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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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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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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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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Earworms 26 September 2016

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Another fine selection for you this week, so good we have an extra one because I couldn’t resist the chance to start and end with Jeff Beck. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep sending your worms to earworm@tincanland.com.

Jeff Beck: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – abahachi: The coincidence of arranging to start guitar lessons again after a couple of years and listening to a lot of Charles Mingus records reminded me that I’d never got round to listening to Beck’s version of this classic. Often denigrated by hardline jazzers for not playing the original changes properly – but the same could sometimes be said of Lester Young, the dedicatee of the original…

The Dovers – The Third Eye – CaroleBristol: I am reading the book 1966 by Jon Savage at the moment. In it he discusses a record I’d never heard of before, by a band I’d never heard of before, either. It is called The Third Eye by The Dovers and is a piece of early psychedelia that tries to evoke the effects of mind-expanding substances.

King Creosote – You Just Want – glassarfemptee: Blimpy turned me on to King Creosote and the whole menagerie from the Kingdom of Fife. The Fence Collective legacy lives on, and Kenny Anderson’s latest is a cracker. I can’t stop listening to this track, it’s so wonderful. I ration myself to one listen a day, so I don’t get tired of it.

Sexwitch – Kassidat El Hakka – severin: Sexwitch is a collaboration between Natasha Khan – she of Bat For Lashes – and British rock band Toy. Last year they released an album of cover versions – covers of folk and psychedelic rock songs from Iran, Morocco, Thailand and the USA. I only know any of this btw because Beth recommended them on The Spill last year. Anyway, it is IMHO utterly wonderful and this is the longest and, I think, best track. A Moroccan song, since you ask, but lyrically and musically stripped down to essentials. Hypnotic stuff. When I die, I’ll go back to where I was.

Priyam Mallick – Sundari Kamola – Ravi Raman: Priyam Mallick is a young modern folk singer from Kolkata and is a very new singer to me though I’ve heard this Bengali folk song sung by somebody else. (Charming Kamala dances merrily. With anklets on her feet, Kamala is a jingling melody). Just a tuneful ditty reworked beautifully here.

Third World – Freedom Song – goneforeign: Recorded in Kingston in the mid 70’s on Island records right after the emergence of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Third World were also reggae pioneers.

Jeff Beck – Scared for the Children – tincanman: He’s imaginative, experimental to the point of unevenness (as should be), and the best of his cohort. And has the humility to make bandmates feel THEY are doing HIM the favour. Here he is from his latest, Hailer, with hard-nosed Londoners Carmen Vandenberg (guitar) and Rosie Bones from their band Bones.

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Earworms 19 September 2016

Well here’s a thing.  This week American artist Jackie Paladino has sent us a link to a new song she recorded with Grammy winning producer Tyrone Corbett in New Jersey. She now lives in Brooklyn and is working on her next single.  She earned an arts scholarship to NYU and struggled to find a balance between the long college days, writing music and working overtime to pay for school. This journey is what led to the inspiration and recording of “Daddy’s Money“. And here it is, see what you think: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/09/jackie-paladino-shares-a-video-with-a-heavy-message-daddys-money.html

Meanwhile, many thanks for all the worms and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

A.C.Marias – The Whispered Year – glassarfemptee: A.C. Marias was a short lived ’80s project comprising Bruce Gilbert and Angela Conway. This hypnotic track is a cross between Twin Peaks and Pink Floyd ‘Echoes’ – don’t be put off by the slow intro. My guess is I only have the track in my iTunes because one of the more eclectic RR folk dropped it in a box. Blame them.

Abida Parveen – Chaap Tilak – Ravi Raman: Abida Parveen is an eminent Pakistani singer often dubbed as the Sufi Queen of music. Here she sings the 14th century poem by renowned Sufi poet Amir Khusro. Hugely popular in the sub-continent and still gets regular airplay as well as being performed regularly.

Bat For Lashes – If I Knew – severin: From her recently released album The Bride. A delicate ethereal thing – but enough of me, this song is quite beautiful.

Jefferson Airplane – Fat Angel – CaroleBristol: For some reason, the line ‘Fly Translove Airways, get you there on time’ popped into my head and lodged itself, and I kept on finding myself singing the tune without realising it. It is of course Jefferson Airplane from their 1968 live album Bless Its Pointed Little Head. The song is Fat Angel, originally written by Donovan and featured on his Sunshine Superman album.

Drive-By Truckers – Baggage – tincanman: American Band, due out Sept 30, tears a strip off America for its gun violence and social injustice (sneak preview with three tracks HERE). Baggage is an outlier on the album: Patterson Hood tries to reframe Robin Williams’ suicide in terms of his own depression.

Tom Rush – The Circle Game – goneforeign: Here’s a variation on Joni’s version, it was popular in the ’60’s.

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Earworms 12 September 2016

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You’re going to have to work for it this week – a playlist of two, and four internet links for your listening pleasure. Thanks for all the worms and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Steve Vai – Freak Show Excess – Ravi Raman: Aptly named and a favourite of my friend’s son, who plays it on a seemingly endless loop. She doesn’t like it but at least I can’t be accused of letting the flame die down.

The Real Roxanne – Bang Zoom (Let’s Go-Go) – severin: Another one from the days when I actually bought rap records – albeit the 7” versions from the bargain bins at Woolworths since I was between engagements. This is the full six-minute version, you’ll be glad to hear. No, you will… From 1986, it features a Bugs Bunny sample and is by one of the two Roxannes who fought the historic “Roxanne wars”. The other one was Roxanne Shante. Ask your granddad, he probably had a picture of her in his kit bag.

The Parrots – Jame Gumb – tincanman: Chocolate Watchband didn’t want to live like everybody else and neither did three uni friends in Madrid, who started cutting class to party and ended up in a surf-garage-punk trio. “I get my guitar,” says (frontman) Garcia. “I drink, I smoke, I start playing and Paco says, ‘Oh this is amazing!’ You think it’s too crazy but he says, ‘If you heard this from John Cale you’d think it was amazing!’” And Paco’s not wrong. http://goo.gl/3FNJLd

Salamanda – Daddy Punk – DebbyM: This track is from a band from Flensburg, up near the border to Denmark. They record at the same studio as my son and were the headline act at our summer festival this year. Great fun and a stage presence that’d put Freddy Mercury to shame!

Brenda Fassie – State of Independence – goneforeign: I came across a mix tape that I made back in about 1990, just after Nelson Mandela was released. On it is this wonderful cut by Brenda Fassie who’s father was Mandela’s brother; she’s his niece. In English the song’s titled A Day of Independence, there’s a video of her performing it for Nelson, it’s at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf-ngInkOc8. This is a different version to the one we’ve had previously.

The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – AliM: I heard this on the radio yesterday; it’s new to me but was released in 2008 by Irish band The Script. It’s cheesy pop at it’s best, I think – apparently it reached No.2 in the UK charts, but I must have been asleep at the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS9o1FAszdk

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