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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Sounds on Sunday (1) – Fiction of the Future


As you know, we get lots of requests to feature new music on The ‘Spill – so many, in fact, that we can’t feature them all. So I thought I would start a new Sunday night series to showcase some of the talent out there. I’m kicking off with Fiction of the Future, pictured above, a New York band – you can read all about them on their website: http://fictionofthefuture.com/, and hear a track from each of their current EPs via the Soundcloud links below.

I asked a few nosey questions about the band, and here is what they said (thanks to Burton Kinney for the reply, the photo and links):

“Our first EP 1980-10 was released on December 21, 2012 (the day of the Mayan Calendar end-date!) So I’d say we formed somewhere around 2010. The band is:

Elliott Byrne: Bass
Alex Fraiha: Percussion
Blake Kinney: Drums
Allie Siomkin: Vocals
Burton Kinney: Lead Vocals and Guitar

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RR Movies: Optimistic Films

Jeremy Hunt – already dear to every NHS worker’s heart – is going to train 1,500 more doctors in a few years time and that, he believes, will mitigate existing shortages, the effects of Brexit and his industrial relations ineptitude and ensure we have enough home-grown medics to keep everything tickety-boo for evah and evah.

Linda Litzke and Chad Feldheimer (played by Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt) are similarly bone-headed, unrealistically optimistic characters in Burn After Reading. Yet somehow, after much pain and suffering (experienced by others), Linda gets what she wants….

What optimistic films would you recommend? (There doesn’t have to be a cynical edge to your nomination!)

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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RR Movies: US Presidents

Well, the first debate has happened, so the race is definitely on. Let’s get this out of the way now: US Presidents.

There have been plenty of ’em, both real and fictional, with a President in both serious and comedy roles (Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks! comes to mind) but I’ll suggest Anthony Hopkins’ turn as Nixon, in all his sweaty, paranoid deviousness.

What presidential films would you recommend?

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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RR Movies: Kindness

What with aid convoys and soldiers being equally bombable and refugees being compared to cheap, disposable sweets (as well as the usual, everyday cruelties that seem to be getting increasingly heartless), I’m asking for some kindness this week.

Maybe we look to films for excitement and challenges, so there aren’t too many that have kindness at their core? I’ll suggest The Sessions, based on a true story, in which a professional kindness is also a personal one.

What kind of kind film would you recommend?