Monthly Archives: September 2008

Gogol Bordello Kick-off tour

 

After
returning from overseas, the band starts wandering North
America

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

In case you haven’t noticed, Gogol Bordello’s website has
been down, causing the world the wait in mystery as the Gypsy-punks concocted
their latest plan for global domination traveling.

 

After traipsing around global festival circuit and with
tour dates throughout South America, Europe and Asia this summer – including
performances at Rock-am-Ring in Germany,
Get Loaded in the Park in England,
and a performance at Fuji Rock in Japan
– Gogol Bordello returned to North America
last week.  The Gogols kicked-off this
leg of their tour in Atlanta then headed to
Austin City Limits on September 26 and will be headlining the Detour Festival
in Los Angeles on
October 4.

 

This winter, Gogol Bordello will perform six shows under
the title “The Wonderlust Kings and Queens Tour: La Familia in Full
Swing.” The tour will begin with three performances at New
York’s Webster Hall before travelling to Philadelphia for a New Year’s Eve performance
at The Electric Factory. 

 
In other news, Gogol Bordello front-man, Eugene Hutz will also be seen in
October in the Madonna-directed film, ‘Filth & Wisdom’ in which he stars in
the lead role.  According to a press release,
“Madonna and Eugene’s first collaboration was this past summer when they
performed together at Live Earth in London.
Eugene and
Sergey performed a Romanesque version of “La Isla Bonita” that
combined Gogol Bordello’s gypsy-stomper “Lela Pala Tute” with Madonna
singing in Romanes.”  WTF?  

 
In addition, GogolBordello.com will re-launch this week, giving the world a
much needed glimpse into their harlequin laced world.

 

Tour
Dates:

9.29.08                        
Rialto
Theatre                                       
Tuscon, AZ
10.1.08                        
4th and
B                                              
San Diego, CA
10.2.08                        
The Grove of
Anaheim                            Anaheim,
CA
10.3.08                        
Fremont
East                                         Las
Vegas, NV
10.4.08                        
Detour Festival / City
Hall                       
Los Angeles, CA
10.5.08                        
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival     
        San Francisco, CA
10.7.08                        
McDonald
Theatre                                 
Eugene, OR
10.8.08                        
Roseland
Theater                                  
Portland, OR
10.9.08                        
Showbox
SoDo                                     
Seattle, WA
10.10.08                       The
Commodore
Ballroom                      
Vancouver, BC
10.11.08                       The
Commodore
Ballroom                      
Vancouver, BC
10.14.08                       MacEwan
Hall                                       
Calgary, AB
10.15.08                       Edmonton
Events
Centre                        
Edmonton, AB
12.27.08                       Webster
Hall                                        
New York, NY
12.29.08                       Webster
Hall                                        
New York, NY
12.30.08                       Webster
Hall                                        
New York, NY
12.31.08                       The
Electric
Factory                              
Philadelphia, PA
1.2.09                          
9:30
Club                                             Washington
DC
1.3.09                          
9:30
Club                                             Washington
DC

 

 

Nelson to Congress: Farmers, Not Bankers

 

Open Letter to Congress Calls for $1 Billion
Investment in Farm Communities to Solve America’s Economic, Environmental,
Energy and Health Problems.

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

 

In
response to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout enacted this weekend by Congress,
the Farm Aid Board of Directors Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and
Dave Matthews sent an open letter to Congressional leaders urging them to
redirect funds to farm communities and working men and women, where they can be
better used to address our country’s economic, environment, energy and health
crises.

 

 

“The
proposed $700 bailout asks taxpayers to foot the bill without giving them the
opportunity to share in any gains that might result,” Willie Nelson said.
“On the other hand, a $1 billion investment in family farm agriculture
would enrich all of us, because we are all shareholders of the family farm. The
return on investment in the family farm includes thriving local economies,
nutritious food for better health, a safer and more secure food supply, a
cleaner environment and more renewable energy.”

