Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - I Just Might Lose It Mix

Let's get to the music...


"Be Your Man" by Ivan and Alyosha

"Can't Stop" by Choirs

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by Waylon Jennings (yes, covering The Beatles)

"Last Goodbye" by Year of October 

Year of October - Douglas Corner - Nashville 6/27/2013
"The Skies Glowed" by Joshua Worden

"Somebody Put Something in My Drink" by Ramones

"Bastards of Young" by The Replacements

"Here Lately" by Year of October

"Always (acoustic)" by Canopy Climbers


Gabriel's Run....

One of our very first Bands of the Week - way, way back in mid 2011 was Nashville-based The Redding Brothers.  This is the band that back in the day, wrote, recorded, and released  a song every Saturday Night at Midnight.  More recently, we have posted some tracks from the solo debut by Gabriel Redding which was called Untethered.  Well, Gabriel is in the midst of something pretty remarkable.  Here's the details from his website.

GABRIEL is following up his bicycle ride across America by running across America to benefit those with Alzheimer's and Dementia, and specifically his grandfather, who has developed both. The run will start on June 7th in Santa Monica, CA and end on July 19th in St. Simons, GA, covering 2,413 miles in a world record breaking 43 days. Please support him in any way you can! If you would like to donate supplies such as energy bars, energy drinks, protein shakes, bottled water, or anything else, please contact
If you would like to sponsor the event monetarily, please click on the button below, or send a check made payable to Gabriel Redding to:

Gabriel Redding
Alzheimer's Run
4007 Wisdom Way
Smyrna, TN 37167

Buy a T-Shirt to support the event!


Donate directly to the Alzheimer's Association via the Bill Redding Tribute fund here:

  Gabriel is half way through his run. If you are able, please show some love for this remarkable feat and the great cause.  Here's video released yesterday...


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Got No Mind to Lose Mix

Set list from Royal Court of China Reunion Show 6/21/2013

So a longer than usual morning commute in three parts instead of the usual two, and tons of great music.  As usual, the Video Playlist at the end attempts to represent the songs in the mix - actual song when possible, alternate song or video if not possible.  Only one artist/song is not in the Playlist but more on that later.


"The Turning Quiet" by Joshua Worden (Soulful Pop)
 "Two Weeks on the Ocean" by James the Giant  (not represented on playlist 'cause I couldn't find any videos - debut self-titled EP and this song is the first "single" - Album due out next month - a song about his brother who was killed in Afghanistan. This one gave me goosebumps)

"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk feat. Pharell (Yeah!)
"Justice'nt Right" by Wheelchair Sports Camp (Yes! Very yes!)
 "Stuck" by Canopy Climbers (from their latest -  Miles)
"Forget It" by Royal Court of China (they did this one in the show Saturday night. A favorite from the self-titled record)
"The Ballad of Billy Polk" by The End Men (Hell yeah - The End Men back in the shuffle with a favorite from their latest, Play With Your Toys (ah who am I kidding their all favorites)
"Alex Chilton" by The Replacements (if this was all The Replacements had done, it would be enough to immortalize them... "I never go far, without a little Big Star")

"The Walking Dead" by Bella's Bartok (Um... Oh, yeah!)

End of Pre-Pre-Shuffle

 "Coming On a Black Day" by Stomacher (One of our favorites from the early days of this blog.  This song - hell this whole album and their subsequent release are brilliant.  This may still be my favorite Stomacher song)
"You've Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" Mr. Kind and Picture Atlantic (collab. featuring our friend Brian Bergeron's band Mr. Kind joining forces with San Jose band Picture Atlantic, to take on a Spoon song)
 "Psycho Therapy" by Ramones (First you try Psycho Therapy - from 1983s Subterranean Jungle)
 End of Pre-Shuffle


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - Power of Equality Mix


 Time is short, and we have some nifty tunes to bring you...


