*DISCLAIMER* This post is being written on Thursday night - I listened to the songs on my way home from work. Tomorrow promises to be a crazy/difficult day, and I'm not sure when I am going to post this, but I wanted to have it ready,,,,
*FURTHER DISCLAIMER* Also, I discovered that part way through the shuffle, the shuffle function got turned off so a part of this so-called shuffle was actually not a shuffle. I know. What can you believe in any more. It's all lies...
Actually, all lies are in the title. What follows is the truth - as I see it...
"Always Tomorrow" by Tim Carroll from Opening Up/Always Tomorrow
I count myself as very fortunate to have been able to see Tim Carroll play live twice a week almost every week for the last couple of months. He is tireless and has amazing well-spring of great songs. This is one is always one of my favorites to hear. I don't talk about it much on here, but these have been challenging times for me, and as is often the case, music has been an amazing source of strength and healing. There is always tomorrow. Come what may...
"Fuego" by Fuzzer from Reberto
More fuzzy goodness from Argentina. Thanks to Ear to the Ground, I count among my friends (not irl yet but real nonetheless) amazing musicians, singers, songwriters from all over the world.
"Turn You Inside-Out" by R.E.M. from Green
I have to say that Green is not my favorite R.E.M. album by a long shot, and I'll be honest - I hardly remember this song - however, hearing it today some 26 years later out of context and distanced from the idealistic weight of being the major label debut of our favorite indie band (although in my world and mind I.R.S. is pretty major) - I dig this song. So there.
"Death Letter Blues" by The Bones of J.R. Jones from The Bones of J.R. Jones Folkadelphia Session 6/7/2014
Wow oh wow, I like The Bones of J.R. Jones. I just saw where they are doing a house concert deal here in Nashville. Hmm... This is a brilliant cover of the Son House song.
"JeVeus Plus Te Voir" by Linda Thompson from Evangeline Made: a tribute to Cajun Music
I've featured a bunch of music from this compilation. This was a bargain CD bin find from Record Store Day back in April. As I have mentioned, my family's roots are deeply planted in south Louisiana. And so, it has been a pretty cool experience hearing some of my musical idols playing the music of my ancestry. Linda Thompson made some of my favorite, and (I think) some of the best albums of all time with her then husband Richard. She is amazing in and of herself, too - of course, and in fine voice on this song.
"Grace on the 4th" by Minton Sparks from Middlin' Sisters
I'm digging having this great spoken word - deep southern storytelling in my shuffle.
"Bitch in Heat" by Marla Mase from Half-Life
Marla Mase is an amazing talent - a wonderful person and a damn powerful performer. If you haven't, please check out her Half-Life EP as well as the rest of her amazing work.
"Core" by Rewpart from 1/2
My first and thus far my only musical discovery from about.me. I'll be honest, I don't quite know what to do with that site, but sometimes I get and give compliments, and compliments are always a good thing - right. Anyway, Rewpart is a young man from England/Britain/UK (I really don't know which is correct, if and when they are interchangeable - if ever - or which is correct for Rewpart but he's from one of those islands next to Europe), and I really dig his music.
"No Dilemma" by Sam Davison from Always Around
Earlier in the week, I saw a post that this album had just turned one year old. A love some much about this - great songs - the bass as lead instrument and Sam Davison's voice. Check this out.
"Colorado" by The Jean Jackets from Field Theory Blues
This may be the last track from the Field Theory Blues album which means it is well past time to grab some more recent music from this awesome indie pop band.
"Shine Them Shoes" by The Tye Trybe from Word is Born (EP)
The Tye Trybe represent the funky side of Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen. And when you are the funky side of something that has funky in its name, you know you are really funky.... by the way - speaking of Mama Coco's. This song is the third in a row from bands that are part of the Mama Coco's collective. As a complete outsider, it has been amazing to see what this loose affiliation of talented folks have been able to accomplish. In the past couple of months, they raised money and came together to renovate a new space following a flood at their old one. I have to say that Nashville's indie community could learn some valuable lessons from these folks.
"kom alle getroues" by velodrones from kerfees tape $
So, I'm slow on the uptake. kerfees (according to Google Translate) means Xmas in Afrikaans. We recently posted Silent Night. This is Oh Come All Ye Faithful - or as Google Translate puts it - Come Together (but is the Christmas song not the Beatles song - so take that Google Translate). Anyway, another of my international music friends Thean is velodrones and is also a part of Bosveld who recently completed a Bike Tour in Canada and are now crossing that country with Old Cabin. Plus he is friends with Value Customer which makes him okay in my book. I guess given that I heard Silver Bells at Fran's and have now posted O Come All Ye Faithful, you can say that the long Christmas season is upon us. Feliz Noel - or whatever...