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Watch Trailer for ’70s Hippie Film “Magic Music Movie”

Flashback time – if you can remember the ’70s, you probably weren’t really there.

By Fred Mills

As Billboard so succinctly puts it – “An Elusive ’70s Band Reunites for One Last Jam in ’40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie’

Indeed, the Magic Music band was a celebrated proto-jam/cosmic folk band out of Boulder back in the day that was tipped to be the next big thing. Until they weren’t, that is, and they eventually split up in 1975 with no albums recorded. So Emmy nominated producer Lee Aronosohn (Big Bang Theory) somehow got it in his head that he wanted to make a documentary about the group, and after tracking down the original members, he even engineered a reunion concert that he was able to film for doc.

 

It’s since been screened at a number of film festivals – including the Boulder Film Festival, natch, and will start opening at very select theaters starting this weekend. Then in early September it will be released digitally via The Orchard. Below, check out the official movie trailer.

Wayne Kramer’s MC5 50th Anniv. Tour Expands

It’s high time to kick out the jams back in the USA…

By Fred Mills

With a handful of summer European festival dates – as massive open-air festival “rehearsals,” so to speak – under their belts, the 50th anniversary tour of the legendary MC5 really gets under way this fall in North America, starting in early September and running through late October for what will be a triumphant homecoming show in Detroit for mainman Wayne Kramer. He’s calling his band the MC50 and he’s joined by Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayll, Fugazi drummer Brendon Canty, Faith No More bassist Billy Gould, and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant, with original 5 drummer Dennis “Machine Gun” Thompson slated to sit in at various points during the tour.

Meanwhile, as previously announced, special guests on select dates will include Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli, Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, and Was (Not Was) mainman Don Was. And with opening acts including Man Or Astro-man?, the Detroit Cobras, and Starcrawler (more tba), the shows, primarily at large clubs and medium sized theaters along with a few festivals, are predicted to routinely sell out. (September 8 sees the band playing in BLURT’s home base of Raleigh, NC, at the annual Hopscotch Music Festival) – and, intriguingly, the band’s showcase, which includes Liz Phair, Speedy Ortiz, and Zack Mexico, is also an individually ticketed concert that has just gone on sale to the public).

After the tour of North America, the MC50 heads back to Europe (link at the top). Here are the fall N.A. tour dates:

09/05 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
09/06 – St. Augustine, FL @ Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
09/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse #
09/08 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/09 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
09/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
09/12 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall *
09/13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
09/14 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount *
09/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
09/17 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
09/18 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
09/19 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
09/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre *
09/22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live *
09/23 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
09/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom *
09/26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room *
09/28 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
09/29 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
10/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
10/02 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/03 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues ^
10/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom ^
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ John Anson Ford (A Benefit for charity Jail Guitar Doors)
10/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater ^
10/16 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox ^
10/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ^
10/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall ^
10/20 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre ^
10/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *
10/24 – Chicago, IL @ Metro Chicago *
10/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s *
10/26 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall *
10/27 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *

# = w/ Man Or Astro-Man?
* = w/ Detroit Cobras
^ = Starcrawler

 

Eric Church Gets Dixie Chicked for NRA/Vegas Comments

Shut Up And Play Your Guitar Dept.: Apparently for SOME staunch 2nd Amendment people, the 1st Amendment is irrelevant….

By Fred Mills

In a remarkable new Rolling Stone interview titled, appropriately enough, “The Defiant One,” country star Eric Church was interviewed at his Nashville home, and over the course of the conversation he disclosed that while he owns several guns and is pro-2nd Amendment, he felt the Las Vegas massacre last year at a country music festival (where he had performed two days earlier) should be partly blamed on the NRA:

“There are some things we can’t stop. Like the disgruntled kid who takes his dad’s shotgun and walks into a high school. But we could have stopped the guy in Vegas.” As for why nothing’s been done? “I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA.”

The social media backlash was immediate, severe, and, as of this writing, sustained.

It was a striking flashback to 2003, when the Dixie Chicks criticized President Bush from a London Stage about the Iraq invasion, with now-former fans expressing support for the NRA, damning/mocking all the “libtards” like Church, planning on dumping their Church CDs in the trash, and predicting his career to be over. Apparently rabid support for the 2nd Amendment doesn’t rule out a general disdain for the 1st Amendment among some people.

But as one commenter – me, apparently a lonesome voice out of nearly 2000 comments – noted at Church’s Facebook posting about the RS story, “Eric, a lot of us are proud of you. Just because you’re getting Dixie Chicked all over the place by NRA stooges doesn’t mean we aren’t out here too, and we’ll have your back. They were wrong in 2003, and they’re wrong now.”

It won’t come as a huge surprise that commenters immediately began commenting on my comments – maybe I should play a drinking game and take a shot each time I get called a libtard; it would be a fun day. Meanwhile, though, the Dixie Chicks still have their careers, while all their haters – with the exception, perhaps, of certain fellow country stars – have slipped back into obscurity or under their rocks. It’s not hard to predict a similar trajectory for Church. And we need more stars like him.

