Monthly Archives: December 2011

Download Genesis P-Orridge Film Trailer


The Ballad of Genesis
and Lady Jaye opens in March.


By Fred Mills


Back in July we published an in-depth
of the Marie Losier-directed documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (which our commentator called “one
of the best love stories of all time”). Since then it’s notched numerous awards
including being officially selected by Berlin
and San Francisco International Film Festivals as well as the SXSW and Tribeca
Film Festivals, and it’s scheduled for a proper national release on March 8 in


The filmmakers have now made the trailer available for free
additionally posting it for viewing at Apple. Check it out.


Meanwhile, we also published an interview with the Throbbing
Gristle/Psychic TV legend in 2009 which can be viewed right here.


Merry XXmas from The xx


Demo of “Open Eyes” unveiled just in time for the holiday.

By Fred Mills

With buzzband The xx currently working on the followup to 2009’s The xx debut, it remains to be seen whether or not the young Londoners can avoid the dreaded sophomore slump, particularly considering that when the record does get finished and released it will probably have been a 3-year gap. Everyone’s moved on since then, listening to, say, Florence & the Machine.

At any rate, just to make sure they get their name back into the press and onto the blogs, they’ve offered up a demo of new song “Open Eyes” and yo can check it out below.


Vid: Full 3hr 12-21 Guns N’ Roses Show


Band performed Dec. 21
in L.A.


By Fred Mills


Why yes, yes – that IS Axl Rose above, looking like a somewhat
portly cross between Jim Morrison, Kid Rock and the homeless guy who hangs
around near the entrance of Walgreens, asking for spare change so he can get
his “prescription filled.” No matter
– it’s also proof that the Guns N’ Roses mainman is alive and well and still
willing to kick out the jams.


The Gunners performed Dec. 21 at the Forum in L.A., and
needless to say the video cameras were out in force, including one wielded by a
YouTuber going by the handle “Mraxlfuckinrose1985,” appropriately enough (he’s obviously
a big GNR fan, given that name, and he’s also got a slew of Slash videos posted
to his YouTube channel).


The entire show has been uploaded, if you can believe that. There
are plenty of rough spots here and there, but the video also appears to be the
result of multiple cameras and some quick but serviceable post-event editing.
The sound, for its part, is above-average bootleg quality and quite listenable.
Take a look quick, before it gets taken down… Oh, in case you were wondering: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” kicks in at about the 1 hour and 25 minute mark…




Huge Elvis Museum Opens… in Dusseldorf!

Forget visiting Graceland for Christmas. Hey, with the value of the Euro
currently in the toilet, now’s a good time to book that plane flight to Germany!


By Blurt Staff


Elvis is definitely in the building — in Germany — featuring the largest private
collection of memorabilia outside the US. Presley’s public and inner life
are documented, with a special focus on his years as a soldier in Germany, in
1,800 pieces from his career and 2,000 original pictures and writings, with
many pieces on display for the first time.  

Düsseldorf, Germany — A new museum housing one of the world’s largest private
collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia, and the largest outside of the US, is
now open to the public and offers new insights into his professional and
private life with pieces that have never before been shown in public. The
museum is a new attraction in Düsseldorf’s center, the historic Old Town,
home to several world-class museums and the “longest bar in the world” (260
bars, pubs, and breweries in under a mile).

The extensive collection sheds new light on the artist’s career during the
1940s-70s, with more than 1,800 original pieces and documents, among them his
first order for a single and his transfer papers from Sun Records to RCA Victor
at a fee of $40,000, an astonishing amount at the time and a move that
contributed to his becoming a superstar.

The exhibit also illuminates little-known aspects of his inner life, such as
his humor, faith, and intellect, and offers signs and explanations of his
personal development in visual arts and spirituality.  Examples include
personal notes he made in his favorite book The Prophet, by the philosopher
Khalil Gibran, as well as his mother’s journal entries and the personal
appointment book he kept in 1959 in
Bad Nauheim, Germany.

