Earworms 14 November 2016

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Good morning, good morning. Earworms is late and disorganised this morning (don’t ask) – anyway I doubt whether anyone has noticed yet, so here we go. Newbie this week is DD Allen’s new single ‘Just Like The Old Days’. The UK singer-songwriter teamed up with Mike Spink (The 1975, Jake Bugg) and Andrew Scheps (Adele, Hozier) to record the first single from his forthcoming album. He cites Bob Dylan as his greatest inspiration. Ahead of his album release, here is DD’s new music video:

Meanwhile thanks to all contributors; please keep sending your earworms in to earworm@tincanland.com. and carry on reading for this week’s playlist.

Kailash Rana – Vidaai – Ravi Raman: Vidaai (or Bidai) means goodbye and this music is an integral part of North Indian weddings, though considerably more melancholic than it sounds here. This particular tune is played when the wedding has been completed and the bride says goodbye to her parents. Kailash Rana is a Rajasthani musician who specialises in the Shehnai, an oboe like instrument that is used here and is also an essential part of North Indian functions.

Mekit Hadero – Abay Mado – goneforeign: Born in Addis Ababa, Hadero fled with her parents (both doctors) to the United States in hopes of escaping the years of violence that followed Ethiopia’s 1974 revolution. She now lives in San Francisco, she sings in several Ethiopian languages including Amharic.

Art Bergmann – Bound For Vegas – tincanman: Anyone else hearing Fortune Teller? This was the Vancouver punk leader still going strong in 1990, after being polished up some by John Cale. Crippling arthritis has mostly sidelined him but I just saw him do an acoustic set and he’s still telling the authorities to piss off – and writing better than ever.

Slash, Myles Kennedy – Starlight – Ravi Raman: (Ravi, please tell us more – Ed.)

Albert Smith – The Thrill Is Gone – tincanman: We all know BB King’s signature adaptation of Roy Hawkins’ torchy original, but do we know who this groover Albert Smith is? Nope. It’s on a compilation called “True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax Vol. 2” and it takes you places BB didn’t even know existed.

Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl – tincanman: French DJ Kung’s remix battered the UK airwaves earlier this year, leading a curious mind to revisit the Melbourne R&B trio’s 2009 original (with guest and friend Kylie Auldist singing lead). And it’s a summer grower. Quite a warm Sweet Philly (https://goo.gl/23IviU) tone to it. (Sorry, I’ve missed the summer – Ed.)

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7 thoughts on “Earworms 14 November 2016

  1. DD Allen – Just Like The Old DaysNot sure about this one. I quite like the stadium rock guitar bits bit I’m not sure that they fit with the verses. The melody and the shuffle rhythm is a bit like Badly Drawn Boy on steroids. It is OK, but I’m not overly convinced. It is like two songs mashed together.

    Kailash Rana – Vidaai – Ravi Raman This is definitely interesting music. I love the sparseness of it.

    Mekit Hadero – Abay Mado Lovely cool, smooth jazz and a beautiful voice. The trumpet is especially nice and adds some good colour to the music.

    Art Bergmann – Bound For Vegas Yeah, this is good. It sounds to me like what the New York Dolls could have sounded like if they had been better musicians and not a bunch of whacked-out chancers.

    Slash, Myles Kennedy – Starlight Nice intro, a bit like Rod Stewart and The Faces in their heyday. In fact, it sounds like that when the singing starts too. Yeah, a definite Faces feel to it even when it starts to get heavier, although it does go a bit G’n’R. Good stuff.

    Albert Smith – The Thrill Is Gone Nothing like BB King, but rather good all the same. I was expecting some singing, though.

    Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl Oh yeah, baby! This is excellent. Love it to bits.

    Nice stuff all round, but I have to hand it to Cookin’ On 3 Burners. Terrific stuff.

  2. Merkit Hadero was wonderful, loved both Cookin’ On 3 Burners and Albert Smith but Art Bergmann really hit the spot for me. Just the stuff I wanted for my Monday blues. Though I suspect it will be Albert Smith that I listen to more over the long run.
    Starlight: Even though Slash’s debut album features some heavy names like Lemmy, Dave Grohl and Ozzy, for me Starlight is the stand out track, though there is one with Iggy Pop that is quite good too. I was sort of getting too much of smooth jazz when this got stuck on my player. Haven’t been able to access DD Allen, as Vevo says that page isn’t open for my region!

  3. On a first hearing: Absolutely loved Cookin’ On 3 Burners. Art Bergman was very Dolls-like which can only be a good thing. Others all enjoyable too. Will have a second listen tomorrow.

  4. On a first run through, liked them all, but it was Albert Smith that grabbed me most. Nice varied set. Hope to do them more justice tomorrow…

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