On a Monday which began with a spilled cup of coffee... (and did I mention it was Monday?) the shuffle comes up with a fine collection of music. No oddball pop gems, none of the usual suspects, just a nice collection of cool music from around the country...
Oh - I recorded a new bit of short fiction to my Soundcloud account. Check it if you want...
"Lovely" by Solardrive from Solardrive
Our penultimate track from the self-titled Solardrive album which we have been playing for several months. A cool video accompanies co-directed by Solardrive front man Balthazar Getty. Solardrive are based in L.A.
"Photographs and Fables" by Mission South from Migration Vol. 2
Mission South were from D.C. I became a fan after seeing their exuberant performance at The Basement last fall. Sadly, they broke up just a few months after that, but they left behind some nifty songs.
"Desert Ground" by The Western Den from The Battle Hymn EP
The Western Den are from Boston. Just a little ambient folk for the shuffle.
"Happy Man" by Sparklehorse from Distorted Ghost EP
The late great Mark Linkous was from North Carolina. This is a sweet song made sadder by time and circumstances...
"Burning Jacob's Ladder" by Mark Lanegan from Mark Lanegan
A survivor of the Seattle grunge scene. This is just a purely great song.
"Hide Away Folk Family" by They Might Be Giants from First Album Live
Again, I am reminded of the awesomeness of the first TMBG album. They Might be from Brooklyn... There May Be Giants.
"Willy's Song" by Rayland Baxter from Feathers and Fishhooks
Nashville represents.... Man I love this song. Don't fly away...
"Never Enough" by Trixie Whitley from Fourth Corner
Trixie Whitley is the daughter of Chris Whitley and she is part of Black Dub with super producer Daniel Lanois. This is good information to have, but it is secondary to the amazing talent and ability evident in this track from her debut full-length solo album. She is from New York and Ghent.
"SheshBesh" by The Plum Magnetic from Terra Animata
We finish things up with some amazing fusion/world music from New Orleans.