Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Rattle Snakes Confusion Mix

!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

Be sure to “Like” Ear to the Ground on Facebook!

Welcome to the working week….   Heading into an unusual week – I am off Wednesday – before that I have a busy week, after that I have a busy week.  Wednesday will probably we busy, too.

Friday night, I saw two Jon’s at The Family Wash. First Jon Byrd and then Jon Langford. Very different sets, but both offering unique and interesting takes on Country music.  In between, I got to spend a little time with some East Nashville friends at my friend Bob’s birthday bash.

Saturday night, Human Radio at The 5 Spot (they are in the shuffle today so more later about that), and then to the Wash again for Lisa Oliver Gray’s birthday show. The amazing singer had a killer band that included Tommy Womack and Ross Rice (of Human Radio) among others.

Tonight, back to the Wash again for a stellar night of music featuring Brock Zeman with Blair Hogan and Darrin Bradbury featuring Megan Palmer.  Starts at 7:00 – you do not want to miss it.  Later, Brian Wright is playing the Basement with a killer band and with Lilly Hiatt and Jesse Lafser opening.

On to the shuffle….

“Chapel Hill Boogie” by John Dee Holeman

Via the Music Maker Relief Foundation – some Piedmont Blues from one of the living legends of the style.

“The Bridges I’ve Burned” by Reckless Johnny Wales

Another great track from American Heart.  I love some of the lines of this song.  Reckless Johnny is one of those larger than life musical figures who you can see quite often around Nashville. 

“Table Rock” by Angela Easterling

One of my personal favorites from Angela Easterling’s Common Law Wife album. 

“Above the Surface” by Bang OK Bang

From a live album recorded at an East Nashville Underground show… Bang OK Bang are a sludgy hard rocking band from Nashville. This song and this recording remind me so much of the independent, local music I grew up listening to… but it is thoroughly modern in all the best ways, which makes it doubly exciting to me.

“Harder to Lie” (Live at Eastside Manor) by David Ramirez

Sticking with recordings made on the east side of Nashville… This recording by Austin-based singer-songwriter David Ramirez sounds gorgeous and it’s a great song, too.

“Electromagnetism” by Human Radio

As I mentioned, I got to take in the Human Radio show this past Saturday night.  They did a good job mixing their classic tracks with some material from their forthcoming new album. The new songs sounded great.  The thing I have always loved about this band is their ability to combine instruments in a unique way and their ability to hit a groove like very few bands can do.  Fun show!  Great music.  Get ready for the new album, and in the mean time, seek out their classic self-titled album which includes this song and tons of other great ones.

“Fly Me Courageous” by Drivin’ n Cryin’ with Audley Freed

Someone here in town, dubbed this past summer as the Summer of Kevn Kinney.  Kinney made several notable appearances around town including a month-long residency at The 5 Spot.  Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow) joined for at least one of those shows. Kinney will be back in Nashville December 5 with his band Drivin’ n Cryin’.  Warner Hodges will filling the guitar slot and Jason Isbell guitarist Sadler Vaden is the special guest.  I don’t know if Audley Freed will be in town, but if he is, I would not be surprised if he jumped on stage… maybe for this song which was one of the legendary Georgia band’s best known songs and the title track to their 1991 album.

“Minutes Into Hours” by Katie Mac

Katie Mac is a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Liverpool. I really dig this track which I could not find anywhere on-line, but here is a link to her Facebook page if you want to check her out.

“Airstream Transmission” (Live) by Leland Sundries

We close things out with another track from Brooklyn band, Leland Sundries. The song is on a live album called Live at the Creamery.  Check them out!

VIDEO PLAYLIST

     window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;       http://ps-us.amazon-adsystem.com/domains/eartothegro00-20_3dcd3a52-1a1a-4afe-a2fd-aaba8e251afc.js    

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Lost in the Stars Mix

!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

We are less than 50 “Likes” away from 500! So…. Be sure to “Like” Ear to the Ground on Facebook!

So…  yeah…. it was almost 80 yesterday in Nashville – on November 4. Don’t worry, though, we are sure to have freeze in the near future.  That is autumn in Nashville. I’m not sure if it is the volatile weather or allergies or what, but I have really not felt all that great this week.  But, life goes on, and so do the Ear to the Ground Morning Music Shuffles…. 

“28 Cents” by Broken Guru

I have been digging on Bent Up Halo from New York Alt. Rock band Broken Guru for a while now.  I think this is the penultimate song for us from that album.

“That Ain’t Love” (Live at Eastside Manor) by David Ramirez

Austin Texas singer/songwriter released his latest album, Fables, a couple of months ago.  This is a live version of a song from that album which was recorded live at the wonderful Eastside Manor Studios in East Nashville.

