Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Heart Space Mix

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There is a buzz of activity in the Ear to the Ground offices, but I wanted to take the time to try to help spread the word about a couple of things:

A pair of great Nashville musicians/songwriters have recently suffered some pretty serious injuries which could keep them out of commission for an extended period.  For anyone, this would be bad, but for a professional musician this can be devastating.  In both cases, friends and fans are joining forces to help. 

Allen Thompson of the Allen Thompson Band suffered a serious injury to his vertebrae.  You can help out and find out more by clicking here.

Singer-songwriter Tommy Womack (Daddy, Government Cheese) was seriously injured in an automobile accident late last week.  You can help him by clicking here.

In better news, Darrin Bradbury just dropped his latest EP, The Story of Bob.  I’ll have more on this later, but check it out here.

Finally, I have been busy on the No Depression front with several live reviews, an album review – and much more on the horizon.  I don’t cross post everything, so if you want to keep up with adventures over there.  Here is the link to my Contributions at NoDepression.com.

Now to the shuffle of the day:

Several long songs (including an 8 minute instrumental) means there are only 7 songs in the shuffle today…

“Rapunzel” by Ben Arthur

Another track from the forthcoming Call and Response album of answer songs.

“Ghost Writer” by Storm Chronicles

Another from the debut album by The Storm Chronicles, Looking Backward.  Alternative/Progressive rock songs. 

“Spirit in the Still” by The Poorhouse Says

Our second listen – from the forthcoming As Patterns Go album – due out June 27.  Dig this song a bunch. Check it out.

“As Forever Became Never Again” by Bobby Bare Jr.’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League

From the 2014 album, Undefeated.

“Three Cord Bond” by Propaganda

L.A. Hip Hop artist Propaganda with a track from his 2014 album Crimson Cord. A powerful call from mutual understanding.

“Heart Space” by Whale Fall

Eight minutes plus of cinematic, progressive instrumental goodness from the L.A. band.

“Tell Me What You Want From Me” by Good Old War

A track from the forthcoming album, Broken into Better Shape (due June 29) from the Philly based Indie Acoustic Pop band.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Ain’t Too Late to Start Mix

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Off schedule today…. so, an early shuffle and limited commentary.  Great tunes, though, so check it out.

“Never Gave Nobody Trouble” by Leonard Cohen

From the forthcoming Can’t Forget

“Slave Magic” by The Great Game

Another one from the self-titled album by The Great Game.

“The Gate” by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley

From the album Lotus.

“The Cape” by Guy Clark

Taken from a live recording from the Bluebird Cafe that also featured Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle.  Not a bad lineup.

“El Pistolero” by Whale Fall

Another from The Mandrean.

“The Headmaster Ritual” by The Smiths

From Meat is Murder

“Plastic Jesus” by Joe Nolan

From Blue Turns Black

“Breath of Youth” by Ricky Mirage

From Pop Goes the Sun Don’t know much about Ricky Mirage except it was recommended via Facebook by someone I respect.  First listen, I dig.  Could not find a video, so here is the bandcamp widget.

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“Silent Symphony” by Richard Barone

From Cool Blue Halo 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Paramours and Thieves Mix

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Welcome to the working week!  We start off what is shaping up to be a challenging week with a pretty diverse shuffle…. let’s jump right in…

“Elemental Raven Storm” by The Great Game

We start off our week with another great song from the self-titled album by this innovative band from Europe.  They say they make “New World Music”, and I cannot argue with this.  Unique sounds and great songs.

“Stone Blind Horses” by Ray Wylie Hubbard

From the latest album by the Texas legend.  The album is called, “The Ruffian’s Misfortune”, and this song was one of my highlights from his Nashville show which was held a week ago yesterday.

“Cherry Bomb” by Tyler, The Creator

That’s right, I followed up Ray Wylie Hubbard with Tyler the Creator. Actually, I didn’t the shuffle did it.  I’m just the guy who had both songs in my playlist.  The title track from the new album (released April 13).  Man, this is good.

“The Dawn Thief” by Whale Fall

So, we started off with some “New World Music”, moved to some amazing Americana Roots music, shifted to some Hip-Hop… where do we go from there?  How about some Instrumental, cinematic, progressive music.   From their album, The Mandrean.

