Monday Morning Shuffle – Planet Earth is Blue, and There’s Nothing We Can Do Mix

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I had just rolled over to try to sleep when my phone buzzed. A bad habit I know, but I looked at it.  “David Bowie Dead at 69”. And, I thought it was one of those terrible internet hoaxes. I put the phone down – convinced that was the case, but I picked it up again, and I discovered that it was true. I felt numb.

My own exploration of his music was as random – just like all my explorations of music tend to be. I am not even certain where it began or the exact order.  I knew David Bowie from MTV – probably before, but MTV opened up several musical doors for me.. say what you will about it.  “Ashes to Ashes”, “Let’s Dance”, “China Girl”…. Lou Reed was an early influence of mine, and I found out that Bowie has co-produced Transformer – an album that helped transform me. I got a cassette of Hunky Dory and I wore it out. There was a lot I didn’t understand about myself. Bowie’s music helped. Ziggy Stardust…. 

I am having hard time really accepting that he is gone, but I am heartened by all of the posts on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds – so many vastly divergent musicians and fans sharing many shared experiences some of which echo my own.  Music, for me, has been a companion through many lonely times, but it has also been a source of connection with others.

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As we must, we press on… My week long Birthday adventures kicked off last night with a couple of cool rounds a Bobby’s Idle Hour on Music Row.  First, “Earie” award winners Joe Nolan, Drew Kohl, and Andrew Adkins shared a stage, and they all sounded fantastic.

There was a second round, and I had intended to leave, but I ended up staying.  Three singer-songwriters that I had not heard before –   Kyler Daron, Joey Maloney, and Peter McKeown. Seems an appropriate part of my Birthday Week.

Tonight, the week continues – moving on up to the Eastside for night 2 of Darrin Bradbury’s month-long residency at The Basement East. Tonight’s guest are Zach Schmidt and Tim Easton – two of East Nashville’s finest songwriters.  Come on out and hang and listen to cool tunes.

On to the shuffle –

“Low Life Blues” by Bob Margolin

Bob Margolin released his latest album My Road was released last Friday, and we have another awesome track from that album.  Margolin played with blues legend Muddy Waters from 1973 until 1980. 

“People Who Died” by Government Cheese

No, shuffle – this is in no way funny or appropriate or anything like that… but it is a pretty cool cover of the Jim Carroll Band classic from Bowling Green’s Government Cheese – featuring Tommy Womack.

“Absolutely Sweet Marie” (Live) by Jason and the Scorchers

Speaking of Tommy Womack, he will be Jason Ringenberg’s special guest next Wednesday (1/20).  Jason told a story about bringing this song to the Scorchers and how quickly they took to it and made it their own.  He went on to say, that they were doing a radio interview early on in Europe, and the DJ said something about the Bob Dylan cover, and Perry, Jeff, and Warner all said – “Cover? We thought you wrote that song!”

“Left and Leaving” (Live) by The Weakerthans

This Canadian band’s name came up in a conversation between two friends that I introduced to each other. Somehow, I mostly missed out on this band, so I immediately set about to remedy that.  This is a live version of the title track from the band’s 2000 album.

“Church is Burning Down” by Tomas Doncker

An E2TG favorite returns to the shuffle with a powerful and timely track from his latest album, The Mess We’ve Made.  The album is rightly getting some great press. Expect more here.

“Too Late to Say Goodbye” by Cage the Elephant

Somehow, this track from Tell Me I’m Pretty – the new album from yet another Bowling Green band – seemed to be especially meaningful today….

“Dueling Banjos” by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell

And we close out this Monday shuffle with a tune that was written in 1955 – as “Feudin’ Banjos” by Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith.  The song was featured on a 1963 episode of the Andy Griffith Show played by recurring characters The Darlings who were played by The Dillards.  This version, which permanently ensconced this song in the collective pop culture consciousness, was recorded for the 1972 film, Deliverance.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – In the Middle of the Land Mix

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We are back after an unexpected day off… my late fall cold finally caught up with me.  Before I succumbed to it, I got to take in an awesome show at City Winery.  Songwriting legend (and I do not use that term lightly here) Dan Penn celebrated his 74th birthday with a nearly 2 hour solo acoustic show performing many of the amazing songs that he was written and co-written over the course of his incredible career.  Hint: If you don’t know who Dan Penn is, I guarantee that you have heard many of his songs.  Read my reflections on this show here.

Dan Penn wrote his first hit song when he was still in high school.  Sammy Brue is just 14 years old, and he is widely regarded as one of the best songwriters around.  He will be making a rare Nashville appearance tonight at The Basement (the original) with Actual Wolf (who I saw during the Campfire Propaganda residency at last month). Actual Wolf will be back by a fine collection of local players.

Today’s shuffle went down like this….

“Right Time” by Nikki Lane

All or Nothin’ is the latest album from red hot Nashville artist, Nikki Lane.  If you have not caught up with her yet, now is the right time…

“Once in a Very Blue Moon” by Nanci Griffith

Another from that amazing Rounder Records anniversary compilation on Noisetrade, and one of my all time favorite songs.  I first heard this on one of those Steal This Disk CD releases back in the day. Just a flat out gorgeous song from one of the finest voices of all time.

“Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine” by Homer Henderson

I’m just going to leave this right here.  I grabbed this song from a compilation called, Tragic Songs from the Grassy Knoll which was released a couple of years ago.  I snagged this track off Freegal.  The song itself dates back to around 1985 when it was released as a single.  The song has been covered by Laura Cantrell  and by The Asylum Street Spankers.

“Over the Red Cedar” by Charlie Parr

This song, from Minnesota singer-songwriter Charlie Parr, is off of his album Stumpjumper which was released back in April of this year. If I had read that it was a twenty or thirty or forty year old song, I would not have batted an eye.  It has a timeless sound.

“In the Middle of the Land” by Hoodoo Gurus

Giving us the sub-title to today’s post… from their Blow Your Cool! album.  I love this band.

“With a Girl Like You” by Alex Chilton

Making a connection to Monday night’s show – Dan Penn produced the first hit single from Alex Chilton’s old band, The Box Tops and co-wrote a couple of other songs for that band.  This is a cover version of a song by The Troggs  which was included on the compilation 19 Years: A Collection of Alex Chilton which was released in 1991.  That is where I came upon the track.

“Killin’ It In California” by Jeremy Nash

Another from Jeremy Nash’s new album Getaway Driver.  This is one of my favorite songs which I have heard him perform live a couple of times.  Filled with the bitter chill of loss and regret and winter.

“Mexican Amphetamines” by Ben Arthur

Another from Ben Arthur’s Call and Response record. Ben is one of my favorite songwriters and his Call and Response album demonstrates the innovation and fun he brings to the art and craft of songwriting.

“Beautiful Jane” by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions

This is another track from The Far End of the World.  This new album by Boston musician Brian Carpenter has emerged as of my favorites of 2015.

“Mess Around” by Cage the Elephant

At long last, new music from Bowling Green rockers, Cage the Elephant.  This is the first single from their forthcoming album, Tell me I’m Pretty which is due out in about a month.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Sleeping Daydreams Mix

To sleep, perchance to dream…

a Monday shuffle follows the jump

A bunch of Nashville connections in the shuffle today…

“Lazaretto” by Jack White from Lazaretto

Nashville transplant Jack White with the title track from his latest album…

“Memorial Day” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

Coincidently, the second song named “Memorial Day” to grace our shuffle in this last week.  This one is from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen artist The Jean Jackets.  We have one last song from this album in our current playlist, and a whole other album to add.

“Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage the Elephant from Melophobia

Cage the Elephant are from just north of Nashville (Bowling Green, Kentucky). Melophobia was recorded here in Nashville and was produced by Jay Joyce who was in the Nashville band In Pursuit back in my formative years.

“Circles” by Pujol from PUJOL Sampler/Kludge

Daniel Pujol is one of Nashville’s best.  From his latest album Kludge and taken from a NoiseTrade sampler.

“Poor Boy” by Mark Robinson from Quit Your Job

One of the best Blues guitarists around, and a good friend of Ear to the Ground.  Mark Robinson is currently nominated for a Nashville Independent Music award.  This song – a take on a blues standard is from his first album.

“Blue Moon” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP

Another E2TG favorite, Tipi Valley is up next with the title track from his latest EP.  Solid guitar noise.

“Absolutely Bill’s Mood” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

The live TMBG’s album on NoiseTrade is a brilliant recreation of the classic first album.

“Until We Sleep” by David Gilmour from About Face

Next, we have a song from Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s second solo album – released in 1984.

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We close out with the beautiful Everly Brother’s hit.  As a video extra, we’ve included R.E.M.’s classic cover of this song taken from the Documentary film, Athens Ga: Inside/Out.

Just as a warning – posting could be erratic for the next several days, but stayed tuned….

