Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Two Pack Habit and a Motel Tan Mix

Let’s jump right into today’s shuffle – shall we…

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“Three Questions” by A Color Engine

Another track from the prehistoric Don Ryan band that he formed with Eric Burchfield who later was in Elephant Goes West which was a featured artist or some such thing back in the prehistoric days of E2TG.  The A Color Engine album is called Voyage Underwater; 56 Knots.    For the video, I posted the video/song that began my long love affair with Don Ryan….’s music.

“Wild Animals” by Trampled by Turtles

From the 2014 album of the same name by this Duluth, MN band…  Bob Dylan is from Duluth… in case you were wondering….

“Adult Crap” by Joanna Wang

A song from Taiwanese-American singer songwriter Joanna Wang and the lead track from her 2009 album The Adult Storybook…

“Holiday” by Mothers

Another fine track from the Panamanian Times album… couldn’t find a video of this band so I posted a video featuring a bunch of people from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective and figured maybe someone from this band was in there somewhere… or not..  I love this band so check them out on Bandcamp etc.

“Everything I’m Not” by Beat Rodeo

From the 1986 album, Home in the Heart of the Beat on I.R.S. Records…  Beat Rodeo featured Steve Almaas who had previously been part of the legendary Minneapolis punk band Suicide Commandos.  Beat Rodeo played an innovative brand of  pop/country/rock.  This song was the single from the album which was produced by Scott Litt. Updated to remove… who co-wrote this song with Almaas (according to the Wikipedia)…

“Winter of My Discontent” by David Liebman

From Lieb Plays Wilder…  I got to see David Liebman backed by an all-star band of Nashville jazz players last month. 

“Falling” by Ivan and Alyosha

From their 2013 album, All the Times We Had… our second Ivan and Alyosha song in as many days. Their next album can be pre-ordered now and will be called, It’s All Just Pretend.

“Bye Bye Devil” by APE|MEN

By way of my inbox and from the self-titled debut, this band from the Southeastern fringe of the European Union offers up a tasty stew of indie/electronica/scuzz-noise/alternative postrock… it’s all good, and I dig it.

“Clickin'” by Whistlin’ Britches

31 seconds of awesome mouth noises from the late Haskel Thompson via the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

“Guitar Town” by Steve Earle

This was my introduction to Steve Earle, and I fell hard and fast… I wore out this album on cassette and then on CD.

“The Way I Want You” by Turbo Fruits

The new single from the forth coming album No Control… I saw them a few weeks back and they absolutely killed it.  You can read my review at No Depression.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Snow Day Live Mix

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Off work today –  I thought I would semi-live blog today’s shuffle….

Numerologists will note that before today’s shuffle, my active playlist stands at six hundred sixty six.  Make of that what you will, but beside any other connotations, the playlist is a large as it has ever been, and I hope it generates an interesting mix of music.  I don’t know if it will, but I have high hopes because I know the songs that make up the playlist.  I just don’t yet know the order they will come out… so without further ado…  let’s get ready to shuffle…

 Song # 1 – “If Money Talks” by Jason and the Scorchers

From Lost and Found – 1985.  If money did the talking, I’d be all ears…

Song # 2 – “Heartbeat” by Kopecky Family Band

Another Nashville band… this one is from Kids Raising Kids – 2012.  They are now known as just Kopecky if you are keeping score at home.  Groovy indie pop music…

Song # 3 – “Ain’t That Easy” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

From Black Messiah – 2014 – Taking things down a soulful path… from one of the best records of the year (even if it was released at the tail end of last year… what’s a calendar anyway?

Song # 4 – “Johnny Commando” by The Satisfactors

From the self titled debut – 2015 of this New Jersey supergroup comes this tribute to Johnny Ramone.  A very fitting tribute…

Song # 5 – “Heroin Vietnam” by A Color Engine

Yesterday, we had some early music from an E2TG favorite in the form of Burning Bridges some early music by the enigmatic genius behind The Danbury Lie.  So, in that vein, we have some early music from another E2TG favorite and coincidentally? a friend of said enigmatic genius – Don Ryan.  The album is called Voyage Underwater; 56 Knots and it was made in 2007 or so.  You can read about the album and project here. This track is a mere 38 seconds, so I actually had to pause the shuffle to get this posted.  So let us continue…

Song # 6 – “Public Void” by Mothers

From Panamanian Times – 2014… some punky, jazzy vibes from this Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen band…  looking for new music from them soon…

Song # 7 – “No Need to Wave” by Artur U and the New City Limits

From Holiday From Eternity – 2015…  This alternative band is from Helsinki, Finland.  They just released their debut album.  Oddly enough, they already have a connection of sorts to Ear to the Ground – as their steel guitar player has played with Bill Laswell and James Chance both of whom are connected to my New York True Groove friends Marla Mase and Tomas Doncker.

