Monday, May 17, 2021

E2TG 5/14/2021 - Featured Friday & Music City Monday - No No Mix (Sixteen Tons Remix)



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I am back after an unexpected day off... 

Well, I alluded to this last post, and then circumstances forced my hand... I don't think doing a full recap of the Featured Friday Playlist is feasible given my return to live music.  I was under the weather Friday and so today, we will present the brand new Featured Friday Playlist which debuted last Friday. 

Follow the Playlist on Spotify and check it out each Friday for a new playlist.  Also, follow E2TG on Instagram and view the stories to catch a glimpse of the songs and maybe hear a snippet. 

Meanwhile, we will be hitting somewhat random, somewhat not highlights here.   More changes to come as I figure it out. 

Here is the first part of the Playlist:




1. "Prufrock's Pickup Line" by Cold Equations
2. "Glory Glory" by Lindsay Ellyn
3. "Wide Awake 5AM" by Megan Palmer
4. "First Curse (I Can't Hide)" by Tayls 
We start the playlist this week with four of my favorite local musicians/songwriters. I met Cold Equation's Drew Kohl and Lindsay Ellyn around the same time - in late 2014. Kohl has recently moved to Nashville from Georgia with his Young America bandmate Taylor Alexander.  Ellyn has moved from New York City and was working an her first EP.  It was a heady time for me- meeting a ton of talented people and really immersing myself in the Nashville music community for the first time. Kohl has now released three fantastic songs under his new moniker, and Ellyn - who ended up marrying Kohl's old band mate, released her full-length debut on Friday. This song is a stunning rerecording one of my favorite songs of hers with vocals by the talented Kiely Connell and Jason Eskridge (of Sunday Night Soul fame). 

 I think I formally met Megan Palmer shortly after meeting Kohl and Ellyn. I first saw her  playing fiddle for Tim Easton and then Darrin Bradbury, but from the first time I heard her own songs I was captivated. It wasn't until later that I learned she had a full-time career as a palliative care nurse, and this is the second single in a row where she deals head-on with that part of her life. I was fortunate enough to see Megan in person for the first time in over a year on Thursday night and I heard her and Bob Lewis perform.

I am not sure if I have every properly met Taylor Cole, and I was much later to hearing his music with his band Tayls, but over the last year in particular his music has connected with me. An Instagram post he made about this song could have been written by me. It was uncanny. 

5. "Change in Me" by Eddie Turner

Blues guitarist born in Cuba, raised in Chicago and now based in Denver, Colorado. 

6. "All I Want (feat. Jake Shears)" by Boys Noize

7. "Runnin' Free" by Jeff Crosby

New single from the singer songwriter who divides time between Nashville and Boise Idaho.

8. "Let Me Let Go" by Dentist

9. "Old Mill" by Soo Line Loons

We featured a couple of early singles but the self-titled third album by this Minneapolis band is out now. 

10. "Happy Every Day Leaning Latin Mix" by Aaron J. Trumm

11. "Every Day I Have the Blues" by Will Johns

12. "Where The Wind Cuts Your Skin" by Nature's Neighbor

13. "Sabor" by Dallas String Quartet and Jesus Molina

14. "Ticket for Two - Radio Edit" by Morten Remar

15. "Second Life" by Molino

16. "Stuck in Quarantine" by Jeremie & the Delicious Hounds

17. "Your Name" by Artio

18. "Wish You Well" by Scott Rocco

19. "Her Love" by Joe Wright

(More songs tomorrow)

Since this is my first post of only writing about some of the songs, I feel compelled to say that all of the music is fantastic and if I had unlimited time I would do each track justice. I strongly encourage you to listen to as much of the playlist as you can and if you hear something you like - find out more. If you can't find more information, please hit me up and I was steer you in the right direction. Music, these days, is easy to consume to fully appreciate it and experience it, takes effort - but it is worth it.

 
    Featured Friday Playlist




Thursday, May 13, 2021

E2TG 5/13/2021 - Figuring it Out Along the Way - Plum Mix (I Woke Up Remix)



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In the 10 year existence of E2TG, change has been the operative word. The blog and how I do it have undergone many changes - usually driven by some change in my circumstance or schedule etc. Now, with going out to hear music becoming a thing again, I am realizing that I made changes over the last 13-14 months that are going to be difficult to maintain in the emerging new reality. 

I don't know yet what changes will be needed, and it may not happen overnight and the changes may be incremental. It also may take a series of missteps to arrive something that works. Bear with me and thanks as always for reading. 

Featured Friday Playlist recap Part 5 (songs 46-55):





46. "Paris" by Teresa Guidry
Nashville based singer-songwriter who was on Season 10 of The Voice with her first single of 2021.
47. "Hobo Stomp" by Razorhouse
Next up, we have the single from this alternative rock band from Chicago. A really cool song. 
48. "Through the Flames" by Empiires
Next up, we have some hard rock music from Texas. 
49. "Indigo Screams" by Pennies by the Pound
Next up, we have a Finnish band that combines psych rock with 80s college rock to great great sound. This is the lead track from their new album due out a week from tomorrow. 
50. "The Girl in the Barren Room" by Bad Dreams Fancy Dress
Next up, we have the new single from the forthcoming Bi Iconic album from this UK band that originally formed in the late 80s. Spurred on my a Facebook group set up by fans, this new incarnation of the band is doing some cool things. 
51. "Get Me Through It - Live" by The Purrs
Next up, we have a track from the new live album, We Thought There'd Be More People Here, by this dark psych pop band from the Pacific NW. 
52. "The Return" by To Twelve
Next up, we have lovely song about travelling from this duo from the Netherlands who spend time busking through Europe.  Really great stuff. 
53. "Occupied" by Dolly Ave
Next up, we have a track from the debut album, Sleep by this emerging Vietnamese-American singer-songwriter who grew up in Kansas City, Missouri before leaving for art school in Chicago. Really excited to have this song in our playlist. 
54. "Monster Tv" by Death Pop Radio
Next up, we have another debut album this from Chicago based hard pop/grunge band. 
55. "Silent Trees" by Pentral 
And we close with a track from What Lies Ahead of Us from Brazilian prog rock/metal band Pentral who worked producer Tim Palmer on this new album. A great way to close out this segment of music, and the playlist for this week. 

