I haven't counted in a while, but I believe there are over 50 bands/artists that we have featured here at Ear to the Ground. This includes spin-off bands, solo projects etc. As we mentioned the other day, once we feature a band or artist here, we consider them family and try our dead-level best to keep up with their progress and new projects. So far in 2013, the projects seem to be coming faster than our ability to keep up with them, but we're trying... This week, we received an invite to the release party for the new (and long anticipated) solo CD by The Alternates front-man Spencer Livingston. Now we get word that preorders for Christopher Paul Stelling's new album are underway. Not only that, but none other than Spin.com has the first single up...
Listen, I pick the songs which go into my MP3 player (duh), and so I get the credit and/or the blame for the Shuffles that some up (even if it is the Shuffle Monster than actually selects the order and timing of the songs). All I can say, is today we have a damn good selection of songs - new music from old friends, a rock and roll classic and other cool tunes to help brighten your mid-week.
As always, the You Tube playlist embedded at the bottom of the post includes the songs from the Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle (if possible) or at least a close representation from the same artist.
Pre-shuffle: Another track from the Self-titled John the Conqueror album - brought to our attention by The End Men (there I said it - again). We also have another great song from Ben de la Cour. We have a track from Nashville band Kopecky Family Band's 2010 album The Disaster. Special Note to the person who keeps donating KFB albums to Goodwill: 1. You obviously are either dying or lack good sense and 2. Please keep it up. Our good friend, the audaciously talented Elwood Kuddles (aka Killing Kuddles) just released a new EP called Odd Man Out. We have our first taste in a track called Save Me a Seat. Finally, we close out the Pre-Shuffle with one of the two older songs released by The Danbury Lie just ahead of their new album '?' - Rhode Island Summer is a great song that sounds nothing like the other music we've heard from this band.
On with the Shuffle - click on to read
- "Buried in Leather" by Tex Railer's Doomtown from The Battle of Bunker Hillbilly (2011)/The Appetizer (Build4BBQ sampler) (2013)
We continue to dig deeper into The Appetizer, the new Sampler from the Build4BBQ collective. This time, we have the Albany-based Outlaw-Billy band with a track originally released on their 2011 album.
- "Cruisin'" by Booker T and the MGs from That's the Way it Should Be (1994)
A Grammy winning rock instrumental from last studio album from the Memphis Rhythm and Blues legends.
- "Polka De Nalgas" by The Imperial Rooster from Cluckaphony (2013)
New Mexico-based The Imperial Rooster are pretty insane, and they are insanely talented, too. The band just dropped their new album Cluckaphony and it's pretty intensely great. Check it out above. Polka De Nalgas is our first taste of the album. If you're too lazy to translate the title, let's just say, Baby Got Back....
- "Summertime" by Langhorne Slim and The Law from Summertime EP (Noisetrade - 2013)
Langhorne Slim and the Law just dropped a five song EP on the Noisetrade site (widget above). The EP features three songs from the band's awesome album The Way We Move, an acoustic version of another song and the title track which appears for the firs time. The video included in the playlist features Langhorne Slim and the Law with The Lumineers doing one of my favorite Violent Femme songs. Side note: The Law features drummer Malachi DeLorenzo who is the son of Femme's drummer Victor DeLorenzo who was a student of the uncle of my pal, Rex Silo. So there.