Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Devil’s Toolbox Mix

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 Good morning from cold and wet Nashville where we currently have flurries flying around (or as we call it, a blizzard).  Hope everyone had a lovely December 25th.  

Band of the Year voting took off over the long weekend. We currently stand at over 1,400 votes counted and The Disappointment holds about a 150 vote lead over second place Skeletons in the Piano.  Still time to vote (voting officially ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday December 30.  Any votes received after the cutoff will not be counted.   Vote here!

Today’s shuffle after the jump: Widgets 

In 1991, Hoodoo Gurus got Kinky on their 5th studio album.  From that record, we have Castles in the Air.

Memphis (later Nashville) based Human Radio from their under-appreciated self-titled Album with a song called N.Y.C. *Not on available on Amazon Widget/Video is for Me and Elvis (off the same album)

Los Angeles Punk legends X from what is arguably their best record – 1983’s More Fun in the New World talk about True Love (Pt. 2) – *Amazon Widget is for Live version of True Love.

Clem Snide, the Boston then Nashville based Indie Rock band lead by Eef Barzelay, released an A Beautiful EP in 2003 which included the band’s cover of the Christina Aguilera hit Beautiful, plus a cover the Velvet Underground classic I’ll Be Your Mirror.  Also included was the album version of All Green which was first released on the band’s Soft Spot Record.


Friday Morning Music Shuffle – PB&J Mix

It’s Friday – smile!
Um or um – not sure what to say.  I’ve found some words, and will be writing about the In-Store performance I saw yesterday…so stay tuned.
Today we have a quirkily awesome mix of music so let’s get to it…
First up we have transplanted Nashvillian Eef Barzelay’s band Clem Snide post-reunion effort The Ghost of Fashion (2010) and a track called Joan Jett of Arc which name drops Hall and Oates, John Mellencamp’s Pink Houses  and others to great effect and humor. 
Next we have a track from the solo debut album, Resolutions by Dave Hause who has been a member of several Philadelphia-based bands over the years. We have the excellent lead track of the album, Time Will Tell is a raw and starkly, beautiful song.
 Next up we have a cover, and it’s a good one.  Mitch Easter the producer was responsible for tons of my favorite music way back in my youth – R.E.M., his own band Let’s Active, yesterday’s Connells album we featured, Marshall Crenshaw, Pylon, Suzanne Vega, Game Theory … deep breath. Here we have Mitch Easter the performer from the fairly recent Velvet Underground tribute CD American Velvet.  His cover of The Black Angel’s Death Song  which was on the Velvet’s first album The Velvet Underground and Nico.  Easter’s gentle Carolina twang adds a note of Southern Gothic charm to the dark and dissonant song. 
Lou Reed John Cale and Nico Reuniting in 1972

(Couldn’t find a video of Mitch Easter’s version – so here’s Beck’s cover)

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Eef Barzelay

Eef Barzelay
Eef Barzelay

The Velvet Underground and Nico The Velvet Underground and Nico
The Velvet Underground and Nico has influenced the sound of more bands than any other album. And remarkably, it still sounds as fresh and challenging today as it did upon its release in 1967. In this book, Joe Harvard covers everything from Lou Reed’s lyrical genius to John Cale’s groundbreaking instrumentation, and from the creative input of Andy Warhol to the fine details of the recording process. With input from co-producer Norman Dolph and Velvets fan Jonathan Richman, Harvard documents the creation of a record which – in the eyes of many – has never been matched. EXCERPTIn 1966, some studios, like Abbey Road, had technicians in white lab coats, and even the less formal studios usually had actual engineering graduates behind the consoles. Studios were still more about science than art. Clients who dared make technical suggestions were treated with bemusement, derision, or hostility. The Velvets were a young band under constant critical attack, and the pressure to conform in order to gain acceptance must have been tremendous. Most bands of that era compromised with their record companies, through wholesale revamping of their image from wardrobe to musical style, changing or omitting lyrics, creating drastically edited versions for radio airplay, or eliminating songs entirely from their sets and records. With Andy Warhol in the band’s corner, such threats were minimized.

Catch me up!

Been away…  took a bit of a vacation from the ‘net.  Work, work, and some play.  Had a good visit with an old friend, took to the woods with my camera, and spent some time behind bars….  all in all, a nice trip, but it is so good to be home…

We shall return to our normally scheduled blogging, but in case you’ve forgotten all about me while I’ve been away, I offer up a gentle reminder:

A brand new track from one of our early Bands of the Week: Stomacher from their forthcoming album, Clara.

Crime and the City Solution (Wim Wenders, Wings of Desire)

Clem Snide – Nick Drake Tape

The Unforgiven – Hang ’em High