Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Lost Cause Mix

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A great week of live music continued last night: the count: Darrin Bradbury with Aaron Lee Tasjan and Cameron Carrus backing him up, Carl Anderson, and Holy Sheboygan (an awesome band from Wisconsin) all at Foobar.  Then, Tim Carroll and Luella Wood  and a solo Darrin Bradbury set at Fran’s Eastside.

“Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold” by Townes Van Zandt

Always a good sign when the shuffle begins with a Townes Van Zandt song.  A 1973 live version of the song on High, Low and In Between.

“My Old Friend the Blues” by Steve Earle

An even better sign when that Townes song is followed up with some classic Steve Earle from Guitar Town.

“Magnet” by Tom Schreck

The positive signs continue with a track from Nashville Outsider, Tom Schreck’s album Save Your Glory.  I had the privilege of attending the Bob Dylan concert with Mr. Schreck.  I enjoy getting to know songwriters I  love to gain some insight into where their songs come from… without asking the dreaded, “Where do you get your ideas?” question.

“Marionette” by Soul Asylum

I’ve probably slam-danced alone to Hang Time than I have to about any other album.  And yes, I have been known to slam-dance alone….  I still maintain that Soul Asylum really hit the perfect mix between punk and pop with this record.  Not necessarily what is called Punk Pop or Pop Punk, but very effective.

“Fools in Love” by Joe Jackson

Look Sharp!  There are so many great songs on this album…

“Bye Bye Baby” by Social Distortion

From Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell.  Social Distortion are or will be touring for the 25 anniversary of their self-titled third album. This album was released two years later, so maybe we can expect another anniversary tour in 2017.

“Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs” by Minutemen

From What Makes a Man Start Fires?  A testament to the incredible career of Bob Dylan.  When this album was released 32 years ago, Dylan was already a legendary performer. Dylan released his twenty second album, Infidels, that same year. Thirty two years later, Dylan is still building on that legendary status. Also, I think having the proper context of my musical tastes requires that you know that Minutemen were and are one of my all time favorite bands.

“Like a Whore” by Broken Guru

Broken Guru are an alternative/punk trio from New York. Their debut album, Bent Up Halo, was released two days ago. 

“Lost Cause” (Beck cover) by Max Jury

Max Jury is a singer-songwriter from Iowa.  His first single, called Home is out.  This Beck cover came to me via a Noisetrade SXSW Mixtape.  Looking forward to hearing more from Max Jury.

“Religionism” by The Great Game

Another song from the New World Music of The Great Game who originate from several locations in Europe.  Their highly original self-titled album is available for  download on the band’s website.

“Pictures from Vacation in Tuscany” by Burning Bridges

Every Thursday, we like to Throwback to hear some pre-history music from one of the #E2TG favorite artists.  Actually, not every Thursday nor exclusively on Thursday, but whenever a song comes up in our shuffle.  Burning Bridges is a early band from the founder of The Danbury Lie.

“I Know What I Know” by Paul Simon

And we close out the day with more music from Graceland. Who am I to blow against the wind.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Later Than You Think Mix

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You know the Nashville Conundrum I mentioned a couple of weeks ago?  Well the is a addendum to that conundrum (or something like that).. that is… there are amazing things happening every single night of the week, and (especially if you work a day job), there are nights that you just have to stay in to recharge, refresh, and do some of your own work…  Last night was one of those nights, and yes, I missed some amazing things happening around town, but I am glad that I stayed in, and I got something accomplished…

Case in point, I added a couple of things to my Soundcloud… bits and pieces from my novel-in-progress which you can check out… (there may be some NSFW language/themes, depending where or if you work…)

On to the shuffle:

“Love You Till Friday” by The Replacements

#E2TG Rule # 15*: Any shuffle that begins with a Replacement’s song is a good shuffle.   *I decided to start making up random rules so that when being a Earie (as in Trekkie) becomes a thing, someone can compile them all… you know like the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition.  I may make a language, too. Who knows…  But, yeah, this is from Sorry Ma… and cheers to those seeing the ‘Mats in Chicago tonight.

