Earworms 15 September 2014

Greetings from Earwormland, a slightly psychedelic feel to part of this week’s selection, although you may disagree. Thanks to all; if you would like to send some worms for future reference please dispatch them to earworm@tincanland.com.

Wolfgang Riechmann – Himmelblau – beltway: You want a long, meditative yet catchy piece of Krautrock-Electronica? Then here is the perfect thing for you, a piece of music that shines so gloriously bright, it’s just like the sun in that expansive blue sky it tries to capture. Riechmann was a bit of a peripheral figure in the Düsseldorf scene of the mid to late 70s, but his 1978 Wunderbar album from which this comes was probably destined to be his big breakthrough and it probably could have been – somewhat tragically he never found out, before it was released he was stabbed to death in a random, unprovoked attack on a Düsseldorf street. A terrible waste, but this is a beautiful thing to leave behind.

Eleventh Dream Day – Rubberband – chris7572: I’m fed up waiting for RRSA Saliva to turn up, so here’s my favourite song about all the melodramatic tension of one embarrassing aspect of nodding off. Apologies for any residual image in your brain, but none for the aural traces.

Robert Plant – Little Maggie – carolebristol: This is the opening track from Percy’s latest album with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. The album is called “lullaby and …. THE CEASELESS ROAR” and is less of an Americana-influenced set than his last couple of releases. Anyway, this is toe-tapping stuff with some lovely West African sounds that gets the album off to a great start.

Taj Mahal – Johnny Too Bad – goneforeign: Taj was born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr. His father was a Caribbean jazz musician. I met him in Jamaica once and asked him what he was up to, “Just down here spending some time with my father’s family” he said, he has strong family ties to Jamaica and Jamaican music. This is his cover of Jimmy Cliff’s song from the film ‘The Harder They Come’.

Hank Williams – Move it On Over – deanofromoz: Some catchy country music from the 40’s. Note the resemblance to Rock Around the Clock, a pioneering rock and roll song, so I think this track demonstrates the evolution of music very well.

Lucero – Sixes and Sevens – DsD: Make sure the kids are out, lock the door, close the curtains, put the answerphone on. Clear the floor and turn up the volume: it’s dad-dancin’ time. “I can’t say I mind you dancing, it’s quite impressive in those shoes …” I don’t need no complications, but those are complicated moves …” What? . . . . Oh, OK, just me then. Well sod-yuz, I’m duck-walkin’ and side-shufflin’ around the office floor with a big grin on me face, so there!

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Earworms 8 September 2014

Thanks to everyone who has helped to top up the worm bank, much appreciated, although there’s always room for more. I hope those of you with offspring have survived the first week back at school; it has been a strange week in earworm land and we seem to have acquired a dog. Unprecedented in family history and the cat may never forgive me. Anyway, to the worms!

Miriam Makeba & the Skylarks – Uile Ngoan’a Batho – goneforeign: She recorded this in 1959 just prior to going into exile from South Africa knowing that she would not be allowed to return, it was her ‘Farewell to Africa'; the traditional pennywhistle is played by Spokes Mashiyane.

Ute Lemper – Surabaya Johnny – bishbosh: I’m sure it’s sacrilege to listen to any version other than Lotte Lenya’s, but I love Ute’s recording of this Brecht-Weill song. She really takes us on a journey. Or makes the song her own. Or one of those X Factor-esque clichés!

Zoe – Sunshine On A Rainy Day – DsD: This popped up when I found a ‘blank’ CD-R whilst tidying up the office. Turned out to be an unlabelled compilation I did for one of the girls years ago. An absolutely MASSIVELY sticky earworm on release, I’ve never grown tired of its unashamed pop.

Ry Cooder – How Can You Keep Moving (Unless You Migrate Too) – chris7572: Written by the daughter of an Okie sharecropper, teacher and political activist Agnes ‘Sis’ Cunningham’s words tell of the harsh times of the Dust Bowl era in the USA. Ryland’s music – as it has done so many times throughout his career – provides the authentic background.

Thiago de Mello & Amazon – Meu Boi-Bumbá – beltway: The recent World Cup in Brazil has had me re-evaluating some of my favourite Brazilian records and here is a catchy little number. Just love the punchiness of this, big bold brass and flailing percussion, magic stuff!

J Mascis – Every Morning – carolebristol: This track is the single from the new J. Mascis solo album “Tied To A Star”. It isn’t as rocky as his Dinosaur Jr stuff but it is clearly old J himself. I got the album last week and it is good, a grower, I reckon.

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Earworms 1 September 2014

An up-tempo mix for you this week, hope it cheers up deanofromoz, who’s under the weather. On a housekeeping note, we’re getting low on worms at the moment, I have two from beltway and nine from goneforeign in the bank; if anyone else would like to send some in (especially if you haven’t sent any for a while), a top-up would be welcome. Just send them along to earworm@tincanland.com, where they’ll be in good company.

Clive Langer and the Boxes – Splash (A Tear Goes Rolling Down) – beltway: The considerable musical skills of Clive Langer are perhaps best known in relation to his production skills (or maybe as a co-writer of Shipbuilding with Costello) – his own performing however is not as well known as it should be (admittedly his voice is not for everyone) and his body of solo performed work is fairly small – here is one of the highlights though – you can clearly hear the foundations of the sort of sound he would perfect with Madness but it’s a great catchy song in its own right.

Haim – Don’t Save Me – abahachi: Can’t quite believe that I really like this retro pastiche from last year’s over-hyped soft rock media darlings, not least because I never really liked any of the bands they’re ripping off apart from Heart – but I heard it in a sleep-deprived stupor on a transatlantic flight last year, and still can’t get the damned thing out of my head…

Area 7 – Bitter Words – deanofromoz: Recently found this album in a bargain bin at a secondhand music store and have enjoyed rediscovering this track. Its nothing groundbreaking or unique, just some good Aussie ska.

The Rumbanella Band – El Congo – goneforeign: From the album Rumba Congolese. A song from mid ’60’s Kinshasa, it was inspired by the then popular Cuban Son and Salsa. It’s sung in ‘Indoubile’ a mix of Lingala and Spanish by Lola Bivuatu.

Doc Watson – Sitting on Top of the World – AliM: Some wonderful Appalachian Blues for you – to prevent further self-indulgence please send more worms!

Jakil – Istanbul – AliM: Another band to contact Earworms – pop/rock band from Edinburgh, now living in London. This single “Istanbul’ is due for release on September 28 – very catchy, slightly ‘80s feel? https://soundcloud.com/jakil/istanbul

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Earworms 25 August 2014

Bank Holiday Monday greetings from Earworm Land, wherever you are. I hope this selection will ease you through the day. Many thanks to all contributors, and keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com. Enjoy!

Gurrumul Yunupingu – Gurrumul History (I Was Born Blind) – deanofromoz: Intensely shy, Gurrumul is a blind Indigenous Australian performer who hails from a remote island off the northern Australia. He usually sings in his native tongue, but on this one he blends some English in as well to basically tell his life story. His voice is utterly sublime. I don’t listen to this a lot, but it blows me away every time I do.

FKA Twigs – Water Me – abahachi: I don’t imagine this will be to everyone’s taste, but this strange piece of chilly electro-pop has haunted me ever since I heard it. Reminds me of Kate Bush in experimental mode, which can only be a good thing.

The Har-You Percussion Group – Welcome to the Party – beltway:  Relatively recent discovery for me (though the Jazzanova Remix of this has been quite famous), this is a fascinating recording from the Har-You Percussion Group, a group formed out of the burning remains of the 1964 Harlem Riots by Roger Sanders as a means of channelling the considerable energy and musical skills of the Youth of the Ghetto, and it is just so exciting and laced with a sold groove. Enjoy!

Over The Rhine – How Long Have You Been Stoned – DsD: Whether this works as well on a sober Monday morning remains to be seen. But with my current part-Jack-Daniels, part-tiredness, part-summer-evening warm’n’fuzzy glow on, this song is just perfect. And we seem to be slowly reeling in more OTR converts from the RR/Spill pool, so I thought I’d chuck in some more groundbait!

Bi Lamban: Toumani Diabate & Ballake Sissoko – goneforeign: These two guys grew up living next door to each other in Bamako Mali, they’re cousins and have spent their lives playing their koras together. Both of their fathers were also famous kora players, they recorded an album together in 1970, ‘Ancient Strings’, this cut by their sons is from their 1997 album ‘New Ancient Strings’.

Seafret – Give Me Something – AliM: Another band that contacted Earworms – Jack Sedman (vocals) and Harry Draper (guitar) aka Seafret (from Bridlington) have announced the release of their debut EP “Give Me Something” out September 21st on Sweet Jane Recordings. The EP features five tracks including this one, which is rather good.

