Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Pocket Change Mix


So… Let’s see… I added 76 more songs to the active playlist last night.  That is over 350 songs added in the last two weeks.  Last nights additions included 1 direct artist contact, 3 from publicists, a couple of albums from Noisetrade, and some randomness from Freegal.  Let’s get to today’s shuffle//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js

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“Jamie” by Darrin Bradbury (from NEW!!!!The Almost Great Crepe’s (Demos).  Song was originally on a 2005 release called Darrin Bradbury. So digging this music. We have a different song in the video playlist and the original release in the Store. I’ll post the Bandcamp widget to the Demo release below)


“Ring True” by Let’s Active (from Cypress. I added the Cypress/Afoot combined CD into the playlist shortly after learning of the passing of founding member Faye Hunter.  It’s been so good revisiting these amazing songs. This is the last song to the featured here, and it’s a great one.)

“War” by Sam Morrow (from True North EP. A California singer/songwriter.  This ones been in the playlist for a while. I like this.)

“Pocket Change” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones (from Greetings From St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Sweet soulful music from Birmingham, Alabama.  The song seems to be called “Broken Bones and Pocket Change”, but it came across as “Pocket Change” on the version I downloaded from Noisetrade.)


“How to Cook a Wolf” by Lys Guillorn (from Winged Victory. Guillorn is part of the wild and wacky crew known as The Grimm Generation.  She also has a long running solo career. This is her second full length studio album – ten years after her self-titled debut.  This some amazing stuff, which I will be writing about quite a lot in the weeks to come. This is reminiscent of (but not derivative of) some of the great songs by The Velvet Underground.  Further proof, and Connecticut is a hotbed of awesome music.)


“Message in a Bottle” by Bhi Bhiman (from Substitute Preacher.  From an album of original takes on some extremely well known music.  Here Bhi takes on the classic song by The Police. This isn’t my favorite cover on this album, but it is highly original.  The album has some amazing covers including a killer version of the AC/DC song Highway to Hell. For reference, I included a few additional covers of the “Message in a Bottle” in the Video Playlist)



Videorama – A quick playlist just because

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Anarchistic Arachnids Mix

Good Monday to you!  You know it’s Monday whether we like or not, so we best make the most out of it.  Today, we have a nifty little shuffle from the back room of the Ear to the Ground archives.  Hope you dig it!

In a not so rare sign of my age, I find it extremely hard to believe that this song is over 30 years old. Almost 34 years old to be precise.  Sting wrote this song for a prostitute he saw outside of the band’s hotel room in Paris. He named her for the character in Cyrano de Bergerac. It was released as a single in 1978 and then rereleased in 1979.  The b-side was a cool song called Peanuts. Roxanne appeared on Outlandos D’Amour.

The next song in our shuffle is over 40 years old, and man does it hold up well. It’s the opening track on one of the best albums in the history of rock.  Down on the Street from Fun House by The Stooges. The song throbs and squawks and burns. It is a stunning achievement in sonic power and predicts and paves the way for decades worth of punk and post-punk rock bands.
And finally, have an instrumental track from one of the best bands of the 80s. The Plimsouls were part of a power-pop movement, and they recorded one of the best rock songs of the decade, A Million Miles AwayHobo references the surf instrumentals of the 60s with a bit of the jangle that highlighted the Plimsouls’ sound. It is a Bonus Track on the CD release of Everywhere at Once, and you can catch a live version on the recently released Beach Town Confidential: Live at the Golden Bear 1983
Like, here’s A Million Miles Away from the movie, like, Valley Girl-I’m sure…
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Roxanne (Digital Sheet Music) Roxanne (Digital Sheet Music)
“By The Police and Sting. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Pop; Rock. 5 pages. Published by Hal Leonard – Digital Sheet Music”

The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story
Formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1967, the Stooges are icons of modern rock, influencing the fledgling sounds of punk, heavy metal, and hard core. From the beginning, lead singer and provocateur Iggy Pop (b. James Osterberg) astounded audiences with his outrageous stage performances, accompanied by guitarist Ron Asheton, his drummer brother Scott Asheton, and bassist Dave Alexander with their raw and bracing sound. The group disbanded in 1974, but reunited in 2003 to play before a vastly expanded fan base of over 10 million devotees worldwide, and they continue to tour today. In this book, rock photographer Robert Matheu compiles the first ever authorized book about the band, including iconic photographs, classic interviews, and vintage articles and ephemera dating from the band’s breakout performances in Detroit in the late 1960s through their most recent shows in 2009. With new interviews from every significant member of the Stooges, past and present, previously unpublished photography, and a Stooges discography, “The Stooges “is the definitive book about this trailblazing band. “”

Valley Girl (45rpm Single) Frank Zappa Valley Girl (45rpm Single) Frank Zappa
A rarity. “Valley Girl” on both sides.

