Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - Tic Toc Tac Toe Tap Tip Top Mix

 It's Friday and it's also the last day of May!  

Let's put this month to rest with some awesome tunes...


"Moorie" by Great Divide
"Bridge by the River" by Nikki Sue and the Bad News
"Wish I Could Stand or Have" and "Chardonnay" by Game Theory
"Bloodhound" by Jeanette Lynne
"Tear You Up" and "Come In" by Decades
"Drenched" by Wanting
"Tickin' Bomb" by Shovels and Rope

 Shuffle - after le jump... la jump????  The Jump!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Belly of the Beast Mix

Well May is winding down and I'm frantically trying to clear out my playlist so I can start pretty fresh for June 1. Of course, as always, I'm adding faster than I can clear out... but it keeps me going...



"Hill County Girl" by Will Kimbrough (achingly and stunningly beautiful song from Kimbrough's 2007 EP)

"Change (JT Daly Remix)" by Churchill (from a Noisetrade Remix Collection)

"Love and War (Tangled)" by New Victorians (Two lovers during WWII London, a string section, and a band)

"Tracks" by Trapper Schoepp and the Shades (Milwaukee Rock!)

"Heart" by Mystery Twins (1/2 of Nashville band, The Clutters, from my Twitter to you in a matter of hours - you're welcome!)

"Change (Acoustic)" by Churchill (a stripped down version of the second song on today's pre-shuffle - digging it - They are from Denver)

"Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley (Cause nobody does it better)

"Anymore" by Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats (Progressive PsychoBilly Folk Grass from Boise)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - Ready or Not Mix

After a hyper-extended weekend, we are back with a lot of ground to cover... without ado...


"When I Cry" - Jeanette Lynne 
"Wrinkles"  - Grass Root Kids
"Sweetest Girl in the Kitchen" Henry's Rifle
"Matchbox" - Jerry Lee Lewis
"Midnight Moon" - Year of October
"White Light/White Heat" - Nick Cave and Warren Ellis


"Ain't No Reason" - Great Divide
"Long Time Ago" - Current Swell
"Woodland" - The Paper Kites
"Leilani" - Game Theory
 "Up to Me" - Cosmonauts on Vacation
"Rue des Fantomes" - Inlandsis
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"   - Game Theory covering The Beatles
"Better Life" - Paper Route

SHUFFLE after the JUMP

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - Taking It Up a Notch Mix

Oh, hear this Robert Zimmerman
I wrote a song for you
About a strange young man called Dylan
With a voice like sand and glue
Some words of truthful vengeance
They could pin us to the floor
Brought a few more people on
And put the fear in a whole lot more"
David Bowie

 Happy 72nd Birthday Robert Zimmerman and also to that strange young man named Dylan...

Well, well, well...  I thought we had covered a lot of musical ground yesterday, but we may have just topped ourselves.  You be the judge.


We start things out with a performance of a Ukrainian folk song.

1.  "Ой Полечко, Поле (Oj Polechko, Pole" by Katarina Ljahovic, Mike Romaniak, Patrick Power and Stephen Kreuger (by the way, Patrick Power is better known to E2TG readers as 1/2 of Valued Customer, and he may well be a musical genius in my book)

2. "Old Friend" by Sea Wolf (another cool track from the L.A. based Indie Rock band who take their name from a Jack London novel)

3.  "This is a Notice" by Mic Harrison and the High Score (This is Knoxville Rock! Mic Harrison was a member of the V-Roys and Superdrag before teaming up with The High Score.  This song is pretty damn awesome raver.)

4.  "Psycho Killer" (B-Side featuring Arthur Russell) by Talking Heads (a recently released alternate take of the Talking Heads classic featuring a well utilized Cello)

5. "Only Sixteen" by Craig Douglas (1959 cover of a Sam Cooke song by a UK Pop singer)

6. "Boys Keep Me Up at Night" by Jeanette Lynne (another gem from the You've Got Me album)


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Hit Parade Mix

 Come join me on a magical, musical journey covering over 60 years and crossing at least one ocean.....


