Monthly Archives: January 2009

David Bowie: No, No, No. (“Poppycock!")


Music legend not
appearing in long-rumored Jim Carrey “answer film” either.


By Fred Mills



With media reports recently bearing down on David Bowie
about the erstwhile glam rocker prepping a revival of his Ziggy Stardust
persona and album for this year’s Coachella as well as doing some recording in
Berlin for his long-overdue followup to 2003’s Reality – the latter info surfaced via Twitter, of all places –
Bowie has gotten his spokespersons fired up to refute any and all Bowie-related


This morning’s has Bowie categorically denying it all, citing a
message at the diva’s official website,



“The story goes
that David Bowie was in talks to perform his Ziggy Stardust album at the
festival this year, the rumour really took hold and the ‘news’ was reported
online around the globe and in the English press.

“You may have already seen the denial over at NME.COM, but I’m sure the
majority of you saw this tale for what it was anyway: poppycock!

“However, we feel duty-bound to deny this particular story here too, lest
members be fleeced of their hard-earned.

“While we’re about it, David Bowie does not have a Twitter account.”



Well, all right then! Let’s hear it for all the sensible
folks of the world who have better things to do than screwing around on



Simmons Launches Label, Disses Idolator


KISS icon also tries
to pick a fight with Idolator (or vice versa, depending on how you look at it)…


By Fred Mills



Word arrives via the trusty RSS feed that KISS
bassist and media entrepreneur Gene Simmons is now donning a new hat: label



That’s right, he’s starting up Simmons Records via a
distribution deal with Universal, and there’s a twist: he’s going to be
concentrating on bands from Canada, additionally signing up to be the keynote
speaker a the Canadian Music Week music conference being held March 11-14.


Writes Simmons at his official website, “If
you’re reading this and you’re in a Canadian band (only!!!)…and you believe
you’re the next Elvis or Beatles (don’t we all…)…go to SIMMONSRECORDS.COM and
we will tell you how YOU can submit your electronic demo. This is serious. We
are signing 3 new acts the first year. We intend on launching them from Canada and then
worldwide. Hopeful artists must also include a video with their demo, as this
is the 21st century and that stuff is important.”


Hey, any way a band can get a leg up these days is okay with us. Interested
artists can go to the Simmons site for instructions on how to submit music,
videos, etc. for his consideration.


We might add, however that most credible indies these days are releasing way
more than a paltry three records a year. Simmons might want to consider casting
his net a tad wider. It’s not like the multi-millionaire will take much of a
hit if the label loses a bundle of money, eh?


Meanwhile, as word of the Simmons enterprise began spreading, our friends at weighed in:


“Gene Simmons was scratching his head
over how to make money off recorded music in late 2007, but in 2009, he’s figured
out a plan: Embrace the idea of Canadian content wholeheartedly. No, really:
The Kiss bassist has launched Simmons Records, a label that will “make
sure that the next generation of world stars [emanates] from Canada.”
And nowhere else! (At least not yet.)

“It’s an intriguing proposition, for sure, as our neighbors to the north have
had many an artist who’s been crazy famous in his homeland but hasn’t quite
reached star status once it ventured beyond the Canadian borders. (For every
Barenaked Ladies, there are a dozen bands that play second fiddle to them on
their cruise.) How Simmons will turn bands from Canada into superstars who eclipse
the likes of Bryan Adams and Celine Dion is as yet unclear, but I’m going to
hazard a guess that lots and lots of merchandising will likely be involved.
(Hey, since clicking the “submit a demo” link at the top of the page
triggers an e-mail to one, maybe I should ask him?)”


To which Simmons himself posted a rebuttal to Idolator at his site’s blog:


Here’s an amateur who’s achieved
nothing in his life. Read it. You will see the built in bias…the arrogance of
US media.

What are YOU and I going to do about it? We’re going to shame this guy into
submission. We will send him and his ilk back to fish wrapping factory they
escaped from.

How are we going to do it? We’re going to find, develop, nurture and launch new
talent emanating from — CANADA!!!.
That’s right, Baby.

Why here? Because you actually DO have the talent. And now, you have a WAY.

ME. Send us you electronic demos.

Oh, and the asshole who posted the story? He gets no free tix, no backstage
passes, and therefore, he won’t have access to our parties and our girls. All
Naysayers can get in line. It forms over there…to my left.

Oh Ye of Little Faith.


To which Idolator replied at their blog:


Kiss bassist/serial entrepreneur Gene
Simmons got wind of yesterday’s
post about his all new Canadian-artists-only record label
, and he is not
pleased! He took to the blog of his recently relaunched Simmons Records and went off, calling
the person who penned it (a.k.a. me) “an amateur who’s achieved nothing in
his [
sic!] life” and saying that soon enough, I
and my ilk would soon be sent “back to [the] fish wrapping factory they
escaped from.” (NB: I
am writing this from
my parents’ house, so maybe he has a point.) But then, in a frenzy of whipping
up Canadian nationalism and
not linking to our
site (ahem), his threats got even worse! No access to his girls! As if I didn’t
need enough reasons to quit this business already.




Some of the replies posted at the Idolator blog are worth the price of
admission, by the way. Among the gems:


“Any time, from now on, when Gene
Simmons talks shit, just recall his sex tape, and how the hooker he was with in
it wouldn’t even kiss him…oh, and that he has sex with hookers while listening
to “I Want To Know What Love Is”.”


“I love how in his head Canada is just
hopeless until he got there. Somehow he’ll find a way to take credit for
inventing hockey and Molson, which will only add to his list of inventions
(rock music, comic books, merchandise, the Jon Bennet Ramsey murder, etc). He
can also add “not properly researching something before posting it to the
internet” to that list too.”


Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow.




A Personal Message From Superdrag


Let’s do this: New album en route + tour
dates (including SXSW) announced. A shameless plug for one of our favorite


Blurt Staff


their long-awaited new studio album Industry
en route, Knoxville’s
pop monsters Superdrag have some news they would like to share with fans. (You are a fan, right? If not, once you hear
the album, you will be. Following an unexpected reunion and touring last year, the
original members convened in studios in Nashville
and Knoxville
to record tracks. Produced by John Davis, this is the first album of new
material from the original members of Superdrag since 1998’s Head Trip In Every Key.  Fans of the band’s back catalog will almost
certainly find is was well worth waiting for.  
The songs at times bristle with an SST-era punk energy, at other times
they hearken back to the post-British Invasion and mid-60’s Folk Rock
influences of the band’s early work, at other times they’re blissed-out and
shimmering behind a wall of guitar fuzz, and at all times they sound just like


the band:





are only 50 days left until Industry Giants drops on March 17th.  That’s St. Patty’s
Day.  So mark your calendars, and don’t
forget to wear something green to the record store.  Get your copy, and grab some for your friends
and loved ones.  They’ll be glad you
did.  We have TONS of exciting news to
announce today, so without further delay, we proudly present the first round of
live dates in support of Industry Giants:




Mar 13   
        Knoxville, Tn               Barley’s
Taproom    W/ Mic Harrison & The High

Mar 14   
        Nashville, Tn               Exit/In    W/ Mic Harrison & The High Score

Mar 18-22 
     Austin, Tx                    Sxsw  (More Details Tba)

Apr 03   
         Washington, D.C.        9:30

Apr 04   
         Philadelphia, Pa    Johnny Brenda’s

Apr 09   
         New York, Ny              Bowery

Apr 10  
Ny               Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Apr 11   
Ma                  Paradise

Apr 24   
         Rock Island, Il             Daytrotter

Apr 25   
         Chicago, Il                  Metro



good news: we are offering an absolutely free, “official” sneak-peek
download from Industry Giants, the album-opener “Slow To Anger”,
right over HERE. Call or e-mail your local College station or Indie Rock show
and ask for it by name!  Industry Giants will be made available
for pre-order through Nimbit starting February 12, along with a 2nd free
download from the record!



taking a bold step into the vanguard of Social Networking…in 2004…Superdrag
is now on Facebook! So click on the link and hit us up.  We would be proud and honored to have you,
our fans, become, well, Fans. 



you’re at it, if you haven’t done so already, and you’re not too cool for
MySpace now, hit us up on our official MySpace. 
We might have been friends before, but thanks to Rupert Murdoch, now we
can make it official.



