Well congrats again to Walking for Pennies and Nena Anderson for being voted Bands of the Months for November/December combined. Next, we turn our attention to the 2nd Annual Ear 2 the Ground Band of the Year Poll. Throughout this year, we've had some epic battles for Band of the Month. Who can forget the nail biting photo finish from January when the mighty, mighty MAKAR edged out The End Men, so the battle between South of Ramona and Sci-Fi Romance with the boys from Utah coming out on top. Or the no-holds-bar Texas death match when Upstate NY band Skeletons in the Piano narrowing defeated Georgia's own Killing Kuddles. Well, soon all of these bands and more of your favorite E2TG featured Artists will be pitted in a Battle Royale. Remember, no biting, eye gouging or hitting below the belt. And mostly remember, our main purpose is to have another opportunity to present some of the great music that has reached our ears this year. So keep it clean and have fun.
Before we jump into the Band of the Year battle, we'll take a look back at our inaugural Band of the Year Poll.
But, now, we have a Morning Shuffle to present so, let's stop jibber jabbering and get to it...
Shuffle after the jump...
I tend to think of The Sea and Cake as Easy Listenin' Music for the cool kids. And, I don't mean that in a bad way at all. There is an appeal to music that mellows you out. It's why so many alternative boys and girls take guilty and secret pleasure in listening to the classic Easy Listenin' songs from the 70s. The Sea and Cake provide the mellowness free of any guilt. Up on the North Shore from 2011's The Moonlight Butterfly is a good introduction to the band.
By 1987s See How We Are, Billy Zoom had departed from X and was replaced on the album by ex-Blaster Dave Alvin. Alvin left shortly after that and was replaced by Tony Gilkyson for a subsequent tour. See How We Are found the band fully embracing the emerging Americana/Alt-Country sound which had been hinted at in their earlier. (I contend that even their early punk days, Billy Zoom's rockabilly guitar style was a natural precursor to the later more explicitly countryesque sound). Today's shuffle contains When It Rains from See How We Are.
Could not find a video for When It Rains - here is an early version of the album's title track