 

 

Nelson
and fellow Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews
marked Farm Aid’s 23rd year last weekend with a New England-based benefit
concert that showcased the tenacity of family farmers as an example of what it
takes to solve America’s
most pressing challenges.

 

 

“Family
farmers are the bedrock of this country. They are always looking for new
answers to problems and finding creative solutions that work,” said
Nelson.

 

 

Farm
Aid led by example at its annual benefit concert by becoming the only music
festival to serve family farm food to concertgoers, artists, crews and VIPs,
demonstrating what is possible in efforts to bring more family farm food to
more people.

 

 

To
read the open letter to Congressional leaders sent by Farm Aid Board of
Directors Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, go to www.farmaid.org/lettertocongress.

 

 

 

Letters from the Road: Karl Mullen

 

Guest post this week from one of my closest pals, musician, painter, fashionista, and all-around wickedly wonderful guy, Karl Mullen: Dear Kate, Thanks for the request to be a guest blogger. This is my first …. though back in the late 70’s early 80’s as an illegal alien I played in the punk band Carsickness under the nom de guerre ‘Joe Bloggs’. But that was old schooling blogging,……. ‘banging and shouting like a kid gone wrong’ ….remember Patrik Fitzgerald? I had his record which was LP size so we used play it at 33 speed until some sober []

 

 

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 presentation of music and her ability to champion talented, compelling artists. 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Sat-Sun 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)

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27:

 

 

9:00 AM Showtime Next: Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

 

10:00 AM Biography: Bob Dylan

 

12:00 PM PLD HD: MTV Live: R.E.M.

 

12:15 PM Showtime: All We Are Saying w/Chrissie Hynde ,
Peter Gabriel , Radiohead , David Crosby , Sheryl Crow , Elton John

 

4:00 PM Encore Mystery: The Cotton Club (1984)

 

4:00 PM VH1C: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Ceremony: Class of 2008

 

6:00 PM Sundance: Live from Abbey Road: Panic at the Disco, David
Gray & Suzanne Vega

 

7:30 PM IFC: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

 

7:30 PM VH1C: Bob Dylan – No Direction Home

 

8:30 PM GREEN: Living with Ed: Jackson Browne is Green

 

9:00 PM PBS: Austin
City Limits: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: Emmylou Harris , Earl Scruggs , Doc
Watson , Ricky Skaggs , Bruce Hornsby , Bela Fleck

 

11:00 PM PLD HD: Rothbury 2008: Dave Matthews Band , John
Mayer , Widespread Panic

 

11:30 PM NBC: Saturday Night Live:  Anna Faris / Duffy

 

1:00 AM ETV: Saturday Night Live (E!): Janet Jackson

 

 

SUNDAY SEPT. 28:

 

 

8:30 AM Comedy Central: The Colbert Report: Jackson Browne

 

11:15 AM Encore Love: High Fidelity (2000)

 

11:30 AM HBOS: Once (2006)

 

1:00 PM PLD HD: BBC Electric Proms: Paul McCartney

 

4:00 PM Gospel Music Channel: Hometown Gospel: New Orleans

 

5:00 PM HBO: Flight of the Conchords: Bowie

 

6:00 PM FUSE: Green Day: Making of “Wake Me Up When
September Ends”

 

6:30 PM FUSE: Loaded: Green Day

 

8:00 PM HDNet Concert Series: Best of Michael Bolton Live
(!)

 

8:00 PM VH1: Behind The Music: New Kids on the Block: A
Behind the Music Special Event

 

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

 

10:30 PM HDNet Concert Series: Aimee Mann Live in Brooklyn

 

11:30 PM IFC: Z Rock: Dave Navarro

 

12:20 AM Encore Western: Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
(1986)

 

 

Blurt ACL-Band Of Horses Show TONIGHT

 

 

BOH, McMurtry rocking Austin for a good cause.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

As you may have heard by now, BLURT is at Austin City Limits this weekend, with our roving band of reporters making the rounds and posing the
hard-hitting questions of the day to musicians we trip over, er, encounter.
Keep your eyes peeled for the official BLURT boogie van – just look for the
lime-green day-glo paint job and the custom bong smokestack protruding from the
rear portion of the roof. But don’t forget the rules, kids: don’t bother
knockin’ if the van be a-rockin,’ if you catch our drift.

