Monthly Archives: October 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Lost Lips DVD Extras

 

 

The Flaming Lips are
known for giving the people more than they expect—but alas, not all we want.

By Randy Harward

 

You’ve already read about (or watched Wayne Coyne’s video explaining–it’s below) the exciting, completely expected,
mega-deluxe edition of the Flaming Lips’ Christmas
on Mars
DVD that comes out on 11/11. You may even be justifying the expense
to your wife or mother. Or just rolling up the sleeve for another plasma
donation. Anything to get your hands on a movie, T-shirt, popcorn box “with
real Flaming Lips popcorn,” fake (replica) tickets, Lips trading cards, “Eat
Your Own Spaceship” bumper sticker and—maybe, just maybe—one of ten golden
tickets that will land you in the audience at the Lips’ New Years’ Eve show in
Oklahoma. So is the Blurt staff.

 

 

Well, what would you do if the mega-deluxe edition contained more and better
stuff? What if everything discussed in the initial meetings actually made it to
the final product? What would you do then? Knowing ourselves as we do, we
shudder to think of the drastic, desperate actions we’d take to procure the
items on this list, anonymously provided to Blurt in the wee hours of today.

 

         A lock of Drozd’s hair

         A lock of Santa’s back hair

         Fred Armisen voicemail greetings, including “Cosmic
reality is a motherfucker!”

         Wax lips painted black with flames a la Big Daddy Roth,
then dipped in mescaline

         Five golden things

         Miniature jar of mint petroleum jelly with a portion of
the skinned baby lamb from Eraserhead.

         Rolling papers made from band members’ sloughed off skin
cells

         Some of what they’re smoking

         1/8-ounce vial of Wayne Coyne’s cerebrospinal fluid on
Boondoggle lanyard made by Jesus (or Jeebus)

         X-ray Spex (real)

         Download code for new Hinder album

         Make-your-own-swirly-colored-vinyl kit

         Michael Ivins Chia Pet

         Flaming Lips fleece throw and hot cocoa mug and lost
John Grisham novel from his “caffeine days.”

         Clips from assorted Flaming Lips TV appearances,
including Dr. Phil, The View, Oprah, Crossing Over with
John Edward
, Scare Tactics, Family Feud, and Band vs. Wild

 

Alas, we’ll never lay our greedy
little hands on such treasures. Unless, Blurt readers, you’d entertain a scavenger hunt? If anyone can provide all of the
things on the list, you’ll be rewarded handsomely.

 

 

Haynes Xmas Jam Announced Today @ 5pm

 

20th anniversary
edition to stretch across two star-packed nights.

 

By Fred Mills

 

This afternoon at  5pm
EST the announcement for this year’s Warren Haynes Christmas Jam will arrive
via the event’s official website and over the airwaves at selected radio
stations. Details including the roster of performers and ticketing information –
the official public on-sale for tickets is always preceded by a pre-sale for
fans who register at the site – will be disclosed for the 2008 Jam, which takes
place on December 12 & 13 at the Civic Center in Asheville, NC.

 

The 2008 installment will mark the 20th anniversary
of the Jam, hence the expansion of the event to two evenings instead of the
one. As has been the custom in recent years there will be an invitation-only
pre-jam Jam on Dec. 11 at the 900+ capacity Orange Peel venue in Asheville. Each year
brings new surprises in the artist lineup as well as the possibility of a
mini-Bonnaroo springing up around the numerous collaboration possibilities –
that’s why they call it a “jam.”

 

Proceeds from each year’s Warren Haynes Christmas Jam go to
benefit Habit For Humanity.

 

Be watching the BLURT site at 5pm for details of the Jam, or
go to the website listed above. You can also tune into WNCW-FM (located in Spindale, NC, near Asheville) at 5pm to hear
an interview the station conducted with Haynes earlier this week in which he
sketches out the information. Locally it’s 88.7 on the FM dial, and online at
WNCW.org.

 

 

HANK III is Number Two

 

 

 

Damn Right Rebel Proud debuts
at #2 on
Billboard country and #18 on
Top 200. Hail Satan!

