Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Set the Dial to Black and White Mix

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Still reeling from Saturday night’s Raging Fire reunion at Exit/In.  So many memories stirred, the band sounded so good, and the songs were still as awesome as always.  My (perhaps) unique perspective.  I was a huge fan of the Nashville music scene in the mid to late 1980s, but just a fan and mostly at a distance.  I only made it to Nashville on the rare occasion I could round up people to go with me. I was lucky enough to see some of the great bands of  that era, but I didn’t know anybody.

That being said, the music was important to me, and WRVU and The Metro and later Fireplace Whiskey Journal were my lifelines.  So, it was a pretty cool experience to be at this show and to actually know some of the people involved.  And speaking of WRVU, when Adam Dread fist bumped me during the Raging Fire set… my eighteen/nineteen year old self suddenly felt very cool.

And to be redundant, Raging Fire absolutely killed it. Melora Zaner is still one of the best and sexiest rock vocalist around, Mark Medley kept the whole thing in perfect time, bassists John Reed, Les Shields (and the other one I didn’t know) were awesome.  The very large shoes of the late Michael Godsey were filled by not one but two of the scenes very best – Joe Blanton (The Enemy, Royal Court of China, The Bluefields) and Jeff Cease (Rumble Circus, Black Crowes). They were perfect for the role, having known Michael and having been present…

We jump into a Monday Morning shuffle….

“Photo Booth” by Tim Lee 3

Fresh on the news that Tim Lee 3 spinoff band, BARK, will be playing Nashville this month.  We have TL3 with a song from their latest album, 33 1/3.  Such a great band that I’ve gotten to know over the last few years, and they have some deep, deep roots in the music of my youth.

“Casino Road” by Kevin Gordon

Just before Kevin Gordon released his latest album Long Gone Time, he released a compilation EP via Noisetrade and serves as a good catching up point if you are just now discovering the talented Mr. Gordon.  This song goes back to O Come Look at the Burning which was released just over a decade ago.

“Cut Me Some Slack” by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear

From the film/soundtrack Sound City… much was (rightfully) made of  the ex-Beatle leading the remaining members of Nirvana in this song which truly rocks.  The interesting side story for me… I recently watched the movie What We Do is Secret, which was a fictionalized telling of the history of the L.A. punk band The Germs. So what makes the story fascinating for me… when The Germs started, they decided to form a band, bought instruments, booked and played their first show (which was a ridiculous, chaotic mess), and only then learned to play the instruments. Pat Smear formed the band along with the late Darby Crash, and some thirty plus years later, he finds himself playing with Sir Paul himself.  I don’t know… that seems kind of remarkable to me.

“The Rise of the Black Messiah” by Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls released their 14th Studio album this past summer. The album is called One Lost Day, and the Rise of the Black Messiah is on that album.

“My Lord and I” by Elder Anderson Johnson

From the Music Maker Relief Foundation album. Elder Anderson Johnson was a street performer, an outsider artist, and he founded a church in Newport News, Virginia. He passed away in 1998.

“Drops of Ink” by Drew Kohl

Another track from Drew Kohl’s EP, Sweetheart, which I reviewed earlier this year.  “Drops of Ink” is a story of lost love. 

“Hysterically Speaking” by The Colored Parade

Another track from The Colored Parade’s album, And the Walls of the City Will Shake.  A great, catchy song… I look forward to continuing to follow Andrew Adkins and see where his music takes him.  

“I Feel Like My Time Ain’t Long” by Essie Mae Brooks

We close out the Monday shuffle with another Music Maker Relief Foundation artist. Essie Mae Brooks was born in Georgia in 1930 and began making music at a very early age. I kind of think maybe we featured this song before, but who really cares – it is a great song.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Onward Mix

Longish shuffle today – time is fleeting… here we go…

“Three Car Jam” by the Minutemen (from Double Nickels. One of three “car jams” on the album. A classic)

“Easy Does” by Let’s Active

“Hey Grace, Hey Tony” by Grace and Tony (from November – it’s almost here)

“The Spins” by Potty Mouth (from Hell Bent/ Massachusetts Rock)

“Midnight You” by The Coal Men (from Escalator.  Such a great song)

“A Morning Song” by Elephant Stone (another from their Seven Seas album – we featured the title track earlier this week)

“Think About It” by Stevie Nicks (from Bella Donna)

“My Heart and the Real World” by the Minutemen (another from Double Nickels)

“Mama’s Baby, Daddy’s Maybe” by Swamp Dogg (aka Jerry Williams… yes!)

“Onward” by The Danbury Lie (from ‘?’.  It was good to see Danbury Lie doing a show with our friends the Grimm Generation.)

“Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man)” by Matthew Sweet (from the Repo Man Soundtrack tribute. Sweet cover The Plugz who were covering a song made famous by Johnny Rivers)

“Down by the River” (live) by Indigo Girls (Another cover – this time it’s a Neil Young cover by Amy and Emily. )

 
 
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ill Communication Mix

“Well never mind, we are ugly but we have the music.” – Leonard Cohen
And we go Marching on into a new month.  I loaded my first songs of the new month last night, and thus have a brand new playlist from which to shuffle.  Shall we?
Riceboy Sleeps is the title of an album by Jonsi (Sigur Ros) and Alex Somers.  It is also the title of this soundcloud discovery dedicated to the pair.  Riceboy Sleeps, the song, is by Jonas Obermuller, a young German composer and sound designer.  You can check it out and download by using the player below:

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F35971253&show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=b03a21 Riceboy Sleeps (a tribute to Jónsi Birgisson & Alex Somers) by Jonas Obermüller

  (to check out the album by Jonsi and Alex Somers click the adjacent picture)

Next we have City Lights by  Radio Moscow an Iowa-based Psychedelic Blues band. The song comes to us via Popa’s Tunes and is off of the band’s 2009 Brain Cycles album.

(to check out Brain Cycles by Radio Moscow – click the pic to the left)

Next, I stumbled upon a cool Leonard Cohen cover last night.  It’s Chelsea Hotel as covered by Nashville’s own Lambchop.  It’s on the intriguing 2011 Leonard Cohen tribute album which you can check out by clicking the pic-link below:

(Leonard Cohen by En Boca De – which features k.d. lang, Jackson Browne and others )

Next, we have a song for triskaidekaphobes everywhere…. it’s Rhode Island’s own Deer Tick doing Friday XIII from their 2009 Born on Flag Day album.

(Born on Flag Day by Deer Tick @ Amazon.com)

Jolene Song is on Taco Land’s Heart of Texas album, but all credit here goes to Joseph Russell’s young daughter.  Beautiful.

(Heart of Texas by Taco Land)

Finally we have a solo track from Indigo Girl Amy Ray. The song is on 2008s Didn’t It Feel Kinder.

(Didn’t It Feel Kinder by Amy Ray)

We grabbed the song and others from Noisetrade (See widget below)

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This Indigo Girls “two-fer” from Sony Legacy features the duo’s eponymous 1989 record and 1992’s Rites of Passage. For most listeners, their first introduction to the music of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers was 1989’s smash single “Closer to Fine,” and while f