Earworms 9 January 2017

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A bumper crop this week, starting in a very laid-back way, building gradually and finishing on a splendid up-beat number from Röyksopp. Also here’s a special mention for Ravi, who has been injured in an encounter with a drunken motorcyclist – best wishes Ravi, and I hope both you and the New Year get better soon. Meanwhile, thanks very much to everyone, and as ever, please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Grouper – Headache – CaroleBristol: I was listening to BBC6Music in bed last night and reading. I wasn’t paying much attention to the music but this came on and I stopped reading and started listening. I know nothing about Grouper but I was struck by the fragility and delicacy of the sound.

Shankar Mahadevan; U Shrinivas; John McLauglin – Giriraja Sutha – Ravi Raman: This was the third and more enduring of the Shakti line-ups with U Shrinivas and Shankar Mahadevan joining Zakir & McLaughlin. This is a Carnatic standard played at a speeded-up tempo. The first 5 minutes or so the two newcomers challenge and respond to each other till at around the 6 minute mark- magic! I’ve included this blogger’s post as it seems to have the only video on this particular performance. See the unalloyed joy in Zakir and McLaughlin’s faces. The latter even stops playing! Some other cool music links as bonus. https://musicthis.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/shankar-mahadevans-fusion-work/

Steve Mason – Hardly Go Through – tincanman: Produced by Elbow keyboardist Craig Potter, last year’s “Meet The Humans” sounds so much like an Elbow album that Mason’s (of Beta Band fame) intimate songwriting gets a bit lost. But this is a pretty good love song, and that Elbow sound IS pretty sumptuous.

Joe Turner – Piney Brown Blues – goneforeign: When I left England in 1958 bound for LA I brought with me a few LP’s, a favorite was ‘The Boss of the Blues’ by Joe Turner. I’ve played it dozens of times over the years, definitely one for the desert island. The backup band was comprised of a group of players from the Basie band, it’s the epitome of Kansas City style jazz. The cut is Piney Brown Blues. Lawrence Brown – trombone; Pete Brown – alto saxophone; Seldon Powell – tenor saxophone; Frank Wess – tenor saxophone; Joe Newman – trumpet; Jimmy Nottingham – trumpet; Freddie Green –guitar; Pete Johnson – piano; Walter Page – double bass; Cliff Leeman – drums; Big Joe Turner – vocals.

Herbert Pixner Projekt: Breaking Bad / Herbert Pixner Project: Gitanes – Abahachi: I’m conscious, from the reaction last time I posted some of their music, that news of a new album from Austrian Accordionmeister Herbert Pixner and his Project may not be greeted here with universal joy. Perhaps it will make a difference that the musical conception for at least some of the tracks appears to be to reduce the accordion element to subtle atmospherics while allowing the guitarist lots of space to show off on his new electric instrument, as in ‘Breaking Bad’. Not entirely convinced about this new direction meself, but thankfully there’s also plenty of more conventional fare, offering a modern take on traditional folk rhythms and melodies: ‘Gitanes’.

Röyksopp (featuring Susanne Sundfor) – Never Ever – severin: One of my favourite releases from last year. One that didn’t make my Festive Spill top three – or anyone else’s I think. Royksopp’s synth pop side – nothing ambient here – and Susanne Sundfor on vocals. It’s a hit, a palpable hit.

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Earworms 2 January 2017

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We had a soft start to the New Year with Sounds on Sunday yesterday,  but now it’s back to reality with a wake-up call from Metallica, amongst others. Thanks to everyone for the earworms, I hope you all have a happy new year, and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Metallica – When A Blind Man Cries – abahachi: The Grauniad’s little piece recently on “How we made Master of Puppets” prompted me to listen to it again for the first time in, what, twenty-five years – and searching for it on Spotify I came across this rather good cover of a relatively obscure Purple track (they do a good Rainbow medley as well…). Starts fairly straight, gets heavier.

Brix E Smith – Hurdy Gurdy Man – CaroleBristol: This popped up on my Facebook timeline. It is Dovovan’s Hurdy Gurdy Man as covered by Brix Smith of Fall fame, with her then partner Nigel Kennedy on electric violin. It apparently remained unreleased because the record label dropped Brix. Whatever the real story behind it is, I think it is rather nicely done.

