Monday Morning Music Shuffle – An Angel’s Kiss in Spring Mix

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Another month has begun… we celebrate with a randomly generated shuffle of music…

“All I Need” (Radio Edit) by The Boy From the Crowd

Another track from the Where the Bees Come to Die.  This is actually the “radio edit” of a song from that EP.  Heavy Blues based alternative rock. I’m digging this music a bunch!

“MacGillcuddy’s Reeks” by Warren Zevon

Another track from My Ride’s Here – Zevon’s 2002 album.  This one is set against a traditional sounding Irish reel.

“All At Once You Unzipped” by Bill Lloyd

Feeling the Elephant established Bill Lloyd as the king of Nashville power pop – a crown his has held onto and reclaimed over the decades that have followed.  Infectious melodies and wicked guitar work… check the video playlist for a recent performance of Bill Lloyd proving he still wears that crown.

“American Dreaming” by Killing Kuddles

A long time favorite of Ear to the Ground.  This is a track from the EP Sinking Ship which was released back in June.  Punk-spirited folk/pop music from the 21st Century.

“Keep Your Distance” by Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson at his absolute best – from his classic album Rumor and Sigh.

“Surf Explosion” (Video Edit) by Martin Cilia

This is another track from the awesome Instrumental Rock sampler I got via Continental Magazine.   Martin Cilia is an Australian guitar player – best known as a long time member of the classic surf rock band, The Atlantics.  He more recently joined the long running Australian new wave band, Mental as Anything. 

“Where Do I Begin” by Wilco

Another track from the recent Wilco album,Star Wars.

“Would You Love Me” by Stone Cupid

Another track from the forthcoming and fantastic album by Stone Cupid – The Cardinal.  Stone Cupid is the powerhouse Nashville band that backs up Julie Christensen – a punk rock survivor – perhaps best know for her long association with Leonard Cohen – which includes appearing in the 2005 tribute show for Leonard Cohen which resulted in the film, I’m Your Man.  She performed “Anthem” alongside Perla Batalla at that show, and a new version of that song appears as a Bonus Track on The Cardinal.  Christensen has been living in Nashville for a few years, and she has put together a top notch band. 

“Summer Wine” by Lana Del Rey

We close out the first post of November with a nostalgic look back… kind of… It’s Lana Del Rey with Barrie-James O’Neill of Kassidy with a cover of a song written by Lee Hazlewood and most famous covered by Nancy Sinatra who sang the song with Hazlewood in 1967.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Just Like My Mama Said Mix

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To be sure, I see a bunch of great live music here in Nashville, and I probably miss at least as many if not more than I get to see.

Last night was one of those great shows that I did get to see, and it was a show that made me really happy that I live in Nashville. It was the Aaron Lee Tasjan Release Show for In the Blazes at The Basement (the original one) last night.  Zach Schmidt opened the show back by Adam Kurtz on pedal steel.  Zach Schmidt looks like a Country music star should look, and he has the songs and voice to back up the look. He is the real deal, and he easily kick the ass of any one of those “bro-country” posers, but he is probably too nice a guy to do that.

Aaron Lee Tasjan is a one of a kind artist, and he seems destined to as hugely famous as he deserves to be.  Seeing him live under any circumstances and in any configuration (band or solo) is always a must-see event.  When he assembles the kind of band he did last night, the show is one for the ages.  Backed by drummer Aaron Shafer-Haiss, legendary bassist Keith Christopher, the always amazing Brian Wright and Jon Latham on guitars, and on two songs backed by vocal powerhouses Sally Jaye and Sarah Potenza – Tasjan’s incredible songs were delivered with precision and power.

In short, the night was a demonstration of what I love about this city.  Great songwriters, talented players, mutual admiration, and incredible music.  The Basement was packed out and everywhere I looked were awesome songwriters and players taking it in.

In the Blazes is hands down one of the best records of the year, and you should definitely check it out.

We have a shuffle to put out….

“Hannah” by Darrin Bradbury

A live recording of a rareish Darrin Bradbury song.   From a live record called Tur-Lyfe: A Live Recording of Unfortunate Events.  I think I’ve only heard him do this one live once or maybe twice which makes it rare in my book.

“Revelator” by The Boy From the Crowd

We first heard UK rockers The Boy From the Crowd a while back.  They have just released a new EP called Where the Bees Come to Die.  And our first taste of that is a song, we’ve heard before.  It’s a damn good song, so I’m not complaining. 

“Straight to Hell” by Hard Working Americans

I was fortunate enough to see Kevn Kinney live here in Nashville on a number of occasions over the past summer.  He did this song of his several times and every time it was incredible.   Here is a cover of the song by the supergroup Hard Working Americans.

“So I’m Told” by J.R. Wyatt

I can’t believe this song is still in my playlist.  I picked up J.R. Wyatt’s solo record, The Empty Room Sessions, when I saw him live – I want to say almost a year ago????  This is one of my favorite songs on that record. 

“Joliet Bound” by Memphis Minnie

I’m not even sure how many times Memphis Minnie’s name has come up for me in the last several months.  Born Lizzie Douglas, she was an incredibly prolific songwriter and singer who made a name for herself in a field and time dominated by male performers. When I saw the Heritage Blues Orchestra last month, they did a version of this song which prompted me to seek out the original.

“Beautiful Monster” by The Train Set

We have another track from Never California by the resurgent 80s UK band, The Train Set. I continue to be grateful for a second chance to “discover” his band.

“Three Poisons” by Jet Black Factory

It seems fitting and proper to follow up a song by a 80s UK band that I missed the first time around with a song by a Nashville band that I have been fan of for almost 30 years.  Jet Black Factory were dark and brooding and there was nothing even remotely “country” about them.  This one comes to me by way of an incredible compilation of early Nashville Rock Music called, Return to Elliston Square 1979-1989.  The compilation includes some of the great music of that era.

“Spanish Harlem” by David Schnaufer

We have another instrumental cover from the late mountain dulcimer master. The song was first recorded by Ben E. King (written by Leiber, Stoller. and Phil Spector) and later famously covered by Aretha Franklin.

“Seventeen” by Silverbird

And we close out the shuffle with our second listen from the new album, Pureland, by New York band, Silverbird.  Digging the original sound of this music.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Traveling Mix

A busy week for music in Nashville.  Tonight it’s a Tim Easton live recording at The Building in East Nashville with Megan Palmer plus Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll.  Tomorrow – way too many choices, but it’s the usual Wednesday night joint a Fran’s with Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll.  Thursday, a Happy Hour of great Roots Guitarist including Ear to the Ground favorite Mark Robinson, plus Ritchie Owens and the Farm Bureau, Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, and Nick Kane formerly of The Mavericks at The Five Spot.  After that another E2TG alum, Pony Boy plays as part of a 5 Spot favorites show and the fun continues…

Right now, we have a shuffle to put on…

“Ordinary World” by Heather Powell from Believe it to Life

A wonderful soulful pop song from Heather Powell via the True Groove Records label.

“Solar Sex Panel” by Little Village from Little Village

Eco-friendly loving via John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner

“Volcano” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

I actually like this better than the track from yesterday.  For the video, I picked some bizarre Russian??? girl doing this song or maybe it’s another song called Volcano.  I really don’t know.

“Travelling Again (Travelling I)” by Dar Williams from The Honesty Room

Maybe it’s because my life has not included nearly the amount of travel as I would like, I have always been drawn to songs, stories, and films about travelling.  With Dar Williams – you just can’t go wrong.

“Mr. Z” by Joe Sundell from The Hat Thief

A recommendation from Popa Tunes. An old fashioned sounding Blues/Folk song about a certain Mr. Z from Florida who got away with murder, but does anyone ever really get away with murder?

“Revelator” by The Boy From the Crown from The Boy From the Crowd

via IMP – some pretty interesting Alternative Blues Rock music from London.  This is the new single which will be released next week.  I’m digging it.

“Ma Mule” by David Johansen from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

How about a Cajun song about a mule from ex-New York Doll who introduced the world to Buster Poindexter.

“Don’t Bug Me When I’m Working” by Little Village from Little Village

How many times do I have to tell you?

“Shout to the Top” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council/Café Bleu (deluxe version)/Vision Quest Soundtrack

This song appeared beside Madonna, Foreigner and Journey on the soundtrack to the 1985 movie Vision Quest which is based upon an excellent novel by Terry Davis.

“Lovesick Blues” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues !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”);

We close out the day with the nearly six minute title track to Chris Stamey’s 2013 album.  A fine way to close out a Tuesday shuffle.

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