We started with an early morning wake up call from our new friend The Gabriel Construct. Yesterday, we featured the first track on his brand new Interior City album.  Today, we heard "Curing Somatization" the last track on the album.  A blistering, challenging 10 plus minute powerhouse filled with some glorious and amazing noise.  

Next, "I Wanna Live" by the Ramones

"Leave it All Behind" by Nikki Sue and the Bad News

"Don't Wanna Die Anymore" by Ivan and Alyosha

"Are You Hung Up?" by Wheelchair Sports Camp

and "Little Mascara" by The Replacements


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Take It Mix

I am very excited and pleased with today's mix of music.  I know, I know, I'm always pleased with the mix of music, but today especially we have a great mix of new and old music that darts across the vast field of genre and styles.


We begin with another direct from my e-mail inbox to my ear-hole.  Liquid Casing is a four-piece progressive/rock band from Houston, Texas. Their brand new album A Separat|Divide is out today and takes on the subject of borders and illegal immigration. Today, we got our first listen via an instrumental track called "Non-Linear Solution", and I have to say I was very impressed.  Combining elements of hard progressive rock and at times dissonant.  I hope you will check this band out, and I know I can't wait to hear more.

Next up some awesome Americana from William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up with "About a Girl" which is on their debut EP The Great Recession which was released last September.
 How about some music from the legendary jazz artist Charles Mingus.  This live recording of "Mingus Blues" comes from an album called Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert which was released on Columbia in 1972.
 Periodically, I check out Noisetrade and read descriptions of some of the selections to see what catches my fancy. When I read the description of The Weight of Glory by Heath McNease which stated that it was a hip hop remix of the works of C.S. Lewis, I was skeptical but intrigued. They had one track available to preview and I listened and was pleasantly surprised enough to download. Today, the track "Surprised by Joy" came up, and I have to say I really dig it.

We next have another great track from the new album, Miles, by Canopy Climbers. This one is called "Melody".

How about the new one from The Civil Wars.  "The One That Got Away" is our first taste of the band's follow-up to the break-through Barton Hollow. My first impression is that it is a strong song that moves things forward nicely.
 We close out the Pre-Shuffle with another track from Christopher Paul Stelling's Songs of Praise and Scorn. "Solar Flares" is flat out an amazing song.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - Boy They Can't Ignore Mix

 Warner E. Hodges from this past Saturday's Royal Court of China Reunion at Foobar. Nashville.

Had a blast this past Saturday witnessing a reunion show by Nashville Rock legends Royal Court of China with special guest Warner E. Hodges on guitar.  As an added bonus, the band was introduced by the cover model from their self-titled debut album (she was actually Japanese).

Onward and upward, we have another great collection of music this morning, and as usual, the accompanying Playlist includes the songs from the Mix or if the actual song was not available (or locatable) in video form, another song by the same artist.

Pre-Shuffle (songs from my morning drive):

"The Moon Dead in the River" by Wendy James
"Bad Feeling" by The Beat Up (formerly known as The Beatings) 
"Who Are You" by Ivan and Alyosha
" This Time Around" by Royal Court of China
"Vanity" by Monks of Mellonwah (from their excellent new EP Ghost Story)
"Blood of the Saints" by Dave Hogan (who I got to see at the Nashville Songwriter Festival a few weeks ago with a h/t to Jason from Grimm Generation)
"Trip" by Canopy Climbers (from their awesom album Miles)

 Shuffle commences right after the JUMP

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - It's Been So Long... Mix

 A very special Shuffle just 'cause I am so stoked about the Royal Court of China reunion show tomorrow night at FooBar.  The show is a benefit for RCC bassist Robert Logue's Black Raven Emporium and their efforts to add a patio space. The legendary Nashville band will be assisted by Warner E. Hodges (Jason and the Scorchers, The Bluefields, and Dan Baird's Homemade Sin).

For today's shuffle, I stirred up my Royal Court of China digital library and the results are after the JUMP

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday Early Afternoon Music Shuffle - I Cannot Remember Mix

 I am so very short on time.  My Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle were pushed back due to an appointment.  Still I heard some great music, and I will share it with you here via a YouTube Playlist.