Al Kooper – Season of the Witch – goneforeign: I was browsing through my iTunes yesterday and I came across this one, I hadn’t played it in years and I thought it deserved an airing.  It was on the radio all the time in the late 60’s in LA. Originally by Donovan, it was quickly recorded by everyone and this version’s by Al Kooper from an album titled Super Session which I still have. I recall reading an article about the idea of a ‘Supergroup’, this was to be the first, they were followed by CSN and Blind Faith and others. Every musician in the group was a star in his own right and they were brought together by Al Kooper, who had just left Blood, Sweat and Tears, he had met Mike Bloomfield when they recorded Highway 61 for Dylan. Stephen Stills was in the process of quitting Buffalo Springfield, so he was also invited. He recruited keyboardist Barry Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks, both members of the Electric Flag and with the addition of Eddie Hoh on drums, they were ready. The cut is ‘The Season of the Witch’, enjoy.

Bohren & der Club of Gore – On Demon Wings – glassarfemptee: Abahachi has delighted us in the past with Bohren & der Club of Gore. From their stunning 2000 album ‘Sunset Mission’ here is a another masterpiece of doom jazz.

The Comet Is Coming – Slam Dunk In A Black Hole – tincanman: An Economist (http://goo.gl/PTTs03) article on new jazz tapped this UK six-electronica-percussion trio, and I did find it captivating. But is it any good? This is from the album “Channel The Spirits”, a cosmic journey released this spring with tracks ranging from under a minute to 5ish.

Snarky Puppy – Brother I’m Hungry – RaviRaman: I somehow overlooked this for The Spill lists. Snarky Puppy is a jazz ensemble or collective with about 40 musicians and a revolving door policy. Their album, “Family Dinner Volume 2”, released earlier this year has some brilliant songs like this.

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Earworms 26 December 2016


There is a wealth of music on the ‘Spill at the moment so I thought I would do a reprise of some bygone Earworms, on the grounds that the worms might get lost in the throng (and the fact that I’d forgotten it’s Monday tomorrow). I hope they permeate the festivities and that you enjoy hearing them again – if you’re feeling energetic, have a guess at who submitted what. ‘Spill points will be awarded where appropriate, and answers will appear later in the week. Normal service will be resumed in the New Year, meanwhile please send any spare worms to earworm@tincanland.com. Thank you!

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Christmas Earworms 19 December 2016

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Here are this year’s festive worms for your entertainment. Thanks to everyone, have a wonderful Christmas, and don’t forget to keep the worms coming to earwom@tincanland.com where they will be looked after by the ‘Spill elves until Boxing Day. “Look to the future now, it’s only just begun …”

Marianne Sveen – O Holy Night, and Let it Snow – severin: I am not sure if these tracks are going to be released in any other way or just put on Soundcloud. Anyway, at the moment, if you play “O Holy Night”, it goes straight into “Let It Snow” as a “related track” but I am sending a separate link to both. Both songs by Marianne Sveen – ex of Katzenjammer. Dandylion is her other band but these are actually solo efforts, put together at her home studio. She says she will be publishing a Christmas song “every Sunday until Christmas Eve”.

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Earworms 12 December 2016

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Christmas is coming, thank you for the Christmas Earworms received so far. Please send any further contenders to earworm@tincanland.com by Thursday 15 December, and I will do something cheesy with them in “Earworms” on Monday 19th, all being well. Thank’ee.

Rabbitfoot Capers – Greyfriars’ Street – AliM: Rabbitfoot Capers are from Bristol, and are also featured in “Sounds on Sunday” this week. I like them because they’re “different”; I like this track because it quotes from one of my favourite Emily Dickinson poems, and therefore sticks in my head.

Walter Trout Band – Girl from the North Country – CaroleBristol: A while back, we had a version of “Girl From The North Country” by Roseanne Cash. Here’s another version that I’d completely forgotten about until I stuck the CD “Prisoner Of A Dream” by The Walter Trout Band, which I hadn’t played in years, on in the car this morning. It is, in typical Walter Trout style a bit a of a guitar fest.

William Tyler – I’m Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me) – glassarfemptee: There’s a lot of love in ‘Spill quarters for the Silver Jews. SJ and Lambchop member William Tyler has a solo career producing marvellous intricate guitar instrumentals. His latest album “Modern Country” is on my shortlist for the festive fifty. See what you think.

Magic Numbers – I See You, You See Me – tincanman: I heard these referred to as ‘dorkpop’ and, well, if the cap/shoe fits… A better description would have been ‘earwormy’, but this, from their 2005 self-titled debut, predates us.

Loudon Wainwright – Talkin’ Bob Dylan Blues – goneforeign: A part of Loudon’s history, one step removed from a Nobel prize. I know he could use the cash better than Bob.

Santhosh Narayanan: Bongu Kichan – Ravi Raman: This is the story of ‘Selfie’ Shekar who assumes he is in a relationship, only to find out he isn’t really. The lyrics are in Chennai slang and the task of translating it first to Tamil and then English just defeats me. Santhosh, who has sung and composed the music, is one of the music directors who has been making waves of late.

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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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