First of all… Tuesday? Really? Just Tuesday?
Second… how about a couple of my favorite Christmas songs…
Third… Rest in Peace to Mr. Ray Price. In seeing some of the news reports, I was most struck at how his voice held up into his late 70s/early 80s. So smooth… Thanks for the music.
Now… to today’s music…
Our journey back through some favorites from the year that will soon enough be ending… Shuffle style…
“It’s All Wrong” by The End Men
“I Should Have Listened” and “Today is Gonna Be a Better Day” by You and Me
“Stuck” by The Coal Men
“Double Brahma” by Valued Customer
“The Flame” by prattle on, rick
“Bloodhound” by Jeanette Lynne
“Muskegon Harbor” by Taco Land
“Sailing Stones” by Monks of Mellonwah
“Daddy Fool (Svelt Mix)” by Tipi Valley (from Rock ‘n Roll Lives On)
“Love Doesn’t Mind” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza)
“Two Weeks on the Ocean” by James the Giant (from James the Giant)
“Broken Heartland” by The Coal Men (from Escalator)
“Onward” by The Danbury Lie (from ?)
“Modern Lives” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza)
“The Hoover Farm Exorcism” by The Imperial Rooster (from Cluckaphony)
The End Men – of course.
You and Me (glad to receive some music this year from one of the bands we’ve been following for a long time. Also glad to have two songs in a row from that album in today’s shuffle)
I feel like I was late to the party with The Coal Men. If, like me, you are just now discovering this great Nashville band, Escalator is a great place to start.
Before 2013, I knew I liked Valued Customer, but I wasn’t completely sure why. This year with the release of their truly mind-blowing/expanding Kalpa, I have become convinced that this wacky kids from Toronto are nothing short of musical geniuses…maybe just geniuses.
prattle on, rick is another Nashville-based “discovery” from 2013. Looks like I caught on just in-time for his fan-only release A Decade Begins and the album from which this track is taken, his extraordinary Some Quiet Majesty.
Likely, Taco Land and Tipi Valley have very little in common. One is from south Texas and the other from coastal Wales. They have both been featured prominently on this blog for some time. And they both had impressive releases in 2013. In listening today, I heard something (subtle) to connect these two great artists/bands. Always good to have long time blog friends/supporters in the shuffle.
Monks of Mellonwah are releasing their debut album as a series of EPs. The first two parts – Ghost Stories and Afraid to Die were released in 2013. The final part will be released in 2014. Some awesome hard rock from down under.
James the Giant released one of the most beautiful/painfully touching records of the year. The song featured today is dedicated to his brother who was killed in Afghanistan.
The Danbury Lie and The Imperial Rooster have just about nothing in common except that they both released incredible music in 2013 that I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing and sharing. There will be much more on both of these bands forthcoming.