Earworms 5 December 2016

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Cracking selection for you this week, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Nothing much to report this week, except that I discovered that there is a village called Triangle. Apparently it was previously called “Pond” – which was all very interesting but not terribly helpful as I was meant to be in Mytholmroyd. But I digress – Christmas is coming, about time we had some Christmas Earworms to dispel the darkness. Please send any likely contenders to earworm@tincanland.com by Thursday 15 December, and I’ll do something festive with them on the 19th. Thanks all.

Roy Buchanan – Green Onions – Ravi Raman: I’m sure you are all familiar with this track, either via Blues Brothers or Booker T. This is a master of the Telecaster and a much less known guitarist. From a compilation album called Guitar On Fire. Wait for a couple of minutes to go before the drama begins.

La Femme – It’s time to wake up 2023 – glassarfemptee: French psych-pop band La Femme are all over the place just now. This track, “It’s time to wake up 2023”, is from their 2013 debut album, “Psycho Tropical Berlin”. It has a relentless Krautrock feel. I just can’t stop playing it! Maybe it has a message for the American electorate?

The Temperance Movement – Modern Massacre – DsD: Continuing my current trend of needing loud, here’s a short, sharp shouty rocker from DsD fave singer Phil Campbell’s current band. The album’s been out all year, and I STILL haven’t got round to buying it. :o( (Subtle hint for Christmas pressie? Ed.)

Sturgill Simpson – All Around You – tincanman: In 2006 Van Morrison swooped down upon Nashville to tick making a country record off his bucket list, pooped his trousers, and left. Sturgill’s 2016 “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” is how it could have been.

Ella Fitzgerald – Whisper Not – goneforeign: “Whisper Not” is perfectly suited to Ella’s style, or is it vice-versa? This must be one of the most difficult songs she ever tackled, just listen and try to anticipate Benny Golson’s melody and notice how she’s always on it. On the wonderful out-chorus, Ella takes a major departure from the entire melody, looping over, under, and around and weaving a fantastic line of notes with the lyrics, by Leonard Feather.  As always, she’s on Verve and produced by Norman Granz. Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals / Sweets Edison – trumpet / Bill Perkins – Tenor Saxophone / Jimmy Rowles – Piano / Al Viola – Guitar / Joe Mondragon – Bass / Shelly Manne – Drums / Marty Paich – Arranger, Conductor.

Moddi – A Matter of Habit – severin: From his “Unsongs” album. Cover versions – some translated, some with new tunes – of songs which have been banned by various authorities. This one written by Israeli author Alona Kimhi and musician Izhar Ashdot.  Banned from radio there for showing disrespect to the armed forces. Here’s a Youtube link to the original version. 


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Sounds on Sunday 9

More new sounds for you this week. Please let me have your comments below, along with any recommendations for new music you’d like to share. If anyone is thinking of sending us a link, Youtube or Soundcloud are preferred because it’s easier to make a playlist – but I’m grateful for all contributions, just sorry we can’t feature them all. Today we start with the Youtube playlist above, details as follows:

Electric Pyramid – Rome: British-Italian four-piece Electric Pyramid have just revealed the video for their new single “Rome”. They supported Queen on tour in Europe earlier this year and are about to play a London headline show at Notting Hill Arts Club on December 5th. Inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin and QOTSA.

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Earworms 28 November 2016

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A slightly wistful and Autumnal selection to chill out to today. In similar vein, here is a new track from Uma and the Wandering Stars, a new London-based alternative band, who recently finished recording their debut EP  Trapped, which was produced by Fraser Smith from Shed Seven, and Mastered by Dick Beetham (Stereophonics, Scissor Sisters, KT Tunstall etc.). This single I Don’t Know “is a haunting mixture of indie/art rock with baroque pop elements.” https://soundcloud.com/umaspage/i-dont-know

Thanks to everyone for the Earworms, please keep them coming in to earworm@tincanland.com. where they will be made most welcome.

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Sounds on Sunday 8

In addition to the Soundcloud playlist above, this week we have an exclusive link to Little India‘s new EP “Neon Jungle“, released on 25 November.  https://soundcloud.com/littleindiaband/sets/neon-jungle

Little India are Conan Karpinski (lead vocals, guitar), Andrew Dixon (bass, vocals), Dallyn Hunt (drums) and Tim Morrison (guitar, vocals). Their success unfolded after coming together to play music just three years ago. Their influences are credited to the combination of their South African and Canadian heritages with a strong British influence. Jon Siddall (CBC Music) explains their music as “The Cure meets Talking Heads.” Their success has been driven by their debut EP, Up All Night, resulting in winning both Vancouver’s ‘The Shore 104.3 FM’s Best of BC’ and ‘CFOX’s Seeds Competition’ in 2014, as well as ascending into the top 12 of the 2015 “Peak Performance Project” hosted by The Peak 102.7. The band has reached over three million total streams on Spotify, performed at numerous festivals including Squamish Fest, Canadian Music Week, Rifflandia, and Keloha, and performed as the support act for established bands like Kodaline and Cold War Kids across Canada’s most prestigious venues. Their song ‘Sleep’ has been spun on U.K.’s BBC and BC’s The Zone and The Fox, while ‘Oola’ has received over 50,432 streams on SoundCloud, followed with a music video released on July 21st, 2015.

You can read about today’s other featured artists below. I hope you enjoy this week’s new music, please mention any new sounds you’d like to share in the comments.

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Earworms 21 November 2016

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I’ve been allowed out, since the last Earworms post. I went to see John Fairhurst at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge – he’s described as “the Wigan Jimi Hendrix”, influenced by blues, rock, and sarod master K.Sridar, with a voice reminiscent of Captain Beefheart. Amazing guitarist. He played solo for the first half of the set, then with Nuno Brito on drums and Nina Harries on electric upright bass for the remainder. I am impressed, so here is a youtube playlist for you:


Now to the earworms, another great selection this week. Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Kauan – Valveuni – abahachi: I’ve loved this track ever since Fuel suggested it for my first stint as RR Guru, on Winds, and since the band have just made the whole album available on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/kauan/sets/aava-tuulen-maa) I’ve been prompted to shout about it again. Magnificent, epic, evocative, and much too short…

Emily Hall – Eternity – severin: From the album Winter 2014. Emily Hall is a composer who has worked with a number of different vocalists, classical and popular. This song features words by Rimbaud and is sung by Olivia Chaney. What were the chances of me not sending it in to earworms? All prejudice aside (honest) I think this is sublime.

Masala Coffee – Kaantha – Ravi Raman: My latest find. A local band called Masala Coffee and made up of eight sessions musicians. “Kaantha (a girl’s name) look at life. There are a thousand interesting things there,” is what they are singing. A new sound and I thought an interesting share for The ‘Spill.

Seasick Steve – That’s All – glassarfemptee: For some reason I’ve being listening to a lot of blues today. Can’t think why! The impending Trump presidency has driven me to the blues. Here’s Seasick Steve – “Freedom for most, is just a word – like toast. But you take it away, and you’ll learn to sing “I want to fly like a bird”.

Steve’n’Seagulls – Paradise City – AliM: I took the dog to the pub the other night, and some chums were talking about this Finnish bluegrass band, who were playing in Manchester on Friday. They do banjo covers of rock and heavy metal songs. How could I resist this laid-back version of the Guns’n’Roses classic?

Shannon Curfman – Oh Well – DsD: I’m feeling the need for power chords and volume at the moment. This Fleetwood Mac cover hits the sweet spot. You know the phrase “It’s not big and it’s not clever”? Oh Well may not be clever, but ye gods, it’s big!

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Sounds on Sunday 7

More new sounds for you this week, ranging from electronica to folk and Sweden to Brooklyn (via Sheffield). Listen to the Soundcloud playlist, let me know what you think in the comments below, and please mention any new music you’d like to share.

Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing – Bulk Enrolment (extended mix) – Grok Enrol is a Sheffield-based musician working under the guises of The Weird & the Wonderful, and Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing. The present line-up is Grok Enrol and Phill Geldoff, who are working on a debut album, due out in 2017.

Delicate Features – The Sun Tangled In Your Hair – The project Delicate Features was formed in St. Petersburg in 2012 by a musician Pavel Diakov-Astvatsaturian and a singer Radmila Nikogosian. In August 2014 their debut album “The Passenger” was released by Los Angeles based record label Not Not Fun. They rarely perform on stage, remaining a St. Petersburg mystic treasure. On the 28th of November 2016 their second album «Sky of Earth» is out on Not Not Fun.

