Monthly Archives: July 2009

Will Hoge Crawlin’ From the Wreckage

 

First new record since
2007 and a serious accident in 2008.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Americana
fans, mark your calendar for September 29. That’s
when one of BLURT’s fave songwriters, Will Hoge, serves up his newest album.
Titled The Wreckage (Rykodisc) it’s
his first 2007’s acclaimed Draw the
Curtains
and features eleven new songs of heartfelt choruses and raw,
emotive power that recall the classic American-heartland music of Springsteen
and Petty. The Wreckage curses life’s
wrong turns and celebrates its triumphs.

 

Hoge knows of what he sings:
he was temporarily sidelined by a serious traffic accident in 2008 on his way
home from a recording session. After spending several months recuperating, he
completed the album and recently returned to the stage with a string of sold
out hometown shows in Nashville.

Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium with producers Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle
Tupelo) and Charlie Brocco (George Harrison) and mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty,
Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash), the new album is being called his “most
impassioned” record to day, full of “rugged and powerful rock ‘n’ roll crafted
with a depth of sound and musicality that undeniably breaks new ground for
Hoge.”

 

There’s a really nice Hoge
piece that was posted this week at Direct Current. Go HERE to check it out. And
give a listen to this kickass new track from the album, too:

 

 

Meanwhile, the boy – who,
incidentally, penned a terrific tour diary for us back when we were known as Harp mag (thanks, Will!) – is hitting
the road. Tour dates at http://www.willhoge.com/tour

Tracklisting:

Hard To Love
Long Gone
The Wreckage
Favorite Waste Of Time
Even If It Breaks Your Heart
What Could I Do
Goodnight/Goodbye
Just Like Me
Highway Wings
Where Do We Go From Down
Too Late Too Soon

 

 

 

King Khan & BBQ Show Have An Ad For YOU

 

Operators are standing
by to take your calls…

 

By Fred Mills

 

Now here’s a good way to start your weekend. Surf on over to
the MySpace page of death metal/progressive house/Christian rap group King Khan
& BBQ Show (aka King Khan and Mark Sultan) and check out their 7-minute “KKBBQ
Infomercial” they just posted to the music player. In it, they talk about their
forthcoming album Invisible Girl
or, more accurately, they put on an extended skit, including music, guaranteed to
thrill, annoy and otherwise leave you in various stages of befuddlement.
(Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.)

 

Recorded in Brooklyn and Berlin (where Khan lives), Invisible Girl is due Nov. 3 on In The
Red and it’s the followup to 2006’s What’s
For Dinner.
Punk, garage, soul, ‘50s pop, psych, glam and just plain trash
is all fair game in the dynamic duo’s hands. We saw ‘em kicking it out at SXSW
this past March in Austin
and our ears are still ringing.

 

Seriously, go listen to that infomercial, now. Interestingly,
it’s not the first time they’ve made one of these: scroll down to the end of
the music player’s tracks and you can check out an earlier commercial.

 

This all comes on the heels of the recent news about the duo’s pairing with the Black Lips to form garage supergroup the Almighty Defenders.

 

Meanwhile, you can read about King Khan’s other project, King
Khan & his Shrines, in the most recent issue of BLURT. You’ll be glad you
did…

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

1 Anala
2 Invisible Girl
3 I’ll Be Loving You
4 Animal Party
5 Spin the Bottle
6 Third Ave
7 Tastebuds
8 Truth or Dare
9 Crystal Ball
10 Lonely Boy
11 Tryin’
12 Do the Chop

 

 

King Khan & BBQ Show “Fish Fight”:

 

 

 

Oh, Canaduh! Chromeo Does DJ-Kicks

But what the hell is
up with the Eagles?

 

By Fred Mills

 

Those ever-resourceful loonies of Chromeo have announced the
tracklist to their upcoming edition of !K7’s DJ-Kicks series (the first
in 2 years). A tribute to Canada
of sorts, the mix  includes many maple leaf underground classics and
obscurities.

 

Included are some unreleased versions (Chateau Marmont’s “Solar
Antapex” most notably) and of course the DJ- Kicks exclusive track, with Chromeo taking on The
Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why.” 

