Monthly Archives: September 2011

Incoming: Beatles + Tony Sheridan 50th

 

Every track, stereo, mono, you name it, in
special collector’s layout.

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

50
years after The Beatles first entered a 
recording studio, the complete collection of those tracks will be
available for the first time in North America
when THE BEATLES WITH TONY SHERIDAN:
FIRST RECORDINGS: 50th Anniversary Edition
, is released to
stores November 8th on Time Life. 
The 2-CD set comes with a specially-designed book that is a historical
trove of concert and intimate photos taken by Astrid Kirchherr and others who
were with The Beatles during the early days of their career.  The book also includes handwritten
biographies by each member of the group, signed contracts, original artwork
taken from posters and records, and text by 
Hans Olof Gottfridsson, who has spent years researching this period of
the Beatles’ career.

 

In
North America, it is generally believed that
the Beatles’ recording career began on Capitol in 1964. Few know that it
actually began on the German Polydor label in 1961. As Gottfridsson  notes in the book for THE BEATLES WITH TONY SHERIDAN: FIRST RECORDINGS, Polydor executive
and big band leader Bert Kaempfert discovered the group in a German nightclub,
signing them to his own company and then releasing the songs through Polydor.
The night they signed the contract at Kaempfert’s kitchen table, the four Beatles
wrote brief autobiographies, reproduced here in their original
handwriting. 

 

The
set includes every recording they made for Kaempfert and Polydor in 1961 and
1962.  Multiple versions  have been released throughout the past
several decades – some in mono, some in stereo – each with distinctly different
sounds.  Most notably, the US versions of
these tracks were overdubbed with another guitar player and drummer in an
attempt to mirror the edgier sound the group had evolved into, unbeknownst to
American fans at the time of their release in 1964.   All versions of every  track, including mono and stereo mixes, are included
in the double disc set.

 

Many
of the Polydor tracks feature Tony Sheridan on lead vocals, a decision made by
Kaempfert.  However, John Lennon sings
lead vocals on “Ain’t She Sweet,” and George Harrison plays an instrumental,
“Cry For A Shadow.”

 

Below:
some of the previous collections’ cover art.

 

 

 

 

Book: Courtney Love Sets Record Straight

 

The hostess with the
mostest.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Next to Charlies Sheen and Manson, there’s probably no celeb
we are more eager to hear from, memoir-wise, than Nirvana widow Courtney Love.
It’s clear that there are some personal accounts that need to be recounted, and
some setting straight of records – and Love’s near the top of the list.

 

So it was great to learn yesterday that love intends to “set
the record straight” about her tumultuous life via an as-yet-untitled memoir.
Rolling Stone reports that Love has signed a contract with William Morrow (part
of Harper Collins) and that the book has a tentative publication date of Fall
2012, just in time for that year’s Christmas shopping season, natch.

 

Expect to get Love’s spin – and make no mistake, Love (and
no doubt her co-writer or ghost writer) will be in full spin mode – on her life
with and without Kurt Cobain and all that other stuff that she’s gotten mixed
up in over the years. “All that other stuff” of course could make for a
multi-volume collection…

 

 

Smiths Box Set Track & Release Details

 

Due Oct. 18. And the
Deluxe Collector’s Edition, out Oct. 25,  will only set you back 500 bucks! If you live in the U.S., you may be one of 750 lucky fans…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

That’s a lotta Smiths – as you’ll see, below. As
previously announced, on Oct. 18 Rhino is releasing a comprehensive Smiths box
titled, smartly, Complete. That would
mean eight albums, in
both CD and vinyl formats, each fully remastered by guitarist Johnny Marr, in
one ultimate collection. COMPLETE includes all four of the band’s studio albums
The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986), Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) – and
their sole live album, Rank (1988).
They are complemented by three fan-favorite compilations: Hatful Of Hollow (1984), The
World Won’t Listen
(1987) and Louder
Than Bombs
(1987). Marr and engineer Frank Arkwright remastered all eight
albums using the original tape sources.

 

The
CD boxed set version features each album packaged in a mini-LP replica sleeve
complete with the original artwork, including gatefolds and inner sleeves where
relevant. The vinyl boxed set version consists of the original albums – five
single LPs and three doubles – pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl and
presented in all their 12″ glory with beautifully restored artwork. Each will
be available at physical retail outlets for suggested list prices of $78.98
(CD), $249.98 (LP) and $39.99 (Digital).

