Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – R-E-A-C-T Mix

“There’s a splinter in your eye…”    Todays shuffle has it all (or it has a bunch of it, or at least some of it….):  Old and new friends of E2TG, heroes, legends! Crossing stylistic boundaries without any hesitation! Crossing decades of music like we have a freaking time machine!  This is what we do at Ear to the Ground!     Look, my viral infection is lingering, yesterday’s 60 degree high is in free-fall, it is a sucky rainy day that is supposed to give way to all kinds of frozen junk which this Southern city is ill equipped to handle, and so I am just trying to maintain the kind of enthusiasm this eclectic and fine mix of music deserves.  Sorry for any unnecessary hyperbole or manic-ness of the above introduction….

“Flicker and Flame” by The Ghoul Goes West

The second song in as many days from this band from Arkansas. When they e-mailed me, they said they were “an unknown, under listened to band” – which happens to be my stock and trade.  Plus their name is The Ghoul Goes West! Plus, the album is called Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things!  But the kicker was they have a great sound and some really good songs. 

“Somethin’ Else” by Eddie Cochran

1959 – Eddie Cochran.  The b-side was titled “The Boll Weevil” song.  Did I mention it is Eddie Cochran?

“Cheshire” by American Scarecrows

By way of a Noisetrade sampler, American Scarecrows are from Minneapolis and this is one of my favorite songs off that release. The song is the second track on the band’s 2014 album Yesteryear.

“Shock the World” by Tom Tom Club

Another track from Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom.  Chris and Tina and company shock the world with their killer rhythms.

“Carryin’ on This Way” by Dale Watson

The founding father of Ameripolitan music from his 2010 album, Carryin’ On. Sometimes you have to give yourself a good talking to…

“When I Think of a Name” by Burning Bridges

Before the lie… The Danbury Lie that is…  Some pre-history of one of Ear to the Ground’s favorite artists… in the form of some wicked alternative metal from the eponymously titled album.

“Palace” by The Antlers

Deftly, our shuffle transitions from the noisy metal of Burning Bridges to the smooth dream pop sounds of this Brooklyn-based band and the lead track from their most recent album Familiars.  

“Change the Tune” by Jason and the Scorchers

Similar in theme to the Dale Watson song.  Nashville’s Jason and the Scorchers are up next with a track from their album Lost and Found.

“Lassez-Moi Tranquille” by Warren Zevon

From My Ride’s Here… this is a cover of a Serge Gainsbourg song.

“Harborcoat” by R.E.M.

We close out today’s shuffle with opening track from R.E.M.’s second album Reckoning.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Off Kilter Mix

Well no doubt about it, the week is in full swing.  Hope everyone is having a good one.  If not, I hope my merry band of tunes will help turn things around or at least brighten your journey just a bit.

My poor brain has been hatching a scheme, and I really want to make it a reality.  I’ve got some time, but I have the feeling I need to start working on details soon. I’ll be sending some direct messages soon asking for advice etc. And rest assured when the time is right, you my faithful readers will be among the first to know.

In the meantime, this being the first Tuesday of the month, we have loaded up the old MP3 player with a fresh batch of tunes.  The August playlist starts now with what could be a record, 50 songs!  The songs run a pretty wide gamut (is wide gamut acceptable or is it redundant? Oh well…) with music dating from the 50s to the present day with stops in the sixties, the eighties, the 2000s and the 2010s – and perhaps others… in addition, we have covers, live bootlegs, big hit songs and brand spanking new tracks and everything in between.  Here is our first taste:

We begin with a song from the late, great Eddie Cochran. 3 Steps to Heaven was released on his 12 Greatest Hits album which was released just days before his untimely death in April 1960.  


Next up,we have a track from a bootleg of a 1967 live performance by The Velvet Underground entitled Psychedelic Sounds From the Gymnasium.  The track, Guess I’m Falling in Love, appeared surfaced in Instrumental form on the 80s compilation, Another View.  Check out the bootleg here. (via captainsdead)

White Chalk is the first taste of a forthcoming album (Ark – out 10/15) by the British Producer who works under the name, Halls. It’s a spare, murky bit of pop.  Here’s some info on the track.

Next up we have To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) from Ryan Adams’ 2000 solo debut Heartbreaker.  The album, made just after the demise of Whiskeytown, features Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Kim Richey and Emmylou Harris among others.  Have at it for $6.99 from Amazon – using the pic/link below.


And finally, we’ll close things out today with a song we featured over the weekend. It’s Nashville’s own Natural Child with the song Mother Nature’s Daughter which will be released as a 7″ on August 21 via Jeffery Drag Records.

 Here’s an older video by Natural Child