Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Holy Roller Coaster Mix

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We’ve made it to the mid-week, and believe it or not, we are right at the mid-month mark for July. Lots of stuff on the horizon. 

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“Buttercup” by Kerri Powers

This song (my first – but not my last – listen to Kerri Powers) sounds as if it comes from a different era, which I attribute to the timelessness of the sound and style.  She is from Massachusetts. The song is on her self-titled album which was released last year.

“Harsh Light of Reality” by Human Radio

Another great song from the self-titled Human Radio album from the early 90s.  Still sounds relevant today.

“Born to Lose” by Social Distortion

From Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell… Social Distortion… just Social Distortion! I used to think of this as my theme-song – sung with defiance not self-pity.

“Mr. Soul” by Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet covering a Neil Young penned song from Buffalo Springfield… this is a good thing!

“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” by Waylon Jennings

This song will turn 40 years old next month.  Proof positive that whatever the problems with the “Nashville” Country Music establishment, they are not new and the solution always must start from the outside.  As timely today…. and a really great song!

“Fragile Magic” by Michael Sackler-Berner

So the theme today seems to be timeless music – modern music that sounds like it is from another era and older music that sounds fresh and vital.  Michael Sackler-Berner fits in the former category – his latest music evoking some of the great Pop music of the last several decades.  Marshall Crenshaw is among the awesome people who have worked with him, he’s had songs in Sons of Anarchy and Law and Order, and he has done some acting. 

“Do You Know Something (I Don’t Know)?” by Webb Wilder

Last night, I posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram that included my vintage Webb Wilder t-shirt. Today, this song from Hybrid Vigor shows up in the shuffle… go figure. Webb doing his thing…. dig it!

“Interview With a Hobo” by Jonas H. Sjøvaag’s Navyelectre

The album is called Large Ensemble. They are from Oslo, Norway, and I am have really been getting into this album since I got hold of it recently. It is highly original music that I find it difficult to describe.  Check out the video playlist which closes with a preview of the album which was released back in May. 


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Not Punk Mix

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So… even by Nashville standards, the middle part of this week has been an embarrassment of musical riches. I already recapped Tuesday night.  Last night for me, began at The 5 Spot – the preeminent East Nashville dive bar for week one of Kevn Kinney’s July Residency.  Kinney in and of himself would have made the show noteworthy, but we was joined by Gibb Droll on guitar and E2TG favorite Shelly Colvin jumped in a couple of songs for background vocals, and Todd Snider was there to add some awesome harmonica to a couple of songs.  The last song of the show included all of the above covering The Replacements’ classic “Here Comes a Regular” which Kinney managed to morph into the refrain from Nirvana’s “All Apologies”.  It was a truly magical moment which would have been more than enough to make the night complete… and that was all before 8:00….

After that show ended, I hoofed it over to The Basement East in time to see Tiffany Huggins Grant perform a short solo set of songs from her brand new album (which I’m sure you already own since I’ve been telling you about it…right?)  Her incredible voice was in evidence.

By this point, rumors were circulating about the happenings back at The 5 Spot.  Thanks for Mark Robinson and Sue Havlish for the lift back over there.  It was the 2nd Anniversary of Jerry Pentecost’s Country and Western Wednesday – on the 2nd Wednesday of every month features classic Country and Western covers performed by an awesome house band with stellar guest stars.  For the anniversary show, they pulled out all the stops…  I’ll leave some awesome people off, but the guest included Derek Hoke, Cory Chisel, Elizabeth Cook, Amanda Shires, Bobby Bare Jr., Chance McCoy, Wayne Moss (of Barefoot Jerry), Jim Lauderdale, and incredibly the one and only Lucinda Williams.  The club was packed out, but I had a good time connecting with friends and experiencing the moments…

Needless to say (or maybe needed to be said), I think I’m going to stay in tonight and recover… but the shuffle goes on and we have a good one today…. so….

“Goin’ Down South” by R.L. Burnside

First up, the late Mississippi Bluesman with the title track from an album that was released in 1998 but which features recordings from a decade earlier.

“Not Punk” by Aaron Lee Tasjan

Next up, ALT speaks the truth in a spoken word track from his latest EP Telling Stories to the Wall.

“Me and You and Jackie Mittoo” by Superchunk

A World Café Session from the legendary North Carolina Indie Rock band with a track from their 2013 10th album, I Hate Music. 

“You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon

Moving on… our penultimate track from our revisit of Paul Simon’s Graceland, and one of #E2TG Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury’s favorite songs.

“I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

The hits keep coming… as Elvis creates a short burst of pure pop heaven with a track from Get Happy!

“While I Was Gone” by Michael Sackler-Berner

One more from one of my newest favorites… from his Double EP collection… intelligent pop music for our time…

“Quarterback” by Kopecky

The Nashville band formerly known as Kopecky Family Band are up next with the first single from their latest album, Drug for the Modern Age which came out back in May. 

“On a Holiday” by Artur U and the New City Limits

From Finland… Artur U and the New City Limits are high on my list of favorite artists I “discovered” this year.  Their latest album is Holiday from Eternity.  I really dig this song.

“Your Frown’s My Friend” by Greg Summerlin

My friend Too Much Country included this track on the current “Summer” themed Feel Bad for You mixtape – playing fast and loose with the theme, which can be forgiven because the song is so good.  Greg Summerlin is from Birmingham, Alabama (I think). This is taken from an album called The Young Meteors which came out a decade ago.

“Color of Her Eyes” by Gear Daddies 

We close things out today with another reminder as to why I love Gear Daddies so much.  From Billy’s Live Bait.


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Blues in King Mix

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As June turns into July…  another cool night of music in East Nashville – this time at The Building.  Ariel Bui, Emma Berkey, Todd Henkin (all local) and Alexandra Scott from New Orleans did a outstanding round, Dylan Lee Johnston did a short set, and #E2TG Artist of the Year Darrin Bradbury closed out the evening. 

Speaking of Bradbury, my show alert of the week is for Thursday night at The 5 Spot. Darrin will be opening for Austin Lucas starting around 9:00.  Should be a fine night, and I am off work Friday so….

I got to take in a couple of shows last week and talk some to Julie Christensen, and I wanted to send out a reminder/alert to her Pre-Order campaign for her new album with her incredible band Stone Cupid.  Here is the link.  You can Pre-Order the album and there are some fine options for merchandise and exclusives. Julie has a long, rich history with many of the best artists of the modern era, and I had the great pleasure to see her and her band play an amazing set at one of the final nights of the original Family Wash.  If you are in Nashville, her next band show is coming up at the end of this month, and I will have more details later.

Now to our first shuffle of this new month…

“Half Awake” by Broken Guru

The first of two Broken Guru songs in the shuffle today.  A vibrant rocking start for the day, but I can’t help feel that the title was mocking me as I groggily hit the shuffle button to begin my commute.

“Jack of All Trades” by Soul Asylum

From Hang Time.  And yes, this one always has and always does make me feel like moshing around in a crowd in front a stage.

“Tche Belew” by Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality

Another from the World Café Sessions.  Hailu Mergia is an Ethiopian keyboardist who was member of the legendary Walias Band.  Here is teams up with Low Mentality to do a updated version of the title track of Walias Band’s 1977 album.

“Blues in King” by Marshall Crenshaw

So for a moment this morning, as I was driving over the Victory Memorial Bridge in downtown Nashville, I was suddenly transported back nearly 30 years.  As I have mentioned, Marshall Crenshaw’s Downtown was released during my early college career, and I have very specific memories of driving across town on a warm evening listening to the album with the windows down on my car.

“Ghost” by Broken Guru

Our second track of the day from New York Alternative band, Broken Guru.

“El Diablo” by Low Society

Boasting powerhouse vocals and killer guitar work grounded by an excellent rhythm section… From Memphis, a town that knows a little something about the Blues… Low Society are the real deal. From their album, You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down…  singing out those devil blues…

“Rain” by Ben Arthur

Another track from his upcoming album, Call and Response.  “Rain” is a good reminder of one of the things that sets Ben Arthur’s music apart for me.  His commitment to the craft of songwriting is evident in his work with Songcraft Presents,  Plus he has a great rich and resonate voice.

“Still Remains” by Dead in 5

Detroit rockers – Dead in 5 always inject some energy and attitude into the shuffle whenever one of their songs come up.  “Still Remains” has all of the hallmarks of a great rock song.  It is relentless, has a great hook, and man, does it rock hard.

“She Loves Love” by Michael Sackler-Berner

It’s a happy coincidence that a Michael Sackler-Berner song and a Marshall Crenshaw song appear in the same shuffle.  Crenshaw has been worked with Sackler-Berner on some of his recent songs, and he is also an excellent standard bearer fron the kind of intelligent Pop songs that Crenshaw has been making for years, and which is in short supply these days.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Bukowski in my Underwear Mix

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So, I find myself short on time, so I have to speed through this. I hope you find time to dig deeper.  I could not find the exact track for all the songs for the Video Playlist, so you my have to do some internet searches.  Some great stuff, and well worth the effort.

“Racing to the Ruins” by Syd Straw

I have enjoyed so much revisiting Syd Straw’s classic album Surprise. Truly one of the best albums of the late 80s.

“Reprise” by The End Men

What a reprise! From the 2013 E2TG Band of the Year’s latest album, Terms and Conditions. The End Men are currently tearing up Europe!

“Takin’ a Ride” by The Replacements

The opening track from the first studio album by the one and only Replacements!

“Send Me on My Way” by Rusted Root

Some people say, I don’t have enough 90s music on Ear to the Ground.  Actually, to my knowledge no one has ever said that, but they may have thought it… but I can’t prove it.  In any event, here is a song released as a single in 1995.  A rough version appeared on Rusted Root’s debut album, Cruel Sun.  The song was rerecorded and included on their second album (and major label debut), When I Woke.  Undeniably infectious.

“India” by Roxy Music

A lush instrumental from the classic 1982 album, Avalon.

“Magnetic” by Michael Sackler-Berner

A song from the Shimmer and Shine EP by the fast rising New York singer-songwriter.

“One Too Many” by Tiffany Huggins-Grant

From the forthcoming album, Jonquil Child, by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tiffany Huggins-Grant, this song was written by Pamela Jackson (one of only two songs on the album written by others). The album was produced by E2TG favorite Mark Robinson who also produced David Olney’s 2014, When the Deal Goes Down. Really digging this album so far. 

“Snow is Falling” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

Another track from the long-time D.C. area duo.  Lori Kelley is now a Nashville resident, and I got to hear her perform Sunday night.

“Just Like You” by Gill Landry

A fantastic track (and first single) from the recent self-titled solo effort by the Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist.

“On Your Knees” by fIREHOSE

From Ragin’ Full On…  one of my favorite fIREHOSE songs.

“The Road Ahead” by Boy Named Banjo

Another great song from the album Long Story Short by the young Nashville band who will be playing Bonnaroo in about a month.

“When the World’s Against Me” by Andrew Adkins and The Colored Parade

I also saw Andrew Adkins perform live Sunday night.  Here he is with his band, The Colored Parade with a song released on KidzlikeDanny 4 a compilation from an organization that raises money for various autism causes.  A great song to end today’s shuffle.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – He Jumped So High Mix

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Okay… here we go… life is kicking my butt today, but music always helps…   we have a pretty fun and diverse set of songs to smooth out the rough patches…

“Mr. Bojangles” by John Hamilton

Awhile back, I watched a 1973 film called Come On Children. The premise was that the director took a group of suburban youth from Toronto to a farm in the middle of nowhere with just a camera crew.  It was like reality television except it was a film, and it was more authentic than reality t.v.  One of the kids was Alex Lifeson of the band Rush, but for me the star of the film was a kid named John Hamilton.  At the beginning of the movie, he said theme song of sorts to introduce all of the “characters”, and the later when inexplicably the kids’ families were brought in, Hamilton sang this song (written by Jerry Jeff Walker by the way). 

“History Lesson” by Minutemen

A succinct history of everything.  History Lesson Part II from Double Nickels on the Dime is about Mike Watt and D. Boon seeing their first punk show.  This one is from The Punch Line.

