Friday Morning Music Shuffle – The Thrill is Gone Mix

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Of course, the dominant news of the day is the passing of B.B. King, and my Facebook feed is filled with people from all different genres of music weighing in on the passing of this legend.  King’s death comes just days after the death of a much lesser known Blues singer named Captain Luke Mayer at the age of 87 and serves as a reminder that we are losing/have lost so many of the greats of the modern music era. I do not see a need to compare and contrast the  lives and careers of B.B. King and Captain Luke (at least not here and now), just to say how grateful I am that the music will endure.  Which means I am grateful for all the groups and people who are making sure that the music lives on.  And for me that means, the preservationists and historians and traditionalists as well as those who are continuing to innovate to keep all forms of Roots music (no matter how broadly that term is defined) a living breathing thing.

R.I.P. B.B. King and Captain Luke.  Thank you for the gifts of your music.


“Spilled Years” by Darrin Bradbury

“We will never be that dumb and young again…”  Nola – Darrin and Megan Palmer are in your city as I type this.  Make them feel at home!

“Monster Inside” by Broken Guru

A favorite of mine from Bent up Halo.

“Grounds for Divorce” by Elbow

From their 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid.

“Leavin’ Sound” by The Ghoul Goes West

The next to the last song we have to present from Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things.  Please check out this band and give them some support. They are great.

“Gnab Gib” by Grumsling

Grumsling are a San Francisco area band that I really just got a hold of… they have a fascinating story that I will expound upon as more songs enter the shuffle.  In the meantime, just a listen.  The is for the EP Full Coverage.

“Hard Day Coming Down” by The Record Company

Some great bluesy music from this California band.

“The Visit” by Richard Barone

Another track from Cool Blue Halo….

“Keep Your Promises” by Sean Watkins

All I Do is Lie is the album..

“Sally, I’ve Been Shot” by Two Cow Garage

The Columbus Ohio band currently counts among its members Todd Farrell Jr.  This is from their Sweet Saint Me album.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Games People Play Mix

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Did you miss me?  I’m back after a two day absence with another shuffle of songs across a broad musical spectrum.  Meanwhile, it is Friday! So let’s celebrate!

“Baby I’m Doin’ It” by Eight O’Five Jive

Nashville’s Jump/Jive/Swing band, Eight O’Five Jive are back with another song from their fantastic recent album, Too Many Men. 

“Stuck on Repeat” by Hudson K

Hudson K are an electronic synth rock duo from Knoxville, TN.  This song is from their 2013 Ouroboros and the Black Dove.  We grabbed it off a Noisetrade Bonnaroo mixtape which I take to mean they will be performing in Manchester next month, so check them out if you are down on the farm…

“Cherry Licorice” by The Felice Brothers

Dig this track from The Felice Brothers’ 2014 album, Favorite Waitress.

“Red Rover” by Paper Aeroplanes

UK Dream Folk band, Paper Aeroplanes are up next with a track that first appeared on the EP Time to Be in 2012, and then was included on their 2013 album Little Letters.

“Dig It Up” by Tim Lee 3

A live version of a tune from the classic 2010 double album, Raucous Americanus by E2TG favorites Tim Lee 3 from Knoxville.  Check out all of their music including their latest album 33 1/3 at the usual places or visit their website.

“Surprise, Surprise” by The Rolling Stones

This was the final track on the Stones’ third American album, The Rolling Stones, Now! which was released in 1965. 

“Games People Play” (Joe South cover) by The Georgia Satellites

From In the Land of Salvation and Sin… this song is a cover of a 1968 song by the late Singer-Songwriter, Joe South, who also wrote the song, “Rose Garden” made famous by Lynn Anderson.

“Men w/ Tears” by Rich Robbins (prod. by Nate France)

Some  awesome Hip Hop music emanating from the suburbs of Chicago via the city of Philadelphia and currently settled on the campus of University of Wisconsin – Madison. Informed, honest, and innovative.

“Challenge of the Love Warriors” by Tom Tom Club

In celebration of the birthday of Chris Frantz founding member of both Tom Tom Club and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Talking Heads, we have this track written by Frantz from Tom Tom Club’s 1988 album, Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom. The track is breathy and sexy and (like all of Tom Tom Club’s music) incredibly fun.

“The Immortals” by The Ghoul Goes West
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We close out the day and the week with another really cool song, from one of the newest Ear to the Ground favorites.  The Ghoul Goes West are from Northwest Arkansas.  This song is from the awesome album, Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things.