    Featured Friday Playlist


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

E2TG 5/12/2021 - Mid-Week Misery or is that Missouri? - Big River Mix (Winter of the Summer Remix)



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Diving back into live music tonight and tomorrow... social awkwardness combined with COVID-era awkwardness will abound, but I will have fun, too. 

Tonight: Mark Robinson early at Dee's and Brian Wright with Falcon Ranchero late at Dee's

Tomorrow: a private house show for the long-awaited release show for This Frontier Needs Heroes with some cool guests.  Bring it on!



Featured Friday Playlist recap Part 4 (Songs 36-45):




36. "Kickback (U and I)" by Rallo Green
First up, we have the new single from this singer, songwriter, producer, and musician from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. A fun summery song to start us off today.
37. "Black Hole Sun" by Leftover Salmon
Next up, a cover of the Soundgarden song from the jam band that formed in Boulder Colorado in 1989. It is from their new album Brand New Good Old Days 
38. "Saving Aimee" by Harri Larkin
Next up, UK pop funk trio Harri Larkin returns to the playlist with their new single. 
39. "Vain Shadows" by Clipe Circle
The latest single from this Scottish rock/metal band. They are expected to release their debut EP later this year. 
40. "Afterglow Dub" by The Nextmen
London based The Nextmen reunite with Eva Lazarus for their new single. Great stuff. 
41. "Shamans" by Tesla Shamans
Next up, we have the debut single from the forthcoming debut album (Electric Storm is due out May 17) by this hard rock band from Italy. 
42. "GAME" by Gears
Next up, more hard hitting rock music this time from this band from Miami that was founded in 2014.
43. "Talking Heads" by Benjamin Jayne
Next up, we have the lead track from the 2nd album by this trans-oceanic brother-sister duo. This new album features elements of rock, folk/singer-songwriter with some electronic elements. Sister Amanda is based in Barcelona while brother Benjamin is based in southern Vermont. 
44. "Fall Apart" by Robert Maniac
Next up, we have the debut single from this singer-songwriter based in London. An impressive debut. 
45. "Lost & Found" by Manolo Redondo
And we close this segment with the title track from the new EP  by this Paris-based singers-songwriter originally from the French Alps which was inspired by a trip to Mexico and the Mojave Desert. A great way to close out this segment of music. 
         
    Featured Friday Playlist




Tuesday, May 11, 2021

E2TG 5/11/2021 - Reflections - Bad Feeling Mix (Sunstroke Remix)



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The challenge in these times in particular is to balance being engaged and informed versus being overwhelmed by negativity. 

On the one hand, I recognize the inherent privilege in being about to disconnect from some of the injustices of our times. On the other hand, navigating the maze of things that seemingly attacke ones mental health is exhausting.  

We all see people who are completely disengaged or who seem to be on high alert and in high actions 24/7 365, and I think there has to be a middle ground. It is also funny how, on paper, the middle ground can seem such a wide path, but in reality one is constantly in danger of falling over the edge. 

This is not post with answers - only questions.  One can read the news without visiting the comment section. That seems to make good sense. But, is ignoring the comments section equivalent to burying ones head in the sand when it comes to the great divide be the left and the right. But also, can't one recognize and know that the divide exists even without wallowing in the filth of that divide?

Can't one feel good about the news for one day, even while know that a large number of people feel bad about the same news. 

Anyway, those are my thoughts... 


Featured Friday Playlist recap Part 3 (songs 26-35):




26. "You Oughta Love Me" by Timothy and the Apocalypse
First up, we have the lead single from the forthcoming Future So Bright album by Australian musician, composer, songwriter, and producer Timothy Poulton - recording as Timothy and the Apocalypse.  For this track he is joined by Katie M. Little. 
27. "Playboy" by Anthony Vacanti
 Next up, we have a catchy new single from this actor, artist, singer, songwriter, and producer who is originally from Buffalo, New York and now based in New York City. Great tune.
28. "Criminal" by The Phantom Rockets
Next up, we have the debut single from Milan based duo   The Phantom Rockets. A great mix of rock, blues, and alternative music.  An impressive debut.
29. "Til the Sun Comes up" by McCormick
Next up, we have the new single from veteran UK singer-songwriter Steve McCormick who records as McCormick.  Check it out!
30. "Close My Eyes Forever" by Tequila Rock Revolution 
Next up, we have a cover of the Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford duet from Haydn Vitera, Cassandra Sotos, and Vitera's Tequila Rock Revolution which features a unique blend of metal and traditional mariachi instrumentation. Pretty awesome!
31. "CHAPSTICK" by NADUH
Next up, NADUH are based in Vancouver and their new single is a fantastic mix of r&b and hip hop that flips the scripts on the hip hop trope of stealing someone girl and not in the way you might expect. Check it out!
32. "COMA" by TheCityIsOurs
London based metalcore band TheCityIsOuts is up next with their latest single. A hard hitting band formed in 2015 and their new releases are the first with new vocalist Oli Duncanson. 
33. "Twenty" by Promise to Myself
The latest single from Phoenix, AZ based Promise to Myself brings attention to sudden cardiac arrest. The title refers to the 20 young people between 6 & 25 who die every day from cardiac ailments which often go diagnosed. 
34. "Chestnut" by Kiana Corley
Next up, we have a track from Take it or Leave It - the new EP from this exciting singer-songwriter from Pennsylvania.  Truly great music. 
35. "Bad Intentions" by Emma Garell
And, we close this segment of music with the new single from Richmond based Emma Garell whose music combines hard rock and pop in a most interesting way. A great ending to a rich and diverse segment of our playlist. 
 
    Featured Friday Playlist


Monday, May 10, 2021

E2TG 5/10/2021 - Music City Monday & More - Drunk Dial Mix (Come & Get It Remix)



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Saturday, I got to catch Jason Ringenberg's first show in 14 months down on his farm.  With a threat of rain averted, it was a wonderful afternoon and early evening. I got to the farm early enough to visit with the chickens and the pony Tinkerbell, and to explore the grounds. 

