Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Stain on my Notebook Mix

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It seems like the week has just begun, and yet here we are at mid-week.  Went out to The Bluebird Café last night for a great songwriters round. In an audience filled with people from Australia, Scotland, England, Poland, and other places, I got to see some of my favorite East Nashville songwriters perform some of their wonderful songs. Tim Easton hosted the night which featured Amy Speace, Darrin Bradbury, and Megan Palmer.

We have kind of short but sweet shuffle today… let’s get to it.

“Long White Line” by Sturgill Simpson

Via the World Café Sessions, Sturgill Simpson leads off today’s shuffle with a song that was on his latest album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. 

“Hellfighters of Harlem” by Tomas Doncker Band

Another track from the Big Apple Blues – one of the most innovative and ambitious albums of the year.  This one tells I story that I never heard about in American History classes, about the regiment of soldiers who cross the Atlantic to risk their lives to defend freedoms that they were systematically denied based upon the color of their skin.

“The Drinking Song” by Boy Named Banjo

Another track from Long Story Short by this young Nashville band.

“Fools Gold” by Pony Boy

I just recently got hold of Blue Gold, the new album by Pony Boy. However, this song is part of an anti-fracking compilation called Buy This Fracking Album. Great cause, and a very good song which Pony Boy delivers in her characteristic rich and powerful voice.

“The Chemist” by Liberty’s Exiles

From the brand new album, The Price of Immortality, we have this track by London based Progressive Rock band Liberty’s Exiles.  Excellent modern progressive rock.

“Black Coffee in Bed” by Squeeze

Who says Pop songs have to be 3 minutes? Clocking in at just over 6 minutes, comes Squeeze’s classic song of lost love. The song was the first single from Sweets from a Stranger the band’s fifth album.  Also included on the essential compilation, Singles 45s and Under.

“10 Year Fight” by Brock Zeman

Another view of lost love and one of my favorite songs on Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back. Word is that Brock Zeman will be back in Nashville in November, and I will have my ear to the ground for that one… (see what I did there?)

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Takes Brains Mix

Back at you with another shuffle after a day off.  Made it to four different venues last night to see friends play music.  Two downtown, two on the eastside.  Heard a couple of great songwriter circles – one with Taylor Alexander of the band Young America and one with Lindsay Ellyn.  Hustled to the East Nashville – Logue’s Black Raven Speakeasy to catch the last part of Amelia White’s set and a moving set from the incomparable Julie Christensen, and then drove a few block down Gallatin Pike to catch the tail end of a set from Darrin Bradbury and the Fran’s Eastside Super-High Band (Tim Carroll, Cameron Carrus, and David Strayer).  As Lindsay said, the hustle is real…

Today’s shuffle is long on great music, but I am short on time… so check it out, google if you need to and enjoy our little video approximation.

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Title track – a nice way to start another fine day…

“The Devil’s Masquerade” by The Radicals from Halloween Rhymes and Children’s Crimes

Nothing like some punk rock music to get the morning hopping…

“Walter” (Acoustic Noisetrade Exclusive) by Heath McNease from Fort Wayne (songs inspired by the film)

Any song that begins by referencing David Bowie is okay in my book.  I really can relate to this song… Ground Control to Major Tom…

“Shake ’em On Down” by Sidestreet Reny and Lil’ Bell from Holler

New music from a West Coast Blues duo I’ve become very fond of lately. With a great R.L. Burnside Mississippi Fred McDowell cover (I haven’t fact checked this – so if I’m wrong let me know and I will correct/retract). Thanks to Sturgis Nikides for the assist.

“Living the Dream” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

What can I say? The incredibly awesome Sturgill Simpson recorded live at the awesome Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music.

“The Mayor of Simpleton” by XTC from Oranges and Lemons

If you don’t like this song… I just don’t understand you…  One of my all-time favorites.

