Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Every Minute Mix

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So, I’m back after a few days of R&R. It was much needed, and I’m ready to do this thing!

A couple of things, I returned to Nashville on Saturday in time to catch Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen deliver a powerful performance at their album release celebration.  Then, I headed to Bobby’s Idle Hour to see Amelia White, Renee Wahl, and Rich McCulley trade wonderful songs for a couple of hours.  After that, my long day caught up with me.

LIVE MUSIC ALERT!!!!!!  I’ve announced this on Facebook (if you haven’t already be sure to give us a “Like” – you can get there via the link up top.  The next “Like” should be number 300 and a surprise is in store for that lucky follower.  Anyway, two days from now or Wednesday August 19, we will be kicking off what I hope will be a long running series of shows.  We will start off at The Building in East Nashville with local favorites Lindsay Ellyn (plus her awesome and well-dressed band) and Russell Thompson (one of my favorite songwriters) plus all the way from North Carolina, we have George Terry McDonald.  It should be a fun night, and I hope if you are nearby that you will come on out.  (Here is the Facebook Event Page).

I think I have mentioned before the role that college radio and specifically (WRVU) played in the development of my musical interests and passion. As you may know, WRVU went off the air a few years back after Vanderbilt sold the license to the local public radio station.  Some of the people who made WRVU what it was and some of the people who loved what it was are in the midst of raising funds for a new Community Radio Station called WXNA.  They have a Kickstarter campaign going and could use some support.  So much of media is in the hands of a few large conglomerates who are “tryin’ to anesthetize the way that you feel” (Elvis Costello, Radio Radio).  Community Radio is the voice of the people, and it is a good thing.  If you can support WXNA, you should. Here is the link to the Kickstarter (Give and/or Share this).  Who knows, someday, you may hear me on the radio… but only if you support the station.

On to the shuffle:

“Ribbons” by Paul Zografi

We start off with another track from Nashville’s Paul Zografi’s album Bright.  Love this album!

“You Could Have Had It All” by Jesse and Noah

Another gorgeous song from Jesse and Noah’s album Driven Back. 

“Gotta Serve Somebody” by Amy Black

Amy Black covers some Bob Dylan from her album The Muscle Shoals Sessions.  

“Dogs of Lust” by The The

I have always loved the name The The, and the music, too. This one is from the 1993 album Dusk. 

“Our Love Will Change the World” by Christopher Aaron Slade

Call it a Guilty Pleasure (well Christopher Aaron Slade did…), but I really dig this music.  Fun and naughty and rocking… like music should be…

“I Want to Be You” by The Stone Foxes

The Stone Foxes are from San Francisco.  This song came to me from a Noisetrade SXSW Sampler – which shows how long it has been floating around the playlist.  Their new album Twelve Spells will be released in September.  This song was released as a single back in March. 

“Miss Misery” by Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

From World Café: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield cover Elliot Smith. 

“Every Minute” by JJ Grey and Mofro

Also from World Café… this one if from their latest album called Ol’ Glory which was released earlier this year.


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – AAAAAAAAAAA! Mix


Isn’t it always the way, that when you have the most to write about, you have the least amount to time to wright.  I got to see Jo Wymer playing an in-the-round show last night, and I got to meet her in person.  She is a great person, an amazing singer and a terrific songwriter!  I enjoyed a lot of the music last night, and I got some great pics, so expect a full report, but probably not until after Americana.
I had the great pleasure to be part of a focus group for a panel of Americana radio stations, and offer feedback to help shape the future of Americana Radio or something.  It was pretty cool to hear the wide variety of stations, ranges of music and approaches from stations from all across the US. 
I also handed out some cards so if any of you radio guys are checking out Ear 2 the Ground for the first time. Hey! 
In the same way you need to support your favorite Indie artists and your favorite Ear to the Ground Music Blog, it is likewise important to support radio that plays the music you love.  Whether it is a college or public station or an independent commercial station send some love and/or money their way. 
I about ran up the hill this morning which in the shape I am in is not such a great idea, but I was accompanied by some cool music – so let’s get to the Shuffle of the Morning:
First we have Tony Castles a due from Brooklyn from their Sharon Stone EP which is due out in October.  The song is called One Tone Man .  You can stream the new album here:

Next we have a song that still sound great 23 years later. It’s The The (one of the great band names ever) from Mind Bomb – an album that featured Johnny Marr (Smiths) on guitar.  The song we have is The Beat(en) Generation.

Yesterday, I named dropped The Foresters, an awesome power-pop-punk band from one of those New England states I don’t know how to spell… you know Connecticut. Some totally awesome dude described the band this way: “The Foresters: Average age 10.6667 but their amps go up to 11.”  – Okay that awesome dude was me, but I can’t stand it when I “waste” a great line on Facebook…. But more importantly, yes, the Foresters are three brothers named Nork who are 12,11 and 9 years old.  The song we have today is called Better. You can grab it for Name Your Price at Bandcamp:

And finally, Do It For the Bay (Featuring DaVinci) is a brand new track from the Oakland, California “Cloud Rap” duo. It’s from their forthcoming album, Bossalinis & Fooliyones and is produced by New York producer Harry Fraud. Dig it:


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