Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Defying Deification Mix

April 5th, and I’ve reached the last day of my work week.  It’s likely that there will not be a music shuffle tomorrow, but I’ve got a lot of ground to cover – Coming soon:  Band of the Month Poll for March, Band of the Week for the first week of April, plus tons of work on a project which I hope to be able to announce soon.
To the shuffle:  
My parents were both born in Louisiana, and I have a fair amount (about 3/4) of cajun blood running through my veins.  When I hear the chank-a-chank of the accordian and fiddle, I can’t help but tap my toes.
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys – Danser san comprendre/Dancing Without Understanding from their 2011 album Grand Isle. One of the best contemporary practitioners  of Cajun music, Grand Isle pushes this traditional regional folk music into the 20th Century with some elements of modern rock without losing the essence of what they are all about.  Danser san Comprendre/Dancing without Understanding is en excellent introduction to this band.
A video of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Although my mother was born in the heart of Cajun country, my dad was actually born in Metarie – part of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. I feel a connection to the Crescent City which belies the limited time I’ve actually spend there. 
Dear New Orleans is a live benefit album for Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network.  It features a wide range of artists – everyone from My Morning Jacket to the Flobots to Steve Earle. Our track today, is a cover of a Neil Young penned CSN&Y song Ohio performed by R.E.M. bassist, Mike Mills accompanied by the New Orleans trombone band, Bonerama.
Next, we have another cover.  Remember when Thursday’s were all about covers here at Ear to the Ground?  Apparently, my shuffle button does… 
Ane Brun was born in Norway, but currently lives in Sweden. She is a singer songwriter who has been actively making music since 1998.  She recently dropped a fine cover Arcade Fire’s Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (spelled Neighbourhood on my download) from the 2004 album Funeral.

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Matching a respect for the tradition with a forward-looking vision, these guys have set the standard for modern Cajun music. Three new ones join La Pointe Aux Pins; Katherine; La Toussaint; La Danse de Mardi Gras; Allons Danser; King Zydeco; The Corner Po

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Cement Mixer Mix

“Music hath charms, they say, but in some people’s hands it becomes a savage beast.” – Joe Jackson
Over 30 songs were added to the mix last night which brings our February final tally to over 100.  We shuffled up all those February adds and this is what came out.
We begin our musical journey in Bristol, UK with the Indie, Shoegaze, Noisepop band The Fauns who were once a Band of the Week here at Ear to the Ground.  Today, we have the Mastermind Mix of the song Cool Stuff. The lush original version can be found on the band’s self-titled album:
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Tim Horn Prayer are an Indie/Folk/Punk/Bluegrass band from Denver, Colorado. Crime Scene Cleanup Team is a rollicking, dark little number from the band’s 2010 album Get Busy Dying.

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Justin and the Salty Dogs come from Chicago and their Yodel heavy song Postman Blues is next up on today’s shuffle:<——Use the ReverbNation widget to check out Postman Blues

Finally, we have Long Beach via San Diego band Delta Spirit singing about the French Quarter of New Orleans in a song from the band’s 2006 EP, I Think I Found It.

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Stroll along the Mississippi, through the French Market, Jackson Square and down the sidewalks of quaint streets. Let a ‘local expert’ unravel the mysteries of America’s oldest and most unique living neighborhood!