“Audeamus” by Clocks and Clouds from The Creation of Matter

Classic Rock just not in the way the term is usually used…

“I Was Raised in Babylon” by Yusuf/Cat Stevens from Yusuf

I remember when “Peace Train” was pulled from the 10,000 Maniacs In my Tribe album.  I saw this new album pop up on Freegal – I listened to a few seconds of this opening track, and I had to download it… 

“Ain’t Nobody (Gonna Save My Soul)” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

I actually think we’ve already featured this song – I think it got added to my playlist twice. I’m not complaining. Some great Hill Country Blues from North Mississippi by way of Brooklyn, New York.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Mystery Train Mix

I realize that I have a music problem, but there are far worse problems to have… I know because I’ve had those, too. Music, though, man! Music has this amazing ability to make you forget your problems or remind you that you are not alone with your problems or just to make you feel good for the 3 minutes or so that the song goes on. Music also has brought me together with some amazing people.

Today, we have a most excellent shuffle which has helped me through a not so excellent morning….  Now, I want to share it with you…

“Headlights” by Ellen Sundberg from Headlights

Some sweet, sweet Americana music from the heartland of Sweden.  I’ll be honest, if I hadn’t read that Ellen Sundberg was from Sweden, I never would have guessed.  Honest, heartfelt, and a damn fine song.

“Mystery Train” (live) by Link Wray/Robert Gordon from Cleveland ’78

Whoever had the bright idea to put Surf guitar legend Link Wray together with neo-Rockabilly/Punk legend Robert Gordon should be in some sort of Hall of Fame.  Actually, if Wikipedia is correct it was Gordon himself who had the idea.  Any, the results pretty much speak for themselves.

“Palomino” by The Western Shore from Thunderstorm

I’m so excited to see The Western Shore perform live at their CD release party Thursday.  The amazing Aaron Lee Tasjan is also on the bill for what promises to be a great night of music.  This is another fine track off the Thunderstorm album.

“Saturday Nights” by American Aquarium from Burn. Flicker. Die.

Another day, another American Aquarium song.  I am so impressed by what these guys are doing, and I look forward to their follow-up album.  I wish everyone who says they hate Country music would hear this… hell, I wish everyone who says they love Country music would hear this.

“Not the One” by *repeat repeat from Deer Head Music Presents: Indie Mixtape Nashville/ Bad Latitude

*repeat repeat  (you gotta love the name and the asterisk) are reason number (I lost count) of why I love Nashville music.  Infectious and highly original music – this song fit in so well in this rather diverse mix of music.

“Cali to Cairo” by Sidestreet Reny from Tonal Tonics and Musical Elixers

Blues from Venice Beach, California played on a National Resonator guitar. For the millionth time, I am thanking David Horton aka Popa Tunes for turning me onto some great music that otherwise might have slipped past me. 

“A Solid Bond in Your Heart” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council/Single

Yet another amazing song – this is one of the early ones –  from Paul Weller’s follow-up band to The Jam. 

“King of The Bun-Ga-Loos” by The Splinters from 1964 Single

I know next to nothing about The Splinters.  This was one of Popa Tunes’ contributions to the latest Feel Bad for You mixtape.  A nice slice of jungle surf music complete with yelps, screeches, and assorted other vocal noises.  I was happy to find this song on YouTube – so check it out.

“Some Days” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/High Top Mountain

The shuffle is going well, and I wonder where it will go next… the shuffle function knows that you cannot go wrong with Sturgill Simpson.  A great song from his previous album High Top Mountain.

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Possibly one of the longest song titles we’ve featured – trust me when I say that the song lives up to the title, and I have a new singer/songwriter to check out. I couldn’t find this song on video, but you definitely should check this song out and go from there (hint: the September Feel Bad for You mixtape might be a good place to start).  Kye Alfred Hillig is from Tacoma Washington, and the blurb on the Feel Bad for You site name drops Damien Jurado and Sun Kill Moon – if you are someone who needs a frame of reference. Really just a great song.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Lost Some Kindness Mix

Well – we made it through another week of shuffles.  Let’s blow it out and go out and live our weekends… shall we?

