The last decade has been pretty good for female singer-songwriters (as a whole, quite superior to their male counterparts’ output, in my opinion). I’ve come across Sharon Van Etten’s work very recently, and I’m already hooked. This a slow song has an intense subject matter, the kind of song where every cymbal, every organ flourish counts.
The Peru native and her husband Ricardo Pereira are responsible for the recovery of harmonies and rhythms of the music of the almost forgotten Afro-Peruvian culture. The lyrics of some of her songs are based on poems by Pablo Neruda and Cesar Vallejo. - goneforeign
And what does young Tarrus want to be when he grows up? Parables, 2006 (debut); cheeky, boy full of himself pop/reggae. Challenges, 2008; mature, respected reggae album. Contagious, 2009/2010; Playful style disguises real meat. This lad could sell a lot of records, could touch a lot of people…and he’ll even do both if he wants. -tin
This Paul Simon-produced debut album, like Frank himself, disappeared from view for several years. I’m sure the story and music will be known by some of you but for those, like me, who are new to it, this is his best known track and, so far, it’s the one that wormed its way most deeply into my consciousness.
A wonderful group I saw several times in the 50s. Arranged by Neal Hefti, tenor solo by Eddie Lockjaw Davis, piano by Basie and the best rhythm section in the business. Even on a gentle low key tune like this they still swing, they used to call this band ’16 men swinging’. - goneforeign
This was due to auto-post Aug 24 a.m: Time for the Earwormsmod to change on a 6-month rotating basis (sort of like the presidency of the EU, but without the staff car). Maki, who has been helping with the technical end here, takes over starting next week. Earworms email is now firstname.lastname@example.org (which Maki will redirected to the new suckerBACKSPACEvolunteer when the time comes).
Well done everyone for making this into an ace feature. I look forward to being surprised every week now! – TCM