Monthly Archives: July 2008

CUT THROUGH THE NOISE / Kate Bradley

 

 

THE NEW NEW

We just have to like it.

 

Great
music isn’t always obvious. Think of it like this. Chances are (to quote a
former colleague),
your favorite song didn’t become your favorite because you only heard it once.
Which perhaps is why Coca-Cola — arguably one of the most famous brands of
all-time — still advertises. Why then, if there’s a decent band, critically
acclaimed even, under the radar but the real deal… here comes release date,
folks make a lot of noise… the record drops, it’s great and [read more…]

 

A Triple-A radio
programming veteran, Kate has served as Music Director of the Loft at XM, Midday
Host at WYEP, Evening Host at both WNCS and WUIN, as well as Content Supervisor
for Pump Audio. Currently, she’s the CEO of Outlandos Music, a new music
discovery service for grown-ups. Kate has been nationally recognized for her
ardent presentati on of music and her ability to champion talented, compelling
artists.

 

 

Carla Bozulich Wants To Entertain You

 

Takin’ that house
party concept to the logical, glorious conclusion… no cat piss, though, please!

By Fred Mills

 

Carla Bozulich, late of the Geraldine Fibbers and currently
fronting Evangelista, is hitting the road as the opening act for Xiu Xiu — the
tour is dubbed, somewhat cheekily, the “Monsters of Merch Tour” because the
bands predict that if they don’t move some serious swag this time out they
won’t even break even. And that would suck. We don’t need to tell you that low
club guarantees, combined with the price of fuel these days, ain’t doing
touring groups any favors…

 

Anyhow, the tour dates are below.

 

Meanwhile, Bozulich just announced she’s hatching a scheme
along the lines of “help us entertain you.” Read on – sounds like a winner to
us. Especially the part about having a song written about you. Contact her at
CarlaBozulich.com (email: info@carlabozulich.com)
because you know you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

***

 

We have this
experience experiment in the works where we will hire our sorcery out to
our fans, friends, and colleagues.  and
here it is:

 

For the cost
of us traveling plus $100 for each band member, Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista
will play for at least an hour at your birthday party,
graduation, funeral, going away party, existential malaise, exorcism, body
aches,  muscle soreness, clean/sober birthday or anniversary celebration,
decapitation, wedding, art opening and closings, dance party, magazine,
store or yacht launchings, cult-removal, viking funerals, removal of
orthodontic contraptions and/or root canal, chili cook-off, catcentrics, bat
mitzvah, pet lizard funeral, et cetera.

 

included in
this fee we will also:

 

1. write
a song especially for you and your friends
. Really. you give us a
topic and one to five keywords.

 

2. arrange
and perform any one cover song of your choosing
, or any request from
back catalog, that is under six minutes in length. totally fine to request
songs we have never heard, just send us the mp3. please be prepared for
any song to sound completely different from what you are used to.

 

3. give
you one mix-tape made just for you from EACH BAND MEMBER.
yes!  for you to rock on your cd cassette deck or laser dot all night
long. Hours of grooves and drones and things you can smell with your ears.

 

4. eat a
bunch of your snacks

 

5. speak in a
language that only we understand— frequently,  accidentally and without
warning, especially while we set up, eat and break down our equipment.

 

6. if, for
instance, you and all your friends (you’re gonna need friends to get all this
cash together) just like screeching gargantuan feedback and vacuum cleaner
sounds ONLY or if maybe you’re getting married to a shy muppet or getting over
ear canal reversal surgery and you’d like us to do quieter songs with not much
cursing on your great aunts’ 102nd birthday, we will take it as a fun
challenge. if you’re into all improvised/specially devised shows, it is my
forte and it will be a pleasure. whatever. we’re easy

 

7. if you
want to do this but you want to do it at a club in your town, that’s totally
possible. we need to have all the same things end up in all the same places,
but we can arrange things with a venue to make this a special nite or day.

 

requisites:

 

1. scheduling
is a bitch.


2. we need two or 3 hotel rooms, or a righteous house with beds
and couches to sleep on and clean towels. no incense, hard drugs, cigs or
potpourri, or cat piss, please.


3. you need to supply a PA with reverb! we will show up in time to set it up
with you and make the sound nice before people arrive.


4. we need cool foods


5. if things turn ugly we’re outta there ie: hard drugs or listening to U2
or Sting.

 

note: even if
you are not located along a good route for us, please email us anyway.
if you rock the plane tickets and the amps and stuff, we will be
there. 

 

NOTE:
discount if you have cats and can prove it. double discount if your pet is a
stray or rescue!!!!!! double again discount if your pet comes with a great pet
rescue story.

 

 

 

 

Carla
Bozulich/Evangelista Tour Dates (opening for Xiu Xiu):

aug 14 @ Echoplex, los angeles, california

aug 15 @ casbah, san diego, california

aug 16 @ solar culture, tucson, arizona

aug 19@ tequila jungle, lubbock, texas

aug 20 @ mohawk, austin, texas

aug 21 @ Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, houston, texas

aug 22@ bottle tree cafe, birmingham

aug 23 @ drunken unicorn, atlanta, georgia

aug 24 @ milestone, charlotte, north carolina

aug 25 @ sonar, baltimore, maryland

aug 26 @ living room providence, rhode island

aug 27 @ paradise boston, massachusetts

aug 28 @ bowery ballroom, new york cty

sept 11 @ empty bottle, chicago (WIRE FESTIVAL – w/Keiji Haino)

sept 13 @ bottom of the hill, san francisco…

Live Exclusives: She & Him, Ringo Starr

 

 

All the concert news
‘n’ reviews that’s fit to print.

By Blurt Staff

 

More concert coverage from your friendly neighborhood BLURT
– this time, something old (Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band) and something new
(She & Him). We’re still waiting on the “borrowed” and “blue” reviews to
come in, however….

 

 

·         *Ringo Starr’s July 23 show in Saratoga,
California: “Looking like he’s been doing this for well over 40 years,” writes
Jud Cost, “a supremely confident and wisecracking Ringo Starr, fronting the
current version of his All-Starr Band, treated a sold-out crowd at the Mountain
Winery in Saratoga, Calif. to just enough Beatles magic—with just enough
attention paid to vocal intonation—to send everyone home happy.”

 

·         *She & Him in Philadelphia on July 25:
Observes Zach Herrmann, Bouncing across the stage in a shimmering baby blue
dress and matching headband, She (Zooey Deschanel) had even the most cynical
members of the sold out crowd won over from the second she stepped out into the
light,”

 

 

 

Check ‘em out at the provided links, or simply scroll down
the BLURT front page to the reviews section. We’ve also got new book, DVD and
CD reviews being added daily.

 

[Photo credit: Zachary Herrmann]

 

Mark McGrath Chucks TV Career for Crap Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo….

By A.D. Amorosi

 

One would think that on the morning that Tom Waits’ “Glitter
& Doom” tour’d be broadcast for free across America, all would be right with
the world. But an axis shifted and a world crumbled when I got AP Wire news
that Mark McGrath – the square-headed but cute Irish-y dude from Sugar Ray who
got a second career by hosting my favorite show after I Survived a Japanese Game Show – the celeb-driven EXTRA – would
be leaving television so to return to his band.

 

 

This couldn’t be. I had just started getting used to his
tip-tinted spiked hair, his vests and wide ties, his video competitions with
plastic co-host Dayna Devon. He was the dumbo lothario always sniffing after
tail (he really spoke with emotion when he got to the ladies of The View) and
seemed to have a soft spot when saying the magical words “Girls” ”Next” and  Door”.
Besides, why leave the forever-massive syndicated media world for the crumbling
music biz – reforming and touring as Sugar Ray has and nailing a deal with
Pulse/Fontana/Universal for a new record. More “Mr. Bartender” maybe?

 

 

We should’ve known things were weird when Sugar Ray did the
season 3 finale of American Dad,
playing “Fly” at a Spring Break party. Or that getting close to the
Pussycat Dolls as he did as of Pussycat
Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll
and Pussycat Dolls: Girlicious would make him groupie crazy. I’m even
betting those margarine ads he started doing (no I don’t know the brand)
greased the wheels.

 

It’s a sorry day.

 

 

Mario Lopez – the gentleman who appeared in a Beach Boys
video playing congas… wait that’s not Lopez. Who is this guy then? – will be
the new EXTRA host.  Never say replace.
Nothing compares to McGrath.

 

 

 

 

Tiny Vipers, Flipper For Obama Benefit

 

Also features those
burlesque gals from the Urban Bombshells.

By Blurt Staff


On Friday, September 5 El Corazon in downtown Seattle will host the Concert for Change,
headlined by Tiny Vipers from Sub Pop Records, and Flipper featuring Krist
Novoselic of Nirvana. An array of Seattle-based guest performers including The
Nextdoor Neighbors, Active I, and Jinu
Park will also be
performing. Special celebrity guest hosting duties will be handled by the
models of Urban Bombshells, with other guest celebrities and performers to be
announced.

 


“This show, although benefiting the Obama Campaign, is being held to
encourage voting and awareness, no matter what your beliefs are,” says
event organizer Gregory Baxley of Bombshell Productions. “We have a lineup
of performers from many different music genres, all here to have a great time
and entertain the community.”

 

 

Supported by the Seattle sect of the Obama
Election Campaign, the bulk of proceeds from this event will be donated to the
Official CampaignFund.

 

Ticket prices are $13 in advance (available at TicketsWest.com),  $15 at the door.

 

 

 

 

On the performers:

 

 

The subtle, largely acoustic music
of Tiny Vipers is the project of
Seattle-based singer/songwriter Jesy Fortino, a self-taught guitarist whose
intricate playing and lonesome vocals give her work a uniquely haunting
quality. Though she played in a few acclaimed bands, Fortino found she worked
better on her and began releasing her own independent albums and playing an abundance
of national shows. She signed with Sub Pop Records in 2006, and has since
released two critically acclaimed records, obtaining her a cult status in Seattle’s music community.

 

 

Flipper formed in 1979 during the raging progression of Punk Rock. Though harboring the
ethics of traditional punk music, Flipper took inspiration from an array of
genres to create their own classic sound. They quickly became icons in
underground music scenes worldwide, inspiring countless musicians, including
the late Kurt Cobain. He famously wore a hand-made Flipper shirt during
Nirvana’s first appearance on Saturday Night Live. The band went through a few
lineup changes over the years, facing breakups due to the casualty of the rock
lifestyle. Then reunited for a string of sold out shows in 2005, including the
legendary benefit shows to save CBGBs. Offered a personal invitation from
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth to headline a festival in England, Flipper
obtained Krist Novoselic to play bass in 2006. They have since done some
international touring and are planning on recording a new album.

 

 

[Tiny Vipers photo by David Belisle]

 

 

 

Happy 89, Pete Seeger!

 

Folk icon readies new album At 89 at
eighty-nine…

 

By Fred Mills

 

Quick: how many
artists can you say release a brand new album of studio recordings at the age
of 89? We’re talkin’ nearly nine friggin’ decades of existence on this fair
planet, pal. Well, count folk music founding godfather Pete Seeger — born May
3, 1919 — among that rare fraternity of players: en route Sept. 30 from
Appleseed is At 89, Seeger’s first
album
since 2003’s Grammy nominated Seeds: The
Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3
.

 

According to the record label, the album was recorded “in
Seeger’s beloved Hudson River Valley in New
York State,
with friends, singers and musicians from the area. It’s an intimate look at
where Seeger, one of the most important musicians and activists of the last century
and a worldwide symbol of human decency, is today.”

