Monthly Archives: August 2008

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.





9:00 AM Syndicated: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Usher


11:00 AM BET Jazz: 
Manu Dibango: King Makossa


12:00 PM VH1C: Elton John: Me, Myself and I


2:00 PM MOJO: London
Live!: Scouting For Girls , Orson , Roisin Murphy , The Go! Team , Calv

Calvin Harris , Manic Street Preachers


4:00 PM RAVE HD: Later With Jools Holland: Patti Smith , The
Cribs , Kate Nash , Joe Cocker , Simply Red , Jools Holland


7:00 PM RAVE HD: Soundstage: John Hiatt with Dar Williams


7:35 PM Starz Cinema: Dancer in the Dark (2000) w/Björk


8:00 PM VH1C: Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey w/Alice Cooper ,
Bruce Dickinson , Dee Snider , Rob Zombie , Ronnie James Dio , Tony Iommi


11:00 PM CMT: 2008 CMT Music Awards


11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: Nas


11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Low vs Diamond


12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Lady Antebellum


12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: The
Boxmasters , Billy Bob Thornton


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


Photo Exclusive: Escovedo At the DNC


Turns in killer
version of “People” and gets ‘em off their asses and onto their feet.

By Fred Mills


Last night at Denver’s Pepsi Center, shortly after a speech
by Chicago congressman Rahm Emanuel and not long before Senator Hillary
Clinton’s rousing appearance at the podium, the mighty Alejandro Escovedo  came onstage with his band and ripped through
a version of “People (We’re Only Gonna Live So Long),” one of the more undeniably upbeat
numbers from his Real Animal album.


“I love the people!” Escovedo shouted on the chorus, as a
floor full of delegates stood up and clapped along.


“These are unbalanced times, and great change is
needed,” Escovedo had previously observed, in a statement about his appearance.
“To be included in this celebration of the dignity and freedom of women and
minorities is an honor.”


Boy howdy to that, Al.


[Photo Credit: Jim Saah]


Live Exclusives: Aesop Rock, Broken Social Scene


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

By Blurt Staff


More concert coverage from your friendly neighborhood BLURT
– this time, we’ve got Aesop Rock in D.C. and Broken Social Scene in Salt Lake City.





  • *Jamie Gadette was on hand in SLC on August 21 for a free show from Canadian collective Broken Social Scene – and our
    correspondent also got to hang with the band at the aftershow. “Later that evening,” writes Gadette, “Broken
    Social Scene left the venue to dance with locals at a nearby bar featuring Ted
    Dancin, an eclectic DJ night. Watching the scruffy Canadians get crunk to James
    Brown, T.Rex and Biggie Smalls was surreal, to say the least. Who says white
    men can’t jump?”
  • *The night before, Roxana Hadadi and ace
    shutterbug Adam Fried caught Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and the crew for a hip-hop
    throwdown in Washington.
    “Underground rap was out in full force – wordy lyrics, New York pride and all –
    and the packed crowd was beside itself the entire time, screaming along with
    every song like some kind of new hip-hop gospel,” advises Hadadi, who we
    suspect was down in front with the screamers.





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.



[Aesop Rock photo by Adam Fried]





USA’s Hulahan Aces Air Guitar Championship


When holding an air guitar, one cannot be holding a

By Blurt

As previously reported
in this space, Hot Lixx Hulahan (known to his ma and pa
as Craig Billmeier) was crowned the 2008 Cuervo Black US
Air Guitar earlier this month, defeating twenty-four challengers from around
the country, all vying for the opportunity to represent the United States at the
World Championships in Finland. The event brought 20 more challengers – this
time from all around the globe – including two-time defending World Champion
Ochi (Dainoji) Yosuke of Japan, as well as representatives from Russia, Australia,
the United Kingdom, and South Africa.



On Aug.
20 Hulahan bested them all. “I honestly didn’t think I had a chance,” Billmeier
said in a statement afterwards. “Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to do good, to do
everyone proud, to at least look decent on YouTube.” (See below for Hulahan
performing at the event.)



winning the Air Guitar World Championship title, Billmeier was awarded a
Finnish handmade Flying Finn electric guitar. Of his victory, he said simply, “I
certainly did not expect this.”

Dan Crame (Aka Bjorn Turoque), emcee of the Cuervo Black
US Air Guitar Championships Tour, and star of the American feature film, Air Guitar Nation, was on hand to host
the event (the first time the competition was hosted by a non-Finn). Crane said
of Hot Lixx’s compulsory round performance, “He couldn’t have nailed the song
more perfectly. Every move was precise and the audience was eating out of the
palm of his hand.” The judges concurred, giving Hot Lixx a near-perfect score. “I’ve
never seen such a near-perfect score in the final round,” Crane said. “Afterwards,
everyone came up to him and said they were happy that if it wasn’t them that
won, they were glad it was Hot Lixx. He’s just got that Air about him.”

“It’s certainly in keeping with the true heart of air
guitar, which is World Peace,” said US Air Guitar co-founder Kriston Rucker, referring
to the Air Guitar Ideology which states that if one is holding an air guitar, one
cannot, at the same time, be holding a gun. “I think it speaks to the old Air
Guitar Ideology which states that if one is holding an air guitar, one cannot,
at the same time, be holding a gun. I believe this victory validates the
organizational initiatives we put into place following our three year drought
at the world level. It also reaffirms that our talent pipeline is robust, and
will only grow stronger with the global attention that Hot Lixx is bringing to
our event.”

Since its inception, US Air Guitar has sent a
representative to compete for the World Air Guitar crown six times. This latest
win marks the third time the United
States has triumphed. ‘With this win, America has
just entered an Air Guitar dynasty,’ said USAG co-founder Cedric Devitt. The US won the world crown in its first and second
years in the world competition (2003 & 2004, respectively), but
relinquished the throne in 2005 to Michael (Destroyer) Heffels of the Netherlands,
and in 2006 and 2007 to Ochi (Dainoji) Yosuke of Japan.




Guitar World Championships Results With Scores:

1. Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier (United States) 35.5
2. Andel “John Sniffler” Soree (Netherlands) 34.8
3. Cole “Johnny Utah” Manson (Canada) 34.7
4 Francois-Xavier “Master Peace” Phan (France) 34.4
4. Ichikawa the Rock (Japan) 34.4
6. Ochi “Dainoji” Yosuke (Japan) 34.2
7. Christian “Heart Buckboard” Sweep (Denmark) 33.5
8. Clay “Clay Bangers” Connolly (Australia) 33.4
8. Daniel “Midnight Moses” Robertson (United Kingdom)
10. Simon “Turak” Edwards (United Kingdom) 32.8
11. Ramsey James “Carlos Slazenger” Williamson (Greece) 16.6
11. Maxim “Angel of Death” Andro (Finland) 16.6
13. Daniel “Fahnderstruck” Faranna (Italy)16.5
13. Terje “Lord Fist” Stephansen (Norway) 16.5
15. Aikyu “Super IQ” Kanagawa (Japan) 16.4
16. Dirk “Lord Airness” Lüdi (Switzerland) 16.3
17. Heine “Lord Wolmer” van der Walt (South Africa)
17. Alexander “Devil Seducer” Gott (Russia) 16.1
19. Oskari “Knucklefinger” Martimo (Finland) 15.4
20. Aivar Meos (Estonia) 15.1



Mavis Staples’ “Hope” Arrives Election Day


The timing is not at
all coincidental…

By Blurt Staff


Mavis Staples
Live: Hope At The Hideout
arrives Election Day, Nov. 4, on Anti-.
And if you don’t spot the significance of that timing, shame on you: Staples’
long history of work with the Civil Rights Movement should be common knowledge
at this stage (in 2007 she even won a Free
Speech award created to honor artists that have incited discussion and
worked against the status quo through their music and their actions).



In an even more timely move, with the DNC in full swing in
Denver right now and the Republicans set to rock Minneapolis next week, Staples
has just released the first track off Hope At the Hideout. Entitled “We Shall Not Be Moved,” the song is
described by the label as “a classic freedom song.  While the song, which
includes lines like ‘we’re fighting for our children / we shall not be moved,’
could be the theme song for either of the current political campaigns, Mavis
puts it squarely into context during an instrumental break-down in the middle
of the song.  In the South in the 1960s, Mavis drawls, just trying to have
a meal in a restaurant was in itself an act of civil disobedience, and when she
and her fellow marchers would be forcibly ejected by the police, they sang ‘We
Shall Not Be Moved.'”



 “We Shall Not Be Moved” is available for streaming or
download on the Anti label blog.



Incidentally, Anti- points out that Staples and Barack Obama attended the same church
in Chicago, and
Congressman John Lewis, who
figured prominently in last night’s moving tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy, wrote the liner notes to
Staples’ last record We’ll Never
Turn Back
.  Not bad connections to have.




For What It’s Worth

Eyes on the Prize

Down in Mississippi

Wade in the Water

Waiting For My Child

This Little Light

Why Am I Treated So Bad

Freedom Highway

We Shall Not Be Moved

10.  Circle
Intro (encore)

11.  Will
The Circle Be Unbroken (encore)

12.  On
My Way (encore)

13.  I’ll
Take You There (encore)




Grinderman In “Pussy” Remix Shock Horror!


Sure it’s a puerile
headline… who you think writes this stuff anyway?

By Fred Mills


Cave’s Bad Seeds offshoot
Grinderman has just gotten their track “No Pussy Blues” remixed by
five key knob-twiddlers.


According to a post at the Grinderman MySpace page, Adam
Freeland, Midfield General, T. Raumschmiere, G.e.R.M. and Electronic Periodic
have each dived into “Pussy,” with results the group’s Martyn Casey describes
as “set over a throbbing pornographic bass line, the world holds its
breath for the onslaught of the wah’s shriek of frustration and dirty water,
‘No Pussy Blues’ continues in the blues tradition and its timeless fascination
with getting laid…or not.”


Both the Freeland and G.e.R.M. remixes have been posted to
the MySpace page’s music player. (The former is particularly tasty – seriously
club bangin’ shit, like Cave and Foetus meet the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.)
No word yet how fans will get the full batch of tracks, but iTunes is a pretty
good bet.


Cave will bring the Bad Seeds over to the States in three
weeks for a string of Dig Lazarus Dig!…


9-16 San Diego, CA – 4th & B
9-17 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl *
9-20 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
9-22 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
9-23 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
9-24 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
9-26 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
9-28 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
9-29 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
10-01 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
10-02 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
10-04 New York, NY – WaMu Theater at MSG
10-05 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club


Hey, while we’re at it, how about this video of Grinderman
doing “Pussy” on TV in the UK?
They sure didn’t try to pull that off when they played the Letterman show here
in the States… pussies.



James Chance & Contortions Reunite!


More skronkin’ No Wave
than you can shake Lydia
Lunch’s tailfeather at!

By Fred Mills



James Chance has
put legendary No Wave combo the Contortions back together for a  gig in New
York this weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 30, at 6pm at
the PS1 Warm Up in Long Island
City ( Chance, Robert Aaron, Jody
Harris, Pat Place and Don Christensen will do their first NYC-area show in over a



This comes on the heels of the one-off Teenage Jesus and the
Jerks (of which Chance was a founding member) reunion at the Knitting Factory in
June. It’s set to time with the 30th Anniversary of the classic Brian
Eno-produced No New York album
documenting the NYC No Wave scene; sharp-eyed readers will recall that the LP
marked the Contortions’ first recorded appearance. The band plans to perform
all its old “hits” (term used loosely) along with new material being worked up
for a forthcoming album.



In a statement, James
Chance said that he “would like to dedicate this performance to guitarist Jerry
Agony who died on July 29th. Jerry performed with James White + Blacks and The
Contortions from 1981 – 1997.” 



Interestingly, there’s been quite a groundswell of attention
of late for the No Wave scene of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s: no less than
three books have been published in the last year, and you can read about them
at the BLURT links below.



No Wave (by Marc
Masters) and New York Noise (by Stuart Baker and Paula Court)



No Wave: Post-Punk.
Underground. New York.
(by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley)



[Original Contortions photo credit: Kate Simon]


Felice Brothers Announce Headlining Tour





Critically-lauded band to be supported on U.S. trek by A.A. Bondy, Deer tick.

By Blurt Staff


After tearing up the festival circuit this year–Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, All Points West, Langerado, The Newport Folk Festival, Mountain Jam–The Felice Brothers will embark on a 37-date headlining tour. The jaunt begins September 4 in Burlington, VT and ends November 2 in New York City. A.A. Bondy and Deer Tick will support the band–except one stop in Kentucky, where the Felice Brothers open for Old Crow Medicine Show. The tour comes just as the band is slathered in all kinds of slobbery praise from the press (you know, about that great-ass album on Team Love Records). Complete dates are below.


The band is also proud of its spanking new video for “Frankie’s Gun,” filmed live at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. Check it out.

* = w/ A.A. Bondy
# = w/ Deer Tick
% = opening for Old Crow Medicine Show

04 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
05 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
06 – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim
07 – Great Barrington, MA – Club Helsinki
11 – Albany, NY – Linda Norris Auditorium*
12 – Ithaca, NY – Castaways*
13 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s*
14 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere Bandstand*
16 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar*
18 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In*
19 – Lexington, KY – Christ the King Oktoberfest*
20 – Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub*
21 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill*
23 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room*
24 – St. Louis, MO – Billiken Club at St. Louis University (Open to the Public)*
25 – Notre Dame, IN – Legends of Notre Dame (Student’s Only)*
26 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival at the Know Theater*
27 – Rutland, OH – Reclaim Festival*
29 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s Taproom*
30 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*

02 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*
09 – Princeton, NJ – Terrace F. Club (Princeton U – Student’s Only)#
10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café#
11 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre%
13 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Café#
15 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s#
16 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theater#
17 – New Orleans, LA – Maple Leaf#
18 – Alexandria, LA – Alexandria Music Project#
22 – West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour#
23 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall#
24 – Portland, OR – Mission Theatre#
25 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey#
27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Paladium#
28 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre & Café#

02 – New York, NY – Spiegeltent#

Wire Preps Fall N.A. Tour


Due over here in early Oct. for coast to coast dates.

By Fred


In just a little over a
month from now, Britain’s
Wire will hit the North American shores for a two-week tour in support of their
latest album Object 47 (so named
because it’s the 47th title in the band’s long discography). Wire
will only be playing major markets, but what else is new for British outfits?
According to the band the record is “the second product of an arc of work began
in 2006 which has so far thrown up the rather well received EP, Read And
Burn 03
[from which no tracks appear] and stands as a confident statement of where Wire are in



Fun side note: the band
wants us to remind you of its “idiosyncratic mix of an avant-garde mindset with
classic pop timing this album boasts ‘tunes with zoom’.”


We’re not sure what “tunes
with zoom” exactly are, but hey, we’re game! Read our recent exclusive
interview with Wire HERE.


Wire Tour Dates:


10.05 – Montreal, QC
@ Le National

10.06 – Ottawa, ON
@ Barrymore’s

10.07 – Toronto, ON
@ Lee’s Place

10.08 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs

10.09 – New York, NY @ the
Fillmore at Irving

10.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny

10.11 – Washington, DC
@ 9:30 Club

10.12 – Atlanta, GA
@ Variety Playhouse

10.14 – Los Angeles, CA
@ The Echoplex

10.15 – San Francisco, CA
@ The Fillmore

10.16 – Vancouver, BC
@ The Commodore Ballroom

10.17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

10.18 – Chicago, IL
@ Metro