Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – DCCC Mix

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It seems appropriate that this milestone (of a sort) post, contains a pretty random shuffle of some cools songs – including artists we’ve never featured, some old favorites, covers, pop culture references, and more.  We do this just about every day. 

In honor of post 800, I thought I would attempt to start a new hashtag meme – #twt (three word Thursday). 

“One Step at a Time” by The Slang from The Slang EP

Columbus Power Pop

“Poor Boy” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

Hill Country Alive

“Ed Wood, 1994” by Sci-Fi Romance from October

Follow your dreams

“Spitfire” by INTL from Deer Head Music Presents: Indie Mixtape Nashville/Mystery

They broke up 😦

“Starman” (Bowie cover) by Golden Smog from Blood on the Slacks

Great Bowie cover

“An Anthem for the Broken” by Matthew Ryan from Boxers

Speaks to Me

“Abe Lincoln” by American Aquarium from Burn. Flicker. Die.

Real Roots Rock

“Law Here” by Manilow for Cease and Desist

Band not Barry 

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Anarchy in the Shuffle Mix

Ear to the Ground doesn’t follow rules – not even our own rules. Does that make us anarchists? 

“If Only, Aunt Sye” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

Another slice of Country-flavored spoken word from Nashville’s own Minton Sparks.

“Too Many Cuts” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

One of my favorite tracks on this album which is one of my favorites of this year.  Well versed and seasoned North Mississippi Blues pushed along by a classically trained violinist who has toured with Mark O’Connor.  This is the real deal – steeped in tradition and fully a product of the here and now.

“The Green Door” by Jim Lowe from 1956 Billboard Top 100/Single

A number one song in 1956.  What is going on behind that Green Door?

“Lazarus” by The Western Shore from Thunderstorm

A great song from my new friends, The Western Shore.  I got to see them play again this past Sunday with a bunch of other newish friends. It was a great night of music.  I really love the dynamic that Charlie and Kalee Smyth have been they perform together.

“Alleluia” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

Another great track from Dar Williams first full-length album.  Almost twenty years old and sounds fresh as ever.

“I’m Joliet Bound” by Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell

From what I could tell, this is a cover of a Kansas Joe McCoy song which has been covered by many other people including John Mellencamp on his 2003 cover album Trouble No More.  Here the song is given the unique Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell treatment.  Heave emphasis on the “treat” which this is…

“Don’t Go Away Mad” by Little Village from Little Village

I am not someone who keeps up with such things, but I would consider the Little Village album an underrated classic. There is hardly a dud on the album.  The genesis of this impressive collaboration (Hiatt, Lowe, Cooder, and Keltner) began in 1987 when all of the above worked on Hiatt’s incredible Bring the Family album. In 1991, the stars (and their busy schedules) aligned and this album was born.

“Just Because” by The California Honeydrops from Like You Mean It

Always happy to hear some funky soulful music, I consider The California Honeydrops among my favorite “discoveries” of the year. Discovered in the “new to me” meaning of the word. 

“Atlanta Blues” by Young Sidney Bechet from Young Sidney Bechet 1923-1925

Let’s jump back about 90 years with legendary Jazz saxophonist Sidney Bechet doing a W.C. Handy song which was in turn adapted from a folk/jazz/blues standard called “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor”. 

“Anarchy in the U.K.” by The Sex Pistols from Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols

Jump ahead about 50 years, and we close things out with the one and only Sex Pistols. Need I say more? No… I needn’t.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – This is the Blues Mix

Nashville – come out tonight to The Five Spot in East Nashville at 9:00pm for an awesome show. The Harmed Brothers, Charlie and the Foxtrots, and #E2TG favorite Darrin Bradbury who will be backed by the star-studded (and stud-starred) Fran’s Eastside Super-High Band!

Apologies to Tim Carroll (who by the way is part of the aforementioned Super-High Band) for appropriating the title of one of his songs for the subtitle of today’s shuffle.  The song isn’t in the shuffle, but it came to my find, when I heard the high concentration of Blues numbers in the first part of this morning’s shuffle. 

Shuffle Up!

