Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Talking to Myself Mix

In the predawn gloom of a warmish wintery morning.  Backed by choirs of angels or at least by the steady thum of the engine and the slightly muted songs on the radio… driving the newly familiar route passing the same buildings and noticing anything that looks out of place. Past the way too many car lots along my way, filled with cars that never sell and contemplating the meaning of all existence and trying to stay awake. A meaningless, yet invigorating conversation with one of the many interesting characters that fate has brought into my life. Today, the discussion was about letters we would banish, alternate spellings we would outlaw.  Keep it simple… I suppose. 

Then my shuffle begins with a song that holds memories – don’t they all in one way or another?

Shuffle – after the JUMP!

1.  Lost Horizon by The Movement from City Without a Subway (vinyl rip) (1986)

Nowadays Richie Owens heads up The Farm Bureau and runs The Old Time Pickin’ Parlor, but back in those heady days of the mid 80s, he was the go to producer for new music in Nashville, and he headed up a nifty little band called The Movement who made some sweet neo-pop music.  I was fortunate to have seen The Movement live when they lead off an amazing evening of music in the Cat’s Records parking lot on West End Avenue.  We got Lost Horizon from a vinyl copy of City Without a Subway which we mentioned the other day, I also own a cassette copy of The Movement’s eponymous EP.  Up in the Amazon widget, the song is included from an excellent compilation of Nashville’s new music scene from the 80s called Return to Elliston Square 1979-1989.

2.   Etoile Polaire by Phillip Glass from Analog (2006)

Composition dates from the late 70s to 1980.  Analog marked a rare instance of Glass using recording as a means to aid in composition.  We got this off a Glass compilation released on Amazon which does not appear to be available any more.

3.   It Beats for You (Live)  by My Morning Jacket from Live from Terminal 5 – October 2010 (2011) 
Originally on the band’s 2005 album Z.  A previous live version was released on the 2006 double live album Okonokos.  This download was part of a series of free downloads put out by the band a couple of years ago.

4.  Foreign Points by Joseph Mooradian from a Bandcamp download (2012)
 Joseph Mooradian is a singer/songwriter currently in college in Sewanee, Tennessee. I’ve been a fan since I first heard him sing at a coffeehouse at our church – a few years ago.  Like me, he is a big fan of Damien Jurado, and his music features the dense sound, echo-like vocals and deep, thoughtful lyrics that mark Mr. Jurado.  Joseph Mooradian had found his voice, and I hope to hear more from him as the years go by.
Here’s a video of Mooradian doing a different song

5.  The Mermaid Parade by Phosphorescent from Here’s to Taking it Easy (2010)

 Alabama born Matthew Houck got his musical start as Phosphorescent in 2001 in Athens, Georgia.  More recently, he has called Brooklyn home. The Mermaid Parade is really cool, country-flavored song that I really like.

6. I Threw a Brick Through a Window by U2 from October (1981)

From U2’s second album. 

 I was talking
I was talking to myself
Somebody else
Talk, talk, talking
I couldn’t hear a word
A word you said”

7.  Big Boned Gal by k.d. lang and the Reclines from Absolute Torch and Twang (1989)
 From the third album by k.d. and the Reclines. A Goodwill find from this weekend.  Fun stuff.

8.  Get It by Buffalo Killers from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow (2012)
Some pretty awesome rock music from this Cincinnati based band that was toured with the Black Crowes and been produced by a Black Keys member. Black is the new Black…. I guess.

9.  Love Shines by Ron Sexsmith from Long Player Late Bloomer (2011)
Long Player Late Bloomer is Sexsmith’s 12th studio album.  Love Shines features a gorgeous melody and beautiful vocals wrapped up in a near perfect pop song package.

 
 
 

 

 

       

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle -Unlicensed Gondolier Mix


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This was my view when I reached the top of the hill this morning…


 Now the playlist:

By 1991, Sam Phillips had already released five albums.  The first four being on a Contemporary Christian Music label.  By this point, she was married to Producer extraordinaire T-Bone Burnett (they would later divorce), and Burnett had produced two of her albums.  They worked together again on the album Cruel Inventions. From that album, we have the lead track called Lying.

  A Fan-Made video of Lying…

k.d. lang’s first release in the States was called Angel with a Lariat which was released in 1987.  I think I totally wore out my cassette tape copy of this one.  Diet of Strange Places is a great jumping in point for this album (which still sounds great, some 25 years down the road).

I can’t believe no video found for Diet… here’s the title track to the album…

Bruce Cockburn’s album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws was released in 1979 and produced one of this most popular songs (in fact his only song to hit the Top 40 in the US – not that we care about that).  Wondering Where the Lions Are is a great song which has stood the test of time and remains one of my favorites.


 

1979 was a good year for music.  Coincidentally, we have the second song in a row from an album released in 1979.  That year, British/American rock icons, The Pretenders released their self-titled debut album.  We have an instrumental track from that record. Space Invader contains actually sounds from the classic arcade game Space Invaders.

 
Husker Du’s entire recorded output was released within an approximately four year period, but they were, are and forever shall be one of the most influential bands ever (IMNSHO). Turn on the News from their second album, Zen Arcade, stands as one of the band’s best.

 
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