Earworms 24 April 2017

I’m fresh from a Spring-like weekend in Yorkshire; wherever you are, I hope you’ve all enjoyed similar weather. Here’s a new bunch of Earworms to enjoy before the “Arctic winds” (really?) return next week. If you’d like to share any earworms with us, please send an .mp3 or video link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

The Unthanks – What Can a Song Do to You? – severin: The first track released (do we still call it a single?) from the new album by the Unthanks, Songs and Poems of Molly Drake, mother of the more famous Nick. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing this and many others at two forthcoming London concerts. I gather they have been performing Nick Drake’s “Riverman” as an encore. Anyway this is a lovely thing and features the voice of Molly’s daughter, Gabrielle.

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Sounds on Sunday 27

Another selection of tracks to background your Sunday (St. George’s Day here in the UK). Hope you enjoy, and please don’t forget to leave your comments below. Thanks to all contributors.

Julie Elody – Sirens: “After spending three years as a lead vocalist in a funk-rock band, Julie Elody is excited to find her sound as a solo artist, working with several renowned producers … “I don’t like to write about frivolous things, and “Sirens” is no exception,” Julie explains of her new track. “It is about the all-too-often times that we ignore problems in our lives instead of dealing with them head-on, and all of the ways that this affects us.” Julie has a degree from Loyola University New Orleans in music industry studies, and it was there that she found her passion for songwriting and performing.”

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Earworms 17 April 2017

A bumper bunch of earworms for you this Easter Monday, some Eastery, and some not. And we have a new contributor, Lindasmith, to whom I would like to extend a warm Spring welcome. There’s some great music for you to enjoy today – if you would like to share any earworms with us, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Thanks very much to all our contributors!

Leo Kottke – Easter – glassarfemptee: Virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke (of Vaseline Machine Gun fame) has picked out an Easter egg for you all.

Joan Baez – Mary – Ravi Raman: Not much to say except the album has another beaut written by Steve Earle.

Iona – Chi-Rho – AliM: “The Chi Rho (/ˈkaɪ ˈroʊ/; also known as chrismon) is one of the earliest forms of christogram, formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters — chi and rho (ΧΡ) — of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ “Christ” in such a way that the vertical stroke of the rho intersects the center of the chi.” (Wikipedia). I’m not religious, but I do like Iona, and particularly this song.

Manfred Mann – Pretty Flamingo – Lindasmith: Pretty Flamingo by Manfred Mann. Just because. It’s a great song. 1966 was a good year. We had a Labour Government for a start. It’s not an Easter chicken, but it is a bird. 

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Resurrection – Ravi Raman: I was introduced to this musician by the Rt. Hon. Tincanman of this parish. A slightly sideways look at the resurrection story.

Third Day – Saved – Ravi Raman: A rocking version of the Dylan song. Though it might be rather a song for Thanksgiving seeing how many times thanks are offered!

Anne Briggs – Willie O Winsbury & Blackwater Side – CaroleBristol: The song “Farewell, Farewell,” recorded by Fairport Convention on their album “Liege and Lief” is based upon Willie O Winsbury, a Scottish ballad that can be traced back to the 1770s. This version, a more traditional one, with different lyrics (Richard Thompson wrote the ones for Fairport) is by the English folk singer Anne Briggs, recorded in 1971. She was hugely influential on the 60s folk scene, but hasn’t recorded anything since 1973. Anne lived with Bert Jansch for a time and taught him the song “Blackwater Side” which, as we all know, was then picked up by Jimmy Page. She was apparently somewhat wild and often drunk back in those days. She is still alive, but I don’t think active in music any more. She was interviewed in 2016 by Folk Radio – http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2016/08/interview-anne-briggs/

Willie Brown – Easter Bunny Boogie – severin: Kind of speaks for itself, this one. Does what it says on the tin – or the egg. From a compilation called “Jumpin’ the Blues”. The same compilation CD as one of my earlier worms – the (sort of) rude one about the false teeth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gMlbV4dnuo

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Sounds on Sunday 26

Here’s the latest Sounds on Sunday playlist to bring more bounce to your weekend. I hope those of you who have an Easter holiday are enjoying the break, and for those of you who don’t, I hope you enjoy the music. Thanks very much to all contributors; don’t forget to add your comments below.

Anni – Tomorrow: “Here’s a new song from the Helsinki based songstress (also featured in SoS20) Anni. It’s called “Tomorrow”, and it’s a little flash of light in the world growing darker at places just now. This song comes a month after the previous single, “Break Free”, and we will be releasing a new song again next month. Thanks for listening.”

