Music City Monday Morning Shuffle – The Road Got Blurry Mix

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So, spring has arrived and here in Nashville that has meant a brief cold snap. I seem to be over whatever it was that kind of knocked me out at the end of last week… ready to take on a new week. According to Facebook, I have 12 events with 51 friends coming up this week.  Fortunately, I do get Friday off work…

I did manage to venture out into a misty rain last night for a fine night of music at The Basement. Despite some vocal duress, Jon Latham was amazing as always.  Throwing a new song (for me anyway) into the mix and inviting up Peyton Parker to sing on a couple of tunes.  Peyton Parker has been on the current season of The Voice.   Next up was Charlie Whitten, who I saw a few weeks back, I once again was struck by his awesome songwriting, gentle good humor, and his whistling (which especially impresses me because I cannot really whistle).  Closing the night was Caleb Caudle who recently released Carolina Ghost to widespread acclaim. A great ending to a great night of music at a pretty pack out Basement.

It’s Monday – I’m in Music City… let’s do Music City Monday….

“Helpless” by Lindsay Ellyn

Lindsay Ellyn’s EP Out of Road (one of my favorites of the year) was named Number 1 EP by Queens of Country. This is a great track from that EP.  Readers in New York City, Lindsay and Jeremy Nash (both Nashville songwriters who moved to town from NYC) will be playing at Rockwood Music Hall tonight, and I highly recommend both of them. 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. EDT.

“Feels Like Rain” by John Hiatt
 

John Hiatt moved to Nashville very early in the 1970s and been making incredible, ground-breaking music ever since. This is the final track from his 1988 album, Slow Turning. The song was later covered by the great Buddy Guy.


“Mockingbird” by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons
 

Cory Chisel moved to Nashville from Appleton, WI.  This song is from his 2009 album Death Won’t Send a Letter.  I think I was first introduced to his music around this time when I saw the band open for Peter Case at 3rd and Lindsley. More recently he was nominated for a Grammy award for his co-write of the Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris song “The Travelling Kind”. He also recently toured with Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz as Traveller.


“Still With Me” by Charlie Hager
 

Among the events I regretfully missed during my brief convalescence at the end of last week was the CD release show for Charlie Hager’s new album American Saga.  It sounds like it was an awesome night packed with tons of great artists.  I really hate that I missed it, but at least I get to hear the album, and it’s out so you can hear it, too.  To me it is pure and honest songwriting at its best.

 

“You Could Be My Baby” by SHEL
 

This is a track that will be on SHEL’s new album, Just Crazy Enough which is due out in May.  They will be playing the Safety Harbor Song Fest in a couple of weeks, and they are scheduled to play Nashville’s Earth Day show later in April.  

“Fun Machine” by Colorfeels
 

This is another track from that Music the Film: Music City Underground.  Colorfeels were a Nashville band that broke up in 2014. I don’t know much about them, except that I like this song and a bunch of my East Nashville friends were fans of the band.


“Speed Trap Town” by Jason Isbell

 

It’s been pretty interesting to watch the meteoric rise of Jason Isbell over the past several years. I was lucky enough to see Isbell with the 400 Unit in the back parking lot of Grimey’s a few years ago for Record Store Day.  There was a decent crowd, but nothing like what it would be today.  This is a track from his latest album, Something More Than Free which won the Grammy for Best Americana album. 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Glow and Repeat Mix

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Mid-week, and some rain to hopefully break the heat a little… On tap tonight, week 3 of Kevn Kinney’s month-long residency at The 5 Spot in East Nashville – tonight featuring the one and only Lydia Lunch!

On to the shuffle…

“Blood on Your Bootheels” by Caroline Rose

The always amazing Popa’s Tunes alerted me a while back that the NPR program World Café was opening up their archives and offering a 100-song download of performances from the show. For me it has been a goldmine in terms of hearing awesome performances of some long-time favorites, but most especially for turning me on to some artists I have never heard before – like Caroline Rose.  “Blood on Your Bootheels” is the lead track from her album I Will Not Be Afraid which was released about a year ago.

“Traveler’s Prayer” by Jesse and Noah

We have another track from Jesse and Noah in the shuffle today.  This one is from their 2012 album Driven Back.  Jesse and Noah has some of the best harmonies around today.

