Wilson Wednesday – Dan Wilson

 

Yep, it’s that time of the week again – Wilson Wednesday, and today we look at the work of Dan Wilson. Well its Wednesday here, and if i have done my sums right it should have just ticked over to Wednesday in the UK.

 

Dan Wilson is the lead singer of the band Semisonic, a 90’s alternative rock band best known for this track.

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RR Films: Narcissism

Maybe the idea was sparked by yet another of Bliar’s attempts to turn the political spotlight in his direction, or maybe it was the continuous parade of grinning hypocrites asking for our votes, but narcissism is all around us. Even I – long averse to even owning a smartphone – have to confess to taking a selfie….

Actors may be particularly prone to the disease but perhaps that also makes them better able to portray it on screen, like Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s last decent film, Blue Jasmine:

What films about/involving narcissism would you recommend?

“21st Century Bard” ft. ‘7 of Clubs’ is Shakespeare as Hip Hop

 

Few acts have been as marginalized by the American hip hop / pop music industry than 7 of Clubs. They first emerged in 2005 being courted by arch rival imprints beneath Motown and Def Jam respectively. While the Motown imprint, headed by Irv and Chris “Gotti” Lorenzo was more artistically supportive; the Def Jam Imprint, headed by Russell Simmons, went beyond the call of duty assigning Gregory “Beef” Jones to manage 7 of Clubs.

This was the beginning of years of back and forth wherein Chris Gotti personally coached 7 of Clubs toward the sound of presumed greatest interest, while Beef aimed to make big things happen with the limited resources allocated to the new artist. The Manager tragically rejected an offer to open doing spoken word for The Roots on tour, without consulting the artist. Believing that “spoken word” would hamstring 7 of Clubs’ mass marketability, Beef hoped to avoid having them relegated to Def Poetry Jam. However, 7 of Clubs is inextricably Street Poetry and this shows in their new album 21st Century Bard, uncanny renditions of Shakespearean sonnets as Hip Hop songs.

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Earworms 24 April 2017

I’m fresh from a Spring-like weekend in Yorkshire; wherever you are, I hope you’ve all enjoyed similar weather. Here’s a new bunch of Earworms to enjoy before the “Arctic winds” (really?) return next week. If you’d like to share any earworms with us, please send an .mp3 or video link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

The Unthanks – What Can a Song Do to You? – severin: The first track released (do we still call it a single?) from the new album by the Unthanks, Songs and Poems of Molly Drake, mother of the more famous Nick. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing this and many others at two forthcoming London concerts. I gather they have been performing Nick Drake’s “Riverman” as an encore. Anyway this is a lovely thing and features the voice of Molly’s daughter, Gabrielle.

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Sounds on Sunday 27

Another selection of tracks to background your Sunday (St. George’s Day here in the UK). Hope you enjoy, and please don’t forget to leave your comments below. Thanks to all contributors.

Julie Elody – Sirens: “After spending three years as a lead vocalist in a funk-rock band, Julie Elody is excited to find her sound as a solo artist, working with several renowned producers … “I don’t like to write about frivolous things, and “Sirens” is no exception,” Julie explains of her new track. “It is about the all-too-often times that we ignore problems in our lives instead of dealing with them head-on, and all of the ways that this affects us.” Julie has a degree from Loyola University New Orleans in music industry studies, and it was there that she found her passion for songwriting and performing.”

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The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number.  The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album.  This week’s spin landed on F and 4.

The first artist beginning with F with a full album in my collection is Faithless.  I own a few random tracks of theirs that were probably on some sort of compilation.  I also own Outrospective.  The 4th track on this album is the short, but beautifully sweet Crazy English Summer.  Enjoy.

What’s your F4 track?