Back to what passes for normal at the time of the northern solstice. “I don’t care what the weatherman says, when the weatherman says it’s raining, you won’t hear me complaining …” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0lgswGOgrs- ‘cos the pollen count is lower! I can see! Taste! Breathe! A fine and thoughtful selection for you this week, I hope you enjoy it. Please keep sending your worms to email@example.com. As always, thanks to all.
Lykke Li – Silver Springs – bishbosh: I wasn’t familiar with the Fleetwood Mac original (this was on a Mac tribute album a year or two back) but I think Lykke does a great job with it. It would have fitted well on her heartbreak album of last year, I Never Learn, actually.
Barbara Dane – Mama Don’t Allow – glassarfemptee: I can’t really understand why Barbara Dane is so little known. Great voice and right on before right on was fashionable. In the forties she was involved in civil rights, union campaigns, and feminism. A female Guthrie. Here she is with a light hearted number from Cow Cow Davenport.
Aziza Brahim – La Tierra Derrama Lagrimas (The Earth Sheds Tears) – Fuel: Aziza was born in 1976 in the Sahrawi refugee camps, in the Tindouf region of Algeria where her mother had settled in late 1975, fleeing from the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPhs50_UOWM) says the lyrics recall those who fought to liberate parts of the Western Sahara which remain outside Moroccan control. (Ed.)
Tshala Muana – Kalume – goneforeign: We’ve heard her here before, here’s another. She’s from Kinshasa when Congo was called Zaire and her music follows Congolese soukous style.
Joe Ely & Joel Guzman – I’m A Thousand Miles From Home – tincanman: This is from the fantastic (highly recommended) Live Cactus album, and if – like me – you didn’t know there was such a thing as an accordion prodigy, now you do.
London Grammar – If You Wait – AliM: From the album of the same name, it popped up on my iTunes the other day and has lodged firmly in my ear’ole ever since.
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