By Randy Harward

 

There’s something special about the news that Hank III hittin’ number two on the Billboard country
chart
and #18 on the publication’s
Top 200 with album number four, Damn
Right Rebel Proud
. This is a guy whose on-bus inner sanctum contains a
mason jar half-full of weed—which he gladly shared with Blurt while speaking of his distaste for cops, a trade paperback
copy of The Satanic Bible, rusty
dumbbells and scores of heavy metal CDs in stacks and scattered on the floor. And
he says in the album’s EPK (see it below) that “One song’s written and
dedicated for the outlaw scumfuck G.G. Allin…”

 

If he’s bubbling
under country fluff like current #1 shitkicker Kenny Chesney, and beats out
other vanilla-scented twangers like Carrie Underwood (#7), Sugarland (#3),
Faith Hill (#10), Taylor Swift (#6) and erstwhile Hootie, Darius Rucker
(#5—that’s right, vanilla), that’s
one big billboard sayin’ we may one day take country back from the poseurs.
Damn right, rebel proud!

 

Go get ‘em, III. Punch ‘em in the taint!

 

p.s. Don’t forget to go to www.reinstatehank.org and join
III’s fight to get his grandfather, Hank Sr., reinstated to the Grand Ole’
Opry. Stay tuned for tour dates in 2009.

 

 

Damn Right Rebel Proud
EPK:

 

 

Lucero’s Nichols Takes A Solo

 

 

The Last Pale Light in
the West mini-LP due Jan. 20, Lucero’s Universal debut scheduled for summer.

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Lucero vocalist-guitarist Ben Nichols will release his solo
debut, a mini-LP called The Last Pale
Light in the West
, on Jan. 20 on the Liberty & Lament/The Rebel Group
label. The news came simultaneously with the announcement that Lucero has
signed to Universal Records, with a studio album scheduled for summer 2009.

 

The Last Pale Light in
the West
was recorded in August with Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero) and
Todd Beane (Glossary), and features seven songs inspired by author Cormac
McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian. The
record “displays Nichols’ signature gravelly voice accompanied by his acoustic
guitar and complimented by Steff’s perfectly placed piano and accordion parts,
as well as Beane’s subtle pedal steel guitar.” Nichols’ has been performing
tracks from the album, along with Lucero favorites, on the Revival Tour with Chuck
Ragan (Hot Water Music) and Tim Barry (AVAIL), as well as Tom Gabel (Against
Me!).

 

More Nichols news, from the press release:

 

…2008 has been a busy
year for Nichols, which has found him exploring and pursuing different artistic
endeavors.  He started it out by
contributing vocals to The Hold Steady’s most recent album,
Stay Positive, and was featured on the first single,
“Sequestered in Memphis” as well as the tracks “Constructive Summer” and
“Magazines.”  Nichols starred in a
leading role for MTV New Media’s upcoming and groundbreaking, online
serial-music drama,
$5 Cover.  Created by filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle
& Flow, Black Snake Moan), the series is dedicated to the historic music
scene of Memphis, Tennessee—Nichols’ current hometown—and the lives of young
modern-day artists working to put their twist on the storied musical landscape
created by legendary musicians before them.

 

“Nichols also did a
song for
All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash where he contributed his take on “Delia’s Gone” to the compilation CD
(out now on Anchorless Records).  All
profits from sales go to the Syrentha Savio Endowment (SSE), a non-profit
organization that provides financial assistance to underprivileged women who
cannot afford the expense of fighting breast cancer.”

 

Tour dates are below.

 

Ben Nichols “New Song” video:

 

 

 

Ben Nichols tour dates:

 

Ben Nichols (Acoustic) Tour Dates

Date City, ST Venue Show Info

10/29/08

Nevada City, NV

Cooper’s Ale Works

235 Commercial Street

Nevada, City, NV

530-265-0116

 

Doors: TBA

Tickets: TBA

 

 

Other Acts:

 

10/30/08

San Francisco, CA

Slim’s

333 Eleventh Street

San Francisco, CA

 

Doors: 7:30 PM

Tickets: $14.00

+ $1.00 Facility Fee

All Ages

 

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

10/31/08

Pomona, CA

The Glass House

200 West 2nd Street

Pomona, CA 91766

909-469-5800

Tickets: $12.00 (Adv) / $15.00 (Day of Show)

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/1/08

Hollywood, CA

Knitting Factory -Alterknit Lounge

7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Doors: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00

All Age

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/2/08

San Diego, CA

The Casbah

2501 Kettner Blvd.

San Diego, CA

619-232-4355

Doors: 8:30 PM

Tickets: $16.00

Ages: 21+

 

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/03/08

Las Vegas, NV

Beauty Bar

517 Fremont St

Las Vegas, NV

 

Doors: 9:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00

Ages: 21+

Other Acts:

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/05/08

Tempe, AZ

The Clubhouse

1320 E. Broadway Rd.

Tempe, AZ 85282

480-968-3238

Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $13.00

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/06/08

Albuquerque, NM

Launchpad

618 Central Ave. SW

Albuquerque, NM

505-764-8887

Doors: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/07/08

Lubbock, TX

The Foundation

1718 Avenue E

Lubbock, TX 79412

Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00

Ages: 18+

Other Acts:

Tom Gabel

Tim Barry

 

11/08/08

Dallas, TX

Prophet Bar

3202 Elm St

Dallas, TX 75226

214-742-3667

Doors: 7:00 PM

All Ages

Other Acts:

11/09/08

Austin, TX

Waterloo Park

12th and River Street

Austin, TX 78704

Tickets: $30.00 (Adv) / $50.00 (Day of Show)

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/10/08

Houston, TX

Walter’s on Washington

4215 Washington Avenue

Houston, TX, 77007

Doors: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $12.00 (Adv) / $14.00 (Day of Show)

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/12/08

New Orleans, LA

House of Blues

225 Decatur

Little Rock, AR 72202

Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $12.00 (Adv) / $10.50 (Day of Show)

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tom Gabel

11/13/08

Little Rock, AR

Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom

1300 South Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72202

Tickets: $15.00

Ages 18+

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/14/08

Memphis, TN

The Hi-Tone

1913 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104

Tickets: $12.00 (Adv) / $15.00 (Day of Show)

Ages 18+

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/15/08

Birmingham, AL

Work Play Theater

500 23rd Street South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Tickets: $12.50

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

 

 

 

For the most current tour dates, check out
www.luceromusic.com or www.myspace.com/lucero.

Joe the Plumber, Country Star?

 

Joe the Plumber is ready to rock with Aaron Tippin. And why not invite Jeff Guckert-Gannon to the party?

By Randy Harward

 

We know that a country star has to have three names, but
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher? Sure, Joe the Plumber, as Wurzelbacher is known,
has that Larry the Cable Guy ring, but this blue collar fraud/fame-grabbing
douchebag now thinks he has what it takes to be a shitkickin’ country star.
Just like Aaron Tippin, the ostensibly straight-proclaiming, gay-appearing
“patriotic” country star and part of the braintrust, along with booker-manager
Bobby Roberts and publicity firm The Press Office, that signed Joe the Plumber to a deal that may include a contract with a
major record label.

 

 

Can you believe this shit? Check out what The Press Office
told Politico.com about JTP’s musical
credentials:

 

Among the
requests: a possible record deal with a major label, personal appearances
and corporate sponsorships. A longtime country music fan, Wurzelbacher can sing
and “knocks around on guitar” but is not an accomplished musician or
songwriter, according to The Press Office’s Jim Della Croce. “He’s a
complicated guy with a very dynamic personality,” Della Croce told
Politico. “He can sing and obviously has a strong
political point of view.”

 

Well, maybe it’s not so surprising. Joe the Plumber doesn’t have a license
to plumb, and probably only sings in the shower. Sarah Palin didn’t have a
passport until 2006, but wants to be Assistant to the Regional Manager of the
United States of America. The Bush Administration let a gay rent boy join the White House Press Corps. To say nothing
of the fact that our current president is an all-around dingleberry who lucked
into the family business and stole the highest elected office out from under
our noses.

