Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – A Few of My Favorite Things 2013 Mix Part Four

And on we go… 

Just in case you  joined us late, we are looking back on some of our favorite music from 2013, and doing it as only Ear to the Ground would…  I created a Playlist with favorites released in 2013.  2013 was a great year for music.  Many of your favorite E2TG artists released new music this year, some new favorites were “discovered”, and there was even some notable releases from artists you frequently read about on those “Brand X” music blogs.  All of those and maybe even more are included in the Playlist.  We’ve been shuffling through that playlist all week, and we will continue until the end of the year (and maybe a day or two more).

Let’s get to it, and see what Mr. Shuffle has brought up today… shall we?

“Open the Door” (Magnapop cover) by Tim Lee 3

“Play With Your Toys Pt. II” by The End Men

“Ankle Biters” by The Great American Novel

“Save Me a Seat” by Killing Kuddles

“Rain On” by The Blind Owl Band

“Silver” by Lys Guillorn

“Stockholm” by Jason Isbell

“Dance the Tango” by Marla Mase

“KidGrownUp” by Christian Robins (feat. JD) (Prod. G Money)

“Ain’t No Grave” by Black Jake and the Carnies

“Just Two Old Friends” by EdTang

“Rhythm Doctor” by Mark Robinson (from Have Axe – Will Groove)

“Any Day Now” by Tim Lee 3 (from Devil’s Rope)

“Loose Kites in Harbor” by Skeletons in the Piano (from Please Don’t Die)

“Crow Till We Croak” by EdTang (from Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner)

“Maliced Hearts” by Mr. Kind (from Mr. Kind)

Some notes:

I claim 2013 as a victory because I got to know Tim and Susan of Tim Lee 3. Whether you are interested in Bassett Hound Rescue, BBQ, or just some awesome tunes, they are your source. When I heard their 2013 album Devil’s Rope, I honestly didn’t know much about them – other than that they were from Knoxville, Tennessee and participated in CXCW. Devil’s Rope seemed like this near perfect distillation of  all the music I love tied up in a unique and original sound. Turns out, the heart of the band has direct links to many of the people who I grew up listening to in my smaller market eastern middle Tennessee youth.  I had the great chance to meet them in October and see them play an all-to rare Nashville show.

The album Play With Your Toys  by The End Men of Brooklyn contains two instrumentals which true to the titles demonstrates the great things that can happen when talented people play.

His name is Elwood and he performs under the moniker Killing Kuddles. If that alone doesn’t get your attention, then give a listen to his music. “”He brings a grungy, punk spirit to a folk troubadours’ heart (or maybe it’s the other way around).”  Some genius music blogger said that.  He released Odd Man Out this year, and it was one of my favorites of 2013 – which is why it’s represented here. Duh!

The Blind Owl Band play contemporary music on traditional instruments, and the result is well… nothing short of greatness. In my dream E2TG Festival, these guys will play back to back to back sets with The Imperial Rooster and Black Jake and the Carnies.

Lys Guillorn came to our attention via The Grimm Generation for which she often plays.  This year, she released her first solo album in a decade.  The wait was worth it. Winged Victory is flawless music that twangs and twists in all the right places. It’s pretty much unlike anything we’ve heard, and I hope more and more people will check it out.

Ex-Drive-by-Truckers (which is now more of a trivia item than a necessary introduction) Jason Isbell just keeps making great albums that push the American/Folk/Alt-Country/Country labels forward. He doesn’t need any help from me, but hey, I love listening to his music, and in case you haven’t heard him….

I’m not sure what most people will think when a 40 something white guy from Tennessee tells them to listen to a 20 year old Hip-Hop/Rapper/Poet from the Midwest that he heard about from another 40 something white guy who grew up in the same Tennessee town.  I just hope they listen. By the way, neither of us are anywhere close to typical 40 something white guys from Tennessee. Also, Christian Robins is not any close to a typical Mid-West Hip-Hop artist.  He dropped his debut KidGrownUp this year.

EdTang is from Asbury Park, New Jersey. He dropped one of the most interestingly titled albums of the year, Goodbye, Zen 5, Sushi Dinner.  I don’t know what that means, but the album is filled with some of the best folk/Americanaish rock, I’ve heard. The songs are amazing.

So, can I confess something, I don’t really know much about the Blues. I’ve listened to a lot of the greats of the early to mid 20th Century, and several bands we regularly feature have a strong foundation in the Blues. I’ve heard a lot of Blues music that really didn’t do anything for me.  So, when I was asked to give a listen to Mark Robinson‘s new album, I was worried that it would be really good Blues music, but that I just wouldn’t get it. Boy, talk about unfounded fears.  I’ll leave it to the true Blues aficionados to explain why they love Mark Robinson (and judging my many, many awards and accolades they do love him), and I will just speak from the heart as a music fan. Oh my God this is incredible stuff. I mean, I could listen to him play guitar for hours, and being a non-musician that is saying something. Robinson is a prominent Nashville musician, and he recruits some amazing players for his second solo album. The only thing I’m left wondering is how did I miss out on this guy until 2013?

Besides their team-up cover EP, Mr. Kind also dropped an EP of original songs in 2013 which are notable for pushing the band’s sound forward and for the heretofore (at least from my perspective) clean-up Brian Bergeron singing about heavy drinking and even dropping an f-bomb as he does on the EP opening song which we feature today.  Well played, Mr. Bergeron, well played.

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*A Video playlist featuring many of our 2013 favorites plus a few related videos. The second day, I moved the newer songs to the top, but then I got lazy so the newer songs are at the end of the list
 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – A Few of My Favorite Things 2013 Mix – Part Three

We continue our 2013 Year in Review via shuffle with another great mix of music.  Today, I thought I would focus on the various ways that new music comes to my attention.  Why? Because inquiring minds want to know even if they do not know that they want to know.

Shuffle ho!

Today 3 of the artists featured came to me from a particular music promoter who has a great track record in terms of the music he sends my way.

6 artists came to me directly or indirectly from the awesome Popatunes.  Of those, at least 1 was from a Popatunes compilation, at least 2 were from Couch by Couchwest, 2 were found via artists who were directly recommended by Popa, and 1 was a direct recommendation from the man himself.

2 artists approached me directly at some point.

1 was long ago a Twitter follow.

and I met one at an unofficial Americana Fest event this past September.

Can you match the artist to the categories above?

“Scream” by Marla Mase

“Sinners, You Better Get Ready” by Black Jake and the Carnies

“Chili” by Dog Without Warning

“Pine Box Hell” by The Imperial Rooster

“Driving Toward the Sun” by Susan James

“Better Than” by The Coal Men

“Vices” by The Quick and the Dead

“Languishing in Lower Chakras” by The Gabriel Construct

“R U Thinking What I’m Thinking” by The Great American Novel

“Silence” by Beijing

“Long Pig” by Skeletons in the Piano (from Please Don’t Die)

“The Sun Will Set” by Beijing (from Night)

“Mental Trapeze” by The End Men (from Play With Your Toys)

“Exit Me” by The Imperial Rooster (from Cluckaphony)

“Out of Time” (Blur cover) by Mr. Kind and Tektite (from Mr. Kind and…*)

*the title of the Mr. Kind album actually has the ampersand, but that symbol messes with the formatting on Blogger so…)

Notes:

Marla Mase is freaking awesome.  Her album Speak was released in 2012, but a Deluxe version was reissued in 2013 making eligible for inclusion in this Shuffle. Plus it’s my shuffle so whatever I say is eligible is eligible. (I’ll try not to let that power go to my head) (Oh who am I kidding… it’s gone)

Reason number 724 why I love using the “shuffle” function: Black Jake and the Carnies, “Chili” by Dog Without Warning, and The Imperial Rooster back to back to back. 

