Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Unfinished Business 2013 Mix

Well, it’s a brand new year, and I already have some great stuff queued up to get 2014 off to a good beginning.  But, before we dive headlong into the new, there is some unfinished business – namely more 2013 favorites I wanted to offer up.  So today and tomorrow, I will wrap up the end of 2013 Mix and then Monday January 6 –  E2TG will kick off 2014 with a rousing start.

I’ve decided that the subtitle of this end of the year wrap-up should be: “If you think music sucked in 2013, then you were listening to the wrong music.” 

I humbly offer #E2TG has your antidote to the bad music blues….




Here’s today’s shuffle:

“An End to a Means” and “A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun” by Liquid Casing

“Headed for the Promised Land” by James Crawford

“Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

“Long Days of Longing” by James the Giant

“Requiem for the Disconsolate” by James Crawford

“Still” by Daughter

“Swept Under the Rug” by Francie Moon

“Checkpoints and Borders” by Liquid Casing

“Leave it Buried” by James the Giant

“Too Scared to Run Away” by James Crawford

“Work” by The End Men

“Thin Edge of a Knife” and “My Guitar” and “All the While” by James Crawford

“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

“Riot Path” by Liquid Casing

“Oh God” by Those Darlins

“Tremble Town” and “Go Home Daddy (You’re Drunk)” by James Crawford

NOTES


Progressive Alternative Rock band Liquid Casing from Texas have been around for several years with several line-up changes.  We caught up with them in 2013 with their release A Separate/Divide – a concept album covering the topic of immigration.  Musically, the album covers a wide path of avant-garde jazz, post-punk, alt-rock and uses emotionally evocative vocals and lyrics to draw the listener into the experiences of people making difficult decisions and facing unimaginable hurdles.

I am very happy to feature 8 count ’em, Eight song from James Crawford’s stunning self-titled album.  He is promising more new music in 2014 plus some long anticipated live dates.  Stay tuned.

Here at Ear to the Ground, we aren’t above featuring some big hit songs when we feel like it.  Thus today’s mix features 2013 music from Justin Timberlake and Daft Punk.

I’ve seen the UK band Daughter on several Year End lists on those Brand X music blogs, and to be honest, they probably wouldn’t be here except for a cool happening back in September.    The band was added to the impressive Americanarama line up at Grimey’s here in Nashville, however, their instruments were locked away at the Exit/In where they were scheduled to play that night.  So, the band borrowed some instruments and delivered an impressive set of music that won over this music blogger.  Check them out if you haven’t yet.

Papa Tune’s kept mentioning Francie Moon. Guess what, he was right as usual. I’m not even sure if I had the chance to feature this during 2013, but nonetheless, she deserves to be in this mix.

We had to include another song by our 2013 Band of the Year – The End Men.  Work is their single released in the later part of the year.

In 2013, a… um.. revealing poster appeared on the side of Grimey’s and other record stores across the country.  The purpose was to announce the forthcoming new album by Those Darlins. With Blur the Lines, the band sealed the deal as one of the best Nashville bands around.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – A Few of My Favorite Things 2013 Mix – Part Five

Stupid winter bugs…. well, I was out sick Friday – so no shuffle.  But, today’s shuffle includes music I would have featured on that day – plus a few more.   I’m actually going to be away for the rest of the week.  Ear to the Ground will return Monday December 30 to present the 3rd Annual Band of the Year award (for the first time not based upon a poll).

Let’s get to the music…



“I Guess That’s True” by Calicocat
“Lincoln” by EdTang
“Hey Grace, Hey Tony” by Grace and Tony
“May the Road Rise to Meet Your Face” by James Crawford
“Afraid to Die” by Monks of Mellonwah
“Screwdriver” by Prince
“Arrival in a Distant Land” by The Gabriel Construct
“Patience” by Mr. Kind
“Halo Day (4 ‘Drew)” by Tim Lee 3
“Bill, I Believe This is Killing Me” by EdTang
“Davey Jones” by The Blind Owl Band
“I’d Rather be High” by David Bowie
“Lonesome Street” by The Blind Owl Band
“Knocking on Heavens Door” by You and Me
“Divine Restlessness” by Marla Mase
“On the Watch (Parts V- XII)” by The Gypsy West
“Tennessee” by The Coal Men
“New Jerusalem” by Valued Customer
“Saint” by Mission South

NOTES:

Sadly, Nashville’s Calicocat called it quits this year, but first, they dropped their brilliant Mighty Superfluous.

Look for Grace and Tony to continue to light things up in 2014. Their debut album November dropped in… well November. 

Reuniting with old classmates on social media can be a hit or miss endeavor. From acrimonious political rankling to endless game requests, there can definitely be a downside.  On the other hand, there are people I didn’t know too well in school who I’ve gotten to know and like through the web.  And then there is James Crawford who just happened to make one of my favorite albums of the year.

Prince and David Bowie released excellent new music in 2013. Go figure.

The Gypsy West kicked off 2013 with the release of the final part of their Accomplices trilogy. We loved it.

Valued Customer.

I saw Mission South at the Basement when I went out to see my friends Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray. They are from D.C. and pretty freakin’ awesome.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Waiting For My Man Mix

Time, Time, Time, see what’s become of me…

Last week, I managed to move the overall current stuff playlist to down below 400. I’m planning to add more tunes tonight, so let’s make another dent today.

EXTRA HELPINGS:

“You’re Cordially Invited to My Backyard Passout Fest” by Darrin Bradbury     “After the Fight” by Jars of Clay    “Are You Listening” by Kopecky Family Band (from their excellent 2013album, Kids Raising Kids)    “She Still Loves Me” by SOJA (featuring Collie Buddz)      “Victory” by Junior Murvin  (who sadly past away last week. He co-wrote the song “Police and Theives” which was covered by The Clash on their self-titled album)    “Gypsy Django” by Humming House    “Bars” by The Westies    “‘A’ Bomb in Waldour Street” by the Jam    “I Like Beer” by Tom T. Hall  

TRANSITIONALLY SPEAKING (the track to move us from the Extra to the main shuffle):

“Headed To The Promised Land” by James Crawford (from James Crawford.  A definite stand-out track from one of my favorite albums of the year.)

SHUFFLE PROPER:

“I’m Waiting for My Man” (live) by Lou Reed (from 1974-05-14 Stockholm. “First thing you learn is you always gotta wait.”)

“Age of Immature Mistakes” by Jars of Clay (from Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session. originally released on Inland. Haven’t we all been that age? Wait when does that age end?)

“Tower Park” by Humming House (from Humming House. “Western swing and reception drinks
A two-step smile and a foxtrot wink  As the bandstand plays, the wedding march.” A gem from the self-titled debut by this fast-rising Nashville band.)

“Swamp Song” by Nava Hotel (from Never Loved You. Oh yeah! Some nasty delta blues riffs delivered by this hard rocking band from Nashville.)

BLOGGERS NOTE:  Just noticed… from this Nashville-based music blogger who rarely blogged about bands from Nashville (or semi-rarely at most)… 10 of today’s 14 songs are by Nashville based artists or at least that have a strong connection to Nashville. Just saying…

 
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – It Ain’t Easy Mix

Wow! I can’t believe another month has come and gone. It’s November! 

I’m going to start something new on Monday – unless I don’t.  In the meantime, I have a nifty ten song Shuffle to send you into your weekend.

“Red Lights” by JWM

Today’s Mix begins after the jumpy-thingy

“Humdrum Blues” by The Growlers (from Paste Fall Pre(View) 2013.  The Growlers are a California 60s inspired Folk, Surf, whatever band. I can’t find that this song is on an album yet. But you can get it and other great music on the latest Paste/Noisetrade Sampler:)

“It Ain’t Easy” by David Bowie (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  Did you know that this was a cover of a song by American songwriter Ron Davies who was the older brother of singer/songwriter Gail Davies? Me either. Now we both know.)

