Monthly Archives: December 2011

Video Premiere: New stephaniesid

 

Multiply” taken from
Tarheel band’s recent album Starfruit.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Very stoked to present this brand new video from one of our
favorite NC bands, stephaniesid of Asheville
(who were also one of BLURT’s “Best Kept
Secret” picks
a couple of years ago). Titled “Multiply,” it’s a tune from their
4th full-length Starfruit (Nine
Mile Records) and it filmed by Michael Oppenheim and directed/edited by frontwoman
Stephanie Morgan.

 

 

 

 

Appearing in the clip are Aislin Freya Pax Thompson, Billy
Sheeran, Daisy Benshoff, Jonathan Scales, Rachel Harris, Isaac Richmond, and
Xandy Chelmis.

 

Music: Chuck Lichtenberger & Stephanie Morgan

Lyrics: Stephanie Morgan

Vocals/synth:  Stephanie Morgan

Rhodes:  Chuck
Lichtenberger

Guitar:  Jonathan Pearlman

Violin:  Sarah Hurd

(Go to the official stephaniesid website for more info on
the band, music and videos.)

 

Lyrics to “Multiply”:

i stick out like a sore thumb when
i am myself but i’d rather see a lot of sore thumbs than all the ho-hum ho-hum
i got brains with a bright orange tan i’m a-carrying jelly beans enough for
everyone & i’ll still have some for myself ‘cause they multiply all that is
me i can be more

 

Morgan offered these words, about the Starfruit album (which you can check out
on Bandcamp
):

“this record is the theme music to a
universe. it was born over months & months of begging, deep in the bowels
of the home, underground in its basement, excavating echoes & running them
backward through reverb machines. dehydrated, hazy-eyed. craving fruit. into
the dim passed the offering of nine brilliant musicians, gamely entrusting a
house-recording experiment with their gorgeously crafted intonations. track by
track, a mouthwatering other-world reached into materialization, hovering a few
feet above some cheap microphones, a laptop,
& the pit of the stormy sea. only some of its characters are mortals; all
sport coquettish dance moves or baskets of pineapples. in this universe, it is
good etiquette to make friends with the unlikelies, & to serve them
yam-blood candy out of your ripped floral handbag. in this hopeful place, it is
customary to eat fruit in the shape of stars.”
  

Mothers’ Jim Sherwood R.I.P. 1942-2011

 

Key member of the
original Mothers Of Invention and longtime Zappa collaborator.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Euclid James “Motorhead” Sherwood of Frank Zappa’s Mothers
Of Invention passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 69. Media reports at
this time have not disclosed the cause of death. Sherwood was a
classically-trained multi-instrumentalist whose signature sax playing was an
integral part of the early Mothers albums (notably Freak Out! From ’66, and Weasels
Ripped My Flesh,
1969) as well as Zappa-helmed projects such as Lumpy Gravy and 200 Motels. He was also known for his onstage antics and flashy
style of sax-wielding.

 

Sherwood, a lifelong automobile aficionado, got the nickname
“Motorhead” from his fellow Mothers as an affectionate tribute. In more recent
years he performed with Mothers alumni in the Grandmothers project and projects
by Ant-Bee (Billy James) and Don Preston.

 

Howe Gelb Talks Chesnutt, Rainer & More

 

Giant Sand mainman is
never at a loss for words when you’re talkin’ music.

 

By Fred Mills

 

National journalist Frances Figart recently interviewed
Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb about his long, illustrious journey through music. It’s
a lengthy, in-depth discussion – and
well-worth reading at Figart’s blog.

 

Of particular note: Gelb reminisces about two late friends
and collaborators, Tucson slide guitarist
extraordinaire Rainer Ptacek, and Georgia iconoclast Vic Chesnutt.

 

Of Ptacek, Gelb notes, “All Rainer and I ever verbally
agreed to was to make a music that would not embarrass us 20 years into the
future. So we took our cues from strident elements of historical proportions
and mixed them up with a state of exploratory endeavors that would serve the
future the way we noticed it had gone on long before us.” Which, if you know
Gelb (or knew Rainer, as I’m proud to say I myself did), makes absolute sense.

