Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – A Mix Among Mixes Mix

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It’s mid-week.  Nashville is still digging out from our massive 1/2 snowfall yesterday morning (which by the way was mostly melted by noon yesterday)  (note for non-Nashville readers: Nashville really freaks out over winter weather).  Anyway, it was a frosty morning, and we have a great mix of songs to warm your hearts and minds and… I don’t really know what I’m saying at this point, but I’m trying to use words that sound like they belong in the introduction to a blog post. Whew!

It’s that time of year… everyone is releasing they best of 2013 lists.  Here at #E2TG, we will kick off our Best of 2013 posts Monday morning.  Of course, we will be doing it in a manner befitting Ear to the Ground… stay tuned.   By the way, for the first time since this blog began, we will not be having a Band of the Year Readers Poll.  More on the reasoning behind this later.  However, we will be unveiling our 3rd Annual Band of the Year in a special post later this month.  Tune in!

To today’s music…

EXTRA EXTRA:

“Hold On” by Sad Robot    “Too Weak to Ramble”  by Dr. Dog    “Badman”  by Cory Branan    “Prequel Lullaby” (Home Demo) by Black Doctor Jr.    “From This Valley” by The Civil Wars    “Bad Things” by Rayland Baxter    “Strangers” by Elephant Stone   “This Time” by Jenny Leigh   “I Fall in Love Every Summer” by Adam Hill   “Champagne Halloween” by St. Paul and the Broken Bone

IN-BETWEEN TRACK OF THE DAY:  (I don’t know what to call this so I keep changing the name)

“Humming to a Sea Snail” by Swear and Shake (from Maple Ridge.  Dig this band, and what a great song title.)

CLASSIC #E2TG SHUFFLE:

“We are One in the Spirit” by Annie Sellick (from Let’s Make a Christmas Memory.)

“Dear Pressure” by Miracles of Modern Science (from MEEMS. Indie/Chamber Pop band that formed at Princeton University in 2005.  Yes, my random shuffle function has a rather twisted sense of humor –  putting a spiritual/religious song alongside a song by a band called Miracles of Modern Science. Did I mention, I love my phone’s twisted random shuffle function?)

“The Wheel” by Katey Laurel  (from From Here. I’ve grown rather fund of the music by this Colorado based singer-songwriter)

“From Afar” (acoustic) and “Snaggletooth” (acoustic) by Vance Joy (both from his recent Noisetrade releaser “Riptide” and more.  Both songs are on his latest album God Loves You When You are Dancing. Pop Folk from Melbourne)

 
 
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Keep on Wailin’ Mix

Here we go… it seems like I’ve been adding more songs every week then I have time to feature. So to help clear the backlog and to feature more songs – I’m going to add a Bonus Mix feature.  And, just like it’s better to eat dessert first, so it is better to present the Bonus Mix first…

It all gets going after the leap (jump):……

Bonus Mix:  (where possible I’ve added these tracks to the Video playlist and to the weekly store, however, I’m not including other details – so please google and check out these songs)

“Don’t You Know” by Elephant Stone   “Ride and Sway” by The Greencards  “5 Leaf” by The Westies     “Lake Motel Blues” by Adam Hill     “Stomp” by The Stone Foxes    “Got It Wrong Now” by Umbrella Bed    “Stop Me Still” by Humming House    “Hang Onto Yourself” by David Bowie    “You Can Have the Crown” by Sturgill Simpson     “Elvis and the Electric Hound Dog” by Darrin Bradbury     “Because I Do” by X     “Hell’s Kitchen” by The Westies   “Let’s Make a Christmas Memory” by Annie Sellick (album is out now!)    “Don’t Play With Guns” by The Black Angels

Here’s today’s Official Mix:

“Into the Great Wide Open” by Elephant Stone (bonus cover of the Tom Petty hit. Trivia: back when I trolled used CD shops at least twice a week, I picked up the Tom Petty album used two weeks before it was officially released.  Aren’t you glad you know that?  Elephant Stone are pretty cool – check them out.)

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“Keep on Wailin'” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (from Live @ DC9.  I am so glad I had the chance to meet and later hear Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray play live.  If you get the chance, I highly recommend it.  I think they’ve wrapped up their most recent tour and I’m expecting a new album in 2014.  Can’t wait.  And in case your wondering, Miss Shevaughn can play some pretty mean guitar.)

