Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Who Knows? Not Me Mix

!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

Be sure to “Like” Ear to the Ground on Facebook!

It’s apparently some holiday which you should celebrate as you see fit… 

In honor, today’s shuffle hits only high points…

“The Man Who Sold the World” (David Bowie cover) by Richard Barone

Richard Barone’s 1987 album Cool Blue Halo was recorded live and is one of the most stunningly beautiful albums made and one of my all-time favorites.  Here is a classic Bowie cover from that album.

“Happiness” by Grant Lee Buffalo

A great song from the band’s  1994 second album, Mighty Joe Moon. This song was used at the end of a season 1 episode of the television series, House.

“That Black Bat Licorice” by Jack White

From White’s 2014 album Lazaretto.

“(Do the) Instant Mash” by Joe Jackson

Look Sharp! was the 1979 debut album by Joe Jackson.  I first “discovered” Joe Jackson when Night and Day came out in 1982, but this album has become one of my favorites.  “I don’t work in supermarkets any more…”

“Terrifying Love” by Marshall Crenshaw

It’s been fun listening again to Downtown.  The album came out in 1985 when I was in college, and I listened to this quite a bit while driving around town, so much so that these songs are imprinted upon my memory with the sights and feelings of that time.

“Wonderful Doom” by Ron Muga

The title track from Ron Muga’s 2014 album, a devastatingly beautiful song.

“America” (Simon and Garfunkel cover) by First Aid Kit

The title track from an EP released earlier this year by the Swedish duo, and a gorgeous cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic from Bookends.

“Feels So Good” by The Record Company

The title track from the L.A. Rock/Blues band’s 2013 EP. Digging this record, a bunch.  Proving that when Sue Havlish recommends a band, you need to listen.

“A Time Machine Built for Two” by The Ghoul Goes West

Seriously, I know I say this a lot, and I know I don’t post music I don’t like, but I really want you all to check out The Ghoul Goes West.  Their latest album is Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things. There are some classic songs in this shuffle and some of my all-time favorite artists, and this song sounds great to me alongside those songs.  Instant classic? Maybe.  Great song? Certainly.

“Pillar to Post” by Aztec Camera      window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;     

Speaking of classics and all-time favorites… from the 1982 album, High Land, Hard Rain…. Roddy Frame and company made such beautiful music.


Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Sleeping Daydreams Mix

To sleep, perchance to dream…

a Monday shuffle follows the jump

A bunch of Nashville connections in the shuffle today…

“Lazaretto” by Jack White from Lazaretto

Nashville transplant Jack White with the title track from his latest album…

“Memorial Day” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

Coincidently, the second song named “Memorial Day” to grace our shuffle in this last week.  This one is from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen artist The Jean Jackets.  We have one last song from this album in our current playlist, and a whole other album to add.

“Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage the Elephant from Melophobia

Cage the Elephant are from just north of Nashville (Bowling Green, Kentucky). Melophobia was recorded here in Nashville and was produced by Jay Joyce who was in the Nashville band In Pursuit back in my formative years.

“Circles” by Pujol from PUJOL Sampler/Kludge

Daniel Pujol is one of Nashville’s best.  From his latest album Kludge and taken from a NoiseTrade sampler.

“Poor Boy” by Mark Robinson from Quit Your Job

One of the best Blues guitarists around, and a good friend of Ear to the Ground.  Mark Robinson is currently nominated for a Nashville Independent Music award.  This song – a take on a blues standard is from his first album.

“Blue Moon” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP

Another E2TG favorite, Tipi Valley is up next with the title track from his latest EP.  Solid guitar noise.

“Absolutely Bill’s Mood” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

The live TMBG’s album on NoiseTrade is a brilliant recreation of the classic first album.

“Until We Sleep” by David Gilmour from About Face

Next, we have a song from Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s second solo album – released in 1984.

“All I Have to Do is Dream” by The Everly Brothers from Single!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

We close out with the beautiful Everly Brother’s hit.  As a video extra, we’ve included R.E.M.’s classic cover of this song taken from the Documentary film, Athens Ga: Inside/Out.

Just as a warning – posting could be erratic for the next several days, but stayed tuned….



window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;

Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Is That All? Mix

Did you watch the Grammy Awards last night?  What’d you think?

Highlights for me:  Jack White, Mavis Staples and others in the Levon Helm tribute, Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Boys, Bruno Mars and Sting but mostly when Damian and Ziggy Marley came on stage, The Lumineers and the Dave Brubeck tribute.  Overall, I was surprisingly pleased which much of the show.  I mean, you have to accept it for what it is, but compared to past shows I’ve endured, I thought there was a abundance of real musicians on the stage.  And, the audience seemed to be supporting all the music.  And Prince, just by his royal presence and his off-the-cuff statement that he loved the Goyte song which won for Record of the Year.  Not the mention, the utter star-struckedness of Goyte and Kimbra. 

So, while it’s easy to sit here and complain about all the bands and artists who deserved to be on that stage or at least nominated… At least the Grammy’s seem to be trying… right?  Or do you disagree? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

We have a long shuffle, so let’s get to it. After le Jump…

1.  No Way Out by In Pursuit from City Without  Subway (1986)

Jay Joyce is now a successful producer who has worked with Cage the Elephant among others.  In the later part of the 80s. In Pursuit appeared to be on the verge of breaking out big time.  They got a slot opening some dates for aHa (you know the Take on Me band).  This track is reminiscent of their gorgeous sound.

  2. Promises by Nitzer Ebb from Industrial Complex (2010)

This was the sixth studio album by British EBM legends, released 15 years after their fifth album.  

3. Missing Pieces by Jack White from Blunderbuss (2012)

As mentioned, his set was a highlight of the night.

4. Tales from the Sad Hotel by Jim Lauderdale from Another Bloomin’ Sampler (2004)
A great song from the legendary Jim Lauderdale

5.  Living of Love by The Avett Brothers from Emotionalism (2007)

Great Music from The Avett Brothers

6. Broken by Cherryholmes from Cherryholmes III Don’t Believe (2008)

 Bluegrass band on Ricky Skaggs’ label.

7. Desespero by Staccato du Mal from Sin Destino (2011)

 A vintage electronics project from Miami Beach. 

8. Is That All? by U2 from October (1981)
Another classic track from the Irish band’s 2nd album.

9. Set on Fire by Magnolia Mountain from Town and Country (2012)
from the 3rd album by this Cincinnati Americana band.

10.Falling Deeper from Makaras Pen from Makaras Pen (2010)
A Buffalo, NY based Indie/Shoegaze band.

 11. Glass by FallsStart from Our Summer (2012)

A great track from a former featured band – FallsStart hail from all over the place and play some awesome hard alternative rock.


!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

<!– google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5465441380757075"; /* E2TG #2 */ google_ad_slot = "6306625404"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //–>

Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Small Things Mix

(This is the 20th Anniversary of my having played this song on January 14th – Enjoy!)

And we are back…  Thanks for sticking around… hello?  Is there anybody out there? 

We have nifty little shuffle for a cold, damp, icy Monday morning = after the jump:

1.  Song: Train of Love  Artist:Johnny Cash Album: Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous (1958) –  (Johnny Cash, a train song – nice… always nice! – We actually listened to an early demo version of this song)

2.  Song: Missing Pieces  Artist: Jack White Album: Blunderbuss (2012) – (A great release from last year… Nashville based… awesomeness…)

3. Song: Fear   Artist: Benjy Ferree  Album: Come Back To the Five and Dime Bobby Dee, Bobby Dee (2009) – (D.C. based singer-songwriter, pretty sure this is a free download from Amazon when they offered daily free downloads, cool stuff, glad I got hold of it)
4. Song: Graduate  Artist: Chris Ayer  Album: Graduate (single – a-side) (2011) – (Singer Songwriter – Sanford Graduate – Video below is for another Chris Ayer song)

5.  Song: Slowdance (Bear in Heaven Remix)  Artist: Matthew Dear  Album: Slowdance EP (2011) – (song from electronic music-maker Dear as  remixed by Brooklyn rock band, Bear in Heaven – Video is for a different Remix – original song was on the album Black City) 

 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”); <!– google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5465441380757075"; /* E2TG #2 */ google_ad_slot = "6306625404"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //–>

Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Get out of Town Mix

Time is short – here’ s the video coverage of today’s shuffle:

Don’t have time to post Amazon Links so feel free to search and purchase using this widget: &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;A HREF=”;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Feartothegro00-20%2F8002%2Fcb2695a9-3c35-485e-9e28-6d36884d4c71&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;Operation=NoScript”&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Widgets&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/A&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Loretta Lynn and Jack White – Portland, Oregon
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs – Beg, Steal or Borrow

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – 3.5 Degrees Mix

I read somewhere that due to the explosive of social networking – primarily Facebook, the degrees of separation between all human beings has been reduced from 6 to 3.5.  I have no idea if that is true, but it sounds right.  It is always odd when a “Friend Suggestion” comes up and the person and I have mutual friends who come from entirely different parts of my life. 