Check out Schoolkids Records’ New Spotify Playlist of Label’s Gems

We got da rawk!

By Blurt Staff

Longtime – as in, more than 4 decades longtime – North Carolina indie record store chain Schoolkids Records is Blurt’s sister business, and awhile back our other sister business, indie label Second Motion Records, also become Schoolkids Records, as in, Schoolkids Records label. With artists as noteworthy as Tommy Keene, Buffalo Tom, The Church, Bettie Serveert, and 6 String Drag populating the roster thus far, it has been a solid run ever since founder (and Blurt majordomo) Stephen Judge started the label 10 years ago.

Stephen has put together a terrific Spotify playlist which spotlights his (our) label, so check it out.

Incoming: Shoes “Black Vinyl Shoes” 3CD Deluxe Edition

Our favorite power pop band, bar none, gets set to kill it again with archival release.

By Blurt Staff

Power pop icons Shoes – who killed it at our 2013 SXSW day party in Austin – have their iconic LP debut Black Vinyl Shoes vastly expanded as a 3CD set on August 31 from Britain’s Cherry Red label, one of the planet’s most reliable archival sources. From Cherry Red:

First issued in 1977 on the band’s own label but not widely available until it was reissued in 1978, SHOES’ first album proper, Black Vinyl Shoes, is an absolute classic of US Power Pop, characterised by gorgeous, Byrds-style chiming guitars, wistful, melancholy melodies and wonderful harmonies. To coincide with the 40th anniversary (ish!) of this landmark record, Cherry Red are proud to present this 3-CD deluxe edition of Black Vinyl Shoes, reconfigured to present – almost – the complete recordings of the band from their embryonic home demos in 1973 through to tracks laid down on the eve of their deal with Elektra Records in 1979. These include the entire Black Vinyl Shoes album, their privately-pressed 1975 album One In Versailles, the 1975 recordings which were unissued at the time but belatedly presented as Bazooka, two tracks from their mythical 1974 LP Heads Or Tails, their one-off single for Bomp! And a handful of previously unissued tracks. Coordinated with the original band members, Black Vinyl Shoes boasts lengthy (8,000-word) sleeve-notes by David Wells, remastered sound quality and a sizeable booklet awash with rare images from the period.

Full track listing for this amazing, long-awaited collection, is below. Meanwhile, check out our 2015 profile of the band, a lengthy interview with cofounder Jeff Murphy by Blurt’s archival guru Dave Steinfeld.

DISC ONE:
BLACK VINYL SHOES
1. BOYS DON’T LIE
2. DO YOU WANNA GET LUCKY?
3. SHE’LL DISAPPEAR
4. TRAGEDY
5. WRITING A POSTCARD
6. NOT ME
7. SOMEONE FINER
8. CAPITAL GAIN
9. FATAL
10. RUNNING START
11.OKAY
12. IT REALLY HURTS
13. FIRE FOR AWHILE
14. IF YOU’D STAY
15. NOWHERE SO FAST

BONUS TRACKS
16. CAPITAL OFFENSE
17. SHE’LL DISAPPEAR (Demo) *
18. LUCKY TAIL
19. I WANNA HIDE
20. TOMORROW NIGHT (Bomp! Version)
21. OKAY (Bomp! Version)
22. I’LL TAKE YOU AWAY
23. FULL BITE
24. BABY’S GONE
25. EVER AGAIN
26. LIKE I TOLD YOU (Second Version) *
27. KAREN (Acoustic Demo) *
28. I’LL TAKE YOU AWAY (Alternative Version) *

* previously unissued

DISC TWO:
BAZOOKA
1. PINHEADS
2. MOVE IT OR LOSE IT
3. ROCK YOUR OWN
4. ALONG WITH LOVE
5. LOVE TOOK A TURN
6. ALONE BUT SATISFIED 7. NEW MEAT
8. I’M BRAZEN
9. THE ATLANTIC
10. MY ANISETTE
11. SNAP!
12. EDUCATED
13. LIKE I TOLD YOU BONUS TRACK
14. I CAN MAKE IT (Demo) *
* previously unissued

DISC THREE:
ONE IN VERSAILLES
1. DANCE IN YOUR SLEEP
2. DOIGETSOSHY
3. UN DANS VERSAILLES
4. KRISTINE
5. SOMETHING I CAN’T SEE
6. EGGROLL ROCK
7. SONG FOR HER
8. ONE NIGHT
9. NO, I DON’T
10. THE SUN
11. ONE IN VERSAILLES
12. BANJO

BONUS TRACKS
13. MY HUSBAND’S HOME!
14. NOTHING MEANS MORE
15. I’D LIKE TO TAKE YOU OUT AGAIN (from “Heads or Tails”, 1974) *
16. ROCK’N’ROLL FREAK
* previously unissued

Peter Holsapple (dB’s) “Game Day” Album Almost Here; Watch Trailer

New album arrives this week.