 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Paramours and Thieves Mix

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Welcome to the working week!  We start off what is shaping up to be a challenging week with a pretty diverse shuffle…. let’s jump right in…

“Elemental Raven Storm” by The Great Game

We start off our week with another great song from the self-titled album by this innovative band from Europe.  They say they make “New World Music”, and I cannot argue with this.  Unique sounds and great songs.

“Stone Blind Horses” by Ray Wylie Hubbard

From the latest album by the Texas legend.  The album is called, “The Ruffian’s Misfortune”, and this song was one of my highlights from his Nashville show which was held a week ago yesterday.

“Cherry Bomb” by Tyler, The Creator

That’s right, I followed up Ray Wylie Hubbard with Tyler the Creator. Actually, I didn’t the shuffle did it.  I’m just the guy who had both songs in my playlist.  The title track from the new album (released April 13).  Man, this is good.

“The Dawn Thief” by Whale Fall

So, we started off with some “New World Music”, moved to some amazing Americana Roots music, shifted to some Hip-Hop… where do we go from there?  How about some Instrumental, cinematic, progressive music.   From their album, The Mandrean.

“It’s You” by Mouth Reader

And from there… we move on to whatever it is that Mouth Reader does… Punk, Garage, Psychedelic… whatever it is, it is good… and, they released a pop up book record from Record Store Day 2015.  See the Video Playlist for details.  Their new EP is called Hands.

“Let it Be Me (Je t-appartiens)” by Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare

Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare covering an Everly Brothers’ song?  Of course, that will fit neatly into our shuffle right here.  The original song was released in 1960, and this version was released in 1964.

“Put Out the Fire” by Tom Schreck

From Music City Legends to the Nashville Outsider (who happens to be one of the our city’s finest songwriters from his album Save Your Glory.

“The Bugle Sounds Again” by Aztec Camera

Aztec Camera were one of my favorite bands from all those years ago.    This song is from High Land, Hard Rain (their debut album). 

“Chorus of Zombies” by The Ghoul Goes West

I love Zombies and I love The Ghoul Goes West, so it stands to reason… from their album, Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things. One of my favorite “from the inbox” albums of this year.  

“Cleveland County Blues” by John Moreland

And, we close out this first shuffle of the new week with a track from the amazing new album from John Moreland.  The album is called High on Tulsa Heat, and it is a good one…

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Who Knows? Not Me Mix

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It’s apparently some holiday which you should celebrate as you see fit… 

In honor, today’s shuffle hits only high points…

“The Man Who Sold the World” (David Bowie cover) by Richard Barone

Richard Barone’s 1987 album Cool Blue Halo was recorded live and is one of the most stunningly beautiful albums made and one of my all-time favorites.  Here is a classic Bowie cover from that album.

“Happiness” by Grant Lee Buffalo

A great song from the band’s  1994 second album, Mighty Joe Moon. This song was used at the end of a season 1 episode of the television series, House.

“That Black Bat Licorice” by Jack White

From White’s 2014 album Lazaretto.

“(Do the) Instant Mash” by Joe Jackson

Look Sharp! was the 1979 debut album by Joe Jackson.  I first “discovered” Joe Jackson when Night and Day came out in 1982, but this album has become one of my favorites.  “I don’t work in supermarkets any more…”

“Terrifying Love” by Marshall Crenshaw

It’s been fun listening again to Downtown.  The album came out in 1985 when I was in college, and I listened to this quite a bit while driving around town, so much so that these songs are imprinted upon my memory with the sights and feelings of that time.

“Wonderful Doom” by Ron Muga

The title track from Ron Muga’s 2014 album, a devastatingly beautiful song.

“America” (Simon and Garfunkel cover) by First Aid Kit

The title track from an EP released earlier this year by the Swedish duo, and a gorgeous cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic from Bookends.

“Feels So Good” by The Record Company

The title track from the L.A. Rock/Blues band’s 2013 EP. Digging this record, a bunch.  Proving that when Sue Havlish recommends a band, you need to listen.

“A Time Machine Built for Two” by The Ghoul Goes West

Seriously, I know I say this a lot, and I know I don’t post music I don’t like, but I really want you all to check out The Ghoul Goes West.  Their latest album is Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things. There are some classic songs in this shuffle and some of my all-time favorite artists, and this song sounds great to me alongside those songs.  Instant classic? Maybe.  Great song? Certainly.

