We’ve faithfully covered NC’s Michael Rank in the past, so we’re certainly not going to break our streak now—particularly since we are huge fans of (and friends with) the erstwhile Snatches of Pink frontman, now on his umpteenth solo album. The new Another Love is just dropping, and it is a whopping THREE-CD set, this time a gorgeous collection of silky soul jams and throwback funk that departs considerably from his trademark Americana.
We’ll have an interview with Rank shortly. Meanwhile, check out the new video for album track “Satellite,” below. The clip was directed by Daniel Andrews and Rank, and features Zoe Power, Brian Dennis and Tim Smith. It’s the followup to “Be Alright,” which we premiered here at BLURT a few months ago.
Eagerly anticipated debut album arrives in October.
By Jonathan Levitt
With second single “What Would I Ever Do” Wy present another great foretaste of their upcoming debut LP Okay (out Oct 20th, via Better Call Rob& Hybris Records). A song about giving up all pretense and finding yourself-built upon a soothing guitar line, the song’s atmosphere evolves with its yearning and evocative vocals. Definitely a band to keep an eye on.
Wy comments on the track:
“It’s about letting go of trying to be something that you are not. Realising that you’ve tried to be so many people in your past and none of them felt like yourself, so you just said ‘fuck it’ and stopped trying so hard.”
While we here at the BLURT house o’ wax eagerly await the red-vinyl 2LP release of his recent digital album Damn! (it’s due in July, and damn, the red vinyl is already sold out on preorder at his official store, so you’ll have to settle for the 180-gram black vinyl version at indie record stores, Turntable Lab, etc.), it seems like a good time for a fresh video.
Indeed, he just dropped a clip for “Element.” Check it out below – it was directed by Jonas Lindstroem along with Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment President Dave Free, aka the Little Homies.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Blurt Exclusive: The Feederz "Stealing" (from new Slope Records 45)
Blurt Exclusive: Parson Red Heads "Coming Down" (from forthcoming June '17 album)
Blurt Video Exclusive: Twinkle Star "Wasting Life Together"/"Release Yourself"
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