Friday Morning Music Shuffle – In the Basement Mix

“Sometimes words have two meanings….”

Ah hell – we have a jam packed Mix of music so let’s get down to it…. 

After the jump….

“Animal Tracks” Mountain Man (from Made the Harbor  – sweet sounding trio who met at Bennington College in Vermont)

“Setting Sun” by Elephant Stone (from Elephant Stone – groovy psychedelic rockers from Montreal who came to our attention recently)

“Saint” by Mission South (from Migration Vol. 2 – Three kids from DC – Saw them this week at The Basement under Grimey’s. Such a FUN set. Great sound, great energy. A true highlight on a night of highlights.)

“Bloodstream” by Firehorse (from Pills From Strangers. Not fIREHOSE nor Firehouse (thank God), but a nifty indie band from Brooklyn – think the airy, groovy side of Indie music)

“A Silent Moment” by Elephant Stone (from Elephant Stone – another mind melter)

“Torn Maps” by Bosnian Rainbows (a relatively new project of Omar Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta. Electronic, heavy, and pretty darn cool)

“Baby’s Gone to Memphis” by Mark Robinson (from Have Axe – Will Groove. Let’s all go to Memphis… or at least play the Blues…)

“Two Beads at the End” by the Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime.  Sometimes it’s good to go back and listen to some of the music that first really moved you… oh, D.!)

“Love is a Rose” by Linda Ronstadt (Linda sings Neil… does it get any better?)

“Chili” by Dog Without Warning (from Bark.  One of my favorites on the Bark EP. A cautionary tale of sorts)

“Full Five Paces” by The Autumn Defense (From their debut The Green Hour. Man ‘o man I dig the gorgeous 60s sound of this band – saw them back in September at Grimey’s Americanarama show)

“Time to Go” by Moovalya (from Moovalya. Some nice hard rock from Phoenix)

“Hymn 101” by Joe Pug (from his debut EP Nation of Heat. I love Joe Pug’s music so much.)

“Raise the Sun” by Anciients (from Heart of Oak. Just some jaw-dropping Progressive Metal from Vancouver)

“Tombstone Blues” by Richie Havens (a Dylan cover from the I’m Not There Soundtrack by the late great New York area singer-songwrite and Woodstock alum)


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Fingernails and Cigarettes Mix

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We’re back.  Sorry for the lack of Shuffle action yesterday – it could not be helped…

Yesterday, the music world lost two greats… Chrissy Amphlett of Divinyls and the legendary Richie Havens.


Last week, we learned of the passing of Scott Miller (Game Theory and The Loud Family).  If you are not familiar with the music of these two great, but underknown bands, now would be a great time to rectify that situation.
The family has released all of the Game Theory albums for free download at The Loud Family Website.   We have added the entire Game Theory collection into our current batch of songs from which we shuffle.  We will keep the songs up for the rest of the month in tribute to Scott Miller, and then will likely keep some of them up just because they are awesome.  We’ll be getting some Loud Family added to the mix soon, too.
Let’s get right to the Pre-Shuffle which includes two Game Theory songs:
“Ray Wilkins, 1996” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade
“Little Ivory” by Game Theory
“Finest Worksong” by R.E.M.
“Together Now, Very Minor” by Game Theory
“Eleanor Rigby” by Skeletons in the Piano (covering some lads from Liverpool)
Shuffle – after we JUMP!

  •  “These White Walls” by Swear and Shake from Maple Ridge (2012)

 Swear and Shake are a New York band that just came into my consciousness. The released Maple Ridge last summer, and I just saw on their Facebook page that they are playing a show in Nashville next week.  I kind of dig this song and I’m interested in hearing more. Check it out.

  •  “The Real Sheila” by Game Theory from Lolita Nation (1987)

Lolita Nation was and is a remarkable achievement that all too few people have heard.  I’m very glad to be able to do whatever small part I can in changing that. In the mid to late 80s, there was a very definite movement afoot (oblique Let’s Active reference semi-unintended) as bands from Athens, GA, Nashville, TN, Winston-Salem, NC, San Francisco, CA and elsewhere took off from a musical diet of Beatles and Big Star among others and cut a path of at time jangly pure pop music across college radio dials that eventually reached the ears of impressionable kids like me. Game Theory was extremely literary, intelligent and man could they turn a phrase in a catchy way.

  • “Voodoo” by The Mohawk Lodge from Damaged Goods (2012/2013)

Another track from the current release by Canadian band, The Mohawk Lodge.  I’m hanging with this album.  Definitely worth checking out.

  • “The Red Baron” by Game Theory from Distortion (1984) also on Tinker to Ever to Chance (1990)

Game Theory released the compilation album Tinker to Evers to Chance in 1990. Distortion was produced by fellow California musician and Paisley Underground pioneer Michael Quercio who would later join the band.

  • “Who’s There?” by Ghost and Goblin from SUPERHORRORCASTLELAND (2013)
SUPERHORRORCASTLELAND was released on April 20, the same day that the new Skeletons in the Piano album, Please Don’t Die was released.  We just heard about this band and this album from a Facebook post by The End Men which also referenced in SITP album.  We already had Please Don’t Die, but we immediately went out and download this album.  We knew in advance, we would not be disappointed, and we were not.  More to come!