Monthly Archives: October 2010

Ane Brune Releases Live Set

 

Also doing a handful
of NE shows with Ani DiFranco

 

By Blurt Staff

 

On the 3rd of October 2008, Ane Brun and her band played a show
in a sold out Stockholm Concert Hall. It was the last gig of a 4 month-long
European tour. �The
night was recorded by director Magnus Renfors, who also did several of Ane
Brun’s videos, such as “The Treehouse Song,” “The Puzzle,” “Don’t Leave” and
more.�
Now it’s coming out as the live CD and DVD  Ane Brun -Live at Stockholm Concert Hall, on Nov. 29
initially via iTunes no less.

 

“It became a special night in many ways,” she
explained, in a press release. “I invited a few special guests, musicians and
artists, to appear with me on stage. Sivert Höyem from Madrugada was there, and
together we performed a stripped down version of the song “Lift Me.” The
guitarist Staffan Johansson, who appears on many of my recordings, came and
played so achingly beautifully on the song “Sleeping by the Fyris River”
among others.”

 

A choir consisting of the voices of First Aid Kit, Anna
Ternheim ,Lisa Ekdahl, Tobias Fröberg, Elin Sigvardsson, Rebekka Karijord, Jimi
Harlevi, Mattias Blomdahl,  Anja “Montys Loco” Bigrell and Liv “Don’t be a
stranger” Widell appeared on stage on a few songs and added to the magical
atmosphere of the concert hall. �Johan Persson (accordion and keyboards) and Ulf
Strömqvist (percussion) joined the  musicians on stage, Martin Hederos (piano),
Erik Nilsson (drums), Linnea Olson (cello), Nina Kinert (add.vocals), Per
Björling (bass) and Anna Rodell(violin). â�¨A

 

“As a musician and an artist I had a perfect experience on
stage. I don’t expect to be 100% presence in body and soul on a night like
this, since it can be difficult to feel that considering the circumstances and
the expectations of a sold out room.  But on this particular night I was
totally there! I watched the audience, my fellow musicians, I listened to them
and to us, and I could take it all in. I really enjoyed it to the fullest and I
will never forget it.”

 

Ane Brun Returns to the US

Nov 2 – Asbury Hall at Babeville – Buffalo, NY

Nov 3 – Queen
Elizabeth Theatre
– Toronto, ON

Nov 19 – Town Hall – NY, NY

w/ Ani DiFranco

 

 

Mary Gauthier w/Virtual Concert Series

 

In celebration of National
Adoption Month, the acclaimed singer and adoptee will premiere a series of
performance videos throughout the month of November on YouTube. Based on her
sixth album, The Foundling, the
10-part virtual concept concert series will chronicle the album’s narrative
tale of Gauthier’s trials and ultimate triumph as an adopted child herself.

 

By Blurt
Staff

 

Filmed
and produced by Jack Ballo at Ultravision, this is the first video series of
its kind to premiere on YouTube. The  original album itself was written and recorded
over the course of two years and was produced in Toronto by Michael Timmins of
Cowboy Junkies, of whom Gauthier notes, “Mike understood my story and was able
to create a musical landscape that captures the nuances of the narrative.” Of
the album’s genesis, Gauthier adds, “I envisioned writing a song cycle about
relinquishment and adoption, but for years the songs I was trying to write
didn’t have an emotional center. When I found my mother, I found the emotional
center of the album, as well as the explanation for the ‘orphan feeling’ I’d
lived with since I was a child. It turns out that this feeling is universal,
and hearing other people’s stories, adopted or not, has made me realize that
this was the record I was born to make.”

 

The first
video, for “The Foundling,” is available here:

www.youtube.com/user/thefoundlingfilms

THE FOUNDLING VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES
Available Now
            “The
Foundling”
November 1
           “Mama Here,
Mama Gone”
November 4
           “Goodbye”
November 8
           “Sideshow”
November 11
           “Blood is
Blood”
November 15
           “March 11,
1962”
November 18
           “Walk in the
Water”
November 22
           “Sweet Words”
November 25
           “The Orphan
King”
November 29            “Another
Day Borrowed

 

Get Up Kids Form Label, Prep New LP

Self-released album
due in January from the punk-pop legends.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The Get Up Kids return in January with a new studio album, There
Are Rules
– the band’s fifth full-length, and the first on their own Quality Hill Records imprint.  A full set of U.S. tour dates is planned early in
the new year to support the release.

 

Read a BLURT interview from 2009 with the band.

