Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle – Cardboard Fruit Mix

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ICYMI – E2TG posted a preview of new release of rare field recordings by Alan Lomax which will be released this coming Friday (April 8).  Read about it HERE.

Man oh man!  There is so much good music that has been or will be released over the next couple of months.  I am digging through album streams and downloads and my disorganized inbox and mind and furiously trying to get some reviews done.  Expect some soon.  And in the meantime, look for tracks from some of these new releases in shuffles – perhaps beginning today…

I think this shuffle fulfills our Wild Wednesday mission.  Basically, the “Wild Wednesday” playlist consists of songs that I decided to add to the “Wild Wednesday” playlist for reasons not even I understand.  Wild!

“Hole Digging Party/Take On Me” by Discount Ravioli

Throwing it back (I know wrong day) to the very first Discount Ravioli album. Improvisational songwriting at it’s best with an impromptu cover of  a 1984 hit single by a Norwegian band that we will not name to avoid possible legal action. Aha!  (Note: Another vintage video featuring the Nork brothers was substituted into the shuffle since Discount Ravioli have heretofore eschewed videos.  This video shows that the Nork boys have been into music for a very long time.

“Psycho, Pt. 1” by Bill Frisell

The theme from the Alfred Hitchcock classic – performed by the innovative jazz guitarist Bill Frisell from his latest album When You Wish Upon a Star.

“Easy Rider” by Big Brother and the Holding Company

A song from the self-titled debut album by the San Francisco band that was fronted by Janis Joplin during the early years of their existence.

“Emo Girl” by Circus Propaganda

Another track from Botany – an album on the Dord Music Group label by the now defunct band Circus Propaganda – which featured many Dord and former Dord artist who we continue to feature regularly. The song is about an Emo Girl.

“Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard

A definitive song of the early rock and roll era.  Originally the song featured extremely ribald lyrics, but to make the song palatable the lyrics were re-written by Dorothy LaBostrie, and as they say, the rest was history.

“What Goes On” by The Dils

The Dils were a California punk band featuring Tony and Chip Kinman who would go onto form Rank and File in Austin, Texas with Alejandro Escovedo.  This is a live version of the Velvet Underground classic – which was released on an album called Dils, Dils, Dils in the early 90s.

“Go Down Hannah” by Heritage Blues Orchestra

One of the highlights of the Heritage Blues Orchestra show I saw at The Franklin Theater last year, was their version of this song written by Lead Belly.  Coincidently, John and Alan Lomax recording of Lead Belly doing this song was released by the Library of Congress in 1995.

“The RIP Dimebag Song” by Smokey the Firebear

Another Smokey the Firebear song – this time from the Teshio Democracy EP.  A song about a rip in a dimebag… I think.

“Poet” by Sly and the Family Stone

From There’s a Riot Goin’ On… the 1971 album by Sly and the Family Stone.  Man, I love this music.

“Georgia Grind” by Thomas Morris and His Seven Hot Babies

How about a jazz recording from the 1920s?  How about it! 

“Gone” by Strange Majik

One of those new releases I alluded to back in the opening paragraphs of this post (remember?)… Strange Majik is releasing his new album on April 22. It is called Raised on Rock ‘n’ Roll, and in some ways it is a return to the blues rock sound of his previous band The Dead Exs but the music still retains the groovier style of his 2015 album Lights On.  Expect a full review soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this first listen… such a deep groove… man oh man!

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Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle – It’s Only Natural Mix

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Remembering George Martin on his passing at age 90.  I don’t think music over the past half century would be what it has been without the Beatles, and I don’t think the Beatles would have been what they were without George Martin. Rest in Peace.

ICYMI, E2TG premiered a new video by Jon Latham.  You can check it out here.

Been checking out some music to be released in the next couple of months.  Really excited about Eli Rhodes (Benchmarks) new album and the new one from Knoxville-based Adeem the Artist (formerly known as Kyle Adem – who I saw at a New Faces night at The Basement some time ago). 

Several names you read about on E2TG will be releasing new music in the coming months. Some of them have preorders going on. Keep your ears to the ground.

Also, there is some cool live music tonight in Nashville – on the west side, Tim Carroll, Joe Nolan, Andrew Adkins, Jon Byrd, and Tommy Womack will the sharing a stage at The Country beginning at 7:30.  Across the river, Lindsay Ellyn, Sara Syms, and Carrie Welling will be playing the late show at The 5 Spot which is set to begin around 9:00.

Keep checking E2TG for an exciting announcement coming soon.

Now, it is Wild Wednesday!  Today’s shuffle fulfills by loosely defined expectations for this theme nicely.

