Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ear to the Wall Mix

Life is a balance of patience, hard work, dumb luck, and the occasional moment of happy coincidence. Or so it seems from this particular moment in my existence. I was thinking about the two recent reviews I wrote, and the circumstances that lead me to having the opportunity to write those reviews.  In 2011, when I started Ear to the Ground, I was trying to find a blog platform that would be easy to use and be visually interesting.  I came across Posterous which seeming fit the bill.  Through that site, I came into contact with Howard Rabach and his enigmatic band Ubiquity Machine.  We became Facebook friends, and now Howard plays bass for The Grey A, and he sent me their new album to review.

About six months later, around the time that I decided that Posterous could not do everything I wanted to do*, I happened upon a cool band from New Jersey called Those Mockingbirds. That band lead me to Don Ryan, Popa Tunes, The Dead Exs, The End Men, and my whole fascination with New York/New Jersey/Connecticut bands and artists which continues to this day.  Through all of that, and I think through a direct recommendation from Don Ryan, I became familiar with a band called Big Wilson River – a cool band which featured Darrin Bradbury who put out Motel Oatmeal, the other album I reviewed last weekend. 

Just thought I’d share… I don’t know what it all means…  The End Men have taught me the idea of saying yes to almost everything, and so far that philosophy seems to be working out okay.

Well we have a shuffle to put on… so enough musing…

“The T.G.V.” by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/Always Tomorrow

“Great, great speed. Oui, Oui!”

“Take Another Look” by Little Village from Little Village

You take Jim Keltner, Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, and Ry Cooder and you put them together in one group – what could possibly go wrong.  Absolutely nothing!  Just wished it had lasted a bit longer.

“What’ll We Do ‘Til Then” by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/All Kinds of Pain

This and the first song of this shuffle are from a live album called Opening Up which was recorded in Atlanta (I think).  Both tracks feature intros of a sort from Elizabeth Cook. I’ve been fortunate enough to hear Tim do these songs over the last few weeks, and maybe I’ll hear ’em again tonight.

“From Now On” by The Features from Old Familiar Melodies – 2008-2013/The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn – Part I Original Motions Picture Soundtrack

That’s right I said Twilight Saga… Edward, Jacob, Belle, vampires that don’t act like vampires… the features are a cool band from Nashville who make some really catchy music that a bunch of people really like.  They’ve released a kind of best of… sampler on NoiseTrade.

“This Thing That I’ve Found” by The Autumn Defense from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Session/Fifth

I added began adding a bunch of The Autumn Defense music to my list after seeing them play live at last years Americanarama deal at Grimey’s.  For now, this is the last of those tracks. This is part of their Eastside Manor Session – recorded in East Nashville for NoiseTrade.

“Heart Full of Now” by Deena from Rock River

Two days in a row, we have songs from Deena’s remarkable album Rock River.  For pure fun, this may be my favorite song.  After I hear it, it takes quite a while to stop singing it.

“Cry for Me” (live) by The California Honeydrops from Honeydrops Live

Also two days in a row for The California Honeydrops, and this two is very fun and funky song.  Groovetastic!

“(She Was A) Hotel Detective” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

“She’s got her ear to the walls and she’s tapping the calls
If you’ve got a secret, boy, forget about it”

“Puts The Sugar On” by Tim Carroll from Always Tomorrow

Why not three from Mr. Carroll?  He played this one last week during his Happy Hour at The 5 Spot.  If you’re in Nashville, he’ll be back at The 5 Spot this Friday for Happy Hour with his crack band featuring Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil) and Steve Latanation.  Tonight you can catch Tim solo at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium at 8:00 opening for Greg Garing and later at Fran’s Eastside with Darrin Bradbury opening up.

