Monthly Archives: March 2012

New MP3 from Translator’s Steve Barton

“Please” comes from
the singer/guitarist’s new Projector album.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Very pleased to unveil a brand
new track from Steve Barton, frontman for the mighty Translator, who has a new
solo album out next week.




Steve Barton “Please” by Howlin’ Wuelf Media


Projector was produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice co-founder)
and was recorded and mixed on tape. This record is made up of songs that Steve
wrote in the immediate aftermath of his dad’s death. “I went over to Marvin’s
house to play him some of the songs that I had written. He set up his 4-track
cassette machine and I started to play. By the end of the night I had played 18
songs. He suggested that we make an album, and that I play all of the
instruments. This was a big departure for me, as I have only made records with
either Translator or with my solo band. I thought about it over a weekend and
decided to say yes. We chose a studio where we could make the album on 2″
reel-to-reel tape. We recorded and mixed in around 5 days.”

 

Steve
has released four solo albums: The Boy
Who Rode His Bike Around The World
, Charm
Offensive
, Flicker Of Time and Gallery. The band for these albums
consists of Steve on guitar and vocals, Robbie Rist on drums (Robbie is
well-known for having played Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch – plus a long
list of indie music and film work), and bassist Derrick Anderson (he is also
the current bass player for The Bangles). They have been together for several
years and provide the perfect band for Steve’s post-Translator songs.

 

Translator features Steve
Barton (guitar, vocals), Robert Darlington (guitar, vocals), Larry Dekker
(bass) and Dave Scheff (drums).

 

[Photo Credit: Greg Papazian]

Flaming Lips & Friends for Rec Store Day

 

 

Somebody’s been
consulting their Screaming Lord Sutch albums…

 

 

In between one-off shows scattered around the world
in the past several months the Flaming Lips have still found time to record a
series of unique and experimental sessions for an album featuring a diverse cross-section
of heavy friends from every corner of the musical cosmos. THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS
includes vocal and musical assistance from such disparate playmates as Yoko
Ono, Nick Cave, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Bon Iver, Ke$ha and many more.  

 

 

Some of these tracks have already appeared on
previously released, extremely limited edition color vinyl 12″ EPs
released in past months, which sold out as soon as they became available. Most
of the tracks on the album are being released here for the first time and will
surprise even the most ardent LIPS fans.  

 

 

THE FLAMING LIPS AND
HEADY FWENDS
will be pressed on two high-quality, multi-color vinyl discs housed in separate
custom art jackets and poly bagged together. No two discs will look exactly alike.
This double album will be very limited and released exclusively for RECORD STORE DAY. Once it’s gone, it will not be repressed again making THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS the
most anticipated RSD release
this year.    

 

 

Tracklisting:

 

 

Side 1:

 2012 (featuring
Ke$ha and Biz Markie)

 Ashes In The Air
(featuring Bon Iver)

 Helping The
Retarded To Know God (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

 

 

Side 2:

Supermoon Made Me Want
To Pee (featuring Prefuse 73)

Children Of The Moon
(featuring Tame Impala)

That Ain’t My Trip
(featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)

You, Man? 
Human?  (featuring Nick
Cave)

 

 

 Side 3:

 I’m Working At
NASA On Acid (featuring Lightning Bolt)

 Do It! (featuring
Yoko Ono)

 Is David Bowie
Dying? (featuring Neon Indian)

 

 

Side 4:

The First Time Ever I
Saw Your Face (featuring Erykah Badu)

Thunder Drops (featuring
New Fumes)

I Don’t Want You To Die
(featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay)

 

 

As previously announced,
the band will also have this highly sought-after title available on Record
Store Day:
The
Flaming Lips
/ Mastodon
: “A Spoonful
Weighs A Ton” (7″ baby pink
vinyl single) The mighty Mastodon faithfully covers the Lips classic “Spoonful Weighs a Ton,”
from The Soft Bulletin album.

 

 

A2IM Nominations Now Open

 

Awards event takes
place in June.

 

A2IM is now accepting
nominations for the 2012 American Association of Independent Music Libera
Awards (“The Libbies”), the first award show for independents, BY
independents, taking place June 21st at New
York’s Le Poisson Rouge, and capping off A2IM’s Indie
Week 2012.

 

Nominations will be managed via a partnership with
Official.fm and can be submitted by all U.S. independents for the below
categories.  Additionally, the A2IM Libera Award for “Up &
Comer Artist presented by eMusic” will consist of two awards, determined
by two separate votes: one by the A2IM member community and another by an
eMusic member vote – giving both the music industry and music fans the
opportunity to choose the next breakthrough independent artist(s). 

 

Award:
Independent Album of the Year presented by Official.fm

 

Award:
Indie Label of the Year Award (5 Employees or less worldwide)

 

Award:
Indie Label of the Year Award (6 Employees or more worldwide)

 

Award: Up and
Comer Award presented by eMusic
 – celebrating the next
independent label superstar artist; to qualify artist must have total career
sales not exceeding 5000 full length albums or 25,000 tracks (combined)

 

Award: Video of
the Year

 

Award: Best Sync Usage – for
the most creative or most impactful use of independent music in a film/tv/ad
campaign

 

Award:
Music Supervisor of the Year 
– for the music
supervisor/licensing person who was especially supportive of independent music
labels and artists in the last 12 months

 

Award: Light
Bulb Award
 – celebrating the most innovative/creative marketing
campaign by an independent label or artist in the last 12 months

 

Award:
Road Warrior of the Year
 – celebrating the independent label
band/artist that worked hardest at their job in the last 12 months

 

Award: 21st
Century Award
 – celebrating the service provider or platform
that was most beneficial to independent labels and artists in the last 12
months

 

Award:
Creative Packaging Award (Physical or Digital)
 – celebrating
the best or most creative packaging – including bundled packages, premium
offerings or artwork/design packaging – from an independent label or artist in
the last 12 months

 

The A2IM Libera Awards recognize the growing support and
market share for independent artists by celebrating the accomplishments of
independent artists and the independent labels that support them.

 

 

Report: Joy Formidable/APTBS Live in Denver

 

March 17, while the rest of the explored
word was in Austin, two of the planet’s hippest buzz bands pushed forward into
premiere indie rock venue The Bluebird.


By Tim Hinely

 

A
Place to
Bury Strangers’ set was …well, loud; and part of it was played in total
darkness (while the other part was with a strobe going on). A.P.T.B.S. is three
mild-mannered looking guys form NYC who want to try and channel the energy of
My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain (but there’s more going on than
that though, I hear some space rock in there too) and do a pretty damn good job
of it. They played some of their new ep, Onwards to the Wall.  Well-worth checking out.

 

The Joy
Formidable is a UK buzz band (trio)
with a few folks who used to be in a band called Sidecar Kisses
(vocalist/guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd) and a now newer
drummer, Matt Thomas, who replaced the band’s original drummer.  In addition to the gong and harp on stage the
band set up a very nautical theme including a 10- foot tall lighthouse that sat
on a table on stage (and yes, it was lit up). The bleach-blonde, pixie-ish
Ritzy stormed around the stage, smiled at fans one moment and sneered the next,
crashed into her bandmates (someone once described her as a female Cobain) and
generally seemed like she was having a blast while bassist Dafydd stood solid
n’ steady and Thomas, sitting on the sideways drums (facing the side of his
bandmates) had a crazed smile on his mug most of the night while slamming away
on his kit.

 

They opened with
“Heavy Abacus” and proceeded to play a good chunk off of their latest, THE BIG
ROAR (including a killer version of “The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade”
and “The Ever Changing Spectrum of a Lie.” They kept
up the high energy for the whole set which included two encores, “Whirring”
(off said record) and a new song called “The Silent Treatment.”  As we critic types like to say, this band has
its chops down. They need to be seen and will most likely be in your town soon.
So go see ‘em.

Report: Matt Sorum’s Magnificent Seven Live in LA

 

The ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum
assembled a cast of pals on March 18 at the Stone Rose Lounge in Los Angeles to rock out
for Adopt the Arts.

BY JOSE MARTINEZ / PHOTOS BY GENE KIRKLAND

Musicians,
celebrities and friends of former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum came out in
support of his Adopt the Arts charity
program aimed to help fund art programs in public schools. The launch event was
hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch at The Sofitel Hotel in West
Hollywood.

 

The evening
included dinner prepared by celebrity chef Kerry Simon in his Simon L.A. restaurant;
a silent auction that included guitars donated by Billy Corgan and Slash, as
well as a custom made Fender guitar worth $5,000; and an all-star performance
by Magnificent Seven, which is basically an acoustic version of local super
group Camp Freddy in the hotel’s Stone Rose Lounge.

 

The band
featured Sorum on drums, guitarists Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison (Billy
Idol/The Cult), bassist Grant Fitzpatrick (MINK/Cherie Curry), and singers
Donovan Leitch (Nancy Boy/Camp Freddy), Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway/Slash)
and special guest Mark McGrath, as well as actor John Stamos on percussion.

 

 

 

During the band’s
nearly hour-long set, the evolving lineup of celebrity musicians tore through
crowd favorites such as the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Bowie’s “Suffragette
City,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” the Stones’ “Wild Horses” with ex-GNR guitarist
Gilby Clarke on vocals, KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Fly” with former
Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, who still managed to up the D.B. factor even at
a charity event, White Stripe’s “Seven Nation Army,” The Doors’ “Roadhouse
Blues,” Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta
Love.”

 

A clear
highlight for the hobnob crowd, which also included The Cult’s Billy Duffy,
Disturbed singer David Draiman and actor Jonathan Schaech, was former Deep
Purple singer Glenn Hughes, now with Black Country Communion, performing solo
and with the all-star band on Free’s “All Right Now.”

 

 

 

 

While many in
attendance may have come just to watch a cool concert or to stargaze, a
favorite pastime in Los Angeles,
their money definitely went to a good cause near and dear to Sorum’s heart.
With the Los Angeles
Unified School
District contemplating the total elimination of
funding for elementary school arts program for the 2012-13 school year, Adopt the Arts Foundation is dedicated to improving the
academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music in
public school students.

 

“Adopt The Arts has become the most important thing I am
involved in,” Sorum said. “It is so important that we don’t let the arts and
music disappear in our public elementary schools. Our kids need this outlet.
[Without it], this is an epidemic that will become a social and economic
problem down the line.”

 

To
learn more about Adopt the Arts, watch this short film directed by Rocco
Guarino.

 

Lykke Li & Friends Launch Record Label

 

An opportunity for creation, collaboration and compilation.”

By Blurt Staff

They’re calling her INGRID (the URL, however, is Ingrd.com) and “her” is actually a new record label. “They” are a collective of Swedish musicians, among them Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, the members of Miike Snow, and the Teddybears. (Via Pitchfork) A press release yesterday read thusly:

 

“Ingrid was created over numerous cups of pitch black coffee at
Mellqvist’s in Stockholm: a place where tall men, homecoming stars,
sailor boys, toddlers, seekers, and women so beautiful it hurts, come
together to discuss the indifferences of who you are and what you ought
to be…

 

“Beyond complaints of harsh winters and lack of a real good Mexican
joint, other topics started to swirl around the tables. Isn’t there
more to life than world tours, indie cred and empty pockets? Couldn’t we
be creating straight from the heart right to the people without any
middle hands? Is it not 2012?

 

“In a heartbeat, Ingrid was created. Consisting of members such as:
Miike Snow, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, Jocke Åhlund,
Johanna Beckman, Jonas Torvestig, and Tomas Nordmark, Ingrid plans to
offer a home for the new guard of musicians and artists. The opportunity
for creation, collaboration, and compilation sonically and visually,
Ingrid will provide in an unadulterated space.”

