Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle – Eight to the Bar Mix

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Mid-week has arrived. 

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!
Consider this a great big SAVE THE DATE!!!!!  May 18, 2016 9:00p.m.  The 5 Spot.  The E2TG 5th Anniversary Party with some awesome performances (to be announced soon) and a good time to be had by all.  This will be right after the R.B. Morris Residency show so you should plan on making a night of it.  MORE TO COME!!!!!

Tonight is another awesome Coverfest at The Basement East. 

The lineup:

Matt Haeck as Tom Waits
Sarah Potenza as Gillian Welch
Friendship as Bright Eyes
Darrin Bradbury as Modest Mouse
Ri¢hie as Ghostfinger
Tesla Rossa as Beck
Tin Fist Pony as Sone Temple Pilots

Doors at 8:30 Music at 9:00 

Should be a fun night!

Wednesday is the day when anything can happen here at E2TG… well any day is kind of like that, but Wednesdays are called “Wild” taken from the term “wildcard” meaning that all bets are off*… enjoy….

*E2TG and its affiliates do not advocate gambling. Void where prohibited by law. Gamble responsibly. Don’t Bet and Drive. 

“Just About the Sexiest Thing” by The Jolly Light Brigade

“I’ve got a parachute that you can use.  It was just about the sexiest thing that anyone had ever said to me.”  From our friends at Dord Music Group.  D or d (Density).

“Easy Living” by Broyeur

Broyeur is a Swiss dance, edm, electronic music artist.  This is a single that was released late last year which came to me via e-mail. If I had a usual thing, this would be different than it, but I like this.

“Color Wheel” by Bashful Hips

The first of two tracks from Bashful Hips’ new album After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive.  Dig it!

“Heaven and Hell” by Willie Nelson

From the 1974 album, Phases and Stages – some classic Willie Nelson… the kind of smooth transition that makes Wild Wednesday so much fun!

“Samson and Delilah” by The Staple Singers

From the Freedom Highway Complete recording which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of The Staple Singers legendary 1965 performance at Chicago’s New Nazareth Church, comes this recording of the traditional song. The song was notably covered by the Grateful Dead.

“Like Flies On Sherbert” by Alex Chilton

The title track from Alex Chilton’s 1979 debut solo album – produced by Chilton and Jim Dickinson and recorded and Ardent and Sam Phillips Studios in Memphis.

“Why Won’t You Love Me” by Bare Jr.

The last listed track on the 1998 album Boo-Tay.  I was fortunate enough to see the most recent Bare Jr. reunion show at The Basement East a few months back, and it was a blast!   Bobby Bare Jr. is currently touring as a member of Guided by Voices.

“Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar” by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

From the 1971 debut album by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen called Lost in the Ozone.  Their version of the 1940 song that was written by Don Raye and first recorded by the Will Bradley Orchestra.  I think this song first came into my consciousness via The Rainmakers’ song, “Let My People Go-Go” which references the title.

“Spotted Bird” by Kalyn Fay

Another track from that Oklahoma Room CD that I mentioned yesterday.  This song is from the forthcoming album, Bible Belt.  I really dig this song.

“Imaginary Certainty” by Bashful Hips

And we close things out with another track from the new Bashful Hips’ album. There is something I really like about the meditative qualities on this album. 

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Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle – An Affliction Mix

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Some days are like running up a down escalator that is moving faster than you could possibly ever run…  but you keep on running because… well you do… and eventually the escalator slows down or stops or maybe even starts moving up… wait, do escalators ever do that?  What as I talking about…

Eh…

Trending Tuesday Shuffle up coming….

“Might Be Mine” by The Defeated County

The Defeated County are from St. Louis.  Their latest album is called Bar Tabs and Baby Names.  I like their sound, and I think you might, too.  Check them out!

