Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Goodbye Possum Mix

Sad to hear about the passing of the one and only George Jones.  It’s been amazing to see the posts coming up on Facebook from all around the world and from creators and fans of so many different genres of music. He lived the life of his songs and he traveled many roads (sometimes on a Riding Lawnmower). He leaves behind an amazing legacy of song and lore.

We move on… and time is very short.
The Pre-Shuffle:  
“The Shit Song” by The Imperial Rooster
“The Only Lesson Learned” + “What the Whole World Wants” + “White Blues” by Game Theory
“Salvation” by Langhorne Slim and the Law 
“Hard Love” by The Mohawk Lodge
Shuffle after the JUMP…. JUMP

  • “Selfish Again” by Game Theory from Distortion of Glory (1993) – orginally on Pointed Accounts of People You Know (1983)

What a tough couple of weeks for the world of music.  I’m glad to have had the chance to feature so many great songs from the late Scott Miller’s band Game Theory.

  • “Open You Up” by Only Living Boy from Hide Nothing (2011)

I’ve been hearing the name “Only Living Boy” come up recently from my many New York/New Jersey friends, so I finally decided to see what all the talk was about.  I get it now!

  • “Low (Reprise)” by Ghost and Goblin from SUPERHORRORCASTLELAND (2013)

An instrumental reprise from the scary good New York band.  Super pumped to see a Nashville slot on their July concert schedule.

  • “White Night” by Charmboy from Let It Feed (2011)/The Appetizer Built4BBQ Sampler (2013) 

Another great track off the superbly awesome The Appetizer music sampler. This Albany, NY band rocks out!

Before we get to the Daily Playlist:  Ear to the Ground sends out Anniversary to one of cutest and rockingist couples I know – Matthew and Livia from The End Men.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Fingernails and Cigarettes Mix

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We’re back.  Sorry for the lack of Shuffle action yesterday – it could not be helped…

Yesterday, the music world lost two greats… Chrissy Amphlett of Divinyls and the legendary Richie Havens.


Last week, we learned of the passing of Scott Miller (Game Theory and The Loud Family).  If you are not familiar with the music of these two great, but underknown bands, now would be a great time to rectify that situation.
The family has released all of the Game Theory albums for free download at The Loud Family Website.   We have added the entire Game Theory collection into our current batch of songs from which we shuffle.  We will keep the songs up for the rest of the month in tribute to Scott Miller, and then will likely keep some of them up just because they are awesome.  We’ll be getting some Loud Family added to the mix soon, too.
Let’s get right to the Pre-Shuffle which includes two Game Theory songs:
“Ray Wilkins, 1996” by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade
“Little Ivory” by Game Theory
“Finest Worksong” by R.E.M.
“Together Now, Very Minor” by Game Theory
“Eleanor Rigby” by Skeletons in the Piano (covering some lads from Liverpool)
Shuffle – after we JUMP!

  •  “These White Walls” by Swear and Shake from Maple Ridge (2012)

 Swear and Shake are a New York band that just came into my consciousness. The released Maple Ridge last summer, and I just saw on their Facebook page that they are playing a show in Nashville next week.  I kind of dig this song and I’m interested in hearing more. Check it out.

  •  “The Real Sheila” by Game Theory from Lolita Nation (1987)

Lolita Nation was and is a remarkable achievement that all too few people have heard.  I’m very glad to be able to do whatever small part I can in changing that. In the mid to late 80s, there was a very definite movement afoot (oblique Let’s Active reference semi-unintended) as bands from Athens, GA, Nashville, TN, Winston-Salem, NC, San Francisco, CA and elsewhere took off from a musical diet of Beatles and Big Star among others and cut a path of at time jangly pure pop music across college radio dials that eventually reached the ears of impressionable kids like me. Game Theory was extremely literary, intelligent and man could they turn a phrase in a catchy way.

  • “Voodoo” by The Mohawk Lodge from Damaged Goods (2012/2013)

Another track from the current release by Canadian band, The Mohawk Lodge.  I’m hanging with this album.  Definitely worth checking out.

  • “The Red Baron” by Game Theory from Distortion (1984) also on Tinker to Ever to Chance (1990)

Game Theory released the compilation album Tinker to Evers to Chance in 1990. Distortion was produced by fellow California musician and Paisley Underground pioneer Michael Quercio who would later join the band.

  • “Who’s There?” by Ghost and Goblin from SUPERHORRORCASTLELAND (2013)
SUPERHORRORCASTLELAND was released on April 20, the same day that the new Skeletons in the Piano album, Please Don’t Die was released.  We just heard about this band and this album from a Facebook post by The End Men which also referenced in SITP album.  We already had Please Don’t Die, but we immediately went out and download this album.  We knew in advance, we would not be disappointed, and we were not.  More to come!


Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Reasonable Man Mix

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You know, I’m not one to dwell in the past… well at least as it relates to this blog, but I was thinking about yesterday’s Shuffle, and how proud I was to be able to present three great new pieces of music from artists and musical styles which could hardly be more diverse, and which (at least in my mind) were united by a love of what they do and an authenticity of spirit which can be a rare quality in music these days (or any days).

