Earworms 8 February 2016


Well the lights may be going out on RR, but the community continues. Here are two songs to cheer you up and spur you on, and three to make you sit back and reflect on the gloriousness of friendship, community, and music. Thanks to all you stars for your musical contributions; please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Maria de Lourdes – Huapango Torero – goneforeign: I love Mariachi music, it’s wonderful to see it performed especially in Mexico. The voice, the strings, the brass and the outfits are a wonderful combination.

El Twanguero – Coco Zoot Suit – Ravi Raman: I picked up this album quite by mistake, while searching for more music by Royal Crown Revue. Luckily as it turns out. The album is called Pachuco and is by a Spanish musician called Diego Garcia. I don’t have much of this type and would love some pointers from the ‘Spillers.

Theo Bleckmann – Dream of Sheep – abahachi: If there’s a competition for ‘successful artists who are rarely covered’ then I imagine Kate Bush is a serious contender – the songs are so bound up with the performance that it would be a brave or foolish singer to put forward their own version. Here’s an exception, and maybe the fact that a man is singing the songs makes it easier to separate them from the original: the German jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann, whom I know from his appearance on Julia Huelsmann’s 2015 Kurt Weill album, who dedicated his ‘Hello Earth’ record in 2011 to Bush’s music.

Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Four – glasshalfempty: Berlin meets Reykjavik is a marriage made in ambient heaven. Here’s Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, with the magical ‘Four’. Amazingly, there’s a disco remix too, but I’m of an age where the sedative version is fine by me!

David Cross & Robert Fripp – Starless Starlight Loops – AliM: I have a love/hate relationship with Spotify. But dammit, they’ve hard-wormed into my brain with their latest “Discover Weekly” customer-orientated playlist which included this gem from King Crimson veterans David Cross and Robert Fripp, re-visiting the “Starless” theme. This is so beautiful, I can hardly bear it. In fact “I liked it so much, I bought the album”.

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Retroworms 1 February 2016


Here is the second in an occasional series of retroworms, the first being in June 2015.  It seems appropriate to post it here, given the current RR topic of passing time.

My original list included Ghost in the Snow, by Damien Jurado (ghe), and Sekta, by Tarika (Beltway) but I can’t find YT links for these so I’ve dropped them all in the RR box so you can listen to them there. The Katzenjammer track wasn’t an Earworm, but it came from severin and I love it.

The good news is that blimpy has made me a ‘Spill administrator and I’ve upgraded to WordPress Premium, so that we can use the playlist function again. So please continue to top up the Earworm bank by sending your contributions to earworm@tincanland.com, and next week should be back to normal. If anyone wants to send me a donation … STOP PRESS … cost now covered by me, tfd, carole, severin, mnemonic, chris7572 and ravi – Thank you! I’m glad to get the playlist function back. Toodlepip!

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Mohan Veena – by Ravi Raman

I stumbled across a lo-o-ong performance by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on an instrument that is so complicated you have to read about it or see it to believe it. A guitar with 20 strings! I’m not kidding … called a Mohan Veena it is one of Vishwa’s own design and a spin-off on an older Indian instrument. You can see him playing the instrument above,  but I’m sending the 19 minute track called “Raag Basant” to Ali, coz it ain’t exactly Earworms material, though it’s still interesting enough for a share. Let me know if you all like it, it’s in the RR Dropbox folder. Read about the veena here: http://www.vishwamohanbhatt.com/veena.htm.

RR Songs About Rejection – RESULTS

Readers Recommend Songs About Rejection – Results from the Mothership

Rejection – the dismissal of an idea; the spurning of affection; the refusal to accept a situation; a rebuff; a cold-shoulder in place of a warm heart. Rejection causes strong emotions and reactions – for example the uniting of the RR community to reject the Grauniad’s proposed closure of our blog. And how many songs can there be about unrequited love? As thoughtballoons put it: “I never realized it before, but my entire phone playlist is about rejection.” Music often enables us to express thoughts and feelings that are too painful and personal to share in any other way. How else could Roots Manuva and Kathleen Ferrier ever find themselves in the same company?

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Earworms 25 January 2016

All together now – dum duddle um dum, dum dum, dum dum, duddle um dum dum dum …spies and spectres for you this week, with some blood and shotguns thrown in. Thanks to all contributors; and please keep those unwanted earworms coming in to: earworm@tincanland.com. Listen to the tracks here (or let me know if the link doesn’t work): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fu3k24cqj8rnxq9/AACp3MCubAvOe2NsYQ_ZqDU0a?dl=0

Radiohead – Spectre – CaroleBristol: This is a track that Radiohead wrote as a potential theme for the latest Bond film, “Spectre” which wasn’t, unfortunately chosen by the film’s production team. The band released it as a free download just after Christmas and I really like it. It is a proper Radiohead ballad.

Stan Getz – Blood Count – goneforeign: One of my early idols playing one of Duke’s compositions; how can you lose, Getz & Duke.

