Monthly Archives: November 2009

Costello's Spectacle s.2 Guests Named

 

Bono, the Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Lyle
Lovett, Richard Thompson, Neko Case, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, Jesse
Winchester, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm, Allen Toussaint among the
guests. New season stars Dec. 9.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Sundance Channel will launch
the second season of its critically acclaimed music/talk original series
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at
10:00pm et/pt with an episode featuring U2’s Bono and The Edge.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” combines the best elements of
talk and music television and lets viewers in on intimate conversation
and performances with host Costello and his guests, who range from legendary
performers to promising new artists. The series, executive produced by Sir
Elton John, includes one-on-one interviews, unprecedented pairings and group
discussions, as well as extraordinary performances, from impromptu
“illustrative” moments to full band (and even multi-band)
productions. Among the confirmed guests for the seven-part season are: Bono,
The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Ron
Sexsmith, Neko Case, Jesse Winchester, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm,
Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint.

“We’re thrilled to launch a second season of ‘Spectacle’ on Sundance
Channel,” said Sundance Channel EVP and GM, Sarah Barnett. “The
series offers viewers unusually close access to artists through its mix of
candid conversations and exciting musical performances. This season’s A-list
line-up is a testament to the tremendous respect that artists feel for Elvis
Costello as a musician and entertainer.”

“I am delighted that we can continue where we left off–making
intelligent, and informative music programming,” said Sir Elton John, one
of the series’ executive producers.

Elvis Costello commented: “In the words of the great Joe Strummer, ‘Let’s
rock again!'”

The program’s eclecticism and depth reflect its uniquely qualified host. Costello
is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; a Grammy and Ivor Novello
Award-winning (and Oscar®-nominated) songwriter and performer comfortable in
almost every genre imaginable; a musicologist of formidable breadth and
knowledge; a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine; and a noted wit whose
stint as guest host on The Late Show with David Letterman won rave
reviews.

“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” is taped in front of a live
audience at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater in New York City and The Masonic
Temple in Toronto, Canada. The series will also air on CTV in Canada.

The schedule for Season Two of “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with
…” is as follows:

 


December 9th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Bono and The
Edge”
Elvis Costello conducts an intimate
and revealing conversation with U2’s Bono and The Edge. Recorded at the Masonic Temple
in Toronto, Ontario, during their current 360 world
tour, Bono and Edge discuss the writing and recording process behind some of
their most famous recordings, perform rarities, as well as a show-ending
mash-up with Elvis and The Imposters.

December 16th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Sheryl Crow,
Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith and Jesse Winchester”
Elvis Costello is joined by guests Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith and
Jesse Winchester for an old fashioned “guitar pull” — a swapping of
songs and stories — amongst this amazing group of singer/songwriters.
Highlights include Crow’s “If it Makes You Happy,” a unique rendition
of a song from Neko Case’s acclaimed “Middle Cyclone” album, a
Sexsmith and Elvis duet on a Costello classic; and Jesse Winchester reducing
the audience (and his cohorts) to tears with his gentle lyrics and voice.

December 23rd at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Levon Helm,
Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint”
Elvis Costello literally builds a band in front of the audience’s eyes and
ears. Joining him for this once-in-a-lifetime jam session are his former record
producer, Nick Lowe, on bass; legendary New Orleans producer/pianist Allen
Toussaint; U.K. guitar giant/songwriter Richard Thompson; and, from The Band,
drummer Levon Helm.

December 30th 6:00 – 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…”
marathon
A marathon of five previous episodes of “Spectacle: Elvis Costello
with…”.

January 6th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Elvis
Costello”
In this very special edition of Spectacle, Elvis Costello slides from the
host chair to guest chair for a revealing conversation with actress/music
journalist Mary Lousie Parker. While it’s impossible to cover all of Costello’s
30 year plus musical journey in an hour, he performs a wide selection of his
material.

January 13th at 10:00pm “Elvis Costello with Lyle Lovett, Ray
LaMontagne, and John Prine”
Elvis Costello explores the role of the singer/songwriter with three of
music’s best: the legendary and highly influential John Prine, four-time Grammy
winner Lyle Lovett, and the critically acclaimed Ray LaMontagne. Each stands
alone in the spotlight to perform and sits for an intimate chat with Elvis on
their craft.

