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It's Monday and man it sure is hot here in Nashville... you know what else is hot? Today's shuffle! Hot off the presses... The #E2TG shuffle at it's best - widely and wildly divergent styles and themes of music congregate on my music player on a weekday morning... enjoy!
"Bowling Green" by The Barefoot Movement
Another traditional tune from The High Road EP. A great way to start the week.
"Another Green World" by Brian Eno
At this point, it seemed like the shuffle might be going for some sort of "green" theme. It ended here... the title track from Brian Eno's classic 1975 album. I would say chances are good that even if you aren't a Brian Eno fan, you've likely heard this short instrumental piece.
"Gorilla Girl" by The Dead Milkmen
So far we've moved from traditional bluegrass music to ambient art pop and now onto whatever it is that The Dead Milkmen do... From Big Lizard in My Backyard. "I love my groovy Gorilla Girl."
"Jonesin' for Jones" by Dale Watson
And from a song about a girl who looks like an ape, do a fine bit of traditional country music in the form of a tribute to the late great George Jones."Blood Oranges in the Snow" by Over the Rhine
As the heat index breaks the triple digits for the second or third day in a row, it's refreshing to hear a song about snow. Blood Oranges are pretty good, too. This is the title track from the 2014 Holiday album by Ohio folk/Americana band Over the Rhine. The first of what amounts to a mini-Ohio theme embedded in the shuffle.
"Ain't That A Lot of Love" by Webb Wilder
I got to see Webb Wilder play with the Beatnecks a couple of weeks ago. He still packs quite a wallop. This is a cover of a song by Homer Banks and it was later covered by Simply Red (but you'd hardly know this is the same song). Webb makes the song all his own. From Hybrid Vigor.
"Modern Life" by Mothers
A slice of Modern Life from Mothers - another track from Panamanian Times.
"American Tan" by Aaron Lee Tasjan
Our second Ohio artist in the shuffle - although East Nashville claims him now! From the new EP, Telling Stories to the Wall. Dig it!
"I Woke Up in a Race Car" by Batkhi Dahn
So Batkhi Dahn founder Hayden Nork just finished middle school. Listen to this song and let that sink in. Hayden's other band just released the second single ahead of their forthcoming album Sun Songs (which will be their third release).
"You or No One" by Chrissie Hynde
This is recorded for World Café and is the lead track from the debut solo album by The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and thus completes our Ohio mini theme (unless there are other Ohio connections that I missed - which is entirely likely). The album is called Stockholm and it was released in 2014. Kind of hard to believe that Chrissie had not released a solo album before then.
"Pax Romana" by The Great Game
The Great Game are an international band - their Hometown on Facebook is listed thusly: "Somewhere between south of Spain and North of Scotland, Passing through Prague and Antwerp." The Great Game is the name of their debut record from which this track is taken.
"Glory, Glory" by Lindsay Ellyn
Lindsay Ellyn's EP Out of Road is one of my favorite records of the year, and this may will be my favorite song from that record. At a time when it would appear from reading social media that everyone has everything figured out, it is nice to hear a song about good old fashioned doubts.
"Ballad of Billy Joe McKay" by Shawn Mullins
From his 1998 album Soul's Core.