Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Let’s Make History Mix

Well, it seems like I actually made progress last week – presenting more tracks on the blog than I added to the Playlist.  Then, this weekend came along…  There is a seemingly endless amount of really good to great music out there, and the list keeps growing.

Meanwhile, my album review to do list keep growing, while the free time seems to dwindle. So, I’ll keep at it… 

 The Pre-Shuffle included another track from the minuteflag EP.  “Candy Rush” is a wild jazzy, punk rock jam of an instrumental.  We followed that with some more great bluesy folk pop from our friends Val and James who record as You and Me – this time we heard “Today is Gonna Be a Better Day”.  NOSE! demonstrating the timeless art of “Hamboning”.  We heard a classic.  Harry James and His Orchestra doing “Blues” from An American in Paris composed by – you guessed it – George Gershwin. We closed out the Pre-Shuffle with all 10 minutes of “Go Girls (Complete)” from the Go Girl album by Dog Without Warning.

 Shuffle comes up right after the jump…. JUMP!

  •  “A New Love (Can Be Found)” by Daniel Romano from Come Cry With Me (2013)

There is a cool monthly mixtape put out every month by a group of bloggers including our friend David “Popatunes” Horton.  It’s Called Feel Bad.  The April Edition just came out and heading the as always stellar (and diverse) selection of tunes is this one.  Check out Feel Bad for April HERE. If you listen to most Country radio and wonder what ever happened to good old COUNTRY MUSIC, then look no further  than Canadian Troubadour Daniel Romano.

  • “Little Man” by Christian Robins (Prod Blended Babies) from KidGrownUp (2013)

We had two tracks from this new mixtape in Friday’s Pre-Shuffle.  Today, young rapper Christian Robins makes the jump into the Shuffle with this outstanding track.  Words and Beats. Lyrical content that matters and that says something.  Seriously, you have to give this a listen. “Hands Up, Hands Up for the Little Man”  Download the Mixtape HERE.

  • “Oh, Rose” by Skeletons in the Piano from Please Don’t Die (2013)

Please Don’t Die is the highly anticipated 3rd Album from Saratoga Springs band Skeletons in the Piano.  Pre-Orders start April 20. The record is being put out by Magnetic Eye Records. Skeletons in the Piano, as you may know, were voted Band of the Year in 2012 by you, our loyal readers. Expect my full review of this album soon.  Today, we heard the final song from the album. Prepare yourself, this album is going to totally blow you out of the water.  Some of the earliest reviews have thrown out descriptions like Wagner meets Iron Maiden. This is BIG music and great music.  Stay tuned for much more about this.  As indicated on the poster reproduced above, The CD release party is happening May 11 and The End Men are joining the party.  Man, I wish I could be in Saratoga Springs on that night.

Let’s Make History Mix Playlist

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – D Day Mix

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Don’t bother to double-check your calendar, it’s not June 6.  No, the D here is a reference to the Roman Numeral D which equals 500.  What you are reading is the 500th  Blogger Post here at Ear to the Ground.  (Note: We began as an upstart blog on the now (or soon) to be defunct Posterous site).  In transferred to Blogger sometime around the beginning of 2012. Full disclosure, we did transfer a handful of our Posterous posts over, and those are included in the 500, but we still think this is a remarkable achievement.

As we approached 500, we considered a self-indulgent retrospective post looking back on our finest moments with perhaps some blooper reels thrown in for good measure, but none of that stuff seemed to fit what we try to be all about. 

So without further ado (but with a huge tip of the hat and thanks to everyone who has joined us and assisted us on this continuing journey), we are simply going to do what we do best… we offer up an inexplicable mix of new and old and well known and obscure music which by all rights (maybe) should not be in the same mix, and we offer it with our simple and overriding (usually unstated) message: “Hey, I heard some cool music today.  Let me tell you about it.”

Today’s list of songs comes up after the jump:

Our pre-shuffle today includes a song from the forthcoming album Electric Sounds by Sad Baby Wolf.


We also had another great track from the incredible new album, Pancakes and Pizza by Taco Land.


We dug deeper into the 12in 12x 12 Volume album by NOSE!

And our Pre-Shuffle was rounded out by two tracks from a mix-tape we downloaded yesterday based upon the recommendation of a old friend on Facebook.  Christian Robins is a hip-hop artist originally from the suburbs of Chicago and currently living and going to school in Madison, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I don’t could not find a video to accompany these tracks, but you can check out the mix-tape which is downloadable HERE.  You won’t regret it. We heard the first two tracks of the mix-tape. Sweater Weather and the title track KidGrownUp, and we are intrigued and hooked.

Now, for the Shuffle Shuffle:

  • “This Time” by The Foresters from The Foresters (2012)

The Nork brothers (ages: 13, 11 and 10) from Connecticut, who decided to form a band after seeing a Green Day concert with their father, and subsequently purchased and learned to play their instruments are back with another great song from their self-titled 7 song release.  We love these songs, and we are digging even more the new music they have put out since this record was released.

  • ” ‘S Wonderful” composed by George Gershwin/performed by Buddy Clark and Dinah Short from The Essential George Gershwin.

It seems rather fitting with the spirit of Ear to the Ground that we should follow up a Punk-Pop song from a band of Pre-teen/Teen brothers with a jazz standard recorded by two singing stars from the 1940s.  Buddy Clark died in a plane crash in 1949.  Dinah Shore went onto a long career in television.