January 20th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Bruce
Springsteen part 1”
January 27th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Bruce Springsteen
part 2”
Elvis Costello sits down with Bruce Springsteen for a special two part
episode and, with his guitar in hand, he opens up about his pre-E Street Band
bands, his early and current inspirations, and the resurgence of New Jersey. E
Street Band members Nils Lofgren and Roy Bittan sit in for a couple of songs.

The inaugural season of “Spectacle” featured an extraordinary and
eclectic roster of legendary musicians and fascinating personalities including:
Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Smokey Robinson, The
Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), James Taylor, Herbie
Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John
Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), Norah
Jones, Jenny Lewis, Renée Fleming and President Bill Clinton.

Season one of “Spectacle” is now available on iTunes, and a
DVD/BluRay box set was released in the U.S. on November 17, 2009.

 

Neil Young w/Bridge School Album #4

 

Volume 4
Of Live Recordings From Bridge School Concerts Available Nov. 24; Trent Reznor, John My Morning Jacket, Tom
Waits, Band of Horses, Death Cab For Cutie,  Regina Spektor, Tegan & Sara and others
are featured. Oddly, Neil himself is not on it.

 

By
Blurt staff

 

Every
year, Neil and Pegi Young host the non-profit Bridge School Concert, benefiting the
unique learning complex which assists children with severe physical impairments
and challenging communication needs. The first was held in 1986, and the event
is known as a totally unique musical event. Over the years the line-up of
participants reads like a history of rock & roll.

 

Three
years ago, Apple’s iTunes began offering
live recordings from these legendary shows, and the first three volumes feature
some of the most popular musical artists in the world. Since the concerts are
basically acoustic presentations, the performers perform versions of some of
their biggest songs like they never have before. It has turned the Bridge
School Concerts into a yearly highlight, and offers a chance to hear truly
original performances.

 

Volume
IV, 22-track collection of live performances arrived digitally at iTunes this
week and features a wide range of artists including John Mellencamp, Josh
Groban, Trent Reznor, John
Mayer, Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Ministry, My Morning
Jacket, Norah Jones, Tegan &
Sara, Death Cab for Cutie and Band of Horses.

 

As
always, the proceeds from the iTunes digital downloads will be donated to the
Bridge School, where one of the thrusts of their learning program is the use of
advanced augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive
technology. Over the history of the concerts since 1986, some of the most exciting
and surprising performances of live music have become a hallmark of the shows,
and most of them are now available for the world to hear and purchase. 

 

The
Bridge School Collection, Vol. 4

 

1)
Ministry – Here They Come – 11/2/94

2)
Ministry – Paisley – 11/2/94

3)
John Mellencamp – Jackie Brown – 10/29/05

4)
Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On -10/30/05

5)
Trent Reznor – Fragile – 10/22/06

6)
Trent Reznor – Hurt – 10/22/06

7)
John Mayer – Heart Of Life – 10/27/07

8)
John Mayer – Waiting On The World – 10/27/07

9)
Regina Spektor – Ain’t No Cover – 10/27/07

10) My
Morning Jacket – Gideon – 10/28/07

11) My
Morning Jacket – Just One Thing – 10/28/07

12)
Tegan & Sara – Dark Come Soon – 10/28/07

13)
Tegan & Sara – Like Oh, Like H – 10/28/07

14)
Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet – What Keeps Mankind Alive – 10/28/07

15)
Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet – The Part You Throw Away – 10/28/07

16)
Band of Horses – Marry Song  – 10/25/08

17)
Band of Horses – The General Specific – 10/25/08

18)
Norah Jones – Jesus Don’t Cry – 10/25/08

19)
Death Cab For Cutie – Cath – 10/26/08

20)
Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart – 10/26/08

21)
Josh Groban – Changing Colors – 10/26/08

22)
Josh Groban With Neil Young – Harvest Moon – 10/26/08

 

 

 

¡Deal With The Devil Rocks T-giving!

 

¡Rolling Stones, Beatles, Doors, Yardbirds, Cramps, Drifters,
Stooges, Who, Clash… !

 

Por
Blurt Personal

 

Nesta
quinta-feira (26), o Clube Berlin apresenta a
noite Acústica e Malvada, um happy hour roqueiro com início às 21h. Na
estréia, o tema “Esquenta AC/DC” homenageia o grupo mais endiabrado do
planeta, aquecendo o setlist da casa e o repertório da banda Deal With The Devil.
No show, os violões do Deal dão o timbre diferenciado para clássicos
revisitados, com versões acústicas de grupos lendários como os Rolling Stones, Beatles, Doors,
Yardbirds, Cramps, Drifters, Stooges, Who, Clash e Led Zeppelin, ou
ainda ícones como Iggy Pop, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Johnny Winter, Robert Johnson e Raul Seixas.

 

CLUBE BERLIN
Rua Cônego Vicente Miguel Marino, 85
Barra Funda – SP
www.clubeberlin.com.br

www.myspace.com/dealwiththedevilclassics

 

 

WoW Wingnut Subpoenas Gore & Ryder

 

We are feeling
alienated and depressed this morning. Possibly mild flashes of OCD, too. Can we
have a million dollars?

 

By Fred Mills, Blurt Managing Editor

 

Here’s a fun story various outlets (among them, the
sharp-eyed MMOG buffs over at Pitchfork, who tipped us) are picking up on today: San Jose’s
Erik Estavillo, a kind of looney-tunes, litigious-minded online gamer has filed
a lawsuit against game maker Activision Blizzard, while additionally
subpoenaing Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and actress Winona Ryder, for assorted
stuff related to the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft.

 

We’re not making this up. According to Gamespot.com,
Estavillo had previously sued Sony after being banned from the PlayStation
Network – the suit was dismissed in September, and Estavillo appealed – and
more recently in another lawsuit he alleged that “a broken Xbox 360 caused him
undue stress, and that a Wii system update blocking access to the Homebrew
Channel third-party program interfered with his inalienable right to pursue
happiness.”

 

Er, last time we looked, that “inalienable right” had been
mentioned by founding father Thomas Jefferson in the original Declaration of
Independence, but as our rights as American technically derive from the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights, most folks would agree that “pursuit of happiness” is
not actually guaranteed to citizens.

 

At any rate, the Activision deal was filed yesterday in
California’s Santa Clara County Superior Court, and Gamespot reports that
Estavillo “accuses the publisher of maintaining a ‘harmful virtual environment’
with ‘sneaky and deceitful practice,'” singling out in particular the $14.99
monthly subscription fee. Then Estavillo gets really anal about everything:

 

“He contends the fee is aggravated by
the game requiring players to travel great distances at a slow walking or
running pace, with fast travel options like teleportation stones and mounts
only available to gamers who rise to an advanced level or purchase the game’s
expansion packs. He also cited the game’s resurrection process, in which
players travel in spirit from cemeteries back to the spots where they died in
order to revive themselves, as an unnecessary part of the game designed to cost
gamers money. Other fees at issue include the charges (up to $25) Blizzard
levies to change their characters’ names, races, factions, or servers.”

 

Hey, it’s called capitalism, baby!

 

Then, Estavillo brings up issues of “alienation” and “mental health problems”
related to the online gaming, saying that he, the plaintiff, “has suffered from
similar problems including major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder,
panic disorder, and Crohn’s disease.”

 

We can’t speak for the Crohn’s portion of those ailments, but the rest of
Estavillo’s issues can be solved pretty handily: unplug the goddam computer, you ninny, and go outside and get some
fresh air.

 

 You gotta read the whole report to
believe it – the dude is suing for a million bucks – especially the part about
Gore and Ryder:

 

“The gamer is subpoenaing Depeche
Mode’s Martin Lee Gore “since he himself has been known to be sad, lonely,
and alienated, as can be seen in the songs he writes.” He is also calling
Winona Ryder to testify, saying the actress’ appreciation for
Catcher in the Rye will make her a relevant witness “to how alienation in the book can tie to
alienation in real live [sic] / video games such as World of Warcraft.””

 

Why not Morrissey too? Anyhow, there’s the warning bell right there: anytime someone cites Catcher in the Rye in any context, there’s
trouble brewin’… Sheesh.

 

And people ask me why I refuse to get my 8-year old an
Xbox or PlayStation yet. Now you know. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody – do the
rest of us a favor and go for a hike tomorrow and stay away from the computer.

 

 

 

 

 

SXSW 2010 Announces Initial Band Roster

 

From Brooklyn’s Aa and
Britain’s Robyn Hitchcock to Finland’s Michael Monroe (you mean THAT Michael
Monroe?!?) and Argentina’s Zona Tango, it’s all good.

 

By Fred Mills, Blurt Managing Editor

 

With the 2010 South By Southwest bash set for March 17-21
and registration in full swing (memo to attendees: most if not all of the
close-to-the-action downtown hotels are already booked up; start thinking about
renting a Segway now…), SXSW organizers have just announced the preliminary
list of bands who’ll be officially showcasing over the course of the four days.

 

The complete list is below (or viewable at the SXSW site
here) – don’t despair if you don’t see your best pal’s band listed, as the bulk
of those confirmed thus far are from overseas – 
and for more details on the entire SXSW week that includes the Music,
Film and Interactive festivals, go to the main location: www.sxsw.com

 

SXSW 2010 Showcasing Bands

*Information subject to change*

 

Aa (Brooklyn NY)
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO (Osaka
JAPAN)

A Classic Education (Bologna ITALY)
Alpha Rev (Austin TX)
Amaral (Madrid SPAIN)
And So I Watch You From Afar (Belfast IRELAND)
Apostle of Hustle (Toronto ON)
Arms (Brooklyn NY)
Ólöf Arnalds (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Art vs Science (Surry Hills NSW)
A Shoreline Dream (Denver CO)
Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea (Asbury Park NJ)
Autumn Owls (Dublin IRELAND)
Bare Wires (Oakland CA)
Julian Berntzen (Bergen NORWAY)
Best Fwends (Austin TX)
The Black (Austin TX)
The Black Atlantic (Groningen THE NETHERLANDS)
Dan Black (Paris FRANCE)
Black Tide (Miami FL)
Bliss N Eso (Albert Park VIC)
Boom Boom Satellites (JAPAN)
The Boxer Rebellion (London UK-ENGLAND)
Break of Reality (New York NY)
B-Real of Cypress Hill (Los Angeles CA)
Broadway Calls (Rainer OR)
Broken Records (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
VV BROWN (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Brunettes (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Buckshot (Brooklyn NY)
Canja Rave (Porto Alegre BRAZIL)
Capsula (Bilbao SPAIN)
Carsick Cars (Beijing CHINA)
Caucus (Tokyo JAPAN)
The Chevelles (Melville WA)
Chew Lips (London UK-ENGLAND)
Suzanna Choffel (Austin TX)
Chris T-T (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
C-Mon & Kypski (THE NETHERLANDS)
The Coathangers (Atlanta GA)
Simon Collins (Victoria BC)
The Constellations (Atlanta GA)
Contra Coup (Austin TX)
Cotton Jones (Cumberland MD)
The Crystal Method (Los Angeles CA)
David Dallas (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Dappled Cities (Sydney NSW)
Daveman (Berlin GERMANY)
The Daylights (Los Angeles CA)
The dB’s (Chapel Hill NC)
Dead Sexy Inc (Paris FRANCE)
The Deaf (The Hague THE NETHERLANDS)
Deer Tick (Providence RI)
Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver BC)
Paul Dempsey (from “Something for Kate”) (Melbourne
NSW)

Diplomats of Solid Sound (Iowa City IA)
DJ Car Stereo (Wars) (Austin TX)
DJ Evil Dee (Brooklyn NY)
DJ Revolution (Los Angeles CA)
Daniel Francis Doyle (Austin TX)
Adiam Dymott (Goteborg SWEDEN)
The 88 (Los Angeles CA)
Electric Electric (Strasbourg FRANCE)
Val Emmich (Jersey City NJ)
Eternia (Toronto ON)
Everything Everything (Manchester UK-WALES)
Fanfarlo (London UK-ENGLAND)
Michael Feinberg (New York NY)
Fergus & Geronimo (Westway TX)
Fighting With Wire (Derry IRELAND)
FINALE (Detroit MI)
Floating Action (Asheville NC)
Francis (Borlange SWEDEN)
Robert Francis (Los Angeles CA)
Frightened Rabbit (Selkirk UK-SCOTLAND)
The Funeral Pyre (Los Angeles CA)
The Ganjas (Santiago CHILE)
Geeks (Tokyo JAPAN)
Gerald G (Austin TX)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
Giulia y los Tellarini (Barcelona SPAIN)
Rosi Golan (New York NY)
Gong Myoung (Seoul KOREA)
Goober and the Peas (Detroit MI)
Good Shoes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Guitar Shorty (Harlingen TX)
Ha Ha Tonka (Springfield MO)
Halves (Dublin IRELAND)
Darren Hanlon (Sydney NSW)
Harlem (Austin TX)
Headdress (Austin TX)
Hey Colossus (London UK-ENGLAND)
Robyn Hitchcock (London CA)
Hot Panda (Edmonton AB)
The Hounds Below (Detroit MI)
I Fight Dragons (Chicago IL)
The Intelligence (Seattle WA)
Ivan & Alyosha (Seattle WA)
Japandroids (Vancouver BC)
Jazz One (Austin TX)
Stephen Jerzak (La Crosse WI)
John Dear Mowing Club (Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS)
The Jim Jones Revue (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jookabox (Indianapolis IN)
Julia Says (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Karnivool (Perth WA)
Kartick & Gotam (Chennai INDIA)
Kidz In Space (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Kidz In The Hall (Chicago IL)
Kingston (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Maurice Kirya (Kampala ZIMBABWE)
The Kissaway Trail (Odense DENMARK)
L.A.B. (Novo Hamburgo BRAZIL)
The Law (Dundee UK-SCOTLAND)
Vander Lee (Belo Horizonte BRAZIL)
Unni Lovlid (Oslo NORWAY)
Lowood (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Audra Mae (Los Angeles CA)
Malente (Essen GERMANY)
Natalia Mallo (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Mantles (San Francisco CA)
Julia Marcell (Berlin GERMANY)
Marco Polo & Torae (Brooklyn NY)
Mariachi El Bronx (Los Angeles CA)
Carolyn Mark (Victoria BC)
Maruosa (Tokyo JAPAN)
MegaRex (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
The Middle East (Townsville QLD)
Middle Finger Salute (Blackburn UK-ENGLAND)
Miniature Tigers (Phoenix AZ)
Mixtapes & Cellmates (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Monarchs (Austin TX)
Michael Monroe (Helsinki FINLAND)
PJ Morton (Conyers GA)
Mountain Man (Bennington VT)
Movits! (Lulea SWEDEN)
Moxine (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Mr Sicc (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Mumiy Troll (Los Angeles CA)
My Dad is Dead (Chapel Hill NC)
Nailpin (Boom BELGIUM)
Nakia & His Southern Cousins (Austin TX)
NiCad (Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS)
