Earworms 16 January 2017

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It’s all a bit wibbly and touchy-feely this week, so polish your wind-chimes, get out your loons and have a dance around the nearest park in the dawn. Duke Ellington will restore your equilibrium at the end (or failing that, a night in the cells should do the trick). Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep the earworms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Haiku Salut: Things Were Happening And They Were Strange – Abahachi: I have two main methods of discovering new music: one is the ‘Spill, and the other is the occasional review in the Grauniad where I’ll suddenly think, yes, that sounds like I might enjoy it. So, how could I resist a group described in a concert review as “if Kraftwerk had been an English demi-folk band”? This sounds to me more like Boards of Canada collaborating with the Herbert Pixner Project for Ghost Box, but either way it’s great.

Brendan Landis / Hey Exit – Gymnopedie No 1 (Satie) – glassarfemptee: Brendan Landis of Brooklyn cooks up the most exotic ambient and noise stuff – probably in his bedroom. Here he has taken all the recordings of Satie’s “Gymnopedie No 1” that he could find, and stretched them all to fit the longest and overlaid them. Genius. He hangs out as Hey Exit on Soundcloud if you want to hear more.

U Shrinivas; John McLaughin; Zakir Hussain; Shankar Mahadevan – Luki – Ravi Raman: Nearest to scat singing you’ll find in Carnatic fusion with mutual admiration society members Shrinivas and McLaughlin joining Shankar Mahadevan.

Jim Moray – Sounds of Earth – tincanman: Here’s one from last year for the science geeks among us: a song about American aerospace engineer Gary Flandro and the making of the Golden Records (sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth) launched in the Voyager explorers in 1977. Hopefully ET has a turntable.

Cat Stevens – Into White – AliM: Had this stuck on permanent earworm for a couple of weeks now, so I downloaded the album (which I used to have – Tea for the Tillerman). It’s still an excellent album and I love this track.

Duke Ellington Orchestra with Al Hibbler – Good Woman Blues – goneforeign: Duke Ellington was without doubt the most prolific song writer in the history of American music; he wrote for his orchestra every day from the early ’20’s ’til his death in 1974. There’s a list online that runs to 16 pages of his titles! I’ve collected his music throughout my life and one thing amazes me is that I can find that he wrote only one song titled as a blues; ‘Good Woman Blues’ which is here, sung by Al Hibbler from the 1940’s. Much of his orchestral music is based in the blues.

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20 thoughts on “Earworms 16 January 2017

  1. Haiku Salut – Things Were Happening And They Were Strange Well, that was a lot of fun, wasn’t it? I enjoyed that a lot.

    Brendan Landis / Hey Exit – Gymnopedie No 1 (Satie) I love Eric Satie’s music, so I was intrigued as to what this would be like. I thought it exquisite and very much in keeping with the cool, dispassionate neo-classical nature of the original.

    U Shrinivas; John McLaughin; Zakir Hussain; Shankar Mahadevan – Luki As usual, this didn’t play. I’ll have to listen when the worms are boxed.

    Jim Moray – Sounds of Earth This was absolutely lovely. I am always a sucker for some mournful pedal steel in the background.

    Cat Stevens – Into White I think it is fair to say that I haven’t listened to Tea for the Tillerman since, oh, 1974 at the latest. I’d quite forgotten this track. It was really rather nice.

    Duke Ellington Orchestra with Al Hibbler – Good Woman Blues Absolutely terrific. I do like a bit of Duke Ellington.

    Lots of nice music. I think that overall my favourite was the wistful Jim Moray track.

    • I really have to do something about getting my worms to Bristol. There isn’t a YouTube clip on this or else I would have included it. I think there’s one or two of the entire show though they are blocked in India.
      First listen, I liked Cat Stevens a lot. Will be having a proper airing later tonight. Thanks Ali.

      • Strange, but on my mac, I never have a problem with Ravi’s tracks, even though the track duration is missing in the playlist. Time to invoke the linux hive-mind, Carole….

    • I don’t think I had a similar problem earlier. The new music streaming and download app I have been using may have some issues though I can’t see what they should be. The music is legally purchased and should be ‘listenable’. I’m going to lay the problem at my current whipping boy’s feet. Modi is a no goodnik.

    • I don’t know whether people are just tired of the format? It tends to be a much smaller pool of people who send music, these days. On the other hand, I think quite a few people listen but don’t comment – and some of the people who are submitting new music to the ‘Spill have said they’ve heard particular music through Earworms and enjoyed it. Perhaps there is just so much music out there that people are spoilt for choice.

    • I don’t think so Ravi – people can send in their own choice of music if they want to hear something different, I don’t discriminate! If people send it, I’ll include it, as long as it isn’t blatantly offensive!

    • I don’t really know why the participation has dwindled, but I’m pretty sure it’s not because of your contributions Ravi, because the RR community is really open to new strands, and your knowledge of Indian music is bringing something we didn’t hitherto hear, just as Hoshino Sakura gave us J-pop. It may partly be the rise of spotify and you tube giving so much greater access to music we don’t own.

  2. Lovely gentle set this week. I enjoyed the more trad. items – Cat, Jim Moray, Duke, but the really interesting ones were those that were new to me. Haiku Salut was a real earworm and I liked the way it built up, yet remained largely restrained like a poised tiger. But the standout for me this week was Luki – an ecstatic collision of the Swingle Singers and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Wonderful stuff.

  3. Would have loved to have been able to hear the link to the music sung by Al as I have a personal interest as I knew the eldest surviving member of Duke Ellington’s Band, still have his contact details in my phone book, Herb Jeffries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORaSnWF2SX4. Sadly when I knew him he had given up his singing due to an accident in an aircraft and he had married his nurse more than thirty years his junior. We often met at a tea house in Idlyllwild Cal. Cafe Aroma has a room dedicated to him. Somewhere I have a video of the poetry afternoon he gave.

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