Monthly Archives: September 2012

Motown’s Frank Wilson 1940-2012 R.I.P.

 

Wrote and produced
hits for Motown legends such as Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The
Miracles, the Four Tops, the Temptations
and Eddie Kendricks.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Sad news for aficionados of classic soul and funk:
songwriter/producer/singer Frank Wilson passed away yesterday (Sept. 21) at the age of 70, following a battle with
prostate cancer.  Wilson was a mainstay of the Motown family
during the label’s classic era, penning numerous hits and producing the acts.
He also released his own single, “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” but for some
reason decided not to release it and instead focused on his producing. A
surviving demo copy of the 45 reportedly netted over £25,000 in England in May
2009.

 

Wilson
later became a minister, producing gospel music and authoring several books. A
helpful biography of Wilson can be found at the UK website Soul
Source.

BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop is Revived

 

Can you name all the
actors “who” played Dr. Who, above?

 

By Fred Mills

 

With electronica maven Matthew Herbert as the newly anointed
Creative Director, Britain’s
storied BBC Radiophonic Workshop is back in action following a
protracted period of inactivity starting in 1998, reports Pitchfork. BBC/Arts
Council service The Space aims to revive the sound/art/technology hive that, as early as 1958, was
breaking ground at the BBC via musicians and composers – among them, famously,
Delia Derbyshire – who specialized in unique sound effects and theme for the
BBC’s shows and broadcasts such as the theme music for Dr. Who.

 

Up first: The Sound of
the Space
, described as “a sprawling collage of sounds.” The report further
notes that “The Radiophonic Workshop in Public” will take
place on Oct. 7 at the Southbank Centre in London, a series of events celebrating the
Workshop.

 

Herbert, in a statement, noted, “The rapid pace of
change in technologies has meant are imaginations are struggling to keep up. By
bringing together the people making the technology with people making the
music, we are hoping to find engaging answers to some of the modern problems
associates with the role of sound and music on the internet, in certain
creative forms and within broadcasting.”

WNCW-FM Indie Show Celebrates 20th Anniv.

 

Groundbreaking and innovative western North Carolina station
features overnight sounds you won’t find anywhere else.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Celebrated community radio
station WNCW-FM (based in Spindale, NC, but with an broadcast area that
includes Asheville, Charlotte and Greenville/Spartanburg) celebrates the 20th
anniversary of its overnight show, ARC Overnight, with a live show the night of
October 6th/7th, interviews with founding members, music played in 1992 and
more.

 

“ARC,”
incidentally, stands for “Alternative Radio Coalition” and both the show and
the station are very dear to the BLURT heart. You can tune into WNCW on the web
at http://www.wncw.org/listen-live and discover a broad mix of music that includes roots, blues, indie rock,
bluegrass, jazz, Celtic and more – ARC Overnight specializes in indie and underground
sounds and more.

 

Tune in Saturday
night October 6th at midnight (the beginning of Sunday morning the 7th)
for a retrospective music mix from longstanding volunteer host DJ
“Mad Dog” Sherril Ward and founding Alternative Radio Coalition
member Markey Austin. They will feature music from across the decades of ARC’s
history, and especially of the early days of its existence on WNCW, on their
five hour show.

 

In addition, WNCW midday host
Joe Kendrick is interviewing former ARC Overnight hosts about its history and
their memories of being a radio host in the wee hours. You can hear his conversation
with Markey Austin on WNCW’s website here.
Alternative Radio Coalition’s founding member and membership director, Dick
Huey
, also talked with Joe about his involvement in an interview which
will post soon.

 

WNCW is also featuring music
from the early days of ARC Overnight, especially on its overnight programming
with anchor host Rob Daves and current volunteers. Tune in for a blast from the past from the likes of The
Jody Grind, Luna, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Sonic Youth and many more
worked into the music mix.

 

 

Jim James, Craig Finn Do Obama Rally Mon.

 

Open to the public, the show is part of
Obama Campaign’s “For All” initiative. Also on tap: Hold Steady’s Craig Finn.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

My
Morning Jacket mainman Jim James will be joined by the band’s guitarist &
multi-instrumentalist Carl Broemel in a visit to Keene, New Hampshire
for a rare solo performance on behalf of the Obama campaign on Monday, October
1st, 2012.  The concert will take place at the Colonial Theater, with
doors opening at 7:00pm.  Opening for Jim James and Carl Broemel will be
Craig Finn of The Hold Steady.  The concert will help raise awareness
about what’s at stake this election for young Americans.

