Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Strike the Proper Page Mix

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Hard to believe we’ve reached the end of another month.  My Facebook memory thing reminded me that it was a year ago today that I came off of my self-imposed hiatus and returned to posting daily morning shuffles.  It’s been quite a year, and I have to stop and thank everyone who helped make it so.  All the readers, artists, and all the people who have sent me music.  That last group has increased exponentially  – especially in the last month or so, and I have been struggling to keep up.  I want to give all the music I receive a fair listen, and so I beg patience as I try to listen and respond to as many submissions as I can.  Believe me, it is a great problem to have for someone who loves to hear all kinds of music.

“Free” by Whiskey Shivers

Another song from Whiskey Shivers from the Austin band’s self-titled album. Yep!

“Nobody” by Killing Kuddles

Long time #E2TG favorite Killing Kuddles from Atlanta, Georgia are back with a new EP called, Sinking Ship.  This is our first listen to that album.  All I can say is that it’s great to have Killing Kuddles back in the shuffle!

“When it Rains” by Tiffany Huggins Grant

Jonquil Child – the debut album from Singer-Songwriter Tiffany Huggins Grant is due out on July 7 (a week from today!).  Boasting Huggins Grant’s incredible vocals, some wonderful songs, and top-notch Nashville production from #E2TG favorite Mark Robinson (plus some great Nashville musicians), the album has become a favorite of mine since I got my hands on it.  She is playing a CD Release show in Nashville on July 18 at Douglas Corner.  Should be a good time!

“Sleep All Summer” by Crooked Fingers

Crooked Fingers was formed by Eric Bachmann following the breakup of Archers of Loaf.  They have had rotating cast of musicians backing Bachmann.  This song is from their 2011 album, “Breaks in the Armor”.  This was my first real listen to this band, and I like what I’ve heard.

“Blackspot” by Jonas Howden Sjøvaag’s Navyelectre

I always like to receive music that I would be unable and unlikely to hear otherwise – also proof that I do listen to music that comes my way.  Navyelectre is primarily the music of Norwegian artist, Jonas Howden Sjøvaag.  Some improvised music with elements of electronic pop music.  Highly original and a great addition to my shuffle.

“14” by Sam Morrow

Sam Morrow returns to the shuffle with another track from the Seahorse Session.  This one is about starting drinking at age 14.  Morrow recently celebrated 4 years of sobriety (which I post only because it was on his Facebook page), and it is very clear this music comes from a richly authentic place. 

“Some Things Stay” by Brock Zeman

Like Sam Morrow, I wrote about Brock Zeman and connected via social media, and then kind of lost track of him. Recently, I was fortunate to see him play an incredible round at the Bluebird, and I was reminded of what drew me to his music in the first play.  Great songs, a unique voice, and a rich sound.  From Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back.

“Why Do the Heathen Rage” by Guadalcanal Diary

Our third Georgia related band.  Marietta’s Guadalcanal Diary’s debut, Walking the Shadow of the Big Man is one of my favorites of all time.  This song is among my favorites from that album.

“I Wanted Hair Like Alice Cooper” by Batkhi Dahn

More music from Connecticut avant garde, experimental, whatever band Batkhi Dahn from Plays 15.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Into the Mandolin Wind Mix

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Welcome to the working week… since we last gather here, I’ve had the great good fortune to see some incredibly great music.  Friday night, I got to hang out with awesome people and witness the Tim Lee 3 rocking the house in a rare Nashville appearance followed by the amazing R.B. Morris with his crack band bringing words and music together in the most spellbinding way.

Saturday night, I saw Ted Drozdowki’s Scissormen rock the stage at City Winery opening for The Baseball Project. The Baseball Project haven taken a concept and through a love of the subject and the creative geniuses behind The Dream Syndicate, Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, and R.E.M. among others rode that concept for 8 years and 3 albums to date with no sign of slowing down.  My review of that show is on No Depression.

After the Baseball Project show, I got to hang out with more cool people (after climbing a circular staircase) and see an incredible round of music that makes me proud to live in this city.  Kevin Gordon, Sarah Potenza (accompanied by her husband Ian), and Jeff Black sat and delivered to a packed out lounge at City Winery.

As if that was not enough, Sunday night, I got to hang out with the immensely talented Russell Thompson and watch Mary Gauthier and Allison Moorer swap songs for almost two hours accompanied for much of the time by the incredible guitarist Kenny Greenberg.  My review of that show should be posted on No Depression very soon.

Whew!  Now back to the workday grind (but only a four day work week this week), and a brand new never before heard shuffle of music to melt your mind and expand you face… or something like that…

“North Korea and the Five Stages of Grief” by Forebear

Forebear on an Alternative Rock band from L.A. This song, with awesome title, has been hanging around my playlist for a while. A great way to start the week. From the self-titled EP.

“Into the Wind” by John Wesley Harding

Starting off a “Wind” themed mini-set with the shuffle, comes another a great track from the artist current known as Wesley Stace from the album Why We Fight!

“Mandolin Wind” by Rod Stewart

Continuing and concluding our little mini-set of “wind” songs… comes this track from Rod Stewarts brilliant third album, Every Picture Tells a Story. 

“Our Home” by Hugh Trimble

Our final track from Hugh Trimble’s neighborpoem album – and one my favorites.  Now, I need to move on to some of his newer music.  I really love his songs, and I am happy that the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen folks introduced them to me through one of their compilations.

“Joy” by Son Little

The first of two recordings from World Café Sessions.  I really don’t know much about Son Little, but I dig this song which comes from the 2014 EP, Things I Forgot on ANTI- Records.

“Blues de Bernadette” by Lost Bayou Ramblers

Another from the World Café sessions.  My family are from the same general area as this band, and Cajun music has a special place in my heart and in my blood. Always great to hear younger bands and artists spreading that rich, unique musical form near and far and keeping the culture alive. The song comes from their 2012 album Mammoth Waltz.

“While We’re Apart” by Beat Rodeo

We close out the day’s shuffle with our final track from the Beat Rodeo album, Home in the Heart of the Beat.  I “discovered” Beat Rodeo thanks to IRS Records Presents: The Cutting Edge – which brought a lot of great music to me in my pre-internet small town isolation – back when the M in MTV stood for music.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Fourteen Mix

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Well it’s Friday!  And it seems as if there is much to be celebrated this week (at least that is how I see it).  We have covered quite a bit of ground, musically this week, and this week-ending shuffle just pushes us that much further along.  Please remember, that my shuffle are truly random.  I just decide what is in the playlist, the random shuffle feature picks each days songs.  It tends to do a good job of it – even if I sometimes which certain songs/albums would come up sooner…

“Got to Be Mean” by Broken Guru

The second appearance of Broken Guru this week.  From the album, Bent Up Halo.

“No Wrong No Right” by Jesse Harris with Star Rover

New York singer-songwriter teams up with New York duo.  This came from a Noisetrade sampler from SXSW which has been in the playlist for some time. The title track from Jesse Harris’ album released earlier this year.

“Charles William” by All Them Witches

One of those Nashville bands that is helping to redefine (or undefine) what Nashville music is or isn’t. Got this on another Noisetrade sampler – this one from the recent Bonnaro festival.  The song is included on the band’s album, Lightning At the Door.

“Two Minutes of My Fourteen Years of Agony” by Atticus Floyd

Atticus Floyd is connected to the fertile musical movement centered around The Foresters and Bethany, Connecticut.  I will not say that this is an easy two minutes or that is particularly “accessible”… but, I guess I can say that is a pretty visceral reminder of what it felt like to be fourteen.  From Russell Stover Stole My Babbie – which came out in March.  There is already a newer release from Atticus Floyd.

“Fresh California” by Circus Propaganda

Coincidently, this track begins with a dedication to Atticus.  Indeed Atticus Floyd is/was a member of this combo.  Their album is called Botany.  From the band’s Facebook page – they are no longer playing live, but all of the members have other project(s) – some of which we have already featured here (like Atticus Floyd, The Foresters, Batkhi Dahn, and 100% Beefcake) and some we will just have to check out.  Anyway, this song and the Atticus Floyd track definitely added two or more missing elements from our diversity of music this week.

