Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Cosmo and Seventeen Mix

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PRESENTING THE  1st Annual E2TG Awards – “The Earies”  (The Earies – it sounds kind of strange, but not really). 

Well, it is December, and as I promised, we will begin our month long celebration of all things E2TG.  Welcome to the first annual E2TG awards.  Our red carpet welcome had to be cancelled due to rain in the Nashville area, plus we don’t have a red carpet, and someone forgot to book the Ryman.  So, this will be an on-line awards show this year… 

I thought long and hard about how to begin this award month, but finally it seemed fitting and proper to begin the 2015 awards with the artist who closed out 2014 by being named the Artist of the Year.

Presenting the first award for 2015 is ….. me…   Thanks, Joe.  The first award to be presented is the Flattery Will Get You Everywhere Award.  It recognizes the artist or artists who have realized that the blog host is basically a big ball of insecurities and self-doubt and that a little bit of flattery (even somewhat dubious flattery) goes a long way.

This artist not only routinely dedicates one of his signature songs to me, but he also included my likeness on the album cover of his most recent release.  I think “Bob” is a pretty handsome guy, even if I would not say that he is short or tall.     The 1st ever “Earie” goes to Darrin Bradbury.  Darrin is currently on tour out West, so I will accept the award on his behalf.  Also, we don’t have actual
statues.  Maybe next year.  

Stay tuned all month for more awards….

On to the shuffle:

“Rules of Change” by Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Neil Young has been making music for over 50 years.  About the only thing you can say for certain is that he has never settled into a comfortable place and sound, but has instead embraced and followed stylist changes and political movements while maintaining a pretty high level of integrity and consistently marching to his own beat.  His latest album The Monsanto Years – addresses contemporary food industry issues and features Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah plus Lukas’ bandmates Promise of the Real.

“My Name is the Same” by Los Microwaves

This is another track from the 13 O’clock compilation of early and rare New Wave songs put out by Atlanta Label PPNW Records.  Los Microwaves are a San Francisco band, and I believe this song was recorded sometime around 1980.  I have really been digging hearing this music – most of which I missed out on the first time around.

“To Love Is to Fly” by Jonathan Tyler (feat. Nikki Lane)

I grabbed this song – from Jonathan Tyler’s latest album, Holy Smokes – after seeing Jonathan perform at “The Beast” at the beginning of Americana week. Nikki Lane joined him that night, and I am going to say that they sang this song together (until and unless someone corrects me). It was awesome, and it was good to hear it again this morning.  Not a typo and not the Townes Van Zandt song.

“Read About Love” by Richard Thompson

The opening song and one of my favorites from Rumor and Sigh.  I can relate all too well, and that is all I am going to say.

“Ice Forms on the Tips of Her Wings” by Smokey the Firebear

Our first (but not our last) appearance by Smokey the Firebear. Smokey the Firebear is Cade Williams another of those talented kids from Connecticut.  I really don’t know what they put in the water in that state???  I just grabbed his entire and remarkably extensive discography for really cheap on Bandcamp. What I heard was actually the very brief reprise of the opening track of Smokey the Firebear’s Ohm Atlanta album.  The video playlist has the entire opening song.

“Outta My Head” by Blake Babies

The fine folks at Noisetrade not only offer a great way to discover new artists, but they also occasionally put out some cool older releases.  Recently, I downloaded a live album by the 80s-90s band Blake Babies called Live 5-9-89.  Blake Babies was the band that gave Juliana Hatfield her start.  This is the opening track for the live album. The song was on the band’s 1989 second album Earwig.

“AquaLung” by KATO

This song has been hanging around the playlist for awhile. This is another brief track – the last on KATO’s EP, A Summer in Space Beach.

“High Winds White Sky” by Bruce Cockburn

We go way back to Bruce Cockburn’s 1971 second album. This is the title track.  An early listen to one of the most talented living songwriters.

“North Side Gal” by JD McPherson

Oklahoma singer-songwriter JD McPherson keeps the shuffle moving with a rave up, and the opening track of his 2012 Signs and Signifiers album.

“GTO” by Kevin Gordon

We revisit one of my favorite albums of the year – Long Gone Time (as I boldly proclaimed in my review) may well be Kevin Gordon’s best album yet.  Revisiting and expounding on the locales and themes of his previous album Gloryland. GTO is a solid, toe-tapping rocker that slides in references to the complicated racial climate of the Deep South.

“Stoned” by Macy Gray

This recording came from the World Café Session mega-download I got a while back. The always amazing Macy Gray with a song that appeared her 2014 eight studio album The Way.

