Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Potential Energy Mix

Okay pre-writing disclaimer… I’m just not feeling particularly verbose today.  So, expect some short, sharp comments… but who knows what will happen when I get started… What’s fun about the randomness of the shuffle process is that it often does far better than I ever could arranging a fine mixture of divergent tunes into a pattern which at once defies and expands the conscious minds ability to understand the complexity of music as a part of human interactions.  Did I say, I wasn’t feeling verbose? Oh well….

“Look Around” by Lael Summer from Burden to Bear

The shuffle has decided to include Lael Summer in the mix three days in a row, and I am very happy about that.  The last two days, my morning drive has begun with songs from this wonderful album. 

“Leyndarmal (King and Cross)” by Asgeir Trausti from Dýrð í dauðaþögn

Indie folk from Iceland.. Asgeir Trausti is very good, and this was my first listen.  I grabbed this one off the September Feel Bad for You mixtape.  There is an English version of this song, but the version I heard was the Icelandic original.  Even without knowing what the lyrics mean, the sound is devastatingly beautiful.

“Plain Jane” by Joe Nolan from Plain Jane

Joe Nolan is from Nashville. He writes for the Nashville Scene and for our local street newspaper The Contributor.  He followed me on Twitter, and when I saw the people I know who also follow him and/or are friends of his Facebook, I knew I was on to something.  I grabbed some music from his website.  Plain Jane is the title track from a 2001 album. Great music is timeless.  This is timeless music.  Dig.

“The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935” by Sci-Fi Romance from October

Long time Ear to the Ground favorite Sci-Fi is back with a surprise new album perfect for this time of year.  Heck man, this album combines two things I love – great music and classic horror movies.  A lesser man might have come up with this idea, but it takes someone like Vance Kotrla to actually pull it off so brilliantly.

“California Rag” by Sidestreet Reny from Tonal Tonics and Musical Elixers

Acoustic Blues and Urban roots – featuring a National Resonator… you know this had to come to me via my friend David Horton (aka Popa Tunes), and you know this has to be good – and it is soooo good.

“California” by The Western Shore from Thunderstorm

How about two California songs in a row – both by husband and wife duos – sonically very different, but both incredible? How about two shuffles in a row with rich Americana via Nashville’s The Western Shore? 

“Chemistry” (a capella) by Hayden Coleman from Chemistry (Maxi Single)

We previously featuring my friend Hayden Coleman’s new single “Chemistry”.  From the same maxi-single, today’s version  of that song strips away everything but the vocals and the results are so cool.  I think this song may have the best hook I’ve heard all year – and man I’ve heard some killer hooks this year.  Bonus points for the line about potential energy… in my novel, The Drift, one of the characters is a film student whose class project is a film called Potential Energy.  I tend to think the filmmaker would use this song in his film if he could.

“Anyway” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

From a hip-hop song with the beats and music stripped away to a densely layered Indie Pop/Folk song from the always amazing Chris Stamey.

“High Octane Generation (for Jimmy Roche)” by Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik from Punishing the Myth

From my  admittedly skewed perspective, it looks like poetry may be making a comeback – or maybe no comeback is needed – or maybe it is me making the comeback… whatever… we close out this rather diverse and interesting shuffle with the words of Grant Peeples.  In the video montage, we’ve included High Octane Generation by Jim Roche which I take it was the inspiration for the poem we feature today.  This was my first exposure to Jim Roche, and at risk of understatement, I am intrigued.


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Ain’t Nobody Mix

We are back on a rainy/overcast Monday morning here in Nashville with a short, but sweet mix of songs to get you through…

Click through the jump to the Shuffle

“Do You Know What it Mean to Miss New Orleans” by Victoria Williams from Sing Some Ol’ Songs

From our on-going presentation of Victoria William’s cool collection of great old songs, we offer up this oft-covered gem which was made famous by Billie Holliday and Louis Armstrong in the 1947 film, New Orleans. 

“Walk Like You” by James from La petite mort

From the latest album (released in June of this year) by  the Manchester band that formed in the early 1980s and had their greatest success in the 1990s. “Walk Like You” is a mature version of the band’s signature Brit-pop sound.

“Ma Blonde Est Partie” by Maria McKee from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

Our survey of this excellent Cajun Music tribute album continues with this track which combines the music of my ancestry with one of my all-time favorite singers – Maria McKee (Lone Justice and her amazing solo records).