“You Are the Sun” by Annie Oakley

A vintage recording of the legendary wild west star… wait, no… that’s not right.  Annie Oakley are a band from Oklahoma City.  Part of that burgeoning Oklahoma music community that very kindly sometimes sends folks Nashville way (either for tours or to live).  I’ll tell what having my ear to the ground means to me… when you see a  pile of CDs sitting on a table at The 5 Spot with no one around them, you pick it up and look at it, and when you read that it is a compilation from the Oklahoma Room at Folk Alliance put out by Horton Records, LTD, you casually pick up the CD and take it home with you.  This track is from the album Thought of You a God which was released back in September.  It’s good stuff.

“Nobody Got the Blues” by Luella

Another tune from Luella’s sampler CD that you can get at most of her shows – including any given Friday night at The 5 Spot as part of Tim Carroll Rock ‘n’ Roll Happy Hour.  Nobody got the blues like you do, but you can do the “Hot Dog” and everything will be okay… 😉

“The Friar” by Venkman

Several first timer E2TG appearances today – including this funky band from the Midlands area of the UK.  A great sound.  This song is from an EP called Kakorrhaphiophobia which was released late last year.  Really fun music.

“And It’s You” by The Veldt

Another first appearance.  The Veldt were originally from North Carolina, lived in New York City for some time, and their Facebook pages lists their current location as Leeds.  This is excellent soul driven modern dance music. This is also our second set of twins in the shuffle (Annie Oakley featured the first).  The Veldt’s roots go back to the vibrant Chapel Hill music scene of the late 80s/early 90s. The have a new mixtape EP called The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation.  This a track from that record.  Expect to hear more…

“Flower Beds” by Bashful Hips

Another from the new Bashful Hips record, After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive.  Bashful Hips music is unlike just about anything you hear in Nashville (or really any where), and I like it a bunch.

“Dilettante” by Toot Sweet

So far, Toot Sweet are the only band from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective that I have seen live, and they put on a great show at The East Room a few month’s back.  They recently released a new single and title track from their new album which is set for release this coming Friday. Vintage modern sounds of the cabaret.  Check them out!

“Heaven Mississippi” by Bob Margolin

Another track from My Road, the latest album by Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin who was a long time member of Muddy Waters band.  I think I mentioned this before, but Margolin appears in The Last Waltz alongside Waters.  This is really what they call the blues…

“Vagabonde” by Susan Herndon

Another track from that Oklahoma Room CD I came across.  A really cool sound with a delightful French accent.  Need to find out more. 

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Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle – It’s Only Natural Mix

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Remembering George Martin on his passing at age 90.  I don’t think music over the past half century would be what it has been without the Beatles, and I don’t think the Beatles would have been what they were without George Martin. Rest in Peace.

ICYMI, E2TG premiered a new video by Jon Latham.  You can check it out here.

Been checking out some music to be released in the next couple of months.  Really excited about Eli Rhodes (Benchmarks) new album and the new one from Knoxville-based Adeem the Artist (formerly known as Kyle Adem – who I saw at a New Faces night at The Basement some time ago). 

Several names you read about on E2TG will be releasing new music in the coming months. Some of them have preorders going on. Keep your ears to the ground.

Also, there is some cool live music tonight in Nashville – on the west side, Tim Carroll, Joe Nolan, Andrew Adkins, Jon Byrd, and Tommy Womack will the sharing a stage at The Country beginning at 7:30.  Across the river, Lindsay Ellyn, Sara Syms, and Carrie Welling will be playing the late show at The 5 Spot which is set to begin around 9:00.

Keep checking E2TG for an exciting announcement coming soon.

Now, it is Wild Wednesday!  Today’s shuffle fulfills by loosely defined expectations for this theme nicely.

“The Attic” by Circus Propaganda

Circus Propaganda was like a candle in the wind (cue Elton John). They burned brightly for a short time and left behind a really excellent album and a Jason DeRulo cover as they dissipated into several different musical projects  – many of whom you do or will read about here at E2TG  (a few of them in this shuffle).  The album was called Botany. 

“Ol’ Black Buck” by Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson

From the Music Maker Relief Foundation.  I have said it before, and I say it again, I think Music Maker Relief Foundation has a fantastic mission of not only preserving music but of helping out the legacy artists who helped to make some of the roots music that informs today’s Americana bands and more.  The help they provide includes (but not limited to) improving living situations, assistance with medical bills, and help getting some music to be recorded.  Captain Luke passed away last year, but before he did, MMRF helped put Captain Luke together with guitarist Cool John Ferguson.

“It’s Doesn’t Mean Anything” by Bashful Hips

Last week, I finally got to see Bashful Hips live to celebrate the release of his new album After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive.  This is a track from that album.  This is truly original music that comes from the heart. 

“Plastic Machine Head” by Zaibatsu

Another track from Italian pregressive rock band, Zaibatsu and their album Zero.

“Come Dancing” by The Kinks

Wild – up to this point in the shuffle, we have had three tracks that could fall under the term experimental and one song that was authentic blues music.  This is an early 80s hit song by the British Invasion band The Kinks.  The Kinks have a complicated history, but they made some truly memorable music.  I caught onto this song in the heady days of my youth thanks to MTV relentless playing the music video.   

“No Depression” by Uncle Tupelo

And in true Wild Wednesday style, we move on to the song that helped to define a musical movement and which gave its name to an iconic and enduring music publication/website.  Uncle Tupelo were not the first “Alt-Country” band, but they were definitely one of the best.

“Tentland,USA” by Discount Ravioli

Is it just me or has the shuffle been bringing up quite a bit of Discount Ravioli recently?  Well, they sure are prolific.  This goes back to their debut release (all the way back to 2015).  This time, I scoured You Tube and found a film by Evan Nork featuring a song by The Flaming Lips.

“Knysna” by Bosveld

Veldbrand is a really great album that received some well deserved attention from the CBC at the time of its release.  The band, which features long time E2TG favorite Veledrones, is known to tour around Canada on bikes.  This is a really lovely song.

“Paraphrasing” by Smokey the Firebear

The shuffle was kind enough to wrap up today’s shuffle with three tracks in a row from Smokey the Firebear.  Cade Williams (aka Smokey the Firebear) was part of Circus Propaganda (who kicked off the shuffle) along with Quinn Harley is a regular contributor to Smokey the Firebear.  This is a brief sound collage from B.N.G.F.K.R.

“Jilm Spill” by Smokey the Firebear

This was a single release that I don’t think is still available.  I dig it, though.

“Tinderhead” by Smokey the Firebear

I like “Tinderhead” a lot.  It is from the Mira Leo Sun EP which was released last June.

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Saturday Shuffle – Getting Stuff Done Mix

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Hey, I needed to get some “stuff done” today, and I decided to shuffle some music while I got the “stuff done”.  So, welcome to a rare Saturday shuffle.  Limited descriptions  – just a ton of cool tunes.

As I mentioned yesterday, E2TG’s reigning Artist of the Year was selected by Nashville’s Lightning 100 to be their Artist of the Week.  As part of that, he played a free show yesterday evening at Soulshine Pizza, and he played one of the best shows I have ever seen him put on. I could not have been more proud.

“Bluebird” by Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies

The title track… one of the best songwriters I know!

“Bright Dreams, Lonely Days” by Sara Syms

“Earie” Award winner from Way Back Home

“The Pilgram  (Chapter 33) by Paul Burch

From Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down – a tribute to Kris Kristofferson. Burch is doing a residency at The 5 Spot in February. 

“Oh, The Places” by Fendrick and Peck

From Lucky Penny

“Dying Oceans, Poisoned Seas and You” by Bashful Hips

From Too Old for a Coming of Age Story

“The Marriage of Coyote Woman” by All Them Witches

From Lightning at the Door

“Way Back Home” by Sara Syms

The title track…

“Mountain” by All Them Witches

Another from Lightning at the Door

“I Love My Dad” by Sun Kil Moon

From Benji

“All Across the World” by Dan Coyle

From Random Thoughts and Incomplete Sentences

“University Blvd.” by Los Straitjackets

The seminal modern day surf rock band!

