Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Heavy Metal Drummer Mix

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Good morning – er afternoon.  After two days of Non-Shuffles, I turned the Shuffle mode back on and came up with some songs to get us through the last day of the work week…

Pre-Shuffle:  We started things off with another track from the fantastic self-titled EP by The Foresters – a track called “Alone”.  Next, we had a fun little triad of songs which featured two more songs from The Lucky Jukebox Brigade’s album Pretty Well Damned.  In between, “Taffy” and “Carnivultures”, we had Sinatra’s version of Gershwin’s classic Someone to Watch Over Me.  It was really cool how well those three songs worked together.  We closed out the pre-shuffle with a track from Odd Man Out, the Killing Kuddles’ album we reviewed on Wednesday

Coming up after the JUMP, we have a shuffle which includes two cover songs and an Arrested Development reference…

  • “There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand” by Bridge Under Fire from Why Wait? (2012)/The Appetizer Built4BBQ sampler (2013)

We have a second song from the Syracuse punk band Bridge Under Fire from The Appetizer sampler put out by the good folks at Built4BBQ. The song named after a memorable quote from the cult (and soon to be revived) television series Arrested Development, is the last song on the band’s 2012 album, Why Wait?

  • “Unwed Fathers” by Deer Tick feat. Liz Isenberg from Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine (2010)


A great cover by some cool folks from Rhode Island off of an absolute “must-have” tribute album which came out a few years ago.  In our playlist below, we have a live version of Deer Tick perfoming the song plus as a bonus, we have Prine himself with the awesome Carrie Rodriquez performing the song. 

  • “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” by You and Me from You and Me (CD 2013)
We close out with our friends Val and James of You and Me with a soulful take on the classic Dylan tune. 




Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Steady Steady Mix

Okay – Blah… the weekend went too fast, but here we go into the week:

A mixed bag of treats this morning.  A little something for almost everyone? Maybe…

First up with have the first solo hit single by A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip.. Vivrant Thing was released  in 1999 on the first Violator compilation.

We jump ahead to April of 2012, and we have a track off a Mexican Summer sampler.  Do What I Came To Do is by San Francisco Indie band The Fresh and Onlys.  You can grab Stash Rituals: Mexican Summer/Software Spring 2012 sampler for free from Amazon:
Shawn Mullins is up next with California – a track off his 2010 album Light You Up. It’s a fresh take on the cool, classic California sound. 
And finally, a song for those lonely nights that turn into lonelier mornings.  The song was introduced on Frank Sinatra’s classic 1955 album, In the Wee Small Hours.  The song was written by David Mann and Bob Hilliard and is called, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.
and here is John Mayer doing the song:
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Sassafras Mix

Added some songs to the MP3 player last night – 13 total – several holiday songs, and some not so much.  There remains this sense of winding down, but I feel a desire to keep the momentum going. There has been a lot of fog so far this season and this morning the fog or mist made a cool morning feel downright cold.
Song #1 of the day:  Bradley Manning is the United States Army soldier charged in the Wikileaks scandal. Cass McCombs is a critically acclaimed American songwriter and performer.  
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(click on album cover to get Humor Risk, the latest by Cass McCombs)

Song #2 of the day: It Ain’t Necessarily So is a Gershwin composition from the musical Porgy and Bess.  The songs has been covered by everyone from Cher to Bronski Beat and Sting to Hugh Laurie.   The version today comes from the Chairman of the Board himself Frank Sinatra.

  (click on album cover to get Radio Days (1949) Frank Sinatra sings Gershwin)

Song #3 of the day: The Little Drummer Boy was first recorded by The Trapp Family Singers and popularized by the Harry Simone Chorale. It has been covered many, many times by everyone from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to The Wiggles and Jimi Hendrix to the Veggie Tales.  Todays version comes from an 80s era Nashville band called Raging Fire Raging Fire – The Little Drummer Boy (1986) by Allen in Tennessee

Song #4 of the day: A repeat from last week, but a damn fine song – Band of the Year nominees You and Me show off the bluesier side of their sound with the track Running Like Hell . Running Like Hell by You and Me

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Some Restrictions Apply Mix

Finally a day that is not a somber anniversary of a genuine tragedy, so I can let loose and be all irreverent and not offend anyone…  and I got nothing…. – well… what I do have is a pretty killer morning shuffle – if I do say so myself (and I do).

(click on album cover to purchase and download Transformer by Lou Reed featuring Walk on the Wild Side

So I’ve shared this before, but there was this moment sometime in the early 80s, when this skinny, weird and confused adolescent boy found himself listening to a college station WTTU in Cookeville Tennessee, and he heard this fine, fine music coming from his transistor radio and the suddenly some things became clarified (though he remained confused for some time – 30 years or so and counting to be exact).  Walk on the Wide Side was subversive and beautiful. Rock & Roll is supposed to be subversive, when it stops being subversive, something new and yes subversive comes along –the Beatles and the Stones then the Stooges and the Velvet Underground then the Ramones and the New York Dolls, then X and the Germs…

(click album cover to purchase and download The Best of Simon & Garfunkel featuring Hazy Shade of Winter)

Okay, I’ll admit, my first introduction to this song was the Bangles mid to late 80s version, but at least I was paying attention enough to know it was a cover.  My memory associated with Hazy Shade of Winter involves one of those post-high school reunions.  Socially, I was a late bloomer (if you call what I did blooming), and these gatherings made up for a lot of real or imagined missed opportunities.  One night or morning, I was leaving one of these gatherings – it was probably around Thanksgiving or Christmas, and I was feeling a bit hazy and the song came to my mind and I suddenly thought I understood.

     (click album cover to purchase and download The Essential Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass which contains the song Satisfaction Guaranteed (or Take Your Love Back))

 So every generation in recent memory thinks it invented rebellion and sex and cool music.  At best, though, all the next generation can do is stand on the shoulders of the giants who have gone before and hopefully move things forward a bit.  That’s why I call myself a progressive.  I think as a race (human), we must keep moving forward because the past is gone and the good ole days weren’t always so good. Satisfaction Guaranteed (or Take Your Love Back) makes me think about the book Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem which I’ve written about before. That novel tells a musical history wrapped into the lives of two boys whose lives collide in an emerging gentrified neighborhood in Brooklyn. Soul music moving into the early days of hip-hop, with a dash of early punk rock provide the soundtrack and back beat to the book.  The song itself will take you back even if you weren’t there the first time.  I should know because I was not and it does.
  (click album cover to purchase and download In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra featuring the song Dancing on the Ceiling)

Speaking as a child of the 80s, I thought Lionel Richie was the first person to go Dancing on the Ceiling.

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