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Angels Fall Like Rain Mix

There are ghosts and spirits that haunt the dark corners of our lives and minds
A well-worn melody re-purposed and sold and still….
Transportation – like a city bus that’s has no fixed route, but takes you to random spots from your life
Even those out-of-the-way places where you’ve forgotten you’ve ever been…
Time is a bastard of the young, time marches on, time really flies….
But and so, I always write about time when my mind is stalling for a better idea…
 Time is a lie… 
Good morning – walk up the hill was in a pissing rain… Last night, I heard a Pogues’ song in a commercial for a mini-van and recently (and again) I’ve heard the Violent Femmes’ ode to teen-aged hormones being used to hawk (computers, tacos what’s next bed linens and laundry and stain removers?)
Honestly coincidentally, after musing on those things, this delicious mix of classic songs from my youth and young adulthood came up on my morning shuffle:
(Murmur @ Amazon)
Gothic and Southern and covered in kudzu, Radio Free Europe, was an anthem for all us disaffected Southern boys and girls coming of age in the 80s.
(Flood @ Amazon)
Come on we’ve all met this person and been in this situation.  I remember a Waffle House in the wee morning hours, and you aren’t looking for an argument, but…. Your Racist Friend by There Must Be Giants They Might Be Giants.
(Mirror Moves @ Amazon)
Richard Butler (along with Bryan Ferry) was our Sinatra. So smooth and yet, he was all our own as he and the P-Furs (as we called them because it was before spell check and we really didn’t want to look stupid and misspell Psychedelic now did we?) were sophisticated and yet not at all content or safe. If my youth was a movie John Hughes and Louis Malle would co-direct and there would be a Psychedelic Furs song on the soundtrack.  The Ghost in You would be a good choice. 
(Ghost in the Machine @ Amazon)
I’ve had a couple of old Police songs make their way to my ears recently, and I was reminded again of what a great band they were. As the 80s progressed, they got to be more and more popular and then Sting went on to doing that awful song with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart. But and still, the Police, in their day, made intelligent music that stands the test of time. Spirits in the Material World speaks to a spirituality which was way beyond my ability to comprehend when I first heard this song, but it was cool music with a good beat.

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They Might Be Giants : Here Come the 123's [CD/DVD] They Might Be Giants : Here Come the 123’s [CD/DVD]
They Might Be Giants : Here Come the 123’s [CD/DVD]

The Psychedelic Furs: Live from the House of Blues [DTS] The Psychedelic Furs: Live from the House of Blues [DTS]
The Psychedelic Furs were one of the many alternative semi-avant British groups who began the 1980s with a devoted cult following and ended it with a huge popular following as well as a number of hit songs (see: The Cure). Pushed over the top by the release of the John Hughes film PRETTY IN PINK, which borrowed its title from an older Furs song in the soundtrack, the band scored their biggest hit the following year with Heartbreak Beat. This performance from House of Blues was part of the Furs’ reunion tour in 2001 in support of their greatest hits compilation.

Spirits in the Material World: A Reggae Tribute to the Police Spirits in the Material World: A Reggae Tribute to the Police
In a way, a reggae-themed Police tribute seems like kind of a strange idea — many of these songs were either reggae numbers to begin with, or were so close to being reggae that straight-up reggae arrangements run the risk of just sounding like cover vers

Thursday (Covers) Morning Music Shuffle – Maybe Superman Mix

Once again, we reach Thursday and to denote the day named for the god Thor, we bring on the cover versions of songs….

The Coverers

Marshall Crenshaw once played John Lennon in an Off-Broadway version of Beatlemania. He has been making consistently brilliant records for around 30 years. In a just world, Marshall Crenshaw would be the biggest thing on the planet.

Wavves is from San Diego, California.  They play surf infused noise punk music, and in January they are going to be part of the Weezer Cruise, which sounds like a totally cool thing to me. I think they should do a remake of the Love Boat and set it on the Weezer Cruise.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are a cover band so it’s appropriate that they are on this list.  The band includes members of Foo Fighters, NOFX and Lagwagon.

Is a South Dakota-born singer-songwriter.  She sang backup vocals on Suzanne Vega’s hit song Luka. She has released 7 full length studio albums including an album of cover songs.
The Coverees

Peter Case was a founding member of the new wave band The Nerves. After that band broke up, he founded the Plimsouls who recorded one of my all time favorite songs, A Million Miles Away – among a number for great songs. In 1986, Peter Case released his self-titled album Peter Case. I can remember hearing Walk in the Woods on college radio, and picking up the cassette on a trip to Nashville, and the album being a perfect soundtrack to a drive down a state highway in the dusky dark. I eventually owned that album on CD and Vinyl as well.  Peter Case is the real deal – don’t miss it if you ever get a chance to see him live.

Sonic Youth make a crazy noises. You either love them or hate them, but for better or worse they have influenced a generation of alternative bands. The band formed 30 years ago in New York City. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge Sonic Youth fan, but I recognize their importance enough to have some of their music in my collection.  Besides, sometimes, you just want to listen to wacky tunings and feedback and distortion.

Kenny Rogers has been making music for over 50 years. He was once a member of the New Christy Minstrals. He later formed the The First Edition.  During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Kenny Rogers was a fixture on country and pop radio. Jason Isbell sometimes sports a vintage Kenny Rogers tour jacket on stage.

The Police formed in 1977 and by the early 80s were the biggest band in the world. At Live Aid, the Police,  symbolically passed the torch on to U2. The broke-up a year later and their bassist and lead singer Sting went on to record an album of lute music.

The Covers

Wavves Cover Sonic Youth