Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Fool Who Knows Mix

Of late, one of the musical highlights of my week has been the Wednesday night Tim Carroll/Darrin Bradbury extravaganza at Fran’s Eastside Tavern.  Just having the opportunity to see this two talents in a casual/laid back setting has been amazing, and it has been fun to see this thing grow into a bit of a happening.  If you live near Nashville and can stay up late and handle a whole lot of smoke, you should come out.  Last night, those who showed up and stuck around were treated to the added bonus of a short set from David Dondero – who NPR’s All Songs Considered called one of the best living songwriters.  I can tell you based on what I heard, they were not exaggerating in the least.

On to the shuffle—

“Marionette” by Emily Wolfe from Roulette

We start with another cool track from Austin, Texas based Dream rocker, Emily Wolfe.

“Fool Who Knows” by Little Village from Little Village

Our revisit of the only album pre-Americana supergroup Little Village reaches it’s penultimate moment.  I almost wrote that this is one of my favorite songs on the album, but I realized I’ve said that about just about all of the tracks.  Suffice it to say this is an amazing album.  In case you are just joining us, Little Village was John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner, and Nick Lowe.  Is it any surprise this is such an awesome album?

“Sophia” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

After hearing his song, “Danglin'” on the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation, I just had to download the neighborpoem album to add to my playlist.  I am really digging his unique sound and killer songs.

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“Surfing Iceland” by The Jason Drug Reaction from Down On The Pharmacy

Another cool track from the enigmatic The Jason Drug Reaction.  “Cool” see what I did there?  Fun fact: Iceland is not really made of ice, but Greenland is made of ice… or something like that. I don’t know.  The Jason Drug Reaction may or may not be enigmatic, but if me calling them that intrigues you enough to check them out – then my work here is done.  Seriously, the song is cool in every sense of that word.

“Iodine In My Coffee” by Muddy Waters from Muddy Waters

Random musing: I wonder if The Ramones were thinking of this song when they wrote “Somebody Put Something in my Drink”?  Probably not.  An early recording from the influential Blues legend.  By the way, Johnny Winter later covered this song.

“Bring Me Some Water” by Matt King from Raw

Another nifty song from Nashville songwriter Matt King.

“Inez In Zazan” by Shabbadoo from Pajama

Another song from the Pajama album by Memphis’ Shabbadoo. A nice, chill groove for a morning walk in the cool air. 


“Stackolee” by Dom Flemons from Til’ the Seas Run Dry

Old-time folk artist Dom Flemons with his take on the popular folk standard.

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We close with great Nashville band – Kink Ador – from the Deer Head Music mixtape. Drawing elements from punk, rock, indie, and funk – Kink Ador is the primarily Sharon Koltick.  I’m digging the sound, and I really like this song..


Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Shorter Days Mix

Welcome to Monday.  Had a great weekend, and now it’s time to face up to another work week.  Here is a fine, fine collection of music graciously presented by my cell phone’s music player on “Shuffle” mode.  A video representation of the shuffle is presented at end of the post…

“Shorter Days” by Heath McNease from Fort Wayne (Songs Inspired by the Film)


A great song for a cool, crisp fall morning… the days are getting shorter.

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This made me think of Douglas Coupland’s 1991 novel Generation X: Tales of an Accelerated Culture.  It also made me think about how much more accelerated our culture has become.  I dig this song – it made me think about stuff…

“Corner Girl” by Abigail Washburn from City of Refuge

Another great track from this album which I was lucky enough to find a thrift store a couple of weeks back.

“Tidbit” by The Black Jesuses from Black Jesuses

The Black Jesuses are a two piece Rock band from Asbury Park, NJ.  They are cool. Check them out.

“Tout Un Beau Soir en me Promenant” by Maria McKee from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

This is the second of Maria McKee’s two contributions to this Cajun Music tribute album.  The Video features a version of this song recorded by the archivist Alan Lomax. 

“Virgin” by Heyrocco from Deer Head Music Presents: Indie Mixtape Nashville/Mom Jeans EP

Some fun grungy/punky music from the Deer Head Music Nashville Indie mixtape.

“Til’ the Seas Run Dry” by Dom Flemons from Til’ the Seas Run Dry”

Another great song from ex-Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons.  This is from a recent NoiseTrade sampler. 

“Mister Stay at Home” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

I could listen to David Olney all day long.  Another awesome track from his latest album, When the Deal Goes Down.

“Rock it Up” by Blackfoot Gypsies from Dandee Cheeseball

We close out with one of the funnest (sic) and best Nashville bands around today.  I crossed out Nashville not because they aren’t from here, but because I didn’t want to put any qualification on the statement that they are an extremely fun and excellent band.  A ripping track from their 2011 album Dandee Cheeseball.


Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Searchlight Sneeze Mix

Last night was another typical night in East Nashville – I heard an Americana artist who likes death metal and Taylor Swift (the awesome Todd Farrell), a folk song about Lynard Skynard and Van Halen (by the amazing Aaron Lee Tasjan), plus a stirring post-midnight rendition of “Silver Bells” via Tim Carroll and Darrin Bradbury.

Our shuffle today offers a stunning departure from the norm…. not that we really have a norm here at Ear to the Ground, but we do have a lot of new (to us) music.  It’s a short shuffle in terms of songs (two 7:00+ minute songs will do that), and we have two instrumentals.  Shall we?

“Searchlight” by Shabbadoo from Pajama

When I was just out of high school, a group of younger kids formed a band called The Imposers.  Of course, I looked down upon them because I was a college guy and they were still high school kids, but I can admit some nearly thirty years down the road that they impressed me.  I saw them play at the local Drama Center in Cookeville, Tennessee.  Video evidence exists of this show, but if it is on YouTube, I couldn’t find it.  Several of the Imposers still make music.  Doug Derryberry has been with Bruce Hornsby for years and has played with tons of other people including an appearance at this years Bonnaroo festival. Joey Pegram moved to Memphis and formed the amazing band Shabbadoo.  Randomly, I thought of him and that band last week and grabbed their 2006 album Pajama off of Bandcamp.

“Three Mirrors” by Haesemeyer from Three Mirrors

This one came to me via e-mail.  I try to listen to everything I get, but sometimes things slip through.  I’m glad this one didn’t.  I’m seriously digging this. John Haesmeyer is from San Francisco. His new Three Mirrors EP dropped on September 23, and we will have more from it coming soon.

“Servant, Job” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

David Olney has an amazing band – I’m glad I got to see him a couple of times when he was doing some local shows here.  Ear to the Ground favorite Mark Robinson co-produced Mr. Olney’s latest release from which this cut is taken.  If you so choose, you can count this as your Bible lesson for the day…

“Bone Blue Moon” by Jim Dead from Ten Fires

Jim Dead comes all the way from Scotland with some fine Americana sounding music.  I grabbed this one off the latest Feel Bad for You mixtape, and like most of the music I get from those fine folks, it’s a excellent new discovery.  I will definitely be on the lookout for more music from Mr. Dead. Ten Fires is from 2011.  He has a more recent album which I will be checking out soon.

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A mind-blowing 7:40 instrumental jolt of awesomeness. Shout out half-way around the world and into tomorrow to Joey. You make me proud to be from Cookeville. 🙂

“Viper Mad” by Dom Flemons from Til’ the Seas Run Dry

“Georgia Drumbeat” by Dom Flemons from Til’ the Seas Run Dry

Dom Flemons is a founding member of the amazing old-time string music band Carolina Chocolate Drops.  We close things out with two from a Noisetrade release. This is highly original and awesomely fun music to move us into the rest of our day.


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