Earworms 18 September 2017

Good morning! More juicy worms for you, and quite a varied selection. Please note that Mogwai start off very quietly, so as to bring you gently into Monday. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send it to: earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

Mogwai – Another Country’s Sun – abahachi: I imagine that most people reading this will long since have made up their minds about Mogwai, and will either have been listening avidly to the new album since it was released last week, or will be completely indifferent to this. But I don’t care… 

Rostam – Don’t Let It Get To You – Magicman: Even with only a half of the album released at the time of writing Rostam’s ‘Half-Light’ will clearly be my Album Of The Year.  Shades of Vampire Weekend, of course, which actually is a relief because I love their records very much, but much much else besides – no two songs sound alike, from the George Harrison drenched ‘Wood’ (Rostam is Iranian-American) to the strange choric 21st century pop of EOS.  Bloody marvellous!

Mighty Baby – Egyptian Tomb – CaroleBristol: Mighty Baby were a band that existed from 1968-71. The band’s most noteworthy member was the late Martin Stone who went on to play in Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, The Pink Fairies, 101ers and many other bands. This track is from their eponymous 1969 debut album and is called Egyptian Tomb. I like the jazzy feel and the rather good guitar work, courtesy of Martin Stone and Alan ‘Bam’ King, who went on to be a founding member of Ace, of How Long fame.

UFO – The Coming of Prince Kajuku – AliM: Sarah’s Wheel of Your Tune last week reminded me of UFO’s excellent second album, “Flying (Space Rock)” (1971), which I only had on cassette. Now remedied by downloading a re-mastered version for a princely £2.99. “Flying” is on side 2 and is over 26 minutes long, so I’ve chosen a shorter instrumental track for you.

George Thorogood – Pictures From Life’s Other Side – Ravi Raman: From his recently released Party Of One. My favourite acquisition so far this year. Flubs and all I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

The Albion Band – Poor Old Horse – severin: From 1978 – unless my memory is playing up I think John Peel described this as a land shanty. There are certainly no nautical references despite the shanty-like format. Very odd lyric, in fact. Did he say “the cheeks of her arse”? I think he did. Anyway, If you like English folk rock this is a treat. If not it probably isn’t. I think it is.

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Earworms 11 September 2017

More eclecticism for you on a Monday morning, hope it gets your day off to a good start. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to: earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

Susanne Sundfør – Undercover – severin: It’s supposed to be “earworms” so here I am, sending in what I hope will be the most “earwormy” track from Susanne Sundfor’s new album. The one that was released as a taster/single before the whole package. The album’s a bit of a change from her last two releases. Less electronic and, according to some, less instantly accessible. Although I have been playing it incessantly for the past three days since it arrived. Frankly, every track is an earworm for me right now. Even “Sounds of War”; the 7’ 49” track I first thought of sending.

Bruno Merz – Whisper Turn – AliM: Originally from New Zealand, Bruno currently lives in the UK. His popularity grew worldwide following the success of his 2014 debut album “Highways”, and single, “Emmeline”. In 2015, he also wrote a classical score for the Northern Ballet’s children’s production “Tortoise and the Hare”. This is the first rather lovely single from the album ‘Whisper Turn‘, which is due for release in early 2018.

Janiva Magness – Long As I Can See The Light – glassarfemptee: Janiva Magness is a leading light in the Americana scene, and here she belts out a song she wrote and released last year, which has a classic chooglin’ feel to it.

Ich & Ich – Vom selben Stern – abahachi: One of the odder aspects of listening to German radio a lot – for the traffic reports, for example – is discovering what they consider to be “classics from the 80s to today”; not just the eclectic mixture of, say, REM, Blondie, Visage, Girls Aloud and U2, but also the home-grown acts. This, from 2007, seemed to be on heavy rotation this summer.

Karrin Allyson – Everybody’s Boppin’ – Ravi Raman: – an impulse buy after hearing it in a playlist. Didn’t know anything about her or the backing band which impressed me the most. The album is “Footprints”.

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Earworms 4 September 2017

Good morning campers, Autumn is upon us and I have harvested some fresh Earworms for you. 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 contributors.

Hariprasad Chaurasia,  Shiv Kumar Sharma – Twilight Zone – Ravi Raman: From a wonderful album called Shikara By Moonlight. Though I don’t know why Chaurasia is credited here, as it is all Sharma on santoor.

The Tuts – Let Go Of the Past – severin: All female British trio, currently playing the circuit to great acclaim. Feminist and often anti-nostalgic lyrics. They have caused a bit of controversy with a couple of run-ins with gig promoters. Great music though. I saw them supporting The Rezillos last year and was hugely impressed.

Angel Forrest – Hold on Tight, Mr. I’m Alright – tincanmanCanada’s queen of live blues wrote this song about lead guitarist Ricky Paquette. It’s strictly low-budget touring Canada’s bars and small halls, most of it in a van, but Ricky never complains. “Any time I ask him if he’s hanging in there his answer is always the same: ‘I’m all right.”

The Skullers – Meet Me In Memphis: A welcome bit of rock amongst all the synth pop, this is the new single from The Skullers, an NJ based band whose forthcoming EP, Meet The Skullers, is due out on September 22nd via Mint 400 Records.