Musically, the show was fantastic. Jason played several Scorchers' classics as well as tracks from his solo records including his most recent Rhinestoned.  On several tracks he was joined by the always incredible Fats Kaplin and Kristi Rose (who are long time collaborators who also appeared on the new album).  Ringenberg's daughters also joined him on his version of the hymn "Christ the Lord is Risen Today". And one of his daughters played flute and sang harmony on "Highway Songs".   

Jason had - as he does - a contest for the most obscure request of  song he had performed at some point. One of the requests was for a song that Farmer Jason had written several years before with a troupe of girl scouts - a couple of whom happened to be there.  When Jason confessed that he didn't remember a word of the song, the two young women got up and sang it. 

The show ended with guest guitar phenom Boone Hood joining on a fiery version of "Absolutely Sweet Marie".   

Several notable Nashville musicians were in attendance along with some hardcore fans and friends.  


Featured Friday Playlist recap Part 2 (songs 16-25):




16.  "Otherside of Town" by Nature's Neighbor
Illinois-based collective Nature's Neighbor returns to the Playlist with their latest single.  Their new album Otherside is due out this coming Friday. 
17. "Tired Eyes" by Ruby Bones
Next up, we have a track from the celebratory new album from these New Jersey rockers. The album is called Laser Tooth Tiger and it is out now. Check it out!
18. "Photos" by Ski Team
Next up, we have a gorgeous new track from this solo project of Brooklyn based singer-songwriter, producer, and guitarist Lucie Lozinski. 
19. "Wait" by Go Analog
Next up, we have a new single from this Columbus Ohio based rock band.  It is being released to celebrate the vinyl release of their EP Moonlight Gram which includes this song. Great stuff.
20. "Falling Out North St." by Cathal Coughlan
Next up, the new single from Irish musician Cathal Coughlan (The Fatima Mansions, Microdisney).  We have featured some earlier tracks, and I continue to enjoy this music. 
21. "Pay Attention" by Abby K
We shift gears and head to North Carolina for this new single from female-fronted hard rock/metal band based in Charlotte.
22. "Good Morning Sunshine" by Sunshine & The Blue Moon
Next up, some shimmering yet dark psychedelic grooves from this  Canadian band.  Their new album Born 2 Boogie is out in June, and I can't wait to hear more from this band. 
23. "Silly Games" by The Supermercados
Next up, we have a cool recent single from this UK based band.  I'm digging it. 
24. "Lifestream - Luke Slater's 7th Plain Remix" by Johannes Motschmann
Next up, we find out what happens when a neo-classical composure teams with a techno DJ. Spoiler alert: It is utterly fantastic. 
25. "Song for Pete" by Skidders
And, we close out with a track from a veteran English session musician off his just released new acoustic album Family & Friends.  And great tune to close out this segment of music. 
 
    Featured Friday Playlist




Friday, May 7, 2021

E2TG 5/7/2021 - Featured Friday - Pizza & Drugs Mix (Take Good Care Remix)



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A busy week for new music, and that means a jam packed Featured Friday Playlist.  If you want, you can check out the whole list which is embedded just below or you can follow along all week as I recap the list in five segments.  Part 1 is down below the jump covering the first 15 songs. 

It is also a good time to tell you that much of the music featured here is available on Bandcamp and that today Bandcamp is waiving revenue sharing to put more of the proceeds of purchases directly in the hands of the artists you and I love.  If you love independent music like I do, support the artists in the most direct way you are able. Bandcamp is one of the better avenues. 


 



 
    Featured Friday Playlist



Thursday, May 6, 2021

E2TG 5/6/2021 - How does it feel? - Help Me Lord Mix (Wash & Fold Remix)



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Short on time - enjoy the music...


Feature Friday Playlist recap Part 5 (The Finale - Songs 39-45):




39. "Troubling Times" by Climbing Trees
First up, we have the first new music in three years from this award winning Welsh band. I am once again impressed by the quantity and quality of the music coming out of Wales these days. 
40. "Doin' Fine" by Mode Shifter
Next up, a searing rock and roll number from this South Australian singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. 
41. "Reload" by The New Black Diamonds
Next up, our second track to feature from this Swedish rock band.  I am blown away by this band. Great stuff. 
42. "Up in the Air" by SYTE 
Next up, we have this alternative R&B/indiepop band who are based between Kosovo and the US. Groovy song. 
43. "The Change (feat. DMA's)" by What So Not
Next up, some great electronic music from Australia. I dig it.
44. "427" by Glostik Willy
Next up, we have an eleven minute jam from this hippy metal band from Indiana. Joined here my Doug Wimbish.  
45. "Behind the Mask" by Dead by Design
And, we close out the week with a track from the new EP Into the Night by this hard rock/metal band from Seattle. A great way to close out this week of music. 

 
    Featured Friday Playlist




Wednesday, May 5, 2021

E2TG 5/5/2021 - Something Something Back to It - Never Again Mix (All Mixed Up Remix)



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Well, I ventured out to live music for the second time last night and saw a lot of familiar faces that I had not seen in some time. It was amazing even as we are all still feeling our way through the new normal.  

But, with that new normal - today I have returned to my office after 14 months or so of working from home. Short shuffle today - because I forgot my headphones...  it's hard to remember all the things that used to be a daily routine. 

Featured Friday Playlist Part 4 Songs 31-38:





31. "Clockwork" by Pikefruit
Latest single from this Seattle indie/dream/synth pop band - from their forthcoming new album due out May 14.
32. "It's Your World ('Til it's Over)" by Gerald Slevin
New single from the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Ithaca, New York. 
33. "Sing with Her" by Lorraine Nash
Next up, the latest single from this Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  
34. "Racked" by Tommy Cash
Next up, the latest single from this multi-disciplinary and multi-genre artist from Estonia who recently announced a world tour starting in San Francisco in early 2022.
35. "What's The Matter" by MILO
Next up, we have the follow-up single to the debut album by this band from the Netherlands. Bright Flowers of Indigo was released back in November. 
36. "Bitter" by Calling Apollo
The onslaught of great Welsh bands continues with the latest single from this band from Cardiff. 
37. "Marrakush" by Electric Kif
Next, we have the first single from the forthcoming Dreamlike album by this instrumental band from Miami. 
38. "The Opposite" by Dan Rose 
And we close with a track by this Danish indie solo artist who draws on the inspiration and advise of George Costanza for the latest single which closes out this segment of music. 