February 7th, we will be shooting the first video clip from Industry Giants with director and
animator Aaron Baker.  We’re keeping a
tight lid on this one, but we’re 99.999% sure you’ll be stoked.



of music and video, we are scheduled to tape a live performance (5 crisp,
newly-minted tracks off of Industry
!) in the luxurious live room at Lake Fever Productions ( on March
8th, to be broadcast on their newly-launched (and totally bad-ass) internet
venture,  We’ve got a fever, and the prescription is…Lake Fever.






Blurt's "Exclusive" Kelly Clarkson Pics!



Nobody in our office
wrote that headline, honest.


By Fred Mills



With the entire friggin’ planet reeling from the news that the
video for Kelly Clarkson’s hit song “My Life Would Suck With You” had been
taken down at YouTube – it was posted to the video sharing site last night but
quickly removed per the request of her record label, since plans are for it to
officially debut tonight during American
– BLURT staffers gathered ‘round the boardroom table and anxiously
debated whether this type of juicy controversy would be sufficient to write up
a, you know, snarky news item.


A few hours later we sobered up, rubbed our eyes and said,
collectively, “Naaaah….


But we do have a coupla stills from the shoot that the label
leaked to the press prior to the brou-ha-ha….




Don’t you feel better now? Somebody buy us a drink, please.


Isbell-Earle Tour Summit Shock Horror!


Two men, two bands – let’s do this.


By Blurt Staff



It’s the tour of the century –
or the spring, at least. BLURT heroes Jason Isbell are teaming up for monthlong
road trek that kicks off March 24 in Memphis and
concludes April 17 in Chicago.
Allow us to specify:



Tue Mar 24
The Hi-Tone 

Wed Mar 25
     Little Rock,
Sticky Fingerz  

Thu Mar 26
City, OK       
Wormy Dog Saloon  

Sat Mar 28
       Telluride, CO
Sheridan Opera

Mon Mar
30       Flagstaff,
Green Room 

Tue Mar 31
Club Congress  

Thu Apr 2
         Los Angeles, CA           

Fri Apr 3           
San Francisco, CA       
The Independent  

Sat Apr 4
         Sacramento, CA
           Blue Lamp 

Sun Apr 5
Doug Fir  

Mon Apr 6
        Seattle, WA
Tractor Tavern

Wed Apr
8         Salt Lake City, UT         
The State Room

Thu  Apr 9
        Aspen, CO
Belly Up  

Fri Apr
10          Vail,
The Sand Bar

Sat Apr
11         Denver, CO                   
The Bluebird

Sun Apr
12        Kansas City, MO          

Tue Apr
14        Lincoln, NE                  

Wed Apr
15       St
Paul, MN                 
The Turf Club

Thu Apr
16        Madison, WI                 
High Noon Saloon

Fri Apr
17          Chicago, IL
Double Door



This comes on the heels of
individual tours from each artist; see those itineraries following this
obligatory narrative break…




Jason Isbell & the 400
Unit’s new self-titled album will be released on February 17th on
Lightning Rod Records. Waterloo Records is offering a pre-order for autographed
CDs and double vinyl with CD insert:



Double-Vinyl w/ CD insert:




The label is also offering a
free download of the single “Seven-Mile



Meanwhile, Bloodshot Records
announces the release of Earle’s Midnight at the Movies, in stores March 3rd. Within the first song on his second album you just know you’re hearing something special, that you are party to the unknown and
exhilarating paths being charted by an artist on the creative ascendancy. If
you didn’t look at the songwriting credits, you’d swear the songs were penned
on the stoop of a one-pump filling station in Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma,
the smoke-filled song and dream factories of Tin Pan Alley, or at the back door
of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. 
Justin effortlessly taps the romanticism imbued in the beaten-soled travelogues
and mythos of Woody Guthrie, the lounging around a campfire at a work camp and
the edgy angst of a wintry Minneapolis (yeah, just try to get that
mandolin line from the cover of the “Mats ” Can’t Hardly Wait”
out of your head).



