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Incoming: Monster Magnet’s 1st Two Albums Reissued on Vinyl/CD/Digital

Spine of God and Tab helped usher in the era of stoner rock…

By Uncle Blurt

Okay kids, a quick history lesson from yer ol’ Uncle. The year was 1989. The locale was New Jersey. And the band was called Monster Magnet. Three years after their first EP on Glitterhouse, the band released their official debut album “Spine Of God” on Caroline Records. The original debut album “Tab” was recorded a year earlier then “Spine of God”, but it wasn’t until the latter drew critical and commercial blood that Tab ultimately saw release. Now, with Sept. 1 looming, the Napalm label is prepped to reissue those two stoner-rock touchstone, and on vinyl as well as CD and digital.

Check out some classic tuneage to refresh your memories, below, then make your plans to line up at your favorite local indie record store.

We are duly advised that “the drug hazed heavy sound of both releases helped in cementing Monster Magnet’s reputation of being the only legit descendants of the likes of psychedelic and stoner rock Godfathers Hawkwind, Black Sabbath, and their electrifying punk siblings in MC5.” Soon enough, the albums Superjudge, Dopes to Infinity and Powertrip would be unleashed.

The band will also release a brand new studio album later this year. On the web:
http://zodiaclung.com
https://www.facebook.com/monstermagnet/
https://www.instagram.com/monstermagnetofficial/

Watch Video for Jean Caffeine’s “All Girl Band”

New album arrives end of August on vinyl and digital.

By Fred Mills

Longtime fave Jean Caffeine is about to drop her new album Sadie Saturday Nite – the followup to 2011’s Geckos In the Elevator is due Aug. 29 on Joe Records, and it combines new music and reworked older tracks along with some spoken word narrated interluded and a cover of the Zeros’ classic punk anthem “Wimp.” The album marks the Austin rocker’s 40th anniversary in music, and the first single directly celebrates her back pages as a member of The Urge in San Francisco, Pulsallama in New York, and Clambake also in NYC. It’s titled “All Girl Band” and you can check out her video for it:

Did I mention that the new album is a vinyl edition of 500? More details on how to snag it or a digital version at her Bandcamp page.

Video Premiere: Ω▽ (OHMSLICE) “Paint By Numbered Days”

Track from debut album due to arrive in early September.

By Blurt Staff

Yes, before you ask, we were scratching our heads about how to type out the band name Ω, but luckily everything worked out just in time for us to offer this very special video premiere. And from here on out, let’s call ‘em OHMSLICE – the brainchild of King Missile III’s Bradford Reed, and whose debut album Conduit arrives Sept. 8 on the Imaginator label.

OHMSLICE – Reed (who processes his percussion through a modular synth), vocalist/poet Jane LeCroy, drummer Josh Matthews (Blue Man Group), horn player Daniel Carter (Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo), guitarist Bill Bronson (Swans) – is as pure a product of downtown NYC as they come. No less than Al Kyzis of the Swans described the band thusly: “Music as it should be: refined, sublimed, defined, very inclined to rattle an eighth chakra. Old school, new school, all around the town cool.” And Cop Shoot Cop’s Jim Coleman called the group “meditative, complex, organic, tribal, and uniquely focused… [reaching] into the future with hope while retaining a nostalgia of the glorious dark freedom that pre-existed today’s corporate police state and screen addicted citizenry.”

Well, all right then! Reed, incidentally, is a tinkerer and inventor of no small acclaim, having created the electric board zither he dubbed the “Pencilina” as well as a mashup of a modular synth and percussion made from a tom tom and a 17-gallon water can. He also says he’s been inspired by electro-acoustic pioneers Morton Subotnick and John Hassel. And with the other players, he summons up “formal structures and heavy grooves with a sonic meditation on the nature of human-electronic improvisation.”

More on the web: www.Ohmslice.net. To watch a fascinating clip of Reed and LeCroy teaming up to perform a track called “‘Top of the World Again,” go HERE. Or you can check out Reed having a workout with the pencilina HERE.

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.

Boogie Down with King James & the Special Men in New Video

Album in stores now so act like you are gonna know all about it.

By Blurt Staff

Sometimes the band bio just tells ya everything ya need to know: “King James & the Special Men are like an Olds 88 with a new big-block and a full tank of gas. Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, they play Rock and Roll, look like a gang, and sound like fine chicken and wine.”

Well, all right then! The band’s hi-nrg voodoo funk and rockin’ soul arrived late last month in the form of the Act Like You Know debut album, and the grooves don’t lie. Check out the Claire Bangser-directed video for ace track “Special Man Boogie,” below. Pure N’awlins.

Bon Iver Cancels Days Have No Numbers Festival

 

It’s not your your standard issue Fyre Festival, that’s for sure.

By Blurt Staff

Justin Vernon’s dad-rock extravaganza, the Days Have No Numbers Festival, that was slated for Riviera Maya, Mexico, next Jan. 21-25, has been cancelled with no explanation. Besides Bon Iver, among the slated performers were Sylvan Esso, POLIÇA, Francis And The Lights, Hiss Golden Messenger, Melt-Banana, Spank Rock, Aero Flynn, and Phil Cook. According to the official website full refunds are being processed and should arrive to ticketholders in 5-7 days.

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

 

 

Glen Campbell 1936-2017 R.I.P.

 

Farewell to the lineman.

By Blurt Staff

It was expected, but is no less crushing: the news that Glen Campbell passed away today at the age of 81. According to the New York Times, reporting on Campbell publicist Tim Plumley’s statement, indicated that the cause of death was Alzheimer’s.

“Mr. Campbell’s last performance was in Napa, Calif., on Nov. 30, 2012, and in the spring of 2014 he had moved into a long-term care and treatment center near Nashville. Mr. Campbell released his final studio album, “Adiós,” in June. The album, which included guest appearances by Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and three of Mr. Campbell’s children, was recorded after his farewell tour.”

BLURT will have a remembrance of Campbell this week. (You can read our 2011 coverage on Campbell HERE and HERE.) To his family, friends, associates, and fans, we extend our heartfelt sympathies. Glen was an inspiration to all of us.

Photo Credit: Robert Sebree

Incoming: Smithsonian Rock and Roll Book

By Blurt Staff

This will be an essential rock book to look forward to in the fall, October 24, to be precise, via Penguin Random House. It’s a 216-page hardcover book by the legendary Bill Bentley, crammed with crucial images, and we’re particularly proud to note that BLURT contributor and ace shutterbug Marty Perez is among the photographers whose work is showcased. Look for shots of the Replacements, Young Fresh Fellows, and R.E.M. Salute!

(Go HERE and HERE and HERE if you want to see some of Marty’s work here at our site.)

Product Info: In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to post great rock shots to rockandroll.si.edu. From Woodstock to the Whisky a Go Go, from Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin’ places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded with their favorite rock and roll moments. Iconic artists ranging from the Who to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to the Jimi Hendrix and many more are celebrated here.

There are early photographs of everyone from Run-D.M.C. to the Runaways, and contemporary shots of some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica. Presented together, these photographs create a kaleidoscopic history of the artists, the musical styles, the venues, the concerts, and the fans. This is rock and roll as it has never been seen before.

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