Music on my Mind – maybe a #tbt post????

The other day, I posted a rag tag collection of music called Fine, Fine Music.  I kind of liked that so I decided to do it again. Song sometimes enter my head – either through hearing an old song on the radio, reading a mention, or just a random, unexplained earworm.  Over the past few days, I have been collecting some of these as they pass through, and I created the video playlist which will be posted below.

I was going to just post without comment, but well, you know me (or you don’t…) so… just quick, self-indulgent observations:

1.  “Boys Don’t Cry” by The Cure (I’ve had a thing for this song for a long time. I am a fan of The Cure (mostly early period stuff), and this song in particular has always spoken to me.

SXSW 2014 Lou Reed Tribute:  My close personal Facebook friend, Richard Barone and Alejandro Escovedo put together a Lou Reed Tribute show at SXSW which was not only truly epic, but which also highlighted the width and depth and breadth of the man’s music. Video’s from that show have begun to surface so us schleps who couldn’t be there can witness the glory.  I posted three here,

2.  “White Light White Heat” by the forementioned Mr. Barone and Mr. Escovedo and featuring their legendary house band which included Lenny Kaye, Clem Burke, and others.

3. “Satellite of Love” by Spandau Ballet (always one of my favorite Lou Reed songs  – I even wrote a short story borrowing the title. Again demonstrating the impact…. I started trying to imagine what music today would be like if The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed had never existed… truth is, I couldn’t even imagine – or don’t want to… Spandau Ballet sound great, too.)

4. “Run, Run, Run” by The Black Lips (another favorite song of mine.  Great band and a great cover).

end of Lou Reed tribute videos

5. “Poolside” by Webb Wilder (so I’ve been seeing Webb Wilder posting on Facebook quite a bit recently.  Which made me think back to the days when the Webb Wilder credo was plastered across my back on a regular basis.)




6. “Hopeful” by Spencer Livingston (Spencer Livingston is in a group called The Alternates which was one of the first bands featured on E2TG. He put out a solo record last year, and I wanted to add one of his songs which shows off his incredible voice and great songwriting.)

7.  “Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?” by The Alarm (I’m not sure what brought this to my mind. I was a big Alarm fan back in the day.  I don’t know how many times I listened to the whole Declaration album. Urgent, passionate, and ooh that hair!)

8.  “Gloria” by U2 (believe it or not, but I was kind of a late bloomer when it came to music.  Some friends were talking about U2 all the time, and I didn’t know anything about them.  Then I saw this video, and I was hooked.)

9.  “One Time, One Night” by Los Lobos (always dug this song)

10. “The Conductor Wore Black” by Rank and File (Alejandro Escovedo was in this band along with the Kinman brothers. This was the part of the “movement” from punk to alt-country. Somebody called it cowpunk, but I never did.)

11. “Just Friends” by Beat Rodeo (I was introduced to quite a bit of music – including Beat Rodeo featuring my close personal Facebook friend Steve Almaas –   thanks to IRS Records Presents The Cutting Edge on MTV – when the M stood for music.)

12. “How to Rob a Bank” by Those Mockingbirds (Those Mockingbirds were the band that first got me connected to some of the great music being made in the New Jersey and New York areas these days.  They’ve gotten some good responses to this video, and I want them to get more – so check it out!)

13. “Watusi Rodeo” by Guadalcanal Diary (Another band I originally “discovered” on MTV back in the day.  A became a big fan and got to see them live a couple of times.)

14. “Fade Away” by Bodeans (I don’t know how many times I saw Bodeans live back in those heady days of youth.  The vocals and sound always blew me away.  Someone had posted about the Robbie Robertson album and I remember Sammy’s contribution to the song “Somewhere Down the Crazy River”)

15. “Jesus Everyday” by Treat Her Right (The late Mark Sandman was in this band before he was in Morphine.  I got to see them live.  This song is one my favorites.)

16. “Dead Letters” by Sealight (Originally when I started writing Ear to the Ground, I decided I wasn’t going to “review” albums. I would feature music, comment on it, but for some reason I didn’t think I could write a decent review.  I guess I thought there was a magic key that I didn’t possess. Then, Sealight went and mailed me a copy of their then new CD from France… this was the very first CD I got as a blogger, and I felt I “owed” them a review.  I ended up writing about this incredibly moving and atmospheric album – just writing my feelings and observations as I listened. I don’t know if it was a “real” review or if any of the “reviews” I’ve written sense possess  that elusive magic review key, but the fact was that the music inspired me, and so review or not, I felt what I wrote was real and true.)

17.  “Appetite” by The Grimm Generation (Another E2TG favorite – and a new song. When I interviewed this band I understood that we had very similar musical tastes and came from the same time in music, and it all made sense why I connected so much with their music. That and the fact that they are freakin’ brilliant!)

18.  “Get Into My Car” (Billy Ocean cover) by GWAR (RIP Dave Brockie.  GWAR made music for a long time and were so over the top and wild and crazy… I don’t know who else would mash-up this Billy Ocean song with  (NO SPOILER) the way they did here.)

19.  “Election Year Blues” by Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (in anticipation of this past Tuesday’s show here in Nashville, I watched this video from the last time they were here. They did this song again and if anything it sounded better)

20.  acoustic blowout – The Minutemen  (Punk rock changed by life.  I was remembering an acoustic performance from The Cutting Edge, but I found this instead.  D. Boon has been gone almost thirty years, but his legacy lives on.  The Minutemen changed my life)

21. “Ghosts” by The Jam (This is one of favorite songs of all time…. it got into my head yesterday, so I added it to this playlist.)


 

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Scary (Good) Mix

Happy Halloween!

First off – we have a treat!  How about the brand new video of a song we presented a week or so ago.  Our friends Those Mockingbirds released the song “How to Rob a Bank” back on the 22nd of October.  Now they have an instructional video.  An Official Video anyway… Here it is!



I never quite have it together enough for a holiday-themed shuffle… but today, the Randomizer came up with alien arachnids, electrical discharges, monks, extinct birds, and puppets.  Which can create some pretty frightening images if you use your imagination.

Jump to see what I am rattling on about… if you dare… bwahahahahaha!

“Ziggy Stardust” (Original – Bonus track on the 1990 CD Release) by David Bowie ( from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – stripped down and just plain awesome… with God-given ass…)

“Make it Together” by Beachwood Sparks (from Paste Fall Pre(View) 2013 (from Desert Skies. This song was the b-side of the L.A. Americana bands’ first single from 1998 – Desert Skies.  The long shelved debut album – also called Desert Skies is going to be released later in the forthcoming month.  We have a link in our web-store if you are interest. I really dig Beachwood Sparks even if I am late to their parade.)

“Afraid to Die” by Monks of Mellonwah (from Afraid to Die.  The band is releasing their new album in three parts.  We featured the first part – Ghost Stories over the summer, and Afraid to Die- the second part was released at the beginning of this month.  This is the title track.  Really like the Monks of Mellonwah)

“Confidence” by The Dodos (from Carrier. A San Francisco indie band.  The album Carrier was released back in August.)

“The Greatest Lie Ever Told” by Puppet Rebellion (from Chemical Friends EP. Puppet Rebellion are a band. They are from Manchester. England – not the Tennessee town where Bonaroo is held. They formed in 2013 – which is this year. Chemical Friends is their first release – a three song EP. “The Greatest Lie Ever Told” is one of those three songs.  It fairly awesomely rocks.  I came to their music via a Twitter Follow – near as I remember.  Check them out.)

 
 
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Blue Line Mix



Some how the release of the new Those Mockingbirds single – “How to Rob a Bank” got past me.  The single is out and it rocks every bit as hard as one would expect from Those Mockingbirds. If you don’t know what to expect from Those Mockingbirds, expect THE ROCK.  Seriously. But, now that the song is out there is no need to take my word for it.  Unless you need the validation of a high profile taste-maker – in which case, you have come to the right place. 😉 
 
Give it a listen:
 
 
 
Here is a live performance captured on video
 
 
 
Now, we have a cool shuffle – so let’s get to it!
 
After the break

 
“My Blood Ain’t Runnin’ Right” by Black Joe Lewis  (from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Sessions. A track from his album Electric Slave. Black Joe Lewis is the real deal.  Austin, Texas)
 
“Stockholm” by Jason Isbell (from Southeastern. Yes, yes, and yes. Nashville is proud to a share Mr. Isbell with Muscle Shoals, Alabama.)
 
“Blue Line” by Let’s Active (from Cypress.  A true classic from this underrated and under-appreciated band led by the awesome Mitch Easter. Look for a youthful, Tim Lee of Tim Lee Three in the accompanying video – in the playlist down below – which was taken from an episode of the old MTV show IRS Records Presents The Cutting Edge – a show which was highly influential to the impressionable youth who used to be me.  Winston-Salem, NC)
 
“Wasted and Rollin'” by Amanda Shires (from Down Fell the Doves. Mrs. Jason Isbell – or is it vice-versa?  Nashville is very proud to claim her.  Talk about a Nashville power couple! Whoseit and Whatsit on ABC’s Nashville have nothing on these two.  Nashville, TN)
 
“You Will Be Here, Mine” by Will Johnson (from Scorpion. Since finally catching on to the awesome band Centro-Matic which Will Johnson leads, I’ve had to take crash course in his impressive credentials and music. Scorpion was released in 2012.  Coming soon to a Living Room near you – included one in Nashville on November 4. Austin, Texas)
 
A cool mix of music – coincidentally all from the South – if Texas is considered the South)
 
 
 
Watch the Playlist of the Day
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Bank Robbery Mix



So – I just received word that Those Mockingbirds will be releasing the first official single from their highly anticipated new album on October 22.  It’s called “How to Rob a Bank” and we have the cover artwork post above. The cover art was hand-drawn by Bella Agnello who happens to be the 7 year old daughter of legendary producer John Agnello who was worked with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile and more.  I would hit up Those Mockingbirds on FACEBOOK so you don’t miss out.

What some of you may not realize, is that I give a ton of credit to Those Mockingbirds for the success of Ear to the Ground.  Here’s why.  I started Ear to the Ground in May 2011 without a clue or a direction.  Over the course of the remainder of that year, I began to find my voice. Late in the year, I came across Those Mockingbirds via a Twitter follow (I think and choose to believe). I quickly became enamored with their melodic hard alt rock sound. I named them my Band of the Week.

Shortly after that, I received a contact from Don Ryan who was and I suppose still is friends with the band, his video This Town still ranks among my all time favorites. Around this time, I met venerable NJ music blogger and raconteur Popa Tunes who turned me on to Dead Exs, The End Men and so many more.  Through The End Men, I met Gypsy West and Chris Peck’s band The Disappointment. Through Don Ryan, I met The Danbury Lie. Somehow, in all that, I met Skeletons in the Piano who ended up being our Band of the Year for 2012…  And in all that, I became the number one ranked Tennessee Based Music Blogger Who Mostly Blogs About Bands from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut  (an albeit lightly populated category).  Of course, I’ve diversified since them, and I’ve even been known to write about Nashville and Tennessee  bands on occasion.

My point being, Those Mockingbirds play a vital role in shaping this blog which all of you have come to know and love.  By the way, the mockingbird is the State Bird of Tennessee. Coincidence? You be the judge.

Ahem…. now that I’ve made this post all about me, I will turn it around and implore you to grab the new Those Mockingbird single on October 22 and keep your ear to the ground for impending details on the full album.

Today’s shuffle is after the JUMP

Due to technical difficulties, we have a short but sweet shuffle today.  A quirky, odd little mix filled with some really good music.

“Fingerprint Armada” by Liquid Casing (High concept, progressive Hard Rock from these Texas veterans from their album A Separate/Divide)

“Shenandoah” by Tom Waits and Keith Richards (I feel like there is not much I can add to Tom Waits + Keith Richards doing “Shenandoah”.)

“My Coming Son” and “April” by prattle on, rick. (We close this short set of music with two in a row from Nashville’s prattle on, rick. “My Coming Son” is a touching number off the Some Quiet Majesty album which was recently released. “April” is another “month” song from the album A Decade Begins”)

 
 
Here is today’s short Video Playlist
 


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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Wind Blown Mix

By the way, it’s not windy here today – just a random bit of words floating through my brain.

It looks like our friends, Those Mockingbirds ended the contest in 1st place!  As I  understand it, the final decision is now in the hands of the movie’s producers. I still don’t understand completely what happens now, but when I know you will know.

Let’s go… it’s Friday before a long holiday weekend here in the States, and I am expecting readership to drop significantly today because everyone is getting a jump start on their holiday plans. In any event, I’ve been focusing exclusively on the May 2012 playlist this week, but to wrap up the week, I thought I would go to one of our randomly selected playlists.

