Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Zombies of Death Mix

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E2TG moves into the mid-week.  The rain has stopped for now, and I actually think I saw a patch of blue sky for a second, but it’s gone now…

We have a nifty shuffle that features some friends, a cover, a variety of styles of music, and a classic track from 1979.  Boom!

“Love Remains” by Bob Lewis

Adding to the growing and awesome list of cool songwriters I know in Nashville…  I got to see Bob Lewis perform a while back. Cool songs with a bit of  Paul Westerberg sound… always a good thing.  I see him frequently working the front door (and occasionally behind the bar) at The 5 Spot.  If you ever go there and he is working, mention Ear to the Ground…. then show him your ID and pay the cover.  Mentioning Ear to the Ground won’t get you anything, but hey, it always helps to have people mention your blog.

“Tupelo” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

In the random shuffle/good timing department….  Ted and his Scissormen will be will playing Music City Roots in Franklin tonight – along with another artist we’ve featured here – Amy Black.  Should be a cool night of music…  Interesting to see if the MCR stage can contain Ted Drozdowski… hint: Don’t count on it!  This is an older song from the band which is available on a Noisetrade sampler called Stink Eye.  Ted and company’s new album Love and Life is out now and you should get it!

“Cuts Like a Knife” (Bryan Adams cover) by The Hold Steady

What’s that? You’ve always wondered what it would sound like if The Hold Steady covered a big hit song by 80s Canadian star Bryan Adams… well wonder no more.  No video of this, but grab your own copy of the song and other Halloween Treats in the October Feel Bad for You Mixtape which is available right now on our good friend Popa’s Tunes site.  Hint: Even if you really don’t like Bryan Adams, you should check this out.   Hint 2: Bryan Adams did not just release a cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.

“Silk and Diamonds” by James Tomberlin

Former Nashville singer/songwriter James Tomberlin delivers the sexy with this track from his record, Still Life With Orange.  The album was produced at Fort Dakota Studios by Josh Morris who also co-produced Jon Latham’s new album Real Bad News.   Coincidently (or not), Jon Latham does a pretty awesome James Tomberlin impression.

“Lucky Me” by The Unravelling

Making the smooth transition from a silky smooth singer-songwriter to some progressive gothic industrial metal from Calgary, we feature another track from the album Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision.

“Never Going Back” by Samantha Crain

And we go back to some cool singer-songwriter/folk music – because that is how we roll at #E2TG.  Samantha Crain is from Oklahoma, which as I have discovered of late, is home to a bunch of really awesome songwriters.  I got to see Samantha in a round at The Bluebird Café earlier this year, and I was highly impressed. “Never Going Back” is from her 2013 album, Kid Face. 

“Riverside” by Stone Cupid

Another day, another Stone Cupid song from the forthcoming The Cardinal.  This one is a song about a Demolition Derby in Winterset, Iowa. It rocks!

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And we close out the mid-week shuffle with the title track from one of my all-time favorite albums by one of the best bands of all time.  “and I live by the river…”

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Play it Billy Mix

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Blah…  the dreary weather continues, and I am still not feeling 100% wonderful, but here at Ear to the Ground we press on…..

“Meat is Murder” by The Smiths

The title track from the Smiths’ 1985 second album… Thankfully, I happened to be eating a meatless entre as I was writing this… 

“Invisible Hour” by Joe Henry

This is the title track from Joe Henry’s thirteenth studio album which was released about a year ago.  Enjoy…

“Barely Holding On” by Sam Morrow

The lone new song on Morrow’s live EP, Seahorse Sessions which can be found currently on Noisetrade.  Good stuff.

“This is the Time (Ballast)” by Nothing More

The Acoustic version of the first single from this alternative metal band’s self-titled major label debut.  It comes from the Noisetrade Bonnaroo sampler we have been featuring.

“Wasted Daze” by Mouth Reader

The final track on this Murfreesboro, Tennessee garage band’s EP Hands.

“Knock ’em Dead” by Rhubarb Whiskey

Rhubarb Whiskey are a band from Oakland, CA.  They play a particularly potent blend of roots, punk, and American gothic music.  This song is from their 2013 album, Same Sad End.

“Wrong ’em Boyo” by The Clash

Two songs with “’em” in the title in a  row. From London Calling, this is a cover of a song originally recorded by the British Ska band, The Rulers.   