 

You know what? Joe the Plumber looks a lot like that rent boy, Jeff Guckert (or Jeff Gannon, whatever). And check out Tippin’s ‘stache and come-hither leer. Maybe there’s something there, and we can expect a series of DVDs (License to Plumb, Knockaround Guys: The Reaming, Working Class Ass, NASCAR Nights/Fire Island Days) to hit adult bookstores–in the super-secret hypocrites-only room.

 

Warren Haynes ’08 Xmas Jam Details!

 

 

Stars slated to play
2-night bash include Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, Derek Trucks Band, Steve
Earle, Johnny Winter, Travis Tritt &Marty Stuart, Joan Osborne… plus a Comedy Jam! Ticket
pre-sale set for Nov. 5.      .

 

By Fred Mills; photos by Allie Goolrick

 

As promised in this space earlier today, we’ve got the
details on the 2008 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam which takes place on December
12 & 13 at the Civic Center in Asheville,
NC.

 

Just announced at the official Christmas Jam website and
over the airwaves via selected radio stations with which Haynes conducted
interviews earlier this week (such as THIS ONE) is the all-star lineup for what
marks the 20th anniversary of the Jam. Among the big names this year:
the Allman Brothers Band, Steve Earle, Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart, Michael
Franti, the Del McCoury Band, Johnny Winter, JJ Grey (sans Mofro), Joan Osborne, Ruthi Foster,   – and of course Haynes himself, multitasking,
as always, as host, ringmaster and featured performer (both solo and with the
Allmans).

 

See below for the full roster – and note that, typically,
there are always last-minute additions to the bill.

 

Tickets officially go on sale on  Saturday, Nov. 15 via Ticketmaster and the Asheville Civic Center
box office. There will also be an exclusive ticket pre-sale starting  Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. for folks who register at
the Christmas Jam Ticketing site. Tickets will be available as single day, two
day and VIP packages.

 

As always, proceeds from the Jam will go to benefit Habitat
For Humanity
, Haynes’ charity of choice. In Asheville there’s even a Warren Haynes Boulevard located on the
west side of the city; it leads to a beautiful country enclave of Habitat-built
houses. To date the Jam has raised over $650,000. (Haynes is a native of Asheville and still has
plenty of family and friends there.)

 

The Jam has been expanded to two nights partly because it’s
the event’s 20th anniversary, but even as far back as 2006 there had
been discussions of broadening its scope because it never fails to sell out –
more than 7,000 fans attend each year, coming from all corners of the country
and even from overseas – and the reasoning went along the lines of, “why not do
it for more than just one evening and thereby allow more folks to attend while
raising even more money for Habitat?”

 

In a conversation I had with Haynes last year he mentioned
that they had even talked about possibly doing a related event in New York to mark the 20th anniversary, but ultimately the feeling was that it’s important to retain a
local, Asheville-focused flavor. The 2007 Jam did offer up a wealth of
ancillary Jam-related activities, among them an art show and some informal
afternoon mini-Jams held at local watering holes. Also, it’s been the custom in
recent years for there to be what’s called the “pre-jam Jam” held the night
before the Jam proper. Local venue the Orange Peel (voted earlier this year by Rolling Stone as one of America’s top
five clubs) has a 900+ capacity and has proved a reliable host for the pre-jam,
which is an invite-only event; regional radio station WNCW-FM broadcasts the
pre-jam live, and it’s also an opportunity for additional funds to be raised
for Habitat via raffles of autographed guitars and solicitations of donations
from listeners.

 

This year’s pre-jam Jam will take place at the Orange Peel
on Thursday, Oct. 11.

 

Also, according to the organizers, “Building
on the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural Christmas Jam By Day, we will not only return with daytime
concerts featuring many of the performers mentioned above as well as some of
the best and hottest new bands in the country, an art show, and movie
screenings, we will have the first Christmas Jam Comedy Show which will feature
none other than Lewis Black.”

 

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Over the years Haynes has received enough local accolades to
qualify him as Asheville’s
singular most famous citizen – even better known that author Thomas Wolfe. I
moved to Asheville
myself in 2002 and have attended five Jams to date and watched him receive the
key to the city from the Mayor, have the day of the Jam proclaimed “Official
Warren Haynes Day” and many more kudos. It’s unusual for a world-famous
musician to retain such close ties with his hometown, but it’s clear that he’s
never forgotten this beautiful mountain city even though he had to move away in
the ‘80s in order to get his career firmly in gear.

 

He started the Jam in 1988 at a now-defunct club called 45 Cherry.
Back then it was just a low-key gathering of friends and fellow local
musicians, but it quickly earned a reputation as a must-attend event. As it
expanded in size and scope it moved first to an also-defunct, but fondly
remembered, club called Be Here Now, then to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (cap.:
around 2500), before winding up at its permanent home, the Civic Center.
Compared to pretty much every modern-day arena, the Civic Center
is small, and Haynes also told me once that they’d considered relocating the
Jam to a nearby city with a larger, more up-to-date facility. But again, his
organization felt it was important to keep things local.

Why is the Jam musically significant? Aside from it being
for a damn good cause, and the fact that return-attendees help give it almost a
gather-round-the-communal-fire vibe where old friends are able to reunite year
after year, the selection of artists is always an eclectic one, and the
potential for mind-bending onstage collaborations is always high. From Haynes sitting
in with most of the acts (last year saw him and Peter Frampton, no less, in an
incendiary guitar duel) and an ad-hoc supergroup one year featuring Marty
Stuart and members of Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule, to a similar set that
same year with Jorma Kaukonen serving as a bandleader and serving some of the
most cortex-tickling psychedelia since his Jefferson Airplane days, there’s
never a dull moment and always a slew
of surprises. Going to one of the Jams is like attending a mini-Bonnaroo, minus
the bugs, rainshowers and heatstroke that comes with sitting out in a field in Tennessee in the middle
of the summer.

Too, Haynes has consistently demonstrated an uncommon
intuition in picking up-and-coming acts to play at the Jam who go on to become
major artists in their own right. A few years ago a young singer-songwriter
going by the name of Ray LaMontagne came out and won over a Civic Center crowd
with a brief-but-memorable 4-song set; last year Grace Potter and the
Nocturnals brought the house down on successive evenings at both the pre-Jam
and the Jam; and also last year, attendees were introduced to a band from
Athens called Dead Confederate who at the time were just readying their debut
EP and have since released a critically-acclaimed full-length.

But if you’ve read this far, you’re already knowledgeable
about Haynes and don’t need me to tell you how special the music is. Plus, you
can get a pretty in-depth overview of the Jam as it’s evolved over the years at
the official site. Here’s some links to first-hand reports from past Jams from
when BLURT was a little ol’ rock mag called Harp.
Watch the BLURT site for upcoming coverage of the 2008 Christmas Jam both pre-
and post-event.

 

And don’t forget to order your tickets early – last year
they sold out fast. It’s for a good cause. Or did I mention that already?

 

16th Annual Jam (2004):

www.harpmagazine.com/reviews/concert_reviews/detail.cfm?article=10317

 

 

17th Annual Jam (2005): www.harpmagazine.com/reviews/concert_reviews/detail.cfm?article=10350

 

18th Annual Jam (2006):

www.harpmagazine.com/reviews/concert_reviews/detail.cfm?article=10395

 

19th Annual Jam (2007):

www.harpmagazine.com/reviews/concert_reviews/detail.cfm?article=10486

 

2007 Pre-Jam Jam:

www.harpmagazine.com/reviews/concert_reviews/detail.cfm?article=10485

 

 

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2008 WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS JAM LINEUP:

 

 

Allman Brothers Band
Del McCoury Band
Derek Trucks Band
Steve Earle
Ruthie Foster
Michael Franti Acoustic Featuring Jay Bowman
Gov’t Mule
JJ Grey
Col. Bruce Hampton
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Robert Kearns
Kevn Kinney
Eric Krasno
Joan Osborne
Mickey Raphael
Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart
Johnny Winter
+ Additional Performers, And Each Days Schedule, To Be
Announced Shortly

 

 

 

 

Sonic Reducer

 

Sonic Reducer: The Fertile Crescent of the 90s.


Sonic Reducer returns to the fertile crescent of the late 80s – early 00s, probing for sonic caviar. Again, the disclaimer: I had a small thing to do w/the Whirlees record and did some work about 100 years ago with with The Oblivion Seekers. What can I say? Good is good.

Morning 40 FederationTrick Nasty (2002, self-released): if there’s a better drunk-funk band anywhere in the world, I want to know about it. These New Orleans gutter snipes drag R&B, funk, blues and Crescent City music hall booze-alongs into the garage, dose them with near-fatal amounts of liquor, and let them stumble back into the streets. A 365 day a year drunk-punk rent party, the 40s really do put most other garage bands out to pasture with the utter purity of their trash. Their almost militant indifference to the norms of society (work, food, clothes, other people) pretty much puts them on their own little island in the Mississippi River: the island of revels, where everyone is smashed before noon, of willful irresponsibility; a humid Saturnalia, forever showered with cheap whiskey and beer.

Sugar PlantAfter After Hours (1997, World Domination): a perfectly titled release. Dreamy nocturnal ambient pop from a Japanese duo to while away the hours before dawn to. They occasionally break through the placid surface with waves of humming electric guitars and effects, and finish strong with a rumbling, feedback heavy “Brazil.” This World Domination was Dave Allen’s (from Gang of Four, Shriekback, etc.) label in the late 90s and early 00s-I don’t believe they are affiliated with the current World Domination Records. 

The Whirlees, self-titled (1993, Schizophonic): I’m paraphrasing here, but a reviewer once described the only full release by the Salem, OR combo thusly: “If The Whirlees were a car, they would be a ’73 ‘Cuda with a Hemi dropped under the hood and humongous side-pipes.” This is true-in a paraphrased sense, of course. Thick, rumbling gobs of mid-tempo hard rock cruise through the CD like Dazed & Confused teenage traffic driving in circles on a Friday night. That’s hard rock; not metal, not glam, not punk. Remove the blues from the first three ZZ Top records and fill the gap with stacks of Marshall Amps, wah-wah pedals and fuzz boxes; place under the hood of an El Camino, drop a Quaalude and add Rainier Ale; presto! The Whirlees. They buzz and lumber, they growl and howl, they occasionally pick up speed to approach take-off, they toss in a bit of “Train Kept a Rolling.” They make Salem proud.

The Oblivion Seekers, self-titled (1992, T/K-Tim/Kerr): The Oblivion Seekers are Mark Sten and whoever he says is an Oblivion Seeker. This debut CD is the first in a long line of thoroughly fine records, a criminally underrated body of work that is (as far as I know) still on-going. Most Oblivion Seekers CDs morph back and forth between twin poles of  snarly, electrified rockabilly and super-charged rock & roll and more pensive, even tender material – ballads, mid-tempo numbers and the like. The first record offers that but also something different: a collection of attitude-heavy, gospel influenced material, split into collections of “Saved” and “Damned.” Covers of the Carter Family, Mack Self and others sit next to Sten originals. The sound is trebly and jacked-up, with odd separations in the mix, and a hot/cold feel; it sounds both dry and drenched at the same time. Duality at work: “Roadhouse” is vintage rockabilly, while “Fine, Fine, Fine” sounds like it was mixed by David Lynch. 1993’s Spirit of America is every bit as good or better, a 20 song-cycle opus that goes gold from A to Z.

Steve Fisk448 Deathless Days (1987, SST): for the sake of being conveniently reductive, Steve Fisk has at least three musical personas; band member (Pell Mell, Pigeonhed, etc.), the crafty producer of bands like Mudhoney, Nirvana, Beat Happening, Geraldine Fibbers and many more, and the sonically schizo auteur of solo records like 448 Deathless Days. Loaded with samples and tape manipulations, shifting syncopations and backwards beats and a dark, somewhat foreboding vibe, 448 Deathless Days is the sound of someone cutting up in the studio, indulging his darkly surreal whims. Unfettered indulgence can, of course, be a colossal wank; thankfully, Fisk has a well balanced sense of the weird, knows his way around the musty back-rooms of his gear and can make a racket and be tuneful simultaneously. Members of Screaming Trees and other pals from Seattle and Ellensburg keep it coming.


