Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle – Tommy Said So Mix

I have a lot on my mind, and I kind of feel an extended non-shuffle post coming on – when I have the time. 

If you have not done so, I recommend watching the video of Michael Stipe singing “The Man Who Sold the World” on Fallon. 

In short, the thoughts in mind are about the concept of limitations vs. the infinite.  They are about the road to peace that is sometimes harder to walk but ultimately worth the extra effort. About the music “industry” and the value of art.  About the “latest next big thing” vs. the really cool thing that may or may not someday be the “latest next big thing” but regardless is pretty amazing right in this moment. 

It’s all kind of jumbled in my mind, and for me the only way to unjumble it (or at least the best way) is for me to write it all down.  Anyway, some jumbled thoughts may be coming.

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People sometimes ask me, “How old does a song have to be to appear on “Throwback Thursday”.  Usually, I just say, “Interesting question…” and wander off..  Really, though, it’s impolite to ask a song how old it is, so let’s just say the songs on this playlist are all of a “certain age”.

Shuffle:

“Where Were You?” by The Mekons

We had Waco Brothers in the shuffle earlier this week.  Now, we throw Jon Langford music back a few decades with this track from 1978 which was the second release by the band.  You, like I, need to check out the 2014 Documentary “Revenge of the Mekons.” as soon as humanly possible.

“Yvonne” by Marshall Crenshaw

I have written extensively about Downtown – Crenshaw’s 1985 album and the place it holds in my sensory and physical memory.  Downtown was Crenshaw’s third album and was co-produced by T-Bone Burnett, Crenshaw, and Larry Hirsch. It is very hard for me to separate the nostalgia from the music, but to me this – over 30 year old song, does not sound thirty years old – it just sounds like Marshall Crenshaw and that is never a bad thing.

“Down at the River” by Tim Lee

I first met Tim Lee – a couple of years ago after having been introduced to his band Tim Lee 3 via the late and lamented CXCW non-festival.  Over time, I learned that he had a hand of some of my favorite music from back in the day.  Besides being a part of Let’s Active for a short time (and appearing on an episode of IRS Records Presents: The Cutting Edge (which I no doubt watched on MTV), Tim Lee also produced the album Gawk by Will (Kimbrough) and the Bushmen.  This song comes from Tim’s 1992 solo album, The New Thrill Parade, and it was later part of the compilation All That Stuff… (1993). 

“Get Up and Dance” by The Weeks

I must be getting old, but it feels very weird to have The Weeks in the Throwback shuffle – as they seem like a “new” band to me.  However, they recently made some of their earliest music available on Noisetrade in celebration of their 10th year as a band.  This music was recorded when the members of the band were in their mid teens, but you really can’t tell by listening.  By the way, in the “Connections” department.  The Weeks and Tim Lee both have roots in the Jackson, Mississippi area.

“Mystery Wind” by Richard Thompson

Another track from Richard Thompson’s incredible Rumor and Sigh album.  

“I Hate Music” by The Replacements

From Sorry Ma, Forget to Take Out the Trash. 

“The Way of the World” by Flipper

From their debut album, Generic Flipper which was released in 1982.  Time is funny, I was actually a kind of “late bloomer” when it came to cool music and so by the mid-80s when I started hearing about Flipper, they had taken on (in my mind) an almost mythical quality – like they had existed so long before (even though at that point this album was just a couple of years old, and they were still an active band.)  A couple of years seems trivial now – some 30 odd years later, but back then, it seem to make a lot of difference.  Truth be told, they were already legendary by the point I “discovered” them.

“Gone Daddy Gone” by Violent Femmes

This song from the seminal self-titled album includes a verse from the Willie Dixon song, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, and is thus credited to Gordon Gano and Dixon.  The song was covered in 2006 by Gnarls Barkley.

“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” by Joe Jackson

This was the first single by Joe Jackson released in 1978. It later appeared on his debut album, Look Sharp! 

