Friday Morning Music Shuffle* – All Lies Mix

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*DISCLAIMER*  This post is being written on Thursday night – I listened to the songs on my way home from work.  Tomorrow promises to be a crazy/difficult day, and I’m not sure when I am going to post this, but I wanted to have it ready,,,,

*FURTHER DISCLAIMER* Also, I discovered that part way through the shuffle, the shuffle function got turned off so a part of this so-called shuffle was actually not a shuffle.  I know. What can you believe in any more.  It’s all lies…

Actually, all lies are in the title.  What follows is the truth – as I see it…

“Always Tomorrow” by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/Always Tomorrow

I count myself as very fortunate to have been able to see Tim Carroll play live twice a week almost every week for the last couple of months.  He is tireless and has amazing well-spring of great songs.  This is one is always one of my favorites to hear. I don’t talk about it much on here, but these have been challenging times for me, and as is often the case, music has been an amazing source of strength and healing.  There is always tomorrow.  Come what may…

“Fuego” by Fuzzer from Reberto

More fuzzy goodness from Argentina.  Thanks to Ear to the Ground, I count among my friends (not irl yet but real nonetheless) amazing musicians, singers, songwriters from all over the world.  

“Turn You Inside-Out” by R.E.M. from Green

I have to say that Green is not my favorite R.E.M. album by a long shot, and I’ll be honest – I hardly remember this song – however, hearing it today some 26 years later out of context and distanced from the idealistic weight of being the major label debut of our favorite indie band (although in my world and mind I.R.S. is pretty major) – I dig this song.  So there.

“Death Letter Blues” by The Bones of J.R. Jones from The Bones of J.R. Jones Folkadelphia Session 6/7/2014

Wow oh wow, I like The Bones of J.R. Jones.  I just saw where they are doing a house concert deal here in Nashville.  Hmm…  This is a brilliant cover of the Son House song.

“JeVeus Plus Te Voir” by Linda Thompson from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

I’ve featured a bunch of music from this compilation.  This was a bargain CD bin find from Record Store Day back in April. As I have mentioned, my family’s roots are deeply planted in south Louisiana.  And so, it has been a pretty cool experience hearing some of my musical idols playing the music of my ancestry. Linda Thompson made some of my favorite, and (I think) some of the best albums of all time with her then husband Richard.  She is amazing in and of herself, too – of course, and in fine voice on this song.

“Grace on the 4th” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

I’m digging having this great spoken word – deep southern storytelling in my shuffle.

“Bitch in Heat” by Marla Mase from Half-Life

Marla Mase is an amazing talent – a wonderful person and a damn powerful performer.  If you haven’t, please check out her Half-Life EP as well as the rest of her amazing work.

“Core” by Rewpart from 1/2

My first and thus far my only musical discovery from about.me.  I’ll be honest, I don’t quite know what to do with that site, but sometimes I get and give compliments, and compliments are always a good thing – right.  Anyway, Rewpart is a young man from England/Britain/UK (I really don’t know which is correct, if and when they are interchangeable – if ever – or which is correct for Rewpart but he’s from one of those islands next to Europe), and I really dig his music.

“No Dilemma” by Sam Davison from Always Around

Earlier in the week, I saw a post that this album had just turned one year old.  A love some much about this – great songs – the bass as lead instrument and Sam Davison’s voice.  Check this out.  

“Colorado” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

This may be the last track from the Field Theory Blues album which means it is well past time to grab some more recent music from this awesome indie pop band.

“Shine Them Shoes” by The Tye Trybe from Word is Born (EP)

The Tye Trybe represent the funky side of Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen.  And when you are the funky side of something that has funky in its name, you know you are really funky…. by the way – speaking of Mama Coco’s.  This song is the third in a row from bands that are part of the Mama Coco’s collective.  As a complete outsider, it has been amazing to see what this loose affiliation of talented folks have been able to accomplish.  In the past couple of months, they raised money and came together to renovate a new space following a flood at their old one.  I have to say that Nashville’s indie community could learn some valuable lessons from these folks.

