Long Overdue

Barry Adamson – For Your Ears Only: The Man With The Golden Arm
Add N To (X) – The March Of Pure Mathematical Evil That Ends And Results In War
Magnetic Fields – The Flowers She Sent & The Flowers She Said She Sent
Mum – Don’t Be Afraid, You Have Just Got Your Eyes Closed
Dandy Warhols – The Legend of The Last of the Outlaw Truckers AKA the Ballad of Sherriff Shorty
Jeffrey Lewis – Don’t Let The Record Label Take You Out To Lunch
White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do What You’re Told)

Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think About The Future
Besnard Lakes – Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent
Dirty Three – I Remember A Time When Once You Used to Love Me
Get Well Soon – I Sold My Hands For Food So Please Feed Me
William Burroughs – Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt (Falling In Love Again)

Happy Birthday DarceysDad !

This is to celebrate the birthday of a most sociable recommender. It marks DsD’s broad-minded but sometimes baffled engagement with the music known as Jazz, and the Scottish connection with St Andrew’s Day.  So, here’s the astonishing Rufus Harley, playing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, on the bagpipes. I hope others will join in the good wishes, and maybe even post something DsD will like.  Happy Birthday DarceysDad !

it is not as bad as you think ! ! !


Spill Challenge #987654-321? What? WHAT?

Noticed there wasn’t a current Spill challenge up so I thought offer this for Wednesday’s entertainment. Let’s look for songs by a favorite artist that don’t fit their usual M.O. If Amy has the Stones doing Gregorian chants I’m calling game over. The farther from what made them famous the better. We all know the rules by now so feel free to break ‘em.

Street Life

As I am sure everyone knows now, YUI is my absolute favourite singer song writer and actually maybe my favourite musician.

She comes from a very modest background and a single parent home, and when she was a teenager she did not have any money and so she played music in the street to make money.  She says in interviews that this is where she learned to be a performer.

I love her songs as they really talk to me in a very direct way and she sings in a really natural style that sometimes feels just like she is talking in some ways.

She always shows total integrity and her songs are really direct and honest and very human.  She is very positive and always shows girls as strong and in control in her songs, and even in the sad songs where she is doubting herself, she never acts a victim.  This message coming from someone from such an modest background I find this very inspiring.

She comes from  Fukuoka, which is a city in the industrial area of Fukuoka-Kitakyūshū.  When she became 17 in 2004 she contracted to Sony Music and became one of the most popular artist in Japan.  She has released 5 albums, four have been platinum albums and one double platinum she also has 9 gold singles.  So she is really a major star here in Japan and all Asia actually.

Even if she is being super talented she is also totally cool and natural.  She still plays in the street very often.  She says in interviews that playing in the street she can really get to feel and connect to the people.

I found some you tube videos of her performing in the street that I would like to share.

Of course the sound is really not very good at all as it is captured by the people and there is the background noise also, but I hope you can see something of her personality in the videos. At the end I posted a video of two tracks from this year concert in Hong Kong.

The first video is from 2005 and she playing in the street in Sendai before her concert there when she was first becoming successful.

This video is captured by a fan on a mobile phone so the quality is not so good but I like it ! ! !

She is  singing the song  It’s happy line

This year she toured Japan and Asia to promote her totally wonderful new album Hotel Holiday In The Sun, and played in Hong Kong.

Of course now she is a big star but she still really wants to play in the street next to the people.  So she toured Hong Kong in a bus and just stopped here and there and played some songs in the street, even if the record company and promoters were very worried about it.

Here she is in Hong Kong playing in the street.  I think you can really see her personality in this video ! ! !

(but the sound is very poor)

She is playing the song Good Bye Days

Finally I want to show you a video clip from the concert she played after that.

In this clip she plays two songs. The first is called Again, and second is Rolling Star.

I wish there were more artists with her integrity and humanity ! ! !   I hope one day she will become more known in the West.

Do The Spillers know any really big artist that still play in the streets?

Earworms – November 28

“He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once”
Robert Browning

Them – Hey Girl
I first heard this song when I was about 16. Even then, I thought it a bit creepy. Lots of rock & roll jailbait songs but very few this gorgeous.