 

A
Deluxe Collector’s Edition will be offered as well, exclusively at Rhino.com. Packaged
in an individually numbered, trunk-style box, this version is limited to 4,000
pieces worldwide, with only 750 available in the U.S., only at Rhino.com. It
contains all eight albums on CD and vinyl, accompanied by all 25 of The Smiths’
singles on 7″ vinyl (including rare and deleted artwork). The set also includes:
12″ art prints of all eight album sleeves; a poster featuring the artwork for
the albums and singles; expanded liner notes by renowned author Lois Wilson; and
“The Complete Picture” DVD of the band’s music videos. The Deluxe Collector’s
Edition is available for pre-order now exclusively at Rhino.com for $499.98 and
will be released on October 25.

 

 

Track Listing:

 

 

The Smiths

1.       “Reel Around the Fountain”

2.       “You’ve Got Everything Now”

3.       “Miserable Lie”

4.       “Pretty Girls Make Graves”

5.       “The Hand That Rocks the
Cradle”

6.       “Still Ill”

7.       “Hand in Glove”

8.       “What Difference Does It
Make?”

9.       “I Don’t Owe You Anything”

10.    “Suffer Little Children”

 

 

Meat Is Murder

1.       “The Headmaster Ritual”

2.       “Rusholme Ruffians”

3.       “I Want the One I Can’t
Have”

4.       “What She Said”

5.       “That Joke Isn’t Funny
Anymore”

6.       “Nowhere Fast”

7.       “Well I Wonder”

8.       “Barbarism Begins at Home”

9.       “Meat Is Murder”

 

 

The Queen Is Dead

1.       “The Queen Is Dead”

2.       “Frankly, Mr. Shankly”

3.       “I Know It’s Over”

4.       “Never Had No One Ever”

5.       “Cemetry Gates”

6.       “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

7.       “The Boy with the Thorn in
His Side”

8.       “Vicar in a Tutu”

9.       “There Is a Light That Never
Goes Out”

10.    “Some Girls Are Bigger Than
Others”

 

 

 

Strangeways, Here We Come

1.       “A Rush and a Push and the
Land Is Ours”

2.       “I Started Something I
Couldn’t Finish”

3.       “Death of a Disco Dancer”

4.       “Girlfriend in a Coma”

5.       “Stop Me If You Think You’ve
Heard This One Before”

6.       “Last Night I Dreamt That
Somebody Loved Me”

7.       “Unhappy Birthday”

8.       “Paint a Vulgar Picture”

9.       “Death at One’s Elbow”

10.    “I Won’t Share You”

 

 

 

 

Rank

1.       “The Queen Is Dead”

2.       “Panic”

3.       “Vicar in a Tutu”

4.       “Ask”

5.       “His Latest Flame/Rusholme
Ruffians” (Medley)

6.       “The Boy With The Thorn in
His Side”

7.       “Rubber Ring/What She Said”

8.       “Is It Really So Strange?”

9.       “Cemetry Gates”

10.    “London”

11.    “I Know It’s Over”

12.    “The Draize Train”

13.    “Still Ill”

14.    “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

 

 

 

Hatful Of Hollow

1.       “William, It Was Really
Nothing”

2.       “What Difference Does It
Make?”

3.       “These Things Take Time”

4.       “This Charming Man”

5.       “How Soon Is Now?”

6.       “Handsome Devil”

7.       “Hand in Glove”

8.       “Still Ill”

9.       “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable
Now”

10.    “This Night Has Opened My
Eyes”

11.    “You’ve Got Everything Now”

12.    “Accept Yourself”

13.    “Girl Afraid”

14.    “Back to the Old House”

15.    “Reel Around the Fountain”

16.    “Please, Please, Please Let
Me Get What I Want”

 

 

 

The World Won’t Listen

1.       “Panic”

2.       “Ask”

3.       “London”

4.       “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

5.       “Shakespeare’s Sister”

6.       “There Is a Light That Never
Goes Out”

7.       “Shoplifters of the World
Unite”

8.       “The Boy with the Thorn in
His Side”

9.       “Money Changes Everything”

10.    “Asleep”

11.    “Unloveable”

12.    “Half a Person”

13.    “Stretch Out and Wait”

14.    “That Joke Isn’t Funny
Anymore”

15.    “Oscillate Wildly”

16.    “You Just Haven’t Earned It
Yet, Baby”

17.    “Rubber Ring”

 

 

 

 

Louder Than Bombs

1.       “Is It Really So Strange?”