 

***

 

Meanwhile, of course, tonight in downtown Austin
BLURT will be rockin’ a whole ‘nother set of ‘tude. That’s when THE BLURT LAUNCH
PARTY, featuring Band of Horses, goes down at The Parish Room. Tickets sold out
in under two hours after tickets went on sale last week.

 

“We
thought we put together a pretty good lineup for the BLURT LAUNCH PARTY, but
this far and away exceeded even our own high expectations,” says BLURT
Editor-in-Chief and Founder Scott Crawford. “I think everyone who was lucky
enough to get a ticket will be in for a real special night.”

 

Doors
will open at 10:30 p.m. following the conclusion of the day’s music at the 2008
Austin City Limits Music Festival. Famed BLURT blogger James McMurtry and the
Heartless Bastards are slated to open with music beginning at 11 p.m. A portion
of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin
Musicians, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to
affordable healthcare for Austin’s
low-income, uninsured working musicians. For more information, please visit: http://www.healthallianceforaustinmusicians.org.

 

 

“For
those of you who weren’t able to get a ticket today, there may be a small
quantity of tickets made available the day of the show, so look for updates on
BLURT-ONLINE.COM next week and check in at the Parish Room box office a few
hours before the doors open,” says BLURT Associate Editor Andy Tennille. “We’re
also going to be giving away some tickets at BLURT-ONLINE.COM and through some
of the local radio stations in Austin,
so keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you.”

 

About HAAM

Health
Alliance for
Austin Musicians was founded in April 2005 when the Seton Family of Hospitals
and St. David’s Community Health Foundation Leadership joined forces with The
SIMS Foundation to provide medical, dental, and mental health care to the
city’s hard-working, low-income musicians. More than 1,200 musicians, most 35
and younger, have been serviced. For more information, please visit: http://www.healthallianceforaustinmusicians.org.

 

About BLURT

Brought
to you by the creative team behind the lauded HARP Magazine (called “America’s
best music magazine” by NPR’s Bob Boilen and “the best music magazine in the
country and the one that musicians always read” by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl),
BLURT’s digital magazine raises the bar for modern music and entertainment
magazines by combining insightful features, irreverent interviews, relentless
reviews, and first-class design standards while the site contains provocative
blogs, exclusive videos and countless reviews and MP3s. Visit us at http://www.BLURT-ONLINE.COM.

 

Links

http://www.healthallianceforaustinmusicians.org/

www.blurt-online.com

http://www.myspace.com/bandofhorses

http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com/

www.theparishroom.com

www.excaliburmail.com

www.christopherwilsonphoto.com

 

For more information,
contact:

 

Scott
Crawford

Editor-in-Chief,
BLURT

scrawford@blurt-online.com

 

Andy
Tennille

Associate
Editor, BLURT

atennille@blurt-online.com

 

 

Breeders & National Ba-Rock for Obama

 

‘tis the (campaign)
season for cheesy headlines

By Brian Creech

 

Remembering the woes that their home state Ohio helped bring
to America on election night, 2004, Ohio natives  the Breeders and the National have teamed up
to present “Vote Early, Rock Late,” a pre-election, pro-Obama really to
encourage Buckeye state voters to well, vote early.   The free, late rocking is set to commence
October 16th at Cincinnatti’s Fountain Square.  Buses will transport registered voters from
the concert to Hamilton
County’s election
headquarters, where they can cast an early ballot. 

 

Political-junkies will note that Hamilton
County is the home to Cincinnatti, and
was one of the most  hotly contested
counties in 2004 that pushed Ohio
over the edge and into the Bush column in 2004. 
Indie-rock minded political junkies will note that during primary
season, the Arcade Fire and Superchunk teamed up to pull a similar trick in
getting North Carolina to swing for Obama. 
And it worked.   In fact, indi-
rockers like Barack Obama so much that he’s caught flack for being so popular among those with hip music taste. 

 

Either way, the stakes are pretty high for this concert, so
high in fact, that this is the only show that the Breeders have lined up for
this year so far. 

 

The National will be Ba-Rocking a bit more often, with dates
listed below. 

 

Oh, and remember this swell t-shirt?

 

National Dates:

 

10-10 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom *
10-16 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square (“Vote Early Rock Late”) ^
10-24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Marina da Gloria (TIM Festival)
10-25 São Paolo, Brazil
– Ibirapurea Park
(TIM Festival)
10-27 Vitória, Brazil
– UFES Theatre
11-08 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

 

 

 

Pop Montreal Final Lineup Announced

 

Symposium, conference, festival and
plenty of jams.

 By Blurt Staff

 

POP Montréal’s Symposium
– starting next week – is an artist-driven music conference that
aims to empower, educate, and inspire by focusing on the relationship between
art, culture, and creativity, with the aim of “encouraging the [Montréal]
community to build movements, strategize, and create.”

 

Confirmed artists for POP Montréal are: Burt Bacharach, Ratatat, Nick Cave and The
Bad Seeds, Hot Chip, Beach House, Baby Dee, Vivan Girls, Silver Apples, Dan
Deacon, Brazilian Girls, Black Kids, Jason Collett, Sebastien Grainger, T.
Raumshmiere, Vetiver, Akron/Family,  Dr. Dog, Congorock, Irma Thomas,  The Virgins, The Dodos,
Aleks and the Drummer, The Dears, The Bug, Megasoid,  Socalled, 
Watain, Julie Doiron, These Are Powers, Japanther, Dirty on Purpose, Deathset,
AIDS Wolf,  Dark Meat & more! 

 

Non-performance events highlights will include
conversations with soul-queen Irma Thomas, a master class with experimental filmmaker
Jem Cohen, a performance by no-wave pioneer Lydia Lunch, beat-boxing with the
Persusasions, exploring African rap culture with filmmaker Femi Agbayewa, and
some good old-fashioned internet policing with the Future of Music Coaltion.

 

 Film POP, POP Montréal’s film seminar will feature international
shorts, documentaries and music films. 
According to the press release, “This year’s
films have a stronger music focus than ever before. Whether it’s Wizard rock
inspired by Harry Potter or the under-appreciated genius of Arthur Russell-FILM
POP has it covered. In addition, we will be screening a fascinating documentary
about Robert Moog and Eileen Yaghoobian’s ‘Died Young Stayed Pretty’-a radical
film about the politics and aesthetics of North American poster art.” 

 

POP Montréal also features segments for kids, a DIY festival with a market
for strictly hand-made goods, and a visual artists’ showcase.

 

 POP Montréal will
take place October 1 – 5, 2008, and more information can be found at www.popmontreal.com.

 

 

 

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Friday 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)

 

 

11:30 AM NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba!: The Ting Tings , Biz Markie
, Mark Mothersbaugh

 

12:00 PM NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba!: Hot Hot Heat , Mix Master
Mike , Mark Mothersbaugh

 

2:00 PM Biography: Travis Tritt

 

 

 

3:00 PM Biography: Brooks & Dunn

 

4:00 PM FUEL: Check 1, 2: 
MGMT

 

4:00 PM Rave HD Concerts: Oasis Live at Manchester City
Stadium

 

4:50 PM FLIX: Made in Sheffield:
Human League , Cabaret Voltaire , Heaven 17 , ABC , Pulp , Artery

 

5:30 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit:  Globe Team and One Block Radius

 

5:45 PM FLIX: Village People – Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

