Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Plough Deep Mix

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 I can’t think of a better way to start my day than listening to “Shine” by Great Divide – what a joyful song. Oh wait, I know.. how about starting the day with two Great Divide songs in a row. “Fast Train” is awesome because I am a total sucker for “train” songs.

The Joy of Painting, in addition to being a classic PBS series hosted by the late Bob Ross, is a Nashville band who we’ve been digging on for a year or so. They have a brand new album called Tender Age, and today we have the catchy and generally just awesome “Back to Romance”.

Back in the day, I completely fell head over heels for “Walk in the Woods” and subsequently all of Peter Case’s self-titled solo debut. There was something clear and authentic and true about that album.  When the follow up to that album was released, needless to say I had some pretty high expectation which Mr. Case met and exceeded many times over.  The Man with Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Tradionalist Guitar contains so many enduring songs (Traveling Light, Entella Hotel, Two Angels and This Town’s a Riot to name just a few). “Poor Old Tom” is for me a stand out on an album of stand outs. A heart-breaking song, it is loaded with some amazing lines. “He fought for freedom, never took a free breath”. “The night wind’s free to blow wherever it pleases, Tom’s free to walk until the cold daybreak.”  “The worse disease in the world is to be unwanted, to be used up and cast away”.  In just under four minutes, the listener is drawn into this broken, tragic life… it’s nothing short of brilliant.  The other night, I decided to add some older songs into the current mix – just to shake things up a bit. I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to this song in the 24 years since it’s release, but I never grow tired of it.

Moving on… Ghost and Goblin are a New York band who first came to our attention in a shout of from The End Men.  They released an album called SUPERHORRORCASTLELAND back in April or so, and we’ve featured several songs from that record.  “Look at the Clouds” is perhaps one of my favorites. A uncharacteristically breezy melody kicks into a more characteristic menacing hook. The album is out there on Bandcamp – check it out.

The Michigan band Decades are three kids who grew up on punk, ska and metal and then discovered the smooth pop songwriting of the 70s and 80s and the alternative radio rock of the 90s.  The result is something surprising.  Their music rocks and the punk/ska spirit still sits at the bottom of what they do, but layered on top is a focus on great pop songwriting and a genuine love of the music. “Popping Veins” from their album Deep Deep Pink Sessions is a good place to start.

Earlier this week, June 10 to be precise, was the 103 anniversary of the birth of Chester Arthur Burnett. You may know Mr. Burnett better as Howlin’ Wolf and stone-cold authentic Mississippi Blues Man. “Smokestack Lightning” is one of his earlier songs and draws upon several earlier blues songs. 

We’ve been covering a lot of music by the Vegas band Coastwest Unrest. Today we have the song “Empty Handed Painter” from the most recent release High Times on Lowly Streets which came out back in April. I sure hope you’ve checked out this band by now. If not, do it!

SHUFFLE BEGINS NOW… JUMP!

  • “Dream Up” by Wheelchair Sports Camp from their Where We All Live EP (2012).

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Of the many ways I come to the music featured on Ear to the Ground, the more random ways are my favorite.  I get alerts on my phone the Bandsintown app. A few weeks ago, I got this alert that Flobots had a announced a show in town, and as I began clicking links and searching around, I saw where Wheelchair Sports Camp was opening up some shows this summer for Flobots and the name intrigued me.  I’ve written at length in earlier posts about the band, so I’ll just say, I’m continuing to love this music.

  • “Embers” by Joshua Worden from Always This (2013)

We’ve featured Joshua Worden quite a bit, too. This silky smooth Atlanta RnB Pop artist came to us via a publicist – which is another way we find out of about music. 

  • “Sailing Stones” by Monks of Mellonwah from Ghost Stories (2013)

The Sydney band Monks of Mellonwah are another band that came to us (a year or so ago) from a publicist. They are getting ready to release a new EP called Ghost Stories, and we got an early listen.  So far, I’m impressed by the melodic power of this record. You can check out their earlier releases where you usually get music. The songs featured here will appear on the band’s full-length album Turn the People which will be released later this year. Regardless of how I come to find out about a band, one of my stated goals of Ear to the Ground is to keep my mind and my ears open. The press release touts many of the band’s music industry achievements.  If you want to know that stuff just ask, and I will send you what I received. For me, though, it’s about the music, and this music is very good.

  • “Told You So” by Human Face from The Waiting Game (Part One) (2012)

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 Human Face came to us the “old-fashioned” way – i.e. the way we first had to discover new music when the blog was too new for publicists to even know about us.  They followed me on Twitter and I checked them out.  What impresses me about Human Face is the incredible melodies, the modern take on some music of an earlier era.  For reasons unclear to me, I am reminded of 70s-80s UK band Squeeze.  Human Face does not sound like Squeeze, but like that incredible band, they combine strong songwriting, a contemporary sensibility and healthy does of Motown soul.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Trouble in Mind Mix

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It was already hot and humid when I left home this morning – a sure sign that it is Bonnaroo time in Middle Tennessee.  Today’s Mix has nothing whatsoever to do with that music festival in Manchester, Tennessee. 

As I was pulling out my driveway, the first song of the day came up on.  It’s another great number from the new Nikki Sue and the Bad News album, Nothing Gold.  Location, Location, Location… “Location”.

Anamanaguchi are from New York.  “Endless Fantasy” is the title track from their latest release, and it is nearly six minutes of instrumental goodness.

13ghosts are a Birmingham, Alabama Rock band.  Their song “Broken Objects” is from a 2011 album called Liar’s Melody.  I like it.

The final track from the EP of Ukrainian folk music is a lively number called  “Ой Під Вишнею (Oj Pid Vyshneju)” performed by the quartet of Katarina Lkahovic, Mike Romaniak, Patrick Power, and Stephen Kreuger.  I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve always been a sucker for traditional ethnic folk music, and this is very good ethnic folk music.

I’ve been posting a lot of Year of October.  They are a young Nashville band, that I recently become acquainted with and enamored of. They are playing a week from this Sunday night at the Basement (underneath Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music).  “Where I’ve Been” comes from the first volume of the band’s acoustic sessions.

Squire were part of the Mod revival of the late 1970s.  Today we have a song from a 2007 Squire Tribute album as performed by the San Diego band, The Shambles*. “It’s a Mod Mod World” is extremely Mod and extremely cool.    *The Shambles is also a fictional band invented by my pal Rex Silo. I don’t know how he’ll feel to know there is a real band by that name, but we will soon find out.

The Great Mistake are a Buffalo, New York band. Here is their description from Facebook.

“”you guys sound like if Morrissey fronted a post-rock band that was forced to play pop rock at gunpoint.” Also, we don’t growl!”  We will have more from The Great Escape coming up in the Shuffle for the day.

We have more of the smooth, new jazzy R’n’B from Atlanta – Joshua Worden with “Like a Rose”

POPCULT come from Denver and offer up some sweet alternative sounds from the Mile-High City. Today we have  “Life in the Wind” from their eponymously titled album.

Which takes us into our Daily Shuffle – First JUMP








Hotpipes are a very cool Indie band from here in Music City USA.   They released an album called Dust back in April and today we have “For Cowboy” from that album.  Check them out.

 

Buffalo New York’s The Great Escape came to our attention via a Twitter Follow (I think). *checks Twitter* Yes, a Twitter Follow.  The song into today’s Shuffle is from a 2008 album called In Orbit – Volume 1 and is called “The Other Side of the World”. 

We’ve been wearing out the self-titled album by Chicago’s Great Divide over the past few weeks.  Some awesome horn arrangements build upon a comfortable soulful groove and joined with strong and unique vocals.  Dig it. Today we have “Holiday”

Frank Ryan is a young singer/songwriter from Toronto by way of Dublin, Ireland.  His music is soulful and rocking and just plain cool.  Check it.  Closing out the shuffle today is “Joelle” which is off Ryan’s 2012 Dirty Little Liar EP (available on Bandcamp)

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*please note in several instances today where I couldn’t find the exact song on Youtube, so check out this playlist and then seek out the exact songs.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Forging a Head Mix

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Well, well, well…..


Again and again and again… we keep saying it, but we do have a great of songs. I can almost certainly guarantee that you will not find this mix of songs on your brand x music blog.

From Home to Parking Lot – Pre-Shuffle:  Nashville’s Mystery Twins return to the E2TG mix with another one off their Love is Strange EP. “The Rain Keeps Falling”.

Yet another song from the self-titled album by Chicago’s fabulous Great Divide.  “Step Back”

A newcomer to the E2TG morning mix, Atlanta, GA singer-songwriter Joshua Worden employs a silky smooth R’n’B, Soul favor in delivering his unique brand of Indie Pop. Today’s song is called “Midnight”.

I’m not sure that change of pace is adequate to describe the transition from Joshua Worden to Tear Out the Heart. This St. Louis/Los Angeles Metalcore band have a new album called Violence out on Victory Records.  “Infamous Last Words” is everything you want, need or expect from a Metalcore band.  A definite shot of adrenaline for my morning commute.

Palma Violets are a UK indie band out on the Rough Trade label. “Best of Friends” comes to us today via Amazon’s Free Music from Rising Artists. It is also the lead off track from their ‘180’ album which was released in March.

Pickwick are from Washington State.  “Hacienda Motel” is from their album called Can’t Talk Medicine which was also released in March.  Garage R&B.

Tom Mason is a genuine Nashville character.  He makes Pirate music with his band of Blue Buccaneers – see the video included in the playlist below. This is Tom Mason solo from East Nashville Vol. 3 More Music from the Other Side with “Chaz Pozo’s Shoes”.

