Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle -Unlicensed Gondolier Mix

Time marches on... a chilly, winter-like morning in Nashville with some heavy fog in downtown and apparently across the Cumberland...

This was my view when I reached the top of the hill this morning...

 Now the playlist:

By 1991, Sam Phillips had already released five albums.  The first four being on a Contemporary Christian Music label.  By this point, she was married to Producer extraordinaire T-Bone Burnett (they would later divorce), and Burnett had produced two of her albums.  They worked together again on the album Cruel Inventions. From that album, we have the lead track called Lying.

  A Fan-Made video of Lying...

k.d. lang's first release in the States was called Angel with a Lariat which was released in 1987.  I think I totally wore out my cassette tape copy of this one.  Diet of Strange Places is a great jumping in point for this album (which still sounds great, some 25 years down the road).

I can't believe no video found for Diet... here's the title track to the album...

Bruce Cockburn's album Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws was released in 1979 and produced one of this most popular songs (in fact his only song to hit the Top 40 in the US - not that we care about that).  Wondering Where the Lions Are is a great song which has stood the test of time and remains one of my favorites.


1979 was a good year for music.  Coincidentally, we have the second song in a row from an album released in 1979.  That year, British/American rock icons, The Pretenders released their self-titled debut album.  We have an instrumental track from that record. Space Invader contains actually sounds from the classic arcade game Space Invaders.


Husker Du's entire recorded output was released within an approximately four year period, but they were, are and forever shall be one of the most influential bands ever (IMNSHO). Turn on the News from their second album, Zen Arcade, stands as one of the band's best.


Check out this deal from Amazon - Get this 18 Song Greatest Hits collection from Queen for just $3.99 right now!



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - Brand New Phone Mix

So, I got  my new phone that is even smarter than I am.... I haven't set up playlists so I shuffled all the songs on my memory card.  By the way, the picture above, was my view as I began my walk this morning.

 Started the shuffle with a song I picked out.  Sometimes, you just need some pure decadent nastiness to start your morning, and who is better to deliver a good dirty song than our old friends, The End Men with the appropriately titled A Dirty Song from their first EP Build It Up.  New music is eminent from The End Men as 2013 gets underway - so stay tuned in...

While the original line-up of Lone Justice did not make it past the first album, there second album Shelter was pretty darn good and produced one of my all-time favorite songs, the gorgeous Dixie Storms.

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me was originally on the 2000 album Smile by The Jayhawks.  It also appeared on the band's 2009 compilation Music from The North Country - The Jayhawks Anthology.

Nashville's own Lambchop released their latest album earlier this year. It's called Mr. M and we have the lovely and tragic, If Not I'll Just Die to close out this historic shuffle.

By the way, at press time - the download is just $4.99 at Amazon.



Bear Creek is a steal at just $3.99


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Red Door Mix

Greetings from chilly, overcast Nashville, home of the hit television series and a bunch of other things, too.   Well, this could very well be the final Music Shuffle from my current cellular telephone.  A new phone is scheduled to arrive today, and if all goes as planned, we will begin a new era of superior music shuffling here at Ear2theGround.

Meanwhile, as you know (you do know, don't you?) we load up the memory card with fresh tracks on Monday nights. We had some fun selecting songs this week and some of the fruits of our fun make an appearance in this morning's shuffle. Shall we?

While, we don't highlight it as we once did, here at Ear2theGround, we dig a cool cover version.  We have a good one for you today to lead off our Morning Shuffle:  How about legendary Phoenix band, Meat Puppets with a song from a 1981 compilation album covering a song from Neil Young's second studio album (and his first with Crazy Horse).  Herewith, please find enclosed for your enjoyment, Meat Puppets doing their version of The Losing End from the album Keats Rides a Harley, which is a cover of  the Neil Young and Crazy Horse song which appeared first in 1969 on the album Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.

How about Elvis doing The Losing End

I know absolutlely nothing about our next band. But, we do have another cover.  This one is a cover of the Rolling Stone's classic Paint It, Black  and is performed by a band called The Insurgency from a Stone's tribute album called Exiled Again.  I found a band called The Insurgency on Facebook, but I do not believe it is the same band.  This band apparently has done several tribute albums on Cherry Red Records.  In any event, here is the album:

 Here is the real deal since I couldn't find a video of the cover...

California punk band, White Flag are up next with their contribution to the 1987 compilation Rat Music for Rat People Vol. III called Kitchen Diaster.


Here is another White Flag song from the same era.
And, we close things out with a change in direction of sorts with one of the bands currently in the running for Band of the Month - The Ugly Club with an acoustic version of  their song Last Evenings from their recent, Songs from a 10th Street Apartment.



Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - Sexiest Librarian Mix

 After some extended time away, we are back with an honest to goodness Morning Shuffle.  

Louisville, Kentucky based My Morning Jacket are up first with Librarian from their 5th Studio Album - Evil Urges.  

The late, great June Carter Cash wife of the late, great Johnny Cash wrote the song Ring of Fire which was made famous by her husband.  Since then, numerous covers of the song have been recorded including Social Distortion, Wall of Voodoo, Eric Burdon and the Animals and others.  Today, we have June's own version:


Lou Reed released his third solo record Berlin in 1973. Caroline Says I is from the first side of the record.


And finally, Rage Against The Machine from their 1999 album, The Battle of Los Angeles with Guerilla Radio.  And we are out!




Saturday, November 24, 2012

Early Saturday Morning Music Shuffle - After Midnight Mix

Hey all, hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, or for you non-USA people, a great Thursday.  Anyway, I was wrapping somethings up, and listening to some of the playlist I named, Highlights Unplayed which features songs I have downloaded or added to the MP3 player since July but which did not come up on a Morning Shuffle.  So, before I shuffle off to bed, let's see what comes up:

Andrew Osenga - Nashville based singer-songwriter, ex of the Normals released a new album back in September, and the more I hear from it, the more I like it.  The album is called Leonard, The Lonely Astronaut, and this early morning, we have Only Man in the World.

Chicago based, mellow, jazzy alt-rockers, The Sea and Cake also released a new album back in September, called Runner. We have the second song from that album which is called Harps.

Finally, Brandi Carlile released her fifth album, Bear Creek, back in June.  Keep Your Heart  Young is one of the many stand out tracks on that album.  By the way, if you clicky on the little album cover below, you can get Bear Creek for just $3.99 right now at Amazon.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Post Thanksgiving - Anti-Black Friday Video Post

The Playlist:

Blackbird Beatles
Rendezvous Bruce Springsteen
We Want a Rock They Might Be Giants
Watch Your Step Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Who? You China Woman
The Waiting Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Hand-Me-Down Tune The Avett Brothers
I Bruise Easily Natasha Bedingfield
Cuyahoga (REM Cover) The Decemberists
Poor Boy Blues Bonepony

The Videos/Streams:



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Don Ryan - Vultures (New Song Download + Video)

Some very eagerly awaited new music from Don Ryan comes to us by way of a new song called Vultures.  It is pretty wicked, bad (and by bad I mean awesome).  The song is available for pocket change at Bandcamp.  In conjunction with the song release, we get some behind-the-scenes footage of Don and his band in the studio.  So check it out and download the damn song.

While you are at it - if you haven't go get the Don Ryan's last album Tangle Town now!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Videorama - A quick playlist just because


Ear to the Ground Presents: The Final Band of the Month Poll for 2012

 We are experimenting with a new format for the Band of the Month poll.  Please rate each band on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being your least favorite and 10 being your most favorite.  We will compile all of those results and either have a mish-mash of meaningless data or our final Band of the Month for this year....  UPDATE:  I changed the setting that made each a required item.  Now just vote for which ever artists you want. 

Voting ends at one minute to midnight on Friday November 30, 2012.  Any votes received after that time will not count.  As always, more important than who wins is that you, loyal Reader takes the opportunity to check out all of our Featured Artists for the Month.


Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Missing Out On it... Mix

 We are back with our shuffle.  First of all I'm running behind on the Band of the Month poll, but I expect to have that up and running either today and tomorrow.

We have a fun little shuffle - so let's have fun!

 Yucca Rose is a jazz vocalist from Jakarta, Indonesia. Today we have the beautiful Sentimental Mood which we grabbed from her ReverbNation Page. 

Yucca Rose is also an artist and here is a video featuring some of her art.


Featured Artist - Vulture Kult are up next with the title track from their album, Don't Let Rock N' Roll Ruin Your Life.


 Here is a live performance from Vulture Kult


Nashville's own,Bill Lloyd has a diverse and storied history.  He heads up the popular band The Long Players who recreate classic albums with a rotating all-star cast of characters which occasionally includes musicians who played on the original album.  He was 1/2 of the popular Country music duo Foster and Lloyd and he has recorded and released a series of totally awesome solo records over the past 25 + years.  His latest album is called Boy King of Tokyo, and we have the title track from that album in the shuffle today.


New Jersey band The Everymen are from New Jersey and they just released a stunning 52 song compilation which is available from Bandcamp with all proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Here's the details on  that record.

Meanwhile, Everymen is from Lake Worth, Florida.  They are a crustabilly, punk, folk band, and it is this Everymen who have a song (Waking Up Hurts from their album Beautiful Curse ) in today's shuffle: