Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ice Ice Baby Mix

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Tuesday by JWM 7/7/2013

I don’t have much to say, so let’s hit the music – shall we?  After the JUMP


PRE-SHUFFLE

 “You’re Probably Good at Kissing” by The Great American Novel (You probably are…)

“Meeting” by Canopy Climbers (Uplifting and majestic)

“Marvin’s Room” (Drake Cover) by Valued Customer (Okay, so top secret sources have leaked the name and release date of the new album by Valued Customer. Kalpa is due out July 17. You have just over a week to prepare yourself of epicness, face-meltiness, and perhaps world domination. Just remember, you heard about them here first.  Meanwhile, we have a pretty awesome instrumental cover of this song by Drake.  Drake, I am told, was once on the hit Canadian teenage soap opera Degrassi (something, something). You remember, it was Wheels, Joey, Snake and his twin brother Drake. Okay, maybe not, but he was on Degrassi and that was from Canada just like Valued Customer and Molson’s and SCTV and William Shatner – so there.  Remember Kalpa July 17!)

“Fire Fire Fire Fire” by Casey Black (When one “Fire” is not enough. Casey Black is from Nashville and makes pretty awesome music.)

“The World’s Last Night” by Heath McNease (more from the Weight of Glory hip-hop remix)

“Grown-ups” by The Burning Hell (The Burning Hell are from St. Johns, Newfoundland. To my knowledge this song has no connection to the hit movie franchise of the same name. It’s a nifty song. The Burning Hell is Mathias Kom joined by a number of other people)

“You” live by Radiohead (A live version of the first track on the first Radiohead album)

SHUFFLE 

“El Blues Es Mi Amigo” by Guadalupe Plata from Guadalupe Plata (2013)

Some Deep Blues from Spain.  Guadalupe Plata performed at the Deep Blues Festival in Minnesota back in June. Our good friends, The Dead Exs were there, too. The Dead Exs reported back and we paid attention.  That’s what Ear to the Ground is all about.  Check it.

“The Problem of Pain” by Heath McNease from The Weight of Glory: Second Edition (2013)

This is really powerful stuff. I’ve said all I can about this  record. Seriously, check it out.

“All the Times We Had” by Ivan and Alyosha from All the Times We Had (2013)

The title track from the full-length debut from this promising Seattle band.

“Missing My Home” by The Blind Owl Band from This Train I Ride is Made of Wood and Steel (2013)

Tomorrow is the official release date of the second album by The Blind Owl Band from New York State.  Having heard the record, I can tell you it’s damn good.

PLAYLIST

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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



PRE-SHUFFLE: 

“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)



SHUFFLE:

“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 Paste.com and Noisetrade.com. 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 Noisetrade.com

“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.

PLAYLIST

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – An Unmade Bed Mix

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Man, it felt awesome this morning – July 2, and there was an ever so slight chill in the air. 

Let’s get right into the music…

Pre-Shuffle… I hit shuffle, and the first track up was “Lanquishing in Lower Chakras” by The Gabriel Construct from Interior City. This track begins with some minimalist piano. The track is eleven minutes long and features some spoken dialogue. It was truly a great way to start the morning.

In an odd sort of way, the second song of the mix, “Colonizer” by Canopy Climbers from Miles, fit well coming on the heels of The Gabriel Construct. I think it was the piano sound. Even though the use of the instrument could hardly be any more different, it still served as an effective bridge between the two songs.

Next up “Cup o’ Tea” by Austin band, Little Radar.  Their new album is not due out until next month, but they currently have a sampler up on Noisetrade.

Lambchop is a band from Nashville. They are awesome. “Chelsea Hotel” is a classic song by Leonard Cohen.  It is awesome.  Lambchop covers “Chelsea Hotel” and faces will be melted and brains will explode.  Shari Lewis was not involved, but she did have a puppet named Lambchop.

Among the several albums we are anxiously awaiting, one that has us especially excited is the new record from Great American Novel. To help us all wait, the band recently made their last album Kissing available as a Free (Name Your Price) download via bandcamp. “I Want You” hits all the right notes.  They also have two tracks from the new album available.  Hit them up. 

Another day, another Ramones song.  This time we have “Outsider” from Subterranean Jungle.

We close the pre-shuffle with some “old school” Cee-Lo Green.  “Evening News” is on his second solo album Cee-Lo Green…Is the Soul Machine.

