Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Down do be do do wop a do do wop a do do wop Mix

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We move confidently into the middle of the week, and step one day further into this September. 

“You’re a Whole Different Person When You’re Scared” by Warren Zevon

How about we start off the mid-week shuffle with some Warren Zevon doing a song co-written with Hunter S. Thompson.  Yeah, sounds good to me, too.

“The Bountiful Child” by Atticus Floyd

0:39 seconds of cool stuff from Atticus Floyd’s We’ll All Come Down 7 song EP.

“Chinese Dogs” by Mothers

The New York band Mothers’ album Panamanian Times has been in our playlist for a while now. This is the second to last song for us to feature.  The band has an awesomely original punk rock sound. 

“Damballah-Wedo” by The Shakers

A beautiful instrumental from Songs from Beneath the Lake.  One of my favorite albums.

“If I Could” by John Prine

John Prine is one of our greatest living songwriters, and so if he covers a song, you know it has to be really, really good. From Prine’s 1997 Live on Tour album, this is Tim Carroll’s “If I Could”  (You may remember Tim Carroll was our 300th “Like” on Facebook.) It is, by the way, the only cover song on that album.

“High Steppin’ Mama” by Clyde Langford

Clyde Langford was born in Centerville, Texas in 1934.  He learned guitar from Joel “Thunder” Hopkins as a boy.  As a young person, he would listen to the radio and imitate the songs he heard on his guitar, and he added his own spin to the songs.  He never stopped making music, and the Music Maker Relief Foundation helped him to record an album (of which this is the title track) as well as helping him with medical and other expenses.  This is the real deal blues, ya’ll.

“Beggin’ Jesus” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

Speaking of the Blues.  We have another track from Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen from their album Love and Life.  As luck would have it, I used the video for this song in the video playlist yesterday (substituting for a song that didn’t have a video), but you know what – it’s a really cool video so watch it again today!

“Cash” by APE|MEN

From their debut EP Zero – APE MEN make “edgy inditronica from the Iron Curtain fringe of the European Union.”  This is good stuff.

“Ball and Chain” by Ted Zmaster and the Wranglers

Ted Z and the Wranglers are a Southern California band that play some pretty fine roots based, indie rock and roll.  This was my first listen, and I like what I heard.

“Honky Tonk Blues” (Live) by Jason and the Scorchers

A live version of the Scorchers cover of the Hank Williams classic… Lord, I got ’em…

“Pretty Girls” by Joe Jackson

Another track from the Joe Jackson’s Look Sharp! album… a song about being distracted by the scenery.


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Noisey Mix

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Well… let’s just jump into today’s shuffle!

“186” by The Vigilance Committee

From the album Exit a Hero – some most excellent, proggy sounding, Indie Rock out of Long Island, NY. 

“Watching the Sun Go Down” by Kevin Gordon

We’ve started listening to Kevin Gordon’s forthcoming album, but this one goes way back to his 2005 album called, O Come Look At the Burning.  We got it off a Noisetrade Sampler that this still available at that site.

“Trap Door” by Stars

Stars are from Canada.  Their Facebook Page lists their genre as Melodramatic Popular Songs, Amazon lists it as Alternative Rock.  E2TG doesn’t care too much for genres.  Pretty upbeat fun sounding music. 

“SGS” by Grumsling

Another track from our new friends from Oakland, California.  Grumsling are one of my favorite “discoveries” of the year so far.  This song is from their 7 song release from 2014 called Full Coverage

“Noise” by Jesse Terry

Connecticut based singer-songwriter Jesse Terry with a track from his latest EP called, The Calm and The Storm. This is one of those  gorgeous songs that seems like it should have always existed.  From some reason, it struck me that this song would not be out of place on Billy Joel’s classic Cold Spring Harbor – and I mean that as high praise. 

“Pictionary” by APE MEN

“Edgy indietronica formed on the post Iron Curtain fringe of the European Union.”  From their debut EP Zero which was released earlier this year. Pretty cool sounds… and a fun reminder of when me and my sister ruled at Pictionary the game.

“Destroy Me” by The Naddiks

The Naddiks are a high energy Alternative band from Canberra. This is the opening track from their EP called 21cb. 

“Mama’s Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up to be Babies” by Dale Watson

So far, the shuffle has moved between singer-song writers and alt/prog/indie bands from all over the world.  Let’s bring this whole mess together as only E2TG can… with Dale Watson covering Tony Joe White’s answer to the Ed and Patsy Bruce song made famous by Waylon and Willie.  This song is on Dale’s latest album Call Me Insane.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Gypsy Now Mix

Lot’s to cover…

Couch by Couchwest 2015 rolls on, and I am getting further behind on all the great music, but it’s a marathon not a sprint… or something like that… actually, I think it is against the rule to use a running analogy when talking about CXCW…  Day 2 included appearances by #E2TG favorites Batkhi Dahn and Matt Prater, and the day ending video featured East Nashville’s own Tim Easton playing Ray Wylie Hubbard’s guitar from the Netherlands or something like that.  I hope I didn’t miss anyone, but I feel like I did.  If so, I will make it up – as I plan to do a mid-week recap as well as a end of festival summary… UPDATE: I remember who I forgot – Tipi Valley – how could I?

Went out last night to see some friends play music…  Kiely Schlesinger was stunning as always, Lindsay Ellyn sounded fantastic, and Taylor Alexander from Young America (who released an EP yesterday and who was joined by Lindsay Ellyn) was awesome and the imagining of a Cher as a traditional country singer was brilliant.

In the opening mic that followed, I enjoyed seeing Fendrick and Peck, Eddie Crummer, Darrin Bradbury, and Zachariah Red.

Now, we have a shuffle to put on….

“Roll Bones” by The Record Company

L.A. Roots and Roll band off their 2013 EP Feels So Good… I just got turned on to them by my friend Sue Havlish, but they have a Wikipedia page and apparently their songs have been all over television.  I may be late to the party, but I am pretty good at catching up quickly.

“Come Around” by [debut]

Our second listen to another L.A. band, [debut] which draws influence from electronic and alternative music.  I dig this song a lot.  The album is called Postcards from Berlin, and is out now.

“Letter Never Sent” by R.E.M.

In the midst of several more recent songs, we have the insistent brilliance of early/mid 80s R.E.M.  From their second album Reckoning.

“Up is the New Bottom” by APE|MEN

Back to the new music.  APE|MEN hail from the “post Iron Curtain fringe of the European Union” and play an intriguing style of indie/alternative/indietronica. Whatever… it’s good stuff.

“If You Look for My Heart” by Ben Arthur

Ben Arthur is the host of the web series Songcraft Presents and had an op/ed in the today’s New York Times about the Blurred Lines decision. He is also an amazing songwriter.  His next album is comprised of “Answer songs” to various short stories, songs etc.  I’ve had a chance to give it a listen, and it is incredible.  I will be posting my take on the album soon… in the meantime, we have the title track (and our final song post) from his project “If You Look for My Heart” which was an novel and a genre bending album which I have adored.  The title track is mesmerizing and haunting and gorgeous.  (Video credit to Matthew Hendershot of the 2013 E2TG Band of the Year, The End Men).

“Pray For Me, Mama (I’m a Gypsy Now)” by Jason and the Scorchers

From the classic EP Fervor comes one of my favorite Jason and the Scorchers’ tunes (I have a lot of favorite Jason and the Scorchers’ tunes.

“Old Father Death” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

Another track from the fabulous Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2 album.  I have really loved all of this album, and this may (for the moment) be my favorite song on the record.

“Under African Skies” by Paul Simon

From Graceland.  I treasure every opportunity to hear the incredible voice of Linda Ronstadt – here adding incredible background vocals which make this song for me.

“Golden Dreams” by Syd Straw

We close out the shuffle with another song from Syd Straw’s Surprise album.  Nice to revisit favorite albums and rediscover why they are one of your favorites.

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(By the way, I wanted to note that today was a rare day where all of the videos are directly connected to the featured song (the video for “Come Around” is of the string arrangement))

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Two Pack Habit and a Motel Tan Mix

Let’s jump right into today’s shuffle – shall we…

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“Three Questions” by A Color Engine

Another track from the prehistoric Don Ryan band that he formed with Eric Burchfield who later was in Elephant Goes West which was a featured artist or some such thing back in the prehistoric days of E2TG.  The A Color Engine album is called Voyage Underwater; 56 Knots.    For the video, I posted the video/song that began my long love affair with Don Ryan….’s music.

“Wild Animals” by Trampled by Turtles

From the 2014 album of the same name by this Duluth, MN band…  Bob Dylan is from Duluth… in case you were wondering….

“Adult Crap” by Joanna Wang

A song from Taiwanese-American singer songwriter Joanna Wang and the lead track from her 2009 album The Adult Storybook…

“Holiday” by Mothers

Another fine track from the Panamanian Times album… couldn’t find a video of this band so I posted a video featuring a bunch of people from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective and figured maybe someone from this band was in there somewhere… or not..  I love this band so check them out on Bandcamp etc.

“Everything I’m Not” by Beat Rodeo

From the 1986 album, Home in the Heart of the Beat on I.R.S. Records…  Beat Rodeo featured Steve Almaas who had previously been part of the legendary Minneapolis punk band Suicide Commandos.  Beat Rodeo played an innovative brand of  pop/country/rock.  This song was the single from the album which was produced by Scott Litt. Updated to remove… who co-wrote this song with Almaas (according to the Wikipedia)…

“Winter of My Discontent” by David Liebman

From Lieb Plays Wilder…  I got to see David Liebman backed by an all-star band of Nashville jazz players last month. 

“Falling” by Ivan and Alyosha

From their 2013 album, All the Times We Had… our second Ivan and Alyosha song in as many days. Their next album can be pre-ordered now and will be called, It’s All Just Pretend.

“Bye Bye Devil” by APE|MEN

By way of my inbox and from the self-titled debut, this band from the Southeastern fringe of the European Union offers up a tasty stew of indie/electronica/scuzz-noise/alternative postrock… it’s all good, and I dig it.

“Clickin'” by Whistlin’ Britches

31 seconds of awesome mouth noises from the late Haskel Thompson via the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

“Guitar Town” by Steve Earle

This was my introduction to Steve Earle, and I fell hard and fast… I wore out this album on cassette and then on CD.

“The Way I Want You” by Turbo Fruits

The new single from the forth coming album No Control… I saw them a few weeks back and they absolutely killed it.  You can read my review at No Depression.