Monthly Archives: August 2008

Mavis Staples’ “Hope” Arrives Election Day

 

The timing is not at
all coincidental…

By Blurt Staff

 

Mavis Staples
Live: Hope At The Hideout
arrives Election Day, Nov. 4, on Anti-.
And if you don’t spot the significance of that timing, shame on you: Staples’
long history of work with the Civil Rights Movement should be common knowledge
at this stage (in 2007 she even won a Free
Speech award created to honor artists that have incited discussion and
worked against the status quo through their music and their actions).

 

 

In an even more timely move, with the DNC in full swing in
Denver right now and the Republicans set to rock Minneapolis next week, Staples
has just released the first track off Hope At the Hideout. Entitled “We Shall Not Be Moved,” the song is
described by the label as “a classic freedom song.  While the song, which
includes lines like ‘we’re fighting for our children / we shall not be moved,’
could be the theme song for either of the current political campaigns, Mavis
puts it squarely into context during an instrumental break-down in the middle
of the song.  In the South in the 1960s, Mavis drawls, just trying to have
a meal in a restaurant was in itself an act of civil disobedience, and when she
and her fellow marchers would be forcibly ejected by the police, they sang ‘We
Shall Not Be Moved.'”

 

 

 “We Shall Not Be Moved” is available for streaming or
download on the Anti label blog.

 

 

Incidentally, Anti- points out that Staples and Barack Obama attended the same church
in Chicago, and
Congressman John Lewis, who
figured prominently in last night’s moving tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy, wrote the liner notes to
Staples’ last record We’ll Never
Turn Back
.  Not bad connections to have.

 

Tracklisting:

 

1.     
For What It’s Worth

2.     
Eyes on the Prize

3.     
Down in Mississippi

4.     
Wade in the Water

5.     
Waiting For My Child

6.     
This Little Light

7.     
Why Am I Treated So Bad

8.     
Freedom Highway

9.     
We Shall Not Be Moved

10.  Circle
Intro (encore)

11.  Will
The Circle Be Unbroken (encore)

12.  On
My Way (encore)

13.  I’ll
Take You There (encore)

 

 

 

Ryan Adams On Book + BLURT Excerpt

 

The dream is always
coming true the same.. true?

By Fred Mills

 

 

Wow, talk about timing. The very same day we publish our
super-exclusive, super-duper-sneak-peek look at what may or may not appear in that
book of prose Ryan Adams is doing for Akashic next year, he makes a post to his
band The Cardinal’s blog/website outlining some of his plans for the project. Infinity Blues is the working title
(working image of the cover below, but expect that to change).

 

What’s fascinating is the symmetry of comments. Adams writes, “I guess this dream is coming true,” while
BLURT writes, “The dream is always the same.” Scary!

 

Take it away Ryan….

 

****

 

 

here’s something – it’s selfish, but
inter-cardinal related so……

i woke up today to a great email from
my bosses at AKASHIC BOOKS……

INFINITY BLUES- (“domestic-release”
working cover)….wow….i guess this dream is coming true…..my grandparents, who
taught me to write, and type and dream, i am so proud of all your hard work
today, even if this is a long long sad bookbut some funny too, just like those
black and white movies in the heat of the eastern seaboard- rolling through the
windows of our home…..i am so humbled and so PROUD to be an  AKASHIC BOOKS
author……

man, this is just crazy, like when i
saw the first test pressing of the first 7inch record i was on…..

i feel like i will be able to say i
left a little of my heart here, for when i am gone, maybe there will be comfort
or safety in there, for people i will never know, for our generations never
passing……

i have to maybe go take a nap now.
bye. xx

 

Austin’s Lions Ready To Roar Again

 

More bounce to yer
‘70s ounce…

By Blurt Staff

 

With a high-profile tour with the reconstituted Toadies
about to kick off tonight, Texas
riff-masters Lions are set to scorch American from coast to coast over the next
month and a half. They’ll be showcasing material off last year’s acclaimed No Generation album, which will get
re-released by the Arclight label. The band’s a retro-active sensory assault
with heavy elements of ‘70s thug-punk and boogie metal as filtered through a
contemporary Lone
Star State
sensibility. Mushrooms optional, of course.

 

Just a list of some of the other groups they’ve been touring
with in the past should give you an idea of where they’re coming from: Blue Cheer, Burning Brides, and Local H,
and has shared the stage w/ heavy hitters such as Supersuckers, The Misfits, Valient Thorr, Early Man, DMBQ, Nebula,
Russian Circles and Daughters. They also nabbed the High Times Doobie Award this year for “Best Local Austin Band.”

 

In addition to the
tour, keep your ears peeled for the band’s songs featured in upcoming episodes
of Showtime series “Californication” as well as the new FX series “Sons of
Anarchy.”

 

Tracklist:

 

1. Start Movin’
2. No Generation
3. Can You Hear Me
4. White Angel
5. Evil Eye
6. Machine
7. All Hail
8. She Gets Around
9. Witch and the Star
10. Get Out Alive

 

 

Lions Tour Dates:

 

Aug 26 2008 The Warehouse Shreveport, Louisiana
Aug 27 2008 The Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Aug 28 2008 The Vortex Beaumont, Texas * no Toadies
Aug 29 2008 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, Texas
Aug 30 2008 The Deadhorse San Angelo, Texas * no Toadies
Aug 31 2008 Dia De Los Toadies Festival @ Possum Kingdom Lake Graham, Texas
Sep 3 2008 Stubb’s Austin, Texas
Sep 5 2008 House of Rock Corpus Christi, Texas * no Toadies
Sep 6 2008 Dos Amigos Odessa, Texas
Sep 8 2008 Martini Ranch Scottsdale, Arizona
Sep 9 2008 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, California
Sep 11 2008 Roxy Theatre Hollywood, California
Sep 13 2008 House of Blues Anaheim, California
Sep 14 2008 House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 15 2008 Audie’s Olympic Fresno, California * no Toadies
Sep 16 2008 Slim’s San Francisco, California
Sep 17 2008 The Boardwalk Orangevale, California
Sep 19 2008 Showbox Seattle, Washington
Sep 20 2008 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Sep 21 2008 Knitting Factory (The Big Easy) Boise, Idaho
Sep 22 2008 Why Sound Logan, Utah * no Toadies
Sep 23 2008 Belly Up Aspen, Colorado
Sep 24 2008 Gothic Theatre Englewood, Colorado
Sep 25 2008 Lonestar Events Center Lubbock, Texas
Sep 26 2008 Midnight Rodeo Amarillo, Texas
Oct 4 2008 Main Street Live @ Pegasus Plaza Dallas, Texas * no Toadies

 

 

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)

 

9:00 AM Syndicated: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Natasha
Bedingfield

 

10:00 AM PBS: Sesame
Street: Feist , Jack Black

 

12:00 PM VH1C: Rock Fest: Rush

 

2:00 PM MHD: MTV Live: R.E.M.

 

2:00 PM VH1C: Rock Fest: Nirvana

 

2:00 PM VH1C: Rock Fest: Nirvana

 

6:00 PM Sundance: Live from Abbey Road: The Subways, Gnarls Barkley,
Herbie Hancock

 

7:30 PM MOJO: London
Live!: Morning Runner , Richard Hawley , Primal Scream

 

8:30 PM IFC: Z Rock: ZO2 , Sebastian Bach

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: Little
Anthony & the Imperials

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: B.B. King

 

 

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

 

1:00 AM TVONE: The Tom Joyner Show: Earth, Wind & Fire

 

1:00 AM VH1C: Rock City w/The Rolling Stones , Otis Redding
, Cat Stevens (Yusuf) , Jimi Hendrix , Ike and Tina Turner , Eric Burdon

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Gavin DeGraw

 

Gutter Twins w/iTunes (mostly-)Covers EP

 

 

How about a CD of it
too, guys, hmmmm? Not all of us are on iTunes…

By Fred Mills

 

The Gutter Twins – that’s Dulli and Lanegan to you, punk –
had a bunch of material left over from their Saturnalia sessions, so you know that means: EP time! That’s right:
Adorata is en route exclusively via
iTunes next week, Sept. 2, and it will include a slew of covers along with two
originals. See track list below.

 

A portion of of the proceeds from the EP will go to the Natasha
Shneider Memorial Fund (www.natashashneider.org).
Shneider, a long-time friend of the band, was the lead singer for Eleven and a
member of Queens of the Stone Age.

 

The band’s currently in the middle of an extensive European
tour but will be back to the U.S.
in a couple of weeks. Then on Oct. 24 they’ll play the Voodoo Music Festival in
New Orleans.

 

 

Adorata Track Listing:

 

 

Belles (Vetiver)

Down The Line (Jose Gonzales)

Deep Hit Of Morning Sun (Primal Scream)

Flow Like A River (Eleven)

St. James Infirmary (Traditional)

Duchess (Scott Walker)

Spanish Doors

We Have Met Before

 

Obama Makes Dumb Ad, Pisses Off ABKCO

 

Takes off on classic
song “(What A) Wonderful World
.

By Fred Mills

 

In Barack Obama’s newest TV ad, a reworked version of Sam
Cooke’s timeless “(What A) Wonderful World,” complete with politically-tilted
new lyrics, takes some pretty pointed potshots at John McCain. (View the ad
below.)

 

 

With images of McCain flashing on the screen (including some pointed ones
featuring him hugging President Bush), a male singer warbles ever so sweetly, “I’m
not up on the economy. Don’t know much about industry. Really can’t explain the
price of gas, Or what has happened to the middle class. But I know that one and
one is two. And if I could be just like you, what a wonderful world this would
be.”

 

Then at the end an announcer’s voiceover goes, “Do we really want four
more years of the same old tune?” Well, no we don’t, actually. Although to
be honest, the ad’s pretty stupid.

 

However, apparently as the ad circulated, it was brought to the attention of
ABKCO, which owns the original song’s publishing, and the company quickly
issued a statement distancing itself from the Obama ad.

 

 

In the statement, ABKCO Senior Vice President Iris W.
Keitel announced, quite sensibly:

 

 

ABKCO
Music Inc. the publisher of the song “(What A) Wonderful World” which has been
appropriated for use in a video entitled “Don’t Know Much.” The video
conveys a partisan political message that does not necessarily reflect the
views of the writers or ABKCO management and its employees.   

ABKCO does recognize that this application reflects a fair use parody and will
offer no further comment on the matter.

 

 

CUT THROUGH THE NOISE: Un-save Music

 

 

 

Seriously.
Even I’m over it.
Not the novelty of Guitar Hero (God willing, that’ll never wear off)…. Rain
forests, black rhinos, the ozone layer; now that shit needs saving. But the
music industry? Puh-leeze []

 

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.

 

My Bloody Digital Valentine

 

Classic My Bloody
Valentine Albums Isn’t Anything and Loveless Plus Tremolo EP and All of the
Band’s Music Videos Available Digitally.

By Blurt Staff

 

Today, My Bloody Valentine issued its classic Sire recordings
digitally: Isn’t Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991) are at all digital
retail outlets for $9.99. Though both had been available in truncated form,
this is the first time these seminal albums will be available for download in
their entirety.

 

Along with the two full-length albums, the Tremolo EP (originally released in
conjunction with Loveless) and all of
the band’s music videos will also available for download. It’s the first ever
digital release for Tremolo, and the
first commercial release of any kind for MBV’s videos – “Only
Shallow,” “Soon,” “Swallow,” and “To Here Knows
When.” Tremolo will be available for $3.99 while each video will be available
for $1.99 each.

 

For more than 15 years, these promotional videos offered
fans the only opportunity to see My Bloody Valentine in action, but this year
Kevin Shields and company return to concert stages. The group’s U.K. reunion gigs earlier this summer have drawn
raves from the music press, and My Bloody Valentine arrives in America for a
string of dates beginning in mid-September.

 

 

Sep 19 2008    8:00P

            ATP New York – Kutshers Country Club      Monticello, New York

Sep 22 2008    8:00P

            Roseland
Ballroom -SOLD OUT       New York, New York

Sep 23 2008    8:00P

            Roseland
Ballroom SOLD OUT        New York, New York

Sep 25 2008    8:00P

            Ricoh
Coliseum           Toronto, Ontario

Sep 27 2008    8:00P

            Aragon Ballroom SOLD OUT           Chicago,
Illinois

Sep 30 2008    8:00P

            The Concourse Exhibition
Center       San Francisco,
California

Oct 1 2008      8:00P

            Santa Monica Civic     Santa Monica, California

Oct 2 2008      8:00P

            Santa Monica Civic     Santa Monica, California

 

 

Spectrum/Sonic Boom For U.S. Tour

 

New album being
prepped for 2009 as well.

By Fred Mills

 

Sharp-eyed BLURT readers already glommed our recent interview with Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember in which the erstwhile Spacemen 3 guitarist held
forth on everything from his collaboration with Jim Dickinson to his current
activities with his band Spectrum to being on hand (and onstage) for the recent
My Bloody Valentine reunion. Now comes word of a “full” Spectrum ensemble
that’s returning to live performing after an eight year hiatus.

 

 

Since the demise of Spacemen 3 in the early ‘90s, Spectrum
has been the most high-profile and straightforward’ of the diverse projects
undertaken by Kember, who says that it satisfies his “more song orientated and
guitar based muse” continuing the hypnotic intensity and otherworldliness which
have become his music’s trademark and legacy. (Not that his other musical
endeavors, such As Experimental Audio Research, goes lacking in hypnotic
intensity or otherworldliness. Over the years he’s also collaborated with Gruff
Rhys, the Silver Apples, Kevin Shields, Stereolab , Eddie Prevost  , Delia
Derbyshire, Robin Guthrie, Dean Wareham and Yo La Tengo.)

 

 

A short tour of major US cities is planned for September,
after an appearance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival taking place in
Monticello New York and curated by My Bloody Valentine.

 

 

The current line-up features  Kember, Rupert Bowkett
( guitar), Nolan Watkinson (bass guitar) and Roger Brogan (drums).
According to Kember it’s a “honed line up intertwined and hand picked to achieve
the music’s focused aim: Rare Flair, Purity, Competence and Individuality.”
They’ll be doing material from Kember’s entire back catalog, from Spacemen 3
through the Dickinson rec Indian Giver and employing his “three chords good,
two chords better, one chord  best” theory of sound sculpture. The live show
moves between a Krautrock/Stereolab style instrumental (a tribute to their late
member Mary Hansen) thru shimmering tracks including S3 classic “Transparent
Radiation” as well newer pieces lulling the audience into a trance-like state
before diving deeper down into the wah/feedback/fuzz of power-chord epics
such as “Suicide.” 

 

 

 

The next Spectrum album is due for release early 2009 in USA (on Detroit
based label Mind Expansion records and UK Space Age Recordings). According to
the label “the ethereal, intense, psychedelic sound of Spectrum is all but impossible
to put into words.  The performance is at once intense and sensitive. The
band manipulate their instruments into hypnotic, sensual and stimulating
rhythms & patterns.”

 

 

Well, all right then! Let’s hear it for manipulation and
stimulation.

 

 

 

 

Spectrum Tour Dates:

 

 

 Saturday 20th Sept – Zipper Factory, New York w/ Dean & Britta

 Sunday 21st September – All Tomorrow’s Parties,
Monticello,
NY State

 Monday 22nd September – The Dark Room, Chicago

Thursday 25th September – Midpoint Festival, Cincinatti

 Friday 26th September – East End , Portland

 Saturday 27th September – 12 Galaxies, ,San Francisco

 Sunday 28th September – The Echo ( Part
Time Punks) Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

Return To The Valley of Tori Amos

 

DVD and CD sets capture the goddess’ early splash.

By Fred Mills

 

 In 1991,
Tori Amos was just about to go massive with the release of her second album Little Earthquakes, which ignited the
imaginations and passions of hairy-palmed fanboys and sticky-fingered fangirls
across the globe. The frank-speaking, ivories-pounding Amos’s career trajectory
since then has become the stuff of legend, but now, thanks to a new DVD, you
can return to the scene of the crime and see what all the early fuss was about.

A pair of
riveting concerts, one from 1991 (only months before Little Earthquakes catapulted her into an instant icon) and one from ’92 performed literally in
the wake of the flood, comprise the 90 minute DVD Live At Montreaux 1991/1992. Included are key tracks from that
album of course, but also spotlighted are tracks from her indie EPs and some
intriguing covers (Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and “Thank You” as well as
Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”).

 

The19-song  DVD, along with a separate 16-song CD, arrive
Sept. 30 via Eagle Eye Media.

 

 

1991 DVD
TRACK LISTING

 

1) Silent All
These Years

2) Precious
Things

3) China

4) Crucify

5) Leather

6) Song For Eric

7) Upside Down

8) Happy Phantom

9) Winter

10) Thank You

 

1992 DVD
TRACK LISTING

 

11) Little
Earthquakes

12) Crucify

13) Silent All
These Years

14) Precious
Things

15) Happy Phantom

16) Whole Lotta
Love/Thank You

17) Me And A Gun

18) Winter

19) Smells Like
Teen Spirit

 

CD TRACK
LISTING

1991 show:

1)     Silent All These Years

2)   Precious
Things

3)   China

4)   Crucify

5)    Leather

6)   Song
For Eric

7)    Upside Down

8)   Happy
Phantom

9)   Winter

10)  Thank You

 

1992 show:

 

11)  Little
Earthquakes

12)  Precious Things

13)  Whole Lotta Love/Thank You

14)  Me And A Gun

15)  Winter

16)  Smells Like Teen Spirit