Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Mambo and Lasso Santa Mix

This is the last morning shuffle of the week, I am taking a few days off wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyous time…

“Santa Do the Mambo” by Big John Greer

Because Santa should do the Mambo. From 1954.

“Yardsale” by Darrin Bradbury

A song about looking for a lost love at a yardsale… “Tacky knick-knacks on a shelf, thought of your Mom, I hope she’s well…”  — In the playlist is the video for the crowd favorite, “Let’s Get Stoned and Go to the Zoo”. Warning: Professionals, do not attempt any of  the activities described here. From the collections, When a Car Becomes a House.

“Aimless Breath” by The Torn Images

Another great song from the California Alt-Rock band, The Torn Images. From Reviver.

“Bitter End” by J.R. Wyatt

I always dig discovering new music. A couple of weeks or so ago, I went out to hear some friends play and was introduced to the music of J.R. Wyatt. This is from his release called The Empty Room Sessions which was recorded in an empty room.  I really dig his music, and I hope to see him play around town more in the future.

“I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” by Brenda Lee

Little Brenda Lee was twelve years old when her second single was released.  What a great song and a great sentiment.

“The Wolves” (Live) by The End Men

One of the best performances for this past years Couch by Couchwest and a killer live version of a stand out track from Odds and Ends.  Featuring the Sax work of Matthew Elia who manages to make one of Ear to the Ground’s favorite bands sound even better.  I regret that I missed (by a day) seeing him play with the band here in Nashville. (what a horrible sentence that I am too lazy to rewrite, but will take the time to explain – I saw The End Men in Nashville, but Matt Elia had to go back to New York that morning.)  This version is on the latest Built4BBQ sampler.

“Cat Bowl Blues” by Stacy Mitchhart

A great Blues instrumental from the Nashville Blues master. From Live My Life.

“Life On Standstill” by The Torn Images

#2 of the day for The Torn Images.  I really dig the sound on this track. Another from Reviver.

“Deal and Hand” by J.R. Wyatt

One of my favorite songs from when I say J.R. Wyatt live, and I really dig the echo-y sound of this recording. Empty Room Sessions indeed.

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“Glamour” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

We close out with what was one of my favorite music videos of the year.  I even showed it to my Mom which I don’t do all that often.  The song captures much of what I love about this band. From Familiar Fevers.

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Friday Morning Music Non-Shuffle & Shuffle – Toys Mix Pt. 4 of ?

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If you haven’t done so, remember, Play With Your Toys – the new album by The End Men is now available for immediate download.  Get it NOW!

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Now, we left you hanging on a Wrong Way Street… so, let’s bring this sucker home:

First off if you’re late to the party, here’s what you need to know:

tracks: Cleaning Your Mind, Run Away and Long Way to the Ground

tracks: Into the Mines, Play with Your Toys Pt. I and The Ballad of Billy Polk
tracks: It’s All Wrong, Mental Trapeze, Play With Your Toys Pt. II and Wrong Way Street
Toys Mix Pt. 4 of ? begins after the jump:

Track 11: Stack Chips. After taking us to the dizzyingest of heights and then dropping us into the mines, after swinging us on a mental trapeze and leading us down a wrong way street. After setting the blues rock (and rock/rock) bar about as high as it can go, after pulling out all the stops and all the toys… after all that and more… The End Men up and leave us with one of the most brutally lovely songs on the album. The song is a not so gentle reminder of the temporary nature of things like wealth and privilege and indeed life itself.  

