Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Out of the Starlight Inn Mix

On a road… JWM 7/28/2013
Short on time – the music is next



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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Another Kind of Mix Mix

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I decided to search through my collection and pull out some bands I’ve featured in the past, who I haven’t had the chance to listen to for a while, and I added a couple into the Playlist from which I draw my daily mix.  Three songs by one of those artists came up in the Pre-Shuffle today. Kafka (aka Wayne Kafka) plays pretty awesome alternative music. I think in the year or so since I heard songs from his Mysterious Skin EP (which was released in 2010), I had forgotten just how good his music is.  “Jump Down” and “Don’t Cry” were the first two songs in the Pre-Shuffle today, and another song “Run with the Buffalo” came up at the end of the Pre-shuffle. 


I’ve been listening to and digging on the new album by Nikki Sue and the Bad News, but today’s track goes back, way back, all the way to 2012 and the title track to the Lower Places EP. 

Jake Miller’s song “Steven” comes to my playlist via Amazon’s Free Music from Rising Artists list for June. His album is called The Road Less Traveled. Maybe it’s just me, but I think I expected a song by Jake Miller from an album called The Road Less Traveled to be countryish or Americanaish, but this is some pretty cool hip-hop.  

I last heard The High Score backing Mic Harrison – at least I assume this is the same The High Score.  In any event, the song is called “I Feel Bad for You” and yes, it does come from the current month’s Feel Bad for You Mixtape.

Next up, I have another track from Wheelchair Sports Camp – namely the title track to the awesome Where We All Live EP. I seriously dig this band.

Our Pre-Shuffle closed just as I reached the parking lot with the aforementioned third Kafka song of the day.

More after the JUMP

Here at Ear to the Ground we arent’ afraid to play the music that other blogs won’t play, and we especially like breaking new artists on the cusp of something.  I’m not even sure where I found out about this band, but I like it. I mean, I don’t see this really catching on, but you know, it’s good stuff….  They call themselves Daft Punk – although neither name seems to fit. Oh well, the have a new album called Random Access Memories, and our song today is called “Giorgio by Moroder”


Of course, when it seems appropriate, we occasionally will present songs by some of the biggest artists of the day. We don’t apologize for this – we are all about music and music comes in all shapes, sizes, styles and levels of popular mainstream success. In the past, we’ve had songs by Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Don Ryan.  Today, we bring you – from Nashville, Tennessee – Skeleton at the Feast with “Paris Syndrome”.  Yeah, I know, you hear this on the radio all day, but you know you like it.

Seriously though ya’ll check out by buddy Hayden Coleman’s friend Levi Skeleton. This Noisetrade Sampler also includes the Hayden Coleman produced, “These Kids”

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Last Chance to Vote for March Band of the Month

Just 5 hours to go.  Northbrook Garage has a significant, but not insurmountable lead so far.
<————the poll is on the left sidebar near the top of the page.
And if you come to this post specifically to vote for one band, be sure to check out all of our nominees.  One last time here they are.
A Social State
Finn Bonel

Band of the Month Polls Have Opened

It’s time again, where I wash my hands of the this whole thing and let you  the angry mob decide which of the Bands of the Week from March, 2012 are going to be the Band of the Month and received an automatic bid into the Band of the Year Poll.

UPDATE:  I forgot to mention that the poll is on the sidebar to the left.

We had five Bands of the Week this month so let’s recap:

Week 1 – A Social State are a fine indie rock band from Scranton, PA 

Week 2 – Kafka – is an excellent singer-songwriter from Burnley, England.

Week 3 – Calicocat – are a cool indie band from right here in Nashville, TN.


Week 4 – Northbrook Garage – those soulful suburban “babies” from Northbrook, IL

Week 5 – Finn Bonel – the amazing artist from South London, England

Vote now!  One vote per person (or at least per computer) (unless you can beat the system) Just vote!

Band of the Week: Year 2, Month 4, Week 2: Kafka

Hey I’m running late with this, but let’s get to it….

Wayne Kafka comes from Burnley in the UK. We’ve already featured a couple of tracks in our daily music shuffles and with each listen, I became more and more convinced that I needed to write some more about this gifted musician, songwriter and singer.

Go follow, Like, Subscribe to and Bookmark Kafka today!

Kafka has a album out called Mysterious Skin which you can get a taste of via a download from Noisetrade:

 And then you can go get the whole thing over at Amazon.


Kafka the artist makes passionate, intelligent and uplifting music.  Mysterious Skin was produced by Mark Jones who has worked with Peter Gabriel, Black Grape and Blue Nile.

Kafka the man – blogs about important topics.  

Oh and most importantly given the seriousness of the last two paragraphs, Kafka has an excellent sense of humor – a quality much needed in the world today.

And I’ll end this with a clip of Kafka covering on my favorite Replacements songs:

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – The Trial Mix

Reasoning beyond all reason, to every purpose there is a season
Meaning over meaning, layers upon layers 
Days to weeks, looks turn to stares
Following my muse, following my bliss
Every single dream and vision ends up like this.  
(J. W-M 3/7/2012)
Welcome to my space on the internet.  Music. ‘Kay. Walking in – nice day, sunshine and not too cool. To the list:
We featured Kafka a few days ago, but he is back with another track off the fabulously diverse and wonderful Mysterious Skin set.   We got you hooked up at Amazon using the album cover link below.  Check out out the previous post about Kafka to see about getting hooked up with some free Kafka!
(Run With the Buffalo from the album Mysterious Skin by Kafka)
I continue to be blown away by how great the new Leonard Cohen album, Old Ideas, really is. Today with have Crazy to Love You.  Check out Old Ideas at Amazon below.
(Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen at Amazon.com)
Gaz Coombs was the lead singer and vocalist of the British band, Supergrass. He has a debut solo album due out in May.  Today we listened to the song Subdivider .

(Pre-order Here Come the Bombs by Gaz Coombes at Amazon)
Frozen treats and sweet beats… Recurring Ear to the Ground artist Hayden Coleman asks and answers the musical question Is It Real?  If “It” refers to the the Mr. Coleman’s legit beats, then by all means, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Malcolm Holcombe makes rich folk blues delivered in a joyous and lively baritone.  Malcolm Holcombe has had a storied and tumultuous life, and is currently enjoying the peace and serenity that comes with long-term sobriety.  Where I Don’t Belong off of last year’s To Drink the Rain, is a tender yet deep song of yearning and loss and being found. 
(To  Drink the Rain by Malcolm Holcombe – @Amazon.com)
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Britpop rockers Supergrass collects 17 of their videos as well as the 80-minute documentary A Home Movie on this DVD from EMI and Parlophone. With hits from the band’s first four albums represented on the disc, the videos cover their early rocket-rise to stardom with such cuts as Alright and go all the way through their contagious 2002 hit Grace. The documentary contains interviews with the band and features home movies from various tours and recording sessions dating back even before the band had properly formed. Filled with the kind of off-the-wall humor and style that has surrounded their work for the first ten years, the DVD is a must for Supergrass fans and collectors alike. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


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Leap Day Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Not Ready Mix

It’s Leap Day – it only comes around once every four years, and it’s way cooler than the Presidential Elections.
So let us leap (yes, I did that) into a nifty little shuffle…
Kafka (no not the early 20th Century German writer, this Kafka is a alt-rock singer/songwriter from Burnley, Lancashire UK.   He writes passionate and driving songs.  The song is Jump Down from the album Mysterious Skin..  Give Kafka a try.
  <—– Mysterious Skin – Kafka – (Amazon.com)
The Drums are a Brooklyn-based band.  On Valentine’s Day, they released a cover of The Ronettes Do I Love You.  They have new music coming soon, but below is a link to last year’s Portamento album.

  <—-Portamento by The Drums @ Amazon.com

Band of Skulls are a UK band. They rock out on the track Death by Diamonds and Pearls from 2009’s Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.  They have a brand-spanking new album available now called Sweet Sour.

 <—–Baby Darling Doll Face Honey by Band of Skulls on Amazon (once you check out this album navigate around Amazon to check out Sweet Sour.

Finally, we have Just Stuph from our main man, H.C. representin’ the 6-1-5 via the 2-5-1.

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RUDERS: Kafka's Trial (Proces Kafka, Prozess Kafka) RUDERS: Kafka’s Trial (Proces Kafka, Prozess Kafka)
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