“kom alle getroues” by velodrones from kerfees tape $

So, I’m slow on the uptake.  kerfees (according to Google Translate) means Xmas in Afrikaans.  We recently posted Silent Night.  This is Oh Come All Ye Faithful  – or as Google Translate puts it – Come Together (but is the Christmas song not the Beatles song – so take that Google Translate).  Anyway, another of my international music friends Thean is velodrones and is also a part of Bosveld who recently completed a Bike Tour in Canada and are now crossing that country with Old Cabin.  Plus he is friends with Value Customer which makes him okay in my book.    I guess given that I heard Silver Bells at Fran’s and have now posted O Come All Ye Faithful, you can say that the long Christmas season is upon us. Feliz Noel – or whatever…

VIDEOS

WOW Wednesday Music Shuffle – Ram On Mix

So, The ‘Mats did Alex Chilton on the Tonight Show, and U2 released a new album.  It’s just like the late 80s again – except The ‘Mats were sober, and the U2 album was “magically” added to my computer library, and I have a computer that holds most of my music collection… ah, so this is what the future looks like – says 20 year old me…

Seriously, The ‘Mats were incredible, and I haven’t heard the U2 album yet, but the fact  that the first song name drops Joey Ramone is promising…

Plus it was cool seeing the words, “Alex Chilton is Trending” on Facebook…

Ah, on we go…

“City of Immigrants” by Steve Earle from Washington Square Serenade

I’ve been a long-time fan of Steve Earle, and this is one of my favorite songs. It’s my go-to when I started reading xenophobic crap on-line.

 

“Rock and Roll Eyes” by Centro-matic from 24 Songs/Redo the Stacks

Sometimes – I think – even a big music fan like myself misses out on a band. Thus was the case with me and Centro-matic, which is why I was so glad when they released 24 songs for free a while back – I consider it a crash course, and I’m ready for a more extensive study.

“Ram On” (Paul McCartney Cover) by the morning benders from ECHOMIX 2

Nothing like a Paul McCartney cover to brighten the morning.

“Nubian Queen” by Michael Angelo from Mexican Summer Vol. 1/b-side of single

A lost piece of 70s soft rock gold – resurrected in 2010 by Mexican Summer – and brought to you via my shuffle in 2014.

“God is Dead?” by Black Sabbath from 13

And when all else fails throw an 8 minute Black Sabbath comeback song into the mix.

“Drown in Blue (reprise)” by Marla Mase from Half-Life

Last night, I was listening to New Cell Phone Number and got a fresh reminder of the genius of Marla Mase.  Glad this song came up today, and it’s another chance to plug tomorrow night’s NYC show with the True Groove All-Stars.

“Birch Island Bandit” by Katherine Moller from Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Haired

The great thing about the WOW Wednesday format is that it allows me to be reminded of some great music we’ve featured before.  Katherine Moller is an awesome Celtic Fiddler from Canada.  I have always had an affinity for Celtic Music, and it was great hearing this song this morning.


“St. Croix” by Family of the Year from Loma Vista

The California band with a song from their break-out 2012 album.

“Becoming a Jackal” by Villagers from Snapshot: A Domino Compilation/Becoming a Jackal

2010 seems to feature prominently in today’s shuffle.  This was the first single and title track from this Irish band’s album from that year.

“Kayla of Colorado” by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepe’s (Demos)

We close things out with an old song from Darrin Bradbury who played an excellent set last night at The 5 Spot in Nashville.  The video I picked in lieu of this song is one of his newest songs which he did perform last night. The Ballad of B.O.B.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Can of Carrots Mix

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Back with a shuffle, but short on time… thanks for stopping by…

“Far and Slow” by T. Rogers from Simple Life

Some great modern blues music.

“Half Life” by Marla Mase from Half Life

The always amazing Marla Mase with the title track from her latest release.

“Pierce the Night” by Clocks and Clouds from The Creation of Matter

A band I’ve just become aware of – some pretty cool sounds… classical sounding alternative music.

“Loveletting” by Sons of an Illustrious Father from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Single (b-side)

First of two in a row from the Funky Kitchen of Mama Coco. Thoroughly original modern music rooted in all the cool shit you love…

“Can of Worms” by Ex-Pet from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Green Accent

#2 from the “kitchen” some awesome psyche-power pop stuff….

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/track=3956879306/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

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“Flying” by Kevin Jenkins from Step Inside

Creates the sensation of gliding over the world…  some really smooth, cool soulful jazzy music from True Groove Global Soul artist Kevin Jenkins.

“Cinco Minutos Con Vos” by Elvis Costello and The Roots from Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs

Collaborations either work or they don’t.  They usually don’t work when one artist’s style and sound over powers their collaborator or if the result is a messy mixture of different voices that just don’t gel.  The Roots are champions at collaborations, and in this case the result combines the funky, hip-hop inspired Roots music which some classic Elvis vocals and a latin vibe to boot. I can’t really explain why it works, but it does.

