Monthly Archives: July 2008

Fujiya & Miyagi w/Fall LP, Tour

 

 

More motorik-riffic Krautrock than you can
shake a Czukay stick at.

By Blurt Staff

 

How many Brits does
it take to screw in a… aw, you know. With their second album Lightbulbs en route on Sept. 16 from the
wonderfully named Deaf, Dumb + Blind label, dancepop/Krautrock enthusiasts
Fujiya & Miyagi will also be doing a brief U.S. tour (major markets only) in
October. Together since 2000 and originally an electronica duo, the band added
a bassist a few years later to add a more rock-y underpinning to their sound;
2006’s Transparent Things drew
critical and blog kudos from all the right corners, and it’s been full speed
ahead ever since.

Imagine that Fujiya &
Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify particles
of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak in tongues,
using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good, rhyming ‘jigsaws’
with ‘carnivores’.
 
Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household appliances
sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from evocative krautrock
to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and
the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.
 
In total, Fujiya & Miyagi don’t really sound like anything. Instead, they
sound like everything condensed into perfectly arranged three minute chunks of
infectious pop music, a strange hybrid of James Brown on Valium and Wire gone
pop. Or maybe Serge Gainsbourg with a PhD in electronics backed by David
Byrne’s Eno-produced scratchy guitar mixed by MF Doom. It’s Darwinism gone mad.
 
Formed in 2000 as an electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and
Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), they released Electro Karaoke In The
Negative Style two years later, a minimal electronic set it hangs eerily on
Best’s distinctive whispered vocal. Adding bass player Matt Hainsby in 2004,
they released a series of ten inch EPs that took them to the hearts of
fanzineland. Gathered together these parables of personal injury, both physical
and mental, made up three quarters of the well-received (Pitchfork, NME, MOJO,
etc) album Transparent Things in 2006. Named after a Nabokov brain dump on the
relationship between the past and the present. It sums them up.
 
A Regal seven-inch, Uh, further concentrated their sound. A set of vocal ticks,
a funky bass and a storyline about a relationship as prickly as two porcupines,
it made small talk sound sinister over an infectious groove. It was the perfect
set up for their third album proper, Light Bulbs – imagine 11 classic ideas
clicking on above your head, now with real drums in places, courtesy of Lee
Adams, and the picture is complete.
 
Fujiya & Miyagi stay away from lyrical themes that have been done to death.
Using old synths to punctuate their beautifully-observed anecdotes on romantic
triumphs and disasters, heroes and villains and the world at large, their
rhythms palpitate to produce modern symphonies like no-one else. Light Bulbs is
a journey littered with fragmented images, anecdotes from the sublime to the
ridiculous, blurry stories that you feel you shouldn’t have overheard. Each
track an aural contamination set to itch your inner ear every waking moment.

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

Oct 22
2008     Mercury Lounge    New
York
Oct 23 2008     Webster Hall    New York
Oct 24 2008    Paradise    Boston
Oct 25 2008     Bottom Lounge    Chicago
Oct 27 2008    Chop Suey    Seattle
Oct 28 2008   The Independent    San
Francisco
Oct 30 2008    The Troubadour    Los Angeles

CHANNEL GUIDE: Wednesday 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)

 

7:35 AM Starz Cinema: Low In Europe

 

8:30 AM FLIX: The Jazz Singer (1980)

 

11:00 AM BET Jazz: Documentary: Louis Bellson & his Big
Band

 

1:00 PM RAVE HD: Other Voices: Ray Davies , Candie Payne ,
Mick Flannery , Glen Hansard , Markéta Irglová , Glen Hansard & Marketa
Irglova

 

2:00 PM MOJO: London
Live!: James Morrison , The Rapture , Faithless , Brinkman

 

3:40 PM Showtime Next: Made in Sheffield
w/Human League , Cabaret Voltaire , Heaven 17 , ABC , Pulp , Artery

 

7:00 PM RAVE HD: Soundstage: Wilco and Sonic Youth

 

8:00 PM MHD:  FNMTV
Premieres: Tokyo
Police Club , Pink , Gnarls Barkley , Danity Kane , Bow Wow , Missy Elliott

 

8:00 PM VH1C: Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

 

10:00 PM TCM: The Benny Goodman Story (1955)

 

11:30 PM Comedy Central: The Colbert Report: Crosby, Stills
& Nash

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman:
Atmosphere, Pamela Anderson

 

11:35 PM ET NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Sergio
Mendes

 

12:00 AM TCM: The Gene Krupa Story (1959)

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Gogol Bordello

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Jakob
Dylan

 

1:30 AM MHD Concerts: Gorillaz: Live in Harlem

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Sheryl Crow

 

 

[Pictured: Atmosphere, top (duh)]

 

 

 

Ripple Effect Fest: Franti, Anti-Flag, Dead Prez, more

 

Best reason to go to Minnnesota that’s NOT
the RNC…

By Fred Mills

 

It’s
a Ripple Effect: Mark your calendars for September 2nd and book your flights
for St. Paul, MN,
because that’s when thousands of people will gather at the Minnesota state capitol to engage in
trainings, education, community building, music and art in the Ripple Effect
name of positive social and environmental change. Appearing at the daylong
festival will be Michael Franti, Anti-Flag, Dead Prez, Wookiefoot W/Matisyahu,
I Self Devine, Indigo, Tru Ruts, B. Dolan And Prolyphic, The Sustainable Living
Roadshow, Medea Benjamin (co-founder of Codepink & Global Exchange) Will
Steger (polar explorer and global warming activist) and many more. Full details
can be found at the Ripple Effect website.

 

According
to the organizers, the event is intended to propel “a new wave of progressive
action outside the Republican National Convention” — no so coincidentally, also
being held in Minneapolis-St. Paul that same weekend — “and will go beyond the
convention and beyond partisanship to empower and unite people of all backgrounds
and interests. Through our partnership with a diverse team of local and
national progressive organizations (nonpartisan), Ripple Effect will be a
catalyst to the already burgeoning global movement for sustainability, justice,
and equality.”

 

Ripple
Effect is a free event and will run from 12:30-7 pm at the State Capitol Lawn in St. Paul. It’s being
organized by Substance, a local social justice focused booking group, and
supported by a number of progressive activist organizations (nonpartisan) and
nonprofits. 

 

 

 

 

 

Fujiya & Miyagi w/Fall LP, Tour

 

 

More motorik-riffic Krautrock than you can
shake a Czukay stick at.

By Blurt Staff

 

How many Brits does
it take to screw in a… aw, you know. With their second album Lightbulbs en route on Sept. 16 from the
wonderfully named Deaf, Dumb + Blind label, dancepop/Krautrock enthusiasts
Fujiya & Miyagi will also be doing a brief U.S. tour (major markets only) in
October. Together since 2000 and originally an electronica duo, the band added
a bassist a few years later to add a more rock-y underpinning to their sound;
2006’s Transparent Things drew
critical and blog kudos from all the right corners, and it’s been full speed
ahead ever since.

Imagine that Fujiya &
Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify particles
of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak in tongues,
using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good, rhyming ‘jigsaws’
with ‘carnivores’.
 
Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household appliances
sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from evocative krautrock
to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and
the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.
 
In total, Fujiya & Miyagi don’t really sound like anything. Instead, they
sound like everything condensed into perfectly arranged three minute chunks of
infectious pop music, a strange hybrid of James Brown on Valium and Wire gone
pop. Or maybe Serge Gainsbourg with a PhD in electronics backed by David
Byrne’s Eno-produced scratchy guitar mixed by MF Doom. It’s Darwinism gone mad.
 
Formed in 2000 as an electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and
Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), they released Electro Karaoke In The
Negative Style two years later, a minimal electronic set it hangs eerily on
Best’s distinctive whispered vocal. Adding bass player Matt Hainsby in 2004,
they released a series of ten inch EPs that took them to the hearts of
fanzineland. Gathered together these parables of personal injury, both physical
and mental, made up three quarters of the well-received (Pitchfork, NME, MOJO,
etc) album Transparent Things in 2006. Named after a Nabokov brain dump on the
relationship between the past and the present. It sums them up.
 
A Regal seven-inch, Uh, further concentrated their sound. A set of vocal ticks,
a funky bass and a storyline about a relationship as prickly as two porcupines,
it made small talk sound sinister over an infectious groove. It was the perfect
set up for their third album proper, Light Bulbs – imagine 11 classic ideas
clicking on above your head, now with real drums in places, courtesy of Lee
Adams, and the picture is complete.
 
Fujiya & Miyagi stay away from lyrical themes that have been done to death.
Using old synths to punctuate their beautifully-observed anecdotes on romantic
triumphs and disasters, heroes and villains and the world at large, their
rhythms palpitate to produce modern symphonies like no-one else. Light Bulbs is
a journey littered with fragmented images, anecdotes from the sublime to the
ridiculous, blurry stories that you feel you shouldn’t have overheard. Each
track an aural contamination set to itch your inner ear every waking moment.

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

Oct 22
2008     Mercury Lounge    New
York
Oct 23 2008     Webster Hall    New York
Oct 24 2008    Paradise    Boston
Oct 25 2008     Bottom Lounge    Chicago
Oct 27 2008    Chop Suey    Seattle
Oct 28 2008   The Independent    San
Francisco
Oct 30 2008    The Troubadour    Los Angeles

Commander Cody Returns!

 

 

Gas up that hot rod Lincoln and get ready to
be lost in the ozone again…

By Fred Mills

 

If we’re talking an album bearing the sensitive, evocative
title Drunks Dopers and Everyday Losers you know it can only be the product of a singularly twisted mind: to wit,
Commander Cody. Word arrives he’s just signed with the venerable blues label
Blind Pig for his first studio record since 1993, and that’s the kind of word
we’ll salute. Blues, boogie woogie, rockabilly and hard-twangin’ country ‘n’
swing never sounded finer than in the hands of CC.

 

He launched Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in Ann Arbor in 1967, later moving to Berkeley where they were embraced by the West
Coast honky-tonk scene. The hard-touring, hard-playing group signed to
Paramount in 1971 (four albums and several hit singles, including “Lost In
The Ozone” and “Hot Rod Lincoln,” resulted), later moving to Warner
Bros. and then Arista before disbanding in 1976. CC continued to perform simply
under his stage name or as the Commander Cody Band.

 

As the good Commander (that’s George Frayne to his pals)
observed in a statement, “Looking to getting back in the studio after
almost 15 years, Commander Cody has beamed down from the ozone just to partner
up with old friends from Blind Pig.”

 

Indeed, this will be a second dance for CC and BP: the label
was also behind his acclaimed 1986 album Let’s
Rock!
According to Blind Pig: “Recording sessions for the new album are
scheduled to begin in late August at the LRS Recording Studio near Woodstock, NY.
The producer, Aaron (Professor Louie) Hurwitz, plans to utilize the members of
the Commander’s current road band, which have been with him for almost twelve
years, along with veteran studio musicians from the Woodstock area.”




 

 

PEACE QUEER / Todd Snider

 

 

 

 

 

PEACE QUEER:
THE BLURT BLOG

Mis Spellers Of The World Untie

 

 

I would like
to take this gracious opportunity that the fine people of Blurt have given me
to tell all of you about the night I was abducted by and later escaped from the
International League of Peace Queers.

 

I remember East Nashville was in the middle of a two-week kind bud drought that had set our neighborhood into a small state of
confusion, chaos and tension. I was recording a song called “Last Summer At Band
Camp I Did It With This Chick” with my so-called friends Eric McConnell and Kevn
Kinney, when a crash through the control room door brought with it two large
and heavily armed men identifying themselves as members of an International
League of Peace Queers They were looking for me. Not Kevn, not Eric, but me.

 

They asked if
I had written “Conservative Christian Right Wing Republican Straight White
American Males.” I tried to deny it. The next thing I knew, I was
blindfolded and stuffed into a small closet, where I was forced to listen to
early Phil Ochs and Joan Baez material.

 

I was also
brutalized beyond what I consider an acceptable level of sanity. I remember
saying over and over that I was already for peace, but they claimed I wasn’t,
quote, “for it enough.” They demanded I write songs for an album that they
boasted would easily outsell Thriller.

