Earworms 31 July 2017

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 earworm@tincanland.com, 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.

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10 thoughts on “Earworms 31 July 2017

  1. So did you walk the dog?
    I liked the singing in the first three, especially London Grammar.
    Alabama Shakes and Pixies are my favourites though, the latter being the only name I recognise!

  2. Shannon Lay – Lovely. No “puddle of emotions” but troubled brow definitely soothed.
    London Grammar – Oh blimey. I’ve only just bought their first album. Will try to catch up with this one before Festive Spill time. Track here sounds quite sublime. Only on the Deluxe edition I see!
    Julien Baker – Well that makes a beautiful opening trilogy. I mean the first three songs not the trio of attributes. I can only imagine what that situation must be like. Great song.

    Slight gear change

    Alabama Shakes – Grittier and bluesier (spellcheck seemed to accept that word) and Brittany Howard has a great voice.
    Agam – Crikey, that wasn’t what I was expecting. More hard rock than prog – although none of these categories really mean anything much. Liked that a lot.
    The Pixies – I only ever bought the Doolittle album. Just been looking on Wiki and their albums all did far better in the UK charts than the US. I’d forgotten that. Funny old world. Anyway this is great stuff and sounds like nobody else. I think that was john Peel’s definition of a great band. That you could play a few seconds of any of their songs and it could only be them.

  3. Well I guess the standout is the striking tour de force that is Trials. Shannon Lay and Julien Baker are both soothing balm. Rudra was a balls out bit of thrash – I could see me dancing wildly under a strobe light to this, in a packed and sweaty club….Pixies, not so much…

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