Earworms 27 April 2015


It would have been my mum’s 98th birthday today, which seems incredible. She loved the Spring, I hope you’re enjoying the season wherever you are, and that the music cheers you along. Thanks to all contributors and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com

Abdallah Oumbadougou – Afrikya taoura – Fuel: Another from the Fuel archive, WIKI says that Abdallah was born c. 1962 in Tchimoumouneme near Agadez (Niger) and is a Tuareg guitarist. He founded the Takrist n’tada , which defends the rights of young artists and builds music schools to teach girls to handle the inzad , a traditional Tuareg monotone.

Kandia Kouyate – Ayamafele – goneforeign: Kandia Kouyate is a very highly thought of traditional praise singer from Mali. She says of this song, Ayamafele, “If you check properly you’ll find out that the offspring of wise elders are always well behaved. I sing this for the Fula of Birigo, where the griot’ s and the blacksmith’s households are honorable. I thank my mother, from Birigo, for showing me the right way.

Cheikh N’Digel Lô – Jeunesse Senegal – goneforeign: Cheikh Lô is from Senegal and this cut is typical of Mbalax, the national popular dance music of Senegal, a sound that’s unique to that country. It’s a fusion of popular Western music and dance such as jazz, soul, Latin, and reggae blended with sabar, the traditional drumming and dance music of Senegal. This cut is Jeunesse Senegal from his Bambay Gueej CD on the Nonesuch label.

Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight No More – tincanman: So what if they’re mining Black Keys and White Stripes grooves; there’s gold aplenty for all it seams. This has been out a few months and I’m still playing it loud and often. Love the soul vocals, the funk attitude…and the Janis wail.

Boozoo Chavis – Paper In My Shoe – tincanman: A curio from 1954 – the first commercial hit for a zydeco song.

Gilmore and Roberts – Silver Screen – AliM: A very talented duo who don’t do love songs – except this one, which is an ode to a satnav. Shades of bluegrass / Alison Krauss, which is no bad thing in my book, although Jamie Roberts is from Barnsley and Katriona Gilmore from Knebworth.

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Earworms 20 April 2015


Another cracking bunch of worms this week, absolutely no theme whatsoever except that they’re all rather splendid. Thanks everyone, and please keep the worms coming in to earworm@tincanland.com. Enjoy!

Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra – Dokuz Seki/Esmerim – CaroleBristol: This is apparently a mash-up of two Turkish songs given an avant-garde jazz treatment by Goran Kajfes, a Swedish trumpeter of Balkan origins. It is the single from a forthcoming album called The Reason Why Vol. 2. I’ve been hearing this a lot on Lauren Laverne’s 6Music programme and I find it irresistible.

Jason Vieaux – Misionera – glassarfemptee: When I want to chill out, or to have some background music while reading, I often choose classical guitar music. This is one of my favourites. I go to concerts by classical guitarists occasionally, and I am pleased to find this regularly crops up in the repertoire.

Chairmen of the Board – Since the Days – Albahooky: Back to 1970 with a b-side from the superlative Chairmen Of The Board that has a suitably overwrought lead vocal from Danny Woods, who ‘May not be the one you want, but (oh baby, baby) I’m the one you need!’

Lesley Gore – No Matter What You Do – tincanman: It’s her party and she’ll hold it in the garage if she wants to. RIP.

Big Bill Broonzy – Key to the Highway – goneforeign: Big Bill toured the UK several times in the 1950’s, I saw him twice. Once at a club in London where he performed with Humph and Chris Barber plus several members of the Basie band with Jimmy Rushing. The second time was a Sunday afternoon concert in Ipswich where he was on the bill with Brother John Sellers; when the show ended I went backstage, no one stopped me and there was nobody else there, I was only about 17. I had a long conversation with Bro. John and when he left Big Bill asked me “Is there anywhere around here to get something to eat?” I told him “Yeah, I know a cafe that’s open”, he said “OK, let’s go”. So we did and I spent the next hour or so learning the blues. My memory of him is that he was the most compelling person I’d ever met, he dominated that stage like no one I’d ever seen before.

Bridie Jackson and the Arbour – Far from the Tree – AliM: A great folkie/acoustic all-female band based in Newcastle, this single was released recently. Some of the proceeds went to the Epilepsy Society. I think the song speaks for itself, I find it quite haunting.

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Funny thing is that when I had my radio show I never wanted to hear the air checks, as soon as they were done I labeled ’em and filed ’em and never gave them another thought. Now 20-30 years later I’m going through them and listening to every one and they’re wonderful, that is the music is wonderful and it brings back so many memories. I usually listen in the early hours and frequently I find myself thinking ‘This would be great for the Spill’ but often lethargy strikes and I wonder how many would listen to them anyway, I played lots of jazz and blues, Ah to hell with it.

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Dead Daft

Ice Cream KidWhen they announced three Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago to celebrate the Grateful Dead’s 50th birthday, I wasn’t that interested. Why spend a fortune to see an ‘almost’ version of a band I love yet which faded long ago? The shenanigans around ticketing, reported on dead.net, confirmed my view.

But then they posted a sweet message announcing two more shows on Bay Area home turf and a lottery-style, fair-ish way of getting seats. Suddenly, I felt I was being invited to a party with 65,000 friends, so I committed to spending hundreds of dollars on tickets and a grand or so on flights and accommodation…..

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Earworms 13 April 2015


Well, the weather’s back to normal and the cat and dog are stir-crazy and trying to trash the house. The weekend saw me taking the neighbour’s kid and his cousin for a walk as well as the dog – what next? Hamsters? Flying squirrels? Anyway, hope you enjoy this week’s pick of worms and please keep the supply flowing to earworm@tincanland.com. Have a good week!

Roni Size – Heroes [Kruder’s Long Loose Bossa] – Shoegazer: Dubtronica series – bossanova trip hop time.

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek – Four Women – tincanman: Refreshing the Nina Simone classic. More of a thinkworm than an earworm. (It’s rap, but easy to follow).

Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder – (1) Bonde and (2) Soukora – goneforeign: In 1993 Ry Cooder journeyed to Mali and thence to Songhai, the home of Ali Farka Toure. It’s an agricultural region close to Timbuctu at the edge of the Sahara and along the banks of the river Niger, Ali Farka lives and works there as a farmer. Together they recorded an album of Malian music titled “Talking Timbuctu”.

L Subramaniam – Samayamide – AliM: More great music from BBC6. L. Subramaniam is an Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition (Southern India/Hindu, I think) and western classical music. This is rather wonderful.

Monsoon – Ever So Lonely [Extended Mix] – Fuel: Another gem from Fuel. I remember buying the original single, Sheila Chandra (vocals) was about 16 at the time (1982).

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Earworms 6 April 2015


Good morning, I hope you are enjoying the Easter break, if you have one. A suitably cheerful bunch of worms for you this week, in line with the holiday mood. Thanks to all and please keep contributions coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Heg and the Wolf Chorus – Three Sailors – AliM: An Earserpent. I saw HatWC recently – never heard of ‘em before, a multi-talented, theatrical folkie-ish band, based in Bristol. This may appeal to those of you with small children and/or those who like sea shanties – God Rest Ye Merry Sailormen! Niche, but fun.

Capercaille – Inexile – goneforeign: A bit of Gaelic for a change, Capercallie is the name of the Scottish grouse, the group is fronted by Karen Matheson with backup by Piruchi Apo Botupá and Paloma Loribo Apo, an aunt and niece duo from the island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea. It’s from the Putumayo world music CD – Women of Spirit.

Busby Marou – All of You – deanofromoz: I’d never heard of this band, and then I saw them perform this on a TV show. I just had to have the album after that. Great folk harmony duo and this is their finest song in my opinion. And yes, yet another Aussie band from me.

Cee-Lo Green – Big Girls – tincanman: Cee-lo country? His new album draws from classic 70s TV, and this isn’t the strangest idea on it. But it is catchy.

Nils Frahm – For – glassarfemptee: I don’t normally use TV adverts to discover music. Hell, I don’t normally watch TV. But this ambient soundtrack to a BMW advert really bowled me over. Vorsprung durch Technik, indeed. Vroom!

Burl Ives – Mr Rabbit – AliM: It’s Easter. Everyone should have a bunny, even if it’s rather a strange one.

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K.I.D. wants to know

‘Spill nation! My boys have formed a band named K.I.D.

Here is their first single and the accompanying video…

Here is my question. They think they like dubstep. I was trying to play some actual dubstep for them, but I don’t for the life of me know what it actually is. I’d like to make a playlist to play for them, with the help of the ‘Spill collective’s knowledge. Help us, ‘Spillers, Help us!

Here’s a link to a spotify list, if you’d like to contribute, or you can link to a viddy, or whatevs.