Monthly Archives: May 2009

Meg White Marries Jackson Smith


A marriage of rock
near-royalty at that!


By Fred Mills



Assuming you’ve been away from your computer all day, or
drunk, or both, we’d be remiss not to let you know that Meg White and Patti
Smith’s kid Jackson just got hitched last weekend in Nashville, at Jack White’s place.


According to an official announcement at the White Stripes’


“Meg White married fiance Jackson Smith on Friday, May 22nd,
in a ceremony in Nashville, TN, as part of a double wedding with Jack Lawrence
[the bassist for the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather] and girlfriend Jo McCaughey. The nuptials took place in Jack White’s
backyard and were attended by a small party of close friends and relatives. The
wedding was officiated by the most reverend Benjamin Swank.”


It’s been a tough couple of years for Meg White, what with her
having to contend not only with exhaustion (that resulted in the Stripes’ Fall
2007 being cancelled) but also that sex tape scandal (which, despite the
widespread circulation of the explicit video, turned out to be a hoax). So here’s
hoping that her marriage – to some very fine musical stock, incidentally – is
the start of a happy new era.




Best Reason To NOT Buy CDs In June


Mook attack! (“One
badass supergroup”… So much for Mojo mag’s credibility…)


By Blurt Staff


We get lots of press releases that go straight into the
office shredder here at BLURT. (Hello, anyone doing p.r. of Ciara, Rihanna or American Idol.) Sometimes, though, the
level of hype and bullshit is so over the top that we can’t stop laughing. So,
dear readers, laugh with us… Heat sensitive artwork, huh? (Anybody remember
that Massive Attack box set?) “Soap on a Rope,” eh? The only thing that would
make this better would be if they’d decided to name the band “Chickenhawk”…




“Chickenfoot”; the all-star
rock band consisting of drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bassist
Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen), guitarist Joe Satriani and vocalist Sammy Hagar
(ex-Van Halen), will release their eponymous debut album in the UK, Monday June
8th on the earMusic label.  The band
performs on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, NBC Television in the USA on
Friday June 5th.



Hailed as the most intense
rock’n’roll album in years, the debut Chickenfoot album coincides with the
bands’ sold out UK concert at London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on June 25th.
With the album currently at No. 6 in the pre-order chart, several
rock magazines are hailing the band as a breath of fresh air. Classic Rock says, “Chickenfoot is the
best thing the band members have put their famous names to,” while Mojo refers to the band as “one badass



album will be packaged in heat sensitive artwork. When you place your hand on
the CD inlay, photos of the band will start to appear.





1.      Avenida
2. Soap on a Rope
3. Sexy Little Thing
4. Oh Yeah
5. Runnin’ Out
6. Get It Up
7. Down the Drain
8. My Kinda Girl
9. Learning to Fall
10. Turnin’ Left
11. Future in the Past


Tour Dates:


Saturday June 20 AUSTRIA Nova Rock Festival
Tuesday June 23 CORK, IRELAND: Live at the Marquee
Thursday June 25 LONDON Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday June 26 HOLLAND: Heerhugowaard
Sunday June 28 BELGIUM Graspop Metal Meeting Festival
 With Marylyn Manson, Nightwish, Disturbed,
Monday June 29 PARIS: Olympia
Wednesday July 1 MADRID Palacio De Deportes Comunidad De
Friday July 3 PISTOIA, ITALY: Blues Festival (line-up TBA)
Saturday July 4 MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND: Stravinski Hall
 Featuring Steely Dan, Dave Matthews,
Sunday July 5 UDINE, ITALY: Lignano Sbbiadoro
Tuesday July 7 HAMBURG: Grosse Freiheit
Wednesday July 8 COPENHAGEN: Vega
Friday July 10 KILAFORS, SWEDEN: Rockweekend Festival
Sunday July 12 WEERT, HOLLAND: Bospop Festival
 Featuring Bryan Adams, Journey and




Glastonbury 2009 Lineup Is Announced


Neil, Bruce and Blurt, er,
we mean, Blur will top the bill.


By Fred Mills


As previously announced, this year’s Glastonbury Festival in England takes
place June 26-28 at Worthy Farm. This morning the organizers revealed the full
of performers:




Queen’s Head Stage:

Kap Bambino
Ebony Bones
Golden Silvers
Alessi’s Ark
Liz Green
The Gentle Good
Charlene Soraia
We Have Band
Maximo Park


Pyramid Stage:

Neil Young
The Specials
Lily Allen
Fleet Foxes
Special Guests
Regina Spektor
Gabrielle Cilmi
Bjorn Again

Other Stage:

Bloc Party
The Ting Tings
Lady GaGa
Friendly Fires
White Lies
The View
The Maccabees
The Rakes
The Whip
Mr Hudson

John Peel Stage:

Jamie T
Jack Penate
Little Boots
VV Brown
The Virgins
Fucked Up
Rumble Strips
Dan Black
General Fiasco

Jazz/World Stage:

Q Tip
The Streets
Steel Pulse
Hot 8 Brass Band
Stephanie Mckay
Speed Caravan
The Perceptions
Rolf Harris
Warsaw Village Band

Acoustic Stage:

Ray Davies
Fairport Convention
Jason Mraz
Scott Matthews
No Crows
Hugh Cornwall
Ben Taylor
Sean Taylor
Alyssa Bonagura
John Smith

The Park Stage

Animal Collective
The Horrors
Noah And The Whale
Special Guests
Emiliana Torrini
Special Guests
James Hunter
Golden Silvers
Lay Low

Queen’s Head Stage:

Jason Mraz
The Big Pink
The Rakes
Rumble Strips
The Virgins
Dan Le Sac Vs Scoobius Pip
Tommy Sparks
The Low Anthem
Team Waterpolo
Hope And Social
Dead Like Harry
Yr Ods
City Stereo
The Mojo Fins
Maura Kincaid
The Slips
Sub Universe
Smash n’ Grab

East Dance

David Guetta
Layo and Bushwacka!
Easy Star Allstars
Iration Steppas ft Mark Iration
Tom Middleton
The Egg
Paul Woolford
Pama International

West Dance

Erol Alkan
The Whip
Annie Mac
Skream And Benga
Joe Goddard (Hot Chip)
Nathan Detroit

Avalon Stage:

The Blockheads
British Sea Power
Michael McGoldrick, Iain Fletcher and Andy Dinan
The Puppini Sisters
3 Daft Monkeys
The Mandibles

The Glade:

Tom Real
Beardyman with The Bays
James Monro
Banco de Gaia
Mum Suleiman
Clive Craske


Pyramid Stage:

Bruce Springsteen
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Dizzee Rascal
Spinal Tap
Eagles Of Death Metal
VV Brown

Other Stage:

Franz Ferdinand
Maximo Park
Paolo Nutini
Peter Doherty
The Script
Jason Mraz
Peter, Bjorn and John
Broken Family Band

John Peel Stage:

Jarvis Cocker
White Lies
Florence And The Machine
Passion Pit
Gaslight Anthem
The Temper Trap
The Big Pink
The Nightingales

Jazz/World Stage:

Playing For Change
Baaba Maal
Lonnie Liston Smith
Jamie Cullum
Rokia Traore
Erik Truffaz

Acoustic Stage:

Kilfenorca Ceili Band
Newton Faulkner
Lisa Hannigan
Gary Louris and Mark Olson
Bap Kennedy
Hope And Social
Cora Smyth Band

The Park Stage:

Bon Iver
M Ward
Special Guests
Shlomo and Guests
Horace Andy
Easy Star Allstars
The Memory Band
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Low Anthem
First Aid Kit

Queen’s Head Stage:

Guilty Pleasures
Dan Black
The King Blues
The Shortwave Set
Special Guest
The Wombats
Official Secrets Act
Noah And The Whale
Emmy The Great
Broken Records
Special Guest
Peggy Sue and the Pirates
Marina and the Diamonds
Theoretical Girl
Blue Roses
The Glitterati

East Dance:

Pete Tong
La Roux
Tinchy Stryder
Eric Prydz
We Have Band

West Dance:

Josh Wink
DJ Food
Timo Maas
Japanese Popstars
Hudson Mohawke
Emperors Machine
Jam The Channel

Avalon Stage:

The Wonder Stuff
Edward II
Eliza Carthy
Badly Drawn Boy
The King Blues
The Lancashire Hotpots
Wheeler Street
The Martin Harley Band

The Glade:

Stereo MCs
Stanton Warriors
DJ Fresh
Dub Pistols
Don Letts
Dr Meaker
Sancho Panza


Pyramid Stage:

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Tom Jones
Amadou Et Mariam
Tony Christie
Status Quo
Easy Star AllStars

Other Stage:

Bon Iver
Bat For Lashes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Enter Shikari
Brand New
Art Brut
Boxer Rebellion
In Case Of Fire

John Peel Stage:

Echo And The Bunnymen
The Wombats
The Soft Pack
Just Jack
Emmy The Great
Twisted Wheel
We Have Band
Wave Machines
Good Books

Jazz/World Stage:

