Long Overdue

Barry Adamson – For Your Ears Only: The Man With The Golden Arm
Add N To (X) – The March Of Pure Mathematical Evil That Ends And Results In War
Magnetic Fields – The Flowers She Sent & The Flowers She Said She Sent
Mum – Don’t Be Afraid, You Have Just Got Your Eyes Closed
Dandy Warhols – The Legend of The Last of the Outlaw Truckers AKA the Ballad of Sherriff Shorty
Jeffrey Lewis – Don’t Let The Record Label Take You Out To Lunch
White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do What You’re Told)

Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think About The Future
Besnard Lakes – Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent
Dirty Three – I Remember A Time When Once You Used to Love Me
Get Well Soon – I Sold My Hands For Food So Please Feed Me
William Burroughs – Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt (Falling In Love Again)

Happy Birthday DarceysDad !

This is to celebrate the birthday of a most sociable recommender. It marks DsD’s broad-minded but sometimes baffled engagement with the music known as Jazz, and the Scottish connection with St Andrew’s Day.  So, here’s the astonishing Rufus Harley, playing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, on the bagpipes. I hope others will join in the good wishes, and maybe even post something DsD will like.  Happy Birthday DarceysDad !

it is not as bad as you think ! ! !


Spill Challenge #987654-321? What? WHAT?

Noticed there wasn’t a current Spill challenge up so I thought offer this for Wednesday’s entertainment. Let’s look for songs by a favorite artist that don’t fit their usual M.O. If Amy has the Stones doing Gregorian chants I’m calling game over. The farther from what made them famous the better. We all know the rules by now so feel free to break ’em.

Street Life

As I am sure everyone knows now, YUI is my absolute favourite singer song writer and actually maybe my favourite musician.

She comes from a very modest background and a single parent home, and when she was a teenager she did not have any money and so she played music in the street to make money.  She says in interviews that this is where she learned to be a performer.

I love her songs as they really talk to me in a very direct way and she sings in a really natural style that sometimes feels just like she is talking in some ways.

She always shows total integrity and her songs are really direct and honest and very human.  She is very positive and always shows girls as strong and in control in her songs, and even in the sad songs where she is doubting herself, she never acts a victim.  This message coming from someone from such an modest background I find this very inspiring.

She comes from  Fukuoka, which is a city in the industrial area of Fukuoka-Kitakyūshū.  When she became 17 in 2004 she contracted to Sony Music and became one of the most popular artist in Japan.  She has released 5 albums, four have been platinum albums and one double platinum she also has 9 gold singles.  So she is really a major star here in Japan and all Asia actually.

Even if she is being super talented she is also totally cool and natural.  She still plays in the street very often.  She says in interviews that playing in the street she can really get to feel and connect to the people.

I found some you tube videos of her performing in the street that I would like to share.

Of course the sound is really not very good at all as it is captured by the people and there is the background noise also, but I hope you can see something of her personality in the videos. At the end I posted a video of two tracks from this year concert in Hong Kong.

The first video is from 2005 and she playing in the street in Sendai before her concert there when she was first becoming successful.

This video is captured by a fan on a mobile phone so the quality is not so good but I like it ! ! !

She is  singing the song  It’s happy line

This year she toured Japan and Asia to promote her totally wonderful new album Hotel Holiday In The Sun, and played in Hong Kong.

Of course now she is a big star but she still really wants to play in the street next to the people.  So she toured Hong Kong in a bus and just stopped here and there and played some songs in the street, even if the record company and promoters were very worried about it.

Here she is in Hong Kong playing in the street.  I think you can really see her personality in this video ! ! !

(but the sound is very poor)

She is playing the song Good Bye Days

Finally I want to show you a video clip from the concert she played after that.

In this clip she plays two songs. The first is called Again, and second is Rolling Star.

I wish there were more artists with her integrity and humanity ! ! !   I hope one day she will become more known in the West.

Do The Spillers know any really big artist that still play in the streets?

Earworms – November 28

“He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once”
Robert Browning

Them – Hey Girl
I first heard this song when I was about 16. Even then, I thought it a bit creepy. Lots of rock & roll jailbait songs but very few this gorgeous.

Sparklehorse – Cow
Our resident DeadHead recently identified a difference between my’n’his musical likes. He likes longer songs to feature some variety in structure… more often than not, I don’t. I like songs that take a motif and do no more with it than sneakily crescendo. Chris may [perfectly legitimately] get bored, but me? I love to lose myself in the repetition, as in this fine effort from the late, lamented Mark Linkous.

Hussey-Regan – Wichita Lineman
Now, I have never proffered an All About Eve song up as an earworm. And this is not an All About Eve song. It’s not even (quite) an All About The Mission song. But it is a rather splendid cover version, and I feel curiously vindicated in knowing that the arrangement was by the Regan half of the duo.

Kathy Mattea – Late In The Day
This is the perfect post-break up song. Uncompromising country. Bourbon. Heartache. Yessireebob.

Tom Russell (with Lucinda Williams & Calexico) – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
On this bonus track from his fantastic new album, Mesabi, Tom Russell teams up with Lucinda Williams (who previously covered it on her own) and Calexico. That combination brings a more fitting level of menace to the lyrics than Dylan’s sitting around the campfire delivery.

Please send submissions to earworm@tincanland.com – thanks! And don’t forget: Please send those festive Earworms in by 12 December!

Spill Awards 2011: get your nominations in now!

Okay, you all asked for it, or at any rate failed to register objections in time… On behalf of the organising committee for this year’s Spill Awards, I am delighted to invite you to send in your nominations for the different categories set out below, to abahachi@hotmail.co.uk – please DON’T post them in the comments below, as this whole thing works better if it’s a surprise to everyone but me. Nominations will close on December 15th, and the polls for categories where there’s a vote will appear shortly thereafter; the award ceremony itself will take place early in the New Year.

Album of the Year You can nominate up to five albums released over the last year; a shortlist will be drawn up and everyone will then have the opportunity to vote for their favourites.

Oldie of the Year Specially for those who don’t buy so much contemporary music, this is your opportunity to nominate an older record that you’ve discovered this year. One nomination per person, and please write a sentence to explain your choice.

Film of the Year Nominate up to three films.

TV Programme of the Year Nominate up to three programmes.

Person of the Year One nomination per person, and please justify your choice.

Villain of the Year Ditto

Most Sadly Missed Which of this year’s deaths – a lot of great musicians have passed on this year – affected you most? One nomination, please say a few words.

Event of the Year Ditto

Book of the Year Ditto

Randomness Feel free to suggest any other awards that we ought to be making…

China Rider

The first Hunter/Garcia collaboration (and the first Grateful Dead A-listing – for Surreal Songs, back in the Golden Age Of Maddy), China Cat Sunflower had a suitably odd conception.

Robert Hunter: “I think the germ of [the song] came in Mexico …. I had a cat sitting on my belly, and was in a rather hypersensitive state, and I followed this cat out to – I believe it was Neptune – and there were rainbows across Neptune, and cats marching across the rainbow. This cat took me in all these cat places; there’s some essence of that in the song.”

He also said that: “It was originally inspired by Dame Edith Sitwell, who had a way with words” (‘palace of the Queen Chinee’ is a direct quote from her poem, Trio for Two Cats and a Trombone). With its perky little tune and many half-references, it has the feel of an obscure poem for children whose complete meaning has been lost over time. Continue reading