“The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1” (Neutral Milk Hotel cover) by The Foresters from Download

I am so glad to the see the young Nork brothers expanding their musical vocabulary.  In an amazing short time, they totally nailed the pop punk/punk pop sound that first got them into learning to play, and now, especially over the last few months, they are showing a remarkable range and incredible growth.  I dig this Neutral Milk Hotel cover, and I think you will, too.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/track=2155100740/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Superstitious Phobia Mix

Here at #E2TG, we pride ourselves on bringing great music to your internets. What we lack in time and exclusive access, we try to make up for in pure quality and absolutely insane diversity.

Today’s Shuffle makes a whirlwind trip from latter day Country music pioneer Sturgill Simpson all the way to a lusciously bizarre Nina Hagen cover of a Neil Diamond penned The Monkees’ song.  In between, we stop in and visit with #E2TG favorites Tomas Doncker, Marla Mase, Darrin Bradbury, and twice with Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, and we feature three Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen related artists.  Plus a bunch more… here’s the list

“Some Days” by Sturgill Simpson from Sturgill Simpson

a live version in the video playlist

“Other Voices” by the Orwells from Other Voices EP

a backyard version in the playlist

“Pachyderms” by The Tye Trybe from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Word is Born EP

“I Ain’t Superstitious” by Tomas Doncker Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project
a different Howlin’ Wolf song from Tomas Doncker and the Howlin’ Wolf version of this song in the playlist.

“Sure as Hell” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean into the Wind

A live version from their stop at The Basement Nashville on release day for Lean into the Wind (video recorded by Too Much Country)

“Things That Scare Me” by Marla Mase from Half-Life
A live version with the True Groove All-Stars from The Cutting Room
 

“Golden Ratio” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

“On my Mind, In my Heart” by Jesse Dee from Alligator Records: 21st Century Blues and Roots/On My Mind/In My Heart

“Lord of the Highway” by Joe Ely from Lord of the Highway
a fairly recent live version of this classic (Trivia: on a legendary night in my deep past, I heard Joe Ely, Bruce Springsteen, and Lou Reed on a local college station, and it set my musical course for years to come)

“You and I” by Jesse Turits from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Rumble Strips

a different Jesse Turits song.

“Oh, Tornado” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean into the Wind

“Biscuits and Gravy” by Darrin Bradbury from NEW!!!!The Almost Great Crepe’s (Demos)

a different Darrin Bradbury song

“Swift Arrows” by Shelby Earl from Swift Arrows
a live version of this song

“Churlish May” by Johnny Flynn from American Songwriter Sessions/Been Listening

a live version of this song.

“I’m a Believer” by Nina Hagen from The Best of Rodney on the ROQ

a live version of this song.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Two in a Row Mix

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Pre-Shuffle

“Power”/Tomas Doncker/Power of the Trinity – Global Soul….

“Ven Hacia Mi (Come Unto Me)”/The Mavericks/In Time* – Another from my friend Ronnie’s 2013 mix CD – love this!

“Feel So Down”/Solardrive/Solardrive – another great song from Solardrive – the awesome project fronted by Balthazar Getty.

“Terra Animata”/The Plum Magnetic/Terra Animata – New Orleans based World/Fusion/Rock band.

“Big Mountain Fudge Cake”/The Foresters/Living Hold – the three Nork Brothers from Connecticut continue their musical growth spurt with a Zeppelinesque rocker.

“Calypso Foam”/The Graveyard Kids/Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (Graveyard Kids II) – Another great band from the seemingly bottomless wellspring that is Mama Coco’s.

“Splinters”/Austin Lucas/Stay Reckless – three time CXCW alum… shows how it’s done with a smart, heartfelt song.

“Life is Hard”/Darrin Bradbury/True Love – “It’s funny where it stops, it’s funny where it starts, and the whole thing in the middle well it’s bound to break your heart.” – such a great line in a song that name drops Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, and Daffy Duck!

  “Magic and Fire”/Brave Baby/Forty Bells – another great song by this South Carolina indie band.

“Could We See”/Grounded/untitled – Grounded were first featured on Ear to the Ground back in September 2012. They have such a unique sound, and I love the acoustic vibe of this song. Trivia: This is the second time that Grounded have appeared in a Shuffle with Darrin Bradbury’s song “Life is Hard”. Their song “Break it Up” appeared with a live version of Bradbury’s song on January 9. #themoreyouknow

“The Best Record Ever Made”/Bill Lloyd/Boy King of Tokyo – a true Nashville treasure who has worn many hats in his long career, and worn them well – I may add. This homage to great records from his 2012 album – has a simply gorgeous hook.

