Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – What’s Going On Mix

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Music City Railing by JWM (June 2013)
Ok.  We’ve whipped up a rich and hearty stew of good music – as usual crossing genres, styles, and decades with the greatest of ease.  
The mix begins next…


“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye (Sister, Sister…)
“Needles and Pins” by the Ramones (song written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono)
“Mississippi” by David Nail (a flat out great song)
“Peggy’s Tavern” by The Payroll Union (Americana from the mother country – Sheffield to be exact – h/t to PopaTunes)
“Wart Hog” by the Ramones (from Too Tough to Die. Dee Dee sings! Punk Rock!)
“It Belongs to You” by James the Giant (another excellent song from his stunning and powerful debut)
“Riot Path” by  Liquid Casing (A propulsive jam from A Separate Divide)
“Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” by the Ramones (Third Ramones song of the mix – yay!)
“Magdalene”  by Guy Clark (Nashville via Texas songwriter extraordinaire)

 “Defective Mind” by The Black Clouds from Better Days (2013)

A New Jersey band that makes some of the best grungy punk music I’ve heard in a while. High energy, melodious and fun.

“Ohio” by Devo from When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You’d Hear – compilation (2002) 

A pretty cool cover of the Neil Young penned Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song.  Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh were students at Kent State at the time of the killings and Casale witnessed the shooting and knew two of the victims.  This is the second cover of this song we’ve had in one of our mixes. We previously featured a version by Mike Mills of R.E.M. with New Orleans Trombone ensemble Bonerama from a Hurricane Relief CD)

“Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy (sic)” by Heath McNease from Thrift Store Jesus (2012)

We jump over to another release by Heath McNease. This track references a popular segment from the 90s on SNL.  Jack Handey is the correct spelling. I’m not sure if the misspelling is intentional or not.

“Ramblin On My Mind” by Left Lane Cruisers and James Leg from Painkillers (2012)

Some more deep, deep blues from the Indiana based Left Lane Cruiser joined here by James Wesley Myers aka Reverend James Leg of Black Diamond Heavies… Oh yeah, it’s a Robert Johnson song.



Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Lucky Guy Mix

Before 1993 I only thought I knew what words like heady and transcendent and halcyon meant. In 1993, I experienced all of those feelings and many more.  It was a wild ride of a year which promised and delivered thrills beyond my wildest expectations.  August 28 of that year – 19 years ago today… well how can I explain that day?  Honestly, what I remember most is the laser sharp sense of purpose and direction, and the unwavering sense of doing what I was supposed to be doing.  It started with errands (vitally important errands), a beautifully simple ceremony, drinks, an awkward announcement, party planning, phone calls, the arrival of friends (who were not as surprised as we thought they should have been) and a blow-out of a party. Our Wedding Day… 19 years ago today…
Our song:

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The shuffle:

The Grimm Generation are friends with The Danbury Lie. The band got into contact with me after I named The Danbury Lie featured artists.  The first thing that struck me was the fact that they were heaping praise on the other band.  So, I checked them out.  And, I listened some more.  I don’t want to say too much because I have a feeling I will be writing much more about this band. Suffice it to say, if you are familiar with The Grimm Generation, now is the time to rectify that situation.  The band’s description as Post-Apocalyptic Pop gives a bit of hint to the passionate, juicy sound of this band. Oh hell, just take a look and listen:
 Our song today is Sometimes I’m Subtle (Sometimes I’m Drunk) from their album The Last Record Party.  Honestly, I’m in serious love with this band right now!


Here is The Grimm Generations’ cover of Great Balls of Fire.

Next, we have a song about April 1, 1984.  I was in my senior year of high school, and Marvin Gaye was just one day shy of his 45th birthday when he was shot and killed during an argument with his father.  Day That Marvin Gaye Died is by the Avett Brothers from their 2004 release Mignonette

Man on Earth is a capital R Rock band from New York.  They’ve been around for a number of years and have played with a number of well-known artists. They released a new video for a song called Venus at the beginning of this month, and are about to embark on a tour which will bring them to Nashville.   The song we have today is an older one called The Great Discontent which we came across on a compilation called vol. 1. from 2005.


Here is the band’s newest video Venus.
The Alabama Shakes released Boys and Girls back in April, and it had proven to be a break-out moment for the boys and girls from Athens, Alabama.  We have  the joyful Hang Loose today. Sounds like good advice.


And finally, we have a song by a jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader Steve Mohacey.  In a small world moment, it turns out that my next door neighbor, who like Mr. Mohacey is a Army band guy, knows Steve Mohacey. Anyway, although we most feature a wide-variety of alternative, Americana indie rock music, we are always on the look-out for all kinds of cool tunes.  Da Boyz is a blisteringly cool jazz number.

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