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Earworms 28 August 2017

Good morning, happy Bank Holiday to those who have one. For some reason the site from which I normally download images isn’t letting me sign in, so here is an old photo of my mum and a cat who was undoubtedly just about to tip-toe through the tulips with her at any moment. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it, and I will do the rest. Many thanks to all contributors.

Annette Hanshaw – Tiptoe Through the Tulips – Severin: What? Who? I mentioned the Tiny Tim version of this over on the Song Bar when we did songs with high voices. It reminded me of this, much older version by one of the unsung heroines of the Jazz era. I say “unsung” because, although she was voted (in a magazine poll) best female singer back in the 1930s, you rarely hear her name now. Crosby was voted best male singer btw. Actually, by most accounts she was very shy, hated her own singing voice and would rather not have recorded at all. “I just did it for the money” she said. I’m glad she did because I like her voice a lot.  You can hear her trademark “that’s all” at the end of this and many of her other recordings.

Magokoro Brothers – My Back Pages – Ravi Raman: It took me a few seconds to realise that this was the Dylan song. From the Masked and Anonymous soundtrack, which I found compelling enough to pick up a few more individual songs.

Ryan Adams – Haunted House – tincanman: Is Adams’ latest, Prisoner, the breakup album Springsteen wishes he’d made? No, lol. But that doesn’t mean it’s no good. Because it is. Good, I mean. He just sounds a lot like Springsteen on it.

Grok Enrol & the Nu-Thing – The Beam of Greatest Intensity – AliM: From their forthcoming album All\Mix/Dup, which I featured a few days ago on The ‘Spill, due for release on Bandcamp next Friday. This is my favourite earwormy track.

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Earworms 21 August 2017

Well I hope you’re ready for this week’s worms, it’s all rather intense. Not sure if this is a good idea on a Monday morning, but if nothing else they will probably wake you up. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it, and I will do the rest. Many thanks to all contributors.

Dream Wife – FUU/Somebody – severin: Formed in early 2016 by three female Brighton art students as “a fake girl band” as part of an art project for an exhibition. Which doesn’t sound promising but – they are anything but fake in my estimation. The singer is Icelandic, the other two British. They seem to have acquired a male drummer and have made a few recordings and done a lot of gigging. Hope you enjoy. Warning – FUU is jolly rude.

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – We Can’t End This Way/ Blood Side Out – Ravi Raman: From their collaborative project “Get Up!” The latter especially showcases how well they work together.  (Next in line for me is the Superharps album of Musselwhite.)

The Doors – The End – tincanman: There’s no lukewarm about Jim Morrison; he was a god to some and a big old fake to others. I’m not wading into that sea 🙂 but it’s certainly hard to ignore the power and the glory of this piece.

Jon Gomm – The Weather Machine – AliM: The start of this reminds me of a band called “The Way We Live” (later known as “Tractor”), and early Al Stewart. This is all good. Jon Gomm uses a single acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, bass lines and melodies. He’s playing at The Parish in Huddersfield on Friday 15 September, if anyone wants to join me.

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Earworms 14 August 2017

Earworms has a lot of things going on at the moment so apologies for the brevity of this post. We’re also running rather short of worms, so if you have one you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to earworm@tincanland.com. And if anyone would like to take over the worms or suggest some way of breathing life back into them, that would be much appreciated. Many thanks to all contributors.

Neeraj Arya/ Kabir Cafe- Fakiri – Ravi Raman: A group of youngsters who have been brought together by their love of the Sufi poet Kabir. They say they are on a mission to spread his message of brotherhood and peace. Fakiri means a self sufficient, or ascetic, person. Lyrics and translation: http://www.movedbylove.org/projects/tunes/74

Joe Satriani – Flying In A Blue Dream – Ravi Raman: From the first G3 concert which had the best of the lineups, Steve Vai and Eric Johnson. Rocking guitars!

The 1975 – She’s American – tincanman: Young man meets an American girl preoccupied with his teeth.

Coco Hames – I Don’t Wanna Go – tincanman: Blondie meets Ramones? I wish people still made songs like this – and that she’d made more than one of them on this year’s self-titled solo debut.

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Earworms 7 August 2017

More eclectic sounds to brighten your Monday. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few words about why you’ve chosen it, and I’ll do the rest. Many thanks to all contributors.

Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen – CaroleBristol: I first heard this on BBC 6Music without knowing who it was by. I found it a mysterious and enchanting piece of music, with the (I think) cimbalom, a kind of hammered dulcimer, providing a wonderful atmospheric sense that just got under my skin, making me think of mysterious Balkan cities in the days of the Ottoman Empire. It was only later that I found out that it is a new track by Four Tet and that it is called Two Thousand and Seventeen. I think that it is really rather wonderful.

Beth Hart – St Teresa – Ravi Raman: Saw her live just this April and this song was part of her set. Great show but I somehow like this version.

K.Flay – Blood In The Cut – tincanman: This reminds me so much of Prince and all the genres he smashed together.

ZZ Top – Brown Sugar – DsD: Looking for something else, I came across ZZ Top’s 2016 Glastonbury set again. Oh dear! Is it just me, or was that tedious and lifeless in the extreme? [DsD sadly crosses them off his gig bucket list.] As an antidote, turn this up, clear a floor space, and let’s boogie like it’s 1971!

Monkey Warhol – Stolen Moments – AliM: Earwormy track from his just released EP (EP5).

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