Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Save a Few for Left, Too Mix

When you are having a stressful day, sometimes a Townes Van Zandt song is all you need to turn things around.  Other days, you need two Townes songs…  well today, for me, it is definitely a 3 TVZ kind of day… Fortunately, the shuffle obliged….

For the same reason I needed three Townes Van Zandt songs, I cannot add any commentary.  I apologize for that, but enjoy the music and if you are interested in any of the artists, look them up and support what they do…

BTW, Day 4 of Couch by Couchwest included some Nashville heavy weights like David Olney, Tommy Womack, Amy Speace, Wild Ponies, and #E2TG favorite Mark Robinson channeling the Possum on his lawn mower….

“It’s Your Grave” by Bark.

“Pretty Persuasion” by R.E.M.

“Tecumseh Valley” by Townes Van Zandt

“Carry On” by Humming House

“Right Wing Pigeons” by The Dead Milkmen

“Pancho and Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt

“Hobo Bill” by Townes Van Zandt

“Stolen the Moon” by Bob Walkenhorst

Bob Walkenhorst was the leader of a vastly underknown band called The Rainmakers…

“Long Story Short” by Boy Named Banjo

“Popskull” by Meat Puppets


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Baboon Heart Mix

Well, here we go. Another short shuffle that covers a ton of ground. For the literary minded among you, we have a song inspired by Upton Sinclair and another inspired by a Tennessee Williams’ play.  Plus, we have some Piedmont Blues for North Carolina, one of Paul Revere’s Raiders doing a Ray Charles song and so much more… let’s get to it…

“Slaughterhouse” by The Georgia Satellites 

From In the Land of Salvation and Sin… Inspired by the muckraking writing of Upton Sinclair especially the novel, The Jungle.

“Chapel Hill Boogie” by John Dee Holeman (Holman)

Some more Piedmont Blues for the Music Makers compilation on Noisetrade. This song was co-written by Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  By the way, on Noisetrade and almost everywhere else I looked, the artist’s name is listed as Holeman.  Wikipedia insists that his name is Holman and often misspelled as Holeman.  Let’s just agree to disagree and just applaud the work of all organizations that help musicians who have given the world so much.

“The Boy in the Bubble” by Paul Simon

The classic lead track from Paul Simon’s groundbreaking album Graceland.  

“Open Wide” by Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets get all speed metal-ey on this stand out track from Forbidden Places.

“This Property is Condemned” by Maria McKee

Ex-Lone Justice singer Maria McKee references a play by Tennessee Williams in this track from her self-titled debut solo album.

“Leave My Woman Alone” by Keith Allison

Keith Allison got his break on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is – a show which featured Paul Revere and the Raiders as the house band.  Allison later joined that band and had a long career contributed to many popular releases. This Ray Charles cover is from Allison’s 1967 solo album In Action.

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One of the pioneers of the alt-country movement, The Old 97s lead by Rhett Miller are still making music.  This reluctantly self-referential song is from their most recent album Most Messed Up which came out in April 2014 on ATO Records. 


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – A Real Double Duchess Mix

“We Are Undone” by Two Gallants

The title track from the album of the same name… see what I did there?  This folk duo are from San Francisco and their name is a reference to the title of a James Joyce story from The Dubliners.  Grabbed this track from an ATO Records sampler, and I want to hear more.

“The Silent Orchestra” by Hamilton Leithauser

From Black Hours, the debut solo effort by the lead singer of The Walkmen.

“Expressway to Your Heart” by Soul Survivors

Some late Sixties’ Philly Rhythm and Blues… Yeah! From When the Whistle Blows Anything Goes… yes it does…

“This Day” by Meat Puppets

Another from Forbidden Places, I am definitely under the influence of Meat Puppets.

“Riverside” by Julie Christensen Band

Ah! A last chance to plug tonight’s show at The Family Wash.   Julie is incredible and she has a killer band, so yeah… Nashville – get down there.

“Jimmy Hickey’s Waltz” by The Waterboys

Instrumental from Fisherman’s Blues.  Shall we waltz?

“Revolution Rock” by The Clash

from the classic London Calling… I love this song and this sound. 

“My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died” by Roger Miller

I am a fan of absurdity.  This song is purely absurd, and I love it. 

“New Amsterdam” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Elvis Costello! Get Happy!! One of my favorite songs…


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Paint the Daytime Black Mix

Good morning, my review of last nights throw down at 3rd and Lindsley with Dave Pahanish and Panfish, Leroy Powell, and George Shingleton is live on No Depression.  In other news, sleep is totally overrated.

Short on time and it’s not Thursday so I can’t do three word Thursday, so let’s do this thing!

“She Belongs to Me” (Bob Dylan cover) by Tom Tom Club

Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom…  Tom Tom Club doing Dylan.  Boom.

