Monthly Archives: September 2008

Sweden-N'awlins: Theresa Andersson Tours



didn’t mention it in the CD review, but her album is going to wind up in BLURT’s
Top 20 this year…


By Fred Mills


New Orleans
– by way of Sweden
– songbird Theresa Andersson is on the road with her acclaimed Hummingbird, Go! album now through
mid-November; on selected dates she’ll be joined by her friends and homelanders
Ane Brune and Tobias Froberg.


No less an, uhh, authority than
your friendly neighborhood BLURT recently gave it a nine-star review, citing
the songbird’s “undeniable earthiness and primal power” that channels both the
polyglot musicality of her adopted hometown (she’s lived in the Crescent City
since 1990, at the age of 18) and the contemporary, all-over-the-map indiepop
sound Sweden. She’s a cross between Kate Bush, Feist, Joan Osborne, Duffy and
Tori Amos.


Check her MySpace page for more bio
info and sound samples.


All the more remarkable: the
cinematic-sounding album was recorded almost entirely in her kitchen, with
Swedish producer Tobias Froberg helping bring the project to fruition. Her
shows have been described as “little masterpieces of functional choreography,”
which is to say: check out the astounding, much-viewed home video posted below
the tour dates if you want to get a sense of where she’s coming from. That’s a
lot of music coming from just one throat, two hands, and a pair of bare feet.


Wait for the moment near the end
when she picks up her violin (her main instrument, if you can dig that) – it’ll
bring tears to your eyes.



Theresa Andersson Tour Dates:



Sep 30 2008    10:45P

            DC9    Washington DC, Washington

Oct 2 2008      9:00P

Wolf (NOLA INDIE ROCK FEST DAY 1 w/ The City Life, Big Blue Marble & MOD
Dance Party DJs)       New
Orleans, Louisiana

Oct 3 2008      7:00P

Metairie – In store performance         Metairie, Louisiana

Oct 5 2008      5:00P

            Bayfest –
Launching Pad Stage          Mobile, Alabama

Oct 9 2008      10:30P

Fingerz             Little Rock, Arkansas

Oct 10 2008    10:00P

            Two Stick
Sushi          Oxford,

Oct 12 2008    8:00P

Belcourt Theatre (w/The Everybodyfields)         Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 18 2008    8:00P

            The Grey
Eagle (w/Seth Kauffman)   Asheville,
North Carolina

Oct 19 2008    8:15P

Lounge           Charlottesville, Virginia

Oct 22 2008    9:00P

            Living Room
(CMJ SHOWCASE w/Ane Brun, Tobias Froberg & The Real Ones)             New York, New York

Oct 23 2008    8:00P

            Tin Angel
(w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Oct 24 2008    9:00P

            IOTA Club
& Cafe (w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)            Arlington, Virginia

Oct 25 2008    7:30P

Theatre (w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)     Norfolk, Virginia

Oct 28 2008    8:00P

Basement             Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 29 2008    10:45P

Street Tavern (The Buddha Den Presents)       Dayton, Ohio

Oct 30 2008    9:00P

Restaurant            Indianapolis, Indiana

Nov 1 2008     7:00P

            Schubas (w/
Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)      Chicago, Illinois

Nov 6 2008     9:00P

            London Music Club (w/Tobias Froberg)        London,

Nov 7 2008     8:45P

            El Mocambo
(w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)          Toronto, Ontario

Nov 8 2008     8:00P

            Les Saints
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)   Montreal, Quebec

Nov 10 2008   10:00P

            Great Scott
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)             Allston,

Nov 12 2008   9:15P

            Union Hall
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg) Brooklyn, New




Letters from the Road: Karl Mullen


Guest post this week from one of my closest pals, musician, painter, fashionista, and all-around wickedly wonderful guy, Karl Mullen: Dear Kate, Thanks for the request to be a guest blogger. This is my first …. though back in the late 70’s early 80’s as an illegal alien I played in the punk band Carsickness under the nom de guerre ‘Joe Bloggs’. But that was old schooling blogging,……. ‘banging and shouting like a kid gone wrong’ ….remember Patrik Fitzgerald? I had his record which was LP size so we used play it at 33 speed until some sober []



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 presentation of music and her ability to champion talented, compelling artists. 

Gogol Bordello Kick-off tour


returning from overseas, the band starts wandering North


Blurt Staff


In case you haven’t noticed, Gogol Bordello’s website has
been down, causing the world the wait in mystery as the Gypsy-punks concocted
their latest plan for global domination traveling.


After traipsing around global festival circuit and with
tour dates throughout South America, Europe and Asia this summer – including
performances at Rock-am-Ring in Germany,
Get Loaded in the Park in England,
and a performance at Fuji Rock in Japan
– Gogol Bordello returned to North America
last week.  The Gogols kicked-off this
leg of their tour in Atlanta then headed to
Austin City Limits on September 26 and will be headlining the Detour Festival
in Los Angeles on
October 4.


This winter, Gogol Bordello will perform six shows under
the title “The Wonderlust Kings and Queens Tour: La Familia in Full
Swing.” The tour will begin with three performances at New
York’s Webster Hall before travelling to Philadelphia for a New Year’s Eve performance
at The Electric Factory. 

In other news, Gogol Bordello front-man, Eugene Hutz will also be seen in
October in the Madonna-directed film, ‘Filth & Wisdom’ in which he stars in
the lead role.  According to a press release,
“Madonna and Eugene’s first collaboration was this past summer when they
performed together at Live Earth in London.
Eugene and
Sergey performed a Romanesque version of “La Isla Bonita” that
combined Gogol Bordello’s gypsy-stomper “Lela Pala Tute” with Madonna
singing in Romanes.”  WTF?  

In addition, will re-launch this week, giving the world a
much needed glimpse into their harlequin laced world.



Tuscon, AZ
4th and
San Diego, CA
The Grove of
Anaheim                            Anaheim,
East                                         Las
Vegas, NV
Detour Festival / City
Los Angeles, CA
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival     
        San Francisco, CA
Eugene, OR
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
10.10.08                       The
Vancouver, BC
10.11.08                       The
Vancouver, BC
10.14.08                       MacEwan
Calgary, AB
10.15.08                       Edmonton
Edmonton, AB
12.27.08                       Webster
New York, NY
12.29.08                       Webster
New York, NY
12.30.08                       Webster
New York, NY
12.31.08                       The
Philadelphia, PA
Club                                             Washington
Club                                             Washington



Oasis American Tour Announced


Tickets go on sale
this week via, you guessed it, Ticketbastard.

By Blurt Staff

Oasis just announced the American leg of their Dig Out Your Soul world tour. The album drops Oct. 7. The tour, the
band’s first US tour in 3
years, kicks off on December 3 in Oakland,
CA. This US tour follows Oasis’ biggest ever UK arena tour
which sold over 180,000 tickets within an hour of going on sale. Ryan Adams
& The Cardinals will be Special Guests on all dates.

For a limited time, every Oasis ticket order made through Ticketbastard comes with the option to upgrade to a special package containing your concert ticket, the brand new “Dig Out Your Soul” cd, and an
exclusive Oasis t-shirt available ONLY in this promotion.

Tickets for the shows go on sale October 3 at 10am. For the Chicago
show, tickets go on sale Oct. 4 at 10am. All times are local.



This time, let’s not bum-rush the stage, okay fans? Read our
eyewitness account of the Sept. 7 assault on Noel Gallagher in Toronto HERE.

Dec. 3                    
 Oakland, CA
   Oracle Arena          
Dec. 4                    
 Los Angeles, CA
                   Staples Center
Dec. 6                    
 Las Vegas, NV
The Pearl          
Dec. 8                    
CO Broomfield Events Ctr.  
Dec. 10                    Minneapolis, MN  
                 Target Center
Dec. 12                  
 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena          
Dec. 13                    Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills  
Dec. 15                    
ON                John LaBatt Centre
 (rescheduled 9/9 date)

Dec. 17              
     New York, NY
 Madison Sq. Garden      
Dec. 19                    Camden, NJ Susquehanna Center      
Dec. 20                    Washington, DC  

For further ticket information go to:



Springsteen For the Super Bowl


Sure won’t be playing “Born
In The U.S.A.”
unless he wants his head handed to him by all those drunk flag-hugging football


By Fred Mills


Selling out or buying in? While being tapped to play the
halftime show at the Super Bowl is certainly considered prestigious, over the
years it’s also become a source of snarky derision for a lot of music fans.


Quick, give yourself this little test: what songs, and/or
what particular staging spectacle, did Tom Petty (who performed the honors this
year in front of 148 million couch potatos), the Stones, Sir Paul, Prince,
Janet Jackson and U2 do at their Super Bowl slots? If the only one you can
reliably recall is Janet Jackson (“Bob, I’ll take ‘Janet Jackson’s tit’ for
$100…”) from 2004, then you probably understand what we’re saying.


At any rate Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be
the 2009 Super Bowl entertainment. He’ll hit the stage sometime during the
evening of Feb. 1 in Tampa,
and depending on who the match-up comes down to, he’ll probably play “Promised
Land,” “Born to Run” or “You Can Look But You Better Not Touch.” Or maybe not….


Can we have a Boss bobblehead?




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.








7:00 AM CBS: The Early Show: Jewel


8:00 AM TVONE: Tom Joyner Sky Show: The Gap Band


9:00 AM PLD HD: Aftermath: The Station Fire Five Years Later
w/Twisted Sister , Tesla , Aaron Lewis ,


Winger , Eric Martin , John Rich


9:00 AM Syndicated: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Lance Bass


12:45 PM Sundance: We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen


2:00 PM Ovation: Taj Mahal: Live in St. Lucia


2:30 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Pop Levi


4:00 PM Sundance: Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul


7:00 PM VH1: Behind The Music: New Kids on the Block: A
Behind the Music Special Event


7:00 PM VH1 Classic in Concert: Rush in Rio


8:30 PM PLD HD: Nissan Live Set: Ne-Yo


9:00 PM RAVE HD: Soundstage: Lindsey Buckingham


10:00 PM VH1C: Hangin’ With Rush


10:30 PM VH1 Classic in Concert: Rush – R30 Anniversary


11:00 PM FUSE: Welcome to Timbaland


11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: Pete


12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Solange


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


12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Amy


2:00 AM Encore Action: Going To Pieces: The Rise and Fall of
the Slasher Film w/Rob Zombie








Division Of Laura Lee Tours; New Vids



Presenting entire new album via guest-directed videos too.

By Fred Mills


Blazing Swedish
garagepunks Division of Laura Lee hits American shores next week for short
string of dates intended to lay the groundwork for the launch of their new
album Violence is Timeless, due in
Europe on Oct. 29 (the U.S. released date is t.b.a.). Material from that album
will be showcased, and meanwhile, fans who can’t make it to the shows can check
out a series of videos the band has been posting to its website every Monday.


Thus far, since mid
August, vids directed by Kristoffer Astrom (of Fireside), Joe Lally (Fugazi),
Alexander Skinner and several others have been posted – one special guest
director incoming: Jose Gonzalez – and this will continue through Oct. 27 with
ultimately every song on the album getting a visual treatment.


We’ve even got a little
taste below, the video for the first single, “Central Park.”


The album, incidentally,
is already available to order in its limited edition/hand numbered vinyl version
– check the above website link for details.


Those tour dates:


10/1- Philadelphia/
10/2- Baltimore/ Fletcher’s
10/4- Brooklyn/ Union Pool  
10/5- NYC / Mercury Lounge
10/7- LA/ Spaceland



Flaming Lips Xmas DVD, Screenings Update



DVD & CD due on
Nov. 11… screenings galore start Oct. 1


By Blurt Staff





Update on that Flaming Lips Christmas On Mars DVD release date: according to a report posted at
today, it’s been moved to November 11 by Warner Bros., pushed back
from the original, long-in-coming Oct. 28 date. It will be available as a
standard DVD and as a deluxe edition featuring a soundtrack CD.



The film will also have selected screenings throughout the U.S. starting this week on Oct. 1; it’s
currently playing in NYC until the end of the year at the KGB Complex’s Kraine
Theater, while San Antonio’s
Alamo Drafthouse will start showing it Oct. 19 for a run through the end of the



For more details of the film and to view a couple of
trailers, go HERE.



Soundtrack tracklisting:


“Once Beyond Hopelessness”
“The Distance Between Mars And The Earth — Part One”
“The Horrors Of Isolation: The Celestial Dissolve, Triumphant
Hallucination, Light Being Absorbed”
“In Excelsior Vaginalistic”
“Your Spaceship Comes From Within”
“Suicide And Extraordinary Mistakes”
“The Distance Between Mars And The Earth — Part Two”
“The Secret Of Immortality: This Strange Feeling, This Impossible
“The Gleaming Armament Of Marching Genitalia”
“The Distress Signals Of Celestial Objects”
“Space Bible With Volume Lumps”
“Once Beyond Hopelessness”



Christmas On Mars screenings:


Des Moines, Iowa: Nova 10 Cinemas, October 1
Columbia, South Carolina: The Nickelodeon, October 3-5
Moline, Illinois: Nova 6 Cinemas, October 5
Atlanta, Georgia: Plaza Theatre, October 8
Peoria, Illinois: Reynold’s Cinemas at Landmark, October 10
Naperville, Illinois: Nova 8 Cinemas, October 11
Nashville, Tennessee: The Belcourt, October 17
Dallas, Texas: Landmark Inwood Theater, October 17-18
Whitewater, Wisconsin: Theatres of Whitewater, October 17
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Geneva 4, October 18
West Bend, Wisconsin: Paradise Theatre, October 19
Madison, Wisconsin: The Orpheum, October 21-24
Waterville, Maine: Railroad Square Cinema, October 23
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Brattle, October 31-November 9
Omaha, Nebraska: Film Streams / Ruth Sokolof Theater, October 31
Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Cinematheque, November 8-9
Columbus, Ohio: Landmark Gateway Theater, November 14-15
Denver, Colorado: Landmark Esquire Theatre, November 14-15
Hartford, Connecticut: Real Art Ways, November 21-23
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Landmark Uptown Theatre, November 22



Eddy dusts off his old vinyl and scratches his head. We all win


BLURT readers. This column’s theme is fairly simple: Basically, I sort
alphabetic ally through my shelves for dusty old 7-inch vinyl indie singles
from acts that aren’t household names, and try to figure out why I wound up
keeping them in the first place. This is the 7th installment (first
two appeared at Idolator.)




GOOPS “One Kiss Left”/”Build Me Up Buttercup” (Blackout!,


The picture sleeve’s front cover looks like some kinda Big
Daddy Roth Garbage Pail Kid Wacky Pack, with four cartoon band members (three
crazy guys, one hot girl) racing along in their flaming monster truck with the
license plate “KILL,” brandishing baseball bats and barbecue forks, chasing a
squirrel so scared its feet have turned into wheels. Back cover has the band
all naked (with naughty bits peeking out) on a polka-dot couch, puking and
slavering as a gigantic furry rodent splats from the sky and spills its sticky guts
all over the room. Six-page black-and-white comic book inside has the Goops “On
The Road,” driving from party to party and town to town and batting more
squirrels around and bathing together and covering obscene Avengers songs on
stage while (again) wearing no clothes. Yet even their penises and vaginas
manage to seem funny, not gross or prurient. And oh yeah, there’s also music!
Catchy St. Mark’s Place-style middle-class fake-punk garage trash (from back
when St. Mark’s  Place was still trashy)
with gal-singing and guy-guitaring better than passable; in the ‘90s, NYC and
L.A. both coughed up a bunch of such bands, while critics ignored them — maybe
because they sang like they wanted a hit, and therefore weren’t deemed hip
enough. Here, the A-side is a lust song with some semblance of a beat: “C’mon
baby, don’cha be that way/I’ll do anything you say.” But the B-side’s the keeper:
A kicking cover of the Foundations’ 1969 garage-soul classic about being led on
by a fickle tease. The Goops build it up, and don’t let us down.





CLAY HARPER “Prayin’ Hands”/”Church On The Corner” (Casino
Royale, 1996)


More excellent cover graphics: The front has a colorfully
dressed guy, with five-o’clock shadow and his tiger-striped shirt unbuttoned too
low, posing just like Roland Bell on the LP cover of The Harder They Come; there’s a city and church behind him, and
when you flip the sleeve over, you see said house of worship close up, with
hands folding in prayer on each side. It’s not the only picture-sleeve 45 I’ve
got on my shelf from Clay Harper — a guy who used to sing for the Coolies, an Atlanta band whose less than 15 minutes of fame had come
from putting out an album full of silly Simon & Garfunkel covers in 1986,
the same year Paul Simon put out Graceland. A decade later, in 1996, Harper apparently
put out one 45 on Casino Royale every month or close to it; I’ve got 11 of the
things, and they’re beautiful – soldiers and strippers and factories and devils
and sleazy dames with guns and lurkers in the shadows and Blaxploitation movie
posters and Kung Fu movie posters and ominous urchins from the street. Most of
them credit Art Direction to one Kosmo Vinyl and Art Production to guys named
Kerry Hadaway and Brian Joyner. I haven’t played them in years, but as I
recall, they mostly sound good, too. But I’m singling out the single that came
out in June of that year, for the way its two titles are conceptually linked,
and because its cover is my favorite. “Prayin’ Hands” has The Harder They Come in its sound, too: The rhythm is ‘70s
soul-reggae, with a horn break seemingly referencing “007 (Shanty Town)”
by Desmond Dekker. Harper has a gruff Dixie
white-soul voice – more “pub-rock” than “roots-rock” or “Southern rock,” I’d
say, by which I mean amiable and energetic but not particularly stodgy or redneck-macho.
He sings about a little girl with a crappy life who prays the world her soul to
keep and winds up in a better place, which I suppose mean she dies; details
beyond that are hard to make out. “Church on the Corner” brackets itself with
church organ (credited to “Reverend Oliver Wells”), but Clay confesses that he
never liked churches, that he just passes them by without entering, and he’s
not sure where his antipathy comes from. But a wedding, or maybe that same little
girl, wind up changing his mind. A gospel backup singer helps.





HELLA “Stephen Hawking Has A Posse”/FOURTET “Both When I Am
Alone And We Both Are” (Ache, 2003)


Hella are a noisy Cali duo whose 2002 debut album likeably
reminded me of the very early (hardcore-era) Meat Puppets, but I lost the plot
soon after; their track here has a gradual keyboardish opening (played on
guitar maybe) giving way to blurry belches of distortion and apocalyptic clangs
like tin cans repeatedly toppling off a high shelf. The title suggests
theoretical physics might be an inspiration as well. Fourtet is London “post-rock”
electronic guy Kieran Hebden, and his cut has more space – e.g., little brush
strokes. What they have in common: clattery beat, fuzzy effects, vagueness. And
the scratched-up collage on the 45 sleeve is just as blurry, blotchy, and




THE HOT ROLLERS Uncornucopia (Flotation, 2007)


A three-song seven-inch EP on nail-polish-white vinyl from
three badass ladies, dressed like they’re ready to join the Shangri-Las’ gang.
So: Ratted-hair rock, maybe Seattle’s answer to
Gore Gore Girls. “You Don’t Satisfy” rides the slime oozing out from beneath the
garage door of some service station on a dead-end street; opens with a riff
from the Monkees’ “Steppin’ Stone,” drummer Starr Harris screams like the
Sonics’ Gerry Rosalie, and Lori Campion lets loose black clouds of guitar smoke
as her vengeful vemom shoplifts a lyric or two from “Steppin’ Stone” itself,
then turns into talking as she chides some bad-in-bed clutz that he can’t do
the deed like some other fella. “Heard About Him” rocks up a ‘65 B-side by
British bird Sandie Shaw, ending on a high note out of “Wimoweh”/”The Lion
Sleeps Tonight.” And raunchy fuzztones blanket everything, including three-part
harmonies and (I think) a cowbell, in the raunchier, dirtier, heavier “Outta
Control” – about a mean chick from a northern galaxy who has cherry-red lips
and bloodshot eyes. She’s running wild tonight, she’s gonna fuss and fight, and
I’m pretty sure Girlschool would be impressed.


Chuck Eddy is the
former music editor of the
Village Voice and the author of several books, including the greatest book on heavy
metal ever written,
Stairway To Hell.
He won’t admit it, but he knows more about rock ‘n’ roll than the entire
accumulated BLURT brain trust.



Nelson to Congress: Farmers, Not Bankers


Open Letter to Congress Calls for $1 Billion
Investment in Farm Communities to Solve America’s Economic, Environmental,
Energy and Health Problems.


Blurt Staff



response to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout enacted this weekend by Congress,
the Farm Aid Board of Directors Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and
Dave Matthews sent an open letter to Congressional leaders urging them to
redirect funds to farm communities and working men and women, where they can be
better used to address our country’s economic, environment, energy and health



proposed $700 bailout asks taxpayers to foot the bill without giving them the
opportunity to share in any gains that might result,” Willie Nelson said.
“On the other hand, a $1 billion investment in family farm agriculture
would enrich all of us, because we are all shareholders of the family farm. The
return on investment in the family farm includes thriving local economies,
nutritious food for better health, a safer and more secure food supply, a
cleaner environment and more renewable energy.”



and fellow Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews
marked Farm Aid’s 23rd year last weekend with a New England-based benefit
concert that showcased the tenacity of family farmers as an example of what it
takes to solve America’s
most pressing challenges.



farmers are the bedrock of this country. They are always looking for new
answers to problems and finding creative solutions that work,” said



Aid led by example at its annual benefit concert by becoming the only music
festival to serve family farm food to concertgoers, artists, crews and VIPs,
demonstrating what is possible in efforts to bring more family farm food to
more people.



read the open letter to Congressional leaders sent by Farm Aid Board of
Directors Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, go to