Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Such an Icy Feeling Mix

After a busy and pretty awesome weekend, I’m easing back into the a busy and pretty hectic week. 

We have a pretty cool mix of music today and I don’t want to waste any time….

So without much more ado, E2TG is proud to present…. Today’s Shuffle!  After the JUMP

I had to go out last night, and it was such an amazingly crisp cool evening, I decided to begin the Shuffle early…


“Leather and Lace” Stevie Nicks and Don Henley (Okay, I’m not the world’s biggest Don Henley fan, but I’ve always loved this song. I remember this all to well from my teenaged years.)

“Flowers in my Garden” by Johnny Flynn

“November” by prattle on, rick (This is from his A Decade Begins album, an album of songs – one for each month.  An exclusive to members of his mailing list. And – for one week only, you grab a free download of the brand new prattle on, rick album Some Quiet Majesty when you sign up for the mailing list.  Go HERE)

“Two Yous” by Let’s Active (This one has always been a favorite.)

“Little Caney” by Glossary (A cool rock band from Middle Tennessee. This song is from their 2007 album, The Better Angels of Our Nature)

“Shadowplay (live)” by Joy Division (from Live at Leigh Rock Festival ’79)

“Take Care” by Big Star

“Vanilla Dome” by Alvin Band (from their Rainbow Road album)

“Stephanie Says” by Lee Ranaldo (a cover of a Velvet Underground song first officially released on the 1985 album V.U. – which served as my introduction to the Velvet Underground.)

“Payday Giveaway” by Mark Robinson (a track from Robinson’s debut release Quit Your Job – Play Guitar.)

“Take Me Down” by The Howlin’ Brothers (from their The Sun Studio Sessions)

Watch Today’s Video Playlist Here


Friday Music Shuffle – Pre-Labor Mix

Looking forward to a long weekend….  I’ll leave you with a heaping helping of musical manifestations.

After the JUMP

“Soulard” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza)

“All I Remember” by Brad Jones (Folk/Americana from Nashville)

“Eve” by Neulore (Modern Folk Music from Nashville)

“Where is Your Man?” from False-Heads (off of Tunnel Vision – UK Alt Rock band who contacted me – more to come by these lads (imagine me sounding British as I said that last part…)

“Scream” by Marla Mase (so good to be re-experiencing this great album)

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Big Star (covering Jerry Lee Lewis – Memphis a great music city, too)

“Every Word Means No” by Let’s Active (one my favorite Let’s Active songs)

“Black Eyes and White Lies” by Don Ryan (I seriously, seriously love Don Ryan’s music.  Please, please, please do yourself a huge favor and check him out)

“Room With a View” by Let’s Active (so glad to be re-experiencing this great music, so sad for the impetus to do so… RIP Faye Hunter)

“Candy Says” by The Velvet Underground (This!)

“Slow Ride” by Beastie Boys (yup!)

“Closer to the Source” by prattle on, rick (another great Nashville artist – glad I came to know this music.)

“When Will I Be Loved” by Linda Ronstadt (A classic)

“New Cell Phone” by Marla Mase (Who all has your cell phone number?)

“You Can’t Have Me” by Big Star (Third/Sister Lovers!)

“Transcendental Meditative Mutant Ninja Turtles” by Alvin Band (What a great song title! Great song, too!)

“Count to Three” by Amy Stroup (Another great artist from Nashville)

“What Goes On” by The Velvet Underground (What goes on in your mind…)

“Close My Eyes” by Callaghan (Beautiful song)

Also get False-Heads, prattle on, rick,  and Don Ryan on Bandcamp

Today’s Video Playlist


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Stalagmite or Stalactite Mix

I am so tired today.  So, I am going to make it short, sweet, to the point, and hopefully interesting – because we have some great music today..

(part of my morning walk –
so you can imagine me as you are reading
and listening to the morning mix)



 I know it’s going to be a good morning mix when it begins with the inimitable Don Ryan.  What can you say about a guy who loves ICP, Townes, Pantera, Nickelback, and One Direction* and who makes great music that manages to not really sound like any of those artists*. 
*one of more of those listed may not belong…
“Top of the World” by Don Ryan (recorded live in the studio. It’s so good to be getting some new music from Don Ryan and company – looking forward to more.)
“Get in Line” by Ron Sexsmith (for some reason, I always get Ron Sexsmith and Charlie Sexton mixed up.  Musically, they are not similar so it must be the sex in the name.  I’ve always gotten mixed up when it comes to sex.)
“Piece of Peace” by Marla Mase (From Scream (Deluxe) – one of our favorite albums of the year)
“Pull My Coat” by Mark Robinson (from Have Axe – Will Groove – another favorite album of the year.  A great blues guitarist from (East) Nashville)
“Infatuation” by Dog Without Warning (from Bark – yet another of our faves – I love this song)


“Cloin’s Lament” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Live @ DC9 (11-13-12) (2013) originally on We’re From Here (2012)

One of the highlights of CXCW 2013 was the coast to coast submissions from Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray. Yuma Wray also won the Beardliest Beard Award.  Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray are heading out on tour.  Check out the dates and more goodies by heading over to Popa’s Tunes.

