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*Note: The video playlist at the bottom of the post attempts to closely approximate the shuffle I listened to on my way to work this morning. When a video for a song was not available, I substituted another song by the same artist. When I could not find any videos by an artist, I included a related video or did not include a video for that track. This blog may reference unreleased tracks, however, no unreleased music is ever included.
The E2TG 8th Anniversary is underway - Next Show 10/16/2019!
October 16 - Week 4: Josh Gray + Meghan Hayes
October 23 - Week 5: Microwave Mountain + The Big Dumb
My heart is completely full after last night's show. Thanks so much to everyone who came out, and to Jason Erie, The Truehearts, and their incredible bands. We have two more Residency shows. Next up is a show featuring the artists behind two of my favorite albums of 2019. Josh Gray and Meghan Hayes. It will be Josh Gray's The 5 Spot debut (long overdue in my opinion).
By the way, I completely sold out on the physical copies of The Drift! Thank you to everyone who bought one. It's not looking like I will get new ones in time for the show on the 16th, however, I hope to have more for the finale on October 23. In the meantime, you can get order the book via Amazon, and they also have a Kindle version available if that is your preference.
Let's get right to the Thursday Shuffle!
"Backbone (For Julie Pritchard)" by The Cravens
We start things off with a track from The Dark Side of Love by Florida based rock band The Cravens. The Dark Side of Love is the second album by this band that we have featured, and they have become a favorite around here.
"Icicle King" by Amy Speace
Next up, we have another track from Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne by East Nashville singer-songwriter Amy Speace. Speace is an incredible songwriter and artist who has been making great music for years, and with this new album she has raised the bar again.
"Leo" by Magnapop
Next up, we have the return of Atlanta based alt-rock pioneers, Magnapop. Their latest album is out now and is called The Circle is Round. This is a bonus track from the album - a demo of a 1992 era track. Magnapop recently had an album release show with Pylon Reenactment Society.
"Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh" by David J
"Migena and the Frozen Roses" by David J
We have two tracks in a row from David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets). The first is the title track from his 1985 album which was reissued last year. The second is from his brand new album Missive to An Angel From the Halls of Infamy and Allure. This track features actress and director Asia Argento and Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre). It is a stunning track.
"God Doesn't" by Helene Cronin
Next up, we have another track from Old Ghosts and Lost Causes by Kerrville New Folk winner Helene Cronin. I have been thoroughly enjoying this album.
"Hobo Bill's Last Ride" by Jason Ringenberg
To Casual observers, Jason and the Scorchers were a "cowpunk" band and part of a so-called movement that was popping up from Los Angeles, to Austin, to New York. In reality (and a gross simplification), Jason Ringenberg was a restless country soul for Illinois with an affinity for country music who hooked up with hard rockers from Nashville. The Scorchers music was and is an update of the Southern rock sound. The "punk" elements came from the unbridled energy that the band exuded. The catalyst for that energy was lead singer Jason Ringenberg who moved like a whirling dervish. And the country element came from Jason's genuine love of the genre - evidenced here in this track from Jason's latest solo album Stand Tall. It has all the hallmarks of a classic country music."Drive in the Rain" by Trond Svendsen and Tuxedo
I have been so excited to have my eyes and ears opened to the incredible music coming out of Norway. Thanks to Rune Letrud of the Norwegian music blog Dust of Daylight. This is Trond Svensen and his band Tuxedo from their album Smalltown Stories.
"I Think You Should" by Ben Davis Jr.
Next up, we have Southern Ohio singer-songwriter Ben Davis, Jr - with a track from Suthernahia. Grateful for all of the wonderful singer-songwriters who are coming my way of late. Many of those come via Broken Jukebox Media/Adam Dawson (aka Coach).
"Phlox" by Joy Cleaner
Next up, we have another track from You're So Jaded by New Jersey power pop band Joy Cleaner. I have been getting some wonderful music - on the alt/indie spectrum via CT (Crashing Through Publicity)/Michael Turner.
"Down" by Libby Koch
We close with another track from Redemption 10 (due out one week from tomorrow) by Texas singer-songwriter Libby Koch - who I saw at AmericanaFest. The album is a full-band recreation of her first album (which was solo acoustic). The album was co-produced by Patterson Barrett.