Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Games People Play Mix

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Did you miss me?  I’m back after a two day absence with another shuffle of songs across a broad musical spectrum.  Meanwhile, it is Friday! So let’s celebrate!

“Baby I’m Doin’ It” by Eight O’Five Jive

Nashville’s Jump/Jive/Swing band, Eight O’Five Jive are back with another song from their fantastic recent album, Too Many Men. 

“Stuck on Repeat” by Hudson K

Hudson K are an electronic synth rock duo from Knoxville, TN.  This song is from their 2013 Ouroboros and the Black Dove.  We grabbed it off a Noisetrade Bonnaroo mixtape which I take to mean they will be performing in Manchester next month, so check them out if you are down on the farm…

“Cherry Licorice” by The Felice Brothers

Dig this track from The Felice Brothers’ 2014 album, Favorite Waitress.

“Red Rover” by Paper Aeroplanes

UK Dream Folk band, Paper Aeroplanes are up next with a track that first appeared on the EP Time to Be in 2012, and then was included on their 2013 album Little Letters.

“Dig It Up” by Tim Lee 3

A live version of a tune from the classic 2010 double album, Raucous Americanus by E2TG favorites Tim Lee 3 from Knoxville.  Check out all of their music including their latest album 33 1/3 at the usual places or visit their website.

“Surprise, Surprise” by The Rolling Stones

This was the final track on the Stones’ third American album, The Rolling Stones, Now! which was released in 1965. 

“Games People Play” (Joe South cover) by The Georgia Satellites

From In the Land of Salvation and Sin… this song is a cover of a 1968 song by the late Singer-Songwriter, Joe South, who also wrote the song, “Rose Garden” made famous by Lynn Anderson.

“Men w/ Tears” by Rich Robbins (prod. by Nate France)

Some  awesome Hip Hop music emanating from the suburbs of Chicago via the city of Philadelphia and currently settled on the campus of University of Wisconsin – Madison. Informed, honest, and innovative.

“Challenge of the Love Warriors” by Tom Tom Club

In celebration of the birthday of Chris Frantz founding member of both Tom Tom Club and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Talking Heads, we have this track written by Frantz from Tom Tom Club’s 1988 album, Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom. The track is breathy and sexy and (like all of Tom Tom Club’s music) incredibly fun.

“The Immortals” by The Ghoul Goes West
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We close out the day and the week with another really cool song, from one of the newest Ear to the Ground favorites.  The Ghoul Goes West are from Northwest Arkansas.  This song is from the awesome album, Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things.

 

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Kiss Me Once, Kiss Me Twice Mix

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I try really hard not to pay attention to things like page views – I really do, but a couple of things have happened in the last 24 hours that I am pretty happy about.  My total Page Views since I switched the blog to Blogger a little over 3 years ago reached one of those milestones with lots of zeros. The number isn’t really important because it is all relative. I mean, I know some of those brand x music blogs probably achieve the same number is a month or week or day or hour or whatever, and that is the part I don’t really care about.  It’s just nice to see those zeros and know that among those site views are people who come to enjoy the music that I am so happy to feature.

The other thing (and rather inexplicably) but the daily site views for the current 24 hour period has exploded. I know I owe a big thanks to the people who share my posts across the webbernets….  It’s still not that important because I have a great shuffle today and for all I know something like 12 people will look at it, and if I don’t get too worried about that, I can’t really get to excited for the higher numbers… but I do.  And I thank everyone for it. 

As I said, we have a great shuffle with some old friends and some newer ones and some classic tunes…

 “Choose Your Delusion” by The Danbury Lie

What better way to start off today’s landmark shuffle than with the title track from the latest The Danbury Lie album.  I quite like this song and the parts of the album I’ve had a chance to hear.  Much more to come from this and the previous release from this Connecticut-based outfit.

