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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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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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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Earworms 3 April 2017

Hey, it’s April already, we’re still here, the world is still turning and the birds still sing. Here’s a fine selection of human singing by way of an accompaniment. Thank you to all contributors – if you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 to earworm@tincanland.com, along with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Happy listening.

The Melodians – Sweet Sensation – severin: Mellow, rock-steady sound from the 1970s. The same group who recorded Rivers of Babylon, before the Bony M version of course. I’m not sure if this was nominated when we did songs about sweetness. I know I forgot to – which is why I’m sending it to Ali now.

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Earworms 27 March 2017

First off, a big “Welcome back!” to toffeeboy and tfd, nice to see you both, and please drop in again! Let’s hope you encourage others to re-visit Earworms too. The idea is very simple, just send in an .mp3 of something that has caught your ear recently, to earworm@tincanland.com, and a few lines saying why you’ve chosen it. We have some excellent worms for you today, thanks very much to all our contributors.

Bob Weir – Lay My Lily Down – CaroleBristol: I didn’t know that Bob Weir had released an album in 2016 until about three weeks ago. Anyway, he did, his third solo outing and his first solo album since 1978. It is a rich and deep album, very different from anything he did with the Grateful Dead, and features members of The National, with many of the songs co-written by Josh Ritter. It will take a lot of listens to really get to know, but this track Lay My Lily Down is the one that has made the biggest impression on me so far.

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Earworms 20 March 2017

Another day, another worm (or six) – here’s this week’s selection for you to enjoy. Thanks to all contributors – if anyone has an earworm they would like to share, please send an .mp3 to earworm@tincanland.com together with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Happy Monday!

case/lang/veirs – 1000 Miles Away: CaroleBristol: I bought the case/lang/veirs album a few weeks back and I’ve been playing it a fair bit. It is a collaboration between k.d lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs. I bought it because I liked the single, “Best Kept Secret” released from it, but the one that has stuck in my head is this song, “1000 Miles Away“. It is a classic ballad.

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Earworms 13 March 2017

Greetings from Earworm land, I hope this reasonably cheerful selection finds you well. I’ve been under the weather recently, but my attempts to recover by treating my body as a temple were foiled tonight, when the dog ate my vitamin tablet. So it’s back to beer and crisps for me, and a long and invigorating walk for the dog. Many thanks to all contributors – if you have a tune you would like to share, please send an .mp3 to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Thank’ee.

Ben Wendel – Song Song – glassarfemptee: Canadian saxophonist Ben Wendel is now New York based. This is track is from last year’s album “What we bring”, and has a timeless classic period feel.

Animal Collective – Jimmy Mack – tincanman: How do you take a break from making weird, experimental pop? Listen to Motown, apparently. This Martha & The Vandellas cover is from the loose collective’s new EP, The Painters, just out last month (Feb).

The Penguins – Let’s Make Some Love – severin: The chaps who recorded my favourite Doo Wop song “Earth Angel”. Personally, I think they could do no wrong. This is a belter.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You – Ravi Raman: I’m so used to CCR playing this, and Etta James. Surprised to find out that this is the original.  Shows how much I know.

Monkey Warhol – Beige – AliM: Minneapolis-based electronic music producer Monkey Warhol has shared this track with us. It’s very catchy. More bio on bandcamp: https://monkeywarhol.bandcamp.com/

The Wooden Sky – You’re not Alone – AliM: From the Toronto based band’s upcoming new album “Swimming In Strange Waters” coming April 7 2017. “Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune – “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water” – The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner matching personal trauma against the increasingly bleak political climate we find ourselves in.” https://soundcloud.com/nevado/the-wooden-sky-youre-not-alone-1

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