Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Refuse to Be Your Jodi Mix

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I find myself rushed again… so, let’s get to this:

1.  Jonquil Child by Tiffany Huggins Grant which we have been featuring songs off of for a few weeks has been released.  Check it out HERE. I recommend it highly.

2. There is a great FREE SHOW in downtown Nashville today on 5th between Demonbreun and Korean Veterans.  It is the CD Release show for the companion album to the Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Lots of cool folks including some of the players from the original classic recordings.  Did I mention it is free?  Details: HERE. Gates at 5:00, Music starts at 6:00

3.  Later on tonight, Two Cow Garage are playing at the Hi Watt with Heathen Sons and Benchmarks.  Benchmarks is the new moniker for Todd Farrell and the Dirty Birds.  Should be a great show.

Shuffle: (It’s a good one)….

“Tangled in Your Web” by Richard Barone

From the classic Cool Blue Halo.  One of the best live albums ever.

“Flower Flower” by The Vespers

The Vespers were the first band to play the second day of the Safety Harbor Songfest earlier this year.  It was a relatively early set and people were arriving throughout, but they still managed to capture and hold the attention of everybody present.  It was a great set, and it solidified by appreciation of this Nashville band. This is a track from their 2012 album, The Fourth Wall.

“A Whole Within” by The Colored Parade

Another great Nashville band, The Colored Parade are a favorite of mind.  From the album, And the Walls of the City Will Shake…

“Triangle” by Bad Bad Not Good

BadBadNotGood are an innovative Jazz group from Toronto.  This is from one of those World Café Sessions that I have been featuring.  My first listen… I want to hear more…

“Somebody Loves You” by Austin Lucas

One of the highlights of last week for me was Austin Lucas’ triumphant return to Nashville at The 5 Spot.  He stood and delivered a breath-taking set that ended with the crowded gathered around the stage for an unplugged number.  This track is the title track from Lucas’ 2009 album, and it shows off the emotionally powerful nature of his songwriting.

“Olah” by Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic

Olah is a heartbreaking song about resisting a forbidden love, and it delivered in Matt Phillips signature peppy upbeat style… the juxtaposition might seem strange, but Phillips makes it work here.

“One on One” by Miles Davis

From Miles Davis’ 1972 album On the Corner… the jazz master experiments with rhythm and makes some truly innovative music.  It was widely panned at the time of its release, but it has found critical favor in later years and proven to be a highly influential album.  The album features Dave Liebman who I had the good fortune of seeing live earlier this year.  

“Bangkok” by Alex Chilton

A 1978 single from the the High Priest of alternative music.  If I’m not mistaken (quick research so I could be) Chris Stamey (Dbs) and Richard Lloyd (Television) were part of Chilton’s band at the time of this single.

“Smilin’ Jim is Down Again” by Black Vincent

We close the day, with another awesome song from the album Teardrop Deluxe by the Michigan band lead by Coley Kennedy (The Buddies, Welcome to Ashley). The album was recorded in Nashville by one of the cities hottest production teams. 


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Illustrious Illusions Mix

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‘Tis a rainy Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.  Fortunately, the rain let up for my daily walk up the hill to higher ground. Even more fortunate, I got to listen to some killer tunes, and as always, I want to share them with you.


“Please” by The Vespers (awesome Nashville band who will be playing May 25th at the Eastside Hootenanny.  Those Darlins will also be on the bill that day because this is Nashville and that’s just how we roll)

“Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren (The classic song from 1972)

” Singing Sunrise” by JENNY (who have a new album, Love and Politics out now)

“Hail Hail” by Shovels and Rope (the awesome South Carolina band from a Noisetrade tour sampler for their summer jaunt with the equally awesome Dawes – who we will hear from later in the mix)

“Rewind” by Kopecky Family Band (more good stuff from the Nashville band who were recently featured in the NY Times)

SHUFFLE – after the JUMP

  •  “Off With My Head” by Seth Philpott from Bad Hearts (2013) 

A week or so ago, I played the Acoustic version of this song which was on a Noisetrade Sampler.  This time, we have the full album version from the Bad Hearts EP which was released earlier this month.  I’m really digging this Nashville American artist, and I just now noticed that the Bad Hearts EP contains a duet with the always awesome Angel Snow (who has been featured on E2TG a number of times).

  • “From a Window Seat” (Live) by Dawes from Summer Tour Sampler (2013) (original verison is on Stories Don’t End (2013))

We promised you Dawes, and we have Dawes.  This California band is justifiably one of  the hottest bands around these days.  Noisetrade offers up a Live version of the first single from their current album – along with some more great music from Dawes and Shovels and Rope)

  • “Behave” by Year of October from Stories (2012)

Year of October are a Nashville based band.  They recently connected with me on Twitter, and now I’m regretting not catching up with them sooner. They offer up a unique mix of rock, blues and folk.  I love  the vocals and “classic” sounding music. They are gearing up for their first full length tour.  I have a feeling I’ll be playing much more from this band.

  • “Crowded Highway” by Harmondale from Spirit of 73 (2011)

Okay, call it a theme.  Another great Nashville based  artist making contemporary timeless music, and again I am late to the game as this song is from a 2011 album.  Really great way to wrap up the morning shuffle.


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Lazy Daze Mix

I know, I know – I am so far behind on lots of stuff.  But here is our first and only true Music Shuffle for the week – taken from our final list of April 2012 additions.

1.  The brand new single from Those Mockingbirds is called The Difference Between Love & Addiction.  Do you know the difference?  Here is the band performing the song at the Knitting Factory last year.  You can get the song here.

2.  At 77 years of age, Leonard Cohen has made an album can hold its own alongside his extremely impressive body of work.  Old Ideas finds the man with the gift of the golden voice, sounding a bit like Tom Waits.  Lullaby is simply a beautiful song.

3.   Bird Dog are a Brooklyn based band.  Underneath the Overpass is from the band’s January 2011 EP.  You can grab the EP over at Bandcamp using the widget below.


(a live performance from Bird Dog)
4.  Flower Flower is another fine song from Nashville’s own, The Vespers. It is from the bands brand new The Fourth Wall album.
5. And finally,  20 Million Things is from the 1979 album, Thanks I’ll Eat it Here by Little Feat founder, Lowell George.  For a 33 year old song, it does not sound dated at all.  Lowell George died shortly after the album was released while on tour in support of the album.
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