“Forked River Roadside Shrine” by Ben Arthur

From his forthcoming album of “answer” songs, Call and Response.  This is one of two songs Ben Arthur has written based upon a short story by Joyce Carol Oates.

“Strictly Business” by EPMD

The title track from the hip-hop groups’ 1988 debut album.  The track features a sample of the Eric Clapton version of the Bob Marley song, “I Shot the Sheriff”. This was influential music back in the day. 

“I Remember” by Bully

Another of those new Nashville band’s moving things forward, and getting a lot of well deserved attention for it.  Bully just this week released their debut album, Feels Like, and today we have our first official shuffle listen to a track from that album. Good stuff.

“Fallout Fields” by Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival are a Colorado based  Folk/Americana/Experimental band.  “Fallout Fields” is a track from the band’s live CD/DVD called Sands of Now which will be released in just under a month.  This came to me via e-mail (which has been busting at the seams the past few weeks – so I beg patience and persistence as I try to give everything I can a fair listen) and it is some great sounding upbeat folk music. Dig it.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – All My Sorrows Mix

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One day closer to the weekend…. it’s looking like a great weekend for music in Nashville… on my agenda includes a show Friday night at The Basement (the original one) with R.B. Morris and #E2TG favorites Tim Lee 3.  It’s an early show..  Doing some No Depression stuff Saturday and Sunday nights.

We have another fine, fine shuffle… so let’s get to it.

“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall opens the shuffle with the song that really put her on the music map.  She performed it live in 2004 on Later…with Jools Holland, and it was included on her debut album, Eye to the Telescope.

“Southern Sun” by Boy and Bear

Boy and Bear are on Australian Indie band. This song was included on their 2013 album Harlequin Dream.  The recording I heard from a World Café session.

“Kid” by The Pretenders

Earlier this week (or maybe late last week – time is elusive) I had a song from Chrissie Hynde’s solo debut. About 35 years earlier, her band The Pretenders released their self-titled debut album, and this song was released as a single from that album.

“Darlin’ Jane” by The Record Company

L.A. Roots/Blues/Rock band The Record Company keep the shuffle going with a swinging little number from their record, Feels So Good. So good.

“An Unlikely Affair” by The Colored Parade

One of Nashville’s best, Andrew Adkins and his band The Colored Parade are up next with a song from their album, …And the Walls of the City Will Shake. The Colored Parade are playing upstairs at City Winery on Sunday night, and you should definitely have that on your calendar.

“Shine Maker” by Jeremiah Tall

Waking is the most recent album by Pennsylvania rocking roots artist, Jeremiah Tall.  Shine Maker is a very short song, but it mighty sweet.

“While Everyone Was Waiting” by Talk in Tongues

I honestly don’t know much about Talk in Tongues.  They are from L.A., and I really liked their sound.  It was kind of reminiscent of some 80s new wavey stuff, but that was just an initial impression.  In any event, this is from a record called, Alone With a Friend.  I just noticed in doing some quick research that they are (coincidently) playing in Nashville on Saturday at Exit/In.  I can’t make it, but check their video in the playlist and if you dig, go check them out.

“Asa Jones’ Blues” by Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr is a folk singer from Duluth, MN.  I wonder if any other folk singers have come from Duluth, Minnesota?  Maybe someone should look that up.  Anyway, this song was included on his 2006 album Backslider.  The recording I heard (and the one in the video playlist) is a 2015 Daytrotter session.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Circular Mix

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Well…well…well… we’ve reached the mid-point of this work week. 

Last night’s Kevn Kinney/Peter Case show at The Basement East was every bit as awesome as I expected.  Case opened with “Walk in the Woods” – the song that first introduced me to his classic self-titled debut solo album and Kinney followed that with the title track from his equally classic solo debut, MacDougal Blues. For the next couple of hours, they traded songs and stories…

“Losing the Feel” by Kansas Bible Company

The Nashville based 12-piece gets the shuffle off to a rousing start this this track from their recent Dad’s Day EP. 

