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Well it's Friday! And it seems as if there is much to be celebrated this week (at least that is how I see it). We have covered quite a bit of ground, musically this week, and this week-ending shuffle just pushes us that much further along. Please remember, that my shuffle are truly random. I just decide what is in the playlist, the random shuffle feature picks each days songs. It tends to do a good job of it - even if I sometimes which certain songs/albums would come up sooner...
"Got to Be Mean" by Broken Guru
The second appearance of Broken Guru this week. From the album, Bent Up Halo.
"No Wrong No Right" by Jesse Harris with Star Rover
New York singer-songwriter teams up with New York duo. This came from a Noisetrade sampler from SXSW which has been in the playlist for some time. The title track from Jesse Harris' album released earlier this year.
"Charles William" by All Them Witches
One of those Nashville bands that is helping to redefine (or undefine) what Nashville music is or isn't. Got this on another Noisetrade sampler - this one from the recent Bonnaro festival. The song is included on the band's album, Lightning At the Door.
"Two Minutes of My Fourteen Years of Agony" by Atticus Floyd
Atticus Floyd is connected to the fertile musical movement centered around The Foresters and Bethany, Connecticut. I will not say that this is an easy two minutes or that is particularly "accessible"... but, I guess I can say that is a pretty visceral reminder of what it felt like to be fourteen. From Russell Stover Stole My Babbie - which came out in March. There is already a newer release from Atticus Floyd.
"Fresh California" by Circus Propaganda
Coincidently, this track begins with a dedication to Atticus. Indeed Atticus Floyd is/was a member of this combo. Their album is called Botany. From the band's Facebook page - they are no longer playing live, but all of the members have other project(s) - some of which we have already featured here (like Atticus Floyd, The Foresters, Batkhi Dahn, and 100% Beefcake) and some we will just have to check out. Anyway, this song and the Atticus Floyd track definitely added two or more missing elements from our diversity of music this week.
"Forked River Roadside Shrine" by Ben Arthur
From his forthcoming album of "answer" songs, Call and Response. This is one of two songs Ben Arthur has written based upon a short story by Joyce Carol Oates.
"Strictly Business" by EPMD
The title track from the hip-hop groups' 1988 debut album. The track features a sample of the Eric Clapton version of the Bob Marley song, "I Shot the Sheriff". This was influential music back in the day.
"I Remember" by Bully
Another of those new Nashville band's moving things forward, and getting a lot of well deserved attention for it. Bully just this week released their debut album, Feels Like, and today we have our first official shuffle listen to a track from that album. Good stuff.
"Fallout Fields" by Elephant Revival
Elephant Revival are a Colorado based Folk/Americana/Experimental band. "Fallout Fields" is a track from the band's live CD/DVD called Sands of Now which will be released in just under a month. This came to me via e-mail (which has been busting at the seams the past few weeks - so I beg patience and persistence as I try to give everything I can a fair listen) and it is some great sounding upbeat folk music. Dig it.