Monthly Archives: July 2009

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

 

 

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:

 

 

 

 

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”:

 

 

 

7 World’s Collide’s The Sun Came Out Due

 

Band features Crowded House,
Radiohead, Wilco, The Smiths, Kt Tunstall among others.

 

By Blurt
Staff

 

The first 7
Worlds Collide album, a collection of amazing musical talents from across the
globe in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières,
was a unique live performance experience, fusing the varied talents of a
stellar cast across a range of cover versions to create a series of shows that
culminated in the live album of the same name. Seven years after that project,
instigator Neil Finn has upped the ante with the new 7 Worlds Collide project, The
Sun Came Out
, a double album of original songs created and recorded by many
of the original cast alongside notable new additions in an intense three weeks
in his native New Zealand.
This time the beneficiaries of this album will be Oxfam, as well as music
lovers worldwide.

 
Familiar faces from the original album abound, Johnny Marr, Ed O’Brien and Phil
Selway of Radiohead but this album, first and foremost presents the listener
with new songs rather than interpretations of old favourites. The Sun Came
Out
also features a whole host of new guest talents such as KT Tunstall and
Wilco and heart stopping firsts, including Phil Selway’s songwriting and vocal
debut as well as dream collaborations such as those between Johnny Marr and
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy; and KT Tunstall and Neil Finn .

 

At the heart of
the record is Neil Finn. His enthusiasm and drive persuaded the likes of
celebrated producer Jim Scott, Lisa Germano, Johnny Marr and Wilco’s Jeff
Tweedy, Pat Sansone, John Stirratt and Glenn Kotche (amongst others) to spend
their Christmas holiday in New Zealand and even interrupted KT Tunstall’s
honeymoon in the process.

 
With families welcome, the studio became a constant whirl of creativity and
energy throughout the three weeks allocated to create the record. Johnny Marr
returned from a run on the beach with the basis of ‘Too Blue’, where Jeff
Tweedy was waiting to add his talents; KT Tunstall stopped Neil retiring to his
bed to complete ‘Hazel Black’; a wandering Johnny Marr added a chorus melody to
Liam Finn’s ‘Red Wine Bottle’; Ed O’Brien fashioned ‘Bodhisattva Blues’ from a
Tibetan chant.   In this atmosphere, anything was possible and Neil’s
wife Sharon found herself laying down her debut vocal on ‘Little By Little’
whilst Phil Selway also took his vocal bow and unveiled a hitherto unknown songwriting
talent with his solo turn ‘The Ties That Bind Us’ in one take.
 

From Neil’s original doubts over the idea, “I thought, what is this? Is it
just an ego thing,” came a double album of astounding collaborations for
the listener and amazing memories for all those concerned in the
recording.   At the center of it all stands Neil Finn, too humble to
take the glory himself, it is left to KT Tunstall to give the credit due to the
man who made this happen: “It’s Neil. It all comes from him. There’s
something about him that made everyone open up creatively.”

Jeremy Hobbs, Director of Oxfam International said:  “7 Worlds
Collide is a great project. I hope The Sun Came Out is a huge
success.  Not just because it’s a unique musical experience but because
each CD sold will make a difference — raising money to fund Oxfam’s work to
fight poverty.”

The complete tracklisting and credits for the 2-CD set is below:

Disc 1

1. Too Blue – (Johnny Marr/Jeff Tweedy) – Johnny Marr and Neil Finn vocals
Elroy Finn & Glenn Kotche (drums), Phil Selway (percussion), John Stirratt
(stand-up bass), Johnny Marr & Ed O’Brien (guitars), Pat Sansone (piano),
Nile Marr & Neil Finn (acoustic guitars), and Lisa Germano (violins)

2. You Never Know – (Jeff Tweedy) – Jeff vocals
Jeff Tweedy (acoustic & electric guitars), Glenn Kotche (drums), Pat
Sansone (acoustic 12 string guitar & piano), John Stirratt (bass), Neil
Finn (Wurlitzer piano, fuzz guitar), Liam Finn (additional fuzz guitar), Nels
Cline (electric/slide guitar), and Mikael Jorgensen (organ/synth)

3. Little By Little – (Sharon Finn/Neil Finn) – Neil and Sharon vocals
Glenn Kotche (drums & percussion), Liam Finn (additional drums), Sharon
Finn (bass), and Neil Finn (guitars, Chamberlin, Jupiter 8, marimba)

4. Learn To Crawl – (Ed O’Brien/Johnny Marr/Liam Finn/Neil Finn) – Neil and
Liam vocals

Glenn Kotche (drums), Ed O’Brien, Johnny Marr, Pat Sansone (acoustic guitar
arpeggio), Neil Finn (bass), Pat Sansone (background harmonies), Jeff Tweedy
(disembodied voice), and Lisa Germano (violin)

5. Black Silk Ribbon – (KT Tunstall/Bic Runga) – KT and Bic vocals
Luke Bullen (drums, thigh slap), KT Tunstall & Bic Runga (acoustic
guitars), Sebastian Steinberg (stand up & bowed bass), and Lisa Germano
(violin)

6. Girl, Make Your Own Mind Up – (Don McGlashan) – Don vocals
Don McGlashan (guitar), Glenn Kotche (drums), Ed O’Brien (electric guitar
atmosphere), John Stirratt (bass), Ivy Rossiter (backing vocal), and Jeff
Tweedy (electric guitar solo)

7. Run In The Dust – (Johnny Marr) – Johnny vocals
Phil Selway (drums), Sebastian Steinberg (bass), Johnny Marr (guitar), Ed
O’Brien (electric guitar), Pat Sansone (Hammond
organ), Jeff Tweedy (harmonica), Neil Finn, Lisa Germano, and Pat Sansone
(harmonies)

8. Red Wine Bottle – (Liam Finn/Chris Garland/Johnny Marr) – Liam vocals
Glenn Kotche (drums), John Stirratt (bass), Liam Finn (acoustic guitars, guitar
loops and solo, Hammond mash), Neil Finn (Hammond flourish), Johnny Marr
(electric guitar), Eliza Jane Barnes & Cecilia Herbert (harmonies)

9. The Ties That Bind Us – (Phil Selway) – Phil vocals
Phil Selway (acoustic guitar), Glenn Kotche (drums, percussion), Pat Sansone
(acoustic guitar, celeste), Sebastian Steinberg (standup & bowed bass),
Lisa Germano (violin & whisper), Don McGlashan (euphium, flugelhorn), and
Jeff Tweedy (additional arrangement)

10. Reptile – (Lisa Germano) – Lisa vocals
Lisa Germano (electric guitar, Theremin), Sebastian Steinberg (bass), Spencer
Tweedy (drums), Glenn Kotche (toys and robots drumming), Pat Sansone (12 string
guitar), Neil Finn (xylophone), Sonny Marr, Nile Marr, Sam Tweedy, Jeff Tweedy,
Louise Callaghan, Emma Scott, Pearl McGlashan, mae Moreno, Sharon Finn, Julia
Connolly, Sebastian Steinberg, and Milla (humans & dogs singing background vocals)

11. Bodhisattva Blues – (Ed O’Brien/Liam Finn) – Ed and Neil Finn vocals
Ed O’Brien (electric guitar), Elroy Finn (drums), Liam Finn (guitar), Neil Finn
(Wurlizer piano, bass), Jeff Tweedy (guitar solo, vocal response & scream),
and Johnny Marr (guitar solo)

12. What Could Have Been – (Jeff Tweedy) – Jeff vocals
Glenn Kotche (drums, percussion), Jeff Tweedy (acoustic guitar), John Stirratt
(bass), Neil Finn (vibes, electric guitar, harmony), and Pat Sansone (piano,
Wurlitzer organ)

Disc 2

1. All Comedians Suffer – (Neil Finn) – Neil vocals
Glenn Kotche (drums), Neil Finn (electric guitar), Pat Sansone (acoustic
guitar), Liam Finn (bass, electric guitar, harmonies), and Jeff Tweedy (chorus
fuzz, electric guitar solo)

2. Duxton Blues – (Glenn Richards) – Glenn vocals
Glenn Richards (guitar), Liam Finn (drums, guitar & vocal loops), Johnny
Marr (electric guitar), Sebastian Steinberg (bass), Bic Runga & Neil Finn
(background vocals)

3. Hazel Black – (KT Tunstall/Neil Finn) – KT and Neil vocals
KT Tunstall (acoustic guitar, handclaps, background vocals), Luke Bullen
(drums, handclaps), John Stirratt (bass), Johnny Marr & Pat Sansone
(electric guitars), Neil Finn (piano, harmony), Glenn Kotche (handclaps), Sonny
Marr & Bic Runga (back-
ground vocals)

