Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Wintry Mix Mix

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So… Nashville had a light layer of ice this morning followed by a dusting of snow.  To translate for those of you in colder climates: NASHVILLE WAS HIT BY A MAJOR WINTER STORM TODAY! EVERYONE PANIC NOW!!!!!

So, when I made to the office (where attendance is very light today), my phone decided to turn itself off and back on which means I lost the record of the shuffle. I was able to remember all of the songs – I think, but the order is screwed up… then again, you would never have known that if I had not told you… shoot, I wish there was a way to erase that, but I heard things on the internet cannot be truly erased… 

I am getting really excited for tomorrow night.  At the Family Wash – dual CD Release shows happening with two of my favorite people here in town.  Stone Cupid (Julie Christensen’s band) is celebrating the release of The Cardinal and Amelia White is celebrating the release of her new album Home Sweet Hotel. Should be a great time!

On to the approximation of this morning’s shuffle….

window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”; “I’ve Forgotten What It Was in You (That Put the Need in Me)” by Maria McKee

Maria McKee has been one of my favorite voices since she was with Lone Justice.  This is a favorite of mine from her self-titled debut album.

“Baby Please Don’t Go” by CJ Chenier

A zydeco flavored version of the blues standard via The World Café Sessions. 

“Let’s Go to Memphis” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

Some new blues from Nashville’s own Scissormen off of the album Love and Life.

“Fake (About 10 or 12 Cows)” by Discount Ravioli

Discount Ravioli have a new album, but this is off their first which was called Robin Schultz and the 21 Prayers.  I still cannot find a Discount Ravioli video (but I did find lots of videos about how to make ravioli which is better than when I tried to find a video of another Dord Music Group band called 100% Beefcake….). I did find a video for another band from that label called Urinal Cakes.  Discount Ravioli are on bandcamp.  How to explain their sound…. imagine what it would sound like if you gave a group of musically talented but offbeat kids a bunch of caffeine and let them stay up way too late and then recorded the results. Something like that. It’s fun for sure.

“Walt Whitman’s Haversack” by Fendrick and Peck

Another lovely song from the Lucky Penny album by the Nashville-based, hard travelling duo.

“Valley of Rain” by Giant Sand

The lead and title track from the 1985 debut album by the long running Tucson, Arizona band fronted by the great Howe Gelb.  The first album featured piano by Chris Cacavas of Green on Red.  Over the years, the band has gone by the names Giant Sandworm and Giant Giant Sand. 


“Benson Said Something” by Smokey The Firebear

31 seconds of found sounds, random recordings, and noises from the album BNGFKR.  Smokey The Firebear’s new album Ohm Atlanta is due out on Valentine’s Day. I think.

“The Wild Side of Life” by Hank Thompson

A true classic country music song from 1952 by the great Hank Thompson.  This was the song that inspired the answer song, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” by Kitty Wells which was also released in 1952.

“Time Passes By” by Don Gallardo

Despite what you may hear otherwise, true country music is alive and well here in the middle years of the second decade of the 21st Century.  I saw Nashville based Don Gallardo and his band How Far West on New Years Eve Eve at the Family Wash, and they were incredible.  Expect a new album in 2016.  This one is the lead track from the 2011 album When The Daylight Whispers Darling…


Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Ain’t It Just Like Rain Mix

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Got to meet Alex Giorgetti of the long time #E2TG favorite The Gypsy West.  He was in town with his girlfriend Laura.  I always like meeting the people I write about in real life.  Word has it there could be some new music from The Gypsy West later this year.  Cannot wait!

Saturday, I got to hang out and hear some music from Patrick Kinsley who is getting set to release the first single from his forthcoming album.  I am super stoked for the new album and the first single “Back in Illinois” name drops Ear to the Ground – which I am going to just assume is intentional tribute… Don’t try to correct me on this!

Last night was another fine Eastside Invasion at Bobby’s Idle Hour.  All of the performances were fantastic.  Taylor Alexander, James Tomberlin, Vanessa Darian and Steven Cooper (Van Darien), Joe Nolan, and Luella and Some Fella (Tim Carroll) filling in for Darrin Bradbury. and more…

Now, it is Monday – a grey, drizzly morning – not feeling 100% – pushing through because it is what I do…  Music motivates in it’s own way… shuffle up!

“Gimme My Rock n’ Roll” by The Satisfactors

New, classic-sounding straight ahead Rock music from the New Jersey supergroup.  The song name drops, The Ramones, Richard Hell and more…

“N2DEEP” by B A S E C A M P

Electronic/Dubsteppy  R ‘n’ B cover of the Genesis song “In Too Deep”… from the Noisetrade Bonnaroo mixtape.

“The Semplica Girl Diaries” by Ben Arthur

From the  forthcoming album Call and Reponse – this song is a response to a short story by George Saunders and includes some input from the author.  You can read about this and more about the concept of art “answering” other art in this article by Ben Arthur.

“Big Fish” by Giant Sand

A fantastic song from Howe Gelb’s band taken from the benefit album, Sweet Relief – a 1993 album that included many artists covering the songs of Victoria Williams – who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“Mothers” by Circus Propaganda

Another great song from the Bethany, CT band. Just in time (a week and a day late) for Mother’s Day… or not…

“Different Darkness” by Carl Anderson

Still working on that Best of 2015 (so far) list, but Risk of Loss from which this one is taken, is still likely to be high up there. Carl Anderson is on the road and if he comes within driving distance of where you are, go see him.

“Run” by Storm Chronicles

Some lovely progressive music from the album Looking Backward.  I have been enjoying the gorgeous soundscapes present on this album.

“The Bear Came Over the Mountain” by Ben Arthur

Another from Call and Response.  This one is an “Answer song” to the Alice Munro Short Story.  By the way, I think I picked the same video for both Ben Arthur songs… but the second version was posted by SXSW and contains some additional background into Call and Response. 

“The Ghost in You” (Psychedelic Furs cover) by Robyn Hitchcock

Yeah… I was pretty much sold just by the idea of Robyn Hitchcock covering the Furs… fortunately, the execution lives up to my expectations… a great song well covered.

“The Body Electric” by Hurray for the Riff Raff

From the second time in as many weeks, we have the New Orleans based Hurray for the Riff Raff.  This time we have a song from their latest album Small Town Heroes.


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