Monday Morning Music Shuffle – A Few of My Favorite Things 2013 Mix – Part Five

Stupid winter bugs…. well, I was out sick Friday – so no shuffle.  But, today’s shuffle includes music I would have featured on that day – plus a few more.   I’m actually going to be away for the rest of the week.  Ear to the Ground will return Monday December 30 to present the 3rd Annual Band of the Year award (for the first time not based upon a poll).

Let’s get to the music…



“I Guess That’s True” by Calicocat
“Lincoln” by EdTang
“Hey Grace, Hey Tony” by Grace and Tony
“May the Road Rise to Meet Your Face” by James Crawford
“Afraid to Die” by Monks of Mellonwah
“Screwdriver” by Prince
“Arrival in a Distant Land” by The Gabriel Construct
“Patience” by Mr. Kind
“Halo Day (4 ‘Drew)” by Tim Lee 3
“Bill, I Believe This is Killing Me” by EdTang
“Davey Jones” by The Blind Owl Band
“I’d Rather be High” by David Bowie
“Lonesome Street” by The Blind Owl Band
“Knocking on Heavens Door” by You and Me
“Divine Restlessness” by Marla Mase
“On the Watch (Parts V- XII)” by The Gypsy West
“Tennessee” by The Coal Men
“New Jerusalem” by Valued Customer
“Saint” by Mission South

NOTES:

Sadly, Nashville’s Calicocat called it quits this year, but first, they dropped their brilliant Mighty Superfluous.

Look for Grace and Tony to continue to light things up in 2014. Their debut album November dropped in… well November. 

Reuniting with old classmates on social media can be a hit or miss endeavor. From acrimonious political rankling to endless game requests, there can definitely be a downside.  On the other hand, there are people I didn’t know too well in school who I’ve gotten to know and like through the web.  And then there is James Crawford who just happened to make one of my favorite albums of the year.

Prince and David Bowie released excellent new music in 2013. Go figure.

The Gypsy West kicked off 2013 with the release of the final part of their Accomplices trilogy. We loved it.

Valued Customer.

I saw Mission South at the Basement when I went out to see my friends Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray. They are from D.C. and pretty freakin’ awesome.

SHOP
WATCH
(all of our 2013 favorites)
 
 


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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – A Few of Favorite Things 2013 Mix – Part Two

First of all… Tuesday? Really? Just Tuesday?

Second… how about a couple of my favorite Christmas songs…

 
 
 
Third… Rest in Peace to Mr. Ray Price. In seeing some of the news reports, I was most struck at how his voice held up into his late 70s/early 80s. So smooth…  Thanks for the music.
 
 
 
 
Now… to today’s music…

 
Our journey back through some favorites from the year that will soon enough be ending…  Shuffle style…
 
 
“It’s All Wrong” by The End Men
 
“I Should Have Listened” and “Today is Gonna Be a Better Day” by You and Me
 
“Stuck” by The Coal Men
 
“Double Brahma” by Valued Customer
 
“The Flame” by prattle on, rick
 
“Bloodhound” by Jeanette Lynne
 
“Muskegon Harbor” by Taco Land
 
“Sailing Stones” by Monks of Mellonwah
 
“Daddy Fool (Svelt Mix)” by Tipi Valley (from Rock ‘n Roll Lives On)
 
“Love Doesn’t Mind” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza)
 
“Two Weeks on the Ocean” by James the Giant (from James the Giant)
 
“Broken Heartland” by The Coal Men (from Escalator)
 
“Onward” by The Danbury Lie (from ?)
 
“Modern Lives” by Taco Land (from Pancakes and Pizza)
 
“The Hoover Farm Exorcism” by The Imperial Rooster (from Cluckaphony)
 
 
Highlights:
 
The End Men – of course.
 
 
You and Me (glad to receive some music this year from one of the bands we’ve been following for a long time.  Also glad to have two songs in a row from that album in today’s shuffle)
 
I feel like I was late to the party with The Coal Men. If, like me, you are just now discovering this great Nashville band, Escalator is a great place to start.
 
Before 2013, I knew I liked Valued Customer, but I wasn’t completely sure why.  This year with the release of their truly mind-blowing/expanding Kalpa, I have become convinced that this wacky kids from Toronto are nothing short of musical geniuses…maybe just geniuses.
 
prattle on, rick is another Nashville-based “discovery” from 2013. Looks like I caught on just in-time for his fan-only release A Decade Begins and the album from which this track is taken, his extraordinary Some Quiet Majesty.
 
Likely, Taco Land and Tipi Valley have very little in common.  One is from south Texas and the other from coastal Wales. They have both been featured prominently on this blog for some time. And they both had impressive releases in 2013. In listening today, I heard something (subtle) to connect these two great artists/bands.  Always good to have long time blog friends/supporters in the shuffle.


 


Monks of Mellonwah are releasing their debut album as a series of EPs.  The first two parts – Ghost Stories and Afraid to Die were released in 2013.  The final part will be released in 2014.  Some awesome hard rock from down under.

James the Giant released one of the most beautiful/painfully touching records of the year.  The song featured today is dedicated to his brother who was killed in Afghanistan.

The Danbury Lie and The Imperial Rooster have just about nothing in common except that they both released incredible music in 2013 that I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing and sharing.  There will be much more on both of these bands forthcoming.

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Superstar Mix

We’ve reached the end of the week.  To get us into the weekend, I have a long list of additions to the E2TG Hall of Fall, and a pretty sweet little music shuffle.

E2TG Hall of Fame:
13. The Foresters (Bethany, CT) (ed. note: Some may say they are too young for a Hall of Fame, but it’s my Hall of Fame, and by their inspiring dedication to their craft, they have already earned their place – even as I acknowledge their best work is ahead of them – I think that is true for most if not all of our inductees)
14. Those Mockingbirds (Montclair, NJ)
15. You and Me (Montreal, QC)
16. MAKAR (New York, NY)
17. The Gypsy West (Brooklyn, NY)
18. Tipi Valley (Swansea, UK)
19. Jo Wymer (Freehold, NJ)
20. Sci-Fi Romance









The inductees will continue. There are still some major favorites of mine who have not been added  yet.  Rest assured this will be rectified sooner than later.  I want to make more progress on the Hall of Fame Page before I add too many more. 

Here’s the Shuffle-

“Superstar” by Sonic Youth (from If I Were a Carpenter.  Sonic Youth covering Richard and Karen Carpenter’s 70s era hit song.)

“Waitin'” by Caitlin Rose (from Goodbye Summer: 2013 ATO Fall Sampler.  From her latest album The Stand-In.)

“Against the Sky” by Theory of Machines (from EP1.  Another track by this awesomely dark and cinematic band from London – mostly instrumental with some spoken words.)

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1877981999/size=medium/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/

“Work” by The End Men (a-side to the Work single.  The latest music from our first Hall of Fame inductees. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the incredible video for “Work” which is included in our daily video playlist below.)

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=367747451/size=medium/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/

“Heat Wave” by The All-About (from Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 4.  From Fairfield, CT.  “Dance music written and recorded by people who can’t dance for people who can’t dance.” It’s no wonder I dig this.)

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2911973078/size=medium/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/t=3/transparent=true/

“Winter Pockets” by Wild Child (from Pillow Talk. A perfect song for this frosty morning. Austin based Indie Folk.)

WATCH
 

SHOP

Ear to the Ground _ 2+

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May 15, 2011

This is my very first post, and I don’t know exactly how this is going to work.  A more informative post will follow, but I want to see how this works.

If you are reading this, it worked just fine.  If not, well – it didn’t.  Or something….

– Work-in-Progress

Somehow, I missed that this past Wednesday marked the two year anniversary of Ear to the Ground.

I just want to give a huge shout out and thanks to ALL the awesome people I’ve met as a result of writing this. Blogging can at times feel like shouting into a void, but what has kept me going besides all of the great music I’ve “discovered and uncovered” are the new friends I’ve met along the way.  

As I’ve often said, I’m all about looking ahead while carrying forward the legacy of the past. Okay, I don’t know that I’ve ever said that, but I’m saying it now.

So… no big to-do.  How about some music…

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Friday Morning Music Shuffle – Heavy Metal Drummer Mix

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Good morning – er afternoon.  After two days of Non-Shuffles, I turned the Shuffle mode back on and came up with some songs to get us through the last day of the work week…

Pre-Shuffle:  We started things off with another track from the fantastic self-titled EP by The Foresters – a track called “Alone”.  Next, we had a fun little triad of songs which featured two more songs from The Lucky Jukebox Brigade’s album Pretty Well Damned.  In between, “Taffy” and “Carnivultures”, we had Sinatra’s version of Gershwin’s classic Someone to Watch Over Me.  It was really cool how well those three songs worked together.  We closed out the pre-shuffle with a track from Odd Man Out, the Killing Kuddles’ album we reviewed on Wednesday

Coming up after the JUMP, we have a shuffle which includes two cover songs and an Arrested Development reference…


  • “There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand” by Bridge Under Fire from Why Wait? (2012)/The Appetizer Built4BBQ sampler (2013)

We have a second song from the Syracuse punk band Bridge Under Fire from The Appetizer sampler put out by the good folks at Built4BBQ. The song named after a memorable quote from the cult (and soon to be revived) television series Arrested Development, is the last song on the band’s 2012 album, Why Wait?

  • “Unwed Fathers” by Deer Tick feat. Liz Isenberg from Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine (2010)


 

A great cover by some cool folks from Rhode Island off of an absolute “must-have” tribute album which came out a few years ago.  In our playlist below, we have a live version of Deer Tick perfoming the song plus as a bonus, we have Prine himself with the awesome Carrie Rodriquez performing the song. 

  • “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” by You and Me from You and Me (CD 2013)
We close out with our friends Val and James of You and Me with a soulful take on the classic Dylan tune. 

 

PLAYLIST

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Let’s Make History Mix

Well, it seems like I actually made progress last week – presenting more tracks on the blog than I added to the Playlist.  Then, this weekend came along…  There is a seemingly endless amount of really good to great music out there, and the list keeps growing.

Meanwhile, my album review to do list keep growing, while the free time seems to dwindle. So, I’ll keep at it… 

 The Pre-Shuffle included another track from the minuteflag EP.  “Candy Rush” is a wild jazzy, punk rock jam of an instrumental.  We followed that with some more great bluesy folk pop from our friends Val and James who record as You and Me – this time we heard “Today is Gonna Be a Better Day”.  NOSE! demonstrating the timeless art of “Hamboning”.  We heard a classic.  Harry James and His Orchestra doing “Blues” from An American in Paris composed by – you guessed it – George Gershwin. We closed out the Pre-Shuffle with all 10 minutes of “Go Girls (Complete)” from the Go Girl album by Dog Without Warning.

 Shuffle comes up right after the jump…. JUMP!


  •  “A New Love (Can Be Found)” by Daniel Romano from Come Cry With Me (2013)
 

There is a cool monthly mixtape put out every month by a group of bloggers including our friend David “Popatunes” Horton.  It’s Called Feel Bad.  The April Edition just came out and heading the as always stellar (and diverse) selection of tunes is this one.  Check out Feel Bad for April HERE. If you listen to most Country radio and wonder what ever happened to good old COUNTRY MUSIC, then look no further  than Canadian Troubadour Daniel Romano.

  • “Little Man” by Christian Robins (Prod Blended Babies) from KidGrownUp (2013)

We had two tracks from this new mixtape in Friday’s Pre-Shuffle.  Today, young rapper Christian Robins makes the jump into the Shuffle with this outstanding track.  Words and Beats. Lyrical content that matters and that says something.  Seriously, you have to give this a listen. “Hands Up, Hands Up for the Little Man”  Download the Mixtape HERE.

  • “Oh, Rose” by Skeletons in the Piano from Please Don’t Die (2013)

Please Don’t Die is the highly anticipated 3rd Album from Saratoga Springs band Skeletons in the Piano.  Pre-Orders start April 20. The record is being put out by Magnetic Eye Records. Skeletons in the Piano, as you may know, were voted Band of the Year in 2012 by you, our loyal readers. Expect my full review of this album soon.  Today, we heard the final song from the album. Prepare yourself, this album is going to totally blow you out of the water.  Some of the earliest reviews have thrown out descriptions like Wagner meets Iron Maiden. This is BIG music and great music.  Stay tuned for much more about this.  As indicated on the poster reproduced above, The CD release party is happening May 11 and The End Men are joining the party.  Man, I wish I could be in Saratoga Springs on that night.

Let’s Make History Mix Playlist
 

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Avant Guard Dogs Mix

It’s festival announcement time. We’d love to hear from our Readers about which festival lineup you are most excited to see. I’ll be honest for most of the major festivals, probably 90% of the lineup seems almost obligatory.  By that, I don’t necessarily mean it’s bad music, just that there seems to be a core group of bands who you know are going to be at every major festival.  So, we’re most interested in any artists who you were surprised to see on a festival line-up.  

Let’s get to it:  This morning, we had four songs in our pre-shuffle shuffle and four song in our Shuffle shuffle.

Pre-shuffle:  we continue to dig on the Dog Without Warning album Go Girl.  Today, we heard Pacific Time Zone which more of an alt-country feel to it then some of the other songs we’ve heard from the album.  We also had another great song from the self-titled You and Me album. We heard a newish track from our good friend Galen Wade via Soundcloud, and the pre-shuffle closed out with another great track from The Lucky Jukebox Brigade – he heard Flip which the band performed for this year’s CXCW.

Now, let’s get to the Shuffle – it’s after the Jump

  • “Gone With the Wind” by The Plastic Pals from Good Karma Cafe (2008)



The Plastic Pals are a really cool Twin-Guitar pop band from Stockholm.  Their newest album was produced by Chris Cavacas (ex-Green on Red). Today, we have a track from the band’s 2008 album Good Karma Cafe.  They found us on Twitter and we are extremely glad they did.

  • “You Make Me Rock and Roll” by Tom Tom Club from Downtown Rockers (2012)
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Chris, Tina and company released the awesome Downtown Rockers back in September.  Today, we have the third track on the album.  You can own your own digital copy of Downtown Rockers for just $5.00 on Amazon by clicking the album cover above.  Tom Tom Club will be touring later this year including an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in June.

  • “Even if It All Falls Through” by Ben de la Cour from Ghost Light (2012)


 

This may be our favorite so far from the Ghost Light album.  We’ve already featured a number of songs from this album (another CXCW “discovery”).  “Even if…” has the sound of a brand new classic song.

  • “Fascinating Rhythm/Someone to Watch Over Me” composed by George Gershwin and performed by Morton Gould and His Orchestra from The Essential George Gershwin

Would it be inaccurate to call Gershwin the original Downtown Rocker? Probably, but in terms of 20th Century American Popular and Classical Music, he is one of the best. We’re kind of digging this additional to our morning mixes.

PLAYLIST