RR Films: (Other) Musicians

Amidst all the petulance, prejudice and posturing of Adolf Trump’s first week, I found one glorious ray of sunshine: the Scorsese-produced doc about the Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip, was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Yippee!!

It’s the full 4-hour treatment awarded to Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty and it garnered much positivity from Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. I will swallow my pride and take a trial subscription to Amazon Prime to see it when it airs in 6 parts there in May.

Currently, my favourite film about musicians is, naturally, The Grateful Dead Movie (closely followed by Stop Making Sense), Jerry Garcia’s labour of love, which opens like this:

What films about musicians, in real life or biopic form, would you recommend?

Earworms 30 January 2017


Good morning, a wonderful bunch of worms to start the day and to take your mind off world events for 30 minutes. Hope you enjoy the music; thanks to all contributors and please keep those worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Tom Speight – Willow Tree – AliM: Released on 26.01.17, this is the lead track to be lifted from his new EP of the same name, due for release 10.03.17.  Joining forces with Jessica Staveley-Taylor from The Staves, their voices compliment each other well. Speaking about the track, Tom says: “We recorded around 11pm at night … all huddled around playing live next to each other … there was something really special about it because it felt so human. I was listening to a lot of Laura Marling and Damien Rice around the time and I think their methods definitely help shape this EP.” https://soundcloud.com/tomspeightmusic/willow-tree/s-YnzfN

Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile – Tarnation – Ravi Raman: Standout cut of the album called Bass and Mandolin. Don’t know anything about the two musicians, as I accidentally discovered them while browsing for some RR/SB topic.

Sleeping at Last – Taste – glassarfemptee: “Sleeping At Last” is the moniker of Chicago-based singer-songwriter, producer and composer, Ryan O’Neal. This track is from the soundtrack to a film about a charity bringing sustainable clean water supplies to developing countries. I hope you find it as beautiful as I did.

Samaris – T3mp0 – severin: I saw Icelandic combo, Samaris, at Camden’s Jazz café recently. Despite some sound problems they were fantastic. This is from their third album – the first to have lyrics sung in English. Previously the singer had sung the words of old Icelandic poems. Comparisons have been made with Bjork (of course) and occasionally Portishead but, I think, they have a sound of their own.

Nightwatchman – Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine – tincanman: All the poop going on in political circles these days cries out for ass-kicking protest song replies, and Tom Morello is just the man for the job. “Mick Jones of The Clash referred to his main guitar as a ‘heart attack machine’ and I named my new jet black acoustic axe ‘Black Spartacus’. And [we] have each others’ back, so foes of justice better start trembling in their boots.”

Lee Morgan Quintet – Sidewinder – goneforeign: The Sidewinder is a 1964 album by the trumpeter Lee Morgan, recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood, New Jersey, It was released on the Blue Note label. The title track, “The Sidewinder“, was one of the defining recordings of the soul jazz genre in the ’60’s, it became a jazz standard and it was on the air constantly on the fm jazz stations, consequently by January 1965, the album had reached No. 25 on the Billboard chart. It was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in his parents’ house in Hackensack, New Jersey, where a control room was built adjacent to the living room, which served as the musicians’ performing area. The dry acoustics of this working space were partly responsible for Van Gelder’s inimitable recording aesthetic. Bob Cranshaw, bassist, died at the age of 83 on November 2, 2016 in Manhattan, Van Gelder died in August 2016. I think the rhythm section creates a wonderful drive throughout and the three soloing musicians interactions are amazing.

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Sounds on Sunday (15)

More diverse new sounds to wake up your Sunday – thanks to all contributors. Have a listen and let me know what you think, in the comments below – please also mention any new music you’d like to share. Details as follows:

Delafaye – Rain: Another from Delafaye, “The moniker of Andrew Shockley, Delafaye, recorded and produced ‘’Rain” by himself at home on a 32-track recorder and computer in a small apartment over an art studio next to a bar called the hilltop tavern in Louisville, Kentucky, which is where he is from. It’s the final single to be taken from new forthcoming debut EP ‘The Hilltop’, which (will be) released on new London based label Street Mission Records (distributed through [PIAS]) on January 27th 2017.”

Brentron – Heat Soaked: “I’m a 24 y/o producer/singer/songwriter from Toronto. Although people have tried to put my music in a genre, most can’t because it really is something different, although for ease it can be called “Heavy Electronic Pop”. I played all kinds of instrument growing up and in different bands, although once I started producing electronic music at 20, I pretty much dropped everything else (including dropping out of University because of my obsession with music). I’ve been doing a lot of live shows in the underground Toronto music scene over the past year. I try to do 2 a month (which is pretty much just me plugging in my laptop to an AUX cable into a P.A. system and singing live over the top because I’m not much of a DJ).” https://soundcloud.com/brentron-music/heat-soaked-alternate-chorus-version

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RR Films….Named After Women

Two days after millions of women all over the world marched to protest against his misogyny, Trump enacted his revenge on the weakest and most vulnerable of them. By following the Republican tradition of banning any aid agency that receives US cash from providing counselling or referrals for abortion or advocating for access to abortion services in their country, the maverick outsider has ensured the death and suffering of untold thousands of women and girls.

So let’s counter with a celebration of films about women, specifically those named in the title. It’s a wide and varied field. Some (Ida, Philomena) have cropped up in previous topics but the choice is still vast. I’ll pick a German film that stuck in my mind from 2013, Lore, about a girl protected by her Nazi parents who discovers reality in 1945.

What films named after women would you recommend? Feel free to go for something lighter than my choice!

Earworms 23 January 2017

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Just four tunes for you this week, and some interesting info about “Give a Gig Week” on 24 – 31 March, a fund-raising Youth Music charity initiative with the aim of having 100 gigs happening in one week. Sounds like fun.

On the admin side, I’ve just renewed the annual subscription for WordPress Premium, which allows us to continue to post music on The ‘Spill. It’s $99, which is about £80, so if anyone wants to chip in (a fiver or a tenner at most), please email me on earworm@tincanland.com or message me by one of the many other means available.

Meanwhile, many thanks for the earworms this week, and please continue to send them to earworm@tincanland.com, should you have any you want to share.

Sujatha Majumdar – Genda Phool – Ravi Raman: This is an A R Rahman tune composed for a movie called Delhi 6 (an part of Old Delhi). Genda phool is the Indian marigold, which doesn’t have an arresting aroma like the jasmine or rose. One sort of gets accustomed to it. And that’s what the song’s about.  A mother telling her newly wed daughter “your in-laws are like genda phool. You may not like them at first but you’ll find out that soon they’re an integral part of life”. A prime example of what I call folktronica. https://youtu.be/d0RCVX1Wgw4

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – High Castle Rock – tincanman – No one told him this kind of psych fusion experimenting supposedly died in the 70s. Good thing, too. (Love this. Ed.)

Procul Harum – Whiter Shade of Pale – goneforeign: This cut has a special memory for me; My friend Augie Coppola had his office on the 6th floor of the faculty tower, one day about 5pm I popped in for a chat. When I entered his office this was playing quietly on his radio, we chatted a bit. Then a student knocked on his door, she was young and beautiful but she had the most amazing pale green eyes, I couldn’t stop staring at her. When she left I asked Augie, Did you ever see eyes like those? And that’s all we talked about all the while Procol Harum played on, her gorgeous green contact lenses.  It must have been 1967; you had to be there.

Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance – alimunday: WtM are an American rock band from Ohio, who had a hit with this song in 2014. I keep hearing it on the radio lately – it’s a great pop / rock song, bouncy, upbeat and very earwormy.

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