“The Attic” by Circus Propaganda

Circus Propaganda was like a candle in the wind (cue Elton John). They burned brightly for a short time and left behind a really excellent album and a Jason DeRulo cover as they dissipated into several different musical projects  – many of whom you do or will read about here at E2TG  (a few of them in this shuffle).  The album was called Botany. 

“Ol’ Black Buck” by Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson

From the Music Maker Relief Foundation.  I have said it before, and I say it again, I think Music Maker Relief Foundation has a fantastic mission of not only preserving music but of helping out the legacy artists who helped to make some of the roots music that informs today’s Americana bands and more.  The help they provide includes (but not limited to) improving living situations, assistance with medical bills, and help getting some music to be recorded.  Captain Luke passed away last year, but before he did, MMRF helped put Captain Luke together with guitarist Cool John Ferguson.

“It’s Doesn’t Mean Anything” by Bashful Hips

Last week, I finally got to see Bashful Hips live to celebrate the release of his new album After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive.  This is a track from that album.  This is truly original music that comes from the heart. 

“Plastic Machine Head” by Zaibatsu

Another track from Italian pregressive rock band, Zaibatsu and their album Zero.

“Come Dancing” by The Kinks

Wild – up to this point in the shuffle, we have had three tracks that could fall under the term experimental and one song that was authentic blues music.  This is an early 80s hit song by the British Invasion band The Kinks.  The Kinks have a complicated history, but they made some truly memorable music.  I caught onto this song in the heady days of my youth thanks to MTV relentless playing the music video.   

“No Depression” by Uncle Tupelo

And in true Wild Wednesday style, we move on to the song that helped to define a musical movement and which gave its name to an iconic and enduring music publication/website.  Uncle Tupelo were not the first “Alt-Country” band, but they were definitely one of the best.

“Tentland,USA” by Discount Ravioli

Is it just me or has the shuffle been bringing up quite a bit of Discount Ravioli recently?  Well, they sure are prolific.  This goes back to their debut release (all the way back to 2015).  This time, I scoured You Tube and found a film by Evan Nork featuring a song by The Flaming Lips.

“Knysna” by Bosveld

Veldbrand is a really great album that received some well deserved attention from the CBC at the time of its release.  The band, which features long time E2TG favorite Veledrones, is known to tour around Canada on bikes.  This is a really lovely song.

“Paraphrasing” by Smokey the Firebear

The shuffle was kind enough to wrap up today’s shuffle with three tracks in a row from Smokey the Firebear.  Cade Williams (aka Smokey the Firebear) was part of Circus Propaganda (who kicked off the shuffle) along with Quinn Harley is a regular contributor to Smokey the Firebear.  This is a brief sound collage from B.N.G.F.K.R.

“Jilm Spill” by Smokey the Firebear

This was a single release that I don’t think is still available.  I dig it, though.

“Tinderhead” by Smokey the Firebear

I like “Tinderhead” a lot.  It is from the Mira Leo Sun EP which was released last June.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Now You See the Light Mix

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Sending Birthday wishes to 2014 Ear to the Ground Artist of the Year, Darrin Bradbury who just wrapped up his first ever West Coast tour. 

The 2015 “Earie” Awards roll onward. 

TODAY’S AWARD:  The “Middle-Aged America” Award The Premise: No premise – just an inside joke.

The Award goes to:  Drew Kohl and Taylor Alexander
Young America was a band from Georgia that had a long run. They released an EP early in 2015 shortly before deciding that with two members in Georgia and two in Nashville, it was no longer viable to continue as a group.  The award goes to the two members of Young America who are now living in Nashville.  Time flies when you are having fun, thus my joke about Middle-Aged America…

Drew Kohl:  Drew is a super talented singer, songwriter, and player.  He released Sweetheart, an EP filled with songs that explore different aspects of the theme of Love, earlier in the year, and he has been touring and playing throughout the year, sharpening his sound.  His trademark is his high-lonesome bluegrass inspired songs which often feature mind blowing sustained vocal notes.

Taylor Alexander:  Taylor has been recording his solo album which is due in 2016.  He is a regular performer on Lower Broadway, and he often backs up other musicians.  He and fellow “Earie” award winner, Lindsay Ellyn frequently perform as a duo (which I have dubbed: #Tindsay – which Taylor hates so let’s make that hashtag trend!).  He has an impressive repertoire of classic country tunes and his own compositions have a classic country feel to them.

Congrats, Taylor and Drew!  The “Earies” march on for the rest of December culminating in the naming of the 2015 #E2TG Artist of the Year.

