Monthly Archives: October 2012

Video: New Menahan Street Band

Funk/soul par
excellence for the modern consumer, yo.


By Blurt Staff


The new Menahan Street Band album – not the least of which
would be the Dunhan/Daptone label
and the prophetic The Crossing title
– drops this week. It’s reviewed in the new print issue of BLURT, hitting
newsstands just about now, so meanwhile, check out the video for “Ivory and
Blue,” featuring artwork by Mike Perry:





MSB will also kickoff a national tour 11/13 in Minneapolis. See full tour
itinerary, below. Writes our reviewer, “Essential
MSB reference point: all five MSB members are current and/or former members of
the Dap Kings/Budos Band/Antibalas/El Michaels Affair extended family of modern
soul/funk/afrobeat/hip hop true believers. Overtly
cinematic, The Crossing is all about atmosphere and vibe, and lead MSB
guy Thomas Brenneck has crafted ten seamlessly funky and beautifully played and
arranged instrumental tracks in search of a film… More Isaac Hayes than James
Brown, it beautifully plumbs the beating heart of urban noir.”


Mo’ music:


“Lights Out” MP3


“The Crossing” MP3


Tour dates:


Nov 13 Minneapolis, MN
– 7th Street

Nov 14 Madison, WI
– High Noon Saloon

Nov 15 Milwaukee, WI
– Mad Planet

Nov 16 Chicago, IL
– Double Door

Nov 17 Cedar
Falls, IA – University of Northern Iowa Performing Arts Center

Nov 28 Santa Barbara, CA
– UC Santa Barbara Campbell Hall +

Nov 29 Los Angeles, CA
– UCLA Royce Hall +

Nov 30 San Francisco, CA – Great American
Music Hall +

Dec 01 Davis, CA
– UC Davis +

Dec 03 Arcata, CA – Humboldt State +

Dec 05 Portland, OR – Aladdin
Theater +

Dec 06 – Seattle, WA
– Neumos +

Dec o7 – Bellingham, WA – Wild
Buffalo +

+with Charles



Photo Gallery: Moogfest 2012


Check out our photos
from the third annual Moogfest, held October 26 & 27 in Asheville, NC.
(Go here to read Jordan Lawrence’s report from the front lines.) Pictured
above: Santigold.


Photos by Margaret
& Jordan Lawrence


Death Grips









Thomas Dolby (also receiving award)



Outside the Civic Center



Inside the Civic Center





Bear In Heavn



Carl Craig



Miike Snow









Inside Thomas Wolfe Auditorium




Pantha Du Prince









Explosions in the Sky



Divine Fits



Moogfest Costumes!






Report: Public Image Ltd. Live Toronto



At the Opera House
on October 18, Rotten & Co. put on a 2 ½ hour marathon that covered plenty
of ground.


Text & Photos by April S. Engram


For those who know their punk rock history, Public Image
Ltd. need no introduction. Formed in ’78, disbanded in ’92 and regrouped in
2009, 2012 marked the release of PIL’s first album in 20 years. The ever
formidable lead singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols fame),
guitarist/instrumentalist Lu Edmonds (The Damned, The Clash), drummer Bruce
Smith and new recruit bassist Scott Firth are on tour promoting their latest
effort – appropriately titled after such a long absence – This Is PIL. Perhaps fans of the “old” PIL might’ve walked away
from Toronto’s
Opera House disappointed that the band did not play more of the classic hits
(“Public Image” didn’t make the cut); nevertheless, the talented and seasoned musicians
made the House rumble.


The band took to the stage and leapt
into ‘80s single, “This Is Not A Love Song,” new track “Deeper Water” and the
10 minute classic, “Albatross.” Older tracks were revamped to fit the new
outfit and though such songs sounded slightly different from their original
recordings, PIL made each number heavier and punchier. With just three
instruments and a computer for the more electronic sounds, PIL created quite a
bit of noise.




proved amazing to watch as he effortlessly created an array of sounds from his
tweaked collection of stringed instruments: guitar, saz and cumbus. Smith
pummeled his drums while Firth created the heavy, bass laden riffs that drown
PIL’s music. Lydon growled, shouted and bellowed the lyrics in a signature style
all his own, and the most avid fans sang along. As the vocalist’s delivery is surely
demanding on his throat, his cure was: drink water, gargle Hennessy and spit
the remnants in a bucket.


When done with the first few tracks Lydon finally
addressed the audience which led to shouts of song titles. “What is this,”
Lydon asked us, “are we a fucking wedding band, taking requests?” (The shouting
turned to applause and laughter as Lydon chatted on about the band’s
relationship with the audience – it is indeed like a marriage was the
conclusion.) PIL’s sound is trance inducing; with tracks often in the 6-8
minute mark, most fans stood in place and rocked their body or bopped their
head to the repetitive beats. Lydon wanted more.


