Friday, July 31, 2020

E2TG 7/31/2020 - Featured Friday - Just Feels Right Mix (Up to No Good Remix)

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I don't have a ton of time, but I think we have a great Featured Friday Playlist this week.  I little shorter than the past few weeks, but it is jammed back with some great music. Check it out and follow.  Our recap begins below the jump with the first seven songs. 


Thursday, July 30, 2020

E2TG 7/30/2020 - Near the End... of the Week - Sh-Boom Mix (Fly High Remix)

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I am short on time and honestly not sure what to say in this space... so on we go with the music which is why all of us are here anyway!

Today, we complete our recap of this week's Featured Friday Playlist. Tomorrow being Friday, we will unveil the latest edition of our on-going project.  Songs 29-34

29. "My Love is a Hurricane" by David Ramirez 
First up, we have the title track to the brand new fifth studio album by the Austin, Texas based singer-songwriter.  Sounding good. I think I first became familiar with his music when he recorded an album at East Side Manor which was made available on Noisetrade which is now a part of Paste. 
30. "Bad Judgement Day" by John Kelly 
Next up, we have a track from In Between the latest album by Charlottesvile singer-songwriter John Kelly. The album was produced by Rusty Speidel.  Kelly is a native of Connecticut and lived in New York City before becoming a regular part of the Charlottesville singer-songwriter community.
31. "Hearts Turn Dark" by Provision 
Next up. we have the title track from the first album in seven years by Houston, Texas based darkpop band Provision. Pretty cool sounds. 
32. "Return of the Sabretooth" by ASM
Next up, we have the latest single from the European cinematic, hip-hop, funk, soul band ASM - A State of Mind.  I really dig this track. A great addition to our playlist. 
33. "Someone" by Even As We Speak
Next up, we have a track off of Adelphi by Australian indie-pop legends Even As We Speak. The band formed in 1986, broke up in 1993, and reformed in the last few years. Digging what I have heard so far.  I believe we featured them before - either in the playlist or the shuffle. 
34. "Maritime Panic" by Vexillary 
We close out this week with a track from Surviolence - the powerhouse new album from New York Electronic artist - the music here takes on the surveillance and highly politicized culture of the present day.  A dark and wonderful way to close out this week's playlist. 


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

E2TG 7/29/2020 - Words Go Here - Morning Light Mix (Strangers Remix)

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I am not sure what to write in this space today except - if you are eligible, please register and vote in every election. Real change starts local and works its way up. There is information on-line about all the candidates and ballot initiatives. Do you were research before you vote and be informed.

The November elections will likely be the most important elections of my lifetime. I, personally, have a lot of anxiety, and I really want the vote to be massively conclusive in the right direction - I don't think my heart or mind or soul can take drama around the results. Talk to your friends about voting. Make a plan - look into absentee or mail-in voting in your area, if those are not possible where you are, look into early voting when crowds might be thinner.  If none of that works, mask up and be safe, but don't not vote.

Our penultimate day to recap this week's playlist.  By the way, thanks for everyone who has followed the E2TG Featured Friday Playlist and for all the positive feedback. This has been an experiment, and I am liking how the playlists have been coming together so far.  Now, songs 23-28.

23. "Sunrise" by Eduardo
Next up, we have the recent single by the Peruvian-born singer-songwriter now based in the US.  The single was released two years after the release of his previous EP Rusty Strings. He spent most of the last two years traveling the country and playing music. 
24. "The Secret Forest Lament" by Kate MacLeod
Next up in the playlist, we have lovely song by a true folk artist with an impressive backgroup as a musician and a songwriter. MacLeod celebrating her 50th year playling violin in 2018.  Truly happy to have her music in my playlist, and I hope to hear more and more soon. 
25. "Outside in the Morning Snow" by Bearcraft
Another lovely song - and other that references the outdoors - but from a very different musical perspective. Bearcraft is based in Bristol, England. It is released ahead of a new album called Fabrefactions. Bearcraft is the project of musician and producer Dicky Moore.  The album was written shortly after Moore was diagnosed with acute hearing loss. 
26. "Dream" by Joseph Doran
Next up, we have a recent single by this singer-songwriter from North West London.  Doran uses technology to recreate a full-band sound all on his own. Very nice. 
27. "Siegfried 1969" by The City Gates
Next up, we have the latest single from Montreal based postpunk/shoegaze band The City Gates which is a collaboration with Francis Nothingwater (La Mechanique) and Alexander Donat (Vlimmer).  Really like the sound of this song which is from the forthcoming collaboration album with the above named musicians. 
28. " Black Dawn" by Union Kain
We close out this segment of the playlist with some hard rock/metal from South Florida. This is the title track from the new EP by the band. A great addition to the playlist. 
Tomorrow, we wrap up our recap with songs 29-34.

    Featured Friday Playlist

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

E2TG 7/28/2020 - Uncharted Waters - South of I-10 Mix (Softly and Tenderly Remix)

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So, this line from a Tommy Womack song seems to replay in mind almost constantly. We're in uncharted waters, this much is true...  this song was written and recorded before 2020 so it is even more true today - and I try to hold on to the hope of that song which is called "We'll Get Through This, Too.".

So this next paragraph is going to get a little political and is purely my opinion:

I have been thinking about how the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into a political - right vs. left issue. The easy answer is that we live in such a polarized time that everything is potentially political - from sports, to friend chicken, to coffee... but I think there is a deeper answer.

In the early days of the pandemic - I mean Trump was being Trump and there is a lot to unpack about the abysmal failure of the U.S. response. But, there was at least on some level a sense of unity.  Shutdowns happened - people were sharing their quarantine stories and "we're all in this together" was a common theme.  While the response time and language varied, the shutdowns happened in Red states and Blue states and Purple states.

Then, time wore on and things seemed to be getting better - a little. And that, to me anyway, is when all hell broke loose. No doubt, the shutdown had a massive impact on the economies - federal, state, local, personal.  So, the push to reopen came and it seems like mostly Republican governors pushed for quick reopening of the economy - even when numbers did not support it.

This, to me, is Republicans being Republicans. Making decisions for the benefit of short-term financial reasons without concern for the long-term implications.  We have seen this for years on environmental issues, budget issues, etc. Regulations to protect the environment may negatively impact short-term profits and so they must go - even if the eventual costs of the destruction of the environment is massive.  Cut taxes on the wealthy without decreasing spending and the wealthy spend and invest more and the stock market rises until the government faces massive deficits and then the economy crashes... and typically, the Democrats come to the rescue until the cycle repeats.

So, here we are with the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 and the push to reopen.  When the folly of this push became clear that is when the conspiracy theories and denial and minimization really took off.  Anything to avoid another shutdown. Now - this is not taking into account that many people just seemed to decide that the pandemic was over and that they could return to life as normal. But, it comes from the same place. Short-term comfort and pleasure at the expense of the disease continuing to ravage the country for longer...

I don't know, man, I can't stop thinking about this stuff.  I just want to visit my Mom and see live music and hang with my friends at a bar, but I don't know when any of that will happen and then I see people doing whatever the hell they want consequences be damned, and it pisses me off. 

Our recap of this week's Featured Friday Playlist rolls on.  Today, we bring you songs 16-22...

16. "From the Ashes" by Pozzi
First out of the gate today, we have the brand new single from L.A. singer songwriter Pozzi.  We featured his earlier single a few weeks back. I am really digging his sound. His debut full-length album is due in August - called Tyrant. 
17. "Let Go" by Other Child
Next up, we have a recent single from this 5-piece indie pop band from Dublin. Just a funky, feel good kind of song. I dig. 
18. "Roll the Dice" by Abby Reign
Next up, we have some country-flavored pop with some attitude. Abby Reign is a native of Nebraska who now lives in Nashville.  This is her latest single. 
19. "There is Always a Light" by Civic Green
Next up, we have the new single from this four-piece rock band from South Yorkshire, UK.  I like this song a whole bunch. 
20. "Anonymous Future" by The Wild Blue
Post-punk quartet, The Wild Blue - from NYC are up next with the title track of their new EP.  I hear a variety of sounds that come together to form something unique.  Good stuff. 
21. "Too Long" by Certain Animals
The Dutch trio - Certain Animals are up next with their latest single. Their music boasts some definite 70s influences, but with a firm grasp on modern indie music. I want to hear more from them.
22. "Better" by Kyle Maher
We close out this segment of the playlist with the latest single from Australian singer-songwriter Kyle Maher.  The song was produced by German producers OUHBOY.  The song was inspired by lessons learned during a tumultuous two years - that included a taste of success, heartbreak, and major eye surgery.  His first single appeared in the Netflix series Terrace House: Tokyo.  

    Featured Friday Playlist

Monday, July 27, 2020

E2TG 7/27/2020 - Music City Monday - One Tough Town Mix (Pants Remix)

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Before we get to the Music City Monday shuffle, we need to let you know about songs 9-15 from this week's Featured Friday Playlist:

9. "Preseb o ias" by Breichiau Hir
Starting this segment of our playlist is a new single from the post-hardcore/punk band from Cardiff, Wales.  They had been working on a new album since late 2019 and they wrapped up work in March - just before the lockdown.  They didn't want to release that music until they could tour to support it, so they dug up an old song - recorded in 2018. The title translates to "Crib of Shivers".  It is about squeezing everything out of love and life with so force that it destroys it and leaves you with a hollow shell. They call it their most uplifting song.  I think I dig this band. 
10. "Long Live Life!" by rOZZ
Next up, we have our first listen to the new album by the singer-songwriter, philosopher and would be astronomer from Belgium.  We featured her music a couple of years ago, and it is great to catch up with her again.  rOZZ (aka Julie) is the forum moderator at SETI@Home (SETI being Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).  A great song. This is from her new release Yess Sire!
11. "Drunk and Alone at Disney" by Dumpster
Dumpster is a three-piece Queer hard rock band based out of SUNY Purchase.  We were turned on to them by some friends at SUNY.  This is a great track from their new EP Fiasco. 
12. "Rolling Out of Bed" by The Dream Tapes
I am just going to be perfectly honest and say I don't know how I was turned on to The Dream Tapes - an indie band from Ogden, Utah.  I think maybe they followed me on Instagram.  For some reason, I was thinking someone I know posted about them, but I can't find proof of that.  Anyway, I am digging this music from their self-titled new album.
13. "Beat of a Bad Habit" by The Jensen Sisters
I do know how I found out about The Jensen Sisters - thanks to Sweetheart PR. The Jensen Sisters are a duo from Minnesota.  This is our first taste of their forthcoming album Yellow Frames - due out in October. It is not the last we will hear from them.  Great stuff.
14. "Swiss Mountain Myth" by The Asteroid No.4
Next up, we have the latest single from psyche rock legends - The Asteroid No.4. They are now based in San Francisco, but they formed in Philadelphia in the late 1990s.  A great addition to the shuffle!
15. "Love Life" by Tawny Ellis
And, we close with the title track from the brand new album by L.A. singer-songwriter Tawny Ellis.  Ted Russell Kamp (who can be heard earlier in this playlist) plays on this album - the two met at an Americana Fest in Nashville. A great way to close out this segment of the playlist.  

More tomorrow!  Check down below for the Music City Monday Shuffle!

    Featured Friday Playlist

Friday, July 24, 2020

E2TG 7/24/2020 - Featured Friday - Highway 10 Mix (Press Animal Remix)

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It is Friday, and we have another Featured Friday to bring you. This week's list consists of 34 songs and about 2 hours and 8 minutes of music - spanning multiple genres and locations...  We will begin our recap of the list with the first 8 songs below the jump.  We will continue the recap with songs 9-34 on Monday - Thursday next week.

Have a great weekend!

