Monthly Archives: November 2011

Forbert Preps Deluxe Reish of 1st LP

 

1978 album still
considered a classic. Meanwhile, check that “compact disc digital audio” photo,
above.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

On Dec. 6 Steve Forbert will reissue his 1978 debut album, Alive On Arrival as a two-disc set that will
include a newly remastered version of the original recording plus a bonus CD of
session outtakes and period live tracks. The original LP has been
consistently voted by music critics as one of the best debut albums of all
time.

 

Rolling Stone raved
that on the album Forbert “attacked his acoustic guitar fiercely, took raw,
careening harmonica solos, and sang in a manner nobody had heard
before–hoarse, almost whispering at times, but with a sure command of texture
and nuance and a sense of high drama.” Paul Nelson, in the Rolling Stone review of the record, said that “Nothing in this
world is going to stop Steve Forbert, and on that I’d bet anything you’d care
to wager.”

 

Best known for his 1980 hit single “Romeo’s Tune,” Forbert
has released fourteen studio albums, performs over one hundred concerts a year
(songs such as “Goin’ Down To Laurel,” “What Kinda Guy?” and “You Cannot Win if
You Do Not Play” from his debut are still staples of the live show) and is
currently in the midst of working on a new record to be released in 2012.

 

Tracklisting:

 

Disc One: “Alive On Arrival” (remastered)

1.    
Goin’ Down To Laurel

2.    
Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast

3.    
Thinkin’

4.    
What Kinda Guy?

5.    
It Isn’t Gonna Be That Way

6.    
Big City Cat

7.    
Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977

8.    
Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home

9.    
Settle Down

10. You
Cannot Win If You Do Not Play

 

Disc Two: Bonus studio and live recordings

1.    
It’s Been A Long Time (“Alive On Arrival” outtake)

2.    
House of Cards (“Alive On Arrival” outtake)

3.    
Song For The South (“Alive On Arrival” outtake)

4.    
Steve Forbert’s Moon
River (“Alive On Arrival”
outtake)

5.    
Lonesome Cowboy Bill’s Song (“Alive On Arrival” outtake)

6.    
It’s Been A Long Time (Live at The Other End 12/20/78)

7.    
You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play (“Arriving Live” promo EP)

8.    
Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast (“Arriving Live” promo EP)

9.    
Steve Forbert’s Moon
River (“Arriving Live”
promo EP)

10. Leaves
in the Wind (CBGB solo demo recording 1977)

11. Goin’
Down To Laurel
(Original Meridian, MS demo 1976)

 

Fave New Song: Warp Recs' My Best Fiend

Listen to or download forthcoming single”Higher Palms.”

 

By Blurt Staff

 

It’s easily our favorite new
song since War Paint’s equally dreamy, riveting “Undertow”: listen to “Higher
Palms,” from NYC five-piece My Best Fiend.

 

 

 

The group recently signed to Warp, which will be releasing the song as a single
on Jan. 24; meanwhile, it’s available for download here. According to the
label, My Best Fiend “deal in epic, hypnotic melodies that cross the emotional
and experiential spectrums.” The band’s current incarnation was formed in 2009,
and since then, they’ve been winning over audiences with their live sound and
dynamic performances. They will also be playing a show on Thursday, December 15th in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium.

 

[Photo Credit: Jon Forsythe]

 

 

Billy Corgan Gets Into Pro Wrestling (literally)

He wasn’t kidding
about smashing stuff, apparently. Meanwhile, Bob Mould has yet to comment.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Smashing Pumpkins’ mainman Billy Corgan has become a
professional wrestling promoter, partnering with a pair of veteran promoters to
form Resistance Pro. According to a report filed by Billboard.com, the company,
which includes Gabe Baron and Jacques Baron, will have its first show tonight,
Nov. 25, in Chicago.

 

“We have to start in Chicago
and build a name for ourselves and build enough of a reputation to take it
other places,” Corgan told Billboard. “It’s a serious endeavor. I
want this to succeed strictly on its ideas. If I had to artificially prime the
audience because of my musical life that’s sad. This is going to succeed on its
own ideas, not because I jumped the shark.”

 

Added Gabe Baron, “This is a guy who is on the same page as we are as
far as how wrestling should be. They’re going to feel the excitement of a rock
concert but with the thrill and spectacle of wrestling.”

 

Also quoted in the story is Scott Beekman, author of Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America, who
observed, of the rock-wrestling connection, “At a certain level I think
they appeal to similar audiences. There is this notion that you’re gearing
toward adolescent males. There’s also this flash of wrestling and rock that’s
related, the pyrotechnics, the announcements.”

 

Well there ya go!

 

 

 

Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Perry Farrell

Then issue blanket
denials, natch.

 

By Perez Mills

 

RollingStone.com reports: “Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry
Farrell has outraged Brazilian music fans by claiming that they are
“uneducated about music” in an interview with Folha de S. Paulo,
the nation’s biggest newspaper.”

 

Apparently there had been a big ticketing snafu when tickets
went on sale for Brazil Lollapalooza and Farrell was in the hot seat.  After the story with the offending quotes was
published Brazil music fans bombarded Twitter with anti-Farrell comments, so Farrell
himself took to Twitter and posted
a series of tweets
, denying the comments and claiming he’d been misquoted,
and that he “loves and respects” the country.

Black Friday: Support Record Stores!

 

Best reason NOT to go
to the local mega-mall this year…

 

By Fred Mills

 

Tha annual Record Store Day held the third Saturday in April
has become the equivalent of Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July all rolled into one for music headz and record collectors. By all
accounts it’s been a huge success for bands, stores and fans alike. The
organizers aren’t resting on their laurels, however: they’re also doing a version of it today, aka Black
Friday.

 

 

It’s not specifically RSD Pt.2, however – more like bonus
beats. According to the RSD website, under Black Friday FAQs, we learn the
following:

 

“In the past Black
Friday was an American event celebrated by large corporate retailers as a
shopping day that promoted mass produced items at super low prices in hopes of
driving customers into their stores. RSD’s Black Friday subverts the model and
creates pieces of art in the form of limited special editions, often numbered,
from some of the most revered artists of our time. RSD’s version of Black
Friday is an excuse to celebrate the specialness of music in our lives by
putting out these unique releases. In other words, cheapness is not a main
goal. Celebrating art is.

 

“The special releases for Record Store
Day are made to be sold solely at independently owned record stores on the day
that Record Store Day takes place (the third Saturday of every April) whereas
Black Friday releases are made for the holiday season. This means stores will
launch the special releases on Black Friday but may choose to carry them beyond
Black Friday (as supplies last). 

 

These independently owned record
stores/shops will also choose whether or not they want to sell their Black
Friday releases on their websites to draw attention to the fact that many of
them offer an excellent customer service option for those who wish to support
independently owned record stores via internet purchases during the holiday
season and beyond.”

 

It should be pretty awesome, however. Take a look at some of
this year’s proposed releases – the full list can be found here, and more are
sure to be added – and meanwhile, start scoping out your favorite store and
talk to them directly about what they plan to carry.

 

 

Syd Barrett: “Mick Rock: Syd Barrett – the Photographs of
Mick Rock” 7″ 45

Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two Book/Blu-Ray/DVD/CD
The Beatles: The Singles 7″ vinyl box set
The Black Keys: “Lonely Boy” 12″ single

Byrds: “Eight Miles High” & “The Tiems They Are A Changin'”
7″ers

Miles Davis: Miles
Davis Quartet” 10″ LP

Doors: LA Woman 7″
vinyl box set
Bob Dylan: “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” 7″ vinyl box
set

Justin Townes Earle: “Slippin’ and Slidiin'” 7″

Fear: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Iron & Wine: “Morning Becomes Eclectic” LP/CD (Live at KCRW)
John Cale: EP: Extra Playful
John Lennon: Imagine 40th Anniversary Box Set
Nirvana: Nevermind -The Singles 10″ vinyl box set

 

 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Kiss My Amps Live vinyl LP
Pinback: “True North” 7″

Pink Floyd: The Wall 7″ vinyl box set
Ryan Adams: “Do I Wait”/”Darkness” 7″
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul Time! LP
Soundgarden: Live on I-5–Before the Doors Soundcheck EP 10″ colored vinyl

Pete Townshend: The
Quadrophenia Demos Vol. 1
10″ LP

Warren Haynes: “River’s Gonna Rise” 7″

Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Finest in Funk
& Soul 1965-79
7″ vinyl box

Wilco: “Speak Into the Rose” 10″ (pictured at
top, above)

Yardbirds: “Ten Little Indians” & “Ha Ha Said the Clown”
7″ers

 

 

 

New Weeknd Vid Posted/Removed/Restored

 

UPDATE, NOV. 26: Folks gradually realized that the videos they had posted were inoperative and switched over to the YouTube version. Meanwhile, at Drake’s blog another Vimeo version was posted.

 

 

 

Hint: it’s on YouTube,
not Vimeo.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Blink, and you missed it. Wait – blink again, and it’s back.
No, wait – you have to change the channel first.

 

We’re talking the official new video from The Weeknd, “The
Knowing,” a seven-minute short sci-fi film (“Planet Ethio X,” anyone?) directed
by Mikael Columbu, and a track originally on the band’s mixtape House of Balloons. Watch it below:

 

 

 

But the twist is this: last night it was posted at Drake’s
October’s Very Own blog
via Vimeo and subsequently got picked up by a slew of
other online media portals (including the Chicago branch of the Drake fan club,  Pitchfork, natch). By this morning,
however, it had been taken down, with an onscreen message reading, “Sorry. This
video does not exist.” Savvy marketing to pimp up demand? Who knows – and who
cares, because it was also very quietly posted to YouTube by the band!

 

 

 

Flaming Lips Announce New Year’s Freakout 5

 

That would be Dec. 31
and Jan. 1 in OKC, natch.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

As Wayne Coyne Tweeted today, the Flaming Lips have
announced that they will perform two shows to celebrate the New Year at the Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City on December 31st and January
1, 2012. Advises the Lips’ label, Warner Bros., “The band promises to pull out
all the stops with MORE of everything! More confetti, more balloons, massive
volume, and maximum weirdness for its NEW YEAR’S FREAKOUT 5, which
also features very special guests Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band. (Tickets
went on sale today, Friday Nov 25th.)

 

Expect exclusive merch to be available for this event
only.  Plus Gummy Fetuses (containing a USB drive featuring
three new songs: “Enthusiasm For Life Defeats Existential Fear Part
2,” “Steven’s Moonbow,” and “Squishy
Glass”), Gummy Skulls (Exclusive LA Edition) which houses a USB drive that
contains “The Soft Bulletin:
 Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011,”
a complete live
concert recording of The Soft Bulletin. Also on sale will be the mesmerizing light illusion toy The Strobo Trip, which
also include a USB drive with three exclusive recordings: “Butterfly, How
Long It Takes To Die,” “Found A Star On The Ground,”
— the 6 hour long song – plus “Evil Minds.”

 

 The Lip have also announced a holiday performance
to take place on Dec 27th at The Belly Up in Aspen, CO. Be sure
to keep an eye on www.flaminglips.com and www.twitter.com/waynecoyne .

 

Watch Sexy New Video from Razika

Nab a free MP3 below
as well.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Our new favorite all girl band: Norwegian indie-pop/ska-punkers Razika are back with a brand
new video for their bittersweet song “Vondt i Hjertet” (translation: “pain in
heart”). During their recent trip to New York, they played their first ever
show in the United States and filmed four separate music videos for tracks off
their Smalltown Supersound debut Program
91.
The first to be released is “Vondt i Hjertet” and was directed by Mona
Lerche.

