A thoughtful selection for you today. I spent this afternoon at a local beer festival, bopping along to a loud, rocky covers band – sober, as I was driving – on the way home I gave two strangers a lift, as it was raining. They insisted on taking me to their local hostelry, which was kind, except that it was evidently karaoke / old folks night. The fastest pint of shandy I’ve ever drunk. Anyway, here is the antidote. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.
Jillette Johnson – Bunny – glassarfemptee: Jillette Johnson is a New York City singer/ songwriter who sings winsomely – in this case, on the familiar theme of the trials of being a singer/songwriter. “You can have my body, but you can’t have me”…
Emily Lee – Special – AliM: Emily Lee is a young, confident singer-songwriter, and a stand-out performer on the London music scene. She played at the Holywell Green Music Festival last weekend; I particularly liked this song, which is from her excellent EP, “Don’t Forget To Love”.
Father John Misty – Leaving LA – tincanman: Crusty centrepiece of Josh Tilman’s alter ego’s latest, Pure Comedy
Saurav Moni – O Maji Re – Ravi Raman: Lesle Lewis, who has arranged this, has brought together an old folk song from the Ganges and a Bollywood classic that was taken from the former. Saurav is a folk singer who specialises in archiving music of Bengal. Here he is joined by Shaan, a playback singer. This genre is called Bhaitiali, river songs, and is sung by boatmen.
More sounds for your listening pleasure. Please feel free to comment, below.
Fhin – Holy Drops: From Paris, France – more here.
Ollie Gabriel – Running Man: “With a good portion of earned laurels and a lot of experience, Ollie is now ready to release his debut single “RUNNING MAN“ in the USA. The single is a highly infectious anthem about following your dreams and overcoming obstacles. That is the message the video for the single carries as well. The video shows the Paralympic athlete Blake Leeper. Leeper was born missing both of his lower legs, yet the American was equipped with prosthetics at the age of 9 months. At the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, Blake managed to earn a silver and a bronze medal, in two different sprint disciplines – there is not a more obvious and authentic metaphor for Gabriel’s message.”
Another interesting batch of worms for you – I’m off to the Holywell Green Community Festival this weekend (I’m writing this in advance) – so I’m going to be well and truly music-ed out. Anyway, lots to enjoy. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to email@example.com, together with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. I’ll do the rest – thanks to all contributors!
David Wilcox – The Sacrifice – tincanman: Gun violence in America; what fun.
The Trumpeteers – I’ll Fly Away – Ravi Raman: Came across this great harmony in a 45 song, two CD set called Folk, Gospel & Blues a few days before Peter threw open the SongBar for In Memoriam week.
Bessie Smith – Woman’s Trouble – severin: No not that sort. It’s Bessie Smith and she has been sent to jail and is not best pleased.
Loggins and Messina – Vahevala – AliM: A blast from the past – 1974 – and their album “On Stage”. Guitar, violin and flute, seagulls … all building to a magnificent crescendo. Bear with it, you may be pleasantly surprised. Continue reading
Another selection of new sounds for you – please feel free to comment, below. Many thanks to all contributors.
Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing – Bouncin’ Along Song: “The new single from the Sheffield / Leeds based band Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing, released on July 21st as a 2 track digital download on Premonition Tapes… (it) is an upbeat blend of reggae and electronica, full of hope and positivity. It has been edited from the forthcoming album “All\Mix/Dup”, and is an updated version of the song that originally came out on the ill-fated “Now That’s What I Call A Bit Weird Vol.23” album. It features guests Tim (Techno Ken) Jones on Hammond organ along with some percussive dubification from Paul Bower, and has a fantastic piece of cover artwork by Orchestre Nihilistica. The single also contains an instrumental dub mix.” The band are playing at the Tramlines festival in Sheffield on Friday 21st July.
Yuliya Tsukerman is a long-time follower of The ‘Spill, and has shared her latest project with us – a handmade marionette music video for Austin-based band Man, Woman, Friend, Computer. Yulia is currently an artist-in-residence at Mana Contemporary, and this project, a fifteen-minute film, has been a labor of love for the past four months.
The film is set to the first and final tracks of Man, Woman, Friend, Computer‘s debut album, with a newly-composed interlude between the tracks that connects the songs, both musically and narratively, into a cohesive score.
Titled “Exordium/Outgrown“, the film tells the story of a spaceman who comes to terms with isolation and loss as he cares for an injured alien creature. It combines centuries-old Czech marionette techniques with modern materials and found objects, creating an analog reimagining of the space age that points to the the loneliness of the digital world, and to the new distances we create as we try to conquer the old.
Man, Woman, Friend, Computer‘s wonderful debut album is available at Bandcamp, and you can find more of Yulia’s work here.
Well here’s a thing. Pop music has its place; it’s a good pick-me-up when you don’t want anything too heavy or cerebral. Here’s a YouTube list of things that have caught my ear recently. Is it fun? Is it awful? Have you any songs you’d like to add? Should I be struck off The ‘Spill? Discuss.
A very juicy bunch of worms for you this week, if the photo hasn’t put you off your lunch. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send a link or an .mp3 to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try and include it in a future Earworms post. Many thanks to all contributors.
Oana Catalina Chitu: Trenule masina mica / Oana Catalina Chitu: Aseara ti-am luat basma – abahachi: Back in my favourite Zig Zag Jazz Cafe for an evening of Balkan music: Moldavian cymbalon player, Serbian accordion player and this Romanian singer, projecting an “I’ll eat you alive” attitude and some magnificent vocals, with a mixture of Romanian tangos, traditional Roma songs and the repertoire of inter-war Bucharest diva Maria Tănase. Personally I preferred the stripped-down instrumentation of the concert to the recorded versions, which chuck in a load of violin and sax, but this is magnificent stuff, variously reminiscent of Weimar cabaret and Lisbon Fado among other things…
Eli and the Manhattans – My Big Dream – severin: And yet more doo wop. I think it’s another winner but you can decide. This kind of music is a much needed antidote to world and UK events right now. This is from 1958 so maybe I heard it in my cradle when I was nought.
Fats Domino – The Fat Man – tincanman: Say, does this piano make my wallet look fat? Possibly the first rock and roll record to sell over a million records.
Les McCann – Burnin’ Coal – Ravi Raman: more of piano jazz and from an aptly named compilation album, “Smokin’ Soul Picnic”. Terrific stuff.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Flow With It – glassarfemptee: Paul Janeway has the perfect pipes for bluesy, jazzy white soul – think, perhaps, Average White Band. St Paul and the Broken Bones are appearing on this side of the pond in July 2017, and this track is off their 2016 album, ‘Sea of noise’.
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