Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Free Fallin’ Mix

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 After a long fall break, it’s back to school for the kids which means back to early mornings for me.  Man, by the end of last week I was feeling all kinds of grateful for the amazing things happening with the blog.  I’m looking forward to sharing all of them with you in time.  But, suffice it to say, whatever expectations I had when I started Ear to the Ground have been exceeded many times over.

A great shuffle today:


First up, we have Austin Texas band The Raindoggs with a funky, jazzy instrumental from their One Armed Bandit album.  Black was a great backdrop for the walk up the hill on this cloudy Monday morning.  Also, check out The Raindoggs website and click on the “Friends of Ours” tab and look who’s at the top of the page!

Here’s a video for another song by The Raindoggs
 

 

Next up is a timely number by South Carolina band Loner’s Society. The A-side of their latest single on King City Records is called Pinstripes. Apparently, it’s about some baseball team for the East Coast baseball club who have apparently done well historically up to and including this season.  


 
Our final song today comes from the 2010 album Come Around Sundown, which was the last we’ve heard from Kings of Leon (as of today). There were rumblings about a new album being in the works as recently as August of this year.  I can’t say that I’m a huge Kings of Leon fan, but Back Down South is one of my favorites.  It makes me think about hanging out in the woods, bonfires, swimming holes and… wait, that’s the video…
 

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Tuesday Morningish Music Shuffle – Big Bird Mix

Hey Ho! Some days away and then some life events of the unexpected variety, but we are back with a music shuffle which was listened to this morning and also some bonus songs from this afternoon….  But which are coming at you at night.  Whatever, it’s all good music:


First of all, we have E2TG Band of the Month from August – Loner’s Society with a song from their self-titled release.  It’s I’ll Write the Sad Songs.

Here is a live performance from Loner’s Society

Aoede is a San Francisco duo who make some beautiful music.  Skeletons of the Muse is their fantastic album that was released in early 2012.  And Love Proof is the song we have featured today.

 



Don and Phil Everly recorded as The Everly Brothers and made some sweet, sweet music. Today, we have one of their hit songs, Bye, Bye Love.



And closing out  the morning portion of the shuffle, we have Harbor Lights from the King of Rock N’ Roll Mr. Elvis Presley.  The song dates back to the 1930s and was originally recorded in Polish.  So there.

This afternoon, we were able to shuffle again and came up with two more songs:
The first is a song by the late Chris Bell of Big Star fame.  His song I Am the Cosmos was released as a single in 1978 on Chris Stamey’s label.  Then, in 1992 it was included as the title track of a compilation of several of his 70s era solo songs.

And finally, we have a song from our friends, Cosmonauts.  Emily’s Surprise is part of the Daniel Raincourt saga.

Here’s a single with more of the saga.

And the video for Emily’s Surprise

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Band of the Month August is….

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I am pleased to announce that our Band of the Month for August 2012 is 
Loners Society from Charleston, South Carolina.  Please check out their website and Facebook Page.
Remember, Loners Society have now earned an automatic position in our Band of the Year poll which should be an epic event.  That poll is coming in December 2012.




Be on the lookout for our September Featured Artists which I will unveil after the holiday weekend.  We have some more awesome artists to feature.

Here are some videos from our August Band of the Month:

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Daredevil Guy Mix

Good morning! Remember, keep voting in our current Band of the Month Poll. Voting is going strong.  In the past twenty-four hours, Loners Society has increased their lead, but as we have seen in the past, it can all change in no time flat.  
Be sure to come back here around 5:00pm Central Time (6:00 Eastern) (Tuesday August 21, 2012) – The rest of you are on your own – as we will present an interview with Cosmonauts and a chance to preview their brand new song, Cold Harbor.

Let’s get into the music shuffle for the day:

First up, we have a New York band who came to our attention via The Dead Exs.  The Great American Novel will be playing a show with The Dead Exs and others next Monday at the Mercury Lounge.  If you’re in that area, be sure to check it out.

The Great American Novel are a fun band, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from them.  Today, we have American Weekend  (which seems a bit like a taunt since it only Tuesday) from their recent release, Kissing.

(Couldn’t find a video for American Weekend, so here is another track from Kissing)
Keeping it in New York area, we have a band called The Dukes of Brooklyn with a track called White Lightnin’ which you can check out here.  It’s some awesome Blues-based stuff which I really dig.  

Next, we have a second track from Scissor Sisters Ta-Dah album – I Can’t Decide.  We recently picked up this CD at our local Goodwill, and it’s a great record.  Danceable music that doesn’t suck.  By the way, not that we’re keeping track, but Scissor Sisters are a NY-based band as well.

And finally, we leave off from New York and drive south to Charleston, SC for a fantastic singer-songwriter named Joal Rush.  Another Lover Song was released in 2010 on his Wares album.

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VOTE NOW: BAND OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2012

Go here to find out more about these great bands – then vote, vote, vote and spread the news!

Featured Friday Music Shuffle – Insider Parades

Blah… Morning Music shuffle is back after a brief interlude due to a bit of the mid-summer blahs. 

And, it’s time for our Featured Friday edition – week 2 for August, as we delve into some music from our Featured Artists of the Month.  We have a plethora of great music, so let’s get to it.

First up, we have a pleasant little serial killer? folksy-ballad from Loners Society. It’s called Jersey Devil, and I’m digging the sound of this one.  Just give a listen, but if you are someone who needs a frame of reference, Blitzen Trapper is the band that first came to my mind when I heard this song.  But, whatever, it’s a nifty song…  Jersey Devil is the b-side to the Pinstripes 7″ which you can grab right here:

Here’s the video of the A-side, “Pinstripes”
 





Next up, we shift gears and come up with a searing, soaring rock instrumental from the band, Traverse the Skies.  Grey Knight has a larger than life feel to it, and it made a great accompaniment to a cloudy walk up the hill.  

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 I hope you are buckled in, because our wild ride takes up down to New Mexico, and a song by our new friends The Imperial Rooster – DWI Marijuana Blues.   Would it be totally inappropriate for me to say that this song could be dedicated to Randy Travis?  If it is inappropriate, remember, I said it, not the Roosters!  Anyway, the song is a rollicking, amped up foot-stomper of a song, and like everything I’ve heard from The Imperial Rooster, it’s a helluva good time.  It’s another fine track from their Decent People album.

 
Next up we have the hit single from The Danbury Lie’s self-titled album, Morbid Becoming. Robert from The Danbury lie is a long-time friend of EttG favorite Don Ryan.  Musically speaking, that set my expectations pretty high, and I have to say The Danbury Lie live up to those expectations.  Morbid Becoming, as the title implies, has a bit of a dark, backwoodsy feel to it. In an inexplicable way, it also brings to my mind the old band, The Balancing Act. If you are not familiar with The Balance Act – google them.  The Danbury Lie are not exactly like The Balancing Act, but sonically, vocally… something reminds me of them, and that is definitely not a bad thing.  


And finally, we close today’s Featured Friday shuffle with a song from Pony Boy. We presented Saints and Liars by Pony Boy before, but this gorgeous example of West Coast bluesy, Rock is worth hearing again.  

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Did You Know? Featured Artists for August Edition Vol. 1 (Updated)

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The Holograms:
 …. are the result of a collaboration between Wade Walker and Galen Wade (who is a great supporter of this blog) who got together via Soundcloud.

 Traverse The Skies:
front man, Jeremy Hatch likes long walks on the beach and animal videos on Youtube (per his Twitter account and people don’t lie on their Twitter profiles!).

Cupla:
…is Irish for twins, Bob and Bill McAloney formed the band, and they are twins.

Loners Society:
front man, Matt Megrue was previously a member of a band called Usual Suspects. There are literally dozens of bands with Facebook accounts called Usual Suspects or The Usual Suspects.  The majority of these bands are not the band that Matt Megrue was a member of. Update: My bad, Matt was actually a member of the Unusual Suspects which explains why he wasn’t in any of the band’s I looked up…

The Imperial Rooster:

…lists as band members as:  Cootie LeRoux, Nat King Kong, Tennessee Skilly McGee, Khorn Syrup, Lulu Lotus Cornblossom, Dusty Vinyl.

Cosmonauts:
…have some new music coming out soon, recently had an “adventure” on the road and has some awesome artwork associated with their story/records.

And now a Video-Extravaganza

and since The Holograms don’t have a video (as far as I know)