Americana-centric publication had enjoyed a “fun ride” marked by “creative
BY THE EDITOR
Rumors began circulating at this year’s SXSW of a potential
shuttering of BLURT, perhaps as early as the last week of March – this, despite
a hugely successful 4-day party in Austin at the Ginger Man that saw
jaw-dropping performances from the likes of Cotton Mather, the dB’s, Jon
Langford and Big Star; and the well-received latest print issue of the
magazine, featuring cover stars Wilco. Alas, the sour economy conspired to put in
motion what turned out to be insurmountable odds for the scrappy music publication
and companion website, and BLURT ultimately went silent over the past week.
“It’s always tough to confront change,” remarked editor Fred
Mills, in a brief statement, “but sometimes the maxim ‘change we must, for a
better tomorrow’ is in fact a maxim which must be heeded.” Mills added that he
welcomed change, and that when change is supported by a cast-iron maxim, it is
surely inevitable. CEO and publisher Stephen Judge added, somewhat cryptically, “It’s been a fun ride marked by creative looniness, but now it’s time for us to quit fuckin’
around and sell some damn record albums.”
Senior Editor Randy Harward,
Associate Editor Andy Tennille, and Contributing Editors A.D. Amorosi, Lee
Zimmerman and Jennifer Kelly were not available for comment at presstime.
We wish the staff and contributors of BLURT all the best in
their future endeavors. It’s always a sad day when a voice in the music press
goes silent – because despite the fierce competition these days for a shrinking
space on the newsstands, the idea has always been to have more voices in the choir, not fewer.
Meanwhile, as you contemplate all of the above, and more,
please consult a couple of our favorite BLURT moments from years gone by, then
scroll down for additional info.
….just a little bit more…..
… yes, BLURT did indeed close last week. We were packing up our stuff in order to move, and as of April 1,
we have officially consolidated our energies and relocated our editorial offices to Raleigh, NC.
We will reopen for business on the morning of April 3. Sorry, but with
apologies to the late Richard M. Nixon, you will have us to kick around a little while longer. No jokin’.
The new editorial contact address is:
Blurt Magazine &
PO Box 90128
Raleigh, NC 27675
(our physical address – drop by and visit us in person!)
Blurt Magazine & Second Motion Records
c/o Schoolkids Records
2114 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC 27607
Email (Stephen Judge): firstname.lastname@example.org
[Photo illustration courtesy A.P. Rilfool/RETNA Images]