Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Gold Rush Mix

So much going on, and yet I find myself constantly pressed for time.  So here is a quick and dirty, non-complete run down of some things which have crossed my mind, my desk or my social media filters….

1. RIP Patty Andrews – the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters.

2.  The Great American Novel have released a new single…

3. Couch by Couchwest is about a month and a half away.  Bands: Submit your videos to Couch by Couchwest – “Where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.”

After the jump; a shuffle:

 Today all 10 songs in the shuffle are available via the Clip Widget from Amazon right above this sentence.  Check it out.
1.  Day That Marvin Gaye Died
     The Avett Brothers
      Mignonette (2004)
That would be April 1, 1984

2. Let the Natives Loose
    The Dead Exs
     Relovolution (2012)
Another great track from the incredible latest release from one of our favorite bands.  The Relovolution will not be televised, but it will be streaming via You Tube.

here’s DP of The Dead Exs from last year’s CXCW

3.  Cali Hills
     Guilty Simpson + Madlib
     OJ Simpson (album) 2010
I know  admittedly little about rap/hip hop, but I’ll take a stab and say this is West Coast… oh and I kind of like this.

4.   Queen of California
      John Mayer
      Born and Raised (2012)
The latest AAA hit single from the singer/songwriter/internet personality.  This one name drops Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. I kind of like this.

5.   Should’ve Known
       Popular Genius
      How to Be Popular (2003)
Great early 21st Century indie rock from Nashville. 

Video of the recording of the album

6. Back from Somewhere
    Husker Du
     Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987)
Seems like this album has come up quite often recently.  No complaints here.

7.  For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
     The Staple Singers 
     Freedom Highway (1967)
I think this song has come up at least two previous times on Morning Shuffles, but to be honest, I never get tired of hearing it.

8.   On and Off Again
      Sondre Lerche
      Faces Down (2001)
Great song from the Norwegian singer/songwriter’s debut album

9.   Cajun Twisters
      Adam Ant
      Friend or Foe (1982)
I have no idea what this has to do with Cajun culture or Cajun Music, but it’s good old early 80s wacky new wave fun.

10.  As You Choke
       The Hunting Accident
       Trees and Parks (2012)
Another nice track from this California indie band…



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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Riders on the Storm Mix

Most of Nashville and the surrounding area woke up around 3:00a.m. to tornado sirens, high winds, and all manner of alarms going off. An apparent EF-2 tornado touched down just outside of Nashville, and a man was killed by a falling tree just north of downtown. For most of us it was just the inconvenience of having our beauty sleep interrupted. It was kind of interesting reading the live tweets. In addition to updates from the local news outlets, I read a fair number of tweets from Nashville-area songwriters, musicians and venues. 

Seemed like an appropriate time to post this…  The Doors’ Riders on the Storm digitally altered from the Minor Key to the Major Key.

 And now, a shuffle – after the jump:

 Of late, our Morning Shuffles have increased from about 4-6 songs per shuffle to around 10.  While I love being able to present more music, the posts have been taking way more time than I actually have. So, I’m going to try something new… we shall see..

1. Song: Living In The 80’s  Artist: Zero Boys  Album: Decade of Disaster – The Toxic Shock Years (Originally released on Vicious Circle (1982))

Old school punk from Indianapolis 

2. Song: Heart is Strange (Active Child Remix)  Artist: School of Seven Bells  Album: Disconnect from Desire (orginal verison on this album) (2010)
First of two remixes in a row.  School of Seven Bells is an indie rock band from Brooklyn.  Active Child is an electronic music artist named Pat Grossi. The Amazon widget actually includes a different remix of the same song.

3. All to All (Spirit If Remix)  Artist: Broken Social Scene Album: Forgiveness Rock Record (original version) (2010) 
Okay let’s get this straight.  All to All is a song by Broken Social Scene from their record Forgiveness Rock Record.  Spirt If… was a band presented solo record by Kevin Drew of BSS. This remix was done by Kevin Drew and Ohad Benchetrit. The used the name of the solo album for this radical remix. The remix is not on the Spirit If.. record.  Got it?