By Fred Mills

Given the enthusiasm we’ve heard for NC’s The dB’s over the ten years BLURT’s been around, we suspect that more than a few of our readers will be ready to snap up longtime member Peter Holsapple’s new solo album, Game Day (Omnivore Recordings), coming this Friday, July 27. Fans and friends got a kind of advance taste last year when Peter released a terrific 7″ single, “Don’t Mention The War”; read our review elsewhere on the site: 

“A richly melodic, midtempo slice of pure pop; the tune’s subtly contrasting sonic elements help lend gravitas to the unsettling lyrical character study.”

And then check out the trailer for the new album. This man’s a Tar Heel treasure… an a national treasure, too.

 

Track Premiere: Kevin Gordon “Right on Time”

Brooklyn, NY – November 17, 2017 – Portrait of musician Kevin Gordon.
Photo credit: Jacob Blickenstaff

Rock ‘n’ roller transcends labels and genres – and he’s right on time, at that. From his new album, Tilt & Shine, out July 27.

By Blurt Staff

Though often tabbed as a songwriter or an Americana artist, Kevin Gordon is really a rock & roller. He proudly flies the rock & roll flag on “Right On Time,” a three-and-a-half-minute, tongue-in-cheek ode to the road. And Blurt is proud to be the one to introduce this track to you.

Gordon captures the strangeness of missing loved ones, the road as an in-between space of disconnection, the nerves of trying to make a sound check six hours away, as the guitars keep pushing. It’s a track from his vivid, swampy new album and artistic high water mark ‘Tilt & Shine,’ out July 27 on Crowville Media.

Gordon says, “I did a lot of driving when touring in support of the Gloryland and Long Gone Time records. The song is triggered from little moments—a morning in a motel in Marion, Virginia opens the story. The van I had at the time had 185,000 miles on it — and three out of four speakers blown — when I bid it goodbye. It was also an acceptance of that life—the over- romanticized ‘road,’ which I still love but which has become extremely familiar.”

He adds, “And being who, and what, I am, it’s easy to feel alienation in that literal distance from your family—distance that becomes metaphorical, in a fearful way. I also felt the challenge of writing a song with such a familiar phrase as its title and refrain. With my friend Gwil Owen, hopefully we crafted something that’s real, and fresh.”

July 23 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
July 24 – Washington, D.C. – Pearl Street
July 27 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
July 29 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage at Charleston Center Theater
September 20 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
September 21 – Charlotte, NC – River Jam
September 28 – Baton Rouge, LA – Red Dragon Listening Room
September 29 – Houston, TX – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
September 30 – Austin, TX – Sam’s Town Point

Track Premiere: Hair & Skin Trading Company “Nihil”

Track will appear on the forthcoming new album.

By Fred Mills

Speaking as a huge fan of late ’80s/early ’90s British psychedelia – My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3, and Loop especially – I couldn’t be more thrilled to unveil a brand new track from the Hair & Skin Trading Company, the band formed by John Willis (drums), and Neil MacKay (bass, vocals) following Loop’s demise; they were augmented by Nigel Webb (guitar) plus the short-tenured keyboardist/sampler player Richard Johnston.

Longtime contributor Jonathan Levitt has just interviewed MacKay and Willis for BLURT about their classic 1992 album Jo in Nine G Hell as part of our “The Story Behind the Album” series which Levitt spearheads. (Check out, in particular, his profile of Thee Hypnotics’ Soul Glitter & Sin.) And not only did he obtain from the band an unreleased live recording of one of the album tracks to include, they also supplied him with an exclusive track from their forthcoming new album, I don’t know where you get those funny ideas from. 

Check out the brilliant “Nihil” below and don’t forget to read the interview at the above link.

Track Premiere: Smash Fashion “Rompus Pompous”

By Blurt Staff

Now that the smell of burnt fireworks and Lee Greenwood-led jingoism has finally faded,  we thought it was about time to focus on some West Coast explosion of talent. Blurt is proud to offer the song premiere of Smash Fashion’s new track “Rompus Pompous,” in all its glitter-encrusted frenetic glory.

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The song is the title track from the LA.-based glam/punk/power-pop band’s latest album (their fourth to date, for those counting) Rompus Pompous, which came out just 2 days after the nation’s anniversary, July 6th.

“Our title track ‘Rompus Pompous’ is a case of textbook narcissism… which seems to be running rampant!” says front man Roger Deering. Along with Deering, the band is made up of ex members of London Quireboys, Smack and Rock City Angels.

Enjoy!

Eaux Claires Fest Prompts Unique Bon Iver/The National Collab

Indie rock clusterfuck dept.

By Blurt Staff

Just done: the  fourth annual Eaux Claires festival, the Wisconsin bash curated by Aaron Dessner  (the National) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Over the weekend both Vernon and Dessner performed, including a collaboration that featured the National’s Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, , Bradley Cook, Julien  Baker, T Bates, Gordi, Ben Lanz, and Kyle Resnick. Check it out, below.