New Joanna Newsom

The world just became a little more beautiful…

Have One On Me, a new TRIPLE ALBUM by Joanna Newsom, is out on Feb 23.

Here’s a taster:

I love this, from the YouTube comments:

What the fuck was that?

What the fuck was that i just listened to?

It was like gravity stopped existing for a little bit. Everything just got a bit clearer.

26 days to go…

I’m looking for some sweet soul music

Who feels it knows it lord. I said, I feel it, and I know it…

I’ve been in the mood lately for sweet, soulful music. And it certainly doesn’t need to be soul. Although that would be more than fine. Any genre welcome. What do you turn to when you’re in the mood for something like this? What gives something a bit of soul for you? It’s a word I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. It has so many possible meanings. But I think you know what I mean, right?

So, if this was an RR subject…songs with sweet soulfulness. ANyone?….

Funky 16 corners

And, on a side note…Funky 16 Corners has moved. I know May likes it; I don’t check it very often, but I like what I hear when I do. I can actually imagine quite a few people would like this blog – it covers obscure crate-digging funk, soul, jazz, and every combination therein.

I shall wear my trousers rolled EOTWQ

Here are some end of the week questions for the middle of the week. In keeping with the history topic, these are sort of about our personal histories…

1. Do you have a proustian “madeleine”? Is there some food or song or smell that transports you back to a childhood memory?

2. We recently went ice skating. It was fun, but after a few times around, I was ready to go somewhere warm. It got me thinking about how my idea of funness has changed over the years. What did you used to find fun that you don’t anymore. What do you find fun now that you never did when you were younger? Is there something childish you still find fun, even as an adult?

3. Where were you 10 years ago? 20? You can keep going back by decade if you like, but I know some of us aren’t 30 yet.

4. There has been some talk on the mothership about applying lessons from history to our current actions. Have you ever done that in your own life? Is there something you keep doing despite what your experience tells you?

5. What’s your earliest memory? Or, you know, an early memory, if you can’t pinpoint your earliest? Is there some story people tell about you when you were little to the point that you can’t tell if you actually remember it or you just know the story too well?

Did I already ask all these questions, I half feel like I did. Phew, my memory is going!

S&M#2: Now known as EARWORMS OF THE WEEK

Sam Amidon – How Come That Blood
Sam Amidon’s new record is due soon, and if this is any indication it should be a treat. I love the off-kiltar arrangements, and how they juxtapose with his voice (he has the sort of voice that sounds old, not in age, but like it’s coming from another era) Anyway, this is what folk sounds like in 2010

– lambretinha
Trwbador – Little Lights
Nepotism alert – Owain Gwilym, the musical force behind this bilingual Welsh/English folktronica duo, is MrStepAbahachi – but, having listened to their new EP once out of duty, I’ve had it on steady rotation ever since. Lovely, fragile, not at all what I expected. More tracks available at…
– Abahachi

Ken ParkerGroovin’ In Style
I’ve always liked the Ken Parker tune on my Nice Up The Dance compilation, and recently I treated myself to a 25 song CD of just Ken Parker. Some of it is almost un-listenable, because of the production, but there are some real gems on there, and I think this is one. I like the opening chords; I like his voice, which even when singing a happy song like this has a wistful quality. I love the lyrics to this song. It’s not just a don’t-worry-be-happy song (though there’s nothing wrong with that, I suppose.) To me it has a deeper, more soulful quality to the peaceful feeling that it describes…
– Steen

Willard Grant ConspiracyThe Work Song
Currently riding high in both the current playlist, and “Oh the irony” charts chez DsD (actually, en voiture de DsD would be more accurate) is this aural relaxant from my favourite baritone.
– DsD

Opal Fell From The Sun
This is from one of my favourite chill-out albums (“Early Recordings”), but I only own it on vinyl so don’t play often – was driven to dig it out again by a letter in the current “Record Collector”, which suggests it might be a cover of a Pale Saints song. The reverse is the case – the Saints (themselves a Great Lost Band) covered Opal. I think that this recording meets the dictionary definition of the word ravishing: “unusually pleasing or striking”. Psychedelic folk at its spaciest; David Roback’s filigree guitar is a thing of wonder. Opal (aka Clay Allison) were a dry-run for the better-known Mazzy Star; it’s a matter of pride to me that Guru Rob A-listed this obscure band’s “Harriet Brown” (…aka Greta Garbo) for RRSA Actors, way back in the Silver Age.”
– Shiv

Thea Gilmore Sol Invictus
More from Shiv: (Musing on the solar theme tin, why don’t you nominate Thea Gilmore’s “Sol Invictus”? – it would make a very compatible roommate to “Fell From The Sun”, and this is exactly the right time of year to be looking to the Sun to rise, rise, rise…).
– Obedient Tin

Topo Colores
Colores by Topo is from 1982 but has recently found its way back into my collection. It’s about taking time to stop, look and notice the colours and other beautiful things that surround us. It’s a very simple song with very simple lyrics – It’s the colours that make me feel good”. It’s very simplicity and the “breath of fresh air” lyrics just make me feel happy. The thirty second fade out of repeating chorus is a tad annoying, I know, but this song always manages to cheer me up
– Makinavaja

This is the second in our new S(pill) & M(usic) weekly playlist feature. Next week (email by next Tuesday please) could we have earworms from May1366, CaroleB and Blimpy to get us started. That leaves 3-4 slots for anyone else (open to all) who’s got a song to share but doesn’t want to do a full post.

As for a name, we can stick with S&M or have another. Shiv came up with Ravin’ Faves, the title of a proto-RR column in the old anglophile US fanzine “Trouser Press” back in the 70s/early 80. Then there’s more predictable fare like Spill Weekly Playlist.

Sam Amidon – How Come That Blood
Trwbador – Little Lights
Ken Parker – Groovin’ In Style (AKA Groovin out on Life
Willard Grant Conspiracy – The Work Song
Opal – Fell From The Sun
Thea Gilmore – Sol Invictus
Topo – Colores

Starting next week, this feature shall be known as the Spill’s Earworms of the Week. Anyone with an earworm to contribute can email it with a couple lines of explanation to

The Nilpferd A-listers- The Vocalists

Abahachi kindly pointed out that the Nilpferd A-list tally just hit twenty and that I owe the ‘Spill a commemorative post. As I’ve been pretty quiet recently it seems as good a way as any to poke the hippo snout back into the ‘Spill trough, so here goes. Conveniently, the tracks in question sort themselves into fairly obvious categories, so here as the first of four 5-for posts is The Nilpferd A-listers- The Vocalists.

Esther Marrow – Baby, that’s what I need (Walk Tall)
Betty Davis – If I’m in luck, I might get picked up
Carmen McRae – Spring can really hang you up the most
Dinah Washington – I used to love you, but it’s all over now
Leon Thomas – The Creator has a master plan

Five highly individual singers are represented here, each with a very clear idea of where they stand. If you aren’t pepped up by Esther Marrow’s motivational efforts, you’re probably needing an embalmer, while Betty Davis isn’t leaving any doubt about what’s motivating her at the moment.
Carmen McRae has had a gutsful of spring and Dinah Washington is washing her hands of her do-no-good lover, not before time.
Faced with the combined might of these four sisters, Leon Thomas borrows Pharaoh Sander’s Creator to ensure things will work out in the end, even if we don’t have much say in the matter. Just lay back, and let them do their thing…

Bends For 5904 Miles II – The Wilderness Years

(our trophy cabinet)

From the producer, writer and star of the successful 30 Minutes Over Tokyo series … the award-winning team who brought you the hugely popular Bends For 5904 Miles … and two-eighths of the epic ‘Spillcast …

They were 2 young men thrown together by an administrator’s blunder (probably) and bonded over a shared love of Britpop, obscure indie and alcohol. But the fates that drew them together eventually pushed them apart. Now, see listen to them try to explain to each other what’s happened to their respective record collections in the time they’ve been apart.

You’ll laugh*

You’ll cry**

You’ll frown at the esoteric indie references***

It’s Bends For 5904 Miles II – The Wilderness Years!

In this podcast we pick up from where our first podcast ended and discuss our musical tastes during the time since we last went gigging together – the wilderness years.


Podcast II – part 1
Podcast II – part 2

* We laugh, you might not
** You won’t cry

*** You will.