Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Struggle in Dark Corners Mix

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So last night – on my way to see Jon Latham play a killer set at The 5 Spot opening for Cody Brooks, who I saw for the first time and was blown away by – I encountered an overturned car (I hope everyone was okay), a slow moving train, and a couple of trucks inexplicably parked in the middle of the road.  But I made it and it was worth it.  I then resisted peer pressure and went home an wrote a review of an album that is coming out tomorrow.  I should have the review posted tonight or so, and I will let you know…

Tonight 90,000 people are supposed to descend upon downtown Nashville for several different events going on.  My advice – stay out of downtown and instead cross the river for week one David Olney’s September residency at The 5 Spot. Last years, residency was absolutely incredible (one show began with a dramatic recitation of Kubla Khan for goodness sakes!). What will happen this time around? To quote Mr. Olney, “You never know.”

Today’s shuffle only contains 6 songs, but man oh man…

“Sphinx” by Syd Straw

Syd Straw, who is known among other things as vocalist for the supergroup Golden Palominos, at one time sang backup for Pat Benatar (according to Wikipedia so odds are even if that is true).  Her debut solo album, Surprise, was released in 1989 and immediately blew my 23 year old mind (that is according to me personal wiki of my mind, so I know it is true).  “Sphinx” is one of my favorite songs on the album (and if I’ve said that about most of the songs on the album, it is only because it is the truth).

“Liner Notes” by Benchmarks

The band formerly known as Todd Farrell and the Dirty Birds is one of my favorite Nashville bands. American Night is one of the best local releases of 2015.  If you ever get a chance to see this band live, do it!  They put on a hell of a show.  Liner Notes has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard it.

“The Witch is Gone” by Batkhi Dahn

From Plays 15… I continue to be blown away by the talent of these Connecticut kids.  The more I listen to Batkhi Dahn, the more I realize how great an album it is. So original. Honestly, even if Hayden Nork were 23 or 33 or 43 (as opposed to being 13 as he was when this was made and released) it would be an equally impressive effort.

“Hazey”  (Boody Remix) by Glass Animals

This one came to me from the Noisetrade Bonnaroo Sampler.  Glass Animals are an English Indie Rock band. This song is from their debut album, Zaba, which was released in 2014.

“Jawbone” by Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale has had  songs recorded by artists ranging from Elvis Costello to George Strait. He is the host of Music City Roots, the weekly concert series broadcast live from Franklin, Tennessee and which is rebroadcast on PBS stations around the country.  I got to see him perform at the Safety Harbor Song Fest earlier this year, and I even was on the same plane coming back to Nashville.   This song comes from his 2010 album Patchwork River which was a songwriting collaboration with the legendary Robert Hunter.

“Jungleland” by Bruce Springsteen

The recent 40th Anniversary of the release of Born to Run, prompted me to load that album into my playlist once again. It has probably only been 34 or 35 years since I first heard “Jungleland” on the local college radio station.  The nine minute song seemed to go on forever, and I hung on every note and every word.  I also heard Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” that night, and I still view that as an important step in my development as a music fan.


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.


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