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.


Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Big, Bad Wolfe Mix

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 “Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good!” Run D.M.C.

 Wow.  April is almost toast.  It’s been a helluva month for music.  We hope to have a recap up soon.  In the meantime, we’re packed with our usual quirky mix of old and new music to enlighten, entertain and excite your senses.


“Did You Lie” by Taco Land
“Being John McEnroe” by The Pistolwhips
“Brick x Brick”by Christopher Paul Stelling
“Soulard” by Taco Land 
“Mary Magdalene” by Game Theory

The two Taco Land tracks are from the band’s latest Pancakes and Pizza.  The Pistolwhips song (great title and a great song) is off The Appetizer Sampler put out by the good folks and Built 4 BBQ.  The song by Christopher Paul Stelling is the first track released from his brand new album False Cities which is tearing it up right now! The pre-shuffle ends with the Game Theory song – as we continue to feature the great music of this 80s era San Francisco band in memory and homage to the late Scott Miller.

SHUFFLE commences after the jump…

We start off with some old school hip-hop in the form of “Peter Piper” by RUN-D.M.C. which was the lead track off their 1986 album Raising Hell.


Transitioning smoothly from the hip-hop styling of the boys from Hollis, Queens comes a rare track from the New Jersey born singer-songwriter, Paul Simon.  A later version of the song we feature today appeared on the Simon and Garfunkel album Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme.  Today, we have the original version from Simon’s 1965 UK-only release, The Paul Simon Songbook.  The song, “A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I was Robert McNamara’d into Submission)”, pokes fun at the song writing style of sixties era Bob Dylan. 


So, we’ve moved from Nursery Rhyme name dropping hip-hop to sixties pop culture name dropping folk parody… where else is there to go, but some 2010s era Cluckaphony from The Imperial Rooster with a song which perfectly describes me today, “Overunderstimulated”. Hell yeah, I love the Rooster!

I didn’t want today’s rather schizophrenic shuffle to end – especially knowing that work was waiting on the other side, but if it had to end – which unfortunately it did (for now at least – like Nick and Nora my playlist is endless) what better way to go out then with some more awesome music from Game Theory.  I’ve been reading that Scott Miller was working on a full-fledged reunion of Game Theory at the time of his death.  We have “Something to Show” which was on the very first Game Theory album Blaze of Glory which goes all the way back to 1981.  The song later appeared on the 1991 compilation album Tinker to Evers to Chance.

(click on pick to download Tinker to Evers to Chance)

So that’s it for today, we hope you enjoyed our journey through almost 50 years of great music.

Here’s the You Tube playlist for today: