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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Earworms 14 July 2014

Welcome this week to a very mellow mix. Before you listen, check out Blimpy’s comments on the End of the Week Quiz, which might affect the future of The ‘Spill. Comment if you can spare a moment while you listen to this. In the meantime keep the earworms coming to earworm@tincanand.com, we need some more!

Linnea Olsson – All 4 U –  shoey:   Cello Chick series? (probably not).

Carlo Domeniconi (played by John Williams) – Koyunbaba pt 4 – ghe: This wonderful guitar piece was composed by Carlo Domeniconi. He lived in Turkey for ten years and has a Turkish wife. He now lives in Turkey’s second city, Berlin. This is the last part of a suite he composed named after a lovely seaside village near Bodrum, which has a very exotic feel to it, to my ears. Played here by the great John Williams, who turns 75 this year. Enjoy.

Civil Wars – Dust To Dust – tincanman: Such a pretty but biting song. There is a priceless juxtaposition of harmony and biting personal discord between Joy Williams and John Paul White; they’re not really wishing each other well.

Regina Carter – I’m Going Home – goneforeign: tfd’s recent Regina Spektor post coincided with my wife’s coming home from work one day all excited about something she’d been listening to on the car radio, it turned out to be RC”s latest album, Southern Comfort. ‘Do we have that?’ she asked excitedly, ‘Not that one but we have some’, That wasn’t good enough, she was promptly online and within a couple of days we had it. I’m not a huge fan of her singing but I love her instrumental work, here’s my current favorite; ‘I’m going Home’.

Jennifer Warnes – Famous Blue Raincoat – abahachi: I remember, many years ago, being told that this song was the definitive proof that Leonard Cohen was a brilliant song-writer even if he couldn’t sing, but I never got round to listening to it until now. Before I get ostracised completely, I should stress that I love Cohen’s performance – but that doesn’t stop this being wonderful as well.

Kate Rusby – Canaan’s Land – AliM: Wistful, optimistic, delicate and damn catchy. Warning: you will be singing it for days.

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Earworms 7 July 2014

Another great selection for you this week and not a mention of football, cycling or tennis … oops. And yes, I know “Isaac” is spelt “Issac” in the player, but I can’t amend it. Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine: please keep those worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Kinoko Tekoku – Paranoid Parade – pairubu: Japanese “shoegaze”, I get “late period Blondie” from this (Ubuette disagrees) and find it a very palatable noise.

Sarah Blasko – Fool – tincanman: It takes a few listens for the passion and Lily Allenesque defiance of this to really sink in. It’s worth the wait.

Lennon and Maisy Stella – Ho Hey – LIAB: Whoa, there before you all wade in with your ridicule. These two girls have the most delightful voices that harmonise so well. Their parents are doing a pretty good job of keeping them grounded and very little of their music has been published though they are extremely popular on YouTube, which is where they first started posting and where they first came to my attention. One of their first videos has over 23m views. They play the daughters of Rayna James in Nashville (TV soap series but with great country music). Given their ages they have the potential to be simply huge. I could have suggested the original of this tune by The Lumineers but their version of Ho Hey is brilliant.

Fode Kouyate: Sokho – bishbosh: Hi. My name is bish and I’m a Shazam addict. Here’s an irresistibly infectious tune I heard – and thus identified – emanating from a Medway Towns branch of Nando’s. I know I know, my glamorous life…

Isaac Freeman – You Must Come in at the Bottom – beltway: Even as a totally non religious type, this still resonates with me, a happy little self tribute to the deepest of gospel voices and the place of the bass in God’s creation – I can only get my voice this low after a serious night out, and often I will sing this when hungover to cheer myself up!

Pam Nestor & Joan Armatrading – All the King’s Gardens: goneforeign: A friend from Guyana gave me this album back in ’72, probably because Pam Nestor was also from Guyana. She and JA hooked up as a musical twosome, they produced this album, a first for both of them, Pam Nestor wrote 11 of the 14 songs. The record company rather like Island with Bob chose to make Joan the star and to minimize Pam, causing the two to split up, and that’s why you’ve probably never heard of Pam Nestor. This is one of my favourite earworms from ‘Whatever’s for us’.

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Earworms 30 June 2014

Greetings to LIAB this week, who makes his Earworm debut. Meanwhile I was so engrossed in watching Glastonbury on TV this weekend (and a couple of live bands at the local beer festival), that I’ve left the worms to the last minute.  Now it’s getting on for half past one a.m. and the worms are waiting … here’s wishing you lots of good music, and don’t forget to keep sending those worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Molly Hatchet – Dreams I’ll Never See – DsD: Ali recently bemoaned a lack of noisy ‘worms, and around the same time Amy unwittingly rang a Pavlovian DsD bell with comments about the Allmans and Molly Hatchet. So let’s kill two birds with one stone. Here’s a live song from the latter, rockin’ up the former’s Dreams. It’s a warts’n’all recording from the 1979 Reading Festival.

Horsebastard – Short Controlled Bursts – panthersan: Some people have a strong cup of coffee to wake them up in the morning, others (OK – maybe just me) listen to Horsebastard. Does exactly what it says on the tin……except for the ‘controlled’ bit!

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Chartjunk – carolebristol: This is from the new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks CD and it is pure ‘worm material. It is called Chartjunk and it has a real Steely Dan thing going on, but with Malkmus’ oddity replacing the Dan polish and refinement. Perfect summer music, though.