Vital – Invisible – from the recently released “The Vital Album”. Two of the tracks are due to be released in major video games in Spring 2017. “There is an Afro-Caribbean flavor (Jamaican?) to these tunes that make them unique and subtly brilliant.”

Hugh Macdonald – On My Way – Hugh is a talented 19-year-old singer/ songwriter currently studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is originally from South Africa and the UK. He released an EP on the 1st of November called MÅNGATA and has just finished a tour of the West Coast. He also has some festivals lined up for the summer of 2017.

Jesse Ruben – Scared of America – Brooklyn singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben says “I think there are things we could be doing better. This isn’t a protest song. It’s just what I’ve noticed recently. It’s our job as writers to say these things.” You can read more about his inspirational life here: http://www.jesseruben.com/about/

Hideout – Doctor – “Hideout is Manhattan-based songwriter Gabriel Rodriguez, who’s also a long-time member of indie-pop band Cults. Sophomore album So Many Hoops/So Little Time is due out 2/3/17 via Small Plates Records.”

Albin Eidhagen – Run Run Run – Albin Eidhagen is from Sundbyberg, Sweden, and recently released this debut single. He says: “I usually write music in English but sometimes the only way to express myself naturally is with my mother tongue. In my new song Run Run Run I start out with English but to make my music as honest as I wish it to be, I had to sing the chorus in Swedish. The translation would be something like this: “So I run run run run, tears were falling from my cheeks, can you feel my heart is burning. So I run run run run, falling down into your hand, wonder when the wind will turn.”

Harry Phillips – Bimini – A newly-released (debut) delicate ballad from Harry Phillips, you can read more about him here in this excellent interview from Highclouds: http://www.highclouds.org/newcomer-listen-to-the-debut-folk-track-by-harry-phillips-called-bimini/

Earworms 14 November 2016

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Good morning, good morning. Earworms is late and disorganised this morning (don’t ask) – anyway I doubt whether anyone has noticed yet, so here we go. Newbie this week is DD Allen’s new single ‘Just Like The Old Days’. The UK singer-songwriter teamed up with Mike Spink (The 1975, Jake Bugg) and Andrew Scheps (Adele, Hozier) to record the first single from his forthcoming album. He cites Bob Dylan as his greatest inspiration. Ahead of his album release, here is DD’s new music video:

Meanwhile thanks to all contributors; please keep sending your earworms in to earworm@tincanland.com. and carry on reading for this week’s playlist.

Kailash Rana – Vidaai – Ravi Raman: Vidaai (or Bidai) means goodbye and this music is an integral part of North Indian weddings, though considerably more melancholic than it sounds here. This particular tune is played when the wedding has been completed and the bride says goodbye to her parents. Kailash Rana is a Rajasthani musician who specialises in the Shehnai, an oboe like instrument that is used here and is also an essential part of North Indian functions.

Mekit Hadero – Abay Mado – goneforeign: Born in Addis Ababa, Hadero fled with her parents (both doctors) to the United States in hopes of escaping the years of violence that followed Ethiopia’s 1974 revolution. She now lives in San Francisco, she sings in several Ethiopian languages including Amharic.

Art Bergmann – Bound For Vegas – tincanman: Anyone else hearing Fortune Teller? This was the Vancouver punk leader still going strong in 1990, after being polished up some by John Cale. Crippling arthritis has mostly sidelined him but I just saw him do an acoustic set and he’s still telling the authorities to piss off – and writing better than ever.

Slash, Myles Kennedy – Starlight – Ravi Raman: (Ravi, please tell us more – Ed.)

Albert Smith – The Thrill Is Gone – tincanman: We all know BB King’s signature adaptation of Roy Hawkins’ torchy original, but do we know who this groover Albert Smith is? Nope. It’s on a compilation called “True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax Vol. 2” and it takes you places BB didn’t even know existed.

Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl – tincanman: French DJ Kung’s remix battered the UK airwaves earlier this year, leading a curious mind to revisit the Melbourne R&B trio’s 2009 original (with guest and friend Kylie Auldist singing lead). And it’s a summer grower. Quite a warm Sweet Philly (https://goo.gl/23IviU) tone to it. (Sorry, I’ve missed the summer – Ed.)

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