Category Archives: Album Announcement

Incoming: Moon Duo 12″ Covering Suicide, Stooges

By Blurt Staff

The Sacred Bones label’s dynamic duo – that would be Moon Duo – is set to drop a new 12″ single on which they cover Suicide’s “Jukebox Babe” and the Stooges’ “No Fun.” Vinyl hounds will have plenty of reason to cheer: it will be available on both white vinyl (with a bonus poster included) and standard black vinyl, for a total of 2000 copies.

According to the band,

“We started playing ‘No Fun’ after BBC6 Radio asked us to record an Iggy song for his 70th birthday. We added it to our set to work it out for the session and kept playing it every night because everyone loves that song. We worked up a version of ‘Jukebox Babe’ because our sound engineer Larry got it stuck in his head and was singing it all the time. We figured, we may as well play it if we’re going to hear it all the time.

“The Stooges and Iggy, and Suicide/Alan Vega/Martin Rev, are all huge influences on us. But we never want to do faithful covers of great songs, because what’s the point. So we tried to push both of the tracks in less obvious directions, incorporating other influences, like California psych and cosmic disco, giving them more of a summer vibe. We knew Sonic Boom was working outside of Lisbon, so we asked him to produce the tracks, recording them in August for maximal summer heat.”

Based on the Suicide track alone, which is streaming at the Sacred Bones site, it’s a killer platter. Moon Duo are pros at limited edition releases, incidentally; last year’s two-part Occult Architecture EP was available as two colored vinyl pieces, and most of their other records have had some collectible element such as numbered, colored vinyl, bonus 7″, etc.

Moon Duo kick off a UK tour at the end of January.

Spacemen 3’s Dreamweapon Gets Fresh 2LP Reissue

Drone on! (blurted in Human Torch voice…)

By Blurt Staff

This just in from the estimable Superior Viaduct label – pretty much speaks for itself:

August 1988, Spacemen 3 embark on one of the strangest events in the band’s already strange history. Billed as “An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music” (although consciously omitting the sitar), the group would play in the foyer of Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford, Middlesex to a largely unsuspecting and unsympathetic audience waiting to take their seats for Wim Wenders’ film Wings of Desire.

Spacemen 3’s proceeding set, forty-five minutes of repetitive drone-like guitar riffs, could be seen as the “Sweet Sister Ray” of ’80s Britain. Their signature sound is at once recognizable and disorienting – pointing as much to the hypnotic minimalism of La Monte Young as to a future shoegaze constituency.

On the Feb. 23 double LP reissue from Superior Viaduct, Dreamweapon is augmented by studio sessions and rehearsal tapes from 1987 that would lead up to the recording of Spacemen 3’s classic Playing With Fire album. “Spacemen Jam,” featuring Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce on dual guitar, is a side-long mediation on delicate textures and psychedelic effects.

Recall that Dreamweapon originally appeared in 1990 as a 12″ EP with two long tracks or as a CD with a single 45-minute number, “An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music.” It was recorded live in ’88 in London. Over the years it has been reissued a number of times, including on the Sympathy label in the US with different artwork, and on the band’s on Space Age label for CD and LP. This new one apparently brings things up to date with all the material that has been released previously, although no bonus music is added.

Toubab Krewe Returns w/New Album, PledgeMusic Campaign

 

By Fred Mills

North Carolina Afro-beat/world music/surf rockers Toubab Krewe, who burned brightly on the Asheville indie scene for a number of years then went on hiatus before resuming operations last year, has set a March 2 release date for their third studio album, Stylo. The quintet has also started a PledgeMusic campaign for the record and is offering a number of limited edition goodies and pledge packages. According to the band:

In celebration of our first album release in 7 years, we are offering some exclusive and limited edition Toubab Krewe items and experiences that you won’t be able to get anywhere else, while also helping out our friends at Seed Programs International. A portion of all proceeds will support SPI, a non-profit organization focusing on alleviating global hunger and poverty by gathering, packaging, and sending vegetable seed packets to impoverished communities worldwide.

You can check out the items available at the band’s PledgeMusic page, everything from digital and vinyl editions of the new album to a special “seed garden” collectors’ box to signed posters to private guitar lessons to house parties. You can also check out the pitch video Toubab Krewe put together for the campaign.

The group will be touring extensively in support of the new album starting in the spring. Read the 2010 BLURT feature and interview “Is There A Kora In the House?” here, and there is also an extended review of the group’s Live at the Orange Peel album here.

Listen to FIFTH King Gizzard Album of 2017

By Uncle Blurt

Seems like it was just last week I was purchasing the fourth album of 2017 by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. But that was SO last week… today the Aussie psych monsters dropped the followup to Polygondwanaland.

it’s titled Gumboot Soup, and you can hear it streaming at Bandcamp. Check it out, below; the eleven songs will play successively The vinyl edition – no doubt available in multiple colored wax limited edition iterations, and you can view two of them at their site as well as preorder them –  will arrive in April via the band’s Flightless label. No word yet if it will also be released on the group’s American label, ATO.

 

Incoming: Big Star Live-in-1973 Album

Watch the album trailer and listen to a track, below.

By Fred Mills

Slated for release by Omnivore on Jan. 12: Live at Lafayette’s Music Room, by Big Star, a performance in Memphis in the spring of ’73 a few months prior to the notorious Memphis Rock Writers Convention in May of that year. The concert originally appeared as Disc 4 of Rhino’s acclaimed 2009 Big Star box set Keep An Eye on the Sky but this marks the first time it will be available in all formats: CD, digital, and 2LP vinyl. It will also boast new packaging and has been remastered. Included will be a download of a ’72 interview with the late Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel originally conducted by Memphis DJ Jon Scott.

Tracklisting:

  1. When My Baby’s Beside Me
    2. My Life Is Right
    3. She’s A Mover
    4. Way Out West
    5. The Ballad Of El Goodo
    6. In The Street
    7. Back Of A Car
    8. Thirteen
    9. The India Song
    10. Try Again
    11. Watch The Sunrise
    12. Don’t Lie To Me
    13. Hot Burrito #2
    14. I Got Kinda Lost
    15. Baby Strange
    16. Slut
    17. There Was A Light
    18. St 100/6
    19. Come On Now
    20. O My Soul

Track Premiere: Mark “Porkchop” Holder – “Coffin Lid”

Tune taken from upcoming studio album, due next week.

By Blurt Staff

Mark “Porkchop” Holder has been a favorite around the Blurt Magazine break room since his time in the blues punk band Black Diamond Heavies. So when we had the opportunity to introduce you guys to his latest, “Coffin Lid” via a Blurt premiere, we clocked back in powered up the computer.

“‘Coffin Lid’ comes from a long bar-room conversation with a merchant marine whose stories got wilder the longer we drank. It falls somewhere between street corner boasting and the literary device of the unreliable narrator.” Holder reveals to Blurt.

All that backed with a sludgy Blues riffs that sticks with you for hours.The track is off the Chattanooga-based musician’s sophomore studio album, Death and the Blues, out November 3rd via Alive Natural Sound Records It follows his acclaimed solo debut, Let It Ride, from earlier this year.

It’ll be available on limited vinyl, as well as CD, digital and streaming formats. Go HERE to order the starburst vinyl.

MARK “PORKCHOP” HOLDER TOUR DATES:

October 27 at Big Apple Cafe – Murray, KY

October 28 at Barking Legs Theater – Chattanooga, TN

November 2 at BT’s – Radford, VA

November 3 at Acoustic Coffee House – Johnson City, TN

November 4 at O’mainnin’s Pub (w/Moose Roberts and Monkey Paw) – Bristol, TN

November 10 at JJ’s Bohemia (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!!)  – Chattanooga, TN

November 17 at Rooster’s Blues House – Oxford, MS

November 18 at Sidetracks (w/ Southern Culture on the Skids) – Huntsville, AL

November 20 at JJ’s Bohemia (w/ 20 Watt Tombstone) – Chattanooga, TN

November 25 at Levon’s – Clarksdale, MS

November 26 at The Door  – Dallas, TX

November 28 at Art Obscura – Las Cruces, NM

November 29 at The Loud House – Tucson, AZ

December 1 at The City Pub – San Diego, CA

December 8 at The Wildwood Hotel – Willamina, OR

December 11 at The Treehouse Cafe – Bainbridge Island, WA

December 19 at Leftwoods – Amarillo, TX

December 20 at Firehouse Bar & Grill – Abilene, TX

April 14, 2018 at Off Broadway (War Goat Festival) – St. Louis, MS

 

 

NC’s 6 String Drag w/PledgeMusic Campaign for Reissue & New Album

North Carolina twangers prepping vinyl reissue of classic album while planning out a new studio record as well for a spring ’18 re;ease/ Above photo by Michael Traister.

By Fred Mills

Cutting to the chase: Raleigh, NC, combo 6 String Drag has long been a favorite throughout the BLURT diaspora, dating back to the hard-twanging Americana combo’s ‘90s heyday, which included a Steve Earle-produced gem from 1997, High Hat. Much more recently, the group resumed operations following a lengthy hiatus, resulting in a wave of terrific live notices as well as considerable praise for 2015 comeback album Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Potato Family), which was stuffed to the gills with choice power pop, rockabilly, ‘50s-ish rock, and stately blues.

The group is soldiering on with a twinned campaign to get High Hat re-released for the first time on vinyl (a 20th anniversary, limited edition white wax at that) and to release a brand new studio effort in March. Over at the 6 String Drag PledgeMusic page you can view the specifics along with the various tiers of involvement for pledgers, ranging from springing from digital, CD, and vinyl versions of High Hat, to all manner of rare memorabilia and house concerts fans can avail themselves of.

Do yourself a favor and check out these guys—our friends—and consider jumping in. By way of full disclosure, the High Hat reissue will be appearing under the label name of our sister business, Schoolkids Records (formerly Second Motion). Hopefully that gives you a sense of what a kickass band we think 6 String Drag has always been, and continues to be. It’s clobberin’ time, kids.

Riot In Cell Block NC: 1st Flat Duo Jets Recordings Reissued

 

Dexter, Crow, and even Tone raving things up for your edification.

Finally arriving on the heels this week (Oct. 20), of that outrageously cool Wild Wild Love vinyl box set from NC’s legendary Flat Duo Jets, released by Daniel 13 for Record Store Day 2017,  is the 2CD version for the, er, less obsessive Dex Romweber fan. But no less discriminating—this ‘un  has all 13 original Flat Duo Jets tracks, including “Wild Wild Love,” which they played in a career-making 1990 performance on Late Night With David Letterman; plus all six tracks from the 1984 cassette-only mini-album (In Stereo). CD Two adds a baker’s-dozen outtakes from recording sessions hand picked by the band’s original producer, Mark Bingham.

As an added bonus, the Wild Wild Love CD package also includes a link to download a 78-page digital PDF booklet filled with vintage show flyers and photographs, plus liner-note essays by Mark Bingham, Josh Grier and music critic David Menconi. The booklet was originally a centerpiece of the aforementioned limited edition vinyl box, which of course went out of print pretty much original.

Incoming: Early-era Husker Du Box Set from Numero Group

WWSSTS? (What would SST say?)

By Blurt Staff

In the interest of efficiency and accuracy, we will dispense with any editorial insights here, and instead simply republish the Numero Group label’s product info and description. If you aren’t familiar with Husker Du and the Minneapolis trio’s cultural importance, you clearly landed on the wrong news item at the wrong music website….

Hüsker Dü

SAVAGE YOUNG

•4 LPs or 3CDs
•Tip on jackets or die cut sleeves
•108-page or 144-page hardcover book
•Linen-finished slipcase
•69 songs, 47 previously unissued
•Flyerography
•40 previously unpublished photographs
•12,000 word essay by Erin Osmon
•Sessionography by Paul Hilcoff
•Remastered from the original analog tapes

Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould—three St. Paul teenagers who’d go on to become the most heralded trio of the American punk underground. Follow the Hüskers to their earliest gigs in 1979, through extensive road dog touring, and to the start of their partnership with West Coast tastemaker SST in 1983 via a 108-page hardbound book crammed full of photos, flyers, and a sprawling essay with participation from the band. Spread across four LPs, 47 of the 69 songs compiled here are previously unissued, and includes In A Free Land, Everything Falls Apart , and an alternate Land Speed Record.

We’ve also pressed up a limited edition bonus 7” for mail order customers. Extra Circus gathers five previously unissued songs from the January 1983 Metal Circus sessions and is packaged in a full color sleeve, as designer Grant Hart intended.

Incoming: Happy Abandon Full-length; Listen to “Severed Seams”

Album due on the Schoolkids label in late August.

By Fred Mills

We previously announced that Chapel Hill’s Happy Abandon is among the first acts on the recently-established Schoolkids Records label – formerly Second Motion; home to Tommy Keene, The Veldt, and Bettie Serveert; and sister business to both BLURT and the three Schoolkids Records record stores – and will have their new full-length Facepaint in stores on Aug. 25 on vinyl, CD, and digital. (That’s the cover art, above.) The gentlemen just wrapped up a European tour that by all accounts went swimmingly well, and they’ll jump right back into the pool starting next week in NC and GA, followed by a trek out West in the fall – tour dates can be viewed HERE.

If you caught their single “If I Stare” last year, you already have a sense of the group’s ornate, cinematic pop mastery – listen to it HERE at their Soundcloud page – so now it’s time for a taste of the new record. Below, check out “Severed Seams” and prepare to be stunned. For updates and more info, visit ‘em at their Facebook page.