“Celestial Dance” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

And we close out the shuffle with another song from popular DC area duo Cletus and Lori’s album, Lotus. Lori Kelley now resides in East Nashville and is making a name for herself on the local songwriting scene.   I got to see the duo perform together earlier this year at Bobby’s Idle Hour.


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Please to Meet You… Mix

2015.  A new year, a new start… it’s seems right to begin again with an introduction. My name is Joe, and I write this music blog called Ear to the Ground.  In this particular corner of the internet, I hope to introduce you to music you’ve not yet heard.  Some of it is brand new, some of it is very old… I decide what does into the playlist to be shuffled and the magical mystery shuffle function decides the mix.  Anything can happen.  We some awesome things in store for you, dear reader, in the coming year, but I won’t tell you what they are in case we don’t do them.  You never know… life is funny that way…

Well, the year isn’t getting any younger, so let’s dive in….

“No Parade” and “One Chapter in the Book” by Minutemen!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

Taken from the CD Compilation Post-Mersh Vol. 1 which compiled the first two full-length Minutemen albums.  No Parade is from The Punch Line and One Chapter in the Book is from What Makes a Man Start Fires?  Short and to the point. The Minutemen are one of my all time favorite bands.

“Seasons Colors” by Judah and the Lion

From their EP Sweet Tennessee. I really dig the sound of this young Nashville band.

“Straight Jacket” by Minutemen

Another from the full-length debut album by the legendary San Pedro post-punk band.  Written by bassist Mike Watt.

“Otto” by The Replacements

Speaking of debut albums, I’ve always loved this track from The Replacements studio debut, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash.

“Little Too Clean” by Soul Asylum

Speaking of legendary bands from Minneapolis.  Hang Time was the major label debut by Soul Asylum, and it has always been one of my favorites.  I think it was a near perfect intersection of the bands high energy punk influences and the pop songwriting ability that would eventually earn them more mainstream success just a few years later.

“Soul Bet Coal Man” by Joe Nolan

Time for you to get hip to my friend Joe Nolan.  This is a jazzier side of his wide musical spectrum.   No video for this song, but you can hear/download this song at JoeNolan.com.  I’ve substituted the most recent video uploaded to his Youtube channel.

“Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones

What can I say? The lead track off of Beggar Banquet, and one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time.

“Till the Money’s All Gone” by The Sky Kings

 The Sky Kings were a Supergroup formed in 1991.  The band featured Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, John Cowan of New Grass Revival (among others), Rusty Young of Poco, and Bill Lloyd of Foster and Lloyd.  The album called 1992 was finally released a month or so ago after sitting in music industry purgatory.  This is a great song, and I’m really glad this music has finally been released to the world.  I’m looking forward to featuring more of this album soon.

“Bossy” by JD Mcpherson

A track from JD McPherson’s forthcoming album Let the Good Times Roll.  I nabbed this off a Noisetrade sampler.

“Pure Joy” by Minutemen

Another from What Makes a Man Start Fires?  This song begins with an extended (by minutemen standards) drum solo by George Hurley.  One of a number of “Joy” songs in the Minutemen’s discography.

“Love Your Enemy” by Ben Arthur (feat. Aesop Rock and DJ Big Wiz)

We close out today’s shuffle with another track from Ben Arthur’s concept album/book If You Look for my Heart.  This track features undergroup/alternative hip-hop artists Aesop Rock and DJ Big Wiz.  I really like this song.


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Endings for Beginning in Dm Mix

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So, it’s the penultimate post before Ear to the Ground takes a few days off for Christmas. I’m just saying this because I like using the word penultimate. Anyway, today’s shuffle is a good one, and I hope you enjoy.

“Epilogue” by Ben Arthur (featuring Rachel Yamagata)

Following in E2TG’s long tradition of including concept albums in our shuffle and letting the results be what they may, we begin today’s shuffle with the Epilogue to Ben Arthur’s brilliant album If You Look for My Heart.

“Father and Son” by Cat Stevens

I posted a new Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens song a few weeks back, now we have a song from Cat Steven’s 1970 album Tea for the Tillerman.

“Lateness of Dancers” by Hiss Golden Messenger

Deservedly, North Carolina band Hiss Golden Messenger have been getting some favorable attention from some of the folks whose musical attention I favor.  I love this (title) song from their album Lateness of Dancers which came out back in September.