 

Seven years after what looked to be their final album Guilt
Show
, with the group disbanding a year later in 2005 after 10 years of
constant touring, The Get Up Kids returned to the studio in 2009, sparked by a
spur-of-the-moment decision to start writing songs together again, made while
they were rehearsing to tour the tenth anniversary edition of their breakout
album Something to Write Home About. Which in turn led to There Are
Rules.

 

 The recording
involved lots of analog 2″ tape – live takes and a feel for the
unexpected.  Long time producer Ed Rose was once again seated behind
the mixing desk, and the band even turned to Chicago luminary Bob Weston, who recorded their debut, Four Minute Mile, to
master the album. “This record came together really organically. We’d
throw out an idea and if it didn’t work after 30 minutes we’d scrap it and move
on to another one.  We all wrote together
really spontaneously and then fleshed it out with Ed in the studio,” says
bandmember Matt Pryor.

 

Forming their own label was the band’s attempt to reclaim
its DIY roots. Says Pryor, “We had a really great relationship with Vagrant
but we felt that with the proverbial rebirth of the band we wanted to start our
own label.  Do everything ourselves like
we did in the beginning.” And as to naming the imprint? “Quality Hill
is a historic neighborhood in Kansas
City.  It’s not
far from where we first formed the band. 
It seems like an appropriate name for the label.”

 

Tracklisting:

 

1. Tithe

2. Regent’s Court

3. Shatter Your Lungs

4. Automatic

5. Pararelevant

6. Rally ‘Round the Fool

7. Better Lie

8. Keith Case

9. The Widow Paris

10. Birmingham

11. When It Dies

12. Rememorable

 

 

 

Video: Church’s ARIA Induction Speech

 

“Tazzy tits?” Steve
Kilbey just won’t be held back… and who would want to, anyway?

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Our faves The Church, as previously announced, were
recently tapped for induction into the Australian version of the Rock And Roll
Hall of Fame – the ARIA Hall of Fame. So the band was formally inducted into
the Hall of Fame (taping) two nights ago, and it is to air tomorrow (Sat) night
in Australia
nationwide.

 

American fans, don’t despair if your TV antennas won’t quite
pick up the signal: a Church fan has posted the video of the Church’s induction
segment, and to say that frontman Steve Kilbey’s speech is over the top – and
one of the funniest things we’ve seen in ages – is an understatement. As one of
the BLURT staffers mused, “Well, THAT will certainly turn some heads. Have
people talking about the band again, no doubt, as well!”

 

“Give that man his own show”: No shit. Dude needs to have his own late night talk show. Guaranteed
hit.

 

Oh, and congratulations to the Church, from BLURT.

 

Log in to Facebook and then go here to watch the 16-minute
video clip.

 

 

MerleFest Announces Initial Lineup

 

Doc Watson, natch,
plus Del McCoury, Corb Lund, Corey Harris, Crooked Still, Sonny Landreth, Jim
Lauderdale, Pauls Creek Band and tons more.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

MerleFest
2011
is slated
for next April 28-May 1 and has just announced the initial lineup for the
event’s 24th year.  The following artists will join host Doc Watson
on the campus of Wilkes Community College for a celebration of
“traditional-plus” music – a term Doc coined to describe the unique mix of
traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including
bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, “plus
whatever other styles we were in the mood to play.”

 

Ticket
sales will start a week from Tuesday, on November 9, either on the web at the official
website www.merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. 

 

Incidentally
our good friends at public radio station WNCW-FM will air a special devoted to
the artists of MerleFest 2011 on November 4 at 8 p.m. EST; fans from around the
globe can listen live at www.wncw.org.

 

Initial roster: 

 

Doc
Watson

Richard
Watson

Susana
and Timmy Abell

Alberti
Flea Circus

Balsam
Range

The
Banknotes  

Rory
Block
           
           
           
           

Roy
Book Binder

Alison
Brown Quartet

Buffalo
Barfield

Sam
Bush Band

Cadillac
Sky

Michael
Cleveland and Flamekeeper

T.
Michael Coleman

Crooked
Still

Ken
Crouse

Donna
The Buffalo

The
Doobie Brothers
(with newest member John Cowan)

Casey
Driessen

Eleanor
Ellis

Emmitt-Nershi
Band

Paul
Geremia

Mitch
Greenhill

George
Hamilton IV

Harper

Corey
Harris and Phil Wiggins

John
Hartford String Band

Bob Hill

David
Holt

The
InterACTive Theater of Jef

Veronika
Jackson

Jeff
and Vida

Johnson’s
Crossroad

Catfish
Keith

The
Kruger Brothers

Sonny
Landreth

Jim
Lauderdale

Jack
Lawrence

Jeff
Little

The
Local Boys
           

Lyle
Lovett
           
           

