RR Films: Futility

So that’s it then. The ball is rolling, the timid resistance of the Lords being the final attempt to guide its direction in any way. Resistance is futile.

Sorry, but I don’t really understand where the world is going any more, and trying to find positives seems futile too (well, almost: I got an A-lister for the RR Songs topic…).

But there’s often black humour to be found in futile situations, even when the local authority decides it’s going to take your property and destroy you in the process. As in Leviathan:

What films featuring futility would you recommend?

Earworms 13 March 2017

Greetings from Earworm land, I hope this reasonably cheerful selection finds you well. I’ve been under the weather recently, but my attempts to recover by treating my body as a temple were foiled tonight, when the dog ate my vitamin tablet. So it’s back to beer and crisps for me, and a long and invigorating walk for the dog. Many thanks to all contributors – if you have a tune you would like to share, please send an .mp3 to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Thank’ee.

Ben Wendel – Song Song – glassarfemptee: Canadian saxophonist Ben Wendel is now New York based. This is track is from last year’s album “What we bring”, and has a timeless classic period feel.

Animal Collective – Jimmy Mack – tincanman: How do you take a break from making weird, experimental pop? Listen to Motown, apparently. This Martha & The Vandellas cover is from the loose collective’s new EP, The Painters, just out last month (Feb).

The Penguins – Let’s Make Some Love – severin: The chaps who recorded my favourite Doo Wop song “Earth Angel”. Personally, I think they could do no wrong. This is a belter.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You – Ravi Raman: I’m so used to CCR playing this, and Etta James. Surprised to find out that this is the original.  Shows how much I know.

Monkey Warhol – Beige – AliM: Minneapolis-based electronic music producer Monkey Warhol has shared this track with us. It’s very catchy. More bio on bandcamp: https://monkeywarhol.bandcamp.com/

The Wooden Sky – You’re not Alone – AliM: From the Toronto based band’s upcoming new album “Swimming In Strange Waters” coming April 7 2017. “Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune – “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water” – The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner matching personal trauma against the increasingly bleak political climate we find ourselves in.” https://soundcloud.com/nevado/the-wooden-sky-youre-not-alone-1

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Sounds on Sunday 21

Hi there, here’s some more Sunday listening for you. Lots of artists ask for feedback, so don’t forget to leave your (constructive!) comments below. Thanks to all contributors!

Analogue Wave – Hope:Analogue Wave is an Irish-based electronic duo, mixing dub and electronica with breakbeats, vocals and synths. After a three-year hiatus, the band have returned to the underground scene with a brand new single ‘Hope’. This is a sonic call to arms in a world spinning wildly out of control, both politically and climatically, with no hope of a positive ending in sight. Imbuing and poignant, this track has a timely message.”

Maggie McClure – Be Right Here For You: “The Norman, Okla-bred, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/pianist Maggie McClure has … performed more than 1000 shows throughout her career in over 40+ states in the U.S. at iconic venues such as The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles to Rockwood Music Hall in NYC … Her original piano-driven songs empower and inspire listeners with a positive message of hope, love, and faith. Maggie’s third and newest album, Time Moves On – produced by Justin Glasco, whose work includes Dan Wilson (songwriter of Adele’s hit “Someone Like You”), Gary Jules, Tyler Hilton, and Cary Brothers – chronicles her move from Oklahoma to L.A. and centers on the mental and physical bravery it takes to push yourself in an unknown city and make people pay attention and convince them to be part of your dream.”

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RR Films: Spying

As if eavesdropping on Donny’s conversations would be of any use to anyone! Whatever he says one day changes the next, he uses words for effect instead of meaning and he wouldn’t recognise the truth even if it kissed him on the nose…..But it’s all part of the double-think game he’s suckered folks into playing for quite some time now. Let’s just hope everyone gets tired of it soon and starts completely ignoring him.

Anyway, films about spying. An industry in its own right, perhaps, but good ones aren’t all that common. Coppola’s The Conversation is a good one, however; the paranoia seeps into every scene as well as Gene Hackman’s head.

What spy films – even Bond films – would you recommend?

Slint and Lift to Experience – discuss

Hey everyone.

I hadn’t intended for my first post on The ‘Spill to be this.  However, I’ve had a few weeks of musical discovery. First, I came across Slint having never heard of them before.  I read an interview with Aiden Moffatt of Arab Strap where he hailed them as one of his favourite bands. I instantly fell in love with their only album, Spiderland.

And today I’ve come across Lift To Experience for the first time. I’ve been listening to their only album The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads this afternoon. There is an uncanny similarity between the two albums I think. So, not knowing anything about either band I thought I’d get you more knowledgeable music nerds to tell me what you know, provide critique and opinion. Are there any other bands like these two one-album wonders I should know about? Discuss….

Slint – Breadcrumb Trail
Lift to Experience – Just as Was Told
(Don’t know how to embed videos on my phone…Soz!)

Earworms 6 March 2017

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If anyone out there is new to Earworms, the concept is very simple – just send us an .mp3 of something that has caught your ear recently, and that you’d like to share, to earworm@tincanland.com. It doesn’t have to be new, in fact we don’t usually include new music here unless the wormbank is low, that’s reserved for “Sounds on Sunday” or other individual posts. Anyway, here’s another musical selection box for you – many thanks to all contributors, and hope you enjoy the sounds.

Martin Green (featuring Becky Unthank) – I saw the Dead – severin: Here’s another album I only know about because of R/R. Stumbled across it while searching for songs about accordions. Leeds Lily filled in the details about it being based on a stage show. I love the Unthanks and all their works so Becky’s voice on this is a bonus. The song itself is alternately creepy and manic. Which seems topical for some reason.

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Energy Flow – glassarfemptee: Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto  (formerly of Yellow Magic Orchestra) has been hugely influential, affecting the path of electro and hip hop with his eclectic mix of computer game music, soundtracks, and electronica. Then he released a pure piano album, BTTB (back to the basics), and this track was the first-ever instrumental number one hit in Japan.

Vaishnavo Jana To – Pt Ronu Majumdar – Ravi Raman: Pt Ronu Majumdar is a noted flautist and he is playing this 15th century bhajan, which was one of Mahatma’s favourites. The thoughts of the ideal man expressed in the poem became his credo. Those interested can read more:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaishnava_Jana_To

Andy Prieboy – Tomorrow Wendy – tincanman: It is complete now, she’s been diagnosed with AIDS and it’s the 80’s so it doesn’t have a name yet and there’s no cure or relief.

The History of Colour TV – Wreck and As Grey As Park Can Be – AliM: The first and second singles from this Berlin-based trio’s “Something Like Eternity” LP, due for release on 17 March via France’s Crane Records. “Something Like Eternity is an album of sparse, immediate performances captured live in studio. The room seemingly reverberates to a wide dynamic range of sonic tapestries ranging from fleeting moments of near-silence to elongated passages of guitar meltdowns, loaded with emotion.” LP pre-order: https://thehistoryofcolourtv.bandcamp.com/album/something-like-eternity 

Sturle Dagsland – Nzinga – AliM: “You should really check out the new song from the Norwegian Band Sturle Dagsland. It’s completely insane.” Well, how could I resist? Much improved by not watching the video, I feel. But perhaps I’m just sensitive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3z9NTJjpus

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Sounds on Sunday 20


Ten more new tracks for you this week, lots of interesting listening to enjoy! Please let me know what you think, in the comments below. Thanks very much to all contributors!

Montana B – Do Your Thing: More from Montana B (SoS12 and SoS18), this was released for Valentine’s Day.

Vandana – Vicious: “The singer songwriter, producer and a visual artist was raised in India, educated in London and now lives in Brooklyn having collected an eclectic tapestry of both musical and aesthetic influences over the years, all of which find a place in her music. From Portishead to The Cure, the London rave scene to Indian pop music, metaphysical and esoteric references merge with throbbing, swollen synths making for a really absorbing listen. Her new EP, Nox Anima is out April 21st but in the meantime, check out her new song ‘Vicious’.”

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