    Featured Friday Playlist

Thursday, July 23, 2020

E2TG 7/23/2020 - Whatever - Obsolete Mix (Drug for That Remix)

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Today, we wrap up our recap of this week's jam-packed and highly diverse Featured Friday Playlist - just in time for a new list - which will premiere tomorrow! Now songs 28-33

28. "Underwater with You" by The Spiritual Leaders
First up today, we have the latest single from the Irish three-piece rock band from their Albania Away EP.  A great start to this final segment from this week's list.
29. "Lone Sleeper"  by Inner Skin
Next up, we have a new single from the Italian rock band Inner Skin. Great stuff.
30. "Side by Side" by Sienne
Next up, we have the latest single from the Liverpool band. This is the third single from a so-far untitled debut EP.  The band's first single premiered at a Liverpool vs. Manchester United match in January. 
31. "Say the Word" by The Allergies; Andy Cooper; Marietta Smith
The list takes a decidedly funky turn with the latest single from Bristol band The Allergies - who collaborate with Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) and Marietta Smith (Smith and the Honey Badgers). A great summertime song. 
32. "This Side of Luv" by KEYS
Another summery tune - this time out of Cardiff, Wales. The latest single - from a collection of songs recorded to four track tape during lockdown. 
33. "Secrets & Lies" by Raz & Afla
Some political dance music closes out this week's playlist from the London-based duo of Raz & Afla. Music to keep you moving and thinking. 

I have been very pleased with how this week's list has played out - some old friends and hopefully some new friends.  Tomorrow - a whole new list. Stay tuned.

    Featured Friday Playlist

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

E2TG 7/22/2020 - Blah Day - Easy Payment Mix (Can't Have Both Remix)

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Sorry for the late post, but I am a little under the weather today...

Today - Songs 22-27 of the Featured Friday Playlist: I never know how these Playlists are going to play out each week or how the different segments will come together.  As I previously alluded to, the order of the songs is not exactly random, but is rather arbitrary at times. As I am quickly putting the list together just before midnight on Thursday night, I slide the songs around until - purposefully moving some songs higher or lower in the order for  vague reasons,  but also somewhat casually letting other songs move up or down as it goes. Yesterday's list ended on a electronic and somewhat heavy note, the heaviness carries over and we have some good electronic music of various kinds. But also some more roots oriented music. Let's go!

22. "Eigenlicht" by Kalmhain
We start things off with the full-length debut from this experimental black metal band from Antwerp, Belgium. Mixing black metal, shoegaze, and post-metal sounds to make something dark, heavy, intense, and awesome. 
23. "Distance" by Stykfaktor
Our second St. Louis band - and our second darkwave pandemic inspired song. The band has been around since 2001, and I dig this track. 
24. "Treat You Better" by Laura Cortese & the Dance
We previously featured the pre-album single "Typhoon" by this band from Boston.  Now, the album, Bitter Better is out, and we have another track to feature.  I am really digging this band these days. 
25. "Driving my Mustang" by Ekat Bork
Next we have a new single from Swiss-based and Russian born electronic/alternative singer-songwriter Ekat Bork.  The artist has an album in the can to be called Ekat. Looking forward to hearing more. 
26. "Rock the Boat" by Jah Cure
Always room in the  playlist for a sweet reggae tune from Kingston, Jamaica.  
27. "TopBoy" by NineteenHateHate
We started this segment with some experimental black metal, and we close things out with a Seattle artist who combines black metal and trap metal into a exciting blend. Ending another segment on a heavy note.
Tomorrow, we round out the the playlist - who knows where the music will take us. 
    Featured Friday Playlist

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

E2TG 7/21/2020 - Noise Control - Big Day Mix (Bole Remix)

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I think maybe I wrote about this before, but I not sure - or if I did, I am not sure what I said, but I have thinking lately about all of the noise in the world today. Obviously, I deal with music, but it is more than music... people are clamoring to be heard and seen. And, some people are better than others - right?  I mean, there are "influencers" who get hundreds of thousands of view and "likes" for what appears to be pretty ordinary pictures and video. And, I know there is a whole subculture, I don't understand about all of this - like a video of someone opening a box having millions of views - while a video of a beautiful, power song is lucky to have a couple of thousand.

We are in the age where anybody can make music or videos or post pictures and immediately, potentially be seen by a massive audience. And so everyone, professionals and rank amateurs shout into the void to be heard. And by shout, I mean post and repost and share and tweet and go live... and some days, I feel like I am just another voice shouting into the void.

I don't know. I would love for more people to read my posts and be moved by what I write and discover new music. And, I do know it happens, but it feels like it is rare. And, I know I am not "savvy" and that if I were my "numbers" would be greater, and blah, blah, blah. 

Look, I don't know what conclusions can be drawn from this rambling assemblage of words... maybe it is just more noise. I suppose, if any thing, my posts are more to say to the artists, I hear you and your music has moved me in some way. Maybe, that is why - though I don't have millions of readers, I have been able to make real connections with a lot of musicians.

It is just another week in this crazy year, and I am still on lockdown - even though not everyone is. And, I don't see an end in sight - I really don't. But, I am okay. Not great. But okay. 

Today, our Featured Friday recap continues with songs 16-21...

16. "Tom T. Hall T-Shirt" by Graham Bramblett
We start things off with a fantastic song from a Nashville based songwriter.  Bramblett is originally from Dallas.  Spent some time here writing on Music Row - got burned out and moved to Minneapolis.  He returned to Nashville energized and this is the lead track from his new album The Great Inbetween.
17. "Turning Back the Pages" by Telepathic Teddy Bear
Telepathic Teddy Bear is a Mexican based, Berklee trained songwriter and producer who  we have been covering for a number of years now.  This is his latest single from a forthcoming new album. I remain as captivated as ever by his music. 
18. "Keep on Driving" by Geoff Gibbons
Next up, we have a new single from Vancouver based singer-songwriter Geoff Gibbons. The song is a yearning for the freedom that the open road always promises.
19. "Android Hellscape" by Giant Monsters on the Horizon
Next up, we have some electronic/synthwave music from St. Louis. I really dig the sound of this track - my introduction to this band.  It is from their album Live from Night City. The term is read about this album is retro-futrism, and I think that fits for me.
20 "All Tomorrows" by Anita Ramona
Anita Ramona is a stylist, designer, photographer, and illustrator, who has embraced music in recent years. She is based in Romania. By the way, in searching my e-mails, I say that she had contacted a few times - as long ago as last July. I say that just to say, I get a lot of submissions, and it bothers to know that I probably miss some great stuff, so if you are reading this and have sent me music, please keep trying.  Anyway, I am really glad, Anita Ramona kept trying and that I finally listened. More great electronic music - of a very different variety than the previous track. 
21. "Lockdown" by Thrillsville
This segment of music ended with a run of electronic music that serves to show how diverse that genre can be. Thrillsville is a Los Angeles based darkwave artist, and this song - obviously inspired by the world situation is brutal and angry and powerful. A great ending to this segment of music - and one that will carry us into tomorrow's segment. 

Tomorrow - our recap continues starting at song #22.

    Featured Friday Playlist

Monday, July 20, 2020

E2TG 7/20/2020 - Music City Monday - New Memories Mix (Done Remix)

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Made it through another weekend. Honestly, I am trying to keep my spirits up, but it is hard - when I am seeing our country rolling headlong into fascism and dictatorship, when a virus - which has been controlled in other parts of the world is raging out of control - due to a disinterested government and people.

And, when the most important things have been stripped away...

Music - as it does - sustains me, but even live music has been taken away - for now - but with no end to the now in sight.

The election seems so far away and the inauguration even further - and I have fear and uncertainty about the security of the election and whether the results will be accepted or not by the people currently in power...

Ah, but even without live music - there is a ton of music to keep me going...

Our recap of this week's Featured Friday Playlist continues.  We pick up at song #9 and continue through song number 15.

9. "Broke Down in the Fast Lane" by Red's Blues
We start this segment of music with the title track from the brand new album by Sacramento based blues band Red's Blues. We featured an instrumental track from this album last week.  Today, we have a song that showcases the powerhouse vocals of Beth Grigsby-Reid.
10. "Seventeen"  by elkyn
Another new release that we previewed last week... beech - the new EP from 22 year old UK singer-songwriter Joseph Donnelly who records as elkyn.  Wonderful stuff.
11. "The Soul Singer" by The Waterboys
Using my prerogative, to featured a brand new single from one of my all-time favorite bands. I have been a fan of Mike Scott and The Waterboys for over 35 years, and they have continued to make music while constantly exploring and expanding on the sound. I am really digging this new single. 
12. "Same Old, Same Old" by No Party for Cao Dong
Next up, we have a really cool new single from the Taiwanese rock band No Party for Cao Dong.  The band made a big splash touring the UK last year, and this new single hits hard. 
13. "Girl in the Mirror" by Abigail Fierce
Next up, we have a new track from a 19 year old singer-songwriter and actress from Los Angeles. This is a lovely song about negative self-image and not liking the person who confronts you in the mirror.  Abigail plays Wendy in the Hulu series Love, Victor.
14. "Heaven Sent Delinquent (Electric Single Mix)" by Shawna Virago
Next up, we have a new single from transgender pioneer solo artist Shawna Virago. Virago has been performing as an out trans artist since the early 90s. Musically, she is associated with both punk and anti-folk music. This is a powerful song about escaping from small-town prejudice.
15. "Ma jolie petite fille" by Michot's Melody Makers
We close this segment of music with a track from the new Cosmic Cajun music album from Michot's Melody Makers.  Michot is Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers. The album was recorded live at the Saturn Bar in New Orleans' 9th Ward last December.  
    Featured Friday Playlist

Friday, July 17, 2020

E2TG 7/17/2020 - Featured Friday - Heartache Mix (Talk to Angels Remix)

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Some days, I want to lose hope, but I don't have that luxury.  People are at risk. Not just from COVID-19 (but definitely many, many people are at risk from that - as the U.S. response has continued to be a dismal failure). LGBTQ+ people are at risk of discrimination, violence, and persecution. People of Color - Black and Brown people are at risk for policy brutality and discrimination, and persecution.  People with disabilities are at risk for having their right stripped away, the access to education hampers, and increased marginalization. The poor are at risk of having their meager earning cut - while failed CEOs cash-in on their golden parachutes of having housing ripped away. The list goes on and on.  It is up to us, who are not on these lists or only marginally (if at all) impacted by these things....

Well, we have reached the end of another work week, and that means it is time to unveil another Featured Friday Playlist.  This week's list is 33 songs and exactly 2 hours of music (all new and recently released).  I think I have fulfilled my mission to featured diverse and generally independent music. Enjoy and please Follow the Featured Friday Playlist on Spotify.  Mostly, if you discover new music that you love by reading E2TG - do whatever you can to support that music. Buy merch, spread the word, attend shows (when it is safe), and follow the bands on their social media sites.

Our review of the Playlist commences below the jump with the first 8 song.  We will recap the rest of the list throughout next week in this space.

    Featured Friday Playlist

Thursday, July 16, 2020

E2TG 7/16/2020 - In the Time of COVID - Say What! Mix (yue Remix)

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Crazy week - here, I am very short on time today, so I will be quick. I was thinking last night about mental health and COVID-19. First of all, I think mental health issues affect many people and are not talked about enough.  There are a variety of mental health issues that affect a sizable portion of the population.  Fortunately, in many cases, these issues are mild, and the people experiencing them are fully functional. However mild, though, the effects are real, and I believe what we have collectively experienced in 2020 has brought this to light for a lot of people. In some ways, when the shutdowns and stay at home orders hit, we were collectively forced to slow down and many of us lost one or more of our distractions.

For me, here is one example of how mental health issues can manifest.  Let's say, I have a period of free time. I am off work, I can't go out to live music, can't visit friends or family... so my mind begins assembling a list of things I need to and want to do. Then, my brain gets overwhelmed and I partially shutdown.  I may sleep a lot or I may binge watch Netflix shows or whatever, and I tell myself I deserve a break.  Then what happens is the slow period ends. I have to back to work or I have something else to occupy my time. And my brain recovers, and starts thinking about those things that I want and need to do. And, I begin to silently berate myself for my lack of productivity during my downtime. Which further damages my mental health.

It is a cycle. And, I must find a way of out the cycle while being gentle and patient with myself, but it is not easy and I may need help -which means I have to fight off the stigma for asking for help with mental health issues.

Keep in mind, my issues are mild (I think), and for some people they can be debilitating.  So, we all need to be gentle with each other and with ourselves. We are going fine, and even if we are not, we can and will do better with help, and there is nothing wrong with asking for help.

Our recap of this week's Featured Friday Playlist concludes with songs 21-24. We end on an extremely diverse and pretty awesome note.  Please be sure to check out this week's entire list while there is time and give the list a follow on Spotify.  A new list will be live sometime around midnight.