“Leavings” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

Due to not feeling well, I missed what I am sure was a great performance by Lori Kelley at The Building in East Nashville, but I am fortunate enough to have seen her play and hopefully to see her play again soon.  I also had the great good fortune to see a rare Nashville appearance of Lori with her long-time D.C. area partner Cletus Kennelly.  I got hold of their album, Lotus, and I have really been digging the music.

“Kara Takes Drugs” by The Ghoul Goes West

Our final track from the album, Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things from our favorite band of misfits from the Northwest part of Arkansas. 

“Drag” by Grant Lee Buffalo

We close out this shuffle with a track from the 2009 album, Mighty Joe Moon, by the L.A. rock band fronted by Grant Lee- Phillips.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – The Pause That Refreshes Mix

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Had a good time hanging out at The Basement and watching Darrin Bradbury with Tim Carroll and Cameron Carrus wow the crowd…

To the shuffle…



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Thanks to my friend Too Much Country for including this song on the March Feel Bad for You Mixtape.  The Big Happy was a short-lived band that included the late great Billy Block who fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed away March 11.  The band also included Block’s wife Jill and the awesome Tom Mason and his wife.  The video comes from a performance at the Billy Block Remembrance and features one of his sons.   On a side note: as some one of Cajun descent, the term “Chank-a-Chank” really resonates – as does this song. 

“There is a Time” by Whiskey Shivers (feat. Kelsey Wilson)

Once again, Noisetrade comes through to expose me to music I’ve been missing without even knowing I was missing it.  Whiskey Shivers are playing in Nashville tonight at The End (and join an illustrious list of shows I have to miss – damn you Nashville and your abundance of live music choices!).  But, if you are not otherwise engaged, you should go and tell me all about it.

“(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” by R.E.M.

“It’s not as thought I really need you. If you were here, I’d only bleed you.”  One of my all time favorite songs… Reckoning is such a great album!

“Trash” by Deer Tick

From Negativity – it was also part of a sampler put out on Noisetrade for the release of the new Diamond Rugs album which features John and Robbie from Deer Tick among a stellar cast. 

“(moments of connection)” by The Danbury Lie

The companion piece to “(scattered)” which we previously featured.  From Scattered Moments of Connection.  Clocking in at :22 seconds.  We take whatever The Danbury Lie we can get.  Speaking of which The Danbury Lie released this album in January, and they have already released another one called Choose Your Delusion which is in our mix.  The Danbury Lie are long time #E2TG faves and if you haven’t you should definitely check them out.  They are part of the small but growing Connecticut faction of Ear to the Ground favorites. 

“Koka Kola” by The Clash

“Elevator! Going Up!”  from London Calling. “It’s the pause that refreshes in the corridors of power When top men need a top up long before the happy hour
Your snakeskin suit and your alligator boot You won’t need a launderette, you can send them to the vet!”

“Demon Called Deception” by Grant Lee Buffalo

from the band’s 1994 second album, Mighty Joe Moon…  This was an excellent thrift store find from this past weekend!

“Walking Out on Love” by Paul Collins’ Beat

From the debut album by seminal power pop band The Beat who later become Paul Collin’s Beat to avoid confusion with the UK band The Beat who were billed as The English Beat in the U.S. for the same reason [edited] and to avoid a threatened lawsuit by the American The Beat’s record label.  The two bands recently toured together recently playing on the coincidental name similarities. [end edit] This The Beat was formed by Paul Collins after the breakup of The Nerve and the short-lived The Breakaways which featured Collins and Peter Case.  This song was originally performed by the Nerve and originally recorded by The Breakaways before ending up on this album.  Green Day made the song part of their Broadway musical American Idiot.

“You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon

From Graceland and famous for the music video featuring Simon and Chevy Chase.  I have a story to tell about this song… a little while back, I went to the weekly open mic at Jed’s Sport’s Bar hosted by Lightning 100.  I was there to help celebrate my friend (an incredible singer/songwriter) Jon Latham’s birthday.  After Jon played the last song of the night (which was amazing), this song came on over the P.A. and an unrehearsed, totally spontaneous “flash mob” broke out.  It was a sight to see.

“Standing in the Doorway” by Soul Asylum

This song, from Hang Time, probably ranks high on my top list of favorites songs to air guitar in front of the mirror to…

“Nowhere” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

Just when you thought, I’d forgotten your daily doses of Memory Deluxe…  Two things:  1. I repeat the shuffle picks which songs come up and in what order.  2. I really do have 750 songs in the active playlist and only about five left from this awesome album.  

As always support all of the artists you love in whatever way you are able… buy music, go to shows, buy merch, spread the word throughout social media.  There are tons of great artists out there, and most of them are doing for love but could use some money.  Peace out!

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Check Maybe We Can Go to Arby’s Mix

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Well now, how about that?  2013 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year, The End Men dropped the first two songs from their forthcoming new album, Terms and Conditions (due 4/21/2015).  The bands’ signature sound enhanced by the saxophone stylings of Matthew Elia.  You can name your price and get a hold of “Morning Birds” and “East of West” and get some absolutely killer artwork for your desktop.  Do it!


“Not The One” by [debut]

[debut] is the L.A. based Alternative/Electronic project of Gareth Thomas.  The new album is called Postcards from Berlin.  This is the powerful opening track from the album which is out everywhere now.

“My Next Door Neighbor” by Jerry “Boogie” McCain

Alabama Blues artist Jerry “Boogie” McCain passed away in March 2012.  This song came to us via a Noisetrade sampler from the awesome folks at the Music Maker Relief Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the musical traditions of the south by directly supporting the musicians who make that music.   Great old blues song… 

“The Right Profile” by The Clash

The hits keep coming… seriously though London Calling – ya’ll!

“Ships and Cannons” by The Ghoul Goes West

New E2TG favorites from Arkansas with another great song from their album Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things… 

“Twisting the Night Away” by Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart does Sam Cooke….  the last  song on his 4th album Never a Dull Moment (1972)

“Taylor Swift” by Darrin Bradbury

2014 Ear to the Ground artist of the year with a song about his move to Nashville. Check out the video from The Building and the hats sported by Mr. Bradbury and bassist Cameron Carrus. If you wear hats like that – you, too, could be an #E2TG Artist of the Year…  No Taylor Swifts were harmed in the making of this song.

“Bluegrass” by Matt Phillips and The Philharmonic

North Carolinian Matt Phillips came to my attention when he was a guest on Music City Roots back in February (I think).  I grabbed hold to a good sampling of his music, and I have been enjoying the heck out of it.  Great songs and such a smooth and easy delivery.  Makes me want to put on some Bluegrass…  From the album Move.  A non-band version appeared on Phillips album Bones.

“Jesus Built My Hotrod” by Ministry

It is almost Easter and it is racing season so…. The song, which features vocals from Gibby Haynes, was released as a single in 1991 and then later appeared on the Ministry album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs.

“Walk” by The Ghoul Goes West

We close out the shuffle with our second song of the day from The Ghoul Goes West.  This is one of my favorite tracks on the album.  When the band contacted me, they said they were “underheard”… I am doing my little part to correct that.  Hear them!

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Among the Lost and Found Mix

As I alluded to yesterday, I am heading out, and so I leave you with a shuffle and a related Video Playlist (with the songs or other songs by the same artist if the exact song could not be found on You Tube)….  Enjoy…. see you next week!

“Heart of Darkness” by Syd Straw

“Sliver” by Dead in 5

“Family Flesh Garden” by The Ghoul Goes West

“Shop it Around” by Jason and the Scorchers

“Mall Boutique” by Neighborhood Texture Jam

“Paper Thin” by John Hiatt

“Drug Mule” by the transcendents

“Our Lady of the Highway” by Tim Lee 3

“Dead Man’s Song” by Joe Nolan

“Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Just Another Story Mix

#CXCW15 wrapped up this weekend….  Day 6, 7, 8 featured tons of great music… I feel like I am certain to leave some out, so please consider this a partial recap…  visit couchbycouchwest.com to experience or re-experience the whole thing. Anyway, some of the highlights of the last three days included: Nikki Sue and the Bad News, Young America, Modern Day Poets (which includes members of the now defunct band Cupla), Joe Nolan, Darrin Bradbury, Two Cow Garage with Todd Farrell, and a second video of Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray doing a Superchunk cover.

Way more great music than I could keep up with, but the good news I can go back and try to see what I missed, and so can you…  apologies to any FOE2TG (friends of ear 2 the ground) that I missed in my recaps…

“The Card Cheat” by The Clash

Yet another classic track from the amazingly legendary London Calling album.

“Oblivious” by Aztec Camera

One of my all time favorite songs, from the High Land, Hard Rain Album.  I love just about everything about this song.

“Hysterically Speaking” by The Colored Parade

The Colored Parade is a great Nashville band fronted by Andrew Adkins who was previously in the band Mellow Down Easy.  I got to see The Colored Parade live a couple of months back, and they were excellent.  This song is on the album And the Walls of the City Will Shake.  Check it out.

“Death or Glory” by The Clash

It’s a two Clash song kind of day…  this is another one of my faves off London Calling…

“Funky Avocado” by Michael Hedges

From the live album, Live on the Double Planet, this song was originally on the late guitar virtuoso Hedges’ 1981 debut album Breakfast in the Field. I was fortunate enough to get to see Hedges perform live, and even for a non-guitar nerd it was an amazing performance.  I’m sure the guitar nerds were going completely bonkers.

“Running Days” by Bonson Berner

L.A. band Bonson Berner just released their latest album called Reflection on March 10 on the Forty Below record label.  This song comes from their 2013 album Passport.

“Strange” by Boy Named Banjo

Another great song from the Nashville based band from their 2014 album Long Story Short.  Boy Named Banjo are competing to be on the bill at Bonnaro this year, so if you like what you’ve heard – check their Facebook Page to see what you need to do to help them out.

“Circus Stunt” by Burning Bridges

As I mentioned before, Burning Bridges was the project of Rob from The Danbury Lie in the days before The Danbury Lie existed.  This song (more so than the last Burning Bridges track I featured) seems like a missing link toward the development of The Danbury Lie sound we have come to know and love.

“No Good” by Banditos

Banditos are from Birmingham, Alabama.  From looking at their Facebook page, I see that I am late to this party (a diverse bunch of some of my coolest music friends “Like” their page already). This song will be on their self-titled debut album on Bloodshot Records which is not scheduled for release until May.  If this song can be used as an indication, well, then I may just have to add that album to my “Highly anticipated” list.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Sixty Two at Twenty Three Mix



Welcome to Tuesday….   so, at some point in the past (for reasons which may have made since at the time), I signed up to get e-mail updates from one of the local television channels. I don’t always read them, but today, I did… and there was a story about a music video addressing East Nashville gentrification.  I had heard about this, so I actually clicked on the link and watch the video, and there was Ear to the Ground Artist of the Year and my friend, Darrin Bradbury lip-synching and acting like a champ… Here is a link to the article.


“Rhode Island Summer” by The Danbury Lie

I am pretty sure this song has been in a shuffle before.  The Danbury Lie released this as a download single some time ago, and it has reappeared as part of their latest album Scattered Moments of Connection.  Interesting trivia, when a song I download does not have a picture associated with it, my music player uses some existing picture, and it often repeated uses the same image over an extended period of time.  For awhile, the image it used was the image that came with the single version of this song.  Now, you know…



“True Love” by Darrin Bradbury

Coincidental to the anecdote shared above, last night I realized that I had never featured Darrin Bradbury’s Tur-Lyfe: A Live Recording of Unfortunate Events on Ear to the Ground.  I was appalled with myself, and set about to make it right.  First up off that release is what has been come one of Bradbury’s most popular and best loved songs.  A little known fact is that originally the song was not going to compare true love to a meth lab, but instead was going to compare true love to an indie rock band.  The original opening line was, “Our love is like the death cab in your cuties basement.”   As always remember the jokes are free of charge and worth every penny…. 


“Recipe for Disaster” by Bark

Tim and Susan Lee are cooking up something special for their recently released side project Bark which features Susan on drums.


“And the Blind Man Lead the Way” by The Great Game

From the inbox, comes this band whose members and influences comes from across Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.   A very interesting sound which I will look forward to checking out more in depth.  The album is also called The Great Game.


“Wicked Mind” by Fancytramp

From a Jeffery Drag Sampler comes this song by the late, great Nashville band Fancytramp.  When Fancytramp ended, a couple of the members went on to form a band called Idle Bloom which I recently saw open for Turbo Fruits at 3rd and Lindsley.


“Lover’s Rock” by The Clash

So… seriously do you not agree that London Calling is just a flat out rad album?


“Vitamins” by Manilow

Another fine modern British punk song from the Cease and Desist album.


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Some awesome old school American Rock and Roll music from the Jersey Shore…. The final track on their self-titled debut.


“Easy to Love” by Ivan and Alyosha

A track from the 2009 album The Verse, The Chorus from this Seattle based indie-folk/pop band.  Grabbed this from a recent Noisetrade release.


“Fingertips 1: Everything is Catching on Fire” by They Might Be Giants

From Apollo 18, the first of 21 short Fingertips tracks on the 1992 album.


“I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” by Richard and Linda Thompson

We close out the day with one of my all-time favorite songs…  the title track from the classic 1974 album that does not sound at all like it is over 40 years old.


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