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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Saturday Shuffle – Getting Stuff Done Mix

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Hey, I needed to get some “stuff done” today, and I decided to shuffle some music while I got the “stuff done”.  So, welcome to a rare Saturday shuffle.  Limited descriptions  – just a ton of cool tunes.

As I mentioned yesterday, E2TG’s reigning Artist of the Year was selected by Nashville’s Lightning 100 to be their Artist of the Week.  As part of that, he played a free show yesterday evening at Soulshine Pizza, and he played one of the best shows I have ever seen him put on. I could not have been more proud.

“Bluebird” by Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies

The title track… one of the best songwriters I know!

“Bright Dreams, Lonely Days” by Sara Syms

“Earie” Award winner from Way Back Home

“The Pilgram  (Chapter 33) by Paul Burch

From Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down – a tribute to Kris Kristofferson. Burch is doing a residency at The 5 Spot in February. 

“Oh, The Places” by Fendrick and Peck

From Lucky Penny

“Dying Oceans, Poisoned Seas and You” by Bashful Hips

From Too Old for a Coming of Age Story

“The Marriage of Coyote Woman” by All Them Witches

From Lightning at the Door

“Way Back Home” by Sara Syms

The title track…

“Mountain” by All Them Witches

Another from Lightning at the Door

“I Love My Dad” by Sun Kil Moon

From Benji

“All Across the World” by Dan Coyle

From Random Thoughts and Incomplete Sentences

“University Blvd.” by Los Straitjackets

The seminal modern day surf rock band!

“For the Swans” by Bosveld

Another from Velbrand

“Backstreets” by Bruce Springsteen

From Born to Run

“Hang Me in the Tulsa County Stars” by John Moreland

From High on Tulsa Heat – one of the best of 2015.

“My Mother’s Son” by All the King’s Men

From the EP Making My Escape

“Old England” by The Waterboys

From This is the Sea

“Honky Tonk Moan” by Cale Tyson

From Introducing Cale Tyson

“Eunice Two Step” by Beausoliel

Some sweet Cajun music – this is from the World Cafe Sessions

“I Don’t Think They Understand” by Tom Schreck

A favorite of mine.  From The Added Glory EP (aka Added Glory) (not aka The Added Glory – EP)

“Coming Soon” by Brian Keenan

From Fits and Starts

“Problems of an Atheist” by Bashful Hips

Another from Too Old for a Coming of Age Story.  Atheists have problems, too.

“Only the Sad Songs” by Brandy Zdan

From her self-titled album


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Featured Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Talk, Talk, Talk Mix

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Well, it is time for the last shuffle before the long Thanksgiving weekend.  I hope if you are travelling that you have safe travels, I hope you find a place of gratitude, I hope you remember those for whom the holidays are a painful or difficult time.  I hope you do all the things you want to do.  For my Canadian friends, you can like, #tbt tomorrow to Canadian Thanksgiving or whatever…

We have one more awesome featured music shuffle to see this work week off in style.

“Shut Up and Kiss Me” by Tim Lee 3

Long time friends of Ear to the Ground kick things off with a track from their album 331/3 which was a celebration of the vinyl anniversary of Tim and Susan Bauer Lee. Sometimes words just get in the way….

“Just Try Me Out” (Home Recording) by Tom Schreck

Nashville Outside, Tom Schreck released Added Glory, an EP companion to his two full length records, Outsider and Save Your Glory.  The latter of those two records has a turkey on the cover, so maybe this holiday weekend would be a good time to get hold of all of Tom’s albums so you can join me in being grateful for such an amazing songwriter.

“Waitressing Sucks” by Jon Latham

Why bother with subtlety? This straightforwardly titled song, delivers some gut wrenching emotional power. From Real Bad News which is rightfully getting a lot of attention these days.  Once you are recovered from the holidays, Jon Latham will be opening for the legendary songwriter Malcolm Holcomb at The Basement on December 4.  Doors at 7:00p.m.  You do not want to miss that show!  As a Thanksgiving bonus, we present, a brand new Jon Latham video of a song he co-wrote with Darrin Bradbury called, “Kimberly Met Billy” which the good folks at Flour Sack Cape released this week.  Enjoy.

 
 
 

“Night Sounds” by Brian Keenan

This is the first Ear to the Ground appearance by Brooklyn songwriter Brian Keenan.  He just released what I believe is his second album called Fits and Starts.  This was my first listen – more ahead. Dig it!

“Paper People” by The Foresters

Sun Songs, the latest album by Connecticut band, The Foresters, is a bold step forward.  The band of brothers began making music after their father took them to a Green Day show a few years ago.  While their early music, showed a definite influence of the pop-punk leanings of that band (which was all well and good), the band has matured and broadened their sound over the last couple of years, and Sun Songs represents a plateau of sorts for this particular stage of the journey.  The maturity also highlights the fact that although the band members are still quite young, they are ready to be judged solely on their merits not as a “good band of young kids” but just as a “good band”.   Sun Songs is one of my favorite albums of the year.

“My Mind” by Dan Coyle

Another great track from Dan Coyle 2009 album Random Thoughts and Incomplete Sentences. This is on the featured music playlist for a couple of reasons: 1. it is new to me and 2. It’s my playlist and I can put what I want on it.   Oh and 3. It’s a great album.

“Second Sight (for Shlomo)” by Bosveld

Velbrand is the debut album by the Canadian band Bosveld which includes among it’s members Velodrones who has been featured on this sight before.  This is envelope pushing folk music. I was first introduced to Velodrones  through Valued Customer.  Like that band, Bosveld manage to make experimental music accessible without compromising on the originality.  It is not an easy feat.  Bosveld have been known to go on bike tours around Canada.  This album was recently featuring on CBC. 

“Ain’t Dead Yet” by Nellie Clay

Nellie Clay is a relatively new Nashville songwriter from Oklahoma by way of Alaska.  I have been fortunate enough to see her live a number of times over the last month or so – including last Friday when she opened for Will Kimbrough’s CD Release show.  She just released, Never Did What I Should Have Done.  It has rapidly become a favorite of mine.

“Crocodile Tears” by Dale Watson

We close out the shuffle with another song from Dale Watson’s Call me Insane album. Watson has a distinctive outlaw country voice, and through his work with the Ameripolitan Music movement, Watson is dedicated to making authentic American music for the 21st Century.

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Featured Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – At the Crack of Noon Mix

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Rolling on toward Thanksgiving.   Keep an eye out for the 1st Annual E2TG Awards – 2015 – which I calling “The Earies”. (Tagline: “The Earies, it sounds strange but it’s really not”). 

About “The Earies”:  I will begin announcing the awards around the first of December and continue on and off throughout the month.  There will not be nominees – because no matter how much people say that it was an honor to be nominated… well, you know.  Also, we will have recipients and not “winners”.  This is for two reasons, 1. Calling someone a winner may imply that others are “losers”.  2. The recipients may think there is some sort of cash reward, which there is not.  Nor are there actual awards.  It is an honorary honor.

The awards will culminate with the naming of the 5th Annual Ear to the Ground Artist of the Year.

There will not be fan voting, sorry.  Although we had fun in 2011 and 2012 running Readers Polls, I decided at the end of 2012 to suspend the practice. 

Bribes will be accepted and the awards will probably go to the highest bidder. 

Anyone caught taking the awards too seriously, will be severely teased.

All the awards are not all that serious, what I am serious about is taking another opportunity to recognize some of the great music that came my way in 2015.

In other news, after Thanksgiving, pending my getting in a bunch of seasonal music, I am thinking of having a once-a-week shuffle from a playlist filled with such songs. I am debating what to call the playlist.  Christmas is too specific as their may be songs that have nothing to do with Christ’s birth.  Holiday Playlist will probably piss off people – since apparently Holiday is a nasty word or something.  I may just call it the Red Cup Playlist.  We shall see.

We have another featured music shuffle today – featuring some favorites (old and new) and some artists hitting the shuffle for the first time.

“Coolin’ Out” by Rich Robbins (prod. OnGaud)

One my favorite young hip hop artists is back with another track from his Nimbus debut album.  For the video – I reached back to Rich Robbins’ first mixtape and the track, “Suburban Trap Rat”.  This was a nice groovy tune to ease me into the morning drive.

“Where the River Bends” by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions

The new album is called The Far End of the World – it is one of my favorite albums of 2015.

“Lucinda’s Room” by Aaron Lee Tasjan

It is no mean trick for an album to be both highly anticipated and a pleasant surprise, but that is what Aaron Lee Tasjan has done with In the Blazes. The album contains some of Tasjan’s best songs and the record sounds amazing.  ALT is already starting to appear on some “best of” lists.  Expect more.  Maybe he will even will an “Earie” award….

“Home You Built” by Ali Holder

Careful, #E2TG readers will remember this Austin singer/songwriter from the tracks we posted of her with Raindogg.  Holder has a new album called, From My Veins Will Fall.  I am really digging this album. This is the first song to appear in a shuffle. More to come.

“I’ve Got a Feeling” by Eight O’Five Jive

Award winning, Nashville Jump Blues band, Eight O’Five Jive return to the shuffle with another track from their excellent, “Too Many Men” album.  Expect to hear more about this album as The Earies progress.

“Oppenheimer’s Sister” by Zaibatsu

So called Pregressive (sic) Rock from Italy.  Zaibatsu have a new album called Zero, and this is our first listen to that album. More to come.  

