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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.

Video Premiere: The Suburbs “Hey Muse!”

Choice track – one of the best surprises of the year to date as well – plucked from brand new album of same name, released June 23.

By Blurt Staff

Founding members Chan Poling and Hugo Klaers, of the legendary Minneapolis new-wave and punk band The Suburbs, have a new album and single called HEY MUSE! The new album is to drop Friday, June 23rd. We are honored at BLURT to be able to give our readers an advance taste. Check out HEY MUSE! single and watch the new music video for it below:

Hey Muse! is a brand new collection of tunes; an extension of the Suburbs sound forged in the cauldron of underground;  rock that bubbled up in the Twin Cities in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. As usual the goal is to make you laugh, cry, and shake your ass.

The Suburbs’ newest addition to the band is veteran guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer), who also created their new music video Hey Muse! The video was made on a tour of the U.K., ordinary things through the eyes of someone far from home, but without day to day tasks that keep one’s eyes and imagination busy. A color and shape party.

Plenty of opps to see the band live over the next few weeks – dates at their website. And revisit their deep history at Wikipedia.

 

 

Track Premiere: Pauline Pisano “Calling All Angels”

Taken from upcoming August release.

By Blurt Staff

A founding member of Decima, The Crushes, and I, Revere (not to mention an auxiliary player for Walking For Pennies, The New Hotness, The Black Atlas, and BETS), keyboardist/vocalist/composer Pauline Pisano is now prepping an ambitious new solo album, Inside The Wheel, due in August. We are honored at BLURT to be able to give our readers an advance taste. Check out “Calling All Angels”:

Inside The Wheel has its origins in a cancelled tour and a relationship dissolution, and Pisano subsequently retreating to a secluded family cottage where she could think, write, reflect, write more, and ultimately look within herself for the narrative that emerged. Indeed, it is a concept album involving three main characters: the self, the youngest/oldest self, and the furies. Using a harmonizer, each character is assigned a vocal timbre: The self is Pauline’s voice unaffected, the wise youngest/oldest self is a voice heard an octave below, and the furies are heard in hard-tuned 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths. These characters flow in and out of each song and often speak to each other. The album is meant to be heard from start to finish as song order of the album was embedded in its initial stages of construction.

To capture the dark/hopeful vibe of this record Pauline’s producer, Dan Weiner, utilized bass synths, soft acoustic guitars, a vibraphone, a piano, Rhodes, spacey electric guitars, marimba, cello, percussion and electric/acoustic drums. For Pisano this is a new sound, however there are certain songs that pay homage to her earlier works.

Find out more about Pisano, including her work as a social activist and advocate for mental health, at her official website.

Photo Credit: Chris Montgomery
 

 

 

Track Premiere: John Elderkin and ¡Moonbeans No Mas! “We Waited Five Years”

Yes, more, Mr. E! Tune clipped with love from upcoming full-length by the Tarheel rocker.

By Blurt Staff

Full disclosure: BLURT is a North Carolina-based journalistic empire, with one foot in the Triangle and one foot in Asheville (and, we hasten to add, just recently, we’ve added a vestigial limb actually located in Dublin, Ireland). So we gonna support the home team, okay? This means that the August 4 release of a new album from John Elderkin and ¡Moonbeans No Mas!, titled The Fall and Rise of John Elderkin and ¡Moonbeams No Mas!, has got us feeling pretty good.

Let’s cut to the chase and give all the rest of you room to cheer. Take a sonic spin with “We Waited Five Years”:

Now, you are already saying to yourself, “Hmm, what’s with those David Bowie allusions?” And indeed, as Elderkin points out, about the album, “It plays like some sort of weird sequel to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” There’s even a track called, tellingly enough, “Give Me Your Hands”, not to mention the overt tribute to the late icon, “Song For David Bowie.” It’s a concept album from the veteran Tarheel rocker, who has enlisted a who’s-who roster of fellow Carolinians, including co-star/vocal foil Danielle Howle, Don Dixon, Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five, and members The Old Ceremony, Pressure Boys, Sex Police, Dillon Fence, What Peggy Wants, The Temperance League, Hobex, National Symphony Orchestra, Popes, Spongetones, Hindugrass, Satellite Boyfriend, and the Coolies.

Intrigued? Here’s more on the web:

https://www.moonbeamsnomas.com
https://www.facebook.com/moonbeamsnomas/
https://twitter.com/MoonbeamsNoMas

 

 

Track Premiere: Amy Black “If I Could Reach Out”

New album “Memphis” out this week.

By Blurt Staff

It’s called “If I Could Reach Out (and Help Somebody)” and, if you are a fan of soul/blues man Otis Clay, you’ve already recognize the tune. Now, songstress Amy Black has recorded it for her new album, titled Memphis, which was indeed recorded in Memphis and was produced by Scott Bomar of Memphis nu-soul-funk mainstays The Bo-Keys. Folks from St. Paul & the Broken Bones, along with legends of the Memphis session musician community (like the Hi Records rhythm section), appear on the record as well. The album drops June 2 on Black’s Reuben Records label, and we are privileged to premiere the aforementioned track:

Notes Black, about the track and the album, “When I was in Boston, I’d watched a program on PBS and found out about the Nashville-based organization Thistle Farms and their work with woman in the sex trade. I was so moved by what I learned and I remember thinking, “If I ever move to Nashville, I want to work with those guys.” Now, that I was here and needed to place to give to, I called Thistle Farms, attended an orientation (that had me in tears) and started volunteering with the amazing woman in the shipping department.

“Each week, I would drive into Nashville and volunteer. It got me into the city, I got to know some of these incredible women and hear their stories, and I really got out of my own way. It wasn’t glamorous work, which was perfect. Just taking orders and packing boxes, helping a cause that I believe in. And, no surprise, it was just the right medicine. I found so much from giving.

“Fast forward one year and I was in a very different place — living in East Nashville (the perfect spot for me) and preparing to do an album in Memphis with some killer players. I had the originals for the album lined up, but wanted to do three Memphis covers. My producer, Scott Bomar sent me Otis Clay’s, “If I Could Reach Out (and Help Somebody)” for consideration. All it took was one listen to know that I would definitely do this song. It’s what I believe. It is my religion. I can’t wait to sing it live at every show. I’ll take everyone to church and delivering it as my sermon: It is better to give than to receive.”

There’s a precedent for Memphis; Black’s 2015 album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, found her traveling to the venerable Muscle Shoals, Alabama, studios to work with Spooner Oldham, no stranger to Memphis sounds. So triangulating from her home in Nashville was a natural for her. For Memphis she cut tracks at Bomar’s Electraphonic Recording studio and then mixed it at Ardent. And as noted above, a cream of Memphis musicians pitched in to infuse the new record with authenticity.

She’ll be hitting the road with her Memphis Music Revue show, the followup to her previous Muscle Shoals Revue, naturally enough, starting next week. More details: http://amyblack.com/

Wed., June 5  CLEVELAND, OH  The Beachland Ballroom
Tues., June 6  WORTHINGTON, OH  Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Sun., June 11  NASHVILLE, TN  City Winery Nashville
Mon., June 12  ST. LOUIS, MO  Off Broadway
Sun., June 18  CHICAGO, IL  City Winery Chicago
Wed., June 21  NEWPORT, KY  Southgate House
Fri., June 23  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  The Blue Door
Sat., June 24  DALLAS, TX  AllGood Cafe
Tues., June 27  AUSTIN, TX  The Townsend
Thurs., June 29  HOUSTON, TX  The Mucky Duck
Sun., July 2  ATLANTA, GA  City Winery Atlanta
Thurs., July 6  MEMPHIS, TN  Lafayette’s Music Room
Thurs., July 13  AUBURN, AL  Sundilla Concert Series (Unitarian Fellowship building)

Track Premiere: American Professionals “Guide to the Perplexed”

Awesome new album drops June 23.

By Blurt Staff

They’re called American Professionals, they hail from San Francisco, and they have a new album, Sympathetic Overdrive, out June 23 via Charlie In The Box. (Great label name, that.) We here at BLURT are happy to serve up an advance preview via the horns-and-guitars, hi-nrg pop of “Guide to the Perplexed.” Check it out:

The group is built around the nucleus of guitarist Chuck Lindo and bassist/vocalist Cheryl Hendrickson, with Adam White on drums plus, on horns, saxman Daniel Casares and trumpet/trombone player Rich Armstrong. Over the years, Lindo has played with numerous San Francisco bands on projects including Jumbo Shrimp (w/ Dead Kennedys East Bay Ray & Klaus Fluoride), noise-pop pioneers Actionslacks, and collaborations with both Dryspell and The Mr. T. Experience. He also continues to write and compose for radio and television advertising and perform with bands Wizard Van, The Real Numbers and Tom Jonesing. Meanwhile, Hendrickson composed and recorded her synth pop single, “Diamonds in the Rough,” with her Los Angeles singer/songwriter friends, Little Lonely (aka Julie Cain) and Arrica Rose (Arrica Rose and the …, Dear County). She also created the concept and directed the video for the “Diamonds” single that was released in mid-May.

Stay tuned for tour dates, and meanwhile, you can check ‘em out at their Facebook page and their Bandcamp page.