Monday Morning Music Shuffle – An Angel’s Kiss in Spring Mix

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Another month has begun… we celebrate with a randomly generated shuffle of music…

“All I Need” (Radio Edit) by The Boy From the Crowd

Another track from the Where the Bees Come to Die.  This is actually the “radio edit” of a song from that EP.  Heavy Blues based alternative rock. I’m digging this music a bunch!

“MacGillcuddy’s Reeks” by Warren Zevon

Another track from My Ride’s Here – Zevon’s 2002 album.  This one is set against a traditional sounding Irish reel.

“All At Once You Unzipped” by Bill Lloyd

Feeling the Elephant established Bill Lloyd as the king of Nashville power pop – a crown his has held onto and reclaimed over the decades that have followed.  Infectious melodies and wicked guitar work… check the video playlist for a recent performance of Bill Lloyd proving he still wears that crown.

“American Dreaming” by Killing Kuddles

A long time favorite of Ear to the Ground.  This is a track from the EP Sinking Ship which was released back in June.  Punk-spirited folk/pop music from the 21st Century.

“Keep Your Distance” by Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson at his absolute best – from his classic album Rumor and Sigh.

“Surf Explosion” (Video Edit) by Martin Cilia

This is another track from the awesome Instrumental Rock sampler I got via Continental Magazine.   Martin Cilia is an Australian guitar player – best known as a long time member of the classic surf rock band, The Atlantics.  He more recently joined the long running Australian new wave band, Mental as Anything. 

“Where Do I Begin” by Wilco

Another track from the recent Wilco album,Star Wars.

“Would You Love Me” by Stone Cupid

Another track from the forthcoming and fantastic album by Stone Cupid – The Cardinal.  Stone Cupid is the powerhouse Nashville band that backs up Julie Christensen – a punk rock survivor – perhaps best know for her long association with Leonard Cohen – which includes appearing in the 2005 tribute show for Leonard Cohen which resulted in the film, I’m Your Man.  She performed “Anthem” alongside Perla Batalla at that show, and a new version of that song appears as a Bonus Track on The Cardinal.  Christensen has been living in Nashville for a few years, and she has put together a top notch band. 

“Summer Wine” by Lana Del Rey

We close out the first post of November with a nostalgic look back… kind of… It’s Lana Del Rey with Barrie-James O’Neill of Kassidy with a cover of a song written by Lee Hazlewood and most famous covered by Nancy Sinatra who sang the song with Hazlewood in 1967.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Down do be do do wop a do do wop a do do wop Mix

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We move confidently into the middle of the week, and step one day further into this September. 

“You’re a Whole Different Person When You’re Scared” by Warren Zevon

How about we start off the mid-week shuffle with some Warren Zevon doing a song co-written with Hunter S. Thompson.  Yeah, sounds good to me, too.

“The Bountiful Child” by Atticus Floyd

0:39 seconds of cool stuff from Atticus Floyd’s We’ll All Come Down 7 song EP.

“Chinese Dogs” by Mothers

The New York band Mothers’ album Panamanian Times has been in our playlist for a while now. This is the second to last song for us to feature.  The band has an awesomely original punk rock sound. 

“Damballah-Wedo” by The Shakers

A beautiful instrumental from Songs from Beneath the Lake.  One of my favorite albums.

“If I Could” by John Prine

John Prine is one of our greatest living songwriters, and so if he covers a song, you know it has to be really, really good. From Prine’s 1997 Live on Tour album, this is Tim Carroll’s “If I Could”  (You may remember Tim Carroll was our 300th “Like” on Facebook.) It is, by the way, the only cover song on that album.

“High Steppin’ Mama” by Clyde Langford

Clyde Langford was born in Centerville, Texas in 1934.  He learned guitar from Joel “Thunder” Hopkins as a boy.  As a young person, he would listen to the radio and imitate the songs he heard on his guitar, and he added his own spin to the songs.  He never stopped making music, and the Music Maker Relief Foundation helped him to record an album (of which this is the title track) as well as helping him with medical and other expenses.  This is the real deal blues, ya’ll.

“Beggin’ Jesus” by Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen

Speaking of the Blues.  We have another track from Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen from their album Love and Life.  As luck would have it, I used the video for this song in the video playlist yesterday (substituting for a song that didn’t have a video), but you know what – it’s a really cool video so watch it again today!

“Cash” by APE|MEN

From their debut EP Zero – APE MEN make “edgy inditronica from the Iron Curtain fringe of the European Union.”  This is good stuff.

“Ball and Chain” by Ted Zmaster and the Wranglers

Ted Z and the Wranglers are a Southern California band that play some pretty fine roots based, indie rock and roll.  This was my first listen, and I like what I heard.