“The Only Minority” by Minutemen

We close with a Minutemen song that clocks in at exactly one minute. From What Make’s a Man Start Fires?  The second album by this post-punk band from San Pedro.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Nine Monkey Years Mix


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Let me preface what is likely to be another gushing  paragraph or so about what an amazing time it is to be a music fan in Nashville with the following:  I write a bunch about Nashville’s live music scene because that is where I am and it is what I am experiencing. I do know that there are some amazing pockets of awesome musical stuff happening all over the world. Through writing this blog, I have been fortunate enough to “discover” tons of great music from all over and get a peak into some of these pockets of creativity and collaboration.   In that spirit one of my goals for E2TG in 2016 is to forge some partnerships with other writers so that this site can dig deeper into more of the great music happening.  Truth be told, I cannot even adequately cover Nashville’s music so I would like to also forge some partnerships here in town.  I will be posting more as I move forward, but if you read this and have some ideas or interest, please contact me at e2tgmusic@gmail.com.  Be sure to put E2TG2016 as part of the subject line to make sure I see it.

For the last three weeks, iconic Nashville musician/singer/songwriter Jason Ringenberg (Jason and the Scorchers, Farmer Jason) has been doing a residency every Wednesday at The 5 Spot.  For me this has been a fantastic combination of the music I listened to in my musical formative years and one of my favorite haunts of this later phase of my life. The music has been fantastic, the guests have been spectacular, and there have been wonderful surprises every week. Last night, Jason was joined by Tommy Womack – one of the best this town has to offer. Tommy Womack played some music from his forthcoming new album, some of his timeless classics, and a pretty darn cool Jason and the Scorchers cover.  Jason played a great mix of songs from his long history, an awesome Tommy Womack cover, and then the two of them played some songs they wrote together. 

If you’ve missed the first three week, you have one more opportunity to catch Jason at The 5 Spot. Next week, he will be joined by Fats Kaplin and Kristi Rose for what should be a wonderful finale.

Forward to the shuffle…

“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” by Keb’ Mo’

We just recently featured a cover of this song by Tomas Doncker Band. Here is another cover of the Nick Lowe penned song most often associated with Elvis Costello.  Keb’ Mo’ makes this classic song his own.  Honestly, I cannot hear too many great covers of this song.

“Space Monkey” by John Prine

A live recording of John Prine singing a song he co-wrote with Peter Case about a Soviet monkey cosmonaut who got lost in space and returned to Earth after the cold war had ended.

“Solvent Blues” by the transcendents

From the Common Ground EP, a really awesome song from a band that has in pretty short order become of my favorites.  I can say that as of right now they are my #1 band from Christchurch, New Zealand. Seriously, if you only check out one new band today, give the transcendents a listen and if you dig – get some of their music and give them a “like” on Facebook.

“bang the lid” by Delta Deep

Our second listen to this hard rockin’ blues band that features a powerhouse blues singer and the guitar player from Def Leppard. I am digging this new music.

“And Live” by Some Kind of Illness

Some Kind of Illness is a band made up of two brothers from the UK. Although, they just released their self-titled debut album in 2015, they have been playing together for  several years, and it comes across in the music. I have been really digging their album, and I am really glad another song came up in the shuffle today.  If you only check out one… (wait I already said that) well, check them out, too.  And get the music and hit “like” if you dig.

“Got the Time” by Joe Jackson

I swear that the first time I heard this song, I thought that a metal band should cover this.  Unfortunately, I had that idea before the internet so I do not have any proof… and to be honest, it was such a no brainer, it pretty much had to happen.  Anthrax did cover this song, and I’ve included their cover along with the rocking original from Look Sharp! in the video playlist below. A real pick-me-up in the midst of my morning walk.

“Won’t Complain” by Tom Schreck

Tom Schreck is one of the best and most unique songwriters in a town of great songwriters.  This is a tune from his album Save the Glory.

“Help Me Make It Through the Night” by Jon Langford and Chip Taylor

From a Kris Kristofferson tribute album called, Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down, Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) along with Chip Taylor who wrote “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning”.  This is all kinds of awesome.  I was lucky enough to see Langford play with a fantastic band during my birthday week last week. 