“King of You” by Wilco

Another track from the recent Wilco album that has everyone wondering, “Where’s Luke?”…. #goofystarwarsjoke  hashtag #whydidIuseahashtag

“Beating of Your Heart” by The Silent War

The Silent War is a collaboration between Garrison Starr and AG (Adrianne Gonzalez of The Rescues).   Expect their debut album soon.  This track came from a Noisetrade sampler called Introducing The Silent War. 

“Bertha” (Live) by Grateful Dead

So, I have a few guiding principles in writing Ear to the Ground.  First and always foremost on my mind is being open to new music.  I also try to keep an open mind and allow my pre-conceived notions to be challenged.  Here is where I am going with that: musical interests and tastes form over time… for me, it has involved following certain rabbit holes and roots and branches of music.  The flipside of that means that some branches, I just have never followed. Many reasons for that… what my friends were into when I was younger, maybe some personal biases against the idea of something… what I am trying to say, is that for the most part, the Grateful Dead have been an underexplored branch of music for me.  For me having an open mind means being open to the voices of the universe and lately the universe has been dropping Grateful Dead references into my life – mainly via people who’s music I really love referencing or covering the Dead.  A long way to say, I grabbed this live version of Bertha (which  I saw Los Lobos cover during Americana Fest) which is from a Live recording from San Francisco in 1972. 

 “Big Hit” by Violentures

The Violentures are a Surf Garage Punk band from Brazil. Kind of if The Ventures had been influenced by Punk and Garage Rock music.  From that Continental Magazine CD, I have been spinning of late.

“Night” by Bruce Springsteen

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s seminal album, Born to Run.  I think Born to Run is a near perfect Rock and Roll album.  It’s big and bombastic and bold and also poetic.  “Night” is not my favorite song on the album, but there are not any songs on the record that I do not love.

“Sending Me Angels” by D.L. Duncan

D.L. Duncan plays straight ahead, no frills Blues music.  That is meant as a compliment.  To me that means, a smooth, well-played, well-produced album that places the listener deep into a groove and then keeps them company.

His new self-titled CD was released in August.  The album was recorded in Nashville and in Lafayette, Louisiana. This song is one of only two on the album not written or co-written by Duncan.  The song was written by Frankie Miller and Jerry Lynn Williams and has been recorded by a number of artists including Delbert McClinton who is part of Duncan’s band on the album.  The album also features contributions from Guthrie Trapp and The McCrary Sisters. 

“Little Details” by Brock Zeman

Our last track from Brock Zeman’s album, Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back.  Nashville, you have two chances to catch Zeman and Blair Hogan next week.  First Monday, they will be playing the early show at The Family Wash along with Darrin Bradbury who will be playing with Megan Palmer.   Then on Tuesday, Zeman and Hogan will be at The Five Spot for Derek Hoke’s $2 Tuesday.  Check him out!

“Should’ve Known Better” by Low Society

Facebook just told me that I have been friends with Sturgis Nikides for one year today.  In a moment of good time, the shuffle brings up a song from his band, Low Society from Memphis.  From the album, You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down… some down and dirty Blues…

VIDEO PLAYLIST

window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”; http://ps-us.amazon-adsystem.com/domains/eartothegro00-20_3dcd3a52-1a1a-4afe-a2fd-aaba8e251afc.js

Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Something to Chew Mix

Be sure to “Like” Ear to the Ground on Facebook!

Nashville really is a beautiful wonderful city for live music.  There is way too much awesome stuff for one person to see anywhere near it all.

Friday evening, I hung out the WXNA folks.  They are working a really cool thing. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wxna-lpga/x-plosive-radio-wxna-lpfm-nashville/widget/video.html

Then, I spent a rare evening in Midtown and saw Taylor Alexander and Lindsay Ellyn, The Gasoline Brothers, and Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau and hung out with friends.

Saturday night, I went to The Basement for Pony Boy’s CD Release Show – her new album Blue Gold is amazing by the way. Lilly Hiatt opened the show and was awesome.  Pony Boy was spectacular and Robyn Hitchcock joined to play harmonica on Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, and yes, I did get to introduce myself as the goofy guy who made the Soft Cell joke. 🙂  Justin Collins and the Cosmics closed the night with some really great high energy rock.  Justin and Adam Landry produced Pony Boy’s new album. They are the duo behind Deer Tick and Diamond Rugs and Black Vincent (who we have been featuring here of late). I got to meet Adam, too. 

Sunday night, a great night at Bobby’s Idle Hour on Music Row.  Julie Christensen and Patterson Barrett performed some of Julie’s awesome songs.  Russell Thompson played with Megan Palmer, and then Megan did her own set and reminded me again of just how awesome she is.  For the last song, she and a chorus of great female singers (Julie Christensen, Ariel Bui, Nellie Clay, and more) closed the night with a rip roaring rendition of Palmer’s “Knife Twister”.  Oh and Victoria Williams was in the audience, too.

Tonight, I am going out to see my friends Zach Red Stacy and Taylor Alexander playing 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge.

“Carried” by Jelena Ciric

Another track from Places. Jelena was born in Serbia, lived in Toronto, and now teaches voice in Mexico.  This is the kind of music that I hope never goes out of style. Harkening back to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and yet highly original.

“On the Safeside” by Webb Wilder

From Hybrid Vigor, this music never fails to lift my spirits.

“I’ve Got You Covered” by Sugar and the Hi Lows

Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup – two acclaimed singer-songwriters (both part of the Ten Out of Tenn collective) – teamed up a few years ago to perform together as Sugar and the Hi Lows.  They just released their second album, but this song goes back  to their self-titled debut.  They are playing later in September at the Ryman with Kacey Musgraves.

“You Gotta Move” by Amy Black

Amy Black brings the Blues with another track from her Muscle Shoals Sessions.  The song is a traditional African American spiritual that was popularized by Mississippi Fred McDowell, and was later covered by The Rolling Stones for Sticky Fingers (one of three songs from that album recorded at Sound Studio in the Shoals).

“Ginnie and Lou (From Kalamazoo)” by Darrin Bradbury

Just about every day, someone will stop me in the street and ask, hey aren’t you the guy on the Darrin Bradbury record, The Story of Bob?  When I admit that yes, I was the inspiration for the picture, they ask what is it that makes Darrin Bradbury so awesome. This song kind of encapsulates that mystery for me.  Yes, Darrin can be funny and offbeat.  But, he can also write a beautiful and tender song like this one. I could not find a video version of Ginnie and Lou, so I have included an old video (featuring a short-haired Darrin Bradbury singing the equally tender, “You Are Cordially Invited to My Backyard Pass Out Fest”.

“Zia S’dba” by West Philadelphia Orchestra

Some perfectly awesome Balkan inspired music from The West Philadelphia Orchestra from a World Café Session.

“Harder to Lie” by David Ramirez

From the brand new album Fables via a Noisetrade release that features songs recording live during an Eastside Manor Sessions recording.  This is the album version of a track from Fables.

“Relatin’ Dudes to Jazz” by fIREHOSE

From the debut album by fIREHOSE, Ragin’ Full On. I am of the camp that does not think that there is any reason or point in comparing fIREHOSE to the Minutemen. For my part, I am just glad that Ed Crawford convinced a still grieving Mike Watt and George Hurley to start playing again.  fIREHOSE made some great music during their run.

“Rocking Chair” by The Districts    

Another World Café Sessions recording the Philadelphia band. This is the opening track from the band’s self-titled EP.http://ps-us.amazon-adsystem.com/domains/eartothegro00-20_3dcd3a52-1a1a-4afe-a2fd-aaba8e251afc.js

VIDEO PLAYLIST


  

Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Any Other Day Mix

It’s Monday – everything is going according to some plan – just not mine…

Let’s get to the music….

PRE-SHUFFLE:

“This Song is Called Ragged” by Jonathan Boulet

“A Search for a Heart” by Kyle Andrews

“Charades” by The Joy of Painting

“Stick Around” by David Ramirez

“Leave the City” by Magnolia Electric Co.

“On my Mind In my Heart” by Jesse Dee

Shuffle after Jump


SHUFFLE:

  • “Seattle” by Game Theory from The Big Shot Chronicles (1986)

Our tribute to the late great Scott Miller is almost a month long at this point, and we have only scratched the service of the depth of his amazing musical legacy. This is the first of two Game Theory songs in the Shuffle today.

  • “Snow Song” by EndAnd from Mechanics and Energetics of Stilt-Running (2013)
http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=3959258905/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

The first of two tracks from the Brooklyn punk rockers. We dig deeper into their new album.

  • “Caribbean Sunset” by Luxury Liners from They’re Flowers (2013)

Luxury Liners is the new solo project from Carter Tanton of Lower Dens and Formerly of Tulsa. 

  • “I Love You Soon” by EndAnd from Mechanics and Energetics of Stilt-Running (2013)

Our second look today at this awesome album.

  •  “I Turned Her Away” by Game Theory from Real Nighttime (1985)

Another listen to some classic sounds from this San Francisco band.

  • “Mango Lassi” by Valued Customer from Babylon Hill (2012)

Mango lassi is gaining popularity worldwide. It is made from yogurt, water and mango pulp. It may be made with or without additional sugar. It is widely available in UK, Malaysia and Singapore, and in many other parts of the world. In various parts of Canada, mango lassi is a cold drink consisting of sweetened kesar mango pulp mixed with yogurt, cream, or ice cream. It is served in a tall glass with a straw, often with ground pistachio nuts sprinkled on top.[1]”

(via Wikipedia) – some cool sounds and sweet treats from our good friends Valued Customer.

PLAYLIST

!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js

<!– google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5465441380757075"; /* E2TG #2 */ google_ad_slot = "6306625404"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //–> http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js