Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Time it Was Mix

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Time is short – so let’s get to it….


“The Way We Move” by Langhorne Slim and the Law
“Gold Dust Woman” by Fleetwood Mac
“Long Harbour” by April Verch
“Buried in the Murder” by Lonely Wild
Muskegon Harbor” by Taco Land (I love this song!)
“Blue” by Joni Mitchell

After the Jump – we expose our Shuffle of the day and post our daily You Tube playlist



  •  Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by Fred Astaire from The Essential George Gershwin

I think we’re winding down our Gershwin songs in the daily Shuffle. But, fear not, I’ll be hitting Goodwill soon enough and who knows what gems I’ll find.

  •  “Out of My Mind” by Eric Burdon and The Greenhornes from Eric Burdon and The Greenhornes (2012)

What an awesome song.  Rock legend, Eric Burdon (of the Animals and War) teaming up with Cincinnati band The Greenhornes.   From the good folks at Readymade Records.

  • “Empty Aisles” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Pretty Well Damned (2012)

I’ve been listening to this album a ton, and I have to say every listen makes me love it more. Musically, every song seems to explore a particular nuance of timeless music done in a distinctly modern sounds. “Empty Aisle” has a slight vaudeville feel to it while on other tracks we’ve heard 60s girl group and some sweet soul music. But, the real story here is not the diversity of the influences,but rather it is the way the band pulls this all together in such an awesome way.



Monday Morning Music Shuffle – A Mean Idea Mix

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It’s Monday, it’s also Tax Day here in the USA.  Our goal of late, seems to be to cover as much musical ground as possible in the span of 7-10 songs or so.  I hope today’s Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle Shuffle do not disappoint.

Let’s get to it….

Pre-shuffle:  April Verch is a Berklee trained Bluegrass/Traditional music fiddle player and step-dancer.  She has a new sampler out of Noisetrade, so there is no excuse not to check her music out.  We listened to two selections from the release this morning.

We also heard more music from Taco Land’s Pancakes and Pizza album – (see our review). Plus another song from the awesome new record from Sad Baby Wolf.  This morning’s Gershwin song is performed by the late, great Rosemary Clooney, and we closed out the Pre-shuffle with John Wesley Harding with the opening track from his 2011 album,The Sound of His Own Voice.

Let’s head into the shuffle – now….

  • “Stoned and Starving” by Parquet Courts from Light Up Gold (2013)

Parquet Courts are a punk band from Brooklyn. They are currently being featured on Amazon Free Music From Rising Artist April .  

  • “My Old Man” by Joni Mitchell from Blue (1971)

‘Cause you gotta play some Blue on when Tax Day falls on a Monday – it’s the law.

  • “Gates of Brooklyn” by David Lott from Gates of Brooklyn (2011)

One of our Couch by Couchwest “discoveries” we have the title track from the singer-songwriter and native New Yorker who now lives in Colorado.

  • “King of Birds” by R.E.M. from Document (1987)

Did you know that Document was recorded in Nashville?  “I am king of all I see, my kingdom for a voice
Old man don’t lay so still, you’re not yet young
There’s time to teach, point to point
Point observation, children carry reservations
Standing on the shoulders of giants, leaves me cold, leaves me cold”


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Sno-Cone Mix

It’s all but officially summer.  Temps are supposed to climb into the mid to upper 90s here this week, and I’m sure the humidity will ratchet up and few notches.  Here in the South, we know it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity….

Reminders:  The Band of the Month polling has begun – exercise your right to check out righteous music and pick your favorite’s here. (Voting continues until the end of the month, and this time you can come back and vote as often as you like).

Over the weekend, we offered the World Premier of the brand new promo video for our April Band of the Month – The Disappointment.  The post which is here, also offered detailed to purchase and download the band’s latest release and provided details for checking out the band live in Brooklyn.  Again – it is here.

Finally – Ear to the Ground’s favorite cartoonist (and an early and often influence on our tastes in music – as well as our partner-in-crime at a number of live shows in the late 80s and early 90s), Ron Ruelle has released a new book featuring the Sunday strips from his At the Zu/Darwin & Co. strips. 

 You can order the book here. And check out the dedication page!  

One last thing before we get to the morning shuffle – Today is the 70th Birthday for the “Cute” Beatle (Paul McCartney) and another Paul (Weller) of The Jam & The Style Council, has released version of  the Beatles’ Birthday which you can download today only on Amazon:


Tonight, we plan to load in a ton of songs into the mix, but before we did, we thought we should take a shuffle through some of the coolest songs in our archives.

Blue Sky Mine the sort-of title track to Midnight Oil’s 1990 album Blue Sky Mining found the Australian band and their politician/activist/environmentalist lead singer offering up a scathing indictment of the greed over people and the planet mentality, and doing so in an amazingly danceable format. 

Don’t Be Cruel was recorded in the summer of 1956 in New York City buy a 21 year old singer from Tupelo, Mississippi named Elvis Aaron Presley.  The song was written by Otis Blackwell. The Jordanaires sang back-up on the record. When my daughter was in 4th Grade, I helped chaperone a trip to Memphis which included a tour of Graceland and accompanying us on the field trip was the grandfather of one of my daughter’s classmates who happened to be Gordon Stoker – one of the original Jordanaires, how cool is that?
And finally, we have Free Man in Paris by Joni Mitchell from her classic 1974 album Court and Spark.
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