Earworms 20 November 2017

It’s chilly November in Earwormland. I found some cut-price, instant, beetroot soup in the local shop; it appeared to be “cuppa soup”, so I tried it … OK, so the instructions were in Polish, but how difficult could it be? Long story short, you’re only supposed to use 12g to half a pint of water, but I used the whole 60g packet. I shall be in the pink for the rest of the week. Anyway, enough of that, here are this week’s worms for you. If you have a worm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, along with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors.

Bedouine – Back To You – tincanman: Her music doesn’t sound strident or angry, but being quietly subversive can speak volumes when everyone else is shouting (https://goo.gl/PTpKde): “Buying used, local, or strictly from companies that pay their employees a living wage. . . is another form of voting.”

Lykanthea – Telos – abahachi: I guess this is one of those ‘power of the internet’ things; I needed to look up a fellow academic to invite her to contribute to a volume I’m editing, discovered that she’s also a musician, found her EP on Spotify, and here we are. This is rather great, atmospheric electronica and vocals influenced by the southern Indan Carnatic style. Yes, there are points when it verges on being a less annoying Enja, and I think I’d like some more percussion, but currently I’m switching back and forth between this and the new Fever Ray album as light and dark, calm and jittery, spooky and angsty.

Portishead – Mysterons – AliM: I have been sifting through some of my late brother’s CDs; this is from the album “Dummy”, which I had completely forgotten about. It’s very evocative, and Aba’s choice reminded me of it in some way.

Gary Moore – Parisienne Walkways – Ravi Raman: I had just picked it up when Sarah came up with M for her Wheel/Tune. No Lynott vocals in this though.

Errol Walker – Better Future – severin: An up-tempo tune. A good singer. A positive message for grim times. A Lee Perry production. That’ll do me.

Soulwax – Is it Always Binary – CaroleBristol: I don’t get actual earworms that often, but this is a genuinely wormy tune. It is by Soulwax, and the worminess comes from the mad drumming and the insidious riff.

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Earworms 13 November 2017

You’re going to need your glitter ball and your dancing shoes this week, so clear a space and feel the rhythm … mind the cat … 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. 

Charanjit Singh – Megh Malar/Todi – Ravi Raman: Everywhere I went last week I kept hearing this guy. Credited with the first acid house music here. So here’s something from his Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat album, considered a cult classic.

The Dhol Foundation – Buliyan Nu Reprise (Bolly Mixture) – AliM: This is a single from the new album Basant. I saw the Dhol Foundation live, a few days ago, and they are absolutely amazing, led by Johnny Kalsi they are energetic, charismatic and multi-talented. Double-ended dhol drums are a traditional instrument from the Punjab, in northern India. Go and see them if you get a chance, they are currently on tour but selling out fast.

Eilen Jewell – You know my love – glassarfemptee: From her latest album, Downhearted Blues, this track is finger pickin’ good. She played Bush Hall on 6 Nov ’17.

Drive-By Truckers – The Perilous Nigh – tincanman: Brand new anti-Trump anthem. Trump, Reagan, George W … the best presidents inspire the best music, don’t they?

T-Rex – Light of Love (The Reflex Revision) severin: From the new CD of T-Rex remixes. Hated by many Bolan fans if Amazon reviews are any guide. I really like it. This is one of his minor hits; the follow up to Teenage Dream and not a big chart hit although I liked it. Some of the mixes on the new album sound quite similar to the originals. Some instrumental versions you might not even recognise. This is somewhere in between, rather catchy and makes me wish I could dance.

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Earworms 6 November 2017

Good morning, and a warm and fuzzy welcome to new contributor Carraval, who has sent us a brilliant track. If you’d like to join in and 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.

Afro Celt Sound System – Magic and Mayhem – Carraval: I remember saying only the other week that it was ages since I had come across any new music or band that truly blew me away, feeling stuck in the past, but this week I heard this band is coming to the Picturedrome next week. Their name piqued my interest so have been listening to them on youtube, amazing, wonderful, and lots of other superlatives.  Thought I would forward the link to this track for your listeners in case they too had never come across the band before either.