4.  Song: Is that Clear  Artist: Nick Waterhouse Album: Time’s All Gone (2012)
Jazzy R&B from the full-album debut of this talented L.A. musician.

5. Song: Trees and Parks  Artist: The Hunting Accident Album: Trees and Parks (2012)
A Band of the Week in 2011.  Made up of members of Piebald and Arlo.  L.A. indie rockers.  
 6. Song: Ten Commandments of Love Artist: Bob Marley Album: Trenchtown Days: The Birth of a Legend (orginally appeared on The Wailing Wailers (1965) )
Do-Wop originnally by The Moonglows. A great history lesson on the early career of  this music legend.

 7.  Song: Wet and Rusting Artist: Menomena  Album: Barsuk: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler (orginally on Wet and Rusting EP (2006))

Portland Oregon indie rock band

8. Song: Shanghai Cigarettes Artist: Caitlin Rose Album: Own Side Now (2011) 
Flat out one of the best songs ever.  Nashville’s own. I saw her at Grimey’s Record Store Day celebration this past spring.

9.  Song: Heart Collector  Artist: Garrison Starr Album: Relive (Noisetrade Version) (2012)
Great song from a great singer/songwriter. A different Garrison Starr song with Heart in the title is on the Amazon widget.

10. Song: Basie Boogie  Artist: Count Basie Orchestra Album: Basie Boogie (Prime Cuts) (1995?)

A little Big Band music to get the day going right…

11. Song: Life Design Artist: Parlotones  Album: Experience Music: A Tunecore Music Sampler (orginally on Stardust Galaxies (2010))
Rock from South Africa
12. Song: Crash Years Artist: The New Pornographers Album: Matador Records – Intended Play 2010 (Originnally on Together (2010))
Just a great song from this Vancouver based band which features Neko Case and a bunch of other talented people.

13. Song: Don’t Be Afraid Artist: Anoraak feat. Sally Shapiro Album: Wherever the Sun Sets (2010)
Synth-pop from Europe. Dig it.



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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Not Gonna Mix

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Time is marching on.  Hey, if you haven’t now is the time to vote for the Band of the Year. The E2TG elves are busy, so don’t expect much outside of Morning Shuffles and Band of the Year voting SPAM, but we have great things on tap for 2013.  Shuffle it up after the jump:

Stevie Wonder’s classic album Talking Book turned 40 in 2012.  Today we have You Are the Sunshine of My Life.  

By 1989 Neil Young had left Geffen and returned to his old label Reprise.  Freedom was a big, bold album which produced the now iconic Rockin’ in the Free World.  Today we have No More from that record.
One of the bands we featured during our first year of existence was the L.A. alt-rock band The Hunting Accident.  One of the songs we love by them is As You Choke which we grabbed from a 10″ Master released by the band. It’s also on their Trees and Parks EP.

U2 are back in the shuffle for the second straight day.  This time we have a song from their iconic third studio release, WarThe Refugee features interesting rhythms, classic Bono vocals and strong meaningful lyrics.

We’ve been posting a bunch of Minutemen stuff recently, and we make no apologies. The band was known and named??? for their minimalist approach which included many, many songs which clocked in at 1 minute or less.  More Spiel from Project: Mersh which was part of the early 90s CD release Post-Mersh Volume 2 is an exception, at nearly 6:00, the song features minimalist lyrics and a free-jazz sound.  By their last studio album, the band was making still great but more traditional rock songs (3:00 or so).  This song showcases a band following their muse and letting convention and expectations be damned.

In depths of our pre-history, in the first weeks of the existence of Ear 2 the Ground, we (without much forethought – as is our custom) named a group called Maxim Ludwig and the Santa Fe 7 as our first ever Band of the Week (a feature which continued for 1 year ending in May of this year when South of Ramona was named our last Band of the Week).  Earlier in 2012, Maxim disbanded the Santa Fe 7 and started a new band called Drive He Said.  That band has just released their first music and we have a song called Run Like Hell from their EP entitled Multitudes.

Not finding a video for Drive He Said – so check out the EP at the band’s website.

