WHILE YOU WERE OUT…

In which we let you
know some of what’s been happening around here and in the music world – news,
features, MP3s, videos – over Christmas and New Year’s.

 

BY THEE EDITORS

 

So – how were your
holidays
, Katy Perry and Russell Brand?
Or Sinead O’Connor and… hmm, can’t remember what her soon-to-be ex-husband’s name is? Or all you BLURT
readers? We’ll tell you how ours were
– exciting! No, that’s not true; they were kinda dull, as there wasn’t a whole
heck of a lot going on (although we did get staff iPads for Christmas, which
was pretty neat, and we’re hard at work on a Blurt app already). But we stayed
open for business just the same, as there were a few ripples here and there in
the music biz that seemed worth documenting. Lots we missed, or were just too
lazy to write about too. Since a good number of you were away from your desks
over last couple of weeks – as evidenced by a lot of vacation responses we got
back from emails, as well as a marked decline in Twitter activity (not at the BLURT Twitter account, though) and
more than a handful of seemingly inactive blogs – we thought now would be a
good time to offer up a reprise of some of what did happen. See below, and
welcome to 2012….

 

 

Features:

 

2011 IN
REVIEW: The Blurt Top 50 Albums

 

2011 IN
REVIEW: Our Writers Pick the Best and Worst of 2011

 

2011 IN
REVIEW: Artist Of The Year – tUnE-yArDs

 

FAREWELL
Music World Passings of 2011

 

TUNE IN
TO YOUR OWN SPIRIT: Remembering Joe Strummer

 

SURVIVOR:
Pegi Young

 

BLURT
PRESENTS THE GOODS: Christmas Gift Card ‘n’ Exchange Guide

 

THE
SINGLES SCENE II: Indie 45s Round-Up

 

SILENT
SCREAM: The Artist

 

 

News You Can’t (But
Might, or possibly Should) Lose:

 

Most
Repulsive Website of 2011: Is Anyone Up?

 

Phone App
to Locate Indie Record Stores Released

 

Iggy Pop
Action Figure (Anatomically Correct?) Released

 

Mothers of
Invention’s Motorhead Sherman Passes Away

 

Arcade Fire
& Decemberists Place New Songs on Hunger Games Soundtrack

 

Captain
Beefheart’s Unreleased Bat Chain Puller Album Gets Release Date

 

Howe Gelb
Talks Vic Chesnutt, Rainer & More

 

Watch a 3
Hour Video of Guns N’ Roses Live Last Month in L.A.

 

Genesis
P-Orridge Documentary Trailer Offered for Download

 

Radio
Birdman Box Set & Reissues in the Works

 

New Elvis
Presley Museum Opens

 

Kevn Kinney
Teams With Golden Palominos’ Fier for New Album

 

Rock’s Back
Pages Salutes Artists Over 50 in their 2011 Poll

 

Something
about Hall & Oates….. zzzz….

 

Something
about Paul McCartney and a standards album… zzz…

 

 

MP3 & Video
Postings:

 

Cat Power –
“King Rides By” (new version; video)

 

ESG, LCD
Soundsystem & Peaches do Franz Ferdinand covers videos

 

Stephaniesid
– “Multiply” video
(premiere)

 

Cuddle
Magic – “Moby Dickless” MP3
(premiere)

 

Lykke Li –
Lost Sessions EP MP3s

 

Diplo –
Express Yourself EP teaser

 

Pontiak –
“Lions of Least” MP3

 

The xx –
“Open Eyes” Video/MP3

 

Ting Tings
– “Hang It Up” video

 

Brian
Wilson/Beach Boys – “Little Saint Nick” MP3

 

Tom Maxwell
– Occupy-Themed “Jacob Marley” video

 

Yuck’s
Daniel Blumberg, as Oupa – “It’s Rough” (Smog cover) MP3

 

Sharon
Jones & the Dap-Kings – “He Said I Can” live video

 

Panda Bear
– “You Can Count On Me” video

 

Thievery
Corporation/Mr. Lif – Occupy-Themed “United Tribes” video

 

Joni
Mitchell, James Blake, Rebecca Hall video?

 

 

 

Key Reviews:

 

CD

Joe
Grushecky and the Houserockes – We’re Not Dead Yet

 

Radio
Birdman – Live In Texas

 

The
Roots – undun

 

Reigning
Sound – Abdication

 

Crooked
Still – Friends of Fall EP

 

Mr. Oizo
– Stade 2

 

Freestyle
Fellowship – The Promise

 

 

DRC
Music – Kinshasa One Two

 

Luke
Roberts – Big Bells and Dime Songs

 

Morgan
Agren, Henry Kaiser & Trey Gunn – Invisible Rays

 

Ralfe
Band – Bunny and the Bull

 

Tyla J.
Pallas – Quinquaginta

 

Sonya
Cotton – It Is So

 

Tycho –
Dive

 

Pyrolator
– Neuland

 

Concert

Iggy
& the Stooges – San Francisco 12-4

 

Matthew
Sweet – San Francisco 12-27

 

Scratch
Acid & Dinosaur Jr – Portland 12-16

 

23rd Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam – Asheville 12-10

 

Paul
Simon – Hollywood, FL 12-6

 

 

 

 

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