“Fooled by the Heart” by Nancy Apple (from The Memphis Belles – Past, Present and Future. I had the good fortune to meet Nancy Apple (The Queen of Memphis Country Music) a few weeks back at The Family Wash in Nashville when she played with Tim Lee 3 and other as part of the Troubadour Blues Roadshow. I got to share two of my favorite Memphis stories with her. This song is an awesome introduction to her music – for the uninitiated. The video I added to today’s Playlist is of a song she did the night I saw her – (the video is not from that night just to be clear.)”

 
“Tattoos” by Moovalya (from Moovalya.  Cool songs by a nifty hard rock band from Phoenix)
 
“This Old Heart” by Mark Robinson (from Quit Your Job – Play Guitar. Another awesome song from Mark’s previous album.  This is the Blues!)
 
“Halo” by Port O’Brien (Beyoncé cover by a now defunct San Francisco Indie band. This was on the October Feel Bad for You Mixtape.)
 
 
“Too Scared to Run Away” by James Crawford (from James Crawford. I still think it’s a pretty cool thing to reconnect with a friend from high school, find out they are putting out an album, and then discover that said album is so freaking brilliant. I understand that James is putting together a band for some shows… coming soon to a town near you – assuming you are near a town where he is going to play)
 
“Barbarella” by The Bongos (from Numbers With Wings. The Bongos reunited on stage to help close the doors on the legendary New Jersey club Maxwell’s. They announced that night that a new Bongos album was coming soon. Phantom Train is here.  I added that along with the classic Numbers With Wings to the E2TG Weekly Store. Feed or Begin your Bongos obsession now.  And yes, Barbarella is the title of the 1968 cult film starring Jane Fonda – based on a comic book.)
 
“The Fall of Man” by Andrew Ferris (from Yellow Lorry. Andrew Ferris is a British born singer/songwriter currently based in Austria.  He connected to me via Google+.  By the way, I have a nifty new URL for my Google+ account.  Anyway, Yellow Lorry is the debut album by Andrew Ferris which has been out just over a month.  His first EP was called Red Lorry.  I’m really enjoying this album so check him out.)
 
“A Song for Leonard Cohen” by Amanda Shires (from Down Fell the Doves.  Just about as close as it gets to perfection.  The awesome Amanda Shires who Nashville is proud to claim doing a long about the legendary Leonard Cohen. And it is a song that I think he would like.  I couldn’t find a video for this song, so instead, I included one of Amanda Shires singing a Leonard Cohen song.)
 
 
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Foggy Notion Mix

For me, the thing about Lou Reed’s music that is most significant is not that it made me fall in love with Lou Reed’s music, it is that it opened up my mind to the possibilities of what music could be.  It started this life-long quest for what is next and what else is there.  Certainly, I did fall in love with Lou Reed’s music both in and out of the Velvet Underground, but I didn’t stay there.  I don’t know how many posts I say in the hours after the news of his death broke about Lou Reed being the doorkeeper or gatekeeper. It was also so gratifying to see a very diverse list of people who acknowledged the influence that Lou Reed had on their music.

See, I don’t write Ear to the Ground to make money – I would have quit long ago if that were the case, and I don’t write to make friends with so many cool artists – although that it is a pretty nifty side-effect. I write Ear to the Ground (and I keep writing on those days when I am not sure anyone is reading) because music moves me.  Lou Reed’s music moves me and the band who you’ve never heard about – there music moves me.  And the music that is being made somewhere in the world that I haven’t heard yet – that moves me. See, I’m passionate about music. I write Ear to the Ground because even if I stopped writing this blog, I would still be thinking about music and wondering what was next and what else was out there waiting for me to hear.



Let’s Shuffle

“Lillian, Egypt” (LIVE) by Josh Ritter  (from Live at the Iveagh Gardens. I dig Josh Ritter.  He writes cool songs and he has a great voice. That’s pretty much enough for me sometimes.)

“Desperado” by Linda Ronstadt (a cover of a then still recent Eagles song from her fourth studio album, Don’t Cry Now. I’m honestly not a huge Eagle’s fan – but to tell the truth, Linda Ronstadt could have been singing the phonebook, and I would be listening. Beside, while listening to this song I found my self staring into the horizon like Karl Farbman on Seinfeld.)

“May the Road Rise to Meet Your Face” by James Crawford (from his self-titled debut.  I think this is a traditional Irish Toast. I have to say it is really cool when some you have known for a long time makes a truly great record.)

“Temporary Though Exchange (AKT Vocal Version)” by Its Teeth with Travis Orbin and Gabriel from The Gabriel Construct (from Divided – which you can get  here   – CD Sold out digital still available – One of the reasons I stay open, not only to genres and styles of music but to the various ways that music reaches my ear holes, is that I never know…  Earlier this year I was introduced to The Gabriel Construct by a music promoter – one of the best in my opinion and thus discovered one of the best, most challenging albums of the year.  Gabriel recommended this album which includes his collaborator Travis Orbin and on which Gabriel contributed vocals to this track. I never know… if I had dismissed the submission for The Gabriel Construct because it had come from a promoter – not only would I have missed out on that album, but more than likely I never would have heard this amazing record either.)

“Dixie Fried” by The Howlin’ Brothers (from The Sun Studio Sessions.  Nashville’s own, The Howlin’ Brothers start off their album recorded at the famous Sun Studios in Memphis with a cover of a song by one of the legends who came out of that storied, tiny building on Union Avenue – the late great Carl Perkins.)

“New Boy” by The Connells (from New Boy. The title track from the Mid 90s EP by this great and perhaps underrated band from North Carolina.)

 
 
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Riff Raff Mix

Well… here I am on a Friday with a lot of ground to cover. So, I am going to riff for a little while… I like riffing. I use to call this kind of writing – Stream of Madness writing… meaning, I just let the words fly, without any inclination to edit in order to mask my insanity….

Let’s post a picture and then we will jump into the madness…



It’s a great day! Why? Well it is Friday! That would normally be enough, but a couple of cool things to report…

1.  Tonight at The Family Wash – a swell time including a 25 minute preview of a new documentary about musicians, plus poetry and music – including our good friends from Knoxville – Tim Lee 3.  Plus Special guest Amelia White – who we saw back in September at The Five Spot.  Should be a fun time.

2.  Tomorrow – October 12, 2013 Marks the official release date of the self-titled album by my friend, James Crawford.  We’ve had this one in our playlist for a few week, and as I’ve reported, this has rapidly become one of my favorite albums on the Fall. We have the album linked in our Webstore which should become active to tomorrow – OR… you can head over to James Crawford’s Website and Facebook page.

3.  We have a shuffle to bring you…

“Til I Find You” by The Howlin Brothers (this is from The Sun Studios Session which we nabbed off of Noisetrade but which will be released October 15. Bonus Trivia: In the 1989 Jim Jarmusch film Mystery Train – there is a scene where the characters are outside of Sun Studios, and you can see the apartment building where I lived in the background. The movie was filmed in the Summer of ’88 which is when I moved to Memphis. So… Oh, The Howlin Brothers kick serious butt – so check it out.)

“She Shot a Hole in My Soul” by The Box Tops (mmm huh. Yep… and yeah Nashville to Memphis and we stick in Memphis for this Pop-Soul classic )

“Harder” by Nava Hotel  (I keep digging this Nashville band more and more every time I hear them. Back to Nashville ;-))

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by Devo (from Are We Not Men? We Are Devo… how to you deconstruct a classic song and make it your own?  I don’t know ask Devo. By the way, I just some an article link (which I didn’t follow) which said that Johnny Lydon almost became the singer for Devo in 1978. I have no idea if that is true or how “almost” it was, but now think about Johnny Rotten singing this song… go!  and as for a Memphis/Nashville connection- um… well, I think the Stones were heavily influenced by Memphis music… whew!)

“There Will Always Be A Way” by The Autumn Defense (The Autumn Defense were one of the highlights of the Americanarama event at Grimey’s  – there is your Nashville connection – back in September.  They do the 70sish lush pop harmonies about as good as anybody in the business. That is them in the picture up above the Jump)

Well shoot- that’s the end of the Shuffle and I’m out of time… sooooo….. Happy Weekend!

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Spice of Life Mix

As usually seems to be the case, I added a ton of new music to my active playlist last night, and not one of the new songs ended up in this morning’s shuffle. Rest assured they will turn up sooner or later.

 
 



What’s exciting to me about today’s shuffle is that every song in the mix is either new, relatively new or at least new to me. It also excites me that there is such an incredible variety to the music.

Well – enough vagueness… Jump past the break to see today’s Morning Shuffle:


“March” by prattle on, rick. (another from A Decade Begins. My shuffle function has been in love with prattle on, rick lately, and I couldn’t be happier. There is a gentle uplifting quality to his sound that has been much needed.  A Decade Begins features an instrumental song for each month of the year. Here in Tennessee, March still has the potential for extreme cold, but we also get our first real taste of the coming spring. I felt that hope in this composition)  (Nashville, TN)

“Tha’s what She Say” by Wild Child (from Pillow Talk. A love the vintage sound of this song – complete with the doo wop harmonies.) (Austin, TX)

“Stuck” by The Coal Men (from Escalator. To my chagrin, I missed last night CD release party for this record, so think of this as a consolation prize. I’m continuing to love this album, and I encourage you – dear reader – to check it out.) (Nashville, TN)

“Thin Edge of a Knife” by James Crawford (from James Crawford. With release just a couple of days away, I’m happy another song from this remarkable album came up. There is a Tin Pan Alley quality to this song in particular – a lament of sorts for the things we used to do. I also see this album as another vindication for the openness I’ve tried to practice in writing this blog. With every bit of new music that comes my way – no matter how it gets to me, I have trained myself to be prepared to be blown away. In ways, I don’t completely understand, this approach has allowed me to hear some amazing music. Yes, occasionally, I will check out the music of someone who follows me on Twitter and discover it to be mostly poor quality covers of overplayed Popular songs. But to a much greater extent, I hear talented people  – putting themselves on the line, and trying to make genuine heart-felt music. So, when someone I know from my high school days says he is putting out an album – hell yes, I want to hear it. And in this case, I want to share it with all of you.)  (Nashville, TN)

“The Mountain” by The Black Market Merchants (from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation. I think I first came across this hard blues rock band from NYC via Papa Tune’s blog. Even if that is not the case, the odds make it a no-brainer guess.) (New York, NY)

“Hope and Promise” by prattle on, rick. (from Some Quiet Majesty. More prattle on, rick. love from my shuffle function. This one is from the recently released new album.)  (Nashville, TN)

“It’s Not That I Still Love You” by Oh! My Blackbird (another from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen Comp. This alt-folk trio make music that is lyrical and fun) (New York, NY)

“Fuct Up” by Moovalya (from Moovalya. Sometimes you just need to rock really hard. You just do. You know me, I love all kinds of music, and I am a big fan of some really sweet, gentle, soft, melodic and beautiful songs. But, because variety is the spice of life… this band came to my attention  via a Twitter Follow, and this is the first song of theirs to show up in a Shuffle. You are Welcome.) (Phoenix, AZ)

(remember any time you make a purchase of any kind from Amazon and go through E2TG you are helping a poor music blogger… 😉 )
 
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