Monday Morning Music Shuffle – A Few of My Favorite Things 2013 Mix – Part Five

Stupid winter bugs…. well, I was out sick Friday – so no shuffle.  But, today’s shuffle includes music I would have featured on that day – plus a few more.   I’m actually going to be away for the rest of the week.  Ear to the Ground will return Monday December 30 to present the 3rd Annual Band of the Year award (for the first time not based upon a poll).

Let’s get to the music…



“I Guess That’s True” by Calicocat
“Lincoln” by EdTang
“Hey Grace, Hey Tony” by Grace and Tony
“May the Road Rise to Meet Your Face” by James Crawford
“Afraid to Die” by Monks of Mellonwah
“Screwdriver” by Prince
“Arrival in a Distant Land” by The Gabriel Construct
“Patience” by Mr. Kind
“Halo Day (4 ‘Drew)” by Tim Lee 3
“Bill, I Believe This is Killing Me” by EdTang
“Davey Jones” by The Blind Owl Band
“I’d Rather be High” by David Bowie
“Lonesome Street” by The Blind Owl Band
“Knocking on Heavens Door” by You and Me
“Divine Restlessness” by Marla Mase
“On the Watch (Parts V- XII)” by The Gypsy West
“Tennessee” by The Coal Men
“New Jerusalem” by Valued Customer
“Saint” by Mission South

NOTES:

Sadly, Nashville’s Calicocat called it quits this year, but first, they dropped their brilliant Mighty Superfluous.

Look for Grace and Tony to continue to light things up in 2014. Their debut album November dropped in… well November. 

Reuniting with old classmates on social media can be a hit or miss endeavor. From acrimonious political rankling to endless game requests, there can definitely be a downside.  On the other hand, there are people I didn’t know too well in school who I’ve gotten to know and like through the web.  And then there is James Crawford who just happened to make one of my favorite albums of the year.

Prince and David Bowie released excellent new music in 2013. Go figure.

The Gypsy West kicked off 2013 with the release of the final part of their Accomplices trilogy. We loved it.

Valued Customer.

I saw Mission South at the Basement when I went out to see my friends Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray. They are from D.C. and pretty freakin’ awesome.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – A Few of Favorite Things 2013 Mix – Part Two

First of all… Tuesday? Really? Just Tuesday?

Second… how about a couple of my favorite Christmas songs…

 
 
 
Third… Rest in Peace to Mr. Ray Price. In seeing some of the news reports, I was most struck at how his voice held up into his late 70s/early 80s. So smooth…  Thanks for the music.
 
 
 
 
Now… to today’s music…

 
Our journey back through some favorites from the year that will soon enough be ending…  Shuffle style…
 
 
“It’s All Wrong” by The End Men
 
“I Should Have Listened” and “Today is Gonna Be a Better Day” by You and Me
 
“Stuck” by The Coal Men
 
“Double Brahma” by Valued Customer
 
“The Flame” by prattle on, rick
 
“Bloodhound” by Jeanette Lynne
 
“Muskegon Harbor” by Taco Land
 
“Sailing Stones” by Monks of Mellonwah
 
“Daddy Fool (Svelt Mix)” by Tipi Valley (from Rock ‘n Roll Lives On)
 
“Love Doesn’t Mind” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza)
 
“Two Weeks on the Ocean” by James the Giant (from James the Giant)
 
“Broken Heartland” by The Coal Men (from Escalator)
 
“Onward” by The Danbury Lie (from ?)
 
“Modern Lives” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza)
 
“The Hoover Farm Exorcism” by The Imperial Rooster (from Cluckaphony)
 
 
Highlights:
 
The End Men – of course.
 
 
You and Me (glad to receive some music this year from one of the bands we’ve been following for a long time.  Also glad to have two songs in a row from that album in today’s shuffle)
 
I feel like I was late to the party with The Coal Men. If, like me, you are just now discovering this great Nashville band, Escalator is a great place to start.
 
Before 2013, I knew I liked Valued Customer, but I wasn’t completely sure why.  This year with the release of their truly mind-blowing/expanding Kalpa, I have become convinced that this wacky kids from Toronto are nothing short of musical geniuses…maybe just geniuses.
 
prattle on, rick is another Nashville-based “discovery” from 2013. Looks like I caught on just in-time for his fan-only release A Decade Begins and the album from which this track is taken, his extraordinary Some Quiet Majesty.
 
Likely, Taco Land and Tipi Valley have very little in common.  One is from south Texas and the other from coastal Wales. They have both been featured prominently on this blog for some time. And they both had impressive releases in 2013. In listening today, I heard something (subtle) to connect these two great artists/bands.  Always good to have long time blog friends/supporters in the shuffle.


 


Monks of Mellonwah are releasing their debut album as a series of EPs.  The first two parts – Ghost Stories and Afraid to Die were released in 2013.  The final part will be released in 2014.  Some awesome hard rock from down under.

James the Giant released one of the most beautiful/painfully touching records of the year.  The song featured today is dedicated to his brother who was killed in Afghanistan.

The Danbury Lie and The Imperial Rooster have just about nothing in common except that they both released incredible music in 2013 that I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing and sharing.  There will be much more on both of these bands forthcoming.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Hurrah Mix

A cool selection of songs and not much time… let’s go…

BONUS TRACKS:   “Balcony” by Jordan Klassen    “Steal a Ride” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club   “Old Friends” by The Coal Men    “December” by prattle on, rick.     “Into the River” by The Quick and The Dead     “West Germany” by Minutemen    “Sam Kelley” by Darrin Bradbury   “Something Changed” by Andrew Ferris   “John Doe”  by ??? (another of those “Unknown Artist” tags that I couldn’t identify in my quick internet search. Clue 1: The song does not appear to be about the member of X.  Clue 2: It’s a pretty nifty song  Side Note: There are a lot of songs called “John Doe”)    “Easy” by Son Lux

Transition Track (note: The Bonus tracks were listened to on my drive home last night.  The forthcoming shuffle songs were from my drive to work this morning.  I listened to the first half of this song on my way home and the second half on my work): “Baltimore Boats” by Humming House (from Humming House.)

Shuffle proper…

“I Know You’ll Be Mine” by Mark Robinson (from Quit Your Job – Play Guitar.  Nashville may be – as I read recently – over-hyped when it comes to it’s “hotness” has a music town, but we are very fortunate to have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talented musicians from all genres of music.  Case in point – Mark Robinson, blues man extraordinaire)

“Permanent/Imperanent 1213” by Peck (from Peck Sounds (album in process). Peck is Chris Peck who #E2TG careful readers recognize as part of the featured artist alum – The Disappointment.  He is releasing his new album one song at a time.  It’s called Peck Sound… oh, I see what he did there…)

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Annie Sellick (from Let’s Make a Christmas Memory.)

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Chim Chim Mix

Have to make it quick today.  Nineteen songs in the Mix.  12 in the Bonus Mix and 7 in the daily shuffle.

First,  Nashville band Humming House, who are featured twice in the Bonus Mix today, have just released a video for the first single from their forthcoming album. “Fly On (Forever is Better With You)” is a great song, and the video features the parent’s of the band’s newest member – Leslie Rodriquez. By the way, her parents happen to be a couple of the coolest people I know. Watch the video, and I think you’ll get a glimpse of why I say that.

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BONUS MIX:

“Cold Chicago” (live version) by Humming House   “Horror Story Town (Acoustic Demo)” by Black Doctor Jr.  “Tennessee” by The Coal Men    “Don’t Look Now” (CCR Cover) by The Minutemen    “Motel Room in My Bed” by X   “Antiphon” by Midlake     “Mr. Clean” by The Jam    “Dorchester” by Darrin Bradbury   “Oh Canada…. Meet Me in Detroit” by Dax Penick    “The World According to Nouns” by The Minutemen     “Ain’t No Grave” by Black Jake and the Carnies    “The Line” by ??? (this track didn’t tag properly and I couldn’t track down where I got it or who the artist is…. cool song though)     “Chim Chim”  (from Mary Poppins) by Humming House  

TODAY’S SHUFFLE:

“Your Life In a Blur” by The Bright Light Motion (from For All the Right Reasons.  An earlier band by friend of #E2TG Joey Mansman (Cosmonauts, The Quick and the Dead) – all proceeds (aka Tips) benefit the Blood/Water Mission)

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“Lost at Sea” by Andrew Ferris (from Yellow Lorry.)