21. "Platinum" by Fintan McKahey
Fintan McKahey is a bedroom pop singer-songwriter/producer from West Cork, Ireland.  He is from a family of musicians - his father was the drummer for the 80s band Stump and his uncle was the singer of the band CousteauX. The new single is filled with magical references, and I love it. 
22. "Yesterday's Makeup" by Jackson Capps
Up next, we return back to Nashville with a new single from country singer and songwriter Jackson Capps. It is a song about the destructive patterns in relationships. It was recorded live in the studio. 
23. "Lazy Boi - Black Star Liner Remix" by Felixity
Felixity is a pop/neo-soul singer-songwriter from London.  This is the title track from the remixed version of her debut album. She enlisted several top producers on this remix album.  For this track, we worked with the Leeds band Black Star Liner. Cool stuff.
24. "Sick" by Shatterglass
And, we close out this week's playlist with some straight-ahead hard rock from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is the title track from the band's brand new EP. 
    Featured Friday Playlist

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

E2TG 7/15/2020 - Mid-Week Musings - Hold On Mix (Mean Old World Remix)

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Just as a follow-up to yesterday's post, I do need to give a shout out too, to Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge, The Basement, The Basement East, Bowery Vault, 3rd & Lindsay, and several other local venues which have provided many memories over the years and hopefully for years to come. The Basement East, as many of you know, was decimated by the March 3 tornado.

Dee's has been running live streams since near the beginning of the quarantine. When Nashville entered Phase 3 of their reopening, Dee's started some live shows with a limited, socially distant audience, table service, and a mask mandate. Unfortunately, due not in a small part, the irresponsible Broadway venues, Nashville's case count has skyrocketed and Nashville moved back to Phase 3, and now it appears that bars will be closed until at least the end of July.

There are a variety of ways to support your favorite venues who are struggling.  I want all my favorite venues to be there when it is safe to attend live music again.

And now, songs 16-20 of this week's Featured Friday Place - a real international segment of music.

16. "Sacred Core" by Mayflower Madame
Our world tour starts in Norway, with the heavy psychedelic/post punk band Mayflower Madame. We have featured them a few times before. This is the latest single from their album Prepared for a Nightmare which was released in March. Cool stuff.
17. "Need Some Soul" by Black Paisley
Next, we head  to Stockholm, Sweden with some more straight ahead rock music from Black Paisley. This is a real catchy song. I dig it. 
18. "Hollow (Project Regeneration)" by Static X
Our only U.S. stop on this whirlwind world tour, and it is a doozy. Long-running and platinum selling industrial metal band Static X are back with a brand new album which features the Wisconsin Death Trip line-up. The album features some of the last known recordings of the late Wayne Static. Happy to be on the promo list for this one. 
19. "Easteria" by Monsieur Minimal
Off to Athens - Greece that is with another track from composer and artist Monsieur Minimal. The song has an Eastern Mediterranean influence with some 70s psychedelic fusion. Great sound.
20. "Waves" by Dust
We close out this segment of music with a comprehensive summer song from Italy. The song manages to encapsulate an entire summer of emotions from boundless fun and abandon to the melancholy that comes with the final days of the season.  A great ending to this segment of music. 
Tomorrow - we wrap up our review of the Playlist with the final four songs...

    Featured Friday Playlist

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

E2TG 7/14/2020 - In Praise of The 5 Spot - The Charm Mix (Arrows of Time Remix)

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I am a bit short on time, but here goes. For the last several years, The 5 Spot in East Nashville has been my home away from home. It is simply put, my "Cheers" where everybody knows my name and they are always glad I came... or whatever. The best people, the best music. It is my place, and I am not alone in feeling that,

Back in March, before the mandatory shutdowns and before PPP, The 5 Spot voluntarily decided that to close was in the best interest of their patrons and employees. It was, I am sure, not an easy decision. I contrast this to the venues who are suing the city for being ordered to close and who have operated contrary to current regulations with no regard for the safety of their customers and employees.

Recently, The 5 Spot has unveiled a (in my opinion) top-notched live streaming system. Tim Carroll's Rock n Roll Happy Hour was one of the first.  Last week, they added a liquid light show to the mix. Derek Hoke played a Tuesday set with band - a much needed balm - as I have missed $2 Tuesday so much.

Afton Wolfe also had his release show virtually from The 5 Spot.

To me, the work The 5 Spot has done shows their commitment to the music and to finding a way forward into this uncertain future. Kudos to Todd Sherwood and everyone at The 5 Spot.

Our review of the Featured Friday Playlist continues now with songs 11-15

11. "Summer Road" by Mighty Brother
From the recently released double album The Rabbit. The Owl. Mighty Brother are a indie rock band from New Orleans. This songs has an Avett Brothers feel to it, but the band's music covers a lot of ground. I really like this song. 
12. "Iztac" by Joseph C. Krause
Not to be confused with our old friend, Joseph R. Krauss, Joseph C. Krause is a collaborative media artist from Detroit. This is the title track from his latest EP, and it is about a dreaming snow leopard from the Mexico City Zoo. The EP is filled with electronic music, sound design, and poetry. It is whimsical and fun. Joseph C. Krause is legally blind and gay, and I am a brand new and very big fan. 
13. "The Fever" by Slump Test
Another track from the self-titled debut album album by Nashville punks Slump Test. Ryan Dishen handles the lead vocals on this track. While there has been plenty to be bummed about these last several months, I am sad that we have missed the last three (soon to be four) Decline of Southern Civilization shows. I am very glad, though, that I caught the March show - which ended up being the last in-person The 5 Spot show before the shutdown. 
14. "Wander Feeler" by Easy Love
I love this song so much!  Easy Love is the solo project of Summer Twins drummer Justine Brown. This is the title track to her new album which was recorded in one week in January 2019.
15. "Master of Flow" by Glife
And why not do a sonic 180, and close this segment of music with a veteran hip hop artist from Salt Lake City. I don't know enough about hip hop to vouch for the song title, but this track does seem to flow extremely well.  

I think we covered sufficient musical ground today. Tomorrow Songs 16-20

    Featured Friday Playlist

Monday, July 13, 2020

E2TG 7/13/2020 - Music City Monday - Stomp and Holler Mix (War All the Time Remix)

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I'm kind of short on time and probably will be this week, so I'm going to skip the preliminaries.  We have some great music to share. Songs 6-10 of this week's Featured Friday Playlist.  Also, if you follow E2TG on Instagram, I will sharing the individual tracks as presented her on my story. Look for today's songs later today.