Black Eyed Peas
Manu Dibango
Roots Manuva
Orquesta Aragon
Linda Lewis
Abdullah Chhadeh And Syriana

Acoustic Stage:

Georgie Fame
Roger McGuinn
Sharon Corr
London Community Gospel Choir
Beth Rowley
Imelda May
Penguin Café Orchestra
Kate Walsh
Martin Harley Band
Lucy Wainwright Roche

The Park Stage:

Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80
Cold War Kids
Tunng and Tinariwen
Alela Diane
Terry Reid
The Rockingbirds
Alberta Cross
Micachu and the Shapes
Bristol Community Choir

Queen’s Head Stage:

Robyn Hitchcock
The Aliens
Magic Numbers
Bombay Bicycle Club
Joe Gideon And The Shark
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
Fight Like Apes
The Capitol Years
Soft Toy Emergency
Priscilla Ahn
Jersey Budd
Two Door Cinema Club
Major Major

East Dance:

Calvin Harris
Mr Scruff
VV Brown
Rob Da Bank
Wonky Pop DJs
Kissy Sellout
Wonky Pop DJs
Ou Est
Chris Coco

West Dance:

Jodie Harsh
Beat Torrent
Freq Nasty
Dirty Vegas
Filthy Dukes
Don Diablo
Stuart Wilkinson

Avalon Stage:

Peatbog Fairies
Seth Lakeman
Will Young
Teddy Thompson
The Mummers
The Destroyers
6 Day Riot

The Glade:

Gong Sunday
Steve Hillage Band
Richard ‘Kid’ Strange and the Party
Second Class Citizen
Back to the Planet
3 Daft Monkeys
Hybrid Cinematic Set
Breakfast with Howard Marks


Queen’s Head Stage:

Motown 50th Birthday



Willie Nelson Is ‘09 TX State Musician



Something about a
commitment to herb, er, the arts… hey, dig that Lone Star coffee mug!


By Blurt Staff



Last week, the Texas State Legislature passed a resolution
naming Willie Nelson the 2009 Texas State Musician:


The Texas Commission on the Arts has announced the 2009 and 2010 appointments
for the positions of State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Two-Dimensional
Artist, and State Three-Dimensional Artist; and


Honorees are chosen for the exceptional quality of their work and for their
outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas; nominees must either be native
Texans or have resided in the state for at least five years; in addition, they
must have received critical recognition from state, regional, and national publications,
and they must have attained the highest levels of excellence in their
respective disciplines.”


“WHEREAS, Willie Nelson is the 2009 Texas State
Musician; this legendary Texas performer was playing the guitar at the age of 6
and performing at 10; after establishing himself in Nashville as a hit
songwriter, he returned to Texas and soon became world-famous as an interpreter
of his own songs and as an icon of the outlaw country music movement; he has
further distinguished himself as a film and television actor and entrepreneur,
as well as an ever-popular touring concert artist who has been involved in
numerous charity events such as FarmAid.”


Poet Laureate Nelson, never one at a loss for words, was
effusive with his comments, saying in a statement, “I consider it a great
honor, and I want to thank everyone who helped make it happen.”


Now THAT is entertainment. Okay, back to your stash, Willie.




Beastie Boys Get Saucy on New LP


Forthcoming album said
to be wordy and political and, oh yeah, Santigold guests on it.


By Fred Mills


“Our new record that is coming out that we finished the
other day is called HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE.”


Thus read an email from the Beastie Boys to their fans yesterday.
As reported by, the aforementioned Hot Sauce Committee is due at an unspecified date later this year,
although as the band is making the festival circuit this summer, it’s
anticipated that the album will come out in time to coincide with the tour.
It’s to be the followup to 2007’s instrumental set The Mix-Up.




Rundgren To Perform AWATS In Entirety


Tickets go on sale TOMORROW for a concert NEXT YEAR?!?


By Blurt Staff



Todd Rundgren is set to perform
his 1973 classic A Wizard, a True Star in its entirety for the first time ever in Britain on February 6, 2010 at the
London HMV Hammersmith Apollo. This marks Todd’s only UK performance of the album.