“Sad Saturday Night” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

Speaking of… what? The Five Spot Happy Hour? Artists we featured yesterday? Nashville? Whatever, David Olney is back in the shuffle today with another from his When the Deal Goes Down album.  He will be at The 5 Spot tonight from 6-8:30 with his crack band featuring Sergio Webb, Dan Seymour, and Justin Amaral.  The video from this song is kind of new, and features some awesome Nashville locales.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Ambulance Mix

It is Friday….  We have some big name artists, some E2TG favorites, some live versions of songs, special sessions, and an awesome Blues song to close out the week…. Have a great weekend everyone, and I will see you on the otherside…

“Calypso Foam” by The Graveyard Kids from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/ II

Maybe I posted this one before and didn’t delete it from my Current Playlist. Maybe I didn’t, but if I did, so what? It’s my blog and it’s a cool song – so there.

“Don’t Swallow the Cap” by The National from Trouble Will Find Me

The National are from Cincinnati. They have been around for a while, and the album from which today’s track was taken was nominate for a Grammy.

“Thirty Two Footsteps” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

I posted the widget to get this album for free from NoiseTrade for a limited time.  I highly recommend it.  These are great versions of classic tunes.

“Come the Meantimes” by Elvis Costello and The Roots from Wise Up Ghosts and Other Songs

It’s like if Burt Bacharach recorded an album with Doc Severinsen… who knows maybe he did – somebody look that up… anyway, Jimmy Fallon’s multi-talented house band and Napoleon Dynamite (the original one) make some nice music together…

“V. The Meaning of Things (The Dream Lives Ought to See)” by Left of Logic from In Formation

Transition  time… The Roots are from Philly and so are Left of Logic.  The way my shuffles come together don’t have to have a logical sequence, but when Left of Logic are involved, they sometimes do…

“Spell on Me” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014

Year of October make another appearance in the Morning Shuffle (they had two songs in yesterday’s mix.  This is a live version of a song slated to appear on their new album due out in a couple of months.

“Every Day” by The Autumn Defense from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Session/Once Around

Wilco’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are The Autumn Defense. They spent some time in Nashville a little while back. I saw them at Grimey’s for Americanarama, and they recorded a Eastside Manor Session for NoiseTrade. 

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We close out the day with some great Blues music from Selwyn Birchwood from Tampa Florida.  Yeah!

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Shifting Sands Mix

Some days, the shuffle brings up wildly diverse musical styles and eras which coexist in an uneasy alchemy of unforeseen beauty.  Other days, like today, it’s all about amazing songs with simple but powerful words and music.

Shuffle it up…

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“Spend Your Life” by The Autumn Defense from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Sessions/The Autumn Defense

Purveyors of seventies-style pop music – Chicago’s The Autumn Defense offer up a song from their self-titled 2007 album.  This version is recorded at Eastside Manor in East Nashville.

“Asmodea” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

New Jersey’s The Jean Jackets play lovely music, and this is one of the loveliest – from Field Theory Blues.

 

“Bring it All” by Deena from Rock River

Second day in a row will have a song from Deena  (also from New Jersey).  This one has a gentle twang that pushes the song forward like an easy hike on a warm summer day.

 “Dumb Fool” by The Grey A from My Country

The Grey A is the new project by Grey Jacks formerly of Glossary.  My Country won’t be out for a month or so, but you can check out some of the music at the website. http://www.thegreya.com/

We will have much more of this album in the days and weeks to come.  Dumb Fool is just a plain old great song of political frustration tinged with just a little bit of hope.

E2TG Note: The bass player for The Grey A is none other than long-time friend of this blog, Howard Rabach. We met Howard in the early, early days of Ear to the Ground (when we were still on Posterous), and his band Ubiquity Machine was runner-up for our first annual Band of the Year Reader’s Poll and they had a song on our first (and currently only) compilation.

 “Fine One to Talk” by Gumshen from Progtronica

Closing out the shuffle is a gorgeous song from Seattle band Gumshen from their recent album Progtronica.
 
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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Real Live Wire Mix

Okay – how many #E2TG readers watched the Grammys last night?  What did you think? Were there parts you liked? Was it all utter crap? How well did it represent the state of music from October 2012 – September 2013?  Seriously? Really? Was it worst than you could imagine or better than you expected?

