Monthly Archives: February 2012

Springsteen Blitz Set for Fallon Show


Don’t expect a reprise
of “Whip My Hair,” however… which you can see, below.


By Blurt Staff


The Boss is back – with a new album, natch, plus a high
profile keynote appearance at SXSW followed by the kickoff of a tour (in Atlanta, March 18). Prior
to all that, however, he’ll be a weeklong fixture (of sorts) on the Late Night
With Jimmy Fallon show next week.
Rolling Stone reports that on Monday (Feb. 27) the E Street Band will do a pair
of songs, and then on Friday (March 2) Springsteen will perform and sit for an
interview as that night’s only guest.


Meanwhile, on Tuesday Kenny Chesney will do a live version
of Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” and on Thursday Elvis Costello will drop in to
do “Brilliant Disguise” with the Roots. Keep watching the Fallon show website find out what they are cooking up for


In November of 2010 The Boss appeared on the program for an
interview and several songs, including the infamous Bruce-Fallon (as “Neil
Young”) cover of “Whip My Hair.” Unfortunately NBC-Universal has forced most of
the sites that posted the clips to take ‘em down (such as at The Audio Perv) –
but if you are diligent and know where to look, you’ll be able to find ‘em.
Like here:



MP3: New Spiritualized Track


The road to recovery
has been fraught, to say the least. Check tour dates, below. And yes, that is the new album sleeve, above.


By Blurt Staff


As previously announced, Spiritualized’s Jason Spaceman
has his 7th studio album Sweet
Heart Sweet Light
 will be released on Fat
Possum on April 17th. The three years since
the release of 2008’s acclaimed Songs
In A&E
 were some of the roughest imaginable for Jason.


After a near death from double pneumonia in 2005 it was a
slow road to recovery, a process he touched upon on with great grace on the
last album. His return to full health saw him release Songs In A&E and
mount critically lauded performances of his 1997 game-changer Ladies And Gentlemen….We Are Floating In
 on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, shortly after recording Sweet
Heart Sweet Light
 – in far flung locales such as Los Angeles, Reykavik
and Wales – Jason found himself weakened by a degenerative liver disease and
was subjected to six months of chemo treatment, a procedure that left him
virtually housebound while he mixed the album. 


 In a classic case of
triumph over tribulation, the resulting album is Spiritualized at their most
vibrant. First track available from the album is the impressive opener “Hey
Jane”, an energetic 8+ minutes of rousing organ, glittering guitar fuzz and
swirling choirs:



Spiritualized ‘Hey Jane’ by Spiritualized


The album also features a first for Spiritualized: Jason is
joined by his 11 year old daughter Poppy Spaceman on the starkly
beautiful closer “So Long You Pretty Thing” for which she also has a writing
credit for the opening couplet. Elsewhere on the album is “I Am What I Am”
which was co-written by Jason and “Mac” Rebennack, aka Dr John. 


Spiritualized North
American Tour Dates:


05/02/12 Wed – Minneapolis
MN @ First Avenue

05/03/12 Thu – Chicago,
IL @ Metro

05/04/12 Fri – Detroit,
MI @ The Majestic Theatre

05/05/12 Sat – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix

05/07/12 Mon – New
York, NY @ Terminal 5

05/09/12 Wed – Boston, MA @ Paradise

05/10/12 Thu – Washington,
DC @ The 9:30 Club

05/11/12 Fri – Philadelphia,
PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts

05/12/12 Sat – Carrboro,
NC @ Cat’s Cradle

05/13/12 Sun – Atlanta,
GA @ The Variety Playhouse

05/15/12 Tue – Dallas,
TX @ The Granada Theatre

05/16/12 Wed – Austin,
TX @ Emo’s East

05/18/12 Fri – Tucson
AZ @ The Rialto Theatre

05/19/12 Sat – Phoenix
AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

05/20/12 Sun – San
Diego CA @ Belly Up

05/22/12 Tue – Los
Angeles CA @ The

05/23/12 Wed – San
Francisco CA @ The

05/25/12 Fri – Portland
OR @ The Wonder Ballroom

05/26/12 Sat – Vancouver
BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre



Sweet Heart Sweet
Light Tracklist:


1. Hey Jane 
6. Freedom

2. Little
7. I Am What I Am

3. Get What
8. Mary

4. Too
9. Life Is A Problem

5. Heading For The
10. So Long You Pretty Things       


Greg Dulli Curates I’ll Be Your Mirror

With the Afghan Whigs
headlining, natch.