SHUFFLE UP NEXT


As I arrived in the parking lot and began my ascent, we welcomed some old friends back into the Shuffle.  Forest Mountain Hymnal were a featured artist last year, and they just recently dropped the first song from a forthcoming album.  “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” is typically gorgeous and mesmerizing.

Next, we get back to the new album by the Houston, Texas based Liquid Casing from their new immigration themed album A Separate Divide. “An End to a Means” is filled with jazz/progressive/alternative rock riffs and raw power. An excellent track.

 And we close out the morning’s music with another track from the C.S. Lewis inspired, hip hop remixed The Weight of Glory by Heath McNease. “Til We Have Faces” is the track we heard today, and I continue to enjoy this record.

PLAYLIST

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Brain is Hanging Upside Down Mix

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Another month here at Ear to the Ground, and suddenly, we find 2013 is half over… oh, how can it be? 

Oh, it be….

We start 2013 Act II with yet another scintillating mix of music.  Sometimes, especially when time prevents me from adding very much in the way of commentary, exactly what my role is.  But, in an attempt to up my pretentiousness factor, I have decided to call what I do Curating.  So, for you listening pleasure, here is the latest E2TG mix curated by yours truly…

PRE-SHUFFLE: (Not in order)

We feature two songs from the new album by the awesome band, Beijing.  The album Night is rapidly turning into one of our favorites of a year jam-packed with great music. Today, we heard: “Violent” and “The Sun Will Set.”  This band (from Connecticut not China) packs a powerful and melodious punch.

The pre-shuffle also includes two songs from Arkansas/Tennessee band Canopy Climbers. “Garden” is a bonus track from their recent Noisetrade sampler, and Always” is the opening track on their brand new album Miles.

Let’s continue the twofers with a pair of songs from New York punk legends, The Ramones.  “We’re a Happy Family” is from their third studio album, Rocket to Russia (1977); and “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” sometimes subtitled “My Brain is Hanging Upside Down” was released first as a single in 1985 and then subsequently included on the band’s ninth studio album, Animal Boy (1986).

Next up, we have the late, great Bobby Bland with “Second Hand Heart”. Bland, who died on June 23 at the age of 83, left behind a legacy of great music. This song is on his 1986 album, After All.

“Mourning Train from Memphis” by Christopher Paul Stelling from Songs of Praise and Scorn (2012)  A favorite of mine. Beautiful, and as I’ve said over and over again, I am a sucker for a train song.

“Beach Day” by Beach Day – just discovered this great band from Hollywood, Florida.  Great mix of surf rock, girl group and punk.  From their brand new TripTrap Attack album.

And finally, we just grabbed a live recording of Radiohead from June 1995 which just released on Noisetrade (in conjunction with Paste magazine). Coincidentally, I actually saw Radiohead live a couple of months after the show recorded here (opening for R.E.M. in Nashville), and between the time this recording was made and the show I saw, my amazing daughters were born.  We have “The Bends” – the title track from what was then the latest Radiohead album (released March 1995).

We have an amazing shuffle after the jump…


“Ash’s Lament (Pokemon Theme)” by Valued Customer off of their cover album, Fun Covers which was released in 2012

  • As we begin to turn blue (from holding our breath) and eagerly await to find out what Valued Customer have in store for us next, we have added this awesome collection of cover songs to our Playlist to help us in our inpatient wait.
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    “Umbrella” by Canopy Climbers from Miles (2013)
  • Our third song of the day from Canopy Climbers is a good one. Umbrella is a nifty song that pulls in tightrope walker imagery into a song which seems to be about risk and trust and faith.

“Inner Sanctum” by The Gabriel Construct from Interior City (2013)

      • We close out our first music mix of July with another stunner from the challenging but chaotically beautiful album by The Gabriel Construct. Finally got the change to listen to this album straight through, and it is a remarkable journey. Certainly, it is an ambitious effort.  I’m all about bold ambitious efforts, and for me this one is a success because of the way the varied genres, cacophonous music and evocative lyrics are brought together to tell a very powerful story.

