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"Life is passing me by", "Thanks, but I'll pass", "I passed the test", "I can pass as intelligent", "I don't need a ticket, I have a pass"... English is an interesting language - how one word can have multiple meanings which have to be discerned by their context.
Just a random thought but it got me thinking about communication and how words and expressions can develop and change over time and by generation or geographic or cultural groups. How every generation of young people comes up with new expressions - almost a new language that confounds and sometimes annoys the previous generation. And some new expressions stick and reach the mainstream and other words and phrases and usages fade into obscurity.
It is also an international phenomenon. In the English speaking world - UK vs. US for example - there are different words for somethings and also - the same but different generational things occur. It really is amazing that we can communicate.
And sometimes, someone's speaking or writing can be so filled with idioms and grammatical variations (errors) that the meaning can become obscured - and in order to interpret it becomes a lesson in linguistics. Sometimes, I wish I had a Star Trek Universal Translator for people who are theoretically speaking the same language as me.
I am not sure why I am thinking about all this... tangential to all this talk of language and expressions are the general communication issues we all face. I think about e-mails I get for new releases and how sometimes the information I think would be the most important is either omitted or buried in the text (like release date, album title, etc.)
Anyway - onward...
On we go with the Featured Friday Recap... today songs 27-36:
27. "Military Man" by The Rose Petals
Track from the forthcoming debut album (American Grenadine - April 23) by this folk rock duo from Portland, Maine. We previously featured two separate singles by the band members Peter Donovan and Elijah Ocean.
28. "Stranger Among Friends" by Distant Voices
Next up, we have a track from the debut album by UK artist Valdis Stekelis who records as Distant Voices. Long Road to Home is out now. We previously featured an earlier single from teh album.
29. "Friends" by Vinok
Next up, we have a cool recent single from the Ukrainian/American band who are based in Kiev. Great stuff.
30. "Things You Said" by Griff Clawson
Next up, we have the latest single from Southern California singer-songwriter Griff Clawson. We have featured earlier tracks by him, and this latest is really good.
31. "Mr. Danger" by The L.A. Maybe
Next up, we have some stunning hard rock from this band from the Carolinas. Wonderful grooves here - brought to my mind AC/DC - but not derivative at all.
32. "Tequila Kisses" by Jon Randall
Singer-songwriter Jon Randall has had a successful career as a songwriter, musician, and producer. He won a Grammy award as part of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers. His new EP Neon Texas pays tribute to his Texas roots.
33. "Post" by Casey Wickstrom; Taylor Rae
Next up, we have a new recording of a song first recorded 10 years ago. Casey Wickstrom is a California based artist and Taylor Rae is a California native now based in Austin. This new recording was backed by a Kickstarter Campaign, and it is a really beautiful and catchy song. Check it out.
34. "Go Greta" by Sunstroke Rain
Next up, we have a wonderful new single from Swedish visionary artist Sunstroke Rain (the name is an anagram from Karin Turesson - who has worked with numerous Swedish artists including Robyn).
35. "You Can't Love Me Like I Loved You" by Layla Frankel
Next, we have a single from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Layla Frankel. It is from her forthcoming Postcards from the Moon which will be out May 1. She is backed by some top Nashville session musicians on this track. I like it a lot.
36. "Pushing Me Away" by Mike Donehey
Mike Donehey is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dove award-winning Tenth Avenue North. He is also the brother of Kanene Donehey Pipkin of The Lone Bellow. His new solo effort features a cosmic country feel. His new three-track release A Father & Two Sons is based upon the parable of the Prodigal Son - which each track representing a different character from the parable. A great way to close out this segment of music.
Featured Friday Playlist
"You Can't Dance" by Graham Bramblett (from The Great Inbetween - 2020)
First up, a track from this album from this Texas-born, Nashville based singer-songwriter. "Tom T. Hall T-Shirts" was a stand-out track, but the whole release is great.
"DelGado" by Vernon Tonges (from Journeys Through Obscurity - 2020)
Next up, we have a track from a compilation of the first three cassettes by this artist who has been in the band The Dysfuntionells with our friend Rich Krueger. This twenty song compilation is filled with offbeat and interesting moments. Just great stuff.
"I Can't See the Light" by Tombstones in Their Eyes (from Collection - 2020)
Another compilation this from an California based band we have featured extensively. This track is a remix/remaster of a track from their Sleep Forever album.
"Stranger Song" by Luis Mojica (from How a Stranger is Made - 2019)
I love when a well-chosen cover fits perfectly with the sound and theme of an album - such is the case with this Leonard Cohen cover from the 2019 2nd album by this NYC based singer-songwriter.