“Bill Richardson’s Greenback Dollar” by The Jugbusters from Honky Tonk Hymnal

Bill Richardson of The Jugbusters (a high energy, old-time honky tonk band from the New River Valley area of Virginia) lost a battle with cancer last month.  This song was on the October edition of the Feel Bad for You mixtape.  RIP Bill Richardson.

“Blood Bubbles” by The Orwells from Other Voices EP

This Chicago-area band has been getting some well-deserved attention.  An incendiary appearance on Late Night with David Letterman gave them a huge boost of attention.  Here, they offer a nice jolt to my morning commute. 

“Skin” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

Another album we’ve been featuring for a while is the latest solo effort by dB member Chris Stamey.  It is an excellent Pop album filled with great songs.

“Ain’t Nobody (gonna save my soul)” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

And we close out the day with another track from one of our favorite albums of the year.  “Music of the North Mississippi Hill Country… from streets of Manhattan.”


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Don’t be Koi Mix

All I can say is that life is probable sometimes, and although we don’t always choose the things that happen (or maybe in some ways we do), what we do choose is whether or not to be fully present in those moments (to the best of our ability).

“Seven Sons” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

We finish off our presentation of Tomas Doncker’s Ethiopian inspired album with a track that truly grooves… see what I did there?

“This is Where You Can Reach Me Now” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

How did this end up on my phone?  How many times can I make the same joke that wasn’t altogether funny the first time?  I really don’t hate this music, I just don’t find it especially significant.  Then again how many bands that have been together with the same line-up for over thirty years are still making significant new music?  How many bands can you think of who have been together 30 plus years period?

“Freight Train” (live) by Humming House from Humming House Party!

When Humming House throw a party, it seems safe to assume that dancing will be involved.  Plus, I’m a total sucker for songs about trains.  Woo Woo!

“Super 8” by Jason Isbell from Southeastern

I was fortunate enough to see Jason Isbell and his incredible band in the parking lot of Grimey’s a few years ago – just before things really took off for him.  This year, he swept up a bunch of awards at the AMA’s, and they were well-deserved in my opinion.  Southeastern is a great album, and this song is an almost instant classic.

“Runnin’ Away” by Heather Powell from Believe It to Life

It’s been great having Heather Powell in the shuffle several times recently, and she is working on/about to release the follow-up to this album.  Awesome soulful pop vocals!

“Snake Drive” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

“Love is the Devil, but it won’t get me.”  And I guess that’s why they call it the blues….

“Tomorrow” (acoustic) by Madi Diaz from Stripped Chopped + Screwed/Phantom

An acoustic version of a song from the new album by the Indie/Pop singer.

“I Wrote This Song for You” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

A song about a song…  I really dig this whole album.

“Fish Joke” (2011 Live) by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepes (Demos)!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

“If it’s all right with you, I gonna start this one out with a fish joke.”  Darrin Bradbury is not a comedy writer.  Get that straight right now!


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Friday, Saturday, and XTC Mix

Well Americana Music Association week in kicking into high gear here in Nashville.  So many incredible musicians in town, official and unofficial showcases and shows and whatnot everywhere you go.  Music that represents the pretty diverse collection of genres and subgenres that fall loosely or tightly under the big Americana umbrella… “It’s a big enough umbrella, but it’s always me who ends up getting wet.”

Forever, swimming against the wind or pissing into the stream or whatever, Ear to the Ground presents a shuffle which includes some 1950s Portuguese Fado music, some 1970s Afro-jazz from Nigeria, a 90s lo-fi band from Olympia Washington, some awesome alternative, jazz, funk, electronic music from Philly, a 90s Rock band from Knoxville, along with some other great stuff which should or could fit in nicely at Americana Fest.  Shall we?

“Home Sweet Home” by Taco Land from Home Sweet Home

My now famous quote is “Taco Land is everything you’d expect from a band from South Texas called Taco Land and nothing you’d expect from a band from South Texas called Taco Land”  This is the title track from their latest album… and it is not a Motley Crue cover.

