Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Orange Windbreaker and a Beard Mix

We’ve reached the end of another week.  Today’s shuffle is a pretty interesting mixed bag with a couple of artists making their E2TG debut, plus a few old favorites, and some of my heroes…  I’m short on time, so this will be haphazard.

“Good Ol’ Boy (Gettin’ Tough)” by Steve Earle

Well, after bringing up the first two songs from Guitar Town in order on different days, today’s shuffle skips to the fourth song.  Maybe this was the third song on some Japanese import???  In any event, I grew up in a kind of small town in Tennessee, but I never really felt like I connected with the “Good Ol’ Boys” when I lived there, so when I first heard this song, I thought I had found that point of connection…

“Breakthrough” by Science!

Science! are from Seattle, a bunch of cool people I know like them, and they have participated in Couch by Couchwest in the past (which is probably where I first heard them) – I hope they participate this year (hint, hint)… This song is on their latest album Alcoves and Alleyways which was released in January.

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I love all of Marshall Crenshaw’s albums.  His self-titled album and Field Day probably rank among the greatest pop albums of all time. But, this album, Downtown, will always hold a special place in my heart.  It’s all tied to the place and time that I first listened to the album and the heady nights – being a freshman in college and experiencing new things and old things in a new way…  Hearing this album again, transports me back in the best possible way.

“Tense” by The Bell Hours

I am fascinated by the random shuffle that produces my Morning Shuffle each day.  Certain songs or albums or artists may sit in my queue for several weeks and then two songs come up on subsequent days. The Bell Hours are from Denver, and the music I have been playing comes via Noisetrade.  The EP is called Easy Weather, and I really like it a whole bunch.

“Vestige Gone” by David Dondero

I am about 90% sure I featured this song before.  I think it may be one of the songs that transferred over from my old phone and I couldn’t remember if I had featured it or not… You know what, though, I don’t really care.  It is quite simply a brilliant song that I would happily play a few more times.  Musically, I live for the aha moments when I hear something and if it’s not a new song, I wonder why I never heard it before, and then I wonder why everyone hasn’t heard it before. And then I set about to do my small part is righting that wrong.  I don’t have those moments every day, but I feel that way about David Dondero.  Darrin Bradbury turned me onto his music….

“The Smart Schoolboy” by Forest Mountain Hymnal

From their work-in-progress Dear Balladeer which features songs from the Ballad Book for John Jacob Niles… We’ve featured Forest Mountain Hymnal several times, and they never disappoint. I love the traditional folk feel of this song.

“Dancing Dead Men” by The Ghoul Goes West

Another song from the Arkansas band off their album Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things.  I little macabre dance music for your Friday…

“Sucker for Love” by Cherub

Nashville’s Cherub make their E2TG debut today with a fine bit of funkiness. I came across their name in an article recently, and then coincidently found this song on Freegal a few days later.  I do love the randomness of how I discover music sometimes. This is not what most people thing of when they think of Nashville music, and that is both a good and a bad thing.  Cherub’s music, though, is definitely a good thing.  I think they have some NSFW videos, but I don’t think the one I picked is one of those… So click on related videos with care if you are at work or school.

“Poetry in Motion” by The Great Game

The Great Game call what they do, New World Music.  They are from all over the world mostly Europe and they bring a variety of influences into their sound, and it all blends nicely and some really awesome alchemy comes into play, and the result is what you hear.  This is from their self-titled album which was just released a week ago.

“Insect Ball” by Eight O’ Five Jive

When it is early morning on the week following the shift to Daylight Savings Time, and it is Friday and you’ve about had it with the week, but you have one more work day to get through and you are approaching your office and really not feeling it… you need some Jive sometimes to give you that little kick in the ass and get you moving.  Or at least I do.  This is a cover of a Big Jay McNeely song that can be found on the Nashville band’s debut album Too Many Men which is going to be released in April.  Thanks to Sue Havlish for sending this my way, and for introducing me to a couple of the members of the band.

“Sure Thing” by Sam Morrow

We close out the week’s worth of shuffles with the return of Sam Morrow to E2TG. This song comes to us from a Forty Below Records sampler off of Noisetrade.  The song is an uplifting illumination of the notion that often the greatest joy comes out of the worst pain.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – The New L.A. Mix

I have a three day weekend coming up, and so I am ready to blow this week out of the water.  We have an awesome shuffle today.  If you receive the No Depression e-mail newsletter, my work covering shows at 3rd and Lindsley gets a mention in the Notes from ND section.  I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and to all of you who have encouraged me throughout this journey.  If you don’t subscribe to the No Depression E-mail or don’t have time to search through your inbox to find it, you can check it out here

“Bother Me” by The Bell Hours

The second tune we’ve had from Denver band The Bell Hours. Their album is called Easy Weather.  Check them out.

“Planet Claire” by B-52s

Planet Claire was the second single from The B-52s self-titled debut album (1979). The B-52s were part of the wave of bands that helped solidify Athens, GA’s place as a great music town.

“Forgotten Years” by Midnight Oil

Ignoring the uncomfortable truths of the past is not a viable option.  From Blue Sky Mining (1990).

“Camp Pendleton” by Camper Van Beethoven

From the latest album (El Camino Real) by the legendary alternative rock band lead by David Lowery.  The thing I love about this song is that it manages to sound fresh and current while staying true to CBV’s classic sound.  Not an easy thing to do.

“Greetings from Nashville” by Jason and the Scorchers

A summation of Nashville in the 80s and hell probably still a pretty accurate look at Nashville today.  “Somewhere Hank and Lefty are rolling in their graves…”

“The Riddle Song” by Forest Mountain Hymnal

It’s nice to have Forest Mountain Hymnal back in the shuffle. This Nashville couple always offer amazing traditional folk music – sometimes pretty, sometimes spooky… This song is the first from a project of music based upon the Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles.  You can read more about the project called Dear Balladeer here.  The first song is one of the better known songs they will record and has been recorded many times.  This is a very lovely folk song.

“Emily” by Joe Nolan

Another cool song from my friend Joe Nolan from his forthcoming remastered version of Blue Turns Black.

“The Man I Was Before” by Christian Lopez Band

West Virginia’s Christian Lopez has garnered quite a bit of attention as of late including this song from his 2014 EP Pilot which appeared on the Noisetrade compilation The Best of What’s Next 2015.  I realty dig this song. 

“Nothing Comes Close” by Bill Lloyd

We close things out with another great song from Bill Lloyd’s classic album Feeling the Elephant.  The video I found (included in the video playlist below) makes me remember his awesome band The December Boys and makes me nostalgic for the late, great Nashville street festival Summer Lights which brought people downtown at a time when people didn’t really want to come downtown except for work. The festival also always offered an amazing lineup of local and national artists.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – An Unmade Bed Mix

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Man, it felt awesome this morning – July 2, and there was an ever so slight chill in the air. 

Let’s get right into the music…

Pre-Shuffle… I hit shuffle, and the first track up was “Lanquishing in Lower Chakras” by The Gabriel Construct from Interior City. This track begins with some minimalist piano. The track is eleven minutes long and features some spoken dialogue. It was truly a great way to start the morning.

In an odd sort of way, the second song of the mix, “Colonizer” by Canopy Climbers from Miles, fit well coming on the heels of The Gabriel Construct. I think it was the piano sound. Even though the use of the instrument could hardly be any more different, it still served as an effective bridge between the two songs.

Next up “Cup o’ Tea” by Austin band, Little Radar.  Their new album is not due out until next month, but they currently have a sampler up on Noisetrade.

Lambchop is a band from Nashville. They are awesome. “Chelsea Hotel” is a classic song by Leonard Cohen.  It is awesome.  Lambchop covers “Chelsea Hotel” and faces will be melted and brains will explode.  Shari Lewis was not involved, but she did have a puppet named Lambchop.

Among the several albums we are anxiously awaiting, one that has us especially excited is the new record from Great American Novel. To help us all wait, the band recently made their last album Kissing available as a Free (Name Your Price) download via bandcamp. “I Want You” hits all the right notes.  They also have two tracks from the new album available.  Hit them up. 

Another day, another Ramones song.  This time we have “Outsider” from Subterranean Jungle.

We close the pre-shuffle with some “old school” Cee-Lo Green.  “Evening News” is on his second solo album Cee-Lo Green…Is the Soul Machine.

SHUFFLE UP NEXT


As I arrived in the parking lot and began my ascent, we welcomed some old friends back into the Shuffle.  Forest Mountain Hymnal were a featured artist last year, and they just recently dropped the first song from a forthcoming album.  “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” is typically gorgeous and mesmerizing.

Next, we get back to the new album by the Houston, Texas based Liquid Casing from their new immigration themed album A Separate Divide. “An End to a Means” is filled with jazz/progressive/alternative rock riffs and raw power. An excellent track.

 And we close out the morning’s music with another track from the C.S. Lewis inspired, hip hop remixed The Weight of Glory by Heath McNease. “Til We Have Faces” is the track we heard today, and I continue to enjoy this record.

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Ear to the Ground Voter Guide – October 2012

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With just over a week to go, you may still be unsure which of our awesome Featured Artists to vote for in the Band of the Month poll.  While, we try to stay neutral on this important decision (the whole point of letting readers vote is that we are too codependent to make a decision ourselves), we do have some valuable and  not so valuable information to share which may just make your decision easier.

Reasons to vote for…

45 Spider: 1.

      
2.  Cleveland Rocks!
3.  This is your band if you dig turbo charged, high-energy, fun rock n’ roll.


 Bad Cop 1.  They are at the forefront of a renaissance of Nashville Rock n’ Roll that is garnering national headlines.

2.  To my knowledge, they have no official association with the ABC series Nashville.

3.  They are your band if you dig rock music with a fuzzy undertone, and because “Wet Lips” just plain Rules!

Black Jake and the Carnies: 1.  Your mom warned you about trusting the carnies, but she never said you shouldn’t listen to their music.

2.  They are from Ypsilanti, MI and play Crabgrass music. You need more?

3.  They are your band if you dig murder ballads played in a old-time string band style at a punk rock, break-neck pace.  Prepare to move your feet!

Brennen Leigh: 1. She is a true Texas songbird whose music has a timeless quality.

2.  At the Americana fest, she sang a duet with the fabulous John Scott Sherrill. 

3.  She is your artist if you dig beautiful vocals set to amazing sounding country/bluegrass sounds.

Forest Mountain Hymnal: 1.  Rebecca and Jonathan are incredible people who financed their wedding in part by busking on the streets of Nashville. 

2.  They play brilliant versions of traditional and traditional sounding folk tunes and made a record perfect for Halloween.

3.  They are your band if you dig well-grounded, earthy and organic folk music and arent’ afraid to take it to the streets.

The Foresters:  1.  Writing about them and a few other bands has finally allowed me to learn to spell Kahnettykut – wait, is that not right? Shoot!

2.  If they Rock this hard now, wait until they hit those teen angst years… 

3.  They are your band if you dig melodic, pop-punk music played with energy and heart.

Pigeon Park: 1. They are from British Columbia which is in Canada not in Central America like I thought… :-/

2.  Cause Pigeons are Bert from Sesame Street’s favorite bird.

3.  They are your band if you dig big, bluesy rock music made to fill arenas.

S3X: 1.  It’s fun hearing the words Salt Lake City and Punkcore in the same sentence.

2.  S3X… I mean come on!

3.  They are your band if you dig aggressive, fast, loud music with a melodic streak played with verve and passion.

Tim Lee 3:  1. They’ve been a part of the fantastic Couch by Couchwest Festival. 

