Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Turtles, Roses, and Kisses Mix

I failed to post a shuffle yesterday – I listened to a shuffle and it was a good one, but time didn’t allow me to post – so the songs go back into the hopper and will come out in some other interesting combination.

Truth be told – life is unpredictable and pretty darn right amazing when you stop to pay attention to the seemingly random occurrences which are going on around you every day. Truth be told – I would never have placed my self voluntarily in the situation in which I currently find myself, but since I’m here… I have to say…. I’m right in the place that I am supposed to be…

A pretty sweet evening/night of music on both side of the river in Nashville on a Tuesday in October.  Saw a song swap featuring two of my musical heroes from my college days – Bill Lloyd and Webb Wilder along with the always amazing Tim Carroll.

Crossed the river for some Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie and a Pint of fine beer to check out some amazing music including: Drew Kohl, Julie Christensen and her band, and the Dan Montgomery Band.

Let’s do this shuffle thing – okay?

“Threads of Measure” by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason

The first of three great songs by this amazing band.  The death of David Lamb was a great loss to the world.

“Turtles All the Way Down” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

One of my favorite songs from the latest Sturgill Simpson album – done live at a Nashville record establishment.

“And Roses And Roses” by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Ol’ Songs

Victoria Williams doing a song made famous by Andy Williams.

“Something in Blue” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

Another incredibly great song from this awesome album – co-produced by E2TG favorite Mark Robinson.

“Distant” by Heather Powell from Believe it to Life

I am so impressed by the incredible variety and volume of music being produced under the True Groove Record label.  Kudos to Tomas Doncker and Marla Mase – along with everyone else involved.  If you haven’t, check out all of the True Groove artists out… there isn’t a bad place to start so start right here.  The video I picked for this song features the amazing Heather Powell performing with the True Groove All-Stars.

“Road to Joy” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums by some of my favorite people. It’s a Grimm season – so get Grimm.  The Road to Joy is paved with… something.  Heck, I don’t know.  But this song is great!

“Comes With Kisses” by Deena from Rock River

This wraps up the Rock River album, and it ends with this cool song.  I will be publishing my review of this album soon – so stayed tuned to Ear to the Ground.

“Seven Hells” by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason

#2 of the day from Brown Bird from Portland, Maine.

“Goldfinger” by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings from The Wolf of Wall Street Motion Picture

Let’s see… James Bond theme cover? check.  From a Leonard DiCaprio movie? check. By Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings? check.  Yep – this is cool!

“Abednego” by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason

And then there were three.  A new axiom: you can never have too many Brown Bird songs in a shuffle.

“If You Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving” by Justin Townes Earle from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Session/!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);The Good Life

And, we close out the day with a live recording of Justin Townes Earle recording on the east side of his hometown which happens to be the city where I live.  This song goes back to his 2008 album.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Hypnotized and Fascinated Mix

It’s the final couple of days of voting to help #E2TG 2013 Band of the Year The End Men win a slot on Mountain Jam Festival and other prizes.  Let’s do this thing.  It just cost you an e-mail address (you can opt out of receiving other mail from GTR Store, and you can vote once a day – so today and tomorrow). Let’s do this thing!  VOTE HERE

To the shuffle:

“Phantom Train” by The Bongos
 
“Retreat!” by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
 
“Looper” by Slack Armada
 
“Gaping Hole” by Marla Mase
 
“Drive All Night” (Springsteen cover) by
Glen Hansard (feat. Eddie Vedder and Jake Clemons)


 
“Nitrous Gas” by Frightened Rabbit
 
“Go to Me” by Jordan Klassen
 
“Tennessee Flat Top Box” (Johnny Cash cover) by Rosanne Cash
 
 
 
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Following their triumphant on-stage reunion to help close down the legendary New Jersey club, Maxwell’s, The Bongos released the long shelved Phantom Train album.  The album was recorded in the mid-80s but never released as the band splintered into other musical directions (including Richard Barone’s masterful solo records).  We feature the title track today, and it really captures an amazing band at a creative peak.

The title of the new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings album is Give the People What They Want – so apparently the people want instant classic soul music for the 21st Century. 

Marla Mase‘s music can be challenging – as it combines spoken word and powerful alternative rock with meaningful lyrics and outstanding production.  Whatever, this song just flat out rocks.

How about a classic Springsteen cover by Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season) which also features Eddie Vedder and Jake Clemons – who happens to be the nephew of late E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons. We can do that.

We featured a song from Frightened Rabbit’s 2013 album, Pedestrian Verse back shortly after the album was released.  Since then, I’ve been reading about the band all over the internet.  Coincidence?  You decide.  Regardless, we have another track from that album today.

Jordan Klassen is from Canada. He released his latest album Repentance back in September.  Today, we have the first single from that album.

Rosanne Cash just released a new album which marks a homecoming of sorts to her native southland.  Today, we have her version of a song written by her father, which comes off of one of the classic albums she made before moving up north –  King’s Record Shop.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ring True Mix

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It’s been busy here.  An extended drive means more music.  So, let’s get to it…
JUMP to MUSIC

 

Pre-Pre-Shuffle
“Dark Divider (Untitled)” by Stomacher (one of our first “discoveries” from the early days of Ear to the Ground and this is still a favorite.  Stomacher come from the Bay area of California. This is moody, atmospheric music but surprisingly uplifting.)
 “Straight Shooter” by He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (This is a cover of a Mama’s and Papa’s song)
“Wax Wings” by Beijing (Glad to have another Beijing song show up in our mix.  I’m really digging this band and their recent album Night.)
“Roll on Buddy” by théan (South African born, Ottawa based musician – also performs as Veledrones. Roll on Buddy – the title track from the 2012 EP contains some awesome bits of ambient, folk, electronica. This is incredible music)
Pre-Shuffle
After the remainder of the théan track, the Pre-Shuffle continues on…

“Well Whiskey” by Bright Eyes (from the Lua album)

“Let it Live Free” (live at Audiotree) by He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (our second of the day from this band)

“Elysian Fields” by Heath McNease (Another from his Thrift Store Jesus album)

“The Execution of Some Sixty-Odd Drummers” by Centro-Matic (I honestly don’t know why it’s taken me so long to catch up with this great Texas band.  Thanks to a tweet by Amanda Shires (Jason Isbell’s lovely bride), I can count myself a Centro-Matic fan.)

“Common Ones” by American Graveyard (Two Texas bands in a row. Digging this song)

“Mensdom” by théan (The other song from the Roll On Buddy EP)

Shuffle


“Spitfire” by Little Radar from Up in Arms

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This Austin, Texas band jump starts our Shuffle with a track from their 2012 album Up in Arms. Check out the Noisetrade sampler above which includes a track from the forthcoming Souvenirs album.

“I Won’t Go Hollywood” by Bleu from Redhead (2003)



Another from this older album by Bleu which I picked up earlier this month on half priced Saturday at Goodwill.  A great find!

“All of Nothing” by The Black Clouds from Better Days (2012)

More grungy goodness from New Jersey.

“Let Down” by Beijing from Night (2013)

Connecticut rocks! It seems like it’s been a few days since we featured a song from this brilliant album by Beijing. This is the second song from this album today. Enjoy!

“This Land is Your Land” by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings from Naturally (2005)

We close out the day with this incredible cover of the Woody Guthrie standard made even more awesome by the fabulous Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.  This version of the song was featured in the motion picture Up in the Air

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