Another cracking bunch of worms this week, absolutely no theme whatsoever except that they’re all rather splendid. Thanks everyone, and please keep the worms coming in to email@example.com. Enjoy!
Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra – Dokuz Seki/Esmerim – CaroleBristol: This is apparently a mash-up of two Turkish songs given an avant-garde jazz treatment by Goran Kajfes, a Swedish trumpeter of Balkan origins. It is the single from a forthcoming album called The Reason Why Vol. 2. I’ve been hearing this a lot on Lauren Laverne’s 6Music programme and I find it irresistible.
Jason Vieaux – Misionera – glassarfemptee: When I want to chill out, or to have some background music while reading, I often choose classical guitar music. This is one of my favourites. I go to concerts by classical guitarists occasionally, and I am pleased to find this regularly crops up in the repertoire.
Chairmen of the Board – Since the Days – Albahooky: Back to 1970 with a b-side from the superlative Chairmen Of The Board that has a suitably overwrought lead vocal from Danny Woods, who ‘May not be the one you want, but (oh baby, baby) I’m the one you need!’
Lesley Gore – No Matter What You Do – tincanman: It’s her party and she’ll hold it in the garage if she wants to. RIP.
Big Bill Broonzy – Key to the Highway – goneforeign: Big Bill toured the UK several times in the 1950’s, I saw him twice. Once at a club in London where he performed with Humph and Chris Barber plus several members of the Basie band with Jimmy Rushing. The second time was a Sunday afternoon concert in Ipswich where he was on the bill with Brother John Sellers; when the show ended I went backstage, no one stopped me and there was nobody else there, I was only about 17. I had a long conversation with Bro. John and when he left Big Bill asked me “Is there anywhere around here to get something to eat?” I told him “Yeah, I know a cafe that’s open”, he said “OK, let’s go”. So we did and I spent the next hour or so learning the blues. My memory of him is that he was the most compelling person I’d ever met, he dominated that stage like no one I’d ever seen before.
Bridie Jackson and the Arbour – Far from the Tree – AliM: A great folkie/acoustic all-female band based in Newcastle, this single was released recently. Some of the proceeds went to the Epilepsy Society. I think the song speaks for itself, I find it quite haunting.
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