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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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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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Look Into Stone Mix

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Well here we are at the mid-point of another work week… time marches on… doesn’t it?

We have another outstanding shuffle featuring classic tunes and some new and newish music… JUMP!

“I’m Set Free” (live) by The Velvet Underground

I have a confession. Sometimes, I secretly and privately scoff at people who accumulate every piece of recorded music of their favorite band… you know imports, bootlegs, rarities – without regard to the quality of the recording or whatever… I mean… I don’t mean to knock anyone – especially a music lover, but it just seems a bit silly to me sometimes.  That being said, I am nothing if not hypocritical.  I give you a short sample of  a recording from Max’s in 1970.  My only defense… it’s the Velvet Underground.

“Starting All Over Again” by Amy Black

My shuffle functions seems to be as much in love with the new Amy Black album as I am.  We have another track from the Muscle Shoals Sessions today.  This one is a cover of a song originally recorded by Mel and Tim at Muscle Shoals.  The song was later covered by Hall and Oates.

“Wedding Song” by Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville.   I had heard his name and grabbed some music from a Noisetrade Sampler of his music.  This song comes from his CD entitled Hey Love.  I like it a bunch.

“In Spite of Ourselves” by Iris Dement, John Prine

You haven’t really lived until you’ve heard Darrin Bradbury and Jon Latham sing this song – impromptu – in the middle of a crowded bar.  But, Iris and John do a pretty decent version, too.

“Afrique” (take 3 vocal) by Duke Ellington

I have to admit, I am sometimes intimidated by Jazz as a genre.  As it should be obvious by now, I am not a musician, and so I know there are technical nuances to the music that I just don’t get. Actually that is true about a lot of music, but jazz seems by design to be more focused on that aspect.  Also,  although I have been really listening to jazz for about 25 years, my listening has been kind of haphazard. I have a pretty solid base in Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and a few others… but I know I have missed out (so far) on some really crucial artists and recordings.  All that being said, hearing Duke Ellington come up on my shuffle makes me happy!

“Sixes + Sevens” by Indigenous Engines

Indigenous Engines is the new project by my friend Andrew Adkins  (The Colored Parade).  This new project has two EPs currently available for Free Download via Bandcamp.  This song is from one of those EPs called Werewolves (the other EP is called Witches).  Check it out!

“Visitation Rights” by The Transcendents

I joked about my shuffle needing to clear out the transcendents’ self-titled album to make room for their new EP Lay Where You Collapse.   Regardless of my joke, this track is our final listen to that first record.  Look and listen for the new record to appear in the shuffle soon.  The band is from Christchurch, New Zealand, and man oh man, I like their music a ton.

“If I Didn’t Love You” by Squeeze

I hate to randomly mention Jon Latham twice in a post – no I don’t – but a recent status update of his on Facebook prompted me to dig out my Squeeze Singles album and load it into the Playlist.  This band  was just about perfect, and Singles was a handy way to catch up on their early music.  This song was originally on the band’s 1980 album Argybargy. The band was originally active from their formation in 1974!! until 1982.  When I really caught up with them that original run was over.  Fortunately, they reunited in 1985 and got to seem them live with Jools Holland on keyboard. 

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Eats Like a Horse Mix

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It was kind of a cool morning here in Nashville, but it felt great.  The certainty that Spring is in full effect, and that Summer is barreling down the turnpike hot on Spring’s tail. Spring seems as good a time as any (maybe better?) to step back and reassess and think about what comes next.  Ear to the Ground has exceeded my wildest expectations (mainly because I didn’t have many), and I am happy that nearly four years on, I am not feeling any real desire to stop.  Still, from the beginning, Ear to the Ground had frequently (or infrequently) evolved (usually due to some external pressure).  The Shuffle was originally about 3-5 songs, then for a while I had the “pre-shuffle” which kind of expanded the shuffle to upwards of 20 or more songs. We’ve settled into a groove of 8-12 songs per day, and it is good, but I feel an itching to do something more, something different.  I don’t know what that is yet, but I have some ideas…. until then… let’s hit the shuffle….

