Monthly Archives: July 2008

Flaming Lip “Christmas” Film Trailer(s)!

 

In the works since, like, 10,000 B.C.!

By Blurt Staff

 

With the long awaited, much-delayed Flaming Lips’ Christmas On Mars film already creating a festival buzz — literally
as it premiered at Sasquatch! — word arrives that it will be released on DVD in
October by Warner Bros., with a soundtrack CD also hitting stores.

 

90 minutes long, it’s described by the Lips cam as being “set in outer space
on the surface of Mars. The double failures of a clunky old oxygen generator
and an exotic but finicky gravity control pod have conspired to weaken the
resolve and psychological judgment of the crew and the film’s protagonist Major
Syrtis. This means he has horrific hallucinations that are centered around the
artificial birth of the Christmas baby. An alien super-being arrives and with
his otherworldly powers fixes the oxygen generator but it’s the station’s
genius mechanic who fixes the gravity problem.”

 

So over at Pitchfork they’ve got the official trailer for it, and you can
view it below. Meanwhile, there’s that other,
earlier trailer still making the YouTube rounds, and you can also view it
below, after the new one.

 

Enjoy!


New Video: Laura Marling Live “Ghosts”

 

Special live version
of “Ghosts” from forthcoming album.

By Blurt Staff

 

BLURT fave Laura Marling has a special live version of “Ghosts”
(from her delectable new album Alas I Cannot Swim, due Aug. 19 from
Astralwerks). She did the song at St. James Church in London, and you can check it out in the BLURT
TV section or go directly in to it HERE.

 

Read all about Marling in our exclusive recent interview too, and enjoy the video!

CHANNEL GUIDE: Thursday Music

 

Compiled by Blurt Staff

 

206 digital, satellite and hi-def channels and nothin’ on?
Not likely. Here are BLURT’s top music television picks of the day. The time is
followed by the network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program
and/or featured artist(s). All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour
listing, go to the VH1 Rock On TV site.
Note that for certain channels, shows frequently repeat during the day on or
subsequent days.

 

 

TIME (EST) / CHANNEL
/ PROGRAM / ARTIST(S)

 

 

8:00 AM TVONE: Tom Joyner Sky Show: Isley Brothers

 

8:30 AM & 2:30 PM MOJO: London Live!: Beck

 

10:30 AM & 2:30 PM Comedy Central: The Colbert Report:
Crosby, Stills & Nash

 

1:00 PM Rave HD Concerts: Corinne Bailey Rae – Live from London

 

2:00 PM FUSE: Steven’s Untitled Rock Show: Does It Offend
You, Yeah?

 

4:00 PM VH1C: Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

 

6:00 PM VH1C: NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell w/The Jimmy
Castor Bunch , Gloria Gaynor , Chic , The Ramones , Richard Hell , Blondie

 

7:00 PM MHD: Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop

 

9:00 PM Biography: David Cassidy

 

10:00 PM PBS: Soundstage: Matchbox Twenty

 

10:00 PM Sundance: Live from Abbey Road: Matchbox Twenty, The Script
& Def Leppard

 

10:30 PM MOJO: London
Live!: Scouting For Girls , Lightspeed Champion , Roisin Murphy , Justice

 

11:00 PM Sundance: Iconoclasts: Quentin Tarantino and Fiona
Apple

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Mariah Carey

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Missy Higgins

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Sean Kingston

 

2:00 AM RAVE HD: From The Basement: The White Stripes , The
Shins , The Divine Comedy

 

Flaming Lip “Christmas" Film Trailer(s)!

 

In the works since, like, 10,000 B.C.!

By Blurt Staff

 

With the long awaited, much-delayed Flaming Lips’ Christmas On Mars film already creating a festival buzz — literally
as it premiered at Sasquatch! — word arrives that it will be released on DVD in
October by Warner Bros., with a soundtrack CD also hitting stores.

 

90 minutes long, it’s described by the Lips cam as being “set in outer space
on the surface of Mars. The double failures of a clunky old oxygen generator
and an exotic but finicky gravity control pod have conspired to weaken the
resolve and psychological judgment of the crew and the film’s protagonist Major
Syrtis. This means he has horrific hallucinations that are centered around the
artificial birth of the Christmas baby. An alien super-being arrives and with
his otherworldly powers fixes the oxygen generator but it’s the station’s
genius mechanic who fixes the gravity problem.”

