I prepared this in advance when the worm-bank was low, so I’ve included two tracks from artists who’ve sent in samples of their music. There’s also a ‘compare and contrast’ pairing from Debby. We still have some juicy worms from goneforeign, debbym, zala, daddypig, claire and ghe, but we can make room for more! If you haven’t sent one for a while, please dispatch any willing recruits to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks to everyone.
Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake – debbym: I was surprised when TheBoyWonder told me ‘Cry Me A River’ had been recorded by Justin Timberlake. It is, of course, a completely different song to the Julie London standard, but I can understand why the young’un’s like it. I’m not too keen on the sound effects at the beginning, but I find it grows on me.
Cry Me A River – Julie London – debbym: The original and best!
Changes – Nancy Tucker – goneforeign: A Phil Ochs song, one of his best I think. It’s the story of all of our lives, like Ripple and The Circle Game and quite a few more. I don’t think that Phil Ochs got the appreciation that he deserved in his life which ended so tragically and far too soon.
The Mary Onettes – Naive Dream – Ali: “Indie dream pop” band from Sweden, according to Wiki., which says their influences include The Stone Roses and The Cure. This is a single from their recent album, “Portico”.
Neko Case, Ragtime – Zalamanda: I suppose that it snows quite a lot in Canada, and maybe the snow always does go sideways in the city (why only in the city, though?). Ms. Case seems to have put the song together from a few impressions and, while it doesn’t actually make much sense logically, it certainly sticks in the mind – and, I dare to suggest, makes a lot of sense artistically.
Cosmo Sheldrake – The Moss – Ali: according to The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/20/cosmo-sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist (he plays about 30 instruments) and producer. He is very young and very talented; this is his first single. Warning: it’s catchy.