Monthly Archives: April 2009

Blurt Fave Mackey On Kath Olson Trib


Free compilation in
honor of murdered woman also includes Bigelf, Rocco DeLuca, Webb Sisters and


By Blurt Statt



Blurt’s most recent “Best Kept Secret” Polly Mackey and the
Pleasure Principle has donated a track to the Music For Katherine album, a free album for download compiled by as a tribute to the late Katherine Ann Olson. Also appearing on the
album: Bigelf, Rocco DeLuca, The Webb Sisters, Black
Cherry, Breathe Carolina, Bear Hands, Schiller and Madi Diaz.



On October 25, 2007, Olson (age 24) was murdered in a Minneapolis suburb after
answering a babysitting ad online. Katherine was energetic, exuberant, and
intensely passionate about life — especially music.As a tribute to Katherine, and Craigslist will sponsor a concert in Minneapolis this Sunday, May 3rd to raise
funds for a memorial scholarship in Katherine’s name.



Advises, “Help us share this free album, and
help support the Internet safety campaign.”


Works for us. Go to:






At All’  Madi Diaz

Never Know’  Sarah Solovay

 Breathe Carolina


Way It Works’  Polly Mackey

 ‘Golden’  Bear Hands

This A Life’  The Webb Sisters

 ‘You Go To My Head’  Rachael Price

Feel You’  Schiller

 ‘Control’  Black Cherry

‘Electric City Of The Future’  Urbanites

It’s Pure Evil’  Bigelf

Woods’  Dignan

 ‘Bus Ride’  Rocco DeLuca




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:


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.



All Fiery Furnaced Up!


Fiery Furnaces set to burn up the airwaves with new CD.


By Nancy Dunham


Time to think about going away.


The Fiery Furnaces’ eighth album – titled I’m Going Away – is set for July 21


The band’s handlers call the
album “70’s sunshine-glazed piano pop, filled with
cascading note slides, head-nodding grooves and some of the sweetest melodies
in their seemingly endless arsenal of musical ideas.”


hasn’t been working out so well for many bands (hello, Panic at the Disco) but
the siblings Friedberger have this to
say about that!


rock music is a sort of dramatic music. And since the times are tough, it makes
sense to have that ‘drama’ be something more like a version of Taxi than something like a version of
Titanic. We like Taxi better than Titanic anyway.  So we hope that
some of the songs on this record can be used as theme songs to folks’ own
personal versions of Taxi.
Because–ideally–the dramatic setting of the music isn’t provided by the story
or image of the given act or band. It’s provided by the lives of the people who
use–listen to–the music. That’s all kinds of pop music’s promise and problem,
or danger. So be careful and don’t get cancelled.”


Let’s hope the CD works out for them and they break
the anti-retro mode. good people.




“I’m Going Away”

“Drive to Dallas”

“The End is Near”

“Charmaine Champagne”

“Cut the Cake”

“Even in the Rain”

“Staring at the Steeple”

“Ray Bouvier”

“Keep Me in the Dark”

“Lost At Sea”

“Cups and Punches”

“Take Me Round Again”





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



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



Paolo Nutini Wanna Take You Higher


Scottish songwriter  launches U.S. Tour after
Coachella success.


By Blurt Staff


In the mass of musical maestros that played
Coachella, it seems Paolo Nutini’s shows – especially a pretty cool rendition
of Sly & The Family Stone’s classic hit “I Wanna Take You Higher” killed.


Perfect timing, as they say, since the Scottish
troubadour and his band The Vipers are releasing sophomore album Sunny Side Up on June 2 and then
headlining a U.S. tour. Pre-order tickets at



Tour Dates:


July 20 – Amagansett,
NY – The Stephen Talkhouse

July 21 – New York –
Webster Hall

July 23 – Washington
DC – 9:30 Club

July 24 – Boston,
Mass. – House of Blues

July 25 –
Philadelphia, Pa. – Theatre of Living Arts

July 27 –
Indianapolis, Ind. – The Vogue Theatre

July 28 – Atlanta,
Ga. – Variety Playhouse

July 29 – Nashville,
Tenn. – Cannery Ballroom

July 31 – Toronto,
Ont. – Opera House

Aug. 1 – Detroit,
Mich. – St. Andrews Hall

Aug. 2 – Chicago,
Ill. – Vic Theatre

Aug. 3 – Apple Valley, Minn. – Weesner Amphitheatre




New Vid: Deerhoof Turns Upside Down



Kinda like that April
1 YouTube thing… hey, it’s easy to just flip your laptop over if you can’t
figure this one out!


By Blurt Staff


Deerhoof has a new video for “Numina,” from last year’s
acclaimed Offend Maggie. It’s by Kate
Hall, formerly of Mika Miko, who’s a well-known fillmmaker, printer,
photographer and painter (she painted a mural at the all ages venue The Smell
in LA and has made videos for bands like Erase Errata and Abe Vigoda in the past).


Needless to say, there’s a lot one can do, video-wise,
simply by turning your camera over! Go HERE to see the video.



