Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Dust Off Mix

Back after a day off from blogging.  We have eight cooler than necessary tracks…  let’s jump to it!

“Instant Crush” by Daft Punk from Random Access Memories

Everyone’s favorite robot-helmeted French electronic musicians with a song from their powerhouse 2013 album. This song features Julian Casablancas from The Strokes.

“Digital” by Rewpart from 1/2

Some cool music from London and Rewpart who I met through the about.me website.

“Foolish Pride” by Tipi Valley” from Blue Moon EP

More great music from long-time E2TG fave Tipi Valley from Wales.

“Away” by Ben Pagano from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Robot Jazz

Seriously, if you haven’t downloaded the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 album yet, what are you waiting for.  While you’re at check out the Robot Jazz album by Ben Pagano, too.  Do it! I’ll wait.

“Brushed the Dust Off (Lean into the Wind)” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean into the Wind

I needed to hear this song today…  Any shuffle that includes Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray has to be good.

“Way Up High” by The Foresters from Living Hold

More good stuff from the Nork brothers of Connecticut!

“Cliff Bar” by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepe’s (Demos)

Darrin Bradbury turns a phrase about as well as anyone I can think of, and I can think of a lot of people who can turn a phrase pretty darn well…    We’ve included a video sneak peek of the forthcoming new EP due out tomorrow called Motel Oatmeal

“Could We See” by Grounded from untitled

Close things out with a former E2TG featured artist from back when we had featured artists.  Grounded are from Florida, and I’m not sure if the album is titled “untitled” or if is actually untitled, but it has some cool music on it – including this one.

Some VIDEOS:

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Life if Hard Mix

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Things are heating up here in Nashville. It’s above freezing and expected to be near 60 on Saturday.  But enough about the weather.

I have a lot of big plans for Ear to the Ground in 2014, but I am going to need some help.  I have a few bullet point requests/offers/informative bits of information (unnecessarily repetitive and redundant in an intentionally purposeful way).

  • I am working on a decorative piece of wall art for personal use.  If you have any spare stickers or other flat promotional art that you’d be willing to send me, hit me up via e-mail (to follow)
  • Last month, I made a joking comment about giving an E2TG prize pack to my 1,000th Twitter Follower.* Then, I got to thinking that it might be cool to put together a prize pack for some promotional reason (still undetermined).  If you have any thing you might be willing to donate – again hit me up via e-mail (to follow)
  • I think it’s well past time for Volume II of Ear to the Ground Presents.  I did a compilation download of some of my favorite bands from the blog way back in the spring of 2012 and released it in conjunction with Record Store Day.  Rather than doing direct solicitation, I thought I would through it open.  If you or your band would like to be featured on Ear to the Ground Presents: Volume II – let me know.  You can either let me know the preferred song and/or shoot me an MP3.  I may do some direct solicitation if responses are not sufficient or if some key players are missing.  If it’s finished I may release prior to Record Store Day, but I still plan to promote at the event at Grimey’s and will provide links if you want to promote however you want.
  • Speaking of Record Store Day at Grimey’s.  The store always has a table filled with free promotional items. If anyone wants me to, I can get this stuff to Grimey’s to be on the table. Hit me up as we get closer to the date (It’s the third Saturday in April by the way).
  • Don’t forget, it’s a good time to start working on your 2014 CXCW videos.  If you don’t know about Couch by Couchwest visit their website for details.  It’s a fun time.
  • Finally, I am working on creatively releasing some of my fiction, and I would love some help promoting it.  Details will follow.

E-Mail about any and all of the above to jpwm14@gmail.com. Use the subject line Ear to the Ground.

Let’s get to today’s shuffle

Today’s mix of songs puts our total for the week at just over 100.  I’m always glad to be able to feature so much music.

“Jumprope” by The Gingerlys
“Heavy Bells” by J. Roddy Walston and the Business
“Sarah Beth” by Nightmare and the Cat
“Break it Up” by Grounded
“Doctor Wu” (Steely Dan cover) by The Minutemen
“Jor G” by The Graveyard Kids
“Never Loved You” by Nava Hotel
“thriller” by Mission South
“I Can’t Hardly Stand It” by The Cramps
“Escape Velocity” by Slack Armada
“Feel You Now” by The Autumn Defense
“Wither” by The Bright Light Motion
“Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?” by The Minutemen
“Life is Hard” (Live 2013) by Darrin Bradbury
“Chemical Friends” by Puppet Rebellion
“Night Rider” by Jonny Corndawg
“Snow Globes” by Rickolus
“All You Know” by Grounded
“Absent Afternoon” by Calexico
“Broken Heart” by Dr. Dog
“House of Mirrors” by Stoney
 
 
Notes:
 
 
The songs by The Gingerlys and The Graveyard Kids are taken from the most recent Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation.  It still amazes me how much great music is on that record.
 
I just heard that J. Roddy Walston and the Business is part of the Coachella line-up announced yesterday afternoon.
 
I’m really digging the new Grounded record.
 
Can’t go wrong with The Cramps in the shuffle.  This one is from their album Bad Music for Bad People.
 
We continue our long survey of the classic album Double Nickels on the Dime by The Minutemen.
 
Darrin Bradbury is flat out one of the best pure songwriters around today.  We have two more examples to prove my comment in today’s shuffle.
 
Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg) released one of the best records of 2013.  This one goes back to before his name change.
 
It’s a great set of songs.  Check out the video playlist below which approximates my experience  listening to the shuffle yesterday and today.
 
Video Playlist
 
 




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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Arctic Vortex Mix

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Short on time, and I have a ton of songs in the mix today.  Let’s!

“Dust and Bones” by James and the Wild Spirit

“Recollection” by Keep Shelly in Athens

“Heavy Music” by Bob Seger and the Last Heard

“Broken Bones and Pocket Change” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones

“All the Way from Memphis” by Mott the Hoople

“Round Here” by Stoney

“Oblivion” by Basement_ua

“Sunday Morning” (Velvet Underground cover) by Elizabeth Cook

“All You Know” by Grounded

“Fortunate Son” (CCR Cover) by Todd Snider

“Peaches” by Mission South

“Eager for Your Love” by Tristen

“Sea of Eyes” by DD Dagger

“Straight Street Blues” and “Call me a Coward” by Darrin Bradbury

“Love Wakes the Dead” by The Bright Light Motion

“Finally” by The Frames

“President Gas” by The Psychedelic Furs

“The Bird’s the Word” by Bird by Bird

“Lost in a Lullaby” by The Drowning Men

“Gasoline” by Humming House

“Bad Skin” by Hunx and His Punx

“Looking Out” by Brandi Carlile

“Let’s Have a War” (Fear Cover) by Mike Watt and his Secondmen

“Wanderlust” by Stoney

“June 16th” by Minutemen

“C’est L’heure pour changer/This is the Time for Change” by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

“Don’t Come Around Here No More” (Tom Petty Cover) by Bhi Bhiman

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Cold Start Mix

Well here we are.  It’s a new year. 2014 is shaping up to be a good one with new music promised from The Foresters, Humming House, The Lucky Jukebox Brigade, and Taco Land just to name a few off the top of my head.

I haven’t finished adding new music to our playlist, but we have some sweet music – new and old already queued up so let’s jump to it.

“Drunken Hearts” by Wallpaper

“Tusk” (Fleetwood Mac Cover) by Kopecky Family Band

“Black Star” (Radiohead Cover) by Gillian Welch

“Lie Awake” by Angel Snow

“No Exchange” by Minutemen

“The Best I Can Do (Is Love You)” by Mr. Kind

“Desperate” by Solardrive (feat. David Gould)

“Your Majesty” by Slack Armada

“Wrecking Ball” by Swear and Shake

“Street Hassle: Waltzing Matilda” by Lou Reed

“F(e)ar O(f)f Place” (Home Demo) by Black Doctor Jr.

“On a Night Like This” by Bob Dylan

“Southern Seamstress” by Humming House

“Urethane” by Grounded

“Lady Stardust” by David Bowie

“The Hungry Wolf” by X

“Happy Good Morning Blues” by Bruce Cockburn

“Themselves” by Minutemen

NOTES:

Wallpaper are from Oakland.  I think we grabbed this from Amazon. Dig it.

A couple of really cool covers. Kopecky Family Band covering the Fleetwood Mac classic, and the incredible Gillian Welch covering Radiohead.

Angel Snow wrote “Lie Awake” with Viktor Krauss and it was included on Victor’s sister’s 2011 album Paper Airplane. Viktor’s sister is Allison Krauss.  Here’s Angel doing the song herself from her self-titled album. 

The great thing about featuring Double Nickels on the Dime by The Minutemen is that it has so many songs, the featured posts carry on for a while.  The Minutemen are always a great way to start the day.

Another from Mr. Kind‘s self-titled release.

Solardrive is the new band/project from Balthazar Getty and this track features David Gould who is bassist in the band Mother Tongue.

We also have some cool music from Slack Armada out of Chicago, Swear and Shake out of Brookyln, Humming House from Nashville, and Grounded from Florida.

The Home Demo we feature from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen artist Black Doctor, Jr. is pretty damn awesome.

Starting 2014 with a classic Lou Reed epic is a statement of the endless and timeless quality of his music.  This song brings together two of the artists who had a huge influence on my early musical taste and development (via a spoken word bit by Bruce Springsteen).

Great classic music from Bob Dylan, David Bowie, X, and Bruce Cockburn round out this excellent beginning to what is promising to be a great year.

SHOP

 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – denigrate obtuse mix

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Hope everyone is doing well…

Let’s jump straight into the Shuffle….

“Talkin’ World War III Blues” by Billy Bragg (from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan: A Folk Tribute. A great way to start today’s shuffle.  Taken from a song by song cover of Dylan’s landmark second album – a Woody Guthrie-style talking blues song covered up just right by one of the voices of my generation, Billy Bragg)

“Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabell” by Annie Sellick (from Let’s Make a Christmas Memory. Annie Sellick is an acclaimed and accomplished jazz vocalist from Nashville.  This is her first Christmas album, and this song happens to be lead track.  It’s a glorious and beautiful take on a French carol which includes the backing of a full orchestra. The album is due out on November 28, and Sellick will have a release performance on December 5 with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. I usually don’t listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but I wanted to introduce this one to you. I have at least one other new Christmas album which I hope to be featuring before the holidays are over.)

“The Murder Mystery” by The Velvet Underground (from The Velvet Underground.  The eponymously titled third album by New York band The Velvet Underground was also the first without founding member John Cale. The Murder Mystery stands alone on this album (which is filled with more straight forward sounds) with it’s overlapping spoken-words and the haunting counter-point vocals.)

“I’d Rather Be High” by David Bowie (from The Next Day.  When this year began, it was pretty widely accepted that David Bowie was all but retired from music. As it turned out, Bowie still had a few musical tricks up his metaphorical sleeve and released his twenty-fourth studio album in early March. The album has received generally positive reviews with some calling it his best work since Scary Monsters released over twenty years prior.  We dig deeper into this album with the 8th track.)

“Riptide” by Vance Joy (from God Loves You When You’re Dancing.  A pretty nifty folk/pop song getting some significant buzz from the people who buzz about such things.  Vance will be touring with Young the Giant next year including a stop in Nashville at the Ryman in March.)

“Tennessee Blues” by The Howlin’ Brothers (from The Sun Studio Session.  I think at this point I’ve featured this whole record. The video playlist for today includes a live video from the Sun Studio Session. A PBS show is scheduled for early next year, and February 4 is the target date for the next full-length The Howlin’ Brothers record.  As this song played this morning, I was driving just north of downtown Nashville, and it was a crisp, clear Fall day, and this song was just about the perfect accompaniment.)

“Smug” by Grounded (from their new untitled album.  Nice way to close out the Shuffle with an extended – 7 plus minute jam from this young band from Florida.)

 
*remember you can do all your holiday shopping by going through any of our Amazon links and a portion of the funds go to help E2TG continue to do what we do. 🙂 
 
 
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Reflections Mix

A lot of ground to cover….  as promised, I added a virtual ton of music to the playlist – 196 songs in all bringing the total before today’s post of 471 songs – which I think is a record.

First off – you have to understand that Lou Reed tributes are not going to stop anytime soon.  His death seemed to affect people who make and listen to all kinds of music.  Today, we have a very special video offered as a tribute to Mr. Reed.  It’s a cover of the Velvet Underground classic (aren’t they all?) and one of my favorites (I know I say this about quite a few VU and Reed songs – but really I mean it) – “I’ll Be Your Mirror” here performed by Richard Barone with the amazing Jane Scarpantoni on Cello from the 25th  Anniversary concert for one of the most lovely records ever made (Cool Blue Halo).  Richard Barone (Bongos) is offering up the song as a tribute to his late friend and influence.



Now – let’s get to the shuffle…. we have a long one today – so join me after the JUMP

“Bumming Me Out” by The Great American Novel (from 😦 .  )

“Love You Strongly” by Amy Stroup (from The Other Side of Love – Session Two.)

“Wilbur Mountain (2012)” by Darrin Bradbury (from NEW!!!!The Almost Great Crepe’s (Demos). Darrin Bradbury was in Big Wilson River who we have featured before. Word has it he has upped and relocated from New Jersey to Nashville.  Nashville take notice!  I love the spoken/story/song featured here.  It makes me think of Gary Larson (The Far Side) meeting Larry McMurtry kind of… and in case you don’t know that would be a damn fine thing indeed.)

 
 
“Break it Up” by Grounded (from an untitled album released 10/31/2013.  Careful and dedicated listeners may remember that E2TG featured the young Florida band Grounded sometime last year. Well, they are back with some new music, and it’s a good reminder of why I was so impressed by this band.)
  

“Pawnshops” by Todd Farrell Jr. and the Dirty Birds (from All Our Heroes Live in Vans.  Todd Farrell is one of the brightest lights in a stunning bright Nashville music scene. Flat out great song here. This one also came out on Halloween.)
 


 

 
 
“Golem” by Black Joe Lewis (from Electric Slave.  I can’t stop listening to this funky Texas rocker.)
 
“Femme Fatale” by Big Star (from Third/Sister Lovers.  What more can be said an iconic band, doing a cover of an iconic song. It’s from the equally iconic Third album by Big Star from Memphis.  Do I need to say that it’s a Velvet Underground cover.)
 
“Cohesion” and “Please Don’t Be Gentle with Me” by Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime.  Back to back songs from the Post-Punk masterpiece. A study in contrast)
 
“All Dolled Up” by Penicillin Baby (from Jams: Volume III. More Psyched out ear candy from this amazing Nashville band – via Jeffery Drag Records)
 
 
“God Bows to Math” by Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime.  And a third song from this album for good measure. ’cause why the hell not?)
 
“Real Child of Hell” by X (from Under the Big Black Sun. From the LA punk band’s third album and major label debut.  Ray Manzarek back behind the boards for the third time)
 
“To Be Someone (Didn’t We Have a Nice Time)” by The Jam (from All Mod Cons. This is the modern world.)
 
“Beware of a Dog” by EdTang (from Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner.  Another great song from this Asbury Park band.  We’ve been digging this album for a while.)
 
 
“Tennessee Whiskey and Me” by Jenny Leigh (from Tipping Point.  Miss Shevaughn introduced me to Jenny Leigh at The Basement last month.  She has recently relocated from D.C. to Nashville, and I hope to catch her playing around town some time.)
 
“Witches” by The Danbury Lie (from ?.  The spooky opening track from the latest full length release from The Danbury Lie.)
 
 
 
 
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Day Late, Many Dollars Short

 
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Yes, Yes I know it’s Friday – Believe me I know, but I listened to a pretty cool shuffle yesterday and then had to hit the road and then some life stuff, and I really didn’t want to skip posting – so the Friday Shuffle is coming soon – it’s a good one, too, by the way.

 The Thursday Shuffle starts off with a sonic blast from the boys from Florida who call themselves Grounded. Roman Candle is off their latest release Sinlong Plethora.

Grab Sinlong Plethora HERE

Couldn’t find a video of the song, so here is a video of 91 Roman Candles going off at the same time (don’t try this at home – though I know some of you will, but if you do you didn’t get the idea from me – so there)




Next up is the Memphis band Lucero with Sometimes from their album Women and Work which was released in March of this year.

Next we have a song from an EP we streamed for you last week. West Coast band Jemez Mountain Hawkz is a new band made up of veterans of several great Indie bands including The Shins. Listening to their debut, I feel instantly in love with the carefree desert grooves and sweet West Coast melodic sound.  Today we feature the song, CA-2 from the Hey-Mez EP.

Sex and Gasoline is the title track from the 2008 album by the great Rodney Crowell.  After seeing his incredible performance at The Station Inn during the Americana Fest, I’ve been seeking out anything by him that I can find.  I found this, and it’s – as per expectations – a great song.

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