Midnight at the Movies is held firm by Justin’s astonishing vision, yet
roams o’er the vast landscape of American music without so much as a
stumble.  From the deft ear for orchestration and ambient arrangements
reminiscent of Randy Newman through, somehow, the countrypolitan cool of
Lambchop and hipster retro vibes of Palace Brothers/Silver Jews and Magnetic
Fields (simply look to the title track for proof), to the amber-smooth swing of
the Ray Price school of country (“What I Mean To You”, “Poor Fool”), to the
immediacy and disarming simplicity of country blues (“They Killed John Henry”),
Earle pulls it all off with a confidence and candor that tells the listener
that the daring exhibited on his debut album, The Good Life was not a
one shot deal and only hinted at the growth to come.



Jason Isbell Tour Dates:



Thu-Feb-12 Birmingham, AL Workplay
Sat-Feb-14 Florence,
Shoals Theater
Tue-Feb-17  Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
 Wed-Feb-18 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Fri-Feb-20 Raleigh,
Lincoln Theatre
 Sat-Feb-21 Richmond, VA  The National
 Sun-Feb-22 Harrisonburg, VA The Pub
 Tue-Feb-24 Boston, MA TT the Bears
 Thu-Feb-26 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
 Fri-Feb-27 Philadelphia, PA    World Café Live
 Sat-Feb-28  Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
 Sun-Mar-01 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
 Mon-Mar-02 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
 Wed-Mar-04 Toronto, ONT  Horseshoe Tavern
 Thu-Mar-05 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
 Fri-Mar-06 Columbus, OH The Rumba Café
 Sat-Mar-07 Cincinnati, OH Southgate House
 Sun-Mar-08 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
 Fri-Mar-13 Louisville, KY Headliner’s
 Sat-Mar-14 Nashville, TN The Mercy Lounge
Mar 18 – 22 Austin,


Sons of Roswell support 2/12 and 2/14
Benji Hughes
supports 2/17 – 2/ 22 and 3/8
Deer Tick
supports 2/24, 2/27 – 3/14



Justin Earle Tour Dates:



Sat   Feb
21      Indianapolis,
Spencer’s Stadium Tavern 

Fri    Feb 27
Lovett Auditorium 

Sat   Feb 28
The Rumba Café 

Tue  Mar   3
York, NY              
Mercury Lounge 

Wed Mar 4
VA              The

Thu  Mar 5
            Summit City  

Fri   Mar 6
St. Francis of Assisi 

Sat  Mar
7         Knoxville, TN                

Sun Mar 8
TN            JJ’s Bohemia 

Tue Mar 10
Eddie’s  Attic  

Wed Mar 11
The Basement 

Thu Mar 12
The Basement 

Fri Mar 13
        Nashville, TN
The Basement 

Sat Mar 14
Hoogland Center for the Arts  

Sun Mar 15
Rose Bowl Tavern

Fri Mar
20         Austin,
Yard Dog Gallery

Sat Mar
20        Austin,  TX                   
Red Eyed Fly


NME Award Nominations Announced




Among the artists
expecting to rack up: Oasis, Alex Turner, Radiohead, MGMT, Kings of Leon.


By Fred Mills


It may seem slightly after the fact (or beside the point),
but last night the so-called “Shockwaves NME Awards 2009” nominees were
– among them, Oasis, who received nods in 7 categories (notably, both
“Best Band” and “Worst Band”). Also receiving multiple nominations: the Arctic
Monkeys/Last Shadow Puppets’ Alex Turner, Radiohead, MGMT and – just to prove
that the British still have inscrutable taste in American bands – Kings of Leon.


The full list is below. The NME further reports that the
Godlike Genius award goes to the Cure this year. The awards ceremony will take
place Feb. 25 in London,
while the Big Gig concert will be the following night at the O2 arena featuring
the Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Crystal Castles and White Lies.


