Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Two in a Row Mix

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“Power”/Tomas Doncker/Power of the Trinity – Global Soul….

“Ven Hacia Mi (Come Unto Me)”/The Mavericks/In Time* – Another from my friend Ronnie’s 2013 mix CD – love this!

“Feel So Down”/Solardrive/Solardrive – another great song from Solardrive – the awesome project fronted by Balthazar Getty.

“Terra Animata”/The Plum Magnetic/Terra Animata – New Orleans based World/Fusion/Rock band.

“Big Mountain Fudge Cake”/The Foresters/Living Hold – the three Nork Brothers from Connecticut continue their musical growth spurt with a Zeppelinesque rocker.

“Calypso Foam”/The Graveyard Kids/Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (Graveyard Kids II) – Another great band from the seemingly bottomless wellspring that is Mama Coco’s.

“Splinters”/Austin Lucas/Stay Reckless – three time CXCW alum… shows how it’s done with a smart, heartfelt song.

“Life is Hard”/Darrin Bradbury/True Love – “It’s funny where it stops, it’s funny where it starts, and the whole thing in the middle well it’s bound to break your heart.” – such a great line in a song that name drops Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, and Daffy Duck!

  “Magic and Fire”/Brave Baby/Forty Bells – another great song by this South Carolina indie band.

“Could We See”/Grounded/untitled – Grounded were first featured on Ear to the Ground back in September 2012. They have such a unique sound, and I love the acoustic vibe of this song. Trivia: This is the second time that Grounded have appeared in a Shuffle with Darrin Bradbury’s song “Life is Hard”. Their song “Break it Up” appeared with a live version of Bradbury’s song on January 9. #themoreyouknow

“The Best Record Ever Made”/Bill Lloyd/Boy King of Tokyo – a true Nashville treasure who has worn many hats in his long career, and worn them well – I may add. This homage to great records from his 2012 album – has a simply gorgeous hook.

Shuffle after you jump….


1. “Put Your Mouth on Me” by The Harmonica Lewinskies from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (2014) – Okay, Okay – they are called The Harmonica Lewinskies and the song is called “Put Your Mouth on Me”, but can you define “Is” for me? Nevermind all that, this gleeful band from New York boast nine members (I think) and they create infectious grooves suitable for framing. They also happen to be stalwarts at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen. http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2678306607/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/track=1756884245/transparent=true/ ICYMI here’s MCFK’s Indiegogo info…. They are up to about 80% – let’s help push them over… https://www.indiegogo.com/project/help-mama-coco-s-funky-kitchen-build-a-new-studio/embedded

2. “Dawn” by Humming House from Humming House (2012) A gorgeous instrumental that makes a perfect addition to a Morning Shuffle – from their self-titled album.

3. “somerkersfees” by velodrones from kersfees tape $ (?) Okay. The song title has some accent marks and stuff I’m too lazy to try to figure out how to add, and I don’t have a clue what it means. Velodrones is a project of my newest Facebook friend Thean (which also contains an accent mark) who I’ve gotten to know on other social media outlets through #E2TG favorites Valued Customer. This is a beautiful piece of music from an album that I can no longer find. But here is a link to their most recent release. http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3900300630/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/ 4. “Blood is Not Enough” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity (2011) Tomas Doncker Band has released one of the best albums of the year (the Howling Wolf tribute: Moanin’ at Midnight), and we will be getting to that album soon – I promise. But right now, my shuffle function is hung up on his 2011 album Power of the Trinity – which is fine by me. It is a great album and an excellent introduction to Tomas and his label True Groove’s concept of Global Soul music.


5. “The Heart Beats” by Marla Mase from Half-Life (2014) I was first introduced to Tomas Doncker after writing about the amazing Marla Mase who is a part of the True Groove family. I was fortunate enough to meet the two of them during their quick jaunt through Nashville earlier in the year. I look forward to many more opportunities to see and hear the two of them and to follow their incredible music journey.

Today’s Video Playlist…


Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Firehouse Mix

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Time is short and we have some great music to cover in today’s pre-shuffle and shuffle.  Let’s get to it.


“Odd Fellows Local 151” by R.E.M.
“A Good Man Knows” by Black Jake and the Carnies (the song from their new EP we didn’t get to yesterday!) 
“Digging Underneath the House” by Skeletons in the Piano
 “Machine Gun” by Taco Land

Shuffle awaits you after the JUMP

Today’s shuffle could be subtitled “pure pop heaven” and I mean “pop” in the best possible way.

  • “24” by Game Theory from Real Nighttime (1985) compiled on Tinkers to Evers to Chance (1990)

“And for whatever reason I wish that I had two minds
Opposite signs, parallel lines, wide point and fine”

from Scott Miller’s liner notes to Tinkers to Evers to Chance: 24: The first record (Real Nighttime) produced by the godlike genius of Mitch Easter, and our first record to reach national obscurity, as opposed to regional obscurity.” 

  • “Whiskey Song” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade from Pretty Well Damned (2012)

As I was listening to this song this morning the words that kept coming to my mind were exquisite and gorgeous and amazing. I felt like I was listening some really old music modernized in the most wonderful way. Have I made it clear yet, I really dig this band and this album!

  • “The Ghost Pal Song” by The Harmonica Lewinskies from Salad Days EP (2013)
More funky fresh goodness from the New York band – the title references another NY band that I will now have to check out….

  • “Pancakes and Pizza” by Taco Land from Pancakes and Pizza (2013)

“Hand me some patience cause I wanna plant some seeds, share some love cause that’s all that I need.
But I’m hating on you and you’ve been hating on me. Red and Blue no longer stands for Free!”

The title track to the new Taco Land album is an amazing song with an important message wrapped in a catchy tune and all done up Taco Land style. And yes, Pancakes, Pizza and Tacos make me hungry, but I just ate so I’m doing okay – thanks for asking.

E2TG Daily Playlist

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Roadrunner Mix

I want to take a minute to send my love to the City of Boston. As well as to send my love to all victims of violence everywhere. Unfortunately, the capacity of human beings to inflict pain, death and destruction on our fellows is not new. I do think the best response when things like this occur is for each of us to work toward making small movements away from fear and anger and toward love.

Today’s subtitle is a reference to one of Boston’s many great musical exports.

Music heals, so let’s dive in…

First up, with a h/t to The End Men, we discovered that Ear to the Ground has and has had a theme song.

Today in the pre-shuffle, we heard another great song from R.E.M.’s Document album which has been in the shuffle, since we found a copy at our local Goodwill (on Half-Price Saturday)!
We also heard two more songs from The Essential George Gershwin which we picked up on that same shopping excursion.  This time, a couple of classics performed by Tony Bennett and Ethel Waters respectively. 
Throw in another track from the awesome new The Imperial Rooster record which they are giving away on Bandcamp. (Throw them some seed if you are able).

We also heard a track from the Skeletons in the Piano album, Please Don’t Die which we reviewed last week.

We close out the pre-shuffle with a song by a band from South Alabama called The Bear which we dig a whole bunch.

Now for the Shuffle – after the JUMP

  •  “Funky Home” by The Harmonica Lewinskies from Salad Days (2013)
New York band The Harmonica Lewinskies are working on a new album.  In the meantime, they are offering a 3 song EP for “Name Your Price”.  “Funky Home” lives up to its name. An awesome way to start this morning’s walk.
  • “Inside” by Sand Rubies (aka The Sidewinders) from Cuacha (1988)

In the just world, The Sidewinders would be a household name.  Bursting out of then still untapped Tucson scene, the band made some great music and was in the process of creating some positive buzz when trouble began.  The band was successfully sued by a COVER BAND called Sidewinder and were forced the change their name to Sand Rubies. Still making great music, but having lost a couple of members and a great deal of momentum, the band were off and on for a better part of a decade have reunited several times since.  Cuacha was the debut album by The Sidewinders and was later re-released under the Sand Rubies name.  Take a listen to hear what you and much of the world missed the first time around.

  •  “Asa” by Denison Witmer from Denison Witmer (2013)

Philly singer-songwriter Denison Witmer releases his debut record at the end of this month.  The album features William Fitzsimmons and Sufjan Stevens.  I have to say as I was walking into the office, I was almost smiling out loud at the great music coming my way which I new I was going to be able to send your way.

  • “Last Day” by The Danbury Lie  from ? (2013)
Our friends, The Danbury Lie jump back into the shuffle with another great track from their new release which is either untitled or called ? – I’m not sure which. Whatever you call it, it’s a great record from a consistently hard rocking indie band.


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Terrorist Mop Sink Mix

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Well, we stand here at the tail-end of the first quarter or 2013.  One thing that regular readers of this blog may have noticed is that we have yet to have Featured Artist or Band of the Month or anything like that.  As this year got underway, and due to a variety of circumstances, we decided to step back and decide how we wanted to proceed. I think we’ve worked it out, and stay tuned.  In the next couple of days, we will be rolling out a brand new feature….

In the meantime, we moved around some songs and added a pretty cool sampler to our current playlist.  Pre-shuffle we had a couple more songs from the You and Me album by You and Me (Val and James). Plus we had a classic from Mr. Nick Lowe (which is included in the Playlist at the bottom of this post), The Harmonica Lewinskies (also represented in the Playlist) and Southern Culture on the Skids.  

The Shuffle Shuffle is ready for you after the Jump

  •  “Run Away” by The End Men from Built4BBQ sampler called The Appetizer (2013)
Well now, this is embarrassing. The End Men came up again.  I swear, as much as I love them, I think my Shuffle function loves them more.  Anyway, “Run Away” is also on the new The End Men album Play With Your Toys.  The Appetizer is a really cool 18 song sampler from Build4BBQ a music collective started by The Slaughterhouse Chorus from Albany who rocked the house Sunday night as well. It features (besides the aforementioned): Henry’s Rifle, New Red Scare and a bunch of other cool bands who I am looking forward to discovering. There is a lot on tap from the Built4BBQ folks, so be sure to check them out.  In the playlist, we included Couch by Couchwest performances of “Run Away” from both 2012 and 2013.

  • “Sobriety and the Woman” by Ben de la Cour from Ghost Light (2012)

So there is both a Brooklyn and CXCW them going.  Ben de la Cour is currently based out of New Orleans, but he grew up in Brooklyn.  We are really digging this record which we picked up after seeing one of Ben’s Couch by Couchwest videos a couple of weeks back. Check it out.

  • “There are Times” by David Lot from The Gates of Brooklyn (2011)

Yes, the theme does continue. Like, Ben de la Cour, we saw and heard David Lott at CXCW 2013.  A native New Yorker (and Brooklynite), Lott, who fronted the band The Whitewalls, brings us a song from his debut, solo EP which you can grab using the widget above.

  • “Salty Dog Blues” by Mac Wiseman from American Music: The Best of Bluegrass (2008)

To my knowledge, Mac Wiseman has no discernible connection Brooklyn nor has he, to my knowledge, ever submitted a video to Couch by Couchwest. He is, though, a Bluegrass legend and we have him performing the American standard Salty Dog Blues which has been done in a variety of styles by a variety of artists. You may have heard a blues version of this by Mississippi John Hurt or perhaps another Bluegrass rendition by Flatt and Scruggs or by The Dillards (performing as The Darlings on The Andy Griffith Show. 

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