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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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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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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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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Earworms 7 November 2016

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Today’s new music is from Leeds/Hull “Sister-Doom Duo” Chambers, and is dedicated to bethnoir as it was the most Goth-like submission I could find. Their new single “Hostile” will be released on 2 December, meanwhile they are preparing for a UK tour which starts in Hull on November 12 and ends in Bristol (Red Lion) on 28 January. Chambers are Aeris Houlihan – Vocals/Guitar and Eleanor-Cara Churchill – Drums. Here’s the Soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/ukchambers/hostile/

Thanks to everyone who has contributed more earworms, it’s another eclectic selection this week. Please keep them coming in to earworm@tincanland.com., the more the merrier.

Son Volt – Down to the Wire – Ravi Raman: From “The Rounder Records Story” – This album is absolutely wonderful. I keep finding gems every other day. Never heard of this guy myself and now searching for more of him.

Simone Felice – One Night Stands – tincanman: His 2015 live-in-studio with-invited-audience Banks Of The Kaaterskill album is my go-to when I’m stuck in public and need earbuds to take me away. It’s got more earwormy songs, but I wanted one that tells you if the album is for you.

Baaba Maal and Luciano – Africans Unite – goneforeign: Senegal and Jamaica come together for a universal theme. Bob wrote another version with the same title.

Piyush Mishra – Husna – Ravi Raman: Considering the tensions here I thought this was a timely share. Piyush Mishra is an actor, director and stage personality and an acclaimed poet from India. This song, couched as a letter to a former lover across the border in Pakistan, is more about the tragedies brought about by Partition. “Do the leaves fall from trees there like they do here? Does the smoke of Lohdi (a Muslim festival) still rise like it used to? Do they still listen to the melodies of Heer and Ranjha there and does Pakistan also cry just like Hindustan during the nights?”

Charlie Haden – Adagio – goneforeign: The concept of the project is to take a big band and record songs devoted to issues of human rights and political liberation, whether expressed in original compositions or revolutionary anthems, this piece is adapted from Not in Our Name and is devoted to American music and current political tensions. Once again, it is arranged by pianist Carla Bley, who initially created the band’s distinctive sound, this piece is adapted from Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

Vince Matthews & Jim Casey – Melva’s Wine – tincanman: These ’70s Nashville songwriting outlaws got an idea to (http://goo.gl/oRZOtK)  immortalizing a little town in songs – Lake Wobegan, but in Kentucky – and Johnny Cash, Cowboy Jack Clement, Kris Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein got involved. Drugs may have been involved, but it was genius. Sadly, Matthews’ mental illness interfered. He started talking about a traveling musical, a film and honorary plaques before the project was even finished. But two years ago The Delmore Recording Society (http://goo.gl/RuuR6w), which devotes itself to recovering lost tapes, unearthed it. https://delmorerecordings.bandcamp.com/track/melvas-wine Continue reading

Earworms 31 October 2016 – Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween to you all. This week’s new single is from San Francisco based band The Y Axes, called, appropriately enough, “Monsters”. https://soundcloud.com/the-y-axes/monsters They say: “‘Monsters’ is about losing your sense of self over time. Everything from your ability to move and speak to how you are able to process fear and love has slowly atrophied. In this state, you can either slip out of existence or take the opportunity to rewrite the rules of who you are. In the song, I imagine a group of people holed up in a hideout, trying to avoid an insidious ‘monster.’ I imagine that during this hibernation, the group evolves into a pack, and over time the monsters they fear start to look and sound no different from them.” I hope you enjoy it; meanwhile thanks for all the earworms and please keep them coming to: earworm@tincanland.com.

Lisa Hannigan – Prayer for the Dying – glassarfemptee: The album title ‘At Swim’ caught my eye, as I love “At swim two birds” – both the marvellous dreamy book and the band. And Lisa Hannigan is of course Irish, and I’m a sucker for Irish singers, from Frances Black to Colin Melloy (if we count Irish descent). And then it turns out the album is a delight. So here’s a sample for your delectation.

Dinah Washington – You’d be So Nice To Come Home To – Ravi Raman: This is Dinah Washington aka Ruth Brown. Discovered her when searching for a song for Song-Bar. Long live You Tube!

Virginia Rodriguez – Afrekete – goneforeign: From the Brazilian creative team of Virginia Rodrigues, Caetano Veloso and Celso Fonseca this is admirable for its dynamism and power-with-restraint. Virginia is a deep, powerful alto, the sparse arrangements, notably some great Afro-Brazilian percussions, let her voice take centre stage.

Juan Gabriel – No Tengo Dinero – tincanman: Mexico’s greatest modern pop singer, so I have just read, died Aug. 28 age 66. He was apparently sappy, sentimental and revered. In this 1971 breakthrough hit he has nothing to give except his love, but he wasn’t broke long; his albums sold over 100m worldwide.

Tiny Dancers – Ashes & Diamonds – DsD: This popped up on shuffle in the car during yet another near-thousand-mile commute week. I was in traffic at the time and couldn’t see the Walkman screen. Surprised because I didn’t recognise the song AT ALL, so I let it play. WOW! I may have forgotten it for a while, but it’s been on heavy rotation ever since. Full of all those DsD-pleasing elements. Yummy.

Muse – Psycho: From their album, “Drones”. Because it’s Halloween. And earwormy. Sorry Carole. (Warning for the sensitive – contains bad language).

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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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