 

!K7 advises that the Eagles mix “is sure to be a floor-filling,
vocoding, suit-sweating good time,” but honestly, we can’t tell you why, as the thought of that simpy, fey Eagles
tracks and vocoders just makes our skin crawl. Seriously, someone put Tim Schmidt (and the rest of us) out of his misery. But hey, it’s Chromeo, and you
can follow that link and decide for yourself…

 

Eagles “I Can’t Tell You Why” live:

 

 

 

 

King Khan & BBQ Show Have An Ad For YOU

 

Operators are standing
by to take your calls…

 

By Fred Mills

 

Now here’s a good way to start your weekend. Surf on over to
the MySpace page of death metal/progressive house/Christian rap group King Khan
& BBQ Show (aka King Khan and Mark Sultan) and check out their 7-minute “KKBBQ
Infomercial” they just posted to the music player. In it, they talk about their
forthcoming album Invisible Girl
or, more accurately, they put on an extended skit, including music, guaranteed to
thrill, annoy and otherwise leave you in various stages of befuddlement.
(Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.)

 

Recorded in Brooklyn and Berlin (where Khan lives), Invisible Girl is due Nov. 3 on In The
Red and it’s the followup to 2006’s What’s
For Dinner.
Punk, garage, soul, ‘50s pop, psych, glam and just plain trash
is all fair game in the dynamic duo’s hands. We saw ‘em kicking it out at SXSW
this past March in Austin
and our ears are still ringing.

 

Seriously, go listen to that infomercial, now. Interestingly,
it’s not the first time they’ve made one of these: scroll down to the end of
the music player’s tracks and you can check out an earlier commercial.

 

This all comes on the heels of the recent news about the duo’s pairing with the Black Lips to form garage supergroup the Almighty Defenders.

 

Meanwhile, you can read about King Khan’s other project, King
Khan & his Shrines, in the most recent issue of BLURT. You’ll be glad you
did…

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

1 Anala
2 Invisible Girl
3 I’ll Be Loving You
4 Animal Party
5 Spin the Bottle
6 Third Ave
7 Tastebuds
8 Truth or Dare
9 Crystal Ball
10 Lonely Boy
11 Tryin’
12 Do the Chop

 

 

King Khan & BBQ Show “Fish Fight”:

 

 

 

Mountain Goats Get Biblical On New LP

 

Sneak peak MP3 below.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

BLURT faves the Mountain Goats – John Darnielle, Peter Hughes and Jon
Wurster -have their latest 4AD Records album
released on Oct. 6 titled The Life of the
World to Come
. It features
string arrangements by Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy/Arcade Fire) and is
described as “less a profession of religious faith than an immersion in Biblical
poetry and imagery… songs take their names from verses that informed or
inspired them, or which, sometimes, came up against them at right angles.”

 

Indeed,
as the titles, listed below, indicate.

 

This
will be the sixth MG album for 4AD and the followup to last year’s Heretic Pride. Here’s what BLURT had to
say about that release:

 

John Darnielle has
always been too good to be a folkie-tinged singer-songwriter; his eye for
detail and strong characterizations belong in a short story collection. After
abandoning his lo-fi experiments of the ‘90s, his post-millennium records have
focused on an imaginary battling couple and his own tortured life. This time
out, the songs were not only written at different locales but also reflect that
in their settings, including California, Brooklyn, China,
the Deep South, Portland and Berlin. Everywhere he goes, Darnielle’s
overcome by the heat and bitter relationships. But from the angry,
piano-tingled title song to the desperate, devastating “Craters of the
Moon” (“I can’t live like this anymore!”) to the bloody
flash-rock of “Lovecraft in Brooklyn,”
he channels his anger and romantic disappointment into grist for some of his
strongest songs in a while. Just be glad that he lives out in his stunning noir
fantasies in songs instead of going postal.

Check
out this advance MP3 – sounds like a cross between the late, great Miracle
Legion and the Go-Betweens, but still classic Darnielle of course.