"How Time Goes By" by Howlin' Brothers (Nashville's own -from their new album Howl produced by Brendan Benson on Readymade Records)

"Intro" by Wheelchair Sports Camp (a brief beginning of our coverage of this hip-hop artist from Colorado.  Currently on tour with Flobots.)

"Jukebox Cannonball" by Bill Haley and the Comets (a variation of the country music standard, Wabash Cannonball made famous by the late Roy Acuff)

"Blood Beach" by Ghost and Goblin (another great track from this band's SUPERHORRORCASTLELAND album.  Shares a title with a 1980 horror movie which I saw at a all-night horror movie marathon when I was young - I've included the trailer to the movie in the Playlist below)

"Rock n' Roll Lives On" by Tipi Valley (our friend from Swansea, UK is back with a new EP.  This is the title track - an awesome straight-ahead rocker.)

"She's Got a  Boyfriend" by Jack Carty (great song by this Indie/Folk artist from New South Wales)

"Suburban Trap Rap" (Prod. Ta-Ku" by Christian Robins (another great track from this ultra-fabulous KidGrownUp mixtape)


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - Once Bitten, Once Bitten Mix

Time moves on.  We walk unaided into the abyss. Sail our ships closer to the sun. Life become a series of movements, of stanzas. We stand alone and yet never truly alone...

We have some cool tunes to refresh, reinvigorate and renew your damaged innocence. Or something... we have cool tunes...


"A Little Bit Longer" by Grass Root Kids (a nifty song by this awesome new band from Nashville)

"Red Light Love" by Those Darlins (Awesome song and check out the cool video in the playlist below.  Nashville - Those Darlins will be playing at Eastside Hootenanny this Saturday and this will the first and only opportunity to hear some new songs from the next Those Darlins album which is due out in the Fall.)

"Peace and Quiet" by Waxahatchee (love this song. The band is from Illinois.)

"Waters of Babylon" by Valued Customer (first of two from our friends Patrick J. Power and Ugggy).

"Big Blue Wave" (Alternative Mix) by Hey Ocean! (Hey Ocean! are a Pop/Indie band from Vancouver, BC).

"The Drinking Song" by Valued Customer (Yes! Just Yes! and Very Yes!)

"Nine Lives to Rigel Five" by Game Theory (More Game Theory with a Star Trek reference - I am a equal opportunity geek)


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Break on Through Mix

Well all sorts of bad things happened yesterday.  Sending love and prayers and thoughts to the people of Oklahoma.  

Also, remembering Ray Manzarek of The Doors who passed away yesterday. A true creative genius who shaped many generations of music.

We got some songs - as we are reminded again that Music Heals....

Today.... Pre-Shuffle-wise.

"More of the Same" by Britain. (feat. Clark Beckham) - this is the first released track from a forthcoming EP. Been digging on this track for a little while. Production by my good friend Hayden Coleman.  Representing the 615 - but this is different.

"Run Like Hell" by Drive He Said

"Sugar" by Paper Route

Wakin On a Pretty Day" by Kurt Vile - this nine plus minute song transitions us into the Shuffle of the day.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - And it Burns... Mix

It's rather hot and miserable here in Nashville.  

We have 11 songs in the mix today.  New music and old music and new to me music. 



  1. "Real Full-Time Guy" by Drive He Said
  2. "It's a Miracle Gone"  and 
  3. "Weapons" by EndAnd
  4. "The Plan" by Year of October
  5. "Moving On (Towards Better Days)" by Luke Winslow-King
  6. "Who Needs Enemies" by Nikki Sue and the Bad News
  7. "New Lover" by Josh Ritter 
  8. "Honey, Honey" by The Milk Carton Kids

Shuffle - after the jump

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ear to the Ground _ 2+

May 15, 2011

This is my very first post, and I don't know exactly how this is going to work.  A more informative post will follow, but I want to see how this works.
If you are reading this, it worked just fine.  If not, well - it didn't.  Or something....

- Work-in-Progress

Somehow, I missed that this past Wednesday marked the two year anniversary of Ear to the Ground.

I just want to give a huge shout out and thanks to ALL the awesome people I've met as a result of writing this. Blogging can at times feel like shouting into a void, but what has kept me going besides all of the great music I've "discovered and uncovered" are the new friends I've met along the way.  

As I've often said, I'm all about looking ahead while carrying forward the legacy of the past. Okay, I don't know that I've ever said that, but I'm saying it now.

So... no big to-do.  How about some music...


Friday Morning Music Shuffle - Illustrious Illusions Mix

'Tis a rainy Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.  Fortunately, the rain let up for my daily walk up the hill to higher ground. Even more fortunate, I got to listen to some killer tunes, and as always, I want to share them with you.


"Please" by The Vespers (awesome Nashville band who will be playing May 25th at the Eastside Hootenanny.  Those Darlins will also be on the bill that day because this is Nashville and that's just how we roll)

"Hello It's Me" by Todd Rundgren (The classic song from 1972)

" Singing Sunrise" by JENNY (who have a new album, Love and Politics out now)

"Hail Hail" by Shovels and Rope (the awesome South Carolina band from a Noisetrade tour sampler for their summer jaunt with the equally awesome Dawes - who we will hear from later in the mix)

"Rewind" by Kopecky Family Band (more good stuff from the Nashville band who were recently featured in the NY Times)

SHUFFLE - after the JUMP

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Constantly Confused Mix

"Its astounding, time is fleeting Madness takes its toll"

 When we stop to consider the alternative - life, no matter what else it is or seems to be, is a grand adventure, a gift, and a prize offering endless possibilities....

The rational mind pales before the majesty that is imagination.

I offer up another collection of songs which helped me navigate the dangerous waters of life in the still early portion of the 21st Century.


"Fever Dream" by Young Summer (from her forthcoming album)

"Ultra Puzzle Song" by Ghost and Goblin (a weird little number from their new album)

"The Ash and Clay" by The Milk Carton Kids (Have You Seen Me?)

"Smilin' When We Talk" by SetInStone (Corinth Mississippi band)

"In a Delorean" by Game Theory (One of my favorite songs by them)

"Swing Wide the Gate" by Raina Rose (from Austin Texas - like this song)

"Always Another" by Heligoland (from Paris France off of the Commission 45 sampler that always includes our friends Sealight)


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday Morning Music Non-Shuffle + Shuffle - Nothing Gold Mix

Did I happen to mention that I like irony and coincidence and the amazing tendency of life to throw unexpected curve-balls and how that can be a great joy if your mind and heart are open to receive what ever life has to offer?  No? Well, I do.

So, I write a music blog, and I live in Nashville, Tennessee. If you've been paying attention, you will have realized I am pretty open-minded when it comes to music. I generally hate genre labels, and even though I tend to think that most mainstream music sucks (I'm an old punk what can I say), I will acknowledge when something mainstream strikes my fancy.

All that being said, I'm constantly amazed and pleased by all of the incredible Country and Countryish music being made all over the world.  Honestly, as far as I'm concerned you can call it Americana, Alt-Country, Roots Music or whatever you want. From Michigan to New Mexico to California to Europe, there is great music being made that owes a direct or indirect nod to The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Hank Williams Sr and so many more legends.  It may carry with it a Punk rock spirit or a pinch of something else....

Ah, I've done on long enough.  Let's get to the business at hand.  

Nikki Sue and the Bad News are about to release their first full-length album, Nothing Gold.  The album will be released May 23 (digital only for now) with a release party scheduled for the 24th at the Clash Bar in Clifton, NJ.  I have been given the great honor of getting an early listen.  My thoughts (random and otherwise) commence after the JUMP

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Girl With A Guitar Mix

Here we go.....