“Coffee” by Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic

From the album, Move. I am really digging on Matt Phillips’ brand of upbeat folk-jazz.

“All the Times We Had” by Ivan and Alyosha

The title track from the band’s 2013 album.  I’ve been enjoying spinning this album lately.

“Midnight Crisis” by Michael Sackler-Berner

Likewise, I have been thoroughly enjoying discovering the music of Michael Sackler-Berner. This song was the b-side of “She Loves Love” released in October 2014, and it was the lead track from his EP Fragile Magic which was released in March of this year.

“When Will Runs Out” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

Seriously, though, I really do use the shuffle function, and what’s more I currently have over 700 songs in my active playlist.  So, the shuffle function must really love Memory Deluxe as much as I do.  Seriously you guys, check out this album.

“Venice” by The Lighthouse and The Whaler

I grabbed this song which was originally on the Ohio band’s 2012 album This is An Adventure from a SXSW Noisetrade sampler.  It was my first exposure to the band, and I want to check out more.

“Images and Noise” by Mothers

This was the song that first introduced me to Mothers when I got it on the Mama Coco’s sampler.  It is on their album Panamanian Times.  The song lyrically name drops Elton John, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd on top of an persistent and insistent riff.

“If She’s Gone, Let Her Go” by David Schnaufer

I was fortunate enough too see the late mountain dulcimer master David Schnaufer play around Nashville in the late 80s to early 90s.  I rescued the album Dulcimer Sessions from the CD bins at Goodwill and I am happy to bring it to you. Check out his music.

“Sonic Boom” by Gear Daddies

From Billy’s Live Bait.  This song for me captures so well the restless boredom of the  suburban life of a teenager.

“Wonderful” by Taco Land

Putting things in perspective and lifting me up, comes this song from #E2TG favorite Taco Land.  Joseph “Taco” Russell wrote this song after watching his young daughter play after her first round of chemo.  The last report I got is that her cancer was in remission, and sending love and good vibes that news is still current.

“Bomb Disneyland” by The Fat White Family

Wow Shuffle! Really? Following up such a sweet and uplifting song as Wonderful with this?  Bomb Disneyland is a raucous and totally inappropriate song from the band’s album Champagne Holocaust.  You know, though, sometimes when you are down, just need a little raucous inappropriateness…  


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Losing Luster Mix

The week is rolling on…

A few notes: 

1. Sad to report yet another incident of touring band having their gear stolen… this time it hit Two Cow Garage.  They are an awesome band.  If you want to help them out.  A GoFundMe account has been set up.

2.  I will be heading out around midday tomorrow for sunny Florida for the Safety Harbor Song Festival. Expect a bare bones shuffle tomorrow morning if everything goes as planned.  And keep an eye out for my reports from the front lines… 

3.  Found out my good friends, Young America have their new EP featured on the front page of Noisetrade in the New and Notable section. Well deserved, and if you haven’t, grab that EP and show some love.

Let’s jump into the shuffle….

“God or Man” by Ivan and Alyosha

Another cool song from All the Times we Had….

“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” by Bob Dylan and the Band

Two things: 1. I think it is awesome that The Basement Tapes are getting such renewed attention. An incredible period of musical history…  2. Come down to Fran’s Eastside on a Wednesday night, and you might hear Darrin Bradbury cover this song… you can even ask nicely if he is in the right mood…

“I’m So Happy I Found You” by Lucinda Williams

An unfinished Hank Williams song recorded by the amazing Lucinda Williams… yep!

“One Voice/I Wanna Drive the Zamboni” by Gear Daddies

The closing track from the album Billy’s Live Bait, plus this track includes in the hidden bonus track that helped make this great band immortal, at least with hockey fans…

“If It Feels Good” by Michael Sackler-Berner

From the EP, Fragile Magic and available as Double EP on Noisetrade.  Some great modern Rock music from the Big Apple.

“Future 40’s (String of Pearls)” by Syd Straw with Michael Stipe

Syd Straw and Michael Stipe worked together when Syd was a member of Golden Palominos.  One of the many stand out tracks from Syd’s album Surprise.