“It’s You” by Mouth Reader

And from there… we move on to whatever it is that Mouth Reader does… Punk, Garage, Psychedelic… whatever it is, it is good… and, they released a pop up book record from Record Store Day 2015.  See the Video Playlist for details.  Their new EP is called Hands.

“Let it Be Me (Je t-appartiens)” by Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare

Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare covering an Everly Brothers’ song?  Of course, that will fit neatly into our shuffle right here.  The original song was released in 1960, and this version was released in 1964.

“Put Out the Fire” by Tom Schreck

From Music City Legends to the Nashville Outsider (who happens to be one of the our city’s finest songwriters from his album Save Your Glory.

“The Bugle Sounds Again” by Aztec Camera

Aztec Camera were one of my favorite bands from all those years ago.    This song is from High Land, Hard Rain (their debut album). 

“Chorus of Zombies” by The Ghoul Goes West

I love Zombies and I love The Ghoul Goes West, so it stands to reason… from their album, Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things. One of my favorite “from the inbox” albums of this year.  

“Cleveland County Blues” by John Moreland

And, we close out this first shuffle of the new week with a track from the amazing new album from John Moreland.  The album is called High on Tulsa Heat, and it is a good one…

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Still Covers the Sun Mix

We’ve reached the midpoint of the week…. let’s jump right into the shuffle….

“Feeling Called Love” by Wire

The second to last song from Pink Flag – the groundbreaking debut album by the influential English post-punk band. 

“The Distance Between Us” by Marshall Crenshaw

From Downtown… I always thought it was “The Distance Between” and it is listed that way in some sources, but this was how it imported into iTunes and how it is listed on Amazon.  I also saw it listed as “The Distance Between Me and You”… whatever it is called, it is a great song from one of America’s best songwriters.

“Walkin’ Boss” by Sam Amidon

This is from Sam Amidon’s 2014 album Lily-O.  I got it off of a Noisetrade sampler for Big Ears Festival which being held in Knoxville this weekend.  Sounds like a pretty diverse and interesting festival. Sam Amidon is married to Beth Orton in case you need to know that.

“Tahquitz” by Whale Fall

The term whale fall refers to the carcass of a cetacean which has fallen to the Bathyal or Abyssal zone on the ocean floor and then become a complex ecosystem. The name highlights (and these are my words) the complex and yet organic nature of the instrumental post-rock music made by this L.A. band.  This track comes from the band’s second album called The Madrean which is an eight chapter instrumental story of the arid Madrean region of the American west.

“Good, Good Man” by Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson is a Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter who is originally from Charlottesville, VA.  His new album Risk of Loss is due out April 7.  He just put a Spring Sampler out on Noisetrade which is where I grabbed this track which is from his 2013 album Wolftown. He has a CD release show at The Basement on April 6 along with Mary Bragg who will also be releasing a new album April 7.

“Don’t Wanna Die Anymore” by Ivan and Alyosha

From their 2013 album All The Times We Had, this may be the first song that turned me on to Ivan and Alyosha.  If not, it is certainly one of my favorites.

“Smoke (La Vie En Fumer)” by The Tubes

I’m going to admit right out of the gate that just about everything I know about The Tubes is from being a teenager and being fascinated by their music video for the song, “She’s a Beauty”.   That being said, this song which was included on the Feel Bad for You short songs mixtape is pretty darn cool.  The song was the lead track on the 1977 album, Now.

“Blanket of Sorrow” by Jason and the Scorchers

From Lost and Found – more proof that Jason and the Scorchers are one of the great American rock bands.

“Desperate Times” (Work Tape) by Will Hoge

Will Hoge is a Nashville singer-songwriter.  Like Carl Anderson he is scheduled to release a new album on April 7, and he put out a Noisetrade sampler in advance of that release.  The album will be called Small Town Dreams, and the finished product of this song will be on it. 

“The Light” by Boy Named Banjo

Another uplifting track from Long Story Short.  I liked this song a lot.