"Girl With A Guitar" by Game Theory (co-written by Scott Miller, originally recorded by The Three O'Clock)

"Two Hearts" by Paper Route

"Participant Unwilling" by Valued Customer

"I Was Afraid" by SetinStone

"Glass Heart Hymn" by Paper Route

On to the Shuffle - after the JUMP

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - Any Other Day Mix

It's Monday - everything is going according to some plan - just not mine...

Let's get to the music....


"This Song is Called Ragged" by Jonathan Boulet

"A Search for a Heart" by Kyle Andrews

"Charades" by The Joy of Painting

"Stick Around" by David Ramirez

"Leave the City" by Magnolia Electric Co.

"On my Mind In my Heart" by Jesse Dee

Shuffle after Jump

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Morning Music Non-Shuffle - Lucky Dog Barking at a Jukebox Mix

Well once again, fate, circumstance, procrastination and mysterious forces beyond my control or understanding have combined to lead me to this very point.... namely, as I've mentioned several times, I am way over due to for a wrap-up of April. As you may recall, at the end of March I did a big ole summary for the first three months on 2013, gave a shout out to old friends who made new music and welcomed a few new bands into the Ear to the Ground Family. I resolved at that time to try my best to do this same exercise monthly.

April was an amazing month for new music.  From our old friends, we covered new albums by Skeletons in the Piano, Taco Land, Killing Kuddles, The Danbury Lie, The Imperial Rooster and Black Jake and the Carnies.  - I've probably forgotten some, and if so, I sincerely apologize. 

Skeletons in the Piano  - Buy 

Taco Land - Buy

Killing Kuddles - Buy

The Danbury Lie - Buy

The Imperial Rooster -  Download

Black Jake and the Carnies - Buy


Now on to our new additions to the Ear to the Ground family (again family is my designation and no consent is required...)

After the JUMP, we get down to business with today's Mix (Unshuffled)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Still Life with Straw Hat Mix

 Busy day... Let's have some music!


"Amelia, Have You Lost" by Game Theory (how many days in a row have we had a song by Game Theory in the daily mix?)

"Friends in Bottles" by The Takers (Outlaw Country from Gainesville, Florida)

"Love Letters" by Paper Route (Nashville Ambient Pop)

"GOODBYE" by Valued Customer (the bookend to "WELCOME")

"Metal and Glass Exact" by Game Theory (how many days in a row have we had multiple songs by Game Theory in the mix?)

"Make You Think You Love Me" by Drive He Said  (E2TG's first ever Band of the Week was Maxim Ludwig and the Sante Fe Seven. Drive He Said is Maxim's new band. This song is from their debut EP Multitudes which features a lot a cool guest stars included the always awesome Caitlin Rose.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - rearviewmirrormix

Wow! May is sure flying by, and I still have some wrap-up to do for April - ah well, when I can, when I can...   I have a nifty selection of songs today, so let's get to it.

Pre-Shuffle Shuffle:

1. "If You Would Love Me, Too" by Prattle On, Rick (A Nashville artist who I "discovered" via Twitter. Really digging this guy and wondering why it's taken me so long to catch up with him.  The video in our Playlist is for another song of his - as are several of the songs today).

2. "I Am" by Sealight (Our friends from across the pond are back with a new song - a follow up to their Dead Letters EP which I reviewed some time back in my very first Ear to the Ground record review!  I Am can be found on a Sampler put out by the band's French Label, Commission 45.



3."Stealing Romance" by Milk Carton Kids

4."Without You" by Natalie Maines

5.  "Failing Love (acoustic)" by Seth Philpott

The Milk Carton Kids and Seth Philpott tracks were grabbed from Noisetrade.  There is always fresh new music up for grabs at, and as always tip if you can, spread the word and support the artists however you are able.

The Natalie Maines' track is the lead track from her long-anticipated and brand new album Mother.

SHUFFLE is up - after the JUMP

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Fly Over Mix

Some may say, I take way too much pride in presenting morning shuffles that span such a diverse landscape of musical marvels.  Some may say I would be far more successful if I focused on one genre or only wrote about those certain "buzz worthy" artists that you can read about in all of the other music blogs. Some may say, I should stick to the script and just echo back the language of the music promoters and publicists. 

I don't bother responding except to offer up today's pre-shuffle and shuffle.


"I'm One of Three" by EndAnd (new punk music from Brooklyn)
"River Rose" by Meat Puppets (the post-punk legends are back)
"Bangs" by Valued Customer (some music from our crazy friends from Toronto)
 "'Til I'm With You" by Neighbour (More from the awesome Kacie Williams)
"Waiting for Something New" by Mozes and the Firstborn (This band is from Antwerp and I first heard  them over  the weekend - dig it)
"Cloudy Morning Blues" by Black Cold Bottles (Modern rock from Sao Paulo)
"Where You Going Northern" by Game Theory (Your daily dose of the genius of the late Scott Miller)
"Love and You" by Jeanette Lynne (more music from this amazing Philadelphia area singer-songwriter)


Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - Swoony Day Mix


I'm back after an extended and mostly rainy weekend.  Dreary, drizzly morning drive and walk, made more than tolerable by the superlative collection of fine tunes and tracks. By the way, my Current Month Playlist that I shuffle up for the Morning Shuffle had dropped to about 150 late last week, but over the weekend it has skyrocketed up above 200 again. We'll begin chipping away, as we present some Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle Shuffle tunes for this, the 6th day of May.


Jeanette Lynne's 11 second "Intro" to her fabulous album You've Got Me serves has the intro into today's Pre-shuffle.

Kyle Andrews  "Connecting the Dots" 

Set in Stone doing "The Way I Felt" (a Twitter discovery from this weekend)

Game Theory "Toby Ornette"

Those Darlins "Glass to You"  

Holy Grail "Ride the Void" - Why not.. some infectious Metal via Amazon's Free Music from Rising Artists

Game Theory "Rolling with the Moody Girls"

The next song served as a transition into the Shuffle - and we included it after the JUMP

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Slow Day, Fast Time Mix

So maybe 20 songs in one post was a little excessive.... so I'll keep it down to 15 today.


"Shit That Matters" by JENNY (the band has a new album called Love and Politics out now)
"Sleeping Through Heaven" by Game Theory (for those keeping track this make 8 Game Theory songs in two days)
"Rest Your Weary Mind" by Elizabeth Cook with Bobby Bare Jr. (Two of Nashville's coolest poeple)
"I Still Want a Little More" by Milk Carton Kids (I'm digging on this band lately) 
"You Always Make Me Smile" Kyle Andrews  (Nashville Singer-songwriter, electronic musician)
"Linus and Lucy" by Game Theory (9 in two days - yes it's the Vince Guaraldi song)
"No Reason" by Jeanette Lynne  (A CXCW alum - When Popatunes  says "Jump", I say, 'yeah, right!'. When Popatunes says "check out this music" - I say - 'hell, yeah!') 
"Sad Baby Wolf" by Sad Baby Wolf (I love this band and this song is one of my favorites)
"New Jerusalem" by Neighbour (Neighbour is Kacie Williams - Nashville again!)


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - Traffic Jammed Mix

Well let's get to it. Due to an unplanned change in schedule and some wicked traffic patterns, we had an extended set of music for the day.... complaining? who me?

Pre-Shuffle:  "Magic Missiles" by Ghost and Goblin; "Bombs Away", "Heart U 4 Ever", and "Lackluster Love" by Kyle Andrews; "For Cowboy" by Hotpipes; "Penny, Things Won't", "Turn Me On Dead Man", "Beach State Rocking", "Wyoming", "Kenneth -- What's the Frequency" and "Rayon Drive" by Game Theory; "Merry Go 'Round" by Kacey Musgraves; "A Story (Written in the Sky)" by The Bongos; "The Rosarito Beach Cafe" by Warren Zevon; and "Summer's Dead" by Those Darlins. 

Shuffle now... wait for the Jump