Another early Band of the Week – the Canadian trio Inner City Elegance called it quits in 2012.  We wish all three of those guys the best in whatever they choose to do.  Today we have All Square so check out what you missed.

I don’t know much (yet) about the band Twin Berlin except Popatunes saw fit to include them on one of his awesome compilations and they rock as per expectations.  Check out Skulls and join me in getting educated about this band.
 here’s a different tune (produced by Travis Barker)
 Everything has been coming up Watt and Hurley recently which is pretty cool in my book.  Here’s those guys second band – fIREHOSE from their album Flyin’ the Flannel with Lost Colors.

Richard Barone (Bongos) solo masterpiece Cool Blue Halo turned 25 in 2012.  Here is Flew a Falcon from that great record.



Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Exclusive Exclustivity Mix

 Greetings from Nashville.  Back with a long set of music for today’s shuffle.  So, no more ado about nothing….

Shuffle will follow the…. Might as well…. Jump!

The Gunbunnies were a sadly short-lived band from Arkansas.  The released one album for Virgin Records, the now out of print Paw Paw Patch.  A collection of outtakes was released in 2009 and is available from Amazon – I’ll link to that below.  I could not find a video of today’s song Little Drops of Water – so I will post a video for the college radio hit Stranded.  Little Drops of Water is the only song from today’s shuffle not included on the widget of clips above.


How about some Sly and the Family with Run, Run, Run from their 1967 debut A Whole New Thing.
Look Sharp! It’s Pretty Girls from Joe Jackson’s 1979 debut.


Next up is the Balancing Act with This is Where it all Begins which was on the album Three Squares and a Roof.

How about some Christmas music – Sufjan Stevens with Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling from the Christmas extravaganza Silver and Gold.  
Shelly Colvin is a Nashville singer-songwriter, she was a Featured Artist recently and we got to attend her CD release a little while back.  We have Nine Rose Rock from her debut CD. No video was found for Nine Rose Rock – so check out this video featuring Shelly Colvin.

The Hunting Accident are a cool alt-rock band from Los Angeles.  We made them Band of the Week back in 2011.  Here we have the fabulous Jack Trap.

Blitzen Trapper with Dragon’s Song which is on the album Destroyer of the Void.
A classic track from The Jam.  Mr. Clean is on the legendary band’s album All Mod Cons – one of my all-time favorites.  “..I hate you and your wife…”
Okay, so the band fIREHOSE, which is the band featuring Watt and Hurley from the Minutemen along with Ed “fROMOHIO” Crawford released an album called If’n.  This is a song called If’n which is not on the album called If’n but rather on the album called fROMOHIO.  Got it?
And finally, the rousing and powerful lead track from Miles Davis’ soundtrack to the Louis Malle film classic Ascenseur Pour l’Echafaud (Elevator (or Lift) to the Gallows)Generique features incessantly beautiful trumpet work from Mr. Davis.


Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ragin’ Full On Mix

I love warm summer nights… especially being outside and hearing the sounds of the world around me – natural and man-made. Crickets and train whistles and cars on the highway just on the other side of the hill and music coming from somewhere and the laughter of children and unidentified sounds that provide a thrill of fear or of wonder. 

Have you ever stood alone the in the dark Under the Willow and just let your mind run wild with possibilities? 

Shayfer James from Counterfeit Arcade (One of our featured Artists for June).


“It leaps beyond its legs
It reeks of lemon pledge
in a cold fire
it’s a cold fire mother
the muppet and the midge
the leaks beneath the fridge
in a cold fire
it’s a cold fire and one
digs on the morning bloodlight
dig on the after after
even the shyest mouse with his head stove in”

The Hunting Accident from Trees and Parks 10″ 



” I love the instrumental track  
there’s no words that I gotta sing back
no “peace on earth,” no hippy shit
it’s best if you just got over it
I keep pressing repeat
cuz the instrumental track
can’t be beat” 
The Joy of Painting from Asterisk

Born in the USA was released when I was eighteen years old – around the time I graduated from high school.  Some of the themes of the album were beyond my experience, but I got I’m On Fire. Springsteen in his words and his vocals and the understated music captured effectively the unrequited desire that dominated that portion of my life. The L.A. band Brown Shoe recently recorded a cover of the song for Daytrotter. We told you about it here.
The Gift Horse from Brown Shoe
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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Wind Blown Mix

By the way, it’s not windy here today – just a random bit of words floating through my brain.

