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 email@example.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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