Earworms 7 November 2016

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Today’s new music is from Leeds/Hull “Sister-Doom Duo” Chambers, and is dedicated to bethnoir as it was the most Goth-like submission I could find. Their new single “Hostile” will be released on 2 December, meanwhile they are preparing for a UK tour which starts in Hull on November 12 and ends in Bristol (Red Lion) on 28 January. Chambers are Aeris Houlihan – Vocals/Guitar and Eleanor-Cara Churchill – Drums. Here’s the Soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/ukchambers/hostile/

Thanks to everyone who has contributed more earworms, it’s another eclectic selection this week. Please keep them coming in to earworm@tincanland.com., the more the merrier.

Son Volt – Down to the Wire – Ravi Raman: From “The Rounder Records Story” – This album is absolutely wonderful. I keep finding gems every other day. Never heard of this guy myself and now searching for more of him.

Simone Felice – One Night Stands – tincanman: His 2015 live-in-studio with-invited-audience Banks Of The Kaaterskill album is my go-to when I’m stuck in public and need earbuds to take me away. It’s got more earwormy songs, but I wanted one that tells you if the album is for you.

Baaba Maal and Luciano – Africans Unite – goneforeign: Senegal and Jamaica come together for a universal theme. Bob wrote another version with the same title.

Piyush Mishra – Husna – Ravi Raman: Considering the tensions here I thought this was a timely share. Piyush Mishra is an actor, director and stage personality and an acclaimed poet from India. This song, couched as a letter to a former lover across the border in Pakistan, is more about the tragedies brought about by Partition. “Do the leaves fall from trees there like they do here? Does the smoke of Lohdi (a Muslim festival) still rise like it used to? Do they still listen to the melodies of Heer and Ranjha there and does Pakistan also cry just like Hindustan during the nights?”

Charlie Haden – Adagio – goneforeign: The concept of the project is to take a big band and record songs devoted to issues of human rights and political liberation, whether expressed in original compositions or revolutionary anthems, this piece is adapted from Not in Our Name and is devoted to American music and current political tensions. Once again, it is arranged by pianist Carla Bley, who initially created the band’s distinctive sound, this piece is adapted from Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

Vince Matthews & Jim Casey – Melva’s Wine – tincanman: These ’70s Nashville songwriting outlaws got an idea to (http://goo.gl/oRZOtK)  immortalizing a little town in songs – Lake Wobegan, but in Kentucky – and Johnny Cash, Cowboy Jack Clement, Kris Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein got involved. Drugs may have been involved, but it was genius. Sadly, Matthews’ mental illness interfered. He started talking about a traveling musical, a film and honorary plaques before the project was even finished. But two years ago The Delmore Recording Society (http://goo.gl/RuuR6w), which devotes itself to recovering lost tapes, unearthed it. https://delmorerecordings.bandcamp.com/track/melvas-wine

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9 thoughts on “Earworms 7 November 2016

  1. Son Volt – Down to the Wire – Nope, never heard of him before, either. Good, though, isn’t he? I do like this.

    Simone Felice – One Night Stands – This has a close, intimate feel to it. His voice reminds me a bit of Cat Stevens. I could imagine this song being given a huge Springsteen-type treatment, but I think it would suffer. Good track.

    Baaba Maal and Luciano – Africans Unite – Yes, I know this. It is from the album Nomad Soul, which I own but never play. It is one of the better tracks on what is generally a misguided mash-up of various types of world music with some truly dreadful collaborations on it.

    Piyush Mishra – Husna – This is beautiful, utterly entrancing music. I really like this a lot.

    Charlie Haden – Adagio – This has to be off of one of the Liberation Music Orchestra albums, surely? I used to have a couple of the early ones on cassette, but I can’t remember hearing this before. It is rather lovely, though. It has a similar feel to parts of the Miles Davis Sketches Of Spain album, which was arranged by Gil Evans.

    Vince Matthews & Jim Casey – Melva’s Wine – That was quite an oddity, touching in its own way. Yes, I liked it.

    Chambers – Hostile – I was expecting female vocals, so this was a bit of a surprise. It was OK, but a bit too grungey for my taste.

    So, this week there was a lot of lovely music. I think it has to be a dead heat between Piyush Mishra and Charlie Haden for the top spot, though.

  2. Simone Felice was great and thanks to Spill/RR I’ve been listening to quite a bit of music from Africa. Charlie Haden is something else though. Fantastic. And the Delmore Recording Society seems like one to watch.
    And about Husna: There’s a lot of noise about banning artistes both here and in Pakistan. So it’s nice to see a resurgence in songs like this. A fan has translated the lyrics into English. If anyone is interested
    https://krithya.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/husna-coke-studio-lyrics-and-translation/

      • Even the You Tube clip is mercifully free of the bile and vitriol that anything Indo-Pak attracts online and in print. Increased airplay and a lot of positive comments especially in the past couple of months when a lot of sabre rattling has been done.

  3. The Charlie Haden track was beautiful. Liked the others too, especially the Son Volt and Piyush Mishra. Wasn’t sure about Chambers the first time but enjoyed more on a replay. I liked their music more than the vocal tbh.

  4. I’ve just had a quick scan and Husna was the standout cut, wonderful! I played it twice with translation plus I watched the video at youtube which I highly recommend. I wasn’t able to think clearly about the rest so I’ll come back later.
    Carole; In my library Baaba is on a cd titled Reggae over Africa, I don’t have Nomad and based on yours plus some Amazon reviewers I won’t be getting it. I like this cut though.

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