“She’s Gone” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

For the second straight day, we have an awesome track from one of my favorite albums of 2014.  This is a Pork Chop Willie original with a snappy, rocking sound.

“Yoyo Daddy” by Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell from Holler

Also reappearing for the second day in a row… with his 1934 National Resonator guitar!  Here is Sidestreet Reny.

“Battle vs The War” by Butch Walker from Noisetrade Sampler/b-side single

Butch Walker has a long and diverse music career.  This is one of his newer releases (he has a new album due out next year).  On the video, this song is a duet with the awesome Nikki Lane.  I think she sings on the recorded version, but in my limited research time, I could not absolutely confirm that.  Butch Walker fact checkers assemble!    I really, really dig this song!

“Boogie Bar and BBQ” by Stacy Mitchhart from Live My Life

A nice stroke of genuine Blues music from Music City USA.  This is from his brand new album which I just got my hands on thanks to Ms. Sue Havlish.  My first listen, and I’m digging it.  It’s funny how I never considered myself a fan of the Blues, and yet the more I hear, the more I realize I really was a fan all along.  The video is an awesome cover of a Hall and Oates song recorded live at the Bourbon Street Blues Bar in Printer’s Alley in Downtown Nashville.

“My .32-20” by Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell from Holler

Number two of the day from the awesome Holler album which I also just got my hands on – h/t to the incomparable David J. “Popatunes” Horton.  Did you know that Sidestreet Reny’s background is in hip-hop music.  For kicks and continuing an unintended theme, we have Brian McKnight’s version of another Hall and Oates song featuring a rap by Sidestreet Reny himself. 

“Evil World” by The Radicals from Halloween  Rhymes and Children’s Crimes

Man! It so good to have some sharp old school style PUNK in the shuffle.  Who cares that this was a Halloween album and that it is now mid-November? Really who cares?  Clear the furniture and be prepared to slam dance!

“17th Last Cigarette (thinkin’ bout drinkin’)” by Swearing at Motorists from While Laughing, The Joker Tells the Truth

Swearing at Motorists are a Dayton, Ohio two piece band lead by dave doughman who have a twenty year history.  This song is from their latest album, and it’s really strong!

“Peggy Sang the Blues” by Frank Turner from England Keep My Bones

I don’t know if this is considered Blues, but it is about singing the blues, and it has the word Blues in the title.  Frank Turner is a British folk/punk artist, and this really awesome song is on his 2011 record.

“I Love, I Love (Traveling II)” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

The first of two tracks from Dar Williams’ 1995 album.  We featured Traveling I a few weeks back.

“Little City” by The Western Shore from Thunderstorm

Hard to believe it has been a week since I attended the CD Release show by The Western Shore.  They sounded great live, and they sound equally great on the album (which you should buy!)

“Whistle in the Dark” by Matt King from Raw

Keeping it local with another great track from Matt King’s stripped down Raw album.

“In Love But Not at Peace” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

Closing things out with our second listen of the day from one of my personal favorite’s – Dar Williams.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Takes Brains Mix

Back at you with another shuffle after a day off.  Made it to four different venues last night to see friends play music.  Two downtown, two on the eastside.  Heard a couple of great songwriter circles – one with Taylor Alexander of the band Young America and one with Lindsay Ellyn.  Hustled to the East Nashville – Logue’s Black Raven Speakeasy to catch the last part of Amelia White’s set and a moving set from the incomparable Julie Christensen, and then drove a few block down Gallatin Pike to catch the tail end of a set from Darrin Bradbury and the Fran’s Eastside Super-High Band (Tim Carroll, Cameron Carrus, and David Strayer).  As Lindsay said, the hustle is real…

Today’s shuffle is long on great music, but I am short on time… so check it out, google if you need to and enjoy our little video approximation.

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Title track – a nice way to start another fine day…

“The Devil’s Masquerade” by The Radicals from Halloween Rhymes and Children’s Crimes

Nothing like some punk rock music to get the morning hopping…

“Walter” (Acoustic Noisetrade Exclusive) by Heath McNease from Fort Wayne (songs inspired by the film)

Any song that begins by referencing David Bowie is okay in my book.  I really can relate to this song… Ground Control to Major Tom…

“Shake ’em On Down” by Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell from Holler

New music from a West Coast Blues duo I’ve become very fond of lately. With a great R.L. Burnside Mississippi Fred McDowell cover (I haven’t fact checked this – so if I’m wrong let me know and I will correct/retract). Thanks to Sturgis Nikides for the assist.

