixes the code)

Here’s The Flint Hill Specials from this years SXSW.

Next up we have another track from The Bluefields’ debut album, Pure. This time around Warner, Dan and Joe make a departure in Dub Step territory… just kidding… Seriously thought, ya’ll Don’t Let Me Fall  is pure Rock ‘n’ Roll in a slow burner that speaks to the yearning that all good Rock ‘n’ Roll has at it’s core.

Here are The Bluefields from what I believe was their first show back in September 2011 doing a cover of Led Zeppelin’s When the Levee Breaks
From there, we move on to a track from Lo-Fi, Indie Pop band TV Girl from their recent release, The Wild, The Innocent and the TV Shuffle, called Loneliness Can Be Demanding. Give a listen below.


Some tunes from TV Girl from last year.
Next up we have Death Cab for Cutie with a track from their last album (2011’s Codes and Keys) – The song is called Monday Morning – which is perfect for a Thursday morning.
And finally, we hit up another tune from Justin Townes Earle’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. Justin takes us Down on the Lower East Side.
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Don’t Forget Band of the Month Poll Closes Saturday!


To help you decide – Here are the top five so far!

Tied for 5th Place 

Tipi Valley


And Big Mosey

3rd Place

Skeletons in the Piano

2nd Place

Jo Wymer/Jo Wymer Band

and leading going into the stretch

Killing Kuddles

Also send some love and votes to the rest of the featured artists

Shayfer James
The Riverbreaks
Elephant Goes West 
Dogs of Oz

And I totally suck so bad.  I just realized that I left Dean Fields off the Band of the Month Poll.  I am so sorry, and why didn’t anyone tell me this!!!!!
I am going to add him to the July Band of the Month Poll!

Speaking of which I’ve about narrowed down the ten Featured Artists for July, and it’s a great group – so stayed tuned.

As way of an apology here’s a Bonus Dean Fields Video:

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Isolated Incident Mix

Yeah, yeah, yeah… blah… it’s f**king Wednesday and where does the time go when it goes away.  I’m just randomly typing words, and if they make sense, it’s not my fault.  In other news, I have no news.


This morning some pretty cool songs to lead us into the day:

First up we have the title track from Sam Phillips 1992 album Cruel Inventions which produced by her husband at the time T Bone Burnett. I’m pretty sure I saw her live back around the time this album came out, but my memory is failing me, and I’ll have to check with Rex Silo (as if he has any more working brain cells than I do) to confirm it.  In any event, this is a great album that totally does not sound 20 years old to me.

Trivia: Sam Phillips appeared in the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance.

Next up we have Jolie Holland from her 2004 album Escondida with a song called, Goodbye California. To the best of my knowledge, Jolie Holland did not appear in the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance. 
And finally, we wrap up the morning shuffle with a bonus track from the 2011 reissue of the The Rolling Stones’ classic album Some Girls. No Spare Parts  features some newly recorded vocals by Mick Jagger who despite doing some acting in his career alas also did not appear in the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance.
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Bruce Willis returns as misfit cop John McClane in the third film in the Die Hard series. McClane has fallen on hard times; after moving to New York City and breaking up with his wife, he’s developed a drinking problem and has been suspended from the NYPD. However, his past comes back to haunt him in the form of Simon (Jeremy Irons), a terrorist bomber who has been using McClane as his contact as he plants a series of bombs in public places and gives McClane inane “clues” to their whereabouts in the form of riddles and bizarre games. McClane soon discovers he’s been involved in Simon’s scheme as part of a personal grudge; while associated with an international terrorist group, Simon is also the brother of the man McClane threw off the side of a skyscraper several years back (in the original Die Hard). Now McClane, with the help of a Harlem shopkeeper named Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson), has to find out where Simon has planted the bombs, guess where he’ll strike next, and try to find his base of operations before more bombs go off and thousands of people die. The supporting cast features Graham Greene and Colleen Camp; singer Sam Phillips made her acting debut as a member of Simon’s terrorist group (Phillips never speaks, so as to not to reveal her Texas accent). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Grass Root Kids Kickstart Their First EP

Grass Root Kids are a young indie band from Nashville.  They are currently running a Kickstarter campaign  to fund their first EP.  We have the campaign video below. Check it out.  


Now check out the band’s song Forty Dead Men.  If you feel moved and are so able drop send some love and $ their way.