 

Reflecting on Chesnutt, who passed away 2 years ago on Christmas, he says, “Vic was the greatest
American singer songwriter I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was the
only true definition of the term I have ever witnessed. His songs were
monsters, meaning massive wondrous plunks of existence, and his voice was
impossibly enormous and soulful beyond measure.” Amen to that as well.

 

Check out the full interview right here.

 

 

 

More recent Gelb/Giant Sand
at BLURT:

 

The Story of “Chore Of Enchantment”

 

Review of “Chore Of Enchantment” 25th Anniversary
Edition

 

 

 

 

 

Howe Gelb Talks Chesnutt, Rainer & More

 

Giant Sand mainman is
never at a loss for words when you’re talkin’ music.

 

By Fred Mills

 

National journalist Frances Figart recently interviewed
Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb about his long, illustrious journey through music. It’s
a lengthy, in-depth discussion – and
well-worth reading at Figart’s blog.

 

Of particular note: Gelb reminisces about two late friends
and collaborators, Tucson slide guitarist
extraordinaire Rainer Ptacek, and Georgia iconoclast Vic Chesnutt.

 

Of Ptacek, Gelb notes, “All Rainer and I ever verbally
agreed to was to make a music that would not embarrass us 20 years into the
future. So we took our cues from strident elements of historical proportions
and mixed them up with a state of exploratory endeavors that would serve the
future the way we noticed it had gone on long before us.” Which, if you know
Gelb (or knew Rainer, as I’m proud to say I myself did), makes absolute sense.

 

Reflecting on Chesnutt, who passed away 2 years ago on Christmas, he says, “Vic was the greatest
American singer songwriter I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was the
only true definition of the term I have ever witnessed. His songs were
monsters, meaning massive wondrous plunks of existence, and his voice was
impossibly enormous and soulful beyond measure.” Amen to that as well.

 

Check out the full interview right here.

 

 

 

More recent Gelb/Giant Sand
at BLURT:

 

The Story of “Chore Of Enchantment”

 

Review of “Chore Of Enchantment” 25th Anniversary
Edition

 

 

 

 

 

MP3: Pontiak Shifts Gears

Virginia-based power
trio opts for new approach on
February 21st album, due on Thrill Jockey.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Pontiak has been one of the more prolific indie artists in
recent years, cranking out a new record each year since 2006. But for their
upcoming record they completely re-envisioned their approach to song
writing.  Eschewing the “plug and play” approach of their
previous records (recording hours of jams and then just putting together the
best pieces), they set out to record a proper album, one with a shared mood and
direction.  They rebuilt their entire farmhouse studio in the
process. 

 

The result is Echo Ono and probably one of their most
straightforward and concise records to date.  Their influences are still
present (little bit of Sabbath, little bit of Doors, little bit of southern
rock) but they sound more like themselves then ever before.  If you like
guitar rock – not that limp guitar indie-pop that we can’t seem to get away
from nowadays – that hits hard but isn’t completely lost in a haze of punk
noise or metal posturing, then this note’s for you, pal.

 

 

Cocteau Twins Get White-Vinyl LP Reissue

 

You may be out of luck
if you live in the US,
however…

 

By Fred Mills

 

Back in the summer of 2010 the Cocteau Twins reissued their
first three, seminal albums Garlands, Head Over Heels and Treasure (1982, ’83 and ’84 respectively)
as a limited edition 5LP vinyl box. Now comes word (via Slicing Up Eyeballs)
that Beggars Archive is prepping a white vinyl, 2LP reissue of 2000’s Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990) ,
which cherry picked 18 key tracks from the band’s 4AD label era.

 

It’s due Feb. 6. Bizarrely, however, only the UK edition will be on white wax; the
corresponding US
release will be on garden variety black. Bummer. Well, that’s what they made
Amazon.co.uk for, eh fans? And the exchange rate is pretty good at the moment…

 

Tracklisting:

 

LP 1
1. “Blind Dumb Deaf”
2. “Sugar Hiccup”
3. “My Love Paramour”
4. “Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops”
5. “Lorelei”
6. “Pandora”
7. “Aikea-Guinea”
8. “Pink Orange Red”
9. “Pale Clouded White”

LP 2
1. “Lazy Calm”
2. “The Thinner The Air”
3. “Orange
Appled”
4. “Cico Buff”
5. “Carolyn’s Fingers”
6. “Fifty-Fifty Clown”
7. “Iceblink Luck”
8. “Heaven or Las Vegas”
9. “Watchlar”

 

 

 

A.Fire, Decemberists 4 Hunger Games Sdtk

 

Eagerly awaited teen movie due March 23 via Lionsgate.

By Blurt Staff

Okay, we gotta admit it – while The Hunger Games trilogy has its flaws, that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying the books (we’re about halfway through the third one). And the previews for the film adaptation look pretty swell too, so count us among the fans.

The soundtrack appears to be promising as well: T Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman will be producing it, for which Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars are teaming up for at least one track (“Safe and Sound”), which has already hit iTunes as a best selling single. More recently we learned that the Decemberists and Arcade Fire have both signed on. “We are thrilled to have such a hauntingly beautiful companion album taking shape,” Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate, told Reuters.

More details tba.

 

Sam Rivers 1923-2011 R.I.P.

Sax giant was a
leading light among the jazz avant-garde.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Samuel “Sam” Carthorne Rivers, a hugely influential jazz
sax, flute, clarinet and piano musician and composer, passed away on Monday,
Dec. 26, in Orlando, Fla., at the age of 88. According to his
obituary published today at the New York
Times
the cause of death was pneumonia.

 

Rivers cut his teeth in the late ‘50s and ‘60s, working with
the likes of Miles Davis, Tony Williams, Jaki Byard, Herbie Hancock and Freddie
Hubbard, eventually becoming a prominent player within the free jazz movement.
His best known albums were cut circa 1964-1976 for the Blue Note and Impulse
labels, although he recorded on and off during the ‘80s and ‘90s, while earlier
this year he released the album Sam
Rivers and the Rivbea Orchestra – Trilogy
(Mosaic Records), comprising
2008-09 recordings.

 

Wrote the Times, “His
sound on the tenor saxophone, his primary instrument, was distinctive: taut and
throaty, slightly burred, dark-hued. He also had a recognizable voice on the
soprano saxophone, flute and piano, and as a composer and arranger.”

 

[Photo via Wikimedia Commons, by Robert Auclair]

 

 

Hear New Cat Power Song, Watch Video

 

Charity-minded MP3
available at Chan’s website.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Cat Power fans got an unexpected Christmas gift Saturday
when the singer released a newly recorded version of her tune “King Rides By,”
from ’96 LP What Would the Community
Think?
You can download the MP3 from Cat Power’s website, and do
so ‘cos it’s for a good cause – to benefit The
Festival of Children Foundation
and The Ali Forney Center.

 

Meanwhile, the tune also accompanies a “new” Cat Power
video – or, more accurately, a short film by Giovanni Ribisi depicting Filipino
boxer Manny Pacquiao. Check it out, below.

 

Download Genesis P-Orridge Film Trailer

 

The Ballad of Genesis
and Lady Jaye opens in March.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Back in July we published an in-depth
review
of the Marie Losier-directed documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (which our commentator called “one
of the best love stories of all time”). Since then it’s notched numerous awards
including being officially selected by Berlin
and San Francisco International Film Festivals as well as the SXSW and Tribeca
Film Festivals, and it’s scheduled for a proper national release on March 8 in
NYC.

 

The filmmakers have now made the trailer available for free
download,
additionally posting it for viewing at Apple. Check it out.

 

Meanwhile, we also published an interview with the Throbbing
Gristle/Psychic TV legend in 2009 which can be viewed right here.