Shuffle after you jump….


Shuffle

1. “Put Your Mouth on Me” by The Harmonica Lewinskies from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (2014) – Okay, Okay – they are called The Harmonica Lewinskies and the song is called “Put Your Mouth on Me”, but can you define “Is” for me? Nevermind all that, this gleeful band from New York boast nine members (I think) and they create infectious grooves suitable for framing. They also happen to be stalwarts at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen. http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2678306607/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/track=1756884245/transparent=true/ ICYMI here’s MCFK’s Indiegogo info…. They are up to about 80% – let’s help push them over… https://www.indiegogo.com/project/help-mama-coco-s-funky-kitchen-build-a-new-studio/embedded

2. “Dawn” by Humming House from Humming House (2012) A gorgeous instrumental that makes a perfect addition to a Morning Shuffle – from their self-titled album.

3. “somerkersfees” by velodrones from kersfees tape $ (?) Okay. The song title has some accent marks and stuff I’m too lazy to try to figure out how to add, and I don’t have a clue what it means. Velodrones is a project of my newest Facebook friend Thean (which also contains an accent mark) who I’ve gotten to know on other social media outlets through #E2TG favorites Valued Customer. This is a beautiful piece of music from an album that I can no longer find. But here is a link to their most recent release. http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3900300630/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/ 4. “Blood is Not Enough” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity (2011) Tomas Doncker Band has released one of the best albums of the year (the Howling Wolf tribute: Moanin’ at Midnight), and we will be getting to that album soon – I promise. But right now, my shuffle function is hung up on his 2011 album Power of the Trinity – which is fine by me. It is a great album and an excellent introduction to Tomas and his label True Groove’s concept of Global Soul music.

 

5. “The Heart Beats” by Marla Mase from Half-Life (2014) I was first introduced to Tomas Doncker after writing about the amazing Marla Mase who is a part of the True Groove family. I was fortunate enough to meet the two of them during their quick jaunt through Nashville earlier in the year. I look forward to many more opportunities to see and hear the two of them and to follow their incredible music journey.

Today’s Video Playlist…

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – E2TG v2.1 Mix

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Guess what….  we have a Shuffle!  It’s good to be back and I won’t waste any precious time with further commentary on that.  We have a swell list of songs today – so let’s get to it.

Pre-Shuffle:

“Vivid”/Rewpart/ ½

“Surrender to the Storm”/Joseph Arthur/Redemption City

“Grey (Under the Sky)”/The Jean Jackets/Field Theory Blues**

“Blood is Not Enough”/Tomas Doncker/Power of the Trinity

“Straight to Hell”/The Clash/5 Studio Album Set (Combat Rock)

“Sing to Me”/The Delta Saints/Death Letter Jubilee

“T.H.M.F.O.T.F.O.T.E.”/Sam Davison/Always Around**

“Don’t Swallow the Cap”/The National/Trouble Will Find Me*

“K’Rar”/ Tomas Doncker/Power of the Trinity

“Do No Harm”/Charles Howl/Charles Howl

“Oh Henry”/The Civil Wars/Bare Bones EP

* – from a annual mix CD by the illustrious DJ Ronnie B.
** – from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen (more on them below)

Good to see a couple of Mama Coco’s bands in the Pre-Shuffle.  That amazing collection/label/force of nature is in the process of moving into a new space, and they have a great need for funding.  To that end, they have started an Indiegogo campaign.  If you love independent music and have the ability, this is a great group to support.  HERE is the info:

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/help-mama-coco-s-funky-kitchen-build-a-new-studio/embedded

Now on to the shuffle:

“I’m Your Brave Little Soldier” by Eels from Wonderful, Glorious (2013)*

 
“Fade to Black” by The Foresters from Living Hold (2014)



“Drown in Blue” by Marla Mase from Half-Life (2014)


“Dubb Away” by Umbrella Bed from Refill EP (2013)

“you and me” by The Lies from whatever (2014)
http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2051144988/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/transparent=true/

“All Mod Cons” by The Jam from All Mod Cons (1978)

* – from a annual mix CD by the illustrious DJ Ronnie B.

Here is a video approximation of today’s Shuffle:

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Fine, Fine Music (Cavalcade into Spring)

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Just a cavalcade of Fine, Fine music (some old and some new) – (heroes, friends, madmen, geniuses, and the like) – to herald the beginning of spring!

 

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