 

So over at Pitchfork they’ve got the official trailer for it, and you can
view it below. Meanwhile, there’s that other,
earlier trailer still making the YouTube rounds, and you can also view it
below, after the new one.

 

Enjoy!


Carla Bruni Hypes Album, Not Hubby

 

But will she pose for
the cover of BLURT?

By Fred Mills

 

Back in the day, when BLURT was just a little ol’ print
magazine called Harp, we filled you
in on Italian-born/French-raised chanteuse, France First Lade and former
model/paramour to rock stars Carla Bruni. At the time — our September 2007 issue — her first
English language album, No Promises,
was was available only on iTunes and at Barnes & Noble, effectively cutting
out a huge chunk of her potential customer base, but it subsequently arrived
“officially” at all retail and web outlets on February 19 via Downtown Records.

 

It was pitched by the label thusly:

 

No Promises is a true celebration of the English language, a tribute to the literary greats
of our time. Carla’s fascination and deep appreciation of the language prompted
her to make an album comprised of her favorite poems interpreting them into
delicate and introspective songs. From Emily Dickinson’s
“I Felt My Life With Both My Hands” to WH Auden’s “Lady Weeping At The Crossroads”, to William Butler Yeat’s “Those Dancing Days are Gone” and “Before The World Was Made,” the songs
flow with understated emotion and a respectful interpretation that does not
overstep its creators vision, instead enhancing and modernizing the time-tested
lyricism of these shimmering works. All the while, Carla’s voice floats
smoothly along the lines of prose, using the words of others to tell a story
that is all her own.

 

 

Now arrives word of Bruni’s third album, Comme si de
rien n’était
 
(“As if Nothing Had Happened”), which will
be released on CD in the US next week, also on Downtown, and apparently already
a #1 hit in France, which isn’t all that surprising, but it’s also making
iTunes waves internationally. As you might surmise from the title, it’s mostly
sung in Bruni’s adopted French language.

 

 

Bruni’s set to be interviewed by Barbara Walters this Friday
on 20/20, and though the appearance
is billed as a performance/interview, you can bet the bulk of the program will
focus on Bruni and her relationship with her husband — who just happens to run France —
regardless of how she tries to steer the conversation.

 

 

Bruni also graces the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair, pictured above. But you can
find a lot more “interesting” and “artsy” photos of her simply by going to
Google Images… or at least that’s what we’ve heard.

 

 

The label scoop on the new album:

 

 
Produced by Dominique Blanc-Francard,
the critically lauded album features 10 original compositions by Carla Bruni,
one song written in collaboration with French novelist Michel Houellebecq,  another with singer Julien Clerc, and two cover songs,
including a stunning version of Bob
Dylan
’s “You Belong To Me.”  At Carla Bruni’s request, her
royalties from the album will be donated to Fondation de France, for charitable
and humanitarian causes. Comme si de
rien n’etait
is the follow-up to 2007’s No Promises, which debuted at #1 in both the Billboard European Top 100 Albums Charts & the French
Album Charts.  


 

Comme si de reien n’était – track list:

1. ma jeunesse
2. la possibilité d’une île
3. l’amoureuse
4. tu es ma came
5. salut marin
6. ta tienne
7. péché d’envie
8. you belong to me
9. le temps perdu
10. déranger les pierres
11. je suis une enfant
12. l’antilope
13. notre grand amour est mort
14. il vecchio e il bambino
 

Does It Offend You, Yeah? Tour + Vid

 

 

Actually, we do know what we are getting into…

By Fred
Mills

 

Fall tour dates were announced
this week for Does It Offend You, Yeah?, who are currently wrapping up a short
American trek with Bloc Party as well as a layover for Lollapalooza, followed
by a trip to Japan. The band’s recently-released album
You Have No Idea What You Are Getting
Yourself Into
(Almost Gold) has been tickling the ribs and shaking the
asses of critics and fans alike — including the official BLURT reviewer — with
the band’s blend of postpunk and ‘80s new wave.

