Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Holy Roller Coaster Mix

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We’ve made it to the mid-week, and believe it or not, we are right at the mid-month mark for July. Lots of stuff on the horizon. 

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Shuffle….

“Buttercup” by Kerri Powers

This song (my first – but not my last – listen to Kerri Powers) sounds as if it comes from a different era, which I attribute to the timelessness of the sound and style.  She is from Massachusetts. The song is on her self-titled album which was released last year.

“Harsh Light of Reality” by Human Radio

Another great song from the self-titled Human Radio album from the early 90s.  Still sounds relevant today.

“Born to Lose” by Social Distortion

From Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell… Social Distortion… just Social Distortion! I used to think of this as my theme-song – sung with defiance not self-pity.

“Mr. Soul” by Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet covering a Neil Young penned song from Buffalo Springfield… this is a good thing!

“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” by Waylon Jennings

This song will turn 40 years old next month.  Proof positive that whatever the problems with the “Nashville” Country Music establishment, they are not new and the solution always must start from the outside.  As timely today…. and a really great song!

“Fragile Magic” by Michael Sackler-Berner

So the theme today seems to be timeless music – modern music that sounds like it is from another era and older music that sounds fresh and vital.  Michael Sackler-Berner fits in the former category – his latest music evoking some of the great Pop music of the last several decades.  Marshall Crenshaw is among the awesome people who have worked with him, he’s had songs in Sons of Anarchy and Law and Order, and he has done some acting. 

“Do You Know Something (I Don’t Know)?” by Webb Wilder

Last night, I posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram that included my vintage Webb Wilder t-shirt. Today, this song from Hybrid Vigor shows up in the shuffle… go figure. Webb doing his thing…. dig it!

“Interview With a Hobo” by Jonas H. Sjøvaag’s Navyelectre

The album is called Large Ensemble. They are from Oslo, Norway, and I am have really been getting into this album since I got hold of it recently. It is highly original music that I find it difficult to describe.  Check out the video playlist which closes with a preview of the album which was released back in May. 

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Ooh La La Mix

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New Release News:  Lindsay Ellyn Out of Road EP released today!

I met Lindsay Ellyn last Autumn.  I featured some songs from her Shores EP here on Ear to the Ground, and I have had the great good fortune to see her play live a number of times since then.  She has been hard at work on her new EP for some time, and it is finally released to the world as of this morning.  I will be grabbing my copy after work today, but based solely upon the songs I’ve heard (which are fabulous) and the quality of the people Lindsay worked with on the EP (which is stellar), I can easily recommend you give a listen and add it to your collection.

It is also available on Bandcamp and iTunes you prefer.

“Ooh La La” by The Faces

The title track from the final studio album by The Faces. The song was written by Ronnie Lane and Ronnie Wood, and Ronnie Wood sings the lead vocals on the track.  The song was used in Wes Anderson’s film Rushmore, and in the 2004 comedy Without a Paddle.  There is a volume of information about the final days of The Faces and Rod Stewart which does not paint Mr. Stewart in the best possible light.  Of course his music from the late 70s and 80s provides it’s own damning evidence (apologies to Rod Stewart fans)….

“Heart of Darkness” by Hoodoo Gurus

A week or so back, we had a song from Syd Straw called “Heart of Darkness”.  This is a different song, taken from the Gurus 1987 album, Blow Your Cool!

“Chemistry” (Instrumental_125) by Hayden Coleman

Okay, this one has been lingering around our playlist for a while. We featured Hayden Coleman’s song, Chemistry some time ago, and then later we featured the a cappella version of the song.  Now, we have the instrumental version which showcases the fantastic beat making skills of my Mr. Coleman.

“Slowly, Surely Suzanne” by Ben Arthur

A song from Ben Arthur’s new album, Call and Response (which features “Answer” songs based upon other songs, poems, and fiction).  Arthur has also been hard at work producing and hosting the web series Songcraft Presents and working on the spin off Songs of the Road.  Check it all out.

