Monthly Archives: April 2009

Phosphorescent Gets Hat-tip from Willie

 

The red headed
stranger offers his personal seal of approval. Watch out for the giant bong,
Matthew.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Earlier this year Phosphorescent released his new album To
Willie
(Dead Oceans), a tribute to the music of Willie Nelson. Styled after
Willie’s own tribute to Lefty Frizzell, the 1975 album, To Lefty, From
Willie
, has received glowing praise from the media – including BLURT, and
you can read what we had to say about it and Matthew Houck (a/k/a
Phosphorescent) in our debut print issue, on newsstands now.

 

 

Houck offered the following explanation in a recent
statement: “I can remember being in the back seat of my parents’ car in
Alabama and hearing “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” sung by
Willie Nelson. I must have been three or four years old. That huge-sounding,
sad, sad song did something to me. It took something out of me. Or put
something into me I don’t know which. There was a gravel driveway and a gate.
My father was out of the car, opening the gate and then we were driving over
the gravel. Every song I’ve ever sung has something to do with this
moment.”

And now a new voice has joined in the choir of high praise for the album – the
voice belonging to Willie Nelson himself! Last week Dead Oceans received an
invite from Willie Nelson’s Sirius XM Radio Channel, Willie’s Place (located on
the dial on Sirius 64, and XM 13,) for Phosphorescent to perform as part of the
channel’s festivities celebrating the 76th birthday of the Red Headed Stranger.

 

Also last week, Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck and his entire band of merry
musicians were personally invited by Willie to come to New Brunswick, NJ
to attend a Nelson performance.  Upon arrival, they were invited onto his
tour bus where Mr. Nelson was extremely generous and sweet, and shared some
very kind words about To Willie.  You can read Matthew’s own telling of
the encounter on his myspace page linked Here.

The meeting was also blogged about on Willie’s site Here.

 

 

 

You can hear Phosphorescent pay an hour long birthday
tribute to Willie Nelson on Willie’s Place (Sirius Radio channel 64, XM 13) on
Thursday April 30 at 9pm EST. Nelson himself recorded a radio promo for
Phosphorescent’s appearance. You can hear it right Here.

 

 

 

 

 

S.Youth, J.Lizard, B.Lips 4 Block Party

 

 

Annual music bash
takes place July 24 and 25 in Seattle
– and it’s cheap, too!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party takes over Seattle’s Capitol Hill
neighborhood July 24-25. The Block Party is an annual music festival that draws
upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a
special focus on its Northwest artists. Launched 12 years ago, the Block Party
has evolved into Seattle’s
most anticipated outdoor party. Over 40 bands will play on 3 stages.

 

 

Among those slated to play: Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard, The Gossip, Deerhunter, Black Lips, Earth,
The Thermals, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Moondoggies, Spinnerette, The
Dutchess And The Duke, Mika Miko, The Blakes, Sleepy Eyes Of Death, Girls, Hey
Marseilles, The Maldives, Truckasauras, Akimbo, Past Lives, Future Of The Left,
Micachu & The Shapes, Starfucker, Faux Punk, New Faces, D. Black, Hotels,
Pica Beats, Fatal Lucciano, Flexions, They Live!, Audicity, Spaceman,
Bow+Arrow, Sol, Japandroids

John Richards -KEXP Morning Show Host exclaims, “There is no other local
event that truly brings the Seattle
music community together (and not just because of the free booze in the VIP
area…well not all because of that), the people behind the music, the artists,
local media and most importantly the fans.”

Partial proceeds from The Block Party benefit two excellent non-profits: Home
Alive, which encourages violence prevention, and The Vera Project, a youth run
all ages venue and recording studio in Seattle.  

The Block Party continues to be one of the least expensive festivals in the
country. “EARLY BIRD” tickets – May 1 – May 15:     2 day
passes – $40 / single day tickets – $22

 
Tickets Available starting this Friday, May 1, at www.ticketswest.com

 

 

Go to www.capitolhillblockparty.com for daily updates, videos, special promotions and more.

 

 

Nektar Comes Alive!

 

Prog kingpins issue double concert CD and announce
string of U.S.
dates.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

A new live double CD by
prog-rock legends Nektar called Fortyfied is en route. Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, Nektar’s contribution over
the past 40 years has quite rightly earned them their place in any Progressive
Rock Hall of Fame. But the band is much more than a Prog Legend, the Nektar
brand of innovative composition, performance and visuals is simply unique.
Recorded on their 2008 tour of Europe, Fortyfied is released on the bands own label Treaclemusic and features many beloved
Nektar classics such as “Tab In The Ocean”, “Recycled
pt.1”, “Man In The Moon” and part two of the group’s classic
“Remember The Future”.

The Nektar story thus far:

 

The British rock band that
found stardom and major success in Germany
and the USA,
yet failed to make the significant breakthrough in their own country. With
three gold albums under their belt (“Remember
The Future”, “Down To Earth”
and “Recycled“), Nektar produced some of the most original
work of the seventies and eighties. In virtuoso guitarist Roye Albrighton
Nektar had a charismatic front man who had shared a stage with Jimi Hendrix, in
Allan “Taff” Freeman a unique keyboard player, in Derek “Mo”
Moore a bass playing powerhouse and in Ron Howden a fluidity rarely found in a
drummer. Fifth member Mick Brockett was not a musician, but was responsible for
one of the most stunning light and visual shows ever to grace the rock stage.
Nektar’s history appeared to have been written when they finally split in the
eighties. Then in 2000 came  reunion tour
of the classic line-up, to rave reviews and fantastic receptions.

 

“Its pretty timeless
music,” says Roye Albrighton, “and what I’m hearing from most of the
new, younger fans that are now coming to our shows, is that its like going back
in time. They are starting to really discover music again, which, of course, is
a great relief to us and some of the older bands from our time.”

An American tour in September 2004 saw Taff Freeman depart the band for
personal reasons and his successor, Hammond
virtuoso Tom Hughes, instantly earning a place in the hearts of the Nektar
faithful. With continued concert dates, along with the remastering of the
remainder of the Nektar back catalogue on CD, this legendary band has become
once more a force to be reckoned with in the world of progressive music. In
2007 Nektar truly took over their own management, procured their official
website as their own, entirely under their control and went on a 22-date tour
of Germany.
Joining Roye and Ron was Peter Pichl on 5-string bass and Klaus Henatsch on
keyboards, these two new members from Hanover, Germany, seemed to gel from the
outset and now, along with the release of the critically acclaimed CD Book of Days in 2008 and the new live
DBL CD Fortyfied, Nektar looks set to
make its mark once again.

 

As far as future plans for
Nektar: “To make more music, and to experiment more in different ways…an
orchestrated version of Journey is not unlikely, but well see,” says Roye.
“I am also working on a new solo album, but this will take some time to
finish, Nektar is taking up a lot of my time at the moment.” An acoustic
Nektar tour is also in the works.

 

The band is scheduled to play
four special U.S.
shows:

 

 

May 1, 2009 (Friday) – Philadelphia, PA
– Keswick Theater

May 2, 2009 (Saturday) – Springfield, VA
– Jaxx

May 3, 2009 (Sunday) –
Rosfest (end of Rosfest special acoustic/electric show)

May 4, 2009 (Monday) – New York, NY
– Concert Hall NYC

 

 

Nektar’s official website: www.nektarsmusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurt Fave Mackey On Kath Olson Trib

 

Free compilation in
honor of murdered woman also includes Bigelf, Rocco DeLuca, Webb Sisters and
more.

 

By Blurt Statt

 

 

Blurt’s most recent “Best Kept Secret” Polly Mackey and the
Pleasure Principle has donated a track to the Music For Katherine album, a free album for download compiled by
LP33.tv as a tribute to the late Katherine Ann Olson. Also appearing on the
album: Bigelf, Rocco DeLuca, The Webb Sisters, Black
Cherry, Breathe Carolina, Bear Hands, Schiller and Madi Diaz.

 

 

On October 25, 2007, Olson (age 24) was murdered in a Minneapolis suburb after
answering a babysitting ad online. Katherine was energetic, exuberant, and
intensely passionate about life — especially music.As a tribute to Katherine,
LP33.tv and Craigslist will sponsor a concert in Minneapolis this Sunday, May 3rd to raise
funds for a memorial scholarship in Katherine’s name.

 

 

Advises LP33.tv, “Help us share this free album, and
help support the Internet safety campaign.”

 

Works for us. Go to: http://www.lp33.tv/musicforkatherine

 

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

‘Nothing
At All’  Madi Diaz

‘You’ll
Never Know’  Sarah Solovay

‘Diamonds’
 Breathe Carolina

‘Valmont’
 Empires

‘The
Way It Works’  Polly Mackey

 ‘Golden’  Bear Hands

‘Calling
This A Life’  The Webb Sisters

 ‘You Go To My Head’  Rachael Price

‘I
Feel You’  Schiller

 ‘Control’  Black Cherry

‘Electric City Of The Future’  Urbanites

‘Money,
It’s Pure Evil’  Bigelf

‘Tangled
Woods’  Dignan

 ‘Bus Ride’  Rocco DeLuca

 

 

 

Paolo Nutini Wanna Take You Higher

 

Scottish songwriter  launches U.S. Tour after
Coachella success.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

In the mass of musical maestros that played
Coachella, it seems Paolo Nutini’s shows – especially a pretty cool rendition
of Sly & The Family Stone’s classic hit “I Wanna Take You Higher” killed.

 

Perfect timing, as they say, since the Scottish
troubadour and his band The Vipers are releasing sophomore album Sunny Side Up on June 2 and then
headlining a U.S. tour. Pre-order tickets at http://www.frontgatetickets.com

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

July 20 – Amagansett,
NY – The Stephen Talkhouse

July 21 – New York –
Webster Hall

July 23 – Washington
DC – 9:30 Club

July 24 – Boston,
Mass. – House of Blues

July 25 –
Philadelphia, Pa. – Theatre of Living Arts

July 27 –
Indianapolis, Ind. – The Vogue Theatre

July 28 – Atlanta,
Ga. – Variety Playhouse

July 29 – Nashville,
Tenn. – Cannery Ballroom

July 31 – Toronto,
Ont. – Opera House

Aug. 1 – Detroit,
Mich. – St. Andrews Hall

Aug. 2 – Chicago,
Ill. – Vic Theatre

Aug. 3 – Apple Valley, Minn. – Weesner Amphitheatre

 

 

 

Creed Reunion: “Best is yet to come!”

 

Myles Kennedy
reportedly not amused one damn bit.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Insurance company secretaries and waitresses for the Outback
chain of steak houses took to the streets this morning in celebration of the
news that multiplatinum-selling band Creed was reuniting for an album and
summer tour. We are not making this up: yes, the mook-rock legends are back
together, with the original lineup of Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott
Phillips and Brian Marshall. See the full tour itinerary, below.

 

Rumors have been circulating on this for half a year, However, rather than indulge our verbiage-reflex, in a rare departure
from BLURT’s usual coverage of such news, we will turn the mic over to the
bandmembers and allow them to hang themselves.

 

Guitarist Mark Tremonti: “We’re all very excited to
reconnect with our fans and each other after six long years.” 

 

Drummer Scott Phillips: “Our career as Creed came to a very
abrupt and unforeseen ending. After reflecting on some of the greatest personal
and professional moments of our lives, we’ve come to realize that we are still
very capable of continuing that career and our friendship on a grander scale
than ever before.” 

 

Bassist Brian Marshall: “This is a development we are all
happy about.  It has been a long time since the four of us have taken the
stage together, and without hesitation or reservation this is something all of
us are in to.  The anticipation to get back out there is electrifying.”

 

Singer Scott Stapp: “Its amazing how life can change and
bring you full circle. Time gave us all a chance to reflect, grow and gain a
deeper appreciation of our friendships, artistic chemistry, passion for music,
and sincere love for our fans!  It’s rare in life to get a second chance
to make a first impression and we embrace the opportunity. We all believe the
BEST IS YET TO COME!”

 

(Ed note: Myles
Kennedy, who formed Alter Bridge with all the Creed dudes not named Scott Stapp after Creed split up, was not available for comment, as unconfirmed reports have him in
London, stalking John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page
.)

 

 

DATE                        
CITY                                      
On-SALE                   

 

Thu/Aug-06                
Pittsburgh PA                        
9-May

Sat/Aug-08                 
Darien Lakes
NY                   9-May

Sun/Aug-09                
Hershey
PA                           
9-May

Tue/Aug-11                
Saratoga Springs NY              9-May

Thu/Aug-13                
Philadelphia PA                     9-May

Sat/Aug-15                 
Wantagh NY                          9-May

Sun/Aug-16                
Holmdel NJ                            9-May

Tue/Aug-18                
Boston MA                            9-May

Thu/Aug-20                
Hartford, CT                          9-May

Fri/Aug-21                 
Washington DC                     
8-May

Sat/Aug-22                 
Virginia Beach VA                9-May

Tue/Aug-25                
Detroit MI                              30-May

Wed/Aug-26              
Cleveland OH                       
9-May

Fri/Aug-28                 
Cincinnati OH                       
9-May

Sat/Aug-29                 
Indianapolis
IN                     
9-May

Sun/Aug-30                
Chicago IL                            
9-May

Tue/Sept-1                  
Milwaukee                            
9-May

Wed
/Sept-2               
Columbus OH           
            30-May

Fri/Sept-4                   
Raleigh
NC                           
TBD

Sat/Sept-5                  
Charlotte
NC                        
TBD

Fri/Sept-11                 
Atlanta GA                           
30-May

Sat/Sept-12                
Birmingham AL                    
30-May

Tue/Sept-15                
Orlando FL                           
9-May

Wed/Sept-16              
West Palm Beach FL            
9-May

Fri/Sept-18                 
Lafayette LA                        
16-May

Sat/Sept-19                
New Orleans LA                   
16-May

Sun
/Sept-20              
Bossier City LA                    
16-May

Tue/Sept-22                
Dallas TX                              
9-May

Thu/Sept-24               
San Antonio TX                    
9-May

Fri/Sept-25                 
Houston TX                          
9-May

Sun/Sept-27               
Las Vegas NV                        9-May

Tue/Sept-29                
Glendale AZ                         
16-May

Wed/Sept-30              
Irvine CA                       
       30-May

Fri/Oct-2                    
Salt Lake City UT                 
30-May

Sat/Oct-3                    
Denver CO                            
30-May

Tue/Oct-6                   
Minneapolis MN                   
30-May

Wed/Oct-7                 
Omaha NE                            
30-May

Fri/Oct-9                    
Tulsa OK                                30-May

Sat/Oct-10                  
Kansas City MO        
           30-May

Tue/Oct-13                 
St Louis MO                         
16-May

Wed/Oct-14               
Nashville TN                   
      30-May

 

 

 

 

 

Clover Member Recalls 1st Costello LP

 

My Aim is True turns out, indeed, to have
been lightning caught in a bottle.

 

By
Fred Mills

 

(The
other day, in a letter to the popular blog “The Lefsetz Letter,” John Ciambotti
provided the following commentary on something Lefsetz had written about Elvis
Costello. His words provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse at what
went into the making of Costello’s 1977 debut LP My Aim Is True. Ciambotti was the bassist for California band Clover at the time; Clover,
of course, was the backing band on the album for Costello, who at the time had
not yet formed The Attractions. – FM)

 

***

 

bob

 

as
the bass player for clover, elvis costello, john prine, lucinda williams,
carlene carter, butch hancock, norton buffalo, to name a few, i can assure you
that playing with elvis costello was an unbelievable eye-opener.  doing that first album with nick lowe, elvis,
mcfee, hopper, and mickey shine changed, not only our musical lives, but pretty
much changed the face of music in the late 70’s.  the reason you like that album is that it was
done in 16 hours—start to finish—four 4 hour sessions.  pretty much all first takes and nick wouldn’t
let us repair any clams because the feel was so amazing (also, we had to make
it to the pub berfore closing time). 

