Monthly Archives: June 2009

Stars’ Amy Millan Preps 2nd LP

All those
Canadian friends of hers are rootin’ for her…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Amy Millan, of Stars fame, is set to release her
sophomore full-length, Masters Of The
Burial
, on September 8 through Arts & Crafts International.  The
follow up to her acclaimed 2006 debut, Honey
From The Tombs
, was recorded earlier this year with renowned producer/sound
technician Martin Davis Kinack (Apostle of Hustle/Sarah Harmer/Broken Social
Scene) in rural Ontario.  Joined by a group of long-time friends in an
intimate setting, the songs on Masters Of
The Burial
show yet another side to this immensely talented songwriter’s
abilities. A work of true love and devotion immediately apparent in the warmth
of Millan’s angelic vocals and the depth of each song as they unfold.

Fans of Millan’s in Toronto
can catch her live with her band, July 25 for a free show at the Harbourfront
Centre, with labelmate Gentleman Reg.  A fall tour is in the works and
will be announced shortly.

Masters Of The Burial tracklisting:

1.  Bruised Ghosts
2.  Low Sail
3.  Old Perfume
4.  Towers
5.  Day To Day
6.  Bury This
7.  Finish Line
8.  Run For Me
9.  I Will Follow You Into Dark
10.  Lost Compass
11.  Bound

 

 

 

 

Sonic Terrorists Stage Assault on JFK!

 

JetBlue Airwaves
mounts 6-month, 12-date concert series, actually. But the headline looks pretty
cool, don’t you think? Performing today: Nicole Atkins. Coming up: Justin
Townes Earle, Juliette Commagere, and others.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Jetblue Airways (in partnership with
Superfly Marketing Group) is launching Live from T5, a six-month, 12-date live
music concert series at the airline’s new Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy
International Airport (JFK).   The concert series, which takes place
on select Fridays throughout the year, will feature hand-picked emerging
artists from around the U.S.
as well as bands chosen based on public votes in a national online competition
hosted by OurStage.com.

From
now until July 22, aspiring artists can upload one original song to www.OurStage.com/go/jetblue  for a chance to win one of five acoustic gigs
at the JetBlue terminal in New York.
Winners will be announced during the first week of August.  In addition to
a show during Live at T5, the top artist as determined by JetBlue and Superfly
will also perform as the opening act for a headlining artist at Bowery
Presents’ Terminal 5 in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, or another
Bowery Presents show.  

“JetBlue
not only provides the most free live entertainment in the skies — we also seek
to provide unique entertainment experiences for our customers on the ground in
our brand new, state-of-the-art terminal,” said Kim Ruvolo, manager brand
for JetBlue Airways.  “Partnering with an innovative music and
lifestyle marketing company like Superfly adds more value for our customers,
gives them access to some of the most promising artists in the industry and
engages them through the online OurStage.com competition to create a music
event for customers, by customers.”

“We
are thrilled to partner with JetBlue – a brand committed to providing unique
customer experiences. With the ‘Live from T5’ program, we’ve helped JetBlue
elevate itself to a curator of those experiences,” said Chad Issaq, vice
president of business development for Superfly Marketing Group.

JetBlue’s
Live from T5 unofficially launched on Friday, May 22 with Austin’s own Dan Dyer performing on the south
grandstand in T5’s marketplace.   The remaining dates and artists
scheduled for Live at T5 include:

 

June 26      
       Nicole Atkins
July
3      
          American Princes
July
10               Alberta Cross
July
24               Justin
Townes Earle
July
31               Juliette
Commagere
August
14          Two contest winners
August
21          Two contest winners
August
28         Two contest winners
September
4     Superfly artist
October
30        Superfly artist
November
25    Superfly artist

    

To highlight the many talented artists at JetBlue, the airline has also
established an exclusive presence on OurStage.com for its crewmembers to upload
their music to be entered into the competition (a).  Fans will vote on the
music similar to the national competition and at least one JetBlue crewmember
will also be chosen to perform at JFK’s Terminal 5.

 

 

Ex-Santana Gregg Rolie w/Ltd. Ed. CD

 

New live CD includes a
slew of Santana classics.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

As we lead-up to the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, word arrives that one of the stars of Woodstock, former Santana
keyboardist Gregg Rolie, is issuing a limited edition CD of his band in concert
in 2007. On the 12-track CD, the Gregg Rolie Band whip up a blistering performance
featuring all your fave Santana hits, as well as tracks from his 2001
critically acclaimed solo CD ‘Roots’ and a few new songs. Songs include “No One To Depend On”,
“Jingo”, “Evil Ways”.
“Black Magic Woman”, “Soul Sacrifice” and others.

 

Attendees at this year’s SXSW in Austin
who caught the special Woodstock
40th panel got to hear Rolie hold forth on his experiences with
Santana at the storied event. Held at the Austin Convention Center
on March 23rd, along with Santana alumni Michael Shr ieve, Gregg resided on a
discussion panel of performers, filmmakers and key technicians.

The final track on the CD, “Bailamos El Son”, was taken from Gregg
Rolie’s performance on the PBS special Trini
Lopez Presents The Legends of Latin Music
. Filmed at the Orpheum Theater in
Los Angeles
last October, the program will be aired in June 2009.

 

Also, the Gregg Rolie band recently performed at the Hard
Rock Cafe New York for the premier of the new ‘Woodstock‘ DVD / Blue-ray release. Audience members were treated to
a guest appearance by drummer Michael Shrieve during the set.

“The first time I played with Gregg
everything just clicked. In a humble way, it was very much like McCartney and
Lennon. You know when there’s chemistry there. Drummers came and went; congeros
came and went, but his feeling and my feeling… sometimes it was hard to tell
who was the needle and who was the thread.” – Carlos Santana

 

The Gregg Rolie Band consists of founding Santana member
Michael Carabello on Congas, Adrian Areas (son of original Santana percussionist
Jose Chepito Areas) on Timbales, drummer Ron Wikso,  Kurt Griffey on guitars, bassist, Chapman
Stick artist and Santana alumni Alphonso Johnson, and former Jean Luc Ponty
keyboardist Wally Minko.

 

“If you are having a good time at anything you do, you
are going to do a good job at what you do,” Rolie said in a statement. “That’s
really where the key to this band is. We really just enjoy each other a
tremendous amount and have a lot of fun with this. We will get up to playing
about 50 dates a year, and really that’s about all I want to do.”

 

For more information: www.GreggRolie.com  

 

 

 

Bishop Allen Dude Goes All Cinematic

 

Playing a depressed
lyricist… sounds like all the songwriters we know!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice spends his spare time as an
actor, appearing in acclaimed indie films such as Mutual Appreciation and Alexander the Last. Currently, Harmony and Me (written and
directed by Bob Byington) starring Rice, as Harmony, a depressed lyricist
clinging to the memory of an ex-girlfriend, is gaining notoriety at film
festivals worldwide, screening at the likes of the Los Angeles Film Festival,
Edinburgh International Film Festival and Cine-Vegas Film Festival.

 

Harmony and Me also includes a supporting cast
including Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express, Superbad, The
Departed
), and Pat Healy (Rescue Dawn, Ghost World, Great
World of Sound
) as well as bandmate, Keith Poulson, who is currently
manning the bass in Bishop Allen.

Bob Byington, who directed Harmony and Me shot an off-the-cuff music
video for Bishop Allen for the song “Shanghaied” from their March release, Grrr…:

 

Check out the new video for Bishop Allen’s
“Shanghaied” HERE

 

Check out the trailer for Harmony and Me HERE

 

Meanwhile, if you happen to be in Europe
next month, the band will be too!

 

07/16/09 Guimaraes, Portugal – Manta Festival    
07/18/09 Dornstadt, Germany
– Obstwiesenfestival    
07/19/09 Nijmegen, Netherlands
– Volkhofaffaire    
07/20/09 Barcelona, Spain
– Be Cool    
07/21/09 Vic, Spain
– Jazz Cava
07/22/09 Sevilla, Spain
– Nocturama    
07/23/09 Son Servera, Spain
– S’Esglesia Nova
07/24/09 Sonneger See, Austria
– Acoustic Lakeside    

 

 

 

Tim Krekel 1950-2009: R.I.P.

Beloved
singer-songwriter dies on Wednesday from cancer.

 

By Rev. Keith A Gordon

 

Tim Krekel – singer, songwriter, and underrated guitarist –
passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from cancer in his Louisville, Kentucky
home. Krekel had been diagnosed with an abdominal tumor in March and subsequently
underwent surgery, returning home in early-April. He was expected to make a
full recovery, but his health took a turn for the worse over the past week.

 

Born and raised in Louisville
in 1950, Krekel first began playing the drums before picking up the guitar. By
high school, he was writing songs and performing in local bands, and during the
late-60s he was leading the popular Louisville
band Dusty. When two of Krekel’s friends, Steve Ferguson and Terry Adams, left
town to form N.R.B.Q. and scored a record contract, Krekel moved Dusty to New York City in search
of fame and fortune. After gigging around the big city for a while, Krekel and
Dusty returned to Louisville.

