Earworms 3 August 2015


We start off with some “doom jazz” for you today, a completely new genre for me. I love it, it’s like Bladerunner meets Trueblood where Rick Deckard gets it on, very slowly, with Sookie Stackhouse, or perhaps Eric Northman seduces Roy Batty and / or Sean Young. Fabulous. Anyway, that’s enough of that. Many thanks for your top-ups to the worm bank and please keep sending them in to earworm@tincanland.com Here we go:

Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Komm zurück zu mir – abahachi: Whatever Colin Powell says, Thucydides never actually wrote that “Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.” But if he had done, he could have been describing the magnificent oeuvre of this German doom jazz group, in which not much happens very slowly but extremely atmospherically. Most of you are going to hate this…

FKA Twigs – Lights On – severin: FKA Twigs was so critically acclaimed last year I think there was a bit of suspicion about whether the music merited it. I think it did and made Two Weeks one of my three tracks of the year. Nominated this track for R/R songs about danger. Totally off topic and unsuccessful of course. Still I think it’s earwormy enough for this column.

DELS (feat. Rosie Lowe) – Burning Beaches – Fuel: DELS is Kieren Gallear, a rapper, recording artsist, graphics designer and filmmaker from Ipswich in Suffolk. John Peel gave him an early break on Radio 1 and he never looked back. This is from his second album, Petals have Fallen. (Ed.)

Sleaford Mods – Face To Faces – tincanman: Brits still have lots to rant about – or perhaps even more – so cheers to London duo Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn for picking up the torch lit by Ian Dury, The Streets et al. From their latest, Key Markets.

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey – Miliki Ojeje – glasshalfempty: I love the juju-highlife fusion of the wonderfully named Nigerian musician Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey. He’s been around forever, and I was very pleased to get him A-listed a while back (Austerity).

Franco and Sam Mangwana – Co-operation – goneforeign: I usually don’t submit songs much beyond about 4-5 mins. to Earworms. But with this one I had no choice: 9 + minutes of the most amazing Zairian music ever, a perfect example of Congolese Soukous from the 1980’s. It’s with Franco’s group, OK Jazz. OK Jazz originally meant ‘Tout Puissant Orchestre Kinshasa” (or “All-powerful Kinshasa Orchestra”), it was Franco’s band in Zaire from June 1956 until December 1993.

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Earworms 27 July 2015


A warm welcome to Ravi this week, who has boxed some Stevie Ray Vaughn for your enjoyment. Meanwhile, amongst the new music promos there’s a plug for the three volume “Rock Back for Nepal” in which around 60 artists from different genres and countries have joined forces to raise funds for the Nepal relief efforts. I’m not qualified to review it but what I’ve heard sounds interesting, and it’s for a good cause, all money raised will go towards helping the earthquake victims: https://pateticorecordings.bandcamp.com/album/rock-back-for-nepal-vol-1. Meanwhile, please keep those worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com. Thanks!

Natalie Prass – My Baby Doesn’t Understand Me – Fuel: Natalie Prass is an American singer-songwriter from Virginia. This is from her debut album, released through Spacebomb and Columbia records. (Ed.)

Penguin Café – Black Hibiscus – glasshalfempty: I recently had the great pleasure of seeing Penguin Cafe, and this was a super number when played live, with it’s blend of Mexican and Chopin! This keeps up the high standard of quirkiness set by the current bandleader’s dad, Simon Jeffes, who founded and led the Penguin Cafe Orchestra before his untimely death at 49.

Decemberists – The Singer Addresses His Audience …tincanman – The band’s latest collection of mighty fine songs includes this follow up to I Was Meant For The Stage. It’s a tribute to their fa…yes, I know what sarcasm is. In theory. Why do you ask?

The Cadillac Three – Peace, Love And Dixie – DsD: From this month’s Classic Rock covermount CD, this is so redolent of the American South that I can almost taste the bourbon and smell the chicken frying through my speakers. Makes me want to grab the first flight over there. Holler if you’re with me!

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Positive Vibration – goneforeign: If you never had the pleasure of going to a BMW concert here’s a taste, Bob at the Hollywood Roxy in 1976, of course I was there, I’m about 10ft in front of him, if you listen carefully you’ll recognize my dulcet tones doing the screaming. Absolutely the BEST musical performance I ever attended and there were literally hundreds!

Department M – Bleak Technique – AliM: Another music promo, this is from Leeds duo Department M., a stripped back version of their new single to be released on 7 August (performed by Owen Brinley). They are playing in Manchester on 5 August, Leeds on 6 August and a free-entry London gig on 10 October. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXiphR7mWRk&feature=youtu.be

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Earworms 20 July 2015


I couldn’t resist Tiger Eyes this week, it’s what my sister-in-law used to call my brother. He certainly has unusually amber eyes, and quite a bit of facial hair, though (disappointingly) no stripes. I digress, as usual. Here’s this week’s splendid selection for you. Many thanks to all and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com. Grrr!

Vintage Trouble: Another Man’s Words (acoustic version) – DsD: I’m currently obsessed with VT’s 2011 debut album, having discovered it after reading a feature on them ahead of next month’s release of their new LP. Two Christmasses in one summer! Here’s a stripped back version of AMW, so you can take in their quality at a more leisurely pace.

The Staves – Black & White – DebbyM: There’s currently an ad campaign over here where all the billboards at the station are pasted over with squares of black and white. I think of this song every time I’m waiting for the train!

Bop English – Trying – Fuel: Bop English is in fact a Texan called James Petralli, who leads a band called “White Denim”. Read all about it here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/apr/12/bop-english-constant-bop-review-deliriously-easy-to-listen-to. His voice reminds me of Gerry Rafferty (Ed.)

Peaking Lights – Tiger Eyes – glassarfemptee: I am not the only Peaking Lights fan in these parts, but we have never got Aaron & Indra into the Marconium. Here’s a lovely piece of the duo’s ethereal stoner loveliness from deepest Wisconsin. And judging by their occasional mix tapes, their record collection is to die for.

Steve Earle & The Dukes – The Tennessee Kid – tincanman: Steve takes on the blues with his latest album, Terraplane, including this paean to the Faustian myth of Robert Johnson’s Crossroads.

Country Joe McDonald – The Ballad of Tom Joad – goneforeign: If you haven’t read “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, you should. It’s a great novel that accurately describes the conditions of working people in the US during the great depression; in addition to the depression there was also a drought similar to what we’re having now, in fact it all seems so real and the conditions described all still exist. Woody Guthrie took the story and made it into this song, what’s amazing is that he hit every major storyline detail in such a short piece. Country Joe of the ‘Fish’ does it right.

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‘Spillyear 1963

At some point last week I think I read a quote from someone, possibly John Peel, saying that 1977 was the best year for popular culture since 1963.

What was so great about 1963 then?

Do you remember where you were when that happened? Did sex really begin between the Chatterley ban and the Beatles’ first LP? Were you at the Stones’ first gig (even though you were a toddler/not yet born at the time)?

Listen to the playlist here

Add your top 3 choices here

By the way, I’m worried we may be using up all the best years… anybody want to suggest a really bad year instead?

Earworms 13 July 2015


As you can see, I’ve left my hat on ready for this week’s wormfest. Saw an excellent band at the weekend – Leeds City Stompers – blues covers done with aplomb and enthusiasm. Check them out: http://www.leedscitystompers.com/. Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy a mellow selection for the start of your week. Thanks to all, and please keep the worms coming to: earworm@tincanland.com.

Leo Welch – Praise His Name – tincanman: This could perhaps do with a little more energy, but it ain’t too shabby for a debut album. From an 81-yr-old mule driver in Mississippi. Sabougla Voices (2013).

Joe Bonamassa – Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind – AliM: An A-typical and very catchy cover from Mr B., the original being by Blind Boy Fuller, who died in 1941.

Caribou – Your Love Will Set You Free – Fuel: Caribou is Dan Snaith, a Canadian composer and musician. I’ve got this on repeat. (Ed.)

Love & Special Sauce – Relax – DsD: A floaty little thing this. Paradoxically, somehow earwormy enough to burrow in, whilst simultaneously being slippery enough to not have a handle to get hold of. It’s had me mindlessly and tunelessly going “waaah-wah-waaaah-wahwah” along to it.

Indila – Dernier Danse – DebbyM: Summer has arrived with a vengeance, reminding me of this French pop song which was an enormous hit a year or two ago (sorry, my time memory has gone haywire). I hope I haven’t sent this in before!

Randy Newman – You Can Keep Your Hat On – goneforeign: This is one of my favourite earworms, I have several versions, this is the original from Randy Newman, who wrote it.

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