Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Granny Glasses and a Cardigan Mix

Many, many exciting things are happening around the Ear to the Ground studios*.  And, I’m not just saying that.

Next week, we are looking forward to bringing you a video premier from one of our Featured Artists (Cosmonauts). That is on Tuesday.

The Americana Music Conference and Festival is just weeks away, and Ear to the Ground will be your ear on the ground with highlights and who knows what else.  

June Featured Artist Jo Wymer is coming to Nashville for the Americana shindig, and she will be playing a show at the Red Rooster on Wednesday of that week.

Another featured Artist, The Raindoggs are going to hit Memphis in November.

A Band of the Week alumnus and great friends of the blog are plotting out a tour for early 2013, and we have fingers crossed for a Nashville stop.  We will have lots more on this when it becomes available.

Today is the 35 anniversary of the day Elvis died. 

I will be unveiling the Band of the Month poll soon – I promise.

In the meantime, we have a morning shuffle to get out – so let’s not delay any more….

First up, we have Party Generation from Dar Williams’ 1997 album End of the Summer.  I don’t have much hope that we are actually at the end of this summer, but we are experiencing some cooler than normal temps, so it’s not impossible to imagine the end of this season.  

For the second day in a row, we have an Athens, Georgia band doing a cover song.  This time, the cover stays much closer to home. The live record is called Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of R.E.M. Yesterday’s coverers, Five-Eight are on this collection, but the track we have today is by The Observatory – a band made up of members of the Elephant 6 collective.  Do some Googling to find out more about that group.  In any event, the song is one of two songs left off the cover tracklist on R.E.M.’s fourth album Lifes Rich Pageant.  Underneath the Bunker, the brief, odd song that closes the Dinner Side of the Record.

 And finally, we close out the day with a famous song which comes from Coldplay’s 2008 fourth album, VIva La Vida or Death and All his Friends. Viva La Vida is the song. Do I need to say more?


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Return to Sender Mix

Let go – Some music news (feeling like Kurt Loder):

Bon Voyage (or how ever you say that in Italian) to The End Men has they embark on their 2012 European tour. 

The Nearly Deads are on MTV part of MTVu Freshmen 5.  Go here to vote for them and push them over the top. 

Reminder that Sci-Fi Romance‘s album The Ghost of John Henry drops today.  See my recent review with all the details for how to grab your own copy.  And then go grab your own copy (digital or CD formats).

Now to the shuffle:

First up, we have Chevrolet from the 2006 Re-release (with extras) of Gather in Song by Damien Jurado.  I am a huge Damien Jurado fan, and I love this song. 

A video of a different Damien Jurado song cause I couldn’t find one for Chevrolet…
Next we go deeper into the fabulous Heart of Texas album by 2011 Band of the Year finalist Taco Land. Today, we have Find My Run which shows off this band’s sound which manages once again to confound expectations of what an album called Heart of Texas by a band called Taco Land would sound like while at the same time meeting or exceeding those expectations. 

The video is for Wonderful Rain off the fabulous Heart of Texas album. Couldn’t find Find My Run

By a technicality, the third song should not be included in today’s shuffle.  Due to some technical problems, the MP3 didn’t play, but I had to post anyway.
Coldplay honored Adam Yauch (MCA) with a piano-led cover of The Beastie Boys classic (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!).   Check out the chilling, slow cover and go grab the Boys classic Licensed to Ill album. 
And finally, we got one of the new tracks by Stomacher from their forthcoming album.  Moonlight Blues finds the band continuing to explore the darker reaches with their usual flair for the melodic. The new album, Clara, is set to drop in June.  Check out some of the tracks as well as the band’s back catalog – here.
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Thursday (Covers) Morning Music Shuffle – Cathedrals in my Heart Mix

Here we are the last official morning music shuffle of 2011.  It comes on a Thursday which means it is cover versions of songs.  Name the Coverer, the Coveree and the Covered Song  – if you want to cheat and/or check out some related music then click the link after the clues…

Cover #1

Coverer:  they take there name from two noted writers not two noted explorers (Who did the cover?)

 Coveree:  he once fell to earth and hung out with alien arthropods and sang with hope’s pal….(Who got covered?)

 The Covered Song: “Strange fascination, fascinating me” (Cover #1) (The Original #1)

Cover #2

Coverer:  snl musical guest, swede pop sensation  (Who did the cover?)

Coveree: were once called pectoralz and then starfish…(Who got covered?)

 The Covered Song: “I’d rather be a comma than a full stop”  (The Original #2)

Cover #3

 Coverer: they were singing about vandy girls in there famous song  (Who did the cover?)

Coveree: see #2 above (Who got covered?)

The Covered Song: “Be my mirror, my sword and shield”  (Cover #3) (The Original #3)

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