Earworms 24 October 2016

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Thanks for all the earworms, please keep them coming in to earworm@tincanland.com. Eclectic as ever, we also have a catchy new song from The Loft Club – “Heart’s Desire” Eat More Cake house re-mix. The Loft Club are a new British, sixties-styled, indie band, consisting of Daniel Schamroth, Jamie Whyte, Kieran Chalmers and Amy O’Loughlin. Their debut EP, also titled “Heart’s Desire”, is available now on Lightyear Entertainment. 

https://soundcloud.com/eatmorecake/the-loft-club-hearts-desire-eat-more-cake-remix . 

The Equators – Feel Like Making Love – severin: I heard this late one night in 1977 when John Peel played it on his radio programme. One of those reggae recordings that startled and (in some cases) delighted young rock fans around the UK. I was unfamiliar , at the time, with the original Roberta Flack version and certainly unprepared for the, frankly peculiar, dub which Peel also played – see below. A sometimes forgotten gem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH8Joxp88QA

Eddie Reader – Love is a Losing Game – glassarfemptee: Is it that time already, Eddie? Yes, it’s time for a 2 CD “Best of…” Eddie Reader.  I thought she was just getting started. But google reminds me it’s nearly thirty years since ‘Perfect’. Tempus fugit. Anyhow, here she is with a lovely cover of Amy Winehouse (RIP) from the amazing Back to Black album.

Spyro Gyra – Para Ti Latino – Ravi Raman: This is one group that seems to have disappeared from radio nowadays. I used to listen to them, and bands like Yes & Bread, a lot. Revisited their music and found this gem.

Coasters – Shopping For Clothes – tincanman: Who among us hasn’t imagined themselves as a large cross-dressed black man with a gruff voice shopping in Macy’s with the Pink Panther? 

The Wailers – All Day, All Night – goneforeign: You’ve probably heard the Island record version of this but this is ‘The Wailers’, not BMW. This was recorded in the early 70’s, before Bob signed with Island, Bob, Bunny and Tosh.

Wishbone Ash – Errors of My Way – AliM: Heard this again recently. Remembered why I liked Wishbone Ash back in the day. It’s from their eponymous debut album, in 1970. (46 years ago? Really??!!)

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Sounds on Sunday (3)

So much music, so little time, I will have to re-name this feature “Sounds in the Early Hours of Monday Morning”. Tonight I have a Soundcloud playlist for you, let me know what you think in the comments section below:

1. Indian folk-pop duo Parekh & Singh from Kolkata with “Philosophize,” ” a windswept tune about feeling out of place in ones’ surroundings, written while the duo were living in India about a shared longing towards the west.” They are the latest signees to Peace Frog Records (Little DragonJose Gonazelez).

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Earworms 17 October 2016

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Good Morning ‘Spillers. This week’s featured new music is from Dominic Ellerbee, a 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher and performer from Denver, who has an inspirational back story – too long to feature here, but you can find out more about him from several YouTube videos, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N27RuNfqq_0. Here is a Soundcloud link to his new single, “Old School Radio” – https://soundcloud.com/stella-nova-band/old-school-radio. Meanwhile, many thanks for the earworms, and please keep them coming to earworm@tincnland.com.

Laura Nyro – Beads of Sweat – CaroleBristol: I’ve been playing my Laura Nyro albums a fair bit recently, and although they are all brilliant, Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat is, for some reason one I play less often than the others. Not sure why, possibly because it evokes a certain contemplative mood. Anyway, this track, Beads Of Sweat is one of the more up tempo ones and features Duane Allman on guitar. Enjoy. 

Lucinda Belle – Smells Like Teen Spirit – severin: Not everyone will like this, I’m sure. There have been any number of covers of this song over the years, many of them knowingly cheesy or camp. All good fun but you can have too much of a good thing. This is not intended that way at all but it’s still a million miles away from the Nirvana template.  Anyway, Lucinda has been singing this (to the accompaniment of her harp) for as long as she’s been performing but she only got around to recording it this month. Judge for yourselves how you feel. I love it, of course.

Tom Cochrane – Just Scream – DsD: I’m trying to spring clean my Walkman (16GB, nearly full, previously nothing’s ever been deleted). There are songs on there that were originally just random picks from artists I like. When changing over the Tom Cochrane songs, I rediscovered just how much I love this song – builds to a very DsD-pleasing climax.

Vargas Blues Band – Don’t Let Go – Ravi Raman: I was introduced to this band by Sony BMG and this album All Around Blues is this band’s first early release. Founded by Javier Vargas a Spanish guitarist settled in Buenos Aires, VBB incorporates blues, flamenco, funk, rock & jazz.

Black Angels – Don’t Play with Guns – tincanman: There was a quote that if Sandy Hook (20 6&7 yr olds were killed in a school shooting spree) didn’t change American gun laws, nothing would. Which appears to be true.

Steve Miller – Return from Eden – glassarfemptee: Carole recently contributed a Steve Miller track that reminded me how much I love his stuff. Here’s one of my faves, from ‘Recall the beginning…’. Released in 1972, it is also a track for our sad times of bankers and food banks, drowning refugees, Blair, Putin and Trump et al. “To the leaders, who are timeless / As they flaunt their warlike ways / Flying endlessly o’er the wasteland / Seeking praise.”

Loudon Wainwright – I had a Dream – goneforeign: Here’s a topical song, right on the money. No need to say anymore.  https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2016/oct/08/robert-de-niro-id-like-to-punch-donald-trump-in-the-face-video

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Sounds on Sunday (2) Vysoké Čelo


Today I have a new release for you, sent courtesy of Opus Elefantum, an informal Polish music collective.

On 17th October they are releasing Vysoké Čelo’s debut called Liście na Księżycu (“The Leaves on the Moon”). What makes this material special is the unique way of combining ambient, folk, ’70s electronic and post-rock sounds which they call space folk. It’s full of various emotions and stories, but everything ties in with the concepts of nature and cosmos connecting with each other, which the band try to emphasize in their music. Though it may not sound like post-rock music at first, they assure me that post-rock is heavily represented in their compositions – similar to the music of Stara Rzeka, which is a huge inspiration.

Opus Elefantum have other projects prepared for release in the future involving other members of the collective, but as they are a rather informal group of people, at present they simply have a Youtube channel, Soundcloud channel and Facebook page. Here is the Facebook link for you to read more:

Let me know what you think, and if anyone has come across any other new music they would like to share, please do so in the comments (with a link, if possible).


Earworms 10 October 2016

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Greetings again from Earworm land. This week’s new music is from Rhode Rachel, who represents the psych/retro rock act Aura Blaze. He has shared a soon-to-be-released cover of ELO’s classic, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” available for you to stream and download here:
Check out some more of Aura Blaze’s music on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r7ZK1-Asy8
Meanwhile, thanks to all contributors, and please keep the earworms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

The Steve Miller Band – Wild Mountain Honey – CaroleBristol: After playing The Doobie Brothers Black Water as part of the October 3rd playlist, this track came up in my head. From the 1976 album Fly Like An Eagle here is The Steve Miller Band giving out some lazy, hazy Wild Mountain Honey vibes. This song was one that was on heavy rotation for me in the long hot summer of 1976.

Nascuy Linares – Acoustic River – glassarfemptee: I listen to Classic FM quite a bit, and because most composition for the orchestra these days is for the movies, they play a lot of soundtracks. This is from “Embrace of the Serpent”, a movie by Colombian director Ciro Guerra (with a recent five star review by Mark Kermode). The movie is said to be extraordinary, hypnotic, & dreamlike, and I think that applies too, to this part of the soundtrack by Nascuy Linares.

