Featured Friday Morning Shuffle – Grand Coulee Dam Mix

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Okay… so I feel like I am limping (battered and bloody) into the weekend, but it is Friday…

Friday is the day when we randomly shuffle songs from our Featured Friday playlist which is a playlist of songs we want to feature. 

Did I mention it’s Friday?  And that we have some songs to feature? I did? Good! I think that cover it.  Shuffle after the jump

“Mercy, Mercy” by Jean Synodinos

From her album, Love and Blood.  Synodinos just placed #9 among the top 10 songwriters and #6 among the best folk artists at the Austin Music Awards. I really dig her songs and her voice.

“Adultery” by Pony Girl

So, don’t be confused: Pony Boy is a singer-songwriter from LA/Nashville and she is a girl.  Pony Girl are from Canada, and they are boys and girls. Pony Girl released Foreign Life in November. This is, I think, our first listen, and I like what they are doing. It is highly original music – very refreshing. 

“Within This Skin” by Saint Cole

Next up, the title track from the debut EP from UK artist Saint Cole. I have been really digging this record, and it looks like Saint Cole has some new music out or soon to come out. 

“Walking on the Levee” by Kevin Gordon

From Long Gone Time… to me this is one of the stand out tracks from that album.  Always good to have a Kevin Gordon song come up in the shuffle…

“Polly’s Running Out of Patience” by the transcendents

E2TG favorites from Christchurch, NZ return to the shuffle with another excellent track. This is from the EP Common Ground.  That record is the latest release from the band, but they just recently teased, The Sun is Still Asleep.  I have my ear to the ground… I will keep you posted, or you can follow them on Facebook.

“Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done” by Brian Wright

So, way, way back on Music City Monday, our first shuffle of the week was one of my favorite Brian Wright songs, and now, here we are coming full circle to the last song of the last shuffle of the week… From the Café Rooster Sessions Vol. 1 – Wright’s take on the epic historical/morality song written by Woody Guthrie.  A very awesome way to end the week of shuffles…

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Almost Died Mix

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Let’s see…  I attended the final show of the Jason Ringenberg residency at The 5 Spot. Jason’s guests were Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin. Fats Kaplin is a wonder, Kristi Rose sings like an angel, and Jason is Jason!  The night included: Fats, Kristi, and Jason covering a Gun Club song.   And even though, I didn’t win the Farmer Jason eggs, Jason did play my request, “Don’t Go Back to Rockville” – which I first heard him sing in November 1985 when he joined R.E.M. on the stage of Vanderbilt Memorial Gym. Plus I got an XL Farmer Jason t-shirt!  I did have a brain-fart moment and told Jason that The Sluggers played a Gun Club song when they opened for the Scorchers at Cat’s Record. His reaction told me I was mistaken, and after giving some thought and digging into brain cells I thought had been lost years ago, I remember that it was Flipper that they covered.  Don’t ask me why I mistook Gun Club for Flipper except they were both bands that I loved and who had achieved legendary status just a relatively few short years after they formed.

After that, a bunch of folks migrated over to The Family Wash for a J.J. Cale tribute night put together by Pete Finney. An amazing band backed an all-star cast of guests including: Jon Byrd, Kevin Gordon, Mac Gayden, Jonell Mosser, Dave Coleman, Bill Lloyd, Nikki G, Jack Pearson, Pat Bergeson, and Rick Schell. Plus a couple of songs by the awesome East Nashvill band Los Colognes.

A big crowd full of really awesome people at both events on the eastside.

Meanwhile, Darrin Bradbury was representing East Nashville,well, in the deep, deep south of Nashville (Franklin), where he did the recurring Vietti Chili promo and totally owned the moment.  You can see it HERE.  Darrin comes in at the 37 minute mark.  Great news is that Darrin will be doing a full set a MCR in June!  I will be on the bus for that!

On to the shuffle which I think speaks for itself:

“The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix” by Stormtroopers of Death

From the 1985 debut, Speak English or Die… six seconds..

“Doppelganger” by The Transcendents

Possibly, my favorite song on the Common Ground EP from a band that have become a favorite of mine.  From the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.

“Rainy Days” by Ashleigh Flynn

Ashleigh Flynn is originally from Louisville, KY, and is now based in Portland, OR.  I saw her at The 5 Spot during my Birthday Week, and I was blown away.  This song is from her album A Million Stars. 

“I Almost Died” by Tommy Womack

Tommy Womack played the third week of the Jason Ringenberg residency.  Easily, he is one of the best songwriters around.  This is a track from his forthcoming album, Namaste – which you can help Tommy release.

“Blue Blue Sea” by Man Named Pearl

Although, I always recommend listening to albums all the way through. The fun thing about doing the shuffle is uncovering the beauty of a record, a little at a time over a long period of time. Man Named Pearls is one of the…er.. pearls of the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen Family. -Quietus Make- is the album, and yes, you should check it out.

“Heart of Fire” by The Naddiks

The b-side to the anti-bullying single, “Stop Listen Love”. Empowering words and music from the capital city of Australia.

“Sound of Lies” (live) by The Jayhawks

From the live album, Live at The Belly Up. This is the title track from the band’s 1997 album which coincidently was also called Sound of Lies. Go figure.

“Sleeping Sleeping” by Jeremy Gluck and Robert Coyne

We recently featured some new music from Jeremy Gluck, but amazingly there is still one more song (after this one) from the Memory Deluxe album. In a real Gun Club connection, Memory Deluxe is a follow-up to Gluck’s I Knew Buffalo Bill album which featured the late Gun Club front-man Jeffrey Lee Pierce among others.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Nine Monkey Years Mix


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Let me preface what is likely to be another gushing  paragraph or so about what an amazing time it is to be a music fan in Nashville with the following:  I write a bunch about Nashville’s live music scene because that is where I am and it is what I am experiencing. I do know that there are some amazing pockets of awesome musical stuff happening all over the world. Through writing this blog, I have been fortunate enough to “discover” tons of great music from all over and get a peak into some of these pockets of creativity and collaboration.   In that spirit one of my goals for E2TG in 2016 is to forge some partnerships with other writers so that this site can dig deeper into more of the great music happening.  Truth be told, I cannot even adequately cover Nashville’s music so I would like to also forge some partnerships here in town.  I will be posting more as I move forward, but if you read this and have some ideas or interest, please contact me at e2tgmusic@gmail.com.  Be sure to put E2TG2016 as part of the subject line to make sure I see it.

For the last three weeks, iconic Nashville musician/singer/songwriter Jason Ringenberg (Jason and the Scorchers, Farmer Jason) has been doing a residency every Wednesday at The 5 Spot.  For me this has been a fantastic combination of the music I listened to in my musical formative years and one of my favorite haunts of this later phase of my life. The music has been fantastic, the guests have been spectacular, and there have been wonderful surprises every week. Last night, Jason was joined by Tommy Womack – one of the best this town has to offer. Tommy Womack played some music from his forthcoming new album, some of his timeless classics, and a pretty darn cool Jason and the Scorchers cover.  Jason played a great mix of songs from his long history, an awesome Tommy Womack cover, and then the two of them played some songs they wrote together. 

If you’ve missed the first three week, you have one more opportunity to catch Jason at The 5 Spot. Next week, he will be joined by Fats Kaplin and Kristi Rose for what should be a wonderful finale.

Forward to the shuffle…

“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” by Keb’ Mo’

We just recently featured a cover of this song by Tomas Doncker Band. Here is another cover of the Nick Lowe penned song most often associated with Elvis Costello.  Keb’ Mo’ makes this classic song his own.  Honestly, I cannot hear too many great covers of this song.

“Space Monkey” by John Prine

A live recording of John Prine singing a song he co-wrote with Peter Case about a Soviet monkey cosmonaut who got lost in space and returned to Earth after the cold war had ended.

“Solvent Blues” by the transcendents

From the Common Ground EP, a really awesome song from a band that has in pretty short order become of my favorites.  I can say that as of right now they are my #1 band from Christchurch, New Zealand. Seriously, if you only check out one new band today, give the transcendents a listen and if you dig – get some of their music and give them a “like” on Facebook.

“bang the lid” by Delta Deep

Our second listen to this hard rockin’ blues band that features a powerhouse blues singer and the guitar player from Def Leppard. I am digging this new music.

“And Live” by Some Kind of Illness

Some Kind of Illness is a band made up of two brothers from the UK. Although, they just released their self-titled debut album in 2015, they have been playing together for  several years, and it comes across in the music. I have been really digging their album, and I am really glad another song came up in the shuffle today.  If you only check out one… (wait I already said that) well, check them out, too.  And get the music and hit “like” if you dig.

“Got the Time” by Joe Jackson

I swear that the first time I heard this song, I thought that a metal band should cover this.  Unfortunately, I had that idea before the internet so I do not have any proof… and to be honest, it was such a no brainer, it pretty much had to happen.  Anthrax did cover this song, and I’ve included their cover along with the rocking original from Look Sharp! in the video playlist below. A real pick-me-up in the midst of my morning walk.

“Won’t Complain” by Tom Schreck

Tom Schreck is one of the best and most unique songwriters in a town of great songwriters.  This is a tune from his album Save the Glory.

“Help Me Make It Through the Night” by Jon Langford and Chip Taylor

From a Kris Kristofferson tribute album called, Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down, Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) along with Chip Taylor who wrote “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning”.  This is all kinds of awesome.  I was lucky enough to see Langford play with a fantastic band during my birthday week last week. 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Champagne Eyes Mix

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The mid-week point has been reached… A fun night at The 5 Spot last night for $2 Tuesday.  Got to meet and hear  Angela Easterling.  Her new album, Common Law Wife – which we have featured a few songs from – is one of the best I’ve heard this year.  She has a very unique and beautiful sound.  Joe Nolan played a full-band set.  It was the first time I saw him with a drummer, and it sounded great!  Host Derek Hoke played a short set backed by Paul Niehaus on pedal steel, Steve Latanation on drums, and Mark Robertson (of the Legendary Shack Shakers) on upright bass.  Then, Carl Anderson played a long set of his wonderful songs.  Not a bad $2 show…

Tonight, Brian Wright opens up the last week of the Joe Fletcher residency at The 5 Spot.  I had to miss the first two weeks, but I will not miss this one.  Two of East Nashville’s finest writers.

Onto the shuffle:

“And She Plays” by Reckless Johnny Wales

Another track from American Heart, by the man, the myth, the legend – Reckless Johnny Wales.  One of my favorites from the album… a fine, fine song.

“A Sucker’s Evening” by the transcendents
 

From the latest EP from this uniquely wonderful band from Christchurch, New Zealand where it is tomorrow already.  They already know how this day turns out, but they probably won’t tell me…

 

“Don’t come around here angry
This is a house of water
You’ll be cold and soaking wet
‘Ere you leave here”


“City of Strange Delight” by The Shakers

Another from the awesome album Songs from Beneath the Lake.  This gorgeous song is one of my favorites from that album.  This music transforms and transports me.

“Lavender Child” by Atticus Floyd

Another day, and more music from the good folks at Dord Music Group. We’ve featured Atticus Floyd a few times before, but this is our first listen from the We’ll All Come Down” EP which was released in June.  She has promised a change of direction for her next record.  In the video playlist, we have an “animated” recounting of Atticus Floyd’s first show… which included Hayden and Evan Nork of The Foresters.  Speaking of Hayden, today is his 14th birthday – which I believe is about the number of bands he is or has been a part of… Happy Birthday Hayden.

“No Count Superstition” by Indigenous Engines

 I ran into Andrew Adkins last night, and coincidently, we have a song from his Indigenous Engines project. Word has it that Adkins next project will have a new sound.  Looking forward to it.

“Sweet Thing” by The Waterboys

We finish up our re-visit to the classic album Fisherman’s Blues.  This one is a cover of the Van Morrison classic which they finish up with a few lines from “Blackbird” by the Beatles.  “Take these broken wings and learn to fly…” 

“Considerations” by Damfino

Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective just recently released their latest sampler – the first since the relocated and built a new studio space. Damfino is primary Joe Merklee and Joel Bachrach backed by many others – including some familiar Mama Coco’s names.  They have a new EP called Disembodied Smile.  This track is a tasty bit of power pop goodness.

“Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” by Run the Jewels (feat. Zack de la Rocha)

From a Noisetrade Bonnaroo sampler.  Hip-Hop duo Run the Jewels team up with Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine for this hard hitting track.  I hear that there may be a new collaboration between these three in the works.

“Through Different Eyes” by TV21

From the 13 O’clock compilation recently released by PPNW Records out of Atlanta.  TV21 are a New Wave band from Scotland.  They are about to release their first new record in 28 years.  This is a previously unreleased track from 1981.  Really dig this.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Look Into Stone Mix

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Well here we are at the mid-point of another work week… time marches on… doesn’t it?

We have another outstanding shuffle featuring classic tunes and some new and newish music… JUMP!

