Greetings all. Another mix for you this week – ‘Spill point for anyone who can work out which song the photo relates to. DsD has set a little quiz, too. Have fun, and keep the worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and happy birthday amylee, this week (and anyone else I’ve missed).
Artie Shaw – Summit Ridge Drive – goneforeign: In addition to his orchestra he also had a small jazz group, The Gramarcy Five. The title’s taken from a mountain road in LA. He always presented himself as an “artist” rather than an entertainer, or even a “jazz” musician. He once said, “Art happens when somebody with skill loves what he is doing and works at the absolute top level of his ability.”
Copper Penny – You’re Still The One – Sweet Home Alabama: There was some fine Canadian soul (Motherlode, Skylark) that became hits in the States. So this song with it’s breezy chorus and Hammond Organ break coulda been a contender.
An incognito earworm – DsD: I’ve tried to make this one anonymous by stripping out the file properties. Yeah, Tinny will know exactly what it is, and the rest of you can just Shazam it if you want, but I’m interested in what anyone thinks of it WITHOUT knowing who it is. Me? I love the blissed-out, late-night, Lanegan-goes-Country drawl, and the guitar solo tops it off just f-i-n-e, y’all.
Jean Michelle Jarre – Zoolookologie – beltway: Shoey’s recent earworm from Mainframe made me think of this lovely bit of catchy French electropop, this is from Jarre’s patchy 1984 album Zoolook which was pretty groundbreaking at the time due to the extensive use of manipulation of voice samples and other fragments of digital recordings – this is probably the poppiest track on the album and neatly demonstrates Jarre’s gift for a catchy melody. Jarre doesn’t get a lot of love these days, probably due to memories of his overblown 80s light shows, but hopefully this tune will be heard in a kind light!
Kitchens of Distinction – Quick As Rainbows- Bish: A feminist anthem sung by a gay man fronting a shoegaze-style indie band. They don’t make ’em like they used to… except they do as the guys are about to release their first album in 19 years. Yay!
Over the Rhine – All Over Ohio – tincanman: What a love song. They take stock of themselves with such intimacy that I feel a bit pervy listening. “I still get shivers when I hear you singing down the hall.”