Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Such an Icy Feeling Mix

After a busy and pretty awesome weekend, I’m easing back into the a busy and pretty hectic week. 

We have a pretty cool mix of music today and I don’t want to waste any time….

So without much more ado, E2TG is proud to present…. Today’s Shuffle!  After the JUMP

I had to go out last night, and it was such an amazingly crisp cool evening, I decided to begin the Shuffle early…


“Leather and Lace” Stevie Nicks and Don Henley (Okay, I’m not the world’s biggest Don Henley fan, but I’ve always loved this song. I remember this all to well from my teenaged years.)

“Flowers in my Garden” by Johnny Flynn

“November” by prattle on, rick (This is from his A Decade Begins album, an album of songs – one for each month.  An exclusive to members of his mailing list. And – for one week only, you grab a free download of the brand new prattle on, rick album Some Quiet Majesty when you sign up for the mailing list.  Go HERE)

“Two Yous” by Let’s Active (This one has always been a favorite.)

“Little Caney” by Glossary (A cool rock band from Middle Tennessee. This song is from their 2007 album, The Better Angels of Our Nature)

“Shadowplay (live)” by Joy Division (from Live at Leigh Rock Festival ’79)

“Take Care” by Big Star

“Vanilla Dome” by Alvin Band (from their Rainbow Road album)

“Stephanie Says” by Lee Ranaldo (a cover of a Velvet Underground song first officially released on the 1985 album V.U. – which served as my introduction to the Velvet Underground.)

“Payday Giveaway” by Mark Robinson (a track from Robinson’s debut release Quit Your Job – Play Guitar.)

“Take Me Down” by The Howlin’ Brothers (from their The Sun Studio Sessions)

Watch Today’s Video Playlist Here


Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Sam and the First Day Mix

So… I’ve been feeling the need to work on some of my own creative pursuits – not that Ear to the Ground doesn’t use my creativity – and to that end, I began a short story???? something that I have given the working title of Sam and the First Day. That’s all I’ll say for now… 

Our friend’s The End Men have once again pointed us 
to a number of great bands. Here’s one, KR-3 from Wheeling, WV.

 Now to the shuffle:

  •    “Isolation” by Joy Division from Closer (1980)

“Surrendered to self preservation, From others who care for themselves.” Just about the perfect song for walking alone in the city on a dreary windy day. We listened to the song from the 1995 Joy Division compilation called Permanent.

  • “Feast of the Heart” by Jesca Hoop from Hunting My Dress (2010)

“And there’s a light switch baby you turned it on Don’t you ever leave me here in the dark” Jesca Hoop is a singer-songwriter from Northern California who was more recently based in Manchester, England.  Hunting My Dress was recorded in Manchester after she moved there. Her music has garnered praise from Tom Waits, and she has toured with Peter Gabriel.

  • “Ain’t the Madonna, Ain’t Your Whore” by Ali Holder and the Raindoggs from Red to Black (2011)

Raindogg (our friend Rob Porta) has made some great music over the past few years.  You may remember My Medicine, the silky soulful cover of the Snoop Dogg song with then lead singer Larissa. After Larissa and the band parted ways, Ali Holder came in and Red to Black is the fruits of that labor.  The Raindoggs are currently doing some awesome stuff with new singer Kassy Key down in Austin.  Check them out.
  • “Mountain Man” by Crash Kings from Crash Kings (2009)


“I bet they feel it just the same”  Crash Kings are an L.A. rock band.  I don’t know too much about them except that they released their debut album in 2009 and are expected to release the follow-up some time this year.  They play rock music without guitars.  So there’s that.  I kind of dig this song.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Get out of Town Mix

Time is short – here’ s the video coverage of today’s shuffle:

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Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Loretta Lynn and Jack White – Portland, Oregon
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs – Beg, Steal or Borrow

Thursday Morning (Covers) Music Shuffle – Heartache to Heartache Mix

Editorial Aside – Once again the state of my birth and residency has become a focus of the world’s derision. I would say laughingstock, but it’s not funny.  Just a few weeks after the suicide of teen who was bullied repeatedly about his sexuality, the state legislature (I refuse to capitalize it) is proposing a measure which essentially legalizes bullying of gay students by “christian” (again I refuse to capitalize this word and I deliberately put it in quotation marks) students. At the same time, through gerrymandering, the progressive State Capital city has been politically neutralized. Can a city secede from a state?  I’m finding it hard to say how ashamed I am of this state. As a Christian (though not one of those “christians”) and as a Tennessean (Nashvillian) I beg for forgiveness and pray this evil law does not pass.

