2015. A new year, a new start... it's seems right to begin again with an introduction. My name is Joe, and I write this music blog called Ear to the Ground. In this particular corner of the internet, I hope to introduce you to music you've not yet heard. Some of it is brand new, some of it is very old... I decide what does into the playlist to be shuffled and the magical mystery shuffle function decides the mix. Anything can happen. We some awesome things in store for you, dear reader, in the coming year, but I won't tell you what they are in case we don't do them. You never know... life is funny that way...
Well, the year isn't getting any younger, so let's dive in....
"No Parade" and "One Chapter in the Book" by Minutemen
Taken from the CD Compilation Post-Mersh Vol. 1 which compiled the first two full-length Minutemen albums. No Parade is from The Punch Line and One Chapter in the Book is from What Makes a Man Start Fires? Short and to the point. The Minutemen are one of my all time favorite bands.
"Seasons Colors" by Judah and the Lion
From their EP Sweet Tennessee. I really dig the sound of this young Nashville band.
"Straight Jacket" by Minutemen
Another from the full-length debut album by the legendary San Pedro post-punk band. Written by bassist Mike Watt.
"Otto" by The Replacements
Speaking of debut albums, I've always loved this track from The Replacements studio debut, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash.
"Little Too Clean" by Soul Asylum
Speaking of legendary bands from Minneapolis. Hang Time was the major label debut by Soul Asylum, and it has always been one of my favorites. I think it was a near perfect intersection of the bands high energy punk influences and the pop songwriting ability that would eventually earn them more mainstream success just a few years later.
"Soul Bet Coal Man" by Joe Nolan
Time for you to get hip to my friend Joe Nolan. This is a jazzier side of his wide musical spectrum. No video for this song, but you can hear/download this song at JoeNolan.com. I've substituted the most recent video uploaded to his Youtube channel.
"Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones
What can I say? The lead track off of Beggar Banquet, and one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time.
"Till the Money's All Gone" by The Sky Kings
The Sky Kings were a Supergroup formed in 1991. The band featured Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, John Cowan of New Grass Revival (among others), Rusty Young of Poco, and Bill Lloyd of Foster and Lloyd. The album called 1992 was finally released a month or so ago after sitting in music industry purgatory. This is a great song, and I'm really glad this music has finally been released to the world. I'm looking forward to featuring more of this album soon.
"Bossy" by JD Mcpherson
A track from JD McPherson's forthcoming album Let the Good Times Roll. I nabbed this off a Noisetrade sampler.
"Pure Joy" by Minutemen
Another from What Makes a Man Start Fires? This song begins with an extended (by minutemen standards) drum solo by George Hurley. One of a number of "Joy" songs in the Minutemen's discography.
"Love Your Enemy" by Ben Arthur (feat. Aesop Rock and DJ Big Wiz)
We close out today's shuffle with another track from Ben Arthur's concept album/book If You Look for my Heart. This track features undergroup/alternative hip-hop artists Aesop Rock and DJ Big Wiz. I really like this song.