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 R2 (I know we had 2 the other week, let’s just deal with it). Had it landed on 14 I would have chosen Radiohead’s Man of War from their 30th anniversary edition of OK Computer, OKNOTOK. Alas, twas not to be. Check out the video for that though – it’s suitably weird.
The track I have chosen is by R&B/Soul/hard-to-describe artist Allan Rayman. I first came across Rayman last year when he released an album called Hotel Allan. It’s full of beautifully delivered, moving and often funky soul tracks (check out the song Beverly). I think of him as a slightly cooler, sexier Jack Savoretti. This year he released another album in February called Roadhouse 01. This album has a real mix of tracks – I’ve listened to it a few times over the last couple of days and have come to the conclusion I much prefer Hotel Allan. However, he’s redeemed himself in my eyes with the release last week of an edgier sound on an EP called Courtney. I’ve chosen the 2nd track from that EP. It’s called Word of Mouth. This version is an acoustic live performance and much more pared back than the studio version (which I cannot find a video for that works here, but am posting the whole EP I found on YT in the hope that it will play for you, wherever you are).
I give you…Allan Rayman – Word of Mouth
Full Courtney EP here.
Other R’s I thought about:
Rag n Bone Man
What’s your R2?
Hi ‘Spillers. Just a reminder that Carole set up a means of contributing towards the WordPress subscription fee via PayPal. The link is below. We’ll leave it open for a while longer.
Thanks to everyone who’s contributed so far!
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 C9. I’ve chosen the track Florence from the debut album by Loyle Carner, Yesterday’s Gone. This album is on so much in my house. We all love it. Although we are generally tolerant of each other’s music choices, it’s really important in a house full of music lovers that there are albums and artists we can all agree on and enjoy listening to together. This is one of those albums. And he is such a lovely bloke too! It’s worth reading about his back story if you have a moment.
Here then is my C9 track. Florence by Loyle Carner
Other C’s I thought about were:
The Comet is Coming
Cigarettes After Sex
What’s your C9?
After Fuel’s epic week at the helm of his wonderful, joyous and revealing mixtape topic over at The Guardian, I thought I’d share with you a blog I’ve been following for some years.
Beautiful Song of the Week is a genre busting music blog, born when the writer decided to capture the songs he was sharing and listening to with his girlfriend. It does exactly as the name suggests. Every week the writer shares another song. There’s a short write up about the background of the artist or a story to go with the track. At the end of the post the writer gives 3 reasons why the song is beautiful and a suggestion of what you could be doing when you listen to the track. In his “About” page he says “think of this as a mixtape that’s never quite finished” (if he does ever decide to end it, Fuel has a beautifully curated list of options he could consider!). It’s a marvellously simple and effective concept. I dip in an out of this blog, maybe not visiting for a month or so, but because there is only one post a week, I never feel like I get too behind with the content.
The full list is also available to browse on the blog. The writer recently put together a Spotify playlist of all the songs he’s included so far; 363 songs and 24 hours of music (in the “Contact” tab). I’m working my way through it in the order it was written – there really is some very lovely stuff to discover.
I want to share this with you now because only the other week he wrote about his love of mixtapes and compilations mentioning a series called Late Night Tales. I am a fan of this compilation series, it’s where I most recently discovered The Alessi Brothers – Seabird The song he shared on this occasion is a cover of a song I love. I agree with him that the original is totally underrated; it has been a constant on my own compilations for years. The cover version lives up to the name of the blog. Beautiful.
Click the link at the top to visit the blog or to follow on twitter go to @abeautifulsong
Which music blogs (other than The ‘Spill, of course) do you visit and why? – Discuss.
Hi ‘Spillers – I’ve just sent an email to everyone I have an address for. This is what it says – would be good to get your comments here too.
Sorry again for the round robin email. I hope you all recall my email from March re the future of The ‘Spill?
We’ve now received the email from WordPress asking us to pay for our annual subscription. Again, it’s time to think about what we want to do about this. The subscription is £85 and Ali paid it for 2017.
After my last email we did see a spike in activity; new posts, regular commenting etc. Things have tailed off again more recently. It’s difficult to determine whether the readership is going down as WordPress has changed the way it counts views, but looking at the stats we have seen month on month decreasing number of visits and comments. The irony is, collectively we have published more this year than we did in any of the 3 years prior to 2017.
And yet, dear ‘Spillers, the place does still feel like it has life left in it, and when things look tough for some of us we do rally and provide virtual support for each other – there’s warmth there. But I do have to ask you all – do you think there is enough life for us to go on for another year?? If the answer is a resounding “Yes”, my next concern is covering the cost of the WordPress subscription in a fair way. Would you be willing to make a contribution to keep The ‘Spill going?
Let us know what you think by return – I’m going to stick this up at The ‘Spill as well. This place has been so welcoming to me and you all have such wonderful things to say about the posts, you provide insight, debate politely and willingly share your huge musical knowledge. It would be a shame to see that lost.
All the best,
Sarah, Ali & Carole
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 A2.
The song I’ve chosen is the title track from Ryan Adams’ album of 2017, Prisoner. I’ve had an emotional 2 years or so, plenty of angst and in-my-head turmoil. During this time I’ve been drawn to music that either mirrors some of what goes on in my head or is emotionally even more problematic than stuff I’m trying to deal with. This album came out early this year. I have to ration my consumption of it. The tracks speak to me in so many ways. I love the Johnny Marr-esque guitar sound on many of the songs and so obvious on this one. So here is my A2; Ryan Adams – Prisoner.
Other As I thought of were:
The Afghan Whigs
What’s your A2?
We’ve now been through the alphabet once. After double checking with you all, it seems you are happy to continue with this little feature for now or until I think of some other game to play!
This time through the alphabet, I’m challenging myself to stick to artists’ albums that came out this year. Just to see if I can.
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 F8.
I’ve chosen the track Century from Feist’s album Pleasure. I’ve mentioned this album on here before. It is a much rawer sound from her to previous outings and I love that change. I’m also glad to see her back in the Broken Social Scene fold. So then, here you have my F8 track; Century by Feist featuring Jarvis Cocker at the end…
Other F’s I thought about were:
Father John Misty
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes
What’s your F8?