The Beaters – Inhlupheko Iphelile – Magicman: This week’s discovery is South African soul/jazz/township band The Beaters, formed in Soweto in the late 1960s and including Sipho Mabuse in the line-up. There’s a tremendous LP from 1975 which reminds me very much of one of my early loves : Osibisa. This one has similar keyboard and flutes backed by the forever drums. “This LP emerges as a product of so many polarities and cross-roads that continue to challenge the fusion of South African identities – modern/traditional; urban/rural; north/south; foreign/local. Imagine a sixteen-year old Soweto schoolboy in 1965 identifying with the hippie movement and forming a band called “The Beaters”. Performing bare-foot in mandarin-collared white jackets, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Selby Ntuli, Alec Khaoli and Monty Ndimande became a hit with the urban hip black crowds in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Their first album “Soul-A-Go-Go” was released in 1969. American Soul and Jazz was assimilated into what became known as Soweto Soul.” (from the Electric Jive website). This is from the 1975 LP Harari.

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Sounds on Sunday 54

Just a short list for you this week, I hope you enjoy listening. Many thanks to all contributors.

Kevin Pearce – Maria Come Home: “Essex-based artist Kevin Pearce returns with the haunting first single from his new album So On, out on the 8th December. Maria Come Home is an ode to the tragic life of the late, great Soprano Maria Callas, opera’s first international superstar… (it) draws on a plethora of influences ranging from The Beach Boys to Portishead and … modern classical composers such as Arvo Part … Kevin Pearce is performing a UK tour around the release of So On culminating in a gig at the inimitable Green Note in London.”

All the Luck in the World – Golden October: Golden October is the first in a line of new music from Irish threesome All The Luck In The World (Neil Foot, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr) since their highly praised 2014 self-titled album … This alternative-folk single also comes with the promise of a new album, written and recorded in County Wicklow, Ireland and completed in Berlin. It’s been a labour of love since 2015, when the band decided to focus on crafting a unique soundscape, creating their own home-made instruments by sampling organic, acoustic sounds. They converted a forgotten woodshed into a studio space in the Wicklow countryside, and aptly named it “Haven”. Here the band began to compose and craft songs based around a set of stories, both personal and abstract, that were patiently developed over the course of a year. The album was then recorded between this space and Golden Retriever Studio in Berlin with the help of producer Paul Pilot.”

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Earworms 30 October 2017

Well, there wasn’t a huge response to the request for Halloween worms, so this week is a mix of the spooky and the melancholy. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share with everyone, 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, and have a happy Halloween tomorrow.

Offa Rex – The Old Churchyard – Severin: Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists – Sev mentioned this a while ago but it wasn’t an official worm. It is now.

Jeff Buckley – Witches Rave – Ravi Raman: One that I discarded for Song Bar. Seems more like a song about a relationship than about witches. Neat drums and Mr Jeff unique as ever.

Donald Adams, The D’Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Isidor Godfrey – When the Night Wind Howls: From “Ruddigore” or “The Witch’s Curse”, a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. This reminds me of my dad, who used to enjoy it immensely.

CrabCorps – Monster Mash – Ravi Raman: came across this just after the Song Bar topic closed. Good for a Halloween play list though as is …

Fred Thomas – Mallwalkers – tincanman: A jarring melancholic song from earlier this year “about feeling too slow for this fast-paced world” while, literally, walking in a shopping mall. It ends deliberately unresolved, he says, because life is.

Jan Garbarak and The Hilliard Ensemble – Parce Mihi Domine – glassarfemptee: I heard this on classic FM the other day, and was bowled over. Ancient and modern. Sacred and profane. The exquisite interplay of Jan’s sax with a sixteenth century chant (‘Spare me, Lord’) from Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales.

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Earworms 23 October 2017

Good morning, good morning … more wonderful worms for your delectation. If you have a 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. I’m still on the look-out for Halloween worms too, these need to be sent in by Sunday October 29. Many thanks to all contributors.

