elastic bands – this week: #️⃣⁉️* (numbers, symbols and punctuation marks)


Special tough one for those inclined to delve deeper in their collections
The game to illustrate either:
How wildly eclectic your taste is… or,
How perfectly streamlined it is.

Symbol in my driveway

Recipes from Brixton Village

I know a lot of you lovely ‘Spillers like to cook up a storm, so here’s another cook book promo I made for the excellent publisher Kitchen Press. Brixton Village is “the home of street food” in the UK with about 40 different vendors all making specialty food from around the globe. We had a most excellent day filming & eating there. The book’s out in a month, and I’m looking forward to making some of the dishes. I’ve already had a pop at the Okonomiyaki, which you can see briefly in the video, and very nice it was too.

Earworms 21 April 2014

This ‘new’ playlist format is great, it actually works! I hope you’ve all managed to have some sort of refreshing break over the Easter period and that these tunes will brighten your day. Thanks to all for your contributions; please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Neil Young – The Needle and the Damage Done – debbym: I have never understood how anyone could voluntarily turn to the needle (I still don’t look when I’m having an injection) but I’ve always loved this song and I thought it was time we gave it a listen again.

Nanci Griffith – Waiting For Love – daddypig: I first bought the album Blue Roses From The Moons because it includes a version of I Fought The Law.  It came to be constantly-played on MummyP’s and my first holiday together, touring around the Yorkshire coast and North York Moors. This is the track I’ve listened to the most since then, and features Sonny Curtis and Joe B. Mauldin from her fellow-Texans, The Crickets.

John Cougar Mellencamp – Check It Out – DsD: I’ve got the Best Man job at a friend’s wedding next month. This will actually be the second time for the same bloke. When he first got married twenty-odd years ago, I quoted from this song in my speech. Whilst putting together an SD card (for the car stereo over his stag weekend), I played this six hours after the nomination deadline for RRSA Words – first line: D’OH!

John Cale – Half Past France – goneforeign: Well one thing that the “All time favorite album” post led to was much overlooked and forgotten music.  I finally did a search through the vinyl and you’d be amazed at how much good stuff turned up, like this long forgotten gem from the album Paris 1919 from 1973, a great album: If you don’t know it you should check it out on Spotty.

The Low Anthem – This God Damn House – Mnemonic: I had a couple of lines of this going through my head the other night and I couldn’t sleep until I remembered where they were from.  Dan Lefkowitz, who wrote it, has since embarked on a solo career but he still includes it in his live set.

Andrew Cedermark – Canis Major – glassarfemptee: I know almost nothing about Andrew Cedermark, bar that he hails from Noo Joy-zee. But boy, this song is a doozy. I love everything about it, not least the woozy guitar. Hope you do too.’

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He Said – She Said ~ The A to Z of Japanese Music – The Letter E ! ! !


I am the letter E and this is my Teddy Bear ! ! !

I am the letter E and this is my Teddy Bear ! ! !

faye1She Says: Welcome back to our almost weekly series about Japanese Pop, Rock, Punk and Indie.  Life and love distracted us from the important things like He Said – She Said, But we are back on schedule again now ! ! !  This week we have a really great variety with tracks from the 1960′s to now and variety of Genres and even a boy band ! ! !  So check out the post ! ! !


He says:

“Life and love distracted us from the important things like He Said – She Said” Speak for yourself, dearie! ! ! 

I have neither ! ! !

Anyway, E, the most common letter in English and reasonably common in Japanese too, fortunately ( what is the most commonly used letter in Japanese ?). Which means there were quite a few artists to choose from. Here are some of them. Continue reading