“Circular Fever” by The Tourists

Another great song from the aptly titled Should Have Been Greatest Hits.  The Tourist – in case you missed my previous posts – were an awesome late 70s/early 80s Power Pop band which featured Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart before they were The Eurhythmics.

“Evelyn” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

For a while there, we seemed to be posting a different song from Jeremy Gluck’s Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2 just about every day.  As hard as it is to believe, we still have a couple of songs from that album which have not been posted.  This is one.  It’s really good to hear more of this great album.

“Loving Down” by Hugh Trimble

Another song that has been hanging around the shuffle for a while.  I first heard Hugh Trimble on a Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation. This song is from his album, neighborpoem, and is a good reminder of why I dig his music so much.

“Don’t Stop Trying” by Carl Anderson

Back in March, ahead of the release of his album Risk of Loss (which we have been featuring), Carl Anderson released a Noisetrade sampler that includes some tracks for that then forthcoming album alongside some older tracks like this one from his 2012 Wolftown.

“Behind the Mouth” by Broken Guru

Another track from Bent Up Halo – the high-energy debut from this New York Alt-Rock band.

“Bloodsoaked” by The Killing Condition

So far this week, we have explored traditional bluegrass, ambient art pop, pure country, contemporary classic, various styles of indie and alternative rock, folksy stuff and even some Americanaesque music. Up until this point, we have not had any death metal in the shuffle this week.  Happily, we rectify this oversight and up the ante with some Extreme Brutal Death Metal from Saratoga Springs , New York.  The band just began recording their new album, Broken Down Morals.  

“A Little God in My Hands” by Swans

We close out the day’s shuffle with a seven minute song from the reunited experimental/noise rock band. The track was on the band’s 2014 album To Be Kind.  We got if off that Big Ears Festival Sampler which we featured a song off of yesterday.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Sleeping in the Monkey House Mix

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After posting about the heat yesterday, things inexplicably cooled off a bit yesterday evening (don’t worry it is hot again today).  While it was cooler, I took the opportunity to sit out on my deck and get some writing projects complete. 

1.  You may have seen The Ghoul Goes West in the shuffle over the past couple of months or so. And, you may have wondered just who is or are The Ghoul Goes West.  Well, wonder know more. I did an extensive interview this Chris S. (chief Ghoul) and you can read it on No Depression right now

2. Any time there is new music from an Ear to the Ground artist of the year, it is cause for much excitement around here.  Darrin Bradbury, the reigning Artist of the Year, just released a new EP called The Story of Bob, and I have written a review of that album (hint – you should own it now!)

Tonight, if you in Nashville, I highly recommend heading to the Basement East around 7:00.  Two of our country’s best songwriters are appearing together and it should be a great night.  Kevn Kinney (Drivin’ and Cryin’) and Peter Case in one night and the same stage.  Epic!

We have a short but pretty darn sweet shuffle today – thanks to a quick commute and an eight minute instrumental song in the mix.

“Shh.. Judy’s Sleeping” by Christopher Aaron Slade

Some amorous cheekiness from Christopher Aaron Slade.  From his bio, I take it that Judy was a day dreaming co-worker.  In the video playlist, we have his version of the Blondie classic, “Call Me”.

“Monkey House” by Artur U and the New City Limits

One of my favorite tracks from Turn Off the Light by this band from Finland.  The album was produced at Bill Laswell’s studio in New Jersey.  Enjoy the short film video of the song.

“Little Blue Something” by Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet are a contemporary classical string quartet who have been in existence for over 40 years.  Bryce Dessner is a composer best known as the guitarist for The National.  Little Blue Something is a composition by Dessner which was inspired by the music of  Irena and Vojtech Havel, who blend early music with Czech folk music.  The song came to me via a Noisetrade sampler for the Big Ears music festival held in Knoxville, Tennessee earlier this year.

“Broken Into Better Shape” by Good Old War

A live version of the title track to Good Old War’s new album which is due out next week.  From a Noisetrade sampler put out by the band.

“Undertow” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

Another of my favorite songs from the Lotus album by the long-time D.C. area duo.

“Guess So – Take Me Home” by Tigerman WOAH!

Another raucous and rowdy song from the band from Massachusetts by way of Georgia (or vice-versa). From the band’s album, Up South Vol. II.

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An awesome song from the band’s 2014 album Amid the Noise and Haste.  This track features guitarist Trevor Young on lead vocals. The Roots and Reggae band is from Arlington, Virginia.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – I Said That Mix

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It’s Monday and man it sure is hot here in Nashville…  you know what else is hot? Today’s shuffle!  Hot off the presses…  The #E2TG shuffle at it’s best – widely and wildly divergent styles and themes of music congregate on my music player on a weekday morning…  enjoy!

“Bowling Green” by The Barefoot Movement

Another traditional tune from The High Road EP.  A great way to start the week.

“Another Green World” by Brian Eno

At this point, it seemed like the shuffle might be going for some sort of “green” theme.  It ended here… the title track from Brian Eno’s classic 1975 album.  I would say chances are good that even if you aren’t a Brian Eno fan, you’ve likely heard this short instrumental piece.

“Gorilla Girl” by The Dead Milkmen

So far we’ve moved from traditional bluegrass music to ambient art pop and now onto whatever it is that The Dead Milkmen do… From Big Lizard in My Backyard.  “I love my groovy Gorilla Girl.”

“Jonesin’ for Jones” by Dale Watson

And from a song about a girl who looks like an ape, do a fine bit of traditional country music in the form of a tribute to the late great George Jones.

“Blood Oranges in the Snow” by Over the Rhine

As the heat index breaks the triple digits for the second or third day in a row, it’s refreshing to hear a song about snow.  Blood Oranges are pretty good, too.  This is the title track from the 2014 Holiday album by Ohio folk/Americana band Over the Rhine.  The first of what amounts to a mini-Ohio theme embedded in the shuffle.

“Ain’t That A Lot of Love” by Webb Wilder

I got to see Webb Wilder play with the Beatnecks a couple of weeks ago.  He still packs quite a wallop.  This is a cover of a song by Homer Banks and it was later covered by Simply Red (but you’d hardly know this is the same song).  Webb makes the song all his own.  From Hybrid Vigor.

“Modern Life” by Mothers

A slice of Modern Life from Mothers – another track from Panamanian Times.

“American Tan” by Aaron Lee Tasjan

Our second Ohio artist in the shuffle – although East Nashville claims him now!  From the new EP, Telling Stories to the Wall.  Dig it! 

“I Woke Up in a Race Car” by Batkhi Dahn

So Batkhi Dahn founder Hayden Nork just finished middle school.  Listen to this song and let that sink in.  Hayden’s other band just released the second single ahead of their forthcoming album Sun Songs (which will be their third release).

“You or No One” by Chrissie Hynde

This is recorded for World Café and is the lead track from the debut solo album by The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde.  She was born in Akron, Ohio, and thus completes our Ohio mini theme (unless there are other Ohio connections that I missed – which is entirely likely).  The album is called Stockholm and it was released in 2014.  Kind of hard to believe that Chrissie had not released a solo album before then.

“Pax Romana” by The Great Game

The Great Game are an international band – their Hometown on Facebook is listed thusly: “Somewhere between south of Spain and North of Scotland, Passing through Prague and Antwerp.”  The Great Game is the name of their debut record from which this track is taken.

“Glory, Glory” by Lindsay Ellyn

Lindsay Ellyn’s EP Out of Road is one of my favorite records of the year, and this may will be my favorite song from that record.  At a time when it would appear from reading social media that everyone has everything figured out, it is nice to hear a song about good old fashioned doubts.

“Ballad of Billy Joe McKay” by Shawn Mullins

From his 1998 album Soul’s Core.

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