Band of the Year is….

Full recap tomorrow, but congratulations to….

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Last Hurrah? Mix

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Well, it’s Friday again, and we’ve reached what will likely be the final Morning Shuffle of 2012.  As I mentioned yesterday, I loaded up my new memory card with a random sampling of my digital music collection.  I left some space for all of the great new music to come in 2013.  

UPDATE on Band of the Year Voting:  As of the time I am writing this post, we’ve had in the neighborhood of 1750 votes.  Brooklyn based The Disappointment are holding a 5% point leave over Skeletons in the Piano who are from Upstate New York.  Currently, New York band The Great American Novel are running third.  You’ve got a couple more days to vote. Voting will end just before Midnight (Central Time) on Sunday December 30.  Also, we need about 200 more votes to surpass our total vote count for last years inaugural Band of the Year poll.  So keep the votes coming.  Here is where to vote:  CLICK HERE

Now for the shuffle which is pretty mind-blowingly eclectic and includes some songs I probably heard for the first time today.  After the JUMP!


 Amazingly all but one of the songs were available on the widget and the one that wasn’t was a cover and we got the original on there.

1.  Clap Your Hands by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band from The Wages (2010).  (Rural Indiana Blues) I noticed that four Facebook friends Liked this band’s page including two friends from my hometown, a Carnie (of Black Jake and the Carnies) and a member of The Imperial Rooster.

2. Walk On by G. Love from The Hangout Music Fest 2012 Sampler – from G. Love’s 2011 album Fixin’ to Die (Hold the Special Sauce) 

3. Virtue and Wine by Sondre Lerche from Faces Down (2002) (A Goodwill Store find and a damn good album)

4.  Saturday’s Child by Steve Almaas from Trailer Songs (2012) (Ex. Suicide Commando/Beat Rodeo: songs recorded in two airstream trailers in the Catskills – I’ve been a huge fan of Steve Almaas for years. This is a great record which we told you about right after it came out).
5.  She Floated Away by Husker Du (umlauts omitted ’cause I’m too lazy to add them) from Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987) (The sixth and final album from the post-punk legends – completing a Minneapolis themed set of two songs – this is a Grant Hart penned song)
  
6.  Dinner by Blood Orange from the Dinner Btw Bad Girls single (2011) (Dev Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion aka Blood Orange – well crafted electronic based R&B music)

7.  Black Leaf by The Cave Singers from No Witch (2011) (Seattle based Indie music featuring former members of Pretty Girls Make Graves – this was one I downloaded and subsequently lost track of – I kind of dig this).

8.  Black Picket Fences by Walking for Pennies from Forget About Wonderland (2012) (awesome Mo-Grass music from one of the bands in our Band of the Year poll)
 (Couldn’t find a video for Black Picket Fences so how about a Radiohead cover?)
9.  Wave Goodbye by Ty Segall Band from CMJ Mixtape – June 2012 – from Ty Segall Band’s Slaughterhouse (2012) (awesome garage punk music from San Francisco with rat-a-tat-tat drums and hard guitars – coolness)
10. Wake Up (Live in NYC 9/23/10) (Arcade Fire cover) by John Legend and the Roots from a download only release (2010) (Cool and funky cover of the Funeral single – The Roots are by far the best house band on television).
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ICYMI – Ear to the Ground Presents Volume 1 (Download)

 Back in April, we released our first download compilation featuring many of the artists we had featured up to that point.  The release was timed so that it coincided with the high holy Record Store Day.  As a year end treat, for those who might have missed it, I’m linking one more time to the Download Page for the Compilation. You’ll find all the details there.  And thanks once again to the great friend’s who contributed to this collection of beautiful music.  Happy New Year everybody from your friends at Ear to the Ground.

J.W-M

http://ear2theground-music.blogspot.com/p/site-ear-to-ground-presents-volume-i.html

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – White Tornado Mix

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So, here we go… after several months of waiting, I finally have a 32GB card in my phone and to celebrate I added a random 20GB (left room to grow) sampling of my entire digital library and then I randomly shuffled that 20GB and the resulting Morning Music Shuffle is after the jump:


1.  TV in the Bedroom by TV Girl from The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle (Modern Indie Pop for your listening pleasure)* (A different TV Girl song in on the Amazon Clip Widget)

 

2.  Listen to the Rain by Neopolitan from Nashville Homegrown (a Capella from a mid 80s Nashville-based benefit compilation) *Not on widget, No Video – to my knowledge this song is not available digitally.  I recorded from vinyl.

3. Camera by The Oregon Donor from Burning Building Fall 2010 Sampler from Amazon (Portland Post-Rock, Indie band – based upon their Facebook page it appears the band is on indefinite hiatus – correct me if I’m wrong about that).


4.  I Love My Label by Nick Lowe from Best of Yep Rock Singles (from the 2008 Yep Rock reissue of Lowe’s debut album Jesus of Cool).
Wilco + Nick Lowe from the stage of the Ryman in Nashville
  
5.  Wilderland by Anais Mitchell from Young Man in America (One of the best albums of 2012)
 
6.  Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division Cover) by Radiohead (Actually Atoms for Peace) from Covers by Radiohead (One of the best songs ever! Dead on cover) *Amazon Widget has the Joy Division original.

7.  Grown Ocean by Fleet Foxes from Helplessness Blues (a great song for the cold walk up the stairs of the capitol)

8.  Chrono by Kraftwerk from Tour de France Soundtracks (groovy electronic music from the pioneering band of the genre)
9.  The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron from Ghetto Style (Because it won’t!)
10.  Sounds Super Recordings by Cornershop from Handcream for a Generation (I love me some Cornershop)
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A Rare Stream of Madness Post 2012 in Review (or something)

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Well, well, well – 2012 is winding down.  A lot a of people are putting out Best of Posts and I have the Band of the Year thing – but that’s for my readers to decide.  Rather than some neatly organized recap or whatever of 2012 in Music, I thought I would indulge in something I don’t get to do very often and that is just write out my random thoughts as they occur to me.  I may supplement with some videos or other linkage, but for the most part this will just be my thoughts for whatever that is worth.

