Time is marching on. Hey, if you haven't now is the time to vote for the Band of the Year. The E2TG elves are busy, so don't expect much outside of Morning Shuffles and Band of the Year voting SPAM, but we have great things on tap for 2013. Shuffle it up after the jump:
Stevie Wonder's classic album Talking Book turned 40 in 2012. Today we have You Are the Sunshine of My Life.
By 1989 Neil Young had left Geffen and returned to his old label Reprise. Freedom was a big, bold album which produced the now iconic Rockin' in the Free World. Today we have No More from that record.
One of the bands we featured during our first year of existence was the L.A. alt-rock band The Hunting Accident. One of the songs we love by them is As You Choke which we grabbed from a 10" Master released by the band. It's also on their Trees and Parks EP.
U2 are back in the shuffle for the second straight day. This time we have a song from their iconic third studio release, War. The Refugee features interesting rhythms, classic Bono vocals and strong meaningful lyrics.
We've been posting a bunch of Minutemen stuff recently, and we make no apologies. The band was known and named??? for their minimalist approach which included many, many songs which clocked in at 1 minute or less. More Spiel from Project: Mersh which was part of the early 90s CD release Post-Mersh Volume 2 is an exception, at nearly 6:00, the song features minimalist lyrics and a free-jazz sound. By their last studio album, the band was making still great but more traditional rock songs (3:00 or so). This song showcases a band following their muse and letting convention and expectations be damned.
In depths of our pre-history, in the first weeks of the existence of Ear 2 the Ground, we (without much forethought - as is our custom) named a group called Maxim Ludwig and the Santa Fe 7 as our first ever Band of the Week (a feature which continued for 1 year ending in May of this year when South of Ramona was named our last Band of the Week). Earlier in 2012, Maxim disbanded the Santa Fe 7 and started a new band called Drive He Said. That band has just released their first music and we have a song called Run Like Hell from their EP entitled Multitudes.
Not finding a video for Drive He Said - so check out the EP at the band's website.
Another early Band of the Week - the Canadian trio Inner City Elegance called it quits in 2012. We wish all three of those guys the best in whatever they choose to do. Today we have All Square so check out what you missed.
I don't know much (yet) about the band Twin Berlin except Popatunes saw fit to include them on one of his awesome compilations and they rock as per expectations. Check out Skulls and join me in getting educated about this band.
here's a different tune (produced by Travis Barker)
Everything has been coming up Watt and Hurley recently which is pretty cool in my book. Here's those guys second band - fIREHOSE from their album Flyin' the Flannel with Lost Colors.
Richard Barone (Bongos) solo masterpiece Cool Blue Halo turned 25 in 2012. Here is Flew a Falcon from that great record.