It’s called Silver/Lead and it arrives March 31: that would be the mighty Wire’s followup to 2016’s acclaimed Nocturnal Koreans. Below listen to the melodically buzzsawing “Short Elevated Period” from the album. And incidentally, March 31 was not a date the band chose randomly; it will be the 40th anniversary of their first UK gig.
April 21 will bring an eagerly-anticipated new Ray Davies project, Americana, featuring the Kinks mainman backed up by Americana godfathers the Jayhawks, fittingly enough. It’s the long-awaited followup to 2008’s Working Man’s Cafe. Listen to first single “Poetry” at NPR, below.
Sun Ra, Tom Glazer/Dottie Evans, Attilio Mineo all get special releases.
By Blurt Staff
Friday the 13th has arrived, so the estimable Modern Harmonic label is in full celebration mode, natch. What, you don’t celebrate lucky Friday? We here at BLURT do a special “vinyl dance” each time Friday the 13th rolls around. At any rate, call Modern Harmonic’s event the first official “Winter In Space” bash, with a handful of space themed records.
Initially, there was the special Sun Ra release for Record Store Day’s “Black Friday” event in November, At Inter-Media Arts April 1991, and response was massive, particularly for the special triple vinyl version of the 2CD set. That was followed by the first-ever collection of the Ra Arkestra’s vocal tracks, The Space Age is Here to Stay, a single-CD or single-LP limited edition. Now comes The Sun Ra 7” Singles Series, a trifecta of wax featuring classic Ra recordings on the A-side and unissued material on the B-side.
But wait, there’s more. Dig the first ever vinyl LP reissue of Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans’ Space Songs, a record created for children in the 60’s but coveted by adults today, and Attilio Mineo’s Man In Space With Sound, a platter of beautifully textured space sounds with period-perfect narration (created for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair), which will be reissued on a custom colored vinyl LP and deluxe CD with a coloring book style insert. Check out the “Winter In Space” collection trailer below, followed by release info on the aforementioned titles.
Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans – Space Songs – LP The first ever vinyl reissue of an extraordinarily unique space age educational LP on red vinyl. Includes the oft covered “A Shooting Star Is Not A Star” and “Why Does The Sun Shine?”, popularized in recent years by They Might Be Giants. The album features Leo Leonni cover art and pressed from the original atomic-era 1959 master tapes. The music was written by Hy Zaret and sung by famed folk singers Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans. Zaret (co-author of “Unchained Melody”) turned his attention to educational children’s music in the late 1950s, collaborating with Lou Singer on a six-album series called “Ballads for the Age of Science.” Space Songs stands alone as the most essential volume in a series that also featured songs about energy and motion, experiments, weather, and nature.
Attilio Mineo – Man In Space With Sounds – LP / CD Taxi to tomorrow with this saucer of space-age sounds! Created for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle (famed for the unveiling of the iconic Space Needle), this album bundles beautifully textured interstellar sounds with period-perfect narration. In anticipation of the World’s Fair, Attilio mined these pieces from his archive and paired them with out-of-this-world narration to guide the journey. Featuring an inebriated burlesque of circus organs, tipsily galloping bongo beats and electronic hydrazine expectorations, the unearthly musical tracks were released in 1959, but its roots go as far back as 1951 when Mineo carved out many of the uncanny melodies. The narration is a milky way of recognizable sound bites that have been widely sampled over the years. Available on a choice of cosmic swirly green and yellow vinyl and packaged in a stunning gatefold jacket or a CD with a coloring book style insert; this is the kind of future the Seattle State World’s Fair promised!
Sun Ra & his Interplanetary Vocal Arkestra – The Space Age Is Here To Stay Double Album The Space Age Is Here To Stay contains over 75 minutes of vocal performances – audible perfection. This is the very first collection of Sun Ra’ s vocal tracks — two albums’ worth of mind-blowing tunes from the mind of the Man from Saturn. Featuring album art interpreted from the work of “the father of modern space art,” Chesley Bonestell, including extensive liner notes from Charles Blass of Sun Radio. It is available on CD or a double LP: cue this one up and get ready to visit other worlds in Sun Ra’ s jazz rocket ship!
The Modern Harmonic Sun Ra 7” Singles Series
Modern Harmonic has created a set of three 7” Sun Ra singles for the “Winter In Space” event, featuring six collectable interplanetary releases featuring art from the cream of the crop of science fiction illustrators. The singles will all be issued on colored vinyl, packaged in custom made space-age style envelope sleeves with liner notes by Charles Blass of Sun Radio and cover artwork by icons of the Sci-Fi world including Dune artist John Schoenherr and “the father of modern space art” Chesley Bonestell, each adapted for Modern Harmonic by John Sellards. The 7”singles will feature a celebrated Sun Ra recording on the A-side with an unissued track on the B-side.