 

The album is a mixture of recent material and songs Seeger
had conceived some time ago but had never recorded, along with banjo, guitar
and recorder interludes and new arrangements of old favorites. Throughout,
Appleseed advises, the album spotlights the songwriter’s “quintessential
balance of optimism, pragmatism, and inclusive activism. At 89 also displays Seeger not only singing, but accompanying
others on nylon-string guitar, 12-string and banjo. On many tracks Seeger turns
the vocal spotlight on others, content to simply be part of the musical
backbone of the songs. When Seeger does take the lead, he is often joined by a
vocal chorus to reinforce the participatory nature of his art.”

 

Keep your eyes peeled for selected tour dates from Seeger
along with the annual Seeger and Guthrie Thanksgiving Concert on November 29 at
Carnegie Hall with Arlo Guthrie and members of the Seeger and Guthrie families.

CHANNEL GUIDE: Tuesday Music

 

Compiled by Blurt Staff

 

206 digital, satellite and hi-def channels and nothin’ on?
Not likely. Here are BLURT’s top music television picks of the day. The time is
followed by the network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program
and/or featured artist(s). All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour
listing, go to the VH1 Rock On TV site.
Note that for certain channels, shows frequently repeat during the day on or
subsequent days.

 

 

TIME (EST) / CHANNEL
/ PROGRAM / ARTIST(S)

 

7:00 AM RAVE HD: Soundstage: Wilco and Sonic Youth

 

10:00 AM MHD: FNMTV Premieres: Jonas Brothers , Nelly ,
Slipknot , Shwayze , Lesley Roy , Akon

 

12:30 PM Comedy Central: MAD TV: Blondie , Debbie Harry

 

1:00 PM MHD: Nine Inch Nails – Beside You in Time

 

2:00 PM FUSE: Steven’s Untitled Rock Show: Linkin Park

 

2:30 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Perry Farrell

 

3:30 PM VH1C: Rock Fest: Pink Floyd

 

6:00 PM Sundance: Live from Abbey Road: The Hoosiers, The Black Keys
& Manu Chao

 

8:30 PM MHD: The Life & Rhymes of …: 50 Cent 

 

11:00 PM VH1C: Genesis – Come Rain or Shine

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: Low vs
Diamond

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Third Day

 

12:00 AM Gospel Music Channel: Faith & Fame: Third Day

 

1:00 AM Gospel Music Channel: Front Row Live: Third Day Live
Wire

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bryan Adams

 

12:30 AM VH1 Classic in Concert: Jimmy Buffet – Live By The
Bay

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Rose Hill Drive

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson:
Belinda Carlisle

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Chuck Prophet

 

 

[Photo: Low Vs. Diamond by Autumn DeWilde]

 

Live Exclusives: She & Him, Ringo Starr

 

 

All the concert news
‘n’ reviews that’s fit to print.

By Blurt Staff

 

More concert coverage from your friendly neighborhood BLURT
– this time, something old (Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band) and something new
(She & Him). We’re still waiting on the “borrowed” and “blue” reviews to
come in, however….

 

 

·         *Ringo Starr’s July 23 show in Saratoga,
California: “Looking like he’s been doing this for well over 40 years,” writes
Jud Cost, “a supremely confident and wisecracking Ringo Starr, fronting the
current version of his All-Starr Band, treated a sold-out crowd at the Mountain
Winery in Saratoga, Calif. to just enough Beatles magic—with just enough
attention paid to vocal intonation—to send everyone home happy.”

 

·         *She & Him in Philadelphia on July 25:
Observes Zach Herrmann, Bouncing across the stage in a shimmering baby blue
dress and matching headband, She (Zooey Deschanel) had even the most cynical
members of the sold out crowd won over from the second she stepped out into the
light,”

 

 

 

Check ‘em out at the provided links, or simply scroll down
the BLURT front page to the reviews section. We’ve also got new book, DVD and
CD reviews being added daily.