“Honky Tonk Blues” (Live) by Jason and the Scorchers

A live version of the Scorchers cover of the Hank Williams classic… Lord, I got ’em…

“Pretty Girls” by Joe Jackson

Another track from the Joe Jackson’s Look Sharp! album… a song about being distracted by the scenery.

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Rivers of Suggestion Mix

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Just a heads up… there will not be a Morning Music Shuffle tomorrow.  Plan accordingly…  So this will be the last shuffle of the week, and we have a good one…

“I’m Sorry (But So is Brenda Lee)” by Marshall Crenshaw

One of the best songwriters of all time – from his album Downtown referencing Little Miss Dynamite and one of her best known songs.

“Cry Baby Cry” by Richard Barone

Richard Barone covers the Beatles in spectacular fashion with this track from his groundbreaking live album Cool Blue Halo.

“So. Central Rain” by R.E.M.

This is the final track we have to present from R.E.M.’s second album, Reckoning. Some sources add a subtitle to this song (“I’m Sorry”) which coincidently references back to the first song in the shuffle.. 

“I Have to Leave” by Warren Zevon

Given David Letterman’s fondest for Warren Zevon, I kind of see this song as Ear to the Ground’s way of saying “goodbye”.

“War 150” by Tom Schreck

From his album Save Your Glory… another excellent song from the Nashville Outsider himself…

“Home in the Heart of the Beat” by Beat Rodeo

The title track to the second album by Steve Almaas and company.  “Johnny 1, Johnny 2, Johnny 3…”

“Fake Roses” by The Lone Bellow

Modern country music from Brooklyn New York.. off their latest album, Then Came the Morning…

“Currency of Love” by Joseph Arthur

I got to see Joseph Arthur performing and painting early in April at the Safety Harbor song festival.  This song is from his album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ.

“Flew a Falcon” by Richard Barone

Our second track of the day from Cool Blue Halo!  A gorgeous song. 

“Flaring Up” by Ricky Mirage

The lead track from Pop Goes the Sun…

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“Haywire” by Aztec Camera

One of three bonus tracks added to the 1991 CD release of High Land, Hard Rain – the 1983 debut by Roddy Frame and company.

“Drop Your Bucket” by Brock Zeman

I had the pleasure of seeing and meeting Brock Zeman last week at the Bluebird Café.  This is a song from his latest album, Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back.  Check out his music, and if you get the chance to see him live – don’t miss it.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – A Czech at the Blue Line Mix

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I saw a remarkable show at City Winery – Nashville last night.  It was a CD Release show for Darrell Scott’s new album which features the songs of the late Ben Bullington.  You can read my review on No Depression here.

On to the shuffle….

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“In Between Drinks” by Tim Carroll

My visual interpretation of the awesome song that I get to hear at least once just about every week.

 

“An Arrow in the Gale” by Magnolia Electric Co.

From the 2009 album Josephine.  Jason Molina is very much missed in this world.

“Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)” by Warren Zevon

A song about the importance of knowing your role and waiting for the right opportunity to rise above it. Or something like that… It’s Warren Zevon singing about hockey! What else do you want?

“Sleeping Bag” by Patrick Sweany

Patrick Sweany filled in for Tim Carroll a few weeks back for the Rock and Roll Happy Hour, and he did a mighty fine job.  This is an awesome song from his 2011 album, That Old Southern Drag.  Sweany is from Ohio but now resides in East Nashville.  He was worked with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys among many others.

“Saint Valentine” by Gregory Alan Isakov

The South African born, American singer-songwriter with a song from his 2013 album The Weatherman.  This came off of a Noisetrade Bonnaroo sampler.

“Glacial Flood” by the transcendents

There is a reason I still check out as much of the music that comes through my e-mail as I can…  This band from New Zealand has rapidly become one of my favorites simply because their songs and music is so amazing.  They seem like descent people, too, and it will be good to know some people if I ever wake up and find myself in New Zealand…

“Love/H8” by The Danbury Lie

Interestingly, I have been reading a book written by someone named Dan Burylie.  I have no idea if the book is connected to this #E2TG favorite, but the cover of the book and the cover of the album (Choose Your Delusion) are identical.  So if the two works are not related there may be a lawsuit in the future…  come to think of it, the title is similar, too… hmm… 

Choose Your Delusion: Stream-of-Consciousness Ramblings from the Mind of Dan Burylie
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“Argosvinis Moni” by Imam Baildi

Also from that Noisetrade Bonnaroo sampler.  This is a band from Athens… such a great history of music from  Athens –  B52s, R.E.M…. oh wait, this band is from Athens, Greece.  Never mind.  Anyway, it some cool exotic sounding music to expand your musical vocabulary.

