Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Rivers of Suggestion Mix

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Just a heads up… there will not be a Morning Music Shuffle tomorrow.  Plan accordingly…  So this will be the last shuffle of the week, and we have a good one…

“I’m Sorry (But So is Brenda Lee)” by Marshall Crenshaw

One of the best songwriters of all time – from his album Downtown referencing Little Miss Dynamite and one of her best known songs.

“Cry Baby Cry” by Richard Barone

Richard Barone covers the Beatles in spectacular fashion with this track from his groundbreaking live album Cool Blue Halo.

“So. Central Rain” by R.E.M.

This is the final track we have to present from R.E.M.’s second album, Reckoning. Some sources add a subtitle to this song (“I’m Sorry”) which coincidently references back to the first song in the shuffle.. 

“I Have to Leave” by Warren Zevon

Given David Letterman’s fondest for Warren Zevon, I kind of see this song as Ear to the Ground’s way of saying “goodbye”.

“War 150” by Tom Schreck

From his album Save Your Glory… another excellent song from the Nashville Outsider himself…

“Home in the Heart of the Beat” by Beat Rodeo

The title track to the second album by Steve Almaas and company.  “Johnny 1, Johnny 2, Johnny 3…”

“Fake Roses” by The Lone Bellow

Modern country music from Brooklyn New York.. off their latest album, Then Came the Morning…

“Currency of Love” by Joseph Arthur

I got to see Joseph Arthur performing and painting early in April at the Safety Harbor song festival.  This song is from his album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ.

“Flew a Falcon” by Richard Barone

Our second track of the day from Cool Blue Halo!  A gorgeous song. 

“Flaring Up” by Ricky Mirage

The lead track from Pop Goes the Sun…

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=593283634/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/track=2385064418/transparent=true/

“Haywire” by Aztec Camera

One of three bonus tracks added to the 1991 CD release of High Land, Hard Rain – the 1983 debut by Roddy Frame and company.

“Drop Your Bucket” by Brock Zeman

I had the pleasure of seeing and meeting Brock Zeman last week at the Bluebird Café.  This is a song from his latest album, Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back.  Check out his music, and if you get the chance to see him live – don’t miss it.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – High Hopes Mix

FALL IS HERE!  Not only that, there was an honest to goodness chill in the air this morning.  Now, I’ve lived in Tennessee my whole like, so I know that we still have a few more rounds of heat to go, but today it is officially Autumn, and it feels like it so…

MUSIC

“Gypsy Django” (live) by Humming House from Humming House Party!

Fall is my favorite season, so let’s party! How about a Humming House Party!  This song is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

“High Hopes” by Bruce Springsteen from High Hopes

The shuffle does it again.  Today is Bruce Springsteen turns 65 today.  I didn’t even know this until later, but the shuffle knows all!  And, this was the only Springsteen song currently in my active playlist, oh and the High Hopes album was released on my birthday back in January… so yeah… viva la coincidence… or something.

“Страна цветов”   by Orera from Orera 1970

I know some (or all) of you think I’m just being goofy when I add some of the obscure musical selections to the shuffle, but as is often the case, there is some amazing music that I have never heard, and I suspect many of you have never heard.  Hat tip to my friends from Canada, Valued Customer, for turning me on to this amazing folk/jazz from Georgia (and as you can tell from the song title, I don’t mean the Georgia just south of Tennessee).

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Another incredible song from Joe Sundell.  Go check out The Hat Thief, and get that thing. It is totally worth it.

“Waffle House” (Take 2) by Darrin Bradbury from new unreleased

Just like U2, new Darrin Bradbury music showed up seemingly magically on my phone yesterday.  This song is battered, spattered, scrambled, and it may not be good for you, but it’s oh so good.  It’s not widely available yet, but so to your phone/computer settings, go to MUSIC, go to ALLOW Darrin Bradbury, and then wait.  Be patient. 

“The Big Fame” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

Somehow, in ripping this off the CD, this track ended up being labeled as “Audio Track 13”.  By any other name, this is cool music, by some cool folks.

“Кавказские напевы”  by Orera from Orera 1970

Georgia on my mind…. believe it or not, I found of a video of this exact song.  I ran this through Google translate, and if this is Russian, the translation that came out was “caucasian tunes”.  Take that how you will, and keep in mind, it is Google Translate… 

“The Second Renaissance (Part I and II)” by The Danbury Lie from Fourth Time’s a Charm

We’ve successfully, navigated our way backwards through the trilogy of The Second Renaissance, and we conclude/begin this journey with some of the awesome folk/prog metal/alternative music we’ve come to know and love from The Danbury Lie.

