So … It’s a full looking week ahead for DarceysSis – that’s Jess(ica) for those of you who don’t know:

All week – School Year 3 academic assessments.

Monday – Brownies (including badge awards; Jess is due one).

Tuesday – Flute half-term review (she finds out if she’s going to be started on practice pieces for her Grade 1), and finish off her “Top Secret” project at Art Club.

Wednesday – School Sports Day (shot put and relay race).

Thursday – Last Jazz Dance class for a month. 

Friday – 20m Swimming badge attempt at SwimClub.

And then there’s the Bank Hol Brownie trip to Space 2010, and a week on Saturday we fly to Spain for a fortnight of fun and frolics on beach, sea and hotel pool complex.

So what does she do today, whilst we’re round at her friend’s for a relaxing Sunday of pizza, paddling-pool and play in the sunshine?

YEP! Goes over on the same ankle she sprained at Easter, in a playing field pothole whilst playing football, and ends the day in plaster with a broken (well, OK, “chipped”) ankle.

I don’t know about her, but I could cry!

Jess is understandably absolutely gutted about what she’s going to miss; but more heart-breakingly, she’s unfairly worried about what she’s done to OUR holiday!


I know I’m crassly tugging at heartstrings here, and pulling in favours I maybe haven’t earned, but to make her feel better, and disabuse her of that guilt, I’d love to make her a disc of tunes, with maybe a sleeve of get-well one-liners (possibly even little verbal wishes, from those who can work Audacity easily?) from you lot.

Musically, you have free rein: her taste goes from simple-piano-nursery-rhyme wordplay, develops through Jamelia & The Spice Girls, takes detours into classics by Booker T, Otis Redding etc., but is dominated by guitar-led rock & pop – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker being a current fave. Anything humorously related to injuries, legs, hospitals, or holidays jumps to the front of the queue.

I’ll start a DropBox folder entitled For Jess.


Boogie CHillin

Did You Hear John Hurt

Eternal Circle

Intensified Festival ’68


Loneliness of the Middle Distance Runner

Sneakin In

Award Tour

6 Minutes (Dungeon family it’s On)

The Basement

The Show


Baby B List (For Blimpy & Shane)


Like the McFlah family we now know that bump #2 is a boy – I’m not going to play naming games as the control freakery would do my head in..
..but it is a chance to add another playlist, hopefully one that doesn’t put off the non-family orientated- and adds some extra very North tunes.
Kids – The Concretes
I Can’t Tell In His Eyes – Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Little Kids – Kings Of Convenience
D(Darren Emerson’s Underwater Remix) – GusGus
Cry Baby (Röyksopp’s Målselves Memorabilia) – Spiller
Why I Like Babies – Butcher Boy
[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/The%20Concretes%20-%20Kids.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/Wildbirds%20%26%20Peacedrums-%20I%20Can%27t%20Tell%20In%20His%20Eyes.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/Kings%20Of%20Convenience%20-%20%20Little%20Kids.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/GusGus%20-%20D….%20%28Darren%20Emerson%27s%20Underwate.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/Spiller%20-%20%20Cry%20Baby%20%28R%C3%B6yksopp%27s%20M%C3%A5lselves%20Me.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/Butcher%20Boy%20-%20Why%20I%20Like%20Babies.mp3%5D
there’s a BABY BOX of tunes over on my test site.. if you fancy more.

Swede Dreams

I’ve never been to Sweden. I’ve never bought an Abba record, driven a Volvo or slept with a blonde. I do have a house full of Ikea furniture. And more and more of the music I love seems to be coming from Sweden.

I can count on the fingers of one hand the pop records I own from other countries in continental Europe (OK… Air, Nouvelle Vague and Louise Attaque from France; Jaques Brel (Belgium – I may also possibly have an old tape of a dEUS album somewhere); Norway’s Kings of Convenience, who are honorary Swedes anyway. Iceland (Bjork, Sigur Ros) doesn’t count.

So what is it about Sweden (pop. 9 million)? Yes, they’re cool and they speak impeccable English, but then so do the Dutch, and the best they’ve given us is 2Unlimited – thanks for that. Maybe it’s the legacy of Abba, and a steady stream of superstars since – Neneh Cherry, Roxette, Ace of Base… For all I know, every child in their social democrat Utopia gets subsidised lessons in guitar jangling and lyrical whimsy.

Either way, I thought I’d make my own flatpack playlist. I’m not pretending to be any sort of expert, and I discovered many of these artists from other ’Spillers (a big Thank You For The Music to Shane, Blimpy & ElDerino). There’s some obvious choices, and some hopefully slightly less so.

The Cardigans – Daddy’s Car
The Cardigan’s Life album is 15 years old, but I never tire of it. They drew the blueprint for what somebody who deserves to have a flute stuffed down their throat labelled ‘twee pop’. This song is an asaferae of mine.

Anna Järvinen – Svensktalande bättre folk
Ever wondered why The Sundays don’t release more albums? It’s possibly because Harriet Wheeler leads a double life singing in Swedish.

The Tough Alliance – Taken Too Young
TTA are an electronic duo from Stockholm notorious for swinging baseball bats on stage. This is a remix of a Taken By Trees song…

Taken By Trees – My Boys
Taken By Trees made the A-list for their unlikely cover of Sweet Child of Mine. Here’s an equally unlikely Animal Collective cover.

jj – From Africa to Malaga
The most ecstatic song about the inevitability of death I’ve ever heard. Their album recalls One Dove in places, which is a Very Good Thing. jj recently toured with The xx, in what must be one of the best Scrabble-scoring tours ever.

Lykke Li – Dance, Dance, Dance
Love it, love it, love it.

Robyn – With Every Heartbeat
Simply one of the best pop songs of the last decade. And talking of heartbeats…

The Knife – Heartbeats
Scary brother-and-sister electronic duo – sister recently gained critical acclaim and Festive ‘Spill plaudits as Fever Ray. You probably know the cover version by…

Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats
The name couldn’t be less Swedish (he’s of Argentine descent), the sound couldn’t be more so.

Frida Hyvonen – See How I Came Into Town
Frida’s album Silence is Wild has been easily my most-listened-to record of the last six months. I couldn’t decide which track to choose, so went for a non-album track instead.

Jens Lekman – The Opposite of Hallelujah
Bouncy melodies, witty lyrics, a touch of melancholy… Jens is the Swedish Stuart Murdoch.

Pelle Carlberg – I Just Called to Say I Love You
Actually, maybe Pelle Carlberg is…

Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Seems To Be On My Mind
Almost as good as their name (which comes from a Sliver Jews song). SKWBN have something of The Magnetic Fields about them. I saw this track described on a blog as “…if Johnny Cash ended up as a member of Tullycraft”.

Fanfarlo – The Walls Are Coming Down

Fanfarlo are based in London, but the main man is Swedish, so they count. Heard them described on 6Music the other day as “a happier Arcade Fire”.

P.S. I’ve boxed these for a limited time – feel free to add any glaring omissions.

Earworms (May 18)

Who The Seeker
One of my favourite Who singles. I remember buying it in the Mare St Woolworths in Hackney when it came out in 1970. I bought it on a Saturday morning and spent most of the day playing it over and over again, until my Mum got sick of hearing it and made me stop. It was on 6Music the other day and lodged itself in my head again.     – Carole

Headlights Cherry Tulips (TJ Lipple Remix)
This could have gone either way – I love the track in it’s original form but polyvinyl had a $10 sale (t-shirt plus CD) the headlights rain cloud tee fitted my mood, so I picked the remix album to go with it. They are very good thankfully and Tulips brings a bright shaft of spring sunlight into the gloom.      – shane

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosHome
After a dark couple of weeks, this song provides the appropriate release. Whistle intro, anthemic, a couple in love on vocals, welcome home…     – eJay

Local NativesWorld News
Gorilla Manor is among the most infectuous ‘quality’ albums of the year. The North Carolina band certainly sounds like they had a blast making it. A bit modern Beach Boys, it could be the best debut by a band fronted by a guy who plays keyboards with one hand, drums with the other and sings)         – tin

Radio FuturaEscuela de Calor
Easy and obvious coming-into-the-summer Maki earworm. Radio Futura were an ace band and this is one of my favourite tracks by them. Nothing too profound here – just great guitar pop. I hope you like it as much as I do.             – Maki

Brad The Day Brings
Further to my recent election mood, all of the subsequent shenanigans seem to have left too many of us rather on tenterhooks, imo. Chill out everyone: for good or bad, we now cannot do anything about what happens next. Here’s my current musical philosophy …            – DsD

Quick note: Songs related to the RR topic or Spill posts will only be chosen for Earworms if there is no waiting list; the priority here is homeless songs begging to be heard.