Lost
Bayou Ramblers

Corb
Lund

Bill
Mathis

Andy
May

Del
McCoury Band

Nashville
Bluegrass Band

The
Neighbors

Tim
O’Brien

Pauls
Creek Band

Red
Molly

Peter
Rowan Bluegrass Band

Scythian

Shana
Banana

The
Sigmon Stringers

Sinai
Mountain Ramblers

Slate Mountain Ramblers

Steve
and Ruth Smith

Joe
Smothers

Synder
Family Band

Tut
Taylor

Town
Mountain

Happy
Traum

The
Wailin’ Jennys

The
Waybacks

Charles
Welch

Pete
and Joan Wernick

Wilkes
Acoustic Folk Society

Josh
Williams Band

Tony
Williamson

Zephyr
Lightning Bolts
           

 

 

Saint Etienne Talks New Christmas Album

Limited edition via mail order only.
Also selected shows in December. Have Sarah personally record a song just for
YOU.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

A festive message just came down the cyber-pike from Britain’s
dream-pop auteurs Saint Etienne. They’ve got another new fanclub-only title
about to drop, A Glimpse of Stocking,
and according to the band it contains eight old (“some very rare”) songs plus
seven new ones, including a cover of The Doors’ “Wintertime Love.”

 

Writes the band, “After locking ourselves away for six weeks in deepest Surrey, on a diet of glogg and cheese footballs to get us
in the spirit, we can announce that our long promised Christmas album is
finally ready. Treats to accompany a feast of port and stilton include the
saucy UNWRAP ME, the Daft Punk meets Lieutenant Pigeon rave-up
GONNA HAVE A PARTY, and the Rea-in-reverse WELCOME
HOME, ready made for a Woolworths ad that will sadly never be. Pete
has also written a cracking uptempo melancholy track with an Ennio
Morricone/New Order feel that is so new it doesn’t have a title yet.

“Now, not everyone feels quite the same way about Christmas as we do
(especially birthday boy Bob, who thinks he owns it) so this will be a limited
edition of 3,000 numbered copies, available for the 2010 festive season only.
And unlike FOXBASE BETA it won’t be available in the shops.”

 

Apparently there will be three tiers in which you can obtain the release,
with escalating prices: the numbered CD, a numbered CD plus autographed
Christmas card, and the CD/card pack plus a bonus CD featuring a “personally
dedicated Christmas song – with your name in the lyric – that is not on the
main album and is sung by Sarah.”  Folks
who sign up for the fanclub at SaintEtienne.com will be able to preorder the
record from Nov. 3 to 20, and then that’ll be it, so don’t miss out.

 

SAINT ETIENNE SHOWS

2nd December
supporting Scissor Sisters at the Brighton Centre
10th December
Belle & Sebastian’s All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead

11th December – Set Theatre, Kilkenny
16th December – Glasgow ABC
17th December – Manchester Ritz
18th December – London HMV Forum

 

 

 

More Moog! Bob Moog Archives, Live CD

 

Michelle Moog-Koussa
talks about the
Bob Moog Live CD,
originally recorded in 1980, plus some of the recent happenings with the Bob
Moog Archives. Hint: Sun Ra fans, listen up.

 

By Fred Mills

 

By way of corollary to our coverage of MoogFest, which takes
place this weekend (Oct. 29-31) in Asheville,
we present more of our conversation with the late Dr. Robert Moog’s daughter.

 

BLURT: What can
you tell us about the live CD of your father that the Moog Foundation recently
unveiled? [The CD had an official release
party on October 11 in Asheville.
Proceeds from the sale of CDs will go to the Foundation, and you can read more
about the project along with ordering info here.]

 

MOOG-KOUSSA: It’s
Bob Moog Live, from 1980, and the
only known recording of Bob Moog performing on the Minimoog in a live setting.
He performed here in Asheville with two local
musicians, Dan Lewis and Mike Abbott, at Bele Chere [July] and then at the Asheville Art Museum [November].

       It’s funny how
he got involved, because we had just moved down here. My father took a year and
a half off work, which was unprecedented, to be home with us. We loved it, and
he was a little bit more relaxed than he had been! So this guy Dan Lewis was on
the Bele Chere planning board, and they were sitting round trying to think of
who they could include in this inaugural event, and someone said, “You know,
Bob Moog has moved here.” They thought they should invite him to participate in
some manner, even if he just appeared, or gave a little talk, and maybe he
would play.

