Okay... I'm tired - physically and emotionally drained, but I got a shuffle and it's a good one... so let's do this thing!
"Like Coming Home" by Matt King from Raw
Just is just a flat out great song. Matt King is a Nashville-based songwriter/musician whose brand new band features Matthew and Livia from reigning E2TG Band of the Year, The End Men. Expect a new album featuring this new band in 2015. In the meantime, I picked up with stripped down sounding album at a thrift store recently, and I am enjoying the hell out of it.
"Iris (Hold Me Close)" by U2 from Songs of Innocence
Another track from the audaciously released latest album from the long-running Irish rock band. As I've felt about much of what the band has done in the past several years, there is nothing I actively dislike, but also no much that I am terribly excited about. If you dig it - dig it - if you don't - don't.
"Where You're Going" by Lindsay Ellyn from Shores EP
It's always a good week when I get to see Lindsay Ellyn sing just about every night. A highlight of this week was her amazing Short Sets appearance at The Family Wash on Tuesday night. She performed a stunning version of Tim Carroll's "Always Tomorrow" as well as performing the song that is in our shuffle today - a song about an amicable breakup.
"Wish You Well" by Bad Cop from Wish You Well..And Goodbye
It's good to have Nashville band, Bad Cop back on Ear to the Ground. They were a featured artist a couple of years ago, and now they have a brand new EP, and we have the (sort of) title track. Some excellent Rock for my morning commute.
"Slow Love" by Prince from Sign O' The Times
What's your rush? The Artist Formerly and Currently known as Prince sings about the virtues of Slow Love.
"My Funny Valentine" by Victoria Williams from Sings Some Ol' Songs
Another delectable Jazz/Pop standard from this album of great old songs. This is a Rogers and Hart song originally from the musical Babes in Arms. The song has appeared on over 1300 albums performed by well over 600 different artists. Here Ms. Victoria Williams puts her unique spin on the song. In the video playlist, we have a version by Miles Davis.
"The Messenger" by Brown Bird from Fits of Reason
I picked up this album by Brown Bird (featuring the late David Lamb) on Record Store Day this year, and it has been great having this incredible songs in the shuffle. We still have a few more to go.
"Drive" by Grey's Fool from Drive
When Ear to the Ground started, the primary way I found new music was from Twitter. Nowadays, I get music from a variety of sources, but it's good to get back to where I began. I am pretty sure that is how I was introduced to this band. Gray's Fool are a singer/songwriter duo from Pittsburgh. A strong song - lyrical and yes - driving. Digging the male/female vocals on this track.
"No Saint's Day" by The Radicals from Halloween Rhymes and Children's Crimes
Some blogs would drop off the Halloween tracks once that day passed. But, as we have long established, #E2TG is not your run-of-the-mill, Brand X music blog. We first came across The Radicals on the Built4BBQ sampler. They recently made their 2011 Halloween album available for free download, and we jump all over it. This is a wholesome, uplifting song about the joy of Halloween and children and candy... or maybe it's not.