Monthly Archives: August 2009

Naked Raygun Tours, Issues Singles



First new material the band has cut since 1992.
Limited string of shows so don’t miss your chance.


By Blurt Staff


Legendary Chicago punks Naked Raygun
announce east coast dates and a 7″ vinyl series this fall. They recently made
their first trip into a recording studio in over a decade (this is the first
new material since 1992 and first recording since 1997), tracking at Transient
Sound in Chicago.
The songs will be released as a series of 7″ records, the first of which is
available for presale at – fans will receive exclusive free stuff and mp3 download card with early
purchase. The band plans East Coast dates in September; will headline Riot Fest
Chicago in October before getting down to work on their new album, due in
2010.  The tour hits cities Naked Raygun hasn’t played in almost twenty
years; joining them on the tour are Philadelphia
hardcore stars Paint It Black and Chicago’s
own Shot Baker. 


Easily the most
influential band bursting forth from the initial Chicago punk rock explosion, Naked Raygun
also holds the distinction of being the longest running.  When many of
their peers were either breaking up or going metal in the mid-to-late 1980s,
Naked Raygun soldiered on with their trademark sound, combining infectious
vocal melodies with muscular guitar and a precision rhythm section. 
Echoes of the golden era of Raygun sound can be heard in punk rock circles

The band broke up in 1992
and save for a one-off reunion in 1997 to celebrate the release of the Last of
the Demohicans collection, stayed inactive while band members tended to family
business and occasionally other musical projects such as The Bomb and Pegboy.


In the fall of 2006
drummer Eric Spicer began to get the itch to play the old songs again and
gathered the guys together again to reunite for Riot Fest in Chicago.  The overwhelming response from
the sold out crowd of four thousand prompted Naked Raygun to re-form
permanently with their final lineup of Spicer, Bill Stephens on guitar, Pierre
Kezdy on bass and Jeff Pezzati on vocals.


Naked Raygun returned to
action by playing shows across the Midwest and
embarking on their first West Coast tour in over a decade with Bay Area legends
the Swingin’ Utters.  The band also released their first DVD via Riot Fest
Records, entitled “What Poor Gods We
Do Make
.”  The CD/DVD package combined a documentary covering the
lifespan of the band with performances from their sold out performance at Riot
Fest 2006.


During a recent two night
stand at the House of Blues in Chicago,
Naked Raygun debuted their first new songs in seventeen years. Watch for ‘em. 


Tour Dates:


September 9, 2009

The Mideast (Cambridge, MA)

with Paint it Black, Shot

18+ – tickets $15.00 –
Showtime TBA


September 10, 2009

First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia,

with Paint It Black, Shot

7:30pm – $12.00 – all


September 11, 2009

Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)

with Paint It Black, Shot

Doors 7pm Show 8pm –
$15.00adv $17.00 doors – all ages


September 12, 2009

The Music
Hall of Williamsburg
(Brooklyn, NY)

with Paint It Black, Shot

Show 8pm, $15.00 – 16 and


September 13, 2009

Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)

with Paint It Black, Shot

Show 8pm Tickets $15.00
adv $17.00 doors





David Bazan Does Digital House Party Mon.


Also getting profiled
in a certain rock mag very soon…


By Blurt Staff

Getting ready for that David Bazan (ex-Pedro the Lion) CD Curse Your Branches that drops next week
via Barsuk? Watch for a review of it at the BLURT site, and also keep your eyes
peeled for the next print issue of BLURT, due late September, with an exclusive
interview and profile for Bazan. We sent our favorite cub reporter up to his
house in Edmonds (near Seattle) – several times – to hang out, catch the vibe, and get the
scoop on the man, the myth, the legend, and the new record.


Here’s an MP3 teaser from the album just to keep your



Meanwhile, this news just in from Barsuk:


2009 Bazan has been performing solo in living rooms all across America. On
August 31st, Brooklyn Vegan will
present a performance to the entire world in Bazan’s first and only Online
House Show, with a live audio and video feed of the event.

To watch,
fans can direct their browsers to the BV site where they’ll also be able to
participate in the event with a live chat and Twitter feed, from which Bazan
will take a handful of questions for his customary live question and answer

Go to the BV site Monday, August 31st @ 8:00pm
EST To Watch And Participate:


After the
online event, Bazan has a few more house shows before trading in the living
room for rock clubs on his first full-band tour in over four years. Joining
Bazan on the trek will be Say Hi’s Eric
Elbogen on guitars, Andy Fitts
of Aqueduct on keys and guitar,
longtime contributor and Sufjan
compatriot Casey Foubert behind
the kit, and perennial Bazan associate Blake
Wescott on guitar.


Tour Dates:


10/01 San
Francisco CA Independent
10/02 Costa Mesa CA Detroit Bar
10/03 San Diego CA Casbah
10/04 Los Angeles CA Troubadour
10/05 Tucson AZ Solar Culture
10/07 Austin TX Mohawk
10/08 Denton TX Dan’s Silverleaf
10/09 Memphis TN Hi-Tone Café
10/10 Murray KY Lovett Auditorium / Murray State
10/11 Birmingham AL Bottletree
10/13 Orlando FL The Social
10/14 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn
10/15 Chapel Hill NC Cat’s Cradle
10/16 Washington DC Black Cat
10/17 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie
10/18 New York NY Bowery Ballroom
10/20 Cambridge MA TT the Bear’s
10/21 Montreal QC Il Motore
10/22 Toronto ON Lee’s Palace
10/23 Pontiac MI Pike Room
10/24 Chicago IL TBA
10/25 Champaign IL Highdive
10/27 Madison WI High Noon Saloon
10/28 Minneapolis MN Turf Club
10/29 Iowa City IA The Picador
10/30 Lawrence KS Jackpot Saloon
10/31 Omaha NE Slowdown
11/01 Denver CO Hi Dive
11/02 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court
11/05 Vancouver BC Media Club
11/06 Portland OR Mississippi Studios
11/07 Seattle WA Neumos



Massive Attack LP Moved; EP For October


But the previously announced world tour is still on.


By Blurt Staff


With the recent news of
Massive Attack’s new studio album now in flux – the tentatively titled Weather Underground was slated for
October, but now it’s due next February – word arrives that the band will still
be dropping their first new material in three years on Oct. 6 via Virgin.


It’s an EP of four new tracks.
The lead song “Splitting The Atom” features Robert Del Naja (3D),
Grant Marshall (Daddy G) and Horace Andy, while TV On The Radio frontman Tunde
Adebimpe guests on “Pray For Rain”. The EP also has remixes of two
new tracks; “Psyche” featuring Martina Topley-Bird is given the
re-rub by Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid who have recently remixed Bat For
Lashes and The Big Pink, while the Guy Garvey fronted “Bulletproof
Love” is stripped back to a minimalist reworking by Christoff Berg, who
alongside Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid produced the Fever Ray eponymous

Meanwhile, the upcoming full-length will feature collaborations with Damon
Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey and Tunde Adebimpe.

Earlier this year, Massive
Attack won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the Ivor
Novello Awards.  Massive Attack will headline this year’s Bestival on
Friday, September 11th ahead of their first full UK
tour in three years that begins on September 17th in London. Check for dates and

EP Tracklisting:

1.      Splitting The Atom
2.      Pray For Rain
3.      Bulletproof Love (Van Rivers and The
Subliminal Kid Remix)
4.      Psyche (Flash Treatment)



Gogol Bordello Go-Gos to CD/DVD


A gift for the fans…


By Blurt Staff


Gypsy punk powerhouse Gogol Bordello will release the
ultimate fan piece Live From Axis
, a CD/DVD featuring all of the fan favorites live for the first
time on DVD. Live From Axis Mundi will also feature a CD of previously unreleased tracks including
“Stivali E Colbacco” from the Super
sessions, the popularly requested “Troubled Friends”
from the Gypsy Punk sessions,
“Roumania,” a demo of “60 Revolutions” and an instrumental
version of “Immigrant Punk.” The CD also features six tracks from
the band’s BBC sessions, recorded on BBC-Radio 1’s “In The Company Of
(with Colin Murray)” in March 2008. Live From Axis Mundi will be
available on SideOneDummy Records on October 6.

The album captures the energy of Gogol Bordello’s now legendary live show
from two sold-out nights at Irving
Plaza in New York City filmed in 2007. The package
features live performances of “Start Wearing Purple,”
“Ultimate,” “Not A Crime” and the ultimate encore song
“Baro Foro” as well as music videos for “Start Wearing
Purple,” “Not A Crime,” “Wonderlust King,”
“American Wedding,” bonus chronicles and extra tracks.





1. Ultimate (BBC Sessions)
2.Wonderlust King (BBC Sessions)
3. Mishto (BBC Sessions)
4. Alcohol (BBC Sessions)
5. American Wedding (BBC Sessions)
6. You Gave Up (Roumania) (BBC Sessions)
7. Stivali E Colbacco (Super Taranta Sessions)
8. Troubled Friends (Gypsy Punk Sessions)
9. 60 Revolutions (Demo)
10. Immigrant Punk (Demo)
11. Immigrant Punk (Instrumental)

Disc 2 – DVD

Not A Crime
Dogs Were Barking
Wonderlust King
Forces of Victory
Tribal Connection
60 Revolutions
Start Wearing Purple
Think Locally, Fuck Globally
Punk Rock Parranda
Baro Foro
Immigrant Punk
East Infection
Avenue B
Harem In Tuscany

Start Wearing Purple
Not A Crime
Wonderlust King
American Wedding
Creative People Must Be Stopped!
Sacred Darling
Purple (The Pizdetz)
Musika Agressia


Tour Dates:


STATE/PROVINCE                    VENUE
10/03/09       Winnipeg,
Manitoba                          Burton
Cummings Theater
10/04/09       Saskatoon,
Saskatchawan                 The
10/05/09       Calgary,
Alberta                               MacEwan
10/07/09       Edmonton,
Alberta                            Edmonton
Events Centre
10/09/09       Vancouver, British
Columbia                Vogue
10/10/09       Vancouver, British
Columbia                Vogue
10/11/09       Spokane,
Washington                        The
Knitting Factory
10/12/09       Boise,
Idaho                                     The
Knitting Factory
10/13/09       Eugene,
Oregon                                McDonald
10/15/09       Oakland,
California                             Fox
10/18/09       Anaheim,
California                            The
Grove of Anaheim
10/20/09       Tempe,
Arizona                                 Marquee
10/21/09       Tucson,
Arizona                                Rialto
10/24/09       Lawrence,
Kansas                              Liberty
10/25/09       Columbia,
Missouri                              The
Blue Note
10/27/09       Columbus,
Ohio                                  Newport
Music Hall
10/28/09       Richmond,
Virginia                              The
10/30/09       Atlanta,
Georgia                                 Variety
10/31/09       New Orleans,
Louisiana                        Voodoo
Music Experience  
12/1/09         St.
Russia                         Glav
12/2/09         Moscow,
Russia                                  Grand
Milk Theatre    
12/4/09         Kiev, Ukraine                                      Balkan
12/8/09         Warsaw,
Poland                                  Stodola
12/9/09         Krakow,
Poland                                    Rotunda
12/11/09       Prague, Czech
Republic                         Sporthall
12/12/09       Dresden,
Germany                                 Reithalle
12/13/09       Erlangen,
Germany                                E
12/14/09       Karlsruhe,
Germany                               Tollhaus
12/16/09       Thessaloniki,
Greece                              Principal
12/17/09       Athens, Greece
12/19/09       Tel Aviv, Israel
12/20/09       Tel Aviv,
Israel                                     Barbey






Do Make Say Think do Do/Make/Say/Think


New album drops in
October, accompanied by brief US


By Blurt Staff


Do Make Say Think drops their sixth studio album Other Truths October 20th on Constellation Records. Together for
about 14 years now, they’ve crafted a typically sensory-assaulting epic that
comprises but 4 songs – cheekily titled “Do,”
“Make,” “Say,” and “Think” – each, as you imagine, a
lengthy extrapolation. This ain’t no 6-minute EP, in other words.


Bucking the trend towards diminishing attention spans,
immediate gratification, snappy digital singles and things that go ‘pop’ right
out of the gate, DMST admirably stick to their roots and allow the vines that
spring from their fertile musical garden to wind, curl and climb for as long as
required. More than ever, the players keep their heads down, creating multi-movement
instrumental works (with the occasional mantric or wordless vocal passage,
courtesy guest singers The Akron Family
and Lullabye Arkestra),
overflowing with attention to tone and timbre, animated by unfussy yet ornate
harmony, melody and polyrhythm, shot through with ineffable soul. The album
represents the first time since the band’s debut (recorded over a dozen years
ago) that they have found themselves with an entire collection of songs that
unfold so organically over long duration.

The backstory: Do Make Say Think has always managed
to gather, balance and synthesize various poles simultaneously –
ragged/precise, dirty/clean, atmospheric/ stratospheric – forging sonic
narratives that combine broad strokes and clusters of detail. Perhaps more than
their overtly ‘post-modern’ commingling of various musical genres (psych, jazz,
dub, folk) this less conspicuous, indefinable ability to maintain such a consistently
enthralling fusion of instincts is the true mark of the band, yielding a music
that sounds and feels so unforced, natural and human. Certainly a key part of
this unquantifiable equation is the band’s self-production, which has shaped
their sound from the beginning, and grown along with it. Led by Ohad Benchetrit and his home studio Th’ Schvitz in Toronto, along with Charles Spearin and Justin Small, DMST has developed a
canny and novel toolbox of recording and mixing techniques that contributes
significantly to their sonic identity.


Other Truths will be available on CD in a
custom gatefold cardstock jacket and in a first pressing on deluxe 180gLP that
includes a limited edition poster (unique to the LP package), an artwork insert
printed on heavyweight translucent paper and a CD copy of the album all packed
in a thick 24pt. paperboard record jacket. The album is also available




1. Do
2. Make
3. Say
4. Think


Tour Dates:


10-Sept-09 Wordless Music Festival – Miller Theatre (Columbia
University)    New York
25-Nov-09 Sala Rossa    Montreal
26-Nov-09 Sala Rossa    Montreal
27-Nov-09 Middle East Downstairs    Cambridge,
28-Nov-09 Music Hall Of Williamsburg
   Brooklyn, NY    
30-Nov-09 First Unitarian Church    Philadelphia
01-Dec-09 Rock and Roll Hotel    Washington
02-Dec-09 Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA
03-Dec-09 Crofoot Ballroom    Pontiac,
04-Dec-09 Schubas Tavern    Chicago, IL





Doors Break On Through One Last Time




Four concerts represent the Lizard
King’s final NYC performances prior to his death.


By Blurt Staff


Rhino and Doors vault label Bright Midnight Archives will release four performances
from The Doors’ final tour as Live In New
on Nov. 10. The latest addition to the band’s series of archival
concert releases, this six-disc collection contains all four of The Doors’
performances – in their entirety – recorded in 1970 at the Felt Forum in New York City. An exclusive
stream of “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” from the second show on
January 17, 1970 will premiere at beginning today, Aug. 27.


All four shows were mixed and mastered by the band’s longtime engineer,
Bruce Botnick, who recorded a number of shows from The Doors’ 1970 tour on
multi-track tape for the Absolutely Live album. While most of the music
contained on Live In New York is
unreleased, a few songs (and portions of songs) surfaced in 1970 on Absolutely Live and in 1997 on The Doors Box Set. These shows represent
The Doors’ final New York City
performances with Morrison, who passed away July 3, 1971. (Intriguingly, while
the box set will go for a whopping 90 bucks, a digital version featuring “select
highlights” from all four Felt Forum shows will also be available at all digital
retail outlets for $9.99.)


Here’s the scoop, courtesy Rhino:


Recorded January 17 and 18, 1970 – just a few weeks before the release of Morrison Hotel – these concerts find Jim
Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek locked in tight as
they deliver smoking takes on soon-to-be-classics from their forthcoming album,
including “Roadhouse Blues,” “Peace Frog,” “Ship Of Fools,” and “Maggie
M’Gill.” The shows also feature a number of driving blues covers, such as Bo
Diddley’s “Who Do You Love,” Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster,” and John Lee
Hooker’s “Crawling King Snake.” “Those were the bluesy songs we always used to
do,” Krieger says. “We probably hadn’t done them in years, but we resurrected
them for these shows.”


The year prior to these shows, The Doors became one of the first rock bands
to play New York City’s Madison Square
Garden. When they
returned in 1970, Densmore says they chose to play the Felt Forum, a smaller
venue at the Garden. “It was more intimate, and you could feel the audience
more,” he says. “There was more interaction, and the acoustics were much
better, because it was designed for music.”


Manzarek hails these shows as a return to the group’s early days, when they
used to play a small Los Angeles
club called the London Fog. “I mean, talk about going back to basics. We used
to do four sets a night at the London Fog, and we only had a small block of
songs written up to that time. So we would do other people’s material. And in New York, it was like
the same thing. We’ve got four shows to play here, two sets tonight, two sets
tomorrow night. Let’s play whatever we want! Let’s just go!”


And go they did. Along with a mix of then-unheard new songs and old covers,
the band also tapped into its 1967, self-titled debut, peppering the set lists
with signature songs such as “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” “Soul
Kitchen,” “The End,” and “Light My Fire,” The Doors’ first #1 hit.For the final
show of the Felt Forum stand, the band was joined onstage by two guests – The
Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian (who played harmonica on the studio version of
“Roadhouse Blues”) and drummer Dallas Taylor, who’d played on Crosby, Stills
& Nash’s debut. Sebastian sat in for “Rock Me” and was joined by Taylor for “Going To N.Y.
Blues” and “Maggie M’Gill.”


Prior to the release of LIVE IN NEW YORK, Rhino will release 180-gram vinyl
versions of all six Doors studio albums on September 15. Previously available
only in 2007’s The Doors Vinyl Box,
original stereo mixes of The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, The Soft
Parade, Morrison Hotel, and L.A. Woman will now be available individually at
all vinyl retail outlets.

Track Listing:


Disc 1

January 17, 1970 (First Show)

1. Start Of Show
2. “Roadhouse Blues”
3. “Ship Of Fools”*
4. “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
5. Tuning
6. “Peace Frog”
7. “Blue Sunday”
8. “Alabama
Song (Whisky Bar)”
9. “Back Door Man”*
10. “Love Hides”*
11. “Five To One”*
12. Tuning/Breather
13. “Who Do You Love”
14. “Little Red Rooster”
15. “Money”
16. Tuning
17. “Light My Fire”*
18. More, More, More
19. “Soul Kitchen”*
20. End Of Show


Disc 2

January 17, 1970 (Second Show)

1. Start Show 2
2. Jim “How Ya Doing?”
3. “Roadhouse Blues”
4. “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”*
5. “Ship Of Fools”
6. “Crawling King Snake”
7. “Alabama
Song (Whisky Bar)”
8. “Back Door Man”*
9. “Five To One”
10. Pretty Neat, Pretty Good
11. “Build Me A Woman”
12. Tuning/Breather
13. “Who Do You Love”*
14. Tuning/Breather
15. “Wild Child”*
16. Cheering/Tuning
17. “When The Music’s Over”


Disc 3

January 17, 1970 (Second Show) continued

1. Tuning/Breather
2. “Light My Fire”*
3. Hey, Mr. Light Man!
4. “Soul Kitchen”*
5. Jim’s Fish Joke
6. “The End”
7. End Of Show


Disc 4

January 18, 1970 (Third Show)

1. Start Show 3
2. “Roadhouse Blues”*
3. “Ship Of Fools”*
4. “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”*
5. Tuning/Breather
6. “Universal Mind”*
7. “Alabama
Song (Whisky Bar)” – False Start*
8. “Alabama
Song (Whisky Bar)”*
9. “Back Door Man”*
10. “Five To One”
11. Tuning/Breather
12. “Moonlight Drive”
13. “Who Do You Love”*
14. Calling Out For Songs
15. “Money”*
16. Tuning/Breather
17. “Light My Fire”
18. More, More More
19. “When The Music’s Over”*
20. Good Night – End Show


Disc 5

January 18, 1970 (Fourth Show)

1. Start Show 4
2. “Roadhouse Blues”*
3. “Peace Frog”*
4. “Alabama
Song (Whisky Bar)”*
5. “Back Door Man”
6. “Five To One”
7. We Have A Special Treat
8. “Celebration Of The Lizard”
9. Alright Let’s Boogie
10. “Build Me A Woman”
11. “When The Music’s Over”*
12. More, More, More

Disc 6

January 18, 1970 (Fourth Show) continued

1. “Soul Kitchen”*
2. For Fear Of Getting Too Patriotic
3. Petition The Lord With Prayer
4. “Light My Fire”
5. Only When The Moon Comes Out
6. “Close To You”
7. The Encore Begins
8. “Rock Me”*
9. What To Do Next?
10. “Going To N.Y. Blues”*
11. Tuning/Breather
12. “Maggie M’Gill”*
13. Tuning/Breather
14. “Gloria”*/End Of Show

*Previously unreleased




Martin Bisi is one Son Of A Gun


Digital-only EP
doesn’t have any topless women, but it DOES have Bill Laswell…


By Blurt Staff


BLURT blogger (and musician, and noted producer) Martin Bisi
releases Son Of A Gun, a digital-only 5-song follow up to his Sirens
Of The Apocalypse
(CD) from earlier this year.
It’s due next month from Contraphonic. On Son Of A Gun, Bisi brings in
musicians from his extended revolving line-up at live shows – long time
collaborator Bill Laswell, and members of The Dresden Dolls, Fiery Furnaces,
Balkan Beat Box, and World Inferno Friendship Society.

Son Of A Gun, whose cover is a surreal image of Bisi with a rifle, is
thematically on the other side of the coin from Sirens Of Apocalypse.
Where as the topless women on the cover of Sirens reveal an outward gaze
into society, Son Of A Gun is more self-referential.

Two songs on the EP are meant to be sister tracks – “Mile High- Apple of
My Eye,” featuring Bill Laswell on bass, and “Mile
High-Formaldehyde” with Brian Viglione from The Dresden Dolls on drums.
The two “Mile High” tracks share a lot of identical lyrics and are
directed at the similarities between Bisi and his daughter – “You share my

“Rise Up Cowboy” philosophically refers to a masculine presence and
archtype that Bisi finds within himself, and ubiquitously in the world.
“Rise Up Cowboy” is embellished with very ambient sax by Peter Hess
from Balkan Beat Box and World Inferno Friendship society, and features Bob
D’amico, the regular drummer for Fiery Furnaces. D’amico also plays on
“Drink Your Wine.”



Russ Meyer Dips in the Sugar Boxx


Busty stars reunite
for new women-in-prison film… soundtrack features music from Combustible Edison and Guns N’ Roses alumni… sadly, it’s rated “R” so
all you BLURT readers will have to get your parents to take you!


By Blurt Staff


Buxom cult legends Tura Satana (Faster,
Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
) and Kitten Natividad (Russ
Meyer’s UP!
) will, ahem, bust out of the silver screen in Sugar
, a new women-in-prison film opening September 5th. An
authentic homage to 1970’s women-in-prison and grindhouse movies, Sugar
 also features a rare appearance by the godfather of 1970’s
exploitation film, writer/director Jack Hill (CoffyFoxy Brown,
Big Bird Cage



The film stars Geneviere Anderson (Star Trek), The’la
“Rain” Brown (VH1’s Flavor Of Love), and Hollywood great Jacqueline Scott (Charley
Macabre). Its musical score boasts contributions by
The Millionaire of Combustible Edison fame and Steven Adler, formerly of


SUGAR BOXX premieres
in Los Angeles
on September 5th for an exclusive engagement at Laemmle’s
Sunset 5 Theatres. The sexy and violent old-school exploitation feature will
also make a simultaneous “Video On Demand” world premiere in September as well.



Further information and trailers are available at
You can view the “Theatrical” trailer, the “Exploitation” trailer (also posted,
below) or a special one featuring Tura Satana offering her special brand of
testimonial. Keep your eyes peeled for shower scenes and catfights… and watch
out when that “powder keg” explodes, boys.





FREE Love & Coffee from Aaron Berg


South Carolina songwriter offers full album of ace tracks
absolutely free.


By Fred Mills


Without a doubt, one of our favorite singer-songwriters to
come down the pike of late is Greenville, SC (by way of Brooklyn, NY) rocker
Aaron Berg. That we like him personally as a solid human being doesn’t hurt,
either. Over the past year or so he’s been handing out sundry digital servings
of his Love & Coffee Tapes
prior to that came his 2007 EP Songs For
Madame X
, billed to Aaron Berg & the Heavy Love – and to say that he’s
a gifted multiinstrumentalist and tunesmith would be an understatement akin to
saying that the late Ted Kennedy was a U.S. Senator.


He’s got a little Dylan in him, maybe a little Tom Waits  and Tom Petty too, with a deep, resonant voice
that’ll click with all the Leonard Cohen and Chuck Prophet fans out there –
ladies, were are talkin’ deep ‘n’ sexy – plus a lyrical outlook that probes the
grey edges of life while somehow reasons (as Springsteen or Hardin might put
it) to believe. He’s playing the blues, in essence, but they’re distinctly
postmodern blues.


So to convince you, the discerning-but-harried music
consuming public that he’s the real deal, Berg is offering the compiled L&CT into one big digital download,
gratis. (Yes, it is FREE of charge, but don’t be afraid to use the tip jar, if
you’re inclined to go by the Radiohead model of pay-what-you-like.) Here’s the


Download ‘Love & Coffee Tapes’
FREE 14 Song Bootleg EP


According to Berg, “Love
& Coffee
is my collected bootlegs, demos, rap remixes, and live road
tapes. These songs were written in a thousand different places and recorded in
garden sheds and motel rooms, on coffee tables and live on stage.  These
are frozen accidents of sound drawn together as some kind of record.  Most
of these songs were either written or recorded while traveling to California and back. No
attempt was made to obscure the creaking chairs, ambient summer garden
crickets, open window rain above folk rap freestyle, hazy century old upright
pianos…who knows…”


He played most of the parts himself, with a few assists here
and there by Mike Bagwell, John Byce and Ira Rosoff.




1* The Wheel  (4:10)
2* Electric Mike’s Coffee Table Acid Demo No. 1  (5:49)
3* Madonna Of The Evening Rose  (6:25)
4* Fellowman Blues  (3:06)
5* Honey For You  (5:08)
6* Where The River Meets The Sea  (4:18)
7* The Darkness  (5:57)
8* Until I See Her Again (2:35)
9* House Of Light  (3:26)
10* Darkest Before The Dawn  (3:39)
11* Behind Closed Doors  (4:58)
12* The Blue Room  (4:57)
13* Chains  (3:47)
14* Freestyle demo of ‘Bluest of Blue’  (7:36)


Berg additionally plans to record a new album in Chicago this November for
Tight Ship Records, and you can keep track of him (sound samples, tour dates,
etc.) via his MySpace page:


Check him out, and tell him that BLURT sent ya. And have, er, “fun.”






This is your brain on
compassion. Any questions? (PS – support your local animal shelter.)


By Coco Hames


Since I spend a
great deal of time out on the road, I am able to report with some accuracy the
general and nebulous state of the nation.  I see it in the daylight, the
nighttime, uptown, downtown, outskirts, above ground, underground, the denial,
fury and/or apathy in hoity toity wine bars and the denial, fury and/or apathy
of the griping dives.  And right now, what I can definitely say, is
something most people already know: it’s pretty rough out there.  Jobs are
really hard to come by and, if you’re fortunate enough to have one, your money
is tight tight tight.  The need to save (instead of spend) shows up in lots
of ways, and it doesn’t just affect us human people.  In the past six
months, I’ve seen an absolutely unprecedented amount of stray animals on the
roads, and I don’t just mean back alleys and city streets.  I mean packs
of emaciated, mangy dogs trotting aimlessly and insanely through the medians of
highways.  And I’m pretty sure we all know what the odds are for those


My mom said she read
an article recently that the financial crunch is just so strong that, among
other things, people are having to get rid of their dogs.  And while I am
not in the mood to preach the “if you can’t afford/take care of a dog,
don’t effing get one” sermon, I am in the mood to remind you — if you are
so inclined — to visit your local shelter.