“D.’s Car Jam/Anxious Mo-Fo” by The Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime. Yeah! Three from this amazing album in today’s mix!)

“The Light Things We Do” by Andrew Ferris (from Yellow Lorry.  Second track in today’s Shuffle from this excellent Indie/Folk/Pop full-length debut.)

“Runaway Train” by Mark Robinson (from Quit Your Job – Play Guitar.  A track from Mark’s debut effort.  His latest – Have Axe – Will Groove – is a Semi-Finalist for the International Blues Challenge “Best Self-Produced CD” Award. The album was nominated by the Nashville Blues Society)

“Dead Man (Carry Me)” by Jars of Clay (from Good Monsters.  The version in the mix today was from a Noisetrade/East Side Manor Session)

“Days of Heaven” by Phosphorescent (from Live on KEXP @ Pickathon.  A cover of a Randy Newman song)

 
 
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Life’s a Gas Mix






A longish shuffle today – so I will dispense with pleasantries and unpleasantries as well….

Shuffle – after the jump



“The Wylie Coyote Cliffs” and “Bob Newhart” by Darrin Bradbury (from NEW!!!!The Almost Great Crepe’s.  Man! What a great way to start the shuffle… a pair of truly great story-songs from new Nashville resident Darrin Bradbury.  I hope all my Nashville music friends will check out this music and support his music.  Nashville is a songwriting town, and there are tons of amazing songwriters here, but there is always room for more great ones, and Darrin Bradbury is a great one.)

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“Fall Asleep” by Jars of Clay (Noisetrade Eastside Manor Session.  The song comes from the band’s twelfth studio album Inland. The Eastside Manor Session doesn’t seem to available, but the single version of this song is up now – with all donations going to support relief efforts in the Philippines )


“Fake Palindromes” by Andrew Bird (from Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs.  A delightful tune with really disturbing lyrics.)

“I Can’t Wait” by Star and Micey (from the I Can’t Wait EP.  A brilliant song by this brilliant band from Memphis.)

“Last Goodbye” by The Coal Men (from Escalator.  Another great song from this awesome album that I was introduced to during an amazing night of music at the 5 Spot back in September.)

“Life’s a Gas” by T. Rex (from Electric Warrior. Yes, it is.)

“More the Man I Used to Be” by The Tremolo Beer Gut (from Nous Sommes The Tremolo Beer Gut…Qui Le Fuck Etes Vous.  Okay so how did I not know about this band?  I grabbed this off this month’s Feel Bad for You Mixtape.  Here’s some info (via Lastfm: “They love tremolo, they love beer and they’ve got guts! The Tremolo Beer Gut draws inspirations from the ultra cool rough twangy guitar sound of 50’es and 60’es surf as well as the great film music of Mancini, Barry and Moricone. TBG has made it their style to use the same cover-photo for all their releases, they just change the color and design a little bit. As they say: “You can’t improve on perfection – and by the way: when you’re drunk, it’s easier to remember the color of the sleeve than the name of the record!” 
The band was formed in 1998 by Sune Wagner (The Raveonettes) and Yebo (Jesper Reginal – Thau/ Crunchy Frog Records) “Jengo” (Jens Erik Lembcke) (ex-Trains and Boats and Planes) and Per Sunding (Eggstone).”)

“KidGrownUp” (feat. JD) (prod. G. Money) by Christian Robins (from his KidGrownUp mixtape. The title track… Dig it! Really!)

“Lost Innocent World” by Gogol Bordello (from Pura Vida Conspiracy.  Some awesomeness which this New York based Gypsy Punk artist.  We grabbed this off an ATO Records Sampler)

“Smile” by Andrew Ferris (from Yellow Lorry.  A great cheery Pop song.  You know… Pop is a good way.)

“Ooby Dooby” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (from Cosmo’s Factory. How ’bout this CCR cover of the Roy Orbison hit from their 1970 5th album)

“Judging You” by TimLee3 (from Devil’s Rope. Hell yeah! “Maybe I shouldn’t be judging you, but that don’t mean that it ain’t true.”)

“Goodbye Summer” by Jonny Fritz (from Dad Country. The artist formerly known as Jonny Corndawg. Oh man I love this song.  In 2012 while still billed as Jonny Corndawg, Fritz recorded an solo, a cappella song from inside a drainage pipe for Couch by Couchwest. His 2013 submission – as Jonny Fritz – was from Andrew Combs’ kitchen floor. Yeah, he’s that cool.)