 

 


Lykke Li & Friends Launch Record Label

 

An opportunity for creation, collaboration and compilation.”

By Blurt Staff

They’re calling her INGRID (the URL, however, is Ingrd.com) and “her” is actually a new record label. “They” are a collective of Swedish musicians, among them Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, the members of Miike Snow, and the Teddybears. (Via Pitchfork) A press release yesterday read thusly:

 

“Ingrid was created over numerous cups of pitch black coffee at
Mellqvist’s in Stockholm: a place where tall men, homecoming stars,
sailor boys, toddlers, seekers, and women so beautiful it hurts, come
together to discuss the indifferences of who you are and what you ought
to be…

 

“Beyond complaints of harsh winters and lack of a real good Mexican
joint, other topics started to swirl around the tables. Isn’t there
more to life than world tours, indie cred and empty pockets? Couldn’t we
be creating straight from the heart right to the people without any
middle hands? Is it not 2012?

 

“In a heartbeat, Ingrid was created. Consisting of members such as:
Miike Snow, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, Jocke Åhlund,
Johanna Beckman, Jonas Torvestig, and Tomas Nordmark, Ingrid plans to
offer a home for the new guard of musicians and artists. The opportunity
for creation, collaboration, and compilation sonically and visually,
Ingrid will provide in an unadulterated space.”

 

 


Incoming: New Joey Ramone Solo Album

 

May release is
the belated follow-up to Don’t Worry About Me.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

On May 22, Joey Ramone’s second solo album, …ya know?” will be
released (via BMG Rights Management), eleven years after his life was cruelly
cut short by lymphoma. The tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and
unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade
and a half of his life. 

 

His brother, musician Mickey Leigh, executive produced the
project. “It was of the utmost importance to me that these remaining songs
of Joey’s be finished properly, and made available for the world to hear,”
Leigh says of “…ya know?”,
which is comprised primarily of never-before-heard songs written and sung by
his brother.  

 

But this is no half-baked grab-bag of odds and ends, and it’s also
a fitting, if belated, follow-up to Joey’s first solo album Don’t Worry
About Me
, which was recorded just prior to his death and released the
following year.

 

“…ya know?” – the title
refers to the phrase that was a ubiquitous staple of Joey’s conversation.

 

 

 

Among the people Mickey Leigh and Joey’s manager Dave Frey reached
out to in bringing “…ya
know?”
to fruition was veteran producer Ed Stasium, who was
behind the board for many of the Ramones’ greatest albums, including their
early classics Leave Home, Rocket to Russia and Road to Ruin. In addition to
producing ten of the album’s fifteen tracks, Stasium also contributed
instrumentation and vocals to each. The cast of players includes Joan Jett, and
Little Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar on “Party Line” and wrote
the album’s poignant liner notes, along with such notables as former Ramones
drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the
Smithereens, Richie Stotts, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, punk
survivor Holly Beth Vincent, members of the Ramones’ punk-era contemporaries
The Dictators, and producers Jean Beauvoir and Joe Blaney.

 

The swaggering album-opener “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is the
Answer” (co-written with Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts) will be
released as a limited-edition 7″ single for Record Store Day on April 21.

 

Leigh reflects “Over the past eight years I’ve been getting
barrages of emails and Facebook messages from Joey’s fans, wanting to know when
this album would be coming out.  So having it finally become a reality
gives me a feeling of triumph – not for me, but for my brother, and for his
fans.  And there’s not the slightest doubt in my mind that people are
gonna be blown away by it.”

 

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Announce New LP

 

The aptly-titled Americana
arrives June 7.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Neil Young and his compadres in Crazy Horse – Billy Talbot,
Ralph Molina, Frank Sampedro – submit their first album since 2003’s Greendale.
Titled Americana, it comprises, according to Rolling Stone, “classic American folks
songs” such as “This Land Is Your Land,” “Tom Dooley,” “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Clementine.” It was
produced by Young and John Hanlon. No tour details have been announced yet.