 
    Featured Friday Playlist




Tuesday, May 4, 2021

E2TG 5/4/2021 - A Decade or So - Blinkered Mix (Sunny Afternoon Remix)



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Some days, I think about why I have been able to continue E2TG for nearly a decade - when so many excellent blogs have ended or faded after a much short time. Besides my joke answers (stubbornness, not having an escape plan), the real answer, I think is doing it almost every day - even when I don't want to.  There have been days, of course, when I wasn't able to write, but I never didn't write just because I didn't feel like it.  I guess it is like other things (some good habits I need to work on)  - you just put one foot in front of the other (write one blog post after another) and ten years have passed. 


Featured Friday Playlist Part 3 (Songs 23-30):





23. "SPARKLEBLOOD" by kissdoomfate
The sensual French duo, kissdoomfate return with a new single and a crowdfunding effort to produce videos for their EP #2.  A great way to kick off this segment of music.
24. "You Got It" by Scott Standley
Scott Standley is an Austin Texas native who has been living between Austin, Chicago, and Seattle for the last decade will be releasing his debut album Victoria and we have a single from that album.  The album is named for the town in Texas where he first heard grandparents playing music and where he first played along. 
25. "I Won't Do Anything" by Rory D'Lasnow
Next up, we have a great new single from this New Jersey singer-songwriter. Cool tune. He is currently working on his 3rd EP. 
26. "The Day Called X" by Broken Links
Next up, we have a track from Conflict:State the new album from the 3-piece UK alt-rock band. Great stuff. 
27. "8teen" by Kind Villain
Next up, we have a cover of Khalid's 2017 "8teen" from Kind Villain - which was founded by the artist Ev V Frederick. 
28. "Cognitive Dissonance" by Swim the Current
New Jersey band Swim the Current bring the heaviness to their recent single.  A wonderful change of pace for the playlist. 
29. "Light Up the Sky" by The Legal Matters
Next up, we have the lead track from Chapter Three by this rocking pop band from Michigan.  Really dig this. 
30. "Hipsterboy" by The Chickenbackers
And we close with some awesome Merseybeat sounds from Madrid.  Yeh Right, Yeah! was released in 2019, but until now was only available on vinyl - check this out and try not the dig it. 
 
    Featured Friday Playlist



Monday, May 3, 2021

E2TG 5/3/2021 - Music City Monday and More - Perck Mix (Time Coast Remix)



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A new week.  This month finds  your intrepid music blogger finishing up his tenth year of featuring great music without limits.  

This week, I begin to tentatively venture out into this strange new landscape - with some events planned. 

Next up - Part 2 of our Feat. Friday Playlist Recap and below the jump - our weekly Music City Monday shuffle... 

Featured Friday Playlist recap Part 2 (songs 13-22):




13. "Say Something" by Emma-Jean Thackery
Up first today is the new single from London based bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and producer Emma-Jean Thackery from her forthcoming album Yellow (due in July). Fantastic music. 
14. "Treading Water" by Charm of Finches
Next up, we have the new single from this Australian electric chamber indie folk sister duo.  The lovely track tackles complex emotions. 
15. "The Faded Ones" by Ben DeHan
Next up, we have the recent single from this Maryland based artist. Check it out!
16. "Welcome to the Big Top" by The Rose Petals
We previously featured an earlier single - but American Grenadine is out now from this West Coast duo of Elijah Ocean and Peter Donovan.  Great tunes. 
17. "Wasteland" by Tim Kile
Austin based singer-songwriter just released his debut solo album These Things Are Being Gathered for The Fire. Kile was a founding member of Arcade Fire and of the band Wild Light.  Really dig this new music. 
18. "And the Lights Went out All over Town" by Modesty Blaise
We continue coverage of the The Modesty Blaise - the first album in 20 years from this UK band. This is the latest single from that album, and it is a fresh slice of classic 90s British indie pop.  A great song. 
19. "Everything She Touches Is Gold to Me" by Said the Whale
Next up, we have the release from songs written during 2020s break from 14 years of constant touring by this band who are based out of Vancouver B.C.  A wonderful love song. 
20. "Stranger Among Friends" by Distant Voices 
We have the latest single from an album we have been covering for a while - London based Distant Voices released their debut album Long Road to Home back in March. It is great to be able to feature more from this excellent album. 

21. "What Did the Music Sound Like" by Lea Thomas
Lea Thomas is Japanese American singer-songwriter who was born is Hawaii and is now based out of Brooklyn. This is her latest single, and I love it. 
22. "Burst Through the Borders" by Caulbearers
And we close out this segment of music with the latest from Manchester based Caulbearers - who formed in 2007.  This is a worthy addition to the rich musical heritage of the UK city. 

 
    Featured Friday Playlist



Friday, April 30, 2021

E2TG 4/30/2021 - Featured Friday - Blockbuster Mix (Dirty Fingers Remix)



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Another week, another Featured Friday Playlist.  This week's list is slightly longer than last, and equally as full of great new and recent music. 

 



 
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Thursday, April 29, 2021

E2TG 4/29/2021 - Countdown to 10 - Traversal Mix (The Robber Remix)



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As I mentioned before, May marks ten years of E2TG/Ear to the Ground. For at least the first three Tuesdays in May, Ear to the Ground radio on WXNA will be featuring some of our favorite artists through the years.  The show next Tuesday, May 4 will be dedicated to some of our favorites from the first year of the blog.  Distilling 10 years into three or even four hour long radio shows is a challenge, and I already know I am going to inadvertently leave somebody out that I really intended to include. 

