Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle – It’s Only Natural Mix

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Remembering George Martin on his passing at age 90.  I don’t think music over the past half century would be what it has been without the Beatles, and I don’t think the Beatles would have been what they were without George Martin. Rest in Peace.

ICYMI, E2TG premiered a new video by Jon Latham.  You can check it out here.

Been checking out some music to be released in the next couple of months.  Really excited about Eli Rhodes (Benchmarks) new album and the new one from Knoxville-based Adeem the Artist (formerly known as Kyle Adem – who I saw at a New Faces night at The Basement some time ago). 

Several names you read about on E2TG will be releasing new music in the coming months. Some of them have preorders going on. Keep your ears to the ground.

Also, there is some cool live music tonight in Nashville – on the west side, Tim Carroll, Joe Nolan, Andrew Adkins, Jon Byrd, and Tommy Womack will the sharing a stage at The Country beginning at 7:30.  Across the river, Lindsay Ellyn, Sara Syms, and Carrie Welling will be playing the late show at The 5 Spot which is set to begin around 9:00.

Keep checking E2TG for an exciting announcement coming soon.

Now, it is Wild Wednesday!  Today’s shuffle fulfills by loosely defined expectations for this theme nicely.

“The Attic” by Circus Propaganda

Circus Propaganda was like a candle in the wind (cue Elton John). They burned brightly for a short time and left behind a really excellent album and a Jason DeRulo cover as they dissipated into several different musical projects  – many of whom you do or will read about here at E2TG  (a few of them in this shuffle).  The album was called Botany. 

“Ol’ Black Buck” by Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson

From the Music Maker Relief Foundation.  I have said it before, and I say it again, I think Music Maker Relief Foundation has a fantastic mission of not only preserving music but of helping out the legacy artists who helped to make some of the roots music that informs today’s Americana bands and more.  The help they provide includes (but not limited to) improving living situations, assistance with medical bills, and help getting some music to be recorded.  Captain Luke passed away last year, but before he did, MMRF helped put Captain Luke together with guitarist Cool John Ferguson.

“It’s Doesn’t Mean Anything” by Bashful Hips

Last week, I finally got to see Bashful Hips live to celebrate the release of his new album After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive.  This is a track from that album.  This is truly original music that comes from the heart. 

“Plastic Machine Head” by Zaibatsu

Another track from Italian pregressive rock band, Zaibatsu and their album Zero.

“Come Dancing” by The Kinks

Wild – up to this point in the shuffle, we have had three tracks that could fall under the term experimental and one song that was authentic blues music.  This is an early 80s hit song by the British Invasion band The Kinks.  The Kinks have a complicated history, but they made some truly memorable music.  I caught onto this song in the heady days of my youth thanks to MTV relentless playing the music video.   

“No Depression” by Uncle Tupelo

And in true Wild Wednesday style, we move on to the song that helped to define a musical movement and which gave its name to an iconic and enduring music publication/website.  Uncle Tupelo were not the first “Alt-Country” band, but they were definitely one of the best.

“Tentland,USA” by Discount Ravioli

Is it just me or has the shuffle been bringing up quite a bit of Discount Ravioli recently?  Well, they sure are prolific.  This goes back to their debut release (all the way back to 2015).  This time, I scoured You Tube and found a film by Evan Nork featuring a song by The Flaming Lips.

“Knysna” by Bosveld

Veldbrand is a really great album that received some well deserved attention from the CBC at the time of its release.  The band, which features long time E2TG favorite Veledrones, is known to tour around Canada on bikes.  This is a really lovely song.

“Paraphrasing” by Smokey the Firebear

The shuffle was kind enough to wrap up today’s shuffle with three tracks in a row from Smokey the Firebear.  Cade Williams (aka Smokey the Firebear) was part of Circus Propaganda (who kicked off the shuffle) along with Quinn Harley is a regular contributor to Smokey the Firebear.  This is a brief sound collage from B.N.G.F.K.R.

“Jilm Spill” by Smokey the Firebear

This was a single release that I don’t think is still available.  I dig it, though.

“Tinderhead” by Smokey the Firebear

I like “Tinderhead” a lot.  It is from the Mira Leo Sun EP which was released last June.


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Saturday Morningish Music Shuffle – Spring Cleaning Mix

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A rare Saturday shuffle to make up for not posting yesterday… life happens – you know….

It’s been a very interesting week in many ways.  Musically, since we last connected, Thursday night, I went to week 3 of 5 of Campfire Propaganda.  It was a blast with the usual suspects – who are some pretty awesome songwriters: Brian Wright, Tim Easton, Megan Palmer, Darrin Bradbury, and Nellie Clay plus this week joined by Matt Haeck.  Then, I headed to The Family Wash to see Bark (Tim and Susan of Tim Lee 3) play an awesome set and then back up Jim Mize along with Laurie Stirratt.

Last night, it was the Jon Latham CD Release Show at Belcourt Taps.  Darrin Bradbury opened.  A really fun time.  Jon was joined by Haley Dreis, Josh Morris, Shawn Conerton, and Sean Quinn. And he even asked me to emcee the show.  There was tons going on musically around Nashville last night, and I though I don’t like that I missed some of the things that I missed, I know I was at the right place.

Speaking of Jon Latham.  In case you missed it, I wrote some words about Real Bad News – his brand new album.  You can check it out HERE.

Just some tunes I listened to while I did some spring cleaning this morning. And, the answer is yes, I do know that it is mid-October.  What can I say, it has been a crazy, busy summer…

I am not going to comment on the songs – many I found the actual song for the Video Playlist.  If something interests you, and you need help finding out more – shoot me a line and I will tell you all I know.  Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy and maybe if you need to do some spring cleaning you can listen while you clean – like I did.

“Sourwood Mountain” by Carolina Chocolate Drops

“No Depression” by Uncle Tupelo

“Cherokee” by John Moreland

“Church on Time” by Kevin Gordon

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

“Pretty People” by The Sunday Reeds

“Great New Year” by Ted Hawkins

“Trash” by Bully

“looks on tempests” by valued customer

“Back Up Mama” by Buddy Guy

“I Gotsa Get Paid” by ZZ Top

“Cool for Cats” by Squeeze

“Dirt” by Tigerman WOAH!

“Wilder (We’re Chained” by Brandi Carlile

“Ain’t Nobody Leaves This Place” by Tiffany Huggins Grant

“The Ghost in You” by The Psychedelic Furs

“New Spark” by Johnny Powers

“Big Belly Momma” by Albert Smith

“Boss” by The Rumblers

“pasaran” by valued customer

“Fennario”by Gill Landry

“Aberdeen” by Harmonica Lewinskies


Another Random Mix of Great Music – April 4 Edition

Friday 4/4/2014

Still irregularly posting, but working hard a number of fronts.

Here’s my latest collection of music that has crossed my ears and/or mind since we last visited.

No rhyme or reason… never that…


1. “Gimme the Car” by Violent Femmes (This was a Bonus Track when the CD version of the Femmes self-titled debut was released.  I always dug this song.)

2. “Heavy Metal Boyz” by Gear Daddies (Back when I first started posting “Shuffles” on Facebook – even before the launch of Ear to the Ground – it seemed like there was a time when a Gear Daddies’ song showed up on my list almost everyday.  This song was always one of my favorites – along with a number of others…)

3. “No Depression” by Uncle Tupelo (If I have to explain why….)

4. The Rollins Band Live in 92 (News of a forthcoming Black Flag show in Nashville made me remember seeing The Rollins Band at 328 Performance Hall back in 1992 – the same year this video was made. Corrosion of Conformity was also on the bill.  At the time, I lived a few blocks away and actually walked to this show)

5.  “Chains” by Soul Asylum (somebody posted Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.  For some reason, it made me think of this…)

6. “Alabama Pines” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (heard this on the radio… such an exquisitely beautiful song)

7. The Bisquits partial reunion 2005 (So The Bisquits were a Nashville band that featured Tommy Womack, Will Kimbrough, Michael Grimes, and  Tommy Meyer.  Just last week, when I was at The Basement seeing Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, I showed them a picture of The Bisquits which hangs on the wall between the two restrooms. About a week later, I hear that The Bisquits are reuniting to play Music City Roots on April 16. Coincidence or something more mysterious???)

8.  “Emotion Sickness” by Will Kimbrough  (speaking of Will Kimbrough – one of the busiest men in music – his latest solo album Sideshow Love has been climbing the Americana charts. Check it)

9.  “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple (a heard this on the radio, too.)

10. “Somebody to Love” by Queen (ditto)

11. “99 Luftballoons” by Nena (I got this song stuck in my head the other day for no reason.  Passing it on…)

12. “My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen cover) by Jason Ringenberg (just surfing around You Tube… here you go)

13. Pujol at Grimeys for RSD 2012 – (Just heard Daniel Pujol will be playing Record Store Day at Grimey’s again this year.  Found this video from two years ago.)

14. “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel (“My heart going boom, boom, boom.”)

15. “Superman’s Song” by Crash Test Dummies (another ear worm from me to you)

16. “Sweet Virginia” by Rolling Stones (Exile on Main Street ya’ll.)

17. “Layne Montgomery is Bad at Girls” by The Great American Novel (In honor of the band’s final show :,-( which is going on tonight)


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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Gratitude Redux Mix


//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.jsIt’s that time of the year to become reflective and to find things for and about which to be thankful and grateful.  Each year seems filled with so much good and bad things, and yet it all seems to go by so fast. So it is good to pause now and again.

As a blog, we here at E2TG (meaning me) continue to be amazed and grateful for all the great people who have read and been a part of this extended experiment. I’m always grateful for the now accepted ubiquity of the term curate (which it seemed to me used to be reserved for museums and such). Now, whenever I don’t have much time to comment on the songs I present, and I begin to wonder exactly what it is useful that I am doing, I can just remind myself that I am curating this amazing collection of music, and that makes me feel very special indeed….. 😉

Let’s jump to our final shuffle of the week and our final shuffle of November 2013
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“Believe” by Lys Guillorn (from Winged Victory.  Another track from her new album.  This is a truly beautiful song. By the way, the video we picked to represent Lys Guillorn in our Playlist below is a Gram Parsons cover featuring Lys and Dave Hogan another Grimm member in good standing)

“Lady Stardust (Original Demo)” by David Bowie (from the 1991 Remastered version of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Man this song follows so nicely on the heels of the Lys Guillorn track)

“A Song About Making Out in Cars” by Joseph Mooradian (from his Soundcloud account.  As the title suggests… steamy windows and all.)

“Sweet Release” by Stoney (from More Than Animals. Stoney is a British singer-songwriter who recently relocated to Austin, Texas – okay maybe not recently – I’m not sure… whatever. The CD is set for release in January 2014. You can pre-order and grab an immediate download of the album using the widget below.  Or just stream it.)


“Gone Away” by Umbrella Bed (from Refill EP.  Umbrella Bed are a two-toned ska band from Minneapolis which formed back in 1995. The band’s latest release Refill was issued on Mad Butcher Records and was released earlier this month.)

“We Belonged” by Stoney (from More Than Animals.  Another track from this album.)

“Train” by Uncle Tupelo (from No Depression. What can I say? I’m a sucker for train songs, and I freaking love everything about Uncle Tupelo.  I couldn’t find a video for this song so the video included below is for the band’s cover of the Iggy and the Stooges song, “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.)


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Life on Mars Mix

Shhhh…. sit back and don’t worry…. I’m gonna tell you all a story, it goes a little something like this….  

 Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she’s hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
‘Cause she’s lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

We live in a universe of wonders and mysteries, but we so often stay locked in our tiny chambers of supposed security.  Through open the door, take that tentative step into the semi-darkness.  There is a world of wonder and a life to be lead. Fear is rarely useful. Bad stuff happens, but it’s just part of the deal, part of the thrill and the appeal.  I am a noble coward with big ideas, and yet… and yet, when I step outside my place of ease and rest, and I open myself up… it is only when I experience joy and pain and disappointment and triumph and humiliation that I am truly.  This is your day, what are you going to do….

This morning, the shuffle comes from a playlist, I like to call Revolving Random.  It’s actually more arbitrary than random, but whatever.  I created a playlist of 100 songs chosen just because – no theme, new songs, old songs, band’s I’ve featured, novelties, classics… every time, I post a shuffle from this playlist, I replace the songs played with some new ones to keep the playlist at 100.  Here is today’s shuffle:

First up, we have Tori Amos from her 1994 album Under the Pink which was recorded in Taos, New Mexico. Our song today is Pretty Good Year

“And Greg he writes letters and burns his CDs.”

Next up we have a song from Mike Watt’s solo debut, Ball Hog or Tugboat? The album was a star-studded affair.  Today’s track, called Piss-Bottle Man features Evan Dando (Lemonheads) on vocals. 
There are some things
A guy gets from his pop.
Some of them things get spaced,
Others never forgot.
I got such a tradition.
I keep in my truck cab.

Next up, we have a cover of a Blood on the Tracks era Bob Dylan song. This version of  Simple Twist of Fate is taken off the soundtrack to the 2007 motion picture, I’m Not There and features Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fame (in case you didn’t know who Jeff Tweedy was).
He woke up and she was gone, he didn’t see nothin’ but the dawn
Got outta bed and put his clothes back on, pushed back the blind
Found a note she’s left behind but he could not concentrate on anything
Except the simple twist of fate


And finally, we have The Medicine Show from the classic Dream Syndicate album called simply Medicine Show. Dream Syndicate – featuring Steve Wynn (Danny and Dusty/Baseball Project) – were a very influential California-based Paisley Underground band. 

But I know that it’s hard to be a decent man
When you stop finding reasons for everything
But tonight I’ll find some answers
Down at the medicine show



Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Lighting Issues Mix

Tons of songs on today’s shuffle so let’s get to it.  Check out the Amazon pages for the albums containing today’s songs above:

United Provinces of India by Cornershop
Screen Door by Uncle Tupelo
A Dirty Song by The End Men
This Town by Don Ryan
Flags for Everything by Let’s Active

Bastards of Young by The Replacements

Superball by Magic Kids

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