“twinkle” by ricky mirage

Repetitive spoken word over a hooky indie pop beat.  Really digging this album a bunch.

“99 to Life” by Social Distortion

From Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell… “Lonely Weekends, Baby Lonely Night/The Judge he gave me 99 to Life”… 

“Here Tonight” by [debut]

Postcards from Berlin is the new album by this L.A. based Electronic/Alternative band.  This is a very catchy song that sounds like something I’ve known about for a long time.  Okay, that maybe a weird way to say it, but occasionally I hear new songs that are so wonderful that it is hard to believe they never existed before. This is one of those songs to me.

“A Casual Conversation with Superman” by Darrin Bradbury

From a live album from back before Darrin perfected his stage banter about this song, but from when the song itself was flawless.  “Truth you know kid, sometimes me and Lex we fight for kicks, if he weren’t hell bent of destruction, hell I’d probably let him win…”   “Sometimes this old world just ain’t worth saving…”

“Love Assassin” by Christopher Allen Slade

The e-mail I received described the music thusly: “If Blondie and Scissor Sisters threw a Party, and AC/DC crashed it.”  Hell yes, I wanted to hear more.  The song is in video playlist so judge for yourself, but I do not think the description was misleading.  More to come!

“Music City USA” by Billy Joe Shaver

And had the good fortune to see Billy Joe Shaver perform on Music City Roots last month.  This song is from his latest album Long in the Tooth.  A living legend for sure.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Lost Cause Mix

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A great week of live music continued last night: the count: Darrin Bradbury with Aaron Lee Tasjan and Cameron Carrus backing him up, Carl Anderson, and Holy Sheboygan (an awesome band from Wisconsin) all at Foobar.  Then, Tim Carroll and Luella Wood  and a solo Darrin Bradbury set at Fran’s Eastside.

“Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold” by Townes Van Zandt

Always a good sign when the shuffle begins with a Townes Van Zandt song.  A 1973 live version of the song on High, Low and In Between.

“My Old Friend the Blues” by Steve Earle

An even better sign when that Townes song is followed up with some classic Steve Earle from Guitar Town.

“Magnet” by Tom Schreck

The positive signs continue with a track from Nashville Outsider, Tom Schreck’s album Save Your Glory.  I had the privilege of attending the Bob Dylan concert with Mr. Schreck.  I enjoy getting to know songwriters I  love to gain some insight into where their songs come from… without asking the dreaded, “Where do you get your ideas?” question.

“Marionette” by Soul Asylum

I’ve probably slam-danced alone to Hang Time than I have to about any other album.  And yes, I have been known to slam-dance alone….  I still maintain that Soul Asylum really hit the perfect mix between punk and pop with this record.  Not necessarily what is called Punk Pop or Pop Punk, but very effective.

“Fools in Love” by Joe Jackson

Look Sharp!  There are so many great songs on this album…

“Bye Bye Baby” by Social Distortion

From Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell.  Social Distortion are or will be touring for the 25 anniversary of their self-titled third album. This album was released two years later, so maybe we can expect another anniversary tour in 2017.

“Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs” by Minutemen

From What Makes a Man Start Fires?  A testament to the incredible career of Bob Dylan.  When this album was released 32 years ago, Dylan was already a legendary performer. Dylan released his twenty second album, Infidels, that same year. Thirty two years later, Dylan is still building on that legendary status. Also, I think having the proper context of my musical tastes requires that you know that Minutemen were and are one of my all time favorite bands.

“Like a Whore” by Broken Guru

Broken Guru are an alternative/punk trio from New York. Their debut album, Bent Up Halo, was released two days ago. 

“Lost Cause” (Beck cover) by Max Jury

Max Jury is a singer-songwriter from Iowa.  His first single, called Home is out.  This Beck cover came to me via a Noisetrade SXSW Mixtape.  Looking forward to hearing more from Max Jury.

“Religionism” by The Great Game

Another song from the New World Music of The Great Game who originate from several locations in Europe.  Their highly original self-titled album is available for  download on the band’s website.

“Pictures from Vacation in Tuscany” by Burning Bridges

Every Thursday, we like to Throwback to hear some pre-history music from one of the #E2TG favorite artists.  Actually, not every Thursday nor exclusively on Thursday, but whenever a song comes up in our shuffle.  Burning Bridges is a early band from the founder of The Danbury Lie.

“I Know What I Know” by Paul Simon

And we close out the day with more music from Graceland. Who am I to blow against the wind.

VIDEO PLAYLIST

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Move over Captain America Mix

I would like to preface today’s shuffle by saying that a big pet peeve of mine are people of a certain age who loudly decry “music these days” and who pine for some different era. They usually “prove” their point by referencing some trendy pop act of today and offer up for comparisons sake some legend of a different era who has stood the test of time.  It is not only the logic that is faulty, but such statements are a sign of laziness. There is a ton of great music being made “these days” – far more than even this music blogger than cover.  So my advise to those who would rant in the manner mentioned above is either 1. Seek out music – there are far more ways to do this than there ever were or 2. Shut up and admit that you are unwilling to do so and that you prefer the music of your younger days.

All that being said,  music has a special power to evoke… music which was an integral part of the formative years of our lives does hold a special place.  It is in that spirit that I offer up today’s shuffle which a total throwback to my days of yore.

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Count me among the legions who truly discovered Big Star and Alex Chilton thanks to The Replacements. This song comes from an Alex Chilton compilation which gave me a crash course in all things Chilton. It was originally on the legendary album Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers.

“Bottle O’ Tears” by The Georgia Satellites

I know they are the Georgia Satellites, but I have always considered them a Nashville band.  I first heard “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” on WRVU several months before it became an international hit song, and I first read about the band in the legendary Metro magazine. This comes from the 1989 album In The Land of Salvation and Sin. I have always considered  that album an underrated classic or at least an under-heard classic.

“Shake That Thing” by The Georgia Satellites

Another great song from In the Land…. I think this song is about shaking something, but I’m not sure… Seriously, this is what Rock ‘n’ Roll is all about.

“Whoa!” by Soul Asylum

Soul Asylum released three albums in 1986.  This was the first. A glorious loud and fast punk inspired ode to joy called Made to Be Broken.


“Six Gallon Pie” by Meat Puppets

An instrumental from their 1989 album Forbidden Places – this was a few years before Kurt Cobain and Nirvana helped make the band household names.  I love this album, and it’s a good time to tell about the extremely hot and sweaty Meat Puppets’ show at 328 Performance Hall when the band took pity on the crowd of hot and sweat moshers and started handing out beers from the stage.  So, I can say that one of the Kirkwood brothers gave me a beer.  I know I’ve told this story many, many times, but if you give me a beer from the stage, I’ll tell the world about it, too. I’m easy that way.

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We have a pair of songs from the debut album, Big Lizard in Your Backyard, by everyone’s favorite punk brats.  I guess I could always relate to The Dead Milkmen because I was a bit of a punk brat myself….

“Beach Song” by The Dead Milkmen

Who hates the beach?  The Dead Milkmen hate the beach!

“King of the Mountain” by Midnight Oil

From their 1990 album, Blue Sky Mining.  I’ve always loved this song.  The interesting twist of time and circumstance is that these days, I get to see Midnight Oil bassist Bones Hillman just about every Friday in East Nashville helping the hold down the bottom for Tim Carroll.

“Caped Crusader” by Phranc

A song about a comic book based upon the life of Pope John Paul II from Phranc’s solo debut album Folksinger (1985).  Phranc was previously a member of the band Catholic Discipline and the band appeared in the landmark film about the L.A. punk scene, The Decline of Western Civilization.

“King of Fools” by Social Distortion

The most recent release in today’s shuffle from the 1992 Social D album Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell.  I dig just about every song on this album.

