Throwback Thursday Morning Shuffle – Tommy Said So Mix

I have a lot on my mind, and I kind of feel an extended non-shuffle post coming on – when I have the time. 

If you have not done so, I recommend watching the video of Michael Stipe singing “The Man Who Sold the World” on Fallon. 

In short, the thoughts in mind are about the concept of limitations vs. the infinite.  They are about the road to peace that is sometimes harder to walk but ultimately worth the extra effort. About the music “industry” and the value of art.  About the “latest next big thing” vs. the really cool thing that may or may not someday be the “latest next big thing” but regardless is pretty amazing right in this moment. 

It’s all kind of jumbled in my mind, and for me the only way to unjumble it (or at least the best way) is for me to write it all down.  Anyway, some jumbled thoughts may be coming.

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People sometimes ask me, “How old does a song have to be to appear on “Throwback Thursday”.  Usually, I just say, “Interesting question…” and wander off..  Really, though, it’s impolite to ask a song how old it is, so let’s just say the songs on this playlist are all of a “certain age”.


“Where Were You?” by The Mekons

We had Waco Brothers in the shuffle earlier this week.  Now, we throw Jon Langford music back a few decades with this track from 1978 which was the second release by the band.  You, like I, need to check out the 2014 Documentary “Revenge of the Mekons.” as soon as humanly possible.

“Yvonne” by Marshall Crenshaw

I have written extensively about Downtown – Crenshaw’s 1985 album and the place it holds in my sensory and physical memory.  Downtown was Crenshaw’s third album and was co-produced by T-Bone Burnett, Crenshaw, and Larry Hirsch. It is very hard for me to separate the nostalgia from the music, but to me this – over 30 year old song, does not sound thirty years old – it just sounds like Marshall Crenshaw and that is never a bad thing.

“Down at the River” by Tim Lee

I first met Tim Lee – a couple of years ago after having been introduced to his band Tim Lee 3 via the late and lamented CXCW non-festival.  Over time, I learned that he had a hand of some of my favorite music from back in the day.  Besides being a part of Let’s Active for a short time (and appearing on an episode of IRS Records Presents: The Cutting Edge (which I no doubt watched on MTV), Tim Lee also produced the album Gawk by Will (Kimbrough) and the Bushmen.  This song comes from Tim’s 1992 solo album, The New Thrill Parade, and it was later part of the compilation All That Stuff… (1993). 

“Get Up and Dance” by The Weeks

I must be getting old, but it feels very weird to have The Weeks in the Throwback shuffle – as they seem like a “new” band to me.  However, they recently made some of their earliest music available on Noisetrade in celebration of their 10th year as a band.  This music was recorded when the members of the band were in their mid teens, but you really can’t tell by listening.  By the way, in the “Connections” department.  The Weeks and Tim Lee both have roots in the Jackson, Mississippi area.

“Mystery Wind” by Richard Thompson

Another track from Richard Thompson’s incredible Rumor and Sigh album.  

“I Hate Music” by The Replacements

From Sorry Ma, Forget to Take Out the Trash. 

“The Way of the World” by Flipper

From their debut album, Generic Flipper which was released in 1982.  Time is funny, I was actually a kind of “late bloomer” when it came to cool music and so by the mid-80s when I started hearing about Flipper, they had taken on (in my mind) an almost mythical quality – like they had existed so long before (even though at that point this album was just a couple of years old, and they were still an active band.)  A couple of years seems trivial now – some 30 odd years later, but back then, it seem to make a lot of difference.  Truth be told, they were already legendary by the point I “discovered” them.

“Gone Daddy Gone” by Violent Femmes

This song from the seminal self-titled album includes a verse from the Willie Dixon song, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, and is thus credited to Gordon Gano and Dixon.  The song was covered in 2006 by Gnarls Barkley.

“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” by Joe Jackson

This was the first single by Joe Jackson released in 1978. It later appeared on his debut album, Look Sharp! 

“The Only Minority” by Minutemen

We close with a Minutemen song that clocks in at exactly one minute. From What Make’s a Man Start Fires?  The second album by this post-punk band from San Pedro.


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Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle- Madonna After George Jones Mix

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Another fine night of tunes at $2 Tuesdays at The 5 Spot – hosted by Derek Hoke with DJ Tim Hibbs providing the pre/post/between performance music.  The vinyl theme was girl groups.

A $2 cover netted performances by Jack Grelle with Ryan Koenig (from Pokey LaFarge’s band), the return to Nashville of E2TG favorite Brock Zeman with the always amazing Blair Hogan*, Hoke and his always amazing band, and for the second night in a row Joseph Robert Krauss – this time with a full-band that was pretty darn impressive.  I wasn’t able to hang for the last act.

*If you missed Brock and Blair last night, they will be at Bobby’s Idle Hour on Music Row tonight.

Patrick Kinsley and a Fistful of Dollars and Adrian + Meredith are part of the late show line-up at The 5 Spot.

Wednesday’s are when we go wild at #E2TG.  No not that kind of wild…

“Dog Days” by The Weeks

To celebrate their 10th year as a band, Nashville (by way of Jackson, MS) band The Weeks recently released their earliest recordings (from when the band members were 15) – Lost Days.  It is available on Noisetrade.  We have our first listen today.

“Rex Bob Lowenstein” by Burrito Deluxe

Burrito Deluxe is a descendent band from the legendary Flying Burrito Brothers.  This track was from the 2004 The Whole Enchilada.  The song (which I claim as an influence for what I do) was written by Mark Germino  (a poet/songwriter) based in Nashville.  It is the story of a free form DJ fighting against the march of corporate radio.

“Back Up Train” by Al Green

I finished reading The Chitlin’ Circuit: And the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll by Preston Lauterbach.  I learned a whole bunch in reading that book, and I got turned on to/reminded of a ton of great music from the last century – including Al Green.  This was the title track from Al Green’s debut album which was released in 1967. 

“Flying with the Champ” by Discount Ravioli

Clocking in a 9:44, this is the final track on Captain Fettuccine and the Quest for the Champ on Earth.  Man – burritos, enchiladas, ravioli, and fettuccine – I’m glad I just ate lunch…  self described as such: A concept album about space, time, birth, life, death, love, hate, compassion, envy, betrayal, discovery, wonder, creation, destruction, science, math, language, history, dedication, perseverance, and Italy. Voted the worst concept album of all time by CT Music Nerdz.  For the video, this time (still not ready to post videos of making ravioli), I selected my favorite Batkhi Dahn video – “Yip”.

“Canaria Islands” by SuperCrashingStar

We check in again with one of my new favorite bands. Supercrashingstar are from New York. They are the kind of band that doesn’t just add variety to my playlists; their music embodies the concept of variety.

“In the Arms of the Prince of the Dark in the Night” by Ricca Vita

This is the final track from the Ricca Vita EP – adding some indie/electronica/funk/alternative good times to the shuffle…

“96 Tears” by Garland Jeffreys

From Jeffreys’ 1981 album Escape Artist, his cover of the 1966 hit by Question Mark and the Mysterians.

“Bright Lights, Big City” by Them

From the 1965 first album by Northern Irish band, Them (featuring Van Morrison) comes this cover of the Jimmy Reed song which was first released in 1961.

“Metal Storm/Face the Slayer” by Slayer

So, what better way to close out this set of music than with some early 80s thrash metal from the debut album, Show No Mercy (1983).  When I was in high school, there seemed to be an unwritten rule that you were either a punk rocker or a heavy metal kid.  Bands like Slayer laid bare such notions – even if it took me a few years to catch on.


Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Fox the Fox Mix

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Greetings and Welcome to Ear to the Ground, where we listen to music and tell you about it. Then we let you listen, too.

We have a rather interesting mix of music today – so let’s jump to it….



“Thief in My Mouth” by The Weeks (acclaimed Nashville band from their latest Dear Bo Jackson)

“The Blood Beyond” by Skeletons in the Piano (Our 2012 Band of the Year – from their latest album, Please Don’t Die)

“Leave it All” by Telepathic Teddy Bear (from his latest – Reactions)

Next up was another track from Chris Schlarb’s Psychic Temple album.  Coming in at 9 minutes plus – we let this song transition us into the Shuffle proper….

“Dream State > Police State” by Chris Schlarb from Psychic Temple (2010)

Psychic Temple features a stunning array of players: (via the Noisetrade page): It would not be an exaggeration to boast that Psychic Temple contains performances from some of today’s finest musicians including Mick Rossi of the Philip Glass Ensemble, legendary Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, vocalists Julianna Barwick, DM Stith, Joel St. Julien (of ELLUL), Aaron Roche, trumpeter Kris Tiner, Brian Blade Fellowship pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley, Weird Weeds percussionist Nick Hennies, guitarist Danny Miller and drummer Tabor Allen (of Rare Grooves and The Widow Babies), bassists Steuart Liebig, C.J. Boyd and Anthony Shadduck, and Danny T. Levin and David Moyer on horns.
And they had me at Mike Watt…
“Shock the Monkey” (Peter Gabriel cover) by Don Ho from When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You’d Hear (2002)
I’m not much I can say about legendary Hawaiian singer, the late Don Ho – covering Peter Gabriel’s 1982 hit song from his fourth album. Except, I will say, I kind of liked it.
“East Virginia” by Damian Jurado from Gathered in Song (2006/2007)
I make no secret of the fact that I am a big Damien Jurado fan.  I actually first came across his music by accident – in a way. This song is gorgeous and subtle and well… just great.
“Cryin’ Like A Fool” by Jerry McCain from Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball (1997)

We close out with a track from early rock/blue legend Jerry McCain – he’s cryin’ like a fool… no really!