Jaws of Love – Tasha Sits Close to the Piano

A few weeks ago I featured Jaws of Love’s excellent track Hawaiian License Plates in Sounds of Sunday.

I’m now pleased to say that Local Natives’ songwritervocalist and pianist Kelcey Ayer has released Tasha Sits Close to the Piano, his solo debut as Jaws of Love, via K-Rizzla/House Arrest digitally on September 22nd, with its gatefold coloured vinyl release available in the UK on 3rd November. The anticipated album is currently streaming on HypemachineDo give it a listen, it’s great.

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‘Spillin’ The Beans – “Down There For Dancing” by Granfalloon

‘Spillin’ The Beans is late again this week, so apologies for real life getting in the way of writing reviews. This week’s review is the debut album by Granfalloon, the musical nom de plume (nom de plectrum perhaps?) of Manchester-based songwriter Richard Lomax.

DTFD - Album photo

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RR Films: War

When the main headline is about declaring it, maybe we should get it out of the way now.

It causes death and suffering for all sides, so… War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Apart from some great (and many dire) films. I’ll go for Apocalypse Now. It may be set on the fringes of war but it smells of death (and napalm). The horror! The horror!

What war films would you recommend?

Are you feeling horny?

Looking for a YT video link for one of my song recommendations this week, I spotted a familiar face looking back at me from the ‘Up Next’ sidebar. What I stumbled across has really grabbed me. Not Linda’s vocal (which IS great, but is she possibly losing a bit of control aiming for all that power?), nor Sam’s brief contribution (I’m assuming he’s now too old for the Boy Wonder tag?), but man, do those horns sound good down there or what?! Enjoy.

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Earworms 25 September 2017

Quality over quantity with the Earworms this week. If you have a worm you would like to share, please send it along to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. All contributions gratefully received!

Kauan – Siiville Nousu – abahachi: I’ve been a massive Kauan fan since Fuel introduced me to them in ‘Wind’ week. Over the last couple of albums, good though they were, their sound has become (to me) a bit claustrophobic; the new record feels like a return to the windswept plains and enormous skies of their earlier work. Epic – and not only because of the length …

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – The Face of Love – Ravi Raman: from the Dead Man Walking soundtrack, performed with Eddie Vedder.

Colter Wall – Bald Butte – tincanman: Set a spell, this young Saskatchewan troubadour has a yarn to spin. I learned two things listening to his self-titled debut: 1) putting on a cowboy hat doesn’t need to strangle your soul, brain and heart; 2) Woody and Ramblin’ Jack and all them live on. (Oh, yeah, and a third thing – it’s pronounced ‘bewte’, not … well, you know).

Jimmy Buffett – Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants – AliM: Heard this on the radio last week and it has been lodged in my head ever since. From his 1979 LP Volcano, this is just such a happy, carefree song. I am getting soft in my old age.

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Sounds on Sunday 48


More new sounds for you – short but sweet this week; my favourites are The Hails and Evening Glow. I hope you find something to enjoy, and please feel free to comment, below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Skytone – Second Hand Shops: “Skytone are the Ottawa, Ontario-based duo of Rodney and Darius Doddridge. The brothers have a keen ear for melodies that pack more sunshine and warmth per decibel than you would have thought possible. The bright jangle-pop tune Second Hand Shops showcases crisp vocals and tightly constructed hooks, with a bit of a beachside vibe. The track is off their new album JangleWaves, available via Bandcamp.”

GGOOLLDD – Excelsior Springs: “The Milwaukee-based band … have already made an impression on many, garnering a feature as a Nylon “Band Crush” and praise from AV Club for creating “synthpop that stands out thanks to impeccable production and catchy, danceable hooks.” From their forth-coming third EP, Teeth.

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