Monthly Archives: February 2012

Watch New Madi Diaz Video


Not just another pop video…

By Blurt Staff

Singer-songwriter Madi Diaz new full-length album, Plastic Moon, recently came out – check out the BLURT review. And
she’s about to hit the road with Rachael Yamagata. This weekend she unveiled a new video for the song “Gimme A Kiss.”

The story is that Madi didn’t want to do another singer-songwriter/pop video.
 She wanted to do the exact opposite.  And her brother, Max, is in a speed metal
band. So they teamed up with director, Erich Weiss, who had directed a film
about the history of tattoos and asked him to help make a speed metal video.



Springsteen Blitz Set for Fallon Show


Don’t expect a reprise
of “Whip My Hair,” however… which you can see, below.


By Blurt Staff


The Boss is back – with a new album, natch, plus a high
profile keynote appearance at SXSW followed by the kickoff of a tour (in Atlanta, March 18). Prior
to all that, however, he’ll be a weeklong fixture (of sorts) on the Late Night
With Jimmy Fallon show next week.
Rolling Stone reports that on Monday (Feb. 27) the E Street Band will do a pair
of songs, and then on Friday (March 2) Springsteen will perform and sit for an
interview as that night’s only guest.


Meanwhile, on Tuesday Kenny Chesney will do a live version
of Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” and on Thursday Elvis Costello will drop in to
do “Brilliant Disguise” with the Roots. Keep watching the Fallon show website find out what they are cooking up for


In November of 2010 The Boss appeared on the program for an
interview and several songs, including the infamous Bruce-Fallon (as “Neil
Young”) cover of “Whip My Hair.” Unfortunately NBC-Universal has forced most of
the sites that posted the clips to take ‘em down (such as at The Audio Perv) –
but if you are diligent and know where to look, you’ll be able to find ‘em.
Like here:



Greg Dulli Curates I’ll Be Your Mirror

With the Afghan Whigs
headlining, natch.


By Blurt Staff


ATP returns to Asbury Park, New Jersey, on Sept. 21-23 with a new I’ll Be Your Mirror event, the
Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have
reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli.


Also on the bill: Louis C.K. The Roots, Jose Gonzalez and
the reunited The Make-Up. See below for the lineup.

After previous years in upstate New York, ATP
moved to the iconic Asbury Park
waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I’ll Be Your Mirror event co-curated
& headlined by Portishead. Once again the ATP experience will be taking
over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and
Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel.

Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and The Criterion Collection will return to
run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other
activities to be confirmed in the months ahead.

Chosen by Greg Dulli
(The Afghan Whigs):

THE DIRTBOMBS performing Ultraglide In Black

+ more to be confirmed

Chosen by ATP:

(reforming for IBYM)

+ more to be confirmed


Tickets go on sale this Monday 27 February at 10am EST via



MP3: New Spiritualized Track


The road to recovery
has been fraught, to say the least. Check tour dates, below. And yes, that is the new album sleeve, above.


By Blurt Staff


As previously announced, Spiritualized’s Jason Spaceman
has his 7th studio album Sweet
Heart Sweet Light
 will be released on Fat
Possum on April 17th. The three years since
the release of 2008’s acclaimed Songs
In A&E
 were some of the roughest imaginable for Jason.


After a near death from double pneumonia in 2005 it was a
slow road to recovery, a process he touched upon on with great grace on the
last album. His return to full health saw him release Songs In A&E and
mount critically lauded performances of his 1997 game-changer Ladies And Gentlemen….We Are Floating In
 on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, shortly after recording Sweet
Heart Sweet Light
 – in far flung locales such as Los Angeles, Reykavik
and Wales – Jason found himself weakened by a degenerative liver disease and
was subjected to six months of chemo treatment, a procedure that left him
virtually housebound while he mixed the album. 


 In a classic case of
triumph over tribulation, the resulting album is Spiritualized at their most
vibrant. First track available from the album is the impressive opener “Hey
Jane”, an energetic 8+ minutes of rousing organ, glittering guitar fuzz and
swirling choirs:



Spiritualized ‘Hey Jane’ by Spiritualized


The album also features a first for Spiritualized: Jason is
joined by his 11 year old daughter Poppy Spaceman on the starkly
beautiful closer “So Long You Pretty Thing” for which she also has a writing
credit for the opening couplet. Elsewhere on the album is “I Am What I Am”
which was co-written by Jason and “Mac” Rebennack, aka Dr John. 