2.       “Sheila Take a Bow”

3.       “Shoplifters of the World Unite”

4.       “Sweet and Tender Hooligan”

5.       “Half a Person”

6.       “London”

7.       “Panic”

8.       “Girl Afraid”

9.       “Shakespeare’s Sister”

10.    “William, It Was Really
Nothing”

11.    “You Just Haven’t Earned It
Yet, Baby”

12.    “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable
Now”

13.    “Ask”

14.    “Golden Lights”

15.    “Oscillate Wildly”

16.    “These Things Take Time”

17.    “Rubber Ring”

18.    “Back to the Old House”

19.    “Hand in Glove”

20.    “Stretch Out and Wait”

21.    “Please, Please, Please Let
Me Get What I Want”

22.    “This Night Has Opened My
Eyes”

23.    “Unloveable”

24.    “Asleep”

 

7″ Singles – Deluxe Collector’s Edition Only

1.       “Hand In Glove” b/w
“Handsome Devil” (Live)

2.       “Reel Around The Fountain”
b/w “Jeane”

3.       “This Charming Man” b/w
“Jeane”

4.       “What Difference Does It
Make?” b/w “Back To The Old House”

5.       “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable
Now” b/w “Suffer Little Children”

6.       “William, It Was Really
Nothing” b/w “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

7.       “William, It Was Really
Nothing” b/w “How Soon Is Now?”

8.       “How Soon Is Now?” b/w “Well
I Wonder”

9.       “The Headmaster Ritual” b/w
“Oscillate Wildly”

10.    “Shakespeare’s Sister” b/w
“What She Said”

11.    “Barbarism Begins At Home”
b/w “Shakespeare’s Sister”

12.    “That Joke Isn’t Funny
Anymore” b/w “Meat Is Murder” (Live)

13.    “The Boy With The Thorn In
His Side” b/w “Asleep”

14.    “Bigmouth Strikes Again” b/w
“Money Changes Everything”

15.    “Panic” b/w “Vicar In A
Tutu”

16.    “Some Girls Are Bigger Than
Others” b/w “The Draize Train”

17.    “Ask” b/w “Cemetry Gates”

18.    “Shoplifters Of The World
Unite” b/w “Half A Person”

19.    “There Is A Light That Never
Goes Out” b/w “Half A Person”

20.    “Sheila Take A Bow” b/w “Is
It Really So Strange?”

21.    “Girlfriend In A Coma” b/w
“Work Is a Four-Letter Word”

22.    “I Started Something I
Couldn’t Finish” b/w “Pretty Girls Make Graves”

23.    “Stop Me If You Think You’ve
Heard This One Before” b/w “Girlfriend In A Coma”

24.    “Last Night I Dreamt
Somebody Loved Me” b/w “Rusholme Ruffians”

25.    “Sweet And Tender Hooligan”
b/w “I Keep Mine Hidden”

 

 

First Look: New Zola Jesus Album

 

 

 

Due out next week, Oct. 4, on Sacred Bones, it’s the latest step in Nika Danilova’s steady evolution. Listen to song streams, below.

By Selena Fragassi

You can take the farm out of the girl-but why would you want
to? Born and raised on a 100 acre homestead in the middle of Wisconsin, Nika Danilova (aka Zola Jesus)
clearly had plenty of spare time and haunting inspiration-her dad was a hunter
after all-to help her prepare lush albums filled with ethereal, dark
soundscapes that have been the predecessor for a new flock of goth pop doves.

 

 


Zola Jesus – Seekir by sacredbones

Zola Jesus – Vessel by souterraintransmissions

 

After a rush of solid EPs, Danilova has built a fortress with
her latest LP, Conatus, that furthers
her classically trained Liza Minnelli husk with the bad seeds of a Siouxsie
Sioux. The operatics of her voice make it the most intriguing instrument on the
album but the new exploration of violins and cellos that feminize the massive
drum fills make Conatus even more
astounding. Don’t be fooled; it’s exactly Danilova’s Midwest charm infused with
Middle Age drama that make her the pick of the crop in this evolving genre.

 

Smiths Box Set Track & Release Details

 

Due Oct. 18. And the
Deluxe Collector’s Edition, out Oct. 25,  will only set you back 500 bucks! If you live in the U.S., you may be one of 750 lucky fans…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

That’s a lotta Smiths – as you’ll see, below. As
previously announced, on Oct. 18 Rhino is releasing a comprehensive Smiths box
titled, smartly, Complete. That would
mean eight albums, in
both CD and vinyl formats, each fully remastered by guitarist Johnny Marr, in
one ultimate collection. COMPLETE includes all four of the band’s studio albums
The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986), Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) – and
their sole live album, Rank (1988).
They are complemented by three fan-favorite compilations: Hatful Of Hollow (1984), The
World Won’t Listen
(1987) and Louder
Than Bombs
(1987). Marr and engineer Frank Arkwright remastered all eight
albums using the original tape sources.

 

The
CD boxed set version features each album packaged in a mini-LP replica sleeve
complete with the original artwork, including gatefolds and inner sleeves where
relevant. The vinyl boxed set version consists of the original albums – five
single LPs and three doubles – pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl and
presented in all their 12″ glory with beautifully restored artwork. Each will
be available at physical retail outlets for suggested list prices of $78.98
(CD), $249.98 (LP) and $39.99 (Digital).

 

A
Deluxe Collector’s Edition will be offered as well, exclusively at Rhino.com. Packaged
in an individually numbered, trunk-style box, this version is limited to 4,000
pieces worldwide, with only 750 available in the U.S., only at Rhino.com. It
contains all eight albums on CD and vinyl, accompanied by all 25 of The Smiths’
singles on 7″ vinyl (including rare and deleted artwork). The set also includes:
12″ art prints of all eight album sleeves; a poster featuring the artwork for
the albums and singles; expanded liner notes by renowned author Lois Wilson; and
“The Complete Picture” DVD of the band’s music videos. The Deluxe Collector’s
Edition is available for pre-order now exclusively at Rhino.com for $499.98 and
will be released on October 25.

 

 

Track Listing:

 

 

The Smiths

1.       “Reel Around the Fountain”

2.       “You’ve Got Everything Now”

3.       “Miserable Lie”

4.       “Pretty Girls Make Graves”

5.       “The Hand That Rocks the
Cradle”

6.       “Still Ill”

7.       “Hand in Glove”

8.       “What Difference Does It
Make?”

9.       “I Don’t Owe You Anything”

10.    “Suffer Little Children”

 

 

Meat Is Murder

1.       “The Headmaster Ritual”

2.       “Rusholme Ruffians”

3.       “I Want the One I Can’t
Have”

4.       “What She Said”

5.       “That Joke Isn’t Funny
Anymore”

6.       “Nowhere Fast”

7.       “Well I Wonder”

8.       “Barbarism Begins at Home”

9.       “Meat Is Murder”

 

 

The Queen Is Dead

1.       “The Queen Is Dead”

2.       “Frankly, Mr. Shankly”

3.       “I Know It’s Over”

4.       “Never Had No One Ever”

5.       “Cemetry Gates”

6.       “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

7.       “The Boy with the Thorn in
His Side”

8.       “Vicar in a Tutu”

9.       “There Is a Light That Never
Goes Out”

10.    “Some Girls Are Bigger Than
Others”

 

 

 

Strangeways, Here We Come

1.       “A Rush and a Push and the
Land Is Ours”

2.       “I Started Something I
Couldn’t Finish”

3.       “Death of a Disco Dancer”

4.       “Girlfriend in a Coma”

5.       “Stop Me If You Think You’ve
Heard This One Before”

6.       “Last Night I Dreamt That
Somebody Loved Me”

7.       “Unhappy Birthday”

8.       “Paint a Vulgar Picture”

9.       “Death at One’s Elbow”

10.    “I Won’t Share You”

 

 

 

 

Rank

1.       “The Queen Is Dead”

2.       “Panic”

3.       “Vicar in a Tutu”

4.       “Ask”

5.       “His Latest Flame/Rusholme
Ruffians” (Medley)

6.       “The Boy With The Thorn in
His Side”

7.       “Rubber Ring/What She Said”

8.       “Is It Really So Strange?”

9.       “Cemetry Gates”

10.    “London”

11.    “I Know It’s Over”

12.    “The Draize Train”

13.    “Still Ill”

14.    “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

 

 

 

Hatful Of Hollow

1.       “William, It Was Really
Nothing”

2.       “What Difference Does It
Make?”

3.       “These Things Take Time”

4.       “This Charming Man”

5.       “How Soon Is Now?”

