Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Hot Tin Cat on a Roof Mix

 

 We’re short on time today so straight to it.  American Man is the title track from Brother Howe’s latest album.  You can get a free download of this song and the band’s cover of a Weezer song at the band’s website.

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Ramona Falls is the band featuring former Menomena remember Brent Knopf.  The band’s new album Prophet is due out May 1, but you can grab a free download of the first track Sqworm using the widget above.

The Great American Canyon Band are a husband and wife team from Chicago.  They recorded their first songs were recorded in a gutted house in Chicago with no running water and just two old guitars.  Use the Soundcloud player to access their music.  Our song today was Burn.

 
I was late getting on the Cornershop bandwagon, but I love everything I’ve heard from them.  The Singh brothers and company have been making music for over 20 years. Today we have a track from the band’s 1997 albume When I Was Born for the Seventh Time.  Good Shit seem to be an apt description.
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Following up Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast in exceedingly timely fashion — a mere two years compared to the seven that separated that 2009 effort from 2002’s Handcream for a Generation — Cornershop capitalize on their Indian tradition, bringing in Bubbley Kaur for a collection of pop with a Punjabi punch. The vocals and flourishes are strongly Punjabi — songs are often sung in the language, not English as they usually are on a Cornershop LP — but these are essentially trappings for a collection of multicultural dance-pop not too dissimilar from the group’s albums since 1997. As on Judy Sucks, this is a blessing and a curse: Cornershop’s blends are still rich and flavorful yet they have the whiff of old fashion, still tied heavily to the post-rave years of trip-hop and Brit-pop, trends they fought and embraced in equal measure. Kaur’s presence gives The Double-O Groove just enough of a different tone to make a difference — it doesn’t feel comfortably recycled as Judy sometimes did — yet it doesn’t quite open doors to new avenues either. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi Performers: Bubbley Kaur – Vocals


Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Stinkin’ Badges Mix

Ha! It’s Friday. My first Friday at work in at least three weeks.  I decided to spin some tracks from my Ear to the Ground-related playlist which features Bands and Artists who have been featured here in some way (Bands of the Week, ETTG Recommends, etc.) I’m up to 83 songs on this list and hope to increase that number soon.

Band o’ the Week alum Brother Howe are up first with the title track of the EP linked to below.  Heaven is My Retirement Plan.  The EP also features a cover version of the Weezer song Undone (The Sweater Song).

Next,  friends of the blog, Valerie Giroux and James LeMay (aka You & Me), get funky with Head Up High. Check out the song and download it for free at Bandcamp by using the widget below. http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=1741861107/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/ Black Moon  is a Wilco cover by Joseph Mooradian who was featured on a Soundcloud sampler some months ago. I need to do another one of those.  He is a first year college student and the younger brother of 1/2 of Forest Mountain Hymnal (who have also been featured here.)  Here a widget thingy from the cloud….




 

It’s You & Me back again and showing off their bluesier side with Running Like Hell. http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=1360904914/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/ Finally, this morning, it’s BenSem aka Ben Semmens with a track from his album Western Lights which you can add to your collection by purchasing and dowloading at the pic-link below. The song is called Free. The album it comes from will set you back about 9 bucks (totally worth it!)

Bands of the Week 2011 – A Recap – Part 3 – Weeks 18-27

 This is it.  The final recap after reading this entry and the previous 2 recaps you will be a well informed voter, which means you will need to vote for your favorite band at the Reader’s Poll.

Weel 18: The Hunting Accident – are a Los Angeles based indie rock band made up of former members of the bands Arlo and Piebald. Here’s a video for a song we love called Hot Drum:

Week 19: Ben Semmens – is a Welsh singer-songwriter – He writes deeply, beautiful songs.  Recently, his fans help fund the recording of a new album.  Ben spent several weeks recording in the US (on a island off the coast of Georgia) where at same point he may or may not have swam naked in the Atlantic. Here he is performing Wake Me Up:

Week 20: The Fauns – are an indie, pop, shoegaze band from Bristol UK. I’ll be honest, if pressed, I couldn’t tell you what shoegaze means. I just know I like The Fauns. I guess introspective yet powerful would be my best attempt.  Here’s a video for a song called Lovestruck:

Week 21: Two Seasons – are a Toronto based Americana, Pop, Folk band. They made an EP called Made in Basements.  They play catchy and rich songs. I couldn’t find a video so here’s a Soundcloud track we love called I Wouldn’t Ask (For Anything to Change):