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“My Happy” by Lindsay Katt (from Picking Out Boxes. A singer/songwriter from NYC. My first listen. Check her out)

“Hand and Foot, Heart and Soul” by Swear and Shake (from Maple Ridge.  Folk with Indie Creds from NYC.  Lots of “ands” and a helluva cool song.)

“Down in the Tube Station at Midnight” by the Jam (from All Mod Cons.  This album!  This band! Paul Weller!  This song!)

“Lollygagging” by Less Love (from Paradigms in the Design.  Less Love are a rock band from Oklahoma. At this point, I can’t remember how they came to my attention. It seems like somebody mentioned them.  In any event, I did find them, and I like them. So there.  UPDATE:  Thanks Gina Sigillito for introducing me to Less Love.  Gina works with MAKAR who are long time friends of the blog, and Gina is a good friend of the blog, too.  Sorry I couldn’t remember and thanks for reminding me!)

 
 
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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Onward Mix

Longish shuffle today – time is fleeting… here we go…

“Three Car Jam” by the Minutemen (from Double Nickels. One of three “car jams” on the album. A classic)

“Easy Does” by Let’s Active

“Hey Grace, Hey Tony” by Grace and Tony (from November – it’s almost here)

“The Spins” by Potty Mouth (from Hell Bent/ Massachusetts Rock)

“Midnight You” by The Coal Men (from Escalator.  Such a great song)

“A Morning Song” by Elephant Stone (another from their Seven Seas album – we featured the title track earlier this week)

“Think About It” by Stevie Nicks (from Bella Donna)

“My Heart and the Real World” by the Minutemen (another from Double Nickels)

“Mama’s Baby, Daddy’s Maybe” by Swamp Dogg (aka Jerry Williams… yes!)

“Onward” by The Danbury Lie (from ‘?’.  It was good to see Danbury Lie doing a show with our friends the Grimm Generation.)

“Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man)” by Matthew Sweet (from the Repo Man Soundtrack tribute. Sweet cover The Plugz who were covering a song made famous by Johnny Rivers)

“Down by the River” (live) by Indigo Girls (Another cover – this time it’s a Neil Young cover by Amy and Emily. )

 
 
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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Linger On Mix


 
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It is impossible for me to say with any degree of certainty that Ear 2 the Ground would not exist if it weren’t for Lou Reed.  But, what I can say with absolute certainty is that it would not be the same. The simple but truthful reason is that music would not be the same.  Walk on, linger on…
 
 
 

 
 
“The Seven Seas” by Elephant Stone (from The Seven Seas. Indian-inspired Psychedelic Rock from Montreal, Canada.)
 
“I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Joseph Mooradian (via Soundcloud.  A cool cover of the Don Gibson penned classic made famous by the late great Ray Charles.)
 
“Young Girls” by Black Joe Lewis (from Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session.  Another Eastside Manor recording of a song from Electric Slave)
 
“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Screeching Weasel (from the 1995 Compilation Kill the Musicians.  A rip roaring cover of the Tommy James and the Shondells song which many of my generation knows from the 1987 version my Tiffany. Come to think of it – this may be a cover of the Tiffany version. I’m not really sure.)
 
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” by David Bowie (from Ziggy Stardust. Good to have David Bowie in the shuffle.  Ziggy was released in 1972 – the same year that Bowie along with Mick Ronson produced Lou Reed’s second solo album Transformer.)
 
“Fearless” by Gerald Collier (from Gerald Collier. A Pink Floyd cover – and the third cover in this Shuffle – from the Singer-Songwriter Collier’s self-titled 1998 album.)
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – In the Basement Mix



“Sometimes words have two meanings….”

Ah hell – we have a jam packed Mix of music so let’s get down to it…. 

After the jump….

“Animal Tracks” Mountain Man (from Made the Harbor  – sweet sounding trio who met at Bennington College in Vermont)

“Setting Sun” by Elephant Stone (from Elephant Stone – groovy psychedelic rockers from Montreal who came to our attention recently)

“Saint” by Mission South (from Migration Vol. 2 – Three kids from DC – Saw them this week at The Basement under Grimey’s. Such a FUN set. Great sound, great energy. A true highlight on a night of highlights.)

