Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Smoke and Yard Sales Mix

When you find yourself smiling at the improbability of your circumstance, you know that despite everything that may be wrong in the world and in your world, that at least for that moment everything is okay.  For me, those moments seem often to be connected to music….

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“Try Me Out Sometime” by BRONCHO from An Introduction to BRONCHO/2013 Single

Oklahoma based BRONCHO recently announced that they are opening for Billy Idol for an early 2015 North American Tour – which makes the third Billy Idol reference I’ve heard this week.  2015 – The Year of the Sneer?

“Song for Someone” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

Another song from the album you probably have or had in your collection.  Not my favorite, but I’m not a hater.

“The Yard Sale” by Darrin Bradbury from an unreleased collection of demos

This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite Darrin Bradbury songs, and last night performance at Fran’s Eastside helped the cause.  Hopefully, it will see the light soon with a bunch of his other great new songs.  Until then, come down to Fran’s every Wednesday and/or head over to The 5 Spot on November 13.

“Walls Come Tumbling Down” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of The Style Council/Our Favorite Shop

There are good bargain bin finds, and then there is finding The Style Council in the bargain bin.  One of my favorite Style Council songs.  And even though, I am more of a fan of The Jam –  it has been awesome hearing this music again and being reminded that music isn’t an either/or proposition.  So check your Beatles vs. Stones gripes at the door.

“Worse Things Have Happened” by James Wallace and The Naked Light from Deer Head Music Presents: Indie Mixtape Nashville/More Strange News from Another Star

Big shout out to Deer Head Music and NoiseTrade for introducing me to tons of great music from my own backyard.  Dig this track.

“No Trace” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

I will never complain about having David Olney in the shuffle two days in a row.  If he comes to your city, do yourself a favor and go see him.  I still can’t get over his amazing rendition of Kubla Khan to start off one of his Happy Hour shows at The Five Spot last month.

“Previously on the West Wing” by Bridge Under Fire from The Entrée (A Built4BBQ Sampler)/I Got a Guy for That

We first featured Bridge Under Fire when they were on the Built4BBQ Sampler called The Appetizer. Here they add some high energy punk rock to the shuffle with a song that wins the best title of the day.

“Smoke” by The Alternates from Download single

The Alternates were one of the very first bands I featured on Ear to the Ground – a little over 3 years ago.  Since then, I have followed them and their lead singer/guitarist Spencer Livingston.  The band recently called it quits after about a decade as a band.  Spencer is concentrating on his new band Livingmore.  The Alternates left us with a last single, and it’s a good one.  So relish this gift, and if you aren’t familiar, go check out their past catalog. 

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The Minneapolis based Classical/Rock Instrumental Trio offer up their latest single. A stirring finale to today’s shuffle.

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WOW Wednesday Shuffle – Shook Up Mix

A wonderfully diverse mixed bag of treats for your Wide-Open Whatever Wednesday Shuffle….

“There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand” by Bridge Under Fire from The Appetizer (Build4BBQ Sampler)/Why Wait?
Some invigorating punk rock and roll from Upstate New York – part of the awesome Build4BBQ collective. 

“Stockholm” by Jason Isbell from Southeastern
Ex-Drive By Trucker and one of the hottest commodities on the Americana/Alt-Country scene.  From his most recent album. (Time for a new one?) 

“Shake, Shake, Shake” by Bronze Radio Return from A Bit of Bronze/Shake!, Shake!, Shake!

Connecticut Indie Folksters Bronze Radio Return with a cool song and the title track from their 2011 album.
 

“May” by prattle on, rick from A Decade Begins
A little taste of the now seemingly long gone Spring from Nashville-based prattle on, rick.  From a fan club exclusive instrumental album covering a whole year month by month.
“Nowhere” by Tipi Valley from Rock ‘n Roll Lives On (EP)
We close it out going back to the 2013 EP from our friend from Swansea Wales.
 
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Heavy Metal Drummer Mix

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Good morning – er afternoon.  After two days of Non-Shuffles, I turned the Shuffle mode back on and came up with some songs to get us through the last day of the work week…

Pre-Shuffle:  We started things off with another track from the fantastic self-titled EP by The Foresters – a track called “Alone”.  Next, we had a fun little triad of songs which featured two more songs from The Lucky Jukebox Brigade’s album Pretty Well Damned.  In between, “Taffy” and “Carnivultures”, we had Sinatra’s version of Gershwin’s classic Someone to Watch Over Me.  It was really cool how well those three songs worked together.  We closed out the pre-shuffle with a track from Odd Man Out, the Killing Kuddles’ album we reviewed on Wednesday

Coming up after the JUMP, we have a shuffle which includes two cover songs and an Arrested Development reference…


  • “There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand” by Bridge Under Fire from Why Wait? (2012)/The Appetizer Built4BBQ sampler (2013)

We have a second song from the Syracuse punk band Bridge Under Fire from The Appetizer sampler put out by the good folks at Built4BBQ. The song named after a memorable quote from the cult (and soon to be revived) television series Arrested Development, is the last song on the band’s 2012 album, Why Wait?

  • “Unwed Fathers” by Deer Tick feat. Liz Isenberg from Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine (2010)


 

A great cover by some cool folks from Rhode Island off of an absolute “must-have” tribute album which came out a few years ago.  In our playlist below, we have a live version of Deer Tick perfoming the song plus as a bonus, we have Prine himself with the awesome Carrie Rodriquez performing the song. 

  • “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” by You and Me from You and Me (CD 2013)
We close out with our friends Val and James of You and Me with a soulful take on the classic Dylan tune. 

 

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Reasonable Man Mix

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You know, I’m not one to dwell in the past… well at least as it relates to this blog, but I was thinking about yesterday’s Shuffle, and how proud I was to be able to present three great new pieces of music from artists and musical styles which could hardly be more diverse, and which (at least in my mind) were united by a love of what they do and an authenticity of spirit which can be a rare quality in music these days (or any days).

As they say, now for something completely different.  We shuffled up the same playlist of songs and here is what emerged for today….

Pre-Shuffle Shuffle:  A cool Punk Rock band from New York State called Bridge Under Fire which we pulled off of The Appetizer Sampler from Built4BBQ.  A couple more tuneful tracks from the outstanding Pretty Well Damned album by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade.  We close out the Pre-shuffle with a pretty cool Rock band from Brooklyn called Brothers (not be to mistaken for any other band called Brothers, this band is referred to as Brother NYC).

Shuffle forward after the Jump


  • “Using Your Love” by The Mohawk Lodge from Damaged Goods (2013)
The Mohawk Lodge are a band from Canada. They have been compare to Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen with a dash of Nick Cave.  I’ve been digging on the songs I’ve heard so far. Check them out.

  •  “Just a Bum” by Greg Brown which was orginally released on his 1985 album In the Dark With You and which we grabbed off of the 1995 benefit compilation The Silverlake Homeless Project

The legendary folk artist, Greg Brown delivers one of his many beloved songs from this benefit compilation.

  • “The Fly That Rode From Buffalo” by Southern Culture on the Skids from Ditch Diggin’ (1994)


SCOTS have always entertained me.  In attitude and approach, consider them step children of the B-52s with the Southern Kitschiness and outrageous good humor. Musically, they borrow liberally from Rockabilly, Surf and Country to create a unique sound.  This is a great track which is almost 20 years old. Wow!

  • “It’s a Pity (Pardon my English)” composed by George Gershwin performed by Mel Torme from The Essential George Gershwin.

My primo Goodwill find continues to deliver musical gold.  This time it’s the Golden Fog, Mel Torme.  A nice way to close out today’s eclectic and delightfully weird music shuffle.

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