Earworms 25 May 2015


Happy Spring Bank Holiday to those who have one, it doesn’t seem five minutes since the last one. For extra ‘Spill points, tell us a Bank-Holiday anecdote or memory – or do they all merge into one? Anyhow, here is this week’s selection, virtually impossible to classify, but feel free to have a go. Take it away, Eric the orchestra leader … and keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com. Thanks all!

Zac Brown Band feat. Chris Cornell – Heavy is the Head – LeaveitAllbehind: A tune from ZBB was in my Festive Spill last year at no. 3. That tune was from the session the band did with Dave Grohl. So it was with some excitement that I listened to their newly released album – Jekyll & Hyde – no kidding! The album opens with some typical country style tunes, nothing wrong with that and then track six comes up, wow – that’s not country, well not ordinary country. ZBB has enlisted Chris Cornell on this powerful rocking number – brilliant and true to the album’s title!

Hercules and Love Affair: Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix) – bishbosh: When Frankie Knuckles died last year, I realised his was a name I knew without really being able to name any of his records. Apart from this remix, which elevates the song to another plane entirely. Majestic. Perhaps I should check out some more of his work…

Kindness of Strangers – Afraid of the Outcome – glassarfemptee: If you like Dr Who and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, or you play the theremin like Mnemonic does, then this is a weird treat of a song.

Abrams Brothers – Viva La Vida (Coldplay cover) – tincanman: In music as in magnetism, mixing two things you like can be repelling and two things you don’t like attractive together. Coldplay + bluegrass? Earwormers may be poles apart on this.

MGMT – Electric Feel – goneforeign: “The most popular song by far in the Bay Area is, for some reason, MGMT’s Electric Feel”. I came across this comment in the SF Chronicle, it prompted me to pursue it further and see for myself. When I’d listened to it I thought it would be selfish to not share it it; it took only a click to send it to Ari and to inflict it on you all. Enjoy?

Ketty Lester – Love Letters – severin: A classic. Not quite a forgotten one but she isn’t often mentioned when we talk about the great female voices. I heard this recently for the first time in many years and was quite bowled over. In the mid seventies there was a cover version by Noosha Fox. Which was nice. But not as good as this I feel.

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Earworms 18 May 2015


Can you keep a secret? It’s Daddypig’s birthday today so (everybody): “HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDYPIG!” Hope you’ve all got your dancing shoes on, because there’s music in the air and we need to make some room… Thanks again to all contributors, and please keep those earworms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight – Up Above My head -goneforeign: It might be hard to believe but this was a top of the pops hit on BBC at the end of WW2, very popular and played all the time. There was another also, it was titled Didn’t it Rain, also very popular. Marie Knight went on to have a solo career and I saw her several times in the 40’s/50’s. The piano backing is by the Sammy Price Trio, the guitar is by Rosetta.

Suffers – Make Some Room – tincanman: A neo-retro blast of fresh, summery goodness from the Houston ten-piece soul collective’s new debut EP.

Rival Sons – Secret – LeaveitAllbehind: I first mentioned this group in my ‘Not So Critically Acclaimed Albums 2014′ post. It was a random find but I’ve been listening to the whole album, subsequently purchased and not just the live sampler I discovered. Here’s Jay Buchanan and the group ‘channeling’ their best Zep impersonation. Rival Sons are a ‘blues rock’ band, aka spot on for Leavey’s musical taste and claim influence from Zep (obviously), Free and The Animals, what’s not to like?

Tom Waits – Cold Cold Ground – tincanman: Stop and smell the flowers, is I think what he’s saying.

Olivia Chaney – The King’s Horses – severin: The album’s finally out. Mix of trad, covers and original songs. Her original songs are quirky and often oddly structured. I love this. If you don’t, there’s always her voice …

Bridie Jackson and the Arbour – Final Lullaby – AliM: I know I included one of their songs the other week, but this is beautiful and, like severin said, if you don’t like it, there’s always her voice! It was written for massed choirs for Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Earworms 11 May 2015

‘Spill social 9 May 2015, Severin, Shoey, SaneEm, GHE, (tfd, mnemonic), tarxien, S.O.Webcore

Severin, Shoey, SaneEm, GHE, Tarxien, S.O.Webcore

What better images to use this week than some of us at the ‘Spill get-together-with-Shoey on Saturday. Much talk about music, and some splendid CDs from the more organised among us, which GHE has boxed for your delectation. On to business, here is this week’s set of worms, and a challenge from tinny. Please continue to send any spare worms to earworm@tincanland.com – thank you!

France Gall – Ich Singe Meinen Song – Sweet Home Alabama: I’ve never listened to too much of Gall’s non-French work, but this has me wondering what else I may have missed. And this was actually relegated to a B-side.

??????? – ?????????? – tincanman: Nope, not the Talking Heads. ’Spill points if you can identify it without cheating.

Shawn Smith – Cloud To Cloud – DsD: For those in need of a pick-me-up, here’s a positive mantra from Shawn. This was submitted for wrangling three hours before SS’s Manchester gig – I’m REALLY hoping he plays this; I could do with the singalong. “Living a life that’s just begun / there’s many a song still to be sung / there’s many a hug left to be given / many a sunrise to be risen.” It may *backspacebackspacebackspace* would undoubtedly have offended my English teacher at school, but sod him, I don’t care.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Tiny Light – LeaveitAllbehind: recent discovery this for me. Nominated a couple of suitable tracks for DsD’s stint for RRSA vinyl. Then took a listen to some of the band’s other stuff and this one just seems to have stuck.

ALiM, tfd, mnemonic, tarxien, S.O.Webcore

AliM, tfd, Mnemonic, Tarxien, S.O.Webcore

Aswad – Three Babylon – severin: I bought this single after seeing them support Eddie and the Hot Rods at the Greyhound Hotel in Croydon in 1976. It’s rather good.

The Chambers Brothers – People Get Ready – goneforeign: Here’s a bit of gentle Gospel that shuffle threw up yesterday, I don’t think I’ve heard if for close on 50 years, it used to be a regular favorite. I saw them live at a university lunchtime cafeteria gig, way before they became known, it was instant love and then they started playing regular club dates around LA. And then came ‘Time!’.

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Earworms 4 May 2015


In which we go from Whiskey Myers to Ludovico Einaudi via Bobby Darin. And is it just me, but does that wonderful Dandylion track remind you of Cirrus Minor (an entirely good thing) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwtc5I757Jc? See what you think. And please keep sending those worms to earworm@tincanland.com! Thanks all.

Whiskey Myers – Guitar Picker – LeaveitAllbehind: well I like country, I like guitaaaars, well this has got it’s roots in country and as per the title some extreme “picking” and “plucking” of a six-string.

Black – Womanly Panther – DsD: One of the most earwormy earworms I’ve had in a long time. Colin Vearncombe gives us a tango, of all things, from the brand-new Black album Blind Faith. This song will now forever remind DsMam & me of CV’s lovely warm’n’fuzzy hometown gig this April .

Bobby Darin – Light Blue – Albahooky: Here’s one that seems to go with basking in the sun. Listening to the Country Funk Vol.1 comp on the ever dependable Light In The Attic label, this track caught my ears and when I saw the name thought ‘no, it can’t be, can it’ and sure enough it is but without the ‘by’. He’s light years away from the rock ‘n’ roll and tuxedo style of the ’50’s and ’60’s but he still knows how to swing.

Patty Griffin – Mary – tincanman: Written for her grandmother’s funeral, this is an unforgettable ode to women everywhere.

Dandylion – Mama Bear – severin: Marianne from Katzenjammer’s other band. They’ve released three ep’s now amalgamated into one album. Most tracks are faster and more rockist than this but I find the haunting atmosphere of this song irresistible.

Ludovico Einaudi – Primavera – glassarfemptee: I have troubled your ears before with the piano noodlings of Ludovico Einaudi. But as I am booked to see a gig of his this summer, and as it’s now definitely Spring (everyone’s favourite season), here he is with Primavera. Since nearly every tune of his comes from an earworm factory, I can’t promise not to inflict more Einaudi on you in the future!

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Earworms 27 April 2015


It would have been my mum’s 98th birthday today, which seems incredible. She loved the Spring, I hope you’re enjoying the season wherever you are, and that the music cheers you along. Thanks to all contributors and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com

Abdallah Oumbadougou – Afrikya taoura – Fuel: Another from the Fuel archive, WIKI says that Abdallah was born c. 1962 in Tchimoumouneme near Agadez (Niger) and is a Tuareg guitarist. He founded the Takrist n’tada , which defends the rights of young artists and builds music schools to teach girls to handle the inzad , a traditional Tuareg monotone.

Kandia Kouyate – Ayamafele – goneforeign: Kandia Kouyate is a very highly thought of traditional praise singer from Mali. She says of this song, Ayamafele, “If you check properly you’ll find out that the offspring of wise elders are always well behaved. I sing this for the Fula of Birigo, where the griot’ s and the blacksmith’s households are honorable. I thank my mother, from Birigo, for showing me the right way.