6.       “Handsome Devil”

7.       “Hand in Glove”

8.       “Still Ill”

9.       “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable
Now”

10.    “This Night Has Opened My
Eyes”

11.    “You’ve Got Everything Now”

12.    “Accept Yourself”

13.    “Girl Afraid”

14.    “Back to the Old House”

15.    “Reel Around the Fountain”

16.    “Please, Please, Please Let
Me Get What I Want”

 

 

 

The World Won’t Listen

1.       “Panic”

2.       “Ask”

3.       “London”

4.       “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

5.       “Shakespeare’s Sister”

6.       “There Is a Light That Never
Goes Out”

7.       “Shoplifters of the World
Unite”

8.       “The Boy with the Thorn in
His Side”

9.       “Money Changes Everything”

10.    “Asleep”

11.    “Unloveable”

12.    “Half a Person”

13.    “Stretch Out and Wait”

14.    “That Joke Isn’t Funny
Anymore”

15.    “Oscillate Wildly”

16.    “You Just Haven’t Earned It
Yet, Baby”

17.    “Rubber Ring”

 

 

 

 

Louder Than Bombs

1.       “Is It Really So Strange?”

2.       “Sheila Take a Bow”

3.       “Shoplifters of the World Unite”

4.       “Sweet and Tender Hooligan”

5.       “Half a Person”

6.       “London”

7.       “Panic”

8.       “Girl Afraid”

9.       “Shakespeare’s Sister”

10.    “William, It Was Really
Nothing”

11.    “You Just Haven’t Earned It
Yet, Baby”

12.    “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable
Now”

13.    “Ask”

14.    “Golden Lights”

15.    “Oscillate Wildly”

16.    “These Things Take Time”

17.    “Rubber Ring”

18.    “Back to the Old House”

19.    “Hand in Glove”

20.    “Stretch Out and Wait”

21.    “Please, Please, Please Let
Me Get What I Want”

22.    “This Night Has Opened My
Eyes”

23.    “Unloveable”

24.    “Asleep”

 

7″ Singles – Deluxe Collector’s Edition Only

1.       “Hand In Glove” b/w
“Handsome Devil” (Live)

2.       “Reel Around The Fountain”
b/w “Jeane”

3.       “This Charming Man” b/w
“Jeane”

4.       “What Difference Does It
Make?” b/w “Back To The Old House”

5.       “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable
Now” b/w “Suffer Little Children”

6.       “William, It Was Really
Nothing” b/w “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

7.       “William, It Was Really
Nothing” b/w “How Soon Is Now?”

8.       “How Soon Is Now?” b/w “Well
I Wonder”

9.       “The Headmaster Ritual” b/w
“Oscillate Wildly”

10.    “Shakespeare’s Sister” b/w
“What She Said”

11.    “Barbarism Begins At Home”
b/w “Shakespeare’s Sister”

12.    “That Joke Isn’t Funny
Anymore” b/w “Meat Is Murder” (Live)

13.    “The Boy With The Thorn In
His Side” b/w “Asleep”

14.    “Bigmouth Strikes Again” b/w
“Money Changes Everything”

15.    “Panic” b/w “Vicar In A
Tutu”

16.    “Some Girls Are Bigger Than
Others” b/w “The Draize Train”

17.    “Ask” b/w “Cemetry Gates”

18.    “Shoplifters Of The World
Unite” b/w “Half A Person”

19.    “There Is A Light That Never
Goes Out” b/w “Half A Person”

20.    “Sheila Take A Bow” b/w “Is
It Really So Strange?”

21.    “Girlfriend In A Coma” b/w
“Work Is a Four-Letter Word”

22.    “I Started Something I
Couldn’t Finish” b/w “Pretty Girls Make Graves”

23.    “Stop Me If You Think You’ve
Heard This One Before” b/w “Girlfriend In A Coma”

24.    “Last Night I Dreamt
Somebody Loved Me” b/w “Rusholme Ruffians”

25.    “Sweet And Tender Hooligan”
b/w “I Keep Mine Hidden”

 

 

Video: King Midas Sound Dub LP Doc

 

Also check out video
for “Goodbye Girl.” Album reworking 2009 release in dub format is released in
November.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

KING MIDAS SOUND is Londoner / experimental / dub producer KEVIN
“THE BUG” MARTIN, Afro Caribbean Poet ROGER ROBINSON and Japanese
Graphic Artist / Musician KIKI HITOMI. They released their debut album “Waiting for You” on the Hyperdub label in
December 2009. Now, in the tradition of dub, they have reworked their album with
help from friends GREEN GARTSIDE (Scritti Politti), GANG GANG DANCE, FLYING
LOTUS, ROBERT LOWE, NITE JEWEL, HYPE WILLIAMS, KODE9, COOLY G and others.
Titled Without You, it arrives in
November.

