Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Bad Voodoo Mix

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My phone did feel heavier this morning – probably due to the nearly 100 songs I added to the current playlist.  How much does an MP3 file weigh anyway?

Ah- let’s jump into it…

“Blues de Bosco” by Rodney Crowell from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music

On Record Store Day, while the cool kids were enduring the long lines for the rare vinyl releases, I was perusing the $1.00 CD bins looking for cool finds.  I came across this star-studded Cajun Music tribute from early in this century.  Americana standard bearer Rodney Crowell is from southern Mississippi which is about as close to Cajun country as you can get without being in South Louisiana.  The video is a version of this song from a New York City Cajun band named for a small town near where some of my family lives.

“Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars” by Young Fresh Fellows from Songs for Slim – A Benefit Compilation for Slim Dunlap

Stick some cotton in your ears if you must… hell, I’ll likely be deaf before too long…

This reminds me of three things:  1.  Seeing Slim with the ‘Mats in the sweaty National Guard Armory in Nashville in the late 80s. 2.  Seeing Warren Zevon with the Odds at the Ace of Clubs in Nashville in the early 90s (it was one of the loudest shows I’ve ever experienced) and 3. that line from They Might Be Giants “She doesn’t have to have her Young Fresh Fellows tape back…” 

“Fury of the Light” by The Bones of J.R. Jones from Dark was the Yearling

The Bones of J.R. Jones is from Brooklyn and makes some incredible dark, rootsy, blues/folk music. I grabbed this from the July Feel Bad for You mixtape, and I have to hear more!

“Miller, Don’t You Even Care?” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

The first of three tracks in today’s shuffle from perennial E2TG favorites The Grimm Generation.  What you need to know about The Grimm Generation:  They are from Connecticut, they make music deeply rooted in themes and influences of which I am all too familiar, and they are awesome.  Get The Big Fame  – as soon as you possibly can!

“The Big Fame” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

The title track from the landmark album!

“French Quarter” by Delta Spirit from Lost and Found

Our second Louisiana-inspired song… Delta Spirit are from San Diego and currently reside in Brookyln, but as their name implies, the spirit of the Mississippi Delta runs all through their music.  This is from a free sampler released on Noisetrade ahead of the band’s fourth album which is due in just a couple of weeks.  It takes us to a post-Katrina New Orleans…

“Real Bad Voodoo” by The Grimm Generation from The Big Fame

We stay down in the Crescent city and wander into a strange shop with no distinguishable signage, filled with tables and shelves of trinkets and bottles… there is some real bad voodoo…

“Youth Culture Killed My Dog” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

In honor of yesterday being National Dog Day, we offer this first album gem from TMBG.  Damn you hipsters – stay out of my yard!
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“Kentucky” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014

And we close things out with one of Year of Octobers prettiest and most heartfelt songs – about their home state.  This is the first track on Golden Days – their new album which you can pre-order now!


Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Toddler Superman Mix

Monday – and as usual I’m short on time so let’s jump into the shuffle:

“Toddler Hiway” by They Might Be Giants (with The Avatars of They) from First Album Live

Another from the Live album version of TMBG debut album.  This one features the sock puppets known as The Avatars of They with the shortest song on the album.

“My Friend Superman” by Deena from Rock River

Another great track from the Rock River album.  I tend to dig songs that mention superman, and this is no exception.

“In Remembrance” by The Grey A from My Country

My Country by The Grey A will be released in less than a month.  Nashville readers, there will a CD release show on September 12 at The Stone Fox.  The show should include appearances by many of the Nashville artists who appeared on the record.

“Riverside Blues” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014

Pre-Orders for Golden Days, the new Year of October release have begun.  This is the second track on the album. 

“If I Gotta’ Die (murdered by someone I love)” by Darrin Bradbury from Death in My Left Ear

Death in My Left Ear is no longer the most recent release by Darrin Bradbury, but it’s a good one, and this is one of my favorite songs of his.  In the video playlist, we have a track from his latest release Motel Oatmeal.

“Their Finest Hour” by Clocks and Clouds from The Creation of Matter

More orchestral goodness from Clocks and Clouds from their album The Creation of Matter.

“How Bout” by Taco Land from Home Sweet Home

A sweet, sweet song from our friends Taco Land from their latest album.

“Liquid” by Gumshen from Progtronica

Our final track from Gumshen’s Progtronica album is a good one.

“The Mechanical Motion of Dying Stars” by aCr from ghost note manifest!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”; And, we close out with a song from aCr.  aCr is Alvaro C. Rodriguez who is the guitarist and vocalist from Liquid Casing – a band we featured heavily last year. This is a new project just released August 12, and it sounds great.  This was my first listen as this is fresh from my inbox to blog in about 18 hours.


Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Ambulance Mix

It is Friday….  We have some big name artists, some E2TG favorites, some live versions of songs, special sessions, and an awesome Blues song to close out the week…. Have a great weekend everyone, and I will see you on the otherside…

“Calypso Foam” by The Graveyard Kids from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5/ II

Maybe I posted this one before and didn’t delete it from my Current Playlist. Maybe I didn’t, but if I did, so what? It’s my blog and it’s a cool song – so there.

“Don’t Swallow the Cap” by The National from Trouble Will Find Me

The National are from Cincinnati. They have been around for a while, and the album from which today’s track was taken was nominate for a Grammy.

“Thirty Two Footsteps” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

I posted the widget to get this album for free from NoiseTrade for a limited time.  I highly recommend it.  These are great versions of classic tunes.

“Come the Meantimes” by Elvis Costello and The Roots from Wise Up Ghosts and Other Songs

It’s like if Burt Bacharach recorded an album with Doc Severinsen… who knows maybe he did – somebody look that up… anyway, Jimmy Fallon’s multi-talented house band and Napoleon Dynamite (the original one) make some nice music together…

“V. The Meaning of Things (The Dream Lives Ought to See)” by Left of Logic from In Formation

Transition  time… The Roots are from Philly and so are Left of Logic.  The way my shuffles come together don’t have to have a logical sequence, but when Left of Logic are involved, they sometimes do…

“Spell on Me” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014

Year of October make another appearance in the Morning Shuffle (they had two songs in yesterday’s mix.  This is a live version of a song slated to appear on their new album due out in a couple of months.

“Every Day” by The Autumn Defense from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Session/Once Around

Wilco’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are The Autumn Defense. They spent some time in Nashville a little while back. I saw them at Grimey’s for Americanarama, and they recorded a Eastside Manor Session for NoiseTrade. 

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We close out the day with some great Blues music from Selwyn Birchwood from Tampa Florida.  Yeah!



Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Daddy Sang Bass Mix

Took a drive across the river last night, to a little dive bar in East Nashville called Fran’s Eastside. Saw E2TG favorite Darrin Bradbury and the amazing Tim Carroll.  Fun night with great music, meeting cool people, and even the Music City Roots bus was there… and why not?  I have some pictures, but my phone is being stingy and won’t release them yet.

By coincidence and because I have a ton of his music loaded right now, Darrin is in the shuffle again today – an older song – one of the first that really caught my attention.  He has a new release which I will be sharing more about soon….

To the shuffle:

“You Were Mine” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014

We begin with E2TG favorites  – Nashville’s Year of October from a live radio show in Knoxville from this past spring. They have a new record coming out – appropriately enough in October.

“The Day” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

The first of three songs from a recently released (and Free on Noisetrade) live version of their self-titled debut album. Filled with great songs like this one and the other one and the one after that…

“Boat of Car” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

Giving us the subtitle of this post.. the opening line of this song was later used in the song Will the Circle Be Unbroken? and in a song by Johnny Cash (written by Carl Perkins)… or I could have my chronology mixed up…

“Memorial Day” by The Danbury Lie from Fourth Time’s a Charm

Another great track off the new release by another E2TG favorite.  The Danbury Lie are on of the most original bands I’ve come across, and I will keep spreading the word… 

But don’t trust me – listen/read the words of Jason from The Grimm Generation: ““I downloaded the new The Danbury Lie for my ride in this morning and oh man. Love this record. Weird subsonic classical merged with something like The Shins, all sparkly sounding and weirdly well thought out. Well done, tDL.” – JKrug “

“She’s an Angel” by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live

That other song from the previously mentioned live album.