 

RS quotes Young as saying, “They’re
songs we all know from kindergarden, but Crazy Horse has rearranged them, and
they now belong to us.” A press release adds, “What ties these songs together
is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist. The
emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on
in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The
lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a
society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an
election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they
were written.” 

 

Tracklisting:

1 Oh Susannah
2 Clementine
3 Tom Dooley
4 Gallows Pole
5 Get A Job
6 Travel On
7 High Flyin’ Bird
8 She’ll Be Comin ‘Round The Mountain
9 This Land Is Your Land
10 Wayfarin’ Stranger
11 God Save The Queen

 

Report: Raincoats Live in San Fran

Daring (almost) all-girl, punk outfit
thrills its longtime fans at the Great
American Music
Hall on March 14.

 

By Jud Cost

 

Gentian
violet-tinted neon lights struck like arrows and glowed like electric
hot-plates from either side of the stage, illuminating the gilded frescoes of
the room, while what could have been bass patterns from British space-rockers
Hawkwind heightened the sense of anticipation. “Hello, sisters!” says
Raincoats guitarist and co-founder Ana Da Silva to a three-fourths full house
at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on a soggy Wednesday night when a
raincoat might not be a bad idea.

 

“This is a
really nice venue, isn’t it? I wish all the places we played were half as
nice,” says Gina Birch, bassist and fellow co-founder of the band that
formed in 1977 at London’s Hornsey College of
Art, describing San Francisco’s
post-Edwardian marvel. “Why people pay for some of the hell-holes we play
is a mystery,” she chuckles.

 

Ray Davies of
the Kinks also attended Hornsey, about 15 years earlier than the girls. His
song “Lola” is a highlight of the Raincoats’ self-titled 1979 debut
album on the Rough Trade label. By keeping the lyrics in the original gender,
the girls added a few extra layers of sexual ambiguity to a song already
complex enough to bring on vertigo.

 

Da Silva, with a
graying Beatles shag, is flanked by Birch on the right and violinist Anne Wood
on the left, both displaying ultra-big, piled-high ginger hair, similar to
coifs once sported by the Slits, another British all-female outfit whose
Palmolive played drums for both bands. Tonight, a male drummer, Vice Cooler,
never gets in the way of a front line that’s full of surprises.

 

The high-pitched
screech of one song, made by Wood’s violin mimicked by the voices of Da Silva
and Birch, blends with the occasional police siren outside for real surround
sound. Another number could have come from free-jazz icon Cecil Taylor if he’d
grown up playing guitar in Appalachia instead
of piano in NYC. No less an authority than Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten
once reputedly remarked, “All rock ‘n’ roll is shit, except for the Raincoats.” Kurt Cobain, also a big
fan, was reportedly eager to have the girls support Nirvana on tour, something
that, sadly, never happened.

 

But mostly the
Raincoats could be a thriving punk strain of revered UK folk-rockers Fairport
Convention. At times, the music threatens to fall apart, but it never does.
Someone is always there with a perfectly placed phrase to keep the unit balanced
on the tightrope. Birch, for example, will add organic echo to a vocal line,
not electronically but by repeating the phrase while diminishing the volume.
The best thing about the Raincoats is they are willing to take chances. This is
not a paint-by-numbers band that coughs up the same material every night, note
for note.

 

Lately, it’s
been a guaranteed good night out whenever one of the surviving Anglo-Irish punk
legends returns to the scene of the crime. Both Wire and Stiff Little Fingers
have played stirring sets here recently. Birch apologized for coughing during
one of her stage announcements by saying, “I haven’t smoked for 10 or 15
years, but it still comes back to haunt me.” Here’s hoping the Raincoats,
like a nagging cough, will continue to haunt the live music scene for many
years to come.