Earworms 18 June 2018

“I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. / Whatever you see I swallow immediately / Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful …” So said Sylvia Plath. I hope none of you are glassy-eyed or shattered this morning, and that you’re ready for Earworms about mirrors and glass. 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. Next week’s theme will be Islands. Many thanks to all contributors.

The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom – AliM: From 1979, almost a portent of selfie culture? “Mirror in the bathroom / I just can’t stop it / Every Saturday you see me / Window shopping / Find no interest in the / Racks and shelves / Just a thousand reflections / Of my own sweet self, self, self …”

Blue Oyster Cult – Mirrors – Ravi Raman: “A mirror is a negative space”. Anti-vanity philosophy, Buck Dharma style!

Jazmine Sullivan – Bust Your Windows – tincanman: And he’s lucky that’s all she did after catching him cheating. I love, love, love Jazmine but her short career has a lot of gaps in it. Dunno what’s going on with her, but even with Mary J Blige’s patronage she has only rarely figured out how to get herself fully unlocked.

Bat For Lashes – Glass – severin: “To be made of glass, when two suns are shining, the battle becomes blinding. To be made of glass, but we ride tonight, tonight, tonight, we ride.” Well, I trust that’s all clear then. Already familiar to one and all, I’m sure but always worth a listen. Opaque but irresistible.

Blondie – Heart of Glass – Bluerover: An obvious one, and extremely ancient, but still one of the best – “Once I had a love, and it was The Gas”…. (– it’s a Bristol thing). (Football enthusiasts will understand – Ed.)

Bruce Hornsby – Mirror On The Wall – Ravi Raman: Fortune-telling mirrors fit the theme I hope. From a Best Of… compilation album (and one that I didn’t know I had until I looked for songs on mirrors!).

The Sound – Glass and Smoke – severin: In the early eighties, Korova records were not having the success they had hoped for with The Sound. They asked the band to record something more commercial and chart friendly. So, of course, they did the opposite and the record company dropped them. This is one of the stand-out tracks of that album, “All Fall Down”. Title is presumably a reference to the saying “smoke and mirrors”. The trickery that conceals the trickery.

Guerrilla Toss – Dog in the Mirror – vanwolf: Off last year’s high energy album GT Ultra.

Brooch – Broken Glass – vanwolf: Also from 2017. A duo including the bass player from Ought.

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Chickn – Wowsers!

I’ve mentioned Athens band Chickn before, in Sounds on Sunday, when they released their eponymous first album (October 2016). It’s a fabulous album, very proggy, check it out if you haven’t done so already.

Wowsers! is their second album, released on 11 May and you can listen to it here on Bandcamp. For me, it didn’t have the instant appeal of the first album, being more jangly, if that’s a thing, but by the time track 4 came around (I Cry Diamonds) I was hooked. I particularly like China Must Win, too.

Bandcamp describe the album thus: “It consists of 9 acid glam elegies that ooze with West-Coast vibes blended with proto-punk explosions, unfolding their agitated collective psyche.” I can’t put it any better; I think it’s perfect for a summer evening and I can imagine chilling out at a festival somewhere, listening to it live.

Take some time out and give it a listen, the band is particularly interested in feedback from the UK, so comments would be very welcome.

Tour Dates:
Wed 9 May Ypogeio Thessaloniki Greece
Thu 10 May AgoraBar Koumanovo FYROM
Fri 11 May HammamBar Pristina Kosovo
Sat 12 May CityStage Sofia Bulgaria
Tue 15 May Kultstätte KELLER Berlin Germany
Wed 16 May TraumaBar Marburg Germany
Thu 17 May Ritus Düsseldorf Germany
Fri 18 May TheWE Fes Maastricht, Netherlands
Sat 19 May Brussels Belgium
Sun 20 May WhiteNat/WhiteHeat Fes Nantes France
Wed 23 May Kalvingrad Geneva Switzerland
Sat 26 May El-Lokal Zurich Switzerland
Sat 9 June Gagarin205 Athens Greece





Earworms 11 June 2018

All is busy down on the farm this morning, with a selection of songs about farmyard animals. But remember: “We will fight for bovine freedom, And hold our large heads high, We will run free with the Buffalo, or die“. 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 words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be mirrors and glass. Many thanks to all contributors.

Stop Press: More music added to playlist

Sarandon – Moo – vanwolf: Great short & spiky track which describes most of their stuff. It’s more about the use of a farm animal to describe someone. Probably harsh on the cow.

Afro Celt Sound System – Calling in the Horses – AliM: From their excellent album, The Source. I’m looking forward to seeing them again, in November. The ending is abrupt because on the album, this track melds into the next.

Offa Rex – Sheepcrook and Black Dog – severin: He is giving up both of them since his true love won’t be the wife of a poor shepherd. There is an earlier and much more famous version of this by Steeleye Span. This recording is from last year.

Fizzy Blood – Black Sheep – AliM: Okay, it’s a shoe-in. But I like it.

Jay Munly – Big Black Bull Comes Like A Caesar tincanman: Eccentric goth-folk from Denver has a happy ending for the bull. Sounds like the cow enjoyed herself, too. Not too sure about the boy, though. I think he might have issues.