First, our old friends from Vancouver - Pigeon Park are back. They have an EP coming soon called Black Widow.  Here we offer up a video of the song Come Down Slow from that album.



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - I See Red Mix

Let's get going... We have a most excellent Pre-Shuffle today featuring old friends, new friends and a special guest appearance....

"Planet of Women" by Sonny and the Sunsets
"Her Changes" by Frank Ryan
 "Shooting the Moon" by Ben Shive
"Fox in the Hen House" by The Quaker City Night Hawks
"Get Over" by The Dead Exs (Note: since I couldn't find a video for "Get Over" we included the video for the title track for their latest album Relovolution. The fan sourced video includes a very special Cameo appearance by the one and only Popa Tunes who've excellent blog recently celebrated its Fourth Birthday!)
 "Spittin' Lies" by Nikki Sue and the Bad News (Note: since I couldn't find a video for "Spittin' Lies", I included a video of Nikki Sue covering one of my all-time favorite songs, Folsom Prison Blues)
"Beware the Grackle" by The Peculiar Pretzelmen


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Dream-like Waiting Mix

No "Shuffle" because I got a ride from the car dealership to my office, but we did have a "Pre-Shuffle" which I guess makes the "Pre-Shuffle" just a "Shuffle"... or maybe I'm over-thinking... again.

 Legendary Los Angeles band X announced this morning that they are going on tour with legendary New York band Blondie.  The tour includes a stop at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville...   I wonder if my Facebook "friendship" with DJ Bonebrake will help me score tickets?  

Today's Shuffle includes a delightful mix of Pop and Punk but no necessarily Pop-Punk plus some that may or may not be considered Pop or Punk, but I'll leave that for you to decide.

The (Pre?) Shuffles commences in THREE, TWO, ONE... JUMP!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - Beat the Drum Mix

I had the opportunity to add tons of songs to the active playlist from whence we draw the daily mixes which we present to you, loyal reader. As always, I try to get a good healthy mix of new stuff, rare old stuff, classic old stuff and random oldish/newish stuff or whatever strikes my fancy.  This morning's Pre-Shuffle and Shuffle Shuffle strikes a not-so-delicate balance between genres and eras.  Give the people what they want... I don't know if I did that.  Give the people what I want? Probably closer to the truth (with the capriciousness of the random shuffle function).

Pre-Shuffle - which covers my morning drive... 

"Until the Led" by Vic Chesnutt (backed by the Nashville band Lambchop)
"Pinhead" by Ramones
"Lulay" by The Choir at Your Door
"Indian Giver" by Ramones (covering 1910 Fruitgum Company)
"Marrow" by Joshua Worden
"Ain't My Year" by Todd Farrell Jr. and the Dirty Birds
"Last Thing I Needed First Thing in the Morning" by Willie Nelson
"The Fall" by Ben Shive

  Shuffle after the JUMP


Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Morning Music Shuffle - Plough Deep Mix

 I can't think of a better way to start my day than listening to "Shine" by Great Divide - what a joyful song. Oh wait, I know.. how about starting the day with two Great Divide songs in a row. "Fast Train" is awesome because I am a total sucker for "train" songs.

The Joy of Painting, in addition to being a classic PBS series hosted by the late Bob Ross, is a Nashville band who we've been digging on for a year or so. They have a brand new album called Tender Age, and today we have the catchy and generally just awesome "Back to Romance".