“My Uncle, the Violin Shredder” by Batkhi Dahn

Another cool track from Batkhi Dahn. Coincidently, both Chris and Tina from Tom Tom Club and Batkhi Dahn are from Connecticut – along with some other cool folks I know.  Must be something in the water up there.  To avoid reposting the only Batkhi Dahn video I know about, I have reposted the newest video from Batkhi Dahn’s other project, The Foresters (who not coincidentally are also from Connecticut).

“Strictly Reserved for You” by Charles Bradley

Makes me want to create a rule that I must have at least one funk/soul song in a shuffle every week.  This comes off of the Hangout Music Festival Sampler I mentioned earlier this week, and it is also the lead track on Bradley’s 2013 album Victim of Love.

“If Anyone Can Save Me” by Ben Arthur

This is not a drill, all you procrastinators! Today is last day to pick up Ben Arthur’s If You Look for My Heart (book and album) for free on Noisetrade.  Do it!

“The Bullet” (The Devil Makes Three cover) by The Blind Owl Band

E2TG favorites The Blind Owl band released a three song EP of cover songs toward the end of last year. This is the second we have featured.  A pretty cool cover of a The Devil Makes Three song.  Dig it!

“Torito” by Rodrigo y Gabriela

The second track from the Mexican duo’s latest album 9 Dead Alive. 

“No Longer Gone” by Meat Puppets

I almost wrote “one of my favorite songs on Forbidden Places”, but I think I have written that at least a half dozen times about different songs on the album.  I could listen to Meat Puppets all day long.

“Since the Day I Was Born” by Sean Watkins

The opening track from Sean Watkins All I Do is Lie.  A tender sounding song.

“I Won’t Look Down” by Telepathic Teddy Bear

Another cool song from Forgiveness. I am so glad that Telepathic Teddy Bear makes such cool music, because I love writing Telepathic Teddy Bear…

“Goshen ’97” by Strand of Oaks

Another opening track, this time from Strand of Oaks latest album HEAL.  A song about growing up on Goshen, Indiana.

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We close out the day’s shuffle with a song from the former lead singer of Bauhaus from his 2014 album Lion.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Fly Over Mix

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Some may say, I take way too much pride in presenting morning shuffles that span such a diverse landscape of musical marvels.  Some may say I would be far more successful if I focused on one genre or only wrote about those certain “buzz worthy” artists that you can read about in all of the other music blogs. Some may say, I should stick to the script and just echo back the language of the music promoters and publicists. 

I don’t bother responding except to offer up today’s pre-shuffle and shuffle.


“I’m One of Three” by EndAnd (new punk music from Brooklyn)
“River Rose” by Meat Puppets (the post-punk legends are back)
“Bangs” by Valued Customer (some music from our crazy friends from Toronto)
 “‘Til I’m With You” by Neighbour (More from the awesome Kacie Williams)
“Waiting for Something New” by Mozes and the Firstborn (This band is from Antwerp and I first heard  them over  the weekend – dig it)
“Cloudy Morning Blues” by Black Cold Bottles (Modern rock from Sao Paulo)
“Where You Going Northern” by Game Theory (Your daily dose of the genius of the late Scott Miller)
“Love and You” by Jeanette Lynne (more music from this amazing Philadelphia area singer-songwriter)


Okay, okay… like me, my shuffle button is in love with this young hip-hop artist currently from Wisconsin. Check it out, if you haven’t already.

  • “Rule the World (feat. C4RV) (prod. Since’93) by Christian Robin from KidGrownUp (2013)
I’ve often said that once of the best things about writing Ear to the Ground are the incredible people I have met and “met” as a result of the blog. Some time last year, I heard this awesome track called “Frank Ocean” by a group called Valued Customer. I dug it and I even Featured them on Ear to the Ground.  These young guys are completely nuts, and I’ll be honest about half the time, I don’t understand exactly what’s going on with them, but mostly, I am completely charmed by their awesome weirdness (which goodness knows I can appreciate). We are finally about to get some new music from Valued Customer, but I couldn’t wait. So, I headed over to their Bandcamp page and downloaded some older music.  The song “Bangs” was in the Pre-shuffle.  For the shuffle, the following track came up….
  • “WELCOME” by Valued Customer from Babylon Hill (2012)
Okay – so what we have here is the opening track of the Babylon Hill collection. We have a guided meditation with a warning not to listen while driving.  I’m not sure but I think I’ve been brain-washed into really digging these guys.

  • “Somebody Else” by JJ Grey and Mofro from This River (2013)


What better way to close out this uniquely Ear to the Groundish Mix of music than with some smooth modern blues from the new album by the long-running Florida band JJ Grey and Mofro.