Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Wild Winnebago Mix

Had a good time at The Western Shore CD Release party thing last night.  Charlie and Kalee sounded great, the right-wrong Isaac was awesome, and it is always a great joy to see and hear Aaron Lee Tasjan. 

Well, we made it to Friday, and I think I am still breathing, so that has to be a good sign.

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The Grimm Generation’s songs are like a seedy conversation, in a seedy spot, with a seedy stranger, and realizing you are exactly where your seedy self needs to be.

“Eastbound 94” by Heath McNease from Fort Wayne (Music inspired by the Film)

I’m a sucker for songs about driving…  Heath McNease has a pretty diverse and extensive repertoire, and this may just be one of my favorite songs of his. 

“Morphine” by The Oxford Coma from Morphine

I am a proponent of the Oxford comma.  Likewise, I have become a big fan of The Oxford Coma.  Sometimes, I need a little Heavy Psychedelic Metal in my life. This is the title track to their forthcoming EP.

“Play the Greed” by Dar Williams from Occupy this Album

IMHO, the Occupy movement (and I do realize it still exists on some level) was a great idea done-in by internal problems along with  “freedom” and “constitution” loving right wing governments quashing free speech.  In any event, I still support many of the principles of the movement, and even removed from the context of Occupy, this Dar Williams song is a timely and accurate description of the state of this nation. 

“Long Time Ago” by Golden Smog from Another Fine Day

We roll on with another cool song from Golden Smog.

“Infrastatic (Thanks Uncle Sam)” by The Oxford Coma from Morphine

#2 of the day from The Oxford Coma.  An odd brief track from The Oxford Coma with found sounds?/spoken word stuff… Nice

“Wanted (or Waiter There’s Some Soup in my Flies)” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council

A non-album cut released between the band’s 3rd and 4th studio albums.  The band’s interest in American soul and Rhythm and Blues music is clear on this track.

“Every Breaking Wave” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

A bit muddled perhaps, but I still really dig this cut from the latest U2 Album.

“Mule in the Badlands” by Darrin Bradbury from A Car Becomes a House

Darrin Bradbury is hard at work on his latest proper album, but in the meantime, he recently dropped another swell collection of demos which includes this song about the American West and the native Wild Winnebago herbs which use to roam the landscape. 

window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”; “Bow for Blade” by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason

A gorgeous song from Brown Bird…

“It’s All Been Done” by The Grey A from My Country

And, we close things out with another great track from the album My Country by The Grey A.  They have a new video coming out next week for the new single Dumb Fool – another timely song for this crazy age…


Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ice Cream, Candy, Balloons, and Magicians Mix

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“Ice Cream Konitz” by Lee Konitz from Essential Jazz Masters (1947-1955)/ Subconscious Lee

We start things off on this raining Wednesday in Nashville with noted Jazz Alto-Saxophonist Lee Konitz with a track from his legendary 1949-1950 album.  Konitz has worked with virtually every jazz legend in his long career including working with Miles Davis on the Birth of the Cool sessions.

window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”; “Space Boner” by The Pistolwhips from The Entrée (Built4BBQ Sampler)

“I got a boner for space, and gravity can suck it.”  Another awesome track from the latest, star-studded Built4BBQ sampler.  The Pistolwhips are from Albany, New York.  Fun fact:  I could not find any Pistolwhips videos on Youtube, but there is a Canadian band of the same name… Also when you search for “Space Boner The Pistolwhips” on Youtube, the first result is a song called “Astral Erection”.  So….

“Candy Loves Satellite” by That Petrol Emotion from End of the Millennium Psychosis Blues

We move on to this treat from the 1988 album by That Petrol Emotion – a band that formed after the dissolution of another band – The Undertones.  Sounds great all these years later.

“Black Balloons” by The Oxford Coma from Morphine

Next up is a song from the new EP from Phoenix band The Oxford Coma which is set for release in early December.  The EP was recorded live and has a raw, nervous energy that I really dig.  We’ll have more from this album as we go along. 

“Money Go Round” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council

Some how in the aftermath of the mid-term elections, this 30+ year old song seems extremely timely.  A funky blast of early 80s British Pop music.

“Son House Says” by Low Society from You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down

To me the best of modern roots music (sometimes called Americana – although giving anything a name immediately seems to put up some sort of man-made limitations) is that which honors the past while continuously pushing forward.  That is what I love about Low Society – a Memphis-based Roots and Blues band.  When you hear this song, you have no doubt that you are listening to the Blues, but then you are forced to abandon whatever kind of expectations that genre label creates in your mind.  We will have more from Low Society soon, too.

“Rule the World” by The Slang from The Slang EP

From the heartland – Columbus, Ohio to be precise comes some pretty awesome Alt-Power-Pop/Rock music.  This EP is their debut, and it is an auspicious beginning.  High energy and original music.  Dig it.

“Demon in the Night” by The Goddamn Gallows from The Maker

This is from the Feel Bad for You Halloween mixtape, but really, it doesn’t have to Halloween to get into this mixture of Punk, Bluegrass, and Metal.   A great way to begin to ease into my work day.

“Magician” by Golden Smog from Blood on the Slacks

First of all, I love the name of this album.  Second, this is a short and sweet instrumental track from the mid-west supergroup/side-project who have been making music together for about 25 years.