Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Be Careful Mix

It was a frosty morning, and we’ve reached that time of year when every sunrise and every sunset seem to be competing to be the most amazing and awe-inspiring.  This morning I was accompanied by a few great instrumental tracks and a couple of songs with words which flowed over me and took me out of myself.  It’s Morning and time to Shuffle…

Today we have songs by: 1. A jazz legend 2. A Concord California dark, bluesy rock band 3.  The great-nephew of another jazz legend who was the wife of still another jazz legend 4.  A Nashville based super-duo and 5.  A Brooklyn-based troubadour who navigates the emotional landscape across a promised land laced with pitfalls and landminds

Let’s proceed. Shall we?

Charlie Parker is an iconic figure of the jazz age.  He died in 1955 at the young age of 34, but his music and his legacy live on.  Today, we have Hot Blues a faster and (yes) hotter take on his well known Cool Blues. The song is featured in the opening sequence of the 1971 Louis Malle film Murmur of the Heart – right before Laurent shoplifts a Charlie Parker record.  Which lead me to the observation/generalization, “The French love Jazz, but they don’t like to pay for it.” (see the film Diva for further support of this axiom).

Here’s a version of Cool Blues – couldn’t find Hot Blues


 Featured Artist The Chaw – the Concord, California dark, blues rock band are up next with the instrumental Campaigning Man from their self-titled debut.

Here is the Kickstarter video for the album

I’m running out of time, so I will be quick with the rest of the shuffle – no reflection on the awesome music…
Flying Lotus is the stage name of Stephen Ellison who is the great-nephew of jazz pianist Alice Coltrane who was the wife of John Coltrane.  Flying Lotus makes cool, electronic-based music.  Today we have Putty Boy Strut from his latest release Until the Quiet Comes.


Featured Artists Sugar and the Hi Lows (by the way, I use “and” instead of the ampersand because for some reason – at least on my browser, blogger does funky things with the ampersand) as I was saying Sugar and the Hi Lows (awesome singer-songwriters Amy Stroup and Trent Dabbs) are one of our Featured Artists.  Today we have See it For Yourself from their self-titled album.  They also have a new Christmas album out.


The shuffle ends with another amazing song from the Brooklyn troubadour, Christopher Paul Stelling (also a Featured Artist).  Strange Darkness is from his album Songs of Praise and Scorn.


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Stealing Fire Mix

Easter Monday – Are you hopped up on sugar or is your blood sugar crashing today?

Reminder to vote – the poll is on the sidebar – Band of the Month for March.  At last review, the kids from Illinois Northbrook Garage have a slight lead, but as we’ve learned in previous months, anything can happen.  Remember, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the results (well technically you can complain but no one has to listen to you complain.

See above for the Amazon pages for the albums containing today’s songs.

SONG #1 – Damn These Vampires is a track from The Mountain Goats 2011 Album, All Eternal Deck.  The Mountain Goats have a new one set to be released this year.

SONG #2 – Peggy’s Kitchen Wall is from Bruck Cockburn’s 1984 masterpiece Stealing Fire which also includes If I Had a Rocket Launcher and Lovers in a Dangerous Time.

SONG #3 – Nashville Cat’s is a cover of a Lovin’ Spoonful song by Flatt and Scruggs which was released as a single in 1967.

BONUS SONG:  Visite Du Vigile by Miles Davis comes from the Soundtrack to the 1958 Louis Malle film, the title of which can be translated as Elevator to the Gallows.   Miles Davis recorded the album in Paris in 1957 – mostly improvised after a screening of the film.

Afflilated Links:

Mountain Goats Mountain Goats
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Creation Dream: The Songs of Bruce Cockburn Creation Dream: The Songs of Bruce Cockburn
With this release, jazz guitarist Occhipinti tackled the songs of Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn. Cockburn himself has had jazz composition training and many of his songs have jazz textures and complex arrangements. This lays a firm groundwork

Flatt and Scruggs: The Best of the Flatt and Scruggs Show, Vol. 9 Flatt and Scruggs: The Best of the Flatt and Scruggs Show, Vol. 9
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3 Films By Louis Malle [4 Discs] [Criterion Collection] 3 Films By Louis Malle [4 Discs] [Criterion Collection]
Few directors have portrayed the agonies and epiphanies of growing up as poetically and scandalously as Louis Malle. Laced with autobiographical details, Murmur of the Heart; Lacombe, Lucien; and Au revoir les enfants tell stories of youth, set against th