Canopy Climbers are three guys who live in three different cities and record via the internet. Their new album Miles is set to drop a week from today, and today we have the first taste in a song called “Stuck”.

As I pulled into the parking lot and then began my walk across the State of Tennessee (I walk across a scale model map) and then up Capitol Hill. I began listening to “Kiss” a song by Scout Niblett a Portland, Oregon via England, singer songwriter.  On this track Scout is joined by the iconic and insanely good Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy).

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I began my walk with the aforementioned “Kiss” by Scout Niblett with Bonnie “Prince” Billy off Scout Niblett’s 2007 album, This Fool Can Die Now.

Sometime, as I walked across the state map – possible just as I was passing over the Great Smokey Mountains (but probably not), the next song in our Shuffle came up. “Sewee Sewee” is by Mountain Man whose ethereal chords first caught my attention with their song ‘Soft Skin’ which was also on their 2010 Made the Harbor album.

By this point, I was walking up the steps leading up Capitol Hill (and wishing I was in better shape), and on this fine, fine still officially late spring morning in Nashville, we had the good fortune of hearing one of our recently discovered favorite local band, Year of October with a song about “Another Indian Summer”.  Digging on this band, and this is yet another favorite of mine from their 2012 album Stories.

And finally, as I was in the home stretch and making my way down the sidewalk toward Charlotte Avenue, “Anchored” came into my ear holes. The song in it’s earlier version was the title track to Nikki Sue and the Bad News’ 2011 EP. This newly recorded version is on the fantastic Nothing Gold which was released this year, and which we reviewed a few weeks back. 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Substrata Mix

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We’re back.  It’s been almost a week since the last shuffle.  Since that post, we saw an awesome if all too brief set from Black Jake and the Carnies and we scanned in some old Spin magazine clippings from the mid-80s. One post about the Minutemen has received over 120 “likes” since Saturday afternoon.

But, we are rested and rejuvenated and ready to bring you the constant variety of music.

PRE-SHUFFLE:

Вийди, Вийди, Іванку (Vyjdy, Vyjdy, Ivanku)” by Katarina Ljahovic, Mike Romaniak, Patrick Power, Stephen Kreuger from Нема ні Шнурочка (Nema Ni Shnurochka) (2012)  – More great Ukrainian folk music featuring Patrick Power of Valued Customer and my Instagram friend Stephen Kreuger.

“Lady Luck Death Dance” by Coastwest Unrest from Old Weird America (2010) – there is a real Velvet Undergroundish feel to this song.  Love it.

“Nobody” by Cecile McLorin Salvant from WomanChild (2013)

“Nowhere” by Tipi Valley from Rock ‘n’ Roll Live On (2013)  – Nobody, Nowhere, Noway, Nohow! 😉

“Shut Up” by Savages from Silence Yourself (2013)

“Shout it Out” by Mikal Cronin from MCII (2013)

“The War Within” by Churchill from The War Within (2013)

“The Fire Pit” by Ben Shive from The Cymbal Crashing Clouds (2011)

“Humiliation” by The National from Trouble Will Find Me (2013)

Shuffle begins in 3… 2… 1… JUMP
SHUFFLE:

  • “Capsized” by Richmond Fontaine from Thirteen Cities (2007)


An Alt-County band from Portland, Oregon who have been around since the mid-90s.  This song came from this month’s Feel Band for You compilation.

  • “Hold You in My Arms” by Great Divide from Great Divide (2013)
I think I’ve mentioned it, but it bears (get it – the album cover) repeating, I love this record. What a laid back chill way to start a Monday morning.

  • “The Lonesome Tale of Bacchus Lee (My Friend) by Coastwest Unrest from Old Weird America (2010)

Another great track from this Las Vegas band. We grabbed both songs in today’s mix on a Noisetrade compilation.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Chili Isn’t Chili Mix

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Ready Set Go… well, I’m going to be out and about the rest of this week.  I MAY sneak in an entry or two.  In the mean time, I will leave you with another fine, fine mix of music…

PRE-SHUFFLE:

1. “Chili” by Dog Without Warning (Did I mention the latest Dog Without Warning record is bad ass? Well, it is.  My shuffle mode has been digging this song and so have I.)
2.”Oh Darlin'” by Mystery Twins (Happy to present another song from this Nashville-based musical side project. – two members of The Clutters)
3. “Infatuation” by Dog Without Warning (Did I mention that the latest Dog Without Warning record is really, really bad ass?  Well, it really really is! This song is one of my favorites from the ‘Bark’ EP.  Oh who am I kidding, all of the songs on ‘Bark’ are my favorites.)
 4. “The Escape” by SkyBurnsRed (more music from this hot UK band).
 5. “Sorry, But I’m Yours” by Ben Shive (Another awesome track from this unique Nashville Singer/Songwriter)
6. & 7. “Is There Anybody Out There?” and “Nothing Stays the Same” by Human Face (Really digging the Brit-Pop feel of this band)
8. “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding” by Steve Earle (covering Elvis Costello (doing a Nick Lowe tune)) (A live and loud version of the Nick Lowe classic. Trivia, Earle’s son Justin Townes is in the band for this song) 
9. “Bring Me Backwards” by Ellis Paul (Man oh Man, I dig this song.  Came to me via the latest Feel Bad for You mixtape)

and then we transition into the Shuffle with one of the strongest cuts on the excellent new EP by Tipi Valley

SHUFFLE AFTER THE JUMP!

  • “You Know” by Tipi Valley from Rock ‘n Roll Lives On (2013)

This song was Tipi Valley’s contribution to CXCW13. Tipi Valley is from Swansea, UK. I’ll have to remember to ask him if Swansea is as beautiful as it sounds….

  • “Piling It On” by Decades from Deep Deep Pink Sessions (2013)

‘Cause sometimes you need some good Hard Rock in your mix.

  • “Rebel Music” by Coastwest Unrest from Old Weird America (2010)

I’m really, really, really digging this Las Vegas band which I was introduced to via Noisetrade.  This song comes from the band’s 2010 album, Old Weird America.

  • “Easy Chair” by Great Divide from Great Divide (2013)

A great way to close out today’s Shuffle.  There is a lovely, comfortable feel to this band, and so far I think I like every single song I’ve heard.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Tic Toc Tac Toe Tap Tip Top Mix

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 It’s Friday and it’s also the last day of May!  

Let’s put this month to rest with some awesome tunes…

Pre-Shuffle:

“Moorie” by Great Divide
“Bridge by the River” by Nikki Sue and the Bad News
“Wish I Could Stand or Have” and “Chardonnay” by Game Theory
“Bloodhound” by Jeanette Lynne
“Tear You Up” and “Come In” by Decades
“Drenched” by Wanting
“Tickin’ Bomb” by Shovels and Rope

 Shuffle – after le jump… la jump????  The Jump!

  •  “Tables (Acoustic)” by Seth Philpott from a 2013 Noisetrade Sampler original version from Bad Hearts (2013) 

 Grabbed a sampler from Noisetrade and I’ve become a pretty big fan of this Nashville Singer/Songwriter.  Bad Hearts came out earlier this month.

  • “Don’t Force the Funk” by Wheelchair Sports Camp from Where We All Live (2012)

Kalyn the MC/Producer of Wheelchair Sports camp is 26 years old, 3 foot 6 inches tall and weighs 53 pounds. She has osteogenesis imperfecta a brittle bone condition. She also delivers some kick-ass lyrical explosions and with the rest of the band deliver some vicious beats.

  • “Disaster” by Kopecky Family Band from The Disaster(2010)

Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band have been making music together since 2007.  Their latest album (linked above) Kids Raising Kids is getting some serious National attention, but here in Nashville, we’ve been paying attention for a while now.  I absolutely love this sort of Title track from the band’s 2010 album.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ready or Not Mix



After a hyper-extended weekend, we are back with a lot of ground to cover… without ado…


Pre-Pre-Shuffle:

“When I Cry” – Jeanette Lynne 
“Wrinkles”  – Grass Root Kids
“Sweetest Girl in the Kitchen” Henry’s Rifle
“Matchbox” – Jerry Lee Lewis
“Midnight Moon” – Year of October
“White Light/White Heat” – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Pre-Shuffle:

“Ain’t No Reason” – Great Divide
“Long Time Ago” – Current Swell
“Woodland” – The Paper Kites
“Leilani” – Game Theory
 “Up to Me” – Cosmonauts on Vacation
“Rue des Fantomes” – Inlandsis
“I Want to Hold Your Hand”   – Game Theory covering The Beatles
“Better Life” – Paper Route

SHUFFLE after the JUMP



  • “Autumn Leaves” by Great Divide from Great Divide (2013)


 

Really, really digging the soul vibe from this Great Divide record.


  • “Still Frightened” by Coastwest Unrest from High Times of Lowly Street (2013)


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Coastwest Unrest are from Las Vegas.  I literally just downloaded their new Noisetrade Sampler last night, and this was my first real listen.  So far, so good. Great sound and I’m dying to hear more.


  • “Bloodsucker” by Moses and the Firstborn from Mozes and the Firstborn (2013)

Mozes and the Firstborn are from Antwerp. They have a wicked sense of humor and they pretty much rock.  Isn’t that enough?


  • “Falling” by Tipi Valley from Rock ‘n Roll Lives On (2013)





Really, really digging this new music from our friend Tipi Valley from the UK. Here’s a link to the video of the title track-  http://vimeo.com/66842870 

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