“Roberta Sparrow” by Grumsling

From the EP, A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea.  This highly creative Oakland, California band has captured my attention in short order.  I highly recommend the Philosophy of Time Travel if you want to know where the title of this song came from…

“Tying Ten Knots in the Devils Tail” by Townes Van Zandt

I kind of sort of think that maybe I featured this song before, but it may have been on one of my Facebook posting sprees… which you would know about if you “Liked” by Facebook page (link at the top of this entry).. hint, hint…  either way, it is Townes Van Zandt so even if this is a repost, you know what?  I don’t care… the song was written by Gail Gardner.

“Belly of the Beast” by Holy Sheboygan!

I had the wonderful opportunity to see Wisconsin based Holy Sheboygan! last month when they brought their little bus and inventive, upbeat music to Nashville.    They brought everything but the kitchen sink to the stage of Foobar… and it was kind of dark, so I’m not completely sure that there wasn’t a kitchen sink.. Cameron Carrus who plays bass for Darrin Bradbury and Tim Carroll among others is a long time member of this band. 

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Kiss Me Once, Kiss Me Twice Mix

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I try really hard not to pay attention to things like page views – I really do, but a couple of things have happened in the last 24 hours that I am pretty happy about.  My total Page Views since I switched the blog to Blogger a little over 3 years ago reached one of those milestones with lots of zeros. The number isn’t really important because it is all relative. I mean, I know some of those brand x music blogs probably achieve the same number is a month or week or day or hour or whatever, and that is the part I don’t really care about.  It’s just nice to see those zeros and know that among those site views are people who come to enjoy the music that I am so happy to feature.

The other thing (and rather inexplicably) but the daily site views for the current 24 hour period has exploded. I know I owe a big thanks to the people who share my posts across the webbernets….  It’s still not that important because I have a great shuffle today and for all I know something like 12 people will look at it, and if I don’t get too worried about that, I can’t really get to excited for the higher numbers… but I do.  And I thank everyone for it. 

As I said, we have a great shuffle with some old friends and some newer ones and some classic tunes…

 “Choose Your Delusion” by The Danbury Lie

What better way to start off today’s landmark shuffle than with the title track from the latest The Danbury Lie album.  I quite like this song and the parts of the album I’ve had a chance to hear.  Much more to come from this and the previous release from this Connecticut-based outfit.

“Peter Rumpkin” by Willa Mae Buckner

From the Music Makers Relief Foundation Sampler… Very glad for an organization that seeks to support and preserve some of America’s great and too often forgotten musical artists.  I haven’t had a chance to find out a whole bunch about Willa Mae Buckner, but she seems to have been quite a character – as this song and the picture accompanying the video will attest. She passed away in 2000 but her music lives on, and I am glad to play a small part in keeping things going.

“Something There” by Tom Schreck

I hang out with a bunch of talented songwriters in Nashville, and for a long time, I kept hearing about Tom Schreck, Tom Schreck, Tom Schreck… He runs a recurring event at Jackalope Brewery with which I have a recurring conflict, but I finally got the opportunity to see him and now I have joined the chorus. Tom Schreck!  He writes timeless sounding songs and you should definitely check him out.  The song I listened to today is from his latest album, Save Your Glory which can be found on his Bandcamp page.  That’s Tom Schreck in case you missed it.

“Tools” by Yellerkin

Yellerkin are a New York band that I heard for this first time when this song came up in today’s shuffle. It’s from a Noisetrade SXSW sampler.  I want to hear more – pretty interesting stuff.

“Blackberry Blossom” by David Schnaufer

I mentioned yesterday, the connection between David Schnaufer and his connection with 80s/early 90s Nashville band The Cactus Brothers.  The video standing in for this song is The Cactus Brothers version from their self-titled album.  Cactus Brothers lead singer Paul Kirby and David Schnaufer are, sadly, no longer with us, but thankfully the music endures.

“Hurts Like Hell” by Josh Morris

Josh Morris was 1/2 of And the Giraffe, who were an #E2TG featured artist a few years back.  And the Giraffe broke up recently, and now Josh has a brand new EP called Green Fields which has just been released.  Check it out.  Josh is also producing the forthcoming album by Jon Latham which going to be the bomb..

“Sweet Blue Midnight” by The Georgia Satellite

A sweetly sentimental song from In the Land of Salvation and Sin…

“Broken Face” by Pixies

Nice of the Pixies to drop into the shuffle, and they brought along a song from their classic album Surfer Rosa.

“East of West” by The End Men

What would such a momentous shuffle be without an appearance by 2013 Ear to the Ground Band of the Year, The End Men.  This song is the B-Side of the new single by called Morning Birds.  Digging into new The End Men music is like putting on a comfortable old pair of shoes… if said shoes were totally badass and had magically become even better since the last itme you wore them.  Yep, that’s the kind of shoes I’m talking about. 