 

When Krekel performed with Dusty in Nashville, he landed a gig touring as the
guitarist in country musician Billy Swan’s band. Later Krekel came to the
attention of Jimmy Buffett’s manager and was hired on as Buffett’s guitarist.
Krekel toured and recorded with Buffett for a couple of years in the late-70s, appearing
on his Son Of A Son Of A Sailor album, and performing with the singer on Saturday
Night Live
. His work with Buffett, in turn, led to Krekel receiving his own
record deal.

 

Krekel’s solo debut, Crazy
Me
, was released in 1979 by Capricorn Records, unfortunately just a few
months before the label closed its doors. Krekel would remain in Nashville, forming the popular Music City
band the Sluggers with a couple veterans of Marshall Chapman’s band – hard-playing
Texans Willis Bailey and Tom Comet. The trio released a single album, Over The Fence, for Arista Records in
1986. A few years later, Krekel and the Sluggers would back up
singer/songwriter Mark Germino on his 1990 album Radartown.

 

The following year, Krekel’s second solo album, Out Of The Corner, was released by the
Italian label Appaloosa Records. Like his previous albums, it was widely
acclaimed but sold few copies. Disenchanted with the music business, Krekel
moved back to Louisville
in 1993, but with rock ‘n’ roll in his blood, he couldn’t stay away from the
music, forming the Groovebillys. During the ’90s, Tim Krekel and the
Groovebillys would tour frequently throughout the Southeast, and the band released
two albums, including Underground in
1999.

 

Krekel released a third solo album, Happy Town,
in 2002 and a fourth, World Keeps Turnin’,
in 2005. He would release his final effort, Soul
Season
, with the Tim Krekel Orchestra, in 2007. In between these
activities, Krekel toured again with Jimmy Buffett, and through the years he
performed alongside folks like Delbert McClinton, Lonnie Mack, Steve Forbert,
Marshall Chapman, Bo Diddley, and many others.

 

Although he is best remembered for his skills with a guitar,
Krekel also enjoyed moderate success as a songwriter. Country star Crystal
Gayle had a number one hit in 1984 with Krekel’s “Turning Away,” and
Patty Loveless hit number one in 1997 with “You Can Feel Bad,”
co-written by Krekel and Matraca Berg. Artists as diverse as Canned Heat, Rick
Nelson, Dr. Feelgood, Kim Ritchey, Martina McBride, and Jason & the
Scorchers have recorded Tim Krekel songs.

 

I personally had the good fortune to have met Tim Krekel in Nashville during the
mid-80s, when he was part of a group of like-minded artists that included Jason
& the Scorchers, Robert Jetton & the Rockin’ Rancheros, and Webb
Wilder. Tim was a nice guy, and although he never caught a break from the music
business, he never gave up making music. A roots-rock pioneer without realizing
what ground-breaking music he was creating, Krekel was an important influence
on a generation of alt-country artists.

 

A Louisville
music institution for over 30 years, Krekel’s voice and skilled guitarwork will
certainly be missed by fans in his hometown as well as throughout the
Southeast.

 

A small private funeral service
will be held Sunday, June 28th, 2:30 pm at
James Lee Presbyterian Church, 1741
Frankfort Avenue in Louisville. 

Everybody is
invited to take part in a public jazz funeral procession starting at the church
at 3:30 pm and walking to the memorial service being held at The Vernon
Club, 1575 Story Avenue
in Louisville. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to The KREK fund,
c/o ear X-tacy Records, 1534
Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205

   

 

 

 

[BLURT contributor Gordon’s excellent, erudite blues blog
can be read at http://blues.about.com ]

 

 

 

 

New Spoon Single Out Tuesday

They may say they got
nuffin’ but we bet it’s really somefin’…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Amid all the celebrity death spam we’ve been flooded with
today, at least a few beacons of brightness are peeking through. Among them,
word of the new SPOON record!

 

On Tuesday, June 30th, SPOON
will debut its first newly recorded material since 2007’s universally acclaimed
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga: Merge Records will
release the three-song “Got Nuffin” single on CD and digital download
beginning June 30, with  12″ vinyl version following in July, exact
date TBD.

“Got Nuffin” was recorded by Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room.
B-sides “Tweakers” and “Stroke Their Brains” were recorded
by SPOON.

As previously announced SPOON will return to its birthplace to commandeer
Austin’s Stubbs Amphitheater July 9, 10 and 11 for SPOONX3, which will feature
the live debut of new material from the band’s forthcoming album as well as
different special guests nightly, all handpicked by SPOON.