Is a full length in the offing? As the artist himself notes, “I thought it might be easier to only give people a couple things to chew on, just to get my name around again. Hence, a 45.” Um, we keep your name around, so don’t worry about that, brutha!
By Fred Mills
What would you say to a new record from Peter Holsapple? Maybe you’d think, “Awesome! I love the dB’s!” Or possibly even, “Awesome! I love the Continental Drifters!” Or maybe you’re kinda like yours truly, and the rest of the North Carolina-based braintrust of BLURT, and you simply say, “Hell yeah, support the home team!”
Our fellow Tarheel and Durham resident (not to mention Winston-Salem ex-pat) Holsapple is self-releasing a new vinyl 45 record, “Don’t Mention the War” b/w “Cinderella Style”on his ownHawthorne Curve Records. The single drops Feb. 4, and while we presume you will be of a vinyl inclinations, the songs will also be available for purchase as digital downloads at the usual online kiosks.
The details, courtesy the Holsapple camp:
“Don’t Mention the War” is a poignant look at one man’s post-traumatic stress syndrome and how it affects his adoring nephew. With low, somber brass (Mark Daumann on tuba) and echoes of battles past, this is another engaging Holsapple story-song, steeped in dark emotions and vivid character assessment.
“Cinderella Style” doesn’t sound like a typical Peter Holsapple song, but then again, is there such a thing? This delicate tune visits a darkened sewing room for a look around and a quick reminisce. Rising star Skylar Gudasz lends her flute to the recording, and the whole thing is light, clean and just a little foreboding.
Joining Holsapple are James Wallace (Max Indian, Phil Cook) and Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony). They had convened in Simonsen’s studio last year to record “hi-fi versions” of tracks the songwriter had previously put out on the Radio Free Song Club podcast. “James and Mark were willing to take the plunge and make this record with me,” says Holsapple. “They brought years of recording and arranging experience to the project, and we’re all well pleased with how the songs turned out.”
Boy howdy to that, sir. We’ll be making space on our record shelf beside the P.H. “Big Black Truck” 45 and “dB’s In A Can” album come Feb. 4. Meanwhile, let’s review:
You won’t be just making time with this particular visit to the wayback machine….
Archival specialists Numero Group continues its creative roll (raise your hand if you grabbed any of the label’s recent offerings, among them the definitive Scientists box set, A Place Called Bad; and the delightful various artists soul/funk compilations The 123s of Kid Soul). Aiming to make the new year a psych-rock year supreme, Numero has compiled for the first time ever the complete studio recordings of the English ’60s legends the Creation. The 2-CD set titled Action Painting will be released March 17. Let’s just cut to the chase and view the official album trailer:
Here’s the lowdown:
All 42 tracks the group recorded between 1965-1968 have been remastered from the original tapes by Shel Talmy, and given fresh stereo mixes where previously unavailable. New essays by music historians Dean Rudland and Alec Palao tell the Creation story while scores of previously unpublished photographs adorn the accompanying 80-page hardbound book. Numero Group has rounded out the package with four tracks by pre-Creation freakbeat quartet the Mark Four, making Action Painting the definitive collection of this legendary U.K. band.
The Creation were a dynamic quartet with an equally engaging image. They would burn brightly for just two years, yet would leave an indelible mark upon music history. With producer du jour Shel Talmy at the helm (The Who, Kinks, Easybeats, Cat Stevens, et al.) the Creation went on an incredible two-year tear of singles, including “Making Time,” “How Does It Feel to Feel,” “Tom Tom,” and “If I Stay Too Long.” By 1968 the paint was dry and the band split. Eddie Phillips’ trademark guitar bowing would be nicked by Jimmy Page and Boney M would cheese up “Painter Man,” the band’s highest-charting single.
Over the nearly five decades since, the Creation has seen a tremendous resurgence in interest. First it was the Jam flossing “Making Time” on the inner sleeve of All Mod Cons. A few years later Alan McGee formed the band Biff Bang Pow and his Creation record label. By the turn of the century a new generation had discovered the band via a strategic placement in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore.
According to legendary producer Talmy, “My biggest regret is that they didn’t achieve the standing they should have. I truly believe they could have been as big as the Who.”
With Action Painting, overdue recognition might be just around the bend.
Collector-geek alert! Separate from the 2-CD/2-LP collection, Numero will release a limited edition, break away spindle 45 featuring the Creation’s “Making Time” backed with a previously unissued instrumental version.
