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.

Nowhere from Tipi Valley on Vimeo.


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Tooth and Consequences Mix

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–>! I have a bit of a dental emergency so I have to make this short and sweet…

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Mix after the JUMP

In two words or less


“Fear Inside Our Bones” by The Almost (Tampa Alternative)

“Other Side” by The Swaggerin’ Growlers (Folk-Punk Ska)

“Get it Out of Your Head” by Beach Day (More Florida)

“Sleepy Hollow” by Year of October (Ichabod Crane)
“Wolves” by Bronze Radio Return (Yay Wolves)
“High and Dry” live by Radiohead (High Dry)
“Further On” by Bronze Radio Return (More Bronze)
“We Got Soul” by Christian Robins (What Soul)
“King is Dead” by Christopher Paul Stelling (Stirring Melody)
“Blue Blocker” by The Black Clouds (Jersey Grunge)
“Birch Island Bandit” by Katherine Moller (Celtic Fiddle)
“Hot Dogs and Cold Beer” by Secret Country (Suds and Brats)
“Friends Like Those” by Robert Ellis (Pure Texas)

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Bleu Blue Blues Mix

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I’m gonna make this fast.  Very good mix today.  Check out the Playlist below (most of the actual songs with a few substitutes).  Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle up after the JUMP


“Mama’s Boy” by the Ramones (from Too Tough to Die)
“The Same Old Ground” by He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister
“Retreat Underground” by The Gabriel Construct 
“All We Make Are Work Tapes” by The Choir at Your Door
“Control” by Marques Toliver
“My Angel” by Jeanette Lynne
“Learning to Let Go” by Bombadil
“Dirt” by Andre Williams
“Shake, Shake, Shake” by Bronze Radio Return
“So Many Ways to Die” by Bombadil


“Somebody Else” by Bleu from Redhead (2003)


Boston area Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Bleu is a Berklee trained musician who has written pop songs for the likes of The Jonas Brother, Demi Lovato, Hanson, and Selena Gomez.  He’s also made a string of excellent Indie albums of his own.  Today’s track goes back ten years to his major label debut.

“Rainy Day” by Blue Mountain from Midnight in Mississippi (2008)


The pioneering Alt-Country band Blue Mountain just broke up at the end of June of this year. They formed in 1993 and returned in 2007 after a six year hiatus.  Rainy Day could only have been more perfect if it had been raining today.

“A Question” by Bombadil from All That The Rain Promises (2011)


Our third song of the day from this North Carolina band who are getting ready to release their new album later this month.  This one comes from their previous studio full-length.  The song is about the sweetest, cutest song I’ve heard in a long time.

“Are You Sure You Don’t Want to Hang Out?” by The Great American Novel from Kissing (2012)

 Somehow I think Layne Montgomery is writing songs about my young adult life.  We continue to await the new The Great American Novel record. We have a couple of tracks from the new album in our queue and are just waiting for the shuffle gods to pull them up.

“Ragtime Annie” by Katerine Moller from By Request (2010)

 From our Twitter Account to you in a matter of hours.  Katherine Moller is a Celtic Folk Fiddle player.  She is offering a five track fan pack for signing up for her Fanbridge account.  I love Celtic folk music – among the many other types of music I love. 



Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Treat Me Like a Bum, Don’t Wear No Tie Mix

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 “Doctor Visit” photo collage by JWM 6/27/13

 Tomorrow is the Fourth of July here in the USA.  For the rest of you, well it’s the Fourth of July, too unless you are across the International Date Line in which case tomorrow is the Fifth of July.  In any event have a great Fourth (or Fifth) of July.

Today’s music next


“Wonder No More” by Bronze Radio Return (Indie Roots Rock from Connecticut)

“Ranting Prophet” by The Gabriel Construct (We continue our song by song extended review of the phenomenal Interior City album. The progressive/jazz/classical riffs with Gabriel’s incredible vocal embellishments make this an irresistibly complex and powerful collection of music.)

“Cherry Tree” by The Blind Owl Band (These CXCW alums from New York state are getting ready to release their brand new 12-song release. ‘The Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel’ is due out July 10. Today we feature a song from that album – the first of many.  The makes modern music using traditional instruments, and they are a whole lot of fun.  If you’re a fan of Imperial Rooster and/or Black Jake and the Carnies, you will probably like this band.  If you dig traditional bluegrass and old timey Country music, you will probably like this band.  If you dig good music, well played, you will probably like this band.  You will probably like this band.  h/t to Popa Tunes – as per usual)

“Project” by Canopy Climbers  (we continue to feature songs from this Arkansas/Tennessee band who recently released their latest album Miles.  Great sounding Indie/Pop)

“Waitress in the Sky” by The Replacements (hum this song the next time you get bad service on a flight.)

“The Fold” by Ivan and Alyosha (More good stuff from this Washington State band)

“Holly” by The Great American Novel (we continue to get hyped for the new album from this incredibly awesome New York band)


“Planet Telex” (live) by Radiohead from PASTE.COM Presents: Radiohead Live at Tramps June 1, 1995 (2013)

Another track from this recently released set brought to you by and It’s Free but 100% of “Tips” go to Amnesty International

“A Grief Observed” by Heath McNease from The Weight of Glory: Second Edition (A Hip Hop Remix Inspired by the Works of CS Lewis) (2013)

Some powerful lyrics and some wicked beats. It’s also available via

“Cretin Hop” by Ramones from Rocket to Russia (1977)

It’s been a blast having a Ramones’ song or two in the shuffle almost every day.

“Layne Montgomery is Bad at Girls” by The Great American Novel from Kissing (2012)

A first. I’ve been posting Morning Shuffles since before Ear to the Ground came into existence. It began as Facebook status updates when I listened to a particularly cool mix of music. Some where along the way, it became a daily thing and eventually transferred to the blog when I started writing it.  During that time, I have had numerous occasions to feature songs by people on my Facebook Friends List (including irl friends, musical heroes kind enough to accept my friend request, and new friends I’ve made via the blog). However, today (to my knowledge), we feature the first song whose title includes the name of one of my Facebook friends.  Bonus: Layne Montgomery’s mother was a top ten finalist in Nick @ Nite’s Funniest Mom in America Contest. As for the song, it’s either deeply revealing or self-deprecating or both. Whatever, it’s typically killer stuff from this amazing band.



Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Take It Mix

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I am very excited and pleased with today’s mix of music.  I know, I know, I’m always pleased with the mix of music, but today especially we have a great mix of new and old music that darts across the vast field of genre and styles.


We begin with another direct from my e-mail inbox to my ear-hole.  Liquid Casing is a four-piece progressive/rock band from Houston, Texas. Their brand new album A Separat|Divide is out today and takes on the subject of borders and illegal immigration. Today, we got our first listen via an instrumental track called “Non-Linear Solution”, and I have to say I was very impressed.  Combining elements of hard progressive rock and at times dissonant.  I hope you will check this band out, and I know I can’t wait to hear more.

Next up some awesome Americana from William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up with “About a Girl” which is on their debut EP The Great Recession which was released last September.
 How about some music from the legendary jazz artist Charles Mingus.  This live recording of “Mingus Blues” comes from an album called Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert which was released on Columbia in 1972.

 Periodically, I check out Noisetrade and read descriptions of some of the selections to see what catches my fancy. When I read the description of The Weight of Glory by Heath McNease which stated that it was a hip hop remix of the works of C.S. Lewis, I was skeptical but intrigued. They had one track available to preview and I listened and was pleasantly surprised enough to download. Today, the track “Surprised by Joy” came up, and I have to say I really dig it.

We next have another great track from the new album, Miles, by Canopy Climbers. This one is called “Melody”.

How about the new one from The Civil Wars.  “The One That Got Away” is our first taste of the band’s follow-up to the break-through Barton Hollow. My first impression is that it is a strong song that moves things forward nicely.

 We close out the Pre-Shuffle with another track from Christopher Paul Stelling’s Songs of Praise and Scorn. “Solar Flares” is flat out an amazing song.



“Arrival in a Distant Land”  by The Gabriel Construct from Interior City (2013)


The Gabriel Construct is a solo project by Gabriel Lucas Riccio. This is another straight from my inbox and my first impressions…. We begin appropriately enough with the opening track which begins with a minimalist piano and takes it’s time migrating into some amazing Avant-garde, almost classical sounding free-jazz. The vocals are starkly beautiful. 

Pulled aside and asked to wait
If I leave, they take me right back
“You’re staying here for many years
And you will not leave.”

And I can’t get out.

“Welcome home
This is your home now.”

The description I received includes metal influences which are not present in this track. It definitely left me wanting more. I think this one will get a complete listen very soon.


“Down There” by Bronze Radio Return from Shake! Shake! Shake! ( 2011)

Another cool track from this Connecticut Roots Rock band.


“Lightning Bolt” by Jake Bugg from Jake Bugg (2013)

Okay, I really like this song, and from the little bit I’ve read, it sounds like this young man has a great attitude and a willingness to learn.  Meanwhile, this is just one of those songs that makes me smile.


“Broken Glass” by Beijing from Night (2013)

Our newest Connecticut friends close out the morning mix with another great track from their Night album. I’ve been listening to this album quite a bit, and I’m really enjoying the powerful yet catchy songs. I love the album cover, too.

(Several of the songs were not available in video form, but all are represented below)


Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – I See Red Mix

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Let’s get going… We have a most excellent Pre-Shuffle today featuring old friends, new friends and a special guest appearance….

