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.

MP3: Download Yo La Tengo’s 3/23/17 “Turned Itself Inside Out” Show

By Uncle Blurt

Who out there doesn’t love Yo La Tengo? (Okay, you in the corner, the dude with the Fatomas T-shirt, please let yourself out quietly.) In March the Hoboken heroes mounted a unique concert billed as Yo La Tengo Turned Itself Inside Out that featured additional instrumentation beyond the core three: two drummers, a guitarist, a four-person horn section, and Zeena Parkins on electric harp being processed through multiple effects boxes. The good folks at Big O Zine have now posted the show in its entirety online – via a hot-sounding audiende recording at Dime A Dozen, natch.

Ira Kaplan – guitar, piano, vocals
Georgia Hubley
drums, vocals
James McNew
bass, keyboards, vocals

Chad Taylordrums
Amy Garapic
Zeena Parkins
Mary Halvorson
Vincent Chancey
french horn
Roswell Rudd
– trombone
Daniel Carter
Taylor Ho Bynum
– cornet

MP3: Yo La Tengo – Town Hall, New York, NY; March 23, 2017.

You can download the MP3s at the above link, along with artwork suitable for printing out. The full tracklist is below.

      Track 101
. Let’s Be Still 11:52
      Track 102
. Ohm 10:02
      Track 103
. Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House 6:34
      Track 104
. Black Flowers 5:56
      Track 105
. Tom Courtenay 4:22
      Track 106
. Our Way to Fall 6:12
      Track 107
. Green Arrow 7:38
      Track 201
. Saturday 5:04
      Track 202
. Stupid Things 11:18
      Track 203
. Autumn Sweater 5:42
      Track 204
. Blue Line Swinger 19:42
      Track 205
. Nuclear War 10:17


Video Premiere: The Suburbs “Hey Muse!”

Choice track – one of the best surprises of the year to date as well – plucked from brand new album of same name, released June 23.

By Blurt Staff

Founding members Chan Poling and Hugo Klaers, of the legendary Minneapolis new-wave and punk band The Suburbs, have a new album and single called HEY MUSE! The new album is to drop Friday, June 23rd. We are honored at BLURT to be able to give our readers an advance taste. Check out HEY MUSE! single and watch the new music video for it below:

Hey Muse! is a brand new collection of tunes; an extension of the Suburbs sound forged in the cauldron of underground;  rock that bubbled up in the Twin Cities in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. As usual the goal is to make you laugh, cry, and shake your ass.

The Suburbs’ newest addition to the band is veteran guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer), who also created their new music video Hey Muse! The video was made on a tour of the U.K., ordinary things through the eyes of someone far from home, but without day to day tasks that keep one’s eyes and imagination busy. A color and shape party.

Plenty of opps to see the band live over the next few weeks – dates at their website. And revisit their deep history at Wikipedia.



We Want YOU at our Purple Rain Listening Party w/Schoolkids Records

And yes, there will be giveaways…

By Blurt Staff

Join BLURT’s sister business Schoolkids Records of Raleigh, NC, this Friday (June 23), and hear the new remastered version of Prince’s Purple Rain soundtrack.

Warner Bros is re-releasing Purple Rain in various iterations (including an expanded 3CD/DVD edition) and a handful of classic Prince singles, freshly remastered. We will be dropping the needle at 7PM. Re-live those great memories of Prince by hearing Purple Rain again, for the first time!  We will have cold beer on tap, hot music on the platter, and plenty of fabulous giveaways. Mark your calendars and don’t miss this party!

Schoolkids is located at 2237 Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh, and it is one of three Schoolkids locations in North Carolina. Visit the official website for all the details.


Track Premiere: Pauline Pisano “Calling All Angels”

Taken from upcoming August release.

By Blurt Staff

A founding member of Decima, The Crushes, and I, Revere (not to mention an auxiliary player for Walking For Pennies, The New Hotness, The Black Atlas, and BETS), keyboardist/vocalist/composer Pauline Pisano is now prepping an ambitious new solo album, Inside The Wheel, due in August. We are honored at BLURT to be able to give our readers an advance taste. Check out “Calling All Angels”:

Inside The Wheel has its origins in a cancelled tour and a relationship dissolution, and Pisano subsequently retreating to a secluded family cottage where she could think, write, reflect, write more, and ultimately look within herself for the narrative that emerged. Indeed, it is a concept album involving three main characters: the self, the youngest/oldest self, and the furies. Using a harmonizer, each character is assigned a vocal timbre: The self is Pauline’s voice unaffected, the wise youngest/oldest self is a voice heard an octave below, and the furies are heard in hard-tuned 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths. These characters flow in and out of each song and often speak to each other. The album is meant to be heard from start to finish as song order of the album was embedded in its initial stages of construction.

To capture the dark/hopeful vibe of this record Pauline’s producer, Dan Weiner, utilized bass synths, soft acoustic guitars, a vibraphone, a piano, Rhodes, spacey electric guitars, marimba, cello, percussion and electric/acoustic drums. For Pisano this is a new sound, however there are certain songs that pay homage to her earlier works.

Find out more about Pisano, including her work as a social activist and advocate for mental health, at her official website.

Photo Credit: Chris Montgomery



Death From Above 1979 Surprise-releases Flexidisc

Makes a great wall ornament, too!

By Barbi Martinez

The rumored new Death From Above 1979 single in rumor no more: titled “Freeze Me,” the rowdy, thumping, jerking-back-and-forth track is pressed up as a clear vinyl flexidisc and is currently causing a stir among fans who, uh, can’t play records.

Never fear, kids. As I write, folks are turning the tune into MP3s and uploading the song to the interwebs, and it’s also aired on the BBC HERE so you can listen to it.  The flexi has been turning up for free in the mailboxes of fans all over the country, not to mention the mailbox of ye olde editor of BLURT, via the group’s label Warner Bros.