Monthly Archives: February 2012

Kellogg’s Collaborates w/Tim Burgess

They’re magically
delicious! Melt in your mouth, not in your etc. etc…..

 

By Blurt Staff

 

You can tell it’s a slow newsday when cereal is topping the
headlines, but what the heck… Rolling
Stone
is reporting that Kellogg’s cereal company in England “has produced
a limited-edition box of cereal
called Totes
Amazeballs
based on a Twitter suggestion by Tim Burgess.”

 

Burgess, of course, is the lead singer for the Charlatans. His
cereal junk food of choice: a mashup of Rocky Road cake, Coco Pops Coco Rocks,
marshmallows, shortbread pieces and raisins. Wow, that’s pretty repulsive. At
any rate, we learn that only one box was actually produced for Burgess, who
told reporters, “I heard someone use the expression ‘totes amazeballs,’ and it
sounded like something from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I sent a
cheeky tweet saying I’d invented a new cereal and that Kellogg’s were
interested. But within an hour they’d got in touch.”

 

Yo, Kellogg’s – we’ve got a few under-12 kids in the
extended BLURT family, and we’re pretty sure we can come up with even tastier
ideas. Get in touch.

 

 

 

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
compromise.

 

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.

 

The Clean To Do Rare U.S. Tour

 

Not every day you get
some Clean in your backyard, kids.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Merge Records just announced that legendary New Zealand
band The Clean – which features Merge recording artist David Kilgour, natch –
will be undertaking a brief American tour this summer with labelmates Times New
Viking. See the dates below. And check out some tunes as well…

 

 


The Clean – Tally Ho by MergeRecords

 

 


The Clean – In the Dreamlife U Need a Rubber Soul by MergeRecords

 

The Clean on tour

* = w/ Times New Viking
May 30 Los
Angeles
, CA The Echo
June 2 Austin, TX Club
De Ville Chaos in Tejas Festival
June 4 Allston, MA Brighton Music *
June 5 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge *
June 6 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s *
June 7 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel *
June 8 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 *

 

 

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
shows.”

 

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.

 

Replacements' Slim Dunlap Suffers Stroke

 

Guitarist joined the band in 1987 for Pleased to Meet Me and was a mainstay until the ‘mats split in ’91.

By Fred Mills

Minneapolis paper the Star Tribune is reporting that Slim Dunlap, late of the Replacements and still a musician on the Twin Cities scene, suffered a stroke this week and is intensive care. Wife Chrissie posted the details at Facebook:

 

“Bob is in the SICU at HCMC. I am not going to sugarcoat this —
this morning he suffered a right middle cerebral artery stroke. He then
fell and hit his head, resulting in a left vertebral artery dissection
and a right subarachnoid hemorrhage.


“The good news is that he is sharp and aware, his speech is fine,
and all of the nurses and doctors have commented on his unique sense of
humor. The bad news is that he cannot move the right side of his body
and will be in for some serious rehab. They will be giving him more
tests tomorrow to determine the extent of the damage. I will try to post
updates as we learn more. Louie will be with him all night and I will
be back there tomorrow. We don’t need a thing but your good wishes for
his full recovery.”

 

Godspeed with that recovery, Slim.

 

Replacements’ Slim Dunlap Suffers Stroke

 

Guitarist joined the band in 1987 for Pleased to Meet Me and was a mainstay until the ‘mats split in ’91.

By Fred Mills

Minneapolis paper the Star Tribune is reporting that Slim Dunlap, late of the Replacements and still a musician on the Twin Cities scene, suffered a stroke this week and is intensive care. Wife Chrissie posted the details at Facebook:

 

“Bob is in the SICU at HCMC. I am not going to sugarcoat this —
this morning he suffered a right middle cerebral artery stroke. He then
fell and hit his head, resulting in a left vertebral artery dissection
and a right subarachnoid hemorrhage.


“The good news is that he is sharp and aware, his speech is fine,
and all of the nurses and doctors have commented on his unique sense of
humor. The bad news is that he cannot move the right side of his body
and will be in for some serious rehab. They will be giving him more
tests tomorrow to determine the extent of the damage. I will try to post
updates as we learn more. Louie will be with him all night and I will
be back there tomorrow. We don’t need a thing but your good wishes for
his full recovery.”

 

Godspeed with that recovery, Slim.

 

Women’s Christopher Reimer R.I.P.

 

Guitarist for much-admired Canadian band was also touring member of the Dodos.

By Fred Mills

Sad news for indie rock fans: Christopher Reimer of Calvary-based band Women passed away in his sleep yesterday (Feb. 21), reports Pitchfork (via The Calgary Herald ).

No cause of death has been announced yet. The guitarist was only 26 years old. Women reportedly broke up in the fall of 2010 in the wake of an onstage fight, but were later said to have simply gone on hiatus. Since then, however, the members have worked with other groups.

Watch Video: Obama Sings the Blues

The First Bro sits in with the King Of The Blues…

By Fred Mills

It’s steadily headed to “viral” status this morning (and has also been uploaded to YouTube by multiple users already): President Obama caught last night on video singing a snatch of blues standard “Sweet Home Chicago.”

At a big blues bash filmed by PBS last night at the White House, a star-studded band that included BB King, Buddy Guy, Booker T, Mick Jagger and members of the Derek Trucks Band serenaded the assembly, and then at the end Guy calls Obama up to the stage. Upon taking the mic, he launches into the beginning of the song, swaps a line or two with King, then departs the stage. Shades of the President’s Al Green serenade.

PBS.org indicates that “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” will be aired on this coming Monday, Feb. 27, on PBS.

Incoming: New Mynabirds LP

 

Listen to
the new single “Generals” HERE. Album is due Jun 6 on Saddle
Creek.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Following 2010’s critically acclaimed debut What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the
Flood
and a year on the road touring as part of Bright Eyes,
singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn teamed up with producer Richard Swift again and
emerged with GENERALS, a sophomore album fully armed. In place of the Zen
meditations found on the Mynabirds’ first album, GENERALS is filled with armies
of stomps and claps, sweeping full spectrum orchestrations, and moments that
range from intensely personal pleas to shout-out-loud protests with teeth.

 

 

[Read the 2010 BLURT
interview with Burhenn right here.)

 

 

GENERALS is both a protest record and concept album. It’s fueled by a full decade of Burhenn’s
political frustration and aimed at finding a revolutionary yet pacifist way in
a world where, these days, it seems warring comes quick. Musically you can hear
echoes of early PJ Harvey, politically-charged Nina Simone and Low-era David
Bowie. It gets down and hip hop dirty, flirts with African melodies and
rhythms, goes four-on-the-floor for all out dance jams and has plenty of
percussion. Burhenn even plays drums herself on a couple of songs, and a
5-gallon bucket in homage to DC
street Go-Go on another.

 

Lyrically, GENERALS sings the voice of the collective
frustration, then moves beyond that. “It was important for me that this
record made sense of my own anger and turned it into positive energy,”
Burhenn says. “I needed it to be transformative – of both the individual
and the body politic. It’s as much a meditation on Walt Whitman’s hope for America as
Gandhi’s directive to ‘be the change you want to see in the world.'”

 

The album’s name comes from a Richard Avedon photo entitled
“Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution.” Looking at
the portrait of upper class ladies in their pristine satin gowns, Burhenn considered
her own supposed eligibility to be a member of DAR and thought about what true
revolutionary American women look like. The lineage of women that have stood up
to injustice for well over a hundred years – women like Sojourner Truth, Rosa
Parks, Gloria Steinem, Naomi Wolf – they get their hands dirty. And Burhenn
wanted to pay tribute to that.

 

In conjunction with the release of the album, Burhenn is
launching a portrait project called The New Revolutionists
(www.thenewrevolutionists.org). In an election year when so much time, energy
and money will be spent on political contests, Burhenn wanted to shine a light
on women making a difference – often on shoestring or even nonexistent budgets
– in their own communities all over America, whether they’re making headlines
or not.

 

The Mynabirds will tour the US in advance of their album
release this March, including dates in the midwest, on the west coast, and down
south at SXSW.

 

Women's Christopher Reimer R.I.P.

 

Guitarist for much-admired Canadian band was also touring member of the Dodos.

By Fred Mills

Sad news for indie rock fans: Christopher Reimer of Calvary-based band Women passed away in his sleep yesterday (Feb. 21), reports Pitchfork (via The Calgary Herald ).

No cause of death has been announced yet. The guitarist was only 26 years old. Women reportedly broke up in the fall of 2010 in the wake of an onstage fight, but were later said to have simply gone on hiatus. Since then, however, the members have worked with other groups.