Category Archives: Track premiere

Video Premiere: Arrica Rose & the …’s “Whole Lotta Lows”

Track from new album, due out early September.

By Blurt Staff

We’ve featured gifted singer-songwriter Arrica Rose plenty of times here at BLURT (such as HERE and HERE), so it’s always a pleasure to note the impending arrival of a new record. Arrica Rose & the …’s latest full-length release, Low as the Moon, is available Sept 8th on pOprOck records, and we’re happy to premiere a terrific new video from it. It was directed by Rose, Shot + Edited by Jen Bail and Arrica Rose, and stars young Isla Grace (who, we suspect, has quite the future performing in front of the camera). Check out “Whole Lotta Lows”:

Low as the Moon’s 13 originals were produced by Dan Garcia, whose aim was to achieve “a warmth and fidelity we associate with old records, but with the addition of omnichord and ambient synths and textures.” Factor in Rose’s dreamy vocal style and cinema-informed brand of lyricism, and you’ve got a remarkably compelling album.

The backstory: “Rose was born in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. She grew up listening to big band, classic rock and folk (her parent’s record collection) as well as punk and all its post-punk related genres (her own collection). And she loved all equally. Her first band, however, was an all-girl punk-rock trio she started with friends as a teenager. Upon graduating high school, Rose took a short hiatus from music to attend film school. While in film school she kept gravitating back to music, scoring her own shorts as well as her classmates. After graduating college she made the decision to make music her main focus and put together the backing band that would eventually become The …’s. She also started her own label (pOprOck records) to release her recordings and still does so today.

“In addition to her music projects, Rose is founder of I HEART Inc, an artist- operated non-profit organization that raises money for charitable programs via creative projects and events. I HEART Inc helps independent artists give back to their community and in the process exposes them to new audiences as well as fellow artists utilizing their art to effect change. Rose has garnered an amazing team of sponsors and supporters for these projects and events including Willie Nelson, Crosby Stills and Nash, Iron & Wine/Sub Pop Records, Rachel Maddow, Jack White, Fran Drescher, Jackson Browne and many more. Currently, Rose travels back and forth between Los Angeles, where I HEART Inc and The …’s are based, and Oakland where her alt-country project, Dear County, is based.”

You can check out some more of the new album at her Bandcamp page.

Arrica Rose on the web: https://arricarose.com/

Video Premiere: Jake La Botz “Feel No Pain”

Track culled from the songwriter’s superb “Sunnyside” album.

By Blurt Staff

If you have heard anything from Jake La Botz, you know what a dynamic songwriter and performer the Nashville-based Americana artist is—particularly on the recently released Sunnyside album, which, since it arrived in May on the nicely-named Hi-Style label, has been notching critical raves across the board. It was produced by Jimmy Sutton (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge), so it is definitely in good company. Now we are stoked to unveil a new video for one of the best tunes on the album. Check out the low-twanging, utterly haunting “Feel No Pain”:

La Botz comments on the song, saying, “’Feel No Pain’ pokes its head out the window of a 4th floor walkup on the first warm day of Spring. Watching the magic of sweaty semi-clad bodies grooving through the streets of Chicago after the seeming eternity of Winter.”

The man’s background is nothing if not colorful. According to his bio, “This guy has lived a life that few on this side of Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits can claim. A former punk and high school dropout from Chicago who educated himself at the library, he fell under the wing of blues greats Homesick James (brother of Elmore) and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Out in LA, he fell into addiction. He has recovered and mounted national concert tours of tattoo parlors. He now lives in Nashville and teaches meditation and acts in a variety of projects from True Detective to Ghost World, with a new lead in the indie film The Gospel of Jake.”

Speaking of colorful, check out what the L.A. Weekly had to say about La Botz: “[He] came up the right-proper, fucking hard way: a teen renegade on the streets of Chicago, dabbling in a mixture of antisocial activities (from car theft to jabbing up his own rudimentary tattoos) and exploring the rich, deep blues tradition as a street singer (with Chi-town legend Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis) and beside Delta-blues originator Honeyboy Edwards. That lovely, lurid background forged a musical power that… demonstrates not only an innate mastery of the blues, but also displays what he calls a ‘condensed rock & roll mythology.’”

Also check out La Botz’s houserockin’ video for album track “How I Wish She Was Mine” HERE.  Visit La Botz online for more, including upcoming tour dates (he’ll be hitting the road starting Sept. 9 for a trek that runs through Nov. 11 before he heads off to Europe for a month: http://www.jakelabotz.com/

 

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/

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.

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

 

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