Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Sunburn at Night Mix

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It is Tuesday.  A bit tired today after a night of great music. The Nashville Conundrum was in full effect, but one thing I didn’t say yesterday, is that I’ve learned that it is okay to feel bad for the shows you missed – especially when it means missing the show of a friend, but in the end, when you’ve made your choice, you should expend more energy appreciating the show you did see than you do regretting the show(s) you missed.  Life is kind of like that, too, I think.

 “Walter Mitty” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

Cletus and Lori were a popular duo in the Greater Washington D.C. area over the last decade.  In 2014, Lori Kelley decided to move to Nashville to pursue a solo career, and I have been fortunate enough to hear some of her great music.  Recently Cletus Kennelly came through Nashville, and I had the rare treat of seeing them perform together.  I also got hold of their 2005 album Lotus, and I have been digging it tons.  “Walter Mitty” is a track from that album.  In the video playlist, we have the duo’s cover of “America” by another duo – Simon and Garfunkel.

“When a Car Becomes a House” by Darrin Bradbury

The title track from Darrin Bradbury’s most recent collection of demos. This song is about the time that he lived out of his car.  Stay tuned for news of his new record. I have had the pleasure of hearing the final mixes, and it is going to be amazing.

“Back Inside the Shell” by Artur U and the New City Limits

Relatively new #E2TG favorites, Artur U and the New City Limits are from Finland, and this song is from their relatively new album, Holiday from Eternity.  This is some innovative music with elements of Rock, Pop, and Alternative.

“Hymn” by Tom Schreck

A gorgeous song from Schreck’s incredible album Save Your Glory.  He calls himself the Nashville Outsider, but dammit Nashville! Let him in!

“Maggots and Flies” by Dead in 5

Sometimes, I wonder if my quest for diversity in the music I feature serves to bring a diverse audience or to drive people away.  It doesn’t really matter, I guess.  I am what I am, and Ear to the Ground is what it is.  There is no logical way to explain following up a gorgeous song like “Hymn” with a song called “Maggots and Flies” – except to say that it is a great big weird wild world, and I have a variety of interests and who is to say that the world always makes sense, and so why should my shuffles always make sense… Dead in 5 are from Detroit, and they rock… hard.  Check them out, if you dare.

“Black Pony” by The Wans

The Wans are a hard rocking, Nashville garage band who I have been hearing about.  This song is from the Noisetrade SXSW mixtape, and it was featured in a commercial for BMW – as all good aggressive, garage rocks songs should be.

“Dance With Me” by The Danbury Lie

I have two The Danbury Lie albums in my current playlist.  This is from Scattered Moments of Connection – the oldest of two albums (by about two months).  Fun fact:  two of the artists in today’s shuffle first came to my attention directly as a result of my writing about Don Ryan back in late 2012 or so.  Today is Don’s birthday, so it seems appropriate to have music from The Danbury Lie and Darrin Bradbury in the shuffle.

“A Farm Named Froo” by John Hamilton

This is the theme song to the 1970s film Come On Children which I mentioned the other day.  The song composed by John Hamilton, one of the young “stars” of the film introduces the cast.  The film is an interesting view into a particular moment in time and a particular group of young people.  As I said before, it’s kind of a representation of what “reality” television could be in some alternate reality (early 1970s Canada) where a group of teens could be transported to a farm (name Froo) and left to their own devices and vices with just a camera crew to document.  Short of major drama, the film nonetheless is fascinating to watch.  It’s available through the Criterion Collection.

“Born in the U.S.A.” by Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell

If anyone was still confused about the meaning of Bruce Springsteen’s song (how many times have you heard it played at a 4th of July celebration). This devastatingly beautiful version by Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell leaves very little room for misinterpretation.  From the Dead Man’s Town – Springsteen Tribute record. 

“Keep Yourself Alive” by Queen

The first single off the very first Queen album.  Because sometimes you need a little 70s arena rock in your life.

“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” by Townes Van Zandt

Van Zandt’s cover of a folk classic written by Peter La Farge.  The song has been covered by among others: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Kinky Friedman, and Pete Seeger.

“Ghost of the Road” by Guadalcanal Diary

We close out today’s shuffle with a song from the album, Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man, by Georgia band, Guadalcanal Diary.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – He Jumped So High Mix

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Okay… here we go… life is kicking my butt today, but music always helps…   we have a pretty fun and diverse set of songs to smooth out the rough patches…

“Mr. Bojangles” by John Hamilton

Awhile back, I watched a 1973 film called Come On Children. The premise was that the director took a group of suburban youth from Toronto to a farm in the middle of nowhere with just a camera crew.  It was like reality television except it was a film, and it was more authentic than reality t.v.  One of the kids was Alex Lifeson of the band Rush, but for me the star of the film was a kid named John Hamilton.  At the beginning of the movie, he said theme song of sorts to introduce all of the “characters”, and the later when inexplicably the kids’ families were brought in, Hamilton sang this song (written by Jerry Jeff Walker by the way). 

“History Lesson” by Minutemen

A succinct history of everything.  History Lesson Part II from Double Nickels on the Dime is about Mike Watt and D. Boon seeing their first punk show.  This one is from The Punch Line.

“Coffee” by Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic

From the album, Move. I am really digging on Matt Phillips’ brand of upbeat folk-jazz.

“All the Times We Had” by Ivan and Alyosha

The title track from the band’s 2013 album.  I’ve been enjoying spinning this album lately.

“Midnight Crisis” by Michael Sackler-Berner

Likewise, I have been thoroughly enjoying discovering the music of Michael Sackler-Berner. This song was the b-side of “She Loves Love” released in October 2014, and it was the lead track from his EP Fragile Magic which was released in March of this year.

“When Will Runs Out” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

Seriously, though, I really do use the shuffle function, and what’s more I currently have over 700 songs in my active playlist.  So, the shuffle function must really love Memory Deluxe as much as I do.  Seriously you guys, check out this album.

“Venice” by The Lighthouse and The Whaler

I grabbed this song which was originally on the Ohio band’s 2012 album This is An Adventure from a SXSW Noisetrade sampler.  It was my first exposure to the band, and I want to check out more.

“Images and Noise” by Mothers

This was the song that first introduced me to Mothers when I got it on the Mama Coco’s sampler.  It is on their album Panamanian Times.  The song lyrically name drops Elton John, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd on top of an persistent and insistent riff.

“If She’s Gone, Let Her Go” by David Schnaufer

I was fortunate enough too see the late mountain dulcimer master David Schnaufer play around Nashville in the late 80s to early 90s.  I rescued the album Dulcimer Sessions from the CD bins at Goodwill and I am happy to bring it to you. Check out his music.

“Sonic Boom” by Gear Daddies

From Billy’s Live Bait.  This song for me captures so well the restless boredom of the  suburban life of a teenager.

“Wonderful” by Taco Land

Putting things in perspective and lifting me up, comes this song from #E2TG favorite Taco Land.  Joseph “Taco” Russell wrote this song after watching his young daughter play after her first round of chemo.  The last report I got is that her cancer was in remission, and sending love and good vibes that news is still current.

“Bomb Disneyland” by The Fat White Family

Wow Shuffle! Really? Following up such a sweet and uplifting song as Wonderful with this?  Bomb Disneyland is a raucous and totally inappropriate song from the band’s album Champagne Holocaust.  You know, though, sometimes when you are down, just need a little raucous inappropriateness…  


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