Earworms 22 August 2016

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Another week begins – thanks to those who enquired about my pussy – NO tittering at the back there – I’m glad to say he is doing quite well, for an elderly chap. You’ve all been doing well too, topping up the earworm bank a bit, so thanks for that too. Please keep ’em coming to earworm@tincanland.com, and I hope these get your week off to a cheerful start. (Is it me, or does that wasp’s nest look like some kind of rotund, bald, koala bear?)

The Monkees – Me and Magdalena (version 2) – severin: If somebody had asked me, at the beginning of the year, to name artists who might make my favourite album of 2016 I would have been stumped. It’s just possible that after tentatively naming Olivia Chaney, Kim Churchill and all the ex members of Katzenjammer (plus a few more Norwegians) I might have sat with my mouth open for a while and finally said “The Monkees” for a bit of a joke. Not a joke any longer. Their new album is certainly in my top three so far this year and this particular song is quite sublime. Two versions of it were recorded. This one is only available on the deluxe edition of the CD – or downloadable on its own of course. If pushed the more acoustic version 1 is even better but frankly it is hard to choose.

Warpaint – New Song – CaroleBristol: Warpaint are headlining the Simple Things Festival in Bristol in October, and they also have a new album due out. This track is a lot more bouncy and poppy than much of their previous music and I think that this works well, but I do love their floaty, shoegazing stuff a lot.

Culture – Behold – goneforeign: This morning I had a serious ear worm, out of nowhere the line “I come quickly” was repeating in my brain. Neither google nor Wiki were helpful though they did give me the biblical source. I kept thinking it was Bob and then out of nowhere the penny dropped, it was Culture. True enough, when I opened iTunes there it was, “Behold”. Good old Joseph Hill. Enjoy. “This world is like a mirror / Reflecting what you do / And if you face it smiling / It will smile right back to you / So do unto others as you would have them do to you / So that your days / Will be many, many years much longer / He said behold, behold, I come quickly”.

Roger Glover feat. Ronnie James Dio: Love Is All – abahachi: Rock stars did some very odd things back in the 1970s, such as recording concept albums based on the children’s poem The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast. If, as I strongly suspect, Deep Purple’s Roger Glover has spent much of his spare time in the last three decades trying to destroy all the evidence, he might be interested to know that Belgian radio still has a copy of this single and plays it regularly.

Willie Dixon – 88 Boogie – Ravi Raman: From a re-issue of a classic blues album and one that I just picked up. Jive blues packed into just over 2:30 minutes.

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Wasp’s Nest – tincanman: Settin’ on a porch version of There’s A Hole In My Bucket with crunchy guitar.

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Earworms 15 August 2016

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Good morning, good morning. I was (finally) going to have a few days away this week, but my poor old cat is feeling feeble, so I’m still here. I’m glad to say Sparky is still here too, and managed a fish finger yesterday. Here’s some music to sooth and restore the spirits of even the most elderly cat. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Misha Marah feat. Fatih: Ik zie jou in kleur – abahachi: The Flemish Top 50 currently features a weird mixture of Ibiza-style summery Europop, an awful lot of Schlager and a number of foreign language versions of familiar songs; Sting’s tedious Fields of Gold is substantially improved when transformed into Vlammse Velden (‘Fields of Flanders’) with a female singer, and this Dylan number definitely benefits from the rap bits…

Yusef Lateef (aka William Evans) – Bamboo Flute Blues – Ravi Raman: Suggested by a local iTunes/Spotify kinda service. I don’t know whether they saw too many songs/albums with Blues in the title or whether it was because I like flautists in general. Anyway much to my surprise I learned well after buying that Yusef Lateef is an American saxophonist who played with Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. Published in 1965 and it still sounds fresh to me 50 years on.

Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – goneforeign: Sometime in the early ’60’s, around maybe 1962 I saw Cannonball at a small club in San Diego on a Saturday night. The mood was exactly like this, great music and a great crowd. This was recorded a few years later. One image sticks in my mind, it’s of the look of total adoration that Nat had for his big brother whenever he soloed. The quintet is: Cannonball Adderley – Alto saxophone; Nat Adderley – Cornet; Joe Zawinul – Piano, Wurlitzer electric piano; Victor Gaskin – Bass; Roy McCurdy – Drums.

Steampacket – Cry Me A River – tincanman: Yes, this is one of the 250+ adaptations of the 1955 Julie London hit. Steampacket was formed by Long John Baldry in 1965 as a vehicle for a young busker named Rod Stewart and lasted a whole year and a half. Singer-actor Julie Driscoll and versatile organist Brian Auger completed the line-up.

Nina Simone – For all we Know – goneforeign: Another where Nina shows her Bach roots. There’s a good documentary about her on Netflix that’s worth seeing and then there’s that other, the UK production that looks like a total waste.

Ryan Teague – Cascades – AliMunday: Soundcloud tells me that Ryan Teague is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol. He also produces music and sound design for film & TV productions and has spent time in Indonesia studying Javanese Gamelan Music (so a possible link with the bamboo flute)? This is delicate and evocative, it’s from his 2012 album “Field Drawings”.

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Earworms 8 August 2016

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A thoughtful and reasonably tranquil wormfest today, don’t expect to be leaping around with the air guitar. Hope you enjoy, and please keep those worms coming in to earworm@tincanland.com. Many thanks.

Shankar Mahadevan – Padipattu – Ravi Raman: Padipattu is sung by devotees who go on a pilgrimage to Sabari Mala, a hill temple in Kerala. Though I have never heard it sung so fantastically. Shankar Mahadevan was trained in Carnatic vocals from an early age and is one of the best of the current lot of singers. He sings in multiple languages and across genres. (Sorry it ends abruptly, have tried to download elsewhere but can’t find a complete version– Ed).

Avishai Cohen – Continuo – AliM: Avishai Cohen is an Israeli bassist, who, after a long struggle, got a break with a record contract with the jazz pianist Chick Corea. He later started his own record label; this is the title track from his 2006 album. Marvellous. And he’s only 46. (Thanks again, Spotify).

Willis Earl Beal – Lust – tincanman: Undefinable mood music from 2015’s Noctunes intended “to aid the brokenhearted to sleep”. I’d say the eccentric Chicagoan is shit at marketing, but he once went around the city handing out flyers with his picture on them advertising for a girlfriend. Lets call him non-traditional.

Lionel Hampton All Stars – Star Dust – goneforeign: I normally wouldn’t offer a 15 minute cut on Earworms but others have got away with it, so what the hell, here goes. Star Dust is often referred to as the greatest title in the jazz repertoire, this live version by Lionel Hampton is far and away the greatest version. I heard it on the radio in the early 60’s and looked everywhere for it but it was no longer available and then one day I found an excellent condition LP, this is it. It’s the Lionel Hampton All Stars, live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Aug 4th, 1947. It’s the epitome of swing, discrete swing and what a groove the rhythm section lays down. The highlight is Hamp’s solo which starts at 9.45. He’s amazing, he varies tempo constantly and his inventive improvisations are sheer genius, he set the standard for playing the vibraphone that’s lasted ’til now. As you can gather I LOVE this piece of music.

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Earworms 1 August 2016

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A dash of nepotism for you this week, and none the worse for that. Hope it gets August off to a good start. Meanwhile, thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Mayes – Far Too Easy – Debbym via Ali: This is from Mayes’ debut EP, featuring Debby’s son on lead vocal and guitar. You can find out more here: http://www.mayesband.com (text only in oddly translated German at present) with a link to itunes, soundcloud etc. and I think they’re on Spotify, too. Excellent stuff, I love this.

YesBodyElse – Concrete Donkey – tfd: This is one of my son Matt’s earliest songs, given a makeover here by his new band YesBodyElse. It’s a true story based on events that Matt and some of his friends in MK got involved in when they were teenagers; unfortunately it’s rather hard to tell from the song just exactly what was going on, and if you ask the culprits now they’ll just say they don’t remember, and they weren’t there anyway.

Andre Williams – Cadillac Jack – tincanman: The Detroit veteran’s new album (probably an 80th birthday present to himself. Meow) complains he’s not been asked into any music halls of fame. Too many stupid novelty songs naming dances after animal parts and not enough r&b storytelling as on this 1968 minor hit is my answer.

Ella and Basie – This is my last affair – goneforeign: A perfect combination, both superstars. I love everything about Ella’s singing, she’s perfect. Basie’s band is also, it runs like a Swiss watch.

Ornette Coleman – Law Years – Ravi Raman: This track came up on an ad here, very creatively used for a chase sequence. Though issued separately I have it via a four disc album called Pure Jazz, which has a huge collection of artists.

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Earworms 25 July 2016

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Another joyous selection for you. I used to treasure my albums and CDs – now I am still fond of music I used to listen to a lot, but I’m even happier listening to music that’s new to me – and there’s a great selection here. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Disperse – Dancing With Endless Love – AliM: Another gem from Spotify. Disperse are a Polish band who, according to Bandcamp, “… balance amazing technical skill with elegance as they inject their own style into a modern take on intelligent, progressive metal and rock.” Sounds good to me.

Kutle Khan and Kavita Seth – Khari Khari – Ravi Raman: Here’s an Amit Trivedi composition, combining Punjabi folk and some Indian R&B! Kutle Khan of Rajasthan Roots and well-known Indie singer Kavita Seth join hands in this Amit Trivedi composition. Amit is known for composing rustic leaning songs.

Ann Mortifee – One Man Sally Ann – tincanman: Would love to report she is a Canadian treasure, but …

Henry Priestman – Grey’s The New Blonde – tfd: Henry used to be in a band called the Christians, which comprised three brothers whose surname is Christian and him – and his middle name is Christian! How often does that happen? Anyway, I’m friendly with a local band called Kobold who are fans of Henry and do several songs of his, including this one. (Which is, OK, a bit trite and soppy…but it strikes a chord, that’s all I’ll say.) So they set up a gig for him in Stony Stratford recently and told me I had to come along and see Henry because he’s very good, so I did and he was.

Billy Bragg and the Blokes – Billericay Dicky – severin: From the Brand New Boots and Panties album of cover versions. Could have picked almost anything from it but this is a bit of a gem. Billy had fun with this one.

Cassandra Wilson – Death Letter – goneforeign: This was written in the ’30’s by Son House and was a part of his ’60’s blues revival repertoire. It has been covered by many artists as Death Letter Blues, here’s a version by Cassandra Wilson.

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Tuesday night family tree challenge #7

I hope Carole is enjoying her holiday. Meanwhile, thanks to tfd for suggesting today’s contender, Maggie Holland. Born in Hampshire, she became involved in the 1960s folk club scene and has played in numerous bands and collaborated with many other artists. Here she is in this week’s youtube playlist, singing A Place Called England, which won her a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award as Best Song of 1999:

Now it’s over to you to expand the family tree by adding more of her music / collaborations / influences / songs that have been covered by others to the above youtube playlist, if you can. I can’t get any of the collaborative links to work this week (although I’ve done exactly the same as last week), so if all else fails just tell me what you want to add to the list and I’ll do it myself (sigh). It’s too hot for a beer but I’m having one anyway. There. That’s better.

UPDATE: TRY THIS LINK TO ADD SONGS TO THE YT PLAYLIST: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJi415WCqJ306zUffcyjMwJA7KDOHWomM

Earworms 18 July 2016

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There’s a free download for you this week from Richard Lewis McLane, an interesting art-rock / neo-progressive-rock artist from the United States. His first release Beyond Words contains five tracks of instrumental rock; he has sent us a Soundcloud link to S’allgood, the lead track: http://soundcloud.com/user-545898960/Sallgood. The track is also free to download from this Bandcamp link:  http://richardlewismclane.bandcamp.com/. Happy listening, thanks to all contributors and please keep those worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Miriam Makeba –  Mbube – goneforeign: There was a popular group in the ’50’s called The Weavers, they had a hit called Wimoweh. I was so taken with it that I researched it and discovered that it was based on a South African song by Miriam Makeba, it was my introduction to African Music. Forty odd years later I met and photographed Miriam Makeba. Here’s Mbube.

Hari Prasad Chaurasia, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain – Lotus Feet – Ravi Raman: Song-Bar noms reminded me of this old favourite of mine. I’ve had this for many years and never fails to bliss me out. A rare combination as Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the flautist, doesn’t do Fusion. Here he plays with John McLaughlin, with Zakir Hussain on tabla, in a superb album called Remember Shakti.

Jackson Browne – For A Dancer – tincanman: Things I dislike about Jackson Browne: a) his voice b) he’s often lazy. But he won’t leave a dry eye in all of The Spilldom with this eulogy for a friend.

English Country Blues Band – Rambling Boys Of Pleasure – tfd: sandy8491, junks and I recently attended a Hot Vultures gig down in sunny Peacehaven, and this was a song that Sandy and I specially liked. It wasn’t on the compilation CD which I bought at the gig though, and so when I got back home I looked it up and tracked it down. Hot Vultures are Maggie Holland and her ex, Ian A Anderson; ECBB are those two plus Ron Stradling on squeezebox.

Freda Payne – Welcome to the Human Race – severin: Great voice, great sentiments, great bass line. From 2007. I bought a compilation CD called “Luxury Soul” for somebody else and the MP3 downloaded to my computer. This is the track I’ve played the most.

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Lobby – AliM: This track is haunting me. TKDE formed in 2000 as a project to compose new music for existing silent movies including Nosferatu and Metropolis. Apparently they split up in 2014. This is all I know.

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