Wide Open Wednesday Shuffle – Summertime Thing Mix

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Trying a new thing here at Ear to the Ground…. every Wednesday (or at least this Wednesday… or maybe some Wednesday’s) I am going to Shuffle up all the songs in my phone’s memory and see what happens…  Usually, the Morning Shuffles come from a playlist called “Current Stuff” which includes… well current stuff and basically all the recent adds plus some random stuff to keep things interesting.  Songs are moved off of the playlist as they are featured and new music is added all the time (as memory allows).  Beyond that playlist, I have approximately 4,000+ songs stored in my phone at any given time. As you might expect, it’s a weird collection of some really interesting music that I’ve collected in various ways over the years.  I have to say, the fact that Mary Gauthier and Chuck Prophet were the first two songs that came up… I am feeling optimistic.

“Sideshow” by Mary Gauthier from The Foundling

Mary Gauthier is on a major roll of late, which has included stints at the Grammy Museum and a groundbreaking set at the venerable Grand Ole Opry.  This song is from her album of a couple of years back, The Foundling and demonstrates just how worthy she is of all of the acclaim.

 
“Summertime Thing” by Chuck Prophet from No Other Love
One of my favorite “summer” songs of all time.  It just makes me feel good every time I hear it.
 
“Calgary (Live on Triple J)” by Bon Iver from Live at Triple J Studio

from his self-titled 2011 album…

 

“Real Full-Time Guy” by Drive He Said from Multitudes

Drive He Said was the project formed by Maxim Ludwig when the Santa Fe Seven broke up.  Maxim was one of the very first artists featured on Ear to the Ground back in 2011.  He has since returned to recording under his own name, and in the playlist is a recent performance from Europe.

 

“Our Last Fight” by Scala and Kolacny Brothers from Scala and Kolacny Brothers

Let me get this straight… Scala is an all-girl choir.  And Kolacny Brothers are actual brothers named Kolacny.   Got it.  Known for their haunting covers of well-known songs, this original goes back to 2007 and their album One Winged Angel.

 

“Wish You Were Beer” by The Great American Novel from 😦
From their last full-length album 😦 aka The Frown Album.  Frantic and fun…  Random fun fact: as I was listening to this song this morning, I came upon a convoy of Budweiser trucks…
 
“Knock Knock” by Band of Horses from Mirage Rock

The lead off single from their 2012 album…
 

“Hands” by Alpine from A is for Alpine

Aussie Indie/Pop… from February 2014’s A if for Alpine.

 

“Hope” by Royal Court of Chine from Royal Court of China

Nashville legends from their now classic self-titled major label debut.

 

“Battered Old Bird” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions from Blood and Chocolate

Elvis doing what Elvis does… from 1986 and the classic Attractions line up with Nick Lowe behind the boards again.

 

“Rhode Island Summer” by The Danbury Lie from The Danbury Lie

Coincidently timely, E2TG favorites The Danbury Lie just announced new music being dropped today on their Bandcamp site.   Today we have this seasonally appropriate song which was recorded in 2009 and released in 2013.

 

“Little Bit of White Trash” by Jeff Porter from 15 Miles

It’s true…

 

“Prank Call” by Those Darlins from Stick it In
Nashville band Those Darlins’ 2013 album Blur the Lines was a break-through.  This song is from their 2011 debut album. 

“Highways Long” by The Blind Owl Band from This Train I Ride is Made of Wood and Steel
The Blind Owl Band from upstate New York play thoroughly modern music on old timey instruments.  Or maybe it’s the other way around… no I think I had it right the first time.  Whatever, they are awesome! 

“A Feather in Your Shadow” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Pretty Well Damned

Another timely song, The Lucky Jukebox Brigade or just days away from releasing their long awaited new album, and we have their latest video in the playlist. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life” by Heath McNease with Pigeon John, Red Cloud, and Sintax the Terrific from Thrift Store Jesus

 Nothing to do with Jimmy Stewart – as far as I can tell, but some first rate, not so ordinary hip-hop from Georgia.
 
