"There's a splinter in your eye..." Todays shuffle has it all (or it has a bunch of it, or at least some of it....): Old and new friends of E2TG, heroes, legends! Crossing stylistic boundaries without any hesitation! Crossing decades of music like we have a freaking time machine! This is what we do at Ear to the Ground! Look, my viral infection is lingering, yesterday's 60 degree high is in free-fall, it is a sucky rainy day that is supposed to give way to all kinds of frozen junk which this Southern city is ill equipped to handle, and so I am just trying to maintain the kind of enthusiasm this eclectic and fine mix of music deserves. Sorry for any unnecessary hyperbole or manic-ness of the above introduction....
"Flicker and Flame" by The Ghoul Goes West
The second song in as many days from this band from Arkansas. When they e-mailed me, they said they were "an unknown, under listened to band" - which happens to be my stock and trade. Plus their name is The Ghoul Goes West! Plus, the album is called Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things! But the kicker was they have a great sound and some really good songs.
"Somethin' Else" by Eddie Cochran
1959 - Eddie Cochran. The b-side was titled "The Boll Weevil" song. Did I mention it is Eddie Cochran?
"Cheshire" by American Scarecrows
By way of a Noisetrade sampler, American Scarecrows are from Minneapolis and this is one of my favorite songs off that release. The song is the second track on the band's 2014 album Yesteryear.
"Shock the World" by Tom Tom Club
Another track from Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom. Chris and Tina and company shock the world with their killer rhythms.
"Carryin' on This Way" by Dale Watson
The founding father of Ameripolitan music from his 2010 album, Carryin' On. Sometimes you have to give yourself a good talking to...
"When I Think of a Name" by Burning Bridges
Before the lie... The Danbury Lie that is... Some pre-history of one of Ear to the Ground's favorite artists... in the form of some wicked alternative metal from the eponymously titled album.
"Palace" by The Antlers
Deftly, our shuffle transitions from the noisy metal of Burning Bridges to the smooth dream pop sounds of this Brooklyn-based band and the lead track from their most recent album Familiars.
"Change the Tune" by Jason and the Scorchers
Similar in theme to the Dale Watson song. Nashville's Jason and the Scorchers are up next with a track from their album Lost and Found.
"Lassez-Moi Tranquille" by Warren Zevon
From My Ride's Here... this is a cover of a Serge Gainsbourg song.
"Harborcoat" by R.E.M.
We close out today's shuffle with opening track from R.E.M.'s second album Reckoning.