Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Opening Day Mix

Well, it’s back to school time, which means my morning commute reverts back, and the Morning Mix of Music goes back to a more manageable length – or something…

Let’s get to it – after the jump…


Today 3/5 of our Pre-Shuffle comes from the Texas Alt-Country legends, Centro-Matic:

“The Massacre Went Well”   from their 1999 sophomore effort, Navigational
“Ninety Secretaries Down” from the 2000 South San Gabriel Songs/Music – original credited to Centro-matic – it is considered the first album by South San Gabriel (an off-shoot – sort of – of Centro-matic)
“D.Boon-Free (A Ninth Grade Crime) from Centro-Matic’s third album (also 1999) called The Static Vs. The Strings Vol. 1

Other, non-Centro-Matic, songs in the Pre-Shuffle were:

 “Jazzy Mcgee” by The Blind Owl Band from their latest album. (2013)


“Triggers” by Beijing from their album Night. (2013)


“Insane in the Brain” (Cypress Hill cover) by The Connells from When Pigs Fly (2002)

We earlier featured Devo’s rendition of the CSNandY song, “Ohio”.  From the same compilation (thought of and produced by Cevin Soling of The Neanderthal Spongecake) comes this version of the 1993 hip-hop crossover hit. The Connells – the North Carolina Alt-Rock, Power Pop legends fit the bill as being unlikely artists to record this song. It’s a ton of fun, though.

“Dancing Song” by Little Comets from In Search of Elusive Little Comets (2011)


A fun song from the Debut album by this Indie band from Tyne and Ware county in  England. 

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“The Sarge” by Casey Black from It Shapes Me As It Goes (2011)

I’ll just flat-out say it. This is what a great modern folk song sounds like and is. At once witty and poignant, with a great hook and a great story.  — There was a recently completed research study that showed the significant economic impact the music industry has on Nashville. The great music writer Peter Cooper wrote a response in which he expounded on the significant cultural impact music has on “Music City USA”.  Fact is, for better or worse, Nashville has an embarrassing abundance of musical talent packed into our medium-sized city. It takes something indefinable to stand out – Casey Black stands out.

 “More to Rust” by Sci-Fi Romance from The Ghost of John Henry (2012)

It is so good to have our friend Vance and his band Sci-Fi Romance back into the Shuffle, and to be reminded of just how damn good they are. The Ghost of John Henry  – a album-length take on the John Henry legend – is an amazing album – which we were proud to offer up in a pre-release stream back in May of last year. “More to Rust” is a stand-out on a album full of stand-out tracks.


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Get Ready Mix

Ahhhh….. Well, well, well… here we are again.  I will SPAM you one more time to ask you to please go to the Red Bull Soundstage site to vote for our friends Those Mockingbirds.  The contest ends at 11:59:59 tonight (Eastern Time I think), and you can vote once a day, so even if you voted yesterday, you can still vote again.  Those Mockingbirds are hanging on in first place, but they need all the support they can get to hold off a late surge from that other so called band.   Here is the link.

 To the list…

Robin Gibb past away last week, and most of the posts I’ve seen referenced the band’s Saturday Night Fever era music. Many people, however, didn’t know that the brothers began performing together way back in 1958.  In their early days, they were primary a pop/folk act, and Robin’s vibrato voice was featured on many of their songs including our first track – I Don’t Think It’s Funny was on the band’s debut album, The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs which was released only in Australia.  

Next  – no really, the next song is called Next it is another track from The End is Now by L.A. Symphony.  Check it out…
Finally, we continue to dig into The Ghost of John Henry by recent Sci-Fi Romance.  Steam Drill Blues  is about as gritty as it gets.  As the story moves forward, we find our hero, who represents mankind, facing the challenge of competing with machine in order to maintain his livelihood. We feel the pain and determination through the lyrics and the musical tapestry which weaves the simple with the complex, the quiet with the noisy. And we pull for John Henry even knowing how it all ends…
 Here is another track from the album…
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Bee Gees Anthology Bee Gees Anthology
43 of their biggest hits, including: Bodyguard * How Deep Is Your Love * Lonely Days * Love You Inside Out * Night Fever * One * Stayin’ Alive * and more. Also includes discography and notes about the songs written by the band members.

Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of to Kill a Mockingbird Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of to Kill a Mockingbird
“To Kill a Mockingbird” may well be our national novel. It is the first adult novel that many of us remember reading, one book that millions of us have in common. It sells nearly a million copies a year, more than any other twentieth-century American classic. Harper Lee’s first and only novel, published in July 1960, is a beloved classic and touchstone in American literary and social history. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Mary McDonagh Murphy reviews its history and examines how the novel has left its mark on a broad range of novelists, historians, journalists, and artists. In compelling interviews, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, James Patterson, James McBride, Scott Turow, Wally Lamb, Andrew Young, Richard Russo, Adriana Trigiani, Rick Bragg, Jon Meacham, Allan Gurganus, Diane McWhorter, Lee Smith, Rosanne Cash, and others reflect on when they first read the novel, what it means to them–then and now–and how it has affected their lives and careers. “Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of “To Kill a Mockingbird”” is a lively appreciation of the many ways in which the novel has made–and continues to make–a difference to generations of readers. Harper Lee has not given an interview since 1964, but Murphy’s reporting, research, and rare interviews with the author’s sister and friends stitch together a brief history of how the novel, as well as the acclaimed 1962 movie, came to be.

Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Time has Come Mix



Time is way short:

1. Stirring Salt Lake City, Utah based folk-rock – South of Ramona off their Demo – Westward Souls

A video of South of Ramona covering House of the Rising Sun
2. More joy and punk-pop goodness from The Joy of Painting our Band of the Week!  No Bones is the second track off the new one Asterisk.
By request, here is the Slap Montage again set to No Bones
3.  Finally, we have a track from this weeks new release, which we reviewed:  Sci-Fi Romance from The Ghost of John Henry with John Henry Part I.  In addition to what I said before, singer Vance Kotrla has one of those chillingly resonant voices I could listen to forever – think Dave Alvin…
Here is Part I of a video blog covering the making of The Ghost of John Henry