Earworms 7 March 2016


I don’t know about snow in Okinawa, but we’ve had snow in West Yorkshire this week. It’s still on the higher hills, and looked very beautiful in the March sunshine today. Anyway, enough of the weather; hope you enjoy this week’s selection, and many thanks to all contributors. Please keep the earworms coming in to earworm@tincanland.com.

Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues – tincanman: These veteran Florida punks reach out more to high school kids than adult earwormers, but damned if they can’t write a verse or three. Like the song says: accept; don’t judge.

WordHarmonic – Zoot Suit Riot – Ravi Raman: Apart from the similarity to a song by Royal Crown Revue I have no info on this group though I did pick up two of their albums, Steppin Out and Jump, Swing and Jive. This is from the first.

Johnny Hodges – I got it bad and that ain’t good – goneforeign: One thing that for me distinguishes jazz from most other forms of pop music is that the musicians seek perfection, there are so many who are superlative, they stand out above all others but there isn’t another who can challenge Johnny Hodges, [alto sax] he’s the gold standard. He was with Duke Ellington from 1928 ’til his death in 1970. This is one of Duke’s compositions.

KLF: America (What Time Is Love?) – abahachi: This was brought to mind by the death of Umberto Eco – his love of conspiracy theory (see Foucault’s Pendulum) led to the Illuminatus trilogy led to the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. It’s all connected, and the Templars have something to do with everything …

Tuff Love – Duke – glasshalfempty: Dave Annal’s epic series of posts of Scottish songs and groups must have sensitised me, so my antennae picked up this Glasgow trio recently. A sweet bit of pure pop from Tuff Love.

Ryukyu Underground – Snow In Okinawa – severin:  I bought this album in the closing down sale at the Oxford Street branch of HMV. I thought it was an album of folk tunes. It was certainly in the folk section, under Japan. In fact the band/combo are a couple of Brits who use traditional Okinawa melodies as part of their electronic dance/trance/dub music. I have read that they are, in fact, popular locally and there have not been any accusations of appropriating other people’s music. Whatever the truth, I must say I like what they came up with. I would love to know what Sakura thinks of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgIgWZsW-gA

unTILben – Computer Decadence – AliM: I’ve had an email from unTILben, who says: “I’m an indie electronic producer some nice people defined as “Thom Yorke meets Depeche Mode in a spaceship”. “Computer Decadence” is the first single from an upcoming EP. I am rolling it out on March 4th. It will be free on Bandcamp.” Well worth a listen! https://soundcloud.com/untilben/until-ben-computer-decadence (amended link 9 March 2016).

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17 thoughts on “Earworms 7 March 2016

  1. I love the Against Me song. In fact I keep intending to buy the album. Maybe that’s my mission for today. The KLF I bought at the time and it still sounds great to me.
    Will come back for another listen of the others later on but enjoyed on a first hearing.

    • Well the two I knew are still fantastic pieces of music. The KLF one wasn’t their final single but it did seem to sum up their whole career in one recording. Great stuff. As is Zoot Suit Riot. Not the kind of thing I ever buy on CD but there is no good reason why. I always love that sound when I hear it. Johnny Hodges’ sax playing is superlative indeed. All I have of Duke Ellington is a “Jazz Giants” series compilation. Should remedy that. Tuff Love reminded me a bit of The Primitives. Please note I only said a bit. Anyway I liked it a lot.

      unTIL BEN was quite a contrast to those. Less so if you listen to my Ryukyu worm first. Can I say “atmospheric” again? Because it was. Although I liked the contrast after the first three minutes when the heavier beat started.

      Good set, lots of variety too.

  2. Yes, the Against Me! song is a good start. I don’t know if sakura ever looks in on earworms now, I’m hoping the cherry blossom will spark her interest. First 5 songs are boxed, BTW.

  3. The Tuff Love song should be perfect for Dave Annal, with the opening line “We took notes, the family tree Didn’t know where we might be”!!

  4. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues This reminded me of bands like Blink 182, The Offspring and Green Day. OK, I suppose, but not really my thing, musically. Nice sentiments, though. Live and let live.

    WordHarmonic – Zoot Suit Riot Yeah, baby! It’s Swingtime! this is great.

    Johnny Hodges – I got it bad and that ain’t good Sublime. Nothing else needs to be said.

    KLF – America (What Time Is Love?) I love a bit of KLF. Doesn’t everyone? Ewige Blumenkraft! All Hail Discordia!

    Tuff Love – Duke This is OK enough. It reminds me of Lush, a bit.

    Ryukyu Underground – Snow In Okinawa I liked this a lot. It has a drifting, hypnotic quality, but then you notice the intensity building up. The more I listen, the more I like it.

    unTILben – Computer Decadence This starts off a bit Tangerine Dream, which is good. Then there is singing. I didn’t expect that.Then a guitar. Lots going on. It is pretty good, but maybe a bit unfocused?

    So, what is my fave? Well, I knew the Johnny Hodges and KLF already, so I think that it has to be Ryukyu Underground.

  5. Apart from a passing knowledge of Johnny Hodges (though I’ve heard this number by Nina Simone before) all the others are totally new to me. Against Me is my pick and what a rollicking start to the Earworms. Great job Ali.
    *@goneforeign: I believe there is a film on Frank Morgan. Did you see it or have you heard of it?
    *Btw: if there any guitar fiends who like Eric Johnson I can drop his 2005 album Bloom and the 1967 classic film Fireman’s Ball.
    Cheers all.

  6. Ravi: There’s an author who’s based most of his books in LA, he’s Michael Connolly and his continuing fictional character is Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, an LAPD detective. Harry loves Frank Morgan and plays his records in every book as well as playing Morgan’s music on alto sax. Of course I’ve read ’em all. A couple of years ago Michael Connolly co-produced a documentary film about Morgan, ‘Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story’, directed by N.C. Heikin. I haven’t seen it but the preview and lots of discussion are at youtube.

    • Thanks. I’ve seen the season one of the the Bosch TV series but haven’t read the books. Have only read his Lincoln Lawyer. I came to know of Morgan and the movie via YT where somebody sent me this album day before and a preview of the movie was on alongside. Cheers.

  7. Ravi: Thanks for the tip, I didn’t know that there was a TV series. I just googled it and found out that season 2 starts at Amazon this week, I’ll check it out.

  8. Wow, that ‘Against me!’ is a great high energy kick off. Then a nice slice of jazz from Ravi and GF to calm things down. Especially liked the drumming on Zoot Suit Riot, and Johnny Hodges’ sax is just sublime. Liked the Ryukyu Underground too – strange idea! Wasn’t too keen on Computer Decadence with its 70’s Casio feel, but untilben has a few free downloads on his site, and I did like the track 20.000 very much. Loving the sheer range of discoveries you wormers dig up!

  9. Have you noticed how much the worms have changed over the years? They’ve become such a weekly diverse bunch of tunes, so much variety, I put it all down to Ali.

  10. Since Ravi introduced Frank Morgan into the mix let’s step back to the source. Frank Morgan spent his life emulating Charlie Parker, here’s a classic Parker cut that I’ve enjoyed for over 70 years. And incidentally Bird’s musical idol was —Johnny Hodges.

    Look how many versions they have up there, a page full!

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