This album starts to bridge the gap between the Lovers Rock of their debut and
the full on onslaught of their live show which has been described as “My Bloody
Valentine in dub.” In August the band released the first taster – a video for
the KUDEO reworking of “Goodbye Girl”:

 

 

King Midas Sound: Goodbye Girl (Kuedo Reversion) Hyperdub 2011 from Hyperdub on Vimeo.

 

Now the band releases the second of four videos related to
this project – the first part of a documentary on the band directed by
Inumikaku (Hiroo Tanaka):

 

King Midas Sound Documentary Part 1 from Hyperdub on Vimeo.

 

Tracklisting:

 

CD:
01. Goodbye Girl – Kuedo rework
02. Without You – D-Bridge revoice
03. Lost – Flying Lotus rework
04. Earth A Kill Ya – Gang Gang Dance rework
05. Tears – Kiki Hitomi revoice
06. Spin Me Around – Cooly G revoice
07. Goodbye Girl – Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe rework
08. Say Somethin’ – Joel Ford revoice
09. Lost – Nite Jewel rework
10. Sumtime – Hype Williams rework
11. Meltdown – Kode 9 and the Spaceape rework
12. Earth A Kill Ya – Mala rework
13. Goodbye Girl – Deep Chord presents Echospace rework
14. Come and Behold – Green Gartside revoice
15. Cool Out – Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program rework
BONUS HIDDEN TRACK 16. One Ting – Dabrye rework

 

Vinyl – double LP:
Side A : 1. Goodbye Girl – Kuedo rework
2. Without You – D-Bridge revoice
3. Lost – Flying Lotus rework
4. Miles & Miles – T++ rework
Side B: 1. Earth A Kill Ya – Gang Gang Dance rework
2. Tears – Kiki Hitomi revoice
3. Spin Me Around – Cooly G revoice
4. Goodbye Girl – Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe rework
Side C: 1. Say Somethin’ – Joel Ford revoice
2. Lost – Nite Jewel rework
3. Sumtime – Hype Williams rework
4. Meltdown – Kode 9 and the Spaceape rework
5. Come and Behold – Green Gartside revoice
Side D: 1. Goodbye Girl – Intrusion rework
2. Goodbye Girl – Deep Chord presents Echospace rework
3. Goodbye Girl – King Midas Sound Dub
4. Cool Out – Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program rework

 

Watch American Juggalo Documentary

 

23 minute film packs
more, er, punch than most movies 8 times that long…

 

By Fred Mills

 

It’s not exactly The
Last Waltz
but it’s still a pretty fascinating rock ‘n’ roll (sorta) movie:
American Juggalo, a 23-minute
documentary by director Sean Dunne that takes a look at the Juggalo subculture.
It was filmed at the annual Iinsane Clown Posse-hosted Gathering of the
Juggalos and features interviews with band fans while offering an up close and
personal view of the subculture. Put on your clown makeup, kick back with a liter
of Faygo, and enjoy!

 

 

American Juggalo from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

 

Incidentally,
no less a pop pundit than Bob Lefsetz is praising the movie, albeit in possibly
in more glowing terms than it deserves when it compares it to the likes of D.A.
Pennebaker. “Here you
have an endless supply of what society calls losers. And they all seem to know
it,” writes Lefsetz. “This film is as powerful as the great documentaries of
Frederick Wiseman and D.A. Pennebaker. It captures a vibe, a feeling, which you
don’t find too often in today’s mainstream media.”

 

Lefsetz also tries to
extract a deep political-philosophical message from the film when he says, “I
can’t imagine many of these people are Democrats. They want every dollar they
earn, because it’s not many. And where’s the better life, the jobs Obama
promised? It’s an endless carnival of the disenfranchised. An underbelly pushed
under the rug, joining together to have a good time. What happens when your
parents aren’t rich, when your life has taken a wrong turn? You get tattoos and
become a Juggalo. This certainly ain’t the beautiful people.”

 

Fair enough. But it’s also
possible that some of these people just like to party and raise hell…

BEATS WORKING / DOMINIC UMILE

 

Our latest look at dusty
instrumental hip-hop, techno and bass includes Martyn (pictured above), HTRK,
Walls, I Break Horses, and more.

 

By Dominic Umile

 

Disparate
nuances and textures meet in a distinctive manner on several recent records
that have had me thinking about what music I’ve been drawn to in 2011 overall.
Just as the dour noisepop of Belong’s Common Era or Andy Stott’s stark,
shadowy techno on Passed Me By presents a challenge to categorize other
than “I’ve really been blown away by these,” the releases discussed
here – their repetition of colorful sonic themes, matched with a fusion of
electronics and sampled instruments – aren’t easily articulated in
conversation. And there are similarly heady, much chatted-about albums on the
horizon: M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming sees an October release; a
“next level” Nathan Fake album is in the can, according to James
Holden’s interview at ClubbersGuideNewYork.com
and Kompakt’s catalog of
experimental techno grows with albums from Gui Boratto, The Field, and,
mentioned below, Walls.

 

 

In an
unlikely mesh of lo-fidelity production and gripping headphone playback, HTRK (pronounced “hate rock”) explores muddled electro/organic noise on Work
(Work, Work)
. Vocalist Jonnie Standish partly talks, partly sings, with
both configurations coded in watery delay on this droning, comely Ghostly
International release. She’s backed with dub-referencing basslines, old drum
machine pops, and fraying guitar. The latter fizzes and peters out often, while
the space between shitty beat claps on tracks like “Work That Body”
grows miles wider by the second. Closer “Body Double” is crowded with
the patter of snares and wafting organs. It’s dark, lingering, and beautiful,
while Standish, avoiding clarity at all costs, sings only when she feels like
it. 


HTRK – Eat Yr Heart by ghostly

 

 

Walls has a similar preoccupation
with delay pedals. The act’s 2010 debut is loaded with blurry, equal doses live
and machine-driven moments like HTRK’s record, but members Alessio Natalizia
and Sam Willis went for blissful techno on Coracle ala Border Community
stuff or the forest-rave vibe of Caribou’s Swim. With a punchy stomp
taking shape midway through “Il Tedesco,” this tune stuns as a
two-parter. It’s disorienting and strewn with bits of feedback, while the
beatless end of Coracle is executed with similar tact. Check
“Vacant” for just as colorful an arrangement of swells, soaring
guitar fuzz, and a coda that sounds like early Pink Floyd. Elsewhere, potent
kicks work to steady a sun-streaked record that feels light enough to dissolve
on the turntable. 

 


“Sunporch” By Walls by Kompakt

 

 

Beds
of keyboards and vocal layers produce a disorienting effect on Hearts,
the debut full-length from Swedish duo I Break Horses on Bella Union. The
battle is getting the weightless vocals from singer Maria Lindén further up
into the mix – or does it matter? The title track feels like one sweeping
buildup, as thick and overdriven guitar is matched with synths over a tense,
unchanging rhythm. I Break Horses is shamelessly wed to the oft-cited My Bloody
Valentine opus that had Creation’s Alan McGee “tearfully pleading with
(Kevin Shields) to deliver the record before the whole enterprise went bankrupt.”
On the impenetrable Heart, Lindén and Fredrik Balck come off like Loveless devotees indeed, as if Serena-Maneesh dialed back noise on No. 2: Abyss in B
Minor
for a more ambient end-product locked into dance music as much as it
is to shoegaze. “Load Your Eyes” has Linden’s slow verses floating over stuttering
kicks, with nuances pulled out and tossed back in for cerebral effect. It works
well, but a driving, acid-ridden “Wired” kills when it’s dramatically
impeded, as if the tape ribbon is backed up and snaking all over the floor. The
beats (and tambourine) stay in place, but all of the syrupy tones are wound way
down, yielding a stammering mess of choral bits and indiscernible instruments.

 


I Break Horses – Hearts by Bella Union

 

 

Most
everything is prevented from advancing too quickly on Alec Koone’s Wander/Wonder,
a set of hallucinatory, deep-swinging beats issued under the producer’s Balam
Acab
moniker. These eight static-rife instrumentals knock back and forth,
each one swelling with sparkling loops and chilling vocal samples that seem to
have been pulled from a place similar to the one tapped by Holy Other for With
U
, released earlier this year on Tri Angle. Koone hasn’t ventured far from
the spooky, lush hip hop/techno combinations on his See Birds EP, though
Wander/Wonder is a more evolved set that sounds like it took careful,
obsessive tinkering to finish. It incidentally only outplays his Tri Angle
debut by 17 minutes or so.   

 


Balam Acab – Motion by TriAngleRecords

 

 

DJ/producer
Max Cooper’s tech house cooks gradually with bewitching flourishes. On
his Empirisch EP for Cologne,
Germany’s Traum
Schallplatten, “Echoes Reality” is layered in chimes, with screeches
and an evocative melody that eventually engulfs the track. Its unpredictable
flashes and speaker-cycling ticks are matched in “Qualia” (worked
into an early slot on recent jarring live set “Loom”), if in a bit
more clinical fashion.