By the way, before we jump into the shuffle, I had the great opportunity to head out to the Stone Fox in West Nashville last night to see Chris Scruggs and the Stone Fox 5 play some amazing classic country music.  They will be there every Sunday throughout December and most of January.  Highly recommended.

Shuffle:

“Willie McBroom” by Tom House

A good old-fashioned Appalachian murder ballad from the album Winding Down the Road which was produced by Brock Zeman.  Tom House will be performing his latest album, Songs Like Dreams…More Like Blood, tonight at The Basement (the original one).

“Someday” by All The King’s Men

All the King’s Men are an Indie Rock band from Manchester, UK.  They combine a classic rock sound with the classic Manchester attitude.  This song is from the band’s new EP, Making My Escape.  I dig it!

“Get Up, Stand Up” by Peter Tosh

From his 1977 second album, Equal Rights, we have Peter Tosh’s version of a song he wrote with Bob Marley. The song was first recorded in 1973 by the Wailers. 

“That’s All” by The Train Set

We have another song from Never California, the recently released compilation album for this UK band.

“Mary Ann and One Eyed Dan” by Shovels and Rope

Shovels and Rope recently made their 2014 album, Swimmin’ Time awailable on Noisetrade.

“It’s Alright” by ’77

’77 are a band from Barcelona who play aggressive, high energy rock music reminiscent of the year from which their name derives.  Their latest album, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us was released back in October.

“Nettles” by Circus Propaganda

From the one and only Circus Propaganda album, Botany. 

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From Lay Where You Collapse EP by the Christchurch band, The Transcendents.  The band have already released a new EP called Common Ground.  This song is named for an American Pop-Art artist.  It is a great example of the band’s signature blend of experimentation with pop music sensibilities.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – The Holiday’s Complete Mix

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I got to see and hear some of my favorite East Nashville songwriters last night and I was home before 9:00.  Brian Wright opened up Joe Fletcher’s final residency at The 5 Spot, and he had Aaron Lee Tasjan play with some, and then Darrin Bradbury and Brian did Darrin’s song, “Blue Highway” which is one of my favorites.  And, Joe Fletcher played his amazing songs and had Brian Wright and Aaron Lee and Margo Price join him, and at the end they all did “I’m Waiting for My Man” – the Velvet Underground song, and it was a pretty awesome moment… plus I got to see and hang out with some of my favorite people.

I’m staying in tonight and gearing up for a very busy end of August into a crazy busy September. 

Today in the shuffle, we have some really cool songs from a variety of genres – including a couple that I didn’t even know existed….

“Trouble in Your Blood” by Robyn Hitchcock

A friend of mine recently posted something on social media about serving Robyn Hitchcock in the coffee shop where she works. This song comes from his album, The Man Upstairs which was released about a year ago.  The recording I listened to was another of those way too awesome World Café Sesssions that I have had sprinkled through out my shuffle ever since they offered 100 songs for free download.  I saw Robyn Hitchcock  about 23 years ago at an Earth Day concert in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  Robyn Hitchcock was a member of the 1970s English band The Soft Boys.  As I was listening to this, it occurred to me to write all about how Hitchcock was in Soft Cell who had a decent sized hit with Tainted Love in the 1980s and to go on and on about how different his solo music was then that.  And then see, if anyone corrected me and how they went about it.  But I didn’t.

“Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” by Squeeze

I am so happy to see that Squeeze is getting some renewed attention.  They were and are masters of the art of pop songwriting.  I see that they have some new music coming out.  Should be interesting to hear.  Originally from the album Argybargy – the band’s 1980 album.  If you are just getting into Squeeze, the compilation Singles 45s and Under is a great place to start.

“Something in the Water” by Pokey Lafarge

The title and lead song from the latest album by Pokey LaFarge.  There is a throwback quality to his songs, but they ring so true… this ain’t nostalgic music. The song and the video feature an El Camino – which I have had a long standing obsession with since my friend Rex Silo mentioned how many motion pictures feature the car/truck.  Start looking for it… you find it hard to stop.

“The Treehouse” by James Roquemore

I’ve been digging on Roquemore’s EP The First ever since I got it after seeing him play at The Basement as part of Patrick Kinsley’s album release show.  “The Treehouse” is a lovely, nostalgic look back at childhood.

“Manic at Midnight” by Circus Propaganda

I guess Circus Propaganda were kind of a Dord Music Group supergroup of sorts.  They are inactive now – with all the members doing other things, but they left behind some really cool music.  This song, from the album Botany, is one of my favorites.

 

“Organ Flames” by Batkhi Dahn

As I mentioned, yesterday was Hayden Nork’s 14th birthday. This is a song from his main side project and the album Plays 15.  Yes, two Dord songs in a row – what can I say, my shuffle function loves this music.  Good taste, shuffle function.