By my estimation, 2012 has been a great year for music. Chances are, you will hear someone name some random disposable pop stars of the moment as an argument that “music sucks these days” and then name from great artists/albums from the past and say, “music was better in the 60s/70s/80s/90s/2000s/2011”  The thing is, you can always make that argument and quite a few people always do.  Every year, the most mundane/crappy pop music of the day does not compare favorable to the classic/legends of the past – so it is in 2012 and so it will be ever after.

2012 was a great year for music because I say so. Not that my say so is that important, but it is for me.  Tons of great music have some through various media and into my ears.  Some of the best of 2012 include Anais Mitchell’s Young Man in America, Bob Dylan’s Tempest, Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas, Justin Townes Earle’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, Jack White’s Blundebuss, Mumford and Sons’ Babel, and so many more…

Our friends’ The Dead Exs started a Relovolution. 

We met and fell in love with tons of great new artists. In addition to those in our Band of Year poll, we also discovered some great music from all over the world including: Cosmonauts, The Danbury Lie, Shelly Colvin, Brennen Leigh, The Grimm Generation, The Amboys, The Dogs of Oz, Christopher Paul Stelling, Citizen Smith, Aoede, Cupla and again so many more.  Finding great new music was not our challenge in 2012. Finding the time to post it all was our challenge.  While you are here – explore the site.  Over on the right side bar, down the page a little, is a list of tags from the most used to the least used.  Check out our posts about some of these bands listed above or about of the other music.

In addition to the new stuff, we remain conscious of the fact that was obsessed with music as we are, there is tons of older music which has slipped past us, and when we “discover” some great old music, we aren’t ashamed to present it to you and admit that we missed out on the music the first time.

We also like to feature music which shaped our lives.  So, we can discover/ or rediscover the music of our youth and young adult lives. 

For Ear to the Ground, we are completing our first full year of blogging (we started in May 2011).  We outgrew the Band of the Week format, we introduced the Featured Artists of the Month, as always our signature feature is our Morning Music Shuffle. We released our first ever down compilation (on Record Store Day) which featured several of our favorite artists.

In 2013, we have big things on tap. Expect a volume 2 of our Compilation album. We anticipate new music and a Nashville tour stop by our friends The End Men, we are exploring options for moving our blog to our own Domain, we look forward to presenting tons of great new music and continuing to find exciting ways to bring the music to you.  







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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Devil’s Toolbox Mix

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 Good morning from cold and wet Nashville where we currently have flurries flying around (or as we call it, a blizzard).  Hope everyone had a lovely December 25th.  

Band of the Year voting took off over the long weekend. We currently stand at over 1,400 votes counted and The Disappointment holds about a 150 vote lead over second place Skeletons in the Piano.  Still time to vote (voting officially ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday December 30.  Any votes received after the cutoff will not be counted.   Vote here!

Today’s shuffle after the jump:


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In 1991, Hoodoo Gurus got Kinky on their 5th studio album.  From that record, we have Castles in the Air.

Memphis (later Nashville) based Human Radio from their under-appreciated self-titled Album with a song called N.Y.C. *Not on available on Amazon Widget/Video is for Me and Elvis (off the same album)
 

Los Angeles Punk legends X from what is arguably their best record – 1983’s More Fun in the New World talk about True Love (Pt. 2) – *Amazon Widget is for Live version of True Love.

Clem Snide, the Boston then Nashville based Indie Rock band lead by Eef Barzelay, released an A Beautiful EP in 2003 which included the band’s cover of the Christina Aguilera hit Beautiful, plus a cover the Velvet Underground classic I’ll Be Your Mirror.  Also included was the album version of All Green which was first released on the band’s Soft Spot Record.
 

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – A Ordinary Day Mix

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Well, we’re still and here and hopefully you are, too. How about some seriously cool tunes to celebrate the continued existence of this world which is clearly broken but still capable of awesome beauty when it puts its mind to it.

 Quick summary of voting in our Band of the Year Poll.  Total Votes: 534

Currently leading: The Disappointment Skeletons in the Piano
Currently 2nd:  Skeletons in the Piano The Disappointment -7
 Currently 3rd: The Great American Novel -31

Voting continues until 11:59:59 on December 30 cause even I am not music nerd enough to be checking results on New Years Eve* 

*okay actually I am, but I don’t want you to know that.

 Shuffle after the jump:


 

Another long set which covered by drive from home and my walk up the hill from the parking lot.  First here is a widget with clips from many of the featured songs:

 Now the official shuffle:

Bob Dylan – Song for Woody from Bob Dylan
The Rolling Stones – The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man from Out of Our Heads
Jason and the Scorchers – Far Behind from Lost and Found
Steve Earle – Down the Road from Guitar Town
The Practical Stylists – In the City (Jam Cover) from Covers ‘n Crap (via Nashville80srock.net) *Alternate songs used for Clip widget and Video

Dogs of Oz – On Her Marigolds from Pistols and Radio Signals *Not on Clip Widget
Hank Williams – Ramblin’ Man from 40 Greatest Hits
Husker Du – Something I Learned Today from Zen Arcade
Bob Dylan – Girl From the North Country from The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9)
The Velvet Underground – Cool it Down from Loaded
Sondre Lerche – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (Owen Pallett Cover)  – *Download Only* *Owen Pallett original used for Clip Widget


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