Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Alone in a Crowd Mix

The end of a long strange week… we have a pretty nifty mix of old and new music of various styles and moods and subjects… all making a cohesive morning shuffle…

“Painted On Attitude” by T. Hardy Morris

An October 2014 single from T. Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate.  He is part of the new project Diamond Rugs along with members of Deer Tick and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.  Diamond Rugs has a Noisetrade release that includes this track and some music from Deer Tick.

“Blue Light of the Fire” by Heather Powell

Heather Powell’s new album A Haze of Grays and Blues is out (this week).  This song is from her previous album Believe it to Life. A new version of this song (same lyrics,  different tune) is on the new album as “Blue Light”.  The video included is a recent live version of that new song.

“Lost in the Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)” by Sons of Bill

A song for the late Big Star member whose classic solo album was released some 14 years after his tragic 1978 death at age 27.  The song is on Love and Logic the most recently album by Virginia band Sons of Bill.

“Camera” by R.E.M.

Another classic track from R.E.M.’s second album Reckoning.

“Never Talking to You Again” by Husker Du

From the Short Songs mixtape – taken from the Minneapolis post-punk legends’ classic second album Zen Arcade. A Grant Hart composition.

“Cat’s Eye Ring” by Steelism

Nashville’s favorite instrumental steel guitar driven surf rock band from the debut album 615 to Fame. I have been following Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum Jr. since I saw them play with Caitlin Rose a few years ago. 

“Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon

From Graceland…

“The Long Run Out” by The Unforgiven

You don’t know how good it feels to say a new song from The Unforgiven.  The Unforgiven was an 80s band that by all rights should have been huge.  They had the look and the sound, they were larger than life and seemed to have stepped right out of a Spaghetti Western. To call them a Big Guitar band is an amazing understatement.  Circumstances being what they were and are, their sole, self-titled album ended up being their only release.  In 2012, the band reformed for a show at Stagecoach Festival and in 2014 their album was finally given a new release.  This song was a bonus track recorded around the time of the 2012 reunion, and it is pure The Unforgiven.  If you (like way too many) missed out on this band the first time around or haven’t had a heard them in a long time, climb on board.  Hang ’em High!

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“Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?” by The Waterboys

Our second song about a late musical great in the shuffle.  From Fishermen’s Blues comes this song about the late Country music icon Hank Williams.


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Waiting in the Sky Mix

“There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds” – David Bowie

Shuffle after the jump….

“Images and Noise” by Mothers from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Panamanian Times

References Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Pink Floyd in a awesome post-punk stew of images and noises….  plus their bandcamp tags include the minutemen – so bonus points!

Video is Ben Wallin’s MCFK Testimonial.

“Starman” by David Bowie from Ziggy Stardust

… I leaned back on my radio oh oh…

Video is live performance from 1972.

“Running Wild” by Moon Taxi from Mountains Beaches Cities

Another track from Moon Taxi’s latest album.

Video is David Letterman

“Pocket Full of Pride” by Taco Land from Home Sweet Home

Long time E2TG favorite – from the latest album. Doing the Taco Land thing the way only Taco Land can do… check them out!

Video is an interview with Joseph “Taco Land” Russell to provide some background about the band.

“Joey’s Arm” by Sons of Bill from One Town Away

Charlottesville, VA based Sons of Bill have a new album due out at the end of September, and they have been added to the growing and impressive line-up for this year’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville.  They are signed to the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers label, and although I am late to the game, I have been blown away by what I’ve heard so far.  This song is from their 2009 album One Town Away

Video from the band’s YouTube channel.


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Ear to the Ground: The Unheard Music – Vol. 1

So… every week I add anywhere from 30 to 80 songs to my MP3 player.  These become part of the Morning Shuffles you have come to know and love…  Each shuffle has between 3 and 5 songs.  So even at 5 songs for 5 days, I max out at 25 songs per week that I am able to present in the Morning Shuffle.  Obviously, this leaves a large number of songs that I have not been able to play for you.  Over the past several months, I have been collecting a playlist of the best of those unplayed tracks.  As the year winds down, and I contemplate a new phone with increased memory capacity, I wanted to begin to present some of these songs.  I have ripped off the band X and called this segment, The Unheard Music.

These will be video posts with little to know explanation or description….



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