“Bowser’s Castle” by Alvin Band from Rainbow Road (2013)

Rainbow road will be released next week, but you can check out Bowser’s Castle and some other songs (old and new) via Noisetrade – using the widget above.

“Lifetime Prescription” by Mark Robinson from Have Axe – Will Groove (2013)


Don’t worry about refills… Another track from the awesome Have Axe – Will Groove album which features some of Nashville’s best blues artists.

“Flood” by Dog Without Warning from Bark (2013)

Dog Without Warning were one of my big take-aways from CXCW this year. I began featuring their Go Girl album.  When the band contacted me to give their new EP a listen, I was blown away.  Not only was this a huge change of direction, it was also an excellent record with some memorable songs.


Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Conjuring Mix

Hey ho! It’s Friday! What could be more perfect?


Music after the jump

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Today in the Pre-Shuffle we have:

“Pualei” by EdTang (from Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner)

“Accomplices” by The Gypsy West (from Accomplices III)

“Dromedary” by Dog Without Warning (from Bark – one of my favorite records of the year so far, and they made a video for this song! Check it out in the Playlist at the end of this post)

“Let’s Give It Away” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza – another favorite

“Hold Onto Hope Love (Andy Hunt Mix/Mastered)” by Amy Stroup (of Sugar and the Hi-Lows)

In the Shuffle

“Corn for Cash” by Alvin Band (from Mantis Preying)

“Hurricane” by Katey Laurel
This is the brand new single from Katey Laurel.  I hope you grabbed this from Noisetrade because it is not longer available on that site.
“Green Eyes” by Callaghan from 40 States and Counting EP
“L.A. Freeway” by Guy Clark from Old No. 1 (1975)


A great song from Guy Clark’s debut album. Released about 38 years ago, a young Steven Earle sings backgrounds on this album.



Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Best Ever Mix

(Throw back Friday Pic)

For me, every mix is unique and has value.  Is this the best ever mix? Probably not, that will be Monday or some other time (or many other times in the future).  This is a good mix – a damn good mix.  Why?  ‘Cause it has some of my all time favorites, a couple of brand new (to me) songs that I really dig, a nifty cover, a diverse but not crazily diverse mixture of songs (although I love me some crazily diverse mixtures), and it forces me to break a long-standing officially unofficial blog policy…. but we’ll get to all that.

Meanwhile – let’s just dive right into the mix


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“Mission Bells” by Susan James (One of my favorite albums of 2013 so far is Driving Into the Sun.  This is awesome California folksy rock music with a mellow vibe. Americana, but California-style Americana, and it’s a fantastic album)

“Drinkin’ Problem” by Lori McKenna (I think I may have gotten this from a Popa Tunes compilation – I noticed he was a fan of her music page on Facebook. I am too.  This is a great song. Massachusetts Country Music. Nice.

“Ate” by Alvin Band (From a Noisetrade compilation that includes songs from several different Alvin Band albums. I’m realty growing to dig this music.)

“The Music in My Headphones” by Telepathic Teddy Bear (When someone called Telepathic Teddy Bear follows you on Twitter, you follow back.  When they have music for download, you download. You don’t know why you do this, but you do. And, you are glad you did.  I’m glad I did.)

“Into the Mines” by The End Men (The opening track on The End Men’s latest album, Play With Your Toys, makes big promises and prepares you for something beyond what you would expect from the band.  “Into the Mines” seals the deal.  A chillingly dark tale to be sure.  Remember, this is only a show, but it’s a show you do not want to miss…


“Cool Me Down” by Promised Land Sound from Summer Sampler 2013 (Jeffery Drag Records)


Jeffery Drag Records is a pretty bitchin’ cool label based here in Nashville.  It is the mad brain child of Bad Cop front man Adam Anyone Moult. Last year some time, we reported that Jeffery Drag had become part of the French Kiss Label Group. Anyway, they have this new compilation out on band camp – click on the picture of Promised Land Sound to get to that compilation – and it’s a pretty great mix of music.  Bad Cop, Natural Child, Majestico, and Useless Eaters. Plus it’s got this band.  Promised Land Sound (or Promised Land – I’m kind of confused…) are really great. Hell, they are “Jack White digs them” great (they put out a 7″ on his Third Man label).

“Old School Friends” by Honeyhoney from American Songwriter Sessions (originally on the band’s 2011 album Billy Jack)


Per their Facebook Page, Honeyhoney are from Nashvillle, but now live in Los Angeles. This song left me wanting to hear more from this band.  It’s a song that sounds like a classic, the minute you first lay ears on it.

“Changing” by The Gypsy West from Accomplices III: No Barcodes (2013)


Another of our favorites of 2013.  We reviewed this record early in the year.  The EP is the finale of a trilogy of songs that tell the story of a revolution.  This is the opening song from this EP and highlights the power and the creativity of this Brooklyn band.

Finally – at some point, I made a solemn vow, or an idle promise … I honest don’t remember the circumstances, but I made a promise that I honestly thought would be easy to keep.  But, today, I find my self (sort of) breaking that promise.  There are only a hand full of bands for which I would even consider breaking that promise.

“Boyfriend” (Justin Bieber Cover) by Valued Customer from “Fun Covers”


It helps that this isn’t so much a cover as it is a deconstruction.   I do love me some Valued Customer….  I don’t have a video of the song, but I have a video of Patrick from Valued Customer covering another song – plus another cover of this hit song by another familiar face.. You’ll have to watch the Playlist below to find out.








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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Open the Door Mix

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An out-of-sorts kind of day, and a mixed bag of songs to make it just awkwardly perfect….
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“You Think Your Tough” by Hunx and His Punx  (from the new album Street Punk – a harder edge sound this time out.)
“Gazzete Pitch” by Alvin Band (from Lady Protrait)
“Noble Heart” by PHOX (They are from Wisconsin)
“Open the Door” by Tim Lee 3 (from Devil’s Rope – one of our favorite albums of 2013.  Cover of a song by Atlanta band Magnapop. Great song)
“Marry Me” by The Family Crest (San Francisco Chamber Pop band from a recent Noisetrade collection)

“I Woke Up With This Song in My Head This Morning” by Bright Eyes from Lua single (2004)

 A track taken from the first single from the album I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. Bleek and somber and oh so right.

“The City at Night” by Courrier from Cathedrals of Color (2013)


Anthemic Alternative Rock from Austin, Texas.

“Seasons” by Beijing from Night (2013)


 I believe we’ve completed our tour of this album by Connecticut band Beijing.  A very cool record – and the band’s name written in lower case letters has three dotted letters in a row.

“Don’t Give Up On Me” by  The Dirty Guv’nahs from Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies (2012)


To me The Dirty Guv’Nahs are what 70s Southern Rock would sound like if it had naturally progressed to today.  There is something laid back about this Knoxville band, but it’s also good to see that they can Rock out when they need to.  Grab this one at Noisetrade and don’t forget to Tip.










Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Flags for Everything Mix

August 6 – Nashville… overcast skies, rising humidity, but still an ever so slight chill in the air.  Changing lanes, changing gears, but it all still seems the same. Perception in the mind’s eye. Do we have the power to change our destiny or are we merely pawns in a cosmic and eternal game, we don’t even understand?  And what does it matter? Does it matter?

Lost in my thoughts – at times dark, at times trivial. Okay – often trivial. Seeking inspiration. Finding it in the diverse music of people from all over the world. Different voices, different musical choices. For some music is a commodity, for me it is a life blood.

All over the world…. Different voices, different choices….

Music – after the jump…


“Diamond Sigh” by Valued Customer (“22,000 sunsets to go /hold my hand and around the sunset we’ll go /365 days til the calendar explodes / i really wanna rest but we got miles to go” – Sorry but have a I mentioned lately how much I dig this band and this album?  It’s, like, neuron-exploding good. )

“Leader of Men” by Let’s Active (The Let’s Active retrospective continues, and I am reminded of the genius of Mitch Easter and company. Next time, I hear somebody talking about how “bad” music was in the 80s, I plan to put on Cypress and Afoot and put them to shame.)

“On My Way” by The Melodic (The Melodic are a Folk/Roots/Latin band from South London. This song came my way via a ANTI records sampler from Noisetrade).

“Look Around” by Callaghan (Callaghan is from Atlanta, GA.  Such an amazingly beautiful voice and sound. As I was listening to this, I had to detour through downtown Nashville via a different route, and this song provided a great soundtrack. Also via Noisetrade)

“Morning Gown” by T-Model Ford (A REAL DEAL Blues legend, T-Model Ford died last month at the age of… 94? He didn’t remember the exact date of his birth…)


“Stanley Kubrick” by Alvin Band from Rainbow Road (forthcoming 2013)

 Alvin Band hails from Phoenix, Arizona. They have a sampler out now on Noisetrade. Rainbow Road is due out August 20 and a complimentary record, Banshee Boardwalk will be released by the end of the year.  The song name drops the visionary director of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange etc.)

“Thrift Store Jesus” by Heath McNease from Thrift Store Jesus (2012)

Another one via Noisetrade – envision a painting of Jesus that resembles Richard Marx. Envision needing this Jesus to be there for you…. 


“Run Myself Into the Ground” by Jessica Lea Mayfield original version from Tell Me (2011) – this stripped down version from American Songwriter: The Best of American Songwriter Sessions (2013) via Noisetrade


Jessica Lea Mayfield has an affinity for 90s Rock and 70s/80s Bluegrass. Here at E2TG we support this unique juxtaposition of influences. It helps that she is one hell of a good songwriter.

“Flags for Everything” by Let’s Active from Cypress (1984)


Just put this song in your earhole and marvel…. whether you have loved Let’s Active for years or are just catching up, this is near-perfect music for an imperfect world.  RIP Faye Hunter….

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