Steven Jesse BernsteinPrison (1992, Sub Pop): Steve Fisk also had the unprecedented task of finishing the music and production on Prison by Seattle’s poet-provocateur Steven Jesse Bernstein after he took his own life in 1991. With only one track completed, Fisk was left to intuit his way thru Bernstein’s thorny mob of words, a white-knuckle life story poured out with breath-taking venom, cryptic word collage, sweet humor and bared-soul vulnerability. Summing up all the multiple shards of  Bernstein’s complex persona and fucked-up life and death is pointless and impossible. He was street-wise and wise-wise and crazy and damaged/sweet and had an astounding ability to tell stories and create complex knots of images and ideas that never felt anything less than 110% genuine – there wasn’t an ounce of guile in the man. The fantastic flights of fancy in “This Clouded Heart” and “Party Balloon” never wear thin, while the brutal honesty of “Face” can be hard to take; apparently it got to be to much for him, as well. 

Life GardenPry Open My Mouth With The Red Knife Of Heaven (1992, We Never Sleep): One of several infinitely deep, mind-altering Life Garden CDs (including Seed, Caught Between The Tapestry Of Silence & Beauty and The Hungry Void),Pry Open My Mouth… is ritual, start to finish. David Oliphant, Su Ling-Oliphant, Peter Ragan and Bil Yanok were Life Garden. Their metier was acoustic instruments, largely percussion, stringed or blown into/through, manipulated electronically, but with no synths or (on this release) samples. Bells, bowls, flutes, gongs, PVC pipe and multi-tracked voices all get the digital effects treatment to create ghostly, hypnotic soundscapes that range from unsettling to profoundly peaceful. Life Garden’s mission was transformative, not entertaining; the exact opposite of emotionally neutered new age muzak, they shared a little piece of common ground with Art Ensemble of Chicago, Current 93, the tribal-industrial underground and a few top-shelf dark ambient acts. They had more in common with pre-historic cave painting and pagan, pantheistic ritual than popular music; their music seems to emanate from the very earth itself. This is the real stuff: sound as emotion, the fusing of past and present, the melting point of mind and matter in the infinite flux of the cosmos. I am, absolutely, serious.

 

Lily Allen’s “ethereal” New “Fuck You”

 

Lily Allen’s “Ethereal” new “Fuck You”

10-29-08

 

 

Lily, it’s not you,
it’s us…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

This just got slipped over the BLURT transom… honestly, we
don’t make this stuff up – “more ethereal songs” with titles like “Fuck You”?
“I’ve grown up a bit as a person” coming from a potty-mouthed lush like
Allen? You gotta be kidding us! While we’re on the subject, let’s revisit
those “Lily-as-topless-blonde” photos from awhile back:

 

 

 

 

 

Whee, she can fly, too! Okay, on to the press release on this artist of unusual diversity!

 

 

***

 On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It’s Not Me,
It’s You
, the follow-up to Lily Allen’s critically acclaimed
2007 debut, Alright, Still. Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album
finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender’s recent “In
The Studio” feature described as “part God, part country and all
middle finger.” Allen wrote and recorded the album’s 12 songs
with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on
three songs for Alright, Still – “Everything’s Just
Wonderful,” “Alfie” and “Not Big.”

     “We decided to try and make bigger sounding,
more ethereal songs, real songs,” says Lily, who will be touring
the U.S.
in the spring. “I wanted to work with one person from start to finish to
make it one body of work. I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of
integrity. I think I’ve grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects
that.”

     On It’s Not Me, It’s You, Lily’s characteristically sharp observations find expression in a variety of musical
styles, with influences ranging from the Jazz Era to country and western to
dance music. “Highlights include ‘Everyone’s at It,’ a synth-pop song
about prescription drugs that features Allen on xylophone; ‘He Wasn’t There,’
which matches emotional lyrics about her absent father to a jazz groove; and
‘Not Fair,’ a saucy country song about an inadequate lover,” said Rolling
Stone
.

    Often called the queen of MySpace – a reference to the
massive interest generated by early demos she posted on her page – Lily was hailed by NME as “the archetypal singer-songwriter for the
iPod generation” while The New York Times observed, “She
symbolizes a new blogging-age, middle-class girl: cockily ambitious,
skeptical yet enthusiastic, technically savvy, musically open, obsessed with
public expression and ready to fight back.” 

     After a release week performance on “Saturday
Night Live,” Alright, Still bowed at No. 20 on The Billboard
200
in February 2007. Certified Gold in the States, it has sold over 2.5
million copies worldwide. Allen, who was nominated for four Brit
awards, a GRAMMY® award and an MTV Video Music award, toured the U.S.
numerous times and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno,”  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “TODAY.”
A succession of collaborations with artists including Robbie Williams, Mark
Ronson, Common, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie T and the Kaiser Chiefs further enhanced
Lily’s reputation as an artist of unusual diversity.

The track listing for It’s Not Me, It’s You is as follows:

1.    Everyone’s At It
2.    The Fear
3.    It’s Not Fair
4.    22
5.    I Could Say
6.    Go Back To the Start
7.    Never Gonna Happen
8.    Fuck You
9.    Who’d’ve Known
10.    Chinese
11.    Him
12.    He Wasn’t There

 

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Wed – NY Dolls

 

 

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 ABC: Good Morning America: k.d. lang

 

8:00 AM TVONE: Tom Joyner Sky Show: Stevie Wonder

 

9:00 AM SYN: The Bonnie Hunt Show: Labelle

 

11:30 AM NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba!: Paul Williams

 

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

 

2:30 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Jamie Anderson, Darker My
Love

 

3:30 PM Smithsonian: The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice:
Wanda Jackson , Elvis Presley , Buddy Holly , Johnny Cash , Jerry Lee Lewis ,
Elvis Costello

 

5:00 PM PLD HD: SoulStage: The Roots

 

6:00 PM BET: 106 & Park: John Legend

 

7:00 PM Great American Country: Opry Live: Keith Urban ,
Marty Stuart , Carolina
Chocolate Drops

 

9:00 PM Rave HD Concerts: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
Live from Gatorville

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: Ryan Adams

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Kooks

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Whigs

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Last Shadow
Puppets

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: The New
York Dolls

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Gavin DeGraw

 

Killers To Tour…. zzzzzzzzzzz…

 

Blah-blah-blah-incendiary-blah-blah-brilliant-blah-blah-blab-blah-blab…

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

The Killers
have a spiffy new promotional photo
they are showing off. They’ve also got a new single, hey! And they’ve announced
an early 2009 tour in support of what we are being told is a “brilliant
forthcoming album, Day & Age,
due November 25th on Island. We are also being advised of the “incendiary,
exuberant performances for which the Vegas four-piece are known” and….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..
thud.

 

For those of you still awake, there’s pre-sale for these
shows beginning today at the band’s website. What’s that URL again?

 

For the rest of us, we think we’ll be washing our hair or
something in early 2009.

 

Tour Dates:

1/17/09                      
Denver, CO @ Magness Arena – Ritchie Center

1/19/09                      
Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium

1/20/09                      
Chicago, IL
@ UIC Pavilion

1/22/09                      
Ypsilanti, MI @ EMU Convocation Center

1/23/09                      
Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

1/25/09                      
New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

1/26/09                      
Boston, MA
@ Agganis Arena

1/28/09                      
Fairfax, VA @ George Mason
University Patriot

1/29/09                      
North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

1/30/09                      
Atlanta, GA
@ Atlanta Civic Center

1/31/09                      
Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House

2/2/09                        
Houston, TX
@ Verizon Wireless Theater

2/3/09                        
Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin
Center

2/4/09                        
Grand Prairie, TX
@ Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie