Monthly Archives: March 2009

Brody Dalle is back with Spinnerette

 

 

This is the summer of Ghetto Love
and a new Sex Bomb summer

 

By Blurt
Staff

 

Those
that enjoyed their first taste of Spinnerette when the Ghetto Love CD was released in December will soon have more to
quench their musical thirsts.

 

 

Spinnerette’s
self-titled debut album includes 13 new songs written by Brody Dalle, his first
full-length release since The Distiller’s 2003 Coral Fang album. The new album
also includes a newly recorded version of “Sex Bomb.” An earlier version of the
song was released directly to fans on Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Watch for
the new Anthem/RED release on June 2. News about the band’s first American tour
is expected soon.

 

 

Find out
more at Spinnerette
Web Site

 

 

 

 

 

Lemonheads + Gibby Haynes = Mixtape!

 

G. G. Allin
meets Townes Van Zandt; Leonard Cohen meets Sam Gopal. The most insane
collection of covers since that Rutles tribute album…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

THE LEMONHEADS have
signed to Brooklyn, NY-based THE END
RECORDS and will be releasing their long-awaited covers collection, VARSHONS, on June 23, 2009.

It makes sense that the new album from The Lemonheads sounds like a mix tape
slipped to you by a music-obsessed friend anxious to turn you on to something
new. In fact, the idea for the band’s new covers record was inspired by Gibby Haynes, ringmaster of the Butthole Surfers, who for years has
made mixes for his longtime friend Evan Dando. “Making a good mix is an
art, and Gibby has it down,” says Dando. “I thought it would be fun
to share these songs with other people like he shared them with me. So I picked
the ‘greatest hits’ from his mixes and covered them, along with a few other
songs I always wanted to play.”  

VARSHONS was produced by Haynes and features Dando along with Vess Ruhtenburg (bass) and Devon Ashley (drums). The collection
is filled with strange bedfellows – from G.G. Allin to Texas
troubadour Townes Van Zandt and
garage rockers The Green Fuz. 
The Lemonheads make each track their own, with help from actress Liv Tyler, singing back up on Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No
Way To Say Goodbye,” and Kate Moss,
who sings over the dance groove of Arling
& Cameron’s “Dirty Robot,” which also features lead guitar
by John Perry on loan from The Only Ones.

VARSHONS unearths a pair of psychedelic treasures with “Yesterlove” –
a song recorded in 1969 by the group Sam
Gopal featuring future Motorhead
bassist Lemmy Kilmister – and
“Dandelion Seeds” from July,
record collector’s Registered Landmark Band. For “Layin’ Up With
Linda,” the band filters Allin’s
cold-blooded tale through the swaggering country-honk of The Stones’ “Dead
Flowers.”

 

 

Girl in a Coma Shakes Loose

 

 

Joan Jett’s `Girl’ polishes the sound that all started with The Smiths.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

What a difference a few years
makes.

 

It wasn’t long after sisters Nina,
Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva – collectively known as Girl In a Coma – saw the
band’s debut album Both Before I’m Gone released
in 2007 by Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records that the buzz about the San
Antonio-based indie rockers started and Morrissey himself was calling.

 

Girl in a Coma – which adapted its
name from The Smith’s song “Girlfriend in a Coma” stepped into Morrissey’s 2007
tour opening slot and gigs with The Pogues, Tegan and Sara and Social
Distortion and others followed.

 

Now comes the band’s sophomore
album Trio B.C. with songs that ramp
up the band’s signature, guitar-heavy sound (no doubt thanks to guest duties by
such heavy hitters as co-producer Jett) combined with stronger, more mature
vocals from lead singer Nina, which some find reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux.

 

 

Trio B.C. may be named after the ‘50s
tejano band the members’ grandfather fronted but the music’s all about rocking
out in modern times.

 

 

Watch for an EP Hiding
My Trail
on April 21 and the album on June 2. Tour news will follow.

 

 

Play 6 Degrees of Pearl Jam & Win!

 

Actually, you won’t
win nothin’… But have fun! Hey, did you know that Neil Young has played with Pearl Jam on several occasions, such as when they
provided the backing band for his album Mirror Ball? You did? Well, now we do
too!

 

By Fred Mills

 

At BLURT we are all about good ol’ time wasters – no you
twats, we’re not talkin’ Twitter. We mean REAL time wasters. Such as the David
Lee Roth shout-outs generator, or the David Lee Roth asteroids video game. (We
think Diamond Dave is the ultimate waste of time….)

 

Not to be outdone, Pearl Jam has gotten into the time
mismanagement game. As one gimmicky way to promote the deluxe Legacy Edition of
Ten that just hit stores this week –
you can read our in-depth analysis of the album and its legacy next week – the
band has created a 6 Degrees of Pearl Jam online game and downloadable widget.
As the title might suggest, you plug in the name of a band or a musician and it
generates a description of how that artist is related professionally to Pearl Jam.

 

Some are obvious and intuitive – Neil Young, the Who, pretty
much any band from Seattle
from the early ‘90s you’d care to mention. Others, such as Coldplay (shudder!),
Kanye West, and Whitney Houston, (WTF?) have a more convoluted line that can be
traced to the jammers. The Whitney thing takes you to Dolly Parton to Elvis to
Roy Orbison to U2 to, bingo, Bono and Pearl Jam. Who’d a thunk it?

 

Oddly, a lot of artists you’d think might have a direct
connection do not. For example, there’s no connection between Guided By Voices
and Robert Pollard and Pearl Jam – you have to enter an “influence” of Pollard’s
in order to sniff out a connection, which in this case turned out to be The
Who, and… oops, we just wasted 5 more minutes of our valuable time. We’re outta
here.

 

Check out the game at the PJ site HERE.

 

Or simply start clicking the widgety thing below….

 

 

 

 


Vid Exclusive: New Live Jason Isbell

 

Doing “Soldiers Get
Strange” from the 400 Unit’s recent album.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Okay, kids, Uncle Blurt got a treat for ya: it’s a video of
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit doing “Soldiers Get Strange” live down in
Muscle Shoals recently. The song comes from the band’s eponymous album – which
landed a 10-stars-out-of-10-stars review in this very magazine recently – and
it positively kills.

 

Exclusively at BLURT. Accept no substitutes. Go to our video
kiosk or simply click HERE to go straight to the video. Incidentally, we’ve got
a number of other Isbell video exclusives in our video archive, both
performance and interview clips recorded last year in Asheville, NC.

 

And thanks, Mr. Isbell & Co. Y’all are the good guys.

 

 

 

Metric Has A Hippie Video For YOU

 

Add a third split
screen and it would be just like Woodstock!
Paint it black, you devils!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

“We had a lot of fun making this video. We shot it at our
old stomping ground Sound Academy in Toronto
with director Frank Borin. The entire video was shot in one take, so you can
imagine the amount of preparation that went into getting it right. We decided
to film as much behind the scenes footage as possible so that we could show you
how it went down…Check it out here! – xox metriclovesyou”

 

 

That’s BLURT faves Metric – currently featured in the new
issue of our mag – talking, about their new, elaborate, split-screen video to “Gimme
Sympathy.” This alternate video shows two videos simultaneously – the official
music video on the left and behind the scenes footage of what was happening
during each part of the video shoot on the right.  It’s a unique glimpse
at what it takes to make a music video and all the hard work that creates the
final video. 

 

 

See the original version, below.

 

 

View the new one here: www.imeem.com/indiescene

 

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

 

05.04.09 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
05.05.09 – Luxor – Koln, Germany
05.06.09 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Holland
05.08.09 – Les Nuits Botaniques – Brussels, Belgium
05.09.09 – Magnet – Berlin, Germany
05.11.09 – Academy 3 – Manchester, UK
05.12.09 – Oran Mor – Glasgow, Scotland
05.13.09 – Kasbah – Coventry, UK
05.15.09 – The Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
05.16.09 – Thekla – Briston, UK
05.17.09 – Oxford Academy – Oxford, UK
05.18.09 – Electric Ballroom – London, UK
06.20.09 – EDGEFEST – Downsview Park – Toronto, Canada

 

 

 

Massive Record Store Day Goodies List!

 

Dylan,
Springsteen, Guided By Voices, Slayer, Flaming Lips, Wilco…..

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

With the 2nd Annual Record Store Day
just around the corner – it takes place nationwide on April 18 at scores of
participating indies and mom ‘n’ pops – we’re dead chuffed to see more and more
bands and labels lining up with goodies that will be available exclusively at
indie stores, on or around that day. From Akron/Family, Cold War Kids, Grizzly
Bear, Sonic Youth (twice!) and My Morning Jacket to Dylan, Springsteen, Tom
Waits, the Stooges and the MC5, the swag is in the bag for this year’s event,
and it’ll be hard to top it in 2010. I mean, what’s this about a Beastie Boys
turntable mat?!?

 

See the full list, below.

 

Meanwhile, go HERE to see the Record Store Day
website and check out the list of stores as well as sundry musical events
taking place all over – didya know that freakin’ Queensryche is doing a little
gig?

 

 

Akron/Family

“Everyone is Guilty” 7″

first single from new album; unreleased b-side

Arthur Russell

“Love Is Taking
Me” 2LP

2LP (RSD exclusive)

Bad Religion

Original EP 7″ reissue

colored vinyl; 6 tracks from 1981

Ben Harper

10″ “Shimmer and Shine”/”Spanish Red
Wine”

B-side, “Spanish Red Wine” is unreleased

Blitzen Trapper

“War is Placebo/Booksmart”

7″ – two exclusive tracks w/die cut sleeve

Bob Dylan

7″–“Dreaming of You”/”Down Along the
Cove”

tracks recorded live at Bonnaroo; packaged in clear sleeve
with 3×5 photo

Booker T

“Warped Sister/Reunion Time” 7″

7″

Brandi Carlile

7″ single “Downpour”/”A Promise To
Keep”

“Downpour” is the live track recorded in Boston

Bruce Springsteen

7″ “What Love Can Do”/”A Night With
The Jersey Devil”

packaged in clear sleeve with 3×5 photo

Camera Obscura

“French
Navy” 7″

7″ (RSD
exclusive)

Cold War Kids

Live at Fingerprints

Live at Fingerprints 5 song EP

Cursive/Ladyfinger

Split 10″ picture disc

four songs, two unreleased and two new

Dandy Warhols

Remix CD #2

 

Death Cab For Cutie

T-Shirt

exclusive design for Record Store Day

Def Jam 25: Volume 1 and 2

4 LP gatefold history of Def Jam, only physical version of
this piece is for indies

4 LP gatefold history of Def Jam, only physical version of
this piece is for indies

Depeche Mode

7″
“Wrong”/”Oh Well”

7″

Derek Trucks

Already Live EP

five previously unreleased live tracks from the 2008 tour

Dr. Dog/Floating
Action

Split 7″

7″ – exclusive

Elvis Costello

“Complicated Shadows”/”Dirty Rotten
Shame” picture disc

“Dirty Rotten Shame” is exclusive
track–previously unreleased

Elvis Perkins

“Lorraine
Lookout” 7″

two tracks, one unreleased

Flaming Lips/Black Keys

split 7″ “Borderline”/”Her Eyes Are A
Blue Million Miles”

7″ Borderline/Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

Flight of the Conchords

“Pencils In The Wind”/”Albi The”

7″ – two exclusive tracks w/die cut sleeve

Gaslight Anthem

Live from Park
Ave 10″

Live from Park Ave 10″ – 6 tracks

Grateful Dead

T-Shirt

exclusive design for Record Store Day

Grizzly Bears

Live on KCRW 7″

two tracks, “While You Wait For The
Others”/”He Hit Me”

Guided By Voices

Hold On Hope LP

Three bonus tracks

Heaven & Hell

7″ “Bible Black” / Neon Knights (Live)

Created exclusively for Record Store Day

Iron and Wine

Norfolk
6-20-05

Live 18 track CD recorded on the Woman King tour

Jane’s Addiction

7″ “Mountain Song” / “Standing in the
Shower…Thinking”

7″ Mtn. Song/Standing In The Shower- Packaged in
original replica picture sleeve

Jason Mraz

T-Shirt

exclusive design for Record Store Day

Jenny Lewis/Elvis Costello

split 7″ –“Carpet Baggers”/”Go
Away”

Never before available in the US

Jesus Lizard

9 x 7″ pack

A pack of nine
7″s

Leonard Cohen

7″ “The Future/”Suzanne”

tracks recorded live in London, packaged in clear sleeve with 3×5
photo

Loney Dear/Andrew Bird 7″

split 7″

7″ – hand-silk screened covers; tour & mail order
item

Lykkie Li/Perro Del
Mar

7″ “After Laughter (Comes Tears)” /
“At Your Best (You are Love)”

Made exclusively for Record Store Day featuring two
unreleased cover songs.

