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Outside Lands Fest Beefs Up Lineup

 

Headliners
include Radiohead, Beck Tom Petty, Ben Harper, Wilco & Jack Johnson

By Blurt Staff

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival has
announced new additions to the line-up for the first inaugural event. Howlin’
Rain, The Dynamites and Carney are rounding out Friday August 22nd.  The
Walkmen, Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck and
Everest have been added to Saturday August 23rd. Toots & the Maytals, Rogue
Wave, Mike Gordon and Vienna Teng have been added to Sunday, August 24th.

The multi-faceted, three-day festival will take place in San
Francisco’s historic Golden
Gate Park
on August 22 – 24, 2008. Radiohead,Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jack
Johnson will headline the event.  Tickets for the Outside Lands Music
& Arts Festival are available for purchase at www.SFOutsidelands.com. A portion of
every ticket sold will directly benefit Golden Gate Park.

The updated schedule for each day is as follows:

FRIDAY AUGUST 22ND (FIRST BAND IS ON AT 5PM)


Radiohead
Beck
Manu Chao
The Black Keys
Cold War
Kids
Steel Pulse
Black Mountain
The Felice Brothers
Howlin Rain
The Dynamites
Carney

SATURDAY AUGUST 23RD (FIRST BAND IS ON
AT 1PM)


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Primus
Steve Winwood
Lupe Fiasco
Café Tacvba
Regina Spektor
Galactic’s Crescent City Soul Krewe feat. Dirty Dozen Horns
M. Ward
Devendra Banhart
Matt Nathanson
Two Gallants
Dredg
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet feat. Bela Fleck
The Walkmen
Sidestepper
Kaki King
The Coup
Donavon Frankenreiter
Nellie McKay
Goapele
Sean Hayes
Rupa & The April Fishes
Everest

SUNDAY AUGUST 24TH (FIRST BAND IS ON AT 1PM)


Jack Johnson
Wilco
Widespread Panic
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Broken Social Scene
Andrew Bird
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Drive-By Truckers
Toots & the Maytals
Stars
Rogue Wave
ALO
Jackie Greene
Mike Gordan
The Cool Kids
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Little Brother
Bon Iver
The Mother Hips
Nicole Atkins & The Sea
K’naan
Back Door Slam

Chemical Brothers Brew Up Best-Of

Not just your mama’s block rockin’
beats…

By Blurt Staff

 

The Chemical Brothers decide to take
a break, rest on their laurels, and follow up their Grammy-winning We Are The Night
with Brotherhood a 2-CD greatest hits
set, due Sept. 2 on Astralwerks. Disc
One compiles key singles and adds new track “Keep My Composure”
featuring Spank Rock.

 

Disc Two will be Electronic Battle Weapons 1-10. We are
advised that since 1996 Electronic Battle
Weapons
“have acted as the laboratories for The Chems devious musical
experiments and laid the rhythmic and melodic foundations for numerous tracks
as well as providing some of the duos most formidable mixes. Until now Electronic Battle Weapons 1-9 have only been
available on various limited formats and this is the first time they have been
widely available.” Digital single “Midnight
Madness” (also on Disc Two) wi
ll be part of the project as well:derived
and developed from Electronic Battle Weapon 10 ,
“Midnight Madness” is “infectious, euphoric, report to the
dancefloor.”

 

 

Track Listing:

 

DISC 1
01. Galvanize
02. Hey Boy Hey Girl
03.  Block Rockin’ Beats
04.  Do It Again
05. Believe
06. Star Guitar
07. Let Forever Be (Featuring Noel Gallagher)
08. Leave Home
09. Keep My Composure (Featuring Spank Rock)
10. Saturate
11. Out Of Control
12. The Golden Path � (Featuring The
Flaming Lips)��
13. Setting Sun � (Featuring Noel
Gallagher)
14. Chemical Beats

DISC 2
1-10 Electronic Battle
Weapons

 

 

Having Fun w/the Bong Guitar

 

 

By Fred Mills

 

We can’t help ourselves… we just like watching BLURT contributor Mike Edison jammin’ on the six string while huffin’ a lungful of skunk weed. Best bit of product placement (for his I Have Fun Everywhere I Go book, currently excerpted in the June digital mag of BLURT) we’ve seen all year.

 

And we’re also digging a vintage MP3 of his band the Edison Rocket Train, featuring special guest Jon Spencer. Enjoy!

 

      Check out “Freezerburn”

Bye, Billy

 

Cory McAbee pulls the
plug on The Billy Nayer Show.

By A.D. Amorosi

 

Director, singer guitarist and composer Cory McAbee – the
main man behind the crustily theatrical T Rex-meets-Kurt Weill The Billy Nayer
Show – wrote a note today; a sad one.

 

“The Billy Nayer Show is dead.”

 

Weirdly romantic. Silly. Glam-ish. With each album, the San
Franciscan born ensemble unearthed new ground – the skronk of The Villain That Love Built, psychedelic
Goodbye Straplight Sarentino, I Will Miss
You
; the stark Rabbit. But now,
he ended Nayer and named his new band after his Eraserhead-esque feature film,
American Astronaut. And they/it have/has a new EP to prove as much – Goodbye California.

 

 

Go to the American Astronaut site and purchase the new EP.
It’s also on iTunes.

 


 

Mercury Rev to Rev Up in Sept.

Not a reinvention, but
a “reboot”…

By Fred Mills

 

It’s been a good while since we had a new Mercury Rev album,
but come Sept. 30 we’ll not only have one — titled Snowflake Midnight (Yep Roc) — but two Rev platters: a free
download of an all-instrumental bonus album, Strange Attractor, which fans will be able to snag that same day
either at the official M.R. site (www.mercuryrev.com)
or at the Yep Roc page (www.yeproc.com).
The records have been in the works since late last year and are produced, as
usual, by the band (Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper, and Jeff Mercel) with Dave
Fridmann.

 

Yep Roc is referring to this as “a significant conceptual
shift for the band… In a sense, ercury Rev had to “unlearn” twenty
years of experience to make ‘Snowflake.’
‘We wanted to let go of familiar and comfortable ideas of sound and ways of
working,’ says Mercel. Traditional instruments gave way to vintage and cutting
edge electronics. Songs weren’t written so much as they evolved. Order was
abandoned, and happenstance was embraced, resulting in one of the most fertile
creative outpourings in the band’s history. Every song included on ‘Snowflake‘ was edited, manipulated and
distilled from hours of recorded material.”

 

Tour dates for the fall are t.b.a.; Mercury Rev plays the
All Tomorrow’s Parties fest Sept. 21 in Catskills,
NY.

 

Hey, here’s a cool early Rev video. It’s “Chasing A Bee,”
from Yerself Is Steam:

 

Suicide Tribute EPs + Live Box Announced

Alan Vega: the man who
put the “thug” in the term “thug-punk”…

By Fred Mills

 

Whattaya get when you line up Bruce Springsteen, Primal
Scream, Peaches, Nick Cave’s Grinderman, Spiritualized, the Horrors, Sunn
0))+Pansonic, Julian Cope, Lydia Lunch, Vincent Gallo, Klaxons and the Liars?
Why, a year-long, monthly series of limited edition 10-inch EPs all paying
tribute to legendary electro-punk godfathers Suicide and helping mark vocalist
Alan Vega’s upcoming birthday. The first EP will be released on July 28 (track
listing below).

 

UK label Blast First (Petite) is behind the series and will
additionally be releasing this month Suicide
1977-1978
a 6-CD box (limited to 300 copies) that features thirteen
complete live Suicide sets from the early New York performances and their
legendary first European tour supporting both The Clash & Elvis Costello. Some
of the shows have been bootlegged in the past but have never before seen
official release with top-notch sound quality. They are culled from the
archives of Howard Thompson, the man who originally signed Suicide to
Bronze/EMI outside of the USA.

 

Meanwhile, each EP will feature an established recording
artist paying tribute to Alan by covering one of his songs, plus a previously
unreleased Suicide/Vega rarity from the archives and a cover version by a young
and upcoming band. Those whippersnappers include Beat The Devil/Shilpa Ray, No
Bra, HTRK, X-Vectors, Nik Void (ex Kaito) , Effi Briest, S.C.U.M, Stephen
Burroughs (ex Head Of David).

 

First Three EPs’
Track Listings:

 

July28:
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – DREAM BABY DREAM 6:55
SUICIDE – MIDNIGHT SPECIAL LIVE 3:51
BEAT THE DEVIL / SHILPA RAY – MR RAY 5:30

COVER IMAGE : EDWARD MAPPLETHORPE
TWO EDITIONS OF 4000 EACH BLACK & CLEAR VINYL

August 25:
THE HORRORS – SHADAZZ 4:18
SUICIDE – RADIATION 5:06
NIK VOID – ROCKET USA 3:58

COVER IMAGE : ALEX ROSE
EDITION OF 3000

Sept. 29:
PEACHES -JONNY 2:01
SUICIDE – JONNY LIVE 1978 3:07
S.C.U.M. – WILD IN BLUE 5:23

COVER IMAGE : CARY KWOK
EDITION OF 2000

 

***



Suicide 1977-1978 Track Listing:

DISC 1 1977 NYC 
[46:52]

1 SUICIDE CBGB Sept 29 1977         
     24:43   
2 SUICIDE CBGB Dec 3 1977 set2     
     22:09    

DISC 2 1978 NYC 
[71:21]

1 SUICIDE The Palladium NYC Jan 7 1978     
21:45  
2 SUICIDE Maxs Jan 13 1978          
          22:55  
3 SUICIDE CBGB Feb 3 1978          
          26:41  

DISC 3 1978
BELGIUM/FRANCE  [70:42]

1 SUICIDE Brussels June 16 1978
              
              
23:44  
2 SUICIDE Paris Olympia+Backstage June 18 1978 
          46:58  

DISC 4 1978 GERMANY  [68:29]
1 SUICIDE Hamburg Audiomax June 28
1978             
     21:26 
2 SUICIDE Berlin Kant Kino/Neue Welt June 30
1978           22:42 
3 SUICIDE Berlin
Kant Kino/Neue Welt June 30 1978 set2 24:21 

DISC 5 1978 UK  [64:17]
1 SUICIDE London MusicMachine July 24 1978
          25:37 
2 SUICIDE Our Price Radio Ad          
              
       1:09 
3 SUICIDE Erics Liverpool July 29 1978
              
     31:12 
4 SUICIDE Erics pt 2 Frankie Teardrop July 29 1978     
6:19 

DISC 6 1978 NYC [AFTER
EUROPE]  [43:35]

1 SUICIDE Maxs August 25 1978 recorded by Eric Mache 43:35


 

Kings Of Leon Announce Album, Summer Tour

Boy George will not be the
opening act on the tour, however….

By Fred Mills

 

Kings of Leon drop their fourth album, Only By The Night,
on September 23, 2008. Only By The Night was recorded at Blackbird
Studios in Nashville, TN, and was produced by Angelo Petraglia,
Jacquire King and Kings of Leon.

According to the band’s handlers Only By The Night is a “bold and
expansive sonic statement that looks set to solidify Kings of Leon’s position
as one of the most important international acts of 2008 and beyond. It follows
rapidly in the footsteps of the band’s previous albums, Youth And Young
Manhood
, Aha Shake Heartbreak and Because Of The Times, all
of which have quickly established them as one of the most prolific and
acclaimed acts around.”

 

Well, ya got that right. Full details on the
album t.b.a. The band has also lined up some pretty big-ass shows this summer,
most of them high profile Euro festival dates. The tour begins on 27 June at
the world famous Glastonbury festival, where
they headline the main Pyramid stage, before continuing with further headline
appearances at Oxegen, T In The Park and V Festival and throughout Europe. On August 9, the band will play the All Points
West Festival in Liberty State Park, in Jersey
City, NJ.

Kings Of Leon Tour Dates:

27 June: Glastonbury Festival, Somerset UK
29 June: Open Air St Gallen Festival, Switzerland
4 July: Roskilde Festival, Denmark
5 July: Werchter Festival, Belgium
8 July: Le Zenith, Paris France
11 July: Oxegen Festival, Ireland
13 July: T In The Park Festival, Scotland
18 July: Summercase Festival, Madrid Spain
19 July: Summercase Festival, Barcelona Spain
9 August: All Points West Festival, Liberty State Park, Jersey City
16 August: V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire UK
17 August: V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford UK

Juliana Hatfield To Publish Memoir

 

 

And we’re
hoping to read about smoking all that dope with Evan Dando!

By Blurt Staff     

 

Juliana Hatfield has unveiled details of her
upcoming memoir, entitled When I Grow Up, slated to be published by John
Wiley & Sons on September 29th.  The book follows the renowned
singer/songwriter’s much-anticipated new album, How to Walk Away, due
from Hatfield’s own Ye Olde Records on August 19th.

 

At turns wryly funny and heartbreakingly
sincere, When I Grow Up offers Hatfield’s inimitable perspective on her
remarkable 20-year career.  Penned during her recent year-long sabbatical
from music, the book chronicles her extraordinary journey, from her teenage
beginnings in the pioneering indie-rock combo, Blake Babies, and iconic rise to
alternative solo stardom, to the past decade’s stunning streak of increasingly
mature, critically acclaimed albums.

 

When I Grow Up takes readers backstage and behind the
scenes of a life lived in rock ‘n’ roll, detailing the origin of her songs, her
battles with clinical depression, and her quest to find purpose after all of
her dreams had seemingly come true. Throughout the book, Hatfield recounts her
skyscraping highs and deep, dark lows in the same engaging voice her fans have
loved for years – spirited, witty, and always candid.

 

Penning When I Grow Up led to a burst of
creative energy that also spawned Hatfield’s 10th solo album, How To Walk
Away
.  Produced by Andy Chase (of revered alt-rock/pop band Ivy), the
album is among her best to date, featuring songs that are both layered and
unhurried, bittersweet yet life-affirming.  Hatfield is joined on the
album by a number of friends made along the way, including Richard Butler
(Psychedelic Furs), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne),
and Tracy Bonham.

 

“Shining On,” a key track on How To
Walk Away
, is currently streaming at Hatfield’s MySpace page, located at
www.myspace.com/julianahatfield.   In addition, her blog sees her
writing about songs selected by fans from her sizable repertoire. 
“Read it at your own risk,” Hatfield warns.  “Illusions may
be shattered.”

 

Hatfield recently contributed “Back To
Freedom,” an exclusive track recorded during the How To Walk Away sessions, to the Green Owl Compilation: A Benefit For the Energy Action
Coalition.
You can read about that
CD on the BLURT site HERE.

 

And check out our
exclusive Hatfield interview in the current June digital magazine issue of
BLURT!

 

[Photo Credit:
Jonathan Stark
]

George Carlin R.I.P.: 5/12/37 – 6/22/08

 

Carlin’s Corner: Man
who gave us 7 words you can’t say on TV goes to the great stand-up improv in
the sky.

By Fred Mills

 

 

George Carlin is dead at 71, from heart failure. He passed
away yesterday in Los Angeles after being admitted
to St. John’s Health Center complaining of chest pains; the comedian had a
history of heart trouble.

 

What can we say? He was a legend and a pioneer. In 1972 he
was arrested for “disturbing the peace” following a comedy sketch in Milwaukee
in which he uttered his famous list of “seven words you can never say on
television,” and after a radio station aired the routine it triggered an
obscenity case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that the
sketch was “indecent but not obscene,” thereby making Carlin part of legal
history.

 

 

 More recently, Carlin contributed to BLURT predecessor Harp magazine’s comedy issue. In our
September 2007 issue, in a Carlin-penned article titled “How Radio Changed My
Life”
he reminisced about growing up in the ‘50s and creating mock-radio
programs with a tape recorder, later graduating to being a Top 40 deejay
himself. Wrote Carlin:

 

“Top 40 was only a couple of years old; not many
markets had Top 40 stations. We’re talking about stations that just played a
single playlist, over and over. This was proving to be a big thing in the ’50s,
and we were in on the ground floor. Rock ’n’ roll was just getting started. The
year that I went there, Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was the hit. It was
just the beginning of the white people taking over the black people’s music.

 

“See, I grew up in Harlem.
I grew up with real rhythm-and-blues, not that stuff by the McGuire Sisters and
the Crew-Cuts and all of these fake, white groups that covered the black hits.
I hated when the whites took over the music. I didn’t really enjoy this rock
’n’ roll as much as some of the kids I was playing it for. I just had that
little cultural divide, where I was more of a black-music person and I was
playing this hybrid of black music and country that came to be called rock ’n’
roll.

 

“Now, again, not passing judgment on rock ’n’ roll,
‘cause [it] came to be a philosophy beyond just a certain way of having the
beats in a measure of music arranged. So I am definitely a rock ’n’ roll person
when it comes to that. I understood why the kids liked it, I loved playing it
’cause it was energetic and exciting, but I wasn’t a fan. I would go back and
pick out other things.

 

“We had a playlist, but it was not rigid. You
didn’t get punished if you played something you liked; you could do what you
wanted. We were allowed to develop a little bit of patter and an on-the-air
personality. I called it ‘Carlin’s Corner’ for a while.”

 

 

Thank ya, sir. Your contribution to Harp was greatly appreciated.

 

And all you parents out there: like it or not, Carlin wielded an influence of sorts upon your little carpet sharks circa 1991-97: that’s when he served as the voice of the narrator on the Thomas The Tank Engine kid’s show Thomas & Friends. Bet ya didn’t hear any of those seven words then!

 

Okay, in tribute to GC, let’s revisit those words. (The
usage examples that follow each word come from Wikipedia.) You might not be
able to say ‘em on TV, but we can sure as fuck post ‘em to this website.

 

  1. Shit – The bird shit on the statue.
  2. Piss – I have to piss like a race horse.
  3. Fuck – Fuck you.
  4. Cunt – She has a gorgeous cunt.
  5. Cocksucker – Go to hell, you cocksucker.
  6. Motherfucker – You are a motherfucker.
  7. Tits – Hey, nice tits.

 

Later, Carlin referred to three additional “auxiliary” words:

 

  1. Fart – I farted.
  2. Turd – Who dropped a turd in the urinal?
  3. Twat – Shave that hairy twat.

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Monday Music

 

 

Compiled
by Blurt Staff

 

57
channels and nothin’ on? Not likely. Here’s BLURT’s top music television picks
of the day. The time is followed by the network/cable/satellite channel, then
the name of the program and/or featured artist(s). All times are EST.

 

For
a comprehensive hour-by-hour listing, go to the VH1
Rock On TV
site. Note that for certain channels, shows frequently
repeat during the day or on subsequent days. 

 

TIME
(EST) / CHANNEL / PROGRAM/ ARTIST(S)

 

10:05 AM FLIX: Village People – Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

 

12:00 PM MHD: O.A.R. – Live From Madison Square
Garden

 

12:00 PM MTV2: FNMTV Premieres: Lil Wayne , Duffy , Vampire
Weekend , Boys Like Girls , Lil Mama , Shawty Lo

 

2:40 PM Encore Westerns: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
(1973)

 

6:55 PM IFC: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

 

7:00 PM RAVE HD: From The Basement: The White Stripes , The
Shins , The Divine Comedy

 

7:00 PM VH1C: Genesis – When in Rome

 

9:00 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Dylan Graves, The Black
Angels

 

9:00 PM RAVE HD: Montreux Jazz Festival 2003: Radiohead ,
The Pretenders , Bonnie Raitt , Van Morrison

 

11:00 PM VH1C: Janis (1974) w/Janis Joplin , Big Brother & the Holding
Company

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Sleepercar

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: N.E.R.D.

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien:Drive-By Truckers

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Amos
Lee

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Grizzly Bear

 

2:30 AM Comedy Central: Chappelle’s Show: Cee-Lo