When I was in
college my roommate Kiki and I used to foster dogs from the local kill shelter
until we could find them a home.  We were the pain-in-the-ass bleeding
heart dog savers, and yes, we were very annoying.  Especially to our other
four roommates.  But I am glad for what we did, because when a dog has
been at a kill shelter for too long, they euthanize them.  That’s the way
it is.  And while no-kill shelters are a nice idea, the fact is many of
the dogs they get are sick, infirm, badly behaved and extremely unlikely to
find what we in the biz cloyingly call “a forever home”. 

Once, I made the mistake of visiting the Gainesville shelter without intent
(you need to have a plan or you WILL go home either extremely upset or with a
dog, and FYI the two states of mind are not mutually exclusive) and saw a
little crazy guy (he looked like part terrier/part-squirrel) and noticed his
euthanization date was the next day.  I didn’t really have a choice. 
So I took Jarvis home, and while he got along with my other dog, he was totally
crazy.  I won’t go into details.  He was just crazy.  But I
cared for him and he even moved with me to New York.  That pushed him over the
edge, all of the people and smells and sounds.  Jarvis was very unhappy
and I didn’t know what to do; I just knew I couldn’t take him back to a

So I did some research and found  If you are ever
in search of a furry friend, I recommend it highly.  It’s a free service
that helps list the available rescue animals in your area.  I wrote a
clear little bio of Jarvis and put up some pictures, and within a week, a nice
lady called me from Maryland
explaining her situation.  That their family dog had just passed away,
their children were grown, and it was just her, her husband and some horses on
a farm outside of DC.  We arranged for Jarvis to have a “visit”
for a weekend, and he was so happy.  I still get e-mails from this lady,
about every year, updating me on what a blessing Jarvis is and how happy they
all are together.  Sometimes she sends me pictures.  Sometimes he’s
wearing a sweater.

The point is, I had shown to a friend here in Nashville who is beginning
her search for a dog.  And I was looking at the available rescue dogs at
our local shelters, when I came across a picture.  And yes, I am a sucker,
okay?  Just put it out there, yes, Coco
is a sucker and a major sucker for matted, emaciated, forgotten bag-o’-bones
dogs, okay??  I drove down there and said, you, sad matted stray, you’re
coming with me.  She was all bones and butchered hair, what was left of
her hair was matted and she had a sinus infection.  I’m happy to report
that a week later, she’s all juiced up on her shots, the sinus infection is
nearly gone, and she is as sweet as can be.  She’s really funny, really
smart, and that is that.  Here’s a picture of Lenore.

But Coco, you say, I have allergies/spacial
issues/a really nice couch/a cat; I need a special kind of dog, I can’t just go
to a SHELTER.  To you I say, I am a major snob and have a purebred dog
because I had excuses too (lifelong major allergies, fo realz) but if you do
your research and know what you are looking for, you WILL find an animal in
your area that meets your needs.  I gots needs!  There are of course
a lot of things to consider, but if you make a checklist and give it time, you
will find a friend you can rescue from a sad fate or situation, while filling
your pet needs and enriching your life (BOTH of your lives) immensely. 
You can have your cake and eat it too, I promise.

That’s all.  Just a reminder.  If you like animals, and you figure
you might want one in your life, don’t forget your local kill shelter, or your
local fostering and adopting facilities., y’all.




Blurt “co-co-editor”
Coco Hames fronts The Ettes – Hames on guitar, Jem Cohen on bass and Poni
Silver on drums – whose album
Look At Life Again Soon and EP, Danger Is, were released by Take Root. Their new Greg Cartwright-produced album Do
You Want Power hits stores Sept. 29, and
you bet we’re gonna have a big feature on the band in our next issue. Check out
the band’s MySpace page for music
and tour dates.