On his support for the President’s reelection campaign, Jim James says,
“It is so crucial for us all to work together to help build on and
continue the progress we have been making under President Obama’s leadership –
to get America to be a land that takes care of its own and provides equal
opportunity to all – regardless of gender, race, or creed. I believe in
President Obama’s vision for America
– at home and as a better friend to the world – and want to help raise
awareness of the importance of a person’s right to vote.”

According to the James camp, “The complimentary concert is part of the
campaign’s “For All” initiative, whose mission is to engage and maximize
participation from young Americans. “For All” illustrates the shared values of
the President and young Americans across the country: that if we work together,
we can continue to move this country forward.

“The collective voices of young people drive this campaign through student to
student, peer to peer and neighbor to neighbor outreach, organization and
communication about the issues they care about.  From expanding access to
affordable, quality health care, to ensuring more students can attend college,
to standing up for our country’s servicemen and women, to advancing equal
rights, President Obama has proven time and again that he is committed to issues
important to young Americans.”

 

 

TICKET DISTRIBUTION
DETAILS:

Those wishing to attend the concert should go to one of the following ticket
distribution locations. The concert is free and open to the public but tickets
are required for entry and are distributed on a first come first serve basis.
Tickets do not guarantee entry.

Tickets available Thursday 9/27 through Monday 10/1 12pm to 8pm Daily:

– Keene OFA Office: 294 West Street #3, Keene, NH 03431
– Young Student Center Atrium, Keene State College: 229 Main Street, Keene, NH
03435
– The Colonial Theater: 95 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431
– Peterborough OFA Office: 76 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
– Manchester OFA Office: 1st Floor: 228 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103
– Lebanon OFA Office: 85 Mechanic Street, Lebanon, NH 03784

Thursday 9/27 through Saturday 9/29 12pm to 8pm Daily:

– Boston OFA Office: 77 Summer Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02110

Ty Segall Speaks! Plus: New Info-mercial

 

Heady, er, heavy
fwends time for the garage demon.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Drag
City calls it “an
explosive belt in the chops… sheer metallic sheen,” and we have to concur –
that would be on garage champ Ty Segall’s upcoming Twins, which drops via DC on Oct. 9. As Segall recently told BLURT
in an exclusive interview,  “One of the
goals of this record was to make it a guitar heavy record. I had never done
that before.” And, indeed, Twins is
uncharacteristically shreddy and riff-centered, with three and four guitar
parts layered over one another in some tracks. That’s a big shift for an artist
who came out of Southern California’s
skateboard punk scene and revered bands like Minor Threat and Bad Brains. Lately,
though Segall says, “I’m into heavier rock music, like 1960s and early 1970s
stuff. Blue Cheer and Hawkwind and Sabbath and Hendrix and Cream, those are all
my favorite guitar sounds. I got really into kraut-y stuff. Noisy stuff.”

 

You can read the full interview here soon and as part of a
big 4-band garage-rock special in the fall print issue. So meanwhile, check out
Segall’s “Twins Commercial” video as
well as the previously unveiled clip for “The Hill.”

 

 


Beatles Official Vinyl Announcement

 

Nov. 13 is the big
day.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Several days ago we posted the news that the Beatles’ catalog is
finally getting reissued on vinyl; the stereo versions of the UK releases will arrive in stores
on Nov. 13, and there will be an accompanying stereo box set collecting all of
them under one cover (see image above). There is also a rumored limited edition
mono box, but no firm word on that just yet. Today EMI finally sent out
confirmation of the stereo reissues, and since we know you Beatles fans and
collectors are the ultimate completists, here is the complete official
announcement of the vinyl series, direct from EMI:

 

 

 

From EMI:

 

The Beatles’ acclaimed original studio album remasters,
released on CD in 2009 and in 2010 for digital download exclusively on iTunes,
will make their long-awaited stereo vinyl debut on 12th November (13th November in North America).

 

Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with
replicated artwork,  the 14 albums return to their original glory with
details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album),
the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band‘s cutouts, and special inner
bags for some of the titles.  Each album will be available individually,
and accompanied by a stunning, elegantly designed 252-page hardbound book in a
lavish boxed edition which is limited to 50,000 copies worldwide. 

 

The book, exclusive to the boxed edition, is authored by
award-winning radio producer Kevin Howlett and features a dedicated chapter for each of the albums, as well as insight into
the creation of the remasters and how the vinyl albums were prepared.  The
12″x12″ book showcases a wealth of photographs spanning The Beatles’ recording
career, including many images which were not included in the 2009 CD booklets.

 

The titles include The Beatles’ 12 original UK albums,
first released between 1963 and 1970, the US-originated Magical Mystery Tour,
now part of the group’s core catalogue, and Past Masters, Volumes One &
Two
, featuring non-album A-sides and B-sides, EP tracks and rarities. 
With this release, The Beatles’ first four albums make their North American stereo
vinyl debuts.  In 2013, the remastered albums will make their mono vinyl
debuts. 

 

Since it was recorded, The Beatles’ music has been heard on
a variety of formats – from chunky reel-to-reel tapes and eight-track
cartridges to invisible computer files. But there has never been a more
romantic or thrilling medium for music than a long-playing twelve-inch disc. We
‘play’ records. The process of carefully slipping the disc out of the sleeve,
cleaning it and lowering the stylus provides a personal involvement in the
reproduction of the music.

 

When The Beatles’ albums were first released, the listener
enjoyed a tangible relationship with the music in the grooves of a record.
There was an emotional connection to the artifact carrying the sound, and this
bond was strengthened by the LP sleeve. Rather than a merely functional object
to protect the disc, it was elevated to a stylish accessory. Certainly, the
cover of a Beatles album conveyed a message about the music it was wrapped
around. For example, the dominant orange and brown hues and elongated faces on
the front of Rubber Soul seem to embody the sound of the record. With
the advent of the cassette tape in the seventies and the compact disc in the
1980s, album artwork was reduced in size and importance, losing much of its
charm. That is partly why vinyl LPs have not, as predicted, been discarded.

 

None of that would really matter, were it not for the
enduring power of The Beatles’ music. In September,
2009, The Beatles’ remastered albums on CD graced charts around the world.
Seventeen million album sales within seven months was resounding evidence of
the timeless relevance of their legacy. Through five decades, the music of The
Beatles has captivated generation
upon generation.

 

For producer Rick Rubin, surveying The Beatles’ recorded
achievements is akin to witnessing a miracle.  “If we look at it by
today’s standards, whoever the most popular bands in the world are, they will
typically put out an album every four years,” Rubin said in a 2009 radio series
interview. “So, let’s say two albums as an eight year cycle.  And think of
the growth or change between those two albums.  The idea that The Beatles
made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change… it
can’t be done.  Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it’s
beyond man’s ability.”

 

www.thebeatles.com

 

 

The Stereo Albums

Available individually and collected in a boxed collection,
accompanied by a beautiful 252-page hardbound book.

 

Please Please Me

“Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love
You” are presented in mono

(North American LP debut in
stereo)

 

With The Beatles

(North American LP debut in
stereo)

 

A Hard Day’s Night

(North American LP debut in
stereo)

 

Beatles For Sale

(North American LP debut in
stereo)

 

Help!

Features George Martin’s 1986
stereo remix

 

Rubber Soul

Features George Martin’s 1986
stereo remix

 

Revolver

Original album

 

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
Club Band

Packaging includes replica
psychedelic inner sleeve, cardboard cutout sheet and additional insert

 

Magical Mystery Tour

Packaging includes 24-page colour
book

 

The Beatles (double
album)

Packaging includes double-sided
photo montage/lyric sheet and 4 solo colour photos

 

Yellow Submarine

“Only A Northern Song” is
presented in mono. Additional insert includes original American liner notes.

 

Abbey Road

Original album

 

Let It Be

Original album

 

Past Masters, Volumes One
& Two
(double album)

“Love Me Do” (original single
version), “She Loves You,” “I’ll Get You,” and “You Know My Name (Look Up The
Number)” are presented in mono. Packaging, notes and photographic content is
based on the 2009 CD release.

 

 

Steve Van Zandt Prompts Rascals Reunion

 

Big 3-night concert/theatrical event is fueled by
high-profile Kickstarter campaign.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The Rascals’ original
lineup — Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli, and Gene Cornish — will
reunite for their first public performances in 40 years with “Once Upon A Dream,” a
combination concert/theatrical event produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt
and lighting/projection wizard Marc Brickman (Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Blue
Man Group, the Olympics). Set for a three-night run Dec 13-15 at the
newly-reopened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the shows will feature a
complete concert performance by the band combined with the history of the group
told through archival footage, narration, and dramatic film segments viewed on
the latest LED screen technology.

