Monthly Archives: December 2008

Nirvana/Cobain Guitar Sells for $100k


An “unidentified private collector” of music memorabilia go
an early Christmas present Tuesday with a winning bid of $100,000 for a smashed
guitar used by Kurt Cobain on Nirvana’s first American tour.


Yahoo! Music News is reporting that the seller was a
musician, Sluggo, of The Grannies and Hullabaloo, who’d apparently traded it
with Cobain for a guitar that worked; Cobain was living at the time with Sluggo
and Sluggo’s girlfriend.


The sunburst Fender Mustang was described Jacob McMurray,
senior curator of Seattle’s
Experience Music Project (which displayed the instrument at one point) as “a
really cool-looking guitar because it’s smashed and held together with duct
tape and Kurt Cobain wrote on it.”


At $100k, that makes it the second-highest price ever paid
for a Cobain artifact; the record stands at $131,000 for a 2006 auction of the
gutiarist’s Mosrite Gospel Mark IV.


In semi-related news, BLURT once sold a promotional copy of the first Nirvana 45 for a
thousand bucks. It helped pay for our hardwood floors in the foyer plus loads
of Huggies for our then-toddler (who nowadays doesn’t care about Nirvana but
loves the Clash). Thanks, Kurt!



Black Lips Want YOU (+199,999,999 more)





Posted anything to
YouTube lately, kids?


By Blurt Staff



Okay, so we’re not exactly certain about that calculation
above; subtracting “one’ from 200 million thousand sorta gave us a headache, so
we gave up. At any rate, the Black Lips have a new album (as previously
announced in this space
) called 200
Million Thousand
, due Feb. 24 from Vice. And in a unique twist on the
already-cliched-ask-the-fans-to-create-videos angle, they are looking to get
200 million thousand videos for first single, “Starting Over.”


Wow, that is a lot of fucking bandwidth we’re talking if 200
million thousand people upload clips. Who’s gonna pay for that?


The contest will run until the 200 million thousandth video
has been submitted. Or until February 15th. Whichever comes first. So get


Go HERE to download a free MP3 of the song.


Submissions can be uploaded to ( starting Jan. 12.




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.






Friday, December 26:


11:00 VH1 Classic: NY77: Coolest Year in Hell


12:00 Rave HD: From the Basement: PJ Harvey, Super Furry


2:30 Rave HD: Dave Fanning Interview: Chris Cornell


2:30 VH1 Classic: Pink Floyd: Which One’s Pink


5:00 VH1 Classic: AC/DC Live at Donnington


7:00 VH1 Classic: Who Live at Isle of


8:00 Rave HD: Soundstage: Seal


9:00 VH1 Classic: Neil Young Heart of Gold


9:00 Sundance: Live From Abbey Road: Stereophonics, Colbie Cailat,
Joan Armatrading


10:00 Sundance: Runnin’ Down A Dream: Tom Petty


11:30 VH1 Classic: Live Aid: The Day the Music Changed the


11:35 NBC Jay Leno: Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson


12:05 ABC Jimmy Kimmel: Samuel L. Jackson, Hinder


12:37 NBC Conan O’Brien: Isaac Hayes


1:36 NBC Carson
Daly: Taylor Swift, Saving Abel




Saturday, December


1:00 HDNet: Kenny G: An Evening of Rhythm and Romance


3:00 Fuse: Fall Out Boy Live From Chicago


4:00 Rave HD: Later With Jools Holland: Patti Smith, Simply
Red, Kate Nash, Cribs


6:00 Sundance: Live From Abbey Road: Stereophonics, Colbie Cailat,
Joan Armatrading


7:00 VH1 Classic: The Drug Years


10:00 Rave HD: Beautiful Noise: Ted Leon & the Pharmacists


11:00 Rave HD: Soundstage: Lifehouse


11:00 VH1: Neil Young Heart of Gold


11:30 NBC: Saturday Night Live: Ben Affleck, David Cook


2:00 Sundance: Spectacle… Elvis Costello & James




Sunday, December 28:



1:00 Rave HD: Beautiful Noise: Stars of Track & Field


2:00 Sundance: Spectacle… Elvis Costello & James


2:00 HDNet: Robyn Hitchcock – Live at Cornbury Festival


3:00 HDNet: Friendl Fire: Sean Lennon’s Michele
Civetta-directed videos


4:00 HDNet: Snow Patrol Live at Somerset House


4:55 HDNet: Pink Live from Wembley


6:00 HDNet: Blue Man Group – How to be a Megastar Tour 2.0


8:00 Rave HD: Beautiful Noise: North
Mississippi Allstars


8:00 HDNet – Melissa Etheridge – A New Thought For Christmas


9:00 VH1 Classic: This Is Spinal Tap


9:30 HD Net: Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Extravaganza


10:00 Sundance: Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life







Season’s Shout-Outs from Diamond Dave!


Van Halen frontman splits his pants (and lungs) just for YOU.


By Fred Mills


On a 1-10 scale of awesomeness, this one clearly goes to “11”:
David Lee Roth has a site devoted to him, or more accurately, to his various
shouts, whoops, hollers, grunts, random animal noises, and the occasional
“Goddamnit baby, you know I ain’t lyin’ to ya I’m only gonna tell you one


Go to (home
page reproduced above) and click on any number of the Roth-isms. We trust
you’ll be glad you did. Hint: click on a whole series of them in rapid
succession to hear an entire angelic chorus of Diamond Daves!


Now THAT’s some friggin’ Christmas cheer! This has been a public service
announcement… with testosterone.




Merry Christmas From BLURT!


By Blurt Staff


As the saying goes – “subject header says it all.” We hope
all of you have a great one, and that Santa is good to you. Our friends at may have a different sort of stocking stuffer in
mind for you than us (see the above pic from them for proof) but hey, that’s
life in this big ol’ multicultural world!







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.







Wednesday, December


9:00 VH1 Classic: BBC Electric Proms: Paul McCartney


9:00 Syndicated: Ellen Degeneres Cher, Missy Elliott,
Pussycat Dolls


12:00 MTV2: Lil Wayne’s World


1:00 Rave HD: Soundstage: Alison Krauss


1:00 VH1 Classic: That Metal Show: Ace Frehley Yngwie


3:00 Rave HD: Peter Gabriel Live in Milan


6:00 Rave HD: Warren Haynes Presents The Benefit Concert


9:00 VH1 Classic: Oliver Stone’s The Doors


9:00 Sundance: Spectacle – Elvis Costello w/James Taylor


10:00 Rave HD: Beautiful Noise: The Constantines


12:00 Midnight Sundance: Flaming Lips Christmas On Mars


12:05 ABC Jimmy Kimmel: Fall Out Boy




Thursday, December


7:20 Sundance: Sigur Ros Heima


9:00 VH1 Classic: Kissology concerts


9:00 Rave HD: Later With Jools Holland marathon (Green Day,
Elvis Costello, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Paul Weller, John Cale, Pearl Jam,
Jenny Lewis, Raconteurs, Amy Winehouse, Muse and more)


9:00 Syndicated: Ellen Degeneres: Kid Rock


2:30 Sundance: Flaming Lips Christmas On Mars


8:30 Sundance: True History of the Traveling Wilburys


10:00 Sundance: Iconoclasts – Venus Williams and Wyclef Jean


10:00 Rave HD: Beautiful Noise: Yo La Tengo


11:00 Sundance: Spectacle – Elvis Costello w/James Taylor


11:30 CBS David Letterman: Stephen Colbert, Super Diamond
(Neil Diamond tribute band)


11:35 NBC Jay Leno: Relient K


12:05 ABC Jimmy Kimmel: Robin Thicke


12:35 NBC Conan O’Brien: Billy Joel


1:35 Carson
Daly: Shirley Manson, Cut Copy


Nonexistent Band Is Fave MySpace Act!



Gorillaz tops the list…


By Fred Mills


In further proof that social networking destroys critical
facilities and eats away at cranial matter, the Gorillaz have been determined
to be the most popular band on MySpace! British media reports are saying that
the animated act – which, since it’s a ‘toon, is technically nonexistent (Damon
Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are the s-called “leaders” of the group out in
meatspace), and in fact has not even been active during 2008 – has accumulated
686,177 MySpace friends, with more being added daily.


Not quite Tila Tequila territory, but pretty impressive,
particularly for a two-dimensionan entity. Now THAT is some fuckin’ social
networkin’… Or pretty adept use of automated friend-adder software..


Back in reality, Madonna’s “4 Minutes” was the most popular
video on MySpace.



Some stats:


MySpace most popular musical acts:

Gorillaz (682,875 friends)
Bullet for My Valentine (596,885 friends)
Amy Winehouse (542,268 friends)
Coldplay (525,110 friends)
Lily Allen (462,159 friends)
MIA (399,858 friends)
Oasis (353,484 friends)
Imogen Heap (351,484 friends)


Myspace most popular music videos:

Madonna – 4 Minutes
The Verve – Love Is Noise
BPA ft. David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal – Toe Jam
Justice – DVNO
Oasis – I’m Outta Time
Dragonforce – Heroes of Our Time
Sigur Ros – Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur
The Raconteurs – Old Enough




Widespread Mania! Live + Schools Blog!


New blog entry from
Panic bassist, a concert review and a DVD review – we’re wall-to-wall
Widespread at Blurt!


By Blurt Staff


It’s December 24, and we’ve got a special Christmas present
for all you Widespread Panic fans out there. Check it out:


New Dave Schools
In the bassist’s latest installment in his Swift Kick to the Solar Plexus blog, Schools tells us the story of
“How The Grinch Got Scrooged in Asheville.”
He outlines how he lost the Christmas spirit at one point, only to recover it
via the annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam – touching, and true.


Widespread Panic Live
in Asheville Nov. 28 & 29:
 BLURT intern Matthew Recchia hunkered down at
the Asheville Civic Center for two nights o’ Panic, and had this, in part, to
say: “Despite cold temperatures and sleet and rain, the party was hot and out
of control as thousands of fans flocked into the Asheville Civic Center for one
more throw-down before New Years…. Until next year, thanks Panic – Falettinme
Be Mice Elf Agin!”


Widespread Panic Austin DVD: Mighty Matt also tracked the New West Records DVD Widespread Panic Live In Austin, Texas that was recently released.
“With a great set-list most Spreadheads will be drawn to,” writes Recchia,
“there is no doubt this classic will be welcomed enthusiastically by the



85% Of Music Sucks!



Thirteen million songs
and counting…


By Fred Mills



That headline is right: according a study conducted by
non-profit royalty collection agency in the U.K., the MCPS-PRS Alliance, only a
small percentage of music ever gets sold, which would suggest that the rest of
it, ah, sucks.



Guardian, reporting on the study,
cites the agency’s researchers Will Page and Andrew Bud and the following chunk
of statistics:



“Of the 13million songs available for sale on the internet
last year, more than 10million failed to find a single buyer….80% of all
revenue came from about 52,000 tracks – the “hits” that powered the
music industry. Broken down by album, only 173,000 of the 1.23m available
albums were ever purchased – leaving 85% without a single copy sold.”


The researchers concluded that “these findings challenge the “long
tail” theory
that diverse, specialised items – though individually
less popular – will together outsell mainstream ‘hits’… People believed in a
fat, fertile long tail because they wanted it to be true. The statistical
theories used to justify that theory were intelligent and plausible. But they
turned out to be wrong. The relative size of the dormant ‘zero sellers’ tail
was truly jaw-dropping.”


If this is all true, of course, it means all of us rock writers better
unload the thousands of crap promo
CDs we got in the mail this year, and pronto. If the used record stores get
wind of this study, we’re screwed.




Fujiya & Miyagi Schedule Winter Tour


Fujiya & Miyagi
Schedule Winter Tour



Still steaming forward on success of Lightbulbs


By Blurt Staff


Imagine that Fujiya &
Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify
particles of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak
in tongues, using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good,
rhyming ‘jigsaws’ with ‘carnivores’.

Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household
appliances sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from
evocative krautrock to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth,
Floydian Englishness and the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered
for modern times.

In total, Fujiya & Miyagi don’t really sound like anything. Instead, they
sound like everything condensed into perfectly arranged three minute chunks
of infectious pop music, a strange hybrid of James Brown on Valium and Wire
gone pop. Or maybe Serge Gainsbourg with a PhD in electronics backed by David
Byrne’s Eno-produced scratchy guitar mixed by MF Doom. It’s Darwinism gone

Formed in 2000 as an electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and
Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), they released Electro Karaoke In The Negative Style two years later, a minimal
electronic set it hangs eerily on Best’s distinctive whispered vocal. Adding
bass player Matt Hainsby in 2004, they released a series of ten inch EPs that
took them to the hearts of fanzineland. Gathered together these parables of
personal injury, both physical and mental, made up three quarters of the
well-received (Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, etc) album Transparent Things in 2006.
Named after a Nabokov brain dump on the relationship between the past and the
present. It sums them up.

 A Regal seven-inch, “Uh”, further concentrated their sound. A set of
vocal ticks, a funky bass and a storyline about a relationship as prickly as
two porcupines, it made small talk sound sinister over an infectious groove.
It was the perfect set up for their second US Album, Light Bulbs – imagine 11 classic ideas clicking on above your
head, now with real drums in places, courtesy of Lee Adams, and the picture
is complete.

Fujiya & Miyagi stay away from lyrical themes that have been done to
death. Using old synths to punctuate their beautifully-observed anecdotes on
romantic triumphs and disasters, heroes and villains and the world at large,
their rhythms palpitate to produce modern symphonies like no-one else. Light Bulbs is a journey littered with
fragmented images, anecdotes from the sublime to the ridiculous, blurry stories
that you feel you shouldn’t have overheard. Each track an aural contamination
set to itch your inner ear every waking moment.






Tour Dates:


2/11 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis MN
2/12 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago IL
2/13 – Magic Stick – Detroit MI
2/14 – Alfred University Knight Club – Alfred NY
2/15 – Paradise – Boston MA
2/17 – LPR – New York NY
2/18 – The Trocardero – Philadelphia PA
2/19 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC
2/20 – Cats Cradle – Carrboro NC
2/21 – 40 Watt Club – Athens GA
2/23 – Back Booth – Orlando FL
2/24 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee FL
2/25 – Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge LA
2/27 – Emos Alternative Lounge – Austin TX
2/28 – Palladum Loft – Dallas X
3/2 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix AZ
3/3 – Echoplex – Los Angeles CA
3/5 – The Independent – San Francisco CA
3/6 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland OR
3/7 – Neumos – Seattle WA