“Be Your Man” by Ivan and Alyosha

From Jesse and Noah to Ivan and Alyosha. One are the sons/nephews of The Bellamy Brothers and the other is a band from the Pacific Northwest named for characters in a Dostoyevsky. I will leave it to you to figure out which is which.  In any event, Ivan and Alyosha have found success with their catchy brand of indie folk/pop.

“Glow in the Dark” by KATO

KATO makes some dreamy hip-hop music out of L.A.  This song came to me from a submission made by the director of the video that accompanies this track – Owen Schwartzbard.  Since, the video is on Vimeo and not You Tube, I decided to add it here.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/132024317
KATO / Glow in the Dark from Owen Schwartzbard on Vimeo.
Directed by
Owen Schwartzbard

Glow in the Dark, from the album A Summer in Space Beach.
http://www.gundampharoah.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/GundamPharoah
Produced by Mike Derenzeo (@mderenzo)

KATO is ijhmanwycoff@gmail.com

“Jack Hammer” by The Odds

My familiarity with The Odds goes back to their debut album Neopolitan, and subsequently seeing them open for and back up Warren Zevon when I saw him back in the early 90s.  This song is the lead track from their sophomore effort which I missed out on due to life that was happening at the time.

“Georgia Rae” by John Hiatt

Another one from Slow Turning. This one is named for and about one of his daughters.

“Repeat” by Denny Zeitlin

And we close out the shuffle today with this track which was the lead track of the 1964 debut album by jazz pianist and composer Denny Zeitlin.  A pretty sweet way to ease into my work day…

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Hot Where We’re Going Mix

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ICYMI,  I posted my review of For a Thousand Miles, the new album by Patrick Kinsley and A Fistful of Dollars which was released today.  You can read it by navigating to the last entry on this blog or read it at No Depression.  The No Depression piece leaves out some information of interest to Nashville readers – namely that the Album Release Show for this album will be tomorrow night (7/15) at 8:00 p.m. at the original Basement.

The shuffle today is ready, so let’s get to it!

“Don’t You Feel Like Playing” by Christopher Aaron Slade

Another track from Christopher Aaron Slade who e-mailed me a while back and introduced me to his fun brand of kitschy, party rock and roll.  (My description and meant as a compliment). 


“Drive South” by John Hiatt

One of my favorite songs from the album Slow Turning, and the source of today’s shuffle sub-title. A great song for when I drive down to visit family in Georgia.

“No Fun” by Jessica Lea Mayfield

From the 2014 album, Make My Head Sing…  which added a rock edge to her excellent songs.

“Safe House” by The Poorhouse Says

The Poorhouse Says are from St. Louis, and they formed in 2007. as patterns go is their new and first full-length album, and it was released late last month.  I have really been enjoying listening to this record, and I highly recommend it.  Great songs, a great sound, and an excellent spirit behind it.

“Lady Jane” by David Schnaufer

The late Dulcimer master takes on the Rolling Stone classic which frankly seems – here to have been written for the mountain dulcimer.

“My Intentions Were Good, But Fuck Me Part I” by Bashful Hips

Ian Fellerman aka Bashful Hips wrote the album from which this track is taken while he was living here in Nashville.  The album is called Too Old For a Coming Age Story… – it came to my attention via e-mail, and I am really digging this so far.  It seems at once to be a very personal and very political album – and seriously if politics are not personal – what the hell are they?

“Working Class Hero” by John Lennon

Up next, we have a song from John Lennon’s very first post-Beatles solo album – called John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band which was released in 1970. Really puts me in the mood for my day job…

“Railroadin’ and Gamblin'” by Carl Rutherford

Another track from the Music Maker Relief Foundation sampler we have been featuring for a few months now.  Carl Rutherford has an interesting story… all of the Music Maker artists have interesting stories. You can read more about Carl Rutherford, who passed away in 2006, here in this piece written by the great music writer (and musician/songwriter) Peter Cooper.

