Thursday, November 15, 2018

Trending Tuesday Morning Shuffle - Wham Bam Boo Mix

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Words No Music A Reading coming Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:30pm Radio Cafe Nashville. No Cover, tips accepted and books will be for sale. We have an incredible line-up featuring David Olney,  Rod Picott, Luke Powers, Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, and yours truly. All but me are incredible musicians and songwriters, but for this show - they will let their words speak for them without music.  I will be reading from The Drift plus some selections from a forthcoming book.   FACEBOOK EVENT HERE!

The Drift - A Novel by Joe Wolfe-Mazeres Available at (Kindle edition also available)

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  

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I am super excited about the Words No Music event tonight at Radio Cafe.  Doors open at 6:30, show starts around 7.  We have a super line-up of readers.

Speaking of super line-ups. I am particularly proud of today's shuffle which has all the hallmarks of a great E2TG shuffle - diversity, first listens, serious songs, silly songs, and more.... 

Jump in!

 "If I Die Tomorrow" by Musta Paraati

Musta Paraati is Finnish for Black Parade. Black Parade is the name of the recent album by Finnish band Musta Paraati.  They are a post-punk band that formed in the 1980s. This is their first album in 34 years and it is also their first album recorded in English.  I recently read that the photograph on the album cover was taken by the same photographer in the same location as the photo on the band's debut album.  

"UR Freaking Me Out" by SNEW

SNEW are a hard rock band from Hollywood.  You've Got Some Nerve is their forth album.  This is just a flat out cool rock and roll song. It's loud, the vocals are powerful, and it's fun. 

"Vanilla" by The Velveteen Jumping Beans

Speaking of fun, our friends from Connecticut - The Velveteen Jumping Beans aka Discount Ravioli are back in the shuffle with this song about Vanilla. Seriously, these are among the most talented kids I know, and their passion, creativity, and hearts give me hope for the future.

"Down Easy" by Showtek and MOTi (feat. Starley and Wyclef Jean)

So far, in this shuffle, we've had post punk for Finland, hard rock from Hollywood, and whatever it is that The Velveteen Jumping Beans do... now, we shift gears once again with something rather unique for us. I got this track by e-mail back in August.  It is a single from a collaboration between to well-known Dutch artists Showtek and MOTi.  Here they are joined by the one and only Wyclef Jean - the Haitian-born American artist and Starley - who is Australian. It is a sweet slice of modern pop goodness. Check it out. 

"Downfall" by Chris Wilson and the Heresy

Switching gears - wildly once again, we have another track from Chris Wilson and The Heresy. Chris Wilson is from Indiana and E2TG Don Gallardo introduced me to his music and made sure I got a copy of his album Downfall. This is the title track.  This past Saturday, I saw Chris join a huge group of great artists at the Last Waltz Tribute benefiting the Ben Eyestone Fund of the Musicians' Health Alliance. This is a great song. 

"My Last Confession" by Autumn

Autumn are up next - still keeping the diversity of this shuffle going. Autumn are a dark pop/post punk trio from Minneapolis who have been together over 20 years.  This is a track from their latest album Chandelier. We have been featuring their music for some time. I dig their sound. 

"Got a  Light" by Whispering Sons

More post punk - this time from Belgium and with shoegaze tendencies. Image - their latest album was released last month.  Another release that I am enjoying immensely. 

"Modern Day Privateers (The Rain Within Remix) by And We All Die

I keep thinking And We All Die are from the UK, but they are based in San Antonio, Texas. Their music is dark, industrial sounding punk rock. We have been featuring tracks from the remix album for their single Modern Day Privateers. The Rain Within is a synthpop/synthwave artist from Charlottesville, Virginia. I have been digging the different remixes of this song by such artists as Rodney Anonymous, Daniel Ash, and more. 

"Wham Bam Boo" by Walter Lure and the Waldos

And we close things out today with a fun track from one of the pioneers of punk rock. Walter Lure was a member of The Heartbreakers - not Tom Petty's band  but Johnny Thunders' band.  He formed the Waldos several years ago. Their latest album is called Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo. Among Lure's many credits - one that stuck out for me, is that he played guitar on Too Tough to Die - the Ramones 1984 album.  In a totally random and (I trust) coincidental bit of trivia - Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers also played on Too Tough to Die (at least according to wikipedia). 


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