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Real Live Wire Mix

Okay – how many #E2TG readers watched the Grammys last night?  What did you think? Were there parts you liked? Was it all utter crap? How well did it represent the state of music from October 2012 – September 2013?  Seriously? Really? Was it worst than you could imagine or better than you expected?

So here’s the thing, for as long as I can remember, The Grammy’s have been completely out of touch with the music I like. Or at least a decade too late. That being said, there were a few parts of last nights broadcast that were okay.

Here’s the thing, regardless of your opinion of the Grammys, the fact is that every night of the week in clubs and small venues all across the country, indie artists are creating memorable moments playing a huge variety of music. Many of these bands and artists do not get the hype or press that your Grammy “caliber” performers get. Nonetheless, they aren’t that hard to find. Take the time, seek them out, and regularly read music blogs like Ear to the Ground (or just read Ear to the Ground if I may ever so humbly suggest.)


Anyway, we have a shuffle filled with interest music that you may or may not have heard about.  Check these artists out and see what appeals to you…

“Written in the Snow” by The Autumn Defense
 
“Momentum” by Left of Logic
 
“Mallrats” by The Orwells
 
“January” by prattle on, rick.
 
“Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads Cover) by Cage the Elephant
 
“The Delicious” by The Plum Magnetic
 
“and the Hippos Are Burning in Their Tanks” by HIPPIECULT
 
“No Drama” by Solardrive (feat. TC and Kevin Hicks)
 
“Sugar Dyed Honey Pants” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones
 
“Call Your Girlfriend” (Robyn cover) by Lucy Wainwright Roche
 
“Free Freedom” by Joseph Arthur
 
 
NOTES:


The Autumn Defense song is from a Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session recorded here in Nashville (East Nashville to be precise).

After seeing their recent performance on David Letterman, I just had to add The Orwells to the mix.

 A seasonally appropriate instrumental song for a blustery January morning – from Nashville’s own prattle on, rick.

A fun live cover of the Talking Heads classic by Cage the Elephant (who happen to come from Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz’s home state.)

HIPPIECULT from Philly make their E2TG debut with a song from their demo release. BTW, the song title actually begins with an ampersand (“and sign”), however, ampersands mess up the formatting of blog posts, so I have to spell out “and”

Some soulful funkiness from Solardrive (featuring drum ‘n’ bass artist TC and hip-hop artist Kevin Hicks), and also from Birmingham Alabama’s St. Paul and (ampersand) the Broken Bones

A cool cover of a Robyn song by a New York based singer with a fine musical pedigree, Lucy Wainwright Roche (she is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of The Roches).

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Love Hurts Mix

Today we induct three more amazing artists into our brand new (still under construction) Hall of Fame.  As with the first two groups of additions, these names should be very familiar to regular readers of E2TG.

7.  Tim Lee 3 (Knoxville, TN)
8. Killing Kuddles (Atlanta, GA)
9. Don Ryan (NY/NJ)




Welcome to the Hall…

Also, we have a pretty cool shuffle up next…

“Paris by Now” by Adam Hill (from Little Time.  Another track by this Nashville singer/songwriter)

“Love Hurts” by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris (from Grievous Angel. Just stunning.  h/t to Too Much Country who included this on the October Feel Bad for You mixtape.  Both Too Much Country and I were in the audience when Amelia White and Jon Byrd sang this song at the Five Spot back in September on the 40th Anniversary of Gram Parson’s death.)

“Jesus Christ” by Big Star (from Third/Sister Lovers.  One of my favorites. Eef Barzelay, Bill Lloyd, Grimey and others did this song at a Record Store Day event at Grimey’s shortly after Alex Chilton passed away)

“Foxgloves” by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons (from Old Believers.  I first saw Cory Chisel opening for Peter Case a few years ago, and I have been a fan every since.)

“Come a Little Closer” by Cage the Elephant (from Melophobia.  I think Cage the Elephant are simply one of the most exciting bands around. This is the first single from the band’s latest album.)

“TDB” by Its Teeth w/ Travis Orbin (from Divided. Some more awesome Instrumental Post-Rock from this project which Gabriel of The Gabriel Construct turned us onto.)

 
 
 
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Elephants, Teddy Bears, Monkeys and Coyotes – Oh My! Mix

We have a damn fine shuffle to close out the week…. the first five songs even start a bit of theme (purely thanks to the shuffle function).  Due to circumstances (yada yada), this will be the final shuffle of the week.  So it’s a nice way to go out.

