Back to what passes for normal at the time of the northern solstice. “I don’t care what the weatherman says, when the weatherman says it’s raining, you won’t hear me complaining …” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0lgswGOgrs- ‘cos the pollen count is lower! I can see! Taste! Breathe! A fine and thoughtful selection for you this week, I hope you enjoy it. Please keep sending your worms to email@example.com. As always, thanks to all.
Lykke Li – Silver Springs – bishbosh: I wasn’t familiar with the Fleetwood Mac original (this was on a Mac tribute album a year or two back) but I think Lykke does a great job with it. It would have fitted well on her heartbreak album of last year, I Never Learn, actually.
Barbara Dane – Mama Don’t Allow – glassarfemptee: I can’t really understand why Barbara Dane is so little known. Great voice and right on before right on was fashionable. In the forties she was involved in civil rights, union campaigns, and feminism. A female Guthrie. Here she is with a light hearted number from Cow Cow Davenport.
Aziza Brahim – La Tierra Derrama Lagrimas (The Earth Sheds Tears) – Fuel: Aziza was born in 1976 in the Sahrawi refugee camps, in the Tindouf region of Algeria where her mother had settled in late 1975, fleeing from the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPhs50_UOWM) says the lyrics recall those who fought to liberate parts of the Western Sahara which remain outside Moroccan control. (Ed.)
Tshala Muana – Kalume – goneforeign: We’ve heard her here before, here’s another. She’s from Kinshasa when Congo was called Zaire and her music follows Congolese soukous style.
Joe Ely & Joel Guzman – I’m A Thousand Miles From Home – tincanman: This is from the fantastic (highly recommended) Live Cactus album, and if – like me – you didn’t know there was such a thing as an accordion prodigy, now you do.
London Grammar – If You Wait – AliM: From the album of the same name, it popped up on my iTunes the other day and has lodged firmly in my ear’ole ever since.
(Photo: Holger Wentzlaff)
This week got off to a difficult start when fire broke out in a neighbour’s flat early Monday morning. We had 22 fire engines here, it took all day to get the fire out (and even then it started up again 2 days later) and we were very, very lucky to get away with only one person in hospital with light burns. Another person had to crawl across the roof to escape, three flats are completely burned out – the people living there have lost everything they possess – and a further eight flats had to be evacuated and will take at least six months to repair and renovate.
In the latest Rolling Stone there is a piece listing what the magazine thinks are the best 50 Prog albums ever.
Now, I am always wary of anything from Rolling Stone and this list includes things that simply have nothing at all to do with Prog (ELO?), acts that are more like stadium rock (I really hate Rush with a passion) and a fair amount of prog-metal crossover, but it does have some bona fide Prog classics.
I’d argue that Frank Zappa was never Prog and I’m sure that he would have agreed with me, and Mike Oldfield? Only by default, I think. I am also certain that Pink Floyd would never describe their music as Prog either, but if they did, would Animals qualify as a top Prog album? I doubt it.
There is too much real Prog missing from this list. I mean, where are Hatfield And The North, Nektar or Aphrodite’s Child? And what about Steve Hillage or, stretching the definition of Prog slightly, Hawkwind? You could make a case for Queensrÿche’s Operation Mindcrime instead of yet another Rush album and why ignore Opeth’s genuinely prog Heritage?
Personally, I’ve like to have seen Steve Hackett on the list as a solo artist, ideally with Voyage of the Acolyte, which is utterly Prog from start to finish and I am confused as to why Van der Graaf Generator only have one album on the list. Seriously? What about Godbluff?
Last year I urged those of you with strong stomachs to see Joshua Oppenheimer’s superb but harrowing documentary, The Act Of Killing. I must now repeat that plea in respect of his companion-piece, The Look of Silence.
One of the downsides of living in a tropical country is that, because it’s always summer, it’s never really summer.
To celebrate the summer solstice, let’s head back to the Summer of Love. Although hate-filled wintry tunes and songs of autumnal indifference from 1967 are welcome too.
Obviously an astonishing time for music. Were you there? Are you sure? How on earth are you going to pick a top 3?
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Here is the first in an occasional series of retroworms. If you think it’s a bad idea, I’ll stop!
I’ve been compiling earworms for a couple of years now, and every so often I make a playlist of a few favourites – just enough to fit onto a CD. Anyway, here is the first one I did – please don’t take it personally if I haven’t picked one of yours, (a) it may be in another compilation and (b) the list is completely subjective. In the normal run of things I never pass over an earworm, whether I like it or not. Hope you enjoy the music and let me know if you think I should go and stick my head in a bucket.
Meanwhile, please keep sending your worms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks!
Barb Jungr – Fisherman’s Blues – Tatanka Yotanka, June 2013
Claude Vasori – Drug Pop – Beltway Bandit – April 2013
Ed Harcourt – The Man that Time Forgot – Beth Noir – March 2013
Eddie Reader – Never Going Back Again – Zalamander – February 2013
Frou Frou – Breathe In – Abahachi – May 2013
Hanne Hukkelberg – Ticking Bomb – severin – April 2013
Hanni El Khatib – Heartbreak Hotel – tincanman – March 2013
Katzenjammer – God’s Great Dust Storm – severin (may not have been a worm, but definitely severin)
Lianne Hall – Abandon Ship – glassarfemptee – May 2013
The Men They Couldn’t Hang – The Colours (Remix) – bishbosh – May 2013
Milladoiro – Muiñeira de Chantada – Beltway Bandit – July 2013
Radio String Quartet Vienna – Birdland – Nilpferd – June 2013
Rokia Traore – Aimer – Nilpferd – April 2013
Salif Keita – Bobo – bishbosh – March 2013
Songdog – Gene Autry’s Ghost – glassarfemptee – July 2013
Sore – Nancy Bird – barbryn – May 2013
Toufic Faroukh – A Night in Damascus – goneforeign – July 2013
Van Halen – Ice Cream Man – tincanman – April 2013
The Youngbloods – Darkness Darkness – Fintan – May 2013
Tomorrow is my 10th wedding anniversary. We didn’t have any recorded music at the ceremony, since it was on a beach, although later in the evening a friend sang “The Book of Love” by the Magnetic Fields – a song I’d never heard before, but which led me to a deep and enduring love that doesn’t grow old… yes, 69 Love Songs is a wonderful album. What? Oh yes, the other’s been alright too.
So, staying with years ending in 5, let’s rewind to 10 years ago… 2005 was also the year RR began (I didn’t start playing till the following autumn) and the year YouTube was founded. All in all, a pretty life-changing year.
But what did 2005 mean to you?
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