You may wonder if during the 10 years I have ever considered stopping, well, the answer is yes - more than once. I guess you could say the trick to writing a music blog for ten years is stubbornness. But really, it is consistently.  I have taken a couple of what I consider significant hiatuses from E2TG over the years - always due to an upheaval in my personal life that made it necessary.  For me, other than times when it is impossible I strive to post every weekday. I know a lot of music blogs have come and gone in the years since I began - and by in large what I see when I look back at some of those is that they were updated only infrequently and then less frequently and then not at all. 

One thing I know, is that I cannot fathom what my life would be like today if I had never started E2TG or if I had stopped after a couple of months. I have met so many wonderful people and had so many opportunities I would otherwise never have had.  

Much as changed for me, for the world, and for the people I have covered over the years. Children are older, marriages are either longer-term or over, bands have broken up, people have moved away from music to other pursuits.  E2TG was never, in my mind, about predicting or featuring bands or artists who I thought were going to be huge. It was about championing people making interesting music - especially people who weren't getting as much attention from other sites. In the beginning, when I was picking which artists to feature - I obsessed over whether a certain band was "too big" for me to feature- which in retrospect is funny to me. 

What I have learned is that success and failure should be self-defined.  I would never pronounce a band as a success or failure, and more importantly, it is not something I particularly care about. To be more precise, I want every artist/band I know to find whatever level of success they want - realizing that many won't - but then I want them to find happiness and joy in whatever happens. 

In the beginning I had to go out and actively find music to feature. Now, I get more music sent to me than I can possibly sift through and I am fortunate to have many incredible publicists who regularly send me great music. But, I always try to have my ear to the ground.  I especially, listen when someone I respect posts about another band or artist. So, at least for me, yes - shouting out your friends has value. 

Feature Friday Playlist recap Part 5 (The Finale) (Songs 27-31):




27. "Ride or Die" by Cricketbows
Previously, we featured "Raised on Rock And Roll" which is the title track from the new album by this Dayton, Ohio band. I love the journey of this song which starts off nice and pretty and then kicks in with some awesome glam rock sounds.  
28. "Mirrorball" by The Catenary Wires
Next up, we have a wonderful tribute to 80s discos from this indie pop band from the UK who released their first album in 2015.  The extended single also includes a cover of the Human League's hit "Fascination".  
29. "You'll Never Change" by Summer Sleeves
Next up, we have the lead track from In the Throes of Woes.  Summer Sleeves is the project of Seattle based songwriter and multi-disciplinary artist Jeremy Charbonneau. Great lo-fi music that covers multi genres and sounds. 
30. "Corrupted Young Mind" by Gary Collocott
Next up, we travel to the Gold Coast of Australia for the latest single from this singer-songwriter who taps into the energy and freedom fighting vibes of rock and roll. 
31. "Window Dressing" by Least
And, as always, we end the week on a high note with a track from Folding My Hand, Accepting Defeat - the debut EP from Florida singer-songwriter Taylin Wills who records as Least. Most of the song deal with issues Taylin faces as an opening trans person. 
Check-in around midnight as we kick off a brand new Featured Friday Playlist. 
 
    Featured Friday Playlist



Wednesday, April 28, 2021

E2TG 4/28/2021 - Ah, Okay, I guess - Heaven Mix (Real Child Remix)



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So, here is where my head is at today... Thinking about things returning to some "new" normal or some "hybrid" normal.. I think it is important to say that a variety of feelings about all this is normal and complex and shifting feelings is normal, too.  I am happy for my musician friends who are beginning to see a return to what they love. At the same time, as I shared before, the current new normal is not something I am always comfortable with or really know how to navigate. My normal has not returned and likely will not return anytime soon.  I will adapt, but in the meantime, it is okay for me to be apprehensive and even frustrated.  

There are also a variety of more complex feelings which aren't directly related to live music.

On a somewhat related note, I, once again, have learned that sometimes the only way to get past an emotional block is to go through it.  (This is not, by the way, a substitute for professional help if that is needed).  But, for me, I sometimes have to just do something which I know will be good for me - even if a hundred voices provide excuses not to do it. It is a lesson I continue to learn and re-learn. 


Featured Friday Playlist recap Part 4 (songs 22-26):




22. "Persian Rug" by The Strange Days
First up, we have the new single from this London based gutter rock band. The band had been playing this song live for a year and half before recording it. A great lead-off to this segment of music. 
23. "So Long" by Sir Orfeo
Next up, we have the new single from this pastoral, lo-fi, indie folk band from Western Massachusetts. Their EP Millefleur is due out in June. Really wonderful song. 
24. "Floating" by Banana Chant
Next up, we have a track from the recently released second EP (Payingt off Student Loans) from this Miami based indie rock/funk/groove band. Check it out!
25. "Hold On" by Certain Animals
Next up, we have the first single from the forthcoming second album by this Dutch band who create fresh new music with a sixties and seventies vibe. Cool stuff. 
26. "Why Don't We" by Your Academy
And, we close things out for this segment of music with the lead track from the debut album from this new power pop band from Memphis which boasts and impressive pedigree which traces back to some of the great Memphis power pop bands of the past. 
 
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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

E2TG 4/27/2021 - Tuesday's In Nashville - Damage Case Mix (InfraStatic Remix)



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As we approach the 10th anniversary of E2TG - Ear to the Ground, I have been reflecting on the balance of constantly moving forward vs. taking time to reflect upon the past.  I see artists who deal with this struggle in different ways: some artists/bands remove all traces of their early work from the internet while other artists find ways to "celebrate" their earlier work. 

Overall, I support an artists right to deal with their earlier work however they see fit, but I would offers some thoughts to consider: 1. There is a certain type of music fan, who is interested in digging into the overall arc of an artists career. This type of fan isn't going to necessarily judge an older album as being inferior to the later work - but rather see it in the context of an artist find his/her/their voice.  2. Even if  you ultimately decide to remove an album from the internet - that is not to say some intrepid music blogger night not dig up an MP3 from some remote sub-sub folder and bring it to light. So, be prepared to accept this with humility.  3. Consider keeping the music in your own archives because what is embarrassing today might be the source of personal nostalgia in a few year.  I especially gear these unsolicited bits of advice to younger artists but I think it is relevant to anyone. 

Of special note, when you or someone else is digging into the musical past - there are often complicated or painful things which may come up - bands that broke up under contentious terms, relationships that ended badly, tragic deaths.  Especially the first two scenarios, I think it is similar to the questions surrounding an artist whose reputation has been sullied by words or actions. The eternal question of can you appreciate the art while reviling the person who made the art.  Can you appreciate the output of the band regardless of how things ended for the band members... 

In looking back over ten years of E2TG, there is a fair share all of the above and more. As a music blogger, I have to decide should I featured a song, an artist, or band - whose circumstances have changed - i.e. the work of a previous married couple... it is easier when it is a celebrity couple like Richard and Linda Thompson vs. people who one has come to know personally. 

In my mind, all of that uncomfortableness is part of the work in examining the past - which overall is important work. 

Anyway, onward... 


Featured Friday Recap Part 3 (Songs 17-21):




17. "Quarantine Blues" by Tombstones in Their Eyes
L.A. based psych-shoegaze band Tombstones in Their Eyes return with an new album called Looking for a Light. We first featured this band back in 2018, and it is great to have their heavy rock sounds back on E2TG. 
18. "Not the Same" by Recreation!
Next up, we have the first of two tracks from the French label Chinese Man Records - Dig It! series.  First up, we have a track from this electro, hip-hop, groove band from France. Great track. 
19. "Hasta Siempre" by SupaChill, Mary May, Nuffsaid
Our second track from Chinese Man Records and their Dig It! series comes from SupaChill who combines hip hop, rap, and salsa.  Joined here by Mary May and Nuffsaid.  Dig it! I do!
20. "Sweetness and Pain" by Sarah McQuaid
Next up, we have a recent single from the forthcoming album and video series, the St. Buryan sessions from this UK based singer-songwriter. A stunning a capella song. Really lovely and a fascinating project. 
21. "Cruel" by Atomic Bronco
And we close out this segment of music with the first taste of the forthcoming EP Spectrum from this UK-Based US slacker rock band.  I love this sound of this one. 

 
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Monday, April 26, 2021

E2TG 4/26/2021 - Music City Monday - Same Mistakes Mix (Rooftops Remix)



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Running short on time... Here's today's music.

Featured Friday Playlist Recap Pt. 2 (Songs 11-16):




11. "True Blue" by DL Rossi
After featuring some of the pre-release singles - Lonesome Kind - the third album from DL Rossi is out now. The album was recorded in Nashville where Rossi lived before returning to Michigan to deal with a family health issue. 
12. "The Chain" by Eagles vs Drones 
Next up, we have a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song by this UK metal band led by Nathan Peach and Mark Vincent. Great cover. 
13. "I've Always Been Crazy" by Shannon McNally
Another cover - this time the lead track from Shannon McNally's forthcoming The Waylon Sessions tribute album - due May 28.
14. "Ghost a Go-Go" by Lowbelly
Next up, we have the first single from the recently released first album in 13 years (called II) by this eclectic band from Boise, Idaho.  Fun fact, in fifth grade, I had to do a report about a state and my report was about Idaho.  The band's story is one of resilience which I hope to share in more detail. In the meantime, check out the album and enjoy this track. 
15. "Off Guard" by Kid Hastings
Next up, we have the new single from California based indie pop artist Kid Hastings - the song was written calling two breakups and being hit by a car while skateboarding. Really interesting music, and I dig it. 
16. "Mutant Fur" by Dontmesswithjuan
And keeping things interesting - we have the latest single from the forthcoming album Juan & the Pursuit of Happiness - which tells a fictional story of Juan - this track is about mutations and transformation and change. Dontmesswithjuan is the project of a Montreal-based female artist who chooses to stay out of the spot-light. Really fascinating.  I dug this track and I am ready to dig deeper. 



 
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Friday, April 23, 2021

E2TG 4/23/2021 - Featured Friday - Last Call Mix (Dirty Girl Remix)



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Time for another Featured Friday Playlist. This one is considerably shorter than last week's list, but it is crammed full of great new and recent music from old friends and new discoveries. As usual, the music crosses genre and geographic lines at will.  Please check it out. If so inclined, follow the playlist on Spotify. If you find music you like, support the artist(s)  by spending as you are able on music, merch, etc.  Spotify can be a great resource for sharing and discovering music but they do not sufficiently compensate artists for their work. 


 

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

E2TG 4/22/2021 - Earth Day - Angry Hands Mix (Until You Remix)



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Featured Friday Playlist recap Part 5 (The Final Chapter) (Songs 45-52):




45. "Hey Mama (Edit)" by Zebrah
First up, today, we have a single - off the debut EP Stripes (due out in May) from this London-based French duo.  A great sounding song. 
46. "Call of the Morning" by Ventrelles
Manchester band Ventrelles are up next with their follow-up to last year's "County Lines". This time out - they bring a psych drenched pop sound that hits me just right. 
47. "Shut Down" by John Louis 
Next up, we have a fantastic song from Minneapolis based singer-songwriter John Louis.  It is the follow-up to "Gone Too Far" which was released back in February. Both songs are being released together on CD as an A/B - a homage to the classic 45s Louis grew up with.  I love this song. 
48. "She Has Spoken" by Dawn-Song
I also love this song - from the forth-coming debut album For Morgan (due in May) from this Welsh-born singer songwriter.  The album is an audio time-capsule from father to son. This first single is a lovely song. 
49. "Somewhere to Run" by Jon Flynn
Jon Flynn from the L.A. band Diamonds Hands (who are going to be releasing their fourth album later this year) just released his solo debut album Citrus. This song - and the album have a crystal cool Brit pop sound. I dig. 
50. "So High" by Mass Experience
Australian duo - Mass Experience was formed by Katie M. Little and Timothy Poulton who met twenty-five years ago - they each pursued successful careers (Poulton as a photographer - visiting remote spots on the planet and Little as a stand-up comedian and author.  When COVID-19 grounded both their careers - Mass Experience was  born.  This is the third single from their forthcoming album. 
51. "Lonely In Space" by The Buzzards of Fuzz
Next, we have the new single from Atlanta based groovy psych rock band - The Buzzards of Fuzz. Their first full-length album is due out in September.  This is cool stuff. 
52. "Anti-Social" by ACORN
And, we close out this week's playlist with a song that caught my ear because I could relate to the sentiment. ACORN is based in Nashville - the music is described as country-pop which is something I usually don't care for, but then again - I don't care for genre labels in general - I'm glad I checked this out. I always like to end the playlist with something interesting and a little different - and I think this fits the bill. 


