Monthly Archives: May 2012

Photos: Polyphonic Spree Live in D.C.


Tim DeLaughter & Co. came to Sixth and I Historic Synagogue – May 21,2012 – Washington, D.C. Special guests: Sweet Lee Morrow, New Fumes.

All photos by Tony Landa

(above) The Polpyphonic Spree

New Fumes opens the show.

Polyphonic Spree keyboardist Sweet Lee Morrow pulls double duty as opening act with a solo acoustic set.

Singer Tim DeLaughter and violinist Tamara Cauble of The Polyphonic Spree

Guitarist Cory Helms of The Polyphonic Spree

Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree

Jennie Kelly (left), Jessica Jordan (right) of The Polyphonic Spree choir

Tamara Cauble of The Polyphonic Spree

Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree

Cellist Buffi Jacobs of The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree

Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree

Oneohtrix Point Never Remix EP Due


Followup to/re-envisioning of 2011 album.


On 2011’s Replica, Daniel
Lopatin — aka Oneohtrix Point Never — turned a world of samples into one of
the year’s most acclaimed albums (it made BLURT’s Top 10 for that year;
read the review here). Now comes Dog In
The Fog – Replica Collaborations & Remixes
, a digital EP featuring
new edits and remixes of “Replica”, “Remember” and
“Nassau” by a handful of OPN’s friends and favorites. It’s available
digitally 6/12 from the Software Recording Co.



Listen To The Matmos Remix HERE




Lopatin approached Limpe Fuchs to contribute vocal and viola
parts to the album’s namesake centerpiece, having been influenced by her
1987 electroacoustic record Via. The parts were then handed
to Matmos to arrange, known most for 2001’s brilliant A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure, as
well as their production work on Björk’s Vespertine and Medulla records.
Another version of the title track features King Midas Sound’s Roger Robinson,
whose affecting vocal is set alongside a new arrangement by Lopatin


The EP also features versions of “Remember”, which becomes a
churning percussive ember under techno legend Surgeon’s direction. Richard
Youngs, another influential artist on Lopatin’s own work, concludes the EP with
a blasted, dirge-like vocal edit of “Nassau”.




Track Listing:

1. Oneohtrix Point Never w/ Limpe Fuchs – Replica
(Matmos Edit) 

2. Oneohtrix Point Never w/ Roger Robinson – Replica (OPN Edit)

3. Oneohtrix Point Never – Remember (Surgeon Remix)

4. Oneohtrix Point Never – Nassau (Richard Youngs Remix)



Tour Dates:

05/31/12 – Kilbi Festival – Düdigen,

06/01/12 – Ensems Festival – Valencia,

06/09/12 – Volt Festival – Sopron,

06/20/12 – Webster Hall  – New
York NY – w/ Liars

07/05/12 – Robert Johnson Club – Frankfurt,

07/06/12 – Roskilde Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

07/07/12 – Bloc Festival – London,

07/08/12 – Holland North
Sea Jazz Festival – Den Hague, NL

07/15/12 – Pitchfork Festival – Chicago,

08/10/12 – Helsinki

08/12/12 – Dockville Festival – Hamburg, Germany 



Report: Hugh Laurie Live in San Fran


from playing Dr. Gregory House, veteran British actor Hugh Laurie charms
legions of fans at the Great
American Music
Hall on May 27 by performing vintage American
soul music. 

By Jud Cost

It might have been a shock to some of the more casual fans of House, the
critically-lauded doctor show that recently ended its successful 8-year run on
Fox-TV. Its main character, Dr. Gregory House played by Hugh Laurie, doesn’t
really need a cane to walk about,  he isn’t addicted to Vicodin pain
killers-and he’s British, not American. He is, he admits, totally hooked on
vintage, soulful American music.

Now freed from a demanding television schedule, Laurie has time to follow his
heart’s desire, accompanied by the Copper Bottom Band, a six-piece outfit of
grizzled music veterans who can add baritone sax, bottleneck guitar, bass and
drums in all the right places to the ancient music he loves. Perched behind a baby
grand piano at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, Laurie drinks it all
in. “It’s such a joy to play in a beautiful old building like this,”
he says. “I only hope I don’t defile it. And let’s face it,” he
quips, “this could be awful.”

Of course, “awful” was never in the equation. For any folks who
wandered into the joint by accident, scratchy recordings of marches by Edward
Elgar and John Philip Sousa, as well as classic arias by Enrico Caruso and
light opera from Gilbert & Sullivan that warmed up the crowd, should have
tipped them off to what was about to happen.

The Cambridge and Eton-educated Laurie, who worked on dramatic productions with
Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry during his college days, got a foothold in
America from 1990-93 by playing Bertie Wooster to Fry’s valet Jeeves in PBS’
Masterpiece Theatre’s Jeeves and Wooster, from characters created by
P.G. Wodehouse.