 Fans can cast ballots





 Best British
Band supported by Shockwaves

Bloc Party
The Last Shadow Puppets

Best International Band supported by 4music
Crystal Castles
The Killers
Kings Of Leon
Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist
Laura Marling
Lightspeed Champion
Pete Doherty

Best New Band supported by Bench
Late Of The Pier
Vampire Weekend
White Lies

Best Live Band supported by Red Stripe
The Killers
Kings Of Leon

Best Album supported by HMV
Bloc Party – ‘Intimacy’
Glasvegas – ‘Glasvegas’
The Killers – ‘Day & Age’
Kings Of Leon – ‘Only By The Night’
Oasis – ‘Dig Out Your Soul’

Best Track supported by NME Radio
Kings Of Leon – ‘Sex On Fire’
The Last Shadow Puppets – ‘The Age Of The Understatement’
MGMT – ‘Time To Pretend’
The Ting Tings – ‘That’s Not My Name’
Vampire Weekend – ‘A-Punk’

Best Video supported by NME TV
The Last Shadow Puppets – ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’
Late Of The Pier – ‘Heartbreak’
Oasis – ‘The Shock Of The Lightning’
Radiohead – ‘House Of Cards’
Vampire Weekend – ‘A-Punk’

Best Live Event
Isle Of Wight
Reading and Leeds
T In The Park
V Festival

Best TV Show
Gavin & Stacey
The IT Crowd
The Mighty Boosh
Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Best Film
The Dark Knight
Quantum Of Solace

Best Dancefloor Filler
Bloc Party – ‘Mercury’
Crystal Castles – ‘Courtship Dating’
Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris – ‘Dance Wiv Me’
Friendly Fires – ‘Paris’
Late Of The Pier – ‘Bathroom Gurgle’

Best DVD
Arctic Monkeys – ‘At The Apollo’
Foo Fighters – ‘Live At Wembley Stadium’
Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Live At Elland Road’
Muse – ‘HAARP’
The Rolling Stones – ‘Shine A Light’

Hero Of The Year
Alex Turner
Barack Obama
Brandon Flowers
Noel Fielding
Noel Gallagher

Villain Of The Year
Amy Winehouse
George Bush
Gordon Brown
John McCain
Pete Doherty

Best Dressed
Alex Turner
Alexa Chung
Brandon Flowers
Noel Fielding
Noel Gallagher

Worst Dressed
Amy Winehouse
Brandon Flowers
Johnny Borrell
Katy Perry
Pete Doherty

Worst Album
Britney Spears – ‘Circus’
Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’
Jonas Brothers – ‘A Little Bit Longer’
Razorlight – ‘Slipway Fires’
Scouting For Girls – ‘Scouting For Girls’

Worst Band
Fall Out Boy
Jonas Brothers
Scouting for Girls
Tokio Hotel

Sexiest Male
Carl Barat
Keith Murray
Matt Bellamy
Miles Kane
Pete Doherty

Sexiest Female
Alison Mosshart
Hayley Williams
Kate Jackson
Lykke Li
Stephanie Dosen

Best Website
Last FM

Best Venue
Brixton Academy
Manchester Apollo
London Astoria
Glasgow Barrowlands
London O2 Arena

Best Album Artwork
The Cure – ‘4:13 Dream’
Guillemots – ‘Red’
The Killers – ‘Day & Age’
Muse – ‘HAARP’
We Are Scientists – ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’

Best Band Blog
Lightspeed Champion
Little Boots
Noel Gallagher/Oasis


Springsteen Tour Set; LP Reviews Mixed


We have our doubts that the reviews
will have any bearing whatsoever on ticket sales….


By Fred


Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced a forthcoming world tour –
several European dates were instant sellouts that crashed the ticketing
systems’ computers. For U.S.
shows, most dates will be on-sale on Feb. 2, 6, or 7; a complete itinerary is
at the bottom.