So here’s the thing, for as long as I can remember, The Grammy’s have been completely out of touch with the music I like. Or at least a decade too late. That being said, there were a few parts of last nights broadcast that were okay.

Here’s the thing, regardless of your opinion of the Grammys, the fact is that every night of the week in clubs and small venues all across the country, indie artists are creating memorable moments playing a huge variety of music. Many of these bands and artists do not get the hype or press that your Grammy “caliber” performers get. Nonetheless, they aren’t that hard to find. Take the time, seek them out, and regularly read music blogs like Ear to the Ground (or just read Ear to the Ground if I may ever so humbly suggest.)


Anyway, we have a shuffle filled with interest music that you may or may not have heard about.  Check these artists out and see what appeals to you…

“Written in the Snow” by The Autumn Defense
 
“Momentum” by Left of Logic
 
“Mallrats” by The Orwells
 
“January” by prattle on, rick.
 
“Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads Cover) by Cage the Elephant
 
“The Delicious” by The Plum Magnetic
 
“and the Hippos Are Burning in Their Tanks” by HIPPIECULT
 
“No Drama” by Solardrive (feat. TC and Kevin Hicks)
 
“Sugar Dyed Honey Pants” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones
 
“Call Your Girlfriend” (Robyn cover) by Lucy Wainwright Roche
 
“Free Freedom” by Joseph Arthur
 
 
NOTES:


The Autumn Defense song is from a Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session recorded here in Nashville (East Nashville to be precise).

After seeing their recent performance on David Letterman, I just had to add The Orwells to the mix.

 A seasonally appropriate instrumental song for a blustery January morning – from Nashville’s own prattle on, rick.

A fun live cover of the Talking Heads classic by Cage the Elephant (who happen to come from Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz’s home state.)

HIPPIECULT from Philly make their E2TG debut with a song from their demo release. BTW, the song title actually begins with an ampersand (“and sign”), however, ampersands mess up the formatting of blog posts, so I have to spell out “and”

Some soulful funkiness from Solardrive (featuring drum ‘n’ bass artist TC and hip-hop artist Kevin Hicks), and also from Birmingham Alabama’s St. Paul and (ampersand) the Broken Bones

A cool cover of a Robyn song by a New York based singer with a fine musical pedigree, Lucy Wainwright Roche (she is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of The Roches).

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Passion Fruit and Holy Bread Mix

If you’ve been reading Ear to the Ground for any length of time and ever wondered about the subtitles for each shuffle (like Passion Fruit and Holy Bread Mix* today), I thought I would provide a little historical context.

When I started writing Ear to the Ground (May 2011), there was a local blog that posted a news round up post almost every day, and each one was titles something like News Roundup (probably not that but you get the idea) – something edition.  I thought it would be cool as a homage to that site** to add subtitles to my daily shuffle.  I actually used the word “edition” before I changed it to the more music oriented “mix”.

These often obscure or even meaningless subtitles are derived from a variety of sources: Current Events, events from my life, overheard phrases, and sometimes they even have something to do with the music contained in that days shuffle.

* As I wrote this, I realized the unintentional humor of Holy Bread Mix (which I suppose could be used in a Holy Bread Machine.

** Homage is just a fancy way of saying blatant ripoff, right?

Anyway, I have had fun this week using part of lyrics of some of the more well known songs in each day’s shuffle as the source of the subtitle.

Anyway, no extra charge for all that useful information.  Let’s shuffle….

“She Bangs the Drums” by The Stone Roses
 
“Dancing With Tears in My Eyes” (Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly) cover) by X
 
“The Sun in California” by The Autumn Defense
 
“Trece Leches” by The Plum Magnetic
 
“Misfit” by Britain.