 
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

E2TG 4/21/2021 - Two Weeks Out and Mid-Week Blahs - Al Gore Rhythms Mix (Much to Do Remix)



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I am now two weeks out from my 2nd vaccine injection which means I am now considered immune.  I will still wear a mask when I am in public and still maintain social distancing as best I can - because it is what the scientist recommend and because I care about my fellow humans.

Featured Friday Playlist recap Part 4 (songs 36-44):




36. "Number 4" by Nouhi's Nomad
We start off this segment of music with the single from the debut self-titled album by this Iranian-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in NYC whose music incorporates rock, classical, and Persian influences.
37. "Fuel on the Fire" by Ali in the Jungle
Next up, we have the new single from this UK band who combine multiple influences and some bold and innovative instrumentation to create something truly unique and original.
38. "The Edge of the World" by Du Glas
We have another UK band - this one from West Cornwall with the title track from their forthcoming album (due May 1). The song is inspired by the breathtaking landscape around their hometown and the music is suitably majestic and the vocals are otherworldly. 
39. "Lock Down - Radio Edit" by Foxy Mammals
Next up, we have a track by this band that formed in 2018 and features members from the UK, France, and Spain. It is a powerhouse rock song about the lock down - elevated by the sonic energy of the music and vocals. 
40. "Chorus of Lists" by Jim McCulloch
Next, we have the second single from the forthcoming solo debut from Scottish singer-songwriter Jim McCulloch (BMX Bandits, Soup Dragons). I like this song quite a bit. Check it out.
41. "My Whiskey Life" by West of Texas
California's West of Texas (led by Jerry Zinn) brings some real deal honky tonk country music with his new album Heartache, Hangovers & Honky Tonks. The album is a decade in the making - beginning as a three song EP in 2010 before health issues sidelined Zinn for some time. The quarantine provided the time for Zinn to complete the album which was co-produced and engineered by Rich McCulley and features a great line-up of California country musicians. 
42. "Hot Diggity" by Kirk Nelson & Jambalaya West
Some New Orleans-inspired sounds from California - the new album is called Lagniappe. Kirk Nelson and the band brings some impressive credentials to the table to create music that makes me want to drink Hurricanes and stroll through the Quarter.
43. "Better Off" by Post Profit
Next up, we have the second single from this alternative rock band from Longview, Texas. The band is readying their debut album When You Think It's Right, It's Always Wrong. A great modern rock song. 
44. "Headlock" by Troy Bentley
And we close this segment of music with the title track from the new album from UK artist Pete Bentley who records as Troy Bentley (Troy being his mother's maiden name). The album features contributions from Bentley's siblings Tony and Kathy. Multi-layered music that sounds fantastic. 



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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

E2TG 4/20/2021 - 4our 2wenty - Live Forever Mix (Ghost Remix)



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A wonderful mix of songs today in both segments of music.  Let's get right to it. 

Featured Friday Recap Part 3 (songs 27-35):




27. "Powerful Pierre" by Skidders
First up today, we have the recent single (from the forthcoming Friends & Family - due May 4) from this veteran UK musician. The album is an acoustic follow-up to the 2015 album Skiddeerselectric. A great start to this segment of music. 
28. "Dignify Me" by Eddie Turner
Next up, we have the fantastic new single from this musical powerhouse. It is the first single from his forthcoming Change in Me which is due out May 14.  Eddie Turner was born in Cuba and raised in Chicago. The new album was recorded between New York City and his current home of Denver, Colorado. A great tune. 
29. "Wait in the Dark" by Hadda Be
Next up, we have the lead-off single from the forthcoming (April 30) Another Life by this post-punk meets Brit-pop band formerly known as Foundlings. The band name comes from an Allen Ginsberg poem and marks the emergence of the band with a new line-up and a new attitude. Cool stuff. 
30. "Preacher" by Heckyl
Next, we have the debut release from this emerging pop artist (aka Luke Potter). Catchy and a great sounding track. 
31. "Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby" by Erika Grapes
Next up, we have the new single from the singer and songwriter from Milan. A wonderful atmospheric and sultry track.  
32. "The Gulf Between Us" by  Craig Cummings
We have the timely title track from the new album by this Washington D.C. singer-songwriter who combines a country rock sound with a solid pop sensibility.  The song has a powerful message about all the things that divide in these difficult times. 
33. "Bring Back the Love" by New Yank Yorkies
Next up, we have the fantastic recent single from a band whose members' roots run deep in the Canadian music world. Credits include Bryan Adams, Bruce Cockburn, Jane Sibury, Odds, Jimmy Barnes and more.  
34. "Shadow of the Pyramids" by Kristian North
Next, we have the first taste of the upcoming second album by this Montreal based indie pop singer-songwriter who previously fronted the garage punk band Babysitter. 
34. "Existor" by Sunlust

From Montreal, we move to Toronto with this track from the recently released debut album by this noisy geek rock band that formed in 2018.  A great way to close out this segment of music. 





 
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Monday, April 19, 2021

E2TG 4/19/2021 - Music City Monday - Rain Mix (Alabaster Remix)



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Heading into another week.  By the way, the 10th Anniversary of this blog is fast approaching - in May.  I also realized the 10th episode of the Ear to the Ground radio show will happened that same month - so I am planning something special to mark that convergence of events. It is not looking like it may take two weeks.  More to come.  