Back in the
real world, Springsteen’s new album Working
on a Dream
, officially issued TODAY on Columbia (but previously available as a
stream at NPR Music), is getting decidedly mixed reviews from critics. Rolling Stone gave it the vaunted 5-star
review, with Brian Hiatt citing its “romantic sweep and swaggering musical
ambition,” and your friendly neighborhood BLURT, in a 9-out-of-10 stars review,
found Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen offered, “Like Born in the U.S.A. almost
25 years ago, Working on a Dream is an immediately accessible
collection of pop songs whose depth is belied by their simple charms.”


Meanwhile, over at indie gatekeepers Pitchfork, reviewer Stephen Deusner, in a 5.8 (out of 10) judgment,
found the Boss artistically adrift, writing, “Now that his big dream has come
true, Springsteen doesn’t seem to know what to do with himself. So he’s trying
to do everything.” And mainstream tastemaker Greg Kot, of the Chicago Tribune, stated flatly that the
album “underwhelms,” adding,  “Based on
the erratic quality of Springsteen’s latest batch of songs, waiting a few more
years [to work on the album] might’ve served him better.”





Tour Dates/City/Venue/On-sale:



1   Tampa, FL          
Super Bowl XLIII

1   San Jose, CA       
HP Pavilion at San Jose        
Feb 2

3   Glendale, CA
Feb 2

5   Austin, TX         
Frank Erwin
Feb 7

7   Tulsa, OK          
BOK Center                     
Feb 7

Apr 8 
 Houston, TX        
Feb 7

10  Denver,
CO          Pepsi
Feb 2

15  Los Angeles, CA     LA Memorial
Sports Arena        Feb 2

21  Boston, MA         
TD Banknorth
Feb 2

22  Boston, MA         
TD Banknorth
Feb 2

24  Hartford, CT       
Feb 2

26  Atlanta, GA        
Feb 2

28  Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia
   Feb 2

29  Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia
Feb 2

2   Greensboro, NC     
Feb 6

4   Hempstead, NY      
Nassau Veterans
Mem. Col.      
Feb 2

5   Charlottesville,
VA John Paul Jones
Arena           Feb 2

7   Toronto,
ONT        Air Canada
Feb 6

8   University Park, PA
Bryce Jordan
Feb 2

11  St. Paul,
MN        Xcel Energy
Feb 2

12  Chicago, IL        
United Center                  
Feb 2

14  Albany,
NY          Times Union
Feb 2

15  Hershey, PA        
Feb 2

18  Washington, DC      Verizon
Feb 2

19  Pittsburgh, PA      Mellon Arena                   
Feb 2

21  E. Rutherford, NJ   Izod
Feb 2

23  E. Rutherford, NJ   Izod
Feb 2

30  Landgraaf, Holland 
Pink Pop
March 7

2  Tampere, Finland   

4  Stockholm, Sweden  

5  Stockholm, Sweden  

7  Stockholm, Sweden  

9  Bergen, Norway     

June 10 Bergen, Norway     

2  Munich, Germany    

3  Frankfurt, Germany 
Commerzbank Arena               ON

5  Vienna, Austria    
Ernst Happel
Stadion            ON SALE NOW

8  Herning, Denmark   

July 11 Dublin, Ireland    
Jan 30

July 16 Carhaix, France    
Festival des Vielles Charrues   Jan 30

July 19 Rome, Italy        

July 21 Turino, Italy      
Olimpico di

July 23 Udine, Italy       

July 26 Bilbao, Spain      
San Mames Stadium              

July 28
Benidorm, Spain     Estadio Municipal de
Foietes    ON SALE

July 30 Sevilla, Spain     
La Cartuja Olympic Stadium     

1   Valladolid, Spain   Estadio Jose
Zorrilla           ON SALE SOON

2   Santiago, Spain     Monte
Del Gozo                 







Gomez-Phantom Planet-Maroon 5 Summit


credible band out of three (guess which one) isn’t exactly good odds, but what
the heck… By the way, maybe they should have researched that band name just a
bit more before deciding on it, considering its already-extant connotations and


By Blurt Staff


The 14 musicians who make up OPERATION ALOHA had
an amazing opportunity. With a month of free time in between tours, recording
and the general chaos of their schedules, each musician flew to the beautiful
island of Maui, Hawaii to live in a strange compound of tree houses with
friends whom they respect and share common interests with. Captivated by the
magnificence of the island, members of Maroon 5, Gomez and Phantom Planet,
among others, decided to plug in some instruments and see what happens. The end
result is a collection of songs that captures the tranquility, freedom and
spirit of Hawaii.
Their self-released and self-titled debut will be released on May 12th.

Allowing themselves to step away from their usual roles and be inspired by bohemian
living and a no-constraints approach to songwriting and recording, OPERATION
ALOHA experiments with a love of blues inspired rock and Hawaiian folk music,
to create a clever collection of songs that draws from the fantasy of escape.

From the charming swagger of “Failure” to the emotional depth of
“Phone Booth,” to the slack key coloring of “Ika Pono” and
the organic harmonies on “Elephant Pharmacy,” OPERATION ALOHA is a stunning album of naturalistic pop and a uniquely conceptual work from a
group of talented musicians.


Operation Aloha Musicians:

Dajon Everett (Gomez)
Ian Ball (Gomez)
James Valentine (Maroon 5)
Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet)
Christopher Wray-McCann (Photographer)
Charles Danek
Fil Krohnengold (All Spots To Black)
Mathew Chaney
Maureen Wray-McCann
Nadav Kahn (Kahn Brothers)
Saam Gabbay
Will Nash



Dan Deacon For Massive US Tour



full live band with him this time out.


By Blurt Staff


Dan Deacon wil be hitting the road in
support of his new album, Bromst (out March 24 on Carpark).  He has
a one-off solo show in NYC this week on Jan. 30 and then on April 3 he’ll
launch the official Bromst tour in Philly.  This tour will feature
a full live ensemble similar to the one that performed with him at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple
back in Dec. but will have different members.  Baltimore
bands Future Islands
and Teeth Mountain are set to open the entire
tour. See the itinerary, below.

About Dan Deacon’s Bromst:

The art made by Baltimore
artist Dan Deacon is about community and how to organize and inspire it. From
founding a now well-known art collective (Wham City), to organizing and running
an annually sold-out DIY music festival (Whartscape), to conceiving, planning
and curating a massive 60 person/30 band tour (Baltimore Round Robin Tour),
it’s clear to see that community and bringing people together is the major
theme of his work. Bromst is the embodiment of that way of thinking.

For the last three years Dan Deacon has been working on Bromst. Fusing
together the growing intensity of his live performances with his background in
electro-acoustic composition, the outcome is a collection of pieces that are
intense and epic and at the same time down to earth and welcoming. Bromst embodies the same energy and excitement as Spiderman of the Rings,
however the craftsmanship and composition on Bromst have a wider scope
and richer palette.

Unlike the completely electronic Spiderman of the Rings, the
instrumentation on Bromst is a mixture of acoustic instruments,
mechanical instruments, samples and electronics. The player piano, marimba,
glockenspiel, vibraphone, live drums, winds and brass give Bromst a much
richer tone than his previous work. The intricate and complex parts, skillfully
executed by the performers, are woven together into a rich, dense, noisy dance
pop that has become Dan Deacon’s signature sound.


About the Dan Deacon / Adventure split

For the past five years, Baltimore’s
Dan Deacon has been traveling around the world performing in just about any
space imaginable from alleyways, basements and abandoned buildings to institutions
like the Whitney, the Getty and the Smithsonian. Much has changed since Dan
started his travels. While his music still has the same uplifting spirit as
before, it now has a maturity. The piece “Get Older” is about
realizing that aging, growth and change should be embraced, not feared. The
music is more about a celebration than a party. The party’s not over, it’s just
not a drunken rager anymore. It is a music to celebrate with, to get excited
with. You can still trash around and dance until you’re soaked in sweat, but
it’s not a distraction or escape. It’s music written to help motivate and get
pumped in both joyous and difficult times.

Adventure’s side starts with an oldie and ends with a newbie.  The first
song “Poison Diamonds” is like an 8 bit Lego masterpiece built by a
10 year old living on another planet.  The second song, Lifeguard, is the
most recent from Baltimore’s
Adventure. The lyrics were inspired by Dan Deacon after Benny (aka Adventure)
played him the instrumental track.  It is the first Adventure song to
feature Benny’s voice, and is slower and poppier than his previous video-game
sounding work.


(all shows with full live ensemble, and with Future
Islands and Teeth Mountain
opening, except where noted)

01/30 Brooklyn, NY Danbro Studios (solo set)
04/03 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
04/05 Williamsburg, VA The Little Theater
04/06 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
04/07 Knoxville, TN Catalyst
04/08 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
04/09 Athens, GA 88/cp
04/10 Atlanta, GA Eyedrum
04/11 Tallahassee, FL FSU / Club Downunder
04/13 New Orleans, LA The Candle Factory / The Heavy
04/15 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
04/16 Houston, TX Orange Show
04/18 Ft. Worth, TX The Ft. Worth Modern Museum
04/20 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
04/21 San Diego, CA Che Cafe
04/22 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
04/23 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
04/24 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
04/25 Seattle, WA The Vera Project
04/26 Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards
04/29 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
04/30 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
05/01 Kansas City, MO Pistol S.C.
05/02 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock (2 shows, early and late)
05/04 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
05/05 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
05/06 Urbana, IL Canopy Club / Club Void
05/07 Chicago, IL The Metro
05/08 Mt. Pleasant, MI CMU / The Wesley Foundation
05/09 Detroit, MI Scrummage
05/10 Toronto, ONT The Deleon White Gallery
05/11 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
05/12 South Burlington, VT HG Showcase Lounge
05/13 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
05/15 Brooklyn, NY Danbro Studios
05/16 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
05/17 Washington, DC 9:30 Club





Telefon Tel Aviv’s Cooper Found Dead



Had been missing since
last Wednesday; his band’s new album was released last Tuesday.


By Fred Mills




Sad news in the indie world today: Charles Wesley Cooper III of Telefon
Tel Aviv, who had been missing from where he’d been staying at a residence in Chicago since around
midnight January 21, was found dead last night. An autopsy is being conducted
today to determine the cause of death and no other details have been released
as of this writing.


According to, Cooper, 31, originally from Louisiana, was staying
with a friend when he and his girlfriend got into an argument. He subsequently
left and no one had heard from him since. Reports indicate that Cooper had
threatened suicide in the past but did not do so last week.



At Telefon Tel Aviv’s MySpace blog, Cooper’s collaborator in
the duo Joshua Eustis posted the following:




Hello, Everyone.

It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in
Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd.

We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a
decade ago.  We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while
at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another’s expense.

Aside from Charlie’s singular genius and musical gifts, I can tell you that he
was a total sweetheart of a guy, and a loving friend and confidant to people
everywhere.  His musicianship was surpassed only by his greater gift to
the world – his warmth, his generosity, his unquenchable humor, and his undying
loyalty to those whom he loved.  In the spirit of honorable mention,
however, I should mention that he had a shoe collection that was marvelous,
knowledge of hip-hop that was profound, and knowledge of wine that was subtle.

He is survived by a sister, a neice, a nephew, his mother, his stepfather, me,
and more adoring friends than the Universe has dark matter.  As such, his
family and I ask for your discretion and consideration of our privacy during
these extremely turbulent waters.

Yours in Music,

Joshua Eustis



BLURT would like to extend our sincerest condolences to
Eustis and to Cooper’s family. We have a review of the band’s new album, Immolate Yourself, set to run this week
– it’s an astonishing album by any measure, a tribute to Eustis and Cooper’s composing
and performing gifts. “Few are the bands that go full bore into an ’80s sound,
apropos of nothing but their own nostalgic appreciation,” writes reviewer Robert
Ham. “One of these rare groups is Telefon Tel Aviv, a duo that mines the
surprisingly deep reserves of technopop groups like Heaven 17, Visage and OMD
to construct their own punchy electronically enhanced sound.”




[Photo Credit: Mike Greenberg]