NUMBER ONE

We begin with a track off legendary British band, The Psychedelic Furs’ self-titled debut album. Susan’s Strange is classic Furs music, but did you know this song was not on the original UK release of  the album?

 
NUMBER TWO
Next up with a cover song.  Long-lived California band, Social Distortion have recently done some arena dates opening for The Avett Brothers, which at first glance seemed like an odd combination, but Mike Ness and company have a long-held affinity for classic county music.  They covered June Carter Cash’s Ring of Fire on their self-titled Epic records debut, and here we have a song off their second Epic release, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, this one is a cover of a song which topped the Country charts in 1955 for Ms. Kitty Wells. Making Believe was written by Jimmy Work.

 
NUMBER THREE
Finally, we have a track from one of our 2011 Band’s of the Week.  The Hunting Accident are an Indie Rock band  based in Los Angeles.  The band is made up of former members of the bands Piebald and Arlo.  The song Aubergine is available now via Soundcloud using the widget below, and will be included on  Trees and Parks, a 10″ which will be released in July.

Here is an Amazon link to an earlier EP by the band
 
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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Get Ready Mix

Ahhhh….. Well, well, well… here we are again.  I will SPAM you one more time to ask you to please go to the Red Bull Soundstage site to vote for our friends Those Mockingbirds.  The contest ends at 11:59:59 tonight (Eastern Time I think), and you can vote once a day, so even if you voted yesterday, you can still vote again.  Those Mockingbirds are hanging on in first place, but they need all the support they can get to hold off a late surge from that other so called band.   Here is the link.

 To the list…

Robin Gibb past away last week, and most of the posts I’ve seen referenced the band’s Saturday Night Fever era music. Many people, however, didn’t know that the brothers began performing together way back in 1958.  In their early days, they were primary a pop/folk act, and Robin’s vibrato voice was featured on many of their songs including our first track – I Don’t Think It’s Funny was on the band’s debut album, The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs which was released only in Australia.  

 
Next  – no really, the next song is called Next it is another track from The End is Now by L.A. Symphony.  Check it out…
 
Finally, we continue to dig into The Ghost of John Henry by recent Sci-Fi Romance.  Steam Drill Blues  is about as gritty as it gets.  As the story moves forward, we find our hero, who represents mankind, facing the challenge of competing with machine in order to maintain his livelihood. We feel the pain and determination through the lyrics and the musical tapestry which weaves the simple with the complex, the quiet with the noisy. And we pull for John Henry even knowing how it all ends…
  
 Here is another track from the album…
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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Robocop on Unicorn Mix

The picture above is Robocop riding a unicorn.  This is the ultimate in coolness. Robodrum is a band that is neck and neck with our friends Those Mockingbirds in the Red Bull Soundstage contest. Robodrum is not cool. If TMB were going against Robocop riding a Unicorn, I would be torn… naw, I would vote for Robocop – sorry Adam… Fortunately, Those Mockingbirds are up against Robodrum, so it is a no brainer.  Just hit the link, you can sign up with Facebook and vote for Those Mockingbirds today and tomorrow. If they win this contest, the band will have a song in a movie and win an appearance on the Letterman show where they will give a shout-out to Ear to the Ground…;-) jk…maybe…no really…

Anyway, now that you’ve voted and told all your friends to vote for Those Mockingbirds, it is time to get to today’s shuffle:

Wolf & Cub are a band from Adelaide, Australia. They play a funky brand of psychedelic alt-rock. Got Nothing Coming is part of a new Double A-side single which the band is currently offering for a free download over at Bandcamp.  Check it out and then check out their back catalog.

Next up, is a song about the sometimes artsy, sometimes gritty part of town across the Cumberland River. East Nashville Skyline is not on the album of the same name by Todd Snider, but it does appear on a Rarities disk and on the live double CD we have today which is called Todd Snider Live – The Storyteller. It’s a nifty ditty which name-drops late lamented icons like The Slow Bar and Radio Cafe as well as The Phoenix a cool radio station from back in the day.

 
Next up – Zero Dark Thirty is a recent track by the always amazing Aesop Rock.  It is the first track off the forthcoming Skelethon album.  

And finally, as the shuffle fates would have it, we have our good friends Taco Land  again with another track off their fine, fine Heart of Texas album.  This one is called Gimmie The Sky
 
 Here is another Taco Land video….
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