Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Well Trained Badgers Mix

Busy, busy…. busy as a well trained badger.
Music – after the JUMP

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Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle combined for your enjoyment….
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“True North” by Sam Morrow (Title track of his recent EP)
“Church Kids” (Poem by Jordan Gaines) by Christian Robins (from KidGrownUp)
“Ghost of Virginia” by Justin Townes Earle (American Songwriter Sessions version)
“Bread or Wine” by Heath McNease (from Thrift Store Jesus)
“Oh Well, My Love, Farewell” by Brad Jones (Nashville based singer-songwriter)
“Second Moon” by Valued Customer (the first release from their new album Kalpa)
“My Alien Father” by The Gabriel Construct (just featured by Huffington Post! After making a comparison, I get to hear Valued Customer and The Gabriel Construct back-to-back. Sublime!)

“Jennifer” and “W-O-E” by Little Comets (British Alt-Pop band)

“This Song Will Make You Love Me” by The Great American Novel (an early treat from the forthcoming record. This song will make you love The Great American Novel.)

“Funny Heartbeat” by Kisses (LA band. Kind of digging it)

“You’ve Got Your Head on Backwards” by The Sonics (from 1966 – one of the predecessors of punk)

PLAYLIST

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Out of the Starlight Inn Mix

On a road… JWM 7/28/2013
Short on time – the music is next


PRE-SHUFFLE AND SHUFFLE

 
PLAYLIST

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Brilliant, Shining, and Nasty Mix

ridinghome by JWM – 7/28/2013

(My First Soundcloud sound… a spoken word bit from a novel-in-progress)

 i can’t stand people who bitch and whine
 lets drink a beer from a paper bag while we got time 
bang bang let the music go bang! 
brilliant shining & nasty 
bang make the music go bang! 
let me hear a guitar sound like a train 
bang bang make the music go bang!
bang bang make the music go bang!
 X

 Today’s Mix after the JUMP

Pre-Shuffle:

“The Line Which Divides” by Liquid Casing (progressive, political, personal)

“Old Soul” by Sam Morrow (Some very good modern folk music from California)

“Move Together” by James Bay (British Soulful Stuff)

“Rain On” by The Blind Owl Band (new music on old-style instruments from NY)

“Daughters of Ursa Major” by Chris Schlarb (At almost the same time I discovered this music, they were playing a show here in Nashville – at the Stone Fox… bad timing, but good music. I hope they come back soon.)

“Supersoaker” by Kings of Leon (Nashville’s homegrown arena alt-rock stars are back with some eagerly anticipated new music)

And the next song takes us into the Shuffle:

“Make the Music Go Bang” by X from More Fun in the New World (1983)

As I was coming of age, musically speaking, my good friend, Rex Silo published a review of this album in our exceptional high school newspaper, The Charger. I fell in love with this record just based upon his review, and when I finally heard it, I was hooked totally. X are back on tour this summer and fall with B-52s for some dates and with Blondie for others.  You can hear the infant sounds of Americana, Alt-Country etc. being birthed this album as punk, rockabilly met some of the most amazing songwriting of this or any other era.  Still one of my all-time favorite albums.

“Someone Like You” (Adele Cover) by Valued Customer from “Fun Covers” 

In anticipation of the release of Kalpa (widgeted above), I downloaded some older VC stuff, and I’m glad I did, because it looks like they have removed their older material from their Bandcamp Page.  So – as we’ve said and said again, check out Kalpa. The song today is from a nifty little covers album which features deconstructions of some (at the time of recording) current pop hits as well as a classic soul song. 

“Careful, Body” by Great Forest from Me and My Friends EP (2013)

Great Forest are from Arkansas. They play a pretty nifty kind of Indie Rock.

“Highways Long” by The Blind Owl Band from This Train I Ride is Made of Wood and Steel (2013)

A nifty bluegrass-inspired “road song”. Set in the South by a band from New York state.

“Rough Carpenters” by Black Twig Pickers from Rough Carpenters (2013)

This band originates near the Virginia, West Virginia state line, and they make music inspired by the mountain

“Triggers and Trash Heaps” by Centro-matic from Fort Recovery (2006)

 Another great song from Texas Band Centro-Matic.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – The Myth is This Mix

thanks to Pam Slavin for the image
Hey ho!  The weather here is near ideal – at least for late July in Tennessee, and so I am going to make it outside to enjoy… 
So I’ll make today’s post brief.  First off, several songs were not on YouTube and in at least one case, I couldn’t find any videos by the artist, so please check out (google and Facebook search work well) all of these artists/songs.
BEGIN NOW – AFTER JUMP
Pre-Shuffle 
“Quando Quebra” by Valued Customer (another from Kalpa)
“Townsend, TN” by Royal Court of China (one of the Shakersish instrumental tracks on the self-titled debut)
“When You Loved Me” (Live) by Callaghan (A new Noisetrade “discovery” – such a stunning voice!)
“The Dive” by Peace of the South (a rock ‘n’ roll instrumental – with some Berryish guitar licks. A new South Carolina band who are “growing up in public”.)
“Rid of Me” by The Black Clouds (1st of 2 today by these NJ Grungy rockers)
“I Am Six Pounds of Dynamite” by Centro-Matic (Love this Texas band)
Next Song leads into the Shuffle:
“Systems of the Son” by Before the Brave (a San Francisco band – new folk revival stuff – pretty sweet song)
“Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (Stereo Movie Mix)” by Ramones (getting to be back to school time….)
“Alambrista” by Liquid Casing (another instrumental this one with free-jazz instrumentation and a killer progressive rock sound, too)
“Breathing” by The Black Clouds  (2nd of 2 by this band. Love this song!)
PLAYLIST
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Log Jam Mix

Live* from Nashville – Music City USA. Ear to the Ground proudly presents – the Morning Shuffle…. 
*Live when written – except on the West Coast where 60 Minutes will be seen at it’s regular time.   
Once again, we find ourselves abundantly blessed with music, and running a bit tight in the time department… so dispensing with the ado…  Join the Mix – after the JUMP
clicky….

 

PRE-SHUFFLE
“Honeymoon” by Bombadil (“your life is books you never wrote
and tote only for money”)
“Red River Valley” by Slim Whitman (“From this valley they say you are leavingWe shall miss your bright eyes and sweet smile”)

Everywhere I Go” by Caitlin Rose (“In a room out of town There’s a picture in a drawer
of all that could have been and all that came before Standing in the light or hiding in the dark”)

“Sea of Lights” by Year of October (“Been swimming in a sea of lights for so long, surprised I haven’t drowned”)
“The Randall Knife” by Guy Clark (“There it slept and there it stayed For twenty some odd years Sort of like Excalibur Except waiting for a tear”)
“King of the Waves” by Little Barrie (“Let’s be like children play, pretend we started again”)
“Who Are You” by Ivan and Alyosha (“And you paint your face, and you change your hand
Tell me what happened to you such a long time ago And all your friends, well they have no clue Who are you when no one is around?”)

PRE-SHUFFLE moves into the SHUFFLE with the next song
“Only a Song” by Ben Sollee (“I get a little scared when I’m driving through the ghetto.
There’s a part of me that wants to hide, there’s a part of me that wants to move in.
Cuz even though I, I grew up in the suburbs I didn’t really grow until I learned how so many others lived. But this is only a song, it can’t change the world.”) 
“Leaky Seams” by bellwire  (“Your backyard was a shrine to summer nights–– a bedsheet theater.
Someone prepped the reel and let it rip–– the camera slipped through leaves”)
  

“Open Pt. II” by Great Forest (“When you first saw me in my shapeless body”)


“Checkpoints and Borders” by Liquid Casing (“Checkpoints to see where we belong “Can’t you see?” I don’t belong My skin said it all; that border I just can’t cross”)
“No More Lonely” by Caitlin Rose (“Nobody’s asking questions here but me”)
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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Your Own Chosen Speed Mix

Well we have a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s not tarry.. or whatever…
Music begins after the JUMP

Pre-Shuffle 
1. We begin with one of the best examples of pure British Pop (with a capital ‘P’) that I’ve heard in a long time.  We’ve featured the band Human Face – who came to our attention via a Twitter Followseveral times, but it’s been a little while.  “After Lunch” is just a flat out great song. As I mentioned before, I really do put this band in the long line of great British Pop bands that includes Squeeze among others.  Check out the video (in the playlist)
2. As a poor lowly music blogger, I spend a lot of time trolling the internet for legal free music to present to you.  Noisetrade has become a favorite site of mine.  They recently teamed up with the folks at Paste to offer up a Radiohead show from June 1995.  We’ve been periodically featuring tracks from that album. Today, we have “Anyone Can Play Guitar” which was released as a single just before the release of the album Pablo Honey which includes the song.  
3. The Great Mistake are Buffalo New York band that we’ve featured a couple of times. They are just in the process of releasing some new music which sounds great.  “Haphazard” goes back to their 2010 album, Wave to the Astronaut.  Below is a widget with a newer song called Your Philosophy which may be on their next album.
4. I have this strange obsession with cover songs.  I mean, yeah there are the occasional tragic mistakes, but for the most part, I think, cover songs are pretty interesting.  They can be defining like Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watch Tower”, redeeming like Aztec Camera’s deconstruction of Van Halen’s “Jump”, or they can just be spot on but still cool versions like today’s first cover – Matthew Sweet doing a cover of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers classic, “American Girl”. This comes from a cover album featuring covers of songs from the 80s which were featured in iconic films of that era.  The album is a few years old, but it just came into my consciousness and there are some interesting songs on here.


5. We’ve been hyping  Kalpa, the new album from Toronto-based lovable misfits, Valued Customer.  We got our first taste a couple of weeks ago with the song “Second Moon”. Now, we go deeper with the longest track on the album.  “New Jerusalem” clocks in at 14 minutes and has several movements running through it. Historically, I’m not a big fan over long songs.  “Sister Ray” and “Telegraph Road” are two notable exceptions. And, I have to add “New Jerusalem” to that list.  In some ways, this surprisingly reminds me of the The Gabriel Construct album I’ve been featuring of late.  Like that work, this is experimental, challenging, complex, and extremely, extremely good.  Patrick and Ugggy of Valued Customer are hilarious to follow on the Twitter and the Facebook. They are sometimes silly, obscure, and irreverent.  This album is revelatory. They obviously put tons of work into this album, and it has paid off. 

Some lyrics from “New Jerusalem”

civilizations like chocolate donuts
if one isn’t good enough a hundred won’t be good enough”

running to new jerusalem
the towers are in the exosphere
goodbye you whores of babylon
trumpets are playing burning spear”

“(hide your daughter hide your wife
lock up all your beets and chives
they’ll kill you for your salt and spice
the end of twitter and being nice)”


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6.  In the weeks since we first introduced you to James the Giant, he has gone on to have his first single introduced by USA Today and the video for that song featured on Huffington Post.   As much as I want to say that being featured on Ear to the Ground lead to these impressive credentials, the fact is this accolades are well-deserved.  The single “Two Weeks on the Ocean” is one of the emotionally powerful songs I’ve heard in a while. Today, we feature “Leave it Buried”.  The eponymously titled EP had it’s official released yesterday.

Shuffle

1. Night, which is the newish album from Beijing (the band not the city). The band comes from Connecticut.  Today’s track is “Into the Rain”. The album is a great achievement. On it, the band walks a precarious balance which could have easily sent them plummeting into one of several miasmas. The band and this album successfully navigates these treacherous paths.


 

2.  In 1986, I started hearing this awesome song on the college radio station. It was rollicking and dark and hinted at something just outside of my vision. I eventually bought the album which quickly came and has remained a favorite of mine.  The artist and album are called Peter Case. The song is “Walk in the Woods“.


3.  Another cover.  A year after Bob Dylan released his fourth album (1964). Johnny Cash (who admired and was admired by Dylan) recorded a cover version of “It Ain’t Me Babe” with June Carter for his 1965 album Orange Blossom Special which was Cash’s 21st album.

 
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ring True Mix

clouds on the road by JWM 7/20/2013  
It’s been busy here.  An extended drive means more music.  So, let’s get to it…
JUMP to MUSIC

 

Pre-Pre-Shuffle
“Dark Divider (Untitled)” by Stomacher (one of our first “discoveries” from the early days of Ear to the Ground and this is still a favorite.  Stomacher come from the Bay area of California. This is moody, atmospheric music but surprisingly uplifting.)
 “Straight Shooter” by He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (This is a cover of a Mama’s and Papa’s song)
“Wax Wings” by Beijing (Glad to have another Beijing song show up in our mix.  I’m really digging this band and their recent album Night.)
“Roll on Buddy” by théan (South African born, Ottawa based musician – also performs as Veledrones. Roll on Buddy – the title track from the 2012 EP contains some awesome bits of ambient, folk, electronica. This is incredible music)
Pre-Shuffle
After the remainder of the théan track, the Pre-Shuffle continues on…

“Well Whiskey” by Bright Eyes (from the Lua album)

“Let it Live Free” (live at Audiotree) by He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (our second of the day from this band)

“Elysian Fields” by Heath McNease (Another from his Thrift Store Jesus album)

“The Execution of Some Sixty-Odd Drummers” by Centro-Matic (I honestly don’t know why it’s taken me so long to catch up with this great Texas band.  Thanks to a tweet by Amanda Shires (Jason Isbell’s lovely bride), I can count myself a Centro-Matic fan.)

“Common Ones” by American Graveyard (Two Texas bands in a row. Digging this song)

“Mensdom” by théan (The other song from the Roll On Buddy EP)

Shuffle


“Spitfire” by Little Radar from Up in Arms

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This Austin, Texas band jump starts our Shuffle with a track from their 2012 album Up in Arms. Check out the Noisetrade sampler above which includes a track from the forthcoming Souvenirs album.

“I Won’t Go Hollywood” by Bleu from Redhead (2003)



Another from this older album by Bleu which I picked up earlier this month on half priced Saturday at Goodwill.  A great find!

“All of Nothing” by The Black Clouds from Better Days (2012)

More grungy goodness from New Jersey.

“Let Down” by Beijing from Night (2013)

Connecticut rocks! It seems like it’s been a few days since we featured a song from this brilliant album by Beijing. This is the second song from this album today. Enjoy!

“This Land is Your Land” by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings from Naturally (2005)

We close out the day with this incredible cover of the Woody Guthrie standard made even more awesome by the fabulous Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.  This version of the song was featured in the motion picture Up in the Air

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