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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Band of the Week: Year 2, Month 5, Week 1ish – The Disappointment

Okay Okay Band of the Week is back after a week off, and we have a surprise – we felt so bad about not having a Band of the Week that we are going to have two this week.  

Our good friends, and previous Band of the Month runners-up The End Men, turned us on to two bands a while back.  The first was The Gypsy West who ended up being our Band of the Month for February.  Now, we present for your listening pleasure The Disappointment.

The Disappointment are from Brooklyn. The make music for the new depression.  Here is how they describe themselves:

the shockingly unique and poetic story of four white males, with beards, living in brooklyn, who like a modern take on rocknroll, blues, and soul music. big surprise. tell your friends.

Here is Technically 17 a demo single.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=2373835432/size=grande/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/ These audacious kids… They done went and made an EP of John Lennon songs called the Plastic Ono EP.  It’s available from Bandcamp also for free.

  http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=1719466155/size=grande3/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/I’ll avoid the way too obvious The Disappointment will not disappoint (oops).  Sarcasm and bluesy soulful rock and roll are not an obvious match.  I just mean that soulful, at least theoretically, denotes a level of straight-forwardness… regardless, The Disappointment make it work.  Like The End Men and some of  the other bands coming out of the tri-state area, The Disappointment in spite of their sarcasm play authentic blues-based music which their own style, and they play it well.   

You know the drill go Like, Follow, Stalk or whatever:  I’ll leave you with a live version of Working Class Hero from the aforementioned Plastic Ono EP.

Part two our Band of the Week catch up entry will be on tap tomorrow.

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – All is Quiet Mix

Today is the first day of Hanukkah, tomorrow is the Winter Solstice and Sunday is Christmas.  Shout out to everyone no matter which you celebrate or which you do not. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to men seems like a pretty good thing, so does celebrate miraculous lights and the beginning of days getting longer.

My Winter Holiday playlist contains Christmas songs, songs that mention winter-time themes (or seem to) and even a couple of songs that have been associated with the holiday season (albeit incorrectly):

1. The Wilderness of Manitoba released an three song of EP of Christmas Carols non-ironically called Three Carols.  O Come, O Come Emmanuel  is on the album which you can purchase and download by clicking the picture below.

2.  Angels We Have Heard on High is another traditional Christmas Carol by The Walla Recovery.  Get a whole set of Christmas music from the band by using the widget below.

3. I’m posting a link to a compilation called Alternative Rock X-mas which includes songs from everyone from The Decemberists to The Smithereens. It also includes the Alarm’s version of the John Lennon classic, Happy  XMas (War is Over).

4. Finally, today we look ahead to the turning of the western Calendar from 2011 to 2012. New Years Day is from U2’s War Album. If you don’t have War in your collection rectify that right now by purchasing and downloading the album for $4.99 from Amazon – click the album cover below.

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20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas 20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas
Compiled from Motown Christmas collections and individual artists’ Christmas albums, 20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas gathers a dozen of the label’s holiday performances, including the Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus

Thursday (Covers) Morning Music Shuffle – Imagine Mix

COVERERS: 1. Jim James is the Lead Vocalist,guitarist and primary songwriter for the Louisville based band My Morning Jacket. Calexico is a Tucson, Arizon based Americana/Indie Rock band featuring two former members of the band Giant Sand.

2. R.E.M. are or were R.E.M.

3. BR549 are a Nashville based Country band who got their start in the bars on Lower Broadway in Nashville.

4. Porcelain Raft is a London based solo project of Mauro Remiddi formerly of Sunny Day Sets Fires – an indie psychedelic pop band.


COVEREES: 1. Bob Dylan is Robert Allen Zimmerman. The Band were formerly The Hawks.

 2. Aerosmith is the band that that American Idol judge is or used to be in. You know the one that leers and looks kind of like Mick Jagger.

3. Anne Murray is Canadian country music singer.

4. Nirvana were a Seattle-based grunge band. That Foo Fighters guy used to be in this band.

The Covers:



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