House‘s roaring success has made Laurie a household name in the States.
Urbane and witty, the antithesis of his surly television doctor, Laurie strides
onstage to a thundering ovation from a crowd that had stretched all the way
down O’Farrell Street
and around the corner to see their hero. “Tonight has been billed as ‘An
evening with Hugh Laurie.’ That seems too suggestive,” he says impishly.
“I would have called it ‘A cup of tea and we’ll see where it goes.'”
As to his mid-life change of career, he says, “What if I’d said, ‘Now I’d
like to be a pilot for Delta Airlines.’ That’s not going to happen, although in
L.A. (where
he’s been living during the House years) who knows?”

“I should advise you, if I screw up these songs, just look at me and
listen to them,” he warns, pointing toward the Copper Bottom people. He
proceeds to knock it out of the park with a scary version of Louis Armstrong’s
“St. James Infirmary.” Afterwards, Laurie claims, “That song was
written about a leprosy clinic in London.
It’s always fascinated me that songs like these have the ability to cross
oceans and take on new meaning.”

Next comes a stellar version of “Crazy Arms,” the first song Jerry
Lee Lewis ever cut for Sun Records. Laurie even tries a brief Jerry Lee-style
keyboard schmear. Obviously in his element, Laurie  prefaces a sad tune by
12-string guitar legend Huddie Ledbetter with: “Leadbelly was so good he
sang his way out of prison-twice. After you hear this, you may say I belong in
prison.” If a gospel number attributed to Mahalia Jackson and a Buddy
Bolden song as interpreted by pianist Jellyroll Morton are less successful,
Laurie & Co. strike the mother lode with the Ray Charles R&B gem
“Unchain My Heart.”

Whingers might complain Laurie is just another Limey hijacking American music.
In reality, this isn’t much different than the Beatles, Rolling Stones,
Yardbirds and Kinks cutting their teeth on Afro-American-style R&B they
worshipped as kids from the likes of Arthur Alexander, the Cookies, Muddy
Waters, Carl Perkins, Solomon Burke, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. Laurie’s
just doing it later in life with source material dating back to the dawn of the
recording industry. Where he takes it from here is anybody’s guess. More of the
same would be just fine with me.


Trent Reznor: New Music “later this year”


No, he’s not referring to Nine Inch Nails

By Perez Mills

In the spirit of Twitter, we’ll keep this short and sweet: a few minutes ago Trent Reznor tweeted that new music is due in 2012  from his band How To Destroy Angels (Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mariqueen Maandig). No additional details. Here’s the original Twitter post:

@trent_reznor Getting the plan together for @destroyangels. You will hear new music later this year. Stay tuned.

New Dan Deacon LP En Route

New tune “Lots” already available for download at website.

By Blurt Staff

Dan Deacon has pencilled in an Aug. 28 release date for his next album. Titled America, it will arrive on the Domino label. Also, at Deacon’s website you can listen to new track “Lots” or nab a free MP3 download. (Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.) As the tracklisting, below, suggests, there is indeed an American theme running through much of the album – if so, though, why not release it the first week of July, Dan?

Guilford Avenue Bridge
 True Thrush
 Crash Jam
 USA I: Is a Monster
 USA II: The Great American Desert
 USA III: Rail
 USA IV: Manifest


Trent Reznor: New Music "later this year"


No, he’s not referring to Nine Inch Nails

By Perez Mills

In the spirit of Twitter, we’ll keep this short and sweet: a few minutes ago Trent Reznor tweeted that new music is due in 2012  from his band How To Destroy Angels (Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mariqueen Maandig). No additional details. Here’s the original Twitter post:

@trent_reznor Getting the plan together for @destroyangels. You will hear new music later this year. Stay tuned.

MP3: Hot As Sun Single + Remixes


New EP arrives June 19
on Last Gang Entertainment.


By Blurt Staff


With a “hot” new single, “Come Come” b/w “Come Come” (Tokyo
Club Remix), just out, L.A.’s art/pop duo Hot As Sun is gearing up for the June
19 release of its self-titled EP on Last Gang; a full-length is slated for
later this year. Listen to both sides of the single along with an additional
version of the song remixed by Teams:



Hot As Sun – Come Come by Last Gang Entertainment

Hot As Sun – Come Come (Tokyo Police Club Remix) by Last Gang Entertainment

Hot As Sun – Come Come (Teams Remix) by t e a m s



The backstory: “Hot
As Sun is an artist collaboration formed by Jamie Jackson (singer/musician) and
Deborah Stoll (lyricist/visual artist). It has since expanded to a full band.
After bonding over a soundbath at the integration in Joshua Tree, Jackson and
Stoll soon found they shared a love of weird sounds, magic houses, Pegasus and
bacon. Jamie wrote all of their songs on the omnichord and spent the summer
recording the music in her loft in downtown LA with musician WAZ. Soon after
music videos and live show projections were created in Deborah’s house in


EP Tracklisting:

1. Come Come
2. Only A Woman
3. New Town
4. Don’t Crowd Around The Light
5. Come Come (Tokyo
Police Club Remix)
6. Only A Woman (Blood Diamonds Remix)



Incoming: Kasey Chambers Covers Collection


Trove of iconic tunes that inspired the singer.