Deerhoof on Tour:


may 03 – Beijing, China – Strawberry Festival
may 05 – Oberlin, OH – Dionysus Club
may 07 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
may 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (w/ Cornelius)
may 13 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater (w/ Cornelius)
may 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater (w/ Cornelius)
may 16 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse (w/ Cornelius)
may 17 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho
may 29 – Duedingen, Switzerland – Kilbi Festival
may 30 – Nancy, France – L’Autre Canal
may 31 – Paris, France – Villette Sonique
jun 01 – Bordeaux, France – BT59
jun 02 – Montpellier, France – Rockstore
jun 04 – St. Nazaire, France – Le VIP
jun 05 – Orleans, France – L’Astrolabe
jun 06 – Cherbourg, France – Terra Trema Festival
jun 26 – Evreux, France – Le Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats Festival
jul 03 – London, UK – Hyde Park (w/ Blur)
jul 05 – Cergy, France – Furia Festival
jul 17 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
jul 18 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Valkhofaffaire
jul 19 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli/Helling



F. Lips + Religious Wackos = Oklahoma


Wayne Coyne: “Our
governor’s got balls THIS big…”


By Nancy Dunham


As Yogi Berra used to famously say, “It’s Ain’t Over ‘Til
It’s Over.”


Keep that in mind tomorrow when you may well see hundreds of
The Flaming Lips’ fans clad in sickle-and-hammer decorated t-shirts. The garb –
which Lips’ front man Wayne Coyne has hinted he might provide – may be the
attire du jour when Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry is slated to sign an Executive
order designating Lips’ song “Do You Realize?” as the state’s official tune, Billboard reports.


As you know, almost as soon as the Lips’ song was selected
as the state tune in a contest, controversy reared its ugly head. The band’s
always-affable front man Wayne Coyne has given a host of interviews this week
to journos covering the confab. He blames “religious wackos” in the state house
of representatives for blocking the order because Michael Ivins wore a sickle
and hammer t-shirt.


Coyne told Billboard a highlight of the past month was the Gov’s rejection of the contest results.


 “It’s really just a
few religious wackos that think they can tell everybody what to do,” Wayne told
Billboard. “It’s not even to me
Democrats versus Republicans.”


Coyne proved his love for national policymaking land when
the band headlined an Earth Day concert in D.C. last week and he joyfully
rolled out to the crowd in his trademark balloon. Check out those antics in The
Washington Post






Now Playing April 2009

The latest spinning at Outlandos HQ…

1. Mike Gent, Mike Gent


A pop masterpiece. Seriously. It’s easy, it’s smart, it’s fun, AND it has balls. Speaking of, Mike’s other band, The Figgs, has long been one of my favorite live outfits. Read more here. Hear it here. Buy it here.


2. Found, Let Fidelity Break


Scottish outfit. Couldn’t get enough of them in Austin.
This is off their new EP, The Fidelities EP. Quirky, catchy, techno
psychedelia. And funnily/sadly, occasionally relatable. Hear it here. Buy it here.





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.

No More Tequila for You, Billy


It’s ladies’ night for Tila Tequila


By Nancy Dunham



We’re heartbroken.


We told you Smashing Pumpkins’ guru
Billy Corgan and reality star Tila Tequila

were together but, alas, we
hear that’s over now. Who saw that coming?


Not since Lisa Marie Presley
and Michael Jackson, or I mean Lisa Marie Presley and Nicholas Cage, I mean
Lisa Marie Presley and – sorry, the editors say our Web site doesn’t have
enough space to cite more LMP true-love-gone-bad scenarios – have we been this


A report on The Superficial (To crib a line from The Washington Post— “We look so you
don’t have to”) -seems to imply Tila has kicked Billy to the curb (no report on
if he liked it) and now has eyes only for the ladies.


Ah, rock & roll love is
so fleeting.





Creed Reunion: “Best is yet to come!”


Myles Kennedy
reportedly not amused one damn bit.


By Fred Mills


Insurance company secretaries and waitresses for the Outback
chain of steak houses took to the streets this morning in celebration of the
news that multiplatinum-selling band Creed was reuniting for an album and
summer tour. We are not making this up: yes, the mook-rock legends are back
together, with the original lineup of Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott
Phillips and Brian Marshall. See the full tour itinerary, below.


Rumors have been circulating on this for half a year, However, rather than indulge our verbiage-reflex, in a rare departure
from BLURT’s usual coverage of such news, we will turn the mic over to the
bandmembers and allow them to hang themselves.


Guitarist Mark Tremonti: “We’re all very excited to
reconnect with our fans and each other after six long years.” 


Drummer Scott Phillips: “Our career as Creed came to a very
abrupt and unforeseen ending. After reflecting on some of the greatest personal
and professional moments of our lives, we’ve come to realize that we are still
very capable of continuing that career and our friendship on a grander scale
than ever before.” 


Bassist Brian Marshall: “This is a development we are all
happy about.  It has been a long time since the four of us have taken the
stage together, and without hesitation or reservation this is something all of
us are in to.  The anticipation to get back out there is electrifying.”


Singer Scott Stapp: “Its amazing how life can change and
bring you full circle. Time gave us all a chance to reflect, grow and gain a
deeper appreciation of our friendships, artistic chemistry, passion for music,
and sincere love for our fans!  It’s rare in life to get a second chance
to make a first impression and we embrace the opportunity. We all believe the


(Ed note: Myles
Kennedy, who formed Alter Bridge with all the Creed dudes not named Scott Stapp after Creed split up, was not available for comment, as unconfirmed reports have him in
London, stalking John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page





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