Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ziggy, Elvis, and Rex Mix

January 8th!  E2TG sends out a heartfelt Happy Birthday! to four individuals who helped shaped my musical tastes.  Elvis Presley and David Bowie need to introduction.  Rex Silo and Ron Ruelle were by my side through many of my musical adventures and shows in the late 80s to early 90s. They remain good friends and I hope they will both raise an Old Bru (mentally add umlauts) today.

On to the shuffle which does not include Elvis or Bowie, but in honor of Rex and Ron (and purely by happenstance) does include several artists I know he likes….)

I’ve been taking advantage of kids being out of school and thus having longer commute time to listen to music to present as much music as I can before I load up our Playlist with lots and lots of new stuff.  The only bad thing is not having as much time to write about all the great music.  My recommendation is to look up bands on Facebook or using this thing called Google….   Anyway, after today, I will have featured over 80 songs this week.  Not a bad way to start 2014.

“Preach” by American Dirt
“Find Her Way” by Swear and Shake
“Song for the Dumped” (Ben Folds Five cover) by Bird by Bird
“Empire State Express” by Son House
“Revolution Number Zero” by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
“The Politics of Time” by The Minutemen
“Piece of Work” by Will Kimbrough
“Can’t Slow Down” by Randy Rogers Band
“Talking Microwave Blues (Live 2011)” by Darrin Bradbury
“Giddy Boy Good”  by Babe
“I’ll Only Let You Down” by The Dregs
“Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers Cover) by Bird by Bird
“Tennessee Valley Girl” by The Bis-Quits
“Distant Light” by Dr. Dog
“Charon” by Shake Jack
“Jamie” by Darrin Bradbury
“Troublemaker” by Jim Lauderdale
“Middle of the Bed” by Lucy Rose
“The Hearse” by Wampire
“U.R.A. Fever” by The Kills
“Hong Kong” by Adam Hill
“If You Need Me Back in Brooklyn” by River City Extension
“Loretta” by Amos Lee
“A Switch Behind the Poster? (Let’s Push It!)” by Black Doctor Jr.
“Balls to the Wall” (Accept Cover) by Eyes of the Dead
“Monster” by Solardrive (featuring Rain Phoenix)
“Play That Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick Play” by Tommy Womack
“Eyes on the Islands” by Humming House
“How I (Learned my Lesson) by X
“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” by Elephant Stone
“Fly” by The Jam
“There Ain’t Shit on T.V. Tonight” by Minutemen


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Camp Crystal Lake Mix

 The songs (not the recordings) in today’s shuffle are an average of 44 years old.  Our set includes two classics from my youth and two recent covers of songs from before my youth.

Sex and Dying in High Society by X is from their debut Los Angeles.  “So you marry your daddy
with a different name”

Please Do Not Go by Violent Femmes from their eponymous debut. “Tell ya, man, I’m stuck on this lovely girl Of course to me, she mean all t’ world”

Love in Vain performed here by our good friends You & Me is a cover of a 1937 Robert Johnson song which was also covered by The Stones on Let It Bleed.  “Well I followed her to the station
With a suitcase in my hand” 

The Ocean performed here by Laura Veirs and her husband Tucker Martine (as Mount Analog) is a cover of the Led Zeppelin song from House of the Holy. Trivia: Tucker Martine (like my friend Rex Silo moved from Nashville to Boulder, Colorado). “Singing in the sunshine, laughing in the rain.
Hitting on the moonshine, rocking in the brain.”

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It Ain’t What They Call Rock and Roll

Some are going to say this post is off topic. I am going to strongly disagree. This post is about the comic strip artist Ron Ruelle.  Full disclosure requires me to tell you that I have known Ron since we were in 3rd grade together. However, any potential conflict of interest is assuaged by the fact that I think he is an arrogant S.O.B. (just kidding*)

So, why is a post about a comic strip artist, whose characters have included various animals and angst ridden guys, not off topic for a music blog?  Well there a number of reasons… for one, the aforementioned artist is one of the significant influences on my musical life. In high school, he wrote record reviews for our school’s award winning (no kidding) newspaper.  It was through his reviews that I was first introduced to X and other cool bands.

During college, we stayed in touch and traded notes on the latest discoveries in the world of music.  In those days (oh so many years ago) one had to work hard to find out about obscure bands. (i.e. no internet facebooky stuff). 

After college, Ron and I eventually both ended up in Nashville and we could frequently be found in front of the stage at cool shows…

As for his comics…  You can find information about and BUY the books he’s published here:

So yeah and rock and roll – he named a cockroach character in his college strip after the lead singer of the Germs. His syndicated strip At the Zu (umlauts intended) featured a slacker lion with a Kurt Cobain hair-do.

Ron’s college strip – Stoner’s Aquarium was ground-breaking and pretty darn funny.  While in college, he began doing a recurring strip for the Knoxville News Sentinel’s college insert called Stoopid Zu (there should be umlauts here as well, but I’m too lazy to figure out how to add them.). Stoner’s Aquarium is available on his site.

During 1991 and 1992, when Ron and I were not perusing the aisle’s of local record stores.  He was cranking out some incredible ideas. In 1995 he began writing a daily strip called At the Zu (he hated the name just like Charles Schultz hated the name Peanuts). That strip ran from 1995-1998.  He then continued on his own site as Darwin & Company.  You can grab the collected At the Zu and Darwin & Company strips at his site or here:






A later strip – Food, Shelter, Cable written under the name Rex Silo (so now you know) was more adult-oriented.  The main character of that strip has kind of a Burris Weems/Holden Caulfield quality – I think.

Most recently, Ron has been participating in the annual Denver 24 Hour Comics Challenge.  You can purchase years 2 through 4 of 24 Hour Comics here: 

Ron Ruelle on Amazon

This fall Ron published a compilation of his contributions to the comics challenge which you can get here:



So, do yourself a favor – check him out.  It’s only rock and roll, but I like it.



*not really**




*****so not… wait what was I saying?….