Jump past the break to see today’s shuffle…

“Spiderhead” by Cage the Elephant (from the new album, Melophobia. The video included in the playlist below, is a performance of the album’s first single on Letterman – last week. Mr. Letterman’s reaction after the song, is everything you need to know about why Cage the Elephant are a great Rock and Roll band.  They are from just up the road a bit – Bowling Green, Kentucky)

“How Long” by Elephant Stone (from their 2009 album The Seven Seas and included a recent Noisetrade sampler.  This band is new to me, and I am digging it so far…)

“Every Time the Son Leaves” by Telepathic Teddy Bear (from Reactions. I’ve been listening to this album for a couple of months now. I’m digging the groovy vibe and subtle humor in some of the songs.  This one has a trippy, mellow vibe that I kind of dig)

“Brass Monkey” by Beastie Boys (from Licensed to Ill. What can I say? Booooy!”

“Coyote” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (a non-album live cut from the band’s Live at DC9 release.  Man oh man, I love this song.  Maybe if I beg nicely, they will do this one on Tuesday… Maybe?)

“Pictures” by Logan X (from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation. This is a remarkable song.  I wish I could have found a video for it, but go look at the Mama Coco’s bandcamp page and give it a listen – hell download the whole compilation.  Logan X is an instrumentalist. The vocals on this song are by Molly Connelly.  The ubiquitous Oliver Ignatius contributes as he does on almost if not all of the Mama Coco’s compilation songs. By the way, Mama Coco is apparently a cockatoo, so technically this song continues the theme of the first five songs… )

“Comfort Consumption” by False-Heads (from Tunnel Vision.  Another cool song by these kids from England who looked us up and gave us the chance to hear their very awesome album)

“Storm in my House” by Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime. Double Nickels is one of my all-time favorite albums and in my opinion one of the best albums ever.)

“Save Charlie” by Rubblebucket (from the EP Save Charlie. This came from a Paste/Noisetrade compilation. My first exposure to this Brooklyn band, and I am kind of digging it.)

Here’s the Video Playlist of the Day
 
 

And since there will not be a shuffle tomorrow, here is the E2TG Store for the Week

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Hello My Name is… Mix

Raining morning in Nashville. Counting the days until Record Store Day (this coming Saturday April 21).

Today’s shuffle ventures from the distant recesses of my former life to the near recent past while geographically traveling from one side of the Tennessee to the other and veering north, just across the border into Kentucky.

We begin just across the border in the college town of Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Cage the Elephant released their self-titled debut album in June 2008 in Europe and then in May 2009 in the US. Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked  has a great hook and a cool groove. 

  
These days, Will Rambeaux is a successful Nashville-based songwriter. Back in the mid 80s, he headed up a hot Nashville roots rock band called Will Rambeaux and the Delta Hurricanes. Baby, Put Your Gun Down is from a vinyl rip of a classic benefit album called Nashville Homegrown which also includes The White Animals, Jimmy Hall & the Prisoners of Love, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Tom Kimmel, & Mark Germino among others. 
Will Rambeaux was also 1/2 of the Everready Brothers with Bill Lloyd.  You can hear some Will Rambeaux and other Nashville 80s rock at Nashville80srock.net.
Moving back into the near past and driving west about as far you can go and still stay in the state, we move to Memphis (“Home of Elvis and the ancient greeks”) with a song of the impending season – Memphis is also the album name, the debut by Magic Kids. Summer is sweet like melting ice cream and
 
And finally, we cross the state to the east and span the years back to my college days, and a song that dominated.  Smokin’ Dave & the Premo Dopes were one of the best Knoxville-based bands of all time.  In the era of USA for Africa and Live Aid and concern about the desperate state of affairs in Ethiopia – disinterested and jaded rich kids liked to go to parties and tell stupid, sick jokes which referenced the crisis.  The jokes were in poor taste especially as they underscored the differences between life “over there” and the life of relative ease and privilege.  Ethiopian Jokes summarized that era perfectly.  I grabbed the song off a rip of the vinyl 45 (Heart of Stone is the B-Side).  You can find the song along with some other classic Smokin Dave and the Premo Dopes catalog. Over at  Amazon.
 
I could not find a video of the song, but (HERE) is  a link to the MP3.
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Deluxe DVD/CD edition includes bonus live CD. First ever live concert film from the Indie Rock quartet from Bowling Green, KY. Live From The Vic was filmed during the band’s 2011 U.S. tour and directed by Wayne Isham.


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