By Blurt Staff


ATP returns to Asbury Park, New Jersey, on Sept. 21-23 with a new I’ll Be Your Mirror event, the
Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have
reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli.


Also on the bill: Louis C.K. The Roots, Jose Gonzalez and
the reunited The Make-Up. See below for the lineup.

After previous years in upstate New York, ATP
moved to the iconic Asbury Park
waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I’ll Be Your Mirror event co-curated
& headlined by Portishead. Once again the ATP experience will be taking
over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and
Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel.

Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and The Criterion Collection will return to
run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other
activities to be confirmed in the months ahead.

Chosen by Greg Dulli
(The Afghan Whigs):

THE DIRTBOMBS performing Ultraglide In Black

+ more to be confirmed

Chosen by ATP:

(reforming for IBYM)

+ more to be confirmed


Tickets go on sale this Monday 27 February at 10am EST via



Watch New Madi Diaz Video


Not just another pop video…

By Blurt Staff

Singer-songwriter Madi Diaz new full-length album, Plastic Moon, recently came out – check out the BLURT review. And
she’s about to hit the road with Rachael Yamagata. This weekend she unveiled a new video for the song “Gimme A Kiss.”

The story is that Madi didn’t want to do another singer-songwriter/pop video.
 She wanted to do the exact opposite.  And her brother, Max, is in a speed metal
band. So they teamed up with director, Erich Weiss, who had directed a film
about the history of tattoos and asked him to help make a speed metal video.



Domino Flexi Zine + Real Estate MP3


Bands with tracks
include Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, John Maus, and Villagers.


By Blurt Staff


Domino and Ribbon are teaming up for Smugglers Way, a fanzine featuring FIVE (count ‘em, 5) individual,
multi-colored flexi discs of unreleased, exclusive songs from Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs,
John Maus
, and Villagers. It’s
being produced for the upcoming Record Store Day in April.


The zine comprises 24 pages of original art and prose from
Domino and Ribbon artists.  Highlights
include a short story penned by James Yorkston; a long form poem by Laura
Marling; short form pieces by Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Ade Blackburn (Clinic),
and Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts); illustrations from Alison Mosshart (The Kills),
Andrea Estella (Twin Sister) and Jon Hopkins; photography from Jana Hunter (Lower
Dens), and an original arranged score of music by Owen Pallett.  Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice designed the
cover and Rob Carmichael at SEEN is responsible for the art direction and layout.  


Listen to the previously unreleased Real Estate track “In
My Car”:



Real Estate – In My Car (Smugglers Way FlexiZine) by DominoRecordCo



The full track list is
as follows:


Dirty Projectors – “You Against The Larger World”

Real Estate – “In My Car”

Cass McCombs – “Teachers”

John Maus – “No Title (Molly)”

Villagers – “Shards”


BLURT Heads to Austin March 14-17


It’s the most magical
time of the year, natch…


By Blurt Staff


Blurt Magazine will of course once again be front and center
and attending the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas, from March 14-17,
2012.  Our editors and writers will be running around town during the week
to keep you informed of all things happening in Austin during the week.


We are extremely excited to announce our annual Day Party
along with our partner, Dogfish Head.  This year’s lineup is completely
insane, we are extremely excited to have all of these bands participating and
expect this to be the best year ever. We cannot stress enough the important of
getting to the venue early, as last year we had a line out the door for over an
hour all day long.  It will be difficult to get in so if you push it and
come too soon to your favorite bands performance we cannot guarantee entry.





Here is the schedule
for our Day Party:




Our Annual Austin,
TX Day Party

Location: The Ginger Man Pub

Address: 301
Lavaca St (at 4th)

Austin, TX 78701

This event is FREE!



 1pm: LA
2pm: Kevin Devine
3pm: The Ettes
4pm: JC Brooks & The Uptown
5pm: David Garza
6pm: Cotton Mather  



*Curated by Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Bros)

 1.15 – Jon & Randy (intro – couple of songs –
praise to all involved) 20 minutes

1.20 – The Upsets (featuring Tamineh Geuramy from The
Deadstring Brothers, Whitey Morgan, Mekons, plus member of Junior Brown &
Dale Watson’s bands)
2.15 Paul Burch
3.00 White Mystery
3.50 Joe Pug
4.40 Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
5.30 Garland Jeffreys
6.20 Rosie Flores
7.15 Deano & The Purvs

8:30 – Greg Humphreys (Hobex, Dillon Fence)
9:30 – The Record Company
10:30 – The Jigsaw Seen
11:30 – Loretta Billieux & The Dive Bar Pretties



 1pm: Parson Red Heads
2pm: Chuck Prophet

Modern Recording and Arbor Ridge Studios present:

New Sounds from North
Carolina (and friends!)
3 p.m.: The dB’s
4 p.m.: Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris, Matt McMichaels
(Mayflies USA), Jeff Crawford, and Skylar Gudasz
5:45-6:15 Amy Ray
6:30 Peter Case/Paul Collins (performing The Nerves, The Plimsouls and The
7:30 Ken Stringfellow
8:30 Fan Modine
9:30 Onward, Soldiers
10: 30 Jon Auer
11:30 Very Special Guests!



 1pm: Milagres
2pm: Jim White
3pm: Hobart
Bros. & Lil’ Sis (Freedy Johnston, Susan Cowsill)
4pm: The Wedding Present
5pm: Tommy Stinson
6pm: John Doe
7pm: The Bluebonnets (Kathy from the Go Gos)
8pm: The Defibulators
9-9:30: Ricky Stein & Warm Guns
9:45-10:30: So Long, Problems
11:00: Special Guests!
12:00: Allen Oldies Band




We also would like to
help sponsor/promote our fine friends at Bloodshot Records and their annual SXSW
Showcase and Day Parties:


Bloodshot Records SXSW 2012 official showcase
Red Eyed Fly  (715 Red River)
Saturday March 17th

7:30-8:00   Deadstring Brother
8:20-9:05   Maggie Bjorklund
9:25-10:10   Cory Branan
10:30-11:30   Waco Brothers with Paul
11:50-12:40   Lydia
1:00-1:50   JC Brooks & The Uptown


Bloodshot Records SXSW annual Yard Dog party (1510
S. Congress)

Friday March 16th, 2012 — starts crack-o-NOON

Sponsored by: Lagunitas, Blurt/Second Motion

 12:15-12:40  Southeast Engine (Misra artist,
Bloodshot distributed)
12:55-1:20    Valerie June  (Bloodshot friendly artist)
1:35-2:00      Deadstring Brother
2:15-2:40      Maggie Bjorklund
2:55-3:20      Cory Branan
3:35-4:00      Lydia Loveless
4:15-4:40      Rosie Flores
4:55-5:20      JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
5:35-6:15      Waco Brothers & Paul Burch


First Look: Tucson's Gabriel Sullivan

Available now on the Fell City
label (
None of This is Mine is a windswept,
twanging, Latino-rocking masterpiece from the young Old Pueblo musician (and his big band Taraf de Tucson), a frequent
collaborator with Calexico, Giant Sand and Marianne Dissard.


By Fred Mills

In 2009, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Gabriel Sullivan released his
debut album By the Dirt and instantly
established himself as one of the most promising artists to emerge from the
fertile Tucson
music scene since Calexico. That he frequently collaborated with members of
that band and its extended family – and more recently, with Marianne Dissard
and Howe Gelb/Giant Sand – was no coincidence. In his skillful and oftentimes
provocative marriage of blues, gospel, country and indie-rock to the indigenous
Latin and border culture flavors of the Southwest, Sullivan was clearly
simpatico with his fellow Old Pueblo sonic adventurers. (Read the review of By the Dirt here.)


As Sullivan himself told this writer in a subsequent interview, his musical
restlessness and willingness to stir the melting pot is undoubtedly the product
of being exposed to multiple styles of music while growing up in Tucson. “It’s got
something for everyone,” he said, of his hometown. “I think anyone who plays
music here, whether they’re conscious of it or not, reflects Tucson in a lot of ways. On top of the
unbelievably inspiring landscape, the simple life that comes with Tucson makes playing
music something you can do very easily, and truly enjoy. The musicians are
tight knit, the bands are incestuous, we all share underwear. There’s nowhere
like it in the world.”




Now comes None of This is Mine, a
wildly inventive project boasting a huge, 20+ cast of characters, aka Taraf de
Tucson (which shrinks down to a manageable 8 members when performing live). The
album’s drenched in Latino rhythms and flourishes, yet true to Sullivan’s
nature, those are rendered with a delightfully perverse sense of impurity: the
track “Cumbia Del Torero” is instructive, a hybrid melange of mariachi horns
and Balkan beats with hints of Caribbean and ska rhythms slipping in and out of
the mix as Sullivan leads the fray, singing in Spanish. Likewise, “Que Dolor”
is a multihued riot of sound, suggesting a group of Kodo drummers
unceremoniously swept up, deposited
in the middle of a drunken Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, and commencing
to jam lustily with the assembled guitarists, percussionists and horn players.
It’s the recording studio equivalent of Sullivan leading a motley gypsy crew
from city to city, performing for their meals – and perhaps indulging in some
surreptitious larceny behind the
scenes to boot.



Gabriel Sullivan & Taraf de Tucson – The Rust, The Knife (Audio Sample) by Le Pop Musik


Two tracks in particular offer insight into the Sullivan heart and the Taraf
soul. “None of This is Mine” is a bluesy, Spaghetti Western-flavored dirge for
nylon-string guitar, weeping pedal steel, strings and horns. “I’m the right
face in the wrong place, and now I’ve got no right to return,” sings Sullivan,
in his signature Tom Waits-esque bawl, with a mixture of dread and regret,
adding, “these are not the kind of bones you fall asleep in – and none of this
is mine.” Then there’s magnificent closing number “The Rust, The Knife”:
tearing a page or two directly from the Ennio Morricone songbook, in particular
the whistling, chanted background vocals and brisk, low-twanging baritone
guitar, it’s the windswept soundtrack
to an imagined slice of film noir (including guest Billy Sedlmayr’s spoken-word
interlude providing narrative) wherein Sullivan offers ominously, fairly
smacking his lips, “It takes a steady hand to take a life… the blood beneath
the foot of thee… the blood, the sweat, the tears, the rust, the knife.” Pure
sonic cinema, the song is at once reverential and subversive, further evidence
of Sullivan’s skill at incorporating his influences into a wholly unique
musical identity.


Incidentally, Sullivan has also released a companion album, Where the Bad Ones Go, a mostly solo set
recorded at home in two days, featuring everything from guitar and piano instrumentals
to country-esque blues and norteño ballads. It’s also available from Sullivan’s
Fell City Records label – check the link above.





At The Drive-in: No Recording Plans


Strictly a “nostalgia
thing.” Oh, and the paycheck will be nice, too.


By Blurt Staff


Reports out of England yesterday suggest that the
previously announced At The Drive-in reunion not planning to yield a new album, despite a swathe of rumors that
accompanied the initial news of the reunion. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
told Kerrang! firmly, “Will
there be a new album? No, no, no. At The Drive-In is more of a nostalgia thing
– it’s songs we wrote when we were all in our 20s and we’re doing a couple of


So that’s that. There is a new album incoming on March 27
from Mars Volta
, however, and we’ll be featuring that other band
Rodriguez-Lopez operates soon.


Kellogg’s Collaborates w/Tim Burgess

They’re magically
delicious! Melt in your mouth, not in your etc. etc…..


By Blurt Staff


You can tell it’s a slow newsday when cereal is topping the
headlines, but what the heck… Rolling
is reporting that Kellogg’s cereal company in England “has produced
a limited-edition box of cereal
called Totes
based on a Twitter suggestion by Tim Burgess.”


Burgess, of course, is the lead singer for the Charlatans. His
cereal junk food of choice: a mashup of Rocky Road cake, Coco Pops Coco Rocks,
marshmallows, shortbread pieces and raisins. Wow, that’s pretty repulsive. At
any rate, we learn that only one box was actually produced for Burgess, who
told reporters, “I heard someone use the expression ‘totes amazeballs,’ and it
sounded like something from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I sent a
cheeky tweet saying I’d invented a new cereal and that Kellogg’s were
interested. But within an hour they’d got in touch.”


Yo, Kellogg’s – we’ve got a few under-12 kids in the
extended BLURT family, and we’re pretty sure we can come up with even tastier
ideas. Get in touch.




The Clean To Do Rare U.S. Tour


Not every day you get
some Clean in your backyard, kids.


By Blurt Staff


Merge Records just announced that legendary New Zealand
band The Clean – which features Merge recording artist David Kilgour, natch –
will be undertaking a brief American tour this summer with labelmates Times New
Viking. See the dates below. And check out some tunes as well…



The Clean – Tally Ho by MergeRecords



The Clean – In the Dreamlife U Need a Rubber Soul by MergeRecords


The Clean on tour

* = w/ Times New Viking
May 30 Los
, CA The Echo
June 2 Austin, TX Club
De Ville Chaos in Tejas Festival
June 4 Allston, MA Brighton Music *
June 5 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge *
June 6 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s *
June 7 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel *
June 8 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 *