Another unclassifiable selection for you this morning, compiled on an unclassifiable evening with Young Munday playing Christmas music – YM:”Sounds like “tumblewear””. Old Munday: “What’s that?” YM:(Sniggers). OM (threateningly): ” I’ll google it … leotards??” YM: “Yeah, she’s singing “no wear” or summat …” OM: “I think it’s NOEL …” meanwhile the dog breaks wind gently but effectively as if making a silent protest against playing Christmas songs in November. On that note, thanks for all the music and please keep the worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joy Division – Colony – Albahooky: OK, this is a real earworm as opposed to the fabricated ones. It starts with Bernie’s guitar popping like a bubble on the surface in my napper and then comes the voice …
Ana Popovic – Sitting on Top of the World (Sheiks cover) – tincanman: Can a Serbian play the blues? Can a woman shred? Believe it. Ana is an oft-overlooked blueswoman who grew up with Stevie Ray and Ronnie Earle, then added jazz guitar, New Orleans soul and Serbian folk to the mix. This is from “Comfort to the Soul”, a great blues album.
Mark Lanegan Band – No Bells On Sunday – DsD: Too wired to sleep on the Thursday evening of RR Organ songs, I was random-searching my music collection and tried this. Obviously I realised/was reminded that it’s plain ol’ keyboard rather than an organ, but I ended up abandoning my RResearch, played this five times straight, then took myself directly to bed.
Bembeya Jazz – Wouloukoro – goneforeign: In the aftermath of the Guinean Independence in 1958 and through the cultural policy of “authenticité”, which encouraged cultural pride, numerous bands were created throughout the regions of Guinea. Guinea’s President, Ahmed Sékou Touré, disbanded all private dance orchestras and replaced them with state-supported groups, such as Keletigui Et Ses Tambourinis and Balla et ses Balladins. The most popular was Bembeya Jazz National, formed in 1961.
Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker – Land of plenty – glasshalfempty: Chicago based guitarists Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker have recently released a wonderful instrumental album. I really like the raga-like ‘Land of Plenty’. Mesmeric.
N.Ramani – Bagayenayya – Ravi Raman: This is by a man who started an academy that has nurtured hundreds of musicians. The composer too is a man of note, Thyagaraja, one of the Trinity of Carnatic music. The tala or beat structure is called Aadi or primary.
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