Yesterday was a good day for driving with the windows down and blasting tunes just up to the point where the sound begins to distort.
We’ve reached the end of another week. I know this is a symptom of old age, but man, time sure is flying. It’s almost March. Later today or tomorrow, I will be unveiling our 4th and final Band of the Week for February, and next week sometime, we will begin the task of naming our Band of the Month.
Before we get to today’s shuffle, I had a treat in my Inbox this morning – a freshly minted track from Band of the Year Runner-Up Ubiquity Machine – the first from a forthcoming EP. I can’t wait for all of you to hear it.
To the Shuffle——–>
♫♪ #1 – It ain’t no big thing… Do flip out… sweet, sweet beats – It’s Just Stuph from Hayden Coleman Music – check it out!
http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=3908295771/size=grande3/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/ ♪♫ #2 – It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve had The End Men show up in a morning shuffle, whatever, it’s been too long. Build It Up is the title track from the band’s excellent EP, and it is the song, I first heard, and I was reminded how, when I heard the first few bars, I KNEW that I had just discovered a new fave!
<——-Built It Up (EP) by The End Men – on Amazon.com
♪ ♫ #3 – I heard a couple of reports on NPR this morning about difficulties in other countries over elections. Here is the US – voting tends to divide us. But, here at Ear to the Ground we march to the beat of our own drummer(s). Less than a month ago, The End Men and this next band were engaged in a bitter, hard fought vote to be named Band of the Month, but at the end of the day, once all the votes had been counted and all the challenges and protests had been heard, the two bands were able to put aside their differences and come together….(I’m tearing up now which you can’t see so it loses it’s effect).
Belong Here comes from the Funeral Genius album by February Band of the Month MAKAR.
<————Funeral Genius by MAKAR – on Amazon.com
♪♫ #4 – Finally – we go to the first EP of the Accomplices series by recent Band of the Week, The Gypsy West. Accomplices I and II are available from Bandcamp and volume III is coming soon. The concept series tells a story and amazing enough the first volume contains two covers which contribute to the overall tale being told. Today we have one of those covers – Richard Cory was originally on the Simon and Garfunkel album Sound of Silence – based upon the Edwin Arlington Robinson 1897 poem. Here the band makes it their own.
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||Richard Cory and Selected Songs
“By Frederic Prokosch E.A. Robinson. For Piano, Voice. Masters Collection. Piano reduction/vocal score. Standard notation. 144 pages. Published by Carl Fischer”
||Collected Poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson
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