Earworms 20 May 2019

Greetings from Earwormland, I hope you’re ready for a bubbling collection of songs about beans and pulses. No half-baked has-beans here! It’s a lively week. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3, .m4a or link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be Doctors and Nurses. Many thanks to all contributors.

The Psychedelic Furs – Heartbeat – shoegazer: Went to see them the other week – this one kicked-off the set.

José González – Heartbeats – AliM: It’s that man again. From the album Veneer, this is a cover of a song by Swedish electronic music duo The Knife, made famous by José González’s cover accompanying the advert above.

Todd Rundgren – Pulse – Ravi Raman: I’ve always felt that the song peters off in a rather odd way. But it’s the only Pulse I have.

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Home Cookin’ – tincanman: I’ll just paste from allmusic: “The premier jazz vocal act of all time, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross revolutionized vocal music during the late ’50s and early ’60s by turning away from the increasingly crossover slant of the pop world to embrace the sheer musicianship inherent in vocal jazz.” #NSFF (Not Safe For Feminists).

Louis Jordan – Beans and Cornbread – glassarfempty: Here’s my contribution to the fartfest! Five Guys Named Moe is a triumph, and here’s Louis Jordan rattling off a mouth-watering menu in song. This track was not in Five Guys, but Beans and Cornbread was the meal served to NASA launch crew after each successful launch!

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Cornbread And Butterbeans – tincanman: The first few twangy bars probably tricked you into labelling this hillbilly mountain music, and it IS traditional Americana all right, but Black Americana. Slaves brought the banjo with them from West Africa, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops (http://bit.ly/2VVYxjr) have been celebrating it since meeting up at the Black Banjo Gathering in North Carolina 15 years ago. Strangely, like blues, Americana has become virtually entirely white.

Sonny Okosuns – Jungle Beat – Ravi Raman: From my very limited music from Africa and obviously I don’t know what it’s about. But it is about beat, so I’ve shoehorned it in.

The Psychedelic Furs – Pulse – severin: The B-side of their “We Love You” single and still one of their best recordings, I reckon. Opaque lyric mentions the word “pulse” but there’s little other justification for me sending it. Also mentions the word “useless” which along with “stupid” was all but obligatory in their songs at the time.

Good Shoes – The Way My Heart Beats – severin: His heart beats “ever so softly”. It’s a love metaphor. At least, I think it is. All good stuff anyway from a band that really should have been more successful. They’re from Morden, you know. Have I ever mentioned that?

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elephant tusk fm rock and languid pop

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These days Jenny Lewis exists, so I don’t really need Fleetwood Mac. But…

Shotgun Shuffle – one of my favourite webcomics has – has numerous references to Fleetwood Mac. Thus, when Honey Hi was mentioned, I just knew I had to listen to Tusk all over again.

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St Patrick’s Day #2

I meant to write this during the week. I didn’t. I’m therefore writing it on my phone early on St Patrick’s Day. Sorry about its brevity and any grammar/spelling errors.

This playlist is dedicated to my awesome friend Sue (again). She’s so compassionate, caring and generous. This year’s rugby get together at her house was early in the tournament for the Ireland v England match. We were well fed and watered, as usual, no cocktails this time – which was probably a good thing! I popped to see her yesterday. She was good humoured as ever, despite domestic appliance breakdowns. Later in the day she sent me this message to a group chat about yesterday’s match which gives you a flavour of her graciousness:

I’d love to be in Cardiff tonight, even wearing Green they are gonna go mad!!

I’m not going to add much about the bands featured here other than to say Fontaines DC are my new favourite punk outfit. I’ve been following them for a while. They are now breaking through and getting good radio airplay. I love them and the singer’s Irish drawl.

I’ve added Imelda May because I know Sue likes this track.

My book recommendation for today is Normal People by Sally Rooney. A coming of age story centred on 2 young people studying in Dublin.


(If someone could embed the playlist for me i’d appreciate it – can’t work out how to do it on my phone)

The Big Five-Oh

Fifty years, fifty songs, 1969-2018 (I did initially wonder about finishing off with something from this year, but haven’t heard anything I’m certain that I really like yet). With a rule of one track per artist, I’ve endeavoured to find the right balance between artists I love and had to fit in somewhere, somehow (not always successfully; no space for Dylan, for example), and individual songs that simply demanded to be included (which still led to some vicious competition in particular years – yes, it’s possibly cheating to include both Visage and Ultravox, both originally released in 1980, on the grounds that the latter didn’t chart until 1981…). Continue reading

Welsh Beauties #2 for St David’s Day

St David’s Day last year was when I started this on/off series of celebrating national days (although it fizzled out quickly last year, see Jan & Feb for this year’s effort so far) and without intending to wash Fuel away under a tidal wave of more new music, I couldn’t let this day go by without offering a crop of tunes from the land of song.

Gwenifer Raymond – Sometimes There’s Blood. I know there’s a bit of love around here for this multi-instrumentalist. This track has a lovely soundtrack quality to it. I imagine it accompanying a lone rider through a desert landscape.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Double Denim Hop.  I’m not really sure what to make of this one. Firstly, I’m not overly keen on their name; somehow Pigs x 7 rolls off the tongue much easier than Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, even when you say all 7 Pigs (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here). Secondly, I can’t decide if I like the Quo sound of this track, but have to admire them for going with this unfashionable retro style. It’s a grower though and catchy too.

Alffa – Gwenwyn. I read about this duo at the end of last year and despite not understanding a word, I like their gumption and Royal Blood sound. Good luck to them.

Art School Girlfriend – Distance (Blank). Beautifully dreamy and reminiscent of Daughter, this one has wormed its way into my lugs and set up camp there. Lovely.

Kidsmoke – Rising Sun. Here be head-nod inducing, upbeat, energetic jangle pop. Pure 6 Music fodder. This track was produced by Bill Ryder-Jones and there is an early The Coral quality to it. The video is cute and makes me want to mother them all.

Dreamstate – White Lies. I’d never heard of Dreamstate until I saw they’re appearing at my local sweatbox in April. This isn’t their most recent track, it’s their most played on Spotify. I like punky bands fronted by women (see Estrons from last year – although they’ve now called it a day, think also Slowcoaches, Marmozets, Brutus et al) and this track has energy and drive which keeps me interested to the end.

I’ll dedicate this playlist to the same person I did last year; my friend, the valleys boy. We don’t see much of each other any more, which is a shame – for me anyhow. Amongst other things, I miss his company and encyclopedic musical knowledge.

Happy St David’s Day all. Please add tracks by Welsh artists as you see fit.