"Lude Dub Pt. 2" by American Culture (from For My Animals - 2021)
A quiet 24 second instrumentals from this Denver based basement core band who we had in our Featured Friday Playlist last week.
"Boy the Earth Talks To" by Black Iron Prison (from Fear is Every Man's Portion EP - 2014)
And we close with one from the E2TG archives - a track from an Albany, New York metal band that we featured back in the day. The band at one time featured the late Elijan Hargrave who was part of the 2nd ever E2TG Band of the Year Skeletons in the Piano.
NEW AND RECENT RELEASES
4/08 - Cole Scheifele - "Back Then" (single)
4/09 - Dallas Moore - The Rain (LP)
4/09 - Storm Gordon - The Lie I Love the Best (LP)
4/09 - Cameron Alexander - "Sugar Bones" (single)
4/09 - Harri Larkin - "Tumbleweed" (single)
4/09 - Arden Lanes - A Little Something for Everyone (LP)
4/09 - Coke Belda - 5: A Tribute To The Bee Gees Vol. 2 (LP)
4/09 - Steven Faulkner - "Here's To The Down and Out" (single)
4/10 - Du Glas - "Edge of the World" (single)
4/12 - Sunlust - Geek Confessions (LP)
4/14 - Eddie Turner - "Dignify Me" (single)
4/15 - The Buzzards of Fuzz - "Lonely in Space" (single)
4/15 - MIHI NIHIL - MIHI NIHIL (LP)
4/16 - The Brother Brothers - Calla Lily (LP)
4/16 - Stephen Flatt - Cumberland Bones (LP)
4/16 - Sour Ops - X (LP)
4/16 - David Wax Museum - Euphoric Ouroboric (LP)
4/16 - Mass Experience - "So High" (single)
4/16 - West of Texas - Hangovers & Honky Tonks (LP)
4/16 - Jon Flynn - Citrus (LP)
4/16 - Cole Quest and The City Pickers - Self (En)Titled (EP)
4/16 - John Louis - "Gone Too Far"/"Shut Down" (single)
4/20 - Cricketbows - Raised on Rock And Roll (LP)
4/23 - DL Rossi - Lonesome Kind (LP)
4/23 - Flowertown - Flowertown LP (LP)
4/23 - The Catenary Wires - "Mirrorball (single)
4/23 - Summer Sleeves - In the Throes of Woes (LP)
4/23 - Gary Collocott - "Corrupt Young Mind" (single)
4/23 - The Magic Epic - "Sally" (single)
4/23 - Nick Nace - "Last Call" (single)
4/29 - Caulbearers - "Burst Through the Borders" (single)
4/30 - Hadda Be - Another Life (LP)
4/30 - Broken Links - Conflict::States (LP)
4/30 - Nick Hudson - Font of Human Fractures (LP)
4/30 - Dan Rose - "The Opposite" (single)
5/07 - Manolo Redondo - The Lost and Found (EP)
5/07 - McCormick - "Till the Sun Comes Up" (single)
5/07 - Benjamin Jayne - Theater (LP)
5/07 - The Purrs - We Thought There'd Be More People Here (LP)
5/07 - Leftover Salmon - Brand New Good Old Days (LP)
5/07 - Ted Russell Kamp - Solitaire (LP)
5/07 - Geoff Westen - Random Acts of Music (LP)
5/07 - Tim Foljahn - I Dreamed a Dream (LP)
5/14 - Soo Line Loons - Soo Line Loons (LP)
5/14 - Nature's Neighbor - Otherside (LP)
5/14 - Shay Martin Lovette - Scatter & Gather (LP)
5/14 - Eddie Turner - Change in Me (LP)
5/14 - Dope Sagittarius - Sacred Places (LP)
5/14 - Blue Panda - "What If I Were The One" (single)
5/14 - Pikefruit - Inflorescence (LP)
5/18 - Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters - Live From the Blue Moon (LP)
5/20 - Cathedral in Flames - Hang Me High and Bury Me Deep (LP)
5/21 - Moon - Shine (EP)
5/21 - Desert Hollow - Thirsty (LP)
5/21 - Hotel California - Orange (LP)
5/28 - Sharone - Morbid Illusion (LP)
5/28 - Toler Gibson - The Days Before (LP)
5/28 - Shannon McNally - The Waylon Sessions (LP)
5/29 - The Contraptionists - Working Man's Dream (LP)
6/04 - Lanterna - Hidden Drives (LP)
6/04 - Swift Silver - Swift Silver (LP)
6/04 - My Name is Ian - Fantastic Company (LP)
6/18 - Thomas Comerford - Introverts (LP)
6/25 - L.S. Underground - The Grape Prophet (LP - Reissue)
7/04 - John PayCheck - We All Have a Story (LP)
7/12 - Steve Dawson -At The Bottom Of A Canyon In The Branches Of A Tree (LP)
3/05 - Steve Almaas - Everywhere You've Been (LP)
3/05 - Brian Damage - Yesterday's Slime (LP)
3/05 - Jason Ringenberg - Rhinestoned (LP)
3/05 - Susan Anders - 13 Women (LP)
3/05 - Griffin Winton - "For My Health" (single)
3/05 - Dude Safari - "Bug Hunter" (single)
3/05 - Kristian Montgomery and the Winter Kill Band - Prince in Poverty (LP)
3/05 - Dolour - "The Day Tom Petty Died" (single)
3/05 - Elizabeth and the Catapult - sincerely, e (LP)
3/05 - Megan Lacy - Salvation (EP)
3/05 - Adeem the Artist - Cast-Iron Pansexual (LP)
3/05 - The Sails - Bang!: The Best of The Sails 2006-2020 (LP)
3/05 - Pentral - "Silent Trees" (single)
3/05 - Jacob the Horse - College Party Mixtape, Vol. 1 (LP)
3/05 - Julez & The Rollerz - "In Secure City" (Single)
3/12 - Rylan Brooks - If Wishes Were Horses (LP)
3/12 - Peter Case - The Midnight Broadcast (LP)
3/12 - My Name is Ian - "For Love" (single)
3/12 - Victims of the New Math - The 70's Aren't Coming Back (EP)
3/12 - Lee Taylor - Wild Woman (LP)
3/12 - Semihelix - "New Destination" (single)
3/12 - Epilogues - You (EP)
3/12 - Kairo Beats - "Don't Trip (feat. Sam Swancott)" (single)
3/12 - Nature's Neighbor - "Monday Morning Drive" (single)
3/12 - Bhopal’s Flowers - Astroemeria - A Journey On Earth & Beyond (LP)
3/12 - KAKY - Room 404 (EP)
3/15 - The Last Element - "Cut it Off" (single)
3/17 - John McDonough - Second Chances (LP)
3/19 - American Culture - For My Animals (LP)
3/19 - The Rayo Brother - "Undead" (single)
3/19 - Dope Sagittarius - "Define Love" (single)
3/19 - The Miller Test - "Eden Gaol" (single)
3/19 - Storm Seeker - Guns Don't Cry (LP)
3/19 - Soziales Hetzwerk - "Hetzer" (single)
3/19 - Stephen Flatt - "El Camino" (single)
3/19 - The Dials - And Another Thing...bsides and asides (LP)
3/19 - Sylvan Paul - America (EP)
3/19 - Gallery 47 - "Angel Follows Me Out" (single)
3/19 - Remington Super 60 - Nouvelle Noveau" (EP)
3/19 - Nashville Ambient Ensemble - Cerulean (LP)
3/20 - Sunny Gable - Contagious (LP)
3/24 - Vinok - "friends" (single)
3/26 - Departure Lounge - Transmeridian (LP)
3/26 - Gracious Losers - Six Road Ends (LP)
3/26 - Without a Sin - "Colors" (single)
3/26 - Oliver Beardmore - "Fiesta" (single)
3/26 - Swansea Sound - "Indies of the World" (single)
3/26 - Jack Silverman - Now What (EP)
3/26 - The LA Maybe - Dirty Damn Tricks (LP)
3/26 - Ben Gorb - "Let the Music Play" (single)
3/26 - Casey & Taylor - "Post" (single)
3/26 - Dick Aven - It All Started In the Garden (LP)
3/26 - Cathal Coughlan - Owl in the Parlor (LP)
3/26 - Sunstroke Rain - "Go Greta" (single)
3/26 - Nature of Wires - "Through Someone Else's Eyes - Leather Strap Remix" (single)
3/26 - Modesty Blaise - The Modesty Blaise (LP)
4/01 - El No - Nothing is Possible (LP)
4/02 - indifferentMonKeY - "God or Machine?" (single)
4/02 - Tino and K. Carter - Safe Money (EP)
4/02 - Ritual Cloak - "High Teens Low Twenties" (single)
4/02 - Julez & The Rollerz - "Knocks Me On The Floor" (single)
4/02 - Elizabeth King - Living in the Last Days (LP)
4/02 - Dolour - Televangelist (LP)
4/02 - Smash Into Pieces - Wildest Dreams" (single)
4/02 - Yesterday's Gone - "(This is) Rock N Roll" (single)
4/02 - The Rocking Horse Winner - Horizon (cassette reissue)
4/02 - The Silver Devils - "Love Potion #10" (single)