Monthly Archives: July 2008

CHANNEL GUIDE: Tuesday 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)

 

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

 

10:00 AM MHD: FNMTV Premieres: Jonas Brothers , Nelly ,
Slipknot , Shwayze , Lesley Roy , Akon

 

12:30 PM Comedy Central: MAD TV: Blondie , Debbie Harry

 

1:00 PM MHD: Nine Inch Nails – Beside You in Time

 

2:00 PM FUSE: Steven’s Untitled Rock Show: Linkin Park

 

2:30 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Perry Farrell

 

3:30 PM VH1C: Rock Fest: Pink Floyd

 

6:00 PM Sundance: Live from Abbey Road: The Hoosiers, The Black Keys
& Manu Chao

 

8:30 PM MHD: The Life & Rhymes of …: 50 Cent 

 

11:00 PM VH1C: Genesis – Come Rain or Shine

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: Low vs
Diamond

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Third Day

 

12:00 AM Gospel Music Channel: Faith & Fame: Third Day

 

1:00 AM Gospel Music Channel: Front Row Live: Third Day Live
Wire

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bryan Adams

 

12:30 AM VH1 Classic in Concert: Jimmy Buffet – Live By The
Bay

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Rose Hill Drive

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson:
Belinda Carlisle

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Chuck Prophet

 

 

[Photo: Low Vs. Diamond by Autumn DeWilde]

 

Pop Montreal Performers Announced

 

Nick Cave meets Burt Bacharach meets Black Kids meets
Silver Apples meets… Mingering Mike?

By Blurt Staff

 

Mark your calendars for Oct. 1st through 5th:
that’s when Pop Montreal takes place (in Montreal, duh), the seventh happening
for the freewheeling music festival, and most likely the unofficial end of the
annual festival season in North America. Among the notables slated to perform: Nick Cave
& the Bad Seeds, Black Kids, Wire, Hot Chip, Silver Apples and the mighty
Burt Bacharach. (Wow, just imagine a Bonnaroo-styled jam between Burt and
Simeon of the Silver Apples, with Mingering Mike emceeing!) Full list of
confirmed artists is below.

 

Here’s the hoopla, courtesy the organizers:

 

 

2008
will be a year like no other for POP Montreal. We have been inspired like never
before. A rumbling from the underground has struck our souls and we are happy
to offer you the first glimpse at our initial programming. To begin we have the
insurmountable songwriting legend Burt Bacharach, perhaps the single most
important figure in popular music of the 20^th. As far as legends go there may
be no greater voice than that of the Grammy winning Irma Thomas, the undisputed
Soul Queen of New Orleans
who will make an exclusive appearance at the festival this year.

 

If
you’re getting excited, hold your breath; we will also have shows by the
amazingly prolific and poetic-punk troubadour Nick Cave,
the seminal and brilliant WIRE, and the godfathers of experimental electronic
psych Silver Apples. In addition, there will be the single most important
benchmark for a cappella music, Brooklyn’s The
Persuasions. Added to this list are other stand-outs including Canadian rap
legend, Michie Mee, upstarts like Black Kids, Crystal Castles, Dan Deacon and
The Dodos, as well as Hot Chip, Vetiver, T. Raumschmiere, Teki Latex, Dark
Meat, Ste Catherines, Liam Finn, and reclusive Neil Young collaborator Elyse
Weinberg (go ahead! google her).

 

We
will also have a special commissioned composers series with, among others,
original pieces by Socalled, performed at porn theatre Cinéma L’Amour. This is
just the beginning, we have lots more to come including all of our fun segments
+ new things like: Kids POP, our very first gear exchange and record shop, and
the enigmatic art of Mingering Mike. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Through the end of August tickets are $175; after that they
bump up to $225, and they’ll be $275 at the gate. Go to the official website
for more details.

 

 

Those confirmed performers:

 

 

Burt Bacharach, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Hot Chip,
Crystal Castles, Black Kids, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Beach House, The
Persuasions, Silver Apples, Dan Deacon, Vetiver, Cori Bishop (aka Elyse
Weinberg), Dark Meat, Socalled, Jason Collett, Julie Doiron United Steel
Workers of Montreal, The Dodos, Liam Finn, Wintersleep, Headlights, Playdoe,
Dabaaz, Kim, Eric Bélanger, The Veils, WIRE, St Catherines, Thomas Function,
Chad Van Gaalen, Dominique Grange & Jacques Tardi, Great Lake Swimmers,
Katie Moore, Woodhands, Sam Shalabi, Gatineau, Chocolat, Irma Thomas, Wedding
Present, Evangelicals,  Jana Hunter, Cex, Teeth Mountain, Teki Latex,
D’Urbervilles, Michie Mee.

