Well, it’s a brand new year, and I already have some great stuff queued up to get 2014 off to a good beginning. But, before we dive headlong into the new, there is some unfinished business – namely more 2013 favorites I wanted to offer up. So today and tomorrow, I will wrap up the end of 2013 Mix and then Monday January 6 – E2TG will kick off 2014 with a rousing start.
I’ve decided that the subtitle of this end of the year wrap-up should be: “If you think music sucked in 2013, then you were listening to the wrong music.”
I humbly offer #E2TG has your antidote to the bad music blues….
Here’s today’s shuffle:
“An End to a Means” and “A Path of Footprints Forged in the Midnight Sun” by Liquid Casing
“Headed for the Promised Land” by James Crawford
“Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
“Long Days of Longing” by James the Giant
“Requiem for the Disconsolate” by James Crawford
“Still” by Daughter
“Swept Under the Rug” by Francie Moon
“Checkpoints and Borders” by Liquid Casing
“Leave it Buried” by James the Giant
“Too Scared to Run Away” by James Crawford
“Work” by The End Men
“Thin Edge of a Knife” and “My Guitar” and “All the While” by James Crawford
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
“Riot Path” by Liquid Casing
“Oh God” by Those Darlins
“Tremble Town” and “Go Home Daddy (You’re Drunk)” by James Crawford
Progressive Alternative Rock band Liquid Casing from Texas have been around for several years with several line-up changes. We caught up with them in 2013 with their release A Separate/Divide – a concept album covering the topic of immigration. Musically, the album covers a wide path of avant-garde jazz, post-punk, alt-rock and uses emotionally evocative vocals and lyrics to draw the listener into the experiences of people making difficult decisions and facing unimaginable hurdles.
I am very happy to feature 8 count ’em, Eight song from James Crawford’s stunning self-titled album. He is promising more new music in 2014 plus some long anticipated live dates. Stay tuned.
Here at Ear to the Ground, we aren’t above featuring some big hit songs when we feel like it. Thus today’s mix features 2013 music from Justin Timberlake and Daft Punk.
I’ve seen the UK band Daughter on several Year End lists on those Brand X music blogs, and to be honest, they probably wouldn’t be here except for a cool happening back in September. The band was added to the impressive Americanarama line up at Grimey’s here in Nashville, however, their instruments were locked away at the Exit/In where they were scheduled to play that night. So, the band borrowed some instruments and delivered an impressive set of music that won over this music blogger. Check them out if you haven’t yet.
Papa Tune’s kept mentioning Francie Moon. Guess what, he was right as usual. I’m not even sure if I had the chance to feature this during 2013, but nonetheless, she deserves to be in this mix.
We had to include another song by our 2013 Band of the Year – The End Men. Work is their single released in the later part of the year.
In 2013, a… um.. revealing poster appeared on the side of Grimey’s and other record stores across the country. The purpose was to announce the forthcoming new album by Those Darlins. With Blur the Lines, the band sealed the deal as one of the best Nashville bands around.