Earworms 12 February 2018

Thank you for responding to the call for Valentine Worms, what a soft lot you are. Back to normal next week with no particular theme – if you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to: earworm@tincanland.com together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Happy listening!

Kadri Gopalnath – Amudum Thenum – Ravi Raman: a sax instrumental that I prefer to the OTT lyrics – “Why do I need milk and honey with you next to me”, etc. etc.

Black – Sweet Breath of Your Rapture – DsD: No need to repeat myself – you all know I love everything about this.

Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker – severin: A bit of a bloody valentine here. “I see you talking to your wife, and I see you holding your child, and I see you everywhere I go”. Makes a change from “Roses are red…” Their album’s out by the way. And very good it is too.

Ketty Lester – Love Letters – severin: I’ve posted this to Earworms before but another outing won’t hurt. The original version and, to my mind, still the best. And it’s actually about getting messages of love through the post. How on-topic can you get?

Henry Priestman – Valentine Song – tfd: Valentine Song by Henry Priestman: bit soppy, I know, but after all it’s Valentine’s Day. Henry’s playing Stony Stratford on Feb 24, so let me know if you’d like to come and I’ll get you a ticket.

Marc Cohn – True Companion – DsD: This was supposed to be my & Julie’s first dance at our wedding party, until doofus me forgot to put the CD in my pocket, and the DJ didn’t have it. (We settled for Black’s Wonderful Life instead).

Matching Mole – O Caroline – severin: Robert Wyatt singing, of course. Plaintive vocal and the most heart-breaking love song I have ever heard. Too late to properly be a Valentine of course but let it pass.

Son Little – Mad About You – tincanman: Young Philadelphian has the blues but sings soul to exorcise his demons, and I recommend an extended listen to last year’s New Magic.

Canned Heat – I’m A Hog For You, Babe – Ravi Raman: my first thought when I read the “you can be cynical” for Valentines worms was their Parthenogenesis. But at 20 minutes I would have to strain credulity to call it an Earworm.  Instead here’s a fairly straightforward number, at least for them.

Guillemots – Redwings – DsD: Another one you all know I love. Usually RRecommended using the phrase “one of the most romantic songs I know”, so a shoo-in here. And we all need more brass band music in our lives, no?

Placebo – Pure Morning – AliM: Valentines? Schmalentines. I’ll take what I can get.

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Earworms 5 February 2018

Some thoughtful worms for you this week, delivered slightly later than usual because I’ve been moon-gazing (as usual) and not concentrating on other things. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be Valentine’s Day, feel free to be as soppy or cynical as you like. In the meantime all worms are welcome and will be used, so thanks very much to all contributors.

Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente – He Fades Away – tfd: I was at Josie Duncan’s gig at the Towersey Festival last year and when I went up to her afterwards to say how much I’d enjoyed it she inveigled me into following her on Facebook. I remember doing that but I don’t remember the crowdfunding part (golly, I’m so old) but I must have participated, for here today came a CD and an EP by her. And this is the saddest song you’ll hear all year, written by Alistair Hulett and featuring Hedley Benson on flugelhorn.

Rufus Wainwright – Dinner at Eight – Magicman: We travelled intrepid to New Jersey a few nights ago and were rewarded by Rufus Wainwright singing this song for his father from 2004 alone at the piano. Quite quite stunning. His voice is extraordinary. The lyrics kill me.

Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White – Govinda – tincanman: If people thought George Harrison was weird for recording his Radha Krsna Temple hare krishna album in 1969, imagine what they said to Matthew E. White last year when he proposed covering a song from it, and with a little known partner to boot. Sorta seductively weird.

Spirit – Mr Skin – Ravi Raman: I’m convinced the song’s about shaved or bald heads. From a compilation that a friend got me, Raised on Rock.

Wray – Blood Moon – vanwolf: Meant to be a ‘blood moon’ visible somewhere today (Jan 31st) so here you go.

White Rose Transmission – Walking In the Opposite Direction – severin:
This was a band formed by Adrian Borland and others while he was living in the Netherlands. The title was used as the title of a recent documentary film about his life as I guess it pretty much summed up his philosophy. The film featured a later solo version of the song, which is sadly difficult to obtain but I have to say I rather prefer. See link.

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Earworms 29 January 2018

Well you’ve done yourself proud this week with lots of birdy worms (to plagiarise Ravi’s joke). I haven’t forgotten the non-birdy worms; these will be featured next week, when there will be no theme. Of course, the week after that is in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, so if you have any Valentine worms, please send them to me before Sunday 11 February and I’ll include them on Monday 12th. All worms are always welcome, if you have one you’d like to share, please send it to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all.

John R Baca’s Orchestra – Circling Pigeons Waltz – tincanman: Tom Waits recently described this to The Guardian as ” the most beautiful thing – kind of sour, like a wheel about to go off the road all the time.”

Simian – Mr. Crow – Vanwolf: I have plenty of choice for songs featuring birds, but this seems a good earworm. I’ve have tried unsuccessfully to date to get it listed – probably only a couple of fails as I’m not sure there’s a particularly range of subjects to nominate it for.

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Earworms 22 January 2018

I come from the land of ice and snow … with laryngitis and a snuffly nose … welcome to this week’s Earworms on the theme of “warmth” – mostly – no matter, no matter, all worms welcome. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all; next week’s theme, should you choose to accept it, is: birds.

EMA – Down and Out – Vanwolf: Been listening to this album I got late last year. Quite atmospheric with a sort of fuzzed up sound to it.

