I Was Wrong

I like to think of myself as a tolerant and open-minded person, at least within certain parameters (so, exceptions for Brexit, Trump, Niall Ferguson etc.). Mrs Abahachi might interject at this point with a “You kept saying you hated X, until you actually went there/tried it” list (you know, things like Austria, Gavin and Stacey, the USA), and I’ll admit that this does sometimes happen – but I hope I’d get credit for being willing to change my mind *and* admit it, rather than trying to pretend that I loved it all along… Continue reading

RR Films: Strange, Disturbing and Surreal

Are Michael and Boris being controlled by aliens?, by Russia?, by the Daily Express?, by the casting of runes? Weren’t they once bessie mates who then fell out big time last year and yet seem now to bessie mates again? Do they belong to the same political party as their boss? Do either of them understand where they are, what they are supposed to be doing or even what they really, really want? It’s difficult not to regard it all as a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party where Alice May simply gets more confused by these nutjobs. Pity it’s all quite important….

I confess I quite like a puzzle and, although this one makes no sense (other than in disgustingly ego-centric ways), I’m happy if a film makes me deliberately confused so that I can try to figure it out. Sometimes it doesn’t work, of course, and I have to accept that either I’m too dim or the film-maker is too inept or too-clever-by-half. I think the latter description applies to Leos Carax, the auteur of Holy Motors, a film I raved about a few years back. I’ve since watched it again and endured the tedious Q&A session with Carax on the DVD and yet I’m still not much wiser. But I am sure it is strange, disturbing and surreal.

Maybe you find such films annoying but I’m sure you’ve occasionally reached the closing credits and wondered what you’ve just been watching. Tell us about them, whether or not you recommend them.

(This was actually a Song Bar – not an RR – topic, curated by sev earlier this year. It’s all the same to me.)

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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A 2017 playlist

Is it just me, or has 2017 been a great year for music?

I don’t pretend to have my finger on the pulse anymore. Most years now I struggle to come up with a credible top five albums before the end of December (though I often discover great things through the Festive Spill and other end-of-year lists). This year, I’m struggling to whittle it down to a top 10.

Partly, that’s down to several old favourites releasing new records. And I’ve also made more of an effort to listen to new releases on Spotify.

Anyway, here’s a playlist of songs from 2017. I’m not claiming this is any sort of definitive or comprehensive list of the year’s best records. But I hope you’ll find things in here you enjoy.

 

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The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on C9.  I’ve chosen the track Florence from the debut album by Loyle Carner, Yesterday’s Gone.  This album is on so much in my house.  We all love it.  Although we are generally tolerant of each other’s music choices, it’s really important in a house full of music lovers that there are albums and artists we can all agree on and enjoy listening to together.  This is one of those albums.  And he is such a lovely bloke too!  It’s worth reading about his back story if you have a moment.

Here then is my C9 track.  Florence by Loyle Carner

Other C’s I thought about were:

Cabbage

Creeper

The Comet is Coming

Cigarettes After Sex

What’s your C9?