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Earworms 18 August 2014

Some more great worms for you this week, stories of love and drunkenness, indeed. Just don’t try riding the Wonder Wheel at the same time. Thanks for all the music and keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Lo Borges – Tudo Que Você Podia Ser – beltway: A classic Brazilian song, I normally always express a preference for an Original version of a song, and the early 70’s acoustic original is wonderful, but I’ve a real soft spot for this 2001 re-recording with the bigger band, I think it adds a new dimension to it, more of a groove and the accordion adds something nice too, certainly making it stick in your ear more…

Debout Sur Le Zinc – Au Comptoir – goneforeign: Their Name means ‘Standing on the Bar’, a Paris bar band. This song is from their first album and tells a story of love and drunkenness.

Fugees – Ready Or Not – abahachi: Heard ‘Killing Me Softly’ on the radio last week, for the first time in years, and had to re-listen to the album (again, for the first time in years) as soon as possible. This is still my favourite; one of those groups that was always far more than the sum of its parts.

Franco – Ou est Le Serieux – vocal by Sam Mangwana – goneforeign: I love Franco, sadly for Earworms most of his cuts run to 20-30 mins but here’s a short one.
Sam started out singing with rival Tabu Ley but he crossed over and joined Franco. This was the first song that they recorded together, great Zairean music from the 70’s.

Dan Zanes – Wonder Wheel – deanofromoz: Dan Zanes makes children’s music, and I found a compilation of his in a bargain bin at the second hand music store. Thought I would get it for my little boys to enjoy, so purchased it unheard…well, I can’t express my surprise at some of the tracks, this is not music just for children, this Daddy really really enjoyed this track. Maybe I have completely lost the plot, but this track is lovely. (its also proof that I don’t just include Aussie music!)

John Renbourn, Maggie Boyle, Steve Tilston and Tony Roberts – The Verdant Braes of Screen – AliM: A beautiful song, beautifully sung, and perfect for whistling at the bus stop.

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Earworms 11 August 2014

Some laid-back sounds for you to start the week. We’ve had some wonderful worms in the in-box recently, thanks to everyone and keep them coming in to earworm@tincanland.com.

Sun Kil Moon – Lily And Parrots – DsD : Simply, I love the way the fourth chord in the ultra-simple riff occasionally goes squiffy: DUH-DUH-DUH-SQUONK!

Ed Motta – 1978 – albahooky: I’m still going through last year’s tunes and came across this by the Brazilliant Ed Motta, who has been recording since he was a mere pup many moons ago and has made a homage to American AOR called AOR. This tune is a nod to Donald and Walter.

-??- I Want To Know – tincanman: This is a mid-60’s British blues supergroup that recorded some songs but never released an album. Spill points for each member you can name.

White Lies – Farewell to the Fairground – Leavey: A much overlooked band. Somewhere between Editors and well I’m not sure, but Harry McVeigh’s voice is almost pleading on this particular tune slightly reminiscent of early Brandon Flowers, “keep, keep on running, there’s no place like home”.

Davidge – Hummingbird – bethnoir: This song inspired my children to describe a film it soundtracked in their minds, I love the space and of course, Patrick Duff’s vocals, so understated they’re almost not there, but all the more fascinating because of the difference in style.

Bob Andy – The Word is Love – goneforeign: Bob Andy is one of my favorite Jamaican writers/singers, he’s been active since the early 69’s when he and Marcia Griffiths had a huge worldwide hit with ‘To be young gifted and black’. He writes about serious matters, like ‘The word is love’ and he scores his music with unique arrangements.

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EOTWQ – Casting Couch

I WAS going to the Beacons festival in Skipton today, http://greetingsfrombeacons.com/, with the Kirklees over-55s club (aka Distressed Gentlefolk of West Yorkshire Association). Anyway, I have just had a titanium plate screwed into my arm, which looks much more colourful than the arm in the photo above … rather like a beacon, in fact … but I digress. (Beth, I’m assured it won’t set off airport security alarms). The upshot is I’m here with a sore arm, spare time and a spare hand to type with and debbym gave me an idea … so here’s a little quiz to take your mind off the news and anything else you’d rather not think about:

1. Sign my cast with a bandage / plaster / titanium related song.
2. Tell us a tale about getting plastered, interpret this how you will.
3. Let us know if you’ve been to a good festival or a good live band event this summer.

That’s all, short and simple … have fun and please try to post links rather than videos otherwise they will gum up the blog.

Off you go!