“Episode in a Town” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

After a brief respite, Jeremy Gluck returns to the shuffle with song from his album Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2.  This is a reprise of a song on the original I Knew Buffalo Bill album which was released in 1987.  The album featured the late Nikki Sudden and his brother, the late Epic Soundtracks (both of Swell Maps), along with the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce (Gun Club).  Gluck was a founding member of the Barracudas, and he is very actively making a bunch of music with different projects… and I’m sure he will work any factual missteps I made in the above blurb.  I also found out that he lives very close to long-time #E2TG favorite Tipi Valley.  This is a truly great song, by the way.

“Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)” by Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra

Some timely advise from the late, great bandleader… Man oh man, what a great song.

“Waves” by Bahamas

From the Noisetrade Bonnaroo Mixtape.  Bahamas is Afie Jurvanen a musician from Toronto. If you know anything at all about Bahamas, then you know more than I do… This was (I think) my first exposure to his music, and I kind of dig it.

“Molly and Ten Brooks” by Townes Van Zandt

#E2TG Rule #28: Any shuffle with Townes Van Zandt is a good shuffle. Rule #28.1: If that Townes song happens to be a cover of a song that  Bill Monroe  recorded… well, that is just fine. On this live recording, Townes refers to this as a Bill Monroe song, but it is actually a traditional song from the 19th Century… but Townes didn’t have Wikipedia in 1973 when he said it… so…

“The Bulrushes” by Richard Barone

The opening song from Barone’s Cool Blue Halo.  This song originally recorded by his old band, The Bongos, serves as a gorgeous jumping off point for this extraordinary live album.

“Thinkin’ Bout Chicago” by Rich Robbins (Produced by Nate France)

When we last caught up with Rich Robbins, he was going by Christian Robins.  He released an album called Nimbus.  Robbins was born in Chicago, raised in Philly, and moved back to Chicago for high school.  He is currently attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison which is how I first got introduced to him (Robbins studied under a friend of mine from my hometown). I have really digging his music from day one, and it is good to hear the lyrical and musical evolution which has occurred since then.

“Tell Her Lies and Feed Her Candy” by The Sadies

Our second Toronto-based artist/band in the shuffle.  This is a cover of a Porter Wagoner song.

“Little Rock and Roller” by Steve Earle

This song from the classic Guitar Town album makes me think of some of my musician friends who balance raising kids with life on the road.  A touching and heartbreaking song.

“The Landlocked Surfer” by Steelism

Another steel guitar driven, surf, instrumental track from 615 to Fame, Steelism will be playing the still brand new Basement East on Saturday.

“Twenty First Century Believer” by The Naddiks

Another song from 21CB, by The Naddiks from Canberra.  I’ve been enjoying the hell out of this album.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Oldest Story Mix

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As I was walking back to my car from an absolutely amazing Bob Dylan show last night, I was reflecting on what an amazing month of live music this has been…  Did I mention that Dylan was amazing.  I saw him first and last in 1988, and he was simply going through motions. Back then, his set including some of his all-time classics, but it didn’t matter.  That show left me flat.  Flash forward 27 years, Dylan’s set was very heavily weighted toward his last few albums, many of which I wasn’t that familiar, but the sound was great, Dylan seemed to be having a blast, and as a result, I put the show up among the best I’ve seen.  I feel like I can finally say that I have seen Dylan.

“Gonna Change” by Gear Daddies

Another track from Billy’s Live Bait.  Gear Daddies are revving up for hometown 25th Anniversary shows in Minnepolis coming up soon. 

