Earworms 13 February 2017

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Earworm time again, and I hope all you music lovers have a happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, even if you’re in the “humbug” camp (like me). In the meantime, thanks to all contributors, and please keep sending those lovely worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Rob Shipster – Beleave me – glassarfemptee: Several friends have offspring in the music biz. Rob Shipster scrapes a living composing, DJ-ing, producing and making music live and in the studio. His ‘jack of all trades’ approach is necessary to earn a crust in the digital age, and he is an accomplished African drummer. So his music is eclectic to say the least, from reggae to classical, African roots to Django jazz. Here’s a track I especially like – “Beleave Me”, and you can find more of his music on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/search?q=rob%20shipster

The Groovemaster – Tangle Locks – severin: A track taken from a Trojan dub compilation I bought recently. Bought in fact because of another track (Butter fe Fish by Skin Flesh and Bones) which was nominated on Songbar recently. This one is (for me) another standout.

James Cotton – Everybody’s Fishin’ – Ravi Raman: Found this during Severin’s Fish week. Love the harmonica.  There’s an album of his called Harp Attack. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Otis Gibbs – Empire Hole – tincanman: From his Jan 2017 album Mount Renraw, Empire Hole is a shuttered quarry in Indiana that was excavated for the limestone to build the Empire State Building in New York City in the 1930’s. Today the 1% of Manhattan still have their landmark and the 99% who live in Oolitic on $17K/yr have a big, empty hole in the ground.

Maroon 5 – She will Be Loved – AliM: A pre-Valentine’s earworm for you – it’s not new, but it’s haunting me on the radio at the moment. “It’s not always rainbows and butterflies, it’s compromise that moves us along. My heart is full and my door’s always open, you come whenever you want …”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIjVuRTm-dc

Stoat – Talk Radio Makes Me Feel Alone – Cormac: My band is called Stoat, this song is called “Talk Radio Makes Me Feel Alone”, and it’s all about the horror of being forced to listen to the inane babble of talk radio at work. It’s danceable and guitar-based, with some electronica cut through it. Here’s the best comparison I can make: Two Door Cinema Club / Metronomy meets Scroobius Pip, or maybe even Sleaford Mods. The album it’s from is called ‘Try not to think about it’, due out in early summer with a few more singles between this and then. Video on youtube: https://youtu.be/K9xv3qcEcR8

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8 thoughts on “Earworms 13 February 2017

  1. Liked Beleave-me and Tangle Locks even more. Empire Hole is my favourite though. I’ve really enjoyed Otis Gibbs ever since I came across him during RRSA Refusal. Haven’t gone to You Tube yet. Thanks all.

    • Oh and Valentines Day – it has been receiving heavy attention from advt companies, TV stations etc. Which has made it a contentious affair especially in the last couple of years. Kids being kids want to celebrate and this has resulted in so called Hindu outfits banning such “non Indian” and “immoral” activities. The three states on the western coast, Maharashtra, Goa, and Kerala and cities like Bangalore invariably see some very nasty scenes. Sort of goes against the whole point.

      • It’s just over-commercialised here – like Christmas and any other “event” which just gets turned into an opportunity to make money! The original meaning behind it tends to get buried.

  2. I liked the other three on the player very much. I half remember the fishing one, some great guitar picking and harmonica but – so many songs, so many fish…..

    Wasn’t so sure about the two on Youtube.

    I’m sure I should be able to name dozens of other Maroon 5 songs but actually came to this one pretty much blind and, in the event, didn’t like the voice much. Song is ok though.Not knocking them, just wasn’t my thing.

    Stoat I found difficult to make head or tail of. That can be a good thing though. I shall persevere with it and see if anything happens.

    One year in the early nineties I received three valentine cards. Not sure if I’ve had any since although I did send one in 2003 with Shelley’s “Love’s Philosophy” written out by hand. Much good it did me……….

  3. I can’t say I loved this week’s selection, but my favourite was Otis Gibbs of the bunch reminded me of the deeply sad Bob Dylan’s North Country Blues. Happy Valentine’s day to those who celebrate it.

  4. Rob Shipster – Beleave me This is a rather nice, laid-back groove. Not exactly trip-hop but definitely a close neighbour. Nice.

    The Groovemaster – Tangle Locks This sounded so familiar that I went to see if it is on my 3-CD Trojan dub box set, but it isn’t. I expect that it is the King Tubby influence. Good stuff, though. I liked it a lot.

    James Cotton – Everybody’s Fishin’ Terrific stuff. I’ve got a few James Cotton things on blues compilations. Not heard this one before.

    Otis Gibbs – Empire Hole This is in Bruce Springsteen/Nebraska territory, isn’t it? It definitely exposes the downside of American national mythology. Exploiting the natural resources of a continent to glorify the cities is pretty much the unspoken truth behind the American Dream.

    Maroon 5 – She will Be Loved Maroon 5 are one of those bands that have pretty much passed me by, probably because they don’t seem to get played much on BBC 6Music, which is the only radio I listen to. This was OK, but not really gripping. Incredibly annoying video, though.

    Stoat – Talk Radio Makes Me Feel Alone I’ll come clean and admit that I really cannot stand the Sleaford Mods and I don’t much like Metronomy either. I am sure that this will appeal to a lot of people, but I am not one of them.

    OK, what did I like the best? I think that it was Rob Shipster, but James Cotton ran him close.

  5. Hmmm. Eclectic mix. Tanglelocks was nice and dubby; Empire hole a reminder of the damage capitalism too often leaves in its wake; Maroon 5 is a track I know and love, but I get the feeling Maroon 5 is a ‘guilty pleasure’ in RR territory; Stoat I’m afraid was the one I couldn’t listen to. Top of the pops this week was the lovely Everybody’s fishing’

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