“Planet of Women” by Sonny and the Sunsets
“Her Changes” by Frank Ryan
 “Shooting the Moon” by Ben Shive
“Fox in the Hen House” by The Quaker City Night Hawks
“Get Over” by The Dead Exs (Note: since I couldn’t find a video for “Get Over” we included the video for the title track for their latest album Relovolution. The fan sourced video includes a very special Cameo appearance by the one and only Popa Tunes who’ve excellent blog recently celebrated its Fourth Birthday!)
 “Spittin’ Lies” by Nikki Sue and the Bad News (Note: since I couldn’t find a video for “Spittin’ Lies”, I included a video of Nikki Sue covering one of my all-time favorite songs, Folsom Prison Blues)
“Beware the Grackle” by The Peculiar Pretzelmen


“My Sympathy” by Human Face from The Waiting Game (Part One) (2012/2013)

Human Face were kind enough to Tweet some nice words about us the other day. It was most appreciated, but what got them back in the Shuffle was (well besides the random shuffle mode) their amazingly catchy tunes and light, fun spirit.  Check them out if you haven’t.  Go!

“Strawberry Hill” by Bronze Radio Return from Old Time Speaker (2009)

Bronze Radio Return are an Indie Roots band from Hartford, Connecticut.  We grabbed this track and others from their new Noisetrade Sampler. This one comes from their debut album Old Time Speaker. Great song.

“Green” by Canopy Climbers from Miles (2013)

Our shuffle of really strong pop-oriented songs continues with another song from the brand new Canopy Climbers album Miles.  I am thoroughly enjoying this album.

“Screws Get Loose (Extended Studio Version) by Those Darlins Single (2011) (Original version from Screws Get Loose (2011)

We close out today’s Shuffle with one of my favorites.  An extended version of the title track from the most recent Those Darlins album (a new album from the Nashville band is due in the Fall). I dare you to listen and not sing along.  I double dog dare you.



Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – What’s So Funny? Mix

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Okay, Okay… I have to start off by setting some things straight.  In my haste to complete the post yesterday some errors, omissions and general crap occurred. 

  1. I am well aware that Slim Dunlap replaced Bob Stinson not Tommy Stinson in The Replacements as I originally wrote. This faux pas has since been corrected. Doh!
  2. I kind of blew by some important information regarding the Songs for Slim benefit project.  First that The Replacements contribution is just part of a massive project.  Second, that limited edition vinyl presses of the who project are being sold. Here is a link to the Facebook page for the project.  This is a very worthy cause.  I was extremely fortunate to have been Slim with The Replacements  (including Tommy – see I told you I knew that) back in the day at an epic show at the Armory in Nashville. 
  3. I neglected to post the You Tube Playlist for yesterday.  Here it is:
  4.  I reported that an arrest had been made in the Lincoln assassination. It turned out that an arrest had been made in the Boston bombing, but then it turned out that this wasn’t the case either.
  5. I posted the Grimey’s Record Store Day performance schedule, but failed to highlight a few cool things.  First that Paramore are performing, second that Pujol is coming back for the second year in a row and third that there will be a middle school orchestra performing selections from Beck’s Song Reader album of sheet music.  Not to mention Josh Rouse, Hotpipes, The Features! and much more.
  6. I have to retract a statement I made about a Nigerian Prince underwriting Ear to the Ground.  Apparently, that deal fell through.
  7. Finally, I have to apologize for my statement that if Anne Frank were alive today, she would be a fan of Ear to the Ground.  Turns out that if she were alive today, she would be about 84 years old and well below the target demographic of Ear to the Ground (we are geared primarily to nonagenarians and centenarians).

    Enough, on to today’s mistakes…
     Pre-Shuffle:  Joni Mitchell – “Case of You”, The Mohawk Lodge – “1000 Violins”, April Verch – “Headin’ Up to the Pike/ Jimmy Got a Lizard/ Farewell to Tryon”, New Madrid – “Juniper”, Killing Kuddles – “Dropped the Pop”.
    Shuffle after the JUMP:
  • “Making Love to Bob Dylan” by John Wesley Harding from a 2012 single

I was a huge fan of John Wesley Harding back in the day, but I have to admit, I hadn’t given him much thought in recent years, but I dig this catchy little number that deftly name drops Beach Boys, Joe Tex, AC/DC, Massive Attack, T-Rex, 4 Tops, Cornershop, Roberta Flack and others including the titular Robert Zimmerman.

  • “Shake!, Shake!, Shake!” by Bronze Radio Return from Shake!, Shake! Shake! (2011)

Broze Radio Return are a Connecticut Indie band. We culled this song from a SXSW mixtape but out by a blog called Yankee Calling.

  • “Peas and Beans” by The Slaughterhouse Chorus from Demo (2010)
  • Slaughterhouse Chorus make a second straight appearance in the Shuffle with the bluesy rocker Peas and Beans.

  • Memory Lane Needs a Garbage Man” by Skeletons in the Piano from Please Don’t Die (2013)
This highly anticipated album drops Saturday with Vinyl pre-sales getting underway that day.