Sparklehorse – Cow
Our resident DeadHead recently identified a difference between my’n’his musical likes. He likes longer songs to feature some variety in structure… more often than not, I don’t. I like songs that take a motif and do no more with it than sneakily crescendo. Chris may [perfectly legitimately] get bored, but me? I love to lose myself in the repetition, as in this fine effort from the late, lamented Mark Linkous.

Hussey-Regan – Wichita Lineman
Now, I have never proffered an All About Eve song up as an earworm. And this is not an All About Eve song. It’s not even (quite) an All About The Mission song. But it is a rather splendid cover version, and I feel curiously vindicated in knowing that the arrangement was by the Regan half of the duo.

Kathy Mattea – Late In The Day
This is the perfect post-break up song. Uncompromising country. Bourbon. Heartache. Yessireebob.

Tom Russell (with Lucinda Williams & Calexico) – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
On this bonus track from his fantastic new album, Mesabi, Tom Russell teams up with Lucinda Williams (who previously covered it on her own) and Calexico. That combination brings a more fitting level of menace to the lyrics than Dylan’s sitting around the campfire delivery.

Please send submissions to earworm@tincanland.com – thanks! And don’t forget: Please send those festive Earworms in by 12 December!

Spill Awards 2011: get your nominations in now!

Okay, you all asked for it, or at any rate failed to register objections in time… On behalf of the organising committee for this year’s Spill Awards, I am delighted to invite you to send in your nominations for the different categories set out below, to abahachi@hotmail.co.uk – please DON’T post them in the comments below, as this whole thing works better if it’s a surprise to everyone but me. Nominations will close on December 15th, and the polls for categories where there’s a vote will appear shortly thereafter; the award ceremony itself will take place early in the New Year.

Album of the Year You can nominate up to five albums released over the last year; a shortlist will be drawn up and everyone will then have the opportunity to vote for their favourites.

Oldie of the Year Specially for those who don’t buy so much contemporary music, this is your opportunity to nominate an older record that you’ve discovered this year. One nomination per person, and please write a sentence to explain your choice.

Film of the Year Nominate up to three films.

TV Programme of the Year Nominate up to three programmes.

Person of the Year One nomination per person, and please justify your choice.

Villain of the Year Ditto

Most Sadly Missed Which of this year’s deaths – a lot of great musicians have passed on this year – affected you most? One nomination, please say a few words.

Event of the Year Ditto

Book of the Year Ditto

Randomness Feel free to suggest any other awards that we ought to be making…

China Rider

The first Hunter/Garcia collaboration (and the first Grateful Dead A-listing – for Surreal Songs, back in the Golden Age Of Maddy), China Cat Sunflower had a suitably odd conception.

Robert Hunter: “I think the germ of [the song] came in Mexico …. I had a cat sitting on my belly, and was in a rather hypersensitive state, and I followed this cat out to – I believe it was Neptune – and there were rainbows across Neptune, and cats marching across the rainbow. This cat took me in all these cat places; there’s some essence of that in the song.”

He also said that: “It was originally inspired by Dame Edith Sitwell, who had a way with words” (‘palace of the Queen Chinee’ is a direct quote from her poem, Trio for Two Cats and a Trombone). With its perky little tune and many half-references, it has the feel of an obscure poem for children whose complete meaning has been lost over time. Continue reading

Saturday morning Cajuns *

* With apologies to the Makis for nicking their title.

Bonjoower mes Amys.

I am a feeling a little low at the moment and, as is often the case, I turn to music to add a little “Cherry uppyness” to the day.
Last night I was trawling through my i-pod looking for cheery tunes ( Nick Cave…nope…Lenny Cohen…nope..) and began to play a some Cajun songs.
I noticed , after a few mins, that my feet were involuntarily tapping away ( old age, possibly). There is something about Cajun music that bypasses my “brain” (as I like to think of it) and goes straight to the toes.
So I thought I’d dig a few out for anyone else in need of some cheering up. Here are some of my faves from my collection.

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Festive ‘Spill 2011: The Foreplay

That time already? Where the hell did that year go? Anyway: for you newerbees, the Festive ‘Spill is our version of the year-end tradition established by the late, great John Peel, when we sort out our fave tunes of the year to listen to over the festive season.

Quick(ish) reminder of how to take part:

- Each ‘Spiller can nominate 3 songs (New releases from 2011 (or late 2010).

- Please rank your choices 1,2 & 3. 1 being bestest.

- If you really don’t have any faves from this year, you obviously have been distracted & may pick 3 tunes that you think are fitting for the occasion.

- Send your nominations to shoemail@cfl.rr.com (note: different address than last time). Your e-mail should contain URL links to actual mp3′s (You can use your private folder in Dropbox (helpfully, called public. Just right click on the file, select “copy public link” & paste in your e-mail). If you are a DB expert, you can set up a new shared folder. Don’t use the RR folder as this actually is public for most of you & will spoil the surprise.

- If hotlinking, please leave the files alone until you get a confirmation from me that I’ve got them (& even then, in true Peelie style, I’ve been known to mislay them, but we usually muddle through, somehow).

-Confused? Then just e-mail me a list of picks and I’ll have my elves investigate.

- Nominations are on a first come, first served basis. So vote early. If one of your picks is taken, I will e-mail you back so you can make another one.

- Please take part if you can.

- That’s it for now.

Anyone for another lot of Spill Awards?

The end of the year is approaching with alarming velocity (hence a seasonal picture that’s only slightly premature). Do we want to have another annual awards ceremony for Album of the Year, Film of the Year etc.? If so, would anyone like to host it, as I’ve done it for the last two years and you probably want a change? Which is to say that I’m very happy to do it again, but won’t have any problem in passing on this pleasurable duty if someone else would like to do it…

Songs About Gardens: B-List

Songs About Gardens: B-List

The B-list provides an opportunity to compile a list free of the constraints and pressures of the A-List.  To give a hearing to some tunes of choice without the limits of  PC or taste.  So i was a bit piqued to find my choices and list were less varied, less offensive,  and more user-friendly that i had hoped for.  (I used a bigger shoehorn too!)  Almost too damn pretty of a list.  I think Wyngatecarpenter may have put his finger on it – “Clearly this subject brings out a softer side in some of my favourite artists.”  Slim pickings this week for hard rock, metal, punk, thrash, grunge, and hardcore hip-hop.  On the upside – a banner week for 60’s grooviness, earthy blues, psychedelia, folk, culture, goth, indie/alt and J-pop. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving

Can’t be bothered to write the tags & we haven’t had a quiz in while. ‘Spill points for 1st to name the artiste (don’t worry, threw in some easy ones). Originally wasn’t fond of this Holiday, as it seemed to dilute the trad. UK Krimble blow-out. Have come to appreciate it as the one Holiday that all Americans can enjoy & share. Happy Thanksgiving.

‘Spill Weekly Song Challenge *8808 – “Bang The Drums!”

"Dude...you're awesome.." "Thanks. I like to play."

Hi ‘Spillers, this week’s song challenge has a purpose in mind!

As I may have mentioned before, my eldest son Brodie (nearly 8 years old) has been taking drum lessons and is bloody loving it! What I need some help with is getting together some  of the bestest, most awesome, tremendous, just fantastic examples of the power of the drum and the drummer! I can then use these to inspire him to be the best drummer the world has ever seen.

Okay, here’s my pick – one that I have shown him and he liked. It’s Dave Grohl drumming for Queens Of The Stone Age on their track “No One Knows”, restrained only until the chorus

Rules are suspended for this week, so you can have more than one pick if you like!

Earworms – November 21

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
Leopold Stokowski

Peaking Lights – Amazing and Wonderful
Panthersan was recently extolling the wonderful dub pop of the Peaking Lights duo. They are so good that here’s another earworm from their 936 album. Definitely in album of the year territory for me

John McLaughlin – Extrapolation
Classic British jazz from the late 1960s, before McLaughlin crossed the Atlantic to join in Miles Davis’ electric experiments; a great guitarist, who appears at his best when he’s *not* playing a million notes a minute in 13/7 time in the Mahavishnu Orchestra…

Marc Moulin – Music Is My Husband
One of my first postings on “Earworms” was a Marc Moulin track called “What?” that went down well with many ‘Spillers. This is from his 2007 album “I Am You” and features the vocals of the wonderful Christa Jerome. Hope you enjoy this one as well.

Dub Narcotic Sound System Meets The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Banana Meltdown
The totally bonkers result of the meeting of two indie outfits for a recording session. A bluesy, funky lo-fi jam.

The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
Not a curio, nor an obscurity, but this slice of 80s white soul is certainly an earworm.

Dusty Springfield – Breakfast In Bed
Dusty is one of those 60s artists who has been rescued from Light Entertainment Hell. Unlike others, she deserves it. Almost terminally insecure about her talent, Dusty was the greatest white female soul singer this country has produced. If she had been black and American, she would have been as celebrated as Aretha. “Dusty In Memphis” is a classic album, produced by Atlantic soul and blues royalty Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin and engineered by the great Tom Dowd. From it, “Breakfast in Bed” really should have been a single but was only ever a B-side.

Please send submissions to earworm@tincanland.com – thanks!

It’s A Jungle Out There

Oh Sees – I Need Seed
Broken Family Band – A Place You Deserve
Magazine Thinking Flame (The Garden)
Jegsy Dodd & The Original Sinners – Sir Les & The Blue Peter Garden
Mountain Goats – The Hot Garden Stomp

Singers & Players – Water The Garden
African Head Charge – Mama Shante Garden
Audio Active – The Giant’s Garden
Fluke – The Garden Of Blighty
X-Press 2 & Kurt Wagner – Give It

Winter Family – Garden
Matryoshka – Tyrant’s Miniature Garden [Tujiko Noriko Rmx]
Transglobal Underground – Spice Garden
World’s End Girlfriend – Garden In The Ceiling

Mini Social: TreeFrogDemon and SpottedRichard (But No Ghost of Inspector Morse)

Venue: The Red Lion and The Trout Inn, Wolvercote, Oxfordshire

Date: Friday, 11th November 2011

Apologies For Absence: The Rest Of You

We hung out at two wonderful pubs by Port Meadow. It was a misty and coolish day, with little bursts of sunshine here and there. The tang of woodsmoke and damp leaves in the air, and moss on thatched cottage roofs. A perfect late autumn day, in fact for a bit of a stroll to walk off the ale and Welsh Rarebit we had for lunch. The cheese did not, however, induce ghostly apparitions, unfortunately, so we never saw an irritable Inspector Morse shouting “Get Me Evidence, Lewis!”

We didn’t talk about you all (much) except to sing your praises and say what a wonderful, quirky and crazy bunch you are, united by our mutual love of music.

Sadly, we had to postpone the CD exchange for another day, but we had fun getting to know each other.

Cheers, TFD! Love the Mudcrutch t-shirt!

(Not sure why my bra looks like it’s fallen off in this picture. Hmmm!)

O Sample, Man

I think you ‘Spillers know by now that I like listening to The Big Pink. On their new song they’ve chosen to sample a song that was zedded for the Spoken Word topic back in the day: “O Superman” by Laurie Anderson. Now, if this song got voted into the RR Canon, would that be a first – or have there been other songs that sample other RR songs zedded thus far?

Yes at the Colston Hall 16th November 2011

So, when was the last time I saw Yes? Well, it was in 1975 actually, at the Reading Festival when they were one of the biggest acts on the planet.

Since then, they have shed and regained members in a kind of revolving door policy, released a slew of increasingly less proggy and less artistically and commercially successful albums, had acrimonious splits, been Buggled, re-united, split and re-united again and have still managed to retain a hardcore following.

Since 2008, they have a new singer, Benoît David, who has played in a Yes tribute act called Close To The Edge and in a Canadian prog band called Mystery, and are once again playing with Geoff Downes on keyboards. They also have a new album, Fly from Here, which I shall admit to not having heard. Apart from these two, the current Yes line-up includes original bassist Chris Squire and classic period members Steve Howe and Alan White.

Tonight it was really all about the classic songs, plus some stuff from the new album.

I’d bought the tickets for this gig was back in January and it seemed for a while like it would never come around but tonight we were ensconced in our seats before the band appeared to the inevitable classical intro music and went straight into the classic Yours Is No Disgrace.

The band sound good, there are plenty of opportunities for Steve Howe to display his fretboard skills and they are in the groove immediately. They follow this with a track I don’t recognise and work through a set that gets in some things from the new album, which sound fine, seeing as I don’t know them at all, and enough classics to keep the punters happy. Benoît David has the right vocal range for the songs and has enough stage presence to not be overshadowed by Steve Howe and Chris Squire, who are definitely the dominant forces in the band. Geoff Downes has the musical skills but is definitely the hired help and Alan White is marooned behind a kit that seems to have pretty much everything you could imagine hitting with a stick.

For me the highlights are a magisterial And You and I, which leaves me quite moist-eyed and the long-time crowd pleaser Heart Of The Sunrise which is the closest Yes ever got to the menacing off-kilter dynamics of King Crimson. The band close on an absolute high with Starship Trooper, with an almost Spinal Tap jam at the end, with Geoff Downes on a keytar and a really rocking encore of Roundabout. I’d have loved a second encore of America, but the guys are getting on a bit now and probably wanted their cocoa and slippers.

A long time ago Charles Shaar Murray wrote a one word review of Yes. The word was “Maybe”. I think that the answer now is a definite “Yes”.

They have still got what it takes.

Ten Seconds of Every 60s Hit – 1969

So, the sixties (and this series) draws to a close. The decade of promise and possibility ends on a sour note with the Manson murders and the apocalyptic scenes at the Stones’ Altamont festival. In the singles charts, despite a decade of the greatest social and cultural upheaval the modern age has known, things don’t look that different from when we came in. Elvis is back, the Ventures are still playing surf music and we even get the Lettermen giving it the vocal harmony thing like it’s 1959 again.

Outside of the seemingly conservative singles chart though some exciting debuts by the Stooges and Bob Marley, David Bowie re-releases his own debut as “Space Oddity”, Monty Python is first aired on the BBC and the 70s looks to be even more exciting than the 60s (it wasn’t in the end, but…!).

This series has been hugely enjoyable and a real education for me. Listening to a decade of music in tiny fragments like this has given me a real feel for the mood and atmosphere of the times that is difficult to sum up precisely in words but can only be caught with sound.

RIP Jackie Leven

Very sorry to hear the news of Jackie Leven’s passing. Especially at this crucial moment in human history – it seems all the more poignant. Not so qualified to write about him as I would like to have been. Just occasionally, a songwriter gets brought to my attention by another songwriter. Jackie was one. To me, he was a sort of modern day Woody Guthrie figure, To some of my musician friends, he was not only a great songwriter, but also a very good friend. He was held in high esteem by many other aspiring songwriters, who, in turn, felt inspired to speak their own minds. He also wrote about some very powerful subjects. Not to even mention his remarkable personal story. At a loss for words to describe any of that, but probably dont need to if you are one of those whose musical radar includes Jackie.

He may not have been so well-known to the public, but I suspect his legend will live on somewhere, wherever songs are written. Sad news.

Joyous development: A site devoted to stories about wrapping Roy Orbison in cling film

Welcome to my homepage. My name is Ulrich Haarbürste and I like to write stories about Roy Orbison being wrapped up in cling-film. If you have written any stories about Roy being completely wrapped in clingfilm please send them to me and I may put them up on the site. If you have a site with stories about other pop stars being wrapped in cling-film mail me and we can exchange links.

Some Oriental nibbles *

Hello chums !
Haven’t been posting much lately due to indolence, however I feel it’s time for a little taste of Eastern magic once again.
I have been putting in many hours lately, trawling the web for the finest sounds from the East and heretoafter follow some of my current faves. Hopefully others may enjoy them as much as I do too.

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