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 email@example.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.