As they say, now for something completely different.  We shuffled up the same playlist of songs and here is what emerged for today….

Pre-Shuffle Shuffle:  A cool Punk Rock band from New York State called Bridge Under Fire which we pulled off of The Appetizer Sampler from Built4BBQ.  A couple more tuneful tracks from the outstanding Pretty Well Damned album by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade.  We close out the Pre-shuffle with a pretty cool Rock band from Brooklyn called Brothers (not be to mistaken for any other band called Brothers, this band is referred to as Brother NYC).

Shuffle forward after the Jump

  • “Using Your Love” by The Mohawk Lodge from Damaged Goods (2013)
The Mohawk Lodge are a band from Canada. They have been compare to Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen with a dash of Nick Cave.  I’ve been digging on the songs I’ve heard so far. Check them out.

  •  “Just a Bum” by Greg Brown which was orginally released on his 1985 album In the Dark With You and which we grabbed off of the 1995 benefit compilation The Silverlake Homeless Project

The legendary folk artist, Greg Brown delivers one of his many beloved songs from this benefit compilation.

  • “The Fly That Rode From Buffalo” by Southern Culture on the Skids from Ditch Diggin’ (1994)

SCOTS have always entertained me.  In attitude and approach, consider them step children of the B-52s with the Southern Kitschiness and outrageous good humor. Musically, they borrow liberally from Rockabilly, Surf and Country to create a unique sound.  This is a great track which is almost 20 years old. Wow!

  • “It’s a Pity (Pardon my English)” composed by George Gershwin performed by Mel Torme from The Essential George Gershwin.

My primo Goodwill find continues to deliver musical gold.  This time it’s the Golden Fog, Mel Torme.  A nice way to close out today’s eclectic and delightfully weird music shuffle.





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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – April 4 Memphis Mix

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Thinking about MLK and the price of Freedom and Justice and the power of Love and Mercy.  For the record, the shot didn’t ring out in the early morning of April 4 (despite U2’s poetic license, it was the late evening). But I digress. 

The awesome music continues to roll in faster than we can distribute it out to you.  Stay tuned!

First up, we had a whopping eight songs in our Pre-Shuffle Shuffle this morning.  Just to explain, I listen to music on my ride into work and then on my walk from the parking lot. It was taking to long to write a complete post about all of the music, but I wanted to take the opportunity to give some quick shout outs.  So I invented the Pre-Shuffle Shuffle which contains fewer details but 100% of the love.

Pre-Shuffle Shuffle includes: Colorado by way of Brooklyn Singer-Songwriter and CXCW Alum David Lott, Birthday boy Luke Anderson and his band The Danbury Lie with another great song from their ‘?’ album out now via Bandcamp. Built4BBQ band and friends of The End Men (obligatory The End Men mention) New Red Scare are a Rock and Roll band from Albany – Unlucky One is from The Appetizer Sampler.  More Gershwin. Connecticut prodigies, The Foresters with Mugshot from their self-titled EP. A track from the forth-coming album, Damaged Goods from veteran Canadian band The Mohawk Lodge. A classic track and one of my favorite songs by Nashville by way of Mobile, Alabama singer, songwriter and guitar god, Will Kimbrough going back to his This album.  And the Pre-Shuffle closes out with yet another great track from Taco Land’s awesome new album Pancakes and Pizza which is out now.

We hit the Shuffle, Shuffle after the Jump

  • “Lightnin’ Hopkins” by R.E.M. from Document (1987)

Time is funny and relative. By the time, R.E.M. released Document their fifth album and final studio release on IRS Records, they were just six years out from the release of their first single (Radio Free Europe), five years out from the release of Chronic Town and just four years out from the release of Murmur – their first album.  But, R.E.M. were already building an audience thanks to constant touring and the support of then powerful College Radio, and Document marked what seemed at the time to be a huge sonic departure from their previous releases.  It even had a hit single, The One I Love reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Us young punk hipsters kind of saw it as bit of a sell-out (I remember a friend of mine singing “It’s the End of R.E.M. as we know it…” on a road trip to Nashville around the time of the album’s release.  But, as I said, time is funny and listening to Document now, it just sounds like classic R.E.M. and has some truly great R.E.M. moments including Lightnin’ Hopkins our track today.

  • “Screwdriver” by Prince – 2013 Single release

As I said, Time is funny.  Who’d have thought way back in 2012 that some of the most exciting new music of 2013 would be put out by the (allegedly) retired David Bowie and none other than the Purple One himself Prince Rogers Nelson.  But, here you have it. Bowie’s music has re-energized his fan-base and Screwdriver is just a damn fine funky Rock and Roll song. 

  • “The Middle” by Jenny from Heavy (2010) 

We have another track from the Heavy album by countryish rock band Jenny from Calgary.  Did I mention that this band features drummer Spencer Kathrens who used to be in Inner City Elegance, which was one of the early band’s we featured on Ear to the Ground (way back in the Posterous days)

  • “Coffee Cups” by Langhorne Slim and The Law from The Way We Move (2012)

More great music from Langhorne Slim and the Law. The Way We Move is a really strong album, so check it out if you haven’t