The lineup for the shows at Stubbs is as follows:

July 9 – SPOON, Quasi, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
July 10 – SPOON, Low, Dale Watson
July 11 – SPOON, Atlas Sound, the Strange Boys

For further information, check www.Spoontheband.com

 

 

 

 

Happy Transfigurations, Harvest Records!

Storied N.C. record
store celebrates its 5th with 3-day, 3-venue blowout in August. On
the bill: Akron/Family, Bonnie Prince Billy, Budos Band, Books, Mount Eerie,
Coathangers and more.

 

By Fred Mills

 

So, is everyone recovered from Record Store Day yet?
Everyone making their plans to hit Chapel Hill
next month for Merge Records’ 20th anniversary celebration? Gotcha –
so now, make sure you mark your calendars for August 13, 14 and 15. That’s when
Asheville, NC, indie record shop/label/concert promoter Harvest Records will be
celebrating their fifth year of existence with a three-day, three-venue
festival they’re calling “Transfigurations.”

 

Among the artists already signed up to perform:
Akron/Family, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Books, Budos Band, Circulatory System, Mount
Eerie, Espers, War on Drugs, Brightblack Morning Light, Kurt Vile, Ice Cream,
Jonathan Kane, Coathangers, Villages, and Steve Gunn. And in addition to live
music, we are advised by the organizers, the even “will present a panel
discussion and films from three record label heads who, through their own
unique methods, are at the forefront of documenting musics, new and old, from
the United States
& around the world.”

 

“The gathering,” says Harvest co-owner Mark Capon, “is a
culmination of our [his and the other owner, Matt Schnable] sharing a mutual
love for creating a space dedicated to the discovery of music in a supportive
community. Transfigurations brings together the spirits of the musicians that
we have brought to this city, the artists who have displayed on our walls, the
sounds people have found in our shop and the togetherness that we have
attempted to breathe into the community…hour by hour, day by day.”

 

In their five years as Asheville’s
premiere indie shop – and by any measure, one of the country’s finest (trust
me, I’ve seen plenty in my day, and worked in a few as well) – Harvest has
always found a way to champion the independent and underground music community.
“You may have been in a small, independent record store, but we feel Harvest Records
is unique and we want everyone who walks through the door to have a satisfying
exchange and an inclusive experience,” says Schnable. “That fresh perspective
has kept us going every day, and that same attitude of sharing a love of music
and creativity is what we are bringing to Transfigurations.”

 

Harvest has further supported the music community by promoting concerts,
some at local clubs, some at art galleries and in their own tiny-but-torrid retail
space, all with an eye (and ear) for cutting-edge sounds. And that’s what
you’ll get during that weekend in August. Tickets are on sale now: regular
weekend passes (“Regafigurations”) are limited, and special
weekend  passes (“Megafigurations” ) are extremely limited.

 

We can’t wait – you can bet your ass that the southern bureau of BLURT will
be on hand. Watch this space for further details later on, or for more
information: http://www.harvest-records.com/transfigurations.php (email: transfigurationsasheville@gmail.com).

 

[Pictured below: Akron/Family, Bonnie Prince Billy, Books,
Budos Band]

 

 

 

 

 

Seeds’ Sky Saxon in Critical Condition

 

Garage legend falls
ill in Austin
and is in ICU at St. David’s hospital.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Early
Monday (June 22) Sky Sunlight Saxon (real name: Richard Marsh) of garage
legends the Seeds was hospitalized in South
Austin, Texas due to
an undiagnosed condition. He remains in critical condition in the ICU at this
date in St. David’s South
Austin Hospital.
Doctors suspect an infection of the internal organs; further tests are pending
upon stabilization. Temporary dialysis of the kidneys will begin in the next
few days.

 
Sky Sunlight Saxon fell ill last Thursday in his new home of Austin. Despite feeling under the weather, on
Saturday he performed a short set of Seeds classics at the local nightclub
Antone’s. He’d relocated to Austin
not long ago and had been playing out backed by members of local band Shapes
Have Fangs.

 
His wife Sabrina Saxon encourages fans and friends worldwide to send cards and
balloons of encouragement, love and support to Sky at his room in the ICU. No
flowers are allowed in this facility, but cards and balloons are welcome.

 

BLURT
wishes the mighty vocalist a speedy recovery. This, of course, may impact the
upcoming Seeds/Love/Electric Prunes tour, so keep posted for updates and further
details.

 
Cards, balloons to:
 
St David’s South Austin
Hospital
901 West Ben White Boulevard
ICU-10 (Richard Marsh)
Austin, Texas
78704
 

 
For updates on his condition:

http://www.facebook.com/SabrinaSaxon

http://www.myspace.com/theseeds

 

 

 

Arcade Fire Working on New Album

 

“It’s a great feeling,”
says Win Butler.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Word arrives from the UK, courtesy New Musical Express, that the Arcade Fire has begun work on their
third full-length. The as-yet-untitled project will be the followup to 2007’s Neon Bible.

 

Speaking to the newspaper, frontman Win Butler commented, “None
of us want to take three years making a record. It could be that we’ll play
live [soon] and maybe we’ll end up bashing it [another album] out fast. We’re
in the middle of writing, things are coming together, it’s a great feeling.”

 

No word yet whether this one will come out on Merge as its
predecessors did, but in interviews the band has always made it clear that they
were very happy with how the label has treated them.

 

Butler also noted that while over the past year he hasn’t
had much desire to play live, the band having toured relentless up to and
through the Neon Bible period, he’s
begun to get his mojo back: “If you had asked me [about playing live] six
months ago I’d be like ‘No, I’m good’. But now I go to a gig and I get the
little…I can imagine being on that stage. It’s the step before you actually go
and do it.”

 

 

Portland’s PDX Pop Now! Fest + Comp

 

Compilation includes
M.Ward, Thermals and others and is intended to help fund the festival. There’s
also an additional concert on July 16 as a lead-in to the July 24-26 fest.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

The sixth annual PDX Pop Now! festival
will be returning to Portland’s
Rotture (320 SE 2nd Ave)
on July 24th, 25th  and  26th.
The free, all-ages festival will showcase Portland’s
thriving indie community, with acts as diverse as the Minus 5, Shaky Hands,
Pierced Arrows, Menomena and Tara Jane O’Neil scheduled to perform. See full
list below; full details at www.pdxpopnow.com.

 

 

Relatedly, on July 16th,
PDX Pop Now! will host “PDX Pop Now! at Portland
City Hall,” a free all-ages show on
the steps of Portland’s
City Hall (1221 SW 4th Avenue)
from 5-8:30pm. This lead-up to the PDX Pop Now! festival will feature
performances by Y La Bamba, Point
Juncture WA, and
YACHT.  According to organizers, they are “thrilled to once again bring local
music to the steps of Portland
City Hall in a
celebration of the unique climate of civic support independent
music enjoys in our town.  By presenting a free,
all-ages concert featuring some of the most exciting musicians creating in
Portland today, and doing so in the middle of downtown just as many people
are getting off of work and looking for a way to enjoy a summer evening, we intend to provide an accessible form for Portlanderss
to discover and appreciate the staggering wealth and
diversity of incredible music being made by their neighbors.
Additionally, we hope to throw a bright light on the fact that involvement in
one’s local arts community is a legitimate and productive form of civic
involvement, and one that can serve as a conduit to broader interest and
participation in neighborhood and municipal affairs.”  

 

Meanwhile, there’s the 2009 PDX
Pop Now! compilation: it’s available at local retail outlets and online at CD
Baby here.
Proceeds from sales of the album go towards funding the festival and the rest
of organization’s activities.  The 6th installment of the heralded
compilation features 40 tracks, including music from M. Ward, the Thermals,
Jared Mees & The Grown Children, Starfucker, and Sandpeople as well as rare
or previously unreleased tracks by Grouper, The Mint Chicks, Ethan Rose &
Laura Gibson, Dykeritz, Explode Into Colors and Thrones. See below for some
MP3s from the comp.

 

2009 Performers:

 

Ah Holly Fam’ly, Animal Farm, Au,
Autistic Youth, Benoit Pioulard, Breakfast Mountain, Chamber of Commerce (Blue
Cranes + Paxselin Quartet), Church, Cull, Daniel Menche, DASH!, Deelay Ceelay,
Don Hellions, Explode Into Colors, Fear No Music, Fist Fite, Grouper, Guidance
Counselor, Inside Voices, Jeffrey Jerusalem, Laura Gibson, Lightheaded,
Luck-One, Magic Johnson, Menomena, Morning Teleportation, MY-G, Nice Nice,
Nucular Aminals, Nurses, Peter Broderick, Pierced Arrows, Purple Rhinestone
Eagle, Red Fang, Rob Walmart, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Strength, Tara
Jane O’Neil, Teeath, The Andrew Oliver Sextet, The Estranged, The Mint Chicks,
The Minus 5, The Old Believers, The Quick & Easy Boys, The Shaky Hands,
Thrones and White Hinterland.

 

 

Explode Into Colors “Paper (Hot Sax Version)”
MP3

 

Jared Mees & the Grown Children “The Tallest
Building In Hell” MP3

 

Ethan Rose and Laura Gibson “Sun” MP3