VIDEO PLAYLIST
 
 

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Another Random Mix of Great Music – April 4 Edition

Friday 4/4/2014

Still irregularly posting, but working hard a number of fronts.

Here’s my latest collection of music that has crossed my ears and/or mind since we last visited.

No rhyme or reason… never that…

THE PLAYLIST

1. “Gimme the Car” by Violent Femmes (This was a Bonus Track when the CD version of the Femmes self-titled debut was released.  I always dug this song.)

2. “Heavy Metal Boyz” by Gear Daddies (Back when I first started posting “Shuffles” on Facebook – even before the launch of Ear to the Ground – it seemed like there was a time when a Gear Daddies’ song showed up on my list almost everyday.  This song was always one of my favorites – along with a number of others…)

3. “No Depression” by Uncle Tupelo (If I have to explain why….)

4. The Rollins Band Live in 92 (News of a forthcoming Black Flag show in Nashville made me remember seeing The Rollins Band at 328 Performance Hall back in 1992 – the same year this video was made. Corrosion of Conformity was also on the bill.  At the time, I lived a few blocks away and actually walked to this show)

5.  “Chains” by Soul Asylum (somebody posted Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.  For some reason, it made me think of this…)

6. “Alabama Pines” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (heard this on the radio… such an exquisitely beautiful song)

7. The Bisquits partial reunion 2005 (So The Bisquits were a Nashville band that featured Tommy Womack, Will Kimbrough, Michael Grimes, and  Tommy Meyer.  Just last week, when I was at The Basement seeing Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, I showed them a picture of The Bisquits which hangs on the wall between the two restrooms. About a week later, I hear that The Bisquits are reuniting to play Music City Roots on April 16. Coincidence or something more mysterious???)

8.  “Emotion Sickness” by Will Kimbrough  (speaking of Will Kimbrough – one of the busiest men in music – his latest solo album Sideshow Love has been climbing the Americana charts. Check it)

9.  “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple (a heard this on the radio, too.)

10. “Somebody to Love” by Queen (ditto)

11. “99 Luftballoons” by Nena (I got this song stuck in my head the other day for no reason.  Passing it on…)

12. “My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen cover) by Jason Ringenberg (just surfing around You Tube… here you go)

13. Pujol at Grimeys for RSD 2012 – (Just heard Daniel Pujol will be playing Record Store Day at Grimey’s again this year.  Found this video from two years ago.)

14. “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel (“My heart going boom, boom, boom.”)

15. “Superman’s Song” by Crash Test Dummies (another ear worm from me to you)

16. “Sweet Virginia” by Rolling Stones (Exile on Main Street ya’ll.)

17. “Layne Montgomery is Bad at Girls” by The Great American Novel (In honor of the band’s final show :,-( which is going on tonight)



 


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Ears of a Clown Mix

Off work today, and time is short anyway….  go figure.

E2TG HALL OF FAME – (more)

10.  The Danbury Lie (New Haven, CT)
11. The Great American Novel (New York, NY)
12. Mark Robinson (Nashville, TN)

I’m actually making progress  (a little) on the Hall of Fame Page.

Quick shuffle after the jump

“Telephone” by The Morning Pages (the Lady Gaga song.  It’s definitely a roots/Americanaish take on the song, but for some reason, I can’t help thinking that it sounds like if More Songs era Talking Heads covered this song after a long night of listening to Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo.  Or something.  I love it.)

“One More Try” by The Silks  (This Providence, RI band does a nifty cover of a Stones song.  Nifty indeed.)

“The Escape” by Wild Child (from Pillow Talk)

“Fall Around” by False-Heads (from Tunnel Vision)

“Moving On” by Andrew Ferris (from Yellow Lorry)

“Highway to Hell” by Bhi Bhiman (from Substitute Preacher.  The St. Louis, MO singer/songwriter takes on the AC/DC classic, and totally owns it.)

“Cold War World Peace” by Fromage Bleu (from the  Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen Compilation Section 4 – The triumphant return of 80’s minimal synth legends, Colchester’s very own Fromage Bleu.)

WATCH

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Walking Wogs Mix

Greetings from Nashville!  It’s Monday, and here at E2TG we are mixing things up a bit.  Typically, we shuffle up our “Rolling” playlist (meaning I add new songs and delete songs off the playlist as they come and go), this playlist is a working subset of all of the songs on my MP3 player. (Which in turn is a subset of all the songs in my music collection, but that is another story).  Anyway, today’s shuffle comes from all of the songs on my MP3 player.  We’ll get back to our playlist tomorrow, but I thought it might be interesting to occasionally open up our shuffle and see what happens.

 



So – let’s jump to it!


“This Song Will Make You Love Me” by The Great American Novel (This is the opening track of the new The Great American Novel album which is released into the world tomorrow.  The album is called 😦 (The Frown Album). The song is a glorious rave-up which is guaranteed to have your feet moving.  I for one am looking forward to :(. – no one is normal, just different types of weird if we could get our weirds together, we could get right outta here” )

“Last Stop” by Black Jake and the Carnies (From Watching, Waiting their most recent release.)

“Wogs Will Walk” by Cornershop (from Handcream for a Generation the 2002 4th album by Tjinder Singh and company.  The album featured Noel Gallagher on guitar.  I really dig this album which fuses, blends and forces together elements of Indie Rock, Eastern music, Reggae, and Hip-Hop into a rich and spicy soup of jamming good times.)

“I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail” by Andre Williams and The Sadies (Andre Williams is an Rhythm and Blues legend with a Punk spirit.  This album features Canadian Rock/Country band The Sadies who have also worked with the likes of John Doe and Neko Case )

“Up to Me” by Cosmonauts on Vacation (A Psychedelic/Spacy Rock and Roll band from Birmingham, Alabama)

“I’m Here” by Paul Jefferson (Paul Jefferson is  a country singer and songwriter from Nashville. This song is off his 1996 self-titled debut album)

“Watch Who You’re Calling Space Garbage Meteor Mouth” by Game Theory (a brief – :18 track off the 1987 album Lolita Nation)

“Sad, Like Hearts Can Be” by Evan Voytas (As far as I can tell in my brief “research” this song is not on any of the L.A. Pop artist’s albums)

“Been There Before” by Human Face (We recently got some new music from the UK band Human Face.  This track goes back to their 2012 album The Waiting Game)

“Rave On” by Julian Casablancas (A cover of a Sonny West penned Buddy Holly song.  This cover serves as the title track to the 2011 Tribute album which also featured Lou Reed, Kid Rock and just about everybody in between – and there is a lot of room in between Lou Reed and Kid Rock… just saying)

“My Life” by Dido (this song is off the British singer’s 1999 album No Angel)

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Yapping Dog Mix

 Well – no school today – so back to my “summer” commute and a longer set of music…

Jump to get to it!

PRE-SHUFFLE

  • Can’t See the Stars” by He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister
  • “That’s When I Crash” by Bleu
  • “We’re Having Much More Fun” by X
  • “All the Sad Young Literary Men” by The Great American Novel
  • “Dig Together” by Casey Black
  • “Kissing” by The Great American Novel
  • “Searchin’ For the Satellites” by Bleu
  • Honeysuckle Dervish” by McNary

SHUFFLE 

  • “This Song is Not Called Pickle Chin” by The Blind Owl Band from This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel (2013)
In case you were wondering, this song is not called Pickle Chin – so get that thought out of your head.  The Saranac Lake, NY string band doing there thing on this penultimate track from their recent album. 

  • “Wishing Well” by Vetiver from American Songwriter: The Best of American  Songwriter Sessions” (2013 Noisetrade release)


 

A stripped down version from American Songwriter Sessions. The song was originally the A-side of 2009 Limited Edition vinyl single released for RSD 2011.

