Friday, January 26, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Diamond Feast Mix

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Another week bites the dust... it's been a challenging one, to be sure.

I'm very excited about all of the awesome new music that has come my way, and I am cooking up some exciting things. Keep coming back!

I do need to let you know that posting will be sporadic at best over the next two weeks.  I will try to dart on with some updates just to keep things interesting. In the meantime, I hope you will check out my past posts for any you may have missed.  Thanks in advance for your patience.

Now, let's get to today's "Featured Friday" shuffle of songs from the "New Music" playlist. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Almost Summer Mix

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Okay, after a couple of days of long lists and short words, things go back to normal today.

Today is Thursday, and we have a shuffle taken from the "New Music" playlist which started the day at over 470 tracks. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Pigjam Ephemera Mix

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Again, I am pressed for time have a long list - so I will be brief in my commentary.  If you're ever interested in one of the band's I feature and cannot find more information based upon what I provide, please feel free to drop me a line, and I will try to steer you in the right direction.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Ignite Albania Mix

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Okay... so I had a long commute to a training class, and I am pressed for time... so I am going to have to be very brief with my descriptions (especially on artist I've written about before and recently).  It will be the same tomorrow....

Here goes...  Sorry to be so brief... more on all of these artist/albums later.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - One Helluva Hangover Mix

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Okay - well, two weeks ago, I started a new thing for Music City Monday - the shuffle is based upon a ever expanding Spotify playlist of Nashville artists past and present - trying to cover as much of the diversity of Music City's music  as I can.  Last week, I was off work - so today marks the 2nd edition of Music City Monday 2.0.  In case you want to peruse the playlist at your leisure, it is currently at 740 songs (over 44 hours of music), and it is still growing.  Anyway, here is the LINK.

I need to add an editorial comment:  I honestly wish that Spotify paid creators more for their work, and I hope that happens some time. In the meantime, I do think it is a good vehicle for hearing a ton of music and for creating playlist like this one.  However, my wish is that if you hear music you love, and you are able, go buy it.  Saving or even "downloading" an album on Spotify does not in any way equal buying the album. I think when you look at the profits that Spotify is making off the blood sweat and tears of the artists and songwriters and others who make the music, it is clearly an untenable situation.

As always, E2TG is about the music, so this shuffle like any other I post is about the music.

In any event, I think today's shuffle is a pretty nice cross-section of Nashville's music, and I look forward to bring you more in the weeks and months to come. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Feedback Downerzzz Mix

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Well, we've reached the end of another work week and another week of shuffles.  I haven't had a normal five day work week in almost a month, and I am going to be taking some time off at the end of January, first part of February - more on that later....

I've been thinking about E2TG quite a bit. It has been a part of my life for going on seven years. In the beginning, I stated a philosophy and even though much has changed in those seven years, I still try to stick as close to that philosophy.  I recognized early one that I could never "compete" with some of major music sites in terms of covering all the "hot" or "hip" or whatever music. So, I set my sights on featuring music you may not be reading about in those brand x blogs. What that has meant has changed somewhat but not entirely. In recent months, I have had the opportunity to feature some artists that would have never thought possible before.

What thrills me more than anything is the diversity of music that I am able to feature and write about. For me, that is more than a philosophy or modus operandi, it is an imperative. Since I first got interested in music, I have had an almost insatiable appetite for more and different music - always aware of the sometimes obscure thread that runs through it all.

With that being said (whatever it was I said), I have a wonderful and diverse set of songs that came up randomly in my shuffle of my new music playlist. Yesterday - there were only six songs in the shuffle - today, we have twelve.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Fair Trade Mix

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Once again, Jon Latham proves that rock n roll is alive and well.  His powerhouse set at the CD release show for Lifers included special guests Lilly Hiatt, Darrin Bradbury, and Josh Morris. A Fugazi cover embedded in "Kimberly Met Billy", and a cover of "Greetings from Nashville" (a Jason and the Scorchers gem written by the late Tim Krekel. The latter was special to me as a link from my Nashville music fan past to present (and because it rocked). Latham's band: Andrew Leahey and Sean Quinn (guitars), Cory Nichols (bass), and Raun Schultz (drums) have developed into one of the tightest and best bands in town - which in this town is saying a mouthful.

Josh Morris (who has co-produced both of Latham's albums) opened with a set from his band The Greenfields followed by Sean Quinn and the Tremblers.  Both those bands play very different versions of what I think of as power pop. Catchy tunes with depth and substance.

Those who braved the frigid temps were treated to a wonderful night of music.

Okay - time to dive into the recently expanded New Music playlist with our Trending Thursday Shuffle. There were a couple of longer songs so just six tracks in the shuffle today.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Had to Start Somewhere Mix

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A cold commute this morning. It think it was around ten degrees with windchill below zero. Music did it's best to keep me warm.  Yesterday, I took advantage of my time off and added over 100 songs to my phone including a bunch of new music.  The New Music playlist is up to about 450 songs now.

But, today is Wednesday, and on Wednesday - we get "wild" by shuffling up all the songs in my phone memory and seeing what comes up.  Here is what came up today:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Big Drum, Small Axe Mix

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Well, yesterday was a holiday.  I was going to try to post something, but I ended up spending a large portion of my day at the eye doctor.  Then, I went into work today (and listened to the shuffle below while traversing the snowy roads of Nashville with people who do and do not know how to drive in snowy conditions.  Then, around eleven, pretty much everyone decided to go home, so I slipped and slid down the hill to my car and made my way home where I am writing this post.

Anyway, it's extremely cold, and I am sipping on a hot beverage.

I have to give a huge shout out to everyone who made it out Saturday for my birthday bash.  Special thanks to those who bought me beer and to those who unexpectedly brought me presents, and extra special thanks to Conrad y Skordalia, Danny Henry, and Nelson, Zimmerman, and Quinn for providing great music.

Onward and upward - as they say...  By the way, several songs in this shuffle are brand new and/or not yet released, so I could not find the videos for the exact song in some cases. I have tried to post a video to represent each song, and where possible, I have provided link or embeds for the song featured. In a couple of cases, you will have to wait until release to hear some of the songs.  In any case, let's go!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Trending Thursday Morning Shuffle - Rise Above Mix

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So, it's Thursday.  In the past, I have done a Throwback Thursday shuffle (songs at least 10 years old or maybe it was twenty).  Later, I came up with Topical Thursday - where I created a special playlist of songs that closely (or loosely) fit into a special theme or topic. 

At the end of 2017, I preempted Topical Thursday - to add one more day of "new music" to deal with the backlog of songs in my "New Music" playlist.

And I have decided to make that change permanent (or at least for the foreseeable future) to reflect the large volume of new music that is coming my way,  For want of a more clever term, I'm calling it Trending Thursday (to follow Trending Tuesday).

As I stated on Tuesday, I started the year with over 400 songs in my new music playlist - which included a ton of brand new music plus some holdovers from 2017. 

Let's shuffle:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Big Backyard Mix

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So, one idea I'm trying out, is on days when I don't shuffle from my "New Music" playlist (for example: Music City Monday or Wild Wednesday). I am going to feature some of the new music that has come my way.

Since today is Wednesday - and that is the day, I shuffle from all of the tracks saved to my phone, I thought I would features the brand newest music - in fact in came through my inbox just 36 minutes ago.  How about a preview of "Scatter Me" by the new band TC(and sign)I  (I still can't figure out how to type an "ampersand" without it messing up my HTML code.  This is a new project featuring Terry Chambers and Collin Moulding of XTC! They have released an EP called Great Aspirations. This is the lead track:

Now - on to our shuffle:  It's Wild Wednesday, so let's get Wild!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - God Save the Drag Queen Mix

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Well, it is January 9, and I am finally digging into some of the brand new music that has come my way.  This is the first Trending Tuesday Shuffle of the year.  This shuffle comes from my brand new "New Music" playlist. I've added well over 200 songs from recently received albums, and I added in some "holdovers" from my last New Music playlist.  This new playlist started the year at just over 400 songs.

For those new to E2TG, I want to explain.  The primary outlet of E2TG is the morning shuffle - which is exactly what it sounds like - if it sounds like this: every morning that I work, I hit the random shuffle (either on a specific playlist or on all the songs on my music player), and I write about the songs that come up.

I very, very rarely will do a full-album review, however, through the shuffle I usually cover most of the albums that I select to feature. Almost all of the music on my New Music playlist had either been submitted or at least recommended to me.

I hope that clears things up.  So... on this dreary, foggy, misty morning, I left my home and I hit shuffle on my brand new "New Music" playlist, and these are the songs/tracks that came up....

Monday, January 8, 2018

Music City Monday Morning Shuffle - Honey Bunny Mix

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Well, I guess time has run out on "easing into the new year..."

I had promised some changes for 2018 here at E2TG and today, I am unveiling two of those changes.

I am not sure if this is going to be an every Monday thing or what, but I would like to introduce a new feature on E2TG.

Marie/Lepanto is a new inter-generational project that features Will Johnson (Centro-Matic) and Justin Peter Kinkel-Shuster (Water Liars). Their debut "Tenkiller" is due out on January 26. I will have some of the songs in my upcoming shuffles, but for today, I wanted to let you hear the first track released from that album. It's called "Iverness".

Will Johnson fronted Centro-Matic for two decades and is also frontman for South San Gabriel, a member of New Multitudes (Woody Guthrie lyrics set to new music, with Jay Farrar, Jim James), did a duo project with Jason Molina (Molina and Johnson), drummer and official member of Monsters of Folk (with James, Conor Oberst, and M. Ward), a duo with David Bazan as part of Overseas, and a member of the Undertow Orchestra (with Bazan, Mark Eitzel, and Vic Chestnutt). NPR has praised Centro-Matic's "superb rock records" and Johnson's "great images" and "superb songwriting." He lives in Austin, TX.

Meanwhile, Kinkel-Shuster co-founded Water Liars, about whom the NY Times said, "dark, lonely roots-minded indie rock is affecting, all the more for its sparseness." NPR called the band "a low-key triumph... prone to fits of stark gorgeousness" and Consequence of Sound said "Kinkel-Shuster's painted howl will stop you in your tracks." Julien Baker listed JPKS' 2016 album among her top ten albums of the year. Water Liars tooks its name from a Barry Hannah story and the band was on Misra Records and Big Legal Mess. The album is called 'Marie/Lepanto' after a sign on the freeway in Arkansas and was recorded at Sam Phillips Recordings Service, where Margo Price, Jason Isbell and more have taped albums. He lives in Arkansas and brings a deep south viewpoint to his work.

Nashville readers: Marie/Lepanto will be playing at  the Exit/In on February 23 with Pedro the Lion.

Another reminder: E2TG will be hosting show at  The Local (formerly known as The Country) this coming Sunday (January 14) featuring Conrad y Skordalia, Danny Henry, and Nelson Zimmerman Quinn (featuring members of Sean Quinn and the Tremblers. Music starts at 8:00pm, and it will be my birthday!

Today marks the return of "Music City Monday" to E2TG (with a bit of a twist).  Today's shuffle comes not from my phone music player, but from Spotify.  I have created an ever-evolving playlist of Nashville connected music - old and new, well-known and lesser-known, and crossing as many genre lines I can get away with.    Here is the inaugural shuffle from that playlist....

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wild Friday Morning Shuffle - Too Young to Know Mix

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Overall, I'm just trying to mosey into 2018 (except for work, where I have been slammed). Last night, I had my first night out of the new year... of course, I was at The 5 Spot, where I saw East Nashville's favorite Pirate band, Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers.  Mark Robinson joined them on-stage for one song, and sat in on part of another song from his barstool.

Next, week - E2TG dives fully into the new year, but for today, we have another "wild card" shuffle (from all the songs on my phone memory card).

It's a pretty cool list - so let's check it out.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Wild Thursday Morning Shuffle - Going Nowhere Mix

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As we continue to ease into 2018 with a few days of "Wildcard" shuffles, I am excited about some of the new (and new to me) music that I will be bringing you all in this new year. Some of that new music may be leaking out in the next couple of shuffles. Stay tuned.

I was thinking this morning how our perception of temperature is kind of relative. I mean, at the beginning of fall/end of summer, the first time temperatures fall into the 50s, many of us reach for jackets. Meanwhile, at the end of winter/start of spring, when it gets up to the 50s, people can usually be seen in short sleeves and even shorts.  Anyway, right now, I would love to be putting on short sleeves or even shorts, but it is pretty darn cold.

Sending warm thoughts to everyone dealing with the snow storms. No snow in Nashville to speak of. Windchill was  below zero on my walk in though, and these are the tunes that kept me warm....

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wild Wednesday Morning Shuffle - Dance Your Life Away Mix

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Happy New Year!  I am back to blogging after an extended holiday. 

ICYMI - I made the Bands and Artists of the Year announcement late last week.  HERE is the link to that post.

If you are going to be in Nashville on Sunday January 14 (which happens to be my birthday), E2TG will be hosting a show at The Local (formerly known as The Country) - music starts at 8:00.

On the bill will be Conrad y Skordalia, Nelson  Zimmerman and Quinn (featuring Sean Quinn), and Danny Henry (who will be en route from Connecticut to California). It should be a great night of music, and I hope to see you there.  Here is the event link from Facebook.

Now I am Ready to kick into the new year. I have a ton of new music queued up, and I have some ideas for some changes for 2018.  In the meantime, I am going ease into the new year with three days of "Wild" shuffles of all the songs on my phone at present.