Spiritualized North
American Tour Dates:


05/02/12 Wed – Minneapolis
MN @ First Avenue

05/03/12 Thu – Chicago,
IL @ Metro

05/04/12 Fri – Detroit,
MI @ The Majestic Theatre

05/05/12 Sat – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix

05/07/12 Mon – New
York, NY @ Terminal 5

05/09/12 Wed – Boston, MA @ Paradise

05/10/12 Thu – Washington,
DC @ The 9:30 Club

05/11/12 Fri – Philadelphia,
PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts

05/12/12 Sat – Carrboro,
NC @ Cat’s Cradle

05/13/12 Sun – Atlanta,
GA @ The Variety Playhouse

05/15/12 Tue – Dallas,
TX @ The Granada Theatre

05/16/12 Wed – Austin,
TX @ Emo’s East

05/18/12 Fri – Tucson
AZ @ The Rialto Theatre

05/19/12 Sat – Phoenix
AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

05/20/12 Sun – San
Diego CA @ Belly Up

05/22/12 Tue – Los
Angeles CA @ The

05/23/12 Wed – San
Francisco CA @ The

05/25/12 Fri – Portland
OR @ The Wonder Ballroom

05/26/12 Sat – Vancouver
BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre



Sweet Heart Sweet
Light Tracklist:


1. Hey Jane 
6. Freedom

2. Little
7. I Am What I Am

3. Get What
8. Mary

4. Too
9. Life Is A Problem

5. Heading For The
10. So Long You Pretty Things       


Domino Flexi Zine + Real Estate MP3


Bands with tracks
include Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, John Maus, and Villagers.


By Blurt Staff


Domino and Ribbon are teaming up for Smugglers Way, a fanzine featuring FIVE (count ‘em, 5) individual,
multi-colored flexi discs of unreleased, exclusive songs from Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs,
John Maus
, and Villagers. It’s
being produced for the upcoming Record Store Day in April.


The zine comprises 24 pages of original art and prose from
Domino and Ribbon artists.  Highlights
include a short story penned by James Yorkston; a long form poem by Laura
Marling; short form pieces by Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Ade Blackburn (Clinic),
and Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts); illustrations from Alison Mosshart (The Kills),
Andrea Estella (Twin Sister) and Jon Hopkins; photography from Jana Hunter (Lower
Dens), and an original arranged score of music by Owen Pallett.  Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice designed the
cover and Rob Carmichael at SEEN is responsible for the art direction and layout.  


Listen to the previously unreleased Real Estate track “In
My Car”:



Real Estate – In My Car (Smugglers Way FlexiZine) by DominoRecordCo



The full track list is
as follows:


Dirty Projectors – “You Against The Larger World”

Real Estate – “In My Car”

Cass McCombs – “Teachers”

John Maus – “No Title (Molly)”

Villagers – “Shards”


BLURT Heads to Austin March 14-17


It’s the most magical
time of the year, natch…


By Blurt Staff


Blurt Magazine will of course once again be front and center
and attending the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas, from March 14-17,
2012.  Our editors and writers will be running around town during the week
to keep you informed of all things happening in Austin during the week.


We are extremely excited to announce our annual Day Party
along with our partner, Dogfish Head.  This year’s lineup is completely
insane, we are extremely excited to have all of these bands participating and
expect this to be the best year ever. We cannot stress enough the important of
getting to the venue early, as last year we had a line out the door for over an
hour all day long.  It will be difficult to get in so if you push it and
come too soon to your favorite bands performance we cannot guarantee entry.





Here is the schedule
for our Day Party:




Our Annual Austin,
TX Day Party

Location: The Ginger Man Pub

Address: 301
Lavaca St (at 4th)

Austin, TX 78701

This event is FREE!



 1pm: LA
2pm: Kevin Devine
3pm: The Ettes
4pm: JC Brooks & The Uptown
5pm: David Garza
6pm: Cotton Mather  



*Curated by Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Bros)

 1.15 – Jon & Randy (intro – couple of songs –
praise to all involved) 20 minutes

1.20 – The Upsets (featuring Tamineh Geuramy from The
Deadstring Brothers, Whitey Morgan, Mekons, plus member of Junior Brown &
Dale Watson’s bands)
2.15 Paul Burch
3.00 White Mystery
3.50 Joe Pug
4.40 Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
5.30 Garland Jeffreys
6.20 Rosie Flores
7.15 Deano & The Purvs

8:30 – Greg Humphreys (Hobex, Dillon Fence)
9:30 – The Record Company
10:30 – The Jigsaw Seen
11:30 – Loretta Billieux & The Dive Bar Pretties



 1pm: Parson Red Heads
2pm: Chuck Prophet

Modern Recording and Arbor Ridge Studios present:

New Sounds from North
Carolina (and friends!)
3 p.m.: The dB’s
4 p.m.: Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris, Matt McMichaels
(Mayflies USA), Jeff Crawford, and Skylar Gudasz
5:45-6:15 Amy Ray
6:30 Peter Case/Paul Collins (performing The Nerves, The Plimsouls and The
7:30 Ken Stringfellow
8:30 Fan Modine
9:30 Onward, Soldiers
10: 30 Jon Auer
11:30 Very Special Guests!



 1pm: Milagres
2pm: Jim White
3pm: Hobart
Bros. & Lil’ Sis (Freedy Johnston, Susan Cowsill)
4pm: The Wedding Present
5pm: Tommy Stinson
6pm: John Doe
7pm: The Bluebonnets (Kathy from the Go Gos)
8pm: The Defibulators
9-9:30: Ricky Stein & Warm Guns
9:45-10:30: So Long, Problems
11:00: Special Guests!
12:00: Allen Oldies Band




We also would like to
help sponsor/promote our fine friends at Bloodshot Records and their annual SXSW
Showcase and Day Parties:


Bloodshot Records SXSW 2012 official showcase
Red Eyed Fly  (715 Red River)
Saturday March 17th

7:30-8:00   Deadstring Brother
8:20-9:05   Maggie Bjorklund
9:25-10:10   Cory Branan
10:30-11:30   Waco Brothers with Paul
11:50-12:40   Lydia
1:00-1:50   JC Brooks & The Uptown


Bloodshot Records SXSW annual Yard Dog party (1510
S. Congress)

Friday March 16th, 2012 — starts crack-o-NOON

Sponsored by: Lagunitas, Blurt/Second Motion

 12:15-12:40  Southeast Engine (Misra artist,
Bloodshot distributed)
12:55-1:20    Valerie June  (Bloodshot friendly artist)
1:35-2:00      Deadstring Brother
2:15-2:40      Maggie Bjorklund
2:55-3:20      Cory Branan
3:35-4:00      Lydia Loveless
4:15-4:40      Rosie Flores
4:55-5:20      JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
5:35-6:15      Waco Brothers & Paul Burch


Kim Fowley is Gravely Ill


But he hasn’t lost his
dark sense of humor… as the video below demonstrates.


By Fred Mills


Say the name “Kim Fowley” to any longtime music scenester
and you’ll provoke a knowing grin – the guy who discovered/formed the Runaways
and was a close to rock ‘n’ roll’s version of a real-life Zelig has always
gotten reactions. Sometimes negative, sometimes positive, but never with


So the rock impresario and provocateur is, as a number of
people suspected, very ill these days. Awhile back it was rumored that he was
on death’s door, and that may or may not be true. What is true, however, is
that he posted a video clip two days ago to YouTube that shows him in the
hospital preparing to have surgery for bladder cancer recall. It’s grim, but funny,
with Fowley pledging not to be defeated.


Godspeed, Kim.


Rufus Wainwright Teaser + Tour Info


Hyped, but heavy.


By Blurt Staff


In heavy rotation at the BLURT yacht of late: Rufus
Wainwright’s forthcoming Out of the Game,
the Mark Ronson-produced platter due May 1 from Decca. Wait’ll you see what
happens when we put the good Mr. Wainwright on the couch with Contributing
Editor A.D. Amorosi. Meanwhile, here’s a teaser for the album and first single “Out
Of The Game”:





Wainwright, whose long-awaited opera Prima Donna opened in Brooklyn at
the BAM on February 19th, calls his new album, “the most pop
album I’ve ever made.” Collaborator/producer Ronson added, “It’s the best work
of my career.”  Uh-huh. Actually, we’re inclined to believe both of
them, based on the music in hand. Recorded in Brooklyn, New York
in the fall of 2011, the twelve songs are hook-laden, memorably arranged tracks
reminiscent of Rufus’ early work.   And in true diva-like fashion,
the spring tour itinerary is perilously restricted, so better jump on those
ticket websites pronto, kids.



Tour Dates:


5/9/2012 – Brooklyn, NY
5/11/2012 – Oakland,

5/12/2012 – Los Angeles, CA

5/13/2012 – San Diego, CA –



At The Drive-in: No Recording Plans


Strictly a “nostalgia
thing.” Oh, and the paycheck will be nice, too.


By Blurt Staff


Reports out of England yesterday suggest that the
previously announced At The Drive-in reunion not planning to yield a new album, despite a swathe of rumors that
accompanied the initial news of the reunion. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
told Kerrang! firmly, “Will
there be a new album? No, no, no. At The Drive-In is more of a nostalgia thing
– it’s songs we wrote when we were all in our 20s and we’re doing a couple of


So that’s that. There is a new album incoming on March 27
from Mars Volta
, however, and we’ll be featuring that other band
Rodriguez-Lopez operates soon.


Video + MP3: New Elfin Saddle


Ace material from
upcoming album…


By Blurt Staff


Steeped in the eclectic tradition of the Constellation
Records family, Elfin Saddle is set to
release Devastates, their third full-length, on March 6. The multidisciplinary
art ensemble offer, in the label’s words, “a dynamic and affecting cycle of
passionately-engaged protest song… Jordan and Emi, the group’s founding core,
give us this self-produced video for ‘The Wind Come Carry’ – the elegant and
reverent rallying call that closes this utterly unique album of unsettling yet
deeply hopeful DIY folk music.”



Elfin Saddle “The Wind Come Carry” from Constellation Records on Vimeo.




You can also nab a free
MP3 of the equally sublime Elfin Saddle track “The Changing Wind”: