Well, it's back to school time, which means my morning commute reverts back, and the Morning Mix of Music goes back to a more manageable length - or something...
Let's get to it - after the jump...
Today 3/5 of our Pre-Shuffle comes from the Texas Alt-Country legends, Centro-Matic:
"The Massacre Went Well" from their 1999 sophomore effort, Navigational
"Ninety Secretaries Down" from the 2000 South San Gabriel Songs/Music - original credited to Centro-matic - it is considered the first album by South San Gabriel (an off-shoot - sort of - of Centro-matic)
"D.Boon-Free (A Ninth Grade Crime) from Centro-Matic's third album (also 1999) called The Static Vs. The Strings Vol. 1
Other, non-Centro-Matic, songs in the Pre-Shuffle were:
"Jazzy Mcgee" by The Blind Owl Band from their latest album. (2013)
"Triggers" by Beijing from their album Night. (2013)
"Insane in the Brain" (Cypress Hill cover) by The Connells from When Pigs Fly (2002)
We earlier featured Devo's rendition of the CSNandY song, "Ohio". From the same compilation (thought of and produced by Cevin Soling of The Neanderthal Spongecake) comes this version of the 1993 hip-hop crossover hit. The Connells - the North Carolina Alt-Rock, Power Pop legends fit the bill as being unlikely artists to record this song. It's a ton of fun, though.
"Dancing Song" by Little Comets from In Search of Elusive Little Comets (2011)
"The Sarge" by Casey Black from It Shapes Me As It Goes (2011)
I'll just flat-out say it. This is what a great modern folk song sounds like and is. At once witty and poignant, with a great hook and a great story. --- There was a recently completed research study that showed the significant economic impact the music industry has on Nashville. The great music writer Peter Cooper wrote a response in which he expounded on the significant cultural impact music has on "Music City USA". Fact is, for better or worse, Nashville has an embarrassing abundance of musical talent packed into our medium-sized city. It takes something indefinable to stand out - Casey Black stands out.
"More to Rust" by Sci-Fi Romance from The Ghost of John Henry (2012)
It is so good to have our friend Vance and his band Sci-Fi Romance back into the Shuffle, and to be reminded of just how damn good they are. The Ghost of John Henry - a album-length take on the John Henry legend - is an amazing album - which we were proud to offer up in a pre-release stream back in May of last year. "More to Rust" is a stand-out on a album full of stand-out tracks.