 

 

Tracklisting:

1. 1 Samuel 15:23
2. Psalms 40:2
3. Genesis 3:23
4. Philippians 3:20-21
5. Hebrews 11:40
6. Genesis 30:3
7. Romans 10:9
8. 1 John 4:16
9. Matthew 25:21
10. Deuteronomy 2:10
11. Isaiah 45:23
12. Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace

 

 

Fuck Buttons F**k With Your Head

 

 

Album due Oct. 20,
awesome new single due Sept. 14.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Is it Fuck
Buttons or F**k Buttons? Depends on what
publication is writing the header. Who care! The fuckers drop their new album, Tarot Sport, on October 20, 2009 (ATP Recordings). The
album will be preceded by the release of a single, “Surf Solar,” on September
14. US fall tour dates are to be announced.

 

The electronic/noize/skronk duo of Andrew Hung and Benjamin
John Power recorded Tarot
Sport
at Rotters Golf
Club Studio in London
with the needs-no-introduction Andrew
Weatherall on production duties. The results of this pairing yielded, in
the words of the label, “an album in which Fuck Buttons continue to refine, craft, explore and develop the
experimental aesthetic of last year’s critically acclaimed debut album, Street Horrrsing. However, they
also take proceedings to another level through a combination of their own
ambitious aims and the application of Weatherall’s clear-sighted, rule-defying
precision and attention to sonic detail.”

 

As Power said, in a statement, “I
think it sounds a lot thicker than our previous work–our brains kind of went
into meltdown”.

 

The first single to be taken from
the album is “Surf Solar,” the powerful but mesmerizing opening track from Tarot Sport. It displays an
attitude of emotional urgency and striving that is prevalent in a lot of Fuck Buttons’ music. It’s backed by “New Crossbow.”

 

Regarding the “Surf Solar” track, Hung described it thusly:
“Without a conscious effort, this track acts as a bridge between Street Horrrsing and Tarot Sport–it has an emotion
attached to it that is unique to us: one of anxiety. It’s an urgent track”.

 

Pitchfork is premiering the song, and it’s a monster –
check it out here. Meanwhile, that’s the sleeve art to the single, above.

 

Tracklist:

 

1.
Surf Solar

2.
Rough Steez

3.
The Lisbon Maru

4.
Olympians

5.
Phantom Limb

6. Space Mountain

7. Flight Of The Feathered Serpent

 

 

 

 

 

Willowz Prep New LP for “Everyone”

 

Accept no substitute.

 

By Fred Mills

 

BLURT faves the Willowz are set to release their fourth
album (or fifth, depending on how you treat that the 2004 and 2005 releases The Willowz and Are Coming, which had overlapping tracks) on Oct. 6 via Dim
Mak/Downtown. Titled Everyone, it’s
being described as “staying true
to their no-strings-attached soul infused garage rock sound [but incorporating]
stronger crafted pop hooks than ever before.”

 

Check out the
MP3 for the new song “Repetition” and hear for yourself.

 

 

Dang, that’s one fine
Yardbirds-styled fuzz raveup. While you listen to it you can also read about
guitarist Richie Follin’s solo album
that was released earlier this year.

 

Come to think
of it, the Willowz’ 2007 release Chautauqua had pretty strong pop hooks, too. Yours truly, writing for Harp mag at the time, opined thusly:

 

You can dwell upon the
Willowz’ rock ‘n’ roll pulchritude if you want; the Anaheim group oozes cinema-ready
star quality in Richie Follin’s lean, hirsute visage and Jessica Reynoza’s
pouty-lipped smirk. But discount the actual music on their third full-length
and you’ll miss out on one powerhouse combo. From the Led Zeppelin-like screech
‘n’ awe of “Beware” (“Yer gonna feel it when it hits,” warns a
retribution-minded Follin) and the Alice Cooper-esque thug-thud of “Waiting to
Fall,” to the maraca- and ass-shakin’ Stones stomp of “Nobody” (Follin and
Reynoza lustily gobbling the microphone like a guy/gal Jon Spencer) and the drone-and-strum
Velvets groove of “All I Need,” the Willowz’ sonic revelry is a riotous romp
through rock’s back pages. It’s neither ramshackle nor imitative, however. The Willowz
are an ingenious hybrid, devising clever arrangements and deploying convulsive
vocals and slowly but surely getting under your skin. Don’t hate ‘em ‘cos
they’re purty.

 

Well, they’re still purty, and based on their last SXSW
showcase in Austin,
they still romp riotously. At any rate, here’s what we’re being told about the
new album:

 

Opening the record is “Break Your
Back,” a track that starts out with simple percussion and colorful vocals
before crescendo-ing into a massive, heavily layered song, paving the way for
the remainder of this dynamic rock album. “I Know” rides the waves between
garage rock vigor and an undeniably addictive, anthemic chorus. “Way It Seems”
highlights lead vocalist Richie James Follin’s incredible range as his falsetto
accompanies the always tempo changing song, making it stand out as an original
track that can’t be qualified as either fast paced nor a ballad, but rather
manages to be both.

 

Works for us.
We’re BLURT, and we approved this news item. See you in October!

 

 

 

Americana Music Festival Acts Announced

 

Lineup Includes Will Hoge, Cross Canadian Ragweed, J.D. Souther, Those
Darlins, Marty Stuart and W.P.A.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The Americana Music Association announced yesterday its
initial lineup of artists confirmed to perform at the upcoming 2009 AMERICANA
MUSIC FESTIVAL (with additional artists still pending). Festival showcases will
be held Wednesday September 16th-Saturday September 19th at five downtown Nashville venues
including: The Mercy Lounge, The Cannery Ballroom, 3rd & Lindsley, The
Station Inn and The Basement. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Will Hoge, J.D. Souther,
Marty Stuart,
Those
Darlins and W.P.A. are among the artists set for the 10th annual
event.

 

Registration for the entire Festival & Conference,
including a ticket to the critically acclaimed Honors & Awards show, is
$350 for AMA members and $450 for non-members through August 31st. Conference
registrants also receive entrance and priority access to all showcase
performances. 

Non-conference attendees may buy wristbands granting admission to all venues on
all four evenings of live music They’re  available for only $45.

 

Presented by the Gibson Foundation, the Americana Honors
& Awards  Show is held at the Ryman Auditorium and set for the night
of September 17th. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, with Buddy Miller and his all-star band, the ceremony features six member-voted year end annual
categories and bestows several Lifetime Achievement Awards. 2009 Lifetime
honorees so far include–Asleep at the Wheel (Performance) and Sam Bush (Instrumentalist)–with several more recipients to be announced in the coming
weeks.  A full list of nominees for the member voted categories may be
viewed here.

 

 

Full details: www.americanamusic.org.

 

The initial lineup of confirmed showcase
artists features:

Among The
Oak & Ash
Annie &
The Beekeepers
Asleep at
the Wheel
Band of
Heathens
Baskery
The
Belleville Outfit
Sarah Borges
and the Broken Singles
Bottle
Rockets
Elliott
Brood
Grayson
Capps
Roger Clyne
& The Peacemakers
Come On Go
With Us
Amy Cook
Cross
Canadian Ragweed
DADDY
Deadstring
Brothers
Antje
Duvekot
Angela
Easterling
Tim Easton
The Farewell
Drifters
Radney
Foster
Clarence
Fountain

Sam Butler & The Boys

Otis Gibbs

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Kara
Grainger
The
Greencards
Will Hoge
Hot Club of
Cowtown
Seth James
Sarah Jarosz
Brigid
Kaelin
Jim
Lauderdale
The Lovell
Sisters
Corb Lund
Chuck Mead
Buddy Miller
Scott Miller
Joe Pug
Reckless
Kelly
Charlie
Robison
Jim Rooney
& The Irregulars
The
Rustlanders
Matthew Ryan
Keith Sewell
Amanda Shires
Sarah
Siskind
The Smart
Brothers
J.D. Souther
Amy Speace
Stone River
Boys
Marty Stuart
Patrick
Sweany
Those
Darlins
The
Travelin’ McCourys & The Lee Boys
The Trishas
Sara Watkins
Shannon
Whitworth
Webb Wilder
W.P.A.
Yarn

 

 

 

GWAR Returns!

 

GWAR Returns!

 

Jaws O’ Death, Oderus
Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Beefcake the Mighty and Jizmak Da Gusher do the, uh,
GWAR thing once again.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

You’ve all been keeping up with GWAR, right? You know that
vocalist Oderus Urungus was recently named “Official Interplanetary
Correspondent”  for Fox News’ “Red Eye”
show, right? (Go HERE, for video proof…) And you’re bound to know that the band
has a new album due August 19, and even better, that they’re back on their old
label Metal Blade.