“I’m Set Free” (live) by The Velvet Underground

I have a confession. Sometimes, I secretly and privately scoff at people who accumulate every piece of recorded music of their favorite band… you know imports, bootlegs, rarities – without regard to the quality of the recording or whatever… I mean… I don’t mean to knock anyone – especially a music lover, but it just seems a bit silly to me sometimes.  That being said, I am nothing if not hypocritical.  I give you a short sample of  a recording from Max’s in 1970.  My only defense… it’s the Velvet Underground.

“Starting All Over Again” by Amy Black

My shuffle functions seems to be as much in love with the new Amy Black album as I am.  We have another track from the Muscle Shoals Sessions today.  This one is a cover of a song originally recorded by Mel and Tim at Muscle Shoals.  The song was later covered by Hall and Oates.

“Wedding Song” by Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville.   I had heard his name and grabbed some music from a Noisetrade Sampler of his music.  This song comes from his CD entitled Hey Love.  I like it a bunch.

“In Spite of Ourselves” by Iris Dement, John Prine

You haven’t really lived until you’ve heard Darrin Bradbury and Jon Latham sing this song – impromptu – in the middle of a crowded bar.  But, Iris and John do a pretty decent version, too.

“Afrique” (take 3 vocal) by Duke Ellington

I have to admit, I am sometimes intimidated by Jazz as a genre.  As it should be obvious by now, I am not a musician, and so I know there are technical nuances to the music that I just don’t get. Actually that is true about a lot of music, but jazz seems by design to be more focused on that aspect.  Also,  although I have been really listening to jazz for about 25 years, my listening has been kind of haphazard. I have a pretty solid base in Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and a few others… but I know I have missed out (so far) on some really crucial artists and recordings.  All that being said, hearing Duke Ellington come up on my shuffle makes me happy!

“Sixes + Sevens” by Indigenous Engines

Indigenous Engines is the new project by my friend Andrew Adkins  (The Colored Parade).  This new project has two EPs currently available for Free Download via Bandcamp.  This song is from one of those EPs called Werewolves (the other EP is called Witches).  Check it out!

“Visitation Rights” by The Transcendents

I joked about my shuffle needing to clear out the transcendents’ self-titled album to make room for their new EP Lay Where You Collapse.   Regardless of my joke, this track is our final listen to that first record.  Look and listen for the new record to appear in the shuffle soon.  The band is from Christchurch, New Zealand, and man oh man, I like their music a ton.

“If I Didn’t Love You” by Squeeze

I hate to randomly mention Jon Latham twice in a post – no I don’t – but a recent status update of his on Facebook prompted me to dig out my Squeeze Singles album and load it into the Playlist.  This band  was just about perfect, and Singles was a handy way to catch up on their early music.  This song was originally on the band’s 1980 album Argybargy. The band was originally active from their formation in 1974!! until 1982.  When I really caught up with them that original run was over.  Fortunately, they reunited in 1985 and got to seem them live with Jools Holland on keyboard. 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – A Czech at the Blue Line Mix

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I saw a remarkable show at City Winery – Nashville last night.  It was a CD Release show for Darrell Scott’s new album which features the songs of the late Ben Bullington.  You can read my review on No Depression here.

On to the shuffle….

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“In Between Drinks” by Tim Carroll

My visual interpretation of the awesome song that I get to hear at least once just about every week.

 

“An Arrow in the Gale” by Magnolia Electric Co.

From the 2009 album Josephine.  Jason Molina is very much missed in this world.

“Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)” by Warren Zevon

A song about the importance of knowing your role and waiting for the right opportunity to rise above it. Or something like that… It’s Warren Zevon singing about hockey! What else do you want?

“Sleeping Bag” by Patrick Sweany

Patrick Sweany filled in for Tim Carroll a few weeks back for the Rock and Roll Happy Hour, and he did a mighty fine job.  This is an awesome song from his 2011 album, That Old Southern Drag.  Sweany is from Ohio but now resides in East Nashville.  He was worked with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys among many others.

“Saint Valentine” by Gregory Alan Isakov

The South African born, American singer-songwriter with a song from his 2013 album The Weatherman.  This came off of a Noisetrade Bonnaroo sampler.

