Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Band of the Year and More Mix

You have before you, the FINAL Ear to the Ground of 2013, so let’s blow this thing out!

First order of business:  As promised, it is time to unveil our 2013 Band of the Year. As announced, for the first time in E2TG history, the Band of the Year will be selected by me, myself, and I.  Back in 2011, I came up with the idea of a Band of the Year, and frankly, I didn’t want the pressure/guilt in picking one band over others. So, I created a Readers’ Poll, and with a massive last minute push, UK band The Mobbs stormed to a narrow victory over underdogs Ubiquity Machine.

Following the success of that initial poll, I began running Band of the Month polls beginning with December 2011, although initially successful, the concept of pitting bands against each other began to stale.  We carried on, and at the end of last year, we had another successfully Band of the Year Readers’ Poll wherein Skeletons in the Piano were selected by popular election.

Since that time, I decided to focus on featuring as much new music as I could, and I dropped the Band of the Month and related features. Although I briefly considered another year-end poll, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t willing to give that power away this time…. oh yeah, and the thing about bands working together for their common good….

So…. after all that background and unsolicited explanation, I am very excited to announce the 2013 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year.

The 2013 Band of the Year were selected for the following reasons:

1. They are among the coolest, most bad ass people I’ve had the good fortune to get to know as the result of writing this blog.

2. They are extremely generous and supportive of other bands and artists.

3. They released on of the best albums of 2013.

4. I got to meet them and see them blaze through an all too brief set back in early Spring.

5. They had a successful tour in the US and in Europe.

6. The followed up their amazing 2013 album with a brand new single which was accompanied by an incredible video that visually depicted their total bad-assery.

7.  Because I said so……

The 2013 E2TG Band of the Year is…..  THE END MEN from Brooklyn, New York!!!!!!

 






Congrats kids!  Here’s to an even better 2014!


Okay, we have unfinished business as we continue to feature some of our favorite music of 2013… let’s do it!



I’ll forgo a whole bunch of commentary, but I will see this extended shuffle does show off the variety of music you hear here at Ear to the Ground:


“We Got Soul” by Christian Robins (prod. Jazz Logic)
“Dropped the Pop” by Killing Kuddles
“Four Flame Candle” by Sturgill Simpson
“The Truth” by Dr. Dog
“You Can Have the Crown” by Sturgill Simpson
“Rock and Roll is Dead” by Killing Kuddles
“Black Eyes and White Lies” by Don Ryan and the Blank Canvas Movement
“From this Valley” by The Civil Wars
“Flying Over Water” by Jason Isbell
“Lost Innocent World” by Gogol Bordello
“Cleaning Your Mind” by The End Men
“Dromedary” by Dog Without Warning
“Long Way to the Ground” by The End Men
“From Afar” by Vance Joy
“Hell’s Kitchen” by The Westies
“Lollygagging” by Less Love
“Stack Chips” by The End Men
“Baby Loves It” by Penicillin Baby
“Your Dreams Will Always Follow” by prattle on, rick
“Permanent/Impermanent_1213” by Peck
“Ratking” by The End Men
“Winged Victory” by Lys Guillorn
“I Had Me a Girl” by The Civil Wars
“Clark Gable” (Postal Service Cover) by Mr. Kind + holychild
“The Lost Art of Idle/Entitled” by Peck
“Cool Kids” by Christian Robins (feat. Lord of the Fly) (prod. 5Star)
“Mercy” by prattle on, rick

NOTES:

Americana told Sturgill Simpson he was too Country for Americana.  His reply, I made a country album.

Peck is Chris Peck who we first met as part of the Brooklyn-based The Disappointment. He is releasing his new album one song at a time, at we have two of those songs in today’s shuffle.

Confession: I didn’t think I liked Dr. Dog. I lumped them in with a bunch of “Jam” bands that just weren’t my cup of tea (actually tea isn’t my cup of tea either, but that is another story). Anyway, so I got the chance to actually listen to some of Dr. Dog’s new music this year, and believe it or not, I dug it.  Go figure.

Penicillin Baby are part of the growing and impressive Jeffery Drag Records family and like the other Jeffery Drag artists they offer a nice counter argument to any one who says all Nashville indie bands sound alike. 

I don’t know if The Civil Wars are finished. I hope they aren’t, but if their 2013 self-titled album is the swan song, it’s a hell of a swan song.

In addition to their new EP, Mr. Kind released a series of cover songs wherein they teamed up with other indie artists to cover indie rock classics.  Here they team up with fellow California band holychild to cover The Postal Service classic.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Ex-Eye-Aye-I Mix

Happy Friday the 13th to all you triskaidekaphiles out there.

