Category Archives: MP3

Track Premiere: The Maggie’s Marshmallows “No Friend of Mine”

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Another Nuggets-worthy gem: Prague garage rockers to debut via Get Hip full length in late September.

By Blurt Staff

 Cue it up and it’ll be instantly familiar: “No Friend Of Mine,” that sneers-and-fuzztone-laced ‘60s garage classic from Texas’ The Sparkles, subsequently covered by pretty much every garage band worth its salt—including Pittsburgh’s Cynics, whose guitarist also helms the Get Hip label, which is the astute music biz establishment that recently signed Prague-based band The Maggie’s Marshmallows, who just happen to have covered “No Friend Of Mine” on their self-titled Get Hip debut album, due out Sept. 30. We here at BLURT are chuffed to premiere it for you, our discriminating (and garage-loving) readers, so check it out:

The album was recorded in France, of all places, and boasts production by the mighty Jim Diamond, so you know that’s an additional trademark of quality. The young, female-fronted Czech combo is clearly influenced by all things ‘60s, from garage-punk and psych to surf to (as they advise us) Mexican soap opera soundtracks. As our own contributor Jonathan Levitt astutely notes, “The album hits that sweet spot of hearing familiar sounds in creative new ways. If there is one band that I’ve heard of late that might go a few rounds with the Cynics, I’d say this Czech trio stands a fighting chance.”

Amen to that. Incidentally, if you’re smart you’ll grab the wax, jack – 150-gram opaque cream vinyl at that.

On the web: facebook.com/themaggiesmarshmallows

MP3: Download Alejandro Escovedo’s 7/29/16 Concert

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Show is pure Al, including a Mott the Hoople cover…

By Uncle Blurt

Since it’s no secret we here at BLURT are massive Alejandro Escovedo fans, let’s just cut to the chase: a couple of weeks ago he and his latest combo (he calls it The Alejandro Escovedo Experience, fittingly enough) played a small venue in Texas and now the diligent archivists over at Big O zine have posted it in MP3 format so all of us can enjoy it.

MP3: Alejandro EscovedoDosey Doe Music Café, Conroe, Texas; July 29, 2016.

Lineup:
Alejandro Escovedo – vocals, guitar
Brian Standefer- cello
Sean Giddings – keyboards
Scott Laningham – drums
Daniel Durham – bass

The setlist, below, speaks for itself. His between-song patter is pretty great as well. Don’t miss his version of “All the Young Dudes,” either. Big O also has downloadable artwork should you want to cache ‘n’ carry the tunes.

      Track 101
. Talk 4:27 (7.5MB)
      Track 102
. Five Hearts Breaking 9:15 (15.5MB)
      Track 103
. Bottom Of The World 5:44 (9.6MB)
      Track 104
. Talk 1:29 (2.5MB)
      Track 105
. Sally Was A Cop 7:49 (13.1MB)
      Track 106
. Talk 3:33 (6.0MB)
      Track 107
. San Antonio Rain 4:39 (7.8MB)
      Track 108
. Talk 1:24 (2.4MB)
      Track 109
. Sister Lost Soul 5:26 (9.1MB)
      Track 110
. Talk 3:09 (5.3MB)
      Track 111
. Rosalie 6:12 (10.4MB)
      Track 112
. Chelsea Hotel ‘78 13:01 (21.9MB)

      Track 201
. Talk 3:04 (5.2MB)
      Track 202
. Down In The Bowery 9:21 (15.7MB)
      Track 203
. Talk 2:55 (4.9MB)
      Track 204
. Arizona 4:41 (7.9MB)
      Track 205
. Talk 1:29 (2.5MB)
      Track 206
. Always A Friend 6:30 (10.9MB)
      Track 207
. Crowd/Talk 2:45 (4.6MB)
      Track 208
. All The Young Dudes (David Bowie) 4:38 (7.8MB)
      Track 209
. Talk/Tuning 1:54 (3.2MB)
      Track 210
. Sabor A Mi 6:09 (10.3MB)
      Track 211
. Castanets 5:19 (8.9MB)

 

MP3: Download the 7/29/16 David Bowie Prom Tribute Concert

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Ground control to major John – shape up, sir.

By Uncle Blurt

Last weekend in London, Berlin’s musical collective s t a r g a z e and its Artistic Director André de Ridder mounted a special tribute concert billed as the David Bowie Prom 2016. Joining the collective were John Cale, Marc Almond, Neil Hannon, Conor O’Brien, Laura Mvula, Paul Buchanan, Jherek Bischoff, Anna Calvi and Amanda Palmer, and everyone had a grand old time interpreting the late icon’s music. Now the entire show is available as MP3 downloads over at Big O Zine, along with printable artwork.

MP3 – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; July 29, 2016.

The sound quality is uniformly excellent as the show was also broadcast over the airwaves via the BBC. The full tracklist is below – Amanda Palmer apparently was the standout performer, while curiously enough, John Cale was not received all that favorably by the critics in attendance.

      Track 100a
. Radio Three introduction 2:12 (3.7MB)
      Track 100b
. 6Music introduction and interviews 11:43 (19.7MB)
      Track 101
. Warszaw (arr s t a r g a z e) 4:35 (7.7MB)
      Track 102
. Station to Station (Neil Hannon, Amanda Palmer, Conor O’Brien) 7:09 (12.0MB)
      Track 103
. The Man Who Sold the World (Conor O’Brien) 5:35 (9.4MB)
      Track 104
. This Is Not America (Elf Kid, Neil Hannon) 5:24 (9.1MB)
      Track 105
. Life On Mars (Marc Almond, arr Anna Meredith) 5:30 (9.2MB)
      Track 106
. Lady Grinning Soul (Anna Calvi, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 6:40 (11.2MB)
      Track 107
. Ashes to Ashes (Paul Buchanan, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 5:59 (10.1MB)
      Track 108
. Fame (Laura Mvula, arr Greg Saunier) 5:29 (9.2MB)
      Track 109
. Let’s Dance (arr Greg Saunier) 1:41 (2.8MB)
      Track 110
. Girl Loves Me (Laura Mvula, Paul Buchanan, arr s t a r g a z e) 5:44 (9.6MB)
      Track 201
. I Can’t Give Everything Away (Paul Buchanan, arr Josephine Stevenson) 6:23 (10.7MB)
      Track 202
. Blackstar (Anna Calvi, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, James McVinnie, arr Jherek Bischoff) 11:33 (19.4MB)

      Track 203
. Heroes (Anna Calvi, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 4:05 (6.9MB)
      Track 204
. Always Crashing in the Same Car (Philippe Jaroussky, arr David Lang) 6:16 (10.5MB)
      Track 205
. Starman (Marc Almond, arr Anna Meredith) 6:39 (11.2MB)
      Track 206
. Rebel Rebel (Members of the House Gospel Choir, arr Greg Saunier) 1:27 (2.4MB)
      Track 207
. Valentine’s Day (John Cale, arr John Cale) 6:22 (10.7MB)
      Track 208
. Sorrow (John Cale, Anna Calvi, arr John Cale) 5:49 (9.8MB)
      Track 209
. Space Oddity (John Cale, House Gospel Choir, arr John Cale) 9:14 (15.5MB)
      Track 210
. After All (Conor O’Brien, Marc Almond, Philippe Jaroussky, Amanda Palmer, James McVinnie) 6:31 (11.0MB)
      Track 211
. Let’s Dance (arr Greg Saunier, Jherek Bischoff) 3:34 (6.0MB)

 

 

MP3: Download Radiohead’s 7/2/16 Switzerland Concert

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Band touring in support of what is reportedly (?) their final album.

By Uncle Blurt

While Radiohead’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool is not necessarily generating the types of rave reviews the UK band is accustomed to, the group still can be mesmerizing in concert. Their July 2 show was broadcast over the radio, and now you can grab MP3s of the gig as a free download, complete with printable art, courtesy the sharp archivists at Big O zine.

MP3: Radiohead: OpenAir St Gallen, Sittertobel, St Gallen, Switzerland; July 2, 2016.

The show is missing “Exit Music,” which was performed but not broadcast, while three other songs were not broadcast in their entirety, so the compiler of the MP3s has subbed in versions of those three from other broadcast sources. The full tracklisting is below.

      Track 101
. Intro/Burn The Witch * 5:01 (8.4MB)
      Track 102
. Daydreaming * 5:18 (8.9MB)
      Track 103
. Decks Dark * 4:57 (8.3MB)
      Track 104
. Desert Island Disk * 7:47 (13.1MB)
      Track 105
. Ful Stop * 5:19 (8.9MB)
      Track 106
. Lucky 4:12 (7.1MB)
      Track 107
. Talk Show Host 5:56 (10.0MB)
      Track 108
. Lotus Flower 4:52 (8.2MB)
      Track 109
. No Surprises 3:55 (6.6MB)
      Track 110
. Pyramid Song (different broadcast) 4:56 (8.3MB)
      Track 111
. The Numbers * 5:43 (9.6MB)
58 mins

      Track 201
. Identikit * 5:22 (9.0MB)
      Track 202
. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi 5:24 (9.1MB)
      Track 203
. Everything in Its Right Place 5:09 (8.6MB)
      Track 204
. Idioteque 4:44 (8.0MB)
      Track 205
. Bodysnatchers 4:32 (7.6MB)
      Track 206
. Street Spirit (Fade Out) 5:50 (9.8MB)
      Track 207
. Bloom 6:07 (10.3MB)
      Track 208
. Paranoid Android 6:19 (10.6MB)
      Track 209
. Nude 4:18 (7.2MB)
      Track 210
. 2 + 2 = 5 (different broadcast) 3:03 (5.1MB)
      Track 211
. There There (different broadcast) 5:30 (9.3MB)
Exit Music (For A Film) – not broadcast
      Track 212
. Karma Police 6:05 (10.2MB)
63 mins

* Tracks featured on A Moon Shaped Pool.

MP3: Download a Live Case/lang/Veirs Show from 6/16/16

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A distaff CSN, perhaps?

By Uncle Blurt

With their new collaborative album in stores and notching critical kudos left and right, Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs are clearly on a roll. A month or so ago they did a live webcase performance for Oregon Public Broadcasting that was aired over HDTV, and the audio has now been posted online for free download via the Big O gang. You can nab downloadable artwork as well.

MP3: Case/lang/Veirs – OPB Studios, Portland, Oregon; June 16, 2016.

The music is about as sweet as it comes, showcasing not only their album but their uncommonly fine group vocals. Below, check out the complete tracklisting.

      Track 01
. Atomic Number 3:42 (6.2MB)
      Track 02
. Honey And Smoke 3:13 (5.4MB)
      Track 03
. Song for Judee 3:18 (5.5MB)
      Track 04
. Blue Fires 3:28 (5.8MB)
      Track 05
. Delirium 2:55 (4.9MB)
      Track 06
. Greens of June 5:06 (8.6MB)
      Track 07
. Behind the Armory 3:02 (5.1MB)
      Track 08
. Best Kept Secret 4:10 (7.0MB)
      Track 09
. 1000 Miles Away 3:28 (5.8MB)
      Track 10
. Supermoon 4:00 (6.7MB)
      Track 11
. I Want to Be Here 3:30 (5.9MB)
      Track 12
. Down I-5 3:44 (6.3MB)
      Track 13
. Why Do We Fight 3:06 (5.2MB)
      Track 14
. Georgia Stars 4:53 (8.2MB)

 

 

 

Alan Vega 1938-2016 R.I.P.; Download Live Vega Concert from ‘81

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The original electro thug-punk Elvis from hell has left the building.

By Blurt Staff

When Alan Vega passed away this past weekend (July 16), the music community felt the psychic equivalent of a crack in the earth’s crust. To say Vega, along with his Suicide bandmate Martin Rev, was an influential artist would be a massive understatement; the duo literally helped write the book on electronics-infused rock, channeling elements of punk, garage, and rockabilly and pushing them through a minimalist pulsing/huffing sieve of synth-powered sound.

Vega was 78 at the time of his death. According to the New York Times, “His death was announced in a statement from his family posted by the musician Henry Rollins, a longtime friend. The statement said he died in his sleep but did not say where he died or specify a cause. Mr. Vega had a stroke in 2012, but had continued to work as a visual artist…. Mr. Vega had exhibitions of his art in France and New York. And last year the Invisible-Exports gallery on the Lower East Side presented what it said was his first full exhibition of new work since 1983.”

Vega is survived by his wife Liz and son Dante.

We’ll have a Vega special here at the website in a couple of days, including a pair of exclusive interviews from our archives. Below, listen to a recording of a Vega solo show in Boston in ’81 that was posted online by Big O zine in tribute to Vega. Meanwhile, Blurt editor Fred Mills offers the following as his own personal tribute:

“I was lucky enough to see Suicide in the early ‘80s (my memory is hazy), but more recently, the fall of 2011, Vega and Rev descended upon Asheville, NC, to take part in the then-annual Moogfest electronica festival, and yours truly and fellow Suicide enthusiast Steven Rosen were in attendance and summarily blown away. From our report:

“Late that night, Suicide took stage at the Orange Peel club for a fiery, no-nonsense and angry
play-through of their first album, 1977’s Suicide. The muscular Martin Rev, standing by his synth and looking revved up, commanded his droning, buzzingly ominous electronic music with proud authority, stalking around stage between songs like he’d just dunked a game-winning three-pointer.

“Vocalist Alan Vega, for his part, stomped and swayed like he’d been bitten by something painful and wasabout to fall over. And when someone in the crowd gave him a requested cigarette (a violation of the no-smoking policy), he puffed so voraciously and defiantly it was scary – like a dying man’s last wish. But he howled, exclaimed and chanted the lyrics with the kind of punk authority that’s now folkloric.
“After “Rocket USA,” with its cautionary refrain, “It’s 1977/Whole country’s doing a fix/It’s doomsday, doomsday,” he shouted in complaint, “And look at the country now.” His meaning, one presumes, is that it’s only gotten worse with time. But Suicide’s music only has gotten
better.”
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MP3: Alan Vega – Spit, Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA; Summer 1981

      Track 01
. Kung Fu Cowboy 4:42 (7.9MB)
      Track 02
. intro 0:33 (941k)
      Track 03
. Fireball (cut off) 3:38 (6.1MB)
      Track 04
. intro 0:24 (665k)
      Track 05
. Hot Date 5:51 (9.8MB)
      Track 06
. intro 0:26 (722k)
      Track 07
. Jukebox Baby 5:20 (9.0MB)
      Track 08
. intro 1:04 (1.8MB)
      Track 09
. Otis Redding 4:53 (8.2MB)
      Track 10
. break 1:02 (1.8MB)
      Track 11
. Bye Bye Bayou 7:25 (12.5MB)
      Track 12
. outro 1:26 (2.4MB)

 

MP3: Download PJ Harvey’s 6/7/16 Slovakia Show

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Let Slovakia shake…

By Uncle Blurt

Last month PJ Harvey performed in Slovakia as part of her promotion behind ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project. The show was webcast via HDTV, and now the diligent archivists over at Big O zine have kindly posted it as an MP3 download along with downloadable artwork.

MP3: PJ Harvey – Pohoda Festival, Urpiner Stage, Letisko, Trencin, Slovakia; June 7, 2016

In addition to some choice fresh material there are blistering versions of such PJH classics as “50ft Queenie,” “Down by the Water” and “To Bring You My Love.” The full tracklisting is below.

      Track 01
. Chain of Keys 5:54 (9.9MB)
      Track 02
. The Ministry of Defence 4:13 (7.1MB)
      Track 03
. The Community of Hope 2:56 (4.9MB)
      Track 04
. The Orange Monkey 3:24 (5.7MB)
      Track 05
. A Line in the Sand 4:00 (6.7MB)
      Track 06
. Let England Shake 4:15 (7.2MB)
      Track 07
. The Words That Maketh Murder 4:06 (6.9MB)
      Track 08
. The Glorious Land 4:04 (6.8MB)
      Track 09
. Medicinals 3:12 (5.4MB)
      Track 10
. When Under Ether 2:44 (4.6MB)
      Track 11
. Dollar, Dollar 5:59 (10.1MB)
      Track 12
. The Wheel 6:19 (10.6MB)
      Track 13
. The Ministry of Social Affairs 4:34 (7.7MB)
      Track 14
. 50ft Queenie 2:38 (4.4MB)
      Track 15
. Down by the Water 3:59 (6.7MB)
      Track 16
. To Bring You My Love 6:52 (11.5MB)
      Track 17
. River Anacostia 9:13 (15.5MB)
      Track 18
. Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln 3:31 (5.9MB)

 

MP3: Download Mercury Rev’s Glastonbury ’16 Set

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Funny birds, indeed…

By Uncle Blurt

While I don’t think I could ever bring myself to attend the annual Glastonbury Festival in England – been there (twice in the ’80s and ’90s), done that (sitting in the mud for nearly 24 hours ain’t a lot of fun no matter what drugs you are on) – but thanks to technology I don’t have to. instead, I can sit down in my La-Z-Boy in my air-conditioned double-wide and check out the audio and video of select G-bury performances. Such as Mercury Rev last week, currently touring in support of The Light In You. It was recorded from an HDTV webcast so the sound is excellent.

MP3: Mercury Rev – Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, The Park Stage, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK; June 25, 2016

The show was posted by the ever-generous folks over at Big O zine so give ’em a hand. The full tracklisting is below.

      Track 01
. The Queen of Swans 5:48 (9.8MB)
      Track 02
. The Funny Bird 5:30 (9.2MB)
      Track 03
. Central Park East 8:55 (15.0MB)
      Track 04
. Holes 5:21 (9.0MB)
      Track 05
. Snowflake in a Hot World 9:50 (16.5MB)
      Track 06
. October Sunshine 4:36 (7.7MB)
      Track 07
. Lincoln’s Eyes 1:07 (1.9MB)
      Track 08
. Goddess On A Highway 4:49 (8.1MB)
      Track 09
. Opus 40 9:21 (15.7MB)
      Track 10
. The Dark Is Rising 7:27 (12.5MB)

 

MP3: Download Funkadelic Live ’74 w/Bernie Worrell

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Getting down for the upstroke and paying tribute to the late keyboardist.

By Uncle Blurt

The Bernie Worrell tributes and testimonies continue to emerge in the wake of the erstwhile Funkadelic/Talking Heads member’s recent passing. Over at Big O zine, there’s a classic archival recording of Funkadelic  live in ’74 that features Worrell in the lineup:

MP3: Funkadelic – The Sugar Shack, Boston, MA; 1974.

The full tracklisting is below, and it’s a corker, as the saying goes. In the lineup of Funkadelic at the time were Worrell and George Clinton, of course, along with Ray Davis, Grady Thomas, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins (vocals), Tiki Fulwood (drums), Mike Hampton, Garry Shider, Ron Brykowski (guitars), and Cordell Boogie Mosson (bass).

      Track 01
. The Goose 14:31 (24.4MB)
      Track 02
. Cosmic Slop 7:39 (12.9MB)
      Track 03
. Maggot Brain 8:56 (15.0MB)
      Track 04
. Red Hot Momma 12:03 (20.2MB)
      Track 05
. Loose Booty 7:59 (13.4MB)
      Track 06
. Up For The Downstroke 6:37 (11.1MB)

MP3: Download Television’s 6/8/16 Glasgow Show

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Verlaine, Smith, Ficca and Rip all let it, er, rip…

By Uncle Blurt

Since re-forming a few years ago with Jimmy Rip replacing the then-ailing Richard Lloyd, punk era legends Television have continued to periodically tour, and a couple of weeks ago the New York band put on a pretty amazing show in Glasgow. It’s up on the web now via Big O Zine for free download, along with downloadable artwork:

MP3: Television – 02 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland; June 8, 2016.

Plenty of familiar TV from Verlaine & Co., including a smoking 17-minute version of “Marquee Moon.” The full setlist is below.

      Track 101
. Intro/Prove It 10:46 (18.1MB)
      Track 102
. 1880 or So 9:09 (15.4MB)
      Track 103
. Tuning Talk 1:36 (2.7MB)
      Track 104
. I’m Gonna Find You 6:37 (11.1MB)
      Track 105
. Little Johnny Jewel 11:25 (19.2MB)
      Track 106
. Venus 3:55 (6.6MB)

      Track 201
. Persia 20:56 (35.2MB)
      Track 202
. See No Evil 5:24 (9.1MB)
      Track 203
. Guiding Light 6:25 (10.8MB)
      Track 204
. Marquee Moon 17:42 (29.7MB)
      Track 205
. Friction 6:42 (11.3MB)