Swan day my prince will come … until then, I’ll make do with some more worms – if you haven’t sent any in the last couple of months please replenish supplies by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The more the merrier.
Jon and Vangelis – State of Independence – AliM: This floated into my head the other day, prompted by last week’s London Grammar track, and now I can’t stop listening to it. It’s joyous, so I hope you like it. To prevent further self-indulgence, please send more worms.
Eric Schaefer – Lohengrin – abahachi: Considering that he was a half-crazed revolutionary genius, the celebrations last year of Richard Wagner’s bicentennial have been remarkably sober and conservative. The “Who Is Afraid of Richard W?” project of Berlin-based drummer Eric Schaefer (featuring ex-pat Brit Tom Arthurs on trumpet and flugelhorn) redresses the balance, giving some of Wagner’s greatest themes a dramatic makeover, to bring him “down from the Hill [the location of the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth] and into the club”.
Palle Mikkelborg – Glass Painting – beltway: A favourite track of mine from Danish jazz trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, the elegant simplicity of the main riff gives it an airy elegance with a lovely synthy backing with complex overlapping percussion. Guitar is a touch cheesy, but I find myself whistling that riff for hours after listening to this …
Pauline Paris – X – debbyM: My choice on Tinny’s alphabet game, but I couldn’t find a video to share. Modern French chanson, she’d probably have been the darling of her generation had not Zaz appeared on the scene to overshadow everybody.
Gigi D’Agostino – I’ll Fly With You (Bla Bla Bla Remix) – tincanman: Its nonsense and sounds like an old British Air commerical. But you can dance and flay limbs in the air incongruously so… play it again and flay away. No one’s watching.
The Heptones – Book of Rules – goneforeign: The Heptones, Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn, a 1960’s group from Kingston, They had a big hit with “Book of Rules” in 1973. It was one of the group’s few songs not sung by Sibbles lead. Barry Llewelyn sang lead and co-wrote “Book Of Rules”. In this beautiful song, the Heptones express the conviction that ultimately it is the spirituality of the common people that makes history.