Song #8 – “Blood” by Jeremy Gluck and Robert Coyne

Another great song from Memory Deluxe – I Knew Buffalo Bill 2 – 2014…

Song #9 – “Get Up, Get Up” by Tim Lee 3

After some global travels, the shuffle brings us back to Tennessee with my friends from Knoxville off their album  Live From Armory Sound: Boston – 2015.  The song was first released on Tim Lee’s solo album Concrete Dog – 2004.

Song #10 – “Driva Man” by Alabama Shakes

From the Soundtrack to the film 12 Years a Slave – 2013.  A cover of a Max Roach song.  Alabama Shakes follow up to their break through debut Boys and Girls is due out in April, and they recently delivered a highly praised performance on SNL.

More than likely, I’ll be back with a regular shuffle tomorrow, but I hope you enjoyed this “Live” blogging experiment as much as I did… although in retrospect it probably reads much like other shuffles.. oh well, I had fun…..


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Hide Like a Child Mix

Old favorites, classic artists, and some first time appearances make this an excellent Tuesday shuffle –

onward….

“Living the Dream” by Warren Pash from Plastic Rulers

Warren Pash lives in East Nashville, he co-wrote the Hall and Oates song Private Eyes, and he makes some pretty cool music himself.  Tip o’ the hat to Too Much Country who contributed this song to this months Feel Bad for You mixtape.  Plastic Rulers was released in 2008.


“King of Kings” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

Another great track off of the amazing Power of the Trinity album from New York City’s Tomas Doncker and his band.  As you may recall, we’ve been spinning this album as well as his latest Howlin’ Wolf project in heavy rotation.


“The Longest Bridge in the World” by Dean Wareham from Emancipated Hearts

Dean Wareham was in Galaxie 500.  This song came to me from my friend’s annual mix CDs.  Coincidentally, I drove over a bridge while listening to this song. Full disclosure, however, the Woodland Street Bridge is by no stretch of any imagination, the longest bridge in the world… it is a bridge though… so there’s that.  Cool song.


“No Questions Asked” by Mr. Kind from Wide Awake (Open Hands) single

Some brand new music from E2TG favorites and Creed aficionados, Mr. Kind featuring Brian Bergeron who was one of our earliest “Bands of the Week” – back when we had Bands of the Week.

“Awful Sound (On Eurydice)” by Arcade Fire from Reflektor

Some upstarts from Canada off their little heard 2013 album.  Another from my friend’s mix CDs.

“Shoot Out the Lights” by Richard Thompson from Acoustic Classics

Ah yes!  The original version recorded by Thompson and his then wife Linda is one of my favorite songs off of one of my favorite albums.  RT just released a new album featuring acoustic versions of many of his classic songs.   This was the first release – issued a free download a week or so ago.

“The Murder Industry” by Don Ryan from Live in Studio

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Shoot Out the Lights 2013 Mix

Bang! And with this post, #E2TG closes the door on our extended recap of some of our favorite music of the past 12 months.  The Video Playlist ends up at just over 100 videos. Our Amazon Web Store comes in at 54 items.

Monday – we jump right into 2014 and hit the ground running….

Further ado avoided…


“Heartbeat” by Kopecky Family Band

“Dirty Boys” by David Bowie

“Top of the World” by Don Ryan and the Blank Canvas Movement

“Brick x Brick” by Christopher Paul Stelling

“A Song for Leonard Cohen” by Amanda Shire

A Grimm Interlude
 
As we listened to the latest The Grimm Generation album, The Big Fame in it’s entirety in a non-Shuffle mode:
 
“Earthquake, Hurricane, Flood and You”
“The Next Indie Boy”
“Dizzy in my Hips Swinging”
“House Drinks”
“Miller, Don’t You Even Care”
“Until Then”
“Quiet (St. Francis)”
“Road to Joy”
“Real Bad Voodoo”
“Wreck of my Bed”
“Eye of Tranquility”
“Bigger Than”
“The Big Fame”
 
End A Grimm Interlude
 
 
“Pawnshops” by Todd Farrell Jr. and the Dirty Birds
 
“Box Cutters” “Wasted and Rollin'” and “Devastate” by Amanda Shires
 
“Diamond Sigh”  “Second Moon” and “I Do Not Will to Know” by Valued Customer
 
 
NOTES:
 
Kopecky Family Band are really a family band and they have been Nashville favorites for several years.  Kids Raising Kids was first released back in 2012, but was released by ATO Records in April and helped to introduce the band to the rest of the world. I keep finding Kopecky Family Band EPs at Goodwill – so thanks to the person with poor musical taste and/or questionable judgment.
 
We couldn’t let 2013 get away without posting one more Don Ryan song. We have yet another song queued up for 2014.
 
