It’s that time again … mixed reviews last week so let’s see how we do this time. I hope you find something you like, more to the point, send something in! All worms welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. People are starting to send in Christmas worms too, so if you have any you’d like included in the Christmas edition, please send them along. Many thanks!
Billy Mackenzie – Wild Is The Wind – bishbosh: Not Nina or David, of course, but I think Billy holds his own with his elegant, torchy take on the song. Mind you, with a voice like his, he’d have been hard pressed to screw it up.
Gotan Project – Santa Maria [Del Buen Ayra] – shoegazer: Dubtronica series continues (or Folktronica begins).
The Delines – Calling In – ghe: The huge talent that is Willy Vlautin has now spawned a new band, The Delines, to add to Richmond Fontaine. The Delines includes the keyboardist from the Decemberists, and the steel guitar of Tucker Jackson. It showcases the singing of Amy Boone, who does a great job with the gritty vignettes that Willy paints, like miniature versions of his novels. Sadly I will miss their gig in Winchester on 13th Nov, as I will be sunning myself in Tenerife! Here’s a taste of what Willy describes as ‘late night country soul’.
Bob Dylan & The Band: Katie’s Been Gone – abahachi: Dilemma time: I really don’t think I can spare over a hundred quid for the full six-cd edition of the remastered Basement Tapes, but the cheaper two-cd version doesn’t include this song, my absolute favourite from the original 1975 issue.
The Whitlams – No Aphrodisiac – deanofromoz: Aussie band named after the former Australian PM Gough Whitlam, who has just recently passed away. The are a piano led band, with charasmatic Tim Freedman their leader. This starts off as a sweet little missing you kind of track, and the descends into something quite different. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, but lets just say they obviously read different papers to what I read.
King Sunny Ade and the African Beats – Ja Funmi – goneforeign: In 1982 I went to the Hollywood Palladium to see/hear King Sunny Ade, I was just discovering African music and he synched it for me, I was hooked thereafter and right after that he released an album, ‘JuJu music’, this is a cut from that album. One thing I discovered at that concert was what amazing sounds can be created on ‘talking drums’. Adé stated that “Ja Funmi” is a common Yoruban phrase meaning “Fight for me”, soon after that the magazine I was associated with changed it’s name from ‘The Reggae Beat’ to ‘The Reggae and African Beat’.