Monthly Archives: October 2009

Exclusive new Matthew Ryan Album Stream!

BLURT is proud to announce the exclusive stream of one of our long-time faves (and part-time BLURT blogger) Matthew Ryan’s latest album “Dear Lover.” It will be available digitally on October 27th and in-stores on February 16, 2010 through CIMS/Junket Boy.
More information on Matthew Ryan is available at
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Another creepy bloggy
story… remove all pets from the room before reading… and happy Halloween, from
the Ettes!


By Coco Hames


I’m raising my kids on a farm.  My kids will be John the Savage.  I’m going to make them chop wood.  If I am unable to completely block the crazy
world from impacting my smart, sensitive kids know this: I am a big proponent
for after school activities, if I ever have kids, I’m going to make them do
something.  Sports, piano, woodworking,
whatever.  Something mentally and
physically involved from about 3pm to 6pm. 
Then you come home and eat dinner with the family and go do your
homework.  You can go out Friday or
Saturday night, not both.  Until you are
17.  Your curfew increases in increments
of 30 minutes every year.  When you are a
freshman it’s 10:30, sophomore 11, junior 11:30 and senior midnight.  Nothing good happens after midnight, not for
you, future imaginary teenager of mine. 
I know you’re an angsty, self-absorbed teenager and you think I don’t
know anything, but you need these restrictions, trust me, because for the brief
couple of weeks my freshman year of high 
school I got up to SO much no good. 
Breaking into construction sites, smokin’ cigarettes, stealing road
signs, tying boys’ bikes up into trees, taking out all of your parents ski
clothes and putting them out on the lawn, dyeing


One boring afternoon my friend Jennifer and I decided it
would be a good idea to dye her black cat blonde.  We walked up to the drugstore, purchased some
blonde hair dye, and just to be safe, called the helpline on the back of the
box, since there weren’t any instructions for coloring cat hair, and we sagely
figured there were probably some differences worth considering.


“L’Oreal helpline, this is Debbie, how may I help


“Oh hi Debbie, I just have some questions about the
Excellence Creme hair color.”


“Okay, go ahead.”


“Well, it doesn’t say anything on here about cat hair,
and I’m wondering if it’s safe or not safe, or if it’s going to have the same
effect, you know, as what’s on the box, ’cause it’s different hair?”


Once she understood what I was planning to do, she’s all
“Oh no no, I do not advise using this product on a cat, no no, that’s not
what this is for…”  But she was
boring me and we did it anyway and that cat was very unhappy, probably because
the color came out WAY brassy.


Shhh, I don’t ADVISE this, I’m just saying it happened and
the cat was FINE, he just looked a bit strange for a while… Well anyway.


Then we found a baby squirrel, named him Kirby (like the
video game) and trained him up, carried him around in our shirts.  Then I was forced to join a sports, so I did.


Idle hands are the devil’s workshop y’alll.


PS – Officially: no one pays me for my creepy bloggy





Blurt “co-co-editor”
Coco Hames fronts The Ettes – Hames on guitar, Jem Cohen on bass and Poni
Silver on drums – whose album
Look At Life Again Soon and EP, Danger Is, were released by Take Root. Their new Greg Cartwright-produced album Do
You Want Power arrived in stores Sept.
29, and you bet we’ve got a big feature on the band in our new print issue.
Check out the band’s MySpace page for music and tour dates.






Midlake Announces Long-Awaited 3rd LP


Due in early February;
to be preceded by short U.S.


By Fred Mills


Okay, Midlake fans, here’s the news you’ve been
anticipating: Bella Union just announced this morning that it will be releasing
the third Midlake album on Feb. 2. Titled The
Courage of Others
, it’s the followup to 2006’s acclaimed The Trials of Van Occupanther – which
was more than merely “acclaimed,” if you think about it; the record turned up
on nearly every critic’s year-end best-of list and was a mainstay at college
radio and Triple-A.


The Denton,
TX, band literally left the road
for two years to work on the record, which was cut at their home studio by
vocalist/songwriter Tim Smith, bassist Paul Alexander, drummer McKenzie Smith
and guitarists Eric Pulido and Eric Nichelson. According to the label, the
album “builds on the complex textures that made ‘Van Occupanther’ a touchstone, revealing breathtaking soundscapes
and bygone eras… Equal parts intimate and epic, the album evokes a cloistered
world of its own with dreamlike melodies, stunning vocal harmonies and
ambitious arrangements.”


The world needs more breathtaking soundscapes, indeed. Anyone who’s
heard the band’s signature cut “Roscoe,” from the last album, knows what we
mean. For newcomers to that sound, you can hear what all the fuss has been
about to date over at Midlake’s MySpace page where a slew of songs are



Courage of Others’ tracklist:


Acts of Man

Winter Dies

Small Mountain

Core of Nature


Rulers, Ruling All Things

Children of the Grounds

Bring Down

The Horn

The Courage of Others

In The Ground





2010 tour dates so far (more to be announced soon):


Jan 5 Baton Rouge,
LA Spanish Moon

Jan 6 Tallahassee,
FL Engine Room

Jan 7 Orlando, FL The Social

Jan 8 St. Augustine,
FL Cafe Eleven

Jan 9 Mt. Pleasant, SC Village Tavern

Jan 10 Asheville,
NC Grey Eagle

Jan 11 Memphis,
TN Hi-Tone

Jan 12 Little Rock, Rev Room


 UK Dates:

Jan 22 Newcastle, England – The Cluny
Jan 23 Leicester, England – The Musician
Jan 24  Cambridge, England – Junction2
Jan 27  Norwich, England – Arts Centre
Jan 28 London, England – Tabernacle



Juliana Hatfield Aims for Peace and Love


album to arrive next February.


By Blurt Staff


And Love,
Juliana Hatfield’s latest album,
will be released on February 16, 2010 on Ye Olde Records. Hatfield, of course, has a long
history of DIY endeavors – from her trailblazing days with Boston indie band the Blake Babies to her
recent releases on Ye Olde Records, the label she founded in 2005 – but with Peace And Love she reaches a new
level of independence. She produced and engineered the album herself and played
all the instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica
and drum machine.

“I’ve produced records before
but I was always in a studio with professional engineers. So it was definitely
a learning process for me,” says Hatfield, who was ready to strip things
down after her critically acclaimed 2008 album, How To Walk Away, which
was a full studio production. “I always like to try things I’ve never done
before and I’d been yearning to record myself.”  

Hatfield had just purchased her
brother’s eight-track digital recorder and moved into a Cambridge apartment with a back room that had
excellent natural acoustics, so the time was right. “I was able to follow
every instinct without worrying that anyone was going to think it was a kooky
idea,” she recalls. “I just wanted to do something simple.”

The result is an incredibly intimate collection of songs, expertly capturing
the loneliness and collateral damage borne of broken relationships yet
adamantly refusing to remain broken. In the liner notes, Boston Phoenix music
editor James Parker gives it a name: “Survivor-music – because even at
their most palpitatingly fragile, your songs have always been built to last.
Well-made, strong-boned, fit to be played on streetcorners and station

Just as Hatfield stripped down
the recording process, the characters that populate Peace And Love are ready to shed their convoluted lives. The
lilting “Why Can’t We Love Each
Other” answers its own question by acknowledging that love is a
choice: “we can make our lives a song/will it be a blues or a hymn/a dirge
or a psalm/it could be so simple.” But there’s the rub, of course: it could be so simple…if it weren’t for our propensity to muck things up.

From the plucked Elizabethan chords that introduce the opening “Peace And Love” and the
feedback-drenched “What Is
Wrong” to “Unsung,”
Hatfield’s first-ever instrumental, and the closing “Dear Anonymous,” written from the
point of view of a victim who finds empathy for her stalker, the collection is
both compelling and surprising. “Faith
In Our Friends” celebrates those who “think you’re just right
the way you are” while Hatfield gains fresh perspective on her complex
relationship with longtime friend Evan Dando on the exquisite, ethereal

Peace And Love is Hatfield’s 11th solo album and follows
last year’s How To Walk Away, which was hailed as “rueful and
gorgeous,” by Entertainment Weekly, which gave the album an A-.
“After 20 years, the songstress still packs a wallop on her 10th album,
featuring edgy tales of heartbreak sung with that classic sweetness,” said
Newsweek, naming it a “Checklist” pick of the week upon its release
while Spin pronounced it “vital,” awarding it three out of four
stars. Her autobiography, entitled When I Grow Up, was published by
Wiley & Sons in September 2008.