“The Oldest Story in the Book” by Paul Kelly

Australian Paul Kelly is one of those musicians that I have known of and loved for a long time, but who I someone feel like I have missed out on. He has been making music for many years, and he is still making great music, and I am trying to get up to speed.   This song, which I love, is from his 2004 album Ways and Means and was included on his 2008 compilation Songs from the South Volume 2.  The video was shot at Music City Roots here in Nashville in 2013 when that show was still held at the Loveless Barn.

“Mostly Miss in a Hit Kinda Town” by Darrin Bradbury

A live version of a song that later appeared on Darrin’s True Love album.  Supposedly, this recording from his live album Tur-Lyfe: A Live Recording of Unfortunate Events, is the first performance of this song (but don’t rely on this information for anything important).  Darrin will be coming soon to a city near you (if you are near one of the cities – in the Mid-West and South) in the near future, and rumor has it a new live album is coming soon in addition to the hotly anticipated Life is Hard studio album which I have heard and love. 

“Sleepwalker Blues” by Joe Sundell

Sometimes songs meander around my playlist for several months and then jump out a odd times to offer a jolt a awesomeness. I featured some of Joe Sundell’s music from his album The Hat Thief many months back (maybe a year or so), and this song stuck around my playlist to add some authentic country music to this mix.

“I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” by Billy Joe Shaver

Speaking of which… Billy Joe Shaver is included in my listing of GREAT artists that I got to see live this month.  He performed at Music City Roots a couple of weeks ago.  This one goes all the way back to his 1973 debut album Old Five and Dimers Like Me.

“Fairly Local” by Twenty One Pilots

There are some that may say that following up Billy Joe Shaver with Twenty One Pilots is pretty screwed up.  Hell, I may even be one of them, but I have learned not to question the wisdom of the shuffle. The shuffle works in mysterious ways… take that how you must… This song is from the forthcoming album Blurryface, and it was included on a Noisetrade Bonnaroo compilation.

“Sure Thing” by Sam Morrow

I featured Sam Morrow’s music on Ear to the Ground a couple of years ago, and I am really glad he jumped back onto my radar.  I have been seriously digging the new music he’s been putting out.  This is a live recording of a song from his 2014 album Ephemeral which is an EP which you can find on Noisetrade.

“Song for Harry Nilsson” by Luke Saxton

Luke Saxton is a young singer-songwriter from the UK.  This song about the late American singer-songwriter is on the album Sunny Sadness which was released back in November, and I like it quite a bit.

“Rikki’s Shuffle” by Michael Hedges

From Live on the Double Planet by the late guitar virtuoso Michael Hedges.

“Honey Don’t Think” by Grant Lee Buffalo

Another nifty song from Mighty Joe Moon which was a primo thrift store find of mine at the beginning of this month.

“A Love Bizarre” by Michael Hedges

Besides being an other-worldly guitar player, Michael Hedges also liked to do unexpected covers.  This is a cover of the Sheila E song and is also on the Live on the Double Planet album.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Bouncing in to Graceland Mix

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Last night, I took in a fine show at 3rd and Lindsley with East Nashville songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan opening for the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard.  And, yes this was as badass awesome as it sounds like it would be… but don’t take my word for it… okay, take my word for it… read my review at No Depression

Tonight I am seeing some up and comer named Bob Dylan. Heard some good things about him…

Shuffle-wise, we start off the week with some good stuff.

“Been Lookin’ For” by Whiskey Shivers

I’ve noticed that some #E2TG favorites like Francie Moon  and Black Jake and the Carnies have been opening up for Whiskey Shivers on their current tour.  I knew I liked Whiskey Shivers for some reason… or something like that.  Cool stuff…

“Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv” by Batkhi Dahn

Proving I’m not that hip, I had to Google the title of this song from Batkhi Dahn’s awesome new record, Plays 15.  The title refers to an internet legend about a mysterious You Tube video and a curse of some kind.  If you are curious you can Google it to.  In the meantime, check out Batkhi Dahn which is the side project of The Foresters’ bassist Hayden Nork.  The music is pretty out there and pretty rad and worth a listen for the not-so-faint-of-heart.

“Because You’re Gone Song” by Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch

A gorgeous song from the Noisetrade sampler from the Big Ears Festival held earlier this month in Knoxville.  I don’t know how I was not aware of Little Annie before now, but I am completely captivated now. 

“Gray Duck” by Doomtree

From another Noisetrade sampler – this one for SXSW.  Doomtree are a Hip-Hop group from Minneapolis. I dig this song, and I am always glad to bring a multitude of genres/styles into the shuffle. Don’t know much about Doomtree, but as I said, I like this song.

“Dunford’s Fancy” by The Waterboys

A Steve Wickham instrumental composition from the album Fisherman’s Blues. I like  being the blog that transitions from Little Annie’s Chamber Torch music, to Hip-Hop, to traditional sounding Celtic music.  It keeps me on my toes.   

“Fathers Be Kind” by Ivan and Alyosha

The title track of an EP, this song also appeared on All the Times We Had.   Ivan and Alyosha are from Seattle.

“The Peak” by American Scarecrows

What is it about Minneapolis?  I “discovered” American Scarecrows due to Noisetrade, and the more I hear, the more I like.

“Greenwood Girls” by Kevin Gordon

Kevin Gordon is from Louisiana but has been a Nashville resident for over 20 years. Around this parts he is legend.  If he’s not, he should be a legend everywhere.  If you aren’t up to speed on Kevin Gordon, you have a good chance to get caught up quickly.  Tangle the Blue Sky is a sampler of songs from his last three albums, and it includes a duet with the incomparable Lucinda Williams.  It is available on Noisetrade now.

“Graceland” by Paul Simon

Whether you are fan of Paul Simon (the man or the music), Graceland – the album is an undeniable masterpiece and one of the best records of the last several decades. Graceland the song is infectious and near perfect – I think.

“I Love Girls” by The Satisfactors

The thing I love about The Satisfactors is that they don’t mince words or beat around the bush. This is just no-frills straight ahead Rock and Roll, and although I like all kinds of music (even sometimes music with frills), there will always be a place in my earhole this kind of music. I can’t help it.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Best as I Can Rember Mix

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So I few things…. I added a bunch of music to my playlist night including 3 mutli-artist compilation/samplers/mixtape deals. Several of those new songs showed up today in the shuffle… speaking of which, I had a little glitch in the middle of the shuffle and lost the history of the first several songs in today’s shuffle, so I had to recreate from memory, I may have missed a song (but if I did it will come up again) and the order is almost certainly not correct.  Now, I do realize I could have just posted this with the disclaimer, but in the spirit of authenticity, I needed to let you know that.  I hope this will not impede your enjoyment of the shuffle.  

“Runaway Man” by Bullfrog Willard McGhee and Tad Walters

Thanks to Popa’s Tunes and his recently revived Popakazooza mixtape, I have added the Piedmont Blues Guitar work of Bullfrog Willard McGhee and the music of Floyd Council (who wrote this song) to my musical vocabulary.  Check it out!

“Waiting” by Mouth Reader

Mouth Reader are from nearby Murfreesboro, TN, and to be honest, I cannot remember how I was first introduced to them, but thankfully, I was, and so, I got a nice little message from Bandcamp when they recently released some new music, and so I scooped it up, and so far, I am loving it very music. 

“Everybody’s Happy Nowadays” by The Buzzcocks

The April Feel Bad For You Mixtape featured songs used in commercials.  It turns out that this Buzzcock’s song was featured in a 2007 AARP commercial.  Yes, I feel old now.

“Theme from Harry’s Game” by Clannad

Clannad was the band that gave Enya her start.  This song was written for a television series about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It appeared on the Clannad album Magical Ring.  In 1992, the song was used in a Volkswagen commercial. So, it is our second track from the Feel Bad For You folks.