Susan James had X drummer D.J. Bonebrake emcee the album release party for her previous album. This gives here a million cool points in my book.  Driving Toward the Sun is a great album of amazing California-style mellow folk – think Joni Mitchell and Kate Wolf if it’s helpful to have a reference point.

The Coal Men: It’s still inconceivable to me that it took 4 albums for me to catch hold of this band.  Thanks to the blogger Too Much Country for the introduction.

The Quick and the Dead is the new band from ex- Cosmonauts – Joe Mansman.  I was pleasantly surprised and heartened by the sound of this band.

The Gabriel Construct is a project I was so happy to have the opportunity to feature. It is a complex, progressive, and evocative interior journey. At times sparse, at times discordant it is an amazing musical achievement. It is music unlike most you are likely to hear (on this blog or anywhere else).

I’ve written quite a bit recently about 😦  the latest album from The Great American Novel. The album was recorded at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – a definite hot bed of amazing music.  Side note: for some reason Amazon was okay with 😦 as an album title, but seemed to not like The Danbury Lies title ‘?’.

Representing Connecticut in today’s mix is a great hard rock band called beijing  whose strong and consistent album Night is one of my faves from the year.

Skeletons in the Piano were the 2012 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year.  They sealed the deal with their truly amazing Please Don’t Die album which was released by Magnetic Eye Records. Recommended for fans of awesome music.   They are from Saratoga Springs, New York. I’m just a guy from Nashville so I don’t know much about Saratoga Springs except there must be a ton of great musicians there and at least half of them are in SITP. Seriously, how many people are in this band? 🙂

The End Men. Boom!  Brownies on the house!

Mr. Kind is the newish band from Brian Bergeron.  This year they teamed up with other indie artists to record a series of covers of classic indie tracks.  Here they team with Extraterrestrial Hip-Hop artist Tektite to cover a song made famous by 90s British band Blur.

 
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Life’s a Gas Mix






A longish shuffle today – so I will dispense with pleasantries and unpleasantries as well….

Shuffle – after the jump



“The Wylie Coyote Cliffs” and “Bob Newhart” by Darrin Bradbury (from NEW!!!!The Almost Great Crepe’s.  Man! What a great way to start the shuffle… a pair of truly great story-songs from new Nashville resident Darrin Bradbury.  I hope all my Nashville music friends will check out this music and support his music.  Nashville is a songwriting town, and there are tons of amazing songwriters here, but there is always room for more great ones, and Darrin Bradbury is a great one.)

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“Fall Asleep” by Jars of Clay (Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session.  The song comes from the band’s twelfth studio album Inland. The Eastside Manor Session doesn’t seem to available, but the single version of this song is up now – with all donations going to support relief efforts in the Philippines )


“Fake Palindromes” by Andrew Bird (from Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs.  A delightful tune with really disturbing lyrics.)

“I Can’t Wait” by Star and Micey (from the I Can’t Wait EP.  A brilliant song by this brilliant band from Memphis.)

“Last Goodbye” by The Coal Men (from Escalator.  Another great song from this awesome album that I was introduced to during an amazing night of music at the 5 Spot back in September.)

“Life’s a Gas” by T. Rex (from Electric Warrior. Yes, it is.)

“More the Man I Used to Be” by The Tremolo Beer Gut (from Nous Sommes The Tremolo Beer Gut…Qui Le Fuck Etes Vous.  Okay so how did I not know about this band?  I grabbed this off this month’s Feel Bad for You Mixtape.  Here’s some info (via Lastfm: “They love tremolo, they love beer and they’ve got guts! The Tremolo Beer Gut draws inspirations from the ultra cool rough twangy guitar sound of 50’es and 60’es surf as well as the great film music of Mancini, Barry and Moricone. TBG has made it their style to use the same cover-photo for all their releases, they just change the color and design a little bit. As they say: “You can’t improve on perfection – and by the way: when you’re drunk, it’s easier to remember the color of the sleeve than the name of the record!” 
The band was formed in 1998 by Sune Wagner (The Raveonettes) and Yebo (Jesper Reginal – Thau/ Crunchy Frog Records) “Jengo” (Jens Erik Lembcke) (ex-Trains and Boats and Planes) and Per Sunding (Eggstone).”)

“KidGrownUp” (feat. JD) (prod. G. Money) by Christian Robins (from his KidGrownUp mixtape. The title track… Dig it! Really!)

“Lost Innocent World” by Gogol Bordello (from Pura Vida Conspiracy.  Some awesomeness which this New York based Gypsy Punk artist.  We grabbed this off an ATO Records Sampler)

“Smile” by Andrew Ferris (from Yellow Lorry.  A great cheery Pop song.  You know… Pop is a good way.)

“Ooby Dooby” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (from Cosmo’s Factory. How ’bout this CCR cover of the Roy Orbison hit from their 1970 5th album)

“Judging You” by TimLee3 (from Devil’s Rope. Hell yeah! “Maybe I shouldn’t be judging you, but that don’t mean that it ain’t true.”)

“Goodbye Summer” by Jonny Fritz (from Dad Country. The artist formerly known as Jonny Corndawg. Oh man I love this song.  In 2012 while still billed as Jonny Corndawg, Fritz recorded an solo, a cappella song from inside a drainage pipe for Couch by Couchwest. His 2013 submission – as Jonny Fritz – was from Andrew Combs’ kitchen floor. Yeah, he’s that cool.)

“That’s What I Want for Christmas” by Annie Sellick (from Let’s Make a Christmas Memory. Another track from this album. This song – a cover of a jazz ballad features noted Nashville jazz pianist Joe Davidian).

“Loose Kites in Harbor” by Skeletons in the Piano (from Please Don’t Die.  Our 2012 Reader’s Poll – Band of the Year – upstate New Yorkers SITP released one of our favorite albums of the year back in April or so.  Today also happens to the birthday of SITP dancer Katarra Peterson – so Happy Birthday Katarra!)

 
 
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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Grand Company Mix

Introducing:  The E2TG Hall of Fame —– Ta Da!

You may be asking, “WTF?” Basically, it comes down to this: My blogging consultant told me I need to start being more controversial to attract more readers to my site. Whenever, I see posts about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they always seem to attract highly opinionated comments. So, I thought if I came up with my own Hall of Fame, it might create controversy and angry comment wars which might “go viral” as the kids say.*

*All of the proceeding is true except for the following: I don’t have a blogging consultant. I rarely read comment wars about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the only thing likely to “go viral” over here is an actual virus.

Really, I got to thinking about the artists I consider E2TG featured artist. When I began writing E2TG way back in the spring of 2011, I began naming a Band of the Week just about every week.  I did this for a about year, before switching to a featured artist designation – wherein I would name ten or so “featured artists” every month and put them in “heavy rotation” for the remainder of that month.  That carried on for just over six months. Since, then I keep featuring new music, but I haven’t really been very organized about recognizing those bands.  So… I decided to take stock – at this random point in E2TG history and go back and formally recognize all of the bands that I consider part of the E2TG family.  To do so, I decided to use the TAG “cloud” on the sidebar and begin with the most tagged bands and work my way down.  So, for the near future, I am going to name three, two or one band every day to join the E2TG HofF.  It’s a purely honorary title – as currently it does not come with a cash prize nor is there an actual Hall.

I am going to create and maintain a Sidebar linked Page for the Hall of Fame artists – with videos, songs, links, an on-going web-store and more.  It’s still under construction, so will update when I have a Page set up. 

So without much more ado, E2TG is pleased to announce our inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees:

 
 
 
 


1. THE END MEN from Brooklyn, NY

2.TACO LAND – from San Antonio, TX

3. SKELETONS IN THE PIANO from Saratoga Springs, NY

Stay tuned!  More to come.

Shuffle is up next


“Honey You” by The Dirty Guv’nahs (from Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies. Groovy grooves from Knoxville, TN.)

“Bluebirds Fall” by The Autumn Defense (from the Birds, Beasts, and Flowers EP. A split EP with the band Hem. Lilting harmonies from Chicago by way of Wilco.)

“August” by prattle on, rick. (from A Decade Begins. Summery instrumental goodness from Nashville.)

“Grand Company” by Joseph Mooradian (It’s good to see this kid making lots of new music – I just heard an excellent even newer song this morning.  This one is supposedly a work-in-progress, but it’s an excellent song. CLICK HERE to listen and download.“)

“Last Nite” by Adele (covering The Strokes.)

“Tracks of my Tears by Linda Ronstadt (covering Smokey Robinson and The Miracles classic)

 

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Friday Morning Music Explosion – Digging Underneath Mix

 
 



So we made it through our holiday shortened workweek, and it’s practically the weekend.  Let’s celebrate with a virtual explosion of music … after the JUMP

Here is our playlist which stretches from yesterday afternoon’s ride home until this morning’s drive to work.

“Make Up With Me” by Let’s Active

“Blue Moon” by Big Star

“Someday Sometime” by Scott Miller and Rayna Gellert (FYI – this is the Scott Miller from Knoxville from the band The V-Roys, and not the late Scott Miller of Game Theory and Loud Family) (FYI #2 – This is a great song!)

“Kings and Thrones” by Outer Minds (Chicago-based Baroque Bubblegum Psych)

“Outside the Rain” by Stevie Nicks (from Bella Donna)

“Breakfast” by Humming House

“Empty We Are” by McNary

“Digging Underneath the House” by Skeletons in the Piano (from Please Don’t Die – one of our favorite records of the year by E2TG’s Band of the Year 2012)

“Double Trouble” by Jack and White (LA duo – Brooke White and Jack Matranga)

“You” by Keaton Henson (a 25 year old London based Folk Rock musician, visual artist, and poet – this song is on a ANTI records sampler via Noisetrade)

“My Funny Boy” by Katey Laurel (A Denver-based Folk-Pop singer/songwriter who we have come to like a whole bunch)

“Skilly Bom Billy Flop” + “The Savior” by The Imperial Rooster (two in a row from Cluckaphony which is one of our favorite’s from this year.  The second song is a cover of a song from the second album by Michigan Punk Rock band The Crucifucks)

“Muskegon Harbor” by Taco Land (another from Pancakes and Pizza – a beautiful instrumental – coincidentally, the second song in a row with a Michigan connection)

“Lost My Way (live)” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (I’m hoping to meet Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray in a couple of weeks)

“Eire” by The Shakers (The Shakers were an amazing southern gothic, alt-folk band that was formed by Oscar Rice and Robert Logue from Royal Court of China who were joined by the amazing Rebecca Stout to create a highly unique and original style.  This particular song comes from a great compilation of 1980s era Nashville Rock music – called Return to Elliston Square – 1979 to 1989)

“General Dome” by Buke and Gase

“Birmingham” by McNary (a second track from this Nashville singer/songwriter’s 2013 album, While We Are Waking)

“Zombie Girl” by Shake Jack (the title track to the EP by the Buenos Aires Surf, Rockabilly band)

“Together” by The Box Tops

“The Stars That Left” by Telepathic Teddy Bear

“Trains (Rose, Mary and Time) by Johnny Flynn (a recent “discovery”.  Johnny Flynn has an incredible vintage sound applied to thoroughly modern music.0

“Just Two Old Friends” by EdTang (another track from Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner…)

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Stupid Earphones Mix

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Well, another pair of cheap earphones has stopped working properly. blah.  I think I should start a earphone replacement paypal account or something.  You know like text “earphones” to 5555555 to donate $2.00 to the cause.

Whatever…. Hey, it’s Friday, and our new friend Joey from newgazzi has just released newgazzi volume 7 – so check it out.

Let’s get to the shuffle right now… (jump)

Pre-Shuffle:

“Years and Years” by Brad Jones (amazing singer songwriter based in Nashville from North Carolina )

“The Churches” by Telepathic Teddy Bear (Electro Pop music from Juan Carlos Padilla)

“Long Pig” by Skeletons in the Piano (More from the excellent Please Don’t Die – high on my list of things to do is to see this band live)

“Crow Till We Croak” by EdTang (from the album Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner – EdTang is from New Jersey – I’m really digging this record.)

“King James” by I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House (An awesome band from Portland, OR with a  storied past and a great band name. They are CXCW alums, so that gives them instant coolness cred in my book – this is a great song, too, by the way)

Shuffle:

“Fixman” by Roots of a Rebellion from Inner Light EP (2012)

A reggae, rock, dub band from Nashville. They are awesome, and I have a feeling I’ll be listening to a lot more of them.

“‘Merican” by Descendents from Cool to Be You (2004)

 
Seminal California punk band from their 2004 album. I’ve never seen Descendents live, but I did see All back in the early 90s.  All = Descendents – Milo.
 
 
 
“The Music In my Headphones” by Telepathic Teddy Bear from Reactions (2011)
  
 
 
Appropriate or Ironic – as I struggled to keep one ear piece working on my damn earphones, this song by Telepathic Teddy Bear comes up. Cool song, though (I’ve heard it in more than one ear before).
 
 
“Halo Days (4 ‘Drew)” by Tim Lee 3 from Devil’s Rope (2013)
 
 
 
Time for one more song.  Tim Lee 3 recently were out west recording some music for their follow-up to Devil’s Rope.  While we can’t expect a new Tim Lee 3 album until early 2014, they have gift us (and by us I mean all of us) with a new track.  You can check out Magnolia Plates – here .
 
 
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Fox the Fox Mix

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Greetings and Welcome to Ear to the Ground, where we listen to music and tell you about it. Then we let you listen, too.

We have a rather interesting mix of music today – so let’s jump to it….

JUMP

Pre-Shuffle:

“Thief in My Mouth” by The Weeks (acclaimed Nashville band from their latest Dear Bo Jackson)

“The Blood Beyond” by Skeletons in the Piano (Our 2012 Band of the Year – from their latest album, Please Don’t Die)

“Leave it All” by Telepathic Teddy Bear (from his latest – Reactions)

Next up was another track from Chris Schlarb’s Psychic Temple album.  Coming in at 9 minutes plus – we let this song transition us into the Shuffle proper….
Shuffle:

“Dream State > Police State” by Chris Schlarb from Psychic Temple (2010)

 
 
Psychic Temple features a stunning array of players: (via the Noisetrade page): It would not be an exaggeration to boast that Psychic Temple contains performances from some of today’s finest musicians including Mick Rossi of the Philip Glass Ensemble, legendary Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, vocalists Julianna Barwick, DM Stith, Joel St. Julien (of ELLUL), Aaron Roche, trumpeter Kris Tiner, Brian Blade Fellowship pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley, Weird Weeds percussionist Nick Hennies, guitarist Danny Miller and drummer Tabor Allen (of Rare Grooves and The Widow Babies), bassists Steuart Liebig, C.J. Boyd and Anthony Shadduck, and Danny T. Levin and David Moyer on horns.
 
And they had me at Mike Watt…
 
“Shock the Monkey” (Peter Gabriel cover) by Don Ho from When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You’d Hear (2002)
 
 
 
 
I’m not much I can say about legendary Hawaiian singer, the late Don Ho – covering Peter Gabriel’s 1982 hit song from his fourth album. Except, I will say, I kind of liked it.
 
“East Virginia” by Damian Jurado from Gathered in Song (2006/2007)
 
 
 
I make no secret of the fact that I am a big Damien Jurado fan.  I actually first came across his music by accident – in a way. This song is gorgeous and subtle and well… just great.
 
 
“Cryin’ Like A Fool” by Jerry McCain from Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball (1997)
 

We close out with a track from early rock/blue legend Jerry McCain – he’s cryin’ like a fool… no really!

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