“Aos Pes da Cruz” by Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil is a Brazilian musician whose music embodies a diverse range of styles from Samba, Rock, African, and Reggae. He was the Minister of Culture in Brazil from 2003 to 2008.  I came across this in the New Release section on Freegal, and I dig it bunches.  I am so glad I don’t allow myself to be forced into the narrow confines of genres and shit.  This is from his latest album Gilbertos Samba.

“Henry Died in Dm” by Joe Nolan

Another song from his Plain Jane album, and this is a good one. Inspired by the Sam Shepard play, Suicide in Bflat (sorry I don’t have time to figure out how to type the flat sign).  


“Henry! Oh, Henry! You don’t look so well!

Are you risin’ to Heaven, or writhin’ in Hell?
Are you bound to play a holy harp or blow a hellish horn?
Henry you been dyin’ since the day that you were born”

“Christmas in Jail” by The Youngsters

Some 1956 Doo Wop Christmas.  Not to be confused with the John Prine song Christmas in Prison which is also great.

“Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)” by JD McPherson

Keeping the Christmas theme going with a nifty fun song. We have a JD Mcpherson single from a couple of Christmases ago.  This is included on a recently release set of music on Noisetrade.

“Chano Pozo’s Shoes” by Tom Mason

Tom Mason and his band of rowdy pirates, The Blue Buccaneers, are one of East Nashville’s greatest treasures. This is a rollicking fun song from Tom’s pre-Blue Buccaneers’ days. I found it on a East Nashville compilation from a few years back.  The latest album from the band is called The World is Ablaze.  I got to attend the CD release party for that album and Avast ye! it was a good time. 

“The Mixture” by Ike Reilly

I swear I think I keep saying this, but this is one of my favorite songs on the recently released megadownload from Ike Reilly via Noisetrade. It is off of the 2005 album Junkie Faithful by The Ike Reilly Assassination.

“Christmas Party” by Eddie and De Havelon

More Christmas.  I couldn’t find a video for this song, nor could I find much about the song or the artist. It came to me from an Aquarium Drunkard mixtape via David Horton.  My Google search mostly linked to the Aquarium Drunkard site and few other references on music websites with very little details available.  It’s a cool song though.  If anybody has information about this, please feel free to share in comments or privately.

“Santa Claus Boogie” by Hasil Adkins

One final Christmas tune to close out today’s shuffle. This is one sure to leave you dancing your way into Monday afternoon.  Hasil Adkins was from West Virginia and it seems as though his life was as colorful as his music. 

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Full Grown Man Mix

In the middle of posting this, I heard about the passing of Rock and Roll legend Bobby Keys. The long-time Rolling Stones saxophonist was a resident of Nashville at the time of his passing, and I had the great pleasure of seeing him and his band play a free lunch time show at the downtown Public Library in the summer of 2013.  RIP Bobby Keys…

Today’s shuffle follows no set pattern, obeys no written (or unwritten) rules, and was a heck of a lot of fun to listen to on a rainy morning commute.

“Thunderstorm” by The Western Shore from Thunderstorm

The rain this morning hardly qualified as a Thunderstorm – nevertheless, I am always glad to hear songs by one of my favorite East Nashville duos.

“Three Little Angels” by The Dirty Guv’nahs from Hearts on Fire

From Knoxville, The Dirty Guv’nahs have a great band name, and an awesome groovy sound.

“North Side Gal” by JD McPherson from The Rounder Records Collection/Signs and Signifiers

Happiness is finding some JD McPherson music on NoiseTrade…  This song is from his 2012 album.

“St. James Infirmary” by Jon Batiste and Stay Human from Social Music

Jon Batiste is an innovative jazz pianist from New Orleans.  I recently got turned on to his music when a new project he is involved in came to light. That project – The Process – features Batiste along with avant garde bassist Bill Laswell, and RHCP drummer Chad Smith. Here we have Batiste and his band doing an standard made famous by Louis Armstrong.

“Blue in Green” by Miles Davis from The Classic Album Collection/Kind of Blue

Keeping things in a jazz groove (and the first of three instrumentals in a row).  How about Miles Davis…

“La Mort” by Martial Solal from A Bout De Souffle (Breathless)

From the soundtrack of the French New Wave classic (and Jon Luc Godard’s first feature film), comes this track from the jazz pianist and composer Martial Solal.

“Great Blue C” by The 442s from The 442s

The 442s are from St. Louis. The band features two jazz musicians and two classical musicians.  They have an innovative sound and approach that I really dig. This was my first listen, and I want to hear more.

“Big Love” by Little Village from Little Village !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

And we close out the shuffle with another great song from this amazing collection of talent.