It looks like our friends, Those Mockingbirds ended the contest in 1st place!  As I  understand it, the final decision is now in the hands of the movie’s producers. I still don’t understand completely what happens now, but when I know you will know.

Let’s go… it’s Friday before a long holiday weekend here in the States, and I am expecting readership to drop significantly today because everyone is getting a jump start on their holiday plans. In any event, I’ve been focusing exclusively on the May 2012 playlist this week, but to wrap up the week, I thought I would go to one of our randomly selected playlists.


We begin with a track off legendary British band, The Psychedelic Furs’ self-titled debut album. Susan’s Strange is classic Furs music, but did you know this song was not on the original UK release of  the album?

Next up with a cover song.  Long-lived California band, Social Distortion have recently done some arena dates opening for The Avett Brothers, which at first glance seemed like an odd combination, but Mike Ness and company have a long-held affinity for classic county music.  They covered June Carter Cash’s Ring of Fire on their self-titled Epic records debut, and here we have a song off their second Epic release, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, this one is a cover of a song which topped the Country charts in 1955 for Ms. Kitty Wells. Making Believe was written by Jimmy Work.

Finally, we have a track from one of our 2011 Band’s of the Week.  The Hunting Accident are an Indie Rock band  based in Los Angeles.  The band is made up of former members of the bands Piebald and Arlo.  The song Aubergine is available now via Soundcloud using the widget below, and will be included on  Trees and Parks, a 10″ which will be released in July.

Here is an Amazon link to an earlier EP by the band
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This documentary caters to fans of the emocore ensemble Piebold (Travis Shettel, Andrew Bonner, Lucian Garro, Jon Sullivan, Aaron Stuart and Alex Garcia Rivera) by chronicling the group’s colorful history, from their inauspicious beginnings in the Northern Massachusetts community of Andover circa 1994, through their final concert in the late 2000s. The mix includes interviews, glimpses of the musicians in high school, performance footage shot over the years, and much more. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Tragic Like Our Youth Mix

Everyone is talking about the Grammy Awards even if it’s just to slam them.  Enjoyed the closing number with Paul McCartney, Springsteen, Joe Walsh etc.  Overall, I haven’t had much respect for the Grammys in a long time. They seem to honor popularity over quality and they seem very out of touch.

I was sorry to hear of the death of Whitney Houston. Seems like a tragic end to a gifted talent plagued by personal demons. A few things come to my mind.  I remember Elvis Costello doing a guest VJ stint on MTV back in the day, and he played a Whitney Houston video and his comment was something like, Whitney you have an amazing voice, but those songs… let me write you some songs. Later she did a Dolly Parton song and helped bring that song to a wider audience.

Today I shuffled songs from my playlist of artists who have been featured on this blog.  Currently that playlist stands at 133 songs with some more music waiting in the wings.

First up is Aubergine with a song from their Soundcloud account called Aubergine, we means Eggplant or the dark purple color of the same. Aubergine by The Hunting Accident

(you can check out the bands EP on Amazon by clicking on the album cover above)

Next is New Jersey’s favorite son… no not Springsteen.  Don Ryan with Living Avenue off of his fabulous Tangle Town album.

(click on the cool album cover above to learn more about and to purchase Tangle Town)

Jesse Payne makes nifty modern roots rock music with a stripped down sound and nifty lyrics. Skeletons is the song from today’s list.  It’s off an EP called Songs from Beyond the Leaves.  You can check out that EP by clicking on the Album cover below:

Waterfall  is a track from Gabriel (Redding of the Redding Brothers)  you can get his Untethered album which includes Waterfall by using the widget below.

Finally, we ended on a rocking number from Those Mockingbirds.  Coast to Coast is off the bands Fa Sol La album which you can download for free from the band’s website.You can also find out about a limited edition Vinyl release of the album.

Meanwhile check out the band’s earlier No Symmetry EP by clicking on the album cover below:

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