9th Wonder (Raleigh-Durham NC)
The Novas (Dallas TX)
Jackie Oates (Exeter UK-ENGLAND)
of Verona (Mandi Perkins) (Los Angeles CA)
One Night Only (Helmsley UK-ENGLAND)
1001 Nights Orchestra (Austin TX)
The Pack A.D. (Vancouver BC)
Paleo (Brooklyn NY)
Parlovr (Montreal QC)
Past Lives (Seattle WA)
The Peelies (Montreal QC)
Julie Peel (Montreal QC)
Peter Wolf Crier (Minneapolis MN)
Pink Nasty (Austin TX)
Pivot (UK) (UK-ENGLAND)
P.K. 14 (Beijing CHINA)
Plants and Animals (Montreal QC)
Please The Trees (Prague CZECH REPUBLIC)
Steve Poltz (San Diego CA)
Andy Pratt (Amesbury MA)
Sean Price (Brooklyn NY)
Princeton (Eagle Rock CA)
Profetas (COLOMBIA)
Psalm One (Chicago IL)
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro (Cali COLOMBIA)
Random Axe (Brooklyn NY)
Rebelle (Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS)
Red Mass (Montreal QC)
Tommy Reilly (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Riverboat Gamblers (Austin TX)
The River Raid (Recife BRAZIL)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Brooklyn NY)
Brisa Roche (Paris FRANCE)
Rock of Heltah Skeltah (Brooklyn NY)
Rogues (London UK-ENGLAND)
Ruste Juxx (Brooklyn NY)
San Saba County (Austin TX)
Scanners (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kate Schutt (Guelph ON)
Serious Sam Barrett (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Shit And Shine (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sixteen Deluxe (Austin TX)
Skyzoo (Brooklyn NY)
Small Black (Brooklyn NY)
S
mif N Wessun
(Brooklyn NY)
Smoosh (Seattle WA)
So Cow (Tuam IRELAND)
Solid Gold (Minneapolis MN)
Soulico (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
So What (The Hague THE NETHERLANDS)
The Spring Standards (New York NY)
Sabrina Starke (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
Steel Train (Teaneck NJ)
StereoHeroes (Les Gorguettes FRANCE)
Surrounded (Malmo SWEDEN)
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter (Seattle WA)
M. Takara 3 (Guarulhos BRAZIL)
Team Facelift (New York NY)
Thunder Power (Omaha NE)
Timber Timbre (Toronto ON)
Todd (London UK-ENGLAND)
Marques Toliver (London UK-ENGLAND)
Toolshed (London ON)
Trembling Bells (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Trespassers William (Seattle WA)
Twin Atlantic (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Two Star Symphony (Houston TX)
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights (Dallas TX)
The Uglysuit (Oklahoma City OK)
Uncle Lucius (Austin TX)
The View (Dundee UK-SCOTLAND)
Volovan (Monterrey MEXICO)
Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)
Miho Wada (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Warpaint (Los Angeles CA)
Wave Machines (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
The Wave Pictures (London UK-ENGLAND)
We Are Scientists (New York NY)
We Are Wolves (Montreal QC)
Withered (Atlanta GA)
Wolf Gang (London UK-ENGLAND)
Woot (The Haque THE NETHERLANDS)
XV (Wichita KS)
The Yellow Dogs (Tehran IRAN)
YellowFever (Austin TX)
Zlam Dunk (San Marcos TX)
Zona Tango (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)

 

 

 

WoW Wingnut Subpoenas Gore & Ryder

 

We are feeling
alienated and depressed this morning. Possibly mild flashes of OCD, too. Can we
have a million dollars?

 

By Fred Mills, Blurt Managing Editor

 

Here’s a fun story various outlets (among them, the
sharp-eyed MMOG buffs over at Pitchfork, who tipped us) are picking up on today: San Jose’s
Erik Estavillo, a kind of looney-tunes, litigious-minded online gamer has filed
a lawsuit against game maker Activision Blizzard, while additionally
subpoenaing Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and actress Winona Ryder, for assorted
stuff related to the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft.

 

We’re not making this up. According to Gamespot.com,
Estavillo had previously sued Sony after being banned from the PlayStation
Network – the suit was dismissed in September, and Estavillo appealed – and
more recently in another lawsuit he alleged that “a broken Xbox 360 caused him
undue stress, and that a Wii system update blocking access to the Homebrew
Channel third-party program interfered with his inalienable right to pursue
happiness.”

 

Er, last time we looked, that “inalienable right” had been
mentioned by founding father Thomas Jefferson in the original Declaration of
Independence, but as our rights as American technically derive from the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights, most folks would agree that “pursuit of happiness” is
not actually guaranteed to citizens.

 

At any rate, the Activision deal was filed yesterday in
California’s Santa Clara County Superior Court, and Gamespot reports that
Estavillo “accuses the publisher of maintaining a ‘harmful virtual environment’
with ‘sneaky and deceitful practice,'” singling out in particular the $14.99
monthly subscription fee. Then Estavillo gets really anal about everything:

 

“He contends the fee is aggravated by
the game requiring players to travel great distances at a slow walking or
running pace, with fast travel options like teleportation stones and mounts
only available to gamers who rise to an advanced level or purchase the game’s
expansion packs. He also cited the game’s resurrection process, in which
players travel in spirit from cemeteries back to the spots where they died in
order to revive themselves, as an unnecessary part of the game designed to cost
gamers money. Other fees at issue include the charges (up to $25) Blizzard
levies to change their characters’ names, races, factions, or servers.”

 

Hey, it’s called capitalism, baby!

 

Then, Estavillo brings up issues of “alienation” and “mental health problems”
related to the online gaming, saying that he, the plaintiff, “has suffered from
similar problems including major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder,
panic disorder, and Crohn’s disease.”

 

We can’t speak for the Crohn’s portion of those ailments, but the rest of
Estavillo’s issues can be solved pretty handily: unplug the goddam computer, you ninny, and go outside and get some
fresh air.

 

 You gotta read the whole report to
believe it – the dude is suing for a million bucks – especially the part about
Gore and Ryder:

 

“The gamer is subpoenaing Depeche
Mode’s Martin Lee Gore “since he himself has been known to be sad, lonely,
and alienated, as can be seen in the songs he writes.” He is also calling
Winona Ryder to testify, saying the actress’ appreciation for
Catcher in the Rye will make her a relevant witness “to how alienation in the book can tie to
alienation in real live [sic] / video games such as World of Warcraft.””

 

Why not Morrissey too? Anyhow, there’s the warning bell right there: anytime someone cites Catcher in the Rye in any context, there’s
trouble brewin’… Sheesh.

 

And people ask me why I refuse to get my 8-year old an
Xbox or PlayStation yet. Now you know. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody – do the
rest of us a favor and go for a hike tomorrow and stay away from the computer.

 

 

 

 

 

Quasi Returns w/New LP in Feb.

 

New Steve
Fisk-produced platter their first effort in four years.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Kill Rock Stars will be releasing the new album from Portland’s  Quasi (Sam Coomes, Janet Weiss, Joanna Bolme) on
February 23. American Gong was recorded at Jackpot Studios by Kendra
Lynn and was mixed by Steve Fisk (Unwound, Sleater-Kinney, Shoplifting) This is
Quasi’s first studio album since 2006’s When The Going Gets Dark and
first for Kill Rock Stars. This will be their 8th album since
forming in ’93.

 

The band advises us that their reason for soldiering on,
even in on-again/off-again fashion, after all these years, is simple: “Get off
your ass, kick out the jams, lay it on the line, & communal mind meld is
within reach.  Do it for love & there is no reason for regret.”

Quasi will be touring this winter/spring and on New Year’s Eve Quasi will be
performing covers of The Who at the Doug Fir in Portland, OR.

Tracklisting:

01. Repulsion
02. Little White Horse
03. Everything And Nothing At All
04. Bye Bye Blackbird
05. The Jig Is Up
06. Black Dogs and Bubbles
07. Death Is Not The End
08. Rockabilly Party
09. Now What
10. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
11. Howler

 

 

 

2nd Annual Harvest of Hope Fest Returns

Set for Spring Break
2010 in St. Augustine,
March 12th-14th. The second annual 3-day festival donates a
substantial portion of the ticket proceeds to the Harvest of Hope Foundation, a
non-profit charity that assists migrant farmworkers.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

This Thanksgiving, support the hands that harvested the food
on your table by purchasing an advance ticket to the Harvest of Hope Fest in sunny St. Augustine, Florida.  The Harvest of Hope Fest is a
three-day, multiple stage music festival that raises awareness and provides
financial and educational aid to migrant farmworkers all over the country. For
a limited time, discounted three-day tickets for the festival are available for
$29.50.   

 

HOH Fest is the first multi-day concert of the 2010 festival
season and uniquely different then the copycat lineups you see at other events.
Last year over 17,000 attendees rocked out to over one hundred punk, indie,
hip-hop, and alternative rock bands. Audiences were treated to Against Me!, Black Kids, Girl Talk, Less Than Jake, The National, GZA, Tokyo Police Club, Propagandhi,
Ra Ra Riot,
KRS-One,
Kool Keith, and many others.

 

This year’s line up will be announced in early December.

 

Right in time for spring break, the 2010 Harvest of Hope
Fest is scheduled for March 12th – 14th. It is conveniently located on the St.
Johns County Fairgrounds and offers 90 acres of grassy pasture and trees for
limited primitive camping. The festival is an ideal destination for spring
breakers, snowbirds, and sun lovers. The Harvest of Hope Fest is located a
short distance from historic St. Augustine and
the beach and within an easy drive of Daytona, Jacksonville,
Orlando, and Gainesville.

 

Discounted three-day tickets are on sale starting November
23rd for the low price of $29.50 until the festival line up is announced.

 

Proceeds from the charity fundraiser festival will benefit Harvest of Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides emergency and educational aid to
some of the hardest working and often overlooked people keeping our
agricultural economy moving – migrant farmworkers. Harvest of Hope distributes
funds to migrant farmworkers and their families to help pay for food, medical
services, clothing, rent, educational scholarships, and more. It is an honor to
have such a large group of musicians donating their time and performances to
the cause.

 

For more information on the Harvest of Hope Fest, including
ticket information and line-up, please visit www.harvestofhopefest.com

 

Here is the link to the purchase page for ticket pre-sales:
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=625905

 

 

 

 

Wring a Turkey’s Neck for Jesus!

Our annual roundup of
the year’s biggest fowl jokes…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Dear Blurt readers, we hope you have a safe and fulfilling
Thanksgiving day tomorrow. A few suggestions:

 

 

  • Eat
    half of what you planned to eat, and then mail the difference in the form
    of a check or money order to your local food bank.
  • Take
    an after-lunch hike and breathe lots of fresh air – stay away from that
    computer screen (eBay and World of Warcraft are big no-nos)
  • Daps,
    not handshakes, unless you really, really like being stuck at home with
    fever and aches.
  • Tell a
    musician that you sincerely appreciate the joy and happiness he or she has
    brought into this world.

 

 

Meanwhile, if you happen to see a turkey anywhere, be sure
to wring that sucker’s neck. It’s the good, Christian thing to do, and it has
been officially approved this year by the GOP. Here are some suggestions of
necks you might consider wringing – happy Thanksgiving, everyone, from your
friendly neighborhood Blurt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch: Black Crowes Cabin Fever Trailer

Documents the making
of their new double album…

 

By Fred Mills

 

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve got a big Black Crowes
feature in the latest issue of BLURT – an exclusive interview with frontman
Chris Robinson, who talks about some of the ordeals his band’s been through in
the past few years and offers some choice opinions of the music industry in
general.

 

One such tidbit:

 

“When you dream maybe of being a rock star and then you get to be one… you
realize it’s really not a very exclusive club. There’s a lot of douchebags that
get to be rock stars, too. I thought it would be more like The Beat Hotel with
Ginsberg and Burroughs. You’re like, ‘No. It’s Faith No More.’ Great. I fed the
machine for years. It was like, ‘Holy shit, these grown adult businessmen are making
tens of millions of dollars off us every week.’ It’s really blowing our minds
and all we want to do is get deeper into the groove and figure it out and write
and play and get high and be free and do all these things. And we’re making
these horrible business people millions of dollars and you wonder. Then you
finally wake up and go like, ‘Ohhh! This is a big game. This isn’t about us,
man’.”

 

 

Robinson also enthuses about their new Before the Frost
… Until the Freeze
album,
recorded up in Woodstock
at Levon Helm’s Ramble. Now there’s a DVD documenting the sessions, out this
week. Titled Cabin Fever it’s about the unique
process of recording the double album, and also includes exclusive bonus songs
(“Little Lizzie Mae,” Velvet Underground’s “Oh Sweet
Nuthin” and Fred Neil’s “Dolphins”). Hey, it’s the Crowes, and it
rocks. Check out the trailers below.