Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – An Unmade Bed Mix

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Man, it felt awesome this morning – July 2, and there was an ever so slight chill in the air. 

Let’s get right into the music…

Pre-Shuffle… I hit shuffle, and the first track up was “Lanquishing in Lower Chakras” by The Gabriel Construct from Interior City. This track begins with some minimalist piano. The track is eleven minutes long and features some spoken dialogue. It was truly a great way to start the morning.

In an odd sort of way, the second song of the mix, “Colonizer” by Canopy Climbers from Miles, fit well coming on the heels of The Gabriel Construct. I think it was the piano sound. Even though the use of the instrument could hardly be any more different, it still served as an effective bridge between the two songs.

Next up “Cup o’ Tea” by Austin band, Little Radar.  Their new album is not due out until next month, but they currently have a sampler up on Noisetrade.

Lambchop is a band from Nashville. They are awesome. “Chelsea Hotel” is a classic song by Leonard Cohen.  It is awesome.  Lambchop covers “Chelsea Hotel” and faces will be melted and brains will explode.  Shari Lewis was not involved, but she did have a puppet named Lambchop.

Among the several albums we are anxiously awaiting, one that has us especially excited is the new record from Great American Novel. To help us all wait, the band recently made their last album Kissing available as a Free (Name Your Price) download via bandcamp. “I Want You” hits all the right notes.  They also have two tracks from the new album available.  Hit them up. 

Another day, another Ramones song.  This time we have “Outsider” from Subterranean Jungle.

We close the pre-shuffle with some “old school” Cee-Lo Green.  “Evening News” is on his second solo album Cee-Lo Green…Is the Soul Machine.


As I arrived in the parking lot and began my ascent, we welcomed some old friends back into the Shuffle.  Forest Mountain Hymnal were a featured artist last year, and they just recently dropped the first song from a forthcoming album.  “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” is typically gorgeous and mesmerizing.

Next, we get back to the new album by the Houston, Texas based Liquid Casing from their new immigration themed album A Separate Divide. “An End to a Means” is filled with jazz/progressive/alternative rock riffs and raw power. An excellent track.

 And we close out the morning’s music with another track from the C.S. Lewis inspired, hip hop remixed The Weight of Glory by Heath McNease. “Til We Have Faces” is the track we heard today, and I continue to enjoy this record.


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Beat the Drum Mix

I had the opportunity to add tons of songs to the active playlist from whence we draw the daily mixes which we present to you, loyal reader. As always, I try to get a good healthy mix of new stuff, rare old stuff, classic old stuff and random oldish/newish stuff or whatever strikes my fancy.  This morning’s Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle Shuffle strikes a not-so-delicate balance between genres and eras.  Give the people what they want… I don’t know if I did that.  Give the people what I want? Probably closer to the truth (with the capriciousness of the random shuffle function).

Pre-Shuffle – which covers my morning drive… 

“Until the Led” by Vic Chesnutt (backed by the Nashville band Lambchop)
“Pinhead” by Ramones
“Lulay” by The Choir at Your Door
“Indian Giver” by Ramones (covering 1910 Fruitgum Company)
“Marrow” by Joshua Worden
“Ain’t My Year” by Todd Farrell Jr. and the Dirty Birds
“Last Thing I Needed First Thing in the Morning” by Willie Nelson
“The Fall” by Ben Shive

  Shuffle after the JUMP



  • “Joann” by Decades from Deep Deep Pink Sessions (2013)

We have another track from the latest release by our new friends from Michigan. Catchy rock songs and a great sound.

  • “Hands” by Alpine from A is for Alpine (2013)
Alpine is a six piece Indie/Pop band from Melbourne.  A is for Alpine was released state-side in May.  This song is currently part of Amazon’s Free Music from Rising Artists list. 
  • “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” by  Ramones from Ramones Mania (1988) – Originally from Rocket to Russia (1977)

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  • “Trouble” by Natalia Clavier from Lumen (2013)
Natalia Clavier was born in Argentina and currently divides time between Brooklyn, NY and Barcelona, Spain. She has worked with Thievery Corporation and The Echocentrics.  Lumen, her latest album, was released in May. “Trouble” is another Amazon Free Music from Rising Artists selection.


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Brand New Phone Mix

So, I got  my new phone that is even smarter than I am…. I haven’t set up playlists so I shuffled all the songs on my memory card.  By the way, the picture above, was my view as I began my walk this morning.

 Started the shuffle with a song I picked out.  Sometimes, you just need some pure decadent nastiness to start your morning, and who is better to deliver a good dirty song than our old friends, The End Men with the appropriately titled A Dirty Song from their first EP Build It Up.  New music is eminent from The End Men as 2013 gets underway – so stay tuned in…

While the original line-up of Lone Justice did not make it past the first album, there second album Shelter was pretty darn good and produced one of my all-time favorite songs, the gorgeous Dixie Storms.

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me was originally on the 2000 album Smile by The Jayhawks.  It also appeared on the band’s 2009 compilation Music from The North Country – The Jayhawks Anthology.

Nashville’s own Lambchop released their latest album earlier this year. It’s called Mr. M and we have the lovely and tragic, If Not I’ll Just Die to close out this historic shuffle.
By the way, at press time – the download is just $4.99 at Amazon.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ill Communication Mix

“Well never mind, we are ugly but we have the music.” – Leonard Cohen
And we go Marching on into a new month.  I loaded my first songs of the new month last night, and thus have a brand new playlist from which to shuffle.  Shall we?
Riceboy Sleeps is the title of an album by Jonsi (Sigur Ros) and Alex Somers.  It is also the title of this soundcloud discovery dedicated to the pair.  Riceboy Sleeps, the song, is by Jonas Obermuller, a young German composer and sound designer.  You can check it out and download by using the player below:

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F35971253&show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=b03a21 Riceboy Sleeps (a tribute to Jónsi Birgisson & Alex Somers) by Jonas Obermüller

  (to check out the album by Jonsi and Alex Somers click the adjacent picture)

Next we have City Lights by  Radio Moscow an Iowa-based Psychedelic Blues band. The song comes to us via Popa’s Tunes and is off of the band’s 2009 Brain Cycles album.

(to check out Brain Cycles by Radio Moscow – click the pic to the left)

Next, I stumbled upon a cool Leonard Cohen cover last night.  It’s Chelsea Hotel as covered by Nashville’s own Lambchop.  It’s on the intriguing 2011 Leonard Cohen tribute album which you can check out by clicking the pic-link below:

(Leonard Cohen by En Boca De – which features k.d. lang, Jackson Browne and others )

Next, we have a song for triskaidekaphobes everywhere…. it’s Rhode Island’s own Deer Tick doing Friday XIII from their 2009 Born on Flag Day album.

(Born on Flag Day by Deer Tick @ Amazon.com)

Jolene Song is on Taco Land’s Heart of Texas album, but all credit here goes to Joseph Russell’s young daughter.  Beautiful.

(Heart of Texas by Taco Land)

Finally we have a solo track from Indigo Girl Amy Ray. The song is on 2008s Didn’t It Feel Kinder.

(Didn’t It Feel Kinder by Amy Ray)

We grabbed the song and others from Noisetrade (See widget below)


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Storms approaching Mix

Time to batten down the hatches here in Tennessee. Call it Stormpocalypse 2012.  

I have to be quick before I get blown away – so prepare to be blown away by an awesome shuffle! See what I did there?


Here is the shuffle:

<——– Tom Tom Club –  Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom

Tom Tom Club – Shock the World – Chris and Tina (from Talking Heads) and friends get their groove thing on.  Shocking!

<———-Kort – Invariable Heartache

KORT (Kurt Wagner from Lambchop (not the X-Men) and Courtney Tidwell) doing their best Conway and Loretta on Picking Wild Mountain Berries.

<—–The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang 

New Brunswick, New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem have The Spirit of Jazz.

<——–The Tourists – Should Have Been Greatest Hits

The Tourists featured Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart before they formed the Eurythmics.  They cover Dusty Springfield on a lush, new wavy version of  I Only Want to Be With You.

<———–The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground

We close out this morning shuffle with the opening track from The Velvet Underground’s third album. Candy Says was written about Candy Darling who was the Candy who came from out of the Island in Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wildside

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – City of Electric Light Mix

words and music
music and words
songs and singers
singers and songs
about words and music and singers and songs
the power of music to inspire and enthuse to infuse my spirit, my soul
again and again, i go to that well
and music comes through
place and time travel with a song, a band
take me back to a moments which no longer exist
and are no longer possible
do you remember?
ah – that song
you know the one
with music and words 
and words and music
A song shuffle for today as clouds and stray, straggling showers pelt down on our heads..
Los Angeles is the stunning debut by punk legends – X. John Doe, Exene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom.  Sugarlight is one of the songs on that album that paints a dark yet powerful tableau of a place and time which I never knew and never will experience, but which I can emotionally connect with via the music.

<—-check out Los Angeles by X on Amazon

They Might Be Giants have been making great music for a long, long time. They have a distinctive and interesting sound. Join Us came out last year. Can’t Keep Johnny Down from that album has a delicious hook and that classic TMBG sound.
<—–check out Join Us by TMBG on Amazon

Old Devil Moon is a song from the 1947 musical Finean’s Rainbow. Here it is performed by the legendary Lena Horne. The Moon is a powerful symbol and source of myth. Lunacy.

<——–check out this Lena Horne album on Amazon

The  idea transporting Homer’s Odyssey from the ancient world to the Great Depression Era Southern United States and infusing it with American Roots music seemed/seems ridiculous until you realize it is the Coen Brother involved with T-Bone Burnett in charge of the music.  O Brother, Where Art Thou?  The signature song from the film was written in the early 20th Century (if not earlier). Dan Tyminski from Alison Krauss’ band Union Station handles the vocals on I am a Man of Constant Sorrow.

  <——-check out the Deluxe Edition of the O Brother, Where Are Thou? Soundtrack on Amazon.

I Believe in You was a hit for country music singer Don Williams in 1980.  About 28 years later, Nashville based alternative rock band, Lambchop recorded a cover of the song and put it on their OH (ohio) album. Kurt Wagner plays it pretty straight on this stripped down version of the song.

<——check out OH (ohio) by Lambchop on Amazon

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