Featured Friday Music Shuffle – Not to be an Imposition Mix

Greeting and salutations… it’s Friday and that means it’s time for our Featured Friday segment where we create a playlist with one song by each of our Featured Artists for the Month and hit the shuffle button.  Today due to song length, we have two songs in the shuffle, but rest assured each of our Featured Artist will have their moment on Featured Friday.

 First up with have Cosmonauts who are from Glen Falls, New York.  So far the band’s catalog tells the story of Emily Malone and Daniel Raincourt. Who met in their childhoods at an orphanage.   You can go here to get The Disfigurement of Emily Malone which was released in the March of 2011.  And here to get The Demise of Daniel Raincourt which was released on my birthday in January of this year. 

The song we offer up today is from The Demise of Daniel Raincourt.  The Heritage Day Parade is the second to the last song on the record. 





Next up, we have Cupla, a hard-rocking band from Vancouver, British Columbia. Cupla recently released a single and video (the video is featured on the Featured Artist Page) called My Stand which addresses the important issue of Bullying.  50% of the proceeds from the single go toward efforts to combat bullying.



Today, we have I’m Going which is the lead track off the band’s 2011 album, Letters Home.

Here’s Cupla doing an acoustic version of I’m going from CXCW 2012.
 



 

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Neck & Neck: Band of the Month Voting Draws to a Close + 2 featured Videos

Man o’ man – Not since the epic MAKAR vs. The End Men Battle Royale this past winter has there been such a tight race for Band of the Month.  The lead has changed hands several times, and for at least a bit, the vote was tight.  It’s going to come to down to the wire.  Voting ends at 10:00p.m. Central Time. 
I don’t think I will be on right at ten, so you can see the results, but looking at the poll on the sidebar.  I will have a recap either tonight or tomorrow.  Best to all the bands.
Remember, if you haven’t voted yet, or you have voted but are logged on to a different computer, you can vote.  The poll is located over on the left sidebar near the top.  
Here’s a link to the recap of the bands who are up for the Grand Prize distinction.
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As the voting winds down, we have already begun putting the spotlight on 10 great artists (Our Featured Artists of the Month for June 2012).  We’ve featured a couple of videos the past two days, and now here is two more.
 Here is Skeleton’s in the Piano from Couch by Couch West
Here is a fairly recent live performance from Elephant Goes West
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Reverse Course & Full Stop Mix

The edge of town to the middle of the road… Night fell and somewhere a band was playing, “There Goes My Baby”, and the singer wasn’t very good, but he was perfect for the moment.  You and I stared out into the distance and dreamed about a better day which secretly we never believed would come our way.  But, there is a time for everything and season change and the world moves on.  On a night, no unlike the other, I found myself down at the edge of town in the middle of the road, and somewhere a band was playing…

In the U.S., it’s tax day – pushed back due to the 15th falling on a Sunday and yesterday being an obscure holiday in Washington D.C. So I could have subtitled this post, Tax Day Blues Mix or something… but I didn’t.

We open up today’s shuffle with a random discovery from the Noisetrade site. Joey English is a singer-songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. Today’s track is called You Are On My Mind. Go to Noisetrade or use the link above to view his album on Amazon.

 
Here is a video of another Joey English song, Got to Go
Next up, we have a cover song.  Sad Baby Wolf are from Albuquerque, New Mexico which includes a couple of ex-Shins.  Here they do a cool cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s Everything Is the title track from the 1994 EP (link below).
 
Below is an other track New Survival Guide from Sad Baby Wolf
 
Song number three is from band, I’ve just been asked to given a listen to, so you get to go along for the ride with me.  DRUNKSOULS are a Reggae-influenced Indie Rock band from Marselle, France. The have a relatively new album called Revolution and today we listen to Drifter Song the lead track from the album.  
 
Here they are playing Drifter Song at Grand Auditorium du Palais des Festivals de Cannes at a benefit for African Reggae star TIKEN JAH FAKOLI.
 Finally, we end up with our old friends The Dead Exs with another track from their Resurrection album.  This one is called Angel from New Orleans.  The Dead Exs are going to be part of the top secret project I am working to complete for Record Store Day.  Stay tuned for more information about that.
 
Below is a The Dead Exs’ contribution to this year’s Couch by Couchwest.
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Couch By Couch West – A Wrap Up

UPDATE:  Fixed the Video links for The End Men and The Dead Exs.

First of all – for a definitive wrap up of Couch by Couch West go read what Popa has to say. (link)

This is just my two cents on the matter before we move on.
First of all great performances were legion with big name guests and with bands we’ve featured here at Ear to the Ground making an excellent showing.
The End Men kicked off the who show with Run Away and were named Most Rocking by the CXCW staff. Take a look and I’m sure you will agree with the decision: 

The Dead Exs turned in a rollicking number that got them named as Honorable Mention of Most Rocking… Here is All Over You going into Nolita Stomp:

Those Mockingbirds did their song The Bloodiest Gums from a Men’s Room in New Jersey.  Adam Bird sat on the floor of a men’s room, in New Jersey and just got runner-up for Sketchiest Locale. Head to CXCW to see the video that won.
 
David Pattillo of The Dead Exs was having so much fun at Couch by Couch West, he came back and did a solo number called Let the Natives Loose  which will be on The Dead Exs’ second album!
The incomparable Jonny Corndawg was a shoe-in for the Best Locale.  Check out this video:
Nikki Sue and the Bad News did a fun version of Bridge by the River.
Will Kimbrough didn’t let a little thing like the Atlantic Ocean stop him from sending in a performance of a new song called Home Economics :
Don Ryan is so hip he not only skips South by Southwest , but arrives too late for Couch by Couch West, but he still put up a couple of stellar clips.  The Official unentered entry of The Viral Thought from Tangle Town was followed up yesterday by an “outtake” – a new song called Desiree:

I could go on and on, but you’ll have to visit the Couch by Couch West website to see more… I do have one more but I will get to that soon….

Busted Flat in Nashville

Sorry for the lack of a morning shuffle this a.m.  My tire had other plans for me….


If you haven’t done so, you must go check out Couch by Couchwest.  This on-line alternative to South by Southwest is a blast, and is garnering some legit press – like No Depression and some rag called USA Today.


Some of your Ear to the Ground favorites have shown up here:  Our friends’ The End Men kicked off the whole shebang with some of their brand of gritty bluesy rock.  Great tracks also from The Dead Exs, Those Mockingbirds and probably others – with more to come.


Also we’ve discovered some great bands so be sure to sit back, grab a cold one, cook up some tacos.  And get ready to enjoy some amazing music.


To whet you appetite, here is a band of yutes called Northbrook Garage doing a cover of Big Star’s Thirteen



A Festivus for the Rest of Us* – CXCW 2012

Annually, cool musically inclined people and various and sundry hipsters load up their VW vans and what not and make a pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW).  Pretty cool, I’ve heard.  But what about the rest of us.  Those with 9 to 5 jobs, those who are financially or geographically challenged or even those of us who would rather just hang around our homes, apartments, shacks and hovels?  Well sure that has always been a option, but come on – admit it, a tiny (or not so tiny) of you is jealous of the cool musicians and bloggers and hangers-on who take to Facebook and Twitter and Instagram or whatever and go on and on about the incredible diverse and exciting musical offerings. Where was I?
Oh yeah, Announcing Couch By Couch West – the alternative to South By South West!
A wide selection of bands and artists have or are recording videos of themselves in their apartments (couches are optional) and submitting those to the Couch By Couch West headquarters.   March 11-18th, you can sit back, relax – pop open a beverage of your choice and watch some fine, fine tuneage.
Some of your favorite Ear to the Ground related bands like The End Men, The Dead Exs, Those Mockingbirds and Don Ryan among many, many more. 

So tune in – here the linkage.

BANDS:  It is not too late – get busy with some videos and send them in.  See the website for more information.

*Apologies to Frank Costanza.

h/t as usual to Popa’s Tunes.