Last night Blurt fave (and our 2015 Artist of the Year) Courtney Barnett was totally on a tear on the Stephen Colbert program, performing “Nobody Really Cares If You Go to the Party or Not,” which of course is a standout track on her latest album, the equally wordily titled Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Check out the clip, below.
At least Jethro Tull wasn’t nominated for Best Heavy Metal Album this time around…
By Fred Mills
It’s a strange day when the BLURT braintrust agrees completely with industry pundit and blogger Bob Lefsetz, but here we are. His recap starts off thusly, and it pretty much summarizes our feelings as well: “Taylor Swift was insufferable, LL Cool J was jive, the Weeknd soared and the Eagles sounded like angels ferrying Glenn Frey to heaven.”
To that we’d add Kendrick Lamar’s performance, which was as stunning as the Eagles/Jackson Browne tribute to the recently departed Glenn Frey was emotional. Below, watch those performances. The list of key winners follows.
Lefsetz continues, “But what struck me most was the changing of the guard. The baby boomers, the rockers, they’re in the rearview mirror, it’s a pop world run by young people and if you’re waiting for the classic rock era to come back I can only quote Pete Townshend…that song is over. How did this happen? Wasn’t the business supposed to crater when the legends crapped out?
“The business may be run by old men, but soon they’re going to be gone too and it will be a whole new era. One in which separating the seeds from the stems in your gatefold cover will be completely history, just like waiting for your favorite song to come on the radio and knowing every track on a mediocre album because you bought it and can’t afford another.”
Amen, brutha Bob.
(below: Lamar performance clip from a fan video, will post complete one as it turns up)
Best rap album
“2014 Forest Hills Drive”: J. Cole
“Compton”: Dr. Dre
“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”: Drake
“To Pimp A Butterfly”: Kendrick Lamar *
“The Pinkprint”: Nicki Minaj
Best country album
“Montevallo”: Sam Hunt
“Pain Killer”: Little Big Town
“The Blade”: Ashley Monroe
“Pageant Material”: Kacey Musgraves
“Traveller”: Chris Stapleton *
Song of the year
“Alright”: Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space”: Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush”: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“See You Again”: Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth and Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Thinking Out Loud”: Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran) *
Best new artist
Meghan Trainor *
Album of the year
“Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes
“To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar
“Traveller” by Chris Stapleton
“1989” by Taylor Swift*
“Beauty Behind the Madness” by The Weeknd
Record of the year
“Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars*
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
Best dance recording
“We’re All We Need”: Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston
With “Random Name Generator” from Wilco (a key track from their recent Star Wars album) and a sweet lullabye from Jeff Tweedy, last night Stephen Colbert was sitting pretty pretty. Watch both clips from the broadcast, below.
Much-loved and -respected band is out “to conquer the American market” much as they already have in their homeland…
Formed in 2011, lead vocalist Lukas Graham Forchhammer, a 27-year old product of “Freetown” Christiania, and the rest of the band – consisting of bassist Magnus “Magnum” Larsson, keyboardist Kasper Daugaard and drummer Mark “Lovestick” Falgren – possess superstar status back home with their latest release “Lukas Graham (Blue Album)”.
Signed to Warner Bros Records (US) in 2013, Danish born and bred Lukas Graham along with their producers Don Stefano & Morten Ristorp (Future Animals) are currently working on solidifying their soulful funk and pop sounds for a 2016 U.S. album release. (Their latest single, “7 Years” is currently #20 on Spotify’s Global Top 20 and Top 40 on ITunes downloads. In December 2015 they made their first U.S. television appearance on Conan (O’Brien) performing “7 Years” and on TeamCoco / Conan’s website, fans of the show unanimously voted “7 Years” as the best live performance on Conan for 2015. This was accompanied by a #3 placement on Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists for 10 straight weeks combined with a steady add throughout the United States on Triple A, hot adult contemporary, alternative, Sirius XM and other pop formats.)
Fans: they can be seen live on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday night, January 27th.
Kind of like The Idiot and Lust For Life for millennials.
By Blurt Staff
Post Pop Depression is the name and Iggy Pop-meets-Josh Homme is the game. Arriving in March, according to Homme talking to The New York Times, it apparently was a super-secret collaboration that the pair more or less views as operating on a level similar to the Iggy-Bowie collaborations of the late ’70s but transplanted from Berlin to the Mojave desert (at Homme’s Joshua Tree studio, natch). Here’s “Gardenia,” the first single:
But wait, there’s more: they turned up last night on the Colbert program to perform the track with with Homme’s current Queens of the Stone Age pal (and Dead Weather member) Dean Fertita, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, Chavez dude Matt Sweeney and QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen. The first two are also on the album, while the latter two flesh out the touring band. Watch the Colbert clips below.
The annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam happens this weekend in Asheville, NC – tomorrow night, Dec. 12, in beautiful downtown AVL – and while Uncle Blurt and I will not be attending due to the event selling out and press passes also drying up rapidly, we still plan to listen to the annual Pre-Jam Jam, as always. It happens TONIGHT, Dec. 11, at the Orange Peel club from about 7 to 11 pm, and per tradition, it will be broadcast live over the airwaves (and online of course) via our good friends over at WNCW-FM.
Coming to a PBS station near you this weekend: the latest episode of “Austin City Limits” in which both War On Drugs and TV On The Radio will peform (not together, duh). As usual, to promote the show ACL has offered a couple of advance clips. Below you can watch WOD doing “Eyes To the Wind” (from Lost In the Dream, natch) on the show, followed by “Red Eyes,” then TVOTR with “Wolf Like Me” (Return To Cookie Mountain) and “Winter,” all of which will actually be web-only exclusives not part of the actual TV broadcast.
Listening to the rain can be highly motivator-ing when you really think about it.
By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern
Outlaw country rocker Sturgill Simpson will be on Austin City Limits this weekend and we’ve already heard that part of the set is to be a high-energy cover of bluegrass icons the Osborne Brothers’ “Listening to the Rain” that morphs into T. Rex classic “The Motivator.” That clip has already hit the web as a teaser for the show, but sharp-eyed fans already know that the mashup has been a staple of Sturgill’s live set all year as he tours behind his Metamodern Sounds in Country Music breakthrough album. Below, watch the ACL promo along with an equally nice (video and sound) version from this past August.
Er, that would be the Mike Patton Show, right? Bring out the gimp!
By Blurt Staff
They came, they saw, they came again, and again… and then conquered: that would be Faith No More and their Sol Invictus album tour, which came to the Jimmy Kimmel Live show last night (Sept. 3). “Sunny Side Up” and “Separation Anxiety” are the names, and Mike Patton with his signature megaphone is the game….
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