Here we are, back to “normal” for many of us, the first full week of 2015. I hope you’ve all had a decent break and that today isn’t too painful. Me? I feel like crawling back to bed and sleeping until April, but unfortunately that’s not likely to happen. So let’s make the best of it with some upbeat earworms to cheer us along. Thanks for all contributions, and please keep the worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pass the coffee.
Davido – Aye – bishbosh: I seemed to come across a load of ‘best of Nigerian Afropop’ lists in the last couple of weeks of the year. This was the song that particularly stuck with me. Something about the (to these Western ears) off-kilter rhythms that nevertheless resolve satisfyingly. I’m dancing about architecture, aren’t I?! Oh well…
Burning Spear – Appointment with his Majesty – goneforeign: Burning Spear, AKA Winston Rodney is a serious rastaman who’s undertaken the advocacy of Marcus Garvey as his lifelong mission. in 1980 he formed his own record label, Burning Music, that gave him total control of his recordings and independence from Island records, his original label. He’s recorded dozens of albums and still lives in a very simple cottage at the beach in St. Annes.
Troy Cassar-Daley – Play – Deanofromoz: Some Aussie country music for you. A fun song all about playing guitar. Infectiously catchy.
The Band – Ain’t Got No Home – CaroleBristol: The band recorded an album of covers called “Moondog Matinee” in 1973, when they were not getting on that well as a group, there were lots of ego issues and substance abuse problems and the creativity was waning as a result. It is, to be fair, a patchy album, but this Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry song is infectiously toe-tapping stuff.
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang – Battle of New Orleans – shoegazer: another from the “unexpected covers” series.
Alberta Cross – Magnolia – LeaveitAllbehind: A Swede (Petter Ericson Stakee) moved to England met up with Terry Wolfers and then moved to New York to begin work on their debut album as Alberta Cross. Terry has since left but whilst together they released two albums: Magnolia is the opening track from the second album Songs of Patience. Totally earwormy.
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