I had a great night hanging out with a bunch of friends at a venerated Music Row bar and watching about a dozen or more of those friends make awesome music....
We have a delightful shuffle today with some cool songs and some cool pop culture references. The shuffle contains old and new music of differing genres and points of view all existing in some semblance of harmony on my phone's music player. If these songs can all keep along, why can't we?
"Twin Peaks Twist" by Messer Chups from Heretic Channel
It's a good sign on a cold, snowy Monday morning when the shuffle begins with experimental music from Russia/Germany in the form of a mash-up of sorts of the Twin Peaks theme with The Twist? or least with a surf rock backbeat. From Messer Chups' 2009 album.
"San Francisco Girl" by Joe Nolan from Plain Jane
Our second listen to Nashville writer Joe Nolan. This is a song about one of my favorite cities (even if I have only been to it a couple of time). There is something almost Dylanesque about this song - I really liked it. Joe Nolan will be playing Short Sets at The Family Wash tomorrow night.
"Waiting" by The Style Council from The Singular Adventures of the Style Council/The Cost of Loving
A tenderer side of Paul Weller with this song from the band's 1987 third album.
"Bunker" (Acoustic NoiseTrade Exclusive) by Heath McNease from Fort Wayne
Another awesome acoustic song from Heath McNease from a collection of songs inspired by his film Fort Wayne.
"California (There is No End to Love)" by U2 from Songs of Innocence
Beginning with bits of "Barbara Ann", a promisingly different sounding song from U2's infamous new album. I actually like this song.
"Let the Last Night Be the Longest" by The Jayhawks from The Jayhawks (aka The Bunkhouse Album)
A recent thrift store find - the debut album from Gary Louris and company. Some solid songwriting - even as the band had not yet found their signature sound.
"See Me" by Heather Powell from A Haze of Grays and Blues
I was fortunate enough to get hold of a few songs from True Groove recording artist Heather Powell's next album, A Haze of Grays and Blues (due out in the first part of 2015). From what I've heard so far, this is going to a must have album. A powerful song
"Lonely Mind" by Tex and the Horseheads from Tex and the Horseheads
I was reminded of Tex and the Horseheads after recently watching the 1987 film Border Radio in which Texala Jones plays a pretty funny (if irresponsible) babysitter. I found this from what I think is a 2011 reunion EP. Sounds great.
"Jack T. Chick and the Long Hand of Satan" by The Radicals from Halloween Rhymes and Children's Crimes
As a long time... eh um... fan/collector of Jack Chick's religious tracts, this track which seemingly features some audio of Mr. Chick caught my attention. Beware the Long Hand of Satan....
"King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" by The Band from The Band
And we close out our first shuffle of the week with the song that closes out The Band's self-titled second album. It doesn't get much better than this....