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Remembering George Martin on his passing at age 90. I don't think music over the past half century would be what it has been without the Beatles, and I don't think the Beatles would have been what they were without George Martin. Rest in Peace.
ICYMI, E2TG premiered a new video by Jon Latham. You can check it out here.
Been checking out some music to be released in the next couple of months. Really excited about Eli Rhodes (Benchmarks) new album and the new one from Knoxville-based Adeem the Artist (formerly known as Kyle Adem - who I saw at a New Faces night at The Basement some time ago).
Several names you read about on E2TG will be releasing new music in the coming months. Some of them have preorders going on. Keep your ears to the ground.
Also, there is some cool live music tonight in Nashville - on the west side, Tim Carroll, Joe Nolan, Andrew Adkins, Jon Byrd, and Tommy Womack will the sharing a stage at The Country beginning at 7:30. Across the river, Lindsay Ellyn, Sara Syms, and Carrie Welling will be playing the late show at The 5 Spot which is set to begin around 9:00.
Keep checking E2TG for an exciting announcement coming soon.
Now, it is Wild Wednesday! Today's shuffle fulfills by loosely defined expectations for this theme nicely.
"The Attic" by Circus Propaganda
Circus Propaganda was like a candle in the wind (cue Elton John). They burned brightly for a short time and left behind a really excellent album and a Jason DeRulo cover as they dissipated into several different musical projects - many of whom you do or will read about here at E2TG (a few of them in this shuffle). The album was called Botany.
"Ol' Black Buck" by Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson
From the Music Maker Relief Foundation. I have said it before, and I say it again, I think Music Maker Relief Foundation has a fantastic mission of not only preserving music but of helping out the legacy artists who helped to make some of the roots music that informs today's Americana bands and more. The help they provide includes (but not limited to) improving living situations, assistance with medical bills, and help getting some music to be recorded. Captain Luke passed away last year, but before he did, MMRF helped put Captain Luke together with guitarist Cool John Ferguson.
"It's Doesn't Mean Anything" by Bashful Hips
Last week, I finally got to see Bashful Hips live to celebrate the release of his new album After I Died, I've Never Felt So Alive. This is a track from that album. This is truly original music that comes from the heart.
"Plastic Machine Head" by Zaibatsu
Another track from Italian pregressive rock band, Zaibatsu and their album Zero.
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks
Wild - up to this point in the shuffle, we have had three tracks that could fall under the term experimental and one song that was authentic blues music. This is an early 80s hit song by the British Invasion band The Kinks. The Kinks have a complicated history, but they made some truly memorable music. I caught onto this song in the heady days of my youth thanks to MTV relentless playing the music video.
"No Depression" by Uncle Tupelo
And in true Wild Wednesday style, we move on to the song that helped to define a musical movement and which gave its name to an iconic and enduring music publication/website. Uncle Tupelo were not the first "Alt-Country" band, but they were definitely one of the best.
"Tentland,USA" by Discount Ravioli
Is it just me or has the shuffle been bringing up quite a bit of Discount Ravioli recently? Well, they sure are prolific. This goes back to their debut release (all the way back to 2015). This time, I scoured You Tube and found a film by Evan Nork featuring a song by The Flaming Lips.
"Knysna" by Bosveld
Veldbrand is a really great album that received some well deserved attention from the CBC at the time of its release. The band, which features long time E2TG favorite Veledrones, is known to tour around Canada on bikes. This is a really lovely song.
"Paraphrasing" by Smokey the Firebear
The shuffle was kind enough to wrap up today's shuffle with three tracks in a row from Smokey the Firebear. Cade Williams (aka Smokey the Firebear) was part of Circus Propaganda (who kicked off the shuffle) along with Quinn Harley is a regular contributor to Smokey the Firebear. This is a brief sound collage from B.N.G.F.K.R.
"Jilm Spill" by Smokey the Firebear
This was a single release that I don't think is still available. I dig it, though.
"Tinderhead" by Smokey the Firebear
I like "Tinderhead" a lot. It is from the Mira Leo Sun EP which was released last June.