“Living the Dream” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

What can I say? The incredibly awesome Sturgill Simpson recorded live at the awesome Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music.

“The Mayor of Simpleton” by XTC from Oranges and Lemons

If you don’t like this song… I just don’t understand you…  One of my all-time favorites.

“Audeamus” by Clocks and Clouds from The Creation of Matter

Classic Rock just not in the way the term is usually used…

“I Was Raised in Babylon” by Yusuf/Cat Stevens from Yusuf

I remember when “Peace Train” was pulled from the 10,000 Maniacs In my Tribe album.  I saw this new album pop up on Freegal – I listened to a few seconds of this opening track, and I had to download it… 

“Ain’t Nobody (Gonna Save My Soul)” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

I actually think we’ve already featured this song – I think it got added to my playlist twice. I’m not complaining. Some great Hill Country Blues from North Mississippi by way of Brooklyn, New York.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Ain’t Nobody Mix

We are back on a rainy/overcast Monday morning here in Nashville with a short, but sweet mix of songs to get you through…

Click through the jump to the Shuffle

“Do You Know What it Mean to Miss New Orleans” by Victoria Williams from Sing Some Ol’ Songs

From our on-going presentation of Victoria William’s cool collection of great old songs, we offer up this oft-covered gem which was made famous by Billie Holliday and Louis Armstrong in the 1947 film, New Orleans. 

“Walk Like You” by James from La petite mort

From the latest album (released in June of this year) by  the Manchester band that formed in the early 1980s and had their greatest success in the 1990s. “Walk Like You” is a mature version of the band’s signature Brit-pop sound.

“Ma Blonde Est Partie” by Maria McKee from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

Our survey of this excellent Cajun Music tribute album continues with this track which combines the music of my ancestry with one of my all-time favorite singers – Maria McKee (Lone Justice and her amazing solo records).

“Bill Richardson’s Greenback Dollar” by The Jugbusters from Honky Tonk Hymnal

Bill Richardson of The Jugbusters (a high energy, old-time honky tonk band from the New River Valley area of Virginia) lost a battle with cancer last month.  This song was on the October edition of the Feel Bad for You mixtape.  RIP Bill Richardson.

“Blood Bubbles” by The Orwells from Other Voices EP

This Chicago-area band has been getting some well-deserved attention.  An incendiary appearance on Late Night with David Letterman gave them a huge boost of attention.  Here, they offer a nice jolt to my morning commute. 

“Skin” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

Another album we’ve been featuring for a while is the latest solo effort by dB member Chris Stamey.  It is an excellent Pop album filled with great songs.

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And we close out the day with another track from one of our favorite albums of the year.  “Music of the North Mississippi Hill Country… from streets of Manhattan.”

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle -Saints and Monks Mix

 “Nikola Tesla perceived the earth to be a conductor of acoustical resonance.”Jack White from Coffee and Cigarettes a film by Jim Jarmusch

Watched two Jarmusch films this weekend plus  made some good progress on my novel-in-progress.

We have a nifty shuffle for your Monday!

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Grant Peeples tells the truth in amazing songs and poems.  If you’re not familiar with his work – get familiar.

“She Gives Me Joy” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

A daily dose of Hill Country Blues is an excellent prescription for the low-down, real-life blues.  Joyful blues?

“St. Joan (Of Rt 495)” by The Jason Drug Reaction from Down on the Pharmacy

Time travelling rock and rollers from the early 21st century – rolling down a lonely stretch of Connecticut highway… our friend Jason from The Grimm Generation.  By the way, if you search for The Jason Drug Reaction on YouTube, you discover a whole genre of videos made by parents of their children under the influence of powerful anesthetics. 

“Bring Me My Queen” by Abigail Washburn from City of Refuge

An excellent thrift store find this weekend. This is from her 2011 album.