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Closing things out with the instrumental title track from the debut album by Marietta, Georgia’s Guadalcanal Diary whose name inspired a 1943 book and film… or maybe I have that backwards.  Guadalcanal Diary shows were always a good excuse for a drive to Nashville when I was in college.

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Mother Knows Best Mix

I had the great opportunity to hear some tracks from two of my most anticipated albums of the year, and man oh man are they going to be good… keep your ear to the ground or stay tuned to Ear to the Ground for new albums from Jon Latham and Darrin Bradbury in the future.

In other news, CXCW is rapidly approaching.  Get those videos made and submitted

Now to the shuffle… as I have written on more than one occasion, I love short songs, but long songs make writing the blog easier…  we have a bevy of longer songs and thus we have only six in the shuffle today…

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Whale Fall are an awesome sounding Instrumental band from Los Angeles which features lush melodies fleshed out by a cello and a saxophone.  I dig this track a whole bunch.  The album is called The Madrean and it was released back in December.

“Everyday I Love You More” by [debut]

Hot and fresh from my inbox to your earhole…. Another innovative band from L.A.  [debut] add an alternative flair to their brand of electronica.  The album is called Postcards from Berlin, and it is out now.

“Mother Knows Best” by Richard Thompson

I will redundantly say that this is one of my favorite songs on Richard Thompson’s classic solo album Rumor and Sigh…

“For the Sake of the Song” by Townes Van Zandt

Saturday was the 71st anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.  I grabbed this recording of a 1973 convert from Aquarium Drunkard.  It sounds amazing… and it is Townes!

“The Best Room” by Modest Mouse

The new Modest Mouse album is about a week away.  The album is called Strangers to Ourselves, and this is the second listen we’ve had here at E2TG.

“Rebel Woman” by Chiwoniso Maraire

We close out this short set of music with a song from the late American born, Zimbabwean mbira musician who was the daughter of mbira master Dumisani Maraire.  I first read about Dumisani on Valued Customers peacefork blog, and that is how I rabbit holed my way to this track.  A perfect selection, I think, for the day after International Women’s Day.    window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;     

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Changing Everything Mix

I am ridiculously short on time, and I will be out of town the next two days so no shuffles until Thursday.  I am going to be quick, but if you have more time than I do, please give these great songs the attention they deserve.  I found videos for most of the songs.  The only one I didn’t find was the Mothers song, and I will put a link to their bandcamp page so you can listen and/or buy.

UPDATE:7:05pm CST – I actually ran out of time to get this posted earlier.  As I said, I will be off of blogging for a couple of days, but I’m sure you can keep yourselves entertained.

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One of East Nashville’s finest and true road warrior.

“My Ride’s Here” by Warren Zevon

The last song on Warren Zevon’s “meditation on death”.   

“My Place” by Young Buffalo

A great song from an Oxford, MS band.

“Apartment King” by Mothers

A great band from the Mama Coco’s camp in New York.  Alex contacted me recently, so I included his MCFK Testimonial since I couldn’t find a video of this song.  Here’s the link to the album Panamanian Times.

“Paradise” by Joe Nolan

A bonus track from the remastered version of Blue Turns Black.

“Mark on the Bus” by The Beastie Boys

Another from the short song mixtape.  Off of Check Your Head.

“The Madrean” by Whale Fall

Fresh from the Inbox.  I haven’t had time to process this amazing music, but I will have more to say.  The title track from the 2014 album.

“Second Guessing” by R.E.M.

A classic from Reckoning.

“No Surprise There” by Floating Action

From a New West Sampler out on Noisetrade.  Floating Action are from Black Mountain, NC.

“Killer” by Jeremy Gluck/Robert Coyne

Another…ehem… killer track from the album Memory Deluxe: I Knew Buffalo Bill 2

“The Loneliest Man in the World” by The Tourists

Another slice of pure pop heaven from 1979…

“Overpass LA” by Whale Fall

Another track from the Whale Fall album The Mandrean.  This is some amazing music.

“What I Have Not Got” by Tim Lee 3

The opening track from Raucous Americanus performed live and loud by Tim Lee 3.  Bonus trivia: I just noticed that Tim Lee co-produced Gawk by Will and the Bushmen which was one of my favorite albums when I was in college.

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