After mistakenly identifying La La Land as this year’s Best Picture, PwC managed to pick the correct envelope and steer the Oscar to Moonlight with only a minor kerfuffle (aka Disgrace! So Bad! Unfair! #LaLaTrueWinner). I’ve only seen the latter but I’m glad it prevailed, if only because it is filled with genuine humanity rather than jazz hands.
I’m looking for films this week in which someone/something is misidentified, such a mistake being material to the story. The 2012 documentary, The Imposter, is a fascinating tale of a boy who claims to be the missing son of a Texan family. How that claim is tested is quite mind-boggling.
So, Dudes, what films involving mistaken identity would you recommend?
Better late than never for Earworms this week – another interesting selection for you. Many thanks for all contributions, please keep your worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have songs you’d like to share.
4 Clefs – I Like Pie, I Like Cake – severin: False teeth back in again, the 4 Clefs are hungry. From a compilation called “The Jive is Jumping” as, indeed, it is.
Ry Cooder – John Lee Hooker for President – Ravi Raman: The album in which this features, “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down”, is full of gems, and Ry Cooder is credited with playing all the instruments except drums. Published in 2011 the songs may have been written for today.
The Great American Canyon Band – Tumbleweed – glassarfemptee: Baltimore based The Great American Canyon Band is based around husband and wife Paul and Krystal Jean Masson. It says here. But I could have picked any number of their recent tracks, as they make consistently complex and engaging Americana.
Short but sweet this week with just eight tracks, on account of me running out of time, so much music!! Will do better next time, and thanks to everyone for contributing. Do let me know what you think in the comments below, I think it’s a really good week.
JAKL – Shadows: “London based artist JAKL first stepped into the limelight in 2015 as one of Glastonbury’s brightest emerging talents. Immediately securing national radio support from BBC R1’s Huw Stephens who asked him into a session, XFM, BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music soon followed suit, enthralled by a vocal range both fragile and ethereal, with a stripped-back, graceful sound that only served to heighten it. JAKL’s new release ‘Shadows’ (is) a teaser for a slew of new material this year, including work with David Kosten (Bat for Lashes, Everything Everything) … JAKL states : “When you can’t see the light, the shadows are our only comfort. Everything that has gone wrong, everything that can no longer happen is hidden in the darkness.”
A graduate from the London College of Music in 2009, Conor Owen, has shared his debut EP with us. It has a very listenable folky vibe, I particularly like the last track, “Piece of Your Heart”. This is what the press notice says:
It may be that he simply ran out of alternatives – and it is bigly boring – but it looks like Donny has had a change of mind and appointed someone with a functioning brain, and maybe even some perspective, to an important job. Lucky the guy can’t say no to his C-in-C.
Films that involve a change of mind this week then. Either a main character doing so, or events changing several minds, or maybe that rare thing, a film that changed your mind.
I’ll kick off with Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit). Despite not being a Marion Cotillard fan, her character’s attempts to change her co-workers minds raised issues that engaged me.
What films involving mind-changing (not chemically; that seems like a possible future topic) would you recommend?
More eclectic Earworms for you this week. The wormbank is getting low again, and so I have included two new releases, which were sent courtesy of Shauna McLarnon (email@example.com) – and very good they are, too. (Please note AMENDED CONTACT DETAILS above).
If anyone out there is new to Earworms, the concept is very simple – just send an .mp3 of something that has caught your ear recently, and that you’d like to share, to firstname.lastname@example.org. It doesn’t have to be new, in fact we don’t usually include new music here, that’s reserved for “Sounds on Sunday” or other individual posts. If you’re reading this on Hype Machine, these other posts aren’t currently being picked up, so take a scroll through our blog and see for yourself. Meanwhile, thanks to all contributors, and hope you enjoy the music.
Here are some more new sounds to brighten your Sunday, nine tracks on Soundcloud and three on Youtube.
Someone has asked why these posts are not being picked up on Hype Machine, like the Monday “Earworms” posts. The answer is, I don’t know, but I’ve emailed Hype Machine to see if they will link the “Sounds on Sunday” posts as well. So we will have to wait and see.
On the Admin side, does anyone in ‘Spill land know who is in charge of the Twitter feed for The ‘Spill? It’s very out-of-date, and I have a volunteer to look after it … which would be good.
Anyway, have a listen and let me know what you think, in the comments below. Thanks to all.
Red Giant – Universal Daughter: ”I’m contacting you on behalf of Foon Promotions, an NJ based music sharing platform that connects new audiences to new music. As a fan of the music you share on The Spill, I think you’ll dig trip-hop duo Red Giant’s newest track, “Universal Daughter”. This is a new single off of their upcoming EP, to be released this Spring.”
“Born and raised in Stourbridge, Lee Endres is a songwriter who after isolating himself for 3 months on the north-western tip of Scotland is now sharing his debut album Croft.
Written and recorded in an old cottage next to the Atlantic Ocean deep in the Highlands, Croft is part of a cacophony of samples that was composed during his time there. The songs reflect the milieu of the highlands that helped depict a new honest, stripped back and organic approach to his craft. Lee writes about Dementia, alienation, self doubt as well as love, loss and alcoholism.
Embracing a nomadic nature, the past 5 years have seen him travelling around Eastern Europe and living in various cities around the world. Most comparatively it took him to rural Devon where he recorded an album that was immediately scrapped. This was the final push he needed to create a situation in the Scottish highlands to avoid distractions and to concentrate on what was needed to denude. His mental strength was pushed to the limits as he finally found the space and time to put down his scattered thoughts into fragile, brutally honest and bare songs that hide behind no guises.
For Lee it feels like his whole life has been pieced together inside the album, which is consequential to him recording and mixing it himself. This is a keyhole inside the mind of someone who has shaped his life around his music, leaving a trace of fear, guilt and obsession.”
Do have a listen, and share your thoughts in the comments below. It is perfect for a contemplative evening’s listening.
As this week’s episode falls on Valentine’s Day, we have to be looking at films about love, don’t we?
I have probably made great efforts to avoid things like Love Story, so the love films that stick in my mind don’t come smothered in flowers and choccies. I was going to recommend Mother, my favourite film of 2010, about the extent of a mother’s love for her son, but that’s a little too downbeat. So let’s go with Some Like It Hot, in which Tony Curtis and all heterosexual males fell in love with Marilyn Monroe, and Jack Lemmon acquired a suitor too. The story starts exactly 88 years ago today…..
What films about falling in love would you recommend?
Earworm time again, and I hope all you music lovers have a happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, even if you’re in the “humbug” camp (like me). In the meantime, thanks to all contributors, and please keep sending those lovely worms to email@example.com.
Rob Shipster – Beleave me – glassarfemptee: Several friends have offspring in the music biz. Rob Shipster scrapes a living composing, DJ-ing, producing and making music live and in the studio. His ‘jack of all trades’ approach is necessary to earn a crust in the digital age, and he is an accomplished African drummer. So his music is eclectic to say the least, from reggae to classical, African roots to Django jazz. Here’s a track I especially like – “Beleave Me”, and you can find more of his music on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/search?q=rob%20shipster
The Groovemaster – Tangle Locks – severin: A track taken from a Trojan dub compilation I bought recently. Bought in fact because of another track (Butter fe Fish by Skin Flesh and Bones) which was nominated on Songbar recently. This one is (for me) another standout.
More diverse new sounds to wake up your Sunday – thanks to all contributors. Have a listen and let me know what you think, in the comments below – please also mention any new music you’d like to share. There’s a Soundcloud playlist for the first nine tracks, followed by an individual link to the final track on Youtube. Details as follows:
Frozen Houses – Greenhouse on Mars: New release from Frozen Houses, who was also featured on 6 November. He says: “I’m really happy with the art work, it was done with playdough!”
Sexy Levels – #SUICIDESAUCE: New release from East London electro/dance duo Sami and Andi.
Here’s something to wake you up, and not for the fainthearted!
From Hertfordshire, HeadAche describe themselves as “somewhere between a hardcore punk band and a pop group”, comprising of Leon Parsons – drums; Johnny Bannister – vocals & guitar; Jay Majer – bass and Michael Button – guitar & vocals. They have shared their eponymous debut LP with us and it will certainly blow away a few cobwebs from your weekend. They have been busy promoting the album and gigging in Hertfordshire and London, and have gained a small following as well as a reputation for fast and energetic live shows.
You can listen to the LP above, and also check out these links – see what you think!
John Bercow may be a puffed-up ego on short legs but I applaud his rejection of the tiny-fingered one and his attempt to prevent Parliament from hearing more of his bile. It’s a start.
Lets celebrate films about refusal then, those where the little man or woman digs their heels in to stop the big bully. 2012’s No, about René Saavedra’s advertising campaign to defeat Pinochet in a referendum in 1988 fits the bill perfectly but I’ll kick off with Made In Dagenham instead.
Again, based on truth, the women refusing to take their lowly status any longer are also fighting against the patriarchy; which seems to fit the moment even better.
What films about refusal would you recommend?
Abahachi introduced us to doom jazz – well, this is – sort of – doom folk, and very good it is too. The Ghosts of Johnson City are a dark Americana group from Portland, ME USA and they are gearing up to release their second album, The Devil’s Gold, on February 7th. They have very kindly shared a Soundcloud stream with us, prior to release.
Based in Maine with musical roots in Appalachia and the Deep South, The Ghosts of Johnson City “aim to take listeners on a journey through the annals of the past, giving voice to those who can no longer speak. Their debut album, Am I Born to Die? was released to wide critical acclaim in 2015. The Devil’s Gold finds the group exploring new territory while adhering to their trademark themes of love, loss, meaning and mortality.”
You’ll find links to everything you’ll need to get to know about The Devil’s Gold below.
Good morning … another luvverly bunch of worms for you – many thanks to all contributors … please keep calm and carry on sending your worms to firstname.lastname@example.org, a small patch of continuity in a topsy-turvy world.
Sonic Youth – Superstar – CaroleBristol: I never knew that this even existed until about a week or so ago. It is Sonic Youth covering Superstar, which was made famous by The Carpenters, but was originally written by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell. This version was for a Carpenters tribute album, but is apparently disliked by Richard Carpenter. I say “Meh” to Mr Carpenter, because I think it is rather good.
The Orioles – Teardrops on My Pillow – severin: A doowop oldie from one of my Jubilee and Josie compilations. Popped up on iTunes shuffle recently and sounded rather earwormy to me. Hope it does to you too.
Marcus Carl Franklin – When the Ship Comes In – Ravi Raman: As I said on the Films on Musicians thread, I really enjoyed the film on Dylan, especially the songs. This is one of the many lovely covers and is by the actor/singer who played “Woody Guthrie”. 14 years old!
Kauan – Ommeltu Polku – glassarfemptee: Kauan are a Russian post rock band that do a lot of stuff in Finnish. Ali posted a track recommended by Fuel last year, with a link to an excellent album on Soundcloud, of which this is the first track.
Kevin Morby – Singing Saw – tincanman: Both the title track of last year’s album and one of the instruments it is played on, Morby fashioned his suitably somewhat ominous soundscapes after daily twilight and midnight walks in the hills northeast of LA.
Brent Dowe – Down here in Babylon – goneforeign: From a Lee Perry session. You probably know Brent as the lead voice on “The Rivers of Babylon”. (This is a different version from one used previously – Ed.)
Is it just me, or is life getting more and more confrontational, miserable, exhausting and just too damned complicated? Anyone need some simple, light relief? Here it is:
Shall I explain, or are any of you already ahead of me?
More diverse new sounds to wake up your Sunday – thanks to all contributors. Have a listen and let me know what you think, in the comments below – please also mention any new music you’d like to share. There’s a Soundcloud playlist for the first six tracks, followed by individual links to the other six tracks on Youtube, etc. Details as follows:
Sidizen King – Stuck in the Middle: The latest from Sidizen King, “The song takes the perspective of a guy who believes the girl he’s seeing wants commitment that he isn’t ready for. As the song progresses, he sheds his “player” persona and realizes that he actually does want exclusivity. The last verse finds him confessing his feelings to her – fully expecting her to reciprocate – when to his surprise, she’s the one who isn’t ready to commit. The song is meant to be fun on a superficial level but a careful review reveals a more serious sentiment … (i.e.) “a commentary on the non-committal nature of courtship in the “millennial” era and attempts to examine the feelings that come with being on either side of a relationship where one person wants more than the other.””
Puzzle – Little Black Book: Released on 17 January, lead single from upcoming EP Babylon, “Little Black Book” is a song about unrequited love and casual encounters magnified in the context of the digital age. (I sense a theme here – see Sidizen King, above).
Brandyn Burnette – Escape: Brandyn Burnette is a progressive soul producer/singer-songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri currently living in Los Angeles. This self taught, 3rd generation musician has crafted his own sound and style and found success writing hits for such artists as MKTO and Jake Miller as well as opening for such artists as James Bay and John Mayer. His current project Cosmos & Creature has amassed over 10 million streams on Spotify and the latest single debuted at #3 on the Spotify Global Charts.
Yes, it’s a slightly naff hashtag, but the sentiment is perfect: in these dark times, we need to try to find comfort and relief where we can, to fortify ourselves for the struggle ahead. One of my #tinyjoys this week is the fact that my aubergine and Pimiento de Padron seeds are germinating – there’s always a period of nervous uncertainty, as peppers and related species take so long to sprout (and I’m still waiting for any sign of life from the habaneros). The other is the discovery of someone in Finland who improvises Lego sculptures to jazz albums; see @AjuArchIdiot on Twitter, but also this quixotic project to get Lego to produce an actual kit of the ECM studio, complete with Pat Metheny Group…