Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Atomic Love Mix

And we put another week of shuffles into the books… There is a lot of life out there, go and get you some… life that is…

“Feel This to Survive” by Left of Logic from In Formation

We begin with our final track from Left of Logic’s album In Formation. It appears  that Left of Logic have played their final show, but they left behind some cool music

“Rosalie” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

From the North Mississippi Hill Country by way of the borough of Brooklyn (or is it the other way around?).  This is the stuff!

“The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

I hear a heart-felt tribute to an idol/friend, and a pretty decent song.  Do I hear much Ramones? No, I don’t, and I guess that’s okay.

“It’s On” by BRONCHO from An Introduction to BRONCHO/Just Enough Hip to be Woman

The latest album from Oklahoma-based BRONCHO dropped about ten days ago.  Fun, rocking music that sounds modern and not modern. I dig.

“A Life of Sin” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Yes, Sturgill Simpson is the real deal, and he is getting some well-deserved attention.  If you feel a need to modify/specify the Country label (i.e. Alt-Country, Americana-Country whatever), then you obviously don’t understand what Country is supposed to be. 

“Talk Trauma” by NoPop from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/See Pretty

The Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen well seems bottomless sometimes – We’ve been shuffling through the latest compilation for some time, and the great music and great bands just keep on coming.  NoPop is the latest, and they offer up some punkish, no-wave pop music.  Oh and their bio lists the Minutemen and the Birthday Party as influences!

“Alcohol” by The Kinks from Celluloid Heroes/Muswell Hillbillies

That old demon…

“Julius and Ethel (Atomic Love Song)” by Darrin Bradbury from new unreleased album

Darrin Bradbury sings important songs about roadkill, Daffy Duck, and Superman… and now Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.  Watch for this and other new songs coming soon, or see him live and request this one – it will make you look hip.

“Love U Forever” by Jenny Lewis from The Voyager

Jenny Lewis was in Rilo Kiley.  If I needed proof of her awesomeness, I need only look at the list of my friends who like her Facebook page.  Or, better yet, I could just listen to her music, and leave all doubt in the dust.  Her latest album dropped in July, and she is coming to Nashville in November. 

“Long White Line” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Let us close the door on this week in musical mischief with a second song taken from this recording made at Nashville’s landmark record establishment. Let’s get Metamodern – ya’ll.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Friday, Saturday, and XTC Mix

Well Americana Music Association week in kicking into high gear here in Nashville.  So many incredible musicians in town, official and unofficial showcases and shows and whatnot everywhere you go.  Music that represents the pretty diverse collection of genres and subgenres that fall loosely or tightly under the big Americana umbrella… “It’s a big enough umbrella, but it’s always me who ends up getting wet.”

Forever, swimming against the wind or pissing into the stream or whatever, Ear to the Ground presents a shuffle which includes some 1950s Portuguese Fado music, some 1970s Afro-jazz from Nigeria, a 90s lo-fi band from Olympia Washington, some awesome alternative, jazz, funk, electronic music from Philly, a 90s Rock band from Knoxville, along with some other great stuff which should or could fit in nicely at Americana Fest.  Shall we?

“Home Sweet Home” by Taco Land from Home Sweet Home

My now famous quote is “Taco Land is everything you’d expect from a band from South Texas called Taco Land and nothing you’d expect from a band from South Texas called Taco Land”  This is the title track from their latest album… and it is not a Motley Crue cover.

“The Mooooooon (Version)” by Microphones from The Glow Pt. 2 Disc Two: Other Songs and Destroyed Versions

Okay, so I’m not too proud to admit that some young teens from Connecticut turned me on to this band… after hearing a killer cover by The Foresters, I decided to see what I had missed out on…

“Saturday Song” by Mustard from Mustard II – The Unnamed, Unfinished Album

A lot of life happened in the 90s, and I missed a bunch of great music.  h/t to the Feel Bad for You monthly mixtape (which is about due for a new edition) for introducing me to this now defunct Knoxville band.  I’ll have to see what else I can dig up.

“Sunshine” by Left of Logic from In Formation

From the city of brotherly love, comes the awesome sounds of Left of Logic.  A note on their Facebook page indicates that the band played their last show at the end of August and that “Left of Logic” is complete.  They left a great legacy of music, and hopefully in some combination or form, we’ll hear more music from these guys. 

“Carmencita” by Amalia Rodrigues from 20 de Amalia

Amalia Rodrigues died in 1999. She was an actress and singer from Portugal and billed as the Queen of Fado.  This is some really awesome stuff.