Magnolia Electric Co,

“It’s Made Me Cry” 7″

Jason Molina’s first 7″ in years

Mastodon

T-Shirt

exclusive design for Record Store Day

MC 5

7″ “Kick Out The Jams”/”Motor City Is Burning”

Packaged in the original rare picture sleeve, first time
available since 1969

Metric

“Help I’m Alive” 7″ Picture disc

“Help I’m Alive”/”Help I’m A B-Side”

Modest Mouse

7″ –“Satelite Skin”/”Guilty Cocker
Spaniels”

both tracks are brand new

My Morning Jacket – Celebración De La Ciudad Natal

Celebracion De La Ciudad Natal

CD & 2 x 10″ Vinyl – 4-14 Street, Vinyl one time
shot. Recorded LIVE in LOUISVILLE (at Ear
X-tacy, and Waterfront
Park), includes classic
tracks and selections from the band’s most recent GRAMMY nominated album EVIL
URGES. PLEASE NOTE: double 10 inch will be a limited edition, ONE TIME
pressing – We shall manufacture only what is ordered. Once it’s gone, it’s
gone folks.

New Order

7″ Ceremony/Ceremony (live)

“Temptation” / “Hurt” – Never before
available in the US
as a 7″ single.

Oasis

Falling Down Remix LP

Falling Down Remix LP

Obits

“I Can’t Lose/Military Madness” 7″

7″ – two exclusive tracks w/die cut sleeve

Paramore

T-Shirt

exclusive design for Record Store Day

Pavement

“Live in Germany 1988” LP

unreleased show from 1988

Poison The Well

Six track CD

6 track CD, taken from 2 7″ singles that the band
sells on the road, and an upcoming 7″ single that will be out later this
spring

Pretenders

“Break Up The Pavement”/Love’s…” 7″

7″ – one unrelased track, and track from new album on
red vinyl

Queen EP

Queen’s First EP

Limited Edition, Numbered CD for the first time in the US

Radiohead

10″ vinyl series (see list of titles in NOTES)

THESE ARE BEING RELEASED EARLY FOR RSD: Drill, Creep, My
Iron Lung, High & Dry, Fake Plastic Trees, Just, Street Spirit, Paranoid
Android, Karma Police, No Surprises, Pyramid Song, 2+2=5

Rivers Cuomo

Live @ Fingerprints CD and CD/DVD Combo

Live @ Fingerprints CD and CD/DVD Combo

Silversun Pickups

Pikul 12″

exclusive release ahead of their new album

Slayer

7″ single “Psychopathy Red”

packaged in special X-Files-style,
“confidential” packaging

Sonic Youth/Beck

split 7″

split 7″ (RSD exclusive)

Sonic Youth/Jay Reatard

split 7″

split 7″ (RSD exclusive)

Sublime

“Superstar Punani”/April 29, 1992″ 7”

7″ single with 2 live tracks, first time on vinyl

Taking Back Sunday

7″ “Carpathia/Catholic” (live)

7″ Carpathia/Catholic (live)

The Black Kids

Wizard of Ahhhs 10″

first time on physical format

The Color Fred

The Intervention CD EP

six acoustic tracks–four new

The Decemberists

7″ “The Rake’s Song”/”East India Lanes”

B-side, “East India Lanes” is unreleased

The Smiths

7″ “The Headmaster Ritual” /”Oscillate
Widly”

Never before available in the US as a 7″ single.

The Stooges

7″ “1969”/”Real Cool Time”

Packaged in the original rare picture sleeve

Thermals/Thao

Get Down Stay Down split 7″

split 7″ Get Down Stay Down (4 tracks unreleased)

Tift Merritt

Buckingham Solo CD

recorded live at a church; Tift solo with piano and guitar

Tom Waits

“Live from the Glitterdome” 7″

7″ – live tracks from Atlanta
& Edinburgh

Underoath

T-Shirt

exclusive design for Record Store Day

Various LITA distributed artists

7″ series with Daptone, Numero
Group and LITA artists including Sharon Jones, Rodriguez,
Serge Gainsbourg, Wheedle’s Groove

7″ series with Daptone, Numero
Group and LITA artists including Sharon Jones, Rodriguez,
Serge Gainsbourg, Wheedle’s Groove

Various artists

Records Toreism LP

tracks from Mountain Tortoise, Trans Am, White Hills,
Double Dagger

Vetiver

“Wishing Well”/”Pay No Mind” 7″

7″ – two semi-exclusive non-album tracks w/diecut
sleeve

Whiskeytown

7″ single – San Atone b/w Great Divide (unreleased
tracks)

7″ single – San Atone b/w Great Divide (unreleased
tracks)

Wilco

Ashes of American Flags DVD

DVD is released with an exclusive window of two weeks for
indie stores and mail order

Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs

It’s Blitz LP

vinyl version of forthcoming Yeah Yeah Yeahs CD

 

 

 

Mike Watt, on Bass: Tour, LP News

 

 

Insanely busy multitasker hits the road in earnest in April…
he’s not such a bad early morning photographer of pelicans and sunrises,
either.

