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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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Dr. Dr., Give Me the News Mix

Reminder: Voting for the March Band of the Month ends at 8:00pm Central Time on Friday April 13.  Vote now.  The poll is on the sidebar to the left.  Here are the details.

Where is the Band of the Week?  Due to the holiday, the Band of the Month, a top secret project and general laziness. I made an executive decision to forgo the Band of the Week post for this past week.  It’s certainly not from lack on great bands.  I just wanted to be sure to give the selected band the attention they deserve.  Look for a Band of the Week post after the Band of the Month poll closes.

Record Store Day is now just 10 days away.  Go here to find the participating location near you.  Here in Nashville Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music has a pretty killer line-up of live music.  JEFF the Brotherhood, PUJOL, Langhorne Slim, The Grenadines, Kansas Bible Company and Lovedrug have been announced so far.

To the songs for today:

First up, POP ETC is Morning Benders. Got that?  We posted a link to the Morning Benders up top.  The first album as POP ETC is due out later this year, but right now, you can grab a free download of a Mixtape from the band’s website.  The song we have today is from that mixtape and it is called Halfway to Heaven.

After that, we have two rather interesting cover songs.

The first song is a cover of Willie Nelson’s Time of the Preacher a track from the Red Headed Stranger album.  The cover is by the late, great Johnny Cash from the Twisted Willie tribute album.

Finally, a cover of one of the “lost” songs by the Velvet Underground which was finally released in the mid 80s on VU (which was when I had my mind opened and blown by Lou Reed and company). Foggy Notion is covered by Echo & the Bunnymen on volume 2 of the Heaven & Hell Velvet Underground tribute series. The Heaven & Hell series of albums was compiled as Unpiecing the Jigsaw.

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