Moddi – Parrot, Goat and Rooster – severin: In other words, cocaine, marihuana and an AK 47 assault rifle (sometimes known as “goats horns”). Moddi’s translation from the Spanish describes them as “pets” but I think that the word “animals” is a literal translation of the Spanish language original. The song, with its drug dealer narrator was broadcast a few times on Mexican radio before the controllers realised what the metaphor was. I do accept that parrots are not strictly farm animals but, you know, two out of three …

Little Feat – Down On The Farm – Ravi Raman: one of many songs I picked up during RR New Orleans. Cows, pigs and horses are weeping and bawling …

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Earworms 4 June 2018

Good evening, here is your latest set of Earworms. This week, it’s all about leaves – mostly. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, don’t leaf it too late – please send an .mp3 or a link to earworm@tincanland.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme, should you choose to accept it, will be farm animals. Including poultry. Many thanks to all contributors.

Simon and Garfunkel – Leaves That Are Green – Bluerover: Pure poetry.

Augie March – Vernoona – vanwolf: No reason for choosing, just a sweet song.

Bridie Jackson & the Arbour – Far From The Tree – AliM: OK, it’s a tree, but trees usually have leaves, right?

On Dead Waves – Autumn Leaves – vanwolf: Nice cover.

Tragically Hip – Fifty Mission Cap – tincanman: Well if it’s shoehorns you want, this is about a hockey player who scored a remarkable overtime goal to win the Stanley Cup in 1951 and died a few months later in a plane crash. Not only was Bill Bariko immortailized in song 40-odd years later, but his number was retired and hangs to this day in the Air Canada Center, the home arena of his team, the Toronto…wait for it…Maple Leafs.

Wishbone Ash – Leaf and Stream – AliM: An old chestnut of mine but then if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be an Earworm. Discuss.

Mary Coughlan – Leaf From A Tree – severin: If I ever forgot just what an impact it made on me when I first heard Mary Coughlan’s voice, this song would bring it all flooding back.

Bob Dylan – Where Are You Tonight – Ravi Raman: His Bobness announcing a fresh start. A long time favourite of mine.

Chet Baker – Autumn Leaves – Ravi Raman: Of course we don’t have autumn here which probably is the reason so many of us, friends and family, are so fascinated by autumn leaves.

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Earworms 28 May 2018

Buildings! Construction! Rush, rush, busy busy! Here they are, late again, all this “having a social life” is seriously disrupting my worms. Anyway, if you have a worm you’d like to share, please send it to earworm@tincanland.com in the form of an .mp3 or a link, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be Leaves. A tree, a book, turning over a new one … surprise me with shoehorns. Many thanks to all contributors.

Compulsion – Mall Monarchy – vanwolf: Couldn’t think of much else outside of houses. But building a shopping mall is quite a feat and plus it’s a great song.

Cat Stevens – Into White – AliM: A long time favourite, and probably a previous worm, but I am shameless.

Mammut – Walls – severin: “Tear down all the walls we keep”. Yes, well, they’re probably metaphorical but it’s still better than “we’re gonna build that wall” 

Guy Clark – Boats To Build – tincanman: If I had a hammer this week I’d give it to a house carpenter and then I’d [ED: stop trying to be clever. You’re not funny]. Sigh. Everyone’s a critic. Anyway, I have inexplicably never sent a Guy Clark song in for earworms and this is him at his legendary best, so that’s what you’re getting. 

Cowboy Junkies – Working On A Building – Ravi Raman: Not exactly fair but this has long been a favourite. And I love the quiet intensity of this version.

Kim Churchill – Coded In Concrete – severin: The joys of the open road. “Keep the safe within their concrete walls, and clear of all their sins, code their days and ways and leave them, but let me roll down through the canyons”. Not so keen on buildings and construction then?

Sugar – Hoover Dam – vanwolf: It’s a pretty important construction I guess and a glorious anthem.

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It’s a significant day for people who live around me here in Manchester and I find I’m unable to let it pass unremarked. A year on and I’ve noticed that every time the bombing is mentioned on TV, tears fill my eyes as a reflex to the memory of the loss, bravery and community spirit that flooded around this place so quickly and thoroughly. It’s a strange mix of sadness and pride.

Ravi curated an RR playlist for Community in July 2016 so I’ll use that here. It contains some great songs and some very appropriate sentiments.

Take care of each other.

Earworms 21 May 2018

Right, stop whatever you’re doing and have a listen to this – Earworms interruptus. 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 words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme, should you choose to accept it, will be buildings and construction. Many thanks to all contributors.

Alasdair Roberts & Olivia Chaney – OK, I’ll Count to 8 – severin: Not so much a song about interruptions as a song with interruptions. A brief, daft song from the Concerto Caledonia compilation “Revenge of the Folksingers”.

Jack White – Love Interruption – AliM: from his first studio album, Blunderbuss (2012), with Ruby Amanfu providing additional vocal.

Long John Baldry – Everything Stops For Tea – Ravi Raman: Apparently there are two different songs with this title. Title track of an actually pretty good album.

Interrupted – Twilight Sad – vanwolf: No idea why it’s called this but it’s a great song.

Joni Mitchell – Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow – severin: From The Hissing of Summer Lawns, of course. Described in the sleeve notes as a “poem” rather than a song. The sorrow in the title seems to refer to living (and boozing) with an unfaithful bloke. Unless I’ve got that all wrong. Which I often do. Anyway, I think she was definitely intending to interrupt it.

Paint Work – The Fall – vanwolf: One of my favourites of theirs – featuring a few interruptions to the song flow. Just felt something fantastic about this from the first time I heard it seemingly eons ago (or, in reality, the mid 1980s).

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