Just when I thought that psychedelia was this year’s thing, along comes something definitely different. This week, I am ‘Spillin’ The Beans about the debut EP by Edinburgh four-piece Bluebirds. Continue reading
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
Another selection of new sounds for you – please feel free to comment, below. Many thanks to all contributors.
Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing – Bouncin’ Along Song: “The new single from the Sheffield / Leeds based band Grok Enrol & The Nu-Thing, released on July 21st as a 2 track digital download on Premonition Tapes… (it) is an upbeat blend of reggae and electronica, full of hope and positivity. It has been edited from the forthcoming album “All\Mix/Dup”, and is an updated version of the song that originally came out on the ill-fated “Now That’s What I Call A Bit Weird Vol.23” album. It features guests Tim (Techno Ken) Jones on Hammond organ along with some percussive dubification from Paul Bower, and has a fantastic piece of cover artwork by Orchestre Nihilistica. The single also contains an instrumental dub mix.” The band are playing at the Tramlines festival in Sheffield on Friday 21st July.
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 A13. I’m conscious that not many albums extend to 13 tracks so you’ll have to be inventive with your choices this week; 13th track beginning with A, 13th artist beginning with A, 13th album beginning with A – then choose your favourite track…
I happen to have an A13. Go Ahead in the Rain is the 13th track on People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, the 1990 album by A Tribe Called Quest.
What’s your A13?
Yuliya Tsukerman is a long-time follower of The ‘Spill, and has shared her latest project with us – a handmade marionette music video for Austin-based band Man, Woman, Friend, Computer. Yulia is currently an artist-in-residence at Mana Contemporary, and this project, a fifteen-minute film, has been a labor of love for the past four months.
The film is set to the first and final tracks of Man, Woman, Friend, Computer‘s debut album, with a newly-composed interlude between the tracks that connects the songs, both musically and narratively, into a cohesive score.
Titled “Exordium/Outgrown“, the film tells the story of a spaceman who comes to terms with isolation and loss as he cares for an injured alien creature. It combines centuries-old Czech marionette techniques with modern materials and found objects, creating an analog reimagining of the space age that points to the the loneliness of the digital world, and to the new distances we create as we try to conquer the old.
Well here’s a thing. Pop music has its place; it’s a good pick-me-up when you don’t want anything too heavy or cerebral. Here’s a YouTube list of things that have caught my ear recently. Is it fun? Is it awful? Have you any songs you’d like to add? Should I be struck off The ‘Spill? Discuss.
Continuing my trend of trying to keep you on your toes, this week I provide a song rather than an artist, none other than Mr Wilson by John Cale.
The song is essentially a tribute to the Beach Boys Brian Wilson, from the former Velvet Underground’s John Cale. It comes from his Slow Dazzle album.
I think there are a few John Cale fans that frequent this blog, so there is nothing I could tell you about him that you don’t already know. My knowledge is quite limited – I only have the Paris 1919 album, (love that title track!)
Truthfully, this week featured track actually didn’t do a lot for me. It might be one where repeat listens are rewarded, but there wasn’t enough there to hook me into a repeat listen.
As for Mr Wilson – you never know, he might pop up on here in the future, but perhaps he is a very obvious choice for inclusion!
Over to you – what do you think of this one?