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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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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Earworms 6 July 2015


Thunder, lightning, hailstones, torrential rain and blazing sunshine – it must be summer. And that was just yesterday. Here’s this week’s selection for you, a complete mixture, like the weather. Hope you enjoy, thanks to all and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

The Last Post – Silence Seems To Say – DsD: Positioned somewhere between Low and The Sundays, I’ve always loved this song. It popped up on my Walkman shuffle t’other day, and I had to change the play mode to Repeat1 for a good half-dozen listens before I could get away from it again.

Billy Hubbard – Who Are You Listening To? – tincanman: Hubbard recorded this at home the other day and shared it for comment. I feed-backed him that it’s one heck of a song. It’s also earwormy; the title question haunts me now as I go about my daily business.

Bob Marley – This Train and The Stone that the Builder Refused – goneforeign: Acoustic Bob: This is a side of Bob that very few have heard; he’s sitting on a hotel bed strumming an acoustic guitar and working out tunes and lyrics, fortunately some smart soul was sharp enough to switch on a recorder and get a decent recording. Possibly songs you’ve never heard before.

Dean McPhee – Solar Crown – AliM: Dean McPhee is a solo electric-guitarist from Yorkshire. This could have been an entry in RR’s “minimalist” category this week – but I think Nilpferd has enough already. Anyway, it’s rather beautiful.

Givers – Ripe – Fuel: Givers are an indie pop group from Lafayette, Louisiana. “You like your man ripe, I like mine still growin’…” I couldn’t possibly comment. (Ed.)

Fable Cry – Fancy Dancing – AliM: Another promo, this one is from a Nashville-based “theatrical scamp-rock” band, whose album “We’ll Show You Were the Monsters Are” is due out in August. It’s macabre yet earwormy at the same time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofJG1svfmyI

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Earworms 29 June 2015


Glastonbury weekend again in the UK, lots of interesting music to listen to (from my settee). Surprise treat of the coverage for me so far is Hot Chip’s cover of Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em74pwtr1wE (this clip from Milwaukee). Anyway, here is this week’s selection, have fun and keep sending your worms to earworm@tincanland.com. Many thanks.

Fizzy Blood – Black Sheep – AliM: Here’s one from the many promos that come in to Earworms, taken from the Leeds band’s debut EP ‘FEAST’ which was released recently. A great blast of noise and a band I shall be looking out for, locally!

Bob Moses – Talk – tincanman: Plush, evolving piece of electronica (no, wait. Don’t judge yet) from new Canadian duo Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, who are now in New York exploring their unique musical vision.

Hipsway – The Honeythief – Fuel: Catchy piece of late ‘80s pop, from another Glasgow band (toffeeboy, where are you)? Johnny McElhone, the bassist, went on to found Texas (the band, obvs.). Ed.

Vampire Weekend – Cousins – AliM: I owe young Munday for this, he had it on a playlist and I love its freneticism. It reminds me of The Nervous Brothers, a Rockabilly/Rock’n’Roll band who used to play the Bristol circuit and probably still do. Always excellent fun.

Slash (feat. Fergie) – Beautiful Dangerous – DsD: Goddamn it, I love it when hip-hop, funk and/or soul decide to go round to rock’s house for a party. PLAY LOUD!!!!

Les Paul & Mary Ford – How High the Moon – goneforeign: June 9th was the centenary of Les Paul’s birth. This was a huge hit on BBC in 1951, it was a new sound, like nothing we’d ever heard before. Les Paul was a jazz guitarist who worshipped Django Rheindhart, he was also an extremely competent inventor so he applied his skills to his guitar. He’s responsible for the Gibson Les Paul, for ‘sound on sound’, for multi tracking, for new concepts in ‘echo’ plus much more. He single-handedly revolutionized pop music in his Hollywood garage in the 40’s & 50’s.

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Earworms 22 June 2015


Back to what passes for normal at the time of the northern solstice. “I don’t care what the weatherman says, when the weatherman says it’s raining, you won’t hear me complaining …” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0lgswGOgrs- ‘cos the pollen count is lower! I can see! Taste! Breathe! A fine and thoughtful selection for you this week, I hope you enjoy it. Please keep sending your worms to earworms@tincanland.com. As always, thanks to all.

Lykke Li – Silver Springs – bishbosh: I wasn’t familiar with the Fleetwood Mac original (this was on a Mac tribute album a year or two back) but I think Lykke does a great job with it. It would have fitted well on her heartbreak album of last year, I Never Learn, actually.

Barbara Dane – Mama Don’t Allow – glassarfemptee: I can’t really understand why Barbara Dane is so little known. Great voice and right on before right on was fashionable. In the forties she was involved in civil rights, union campaigns, and feminism. A female Guthrie. Here she is with a light hearted number from Cow Cow Davenport.

Aziza Brahim – La Tierra Derrama Lagrimas (The Earth Sheds Tears) – Fuel: Aziza was born in 1976 in the Sahrawi refugee camps, in the Tindouf region of Algeria where her mother had settled in late 1975, fleeing from the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPhs50_UOWM) says the lyrics recall those who fought to liberate parts of the Western Sahara which remain outside Moroccan control. (Ed.)

Tshala Muana – Kalume – goneforeign: We’ve heard her here before, here’s another. She’s from Kinshasa when Congo was called Zaire and her music follows Congolese soukous style.

Joe Ely & Joel Guzman – I’m A Thousand Miles From Home – tincanman: This is from the fantastic (highly recommended) Live Cactus album, and if – like me – you didn’t know there was such a thing as an accordion prodigy, now you do.

London Grammar – If You Wait – AliM: From the album of the same name, it popped up on my iTunes the other day and has lodged firmly in my ear’ole ever since.

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Retroworms 15 June 2015


Here is the first in an occasional series of retroworms. If you think it’s a bad idea, I’ll stop!

I’ve been compiling earworms for a couple of years now, and every so often I make a playlist of a few favourites – just enough to fit onto a CD. Anyway, here is the first one I did – please don’t take it personally if I haven’t picked one of yours, (a) it may be in another compilation and (b) the list is completely subjective. In the normal run of things I never pass over an earworm, whether I like it or not. Hope you enjoy the music and let me know if you think I should go and stick my head in a bucket.

Meanwhile, please keep sending your worms to earworm@tincanland.com. Many thanks!

Barb Jungr – Fisherman’s Blues – Tatanka Yotanka, June 2013
Claude Vasori – Drug Pop – Beltway Bandit – April 2013
Ed Harcourt – The Man that Time Forgot – Beth Noir – March 2013
Eddie Reader – Never Going Back Again – Zalamander – February 2013
Frou Frou – Breathe In – Abahachi – May 2013
Hanne Hukkelberg – Ticking Bomb – severin – April 2013
Hanni El Khatib – Heartbreak Hotel – tincanman – March 2013
Katzenjammer – God’s Great Dust Storm – severin (may not have been a worm, but definitely severin)
Lianne Hall – Abandon Ship – glassarfemptee – May 2013
The Men They Couldn’t Hang – The Colours (Remix) – bishbosh – May 2013
Milladoiro – Muiñeira de Chantada – Beltway Bandit – July 2013
Radio String Quartet Vienna – Birdland – Nilpferd – June 2013
Rokia Traore – Aimer – Nilpferd – April 2013
Salif Keita – Bobo – bishbosh – March 2013
Songdog – Gene Autry’s Ghost – glassarfemptee – July 2013
Sore – Nancy Bird – barbryn – May 2013
Toufic Faroukh – A Night in Damascus – goneforeign – July 2013
Van Halen – Ice Cream Man – tincanman – April 2013
The Youngbloods – Darkness Darkness – Fintan – May 2013

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