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Check Out Jon Stickley Trio Interview with Southern Songs And Stories

North Carolina outfit combines folk, bluegrass, prog, psych, and gypsy jazz to create something unique and otherworldly.

By Fred Mills

A few months ago the Jon Stickley Trio, Asheville’s premiere prog-grass/blue-gressive (both my terms, take your pick), dropped their latest full-length, Maybe Believe, to across-the-board critical acclaim. Since then the guitar/violin/percussion group has been steadily touring—their jammy, fusion-rooted sound makes them a mainstay of the festival circuit—and along the way there have been a number of Stickley Trio-related interesting and catchy videos to pop up. Among my faves:

Maybe Believe teaser/trailer video, released just prior to the album’s official streeting.

“Microbruise,” a hilarious, faux-variety show clip directed by Andrew Vasco.

“Play People,” live in Denver 7/7/17 (w/guest Andy Thorn).

More recently, the ever-diligent music archivists of the Southern Songs And Stories documentary series, Joe Kendrick and Aaron Morell, have put together a Stickley Trio segment in which flatpicking virtuoso Stickley, violinist Lyndsay Pruett and drummer Patrick Armitage take a quick breather from their SpringSkunk Music Festival performances and talk with Kendrick and Morell about their career in music thus far. You can watch the 36-minute video here, or check out an excerpt via the 3-minute teaser, below; both include some dynamic performance segments. There will also be an extended podcast of the band interview available soon.

If the Stickley Trio comes anywhere near your town, run, don’t walk, to the box office and grab your tickets – I guarantee this is a band not to be missed in concert.

An Interrupted Conversation with The Jon Stickley Trio | Southern Songs and Stories | Grae Skye Creative from Aaron Morrell on Vimeo.

Watch Courtney Love Go Off on Harvey Weinstein in ’05

Above: La Courtney in 2005.

By Barbi Martinez

TMZ posted video earlier today of Courtney Love telling a reporter that young women should stay away from Harvey Weinstein – you may have heard something about the Hollywood heavyweight recently in the news. Love, attending the 2005 Pamela Anderson roast hosted by Comedy Central, was asked on the red carpet,  “Do you have any advice for a young girl moving to Hollywood?”

Her succinct reply, after a slight hesitation, “I’ll get libeled if I say it,” she says, presumably intending to mean she could get sued for libel, then drops the bomb. “If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party at the Four Seasons, don’t go.”

A couple of hours after TMZ posted the video, Love issued a clarifying statement via Twitter: “Although I wasn’t one of his victims, I was eternally banned by CAA for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein.”

Watch the video clip, below.

Incoming: Thai Rockers Slot Machine

Band’s “The Mothership” concert held to a rapturous response.

 By Jonathan Levitt

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.

Fishin’ for some fresh post-punk? Try Koi Division!

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…

Watch the New Dream Syndicate Video

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 now   ewrHreleasing 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.

Tallest Man on Earth Inexplicably Covers Joni Mitchell

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.)

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/

 

Watch Video for Jean Caffeine’s “All Girl Band”

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.

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.

Boogie Down with King James & the Special Men in New Video

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.