It’s late Sunday evening in Earworm land. The cats are playing tiddly winks with the dog’s biscuits; the rain is dripping down the windows and I’ve realised that I have someone coming to see me tomorrow, “late morning”. When the hell is “late morning”? Why did I make such a stupid arrangement? Will I have time to wash-up / hoover / walk the dog? So many questions … here’s some music to soothe my troubled mind (and yours, I hope). If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it, and I’ll feature it here. Many thanks to all contributors.
Shannon Lay – The Moon’s Detriment – AliM: My thanks to Hype Machine for pointing this one up – it’s on repeat at the moment. They say: “The music of Los Angeles songwriter Shannon Lay is gentle and airy, and can “reduce you to a puddle of emotions,” says Stereogum. Her new LP is the debut release on Kevin Morby’s new Woodsist imprint, Mare Records.” Tincanman sent in Kevin Morby’s excellent “Singing Saw” to Earworms a little while ago.
London Grammar – Trials – DsD: I’m sorry, but I can’t find anything to say that does this justice. My current repeat1/repeat1/repeat1 obsession. I’m doing it now, when I really MUST go to bed. P.S. However long it is since I emailed, I’m still here with it on Repeat1: THAT’S how hard it is to tear myself away.
Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle – tincanman: Imagine this if you will: You are a devout Christian, you are gay, and you live in the US South. Title track of an album I play a lot despite being none of the above.
Alabama Shakes – You Ain’t Alone – Glassarfemptee: Alabama Shakes really are from Alabama, and with the help of ace vocalist Brittany Howard, they channel Joplin and Whitehouse. This track from their 2012 debut album showcases their extraordinary RnB power.
Agam/ Harish Sivaramakrishnan – Rudra – Ravi Raman: Prog rock with a hint of Carnatic flavour. Okay maybe more than a hint. They’ve been enjoying a slight re-surge in popularity. From their 2012 album The Inner Self Awakens. (2 others to share if anyone would like me to add to the box).
The Pixies – The Happening – AliM: This is from their 1990 album “Bossanova”, which my friend plays often. The whole album has got under my skin; there’s also a track called “Allison” – what more could I ask. Best LOUD.
Here’s another batch of new songs for your enjoyment – feel free to comment below. My faves this week are James Yuill, Warbly Jets and The Captain’s Son. What do you think? Many thanks to all contributors.
SEASIDE HIGHLIFE AND THE YUM YUMS – Sideways: “Sideways is the first of many tracks by SEASIDE HIGHLIFE. SSHL is Australian singer songwriter Mat McHugh, and Berlin’s production quartet The YUM YUM’s. Sideways doesn’t pretend to be more than it is: A fun filled electronic funk track made for the best time of the year! Brought to you by 5 guys who all originally grew up by the beach”.
Island Apollo – Feeling You: “New single from SoCal indie rock band Island Apollo just released via Huffington Post. The band has received tremendous exposure being featured on Vh1, CBS, Fox Sports and numerous national ads including Sprint and Sobe. Their new infectious single is produced by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius) and features driving drums, layered vocals, upbeat guitar and synth bass riffs.”
James Yuill – Fire Breathing: “Electro-folk artist James Yuill’s first new music since 2013. His new single Fire Breathing is a slow building, thumping track, taken from his upcoming album A Change In State out 28th July. Best known for his one-man, electro-folk shows, Yuill has toured around the world alongside Phoenix, Hot Chip, Royksopp and M83, to name a few. James’ music has been featured on Gray’s Anatomy, Scrubs, One Tree Hill, The Inbetweeners and Pretty Little Liars. He also wrote the music and starred in his own Guinness Christmas advert.”
The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on W2. I’ve chosen If Ever I Was a Child, the 2nd track on Wilco’s 2016 album, Schmilco. What’s your W2 track?
Yesterday saw the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Music Prize announced. As a reminder, this is what it is about (from the website):
The Mercury Music Prize promotes the best of UK and Irish music and the artists who produce it. This is done through the celebration of the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’, recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.
The winner is announced in September. There is a good pedigree of past winners and only one artist has won it twice; PJ Harvey in 2001 and 2011. Both The XX and Alt-J have been nominated this year, both have won it before, so we could see another multi-nominated winner in 2017.
Here’s the announcement as made on BBC 6 Music – for those who can’t play that, check out the website linked above. Previous winners are also listed.
Does anyone fancy reviewing any of these? or perhaps giving a view of any of the nominated albums over the coming weeks?
For today though…
Yet again ‘Spillers I come to you to discuss this issue. What do you think of the nominations? Are there any obvious omissions? What’s your favourite previous winning album etc etc.
I pulled up outside my parent’s house yesterday to Rod Stewart blaring out of the front window. This was unusual on two counts; my parents never played loud music with the windows wide open for fear of annoying the neighbours & the room where the music was coming from is the room where they’ve put up their seven grandchildren on and off over the years in bunk beds that belonged to my sister. The room was dedicated to them with toys and books which were either our own when we were younger (ancient Lego etc) or handed down by the older cousins for the younger ones to play with. It isn’t a room where you hear a lot of Rod Stewart.
Anyway, turns out they’ve decided to reclaim the room now that overnight stays by grandchildren have become rarer. They’ve created a chill out snug. They’ve pulled their remaining vinyl from the loft along with some very old tapes which either belonged to me and my siblings or which they bought from Britannia Music Club (anyone remember that?). AND and….who knew??….but you can still buy a system with radio, tape deck and turnable. My dad was very proud of himself for having found it. Goodness knows what the sound quality is like, Rod sounded alright from the front drive tho.
It was great to see some of my old tapes again. I thought they were lost tbh. The aforementioned Thompson Twins was there, along with King, Madonna, more Duran Duran and U2.
(I’ve written this in my phone on the way into work in London, so apologies for errors etc)
The Orange Order has apparently asked its members to stop using the term ‘RIP’ to express grief or sympathy after a death. It said the phrase is unbiblical, un-Protestant, and a form of superstition connected to Catholicism. ffs.
Despite Jimmy McGovern’s excellent Broken on TV recently, I’m still not a fan of religion. But there have been plenty of films around the subject, for and against, light and serious. I was tempted to pick The Invention Of Lying but instead I’ll go with one of the serious ones, in which being of different religions is the cause of much grief: the powerful and engrossing Ida.
What films about religion would you recommend? Or warn us to steer clear of?