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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A song for May

Today I’ve been reading through old ‘Spill posts and RR blogs, posts from years ago. I was supposed to be working, but this seemed more important, and it was time well-spent. I was reminded of how incredibly important Readers Recommend and its offspring have been for so many people. I was reminded of how important it was for me. I was trying to remember the exact week that May1366 joined. He was instantly appealing, a bright soul, even in a few lines of internet discourse. I’ve been thinking so much about him today, and he seems to me to represent everything that was ever good about Readers Recommend. He was always so bright and light and funny. And yet he had such a wisdom and weight to his words. All of his words felt valuable. He was knowledgable but gracious, involved yet balanced. He was kind and generous. And his love for music glowed through his words in an inspiring, infectious way. I feel such affection for him, though I’ve never met him. I feel such a loss.

His writings from the hospital are remarkably beautiful.

If you’d like to share a song for May, or a memory of May, or a memory of a song for May… Let’s celebrate his life in ‘Spill style, with music.

I’ve been trying to think of a song to post for May, and I just don’t know. I know he loved this, and I know its beautiful, so that’s what I’m going with.

Spill Awards 2014: Reminder

Sorry for crashing in again, but the original post about nominations for this year’s Spill Awards was buried fairly quickly by a series of posts including DsD’s birthday, so just wanted to remind you to send me your nominations (abahachi(at)hotmail.co.uk) by the end of Sunday. Full details in the previous post, but is it worth stressing again that you can nominate more than one thing under each category – and indeed that this is a really good thing to do, as if twenty people each nominate just one album and – as usually happens – they’re all different, it’s more or less impossible to put together a decent shortlist. If you’re one of the people who’s sent me just one album of the year, feel free to send follow-up emails…

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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Winter Popfest 2014

It’s not them, it’s me. If DsD is falling for sappy ballads in his dotage, i seem to be going for feelgood pop in mine. I really wanted to be hooked on droney stuff, like the Swans and Temple and Parquet Courts. Or grab my pipe and slippers and hang out with Beck, or stare out the window at the dismal weather with the War On Drugs, or brood with Bonnie Prince Billy. But seems that most of what i found this year that hit the spot is a spectrum of pop.

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Festive ‘Spill, 2014


Seems it’s that time already for the ‘Spill collective to pick our favourite tunes of the year in the 7th annual Festive ‘Spill.

- Pick your personal 3 best songs of 2014 (or late 2013) & rank them (#1 = top banana.)

- Send your secret ballot, along with mp3’s or mp3 links to shoemail@cfl.rr.com. Eventually (probably by the next weekend), you’ll get confirmation back that either; 1) your choices are recorded &/or; 2) your choice is already snaffled & you can pick a replacement.

- Once we’ve bounced a few e-mails around we will playlist the results on the ‘Spill, in 3 parts, on: Saturday, Dec 20; Monday December 22 & Wednesday, December 24. All starting @ 6:00 PM (UK Time) – aging computer & newfangled WP player permitting.


This week I was listening to a cassette of one of my radio shows from about 20 odd years ago, the title of the program was ‘Long Cuts’. I’d previously played a program devoted to the sort of music that was frequently heard here on the West coast in the 60’s/70’s but radio stations were reluctant to play anything longer than 4-5 minutes, the record companies even issued edited short versions to radio stations so the effect was that many listeners often didn’t even know that what they were hearing was an edited version. And of course the long cuts were often the best things on an album but they went unheard except for those who bought the albums. I’ve always had a soft spot for the longer cuts so I decided to devote a 2hr program to them.

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