A thoughtful selection for you today. I spent this afternoon at a local beer festival, bopping along to a loud, rocky covers band – sober, as I was driving – on the way home I gave two strangers a lift, as it was raining. They insisted on taking me to their local hostelry, which was kind, except that it was evidently karaoke / old folks night. The fastest pint of shandy I’ve ever drunk. Anyway, here is the antidote. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to email@example.com, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.
Jillette Johnson – Bunny – glassarfemptee: Jillette Johnson is a New York City singer/ songwriter who sings winsomely – in this case, on the familiar theme of the trials of being a singer/songwriter. “You can have my body, but you can’t have me”…
Emily Lee – Special – AliM: Emily Lee is a young, confident singer-songwriter, and a stand-out performer on the London music scene. She played at the Holywell Green Music Festival last weekend; I particularly liked this song, which is from her excellent EP, “Don’t Forget To Love”.
Father John Misty – Leaving LA – tincanman: Crusty centrepiece of Josh Tilman’s alter ego’s latest, Pure Comedy
Saurav Moni – O Maji Re – Ravi Raman: Lesle Lewis, who has arranged this, has brought together an old folk song from the Ganges and a Bollywood classic that was taken from the former. Saurav is a folk singer who specialises in archiving music of Bengal. Here he is joined by Shaan, a playback singer. This genre is called Bhaitiali, river songs, and is sung by boatmen.
Another interesting batch of worms for you – I’m off to the Holywell Green Community Festival this weekend (I’m writing this in advance) – so I’m going to be well and truly music-ed out. Anyway, lots to enjoy. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. I’ll do the rest – thanks to all contributors!
David Wilcox – The Sacrifice – tincanman: Gun violence in America; what fun.
The Trumpeteers – I’ll Fly Away – Ravi Raman: Came across this great harmony in a 45 song, two CD set called Folk, Gospel & Blues a few days before Peter threw open the SongBar for In Memoriam week.
Bessie Smith – Woman’s Trouble – severin: No not that sort. It’s Bessie Smith and she has been sent to jail and is not best pleased.
Loggins and Messina – Vahevala – AliM: A blast from the past – 1974 – and their album “On Stage”. Guitar, violin and flute, seagulls … all building to a magnificent crescendo. Bear with it, you may be pleasantly surprised. Continue reading
A very juicy bunch of worms for you this week, if the photo hasn’t put you off your lunch. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send a link or an .mp3 to email@example.com and I will try and include it in a future Earworms post. Many thanks to all contributors.
Oana Catalina Chitu: Trenule masina mica / Oana Catalina Chitu: Aseara ti-am luat basma – abahachi: Back in my favourite Zig Zag Jazz Cafe for an evening of Balkan music: Moldavian cymbalon player, Serbian accordion player and this Romanian singer, projecting an “I’ll eat you alive” attitude and some magnificent vocals, with a mixture of Romanian tangos, traditional Roma songs and the repertoire of inter-war Bucharest diva Maria Tănase. Personally I preferred the stripped-down instrumentation of the concert to the recorded versions, which chuck in a load of violin and sax, but this is magnificent stuff, variously reminiscent of Weimar cabaret and Lisbon Fado among other things…
Eli and the Manhattans – My Big Dream – severin: And yet more doo wop. I think it’s another winner but you can decide. This kind of music is a much needed antidote to world and UK events right now. This is from 1958 so maybe I heard it in my cradle when I was nought.
Fats Domino – The Fat Man – tincanman: Say, does this piano make my wallet look fat? Possibly the first rock and roll record to sell over a million records.
Les McCann – Burnin’ Coal – Ravi Raman: more of piano jazz and from an aptly named compilation album, “Smokin’ Soul Picnic”. Terrific stuff.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Flow With It – glassarfemptee: Paul Janeway has the perfect pipes for bluesy, jazzy white soul – think, perhaps, Average White Band. St Paul and the Broken Bones are appearing on this side of the pond in July 2017, and this track is off their 2016 album, ‘Sea of noise’.
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It was a long old week last week, what with one thing and another, culminating in a weekend of drinking too much alcohol, catching the sun and general debauchery. So a fairly soothing start to the week for you today. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it, and I’ll try and feature it. Many thanks to all contributors.
Lee Ritenour – Daddy Longlicks – Ravi Raman: I’ve been waiting a long time to get some of his music and this collaborative effort was irresistible. From B B King to Slash, it has 20 artists on show and is full of gems. Here it is Joe Robinson (only know what Google tells me about him, Australian guitarist). The six strings also refer to Ritenour’s theory of the aspects of guitar music: jazz, rock, blues, acoustic, country and classical (again from Wiki).
Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby – glassarfemptee: Once sleeper hits were by word of mouth. These days it’s social media that spreads the word on unknowns. And who could resist a band called “Cigarettes after Sex”? Here are the US band with a slice of dreamy pop.
Thanks for all the good wishes for my Prague trip last week, I can recommend it – a beautiful city. Anyway, enough of that – here is a fresh selection of worms for your enjoyment. If you’d like to join in, please send an .mp3 or a link to email@example.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors – comments welcome, below.
Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts/Blackleg Miner – severin: Offa Rex are The Decemberists plus Olivia Chaney on vocals and various instruments. They have an album forthcoming – released in July. These are two of the three tracks available so far. One not so familiar. One well-known from versions by Ewan McColl, Steeleye Span and many others.
By the time you read this I hope to be in Prague, my first trip to Europe since 1975, and my first foreign holiday since 2000. Fingers crossed. Anyway, I’ll be back before you know it so here’s this week’s selection; if you have a worm you’d like to share (.mp3 or link) please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. Feel free to discuss below, though I won’t be around to respond for a few days. Sbohem!
Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd – Ravi Raman: Deano’s Wilson post reminded me of this favourite of mine. Just love the audience participation in this. I have been listening to quite a bit of piano after a long time. Will send in a couple more.
A suitably laid-back selection for you this week, wherever you are. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to email@example.com, together with a short paragraph about why you’ve chosen it. I’ll do the rest. Many thanks to all contributors!
Ludovico Einaudi – Le Onde – glassarfemptee: I am a fan of Ludovico Einaudi, the classical music world’s answer to stadium rock. This subtle and lilting track, Le Onde (the wave) is perfect wind-down and chill out stuff. I heard it the other day on classic FM, and thought ‘I must get that’. Then realised I had it already, on the Islands album, an Einaudi greatest hits compliation from 2011.