  • “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac from Rumours (1977 )

I think I always thought this song was called, I Never Did Believe in Miracles.  I don’t think I ever realized just how ubiquitous the songs on this album were during my formative years.  Christine McVie sings lead on this song which is just gorgeous.

  • “Back Around” by Dan Coyle from The Undertow EP (2013)

New York singer-songwriter Dan Coyle is set to release an new six-song EP in May. The Undertow actually includes three song done two times each (an acoustic version and an Electric version). The Acoustic tracks are currently available via Soundcloud. Today, we have a beautiful song called Back Around, and we are looking forward to hearing more from this great artist. 

So, we have 500 posts in the books.  Hears to 500 more.  See you next time.  We’ll close out with today’s featured You Tube Playlist



Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Auteur Couture Manure Mix

Time marches on… btw, as is often the case, the subtitle of the post has nothing to do with the music.  This time, it is just a random phrase that jumped into my brain. 

This morning, we had a pre-shuffle that included the likes of:

Dog Without Warning – a bay area band we discovered at Couch by Couchwest this year.  Check out their CXCW set in the Playlist at the bottom of the post.

Son House – the song we heard is included in the playlist below.

Tim Lee 3 who have been featured either pre-shuffle or shuffle every day this week – as they should be! The heartbreakingly beautiful Halo Days is in the Playlist below.

Calicocat – The more we hear from this Nashville band’s final album, the more we mourn the demise of the band, but we do wish the members well in their future musical pursuits.  The Video included in the playlist below is about the only one we could find on YouTube. (Although we found lots of videos of actual calico cats).

Next, we segued into our Official Shuffle (patent pending) with a song from…. (after the pic and the jump)

  • “Into the Mines” by The End Men from Play With Your Toys (2013)

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That’s right suckas, it’s time for your daily The End Men mention at Ear to the Ground.  Now that I’ve had the chance to meet them in person, I’m even more in love this band.  Into the Mine is a disturbing fable of possible abduction far below the surface of the earth.  Yeah!

  • “The Highway” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Pretty Well Damned (2012)
After yesterday’s post, I heard from all four bands in the shuffle either by Like, Comment, Retweet or Favorite.  Which is pretty cool.  Deanna from The Lucky Jukebox Brigade wrote and pointed out that their album is available for free download on Bandcamp so I’ve included that link above. Another great track from that album. 

  • “Kanye Spaghetti Western” by NOSE! from 12in12x12 (2013)
NOSE! are also back for a second straight day.  This song is a brief, instrumental that somehow transitioned so well between The Lucky Jukebox Brigade and the next song in our shuffle that I had to go back and give it another listen.  The playlist down below includes the now infamous 2012 Couch by Couchwest footage that ultimately culminated in a massive police action which sadly was not shown in the available footage. Did I mention that they are from my hometown? I  don’t get to say that very often…

  • “State Hospital” by Frightened Rabbit from Pedestrian Verse (2013)

Glasgow alternative-rockers released their latest album in February.  State Hospital which was also the title track from the EP that preceded the release of the album.

  • “4th Floor” by JENNY from Heavy (2010)
JENNY is a Canadian band which includes Spencer Kathrens who was a member of the now defunct Inner City Elegance who were one of our earliest Featured bands. See the Bandcamp widget above to grab Heavy which I’m digging so far.

Check out the YouTube playlist below and we’ll catch you later….


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Sofa Logic (or Couch Potato Wedge) Mix

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I support Marriage Equality.

 Need to be quick, so check out the YouTube playlist below for representative songs from all of our pre-shuffle shuffle artists.


By pure chance or divine intervention, all of the artists in our Morning Shuffle appeared in videos featured at CXCW 2013.

  • “Smells Like” by NOSE! from 12in12x12 Volume 1 (2013)
I somehow missed this band’s video for CXCW 2012 wherein the police were called-in for a noise complaint. For 2013, the band won the Least Dressed award for their video for “Truck Nuts” which was filmed in a bathroom with the band members dressed ever so modestly in towels. We have that video in our Playlist below.  The song today is from their Bandcamp release which can be widgeted above.  Did I mention they are from my hometown, Cookeville, Tennessee? Ah, now it ALLLLLL makes sense.

  • “Devil’s Rope” by Tim Lee 3 from Devil’s Rope (2013)
Next up is another CXCW band from Tennessee. Knoxville’s own, Tim Lee 3. We have the title track from an album you already own (you know you bought it after reading my review).  In case you missed it, the Amazon Link is just above this paragraph.

  • “Bites” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Pretty Well Damned (2012)
There is all sorts of awesomeness going on in this song. Doo-Wop, a 60s Girl Group vibe, brass?…, and it all works out in a great song. We have the band’s CXCW 2013 video below and a link to the Amazon version of the current album above.
  • “Take it Back” by Tumbleweed Wanderer from So Long (2012)

San Franciso “Hair Folk” band Tumbleweed Wanderers complete our improbable, illogical and irrefutable CXCW-themed set of music with a song that it on both their 2011 self titled album and the above referenced 2012 release. We have a Living Room Sessions version of the song “Take It Back” in the playlist below.  Enjoy!