Mark McGrath Chucks TV Career for Crap Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo….

By A.D. Amorosi

 

One would think that on the morning that Tom Waits’ “Glitter
& Doom” tour’d be broadcast for free across America, all would be right with
the world. But an axis shifted and a world crumbled when I got AP Wire news
that Mark McGrath – the square-headed but cute Irish-y dude from Sugar Ray who
got a second career by hosting my favorite show after I Survived a Japanese Game Show – the celeb-driven EXTRA – would
be leaving television so to return to his band.

 

 

This couldn’t be. I had just started getting used to his
tip-tinted spiked hair, his vests and wide ties, his video competitions with
plastic co-host Dayna Devon. He was the dumbo lothario always sniffing after
tail (he really spoke with emotion when he got to the ladies of The View) and
seemed to have a soft spot when saying the magical words “Girls” ”Next” and  Door”.
Besides, why leave the forever-massive syndicated media world for the crumbling
music biz – reforming and touring as Sugar Ray has and nailing a deal with
Pulse/Fontana/Universal for a new record. More “Mr. Bartender” maybe?

 

 

We should’ve known things were weird when Sugar Ray did the
season 3 finale of American Dad,
playing “Fly” at a Spring Break party. Or that getting close to the
Pussycat Dolls as he did as of Pussycat
Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll
and Pussycat Dolls: Girlicious would make him groupie crazy. I’m even
betting those margarine ads he started doing (no I don’t know the brand)
greased the wheels.

 

It’s a sorry day.

 

 

Mario Lopez – the gentleman who appeared in a Beach Boys
video playing congas… wait that’s not Lopez. Who is this guy then? – will be
the new EXTRA host.  Never say replace.
Nothing compares to McGrath.

 

 

 

 

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]

 

Happy 89, Pete Seeger!

 

Folk icon readies new album At 89 at
eighty-nine…

 

By Fred Mills

 

Quick: how many
artists can you say release a brand new album of studio recordings at the age
of 89? We’re talkin’ nearly nine friggin’ decades of existence on this fair
planet, pal. Well, count folk music founding godfather Pete Seeger — born May
3, 1919 — among that rare fraternity of players: en route Sept. 30 from
Appleseed is At 89, Seeger’s first
album
since 2003’s Grammy nominated Seeds: The
Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3
.

 

According to the record label, the album was recorded “in
Seeger’s beloved Hudson River Valley in New
York State,
with friends, singers and musicians from the area. It’s an intimate look at
where Seeger, one of the most important musicians and activists of the last century
and a worldwide symbol of human decency, is today.”

 

The album is a mixture of recent material and songs Seeger
had conceived some time ago but had never recorded, along with banjo, guitar
and recorder interludes and new arrangements of old favorites. Throughout,
Appleseed advises, the album spotlights the songwriter’s “quintessential
balance of optimism, pragmatism, and inclusive activism. At 89 also displays Seeger not only singing, but accompanying
others on nylon-string guitar, 12-string and banjo. On many tracks Seeger turns
the vocal spotlight on others, content to simply be part of the musical
backbone of the songs. When Seeger does take the lead, he is often joined by a
vocal chorus to reinforce the participatory nature of his art.”

 

Keep your eyes peeled for selected tour dates from Seeger
along with the annual Seeger and Guthrie Thanksgiving Concert on November 29 at
Carnegie Hall with Arlo Guthrie and members of the Seeger and Guthrie families.

CUT THROUGH THE NOISE / Kate Bradley

 

 

THE NEW NEW

We just have to like it.

 

Great
music isn’t always obvious. Think of it like this. Chances are (to quote a
former colleague),
your favorite song didn’t become your favorite because you only heard it once.
Which perhaps is why Coca-Cola — arguably one of the most famous brands of
all-time — still advertises. Why then, if there’s a decent band, critically
acclaimed even, under the radar but the real deal… here comes release date,
folks make a lot of noise… the record drops, it’s great and [read more…]

 

A Triple-A radio
programming veteran, Kate has served as Music Director of the Loft at XM, Midday
Host at WYEP, Evening Host at both WNCS and WUIN, as well as Content Supervisor
for Pump Audio. Currently, she’s the CEO of Outlandos Music, a new music
discovery service for grown-ups. Kate has been nationally recognized for her
ardent presentati on of music and her ability to champion talented, compelling
artists.