“The Mooooooon (Version)” by Microphones from The Glow Pt. 2 Disc Two: Other Songs and Destroyed Versions

Okay, so I’m not too proud to admit that some young teens from Connecticut turned me on to this band… after hearing a killer cover by The Foresters, I decided to see what I had missed out on…

“Saturday Song” by Mustard from Mustard II – The Unnamed, Unfinished Album

A lot of life happened in the 90s, and I missed a bunch of great music.  h/t to the Feel Bad for You monthly mixtape (which is about due for a new edition) for introducing me to this now defunct Knoxville band.  I’ll have to see what else I can dig up.

“Sunshine” by Left of Logic from In Formation

From the city of brotherly love, comes the awesome sounds of Left of Logic.  A note on their Facebook page indicates that the band played their last show at the end of August and that “Left of Logic” is complete.  They left a great legacy of music, and hopefully in some combination or form, we’ll hear more music from these guys. 

“Carmencita” by Amalia Rodrigues from 20 de Amalia

Amalia Rodrigues died in 1999. She was an actress and singer from Portugal and billed as the Queen of Fado.  This is some really awesome stuff.

“Ikom Allah” by Bala Miller and the great Music Pirameeds Of Africa from Ikom Allah

Did you know that Nigeria produces some funky grooves in the 1970s?  I didn’t, but now I do.  You have to hear this – video included, and you will have to move when you hear this!  By the way, the last two tracks came to my attention from the Peacefork blog put out by my friends Valued Customer. Trivia: I was first introduced to Valued Customer via their alternative hip-hop song, “Frank Ocean”.  Music is a weird and wonderful thing.

“You n Me n XTC” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

This has been my groove ever since I first heard it.  I mean, c’mon a former db singing about XTC – how can this not be all kinds of awesome?

“Friday Night Special” by Joe Sundell from The Hat Thief

Two days in a row… another great new/old folk song from Austin.

“Hitchens” by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason

We close things out with a cool song about the late writer Christopher Hitchens from a 2013 album by a band from Maine fronted by the late David Lamb. A really nifty way to bring us back to an Americana sound with subject matter maybe not what one might expect from Americana music.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Traveling Mix

A busy week for music in Nashville.  Tonight it’s a Tim Easton live recording at The Building in East Nashville with Megan Palmer plus Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll.  Tomorrow – way too many choices, but it’s the usual Wednesday night joint a Fran’s with Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll.  Thursday, a Happy Hour of great Roots Guitarist including Ear to the Ground favorite Mark Robinson, plus Ritchie Owens and the Farm Bureau, Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, and Nick Kane formerly of The Mavericks at The Five Spot.  After that another E2TG alum, Pony Boy plays as part of a 5 Spot favorites show and the fun continues…

Right now, we have a shuffle to put on…

“Ordinary World” by Heather Powell from Believe it to Life

A wonderful soulful pop song from Heather Powell via the True Groove Records label.

“Solar Sex Panel” by Little Village from Little Village

Eco-friendly loving via John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner

“Volcano” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

I actually like this better than the track from yesterday.  For the video, I picked some bizarre Russian??? girl doing this song or maybe it’s another song called Volcano.  I really don’t know.

“Travelling Again (Travelling I)” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

Maybe it’s because my life has not included nearly the amount of travel as I would like, I have always been drawn to songs, stories, and films about travelling.  With Dar Williams – you just can’t go wrong.

“Mr. Z” by Joe Sundell from The Hat Thief

A recommendation from Popa Tunes. An old fashioned sounding Blues/Folk song about a certain Mr. Z from Florida who got away with murder, but does anyone ever really get away with murder?

“Revelator” by The Boy From the Crown from The Boy From the Crowd

via IMP – some pretty interesting Alternative Blues Rock music from London.  This is the new single which will be released next week.  I’m digging it.

“Ma Mule” by David Johansen from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

How about a Cajun song about a mule from ex-New York Doll who introduced the world to Buster Poindexter.

“Don’t Bug Me When I’m Working” by Little Village from Little Village

How many times do I have to tell you?

“Shout to the Top” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council/Café Bleu (deluxe version)/Vision Quest Soundtrack

This song appeared beside Madonna, Foreigner and Journey on the soundtrack to the 1985 movie Vision Quest which is based upon an excellent novel by Terry Davis.

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We close out the day with the nearly six minute title track to Chris Stamey’s 2013 album.  A fine way to close out a Tuesday shuffle.


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Better Than That Mix

Good Monday Morning….  E2TG is back with our Morning Shuffle to excite and delight you!

