Earworms 29 May 2017

We’re a bit short of worms this week so here are two playlists for you – a worm list and a new sounds list. Hope you enjoy them both. If you’d like to send us an earworm, please send an .mp3 file or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

Elliot Galvin Trio – 1666 – glassarfemptee: Edition records recently issued a compilation to celebrate something or the other. They run a great stable, and here’s the UK’s Elliot Galvin Trio. Galvin was winner of European young jazz artist of the year a while back. This moody bit of after hours jazz is from their ‘Punch’ album. I think he is big in Germany, so Nilpferd may be able to tell us more.

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Earworms 22 May 2017

Happy Monday! It’s all very intense this week. Hope it transports you to somewhere good, it certainly works for me. Thanks for the worms, please keep ‘em coming in, by sending your chosen .mp3 or link to earworm@tincanland.com, with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Thanks all.

I LIKE TRAINS – X – glassarfemptee: I know there’s a lot of love for iLiKETRAiNS out there. This is from last year’s album, ‘A divorce before marriage’. It is a sneaky track, lulling you into a false sense of security, then unleashing its real earworm at 4 and half minutes in. Then you’re done for.

Jon Hopkins – Immunity – DsD: I’m feeling more than a little bruised at the moment – emotionally, not physically. I don’t wish to elaborate and don’t need sympathy, but I am self-medicating with music. This ten-minute cocktail of JH’s electronica and KA’s falsetto, taken just before bedtime, tends to help me sleep as well as any massage or alcohol would.

Indian Ocean – Tandanu – Ravi Raman: Title track of their seventh album which also features the current line-up and has seven songs featuring seven different collaborations. Tandanu is just a rhythmic word and has no special meaning. The song is based on an old folk song from Karnataka.

Year of No Light – Perséphone (Enna) – AliM: I’m in the same place as DsD. Well, not literally because that would be weird and stalkerish. But my answer is to be noisy about it because otherwise it will fester. So here is a brilliant number, which I’ve already shared with Ravi; discovered courtesy of Spotify, and just the ticket. Best loud, with speakers/headphones.

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Earworms 15 May 2017

Rather a thoughtful start to Earworms today, but we can rely on severin to jolly us up again, half way through. Hope you enjoy the music, and don’t forget, if you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send a link or an .mp3 to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. thanks to all contributors.

Black – Water On Snow – DsD: Damn, but I still miss Colin Vearncombe. From the posthumous re-release of his Any Colour You Like compilation, here’s a 7-minute indulgence of one of my favourite voices with a side-order of piquant guitar.

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Earworms 8 May 2017

We swing from the sublime to the ridiculous this week, with three contemplative tracks and three to wake you up. Not sure how the sixth blends with the first if you play them on a loop, but have fun… Don’t forget, if you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a web link to earworm@tincanman.com, with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

F J McMahon – The Spirit of the Golden Juice – glassarfemptee: In keeping with my love of echoing twang, here’s F J McMahon on the pedal steel guitar, with a late sixties bit of downbeat Americana, from the days before that was what it was called. This is the title track from his only album, a ‘lost’ treasure.

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Earworms 1 May 2017

We don’t have any dancing around the ‘Spill maypole, but there is a carnival this week, courtesy of John Handy and Ravi. Happy May Day to you, enjoy the music and don’t forget to keep sending your earworms (e.g. .mp3  or an internet link) to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen them. Thanks to all contributors.

John Handy – Carnival – Ravi Raman: Title track of his 1977 album with Lee Ritenour on guitar.  I actually was searching for something by the latter and happily found a re-release of this.

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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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