Slot Machine, who worked with legendary British producer Steve Lillywhite for their 2016 record, have taken Asia by storm. Their infectious blend of rock and pop plus their good looks have led them to be plastered across many a bedroom wall. With their hit record Spin the World recently released by Sony Records, the band has continued to break countless sales records, both in Thailand and across Asia.
Their dynamically staged, sold out show known as the “Mothership” bodes well for them to remain darlings of Asia’s mega-arena scene for a long time to come. Below, watch their energized, bordering-on-U2-theatrical video for “And We Go,” from Spin the World, and check them out at their official website.
Meet Ian Clownfish: vocals, Hook: Bass, Bernard Salmon: Guitar, Steve Moray: Drums.
By Barbi Martinez
What would you say to the iconic tune “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as “Lures Will Catch Us a Carp,” or Transmission” as “Trout Fishin’?” How about “Dead Souls” as “Dead Soles” with lyrics that go “they keep trawling me, keep on trawling me”?
Sounds pretty fishy, right?
Koi Division is the latest outfit to be swimming against the current in oh-so-trendy Los Angeles, and as the LA Weekly described the quartet in a recent profile, “Donning black clothes and plastic fish masks, they wind their way through Joy Division covers with modified lyrics that explore the daily, often baleful, goings-on of the sea. Their shows incorporate a bubble machine and display a beachy version of the iconic Unknown Pleasures album art behind them. Though it might seem as if they’re mocking, there is a reverence behind the humor.”
Not much I can add to that, so in lieu of a deep critical analysis…
Something about cars and Norwegians… New album drops Sept. 8.
By Fred Mills
With comeback album How Did I Find Myself Here set to arrive this week on Sept. 8 via Anti-, Dream Syndicate is nowewrHreleasing a video for “Filter Me Through You,” the leadoff track. The above still is from the video, the four musicians driving a 1968 Pontiac Bonneville under the midnight sun on the streets of Vadsø, Norway.
You can check out the video below, and if you visit the band’s SoundCloud page you can hear the title track and the tune “Glide.” (Fun fact: Also at the SoundCloud page are streams of the out of print live albums The Day Before Wine and Roses and The Complete Live at Raj’s—the latter is about to get a limited edition colored vinyl re-release, also this week, complete with bonus tracks.
Superlatives abound. Tallest! Greatest! Hype-est! Etc.
By Barbi Martinez
We’ve featured Kristian Matsson, aka Tallest Man On Earth, in the past here at BLURT. Let’s catch up with his “The Light In Demos” series of videos, which to date has yielded new tracks “In Little Fires” and “Same Ghost.”Now comes a rather self-conscious cover of Joni Mitchell’s iconic “Both Sides Now.” He declares it ” “the greatest song in the world.”Um, right. Below, decide for yourself. (Memo to Matsson: Don’t quit your day job just yet.) (Memo to self: Google Image the term “tallest man on earth” and check the “height” return at the top of the page.)
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/
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.
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.
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.
The glam-slam of a “perfect summer single” is taken from forthcoming full-length.
By Blurt Staff
Between the sleazy back alleys of hair metal and the squeaky clean streets of power pop lies a path travelled by only an intrepid few. Candy, Starz, the immortal Enuff Z’Nuff – bands that wanted a little more power to their pop, but not so much that it replaced melodic sparkle with sneering attitude. Artists that still shoot for that target are hard to find, which is what makes Station so refreshing. On its latest single “All You Need is a Heartbeat,” the NYC quartet fashions an anthem more about singing along than pumping your fist, without stinting on rock & roll swagger.
“This song has been in the works for a long time,” explains guitarist Chris Lane. “It was actually written when we filmed our very first music video and it’s about the experience of doing so. We’ve loved the song for a while and were excited to finally get into the studio and record it!”
“All You Need is a Heartbeat” is not only a teaser for the band’s forthcoming LP on Rhyme & Reason Records, but a perfect summer single, with lots of snap, plenty of heart and hooks out the ying-yang. Check out the premiere of the video below.
Station’s next show is at New York’s Gramercy Theater on August 24. Ticket info is available here.
New EP and a tour to cure what ails your hip-hop head.
By Barbi Martinez
With a new 12″ EP just out titled The Mountain Has Fallen (it’s the followup to last year’s The Mountain Will Fall), DJ Shadow is also currently on a North American tour slated to wrap August 4 in Nashville. He’ll head to Europe and the UK after that. Meanwhile, there’s a new video for EP track “Corridors” directed by Dan Emmerson. (The track, incidentally, was co-written between Shadow and Steven Price.) Watch the clip, below.
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