“Strangers to Ourselves” by Modest Mouse

And we close things out today with the title track from the latest album by Modest Mouse. A pretty nice way to end out the morning’s shuffle…

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – No, All! Mix

Back in the shuffle business after an absolutely incredible weekend at the 2nd Annual Safety Harbor SongFest.  Expect more detailed and official reports once I have fully recovered, but for now, let me just say I had a blast at this well-organized, artistically uplifting event and enjoyed some gorgeous weather.  Despite my peeling nose and flight delay coming home, I can strongly recommend fans and musicians alike check out this still relatively new festival.

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“Heart Beats” by Hey Marseilles

From Lines We Trace. Hey Marseilles are an indie/chamber pop band from Seattle. Contrary to what some may tell you, there are no fiddles in the band.

“Kiss Me When I Get Back” by Tom Tom Club

From Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom. Chris, Tina, and company add some funky grooves to the morning shuffle.

“Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” by Alex Chilton

Taken from the Alex Chilton compilation 19 Years… This is a cover of the 1965 single by the American garage band, The Seeds.

“Crazy Love, Vol. II” by Paul Simon

From Graceland. I have no opinion about that….

“Conquistador” by Love Tractor

 The instrumental rock band that was instrumental in the creating the vibrant Athens, Georgia music scene that spawned so many great bands.  This is from their 2014 comeback album Dear Aliens.

“No, All!” by Descendents

From the album All.  This follow up to the 1 second lead and title track expands on the theme stretching out to a full 2 seconds allows the band to really explore the overarching philosophy of “to not settle for some but to always go for All.”  Melodically simple (as I suppose a 2 second song is bound to be), the music nevertheless conveys a deep insight into the band’s influences from the punk and post punk era. The lyrics, “No, All!” while seeming self-explanatory bear repeated reading in order to fully comprehend the intricate nuances.  When Milo Aukerman left the Descendents, the remaining members formed a band named All which I got to see live sometime in 1991 or 1992.  It was a good show. 

“2013” by Mothers

From Panamanian Times.  Another cool track from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen band Mothers from their most recent album Panamanian Times.  Some good vibey punk rock and a nice palate cleanser from the spicy Descendents’ track.  Not so much fond of the year, but I love the song, “2013”.

“Cusp” by Forebear

Cinematic L.A. Progressive Folk band Forebear return to the shuffle with another track from their self-titled EP. 

“Killing What’s Left of Me” by Dead in 5

Dead in 5 bring some Detroit Hard Rock and outlaw attitude to the morning shuffle. It was a perfect bit of raw power to drive me forward toward work after a long and enjoyable weekend.  The album is called Schizophrenic Razor Project.  The graphics are awesome and the music delivers on the promise of the visual images…. CRACK!

“Trudy and Dave” by John Hiatt

From Slow Turning.  After the raw energy of Dead in 5, I really needed to come down a bit before I faced my workplace.  Who knows, I might have punched someone… not really, but I might have thought about it.  A great song from one of my all time favorite artists.

“Talking Thunderbird Blues”  by Townes Van Zandt

Taken from a 1973 live recording…  What a better way to get ready to solve the whole world’s problems (or at least my tiny corner of the world) then to listen to a song about drinking Thunderbird wine for the very first time… 

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Among the Lost and Found Mix

As I alluded to yesterday, I am heading out, and so I leave you with a shuffle and a related Video Playlist (with the songs or other songs by the same artist if the exact song could not be found on You Tube)….  Enjoy…. see you next week!

“Heart of Darkness” by Syd Straw

“Sliver” by Dead in 5

“Family Flesh Garden” by The Ghoul Goes West

“Shop it Around” by Jason and the Scorchers

“Mall Boutique” by Neighborhood Texture Jam

“Paper Thin” by John Hiatt

“Drug Mule” by the transcendents

“Our Lady of the Highway” by Tim Lee 3

“Dead Man’s Song” by Joe Nolan

“Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Pants on Fire Mix

Last night, I hung out at this wonderful weekly East Nashville happening, Derek Hoke’s $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot. It was a great time with some great music. Host Derek Hoke played an awesomely perfect Western Swingish version of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, and the night ended with a great full-band set by J.R. Wyatt who I have featured on this blog.