“Hope You’re Hurting” by Cars Can Be Blue

This band is based in Atlanta.  I really like their quirky sound and energy. The album is called, Doubly Unbeatable, which was released back in 2008.


“More…” by Wilco

Another from Star Wars – the surprise free download Wilco offered up a little while back. If you want an official physical coffee of the album – the band recentlyu relased the album on CD within the last week of so.


“Last Song” by Susan James

The last song on Sea Glass.  And it could have been the final song of this shuffle but I listened to one more.


“Yellow Eyes” by Rayland Baxter  

Rayland is the son of Bucky Baxter, and he got his start on Caitlin Rose’s song, “Shanghai Cigarettes” – which I love.  I dig this song which is on his brand new album Imaginary Man.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Man Can Be Mix



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It was great to see three great local artist with their awesome bands last night at The Basement (Classic not New).  Andrew Leahey, Mac Leaphart, and Sara Syms. Fun night!

Jumping right into the shuffle…

Disclaimer:  No rabid weasels were harmed in the compiling of this shuffle…

“STSisGOLD” by Sugar Tongue Slim

Another track from the World Café Sessions mega-download. I don’t know much about Sugar Tongue Slim, but I dig this, and I am impressed by the diversity of music that World Café puts out into the world…. almost as diverse at #E2TG…

“Carousel” by Circus Propaganda

Speaking of diversity… Carousel was the very first song by Circus Propaganda.  As I understand it, Circus Propaganda are no longer active as a group, but I believe all of the members are making music in various other combinations – most of which we have or will feature on Ear to the Ground. From Botany.

“Kissing in the Dark” by Eight O’Five Jive

Nashville’s favorite swingers… wait… let me rephrase.  Nashville’s favorite Swing/Jump Blues/etc. band – Eight O’Five Jive are up next with a public service announcement in the form of a cover of a Memphis Minnie classic. From Too Many Men.

“Lonely Town, Lonely Street” by Bill Withers

Sometimes… sometimes… you just got to hear some Bill Withers…  The lead track from Withers’ second album, Still Bill – which was the album that included “Lean on Me”. 

“Play a Train Song” by Todd Snider

From the classic album, East Nashville Skyline (which was co-produced by Will Kimbrough by the way) comes this song, which I got to hear Todd Snider sing last week at The 5 Spot.  I tend to thing Todd Snider is a very big part of why East Nashville music is what it is…

“Anna” by Will Butler

This is the second track and one of two singles from Policy the solo debut album by Will Butler who is in some band called Arcade Fire. 

“Her Love” by Black Vincent

Another awesome song from the Black Vincent album, Teardrop Deluxe which was recorded here in Nashville with the production team behind Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris  and Deer Tick (Justin Collins and Adam Landry).

“Tell Her You Belong To Me” by Beth Hart

From Better Than Home – the latest album by L.A. Based songwriter and powerhouse vocalist Beth Hart.

“Spirit” by The Waterboys

Taking us out we have The Waterboys from their album This is the Sea. “What Spirit is man can be…”

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Fourteen Mix

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Well it’s Friday!  And it seems as if there is much to be celebrated this week (at least that is how I see it).  We have covered quite a bit of ground, musically this week, and this week-ending shuffle just pushes us that much further along.  Please remember, that my shuffle are truly random.  I just decide what is in the playlist, the random shuffle feature picks each days songs.  It tends to do a good job of it – even if I sometimes which certain songs/albums would come up sooner…

“Got to Be Mean” by Broken Guru

The second appearance of Broken Guru this week.  From the album, Bent Up Halo.

“No Wrong No Right” by Jesse Harris with Star Rover

New York singer-songwriter teams up with New York duo.  This came from a Noisetrade sampler from SXSW which has been in the playlist for some time. The title track from Jesse Harris’ album released earlier this year.

“Charles William” by All Them Witches

One of those Nashville bands that is helping to redefine (or undefine) what Nashville music is or isn’t. Got this on another Noisetrade sampler – this one from the recent Bonnaro festival.  The song is included on the band’s album, Lightning At the Door.

“Two Minutes of My Fourteen Years of Agony” by Atticus Floyd

Atticus Floyd is connected to the fertile musical movement centered around The Foresters and Bethany, Connecticut.  I will not say that this is an easy two minutes or that is particularly “accessible”… but, I guess I can say that is a pretty visceral reminder of what it felt like to be fourteen.  From Russell Stover Stole My Babbie – which came out in March.  There is already a newer release from Atticus Floyd.

“Fresh California” by Circus Propaganda

Coincidently, this track begins with a dedication to Atticus.  Indeed Atticus Floyd is/was a member of this combo.  Their album is called Botany.  From the band’s Facebook page – they are no longer playing live, but all of the members have other project(s) – some of which we have already featured here (like Atticus Floyd, The Foresters, Batkhi Dahn, and 100% Beefcake) and some we will just have to check out.  Anyway, this song and the Atticus Floyd track definitely added two or more missing elements from our diversity of music this week.

“Forked River Roadside Shrine” by Ben Arthur

From his forthcoming album of “answer” songs, Call and Response.  This is one of two songs Ben Arthur has written based upon a short story by Joyce Carol Oates.

“Strictly Business” by EPMD

The title track from the hip-hop groups’ 1988 debut album.  The track features a sample of the Eric Clapton version of the Bob Marley song, “I Shot the Sheriff”. This was influential music back in the day. 

“I Remember” by Bully

Another of those new Nashville band’s moving things forward, and getting a lot of well deserved attention for it.  Bully just this week released their debut album, Feels Like, and today we have our first official shuffle listen to a track from that album. Good stuff.

“Fallout Fields” by Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival are a Colorado based  Folk/Americana/Experimental band.  “Fallout Fields” is a track from the band’s live CD/DVD called Sands of Now which will be released in just under a month.  This came to me via e-mail (which has been busting at the seams the past few weeks – so I beg patience and persistence as I try to give everything I can a fair listen) and it is some great sounding upbeat folk music. Dig it.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Ain’t It Just Like Rain Mix

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Got to meet Alex Giorgetti of the long time #E2TG favorite The Gypsy West.  He was in town with his girlfriend Laura.  I always like meeting the people I write about in real life.  Word has it there could be some new music from The Gypsy West later this year.  Cannot wait!

Saturday, I got to hang out and hear some music from Patrick Kinsley who is getting set to release the first single from his forthcoming album.  I am super stoked for the new album and the first single “Back in Illinois” name drops Ear to the Ground – which I am going to just assume is intentional tribute… Don’t try to correct me on this!

Last night was another fine Eastside Invasion at Bobby’s Idle Hour.  All of the performances were fantastic.  Taylor Alexander, James Tomberlin, Vanessa Darian and Steven Cooper (Van Darien), Joe Nolan, and Luella and Some Fella (Tim Carroll) filling in for Darrin Bradbury. and more…

Now, it is Monday – a grey, drizzly morning – not feeling 100% – pushing through because it is what I do…  Music motivates in it’s own way… shuffle up!

“Gimme My Rock n’ Roll” by The Satisfactors

New, classic-sounding straight ahead Rock music from the New Jersey supergroup.  The song name drops, The Ramones, Richard Hell and more…

“N2DEEP” by B A S E C A M P

Electronic/Dubsteppy  R ‘n’ B cover of the Genesis song “In Too Deep”… from the Noisetrade Bonnaroo mixtape.

“The Semplica Girl Diaries” by Ben Arthur

From the  forthcoming album Call and Reponse – this song is a response to a short story by George Saunders and includes some input from the author.  You can read about this and more about the concept of art “answering” other art in this article by Ben Arthur.

“Big Fish” by Giant Sand

A fantastic song from Howe Gelb’s band taken from the benefit album, Sweet Relief – a 1993 album that included many artists covering the songs of Victoria Williams – who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“Mothers” by Circus Propaganda

Another great song from the Bethany, CT band. Just in time (a week and a day late) for Mother’s Day… or not…

“Different Darkness” by Carl Anderson

Still working on that Best of 2015 (so far) list, but Risk of Loss from which this one is taken, is still likely to be high up there. Carl Anderson is on the road and if he comes within driving distance of where you are, go see him.

“Run” by Storm Chronicles

Some lovely progressive music from the album Looking Backward.  I have been enjoying the gorgeous soundscapes present on this album.

“The Bear Came Over the Mountain” by Ben Arthur

Another from Call and Response.  This one is an “Answer song” to the Alice Munro Short Story.  By the way, I think I picked the same video for both Ben Arthur songs… but the second version was posted by SXSW and contains some additional background into Call and Response. 

“The Ghost in You” (Psychedelic Furs cover) by Robyn Hitchcock

Yeah… I was pretty much sold just by the idea of Robyn Hitchcock covering the Furs… fortunately, the execution lives up to my expectations… a great song well covered.

“The Body Electric” by Hurray for the Riff Raff

From the second time in as many weeks, we have the New Orleans based Hurray for the Riff Raff.  This time we have a song from their latest album Small Town Heroes.

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