“In the Summertime” by Beat Rodeo

Another cool track from Home in the Heart of the Beat (1986 IRS Records).

“Miss Marcy” by Johnny Horton

A classic murder ballad from the one and only Johnny Horton.  Horton was killed by a drunk driver on November 5, 1960.

“Ballad of the Choir Boy Band Robber” by Ike Reilly

One of the last two songs from the Ike Reilly compilation we grabbed off Noisetrade a good while back.  This is an Ike Reilly Assassination song originally released on the album Sparkle in the Finish.  

“Your Name is Wild” by Guided by Voices

From the 1996 album Under the Bushes Under the Stars…  It was for many the years, the last Guided By Voices album to feature the band’s “classic” line-up.  Guided by Voice broke up in 2004, reformed in 2010, and then disbanded for a second time at the end of last year.

“Future 40’s (String of Pearls)” by Syd Straw (feat. Michael Stipe)

Guess what?  This song has been in the shuffle before – recently.  I forgot to remove it from the playlist – like I usually when songs appear.  Guess what? I really don’t care.  It is a great song featuring the amazing Ms. Straw along with R.E.M. front man, Michael Stipe. For R.E.M. fans, this album was released between Green and Out of Time.  Classic Nickelodeon fans may remember Syd Straw from her role as a middle school math teacher on The Adventures of Pete and Pete.  This song is on her 1989 solo debut Surprise which also featured contributions from Anton Fier, Richard Thompson, and Jody Harris among others.

“Hell for Leather” by Hoodoo Gurus

A track from the Hoodoo Guru’s third album, Blow Your Cool! which was released in 1987.  We’ll be digging more into that album in the days, weeks and months allow – subject to the slings and arrows of outrageous shuffles.

“Down Yonder” by David Schnaufer

More music from the late, great Mountain Dulcimer master, David Schnaufer.

“Side by Side” by Grant Lee Buffalo

Another track from Mighty Joe Moon.  I am really digging this album (which was a goodwill rescue).

“It’s a Big Old Goofy World” by John Prine

What better way to end the shuffle than with this big old goofy song from Prine’s 1991 album, The Missing Years.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Yacht Mix

Last week, one of the daily shuffles was heavily weighted toward Blues music.  Today, things turn more in a Country direction.  Of course this is Ear to the Ground, so it’s never cut and dry… 

“Little Victories” by Chris Knight (with John Prine) from Little Victories

Chris Knight did not play Peter Brady on The Brady Bunch nor is he the noted blogger and filmmaker. He is, however, a talented singer songwriter from Kentucky.  His 2012 album Little Victories featured contributions from Lee Ann Womack and Buddy Miller, and on the title track – John Prine.

“Faxes on a Yacht” by Rival Galaxies from The Entrée: a Build4BBQ Sampler

Rival Galaxies are from Albany, NY, and they bill themselves as “Curators of Dance Parties!!!”  One would be hard pressed to listen to this song and not move to the music.

“Never Felt Before” by Golden Smog from Another Fine Day

Another fine song from Alt-Indie rock supergroup Golden Smog.

“I See Georgia” by Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ from The Great American Bubble Factory

drivin’ N’ cryin’ have been making rocking new Southern Rock since the mid 80s.  Kevn Kinney also made one of my all-time favorite records – MacDougal Blues.  When The Great American Bubble Factory was released in 2009, it was the first full-length studio album for the band in 12 years.  Sometimes/often, I feel like out of place in the South – even though I’ve lived here my whole life, but if this is Southern Rock (and it is) than I think I can hang.

“Beggars’ Guild” by Roadkill Ghost Choir from Slow Knife EP

Heading further down South, we have a great song from Florida band Roadkill Ghost Choir.

“One More Ride” by Joe Sundell from The Hat Thief

Still in the South and moving us back into the Countryish theme, we have Joe Sundell from Austin, Texas with a cool song from his album The Hat Thief.  

“Old Five and Dimers Like Me” by Billy Joe Shaver from Old Five and Dimers Like Me

Fully establishing the Country creds for today’s shuffle – we go all the way back to the beginning of Billy Joe Shaver’s 40+ year career with the title track from his first album. Man! It really doesn’t get much better than this….