 

The band had a hot recent appearance (July 24) on Jimmy
Kimmel doing “Dawn Of The Dead,” and you can check out the video (dig those
ghoul outfits!)  for that following the
tour dates…

 

 

08/27 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod
Center w/ NIN
08/29 Philadelphia, PA @ The Wachovia Center w/ NIN
08/30 NYC, NY @ Bowery
08/31 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
09/02 Montreal, CANADA @ Les Saints
09/03 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
09/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Studio B
09/05 Washington D.C. @ DC9
09/06 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
09/07 Atlanta, GA @ MJQ
09/08 Nashville, TN @ 12th & Porter
09/10 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
09/11 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
09/13 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
09/14 Morrison, Colorado @ Monolith Festival
09/16 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
09/17 Seattle, WA
@ Chop Suey
09/19 San Francisco, CA
@ Bottom of the Hill
09/20 San Diego, CA
@ Street Scene
09/22 Los Angeles, CA
@ Troubadour
09/23 Orange County, CA @ Detroit Bar

 

 

 

Buckcherry Leaked, Nobody Gives a Shit

 

Band’s manager “caught
with his pants down”…

By Fred Mills

 

Last week a song titled “Too Drunk…” from the new Buckcherry
album Black Butterfly was leaked to
the Internet pretty far ahead of the Atlantic Records release date, Sept. 15.
As the song began circulating, the band issued a statement (through Atlantic) decrying the leak, saying, “Honestly, we hate
it when this shit happens, because we want our FANS to have any new songs
first.”

 

Well, honestly, we
hate it when turd-rock clowns like Buckcherry get any kind of exposure – legit,
pirated or otherwise – since there are zillions of bands out there who are far
more deserving.

 

Seriously – look at those mooks. Real badasses, huh?

 

Turns out, though, that apparently it was the band’s manager who leaked
it, and needless to say, that would strongly suggest that both band and label
were complicit in the matter. The good folks at TorrentFreak.com uncovered the
marketing ploy, and they have a full report about their detective work HERE.
It’s a fascinating read that, as one pundit puts it, illustrates “how the world
works.”

 

Don’t look behind the curtain folks, the Mighty Oz will
protect you from all those nasty little things about the record biz you don’t
need to know….

New Video: Laura Marling Live "Ghosts"

 

Special live version
of “Ghosts” from forthcoming album.

By Blurt Staff

 

BLURT fave Laura Marling has a special live version of “Ghosts”
(from her delectable new album Alas I Cannot Swim, due Aug. 19 from
Astralwerks). She did the song at St. James Church in London, and you can check it out in the BLURT
TV section or go directly in to it HERE.

 

Read all about Marling in our exclusive recent interview too, and enjoy the video!

Winehouse Planned Entire 007 LP? WTF?!?

 

Blurt
has the skinny, addled scoop.

By
Randy Harward

 

BLURT’s moles keep singin’ for
their supper. By now you know Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson are no longer
authoring a theme to the upcoming James Bond film Quantum of Solace, and
they’ve been replaced by Jack White and Alicia Keys. What hasn’t been
reported—’til now—is that Winehouse was actually planning an entire album of
songs inspired by the Bond franchise. We’ve been slipped some song titles,
including Winehouse’s notes and lyrics.  

 

“On
Her Majesty’s Secret Stash”

 

‘Ow
many times ‘ave I got to say

Mama’s
stash is mama’s stash

Touch
my shit and I’ll touch you

Now
don’t you wanna taste mama’s… (NOTE: Find good rhyme for ‘stash’. Sumpin’
sexy.)

 

“Quarter-Ounce
of Solace”

 

I’m
fuggin’ stressed, ‘ere, Mark. Come on, now—just a li’l bonger to get
through the verse? Please? Wotsa mat’er, luv? You want me to beg? I can do
that. I can do it good.

 

“Octopussy”

 

No,
really. Eight of ’em. In the loo. I swear. Slimy li’l buggers. Don’t let ’em
eat me!

 

“A
Gram Is Not Enough (To Charge Me With Intent to Distribute)”

 

That’s
not my bag, it’s his. Bugger off, Mark. Fuggin’ cunt, you are.

 

“Goldlunger”

 

Well,
I may ‘ave TB

May
‘ave emphysema

May
sound like I been livin’

In
a trailer from FEMA

But
you know, you know

Even
my phlegm is gold

I’ll
hock that shit on the sidewalk

Then
the pawn shop

And
still be rich as hell

 

“For
Your Veins Only”

 

Well,
it’s a love le’er to Blake, innit? I got some bloody good shit I’m savin’ for
‘im. Oh, fuck it. He’ll be gone for two more years and I’ll be dead by then.
Anyone for a bump?

 

“You
Only Die Once (Bullshit)”

 

Who
the ‘ell resuscita’ed me? Fuck!