Category Archives: Audio stream

Listen to Geoff Barrow Remix of Arcade Fire

By Barbi Martinez

Well, that didn’t take too long, Portishead auteur Geoff Barrow has done a remix of Arcade Fire track “Creature Comfort,” off the somewhat-critically-muted-album Everything Now album. The remix gets the curious name “Comfort My Sleng Teng” in some bizarre attempt to channel dancehall patois. Well, it is in fact a dancehall-styled remix, so we’ll give it an 85 and you can dance to it, Dick.

The tune’s a promo single and you can bet it will soon be grabbing bucks on eBay…

Squeeze Preps New Album; Listen to Awesome New Track

Eagerly anticipated album arrives October 13 on the Love Records label.

By Barbi Martinez

It’s called The Knowledge. Those who know of it are Squeeze fans, and they are celebrating the first taste via first single and lead-off track  “Innocence In Paradise,” The surf-rock, plangent-vibed number isas good as you’ll hear all year. The band appears to be on a winning streak based on that tune and the previous reception to the critically acclaimed comeback (after nearly two decades) album Cradle to the Grave.

Listen to the new tune below. Black coffee in bed while you do is optional.

Track Premiere: Stephen Doster “William Melvin Hicks” (Bill Hicks tribute)

Tune culled from eagerly awaited new album, out this week. Photo: Melinda Doster

By Blurt Staff

Singer/songwriter Stephen Doster is among the select few who can call the late comedian Bill Hicks a friend, and with “William Melvin Hicks” he commemorates that friendship. The song’s on Doster’s new album New Black Suit, which drops August 25 on Atticus Records, and we’re proud to be able to unveil it for the BLURT readership today:

“It’s my way of paying respectful tribute to Bill for his integrity and artistic vision, which, not surprisingly, still inspires people today,” explains Doster, of the song. (The album also pays tribute to other friends of his who are no longer with us, among them veteran Austin bassist George Reiff, who played on the album.) Continues Doster, “[Bill] was very passionate about people having integrity in their work and just couldn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t always give everything they had. I remember he said to me, ‘We are fighting an art war!'” (Below: the immortal Hicks)

New Black Suit is the followup to the Austin musician’s 2014’s Arizona, which itself was a bit of a milestone as it was the first album that Doster—a card carrying member of the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame—had released in 18 years. Since then he’s continued to notch acclaim, and New Black Suit is nothing if not eagerly awaited. In addition to Reiff (Joe Walsh, Dixie Chicks) on bass, New Black Suit again features Dony Wynn (Dr. John, Robert Palmer) on drums and percussion, and Kevin Lovejoy (Spoon, John Mayer) on piano, organ, and keyboards accompanying the vocals and guitar work throughout from Doster.

Go HERE to check out the first single from the new album, “Shooting for the Stars.”

 

Track Premiere: Susan Cattaneo “The River Always Wins”

Ace tune from the songsmith’s The Hammer & the Heart album

By Blurt Staff

It’s a double album, and every single track is a winner—that would be The Hammer & the Heart by singer-songwriter Susan Cattaneo, who’s been compared, variously, to Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Carole King, and Emmylou Harris. Please allow Susan into your house and hearts via the song “The River Always Wins”—which, we would be remiss in not telling you, was co-written and –recorded with master musician Mark Erelli:

Susan offers the following about the track: “I wrote this song with Mark, a wonderful musician and artist who is also Lori McKenna’s producer and sideman. We both love storytelling in our songs, and The River Always Wins uses small town America images to explore the concept that no matter what man tries to do, Mother Nature always wins out.  The song was recorded with a kickass band that included Mark on background vocals and guitar and Marco Giovino on drums, Jesse Williams on bass and Jim Henry on electric guitar.”

Aside from that single-song winning combo, the album itself features a whole slew of Americana stalwarts including The Bottle Rockets, Bill Kirchen, and Duke Levine. Susan’s a longtime New England favorite (she’s also a member of the beloved Massachusetts group Boxcar Lillies) who blends folk, rock, and blues with a strong dose of twang, and she’s earned love from American Songwriter, No Depression, and more. Tracing Cattaneo’s journey from her early days in New Jersey to her trial-by-fire in Nashville’s Music Row to her current home in Massachusetts (where she also teaches songwriting at the Berklee College of Music), the songs range from straight-up rockers to tender ballads in a rich melding of genres and eras.

Some say the river always wins, but with this album, we here at BLURT suspect there’s going to be one winner who can’t be beaten. Details on ordering the album here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/susancattaneo

Track Premiere: NRBQ “Head On a Post”

Tune culled from new EP that is slated to arrive in October….

By Blurt Staff

You know what would make us “happy” here at the BLURT compound? A freakin’ new record from NRBQ, that’s what. Apparently the gods of rock ‘n’ roll heard our prayers, having previously answered them last year when we prayed for an NRBQ box set (and we got one, in the form of the massive, 5CD High Noon: A 50-Year History of NRBQ). Ergo, the new Happy Talk!, a five-song EP arriving Oct. 20 via the good folks at Omnivore. Check out the new single “Head On a Post,” penned by founding member Terry Adams:

Notes ‘Q guitarist Scott Ligon, “That thing is crazy…I think Terry made it up on the spot. He pointed when to go up and when to go down.  One take and that was it!”

Meanwhile, Adams himself explains the genesis of the EP, whose title track is from Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific: “I’ve been crazy about the song ‘Happy Talk’ since I was a kid; I bought every version I could find and still do. I’ve always wanted to record it. To get it right, you must realize that it’s in its own place that’s entirely separate from any song ever written.”

Also on the record is a very special interpretation of the Roy Orbison classic “Only the Lonely.” Adams, Ligon, Casey McDonough, and John Perrin had decided to cut the EP in between touring so they popped into Harmonium Studio and did the deed. As the saying goes—mark your calendars, kids.

NRBQ on the web:

https://www.facebook.com/NRBQ-Headquarters-221489064545160/

http://www.nrbq.com/

Antietam Returns With New Album; Listen to Single

Mark your calendars for Sept. 8 for the group’s latest in a legacy that stretches back to the ‘80s.

By Fred Mills

The release of a new Antietam record is always reason to hoist a pint, so get ready to pour a few on September 8 when the NYC-by-way-of-Louisville trio’s 10th album, Intimations of Immortality, arrives via the band’s Motorific Sounds label. In addition to a digital version there’s to be a limited edition CD box set: reproductions of 12 paintings done by bandmember Tara Key. Antietam’s first single is the explosive “Right Between Your Eyes,” which you can check out below.

Guitarist/vocalist Key, along with bassist Tim Harris (aka Key’s better half) and drummer Josh Madell, advise that Intimations of Immortality “is a record about pursuing that creativity with passion and honesty in the face of life’s obstacles… [The] songs push the theory of the unbending power of friendship and perseverance, delivering a set of emotional and life-affirming rock and roll.”

Key describes the single: “It’s about those times when life becomes too damn predictable, and then, lo and behold, you are hanging on for dear life. It’s a song about keeping your head and owning “surprise,” all offered in the manner of the missing 13th song from Bowie’s Pinups.”

Present on the album are plenty of NYC familiar faces: Yo La Tengo’s James McNew (mixing) and Ira Kaplan (piano), along with Sue Garner (The Shams, Run On) on vocals, Katie Gentile (Special Pillow, Mad Scene) on violin; The Scene Is Now’s Cheryl Kingan (saxes) and Steven Levi (cornet).

Listen to New War on Drugs Single “Up All Night”

Brilliant new LP arrives next week.

By Fred Mills

We’ve been listening to the new War On Drugs album, A Deeper Understanding, pretty much nonstop for the past few weeks; it’s everything that the previous LP was, and more, a truly cinematic experience of the highest order. It drops next week, August 25, via Atlantic, although WoD has already been pretty generous with the music leading up to its release, having teased fans with “Pain,” “Holding On,” “Strangest Thing,” and “Thinking of Place.”

Now “Up All Night” is available, so check it out, below. We’ll have a full review of the record next week—the vinyl version, of course.

Track Premiere: Peter Case “On the Way Downtown”

Tune culled from upcoming archival live album, due in October.

By Blurt Staff

The man is Peter Case. The album is On the Way Downtown: Recorded Live On Folkscene, and the label is Omnivore Recordings, which is releasing the archival collection of previously unissued live performances (dating from 1998 and 2000) on October 27. It’s no secret we here at the BLURT braintrust are huge fans of Case, dating all the way back to his Nerves and Plimsouls days, so how about a sneak preview, fellow fans? Check out the title track from the album:

Of the tune, Case notes, “This song was always an ice breaker at the shows — seems like a lot of people relate to the story. I’ve been wandering downtown my whole life, looking for something or someone.”

We are advised that On the Way Downtown collects “material from two live radio performances on the highly influential KPFK-FM Los Angeles syndicated radio program in 1998 and 2000. The first half features material from his then, newly released Full Service, No Waiting — an album New York magazine called “stunning.” The Full Service No Waiting set is a live full band performance featuring some of Peter’s great musical friends. The latter half contains material from 2000’s Flying Saucer Blues, as well as songs from his earlier releases. Plus, some choice covers appear as well. Both intimate acoustic sets have remained unheard since their original broadcasts. The 2000 set features Peter with violinist extraordinaire David Perales.”

Below is the full tracklisting along with Case’s fall tour itinerary. Meanwhile, read the BLURT review of Case’s outstanding 2015 album HWY 62 as well as our appreciation of his 1986 solo debut, still a classic. (Photo credit: Greg Allen)

Track Listing:

  1. Spell of Wheels
  2. On the Way Downtown
  3. Let Me Fall
  4. Green Blanket (Part 1)
  5. Honey Child
  6. Crooked Mile
  7. Still Playin’
  8. See Through Eyes
  9. Until the Next Time
  10. Something Happens
  11. Pay Day
  12. Blue Distance
  13. Walking Home Late
  14. Icewater
  15. Beyond the Blues
  16. Coulda Shoulda Woulda
  17. Paradise Etc.
  18. Leaving Home

 

Tour dates:

Thurs., Sept. 14 SAN DIEGO, CA Grassroots Oasis

Fri., Sept 15 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA Don the Beachcomber

Sat., Sept 16 SANTA BARBARA, CA Lobero Theater

Thurs., Oct 12 HARRISBURG, PA Note Bistro & Wine

Fri., Oct 13 BALTIMORE, MD Club 603

Sat., Oct 14 NEW YORK, NY Rockwood Music Hall

Sun., Oct 15 BOSTON, MA Atwood’s Tavern

Tues., Oct 17 FALL RIVER, MA Narrows Center for the Arts

Thurs., Oct 19 COLUMBUS, OH Natalie’s

Fri., Oct 20 LIVONIA, MI Trinity House Theatre

Sat., Oct 21 CHICAGO, IL FitzGerald’s

Sun., Oct 22 MADISON, WI Kiki’s House of Righteous Music

Tues., Oct 24 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA CSPS Hall

Thurs., Oct 26 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Lee’s Liquor Lounge

Fri., Oct 27 CHAMPAIGN, IL Sandwich Life

Sat., Oct 28 ANN ARBOR, MI Johnny’s Speakeasy

Sun., Oct 29 BUFFALO, NY 9th Ward at Babeville

Thurs., Nov 9 LITTLE ROCK, AR White Water Tavern

Fri., Nov 10 TULSA, OK Woody Guthrie Center

Sat., Nov 11 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Blue Door

Tues., Nov 14 HOUSTON, TX Mucky Duck

Thurs., Nov 16 FORT WORTH, TX Fort Worth Live

Fri., Nov 17 AUSTIN, TX Cactus Cafe

 

 

Track Premiere: Jeremy Pinnell “I Don’t Believe”

Ace tune culled from new album due out next week.

By Blurt Staff

Kentucky singer-songwriter and country-star-in-the-making Jeremy Pinnell is set to drop his new album Ties of Blood and Affection on August 11 via SofaBurn Records—it’s the followup to 2014’s OH/KY, which arrived seemingly from out of the blue and went on to knock the ball out of the park in the eyes of critics and the public alike. (Among the kudos: “mind-blowingly good,” courtesy Greg Vandy, KEXP; “tutorial on classic country music,” via Popmatters.) So we’re pleased and honored to be able to unveil a tune from the new disc. Check out “I Don’t Believe”:

As Pinnell put it, “I wrote this out of gratitude and finding peace without religion.” Indeed, his sophomore effort finds Pinnell exploring different themes and adopting new points of view compared to the relative starkness of his debut. The music, too, builds upon the foundation laid down previously with plenty of twang ‘n’ strum, classic country stylings that at least one observer has likened to “if Waylon Jennings had cut a record with Alex Chilton” (Portland Tribune).”

Well, all right then! Pinnell will be touring his proverbial ass off for the rest of the year—check dates, below. You can grab the new album at the SofaBurn website, and get more info on Pinnell at his official website or Facebook page.

Photo credit: Michael Wilson

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Jeremy Pinnell Tour Dates:

 

8/12 Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater (CD RELEASE)

8/15 Nashville TN – Grimey’s in-store

8/15 Nashville TN – The 5 Spot

8/17 Austin TX – The White Horse

8/18 Fort Worth TX – Fred’s TX Cafe

8/20 Jerome AZ – Music on the Edge of Time (House Concert)

8/22 Los Angeles, CA – Cinema Bar

8/23 Bakersfield CA – El Conquistador Music Experience

8/24 San Francisco CA – Hemlock Tavern

8/25 Portland OR – Landmark Saloon

8/26 Seattle WA – Sunset Tavern

8/27 Spokane, WA – The Roadhouse

8/29 Boise ID – Pengillys Saloon

8/30 Salt Lake City, UT – Hog Wallow Pub

8/31 Fort Collins CO – Moe’s Original BBQ

9/1 Kansas City MO – The Westport Saloon

9/2 Davenport, IA – Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel

9/08 Nashville TN – The Country

9/09 Louisville, KY – Pete Fest

11/3 Pawlet VT – The Barn

11/4 Peacedale RI – Roots Hoot (House Concert)

11/5 Boston MA – O’Briens Pub

11/6 New York NY – Pianos

11/8 Newark DE – Home Grown Cafe

11/9 Richmond VA – Cary St Cafe

11/10 Aberdeen, NC – Poplar Knight Spot

11/11 Knoxville, TN – Dirty South House Concerts

11/17 Nashville TN – The Country

11/18 Louisville KY – Club Nirvana

 

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.