Christopher Paul Stelling released his awesome album False Cities and toured the world in 2013. My regret is that I missed seeing him when he came through Nashville and played a sold out show at the world famous Bluebird Café (as seen on the ABC series, Nashville)*
 
*if ABC or the producers of Nashville  want to pay me for the plug, they can just shoot me an e-mail and I will happily provide banking information….
 
Amanda Shires released the stunning Down Fell the Doves in 2013, and we offer up four songs from that album even though she doesn’t need our help.  She’s amazing. I saw her at Americana in 2012 and then again at an all too brief mini-set at Grimey’s for Americanarama.
 
As I was listening and writing all of these year-end posts, I kept coming up with superlatives, but I never got around to codifying them. So, suffice it to say, The Big Fame – the highly anticipated album by Connecticut’s The Grimm Generation would have been the Most… something.  I couldn’t let this year end countdown slip by without a little Grimm music, so I decided to listen to the whole damn album.  The band is one of my all-time favorites and they keep making new music and doing new things, so I fully expect to post much more of their music in 2014.
 
Todd Farrell, Jr. and the Dirty Birds are from right here in Nashville, but it took CXCW and Popa Tunes (again) to turn me on to their music.  This is flat out great music that I want to hear much more of in 2014.
 
Well, I burned through my playlist and still had a few minutes to get to my office this morning.  I could think of no better way to close out this whole she-bang than by listening to the first three songs from Valued Customer’s mind-expanding Kalpa album.  There is so much demented genius going on here, that it can be hard for a simple-minded music blogger to keep up. I really just want everyone to experience this album.  Do it!
 
WATCH
 
 
 
SHOP
 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Band of the Year and More Mix

You have before you, the FINAL Ear to the Ground of 2013, so let’s blow this thing out!

First order of business:  As promised, it is time to unveil our 2013 Band of the Year. As announced, for the first time in E2TG history, the Band of the Year will be selected by me, myself, and I.  Back in 2011, I came up with the idea of a Band of the Year, and frankly, I didn’t want the pressure/guilt in picking one band over others. So, I created a Readers’ Poll, and with a massive last minute push, UK band The Mobbs stormed to a narrow victory over underdogs Ubiquity Machine.

Following the success of that initial poll, I began running Band of the Month polls beginning with December 2011, although initially successful, the concept of pitting bands against each other began to stale.  We carried on, and at the end of last year, we had another successfully Band of the Year Readers’ Poll wherein Skeletons in the Piano were selected by popular election.

Since that time, I decided to focus on featuring as much new music as I could, and I dropped the Band of the Month and related features. Although I briefly considered another year-end poll, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t willing to give that power away this time…. oh yeah, and the thing about bands working together for their common good….

So…. after all that background and unsolicited explanation, I am very excited to announce the 2013 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year.

The 2013 Band of the Year were selected for the following reasons:

1. They are among the coolest, most bad ass people I’ve had the good fortune to get to know as the result of writing this blog.

2. They are extremely generous and supportive of other bands and artists.

3. They released on of the best albums of 2013.

4. I got to meet them and see them blaze through an all too brief set back in early Spring.

5. They had a successful tour in the US and in Europe.

6. The followed up their amazing 2013 album with a brand new single which was accompanied by an incredible video that visually depicted their total bad-assery.

7.  Because I said so……

The 2013 E2TG Band of the Year is…..  THE END MEN from Brooklyn, New York!!!!!!

 






Congrats kids!  Here’s to an even better 2014!


Okay, we have unfinished business as we continue to feature some of our favorite music of 2013… let’s do it!



I’ll forgo a whole bunch of commentary, but I will see this extended shuffle does show off the variety of music you hear here at Ear to the Ground:


“We Got Soul” by Christian Robins (prod. Jazz Logic)
“Dropped the Pop” by Killing Kuddles
“Four Flame Candle” by Sturgill Simpson
“The Truth” by Dr. Dog
“You Can Have the Crown” by Sturgill Simpson
“Rock and Roll is Dead” by Killing Kuddles
“Black Eyes and White Lies” by Don Ryan and the Blank Canvas Movement
“From this Valley” by The Civil Wars
“Flying Over Water” by Jason Isbell
“Lost Innocent World” by Gogol Bordello
“Cleaning Your Mind” by The End Men
“Dromedary” by Dog Without Warning
“Long Way to the Ground” by The End Men
“From Afar” by Vance Joy
“Hell’s Kitchen” by The Westies
“Lollygagging” by Less Love
“Stack Chips” by The End Men
“Baby Loves It” by Penicillin Baby
“Your Dreams Will Always Follow” by prattle on, rick
“Permanent/Impermanent_1213” by Peck
“Ratking” by The End Men
“Winged Victory” by Lys Guillorn
“I Had Me a Girl” by The Civil Wars
“Clark Gable” (Postal Service Cover) by Mr. Kind + holychild
“The Lost Art of Idle/Entitled” by Peck
“Cool Kids” by Christian Robins (feat. Lord of the Fly) (prod. 5Star)
“Mercy” by prattle on, rick

NOTES:

Americana told Sturgill Simpson he was too Country for Americana.  His reply, I made a country album.