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Mike Watt + Missingmen will be
undertaking their first extensive national tour of 2009, commencing April 17 in
Tucson, AZ and
ending May 24 in George, WA. The tour is titled “Prac’n The 3rd
Opera” as they’ll be premiering and honing the repertoire of Watt’s next
studio album “Ten And Tweny
Don’t Make Fifty
,” which they will record May 5, in Brooklyn,
in the thick of the tour. The touring line-up is Tom Watson on guitar, Raul Morales
on drums and Watt on bass and spiel.

 

 

 

    From his earliest years performing
with D. Boon and the Minutemen while helping to establish the American indie
rock scene through the then-fledgling SST scene, Mike Watt has had a deep sense
of purpose although, as he admits, “It’s hard to describe the mission,
what makes me put almost everything else secondary. When I tour, I conk at
people’s pads. I play every day. I’m not using it as a means to a lifestyle. I
don’t really know what the mission is exactly
except to do this as intense as I can. It’s like being a sailor or something.
Sometimes, it does feel as if I’ve been given orders, a bizarre spin on the
minstrel or troubadour scenario, the town crier, the guy that goes between the
towns to let the other towns know about each other.”

 

 

 
  His upcoming recording plans include an opera called “Ten And Tweny Don’t Make Fifty” to
be done by his “Missingmen” line-up and a separate project to be done
with “the Black Gang” (Nels Cline from Wilco and Bob Bee), about what
he calls “my autumn.” Much of his time in recent years had been
occupied touring and recording with the reformed Stooges.

 

    An inveterate road dog (not unlike Saint Bernard in the
Paradise section of the “Divine
Comedy”), Watt has spent an incalculable percentage of the past quarter
century touring in numerous ensembles and configurations. Beginning with the Minutemen
in the early 1980s, Watt helped define the “econo-tour,” a road
warrior-style approach to touring that involved performing the most gigs
possible in the fewest days with the lowest possible overhead. Sharing a van
with SST labelmates Black Flag, the Minutemen unknowingly created the roadmap
of national club routes that the budding Punk Rock Nation would later adopt as
its own. Finally, after four years of watching the tour van odometer flip over
to zeros, the Minutemen came to an end on December 23, 1985 when a tragic van
accident took D. Boon’s life.

 

    Watt retreated from music after the loss, though not
for long. An avid Ohio-based minutemen fan named Ed “fROMOHIO”
Crawford found Watt’s number in the phone book and announced that he was moving
to San Pedro to start a new band with Watt and drummer George Hurley. Ever the
enthusiast of the path-less-traveled, Watt conceded, and the trio launched
fIREHOSE in June 1986 going on to create five studio albums and a live EP,
indulging in seven-and-a-half years of non-stop econo-touring (without ever
taking label tour support). fIREHOSE signed to Columbia Records, who released
the group’s final three records before they dissolved in January 1994.

 

    In the spring of 1995, he released his first solo
album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat? The album enlisted no less than 48
different participants including members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the Beastie
Boys, Soul Asylum, the Lemonheads, and the Screaming Trees. In fact, the tour
line-up for Watt’s first solo outing included Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder on
vocals, the Germ’s Pat Smear on guitar, and Nirvana’s David Grohl on drums,
with Grohl’s then-new group, the Foo Fighters, delivering their very first live
performances in the support slot. After this tour, he did two more with Nels
Cline and two drummers as the Crew Of The Flying Saucer. He then toured for a
year as a sideman on bass for Perry Farrell’s Porno for Pyros and recorded two
songs for their second album. Then Watt trimmed his caravan back to a three-man
team and recorded his 1997 follow-up, the punk opera Contemplating The
Engine Room
. The thematic effort revolved around three seamen in the engine
room of a naval vessel, in sum creating a powerful metaphor for the Minutemen
and their road lives in “the boat” (Watt’s name for the van he tours
in). He brought this around the towns for fourteen months with the Black Gang,
a trio that had the album’s Nels Cline and Stephen Hodges at different times
along with Bob Lee and Joe Baiza.

 

 

The Secondman’s Middle Stand was Watt’s third solo album and the first to be
recorded in San Pedro, California, Watt’s home-base since childhood (he was
born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on December 20, 1957), and first to be recorded
with a bass (Watt), organ (Pete Mazich), and drums (Jerry Trebotic) line-up.
(Mazich and Petra Haden both contribute back-up singing to Watt’s salty growl).
There are nine (three times three) songs on The
Secondman’s Middle Stand
and, like the “Divine Comedy,” Watt’s
new album is the saga of a pilgrim going through his own inferno (“boilin’
blazes,” “puked to high heaven,” “burstedman”) and
purgatory (“tied a reed ’round my waist,” “pissbags and
tubing,” “beltsandedman”) before experiencing a reconnect to
paradise (“the angels gate,” “pluckin’, pedalin’ and
paddlin’,” “pelicanman”).

 

 

This project stemmed from a critical illness in 2000
with a fever lasting 38 days, its climax an abscess bursting in his perineum.
During his recuperation, Watt poured over all kinds of books ranging from Manly
P. Hall’s “Twelve World Teachers” to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark,
Luke, and John to Margaret Cheney’s “Tesla: Man Out of Time,” a
biography of the eccentric enigmatic 19th century inventor, probably best-known
for discovering the rotating magnetic field that gives rise to alternating
currents, who favored numbers divisible by three. Watt also used his
recovery period to re-read Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” (he
first read it as a teenager) which is divided into three sections:
“Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” and “Paradiso.” Both
“Purgatorio” and “Paradiso” are divided into 33 cantos
(“Inferno” has 34) with each section divided into groups of 3 lines
called tercets.

 

    “That sickness hellride was definitely memorable –
it was profound on me,” Watt confesses. “It took so much from me, I
figured I could take a record from it. It’s a journey, like being on the raft
with Jim (from “Huckleberry Finn”), going down the river, or Leopold
Bloom and Stephen Dedalus walking through Dublin
(from James Joyce’s “Ulysses”) or being with Virgil (author of ‘The
Aeneid’) and Beatrice (Dante’s dead love) and going through those crazy things.
There’s something to be said for being a pilgrim, you keep moving. I’m in the
middle of my life. I’m definitely not a beginner and, hopefully, I’m not at the
end of the road. The cliché is ‘last stand,’ but I just couldn’t see it being
my ‘last stand.’ Another reason I took to paralleling Dante’s ‘Comedy,’ he
wrote that in the middle of his life too. When I read it again, after the sickness,
in my 40s, I saw it as a kind of vehicle for him to talk about the intense
stuff in his life.”

 

    In addition to his primary efforts, Watt’s yearnings
for creative output have resulted in numerous side projects beginning with the
double bass duo Dos with ex-Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler. In the time since
…Engine Room,” Watt has
played bass and toured with J Mascis + the Fog and recorded three albums with
Banyan, an experimental alt-jazz project with Pyro/Jane’s Addiction member
Stephen Perkins. Watt also was part of the Wylde Rattz with the late Ron
Asheton, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley to
cover the Stooges’ classic “TV Eye” for the soundtrack to the Todd
Haynes film “Velvet Goldmine.”

 

 

In 2003, Watt was invited by Iggy Pop to fill in on
bass for the late Dave Alexander on a series of Stooges reunion concert dates
with the other two original members, Ron and Scott Asheton, throughout North
America, Asia and Europe in which he continued until recently as the youngest
member of the band both on stage and in the studio, handling bass duties on
their 2007 comeback album, The Sickness.

 

    Watt’s list of side bands includes Watts’ Material Girl
tribute band the Madonnabes, Hellride, Li’l Pit, Pair Of Pliers, the Jom &
Terry Show, Crimony, Bootstrappers and the original Punk Rock Karaoke with Eric
Melvin of NOFX and Greg Hetson of Bad Religion. He’s recently even done some
gigs with old friend drummer George Hurley as a duet doing songs they did
together in the early Minutemen days. He has gone on to record a number of
albums with Hurley, Joe Baiza on guitar and various lead vocalists under the
name “Unknown Instructors.” Watt also stays busy with a weekly web
radio program, The Watt From Pedro Show (www.twfps.com , and his own site, www.hootpage.com, both of which provide
outlets for his many political interests, including the fight against FFC
regulations on low power FM stations and web radio channels. He also loves
pedaling his bike around his town four days a week while paddling his kayak the
other three – all at the crack of dawn.

 

    But there is a thread that connects all of Watt’s
concerns. “Art and music mirrors nature in a lot of ways,” Watt says.
“Nature’s a lot about resonances and cycles and rhythms. Nature has no
ethics or morality. Neither does music. It operates on a level where words
aren’t. There’s always going to be a hankering to get connections on a non-word
level. Can we have ideas that don’t have words for them? You can’t know
anything, you can only believe. The way you describe what you believe is a
prison. Music is a way to get around that. In the comedy, Dante is talking
about free will and all these things, bizarre things, big big questions. The
mind’s going to float, the mind’s going to wander. The whole idea of journeys
and stuff is such a metaphor for the way the mind is in life. The whole dilemma
of what is the mind and what is the brain. One is conscious of the other, a
total mystery in total flux.

 

 

“Good art touches on that stuff. I think that the
brain/mind connect is every heavier than life/death. Free will, behavior,
culture, memory, hopes, all based on this big crux on the connection of the
brain and the mind. And music plays on this too…”

 

 

“PRAC’N THE 3RD OPERA” tour

 

Fri, April 17: Tucson, Az – Plush
Sat, April 18: Albuquerque, Nm –  Launchpad
Mon, April 20: Dallas, Tx –  Granada Theater
Tue, April 21: Houston, Tx –  Rudyard’s
Wed, April 22: Baton Rouge, La –  Spanish Moon
Thu, April 23: Tallahassee, Fl –  The Moon *
Fri, April 24: Jacksonville Beach, Fl –  Freebird Live *
Sat, April 25: Charleston, Sc – The Music Farm *
Sun, April 26: Asheville, Sc –  The Orange Peel *
Mon, April 27: Carrboro, Nc –  Cat’s Cradle *
Wed, April 29: Charlotte, Nc –  Neighborhood Theatre *
Thu, April 30: Richmond, Va –  The National *
Fri, May 1: Lancaster, Pa –  Chameleon Club *
Sat, May 2: Baltimore, Md –  Ottobar *
Sun, May 3 To Tue, May 5: Record Watt’s Third Opera In Brooklyn, Ny
Wed, May 6: Cambridge, Ma –  T.T. The Bear’s
Thu, May 7: Hoboken, Nj –  Maxwell’s
Fri, May 8: New York, Ny –  The Mercury Lounge
Sat, May 9: Philadelphia, Pa –  North Star Bar
Sun, May 10: Pittsburgh, Pa –  Club
Mon, May 11: Cleveland Heights, Oh –  Grog Shop
Tue, May 12: Detroit, Mi –  Shelter
Wed, May 13: Holland, Mi –  Park Theatre
Thu, May 14: Chicago, Il –  Schubas Tavern
Fri, May 15: Minneapolis, Mn –  7th Street Entry
Sat, May 16: Omaha, Ne –  The Waiting Room
Mon, May 18: Denver, Co –  Larimer Lounge
Tue, May 19: Salt Lake City, Ut –  <Tba>
Wed, May 20: Boise, Az –  Neurolux
Thu, May 21: Portland, Or –  Doug Fir Lounge
Fri, May 22: Seattle, Wa –  Crocodile Cafe
Sat, May 23: Bellingham, Wa –  The Nightlight
Sun, May 24: George, Wa –  Sasquatch! Music Festival

 

Jenny Lewis Back On Tour

 

New solo album wins critical kudos

 

 

By Nancy
Dunham

 

 

Jenny
Lewis’ recent album Acid Tongue continues
to do the proverbial “wow-the-critics” thing and as a result BLURT’s fave gal
singer is back on the road to support it.

 

 

Expect
plenty of emotionally charged songs about love, sex, violence – all the topics
that rockers’ love, especially when Lewis’ sharp writing style and dangerously
deep musical hooks are involved. Find out more about Lewis and her music here Blurt

 

 

Ticket
presale begins April 1 with regular on sale beginning April 3.

 

 

March 28
– Sydney, Australia – V Festival, Centennial Park 

March 29
— Gold Coast, Australia – V Festival, Avica Resort 

March 30
— Sydney, Australia – US Hordern Pavillion  

April 1
— Adelaide, Australia – US Adelaide Entertainment Center

April 2
— Melbourne, Australia – US Palais Theatre 

April 4
— Melbourne, Australia – US V Festival, Melbourne Showgrounds 

April 5
— Perth, Australia – US V Festival, Claremount Showgrounds

April 7
— Sydney, Australia – US The Lair @ The Metro

April 10
— Honolulu, Hawaii – Pipeline Café

April 13
— Pomona, Calif. – A Glass House

April 14
— Solana Beach, Calif. – Belly Up

April 15
— Sacramento, Calif. – Empire

April 18
— Indio, Calif. – A Coachella Music & Arts Festival

 

 

May 27 —
Santa Cruz, Calif. – Rio Theatre 

May 28 —
San Francisco, Calif. – The Fillmore 

May 29 —
San Francisco, Calif. – The Fillmore 

May 30 —
Portland, Oregon – Roseland  

May 31 –
Seattle – Showbox @ Market  

 

 

June 3 —
Minneapolis, Minn. – First Avenue 

June 4 –
Madison, Wisc. – Barrymore Theatre 

June 5 –
Chicago – Park West 

June 6 –
Columbus, Ohio – Wexner Center for the Arts

June 8 –
Philadelphia, Trocadero 

June 9 –
Brooklyn – Music Hall of Williamsburg 

June 10 –
Boston – House of Blues 

June 11
— Washington, DC – 9:30 Club 

June 12
— Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle 

June 13 –
Manchester, Tenn. – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 

June 14
— St. Louis, Mo. – The Pageant  

June 15
— Lawrence, Kan. — Granada   

June 17
— Omaha, Nebr. — Slowdown   

June 19
— Telluride, Colo. – Telluride Bluegrass Festival 

June 20
— Santa Fe, NM – Sante Fe Brewing Co.

June 22 –
Austin, Texas – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre 

June 23 –
Dallas – Granada 

June 24 –
Houston – Warehouse Live   

June 26
— New Orleans – House of Blues

June 29
— Orlando, Fla. – Plaza Theatre 

 

 

July 1 –
Athens, Ga. – venue to be announced

July 3 –
Richmond, Va. – The National 

July 5 —
Pittsburgh, Pa. Mr. Smalls   

July 6 —
Louisville, Ky. – Headliners Music Hall

July 7 —
Fayetteville, Ark. – George’s Majestic   

July 9 –
Salt Lake City, Utah – Twilight Concert Series 

 

 

 

Art Brut To Tour

 

 

Frontman Argos called the new “Jarvis”…

 

 

 

By Nancy Dunham

 

 

I’m the first to admit Brit rocker Jarvis made
amazing music in the mid ‘90s but am surprised a frontman – in this case Eddie
Argos of Art Brut — would link his name to someone still living down the 1996
Brit Awards incident (You remember – Michael Jackson performing, Cocker
invading the stage, hurling kid performers off it, and then mooning Jackson and
the audience).

 

 

But I digress. Eddie Argos – who publicists call
“The New Jarvis” – has led  English-German indie rock band Art Brut to
popular success in France, Germany and even South
America. Now the band is heading to some major U.S. cities as it
tours behind its Frank Black-produced album Art
Brut vs. Satan
.

 

 

 “In the past
I’ve been worried about what people might think about our records, but this
time I don’t care. I know it’s good,” said Argos in a press statement.

 

 

The rocky road that brought Argos and his bandmates
to this album includes severing a relationship with EMI after the label
released Pump Up the Volume without
the band’s permission, writing “SLAVE” on his face and standing by as guitarist
Jasper Future posted anti-EMI blogs.

 

 

“It was us being a bit cocky and rude, but that
works for us,” he added.

 

 

Let’s hope that if it doesn’t in the future, he can
make his points while keeping his pants on.

 

 

U.S. Tour:

 

June 1 – New York – Mercury Lounge

June 2 – New York – Mercury Lounge

June 3 – New York – Mercury Lounge

June 4 –  New York – Mercury Lounge

June 5 – New York – Mercury Lounge

June 6 – Philadelphia – Johnny Brendas

June 8 – Chicago – Schubas Tavern

June 9 – Chicago – Schubas Tavern

June10 – Chicago – Schubas Tavern

June 11  – Chicago – Schubas
Tavern

June 12  – Chicago – Schubas
Tavern

June 13  – Seattle – Neumos

June 15 -San Francisco – Independent

June 16 – Los Angeles – Spaceland

June 17 – Los Angeles, Spaceland

June 18  – Los Angeles, Spaceland

June 19 –  Los Angeles, The Echo