Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Tragic Like Our Youth Mix

Everyone is talking about the Grammy Awards even if it’s just to slam them.  Enjoyed the closing number with Paul McCartney, Springsteen, Joe Walsh etc.  Overall, I haven’t had much respect for the Grammys in a long time. They seem to honor popularity over quality and they seem very out of touch.

I was sorry to hear of the death of Whitney Houston. Seems like a tragic end to a gifted talent plagued by personal demons. A few things come to my mind.  I remember Elvis Costello doing a guest VJ stint on MTV back in the day, and he played a Whitney Houston video and his comment was something like, Whitney you have an amazing voice, but those songs… let me write you some songs. Later she did a Dolly Parton song and helped bring that song to a wider audience.

Today I shuffled songs from my playlist of artists who have been featured on this blog.  Currently that playlist stands at 133 songs with some more music waiting in the wings.

First up is Aubergine with a song from their Soundcloud account called Aubergine, we means Eggplant or the dark purple color of the same. Aubergine by The Hunting Accident

(you can check out the bands EP on Amazon by clicking on the album cover above)

Next is New Jersey’s favorite son… no not Springsteen.  Don Ryan with Living Avenue off of his fabulous Tangle Town album.

(click on the cool album cover above to learn more about and to purchase Tangle Town)

Jesse Payne makes nifty modern roots rock music with a stripped down sound and nifty lyrics. Skeletons is the song from today’s list.  It’s off an EP called Songs from Beyond the Leaves.  You can check out that EP by clicking on the Album cover below:

Waterfall  is a track from Gabriel (Redding of the Redding Brothers)  you can get his Untethered album which includes Waterfall by using the widget below.

Finally, we ended on a rocking number from Those Mockingbirds.  Coast to Coast is off the bands Fa Sol La album which you can download for free from the band’s website.You can also find out about a limited edition Vinyl release of the album.

Meanwhile check out the band’s earlier No Symmetry EP by clicking on the album cover below:

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Not Dead Yet Mix

Recent Observations: 
1. Taking Monday off is really just postponing the inevitable.
2. (Made while walking through a store feeling all the soft blankets) – From now on, I’m only buying blankets wrapped in plastic – who knows who has been touching them.
3. As much as I wish this list had three items, I can’t think of a third (at present)
Added a slew of music  – much of it was Christmasy stuff…. some of it wasn’t.

1.  Skeletons is a track from current Band of the Week artist Jesse Payne.

(click to purchase and download Songs from Beyond the Leaves by current Band of the Week Jesse Payne feat. today’s song Skeletons)

2. Hoppípolla  is on the Soundtrack to the Motion picture We Bought a Zoo.  The soundtrack is by Jonsi, and this track is by his band Sigur Ros. Good stuff

(Click on pic to purchase and download the Soundtrack to the Motion Picture We Bought A Zoo which includes the album only track Hoppípolla by Sigur Ros)
3.  Silent Night as performed by Katie Herzig comes from the Ten out of Tenn Christmas album.
(Click on pic to purchase and download Christmas by Ten out of Tenn)
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Band of the Week Year 2 Week 3: Jesse Payne

Ear to the Ground recommended Jesse Payne a week or so ago – now, I am pleased to name him our third Band of the Week for this year*. Below is a bandcamp widget thingy for his latest release, Buffalo. Jesse Payne is from Birmingham, Alabama. He plays it stark and beautifully minimalistic and then he raves it up in true modern Southern alt-folk/rock style. He’s got a great voice, and the songs stick with me in a good way. Like many of the Bands I’ve named Band of the Week, Jesse Payne, seems destined for great things. I for one am on-board, and I hope you’ll check him out, too.

Here’s a chance to check out Jesse Payne via ReverbNation:
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*Band of the Week Year 2 runs from December 2011 to November 2012.

Scatterlings – Ear to the Ground Recommends

Since I started this blog back in May, I’ve offered up a Band of the Week post. Basically, there have been one maybe two bands that have come to my attention weekly who really stood out. If two, it hasn’t been a big deal to feature one band one week and another the next.  Due to the recent (gratifying) attention we’ve gotten, the number of worthwhile bands/artists has increased. As is my want, I’ve been obsessing over how to feature more music without either diluting the impact of the Band of the Week designation or seeming to imply that a featured band is less than worthy to be Band of the Week.
I finally decided to introduce a new feature called Ear to the Ground recommends.  In this space, which will be run on an as needed basis, I will introduce some great bands and artists to Ear to the Ground readers.  I will still run a weekly Band of the Week feature and any or all of the recommended bands could be named Band of the Week either in the same week they were recommended or afterwards.
Okay – after way too much exposition, I proudly present the first of many Ear to the Ground Recommends:

In Cages is a new band featuring veteren New York musician James Mercer.  In Cages plays alternative rock, and features the stock rock and roll line-up for guitar, bass, drums and cello. Great sound. They have three songs out which you can listen to here:
ComScoreCarly Maicher is a Canadian singer/songwriter who hails from Manitoba, but can currently be found hiding in New Brunswick.  She has a brand new album out which features a beautifully, unique voice and some great songs.  It’s called Hiding – take a listen: 


 Jesse Payne is plays real music and hails from Birmingham, Alabama. Here you can check out his latest release called Buffalo:

Last up for this post – Dan Banks is a singer/songwriter. In his music I hear strong songwriting and a smooth sound.  He’s recently relocated to Nashville via SW Florida. And, he’s got a sampler you can pick up via Noisetrade:
So that’s it for now, check out these artists and stay tuned for more to come.
Remember, if you keep both feet firmly planted on the ground, you will find it next to impossible to put your pants on.