“Raised by Wolves” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

Wait! How the heck did this get on my computer?  So, basically, it’s typical late career U2. If you like late career U2, you will like this.  If you don’t like late career U2, you probably won’t like this. The video is a cover of the song done on a ukulele.

“Gimme Some Motivation” by Delta Spirit from Lost and Found/I Think I’ve Found It

Every once in a while, my music player has this odd delay where the song will change before the picture changes.  So, this song came on and when I looked at my phone, I saw the album cover for U2, and I thought, “Wow! If this was on the new U2 album, I would be excited.”  It’s not. It’s Delta Spirit. I’m still excited.

“As Time Goes By” by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Ol’ Songs

The fundamental things apply…  Play it, Sam!

“You Don’t Want Want Change, Change is for the Deranged” by The Yugos from The Yugos

Great song title by a cool young band from Kentucky which I learned about in a Facebook post by Dan Stuart (Green on Red, Danny and Dusty).

“Never Give In” by Will Hoge from Never Give In

Will Hoge is an award winning, Grammy nominated  Nashville musician/singer/songwriter.

“Wintertime” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

Damn – there was a chill in the air this morning, but I’m not ready for Winter yet… Then again, I’m not sure this song is just about the literal season, and I really, really dig this song.

“Morning Light” by The Dirty Guv’nahs from Hearts on Fire

Another grooving song from the latest album by Knoxville’s The Dirty Guv’nahs. 

“It Was My Season” by Okkervil River from The Silver Gymnasium

Will Sheff and company with the opening song from their 7th and most recent album.

“Better Than That” by Sam Davison from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 4/Always Around

Our final track from the 4th edition of the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen sampler, and an awesome way to close out our Monday Shuffle.  I’m a big fan of Sam Davison.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Blue Rainbow Mix

ICYMI (Labor Day Weekend Edition):  

We created an E2TG Facebook Page – so like it please maybe?

We posted a couple of album reviews over the weekend.

1.  Darrin Bradbury – Motel Oatmeal –  on E2TG and cross-posted to No Depression (go visit both sites if you have time)

2. The Grey A – My Country – on E2TG and cross-posted (and currently featured!) to No Depression.

Shuffle to follow:

“When the Deal Goes Down” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

I had the good fortune to see David Olney at The Five Spot joined for the night by Ear to the Ground favorite Mark Robinson.  Mark also co-produced this Olney’s latest album, and it’s a good one.

“Valse de Balfa” by Linda Thompson from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

From the Cajun Music tribute album, the always incredible Linda Thompson.  The video is another version of this long.  Linda you may remember made a few of the best albums of all-time with her then husband Richard Thompson. 

“Pastorale” by Clocks and Clouds from The Creation of Matter

A gorgeous addition to my morning drive from the classically inspired Clocks and Clouds.

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Speaking of Richard Thompson – he is also on that Cajun Music tribute album I’ve been listening to of late.  The video here is of a version of the song by Jo-el Sonnier who previously covered Thompson’s Tear-Stained Letter.

“Over the Rainbow” by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Ol’ Songs

Victoria Williams recorded an album of classic songs.  This is her stunning version of the song Judy Garland sang in The Wizard of Oz.  I couldn’t find a video of her version of this song, so I’ve included a performance of her song “Crazy Mary” where she is joined by the late Lou Reed.

“Carolina Peach” by The California Honeydrops from Like You Mean It

Once again, Popa Tune’s turns me on to a band, and once again I have a new band I like. 

“Why so Blue?” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

Another great track from the new album.  In the video playlist, we’ve included the latest edition of Olney’s video newsletter so I don’t have to try to write about all of his goings on -which are many and all awesome.

“When in Roam” by Delta Spirit from Lost and Found

I saw the Delta Spirit at Live on the Green a couple of years ago.  They were incredible live.  This one is from a 2006 EP.

“Astronomy” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

Another great track from Chris Stamey’s 2013 album.  Last time I posted some songs from this album, I failed to mention that a couple of years ago (the same night that I saw Delta Spirit at LOTG in fact, I saw Chris Stamey along with Jody Stephens and an all-star band performing songs of Big Star as part of the Americana Fest.

“My Own Advice” by Deena from Rock River 

And, we close out our shuffle with this song from Deena.  As the recent reception to my album reviews has been so overwhelming, I am reminded of some long overdue reviews I have to get to soon.  Including this album from the former member of The Cucumbers.


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