No Voter Suppression Here!

VOTE NOW!  We’re going back to the previous method which means the Band of the Month poll is located on the sidebar.  It also means one vote per computer (you can vote for more than one band).
Also, we’re adding a new way to vote.  Please comment below with the name of your selection for Band of the Month. 
As always, be sure to check out all of the bands, even if you’re just here to support your favorite band/kid brother/spouse/neighbor.  Here is a condensed voting guide.  Remember details of all of our Featured Artists are located to the left.
Why should I vote for:
Lawrence Welks and Our Bear to Cross:  Because they are doing the Lawd’s work…
Justin and the Salty Dogs: Because they are salty.
Brian Bergeron: Because he’s Mr. Nice.
Big Wilson River: Because Don Ryan told you to.
The Raindoggs: Because you love Tom Waits and you love Snoop Dogg, and you never thought to put them together.
Francis Bowie:  Because you are intelligent and you love pop music.
The Shake: Because maybe a win will convince them to get back together.
Vinyl Thief: Because they have vinyl in their name.
Wolf and Cub: Because they come from “down under” and probably have those cool accents.
FallsStart: Because they originated in Hawaii, and you’ve always wanted to go there.
Dean Fields: Because you want to help assuage my guilt for leaving him off the June Band of the Month Poll.

That’s it: Go Vote!

Featured Artists (July) – Did you know? Part B

Did you know….

…that I do not have any formal training in music blogging?  Unlike like all those other Music bloggers you see on the web, I never went to school to become a music blogger… Interesting isn’t it?

…that I still get excited when a musician likes my posts or friends me or retweets? I’m still pretty star-struck sometimes, and that includes you – cause, you’re a star in my book!

…that featured artist Francis Bowie released a new song yesterday? It’s called It’s hard to see… and we have it here.

…that featured artist The Shake have broken up… best to them for what comes next.’

…that featured artist Vinyl Thief played the Summer Kick-off for Nashville’s best shake and soda food truck – Moovers and Shakers. Cool on so many levels!

…that featured artist Wolf and Cub have two drummers, have been around for about ten years, and are on 4AD Records?  Now you do.

…that featured artist FallsStart posted a new song to their ReverbNation account?  And lo and behold, it is Happy Song which was our first and so far only Ear to the Ground Mystery Song of the Day!

Featured Artist for July – Videorama (Vol. 2)


Featured Friday Music Shuffle – Radical Radishes Mix

Once again, the subtitle has precious little to do with the songs in the shuffle (or with anything else for that matter), but…
We have a good mix of songs this morning, our first Featured Friday Shuffle of July:
Bay Area singer-songwriter Brian Bergeron is up first with a song from his Hourglass EP called, Don’t Let Me Down.

Next we have New York Rock Band in a live cover of the song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles and which U2 stole back…  The Shake wrest the song away from U2 and take Helter, Skelter for an awesome spin around the block.

Austin-based The Raindoggs are also doing a cover.  My Medicine was on Snoop Dogg’s 2008 album Ego Trippin’, and the Raindoggs’ sultry, groovin’ take on the song is the second track off their One Armed Bandit album.


And finally, we have a song called Shut Me Out from New South Wales based Wolf and Cub. Which is available as a free download from their Bandcamp Page.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – War of the Enzymes Mix

War of the Enzymes – you know that Decemberist’s song, “You and me and the war of the enzymes.”?  Eh, never mind…

So last night, I added a bunch of songs to the old MP3 player, but a few didn’t get added for some reason, so I decided to “Rebuild” my database.  Seemed a harmless thing, but it turns out it wiped out the new playlists I had created.  Sooooo… this morning I tossed together a new playlist of the 20 songs that were successfully added last night, and they are all relatively new releases – I think and all new to me.

Noisetrade (which you really have to check out if you are a band or a fan of music… to be honest, I’m not sure how it works, but it seems to be a great way to connect great music to music fans… anyway, they aren’t paying me, so….) recently offered up a couple of  Delta Spirits’ EPs, and our first song is a track from that one called Gimme Some Motivation – which rocks out in a modern way.

Friends of the blog – Makar are back (two days in a row) with a another song from their Funeral Genius album – this one is called In the Know.

The Bang Bang Boogaloo compilation Beyond Beyond is Beyond is available today for general distribution. It contains a butt load of diverse tracks all generally falling under the psychedelic category.  This one features groovy, echoey vocals, fuzzy but strong guitars and a hand clapping beat.  It sounds like it could come from the ’60s, but it doesn’t sound dated.  This one is by a Detroit band called Outrageous Cherry and is called Unbalanced in the City.

My good friend Hayden Coleman just released a album (available on Bandcamp) of beats from 2007. The album is called From ’07: The Beat Tape – H.C. is a connoisseur of hip hop and he knows his stuff.  That much is evident in this beat called Bossa Nova Nuestra. Rumor has it, he makes a pretty good milkshake, too.
Finally, Charles Manson stole this song from the Beatles, U2 stole it back and now The Shake have taken it out on extended loan.  Helter Skelter here is a live cut recorded live at Maxwell’s. ===========================================================================
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