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In case you missed the last two posts, E2TG will be celebrating our first 7 years with a Residency every Thursday in June at The 5 Spot. These EARLY shows kick off at 6:00pm, and we have stacked line-ups every week, so you will want to get there early.
Week 1: Rayvon Pettis, The Big Dumb, and Clark Paterson
Week 2: The End Men, Ted Drozdowski's Psychedelic Circus, plus a special guest opener TBA
Onto Week 3! I am stoked to get the opportunity to present two of my favorite bands and one of my favorite songwriters in one incredible night. I am especially excited to be able to showcase the diversity of talent making music in this city.
Microwave Mountain: With raucous energy and rocking good vibes, Microwave Mountain are red hot right now. On the heels of the 4/20 - release show for Sick Licks, Jamie Timm and company will be playing a pretty rare early show. You will not want to miss this.
The Coal Men: Led by guitarist, songwriter, producer extraordinaire Dave Coleman, The Coal Men have been making music together since 1999. Their latest album is called Pushed to the Side. They are definitely one of my favorite local bands - great songs and a great sound. Editors note: The Poster above erroneously lists "The Coal Men" has "The Coalmen" - I apologize for the error and will be fixing the graphic as soon as I am able.
Brian Milligram: Opening the night will be one of my favorite songwriters here in town, and one that many of you may be seeing for the first time. Be sure to get their early - Milligram brings a punk spirit to his songs. His sometimes caustic nature belies a tenderness that comes through his lyrics.
Tomorrow, we will reveal our guests for the 4th and final week. Stay tuned!
On to our shuffle for this Thursday!
I'm not sure if I have ever been as excited about the line-up of artists in my "New Music" playlist as I am right now. So much new music from new artists and veteran performers - covering just about every genre and style of music imaginable. Today's shuffle is a good cross-section of that diversity!
"Having Fun" by Flesh Eating Foundation
We previously presented the remix of this track from the We Are Fucked album. This awesome UK band that has a definite industrial penchant - have been showing up pretty regularly here. I, for one, could not be more pleased.
"Here's the Love" by Ajay Mathur
Born in India and based in Switzerland, singer-songwriter Ajay Mathur puts his distinct mark on his songs. Melding Americana, rockabilly, psychedelic rock, Bollyrock and more - he creates unique and universal music. His latest album is called Little Boat.
"Yeasty March" by Claudio Conti
Keeping up the international feel of this shuffle, we have our first listen to Garnet Dusk from Italian singer-songwriter Claudio Conti. His style of music brings to mind great songwriters like Gram Parsons, Nick Drake, Tim Hardin and more. I am excited to here more of this awesome music.
"Awful Pop Song" by si,irene
Up next, we have the lead track from BEES - the six-song release from Japanese band si,irene. I have really been digging this band and this album. Give it a listen!
"No Big Deal" by Poptone
Next - we have another track from the self-titled debut by Poptone - a band that reunites Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets). This is their version of a Love and Rockets songs from the self-titled 1989 album. The song was written by Daniel Ash. By the way, the original album was produced by John Fryer - who we have recently featured with his project Black Needle Noise. I was a big Love and Rockets fan, so it is fun hearing this fresh take. The Poptones album features - songs from all three bands mentioned above, some original songs, and a cover of the Elvis Presley classic "Heartbreak Hotel".
"We're All Bored With Fishing" by Discount Ravioli
It's a good time to mention that E2TG favorties The Foresters are in the running for three awards in the Best of Connecticut awards - Best album (House Stories), Best Song ("The Tenement Sweep"), and Best Band. Discount Ravioli features three of the four members of The Foresters - along with Shady Sam - a visual artist friend. We are down to seven tracks left on Baby Arm Sessions.
"Wide-Eyed" by Cup
Next, we have rocking Brooklyn band, Cup with a track from their brand new album Jitter Visions. We just started featuring their previous album a few months back, and they have rapidly become a favorite of mine.
"Winner Takes All" by Life in a Blender
Long-running Brooklyn band, Life in a Blender return to the shuffle with another track from their album Happy Enough. The band features Rebecca Weiner Tompkins (Conrad y Skordalia). Coincidentally, you will hear this song on this week's Double Shot show - as part of our Winners and Losers theme.
"Lord Have Mercy" by James Scott Bullard
One of the highlights of last weekend was getting hear and get to know South Carolina singer-songwriter James Scott Bullard a little better. His is a name you need to know. His new album Full-Tilt Boogie dropped on Friday - and he celebrated with a spirited solo set at Dee's as part of the Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III. People were dancing during his set - which you do not see often during an acoustic solo set. I can't wait to see him with a full-band - which based upon some conversations I overheard may be sooner than later.