Band of Skulls – Hoochie Coochie – LIAB: Possibly an overlooked band round these parts, this is off their third album: Himalayan. BoS is a three piece group that come from near me on the south coast and seem to have spent the majority of their time touring. We saw them earlier this year at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and they are due back to their hometown in November. The bassist and vocalist Emma Richardson is also an artist and her work has been used for the band’s album cover shots, very Rorschach Test.

Seiko Oomori – Girl 3 ( according to Google translate) – pairubu: Current J-rock fave, typically “off the wall” ( or “her rocker”) number. I love her voice and her attitude. She’s kind of “punky but pinky”.

Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me by Nina Simone – goneforeign: Nina recorded this in 1958 for her debut album ‘Little Girl Blue’ on the Bethlehem label – She was 20 at the time and aspiring to be a classical pianist. This is the original recorded version, Bethlehem edited out Nina’s piano solo and released it as a 31/2 minute cut on the album. In 1985 the French label Charly acquired the rights to it and released the entire original version as a 10″ single, it runs 5min. 17 seconds, that’s what I’ve got. It has two great piano sequences by Nina: here it is.

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Earworms 23 July 2014

Firstly, a very warm welcome to Brendan. Secondly, there is such a mix this week that I am at a loss as to what picture to head it with – so we have a sunrise, in honour of the longest day on the 21st June.  And thirdly, as always, please send any spare worms to earworm@tincanland.com. Thank you!

Phil Ochs – Rehearsals for Retirement – Brendan: Phil Ochs wrote songs of variable quality, but I think this special. Written when he was disillusioned with politics, depressed about the comparative failure of his career, and possibly running out of enthusiasm for life, I find this kind of bare testimony endlessly moving. http://grooveshark.com/#!/search?q=phil+ochs+rehearsals+for+retirement

Neneh Cherry and The Thing – Accordion – abahachi: Still on my Neneh kick; this one is not from her brilliant current album but from the equally brilliant previous album with Swedish free jazz trio The Thing doing left-field covers – here, turning a two-minute Madvillain track into a six-minute epic.

Come Sunday – Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington – goneforeign: In 1943 Duke Ellington wrote a suite titled ‘Black, Brown and Beige’, music dedicated to the struggles of blacks in America. It was performed at Carnegie Hall, fulfilling a lifetime’s aspiration for Duke. Part of the first movement was a gospel piece that Duke wrote specifically for Mahalia Jackson, it’s titled ‘Come Sunday’, here ’tis. For brevity I’ve edited out the orchestral segment.

Otis Rush – Your Turn To Cry – tincanman: Similar to prose, a musical phrase is a group of notes which stands on its own and cannot be changed without affecting a greater whole; a sentence or melody, verse or pararaph, chapter or song. Otis Rush’s phrasing here is about as good as it gets.

Louvin Brothers – Plenty of Everything – pairubu: There are a lot of bargains around at the moment, notably multi-disc box sets of older material. One such being a Louvin Brothers selection box that consists of 8 of their albums (for about a tenner!) Country harmonies at their best.

Givers – Up Up Up – Fuel:  Afropop from New Orleans via Talking Heads and Dirty Projectors.

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Earworms 16 June 2014

“A poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.” (Percy Bysshe Shelley). Discuss. And keep those bittersweet worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com, with a couple of lines to say why you’re sending them. Thanks!

Motel Blues – Loudon Wainwright – goneforeign: I think Loudon is one of the most sensitive and articulate songwriters around, he’s written more songs about real human issues than most. This is one of them, from his 1972 second album, it deals with the reality of the lonely life on the road, staying in cheap motels, eating in middle America coffee shops, night after night as a striving young musician.

Hobocombo – All Is Loneliness – abahachi: Another unusual cover version; here, an Italian trio inspired by the music of avant-garde composer and street musician Moondog (hence their name) tackle a song of his made famous by Janis Joplin…

Elbow – New York Morning – tincanman: The breakthrough Seldom Seen Kid refers to a man who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support the Manchester music scene. This is Guy Garvey’s tribute to a similar man in NYC.

The Teardrop Explodes – Soft Enough for You – beltway: From when everything Julian Cope touched turned to melodic gold, this is a hypnotic, dark little number with a lovely piano and string arrangement, and that “changing, changing changing” refrain will get stuck in your head for weeks…

Invisible Twin – Trouble – aliM: Another band who sent a sample of their music to Earworms. Dreampop from Mario and Rose Suau, a married couple from Detroit. Lovely haunting vocal (I’m getting soft in my old age) – I can forgive the synthesised sound.

The Hidden Cameras – Boys of Melody – bishbosh: Practically any song off any of their albums could class as an earworm, IMHO – they’re one of the most consistently catchy bands going. But this track from their debut, The Smell of Our Own, is possibly their most lovely.

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Earworms 9 June 2014

Get your dancing shoes on this week, and let the good times roll – ‘Spill points if you can identify the ‘Spillers above, without offending anybody. When you’ve finished, please keep the earworms rolling on in to earworm@tincanland.

Louisiana Funky Butts Brass Band – Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler – CaroleBristol: OK, this is the Louisiana Funky Butts Brass Band with Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler. This is a nice slinky, Cajun-style tune with some nice down ‘n’ dirty horn playing and great syncopation. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Royaltones – Hong Kong Jelly Wong – pairubu: Discovered by accident on i-Tunes, how could anyone resist a song with a title like that ? It’s Doo-Wop, 50s I suspect and totally wonderful.

