Monthly Archives: February 2009

It’s Official: New Lily Allen Sucks


Sorry Lily. It’s not
us, it’s you.


By Fred Mills


The Academy has been polled, the voters have been sent home,
and the sergeant at arms has the final results. Envelope please…. It’s official
now: the new Lily Allen album It’s Not
Me, It’s You
is a major turd.


You can read what BLURT had to say in a critique posted
today at our CD reviews kiosk – or simply follow this link. Our crack reporter
(or reporter on crack, take your pick, Allen fans), citing Greg Kurstin’s “lifeless
production” on this “self-reflective, morning after album,” concludes that
despite the presence of a couple of catchy songs, “in the end, it’s just not
fun enough to make [the album] worth wrapping your head around.”


Lest you think we’re dumping on Lily needlessly, check out
the tepid critical tally over at, in which Allen eked out a
middling 71% rating (based on 29 reviews thus far – hey Metacritic, will ours
knock that percentage down further?). While suck-ups like Britain’s Guardian, the NME and our own Entertainment
and Blender awarded Allen
upwards of 80% in shameless bids to ensure that the dippy diva would continue to
grant them access on her upcoming tour, wiser heads prevailed over at PopMatters (60%), Paste (52%) and Uncut (a
scathing 20% – the reviewer terms that album, variously, “pallid,” “excruciating”
and an “extended moan”).


Craptastic, in other words. Sorry Lily. It’s not us, it’s you.





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.







Tuesday, February 24:


9:00 am Ellen Degeneres: Raphael Saadiq

11:00 am Sundance: Live From Abbey Road: Brian Wilson, Marth
Wainwright, Teddy Thompson

9:00 Biography Channel: Traci Lords

10:00 Biography: William Shatner’s Raw Nerve – Jenna Jameson

11:30 CBS David Letterman: Steve Martin

11:35 NBC Jay Leno:

12:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel: Ben Sollee

12:30 CBS Craig Ferguson:

12:35 NBC Conan O’Brien: Annuals

1:35 NBC Carson
Daly: The Cure



Wednesday, February


3:00 Biography: Frank Sinatra – Voice of the Century

8:00 Biography Willie Nelson

9:00 Biography: Johnny Cash’s America

9:00 Sundance: Spectacle: Elvis Costello w/Smokey Robinson

11:00 Biography: William Shatner’s Raw Nerve – Jenna Jameson

11:30 CBS David Letterman: Graham Nash

11:35 NBC Jay Leno: Jamey Johnson

12:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel: Living Things

12:30 CBS Craig Ferguson:

12:35 NBC Conan O’Brien: Conor Oberst

1:00 VH1 Classic: Freddie Mercury: Magic Remixed

1:35 NBC Carson



Bruce Springsteen for Glastonbury



Neil Young and Blur
top the rumors for other possible players.


By Fred Mills


With a headlining set for Bonnaroo (June 11-14) already
, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are now also set to do
Britain’s annual Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, which
takes place June 26-28. He’ll be the concluding act on Saturday night for the
festival, which is already sold out.


According to the official announcement, posted at the Glastonbury website, Organizer
Michael Eavis commented, “I’m so pleased that Bruce Springsteen has agreed to
come to Worthy Farm for the first time. He’s one of the all-time rock legends
and I’m confident that this will be one of our best shows ever. He’s also a
Barack Obama supporter, which makes two headliners in a row who’ve backed the
new President.”

Added daughter Emily Eavis: “I’m knocked out that we’ve managed to get Bruce to
play. It’s the icing on the cake of this year’s bill, which I’m sure will take
everyone’s breath away when we announce the full details.”


The full list of performers has not yet been announced, but
Neil Young and Blur are rumored to be in the running as additional headliners.
Franz Ferdinand has already confirmed their appearance, as have Lily Allen, Bon
Iver and “Rockstar Bands” winner Major Major. (Who?)


Among the others rumored (can’t miss Scouting For Girls!):


BB King
Billy Nasty
Biggles Wartime Band
Bloc Party
Boat Band
Kanye West
Kaiser Chiefs
Lily Allen
Oasis – New Material
Arctic Monkeys
The Coral
Fatboy Slim
The Blockheads
Bodger and Badger
Scouting for Girls
Dj Yoda
Tom Jones
The Summits



Daptone Records Burglarized!



Asking the public for
any help it can provide in watching out for the stolen gear.


By Fred Mills



We’re late in getting this info posted to BLURT (we have an
excuse; we’re trying to finish up our first print issue), but mighty Daptone Records
was burglarized last week and, according to an email from label founder Gabriel
Roth, “a lot of equipment [was] stolen and damaged.” He’s asking people to keep
their eyes on eBay and Craigslist in case any of the gear surfaces (rough list
below) as well as “deals” on good equipment, as it’s likely Daptone will have
to replace much or all of it. The label had no insurance on the studio gear.