“Lord Byron’s Luggage” by Warren Zevon

From the album, My Ride’s Here….   A cool song.

“Foolin” by Andrew Combs

Foolin is from the recently released album All These Dreams by Nashville-based songwriter Andrew Combs. You should definitely check him out.

“Am I The Only One (Who’s Ever Felt This Way)” by Maria McKee

We close things out with further proof that Maria McKee is totally awesome and that her self-titled solo album is an underrated gem.  I honestly don’t know how it is rated, but no matter how highly rated it is, it is still underrated in my book.  This song was later covered by The Dixie Chicks on their Wide Open Spaces album.

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – R-E-A-C-T Mix

“There’s a splinter in your eye…”    Todays shuffle has it all (or it has a bunch of it, or at least some of it….):  Old and new friends of E2TG, heroes, legends! Crossing stylistic boundaries without any hesitation! Crossing decades of music like we have a freaking time machine!  This is what we do at Ear to the Ground!     Look, my viral infection is lingering, yesterday’s 60 degree high is in free-fall, it is a sucky rainy day that is supposed to give way to all kinds of frozen junk which this Southern city is ill equipped to handle, and so I am just trying to maintain the kind of enthusiasm this eclectic and fine mix of music deserves.  Sorry for any unnecessary hyperbole or manic-ness of the above introduction….

“Flicker and Flame” by The Ghoul Goes West

The second song in as many days from this band from Arkansas. When they e-mailed me, they said they were “an unknown, under listened to band” – which happens to be my stock and trade.  Plus their name is The Ghoul Goes West! Plus, the album is called Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things!  But the kicker was they have a great sound and some really good songs. 

“Somethin’ Else” by Eddie Cochran

1959 – Eddie Cochran.  The b-side was titled “The Boll Weevil” song.  Did I mention it is Eddie Cochran?

“Cheshire” by American Scarecrows

By way of a Noisetrade sampler, American Scarecrows are from Minneapolis and this is one of my favorite songs off that release. The song is the second track on the band’s 2014 album Yesteryear.

“Shock the World” by Tom Tom Club

Another track from Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom.  Chris and Tina and company shock the world with their killer rhythms.

“Carryin’ on This Way” by Dale Watson

The founding father of Ameripolitan music from his 2010 album, Carryin’ On. Sometimes you have to give yourself a good talking to…

“When I Think of a Name” by Burning Bridges

Before the lie… The Danbury Lie that is…  Some pre-history of one of Ear to the Ground’s favorite artists… in the form of some wicked alternative metal from the eponymously titled album.

“Palace” by The Antlers

Deftly, our shuffle transitions from the noisy metal of Burning Bridges to the smooth dream pop sounds of this Brooklyn-based band and the lead track from their most recent album Familiars.  

“Change the Tune” by Jason and the Scorchers

Similar in theme to the Dale Watson song.  Nashville’s Jason and the Scorchers are up next with a track from their album Lost and Found.

“Lassez-Moi Tranquille” by Warren Zevon

From My Ride’s Here… this is a cover of a Serge Gainsbourg song.

“Harborcoat” by R.E.M.

We close out today’s shuffle with opening track from R.E.M.’s second album Reckoning.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Like Charlie Sheen Mix

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To make up for not having a shuffle – please enjoy this video playlist tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy…

“Back’s Against the Wall” by Judah and the Lion

Another song from the Sweet Tennessee record…

“Genius” by Warren Zevon

From My Ride’s Here….

“Right Time” by Nikki Lane

A supremely awesome song from Nashville’s Nikki Lane off her 2014 album All or Nothin’

“No Sex” by Alex Chilton

An early/mid 80s view of the AIDS epidemic via Memphis legend Alex Chilton off his album Feudalist Tarts.

“I Wanna Sit and Watch the Credits Roll” by Bill Lloyd

From the phenomenal album Feelin’ the Elephant – another great one from Nashville legend Bill Lloyd.

“I Only Want to Be With You” by The Tourists

The pure pop nearly hits keep on coming from The Tourists.  Off a compilation called Should Have Been Greatest Hits.

“Hey Mama” by The Satisfactors

From the self-titled debut album by a New Jersey shore super-group…

“The Mermaid Song” by The Ghoul Goes West

Via my inbox by way of somewhere in Northwest Arkansas…. The Ghoul Goes West impressed me right away.  More to come.  Check them out.

“This Very Second” by Bill Lloyd

We close things out with our second track of the day from Bill Lloyd’s Feelin’ the Elephant, and one of my favorite songs on that album. 

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