Christmas Earworms 22 December 2014



Happy Christmas ‘Spillers! Thanks for all your contributions, we have a bumper selection this Christmas, so I hope you find something you like in the pick n’mix. Whatever you’re doing this year, best wishes from me here in Earwormland, and when it’s all over please send more worms to top-up the bank, at the usual address. For festive ‘Spill points, if you’re really bored, list something you like or dislike about Christmas, beginning with one or more of the Christmassy letters below (B, C, D, F, G, J, M, N, O, P, R, S, U, V, W).

2141697_sBB King – Merry Christmas Baby – goneforeign: Here are your Christmas presents, take your pick (I was unable to choose so I picked them all, see below – Ali).

Blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas: LeaveItAllBehind: Do anti-Christmas tunes count? Well this one from Blink-182 probably doesn’t feature on many ‘Ultimate Christmas’ compilations, it certainly isn’t East 17, more reminiscent of The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl but I love it anytime of year.

Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa – beltway: So Dylan’s Xmas album was met with rather mixed (and plenty of hostile) reviews, but this particular track is an essential part of Xmas round our place now, it’s infectious, fun Cajun style mixed with Dylan’s highly cheerful rasp is just irresistible – just love the idea that Bob likes to kick loose with this!

Boca Chica – Not on Christmas Eve – shoegazer – (no blurb, I imagine shoey is exhausted after his amazing festive ‘Spill posts).

Bristol Bach Choir – He Smiles Within His Cradle – Bethnoir: I have a rather classical ear worm for Christmas, I wanted a version in German, but this one appeared. I used to sing in choirs and always liked this one, used to sing it to my boy when he was a grizzly baby.

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Festive ‘Spill, 2014 – Ones

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Festive ‘Spill, 2014 – Twos


Festive ‘Spill, 2014 – Threes

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Panthersan’s Best Albums of 2014 – Number 1

Henry Plotnik – Blue Fourteen


Thirteen is a funny age. For me it was a kind of limbo. The childhood indulgences that had pre-occupied me all the way back when I was 12, such as whose scientific calculator was the most scientific or whose waterproof watch was the most waterproof were long gone and the heady days of smoking fags, listening to music and hanging out with girls that came when I was 14 still seemed a world away. I’m not sure what I was doing when I was 13, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t crafting exquisitely textured experimental minimalist soundscapes and releasing them on cool, underground DIY cassette labels. Henry Plotnick is only 13, but is already on his second album and his music is just amazing. As far as I know, he just uses a keyboard with a loop pedal, but the result is a whole album of beautiful, dense, textured minimalist genius that unfolds in waves of perfectly composed sound.

Now for a small confession: I only heard this album for the first time yesterday (hence the joint number 2s)! I may well regret making it my Album of the Year in a few weeks time, but right at this very second it sounds to me like the most amazing record I’ve heard all year and isn’t that what being a music (or football, or whatever) fan is all about? Just being so bowled over by something that it distorts your judgement and causes well-educated, grown adults to make wild unsubstantiated proclamations about things at a drop of a hat?

Merry Christmas Spillers – I’m off to drink some hot sake and listen to Blue Fourteen for the fifth time in almost as many hours!

Panthersan’s Best Albums of 2014 – Joint Number 2s

Aphex Twin – Syro


I have to admit that I bought into the hype and got pretty excited about the prospect of a new Aphex Twin record. I dismissesd the negative reviews whose only criticism seemed to be that it sounded like Aphex Twin and used up some of my very very limited record budget for the year. And I was not disappointed. I love everything about this record, from the stylish itemised bill of the cover art (Mmmm…triple viny) to the ridiculous elbow-leaning-on-the-computer-keyboard track titles, to the playfulnesss and variety of the music on it. Yes, it does sound like Aphex Twin – magnificently so. It’s one album that I can come back to again and again and find something new. An instant classic in my book.

Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused


First off, I should say that I know nothing at all about Scott Walker. I’ve never heard any of those old highly-revered albums or any of his more recent avant-garde stuff, I don’t think i’ve ever knowingly heard him at all. I don’t know if this is what he usually sounds like, but his voice, a deep, operatic, mournful wail on this record, took a bit of getting used at first. But, with Sunn O)))’s familiar resonant bass tones and slightly rockier-than-usual backing these epic, dark, often unsettling tracks soon burrowed themselves into my consciousness and stayed there for days on end. A late-night dark night of the soul contemplation record for those with particularly dark souls.

Panthersan’s Best Albums of 2014 – Number 3

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2


This years’ ridiculously good free hip-hop album (Chance the Rapper’s “AcidRap” was 2013’s) is the perfect combination of Killer Mike’s aggressive socially aware, in-your-face rapid fire raps and El-P’s innovative beats. I only got this a month or so ago after hearing one track from it on a podcast, but have been listening to it pretty constantly since.

Here’s one track to sample or get the whole thing for free HERE