Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Oh My and a Boo Hoo Mix

I got those post-birthday hangover blues… hangover in the figurative sense (or is it literal???)

Anyway, some killer tunes in the shuffle – so let’s get to it.

“You Got Trouble” by Blackfoot Gypsies

A great way to start the morning commute.  Six minutes or so of Blackfoot Gypsies signature high-energy bluesy rock music.  This is from their album Dandee Cheeseball.

“Come Join the Murder” by The White Buffalo and The Forest Rangers

Did you know that a group of crows is called a “murder” because they will sometimes kill a dying cow?  I didn’t either, but I join writers of songs, poetry, and fiction in thanking whoever came up with the name for the inspiration.  I really love this song which was featured on the television series Sons of Anarchy.

“1969” by The Stooges

I was three years old in 1969 (a fact that either makes me seem really old or really young depending upon your point of view), so I will have to take Iggy’s word on what that year was like. I am not one to argue with Iggy.  Powerhouse, proto-punk from the self-titled debut album.

“Femme Fatale” (Velvet Underground cover) by Tom Tom Club

Femme Fatale is among my favorite Velvet Underground songs (there are a bunch on that list), and this is one of my favorite cover versions. From Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom.

“Stop Your Sobbing” by The Pretenders

Speaking of Femme Fatales…

“V.F.W.” by The Dead Milkmen

I’ve never been in a foreign war, but I am a veteran in the sense that this song is talking about….

“Free Again” by Alex Chilton (Big Star)

A few songs from the Big Star album Third/Sister Lovers made it onto the Alex Chilton compilation 19 Years.  The absence of Chris Bell made the album (to some) essentially an Alex Chilton solo album. Regardless of that debate, it is one of my favorite albums of all time and I love this song.

“Dracula, 1931” by Sci-Fi Romance

I think this is the second to the last song for us to feature from the remarkable October album by our friend Vance Kotrla (aka Sci-Fi Romance).  Once again, in case you missed the previous posts, shortly before Halloween, Mr. Kotrla sat down and watched a marathon of classic horror films (along with the film Ed Wood), and he then wrote and recorded some songs based upon each of the films.  Here, he transforms the classic 1931 film Dracula (directed by Tod Browning and starring the great Bela Lugosi) into a meditation on the consequences of immortality.

“The Queen of My Arms” by Matthew Ryan

We close things out with a Bonus track from Matthew Ryan’s album Boxers. A great way to end a most excellent shuffle.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Like a Freebird Wheel Mix

Today’s subtitle is a tribute to the mind-blowing weekly party that goes down every single Wednesday night at Fran’s Eastside Tavern in East Nashville, Tennessee. Tim Carroll and Darrin Bradbury have been doing this thing since July or so, and I’ve only missed a couple.  When it began, Darrin would play for an hour or so and then Tim would take over and then they would play together at the end of the evening. In time, drummer David Strayer began sitting in and then (when he returned from an extended time up North) Cameron Carrus joined in on the upright bass, and the Fran’s Eastside Super High Band was formed. Now-a-days, Tim begins playing sometime before 8:30 (I don’t think I’ve ever made it there before he began) and the band joins in as they arrive. Darrin plays (with Tim playing guitar).  Singer Luella Wood has been known to serenade us with a few songs each night, and at various times Trombones, additional guitars, and other assorted folks have joined in the party.  Special guests have been known to show up including singer/songwriter legend Dave Dondero and last night Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers.  It’s a seriously fun night and if you can handle the copious amounts of second-hand smoke, you should come on out if you are in the area. 

Last night’s show ended the traditional “Freebird” and “Wagon Wheel” one-two punch which Darrin Bradbury managed to lyrically mash-up in the manner of our subtitle.

On to the shuffle:

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Matt King has his feet planted both in New York and in Nashville which makes him doubly appropriate for Ear to the Ground.  Thanks to the shuffle his songs make a neat frame around the rest of the shuffle today.  This first one is a song about coal mining and Harlan, Kentucky.  I’ve actually been to Harlan which I think gives me some authentic Country/Americana street cred. Right?

“Future Tidings Shall Sing” by Batkhi Dahn

Batkhi Dahn is the side project of The Foresters Bassist Hayden Nork.  It’s a pretty whacked-out Christmas number, and I mean “whacked-out” in the most complimentary way possible.  It’s trippy and a whole lot of fun. Somehow, in my mind, I picture a conversation like this:

Hayden: I have a new song for The Foresters

Evan and Liam: um… well it’s cool and all, but… um…

Hayden: Fine, I’ll just start a side project!

It’s not easy being a middle child – believe me, I know. 