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F23016102 I Wouldn’t Ask (For Anything To Change) by Two Seasons Music

Week 22: Themselves – are a rock band from Leicester UK. I promised myself I would not make an Adrian Mole reference as I’m sure that is getting irritating.  Damn…. Themselves are a rhythmic intensity and they know how to rock.  Here’s a live video for your perusal:

Week 23: The Nearly Deads – are a Nashville based Alternative Rock band. They play high energy rock and have a powerful female lead singer. They are doing a free show this Friday at a new club in Nashville called The National Underground – so if you’re around Nashville check them out. Meanwhile check out this:

Week 24: Taco Land – is a Texas based band – the brain child of Joseph Russell. Taco Land is everything you would expect of a Texas-based band called Taco Land and nothing at all you would expect from a Texas-based band called Taco Land.  They have a new album called Heart of Texas.  I couldn’t find a video – so here is a Soundcloud track – it’s the title track from Heart of Texas:
https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F24050919 Heart of Texas by Taco Land

Week 25: Brother Howe – is a country punk band from Michigan.  They know their country and they know their punk.  Brother Howe speak truth and cover Johnny Cash.  Check out this video for the standout track Heaven is my Retirement Plan:


Week 26: Those Mockingbirds – are a New Jersey based Alternative Rock/Grunge band.  The band features some unique sounds for a grunge band, and they write really great songs. Here a video for a track we love called Coast to Coast:

Week 27: Don Ryan -is a New York/New Jersey based singer-songwriter.  Think Tom Waits meets something else really cool.  I think I’ve raved enough about Don Ryan – naw! He’s really good.  Check out this video for the amazing song, This Town:

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Lead Balloon Mix

Thankful for all of you and for the great music that has come my way this year.

Dreary and drizzly morning even though the forecast says a 0% chance or rain. I guess drizzle is not considered rain?
Another shuffle of the November 2011 playlist:

I’m Real Punk by Brother Howe.   The one where BOTW alums Brother Howe demonstrate that they are in fact Real Punk.  Put on your slam dancing shoes and slam dance your blues away.
(click on the Rock ‘n Roll Country album cover to purchase and download I’m Real Punk by Brother Howe @ Amazon.com)

VCR by The Antlers.  The one where The Antlers – the Brooklyn-based indie rock band – covers The xx – the English indie pop band. Let’s go watch things on VCR…
(click on the (together) album cover to purchase and download VCR (The xx Cover) by The Antlers @ Amazon.com)

Walking For You by The Avett Brothers.  The one where transportation won’t hold the Avetts back from their baby…
(click on the Carolina Jubilee album cover to purchase and download Walking to You by The Avett brothers @ Amazon.com)

Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 by Roger Waters. The one where Roger Waters covers Pink Floyd.  Wait, is it really a cover when a solo artist does a song by his old band?  Growing up the son of a college professor, I’m sure it was disturbing for him to hear me singing this song…
(click on the in the flesh album cover to purchase and download Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 by Roger Waters @ Amazon.com)

Don’t forget to vote for the Band of the Year.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – As You Were (We Are) Mix

Calm before storms – morning routine – saying things and writing words and hoping it all doesn’t get away.  We are lovers in dangerous times… for what it’s worth… I can’t get no satisfaction but I if I try sometimes I just might get what I need. Sometimes you can’t make it on your own…

I added 23 new songs to the MP3 player this week.  58 total so far for November. Here is a random sample of those 58 songs:

Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

(Click on picture to purchase and download the Barton Hollow version)
Today, I heard a live version of this song from a live album I got from Noisetrade.

Single Ladies (Put a RIng On It) by Beyonce

click on album cover to purchase and download song)
I know what you’re thinking – Beyonce? But, she is Sasha Fierce!

Undone (The Sweater Song) by Weezer (as perfomed by BOTW alums Brother Howe).
(click on the album cover to purchase and download Brother Howe’s version of The Sweater song originally done by weezer.)
Brother completely Undo – um come undone on this killer version of the Weezer classic.
In a Razor Town by Jason Isbell

(Click on album cover to purchase and dowmload this song)
Former DBT member now one of the most exciting voices on the Americana scene.  A stand out track from Sirens in the Ditch.

Body and Soul by Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse


Regardless of anything else, Amy Winehouse had prime chops, and here she goes toe to toe with a legendary crooner on this remake of the 1930 song.

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