4. Riding The Wave – (Tim Finn) – Tim vocals
Tim Finn (piano), Elroy Finn (drums), Neil Finn (acoustic guitar, slide guitar,
harmony), Liam Finn (harmonies), Sebastian Steinberg (bass), Johnny Marr
(electric guitar), and Pat Sansone (Hammond organ)

5. The Witching Hour – (Phil Selway) – Phil vocals
Phil Selway (acoustic guitar), Bic Runga & KT Tunstall (background vocals),
Lisa Germano (violin), and Jeff Tweedy (Optigan organ, piano)

6. Over And Done – (John Stirratt) – John vocals
John Stirratt (guitar), Glenn Kotche (drums), Pat Sansone (bass, piano), Don
McGlashan (Euphonium, Flugelhorn), and Neil Finn & Pat Sansone (harmonies)

7. A Change Of Heart – (Bic Runga/Dan Wilson) – Bic vocals
Bic Runga (acoustic guitar), Glenn Kotche (drums), John Stirratt (bass), Neil
Finn (piano), Pat Sansone (Hammond organ), and Don McGlashan (humming)

8. Don’t Forget Me – (Pat Sansone) – Pat vocals
Pat Sansone (guitar), Glenn Kotche (drums), John Stirratt (bass), and Johnny
Marr (electric guitar)

9. Long Time Gone – (Don McGlashan) – Don vocals
Don McGlashan (guitar), Phil Selway (drums), Pat Sansone (bass), Ed O’Brien
(electric guitar), and Johnny Marr (12 string & 6 string acoustic guitars,
backing vocals)

10. The Cobbler – (Elroy Finn) – Elroy vocals
Elroy Finn (guitar), Lisa Germano (violin), and Sebastian Steinberg (bowed
bass)

11. 3 Worlds Collide – (Glenn Kotche/Phil Selway/Neil Baldock)
Glenn Kotche & Phil Selway (drums, percussion)

12. The Water – (Sebastian Steinberg) – Sebastian vocals
Sebastian Steinberg (guitars, bass), Neil Finn (piano), Glenn Kotche (drums),
and Johnny Marr (ghost guitar)  
 
Produced by Jim Scott and Neil Finn, additional production Neil Baldock
 
About Oxfam America
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization
that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with
individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives,
helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are an
affiliate of Oxfam International.

www.oxfamamerica.org

 

 

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

 

 

 

Kid Koala + Wolfmother = The Slew

 

Master vinyl
manipulator with six turntables meets the ex-Wolfmother rhythm section.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

A couple of years back Eric San (aka Kid Koala) and Dylan J.
Frombach (aka Dynomite D) were approached to soundtrack a new documentary
feature film that was in production. Koala was already well known for his turntable
manipulation, whilst Dylan had remixed Money Mark and collaborated with the
Beastie Boys, amongst others. The duo worked for a long time on the psych
rock-influenced score, only for the filming to collapse and any release to be
canned. Although the film may never see the light of day, its music is about to
be brought to life on stage.

 

Recently Koala & Dylan met the former rhythm section of Australia’s Wolfmother
and began telling them all about the film and its lost music. Chris Ross and
Myles Heskett loved the clips and urged that the material had to be heard;
subsequently Kid Koala and the guys decided to put a show on the road.

 

After intensive rehearsals the show is now ready to go.
Featuring drums, bass/keys and the DJs working across a truly excessive six
turntables, the set is seventy minutes of raw guitar cuts and heavy beats. It’s
a one-off tour, too, so it’s a case of be there or be square, for The Slew Tour.

 

Meanwhile, you can check out a couple of MP3s from the project. Some funky shit, yo.

 

 

 

 

TOUR DATES:

 

WED 9/23

VANCOUVER,
BC

Commodore

 

THUR 9/24

SEATTLE,
WA

Nectar

 

FRI 9/25

SAN FRANCISCO,
CA

Independent

 

SUN 9/27

LOS ANGELES,
CA

Key Club

 

WED 9/30

BROOKLYN,
NY

Music Hall
Of Williamsburg

 

THUR 10/1

BOSTON, MA

Great Scott

 

FRI 10/2

MONTREAL,
QC

La Tulipe

 

SAT 10/3

TORONTO,
ON

Lee’s Palace

 

SUN 10/4

CHICAGO,
IL

Abbey

 

 

 

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).

 

 

 

 

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!