“Scarecrow Blues” by Brock Zeman from Songs from the Mud

We close things out and stay in the Country vein with an autumnal sounding track from Canadian singer/songwriter Brock Zeman.

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WOW Wednesday – In Spite Mix

 

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WOW = Wide Open Wednesday where E2TG opens up the entire contents of the 32GB memory card and shuffles the heck out of it.  Okay, so WOW Wednesday is redundant. How about WOW = Wide Open Window or Wide-Open Whatever… that’s not the point. 

The point is that when I load up all the songs which currently reside on my phone (merely a subset of my entire music collection, mind you) all bets are off. There is some really weird stuff, some familiar names (E2TG favorites and classic artists), genres ranging about as far as genres can range, new music, older music, and very old music.  Luck of the draw determines the results…  Here is today’s WOW Wednesday Shuffle….

After the jump…


Starting today and continuing for most days, I am going back to the classic shuffle size – if things get too backed up, I may do a super shuffle Friday every so often, but I think this will give me a better chance to really focus on the songs being featured…

“Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake (Feat. Jay Z) from The 20/20 Experience

Yes it is true, #E2TG mostly focuses our attention on lesser known, indie/diy artists who are out there making great music and who deserve a lot more attention than they often get.  Still… sometimes, we like to shake things up and throw a big hit pop song into the mix.  What can I say, I have a soft spot for hook filled hit singles…  This one takes us back to 2013 and the multi-talented Justin Timberlake and some dude named Jay Z (with or without a hyphen?).  Suit up! 

“Every Time the Son Leaves” by Telepathic Teddy Bear from Reactions

Defying odds… yesterday, we had a relatively new song from Telepathic Teddy Bear, and today, our WOW shuffle comes up with this gem from his 2011 album Reactions.

 

“I Love My Label” by Nick Lowe from Best of Yep Roc Singles/Jesus of Cool (2008 Reissue)
One of the bonus tracks from the reissue of Nick Lowe’s 1978 Solo Debut album. Nick Lowe, man. Freaking Nick Lowe!  The video playlist includes a live version of this song performed by Lowe and Wilco at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  

“In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine and Iris Dement from Cool As Folk/In Spite of Ourselves
And, the WOW shuffle ends with the always amazing John Prine and sweet, funny song performed with the equally amazing Iris Dement.
 
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Heavy Metal Drummer Mix

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Good morning – er afternoon.  After two days of Non-Shuffles, I turned the Shuffle mode back on and came up with some songs to get us through the last day of the work week…

Pre-Shuffle:  We started things off with another track from the fantastic self-titled EP by The Foresters – a track called “Alone”.  Next, we had a fun little triad of songs which featured two more songs from The Lucky Jukebox Brigade’s album Pretty Well Damned.  In between, “Taffy” and “Carnivultures”, we had Sinatra’s version of Gershwin’s classic Someone to Watch Over Me.  It was really cool how well those three songs worked together.  We closed out the pre-shuffle with a track from Odd Man Out, the Killing Kuddles’ album we reviewed on Wednesday

Coming up after the JUMP, we have a shuffle which includes two cover songs and an Arrested Development reference…


  • “There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand” by Bridge Under Fire from Why Wait? (2012)/The Appetizer Built4BBQ sampler (2013)

We have a second song from the Syracuse punk band Bridge Under Fire from The Appetizer sampler put out by the good folks at Built4BBQ. The song named after a memorable quote from the cult (and soon to be revived) television series Arrested Development, is the last song on the band’s 2012 album, Why Wait?

  • “Unwed Fathers” by Deer Tick feat. Liz Isenberg from Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine (2010)


 

A great cover by some cool folks from Rhode Island off of an absolute “must-have” tribute album which came out a few years ago.  In our playlist below, we have a live version of Deer Tick perfoming the song plus as a bonus, we have Prine himself with the awesome Carrie Rodriquez performing the song. 

  • “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” by You and Me from You and Me (CD 2013)
We close out with our friends Val and James of You and Me with a soulful take on the classic Dylan tune. 

 

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