“Ikom Allah” by Bala Miller and the great Music Pirameeds Of Africa from Ikom Allah

Did you know that Nigeria produces some funky grooves in the 1970s?  I didn’t, but now I do.  You have to hear this – video included, and you will have to move when you hear this!  By the way, the last two tracks came to my attention from the Peacefork blog put out by my friends Valued Customer. Trivia: I was first introduced to Valued Customer via their alternative hip-hop song, “Frank Ocean”.  Music is a weird and wonderful thing.

“You n Me n XTC” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

This has been my groove ever since I first heard it.  I mean, c’mon a former db singing about XTC – how can this not be all kinds of awesome?

“Friday Night Special” by Joe Sundell from The Hat Thief

Two days in a row… another great new/old folk song from Austin.

“Hitchens” by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason

We close things out with a cool song about the late writer Christopher Hitchens from a 2013 album by a band from Maine fronted by the late David Lamb. A really nifty way to bring us back to an Americana sound with subject matter maybe not what one might expect from Americana music.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Monsterdogs and Zen Koans Mix

One thing I take pride in with E2TG is the diversity of music that I’m willing to include in my mix.  Frankly, as much as I love Americana and as much as Americana is a pretty wide ranging “genre” of music, sometimes I need some metal, some punk, some music from far corners of the world, some experimental crazy stuff, some classical…

I need to give a shoutout to my friends from Valued Customer who has done more than their fair share in expanding my mind and my musical knowledge beyond all constraints.  They have a blog of their own called P E A C E F O R K which explores some less travelled (but supremely awesome spokes in the complex web of musical styles and influences.  Some of the music they’ve been posting should be showing up here soon, and I can’t wait to share it.

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On to the shuffle for today….

“I. Prologue: Monsterdogs” by Left of Logic from In Formation

It isn’t often that the shuffle pulls up a Prologue as the first song of the morning.  Ever less often that the song is about Monsterdogs. We have both from Left of Logics awesome In Formation album. (speaking of expanding our range…)

“I Need a Man” by Lael Summer from Burden to Bear

Another artist from the True Groove label. This song is sexy and sultry and Lael Summer is amazing.

“Always Maybe” by The Black Angels from Indigo Meadow

Austin based The Black Angels are based in the quest for pure sanity.

“Dizzy in my Hips Swinging” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

A prime example of why I think The Grimm Generation should be huge.  They are huge – I just want more people to know it.

“Peace is Not Fiction” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

It is entirely possible that I’ve had this song in the shuffle before. It’s also entirely possible that I don’t really care.  The world needs to be reminded of this simple  fact now more than ever.

“Scarecrow Man” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

You may think it’s hyperbole for me to call David Olney a modern Renaissance man, but trust me when I say it isn’t.  In addition to his amazing recent album, he does an incredible recitation of Kubla Khan, and he wrote music and acts in The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s current production of As You Like It for Shakespeare in the Park here in Nashville.  It runs through the 14th, and if anyone wants to see it and will let me tag along, hit me up. Seriously.  We’ve included a video promo Mr. Olney made about the production.

“Zen Koans Gonna Rise Again” by Dave Van Ronk from Going Back to Brooklyn

I really want to listen to more Dave Van Ronk.  I will listen to more Dave Van Ronk.  I deserve to listen to more Dave Van Ronk.

“I’m Old Fashioned” by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Old Songs

Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer wrote it.  Tons of people have covered it.  Since I couldn’t find Ms. Williams’ version, I posted John Coltrane’s instead.  Dig it.

“Oye Como Va” (Live at El Jefe) by Perico Hernandez from Chef Soundtrack

We close with some Latin sounds from the Soundtrack of that Jon Favreau  movie with Robert Downey, Jr.  No, not that one.  No, not that one either.  Yeah, that one!

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Ambulance Mix

It is Friday….  We have some big name artists, some E2TG favorites, some live versions of songs, special sessions, and an awesome Blues song to close out the week…. Have a great weekend everyone, and I will see you on the otherside…

“Calypso Foam” by The Graveyard Kids from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/ II

Maybe I posted this one before and didn’t delete it from my Current Playlist. Maybe I didn’t, but if I did, so what? It’s my blog and it’s a cool song – so there.

“Don’t Swallow the Cap” by The National from Trouble Will Find Me

The National are from Cincinnati. They have been around for a while, and the album from which today’s track was taken was nominate for a Grammy.

“Thirty Two Footsteps” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

I posted the widget to get this album for free from NoiseTrade for a limited time.  I highly recommend it.  These are great versions of classic tunes.

“Come the Meantimes” by Elvis Costello and The Roots from Wise Up Ghosts and Other Songs

It’s like if Burt Bacharach recorded an album with Doc Severinsen… who knows maybe he did – somebody look that up… anyway, Jimmy Fallon’s multi-talented house band and Napoleon Dynamite (the original one) make some nice music together…

“V. The Meaning of Things (The Dream Lives Ought to See)” by Left of Logic from In Formation

Transition  time… The Roots are from Philly and so are Left of Logic.  The way my shuffles come together don’t have to have a logical sequence, but when Left of Logic are involved, they sometimes do…

“Spell on Me” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014

Year of October make another appearance in the Morning Shuffle (they had two songs in yesterday’s mix.  This is a live version of a song slated to appear on their new album due out in a couple of months.

“Every Day” by The Autumn Defense from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Session/Once Around

Wilco’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are The Autumn Defense. They spent some time in Nashville a little while back. I saw them at Grimey’s for Americanarama, and they recorded a Eastside Manor Session for NoiseTrade. 

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We close out the day with some great Blues music from Selwyn Birchwood from Tampa Florida.  Yeah!

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Smells Like Gin Mix

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“Golden Days” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014 1.

 

“Spacetic Fever” by Left of Logic from In Formation 2.

 

“Sharp Feathers” by Telepathic Teddy Bear from Forgiveness 3.

 

“bleibet meine freude/bron van al my vreugde” by velodrones from kersfees tape $ 4.

 

“Running Wild” by Moon Taxi from Mountains Beach Cities

 

“A Real Woman” by Slew of Young Gentlemen from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – Section 5 5.

 

“Cross-Eyed Woman” by Michael Burks from Alligator Records: 21st Century Blues and Roots 6.

 

“Titfull of Mumbles” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP 12.

 

“Falling (Theme from Twin Peaks)” by Verdigirls from the single 7.

 

“Bait and Switch” by Gumshen from Progtonica

 

“Sharkjaw Beartrap (Megan)” by No Shoes from Cow Drawings EP 8.

 

“In the 9th Inning” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues  9.

 

“Drinking Song” by The Danbury Lie from Fourth Time’s a Charm 10.

 

“Infinity of Folded Cloth” by Ghostpal from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – Section 5

 

“A Life Spent Pissing in the Wind” by Darrin Bradbury from Death in my Left Ear 11.

 

“Open Ended Life” by The Avett Brothers from Magpie and the Dandelion

 

Hitting some highlights…

 

1.       A performance of a what will likely be the title track from the forthcoming Year of October album – recorded at the band’s April appearance on the WDVX Blue Plate Special from Knoxville.

2.       A crazy fun song from Left of Logic.

3.       Some new music from Telepathic Teddy Bear.

4.       Another awesome track from Velodrones.  Thean Slabbert’s other band Bosveld are currently on a bike tour in Canada.  Check them out if you are there…

5.       A band that lives up to it’s name…. 

6.       Real Woman meet Cross-Eyed Woman….

7.       Formerly The Velveteens an E2TG featured artist.  Now Verdigrls and covering the Twin Peaks theme..  how cool.

8.       Our Mama Coco’s love fest continues with 4 more Mama Coco’s related songs in today’s shuffle including this one.

9.       Coincidently appropriate given the All-Star Game is tonight…

10.   Another awesome song from the new The Danbury Lie release.

11.   One from Darrin Bradbury’s latest release, and just as expected it’s a really great song..
12.  I almost forgot.  Our friend Tipi Valley is from Wales.  The Mumbles is a place in Wales or something.  Anyway, this is a cool song, and quit giggling at the word Titfull.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Give Me All You Got Mix

Here at Ear to the Ground, you never know what to expect.  At least that is my hope.  I build a playlist, and I let the Shuffle function do the rest.  Sometimes, I want a particular artist to come up sooner, but it all seems to work out.  Anyway, musically, stylistically, and emotionally – today’s songs cut a pretty wide path through the landscape of human interactions.  From the breezy indie pop of Conway and an upbeat mega hit from Pharrell Williams to some harder edged music from Tomas Doncker and The Lies.  Borderline creepy sweetness from Sam Davison to Deena oh so cheerful, let down song. 
Jump to the Shuffle
 

 

“Big Talk” by Conway from Big Talk (EP)

 

“Evil” by Tomas Doncker Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project

 

“work” by The Lies from whatever

 

“Summer Cramps” by Gingerlys from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Jump Rope

 

“Locomotion” by Left of Logic from In Formation

 

“Do No Harm” by Charles Howl from Charles Howl

 

“Funeral Dress” by Wussy from Buckeye

 

“Just Wondering” by Sam Davison from Always Around

 

“Real Love” by Taco Land from Home Sweet Home

 

“Love is a Battlefield” (Pat Benetar cover) by Bird by Bird from Decades EP

 

“The Missing Year” by Nightmare and the Cat from Nightmare and the Cat EP

 

“I Will Never be Your Valentine” by Deena from Rock River

 

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams from G I R L/Despicable Me 2

 

“Roadside Attractions” by Marcia Ball from Alligator Records: 21st Century Blues and Roots/Roadside Attractions

 

“Shook Down” by Tomas Doncker  Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project

 

“Always Tomorrow” by Deena from Rock River

 

“It’s Time to Die” by Sam Davison from Always Around

 

“Slow Lane” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

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Mama Coco’s is heading into the final week of their huge and important Indiegogo campaign.  Jump in and help them out if you are able.  To stir that particular pot, we have 4 songs from Mama Coco’s related artists in today’s shuffle. (Gingerlys, Sam Davison, and The Jean Jackets)

 

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We are never afraid of adding a big hit song to the mix, we are secure enough in our Indie creds to do so… so get Happy….

We have another song off the brilliant new album by E2TG favorite Taco Land and we have a couple more songs from Deena’s fabulous new album Rock River.

A great song from Wussy out of Cincinnati, Ohio.  They have a recent album that Tim and Susan Lee of Tim Lee 3 have been talking up.  This is an older song until we can get their new music added.
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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Real Live Wire Mix

Okay – how many #E2TG readers watched the Grammys last night?  What did you think? Were there parts you liked? Was it all utter crap? How well did it represent the state of music from October 2012 – September 2013?  Seriously? Really? Was it worst than you could imagine or better than you expected?

So here’s the thing, for as long as I can remember, The Grammy’s have been completely out of touch with the music I like. Or at least a decade too late. That being said, there were a few parts of last nights broadcast that were okay.

Here’s the thing, regardless of your opinion of the Grammys, the fact is that every night of the week in clubs and small venues all across the country, indie artists are creating memorable moments playing a huge variety of music. Many of these bands and artists do not get the hype or press that your Grammy “caliber” performers get. Nonetheless, they aren’t that hard to find. Take the time, seek them out, and regularly read music blogs like Ear to the Ground (or just read Ear to the Ground if I may ever so humbly suggest.)


Anyway, we have a shuffle filled with interest music that you may or may not have heard about.  Check these artists out and see what appeals to you…

“Written in the Snow” by The Autumn Defense
 
“Momentum” by Left of Logic
 
“Mallrats” by The Orwells
 
“January” by prattle on, rick.
 
“Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads Cover) by Cage the Elephant
 
“The Delicious” by The Plum Magnetic
 
“and the Hippos Are Burning in Their Tanks” by HIPPIECULT
 
“No Drama” by Solardrive (feat. TC and Kevin Hicks)
 
“Sugar Dyed Honey Pants” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones
 
“Call Your Girlfriend” (Robyn cover) by Lucy Wainwright Roche
 
“Free Freedom” by Joseph Arthur
 
 
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The Autumn Defense song is from a Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session recorded here in Nashville (East Nashville to be precise).

After seeing their recent performance on David Letterman, I just had to add The Orwells to the mix.

 A seasonally appropriate instrumental song for a blustery January morning – from Nashville’s own prattle on, rick.

A fun live cover of the Talking Heads classic by Cage the Elephant (who happen to come from Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz’s home state.)

HIPPIECULT from Philly make their E2TG debut with a song from their demo release. BTW, the song title actually begins with an ampersand (“and sign”), however, ampersands mess up the formatting of blog posts, so I have to spell out “and”

Some soulful funkiness from Solardrive (featuring drum ‘n’ bass artist TC and hip-hop artist Kevin Hicks), and also from Birmingham Alabama’s St. Paul and (ampersand) the Broken Bones

A cool cover of a Robyn song by a New York based singer with a fine musical pedigree, Lucy Wainwright Roche (she is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of The Roches).

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