Thursday, July 31, 2014
715th post - call this the Hank Aaron post. No shuffle tomorrow, but I will be back on Monday. If you miss me too much, you can check out past video playlists HERE.
We have a good one today - click past the jump...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The idea behind WOW Wednesday is to open up the entire music collection housed on my phone and see what comes up on random shuffle. As you probably know on most days, I shuffle a "current" playlist of around 200-300 songs - heavily loaded with new or recent music - supplemented with whatever has crossed my mind or my ear of late.
Today's WOW shuffle offers a pretty darn random sampling of some the music I've gathered....
Go past the jump for more...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Today's shuffle takes us from the Mississippi Delta via one of Nashville's hottest bands, up to New York with a singer-songwriter who's lead instrument is the bass. To the North Mississippi Hill Country with a legendary blues player, to New York City where a cover of a Howlin' Wolf classic gets a dub remix, and ends up with some Connecticut teens taking on a lo-fi classic from the Pacific Northwest. Not a bad ride for a Tuesday...
Monday, July 28, 2014
"There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds" - David Bowie
Shuffle after the jump....
Friday, July 25, 2014
I didn't sleep particularly well last night, and so I knew I would need some cool tunes to make it through the morning commute. With that in mind, I decided to run my usual shuffle for the full ride into work, and thus was born a new feature* at Ear to the Ground called Full-Ride Friday (hashtag #frf - patent pending** - void where prohibited) **there is not patent pending...
* Bloggers Note: I sure hope no one notices that about 90% of the time I announce I new feature, it never appears again. If they notice, they may realize that I'm just making this up as I go around and thus may figure out that I'm not a real music blogger.
Anyway, I hit shuffle and 21 songs later, I made to my desk to begin my day... Go past the jump to experience the first (and maybe last) ever Full-Ride Friday Shuffle!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Man oh man, there is a lot of cool things happening in the world of music swirling around Ear to the Ground friends... More to come!
Jumping back into our daily shuffle from the Current playlist, we have four really amazing songs....
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
WOW = Wide Open Wednesday where E2TG opens up the entire contents of the 32GB memory card and shuffles the heck out of it. Okay, so WOW Wednesday is redundant. How about WOW = Wide Open Window or Wide-Open Whatever... that's not the point.
The point is that when I load up all the songs which currently reside on my phone (merely a subset of my entire music collection, mind you) all bets are off. There is some really weird stuff, some familiar names (E2TG favorites and classic artists), genres ranging about as far as genres can range, new music, older music, and very old music. Luck of the draw determines the results... Here is today's WOW Wednesday Shuffle....
After the jump...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Here's some music from your Tuesday....
Monday, July 14, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
Today's shuffle is all about experiences (or at least I've tried to make it so): good, bad, past, and future... Are you experienced? 'Cause I am...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The 700th post here at Ear to the Ground arrives with another great mix of music. We have two sub-themes going in this otherwise loosely constructed collection of songs. Bells and Italian Food. Read on...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Trying a new thing here at Ear to the Ground.... every Wednesday (or at least this Wednesday... or maybe some Wednesday's) I am going to Shuffle up all the songs in my phone's memory and see what happens... Usually, the Morning Shuffles come from a playlist called "Current Stuff" which includes... well current stuff and basically all the recent adds plus some random stuff to keep things interesting. Songs are moved off of the playlist as they are featured and new music is added all the time (as memory allows). Beyond that playlist, I have approximately 4,000+ songs stored in my phone at any given time. As you might expect, it's a weird collection of some really interesting music that I've collected in various ways over the years. I have to say, the fact that Mary Gauthier and Chuck Prophet were the first two songs that came up... I am feeling optimistic.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Here at #E2TG, we pride ourselves on bringing great music to your internets. What we lack in time and exclusive access, we try to make up for in pure quality and absolutely insane diversity.
Today's Shuffle makes a whirlwind trip from latter day Country music pioneer Sturgill Simpson all the way to a lusciously bizarre Nina Hagen cover of a Neil Diamond penned The Monkees' song. In between, we stop in and visit with #E2TG favorites Tomas Doncker, Marla Mase, Darrin Bradbury, and twice with Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, and we feature three Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen related artists. Plus a bunch more... here's the list
Monday, July 7, 2014
More swampy goodness from this Nashville band.
A lot of Nashville connections in today's shuffle. Chicago band The Autumn Defense stopped by Nashville and recorded this treat at the fabulous Eastside Manor.
Adam Hill is from Nashville. I've featured several tracks from his Little Time album. They are all good. So is this one.
Another appropriate song for the Morning Shuffle, and another stunningly beautiful pop song from The Jean Jackets. I really need to get caught up with their music...
Clocking in at over 10 minutes (and still only the second longest song in today's shuffle. I'm a big enough man to admit that I don't have a clue what this song has to do with The Beatles (or with conspiracies for that matter), but it's a sonically interesting extended jam.
Taylor Brown is a California folk singer who has appeared with (among others) Carly Simon, Levon Helm, and Dar Williams.
Taking us home on this blue Monday is a stunning 11+ minute song from Brooklyn based Joseph Arthur who more recently released an ambitious and awesome tribute to Lou Reed.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
1. “Winterlight”/The Autumn Defense/Ten Full Paces
Such a great sound. Saw them live in the parking lot of Grimey’s for Americanarama last September.
2. “living on”/The Lies/whatever
3. “Look in Your Eyes”/Taco Land/Home Sweet Home
During the hiatus, our old friends Taco Land dropped a new album called Home Sweet Home, and this track has such a great sound. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from Taco Land and more.
4. “Tar”/The Jean Jackets/Field Theory Blues
more after the jump....
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
“Power”/Tomas Doncker/Power of the Trinity – Global Soul….
“Ven Hacia Mi (Come Unto Me)”/The Mavericks/In Time* - Another from my friend Ronnie’s 2013 mix CD – love this!
“Feel So Down”/Solardrive/Solardrive – another great song from Solardrive – the awesome project fronted by Balthazar Getty.
“Terra Animata”/The Plum Magnetic/Terra Animata – New Orleans based World/Fusion/Rock band.
“Big Mountain Fudge Cake”/The Foresters/Living Hold – the three Nork Brothers from Connecticut continue their musical growth spurt with a Zeppelinesque rocker.
“Calypso Foam”/The Graveyard Kids/Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen: Section 5 (Graveyard Kids II) - Another great band from the seemingly bottomless wellspring that is Mama Coco’s.
“Splinters”/Austin Lucas/Stay Reckless – three time CXCW alum… shows how it’s done with a smart, heartfelt song.
“Life is Hard”/Darrin Bradbury/True Love – “It’s funny where it stops, it’s funny where it starts, and the whole thing in the middle well it’s bound to break your heart.” – such a great line in a song that name drops Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, and Daffy Duck!
“Magic and Fire”/Brave Baby/Forty Bells – another great song by this South Carolina indie band.
“Could We See”/Grounded/untitled – Grounded were first featured on Ear to the Ground back in September 2012. They have such a unique sound, and I love the acoustic vibe of this song. Trivia: This is the second time that Grounded have appeared in a Shuffle with Darrin Bradbury’s song “Life is Hard”. Their song “Break it Up” appeared with a live version of Bradbury’s song on January 9. #themoreyouknow
“The Best Record Ever Made”/Bill Lloyd/Boy King of Tokyo - a true Nashville treasure who has worn many hats in his long career, and worn them well – I may add. This homage to great records from his 2012 album – has a simply gorgeous hook.
Shuffle after you jump....