“For the Swans” by Bosveld

Another from Velbrand

“Backstreets” by Bruce Springsteen

From Born to Run

“Hang Me in the Tulsa County Stars” by John Moreland

From High on Tulsa Heat – one of the best of 2015.

“My Mother’s Son” by All the King’s Men

From the EP Making My Escape

“Old England” by The Waterboys

From This is the Sea

“Honky Tonk Moan” by Cale Tyson

From Introducing Cale Tyson

“Eunice Two Step” by Beausoliel

Some sweet Cajun music – this is from the World Cafe Sessions

“I Don’t Think They Understand” by Tom Schreck

A favorite of mine.  From The Added Glory EP (aka Added Glory) (not aka The Added Glory – EP)

“Coming Soon” by Brian Keenan

From Fits and Starts

“Problems of an Atheist” by Bashful Hips

Another from Too Old for a Coming of Age Story.  Atheists have problems, too.

“Only the Sad Songs” by Brandy Zdan

From her self-titled album


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Featured Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Just the Same as Dyin’ Mix

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“Being afraid of living is just the same as dying.”  This line from Two Cow Garage seems like one of the most important for me to remember today.  More about Two Cow Garage and last night’s other great music is few…

First, the next 2015 E2TG “Earie” Award:

The premise:  “Kids these days.”  I write those words, but how did I mean it?  Was it said with exasperation, as it has been said for generations?  Well, in this case, that is not how it was meant. We live in a time of incredible possibilities – really!  Just thinking about music (keep in mind, I know next to nothing about the recording, mixing, mastering etc. process), the potential for DIY recording, distribution etc. seems pretty amazing.  But of course, availability of technology is just a part of the equation.  It is when and where ripe and fertile minds meet this “new” technology that things start to get exciting.  The driving force for me when it comes to music is the constant search for something new.  E2TG has always been (in part) a balancing act between incredible new music being made all over the globe  and maintaining a health appreciation and passion for the music that made the new music possible.  It’s about connections. Right?  Yes!  Some “kids” these days are using the tools of the day to make some really cool music, and sometimes, this exciting new music is forged by an appreciation of music way older than those who are making it.

About three years ago???? I was introduced (by Papa Tune’s – of course) to a young band of brothers from Connecticut called The Foresters.  At the time, I think only one of the brother was a teenager – the rest were pre-teens.  I made a joke that their average age was 10 3/4 but that their amps go up to eleven. (or something like that). The Foresters were a pop punk band – formed after the three brothers, named Nork, attended a Green Day concert and asked for a received instruments.  The early music was really good power, pop punk. Over the past couple of years, The Foresters have released a couple of EPs, recorded with and as several different side projects. The influences have expanded and diversified and the music has gotten more complex and better.  The band’s latest album, Sun Songs, finds the band reaching a new plateau – while the possibilities remain endless. A couple of years ago, the band were given the Hope For the Furure award by the Couch by Counchwest Music Festival. Well, the future is now, and The Foresters appear poised to find out what happens next – which at this moment is a 2015 “Earie”.  Actually, special mention for this award needs to go out to all of the artists on the band’s homegrown record label, Dord Music Group.

Congratulations to The Foresters – you are the 2015 “Kid These Days…” Award winners.

Last night was a quintessiential Nashville live music night – with some great shows going on in different venues.  Me, I hung out at The Five Spot.  Early, was a show featuring Fats Kaplin, Kristie Rose, Paul Burch, and more.  Later, I was introduced to my new favorite band.  They are called Red Collar from Durham, NC. They are a high energy, punk influenced band.  Austin Lucas – who I saw for the third time this year was as amazing as ever, and Two Cow Garage who I saw for the second time this year (and who barely made it due to mechanical issues) blew me away as they did the first time I saw them.

Tonight, I’m excited to see Jon Latham opening up for the legendary Malcolm Holcombe at The Basement (not East).

Now, we have a Featured Friday shuffle to close out the post-holiday work week.

“Darling Valentine” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

2015 “Earie” award winning, Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau are up first in the shuffle with the first of a pair of songs today from Tennessee (the album and the state).