If you are in Nashville on Thursday, you have your next non-Fran’s chance to see Ear to the Ground 2014 Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury. The show is also at The 5 Spot beginning around 9:00.  Mention Ear to the Ground and you will get some odd looks, but what the heck, mention us anyway.
“Liar Liar” by Phranc

I don’t know what a small town Tennessee boy was doing listening to an ex-punk, Jewish Lesbian Folksinger, but I did, and I loved it. As an Amazon reviewer noted, some of the cultural references are a bit dated, but the music prevails and hell, we can all think of people to whom this song applies. From Folksinger

“You Keep Me Hanging On” by Aretha Franklin

In 2014 the Queen of Soul released Sings the Great Diva Classics. This is the Holland Dozier Holland classic originally recorded by The Supremes. Aretha is still the Queen of Soul.

“Evona Darling” by Linda and Teddy Thompson

Evona Darling is a beautiful song written by Lal and Mike Waterson. Linda Thompson included this song on her 2002 album Fashionably Late. This version with her son Teddy was included on Shining Light: The Songs of Lal and Mike Waterson which was also released in 2002. This is an amazing cover by two incredible performers.

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The Allman Brothers Band recently ended their long run, and a 6 disc box set of recordings from their legendary 1971 At Fillmore East shows was released in 2014.  This is the shortest version of this Dickey Betts’ song included in set (just over 12 minutes).  And, although, I cannot claim to be a huge or long time Allman Brothers Band fan, I can say that there are some amazing things happening here musically.  And I am moved to dig deeper.

“We Ain’t Gonna Die Today” by Atmosphere

From their latest album Southsiders, Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere… I dig it.

“This Must Be the Place” by Bill Lloyd

Feeling the Elephant is one of my favorite albums of the Nashville 80s Rock era, and it remains a true Pop masterpiece.

“Whirlpool” by Meat Puppets

From Forbidden Places, this song was later covered by They Might Be Giants.

“It’ll Come to You” by John Hiatt

Another great track from the classic album Slow Turning.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – If You Don’t Know Mix

Getting back on schedule…

ICYMI:  Check out my review of Dale Watson and Rosie Flores at Exit/In.

If you are in Nashville this evening, head on over to City Winery Nashville. A great night of music is on tap with #E2TG Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury kicking things off at 8:00 sharp so don’t be late. $5.00 to hear some really great people make really cool music.



“Love For Tender” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

I don’t know about you, but for me any morning that starts off with Elvis Costello can’t be all bad.  From Get Happy!

“Tennessee Plates” by John Hiatt

A classic song from John Hiatt’s Slow Turning album. About stealing one of Elvis’ Cadillacs….

“My Felon Girlfriend” by Don Dixon

Don Dixon had a hand in creating the sound that dominated by musical formative years.  Best known as co-producer of the first two R.E.M. albums as well as the many other great records he produced, Dixon is also one hell of a songwriter.  This song comes from his most recent solo record called High and Filth and Borderline.

“Knowing Me” by J.R. Wyatt

A brief but really rad song from Empty Room Sessions.

“Don’t Say No” by Tom Tom Club

Another great song from Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom.  This runs counter to the message I got handed in school via Nancy Reagan. Hmm, who should I listen to? Nancy Reagan or Chris and Tina? What do you think?

“Lawyers, Guns and Money” (Warren Zevon cover) by Magnolia Electric Co.

Magnolia Electric Co covering Warren Zevon is truly sublime. RIP Jason Molina and Warren Zevon. This is from a Daytrotter session in 2009.

“Soul II Soul” by Flo Mega

Okay. So this was a random download from Freegal. Flo Mega is from Germany and this is some funky ass shit.  I rate it a “hell yes!”. From the album Mann uber Bord.

“Has He Got a Friend for Me” by Richard and Linda Thompson

This song came on as I began my solitary walk toward the office. A perfect somber song for this grey morning. From I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. 

“Nobody’s Singin'” by Matt King

This is the penultimate song from our run-through of Matt King’s stripped down album Raw.  As we await new music from King and his new band, Killing Street.

“Conclusion of the Railway Earth” by Jack Kerouac with Al Cohn and Zoot Sims

We close out the shuffle with ten minutes of Kerouac spitting the beat poetry. The recording includes some studio banter before and after the poetry.  From Blues and Haikus.

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