Tickets for the concert go
on sale at 9am on Wednesday May 27th. 
Tickets are priced £48.50, £45.00, £40.00, £32.00 (Agency and credit
card bookings subject to a fee). Ticket Hotline: 08700 603 777, Book Online:



Although Rundgren’s 1972
album, Something/Anything? is
considered by many to be his masterpiece, the psychedelic impact and
bordering-on-disturbing innovation of the follow-up, A Wizard, A True Star is arguably Rundgren’s most experimental and
influential album and is regarded as one of the most pioneering progressive
rock albums of all time. It also featured an unusual extended medley similar to
the Beatles’ second-side medley on Abbey Road.
More than one head got liberally dosed while “consuming” AWATS, and a few even lived to tell about it!



will be the first time in Britain
that he will perform the whole record live onstage, from start to finish.  The first half of the concert will feature a
selection of Rundgren’s songs throughout his career, while the second half will
consist of the entirety of A Wizard, a
True Star



Incoming: New A Fine Frenzy LP


Flame-haired songstress follows up her big 2007


By Blurt Staff


A Fine Frenzy –
essentially Alison Sudol, plus whomever she is surrounding herself with at any
moment – will release Bomb in a Birdcage on Virgin on Sept. 8. It’s the
follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed One Cell in the Sea..


“I think some
people may be surprised,” said 24-year-old Sudol, in a statement.
“They think that I’m all fragile and ethereal, but I have a wild side,
too. I’m a quiet person with a loud streak, and this record is a testament to


One Cell reached Number One on
Billboard’s “Heatseeker” charts, and A Fine Frenzy was chosen as a
VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist. The album received rave reviews in
publications from Entertainment Weekly to Harp to People.


Songs from the
album were licensed to numerous television shows, and Sudol appeared on The
Tonight Show
, The CBS Early Show and The Late Show with David
The young redheaded singer made her acting debut on CSI:NY and turned up in fashion spreads, but she received even more attention for her
literary interests, including a band name taken from Shakespeare’s Midsummer
Night’s Dream


Away,” the breezy, propulsive first single from Bomb in a Birdcage,
illustrates that the new album retains the tuneful charm and whimsical language
of the debut, while adding new colors and textures. Lengthy tours alongside the
likes of Rufus Wainwright and Brandi Carlile contributed to Sudol’s attraction
to different sounds.


tour,” she said, “I discovered that I love rocking out and having a
good time. I started listening to as much music as I could. I didn’t want to
limit myself. I wanted to stretch and grow and push myself. I also wanted to
have fun.”


The pivotal point
for Bomb in a Birdcage was “Stood Up,” a sweeping rock ballad.
“It was the most unruly I’d ever been,” says Sudol. “I was
scared by it at first and wanted to put it aside. But the songs I tend to love
the most in the end are often the ones that, initially, I wanted to do away


“I felt like
being daring,” she added. “I wasn’t interested in doing more of the
same, that doesn’t inspire me. And now, I can’t wait to get on the road with
this stuff! It’s going to be quite an undertaking, but I’m up for it.”


[Photo Credit:
Tarin Anderson]







Life’s a drag, er, a
gas, when the Ettes are touring Europe…



By Coco Hames



Well, Poni and I stayed up way past our bedtime in Leipzig at a gay bar
across the street from our hotel.  Some people think it’s amusing, but
personally, I feel awful when I exit a bar when the sun is up, it’s so
disconcerting and no one likes to look back on the night in the light of
day.  Well, at least I don’t.  This is part of why I tour so
much.  I really can’t be held responsible.  Also I am a vampire.

The bar was fun, it was one of those with numbered stations and telephones, so
if you spotted someone across the bar that struck your fancy, you could pick up
the phone and call them for a chat.  The venue we played was a bit square
for our taste, so we did what we always do, which is go wandering in search of
some like-minded troublemakers.  I mean, I don’t know how alike we are, us
and drag queens.  But there are some similarities that bind us. 

We dress up and perform, that’s one.  We often live on the other side of
the clock, and are considered a bit (or a lot, depending on where we’re living)
strange by the mainstream, which can get lonely, so there’s that.  Poni
used to be a go-go dancer in Miami,
so they can talk about dancing or costumes.  And I remembered, I had a
tour revelation once (they’re common, lots of sitting time, lots of silence,
lots of opportunities to let your mind creep off on its own) that lots of
people are another person inside, in their minds. 

In Poni’s mind, she is a 7-foot-tall supermodel-cum-fashion designer
(non-gender specific, career peaked in the ’70s), with a well-appointed studio
apartment in the East
Village.  She spends
her days dashing from meeting to meeting, fueled by New York street coffee, and
her nights hopping from gallery to launch party, clinking martini glasses with
the who’s who of international artists and designers.  Whereas, inside, I
am an older, friendly but quite stodgy gay man.

Maybe in his late-’40s, financially established, well-read and generally a
private individual, possibly with his party days behind him, possibly he seldom
felt inclined to indulge in the wild nights out that his friends were always
talking about, the clubs too crowded or the music too loud, maybe.  Maybe
he is a professor of literature, or an architect or even a functioning
novelist.  Something where he gets a lot of time to himself, where he
doesn’t have to pretend to be glamorous or sexy or special even.  Just a
nice, quiet man, maybe he has a trusty dog (a retriever of some sort, possibly
a spaniel) and lives in a small house on a lake, maybe in the mountains of
western North Carolina, maybe in upstate New York.  I do
know that this man has a secret indulgence, one that his friends chortle about
and think is just SO him… he TOTALLY has one of those $2000 hotel-grade Miele
linen presses!  In his house!

This is the shit that I spend hours thinking about on drives.  Though I
did pick up an English language book on the English language, a linguistic
travelogue investigating English dialects.  But I should have thumbed
through it a bit more before I bought it, because it was an ENGLISH English
linguistic travelogue, and while I realize my English came from the English
English, really I am more interested in American English linguistics, because
of all of the different languages spoken in America, and how quickly so many
different languages and cultures got together and spoke the same
language.  Another study for another time, perhaps.

Backstage at a club now in Wolfsburg,
Germany, home
of the Volkswagen automobile.  We played an in-store today in
Braunschweig, which is evidently the enemy town of Wolfsburg, so much so that the promoter
threatened to cancel our show HERE if we played THERE.  But we managed to
pull it off.  So far.





Blurt “co-co-editor”
Coco Hames fronts The Ettes – Hames on guitar, Jem Cohen on bass and Poni
Silver on drums – whose latest album
Look At Life Again Soon (Take Root) is still a hot item, and they also have a
new EP,
Danger Is, released by Take
Root on April 7 and also available digitally,, and a Dan Auerbach-produced limited-edition
single. They are currently ruminating upon their next full-length, but
meanwhile, overseas fans can spot ‘em right now on their European tour – dates
at the MySpace page.



Jay Bennett, ex-Wilco, R.I.P.1963-2009


Gifted musician passes
away Saturday night in his sleep.


By Fred Mills


“We are profoundly saddened to report that our friend died
in his sleep last night. Jay was a beautiful human being who will be missed.”
Thus read a posting at the Undertow Records website yesterday, echoing the
sentiments of music fans all across America. The Jay in question is Jay
Walter Bennett; Undertow released the former Titanic Love Affair/Wilco member’s
critically acclaimed 2002 solo album
Palace At 4am.


As word got out about the death of Bennett, 45, not too many
details were known other than that Bennett died in his sleep Saturday night and
that no official cause of death was known yet. An autopsy is pending. However, Bennett
had been afflicted with chronic hip pain for some time, the result of sustaining
an injury during a stage dive while performing with Titanic Love Affair, and he’d
been planning on having hip replacement surgery.


In a report filed at the Chicago
, pop critic Jim DeRogatis quoted Bennett’s friend and oftentime
collaborator Edward Burch as saying, “The family is in mourning and is
unavailable for comment at this time… He was an extremely talented musician and
a great person, and I’ll miss him terribly.” Burch added that he’d gotten word
to Wilco through bandmember John Stirratt and the band, on tour in Spain, was “broken
up” about the news.


An official statement from Wilco is forthcoming, although both
Bennett and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy were in the news recently after Bennett
filed a lawsuit against Tweedy alleging he was owed compensation from his
1994-2001 tenure in Wilco. A falling out between the two men led to Bennett’s
acrimonious departure from the band, and speculation among certain cynical pundits and bloggers
was that Bennett, lacking health insurance, had filed the suit in order to
raise funds to pay for his much-needed surgery.


Bob Boilen of NPR music penned a heartfelt goodbye to
Bennett at the NPR site yesterday. In it, he included a post that Bennett had
made to his MySpace blog in April outlining to fans what he’d been going
through recently with his hip troubles and discussing his forthcoming album Kicking at the Perfumed Air.


“I will continue to stay as active as I possibly can, making
music, and staying in touch with all of you (my friends), as the surgery
approaches, and later, whilst I am recovering,” worote Bennett. “Apologies for
my absence, I honestly do care about staying true to my promise to maintain
open and interactive relationships with all of you “out there,”
wherever you may be.”


BLURT extends our deepest condolences to Bennett’s family,
friends and fans. He will be missed.






RIP Jay Bennett

The Tribune has the story.

I knew Jay a bit (John was my boyfriend at the time) during his Wilco years, my favorite Wilco years; the Jay years.

Straight-ahead guitar-rock Wilco will always be my Wilco: Monday, I Got You (At the End of the Century), Outtasite (Outta Mind), I even loved Summerteeth, which almost no one did. And while Spiders (Kidsmoke) is definitely on my top 100 of all time []


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.