“So Real” by Clear Plastic Masks

Clear Plastic Masks helped to wake me up after the Clannad song… nothing against Clannad, but maybe not the best choice for a sleepy morning commute.  This band is from Nashville and came to us from a new Noisetrade Mixtape of artists who will be appearing at Bonnaroo (which I never know how to spell despite the many years it has gone on).

“Pedestrian at Best” by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is from Australia. This song is from her debut studio album called Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.  This song is also on the Bonnaroo mixtape, and I dig it a lot.

“White Room” by Cream

The classic song from Wheels in Fire comes our way from the FBFY mixtape.  It was used in a 2000 Apple commercial.  It prompted me to think about classic songs showing up in advertisements.  Growing up in the 1980s, I can remember the disdain expressed by some people about iconic tracks from their youth being used to hawk cars and whatever, and I also remember the first time an iconic song of my youth was similarly used, and how I felt somehow violated, but then I got to wondering how many younger people discover great music from first hearing it played in a commercial, and if that makes it a fair trade off…. then I thought about how many current songs are being used in commercials. Then, I saw something shiny and I forgot what I was thinking about.  But, yeah, Cream!

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Another song used in a commercial.  This was used in a British T.V. commercial a year or so after it was released  (from the Portland band’s 2000 album Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia).  And, I just realized that this song is about as old as the Cream song was when I was in high school…

“I Don’t Wanna Be in Love” by Dark Waves

Dark Waves are an L.A. Indie Pop band – this song is from their 2014 EP Dark Waves. This is the third track of the day from the Noisetrade Bonnaroo Mixtape.   Adding a bit of electro-romantic pop music to the shuffle.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – We’re Going Downtown Mix

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Had a great night of music last night.  Saw legendary songwriter Don Schlitz again at The 5 Spot (he has just one more week in his residency – if you are in Nashville and have not seen this show yet, I highly recommend it).  Then, I headed over to the City Winery – Nashville.  It was my first time in the big room, and I was impressed.  Saw Brian Wright and Liz Longley – a pair of very different, but both amazing songwriters/singers.  My review of their show is posted to No Depression.


“Hold on to Your Hats (We’re Going Downtown)” by Science!

From the Seattle band’s latest, Alcoves and Alleyways.  A great song for the beginning of my drive downtown for work.

“My Caravan” by Hoodoo Gurus

A deeper cut from Blow Your Cool!

“Love Won’t Burn” by Young America

From their EP Pain, Rain, and the Mundane which you can still get from Noisetrade.  The always amazing Lindsay Ellyn provides the background vocals on this track.  For the record, this song covers pain and rain – not sure about the mundane. I am highly anticipating their full-length Good Old Fashioned Pain.  I added a video bonus of a Gram Parson’s cover from Young America.

“Country Comforts” by Rod Stewart

Sometimes the ol’ shuffle pulls a nice transition like this… moving from the awesome neo-traditional country of Young America to this classic Brit-country track from Rod Stewart’s 1970 album Gasoline Alley.  The song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and appears on John’s classic album Tumbleweed Connection.  As someone who grew up only knowing Rod Stewart from “Do You Think I’m Sexy” and “Hot Legs”, discovering his earlier music was a major revelation for me. 

“My Mama’s Dead” by Dream Police

Dream Police is a side project of members of the band, The Men.  This song is from the album Hypnotized which was released in November 2014.

“Half-Assed Blues” by Bark

Another side project – Bark. is made up of two thirds of the Tim Lee 3.  Susan Bauer Lee on Drums and Vocals and Tim Lee on bass, vocals, and others instruments. The debut EP by Bark. is also called Bark.

“Mulberry Street” by Matt King

This is the lead track from Matt King’s 2010 album Matt King and the Cutters.

“Black Friday Holiday” by Dead in 5

From the album, Schizophrenic Razor Project.  This Detroit band had a song in the cult film Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies (which I totally didn’t know was a thing, but which I now must see).