“Another Chance” by The Georgia Satellites

We shall close this shuffle with one of my favorite songs on In the Land of Salvation and Sin…. I think this song is a more elegant expression of the sentiment behind YOLO. 🙂

VIDEO PLAYLIST

 

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Dozens and Dozens Mix

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Anyway, so I’m experimenting with some new ways to bring you the Morning Shuffle.  Today, for example, the Amazon links are up top in the handy widget thing.  I got this handy, dandy bluetooth speaker, so I started the shuffle on my way in to work and continued it for my walk up the steps of the capitol.   So, tons of great music.  Let’s get to it…. more on the shuffle after the jump….

JUMP!

1. Dave Brubeck passed away last week after a long life and tons of great music.  Here we have his take on the Jerome Kern composition, The Way You Look Tonight.

2.While it might seem a strange or strained transition from Brubeck to Iggy and the Stooges, well, what can I say, I’m all about strange and strained transitions.  Anyway, way back in my musical formative years I bought a Charlie Parker compilation and the Stooges’ album Fun House on the same shopping trip, and it made perfect sense to me… so….  Search and Destroy is in the shuffle today.

3. For about ten years, my beautiful wife produced radio PSAs for the Presbyterian Church.  I have a few of those spots saved to my MP3 player and one of those came up today.  Adults are Kids, Too was from the series of spots called Blessings about and inspired by the work of Project Joy

4.  Pretty Persuasion – R.E.M. – Reckoning. ‘kay?


5.  Ballot Result is a must have for Minutemen completists. A fan voted compilation of outakes, bootlegs and misc. goodies from the too short lived godfathers of post-punk.  No! No! No! to Draft and War is protest folk music for the post punk era – the brief but powerful Joe McCarthy’s Ghost completes the track.


6.  Jiving Sister Fanny was first released on the unauthorized Rolling Stones compilation called Metamorphosis which was released in 1975.  We grabbed it off the Boxset entitled Singles Collection: The London Years.


7. Pulse by The Psychedelic Furs is one of three songs not produced by Steve Lillywhite for the band’s self-titled album.


8. Social Destortion’s self-titled album was their third.  From that we have the classic song, Let it Be Me.


9.  Bob Dylan’s second album – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – turned 50 years old this year.  A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall from that album is up next. Nearly seven minutes of  awesomeness.


10.  The Shuffle closes with a 40 year old song from yet another self-titled debut.  This time we have John Prine with Quiet Man.

          



 

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Wind Blown Mix

By the way, it’s not windy here today – just a random bit of words floating through my brain.

It looks like our friends, Those Mockingbirds ended the contest in 1st place!  As I  understand it, the final decision is now in the hands of the movie’s producers. I still don’t understand completely what happens now, but when I know you will know.

Let’s go… it’s Friday before a long holiday weekend here in the States, and I am expecting readership to drop significantly today because everyone is getting a jump start on their holiday plans. In any event, I’ve been focusing exclusively on the May 2012 playlist this week, but to wrap up the week, I thought I would go to one of our randomly selected playlists.

NUMBER ONE

We begin with a track off legendary British band, The Psychedelic Furs’ self-titled debut album. Susan’s Strange is classic Furs music, but did you know this song was not on the original UK release of  the album?

 
NUMBER TWO
Next up with a cover song.  Long-lived California band, Social Distortion have recently done some arena dates opening for The Avett Brothers, which at first glance seemed like an odd combination, but Mike Ness and company have a long-held affinity for classic county music.  They covered June Carter Cash’s Ring of Fire on their self-titled Epic records debut, and here we have a song off their second Epic release, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, this one is a cover of a song which topped the Country charts in 1955 for Ms. Kitty Wells. Making Believe was written by Jimmy Work.

 
NUMBER THREE
Finally, we have a track from one of our 2011 Band’s of the Week.  The Hunting Accident are an Indie Rock band  based in Los Angeles.  The band is made up of former members of the bands Piebald and Arlo.  The song Aubergine is available now via Soundcloud using the widget below, and will be included on  Trees and Parks, a 10″ which will be released in July.

Here is an Amazon link to an earlier EP by the band
 
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