The museum owns a great deal of memorabilia from the time Presley spent in
Germany, serving in the army from 1958-60, including items Presley left behind
when he returned to the US in 1960, such as jewelry, furniture, clothing, and
other home and personal objects. The records he had shipped to himself from the
US to Germany, for
example, reveal his personal taste in music at the time, and documents and
letters from those years reveal his thoughts and emotions.

The exhibit also includes 2,000 original photographs that show stations of
Presley’s entire life, and even includes his last hand-written letter from
August 15, 1977.  Various aspects of his life will be highlighted with
changing configurations and showcases of this extensive collection.

For more information on the new Elvis
Presley Museum
in Düsseldorf and exhibit hours, visit



Brian Wilson Gives Fans Free Xmas Gift


Version of “Little
Saint Nick” that was left off this year’s Christmas album reissue.


By Fred Mills


Long suffering Beach Boys fans got a special gift this week
from BB maestro Brian Wilson: the original, more-or-less unreleased version of “Little
Saint Nick” from 1963 that was cut prior to the ’64 recording sessions that
would yield 1964’s The Beach Boys’
Christmas Album


has posted the track at his blog,
noting that he “later took
this backing track and used it as the foundation for the song ‘Drive In’ for
the 1964 All Summer Long album.
 This version with the ‘Little St. Nick’ lyrics remained unreleased until
Mark Linett discovered it while preparing the first CD releases of the Capitol
Beach Boys catalog, and it first saw the light of day as a bonus track on a now
out of print CD edition of The Beach Boys Christmas Album.”


As you may remember, Capitol reissued the band’s back
catalog in 1992, and the CDs typically included a slew of bonus tracks – but after
those editions went out of print and Capitol got around to a fresh round of
reissues, the extra material went missing. That’s the case with this year’s CD
reissue of the holiday record; it reproduces the 12-song tracklisting of the
original ’64 LP, with no added bonuses, whereas the ‘92 CD had 16 cuts.


Listen to the “Little St.
Nick” tune at the above link. The Beach Boys recently announced a 50th anniversary reunion tour (with Brian included) plus a studio album for 2012.


Report: Scratch Acid/Dinosaur Jr Live in Portland


At the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Ore.,
December 16, a pair of postpunk icons delivers the goods a quarter century
after the fact.

By Tim Hinely


This was the
show of the year a far I was concerned. Also on the bill was Portland legends Pierced Arrows, featuring
Fred and Toody Cole from Dead Moon, but unfortunately I was not able to get
there in time to catch them. Years ago I caught Scratch Acid at a club in
Philly called Revival, on April 29, 1987. On that evening vocalist David Yow
was sick as a dog and asked if anyone in the crowd had any antibiotics (no one
did) and with that launched into an incredible version of “Mary Had a Little
Drug Problem.” Now, on this night, nearly 25 years later, they launched head
first into the same song to open with the set but not without Yow first
addressing the crowd with “This had better be good.” 


And it was. Very, very good. They’re all excellent
player and Yow’s prowess as a vocalist (with both S.A. and later the Jesus Lizard)
doesn’t need to be mentioned here, but when my pal turned to me midset and
said, “Man, (Rey) Washam, and (David Wm.) Sims are the greatest rhythm section
in rock history. And I don’t mean indie rock, I mean rock history,”  he was dead
serious (and just may be right).  Also
torn to bits that night were stellar versions of “Cannibal,” “Owner’s Lament,”
“Crazy Dan,” “Amicus,” “Damned for All Time,” “For Crying Out Loud” and
plenty  more.  For those who missed it, pray they do one
more tour. [Ed. Note: no immediate plans
for that, based on comments from both Yow and Sims in the recent BLURT



Prior to
Dinosaur Jr going on the band was interviewed by Henry Rollins for about 15
minutes. Rollins said it was Dinosaur Jr’s idea to do it and that he jumped at
the chance. He asked some interesting questions about what the transition was
like for the band from their 1st to their 2nd record but
the best part was when he stated that music was the most difficult art form to
which Lou Barlow laughed and said, “”What??!! Oh man…I think it’s the easiest!” 


About 15  minutes later the reformed Dino Jr came back
out and performed their entire 3rd record,  Bug,
from start to finish, after opening up with non-album tracks  “Keep the Glove” and “In  Jar.” I’m still not sure why they didn’t tour
for their amazing You’re Living All Over
, easily their best, but still, Bug is a worthy record to revisit, especially that amazing first half – and yes
“Freak Scene,” “No Bones,” “They Always Come” and “Let It Ride” all sounded awesome.
For the set-ending “Don’t” (the one that Barlow sings, where he screams “Why
don’t you like me?!” over and over again) he asked if anyone from the crowd
wanted to come up and sing…and asked …and kept
asking. He then said it had to be someone who looked like him and finally a
thin, bespectacled kid came up and shredded his vocals for about 15 minutes
which was our cue to head home.


The night was as
a good as advertised though, two bands in their prime 25 years both came back
and showed the kids they can still deliver. And they did. And hopefully will again.



Radio Birdman Reissues, Box Set Due?


Slew of unreleased
material being eyed, along with a classic live concert and possibly a DVD.


By Fred Mills


Along with the recent arrival in the mail of concert
recording Radio Birdman Live in Texas (go here to read the BLURT review), we were chuffed to get word that 2012
promises to bring a slew of Birdman archival releases. According to Career
Records and Crying Sun, “ultimate reissues” of the group’s early records – 1976’s
Burn My Eye EP, 1977’s Radios Appear and 1981’s Living Eyes – that will feature fresh
mixes from the original master tapes.


Also slated for inclusion: “20+ studio outtakes as well as a
superlative 70 minutes of their historic December 1977 Paddington Town Hall
concert.” All this is previous unreleased (much of it has eluded bootleggers as
well, although the Paddington show surfaces from time to time in varying
quality), and hopes are for a DVD boasting “vintage footage.” Plans are for a
limited edition box set collection all this material at first, followed by
individual releases.


Read: New Dave Grohl Biography


This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl,
published by Da Capo Press, offers both a journalistic and fan perspective on
the Nirvana/Foo Fighters icon, along with a keen eye for detail and context.


By John B. Moore

Foo Fighters frontman and
former Nirvana/Scream drummer Dave Grohl is the closest thing we have to a real
rock star nowadays.


Sure, he doesn’t leave
trashed hotel rooms in his wake (that’s so ‘70s), and groupie love ended years
ago now that Grohl is married and father of two little girls living in
suburbia, but he can still electrify a stadium like Freddie Mercury in his
prime. He’s got the musical knowledge of a used record store clerk and is
ballsy enough to put out a dark metal album with folks like King Diamond and
Venom’s frontman at the near height of his popularity. It’s hard to picture
Coldplay’s Chris Martin pulling that one off.


He has a well-documented reputation
as being the nicest guy in rock, but as This
is a Call
shows, his rise to the rock star stage has had more than a few
pitfalls including strained relationships with former band members, ODs (not
his own) and near breakups.   


UK journalist Paul Brannigan
has spent years interviewing Grohl from the early stages of Foo Fighters up
through their massive global success, so the book includes plenty of direct
quotes culled from years of conversations with Grohl, his band mates and former
scene buddies in D.C./Virginia and Seattle. While This is a Call is clearly about Grohl, Brannigan does a commendable
job of putting everything into context beginning with quite possibly the best
written documentary of the D.C. punk and hardcore scene Grohl was raised in as
part of Scream and other lesser known bands.


The Nirvana years are
obviously covered in great detail and while nothing too shocking is revealed
(Courtney Love was/is a massive pain in the ass, Kurt Cobain was not the easiest
guy to get along with), there are obviously some deep wounds that haven’t
completely healed over yet. There are some touching first person anecdotes
about the trio recording their seminal albums, but also some honest insights
into Cobain that would make you question the saint-like adoration he receives
after his death Grohl nearly quit Nirvana after Cobain, seeing how successful Nevermind was doing, decided to change
the agreed upon three-way split of royalties ensuring he would be paid far more
than his two other band mates. In fact, with this new scenario, Grohl and
bassist Krist Novoselic would end up having to pay back their royalties to
Cobain. (Pretty dick move for an anti-corporate rocker).


Much of the Foos’ story,
including tension with original drummer William Goldsmith and the hiring and
eventual firing of guitarist and one-time Scream bandmate  Franz Stahl, has been covered in the band’s
documentary Back and Forth, released
earlier this year. Regardless This is a
is still well-researched, passionately written book by an author who
is a clearly an unabashed fan, but still objective enough to give an
unvarnished look at a great band that has struggled through some rough waters
at times but ultimately righted the ship.  



Video: Tom Maxwell’s Occupy-Theme Xmas


Tom Maxwell (late of Squirrel Nut Zippers) & the Minor Drag invoke
the ghost of Marley – Jacob, not Bob – for bone-chilling results. Bankers of America, your
mission is clear.

By Fred Mill

Former Squirrel Nut Zippers
leader Tom Maxwell just released a brand new Christmas song “Jacob
Marley” (it’s on iTunes). It’s the first Christmas song he’s released
since the Zippers’ Christmas album back in 1998, and he also filmed a video for
it, recorded live on November 26 at The Murphey School, Durham NC. We at BLURT are big TM fans and are stoked to show ya the clip right here:


Tom Maxwell and The Minor Drag “Jacob Marley” from All Aces Media on Vimeo.


Here’s some info from Tom on the track:

“I wrote ‘Jacob Marley’ after the economy tanked and the banks got bailed
out.  It was a disaster – and ripoff – of almost mythic proportions.
 In the song, cultural icons like Brother Rabbit (a nod to the trickster
character Br’er Rabbit from the Uncle Remus stories) and Jacob Marley
(Scrooge’s dead business parter and spiritual benefactor in A Christmas Carol) appear but can’t
change the situation.  

“Extraordinary problems require extraordinary solutions, and I believe the
Occupy movement and the social and political consciousness it represents is our
last and best hope.  Jacob Marley may not come back again, but we can
handle this one on our own.”


Video credits:

Tom Maxwell – vocals, guitar
James Wallace – piano
Mark Simonsen – vibraphone
FJ Ventre – string bass
Evans Nicholson – drums

Engineered and mixed by Thom Canova; Filmed by Andy Coon, Blake Faucette and
Nic Beery; Edited by Andy Coon



Hall & Oates Phone Line Goes Viral


Hey, why not Dead
Kennedys? Or even GWAR?


By Fred Mills


You know, the one thing you probably forgot to put on your
Christmas list this year was a Hall & Oates ringtone, right? Right? C’mon,
folks, I know you’re out there – I can hear you humming “Maneater”…


At any rate, don’t laugh. As The Atlantic Wire reports, this week an entrepreneur established
the 719-26-OATES phone line, aka the “Callin’ Oates emergency hotline,” where,
we are advised, “you’ll be offered a handful of options
from the band’s catalog, such as, ‘To hear “Rich Girl,” please press 2,’ or, ‘To
hear ‘Private Eyes’ press 4′.”


Hoo boy. Er, no. Well, apparently overt 60,000 people said “yes”
as of Tuesday, which made the developer Michael Selvidge happy. He describes San Francisco based
Twilio company as offering an API for handling calls and texts, and this was
designed to draw attentioni to the startup. He told reporters, “I’m not trying
to make fun of Hall and Oates. I do sort of recognize the cheesy factor but I
actually do appreciate their music and I do actually listen to it and they are
one of my favorite bands. It’s definitely an affectionate thing.”


Incidentally, this doesn’t appear to specifically be a
ringtone-download service. As the article points out, calling the number just
allows you to reach the answering machine – plus, there’s no mention of whether
or not Hall or Oates or anyone associated with their publishing has approved of
or granted permission for any of this. So you’ll have to look elsewhere to get
an actual ringtone for your cellphone.