1 Making Time
2 Try and Stop Me
4 Biff Bang Pow
5 Sylvette (edit)
6 If I Stay Too Long
8 Life Is Just Beginning
9 Through My Eyes
10 How Does It Feel to Feel
11 Tom Tom
12 Can I Join Your Band
13 Midway Down
14 The Girls Are Naked
15 Bonie Maronie
17 For All That I Am
18 Uncle Bert
19 Cool Jerk
20 I Am the Walker
21 Ostrich Man
22 Sweet Helen
23 How Does It Feel to Feel (US version)
1 THE MARK FOUR – Hurt Me If You Will
2 THE MARK FOUR – I’m Leaving
3 THE MARK FOUR – Work All Day (Sleep All Night)
4 THE MARK FOUR – Going Down Fast
5 How Does It Feel to Feel (US version) New stereo mix
6 Biff Bang Pow New stereo mix
7 For All That I Am New stereo mix
8 Can I Join Your Band New stereo mix
9 Through My Eyes New stereo mix
10 Tom Tom New stereo mix
11 Midway Down New stereo mix
12 Nightmares New stereo mix
13 Life Is Just Beginning New stereo mix
14 Painter Man New stereo mix
15 If I Stay Too Long New stereo mix
16 How Does It Feel To Feel (UK version) New stereo mix
17 Cool Jerk New stereo mix
18 Hey Joe New stereo mix
19 Like a Rolling Stone New stereo mix
20 Making Time (backing track) take 1 Previously unissued
21 Sylvette (full length)
22 Instrumental 1
23 How Does It Feel to Feel (version 1) (backing track – Previously unissued
Sleater Kinney – Roundhouse, London 23/03/15 | Photo by Jason Williamson
Record drops end of this month on vinyl, CD, and digital.
By Barbi Martinez
Touring Europe last Spring in support of their No Cities To Love album, Sleater-Kinney reportedly put on a riotous-grrrl performance in Paris at the Cigale venue (March 20). Now, due on Jan. 27 from Sub Pop, is Live In Paris, which will feature a bakers-dozen tracks covering that album and others from the trio’s back catalog. Below, check out “Surface Envy” and following that you can also view the way-inspiring, recently-gone-viral live clip of the band, joined by Spoon’s Britt Daniel and members of the Thermals, doing Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve.
Indie label Polyvinyl is prepping Singles Series Vol. 3, the followup to (duh) Singles Series Vol. 2 from a couple of years ago. Sign up and you’ll get a colored vinyl 7″ single each month over the course of the year, feature artwork from artist Jay Ryan. There’s flagship artist Beach Slang (no stranger to colored vinyl, they; also pictured above) Modern Baseball, Twin Peaks, Joyce Manor, Jay Som, Diet Cig, Mothers, Owen, Ra Ra Riot, Sonny & the Sunsets, and Tim Kasher (Cursive, the Good Life). Act fast: only 750 copies of each single will be made. available.
Also view some video footage from this year’s visit to China.
By Blurt Staff
With fourth LP Occult Architecture Vol. 1 (Sacred Bones) due soon from the Moon Duo, the group has shared a second track from the album, “Creepin'” comes on the heels of “Cold Fear.” You can hear both of them below.
The xx have sent their fans letters in the post inviting them to previously unannounced shows. The band revealed a series of tour dates recently none of which included any UK dates. But fans have been posting on social media that they have received letters in the post from the band, informing them that they have been given free tickets to previously unannounced concerts.
By Barbi Martinez
It’s been a long time since the last album from the xx, Coexist – four years, to be precise. The drought ends on Jan. 13 with the arrival of I See You (Yount Turks). There will be a regular version and a deluxe box with bonus material. As Pitchfork points out, the band has been doling out short musical snippets leading up to today’s announcement.
Below, listen to the song “On Hold”.
11-28 Zagreb, Croatia – Bocarski Dom
11-29 Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
11-30 Poznan, Poland – Hala Nr 2 MTP
12-01 Warsaw, Poland – Nowy Teatr
12-03 Vilnius, Lithuania – Compensa Arena
12-06 Tokyo, Japan – Toyosu PIT
03-23 Bogota, Colombia – Festival Estereo Picnic
03-24 Bogota, Colombia – Festival Estereo Picnic
03-25 Bogota, Colombia – Festival Estereo Picnic
03-25 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Lollapalooza
03-26 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Lollapalooza
03-31 San Isidro, Argentina – Lollapalooza
04-01 San Isidro, Argentina – Lollapalooza
04-01 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza
04-02 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza
Acclaimed TV techno-thriller Black Mirror is just kicking off its third season, and as you may have heard, Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Ben Salisbury have done the music for the episode titled “Men Against Fire.” You can hear excerpts from it, below. The full soundtrack for the season is out on Invada/Lakeshore. Invada, incidentally, has previously released music from Barrow’s side project BEAK>.) The British series was created by Charlie Brooker.
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