Well, here’s hoping a recovering happens. Meanwhile, below is
the email that Roth has circulated. The contact for the label is , the phone
number is 718.366.3849 and the email is .





Friends and associates,


As you may have heard through the grapevine by now, Daptone was broken into
last night. Unfortunately, there was a lot of equipment (mics, pre-amps,
monitors, turntables, guitars, amps, computers, etc.) stolen and damaged. It is
going to take us a while to go through everything and take full stock of what
was stolen, and we are not supposed to touch anything until the cops come back
to collect fingerprints so we can only guess what’s missing from some mic
drawers and cabinets.


And, no, we did not have insurance. We had been shopping around with
different companies earlier this month but had not signed a check, so nothing
was insured. We are working on replacing the gate in front, installing an alarm
system, and getting insurance, but it is President’s day so it’s not going as
quickly as we would have liked. Nydia’s computer was stolen (which wasn’t
backed up) and the modems/ phone system was ripped out, so we’ll be relatively
out of commission for a few days.


I would like to ask for everyone’s help first in keeping an eye out for all
of our stuff showing up on ebay/craigslist/local music shops, and secondly (and
more realistically) keeping an eye out for good deals on headphones, mics,
pre-amps, etc. I could really use a heads up on any kind of studio package for
sale or studio equipment to be possibly bought or borrowed as soon as possible.
We have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this
sounds surreal) Rod Stewart, and I’m going to have to get the studio running by
then. I know I’m going to need to find headphones, cables, mics, and pre-amps
by then. I’m not sure what else yet.


Upon first glance we are definitely missing:


Fender Super Guitar Amp in case
Fender Deluxe Guitar Amp
A whole bunch of headphones and wires
Nydia’s HP laptop computer
One Desktop MacIntosh Computer
One Purple Audio API style lunchbox with four Purple Audio Biz mic pre-amps
2 Yamaha NS10 monitors
Vintage Harmony Rocket Guitar
One steel string acoustic guitar
Martin Tenor sax in a gig bag
Technics 1200 turntable
Ion USB turntable
Teac Receiver/stereo amp
Sony dual deck CD burner/player
All of our modem/phone system stuff was ripped out and taken.
A whole bunch of condensor and dynamic microphones (I still need to figure out
exactly what’s missing) The power supply for my Trident console was tossed and
the board was moved (probably not gently) so the status of that is still
A baldwin organ was tossed and is probably
Lacie External hard drive


Over the next few days, as we sort out the rubble, we are going to figure
out what else we lost.


We are putting in a roll down front gate, alarm system, and finally getting
our insurance happening this week. We are also going to hire a security guard
to watch the house for tonight as the cops and alarm guy seemed pretty
confident that they will be back with a truck now that they’ve seen what’s in


Thanks for keeping eyes open for us. AND PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ALONG TO


Thankfully, we all still have our health, ambition, tape machines, and sense
of humor in tact. You can slow us down, but you can’t stop us. Sleep well
knowing we here at Daptone will continue to…


Keep putting Soul up,


Gabriel Roth


P.S. On a lighter note, it seems like the burglars did drop a few items in
order to lift Alex’s old safe out of here, which was VERY heavy, VERY unwieldy,
and also VERY EMPTY!


 Daptone Records
   115 Troutman St.,
NY 11206




Tinted Windows: How To Make A Supergroup



Fountains of Wayne + Smashing Pumpkins
+ Cheap Trick + Hanson = Tinted Windows



Blurt Staff



debut, self-titled album by Tinted Windows will be released April 21st on
S-Curve Records. Tinted Windows are: Taylor Hanson (lead vocals), James Iha
(guitar), Adam Schlesinger (bass), and Bun E. Carlos (drums).

Taylor Hanson is best known as a member of Hanson, the multi-million-selling
trio of brothers from Tulsa
who have been recording and touring since 1992. James Iha was one of the
original members of the Smashing Pumpkins, and has also been a member of A Perfect Circle
and a solo artist. Adam Schlesinger is in the bands Fountains Of Wayne and Ivy.
Bun E. Carlos is the drummer of the legendary Cheap Trick, with whom he has
played since the group’s inception in 1974.

The band will be making several appearances at the upcoming South By Southwest
Festival in March. They will also perform select club shows starting this
spring, and will appear at the Bamboozle festival at New Jersey’s Meadowlands. A performance on
The Late Show With David Letterman is scheduled for April 20th. More dates will
be announced shortly.

Taylor and Adam first crossed paths in the mid-Nineties and stayed friends ever
since. “Taylor and I had always talked about trying to do something
together,” says Schlesinger, “maybe write some songs, or play some
shows – something.” Meanwhile, James’ and Adam’s respective bands had
toured together, and the two have been collaborating on various projects for
years, including guesting on each others’ records, producing other groups
together, running indie label Scratchie Records and co-owning a recording
studio in Manhattan.

James, Adam and Taylor started kicking around the idea of writing and recording
some songs that would set Taylor’s
unmistakable voice against some loud guitars. They also talked about fusing the
sounds of power-pop, rock and New Wave of the late 70’s and early 80’s, which
they all loved, with the more modern rock and pop sounds of their own groups.
“We talked about everything from from The Buzzcocks to The Knack,”
says Iha. “And, of course, Cheap Trick.”

When discussing possible drummers to round out the group, they thought,
according to Taylor,
“Who do we know that can play drums like Bun E. Carlos?” They ran
through a list of names, before realizing the obvious. Both the Pumpkins and
Fountains Of Wayne had shared stages with Cheap Trick over the years. Figuring
it was a long shot, but worth a try, they got in touch with Bun E. and asked if
they could send him a few song demos. Much to their delight and surprise, he
was into it, and agreed to come to New
York to work with them. Explains Bun E., “The
songs are great and I’m honored to be a part of Tinted Windows.”

The result is a stripped-down, high-energy record that combines the strengths
and identifiable styles of all four members, and yet doesn’t really sound like
anything else any of the four has done elsewhere. And with three of the four
band members contributing songs, there is a real band vibe in the diversity of
the material. They have shot videos for two songs on the album already, with
plans to do more in the coming weeks.

S-Curve Founder/CEO Steve Greenberg noted: “When we first heard about
Tinted Windows, we were intrigued by the lineup, since we’ve done projects with
most members of the band in the past. But when we heard the music, we were
absolutely blown away. This album is going to make a lot of music lovers very
happy and we’re honored to help bring it to the world.”


Saint Etienne To Do Foxbase Alpha Live


Also offering stealth advance
pre-sale for tour today.


Fred Mills


Saint Etienne fans got a surprise email over the weekend
when the beloved UK
dance-popsters announced details of a very special 3-night tour the band will
be embarking upon. “We’re excited to announce that to celebrate its 18th birthday and special edition re-release, we’ll be
taking Foxbase
on the road this May,” wrote Sarah, Pete and Bob. “We’ll be performing all the songs,
many of which we’ve never done live before, plus a set of faves. We’ve picked
non seated venues so you can rock your socks off like its 1991.”


Well, all right then! For those not in the know, 1991’s Foxbase Alpha was the band’s
long-playing debut and it found St. E in a transitional mode: Sarah Cracknell
only appeared on parts of the record, Moira Lambert handling lead vocals for
their hit cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” and guitarist
Ian Catt was still a main contributor to the group’s sound. And as the above
note suggests, much of the album’s material was never featured in the Saint
Etienne live sets, which would soon be dominated by songs from the remarkable
second album, 1993’s So Tough.


So to say this tour, albeit a brief one, will be a treat for
longtime devotees of St. E is an understatement.


A special pre-sale for the Sheffield and London shows is going on right now at this
link:  . For Glasgow,
here’s the link:  glasgow ABC . Public on-sale is tomorrow.


Those tour dates:


May 13 – ABC, Glasgow

May 14 – Leadmill, Sheffield

May 16 – Bloomsbury Ballroom, London




With the upcoming expanded edition of Foxbase Alpha, the band officially kicks off a reissue program of
its back catalog. Speaking recently to Pitchfork,
Bob Stanley explained that the CDs will be patterned along the lines of
Universal’s Deluxe Editions with fold-out digipaks, elaborate artwork and “tons
of stuff we never used” including instrumentals, four-track demos, remixes and


This all happens in proximity to a new Saint Etienne
compilation, the two-CD/DVD London
, details about which can be found HERE, and a new single,
“Method of Modern Love,” produced by Richard X.


Writes the band, “Thanks to
all who bought the single, it turned out to be a tough week in the charts but
we’ll still get an entry in the next Guinness Book of Hit Singles. Which is
important to freaks like us. Hope everyone who pre-ordered London Conversations has got it by now, we’re really happy with the way it has turned out. She’s
beautiful right.”


Beautiful indeed, right.


Review of Saint Etienne rarities box Boxette HERE.




Now Playing: February 2009

Ooooo! New record! No word on official release date. But you can hear tracks here. At first listen, I Will/With You, Everything’s Gone, Losin’ You, likey. She’s sultry, she’s wicked. Dangerously lovely combination. If you haven’t heard any of her older stuff before, buy all of it. Seriously []


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.

King Khan/Shrines For Spring Tour


Deep fried ass shakin’ soul comin’ to yer
town to help you party down…


By Blurt Staff



With latest album
What Is?! finally getting a proper
domestic release (Vice, April 21st), King Khan and The Shrines are once again
set to shock and awe, bringing their frantic brand of psychedelic soul insanity
to the youth of America. The kicks off next week and will take them through the
heart of the south en route to shows in Austin SXSW, then after taking most of
April off the band will resume operations at the end of April for another
month-long track across North America, including a stop at the Sasquatch!
festival in the heart of Washington


As we are advised
by their label, “The band left many folks scratching their heads, picking their
jaws up off the floor, and tearing up dollar bills as a sign of unity after
their first tour of the US last year after mindblowers at the Pitchfork
festival and dates all across the country. Most didn’t even know what hit them.
King Khan and The Shrines are doing it all over again, and everyone will be
thankful they did.”


BLURT review of
last year’s The Supreme Genius Of HERE.


King Khan at the
BLURT video blog HERE.



Tour dates:

3/06/2009 Harvest of Hope – Elkton, FL
3/07/2009 The Vagabond – Miami, FL
3/08/2009 Wills Pub – Orlando, FL
3/10/2009 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/12/2009 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
3/13/2009 Exit In – Nashville, TN
3/14/2009 Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN
3/15/2009 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
3/16/2009 Palladium Loft – Dallas, TX
3/17/2009 The Warhol – San Antonio, TX
3/20/2009 Emo’s – Austin, TX (VICE RECORDS SXSW SHOWCASE)
4/29/2009 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
4/30/2009 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
5/01/2009 Music Hall of Willamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
5/02/2009 Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
5/03/3009 Santos Partyhouse – NYC
5/07/2009 Paradise – Boston, Mass
5/08/2009 Babylon – Ottawa, ON
5/09/2009 La Sasa Rossa – Montreal, PQ
5/12/2009 Phoenix Theatre – Toronto, ON
5/13/2009 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
5/14/2009 Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
5/15/2009 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/16/2009 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
5/19/2009 The Warehouse – Calgary, AB
5/20/2009 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
5/22/2009 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
5/23/2009 – Sasquatch Festival – Quincy, WA
5/25/2009 Dante’s – Portland, OR
5/28/2009 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
5/29/2009 Echo – Los Angeles, CA
5/30/2009 Echo – Los Angeles, CA




Mirah Sets Spring Tour


March-April trek kicks
off at SXSW.


By Blurt Staff



Mirah lives in Portland,
Oregon, where she works as a
songwriter, performer and producer.  In a
constant search to expand her tender repertoire of American folk songs into a
larger context, her recordings seek to find the magical amity between explorative
percussion, orchestral sounds and elements of rock and popular music.  She has been involved with the K Record label
since 1999, touring internationally and producing a steady stream of
albums.  As previously announced, her new
album (a)spera, a soundtrack for the
voyage of our entwined destinies, is slated for release on March 10.



Again teaming up with Phil Elverum [The Microphones, Mt.
Eerie] for three of the 10 tracks, she also enlisted the engineering prowess of
fellow Portlanders Tucker Martine [The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Laura
Veirs] and Adam Selzer [Norfolk and Western, M. Ward] to complete this
beautiful voyage. Featured musicians include Chris Funk [of The Decemberists],
Tara Jane O’Neil and Lori Goldston.



The album holds many surprises within its undulating
reverie. String sections shimmer in the opening track “Generosity” and in the
impeccable “Education,” a relentless fist pounds against a soundboard in the
darkly powerful “The World Is Falling Apart.” “Shells” offers a breathtaking
vantage of Kane Mathis masterful playing of the mandinka kora, a street party
emerges in full swing from the galaxy of Mirah¹s heart in “The Country of the
Future,” unexpected turns are taken in “The Forest,” horns burst forth as
quickly as they retreat back into the starscape on “The River.” Kalimba, hurdy
gurdy, bongos, horns, instruments for all worlds, all times.



(a)spera the
album, as well as the Latin from which it takes its name, is hopes and
difficulties linked inseparably, as we all are.



03.19 – Austin,
TX @ Flamingo Cantina [Team
Clermont Day Show]

03.20 – Austin,
TX @ KVRX Day Show

03.20 – Austin,
TX @ Antone’s [Billions Showcase]

04.01 – Anacortes,
WA @ Department Of Safety

04.02 – Seattle,
WA @ The Vera Project

04.03 – Vancouver,
BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret

04.04 – Portland,
OR @ Aladdin Theater

04.07 – San
Francisco, CA @
Bimbo’s 365 Club

04.08 – Santa
Barbara, CA @ Soho
Restaurant and Music Club

04.09 – Los Angeles,
CA @ The Echo

04.10 – Phoenix,
AZ @ Modified

04.11 – Albuquerque,
NM @ Launchpad

04.12 – Denver,
CO @ Hi Dive

04.14 – Salt Lake
City, UT @ Kilby Court

04.15 – Boise,
ID @ Neurolux