James Keelaghan – Cold Missouri Waters – Ravi Raman: I cleared up some old RR folders and found this gem. Acoustic guitar, fine voice and a grim tale that unfortunately is true. Captivating is an understatement.

Alt-J – House of the Rising Sun – tincanman: What’s the best version of House Of The Rising Sun (https://goo.gl/C3dwgd) and who wrote it has been known to start bar brawls and has separated more brothers than the civil war, so I’m staying clear away. I’ll just toss in this odd and quirky version from Alt-J’s equally odd and quirky latest, Relaxer. Purists will note they’ve changed the story some.

Asha Bhosle – Yun Na Thi – Magicman: The first piece of Indian music (excluding Within You Without You!) that I swooned to, and still do. It featured on the 4th WOMAD Talking Book, released in 1987: An Introduction to Asia with tracks from Kurdish Siwan Perwer, Voices of Rajahstan, Temple Musicians of Sri Lanka and Ofra Haza among others. This track stood head and shoulders and took me on a lifelong exploration of Indian music, about which I still know next-to-nothing despite owning hundreds of tracks from Asha and others. The journey has given me great pleasure. Asha Bhosle sang in New York 2 years ago and I missed her. A legend. Still an Earworm 30 years later!

Anton Guillen (hammered dulcimer) and Airam Beltram (guitar) – Soundhammer: glassarfemptee: When I am holiday, I often buy buskers’ CDs if they sound ok. In Santiago de Compostela recently I heard Anton Guillen playing a hammered dulcimer, an instrument a bit like a zither played with wooden hammers, with a lovely sound reminiscent of a harpsichord. Mostly the music was traditional, but this piece is very similar to Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Hanne Hukkelberg – No Mascara Tears – severin: I’ve been re-listening to a lot of Hanne Hukkelberg songs recently after buying a ticket for her forthcoming London gig; the first in five years. This, from her 2009 album Blood From a Stone sounds wonderful still but baffles me lyrically. Is she singing about a performer on a stage, an imagined lover or maybe herself? Love the voice and music anyways.

The Velvet Underground – European Son – AliM: Our local chimney sweep, whose van bears the enticing slogan Up Yours, keeps a horse in the field by the allotments. Person or persons unknown chucked a folder full of CDs into the field, including The Velvet Underground and Nico, which he gave to me. No further explanation required, except that I’d forgotten that this is rather good.

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Earworms 16 October 2017

Another weird and wonderful mx for your Monday morning. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send an .mp3 or link, together with a few lines about why you have chosen it to; earworm@tincanland.com. And don’t forget to submit any Halloween earworms by Sunday 29 October. Many thanks to all contributors.

Javier Solis – Sombras – Magicman: My latest discovery is a magnificent Mexican singer called Javier Solís who made records from 1957 until 1966 when he passed away aged 34.  His music is magnificent.  A little like a Mexican Elvis perhaps but not El Vez – maybe more of a Mexican Andy Williams or Tom Jones.  Sombras are shades.

Houdini – Caroline – severin: We haven’t had any calypso for a while. This one tells an old familiar story. He doesn’t know where she was last night and he’s not very happy. The tune manages to be jolly and melancholy at the same time.

Carmen Souza – Upa Neguinho – tincanman: I only listen to a bit of jazz and world music, but this album (Creology https://goo.gl/vTcPJu) combining elements of both has completely captivated me this year.

Mano, Ilaiyaraja – Nalladhor Veenai – Ravi Raman: from my all time favourite poet and writer, Bharati. “Do we make an exquisite instrument and let it rot?”

John Fairhurst – Hungry Blues – AliM: Went to see JF last weekend. Excellent blues guitarist – I bought two CDs, but neither does him justice. He’s fantastic live. He goes off on innovative noodling which has little to do with the blues, but is more reminiscent of classical guitar pieces or Indian / African themes. He cited John Butler as one of his influences, and has written “Island” as a complimentary to piece to Butler’s “Ocean” – every bit as good but sadly not released yet. Can’t wait.

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