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Speaking of classics and all-time favorites… from the 1982 album, High Land, Hard Rain…. Roddy Frame and company made such beautiful music.

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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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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Orange Windbreaker and a Beard Mix

We’ve reached the end of another week.  Today’s shuffle is a pretty interesting mixed bag with a couple of artists making their E2TG debut, plus a few old favorites, and some of my heroes…  I’m short on time, so this will be haphazard.

“Good Ol’ Boy (Gettin’ Tough)” by Steve Earle

Well, after bringing up the first two songs from Guitar Town in order on different days, today’s shuffle skips to the fourth song.  Maybe this was the third song on some Japanese import???  In any event, I grew up in a kind of small town in Tennessee, but I never really felt like I connected with the “Good Ol’ Boys” when I lived there, so when I first heard this song, I thought I had found that point of connection…

“Breakthrough” by Science!

Science! are from Seattle, a bunch of cool people I know like them, and they have participated in Couch by Couchwest in the past (which is probably where I first heard them) – I hope they participate this year (hint, hint)… This song is on their latest album Alcoves and Alleyways which was released in January.

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I love all of Marshall Crenshaw’s albums.  His self-titled album and Field Day probably rank among the greatest pop albums of all time. But, this album, Downtown, will always hold a special place in my heart.  It’s all tied to the place and time that I first listened to the album and the heady nights – being a freshman in college and experiencing new things and old things in a new way…  Hearing this album again, transports me back in the best possible way.

“Tense” by The Bell Hours

I am fascinated by the random shuffle that produces my Morning Shuffle each day.  Certain songs or albums or artists may sit in my queue for several weeks and then two songs come up on subsequent days. The Bell Hours are from Denver, and the music I have been playing comes via Noisetrade.  The EP is called Easy Weather, and I really like it a whole bunch.

“Vestige Gone” by David Dondero

I am about 90% sure I featured this song before.  I think it may be one of the songs that transferred over from my old phone and I couldn’t remember if I had featured it or not… You know what, though, I don’t really care.  It is quite simply a brilliant song that I would happily play a few more times.  Musically, I live for the aha moments when I hear something and if it’s not a new song, I wonder why I never heard it before, and then I wonder why everyone hasn’t heard it before. And then I set about to do my small part is righting that wrong.  I don’t have those moments every day, but I feel that way about David Dondero.  Darrin Bradbury turned me onto his music….

“The Smart Schoolboy” by Forest Mountain Hymnal

From their work-in-progress Dear Balladeer which features songs from the Ballad Book for John Jacob Niles… We’ve featured Forest Mountain Hymnal several times, and they never disappoint. I love the traditional folk feel of this song.

“Dancing Dead Men” by The Ghoul Goes West

Another song from the Arkansas band off their album Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things.  I little macabre dance music for your Friday…

“Sucker for Love” by Cherub

Nashville’s Cherub make their E2TG debut today with a fine bit of funkiness. I came across their name in an article recently, and then coincidently found this song on Freegal a few days later.  I do love the randomness of how I discover music sometimes. This is not what most people thing of when they think of Nashville music, and that is both a good and a bad thing.  Cherub’s music, though, is definitely a good thing.  I think they have some NSFW videos, but I don’t think the one I picked is one of those… So click on related videos with care if you are at work or school.

“Poetry in Motion” by The Great Game

The Great Game call what they do, New World Music.  They are from all over the world mostly Europe and they bring a variety of influences into their sound, and it all blends nicely and some really awesome alchemy comes into play, and the result is what you hear.  This is from their self-titled album which was just released a week ago.

“Insect Ball” by Eight O’ Five Jive

When it is early morning on the week following the shift to Daylight Savings Time, and it is Friday and you’ve about had it with the week, but you have one more work day to get through and you are approaching your office and really not feeling it… you need some Jive sometimes to give you that little kick in the ass and get you moving.  Or at least I do.  This is a cover of a Big Jay McNeely song that can be found on the Nashville band’s debut album Too Many Men which is going to be released in April.  Thanks to Sue Havlish for sending this my way, and for introducing me to a couple of the members of the band.

“Sure Thing” by Sam Morrow

We close out the week’s worth of shuffles with the return of Sam Morrow to E2TG. This song comes to us from a Forty Below Records sampler off of Noisetrade.  The song is an uplifting illumination of the notion that often the greatest joy comes out of the worst pain.

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