“Avant Gardener” by Courtney Barnett from The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Courtney Barnett is from Australia, but she would fit in well here in Nashville and is welcome here any time.  Says me, the official gatekeeper of who can come to Nashville….  Cool song, and I approve of the title and so do the Avant Guard Dogs.

“My Baby Took My Baby Away” by Bobby Bare Jr’s Young Criminal’s Starvation League from Undefeated

Great song by Nashville legend and son of a Nashville legend Bobby Bare Jr. who has been a staple on the Nashville scene since I was a kid… come to think of it, he must have been a kid, too because he isn’t that much older than me.

“Twenty Little Soldiers” by Darrin Bradbury from The Almost Great Crepe’s (Demos)

The aforementioned song by the aforementioned Mr. Bradbury.  Nashville readers go see this guy either Wednesday’s at Fran’s or sometime…  for the video I picked a version done by his old band Big Wilson River who were a Featured Artist here before I even knew Darrin. 

“Good Enough” by Mr. Kind from Wide Awake/Open Hands

Yet another new song from Bay Area band and E2TG favorites Mr. Kind.

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And we close out where we began with a song from Year of October’s Blue Plate Special session.  For the video I chose a slight more seasonally appropriate song Indian Summer.




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WOW Wednesday Music Shuffle – On My Own Mix

As we do pretty much every Wednesday, we dig into the well that is the music currently residing on my phone’s memory, and we hit “shuffle” and let the chips fall where they may…  Today’s shuffle yields a nice mix of different styles of music which makes sense only to people like me…

Shall we?

“Douchebags on Parade” by Mudhoney from Vanishing Point

Somebody made some kind of dick move on the road in front of me while this song was playing.  I have no memory of this happening, but I was driving in Nashville, so it’s a good bet… anyway, a rockin’ tune from the veteran Seattle Grunge band’s 9th and latest album.

“Most People” by Dawes from Stories Don’t End

We live, contained in our skins, filled with aspirations and self-doubt and all kinds of crap, and we some how think we are all alone.  The truth, though, is quite different.

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“Aussie bluesman and Irish Songstress get married, form a band and make great music together. This shabby hill country blues oozes cool”. Guitar & Bass Magazine
I should have known Popa Tune’s was already all over this… hell, he’s probably my source. The duo released a new album this past May. This is from their 2010 album…

“Can’t Get Over You” by Kevin Jenkins from Step Inside

I think we featured this just a few weeks ago, but that’s the way WOW Wednesday’s work. It’s some silky smooth soul jazz sounds from NYC and the True Groove label.

“On My Own” by Year of October from Stories

E2TG favorites, Year of October are a couple of months away from the release of their new album Golden Days.  They just released the first single called “Gone” complete with a ninjatastic video.  We kick in with a song from their earlier release Stories.

“Myth” by Beach House from Loss Opportunity: The 2012 Sub Pop Records Sampler/Bloom

Dream Pop duo Beach House join the WOW Wednesday hysterics with the first release off their 2012 album Bloom.  It’s dreamy and poppy…

“Hope and Promise” by prattle on, rick from Some Quiet Majesty

Another Nashville-based E2TG favorite is prattle on, rick.  This is from his latest album, and I think it is one of the bonus songs you can get from downloading the album.

“Deperate Hand” by Garrison Starr from Relive (NoiseTrade Version)

Garrison Starr has been making some great music for a number of years.  This song is from a 2012 live album recorded at 12th and Porter here in Nashville. 



Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Smells Like Gin Mix

Here’s some music from your Tuesday…. window.amznpubstudioTag = “eartothegro00-20”;

“Golden Days” by Year of October from WDVX Blue Plate Special 4/12/2014 1.


“Spacetic Fever” by Left of Logic from In Formation 2.


“Sharp Feathers” by Telepathic Teddy Bear from Forgiveness 3.


“bleibet meine freude/bron van al my vreugde” by velodrones from kersfees tape $ 4.


“Running Wild” by Moon Taxi from Mountains Beach Cities


“A Real Woman” by Slew of Young Gentlemen from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – Section 5 5.


“Cross-Eyed Woman” by Michael Burks from Alligator Records: 21st Century Blues and Roots 6.


“Titfull of Mumbles” by Tipi Valley from Blue Moon EP 12.


“Falling (Theme from Twin Peaks)” by Verdigirls from the single 7.


“Bait and Switch” by Gumshen from Progtonica


“Sharkjaw Beartrap (Megan)” by No Shoes from Cow Drawings EP 8.


“In the 9th Inning” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues  9.


“Drinking Song” by The Danbury Lie from Fourth Time’s a Charm 10.


“Infinity of Folded Cloth” by Ghostpal from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen – Section 5


“A Life Spent Pissing in the Wind” by Darrin Bradbury from Death in my Left Ear 11.


“Open Ended Life” by The Avett Brothers from Magpie and the Dandelion


Hitting some highlights…


1.       A performance of a what will likely be the title track from the forthcoming Year of October album – recorded at the band’s April appearance on the WDVX Blue Plate Special from Knoxville.

2.       A crazy fun song from Left of Logic.

3.       Some new music from Telepathic Teddy Bear.

4.       Another awesome track from Velodrones.  Thean Slabbert’s other band Bosveld are currently on a bike tour in Canada.  Check them out if you are there…

5.       A band that lives up to it’s name…. 

6.       Real Woman meet Cross-Eyed Woman….

7.       Formerly The Velveteens an E2TG featured artist.  Now Verdigrls and covering the Twin Peaks theme..  how cool.

8.       Our Mama Coco’s love fest continues with 4 more Mama Coco’s related songs in today’s shuffle including this one.

9.       Coincidently appropriate given the All-Star Game is tonight…

10.   Another awesome song from the new The Danbury Lie release.

11.   One from Darrin Bradbury’s latest release, and just as expected it’s a really great song..
12.  I almost forgot.  Our friend Tipi Valley is from Wales.  The Mumbles is a place in Wales or something.  Anyway, this is a cool song, and quit giggling at the word Titfull.


E2TG Dustin’ off Cobwebs…. Part I

Ug.. it’s been a month or more since I posted… due to circumstances yada yada…

I hope to be back up to full speed ahead soon, but I need to dust off the cobwebs to share some things – some long overdue. 

First of all – time is getting short (and I’m talking you bands and artists):  CXCW ’14 runs March 9-15, 2014 – location to be determined by you.  There is still time to submit you video – check out the details here:  Couch by Couchwest 2014

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On February 14, still relatively new Nashvillian, Darrin Bradbury released his full length – True Love.  Previously, I’ve called Darrin the best pure songwriter I’ve heard in a long, long time. True Love solidifies that claim, and if I must say, makes me look damn prophetic.   Give it a listen, download, and name a good price.

If that wasn’t enough, just five days after the release of True Love, the prolific Mr. Bradbury released a live album produced by Spader Music.

Next up, I have a big congratulations to send out to E2TG favorites Miss. Shevaughn and Yuma Wray who officially became Mr. and Mrs. Shevaughn-Wray.  Kidding about the name, but they Erin and Chris did tie the knot and will be embarking on a humongous honeymoon tour that will take them coast to coast – which is what they like, and includes a return trip to Nashville later this month.

In fact, the Nashville date March 25 happens to correspond to the release date of the highly anticipated new album, Lean into the Wind which will be released on Seven Dead Arson Records.  Here are a couple of tracks from that album. 

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In other news, the new Taco Land album is due out soon  between writing and posting – I saw that Home Sweet Home is out now!, and we have a preview of the title track for you:

Next: It’s been a little since we heard from Ear the Ground Featured Artists – Dogs of Oz, but they are back with a new single ahead of one of the band’s long anticipated full-length album.  The single is out on Cassette and Digital Download from Unruly Factions.  Get it HERE and take a listen below:

I got to hang out with and see E2TG friends, Year of October (look for a new album from them in the summer.  They are sounding better than ever and I can’t wait for the album.  On the bill that night were a rocking Nashville Blues/Rock band called The Static Trees who sounded great and did a pretty sweet Stones’ cover (“Shake Your Hips” from Exile on Main Street), and a folksy/americanaish Murfreesboro band called Island Wren who are awesome and just released an EP called Fountain which you can get from iTunes and other places.