  • “Midland” By Sam Morrow from True North EP (2013)
From Venice, California. A superlative folk singer-songwriter. True North – his debut EP – is out exclusively on Noisetrade.

  •  “Kingston Advice” (Clash Cover) by Camper Van Beethoven from The Sandinista Project (2007)
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    “Kingston Advice” was the fifth song on the fifth side of landmark 1980 album Sandinista! by The Clash.  This 2007 tribute album features an all-star cast.  Here – the legendary band Camper Van Beethoven bring the dub in a killer version of this song. Since we could not find a video of this song, we included one for the Clash original and a bonus video of Camper Van Beethoven covering another Clash song.

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Well Trained Badgers Mix

Busy, busy…. busy as a well trained badger.
Music – after the JUMP

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Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle combined for your enjoyment….
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“True North” by Sam Morrow (Title track of his recent EP)
“Church Kids” (Poem by Jordan Gaines) by Christian Robins (from KidGrownUp)
“Ghost of Virginia” by Justin Townes Earle (American Songwriter Sessions version)
“Bread or Wine” by Heath McNease (from Thrift Store Jesus)
“Oh Well, My Love, Farewell” by Brad Jones (Nashville based singer-songwriter)
“Second Moon” by Valued Customer (the first release from their new album Kalpa)
“My Alien Father” by The Gabriel Construct (just featured by Huffington Post! After making a comparison, I get to hear Valued Customer and The Gabriel Construct back-to-back. Sublime!)

“Jennifer” and “W-O-E” by Little Comets (British Alt-Pop band)

“This Song Will Make You Love Me” by The Great American Novel (an early treat from the forthcoming record. This song will make you love The Great American Novel.)

“Funny Heartbeat” by Kisses (LA band. Kind of digging it)

“You’ve Got Your Head on Backwards” by The Sonics (from 1966 – one of the predecessors of punk)

PLAYLIST

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Where’s the Truth? Mix

Cheers by JWM 7/12/2013  
As per usual, we have lots of great music to cover and not much time… so let’s get to it.
Today’s Mix is after the JUMP


Pre-Shuffle:

“Patience for the Ride” by Centro-Matic (Awesome Texas band – came to our attention via a tweet by the also awesome Amanda Shires) 

“Edmund” by Heath McNease

“Waltz” by Little Radar (coincidentally, I (sort of) learned how to Waltz on Saturday)

“Candy” by Iggy Pop with Kate Pierson 

“Stalemate” by The Black Clouds 

“Somethin’s Gotta Give” by Bleu

“Dose of Thunder” by The Replacements

“Bop ‘Til You Drop” by Ramones

“Could be Worse” by Bleu 

Shuffle:

“My Body is Dumb” by The Great American Novel from the forthcoming album (2013)

“well i guess this is growing up” – The latest single from The Great American Novel. A taste of the highly anticipated follow-up to Kissing. Check it out!

“Watch the Rope” by The Black Market Merchants from Black Market EP (2013)

The not-so casual observer will note that this EP and the previous song in our mix were both recorded at the same place.  Currently, I have no further information to add, just the observation.  This three song EP is available on Bandcamp. It’s worthy of your attention and action.  As always add some digits to the name your price box if you are able. In any event share, share, share…

“Vegetable” (live) by Radiohead from PASTE.COM Presents: Radiohead Live at Tramps June 1, 1995 (2013)

(No longer available on Noisetrade.com)
Live version of this song from the first Radiohead album, Pablo Honey.

“I Wish It Was True” by The White Buffalo from American Songwriter: The Best of American Songwriter Sessions (2013)

 Another Noisetrade exclusive. This collection of stripped down songs features the likes of Damien Jurado, Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis, Elizabeth Cook, and David Nail. And The White Buffalo, of course. Jake Smith records under the name The White Buffalo.  His latest album is called Once Upon a Time in the West.

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