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After posting about the heat yesterday, things inexplicably cooled off a bit yesterday evening (don't worry it is hot again today). While it was cooler, I took the opportunity to sit out on my deck and get some writing projects complete.
1. You may have seen The Ghoul Goes West in the shuffle over the past couple of months or so. And, you may have wondered just who is or are The Ghoul Goes West. Well, wonder know more. I did an extensive interview this Chris S. (chief Ghoul) and you can read it on No Depression right now.
2. Any time there is new music from an Ear to the Ground artist of the year, it is cause for much excitement around here. Darrin Bradbury, the reigning Artist of the Year, just released a new EP called The Story of Bob, and I have written a review of that album (hint - you should own it now!)
Tonight, if you in Nashville, I highly recommend heading to the Basement East around 7:00. Two of our country's best songwriters are appearing together and it should be a great night. Kevn Kinney (Drivin' and Cryin') and Peter Case in one night and the same stage. Epic!
We have a short but pretty darn sweet shuffle today - thanks to a quick commute and an eight minute instrumental song in the mix.
"Shh.. Judy's Sleeping" by Christopher Aaron Slade
Some amorous cheekiness from Christopher Aaron Slade. From his bio, I take it that Judy was a day dreaming co-worker. In the video playlist, we have his version of the Blondie classic, "Call Me".
"Monkey House" by Artur U and the New City Limits
One of my favorite tracks from Turn Off the Light by this band from Finland. The album was produced at Bill Laswell's studio in New Jersey. Enjoy the short film video of the song.
"Little Blue Something" by Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet are a contemporary classical string quartet who have been in existence for over 40 years. Bryce Dessner is a composer best known as the guitarist for The National. Little Blue Something is a composition by Dessner which was inspired by the music of Irena and Vojtech Havel, who blend early music with Czech folk music. The song came to me via a Noisetrade sampler for the Big Ears music festival held in Knoxville, Tennessee earlier this year.
"Broken Into Better Shape" by Good Old War
A live version of the title track to Good Old War's new album which is due out next week. From a Noisetrade sampler put out by the band.
"Undertow" by Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley
Another of my favorite songs from the Lotus album by the long-time D.C. area duo.
"Guess So - Take Me Home" by Tigerman WOAH!
Another raucous and rowdy song from the band from Massachusetts by way of Georgia (or vice-versa). From the band's album, Up South Vol. II.
"Shadow" by SOJA
An awesome song from the band's 2014 album Amid the Noise and Haste. This track features guitarist Trevor Young on lead vocals. The Roots and Reggae band is from Arlington, Virginia.