“Glacial Flood” by the transcendents

There is a reason I still check out as much of the music that comes through my e-mail as I can…  This band from New Zealand has rapidly become one of my favorites simply because their songs and music is so amazing.  They seem like descent people, too, and it will be good to know some people if I ever wake up and find myself in New Zealand…

“Love/H8” by The Danbury Lie

Interestingly, I have been reading a book written by someone named Dan Burylie.  I have no idea if the book is connected to this #E2TG favorite, but the cover of the book and the cover of the album (Choose Your Delusion) are identical.  So if the two works are not related there may be a lawsuit in the future…  come to think of it, the title is similar, too… hmm… 

Choose Your Delusion: Stream-of-Consciousness Ramblings from the Mind of Dan Burylie
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“Argosvinis Moni” by Imam Baildi

Also from that Noisetrade Bonnaroo sampler.  This is a band from Athens… such a great history of music from  Athens –  B52s, R.E.M…. oh wait, this band is from Athens, Greece.  Never mind.  Anyway, it some cool exotic sounding music to expand your musical vocabulary.

“Roberta Sparrow” by Grumsling

From the EP, A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea.  This highly creative Oakland, California band has captured my attention in short order.  I highly recommend the Philosophy of Time Travel if you want to know where the title of this song came from…

“Tying Ten Knots in the Devils Tail” by Townes Van Zandt

I kind of sort of think that maybe I featured this song before, but it may have been on one of my Facebook posting sprees… which you would know about if you “Liked” by Facebook page (link at the top of this entry).. hint, hint…  either way, it is Townes Van Zandt so even if this is a repost, you know what?  I don’t care… the song was written by Gail Gardner.

“Belly of the Beast” by Holy Sheboygan!

I had the wonderful opportunity to see Wisconsin based Holy Sheboygan! last month when they brought their little bus and inventive, upbeat music to Nashville.    They brought everything but the kitchen sink to the stage of Foobar… and it was kind of dark, so I’m not completely sure that there wasn’t a kitchen sink.. Cameron Carrus who plays bass for Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll among others is a long time member of this band. 

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Saturday Night Music Shuffle – Clap Your Hands Mix

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Since I missed a couple of morning shuffles last week, I thought I would add in a special rare Saturday Night Music Shuffle….

“Automobile” by Josh Morris

Nashville singer-songwriter, we first met when he was part of And the Giraffe.  His new EP Green Fields is out now!

“Clap Your Hands” by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Try not to Clap Your Hands….

“Paper Van Gogh” by Shelby Lynne

Gorgeous song by the amazing Shelby Lynne from her brand new album, Can’t Imagine.

“Just After Dark” by The Bandicoots

The Bandicoots are from Hamilton, Ontario, and I dig what I’ve heard so far, and I want to hear more..

“The National Scroll” by The Transcendents

Another track from our newish friends from Christchurch, New Zealand.

“(I Know) I’m Losing You” by Rod Stewart

From Every Picture Tells a Story.  Contractually billed as a Rod Stewart solo record, this was in actuality a Faces record.  Or else, I am totally wrong.  In any event, this song was first recorded by the Temptations and later Rare Earth.

“All I Have to Do is Dream” by David Schnaufer and Mark Knopfler

The late great David Schnaufer teams up with the legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler for this instrumental version of a song made famous by The Everly Brothers.

“Broke Down Engine Blues” by Townes Van Zandt

From a 1973 live recording of Townes Van Zandt doing the Blind Willie McTell song.

“The Lucky One” by Tom Schreck

Another of my favorite current Nashville songwriters…  from his album, Save Your Glory.  To put a fine point on it, the video playlist includes Schreck’s cover of the Bob Dylan song, “Blind Willie McTell”

“Take Your Troubles Away” by The Satisfactors

Another track from the debut album by New Jersey supergroup, The Satisfactors.  The Satisfactors’ bassist Kenny Aaronson was recently announced as a member of the 2015 version of The Yardbirds.

“Dig Two Graves” by Anne McCue

Australian born, Nashville transplant – the amazing Anne McCue is one Nashville has no trouble claiming as our own. This was the first single from her recent album, Blue Sky Thinkin’.  The video features McCue with Webb Wilder and Kevin Gordon.

“All” by The Descendents

The prequel to “Not All”, and clocking in at just about 2 seconds at most.

“Worst That Could Happen to Me” by The Brooklyn Bridge

Some sweet pop soul music from the 1968 self titled album by the New York band often billed as Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge.  The song was written by the great Jimmy Webb and originally recorded by The Fifth Dimension.


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