Earworms 4 December 2017

December is upon us already! I hope this selection of worms cheers you through the darkness. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please email an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. In particular, I shall be collecting Christmas earworms for a seasonal selection on Christmas Day itself; so please let me have any of your Christmas worms by Friday 22 December. Many thanks to all contributors.

Mosi Conde  – Kaira Kora Afrika – glassarfemptee: This is another track from a busker CD. Mosi is a consummate kora player from Guinea, and when not doing gigs and appearing on the BBC, he busks at Charing Cross. I saw him the other day in the freezing cold, and couldn’t pass by without doing my bit.

The Cure – Close To Me – AliM: I keep hearing this on the radio when I’m driving, the more I hear it, the more I like it, and the more it gets wormed into my head. Baba baba baba ba ba …

Burning Spear – Rock And Roll – DsD: On 18th November, the fastest KO ever in a boxing world title fight happened; literally a ‘blink-and-you-missed-it’ contest. See for yourselves. I was in Zolani Tete’s dressing room before he went into the ring, and this song was the climactic soundtrack to his warm-up routine. Impressive.

Daktari – Zanussi – abahachi: This has been my year of discovering that I love Polish avant-garde jazz, as well as Polish craft beer … Daktari (not to be confused with a Dutch hard rock band of the same name) specialise(d?) in amazing album titles (I Travel Within My Dreams With a German Passport) and an interesting blend of trumpet, saxophone and post-rock guitars. Probably not to everyone’s taste…

Thaikkudam Bridge – Aarachar – Ravi Raman: A fairly new band out of Kerala, or rather collective. They proudly claim to have 8 singers, 6 instrumentalists and 3 sound engineers in the band! Aarachar means Executioner or Hangman. First came out as a YouTube video and later as part of their album Navarasam. I’ve included the clip too for the translated lyrics.

Carrie Elkin – New Mexico – tincanman: This is from her latest, The Penny Collector, written in the emotional months after the death of her father (a collector of pennies) and in early pregnancy with her first child and I like how she writes about where her head and heart is rather than the specifics of the situation. (Lovely voice she has, too. Hear the echoes of Diamonds And Rust, Joan Baez?)

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6 thoughts on “Earworms 4 December 2017

  1. Well the first three were pure joy for me. I must happen by Charing X when I’m next in town to see if I can catch a performance by Mosi Conde. Beautiful sound. I know and love the Cure track although I haven’t heard it in a while. The Burning Spear one was new to me much to my surprise. I know less than I thought. Great track though.
    The Polish jazz was a lot less “difficult” than I had expected from the intro. Really liked it. Very slightly Floydian in places. I’ll be shot down in flames again for that. My comparisons never make sense to anyone else.
    It took me a couple of listens to get to grips with Thaikkudam Bridge but I am starting to like it more so I hope it’ll be boxed – I think it merits quite a few more listens. It was a bit of a shock at first amid some other mellower tracks.
    Carrie Elkin was lovely and, yes, the song was very reminiscent of Diamonds and Rust. That was the first thing I thought before going back and reading the blurbs.
    A great set all round.

  2. Lovely mixed set – and all new to me, I think. Especially liked the Cure’s aching vocal, and the thundering riff from Thaikudam bridge. Can’t go wrong with Burning Spear, but what a bummer for those who trekked to Belfast, only for a world title fight to end with the first punch, and an appointment with the medics. The Carrie Elkin was a touching and tender track to end on. I always listen avidly to Abahachi’s new discoveries, but I’ll stick with doom jazz for now.

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