 


Max Cooper Live – Loom (free download) by Max Cooper

 

 

The
tones are quite clean on Chris “Tropics” Ward’s jazz- and
house-tinged jewel Parodia Flare on Planet Mu. Twinkling guitars line
its cotton edges, dressed in little more than vibrato. The already warm keys on
“Going Back” are padded with vocal harmonies, which slip cozily into
a mellotron-rife backdrop on “Wear Out.” But the record could use
more juice on the percussive end. Churning glitch is welcome on
“Figures,” where even the dense swirl of whispered choruses can’t
much soften the growl of the engine beneath it.   

 


Wear Out (From Parodia Flare – Out Now) by Tropics

 

With
no shortage of drum barrages, Martyn nailed it on Ghost People, a
hard but intricate record for Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label (see my  recent rundown of TOKiMONSTA’s
EP
). The Dutch producer found an artful home on his Great
Lengths
for techno, dubstep, and more in a way that no one had managed
before 2009, at least not on an LP. Ghost People isn’t as mysterious as
Martyn’s Great Lengths, but it’s rooted in similar ground and is as
urgent as his recent Fabric 50 mix, a series standout. Aimed at the DJ
booth, Martyn’s sophomore album burns fast. Jungle breaks tunnel under siren
synths on “Popgun,” a rave banger loud enough to summon Bomb Squad
noise collage references, making it a good candidate for segues into hip hop
records during recent FlyLo live sets
. Boxcutter-edged chords dart
between vocal samples on “We Are You in the Future,” but none of
those ubiquitous, pitched-up MC bits land on these tracks. The voices sewn into
Ghost People‘s convulsive party cuts sound like they’re coming from
behind you on the club floor, as if nearby conversation is competing with the
snare shots in the monitors. Fat chance, though – it’s doubtful that anyone is
going to be talking when this record is on.

 


Martyn – Popgun by 3024world

 

***

 

BLURT contributor and blogger Dominic Umile lives, writes, and drinks in
Brooklyn, NY.
Follow him on Twitter: @DominicUmile

 

 

Watch Mark Kozelek Concert Doc DVD

 

On Tour: A
Documentary, recently released by Caldo Verde, is a moody meditation in black
and white upon the artist-on-the-road.

 

By Lee Zimmerman

It’s noted on the back cover of this DVD that Mark Kozelek
— he of the Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon and his own somber solo efforts
— is “an artist often thought of as taciturn.” Really? Ya think? Given his
penchant for brooding melancholia and low-cast meanderings, that statement is
as much an understatement as suggesting things aren’t exactly peachy in the
nation’s capitol.

 

Notably, there’s little here that discredits that notion,
owing to the fact that this two-hour travelogue – which candidly captures
Kozelek on the road, in hotel rooms, at the airport, in sound checks and even
occasionally onstage – is shot exclusively in black and white, allowing
darkness to supercede the light. (View the trailer here.) Although some of the
locales, particularly in Europe, are incredibly spectacular, there’s a shadowy,
overcast feel to the proceedings, one that remains unbroken throughout the
mostly solitary, unspoken scenes of Kozelek surveying his surroundings,
attending to his belongings or simply playing his guitar. In fact, the film
only affirms what one might sense after being immersed in Kozelek’s music (his
songs become constant companions to whatever’s happening onscreen, whether he’s
performing or not)… that he’s as moody and morose as his albums almost always
suggest. At one point, he explains his dark demeanor is the result of jetlag
and drastic time differences encountered when traveling from one part of the
world to another. “Most of the time, I feel so out of it,” he wearily concedes.

 

 

Whether or not that’s the true cause for his deadpan
disposition is up for grabs, but clearly Kozelek’s sad, surreal melodies
suggest that he bears certain preoccupations he excises only thorough his art.
Despite the beauty his songs convey – and indeed, they are ideal as meditative
musings – and even his occasional fits of laughter, the loneliness and longing
that comes through this often scattershot montage of settings and scenarios
portrays the isolation that Paul Simon once sang of so eloquently in songs like
“The Boxer” and “Homeward Bound.” The series of numbing images convey what
appears to be an endless commitment to the road, from one destination to the
next, each place seemingly the same as the last, life as an ongoing series of
airplanes, highways, hotels and venues.

 

At one point, Kozelek marvels at the apparent elegance of
his hotel room, with its sparkling marble floors and a bidet he’s not quite
used to, claiming that he mistakenly peed into it in the middle of the night.
Surprisingly, that offhand comment, as slight as it may seem, is actually the
main revelation this film actually offers. And sadly, that’s an incidental
disclosure indeed.