Back in the day, I completely fell head over heels for "Walk in the Woods" and subsequently all of Peter Case's self-titled solo debut. There was something clear and authentic and true about that album.  When the follow up to that album was released, needless to say I had some pretty high expectation which Mr. Case met and exceeded many times over.  The Man with Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Tradionalist Guitar contains so many enduring songs (Traveling Light, Entella Hotel, Two Angels and This Town's a Riot to name just a few). "Poor Old Tom" is for me a stand out on an album of stand outs. A heart-breaking song, it is loaded with some amazing lines. "He fought for freedom, never took a free breath". "The night wind's free to blow wherever it pleases, Tom's free to walk until the cold daybreak."  "The worse disease in the world is to be unwanted, to be used up and cast away".  In just under four minutes, the listener is drawn into this broken, tragic life... it's nothing short of brilliant.  The other night, I decided to add some older songs into the current mix - just to shake things up a bit. I don't know how many times I've listened to this song in the 24 years since it's release, but I never grow tired of it.

Moving on... Ghost and Goblin are a New York band who first came to our attention in a shout of from The End Men.  They released an album called SUPERHORRORCASTLELAND back in April or so, and we've featured several songs from that record.  "Look at the Clouds" is perhaps one of my favorites. A uncharacteristically breezy melody kicks into a more characteristic menacing hook. The album is out there on Bandcamp - check it out.

The Michigan band Decades are three kids who grew up on punk, ska and metal and then discovered the smooth pop songwriting of the 70s and 80s and the alternative radio rock of the 90s.  The result is something surprising.  Their music rocks and the punk/ska spirit still sits at the bottom of what they do, but layered on top is a focus on great pop songwriting and a genuine love of the music. "Popping Veins" from their album Deep Deep Pink Sessions is a good place to start.

Earlier this week, June 10 to be precise, was the 103 anniversary of the birth of Chester Arthur Burnett. You may know Mr. Burnett better as Howlin' Wolf and stone-cold authentic Mississippi Blues Man. "Smokestack Lightning" is one of his earlier songs and draws upon several earlier blues songs. 

We've been covering a lot of music by the Vegas band Coastwest Unrest. Today we have the song "Empty Handed Painter" from the most recent release High Times on Lowly Streets which came out back in April. I sure hope you've checked out this band by now. If not, do it!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle - Trouble in Mind Mix

It was already hot and humid when I left home this morning - a sure sign that it is Bonnaroo time in Middle Tennessee.  Today's Mix has nothing whatsoever to do with that music festival in Manchester, Tennessee. 

As I was pulling out my driveway, the first song of the day came up on.  It's another great number from the new Nikki Sue and the Bad News album, Nothing Gold.  Location, Location, Location... "Location".

Anamanaguchi are from New York.  "Endless Fantasy" is the title track from their latest release, and it is nearly six minutes of instrumental goodness.

13ghosts are a Birmingham, Alabama Rock band.  Their song "Broken Objects" is from a 2011 album called Liar's Melody.  I like it.

The final track from the EP of Ukrainian folk music is a lively number called  "Ой Під Вишнею (Oj Pid Vyshneju)" performed by the quartet of Katarina Lkahovic, Mike Romaniak, Patrick Power, and Stephen Kreuger.  I'm not exactly sure why, but I've always been a sucker for traditional ethnic folk music, and this is very good ethnic folk music.

I've been posting a lot of Year of October.  They are a young Nashville band, that I recently become acquainted with and enamored of. They are playing a week from this Sunday night at the Basement (underneath Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music).  "Where I've Been" comes from the first volume of the band's acoustic sessions.

Squire were part of the Mod revival of the late 1970s.  Today we have a song from a 2007 Squire Tribute album as performed by the San Diego band, The Shambles*. "It's a Mod Mod World" is extremely Mod and extremely cool.    *The Shambles is also a fictional band invented by my pal Rex Silo. I don't know how he'll feel to know there is a real band by that name, but we will soon find out.

The Great Mistake are a Buffalo, New York band. Here is their description from Facebook.

""you guys sound like if Morrissey fronted a post-rock band that was forced to play pop rock at gunpoint." Also, we don't growl!"  We will have more from The Great Escape coming up in the Shuffle for the day.