 

 

Razika – Vondt i Hjertet from Razika Razika on Vimeo.

 

 

It stars Stephanie Ellis (Burning Blue, Art Machine) and Brady
Cobert (Thirteen, Meloncholia) as young, rapturous lovers, engaging each other
in a tight-fitting car, followed by the inevitable awkwardness afterward. It
also shows the band performing the song, who filmed their portion at Brooklyn’s own Pete’s Candy Store.

 

Additional Razika: (see if you can
spot the Clash nods)

 

 

Fave New Song: Warp Recs’ My Best Fiend

Listen to or download forthcoming single”Higher Palms.”

 

By Blurt Staff

 

It’s easily our favorite new
song since War Paint’s equally dreamy, riveting “Undertow”: listen to “Higher
Palms,” from NYC five-piece My Best Fiend.

 

 

 

The group recently signed to Warp, which will be releasing the song as a single
on Jan. 24; meanwhile, it’s available for download here. According to the
label, My Best Fiend “deal in epic, hypnotic melodies that cross the emotional
and experiential spectrums.” The band’s current incarnation was formed in 2009,
and since then, they’ve been winning over audiences with their live sound and
dynamic performances. They will also be playing a show on Thursday, December 15th in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium.

 

[Photo Credit: Jon Forsythe]

 

 

First Look: Numero's Boddie Recording Co.

 

Available in stores December 6 from
Numero Group, the 5LP or 3CD box set chronicles the eclectic, obscure Cleveland record label’s
output.

 

By
Carl Hanni

The
Numero Group have always been both admirably ambitious and obsessively
completist with their archival compilations, resulting in a remarkable series
of genre-hopping collections of obscure rarities. They have really outdone
themselves with Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio, producing a
collection that’s at the very least on par with last year’s massive Syl Johnson
box.

 

 Between
1958 and 1993, Thomas and Louise Boddie released over 300 limited edition
records they recorded in their home studio in a converted dairy barn in Cleveland on their Soul
Kitchen, Bounty and Luau labels. The Numero Group has picked 59 tracks out of
the total haul and is releasing them as 5 LP or 3 CD box sets, with extensive
photos, liner notes, a huge discography, etc. It’s a mother lode of music
largely unheard outside of shouting distance of Cleveland and its immediate
surroundings. 

 

 

Boddie reveals a sensational
mixture of Ohio
home-grown soul, funk and gospel. Diversity abounds, from the doo-pop soul of
“Oh Baby” by A.C. Jones and the Atomic Aces (there’s a mouthful) and deep
psychedelic funk (Creations Unlimited’s “Chrystal Illusion”) to high energy
soul (“World of Soul” by Chantells) and smooth, King Curtis styled instrumental
soul from Harvey & The Phenomenals (“Darlene”). There’s a great anti-dope
number “Why (It’s a Shame”) by Corinthian Singers, the deeply atmospheric
instrumental “Inner Circle” by The Players, the sassy dance number “Don’t Make
me Kill You” by Angela Alexander & J.D. Sandler and the high energy
R&B/funk dance track “Monkey Hips and Yice” by Little Anthony Mitchell
& The Modern Detergents (I’m not making this up).

 

Boddie
clearly specialized in gospel soul, and several of the best tracks here like
“Make a Joyful Noise” by Juanita Ellis, “Jesus Is All Over Me” by Gospel
Hebrews, “What You Need” by Gospel Ensembles and “Child of the King” by Rev.
R.L. Hubbard are priceless rocking gospel. And ambient gospel soul oddity “He’s
Forever” by King James Version takes the listener along on an undulating wave
of spiritual strangeness.

 

The
only problem with all of this outpouring of archival largesse from The Numero
Group is that they keep setting the bar higher and higher. And that, friends,
is exactly the kind of problem we should all be lucky enough to have.