Monthly Archives: October 2012

Watch: Who Live ’75 DVD

 

 

Filmed at the Summit
in Houston on
Nov. 20, 1975,
Live In Texas ’75 (Eagle
Vision; 117 mins.) captures the band
in full flight on their last great tour.

 

By Lee
Zimmerman

 

The
differences between then and now couldn’t be more apparent. This version of the
band soars on the strengths of its four original members rather than two survivors
and a bunch of hired hands. The energy is palpable, a nonstop whirlwind of
kinetic motion, each man (save bassist John Entwistle of course) spinning out
of control in his own inimitable way. Townshend darting back and forth, back
arched, legs askew, arms poised in his famous whirlwind sweep. Daltrey, the
dramatic, perfectly poised rock god, tossing the microphone and retrieving it
with an outsized grand gesture. Moon, the mad dervish, bearing down on his drum
arsenal with a fierce determination that belies his clownish persona.

 

 

 

 

Of course,
37 years is bound to create a contrast. The set list for starters; here they’re
introducing new material, the numbers from Who
By Numbers
, while today’s Who is revisiting an archival classic in Quadrophenia.  The look is
different, Townshend – with beard and hair–  dressed in a white suit with
bellbottom trousers, Daltrey still bearing his trademark curls and
physique-fitting leather jumper. Yet, the biggest difference remains the
determination; even ten years removed from their beginnings, the Who still had
something to prove and their brash, riveting performance retains more than a
hint of their insurgent origins. Technical limitations aside (an emphasis on
one angle shot from stage right primarily, too few shots of the band in tandem,
a home movie kind of quality that reflects the technology of the era, etc.),
this is the quintessential Who at their best. There are occasional details
worth noting — Entwistle’s harmonies during “Behind Blue Eyes,” Townshend’s confession
that “However Much I Booze” is part of his mantra to stay sober,” Moon’s intros
and outbursts when handed a mike — but most of the gems of the set might be
well anticipated. There is, for example, no more riveting refrain in all of
Rock than the “See Me, Hear Me, Feel Me” coda from Tommy and for that matter, no more dynamic combo than this band in
its prime. With no frills and no bonus material, the concert stands on its own.
And that’s just fine. As a stirring reminder of all Rock aspires to be, Live In Texas ‘75 couldn’t be more affirming or
essential.

 

 

 

 

 

Report/Photos: Austin City Limits Fest 2012

 

October 12-14 in
Austin, and once again we had boots on the ground at Zilker Park
(not to mention a few choice after-fest shows in the clubs). Here are a few
highlights. Photos follow immediately after the report. (above): potential
troublemakers

 

Photos and Text by Michael Passman

 

Every year in October since 2002, 70,000+ people pile into
downtown Austin
for Austin City Limits Music Festival. Named after the long running PBS show of
the same name, ACL Festival has been sold out for a number of years now with an
ever diversifying lineup of Americana, electronic, country, classic rock,
r&b, jazz, and alternative acts from around the world.  The formula is
simple with eight stages on 46 acres of Zilker
Park, one of Central
Austin’s downtown parks.

 

        Included in
the festival are local restaurants, merchants, and artists selling their
products, a kiddie stage aka Austin Kiddie Limits, and an infinite number of
porta potties that might exceed the number of lawn chairs people brought this
year.  Although not the largest music festival in the US, it’s
probably the most diverse with acts ranging from The Baylor Choir to The
Stooges, so for those who love diversity and want to see something new, this is
the best festival to do it.  If nonstop music from 11am to 10pm is not
enough, there are ACL related aftershows at local venues every evening.

 

        ACL Festival
2012 kicked off Thursday, the 11th, with The Black Lips playing Antone’s. The
almost always touring band is not stranger to music festivals, but they never
shy away from cutting their teeth at small shows, either.  Legendarily a
blues club, the 600 person capacity Antone’s has lately been expanding from
their blues base, thus luring people a few decades younger than their devoted
crowd.  Rising local stars A Giant Dog started off the evening. The set
was a little rough, but they deliver a great ‘80s punk/pop punch led by one of
the best female vocalists for an underground band, Sabrina Ellis, whose soars,
shrieks and moans lead the crowd mesmerized from start to finish.

 

        The Black Lips
ripped into a long, sweaty, beer drenched set highlighting material from their
last release Arabia Mountain, but also kept
a good dose of earlier material best described as psychedelic tinged, raunchy
garage, or as they coined it, flower punk.  During an interview, they
noted that seemingly far removed things are psychedelic, such as Dadaism. 

 

        The Black Lips
performances are always high energy, but they play with such abandon that the
audience goes wild at every show. Flying beer cans, naked people, and the
occasional not so subtle blow up doll make the crowd become the show end they
end up performing for the band while the band simultaneously performs for
them.  Much like The Fleshtones, the wall between the band and the
audience is broken down. When asked if they could explain the free for all
exercised by their fans, they noted how much they love playing and how the
crowd response encourages them. During their largely attended set on Friday at
ACL Fest, it was obvious how much of a following they’ve garnered over the
years by seeing so many people singing along with them.

 

        The opening
day of ACL Fest started surprisingly strong with big draw acts like Asleep at
the Wheel and The Wombats, followed in the early afternoon by highly praised up
and comers such as Delta Spirit, LP, and The War on Drugs.  As late
afternoon slipped into early evening, newly reunited ‘90s alternative legends
The Afghan Whigs took the stage while indie due Tegan & Sara played the
same time slot on a stage across the park, while plenty of other acts performed
on stages in between.  As Weezer played “The Sweater Song” while the sun
was setting, other attendees were sweating and slamming away to The Black Lips,
Thievery Corporation, Patterson Hood, and the recently acclaimed Florence &
The Machine.  The ever well known, genre blended The Black Keys closed the
evening.  While ACL Fest was nearing a close, The Shins took the stage for
an ACL aftershow at Stubb’s with Bombay Bicycle Club as the opening act.

 

        Saturday
kicked off with acts such as Multi-instrumentalist, soundtrack echoing Caveman,
Nashville’s
country fashionista Nikki Lane,
and the promising Canadians The Deep, Dark Woods, an alt folk band with an
approach combining minimalism and some refreshing embellishments with diverse
instruments such as banjo and mellotron.  The early afternoon saw another
round of promising acts with critical praise, including Civil Twilight and Zola
Jesus.  Neo roots rockers The Whigs (not to be confused with The Afghan
Whigs) brought the rock on in the afternoon while Rufus Wainwright gave a
flawless although without the crowd favorite rendition of Leonard Cohen’s
“Hallelujah”. 

 

        Another much
hyped act debuting in the afternoon was Oberhofer, who impressed the crowd with
a slight psychedelic twist on dance pop. Metric delivered a raving set that
everyone talked about the rest of the afternoon.  A sudden, intense
downpour cut short a set from the touted “favorite new band” Band of
Skulls. The downpour didn’t wash away the enthusiasm of the fans, however.
Before their set resumed, many sought refuge at The Zilker Stage, the only
indoor stage, and were treated to hot ‘70s soul from Lee Fields & The
Expressions.

 

        As the clouds
cleared, The Roots took one of the larger stages.  As Black Thought raised
his hand to the sky and brought the crowd to roar with The Beastie Boys “Paul
Revere” in dedication to MCA. As this transpired, the sudden cold from the
earlier rain turned to warmth.  Of course, another act emerged at the same
time that is found at almost every music festival: Mud.  

 

        Outlaw Country
legend Steve Earle took the crowd into the evening, which closed with the
iconic Neil Young & Crazy Horse performing while the equally influential
(at least in his own mind) Jack White took the stage across the park.

 

        The ACL
sponsored aftershows for the evening included DJ Questlove’s set at Beauty Bar
and a sold out Afghan Whigs show at Antone’s.  The Afghan Whigs have six
members and a large set of white colored Mesa Boogie amps, so the stage would
be cramped, but the show was also sold out, so the floor was equally out of
space.  Centromatic, an alt. rock/Americana band from Denton, TX
took the honor of opening the show.  

 

        The Afghan
Whigs were quite a treat to see at a small venue.  The ‘90s alternative
band best known as being popular during the grunge era, but their music is a
mix of ‘90s alternative and soul.  The combination is unique since they
were among the first during the trendy college/alt. era to embrace rootsier
music.  

 

        Despite the
punk garage base of the band, their sound is expansive, which could be an adaptation to playing much larger crowds, or just a
natural embellishment like many ‘70s soul bands.  Every song felt big, it
filled the room, from the opening intensity of “Scene of the Crime Part One,”
the more popular “Gentlemen” and “Debonair” and the near full crowd sing-a-long
of “Miles iz Ded” with the chorus “Don’t forget the alcohol, ooh baby!” The
crowd was transfixed and sang along for the full hour and a half set. It was a treat of the weekend to see them.  Their music
was a mix of polished angst alternative and nasty soul.  One could call it
clean and nasty.

 

        Sunday’s
festivities started at around the same time, but the larger crowd migration
into the park took place later.  Moon Duo, The Boxer Rebellion, Royal
Teeth, and Stars lured the crowds in around the early afternoon, but many
missed Stooges Guitarist James Williamson perform with The School of Rock band
on the Austin Kiddie Limits Stage at 2:30.  The last day also showed promising
newcomers such as Civil Wars, Polica, and some catchy dance rock/pop from Two
Door Cinema Club, who carried the dubious task of playing while Iggy and The
Stooges fans filled in and cramped the audience area early for their show that
would start an hour after the last band left the stage, mixing with the clean
white frat crowd camped out for The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

        Iggy and The
Stooges opened up with “Raw Power.” The set list, mostly taken from the album
Raw Power, seemed nastier and dirtier than the Ron Asheton era songs, although
equally loved.  Iggy invited people on stage to dance with him after the
third song while his cord handler was in the middle of the controlled chaos
making things sure things went smoothly.  Bassist Mike Watt, no stranger
to bass abuse, took some time during the set to beat his axe like it owed him
money and treat his amps like two dollar whores, thrusting hard against them to
the delight of the crowd.

 

        The ever
consummate tease and sex oozed icon at 65 years old, Iggy strutted and thrusted
his way through what could not have been less than a perfect set that included
“Search and Destroy”, “Open Up and Bleed”, and “I Gotta Right”. The set
concluded with the crowd screaming along to “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and a
continued exchange of insults given by Pop to the hungry crowd, which ate every
bit of it and the band’s performance up for an hour.  

 

        As an end to a
perfect evening or just a way to avoid what would feel like a revisit to the
‘90s, many left Zilker Park at the end of Iggy and The Stooges set, opting for a Detroit
state of mind instead of the anticlimactic, dated nostalgia and too many songs
about California.
It was a great weekend, but it after three days, it was time to get on the well
planned shuttle service or hop on their bikes and go home.

 

 

***

 

 

Black Lips

 

 

Black Lips (at Antone’s)

 

 

Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog)

 

 

Shins

 

 

Band of Skulls + fans

 

 

 

Lee Fields & The Expressions

 

 

Black Thought (The Roots)

 

 

Centromatic

 

 

Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)

 

 

Iggy & the Stooges

 

 

 

Videos: Prince Live on Jimmy Kimmel

 

Plays his own material alongside Michael Jackson cover.

By Blurt Staff

Stopping by the Jimmy Kimmel Live show last night for more than just a song and a chat was Prince, who promoted his new single “Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Affair.” He also performed  Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop
’til You Get Enough” plus personal staples “Cream”, “Take Me With U”, and “The
Dance Electric”.

 

 


DC Punk Film Spurs Concert + Reunions

 

Dag Nasty (pictured
above), Youth Brigade, & More DC Legends Reunite in Honor of
Documentary Film “Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nations Capital”.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Documentary-in-progress “Salad
Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nations Capital”
is a crucial chronicle
of the storied Washington, D.C. punk scene of the 1980s which spawned the
likes of Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, the Faith, the
Slickee Boys, Void, Government Issue, Marginal Man, Dag Nasty, Gray Matter,
Beefeater, Scream, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Shudder to Think, Nation of
Ulysses, Jawbox and others. The film, which recently enjoyed a successful
Kickstarter campaign, is the brainchild of director/producer Scott Crawford (founder
of both Harp and Blurt magazines, incidentally, and a longtime veteran of the DC hardcore
scene dating back to the ‘80s) and director of photography Jim Saah (a
native of Washington, DC who has worked professionally in photography and
video for over 25 years, including films about Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and
Eddie Vedder).

 

 

 

 

To celebrate the film, a who’s who of DC punk
bands from the 1980s will convene at the Black Cat on December 28 and
29, 2012. The lineup includes Kingface, Black Market Baby, Dag
Nasty (December 28th), Scream, Government Issue and Youth Brigade
(December 29).

Dag Nasty will be performing together for the first time in over 27 years
and playing songs from their classic album “Can I Say” with original
vocalist Shawn Brown.  Government Issue will be playing a collection of
songs from their early catalog and will feature Brian Baker on guitar and Tom
Lyle on bass as well as vocalist John Stabb and Dag Nasty’s Colin Sears
on drums. Youth Brigade were one of the first bands on Dischord in
1981 with their “Possible” 7″ EP. This will mark the first time
they’ve played together in over 30 years. Minor Threat’s Steve Hansgen
will be playing guitar and joining original drummer Danny Ingram, bassist Bert Queiroz,
and vocalist Nathan Strejcek.

Each band will be playing abbreviated and short clips from the film will
be shown. Guest DJs will also be performing on both nights.

Incoming: The Move’s "Lost Broadcasts" DVD

 

With apologies to Rocky Horror Picture Show… let’s do “The
Brontosaurus” again…!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Legendary 1960s British band The
Move gets resurrected anew via ‘The Lost
Broadcasts’
, on DVD by Gonzo MultiMedia and culled from various
performances on German TV between 1968 and 1971. The tracks on this DVD come
from a number of different sessions, some of which have surfaced on bootleg VHS
and DVDs in the past:

 

  • Blackberry Way, 3mins 37
    secs. (BW)  January 69
  • Brontosaurus  
    4mins 30secs (colour, live studio,) 13th April 1970
  • Curly 2mins 49 secs (BW)
    August 69
  • The Words of Aaron 5mins
    21sec (Colour, Live, Rare,) 25/11/70
  • Ella James 1mins 18secs
    – Aborted 25/11/71 (Colour, Live Aborted take)  
  • Ella James 4mins 4 secs
      25/11/71 (Colour).
  • Down On The Bay 4mins
    52secs(Colour, Live) 25/11/71
  • Down on The Bay 4mins
    49secs (Colour Live,  same clip with Blue key used) 25/11/71
  • Fire Brigade 2mins
    23Secs (BW) March 68
  • When Alice comes back to the Farm 4mins
    08secs (Colour, Live) 27/12/70
  • Wild Tiger Woman 2mins
    31secs (BW) September 68

 

 

 

 

 

 

The backstory: The
Move, which enjoyed numerous hit singles in the UK but never quite broke on
American shores, formed in 1965 by bassist-vocalist Chris “Ace”
Kefford who was the original leader. However he was soon usurped by the
multitalented guitarist, singer and songwriter Roy Wood who undoubtedly one of
Rock music’s true polymaths. He composed all the group’s UK singles and,
from 1968, also sang lead vocals on many songs, although Carl Wayne was the
main lead singer up to 1970. Beside Wood and Kefford, the original five-piece
line-up of The Move in 1965 was drummer Bev Bevan, bassist Kefford,
vocalist Carl Wayne and guitarist Trevor Burton. Initially the band had 4 main
vocalists (Wayne, Wood, Trevor Burton and Kefford). When Wayne left in 1970 he was replaced by Jeff
Lynne, late of massively under-rated band The Idle Race, and the dynamic of the
band changed forever. The final line-up of 1972 was the trio of Wood, Bevan and
Jeff Lynne, who were also launching another band – the Electric Light
Orchestra.

Wilco's Nels Cline Joins Last Waltz Tribute

 

Wilco guitarist latest addition to lineup that already includes members of Warren Haynes, Antibalas, Ween, Dr. Dog, Gomez and Nada Surf.

By Blurt Staff

 

As Blurt reported on Monday, an all-star lineup of musicians will perform The Complete Last Waltz, a song-for-song tribute to The Band’s final concert (documented by auteur Martin Scorsese in his 1978 concert film The Last Waltz). Today we learned that Wilco guitarist Nels Cline will join the lineup which already includes appearances from members of Ween, Dr. Dog, Warren Haynes Band, Vetiver, Nada Surf, Gomez and others. 

 

The homage will go down at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco (the original was at S.F.’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving, 1976). Here is an updated list of confirmed performers as of October 25.

 

Nels Cline (Wilco)
Stuart Bogie (Antibalas)
Jordan McClean (Antibalas)
Aaron Johnson (Antibalas)
Cass McCombs
Jocie Adams (The Low Anthem)
Joe Russo (Furthur)
Erick Slick (Dr Dog)
Scott McMicken (Dr Dog)
Dave Dreiwitz (Ween)
John Roderick (The Long Winters)
Ira Elliot (Nada Surf)
Ian Ball (Gomez)
Andy Cabic (Vetiver)
Alecia Chakour (Warren Haynes Band)
Marco Benevento
Scott Metzger (Wolf!)
Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds)
Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats)
Trixie Whitley
Blake Hazard (The Submarines)
Josh Kaufman (Yellowbirds)
Rob Burger
John Van Deusen (The Lonely Forest)

St. Etienne’s Casino Classics Now 4CDs

 

 

Aphex Twin, Autechre,
Death in Vegas and Trouser Enthusiasts among the remixers added to the
already-classic collection of dance and ambient reworkings. Vocalist Sarah
Cracknell’s Lipslide solo album also gets deluxe expanded treatment.

 

By Fred Mills

 

1996 saw a unique compilation for British dance-pop mavens
Saint Etienne: Casino Classics, which
featured a then-who’s-who of remixers (see below) tackling some of the most
memorable St. E tunes as well as a few unlikely suspects. It quickly became a
fave among Etienne fans, as well as club DJs who’d previously been paying
massive prices for white-label 12-inch promos and test pressings of the tracks.

 

In line with the group’s deluxe/expanded editions of most of
the titles in their back catalogue, they’re now reissuing Casino Classics on Nov. 13 as an expanded four-disc set Limited Edition (the original 2CD
version also gets a refreshing as Deluxe
Edition
), not to mention additional download material – here’s the note the
band sent out to fan club members late last week:

 

 

 

“Hello everybody – Place
your bets, the ball’s on the wheel and wherever it lands you’re going to win!
Casino Classics is sweet sixteen and we’ve brought our remix compilation up to
date. Back in ’96 we released a compilation of remixes we had commissioned for
our first three albums. People say that we are always quick to acknowledge and
embrace ‘the dancefloor’and looking back over the remixers we have worked with,
Andrew Weatherall, The Chemical Brothers, Richard X, Masters At Work,
Underworld, Paul Van Dyk and Aphex Twin amongst others, they have a point!

        We’ve now gathered together as many of
our favourite mixes that will fit onto 4 CD’s – from Foxbase Alpha right up
until London
Conversations – and packaged them into a beautiful DVD sized hardback book. The
4 disc set also gives you access to download a further 10 mixes that we just
couldn’t squeeze in.

     For those of you on a more focussed trip,
there’s a cream-of-the-crop 2CD set available too. So get your best dancing
shoes and pay homage to art of the remix with our best known songs transformed
into ‘floor-fillers’ and ‘club classics’.”

 

 

 

Tracklistings:

 

Disc 1:

            01        Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Andrew
Weatherhall Mix)         9:01

            02        Like A Motorway (Chemical Brothers Mix) 9:11

            03        Kiss And Make Up (Pete Heller Mix)            7:47

            04        Speedwell (The Aloof Mix)    5:54

            05        Filthy (Monkey Mafia Mix)    5:54

            06        Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Masters
at Work Mix)    7:39

            07        Avenue (Gordon King Mix)   6:21

            08        Who Do You Think You AreUpdate (Aphex
Twin Mix)      8:05

            09        Cool Kids Of Death (Underworld Mix)         10:27

            10        Hug My Soul (Sure Is Pure Mix)        8:01

 

 

Disc 2:

            01        Like A Motorway (David Holmes)    12:58

            02        He’s On The Phone (Primax Mix)       6:27

            03        The Sea (PFM Mix)    4:50

            04        Angel (Broadcast Mix)           4:18

            05        Sylvie (Faze Action Mix)        10:06

            06        How We Used To Live (Paul Van Dyk Mix)             8:44

            07        Boy Is Crying (Hybrid Mix)   6:29

            08        Action (DJ Tiesto Mix)           6:50

            09        Heart Failed (Two Lone Swordsman Mix)     3:39

            10        Burnt Out Car (Mark Brown Mix)     7:24

            11        Method of Modern Love (Richard X Mix)    6:00

 

 

Disc 3:

            01        Nothing Can Stop Us (Masters At Work
Mix)           5:14

            02        People Get Real (Death In Vegas Mix)          7:20

            03        Nothing Can Stop Us (Lionrock Mix)            5:45

            04        Join Our Club (Billy Nasty Mix)        6:42

            05        Who Do You Think You AreUpdate (Roger
Sanchez Mix) 6:59

            06        Your Head My Voice (Aphex Twin Mix)      4:11

            07        Like A Motorway (Autechre MIx)     8:22

            08        Pale Movie (Secret Knowledge Mix)             10:12

            09        Sometimes in Winter (Psychonaughts)           9:00

            10        He’s On The Phone (Primax Mix)       6:27

            11        Angel (Way Out West Mix)   6:37

 

 

Disc 4:

            01        Burnt Out Car (Balearico Mix)           4:18

            02        Sylvie (Trouser Enthusiast Mix)         8:04

            03        4.35 in the Morning (Kid Loco Mix) 4:37

            04        Foto Stat (Bronx
Dogs Mix)   7:19

            05        Uri Geller Bent My Boyfriend (Add N To X
Mix)    6:08

            06        Lose That Girl (Trouser Enthusiast Mix)        8:14

            07        How We Used To Live (Aim Mix)     4:27

            08        Heart Failed (Bridge And Tunnel Mix)          5:44

            09        Northwestern (Si Cut DB Mix)          5:40

            10        Action (Laub mix)      4:27

            11        Soft Like Me (K. O. W. Radiophonic Mix)   5:40

            12        Method of Modern Love (Cola Boy Mix)      6:38

 

 

 

 

But wait, there’s more! Around the same time, Etienne
vocalist Sarah Cracknell “started to write and record the solo album I’d always
dreamed of – “Coastal
Town” was written way
back in 1987! – and with the band on a ‘4 year hiatus’ between Tiger Bay and Good Humor it was an ideal time.”

 

To that end: Lipslide,
which may have ventured under the radar a bit – it didn’t even come out in the
US until 2000, and by then she’d changed the cover and the running order – but
was still a delightful platter. Cracknell has expanded that after digging
“through tons of old demos and unreleased material to put together a bonus disc
that I’m really pleased with. It includes an unreleased recording that I love,
a collaboration with Shack on a song called ‘Miles Apart’.”

 

Lipslide‘s deluxe
edition also comes out Nov. 13.

 

 

MP3 Premiere: Big Dipper Returns

 

No less than Robert Pollard rates them the 20th greatest band in rock history, #19 being T. Rex, so who are we to argue? Track
comes from smokin’ new album, due in late November.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The band is Big Dipper.
Bosstown-area superheroes who were memorialized with loving care by Merge in
2008 with the 3-disc retrospective Supercluster:
The Big Dipper Anthology,
No more memorials; the band – guitarist/vocalist
Bill Goffrier, drummer/vocalist Jeff Oliphant, late-era Dipper alum Tom Brewitt
on bass and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer Gary Waleik (with special
guest appearances by Commander Frank Borman and Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell
of the Apollo 8 Mission as well as some of the Dippers’ offspring) – is
returning with Big Dipper Crashes on the
Platinum Planet,
which will
be launched from the Almost Ready Records platform on November 27.

 

We’ve got a very cool preview track, “Lord Scrumptious,” right here:

 


BigDipper “Lord Scrumptious” by Howlin’ Wuelf Media

 

The 12-song album (reviewed in the upcoming print edition of
BLURT, by the way; our writer calls it “a solid addition to the canon of smart
pop…Welcome back, lads!”) boasts Big Dipper’s trademark
sound: twin vocals, ethereal harmonies, dynamic guitar arrangements by Goffrier
and Waleik (dubbed by some a “two-headed guitar monster”), Oliphant’s
powerful drumming and Brewitt’s melodic bass playing.

 

You don’t know Big Dipper? They
kicked off in ’85 following the breakup of college-rock legends Volcano Suns
and The Embarrassment, and lasted through ’92, and then with the Merge
anthology leading to some reunion shows, well… the rest is history. That said,
we can’t do all your homework for ya. Get on the web and so some research,
brutha!

 

Video: Sufjan Stevens Has a Bloody Xmas!

 

Don’t let that placid demeanor (above) fool ya kids… the dude’s demented.

By Fred Kringle

It’s called “Mr. Frosty Man” and it’s a key track from Sufjan Stevens’ holiday album Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Volumes 6-10, arriving Nov. 10. It’s claymation from animator Lee Hardcastle, but you can still blame Stevens if you wanna!

 

 

Waterboys’ Scott w/Yeats-themed LP

 

Due out next March; selected US
shows also announced.

 

Waterboys auteur Mike Scott
has collaborated, figuratively speaking, with the legendary Irish poet W.B.
Yeats on the 14 songs of An
Appointment With Mr. Yeats
, due out on Proper American on March 26. “I
love the way Yeats’ poems lend themselves to music,” says Scott. “But I also
like Yeats as a guy – a dandified, opinionated, larger-than-life character. I
feel a kinship to him. My purpose isn’t to treat Yeats as a museum piece, but
to connect with the soul of the poems – as they appear to me – then go wherever
the music in my head suggests, and that means some surprising places.”

 

Scott
will bring the Waterboys to New York’s
Town Hall in March for the American premiere of this provocative song cycle uniting
a pair of artists separated by a century.

 

“When
people read about this project, it’s natural for them to have preconceptions,” Scott acknowledges. “They tend to think
that, because it’s based on poetry, it’s going to be difficult, stiff or wordy.
But when they hear the record or come and see the show, they realize it’s
really just more music from the Waterboys. I should stress these are songs –
rock ‘n’ roll, pop, psychedelic and roots songs – not recitations. They’ve got
to stand up as contemporary songs, not like poems squashed into musical forms.
In fact, the best thing is when people don’t realize they were written a
hundred years ago, but just hear them and think, ‘That’s a song,’ and don’t
question it.”

 

An
Appointment With Mr. Yeats
was produced by Scott and Marc Arciero and tracked live
off the floor by an expanded Waterboys lineup consisting of fiddle maestro
Steve Wickham, Katie Kim (vocals), James Hallawell (keyboards), Kate St John
(sax, oboe), Blaise Margail (trombone), Ralph Salmins (drums), Sarah Allen
(flute) and Joe Chester (guitar). Before they recorded the album, Scott and his
band premiered the songs at Dublin’s
hallowed Abbey Theatre during a five-night run in March 2010.

 

 

Scott
also recently authored the memoir, Adventures
of a Waterboy
(available in the States on the Hal Leonard-distributed
Jawbone Press; it’s reviewed in the new print edition of BLURT). Scott will be
appearing in the Northeastern U.S. in November
for a one-hour reading selected from Adventures
of a Waterboy
followed by a 40-minute acoustic set with
Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham. The musical selections will be from the
Waterboys’ long history and will also feature a preview of songs from An Appointment With Mr. Yeats.

 

 

READING/PERFORMANCE
DATES AT PRESS TIME:

 

Sun.,
Nov. 11    PHILADELPHIA, PA   World Cafe Live,
Tues., Nov. 13   NEW YORK, NY 
Rockwood Music
Hall  SOLD OUT
Thurs., Nov. 14  NEW
YORK
, NY  Rockwood Music Hall

Sun.,
Nov. 18    ALLSTON, MA Brighton Music Hall
Mon., Nov. 19   BROOKLYN, NY   Williamsburg Music Hall