Monthly Archives: April 2009

Awesome Black Rio 2 Comp En Route

 

 

Brazillian soul power ‘n’ samba soul for the people, yo.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

In 2002 the Strut label released the
groundbreaking Black Rio: Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980 album compiled
by London’s DJ Cliffy, a snapshot of the ‘70s
Black Rio soul and funk movement in Brazil. (Cliffy is the man behind London club night Batmacumba; the longest running
Brazilian club night in England,
now enjoying a bi-monthly residency at London’s
Notting Hill Arts Club.)

 

While Tropicalia had given Brazil’s
musicians and songwriters a powerful political voice during the ‘60s, the Black
Rio movement had to battle the odds – black soul was perceived as not being
authentically Brazilian and the country was under the rule of General Emilio
Garrastazu Medici’s oppressive dictatorship which effectively suffocated
cultural expression between 1969 and 1974. Still, the movement took hold as
disenchanted black Brazilian youth mirrored the struggles of their
contemporaries in the US
with their own potent brew of samba, soul and funk. Black Rio parties attracted
thousands, bands including Banda Black Rio and Uniao Black were created from
the scene and music figureheads like Jorge Ben began exploring more dense, Afro
directions on albums including ‘Africa Brasil’.

 

Now
comes the second installment in the series, also compiled by Brazillian
specialist Cliffy, due June 23. Vol.
1 brought together pioneers of the movement like Tim Maia and Gerson King
Combo, and Black Rio
2: Original Samba Soul 1971-1980
digs deeper still, exploring more of the
key artists and many of the short-lived bands and smaller labels of the time.
Highlights include the dynamite funk / samba jam ‘Faz Tanta Tempo’ by Renata
Lu, a great funky cover of Gilberto Gil’s ‘Bananeira’ by Emilio Santiago and a rare
slice of breezy soul, ‘Supermarket’, by Pete Dunaway aka Paulistano, one of a
group of artists giving themselves a Western-sounding name at the time. 

 

Mark those calendars, crate diggers.

 

Iggy’s Misleading Insurance Ad Banned

 

No fun in
Osterbergland… will Iggy be “down on the street” looking for some new car
insurance now?

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

Remember that TV ad Iggy Pop filmed for the Swiftcover car insurance
company? Sure you do! The one where a shirtless Mr. Osterberg, in full gurning
mode, bemoans how important personal papers always seem to go missing (“I haven’t
seen my birth certificate in years,” he mutters – probably not such a bad
thing, if you think about it…), but how, thanks to Swiftcover, at least he’s
got “insurance on my insurance”? It was a pretty eye-catching ad, even by most
eye-catching ad standards. You can refresh yourself at this YouTube link (or
simply see it, along with his second ad for the company, below).

 

Well, although Iggy is apparently still working for
Swiftcover.com (his image is currently gracing the company’s homepage), it
appears that there has been some sleight-of-hand concerning the man’s actual
coverage. Awhile back it was reported that a number of UK musicians who’d applied for
coverage were advised by Swiftcover that the company deems anyone classified as
an “entertainer” to be ineligible for their insurance.

 

And today, NME.com is reporting that in the wake of a filing
by Britain’s
Advertising Standards Authority claiming that the ad is “deceptive,” the ad “must
never be broadcast again in its current form” – essentially, the Iggy ad has
been banned.

 

According to the ASA, “Because the policy was promoted
by a well-known musician, which might lead some viewers to believe the policy
covered those who worked in entertainment, when it did not, and because Iggy
Pop did not have a policy with Swiftcover, we concluded the ad was misleading.”

 

The advertising industry has long used celebrity pitchmen,
of course, not to mention attractive actors who portray regular folks in ads.
And as a culture, we’ve become accustomed to a degree of
suspension-of-disbelief when it comes to whether or not the person in the ad
actually uses the product in question (or, for that matter, actually believes
in the lines he or she is reciting). But the ASA does have a point about the ad
being misleading, and Iggy does state
that he is “Swiftcovered” in the ad. That’s a bit different from just gazing
into the camera and telling the world that the toothpaste you’re holding will
make consumers’ teeth brighter.

 

No comments yet from the Iggy camp, of course, and nothing
has been posted in the news section of the Swiftcover site either. However,
some clever YouTube “answer ads” to the original Swiftcover ad have been
posted, including the one below.

 

 

 



New Vid: Rock, Roll & Wrestle!

 

The mighty Mike Edison
strikes again, this time with a knee drop…

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

Rock ‘n’ roll ‘n’ wrasslin’ has a long, storied (some say
chequered…) relationship, dating back to when NRBQ and Captain Lou Albano were
an item. BLURT buddy Mike Edison now revives the rock/ring tradition via this
extremely hi-tech (term used loosely…) video for Edison’s
band the Edison Rocke Train.

 

Note the guest ring announcer: Handsome Dick Manitoba, of
the Dictators. According to Edison, the vid
took “two continents and nine years to complete! First sessions in NYC circa
2000 — the video was shot at the Wrestling Baby Blast Fest in France 2007.”

 

The tune’s called “I Like To Hurt People” and it is indeed
truth in titling. Dig those pom-pom babes, too….

 

Incidentally, you can read up on Edison’s
fine book I Have Fun Everywhere I Go HERE.

 

 

 

Back to your (Alternate) Routes

Tour with
Carbon Leaf supports A Sucker’s Dream

 

by
Blurt Staff

 

Remember
that blustery – or maybe it wasn’t – February day when The Alternate Routes
released its sophomore album A Sucker’s
Dream
? Well they’re hitting the road with Carbon Leaf to promote the disc
which the band’s press folk say is full of “rock and roll grit, ghostly
balladry and seasoned guitar rock anthems.”

 

Check
out the dates below:

 

The Alternate Routes and Carbon Leaf will tour in the following cities:

 

April
25 – Meriden, Conn. – Meriden Daffodil Festival*

April
30 – Londonerry, Nh – Music Hall*

May
1 – Portland, Maine – The Big Easy*

May
19 – Boston, Mass. – The Paradise

May
20 – Burlington, Vt. – Higher Ground

May
21 – Rochester, Ny – Water Street
Music Hall

May
22 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club

May
26 – Philadelphia, Pa -World Café

May
27 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

May
29 – Dewey Beach, Del.  – Bottle &
Cork

May
30 – Richmond, Va. – The National

May
31 – Pittsburgh, Pa – The Rex Theater

June
2 – Cincinnati, Ohio – 20th Century

June
3 – Ann Arbor, Mich. – Blind Pig

June
4 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Birdy’s

June
5 – Chicago, Il. – Subterranean

June
6 – St. Louis, Mo. – Blueberry Hill

June
8 – Milwaukee, Wisc. – Shank Hall

June
9 – Minneapolis, Minn. – The Varsity

June
10 – Madison, Wisc. – The Majestic

June
12 – Des Moines, Iowa – Vaudeville Mews

June
13 – Lawrence, Ks. – The Bottleneck

June
14 – Denver, Co – The Bluebird

June
15 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Urban Lounge

 

*
Alternate Routes only

 

[Photo Credit: Laura Crosta]

 

 

 

Comin’ Clean w/The Ghost is Dancing

 

Outta the tub and into the fire: Canadian
band is on tour now in preparation for July album release.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

BLURT has a new
favorite band, and the band is The Ghost is Dancing. The story thus far:

 

The Ghost is Dancing began as many bands begin, in a moldy
basement during university. Kevin
Corlis, Jim DeLuca, Jamie Matechuk and Odie Ouderkirk were returning
home via Toronto’s
Spadina Ave,
sweaty and exuberant after a Hidden
Cameras show at the Horseshoe Tavern when they decided that they wanted
to start a band. Jamie had spent the last year learning how to play Modest Mouse songs and Kevin was
always banging away at his collection of keyboards and drums at home, plus Jim
had been wanting his friends to play music with him since they first met in
kindergarten. Gabrielle Nadeau
lived upstairs and picked up an accordion, Eric Krumins eventually joined on
bass, and soon they were asking everyone they knew to join. Somewhere between
all their energies rested dozens and dozens of pop hooks and their first major
battle was to find a way to put it all together.

The first self-titled EP received critical acclaim and the band drew immediate
comparisons to The Arcade Fire, Broken
Social Scene and Modest Mouse. Soon after their EP release they signed
with Sonic Unyon Records and in
June 2007 released The Darkest Spark.Shortly
after their first national tour The Ghost is Dancing shrunk in size. The
economical rigors of touring, rehearsing and living with giant student debts
had taken their toll. Throughout these changes, however, song-writing had
continued and their musicianship had improved. Over the next year, TGID found
themselves invading late-night swimming pools in Kentucky,
barely avoiding head-on collisions in Quebec,
and taking off all of their clothes in the back of a record store in Charlottetown. They would
tour with new songs, new members, craft a tighter, more explosion live act and
finish writing their next record, literally titled Battles On with Chris
Stringer (Rush, Ohbijou, Timbre Timbre, The Coast).