 

“Coming Through the Pines” by Blackfoot Gypsies

A song from their debut album and once again the shuffle provides some excellent timing as I prepare for tonight’s Lockeland Springsteen Christmas show at The Five Spot which featuring Blackfoot Gypsies, Alanna Royale, Cory Branan, and others.

“The Masque of the Red Death 1964” by Sci-Fi Romance

I’m going to keep posting these awesome songs until I’ve posted them all.  Sci-Fi Romance/Vance Kotrla sat down to watch a marathon of classic horror films and ended up writing a song about each of the films and recording the songs in a very lo-fi way.  In lesser hands, this could be a great concept that ended up kind of stilted and cheesy, but these are not lesser hands and the result are some incredible distillation of classic stories into highly original and surprising songs.

“Blind Fascination” by The Torn Images

Another great rocker from The Torn Images full-length debut. Coincidently, we had two Southern California bands that are essentially solo projects. Briand Arabaca is the solo artist behind The Torn Images.

“Northern Lights” by American Aquarium

I don’t know how many ways to say how great I think American Aquarium are.  We have featured several songs from Burn. Flicker. Die and we still have a couple more to go.  There isn’t a bad song in the bunch and almost all of them are truly great songs.

“Fire on a Sunny Day” by Ben Arthur

If You Look for My Heart is the title of the new album by New York singer/songwriter Ben Arthur. It is also the title of his new novel. The two works are interrelated but independent, and you can get them both at Noisetrade.com.  The album features guest appearances including Rachel Yamagata and Aesop Rock.  Fire on a Sunny Day is a dark, disturbing, and awesome song about obsessions. I look forward to bringing you more of this album.

“The Kiss” by Judee Sill

One of the ever-present themes of Ear to the Ground is that of connections.  Most of the time, I try to let the shuffles speak to this theme without explicit comments, but I have been known to post lengthy commentaries on how all music and indeed all humanity is interconnected. This idea was reinforced for me recently and it involves the late tortured folk/pop singer Judee Sill. I was turned onto Judee Sill by my friends in Valued Customer and soon grabbed this song off of the website Freegal. A few weeks later, I went to a show by the awesome Aaron Lee Tasjan, and he performed a song that was dedicated to Judee Sill. The song was incredible and I was blown away by the seemingly mystical forces which tied this connection together for me.  If pressed, I think I would have a hard time drawing connecting lines from Valued Customer to Aaron Lee Tasjan (other than the insane amount of talent they both have), but lo and behold, Ms. Sill whose truly tragic life ended in 1979 completed the puzzle and it suddenly all made sense. 

“Santa Came Home Drunk” by Clyde Lasley and The Cadillac Baby Specials

A Christmas song that’s lyrics consist mainly of types and brands of booze. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

“Howl” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

Another appearance by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade. A song title which lead me down a rabbit hole which resulting in my downloading of a poem written and read by Allen Ginsberg which will be in a forthcoming shuffle I’m sure.

“Before It’s Gone” by Matt King

Completing the frame we circle back around to Matt King and another brilliant song from his Raw album. 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Loot in the Boot Mix

Hey ho! It’s Wednesday.  We have a pretty fun shuffle today – 11 songs strong with some real curveballs and some real treats.  Scroll down or click through for the music:

“Where Was Baby Jesus Born?” by Annie Sellick from Let’s Make a Christmas Memory

From Sellick’s 2013 jazzy Christmas album which we featured heavily last year comes this soulful number.

“Surrounded” by Dan Coyle from Perfect Word. Perfect Beat.

Another great song from Dan Coyle’s awesome newish album.  Please check him out if you haven’t done so yet – you won’t be disappointed.

“The Body Snatcher, 1945” by Sci-Fi Romance from October

Yeah, Yeah… it’s December not October.  Time for Christmas tunes not Halloween/Horror-based songs… but seriously folks great music has no season.  I dig this whole album.  This song is based upon the 1945 film based upon a Robert Louis Stevenson short story and produced and adapted for the screen by the legendary Val Lewton. Val Lewton is notable for his work with RKO pictures where he was given lurid titles and a low budget and managed to make some truly remarkable films – like I Walked with a Zombie.  In the hands of E2TG favorite and CXCW alum Vance Kotrla aka Sci-Fi Romance, the film is reimagined as a damn fine song.

“East Nashville” by Sammy Brue from Bootleg Sessions VOL I

Sammy Brue appears on the cover of Justin Townes Earle’s latest album as a younger doppelganger of JTE.  He also happens to be a very talented young singer/songwriter in his own right.  He is from Salt Lake City, Utah, but his Nashville connection is strong – the album cover previously mentioned was photographed in Fannie Mae Dees Park in Nashville – popularly known as Dragon Park. And the song we feature today is named for one of my current favorite parts of the city.  

