Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Jack Chick vs. Twin Peaks with a Twist Mix

I had a great night hanging out with a bunch of friends at a venerated Music Row bar and watching about a dozen or more of those friends make awesome music….

We have a delightful shuffle today with some cool songs and some cool pop culture references.  The shuffle contains old and new music of differing genres and points of view all existing in some semblance of harmony on my phone’s music player.   If these songs can all keep along, why can’t we?

“Twin Peaks Twist” by Messer Chups from Heretic Channel

It’s a good sign on a cold, snowy Monday morning when the shuffle begins with experimental music from Russia/Germany in the form of a mash-up of sorts of the Twin Peaks theme with The Twist? or least with a surf rock backbeat.  From Messer Chups’ 2009 album.

“San Francisco Girl” by Joe Nolan from Plain Jane

Our second listen to Nashville writer Joe Nolan.  This is a song about one of my favorite cities (even if I have only been to it a couple of time).  There is something almost Dylanesque about this song – I really liked it. Joe Nolan will be playing Short Sets at The Family Wash tomorrow night.

“Waiting” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council/The Cost of Loving

A tenderer side of Paul Weller with this song from the band’s 1987 third album.

“Bunker” (Acoustic NoiseTrade Exclusive) by Heath McNease from Fort Wayne

Another awesome acoustic song from Heath McNease  from a collection of songs inspired by his film Fort Wayne.

“California (There is No End to Love)” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

Beginning with bits of “Barbara Ann”, a promisingly different sounding song from U2’s infamous new album.  I actually like this song.

“Let the Last Night Be the Longest” by The Jayhawks from The Jayhawks (aka The Bunkhouse Album)

A recent thrift store find – the debut album from Gary Louris and company.  Some solid songwriting – even as the band had not yet found their signature sound.

“See Me” by Heather Powell from A Haze of Grays and Blues

I was fortunate enough to get hold of a few songs from True Groove recording artist Heather Powell’s next album, A Haze of Grays and Blues (due out in the first part of 2015).  From what I’ve heard so far, this is going to a must have album.  A powerful song

“Lonely Mind” by Tex and the Horseheads from Tex and the Horseheads

I was reminded of Tex and the Horseheads after recently watching the 1987 film Border Radio in which Texala Jones plays a pretty funny (if irresponsible) babysitter.  I found this from what I think is a 2011 reunion EP.  Sounds great.

“Jack T. Chick and the Long Hand of Satan” by The Radicals from Halloween Rhymes and Children’s Crimes

As a long time… eh um… fan/collector of Jack Chick’s religious tracts, this track which seemingly features some audio of Mr. Chick caught my attention.  Beware the Long Hand of Satan….

“King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” by The Band from The Band

And we close out our first shuffle of the week with the song that closes out The Band’s self-titled second album. It doesn’t get much better than this…. 

 

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Wild Winnebago Mix

Had a good time at The Western Shore CD Release party thing last night.  Charlie and Kalee sounded great, the right-wrong Isaac was awesome, and it is always a great joy to see and hear Aaron Lee Tasjan. 

Well, we made it to Friday, and I think I am still breathing, so that has to be a good sign.

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The Grimm Generation’s songs are like a seedy conversation, in a seedy spot, with a seedy stranger, and realizing you are exactly where your seedy self needs to be.

“Eastbound 94” by Heath McNease from Fort Wayne (Music inspired by the Film)

I’m a sucker for songs about driving…  Heath McNease has a pretty diverse and extensive repertoire, and this may just be one of my favorite songs of his. 

“Morphine” by The Oxford Coma from Morphine

I am a proponent of the Oxford comma.  Likewise, I have become a big fan of The Oxford Coma.  Sometimes, I need a little Heavy Psychedelic Metal in my life. This is the title track to their forthcoming EP.

“Play the Greed” by Dar Williams from Occupy this Album

IMHO, the Occupy movement (and I do realize it still exists on some level) was a great idea done-in by internal problems along with  “freedom” and “constitution” loving right wing governments quashing free speech.  In any event, I still support many of the principles of the movement, and even removed from the context of Occupy, this Dar Williams song is a timely and accurate description of the state of this nation. 

“Long Time Ago” by Golden Smog from Another Fine Day

We roll on with another cool song from Golden Smog.

“Infrastatic (Thanks Uncle Sam)” by The Oxford Coma from Morphine

#2 of the day from The Oxford Coma.  An odd brief track from The Oxford Coma with found sounds?/spoken word stuff… Nice

“Wanted (or Waiter There’s Some Soup in my Flies)” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council

A non-album cut released between the band’s 3rd and 4th studio albums.  The band’s interest in American soul and Rhythm and Blues music is clear on this track.

