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According to my Facebook memories, the Blogger/Blogspot version of E2TG is 5 years old right about now. (For the first 6-7 months, the blog was hosted on the now defunct site Posterous). Just thought I would mention that.
Embedding the "Earie" Awards in the shuffles has worked well for the most part. Expect some non-embedded "Earies" as we move forward. Also, just to address it... sometimes, a "non-winner" may tend to stand out which is not my intention. I have a very clear (if unstated) concept of the "Earies" and it does not necessarily have anything to do with the quality of the music. Basically, I don't include music that I don't like on E2TG. That being said, I may be spreading the awards out more thinly going forward so... if your favorite band doesn't win one day, keep tuning in.
It is Tuesday and we have some "trending" music from our "New Music Playlist"...
"Couldn't Help Myself" by Tim Lee 3
Earie Award winners Tim Lee 3 are back with another excellent track from Tin Man.
"End of the World (Again)" by Angels on the Fourth
EARIE ALERT: "The E2TG Legacy Award". Way back in 2012, before many of you began reading E2TG, I used to let my readers pick the "Band of the Year". The second year (2012), the most excellent Skeletons in the Piano from Upstate New York were selected as Band of the Year - in a result I felt very good about. They went on to release Please Don't Die - a most excellent album before dissipating into the cosmos. Their expansive line-up have gone on to many amazing things. Like Death Wish Coffee, writing about Comic books, reforming the band with a different line up, and forming this band. Angels on the Fourth hit the alternative rock buttons pretty hard and pretty well. This is one of my favorite songs from their debut.
"Turn Around" by John Paul Daniel
EARIE ALERT: "The Folk Artist Award" goes to Kingston Springs own John Paul Daniel. Daniel produces folk art under the name Bebo. He also makes music under his own name. This year's release All is Well is a diverse collection of roots flavored songs. This song has elements of blues and soul music.
"Tennessee" by Matt Haeck
As I reported last week, Matt Haeck hosted a show at Family Wash as a kick off for a compilation album called Songs of Love and Protest. Expect these types of shows/albums/projects to increase over the next few years. This song is from his album Late Bloomer, and the song was co-written by Haeck and Gabe Masterson who is also involved in the Songs of Love and Protest project. (more details about that project soon)
"Real Good At Saying Goodbye" by Taylor Alexander
EARIE ALERT: "The Goodbye Guy Award"... okay, I borrowed my review title for the award. Taylor Alexander is a Nashville based singer-songwriter. He released a three song EP earlier this year, and this is the title track. I have been a fan of his for a while. Besides being an excellent songwriter, he has a great country music voice. It's been way too long since I've had the chance to see him live - I've got to correct that soon.
"Sweet Misery" by Richard Barone
I just got my autographed CD of Sorrows and Promises in the mail yesterday. The album, which I have been excited about since first reading about it, is one of the best of the year. A loving tribute to the incredibly rich songwriting legacy that arose out of Greenwich Village in the 1960s. This is a cover of a Janis Ian song.
"Wake Up and Make Love with Me" by Marla Mase
EARIE ALERT: "The Strength is Sexy Award" goes to Marla Mase. Marla Mase makes music that is at once important and compassionate, but also very in-your-face when it needs to be. A New York City based singer, performance artists, writer etc., E2TG has been a fan of hers for a while. She recently released Miracles: Lost and Found which builds upon what she has already accomplished.
"Rattlin' Round" by Owen Campbell
From the album Breathing Bullets. Owen Campbell makes blues-based music out of Australia. Great stuff.
"The Sandhill Crane Reprise" by Fendrick and Peck
Earie award winners Fendrick and Peck are up next with the final song, a reprise of the title track from their latest album.
"Kay, Que Pasa" by Reckless Johnny Wales
And we close with another Earie Award winner - with some clever bi-lingual word play set to a nice Latin flavored tune from the new album 5 Star Meat and Three.