Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Scary (Good) Mix

Happy Halloween!

First off – we have a treat!  How about the brand new video of a song we presented a week or so ago.  Our friends Those Mockingbirds released the song “How to Rob a Bank” back on the 22nd of October.  Now they have an instructional video.  An Official Video anyway… Here it is!

I never quite have it together enough for a holiday-themed shuffle… but today, the Randomizer came up with alien arachnids, electrical discharges, monks, extinct birds, and puppets.  Which can create some pretty frightening images if you use your imagination.

Jump to see what I am rattling on about… if you dare… bwahahahahaha!

“Ziggy Stardust” (Original – Bonus track on the 1990 CD Release) by David Bowie ( from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – stripped down and just plain awesome… with God-given ass…)

“Make it Together” by Beachwood Sparks (from Paste Fall Pre(View) 2013 (from Desert Skies. This song was the b-side of the L.A. Americana bands’ first single from 1998 – Desert Skies.  The long shelved debut album – also called Desert Skies is going to be released later in the forthcoming month.  We have a link in our web-store if you are interest. I really dig Beachwood Sparks even if I am late to their parade.)

“Afraid to Die” by Monks of Mellonwah (from Afraid to Die.  The band is releasing their new album in three parts.  We featured the first part – Ghost Stories over the summer, and Afraid to Die- the second part was released at the beginning of this month.  This is the title track.  Really like the Monks of Mellonwah)

“Confidence” by The Dodos (from Carrier. A San Francisco indie band.  The album Carrier was released back in August.)

“The Greatest Lie Ever Told” by Puppet Rebellion (from Chemical Friends EP. Puppet Rebellion are a band. They are from Manchester. England – not the Tennessee town where Bonaroo is held. They formed in 2013 – which is this year. Chemical Friends is their first release – a three song EP. “The Greatest Lie Ever Told” is one of those three songs.  It fairly awesomely rocks.  I came to their music via a Twitter Follow – near as I remember.  Check them out.)



Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – O, Brother Mix

ICYMI – please check out Sandy Hook: Somewhere Over the Rainbow featuring the Children of Newtown along with Ingrid Michaelson which was produced by Chris and Tina of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club renown.  

It continues to be winter here in Nashville, but we press on… Let’s shuffle – after the jump:

Today’s shuffle is an odd combination of songs but some really good ones…

1.  Song:  Love You Strongly  Artist: Amy Stroup  Album: The Other Side of Love: Session Two (2011) – (one half of Sugar and the Hi-Lows, amazing singer songwriter, part of Ten out of Tenn, great song… enough said? – oh yeah, as heard on Grey’s Anatomy)

2.  Song: Everything You Took  Artist: Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires Album: There is a Bomb in Gilead (2012) – (First time hearing this… Stink’n’Roll from the Dirty South… kind of love this)

3.  Song: Who’s in Control Artist: British Sea Power Album: Valhalla Dancehall (2011) – (British Indie Rock from Brighton – yeah!)

4.  Song: You’re A Animal  Artist: Jonathon Boulet Album: We Keep the Beat Found the Sound See the Need Start the Heart (2012) – (Aussie artist, grammatically interesting, musically awesome)
5.  Song: Drinkswater  Artist: Beachwood Sparks  Album: Make the Cowboy Robots Cry (2006) – (How is it that I just found out about Beachwood Sparks last year? Awesome song and brilliant album titleCalifornia Alt-Country band)
6.  Song: Milkman  Artist: EMA  Album: Past Life Maryred Saints (2011) – (Erika M. Anderson – South Dakota born, Noise Folk/Noise Rock, in 2011 she was named the most blogged about artist of the week, E2TG operates on it’s own timeline)
7.  Song: Untitled Two (Marr Instrumental)  Artist: The Smiths (Johnny Marr)  Album: Unreleased Demos and Instrumentals (Bootleg Vinyl Rip) (2010) – (Previous information speaks for itself, not on Amazon widget for the day)
8.  Song: Annmarie  Artist: Anais Mitchell  Album: Young Man in America (2012) – (You want to know how great Anais Mitchell is? She’s so great, I named my daughter after her a few years before she even wrote her first song*) *not technically true    
9.  Song: Behavior  Artist: Stomacher  Album: Sentimental Education (2009) – (One of our early Bands of the Week – awesome dark yet uplifting music from the Bay Area.  The band released their latest album Clara in 2012)

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum mix

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What a week!  Friday is here.  Let’s have a shuffle!