“Sweeten the Deal” by The Deadline Shakes

Another listen to infectious Glasgow band, The Deadline Shakes and a song from their album, Zealots.  

“L and N” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

First of all, this title should have an ampersand rather than the word “and” but every time I use an ampersand I get really weird HTML formatting issues.  If anyone knows a way around that, shoot me a message – I’d prefer to get the song name right…  This is one of my favorite songs on the album Tennessee.

“Collateral Language” by Zaibatsu

A rocking instrumental – the last song on the album Zero from the Pregressive Rock band from Rome, Italy.

“Pinyin” by Batkhi Dahn

Batkhi Dahn is the brain child of Hayden Nork, the middle brother of the “Earie” Award winning The Foresters.  Pinyin is the latest single from Batkhi Dahn – this is the a-side.  There are some really awesome things happening here.

“This Broken Gall Bladder Wants to Kill Me” by Bashful Hips

This is the final song on Too Old for a Coming of Age Story – from experimental artist – Bashful Hips.

“Into Your Arms” by The Naddiks

This is our last track to post from the 21CB album.  The Naddiks are from Canberra. They have a new single called “Stop Listen and Love” which delivers an important anti-bullying message.  Look that up – we will get to that one soon.

“Used To” by Brian Keenan

Another listen to Fits and Starts the new album from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brian Keenan.  I like this song a bunch.

“One of These Days” by Jeremy Nash

Another from Get Away Driver – from Nashville (via New York) singer-songwriter Jeremy Nash.

“If We Don’t Find Love Tonight” by Barney Goodall and The NightHawks

A first listen, and one I was very impressed with.  From Liverpool, this is some pretty cool, music which brings to mind Nick Cave or Tom Waits.  The video I found is of Barney Goodall doing a Wait’s song which gives me one more chance to plug the Tom Waits tribute and benefit tomorrow night at The 5 Spot. I will be there late – after Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – My Dark Sense of Humor Mix

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How goes it? A bit overcast here in Nashville with some cooler temps on the way…

Tonight is week 2 of David Olney’s month-long residency at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.  Interested to see what he has up his sleeves this week after last weeks excellent start.

Let’s jump into the shuffle—

“Long Way ’round” by Fendrick and Peck

First up is the opening track and our second listen to Lucky Penny the new album my Nashville-based folk duo Fendrick and Peck. A great way to start my morning commute.

“XXX-Mas (Empty, Hopeless, Irritable, Anxious, Guilty, Tired)” by Bashful Hips

We have another track from Too Old for a Coming of Age Story. This too is the opening track.  An uplifting song… that I can relate to way too well…

“Mardi Gras in My Town” by Batkhi Dahn

Another Batkhi Dahn song to brighten our Thursday shuffle… This one goes back to the 4 song EP called 4 Song Delinquent EP.  Continuing a mini-trend of the day, this, too, is the opening track of that release.

“American Bigfoot” by Fangs and Twang

Ear to the Ground favorite Black Jake is about to reboot things with a new set of Carnies (or at least that is my understanding).  The most recent group of Carnies have a new project called Fangs and Twang.  If you, like me, always wondered what these particular Carnies would sound like without Jake, we have your answer.  This is the kind of heavy rock and roll that made this country great! 

“Ay Manzanita” by Susan James

We dig deeper into Sea Glass the stunning newish album by another long time E2TG fave…  this is just a gorgeous California Pop song…  

“R.L. Burnside (Sleight Return)” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

From Love and Life (and also available on the Noisetrade only EP, Stink Eye), comes a blues infested dream about an encounter with the late blues legend.  Drozdowski actually did spend some time with Mr. Burnside, so this is a dream with some basis in reality.

“Hair of the Dog” by Megan Palmer

One of East Nashville’s best.  Megan Palmer frequently backs up Tim Easton, she has also backed up Darrin Bradbury on occasion, and she is currently backing Amy Speace.  She does a great job backing all these folks, but if you get the chance to see her doing her own songs, please do not miss it.  I have fortunately had two opportunities recently (including Tuesday night’s round at the Bluebird).  This one goes back a ways, to a record she put out called Take You Away.

“Hot Freaks” (GBV cover) by Blitzen Trapper

You know what we have never had appear in a shuffle here at Ear to the Ground? A Guided By Voices cover by Blitzen Trapper.  Happy to say that we can cross that one off our hypothetical #E2TG bucket list…

“Lonely Without You” by Carolina Story

Last but certainly not least, we have Nashville duo, Carolina Story with a song that was on their 2013 EP called Chapter One.  Right now, you can go to Noisetrade and get Chapters One and Two and pay what you like.  

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Here Comes the Night Mix

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We are back after taking yesterday off to celebrate Labor Day here in the U.S.   I have seen 8 different live performances since my last post. 

Sunday night at Foobar, I saw Ryan Dishen, Sioux City Kid, Adrian and Meredith Krygowski, and then long time #E2TG favorites Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (full band).  I saw Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray back in July as a duo where they really stripped their songs down, and that was a fun show.  Here the band was tight and they blew the roof off the place. 

Last night, I headed out to The East Room for a show that featured three Nashville acts and one band from New York.  Toot Sweet from NYC opened the show. We featured them on Ear to the Ground before. They are part of the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective, and thus became the first MCFK band that I have seen live. They were remarkable. Highly distinctive and original sound rooted in interesting older music in a style they call Cabaret Soul.  My good friends, Western Shore were next, and they delivered like they always do with their unique brand of Americana music.  The Wooly Mama’s were next and delivered a high energy performance that was a lot of fun. The headliners were The Lonely Bastards who were celebrating and giving away copies of their new vinyl single.  I had seen them some time ago, and I remember that I enjoyed them, but it was good to be reminded of what I liked.

Tonight, Megan Palmer, Amy Speace, Tim Easton, and 2014 E2TG Artist of the Year, Darrin Bradbury are doing a round at the legendary Bluebird Café.  It will be Darrin’s debut at the Bluebird, and is either a sign that Nashville is changing or else it is some other kind of sign…  either way, I am so proud of him.

Today’s shuffle as well as the recent live performances I have seen have been further evidence that there is so much great much out in the world right now. The old music business may or may not be dying, and yes it is hard for band’s to make money, and yet, every day, I discover and rediscover people who continue to make highly music and then put it out into the world.

“Meteoright” by Futurisk

Another track from the awesome 13 O’clock compilation put out by PPNW Records.  Futurisk were an early 80s synth punk, new wave band from Florida.  They are getting some latter day reissue treatment.

“Independence Day” by Discount Ravioli

From what I have gathered, the Discount Ravioli album, Robin Schultz and the 21 Prayers, was mostly recorded in a tent in the early hours of the morning of July 5. Independence Day is not to be mistaken for the Will Smith Sci-Fi Action flick of the same name, however, if you really want to mistake this song for that movie, then who am I to harsh your buzz.

“Check the Setlist” by Tom Schreck

Nashville songwriter/Outsider from his album Save Your Glory.  Rumor has it, Schreck is finishing up an EP called Added Glory. (Actually he posted about it on Facebook, but it is more fun to call it a rumor).

“Dead Men’s Garden Part II” by Bashful Hips

Another track from Too Old for a Coming of Age Story. So good…

“This Lonely Road” by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions

Another cool track from The Far End of the World which is due out in early October.

“Night Still Comes” by Neko Case

Last week we had Neko Case as part of the band The New Pornographers. Here she is solo from her 2013 album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, the more I Love you.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

“Here She Comes Now” by The Velvet Underground

Another gem from White Light/White Heat.

“St. Roch Blues” by Hurray for the Riff Raff

A glorious song from New Orleans band, Hurray for the Riff Raff.

“Can’t Back Out” (acoustic) by The Silent War

The Silent War is the relatively new duo that features singer songwriter Garrison Starr and Adrianne Gonzalez. This came from a Noisetrade sampler.

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