 

“Crying in the Rain” by The Everly Brothers
 
“Final Wild Son” by The Long Ryders 
 
“Cadillac Desert” by William Tyler
 
“We No Who U R” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
NOTES
 
 
Nice combination of songs of different eras and styles.
 
What was and what could have been…. The Stone Roses….
 
To save you the time and trauma, the Ke$ha song is not a cover of either the Lead Belly original, the X cover or the unrelated Ultravox song.
 
To give my younger readers some perspective of how weird it is growing older: Wilco spinoff band The Autumn Defense have been together longer than X had at the time I first become familiar with their music.
 
In my initial contact about The Plum Magnetic, one of the “similar to” bands mentioned was Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and it is really noticeable in today’s track. Good funky, jazzy grooves. The band is from my Dad’s hometown, by the way.
 
Britain. (yes the period is part of his name) is a young (I mean really young – not The Foresters young, but young) Indie Hip-Hop artist from the outskirts of Nashville.  As noted in the lyrics of song featured today, he doesn’t fit the profile of a hip hop artist, but he got the rhymes.  He is also a budding Reality TV star.  As a fellow misfit, I can appreciate this song.
 
The world lost an amazing voice earlier this month with the passing of Phil Everly.  Phil along with his brother Don produced some of the best and most enduring harmonies in modern era music. The Everly Brothers‘ influence is widespread and also enduring.
 
If I had been cooler and lived in California during the middle part of the 1980s, I think I would have been at least a stalker of the whole Paisley Underground scene.  As it was, I was just a huge fan of a lot of the music that came out of it.  The Long Ryders were among my favorites.  The band recently reunited for their first L.A. gig in something like 27 years (for a benefit concert that also featured a reunion of another favorite of mine from that time – The Unforgiven.)  Today’s track is the opening song on the band’s classic Native Sons album.
 
William Tyler is one of Nashville’s biggest musical assets, and I’m really glad the rest of the universe seems to be catching on to his music.  This is a great instrumental track of a Merge Records compilation from last year.
 



William Tyler from Grimey’s Record Store Day 2012 when he played with JEFF the Brotherhood and Caitlin Rose.

One can never go wrong by closing out a shuffle and a week with a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song.  This one is from his highly regarded 2013 album – Push the Sky Away.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Life if Hard Mix

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Things are heating up here in Nashville. It’s above freezing and expected to be near 60 on Saturday.  But enough about the weather.

I have a lot of big plans for Ear to the Ground in 2014, but I am going to need some help.  I have a few bullet point requests/offers/informative bits of information (unnecessarily repetitive and redundant in an intentionally purposeful way).

  • I am working on a decorative piece of wall art for personal use.  If you have any spare stickers or other flat promotional art that you’d be willing to send me, hit me up via e-mail (to follow)
  • Last month, I made a joking comment about giving an E2TG prize pack to my 1,000th Twitter Follower.* Then, I got to thinking that it might be cool to put together a prize pack for some promotional reason (still undetermined).  If you have any thing you might be willing to donate – again hit me up via e-mail (to follow)
  • I think it’s well past time for Volume II of Ear to the Ground Presents.  I did a compilation download of some of my favorite bands from the blog way back in the spring of 2012 and released it in conjunction with Record Store Day.  Rather than doing direct solicitation, I thought I would through it open.  If you or your band would like to be featured on Ear to the Ground Presents: Volume II – let me know.  You can either let me know the preferred song and/or shoot me an MP3.  I may do some direct solicitation if responses are not sufficient or if some key players are missing.  If it’s finished I may release prior to Record Store Day, but I still plan to promote at the event at Grimey’s and will provide links if you want to promote however you want.
  • Speaking of Record Store Day at Grimey’s.  The store always has a table filled with free promotional items. If anyone wants me to, I can get this stuff to Grimey’s to be on the table. Hit me up as we get closer to the date (It’s the third Saturday in April by the way).
  • Don’t forget, it’s a good time to start working on your 2014 CXCW videos.  If you don’t know about Couch by Couchwest visit their website for details.  It’s a fun time.
  • Finally, I am working on creatively releasing some of my fiction, and I would love some help promoting it.  Details will follow.