We have more of the smooth, new jazzy R'n'B from Atlanta - Joshua Worden with "Like a Rose"

POPCULT come from Denver and offer up some sweet alternative sounds from the Mile-High City. Today we have  "Life in the Wind" from their eponymously titled album.

Which takes us into our Daily Shuffle - First JUMP

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle - Another Kind of Mix Mix

I decided to search through my collection and pull out some bands I've featured in the past, who I haven't had the chance to listen to for a while, and I added a couple into the Playlist from which I draw my daily mix.  Three songs by one of those artists came up in the Pre-Shuffle today. Kafka (aka Wayne Kafka) plays pretty awesome alternative music. I think in the year or so since I heard songs from his Mysterious Skin EP (which was released in 2010), I had forgotten just how good his music is.  "Jump Down" and "Don't Cry" were the first two songs in the Pre-Shuffle today, and another song "Run with the Buffalo" came up at the end of the Pre-shuffle. 

I've been listening to and digging on the new album by Nikki Sue and the Bad News, but today's track goes back, way back, all the way to 2012 and the title track to the Lower Places EP. 

Jake Miller's song "Steven" comes to my playlist via Amazon's Free Music from Rising Artists list for June. His album is called The Road Less Traveled. Maybe it's just me, but I think I expected a song by Jake Miller from an album called The Road Less Traveled to be countryish or Americanaish, but this is some pretty cool hip-hop.  

I last heard The High Score backing Mic Harrison - at least I assume this is the same The High Score.  In any event, the song is called "I Feel Bad for You" and yes, it does come from the current month's Feel Bad for You Mixtape.

Next up, I have another track from Wheelchair Sports Camp - namely the title track to the awesome Where We All Live EP. I seriously dig this band.

Our Pre-Shuffle closed just as I reached the parking lot with the aforementioned third Kafka song of the day.

More after the JUMP

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Forging a Head Mix

Well, well, well.....

Again and again and again... we keep saying it, but we do have a great of songs. I can almost certainly guarantee that you will not find this mix of songs on your brand x music blog.

From Home to Parking Lot - Pre-Shuffle:  Nashville's Mystery Twins return to the E2TG mix with another one off their Love is Strange EP. "The Rain Keeps Falling".

Yet another song from the self-titled album by Chicago's fabulous Great Divide.  "Step Back"

A newcomer to the E2TG morning mix, Atlanta, GA singer-songwriter Joshua Worden employs a silky smooth R'n'B, Soul favor in delivering his unique brand of Indie Pop. Today's song is called "Midnight".

I'm not sure that change of pace is adequate to describe the transition from Joshua Worden to Tear Out the Heart. This St. Louis/Los Angeles Metalcore band have a new album called Violence out on Victory Records.  "Infamous Last Words" is everything you want, need or expect from a Metalcore band.  A definite shot of adrenaline for my morning commute.

Palma Violets are a UK indie band out on the Rough Trade label. "Best of Friends" comes to us today via Amazon's Free Music from Rising Artists. It is also the lead off track from their '180' album which was released in March.

Pickwick are from Washington State.  "Hacienda Motel" is from their album called Can't Talk Medicine which was also released in March.  Garage R&B.

Tom Mason is a genuine Nashville character.  He makes Pirate music with his band of Blue Buccaneers - see the video included in the playlist below. This is Tom Mason solo from East Nashville Vol. 3 More Music from the Other Side with "Chaz Pozo's Shoes".

Canopy Climbers are three guys who live in three different cities and record via the internet. Their new album Miles is set to drop a week from today, and today we have the first taste in a song called "Stuck".

As I pulled into the parking lot and then began my walk across the State of Tennessee (I walk across a scale model map) and then up Capitol Hill. I began listening to "Kiss" a song by Scout Niblett a Portland, Oregon via England, singer songwriter.  On this track Scout is joined by the iconic and insanely good Will Oldham (Bonnie "Prince" Billy).


Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - Substrata Mix

We're back.  It's been almost a week since the last shuffle.  Since that post, we saw an awesome if all too brief set from Black Jake and the Carnies and we scanned in some old Spin magazine clippings from the mid-80s. One post about the Minutemen has received over 120 "likes" since Saturday afternoon.

But, we are rested and rejuvenated and ready to bring you the constant variety of music.


"Вийди, Вийди, Іванку (Vyjdy, Vyjdy, Ivanku)" by Katarina Ljahovic, Mike Romaniak, Patrick Power, Stephen Kreuger from Нема ні Шнурочка (Nema Ni Shnurochka) (2012)  - More great Ukrainian folk music featuring Patrick Power of Valued Customer and my Instagram friend Stephen Kreuger.

"Lady Luck Death Dance" by Coastwest Unrest from Old Weird America (2010) - there is a real Velvet Undergroundish feel to this song.  Love it.

"Nobody" by Cecile McLorin Salvant from WomanChild (2013)

"Nowhere" by Tipi Valley from Rock 'n' Roll Live On (2013)  - Nobody, Nowhere, Noway, Nohow! ;-)

"Shut Up" by Savages from Silence Yourself (2013)

"Shout it Out" by Mikal Cronin from MCII (2013)

"The War Within" by Churchill from The War Within (2013)

"The Fire Pit" by Ben Shive from The Cymbal Crashing Clouds (2011)

"Humiliation" by The National from Trouble Will Find Me (2013)

Shuffle begins in 3... 2... 1... JUMP

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle - Chili Isn't Chili Mix

Ready Set Go... well, I'm going to be out and about the rest of this week.  I MAY sneak in an entry or two.  In the mean time, I will leave you with another fine, fine mix of music...


1. "Chili" by Dog Without Warning (Did I mention the latest Dog Without Warning record is bad ass? Well, it is.  My shuffle mode has been digging this song and so have I.)
2."Oh Darlin'" by Mystery Twins (Happy to present another song from this Nashville-based musical side project. - two members of The Clutters)
3. "Infatuation" by Dog Without Warning (Did I mention that the latest Dog Without Warning record is really, really bad ass?  Well, it really really is! This song is one of my favorites from the 'Bark' EP.  Oh who am I kidding, all of the songs on 'Bark' are my favorites.)
 4. "The Escape" by SkyBurnsRed (more music from this hot UK band).
 5. "Sorry, But I'm Yours" by Ben Shive (Another awesome track from this unique Nashville Singer/Songwriter)
6. & 7. "Is There Anybody Out There?" and "Nothing Stays the Same" by Human Face (Really digging the Brit-Pop feel of this band)
8. "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding" by Steve Earle (covering Elvis Costello (doing a Nick Lowe tune)) (A live and loud version of the Nick Lowe classic. Trivia, Earle's son Justin Townes is in the band for this song) 
9. "Bring Me Backwards" by Ellis Paul (Man oh Man, I dig this song.  Came to me via the latest Feel Bad for You mixtape)

and then we transition into the Shuffle with one of the strongest cuts on the excellent new EP by Tipi Valley


Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Morning Music Shuffle - Explosions in my Mind

Hey ho! It's a brand new month.  Let's kick it off right!

Pre-Shuffle: (I had some post Shuffle technical difficulties so I'm having to reconstruct the order of the songs from memory)

"Goin' to a Party" by Alabama Shakes
"From a Window Seat" by Dawes
"Freak Show" by SkyBurnsRed
"I Found You" by Aaron and Andrew
"Give Me Back my Wig" by Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers
 "Last Stop" by Black Jake and the Carnies (Nashville Show Alert!!!!  Black Jake and the Carnies will be playing at this Wednesday's edition of Music City Roots Live from the Loveless Barn.  If you can't make it to the Loveless, you can catch the broadcast on Lightning 100 or at  the Music City Roots website)
"Buried" and "On My Own" by Year of October
"Tina Says" by Those Darlins

And a song from Nashville's Ben Shive serves as a transition to the Shuffle which begins right after the JUMP!