Shuffle comes next:

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“The beating on the window can’t compare with the beating that I’m taking”

“Big Blue Hole” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

We complete three days in a row with songs from the latest album by David Olney.  In the video mix is Mr. Olney reciting “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge – which as I mentioned yesterday that he performed at the beginning of one of his recent Happy Hour shows at The Five Spot in East Nashville.  If you dig it, which I think you will, there are more videos of David Olney reciting poetry available on YouTube.  Check them all out! 

“I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

My sentiments exactly.  I think this is the penultimate track from our survey of this live recreation of the first TMBG album.  It’s been fun, and I like using penultimate correctly because it makes me feel smart.

“Julie” by Darrin Bradbury from unreleased demos

I’ve knew a girl named Julie.  Actually, I’ve known and know a lot of girls and women named Julie in my life. None of them have anything to do with this song, so I’m not sure why I’m mentioning it.  I do need to say, that Darrin’s weekly Wednesday night gig at Fran’s Eastside Tavern keeps getting better and better.

“Bummer 1 Hit Single” by Darrin Bradbury from unreleased demos

“If it’s all right with you, I’d like to start this one off with a joke. Why’d the folk singer quit? I don’t know. I guess he was broke.” 

“This songs a bummer, let’s talk about summer…” 

“Breakfast Burrito” by Shabbadoo from Pajama

What’s better for a morning shuffle than a Breakfast Burrito?  I still find it amazing that so many amazingly talented people have been a part of my earthly experience.

“Pipes” by Vinyl Thief from Deer Head Music Presents: Indie Mixtape Nashville

Vinyl Thief were our Band of the Month way back in July 2012 when we still had Bands of the Month.  Fun facts: Vinyl Thief are from Nashville, way back in 2012 we featured them in a post that also included Darrin Bradbury’s old band Big Wilson River, and they once played the summer kick off party for my friend Hayden Coleman’s food truck – Moovers and Shakers. All that and “Pipes” is cool song and is featured on the recent Deer Head Music Indie Mixtape which we have been spinning of late.

“When I Was a Boy” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

I know I say this quite often, but truly this is one of my all time favorite, favorite songs. The first time I heard this song, I literally cried.

“Land of 1000 Girls” by Scruffy the Cat from Time Never Forgets – The Anthology (’86-’88)/High Octane Revival

Switching gears rapidly and harshly, we have some delicious 80s music from this legendary Boston band.

“Heart of Texas” by Taco Land from Heart of Texas

This was the song that first introduced me to Taco Land  (this and their amazing over of the Bowie song “Five Years”).  It was good to hear it again when I got it as a Free Download for buying an “Audrey Strong” bracelet (proceeds benefit St. Judes).  Sending out positive thoughts to Joseph, Audrey, and the whole Russell and extended Taco Land family.

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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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Monday Morning Music Shuffle -Saints and Monks Mix

 “Nikola Tesla perceived the earth to be a conductor of acoustical resonance.”Jack White from Coffee and Cigarettes a film by Jim Jarmusch

Watched two Jarmusch films this weekend plus  made some good progress on my novel-in-progress.

We have a nifty shuffle for your Monday!

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Grant Peeples tells the truth in amazing songs and poems.  If you’re not familiar with his work – get familiar.

“She Gives Me Joy” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

A daily dose of Hill Country Blues is an excellent prescription for the low-down, real-life blues.  Joyful blues?

“St. Joan (Of Rt 495)” by The Jason Drug Reaction from Down on the Pharmacy

Time travelling rock and rollers from the early 21st century – rolling down a lonely stretch of Connecticut highway… our friend Jason from The Grimm Generation.  By the way, if you search for The Jason Drug Reaction on YouTube, you discover a whole genre of videos made by parents of their children under the influence of powerful anesthetics. 

“Bring Me My Queen” by Abigail Washburn from City of Refuge

An excellent thrift store find this weekend. This is from her 2011 album.

“All is Silent” (2005) by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepes (Demos)

We go WAY back (nine years) for this one. 

“Sitting Here Without You” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/High Top Mountain

Another from this live recording of a show I really wish I had been able to attend.

“The Troubles” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

Look, I realize that U2 are a very polarizing band.  People either love them or hate them.  Honestly, for me, since Achtung Baby! – with the exception of a few songs, I just haven’t been very interested in U2.  I must say, though, hearing this song in the context of the shuffle and taking out all of the hype… I really enjoyed hearing this song this morning. 

“TOC” by Fuzzer from Reberto

We first connected with Facundo Pichetto from Buenos Aires with his band Shake Jack who offered up a nifty modern surfer rock sound.  He is back with a new band that cranks up the lo-fi fuzz to eleven.  This new album features some new versions of some Shake Jack songs we loved as well as some new material.  I really dig this music, so check it out!

“I am a Pilgrim” (2009) by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepes (Demos)

It’s old Darrin Bradbury song day at #E2TG.  If you’re in Nashville come out to The Building tonight and hear some newer Darrin Bradbury songs along with a couple of other great East Nashville songwriters: Zachariah Red and Lindsay Ellyn.  It is the E2TG Pick Event of the Day.  (Disclaimer: Technically, we don’t have a feature called E2TG Pick Event of the Day, but if we did this would totally be it!) 

“Monk Time” by The Monks from Black Monk Time

Now this is an interesting story.  Mid-sixties: a group of American GIs stationed in Germany form band and this amazing glorious noise that sounds a lot like punk rock. It’s Monk time!

“Mourning the Missionaries” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

I had really good luck at the thrift store Saturday.  Minton Sparks is a storyteller in the truest sense of that word, and Nashville is lucky to be able to claim her as our own.  More to come.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Atomic Love Mix

And we put another week of shuffles into the books… There is a lot of life out there, go and get you some… life that is…

“Feel This to Survive” by Left of Logic from In Formation

We begin with our final track from Left of Logic’s album In Formation. It appears  that Left of Logic have played their final show, but they left behind some cool music

“Rosalie” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

From the North Mississippi Hill Country by way of the borough of Brooklyn (or is it the other way around?).  This is the stuff!

“The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

I hear a heart-felt tribute to an idol/friend, and a pretty decent song.  Do I hear much Ramones? No, I don’t, and I guess that’s okay.

“It’s On” by BRONCHO from An Introduction to BRONCHO/Just Enough Hip to be Woman

The latest album from Oklahoma-based BRONCHO dropped about ten days ago.  Fun, rocking music that sounds modern and not modern. I dig.

“A Life of Sin” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Yes, Sturgill Simpson is the real deal, and he is getting some well-deserved attention.  If you feel a need to modify/specify the Country label (i.e. Alt-Country, Americana-Country whatever), then you obviously don’t understand what Country is supposed to be. 

“Talk Trauma” by NoPop from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/See Pretty

The Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen well seems bottomless sometimes – We’ve been shuffling through the latest compilation for some time, and the great music and great bands just keep on coming.  NoPop is the latest, and they offer up some punkish, no-wave pop music.  Oh and their bio lists the Minutemen and the Birthday Party as influences!

“Alcohol” by The Kinks from Celluloid Heroes/Muswell Hillbillies

That old demon…

“Julius and Ethel (Atomic Love Song)” by Darrin Bradbury from new unreleased album

Darrin Bradbury sings important songs about roadkill, Daffy Duck, and Superman… and now Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.  Watch for this and other new songs coming soon, or see him live and request this one – it will make you look hip.

“Love U Forever” by Jenny Lewis from The Voyager

Jenny Lewis was in Rilo Kiley.  If I needed proof of her awesomeness, I need only look at the list of my friends who like her Facebook page.  Or, better yet, I could just listen to her music, and leave all doubt in the dust.  Her latest album dropped in July, and she is coming to Nashville in November. 

“Long White Line” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Let us close the door on this week in musical mischief with a second song taken from this recording made at Nashville’s landmark record establishment. Let’s get Metamodern – ya’ll.

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