Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Cooper’s Pi Mix

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 Happy Pi Day. 


Yes, I’m gonna hit you up about Couch by Couchwest.  Yes, it is still going on, and yes it just keeps getting awesomer… er… more awesome.  Since we last spoke, we’ve seen videos from our friends The Dead Exs, MAKAR, Don Ryan and Skeletons in the Piano. We also heard some great music from Wess Floyd and the Daisycocks (which is or includes The Great Peacock), The Lonely Hands, Dog Without Warning, Blaine Duncan and the Lookers, American Aquarium, and David Lott.   Go to the CXCW site and search on those or just scroll through and check out all the great music.

Our pre-shuffle, shuffle included: Sad Baby Wolf (SPOILER ALERT: They also appear in our Shuffle Shuffle), Peter Case, The Fresh and Onlys, Beethoven (the composer not the St. Bernard), Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and Broken Social Scene.  

Now to the shuffle:

  • “Friends” by Minuteflag from Minuteflag (1986) 

I am so glad this EP is available for your immediate download.  As the band name implies, this EP is the result of a 1985 collaboration between Minutemen and Black Flag.  The result was some experimental jazzy jams that is pretty cool.

  • “Waking Up” by Sad Baby Wolf from Electric Sounds (2013)
Sad Baby Wolf includes former members of The Shins.  We made them a Featured Artist back in 2012.  Electric Sounds is due out in April and you can pre-order using the widget above.  I got an early peek and this is sounding really good.  The Sad Baby Wolf song in the Pre-Shuffle and a cover of a Neutral Milk Hotel song which we previously posted are in the Youtube playlist below.

  •  “Wrong Way Street” by The End Men from Play With Your Toys (2013)
Fortuitously, we close out today’s shuffle with The End Men who are about to embark on their No Tour For Old Men with The Slaughterhouse Chorus.  We are supremely excited that they will be making a stop in Nashville on March 24.  Nashville readers – you seriously do not want to miss this show.  We added the official tour video plus a Slaughterhouse Chorus video to the Youtube playlist which is just below. New York rock ‘n’ roots bands The End Men and The Slaughterhouse Chorus join forces in NO TOUR FOR OLD MEN, binging on booze, blues and barbecue from Bushwick to Bucktown. Spiking classic Americana influences with liberal shots of punk, garage and rock and roll, the two bands present a raucous, unpredictable and, dare we say, intoxicating double-bill.

No Tour For Old Men Tour Schedule:

3/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Muchmore’s w/Sons of An Illustrious Father

3/21: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

3/22: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project w/Meridian

3/23: Columbus, OH @ Scarlet & Gray w/Black Eyed Betty

3/24: Nashville, TN @ FooBar Too w/Stuck Lucky

3/25: Carbondale, IL @ PK’s w/Blast Radius

3/26: Lawrence, KS @ Frank’s North Star w/Latenight Callers

3/27: Chicago, IL @ Quencher’s w/ The Soundwalls

3/28: Canton, OH @ Buzzbin Magazine HQ w/Misery Jackals

3/29: Rochester, NY @ Sticky Lips BBQ

3/30: Albany, NY @ Valentine’s Music Hall

Follow the shenanigans on Twitter @NoTourForOldMen.

Now today’s video playlist- “Cooper’s Pi”

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Black and White World Mix

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Couch by Couchwest enters Day 4 and the great music keeps coming. Our friends Tim Lee 3, Imperial Rooster and Sci Romance have made appearances with videos forthcoming from The Dead Exs, Nikki Sue and The End Men among others.  Veteran performers like Phil Norman, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper and Jonny Fritz (formerly Corndawg) have posted CXCW videos.  Plus we’ve heard some amazing new music (or at least new to us) like The Wolverine, One Hand Dan, Hallelujah the Hills and so many more.  You really have to go check it out for your self.

Running Late today – so let’s get to the shuffle: (After the Jump)

  • “In Time” by The Danbury Lie from ? (2013)

“In Time” is the final song on the brand new release from The Danbury Lie who are part of the Connecticut faction of the Ear to the Ground music syndicate… (humor my delusions of grandeur, please.) With elements of progressive, metal, folk and more – The Danbury Lie create big heavy music that manages to avoid the excesses other bands who make that type of music.  We have a video for an older song called “Morbid Becoming” in the playlist.

  • “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac from Rumours (1977)

More Fleetwood Mac for a mid-week in March.  Enjoy. The youtube playlist has a live version of this classic.

