Monthly Archives: September 2008

Devendra Banhart Goes Full Monty

 

 

Nothing like waking up
on a Monday morning to this, eh?

By Fred Mills

 

 

For some reason Devendra Banhart has come under the
ever-tasteful microscope of Perez Hilton (something about the
recently-terminated relationshipe between Banhart and actress Natalie Portman),
which means, apparently, anything is fair game.

 

Including posting nekked pics of Banhart. Well, technically
they are photos taken by Dev’s good friend Lauren Dukoff as part of the cover
art for his upcoming Megapuss album Surfing, due Oct.7. But still….

 

For the full frontal uncensored views, go HERE.

 

 

 

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)

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27:

 

 

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
Seeger

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Solange

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Blurt ACL-Band Of Horses Show TONIGHT

 

 

BOH, McMurtry rocking Austin for a good cause.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

As you may have heard by now, BLURT is at Austin City Limits this weekend, with our roving band of reporters making the rounds and posing the
hard-hitting questions of the day to musicians we trip over, er, encounter.
Keep your eyes peeled for the official BLURT boogie van – just look for the
lime-green day-glo paint job and the custom bong smokestack protruding from the
rear portion of the roof. But don’t forget the rules, kids: don’t bother
knockin’ if the van be a-rockin,’ if you catch our drift.

 

***

 

Meanwhile, of course, tonight in downtown Austin
BLURT will be rockin’ a whole ‘nother set of ‘tude. That’s when THE BLURT LAUNCH
PARTY, featuring Band of Horses, goes down at The Parish Room. Tickets sold out
in under two hours after tickets went on sale last week.

 

“We
thought we put together a pretty good lineup for the BLURT LAUNCH PARTY, but
this far and away exceeded even our own high expectations,” says BLURT
Editor-in-Chief and Founder Scott Crawford. “I think everyone who was lucky
enough to get a ticket will be in for a real special night.”

 

Doors
will open at 10:30 p.m. following the conclusion of the day’s music at the 2008
Austin City Limits Music Festival. Famed BLURT blogger James McMurtry and the
Heartless Bastards are slated to open with music beginning at 11 p.m. A portion
of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin
Musicians, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to
affordable healthcare for Austin’s
low-income, uninsured working musicians. For more information, please visit: http://www.healthallianceforaustinmusicians.org.

 

 

“For
those of you who weren’t able to get a ticket today, there may be a small
quantity of tickets made available the day of the show, so look for updates on
BLURT-ONLINE.COM next week and check in at the Parish Room box office a few
hours before the doors open,” says BLURT Associate Editor Andy Tennille. “We’re
also going to be giving away some tickets at BLURT-ONLINE.COM and through some
of the local radio stations in Austin,
so keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you.”

 

About HAAM

Health
Alliance for
Austin Musicians was founded in April 2005 when the Seton Family of Hospitals
and St. David’s Community Health Foundation Leadership joined forces with The
SIMS Foundation to provide medical, dental, and mental health care to the
city’s hard-working, low-income musicians. More than 1,200 musicians, most 35
and younger, have been serviced. For more information, please visit: http://www.healthallianceforaustinmusicians.org.

 

About BLURT

Brought
to you by the creative team behind the lauded HARP Magazine (called “America’s
best music magazine” by NPR’s Bob Boilen and “the best music magazine in the
country and the one that musicians always read” by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl),
BLURT’s digital magazine raises the bar for modern music and entertainment
magazines by combining insightful features, irreverent interviews, relentless
reviews, and first-class design standards while the site contains provocative
blogs, exclusive videos and countless reviews and MP3s. Visit us at http://www.BLURT-ONLINE.COM.

 

Links

http://www.healthallianceforaustinmusicians.org/

www.blurt-online.com

http://www.myspace.com/bandofhorses

http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com/

www.theparishroom.com

www.excaliburmail.com

www.christopherwilsonphoto.com

 

For more information,
contact:

 

Scott
Crawford

Editor-in-Chief,
BLURT

scrawford@blurt-online.com

 

Andy
Tennille

Associate
Editor, BLURT

atennille@blurt-online.com

 

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Sat-Sun 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)

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27:

 

 

9:00 AM Showtime Next: Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

 

10:00 AM Biography: Bob Dylan

 

12:00 PM PLD HD: MTV Live: R.E.M.

 

12:15 PM Showtime: All We Are Saying w/Chrissie Hynde ,
Peter Gabriel , Radiohead , David Crosby , Sheryl Crow , Elton John

 

4:00 PM Encore Mystery: The Cotton Club (1984)

 

4:00 PM VH1C: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Ceremony: Class of 2008

 

6:00 PM Sundance: Live from Abbey Road: Panic at the Disco, David
Gray & Suzanne Vega

 

7:30 PM IFC: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

 

7:30 PM VH1C: Bob Dylan – No Direction Home

 

8:30 PM GREEN: Living with Ed: Jackson Browne is Green

 

9:00 PM PBS: Austin
City Limits: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: Emmylou Harris , Earl Scruggs , Doc
Watson , Ricky Skaggs , Bruce Hornsby , Bela Fleck

 

11:00 PM PLD HD: Rothbury 2008: Dave Matthews Band , John
Mayer , Widespread Panic

 

11:30 PM NBC: Saturday Night Live:  Anna Faris / Duffy

 

1:00 AM ETV: Saturday Night Live (E!): Janet Jackson

 

 

SUNDAY SEPT. 28:

 

 

8:30 AM Comedy Central: The Colbert Report: Jackson Browne

 

11:15 AM Encore Love: High Fidelity (2000)

 

11:30 AM HBOS: Once (2006)

 

1:00 PM PLD HD: BBC Electric Proms: Paul McCartney

 

4:00 PM Gospel Music Channel: Hometown Gospel: New Orleans

 

5:00 PM HBO: Flight of the Conchords: Bowie

 

6:00 PM FUSE: Green Day: Making of “Wake Me Up When
September Ends”

 

6:30 PM FUSE: Loaded: Green Day

 

8:00 PM HDNet Concert Series: Best of Michael Bolton Live
(!)

 

8:00 PM VH1: Behind The Music: New Kids on the Block: A
Behind the Music Special Event

 

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

 

10:30 PM HDNet Concert Series: Aimee Mann Live in Brooklyn

 

11:30 PM IFC: Z Rock: Dave Navarro

 

12:20 AM Encore Western: Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
(1986)

 

 

Breeders & National Ba-Rock for Obama

 

‘tis the (campaign)
season for cheesy headlines

By Brian Creech

 

Remembering the woes that their home state Ohio helped bring
to America on election night, 2004, Ohio natives  the Breeders and the National have teamed up
to present “Vote Early, Rock Late,” a pre-election, pro-Obama really to
encourage Buckeye state voters to well, vote early.   The free, late rocking is set to commence
October 16th at Cincinnatti’s Fountain Square.  Buses will transport registered voters from
the concert to Hamilton
County’s election
headquarters, where they can cast an early ballot. 

 

Political-junkies will note that Hamilton
County is the home to Cincinnatti, and
was one of the most  hotly contested
counties in 2004 that pushed Ohio
over the edge and into the Bush column in 2004. 
Indie-rock minded political junkies will note that during primary
season, the Arcade Fire and Superchunk teamed up to pull a similar trick in
getting North Carolina to swing for Obama. 
And it worked.   In fact, indi-
rockers like Barack Obama so much that he’s caught flack for being so popular among those with hip music taste. 

 

Either way, the stakes are pretty high for this concert, so
high in fact, that this is the only show that the Breeders have lined up for
this year so far. 

 

The National will be Ba-Rocking a bit more often, with dates
listed below. 

 

Oh, and remember this swell t-shirt?

 

National Dates:

 

10-10 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom *
10-16 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square (“Vote Early Rock Late”) ^
10-24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Marina da Gloria (TIM Festival)
10-25 São Paolo, Brazil
– Ibirapurea Park
(TIM Festival)
10-27 Vitória, Brazil
– UFES Theatre
11-08 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

 

 

 

Pop Montreal Final Lineup Announced

 

Symposium, conference, festival and
plenty of jams.

 By Blurt Staff

 

POP Montréal’s Symposium
– starting next week – is an artist-driven music conference that
aims to empower, educate, and inspire by focusing on the relationship between
art, culture, and creativity, with the aim of “encouraging the [Montréal]
community to build movements, strategize, and create.”

 

Confirmed artists for POP Montréal are: Burt Bacharach, Ratatat, Nick Cave and The
Bad Seeds, Hot Chip, Beach House, Baby Dee, Vivan Girls, Silver Apples, Dan
Deacon, Brazilian Girls, Black Kids, Jason Collett, Sebastien Grainger, T.
Raumshmiere, Vetiver, Akron/Family,  Dr. Dog, Congorock, Irma Thomas,  The Virgins, The Dodos,
Aleks and the Drummer, The Dears, The Bug, Megasoid,  Socalled, 
Watain, Julie Doiron, These Are Powers, Japanther, Dirty on Purpose, Deathset,
AIDS Wolf,  Dark Meat & more! 

 

Non-performance events highlights will include
conversations with soul-queen Irma Thomas, a master class with experimental filmmaker
Jem Cohen, a performance by no-wave pioneer Lydia Lunch, beat-boxing with the
Persusasions, exploring African rap culture with filmmaker Femi Agbayewa, and
some good old-fashioned internet policing with the Future of Music Coaltion.

 

 Film POP, POP Montréal’s film seminar will feature international
shorts, documentaries and music films. 
According to the press release, “This year’s
films have a stronger music focus than ever before. Whether it’s Wizard rock
inspired by Harry Potter or the under-appreciated genius of Arthur Russell-FILM
POP has it covered. In addition, we will be screening a fascinating documentary
about Robert Moog and Eileen Yaghoobian’s ‘Died Young Stayed Pretty’-a radical
film about the politics and aesthetics of North American poster art.” 

 

POP Montréal also features segments for kids, a DIY festival with a market
for strictly hand-made goods, and a visual artists’ showcase.

 

 POP Montréal will
take place October 1 – 5, 2008, and more information can be found at www.popmontreal.com.

 

 

 

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Friday 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)

 

 

11:30 AM NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba!: The Ting Tings , Biz Markie
, Mark Mothersbaugh

 

12:00 PM NICK: Yo Gabba Gabba!: Hot Hot Heat , Mix Master
Mike , Mark Mothersbaugh

 

2:00 PM Biography: Travis Tritt

 

 

 

3:00 PM Biography: Brooks & Dunn

 

4:00 PM FUEL: Check 1, 2: 
MGMT

 

4:00 PM Rave HD Concerts: Oasis Live at Manchester City
Stadium

 

4:50 PM FLIX: Made in Sheffield:
Human League , Cabaret Voltaire , Heaven 17 , ABC , Pulp , Artery

 

5:30 PM FUEL: The Daily Habit:  Globe Team and One Block Radius

 

5:45 PM FLIX: Village People – Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

 

6:30 PM PLD HD: Dispatch: Zimbabwe

 

8:00 PM BET: Ain’t Nothing Like Me: An Intimate Session with
Joe

 

8:00 PM FLIX: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

 

9:00 PM Comedy Central: Chappelle’s Show: Mos Def , Kanye
West

 

9:00 PM PLD HD: Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2008: Madonna ,
Raconteurs , Usher , Nelly , OneRepublic

 

9:00 PM VH1C: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

 

10:00 PM Sundance: Saving Jazz: Irvin Mayfield , Tony
Bennett , Wynton Marsalis , Kermit Ruffins , Ellis

 

Marsalis , Irma Thomas

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: TV On The
Radio

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Jennifer
Hudson

 

11:50 PM Encore Action: Dead Presidents (1995)

 

12:00 AM Encore Mystery: Videodrome (1983)

 

12:00 AM FUEL: The Daily Habit: Pop Levi

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Justin Nozuka

 

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: Amos Lee

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Lady
Antebellum

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Seether

 

2:00 AM SPIKE: Boyz ‘N The Hood (1991)

 

 

Breeders & National Ba-Rock for Obama

 

‘tis the (campaign)
season for cheesy headlines

By Brian Creech

 

Remembering the woes that their home state Ohio helped bring
to America on election night, 2004, Ohio natives  the Breeders and the National have teamed up
to present “Vote Early, Rock Late,” a pre-election, pro-Obama really to
encourage Buckeye state voters to well, vote early.   The free, late rocking is set to commence
October 16th at Cincinnatti’s Fountain Square.  Buses will transport registered voters from
the concert to Hamilton
County’s election
headquarters, where they can cast an early ballot. 

 

Political-junkies will note that Hamilton
County is the home to Cincinnatti, and
was one of the most  hotly contested
counties in 2004 that pushed Ohio
over the edge and into the Bush column in 2004. 
Indie-rock minded political junkies will note that during primary
season, the Arcade Fire and Superchunk teamed up to pull a similar trick in
getting North Carolina to swing for Obama. 
And it worked.   In fact, indi-
rockers like Barack Obama so much that he’s caught flack for being so popular among those with hip music taste. 

 

Either way, the stakes are pretty high for this concert, so
high in fact, that this is the only show that the Breeders have lined up for
this year so far. 

 

The National will be Ba-Rocking a bit more often, with dates
listed below. 

 

Oh, and remember this swell t-shirt?

 

National Dates:

 

10-10 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom *
10-16 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square (“Vote Early Rock Late”) ^
10-24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Marina da Gloria (TIM Festival)
10-25 São Paolo, Brazil
– Ibirapurea Park
(TIM Festival)
10-27 Vitória, Brazil
– UFES Theatre
11-08 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

 

 

 

Paul Collins Returns + Telephone Vids

 

Still hanging on that telephone after all these years…

 

By Blurt
Staff

Power pop godfather Paul Collins – yes, that Paul Collins, who during his ‘70s heyday in the Nerves
(w/Peter Case) penned the classic tune “Hanging On the Telephone,” famously
covered by Blondie – may seem to have gone silent on these shores, but his as
active as ever overseas, particularly in Spain where his latest studio album Ribbon Of Gold was issued this past
March by Spanish label RockIndiana. Now the record has dropped Stateside via
the tastemakers at Get Hip.

 

What follows is the scoop from the
label, ‘cause we know you need it and we don’t want to leave a word out. Oh,
and check the videos at the very bottom…. You just might get a surprise or two…

 

***

 

Produced by Chips Kiesby
(Hellacopters, Nomads) Ribbon of Gold features 10 new songs from pop’s illegitimate son, Paul Collins. After a 12
year recording silence, Paul Collins re-surfaced with Flying High, recorded at home with his new comrade in arms, guitar
slinger Octavio Vinck and what would become the start of his new Spanish band. Flying High was a simple affair sporting
songs that spanned Paul’s musical career and landscape, from the Beat-ish power
chords of Rock n Roll Shoes and More Than Yesterday, to the all out melodic pop
of Helen to the roots rocking Will You Be A Women the record encompasses all
the facets of Paul’s writing ability, showcased with a simple and straight
forward production style.

 

“We wanted to let the songs do the
talking,” says Paul, “I knew that there would be a lot of skepticism about me
making a record after all this time, as Elvis Presley once said ‘Pop music
changes every 6 months’ I felt that the best thing for us to do is to present
the songs in a simple unassuming way, plus without any real budget or producer
I knew there would be no way to make a “Big Rock” record. I was really starting
from scratch again, but with the help of Octavio I knew we could do it!”

 

3 years later and hundreds of shows under their belt it has become a reality!
The Paul Collins’ Beat has performed all over Europe
and is making their second trip to SXSW this year. Old fans and new are always
satisfied as they jump up and down to the old classics like Rock n Roll Girl
and Don’t Wait Up For Me that sound right at home with the new songs like Afton
Place and All Over Town. Make no mistake, the live show delivers, from The
Nerves to The Beat and now the Paul Collins’ Beat the band cranks through over
30 years worth of music, old and new, seamlessly!

 

While performing at the Road To Ruins Festival in Rome, the band met up with producer Chips
Kiesby, most known for his work with Swedish rock bands The Nomads and The
Hellacopters. As Paul tells it, “Juancho, my manager and bass player, and I
were hanging out backstage after the show when we saw this guy with bright red
hair! I asked Juancho, “Who the hell is he?” Juancho said, “That guy is one of
the best producers around!” I walked up to him and said, “Hi I’m Paul Collins
wanna produce our next record?” And he said “Yeah!” Several months later the
band was in Gutenberg, Sweden recording Ribbon of Gold. “Now I knew it was time
to make the Big Rock Record!” Says Paul about the recording, “I knew this was
my chance to make a record with a big production, but I wanted it to be a
record that we could play live, that kept it honest for me, Chips was the
perfect producer, he knew the band, he was a fan of my early work and he knew
how to bring my sound to tape!”

 

The results are clear, one listen
to Ribbon of Gold and it’s obvious that Collins is as good as he ever was, the
songs bristle with excitement, they rock, they roll and they showcase what is
undeniably one of America’s
foremost talents. From his humble DIY beginnings with The Nerves, to his Major
Label years at Columbia Records and the subsequent Indy years Paul Collins
proves without a shadow of a doubt that he is here to stay! As Collins will
always tell you….
“Keep on Rocking!”

 

 

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Hey DJ
  2. Ribbon of Gold
  3. I Still Want You
  4. Without You
  5. Big Pop Song
  6. Falling In Love with Her
  7. She Doesn’t Want To Hang Around with You
  8. Parlez Vous Français?
  9. Smile Boy
  10. Flown Away