Also, a note about the Featured Friday Playlist. The ordering of this playlist is a weird combination of planned and arbitrary.  I don't want to go into details, but suffice it so say it should not be considered a ranking in any way, and I definitely sometimes save great songs for the latter part of the playlist. Nevertheless, I have never liked the idea of songs competing against each other.  The playlist is new and recent music that I dig. Period.

Below the jump, we have this week's Music City Monday Shuffle - a random shuffle of the exhaustive (84+ hours) playlist of Nashville-centric music.

First out, we continue our review of this week's Featured Friday Playlist with songs 6-10

6. "The Hills" by Leland Sundries
We start things off with a new release from an E2TG favorite.  Leland Sundries - now based in Memphis came back with a garage rock cover of a song by The Weeknd.  A fresh take on the song. 
7. "Missing the Missing" by Andrew Leahey & The Homestead
Another new single from Andrew Leahey & The Homestead. Leahey started recording the song in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia and finished in Nashville. It was inspired by the music he heard growing up.
8. "You're the Only One (Who Breaks my Heart)" by Ben Arthur
Long time, E2TG favorite Ben Arthur is back with a new single and also new episodes of his Song/Writer Podcast. I really love this song. 
9. "Good Life" by Hurricane Ruth
Up next, we have the title track from the brand new album by blues vocal powerhouse Hurricane Ruth.  The song co-written by Hurricane Ruth stems from a conversation she had with her mother about a year before the elder woman passed away. It is an emotionally gripping song of perseverance, hard work, pain, and strength. 
10. "Hey Child" by Margo Price
From the words of mother at the end of her life, to the words of a mother to a child near the beginning of their life. This is a track from That's How Rumors Get Started - the highly anticipated new album from Nashville's own Margo Price. Although Price, at this point, doesn't really need me to help spread the word, I included her because of her long and continued role in the Nashville music community I love. From Buffalo Clover to her band The Price Tags, Margo Price, in her success, has continued to champion the music of this community. I have fond memories of her playing drums for Darrin Bradbury during a show (or two) at The Basement East. 

Tomorrow songs 11-15 (or so)
    Featured Friday Playlist

Friday, July 10, 2020

E2TG 7/10/2020 - Featured Friday Playlist - Stabby Mike Mix (Mystery Writer Remix)

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It is Friday, and that means a brand new Featured Friday Playlist.  You can check it out below and follow along on Spotify and/or you can read our song by song review over the next week - here at E2TG.  The review starts after the jump with songs 1-5.

I wanted to highlight a couple of new and recent releases which are not on Spotify.

First up:  Bananas by Pussycat Doghouse.  Pussycat Doghouse is a pop-punk/ska punk/indie pop band from Nashville.  We were made familiar with the band through their bass played Bill Bois -who we first met from Eight O'Five Jive a few years back.  Digging this album - more to come. The album was released on July 1.

The other album was released back in June.  It is from the fine folks at Music Maker Relief Foundation.  The album is called Amazing Grace and it contains a dozen unique interpretations of the spiritual standard.

    Featured Friday Playlist

Thursday, July 9, 2020

E2TG 7/9/2020 - Not Sure What to Say - Aegis of Song Mix (Halloween Remix)

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Way too much on my mind... I long for a simpler, quieter time, but now, it all seems so cacophonous and loud. People are shouting in righteous anger - some are shouting for justice and rights which have been denied for decades or centuries.  Others are shouting for other reasons - less clearly justified to me, but nonetheless, there is a lot of shouting.  Every day brings at least one new "breaking" atrocity from the current president. And, we are all - justifiably (I think) angry.

In Nashville, there wee 688 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours - another new record. Cases are on the rise in several states, and yet, I see people who seem to be living their lives as if nothing is going on. And, so, for those us who are taking this seriously, there seems to be no end in sight. There is a void of leadership on this issue and apathy if not outright disdain for taking precautions  from the masses.

I don't know - I think I need to listen to some music... let's go!

And, we have reached the end of our review of the Featured Friday Playlist from 7/3/2020. A brand new playlist will be up tomorrow.  You can still check out this week's playlist until the new one posts.  We have the final three songs to review. Songs 17-19.  As usual, I saved some of our best music for the end.  Also, please follow E2TG Featured Friday Playlist on Spotify so you don't miss anything!

17. "Laura Jones" by Matthew Frederick
We start things off with a wonderful song by a singer-songwriter from Wales. Frederick fronts the band Climbing Trees.  This is his brand new single. 
18. "Typhoon" by Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
Next, we have the second Featured Friday appearance for Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards - it is the latest single ahead of the July 17th release of their new album Bitter Better. Cortese is now  based in Belgium, and the album was recorded ahead of the quarantine. 
19. "Contradictions" by Petter Carlsen
And we close out this segment and the playlist with another returning artist. The Norwegian singer-songwriter is back with another track from his forthcoming new album The Sum of Every Shade.  

I hope you enjoyed listening to this week's playlist at least as much as I love bringing it to you.  Tune in tomorrow for a brand new list.  We already have 36 minutes of music on deck - and that is before tomorrow's new releases and any last minute adds. It looks like next week's list could be a long one!

    Featured Friday Playlist

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

E2TG 7/8/2020 - More Thoughts - Gin and Gasoline Mix (Chemical Remix)

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I think there is much larger discussion in regards to what I wrote about yesterday.  I think may friend Sue said it best, many of us need to learn or re-learn the concept of nuance. And, especially on the left, we need to recognize that zealotry is not our best look - even if we feel it is righteous zealotry. 

I don't really have time for to cover this subject more, but it is definitely something we, as a society, need to address. I think, in some ways, this is part and parcel of the issue I previously talked about of those pushing for extremism at the expense of building coalitions that are capable of leading to concrete albeit sometimes painfully slow change.

 In the days and weeks following the murder of George Floyd, I observed people beginning to speak up who had heretofore been silent. Read: potential new allies in a quest to remove the stain on the presidency. I feel like it was (and maybe still is) a golden opportunity to come together and force some much needed changes. At the same time, however, I observed some trying to push the envelope farther and farther left (of which I do not object) and in the process criticizing and alienating some of these new potential allies for their left extreme positions. 