 

6:30 PM PLD HD: Dispatch: Zimbabwe

 

8:00 PM BET: Ain’t Nothing Like Me: An Intimate Session with
Joe

 

8:00 PM FLIX: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

 

9:00 PM Comedy Central: Chappelle’s Show: Mos Def , Kanye
West

 

9:00 PM PLD HD: Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2008: Madonna ,
Raconteurs , Usher , Nelly , OneRepublic

 

9:00 PM VH1C: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

 

10:00 PM Sundance: Saving Jazz: Irvin Mayfield , Tony
Bennett , Wynton Marsalis , Kermit Ruffins , Ellis

 

Marsalis , Irma Thomas

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: TV On The
Radio

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Jennifer
Hudson

 

11:50 PM Encore Action: Dead Presidents (1995)

 

12:00 AM Encore Mystery: Videodrome (1983)

 

12:00 AM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Pop Levi

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Justin Nozuka

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Amos Lee

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Lady
Antebellum

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Seether

 

2:00 AM SPIKE: Boyz ‘N The Hood (1991)

 

 

Breeders & National Ba-Rock for Obama

 

‘tis the (campaign)
season for cheesy headlines

By Brian Creech

 

Remembering the woes that their home state Ohio helped bring
to America on election night, 2004, Ohio natives  the Breeders and the National have teamed up
to present “Vote Early, Rock Late,” a pre-election, pro-Obama really to
encourage Buckeye state voters to well, vote early.   The free, late rocking is set to commence
October 16th at Cincinnatti’s Fountain Square.  Buses will transport registered voters from
the concert to Hamilton
County’s election
headquarters, where they can cast an early ballot. 

 

Political-junkies will note that Hamilton
County is the home to Cincinnatti, and
was one of the most  hotly contested
counties in 2004 that pushed Ohio
over the edge and into the Bush column in 2004. 
Indie-rock minded political junkies will note that during primary
season, the Arcade Fire and Superchunk teamed up to pull a similar trick in
getting North Carolina to swing for Obama. 
And it worked.   In fact, indi-
rockers like Barack Obama so much that he’s caught flack for being so popular among those with hip music taste. 

 

Either way, the stakes are pretty high for this concert, so
high in fact, that this is the only show that the Breeders have lined up for
this year so far. 

 

The National will be Ba-Rocking a bit more often, with dates
listed below. 

 

Oh, and remember this swell t-shirt?

 

National Dates:

 

10-10 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom *
10-16 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square (“Vote Early Rock Late”) ^
10-24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Marina da Gloria (TIM Festival)
10-25 São Paolo, Brazil
– Ibirapurea Park
(TIM Festival)
10-27 Vitória, Brazil
– UFES Theatre
11-08 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

 

 

 

ATP NY 2009 Tix Already On Sale

 

Now that’s what we
call a serious fucking early bird….

By Fred Mills

 

With All Tomorrow’s Parties New York not even fading from
memory
yet (it was only last weekend), the ATP organization has already
announced
ATP NY 2009 – it will be held in roughly same bat-time, same
bat-place fashion: September 4-6 at Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY.

 

Early bird tickets are already on sale now through November
1, and since this year’s event sold out, if you can plan your calendar a full
year ahead, it would be a good idea to make the plunge now. At present the
price is $225 for a three-day pass. (This despite the fact that selling tickets
a year in advance smacks vaguely of Celine Dion-in-Vegas syndrome; not that ATP
will be banking (and earning interest) on millions of bucks like La Dion, of
course.)

 

According to ATP, “The three-day festival will have
performances starting in the mid-afternoon, with around 35+ acts set to play
live across the weekend with DJ sets until late at night, comedy, movies and
more! There is dining, bars and other amenities onsite.”

 

Acts have not been announced, but as usual plan on a
musician to be named as guest curator for one of the evenings, plus more
installments of the “Don’t Look Back” recreate-classic-indie-albums series.