Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Down do be do do wop a do do wop a do do wop Mix

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We move confidently into the middle of the week, and step one day further into this September. 

“You’re a Whole Different Person When You’re Scared” by Warren Zevon

How about we start off the mid-week shuffle with some Warren Zevon doing a song co-written with Hunter S. Thompson.  Yeah, sounds good to me, too.

“The Bountiful Child” by Atticus Floyd

0:39 seconds of cool stuff from Atticus Floyd’s We’ll All Come Down 7 song EP.

“Chinese Dogs” by Mothers

The New York band Mothers’ album Panamanian Times has been in our playlist for a while now. This is the second to last song for us to feature.  The band has an awesomely original punk rock sound. 

“Damballah-Wedo” by The Shakers

A beautiful instrumental from Songs from Beneath the Lake.  One of my favorite albums.

“If I Could” by John Prine

John Prine is one of our greatest living songwriters, and so if he covers a song, you know it has to be really, really good. From Prine’s 1997 Live on Tour album, this is Tim Carroll’s “If I Could”  (You may remember Tim Carroll was our 300th “Like” on Facebook.) It is, by the way, the only cover song on that album.

“High Steppin’ Mama” by Clyde Langford

Clyde Langford was born in Centerville, Texas in 1934.  He learned guitar from Joel “Thunder” Hopkins as a boy.  As a young person, he would listen to the radio and imitate the songs he heard on his guitar, and he added his own spin to the songs.  He never stopped making music, and the Music Maker Relief Foundation helped him to record an album (of which this is the title track) as well as helping him with medical and other expenses.  This is the real deal blues, ya’ll.

“Beggin’ Jesus” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

Speaking of the Blues.  We have another track from Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen from their album Love and Life.  As luck would have it, I used the video for this song in the video playlist yesterday (substituting for a song that didn’t have a video), but you know what – it’s a really cool video so watch it again today!

“Cash” by APE|MEN

From their debut EP Zero – APE MEN make “edgy inditronica from the Iron Curtain fringe of the European Union.”  This is good stuff.

“Ball and Chain” by Ted Zmaster and the Wranglers

Ted Z and the Wranglers are a Southern California band that play some pretty fine roots based, indie rock and roll.  This was my first listen, and I like what I heard.

“Honky Tonk Blues” (Live) by Jason and the Scorchers

A live version of the Scorchers cover of the Hank Williams classic… Lord, I got ’em…

“Pretty Girls” by Joe Jackson

Another track from the Joe Jackson’s Look Sharp! album… a song about being distracted by the scenery.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – That Thin Disguise Mix

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“White Lies” by Jason and the Scorchers

Although no video exists, I often pretended to be Warner Hodges while playing air-guitar to songs like this one back in my young days.  If you really want to visualize that, just remember I was significantly skinnier back then…   From Lost and Found.

“Rich” by Royal Teeth

Royal Teeth return to the shuffle.  This time with a song that did not appear on the band’s debut album Glow (I hope I got that right).  The recording (and video in the playlist below) are from a World Café Session and was recorded in the band’s hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana (which coincidently is where my parents lived when they were first married).  They play a pretty infectious brand of Indie, Dance, Pop. 

“Drop” by Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival – besides being about the 3rd or 4th band we’ve featured on #E2TG with Elephant as part of their name – are a high-energy folk/Americana band from Colorado.   The song was first released on the band’s 2010 album Break in the Clouds… the recording in the shuffle is taken from the forthcoming live CD/DVD called Sands of Now which are scheduled for release a week from today.

“On My Way” by Ivan and Alyosha

The Seattle Folk-Pop band are up next with one of their catchiest songs – from their 2013 album All the Times We Had.

“Crooked Mountains” by Tom Schreck

Nashville singer-songwriter Tom Schreck has a birthday today!  How does my random shuffle know these things?  He is one my favorite local writers, and this song is from his album Save Your Glory. Happy Birthday Tom!

“Rocky Island” by The Barefoot Movement

When you meet a band for the first time randomly at the Cash Cabin, and walk away charmed by their personality and with a couple of CDs of their music, you have a good feeling.  Fortunately, the music backs all that up.  This song is a traditional song from the band’s EP The High Road which features six traditional songs.

“I Don’t Want Nobody” by Rich Robbins (feat. Dantrell Cotton) (prod. Since ’93)

Rich Robbins, who I have been following now for a couple of years (we first met him when he was billed as Christian Robins), speaks his truth and does so brilliantly and beautifully. His debut album Nimbus features some pretty heady stuff, and is definitely worth a listen.   We dug deeper for the video – pulling up “Suburban Trap Rat” which was on a mixtape which first introduced us to this young man. 