By Blurt Staff


Storybook is en route from Aussie songstress Kasey Chambers,
July 30 via Sugar Hill. The fifteen song release is a collection of songs that
inspired Kasey to become a musician. In her words, “this album is a collection
of songs and tributes to artists who have influenced me from when I was a small
child up until now. I can honestly say that I would not be who I am today
without the music from these incredible singer/songwriters and their


The album is the musical
accompaniment to her autobiography, A
Little Bird Told Me
, which was recently published by Harper Collins
in Australia. 
On Storybook, Chambers thumbs through
the songbooks of Gram Parsons, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, John Prine,
Townes Van Zandt and more.  She’ll also
have a brand new run of tour dates in conjunction with the worldwide release of

Tour Dates 2012

8-02     Santa Monica, CA –
Santa Monica Pier
8-04     Portland, OR –
Aladdin Theater
8-05     Seattle, WA – The
Triple Door
8-07     San Francisco, CA –
The Fillmore
8-08    Santa Cruz, CA – Rio
8-10     Alexandria, VA – The
8-11    New York, NY – City
8-12    Northampton, MA – The Iron Horse
8-13    Annapolis, MD – The
Ram’s Head
8-15    Dallas, TX – Kessler
8-16     Austin, TX – One
World Theatre
8-18     Lyons, CO – Folks

First Look: New Japandroids Album

Released next week on Polyvinyl, Celebration Rock is a
mission statement for the Canadian band.


By Danny R. Phillips


In my book, it is a good
sign when a record opens with the sound of fireworks ripping open the night
sky.  It is a signal to the world of what
is to come in the 35 minutes that are to follow: an explosion of distortion,
pounding drums, ear-splitting volume and stories of fighting against a mundane
life.  Japandroids’ Celebration Rock has that by the truckloads; the Canadian duo picks
up seamlessly were Bob Mould’s Husker Du and Sugar left off: Japandroids are showing,
without reservation, their allegiance to music built upon pop sensibilities and
the rotten teeth of punk rock.  Celebration Rock is their mission
statement and it seems to be written in all caps.



Japandroids – Jack the Ripper by Polyvinyl Records


Few bands blend the
sing-along wonder of bands like The Hold Steady and Against Me! with the
ability and prowess to make aggressive music with conviction and not just
present itself as Hot Topic sponsored bullshit. 
There is nothing contrived or manufactured feeling when listening to the
all too short Celebration Rock.  The Vancouver,
British Columbia duo (Brian King,
David Prowse) seem to revel in what could be perceived limitations that come
with the guitar/drums only setup.  Brian
King buries his guitar in fuzz and volume while Prowse deals out rapid-fire
rhythms.  Instead of being stuck in a
small sound they explode, telling great stories of fighting against mediocrity
and making the most of what life has dealt you, whether it is a royal flush or
the Dead Man’s Hand.


The album can be
exhausting with its full throttle blast through 35 minutes but that is ok, life
can be exhausting.  Like the band’s first
release Post-Nothing in 2009,
Japandroids sophomore effort is loaded end to end with great songwriting and
the joy they’ve found in their influences. 
“The House That Heaven Built” makes a racket like that you would expect
if Bob Mould had been the lead guitarist for The Replacements.  “Continuous Thunder” sounds like U2 with
much, much bigger balls, “Nights of Wine and Roses” and “Adrenaline Nightshift”
would have been right at home on Springsteen’s Born to Run.  Hell, they even
throw in an exceptional cover of The
Gun Club’s “For the Love of Ivy” as if to tell the music nerds out there,
“Yeah, this one’s for you.  We did our


Granted, Celebration Rock is not something that
has never been heard before but the name fits perfectly.  The album ends as it begins, with
fireworks.  Japandroids have a reason to
celebrate, to explode into the night because they have given world back guitar
driven fuzz rock with real storytelling. 
King sings “Still waiting for a generation’s bonfire to begin” on
“Adrenaline Nightshift”; well, my man, I think Celebration Rock is both the can of gas and a box of matches
they’ve been waiting for and I could not be happier.



Make Your Own Fisher Price Discs!


Back to the future,
eh? Listen to “Stairway to Heaven,” below – it blows the socks off all those silly Rockabye Baby albums.



By Fred Mills


We honestly don’t remember our parents giving us the Led Zep
platter, but “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” does ring a bell, as it should for
every kid who ever owned a Fisher Price record player – the kind that played
hard-plastic, grooved/notched discs in a manner that would have clearly made
Thomas Edison proud.





You can relive those tender memories now, sorta. As is
an Instructable user named “fred27” (no relation; but I am “fredIII”)
put on his thinking cap and created a tutorial on how to make 21st century
versions of those discs. According to Gizmodo, “If you have access to a milling
machine did you know you can actually create
your own custom discs
? Very few of us have access to a milling machine
which is needed to make these a reality, but there’s no reason the steps can’t
be adapted to use a 3D printer
instead, which are quickly becoming far more prevalent. He’s even created a
custom app
for creating whatever music you want on the disk.”


We smell an incoming trend with greater staying power than cassettes! Will
someone please create a copy of the Butthole Surfers’ cover of Sabbath’s “Sweet
Leaf” (complete with father-son dialogue intro) and send it over to BLURT?