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Let's jump right into the shuffle... some music for a rainy Thursday morning here in Nashville....
"Hole in My Head" by Human Radio
So... I lived in Memphis for a couple of years back in the last days of the 1980s. I had been really into the Nashville independent music scene, and to be honest (for a lot of reasons which are more about me), I never really caught up with some cool stuff that was happening in Memphis. But, I remember seeing signs on utility poles all over downtown and midtown for Human Radio. My first thought was that this must be some sort of hip-hop artist - like a human beatbox or something, but again that was probably just me. Anyway, at some point, I did finally catch up with Human Radio, and their self-titled album is one of my favorites. Through a set of circumstances, the original line-up of Human Radio found themselves all living in Nashville recently (the band had relocated here shortly before parting ways). They began playing some shows (I had the good fortune to finally see them live just a month or so ago), and now they are making plans to record and release some new music. You can help. Click HERE and see what you can do to make this happen.
"Lonely and Blue" by Black Vincent
Black Vincent of Michigan (fronted by Coley Kennedy) recorded their album here in Nashville with the production team responsible for the recent Diamond Rugs release (also releases from Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Sallie Ford, and T. Hardy Morris). This opening track immediately brought to mind Roy Orbison - the best possible ways. Coley Kennedy sings here with a classic sounding croon and is backed by some highly original and yet classic sounding Rock and Roll heartbreak music.
"Too Many Men" by Eight O'Five Jive
One of Nashville's swingingest (did I make that word up?) bands, is up next with the title track from their current album. There are all kinds of problems in the world, and Eight O'Five Jive makes this one sound like a whole lot of fun.
"Sunday Papers" by Joe Jackson
From Look Sharp! "They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true..."
"Boy Got it Bad" by KaiL Baxley
L.A. bases singer-songwriter KaiL Baxley has a new album called A Light That Never Dies. This song goes back to his 2013 album Heatstroke/The Wind and the War.
"Wild" by Royal Teeth
Another track from the World Café Session mega-download. Royal Teeth are based in Louisiana, and the create a fun brand of Indie-Pop...
"PreGame" by Grumsling
From the EP A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea... Grumsling are from San Francisco, and they are absolutely fun. They combine innovative music with a full-frontal multi-media attack.. plus they have their own avatar/mascot who looks kind of evil but in a really fun kind of way. Cute evil... maybe.
"Fuck On" by Christopher Aaron Slade
What can you say? Christopher Aaron Slade approached me with some of his music which he described as AC/DC meets Blondie meets Scissor Sisters (or something like that). I was intrigued enough to listen, and so far I have liked what I have heard. Basically a lot of power chords set to a danceable beat with just enough New Wave funkiness to keep things interesting. *By the way, I decided not to censor the song title so, if you are offended... well... I don't know...
"Gwan" by The Suffers
And we close out the day and the work week (I'm off tomorrow) with some Soul music from Houston Texas - another from the World Café Sessions.