“The Actress Pt. II” by Calming River

The opening track from The Ones That We Left Behind  EP by the Danish singer-songwriter who records and performs as Calming River. This is our first listen to this record, and I like what I hear so far.

“No Change There” by Katie Mac

Our second listen to Liverpool singer-songwriter Katie Mac.  I did not find a video for this song, but Katie Mac did recently upload a video for another song.

“Cia” (Reprise) by Tom Schreck

And, we close out the shuffle with the reprise of a song we featured a week or so ago. From the Added Glory EP.  Tom Schreck is a Nashville singer-songwriter that you should get to know.

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Featured Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Old Soul Mix

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The end of the work week is at hand.  Sunny skies and cooler temperatures are not a bad thing for mid-November. 

We have a short but diverse collection of songs to round out the week – it ends with a five song run of awesome Nashville music.

“Raspberry Moon” by The Jackals

Before we get to the Nashville artists, we go international for a bit.  Here is another awesome track from the album People by the Edinburgh band, The Jackals.

“Harperia” (8-bit) by vod

We next touch down in Canada for this interesting, experimental track from vod from Saint-Bruno-Lac-Saint-Jean.  This song, which was released just ahead of the recent Canadian elections which saw the defeat of conservative Stephen Harper for which this song is named.  This track came to my attention via the participation of Gabriel Lucas Gitin Riccio who you probably remember from The Gabriel Construct.  I featured their album Interior City pretty extensively a couple of years ago. (An aside: Gabriel Construct recently played their first ever live show – which if you member the complexity of the music, you will realize was a remarkable achievement).  Gabriel provided the vocals for the main “Harperia” track which we will get to soon enough.  This is a cool, lo-fi electronica instrumental version of the track.

“Soul Thang” by Daphne Willis

We finally get back to Nashville to catch up with Daphne Willis.  I first met and heard Daphne earlier this year down in Safety Harbor, Florida at the annual Safety Harbor Song Fest.  This is a track from her brand new EP, Get It, which was released one week ago today.  I attended the soft release show a few days prior to release – at the Basement East – where I caught up with another Nashville writer who I met at Safety Harbor. Chris Gelbuda co-produced this EP.  Daphne Willis plays high-energy and fun, Pop music. Get It – as I said – is out now… so do what the title says.

“Old” by Reckless Johnny Wales

I have to say, with one of those birthday’s with a zero coming up in about two months, the concept of aging has been on my mind. With age comes experience and some change of perspective.  Reckless Johnny may call himself old, but he is definitely not “in the way”.  His album, American Heart, is looking to get an official release early next year.  I was lucky enough to hear some of his interesting stories from a fascinating life.  I hope to have the chance to hear more soon.

“CIA” (Home Recording, 2014) by Tom Schreck

“I Never Sang for No One But Myself” (Live 2014-02-24 At BLDG Nashville) by Tom Schreck

So thrilled to have two songs in a row from Nashville Outsider Tom Schreck from his new EP, Added Glory. The EP is meant to be a companion piece to his previous releases, Outsider (2009) and Save Your Glory (2014).  The first track is a home recording of a song on which Schreck blows his cover.  The second is a rocking version of a song that was originally on Outsider.  It was recorder at BLDG with Schreck band, Tom Schreck Escapes.  Tom is one of my favorite writers in town, and I highly recommend that you check him out if you have not. 

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We close things out with another Nashville songwriter.  Jeremy Nash recently returned to town.  He has a brand new record called Getaway Driver which I am really enjoying.  This is a track from that record.  The album has a gorgeous cover – by the way.  I got to see Jeremy play some songs solo at Bobby’s Idle Hour a couple of weeks ago, and that is where I got my grubby little hands on this record.  Highly recommended.

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Featured Friday Music Shuffle – Laser Moonbeams Mix

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So, last night was week 4 out of 5 of the Campfire Propaganda residency at The 5 Spot.  Megan Palmer and Brian Wright were away, but great performances by guests Russell Thompson and Emma Berkey plus  Darrin Bradbury, Nellie Clay, and Tim Easton.  Love this town.  Next week, Nellie Clay will be having her album release show – same time and place. 

“Rise” (Radio Edit) by The Christians

We start things off with a brand new single from a British soul/pop band who had a string of hit songs in the late 80s and early 90s.  The band have a new album called We.  This single “Rise” can be had on iTunes with proceeds going to Syrian Refugee relief. 

“Nothing Ever Lasts That  Long” by The British IBM

We stay on the other side of the Atlantic with a song from a young Cambridge band who have a great indie/pop sound that I really dig.  Catchy songs. I dig.

“The Frame” by Jon Latham

Last week at this time, Jon Latham was launching his new album Real Bad News.  If you have not done so, go get you a copy.  “The Frame” delivers a heart-breaking sad song with a side of well-written photography metaphors.

