Monthly Archives: July 2011

Ivy Returns w/First LP in 6 Years

 

Listen to stream of newest single, below.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

NYC’s Ivy is prepping their
new album All Hours with a Sept. 20
street date in mind from their label, Nettwerk. It’s the trio’s their first
release since 2005’s In The Clear,
and the 11 tracks that comprise All
Hours
 were written, produced and mixed by the band in their own
Manhattan studio. The first single, “Distant Lights,” came out last month and
this week a second track, “Fascinated,” dropped. You can hear it and more,
below:

 

 


IVY – All Hours [Album Sampler] by nettwerkmusicgroup

 

 

“It’s a rebirth,”
says Durand about All Hours.
“We really had no idea where we were going for a long time. But in my
mind, I knew I wanted to go back to some kind of innocence, and also a feeling
of energy and excitement. I wanted to make a record based on those very basic
sensations.” 

 

To celebrate the album’s
release, the NYC-based trio – Parisian-born singer Dominique Durand, Andy
Chase and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne – have announced
their first live show in five years at the Gramercy Theatre on Saturday,
September 24 in their home city with special guest Tahiti
80. 

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

1. Distant Lights

2. Fascinated

3. How’s Never

4. Suspicious

5. You Make It So Hard

6. World Without You

7. I Still Want You

8. Everybody Knows

9. Lost In The Sun

10. She Really Got To You

11. The Conversation

 

[Photo Credit: Phillipe Garcia]

 

Report: Fresh & Onlys, Woods in Portland

Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, July 25: and
indie and garage rock feast.

 

By Tim Hinely

I had been
itching to see the Fresh & Onlys for quite some time, especially since I
had missed them here last year and their latest record, 2010’s Play it Strange, was one of my
favorites. They did not disappoint. These four unique looking individuals seem
like they were meant to be together. To meet, become friends, to make music
together and that if they had not found each other to play music with well, all
would not have been right in the universe.

 

Not only are
they all very good players but they seem to play so well off of each other. The
drummer (who resembles Crispin Glover, a bit) and bassist are a runaway
locomotive heading in your general direction. It’s controlled but just barely
while the lead guitarist (seemingly on some kind of Nikki Sudden trip) appears like
he could play anything you asked him to on the spot. Meanwhile, up front,
singer/guitarist/leader Tim Cohen keeps things moving, muttering things to the
crowd, pushing his head back in between words with his eyes rolling around as
if he’s about to peak any second. Musically it’s a healthy mix of all that is
good in rock music: psych, pop, punk, some surf, a bit of dusty western and
it’s all hooked on to a garage rock motor.

 

If they come to
your town drop your other plans because remember, when these four are on stage
in front of you, all is right in the world.

 

 

Woods, not to be
confused with The Woods, had a look of their own as well. The rhythm section
looked like a few college kids stoked to be on tour but the vocalist/singer
appeared to be heir scrawny professor (Jeremy Earl), albeit one with the best
falsetto in rock these days and the guy on tape loop/samplers had this thing in
his mouth (like a mask, sort of). It distorted his vocals but not in a Peter
Frampton mouthpiece sort of way, more like the vocal equivalent to the
Theremin.

 

This band, like
Fresh & Onlys seem to take decades of rock/pop music history and make it
their own. I’ve read comparisons to both The Band and Rain Parade and I heard
elements of both of those as well as The Byrds, Guided by Voice and others  and Woods seem to have a fresh approach to
the pop/rock thing.  I recognized songs
from their last two records, 2010’a At
Echo Lake
and this year’s Sun and
Shade
and it’s nice to see a band not afraid to include their influences
but also bring something new to the table. Well worth your hard-earned dough to
check out.

 

 

First Look: New Jesse Sykes Album

 

 

Marble Son, released
next week by Station Grey/Thirty Tigers, is a remarkable foray into freak-folk
and psychedelia that’s considerably removed from the group’s early alt.country
sound.

 

By Michael Toland

 

Singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and her combo the Sweet
Hereafter have been the darlings of the modern alt.country scene for a decade
now. But the band’s restless, creative minds will hardly sit still in one place
for long. On Marble Son, Sykes and
the Hereafters fold layers of gauzy acid folk, swirling psychedelic guitar
noise and haunted atmospheres into her droning Americana. It’s as if she discovered LSD
while hanging out with the art metal overlords in Sunn 0))) and Boris (on whose
collaborative LP Altar she appears) –
even her lyrics have grown more enigmatic and searching.

 

Marble Son encompasses the ethereal folk of “Birds of Passerine” and “Be It Me, Or Be It
None” as snugly as the dramatic acid grunge of “Hushed By Devotion” and
“Pleasuring the Divine,” while still finding room for the straightforward roots
rock of “Come to Mary.” Guitarist Phil Wandscher emerges as an equal partner
here, as his dynamic riffs and lysergic textures duet with Sykes’ soulful
vocals – he even gets his own instrumental showcase, the swelling epic “Weight
of Cancer.”

 

For all the new sonic waves undulating through this record,
however, the band’s distinctive identity still shines – there’s no mistaking Marble Son for the work of anyone else,
and it’s the ability to evolve while still remaining true to core values that
makes Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter great.

 

Bonnaroo Tops Latest Blurt Poll

 

Yes, but have
festivals jumped the shark?

 

By Perez Mills

 

We polled, you voted, we listened: Bonnaroo is the festivale du choice for the
discriminating BLURT reader. In our last poll we listed a slew of the annual music
festivals ranging from Sasquatch back in late May through Treasure Island that
occurs in October, and by a wide margin, Bonnaroo is the “must attend” event of
the year.

 

Well, “wide margin” is somewhat nebulous; out of all the
votes cast, Bonnaroo took in 14% of the tally. And then there was a clusterfuck
near-tie for second place, with Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, ATP, Treasure Island,
Austin City Limits and Camp
Bisco all earning in the
7 to 10% range. After that it was a clusterfuck near-tie for third place.

 

 

What does it all mean, oh great and powerful Oz? Who the
hell knows! Have festivals jumped the shark, or do people just take ‘em for
granted? We’ll find out next year when we repeat this exact same exercise…

 

Meanwhile, check out our latest poll, located along the left
margin of the homepage: with a slew of new releases about to drop, vote for the
artist whose upcoming album you’re most looking forward to.

 

Listen to New Polvo Single

 

 

From forthcoming
album, title and date tba.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Legendary Chapel Hill band
Polvo recently announced the arrival of a new limited edition 7″ single, “Heavy
Detour” b/w “Anchoress,” via Merge. They’re now streaming the A-side for your
musical edification.

 

 


Polvo – Heavy Detour by MergeRecords

 

Recorded in North
Carolina and mixed by Mitch Easter, “Heavy Detour” is
from Polvo’s upcoming Merge album. The licorice-colored vinyl goodie will also
net you a free demo version of the B-side if you order it direct from Merge.
Polvo, who lasted from 1990-97 then got back together again in 2008, released
their previous album, In Prism, in
2009. They are set to do a short European tour starting next week.

 

Tour Dates:

 

Aug 03 Sondrio, Italy Arena Sonica Festival
Aug 05 Berlin, Germany
Puschen Festival
Aug 06 Katowice, Poland
Off Festival
Aug 08 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paradiso
Aug 09 Copenhagen, Denmark
KB 18
Aug 10 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser

 

 

Photos: Warped Tour 2011

Get yr punk on!

 

Photos By Scott Dudelson

 

The summer’s most enduring annual festival, The Warped Tour,
returned this year for its 15th consecutive event with headliners Against Me!,
A Day to Remember and Hellogoodbye.   The roaming festival runs through
August 14th and concert photographer Scott Dudelson was on hand to capture the sights at the Ventura, CA
tour stop.

 

(above) MC Lars  – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

A Day to Remember – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Against Me! – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Asking Alexandra – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Blood on the Dance Floor – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Devil Wears Prada  – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Expendables  – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Fear – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Go Radio – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Hellogoodbye – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Lionize  – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Lucero  – Live @ Warped Tour 2011


Relient K – Live @ Warped Tour 2011 

 

The Aggrolites – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

The Sheds – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

The Wonder Years – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

Unwritten Law – Live @ Warped Tour 2011

 

 

Report: Fresh & Onlys, Woods in Portland

Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, July 25: and
indie and garage rock feast.

 

By Tim Hinely

I had been
itching to see the Fresh & Onlys for quite some time, especially since I
had missed them here last year and their latest record, 2010’s Play it Strange, was one of my
favorites. They did not disappoint. These four unique looking individuals seem
like they were meant to be together. To meet, become friends, to make music
together and that if they had not found each other to play music with well, all
would not have been right in the universe.