In the meantime, Ear to the Ground radio can be heard every Tuesday from 6-7am on WXNALP Nashville 101.5FM or wxnafm.org.   To listen to past shows click HERE 

Feature Friday Recap (Pt. 11: Songs 17-26):




17. "Light Shines In" by Conor Gains
First up, we are a track from a new EP/single from this Toronto based singers-songwriter who makes music with a wonderful combination of pop, southern soul and more. 
18. "Deshta (Forever)" by Lisa Gerrard; Jules Maxwell
Next up, we have our second single to feature from Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell.  Great stuff. 
19. "The Way Down" by Van Plating
Next up, we have the new single from Florida based  singer/songwriting and musician Van Plating.  It is the follow-up to the her 2019 album which marked her return to music after a decade off. A strong song, and I look forward to hearing more. 
20. "Balearic" by Are We Static
Next, UK indie band Are We Static with a fantastic new song. 
21. "Palms Casino" by Sam Valdez
Next up, a immense sounding new single from L.A. based Sam Valdez - her full length album Take Care is due out May 7.
22. "Where is the Time?" by My Name is Ian (feat. HMS Morris)
Next up, a new single from Welsh band My Name is Ian - ahead of their new album due in June called Fantastic Company.  Here they team up with an other Welsh band we have featured before- HMS Morris. 
23. "Bridges" by Jason Pilling
We have a wonderful new single from UK singer-songwriter Jason Pilling who is originally from Saskatchewan.
24. "Scallywag" by The Lancasters
Next up, a tasty bit of rock 'n' roll which builds upon the classic traditions - especially on some of the great British bands of past decades. The Lancasters are from Italy, and this  great new single is pretty darn cool.  
25. "Upstate" by Shay Martin Lovette
Some lovely and mysterious country folk from this North Carolina artist who worked with members of MIPSO, Mandolin Orange, and Mount Moriah on his forthcoming Scatter & Gather due out May 14.
26. "Fly Wizard Fly" by Mashup & Cozy Condition
And we close this segment of music with some experimental funk from Richmond, Virginia. A great tune to wind up this segment of our playlist. 


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Friday, April 16, 2021

E2TG 4/16/2021 - Featured Friday - Raise a Banner Mix (Lead Balloon Remix)



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A huge Playlist of new and recent music this week... as always several genres and from all over the world.  Check it out on Spotify (and follow if so inclined) and/or follow along here as we recap the playlist down below and through the next week. 
 
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

E2TG 4/15/2021 - What to Put in this Spot - Tricky Love Mix (Therapy Remix)



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My thoughts today are about the return to "normalcy".  I am happy to have received both doses of the vaccine and I hope more people will reach that stage.  I got to see live in-person, inside music for the first time on Sunday, but to me this is not yet a return to an old normal and to be honest, in some ways, that old normal is not coming back - which is okay - I look forward some new normal but I don't think we are there yet either. This current normal is something that I will have to adapt to I guess. For me, going out to see live music (usually in a smaller venue) was often a spontaneous thing, and I usually went out alone and then always met up with friends.   The current normal seems to demand more planning and in some cases buying "pods" of four seats.  For some, this works really well... for me, again, it will be an adjustment.   

I also have a form a social anxiety which is kicked into high gear what with being away from going out for over a year, the new rules etc. This is something I will have to overcome in order for me to exist in this new normal.  

I was not someone who often went to large gathering type events, so changes there will not affect me.  

My night out Sunday went well - not much advance planning - I think several people were feeling our way around new expectations which helped with my anxiety. I felt more prone to stay rooted in one spot than I used to....  

I always need to acknowledge that some people are not yet ready to go out like I did and some are way ahead of me on that. My general feeling is that the only people who are 100% certain of anything these days are the people who are clearly wrong. The rest of us are trying to do right, feeling our way through, and hoping for grace. 


 And just like that it is time to wrap up this week's Featured Friday Playlist.  As always, we save some cool music to finish off the week (songs 28-32):




28. "Time Crystals" by Coyote Man
First up, we have a recent single from this Chicago-based progressive instrumental band. Cool stuff. 
29. "Noah Mount" by Ben Conley

Next up, we have a bluesy new single from this L.A. based artist. This is my first exposure to his music, and I like it. 
30. "Nosebleed" by ZOLA
Next, we have the first single following a year-long hiatus from San Francisco-based singer-songwriter ZOLA whose indie-pop music often combines French and English lyrics. A great sound on this track. 
31. "HEADLIGHTS" by Sleep Nation
Keeping stateside for one more track, we have the new single from this alternative rock band from right here in Nashville. The powerhouse bluesy song's story is a modernized version of Wayne Cochran's 1961 song "Last Kiss" which was covered in more recent times by Pearl Jam. 
 32. "U Can't Hide" by RUMBLE (feat. Blackout Ja)

And we close things out today and for this week's playlist with our second time featuring the Chinese Man Records artists RUMBLE - who also closed out a playlist last November.  Here they are joined by reggae dancehall legend Blackout Ja.
 
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

E2TG 4/14/2021 - Check-in - Subtle Mix (Annihilation Remix)



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We continue on with our recap of this week's Featured Friday Playlist - songs 22-27:




22. "All I'm About" by Arden Lanes
First up today, we have a track from the debut release by this Seattle band which whose members bring a wealth of experience and an impressive lineage. A great way to open this segment of music.
23. "Here's To the Down & Out" by Steven Faulkner
Next up, we have the recent single from this UK based singer-songwriter who often deals with topical issues. 
24. "Sugar Bones" by Cameron Alexander
Next up, we have the latest single from this singer-songwriter from Perth, Western Australia and his band. A great sounding song.
25. "Tumbleweed" by Harri Larkin
Next up, we have a new track - the second single from a couple of EPs which are being released in front of the UK band's upcoming full-length debut. 
26. "Perch Privileges" by Nature's Neighbor
Our second track to feature from this Chicago based indie alternative band is an excellent pandemic song. 
27. "just friends" by kidgloves
And we close this segment of music with the 4th single from this emerging L.A. based artist.  Great stuff. 

 
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