 

it
blew everybody’s mind (especially the limey press, which jake riviera refused
to give any information to) that this sort-of-country blues rock band from
marin county laid the foundation for the new wave movement.  elvis was the epitome of youthful enthusiasm
and completely non-compromising with his songs. 
nick was the perfect compliment with his no-bullshit approach to
production—scully 8 track with a tiny board at islingdon studio in the east
end.  the studio was about as big as your
bathroom and there was no booth—strictly seat-of-the-pants. 

 

elvis
has kept in touch with us all through the years, and we did some shows in
november 2007 at the great american music hall in s.f. with the original band
(with the exception of shine—pete thomas played drums).  it sounded better than the record and elvis
was as gracious as ever (notwithstanding his rep—all press bullshit) and we
raised  alot of money for audie delone’s charity.  these are the kind of things that elvis does
that don’t get the press coverage. clover considered themselves the best band
in the world—we grew up playing all the clubs in nocal practically every day
for years. 

 

you’re
right when you say that young bands need to play out constantly—the reason we
could do those elvis tracks on first take is that our chops were fine-tuned on
the road.  anyway, if you were to meet
e.c. in a non-press context, you would find him to be funny, charming, a great
listener, and a general overall bon vivant. 
i can’t wait to play with him again. 
bob, come visit me at my great new office in glendale—i specialize in musicians
injuries—it is truly a musicians hangout.

 

dr john p ciambotti

 

La’s Mavers Performs Live in London

 

Possibly leading up to
a new album?

 

By Fred Mills

 

Erstwhile La’s frontman and professional recluse Lee Mavers
took another step in returning to the public eye last night in London when he turned up at a “secret” gig featuring
Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things mainman Carl Barat and members of Babyshambles.

 

Billed as Mongrel Soundclash, a revolving cast of musicians performed
at Dingwall’s Camden Crawl, with Mavers eventually joining them onstage. Among
the tunes covered were the La’s “Feelin'”. (Earlier in the day at the Hawley
Arms he’d also done “There She Goes” and “Son Of A Gun” for a small crowd.)

 

Read the entire account at NME.com.

 

Recent reports also have Mavers and Babyshambles in talks
about recording an album; Mavers popped up onstage with Babyshambles leader
Pete Doherty not long ago on Doherty’s solo tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No More Tequila for You, Billy

 

It’s ladies’ night for Tila Tequila

 

By Nancy Dunham

 

 

We’re heartbroken.

 

We told you Smashing Pumpkins’ guru
Billy Corgan and reality star Tila Tequila

were together but, alas, we
hear that’s over now. Who saw that coming?

 

Not since Lisa Marie Presley
and Michael Jackson, or I mean Lisa Marie Presley and Nicholas Cage, I mean
Lisa Marie Presley and – sorry, the editors say our Web site doesn’t have
enough space to cite more LMP true-love-gone-bad scenarios – have we been this
disappointed.

 

A report on The Superficial (To crib a line from The Washington Post— “We look so you
don’t have to”) -seems to imply Tila has kicked Billy to the curb (no report on
if he liked it) and now has eyes only for the ladies.

 

Ah, rock & roll love is
so fleeting.

 

 

 

 

Creed Reunion: "Best is yet to come!"

 

Myles Kennedy
reportedly not amused one damn bit.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Insurance company secretaries and waitresses for the Outback
chain of steak houses took to the streets this morning in celebration of the
news that multiplatinum-selling band Creed was reuniting for an album and
summer tour. We are not making this up: yes, the mook-rock legends are back
together, with the original lineup of Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott
Phillips and Brian Marshall. See the full tour itinerary, below.

 

Rumors have been circulating on this for half a year, However, rather than indulge our verbiage-reflex, in a rare departure
from BLURT’s usual coverage of such news, we will turn the mic over to the
bandmembers and allow them to hang themselves.

 

Guitarist Mark Tremonti: “We’re all very excited to
reconnect with our fans and each other after six long years.” 

 

Drummer Scott Phillips: “Our career as Creed came to a very
abrupt and unforeseen ending. After reflecting on some of the greatest personal
and professional moments of our lives, we’ve come to realize that we are still
very capable of continuing that career and our friendship on a grander scale
than ever before.” 

 

Bassist Brian Marshall: “This is a development we are all
happy about.  It has been a long time since the four of us have taken the
stage together, and without hesitation or reservation this is something all of
us are in to.  The anticipation to get back out there is electrifying.”

 

Singer Scott Stapp: “Its amazing how life can change and
bring you full circle. Time gave us all a chance to reflect, grow and gain a
deeper appreciation of our friendships, artistic chemistry, passion for music,
and sincere love for our fans!  It’s rare in life to get a second chance
to make a first impression and we embrace the opportunity. We all believe the
BEST IS YET TO COME!”

 

(Ed note: Myles
Kennedy, who formed Alter Bridge with all the Creed dudes not named Scott Stapp after Creed split up, was not available for comment, as unconfirmed reports have him in
London, stalking John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page
.)

 

 

DATE                        
CITY                                      
On-SALE                   

 

Thu/Aug-06                
Pittsburgh PA                        
9-May

Sat/Aug-08                 
Darien Lakes
NY                   9-May

Sun/Aug-09                
Hershey
PA                           
9-May

Tue/Aug-11                
Saratoga Springs NY              9-May

Thu/Aug-13                
Philadelphia PA                     9-May

Sat/Aug-15                 
Wantagh NY                          9-May

Sun/Aug-16                
Holmdel NJ                            9-May

Tue/Aug-18                
Boston MA                            9-May

Thu/Aug-20                
Hartford, CT                          9-May

Fri/Aug-21                 
Washington DC                     
8-May

Sat/Aug-22                 
Virginia Beach VA                9-May

Tue/Aug-25                
Detroit MI                              30-May

Wed/Aug-26              
Cleveland OH                       
9-May

Fri/Aug-28                 
Cincinnati OH                       
9-May

Sat/Aug-29                 
Indianapolis
IN                     
9-May

Sun/Aug-30                
Chicago IL                            
9-May

Tue/Sept-1                  
Milwaukee                            
9-May

Wed
/Sept-2               
Columbus OH           
            30-May

Fri/Sept-4                   
Raleigh
NC                           
TBD

Sat/Sept-5                  
Charlotte
NC                        
TBD

Fri/Sept-11                 
Atlanta GA                           
30-May

Sat/Sept-12                
Birmingham AL                    
30-May

Tue/Sept-15                
Orlando FL                           
9-May

Wed/Sept-16              
West Palm Beach FL            
9-May

Fri/Sept-18                 
Lafayette LA                        
16-May

Sat/Sept-19                
New Orleans LA                   
16-May

Sun
/Sept-20              
Bossier City LA                    
16-May

Tue/Sept-22                
Dallas TX                              
9-May

Thu/Sept-24               
San Antonio TX                    
9-May

Fri/Sept-25                 
Houston TX                          
9-May

Sun/Sept-27               
Las Vegas NV                        9-May

Tue/Sept-29                
Glendale AZ                         
16-May

Wed/Sept-30              
Irvine CA                       
       30-May

Fri/Oct-2                    
Salt Lake City UT                 
30-May

Sat/Oct-3                    
Denver CO                            
30-May

Tue/Oct-6                   
Minneapolis MN                   
30-May

Wed/Oct-7                 
Omaha NE                            
30-May

Fri/Oct-9                    
Tulsa OK                                30-May

Sat/Oct-10                  
Kansas City MO        
           30-May

Tue/Oct-13                 
St Louis MO                         
16-May

Wed/Oct-14               
Nashville TN                   
      30-May