“What’s that other big city in Canada,”
he began, “Montreal?
They were louder than you!” He facetiously smiled as the audience booed loudly,
but of course this wouldn’t stop Johnny Rotten. “They booed louder than you” he
continued. The concert hall drowned in boos and laughter, “Parlez vous
Francais,” he asked in his laden Brit accent. “We don’t believe in French,” a
girl returned which made Lydon laugh. “Come now,” he finally retorted, “we’re
all one.” Though the concert hall might have been a bit more mellow than
anticipated, the majority of audience enjoyed the high octane show.







For the politicized “Religion,” Lydon introduced us to
Jesus, Edmonds
approached the front of the stage for his guitar solo, and Satan, Firth plucked
away on his electric, stand-up bass.  Lydon thanked the crowd then paid
homage to the rest of PIL and his right hand man John Stevens, who stood on the
stage for the performance’s entirety before disappearing with the band


Their absence was not a long one and PIL returned to
close the night with the loudest number yet, “Open Up.” A song Lydon recorded
with electronic/dance artist Leftfield, 
PIL reworked it into a heavy, bass laden performance that literally
circulated air from the speakers with each thump into the stacks. At the end Lydon
advanced to the edge of the stage, made sure to walk its length, and bowed to
the audience. Nearly 2.5 hours later Public Image Ltd. were done.




This Is Not a Love Song

Deeper Water


One Drop

Flowers of Romance



U.S.L.S. 1

Reggie Song

Death Disco

Bags / Chant



Out of The Woods


Open Up


Gary Glitter Arrested Again


No nudge and a wink
this time around, lads.


By Blurt Staff


Convicted sex offender Gary Glitter (born: Paul Gadd) was
arrested yesterday (Sunday) in London
on “suspicion of sex offences.” The BBC reported that “police have confirmed
they ‘have today arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the


It’s part of the larger investigation into the Jimmy Saville
sex abuse scandal currently embroiling the BBC. The report continues, “Karin
Ward – a former pupil at Duncroft approved school for girls in Surrey – told
the BBC she had once seen singer Glitter having sex with a schoolgirl in
Savile’s dressing room at the BBC. Glitter has denied the allegations.”


Glitter, the ‘70s glam rock star of “Rock and Roll (Pt. 2)”
fame, was jailed for a spell in Vietmam in 2006 regarding allegations he had
sexually abused girls, and he was also convicted of possession of child porn in
in 1999.

Terry Callier 1945-2012 R.I.P.


Masterful song stylist
from the ‘70s and ‘90s.


By Fred Mills


Seventies folk/jazz guitarist Terry Callier, who experienced
a notable career resurgence in the ‘90s when he was rediscovered by several
influential British musicians (among them, Beth Orton and Massive Attack, who
subsequently collaborated with him), passed away this weekend (Oct. 28) at his Chicago home. He was 67.


Callier’s fluid, lyrical guitar style, coupled with an earnestly
soulful voice, powered a modest yet memorable string of albums in the ‘60s and ‘70s,
including 1972’s Occasional Rain. He
later disappeared, however, working and going to school in Chicago throughout the ‘80s. After London’s storied Acid
Jazz label began reissuing his material in the early ‘90s he wound up traveling
overseas to tour successfully, which led to the Orton and Massive Attack
connections. One key latterday album: 1998’s Timepeace, featuring the magnificent track “Lazarus Man.”

Photos: Yep Roc 15


October 10-13, at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro,NC, it was a celebration par excellence.

All photos by Tony Landa

(above) Nick Lowe performs with Los Straitjackets at Cat’s Cradle – 10/11/12

Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets at Local 506 for the YR15 Kickoff party – 10/10/12

Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids performs with Yep Roc co-owner Tor Hansen looking on at Local 506 – 10/10/12

Peter Zaremba of The Fleshtones at Local 506 – 10/10/12

Dave Alvin at Cat’s Cradle – 10/11/12

Robyn Hitchcock at Cat’s Cradle – 10/11/12

Nick Lowe at Cat’s Cradle – 10/11/12

Eleni Mandell performing with Los Straitjackets at Cat’s Cradle – 10/11/12

Chuck Prophet performs with Los Straitjackets at Cat’s Cradle – 10/11/12

Danny Amis of Los Straitjackets at Cat’s Cradle – 10/11/12

The Mayflies USA at Cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

Cheyenne Marie Mize at cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

Josh Rouse at Cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

John Wesley Harding hosts Yep Roc 15 at Cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

Eugene Mirman at Cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

Sloan at Cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

Liam Finn at Cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne at Cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne at Cat’s Cradle – 10/12/12

Darren Hanlon at Cat’s Cradle – 10/13/12

Jim White at Cat’s Cradle – 10/13/12

Chatham County Line at Cat’s Cradle – 10/13/12

Tift Merritt at Cat’s Cradle – 10/13/12

The Minus 5 with John Wesley Harding at Cat’s Cradle – 10/13/12

John Doe at Cat’s Cradle – 10/13/12

Glenn Dicker, co-owner of Yep Roc Records, watches The Sadies from the front row at Cat’s Cradle – 10/13/12

The Sadies with John Doe at cat’s Cradle – 10/13/12



Jon Spencer Live Webcast TODAY (Oct. 27)


Comin’ at you on the
internet radio dial at…


By Fred Mills


It’s like James Brown on acid – that would be the Jon
Spencer Blues Explosion, currently in the middle of a US tour
promoting their recent album Meat and
. BLURT’s astute reviewer enthused, “…possibly the band’s best album to date. Do not snooze on Meat and Bone: it is out of
this world and as addictive as Heisenberg’s Blue Sky meth.”


So who aare we to argue with ourselves? Meanwhile, this afternoon
(Saturday, Oct. 27) starting at 3pm EST, the Spencer gang will be playing live
on New Jersey’s storied WFMU-FM during Terre T’s Cherry Blossom Clinic program,
which runs to 6pm. So tune in if you dare:



Tour dates:


1: Pearl Street
Nightclub – Northampton, MA

2: Club Helsinki – Hudson, NY

3: Bowery Ballroom – New York,

8: Casbah – San Diego, CA

9: El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles,

10: Great American
Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

12: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland,

13: The Crocodile – Seattle,

14: Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, B.C.


National’s Music Used w/o Permission in Ad



Ohio University Students for Romney apparently haven’t
learned yet that taking music for free is stealing.


By Fred Mills


Yesterday Pitchfork posted some late breaking news regarding
how a student political group calling itself  Ohio University Students for Romney had made an unofficial
campaign video using The National’s “Fake Empire” as the background music. The
National’s Matt Berninger, noting that they had allowed the Obama campaign to
use it in 2008, posted an indignant screed at the video’s YouTube page:



Our music was used
without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the
same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing. We encourage all students
to educate themselves about the differences between the inclusive, pro-social,
compassionate, forward-thinking policies of President Obama and the
self-serving politics of the neo-conservative movement and Mitt Romney. Every
single person involved in the creation of the music you’re using is voting for
President Obama.



The video was subsequently removed from YouTube, meaning all
the comments were also lost. Howver, over at the Ohio Students’ Facebook page, a slew of commentators continued to weigh in, which led to this particular


Connor Crawford: are yall the clowns that used the national’s song in some
video? nice work. way to disrespect one of our time’s best bands and your

University Students for Romney
was never any disrespect. we took the video down out of respect for the band,
and we disagree with President Obama…


ANY artist’s music without their permission – especially for a political or
social themed ad, and regardless of the artist’s own political bent –
demonstrates utter disrespect for said artist. Sadly, though, in this case it’s
not surprising – you students and your generation are accustomed to stealing
music anyway.


‘Nuf sed.






Arcade Fire Prepping New LP?


Growing beards and
writing tunes… listen to the full radio interview, below.


By Fred Mills


Pitchfork reports that Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara was
recently interviewed by Ottawa
radio station CKCU 93.1 in
which he disclosed that the band was presently working on a new album. They
hope to release the followup to the award-winning The Suburbs before the end of next year.


According to Gara, “We are just working like we always have. We took a
couple months off and we’ve been writing songs. Now we’re in the studio pretty
much full-time just doing what we do. And we kind of shut the door. We haven’t
really gone out and done anything in over a year now. We haven’t done photos or
interviews or anything. We’re just working on music and growing beards and
living at home a lot and going out to dinner together…. We’re not that far into
a record, but we’ve been working for a few months now. We are under no pressure
from record labels or management or whatever to do anything on any sort of
schedule. We’re just working. We have no deadlines. It’s kind of coming along.”


Well, that’s specific enough! But any Arcade Fire news is good news, so we’ll take it.

Interview with Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire – CKCU 93.1 FM by ArcadeFireTube1

Calexico Performs During LA Power Outage


Dark music indeed…


By Blurt Staff


Wednesday night, Los Angeles venue the
Fonda experienced a major power outage, leaving the entire theater in the dark
before Calexico went onstage. The band played a song totally acoustic in the
pitch black for the audience. (Ultimately the show had to be canceled, but
they’re going to make up the date in early 2013.)


Watch the live video here: “Minas de Cobre”


Incidentally, Calexico is one of the featured artists in the new issue of BLURT, hitting newsstands next week. Look for the big four-page spread on one of our favorite bands.