Nashville band and past Featured Artist on Ear2theGround just released a live album recorded on Tuesday at Springwater Supper Club.  You can get that via the band’s Bandcamp page.  Today’s song comes from the September 2012 release from the band’s vault.  It’s a cover of the song that helped make Hank Williams Sr. an honorary Cajun.  I say, Calicocat have earned that distinction with this awesome cover of Jambalaya (On the Bayou), and I’m 3/4 Cajun so it’s my decision – right?

Here’s Hank!
Here’s CCR!

Another Nashville artist is up next.  Harrison Hudson from his 2011 album American Thunder with Every Girl.


Shaky is the former guitarist for the Philadelphia band Cold Fronts.  He has has some solo music out now including the song Head Over Heels.  Check it out:

Here’s a video from Cold Fronts when Shaky was part of the band.
And finally, we go back a few years to pick up on L.A. band Beachwood Sparks from their album Once We Were Trees with Confusion is Nothing New



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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Bring it On! Mix

Have I mentioned lately how much I love writing this blog? So, a big “Thanks” to all our regular readers – and to the irregular ones, too.
Well we have a great set of music that actually has a somewhat cohesive sound. Now, if you’ve been paying attention, you know I absolutely love totally random and insanely diverse mixes of music. Still and all, it is kind of cool when the gods of the random shuffle – deign to offer up a set of music that seems preplanned.
Let’s go!
John Stewart not the Daily Show guy (he’s Jon), but the folk singer/songwriter had a remarkable career. First as a member of the legendary Kingston Trio and then solo.  He wrote the Monekee’s hit Daydream Believer and scored a Top Ten hit with his own song, Gold, which featured Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Gold was released in 1979, and I remember the song well from that part of my youth.  The song we have today is from Stewart’s 1973 album Cannons in the Rain which was his first on the RCA label.  All Time Woman is about life as a musician on the road.  
(I couldn’t find a video for All Time Woman, so here’s one for Gold)
Next we have a new song from an album due out in a couple of weeks (The Tarnished Gold by Los Angeles based Alt-Country band Beachwood Sparks).  Sparks Fly Again really sounded great following up the John Stewart song.

And finally, rounding out our countrish/folksy set is a slice of life from the Canadian band Cowboy Junkies. Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning was originally on the band’s 1990 album The Caution Horses, this morning we had an acoustic version of the song from the 2009 Acoustic Junk album.

Affiliated Links: 
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Track Listing: 1. Desert Skies, 2. Ballad of Never Rider, 3. Silver Morning After, 4. Singing Butterfly, 5. Sister Rose, 6. This Is What It Feels Like, 7. Canyon Ride, 8. Reminder, The, 9. Calming Seas, The, 10. New County, 11. Something I Don’t Recognize, 12. Old Sea Miner, 13. See, Oh Three, 14. Sleeping Butterfly

Best of Cowboy Junkies Best of Cowboy Junkies
Track Listing: 1. Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis), 2. Sweet Jane, 3. Misguided Angel, 4. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, 5. Rock and Bird, 6. Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning, 7. Escape Is So Simple, 8. ‘Cause Cheap Is How I Feel, 9. To Live Is to Fly, 10. Murder, Tonight, in the Trailer Park, 11. Southern Rain, 12. Cowboy Junkies Lament, 13. Anniversary Song, 14. Cold Tea Blues, 15. Ring on the Sill, 16. Hard to Explain