When you find yourself smiling at the improbability of your circumstance, you know that despite everything that may be wrong in the world and in your world, that at least for that moment everything is okay. For me, those moments seem often to be connected to music....
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"Try Me Out Sometime" by BRONCHO from An Introduction to BRONCHO/2013 Single
Oklahoma based BRONCHO recently announced that they are opening for Billy Idol for an early 2015 North American Tour - which makes the third Billy Idol reference I've heard this week. 2015 - The Year of the Sneer?
"Song for Someone" by U2 from Songs of Innocence
Another song from the album you probably have or had in your collection. Not my favorite, but I'm not a hater.
"The Yard Sale" by Darrin Bradbury from an unreleased collection of demos
This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite Darrin Bradbury songs, and last night performance at Fran's Eastside helped the cause. Hopefully, it will see the light soon with a bunch of his other great new songs. Until then, come down to Fran's every Wednesday and/or head over to The 5 Spot on November 13.
"Walls Come Tumbling Down" by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of The Style Council/Our Favorite Shop
There are good bargain bin finds, and then there is finding The Style Council in the bargain bin. One of my favorite Style Council songs. And even though, I am more of a fan of The Jam - it has been awesome hearing this music again and being reminded that music isn't an either/or proposition. So check your Beatles vs. Stones gripes at the door.
"Worse Things Have Happened" by James Wallace and The Naked Light from Deer Head Music Presents: Indie Mixtape Nashville/More Strange News from Another Star
Big shout out to Deer Head Music and NoiseTrade for introducing me to tons of great music from my own backyard. Dig this track.
"No Trace" by David Olney from When the Deal Goes Down
I will never complain about having David Olney in the shuffle two days in a row. If he comes to your city, do yourself a favor and go see him. I still can't get over his amazing rendition of Kubla Khan to start off one of his Happy Hour shows at The Five Spot last month.
"Previously on the West Wing" by Bridge Under Fire from The Entrée (A Built4BBQ Sampler)/I Got a Guy for That
We first featured Bridge Under Fire when they were on the Built4BBQ Sampler called The Appetizer. Here they add some high energy punk rock to the shuffle with a song that wins the best title of the day.
"Smoke" by The Alternates from Download single
The Alternates were one of the very first bands I featured on Ear to the Ground - a little over 3 years ago. Since then, I have followed them and their lead singer/guitarist Spencer Livingston. The band recently called it quits after about a decade as a band. Spencer is concentrating on his new band Livingmore. The Alternates left us with a last single, and it's a good one. So relish this gift, and if you aren't familiar, go check out their past catalog.
"Aliantha" by Clocks and Clouds from Single
The Minneapolis based Classical/Rock Instrumental Trio offer up their latest single. A stirring finale to today's shuffle.