2.  They like barbeque – pulled pork baby!

3.  They are your band if you dig wild, bluesy, rootsy southern rock n’ roll the way it was meant to be played.

Valued Customer: 1.  They are most likely the coolest, weirdest band I’ve ever heard.

2.  Patrick Power sometimes wears a tie and plays Afro-Latin Polka…?????!!!!!!

3.  They are your band if you dig experimental hip-hop with a twisted sense of humor and a sick mellow groove.

There you have it.  You are now informed so vote:

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Featured Friday Music Shuffle – Rose Garden Mix

 
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Good morning, well we are just a few days into our October Band of the Month voting, and so far, Black Jake and the Carnies have a commanding lead. From prior months voting, however, I can tell you that things can change quickly.  So go vote and vote some more:


Today, we shuffle up a playlist of songs by this month’s featured artists.

First up are the youthful Rockers from Connecticut, The Foresters.  In addition to voting for them for Band of the Month, be sure to help them earn a spot opening for Sum 41.  They have video cover of a Sum 41 song entered in a contest through the website TopBlip. Vote HERE.
While Ear to the Ground can’t offer opening spots for becoming Band of the Month, we can guarantee the winner a primo spot on the bill of the first annual Ear to the Ground Fest whenever and wherever that happens.. 🙂 Today, we have the band’s rocking tune, Rubber Band.

Here’s the Band’s Cover of Sum 41’s Underclass Hero

Next, we have the Brennen Leigh’s Just to Hear My Little Bluebird Sing from her 2010 album, The Box.

A year ago at this time Forest Mountain Hymnal released a spooky collections of songs, called Fitcher’s Bird and Other Tales of the Macabre. From that release comes, Lady Margaret (Child Ballad 74). 


Here is a video of another version of the Lady Margaret tale

And finally, we close out this music shuffle with a song from current Band of the Month front-runners, Black Jake and the Carnies.  Farmer Had Him Rats is just a raucous good time.  It’s off the Michigan band’s 2011 album Sundry Mayhems.  


 

The Band released an EPK today and here it is:

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Band of the Month Polls are Open

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Read up on the October Featured Artists and then vote below:

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October Featured Artists – Check in

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 So… we are ten days into October and I thought it would be a good time to check in with our Featured Artists via various Internet portals.

45 Spider – 


1. An Upcoming Show


2.  A video for the season


3. A recent Facebook LikeHeavy Rebel Weekender


Bad Cop – 

1. Now on Tour


 2. Cool Song Usage


3. A Recent Facebook Like: Smoke DZA

Black Jake and the Carnies – 

 1.  Upcoming Show

2.  A cool cover  (UPDATE TO BETTER VIDEO)



3.  Recent Facebook Like: Lindsay Lou

 Brennen Leigh – 

1. Show Tonight (Austin Texas at the Broken Spoke – Details) (Uses Bandsintown App)


2.  An interview with Brennen


3. A cool quote about Brennen:
 “Brennen brings that… fearlessness, that willingness to do whatever needs to be done to get the song across, to her writing. At turns, tender, violent, sentimental, foolish and wise, she is always Brennen. Confident and at ease with herself, without being a jerk about it.”
-David Olney

Forest Mountain Hymnal – 

1.  A new song!

2. A seasonal song

 
3. A Recent Facebook Like:  Lightning 100
The Foresters – 

1.  Big Opportunity

Help The Foresters open for Sum 41 – 5 Stars a day!

2. The Submission Video

3.  Recent Facebook Like: Mark Mulcahy
Pigeon Park – 
1.  Upcoming Show:  
2.  A Pigeon Park Video:

3.  Recent Facebook Like: Whoa! She’s a Babe
S3X – 
1.  The Music
2. Watch This!
3. A Random or Recent Facebook Like:  All the Lights
Tim Lee 3 –
1.  A Residency
2.  A Video shot at a cemetery

3.  Recent Facebook Like:  Close Shave
Valued Customer – 
1.  New Album Coming Soon
2.  New Video
3.  ?????????
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