Earworms 14 January 2019

Lots of contributions to Earworms this week, so thank you all for joining in. I’m in bits … well, not really, but I asked for songs about fragments, and that’s what I got. I think it’s safe to assume that the playlist is eclectic! If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be (looks around desperately for inspiration … washing-up bowl? Cat food? Geraniums? Ummm …) HATS. Hats and headgear. Many thanks to all contributors.

DJ Shadow – Building Steam with a Grain of Salt – afictionhabit: DJ Shadow is a genius and his album Endtroducing is a favourite in this house (we have this and others on vinyl and CD).  This and subsequently Product Placement and Brainfreeze which he did with Cut Chemist basically soundtracked my post university years when I was pretending to be an adult and failing miserably.

Alt-J – Every Other Freckle – AliM: “I’m going to bed into you like a cat beds into a beanbag”. I’ve often thought that. Well, not you personally. But to be able to mould ones body into any sort of hollow, like a cat does, as if it had no bones. And to sleep the sleep of a freckled cat.

Hamilton Leithauser – The Smallest Splinter – shoegazer: Singer/Guitarer/Founder of The Walkmen breaking off (see what I did there?) from 4 years or so ago.

Soulsavers – Unbalanced Pieces – glassarfemptee: Soulsavers save my soul with this deep dark song. “The chessboard still has two unbalanced pieces”. But they aren’t referring to Trump & Putin!

Jackie Mittoo – Atom Sounds – afictionhabit: This features on a Studio One album I have called Champion in the Arena 1976 – 1977 which is a Jackie Mittoo compilation.  A beautifully mellow classic Mittoo dub keyboard track. Lovely.

David Lindley – Quarter Of A Man- Ravi Raman: Unique, diverse, eclectic – just some of the terms used to describe the El Rayo X album in which this song figures. A long time favourite.

Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown – Bits and Pieces – Ravi Raman: From his wonderful Gate Swings album. Co-written with Milt Jackson and Gene Krupa.

Hawkwind – Quark, Strangeness and Charm – MaggieB: A quark is a fundamental particle. There are 6 types; up, down, top, bottom, strange and charm. Quark is low fat cream cheese and makes great cheesecake . Hawkwind: Quark, strangeness and charm. (Also nommed by severin, great minds, etc.)

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Pulled to Bits (Live) – severin: The version from their live album, Nocturne, recorded at the Albert Hall. Originally the B-Side of Playground Twist. Continue reading

Keen – Waiting

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I just posted one of the songs below on the Song bar which reminded me that I’ve had this post saved as a draft for a while now. Vacillating about whether to publish it. Anyway……..

I have mentioned (many times) the band my sister was in back in the eighties and (more recently) the fact that they finally got a compilation of their recordings onto an album. Here it is then. Some of the tracks are demos. A couple are from side projects rather than the whole band. It’s all worth listening to. Released by Firestation Records and also available via Rough Trade.

http://www.firestation-records.de/catalogue.html

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…and the TV award goes to

Using an utterly unscientific method of a tally chart of mentions, I can now reveal our top 5 favourite TV series/broadcasts of 2018.

#5 had the voters split their votes equally between Bodyguard and Inside Number 9

#3 A Very English Scandal

#2 Dr Who

#1 Killing Eve

Thanks very much for taking the time contribute.

2018: Your Delicious Warmed-Up Leftovers

Earworms 7 January 2019

Good morning everyone! Happy New Year! It has been wonderful to see so many posts and so much music on The ‘Spill over the last couple of weeks.  I hope everyone has had a good time, and that the contributions to The ‘Spill will continue. Today’s earworms have no theme; some I have been hanging on to for a while and some are new and sparkly, all together they make a great introduction to the week. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be fragments – pieces, bits, particles, specks … be as inventive as you like.

The Sultans – Lemon Squeezing Daddy/You Captured My Heart – severin: It’s a new year and, I know you. You want some doo-wop don’t you? If you are anything like me you also require the services of a lemon squeezer and possibly a honey dripper too. For your winter cold, of course. The Sultans will provide the first of those, at least. And then insist that you have captured their heart. Which is nice. Happy New Year.

Gwenifer Raymond – Sweep It Up – glasshalfempty: All these recent lists of albums of the year have taken a toll on my CD budget. Here’s one of the many releases that passed me by – ace string tickler Gwenifer Raymond (straight outta… Cardiff). Finger picking’ good.”

Donovan Woods & Rose Cousins – I Ain’t Ever Loved No One – tincanman: Sweet and sharp duet from Woods’ new album Both Ways; sweetness from the two Canadians’ voices and sharpness from leaving it to us to decide how long this great love lasted.
The Headhunters – If You’ve Got It You’ll Get It – Ravi Raman: Was searching for the Herbie Hancock album Headhunters but picked up this instead. Mr Hancock’s absence doesn’t make the album any less enjoyable.

The Headhunters – If You’ve Got It You’ll Get It – Ravi Raman: was searching for the Herbie Hancock album Headhunters but picked up this instead. Mr Hancock’s absence doesn’t make the album any less enjoyable.

Ian Siegal – If I Live – tincanman: British bluesman’s latest, All The Rage, sounds like he’s sitting in a New Orleans bar, possibly drinking with Dr John, looking out on a climate that worries him. It’s a wonderful growly, gritty contribution to modern blues.

I.Jingo – Fever – Ravi Raman: Not a version of the Peggy Sue song as I first thought. It’s from The Last King of Scotland soundtrack that also has some other gems. I don’t know much about the artist apart from the sparse details on the net.

Decemberists – Once in My Life – tincanman: If you’re going to make a stadium rocker, make it as big and bold as you can and don’t apologize. This is from their latest, I’ll Be Your Girl, which has a bit more of this, a little of that, and, as always, a bunch of other good things.

Steve Tilston – Here Comes The Night – AliM: From his recent CD Distant Days (“solo acoustic recollections”), originally released on his 1987 album Life By Misadventure. I do prefer the original but I still love the song and can’t get it out of my head.

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