Dave Alvin – Ashgrove – tincanman: Everyone had a club where their young ears and musical sensibilities (or insensibilities) were informed, and most of them seem closed now. In L.A.subversives met to play folk, blues and rock and roll at the Ash Grove. http://bit.ly/1kqGMOB.

Peter Tsotsi & Nashil Pichen – Pole Musa – beltway: A big hit in Kenya from the late 60s from this influential duo, the influence of Western Guitar pop is evident but it is very much of its place and time and is just so cheer inducing it should have you grinning from ear to ear all the way through.

Dana Valery – You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies – bishbosh: A sassy, brassy, ever so slightly camp take on the Simon & Garfunkel song. Always gets my toes tapping – and that “You don’t begin to comprehend” never fails to raise a smirk.

The Tommy Ladnier Orchestra – Really the Blues – goneforeign: In 1938 the French jazz critic Hugues Panassie was so concerned that the then trend towards big band jazz would cause the original New Orleans style to become obsolete and forgotten, he came to New York to assemble a group of the finest N.O. players still alive and to record them for posterity. The group was led by trumpeter Tommy Ladnier and featured Sidney Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow. The set of recordings became known as the Panassie Sessions. Here’s my favorite, Really the Blues with Bechet on soprano and clarinet. By some odd circumstance, when I was 14, I found myself backstage at the only Sidney Bechet performance ever in London, talking to him, I’ve no idea how I got there. He was not the god like figure I’d anticipated, what I remember is a smelly old man.

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Earworms 2 June 2014

The sacred and the profane for you today – accompanied by Dionysus, who was the only hilarious god I could find. Do keep those .mp3 worms flowing to earworm@tincanland.com, with a couple of lines to say why you’re sending them. Thanks to all.

Laibach – The Whistleblowers – beltway: A track from the new Laibach album! I know that they divide opinion, but you can’t deny how firmly this song plants itself in your mind – many of the usual Laibach elements are here – a martial beat, words that fit as easily as totalitarian rhetoric as pop lyrics (perhaps subverting both), but this is the most poppy thing they’ve done – it’s been on a loop for most of the last couple of weeks for me.

Maria McKee – You Gotta Sin To Get Saved – DsD: Someone (Bish?) recently pondered on the subject of “favourite Maria McKee song”. This would probably be mine. Ideally, heard played live’n’loud, in a small club, where I’m in the middle, swaying, arms round each other, of a happily-drunk-but-still-enthusiastically-singing-along crowd comprising you lot. Oh and someone keep hold of Chris, before he decides the camaraderie is all too much for him, and tries to sneak out the back! Yoo-ur all my besh mates, yunno?

Doo Wap (That Thing) – Quantic y Anita Tijoux – albahooky: Here’s one from the talented Mr. Holland joined by Anita Tijoux – who, if I remember correctly, was recommended on the ‘Spill a few summers ago. A cheeky wee 45 that puts a Cumbia spin on a Lauren Hill tune. Muy bueno!

Al Wilson – The Poor Side of Town – tincanman: Despite valiant efforts by the Eels and Walkabouts, no one has yet gotten everything out of this superbly written song. This is the best version, marginally; the door is wide open music world.

Regina Spektor – Laughing With – treefrogdemon: I saw Regina Spektor in concert a couple of years ago and I was a bit disappointed, to be honest, because though I liked the first couple of songs she did, the rest of them seemed very much of the same thing. She should have done this one. It’s a thinker, all right.

Alpha Blondy – Jerusalem – goneforeign: Blondy is probably the most popular reggae artist in Africa, he’s from the Ivory Coast. He’s a very political artist and sings in many languages, his native language is Dioula. In1986, he recorded “Jerusalem” at the Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica with The Wailers, he attempts to promote unity between the religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity in that conflict torn region.

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Earworms 26 May 2014

 

Apparently we’re a bit stressed this week, I suggest you turn up the volume and get it all out of your system. Failing that, come and have a Bank Holiday beer or two with me. Please keep the earworms coming to earworm@tincanland.com, otherwise I’ll get stressed too.

Liars – Grown Men Don’t Fall In The River Just Like That – panthersan: I’ve been going back to Liars’ first album this week in anticipation of their new one and rediscovering how I felt 13 years ago when I sauntered into Edge World Records in Brighton one Saturday morning and asked to listen to the import LP with the cool artwork and ridiculously long name that I had spotted in the racks.

Scarfo – ELO – severin: Scarfo were a 1990s British band who never really got the recognition they deserved. They featured Nick Pryor who later joined Part Chimp and Jamie Hince who went on to form The Kills (not The Killers). This was released as a single in 1997 and is rather good.

Gun – Long Road – Darcey’s Dad: Hands up everyone who heard that riff intro and immediately thought ” Thatsh a Cher shingle, shoorly!” Well, no it wasn’t, but there is a famous female singer on the backing vocals. A Spill pint a’heavie if you can identify her.

Kate Bush – Get Out of My House – debbym: I wanted to include something by Kate Bush now she’s announced the (static) ‘tour’. I was thinking of ‘Get Out Of My House’, the last track on ‘The Dreaming’, It’s got all the ingredients I love about Kate Bush, silly voices, screaming et al!

Billy Joel – Pressure – beltway: My ongoing attempts to rehabilitate the reputation of Billy Joel amongst the musical cognoscenti continues with putting this great tense song of his forward for earworm consideration – it really is a quality number – I always thought that if an angry “Plastic Ono Band” era John Lennon teamed up with a gloomy “Visitors” era Björn Ulvaeus, this is the sort of song they might come up with. Pressure!