“I Am the Mississippi” by Joseph Arthur from Redemption City

We complete our presentation of songs from Redemption City by Joseph Arthur with this song/story about the might Mississippi. In the late 80s, I lived for a time in Memphis just a few blocks away from the Mississippi River, and I came (in that short time) to understand and appreciate the romantic allure of that might body of water which served for so long as a borderline between the civilized east and the savage west.  Whether it was a solitary stroll or sitting in a crowd listening to the 1812 Overture and Old Man River or even having my ass pinched by some by at a party on Mud Island, the River still has stories to tell….

“The Great Unknown” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

We close things out with this song about a cold war era nuclear family…

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Ow Mix

Well, we muddled through another week….  It’s time for me to dive head long into creating E2TG version 3.0 (we are currently on 2.1) – I’m not sure exactly what that will entail, but it will be awesome – I bet.  There may be a release 2.2 in the meantime, but maybe not… whatever, if you have ideas of what I can do to make E2TG better, now would be a good time to send them my way.  I’ll either use the ideas or I won’t – it’s the cool thing of writing your own blog… 🙂  But, my philosophy since day one has been to be open to whatever comes along.  So wherever we go, I see my job is just to keep this thing between the lines… (only occasionally crossing)…

Whatever, the shuffle speaks… and we must listen… Jump to it if you dare…

“Where Are We Now?” by David Bowie from The Next Day

Many saw 2013’s The Next Day as a return to form (and a pleasantly unexpected one at that) for Mr. Bowie. 

“Anywhere” by Humming House from Humming House

A beautiful song from one of Nashville’s coolest and best bands.  The video we selected is a newer song and features two of my favorite people.

“Wasted Days” by Joseph Arthur from Redemption City

I love the sound of this track from Joseph Arthur.  A great companion to my trek through the downtown streets of Nashville.

“Ow” by Dizzy Gillespie from The Double Six of Paris

Groovy coolness in every note….

“The Neighbor’s Dog” by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepe’s

Darrin Bradbury is back in the shuffle with a song about life and death and I guess about the neighbor’s dog.  Since this album isn’t available on bandcamp anymore, I won’t say anything about “neighbor” being misspelled. “I before E” my ass!

“Rabid Child” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

What is this song about?  Don’t ask John and John.  They don’t know….

“Can’t Say Why” by Taco Land from Home Sweet Home

Taco Land has a groove that just hits me in all the right ways… for kicks, I included a video of a song by The Dead Milkmen about the San Antonio landmark that gave this band its name. 

“Stipulation” by Gumshen from Progtronica

We added this album to our lineup back in January, and now, we have just one or two songs left.  I really like this interesting mix of sounds, and I look forward to hearing more from this band.

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I’ve been short on time so I haven’t been posting the Webstore information, but as always, if you hear something you like – so out and support the artists making the music.  If you can’t find where to get the music or just want more information on any of the bands we feature.  Let me know!

Have a great weekend!

Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Blue Morning Mix

“Mountains of Sorrow” by Amos Lee from Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song (2013)

When your Monday morning, bleary-eyed commute begins with Amos Lee, you just know it’s all gonna be okay – even if Amos is singing about Mountains of Sorrow.  From his latest album, produced by the amazing Jay Joyce (and the first album ever recorded at Joyce’s new studio in East Nashville.)

 

“The Morning Bird” by Carolina Story from Home (2011)

Things keep rolling along with an appropriate song for a morning shuffle.  The East Nashville connection continues with Nashville based Carolina Story with this song from their 2011 album.  The married duo just released Chapter Two last month.

 

“Summer Bummer” by NO ICE from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (2014)/Single  (2014)

More great music from Mama Coco’s…. “sad, sweet, noisy american indie rock featuring members of The Brooklyn What.”  This is a very young band, and this is their first single which was released in April with a full album expected by the end of the year.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1822258615/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

 

“Treasure of the Broken Land” by Chagall Guevera from Orphans of God (A Tribute to Mark Heard) (2004)
Back in the early 90s, Chagall Guevera filmed/taped a planned live album/concert with an almost free show at the legendary  328 Performance Hall in Nashville. The place was packed and when the band began to play, it exploded with such incredible energy.  Me and my buddy Rex Silo lost the people we were with, but we had a great time…
 

 

“Wichita Lineman” by Kevin Jenkins from Step Inside (2013)

From the True Groove Label – Kevin Jenkins delivers solid smooth jazz flavored music, and this stunning take on the Jimmy Webb classic first done by Glen Campbell is a daring and awe inspiring feat.

 

“From the Dirt” by The Delta Saints from Death Letter Jubilee (2012)

More swampy goodness from this Nashville band.

 

“Feel You Now” by The Autumn Defense from Noise Trade Eastside Manor Session (2014)/Originally from The Autumn Defense (2007)

A lot of Nashville connections in today’s shuffle.  Chicago band The Autumn Defense stopped by Nashville and recorded this treat at the fabulous Eastside Manor.

 

“Made to Be Blue” by Adam Hill from Little Time (2013)

Adam Hill is from Nashville.  I’ve featured several tracks from his Little Time album.  They are all good.  So is this one.
http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2983219457/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/
 
 

“Morning” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues (2013)

Another appropriate song for the Morning Shuffle, and another stunningly beautiful pop song from The Jean Jackets.  I really need to get caught up with their music…
 

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“The Beatles; Conspiracy” by HIPPIE CULT from demo (2013)

 Clocking in at over 10 minutes (and still only the second longest song in today’s shuffle.  I’m a big enough man to admit that I don’t have a clue what this song has to do with The Beatles (or with conspiracies for that matter), but it’s a sonically interesting extended jam.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3243551951/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

 

“Wash it Down (with a Little Whiskey)” by Taylor Brown from 3 Folk Songs (2012)

Taylor Brown is a California folk singer who has appeared with (among others) Carly Simon, Levon Helm, and Dar Williams.
 

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2823336785/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

 

“Blue Dream” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean Into the Wind (2014)
Ear to the Ground favorites, Couch by Couchwest darlings, and road warriors extraordinaire – Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray dropped an incredible new album in the midst of my hiatus.  I’ve been fortunate enough to see them live a couple of times in the last year, and I am more and more impressed with their sonic prowess every time I hear them.
 

 

“Surrender to the Storm” by Joseph Arthur from Redemption City (2012)

Taking us home on this blue Monday is a stunning 11+ minute song from Brooklyn based Joseph Arthur who more recently released an ambitious and awesome tribute to Lou Reed.

 

 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Real Live Wire Mix

Okay – how many #E2TG readers watched the Grammys last night?  What did you think? Were there parts you liked? Was it all utter crap? How well did it represent the state of music from October 2012 – September 2013?  Seriously? Really? Was it worst than you could imagine or better than you expected?

So here’s the thing, for as long as I can remember, The Grammy’s have been completely out of touch with the music I like. Or at least a decade too late. That being said, there were a few parts of last nights broadcast that were okay.

Here’s the thing, regardless of your opinion of the Grammys, the fact is that every night of the week in clubs and small venues all across the country, indie artists are creating memorable moments playing a huge variety of music. Many of these bands and artists do not get the hype or press that your Grammy “caliber” performers get. Nonetheless, they aren’t that hard to find. Take the time, seek them out, and regularly read music blogs like Ear to the Ground (or just read Ear to the Ground if I may ever so humbly suggest.)


Anyway, we have a shuffle filled with interest music that you may or may not have heard about.  Check these artists out and see what appeals to you…

“Written in the Snow” by The Autumn Defense
 
“Momentum” by Left of Logic
 
“Mallrats” by The Orwells
 
“January” by prattle on, rick.
 
“Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads Cover) by Cage the Elephant
 
“The Delicious” by The Plum Magnetic
 
“and the Hippos Are Burning in Their Tanks” by HIPPIECULT
 
“No Drama” by Solardrive (feat. TC and Kevin Hicks)
 
“Sugar Dyed Honey Pants” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones
 
“Call Your Girlfriend” (Robyn cover) by Lucy Wainwright Roche
 
“Free Freedom” by Joseph Arthur
 
 
NOTES:


The Autumn Defense song is from a Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session recorded here in Nashville (East Nashville to be precise).

After seeing their recent performance on David Letterman, I just had to add The Orwells to the mix.

 A seasonally appropriate instrumental song for a blustery January morning – from Nashville’s own prattle on, rick.

A fun live cover of the Talking Heads classic by Cage the Elephant (who happen to come from Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz’s home state.)

HIPPIECULT from Philly make their E2TG debut with a song from their demo release. BTW, the song title actually begins with an ampersand (“and sign”), however, ampersands mess up the formatting of blog posts, so I have to spell out “and”

Some soulful funkiness from Solardrive (featuring drum ‘n’ bass artist TC and hip-hop artist Kevin Hicks), and also from Birmingham Alabama’s St. Paul and (ampersand) the Broken Bones

A cool cover of a Robyn song by a New York based singer with a fine musical pedigree, Lucy Wainwright Roche (she is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of The Roches).

SHOP

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Pure and Noble Breed Mix

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We press on…

In the shuffle today:

 
“Some Day” by Rewpart
 
“Mother of Exiles” by Joseph Arthur
 
“The Devil’s Creek” by The Delta Saints
 
“David Watts” (Kinks Cover) by The Jam
 
“Kayla of Colorado” (2008) by Darrin Bradbury
 
“The Great Airplane Strike” by Paul Revere and The Raiders
 
“Redemption City” by Joseph Arthur
 
“When You Get That Way” by Taylor Brown
 
“Nobody” by Killing Kuddles
 
“Girl/Room” by The Jean Jackets
 
“II. A Common Theme (The Dream; Life’s Odyssey)” by Left of Logic
 
“Hymn for the Road” (2012) by Darrin Bradbury
 
“Go Away” by Solardrive
 
“Diddler” by Sam Davison
NOTES
 
 
Since I began writing Ear to the Ground, I have come to music or music has come to me from a variety of sources: Twittter, Facebook, Google +, Music Promoters, direct contacts from artists, Noisetrade, ReverbNation, Bandcamp, Brite Revolution, and recommendations by friends and family.  Today, I feature my first “discovery” via the About.me website. Nineteen year old British solo dream-pop artist Rewpart (aka Rupert Roberts).  His latest EP is called “1/2”
 
 
More music from recent frequent flyers: Joseph Arthur, The Delta Saints, Darrin Bradbury, and Left of Logic.  Nashville people: The Delta Saints have an upcoming show with our friends Humming House.  Also, I dare you to listen to Darrin Bradbury’s song “Kayla of Colorado” and not sing along.
 
More #MCFK goodness from The Jean Jackets and Sam Davison.
 
The Jam made “David Watts” their own so well that some times I forget that it is a Kinks’ cover.
 
Paul Revere and the Raiders – downloaded on a whim. Silly costumes. Great song.
 
 
A new song from Killing Kuddles!  I repeat, a new song from Killing Kuddles!  It’s every bit as awesome as one would expect!
 
 
I have mentioned in passing that Solardrive is the newish project by one Balthazar Getty.  In case you didn’t know that or why Mr. Getty is so awesome, I present a rare #E2TG list
 
1. He is descended from those Gettys.
2. He starred in the 1990 film version of Sir William Goldings’ classic novel, The Lord of the Flies
3. He starred in TV’s Brothers and Sisters with the totally awesome Sally Field. I like her, I really like her.
4.  He followed me back on Twitter
5.  and most important, Solardrive is some truly amazing music.
 
 
SHOP




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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – my mind on my money and my money on my mind mix

Welcome to Tuesday… Off for MLK Day yesterday..

I’ve added a bunch of music to the old playlist – some of it shows up in today’s mix.   Let’s jump to it…

“Blackjack” by Barrence Whitfield and the Savages
 
“Barriers” by Joseph Arthur
 
“Bang Shotgun” by The Tye Trybe
 
“The Fantastic Vision” by The Jean Jackets
 
“Candy Flu” by The Walking Who
 
“Instance of Gratification” by Left of Logic
 
“Gin and Juice” (Snoop Dogg cover) by Garrison Starr
 
“Elvis” by Chancellor Warhol
 
“The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III
 
“Sheshanty” (Live 2011) by Darrin Bradbury
 
“Everyone Knows” by Ghost Pal
NOTES


I have a good friend from back in the day, who puts out a mix CD(s) every year.  It was his mix CD a few years back that really helped to jump start me back into keeping up with modern music.  That first year, many of the bands/artists he had on his CD were new to me.  More recently, I’ve been familiar with most of the music he features, however, every year, I make one or two new discoveries from these wonderful collections.  This year one of my early highlights is Barrence Whitfield and the Savages.  The band is from Boston and has a storied history going back to the mid 80s or so. I’m glad to be on the loop.

I keep on writing about the incredible musical output of Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen (studio/collective/whatever), and guess what I’ll keep on writing until all of you guys check them out or until they stop putting out great music. Let’s hope the former takes place long, long before the latter.  Today, we have awesome music from The Tye Trybe, The Jean Jackets, and Ghostpal.

The flu is a nasty thing.  Candy Flu? Maybe not so much.  The Walking Who are from down under, and I’m digging on their music.

As I discovered when I search You Tube for a video, there are a whole bunch of acoustic/folk/country covers of Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg.  I didn’t listen to them all, but I am willing to wager that none compares to Garrison Starr’s cover (for which, I sadly could not find a video).  Hearing Starr’s, as usual, gorgeous vocals giving a heartfelt reading to Snoop’s misogynous lyrics is truly a delight to behold.

If you think Nashville and Alternative Hip-Hop don’t go together, well then,  you haven’t been paying enough attention.  We have a straight-out dope track from the totally whack Chancellor Warhol.*
*I promise I’ll never write like that again.  Sorry*
*Aw, who am I kidding, I’ll probably do it again given the chance.  Sorry again, in advance.*
*But seriously, this is good stuff.

If you’ve been following along at #E2TG, you will not be in the least surprised that our mix takes us from Chancellor Warhol’s Alternative Hip-Hop to a song from singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III’s 1973 album Attempted Mustache.  Really, it makes perfect sense to me.  The album was recorded in Nashville, and the album cover features on of the famous Edgehill Polar Bears.

Would I be wrong to say that Darrin Bradbury’s song fits in perfectly beside the Loudon Wainwright classic? Well, I think it does.

 
SHOP
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