Dyke & The Blazers – Shotgun Slim – tincanman: James Brown-lite but good funk and soul all the same. I was going to tell you the song is about me but figured you’d be dubious about me having a shotgun. (Too right. Ed.)

Toots & The Maytals – 54- 46 That’s My Number – tincanman: Between ska and reggae was rocksteady, distinctions only meaningful to pedants. Freddie ‘Toots’ Hibbert will rival the best soul vocalists – Brown, Otis, Wilson – if you can get past the flat mix.

Ernie Smith – Duppy or a Gunman – goneforeign: Another Jamaican treat, big hit in Kingston. A duppy’s a ghost.

Coldplay – Spies – AliM: Okay so I cheated, this isn’t strictly a worm, but it fits. And although I know you all hate Coldplay, I still like their first album, “Parachutes”, from which this is taken.

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Adios Amigos

Goneforeign has asked me to post this sad news. I don’t really know what to say, apart from what I’ve already replied to him. He has been an Earworm champion and we will all miss his wonderful music. I hope you will join me in wishing him and Gina well.

“2015 was not a great year for me, actually it was probably the worst ever. It started in January, my mother died. All her life she’d told me that she was going to live to be 100, she died about two weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Then a couple of months later Gina’s mother died.
Then my lovely Boxer Jasmin who we’d had since she was a puppy died of old age, she was 14. She died of typical old age, her eyesight was almost gone, so was her hearing and she wobbled around on shaky legs just like me. One morning I was sitting at my computer and Gina came in in tears, ‘Jasmin just died’ she said and true enough there she was lying dead on the laundry room floor, five minutes earlier she’d been snuffling around my feet.
In October I had a mild problem with my computer, the screen saver I’d installed, a large file of bird photos, had quit and been replaced with Apple’s stock dozen or so National Geographic photos, I tried to change it back but I couldn’t, I called Apple’s tech support and their top guy worked on it for 2 hours and then told me that he couldn’t fix it, I should take it to an Apple store and they’d know how to cure it.
They didn’t, they worked on it for an hour and then gave up; ‘The only way we can fix this is to erase the disc and then re-load it from a date prior to the problem from your external backup, is that OK’? They told me that it was guaranteed and foolproof, it was simple and would definitely work, so I said OK.
Worst decision I ever made, when they erased everything they cleared every tiny detail of everything on the disc, passwords, serial numbers, permissions, everything. When they replaced it they left all those details off. For example, there was a document on my desktop that I’d been working on, I tried to open it and I got a message that I was not authorized to open that file! That happened to every file, folder and application that I tried to use.
This might seem like excessive coverage of a trivial event but I’ve had similar problems EVERY day since then, 10 weeks!
I’ve spent literally dozens of hours on the phone with Apple Tech trying to cure these problems and they all started with a screen saver! About a week ago I started getting refusal messages at the Spillblog, a site I’ve visited every day for the last 10+ years. I’ve given up and decided to quit, time to call it to call it a day, I can’t log in nor can I change my password nor can I re-register, I can’t even comment, so I think this is a good time to call it quits. In the last two days I’ve spent literally hours trying to contact Word Press and trying to log in, both to no avail.

Two days ago Gina’s father died.

I’m tempted to say ‘Well that’s everything, there’s nothing left to go wrong’ but that would be tempting fate, I know they’d find something. Can’t really complain, I’ve been very lucky throughout my life, it was inevitable that sooner or later it’d catch up with me.

I’ll probably stand on the sidelines and watch from time to time.

Here’s an appropriate song to sign off with, Woodie’s ‘So long it’s been good to know you’, sung by his son Arlo. Toodle-oo.

So long, it’s been good to know you – Arlo Guthrie:”


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Readers Recommend 21 January 2016 – Rejection


Here’s this week’s new topic from Peter. If the RR blog is taken down for whatever reason, please carry on here on the ‘Spill.

“Hi all,
The subject of rejection is one I’ve been thinking about recently, which might seem depressing in the current circumstances, but need not necessarily be so. After all, who is doing the rejecting, one might ask? The rejected could indeed reject, if offered something they don’t want. And also, from the other side, something or someone or some people could be rejected because they were doing something that was deemed too good, the rejector being not worthy of it. And the setting could be work, or love, or any number of things, especially in song. So this subject is indeed a two-way street, with many choices. So with that in mind. RR SONGS ABOUT REJECTION is one of many topics this blog could have officially done. Just a thought ….

Over to you, and indeed the highly discerning Ali Munday – has your time come to in fact, reject, or accept, songs about rejection ? If so, wonderful, and enjoy, everyone!

PS. Thanks again to Severin for a superb list and piece of not-less writing. You’re all great – again!”

Here’s the link for the collaborative playlist on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/user/alimunday/playlist/2iY50UkLPQR4qvy52eH5rJ

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