Scotty – Draw your Brakes – goneforeign: Some of you may remember Scotty from a reggae tune I posted here some time back, ‘Skank in Bed’, a reworking of Dusty Springfield’s hit, Breakfast in Bed, he recorded it with Lorna Bennett. It was typical of his style as is this one, ‘Draw your Brakes’, it was featured in the film ‘The Harder they Come’.

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Earworms 19 May 2014

Only five worms this week? That’s ‘cos mine is rather long, in honour of my 100th ‘Spill post.
As a reminder, an earworm is a tune that you can’t get out of your head, but it could also be something that you just want to share. Please send YOUR worms along to earworm@tincanland.com: (.mp3 is the preferred format but I can convert .wma and .m4a files). Thank you!

Abigail Washburn – Bring Me My Queen – tincanman: Banjoist-singer-songwriter and sinophile Washburn lets Chinese folk wander among her American compositions. That’s a guzheng, she’s snuck in there. (I had tickets to see Washburn and hubby Bela Fleck in May but couldn’t go. :-( )

Megson – Follow It On – tfd: such a sad, sad song and Deb Hanna’s beautiful voice (sobs) to boot. I’ve just acquired Megson’s new(ish) live album and this is on it; like it even better than the studio version.

Orchestra Baobab – Boulmamine – beltway: A great record from Senegalese legends Orchestra Baobab, one of their classic recordings from the early 80s where their sound is firmly rooted in West African pop but with just enough of a hint of their early fascination with Cuban rhythm. This is an earworm for dancing to!

Kaïsa – To Ndje – goneforeign: I have only two cuts by this lady who’s from Cameroon, both on compilations, the first, “O Si Keka” was well received as an earworm some time back, here’s the other.

Thomas Tallis – Peter Phillips & the Tallis Scholars – Spem in Alium – AliM: Or Spem in AliM? This beautiful motet was written in 1570, for 40 voices, starting with just one voice. Wikipedia gives the history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spem_in_alium, but Chris might be able to explain how/why it is so amazing.

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Earworms 12 May 2014

 

Something of a menagerie this week with dinosaurs and tigers running amok. Hope you find something to get your teeth into – meanwhile, please keep sending those spare worms to earworm@tincanland.com. Thank you!

Dinosaur L – Go Bang! – Albahooky: Here’s one from the late, great Arthur Russell which encapsulates all that is good in dance music, and here in its original form with that subversive aesthetic of early 80’s New York.

Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite – CaroleBristol: I keep hearing this on 6Music all the time. It has a lot of echoes of other things, like Bowie’s ‘V2 Schneider’, for example, but it manages to be it’s own thing at the same time. I find it almost insanely catchy. Those motorik rhythms are great.

C2C – Down the Road – debbym: This was a huge hit here last summer and was straight back in my head the moment the Spring sunshine broke through. I don’t normally go for electronica/sampling etc, but I saw these guys on French TV when they were world champion DJ team and they do a good show.

Emmy the Great – Dinosaur Sex – Shoegazer: How did I forget this when we did RRSA Lizards?

Young Tiger – Calypso Be – severin: Young Tiger (George Browne to his friends) liked jazz but wasn’t convinced by bebop. Fortunately he had a very entertaining way of saying so.

Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra – Black and Blue – goneforeign: Many people think of Louis based only on the pop records of his later life. As a young man he was the guiding force in jazz, he almost invented it. Here’s a piece from July 1929 where he plays and sings about the black condition in America, it’s from a Harlem production ‘Hot Chocolates’, it’s Black and Blue recorded for the OKeh label.

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Earworms 5 May 2014

Well, it’s May Day Bank Holiday here in the UK, and we have some laid-back and slightly wistful offerings to ease you in gently. Wherever you are, take time out to have a listen, and don’t forget to send those nagging earworms to earworm@tincanland.com. Many thanks.

The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin – debbym: Caught TheBoyWonder listening to the Moody Blues and was immediately transported back to when I was his age and this was still the number one slow dance no matter what party you found yourself at. May still be for all I know, do kids still smooch these days?

Deaf Havana – Caro Padre – DsD: It’s almost time for the annual gathering of the Clayton boys at our Dad’s for his now traditional birthday barbeque. Can’t wait. In the meantime, imagine if Mike & the Mechanics’ The Living Years had instead been written by a bunch of new millennial heavy rock student buddies … oh.

Midlake – The Old and the Young – CaroleBristol: Midlake is a band that never really registered with me in the past. I am only just getting to grips with their music, once again thanks to BBC 6Music. This track is from their latest album, “Antiphon”, which I am probably going to have to buy.

Timber Timbre – This Low Commotion – glassarfemptee: Canadian outfit Timber timbre have a new album out (Hot dreams). I find them refreshingly different and unpigenholeable (is that a word?). Jon Dennis describes them as like a soundtrack for a David Lynch western. I also love Taylor Kirk’s hard edged (with a slick of honey) voice. Here’s a track that illustrates their USP nicely.

Rubus – Golden Ball – Zalamanda: A variant on Child 95 (The Maid Freed From the Gallows), this has really caught the attention of my children (ages 7 and 9). I like it, too.

Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D –  goneforeign:  a German Baroque composer, who  died  March 9, 1706, 70 years before the US got established!  When I first heard this I thought it was by Bach but no, he preceded Bach by a generation. Wiki tells me that I’m late to the game, it’s been used and sampled by lots of contemporary ‘artists’.

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Earworms 28 April 2014

Well, be careful what you wish for, daddypig … this week’s set is definitely eclectic – taking us from primordial ooze to Jah himself. Or herself, depending on your point of view. Anyway, have at ye and keep sending those worms to earworm@tincanland.com. Many thanks to all.

Mudhoney – Chardonnay (Live) – panthersan: The return of Mudhoney has been nothing short of triumphant and they seem much better now than they were the first time around. In this short, sweet number he really really doesn’t like Chardonnay!!

The Sugarcubes – Birthday – CaroleBristol: This is the Icelandic version of “Birthday” by The Sugarcubes. I am sure that this was most people’s introduction to Bjork, it was certainly mine and this song never fails to excite me. No one else does what Bjork does.

Wakey! Wakey! – Crazy – debbym: I love this cover, with its minimal piano intro and heartfelt vocals and wild, wild strings. I believe they’re way crazier than Gnarls Barkley.

Redhead Kingpin & The FBI – Do The Right Thing – DsD: DANG, but this is a stubborn little worm. Been refusing to leave my head since the Elastic Bands R-week. I refuse to be infected on my own.

Disrupt – Selassi I Continually – Shoegazer: New series: Dubtronica

Dennis Brown – The Existence of Jah – goneforeign: Another Jamaican Rasta song about Jah, this one by Dennis Brown, possibly the most popular singer in Jamaica during the 80’s, a serious and dedicated Rastaman. I love the bassline in this song, it’s by Lloyd Parks, probably Jamaica’s greatest bassist.

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Earworms 21 April 2014

This ‘new’ playlist format is great, it actually works! I hope you’ve all managed to have some sort of refreshing break over the Easter period and that these tunes will brighten your day. Thanks to all for your contributions; please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Neil Young – The Needle and the Damage Done – debbym: I have never understood how anyone could voluntarily turn to the needle (I still don’t look when I’m having an injection) but I’ve always loved this song and I thought it was time we gave it a listen again.

Nanci Griffith – Waiting For Love – daddypig: I first bought the album Blue Roses From The Moons because it includes a version of I Fought The Law.  It came to be constantly-played on MummyP’s and my first holiday together, touring around the Yorkshire coast and North York Moors. This is the track I’ve listened to the most since then, and features Sonny Curtis and Joe B. Mauldin from her fellow-Texans, The Crickets.

John Cougar Mellencamp – Check It Out – DsD: I’ve got the Best Man job at a friend’s wedding next month. This will actually be the second time for the same bloke. When he first got married twenty-odd years ago, I quoted from this song in my speech. Whilst putting together an SD card (for the car stereo over his stag weekend), I played this six hours after the nomination deadline for RRSA Words – first line: D’OH!

John Cale – Half Past France – goneforeign: Well one thing that the “All time favorite album” post led to was much overlooked and forgotten music.  I finally did a search through the vinyl and you’d be amazed at how much good stuff turned up, like this long forgotten gem from the album Paris 1919 from 1973, a great album: If you don’t know it you should check it out on Spotty.

The Low Anthem – This God Damn House – Mnemonic: I had a couple of lines of this going through my head the other night and I couldn’t sleep until I remembered where they were from.  Dan Lefkowitz, who wrote it, has since embarked on a solo career but he still includes it in his live set.

Andrew Cedermark – Canis Major – glassarfemptee: I know almost nothing about Andrew Cedermark, bar that he hails from Noo Joy-zee. But boy, this song is a doozy. I love everything about it, not least the woozy guitar. Hope you do too.’

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Earworms 14 April 2014 – Hoppy Easter

You can’t have Easter without a bunny, and you can’t have earworms without music, so thank you very much for your contributions. Another eggclectic mix to get you hopping around; don’t be chicken! Please keep sending your worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Reverend Gary Davis – I am the Light of This World – Steenbeck: I can’t stop listening to this. I love everything about it, particularly the lines, “I’ve got fiery fingers, I’ve got fiery hands, and when I get to heaven I’m gonna be in that fiery band.”

BINTA – One Mistake Too Many – debbym : Our neighbour’s daughter, a couple of years older than TheBoyWonder, involved in a local hip-hop project. I prefer it when she sings gospel, but I thought, why not give the kids an international audience when you can?!

The Tempos – See You In September – daddypig:  The American Graffiti soundtrack album has been a family car journey favourite for a few years now.  This harmonious ode to teenage uncertainty seems to have a vacancy for a “cha-cha-cha” at the end, that we feel compelled to fill.

Tshala Muana – Tshikunda – Zaire – goneforeign: After some  early success in the 70’s Tshala moved to Paris where she championed the Mutuashi rhythms and Tshiluba language which limited her popularity at home where the rumba and Lingala ruled. But her choice mattered little to International audiences, unschooled in Congo’s ethnic politics they embraced her music and sustained her popularity.

Sidi Bou Said – Twilight Eyes – beltway: A lovely track from a vastly underrated, very literate 90’s all girl indie pop trio Sidi Bou Said, ace pop, needs to be better known!

Dream Bitches – Maniacal Mechanic – Shoegazer: From the funky females of post-punk series.

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Earworms 7 April 2014

Thanks to everyone for topping-up the wormbank, please keep ‘em coming – we have an arresting selection this week. It includes a track from Coldplay which seems appropriate for a spot of conscious uncoupling – sad really, but I suspect I’m holding the minority view here. May we indulge in a warm group hug for debbym, please. Anyway, take it away, Eric the orchestra leader, and please send your spare worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Everything but the Girl – I Must Confess – Albahooky: It’s the 30th anniversary of their first LP ‘Eden’, 30-odd minutes of musical perfection that I’ve recently got reacquainted with. Here’s a nice bossa from it which has everything you could ever want or need from a 3 minute song. Sublime.

Joan As Policewoman – Holy City – CaroleB: I’ve not ever really followed the music of Joan As Policewoman, but BBC6 Music has been playing this new single a lot and I think it is hugely catchy. It is so good, I need to share it, even though it sounds like a tribute to the BBC TV series, Holby City.

The Beach Boys – Summer’s Gone – daddypig: The last song on their 50th anniversary reunion album, from 2012, That’s Why God Made The Radio.  There are whispers in the surf that we’re getting old, and Brian Wilson, disregarding Dylan Thomas, is going gentle towards that good night.

Any Trouble – Playing Bogart (slow version) DsD: I’m fairly sure it’s tfd I have to thank for this. Can’t remember how it came up, but having “meh”ed the faster version of the song that I heard first, I was informed of the existence of this one, which is more  to my [late-night] liking. 

Tito Paris – Otilia Otilio – goneforeign: I’m always amazed by artists from Cabo Verde. It’s an African island nation 400 miles off the coast of Senegal, the language is Portuguese and the music is unique, unlike anything else anywhere in Africa.

Coldplay – The Scientist – debbym: Life has been throwing things my way of late and in the moments I get really wobbly I have two lines from this song on permanent replay: ‘Nobody said it was easy/No-one ever said it would be this hard’ – and it’s particularly annoying that I have Coldplay in my head. This is YOUR cue to send in some kick-ass, don’t just sit there moping worms ;-)

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Your Earworms Needs You! 31 March 2014

I prepared this in advance when the worm-bank was low, so I’ve included two tracks from artists who’ve sent in samples of their music. There’s also a ‘compare and contrast’ pairing from Debby. We still have some juicy worms from goneforeign, debbym, zala, daddypig, claire and ghe, but we can make room for more! If you haven’t sent one for a while, please dispatch any willing recruits to earworm@tincanland.com. Many thanks to everyone.

Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake – debbym: I was surprised when TheBoyWonder told me ‘Cry Me A River’ had been recorded by Justin Timberlake. It is, of course, a completely different song to the Julie London standard, but I can understand why the young’un’s like it. I’m not too keen on the sound effects at the beginning, but I find it grows on me.

Cry Me A River – Julie London – debbym: The original and best!

Changes – Nancy Tucker – goneforeign: A Phil Ochs song, one of his best I think. It’s the story of all of our lives, like Ripple and The Circle Game and quite a few more.  I don’t think that Phil Ochs got the appreciation that he deserved in his life which ended so tragically and far too soon.

The Mary Onettes – Naive Dream – Ali: “Indie dream pop” band from Sweden, according to Wiki., which says their influences include The Stone Roses and The Cure. This is a single from their recent album, “Portico”.

Neko Case, Ragtime – Zalamanda: I suppose that it snows quite a lot in Canada, and maybe the snow always does go sideways in the city (why only in the city, though?). Ms. Case seems to have put the song together from a few impressions and, while it doesn’t actually make much sense logically, it certainly sticks in the mind – and, I dare to suggest, makes a lot of sense artistically.

Cosmo Sheldrake – The Moss – Ali: according to The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/20/cosmo-sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist (he plays about 30 instruments) and producer. He is very young and very talented; this is his first single. Warning: it’s catchy.

Earworms 24 March 2014

Only in the mysterious Land Of Earworms could we go from the tender and beautiful Birdy to Mario Lanza, in one sitting. It’s a strange journey, but enjoyable nonetheless. To help us embark on the next, please send more worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Birdy – Strange Birds – glassarfemptee: Birdy is a local (to me) songstress, great-niece of Dirk Bogarde. Whilst she has charted in the UK, she seems better known in Oz than here, but can do some great pop, like the anthemic Wings. Here she is with Strange Birds (another song with a ghost connection).

Neneh Cherry – Dossier – Abahachi: I’m currently finding all but one or two of the songs on Neneh’s new Blank Project album to be thoroughly earwormy. This is one of of the jollier numbers; no depressive metaphors, no strange bleating noises and no angsty songs about menstruation, just a heart-warming tale of boy shyly meets girl, to tempt you in for the harder stuff…

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Akosua – Albahooky: Here’s an uplifting tune from the wonderful Georgia Anne helping us to a higher level of consciousness  – you gotta get it in ya soul!

Kodachrome – Paul Simon – goneforeign: I’m not a huge fan of Kodachrome even though I’ve shot a few hundred rolls, much prefer Ektachrome or Agfachrome of which I’ve shot thousands! But I am a fan of Paul Simon who just doesn’t get enough airplay hereabouts. From 1973 and I’ll drink to “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” None of that helped me with Ektachrome. Did you know that Kodachrome was invented and patented by two NY high school chemistry teachers, Kodak had been working on it for years.

Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit – Ali: This is another one of those worms that has been around for a while but passed me by, until I heard it in the Co-op … sang it all the way home and subsequently downloaded it. “Tum ti tum … Fill your water tank …”  Soon, you’ll be humming it too.

Mario Lanza – The Drinking Song (from The Student Prince) – beltway: This is a song I’ve know for ages mostly through a Joseph Locke album that my mum had in our house, but a few months back I heard this Mario Lanza version played by John Lydon (of all people) on a Radio 6 show he was presenting and it really grabbed me as a top notch pop song, a proper sing-a-long at the top of your voice thing – and you have to remember, this was premiered when America was in the middle of prohibition, so it’s even got an element of punky defiance in there too.

Earworms 17 March 2014

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” (Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray). Discuss. And please send more worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Absentee – We Should Never Have Children – DsD: When I gurued RRSA Faces, I had a handful of songs I was definitely going to grant a Guru’s Pet A-Pass to. Trouble is, only one of them was actually nominated! I subsequently mentioned most of them (Creed, DCFC, Sass Jordan) post-deadline, but this one just flat refuses to leave my head. I dare say you all know it, but if I don’t find a way to tip it out of my ear soon, it’s going to drive me crazy. I’ve already caught myself singing the opening line when in the same room as DsMam … the consequences of her jumping to the wrong conclusion don’t bear thinking about!

Dollshead: It’s Over It’s Under (Brothers in Rhythm remix) – Abahachi: There was a time when my only exposure to contemporary non-jazz came from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Been re-watching it recently as a means of relaxing a bit, and it was good to be reminded how good some of the music was. Had forgotten this one, as it failed to make it onto the soundtrack album…

Space – Magic Fly – beltway: The near universal adulation that Daft Punk received for their releases last year made me long for the days when French Electropop had a classier, more mysterious edge and revisit some 70’s classics – here’s the fantastic Magic Fly by Space (not the scouse band) – amazes me how fresh and modern this sounds – not sure if it is ahead of its time or that things just haven’t moved on as much as much as I feel they ought to have!

Olivier Libaux & Emiliana Torrini – Go With The Flow – shoegazer – A totally brilliant QOTSA cover from (you’ve guessed it) – the unexpected covers series.

Matt Stevens – Ghost – glassarfemptee: I ‘collect’ ghost songs, and recently added this instrumental from Matt Stevens (after a tip off from tfd). Whenever I see someone ‘live looping’ I am astonished and delighted at the sheer ingenuity of it.

Milonga Del Angel by Astor Piazzolla – goneforeign: Milonga could refer to a style of tango or a place where tango is danced. This is the great classic Piazzolla quintet, I think they’re fabulous. It’s from the 1987 NY Central Park Concert, Astor plays lead on bandoneon, Pablo Zeigler on piano, Fernando Suarez Paz on violin, Horacio Malvicino on electric guitar and Hector Console on bass. Close your eyes.

Earworms 10 March 2014

Feeling a bit fruity this week? Or maybe just nuts? Well, this little selection might help you decide, one way or the other. Many thanks to all our generous contributors; please continue to send your wonderful worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

The Crystal Method v The Doors – Roadhouse Blues Remix – Shoegazer: A welcome flash from the Shoey archives, this is another from the ‘unexpected covers’ series.

Desperate Journalist- Organ – Bethnoir: Desperate Journalist are from North London, they’re a bit post-punk, a bit goth so no surprise that I enjoy their female vocals with noisy backing sound, this is their single from Nov 2013.

The Clint Boon Experience – Do What You Do (Earworm Song) – glassarfemptee: I came across this in my iTunes today – the only song I know that actually calls itself an earworm. Not convinced myself, but have a listen and see what you think…

Francis Bebey – New Track – Albahooky: Here’s a tune from the late Cameroonian artist of whom I know very little about, but seems to have a firm grip on what was wanted & required: “Bananas, more freedom and dance on the new track”. No change there then.

Lloyd Price – Coconut Woman – beltway: This is one of the greatest and catchiest pop records ever made, a perfect bit of Calypso – once heard never forgotten and you will be singing it for a month.

Ayamafele – Kandia Kouyate – goneforeign: From her album Kita Kan which in her native Maninka language means “the voice of Kita”, a historic town in western Mali. Kandia Kouyate is one of the foremost voices of Mali. Basing herself on the tradition of the “griot”, she has created her own style, she is a “jelimuso”, a female griot. She’s a ‘praise singer’ and in the early ’80’s, to show his appreciation, Babani Sissoko, a very wealthy Malian,  gave her a Lear Jet, a Nissan car and about $35,000; she’s one of the wealthiest women in Africa.

Earworms 3 March 2014

We’re breezing into March with another eclectic set – you lot never cease to surprise me with the variety of worms you send in. Thanks to all, and keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime – Albahooky: Alright we all love the original, but I’m always partial to a re-edit when it can keep the groove going like this.

Beastellabeast – The Final Mistake -Shoegazer : Another stunner from the funky females of post punk series.

We Major – Kanye West– Magicman: This is from Kanye’s 2nd album “Late Registration” and is a wonderfully produced slab of punchy pop with a celebrated verse by Nas. “High over the ground instead of skyscraper, too low making you local, c’mon homie We Major, We Major”.

David Fenton – Fresh Air – DsD: I was reminded of this song –  Fenton was the lead singer of The Vapors – when guruing RRSA Faces. Hadn’t heard it for years, decades even! 7″ single is in the pile on the shelf above my head as I sit at my desk, so I blew the dust off, played it, and now have the wormy snippet “…aqualung, aqualung…” stuck in my head. D’oh!

Andy Stott – Luxury Problems – Fuel: I love Andy Stott’s “Luxury Problems” because of the hypnotic undertow to the song and the way it develops and never gets boring due to its constant shifting of sound and beat.

Lee Perry – Dreadlocks in Moonlight – goneforeign: Originally from the 1970’s film “Countryman”, directed by Dickie Jobson and structured around a St. Anne’s Bay fisherman called of all things – Countryman! It’s almost like a documentary of his life. It features my old mate Basil Keane playing the bad guy and is full of reggae. This film is dedicated to Bob Marley and the Wailers whose words and music inspired it, it must be on YouTube, go and see it.

Earworms 24 February 2014

Some thought-provoking music for you this week, and a welcome return from beltway who has taken time out from caring for a new arrival to send some earworms for our delectation. Many congratulations to the beltways! Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to send more worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Mirabai Ceiba – Guru Ram Das – DebbyM: My little sis sent me this mantra for compassion and healing at one of the more stressful times in my life. I don’t often pay too much attention to her yoga obsession, but when I gave this a listen I was astonished to find it soothing rather than irritating. Wanna give it a try?

Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats – AliM: Debby’s track is pretty hard to follow but this sprang to mind – “Ten days of perfect tunes” – cover of original by The Knife.

Dobet Gnahore – Abiani (Ivory Coast) – goneforeign: In sub-Saharan Africa, music is an essential social activity for all members of the community. Women have always played an essential role in the preservation of African culture. From lullabies sung to sleepy children to chants of celebration, women are important bearers of tradition.

Moon Taxi – Morocco – glassarfemptee: The incessant foul weather means I was grabbed by the first line of this song from Moon Taxi – “So sick and tired of the pouring rain,  I took a train to Morocco just to kill the pain”.

John K. Samson – Cruise Night – Fuel: John K Samson is the main man in The Weakerthans. Cruise Night is a bonafide earworm for me. Indie pop with a singalong chorus.

The Pale Fountains – Thank You – beltway: Another one from my extensive collection of early ’80’s Scouse New Wave bands, but aurally and spiritually this one steps straight from the glory days of ’60’s pop with it’s big sentimental melody, lush strings, choral backing and sympathetic brass and woodwind. Such a sweet and lovely song, anachronistic maybe, but an unjustly neglected classic.

Earworms 17 February 2014

A funky and eclectic collection for you this week; many thanks to everyone who has sent in their worms; please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Dr John – It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing – daddypig: From the album Duke Elegant, in which Mr Rebennack takes Duke Ellington tunes and applies Hammond Organ and a funky rhythm section.

Farley Jackmaster Funk – Love Can’t Turn Around – bishbosh: Darryl Pandy camping it up in a spangly blue top while bellowing his way through this song is one of my favourite ’80s Top of the Pops memories. Still think the track sounds amazing.

Mogwai – Repelish – abahachi: Mogwai’s sense of humour is generally under-rated, but this track, complete with vocalisation of the famous (alleged) backwards masking on ‘Stairway to Heaven’, justifies the price of their new album all on its own.

Camille YarbroughAll Hid – Fuel: Camille Yarbrough is poetic, intense and funky.

Cuban Brothers – Ace of Spades – Shoegazer: Another ace from the Shoey archives, this one is from the ‘unexpected covers’ series.

Brent Dowe: Down Here in Babylon – goneforeign: Brent Dowe made his mark on Jamaican popular music as lead singer with the Melodians, one of the most consistently popular harmony groups of the 1960s and 1970s, he went on to a solo career and worked with almost every Jamaican producer of that period including Lee Perry, with whom he recorded the censorious “Down Here in Babylon”. Released as a 7″ single in 1975.

Earworms 10 February 2014

A little tenderness; a little funkiness; a little frollicking and some passive-aggressive behaviour – it must be Valentine’s week! Hope you all have a happy Valentine’s day on Friday, and for those who don’t subscribe I’ll see you in the King’s Head at Friday lunch time – mine’s a pint. Thanks to all and please send LOTS more worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

The Miserable Rich – Boat Song – BethNoir: The first is by a Brighton chamber pop quintet who I’ve only just noticed, written for the vocalist’s mother who was worried about getting older, it’s quite lullaby-like, I think.

Kiila – Viisi Hirvasta – Fuel: Kiila’s Viisi Hirvasta (Five elk) is freak folk music from Finland. Standing tall and proud at the edge of a forest before frollicking away and disappearing from view.

Kim Churchill – Coded In Concrete – severin: I saw this Australian guy last year supporting Billy Bragg. Just him and a guitar but what a sound. Absolutely blew the crowd away. I chose another faster track of his called “Season’s Grind” as my Festive Spill number one track of the year. This is by way of contrast but still earwormy imho.

Bush Tetras – Can’t Be Funky -Shoegazer: Cleaning up my tune archives (3 months so far, & I’ve gotten through A-C). Anyway, saved a few tunes that may be worm worthy for some.  Will try to save a few more as the epic quest through the alphabet continues, but don’t hold your breath. Here’s 1 from the funky females of post punk series…

Etta James – I Just Wanna Make Love To You – AliM: You can keep the washing and the baking but the love-making sounds cool.

Louis and Ella – Cheek to Cheek – goneforeign: Louis and Ella recorded this in 1956 for the Verve label. Verve was founded by jazz impresario Norman Granz who was also Ella’s manager. They are backed by the Oscar Peterson quartet, Oscar  on piano, Ray Brown [Ella's husband] on bass, Herb Ellis guitar. and Buddy Rich on drums and Louis quietly plays his horn behind Ella. This was probably the album that introduced me to Ella and made me a lifelong fan.