“You Are Who You Are” by A Boy Named Banjo

We close out the day and the week with a young Nashville band who recently performed at Bonnaroo.  I got to see them a couple of months back at City Winery as part of a Ben Bullington tribute put on by their bassist Abe Scott’s father, Darrell Scott.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Five Cent Deposit Mix

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One of the reasons I love Nashville, is the fact extraordinary musical moments can feel down right ordinary.  For instance being at cool little dive bar on the East side for an early show that just happens to feature Kevn Kinney (drivin’ and cryin’) playing with a band he introduced as Sun Tangled Angel Revival (S.T.A.R.) which is a project he started in 2002.  The band just happened to feature Sadler Vaden (currently in Jason Isbell’s band), Bryan Howard (of Cracker), and current drivin’ and cryin’ drummer, Dave V. Johnson. The band sounded great, and then a little more than half way through the hour and a half show, Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow etc.) took the stage and there was some amazing guitar magic. Freed and Vaden together was simply out of this world.

After hanging out a bit at The 5 Spot for a little while, drive across the river for the Patrick Kinsley and a Fistful of Dollars album release show.  I hope by now you’ve read my review of For a Thousand Miles and grabbed your copy.  A singer-songwriter named James Roquemore opened the night, and I really like his songs and sound.  Look for some music from him coming soon to the shuffle.  Anthony Adams and the Nite Owls were up next and they brought the party to the party, they were followed by Kinsley and his band who sounded great, and the show was capped by local band Furious Primates – who I finally heard for the first time, and who I now consider myself a fan. 

Well… I’ve run on at the mouth a bit, so let’s get to this morning’s shuffle….

“Better Man” by Leon Bridges

It is always a good thing when a relatively new artist starts getting some buzz and then manages to live up to the hype.  That is my assessment thus far about Texas Soul and Gospel singer Leon Bridges.  A really great way to start the morning.

“Corona” by D. Boon and Friends

I’m really not sure how I am just getting around to hearing the album D. Boon and Friends.  The album features late Minutemen guitarist and singer in some rare recordings of Boon in various combinations including some live solo acoustic numbers like this version of the Minutemen song which was on their classic album Double Nickels on the Dime.

“Adult Diversion” by Alvvays

Another from the World Café Sessions download. The Canadian Indie Pop band performing the lead off song from their 2014 self-titled album.  Trivia: Did you know Alvvays looks kind of like the work “Always”, but it is not the same word….

“Not Gonna Be Friends” by The Paisley Fields

From my inbox – this one has been in the playlist for a few months.  The Paisley Fields are a self-described “queer country band”.  This song is a great song about lost love.

“Can’t Admit It” by Lily and Madeleine

One more from World Café…  They are a Indie Folk band from Indiana, and this song is on their 2014 album Fumes.

“Bug Ya for Love” by Dale Watson

Another from Watson’s brand new Call Me Insane album – kind of a disclaimer that probably fits a lot of guys…

“This is How We Make the Love” by Christopher Aaron Slade

One more from Christopher Aaron Slade…  there is a wonderful infectious energy to his music.  Danceable hard rock with sometimes suggestive lyrics.  Sounds like rock and roll to me.

“Livin’ On” by 13th Floor Elevators

The Austin band fronted by Roky Erickson from their 1969 album (last by the original line-up).  “Livin’ On” is one of only four to include Erickson. Music so far ahead of it’s time that it still sound innovative today.

“Hot Nights in Georgia” by Jason and the Scorchers

Kind of a counterpoint to the John Hiatt song we had in the shuffle earlier in the week… it does get hot down in the Deep South… “Makes me want to journey north to you…”

“Cruel” by Josh Morris

We close things out with Josh Morris with another song from his Green Fields EP.   He just released a live in studio video for his song “Automobile” and we have that in the video playlist below.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – One More Time Mix

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So… much happening.  I was in a car for about half of yesterday.  I have just been catching up with the news out of South Carolina. Sending out good thoughts to all those who lost loved ones.  And sending out as much love as I can muster for this country in hopes that we can finally begin address some of the many issues which lead to this terrible event.  I am not optimistic about things, but I remain hopeful.  If that makes sense.

Switching gears… If you are in Nashville tonight, I recommend heading down to the Basement East for a benefit for Allen Thompson.  Even if the music wasn’t going to be good, you should support this because Allen is a great guy.  But this is East Nashville and the music is going to be spectacular.  Even if Allen wasn’t a great guy, you should go because the music is going to spectacular.  But Allen is a great guy.

On to the Friday Shuffle!

“Auto Pilot” by Rich Robbins (prod. Bitoy Beatz)

You know some people who dig the kind of roots rock and roll that I dig, often will make blanket statements about how much they don’t like “hip hop”.  That is okay I guess – I mean all music is subjective and all, but it seems rather short-sighted to dismiss an entire genre/an entire culture so easily. I mean, I get that some people like three chords played on a real electric guitar, with a bass and drums and whatever… Heck, I like those things.  The things that most often attracts me to good hip hop are the beats and the words. I’m a sucker for words that hit the truth hard.  Rich Robbins’ words hit the truth hard, and his music always has great beats.

“Devil’s Rope” by Tim Lee 3

A live recording of the title track from TL3’s 2013 album.  Consider this a warm up because Tim Lee 3 are going to be in Nashville one week from tonight with R.B. Morris at the Basement (the original one).  Should be cool and a start to the great weekend of music.

“Dig a Little Deeper” by The McCrary Sisters

Here at E2TG we always like point/counter-point kind of moments.  So… in that spirit, we offer up the Gospel Group The McCrary Sisters (the four daughters of one of the founding members of The Fairfield Four) with this song.  The version I heard was from a World Café Session.  The accompanying video is from the Gospel Brunch at the 2013 Americana Music Fest – video shot at the legendary Station Inn.

“Only Son” by Shakey Graves

From Shakey Graves’ 2014 album, And the War Came.  Yep, I kind of like that Shakey Graves…

“Lost Highway” by Jason and the Scorchers

Lost Highway is perhaps best known as a Hank Williams song, but it was actually written by Leon Payne – a blind Country Music singer-songwriter in 1948.  Jason and the Scorchers released their cover version on their 1985 album, Lost and Found.  It is one of my favorite songs.

“One More Time” by Joe Jackson

The opening track from Joe Jackson’s Look Sharp! album.

“Rock and Roll is Cold” by Matthew E. White

Matthew E. White released his second solo album Fresh Blood back in March.  This is a song from that album.  Just catching up with his music now.  So far so good.

“I Feel So Good” by Richard Thompson

Whenever I feel really good, and I am going out for the night, I always find myself singing this song…  It could have been cool if RT would have played this song last Saturday night, but you know what he was such a great show, I can’t even complain about the fact that he didn’t play this song.  From Rumor and Sigh.

“Honey (I Miss You)” by Tammy Wynette

We close things out with Tammy Wynette’s cover of a song made famous by Bobby Goldsboro. The song was written by Bobby Russell and originally recorded by Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio.  Wynette included the song on her 1969 album D-I-V-O-R-C-E.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Among the Lost and Found Mix

As I alluded to yesterday, I am heading out, and so I leave you with a shuffle and a related Video Playlist (with the songs or other songs by the same artist if the exact song could not be found on You Tube)….  Enjoy…. see you next week!

“Heart of Darkness” by Syd Straw

“Sliver” by Dead in 5

“Family Flesh Garden” by The Ghoul Goes West

“Shop it Around” by Jason and the Scorchers

“Mall Boutique” by Neighborhood Texture Jam

“Paper Thin” by John Hiatt

“Drug Mule” by the transcendents

“Our Lady of the Highway” by Tim Lee 3

“Dead Man’s Song” by Joe Nolan

“Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash

VIDEO PLAYLIST


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Still Covers the Sun Mix

We’ve reached the midpoint of the week…. let’s jump right into the shuffle….

“Feeling Called Love” by Wire

The second to last song from Pink Flag – the groundbreaking debut album by the influential English post-punk band. 

“The Distance Between Us” by Marshall Crenshaw

From Downtown… I always thought it was “The Distance Between” and it is listed that way in some sources, but this was how it imported into iTunes and how it is listed on Amazon.  I also saw it listed as “The Distance Between Me and You”… whatever it is called, it is a great song from one of America’s best songwriters.

“Walkin’ Boss” by Sam Amidon

This is from Sam Amidon’s 2014 album Lily-O.  I got it off of a Noisetrade sampler for Big Ears Festival which being held in Knoxville this weekend.  Sounds like a pretty diverse and interesting festival. Sam Amidon is married to Beth Orton in case you need to know that.

“Tahquitz” by Whale Fall

The term whale fall refers to the carcass of a cetacean which has fallen to the Bathyal or Abyssal zone on the ocean floor and then become a complex ecosystem. The name highlights (and these are my words) the complex and yet organic nature of the instrumental post-rock music made by this L.A. band.  This track comes from the band’s second album called The Madrean which is an eight chapter instrumental story of the arid Madrean region of the American west.

“Good, Good Man” by Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson is a Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter who is originally from Charlottesville, VA.  His new album Risk of Loss is due out April 7.  He just put a Spring Sampler out on Noisetrade which is where I grabbed this track which is from his 2013 album Wolftown. He has a CD release show at The Basement on April 6 along with Mary Bragg who will also be releasing a new album April 7.

“Don’t Wanna Die Anymore” by Ivan and Alyosha

From their 2013 album All The Times We Had, this may be the first song that turned me on to Ivan and Alyosha.  If not, it is certainly one of my favorites.

“Smoke (La Vie En Fumer)” by The Tubes

I’m going to admit right out of the gate that just about everything I know about The Tubes is from being a teenager and being fascinated by their music video for the song, “She’s a Beauty”.   That being said, this song which was included on the Feel Bad for You short songs mixtape is pretty darn cool.  The song was the lead track on the 1977 album, Now.

“Blanket of Sorrow” by Jason and the Scorchers

From Lost and Found – more proof that Jason and the Scorchers are one of the great American rock bands.

“Desperate Times” (Work Tape) by Will Hoge

Will Hoge is a Nashville singer-songwriter.  Like Carl Anderson he is scheduled to release a new album on April 7, and he put out a Noisetrade sampler in advance of that release.  The album will be called Small Town Dreams, and the finished product of this song will be on it. 

“The Light” by Boy Named Banjo

Another uplifting track from Long Story Short.  I liked this song a lot.

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Closing things out with the instrumental title track from the debut album by Marietta, Georgia’s Guadalcanal Diary whose name inspired a 1943 book and film… or maybe I have that backwards.  Guadalcanal Diary shows were always a good excuse for a drive to Nashville when I was in college.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Gypsy Now Mix

Lot’s to cover…

Couch by Couchwest 2015 rolls on, and I am getting further behind on all the great music, but it’s a marathon not a sprint… or something like that… actually, I think it is against the rule to use a running analogy when talking about CXCW…  Day 2 included appearances by #E2TG favorites Batkhi Dahn and Matt Prater, and the day ending video featured East Nashville’s own Tim Easton playing Ray Wylie Hubbard’s guitar from the Netherlands or something like that.  I hope I didn’t miss anyone, but I feel like I did.  If so, I will make it up – as I plan to do a mid-week recap as well as a end of festival summary… UPDATE: I remember who I forgot – Tipi Valley – how could I?

Went out last night to see some friends play music…  Kiely Schlesinger was stunning as always, Lindsay Ellyn sounded fantastic, and Taylor Alexander from Young America (who released an EP yesterday and who was joined by Lindsay Ellyn) was awesome and the imagining of a Cher as a traditional country singer was brilliant.

In the opening mic that followed, I enjoyed seeing Fendrick and Peck, Eddie Crummer, Darrin Bradbury, and Zachariah Red.

Now, we have a shuffle to put on….

“Roll Bones” by The Record Company

L.A. Roots and Roll band off their 2013 EP Feels So Good… I just got turned on to them by my friend Sue Havlish, but they have a Wikipedia page and apparently their songs have been all over television.  I may be late to the party, but I am pretty good at catching up quickly.

“Come Around” by [debut]

Our second listen to another L.A. band, [debut] which draws influence from electronic and alternative music.  I dig this song a lot.  The album is called Postcards from Berlin, and is out now.

“Letter Never Sent” by R.E.M.

In the midst of several more recent songs, we have the insistent brilliance of early/mid 80s R.E.M.  From their second album Reckoning.

“Up is the New Bottom” by APE|MEN

Back to the new music.  APE|MEN hail from the “post Iron Curtain fringe of the European Union” and play an intriguing style of indie/alternative/indietronica. Whatever… it’s good stuff.

“If You Look for My Heart” by Ben Arthur

Ben Arthur is the host of the web series Songcraft Presents and had an op/ed in the today’s New York Times about the Blurred Lines decision. He is also an amazing songwriter.  His next album is comprised of “Answer songs” to various short stories, songs etc.  I’ve had a chance to give it a listen, and it is incredible.  I will be posting my take on the album soon… in the meantime, we have the title track (and our final song post) from his project “If You Look for My Heart” which was an novel and a genre bending album which I have adored.  The title track is mesmerizing and haunting and gorgeous.  (Video credit to Matthew Hendershot of the 2013 E2TG Band of the Year, The End Men).

“Pray For Me, Mama (I’m a Gypsy Now)” by Jason and the Scorchers

From the classic EP Fervor comes one of my favorite Jason and the Scorchers’ tunes (I have a lot of favorite Jason and the Scorchers’ tunes.

“Old Father Death” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

Another track from the fabulous Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2 album.  I have really loved all of this album, and this may (for the moment) be my favorite song on the record.

“Under African Skies” by Paul Simon

From Graceland.  I treasure every opportunity to hear the incredible voice of Linda Ronstadt – here adding incredible background vocals which make this song for me.

“Golden Dreams” by Syd Straw

We close out the shuffle with another song from Syd Straw’s Surprise album.  Nice to revisit favorite albums and rediscover why they are one of your favorites.

 
 
 
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(By the way, I wanted to note that today was a rare day where all of the videos are directly connected to the featured song (the video for “Come Around” is of the string arrangement))