Peck is Chris Peck who we first met as part of the Brooklyn-based The Disappointment. He is releasing his new album one song at a time, at we have two of those songs in today’s shuffle.

Confession: I didn’t think I liked Dr. Dog. I lumped them in with a bunch of “Jam” bands that just weren’t my cup of tea (actually tea isn’t my cup of tea either, but that is another story). Anyway, so I got the chance to actually listen to some of Dr. Dog’s new music this year, and believe it or not, I dug it.  Go figure.

Penicillin Baby are part of the growing and impressive Jeffery Drag Records family and like the other Jeffery Drag artists they offer a nice counter argument to any one who says all Nashville indie bands sound alike. 

I don’t know if The Civil Wars are finished. I hope they aren’t, but if their 2013 self-titled album is the swan song, it’s a hell of a swan song.

In addition to their new EP, Mr. Kind released a series of cover songs wherein they teamed up with other indie artists to cover indie rock classics.  Here they team up with fellow California band holychild to cover The Postal Service classic.

SHOP
 
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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Love Hurts Mix

Today we induct three more amazing artists into our brand new (still under construction) Hall of Fame.  As with the first two groups of additions, these names should be very familiar to regular readers of E2TG.

7.  Tim Lee 3 (Knoxville, TN)
8. Killing Kuddles (Atlanta, GA)
9. Don Ryan (NY/NJ)




Welcome to the Hall…

Also, we have a pretty cool shuffle up next…

“Paris by Now” by Adam Hill (from Little Time.  Another track by this Nashville singer/songwriter)

“Love Hurts” by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris (from Grievous Angel. Just stunning.  h/t to Too Much Country who included this on the October Feel Bad for You mixtape.  Both Too Much Country and I were in the audience when Amelia White and Jon Byrd sang this song at the Five Spot back in September on the 40th Anniversary of Gram Parson’s death.)

“Jesus Christ” by Big Star (from Third/Sister Lovers.  One of my favorites. Eef Barzelay, Bill Lloyd, Grimey and others did this song at a Record Store Day event at Grimey’s shortly after Alex Chilton passed away)

“Foxgloves” by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons (from Old Believers.  I first saw Cory Chisel opening for Peter Case a few years ago, and I have been a fan every since.)

“Come a Little Closer” by Cage the Elephant (from Melophobia.  I think Cage the Elephant are simply one of the most exciting bands around. This is the first single from the band’s latest album.)

“TDB” by Its Teeth w/ Travis Orbin (from Divided. Some more awesome Instrumental Post-Rock from this project which Gabriel of The Gabriel Construct turned us onto.)

 
 
 
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Friday Music Shuffle – Pre-Labor Mix

Looking forward to a long weekend….  I’ll leave you with a heaping helping of musical manifestations.



After the JUMP

“Soulard” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza)

“All I Remember” by Brad Jones (Folk/Americana from Nashville)

“Eve” by Neulore (Modern Folk Music from Nashville)

“Where is Your Man?” from False-Heads (off of Tunnel Vision – UK Alt Rock band who contacted me – more to come by these lads (imagine me sounding British as I said that last part…)

“Scream” by Marla Mase (so good to be re-experiencing this great album)

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Big Star (covering Jerry Lee Lewis – Memphis a great music city, too)

“Every Word Means No” by Let’s Active (one my favorite Let’s Active songs)

“Black Eyes and White Lies” by Don Ryan (I seriously, seriously love Don Ryan’s music.  Please, please, please do yourself a huge favor and check him out)

“Room With a View” by Let’s Active (so glad to be re-experiencing this great music, so sad for the impetus to do so… RIP Faye Hunter)

“Candy Says” by The Velvet Underground (This!)

“Slow Ride” by Beastie Boys (yup!)

“Closer to the Source” by prattle on, rick (another great Nashville artist – glad I came to know this music.)

“When Will I Be Loved” by Linda Ronstadt (A classic)

“New Cell Phone” by Marla Mase (Who all has your cell phone number?)

“You Can’t Have Me” by Big Star (Third/Sister Lovers!)

“Transcendental Meditative Mutant Ninja Turtles” by Alvin Band (What a great song title! Great song, too!)

“Count to Three” by Amy Stroup (Another great artist from Nashville)

“What Goes On” by The Velvet Underground (What goes on in your mind…)

“Close My Eyes” by Callaghan (Beautiful song)

 
Also get False-Heads, prattle on, rick,  and Don Ryan on Bandcamp
 

Today’s Video Playlist

 


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