E-Mail about any and all of the above to jpwm14@gmail.com. Use the subject line Ear to the Ground.

Let’s get to today’s shuffle

Today’s mix of songs puts our total for the week at just over 100.  I’m always glad to be able to feature so much music.

“Jumprope” by The Gingerlys
“Heavy Bells” by J. Roddy Walston and the Business
“Sarah Beth” by Nightmare and the Cat
“Break it Up” by Grounded
“Doctor Wu” (Steely Dan cover) by The Minutemen
“Jor G” by The Graveyard Kids
“Never Loved You” by Nava Hotel
“thriller” by Mission South
“I Can’t Hardly Stand It” by The Cramps
“Escape Velocity” by Slack Armada
“Feel You Now” by The Autumn Defense
“Wither” by The Bright Light Motion
“Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?” by The Minutemen
“Life is Hard” (Live 2013) by Darrin Bradbury
“Chemical Friends” by Puppet Rebellion
“Night Rider” by Jonny Corndawg
“Snow Globes” by Rickolus
“All You Know” by Grounded
“Absent Afternoon” by Calexico
“Broken Heart” by Dr. Dog
“House of Mirrors” by Stoney
 
 
Notes:
 
 
The songs by The Gingerlys and The Graveyard Kids are taken from the most recent Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen compilation.  It still amazes me how much great music is on that record.
 
I just heard that J. Roddy Walston and the Business is part of the Coachella line-up announced yesterday afternoon.
 
I’m really digging the new Grounded record.
 
Can’t go wrong with The Cramps in the shuffle.  This one is from their album Bad Music for Bad People.
 
We continue our long survey of the classic album Double Nickels on the Dime by The Minutemen.
 
Darrin Bradbury is flat out one of the best pure songwriters around today.  We have two more examples to prove my comment in today’s shuffle.
 
Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg) released one of the best records of 2013.  This one goes back to before his name change.
 
It’s a great set of songs.  Check out the video playlist below which approximates my experience  listening to the shuffle yesterday and today.
 
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – That Day in November Mix

Lot’s of music – let’s get to it…

“Every Day” by The Autumn Defense (from Once Around. The first of two from the Chicago-based purveyors of 60s/70s sounding Pop Music.)

“John, I’m Only Dancing” by David Bowie (from Ziggy Stardust. )

“Nothin at All” by The Autumn Defense (from The Green Hour.)

“Spillage” by The Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime.)

“Four Transcriptions from Emerson: No. 1 (beg.)” by Charles Ives (from Ives Plays Ives: The Complete Recordings of Charles Ives at the Piano.  Charles Ives!)

“Try One More Time” by Mark Robinson (from Quit Your Job – Play Guitar.  An expended smooth Blues song from one of the best Blues players around)

“Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks (from Bella Donna)

“The Autumn Defense #3” by Thax Douglas (from Where the Earth May Roll To Next. Thax Douglas is a rock poet originally from Chicago and now living in Austin.  Appropriate that this came up on a day when there were two The Autumn Defense  songs in the mix.)

“Heart Inside of You” by April Kry (from Music Speaks EP.)

“Where We Go From Here” by Solardrive (from Solardrive.)

“White Christmas” by Annie Sellick (from Let’s Make a Christmas Memory. The Irving Berlin classic.)

“Opening Day” by Peter Cooper (from Opening Day.  Acclaimed Nashville Singer/Songwriter and music writer Peter Cooper – makes an admirable addition to the rock and roll baseball music pantheon.)

“Billy Hunt” by The Jam (from All Mod Cons.  One of my faves!)

“Sunsick on Fisher Street” by bellwire (from SummEP.  I really dig this band.)

“Duck and Cover” by Glen Phillips (from Winter Pays for Summer. a song from the Toad the Wet Sprockets singer’s 2005 album.)

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