“Every Breaking Wave” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

A bit muddled perhaps, but I still really dig this cut from the latest U2 Album.

“Mule in the Badlands” by Darrin Bradbury from A Car Becomes a House

Darrin Bradbury is hard at work on his latest proper album, but in the meantime, he recently dropped another swell collection of demos which includes this song about the American West and the native Wild Winnebago herbs which use to roam the landscape. 

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A gorgeous song from Brown Bird…

“It’s All Been Done” by The Grey A from My Country

And, we close things out with another great track from the album My Country by The Grey A.  They have a new video coming out next week for the new single Dumb Fool – another timely song for this crazy age…

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Slow Drive Mix

Okay… I’m tired – physically and emotionally drained, but I got a shuffle and it’s a good one… so  let’s do this thing!

“Like Coming Home” by Matt King from Raw

Just is just a flat out great song. Matt King is a Nashville-based songwriter/musician whose brand new band features Matthew and Livia from reigning E2TG Band of the Year, The End Men. Expect a new album featuring this new band in 2015.  In the meantime, I picked up with stripped down sounding album at a thrift store recently, and I am enjoying the hell out of it.

“Iris (Hold Me Close)” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

Another track from the audaciously released latest album from the long-running Irish rock band.  As I’ve felt about much of what the band has done in the past several years, there is nothing I actively dislike, but also no much that I am terribly excited about.  If you dig it – dig it – if you don’t – don’t.

“Where You’re Going” by Lindsay Ellyn from Shores EP

It’s always a good week when I get to see Lindsay Ellyn sing just about every night.  A highlight of this week was her amazing Short Sets appearance at The Family Wash on Tuesday night. She performed a stunning version of Tim Carroll’s “Always Tomorrow” as well as performing the song that is in our shuffle today – a song about an amicable breakup.

“Wish You Well” by Bad Cop from Wish You Well..And Goodbye

It’s good to have Nashville band, Bad Cop back on Ear to the Ground.  They were a featured artist a couple of years ago, and now they have a brand new EP, and we have the (sort of) title track.  Some excellent Rock for my morning commute.

“Slow Love” by Prince from Sign O’ The Times

What’s your rush?  The Artist Formerly and Currently known as Prince sings about the virtues of Slow Love. 

“My Funny Valentine” by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Ol’ Songs

Another delectable Jazz/Pop standard from this album of great old songs.  This is a Rogers and Hart song originally from the musical Babes in Arms. The song has appeared on over 1300 albums performed by well over 600 different artists.  Here Ms. Victoria Williams puts her unique spin on the song.  In the video playlist, we have a version by Miles Davis.

“The Messenger” by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason

I picked up this album by Brown Bird (featuring the late David Lamb) on Record Store Day this year, and it has been great having this incredible songs in the shuffle.  We still have a few more to go.

“Drive” by Grey’s Fool from Drive

When Ear to the Ground started, the primary way I found new music was from Twitter. Nowadays, I get music from a variety of sources, but it’s good to get back to where I began.  I am pretty sure that is how I was introduced to this band.  Gray’s Fool are a singer/songwriter duo from Pittsburgh.  A strong song – lyrical and yes – driving.  Digging the male/female vocals on this track.

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Some blogs would drop off the Halloween tracks once that day passed. But, as we have long established, #E2TG is not your run-of-the-mill, Brand X music blog.  We first came across The Radicals on the Built4BBQ sampler.  They recently made their 2011 Halloween album available for free download, and we jump all over it.  This is a wholesome, uplifting song about the joy of Halloween and children and candy… or maybe it’s not.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Smoke and Yard Sales Mix

When you find yourself smiling at the improbability of your circumstance, you know that despite everything that may be wrong in the world and in your world, that at least for that moment everything is okay.  For me, those moments seem often to be connected to music….

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“Try Me Out Sometime” by BRONCHO from An Introduction to BRONCHO/2013 Single

Oklahoma based BRONCHO recently announced that they are opening for Billy Idol for an early 2015 North American Tour – which makes the third Billy Idol reference I’ve heard this week.  2015 – The Year of the Sneer?

“Song for Someone” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

Another song from the album you probably have or had in your collection.  Not my favorite, but I’m not a hater.

“The Yard Sale” by Darrin Bradbury from an unreleased collection of demos

This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite Darrin Bradbury songs, and last night performance at Fran’s Eastside helped the cause.  Hopefully, it will see the light soon with a bunch of his other great new songs.  Until then, come down to Fran’s every Wednesday and/or head over to The 5 Spot on November 13.

“Walls Come Tumbling Down” by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of The Style Council/Our Favorite Shop

There are good bargain bin finds, and then there is finding The Style Council in the bargain bin.  One of my favorite Style Council songs.  And even though, I am more of a fan of The Jam –  it has been awesome hearing this music again and being reminded that music isn’t an either/or proposition.  So check your Beatles vs. Stones gripes at the door.

“Worse Things Have Happened” by James Wallace and The Naked Light from Deer Head Music Presents: Indie Mixtape Nashville/More Strange News from Another Star

Big shout out to Deer Head Music and NoiseTrade for introducing me to tons of great music from my own backyard.  Dig this track.

“No Trace” by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down

I will never complain about having David Olney in the shuffle two days in a row.  If he comes to your city, do yourself a favor and go see him.  I still can’t get over his amazing rendition of Kubla Khan to start off one of his Happy Hour shows at The Five Spot last month.

“Previously on the West Wing” by Bridge Under Fire from The Entrée (A Built4BBQ Sampler)/I Got a Guy for That

We first featured Bridge Under Fire when they were on the Built4BBQ Sampler called The Appetizer. Here they add some high energy punk rock to the shuffle with a song that wins the best title of the day.

“Smoke” by The Alternates from Download single

The Alternates were one of the very first bands I featured on Ear to the Ground – a little over 3 years ago.  Since then, I have followed them and their lead singer/guitarist Spencer Livingston.  The band recently called it quits after about a decade as a band.  Spencer is concentrating on his new band Livingmore.  The Alternates left us with a last single, and it’s a good one.  So relish this gift, and if you aren’t familiar, go check out their past catalog. 

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The Minneapolis based Classical/Rock Instrumental Trio offer up their latest single. A stirring finale to today’s shuffle.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle -Saints and Monks Mix

 “Nikola Tesla perceived the earth to be a conductor of acoustical resonance.”Jack White from Coffee and Cigarettes a film by Jim Jarmusch

Watched two Jarmusch films this weekend plus  made some good progress on my novel-in-progress.

We have a nifty shuffle for your Monday!

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Grant Peeples tells the truth in amazing songs and poems.  If you’re not familiar with his work – get familiar.

“She Gives Me Joy” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

A daily dose of Hill Country Blues is an excellent prescription for the low-down, real-life blues.  Joyful blues?

“St. Joan (Of Rt 495)” by The Jason Drug Reaction from Down on the Pharmacy

Time travelling rock and rollers from the early 21st century – rolling down a lonely stretch of Connecticut highway… our friend Jason from The Grimm Generation.  By the way, if you search for The Jason Drug Reaction on YouTube, you discover a whole genre of videos made by parents of their children under the influence of powerful anesthetics. 

“Bring Me My Queen” by Abigail Washburn from City of Refuge

An excellent thrift store find this weekend. This is from her 2011 album.

“All is Silent” (2005) by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepes (Demos)

We go WAY back (nine years) for this one. 

“Sitting Here Without You” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/High Top Mountain

Another from this live recording of a show I really wish I had been able to attend.

“The Troubles” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

Look, I realize that U2 are a very polarizing band.  People either love them or hate them.  Honestly, for me, since Achtung Baby! – with the exception of a few songs, I just haven’t been very interested in U2.  I must say, though, hearing this song in the context of the shuffle and taking out all of the hype… I really enjoyed hearing this song this morning. 

“TOC” by Fuzzer from Reberto

We first connected with Facundo Pichetto from Buenos Aires with his band Shake Jack who offered up a nifty modern surfer rock sound.  He is back with a new band that cranks up the lo-fi fuzz to eleven.  This new album features some new versions of some Shake Jack songs we loved as well as some new material.  I really dig this music, so check it out!

“I am a Pilgrim” (2009) by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepes (Demos)

It’s old Darrin Bradbury song day at #E2TG.  If you’re in Nashville come out to The Building tonight and hear some newer Darrin Bradbury songs along with a couple of other great East Nashville songwriters: Zachariah Red and Lindsay Ellyn.  It is the E2TG Pick Event of the Day.  (Disclaimer: Technically, we don’t have a feature called E2TG Pick Event of the Day, but if we did this would totally be it!) 

“Monk Time” by The Monks from Black Monk Time

Now this is an interesting story.  Mid-sixties: a group of American GIs stationed in Germany form band and this amazing glorious noise that sounds a lot like punk rock. It’s Monk time!

“Mourning the Missionaries” by Minton Sparks from Middlin’ Sisters

I had really good luck at the thrift store Saturday.  Minton Sparks is a storyteller in the truest sense of that word, and Nashville is lucky to be able to claim her as our own.  More to come.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Atomic Love Mix

And we put another week of shuffles into the books… There is a lot of life out there, go and get you some… life that is…

“Feel This to Survive” by Left of Logic from In Formation

We begin with our final track from Left of Logic’s album In Formation. It appears  that Left of Logic have played their final show, but they left behind some cool music

“Rosalie” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

From the North Mississippi Hill Country by way of the borough of Brooklyn (or is it the other way around?).  This is the stuff!

“The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

I hear a heart-felt tribute to an idol/friend, and a pretty decent song.  Do I hear much Ramones? No, I don’t, and I guess that’s okay.

“It’s On” by BRONCHO from An Introduction to BRONCHO/Just Enough Hip to be Woman

The latest album from Oklahoma-based BRONCHO dropped about ten days ago.  Fun, rocking music that sounds modern and not modern. I dig.

“A Life of Sin” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Yes, Sturgill Simpson is the real deal, and he is getting some well-deserved attention.  If you feel a need to modify/specify the Country label (i.e. Alt-Country, Americana-Country whatever), then you obviously don’t understand what Country is supposed to be. 

“Talk Trauma” by NoPop from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/See Pretty

The Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen well seems bottomless sometimes – We’ve been shuffling through the latest compilation for some time, and the great music and great bands just keep on coming.  NoPop is the latest, and they offer up some punkish, no-wave pop music.  Oh and their bio lists the Minutemen and the Birthday Party as influences!

“Alcohol” by The Kinks from Celluloid Heroes/Muswell Hillbillies

That old demon…

“Julius and Ethel (Atomic Love Song)” by Darrin Bradbury from new unreleased album

Darrin Bradbury sings important songs about roadkill, Daffy Duck, and Superman… and now Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.  Watch for this and other new songs coming soon, or see him live and request this one – it will make you look hip.

“Love U Forever” by Jenny Lewis from The Voyager

Jenny Lewis was in Rilo Kiley.  If I needed proof of her awesomeness, I need only look at the list of my friends who like her Facebook page.  Or, better yet, I could just listen to her music, and leave all doubt in the dust.  Her latest album dropped in July, and she is coming to Nashville in November. 

“Long White Line” by Sturgill Simpson from 2014-05-13 – Grimey’s Records – Nashville/Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Let us close the door on this week in musical mischief with a second song taken from this recording made at Nashville’s landmark record establishment. Let’s get Metamodern – ya’ll.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Don’t be Koi Mix

All I can say is that life is probable sometimes, and although we don’t always choose the things that happen (or maybe in some ways we do), what we do choose is whether or not to be fully present in those moments (to the best of our ability).

“Seven Sons” by Tomas Doncker from Power of the Trinity

We finish off our presentation of Tomas Doncker’s Ethiopian inspired album with a track that truly grooves… see what I did there?


“This is Where You Can Reach Me Now” by U2 from Songs of Innocence

How did this end up on my phone?  How many times can I make the same joke that wasn’t altogether funny the first time?  I really don’t hate this music, I just don’t find it especially significant.  Then again how many bands that have been together with the same line-up for over thirty years are still making significant new music?  How many bands can you think of who have been together 30 plus years period?


“Freight Train” (live) by Humming House from Humming House Party!

When Humming House throw a party, it seems safe to assume that dancing will be involved.  Plus, I’m a total sucker for songs about trains.  Woo Woo!


“Super 8” by Jason Isbell from Southeastern

I was fortunate enough to see Jason Isbell and his incredible band in the parking lot of Grimey’s a few years ago – just before things really took off for him.  This year, he swept up a bunch of awards at the AMA’s, and they were well-deserved in my opinion.  Southeastern is a great album, and this song is an almost instant classic.


“Runnin’ Away” by Heather Powell from Believe It to Life

It’s been great having Heather Powell in the shuffle several times recently, and she is working on/about to release the follow-up to this album.  Awesome soulful pop vocals!


“Snake Drive” by Pork Chop Willie from Love is the Devil

“Love is the Devil, but it won’t get me.”  And I guess that’s why they call it the blues….


“Tomorrow” (acoustic) by Madi Diaz from Stripped Chopped + Screwed/Phantom

An acoustic version of a song from the new album by the Indie/Pop singer.


“I Wrote This Song for You” by Chris Stamey from Lovesick Blues

A song about a song…  I really dig this whole album.


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“If it’s all right with you, I gonna start this one out with a fish joke.”  Darrin Bradbury is not a comedy writer.  Get that straight right now!

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