“All is Silent” (2005) by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepes (Demos)

We go WAY back (nine years) for this one. 

“Sitting Here Without You” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/High Top Mountain

Another from this live recording of a show I really wish I had been able to attend.

“The Troubles” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

Look, I realize that U2 are a very polarizing band.  People either love them or hate them.  Honestly, for me, since Achtung Baby! – with the exception of a few songs, I just haven’t been very interested in U2.  I must say, though, hearing this song in the context of the shuffle and taking out all of the hype… I really enjoyed hearing this song this morning. 

“TOC” by Fuzzer from Reberto

We first connected with Facundo Pichetto from Buenos Aires with his band Shake Jack who offered up a nifty modern surfer rock sound.  He is back with a new band that cranks up the lo-fi fuzz to eleven.  This new album features some new versions of some Shake Jack songs we loved as well as some new material.  I really dig this music, so check it out!

“I am a Pilgrim” (2009) by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepes (Demos)

It’s old Darrin Bradbury song day at #E2TG.  If you’re in Nashville come out to The Building tonight and hear some newer Darrin Bradbury songs along with a couple of other great East Nashville songwriters: Zachariah Red and Lindsay Ellyn.  It is the E2TG Pick Event of the Day.  (Disclaimer: Technically, we don’t have a feature called E2TG Pick Event of the Day, but if we did this would totally be it!) 

“Monk Time” by The Monks from Black Monk Time

Now this is an interesting story.  Mid-sixties: a group of American GIs stationed in Germany form band and this amazing glorious noise that sounds a lot like punk rock. It’s Monk time!

“Mourning the Missionaries” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

I had really good luck at the thrift store Saturday.  Minton Sparks is a storyteller in the truest sense of that word, and Nashville is lucky to be able to claim her as our own.  More to come.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Atomic Love Mix

And we put another week of shuffles into the books… There is a lot of life out there, go and get you some… life that is…

“Feel This to Survive” by Left of Logic from In Formation

We begin with our final track from Left of Logic’s album In Formation. It appears  that Left of Logic have played their final show, but they left behind some cool music

“Rosalie” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

From the North Mississippi Hill Country by way of the borough of Brooklyn (or is it the other way around?).  This is the stuff!

“The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

I hear a heart-felt tribute to an idol/friend, and a pretty decent song.  Do I hear much Ramones? No, I don’t, and I guess that’s okay.

“It’s On” by BRONCHO from An Introduction to BRONCHO/Just Enough Hip to be Woman

The latest album from Oklahoma-based BRONCHO dropped about ten days ago.  Fun, rocking music that sounds modern and not modern. I dig.

“A Life of Sin” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Yes, Sturgill Simpson is the real deal, and he is getting some well-deserved attention.  If you feel a need to modify/specify the Country label (i.e. Alt-Country, Americana-Country whatever), then you obviously don’t understand what Country is supposed to be. 

“Talk Trauma” by NoPop from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/See Pretty

The Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen well seems bottomless sometimes – We’ve been shuffling through the latest compilation for some time, and the great music and great bands just keep on coming.  NoPop is the latest, and they offer up some punkish, no-wave pop music.  Oh and their bio lists the Minutemen and the Birthday Party as influences!

“Alcohol” by The Kinks from Celluloid Heroes/Muswell Hillbillies

That old demon…

“Julius and Ethel (Atomic Love Song)” by Darrin Bradbury from new unreleased album

Darrin Bradbury sings important songs about roadkill, Daffy Duck, and Superman… and now Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.  Watch for this and other new songs coming soon, or see him live and request this one – it will make you look hip.

“Love U Forever” by Jenny Lewis from The Voyager

Jenny Lewis was in Rilo Kiley.  If I needed proof of her awesomeness, I need only look at the list of my friends who like her Facebook page.  Or, better yet, I could just listen to her music, and leave all doubt in the dust.  Her latest album dropped in July, and she is coming to Nashville in November. 

“Long White Line” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Let us close the door on this week in musical mischief with a second song taken from this recording made at Nashville’s landmark record establishment. Let’s get Metamodern – ya’ll.

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