Gallery 47 – Lefty: “Singer-songwriter Gallery 47 aka Jack Peachey (also featured in SoS5, SoS11) returns with another … collection of captivating alt-folk tracks on his latest EP Bad Production, out on 5th May 2017 via Bad Production Records … Forthcoming singles LeftyPolitical Differences and EP track ‘Overflow’ were written as a result of an alcohol-infused dispute between Peachey and some family members who commented negatively on today’s youth and their approach to finding work. This is an issue Jack has struggled with himself, making this release even more relatable and poignant.”

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Earworms 10 April 2017

Happy Monday to you all, I hope you found some sunshine over the weekend. Here are this week’s worms for your listening pleasure – next week is Easter weekend so if you have any Easter-themed worms, or indeed, any worms at all that you want to share, please send them to earworm@tincanland.com with a few lines about why you’ve chosen them. Thanks to all contributors.

Richie Havens – Tombstone Blues – severin: We were discussing films about Dylan on Chris’s movie thread recently. Ravi mentioned “I’m Not There” which reminded me that I hadn’t listened to the soundtrack for a while. I did and this is still the stand-out track for me.

Anthony Weis – Oblivion Studies – AliM: From his new album “Smashed Against Infinity”, he says: “Noisy garage rock, my roots, is what the album ended up becoming.  The goal was the sound of a loud rock band jamming in a garage somewhere …” Not sure if that’s quite on the mark but I like it anyway.

Madushree – Pal Pal Hai Bhaari – Ravi Raman: An A R Rahman composition for a movie.  This is the instrumental version, performed here by studio artists.

Tord Gustavsen – The Way You Play My Heart – glassarfemptee: In my search for more doom jazz, I was pointed towards Norwegian Tord Gustavsen, and his various trios, quartets and ensembles. This track is hardly doom jazz, but it’s very lovely. From the 2016 album “What was said”.

Lorde – Liability – abahachi: To be honest, I’m half dreading Lorde’s new album: after that near-perfect debut, how can it not be a disappointment? The first single, Green Light, is definitely a grower, but I’m still a bit dubious – has something important been lost? This, however, is magnificent, heart-breaking and heroically minimalist.

Lorde – Green Light – tincanman: Some twitter wag described this young NZ pop singer’s new single as a really terrific song purposely made with a benign beginning so radio will be fooled into playing it. https://goo.gl/cs1Ztc

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Sounds on Sunday 25

Dallan – Bird’s Song: Previously featured on SoS13, Dallan (Dayana Stöhr) released this track on March 17th. “A magical song about a girl, a boy and a break up. Sometimes experiences are too painful to face so it’s better to look at it from a bird’s eye view and write a fairytale instead.“

The Company Stores – So Good: “Hailing from Charleston, WV, The Company Stores combine Appalachian folk influences with a progressive, electronic sound that isn’t afraid to break boundaries and genre lines;  even delving into hip-hop and funk territory.  The band quickly made a name for themselves following their 2014 regionally acclaimed LP, Rollin’ In.  The Company Stores continued to tour, grow their fanbase, and hone in the eclectic sound that would become the groundwork for their upcoming full-length, Little Lights (April 7th).

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Flint Shingle – Isobel Anderson’s new single

Belfast-based musician Isobel Anderson was born in Sussex, and is inspired by the coastal scenery of South East England. Flint Shingle is the first track and new single from her latest album CHALK / FLINT, due for release 2nd June. “The chalk is my skin, the flint is my bones. I came here to set me free.”

““Flint Shingle” is evidence of Isobel Anderson’s growing songwriting prowess, with a conscious effort to develop the production and instrumentation on the record. Isobel’s textured vocals conjure a haunting ambience, she explains, “It is sort of a love song, if only with a nostalgic, almost regretful, sentiment. The idea is that the landscape acts as a sort of sobering force, a marker of myself and what I am now.””

Her work also explores individual and collective constructions of ‘place’. With an MA and PhD in Sound Art, she has already released three studio albums, which have earned over 17 million Spotify streams and enthusiastic airplay on BBC radio. Her live performances include Glastonbury’s Acoustic Stage and The Secret Garden Party; her work has also been performed internationally.

When she was 26, Isobel developed tinnitus, following an ear infection. This has had a profound effect on her life and the beautiful song “Little Sounds of Pain”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiC-JAND_u8 from her third album In My Garden (with Ruby Colley on violin) describes her battle with the condition. She is teaming up with PledgeMusic http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/isobelanderson to release CHALK / FLINT, and 10% of any money raised after the crowd-funding goal is reached will go to the British Tinnitus Association.