“That’s What I Want for Christmas” by Annie Sellick (from Let’s Make a Christmas Memory. Another track from this album. This song – a cover of a jazz ballad features noted Nashville jazz pianist Joe Davidian).

“Loose Kites in Harbor” by Skeletons in the Piano (from Please Don’t Die.  Our 2012 Reader’s Poll – Band of the Year – upstate New Yorkers SITP released one of our favorite albums of the year back in April or so.  Today also happens to the birthday of SITP dancer Katarra Peterson – so Happy Birthday Katarra!)

 
 
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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Tender Mercy Mix

Well, well, well… we managed to stir up some controversy with yesterday’s Hall of Fame inductees due to our blatant omission of the Latin American singing group Menudo.*

*True except for the controversy and the fact that our omission of Menudo was not blatant.

As we prepare to induct the next three E2TG favorites into our HofF, we still do not have Menudo, but we do have a boy band of sorts to head today’s list.  (A Hall of Fame page is still in the works)

 






4.  Valued Customer (Toronto, Canada)
5.  The Dead Exs (New York, NY)
6. The Imperial Rooster (Espanola, NM)

Welcome to the E2TG Hall of Fame!

Shuffle begins in 3….
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“Obsidian” by Theory of Machines (from EP1.  A heavy rock instrumental from London.)

“Some Say” by Solardrive (featuring TC) (from Solardrive. An interesting new indie-pop band from L.A. which features Balthazar Getty)

“Broken Heartland” by The Coal Men (from Escalator.  More excellent stuff from this Nashville band. The attached video features lead Coal Man – Dave Coleman performing a Daniel Lanois song in the awe-inspiring sanctuary of Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church)

“Mercy” by prattle on, rick. (from Some Quiet Majesty.  Another great track from this Nashville singer/songwriter)

“Blue Moon Howl” by Mark Robinson (from Have Axe -Will Travel. This album has been Nominated by the Nashville Blues Society for the Best Self-Produced CD for the International Blues Challenge.  The winner will be announced in January 2014. Mark is a great ambassador for Nashville Blues music, and Have Axe – Will Travel is one of our favorite albums of this year.)

“Little Time” by Adam Hill (from Little Time. Make it three Nashville artists in a row.  Little Time is the latest album by Singer Songwriter Adam Hill)

“Tenderness” by General Public (from All the Rage.  Digging back to 1984 and this IRS records band headed by Dave Wakeling  and Ranking Roger of The Beat, and their smash hit song.)

“Theatre is the Life of You” by the Minutemen (from Double Nickels on the Dime. San Pedro.)

“Baby Blue” by Jay Farrar (a cover of the 1971 BadFinger classic which has come back into prominence due to it’s inclusion in the final episode of a recent popular television series.  Ex-Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt member Farrar turns the song into a beautiful, dusty alt-country gem.)

 
 
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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Onward Mix

Longish shuffle today – time is fleeting… here we go…

“Three Car Jam” by the Minutemen (from Double Nickels. One of three “car jams” on the album. A classic)

“Easy Does” by Let’s Active

“Hey Grace, Hey Tony” by Grace and Tony (from November – it’s almost here)

“The Spins” by Potty Mouth (from Hell Bent/ Massachusetts Rock)

“Midnight You” by The Coal Men (from Escalator.  Such a great song)

“A Morning Song” by Elephant Stone (another from their Seven Seas album – we featured the title track earlier this week)

“Think About It” by Stevie Nicks (from Bella Donna)

“My Heart and the Real World” by the Minutemen (another from Double Nickels)

“Mama’s Baby, Daddy’s Maybe” by Swamp Dogg (aka Jerry Williams… yes!)

“Onward” by The Danbury Lie (from ‘?’.  It was good to see Danbury Lie doing a show with our friends the Grimm Generation.)

“Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man)” by Matthew Sweet (from the Repo Man Soundtrack tribute. Sweet cover The Plugz who were covering a song made famous by Johnny Rivers)

“Down by the River” (live) by Indigo Girls (Another cover – this time it’s a Neil Young cover by Amy and Emily. )

 
 
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