      PLAYLIST

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      Friday Morning Music Shuffle – I Just Might Lose It Mix

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      Let’s get to the music…
      Pre-Shuffle
      “Be Your Man” by Ivan and Alyosha
      “Can’t Stop” by Choirs
      “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” by Waylon Jennings (yes, covering The Beatles)
      “Last Goodbye” by Year of October 
      Year of October – Douglas Corner – Nashville 6/27/2013
      “The Skies Glowed” by Joshua Worden
      “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” by Ramones
      “Bastards of Young” by The Replacements
      “Here Lately” by Year of October
      “Always (acoustic)” by Canopy Climbers
      SHUFFLE BEGINS after the JUMP

      “She’s Invincible” by Ben Shive from The Cymbal Crashing Clouds (2011)
       
       Nashville-based Singer-Songwriter who will change everything you may think about a Nashville-based Singer-Songwriter

      “Mere Christianity” by Heath McNease (featuring Derek Webb and Playdough) from The Weight of Glory Second Edition (2013)

      I know some readers/listeners may (or will) be put off by the Christianity, The Hip-Hop or by C.S. Lewis being remixed, but I am making a strong suggestion that you suspend which ever of those elements are off-putting and give this a listen.

      “Hold My Life” by The Replacements from Tim (1985)

      “Razzle, dazzle, drazzle, drone, time for this one to come home”

      “I Wanna Be Sedated” by Ramones from Road to Ruin (1978)

      “I can’t control my fingers I can’t control my brain Oh no no no no no”

      PLAYLIST

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      Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Got No Mind to Lose Mix

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      Set list from Royal Court of China Reunion Show 6/21/2013
      So a longer than usual morning commute in three parts instead of the usual two, and tons of great music.  As usual, the Video Playlist at the end attempts to represent the songs in the mix – actual song when possible, alternate song or video if not possible.  Only one artist/song is not in the Playlist but more on that later.

      Pre-Pre-Shuffle:

      “The Turning Quiet” by Joshua Worden (Soulful Pop)

       “Two Weeks on the Ocean” by James the Giant  (not represented on playlist ’cause I couldn’t find any videos – debut self-titled EP and this song is the first “single” – Album due out next month – a song about his brother who was killed in Afghanistan. This one gave me goosebumps)

      “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharell (Yeah!)

      “Justice’nt Right” by Wheelchair Sports Camp (Yes! Very yes!)

       “Stuck” by Canopy Climbers (from their latest –  Miles)

      “Forget It” by Royal Court of China (they did this one in the show Saturday night. A favorite from the self-titled record)

      “The Ballad of Billy Polk” by The End Men (Hell yeah – The End Men back in the shuffle with a favorite from their latest, Play With Your Toys (ah who am I kidding their all favorites)

      “Alex Chilton” by The Replacements (if this was all The Replacements had done, it would be enough to immortalize them… “I never go far, without a little Big Star”)

      “The Walking Dead” by Bella’s Bartok (Um… Oh, yeah!)

      End of Pre-Pre-Shuffle

      Pre-Shuffle

       “Coming On a Black Day” by Stomacher (One of our favorites from the early days of this blog.  This song – hell this whole album and their subsequent release are brilliant.  This may still be my favorite Stomacher song)

      “You’ve Got Yr. Cherry BombMr. Kind and Picture Atlantic (collab. featuring our friend Brian Bergeron’s band Mr. Kind joining forces with San Jose band Picture Atlantic, to take on a Spoon song)

       “Psycho Therapy” by Ramones (First you try Psycho Therapy – from 1983s Subterranean Jungle)

       End of Pre-Shuffle

      SHUFFLE NEXT
       

       “On My Way” by Ivan and Alyosha from All the Times We Had (2013)

      They are from Seatlle, their name comes from characters from The Brothers Karanazov. Great songs.

      “Lost Connection” by Colt Cleveland from Colt Cleveland EP (2013)

      Some awesome new Pop. My friend Hayden Coleman does some beats on Colt Cleveland’s new songs – maybe this one???

      “Teenage Lobotomy” and “Rockaway Beach” by the Ramones from Rocket to Russia (1977)

      If Psycho Therapy doesn’t work… ah let’s just hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach….

      “Here Comes a Regular” by The Replacements from Tim (1985)


      “First the lights, and the collar goes up,and the wind begins to blow
      You turn our back on a pay-you-back last call
      First the plants, the leaves, the grass and here comes the snow
      There ain’t much to rake here anyway in the fall”

      PLAYLIST

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      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.

      PRE-SHUFFLE:

      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.

      SHUFFLE NEXT

      SHUFFLE SONG 1: 

      “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.

       SHUFFLE SONG 2: 

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

      Another cool track from this Connecticut Roots Rock band.

        SHUFFLE SONG 3: 

      “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.

         SHUFFLE SONG 4: 

      “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.

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

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