“Bloodstream” by Firehorse (from Pills From Strangers. Not fIREHOSE nor Firehouse (thank God), but a nifty indie band from Brooklyn – think the airy, groovy side of Indie music)

“A Silent Moment” by Elephant Stone (from Elephant Stone – another mind melter)

“Torn Maps” by Bosnian Rainbows (a relatively new project of Omar Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta. Electronic, heavy, and pretty darn cool)

“Baby’s Gone to Memphis” by Mark Robinson (from Have Axe – Will Groove. Let’s all go to Memphis… or at least play the Blues…)

“Two Beads at the End” by the Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime.  Sometimes it’s good to go back and listen to some of the music that first really moved you… oh, D.!)

“Love is a Rose” by Linda Ronstadt (Linda sings Neil… does it get any better?)

“Chili” by Dog Without Warning (from Bark.  One of my favorites on the Bark EP. A cautionary tale of sorts)

“Full Five Paces” by The Autumn Defense (From their debut The Green Hour. Man ‘o man I dig the gorgeous 60s sound of this band – saw them back in September at Grimey’s Americanarama show)

“Time to Go” by Moovalya (from Moovalya. Some nice hard rock from Phoenix)

“Hymn 101” by Joe Pug (from his debut EP Nation of Heat. I love Joe Pug’s music so much.)

“Raise the Sun” by Anciients (from Heart of Oak. Just some jaw-dropping Progressive Metal from Vancouver)

“Tombstone Blues” by Richie Havens (a Dylan cover from the I’m Not There Soundtrack by the late great New York area singer-songwrite and Woodstock alum)

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Elephants, Teddy Bears, Monkeys and Coyotes – Oh My! Mix

We have a damn fine shuffle to close out the week…. the first five songs even start a bit of theme (purely thanks to the shuffle function).  Due to circumstances (yada yada), this will be the final shuffle of the week.  So it’s a nice way to go out.

Jump past the break to see today’s shuffle…

“Spiderhead” by Cage the Elephant (from the new album, Melophobia. The video included in the playlist below, is a performance of the album’s first single on Letterman – last week. Mr. Letterman’s reaction after the song, is everything you need to know about why Cage the Elephant are a great Rock and Roll band.  They are from just up the road a bit – Bowling Green, Kentucky)

“How Long” by Elephant Stone (from their 2009 album The Seven Seas and included a recent Noisetrade sampler.  This band is new to me, and I am digging it so far…)

“Every Time the Son Leaves” by Telepathic Teddy Bear (from Reactions. I’ve been listening to this album for a couple of months now. I’m digging the groovy vibe and subtle humor in some of the songs.  This one has a trippy, mellow vibe that I kind of dig)

“Brass Monkey” by Beastie Boys (from Licensed to Ill. What can I say? Booooy!”

“Coyote” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (a non-album live cut from the band’s Live at DC9 release.  Man oh man, I love this song.  Maybe if I beg nicely, they will do this one on Tuesday… Maybe?)

“Pictures” by Logan X (from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation. This is a remarkable song.  I wish I could have found a video for it, but go look at the Mama Coco’s bandcamp page and give it a listen – hell download the whole compilation.  Logan X is an instrumentalist. The vocals on this song are by Molly Connelly.  The ubiquitous Oliver Ignatius contributes as he does on almost if not all of the Mama Coco’s compilation songs. By the way, Mama Coco is apparently a cockatoo, so technically this song continues the theme of the first five songs… )

“Comfort Consumption” by False-Heads (from Tunnel Vision.  Another cool song by these kids from England who looked us up and gave us the chance to hear their very awesome album)

“Storm in my House” by Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime. Double Nickels is one of my all-time favorite albums and in my opinion one of the best albums ever.)

“Save Charlie” by Rubblebucket (from the EP Save Charlie. This came from a Paste/Noisetrade compilation. My first exposure to this Brooklyn band, and I am kind of digging it.)

Here’s the Video Playlist of the Day
 
 

And since there will not be a shuffle tomorrow, here is the E2TG Store for the Week

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