 

 

Tiny Vipers, Flipper For Obama Benefit

 

Also features those
burlesque gals from the Urban Bombshells.

By Blurt Staff


On Friday, September 5 El Corazon in downtown Seattle will host the Concert for Change,
headlined by Tiny Vipers from Sub Pop Records, and Flipper featuring Krist
Novoselic of Nirvana. An array of Seattle-based guest performers including The
Nextdoor Neighbors, Active I, and Jinu
Park will also be
performing. Special celebrity guest hosting duties will be handled by the
models of Urban Bombshells, with other guest celebrities and performers to be
announced.

 


“This show, although benefiting the Obama Campaign, is being held to
encourage voting and awareness, no matter what your beliefs are,” says
event organizer Gregory Baxley of Bombshell Productions. “We have a lineup
of performers from many different music genres, all here to have a great time
and entertain the community.”

 

 

Supported by the Seattle sect of the Obama
Election Campaign, the bulk of proceeds from this event will be donated to the
Official CampaignFund.

 

Ticket prices are $13 in advance (available at TicketsWest.com),  $15 at the door.

 

 

 

 

On the performers:

 

 

The subtle, largely acoustic music
of Tiny Vipers is the project of
Seattle-based singer/songwriter Jesy Fortino, a self-taught guitarist whose
intricate playing and lonesome vocals give her work a uniquely haunting
quality. Though she played in a few acclaimed bands, Fortino found she worked
better on her and began releasing her own independent albums and playing an abundance
of national shows. She signed with Sub Pop Records in 2006, and has since
released two critically acclaimed records, obtaining her a cult status in Seattle’s music community.

 

 

Flipper formed in 1979 during the raging progression of Punk Rock. Though harboring the
ethics of traditional punk music, Flipper took inspiration from an array of
genres to create their own classic sound. They quickly became icons in
underground music scenes worldwide, inspiring countless musicians, including
the late Kurt Cobain. He famously wore a hand-made Flipper shirt during
Nirvana’s first appearance on Saturday Night Live. The band went through a few
lineup changes over the years, facing breakups due to the casualty of the rock
lifestyle. Then reunited for a string of sold out shows in 2005, including the
legendary benefit shows to save CBGBs. Offered a personal invitation from
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth to headline a festival in England, Flipper
obtained Krist Novoselic to play bass in 2006. They have since done some
international touring and are planning on recording a new album.

 

 

[Tiny Vipers photo by David Belisle]

 

 

 

Carla Bozulich Wants To Entertain You

 

Takin’ that house
party concept to the logical, glorious conclusion… no cat piss, though, please!

By Fred Mills

 

Carla Bozulich, late of the Geraldine Fibbers and currently
fronting Evangelista, is hitting the road as the opening act for Xiu Xiu — the
tour is dubbed, somewhat cheekily, the “Monsters of Merch Tour” because the
bands predict that if they don’t move some serious swag this time out they
won’t even break even. And that would suck. We don’t need to tell you that low
club guarantees, combined with the price of fuel these days, ain’t doing
touring groups any favors…

 

Anyhow, the tour dates are below.

 

Meanwhile, Bozulich just announced she’s hatching a scheme
along the lines of “help us entertain you.” Read on – sounds like a winner to
us. Especially the part about having a song written about you. Contact her at
CarlaBozulich.com (email: info@carlabozulich.com)
because you know you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

***

 

We have this
experience experiment in the works where we will hire our sorcery out to
our fans, friends, and colleagues.  and
here it is:

 

For the cost
of us traveling plus $100 for each band member, Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista
will play for at least an hour at your birthday party,
graduation, funeral, going away party, existential malaise, exorcism, body
aches,  muscle soreness, clean/sober birthday or anniversary celebration,
decapitation, wedding, art opening and closings, dance party, magazine,
store or yacht launchings, cult-removal, viking funerals, removal of
orthodontic contraptions and/or root canal, chili cook-off, catcentrics, bat
mitzvah, pet lizard funeral, et cetera.

 

included in
this fee we will also:

 

1. write
a song especially for you and your friends
. Really. you give us a
topic and one to five keywords.

 

2. arrange
and perform any one cover song of your choosing
, or any request from
back catalog, that is under six minutes in length. totally fine to request
songs we have never heard, just send us the mp3. please be prepared for
any song to sound completely different from what you are used to.

 

3. give
you one mix-tape made just for you from EACH BAND MEMBER.
yes!  for you to rock on your cd cassette deck or laser dot all night
long. Hours of grooves and drones and things you can smell with your ears.

 

4. eat a
bunch of your snacks

 

5. speak in a
language that only we understand— frequently,  accidentally and without
warning, especially while we set up, eat and break down our equipment.

 

6. if, for
instance, you and all your friends (you’re gonna need friends to get all this
cash together) just like screeching gargantuan feedback and vacuum cleaner
sounds ONLY or if maybe you’re getting married to a shy muppet or getting over
ear canal reversal surgery and you’d like us to do quieter songs with not much
cursing on your great aunts’ 102nd birthday, we will take it as a fun
challenge. if you’re into all improvised/specially devised shows, it is my
forte and it will be a pleasure. whatever. we’re easy

 

7. if you
want to do this but you want to do it at a club in your town, that’s totally
possible. we need to have all the same things end up in all the same places,
but we can arrange things with a venue to make this a special nite or day.

 

requisites:

 

1. scheduling
is a bitch.


2. we need two or 3 hotel rooms, or a righteous house with beds
and couches to sleep on and clean towels. no incense, hard drugs, cigs or
potpourri, or cat piss, please.


3. you need to supply a PA with reverb! we will show up in time to set it up
with you and make the sound nice before people arrive.


4. we need cool foods


5. if things turn ugly we’re outta there ie: hard drugs or listening to U2
or Sting.

 

note: even if
you are not located along a good route for us, please email us anyway.
if you rock the plane tickets and the amps and stuff, we will be
there. 

 

NOTE:
discount if you have cats and can prove it. double discount if your pet is a
stray or rescue!!!!!! double again discount if your pet comes with a great pet
rescue story.

 

 

 

 

Carla
Bozulich/Evangelista Tour Dates (opening for Xiu Xiu):

aug 14 @ Echoplex, los angeles, california

aug 15 @ casbah, san diego, california

aug 16 @ solar culture, tucson, arizona

aug 19@ tequila jungle, lubbock, texas

aug 20 @ mohawk, austin, texas

aug 21 @ Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, houston, texas

aug 22@ bottle tree cafe, birmingham

aug 23 @ drunken unicorn, atlanta, georgia

aug 24 @ milestone, charlotte, north carolina

aug 25 @ sonar, baltimore, maryland

aug 26 @ living room providence, rhode island

aug 27 @ paradise boston, massachusetts

aug 28 @ bowery ballroom, new york cty

sept 11 @ empty bottle, chicago (WIRE FESTIVAL – w/Keiji Haino)

sept 13 @ bottom of the hill, san francisco…

Byrne & Eno Team Up Again for “Everything”

 

We were headed out to
lunch when this news just got slipped over the BLURT transom, so in the
interest of expediency, serving our readership AND dealing with our grumbling
tummies, we offer it to you verbatim. Enjoy!

By Blurt Staff

 

 

David Byrne and Brian Eno have paired up for their first
record together as co-writers since the highly influential and critically
acclaimed 1981 release My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Due out August 18,
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is the culmination of a year’s
worth of writing, recording, and travel between New York
and London. The
album will be self-released and made available as a stream and digital download
for purchase exclusively through everythingthathappens.com.

 

 

Beginning August 4, http://www.EverythingThatHappens.com will offer listeners a free download to preview the album. On August 18 the
entire record will be made available for sale and streaming. Other formats will
follow including enhanced CD with download and deluxe package CD with download
featuring artwork by Stefan Sagmeister.

Everything That Happens… was conceptualized during a visit to Brian
Eno’s studio after the two reconnected upon Nonesuch Records’ re-release of Bush
of Ghosts
. Byrne explains, “I recall Brian mentioning that he had a lot of
largely instrumental tracks he’d accumulated, and since, in his words, he
‘hates writing words,’ I suggested I have a go at writing some words, and tunes
over a few of them, and we see what happens.” Thus the two began exchanging
vocal and instrumental tracks, and the transatlantic collaboration began.

Everything That Happens… is less a collage than the duo’s previous
effort of some 27 years ago and more a collection of songs. Whereas Bush
of Ghosts
incorporated the contributions of 11 additional musicians along
with a variety of “found” voices—ranging from radio talk-show hosts to Lebanese
mountain singers—this latest recording almost exclusively features Byrne’s
lyrics and voice alongside Eno’s various electronic tracks.

 

 

“When we started this work, we started to think we were
making something like electronic gospel: a music where singing was the central
event, but whose sonic landscapes were not the type normally associated with
that way of singing,” says Eno. “This thought tapped into my long love affair
with gospel music, which, curiously, was inadvertently initiated by David and
the Talking Heads.”

With a Byrne tour “David Byrne, Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno” scheduled
in support of the release of Everything That Happens from the fall of
`08 through early `09 in the U.S. Australasia in early 09 and Europe in March
09, the focus will be on these new songs as well as Byrne’s previous collaborations
with Eno including some Talking Heads albums (many of which were produced by
Eno). “The live shows will maybe try to draw a line linking this new material
with what we did 30 years ago,” explains Byrne, “a little bit anyway.”

Track Listing:


1. Home
2. My Big Nurse
3. I Feel My Stuff
4. Everything That Happens
5. Life Is Long
6. The River
7. Strange Overtones
8. Wanted For Life
9. One Fine Day
10. Poor Boy
11. The Lighthouse

 

 

David Byrne and Brian
Eno’s Notes on the making of Everything That Happens…

 


Brian Eno:

 

This record started life as a dinner conversation: I was in New York, having dinner with David and some
other friends, and happened to mention that I had a lot of music which I had
intended to make into songs but never succeeded with. David volunteered to give
them a try. By and large, though, we stuck to our separate territories: I
generally did music, he generally did lyrics and vocals. That arrangement
seemed to work.

When we started this work, we started to think we were making something like
electronic gospel: a music where singing was the central event, but whose sonic
landscapes were not the type normally associated with that way of singing. This
thought tapped into my long love affair with gospel music, which, curiously,
was inadvertently initiated by David and the Talking Heads.

The first gospel song I ever really responded to (‘Surrender to his will’ by
Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Choir) was one I heard on a
distant Southern American radio station whilst in Compass Point, Nassau – working with
Talking Heads on the album ‘More Songs
about Buildings and Food’
. Being with them and becoming aware of their
musical interests had opened my ears to some kinds of music I hadn’t really
been noticing up to that point – including gospel. So it was fitting that the
circle was closed on this record.

As a foreigner in New York – which was where I ended up living shortly after
‘More Songs’ – I was surprised by how little attention Americans paid to their
own great indigenous musical invention: gospel. It was even slightly uncool –
as though the endorsement of the music entailed endorsing all the religious
framework associated with it. To me (thanks to Reverend Woods) gospel was a
music of surrender, and the surrendering rather than the worshipping was the
part that interested me. This idea has informed my music ever since: I guess
it’s the reason I use modes and chords which are easy to follow and easy to
harmonise with. I want the music to be inviting, to offer you a place inside
it. I think David responded to this with sensitivity and skill, and his natural
edginess made those familiar progressions sound new to me.

Brian Eno
London

David Byrne:

 

A couple of years ago I passed through London and, having reconnected with
Brian Eno when our Bush of Ghosts CD
was re-released We had dinner one night and then the next afternoon I popped
round his office/studio to hear what he’d been up to.

Just before we parted I recall Brian mentioning that he had a lot of largely
instrumental tracks he’d accumulated and since, in his words, he “hates writing
words” I suggesting I have a go at writing some words and tunes over a few of
them and we see what happens. I suggested that if he didn’t like the result
that would be that.

Brian send me CD w some instrumental tracks- stereo rough mixes- a bit later
and I listened to them on and off, trying to get a sense of what kind of story
this music was trying to tell. It wasn’t ambient, and I sensed that a song
structure might emerge from these very evocative seeds. Emergence is a popular
word these days, but it does almost perfectly evoke the way I think musicians
and songwriters “allow” what lies latent in a basic musical kernel to grow into
something only hinted at in the humble beginnings. Of course, without the vague
and fuzzy humble beginnings there would be no final song, so writers and
musicians often are quoted as saying they feel only partially responsible for
the creation of the plants they’ve grown and nurtured.

I eventually wrote back to Brian, after living with some of his music for
almost a year, and said I got a sort of folk-electronic-gospel feeling from his
tracks, and suggested that my lyrics and melodies might reflect that, and did
that direction seem OK?

I attacked the first one, which I think was called And Suddenly on Brian’s
track list. I’d just finished reading Dave Eggers book “What is the What?”, about Valentine and his hallucinatory and
horrific journey as a very young man that took him from his destroyed village
in Darfur to Atlanta Georgia and beyond. Valentine’s
story was harrowing but also beautiful, uplifting (in a non corny way) and at
times even funny. I think I might have still been under the influence of his
story when I sat down in front of my microphone.

The result became “One Fine Day”. I sang a few harmonies in the choruses to
make it sound better and send it off to Brian. We were both thrilled- here was
the gospel-folk-electronic aspect I at least had heard hints of had come to
life- articulated. The words had some Biblical allusions, but nothing too
overt. We agreed to continue, for now.

In the coming months I did an event at Town Hall about bicycles and invited the
Young at Heart choir to participate singing the Queen song “Bicycle Race”- as
an encore we did “One Fine Day”, which had an added resonance when performed by
a choir whose average age is around 80.

 
I wrote and recorded some more- My Big Nurse and Life Is Long may have been the
next couple I finished writing. It soon became apparent that we were not only
happy with the results but we had found our road, and would go down it further.
We agreed on a fairly clear division of labor- music Brian, vocals and lyrics
Byrne.

These harmonic foundations of some of these songs are often like those of
traditional folk songs, country songs or gospel before some of those styles got
harmonically sophisticated. Brian’s chord structures were like nothing I would
have chosen by myself, so I was pushed in a new direction, challenged. This, of
course, was good- as the challenge wasn’t so much technical as emotional- a
challenge to write simple but not corny, basic but heartfelt. The results, in
many cases, were uplifting, hopeful and positive- even though there were lyrics
about cars exploding, war and similarly dark scenarios.

These songs have elements of work we’ve both done previously, no surprise
there, but maybe something new has emerged as well. The tone and uplifting
emotional feeling of a lot of the stuff- where does that come from? In these
“troubled times” especially? The Bush era was not a particularly hopeful time
for many of us, so where did all this exhuberance and hope come from? Some of
it, some of the lyrics and melodies, as I hinted at earlier, were an emergent
quality of the music- so my writing was a response to what I sensed lay buried
in the music. My work was to sing and speak what was originally non verbal. In
the end we have made something that neither of us could have made ourselves.

 
DB
Hells’ Kitchen NYC July 08

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Monday 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 RAVE HD: Beautiful Noise: North
Mississippi Allstars

 

9:00 AM Syndicated: Live with Regis and Kelly: Akon

 

11:00 AM ABC: The View: Katy Perry

 

11:00 AM RAVE HD: Other Voices: Sinéad O’Connor , The Answer
, Juno Falls , Seasick Steve

 

2:00 PM FUSE: Steven’s Untitled Rock Show: Linkin Park ,
Dropkick Murphys

 

2:00 PM MOJO: London
Live!: Tapes ‘N Tapes , Lemar , Wolfmother , Albert Hammond, Jr.

 

2:30 PM MOJO: London
Live!: Scouting For Girls , Orson , Roisin Murphy , The Go! Team , Calvin
Harris , Manic Street Preachers

 

3:45 PM Sundance: Djangomania! w/Django Reinhardt , Quintet
of the Hot Club of France

 

4:00 PM Comedy Central: MAD TV: Insane Clown Posse , Master
P

 

4:05 PM FLIX: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

 

9:00 PM FUEL:  The
Daily Habit: Perry Farrell

 

9:00 PM RAVE HD: From The Basement: Beck , Jamie Lidell ,
Jarvis Cocker

 

9:00 PM VH1C: True Stories (1986) w/David Byrne

 

10:30 PM FMC: The Rose (1979)

 

10:30 PM Sundance: The True History of the Traveling
Wilburys

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: We Are
Scientists

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Gnarls Barkley

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Minus The Bear

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: The Ting Tings

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Shiny Toy Guns

 

1:35 AM Starz Cinema: Velvet Goldmine