Some days, the shuffle brings up wildly diverse musical styles and eras which coexist in an uneasy alchemy of unforeseen beauty. Other days, like today, it’s all about amazing songs with simple but powerful words and music.
Shuffle it up…
“Spend Your Life” by The Autumn Defense from NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Sessions/The Autumn Defense
Purveyors of seventies-style pop music – Chicago’s The Autumn Defense offer up a song from their self-titled 2007 album. This version is recorded at Eastside Manor in East Nashville.
“Asmodea” by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues
New Jersey’s The Jean Jackets play lovely music, and this is one of the loveliest – from Field Theory Blues.
“Bring it All” by Deena from Rock River
Second day in a row will have a song from Deena (also from New Jersey). This one has a gentle twang that pushes the song forward like an easy hike on a warm summer day.
“Dumb Fool” by The Grey A from My Country
The Grey A is the new project by Grey Jacks formerly of Glossary. My Country won’t be out for a month or so, but you can check out some of the music at the website. http://www.thegreya.com/We will have much more of this album in the days and weeks to come. Dumb Fool is just a plain old great song of political frustration tinged with just a little bit of hope.
E2TG Note: The bass player for The Grey A is none other than long-time friend of this blog, Howard Rabach. We met Howard in the early, early days of Ear to the Ground (when we were still on Posterous), and his band Ubiquity Machine was runner-up for our first annual Band of the Year Reader’s Poll and they had a song on our first (and currently only) compilation.
“Fine One to Talk” by Gumshen from Progtronica
Closing out the shuffle is a gorgeous song from Seattle band Gumshen from their recent album Progtronica.
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