Monday again, and another unclassifiable selection of great music for you. I hope everyone is okay out there; best wishes to Ravi who is off on his travels shortly. Thanks to all for the earworms and please keep them coming to email@example.com.
C S Jayaraman – Kaa Kaa Kaa – Ravi Raman: You know how a crow seems to call others when it spots food? This song is ostensibly about that but takes a hefty swipe at the inability of humans to share and help each other. Sung by C S Jayaraman, who went against the grain in so many ways. Unconventional voice, very humble beginnings and insistence on mentoring others with leftist leanings … He made it big as did many of his protégés. I’m off to Muscat till January, so am not sure if I’ll be contributing any more this year. I’ll sure be listening though. Earworms has been one of my best finds this year. Cheers all and thanks for all the lovely music.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Rich Woman – glasshalfempty: A recent sampler CD from Rounder records, celebrating their 45th anniversary (download from Rounder.Com) had this gem from the acclaimed 2007 album ‘Raising Sand’ by the unlikely pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
Paragons – On The Beach – tincanman: Listening to 60’s Jamaican vocal group The Paragons (The Tide Is High) is a lot like listening to Northern Soul; the songs sound familiar but you can’t decide if it’s a cover or an overlooked treasure.
M’Bilia Bel – Mmae Ta Vi – goneforeign: We’ve had M’Bilia Bel here before, this one’s a change for her, I don’t have any others where she sounds like this. She’s with Tabu Ley Rochereau here which was not uncommon. A very different Soukous sound.
Pablo Lubadika Porthos – Madeleina – CaroleBristol: While I was digging out the Gun Club earworm, I took the opportunity to revisit the rest of the NME mixtapes I’ve got. I know nothing at all about Pablo Lubadika Porthos but this track “Madeleina” is a nice jolly toe-tapper with some rather nice horns punctuating the soukous guitar riff.
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop – tincanman: Anger at big business inspires some catchy and crunchy guitar from Neil and Willie’s son Lukas Nelson (the band is his). The lyrics are either forthright or trite, depending on your world view, and the video https://goo.gl/cWwnu0 is Neil at his confounding best – having a laugh, firing darts. From his latest, “The Monsanto Years”.