Thinking about MLK and the price of Freedom and Justice and the power of Love and Mercy. For the record, the shot didn't ring out in the early morning of April 4 (despite U2's poetic license, it was the late evening). But I digress.
The awesome music continues to roll in faster than we can distribute it out to you. Stay tuned!
First up, we had a whopping eight songs in our Pre-Shuffle Shuffle this morning. Just to explain, I listen to music on my ride into work and then on my walk from the parking lot. It was taking to long to write a complete post about all of the music, but I wanted to take the opportunity to give some quick shout outs. So I invented the Pre-Shuffle Shuffle which contains fewer details but 100% of the love.
Pre-Shuffle Shuffle includes: Colorado by way of Brooklyn Singer-Songwriter and CXCW Alum David Lott, Birthday boy Luke Anderson and his band The Danbury Lie with another great song from their '?' album out now via Bandcamp. Built4BBQ band and friends of The End Men (obligatory The End Men mention) New Red Scare are a Rock and Roll band from Albany - Unlucky One is from The Appetizer Sampler. More Gershwin. Connecticut prodigies, The Foresters with Mugshot from their self-titled EP. A track from the forth-coming album, Damaged Goods from veteran Canadian band The Mohawk Lodge. A classic track and one of my favorite songs by Nashville by way of Mobile, Alabama singer, songwriter and guitar god, Will Kimbrough going back to his This album. And the Pre-Shuffle closes out with yet another great track from Taco Land's awesome new album Pancakes and Pizza which is out now.
We hit the Shuffle, Shuffle after the Jump
- "Lightnin' Hopkins" by R.E.M. from Document (1987)
Time is funny and relative. By the time, R.E.M. released Document their fifth album and final studio release on IRS Records, they were just six years out from the release of their first single (Radio Free Europe), five years out from the release of Chronic Town and just four years out from the release of Murmur - their first album. But, R.E.M. were already building an audience thanks to constant touring and the support of then powerful College Radio, and Document marked what seemed at the time to be a huge sonic departure from their previous releases. It even had a hit single, The One I Love reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Us young punk hipsters kind of saw it as bit of a sell-out (I remember a friend of mine singing "It's the End of R.E.M. as we know it..." on a road trip to Nashville around the time of the album's release. But, as I said, time is funny and listening to Document now, it just sounds like classic R.E.M. and has some truly great R.E.M. moments including Lightnin' Hopkins our track today.
- "Screwdriver" by Prince - 2013 Single release
As I said, Time is funny. Who'd have thought way back in 2012 that some of the most exciting new music of 2013 would be put out by the (allegedly) retired David Bowie and none other than the Purple One himself Prince Rogers Nelson. But, here you have it. Bowie's music has re-energized his fan-base and Screwdriver is just a damn fine funky Rock and Roll song.
- "The Middle" by Jenny from Heavy (2010)
We have another track from the Heavy album by countryish rock band Jenny from Calgary. Did I mention that this band features drummer Spencer Kathrens who used to be in Inner City Elegance, which was one of the early band's we featured on Ear to the Ground (way back in the Posterous days)
- "Coffee Cups" by Langhorne Slim and The Law from The Way We Move (2012)
More great music from Langhorne Slim and the Law. The Way We Move is a really strong album, so check it out if you haven't