MP3: Download Depeche Mode’s 7/8/17 Lisbon Show

By Uncle Blurt

Let’s electro pop, kids. Depeche Mode is out on tour, supporting their album Spirit, released this past March. Last weekend they performed in Lisbon, Portugal, and the HD television broadcast soon hit the internet, where the good folks at Big O zine scooped it up and now have posted as a free download, along with artwork.

MP3: Depeche Mode – NOS Alive! Palco NOS, Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal; July 8, 2017.

Intriguingly, only a few songs from the new album was spotlighted, as there were plenty of hits and fan faves such as “Personal Jesus,” “Walking In My Shoes” and early gem “Everything Counts.” The full tracklisting is below.

      Track 101
. Going Backwards * 6:12
. Barrel of a Gun 5:51
. A Pain That I’m Used To 4:35
. In Your Room 6:41
. World in My Eyes 5:37
. Cover Me * 5:26
. Judas 6:17
. Where’s the Revolution * 5:05
. Wrong 4:09
. Everything Counts 6:46
. Stripped 5:08
. Enjoy the Silence 8:10
. Never Let Me Down Again 6:11
. encore break 2:13
. Home 7:42
. Walking in My Shoes 7:02
. I Feel You 6:18
. Personal Jesus 6:08
* Tracks from Spirit.

39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

Event will feature a centennial tribute to Thelonious Monk
Taking place August 31-September 3 at Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center, the 39th annual Chicago Jazz fest, featuring a lineup of local and national artists, includes centennial tributes to Dizzy Gillespieled by Jon Faddis and Ella Fitzgerald, the Donny McCaslin Group, George Freeman’s 90thBirthday Celebration, Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt, Rebirth Brass Band, Willie Pickens, a Celebration of Southport Records,  Chicago Jazz Composers Collective, Young Chicago Authors, Thaddeus Tukes Quintet and NextGenJazz Rooftop Stag. One big highlight: Jason Moran presents “In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959.”

Admission to the Chicago Jazz Festival is free, and hours for Thursday, August 31, are noon–4:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center and 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. in Millennium Park. On Friday, September 1, through Sunday, September 3, the festival will be in Millennium Park, 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.

39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Schedule of Perfomances
-Subject to change-

Thursday, August 31

Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda 
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A Jazz Village featuring Chicago’s Jazz Community
Claudia Cassidy Theater 
11 a.m. – Noon The Evolution of Afro-Cuban Jazz: A Talk with Ignacio Berroa
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Thaddeus Tukes Quintet
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.       Tim StineTrio
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.     Dave Rempis Quintet performing Jackie McLean’s Action
Randolph Square
Noon – 1 p.m.         Curtis Prince Band featuring Ari Brown
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.       West End Jazz Band
3 – 4 p.m.                 Southport Records Celebrates 40 Years of Sparrow
Preston Bradley Hall 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   “What Is This Thing Called Jazz” w/ Willie Pickens & Miguel de la Cerna
2 – 3 p.m.                 Young Chicago Authors
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.       Chicago Jazz Composers Collective
Millennium Park
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.     George Freeman 90th Birthday Celebration
8 – 9:30 p.m.           Dizzy Gillespie’s Centennial Celebration with Jon Faddis and the                                                     Chicago Jazz Festival Big Band

Friday, September 1

Millennium Park
Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade)
Noon – 12:55 p.m.   Tim Fitzgerald’s Full House
1:10 – 2:05 p.m.       Steve Gibons Gypsy Rhythm
2.20 – 3:15 p.m.       Rob Denty / Tim Mulvenna Duo Plus
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.       Slavic Soul Party!
Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   Joe Policastro Trio
2 – 3 p.m.                 Reggie Thomas Quintet
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.       Stu Katz Shearing Redux
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5 – 5:50 p.m.           dana hall’s spring
6 – 6:55 p.m.           Donny McCaslin Group
7:10 – 8:10 p.m.       Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
8:30 – 9:30 p.m.       Jason Moran presents In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959

Saturday, September 2

Millennium Park
Roof Top Jazz:  Young Jazz Lions (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)
11:30 a.m. – Noon Morgan Park High School Jazz Combo
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.   Jones College Prep Jazz Combo
1 – 1:30 p.m.           Whitney Young High School Jazz Combo
2  – 2:40 p.m.         Kelly High School Jazz Ensemble
2:55 – 3:35 p.m.       Kenwood Academy High School Jazz Ensemble
3:50 – 4:30 p.m.       Roosevelt University Jazz Ensemble plays A Love Supreme
Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade) 
Noon – 12:55 p.m. Charles Heath Quartet
1:10 – 2:05 p.m.     Gustavo Cortiñas Snapshot
2:20 – 3:15 p.m.       Hearts & Minds
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.       Mary Halvorson Octet
Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   Typhanie Monique
2 – 3 p.m.                 Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.       Low Down Brass Band
Jay Pritzker Pavilion 
5 – 5:50 p.m.           Dr. Michael White Quartet 
6 – 6:55 p.m.           BassDrumBone
7:10 – 8:10 p.m.       Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom
8:30 – 9:30 p.m.     Ellabration! 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald featuring the Brad William Trio, Sheila Jordan, Dee Alexander, Frieda Lee, Spider Saloff & Paul Mariano
Sunday, September 3

Millennium Park
Roof Top Jazz: NextGenJazz (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Jenna Przbysz Collective
12:30 -1:15 p.m. Trilogy (Kevin King, Jeremy Warren, Jada Stroud)
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.     Infrared Quintet led by Kenthaney Redmond
2:30 -3:15 p.m.       Possibilities Trio (Tim Bennett, Dan Stein, Peter Manheim)
3:30 4:15 p.m.         Chosen Few led by Isaiah Collier
Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade) 
Noon – 12:55 p.m.   Rooms Trio
1:10 – 2:05 p.m.       The Jonathan Doyle Swingtet
2:20 – 3:15 p.m.       Josh Berman Quartet
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.     Louis Moholo-Moholo: Five Blokes
Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   Michele Thomas
2 – 3 p.m.                 JoAnn Daugherty
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.       Johnny Blas Afro Libre Orquesta
Jay Pritzker Pavilion 
5 – 5:50 p.m.           Roscoe Mitchell’s Quartets Celebrating 50 years of Nessa Records
6 – 6:55 p.m.           Sheila Jordan featuring Steve Kuhn’s Trio
7:10 – 8:10 p.m.     Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt
8:30 – 9:30 p.m.       Rebirth Brass Band

Incoming: Oral History Book on Jerry Rubin and The Yippies

That would be the OTHER Jerry who waved his freak flag high…

By Uncle Blurt

Most of you are too young to even recognize the names “Jerry Rubin” and “Yippies”—and no doubt more than a few of my peers are too senile now to remember ‘em. But for those of us who staggered through the ‘60s and ‘70s and lived to talk about it, the significance is huge. From the college campus free speech movement of Amerikka and the anti-Vietnam War forces who railed against the Emperor Nixon, all the way to our current era in which Occupy groups resist institutional oppression and are paying witness to the eroding of democracy under the regime of Emperor Trump, there’s both relevance and resonance to be found in the anti-authoritarian efforts of Rubin and his peers.

Now there’s a book to go with the sentiments. Did It!, by veteran journalist and music archivist Pat Thomas, is due from Fantagraphics on September 5. Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The sights & sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 and the co-curator of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980.

Some details:

Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary, is billed as “the first ever oral and visual history of Jerry Rubin and The Yippies.” It features an impressive supporting cast, too—raise your hand if you know the names Paul Krassner, Chicago 8 Defendants, Black Panthers, John & Yoko, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Norman Mailer, Phil Ochs, Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Studio 54, Timothy Leary…

“[Rubin was] co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, New Age/Self Help proponent, and social-networking pioneer. Entire chapters chronicle bizarre interactions with Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, John Lennon, and Mick Jagger are described via interviews and diaries – some found in Rubin’s personal archives and published for the first time – along with photographs & correspondence with Yoko Ono, Norman Mailer, Eldridge Cleaver, and the Weather Underground.  Also explored is the oft-misunderstood relationship between Rubin and his partner-in-crime Abbie Hoffman.

“75 of Rubin’s co-conspirators were interviewed for the book including fellow Chicago 8 Defendants, participants in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement; Paul Krassner, Judy Gumbo, Nancy Kurshan, John & Leni Sinclair (of the White Panthers & MC5), Rennie Davis, Country Joe McDonald and dozens more reveal in their own voice – vibrant stories of the era. Often left out in histories of the radical sixties, twenty women speak out in their own voice!”


Breeders Announce Fall US/UK/Euro Tour

No new studio material on tap yet, however.

By Barbi Martinez

On October 15 the Breeders kick off a new tour—the last time the ’90s alt-rock renegades hit the road was in 2014, drawing mixed but generally favorable reviews—and, following a couple of weeks in Europe and the UK, they’ll come back home for an October 29 show opening for Arcade Fire followed by two weeks in the States. As the last studio album was 2008’s Mountain Battles you would assume they had a new record to accompany the tour, but so far, no dice.

Below are the tour dates, and after that, watch a complete performance from 2014. (The start of the audience-shot video is shaky, but it gets better fairly quickly.)

10-15 Glasgow, Scotland – ABC
10-16 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
10-17 Manchester, England – Academy 2
10-18 London, England – Electric Ballroom
10-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Max
10-23 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
10-24 Berlin, Germany – Heimathafen
10-25 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
10-27 Paris, France – Gaite Lyrique
10-29 St. Paul, MN – XCEL Energy Centre
11-01 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
11-03 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
11-04 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
11-05 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
11-06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11-08 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
11-09 Seattle, WA – Showbox at Market
11-12 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
11-13 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

Listen to New Dr. Dre Track


By Barbi Martinez

“How you spell C.E.O.? D.R.E./ What a nigga dream he could try to be!” – Dr. Dre, “Gunfiyah”

Yeah, that’s how we feel too. I was saying how hip-hop has created an entire new type of CEO, just the other night about Dr. Dre,while watching the first installment of the HBO documentary about his and Jimmy Iovine’s industry rise, The Defiant Ones.

There is also, refreshingly, not an excess of censorship (bleeped-out bits, etc.). It’s a brilliant series no matter what your musical tastes might be. Check out a new song from Dre that premiered on the show.

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ to Play Free Schoolkids/WUNC-FM Show On July 14

Part of the Mill Music Sessions at Rocky Mount Mills!

By Blurt Staff

Earlier this year, WUNC-FM formed a partnership with BLURT’s sister business Schoolkids Records (of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC) on a new, free concert series at Rocky Mount Mills. In the tradition of WUNC’s Back Porch Music on the Lawn Series these concerts are designed to both celebrate North Carolina’s rich musical heritage and provide families a fun night out, and to date we’ve had shows by Hiss Golden Messenger in April, Southern Culture on the Skids in May, and Chatham County Line in June.

Up next week is a longtime Schoolkids-BLURT fave, a band we’ve hosted and hung out with in the past on several occasions: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, who will be kicking out the jams on Friday, July 14. We certainly hope you’ll come out if you are in the area – check the link above for Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC. The free show is open to the public and family friendly. These are free, outdoor concerts so bring lawn chair, pick up dinner from one of the local restaurants or bring a picnic and join us for an evening of music and fun.

“Rocky Mount Mills is fast becoming one of Eastern North Carolina’s premier live-work-play destinations,” said Evan Covington Chavez from Rocky Mount Mills. “This concert series, along with the restaurants and breweries, enhances the playful environment on campus and will appeal to anyone who enjoys good music.”

Coming next month, on August 11, will be Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops). And in late September or early October there will be a very special performance for the series finale, starring…. Sorry, can’t reveal this just yet. Stay tuned, punters…

Check Out a Fresh Track & Video from Wy

Eagerly anticipated debut album arrives in October.

By Jonathan Levitt

With second single “What Would I Ever DoWy 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.”



MP3: Download the Wedding Present’s 6/17/17 Dublin Show


David Gedge knows of what he thumps.

By Uncle Blurt

Weddoes rool, OK! The legendary British band performed ’87 debut George Best a couple of weeks ago in Dublin, and by all accounts it was a smokin’ evening. A great sounding audience recording is up on the web for free download now at the Big O zine (via Dime A Dozen, natch).

MP3: Wedding Present – Academy, Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland; June 17, 2017.

In addition, they have kindly included downloadable artwork, and there’s also bonus material from last year’s BBC Session (for Marc Riley show), Media City, Manchester, UK; September 8, 2016, originally broadcast via satellite radio. The full tracklisting is below.

Disc 1

      Track 101
. Scotland 5:41
      Track 102
. Broken Bow 2:43
      Track 103
. Deer Caught In The Headlights 5:27
      Track 104
. Model, Actress, Whatever 4:20
      Track 105
. Click Click 4:52
      Track 106
. Crawl 2:44
      Track 107
. Loveslave 4:03
      Track 108
. Fifty Six 4:48
      Track 109
. England 5:13

George Best

      Track 110
. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft 3:49
      Track 111
. What Did Your Last Servant Die Of? 2:24
      Track 112
. Don’t Be So Hard 3:23
      Track 113
. A Million Miles 3:33
      Track 114
. All This & More 2:13
      Track 115
. My Favourite Dress 5:04
      Track 116
. Shatner 2:02
      Track 117
. Something & Nothing 3:27
66 mins

Disc 2

      Track 201
. It’s What You Want That Matters 4:30
      Track 202
. Give My Love To Kevin 2:37
      Track 203
. Anyone Can Make A Mistake 3:25
      Track 204
. You Can Moan, Can’t You? 3:27
      Track 205
. Band Intros 2:18
      Track 206
. Kennedy 4:40
21 mins

BBC Session 2016

      Track 207
. Introduction/Rachel 5:59
      Track 208
. Interview 8:20
      Track 209
. Santa Monica 6:25
      Track 210
. Bear 4:49
      Track 211
. Jumper Clown/closing comments 4:37
      Track 212
. Kill Devil Hills 2:23
33 mins

Watch New Kendrick Lamar Video for “Element”

By Barbi Martinez

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.

Not Another Fyre Sale: The xx Cancel Big Festival Over Environmental Concerns


By Barbi Martinez

Well, so much for that Icelandic vacation I was planning on taking in a couple of weeks: Earlier this year The xx mounted their new Night + Day festival in England, and were looking to replicate its success in Iceland (Skógafoss ) on July 14-16. Now we learn it’s been cancelled because the site is on Iceland’s Environmental Agency’s latest list of endangered areas.

The promoter issued a statement:

“Whilst everyone involved in this event has been excited about working towards something memorable and spectacular, it is however fundamental that we put any environmental responsibilities first especially when we’re dealing with such a special location. Ultimately the challenges on this site were insurmountable and it was not possible to secure another suitable venue in time. We know that people will be hugely disappointed as we are, but we hope everyone understands the situation.”

Start grabbing your refunds, punters, and you’ll just have to catch the likes of The xx, Earl Sweatshirt, Robyn, Sampha, Kamasi Washington, Warpaint, and Floating Points elsewhere this year.