Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle – An Affliction Mix

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Some days are like running up a down escalator that is moving faster than you could possibly ever run…  but you keep on running because… well you do… and eventually the escalator slows down or stops or maybe even starts moving up… wait, do escalators ever do that?  What as I talking about…


Trending Tuesday Shuffle up coming….

“Might Be Mine” by The Defeated County

The Defeated County are from St. Louis.  Their latest album is called Bar Tabs and Baby Names.  I like their sound, and I think you might, too.  Check them out!

“You Are the Sun” by Annie Oakley

A vintage recording of the legendary wild west star… wait, no… that’s not right.  Annie Oakley are a band from Oklahoma City.  Part of that burgeoning Oklahoma music community that very kindly sometimes sends folks Nashville way (either for tours or to live).  I’ll tell what having my ear to the ground means to me… when you see a  pile of CDs sitting on a table at The 5 Spot with no one around them, you pick it up and look at it, and when you read that it is a compilation from the Oklahoma Room at Folk Alliance put out by Horton Records, LTD, you casually pick up the CD and take it home with you.  This track is from the album Thought of You a God which was released back in September.  It’s good stuff.

“Nobody Got the Blues” by Luella

Another tune from Luella’s sampler CD that you can get at most of her shows – including any given Friday night at The 5 Spot as part of Tim Carroll Rock ‘n’ Roll Happy Hour.  Nobody got the blues like you do, but you can do the “Hot Dog” and everything will be okay… 😉

“The Friar” by Venkman

Several first timer E2TG appearances today – including this funky band from the Midlands area of the UK.  A great sound.  This song is from an EP called Kakorrhaphiophobia which was released late last year.  Really fun music.

“And It’s You” by The Veldt

Another first appearance.  The Veldt were originally from North Carolina, lived in New York City for some time, and their Facebook pages lists their current location as Leeds.  This is excellent soul driven modern dance music. This is also our second set of twins in the shuffle (Annie Oakley featured the first).  The Veldt’s roots go back to the vibrant Chapel Hill music scene of the late 80s/early 90s. The have a new mixtape EP called The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation.  This a track from that record.  Expect to hear more…

“Flower Beds” by Bashful Hips

Another from the new Bashful Hips record, After I Died, I’ve Never Felt So Alive.  Bashful Hips music is unlike just about anything you hear in Nashville (or really any where), and I like it a bunch.

“Dilettante” by Toot Sweet

So far, Toot Sweet are the only band from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen collective that I have seen live, and they put on a great show at The East Room a few month’s back.  They recently released a new single and title track from their new album which is set for release this coming Friday. Vintage modern sounds of the cabaret.  Check them out!

“Heaven Mississippi” by Bob Margolin

Another track from My Road, the latest album by Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin who was a long time member of Muddy Waters band.  I think I mentioned this before, but Margolin appears in The Last Waltz alongside Waters.  This is really what they call the blues…

“Vagabonde” by Susan Herndon

Another track from that Oklahoma Room CD I came across.  A really cool sound with a delightful French accent.  Need to find out more. 


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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Weird-O Mix

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Let’s face it.  The world is a scary place, however, the antidote for the very natural fear is always love. Music heals.  Even, as it was Friday, a musical event was a target… music still has the power to heal.  Above all, I invite and encourage everyone – regardless of ideologies or political leanings to avoid knee-jerk reactions (which are almost always based upon fear of some kind) and take a breath and wait for facts to become clear.

Here at E2TG, our job is to bring you music from the sublime to the silly to the serious.  Think of our little playlist as a respite from whatever it is that you need a respite from…..

Friday night began with a visit to one of my favorite weekly events – I dare say it is one of Nashville’s hidden gems (hidden in plain sight).  Tim Carroll has been playing a weekly Rock and Roll Happy Hour at The 5 Spot for a long time.  What you get: a casual and fun atmosphere, great music from Tim and his band along with Luella, No Cover (Tips welcome and encouraged), and 1/2 priced drinks from 6-8.  The music usually goes from 6-8:30 and the band does not take a break.  It is a superb way to start your Friday night plans.

After that – this week, I headed to the Basement East to see Sam Outlaw open for an ultra rare reunion of Bare Jr.  Sam Outlaw was awesome (and he was joined by a long time #E2TG favorite Shelly Colvin).  Bare Jr. quite simply rocked the house. Delivering their entire album, Boo-Tay – they closed the night with an epic mash-up of The Cars’ “My Best Friend’s Girl” and The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”.  It was loud and raucous and man was it fun.

Sunday Night found me back at “The Beast” for another edition of East Nashville Songwriter’s Club. This time with Sally Jaye, Zach Schmidt, and the one and only David Olney.  It was an awesome evening of music. 

Then, I headed over to The Building – possibly for the last time before that great space closes.  Kira Hooks, Tom Schreck, and Yosi Mesbah offered up prime examples of the diversity of talent in this very vibrant local music scene.

On to our shuffle:

“Father Time” by Dan Martin

Another superb track from Oklahoma songwriter Dan Martin’s Hoka Hey album.  I strongly recommend checking out this album.   On a side note, I have some big plans for #E2TG in 2016 which I am keeping close to the vest as I continue to fine tune those plans.  One thing of interest to me are the different places in the world where some pretty awesome musical movements seem to be bubbling up.   I tend to focus mostly on Nashville/East Nashville because that is where I am, but I am equally encouraged by the music I hear coming out of places like Oklahoma.  Part of my plan is coming up with feasible and unique ways of covering all of those different “scenes”. 

“Andrew, You’re Horizontal Again” by Venkman

Venkman are a band from Lichfield in the midlands section of the UK. Their new record is called Kakkorhaphiophobia.  It has elements of pop, funk, jazz and more with some delicious boy/girl harmonies.                                                                         

“Marathon Car” by Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau

Another from the outstanding Tennessee album. The song pays tribute to an automobile brand that was manufactured in Nashville a little over a century ago.  The Marathon Motor Works building is now a pretty interesting mixed-use development that includes a music venue, Lightning 100, a whiskey distillery, and Antique Archeology.

“Elinor Slomba” by Discount Ravioli

It always brings me great joy when a Discount Ravioli song comes up in the shuffle.  The music is so ridiculously fun.  This is one is a tribute to the mother of one of the members of the band.  Who knows when or if Discount Ravioli will record again – maybe the next time this kids get hopped up on sugar and stay up to late and somebody has the good sense to turn on the recorder.  I can’t find a video of the band, so I substituted another Dord Music Group band called The Urinal Cakes. Enjoy.

“Ship of Fools” by Soul Asylum

From Made to Be Broken.  A prime example of the awesomeness of early Soul Asylum.

“Bombora” by The Atlantics

A fine bit of early period Australian surf rock music.  From 1963.

“Big Time Nashville Star” by Shakey Graves

From his 2014 album, And the War Came.  Dig it.

“Down Home Summertime Blues” by Norman Blake

Norman Blake was a leading figure in the early 1970s Bluegrass revival.  This track originally included on his 1972 debut album Back Home In Sulphur Springs can be found on Rounder Records 45th Anniversary Collection which you can get via

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We close out this first shuffle of the new week with some 1956 jazz via drummer Art Blakey and the long running jazz combo – The Jazz Messengers. From an album, simply called The Jazz Messengers.