 

Check out the show’s
Kickstarter page for a video from Van Zandt: http://kck.st/SQ8xhU


“More than just a comeback or
reunion, the show will remind audiences how uniquely inspirational,
entertaining, and historically important the Rascals’ music is,” explains
Van Zandt. “Their music was unique not only in its greatness, but through
their hit singles they told the entire story of the sixties.” “Once
Upon a Dream” will take full advantage of The Capitol Theatre’s
unparalleled sound and projection capabilities, with never-before-seen elements
of staging and lighting design from Brickman, a premier visual artist whose
resume includes Roger Waters’ recent ‘The Wall’ tour.

 

Tickets will go on sale Sept 28 via http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com.

 

Watch New Grizzly Bear Video

 

 

Skating on thing ice?
Not likely! “Yet Again”is  the obvious
standout track on latest album.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Grizzly Bear have unveiled the video for “Yet
Again,” the first single from their new album Shields (Warp). Executive produced by The Creators Project in
partnership with Warp Records, the video was directed by Emily Kai Bock and
shot in Toronto.
Check it out:

 

 

Shields debuted this week at #7 on
the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest chart position and a career-best
single sales week. And earlier this week they performed their biggest hometown
show to date at Radio
City Music
Hall on Monday. See remaining dates on the band’s
current US
tour here: http://grizzly-bear.net/

About The Creators Project: Launched in 2010, The Creators Project is an
ongoing global initiative by VICE and Intel dedicated to supporting artists in
realizing their creative visions through technology. The project includes an
online community and video channel, TheCreatorsProject.com, as well as an
official YouTube Channel, youtube.com/thecreatorsproject, a content creation
studio, and a global event series.

To date, there are more than 150 Creators involved, hailing mostly from seven
countries (United States, United Kingdom, Germany,
France, Brazil, South
Korea and China)
along with other artists from around the world. Participating Creators include
such leading artists as Karen O, Hussein Chalayan, Anish Kapoor, Florence and the Machine,
United Visual Artists, Feng Mengbo, Mark Ronson, Jonathan Glazer, Mick Rock,
Barney Clay and David Bowie.

Report: Gaslight Anthem Live in Denver

Opening act on Sept.
25 was Hot Water Music.

 

By Tim Hinely

 

Florida’s Hot
Water music have been at this punk rock game for quite some time, longer than
both Gaslight Anthem and Rise Against (who headlined and I didn’t bother to
stay for) but here they are opening up the show, with their equipment set up in
front of both bands (and Gaslight’s stuff was in front of Rise Against’s so
H.W.M. was near the front of the stage). Still, they seemed genuinely happy to
be there and blasted out a meaty, 45-minute set. Their stuff falls into the
Husker Du/Leatherface vein (they shared a great split ep with the latter about
a decade ago) but there’s plenty o’ hooks buried beneath all that fuzz. They
played several tunes off their latest, Exister (their first record since 2004) including heavies like “Paid in Full” and “The
Traps.” Welcome back boys.

 

New
Jersey’s
Gaslight Anthem came out armed with an extra guitarist this time (now a
5-piece) who wasn’t there the last time they played Portland (I’ve heard he’s their former guitar
tech, makes sense). Regardless, leader Brian Fallon seemed in a jovial mood
(the 2nd of a two night stand here in Denver)
and was quite chatty in between songs. They opened with “American Slang”,
ironically the opening song off their previous record (not their new one) and
then kicked into another old, the great “The ‘59 Sound” (off 2008’s record of
the same name).  From there it was a nice
mix of tunes off their latest, Handwritten,
and songs of both of the two records that preceded it before kicking into some
new ones like “45,” “Here Comes My Man” and “Keepsake” (which Fallon told the
crowd was heavily influenced by one of his heroes, Neil Young) before ending
the set with a roaring version of “Great Expectations (also off The ’59 Sound). The band sounded fine
but a pal of mine who accompanied me to the gig, who had not previously heard
T.G.A. opined that maybe the band would do better in more of a pop/rock vein
ala The Replacements Tim. Less
bluster and more nuance. Hmmmm….interesting thought. Wonder if Brian Fallon
will go for it?