It is, for sure, a complicated matter, and I need to emphasize that I am talking mostly in terms of political movement. Any white person, speaking up for black lives needs to be open to feedback from black people and other people of color as to the way we are acting - even if that feedback is or seems laced with bitterness. People who have been subject to systemic discrimination and bias for their whole lives and for generations are allowed to be bitter. But, the people I am primarily addressing in the prior paragraph are primarily white people and I am thinking more generally political and ideological.

As the Minutemen once said... "Maybe Partying Will Help"

Today, we continue our review of this week's Featured Friday Playlist with songs 13-16. We will conclude our review tomorrow with the final three songs.

13. "Dig In" by I LIKE TRAINS
We kick off this segment with the latest single from Leed's based band I LIKE TRAINS from their forthcoming album KOMPROMAT .  Hard hitting and really cool music.  
14. "Madness" by Homeboy Loves You
Next up, we have the b-side of the second single from Nashville based Homeboy Loves You - The a-side is a cover of John Prine's Summer's End. The band features Scottie Prudhoe, Preston Cochran, Chase Ballenger, and more. Awesome stuff. 
15. "Tyrant" by Pozzi
Next, we have a timely and pointed track from L.A. based singer-songwriter Pozzi.  I really dig this tune. 
16. "Always Gone - Jamie Hince Remix" by The Holy Knives
We close this segment of our Playlist with The Holy Knives - who are two brothers originally from New Orleans and now based in San Antonio. This is a remix of their song by Jamie Hince of The Kills. An awesome way to close out this segment of music. 

    Featured Friday Playlist

Wednesday Morning Shuffle

"Gin" by Dylan Lee Johnston (from Dylan Lee Johnston)
FIrst up in today's shuffle - a New Orleans based singer-songwriter originally from Alaska from his self-titled album from a few years back. 
'Love and Gasoline" by Jenny Reynolds (from Any Kind of Angel)
Next up, have a track from the recently released album by the Austin based singer-songwriter. 
"Love Be Gentle" by Tom House (Jesus Doesn't Live Here Anymore)
We go back a few years to our old friend Tom House from his wonderful Jesus Doesn't Live Here Anymore album. 
"Everything Twice" by Mariachi El Bronx (from Mariachi El Bronx (III))
The alter-ego of the L.A. punk band The Bronx - who incorporate Latin influences into their music.  From the third release by the side project.  The Bronx formed in 2002.
"Chemical Friends" by Puppet Rebellion (from Chemical Friends EP)
Next up, we have the title track from a release we featured when it was released (2013 I believe). Puppet Rebellion were based in Mancchester, and they broke up late in 2018. 


This Week
7/07 - Afton Wolfe - Petronius' Last Meal (EP)
7/10 - Hurricane Ruth - Good Life (LP)
7/10 - Fintan McKahey - "Platinum" (single)
7/10 - Nocona - Los Dos (LP)
7/10 - Easy Love - Wander Feeler (LP)
7/10 - Ten Penny Gypsy - Fugitive Heart (LP)
7/10 - Andy Baker - North Country Sky (LP)
7/11 -Rev. J. Mikhael Smith and the Brimstone Miracle - "10:18" (single) 

Last Week
7/01 - Pussycat Doghouse - Bananas (LP)
7/01 - Monsieur Minimal - "Easteria" single
7/03 - The Vignatis - Red, White & Blue - Gypsybilly Vol. 4 (LP)
7/03 - Nicole Boggs and the Reel - None of Your Business (EP)
7/03 - Paul Nelson - Birmingham Woman (LP)
7/03 - Matthew Frederick - "Laura Jones" (single)
7/03 - Year of October - "Black Widow" (single)
7/03 - Michael McArthur - Oh, Sedona (EP)
7/03 - Petter Carlsen - "Contradictions" (single)
7/03 - Divine Horsemen - "Mystery Writers" (single)
7/03 - Mayflower Madame - "Sacred Core" (single)
7/03 - Andrew Adkins - One Evening In Brooklyn: Live! (EP)
7/03 - Angela Easterling - "Home" (single)
7/03 - Felixity - Love Sick Remixed (LP)
7/04 - Jackson Capps - "Yesterday's Makeup" (single)

Next Week:
7/?? -  Learn to Fly - "Cherished Ruins" (single)
7/17 - The Bobby Lees - new album (LP)
7/17 - Soft Set - "Never Die" (single)
7/17 - Michot's Melody Makers - Cosmic Cajuns from Saturn (LP)
7/17 - Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - Bitter Better (LP)
7/17 - Graham Bramblett - The Great Inbetween (LP)
7/17 - ElJay - Champion (EP)
7/17 - Sienne - "Side by Side" (single)
7/18 - Union Kain - Black Dawn (EP)

7/24 - Tawny Ellis - Love Life (LP)
7/24 - Lee Gallagher - L.A. Yesterday (LP)
7/24 - Even As We Speak - Adelphi (LP)
7/24 - The Wild Blue - Anonymous Future (EP)
7/24 - The Danberrys - Shine (LP)
7/24 - Ted Russell Kamp - Down in the Den (LP)
7/24 - A Shoreline Dream - "Seek to Hide" (single)
7/24 - Rev. J. Mikhael Smith and the Brimstone Miracle - Dogwood Winter (EP)
7/26 - Herb Barclay Project- "Gusta" (single)
7/31 - The Jason Daniels Band - Downloads from the Universe (LP)
7/31 - Shishi - Mafitishei (LP)
7/31 - Vee VV - "Ugly Freedom (Toka Remix)" (single)
8/07 - The Furious Seasons - La Fonda (LP)
8/07 - Jason Molina - Eight Gates (LP)
8/07 - Steven Bruce - Same Time, Same Place, Same Station (LP)
8/07 - Vincent Cross - The Life & Times of James ‘The Rooster’ Corcoran (LP)
8/14 - Michael McArthur - How to Fall in Love (EP)
8/14 - Sylvie Simmons - Blue on Blue (LP)
8/21 - Eric Bolander - "Window" (single)
8/21 - A Shoreline Dream - The Melting (LP)
8/21 - Liar,Flower - Geiger Counter (LP)
8/21 - Xanthe Alexis - The Offering (LP)
8/28 - The Northern Belle - We Wither, We Bloom (LP)
8/28 - Special Moves - Little Help (LP)
8/28 - Debbie Lagrange - "La chanson des moustiques" (single)
8/28 - Molly Tuttle - ...but I'd rather be with you (LP)
8/31 - Andre Salvador & the Von Kings  - Last Night From Glasgow (LP)
9/04 - India Ramey - Shallow Graves (LP)
9/25 - Buildings and Food - Up Down Strange Charm (LP)
10/09 - Year of October - Wastelands (LP)
10/16 - Malin Pettersen - Wildhorse (LP)

