Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Life if Hard Mix

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Things are heating up here in Nashville. It’s above freezing and expected to be near 60 on Saturday.  But enough about the weather.

I have a lot of big plans for Ear to the Ground in 2014, but I am going to need some help.  I have a few bullet point requests/offers/informative bits of information (unnecessarily repetitive and redundant in an intentionally purposeful way).

  • I am working on a decorative piece of wall art for personal use.  If you have any spare stickers or other flat promotional art that you’d be willing to send me, hit me up via e-mail (to follow)
  • Last month, I made a joking comment about giving an E2TG prize pack to my 1,000th Twitter Follower.* Then, I got to thinking that it might be cool to put together a prize pack for some promotional reason (still undetermined).  If you have any thing you might be willing to donate – again hit me up via e-mail (to follow)
  • I think it’s well past time for Volume II of Ear to the Ground Presents.  I did a compilation download of some of my favorite bands from the blog way back in the spring of 2012 and released it in conjunction with Record Store Day.  Rather than doing direct solicitation, I thought I would through it open.  If you or your band would like to be featured on Ear to the Ground Presents: Volume II – let me know.  You can either let me know the preferred song and/or shoot me an MP3.  I may do some direct solicitation if responses are not sufficient or if some key players are missing.  If it’s finished I may release prior to Record Store Day, but I still plan to promote at the event at Grimey’s and will provide links if you want to promote however you want.
  • Speaking of Record Store Day at Grimey’s.  The store always has a table filled with free promotional items. If anyone wants me to, I can get this stuff to Grimey’s to be on the table. Hit me up as we get closer to the date (It’s the third Saturday in April by the way).
  • Don’t forget, it’s a good time to start working on your 2014 CXCW videos.  If you don’t know about Couch by Couchwest visit their website for details.  It’s a fun time.
  • Finally, I am working on creatively releasing some of my fiction, and I would love some help promoting it.  Details will follow.

E-Mail about any and all of the above to jpwm14@gmail.com. Use the subject line Ear to the Ground.

Let’s get to today’s shuffle

Today’s mix of songs puts our total for the week at just over 100.  I’m always glad to be able to feature so much music.

“Jumprope” by The Gingerlys
“Heavy Bells” by J. Roddy Walston and the Business
“Sarah Beth” by Nightmare and the Cat
“Break it Up” by Grounded
“Doctor Wu” (Steely Dan cover) by The Minutemen
“Jor G” by The Graveyard Kids
“Never Loved You” by Nava Hotel
“thriller” by Mission South
“I Can’t Hardly Stand It” by The Cramps
“Escape Velocity” by Slack Armada
“Feel You Now” by The Autumn Defense
“Wither” by The Bright Light Motion
“Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?” by The Minutemen
“Life is Hard” (Live 2013) by Darrin Bradbury
“Chemical Friends” by Puppet Rebellion
“Night Rider” by Jonny Corndawg
“Snow Globes” by Rickolus
“All You Know” by Grounded
“Absent Afternoon” by Calexico
“Broken Heart” by Dr. Dog
“House of Mirrors” by Stoney
 
 
Notes:
 
 
The songs by The Gingerlys and The Graveyard Kids are taken from the most recent Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation.  It still amazes me how much great music is on that record.
 
I just heard that J. Roddy Walston and the Business is part of the Coachella line-up announced yesterday afternoon.
 
I’m really digging the new Grounded record.
 
Can’t go wrong with The Cramps in the shuffle.  This one is from their album Bad Music for Bad People.
 
We continue our long survey of the classic album Double Nickels on the Dime by The Minutemen.
 
Darrin Bradbury is flat out one of the best pure songwriters around today.  We have two more examples to prove my comment in today’s shuffle.
 
Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg) released one of the best records of 2013.  This one goes back to before his name change.
 
It’s a great set of songs.  Check out the video playlist below which approximates my experience  listening to the shuffle yesterday and today.
 
Video Playlist
 
 




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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Waiting For My Man Mix

Time, Time, Time, see what’s become of me…

Last week, I managed to move the overall current stuff playlist to down below 400. I’m planning to add more tunes tonight, so let’s make another dent today.

EXTRA HELPINGS:

“You’re Cordially Invited to My Backyard Passout Fest” by Darrin Bradbury     “After the Fight” by Jars of Clay    “Are You Listening” by Kopecky Family Band (from their excellent 2013album, Kids Raising Kids)    “She Still Loves Me” by SOJA (featuring Collie Buddz)      “Victory” by Junior Murvin  (who sadly past away last week. He co-wrote the song “Police and Theives” which was covered by The Clash on their self-titled album)    “Gypsy Django” by Humming House    “Bars” by The Westies    “‘A’ Bomb in Waldour Street” by the Jam    “I Like Beer” by Tom T. Hall  

TRANSITIONALLY SPEAKING (the track to move us from the Extra to the main shuffle):

“Headed To The Promised Land” by James Crawford (from James Crawford.  A definite stand-out track from one of my favorite albums of the year.)

SHUFFLE PROPER:

“I’m Waiting for My Man” (live) by Lou Reed (from 1974-05-14 Stockholm. “First thing you learn is you always gotta wait.”)

“Age of Immature Mistakes” by Jars of Clay (from Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session. originally released on Inland. Haven’t we all been that age? Wait when does that age end?)

“Tower Park” by Humming House (from Humming House. “Western swing and reception drinks
A two-step smile and a foxtrot wink  As the bandstand plays, the wedding march.” A gem from the self-titled debut by this fast-rising Nashville band.)

“Swamp Song” by Nava Hotel (from Never Loved You. Oh yeah! Some nasty delta blues riffs delivered by this hard rocking band from Nashville.)

BLOGGERS NOTE:  Just noticed… from this Nashville-based music blogger who rarely blogged about bands from Nashville (or semi-rarely at most)… 10 of today’s 14 songs are by Nashville based artists or at least that have a strong connection to Nashville. Just saying…

 
WATCH

 

 


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Riff Raff Mix

Well… here I am on a Friday with a lot of ground to cover. So, I am going to riff for a little while… I like riffing. I use to call this kind of writing – Stream of Madness writing… meaning, I just let the words fly, without any inclination to edit in order to mask my insanity….

Let’s post a picture and then we will jump into the madness…



It’s a great day! Why? Well it is Friday! That would normally be enough, but a couple of cool things to report…

1.  Tonight at The Family Wash – a swell time including a 25 minute preview of a new documentary about musicians, plus poetry and music – including our good friends from Knoxville – Tim Lee 3.  Plus Special guest Amelia White – who we saw back in September at The Five Spot.  Should be a fun time.

2.  Tomorrow – October 12, 2013 Marks the official release date of the self-titled album by my friend, James Crawford.  We’ve had this one in our playlist for a few week, and as I’ve reported, this has rapidly become one of my favorite albums on the Fall. We have the album linked in our Webstore which should become active to tomorrow – OR… you can head over to James Crawford’s Website and Facebook page.

3.  We have a shuffle to bring you…

“Til I Find You” by The Howlin Brothers (this is from The Sun Studios Session which we nabbed off of Noisetrade but which will be released October 15. Bonus Trivia: In the 1989 Jim Jarmusch film Mystery Train – there is a scene where the characters are outside of Sun Studios, and you can see the apartment building where I lived in the background. The movie was filmed in the Summer of ’88 which is when I moved to Memphis. So… Oh, The Howlin Brothers kick serious butt – so check it out.)

“She Shot a Hole in My Soul” by The Box Tops (mmm huh. Yep… and yeah Nashville to Memphis and we stick in Memphis for this Pop-Soul classic )

“Harder” by Nava Hotel  (I keep digging this Nashville band more and more every time I hear them. Back to Nashville ;-))

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by Devo (from Are We Not Men? We Are Devo… how to you deconstruct a classic song and make it your own?  I don’t know ask Devo. By the way, I just some an article link (which I didn’t follow) which said that Johnny Lydon almost became the singer for Devo in 1978. I have no idea if that is true or how “almost” it was, but now think about Johnny Rotten singing this song… go!  and as for a Memphis/Nashville connection- um… well, I think the Stones were heavily influenced by Memphis music… whew!)

“There Will Always Be A Way” by The Autumn Defense (The Autumn Defense were one of the highlights of the Americanarama event at Grimey’s  – there is your Nashville connection – back in September.  They do the 70sish lush pop harmonies about as good as anybody in the business. That is them in the picture up above the Jump)

Well shoot- that’s the end of the Shuffle and I’m out of time… sooooo….. Happy Weekend!

Here is the Daily Video Playlist
 

HERE IS THE E2TG WEBSTORE FOR THE PAST TWO WEEK!


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Mixed Up Kid Mix

Very quickly…

Does it make me old that I still sometimes think of Infidels as a recent Bob Dylan album?  On second thought don’t answer that.  Anyway, we start today with “Jokerman” by Dylan

“Never Loved You” by Nava Hotel – some awesome ROCK from Nashville

“Run Away West” by Holidaysburg (A Florida Rock n Roll band that existed from 2004 to 2008)

“In the Rain” by The Danbury Lie (One of our favorite albums released this year.  I still don’t know the name of the album… is it “?” or the weird name that Amazon has listed?  Maybe they will tell me…)

“Tears Won’t Help” by Steve Wynn and the Dragon Bridge Orchestra (Live in Brussels.  A newer recording of a song from Wynn’s 1990 solo debut Kerosene Man.  I got to see Steve Wynn live during a tour sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s and also featuring Exene and Gregson and Collister. I kind of dig everything Wynn has done – from Dream Syndicate to Danny and Dusty to Baseball Project to his solo work.)

 
 
Today’s Playlist – Powered by You Tube
 


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Random Words Go Here Mix

We have a jam-packed rest of the week ahead of us, so we are going to jump right into today’s Shuffle

After the JUMP

Downs” by Big Star (This song was not on the original PVC issue of Third/Sister Lovers, however it was on the Test Pressing and was restored on most later releases including the 1992 Rykodisc release which Jim Dickinson considered the definitive version.)

“Let Me Down” by Arc and Stones (A Brooklyn rock band)

“Day Dreamer” by Wild Child (from Pillow Talk – the band is getting ready to release their second record and have made the first this – their first – available for free (TIP PLEASE) on Noisetrade.

 



“Dear Alice” by The Dirty Guv’nahs (more from Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies)

“It Doesn’t Matter Anymore by Linda Ronstadt (written by Paul Anka and originally recorded by Buddy Holly)

“I’ll Never Know” by Nava Hotel (from Never Loved You.  Some Loud Ass Rock from Nashville, Tennessee)

“Camilla” by Swaai Boys (another song from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation.  Some groovy world music vibes from New York City).


Today’s Video Playlist (powered by You Tube)
 
 
 


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