Every other Sunday Night, an amazing cultural exchange program takes place in Nashville. The East Side Invasion at Bobby's Idle Hour features some of East Nashville's best songwriters holding court at the legendary Music Row watering hole. Curated and hosted by performing songwriter Lindsay Ellyn, the typical evening includes two songwriter rounds, a set from a featured artist, and a show closer by Darrin Bradbury. The night is a casual, laid-back affair that happens to include some of the best songwriters Nashville (East or West) has to offer. Plus, I'm usually home before eleven to get ready to face Monday morning. Come on out sometime. The next East Side Invasion is February 8.
In the shuffle today, we have some great songs by some of my heroes, another awesome track from a new Alt-Rock band that we have been featuring, plus something completely different... let's dig in!
"It'll Never Get Better Than This" by Bill Lloyd
We start off the week in shuffles with another great Pop song from Bill Lloyd's Feeling the Elephant album. Lloyd, who may be best known as 1/2 of the hit Country duo Foster and Lloyd, also happens to be one of the best Pop songwriters in America. To paraphrase Joe Jackson, When I die and go to pure pop heaven, I have a feeling I'll hear a Bill Lloyd song playing on the PA.
"That's How it Goes" by Meat Puppets
One of the Meat Puppets most straight forward Country sounding songs. It's still a definite Meat Puppets' song. From Forbidden Places.
"Amazons" by Phranc
Another from Folksinger. Amazons is Phranc's homage to great female sports figures.
"Human Touch" by Elvis Costello
From Get Happy!! Elvis Costello and the Attractions 1980 album which was highly influenced by Ska, Soul, and Rhythm and Blues music.
"Endless Farewell" by Soul Asylum
From Hang Time (1988) which was produced by Ed Stasium and Lenny Kaye. Endless Farewell is a slow burner in the midst of some of the most poppy punk rock songs on the album.
"Blind Among the Flowers" by The Tourists
The Tourist was a 1970s British band that featured (among others) Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart before they were Eurhythmics. The band wrote and recorded some incredibly catchy songs in the course of their 3 year existence. Appropriately enough, their 1984 retrospective was called Should Have Been Greatest Hits. Blind Among the Flowers from the band's self-titled debut album is one of my favorites.
"Out of Control (Into the Void)" by The Torn Images
I think this is the fourth The Torn Images song we have featured in one of our shuffles. From the Reviver album, the song is the kind of grungy rock songs, that you just don't hear very often anymore.
"Stellazine Blues" by The Georgia Satellites
From In the Land of Salvation and Sin comes some classic late 80s Southern rock and roll.
"Fracking" by Tanya Tagaq
From the album Animalism. This is music unlike anything you have heard before. Intensely primal Inuit Throat singing is joined with eerily droning electronica. I do not think this is for everyone, but I encourage everyone to listen with an open mind and recognize the artistry of what is happening even if the results are not to your taste.
"I'm Not Down" by The Clash
This is probably one of the songs on London Calling with which I am least familiar. It is a great song from one of the best albums of all time by one of the best bands of all time.