6/01 - Bessie Smith - Get in Union (LP) (from the Alan Lomax Archives)
6/01 - Darwin - "Dance Alone" (single)
6/04 - Benedict Sinister - "Your Parents (Dancing with the Stars)" (single)
6/05 - Nicole Boggs and the Reel - "None of Your Business" (single)
6/05 - People Without Shoes and Inkswell - Plasma Platter (LP)
6/05 - Short Haired Domestic - "A Song in Latin... A Song in Hindi..." (single)
6/05 - Turkeyfoot - Promise of Tomorrow (LP)
6/05 - Delta Maid - Katie (LP)
6/05 - KissDoomFate - "Innocence" (single)
6/05 - Lacey Williams - "Cut N' Curl" (single)
6/05 - Johnny Irion and Friends - "Inside the Endless OM" (single)
6/05 - Skanger - "Condolences" (single)
6/05 - Good Foxy - "Dust" (single)
6/05 - Merv Pinny - "I Feel Like a Prisoner" (single)
6/05 - Carrus & Kurtz - The Genius of Carrus & Kurtz Vol 1-There are No Words (LP)
6/05 - Bands Against Brutality - Bands Against Brutality (LP)
6/05 - Various Artists - Mix for a Movement (LP)
6/05 - Eric Bolander - "Magic Moon" (single)
6/05 - Crooked Heart - Perpetual Twilight (LP)
6/05 - Steven Bruce - "Cryin' Eyes" (single)
6/05 - Ghost Town Remedy - "Therapy" (single)
6/08 - Learn to Fly - "Broken Nation" (single)
6/09 - Kevin Herig - Barcelona (Memoryy Remix)
6/10 - Mile Me Deaf - Ecco (LP)
6/10 - The Vignatis - “Red, White & Blue” (single)
6/11 - Luciano Illuminati - Terra Vision 2020 (LP)
6/12 - Sammy Brue - Crash Test Kid (LP)
6/12 - Andrea & Mud - Bad News Darlin' (LP)
6/12 - Teghan Devon - Little Lion (EP)
6/12 - Culture Vultures - "Reflection (ft Hollie Singer & Dai Pump$)" (single)
6/12 - India Ramey - "King of Ashes" (single)
6/12 - Nate Lee - Wings of a Jetliner (LP)
6/12 - Eli Gauden - Call My Name (EP)
6/13 - Ja-Mali - "Codeine Veins" (single)
6/15 - The Bustermoon - Mareena Roots (LP)
6/16 - Carlos Severe Marcelin - Impressionist (LP)
6/17 - DIVES - "100 Times" (single)
6/18 - Monsieur Minimal - "Release Me (Easteria Remix)" (single)
6/19 - Darlin' Brando - Also Too... (LP)
6/19 - Dolour - The Royal We (LP)
6/19 - The Microdance - Our Love Noire (LP)
6/19 - Mendoza Line - We're All In This Alone (reissue) (LP)
6/19 - Jenny Reynolds - Any Kind of Angel (LP)
6/19 - DeLeo - Mythomania (EP)
6/19 - Buildings and Food - "Streetlights" (single)
6/19 - Maria Matiss - "More Than Heaven" (single)
6/19 - Leon Majcen - Back 'Til I'm Gone (LP)
6/19 - Raveis Kole - “Help One Another (We All Can)” (single)
6/19 - Kids Love Surf - "Oyo" (single)
6/19 - Sylvettte - "Kelpius" (single)
6/19 - Patrick Ames - "Reawakened" (single)
6/19 - The Asteroid No. 4 - "The After Glow" (single)
6/19 - The Academy of Sun - The Quiet Earth (LP)
6/19 - Brett Ryan Stewart - "It's Alright to Grow Old" (single)
6/19 - WeWantMore - "Heartbreak" (single)
6/19 - The Neville Staple Band - "Lockdown" (single)
6/19 - Michael McArthur - "Purple Rain" (single)
6/19 - Highway Women - "Shake the Dust" (single)
6/19 - Pozzi - "Tyrant" (single)
6/19 - Lady Couch - "Foolish and Blue" (single)
6/20 - Alpha Pegasi - "Summertime (Doin' Time)" (single)
6/20 - David Starling - "Cowards" (single)
6/22 - Remington Super 60 - "Still Near" (single)
6/24 - I Like Trains - "Dig In" (single)
6/26 - The Special Pillow - World's Finest (EP)
6/26 - Dedicated Men of Zion - Can't Turn Me Around (LP)
6/26 - Serratone - "Groovy Lucy" (single)
6/26 - 8 Floors Up - "Roman Bones Make Good Glue" (single)
6/26 - The Speed of Sound - "Glide on By" (single)
6/26 - Fellow Hollow - "Where can I buy fresh berries at night?" (single)
6/26 - Scenius - "Darkest Lines" (single)
6/26 - Melissa D. - Little Girl (EP)
6/26-  TJ George - Fragmented Soul Vol 2 (EP)
6/26 - Dead Method - "Babylon" (single)
6/26 - Indie Dog - "Moving On" (single)
6/26 - Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - "Typhoon" (single)
6/26 - Molly Tuttle - "Fake Empire" (National cover) (single)
6/26 - Holy Knives - "Always Gone" (Jamie Hince Remix) (single)
6/27 - Joseph C. Krause - Iztac (EP)
6/29 - Sofia Talvik - Paws of a Bear - Unplugged (LP)
6/?? - Mighty Brother - The Rabbit. The Owl (Double LP)