“Sea Glass” by Susan James

The title track from Susan James’ latest album.  Definitely one of my favorites of 2015.

“Hymn (Highland Version)” by Tom Schreck

Tom Schreck has just released an EP called The Added Glory which serves as a companion piece to his two full-length albums, Outsider (2009) and Save Your Glory (2014).  Here we have a stripped-down version of one of Schreck’s signature songs.  A fully orchestrated version of the song appeared on Save Your Glory.  This version features Tom Schreck on vocals, pennywhistle, and keyboard.  I got to hear him do this song this past Monday at The Building – just him and his pennywhistle. Sublime. Get the EP at the usual on-line sources or come out to The Building this coming Monday and hear Tom and pick up a CD.

“Have Mercy Baby” by Eight O’Five Jive

Award-winning Nashville jump and jivers, Eight O’Five Jive are back in the shuffle – shaking things up with their swinging sounds.

 

“Sky” by Silverbird

Silverbird just recently released their full-length debut, called Pureland. Founder Tim Barr previously was part of Lana Del Rey’s band.  Silverbird has a wonderfully textured and rich sound.

“Lost at Sea” by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions

Philadelphia band Brian Carpenter and the Confessions released their album, The Far End of the World was released at the beginning of this month.  Cited influences include filmmakers David Lynch, Wim Wenders, and Cormac McCarthy, and I can get behind that.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Put the Blame on VTR Mix

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Songs of the Road is a pretty awesome concept – take a songwriter on a relatively short road trip, have them write a song along the way, and then record the song and play it live that same day.  SongCraft Presents and Acoustic Café have teamed up with Ford Motor Company to make this happen.  I had the great pleasure of premiering the latest session on No Depression this morning.  I really hope you will check it out.  HERE.  Ear to the Ground readers may recognize SongCraft Present’s Ben Arthur – who works with the featured songwriters.  Ben’s own music has been featured here several times.  Matthew Hendershot of our very good friends, The End Men also works on the video side of the project. 

Today’s shuffle is a real mixed bag…  so let’s get to it….

“Spider Queen Take 2” by The Hidden Agendas

Okay I don’t know if Take 2 is part of the title or just how the file was labeled. I think the important thing here is the Spider Queen part. The Hidden Agendas are a Pennsylvania Rock and Roll band who made through the disorganized mess that is my E-Mail.  I really like this and can’t wait to here more.  The video we found is a performance by the band doing a Lady Gaga cover.

“Skip the Line” by Sugar and the Hi Lows

Sugar and the Hi Lows are a band we featured on Ear to the Ground a few years ago. They are a duo made up of Amy Stroup and Trent Dabbs – long time Nashville artists who were part of Ten out of Tenn collective. Their latest album High Roller was released back in June, and around that time, Noisetrade released a bunch of older music including this song from the band’s 2012 self-titled album.

“Sound of Erasing” by Rubblebucket

From the album Survival Sounds which was released back in May.  Rubblebucket keep showing up on multi-artist compilations that Noisetrade puts outs. I think this one came from a compilation for the Hangout Music Fest, but don’t quote me on that.  They are from Brooklyn, and I dig what they are doing.

“If You Want Love” by Christopher Aaron Slade

Another that came to me via e-mail.  We are been featuring Christopher Aaron Slade for several months.  It is gloriously fun music.  Trivia:  When I was saving the MP3s to my computer, I accidently typed Christopher Allen Slade.  So, every time a song comes up, I have to mentally correct it before I write the blog post.  And yes, I know I could just correct the file, but I am too damn lazy for that.

“Tonight I Feel Like Crying” by Tom Schreck

A day with a Tom Schreck song is a good day.  This is one of my favorites of his.  I have a lot of favorites of his but out of all of those favorites this is definitely one.  By the way, we’ve included Schreck’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” just because we have not posted that video in a while.

“Video Killed the Radio Star” by Ben Folds Five

Nashville’s Ben Folds Five with their cover of The Buggles hit song.  The Buggles original was the very first music video played on MTV.  Does anyone know what the last music video played on MTV was?

“No Hidin’ Place” by Cool John Ferguson

Another from the Music Makers Relief Foundation.  Cool John Ferguson is a self-taught guitar player, who learned to play the guitar upside down.  Nobody told him it was upside down, and by the time he found out, he was too good to change.

“You Don’t Care For Me Enough to Cry” by John Moreland

One of the most devastating songs on John Moreland’s incredible and devastating album High On Tulsa Heat.  I have had the great fortune of seeing him live a number of times this year, and he never fails to silence and audience and bring grown people to tears.   The video we have is from his April performance on the stage of Music City Roots.  If you watch the video, at the 2:22 mark you will see two of Music City’s blogging elite enraptured by his music.  (Chase from Too Much Country and Joe from Ear to the Ground).

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