Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Día de los Muertos Mix

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 Congratulations again to Black Jake and the Carnies our Band of the Month for October.  Stay tuned as we begin to unveil our Featured Artists for November/December.  Due to the Band of the Year poll in December, we are doubling up on the Featured Artists for November and will have dual Bands of the Month.  Also, we will be introducing our Featured Artists two at a time.  So stay tuned.

To the Shuffle:

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, the Portland, Oregon based Rock n Roll band, are up first with Like a Drug from their first full-length album – Dirty Radio.  This is a pure and genuine Rock song and  Ford (the daughter of a puppeteer who was brought up in Asheville, NC) has a unique and wonderful voice.

Alt-Country stalwarts, The Bottle Rockets jump into the Shuffle with Smokin’ 100’s Alone from their 1997 album 24 Hours a Day.  


Here’s an acoustic version of the song

So, it’s not every day we can bring you Hendrix doing Mancini.  Here is the guitar god doing the theme from the television series Peter Gunn and then going into his own composition, Catastrophe.


The Turnpike Troubadours are from Oklahoma play Country/Red Dirt music.  We close our Shuffle today with Evangeline off of the band’s 2010 album Diamonds and Gasoline.  



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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – The Aurora is Risin’ Behind Us Mix

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Well, this morning we are sending out love to all our friends along the Eastern Seaboard – as Hurricane Sandy moves ashore and is going to probably come head-on into a massive Canadian cold front.  Be safe everyone.

Reminder: We are moving into the last few days of voting for Band of the Month: Vote HERE or view our VOTING GUIDE and vote HERE!

Shuffle time:

In their all too brief existence, San Pedro, California band, Minutemen, developed an amazing sound that combined elements of folk, jazz and punk in a way that has not been duplicated before or since.  With Mike Watt on thunderbroom + speiling and sometimes singing, George Hurley on drums and the late, great D. Boon on guitar and lead vocals, the Minutemen wrote short, sharply focused songs of political outrage and profound and profane wisdom.  

The Minutemen were and are one of my all-time favorite bands, their album Double Nickels on the Dime remains one of my all-time favorite albums and Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing has a permanent home on my list of favorite songs.

Me, naked with textbook poems spout fountain against the Nazis,
With weird kinds of sex symbols in speeches that are big dance thumps.
If we heard mortar shells, we’d cuss more in our songs and cut down the guitar solos.

Fishbone – Party at Ground Zero from their 1985 classic debut EP. Yeah!
Party at ground zero
A “B” movie starring you
And the world will turn to flowing
Pink vapor stew
The very first single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience from the album Are You Experienced? was Hey Joe. The song was written in the early 60s probably by Billy Roberts who owns the copyright, and Hendrix made it is own with his landmark rendition.

Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand? 



Independence Day

Greetings all, I hope all my fellow Americans (I sound like the President don’t I?) are having a great day.  Just a quick post to get things going:

Finally, I’ll close out with an Independence Day announcement from Nashville’s Best Radio Station:  Lightning 100:

Thursday Morning Music (Covers) – Pride & Joy Mix

Day 3 of no morning music: the crisis continues.  Today is  the day, I would normally be presenting some interesting covers songs, and  but so, I was thinking about Covers on my way in to work – what makes a great cover, a good cover, a failed cover or a pointless cover.

Of course it is all subjective, but here goes my take on that subject at least for the time being:

A great cover can happen when a great artist takes on a great song and owns it.  In many cases, over time, some people may even forget that the song is a cover – take Janis Joplin’s definitive version of Kris Kristofferson’s Me & Bobby McGee.  Or this cover:

Another situation which can produce a great cover occurs when an artist you love deconstructs some over-produced popular song of the day.  I recently heard Ryan Adams version of the Ratt song Round and Round.  But, one of my all-time favorite examples is this track:

Of course,there are also some really cool deconstructed versions of some really cool songs.  Case in point, Grant Lee Phillips outstanding album nineteeneighties which features tracks like this one:

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History Lesson (Songs) #1 – Driver 8 – R.E.M.

A good while back, I created a playlist on my MP3 player called ‘100’.  It was kind of my 100 favorite songs of all time – except I’m fickle – so it was really just 100 songs I really, really like. Over time, I would get another songs I really, really liked and just added to this list.  Eventually, the ‘100’ playlist had grown to about 113.  Occasionally, I would look at the list and make edits add or delete to suit my current fancy.  Just the other day, I whittled down the list back to 100.  Rest assured this is still not a definitive list – it will change, but it’s a good survey of some cool songs that have helped to shape my musical tastes. I would like to begin here in presenting this songs for your infotainment. Many of you will probably at least be aware of most of these songs, but you never know, and I know I sure need a memory jolt every once in awhile.  Shall we begin…

Fables of the Reconstruction (or Reconstruction of the Fables – which I always preferred)  (1985) was R.E.M.’s third album and marked a new era for the band.  They recorded in England with veteran producer Joe Boyd after recording their first two albums with Mitch Easter and Don Dixon. Boyd had produced Fairport Convention, Richard and Linda Thompson, Nick Drake and Jimi Hendrix among others. In 1985, he also produced The Wishing Chair by 10,000 Maniacs. Maybe not coincidentally, I saw R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs together in November of 1985.

For some reason, I’ve always connected with Fables more than other R.E.M. album.  Their unique brand of Southern mysticism and Gothic charm somehow coalesced on this release. Songs like Green Grow the Rushes and Wendell Gee and especially Driver 8 felt true and relevant to me. I’ve always believed it was due to my having grown up in the South and yet always having felt like a stranger in my own land.

“And the train conductor said…” Trains have always been powerful symbols for me. At the same time, they are symbols of progress and relics of an earlier time. Train tracks were symbols of the possibility of escape and a tie to the bigger world beyond what I know.

“Fields of wheat are looking thin…”  The imagery of a train passing through fields of wheat… I grew up in a smaller town, but I usually think of myself as a city boy, but and so there is a romantic notion of farms and rural America.

“The power lines have rotors so the airplanes don’t get smashed…”  Despite all of the talk about the negative health impact of those tall, high-tension power lines, I’ve also been drawn to these towers. Like the railroad tracks, the power lines were a connection.  Growing up without the internet, and feeling the need for their to be more to the world than the little piece I knew, I needed reminders of the world outside my window. Books and music and less railroad tracks served that purpose and helped me through my young life (which in retrospect wasn’t so bad after all, but trying telling that to my younger self).

It’s been over 25 years now, and I still haven’t grown tired of this song, and now it takes me back to a world which no longer exists and to a time which is long gone.  As the Gunslinger said, “The world has moved on.”

(The song) 

 (The album)

Next up, Travelin’ Light by Peter Case