Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea – All New Podcast !

Yes, that’s right ‘Spillers, an all-new PODCAST! Long overdue, I know….but, better late than never, right? Well, don’t agree until you’ve listened to it !

It’s a very random and eclectic mix based on whatever was in my box of records at the time….and there were so many I didn’t get to that I wanted to include. They’ll have to wait until next time, I suppose.

Listen until the end for some exciting news ! Well, exciting for me, not perhaps for anyone else !

Enjoy !

Grimey Fish

Courtesy of  Ghetto Bassquake, a blog that specialises in the sort of dance music that I’m way too old and staid to appreciate, but one of my little brother’s mates is part of the management, hence I was introduced to this…

“I’m sceptical that this guy’s fish really is the best in town if its only a quid but he most definitely has the best sales tune. Listen. And Learn.

Comon ladies Comon ladies 1 pound fish (X2)
1 pound fish comon have a look 1 pound fish heva have a look 1 pound fish
very very good 1 pound fish very very cheap 1 pound fish
6 for 5 pound 1 pound each (X2)
fish to the 1 pound (X4)
6 for 5 pound, 1 pound each
fish to the 1 pound (X2)
Comon ladies Comon ladies to the fish 1 pound each
1 pound each (X2)
very good and very cheap (X2)

With a tune this good, happy to see that Boy Better Know have sampled him on a new beat. Naturally. As Twister once said… ”make you a celebrity overnight”.

The Spill Challenge Vol 2 No.12 . . .It is all about me! ME ! ME ! ME ! ! !

I think every rapper that ever lived has made a track about how cool, sexy and bad ass they are, but not all tracks made by musicians about themselves have to be so egotistical.

Bigga Raiji in Song Of the Stomach gives us a humorous look at his life as a “Big Belly Man” (which was an Earworm some time ago) and Scandal show us how little attention they paid in English classes at school in Scandal no Theme (featured in He Said – She Said –  We Speak Enrish)

So this week challenge is tracks by bands and  musicians about themselves.

To start you off I will nominate maybe my favourite AKB48 track.  Of course AKB48 is one of the most successful J-Pop Idol groups ever.  They are only the third girl group ever to play the Tokyo Dome and last year alone they sold more than 9 million records ! ! !

But success was not instant and when they first stated in 2006 they played in their theatre in  Akihabara district of Tokyo to small audiences of curious passers by and empty seats.  In fact in their first concert there were only 7 people in the audience.

AKB48 are made of different teams, each with 16 members.   The first team formed was Team A which was originally 22 members (16 performers and 6 reserves as they performed every day and needed to rotate)  Later teams K and B were added.  Team A is still considered the best team and this was the group of girls that started the whole thing.  In the song Pioneer they remember the early days.

Pioneer is one of the Highlights of their concerts and only Team A perform it.  You can really see how emotional they are and feel the pride they have in being the Pioneers ! ! !

The video has English subtitles and the translation not so bad so I have not translated it.

AKB48 – Pioneer

I hope you like it

So my dear Spillers – what tracks do you like by bands or musicians about themselves ? ? ?

So, What Is It That You Do Here?

The reason that RR Comments 1 came into being resulted from discussion on RR that while lots of people show up, many of them don’t stick around. We wondered whether partly this might be because they don’t understand what we are all doing and think that perhaps that there are “unwritten rules” that they might run foul of.

What came out in discussion of this document was that it was felt that including this in The Marconium might seem even more restrictive and off-putting.  Another important point that came of the discussion was to actually state that newcomers are welcome and valued.  As I mentioned in my first post of today, I feel that a welcome should be written by someone else, whether it is included with this document (which may never go ahead anyway) or stands alone.

Based upon your comments and items for inclusion from The ‘Spill posting last week I have added in the extra stuff, and put in a summary header which I hope makes it sufficiently clear that this document is lighthearted and non-threatening. My WP programme does not have red-line capability so the new text is in blue.  Please review, comment and vote on this one too.

I forgot on the previous one to put an end date.  I’ll leave them both up until next Sunday 3rd June to give everyone sufficient time.  Thanks

They Pesky Technical Tips…

I’m attaching the draft Technical Tips RR document for you all to review, make suggestions and vote on. Anyone who doesn’t have the ability to use Adobe let me know.

I don’t know who the keymaster(s)  to The ‘Spill is so that would be nice to include!

I did not include how to make contact for Dropbox. I thought that needed to be discussed.

Apologies for my lack of technical experience/technical writing ability. All comments and suggestions very welcome.

Feedback From Draft Document for The Marconium

Following lots of good discussion last week, I said I would feed back from the first draft document, would make revisions to incorporate the views expressed, and break it down so that  everyone could vote on the various components.

My understanding of the views expressed can be summarized thus:

  • Some thoughts were expressed that a welcoming statement on the home page of The Marconium might be nice
  • There were concerns that anything we did might be regarded as prescriptive to newcomers on the blog and put them off rather than otherwise
  • There was a fairly clear concensus that any technical tips should be separated from any quotes on how people go about nomination/donding and that it should be clarified that there are no rules other than The Guardian ones.

Why I said I would put together a document on technical tips I don’t know, being very untechnical, but I stand by that! I’ve also incorporated your additional nomination and recommending/donding styles into a separate document. 

 I will be posting during the course of today the two documents for you all to review again and vote on:

1. A document containing only technical tips and  useful information that has been suggested

2  A document which is provisionally entitled From The RR Confessional which contains your half-joking nominating/donding techniques

And if you don’t like either of them and they are scrapped, that’s perfectly okay. Just discussing these issues is good!

What I am not comfortable doing is drafting up a welcome, which I think should come from someone who has been on the blog for longer than I have.  If you would like to post your thoughts on that below, please do.

Earworms – 28th May

Musician or gangster? You decide...

Suite For Ma Dukes – Untitled/Fantastic (GAM Remix)
For some reason, L.A. seems to be where it’s at for me in producing quality music over the past few years; take this one from the Suite For Ma Dukes orchestra, arranged & conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, of a couple of the late great J Dilla hip-hop compositions that have been remixed by Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Moondog – Symphonique #6 (Good for Goodie)
I was vaguely reminded of this again when that Neil Cowley clip was posted a few weeks ago. This is such an extraordinarily eccentric funky classical/jazz piece by the Viking of 6th Avenue.

Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet – I Almost Had A Weakness
Every time that I listen to the Juliet Letters, this song leaps out at me. It does so just as much for the staccato strings as for the acerbic words – a marriage of sound and meaning that works so well, and which sounds so fresh.

Esperanza Spalding – Crowned & Kissed
Gorgeous Portlander Esperanza Spaulding is out with a new album & once again enchanting me with her great bass lines & elvish voice.  This hits all my buttons.

Lulu – After the Feeling Is Gone (with The Dixie Flyers)
I always thought of Lulu as a bit of a raspy old belter – who knew she had the capability to deliver a song with the subtlety she does here? I love the thoughtful maturity of the lyric too. It all makes me think that, had she had better quality control, she might now be spoken of in the same breath as Dusty.

Damnation of Adam Blessing – Fingers On A Windmill
This Cleveland, Ohio group spent numerous years on a major label (United Artists), with nary a hit to show for it.  And as a final insult, the label misspelled the title on the picture sleeve.  Ouch!  Some really cheesy hippie-dippy lyrics (“Someone killed a teardrop, made a child cry”), but an interesting example of very late period baroque psychedelia nonetheless.
SweetHomeAlabama ( … hover for extra blurb)

Please send all of your lovely earworms, with a few words to cover them (and keep them warm), to Earworm Central at  Thank you!