“Pedestrians” by The Slaughterhouse Chorus from The Entrée – A Built4BBQ Sampler/Download Single

The Slaughterhouse Chorus are from Albany, NY.  They play a rocking mix of Americana and Punk.  I had the opportunity to see them live in 2013 when they did a tour with The End Men.  This song is from the Built4BBQ sampler, and The Slaughterhouse Chorus are a major driving force behind this awesome collective.

“3-9-4” by Lemonheads from Hate Your Friends

Taking things all the way back to 1987 and the debut album by Boston punk band, The Lemonheads.  Recommended if you only know It’s Ashame about Ray and the Mrs. Robinson cover…

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In what could be a first (but who’s counting?), a day after featuring the Tom Wait’s original, we have this awesome cover version by Neko Case.  It’s been a good week for Tom Waits and Tom Waits’ covers.

“Put the Loot in the Boot” by Mae West from Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree – A Vintage Holiday Sampler/Wild Christmas

The year I was born, Mae West – the Hollywood actress best know for her provocative roles in films of the 30s and 40s, made a Rock and Roll Christmas album (7 Christmas songs and one Beatles’ cover). I feel like this completes some unspecified step in our quest to cover every conceivable form of music.

“Tortured Birds” by Ron Muga from Wonderful Doom

Another great song from this New York Singer/Songwriter.  Ron Muga’s music can be found on Bandcamp. Check him out.

“Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree” by Roosevelt Sykes from Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree – A Vintage Holiday Sampler

A suggestive and absolutely fun Holiday number from Blues/Boogie Woogie piano legend Roosevelt Sykes.

“So Lonesome I Could Fly” by Marti Jones from My Tidy Doily Dream

We close things out with simply a beautiful song by one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters.  This is from her 2002 album.  I have to give a shout out/mention to the event which inspired me to add this to my playlist at this time…  If you are in the vicinity (or can be) of Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge, NJ tomorrow night there is a remarkable song circle going down featuring Ms. Jones, her husband (and producer extraordinaire + songwriting genius in his own right) Don Dixon, Marshall Crenshaw, and Richard Barone.  HERE is the link to the Facebook event. I will have to comfort myself knowing I got to see Marti Jones and Don Dixon in Nashville in the early 90s.

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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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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Potential Energy Mix

Okay pre-writing disclaimer… I’m just not feeling particularly verbose today.  So, expect some short, sharp comments… but who knows what will happen when I get started… What’s fun about the randomness of the shuffle process is that it often does far better than I ever could arranging a fine mixture of divergent tunes into a pattern which at once defies and expands the conscious minds ability to understand the complexity of music as a part of human interactions.  Did I say, I wasn’t feeling verbose? Oh well….

“Look Around” by Lael Summer from Burden to Bear

The shuffle has decided to include Lael Summer in the mix three days in a row, and I am very happy about that.  The last two days, my morning drive has begun with songs from this wonderful album. 

“Leyndarmal (King and Cross)” by Asgeir Trausti from Dýrð í dauðaþögn

Indie folk from Iceland.. Asgeir Trausti is very good, and this was my first listen.  I grabbed this one off the September Feel Bad for You mixtape.  There is an English version of this song, but the version I heard was the Icelandic original.  Even without knowing what the lyrics mean, the sound is devastatingly beautiful.

“Plain Jane” by Joe Nolan from Plain Jane

Joe Nolan is from Nashville. He writes for the Nashville Scene and for our local street newspaper The Contributor.  He followed me on Twitter, and when I saw the people I know who also follow him and/or are friends of his Facebook, I knew I was on to something.  I grabbed some music from his website.  Plain Jane is the title track from a 2001 album. Great music is timeless.  This is timeless music.  Dig.

“The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935” by Sci-Fi Romance from October

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Long time Ear to the Ground favorite Sci-Fi is back with a surprise new album perfect for this time of year.  Heck man, this album combines two things I love – great music and classic horror movies.  A lesser man might have come up with this idea, but it takes someone like Vance Kotrla to actually pull it off so brilliantly.

“California Rag” by Sidestreet Reny from Tonal Tonics and Musical Elixers

Acoustic Blues and Urban roots – featuring a National Resonator… you know this had to come to me via my friend David Horton (aka Popa Tunes), and you know this has to be good – and it is soooo good.

“California” by The Western Shore from Thunderstorm

How about two California songs in a row – both by husband and wife duos – sonically very different, but both incredible? How about two shuffles in a row with rich Americana via Nashville’s The Western Shore? 

“Chemistry” (a capella) by Hayden Coleman from Chemistry (Maxi Single)

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We previously featuring my friend Hayden Coleman’s new single “Chemistry”.  From the same maxi-single, today’s version  of that song strips away everything but the vocals and the results are so cool.  I think this song may have the best hook I’ve heard all year – and man I’ve heard some killer hooks this year.  Bonus points for the line about potential energy… in my novel, The Drift, one of the characters is a film student whose class project is a film called Potential Energy.  I tend to think the filmmaker would use this song in his film if he could.

“Anyway” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

From a hip-hop song with the beats and music stripped away to a densely layered Indie Pop/Folk song from the always amazing Chris Stamey.

“High Octane Generation (for Jimmy Roche)” by Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik from Punishing the Myth

From my  admittedly skewed perspective, it looks like poetry may be making a comeback – or maybe no comeback is needed – or maybe it is me making the comeback… whatever… we close out this rather diverse and interesting shuffle with the words of Grant Peeples.  In the video montage, we’ve included High Octane Generation by Jim Roche which I take it was the inspiration for the poem we feature today.  This was my first exposure to Jim Roche, and at risk of understatement, I am intrigued.

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#E2TG is not at SXSW (This is a CXCW plug by the way)

If, like me, you are not at the South by Southwest confab (conflag?) (whatever), you probably have some good reasons.  Can’t get off work, lack of funds, the beer is too expensive, too many damn hipsters, it involves putting on shoes — the list goes on.

For the last four years, there has been a great alternative to SXSW.  I hope by now, you are familiar with Couch by Couchwest -where the beer is cheap and the only hipster is you.  CXCW is an on-line music festival featuring a staggering number and variety of talented folks who submitted specially made videos specifically for the festival. Often, the videos feature couches. Often they don’t. They may be filmed in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, on front or back porches, or in wide-open fields.  Jonny Fritz when he still went by Jonny Corndawg recorded one from the inside of a drainage pipe.



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If you are a regular Ear to the Ground reader you probably already know about CXCW and I hope you’ve been keeping up.  The festival is on day four, and if you haven’t tuned it yet, you have some catching up to do.  Go now to Couchbycouchwest.com.

Ear to the Ground favorites like:

The Foresters

Sci-Fi Romance

MAKAR

Tim Lee 3

The Imperial Rooster

Tipi Valley

Todd Farrell, Jr.

Jeanette Lynne

(And probably some I’m forgetting (sorry!))

have already made an CXCW’14 appearance. Plus – we’ve been introduced to some amazingly talented folks who will more than likely grace our pages soon. 

We expect to see The End Men, Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, and much, much more the before the festival wraps up. 

Among the most buzz-worthy moments so far has been Jamie Painter’s cover of Jason Isbell’s Cover Me Up which has earned a recommendation from Mr. Isbell himself.  Oh and Two Mule Blues set shit on fire

So, in conclusion, I get why you’re not at South by Southwest. I’m not there with you, but why the heck aren’t you at Couch by Couchwest?  Shoes are optional and probably not encouraged.

Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Superstar Mix

We’ve reached the end of the week.  To get us into the weekend, I have a long list of additions to the E2TG Hall of Fall, and a pretty sweet little music shuffle.

E2TG Hall of Fame:
13. The Foresters (Bethany, CT) (ed. note: Some may say they are too young for a Hall of Fame, but it’s my Hall of Fame, and by their inspiring dedication to their craft, they have already earned their place – even as I acknowledge their best work is ahead of them – I think that is true for most if not all of our inductees)
14. Those Mockingbirds (Montclair, NJ)
15. You and Me (Montreal, QC)
16. MAKAR (New York, NY)
17. The Gypsy West (Brooklyn, NY)
18. Tipi Valley (Swansea, UK)
19. Jo Wymer (Freehold, NJ)
20. Sci-Fi Romance









The inductees will continue. There are still some major favorites of mine who have not been added  yet.  Rest assured this will be rectified sooner than later.  I want to make more progress on the Hall of Fame Page before I add too many more. 

Here’s the Shuffle-

“Superstar” by Sonic Youth (from If I Were a Carpenter.  Sonic Youth covering Richard and Karen Carpenter’s 70s era hit song.)

“Waitin'” by Caitlin Rose (from Goodbye Summer: 2013 ATO Fall Sampler.  From her latest album The Stand-In.)

“Against the Sky” by Theory of Machines (from EP1.  Another track by this awesomely dark and cinematic band from London – mostly instrumental with some spoken words.)

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“Work” by The End Men (a-side to the Work single.  The latest music from our first Hall of Fame inductees. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the incredible video for “Work” which is included in our daily video playlist below.)

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“Heat Wave” by The All-About (from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 4.  From Fairfield, CT.  “Dance music written and recorded by people who can’t dance for people who can’t dance.” It’s no wonder I dig this.)

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“Winter Pockets” by Wild Child (from Pillow Talk. A perfect song for this frosty morning. Austin based Indie Folk.)

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