So… the question is, is this the end of  this multi-part review? And if it is the end, why did I leave that ‘?’ at the end of the post title?  Well, we’ve written about all 11 tracks on the album, and when we get back to our morning walk on Tuesday, we will be going back to the usual shuffle.  So maybe this is the end.  Maybe we should’ve named this Toys Mix Pt. 4 of 4. Maybe? or…. (to be continued?  You bet)

*Bloggers note:  Among the many great things about writing is a blog (besides the free stuff which is cool) are the amazing people I have met along the way. At or near the top of that list are Matthew Hendershot and Livia Ranalli.  I alluded to this in a previous post, but I’ll just flat out say, that what I see in them is a true generosity of spirit which I find very refreshing.  Nevermind that they are crazy talented (mind you they are), but they are really awesome people who go out of their way to support their fellow musicians and even us lowly bloggers.  They even included me with a “Thanks” in the liner notes of Play With Your Toys (which is totally awesome and which I didn’t know before I started on this multi-part review).  I’ll stop with the sentimental (but honestly true) crap…  bottom line. Play With Your Toys is a truly great album.  I know there are tons of people who will fall in love with this band and this music they way I did, and I know that way too many will not take the time to listen.  So, I will keep shouting from the rooftops.

Meanwhile, there is a whole slew of cool music being made.  So, we will get back to the regular shuffle.  I also have accumulated a pile of music news which I will be disseminating soon: New Albums, Tours, Bands breaking up and changing names, awards and honors and all sorts of stuff you may have missed.

So… Stack Chips took up a little over half of my walk in this morning, and so I fired up the shuffle mode and skipped around a bit until I came across two songs worthy of closing out this chapter of Ear to the Ground.  Here is the limited (semi-random) shuffle from this morning:

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How about Brenda Lee’s 1959 single Sweet Nothin’s which was included on her second (self-titled album) in 1960?  The album also produced Lee’s best known song, I’m Sorry.

 
And then, well, what can I say? We have The Reverend Horton Heat with Drinkin’ and Smokin’ Cigarettes, the lead track from their tenth studio album 2009’s Laughin’ & Cryin’ with The Reverend Horton Heat

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Eminence Front Mix

  For many this will be a day of remembering. I remember. 11 years ago, and what I remember most is the feelings I had.  Not after, but during. I remember how beautiful it was that day not only in New York, but here in Nashville.  And, the eerie, frighteningly quiet sense of not knowing what was going to happen next.  Rumors flying. The truth of devastating enough. That is what I remember.  Where are we now? 11 years of war, the inconveniences of this new world order of scanners and searches and putting shampoo in little bitty bottles. And yes, time has moved on since that day, and we get on with our lives and yes there are reminders but in time even those seemingly permanent reminders become so normal. 

So today is a day to remember and to look ahead and move forward.  Fear is a natural reaction to such tragedy, but in the long run, fear is not what needs to guide us. The deaths in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington that day…we pause, we remember and we go on for them.  The lives lost since that day, Americans, Iraqis, Afghans and others… we pause, we remember, and we go on…

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Let’s get to our Shuffle for the day:

First up is I’m Sorry which was a #1 hit song in 1960 for a then fifteen year old singer Brenda Lee. It was originally intended to be a B-side, but became Brenda Lee’s biggest hit.


 

This song always reminds me of this Marshall Crenshaw version of a Ben Vaughn song

Next up we have a fresh new track from Staten Island based Cymbals Eat Guitars.  It’s called Hawk Highway and it is produced by John Agnello who worked with the band on their last album Lenses Alien.  I dig this song… check it out:

 
Here is a video on the making of the song


  
Next we have a 1956 number #1 song.  Why Do Fool Fall in Love? features fourteen year old Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.  Diana Ross recorded a cover of the song which was released in 1981.


 

Continuing our old/new rotation, we have And It was U  by the New York based producer/artist who records under the moniker, How to Dress Well.  I’m not very familiar with How to Dress well, but I love the sweet soulfulness of this song.  It’s going to be on the new album, Total Loss which drops one week from today.




And finally, we have Nashville-based singer/songwriter Mat Kearney with a track from his 2007 album Nothing Left to Lose. The song, Breathe In Breathe Out was also featured on the soundtrack to the forgettable 2011 film Beastly and was also featured in an episode of the ABC series Gray’s Anatomy.
 

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