 

[Photo credit: Zachary Herrmann]

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Monday Music

 

Compiled by Blurt Staff

 

206 digital, satellite and hi-def channels and nothin’ on?
Not likely. Here are BLURT’s top music television picks of the day. The time is
followed by the network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program
and/or featured artist(s). All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour
listing, go to the VH1 Rock On TV site.
Note that for certain channels, shows frequently repeat during the day on or
subsequent days.

 

 

TIME (EST) / CHANNEL
/ PROGRAM / ARTIST(S)

 

 

8:00 AM RAVE HD: Beautiful Noise: North
Mississippi Allstars

 

9:00 AM Syndicated: Live with Regis and Kelly: Akon

 

11:00 AM ABC: The View: Katy Perry

 

11:00 AM RAVE HD: Other Voices: Sinéad O’Connor , The Answer
, Juno Falls , Seasick Steve

 

2:00 PM FUSE: Steven’s Untitled Rock Show: Linkin Park ,
Dropkick Murphys

 

2:00 PM MOJO: London
Live!: Tapes ‘N Tapes , Lemar , Wolfmother , Albert Hammond, Jr.

 

2:30 PM MOJO: London
Live!: Scouting For Girls , Orson , Roisin Murphy , The Go! Team , Calvin
Harris , Manic Street Preachers

 

3:45 PM Sundance: Djangomania! w/Django Reinhardt , Quintet
of the Hot Club of France

 

4:00 PM Comedy Central: MAD TV: Insane Clown Posse , Master
P

 

4:05 PM FLIX: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

 

9:00 PM FUEL:  The
Daily Habit: Perry Farrell

 

9:00 PM RAVE HD: From The Basement: Beck , Jamie Lidell ,
Jarvis Cocker

 

9:00 PM VH1C: True Stories (1986) w/David Byrne

 

10:30 PM FMC: The Rose (1979)

 

10:30 PM Sundance: The True History of the Traveling
Wilburys

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: We Are
Scientists

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Gnarls Barkley

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Minus The Bear

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: The Ting Tings

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Shiny Toy Guns

 

1:35 AM Starz Cinema: Velvet Goldmine

Raconteurs Go Live On Website

 

More Jack White &
Co. goodies than you can shake a bootlegger’s mic stand at…

By Blurt Staff

 

The Raconteurs have just established a new “live” section of
their website — the link is http://theraconteurs.com/live/ and it will feature images, video footage and audio collected at their
concerts.

In an effort to capture the complete live experience, the band is asking fans
to send in their homemade video footage and photos from Raconteurs shows for
possible inclusion on the site.  To submit a live video for review, please
add your live video footage to YouTube and send the video link to livevideo@theraconteurs.com.  Live photos
from a Raconteurs show can also be submitted in JPEG format with a maximum
display size of 740 x 375 pixels to livephoto@theraconteurs.com (if sending multiple attachments, be sure to spread the attachments over
several emails to insure file size isn’t too large to open).  Make sure to
include the show date, venue, city name and video or photo credit with all
submissions.  All of this info will also be available in the “Submissions”
section of the live site so that fans can constantly submit material throughout
the band’s career.

Tour Dates:

08/1/08        Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/9/08        Pittsburgh, PA @ New American
Music Union Festival
09/16/08      Portland, OR @ Roseland*
09/17/08       Portland, OR @ Roseland*
09/18/08      Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl @ Stanley
Park*
09/19/08      Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater*
09/21/08      San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island
Music Festival
09/22/08      Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater*
09/23/08      Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater*
09/24/08      San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theater*
09/25/08      Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl*
09/28/08      Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
09/29/08      Memphis, TN @ Cannon Center*
09/30/08      Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium*
10/1/08         Atlanta, GA @ The
Tabernacle*

*with The Kills

 

 

Meanwhile, back at the Raconteurs website: Video
compilations composed of photos, such as the below one on YouTube created by
their official photographer Autumn de Wilde and will also be included in the
new section of the site. Check it out: