Category Archives: Video

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.

 

 

Video Exclusive: Live Song + Interview by China’s Twinkle Star

Live in Beijing China, May 6th 2017, Yugong Yishan Club

By Jonathan Levitt

A while back I introduced Blurt readers to the Chinese band Twinkle Star. A chance ride in lead guitarist Zhang Shuai’s car has led to a close friendship with the band. As they were wrapping up their tour for their latest and greatest record Full of Hope they made a stop in their hometown to bring the house down at the Yugong Yishan Club in central Beijing. Zhou Jialin, who is now the sole member of the Blurt Beijing team (as I’m now stateside) brought along her Taiwanese friend A Pei to shoot some of the concert for Blurt readers and what a killer show it was as evidenced by the footage that I edited together for the song “To Be With You”.

My heart on sleeve plea is that I really hope that Blurt readers can explore more of the band’s musical offerings and hopefully someone out there can help make their dream of playing stateside a reality!

Catch up with the band online: https://www.facebook.com/TwinklestarbandCN/

Photo credits: All photos by Zhou Jialin are marked ZJL / All photos by Pei marked Pei / Bottom photo of Zhou Jialin by Pei

Todd Rundgren Takes Down Fox News on… Fox News?!?

Hilarious new video rounds up all the usual Trump-centric suspects, takes ’em out back, and gives ’em a good olf-fashioned whuppin’...

By Barbi Martinez

The other night we were treated to the very odd notion of Todd Rundgren’s showing his new video, the politically-scathing “Tin Foil Hat,” on Fox show Watters’ World. Fair enough; Todd has often dipped into politics and satire, often simultaneously. What is truly mind-blowing, however, is that Fox would sanction the airing of content clearly disdainful of the Fox and Trump universes. Everyone from Bill O’Reilly (aka “Bill Orangutang”), Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus, and President Trump gets needled – in a couple of instances, completely skewered. The video was co-created with Donald Fagen and the song will appear on Todd’s new album White Knight.

Video Premiere: Thomas Wynn and the Believers “Wade Waist Deep”

Title track from just-released debut album.

By Blurt Staff

Premiering today for our astute BLURT readership, we have the new video by Thomas Wynn and The Believers. Coming from all the way down in Orlando, Florida, the Americana band has been hailed as one of the most promising Americana bands from the area. Check out the video for the title track of their debut album Wade Waist Deep:

The video was directed by Blake Judd, who has also done music videos for Shooter Jennings and Amanda Shires.”

Orlando Weekly has given Wynn and his Believers the title of Best Rock Group and Best Country/Folk Band for seven years in a row. Last Friday, May 19, the band dropped Wade Waist Deep via Mascot Label Group on vinyl, CD, and digital—and you can get more info, including upcoming tour dates, at the band’s official website.

Watch Fiery New Video from L.A.’s Willodean

Excellent new EP recently released, the second of four.

By Blurt Staff

Willodean hails from Los Angeles, and the tuneful trio serves up rootsy power pop and Americana within a decidedly indie-rock approach. Eric Holden, Randy Wooten, and Abbie Huxley have ambitious plans for this year, with no less than four EPs planned for release. Awesome Life Decisions was the first of the quartet, and it arrived in February. The second EP is now dropping, Fires, Cars & Autumn Stars, and the first video, by Rachel Win, from it is not to be missed. Check out “Firelight”:

According to Holden, who also produced the record, “’Firelight’, to me, has the simplicity of a campfire ditty and the scope of everything we want out of life. At least the important things, a full heart and a meaningful life. And the video really does that justice. The two interracial claymation characters staring up at the stars and imagining the scope of the universe. There’s something beautiful and simple about claymation that really comes across here. I’m realizing after the fact that it’s one of the most important songs on the record and really helped steer the sound of this record. All of the songs on this EP are different than the last EP and the two upcoming EPs in that way.  This one is more simple, more straight to the heart, lyrically and in production.”

You can find out more at the band’s website and Facebook page.

 

Watch Naomi Yang-directed Video from Heather Trost

Naomi Yang directs the accompanying Sixties throwback video.

By Blurt Staff

En route is Agistri, the first full length album from Heather Trost, otherwise one half of the duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw, who was joined in the sessions by Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeremy Barnes on drums and bass, Deerhoof’s John Dieterich on guitar, and Drake Hardin and Rosie Hutchinson of cult New Mexico band Mammal Eggs. We are advised that “the new album comprises a song cycle of freely formed pop songs touching upon Soul, Samba, and Pop of the 60’s and 70’s, with a subtle shading of psychedelia.  Ambient and melancholic sounds interweave with Hammond organs and 70’s Italian synthesizers.”

Below, watch the first video from the album, for the track “Agistri.” It was directed by Naomi Yang of Galaxie 500/Damon & Naomi fame.

Let’s Watch Some Live Veldt Clips

North Carolina band continues to reach for the stars – and grabs ’em.

By Fred Mills

A few months ago we announced that legendary Tarheel shoegaze/dreampop auteurs The Veldt had signed to our sister business, Schoolkids Records, and were prepping a new EP for a June release, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation. Meanwhile, they also released the four-song “Sanctified” in early April as well as a limited edition 7″ single for “Sanctified” that arrived on Record Store Day. We’ll keep you updated on the band, which also has been touring steadily, including shows with Modern English and Brian Jonestown Massacre.

In the interim, then, if you’re a Veldt fan you will enjoy this. Below, watch a pair of live clips from March of this year in Chicago – the audience-shot video quality is just average, but the audio is outstanding. After that you can check out the official video for the son “Symmetry.”

 

Video Premiere: Calan’s “Kân”

Track taken from new album that drops this week.

 By Blurt Staff

Traditional Welsh folk music group Calan aren’t your everyday “traditional” outfit. Despite the ancient roots of Calan’s music, this brash, young group is composed of a new generation of ambassadors, striving to take their sound to new audiences, raising some eyebrows with their deliberate presentation, while also raising the international profile of traditional Welsh music. Get used to this: Accordion, Fiddle, Pipes, Harp, and the percussive sound of Clogs are the new Guitar, Bass, and Drums.

We’re very proud to unveil a video from the group, whose new single is Kân,” a patriotic song about the future of the Welsh language and culture. It’s taken from their new album, Solomon, due out this week (May 12, Sain Records). Check it out:

Explains the group, “In the song we sample the voice of the late poet Nigel Jenkins, father of our fiddle player, Angharad Jenkins, reading an extract of his poem, ‘The Creation.’ The chorus of this song is based on the style of traditional psalm chanting popular in west Wales at one time.”

Calan caused a bit of a stir recently, having been held in a detainment cell at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport alongside a death metal band from Estonia. They were subsequently seen onstage performing alongside Sting at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 50th birthday celebration of famed opera singer, Sir Bryn Terfel Jones. And they tour seemingly nonstop, having graduated from busking in the streets of Cardiff to introducing Welsh traditional music to curious music fans in the UK, Belgium, Italy, France, and on several tours of North America, playing festival shows on huge stages to tens-of-thousands, as well as at local folk club shows, unrestricted by sound systems, while standing on tables and jumping off chairs.

Keep your eyes peeled for tour dates in North America – this month they will be all over the UK. Official website: https://www.calan-band.com/

Calan (L-R): Angharad Jenkins, Sam Humphreys, Bethan Rhiannon, Patrick Rimes, Alice French. Photo credit: Richard P Walton. 

Video Premiere: Raging Fire “Free to Be”

New album from Nashville rockers out this week!

By Blurt Staff

So – what could be better than a Raging Fire retrospective release? How about a NEW Raging Fire release? A year and a half ago we wrote, in this space:

They were called Raging Fire, and they were a bright spot on the otherwise moribund Nashville rock scene in the ‘80s. As the saying goes, while likeminded Nashville insurgents Jason and the Scorchers merged the Sex Pistols with Hank Williams, Raging Fire merged the Clash with Tennessee Williams. Voted “one of America’s best unsigned bands” (along with the Pixies) in 1988 in the annual CMJ readers’ poll, they burned brightly, but by the end of the decade they were done. Now, though, the members have collaborated in order to release a 30th anniversary celebration, Everything Is Roses 1985-1989

That was then, track premiere-wise, but this is now, and NOW we are stoked to offer up a premiere from the revived band. Check out the video for “Free to Be”:

The song is from the new album These Teeth are Sharp, out May 12, and the video is by Robert Johnson (no, not that Robert Johnson).

Explains the band’s Mark Medley, “Interestingly my friend, original Raging Fire guitarist Michael Godsey wrote ‘Free to Be’ in early 2012 as a techno-pop song. He and RF vocalist Melora Zaner were living in Shanghai and they cut what sounded to me like an unfinished demo with Melora and singer Monica Chen on vocals. A few months later, in May 2012, Michael was taken by a heart attack. He was 47. Three years after that, Raging Fire released an anthology LP entitled Everything is Roses 1985 -1989 and played their first show in 25 years to a packed house at Nashville’s Exit/In.

“In the wake of that project we began making recordings for a brand new record. These Teeth are Sharp will be released May 12th and is dedicated to Michael Godsey. The LP features a new version of ‘Free to be’ expanding on its themes of self-responsibility and free will. In reference to the song’s Asian origins most of the third verse in Chinese by Melora. The band was knocked out when we realized ‘Free to Be’ represents a departure –a new twenty-first century sound for Raging FIre.

“We asked a dear friend to make a video of the song –photographer and original Jason and the Scorchers bassist Robert Johnson, also known as Jeff Johnson. Jeff was also the producer of Raging Fire’s first full length LP in 1986 and we’ve enjoyed a sense of homecoming working with him on this project. Using Chinese footage and stills from Melora’s friends in Shanghai, as well as imagery submitted by the band and himself, Jeff said he wanted to capture the spirit of Michael Godsey. We believe he did.”

Indeed he did. The resulting These Teeth are Sharp is a culmination, then—and a beginning. Keep your eyes peeled for tour dates this summer, too.

 

Watch New Michael Rank Video – “Be Alright”

Triple album – you read that right – en route for the early summer.

By Fred Mills

It’s not a particularly close-kept secret that a number of folks here at the BLURT brain trust are staunch fans of North Carolina’s Michael Rank; just put his name into the search box on our home page and you’ll no doubt get more than a few hits, including a review of his most recent album, 2016’s Red Hand. The erstwhile Snatches of Pink frontman is, not to put to fine a point on the matter, prolific.

But with a whopping TRIPLE disc release just about to drop in the coming months, Another Love, surely Rank is draining the proverbial well en route to a well-deserved vacation? Er, not quite, as he just emailed me and noted, “Man, I’m already 5 songs written and recorded for the next record, so no worries on that front!”

If he’s not worried, we’re not worried, so let’s dive right in with the first single off the new album, “Be Alright.”

It’s a classic/classy slice of blue-eyed soul, a bit of a departure from Rank’s frequent forays into twangy Americana. The video also features Brian Dennis (who produced the album with Rank) and Bobby Patterson, both formally of NC Triangle heroes DAG. As Rank explains, “The album plays like my ’70s love letter to Sly Stone, D’Angelo, Curtis Mayfield, Shuggie Otis and Prince.”

No argument there, brutha. We knew you had the ivories skills, but that’s one sweet falsetto, too. Everyone else – enjoy.

Photo credit: Missy Malouff