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Video Premiere: Tarrant – “Cheap Shit from China”

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Some red-hatted types want to make America grate (on your nerves) again. Luckily, we have this awesome Richmond band who feels your pain….

By Blurt Staff

Update March 22: As it turns out, Fox harbors a deep affection for Donald Trump, because they objected to some film footage used in the clip and subsequently had the video removed. Who knew an indie band, and by extension BLURT, could rattle cages with such aplomb! So the band has re-edited it, and we are duly re-posting it. Enjoy!

It’s a reasonable question the band asks: “From The Snuggie to the The Clapper, America loves a bargain. But does America really need any of this stuff?”

That would be Tarrant, rockers from Richmond, Virginia, in their new video “Cheap Shit from China,” and if the song title alone doesn’t pretty much tell the story to you, then bubba, we’ve got a Trump steak we wanna sell you. The rest of you, however, just settle in and check out the clip. We are confident it will, er, resonate:

It’s not just about American consumerism, however, as the images of Trump crap – both Donald’s ties, shirts, and hats, and Ivanka’s clothing line – suggest. Did ya notice all those “made in China” tags? As the band notes, “Think of this video as an artistic rebuke to President Trump’s populism. A creative ying to Trumps’ erroneous wire tapp (sic) yang [and] baseless late night Twitter posts which culminate in an endless series of terrifying CNN Breaking News updates each day. Or more succinctly: A NEW LOW! SAD!” Put another way, hashtag style: #WeUnderstandThatAsCorporateEntitiesOurPresenceInCertainDiscussionsIsNotAlwaysRequiredSoWeWillStriveToLimitOurActivitiesToJustSellingYouShit

Tarrant is notching plenty of acclaim for their debut EP, Lazarus, and for their dynamic, roots-rock-raveup stage presence. The lineup includes lead singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Jordan Tarrant, guitarist/mandolinist Jared Pool, drummer Dusty Simmons, and bassist Kai Eason, plus auxiliary member Craig Harmon playing Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer and steel guitar. With Jordan Tarrant’s friend and producer Russell Lacy helping to steer the ship in the studio, they’re clearly poised to break nationally.

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The single for the song drops this Friday, March 17, via the Funzalo label. You can get more info about the band and their plan on the web:

https://www.facebook.com/tarrantmusic/

http://funzalorecords.com/

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Last Waltz 40 Tour Gets Underway Again

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Heading back up to Cripple Creek one last time….

By Blurt Staff

What do Warren Haynes and Danny Louis of Govt. Mule, Dr. John, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, Terence Higgins, and Mark Mullins have in common? They’re all devotees of the legendary swansong by The Band—The Last Waltz, which took place four decades ago in San Francisco. This past December the the Last Waltz 40 Band convened in Asheville, NC, for the annual Haynes Christmas Jam, a benefit concert for Habitat For Humanity. Now the tour, having completed the first leg, will be kicking off a second leg March 30 in Dallas, then for the next couple of weeks will hit select markets in the Midwest and West.

By all accounts, this will be a big deal, particularly for folks—which would be just about everybody on the musical planet—who know the artists and songs from The Last Waltz album and Martin Scorcese-filmed documentary. In addition to the folks listed above, there will be an all-star horn section led by Mullins and featuring the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint, plus very special guests Garth Hudson (some dates), Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, and Bob Margolin. Other guests to be announced as the tour unfolds.

Go here for the full itinerary.

Video Premiere: Kennedy “Bareback”

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Yes, this IS the droid you’re looking for…

By Blurt Staff

That’s just Kennedy—no additional names required. You might recall the Cali artist from his days in an early lineup of Silversun Pickups or perhaps as the house bandleader at the original Largo comedy night, or perhaps from his London-based collective Nightbus. There have also been underground hits, such as club anthem “Karate” as well as viral video “Your Mama”, and collaborations with Grizfolk and BØRNS. Now he’s dropped a new single, “Bareback,” which he describes as “a seemingly impossible mashup of techno and country, equal parts Walker: Texas Ranger meets Star Trek: The Next Generation. Robots, line dancing, cowgirls, pick-ups and automatic weapons play a part in this slick EDM-inspired extravaganza video.” You can check out the video for it right here:

Notes Kennedy, “I put together the song and video while I was producing and writing the new Striking Matches album in Nashville because I really wanted to combine two totally different genres,” said producer/performer Kennedy. “Country and Techno go together like whiskey and Tinder. And I swear, I really was county before country was cool.” Incidentally, that’s Nashville musician A.J. Hobbs in the video.

Check out Kennedy’s Soundcloud page for plenty more music. Visit his Facebook page as well.

Incoming: Jon Stickley Trio’s 3rd Full-Length

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Jamming North Carolina outfit explores the outer limits.

BY BLURT STAFF

Asheville’s Jon Stickley Trio – guitarist Stickley, violinist Lyndsay Pruett, and Patrick Armitage on drums – dropped a surprise EP, Triangular, back in December, a stopgap followup to 2015’s outstanding Lost at Last. Now they’re prepping a new full-length for a May 12 release. Titled Maybe Believe, it was cut at Echo Mountain Studios with producer Dave King of the Bad Plus, who enthuses, “The latest record from the Jon Stickley Trio flexes new and strong muscles, utilizing more progressive structures and deeper pockets than ever before. All the while, the group retains its place as a modern-thinking acoustic ensemble with one foot in tradition and the other in a bluegrass honored future that allows for the avant garde, punk, and be bop to mix in freely and tastefully.”

It’s the second time to the well with the Trio and King, and it marks yet another phase in the group’s evolution – anyone who’s ever seen them play knows that “bluegrass” barely describes the sound, which to BLURT’s ears is akin to a fusion outfit covering Sonic Youth, if Sonic Youth were a bluegrass band. Maybe David Grisman guest-starring as well. It’s that unclassifiable, pure high energy and sonically challenging, yet deeply melodic and with irresistible rhythms.

Stickley says, “We had just gotten to know Dave last time and had such a good time. Bringing him in again takes the whole thing up a notch. It was a completely different experience, after traveling all over the place touring [in 2016 the Trio drove over 50,000 miles], over time we’ve developed a cohesion as a band where we intimately know each other and can feel where each other is wanting to go and respond. It’s developed into a tight musical relationship.”

Below, check out a video of the band during recording sessions, along with upcoming tour dates and album tracklisting – of the latter, can we assert that it’s unlikely you’ll ever come across an album with songcredits for both Bill Monroe and Aphex Twin?

Track Listing:

1. Jewels 2:03
2. Playpeople 4:36
3. Almost With You 3:39
4. Slow Burn 4:47
5. Jerusalem Ridge (Bill Monroe) 5:36
6. Avril 14th (Richard James a.k.a. Aphex Twin) 1:59
7. Cecil 4:36
8. Microbruise 3:19
9. The Price of Being Nice (Lyndsay Pruett) 3:39
10. Mt. Sandia Swing 4:23
11. Birdland Breakdown (John Reischman) 3:54
12. Lady Time (Lyndsay Pruett) 3:44

Tour Dates:
3/15 Wed – The Station Inn – Nashville, TN *w/ The Dustbowl Revival
3/16 Thu – The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ The Dustbowl Revival
3/17-18 Fri-Sat – Anastasia Music Festival @ St. Augustine Amphitheater – St. Augustine, FL
3/21 Tue – Taos Mesa Brewing – El Prado, NM
3/22 Wed – House Concert – Albuquerque, NM
3/23 Thu – Last Exit Live – Phoenix, AZ
3/24 Fri – Coconino Center For The Arts – Flagstaff, AZ
3/25 Sat – Seven Grand – San Diego, CA
3/29 Wed – Throckmorton Theatre – Mill Valley, CA
3/30 Thu – Neck of the Woods – San Francisco, CA
3/31-4/1 Fri-Sat – WinterWonderGrass – North Lake Tahoe, CA
4/6 Thu – The Stage at KDHX – St. Louis, MO
4/7 Fri – Rhythm and Blooms Festival – Knoxville, TN
4/8 Sat – Albino Skunk Festival – Greer, SC
4/12 Wed – Willie’s Locally Known – Lexington, KY
4/13 Thu – The Fire Pit’s Side Bar – Milwaukee, WI
4/14 Fri – Mid West Music Festival – LaCrosse, WI
4/15 Sat – Two Brothers Roundhouse – Aurora, IL
4/29 Sat – WV Craft Brew Fest – Lewisburg, WV
5/12-13 – Fri-Sat – LEAF – Black Mountain, NC
5/19 Fri – Lower Town Arts & Music Festival – Paducah, KY
5/20 Sat – Moonshiner’s Ball – Berea, KY
5/26 Fri – Rooster Walk – Martinsville, VA
6/8 Thu – Founders Brewing – Grand Rapids, MI
6/9 Fri – Parliament Room at Otus Supply – Ferndale, MI
6/10-11 Sat-Sun – NorEastr Festival @ County Fairgrounds – Mio, MI
7/15 Sat – Red Wing Roots Music Festival – Mount Solon, VA
7/29-30 Sat-Sun – FloydFest – Floyd, VA

Nonprofit CASH Supports Artists; Neko, Thurston, Corin, Others Pitch In

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Nonprofit aims to help artists of all stripes.

By Blurt Staff

You’ve probably heard of CASH Music, the support-the-artists nonprofit. Now they’ve launched a rowdfunding campaign, CASH Music Family.To draw attention to the campaign a number of generours artists have stepped up to offer exclusive content, including Sleater-Kinney,  Neko Case, Thurston Moore, Will Sheff, Craig Finn, the Haxan Cloak, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats), Brendan Canty (Deathfix, Fugazi), and more. Also getting involved are a number of indie labels, including Hardly Art, Polyvinyl, Relapse, Ghostly International, and the Secretly Canadian family.

Go here for more information, and make sure you check out all the artist testimonials at the page.

According to CASH, by donating at least $9 per month you’ll get:

 

  • A voice in our direction. At least once a quarter we’ll hold a member vote on what features should be built next, who should be nominated for or receive support from The Revolving Fund, and what we need to cover on Watt.
  • • A curated feed of new, rare, and debut music delivered directly to your inbox.
  • • Access to a special Family-only store with one-of-a-kind items like test pressings, autographed records or merch, & exclusive merch from artists & labels we love

 

Pyrotechnics! Spurting blood! Toppling buildings! New Feelies video!

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Subject header fake news alert…. Above, meet the Fab Five.

By Fred Mills

Now that we’ve got your attention, please watch the new Feelies video. It’s for the most excellent song “Gone Gone Gone” from the even more most excellent album “In Between,” to  which our reviewer recently awarded a 4-out-of-5-possible-stars review.

Indeed, on the album, the NJ quintet seems wonderfully relaxed, unconcerned with clock-watching, and this makes the gradual upshift over the course of it—from tuneful folk-rock tropes into the noisy fuzzed-out garage motifs heard in “Been Replaced” and “Gone Gone Gone”—feel all the more natural and compelling. I mean, no one’s going to confuse the scholarly—nerdy, even—Feelies for a wooly group of jam-band marauders. But when they feel like putting their feet to the pedal, there’s no stopping ‘em.  This track’s a perfect example – and this low key video is a beautifully perverse way of underscoring exactly that.

MP3d: Download Chuck Prophet 2/26/17 Vienna Concert

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Showcase for the rocker’s outstanding new album.

By Uncle Blurt

It’s no secret we’re big Chuck Prophet fans around the old BLURT saloon here – his new album Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins is one of his best recordings ever and yer ol’ Uncle has been on nonstop Spotify shuffle with it in the car since it was released last month. (Go HERE to read a review of his 2014 album Nightsurfer.) Prophet has hit the road behind it as well, and a couple of weeks ago he was in Vienna, where he positively smoked.

The good folks at the Big O zine have posted the set online as a free download, including downloadable artwork.

MP3: Chuck Prophet – Chelsea Bar, Vienna, Austria 2/26/17

You can check out the full setlist, below. Note that there’s a hefty sampling of Prophet fan faves (say that phrase real fast 5 times) alongside most of the new album – and it’s an outstanding, audience-sourced recording as well.

Disc 1

      Track 101
. Spoken intro/Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins * 4:38
      Track 102
. Ramona Say Yes 3:47
      Track 103
. Lonely Desolation 4:03
      Track 104
. banter/song intro 1:23
      Track 105
. Bad Year For Rock ‘n’ Roll * 3:47
      Track 106
. Temple Beautiful 4:33
      Track 107
. Alex Nieto * 4:58
      Track 108
. banter/song intro 1:27
      Track 109
. Barely Exist 6:10
      Track 110
. Jesus Was A Social Drinker * 5:06
      Track 111
. You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp) 9:56
      Track 112
. In The Mausoleum * 5:48
56 mins

Disc 2

      Track 201
. Ford Econoline 4:15
      Track 202
. banter/song intro 3:47
      Track 203
. Coming Out In Code * 2:33
      Track 204
. We Got Up And Played * 5:22
      Track 205
. Iodine 4:04
      Track 206
. Summertime Thing 9:15
      Track 207
. band intros/Countrified Inner City Technological Man 4:40
      Track 208
. Wish Me Luck 6:58
      Track 209
. Willie Mays Is Up At Bat 9:25
      Track 210
. Let Her Dance/Mr Pharmacist/band intros 7:00
58 mins

* Tracks from Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins.

Ty Segall on Streaming: “Spotify and Apple rip off artists.”

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Not averse to giving music away for free, but isn’t eager to let Spotify rake in the dough. Above photo by John Boydston.

By Blurt Staff

Ty Segall is in the news again, this time coming out against digital streaming – for the record, BLURT is both pro-streaming (that’s often how we get tipped off to new music, and numerous record labels manage to slash their marketing and promotion budgets by only providing digital streaming promos) and pro-physical (our sister business, Schoolkids Records, is a brick-and-mortar record store selling CDs and LPs, so we have a vested interest in seeing physical releases for music). Recall just a few years ago when it was a big deal that his new album was streaming online. But as Stereogum points out, Segall is a Drag City artist, and Drag City is devoutly anti-streaming.

Segall said in an interview with Esquire, “With Spotify and all those streaming services you don’t get paid anything. You have to be like Madonna or something to actually make a real royalty from that. You make better royalties off YouTube than Spotify. Apple Music is the same. The truth of the matter is I don’t have problem with any of those things if they paid better, I would do them. But they don’t, they totally rip off artists. So I don’t want to be a part of it. But YouTube and all that stuff, free music — totally cool, go for it. I’d rather have the music [be] free than get ripped off by Spotify, personally. It’s just funny to me I’ve heard people say, ‘I don’t have the money to buy your album, man. Why isn’t it on Spotify?’ And I want to just be like, ‘Here’s the album for free, dude. I don’t know.’”

Go HERE to read our recent review of Segall’s latest album, Ty Segall, reviewed by Jennifer Kelly. (What does it sound like? We don’t know! But Kelly digs it, so we’ll just have to take her word for it.)

 

 

Incoming: New Coco Hames (The Ettes) Solo LP

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Still a badass: Nashville-based songwriter’s label also reissues her erstwhile garage-punk combo’s classic 2006 debut on vinyl.

By Blurt Staff

Although she’s been laying low, musically speaking, for a few years, having gotten married and also concentrating on her Nashville store Fond Object Records (records, natch, plus vintage clothing and furnishings, boutique items, etc.), Late of distaff garage firebrands The Ettes, Coco Hames is now set to make her solo debut bow.

March 31 will bring Coco Hames (Fond Object), a foray into classic country and Americana cut in Nashville at the Bomb Shelter with co-producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) and featuring Little Jack Lawrence from the Greenhornes and Raconteurs on bass, Julian Dorio of the Whigs on drums, The Weight’s guitarist Adam Meisterhaus, and Reigning Sound keyboardsman Dave Amels. (Sharp eyes who like to connect the dots will note the Reigning Sound connection: in 2010, Hames teamed up with RS mainman Greg Cartwright as the Parting Gifts, whose Strychnine Dandelion is reviewed elsewhere on the BLURT site.)

Below, you can check out a couple of Hames tracks on YouTube that have surfaced in advance of the album. She’s also slated to perform during SXSW in Austin this week on March 16, 12AM at Tap Room At the Market, for which she notes about the new album, “It was this massive leap of faith for me. After being in a band for so long, this time I was on my own—no gang to hide behind or fall back on.”

So don’t miss her—she’s the real deal.

Meanwhile, Ettes fans recently got a surprise gift, also courtesy Fond Object: a vinyl reissue of the trio’s timeless 2006 CD debut, Shake The Dust. Originally recorded by Hames, Jem Cohen, and Poni Silver with Liam Watson in London at Toe Rag Studios and released on the late, great Sympathy For the Record Industry label, it’s now out on super-limited colored vinyl (glom that gorgeous wax, below, punters) as well as black vinyl. It also comes with a download card that will yield a pair of previously unreleased tracks. Grab it while copies last.

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Photo Credit: Rachel Briggs/via SXSW.com

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Links to sundry Ettes content elsewhere at BLURT are below—note that in our early days, Hames was also a regular blogger for BLURT (“Look At Life”), although, sadly, after our website crashed in 2012 we lost a ton of content, including hers.

“The Most Fucked Up Thing I’ve Ever Seen” (by Coco Hames)

“Power Ball” (2009 interview)

“The Blurt Auto-Interview” (Hames interviews herself, 2010, a la the classic Trouser Press magazine self-interviews)

“Badass” (2011 interview)

Video Unveiling of “You Were There” (2013, from the Wicked Will album)

 

 

 

 

Oz Legend feedtime Returns w/In The Red LP

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As the record label puts it, “First new album from Australia’s favorite misanthropic noise-makers in over 20 (!!!) years.”

By Michael Toland & Fred Mills

When Australia’s great Feedtime reunited in 2012 for a U.S. tour in celebration of The Aberrant Years, Sub Pop’s compilation of the trio’s first four albums from the ‘80s, we Americans thought that was the best it was gonna get. Little did we know that the Sydney avant-noise rockers were hatching plans for new music. Following 2015’s out-of-nowhere new single “Flatiron” b/w “Stick Up Jack,” Gas is the first Feedtime record since 1996’s Billy, and the first one to feature the original lineup since 1989’s Suction (a seminal record for anyone interested in Australia’s noir rock underground, or in great 80s indie records in general). It’s out on vinyl and CD on April 7 via everyone’s scuzz rock-loving pals In the Red Records – info here. (Make sure you look close – the limited edition green vinyl version is sure to sell out on preorder long before the record actually hits stores.) You can find more info on the band’s glory years here.

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No single has been announced, but surely “Stick Up Jack” is on it, so here’s the video for that song as a taster. It’s a typical Feedtime track – fuzzed-out slide guitar, repetitive rhythms, pissed-off vocals, a general “fuck off” attitude. In other words, totally great.

BLURT will have a full review of the album around the time of its release. Can one of our legendary tag-team reviews from our resident Oz-rock braintrust be in the making? Meanwhile, though, if you want to backtrack and check out some of our previous coverage, you could do far worse than read “Return of the Prodigal Sons,” a feature/interview published in 2015 and authored by Ye Olde Editor. Discussed are a capsule history of the band, the origins of The Aberrant Years along with the This Is Friday outtakes compilation that the S.S. Records released concurrently with the Sub Pop box, and of course the reunion tour, which subsequently yielded a 2015 Australian tour with the Oblivians. (Fun fact: Editor Mills ran into Greg Cartwright of the Oblivians/Reigning Sound not long ago, and he was proudly sporting a teeshirt with a bright green frog on it—yes, the feedtime frog.)

Okay gents, ball’s in your court—live dates?

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