“Where is My Mind?” by Pixies

Originally from the album Surfer Rosa. The song was prominently featured in the film adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel Fight Club, but we aren’t allowed to talk about that… there is a rule apparently.

“Open Your Soul” by [debut]

Another song from their new album, Postcards from Berlin which is out now.  There is a great electronic rock sound here that harkens back to the heyday of bands like Depeche Mode, but the music does not sound dated or derivation but rather sounds fresh and modern.

“Feels No Pain” by Tim Carroll

Tim Carroll is one of East Nashville’s greatest assets and hardest working musicians. His long-running Friday Rock and Roll Happy Hour at The 5 Spot has become an institution.  He was featured on the cover of East Nashvillian’s Guitar Town issue.  Ear to the Ground calls him, “A consummate professional with a great clock.” (or at least we just did…  His new album, Pure as Coal, which includes this song, is out now and you should definitely check it out.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Pitch Black Mix

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As with many people, my mind is consumed with thoughts of what has happened and is happening in Ferguson, Missouri and what it says about us as a nation – as human beings…. I am not one of those who thinks he has all the answers… in fact there are just a few things I think I know…. repeated and systemic injustice creates situations where violence flourishes.  Violence and Hate are never the answer.  Peace and Love always are the answer.  Justice must proceed peace.  We are one world and one people. We really need to work on losing this idea of them vs. us.

Coincidently, we begin today’s random shuffle with a cover of  Gil Scott-Heron song, but not the one I’ve seen others posting today…

“Legend in His Own Mind” by Stacy Mitchhart from Live My Life

Nashville Bluesman Stacy Mitchhart is up first with his cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s Legend is His Own Mind.

“Wino” by Bob Frank from Bob Frank

To be honest, when I listened to this song this morning, I did not know anything about it.  I grabbed this off of the latest Feel Bad for You Mixtape where it was submitted by Mad Mackerel Music Blog.  The song is from 1972 and is from a 2014 Remastered version of Bob Frank’s self-titled first album.  From my hasty research, Mr. Frank has quite the storied history.  What I know for sure is this is a great song that I wanted more people to hear.

“Shimmer and Shine” by Michael Sackler-Berner

Michael Sackler-Berner is a Musician and Actor from NYC.  I’ll be honest until last night when I came across this song on the New Release section of Freegal, I had never heard of him.  He has worked with a stellar array of talent including folks like Marshall Crenshaw and Jim Keltner.  This is not raw roughly hewn music. This slick, well produced music that “shimmers and shines” like the song talks about.  As much as I dig me some rough raw music, I do not think that slick, well produced music is to be ignored. Especially, when the production is supported by a great pop song.

“Good Looking Boy” by Ike Reilly from Am I Still the One for You?

A powerful song about war veterans from Ike Reilly.  Our second listen to Mr. Reilly and so far he’s 2 for 2 in my book.

“Shut Up Shuttin’ Up” by Victor from Victor

Before things get too heavy, let’s take it in a completely different direction with this humorous track from Alex Lifeson’s ( of RUSH) 1996 solo album recorded under the name Victor.  This track features Lifeson’s wife and another woman talking about men.  The sentiment is appropriate for a day filled with loud mouths spouting off on the internet and using opinions as facts.

“Line Up” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

Spoken word of a completely different sort with this tale of corporal punishment and familial bonds that cross generations.

“Pitch Black” by PUJOL from PUJOL Sampler/Kludge

What can I say except, I absolutely love PUJOL’s music. This is a great song.

“Tried and True” by The Jayhawks from The Jayhawks (aka The Bunkhouse Album)

More from the debut album of The Jayhawks… tried and true indeed…

“Bad Habits” by Hugh Trimble from neighborpoem

Hugh Trimble just released a new album which I need to check out, but right now we are making our way through this one, and so far every song is a gem. 

“The Hanging” by Grant Peeples from Punishing the Myth

On a serious day, it seems fitting to close out the shuffle with a song that sends a powerful message about Capital Punishment and our nation’s seemingly insatiable appetite for blood.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.