Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Whiskey Thunder Mix

Another day, another cool mix of music….  Today we close out a few albums we’ve been spinning for some time, we have a track from one of the coolest and most underrated bands of all time, and we close things out with four tracks in a row from some Ear to the Ground favorites. 

In case you missed it (shameless self-promotion): Check out an audio rendition of a excerpt from my novel-in-progress… 

Shuffle begins right after the jump:

“deep on the inside” by The Lies from whatever

The Lies are from New Jersey.  Like 95% of all New Jersey bands I play, Popa’s Tunes helped make me aware of this rocking band.  We’ve been shuffling songs from their album whatever for a while now, and this really awesome track finishes up the album for us.  The Lies video is one of their contributions to the 2014 Couch by Couchwest (I’m willing to be Popa had a hand in that, too).

“The Bends” by Solardrive from Solardrive

For the second day in a row, we have music from Solardrive.  This closes out this album for us.  In case you are wondering, this is not a cover of the Radiohead song, but an incredible original which I think you will dig.

“Devil on my Back” by Stoney from More Than Animals

A deep blues vibe from Austin, Texas’ Stoney.  Another final track from an album we’ve been featuring for several months.

“Like Calling Up Thunder” by The Gun Club from Miami

You don’t know how much I love having a Gun Club song in my shuffle.  Fronted by the late, great Jeffrey Lee Pierce this California punk, blues band set so many standards, and they were already legendary during my formative musical years in the mid 80s.  This song sounds fresh and even progressive 32 years after the fact.

“Whiskey Rain” by The End Men from Odds and Ends

Reigning E2TG Band of the Year, The End Men return to the shuffle with another track from their latest collection.  Whiskey Rain shows the band at the top of their game.  The accompanying video is from a series of videos about the recording of the song from Songcraft. All the gearheads who read this blog should definitely check that shit out…

“Justice is Due” by Tomas Doncker  from Power of the Trinity

True Groove Global Soul!  Tomas Doncker Band from the Ethiopian influenced Power of the Trinity album with some killer sax work.

“Glory” by Mr. Kind from Wide Awake/Open Hands

The full EP Wide Awake/Open Hands is now available from Mr. Kind.  We’ve presented two of the tracks already.  Here is a third – showing Brian Bergeron and company doing what they do so well…

“Moanin’ at Midnight” by Tomas Doncker Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howling Wolf Project

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Full-Ride Friday Music Shuffle – Covered in Dust Mix

I didn’t sleep particularly well last night, and so I knew I would need some cool tunes to make it through the morning commute. With that in mind, I decided to run my usual shuffle for the full ride into work, and thus was born a new feature* at Ear to the Ground called Full-Ride Friday (hashtag #frf – patent pending** – void where prohibited) **there is not patent pending…!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

* Bloggers Note: I sure hope no one notices that about 90% of the time I announce I new feature, it never appears again.  If they notice, they may realize that I’m just making this up as I go around and thus may figure out that I’m not a real music blogger.

Anyway, I hit shuffle and 21 songs later, I made to my desk to begin my day…   Go past the jump to experience the first (and maybe last) ever Full-Ride Friday Shuffle!

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“Never Wanted Your Love” by She and Him from Merge Records Summer Sampler 2013/Volume 3

Zooey and M. Ward…


“Coyote Stories” by Darrin Bradbury from Death in my Left Ear

“When she asked me sign I said, “ I think I was born under Reagan”…”


“Decay” by The Danbury Lie from Fourth Time’s a Charm

Deconstructed metal/blues/folk… I don’t know, but I like it…


“A Casual Conversation w/Superman” by Darrin Bradbury from True Love

“Running around in that cape don’t get you laid like you’d think being that you saved  the whole damn world and all…”


“Blue Highways” by Darrin Bradbury from True Love

“The Blue Highways are all covered in dust…”


“Cornmeal Waltz” by Guy Clark from My Favorite Picture of You

“Beat-up old Stetsons, beehive hair, belt buckles bumpin’ in time.
There’s little girls dancin’ on their daddies’ toes, spinnin’ around on a dime.”

“Election Year Blues” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray from Lean into the Wind

“Count up your dollars before you show up to vote…”


“don’t lose you faith” by The Lies from whatever

“as the leaves fall from the trees
dying from nature’s disease
when you’re down on your knees, looking for a quick release”


“Jeremy’s Glory” by Jason and the Scorchers from Clear Impetuous Morning

“Jeremy left his family, Spring of ’63. Said he had to find his glory marching with Robert E. Lee”


“Travelling Wilburys (Handle Me with Care)” by Heath McNease from download

“this is the end of the line for my self-righteous thoughts.”


“After the Disco” by Broken Bells from After the Disco

Is it me, or have James Mercer and Danger Mouse been listening to lots of Roxy Music?  That’s not a bad thing… that is never a bad thing…


“Falling from the Stars” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP

“Just when I thought I knew you, I changed”


“Well You Better” by Yo La Tengo from Fade

“Baby make up your mind/Please make up your mind”


“Monk’s Point” by Thelonious Monk from Solo Monk

Thelonious has a good point.


“Abet Gurage”  by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

“We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations, but to our fellow men within the human community.”
H.I.M. Haile Selassie I”


“Too Young to Burn (Sonny and the Sunsets cover)” by Spirit Family Reunion from Home Recordings Vol. 1

Hell yeah, Spirit Family Reunion covering one of my favorite Sonny and the Sunsets songs.


“Jezebel” by The Delta Saints from Death Letter Jubilee

An elegiac  triumphant march through the middle of Bourbon Street.


“Miss Watson” by Semi-Twang from The Why and the What For

A joyful fun song – the video is from Couch by Couchwest


“The Room is Still Spinning” by Phonoscenes from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/The Relative

The hits keep coming from the Funky Kitchen of Mama Coco.


“19” by Meenk from Scamu Scau

Meenk contacted me by e-mail a while back, and I love this EP.  It’s taken the shuffle function a little while to get into the game, but I’m happy to feature two songs to close out today’s shuffle.

“I drank half a beer and I’m only nineteen
I’m sorry for putting you all in such danger”

“Up” by Meenk from Scamu Scau

“More people have been up on the moon than felt the way I feel”



Get music from:

Darrin Bradbury

The Lies

Heath McNease

Tipi Valley




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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Give Me All You Got Mix

Here at Ear to the Ground, you never know what to expect.  At least that is my hope.  I build a playlist, and I let the Shuffle function do the rest.  Sometimes, I want a particular artist to come up sooner, but it all seems to work out.  Anyway, musically, stylistically, and emotionally – today’s songs cut a pretty wide path through the landscape of human interactions.  From the breezy indie pop of Conway and an upbeat mega hit from Pharrell Williams to some harder edged music from Tomas Doncker and The Lies.  Borderline creepy sweetness from Sam Davison to Deena oh so cheerful, let down song. 
Jump to the Shuffle


“Big Talk” by Conway from Big Talk (EP)


“Evil” by Tomas Doncker Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project


“work” by The Lies from whatever


“Summer Cramps” by Gingerlys from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/Jump Rope


“Locomotion” by Left of Logic from In Formation


“Do No Harm” by Charles Howl from Charles Howl


“Funeral Dress” by Wussy from Buckeye


“Just Wondering” by Sam Davison from Always Around


“Real Love” by Taco Land from Home Sweet Home


“Love is a Battlefield” (Pat Benetar cover) by Bird by Bird from Decades EP


“The Missing Year” by Nightmare and the Cat from Nightmare and the Cat EP


“I Will Never be Your Valentine” by Deena from Rock River


“Happy” by Pharrell Williams from G I R L/Despicable Me 2


“Roadside Attractions” by Marcia Ball from Alligator Records: 21st Century Blues and Roots/Roadside Attractions


“Shook Down” by Tomas Doncker  Band from Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project


“Always Tomorrow” by Deena from Rock River


“It’s Time to Die” by Sam Davison from Always Around


“Slow Lane” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues

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Mama Coco’s is heading into the final week of their huge and important Indiegogo campaign.  Jump in and help them out if you are able.  To stir that particular pot, we have 4 songs from Mama Coco’s related artists in today’s shuffle. (Gingerlys, Sam Davison, and The Jean Jackets)



We are never afraid of adding a big hit song to the mix, we are secure enough in our Indie creds to do so… so get Happy….

We have another song off the brilliant new album by E2TG favorite Taco Land and we have a couple more songs from Deena’s fabulous new album Rock River.

A great song from Wussy out of Cincinnati, Ohio.  They have a recent album that Tim and Susan Lee of Tim Lee 3 have been talking up.  This is an older song until we can get their new music added.
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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – E2TG v2.1 Mix

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Guess what….  we have a Shuffle!  It’s good to be back and I won’t waste any precious time with further commentary on that.  We have a swell list of songs today – so let’s get to it.


“Vivid”/Rewpart/ ½

“Surrender to the Storm”/Joseph Arthur/Redemption City

“Grey (Under the Sky)”/The Jean Jackets/Field Theory Blues**

“Blood is Not Enough”/Tomas Doncker/Power of the Trinity

“Straight to Hell”/The Clash/5 Studio Album Set (Combat Rock)

“Sing to Me”/The Delta Saints/Death Letter Jubilee

“T.H.M.F.O.T.F.O.T.E.”/Sam Davison/Always Around**

“Don’t Swallow the Cap”/The National/Trouble Will Find Me*

“K’Rar”/ Tomas Doncker/Power of the Trinity

“Do No Harm”/Charles Howl/Charles Howl

“Oh Henry”/The Civil Wars/Bare Bones EP

* – from a annual mix CD by the illustrious DJ Ronnie B.
** – from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen (more on them below)

Good to see a couple of Mama Coco’s bands in the Pre-Shuffle.  That amazing collection/label/force of nature is in the process of moving into a new space, and they have a great need for funding.  To that end, they have started an Indiegogo campaign.  If you love independent music and have the ability, this is a great group to support.  HERE is the info:


Now on to the shuffle:

“I’m Your Brave Little Soldier” by Eels from Wonderful, Glorious (2013)*

“Fade to Black” by The Foresters from Living Hold (2014)

“Drown in Blue” by Marla Mase from Half-Life (2014)

“Dubb Away” by Umbrella Bed from Refill EP (2013)

“you and me” by The Lies from whatever (2014)

“All Mod Cons” by The Jam from All Mod Cons (1978)

* – from a annual mix CD by the illustrious DJ Ronnie B.

Here is a video approximation of today’s Shuffle: