Friday, November 16, 2018

Featured Friday Morning Shuffle - Can of Worms Mix

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I am continuing to work on my Spotify playlists for E2TG.  So far, I have completed nine - January - September 2018.  These are meant to be a cross-section of music I featured during those months - not necessarily music released in those months.   If you are interested, you can check out the playlists (links below)  and follow my personal profile to find out when new playlists are created.

JUST ADDED!  August and September 2018 Playlists!

E2TG January 2018
E2TG February 2018
E2TG March 2018
E2TG April 2018 
E2TG May 2018
E2TG June 2018
E2TG July 2018
E2TG August 2018 
E2TG September 2018  (NEW!)
E2TG October 2018  

Hey, it is Pledge Week at Nashville's All-Volunteer Community Radio Station, WXNA.  I am thrilled to have a small part in this valuable community resource. WXNA recently announced that we are moving our studio early next year, so one of goals of this Fall's Pledge Drive is to raise funds to defray the cost of that move.

As always, WXNA can be heard at 101.5FM in Nashville (as I like to say, within the Briley Parkway loop) and it can be streamed anywhere at or through the TuneIn app.

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I am happy to report that the inaugural Word No Music: A Reading was a huge success. It was well-received and a ton of fun. It is my intention to make it a recurring event into 2019.  Look for an announcement of the next show, coming soon!

A busy weekend ahead. Tonight, a release show for the new Christmas single by E2TG favorite Ted Drozdowski at Dee's.  Tomorrow, a morning of Pledge Drive fun at WXNA, including Double Shot with our Pledge Drive theme about "Our Favorite Producers".

Next week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. - so a short week of shuffles...

Now, we have our final shuffle of this week, and it is another good one! Let's go!

"Windows" by Viva Death

Right out of the gate, we have a first listen to Illuminate by L.A. rock band Viva Death.  Viva Death  features bassist Scott Shiflett of Face to Face (and the brother of Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett (who was once part of Viva Death).  This is the band's first album in 8 years and a bit of a departure from their previous efforts. Expect to hear much more of this band and album soon. 

"Dan Stuart's Blues" by Jon Dee Graham

Next up, we have another track from Jon Dee Graham's Knoxville Skyline release - which features E2TG faves Tim and Susan Lee (Bark, Tim Lee 3). This song - a about former Green on Red frontman Dan Stuart - was a highlight when I saw Graham at The Local earlier this year.  Graham, for those who don't know, is a legendary Austin, Texas musician - he was part of True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo.

"Your Mama" by Joyann Parker

Next, we have a track from Hard to Love from Minneapolis-based soul/blues singer/songwriter/musician Joyann Parker. This album has been a joy to feature this year, and we still have a few more tracks to go. 

"Always a Rebel" by Jon Magnusson

E2TG favorite Jon Magnusson has been very prolific this year, in particular. This is the title track and our last track to feature from his EP released earlier this year. He has had several additional releases including a children's album in 2018. Magnusson is a Swedish singer-songwriter with a background in social work. He is a (fairly) recent new father, and a tireless advocate for his own music and the music of other independent  artists. 

"The Kindness of Strangers" by Clay Harper

Next up, we have another track from Bleak Beauty by iconic Atlanta businessman and musician Clay Harper. This track includes slide guitar by Rick Richards of Georgia Satellites. Kevn Kinney of Drivin' n Cryin' also appears on the album.  Harper was a member of The Coolies - signed to DB Records, he is also the founder of popular Atlanta-area pizza chain Fellini's Pizza. I remember eating at Fellini's as early as the late 80s when visiting a friend in Atlanta. Bleak Beauty is lovely and challenging. A wonderful album. 

"Loves Bones and Stars, Love's Bones and Stars (Guitar and Vocal Mix) by Nathan Bell

A title track from the latest studio album by Tennessee singer-songwriter Nathan Bell. Bell's songs are always meaningful and excellent.  While his last studio album - Love>Fear: 48 Hours in Traitorland - was political - this album is more personal - but what the albums have in common - besides Bell's unique voice - is that they are both filled with lyrics and songs that are easily related to. 

"Intro" by Moonshine Booze

As I have have shared before, I love when a brief instrumental "Intro" - meant for the opening of an album, appears at a random spot in the middle of a shuffle. This is the intro piece from Italian band Moonshine Booze from their album Desert Road.  

"This Love" by Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters

Pacific Northwest-based singer-songwriter Ashleigh Flynn has gathered a band filled with powerful female musicians for the eponymously titled, Ashleigh Flynn an d the Riveters album.  The album is a homage to the women who went to work during World War II - represented  by Rosie the Riveter. 

"I Don't Know Why I Love You" by Soft Science

California dreampop band Soft Science.  This the flip side of one of two two-sided singles we have received for Soft Science. Great stuff. 

"Bad Love" by Brandi and the Alexanders

We close with another great track from How Do You Like It from Brooklyn soul/rock band Brandi and the Alexanders. Really digging this album. A highly entertaining album. 


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