Hatfield first came to
prominence in her teens as a founding member of the Blake Babies. After four
independent albums with the group, she signed to Atlantic
as a solo artist and had a string of modern-rock hits (including “My
Sister,” “Spin The Bottle” and  “Universal
Heartbeat”). She left the label in 1998, signing to Zoe Records (a Rounder
Records imprint) and releasing four well-regarded albums, including 2004’s In
Exile Deo, named as one of that year’s 10 best albums by The New York Times’ Jon Pareles. In 2005, Hatfield
came full circle, returning to her independent roots and founding Ye Olde

The track listing for Peace and Love is as follows:

1.    Peace and Love
2.    The End Of The War
3.    Why Can’t We Love Each Other
4.    Butterflies
5.    What Is Wrong
6.    Unsung
7.    Evan
8.    Let’s Go Home
9.    I Picked You Up
10.    Faith In Our Friends
11.    I’m Disappearing
12.    Dear Anonymous



[Photo Credit: Phil Morrison]



Nowells To Sue the Shit Outta “Sublime”


Meanwhile, everyone
involved starts circling the wagons…


By Blurt Staff


Some days we write the news, some days the news writes
itself, yadda-yadda-yadda… This press release came in over the weekend:
apparently erstwhile Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and Sublime drummer
Floyd ‘Bud’ Gaugh were to play a gig Saturday night under the name “Sublime”
(they hired singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez to replace their late bandmate
Bradley Nowell, who died in ’96). The pair had previously formed the Long Beach
Dub All-Stars in order to play Sublime music and other material and had the good
wishes of the Nowell family, but as the statement makes clear. The Nowells are
not very happy about this latest development. Read on…




The Estate of Bradley Nowell,
Sublime’s late singer, guitarist and primary songwriter, issued a statement
today regarding the use of the band’s name by Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and
Sublime drummer Floyd “Bud” Gaugh.   


Sublime members Floyd “Bud”
Gaugh and Eric Wilson, along with new vocalist Rome Ramirez, who performed with
Gaugh and Wilson earlier this year, are scheduled to perform under the name
“Sublime” on Saturday, October 24th at Cypress Hill’s 2009 Smokeout
Festival.  Sublime, with its original members, has not played together
since their final performance with Nowell on May 24, 1996. The advertising and
promotion of the new group as “Sublime” has been done without the
consent of the Estate of the late Bradley Nowell (consisting of widow Troy
Nowell, father Jim “Papa” Nowell, and son Jakob Nowell).  The Estate
intends to take appropriate legal action to protect Brad’s intentions, as well
as the legacy and integrity of his body of work.


Nowell’s family released the
following statement on the band’s official Web site today:


was recently announced that Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and Sublime drummer
Floyd ‘Bud’ Gaugh are ‘reuniting’ and teaming with singer and guitarist
Rome Ramirez in a band they intend to call ‘Sublime.’ Prior to his
untimely passing, both Bud and Eric acknowledged that Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime. It
was Brad’s expressed intention that no one use the name Sublime
in any group that did not include him, and Brad even registered the
trademark ‘Sublime’ under his own name.  


As Brad’s heirs, and with the
support of his entire family, we only want to respect his wishes and therefore
have not consented to Bud and Eric calling their new project ‘Sublime.’ We have
always supported Bud and Eric’s musical endeavors and their desire to continue
to play Sublime’s music. We wholeheartedly supported Bud, Eric and the many
talented members of the Sublime posse that formed the Long Beach Dub All-Stars, soon after Brad’s
death, to honor him through their original recordings, live performances and
Sublime music until they disbanded in 2001. But, out of respect for Brad’s
wishes, we have always refused to endorse any group performing as ‘Sublime,’ and
now with great reluctance feel compelled to take the appropriate legal action
to protect Brad’s legacy.


Our hope is that Brad’s
ex-bandmates will respect his wishes and find a new name to perform under, so
as to enhance the ‘Sublime’ legacy without the confusion and disappointment
that many fans have expressed upon seeing the announcement.


Peace and Love
to all,

Troy, Jakob & Jim ‘Papa’ Nowell.





Meanwhile, Jon Phillips, of Silverback Management, which apparently
lists Eric Wilson among its clients (Gaugh is not a client) issued a preemptive
statement that appears to be intended to distance himself from the upcoming
legal tussle. In the statement he decries the decision to restart the band but
takes pains to note,” I DO NOT have the legal authority in this matter
to prevent Eric and Bud from performing or recording as Sublime.  That
power rests within the legal parameters as they relate to Brad’s Estate.” (Read
the statement here.)


Gaugh himself decided to get his own
statement out to the public, posting to his website (prior to this weekend’s
statement from the Nowells). He takes Phillips and Silverback to task,
observing, none-too-succinctly, “And then there are those who work in the
business side of music, who see the artists and music as simply an object, as
dollar signs, they only see music as a way to achieve power, money, fame, that’s
all it is to them.” (Read that statement here.)


As always, there will only be one
winner in crap like this – the LAWYERS. Let the games begin…








Excl: U2 in L.A., on YouTube Last Night


In which we infiltrate the press box at
the Rose Bowl and live to tell about it…


By Gil Macias


A band selling
out the Rose Bowl is something not heard of very often these days. U2 are
probably one of the only few acts that can pull this off – -and they did. The
Irish juggernauts played a historic show in Pasadena, California
last night and packed in a 95,000-plus-crowd. Hordes of fans who had general
admission floor tickets arrived hours early, baking in the sun, a price
well-worth getting a spot up close to the Irish quartet.


U2 are
well-known for their huge concert spectacles and enormous stage set-ups, but
this latest one is not only one of their finest, but it is something that is
right out of a sci-fi movie. It’s some sort of cross between a rocket launchpad
and one of the tripods from War of the
, only with a fourth leg. But no matter how elaborate and distracting
the stage might sound, it never draws your attention away from Bono and the
gang. There is always something unique in the air whenever U2 plays–an energy
and connection with the audience that can be felt by new and old fans alike. Bono
commands the stage and has an amazing stage presence that not all band leads
can pull off. There were moments in the show, for example during “I Still
Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” where Bono goes silent during the chorus,
and the audience turns into a gigantic choir. It’s truly something that needs
to be experienced in person, fan or not.


One minor beef
that some might have with the show is the setlist. When you’re a band with 30
years of material, of course, not everyone is going to hear their favorite U2
song. While Bono’s voice soared as gracefully as ever, and the band never
missed a beat, the setlist can best be described as “safe” and “radio
friendly.” Shockingly, it was dominated by material from the band’s three most
recent albums. The 24-track setlist only contained 6 songs from the ‘80s, and
only 4 from the ‘90s. Albums Zooropa and Pop were completely ignored. Notably
absent were songs like “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “New Years Day,” and “I
Will Follow.” However it was nice that the band treated the crowd to two
not-so-popular songs like “Ultraviolet” and “The Unforgettable Fire.” When you
talk to U2’s wide range of fans, opinions on which era of the band are the best
and which albums should and shouldn’t be ignored vary quite drastically, but in
the end, there is no denying that U2 remain one of the greatest rock bands of
all time.


As for the
setlist… You be the judge. What they played:


Get on Your Boots
Mysterious Ways
Beautiful Day
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Stuck In A Moment
No Line on the Horizon
In A Little While
Unknown Caller
Until The End of the World
Unforgettable Fire
City of Blinding Lights
I’ll Go Crazy – Remix
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Walk On
Where The Streets Have No Name

With or Without You
Moment of Surrender


[Photo via 360 Tour archive]


In Short October 2009

First things first, exclusive Donald Passman interview posted here next week! Sweet.

Meanwhile… you know the drill but as a reminder, In Short is our “tribal” feature here at Outlandos HQ. Meaning that, chances are if we share the same taste in music, we share the same taste in other random stuff — lifestyle stuff. And by lifestyle, we mean drinking, bouncing or jumping up and down on the stairs for the fun of it. All in a day’s work, so to speak.

1. Boxed Wine
Recently dabbling in it. After all, 4 to 6 bottles of wine for the price of one. Wine not? Apparently, boxed wine sales across the board increase 30% this year thanks to ye old recession. Our new fave is Black Box. Our least:


2. It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a Dude on a Rubber Ball.
Whoa. You might miss it the first time, keep your eyes near the upper right


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.

It’s The Ike Reilly Podcastination!


Where’s that boy’s
goddamn medicine?


By Blurt Staff


Ike Reilly, indie rock raconteur whose new album, “Hard Luck Stories,” drops digitally
November 24, has planned a special weekly podcast series.  As a lead-up to
the release of the album, Reilly will be hosting “Where’s my Goddamn Medicine?,” which will be available for free download
beginning TODAY, October 26th on Reilly’s website: It will be broadcast weekly
from Libertyville, IL.


“Where’s My Goddamn Medicine?”
will preview many of the tracks from “Hard
Luck Stories
,” of course, but Reilly hastens to add it will give fans a
quirky introduction to the “friends, enemies, bankers, drug dealers, real
estate agents, cheerleaders, high school students, teachers and coaches, family
members, offspring, and all the other fucking freeloaders that live with me.”


Prior to the album release, Reilly
will be appearing on November 9th at the Improv Olympic “Armando
Diaz Experience” as the “monologist” for the evening.  The cast will then
improv off of Reilly’s stories/songs for the show.  “Armando Diaz
Experience” is iO’s longest-running show and a landmark of comedy in Chicago.  Reilly
will also be visiting the Improv Olympic
Theater every Wednesday through November 18th as part of the “TJ and Dave” show, where he
will be kicking off each show by performing several tunes and telling
stories.  Long-form improv masters TJ and Dave
have been using Reilly’s music to open their weekly shows for a long


Tour dates for Hard Luck Stories are tba for 2010, but he and his band The Ike
Reilly Assassination will do a Thanksgiving Eve show Nov. 25 at First Avenue in Minneapolis and then a Chicago gig (Liberty Hall) on Dec. 11.



Avetts’ Crawford Teams w/Dave Childers


Can we be the first to
call the Over Mountain Men a Tarheel supergroup?


By Blurt Staff


Glorious Day, the
full-length debut CD from Over Mountain Men, will be released in early 2010 on
Ramseur Records. The Ramseur connection is no small one: Bob Crawford, bass
player for  Ramseur alumniThe Avett
Brothers is part of the band, along with the Charlotte-based singer/songwriter,
David Childers. Rounding out the ensemble is guitarist Randy Saxon and
drummer/percussionist Robert Childers, both formerly of David Childers and The
Modern Don Juans. The album features a slew of guest players including: Scott
Daley, piano; Geoffrey White, fiddle; Andy The Doorbum, vocals,  guitar; Charlie Lybrand, baritone  trumpet; John Boswell, back up vocals; Matt
Ranck, back up vocals and guitar; the Avetts’ Joe Kwon, cello; Ingrid Stenzel,
accordion; Will Kitchen, drums; and Eric Mullis, xylophone.


 The CD features nine
original tunes penned by the band, among them “Angola ,” which is featured in the
award-winning documentary Six Seconds of
, an indie film  about the
famous prison rodeo at Angola Prison.  (View a video with footage from the film on YouTube.)
The songs were recorded primarily at Old House Studios in Gastonia,
NC; additional material was recorded at The
Grange,  Greenville
, NC , and the Milestone Club, in  Charlotte
,  NC




Crawford, a long-time fan of Childers, comments: “David
 Childers belongs in the pantheon of
great  North Carolina songwriters.  I am honored to work alongside him. He is a
great friend, a great  thinker, and a
great man. I like to think of him as the sage of  Mount
Holly ; a true North Carolina treasure.”


On the web: And check out a
live clip of the band, below.




Over Mountain Men- Some Place Along The River from Over Mountain Men on Vimeo.

Incoming: Pylon Classic 2nd LP “Chomp”


Continuing to lead,
while others lag behind…


By Blurt Staff


Remember that sprawling feature/interview with the legendary
Pylon we ran awhile back? At the time, the band’s sophomore album Chomp wasn’t specifically lined up for
reissue (and guitarist Randy Bewley, sadly, had also just passed away).


Handily rectifying that, however, EFA just issued an expanded/remastered
edition of it they’re calling Chomp More.
Here are the rather colorful details, and keep your eyes peeled for a review at
BLURT soon…




reissue of Pylon’s second LP release, 1983’s
Chomp, (following the reissue of their 1980 debut Gyrate)
offers inarguable justiï¬ï¿½cation for their seminal status. “K,”
an unlikely ode to Scrabble that opens the record, begins with drummer Curtis
Crow using his snare to tick off a beat akin to a time bomb; seconds later the
song builds to a clash ofjagged guitar lines, wiry bass, propulsive drumming
and Vanessa Briscoe’s startling vocals. “Crazy,” – which R.E.M. would
later famously cover- sees guitarist Randy Bewley avoiding his usual sharp
angles and instead taking a jangly respite, while Briscoe veers from a moody
monotone to arresting snarls and piercing yelps. “Yo-Yo” strips down to herky
jerky staccato guitar and a few perfectly placed lyrical melodies; “Gyrate”
buzzes with antsy, danceable energy; “Altitude” is a gorgeous and
dreamy study in loud-quiet-loud dynamics. 

addition to remastered versions of the LP’s 12 original tracks, Chomp More
includes the 7″ version of “Crazy”; a “male version” of “Yo-Yo,” on
which Briscoe merely guest stars, Pylon’s own frenzied, frenetic remix of
“Gyrate” and the rarely heard single “Four Minutes,” an
ineffably beautiful pastiche of homemade and seemingly found noise. These
innovative songs speak to the timeless vision of four young people who
unwittingly created a sound that still sounds innovative, fresh and distinct.
More than three decades on, Pylon continues to lead – while music, as always,
lags safely behind.