Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Riders on the Storm Mix

Most of Nashville and the surrounding area woke up around 3:00a.m. to tornado sirens, high winds, and all manner of alarms going off. An apparent EF-2 tornado touched down just outside of Nashville, and a man was killed by a falling tree just north of downtown. For most of us it was just the inconvenience of having our beauty sleep interrupted. It was kind of interesting reading the live tweets. In addition to updates from the local news outlets, I read a fair number of tweets from Nashville-area songwriters, musicians and venues. 

Seemed like an appropriate time to post this…  The Doors’ Riders on the Storm digitally altered from the Minor Key to the Major Key.

 And now, a shuffle – after the jump:

 Of late, our Morning Shuffles have increased from about 4-6 songs per shuffle to around 10.  While I love being able to present more music, the posts have been taking way more time than I actually have. So, I’m going to try something new… we shall see..

1. Song: Living In The 80’s  Artist: Zero Boys  Album: Decade of Disaster – The Toxic Shock Years (Originally released on Vicious Circle (1982))

Old school punk from Indianapolis 

2. Song: Heart is Strange (Active Child Remix)  Artist: School of Seven Bells  Album: Disconnect from Desire (orginal verison on this album) (2010)
First of two remixes in a row.  School of Seven Bells is an indie rock band from Brooklyn.  Active Child is an electronic music artist named Pat Grossi. The Amazon widget actually includes a different remix of the same song.

3. All to All (Spirit If Remix)  Artist: Broken Social Scene Album: Forgiveness Rock Record (original version) (2010) 
Okay let’s get this straight.  All to All is a song by Broken Social Scene from their record Forgiveness Rock Record.  Spirt If… was a band presented solo record by Kevin Drew of BSS. This remix was done by Kevin Drew and Ohad Benchetrit. The used the name of the solo album for this radical remix. The remix is not on the Spirit If.. record.  Got it?

4.  Song: Is that Clear  Artist: Nick Waterhouse Album: Time’s All Gone (2012)
Jazzy R&B from the full-album debut of this talented L.A. musician.

5. Song: Trees and Parks  Artist: The Hunting Accident Album: Trees and Parks (2012)
A Band of the Week in 2011.  Made up of members of Piebald and Arlo.  L.A. indie rockers.  
 6. Song: Ten Commandments of Love Artist: Bob Marley Album: Trenchtown Days: The Birth of a Legend (orginally appeared on The Wailing Wailers (1965) )
Do-Wop originnally by The Moonglows. A great history lesson on the early career of  this music legend.

 7.  Song: Wet and Rusting Artist: Menomena  Album: Barsuk: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler (orginally on Wet and Rusting EP (2006))

Portland Oregon indie rock band

8. Song: Shanghai Cigarettes Artist: Caitlin Rose Album: Own Side Now (2011) 
Flat out one of the best songs ever.  Nashville’s own. I saw her at Grimey’s Record Store Day celebration this past spring.

9.  Song: Heart Collector  Artist: Garrison Starr Album: Relive (Noisetrade Version) (2012)
Great song from a great singer/songwriter. A different Garrison Starr song with Heart in the title is on the Amazon widget.

10. Song: Basie Boogie  Artist: Count Basie Orchestra Album: Basie Boogie (Prime Cuts) (1995?)

A little Big Band music to get the day going right…

11. Song: Life Design Artist: Parlotones  Album: Experience Music: A Tunecore Music Sampler (orginally on Stardust Galaxies (2010))
Rock from South Africa
12. Song: Crash Years Artist: The New Pornographers Album: Matador Records – Intended Play 2010 (Originnally on Together (2010))
Just a great song from this Vancouver based band which features Neko Case and a bunch of other talented people.

13. Song: Don’t Be Afraid Artist: Anoraak feat. Sally Shapiro Album: Wherever the Sun Sets (2010)
Synth-pop from Europe. Dig it.



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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Big Music Mix

Hesitation Blues is an American standard which has been recorded and adapted by dozens of artists since the original lyrics were published nearly a century ago.  Today’s version is by Doc Watson and his son the late Merle Watson and was released on their 1984 album Down South  (which you can purchase by clicking on the picture above – Amazon).  I ripped the song from one of the Rykodisc Steal This Disc compilations.


Mike Scott is a musical genius.   Be My Enemy comes from The Waterboys 1985 album This is the Sea, and in retrospect serves as a bit of a bridge between the bands Big Music sound and the traditional celtic feel of their later work (Beginning with the follow-up album 1988s Fisherman’s Blues). It’s a rousing number which makes it a great fit for a sleepy walk to work. Get This is the Sea via Amazon by clicking the album cover above.

Red Bank Boogie is a Count Basie song about his hometown Red Bank, New Jersey. Count Basie led his Orchestra for nearly 50 years and worked with many, many legendary singers and musicians. I’ve been a fan of 50s era jazz since the late 80s when I first got into Charlie Parker through a Louis Malle film. Check out The Count Basie Story on Amazon via the album cover above.


Pretty in Pink before it was a 1986 John Hughes film starring Molly Ringwald and that guy from 2 and 1/2 Men (not Charlie Sheen or Ashton Kutcher) was a stand out track on the Furs 1981 sophomore effort Talk Talk Talk.  No sophomore slump evident here. I really didn’t like the recorded version of the song for the movie soundtrack, but the original is still a classic.  Talk Talk Talk via Amazon can be yours for a click and a credit card purchase.

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Waterboys [UK Bonus Tracks] (Import) Waterboys [UK Bonus Tracks] (Import)
When the Waterboys’ self-titled album was released originally in July 1983, it was an auspicious debut for an ambitious group, its 43 and a half minutes and eight tracks bursting with a powerful, compressed sound and leader Mike Scott’s reedy tenor singin

Doc & Merle Watson In Concert Doc & Merle Watson In Concert
Vestapol Productions presents this concert performance by bluegrass legends Doc and Merle Watson, recorded in 1980, just five years before Merle’s untimely death. Doc and Merle Watson In Concert includes renditions of “Way Downtown,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “I Miss the Mississippi and You,” and many others. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

The Piano Style of Count Basie The Piano Style of Count Basie
“(Some of Basie’s Best for Advanced Piano). By Count Basie. By Count Basie. For solo piano and solo voice (on some songs). Artist/Personality; Piano – Personality Book; Piano Supplemental. Big Band and Swing. Advanced. Collection. Standard notation, chord names and lyrics (on some songs) (does not include words to the songs). 72 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing”

Pretty in Pink Pretty in Pink
Track Listing: 1. If You Leave, 2. Left of Center, 3. Get to Know Ya, 4. Do Wot You Do, 5. Pretty in Pink, 6. Shellshock, 7. Round, Round, 8. Wouldn’t It Be Good, 9. Bring on the Dancing Horses, 10. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want