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.

Sitting on Top of the World – Doc Watson – 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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Earworms 4 August 2014

Welcome this week to deanofromoz who has sent us a worm from down under – and very good it is, too. Hope you enjoy this week’s selection, and don’t forget the possibility of ‘Spill points for tinny’s quiz (Pairubu is currently leading). Finally, please remember to send more worms to earworm@tincanland.com, to keep the bank topped up. Thanks to all.

Foo Fighters – Arlandria – Leavey: Sadly overlooked both here and on the Mothership. I appreciate that the last album Wasting Light had it’s critics, but nonetheless I think that it has some of their finest songs on it and Arlandria is the neighbourhood where Dave lived for a while. It has for me some of the rawness and sound of some of their earlier work, anyway a mighty wormy tune.

Drive-By Truckers – Shit Shots Count – DsD: The opening song from this year’s English Oceans album this was the “newest” I’d heard DBT sound in quite a while. Unforgivably forgotten during RR Brass week, that was a salutary lesson to self: if you only buy a download, you have nothing to hold onto.

- ?? – Uh Uh Uh – tincanman: It’s not the style the band would become known for when they got famous under a different name, but the vocal will steer you in the right direction.

Paul Kelly – Deeper Water – deanofromoz: Paul Kelly is one of my favourite artists, so it’s fitting he is my first contribution to earworms. I had known and liked this song for many years, but one day listening to it, it really hit me as being a wow song, and really moved me. I suspect that might have something to do with me now being a parent, and this “circle of life” type song taking on more relevance and meaning. The way Kelly uses deeper water as a bit of a metaphor for life is quite brilliant. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Shelagh Macdonald – Peacock Lady – bethnoir: Shelagh’s voice has a lovely lilting quality to it. Perhaps there is slightly more instrumentation than necessary on this track, but I love the lyrics and phrasing.

Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots – Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall – goneforeign: This is a 1944 song performed as a duet by The Ink Spots, featuring Bill Kenny and Ella Fitzgerald. The successful single went to number one on both The Harlem Hit Parade and the US pop charts. The name of the song originates from a quotation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the poem “Rainy Day” http://www.hwlongfellow.org/poems_poem.php?pid=39. In 1944 The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald were both at their peaks, this might sound like ‘The Ink Spots with guest star Ella’ but actually it was recorded as ‘Ella and her friends’, others she recorded with include The Mills Brothers and Louis.

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Earworms 28 July 2014

I have managed to break my wrist so this intro will be short – thanks for the brilliant worms and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com. More potential ‘Spill points on offer from tinny, today. Enjoy!

Glasvegas – Santa Monica (demo) – AliM:  Short but sweet.

Haunted House – Shoulders – ghe: I’ve tempted the earworm massive with Brighton’s Lianne Hall before. Now based in Berlin she is one half of Haunted House, with Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll. Here’s a remix off the latest EP, with a nice bit of wormy incantation, and an invitation to climb on her shoulders.

Syd Arthur – Garden of Time – bethnoir: I confess to being a fan of Gong, Caravan and even a bit of Hatfield and the North so it kind of makes sense that I’d like a band from Canterbury with a similar feel to those bands. These guys wear lovely jumpers, one of them is Kate Bush’s nephew and they take their name from Syd Barrett and the Kinks’ character, Arthur (surely a nod to Buddha too?), relax and enjoy.

Otis Taylor – Rain So Hard – Leavey: Where to start without sounding too effusive but I have tincanman to thank for this discovery (he’s got such good taste). He suggested Otis’s Coming With Crosses for my last RR Stint and I mentioned I’d have to look up his extensive back catalogue, well I am doing so and this one off of Clovis People, Vol. 3 is a stand out track. My he’s got a fabulous ‘gravelly’ voice over that insistent beat and a bit of brass in there too, brings me out in goosebumps.

-??- Sous Le Soleil Exactement – tincanman: Who on earth is that singing this Serge Gainsborough song? And for a whole heap of Spill points, what Jack of all trades is on guitar?

The Wailers – Pass It On – goneforeign: Note it’s ‘The Wailers’, from before the advent of BM&W. This is from 1973’s album ‘Burnin'; Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Bob, Family Man, Carlton Barrett & Wire Lindo. Possibly written by Bunny: “Be not selfish in your doings, Pass it on – Help your brothers in their needs, Pass it on – Live for yourself – you will live in vain. Live for others – you will live again. In the kingdom of Jah Man shall reign, Pass it on …”

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Earworms 21 July 2014

Not sure that the worms are all going to the same party this week, but you can make up a love story from the titles … and there’s a poser from tinny – can you name the artist(s)? I shall be offline for a few days so you’ll have to make your own entertainment while I’m gone – meanwhile, please send more worms to earworm@tincanland.com. Thank you!

She Makes War – Butterflies – bethnoir: Gloom pop? Not sure about the label, but she’s a Bristol based musician who likes many instruments and an indie style of singing.

-??- Go On & Cry – tincanman: The participants went on to become quite famous in different musical ways, but the band itself disbanded before the results of this 1966 Motown recording session could be finished and released.

Spyder Turner – Stand By Me – tincanman: Do we really need to hear yet another ’60’s cover of this? When the singer imitates others who covered it, though – yes we do. (tx @popa2unes)

Viv Albertine – I Want More – abahachi: Reading Viv Albertine’s brilliant memoir Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys – candidate for Book of the Year – not only sent me back to the first Slits album, which I can’t have listened to in twenty years, but prompted exploration of her recent music. Which is brilliant, spiky, funny and sometimes (especially if you’ve read the book and know something of the context) deeply moving. This is one of the funny, spiky ones…

Seasick Steve – That’s All – AliM: “’Freedom’ for most, is just a word, like ‘toast’”. How could I resist?

Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again – goneforeign: This might seem an odd candidate for Earworms, but it’s absolutely not! For all of those who lived through WW2 in England it is the ultimate Earworm, almost everyone knew someone, family or friends, to whom the lyrics were appropriate, it’s a classic piece of propaganda music. It’s also perhaps the only piece of music I know that can make me teary eyed and I could sing along at the drop of a hat. I have a specific memory concerning it; my auntie Winnie had taken me to the LMS station in Sheffield for my first unaccompanied train journey, I was leaning out of the window and she was on the platform, she very quietly started to sing this song just for me, I was about 6-7. Indelibly burned into my memory bank.

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