Cheikh N’Digel Lô – Jeunesse Senegal – goneforeign: Cheikh Lô is from Senegal and this cut is typical of Mbalax, the national popular dance music of Senegal, a sound that’s unique to that country. It’s a fusion of popular Western music and dance such as jazz, soul, Latin, and reggae blended with sabar, the traditional drumming and dance music of Senegal. This cut is Jeunesse Senegal from his Bambay Gueej CD on the Nonesuch label.

Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight No More – tincanman: So what if they’re mining Black Keys and White Stripes grooves; there’s gold aplenty for all it seams. This has been out a few months and I’m still playing it loud and often. Love the soul vocals, the funk attitude…and the Janis wail.

Boozoo Chavis – Paper In My Shoe – tincanman: A curio from 1954 – the first commercial hit for a zydeco song.

Gilmore and Roberts – Silver Screen – AliM: A very talented duo who don’t do love songs – except this one, which is an ode to a satnav. Shades of bluegrass / Alison Krauss, which is no bad thing in my book, although Jamie Roberts is from Barnsley and Katriona Gilmore from Knebworth.

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Earworms 20 April 2015


Another cracking bunch of worms this week, absolutely no theme whatsoever except that they’re all rather splendid. Thanks everyone, and please keep the worms coming in to earworm@tincanland.com. Enjoy!

Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra – Dokuz Seki/Esmerim – CaroleBristol: This is apparently a mash-up of two Turkish songs given an avant-garde jazz treatment by Goran Kajfes, a Swedish trumpeter of Balkan origins. It is the single from a forthcoming album called The Reason Why Vol. 2. I’ve been hearing this a lot on Lauren Laverne’s 6Music programme and I find it irresistible.

Jason Vieaux – Misionera – glassarfemptee: When I want to chill out, or to have some background music while reading, I often choose classical guitar music. This is one of my favourites. I go to concerts by classical guitarists occasionally, and I am pleased to find this regularly crops up in the repertoire.

Chairmen of the Board – Since the Days – Albahooky: Back to 1970 with a b-side from the superlative Chairmen Of The Board that has a suitably overwrought lead vocal from Danny Woods, who ‘May not be the one you want, but (oh baby, baby) I’m the one you need!’

Lesley Gore – No Matter What You Do – tincanman: It’s her party and she’ll hold it in the garage if she wants to. RIP.

Big Bill Broonzy – Key to the Highway – goneforeign: Big Bill toured the UK several times in the 1950’s, I saw him twice. Once at a club in London where he performed with Humph and Chris Barber plus several members of the Basie band with Jimmy Rushing. The second time was a Sunday afternoon concert in Ipswich where he was on the bill with Brother John Sellers; when the show ended I went backstage, no one stopped me and there was nobody else there, I was only about 17. I had a long conversation with Bro. John and when he left Big Bill asked me “Is there anywhere around here to get something to eat?” I told him “Yeah, I know a cafe that’s open”, he said “OK, let’s go”. So we did and I spent the next hour or so learning the blues. My memory of him is that he was the most compelling person I’d ever met, he dominated that stage like no one I’d ever seen before.

Bridie Jackson and the Arbour – Far from the Tree – AliM: A great folkie/acoustic all-female band based in Newcastle, this single was released recently. Some of the proceeds went to the Epilepsy Society. I think the song speaks for itself, I find it quite haunting.

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Earworms 13 April 2015


Well, the weather’s back to normal and the cat and dog are stir-crazy and trying to trash the house. The weekend saw me taking the neighbour’s kid and his cousin for a walk as well as the dog – what next? Hamsters? Flying squirrels? Anyway, hope you enjoy this week’s pick of worms and please keep the supply flowing to earworm@tincanland.com. Have a good week!

Roni Size – Heroes [Kruder’s Long Loose Bossa] – Shoegazer: Dubtronica series – bossanova trip hop time.

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek – Four Women – tincanman: Refreshing the Nina Simone classic. More of a thinkworm than an earworm. (It’s rap, but easy to follow).

Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder – (1) Bonde and (2) Soukora – goneforeign: In 1993 Ry Cooder journeyed to Mali and thence to Songhai, the home of Ali Farka Toure. It’s an agricultural region close to Timbuctu at the edge of the Sahara and along the banks of the river Niger, Ali Farka lives and works there as a farmer. Together they recorded an album of Malian music titled “Talking Timbuctu”.

L Subramaniam – Samayamide – AliM: More great music from BBC6. L. Subramaniam is an Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition (Southern India/Hindu, I think) and western classical music. This is rather wonderful.

Monsoon – Ever So Lonely [Extended Mix] – Fuel: Another gem from Fuel. I remember buying the original single, Sheila Chandra (vocals) was about 16 at the time (1982).

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