Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Not Punk Mix

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So… even by Nashville standards, the middle part of this week has been an embarrassment of musical riches. I already recapped Tuesday night.  Last night for me, began at The 5 Spot – the preeminent East Nashville dive bar for week one of Kevn Kinney’s July Residency.  Kinney in and of himself would have made the show noteworthy, but we was joined by Gibb Droll on guitar and E2TG favorite Shelly Colvin jumped in a couple of songs for background vocals, and Todd Snider was there to add some awesome harmonica to a couple of songs.  The last song of the show included all of the above covering The Replacements’ classic “Here Comes a Regular” which Kinney managed to morph into the refrain from Nirvana’s “All Apologies”.  It was a truly magical moment which would have been more than enough to make the night complete… and that was all before 8:00….

After that show ended, I hoofed it over to The Basement East in time to see Tiffany Huggins Grant perform a short solo set of songs from her brand new album (which I’m sure you already own since I’ve been telling you about it…right?)  Her incredible voice was in evidence.

By this point, rumors were circulating about the happenings back at The 5 Spot.  Thanks for Mark Robinson and Sue Havlish for the lift back over there.  It was the 2nd Anniversary of Jerry Pentecost’s Country and Western Wednesday – on the 2nd Wednesday of every month features classic Country and Western covers performed by an awesome house band with stellar guest stars.  For the anniversary show, they pulled out all the stops…  I’ll leave some awesome people off, but the guest included Derek Hoke, Cory Chisel, Elizabeth Cook, Amanda Shires, Bobby Bare Jr., Chance McCoy, Wayne Moss (of Barefoot Jerry), Jim Lauderdale, and incredibly the one and only Lucinda Williams.  The club was packed out, but I had a good time connecting with friends and experiencing the moments…

Needless to say (or maybe needed to be said), I think I’m going to stay in tonight and recover… but the shuffle goes on and we have a good one today…. so….

“Goin’ Down South” by R.L. Burnside

First up, the late Mississippi Bluesman with the title track from an album that was released in 1998 but which features recordings from a decade earlier.

“Not Punk” by Aaron Lee Tasjan

Next up, ALT speaks the truth in a spoken word track from his latest EP Telling Stories to the Wall.

“Me and You and Jackie Mittoo” by Superchunk

A World Café Session from the legendary North Carolina Indie Rock band with a track from their 2013 10th album, I Hate Music. 

“You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon

Moving on… our penultimate track from our revisit of Paul Simon’s Graceland, and one of #E2TG Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury’s favorite songs.

“I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

The hits keep coming… as Elvis creates a short burst of pure pop heaven with a track from Get Happy!

“While I Was Gone” by Michael Sackler-Berner

One more from one of my newest favorites… from his Double EP collection… intelligent pop music for our time…

“Quarterback” by Kopecky

The Nashville band formerly known as Kopecky Family Band are up next with the first single from their latest album, Drug for the Modern Age which came out back in May. 

“On a Holiday” by Artur U and the New City Limits

From Finland… Artur U and the New City Limits are high on my list of favorite artists I “discovered” this year.  Their latest album is Holiday from Eternity.  I really dig this song.

“Your Frown’s My Friend” by Greg Summerlin

My friend Too Much Country included this track on the current “Summer” themed Feel Bad for You mixtape – playing fast and loose with the theme, which can be forgiven because the song is so good.  Greg Summerlin is from Birmingham, Alabama (I think). This is taken from an album called The Young Meteors which came out a decade ago.

“Color of Her Eyes” by Gear Daddies 

We close things out today with another reminder as to why I love Gear Daddies so much.  From Billy’s Live Bait.


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Snow Day Live Mix

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Off work today –  I thought I would semi-live blog today’s shuffle….

Numerologists will note that before today’s shuffle, my active playlist stands at six hundred sixty six.  Make of that what you will, but beside any other connotations, the playlist is a large as it has ever been, and I hope it generates an interesting mix of music.  I don’t know if it will, but I have high hopes because I know the songs that make up the playlist.  I just don’t yet know the order they will come out… so without further ado…  let’s get ready to shuffle…

 Song # 1 – “If Money Talks” by Jason and the Scorchers

From Lost and Found – 1985.  If money did the talking, I’d be all ears…

Song # 2 – “Heartbeat” by Kopecky Family Band

Another Nashville band… this one is from Kids Raising Kids – 2012.  They are now known as just Kopecky if you are keeping score at home.  Groovy indie pop music…

Song # 3 – “Ain’t That Easy” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

From Black Messiah – 2014 – Taking things down a soulful path… from one of the best records of the year (even if it was released at the tail end of last year… what’s a calendar anyway?

Song # 4 – “Johnny Commando” by The Satisfactors

From the self titled debut – 2015 of this New Jersey supergroup comes this tribute to Johnny Ramone.  A very fitting tribute…

Song # 5 – “Heroin Vietnam” by A Color Engine

Yesterday, we had some early music from an E2TG favorite in the form of Burning Bridges some early music by the enigmatic genius behind The Danbury Lie.  So, in that vein, we have some early music from another E2TG favorite and coincidentally? a friend of said enigmatic genius – Don Ryan.  The album is called Voyage Underwater; 56 Knots and it was made in 2007 or so.  You can read about the album and project here. This track is a mere 38 seconds, so I actually had to pause the shuffle to get this posted.  So let us continue…

Song # 6 – “Public Void” by Mothers

From Panamanian Times – 2014… some punky, jazzy vibes from this Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen band…  looking for new music from them soon…

Song # 7 – “No Need to Wave” by Artur U and the New City Limits

From Holiday From Eternity – 2015…  This alternative band is from Helsinki, Finland.  They just released their debut album.  Oddly enough, they already have a connection of sorts to Ear to the Ground – as their steel guitar player has played with Bill Laswell and James Chance both of whom are connected to my New York True Groove friends Marla Mase and Tomas Doncker.

Song #8 – “Blood” by Jeremy Gluck and Robert Coyne

Another great song from Memory Deluxe – I Knew Buffalo Bill 2 – 2014…

Song #9 – “Get Up, Get Up” by Tim Lee 3

After some global travels, the shuffle brings us back to Tennessee with my friends from Knoxville off their album  Live From Armory Sound: Boston – 2015.  The song was first released on Tim Lee’s solo album Concrete Dog – 2004.

Song #10 – “Driva Man” by Alabama Shakes

From the Soundtrack to the film 12 Years a Slave – 2013.  A cover of a Max Roach song.  Alabama Shakes follow up to their break through debut Boys and Girls is due out in April, and they recently delivered a highly praised performance on SNL.

More than likely, I’ll be back with a regular shuffle tomorrow, but I hope you enjoyed this “Live” blogging experiment as much as I did… although in retrospect it probably reads much like other shuffles.. oh well, I had fun…..