“Corners” by The Storm Chronicles

Directly from my inbox comes some very good music which I would describe (upon first listen) as keyboard driven, progressive, pop music.  I will update and revise that assessment as I listen more.  The Storm Chronicles are from the Pacific Northwest.

“Molting” by Shaprece

Adding some Electronic R&B variety to the shuffle…  this comes from an EP of the same name (Molting) by this Seattle artist.  We grabbed the song from the Noisetrade SXSW mixtape.

“Traffic Jam” by A Color Engine

Fortunately, I wasn’t in one when I was listening to this :21 second track from the album Voyage Underwater 56 Knots by this now defunct band comprised of Ear to the Ground favorite Don Ryan and Eric Burchfield (Elephant Goes West) another E2TG featured band.   The video we included is a song from the film Eraserhead by David Lynch. 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Those Who Do Not Play to Lose Mix

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Made it to mid-week.  I am seriously thinking about finally producing Volume 2 of Ear to the Ground Presents… details coming soon…

Shuffle!

“East of West” by The End Men

The End Men from Brooklyn were the 2013 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year, and they remain the most mentioned artist in the history of the blog.  The just released their latest album, Terms and Conditions, and unfathomably they have managed to top themselves again.  Augmented the sax work of Matthew Elia, the band digs deeper into the rough hewn, dirty blues which first caught my attention, while also expanding their sound into exciting and interesting new directions.  I got to listen to the whole album last night, and I was blown away.  Meanwhile, this song from that album showed up first on the shuffle this morning.  Visit their website for all the fine print.

“Song for Buck Owens” by David Dondero

You don’t know how glad I am that Darrin Bradbury turned me on to the music of David Dondero.  How exactly had I not known about this before now?  How did you? Now, you know.  Go check it out.  I love this song for the one and only Buck Owens.

“Running for Cover” by Ivan and Alyosha

At the risk of ruining my reputation of being well read, when I first heard about Ivan and Alyosha, I thought they were a male (Ivan) and female (Alyosha) duo. (The name comes from The Brothers Karamazov – Ivan and Alyosha are the two youngest brothers) which I owned but never worked up the courage to read.   The band is from Seattle and they make music that is far less intimidating than a Russian novel, but pretty awesome nonetheless.

“Ride” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

In another happy shuffle coincidence, today is Lori Kelley’s birthday, so Happy Birthday Lori!   Lori is a bright light in the Nashville songwriting scene, and I am happy to be able to hear some of the music she made before she moved here.

“Just One of the Guys” by Jenny Lewis

Man I dig this song from her 2014 album, The Voyager which was primarily produced by Ryan Adams..  If you don’t know, Jenny was in the Indie band Rilo Kiley.

“Another Day” by Artur U and the New City Limits

The album is Holiday From Eternity and it was released about a month ago.  This is the lead track from that album.  Artur U and the New City Limits are from Finland, and I dig their music a bunch.  I almost made a passing comment about the abundance of great music from Scandinavia, but then I went on Wikipedia and discovered a way too complicated discussion of what countries do and do not comprise Scandinavia. So, I will suffice it to say that their is a bunch of great music coming from the European continent.

“Lesson Number One” by Marshall Crenshaw

The final track from Crenshaw’s 1985 album Downtown.  If I ran the world, Marshall Crenshaw would be one of the best selling and most famous musicians of all time.  Of course, I would likely make a bunch of stupid decisions as well.

“Expositor” by The Vigilance Committee

Another great song from this Long Island Indie band. Exit a Hero is their new album which is scheduled to drop in three days.  Check it out!

“Chains off Me” by The Delta Routine

This is the lead track from this Milwaukee Rock band’s albym You and Your Lion which was released back in February.

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We close out the shuffle with a straight ahead Rock and Roll song from this Jersey Shore supergroup which includes among its members, bassist Kenny Aaronson who has played with just about every one. Their new album is eponymously titled and is out now!

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