Earworms 15 December 2014

Heaven forbid that Earworms should ever have a theme, but if it did,  this week it would probably be “misspent youth”. I’m sure I had one, once. Anyway, onwards – wrap yer ear’oles round this little lot. And if you can spare a minute from the Christmas rush, please send more worms to earworm@tincanland.com (Christmas worms welcome, by 21 December, please).

Ian Matthews – Road to Ronderlin – goneforeign: This is a genuine earworm, I can’t get it out of my head, actually it’s been there for years, it just pops up every now again. It’s from an album by Matthews Southern Comfort – ‘Later that same year’ from 1970. The singer is Ian Matthews, originally with Fairport Convention. It’s a great album, well worth a search.

Twin Atlantic – Yes I Was Drunk – AliM: Twin Atlantic hail from Glasgow; the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist is called Sam McTrusty. How could you fail to like someone with a name like that? I’ve been bopping around the house to this recently.

Otis Redding – Hard to Handle – AliM: I’ve liked this song for years but only recently discovered that it is sung by Otis Redding. Why didn’t I know that?

Otis Gibbs – With A Gun in My Hand – tincanman: A metaphor about growing up. Twangy but stick with it ’cause we all end up with private thoughts and a gun in our hand.

Plan B – Traded In My Cigarettes – Deanofromoz: Plan B is a UK rap artist – not normally my thing, but on his concept album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, he blends rap with soul music to tell the story of a singer who is imprisoned for rape. It’s an interesting album, one I have surprisingly grown to really love. The album probably has more soul than rap, and Plan B’s voice is quite lovely – with almost a Smokey Robinson quality to it. I know some will say that if they want to hear Smokey they will listen to a Smokey record, but nevertheless I quite enjoy it. To pick up the story of this track, Strickland Banks finds himself in jail and feels insecure and unsafe, so he trades cigarettes to obtain a weapon.

Blume – Western Rust (Interface Remix) – Bethnoir: I’ve found a few industrial samplers lately and this was on one of them. They’re Italian, but don’t sound it. I do enjoy the way the music from all over the place is accessible and the cross pollination that allows it to flourish.

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Earworms December 8 2014

More weird and wonderfulness for you this week, and sincere apologies to Albahooky, because I’ve sat on one of his contributions for a month without realising. Ooops. Anyway, do enjoy and please keep the contributions coming to earworm@tincanland.com – contributions for Christmas worms also welcome.

John Murry – I Need You – tincanman: He’s been to the dark side of life and San Francisco and come back, literally. With grungy guitar help from buddy Chuck Prophet, this is Butterfield psych/punk/blues. Shoulda gone farther, but one makes do.

Tim Rogers – The Paragon Café – Deanofromoz: My Uncle recently passed away, quite unexpectedly. We weren’t particularly close, but it got me thinking about this song. The song has no parallels to my Uncle or me, but it does tell the story of a funeral, and I think it sums it up so very well – the reminiscing of funny stories, people dressing up nicely for the funeral, but people breaking down like dominoes when one person can’t keep the stiff upper lip any longer. I wasn’t playing RR when the topic of funerals was covered, but this would have been a nomination from me for sure. Tim Rogers is the energetic lead singer of Aussie rock band You Am I. When he went for a solo career he went for a more stripped back acoustic type sound. I do realise his voice won’t be for everyone (and sadly, alcohol and possibly more probably haven’t helped it over time) but I still think the lyrics in this one are magnificent and hopefully anyone that has had to travel a great distance for a funeral, or even just attended a funeral can relate in some fashion.

Tindersticks – A Night In – Bethnoir: Sometimes I forget why I first liked the Tindersticks, but this came up on the iPod and reminded me.

John Cale – Paris 1919 – goneforeign: from 1973, a great album: If you don’t know it you should check it out on Spotty.

George Ezra – Budapest – AliM: This 2014 single reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and was also a major hit in Austria and New Zealand, topping the charts in both countries, while additionally reaching the top ten in multiple other countries, including Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, and Switzerland. So catchy.

Shuya Okino – Still in Love – albahooky: Haven’t been feeding the box for a while, so here’s a cover of a Rose Royce tune that has been re-played by a live soul/funk combo all hailing from Japan. And the result is a stomper with big vocals with more than a nod to Ms. Khan.

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Earworms 1 December 2014

Hey ho, it’s December already – who knows where the time goes? Here’s another selection of tunes for you, hope you find something earwormy. Please continue to send any spare worms to earworm@tincanland.com, plus any contributions for the “Christmas Special”. Thanks, all.

Hamilton Camp – Get Together – goneforeign: This was popular when I arrived in LA in the 50’s, Hamilton Camp is an English bloke, same age and birthplace as me but he was evacuated during the war to the US, he made it permanent. The song is by Dino Valenti, later with Quicksilver, another popular version is by The Youngbloods from the same period. You might never have heard of his music [check Spotty] but you’ve probably seen him in dozens of films and TV programs, he had a career as a bit actor.

Barr Brothers – Please Let Me Let It Go – tincanman: It’s hymnal but rather than asking for salvation, it asks for the freedom to set himself right. Austerity Britain would be proud.

Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes – Phantoms – ghe: (not to be confused with the Great Lakes Swimmers) hangout in Nashville. I ‘collect’ ghost songs, but these Phantoms are not of the ghostly kind. Great drums and falsetto trills, and firmly stuck deep in my ear at the moment. From a great free download on Noise Trade – search for Deer Head Music indie mix tape.

Ivan Torrent (ft. Julie Elven) – Icarus – YoungMunday: Nepotism rules with this choice from my son. Ivan Torrent is a young Spanish composer who makes cinematic music and combines “melodic orchestral with electro”. He cites Clannad and Enya among his influences; this track was released as a single.

Koop (ft. Ane Brun) – Koop Island Blues – Fuel: Fuel sent me a selection of music ages ago, and I hope he won’t mind me using this. Koop is an electronic jazz duo from Sweden and Ane Brun is a Norwegian songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. This is lovely.

Jay Brown – Diamond – AliM: One from the recently received promos. Jay Brown’s new single ‘Diamond’, “an emotionally stirring, slow-burning alternative-pop ballad”, out on December 15. via Turn First Records (Jack Garratt, Dan Croll, Ellie Goulding etc). https://soundcloud.com/jaybrownofficial/jaybrowndiamond

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Earworms 24 November 2014

Good morning campers! Another day, another delectable selection of worms for you – thanks to all and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com. Contributions for Christmas earworms are also welcome, if you can bear to think about it.

Hip Hatchet – Selfless In A City – tincanman: Anyone who has moved for work or sent a kid away to uni can relate. You’re not helpless, it’s for a good reason, and you’re not a victim. But it’s lonely.

Hozier – Cherry Wine – AliM: YOU: “Oh Ali, Ali, Ali … not another wistful male singer/songwriter type chappie … ” ME: “Yes, I’m afraid so, I’m still 24 in my head. And I can’t stop listening to this.” YOU: “Sigh …”

Nina Simone – Trouble in Mind – goneforeign: This a slow eight-bar blues written by jazz pianist Richard M. Jones in 1924.The song became an early blues standard, with numerous renditions by a variety of musicians. In many versions, new lyrics are added. However, most usually include the opening verse:
“Trouble in mind, I’m blue
But I won’t be blue always
‘Cause I know the sun’s gonna shine in my back door someday …”

The Saints – Lipstick on Your Collar – deanofromoz: Pioneers of the punk genre, certainly in Oz but I think even in the underground scene in the UK as well, The Saints take that Connie Francis track and turn it into something entirely different. Get ready to rock out!

Marianne Faithfull – Sparrows Will Sing – bishbosh: The other day, I watched with mounting horror as Boy George honked and rasped his way through a BBC Philharmonic recreation of “Colour By Numbers”. Even I wouldn’t claim the original as a classic (OK, I might …) but he once had a voice at least. Now he has a croak. It was kind of heartbreaking. And then I listened to this, in which Marianne makes a virtue of her age – and drug-ravaged pipes – and remembered that youth isn’t necessarily everything, in pop or otherwise.

Papa Wemba – Dixieme Commandement – goneforeign: Papa Wemba, I’ve never played him on’t Spill before, he’s From Kinshasa, this cut is Dixieme Commandement, it’s from his 1994 LP ‘Foridoles’. The backup is by Viva La Musica.

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Earworms 17 November 2014

It’s that time again … mixed reviews last week so let’s see how we do this time. I hope you find something you like, more to the point, send something in! All worms welcome at earworm@tincanland.com. People are starting to send in Christmas worms too, so if you have any you’d like included in the Christmas edition, please send them along. Many thanks!

Billy Mackenzie – Wild Is The Wind – bishbosh: Not Nina or David, of course, but I think Billy holds his own with his elegant, torchy take on the song. Mind you, with a voice like his, he’d have been hard pressed to screw it up.

Gotan Project – Santa Maria [Del Buen Ayra] – shoegazer: Dubtronica series continues (or Folktronica begins).

The Delines – Calling In – ghe: The huge talent that is Willy Vlautin has now spawned a new band, The Delines, to add to Richmond Fontaine. The Delines includes the keyboardist from the Decemberists, and the steel guitar of Tucker Jackson. It showcases the singing of Amy Boone, who does a great job with the gritty vignettes that Willy paints, like miniature versions of his novels. Sadly I will miss their gig in Winchester on 13th Nov, as I will be sunning myself in Tenerife! Here’s a taste of what Willy describes as ‘late night country soul’.

Bob Dylan & The Band: Katie’s Been Gone – abahachi: Dilemma time: I really don’t think I can spare over a hundred quid for the full six-cd edition of the remastered Basement Tapes, but the cheaper two-cd version doesn’t include this song, my absolute favourite from the original 1975 issue.

The Whitlams – No Aphrodisiac – deanofromoz: Aussie band named after the former Australian PM Gough Whitlam, who has just recently passed away. The are a piano led band, with charasmatic Tim Freedman their leader. This starts off as a sweet little missing you kind of track, and the descends into something quite different. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, but lets just say they obviously read different papers to what I read.

King Sunny Ade and the African Beats – Ja Funmi – goneforeign: In 1982 I went to the Hollywood Palladium to see/hear King Sunny Ade, I was just discovering African music and he synched it for me, I was hooked thereafter and right after that he released an album, ‘JuJu music’, this is a cut from that album. One thing I discovered at that concert was what amazing sounds can be created on ‘talking drums’. Adé stated that “Ja Funmi” is a common Yoruban phrase meaning “Fight for me”, soon after that the magazine I was associated with changed it’s name from ‘The Reggae Beat’ to ‘The Reggae and African Beat’.

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Earworms 10 November 2014

‘Spill points for inserting your sample text here – not literally, but give us a caption, or fit the picture to the song below. Easy peasy. Anyway, an eclectic mix for you this week, thanks to all contributors and please keep those worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Bug, Roger Robinson & Paul St. Hilaire – Living Dub – shoegazer: From the dubtronica series…

Flying Lotus with Kendrick Lamar – Never Catch Me – carolebristol: This might not sound like my sort of thing, but I really like it a lot. Once again, it is getting a lot of play on BBC6Music. I love the bass, it reminds me a bit of “Brown Paper Bag”. Not sure I’d buy the album, but this is a lot of fun. It is by Flying Lotus with Kendrick Lamar (no, I’ve never heard of him, either) and it is called Never Catch Me.

??? – Marcin Wasilewski Trio – abahachi: This One’s For Darcey’s Dad - Well, of course that isn’t the real title, but if DsD hasn’t yet heard the brilliant new MWT album, here’s a chance to play ‘can you guess what it is yet?’ with the usual unexpected pop cover.

Nina Simone At Newport – In The Evening By The Moonlight – goneforeign: From 1960, possibly the first Nina LP I ever bought, There’s many wonderful cuts on this album, she was right at the start of her career and she quit her classical training to pay the rent; listen to the J.S. Bach influences throughout her wonderful piano solo.

Peter Blakeley – Crying in the Chapel: deanofromoz: No, not the Elvis song of the same name. Was checking out the CD’s for sale at a second hand shop and came across this one. I remember it as a catchy hit in Australia in the late 80’s/early 90’s, and thought I would give it a go. The album as a whole doesn’t really stack up, but I still really like this song. I know it might be a bit MOR for some tastes, but nothing wrong with that every now and then.

Gary Clark Jr – Bright Lights – tincanman: It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s nasty. It’s the blues.

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Earworms 3 November 2014

“Please Miss, the dog ate me lap-top charger…” I’m using young Munday’s laptop (’twas he who left the charger on the sofa), but I don’t have any music on it so I can’t do a proper Earworms this week. I’m sure it’s all up in that there cloud somewhere but I really can’t be bothered to try and find it; I’ve ordered a new charger at great expense but naturally the postman tried to deliver it while I was out so it’s sat in a sorting office somewhere. NEVER work with children or animals.

In the meantime, I’ve doggedly put together a YouTube playlist for you … it’s like Dastardly and Mutley here. If you feel like nomming your own dog-related tracks, please do so, but no embedded videos, please. Failing that, please send more worms to earworm@tincanland.com, and I’ll try and get my shit together for next week!