       So Dan Lewis
said, “I’ll call him.” He called, explained what they were doing, and my father
said, “Well, what are YOU doing?” Dan said, “A friend of mine and I are going
to play some music.” Dad said, “Well, why don’t I just play with you guys?” [laughs] Which is amazing, because, (a)
he studied piano for 14 years but did not consider himself a musician; (b) he
hardly ever played piano at our house because he was just too busy; and (c) he
played the synthesizer even more rarely than he played the piano. But he just
jumped right into it.

      It’s a great CD.
It’s neoclassical music, so it’s not the Rolling Stones. But it’s really lovely
music, all original compositions, and my father talks quite a bit between the
songs, both about the music and some of his philosophies about electronic music
and electronic instruments, and also about his life at this time. So it’s quite
a historical treasure trove.

 

BLURT: When our
magazine interviewed you previously in 2008, you mentioned the Foundation’s
efforts to preserve the tapes that had been found among your dad’s archives
after he passed away, how everything was covered in mold and the urgency you
felt in getting it restored while there was still time. Was this show among
those tapes?

 

MOOG-KOUSSA: This
one was not. Dan Lewis has had the tape for 30 years and was waiting for the
right time to share it. It’s interesting you bring up those tapes, though,
because we are at the end of a cycle of preserving what will probably end up
being about 70 or 75 of them. We’ve been able to bake and clean and transfer
them to digital, so now all these incredible tapes we’ve had in our possession
for five years, we’ll now be able to make available to the public.

       It’s going to
take a little bit of time because we have to get some copyright clearances. But
the material is just amazing. We have a concert with Sun Ra playing the Minimoog
Model B, which was just a prototype. We have to get in touch with Sun Ra’s
family [to secure the rights to that]. People had sent the tapes to Bob Moog in
the sixties, or he recorded them himself. We did have some Wendy Carlos tapes,
we have stuff from Switched-On Bach,
from Sonic Seasonings, things from
Tomita, but those were all things that have been published. We have masters of
those, but they are more historical relics.

       And we have 12
hours of tape of Bob Moog and [experimental composer] Herb Deutsch giving a
seminar in 1969 about modular synthesis. And there are works from pioneering
synthesists, their first works in exploring this new medium. So that’s one
thing we’re actively doing and we’re working on the rest of the archive as
well.

 

 

 

 

Avey Tare Lays Low; AC Curates ATP

Swampy time for the
new album! Read the Blurt interview, too.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

With his solo debut Down
There
released this week, you’d think that Animal Collective frontman Avey
Tare would be ramping up with a tour and more, but for the time being he’s
apparently content to just kick back in Brooklyn and observe the reaction to
the album. According to his Facebook page, the only event that he’s scheduled
thus far related to the record was a release party Monday night at Secret Robot
Project in Brooklyn.

 

That’s okay; we can wait. Meanwhile, the rest of you go grab
the album, and you can read our interview with him from a few days ago
elsewhere on the BLURT site. Among Avey’s bon
mots
:

 

On making the new
record
: “I’ve had more time this year, and since we haven’t been touring,
it felt like a good time.  I guess this record is different than something
Animal Collective would do, but I think that’s mostly because I did it on my
own and not with the other guys.”

 

On the crocodile-swamp
motifs of the record:
“In some ways, it was good to be able to tie this
into the emotional aspect of the music ‘cause I have often thought a swamp is a
good metaphor for the emotions I was feeling at the time. I was a bit stuck in
a rut so to speak and so that sticky swampy quality worked with the songs and
emotions. I like to think of the swamp as otherworldly – like ghost swamp or
something you would find in the afterlife.”

 

Chomp, chomp.

 

Meanwhile, it was just announced that Animal Collective will be curating a weekend at next May’s All Tomorrow’s Parties. It will take place May 13-15 in Minehead, England, and will include Gang Gang Dance, Lee Scratch Perry, Ariel Pink, Black Dice, Broadcast, Prince Rama and many more – not to mention the Meat Puppets doing their entire Up on the Sun album and the Frogs performing their “gay pride” classic It’s Only Right & Natural.

Stay tuned for more details.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Atiba Jefferson]

 

 

Mothersbaugh Injured, DEVO Cancels Tour

 

Hand of guitarist is
sliced “to the bone,” prompting band to cancel tour. Rescheduling to be
announced soon.

 

By Fred Mills

 

DEVO has had to cancel their current American tour – which
was to include a high-profile appearance at MoogFest this weekend in North Carolina – in the
wake of a severe injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. He apparently
cut himself at home, requiring his being rushed to the hospital.

 

In a statement by the band’s label, Warner Bros.: “A glass shard sliced
Mothersbaugh’s right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent
immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after
proper care and therapy.”

 

Tour dates will be rescheduled for next year as the band resumes promoting
its recent Something For Everyone album – read about that in an interview with bandmember Gerald Casale here at
BLURT.

 

Meanwhile, in addition to performing at MoogFest, DEVO was set to be
presented the Moog Innovation Award by the folks from Moog Music. The award
“celebrates pioneering artists whose genre-defying work exemplifies the
bold, innovative spirit of Bob Moog” and will also be accompanied by the
presentation of a special synthesizer to the band. Plans now are for Casale and
Mark Mothersbaugh to still come to the event to receive the award. The pair are
reportedly also going to still mount something musical at Moogfest.

 

According to MoogFest organizers, “In spite of Bob’s horrible accident, both
of them are still coming to Moogfest and they are working on a couple of
performance ideas, including a possible collaboration with another band/artist.
We’re all still discussing the possibilities but both Mark and Gerald have
promised something immensely entertaining, at the very least.”

 

 

 

Report: Guided By Voices Live in S.F.

We check in on the reunion tour with the Oct. 5 show from San Francisco’s Warfield
Theatre, which yielded more than just the “hits” and far more than mere
nostalgia. And shit yeah, it’s cool.

 

By Zach Bloom

Guided By Voices was last
seen in 2005 when Robert Pollard disbanded his group of soft rock renegades
with The Electrifying Conclusion Tour. At the time, Pollard posed as if beyond
critique, touting himself a Solider of Rock. His relatively youthful backing
band perfected the cracks and imperfections from GBV’s days as a lovable, lo-fi
bedroom project. (Before it was cool to be a lo-fi bedroom project; Pollard and
his friends were just average guys, living in the midwest without the benefits
of the internet.)

 

It would seem that GBV had
to go away for it to ever come back – well, like this, at least. The “classic”
lineup that recorded its albums for Matador Records in the mid-‘90s has
returned to celebrate the label’s 21st anniversary. It’s a big
reunion as Pollard takes to the road with songwriter and guitarist Tobin
Sprout, guitarist Mitch Mitchell, bassist Greg Demos, and drummer Kevin
Fennell. The majority of the crew hasn’t veered far from the GBV universe of
prolific collaborations and side projects, but this marks the first time since
hitting the road in support of 1996’s mega Under The Bushes, Under The Stars that the core membership of Pollard’s hometown “Monument Club” has shared a
stage. But they’d probably just prefer it to be thought of as a bunch of
fifty-something guys out for another lap.

 

“We have to get in shape to
go on tour now,” Pollard confessed to the audience at The Warfield in San Francisco. “No eating
pasta!” By the looks of it, the diehards could understand, having downed as
many beers, for as long a time. Smaller in numbers, but appropriately more
energetic, was a younger generation of fans that wouldn’t be much older than
Matador itself. All the same, the sea of bodies didn’t miss a beat in letting
out a collective roar when Demos’ plucked out the riff to “A Salty Salute,” the
anthemic opener from Alien Lanes.

 

With old friends at a
wingspan’s reach, Pollard’s come back down to earth as a frontman. Tobin Sprout
shared the mic and the spotlight. Rather than worshipping at the alter of Bob,
there was a shared devotion to dozens of well-crafted, balls-out rock tunes
that the band clearly cherishes as much as the fans. The grand sense of the
event had a feeling more alive than nostalgia but hard to peg as anything else.

 

Lesser known tracks “Matter
Eater Lad” and “My Impression Now” didn’t resonate deep into the crowd; it’s a
hits tour, despite not having any. The mad surges of bodies twisting and voices
reaching continued from the opening into “Shocker In Gloomtown” and “Tractor
Rape Chain,” and held up well into the encore. “Echos Myron” found Pollard
dominating the musical breaks, pushing the momentum over the edge. Actual
pogoing took place, leading to the appropriate shouts of “All fall down!” near
the song’s end.

 

Like Pixies have decided,
GBV could happily and successfully live out the following years touring on a
time capsule of great songs. There will always be an audience for it. For them,
finding a substitute hasn’t been easy. And shit yeah, it’s cool.