Bell X1 – Flame – glassarfemptee: Bell X1 are the other band from Dublin. As it’s autumn now, they urge you to “toast marshmallows on a cold dark night”…

Basia – Time And Tide – DsD: Oh boy! When this one popped up on shuffle, I was transfixed. Took me right back to 1987, and the perfect storm of emotional turmoil that particular year threw at me. Can’t get it out of my head now …

Mikaela Davis – River – tincanman: Spending her weekdays at uni studying harp and weekends busking at farmer’s markets left New Yorker Mikaela Davis with a choice on graduating. She’s chosen the more travelled quirky pop folk path, but says it’s still nice to write the odd piece she actually has to practice.

Half Pint – Greetings – goneforeign: Half Pint AKA Lindon Roberts comes from the same area of Kingston as Bob, Toots, Dennis Brown, Tosh, so you can see that he’s in good company. He emerged in the ’80’s and has had intermittent success since then. “Greetings” is from his 1986 record with Power House.

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Sounds on Sunday (1) – Fiction of the Future


As you know, we get lots of requests to feature new music on The ‘Spill – so many, in fact, that we can’t feature them all. So I thought I would start a new Sunday night series to showcase some of the talent out there. I’m kicking off with Fiction of the Future, pictured above, a New York band – you can read all about them on their website: http://fictionofthefuture.com/, and hear a track from each of their current EPs via the Soundcloud links below.

I asked a few nosey questions about the band, and here is what they said (thanks to Burton Kinney for the reply, the photo and links):

“Our first EP 1980-10 was released on December 21, 2012 (the day of the Mayan Calendar end-date!) So I’d say we formed somewhere around 2010. The band is:

Elliott Byrne: Bass
Alex Fraiha: Percussion
Blake Kinney: Drums
Allie Siomkin: Vocals
Burton Kinney: Lead Vocals and Guitar

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Earworms 3 October 2016

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Montana B, an artist from London, has asked me to share her new music video for “On the Low”, which has been played on Reprezent Radio and Pulse Radio 88 in the UK. I would describe it as R&B / Hip-Hop, but you may have other ideas – I don’t like to pigeon-hole music. Anyway, you can read more about Montana B and her music here: http://www.bndwdth.media/montana-b/,

and here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dzTwI96CbQ

Thanks to everyone for the worms, and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Prince & The New Power Generation – Da Bang – DsD: I put a load of Prince music onto a memory card for in the car after the purple pixie passed away. This track has moved residence from the car door into my ears. Whilst the language contained herein is the singer’s own, and does not represent the views of the DsD management, I do love the Jeckyll & Hyde guitarwork.

Tish Hinojosa – Something in the Rain – Ravi Raman: http://zinnedproject.org/ tells me “Leticia (“Tish”) Hinojosa was born December 6, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas, Hinojosa is a folksinger, recording in both Spanish and English. Hinojosa’s parents were Mexican immigrants. Hinojosa’s 1992 album Culture Swing won the NAIRD Indie Folk Album of the Year.” I just got around to listening to this song which is from a four CD, 87 song compilation called The Rounder Records Story. Spans genres and decades of music.

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Exodus, 12” mix – goneforeign: I’ve just spent several days listening to only BMW, there was a time when I did that all the time; so nice to re-visit Bob. Last week it was only 1920’s Louis Armstrong. “Exodus” is I think my favourite Bob album, Time magazine said it was the album of the century. Plus I love the title cut, it’s one of the most danceable pieces ever, come on, on your feet! Plus it’s well worth listening for the biblical book of Exodus references, if you’re into that sort of thing. This was the first album after the assassination attempt; check those references.

Peaking Lights – Marshmellow Yellow – glassarfemptee: If you like blissed out dub, you should love this Peaking Lights track. If you don’t, you won’t – ‘cos I’m guessing this is a Marmite genre. Pass the Marmite jar, Panthersan …

Cass McCombs – Run Sister Run – tincanman: From his latest, Mangy Love, a breezy six-minute groove provides camouflage to skewer America for its systematic mistreatment of women. Justice is blind and a woman to boot. Ouch.

Doobie Brothers – Black Water – AliM: Oldie. But still good, and remastered here. Stuck happily in my head.

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