The Beach Boys – Warmth of the Sun – Magicman: written by Brian Wilson the morning after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Nov 23rd 1963. “What good is the dawn that grows into day?” Stunning next level harmonies for the era, somehow given the bleak moment there is still beauty and warmth, a reason to live. It probably helped that Brian lived in Hawthorne, Los Angeles where November is reasonably warm. We sang it a few times, but it’s quite difficult. Even The Beach Boys live efforts are wobbly. This is from “Keep An Eye On Summer : Beach Boys Sessions 1964” compiled by Alan Boyd …

Funkadelic – Sunshine of Your Love – Ravi Raman: first song that I thought of was this, which had popped up, after a long time, when Sarah posted the Shuffle challenge. A more than decent cover of the Cream classic.

The Stranglers – Always the Sun – AliM: From their 1986 album, Dreamtime. “How many times has the weatherman told you stories that made you laugh? / You know it’s not unlike the Politicians and leaders, when they do things by half / Who gets the job of pushing the knob? / That sort of responsibility, you draw straws for it if you’re mad enough.”

The Beach Boys – Warmth of the Sun – Magicman: … and this is the Stereo mix, you lucky people.

Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real – Just Outside Of Austin – tincanman: Sweet (some would say overly) love ballad in the vein of those Webb Pierce 70’s songs labels didn’t know what to do with. It’s a fine line with these, and I think he falls on the right side of it. Chip off the old block (yes, THAT Nelson) that way.(Reminds me of “Gentle on my Mind” Ed.)

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Earworms 15 January 2018

We’re a bit low on Earworms, so today we have two thoughtful ones to break you in slowly, then two new tracks to bring you round a bit. If anyone would like to top up the wormbank, please send your earworm(s) to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Failing that, lets have a theme next week … send me your worms on the theme of Warmth. Interpret it how you will.

REM – Drive – abahachi: I am persistently puzzled that this track never seems to make it onto ‘Best Of’ compilations, or get played on the radio, or get treated as anything other than a curtain-raiser for the more famous and important songs on Automatic for the People, when it’s clearly the best track on that album…

Etienne Mbappe – Zawi D – Ravi Raman: opening track of an album by Mumbai based musician Dhruv Ghanekar. Brilliant album featuring French-Cameroonian bassist/vocalist Etienne Mbappe (Zawinul Syndicate, John McLaughlin & Fourth Dimension); singer-guitarist Raul Midon; percussionist Trilok Gurtu; drummer Ranjit Barot; vocalist Ila Arun among others. Some great vocals in the album as well though this is instrumental.
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Earworms 8 January 2018

Good morning campers, here is a gentle selection to ease you in to this cold January morning – hope it gets your week off to a good start. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to earworm@tincanland.com, where it will be nurtured and brought forth to share in due course. Many thanks to all contributors.

Blonde Redhead – Top Ranking – Vanwolf: Don’t think I’ve done an earworm before, so my bad. No reason for this other than been listening to the album over the holidays. (Nice to see you here! Keep it up! Ed).

Anouar Brahem – Bahia – abahachi: Heard one track from this new album from this Tunisian jazz oud master on Radio 3 a couple of weeks ago, demanded the album for Christmas, and have scarcely stopped listening to it (except when I switch to one of my other Christmas presents, Avishai Cohen). Dave Holland on bass, Jack De Johnette on drums (with Django Bates on piano on other tracks); manages to be simultaneously exotic and totally in the ECM mainstream.

Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker – Dragonfly – glassarfemptee: A new release that I didn’t include in the Festive Spill is Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker’s “SpiderBeetleBee”. An instrumental set, here’s the closing track.

Indian Ocean – Des Mera – Ravi Raman: from a brilliant, satirical film called Peepli Live that I can’t recommend enough. This song is equally sharp: “My land is like a riot of colours, good sir/ with magic happening at every river bank/ Every molehill a mountain, every rock Lord Shankar/and every small issue is a big contention.”

Yasmine Hamdan – Beirut – AliM: This is one that Bish put on one of his “social” CDs. I don’t think we’ve had it in Earworms before. Anyway, I heard it the other day and remembered how beautiful it is.

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Earworms 1 January 2018

Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone who sent earworms on the theme of “new beginnings”, and apologies to Shoegazer for omitting Dragonette from the Christmas earworms last week – never mind, it’s still appropriate: “No regrets / Not for a moment / Facing forward / Next year’s golden.” If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Meanwhile, here’s to 2018!

Dragonette – Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message) – Shoegazer: Not one for the kiddies.

Mavis Staples feat. Bonnie Raitt – Turn Me Around – Ravi Raman: This was my #1 pick for Spill year until I decided to go all Indian.

Lost Horizons – The Places We’ve Been – afictionhabit: It’s reflective and totally gorgeous. Happy New Year!

Ornette Coleman – Turnaround – abahachi: I’ve started having jazz guitar lessons again, for the first time with a serious jazz musician (albeit a bass player); my ability to remember anything gets worse and worse, ditto my ability to find time and energy to practice, but I’m already learning a lot – including that there’s a whole Ornette Coleman album I’ve never actually heard, including this classic blues number which I’m now happily transposing into Bb and slowing down so I can actually play it.

Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come – goneforeign: This was popular in Jamaica in ’72, there was an election that year and Michael Manley chose it for his theme song; he won!

Jimmy Cliff – Better Days – goneforeign: about the same period.

Ella Fitzgerald – Things Are Looking Up – goneforeign: Ella, what’s to say.

Cannonball Adderley – Things Are Getting Better – goneforeign: Getting Better was a very popular jazz hit in the ’70’s, catchy instrumental.

Led Zeppelin – Going to California – AliM: “Made up my mind to make a new start / Going To California with an aching in my heart / Someone told me there’s a girl out there / With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.” We can but dream.

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