This also falls in line with my philosophy that music is all about connections, and that no matter how diverse and random my music collection is, there is always a way to connect any one artist to another.

First up, Have Mercy is a stand-out track on the Jack White produced Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn. What a great collaboration this turned out to be.
  <—– Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose (

Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough: A MemoirLoretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough: A Memoir
Loretta Lynn’s first memoir, Coal Miner’s Daughter, was a #1 national bestseller that sparked an Oscar-winning movie and left fans hungry for more. Now Loretta finishes that story, and the second half of her life is every bit as remarkable and inspiring as the first. In a friendly, down-home style that belies her stature as country music’s most celebrated performer, Loretta writes candidly about the price of fame and the stresses of stardom; tells of friends and family she’s loved and lost along the way; and shares secrets not included in her first book. But at the heart of this memoir is her stormy relationship with Doo, the man she married at thirteen and stayed with until he died, through his drinking, their violent arguments, and their passionate reconciliations. Loretta reveals the devotion behind “one of the hardest love stories in the world.” Filled with intimate portraits of country legends, and brimming with folksy humor, this personal tale of grit, determination, and loyalty will enthrall Loretta’s countless fans and anyone who adores a good old-fashioned love story.

Next up is the hard to google band called The Men – they released a stunning album called Leave Home in 2011 and have a new album due out in early March called Open Your Heart. They play hard, loud music with compromise. Today we have a stand out track from the Leave Home LP “( )”.
  <—The Men – Leave Home (

Finally, completing our interesting three song shuffle and proving that the drugs were really good or really bad back in the mid sixties, we have a track whose working title was Tough Apple, but which ended up being called 2000 Light Years from Home and it comes from the Stones’ album Their Satanic Majesties Request.  

<—– The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request (

Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. Collage T-Shirt Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. Collage T-Shirt
Rolling Stones Exile T Shirt This is an officially licensed Rolling Stones t-shirt in which these Rolling Stones shirts have been screen printed with an official Rolling Stones image on the front. These Rolling Stones tshirts are usually made from heavyweight preshrunk 6oz. cotton tee shirt blanks. Check back often for some of our new Rolling Stones clothing and other Rolling Stones merchandise at great prices only at – .

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – All Fall Down Mix

So for Christians, this is the season of Lent, and I’m hearing a lot of people talking about what they are giving up.  So here at Ear to the Ground, we’ve made a decision.  From now until Easter we will not post any music by Justin Bieber. It’s going to be difficult, but I guess the idea is that such sacrifice will bring us closer to God.   So here we go with the first of many Bieber-free music shuffles.

First we have Streetwalker by Delta Spirit.  The song comes from the band’s first EP – I Think I’ve Found It.  A newer version of the sound was included on the full-length debut album Ode to Sunshine which we have linked below.  We got the EP version off a no longer available Noisetrade download.

<—Delta Spirit – Ode to Sunshine LP

Next up, we have the brand new Jack White solo track Love Interruption from his forthcoming album Blunderbuss – which was also the title of a Will & the Bushmen album.  Coincidence?

< Jack White – Love Interruption single

After Jack White, we got a fine rollicking country-flavored track which we got via Popa’s Tunes Popakazooza 2012 volume 2.  Nikki Sue & the Bad News are yet another great New Jersey band.  Here’s a link to the band’s website.

Our current Band of the Week are back with In the Woods  from their Led into the Wood – seven song EP.

<The Amboys – Led into the Woods EP

And finally we have The Signal by E L E M I N T. The original version is on the Poet Tree EP.

<E L E M I N T – Poet Tree EP

We listened to the Broadcast remix of the song by our Soundcloud friend Galen Wade which you can hear here: Elemint – The Signal [ Broadcast Remix by Galen Wade ] by Galen Wade