 

Not only are
they all very good players but they seem to play so well off of each other. The
drummer (who resembles Crispin Glover, a bit) and bassist are a runaway
locomotive heading in your general direction. It’s controlled but just barely
while the lead guitarist (seemingly on some kind of Nikki Sudden trip) appears like
he could play anything you asked him to on the spot. Meanwhile, up front,
singer/guitarist/leader Tim Cohen keeps things moving, muttering things to the
crowd, pushing his head back in between words with his eyes rolling around as
if he’s about to peak any second. Musically it’s a healthy mix of all that is
good in rock music: psych, pop, punk, some surf, a bit of dusty western and
it’s all hooked on to a garage rock motor.

 

If they come to
your town drop your other plans because remember, when these four are on stage
in front of you, all is right in the world.

 

 

Woods, not to be
confused with The Woods, had a look of their own as well. The rhythm section
looked like a few college kids stoked to be on tour but the vocalist/singer
appeared to be heir scrawny professor (Jeremy Earl), albeit one with the best
falsetto in rock these days and the guy on tape loop/samplers had this thing in
his mouth (like a mask, sort of). It distorted his vocals but not in a Peter
Frampton mouthpiece sort of way, more like the vocal equivalent to the
Theremin.

 

This band, like
Fresh & Onlys seem to take decades of rock/pop music history and make it
their own. I’ve read comparisons to both The Band and Rain Parade and I heard
elements of both of those as well as The Byrds, Guided by Voice and others  and Woods seem to have a fresh approach to
the pop/rock thing.  I recognized songs
from their last two records, 2010’a At
Echo Lake
and this year’s Sun and
Shade
and it’s nice to see a band not afraid to include their influences
but also bring something new to the table. Well worth your hard-earned dough to
check out.

 

 

Listen to Exclusive Juno Reactor Remix

 

Check out our
review of the remix album as well.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Juno Reactor’s new remix album, Inside the Reactor, is out now [reviewed here] via the Metropolis
label
. The band has provided us with this exclusive non-album track — a rare
remix of  “God is God” by
electro-pioneers Front 242, restored and remixed for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

 


Juno
Reactor “God Is God – Front 242 Godzilla (Juno Reactor remix)”
by Reybee

 

Juno Reactor on the web: www.junoreactor.com

 

 

 

New Feist LP Yields 2 Video Previews

 

Metals will arrive in
October. Check out the video clips, below.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

On October 4th, Feist returns with her highly
anticipated new album, Metals,
out on Cherrytree/Interscope. It’s the follow-up to her 2007 breakout The Reminder.

 

Recorded in Big Sur,
California, Feist co-produced the
album with longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, as well as
newcomer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Bjork, Bonnie “Prince” Billy). The label
describes the album as “astoundingly intimate, yet often exuberant; rife with
transcendent and unforgettable pop gems.” But in the case of Feist, we’ll
choose to believe the hype.

 

The album will be teased with 12 unique vignettes, each
hinting at a different element of the record. Fans can follow their release on listentofeist.com.

 

Watch two video previews for the album below. In the top
video, watch Feist, Gonzales, Mocky, and Sigurðsson at work on the album,
and hear a snippet of new music.

 


Solo Album Due from Señor Flavio

 

 

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
mainman plans to kick out the jams, hermanos y hermanas.
Watch video for first single, below.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Señor Flavio’s new album Nueva
Ola
is headed to stores Aug. 16 via Nacional
Records. The bassist, main songwriter and founding member of Los
Fabulosos Cadillacs has served up  a
blend of “garage rock, twang and punk to reggae/ska of the vintage Fabulosos
variety,” according to the label.

Señor Flavio is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the Latin
Alternative movement, and has influenced scores of artists. Los Fabulosos
Cadillacs have gone platinum and won multiple Grammys, and earlier this year
saw the end of a successful Los Fabulosos Cadillacs tour that sold over one
million concert tickets.

Watch the video Senor Flavio’s new single “El Secreto”:

 

 

 

Track Listing:

1. El Regalo
2. Olas
3. Dagas Doradas
4. El Secreto
5. Dulce Babalu
6. Amas
7.La Oferta
8.Rock Club
9.Rindanse
10.Malos Tempos Para Las Buenas Canciones
11.Doctor
12.Linda