Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Roadrunner Mix

I want to take a minute to send my love to the City of Boston. As well as to send my love to all victims of violence everywhere. Unfortunately, the capacity of human beings to inflict pain, death and destruction on our fellows is not new. I do think the best response when things like this occur is for each of us to work toward making small movements away from fear and anger and toward love.

Today’s subtitle is a reference to one of Boston’s many great musical exports.

Music heals, so let’s dive in…

First up, with a h/t to The End Men, we discovered that Ear to the Ground has and has had a theme song.

Today in the pre-shuffle, we heard another great song from R.E.M.’s Document album which has been in the shuffle, since we found a copy at our local Goodwill (on Half-Price Saturday)!
We also heard two more songs from The Essential George Gershwin which we picked up on that same shopping excursion.  This time, a couple of classics performed by Tony Bennett and Ethel Waters respectively. 
Throw in another track from the awesome new The Imperial Rooster record which they are giving away on Bandcamp. (Throw them some seed if you are able).

We also heard a track from the Skeletons in the Piano album, Please Don’t Die which we reviewed last week.

We close out the pre-shuffle with a song by a band from South Alabama called The Bear which we dig a whole bunch.

Now for the Shuffle – after the JUMP

  •  “Funky Home” by The Harmonica Lewinskies from Salad Days (2013)
New York band The Harmonica Lewinskies are working on a new album.  In the meantime, they are offering a 3 song EP for “Name Your Price”.  “Funky Home” lives up to its name. An awesome way to start this morning’s walk.
  • “Inside” by Sand Rubies (aka The Sidewinders) from Cuacha (1988)

In the just world, The Sidewinders would be a household name.  Bursting out of then still untapped Tucson scene, the band made some great music and was in the process of creating some positive buzz when trouble began.  The band was successfully sued by a COVER BAND called Sidewinder and were forced the change their name to Sand Rubies. Still making great music, but having lost a couple of members and a great deal of momentum, the band were off and on for a better part of a decade have reunited several times since.  Cuacha was the debut album by The Sidewinders and was later re-released under the Sand Rubies name.  Take a listen to hear what you and much of the world missed the first time around.

  •  “Asa” by Denison Witmer from Denison Witmer (2013)

Philly singer-songwriter Denison Witmer releases his debut record at the end of this month.  The album features William Fitzsimmons and Sufjan Stevens.  I have to say as I was walking into the office, I was almost smiling out loud at the great music coming my way which I new I was going to be able to send your way.

  • “Last Day” by The Danbury Lie  from ? (2013)
Our friends, The Danbury Lie jump back into the shuffle with another great track from their new release which is either untitled or called ? – I’m not sure which. Whatever you call it, it’s a great record from a consistently hard rocking indie band.


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – As You Were (We Are) Mix

Calm before storms – morning routine – saying things and writing words and hoping it all doesn’t get away.  We are lovers in dangerous times… for what it’s worth… I can’t get no satisfaction but I if I try sometimes I just might get what I need. Sometimes you can’t make it on your own…

I added 23 new songs to the MP3 player this week.  58 total so far for November. Here is a random sample of those 58 songs:

Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

(Click on picture to purchase and download the Barton Hollow version)
Today, I heard a live version of this song from a live album I got from Noisetrade.

Single Ladies (Put a RIng On It) by Beyonce

click on album cover to purchase and download song)
I know what you’re thinking – Beyonce? But, she is Sasha Fierce!

Undone (The Sweater Song) by Weezer (as perfomed by BOTW alums Brother Howe).
(click on the album cover to purchase and download Brother Howe’s version of The Sweater song originally done by weezer.)
Brother completely Undo – um come undone on this killer version of the Weezer classic.
In a Razor Town by Jason Isbell

(Click on album cover to purchase and dowmload this song)
Former DBT member now one of the most exciting voices on the Americana scene.  A stand out track from Sirens in the Ditch.

Body and Soul by Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Regardless of anything else, Amy Winehouse had prime chops, and here she goes toe to toe with a legendary crooner on this remake of the 1930 song.

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