Friday, May 5, 2017

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Swimming to Normal Mix

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Look.  Illness doesn't have a political affiliation.  It doesn't care if you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Libertarian, Communist, Democratic Socialist, Anarchist, Capitalist, or whatever.  We are living pretty deep into the 21st Century now. Medicine has advanced greatly.  Our healthcare system has been broken for a long time. There are legitimately many different approaches to tackling this important and complex issue. (And yes, I would hope the majority of Americans recognize that it is a complex and complicated issue).  By any standards, in my opinion, the bill passed by the House of Representatives should be taken as an affront to the American people. The people who voted for this legislation (some without having read it) and who celebrated its passage - need to be held accountable when they are up for reelection. I wish I had more faith in the electorate to do that.  This bill is bad for everyone except the most wealthy.  Everyone else, should be outraged. We can do better, we must do better.  #Resist #Persist.

It is Friday, and it is time we dig into our "New Music" playlist and see what the shuffle brings up... it's a gray, rainy day here in Nashville. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.

"Bad Move" by Phil Rudd

Late last year, I got an early listen to Head Job - the long awaited solo album by former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd. Rudd will be appearing later this month at Springfest 2017 in Edinburgh - along with legendary disco group Sister Sledge. 

"Suddenly the Same" by Kingsley Flood

Another album was excited to get to hear early - was Another Other by Kingsley Flood. This band is from D.C. and Boston.  They bring a unique perspective to their particular brand of  "Americana"* music. *my term not theirs.

"Crazy" by Nina Massara

Nina Massara is Danish, but she is now a Nashville resident, and she will be playing a hometown show on June 1 at The Basement. Her music is spicy, blues-infused rootsy music.  I love this song in particular. 

"Back of My Hand" by Eight O'Five Jive

E2TG's favorite jump blues band returns to the shuffle with some typically feisty words from Lee Shropshire. This is off their latest album, Swing Set. 

"Hemingway's Tell" by Kristin Hersh

Next up - a nifty song from former Throwing Muses member Kristin Hersh from her album Wyatt at the Coyote Palace. The double album was recently reissued on vinyl.

"Howling" by Owen Campbell

Owen Campbell is an Australian bluesy folk singer/songwriter/guitarist who has been making music since he was 10 years old. Still only in his mid-20s, he possesses the voice and the songs of a seasoned artist. His latest is album is called Breathing Bullets, and it is phenomenal.

"Contact (The Woods)" by Ugggy

The shuffle has joined me this week in spreading some love to Toronto-based hip-hop artist Ugggy.  He released a new mixtape- called  STŒND ALŒN (uncollected thots)- earlier this week on May 1.  We currently have songs from four different Ugggy releases in my playlists.  This track comes from his beat tape - called The Harvest Beet Tape. It was released in April 1.  Ugggy is a member of 2016 Band of the Year, Valued Customer. I included a VC video in the playlist this time.  
"Red, White and Blue" by The Rosellys

From The Granary Sessions.  The Granary is a converted barn in the heart of Gloucestershire countryside. This is the debut full-band album - which I got turned onto by Don Gallardo during Americana fest last year. This song offers an explanation as to why this UK band likes to sing about the United States .  

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