“Peter Rumpkin” by Willa Mae Buckner

From the Music Makers Relief Foundation Sampler… Very glad for an organization that seeks to support and preserve some of America’s great and too often forgotten musical artists.  I haven’t had a chance to find out a whole bunch about Willa Mae Buckner, but she seems to have been quite a character – as this song and the picture accompanying the video will attest. She passed away in 2000 but her music lives on, and I am glad to play a small part in keeping things going.

“Something There” by Tom Schreck

I hang out with a bunch of talented songwriters in Nashville, and for a long time, I kept hearing about Tom Schreck, Tom Schreck, Tom Schreck… He runs a recurring event at Jackalope Brewery with which I have a recurring conflict, but I finally got the opportunity to see him and now I have joined the chorus. Tom Schreck!  He writes timeless sounding songs and you should definitely check him out.  The song I listened to today is from his latest album, Save Your Glory which can be found on his Bandcamp page.  That’s Tom Schreck in case you missed it.

“Tools” by Yellerkin

Yellerkin are a New York band that I heard for this first time when this song came up in today’s shuffle. It’s from a Noisetrade SXSW sampler.  I want to hear more – pretty interesting stuff.

“Blackberry Blossom” by David Schnaufer

I mentioned yesterday, the connection between David Schnaufer and his connection with 80s/early 90s Nashville band The Cactus Brothers.  The video standing in for this song is The Cactus Brothers version from their self-titled album.  Cactus Brothers lead singer Paul Kirby and David Schnaufer are, sadly, no longer with us, but thankfully the music endures.

“Hurts Like Hell” by Josh Morris

Josh Morris was 1/2 of And the Giraffe, who were an #E2TG featured artist a few years back.  And the Giraffe broke up recently, and now Josh has a brand new EP called Green Fields which has just been released.  Check it out.  Josh is also producing the forthcoming album by Jon Latham which going to be the bomb..

“Sweet Blue Midnight” by The Georgia Satellite

A sweetly sentimental song from In the Land of Salvation and Sin…

“Broken Face” by Pixies

Nice of the Pixies to drop into the shuffle, and they brought along a song from their classic album Surfer Rosa.

“East of West” by The End Men

What would such a momentous shuffle be without an appearance by 2013 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year, The End Men.  This song is the B-Side of the new single by called Morning Birds.  Digging into new The End Men music is like putting on a comfortable old pair of shoes… if said shoes were totally badass and had magically become even better since the last itme you wore them.  Yep, that’s the kind of shoes I’m talking about. 

“Lord Byron’s Luggage” by Warren Zevon

From the album, My Ride’s Here….   A cool song.

“Foolin” by Andrew Combs

Foolin is from the recently released album All These Dreams by Nashville-based songwriter Andrew Combs. You should definitely check him out.

“Am I The Only One (Who’s Ever Felt This Way)” by Maria McKee

We close things out with further proof that Maria McKee is totally awesome and that her self-titled solo album is an underrated gem.  I honestly don’t know how it is rated, but no matter how highly rated it is, it is still underrated in my book.  This song was later covered by The Dixie Chicks on their Wide Open Spaces album.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Kilos, Ounces, and Pounds Mix

I’m back!  And rushed again… let’s get this done….

“Short Songs” by Dead Kennedys

Sort of the title track from the latest Feel Bad for You compilation.  Recorded live. 32 seconds or so. First appeared on the Bay Area compilation Can you Hear Me? Music from the Deaf Club.  Later included on the DK compilation Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death.

“In Nowheres” by The Twilight Sad

The Scottish Indie band with a song from their album Nobody Wants to Be Here Nobody Wants to Leave.

“All Over But the Cryin'” by The Georgia Satellites

Another great song from In the Land of Salvation and Sin – the last Satellite’s album to include Dan Baird.

“Southern Grammar” by Hiss Golden Messenger

The title track from the latest EP from the North Carolina Folk Duo…

“Runnin From Miami” by Neighborhood Texture Jam

Another awesome song from the Funeral Mountain album.  The video playlist includes some bits from a 2013 reunion show in Memphis.

“Come Together” by Stacy Mitchhart

A very cool Beatles’ cover from the album Live My Life by the Nashville Blues great.

“Crazy Mother Fucker from Shelby Ohio” by Tim Easton

A stand out track from Tim Easton’s Not Cool album.  The song was written by J.P. Olsen who was an early inspiration for Easton’s songwriting.

“You Wear it Well” by Rod Stewart

From the album, Never a Dull Moment.  I picked up the early period Rod Stewart compilation, Sing it Again, Rod at Goodwill a while back, and this song is included on that album.

“Soul Stroll” by Stacy Mitchhart

Our second track from Live My Life is an instrumental.

“Forest Gum” by New Madrid

From the latest album by the Athens, GA band. The album Sunswimmer was released about a year ago.

“Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone” by Matt Prater

From the new album Tables and Chairs by Alabama Country purist Matt Prater.  This is just flat out a great song.

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Monday Evening Music Shuffle – Iced In Mix

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No work today due to President’s Day.  Didn’t leave home today due to Nashville Ice Storm 2015.  Got bored this evening due to cabin fever, and so I’m doing a rare evening shuffle for you and for me…

“Blue Rondo a la Turk” by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

I hit shuffle, and I don’t know what will come up.  When Jazz comes up, I am happy. Dave Brubeck Quartet from Time Out – 1959.

“Walkin’ With the King” by Joe Nolan

Joe Nolan back in the shuffle.  I really dig this song. The video is from his appearance at the East Side Invasion at Bobby’s Idle Hour a couple of weeks back.  I was there. From his EP called King.

“Crazy” by Georgia Satellites

Old school Georgia Satellites.  Released on In the Land of Salvation and Sin.  

“Old Vinyl and Innocence” by Two Mule Blues

Really love this song. The video is from Couch by Couchwest 2014.  Couch by Couchwest 2015 will be here sooner than you know.  Get cracking.

“Circle Unit Document” by The Transcendents

People send me music.  I hope I never get too blase and cynical about that.  People from New Zealand send me really cool music.  So, I write about it. Check out this band. Their self-titled album is available on Bandcamp.

“Old South” by Neighborhood Texture Jam

Memphis Tennessee in the late 80s was a pretty weird place. I speak from experience. Well, it was weird for me, but there was some cool music happening. Like Neighborhood Texture Jam. Off of Funeral Mountain.

“This Ol’ World” by Young America

I’ve gotten to know the two of the members of Young America who are currently residing in Nashville.  Taylor and Drew are great songwriters in their own right, and I really love it when they sing together.  This is the first single from the forthcoming Young America album.  

“Everything Has Proven to be Futile” by The Transcendents

Another from The Transcendents self-titled album.  

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” by Willie Nelson et. al.

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, and Snoop Dogg.  What?

“American Haikus” by Jack Kerouac

Close things out with Kerouac, Al Cohn, and Zoot Sims and ten minutes of American Haikus and Jack cracking himself up on a couple of occasions.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Baboon Heart Mix

Well, here we go. Another short shuffle that covers a ton of ground. For the literary minded among you, we have a song inspired by Upton Sinclair and another inspired by a Tennessee Williams’ play.  Plus, we have some Piedmont Blues for North Carolina, one of Paul Revere’s Raiders doing a Ray Charles song and so much more… let’s get to it…

“Slaughterhouse” by The Georgia Satellites 

From In the Land of Salvation and Sin… Inspired by the muckraking writing of Upton Sinclair especially the novel, The Jungle.

“Chapel Hill Boogie” by John Dee Holeman (Holman)

Some more Piedmont Blues for the Music Makers compilation on Noisetrade. This song was co-written by Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  By the way, on Noisetrade and almost everywhere else I looked, the artist’s name is listed as Holeman.  Wikipedia insists that his name is Holman and often misspelled as Holeman.  Let’s just agree to disagree and just applaud the work of all organizations that help musicians who have given the world so much.

“The Boy in the Bubble” by Paul Simon

The classic lead track from Paul Simon’s groundbreaking album Graceland.  

“Open Wide” by Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets get all speed metal-ey on this stand out track from Forbidden Places.

“This Property is Condemned” by Maria McKee

Ex-Lone Justice singer Maria McKee references a play by Tennessee Williams in this track from her self-titled debut solo album.

“Leave My Woman Alone” by Keith Allison

Keith Allison got his break on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is – a show which featured Paul Revere and the Raiders as the house band.  Allison later joined that band and had a long career contributed to many popular releases. This Ray Charles cover is from Allison’s 1967 solo album In Action.

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One of the pioneers of the alt-country movement, The Old 97s lead by Rhett Miller are still making music.  This reluctantly self-referential song is from their most recent album Most Messed Up which came out in April 2014 on ATO Records. 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – I’m Not Down Mix

Every other Sunday Night, an amazing cultural exchange program takes place in Nashville.  The East Side Invasion at Bobby’s Idle Hour features some of East Nashville’s best songwriters holding court at the legendary Music Row watering hole.  Curated and hosted by performing songwriter Lindsay Ellyn, the typical evening includes two songwriter rounds, a set from a featured artist, and a show closer by Darrin Bradbury. The night is a casual, laid-back affair that happens to include some of the best songwriters Nashville (East or West) has to offer. Plus, I’m usually home before eleven to get ready to face Monday morning.  Come on out sometime. The next East Side Invasion is February 8.

In the shuffle today, we have some great songs by some of my heroes, another awesome track from a new Alt-Rock band that we have been featuring, plus something completely different… let’s dig in!

“It’ll Never Get Better Than This” by Bill Lloyd

We start off the week in shuffles with another great Pop song from Bill Lloyd’s Feeling the Elephant album.  Lloyd, who may be best known as 1/2 of the hit Country duo Foster and Lloyd, also happens to be one of the best Pop songwriters in America.  To paraphrase Joe Jackson, When I die and go to pure pop heaven, I have a feeling I’ll hear a Bill Lloyd song playing on the PA.

“That’s How it Goes” by Meat Puppets

One of the Meat Puppets most straight forward Country sounding songs. It’s still a definite Meat Puppets’ song. From Forbidden Places.

“Amazons” by Phranc

Another from Folksinger. Amazons is Phranc’s homage to great female sports figures.

 

“Human Touch” by Elvis Costello

From Get Happy!!  Elvis Costello and the Attractions 1980 album which was highly influenced by Ska, Soul, and Rhythm and Blues music.   

“Endless Farewell” by Soul Asylum

From Hang Time (1988) which was produced by Ed Stasium and Lenny Kaye. Endless Farewell is a slow burner in the midst of some of the most poppy punk rock songs on the album.

“Blind Among the Flowers” by The Tourists

The Tourist was a 1970s British band that featured (among others) Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart before they were Eurhythmics. The band wrote and recorded some incredibly catchy songs in the course of their 3 year existence. Appropriately enough, their 1984 retrospective was called Should Have Been Greatest Hits.  Blind Among the Flowers from the band’s self-titled debut album is one of my favorites.

“Out of Control (Into the Void)” by The Torn Images

I think this is the fourth The Torn Images song we have featured in one of our shuffles. From the Reviver album, the song is the kind of grungy rock songs, that you just don’t hear very often anymore. 

“Stellazine Blues” by The Georgia Satellites

From In the Land of Salvation and Sin comes some classic late 80s Southern rock and roll.

“Fracking” by Tanya Tagaq

From the album Animalism.  This is music unlike anything you have heard before.  Intensely primal Inuit Throat singing is joined with eerily droning electronica. I do not think this is for everyone, but I encourage everyone to listen with an open mind and recognize the artistry of what is happening even if the results are not to your taste.

                                                                          
“I’m Not Down” by The Clash

This is probably one of the songs on London Calling with which I am least familiar. It is a great song from one of the best albums of all time by one of the best bands of all time.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Move over Captain America Mix

I would like to preface today’s shuffle by saying that a big pet peeve of mine are people of a certain age who loudly decry “music these days” and who pine for some different era. They usually “prove” their point by referencing some trendy pop act of today and offer up for comparisons sake some legend of a different era who has stood the test of time.  It is not only the logic that is faulty, but such statements are a sign of laziness. There is a ton of great music being made “these days” – far more than even this music blogger than cover.  So my advise to those who would rant in the manner mentioned above is either 1. Seek out music – there are far more ways to do this than there ever were or 2. Shut up and admit that you are unwilling to do so and that you prefer the music of your younger days.

All that being said,  music has a special power to evoke… music which was an integral part of the formative years of our lives does hold a special place.  It is in that spirit that I offer up today’s shuffle which a total throwback to my days of yore.

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Count me among the legions who truly discovered Big Star and Alex Chilton thanks to The Replacements. This song comes from an Alex Chilton compilation which gave me a crash course in all things Chilton. It was originally on the legendary album Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers.

“Bottle O’ Tears” by The Georgia Satellites

I know they are the Georgia Satellites, but I have always considered them a Nashville band.  I first heard “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” on WRVU several months before it became an international hit song, and I first read about the band in the legendary Metro magazine. This comes from the 1989 album In The Land of Salvation and Sin. I have always considered  that album an underrated classic or at least an under-heard classic.

“Shake That Thing” by The Georgia Satellites

Another great song from In the Land…. I think this song is about shaking something, but I’m not sure… Seriously, this is what Rock ‘n’ Roll is all about.

“Whoa!” by Soul Asylum

Soul Asylum released three albums in 1986.  This was the first. A glorious loud and fast punk inspired ode to joy called Made to Be Broken.


“Six Gallon Pie” by Meat Puppets

An instrumental from their 1989 album Forbidden Places – this was a few years before Kurt Cobain and Nirvana helped make the band household names.  I love this album, and it’s a good time to tell about the extremely hot and sweaty Meat Puppets’ show at 328 Performance Hall when the band took pity on the crowd of hot and sweat moshers and started handing out beers from the stage.  So, I can say that one of the Kirkwood brothers gave me a beer.  I know I’ve told this story many, many times, but if you give me a beer from the stage, I’ll tell the world about it, too. I’m easy that way.

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We have a pair of songs from the debut album, Big Lizard in Your Backyard, by everyone’s favorite punk brats.  I guess I could always relate to The Dead Milkmen because I was a bit of a punk brat myself….

“Beach Song” by The Dead Milkmen

Who hates the beach?  The Dead Milkmen hate the beach!

“King of the Mountain” by Midnight Oil

From their 1990 album, Blue Sky Mining.  I’ve always loved this song.  The interesting twist of time and circumstance is that these days, I get to see Midnight Oil bassist Bones Hillman just about every Friday in East Nashville helping the hold down the bottom for Tim Carroll.

“Caped Crusader” by Phranc

A song about a comic book based upon the life of Pope John Paul II from Phranc’s solo debut album Folksinger (1985).  Phranc was previously a member of the band Catholic Discipline and the band appeared in the landmark film about the L.A. punk scene, The Decline of Western Civilization.

“King of Fools” by Social Distortion

The most recent release in today’s shuffle from the 1992 Social D album Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell.  I dig just about every song on this album.

“Another Chance” by The Georgia Satellites

We shall close this shuffle with one of my favorite songs on In the Land of Salvation and Sin…. I think this song is a more elegant expression of the sentiment behind YOLO. 🙂

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