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Joy and Sorrow Mix

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It’s my birthday, and I’ll cry if I want to…

My Birthday Week continues.  Last night included two stops along the way.  Week 2 of the Jason Ringenberg January Jam residency rolled on… This week guest was Peter Cooper with Chuck Mead joining Jason and Peter for a rendition of The Louvin Brothers classic, “The Christian Life”.  Ringenberg really seems to be enjoying this residency – I know I sure am… Next week’s guest is Tommy Womack!

From there, I headed to Mad Donna’s Loft where I caught the tail end of Simon Reid’s set which sounded great, and then witnessed two rocking sets from the always awesome Renee Wahl (who will be releasing some new music soon!) and Brian Langlinais (who will also be releasing some new music soon!). Both Renee and Brian were backed by top notch bands.

Now the “crying”: two late nights in a row has worn me out, but I will press on… tonight, the fine folks at The Basement East were kind enough to schedule the grand opening of their new Pub for my birthday.  So, I will be hanging out there this evening. The party begins at 6:00 with some awesome folks doing wicked cool covers beginning at 8:00.

On to the shuffle:

“Emma” by Youngstrr Joey

In what is either a moment of serendipity or a moment of cruel irony, the first song in my birthday shuffle is by an artist named Youngstrr (sic) Joey.  This is some really cool music out of Glascow. From a forthcoming album called Grilled Wiig (sic). 

“Black Bruce Wayne Interlude” by Rich Robbins

A brief interlude from THE Black Bruce Wayne himself!  Off of Nimbus.

“Barracuda” by Heart

Back in the day, I used to get pissed off at “Classic Rock” radio because some of my favorite “new” music was not being played on the radio.  To be honest, a lot of what was called “Classic Rock” back in the day was dreck.  But some of it was truly classic.  I put this song squarely in the classic category.  Rock and Roll!

“Pinyin” (Auto-Tune Version) by Batkhi Dahn

Our last listen to the newest single from Batkhi Dahn.  This is the Auto-Tune version of “Pinyin”.  I do not usually recommend auto-tune, but… this…

“Fairweather Friend” by John Cale

From the solo debut by the former Velvet Underground member.  This is the only song on Vintage Violence that was not written by Cale.  The song was written by the legendary Garland Jeffries.

“Ode to Joy” by Joe Jackson

This is the final track on Joe Jackson’s latest album, Fast Forward.  Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

“Sunny Sadness” by Luke Saxton

A very long and beautiful song by this 19 year old singer-songwriter from York, UK.

“Everybody Knows” by FADES

And we close out today’s shuffle with our first listen to some new music from London.  FADES are an alt-rock band, they are releasing a self-titled EP in March.  I am digging it so far.  The only video I could find is a cover of The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping”.  Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

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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.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Pain in the Butt Mix

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Let’s jump right into the shuffle… some music for a  rainy Thursday morning here in Nashville….

“Hole in My Head” by Human Radio

So… I lived in Memphis for a couple of years back in the last days of the 1980s.  I had been really into the Nashville independent music scene, and to be honest (for a lot of reasons which are more about me), I never really caught up with some cool stuff that was happening in Memphis. But, I remember seeing signs on utility poles all over downtown and midtown for Human Radio.  My first thought was that this must be some sort of hip-hop artist – like a human beatbox or something, but again that was probably just me.  Anyway, at some point, I did finally catch up with Human Radio, and their self-titled album is one of my favorites.  Through a set of circumstances, the original line-up of Human Radio found themselves all living in Nashville recently (the band had relocated here shortly before parting ways).  They began playing some shows (I had the good fortune to finally see them live just a month or so ago), and now they are making plans to record and release some new music.  You can help.  Click HERE and see what you can do to make this happen.

“Lonely and Blue” by Black Vincent

Black Vincent of Michigan (fronted by Coley Kennedy) recorded their album here in Nashville with the production team responsible for the recent Diamond Rugs release (also releases from Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Sallie Ford, and T. Hardy Morris).  This opening track immediately brought to mind Roy Orbison – the best possible ways.  Coley Kennedy sings here with a classic sounding croon and is backed by some highly original and yet classic sounding Rock and Roll heartbreak music.

“Too Many Men” by Eight O’Five Jive

One of Nashville’s swingingest (did I make that word up?) bands, is up next with the title track from their current album.  There are all kinds of problems in the world, and Eight O’Five Jive makes this one sound like a whole lot of fun.

“Sunday Papers” by Joe Jackson

From Look Sharp!  “They wouldn’t print it if it wasn’t true…”

“Boy Got it Bad” by KaiL Baxley

L.A. bases singer-songwriter KaiL Baxley has a new album called A Light That Never Dies.  This song goes back to his 2013 album Heatstroke/The Wind and the War.

“Wild” by Royal Teeth

Another track from the World Café Session mega-download.  Royal Teeth are based in Louisiana, and the create a fun brand of Indie-Pop…

“PreGame” by Grumsling

From the EP A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea… Grumsling are from San Francisco, and they are absolutely fun.  They combine innovative music with a full-frontal multi-media attack.. plus they have their own avatar/mascot who looks kind of evil but in a really fun kind of way.  Cute evil… maybe.

“Fuck On” by Christopher Aaron Slade

What can you say?  Christopher Aaron Slade approached me with some of his music which he described as AC/DC meets Blondie meets Scissor Sisters (or something like that).  I was intrigued enough to listen, and so far I have liked what I have heard.  Basically a lot of power chords set to a danceable beat with just enough New Wave funkiness to keep things interesting.  *By the way, I decided not to censor the song title so, if you are offended… well…  I don’t know…

“Gwan” by The Suffers

And we close out the day and the work week (I’m off tomorrow) with some Soul music from Houston Texas – another from the World Café Sessions.

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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.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Why Do You Care? Mix

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I’m back after a day off.  Still tons going on.  Check out my review of the re-release of the self-titled only album by Haynes Boys.

Also – at press time, my review of Friday night’s Matthew Sweet show at City Winery Nashville is on the front page of NoDepression.com.

On to the mid-week shuffle:

“New Love” by Beat Rodeo

The penultimate song from our survey of Home in the Heart of the Beat.

“More Than Enough” by Cletus and Lori

One of my favorite tracks from the album Lotus by long-time D.C. area duo Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley.

“Baby Stick Around” by Joe Jackson

I dare you to listen to this song from the album Look Sharp! and not move your body in some way.

“Lost Outside The Tunnel” by Aztec Camera

A deep cut from the debut album by Aztec Camera (High Land, Hard Rain).

“Exile on Myrtle Beach” by Darrin Bradbury

From the brand new Darrin Bradbury EP, The Story of Bob, comes this pop culture filled, fever dream of a metaphor for East Nashville. One of my all-time favorite Darrin Bradbury songs.

“Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach, Texas” by Dale Watson

Another track from the brand new Dale Watson album, Call Me Insane.  This one has a bit of Western Swing in it… Dale Watson is still proudly carrying the Ameripolitan banner.

“Beaten to the Punch” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Continuing a shuffle that musically is all over the map… I was just talking with a friend about the underappreciated genius that is Elvis Costello’s fourth studio album.  It is the first release following Costello’s infamous run in with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett.

“In Heaven” by A Color Engine

Another track from the album, Voyage Underwater; 56 Knots.  This one happens to be a cover of a song from the David Lynch cult classic, Eraserhead. A Color Engine draws a line between long-time E2TG favorite Don Ryan and one-time Ear to the Ground featured artist Elephant Goes West.   It’s a tasty slab of experimental indie folk goodness.

“Passion” by [debut]

We close out the day with another track from the album Postcards from Berlin.  The song sounds a bit like it could be a great lost Depeche Mode song (and I mean that as the highest compliment).

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