Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - D Day Mix

Don't bother to double-check your calendar, it's not June 6.  No, the D here is a reference to the Roman Numeral D which equals 500.  What you are reading is the 500th  Blogger Post here at Ear to the Ground.  (Note: We began as an upstart blog on the now (or soon) to be defunct Posterous site).  In transferred to Blogger sometime around the beginning of 2012. Full disclosure, we did transfer a handful of our Posterous posts over, and those are included in the 500, but we still think this is a remarkable achievement.

As we approached 500, we considered a self-indulgent retrospective post looking back on our finest moments with perhaps some blooper reels thrown in for good measure, but none of that stuff seemed to fit what we try to be all about. 

So without further ado (but with a huge tip of the hat and thanks to everyone who has joined us and assisted us on this continuing journey), we are simply going to do what we do best... we offer up an inexplicable mix of new and old and well known and obscure music which by all rights (maybe) should not be in the same mix, and we offer it with our simple and overriding (usually unstated) message: "Hey, I heard some cool music today.  Let me tell you about it."

Today's list of songs comes up after the jump:

Our pre-shuffle today includes a song from the forthcoming album Electric Sounds by Sad Baby Wolf.

We also had another great track from the incredible new album, Pancakes and Pizza by Taco Land.


We dug deeper into the 12in 12x 12 Volume album by NOSE!


And our Pre-Shuffle was rounded out by two tracks from a mix-tape we downloaded yesterday based upon the recommendation of a old friend on Facebook.  Christian Robins is a hip-hop artist originally from the suburbs of Chicago and currently living and going to school in Madison, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I don't could not find a video to accompany these tracks, but you can check out the mix-tape which is downloadable HERE.  You won't regret it. We heard the first two tracks of the mix-tape. Sweater Weather and the title track KidGrownUp, and we are intrigued and hooked.

Now, for the Shuffle Shuffle:

  • "This Time" by The Foresters from The Foresters (2012)

The Nork brothers (ages: 13, 11 and 10) from Connecticut, who decided to form a band after seeing a Green Day concert with their father, and subsequently purchased and learned to play their instruments are back with another great song from their self-titled 7 song release.  We love these songs, and we are digging even more the new music they have put out since this record was released.

  • " 'S Wonderful" composed by George Gershwin/performed by Buddy Clark and Dinah Short from The Essential George Gershwin.
It seems rather fitting with the spirit of Ear to the Ground that we should follow up a Punk-Pop song from a band of Pre-teen/Teen brothers with a jazz standard recorded by two singing stars from the 1940s.  Buddy Clark died in a plane crash in 1949.  Dinah Shore went onto a long career in television.

  • "You Make Loving Fun" by Fleetwood Mac from Rumours (1977 )

I think I always thought this song was called, I Never Did Believe in Miracles.  I don't think I ever realized just how ubiquitous the songs on this album were during my formative years.  Christine McVie sings lead on this song which is just gorgeous.

  • "Back Around" by Dan Coyle from The Undertow EP (2013)

New York singer-songwriter Dan Coyle is set to release an new six-song EP in May. The Undertow actually includes three song done two times each (an acoustic version and an Electric version). The Acoustic tracks are currently available via Soundcloud. Today, we have a beautiful song called Back Around, and we are looking forward to hearing more from this great artist. 

So, we have 500 posts in the books.  Hears to 500 more.  See you next time.  We'll close out with today's featured You Tube Playlist



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