 

Titled Lust in Space, the
group is previewing the song “Let Us Slay” at their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/gwarofficial .

 

According to Mr. Urungus, “This song deals with the
human race’s lust for blood, all the while maintaining the lie of ‘Thou shalt
not kill’…It calls upon the humans to embrace their love of death (and
therefore GWAR), shed their
hypocritical trappings, and proceed with the apocalypse. It’s going to happen
anyway, so they might as well enjoy it!”

 

Well, all right then! Meanwhile, watch for the winter issue
of BLURT when we run an excerpt from the recent book Kill The Music – it’s a first-hand account of the September 1990
GWAR obscenity bust as seen through the eyes of the club owner who booked the
show (and who subsequently had his club shut down by the powers that be).

 

 

 

 

Jesus Wants My Record Collection

Every year, Jesus People USA (yup, that’s the group’s real
name) puts on the annual Cornerstone Music Festival outside of Chicago. The
event boasts six days(!) of Christian Punk, Christian Metal, Christian Rap and
Christian Hardcore… and I can only assume Christina Ska and Christian
Rockabilly. 

Call it the born again’s answer to Lollapalooza.

In honor of this year’s festival line up, what follows is a
run down two of my two favorite 90’s bands that Jesus took away from me.

THE SMOKING POPES

Though they are now back together, the reason the Smoking Popes
broke up in ‘99 was because singer Josh Caterer decided to embrace
Christianity. Not just show up at church every now and then, but the “I’m-going-to-quit-rock-and-everything-it-stands-for,
turning- my-back-on-everything-I’ve-created-fuck-the-fans” kind of
embrace. A great band cut down way too early. A couple years ago, the band
decided to get back together to play a handful of shows and record a live
album. In an interview around those shows I asked Josh about the whole God
thing and he said he simply wasn’t happy with all the drugs and drinking that
surrounded the band. He became born again and quit rock music all together for
awhile, focusing solely on uplifting religious tunes. Crater slowly got back
into rock through a new band Duvall, then finally realized God probably doesn’t
necessarily hate good music and got the band back together. I caught one of
their comeback shows at The Masquerade in Atlanta and they were amazing (though
Josh did take the opportunity to preach a few times from the mic, making the others
in the band visibly squirm). The Smoking Popes had a decent comeback record
last year, but still not quite as stellar as their earlier efforts.

SUPERDRAG

OK, this one took me by surprise. The Knoxville power pop
band turned out a slew of brilliant records in the 90’s and early 2000’s.
(Though “Sucked Out” is still the only song people remember.) I found
out, like the Smoking Popes, were doing a series of reunion tours last year (which,
by the way makes me feel old as shit when bands I dig are now qualify for
reunion shows). In doing research for an interview, I discovered front man John
Davis had another one of those spiritual awakenings that seem to be going
around, again thanks to booze. Copying off of Josh’s paper, he also started
working exclusively on Christian songs. I finally spoke with Davis in 2008 and
he was super cool, but I chickened out and didn’t ask him about God (so no big
answers for you. Sorry). Like the Smoking Popes, they also had a decent, but
not great comeback record out this year.

AND HERE’S A FEW YOU HE CAN KEEP…

Former Korn guitarist Brian Welch

In his case, I think he’s just using his sudden conversion
to Christianity (I think it’s Christianity) and cult-like new life as an easy
excuse to walk away from a truly crappy band.

Alice Cooper

The same guy who used to guillotine himself on stage in the
70’s is now a golfer, PTA dad and (gulp) Republican. He’s also found Jesus.
Again, in this case, I think he woke up one day and realized that he was a
washed up irrelevant former rocker whose biggest accomplishment was playing
“School’s Out” on an episode of the Muppet show.

So after given this a little thought, I’m left with two
separate conclusions to the question of why rockers turn to Jesus:

1.     Years
of hard partying and meaningless groupie sex makes you search for a deeper
meaning.

2.   God is actually a roadie, converting the masses, one musician
at a time.