Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Real Live Wire Mix

Okay – how many #E2TG readers watched the Grammys last night?  What did you think? Were there parts you liked? Was it all utter crap? How well did it represent the state of music from October 2012 – September 2013?  Seriously? Really? Was it worst than you could imagine or better than you expected?

So here’s the thing, for as long as I can remember, The Grammy’s have been completely out of touch with the music I like. Or at least a decade too late. That being said, there were a few parts of last nights broadcast that were okay.

Here’s the thing, regardless of your opinion of the Grammys, the fact is that every night of the week in clubs and small venues all across the country, indie artists are creating memorable moments playing a huge variety of music. Many of these bands and artists do not get the hype or press that your Grammy “caliber” performers get. Nonetheless, they aren’t that hard to find. Take the time, seek them out, and regularly read music blogs like Ear to the Ground (or just read Ear to the Ground if I may ever so humbly suggest.)


Anyway, we have a shuffle filled with interest music that you may or may not have heard about.  Check these artists out and see what appeals to you…

“Written in the Snow” by The Autumn Defense
 
“Momentum” by Left of Logic
 
“Mallrats” by The Orwells
 
“January” by prattle on, rick.
 
“Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads Cover) by Cage the Elephant
 
“The Delicious” by The Plum Magnetic
 
“and the Hippos Are Burning in Their Tanks” by HIPPIECULT
 
“No Drama” by Solardrive (feat. TC and Kevin Hicks)
 
“Sugar Dyed Honey Pants” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones
 
“Call Your Girlfriend” (Robyn cover) by Lucy Wainwright Roche
 
“Free Freedom” by Joseph Arthur
 
 
NOTES:


The Autumn Defense song is from a Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session recorded here in Nashville (East Nashville to be precise).

After seeing their recent performance on David Letterman, I just had to add The Orwells to the mix.

 A seasonally appropriate instrumental song for a blustery January morning – from Nashville’s own prattle on, rick.

A fun live cover of the Talking Heads classic by Cage the Elephant (who happen to come from Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz’s home state.)

HIPPIECULT from Philly make their E2TG debut with a song from their demo release. BTW, the song title actually begins with an ampersand (“and sign”), however, ampersands mess up the formatting of blog posts, so I have to spell out “and”

Some soulful funkiness from Solardrive (featuring drum ‘n’ bass artist TC and hip-hop artist Kevin Hicks), and also from Birmingham Alabama’s St. Paul and (ampersand) the Broken Bones

A cool cover of a Robyn song by a New York based singer with a fine musical pedigree, Lucy Wainwright Roche (she is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of The Roches).

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Passion Fruit and Holy Bread Mix

If you’ve been reading Ear to the Ground for any length of time and ever wondered about the subtitles for each shuffle (like Passion Fruit and Holy Bread Mix* today), I thought I would provide a little historical context.

When I started writing Ear to the Ground (May 2011), there was a local blog that posted a news round up post almost every day, and each one was titles something like News Roundup (probably not that but you get the idea) – something edition.  I thought it would be cool as a homage to that site** to add subtitles to my daily shuffle.  I actually used the word “edition” before I changed it to the more music oriented “mix”.

These often obscure or even meaningless subtitles are derived from a variety of sources: Current Events, events from my life, overheard phrases, and sometimes they even have something to do with the music contained in that days shuffle.

* As I wrote this, I realized the unintentional humor of Holy Bread Mix (which I suppose could be used in a Holy Bread Machine.

** Homage is just a fancy way of saying blatant ripoff, right?

Anyway, I have had fun this week using part of lyrics of some of the more well known songs in each day’s shuffle as the source of the subtitle.

Anyway, no extra charge for all that useful information.  Let’s shuffle….

“She Bangs the Drums” by The Stone Roses
 
“Dancing With Tears in My Eyes” (Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly) cover) by X
 
“The Sun in California” by The Autumn Defense
 
“Trece Leches” by The Plum Magnetic
 
“Misfit” by Britain.

 

“Crying in the Rain” by The Everly Brothers
 
“Final Wild Son” by The Long Ryders 
 
“Cadillac Desert” by William Tyler
 
“We No Who U R” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
NOTES
 
 
Nice combination of songs of different eras and styles.
 
What was and what could have been…. The Stone Roses….
 
To save you the time and trauma, the Ke$ha song is not a cover of either the Lead Belly original, the X cover or the unrelated Ultravox song.
 
To give my younger readers some perspective of how weird it is growing older: Wilco spinoff band The Autumn Defense have been together longer than X had at the time I first become familiar with their music.
 
In my initial contact about The Plum Magnetic, one of the “similar to” bands mentioned was Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and it is really noticeable in today’s track. Good funky, jazzy grooves. The band is from my Dad’s hometown, by the way.
 
Britain. (yes the period is part of his name) is a young (I mean really young – not The Foresters young, but young) Indie Hip-Hop artist from the outskirts of Nashville.  As noted in the lyrics of song featured today, he doesn’t fit the profile of a hip hop artist, but he got the rhymes.  He is also a budding Reality TV star.  As a fellow misfit, I can appreciate this song.
 
The world lost an amazing voice earlier this month with the passing of Phil Everly.  Phil along with his brother Don produced some of the best and most enduring harmonies in modern era music. The Everly Brothers‘ influence is widespread and also enduring.
 
If I had been cooler and lived in California during the middle part of the 1980s, I think I would have been at least a stalker of the whole Paisley Underground scene.  As it was, I was just a huge fan of a lot of the music that came out of it.  The Long Ryders were among my favorites.  The band recently reunited for their first L.A. gig in something like 27 years (for a benefit concert that also featured a reunion of another favorite of mine from that time – The Unforgiven.)  Today’s track is the opening song on the band’s classic Native Sons album.
 
William Tyler is one of Nashville’s biggest musical assets, and I’m really glad the rest of the universe seems to be catching on to his music.  This is a great instrumental track of a Merge Records compilation from last year.
 



William Tyler from Grimey’s Record Store Day 2012 when he played with JEFF the Brotherhood and Caitlin Rose.

One can never go wrong by closing out a shuffle and a week with a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song.  This one is from his highly regarded 2013 album – Push the Sky Away.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Hypnotized and Fascinated Mix

It’s the final couple of days of voting to help #E2TG 2013 Band of the Year The End Men win a slot on Mountain Jam Festival and other prizes.  Let’s do this thing.  It just cost you an e-mail address (you can opt out of receiving other mail from GTR Store, and you can vote once a day – so today and tomorrow). Let’s do this thing!  VOTE HERE

To the shuffle:

“Phantom Train” by The Bongos
 
“Retreat!” by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
 
“Looper” by Slack Armada
 
“Gaping Hole” by Marla Mase
 
“Drive All Night” (Springsteen cover) by
Glen Hansard (feat. Eddie Vedder and Jake Clemons)


 
“Nitrous Gas” by Frightened Rabbit
 
“Go to Me” by Jordan Klassen
 
“Tennessee Flat Top Box” (Johnny Cash cover) by Rosanne Cash
 
 
 
NOTES

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Following their triumphant on-stage reunion to help close down the legendary New Jersey club, Maxwell’s, The Bongos released the long shelved Phantom Train album.  The album was recorded in the mid-80s but never released as the band splintered into other musical directions (including Richard Barone’s masterful solo records).  We feature the title track today, and it really captures an amazing band at a creative peak.

The title of the new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings album is Give the People What They Want – so apparently the people want instant classic soul music for the 21st Century. 

Marla Mase‘s music can be challenging – as it combines spoken word and powerful alternative rock with meaningful lyrics and outstanding production.  Whatever, this song just flat out rocks.

How about a classic Springsteen cover by Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season) which also features Eddie Vedder and Jake Clemons – who happens to be the nephew of late E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons. We can do that.

We featured a song from Frightened Rabbit’s 2013 album, Pedestrian Verse back shortly after the album was released.  Since then, I’ve been reading about the band all over the internet.  Coincidence?  You decide.  Regardless, we have another track from that album today.

Jordan Klassen is from Canada. He released his latest album Repentance back in September.  Today, we have the first single from that album.

Rosanne Cash just released a new album which marks a homecoming of sorts to her native southland.  Today, we have her version of a song written by her father, which comes off of one of the classic albums she made before moving up north –  King’s Record Shop.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Pure and Noble Breed Mix

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We press on…

In the shuffle today:

 
“Some Day” by Rewpart
 
“Mother of Exiles” by Joseph Arthur
 
“The Devil’s Creek” by The Delta Saints
 
“David Watts” (Kinks Cover) by The Jam
 
“Kayla of Colorado” (2008) by Darrin Bradbury
 
“The Great Airplane Strike” by Paul Revere and The Raiders
 
“Redemption City” by Joseph Arthur
 
“When You Get That Way” by Taylor Brown
 
“Nobody” by Killing Kuddles
 
“Girl/Room” by The Jean Jackets
 
“II. A Common Theme (The Dream; Life’s Odyssey)” by Left of Logic
 
“Hymn for the Road” (2012) by Darrin Bradbury
 
“Go Away” by Solardrive
 
“Diddler” by Sam Davison
NOTES
 
 
Since I began writing Ear to the Ground, I have come to music or music has come to me from a variety of sources: Twittter, Facebook, Google +, Music Promoters, direct contacts from artists, Noisetrade, ReverbNation, Bandcamp, Brite Revolution, and recommendations by friends and family.  Today, I feature my first “discovery” via the About.me website. Nineteen year old British solo dream-pop artist Rewpart (aka Rupert Roberts).  His latest EP is called “1/2”
 
 
More music from recent frequent flyers: Joseph Arthur, The Delta Saints, Darrin Bradbury, and Left of Logic.  Nashville people: The Delta Saints have an upcoming show with our friends Humming House.  Also, I dare you to listen to Darrin Bradbury’s song “Kayla of Colorado” and not sing along.
 
More #MCFK goodness from The Jean Jackets and Sam Davison.
 
The Jam made “David Watts” their own so well that some times I forget that it is a Kinks’ cover.
 
Paul Revere and the Raiders – downloaded on a whim. Silly costumes. Great song.
 
 
A new song from Killing Kuddles!  I repeat, a new song from Killing Kuddles!  It’s every bit as awesome as one would expect!
 
 
I have mentioned in passing that Solardrive is the newish project by one Balthazar Getty.  In case you didn’t know that or why Mr. Getty is so awesome, I present a rare #E2TG list
 
1. He is descended from those Gettys.
2. He starred in the 1990 film version of Sir William Goldings’ classic novel, The Lord of the Flies
3. He starred in TV’s Brothers and Sisters with the totally awesome Sally Field. I like her, I really like her.
4.  He followed me back on Twitter
5.  and most important, Solardrive is some truly amazing music.
 
 
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – my mind on my money and my money on my mind mix

Welcome to Tuesday… Off for MLK Day yesterday..

I’ve added a bunch of music to the old playlist – some of it shows up in today’s mix.   Let’s jump to it…

“Blackjack” by Barrence Whitfield and the Savages
 
“Barriers” by Joseph Arthur
 
“Bang Shotgun” by The Tye Trybe
 
“The Fantastic Vision” by The Jean Jackets
 
“Candy Flu” by The Walking Who
 
“Instance of Gratification” by Left of Logic
 
“Gin and Juice” (Snoop Dogg cover) by Garrison Starr
 
“Elvis” by Chancellor Warhol
 
“The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III
 
“Sheshanty” (Live 2011) by Darrin Bradbury
 
“Everyone Knows” by Ghost Pal
NOTES


I have a good friend from back in the day, who puts out a mix CD(s) every year.  It was his mix CD a few years back that really helped to jump start me back into keeping up with modern music.  That first year, many of the bands/artists he had on his CD were new to me.  More recently, I’ve been familiar with most of the music he features, however, every year, I make one or two new discoveries from these wonderful collections.  This year one of my early highlights is Barrence Whitfield and the Savages.  The band is from Boston and has a storied history going back to the mid 80s or so. I’m glad to be on the loop.

I keep on writing about the incredible musical output of Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen (studio/collective/whatever), and guess what I’ll keep on writing until all of you guys check them out or until they stop putting out great music. Let’s hope the former takes place long, long before the latter.  Today, we have awesome music from The Tye Trybe, The Jean Jackets, and Ghostpal.

The flu is a nasty thing.  Candy Flu? Maybe not so much.  The Walking Who are from down under, and I’m digging on their music.

As I discovered when I search You Tube for a video, there are a whole bunch of acoustic/folk/country covers of Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg.  I didn’t listen to them all, but I am willing to wager that none compares to Garrison Starr’s cover (for which, I sadly could not find a video).  Hearing Starr’s, as usual, gorgeous vocals giving a heartfelt reading to Snoop’s misogynous lyrics is truly a delight to behold.

If you think Nashville and Alternative Hip-Hop don’t go together, well then,  you haven’t been paying enough attention.  We have a straight-out dope track from the totally whack Chancellor Warhol.*
*I promise I’ll never write like that again.  Sorry*
*Aw, who am I kidding, I’ll probably do it again given the chance.  Sorry again, in advance.*
*But seriously, this is good stuff.

If you’ve been following along at #E2TG, you will not be in the least surprised that our mix takes us from Chancellor Warhol’s Alternative Hip-Hop to a song from singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III’s 1973 album Attempted Mustache.  Really, it makes perfect sense to me.  The album was recorded in Nashville, and the album cover features on of the famous Edgehill Polar Bears.

Would I be wrong to say that Darrin Bradbury’s song fits in perfectly beside the Loudon Wainwright classic? Well, I think it does.

 
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Juicy Avocado Mix

We made it through another week.

Let’s move on….


Today’s Shuffle contains 7 songs: 2 covers, a couple of songs by a New Orleans World/Fusion band from New Orleans who are new to #E2TG, and more…

The Mix:

“The Light” by Swear and Shake

“All You Do is Talk” (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club cover) by Kopecky Family Band

“Scarlet” by Taylor Brown

“Sweet Confusion” by The Plum Magnetic

“Pablo Picasso” (Modern Lovers cover) by David Bowie

“Parallax” by The Plum Magnetic

“Raja’s Song (Hold on My King) by Ghost Pal

NOTES:

The deeper I go, the more I like Swear and Shake.

I dig Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and I dig Kopecky Family Band. And, I dig this cover.

A few weeks back I spent a little time following the Bandcamp recommendations rabbit hole, and I came to “3 Folk Songs” by Taylor Brown who was recommended by Brian Bergeron of Mr. Kind.

The Plum Magnetics are from New Orleans, and they play a rocking version of World/Fusion music.  Sweet Confusion is an extended kind of funky instrumental track.

I dig David Bowie and I dig the Modern Lovers. Pablo Picasso is one of my favorite Modern Lovers’ songs, and I think I like their version of this song better.  Still, this is an interesting conversation starter.

Parallax by The Plum Magnetics. From their album Terra Animata. This band came to me from James Moore of IMP.

The day would be complete with out some #MCFK, this time via Ghost Pal from their God Save MCFK album.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Beautiful and Stoned Mix

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Okay… first of all – have you seen this?!



Second,

I need to acknowledge that two of the most badass rock and rollers share a birthday which happens to be today.  Now, I know that I don’t often acknowledge birthdays, but the combination of the shared birthday with the utter badassery represented… well I had to. So Happy Birthday to Matthew Hendershot of the The End Men, and Greyson Anderson of Dogs of Oz.  If you are a regular reader of this blog, you already know The End Men, but if you joined us with the last several months, you may have missed out on Dogs of Oz – so here is a aural/visual reminder of each of the bad ass birthday boys. 


Also, as a birthday gift for Matthew (and The End Men)… why not head over to the GTR Store website to help The End Men when a whole bunch of cool stuff plus an slot at Mountain Jam 2014 in Woodstock, NY.

Whew… now we still have a Shuffle to put on…  Jump


We have a pretty nifty collection of songs today… so check it.

“Westbound 49” by Darrin Bradbury

“Heavy Metal Drummer” by Wilco

“Fragile We Are Castles” by Gumshen

“Do You Wanna Hold Me?” by Bow Wow Wow

“Mrs. Wurley” by Humming House

“Dirty Dishes” by Deer Tick

“Dime Store Mystery” by Lou Reed

NOTES:

Another stellar song from Darrin Bradbury from his Demos album.

“I sincerely miss those heavy metal bands
I used to go see on the landing in the summer” –
Wilco

I honestly don’t know a whole bunch about Gumshen except they came to us via James at IMP. Their new album (due out February 11) is called Progtronica.  As the album title suggests, the music mixes elements of Prog rock with Electronica and other influences and wraps it up in a highly original package that delivers… um I think I lost the metaphor somewhere along the way.  Anyway, the track today is mostly an extended Rock instrumental with Electronica thrown in, and it ends with simple, ethereal vocals reminiscent of Pink Floyd.  Anyway, it’s cool – so check them out.

I confess… when I was 16 or so, I really dug Bow Wow Wow. And… I still do. It’s melodic and fun… what’s not to like.

The shuffle closes out with a song from Lou Reed’s landmark and groundbreaking 1989 album, New York.

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