  • “Malted Milk” by Robert Johnson from Martin Scorsesee Presents The Blues: Robert Johnson (2003)


I’ll leave it to Robert Johnson to speak for himself.  Video of Malted Milk below.

  • “Swimming” by Brendan Benson from Readymade Records Sampler 2013 (2013)

A fairly new song from the singer songwriter and Raconteurs member. We grabbed this off the Readymade Records sampler we posted yesterday.  The video is for a different Brendan Benson song.

Here is the Black and White World Mix Playlist. By the way thanks to Robert from The Danbury Lie for suggesting the playlist idea to us.


Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Tall Order, Short Change Mix

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 Couch by Couchwest continues… head over to the Official Couch by Couchwest site
 today has already featured a world premier by our friend Vance and his band Sci-Fi Romance plus tons of other great artists.  To see my mini-review of E2TG favorites from Days 1 and 2, click HERE.

We have 10 videos in the daily Ear to the Ground You Tube playlist which is embedded at the bottom of this post.  6 songs from the pre-shuffle and 4 from the shuffle.  


“She’s So Sick/100 Watt Girl” by The Bluefields (who’s new album dropped on iTunes today.
“Lovers Lane” by Hunx and His Punx
“Rave On” (Buddy Holly Cover) by Julian Casablancas
“What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way) by Wolf Parade
“King’s Flashlight” by Rose, de Costa Elliott
“Wreck Your Wheels” by Kim Richey
“With Signs Following” by Daniel Bachman

Today’s shuffle is after the jump

  • “Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake (feat. Jay Z) from the forthcoming The 20/20 Experience (2013)

Okay ya’ll JT is a Tennessee boy and he is probably one of  the most multi-talented chaps around. His work on SNL, his “History of Rap” numbers with Jimmy Fallon and yes his new music is really cool.  This is mainstream pop/soul/rhythm and blues/hip-hop of the sort you don’t usually read about on Ear to the Ground, but when I had the chance to grab the MP3 I didn’t hesitate.

  • “Mind Eraser”  and “Little Black Submarines” by The Black Keys from El Camino (2012)

The shuffle brings us a double shot from The Black Keys seventh studio album.  The album is called El Camino which is also the name of a car which infused my pop culture consciousness for much of my young adult life. The cover image is purposefully not a Chevy El Camino. Anyway, this is a really good album and Dan and Patrick are transplanted Nashvillians.

  • “Mama Don’t You Tell Me” by The Howlin’ Brothers from Readymade Records Sampler 2013 (2013)

From the brand spanking new album Howl by The Howlin’ Brothers who officially make this an all-Tennessee shuffle and bring us some good new, old-fashioned music.  We grabbed this from a Noisetrade Sampler by the good folks at Readymade Records. Get your Readymade fix below

The official E2TG Tall Order, Short Change Playlist brought to you by You Tube featuring some of the songs from today’s pre-shuffle and shuffle.  Where the exact song was not available we found a cool video from the same artist.


E2TG Goes Couchin’ Part I

Well, it’s mid-March, and I’m where any self-respecting music blogger would be at this time of year…. at home.  That’s right.  I’m not in the capital city of Texas – I’m in the capital city of Tennessee.  The first warm days of late winter – followed closely by the last few cold days of late winter means it’s that time… time to gather my snacks and dial up (or click over to) Couch by Couchwest.  “Where the beer is cheap and the only hipster is you.”  Seriously folks, if you are a music fan and you’ve never stuck your toes into the muddy water of the best damn on-line festival in  the whole world, then you have not idea what you are missing.  So, I’m a fixin’ to tell you.

Couch by Couchwest 2013 is about 1/3 of the way complete… whoa… only 1/3… and already they have presented way to much music for me to adequately summarize in a short space.  So here are some highlights…

Bands we Already Know

The Connecticut youngsters are up with a new song called Way Up High.

Our friends from Austin go all retro and cool with a version of their song Ain’t the Madonna…  the drummer plays his breakfast – very well, too.

Good to see our friend Ed Toft better known as Tipi Valley joining in the CXCW fun.  He’s up with a song from his forthcoming album called You Know.

Cupla from Vancouver are not only an amazingly talented band, but they are awesome human beings.  With their song, My Stand, they are at the forefront of the anti-bullying campaign – a cause near and dear to my heart.  They return to CXCW with a plugged in set of music.

Next up Bands we are just now getting to know… and there are still 4 more days of music!

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