Good Morning ‘Spillers. This week’s featured new music is from Dominic Ellerbee, a 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher and performer from Denver, who has an inspirational back story – too long to feature here, but you can find out more about him from several YouTube videos, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N27RuNfqq_0. Here is a Soundcloud link to his new single, “Old School Radio” – https://soundcloud.com/stella-nova-band/old-school-radio. Meanwhile, many thanks for the earworms, and please keep them coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Nyro – Beads of Sweat – CaroleBristol: I’ve been playing my Laura Nyro albums a fair bit recently, and although they are all brilliant, Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat is, for some reason one I play less often than the others. Not sure why, possibly because it evokes a certain contemplative mood. Anyway, this track, Beads Of Sweat is one of the more up tempo ones and features Duane Allman on guitar. Enjoy.
Lucinda Belle – Smells Like Teen Spirit – severin: Not everyone will like this, I’m sure. There have been any number of covers of this song over the years, many of them knowingly cheesy or camp. All good fun but you can have too much of a good thing. This is not intended that way at all but it’s still a million miles away from the Nirvana template. Anyway, Lucinda has been singing this (to the accompaniment of her harp) for as long as she’s been performing but she only got around to recording it this month. Judge for yourselves how you feel. I love it, of course.
Tom Cochrane – Just Scream – DsD: I’m trying to spring clean my Walkman (16GB, nearly full, previously nothing’s ever been deleted). There are songs on there that were originally just random picks from artists I like. When changing over the Tom Cochrane songs, I rediscovered just how much I love this song – builds to a very DsD-pleasing climax.
Vargas Blues Band – Don’t Let Go – Ravi Raman: I was introduced to this band by Sony BMG and this album All Around Blues is this band’s first early release. Founded by Javier Vargas a Spanish guitarist settled in Buenos Aires, VBB incorporates blues, flamenco, funk, rock & jazz.
Black Angels – Don’t Play with Guns – tincanman: There was a quote that if Sandy Hook (20 6&7 yr olds were killed in a school shooting spree) didn’t change American gun laws, nothing would. Which appears to be true.
Steve Miller – Return from Eden – glassarfemptee: Carole recently contributed a Steve Miller track that reminded me how much I love his stuff. Here’s one of my faves, from ‘Recall the beginning…’. Released in 1972, it is also a track for our sad times of bankers and food banks, drowning refugees, Blair, Putin and Trump et al. “To the leaders, who are timeless / As they flaunt their warlike ways / Flying endlessly o’er the wasteland / Seeking praise.”
Loudon Wainwright – I had a Dream – goneforeign: Here’s a topical song, right on the money. No need to say anymore. https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2016/oct/08/robert-de-niro-id-like-to-punch-donald-trump-in-the-face-video
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