We swing from the sublime to the ridiculous this week, with three contemplative tracks and three to wake you up. Not sure how the sixth blends with the first if you play them on a loop, but have fun… Don’t forget, if you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a web link to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.
F J McMahon – The Spirit of the Golden Juice – glassarfemptee: In keeping with my love of echoing twang, here’s F J McMahon on the pedal steel guitar, with a late sixties bit of downbeat Americana, from the days before that was what it was called. This is the title track from his only album, a ‘lost’ treasure.
Jens Thomas: If You Want Blood – Abahachi: Okay, I’m not sure whether or not I’m actually recommending this curiosity from German pianist and singer Jens Thomas, with Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, but it is ‘earwormy’ in the sense that you’re unlikely to forget the experience. There’s an entire album’s worth, if you happen to like it…
Daryl Kellie and Jon Hart – Ripples – AliM: This is from their excellent newly released album, “Set Adrift”. The album stemmed from the idea of writing a few songs on a houseboat, which resulted in a 5-day tour of the Thames and a whole album of material.
North Mississippi Allstars feat. Mavis Staples – I’ve Been Buked – Ravi Raman: Stand out track from the movie on Delta Blues, Take Me To The River, that features a mixture of well-known musicians and some who are new. Don’t know much about the Mississippi Allstars, picked this up specifically for Mavis Staples. What a singer!
Buzzcocks – Moving Away From the Pulsebeat – severin: Like the Banshees, the Buzzcocks were formed relatively early in punk terms but didn’t release an album until 1978. This was so unexpected at the time. Some people even denounced the bit where the other instruments drop out as (gasp) a “punk drum solo”. Anyway I played it recently for the first time in ages and it still sounds fresh to me.
The Osmonds – Crazy Horses – DsD: This popped up on Shuffle on the DsD Walkman the other day when I was in need of some frustration-venting volume. I’d forgotten just how damned heavy it is. The band might be a ‘bullet’ when you’re playing iPod Roulette, but the song fully deserves its place between Apollo 440’s Crazee Horse & Ozzy’s Crazy Train in the 1800+ songs on there.
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