Well the lights may be going out on RR, but the community continues. Here are two songs to cheer you up and spur you on, and three to make you sit back and reflect on the gloriousness of friendship, community, and music. Thanks to all you stars for your musical contributions; please keep them coming to email@example.com.
Maria de Lourdes – Huapango Torero – goneforeign: I love Mariachi music, it’s wonderful to see it performed especially in Mexico. The voice, the strings, the brass and the outfits are a wonderful combination.
El Twanguero – Coco Zoot Suit – Ravi Raman: I picked up this album quite by mistake, while searching for more music by Royal Crown Revue. Luckily as it turns out. The album is called Pachuco and is by a Spanish musician called Diego Garcia. I don’t have much of this type and would love some pointers from the ‘Spillers.
Theo Bleckmann – Dream of Sheep – abahachi: If there’s a competition for ‘successful artists who are rarely covered’ then I imagine Kate Bush is a serious contender – the songs are so bound up with the performance that it would be a brave or foolish singer to put forward their own version. Here’s an exception, and maybe the fact that a man is singing the songs makes it easier to separate them from the original: the German jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann, whom I know from his appearance on Julia Huelsmann’s 2015 Kurt Weill album, who dedicated his ‘Hello Earth’ record in 2011 to Bush’s music.
Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Four – glasshalfempty: Berlin meets Reykjavik is a marriage made in ambient heaven. Here’s Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, with the magical ‘Four’. Amazingly, there’s a disco remix too, but I’m of an age where the sedative version is fine by me!
David Cross & Robert Fripp – Starless Starlight Loops – AliM: I have a love/hate relationship with Spotify. But dammit, they’ve hard-wormed into my brain with their latest “Discover Weekly” customer-orientated playlist which included this gem from King Crimson veterans David Cross and Robert Fripp, re-visiting the “Starless” theme. This is so beautiful, I can hardly bear it. In fact “I liked it so much, I bought the album”.
Here is the second in an occasional series of retroworms, the first being in June 2015. It seems appropriate to post it here, given the current RR topic of passing time.
My original list included Ghost in the Snow, by Damien Jurado (ghe), and Sekta, by Tarika (Beltway) but I can’t find YT links for these so I’ve dropped them all in the RR box so you can listen to them there. The Katzenjammer track wasn’t an Earworm, but it came from severin and I love it.
The good news is that blimpy has made me a ‘Spill administrator and I’ve upgraded to WordPress Premium, so that we can use the playlist function again. So please continue to top up the Earworm bank by sending your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and next week should be back to normal. If anyone wants to send me a donation … STOP PRESS … cost now covered by me, tfd, carole, severin, mnemonic, chris7572 and ravi – Thank you! I’m glad to get the playlist function back. Toodlepip!
All together now – dum duddle um dum, dum dum, dum dum, duddle um dum dum dum …spies and spectres for you this week, with some blood and shotguns thrown in. Thanks to all contributors; and please keep those unwanted earworms coming in to: email@example.com. Listen to the tracks here (or let me know if the link doesn’t work): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fu3k24cqj8rnxq9/AACp3MCubAvOe2NsYQ_ZqDU0a?dl=0
Radiohead – Spectre – CaroleBristol: This is a track that Radiohead wrote as a potential theme for the latest Bond film, “Spectre” which wasn’t, unfortunately chosen by the film’s production team. The band released it as a free download just after Christmas and I really like it. It is a proper Radiohead ballad.
Stan Getz – Blood Count – goneforeign: One of my early idols playing one of Duke’s compositions; how can you lose, Getz & Duke.
Dyke & The Blazers – Shotgun Slim – tincanman: James Brown-lite but good funk and soul all the same. I was going to tell you the song is about me but figured you’d be dubious about me having a shotgun. (Too right. Ed.)
Toots & The Maytals – 54- 46 That’s My Number – tincanman: Between ska and reggae was rocksteady, distinctions only meaningful to pedants. Freddie ‘Toots’ Hibbert will rival the best soul vocalists – Brown, Otis, Wilson – if you can get past the flat mix.
Ernie Smith – Duppy or a Gunman – goneforeign: Another Jamaican treat, big hit in Kingston. A duppy’s a ghost.
Coldplay – Spies – AliM: Okay so I cheated, this isn’t strictly a worm, but it fits. And although I know you all hate Coldplay, I still like their first album, “Parachutes”, from which this is taken.
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Beth, I’m sorry, but this week is probably not going to be one of your favourites. A couple of cautionary tales here – be careful whose knee you fondle. And just remember, country music aint nothin’ but the blues with a twang. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep those worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to the tracks here:
The Delines – Sirens in the Night – glasshalfempty: The Delines released Scenic Sessions this year. The languid and bleak vignette of ‘Sirens in the night’ is an absolutely typical Willy Vlautin slice of life.
Doug Seegers – Going Down to the River – tincanman: Two years ago Seegers left a homeless shelter in Nashville determined to give sobriety a better chance this time. He was busking, playing this song, when a Swedish documentary maker heard him. Jump ahead a few months and his song tops the Swedish iTunes chart. Jump ahead a few more months and the 62-year-old’s debut album has gone platinum. PROFILE: http://goo.gl/IkLF7b
Shamekia Copeland – Drivin’ Out of Nashville – goneforeign: A blues singer with a country message. “Drivin’ Out Of Nashville,” is about a struggling singer who resorts to extreme measures to combat sexual harassment. Catch the Charlie Pride reference, the only other black, country singer.
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Coulda Shoulda Woulda – tincanman: A Brit with styles ranging from garage to countryabilly, Golightly’s latest album isn’t one to run off to the record shops (?) for. But if you fancy a dance ’round your flat while cleaning up, this title track is just the thing.
Gary Clark, Jr. – Grinder – Ravi Raman: I normally don’t go in for distort heavy guitarists but I like this guy, especially this number from his latest album Story of Sonny Boy Slim which has a very Jimi Hendrix sound.
Louis Berry – 25 Reasons – AliM: This lies somewhere between Dr Feelgood and Paulo Nutini – a young Liverpool artist with much promise. I chose another track, “Rebel”, in the Festive Ones. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/musician-louis-berry-kirkby-named-8960011
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Earworms is restored, if slightly late – thanks to all who deleted files, particularly Blimpy, who has given us more space (the final front-ear?) Unfortunately WordPress will no longer allow me to upload .mp3s for some reason, so here is a link to this week’s thoughtful selection: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mhicn3mujzggw7w/AABhD-Yw9AzhQf4UpGu4yR3Ra?dl=0
Thanks to all contributors and please keep the worms coming to email@example.com.
Otis Taylor – 3 Days And 3 Nights – tincanman: My little girl, she`s slipping away. Jesus will hold your hand. Doctor wouldn`t even let us in. I went home to my cardboard box. Laid my little girl down. Heaven will let us in.
Anouar Brahem – Parfum de Gitane – goneforeign: We had a piece by this Tunisian jazz trio a few years ago, time for another taste. It’s from the album Astrakan Cafe recorded by Manfred Eicher for the ECM label. The instrumentation is oud clarinet and percussion.
Andrew Bird – Far From Any Road (Be My Hand) – glasshalfempty: Andrew Bird had a great album out this year. Some of it is a bit macabre, like this song of the desert.
Ram Sampath; Aruna Sairam; Sona Mohapatra – Aigiri – Ravi Raman: Aruna Sairam is a noted Carnatic singer and this song is a famous prayer sung all around S. India in Durga temples. Ram Sampath has added a rock element to it along with a Hindi love song to create his version of Temple rock.
This Other Kingdom – Sunlight – bethnoir: A Dublin band I stumbled across whilst listening to some prog/psychedelic music, it may not be new but I love their take on it.
John Martyn – Rollin’ Home – AliM: Having rolled home a few times recently, this has been buzzing around in my head. I love it.
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Well, not a great start to the year with the potential demise of Readers Recommend on hand. Let’s hope we can persuade The Graun to keep it going. In the meantime, Earworms continues to boldly go where no worms have gone before. Many thanks to all contributors and please keep those worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Osibisa – Who’s Got the Paper – Ravi Raman: Third album that I bought was this band’s and they were also the first live show (overseas band) that I went to. So when I saw a re-mastered offering I just had to pick it up.
Kass Kass – Mister Oh! – severin: Inspired by Carole I went back to my old NME cassette compilations and listened to this. It’s Congolese, the music style’s called Soukous, it’s from the 80s and that’s about the extent of my knowledge. Except that I like it and I used to sing “Mister O” to my parent’s dog as his name was Oliver.
Venice Trip – Said Too Much – bethnoir: Isn’t this a cute little pop ditty? Not sure if that’s how Venice Trip, a new London band intended it, but I love it.
Roy Orbison – Blue Bayou – goneforeign: I don’t know who originated this song but I discovered it by Linda Rondstadt, and then I bought this album.
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – 52 Hertz – tincanman: The recording of their song might have been a bit more lively, but it’s a clever tearjerker, about a lonely whale. S/he swims hither and fro trying to find other whales who can hear him.
Clive Gregson and Christine Collister – Home Is Where The Heart Is – tfd: I’ve known this song for years and have it on a couple of Richard Thompson bootlegs from the ’80s when Clive and Christine were in his touring band. But the album it’s on (Home And Away) got re-released this year, along with two bonus live CDs, so I thought it was about time I bought it properly and this is my favourite song from it!
Well we’re not quite there yet, but Happy New Year to all of you out in ‘Spill land, hope you are keeping dry and safe. Thank you to everyone who has topped up the worm bank; please keep those worms coming to email@example.com. And lang may yer lum reek.
Jon Hopkins – Immunity – DsD: Hungover and all partied out? Here’s a ten-minute musical equivalent to a lie-down-in-a-darkened-room-with-a-damp-flannel-over-your-face. Rediscovered in the madness of “DsDember”; this – for me – is as therapeutic as music gets.
Dave Rawlings Machine – The Trip – tincanman: ALL ABOARD! We’re going to sit here and think on life for a spell. In about 11 minutes we’ll be pulling in to wherever we’re going.
Box and the Twins – Western Horizon – bethnoir: Sometimes I feel like all the best band names are gone and bands have to resort to a strange mix of words to be different. This band are current and from Cologne, they make dream/darkpop music which I enjoy.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Squeeze – Ravi Raman: Reverting to type here. Fast & skilled guitaring, a clever, thrumming bass line … what’s not to like. Saw them at a music festival here and was hugely impressed.
Eilen Jewell – Hallelujah Band – glasshalfempty: Eilen Jewell (a fave round these parts) had an album out this year, and so from Sundown over ghost town, here’s Hallelujah Band, with a lovely guitar hook.
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Clockface – severin: From their third album, the first one with Budgie on drums, Several different guitarists filling in, this one features Steve Jones. Wordless vocals, more a snippet than a song but it’s always been one of my favourites.