Monday starts our march to 2014 by highlighting some of our favorite music of 2013. Culminating in the Third Annual Band of the Year unveiling ceremony blog post.  Who will join The Mobbs and Skeletons in the Piano in this super exclusive category?  You better tune in to find out.  It’s all soooo exciting!

Anyway to close out a great year of Shuffles, we have another shuffle with some songs and stuff…

#E2TGWorthy… it started as a simple blog post, but everything got turned upside down. What happened next will change the way you look at simple blog posts for at least a couple of minutes…

EXTRAS:  “Light Years” by The Quick and the Dead    “When the Dawn Becomes The Day” by Humming House    “Made to be Blue” by Adam Hill   “A Song About Making Out in Cars” by Joseph Mooradian (either an earlier version of a song we featured a couple of weeks ago or an earlier song about the same thing.)   “Happy With Me” by holychild   “Under The Big Black Sun” by X   “Heaven Underfoot” by Damfino (another great track off of the fourth Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen comp)    “One Reporters Opinion” by Minutemen    “Skulldiggin'” by Black Joe Lewis    “Carry Me Home” by Carolina Story   “Going Down to Liverpool” by The Bangles    “The Hawk” (Kris Kristofferson cover) by Tom Verlaine  

Transition Track of the Day:
“Ginger Ale” by Adam Hill (from Little Time.)

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2983219457/size=medium/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/

SHUFFLE:

“Shit from Old Notebook” by Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime. “Let the products sell themselves”)

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“Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell (from Southeastern.  Southeastern has deservedly ended up on many year end “best of” lists.  Who knows, you may even here some tracks from the album during our 2013 wrap up…)

“Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  “but boy could he play guitar…”)

“Like Shaking Hands” by Less Love and Wondernaut (from Paradigms in the Design.  Formal thank you to Gina Sigillito for introducing to this great music from Oklahoma City.)

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3618790823/size=medium/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/



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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Keep on Wailin’ Mix

Here we go… it seems like I’ve been adding more songs every week then I have time to feature. So to help clear the backlog and to feature more songs – I’m going to add a Bonus Mix feature.  And, just like it’s better to eat dessert first, so it is better to present the Bonus Mix first…

It all gets going after the leap (jump):……

Bonus Mix:  (where possible I’ve added these tracks to the Video playlist and to the weekly store, however, I’m not including other details – so please google and check out these songs)

“Don’t You Know” by Elephant Stone   “Ride and Sway” by The Greencards  “5 Leaf” by The Westies     “Lake Motel Blues” by Adam Hill     “Stomp” by The Stone Foxes    “Got It Wrong Now” by Umbrella Bed    “Stop Me Still” by Humming House    “Hang Onto Yourself” by David Bowie    “You Can Have the Crown” by Sturgill Simpson     “Elvis and the Electric Hound Dog” by Darrin Bradbury     “Because I Do” by X     “Hell’s Kitchen” by The Westies   “Let’s Make a Christmas Memory” by Annie Sellick (album is out now!)    “Don’t Play With Guns” by The Black Angels

Here’s today’s Official Mix:

“Into the Great Wide Open” by Elephant Stone (bonus cover of the Tom Petty hit. Trivia: back when I trolled used CD shops at least twice a week, I picked up the Tom Petty album used two weeks before it was officially released.  Aren’t you glad you know that?  Elephant Stone are pretty cool – check them out.)

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“Keep on Wailin'” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (from Live @ DC9.  I am so glad I had the chance to meet and later hear Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray play live.  If you get the chance, I highly recommend it.  I think they’ve wrapped up their most recent tour and I’m expecting a new album in 2014.  Can’t wait.  And in case your wondering, Miss Shevaughn can play some pretty mean guitar.)

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=472481512/size=medium/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/

“My Happy” by Lindsay Katt (from Picking Out Boxes. A singer/songwriter from NYC. My first listen. Check her out)

“Hand and Foot, Heart and Soul” by Swear and Shake (from Maple Ridge.  Folk with Indie Creds from NYC.  Lots of “ands” and a helluva cool song.)

“Down in the Tube Station at Midnight” by the Jam (from All Mod Cons.  This album!  This band! Paul Weller!  This song!)

“Lollygagging” by Less Love (from Paradigms in the Design.  Less Love are a rock band from Oklahoma. At this point, I can’t remember how they came to my attention. It seems like somebody mentioned them.  In any event, I did find them, and I like them. So there.  UPDATE:  Thanks Gina Sigillito for introducing me to Less Love.  Gina works with MAKAR who are long time friends of the blog, and Gina is a good friend of the blog, too.  Sorry I couldn’t remember and thanks for reminding me!)

 
 
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