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Big things happening all around.... Record Story Day 2016, the recently announced Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute at the Ryman, the forthcoming line-up reveal for the E2TG Anniversary Extravaganza at The 5 Spot, and the just announced news that Double Shot with Joe & Sue, my forthcoming radio show with Sue Havlish on WXNA-FM has been moved to Saturday at 11:00a.m. and expanded by one hour!
We hope to have a start date announced soon, but we are both excited to have 2 hours each week to bring you a constant variety of music. See you on the radio!
Upcoming (as in tonight): Jesse Lafser is in the midst of a residency at The 5 Spot and that continues today with special guests Kevin Gordon and Lauren Shera. 6:00p.m. Later, Jon Latham, Bill Eberle, and Chris Watts (with a full-band) will be at MadDonna's Loft for what should be a pretty righteous night of music.
Meanwhile - it is the time of the week when we get wilder than usual at E2TG... I mean really crazy! I mean songs played in a random fashion kind of crazy... woah!
"Form/Nothing" by Bashful Hips
We began with another track from Bashful Hips recent album, After I Died, I've Never Felt So Alive. Hauntingly confessional, hypnotic hip-hop.
"Supernatural" by Cowboy Junkies
Cowboy Junkies are celebrating their 30th year in 2016. Noisetrade recently unveiled a live collection Live at the Belly Up which was recorded in June 2014. The band has a long history of recording innovative cover songs, and this one is a cover of a song by the late Vic Chestnutt. Cowboys Junkies released this and 10 other Vic Chestnutt covers in 2011 on an album called Demons.
"My Brain is Ever Melting" by Youngstrr Joey
Next up we have another track from the album Grilled Wiig. I really dig Youngstrr Joey's music for reasons I cannot fully explain.
"Wall Noise" by Smokey the Firebear
Always a blast to have a Smokey the Firebear track (or two) in the shuffle. This one comes from the EP Teshio Democracy. A nifty and fairly brief instrumental track.
"Fu Manchu" by Randy Weeks
Randy Weeks is an Austin, Texas based songwriter. E2TG recently posted his contribution to the Ted Hawkins Tribute album. This song comes from Weeks' 2006 album Sugarfinger. Credit to Mary Sack for making me aware of this awesome album.
"To Have and Have Not" (live) by Billy Bragg
A couple of years back Billy Bragg played his entire debut album, Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy, in the parking lot of Grimey's for Americanarama. Nevermind, that the album clocked in at about fifteen minutes, it was a pretty amazing moment. "To Have and Have Not" was the second track on the album. The recording I have came from the archives of The Bottom Line - the legendary Manhattan night club that thrived in the 70s and 80s. The video is the recording that I listened to this morning which is filled with Bragg's trademark acerbic wit.
"Fever" by Little Willie John
This song was written by Otis Blackwell and Eddie Cooley. Little Willie John's version was the original release. Peggy Lee later recorded what is probably the best known version of the song. So good...
"Triangle Pixie Plants" by Smokey the Firebear
More Smokey the Firebear. This is a sound collage (mostly voices) from that BNGFKR release. Yep... it's about Triangles, Pixies, and plants of some kind...
"Nu Constellations" by Jason P. Krug
Our second foray into Jason P. Krug's awesome new album, The Zen of Losing. I hope to have a full album review soon, so I don't want to shoot my load to soon, but go ahead and get this album and then you can read my review and argue with me if you disagree.
"Blitzkrieg Bop" (Ramones cover) by The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South formed in 1988 out of the remnants of the Hull band The Housemartins. They disbanded in 2007 citing "musical similarities". This spectacular Ramones' cover is from the 2004 album, Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs.
"Losing Fahrenheit" by Jeremy Gloff
I first came across the music of Jeremy Gloff many years ago when the internet was pretty much an untamed wilderness (at least relatively so). This song originally appeared on Gloff's 2001 album America is Lonely Tonight. I recently came across it on a compilation called Kitestringing: The Prison Literature Project Benefit CD. It was good to hear this music again.