 

Fortunately
for me, I already had a batch of songs similar to what they were looking for,
so I assumed things were going to work out splendidly… or at least easily.

 

I could not
have been more wrong. Later that night, I was forced to sing “Beer Run” until I
vomited, and yet sadistically, every time I played it, I was electrocuted by
some sort of device they called The Peace Keeper.

 

Then I
realized not only were there a lot of them, but I recognized many of the
voices. I couldn’t put an exact name to the voices, but I knew the voices. They
taunted, they mocked, they emasculated and they spat — many of them screaming
that “Beer Run” had set back the movement at least a million years.

 

I was forced
to smoke weak
marijuana and pretend to care about the world. It upset me. I called
them folk Nazis and was beaten heavily for it.

 

But I gotta
tell you, as much as I love hockey fights, I did eventually grow sympathetic to
the cause, and I recorded the album for them. After the album was completed,
they took off my blindfold, and it was then I learned that my captors had been
a loose assortment of Americana
shit storm artists that I like to call my peers.

 

Last year I
was nominated
for Unsuccessful Country Artist Of The Year at the AMA awards, and I lost to none
other than high-ranking I.L.P.Q. member Patty Griffin. It was Patty, in fact,
who told me that on my next mission, I would be trusted on my own to walk to
the Three Crow Bar for a short interview to promote
‘Peace Queer,’ the album.  She said this
interview would be for “Peace Queer,” the bio, so I set out for the
Three Crow.

 

On my way, I
spotted an old nemesis from the Nancy Kerrigan camp
who dated back to my Oregon years. This all
would have been fine had he not spotted me, too, but he did, and his attitude
toward me was egregious. I thought it smart to run, which I did. But by the
time I ditched the guy, I thought I might be late for my interview. Luckily, I
wasn’t.

 

At the Three
Crow, I was poured a glass of wine and introduced to a kindly old gentleman
named Cokie Roberts. I found his questioning style a bit aggressive, but in the
end, felt I charmed the pants off him. We said our goodbyes, and I was headed
back to Camp Peace Queer when it occurred to me that I didn’t have to head back
if I didn’t want to. It was my chance to escape the Peace Queers, and I took
it.

 

Golly, you
hear a lot of strange and unnatural things about people these days, and with
that very thought in mind, I’m personally just happy to have my old life back.

 

And I must say
that while I will never forget that glorious creative summer with Patty and Kevn
and the other Peace Queers, I will never, for the life of me, understand the
beatings.

 

 

(Todd Snider lives in East Nashville
where he writes songs, whoops it up and pisses off self-righteous people every
chance he gets. His new album, sensibly titled
Peace
Queer, is due Oct. 14 and will be a
vailable
as a free download at ToddSnider.net from October 11th to October 31st. It’s
the followup to 2006’s
The
Devil You Know and represents, as far as
we are concerned, a big-ass MISSION
ACCOMPLISHED. Keep a rockin’, Todd. BLURT loves ya.)

 

Bloggin’ For Blurt: Todd Snider

 

Nashville songwriter/professional gadfly comes of of
the closet as a blogger!

By Fred Mills

 

BLURT would like to formally welcome singer-songwriter Todd
Snider to our esteemed roster of bloggers. His new blog “Peace Queer” debuted
today on the site, and you can check it out over on the right side of our
homepage with the other blogs or simply click HERE.

 

Snider’s got a new platter en route August 19 as well, which
he is also calling Peace Queer, and
you can read the details about it in our July 3 news item.

 

And while you’re checking out his blog, don’t forget to glom
onto all our other coverage, including Martin Bisi’s “The End Credits,” Justin Sane’s “Their System Doesn’t Work
For You,” James McMurtry’s “Wasteland Bait & Tackle,” David Poe’s “Gun For
a Mouth” and Hamell On Trial’s very
unique
video blog, “Yap.”

 

You’ll be glad you did.

 

Black Crowes in Staredown w/Gretchen Wilson

Warning: parts of this
news item weren’t just plagiarized, they were copied verbatim!

By Fred Mills

 

Ever diligent about how they are portrayed in the press (you
all remember the big flap over the journalist faking the CD review, right?), the
Black Crowes, currently on tour promoting
their album Warpaint, have now turned their gaze at a fellow
artist. Apparently the band and their legal counsel have issued notices of
copyright infringement against country artist Gretchen Wilson, Turner Network Television
(TNT), Wilson’s record label Sony BMG and Wilson’s publisher, J Money
Music.

 

 

According to the Crowes’ handlers, in a press released
titled “Jealous (and used) Again”:

 

The copyright infringement notices allege
that Gretchen Wilson and her songwriters have  wrongfully exploited Chris
and Rich Robinson’s original composition of their hit song “Jealous
Again” for her song entitled “Work Hard Play Harder”. TNT has
further exploited the use of the composition by using Wilson’s song in video advertisement and promotion for the show “Saving Grace”.
“Jealous Again” was the lead single released in 1991 on The Black
Crowes multi platinum debut album “Shake Your Money Maker”. 


 

Cutting through the legalese, “wrongfully exploited”
translates as “plagiarized,” “lifted parts of it” or simply “ripped it off like
a dirty, thieving bitch.”

 

 

In a statement, band manager Pete Angelus observed, “We
find the musical verses of Wilson’s
song to be such an obvious example of copyright infringement that I expect all
parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation.”

 

 

Hey, anything to keep the lawyers happy!

.

 

Hold Steady Tour Dates Announced

 

All across the USA, Hold
Steady rockin’ the kids of today…

By Fred Mills

Okay, we told you all about the Hold Steady’s prowess in our ten-star review
of their June 27 show in Baltimore.
Not that we need to tell you about the Hold Steady’s prowess, right?

 

And we told you how awesome their new album Stay Positive is in the July-August digital magazine of BLURT. You
saw the digi mag, right?

 

So here are….


The Hold Steady Tour Dates:

07-30 Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
08-01 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08-02 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
08-05 Dallas, TX – The Loft
08-06 Austin, TX – The Parish
08-07 Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s
08-08 Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
08-09 Athens, GA – 40 Watt
08-10 Charleston, SC – The Pourhouse
08-12 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
08-13 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
08-14 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
08-16 Chelmsford, England – Hylands Park (V Festival)
08-17 Staffordshire, England – Weston Park (V Festival)
09-29 Oxford, England – Academy
09-30 Manchester, England – Manchester University
10-01 Glasgow, Scotland – ABC
10-02 Wolverhampton, England – Wulfrun Hall
10-04 Bristol, England – Anson Rooms
10-05 Nottingham, England – Rock City
10-06 Portsmouth, England – Pyramids
10-08 London, England – Roundhouse
10-09 Paris, France – Nouveau Casino
10-11 Hamburg, Germany – Knust
10-12 Cologne, Germany – Luxor
10-13 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
10-15 Oslo, Norway – Rockerfeller
10-16 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Slussen
10-17 Goteborg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
10-19 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
10-20 Berlin, Germany – Columbia Club
10-21 Vienna, Austria – WUK
10-22 Munich, Germany – Ampere

 

 

 

Live Exclusives: She & Him, Ringo Starr

 

 

All the concert news
‘n’ reviews that’s fit to print.

By Blurt Staff

 

More concert coverage from your friendly neighborhood BLURT
– this time, something old (Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band) and something new
(She & Him). We’re still waiting on the “borrowed” and “blue” reviews to
come in, however….

 

 

·         *Ringo Starr’s July 23 show in Saratoga,
California: “Looking like he’s been doing this for well over 40 years,” writes
Jud Cost, “a supremely confident and wisecracking Ringo Starr, fronting the
current version of his All-Starr Band, treated a sold-out crowd at the Mountain
Winery in Saratoga, Calif. to just enough Beatles magic—with just enough
attention paid to vocal intonation—to send everyone home happy.”

 

·         *She & Him in Philadelphia on July 25:
Observes Zach Herrmann, Bouncing across the stage in a shimmering baby blue
dress and matching headband, She (Zooey Deschanel) had even the most cynical
members of the sold out crowd won over from the second she stepped out into the
light,”

 

 

 

Check ‘em out at the provided links, or simply scroll down
the BLURT front page to the reviews section. We’ve also got new book, DVD and
CD reviews being added daily.

 

[Photo credit: Zachary Herrmann]