Battles On, due from
Sonic Unyon on July 28, is described as “a record built out of desperation and
the exuberance of holding something special together. Laden with even bigger
pop-hooks than before, but with a go-for-broke attitude and mindfulness towards
the craft of songwriting, the record rarely lets up and delivers on the promise
of a band which has come into its own.”

 

Well, all right then! Mark yr calendars for July 28.
Meanwhile, the band kicks off a tour TONIGHT…

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

Apr 29 2009 Black Dog Edmonton, Alberta
May 1 2009 The Distrikt Regina, SK w/
Hot Hot Heat
May 3 2009 High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
May 4 2009 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, Iowa
May 5 2009 Darkroom Chicago, Illinois
May 6 2009 Melody Inn Indianapolis, Indiana
May 7 2009 Rumba Cafe Columbus, Ohio
May 8 2009 Derby City Espresso Bar Louisville, Kentucky w/ Bedtime
May 9 2009 Al’s Bar Lexington, Kentucky w/ Bedtime
May 10 2009 Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania w/ Japandroids
May 11 2009 Wilbert’s Cleveland, Ohio
May 12 2009 Manhattan Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 13 2009 Millcreek Tavern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 14 2009 Goodbye Blue Mondays Brooklyn, New York
May 15 2009 Fontana’s New York, New York
June 12 2009 The Gordon Best Theatre – Gordon Best Music Series Peterborough,
Ontario
June 13 2009 Zaphod Beeblebrox Ottawa, Ontario

 

 

Comin' Clean w/The Ghost is Dancing

 

Outta the tub and into the fire: Canadian
band is on tour now in preparation for July album release.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

BLURT has a new
favorite band, and the band is The Ghost is Dancing. The story thus far:

 

The Ghost is Dancing began as many bands begin, in a moldy
basement during university. Kevin
Corlis, Jim DeLuca, Jamie Matechuk and Odie Ouderkirk were returning
home via Toronto’s
Spadina Ave,
sweaty and exuberant after a Hidden
Cameras show at the Horseshoe Tavern when they decided that they wanted
to start a band. Jamie had spent the last year learning how to play Modest Mouse songs and Kevin was
always banging away at his collection of keyboards and drums at home, plus Jim
had been wanting his friends to play music with him since they first met in
kindergarten. Gabrielle Nadeau
lived upstairs and picked up an accordion, Eric Krumins eventually joined on
bass, and soon they were asking everyone they knew to join. Somewhere between
all their energies rested dozens and dozens of pop hooks and their first major
battle was to find a way to put it all together.

The first self-titled EP received critical acclaim and the band drew immediate
comparisons to The Arcade Fire, Broken
Social Scene and Modest Mouse. Soon after their EP release they signed
with Sonic Unyon Records and in
June 2007 released The Darkest Spark.Shortly
after their first national tour The Ghost is Dancing shrunk in size. The
economical rigors of touring, rehearsing and living with giant student debts
had taken their toll. Throughout these changes, however, song-writing had
continued and their musicianship had improved. Over the next year, TGID found
themselves invading late-night swimming pools in Kentucky,
barely avoiding head-on collisions in Quebec,
and taking off all of their clothes in the back of a record store in Charlottetown. They would
tour with new songs, new members, craft a tighter, more explosion live act and
finish writing their next record, literally titled Battles On with Chris
Stringer (Rush, Ohbijou, Timbre Timbre, The Coast).

Battles On, due from
Sonic Unyon on July 28, is described as “a record built out of desperation and
the exuberance of holding something special together. Laden with even bigger
pop-hooks than before, but with a go-for-broke attitude and mindfulness towards
the craft of songwriting, the record rarely lets up and delivers on the promise
of a band which has come into its own.”

 

Well, all right then! Mark yr calendars for July 28.
Meanwhile, the band kicks off a tour TONIGHT…

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

Apr 29 2009 Black Dog Edmonton, Alberta
May 1 2009 The Distrikt Regina, SK w/
Hot Hot Heat
May 3 2009 High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
May 4 2009 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, Iowa
May 5 2009 Darkroom Chicago, Illinois
May 6 2009 Melody Inn Indianapolis, Indiana
May 7 2009 Rumba Cafe Columbus, Ohio
May 8 2009 Derby City Espresso Bar Louisville, Kentucky w/ Bedtime
May 9 2009 Al’s Bar Lexington, Kentucky w/ Bedtime
May 10 2009 Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania w/ Japandroids
May 11 2009 Wilbert’s Cleveland, Ohio
May 12 2009 Manhattan Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 13 2009 Millcreek Tavern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 14 2009 Goodbye Blue Mondays Brooklyn, New York
May 15 2009 Fontana’s New York, New York
June 12 2009 The Gordon Best Theatre – Gordon Best Music Series Peterborough,
Ontario
June 13 2009 Zaphod Beeblebrox Ottawa, Ontario

 

 

New Vid: Rock, Roll & Wrestle!

 

The mighty Mike Edison
strikes again, this time with a knee drop…

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

Rock ‘n’ roll ‘n’ wrasslin’ has a long, storied (some say
chequered…) relationship, dating back to when NRBQ and Captain Lou Albano were
an item. BLURT buddy Mike Edison now revives the rock/ring tradition via this
extremely hi-tech (term used loosely…) video for Edison’s
band the Edison Rocke Train.

 

Note the guest ring announcer: Handsome Dick Manitoba, of
the Dictators. According to Edison, the vid
took “two continents and nine years to complete! First sessions in NYC circa
2000 — the video was shot at the Wrestling Baby Blast Fest in France 2007.”

 

The tune’s called “I Like To Hurt People” and it is indeed
truth in titling. Dig those pom-pom babes, too….

 

Incidentally, you can read up on Edison’s
fine book I Have Fun Everywhere I Go HERE.

 

 

 

Iggy's Misleading Insurance Ad Banned

 

No fun in
Osterbergland… will Iggy be “down on the street” looking for some new car
insurance now?

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

Remember that TV ad Iggy Pop filmed for the Swiftcover car insurance
company? Sure you do! The one where a shirtless Mr. Osterberg, in full gurning
mode, bemoans how important personal papers always seem to go missing (“I haven’t
seen my birth certificate in years,” he mutters – probably not such a bad
thing, if you think about it…), but how, thanks to Swiftcover, at least he’s
got “insurance on my insurance”? It was a pretty eye-catching ad, even by most
eye-catching ad standards. You can refresh yourself at this YouTube link (or
simply see it, along with his second ad for the company, below).

 

Well, although Iggy is apparently still working for
Swiftcover.com (his image is currently gracing the company’s homepage), it
appears that there has been some sleight-of-hand concerning the man’s actual
coverage. Awhile back it was reported that a number of UK musicians who’d applied for
coverage were advised by Swiftcover that the company deems anyone classified as
an “entertainer” to be ineligible for their insurance.

 

And today, NME.com is reporting that in the wake of a filing
by Britain’s
Advertising Standards Authority claiming that the ad is “deceptive,” the ad “must
never be broadcast again in its current form” – essentially, the Iggy ad has
been banned.

 

According to the ASA, “Because the policy was promoted
by a well-known musician, which might lead some viewers to believe the policy
covered those who worked in entertainment, when it did not, and because Iggy
Pop did not have a policy with Swiftcover, we concluded the ad was misleading.”

 

The advertising industry has long used celebrity pitchmen,
of course, not to mention attractive actors who portray regular folks in ads.
And as a culture, we’ve become accustomed to a degree of
suspension-of-disbelief when it comes to whether or not the person in the ad
actually uses the product in question (or, for that matter, actually believes
in the lines he or she is reciting). But the ASA does have a point about the ad
being misleading, and Iggy does state
that he is “Swiftcovered” in the ad. That’s a bit different from just gazing
into the camera and telling the world that the toothpaste you’re holding will
make consumers’ teeth brighter.

 

No comments yet from the Iggy camp, of course, and nothing
has been posted in the news section of the Swiftcover site either. However,
some clever YouTube “answer ads” to the original Swiftcover ad have been
posted, including the one below.

 

 

 



Tuesday Is For Owl City

 

Indie electro pop group
headlines tour, plans releases

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

It’s concert season so everyone’s trying to catch your attention – think
of it like walking through a musical Kasbah.

 

Indie electro popster Owl City – a/k/a Adam Young – is making bid for
your music dollars by releasing a series of monthly single releases on the first Tuesday of each month
starting with “Hot Air Balloon” next week, on May 5, and leading up to the release
of the Minnesota musician’s new full-length album Ocean Eyes – due out September 1. 

 

Details, go to the
MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/owlcity

 

Tour Dates:

 

May 3 – Meadowlands
Sports Complex/Bamboozle -East Rutherford, NJ

May 5 – Café
939 – Boston, Mass.                                 

May 6 – North Star
Bar – Philadelphia, Pa.

May 7 – Bowery
Ballroom – New York

May 9 – Jammin’
Java  – Vienna, Va.

May 11 – Grog Shop
– Cleveland Heights, Ohio

May 12 – The Pike
Room at Crofoot – Pontiac, Mich.

May 14 – Subterranean –
Chicago, Ill.

May 15 – Varsity
Theater – Minneapolis, Minn.

May 23 – Gorge
Amphitheatre/Sasquatch Festival – George, Wash.

May 26 – Glass House, Pomona, Calif.

May 27 – The
Dome – Bakersfield, Calif.

May 28 -The Boardwalk – Orangevale, Calif.

 May 29 – Indigo
District – Eugene, Ore.

May 30 – Wonder
Ballroom – Portland, Oreg.

May 31
-Neumo’s – Seattle, Wash.

June 2 – Knitting Factory -Spokane, Wash.

June 3 – Knitting
Factory – Boise, Idaho

June 4 – Murray
Theatre – Salt Lake City, Utah

June 19 – Rocketown –
Nashville, Tenn.

June 20 – Vinyl –
Atlanta, Ga.

June 22 – The
Orange Peel – Asheville, N.C.

June 23 – Lincoln
Theatre – Raleigh, N.C.

June 25 – Sonar –
Baltimore, Md.

June 26 – Water
Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY

June 27 – The
Basement – Columbus, Ohio

June 29 – Riverside
Ballroom – Green Bay, Wisc.

June 30 – Grandma’s
Sports Garden Bar & Grill – Duluth, Minn.

July 1 –
Cornerstone Farm – Marietta, Ill.

July 2 – Granada
Theatre, Lawrence, Kan.

July 3 – Slowdown –
Omaha, Neb.

July 5 – Summerfest
– Milwaukee, Wisc.

 

 

S.Youth, J.Lizard, B.Lips 4 Block Party

 

 

Annual music bash
takes place July 24 and 25 in Seattle
– and it’s cheap, too!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party takes over Seattle’s Capitol Hill
neighborhood July 24-25. The Block Party is an annual music festival that draws
upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a
special focus on its Northwest artists. Launched 12 years ago, the Block Party
has evolved into Seattle’s
most anticipated outdoor party. Over 40 bands will play on 3 stages.

 

 

Among those slated to play: Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard, The Gossip, Deerhunter, Black Lips, Earth,
The Thermals, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Moondoggies, Spinnerette, The
Dutchess And The Duke, Mika Miko, The Blakes, Sleepy Eyes Of Death, Girls, Hey
Marseilles, The Maldives, Truckasauras, Akimbo, Past Lives, Future Of The Left,
Micachu & The Shapes, Starfucker, Faux Punk, New Faces, D. Black, Hotels,
Pica Beats, Fatal Lucciano, Flexions, They Live!, Audicity, Spaceman,
Bow+Arrow, Sol, Japandroids

John Richards -KEXP Morning Show Host exclaims, “There is no other local
event that truly brings the Seattle
music community together (and not just because of the free booze in the VIP
area…well not all because of that), the people behind the music, the artists,
local media and most importantly the fans.”

Partial proceeds from The Block Party benefit two excellent non-profits: Home
Alive, which encourages violence prevention, and The Vera Project, a youth run
all ages venue and recording studio in Seattle.  

The Block Party continues to be one of the least expensive festivals in the
country. “EARLY BIRD” tickets – May 1 – May 15:     2 day
passes – $40 / single day tickets – $22

 
Tickets Available starting this Friday, May 1, at www.ticketswest.com

 

 

Go to www.capitolhillblockparty.com for daily updates, videos, special promotions and more.