Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Sledgehammer Hard Drive Mix

715th post – call this the Hank Aaron post.  No shuffle tomorrow, but I will be back on Monday.  If you miss me too much, you can check out past video playlists HERE.

We have a good one today – click past the jump…

“Swimming New Orleans” by The Grey A from My Country

Another song from the forthcoming My Country album by The Grey A.  The album is due September 2, and several release shows are scheduled – check here for details. If you go see them, (and you should) before to say hello to the bass player (long-time E2TG supporter/supportee Howard Rabach).

The song: A cautionary tale with a hint of resignation and a musical feel befitting the city named in the title.  I hope to have a full review of this album in the next couple of weeks.

“We’re all Data on the Big Hard Drive” by Darrin Bradbury from Death in My Left Ear

For now, this is from the latest release from Nashville-based songwriter Darrin Bradbury.  But he is releasing yet another collection of songs next week.  I got the amazing opportunity to give the new one a listen – it’s called Motel Oatmeal.  The more I listen and with each new release, I am so glad I’ve gotten to know this guy, and I hope everyone reading this will check him out now. 

The song: borrows “hey hey my my” from Neil Young and turns it into a song for the information age. 

“Airstream Shack” by DM Bob and Jem Finer from Pirana

This one came to me via the lovely folks who put out the Feel Bad for You monthly mix-tape.  DM Bob usually heads up DM Bob and the Deficit.  Jem Finer is a founding member of The Pogues who goes by the name Country Jem sometimes.

The song: just plain rocks in all the best ways…

“Sledgehammer Night” by The Brooklyn What from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Minor Problems

Yet another track from the insanely loaded Mama Coco’s collection.

The song:  Hell yeah!  I needed a good punky jolt of The Brooklyn What this morning.  Any time!

“Vortexas” by Howe Gelb from The Coincidentalist

Tucson-based Howe Gelb also records as Giant Sand.  This is another from my friend Ronnie B’s annual mix CDs. 

The song:  A moody, atmospheric piece with great word play.  Just a great song.

“Got it Wrong” by The Wild Feathers from The Wild Feathers!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

It is possible to overstate how great the Nashville music scene really is… I know it’s possible because people do it all the time.  Still from all of the truly incredible songwriters playing tiny holes-in-the-wall all over town to the wide variety of bands getting national and international attention, it awful hard not be proud of your town…  The Wild Feathers up-to-date take on classic rock of the past 40-50 years are an impressive example of how Nashville is more than just Country.

The song: catchy and good natured… a fun way to end the shuffle and get on with my day.


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WOW Wednesday Music Shuffle – Jackals and Devils Mix

The idea behind WOW Wednesday is to open up the entire music collection housed on my phone and see what comes up on random shuffle.  As you probably know on most days, I shuffle a “current” playlist of around 200-300 songs – heavily loaded with new or recent music – supplemented with whatever has crossed my mind or my ear of late.

Today’s WOW shuffle offers a pretty darn random sampling of some the music I’ve gathered….

Go past the jump for more…

“The Devil Ain’t Lazy” by Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys from single

Why not some Western Swing from the 1930s to start things off…

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We stick to Texas with this song from this Austin-based Newgrass/Americana band.

“San Francisco” by Stu Larsen  from Vagabond

Okay so, this song was one of those that for whatever reason the tags don’t work right so that only the song title was included.  I had to do some detective work, but I found the song!  It’s a cool folkish song from this UK singer-songwriter.

“Eighth Avenue” by Hospitality from Hospitality

Hospitality are a Brooklyn-based indie-pop band.  A few years back, I found a sticker for this their self-titled debut album on Record Store Day at Grimey’s.  The video is a performance of this song from an in-store at that Nashville record establishment.  Coincidence? Probably not…

“Becoming a Jackal” by Villagers from Snapshot: A Domino Compilation/ Becoming a Jackal

And we close things out with the 2010 title track from the debut album by Irish indie-folk band Villagers…

Hope you enjoyed today’s WOW shuffle – tomorrow back to our usual (unusual shuffle)…


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Chill Out Mix

Today’s shuffle takes us from the Mississippi Delta via one of Nashville’s hottest bands, up to New York with a singer-songwriter who’s lead instrument is the bass.  To the North Mississippi Hill Country with a legendary blues player, to New York City where a cover of a Howlin’ Wolf classic gets a dub remix, and ends up with some Connecticut teens taking on a lo-fi classic from the Pacific Northwest.  Not a bad ride for a Tuesday…

“Old Man” by The Delta Saints from Death Letter Jubilee

The penultimate track from our survey of the Death Letter Jubilee album. 

“Chill Out” by Sam Davison from Always Around

Another great track from this album and the source of today’s post subtitle.

“You’re Gonna Fine Your Mistake” by Junior Kimbrough from Root Damage/God Knows I Tried

Lately, it seems like I have been loading a lot of blues music into my mix… probably for good reason.  But to me, the Blues isn’t about wallowing in your misery, but rather it is about letting it all out so you can rise above…

“Moanin’ at Midnight (Ras Jah Ames Dub Remix)” by Tomas Doncker Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project

I don’t feel like I can say enough about this amazing project by New York City’s Tomas Doncker Band.  To do a fabulous Howlin’ Wolf tribute album is one thing – a noble achievement.  But to take that classic and well-loved music and to transform it and to make it your own… that is what makes the Moaning at Midnight project one of my favorite albums of the year. Case in point – this dub remix of the title track – which loses none of the power of the original and simultaneously takes it higher, higher, higher. 

“I Want Wind to Blow” (The Microphones Cover) by The Foresters from Download Home Recording!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

The Microphones was Phil Elvrum before he was Mount Eerie. The Microphones primarily released music between 1996 and 2004.  The music was lo-fi and folk-based modern music.  This cover is done by recurring E2TG favorites The Foresters, and it happened to be released as a download yesterday. 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Waiting in the Sky Mix

“There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds” – David Bowie

Shuffle after the jump….

“Images and Noise” by Mothers from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Panamanian Times

References Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Pink Floyd in a awesome post-punk stew of images and noises….  plus their bandcamp tags include the minutemen – so bonus points!

Video is Ben Wallin’s MCFK Testimonial.

“Starman” by David Bowie from Ziggy Stardust

… I leaned back on my radio oh oh…

Video is live performance from 1972.

“Running Wild” by Moon Taxi from Mountains Beaches Cities

Another track from Moon Taxi’s latest album.

Video is David Letterman

“Pocket Full of Pride” by Taco Land from Home Sweet Home

Long time E2TG favorite – from the latest album. Doing the Taco Land thing the way only Taco Land can do… check them out!

Video is an interview with Joseph “Taco Land” Russell to provide some background about the band.

“Joey’s Arm” by Sons of Bill from One Town Away

Charlottesville, VA based Sons of Bill have a new album due out at the end of September, and they have been added to the growing and impressive line-up for this year’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville.  They are signed to the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers label, and although I am late to the game, I have been blown away by what I’ve heard so far.  This song is from their 2009 album One Town Away

Video from the band’s YouTube channel.


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Full-Ride Friday Music Shuffle – Covered in Dust Mix

I didn’t sleep particularly well last night, and so I knew I would need some cool tunes to make it through the morning commute. With that in mind, I decided to run my usual shuffle for the full ride into work, and thus was born a new feature* at Ear to the Ground called Full-Ride Friday (hashtag #frf – patent pending** – void where prohibited) **there is not patent pending…!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

* Bloggers Note: I sure hope no one notices that about 90% of the time I announce I new feature, it never appears again.  If they notice, they may realize that I’m just making this up as I go around and thus may figure out that I’m not a real music blogger.

Anyway, I hit shuffle and 21 songs later, I made to my desk to begin my day…   Go past the jump to experience the first (and maybe last) ever Full-Ride Friday Shuffle!

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“Never Wanted Your Love” by She and Him from Merge Records Summer Sampler 2013/Volume 3

Zooey and M. Ward…


“Coyote Stories” by Darrin Bradbury from Death in my Left Ear

“When she asked me sign I said, “ I think I was born under Reagan”…”


“Decay” by The Danbury Lie from Fourth Time’s a Charm

Deconstructed metal/blues/folk… I don’t know, but I like it…


“A Casual Conversation w/Superman” by Darrin Bradbury from True Love

“Running around in that cape don’t get you laid like you’d think being that you saved  the whole damn world and all…”


“Blue Highways” by Darrin Bradbury from True Love

“The Blue Highways are all covered in dust…”


“Cornmeal Waltz” by Guy Clark from My Favorite Picture of You

“Beat-up old Stetsons, beehive hair, belt buckles bumpin’ in time.
There’s little girls dancin’ on their daddies’ toes, spinnin’ around on a dime.”

“Election Year Blues” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean into the Wind

“Count up your dollars before you show up to vote…”


“don’t lose you faith” by The Lies from whatever

“as the leaves fall from the trees
dying from nature’s disease
when you’re down on your knees, looking for a quick release”


“Jeremy’s Glory” by Jason and the Scorchers from Clear Impetuous Morning

“Jeremy left his family, Spring of ’63. Said he had to find his glory marching with Robert E. Lee”


“Travelling Wilburys (Handle Me with Care)” by Heath McNease from download

“this is the end of the line for my self-righteous thoughts.”


“After the Disco” by Broken Bells from After the Disco

Is it me, or have James Mercer and Danger Mouse been listening to lots of Roxy Music?  That’s not a bad thing… that is never a bad thing…


“Falling from the Stars” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP

“Just when I thought I knew you, I changed”


“Well You Better” by Yo La Tengo from Fade

“Baby make up your mind/Please make up your mind”


“Monk’s Point” by Thelonious Monk from Solo Monk

Thelonious has a good point.


“Abet Gurage”  by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

“We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations, but to our fellow men within the human community.”
H.I.M. Haile Selassie I”


“Too Young to Burn (Sonny and the Sunsets cover)” by Spirit Family Reunion from Home Recordings Vol. 1

Hell yeah, Spirit Family Reunion covering one of my favorite Sonny and the Sunsets songs.


“Jezebel” by The Delta Saints from Death Letter Jubilee

An elegiac  triumphant march through the middle of Bourbon Street.


“Miss Watson” by Semi-Twang from The Why and the What For

A joyful fun song – the video is from Couch by Couchwest


“The Room is Still Spinning” by Phonoscenes from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/The Relative

The hits keep coming from the Funky Kitchen of Mama Coco.


“19” by Meenk from Scamu Scau

Meenk contacted me by e-mail a while back, and I love this EP.  It’s taken the shuffle function a little while to get into the game, but I’m happy to feature two songs to close out today’s shuffle.

“I drank half a beer and I’m only nineteen
I’m sorry for putting you all in such danger”

“Up” by Meenk from Scamu Scau

“More people have been up on the moon than felt the way I feel”



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The Lies

Heath McNease

Tipi Valley




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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Almost Home Mix

It’s Thursday…. let’s have a shuffle…

“Stand by Me” by Spyder Turner from

I don’t know how I’ve lived these *mumble, mumble* years without having experienced this version of Stand by Me.  But a big thanks to Popa’s Tunes via the latest (I think) Feel Bad for You mixtape.

Spyder Turner not only delivers a soulful version of the song made famous by Ben E. King, but he also delivers a spot on homage to a veritable who’s who of 20th Century Soul Music.

“A New Black  (Live and Unplugged)” by Moon Taxi from Acoustic on West 56th/ originally from Mountains Beaches Cities

Nashville’s Moon Taxi have certainly done well for themselves.  The original version of this song was featured in a prominent car commercial.  This a pretty cool unplugged version of the song.


“The Apple Blossom Rag” by Josh Ritter from  The Beast in its Tracks

A few months back, I was driving home late at night and I was listening to Public Radio.  I heard this show  called Wits with guests Josh Ritter and Margaret Cho.   There were several funny moments including  skit where early period Michael Stipe was a police detective.  Oh and Josh Ritter closed the show with a version of the Talking Heads’ song Psycho Killer.  Anyway, this is Josh Ritter doing what Josh Ritter does really, really well.


“I Shot President McKinley (and I’m gonna do it again and again and again)” by Out of System Transfer from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/ Same Rat, Different Hat

Oh man, what a fun song, and I instantly need to know more about this band.  What I know is that they recorded at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen (who by the way met their Indiegogo goal! and can hopefully get up and making more great music at their new space).  I just really love this song. Right now, it stands as the funniest song I know about a Presidential assassination.


“Almost Home” by Moby (feat. Damien Jurado)  from Innocents

Okay.  I can’t really say that I am a huge Moby fan.  For one thing, I used to always get him mixed up with Seal.  Don’t ask how I did that, I am weird that way.  Anyway, on his latest  (I think) release he teams up with (among others) Damien Jurado (who is one of my favorites).   The result is this lovely and moving song.  As a video extra, the playlist below features a cover of this song by Nashville band Humming House.   *Additional trivia: Moby was not on How I Met Your Mother, but he was on The Mindy Project.

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WOW Wednesday Shuffle – Shook Up Mix

A wonderfully diverse mixed bag of treats for your Wide-Open Whatever Wednesday Shuffle….

“There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand” by Bridge Under Fire from The Appetizer (Build4BBQ Sampler)/Why Wait?
Some invigorating punk rock and roll from Upstate New York – part of the awesome Build4BBQ collective. 

“Stockholm” by Jason Isbell from Southeastern
Ex-Drive By Trucker and one of the hottest commodities on the Americana/Alt-Country scene.  From his most recent album. (Time for a new one?) 

“Shake, Shake, Shake” by Bronze Radio Return from A Bit of Bronze/Shake!, Shake!, Shake!

Connecticut Indie Folksters Bronze Radio Return with a cool song and the title track from their 2011 album.

“May” by prattle on, rick from A Decade Begins
A little taste of the now seemingly long gone Spring from Nashville-based prattle on, rick.  From a fan club exclusive instrumental album covering a whole year month by month.
“Nowhere” by Tipi Valley from Rock ‘n Roll Lives On (EP)
We close it out going back to the 2013 EP from our friend from Swansea Wales.

Nowhere from Tipi Valley on Vimeo.


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