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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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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Earworms 11 July 2016

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Good morning, good morning, hope you’ve been enjoying the tennis, or the football, or whatever floats your boat. Earworms is veering off between Reggae and Blues this week, if this isn’t your cup of tea please send some alternative music to earworm@tincanland.com. Many thanks to all contributors.

Susan Cadogan – Do It Baby – severin: She who recorded the reggae cover of “Hurt So Good”. This was released around the same time and is equally startling. She used to be a librarian you know, and her real name’s Alison.

Barbara Dane – It isn’t Nice – goneforeign: This civil rights protest song was popular in California in the ’60’s, it was written by San Franciscan Malvina Reynolds [Little Boxes] I saw Barbara  perform it in several small LA clubs.

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Lenny – Ravi Raman: A very un-SRV track written for his then wife and performed here at his 1984 show in Carnegie Hall, one day after his birthday but released well after his death.

Leroy Carr – Blues Before Sunrise – tincanman: A Leroy Carr cover is a right of passage for any self-respecting blues(wo)man, and very few have the patience in their playing to pass.

The Aristocrats – Smuggler’s Corridor – AliM: Wiki tells me that The Aristocrats are a rock super group, formed in 2011. I heard this on Spotify and can’t get it out of my head – their influences include King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani and Rage Against the Machine – currently touring with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, they are due to tour India in September, details here: http://the-aristocrats-band.com/ if Ravi is about!!

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Earworms 4 July 2016

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Happy Independence Day to those across the pond! These songs have nothing whatsoever to do with Independence Day – in fact I’d be hard-pressed to find any common thread whatsoever. Undaunted, I present them for your enjoyment. Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – Over and Out – CaroleBristol: Principal Edwards Magic Theatre were spectacularly unsuccessful commercially, but had a reasonable live following. They were a sort of psychedelic folk/rock act with dancers, a light show and poetry all mixed together. They existed between 1968 and 1975 and released three or four albums. This track is taken from sessions for an abortive album that were eventually released in 2008 as “The Devon Tapes“, and which promptly sank without trace. I rather like it, it has a quirky period charm.

Kailash Kher – Teri Deewani – Ravi Raman: “Teri Deewani” (I am crazy/mad because of you) -Kailash Kher is a folk singer who went from deep depression and a suicide attempt to someone who has reinvigorated the Sufi style and North Indian folk music over the past ten years. He comes from a family of folk singers and trained himself by listening to musicians like Bhimsen Joshi and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This song, like all Sufi qawwalis, is one of devotion and longing – I will live with your name on my lips/ I will die with your name in my heart, etc.

Joni Mitchell – Down to You – severin: Not the most obvious earworm from her “Court and Spark” album but for some reason it’s currently the one I like to return to the most. Just as well it wasn’t recorded by a British artist. “Up to you” just wouldn’t sound right.

Jon Cleary – Boneyard – tincanman: Born in Kent (UK), Jon fell in love with the New Orleans gumbo of R&B, funk and soul to the point that by his 30s he just had to emigrate. Twenty years later, the pianist/singer sounds well assimilated.

I Want a Man by unknowns – goneforeign: This was popular in Jamaica when I was there one summer. I bought the 7″ 45 rpm single. About a year ago for some reason and out of the blue it came into my ear, a genuine ear worm. I looked for the disc but couldn’t find it, I couldn’t remember the title or the artists and the internet was no help. I contacted my LA reggae contacts and drew blanks there also. And then a couple of nights ago I played a mix tape that I’d made in the ’80’s and there it was, but still no names or titles. So here it is, I’ve tentatively called it ‘I want a man’. Hang onto it; it might become a collectors item!

COIMS – The Anericam – abahachi: This one is for Japanther; I suspect everyone else will hate it. Yes, I know I’ve said that before and people have disagreed, and this pair were the support act for last week’s Bohren und der Club of Gore gig in Bristol, and you’ve been surprisingly enthusiastic about their doom jazz; but this is eleven minutes of experimental noise. I think it’s brilliant, and am rather distressed that this duo is so radically hip that their first issue is cassette only. Cassette? I got rid of my cassette deck nearly fifteen years ago. On the other hand, I still have all my old tapes in the loft, and this is tempting me to buy a new one …

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Earworms 27 June 2016

 

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What can I say? I will let the picture speak for itself. Welcome to another week of wondrous worms, I hope you find something you like. Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep those worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Phil Ochs – The Power and the Glory – goneforeign: Phil poured out songs like this almost daily, sadly he burned out very young and died at an early age. He was often spoken of as ‘the next Dylan’ in New York where he lived. I loved his music.

Isaac Guillory – Fingerlude – severin: Talented American folk guitarist who was born (in 1947) at the navy base at Guantanamo Bay. Sadly died at the age of 53 from an undetected cancer. Worked and recorded mostly in the USA but in the 1990s he was a bit of a fixture at British folk clubs which is how I got to hear him. This was released in 1997.

Various – Gayatri Mantra – Ravi Raman: This is a plea for light / enlightenment and one that is very widely used. These four musicians have taken this three line, 24 syllable (or 21 depending on which part of India you live in) and turned it into a sumptuous aural feast. Ambient music Hindustani style!

Hans Theessink – Shelter From the Storm (w Terry Evans & Ry Cooder) – tincanman: Mentioning Europe and ‘blues’ to me is a good way to get punched. Or at least tickled with word play. But this is a hardwood fire going, a stew on the stove and someone special with you.

La Duesseldorf – La Duesseldorf – abahachi: As my formative pop years were the very end of the 1970s and the early 1980s, with a definite thing for New Romantics and post-punk, it’s always a weird experience listening to classic Deutsche Elektronische Musik (*not* ‘Krautrock’) and hearing so many familiar things being anticipated. First PiL album? This was recorded two years earlier. With more football.

New Order – Love Will Tear Us Apart – AliM: I am not a fan of ‘80s music, electro-pop, New Order or Joy Divison. But Seeing BBC coverage of New Order at Glastonbury this weekend may just have changed all that – I can only describe their set as “stonking”; there’s a link to the whole thing here (it just gets better and better)! or you can listen to their cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” starting at 01:12:09. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p03ybl05/glastonbury-2016-new-order.

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Earworms 20 June 2016

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A distinctly retro vibe this week, not sure how that has come about but here we have it. Many thanks to all contributors, and lots of good wishes to abahachi in his new job. Please keep the earworms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Bristol (feat. Dawn) – No Justice – abahachi: I’m leaving Bristol after twenty-odd years for a new job even further south-west, and it seems appropriate to mark the occasion with something musical: not an actual Bristol act, but a track from a fascinating album orchestrated by Marc Collin (half of Nouvelle Vague), covering classic trip-hop songs (this one originally done by Smith & Mighty) in the style of 1960s French film music.

Jah Lion – Flashing Whip –goneforeign: OK so you can’t understand a word, just pretend it’s a foreign language, it is, it’s patois; it wouldn’t bother you if it was in Greek. Long time favourite with me, it was produced at Lee Perry’s Black Ark Studio with his house band.

Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky – Ravi Raman: I hadn’t heard this in years and years but since it popped up on a Net radio I’ve not been able to get it out of my head. A true one-hit wonder and a psychedelic gospel written by a Jewish musician!

Mud – Flower Power – severin: Their first single. From 1967. Available on an album called Piccadilly Sunshine Part 13 – British Pop Psych and Other Flavours if you are interested.

Elvis Presley – In The Ghetto – tincanman: The telling of how a child born into urban poverty turns understandably to crime (and dies for it) didn’t have to be set in the wilds of a Chicago ghetto; we equate the word with destitute, Black sections of American cities as seen in The Wire and 60s newscasts, but that’s just recent usage Princeton sociologist Mitchell Duneier finds in his new book, Ghetto. http://goo.gl/TIkchG.

The Alan Hull Songbook – 297 Words – AliM: The recently released album “Songbook” showcases previously unreleased songs from 1967-69 demo tapes, made before Alan Hull joined Lindisfarne. Sadly Alan is no longer with us, so here they are performed by his son-in-law, Dave Hull-Denholm, and multi-instrumentalist Ian Thompson, who remain true to Alan’s style; I particularly like this track.

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Earworms 13 June 2016

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Good morning, good morning … here is this week’s wormery of delight. I love Ravi’s pick – Komal Rizvi has a beautiful voice and I particularly like the introduction, which reminds me of the muezzin call. Beautiful. I hope this week’s selection finds you on the bright side of the road as opposed to the dark end of the street! Thanks to all, and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Komal Rizvi – Lambi Judaai (Long Separation/Absence) – Ravi Raman: A reworking of the song first sung by Reshma, a folk singer from Punjab who moved to Pakistan after the Partition. She then came to India to sing this for a movie and the waves of love and affection that followed sparked hopes of normal Indo-Pak ties. All put to paid with the nuclear tests and Kargil War that came shortly thereafter.

Natalie Is Freezing – Pillar of Garbage – abahachi: The best female-fronted US alt-rock band of the 1990s you’ve never heard of – unless you’re a fan of the brilliant ‘Community’. “Why would anyone in the band be called Natalie? We’re ARTISTS!” Despite the fact that this song exists only in a sixty-second live excerpt, it is completely addictive. Bonus point for anyone who can identify the singer without Googling …

Joe Roberts – Lover – DsD: I’m too busy to spend any time in the Bar at the moment, but I do get SHMOGMU’s launch emails. When I read his ‘Songs With … Sequential Patterns’ intro, I really did intend to contribute. My first thought was this song, even though I quickly decided it wasn’t what was wanted. But now, as Kylie once sang, I can’t get it out of my head. The question is: was Joe being listy or lazy? Or did his producer have a practical joke at his expense, maybe? At least it’s a sequence every English speaker over the age of five knows! ;o)

Frank Black -The Dark End of the Street – CaroleBristol: This is a 1967 song, written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman, and covered by a huge number of people over the years. This version is by Frank Black on his 2005 solo album “Honeycomb“. The album was recorded in Nashville and has a country feel about it. The list of players has some stellar names on it, including Steve Cropper on guitar. Co-writer of the song Dan Penn was the sound engineer on the album.

Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody – tincanman: If there was a eureka moment when funk and disco married on a one night stand, this would be it.

Peter Gabriel & Youssou N’Dour – Shakin’ the Tree – goneforeign: From 1990: “It’s your day, a woman’s day / It’s your day, a woman’s day / Changing your ways, changing those surrounding you / Changing your ways, more than any man can do / Open your heart, show him the anger and pain, so you heal / Maybe he’s looking for his womanly side, let him feel …”

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