Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Masks That Pass for Faces Mix

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Well… I’m back.  After feeling less than 100% all week, the percentages dropped dramatically Wednesday night into Thursday… but I’m back to feeling less than 100%.  Actually, (knock on wood), I am feeling pretty darn close to 100%. 

So it’s time for our weekending shuffle and I think we have a good one…

“I’m Not Afraid (Doesn’t Matter To Me)” by Beat Rodeo

We are almost through the Beat Rodeo album, Home in the Heart of the Beat, but we still have a few more.   A tasty bit of mid/late 80s power pop with a bit of twang.

“My Baby Drives” by Justin Townes Earle

From the album Single Mothers.  The version I heard is from the World Café sessions playlist that I posted about earlier this week.

“Western Skies” by Hot Rize

Legendary Bluegrass band, Hot Rize, with a song from When I’m Free which was released last September and which was the band’s first new album in over 24 years.  Music to move the band into the 21st Century while staying deeply rooted in the traditions from which they arose.

“Easy Way Out” by Other Lives

A song from the latest album (Rituals was released May 4) by this alternative band from Oklahoma.

“2 Pigs in a Blanket/She’s My Little Biscuit Eater” by Southern Culture on the Skids

From Bubbapalooza Vol. 1 – a compilation that was released in 2006.  SCOTS at their rowdy, randy, and rocking best.

“All She Can Say” by American Scarecrows

An absolutely awesome song from the album Yesteryear.  American Scarecrows are opening tonight for Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets at First Avenue in their hometown of Minneapolis!

“Rules of Engagement” by The Poorhouse Says

The Poorhouse Says are a band from St. Louis.  Their latest album, as patterns go, will be released later this month.  The album release show is scheduled for June 27 at Focal Point in Maplewood, MO.   My first listen, and I like what I’m hearing.

“Forbidden Places” by Meat Puppets

Maybe a song that Meat Puppets will perform tonight in Minneapolis? Maybe?  The title track and our final from the band’s classic 1992 album.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Reasonable Man Mix

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You know, I’m not one to dwell in the past… well at least as it relates to this blog, but I was thinking about yesterday’s Shuffle, and how proud I was to be able to present three great new pieces of music from artists and musical styles which could hardly be more diverse, and which (at least in my mind) were united by a love of what they do and an authenticity of spirit which can be a rare quality in music these days (or any days).

As they say, now for something completely different.  We shuffled up the same playlist of songs and here is what emerged for today….

Pre-Shuffle Shuffle:  A cool Punk Rock band from New York State called Bridge Under Fire which we pulled off of The Appetizer Sampler from Built4BBQ.  A couple more tuneful tracks from the outstanding Pretty Well Damned album by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade.  We close out the Pre-shuffle with a pretty cool Rock band from Brooklyn called Brothers (not be to mistaken for any other band called Brothers, this band is referred to as Brother NYC).

Shuffle forward after the Jump


  • “Using Your Love” by The Mohawk Lodge from Damaged Goods (2013)
The Mohawk Lodge are a band from Canada. They have been compare to Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen with a dash of Nick Cave.  I’ve been digging on the songs I’ve heard so far. Check them out.

  •  “Just a Bum” by Greg Brown which was orginally released on his 1985 album In the Dark With You and which we grabbed off of the 1995 benefit compilation The Silverlake Homeless Project

The legendary folk artist, Greg Brown delivers one of his many beloved songs from this benefit compilation.

  • “The Fly That Rode From Buffalo” by Southern Culture on the Skids from Ditch Diggin’ (1994)


SCOTS have always entertained me.  In attitude and approach, consider them step children of the B-52s with the Southern Kitschiness and outrageous good humor. Musically, they borrow liberally from Rockabilly, Surf and Country to create a unique sound.  This is a great track which is almost 20 years old. Wow!

  • “It’s a Pity (Pardon my English)” composed by George Gershwin performed by Mel Torme from The Essential George Gershwin.

My primo Goodwill find continues to deliver musical gold.  This time it’s the Golden Fog, Mel Torme.  A nice way to close out today’s eclectic and delightfully weird music shuffle.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Terrorist Mop Sink Mix

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Well, we stand here at the tail-end of the first quarter or 2013.  One thing that regular readers of this blog may have noticed is that we have yet to have Featured Artist or Band of the Month or anything like that.  As this year got underway, and due to a variety of circumstances, we decided to step back and decide how we wanted to proceed. I think we’ve worked it out, and stay tuned.  In the next couple of days, we will be rolling out a brand new feature….

In the meantime, we moved around some songs and added a pretty cool sampler to our current playlist.  Pre-shuffle we had a couple more songs from the You and Me album by You and Me (Val and James). Plus we had a classic from Mr. Nick Lowe (which is included in the Playlist at the bottom of this post), The Harmonica Lewinskies (also represented in the Playlist) and Southern Culture on the Skids.  

The Shuffle Shuffle is ready for you after the Jump


  •  “Run Away” by The End Men from Built4BBQ sampler called The Appetizer (2013)
Well now, this is embarrassing. The End Men came up again.  I swear, as much as I love them, I think my Shuffle function loves them more.  Anyway, “Run Away” is also on the new The End Men album Play With Your Toys.  The Appetizer is a really cool 18 song sampler from Build4BBQ a music collective started by The Slaughterhouse Chorus from Albany who rocked the house Sunday night as well. It features (besides the aforementioned): Henry’s Rifle, New Red Scare and a bunch of other cool bands who I am looking forward to discovering. There is a lot on tap from the Built4BBQ folks, so be sure to check them out.  In the playlist, we included Couch by Couchwest performances of “Run Away” from both 2012 and 2013.

  • “Sobriety and the Woman” by Ben de la Cour from Ghost Light (2012)
 

So there is both a Brooklyn and CXCW them going.  Ben de la Cour is currently based out of New Orleans, but he grew up in Brooklyn.  We are really digging this record which we picked up after seeing one of Ben’s Couch by Couchwest videos a couple of weeks back. Check it out.

  • “There are Times” by David Lot from The Gates of Brooklyn (2011)

Yes, the theme does continue. Like, Ben de la Cour, we saw and heard David Lott at CXCW 2013.  A native New Yorker (and Brooklynite), Lott, who fronted the band The Whitewalls, brings us a song from his debut, solo EP which you can grab using the widget above.

  • “Salty Dog Blues” by Mac Wiseman from American Music: The Best of Bluegrass (2008)

To my knowledge, Mac Wiseman has no discernible connection Brooklyn nor has he, to my knowledge, ever submitted a video to Couch by Couchwest. He is, though, a Bluegrass legend and we have him performing the American standard Salty Dog Blues which has been done in a variety of styles by a variety of artists. You may have heard a blues version of this by Mississippi John Hurt or perhaps another Bluegrass rendition by Flatt and Scruggs or by The Dillards (performing as The Darlings on The Andy Griffith Show. 

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