So, on to the covers…


The Coverer: A ok kid don’t surface too fast or you know what will happen…

The Coveree: ironically named? the old order – guess that gloom was for real….

The Covered Song: “All my failings exposed.”

Who did the cover? (Coverer), Who did the original? (Coveree), What is the song? (Original) (cover)


The Coverer:  he’s a big star who started on the top

The Coveree: parliamentary cantautore

The Covered Song: “Nel blu dipinto di blu”

Who did the cover? (Coverer) Who did the original? (Coveree)
What is the song? (Original) (contains the cover)


The Coverer: ex-driver + get down stay down-er

The Coveree: fire away – she’s a heartbreaker

The Covered Song:  “Do I stand in your way, or am I the best thing you’ve had?”

Who did the cover?  (Coverer) Who did the original? (Coveree) What is the song? (Original) (Cover)


The Coverer: hangin’ with mr. cooper – season 2 soul man

The Coveree: desperadoes checked in but can’t leave

The Covered Song: “(try to keep you head, little girl)”

Who did the cover?  (Coverer) Who did the original? (Coveree)
What is the song? (Original) (Contains the Cover)

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Thursday Morning (Covers) Music Shuffle – Memories of Rain Mix

Rainy morning…
Another friendly reminder, if you haven’t voted in the 1st Annual Ear to the Ground Band of the Year Readers Poll (or even if you have) time is running out.  At midnight tonight, 12/15/2011 (all times Central Standard Time), voting will be turned off. And precincts will begin reporting in… go  here  to vote.
Track 1:
Coverer:  Radiohead formed in 1985 – so they had been around 10 years when I saw them live opening for R.E.M. on a rainy evening in September 1995 which happened to be C and my first night out following the birth of our twins in July of that year.  
Coveree: Joy Division formed in 1976.  They were a preeminent force in the new music scene of the late 70s early 80s.  Lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980 just before the bands first ever US tour.  The remaining members carried on as New Order. 
The Song: Ceremony was actually a New Order song, but it was one of the last songs written with Ian Curtis and would have been a Joy Division song if…
The Cover:  Radiohead recorded Ceremony as part of their 2007 “Thumbs Down” webcast.
Track 2:
Coverer: John Zorn is an avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer and saxophonist. He has worked with Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson and formed the jazz-punk collective Naked City in 1988.  Yamantaka Eye is  a Japanese vocalist and visual artist. He is a member of the Boredoms who formed in 1986 (possibly earlier).

Coveree: The Stooges (aka Iggy & the Stooges) were and are a ground-breaking band who formed in 1967 and laid important groundwork for punk and alternative music. The disbanded in 1974, but reformed in 2003.  Mike Watt of Minutemen and fIREHOSE fame is currently a member of the Stooges.

The Song: T.V. Eye is a track off the Stooge’s second album, Fun House. 

The Cover: John Zorn with Yamantaka Eye on screamed vocals recorded a break-neck paced version of T.V.Eye which appeared on the 1990 compilation double-CD Rubaiyat for Elektra Records 40th Anniversary.

Track 3:

Coverer: Dave Alvin was a founding member of the legendary punk-era, roots rock band The Blasters, was a one-time member of X and is a member of X side project The Knitters.  In addition, he has had a prolific solo career.

Coveree: The Beach Boys formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California, reflected the California youth lifestyle of surf, cars and romance. Later, leader Brian Wilson took the band into a more complex sound.

The Song:  Surfer Girl was the title track to the bands 1963 album. It was one of the first songs written solely by Brian Wilson.

The Cover: Dave Alvin covered Surfer Girl on his 2006 album West of the West which featured covers of several songs which originated from the western United States.

Track 4:

Coverer: The Del McCoury Band is a bluegrass band which formed in 1967 as Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals and solidified into its current line-up in the 1980s and became the Del McCoury Band in 1988.

Coveree:  Richard Thompson was an original member of Fairport Convention, the legendary British Folk-Rock/Electric Folk band.  He left Fairport Convention in 1971, released a solo album in 1972 and then begin recording and performing with his then wife Linda Thompson.  Since their personal and professional split, he has had a successful solo career.

The Song:  1952 Vincent Black Lightning  appeared on his 1991 album Rumor & Sigh.  The song which harkens back to traditional English melodies and early 20th Century American folk songs.

The Cover: Del McCoury Band recorded a bluegrass cover of 1952 Vincent Black Lightning  on the 2001 album Del and the Boys and has subsequently become a Bluegrass staple.

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