Monthly Archives: October 2012

MP3 Premiere: Big Dipper Returns


No less than Robert Pollard rates them the 20th greatest band in rock history, #19 being T. Rex, so who are we to argue? Track
comes from smokin’ new album, due in late November.


By Blurt Staff


The band is Big Dipper.
Bosstown-area superheroes who were memorialized with loving care by Merge in
2008 with the 3-disc retrospective Supercluster:
The Big Dipper Anthology,
No more memorials; the band – guitarist/vocalist
Bill Goffrier, drummer/vocalist Jeff Oliphant, late-era Dipper alum Tom Brewitt
on bass and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer Gary Waleik (with special
guest appearances by Commander Frank Borman and Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell
of the Apollo 8 Mission as well as some of the Dippers’ offspring) – is
returning with Big Dipper Crashes on the
Platinum Planet,
which will
be launched from the Almost Ready Records platform on November 27.


We’ve got a very cool preview track, “Lord Scrumptious,” right here:


BigDipper “Lord Scrumptious” by Howlin’ Wuelf Media


The 12-song album (reviewed in the upcoming print edition of
BLURT, by the way; our writer calls it “a solid addition to the canon of smart
pop…Welcome back, lads!”) boasts Big Dipper’s trademark
sound: twin vocals, ethereal harmonies, dynamic guitar arrangements by Goffrier
and Waleik (dubbed by some a “two-headed guitar monster”), Oliphant’s
powerful drumming and Brewitt’s melodic bass playing.


You don’t know Big Dipper? They
kicked off in ’85 following the breakup of college-rock legends Volcano Suns
and The Embarrassment, and lasted through ’92, and then with the Merge
anthology leading to some reunion shows, well… the rest is history. That said,
we can’t do all your homework for ya. Get on the web and so some research,


Peter Gabriel’s Real World Re-launches


Classic titles en route from Joseph Arthur,
Blind Boys of Alabama,
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (pictured above), Michael Brook and others.

By Blurt Staff

Since its founding by Peter Gabriel in 1989 – springing from the early WOMAD
festivals – Real World Records has evolved into one of the foremost and most
highly respected labels of diverse, world-class music from around the globe. The
label’s catalog now numbers nearly 200 titles, many of which have been out of
print for some time in the U.S.


Enter Real World Gold, a series of classic catalog re-issues
being launched this fall by Real World/Entertainment One — along with a string
of new releases. See a list of some of the initial titles, below.


About the new partnership, Real World label manager Amanda
Jones states, “Real World is delighted to be back in the hands of true music
enthusiasts. Over the last 20 years we have created what we feel is a unique
collection of diverse and wonderful music from many corners of the world. eOne
is part of the still-vibrant indie community in North America
and we are excited to be working together with them to keep the sounds of Real
World out there.”


The Real World Gold series kicks off on September
25 with two catalog gems by American artists — The Blind Boys of Alabama’s
first Grammy winner, Spirit of the
(featuring David Lindley, John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite) and
alt-rock singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur’s Come
To Where I’m From
– followed on October 2nd by genre-bending Indo-UK
songstress Sheila Chandra’s beloved retrospective collection, Moonsung. Also set for October 2nd
release is Go Tell It On The Mountain,
the Grammy-winning Christmas album bThe Blind Boys of Alabama.

On October 16, the label will roll out two titles from the late, legendary
Pakistani qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Mustt Mustt and his acclaimed collaboration with Canadian
guitarist/composer Michael Brook, Night

Two African releases are set for October 30 – Uganda’s Geoffrey Oryema with Exile, and Congolese star
Papa Wemba’s standout, Emotion.

Also coming this fall
from Real World are four new releases making their U.S. debut:

September 25: GUZO, the debut solo
album by young Ethiojazz piano prodigy Samuel Yirga

October 2: JUNKYARD HEARTS by Joseph Arthur – four EPs sold only on his 2002

October 16: IN TRANCE by JuJu – Robert Plant guitarist Justin Adams &
Gambian griot virtuoso Juldeh Camara, in their second collaboration

October 30: ADDIS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by Ethiopian all-star collective
Dub Colossus, the brainchild of Nick Page (aka Dubulah, of TransGlobal
Underground and Temple of Sound acclaim)

2012 Warren Haynes Jam Lineup, Details


Annual event taking
place this year on December 15 features Haynes Band, Blind Boys of Alabama,
Sheryl Crow, String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty and tons more.


By Fred Mills


It’s back – as has been for the past 23 years. The 24th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam will Dec. 15 at the Asheville Civic Center
(going now by the name of the US Cellular Center or something corporate like
that), and performing will be the above listed artists along with Anders Osborne
and perennial Haynes guests Mike Barnes and Kevn Kinney. More will be
announced, as per tradition, and there will also be the traditional pre-Jam Jam
the night before (Friday, Dec. 14) at the Orange Peel club.


You can read plenty of our previous Haynes Jam coverage
elsewhere on the BLURT site of course. Tickets for this year’s event are already
on sale and you can get ‘em along with more details at t

Sneak Preview: Blurt #13


It’s almost here…


We were tempted
to skip #13 and jump straight from 12 to 14 – but then realized that people who
claim to be “superstitious” are just pussies. So here we go: your first look at
the new issue of BLURT, due on newsstands in less than two weeks. Keep your
eyes peeled, and we’ll have more details about it in our biweekly newsletter,


By the way, a massive thanks to the dedicated staff, contributors and ad reps – plus design guru Jim Horan, natch – who made this possible. There’s literally no way we could function without them. Well, the 50 interns running manically around the office here every day is a plus, too, but still… Credit where credit is due, ya know? –Fred Mills, editor; Stephen Judge,

Video: Major Lazer making-of New Track


Catch ‘em on a handful
of in-demand tour dates this weekend and into next week.


By Blurt Staff


Major Lazer – Diplo, Walshy Fire & Jillionaire – are talking
to dancehall legend Johnny Osborne. In their words, “The 2 year Flux Pavillion
collab… hoping the Kingston
revolution occurs!”  Their new single is
“Jah No Partial,” out tomorrow (October 22), with the album Free the Universe set to arrive next
February. The group is currently in the middle of a guerilla run across America (tour
dates below).


 We’ll have an interview with the group early next
year, talking about all this and more. Meanwhile, check out
the “Making Of: Jah No Partial”:






Major Lazer Tour

Thu  10/25   Washington
DC  –  9:30 Club

Fri   10/26   Boston, MA
 –  House of Blues

Sat  10/27   New
York, NY  –
 Terminal 5

Tue  10/30   Las
Vegas, NV  –

Sat   11/3   Los
Angeles, CA  –
 Hard Haunted Mansion




MP3: Saint Etienne Remixes El Perro del Mar


“Walk on By” in a
luscious remix, the second of three.


By Blurt Staff


El Perro del Mar’s latest single
“Walk on By” was remixed last week by W. Pontonen (of Miike Snow), and now
there’s a version by Britain’s
Saint Etienne. A third remix is en route.



El Perro Del Mar – Walk On By (Saint Etienne Remix) by El Perro Del Mar



The song is from Pale Fire, out Nov. 13 via Control Group
(the album is reviewed in the latest print edition, #13, of BLURT). It’s Sarah
Assbring’s fourth album as EPdM, and she noted, in a press release, “In
this world, you think you have no reason to believe in love or in anything
much. Then one day, when you least expect it, a light appears on the far
horizon. It’s a flickering light, begging you to come, telling you to stay
away. It’s the pale fire. The promise of love and hope – all consuming and
elusive. Yet for a moment, it brings clarity in the darkness, future to the
ruins and power to the fight.” 


Here’s the original version of
the song:


Last Waltz Trib Concert Set for Nov. 24


Members Of Antibalas,
Dr. Dog, Vetiver, Warren Haynes Band And Others To Perform All 41 Songs Played
At The Original Concert. Actors From Mad Men, Two Broke Girls And House Of
Cards To Perform Spoken Word Segments Originally Performed By Lawrence Ferlinghetti And Michael McClure.
(No Word Yet On Whether The Great “Neil Young-With-Cocaine-Wad-In-His-Nose”
Scene Will Be Re-created, However.)


By Blurt Staff


On November 24 a star-studded lineup of musicians will pay
tribute to the historic concert and legendary film by The Band: The Last Waltz. Entitled The Complete
Last Waltz
, the concert will take place at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre
and will feature all 41 songs originally performed The Band along with a long
line of legendary guests in San Francisco on Thanksgiving night 1976. Here’s a familiar glimpse (courtesy of the
1978 Scorcese film):




Already confirmed to perform are Stuart Bogie, Jordan
McClean and Aaron Johnson of Antibalas, Dave Dreiwitz of Ween, Erick Slick of
Dr. Dog, Ira Elliot of Nada Surf, Andy Cabic of Vetiver, Alecia Chakour of the
Warren Haynes Band, Cass McCombs and more. (See below for complete list) Sam
Cohen (Yellowbirds, Apollo Sunshine) will serve as musical director.
Additionally, actors Michael Gladis (Mad Men), Beth Behrs (Two Broke Girls) and
Mike Kelly (House of Cards) will be on hand to read the spoken word portion of
the evening originally performed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael McClure
and others. More artists will be announced soon.

The concert marks the first produced by Golden Gate Presents, a company founded
in 2012 with the goal of mounting singular, once in a lifetime collaborative
music events bringing together a wide range of musicians. A portion of the
profits will be donated to the ‘Save the Barn’ fund to save Levon Helms’ home,
barn and studio, and to continue his popular Midnight Ramble Sessions.

“Golden Gate Presents is truly thankful to all the artists coming to
perform and celebrate The Band in much the same way The Band paid homage to
their influences in the original,” comments Ramie Egan of Golden Gate,
“It’s going to be a great time!”

Artists Confirmed as of Oct 19:

Stuart Bogie (Antibalas)
Jordan McClean (Antibalas)
Aaron Johnson (Antibalas)
Cass McCombs
Jocie Adams (The Low Anthem)
Joe Russo (Furthur)
Erick Slick (Dr Dog)
Scott McMicken (Dr Dog)
Dave Dreiwitz (Ween)
John Roderick (The Long Winters)
Ira Elliot (Nada Surf)
Ian Ball (Gomez)
Andy Cabic (Vetiver)
Alecia Chakour (Warren Haynes Band)
Marco Benevento
Scott Metzger (Wolf!)
Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds)
Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats)
Trixie Whitley
Blake Hazard (The Submarines)
Josh Kaufman (Yellowbirds)
Rob Burger
John Van Deusen (The Lonely Forest)



Kickstarter Pick: Tucson’s Billy Sed


He’s made music with local legends
like Rainer, Howe Gelb, Dave Seeger, Rich Hopkins, Dan Stewart, Van Christian
and many more, a founding member of a scene that produced bands like Naked
Prey, Green On Red, Giant Sand and more.


By Fred Mills


The beauty about Kickstarter projects is you don’t have to
even pretend to be nonpartisan – which, in the current political climate,
actually seems all the more valuable. So let this be considered a brief but
absolutely sincere endorsement from ye olde BLURT editor, okay? (I realize that
Kickstarter has become so ubiquitous nowadays that it risks attaining
jump-the-shark status among folks who tend to tune all the media and internet
static out, so apologies for adding to the white noise.)


I lived in Tucson,
Arizona, for 10 years, and for at
least 5 years before that, I had fallen in love with the music scene;
ultimately, the place got under my skin, bottom line. Among the musical icons I
encountered before, during and after my 1992-2001 tenure there was longtime
rocker Billy Sedlmayr. He’s one of the champs. Now, Gabriel Sullivan, another
musician who I have come to admire – after having lived there, but with no less
enthusiasm (read my previous profile of Sullivan right here) – is set to
produce Billy Sed’s debut solo album, and Sullivan along with some other
Tucsonans, including longtime BLURT blogger and contributor Carl Hanni, have
established a Kickstarter program to fund the project.


According to the Kickstarter description (which includes a smart video):


“Billy Sedlmayr has some stories he needs to tell, and that need to be
heard. For over three decades now Billy Sedlmayr has been deep in the fabric of
Tucson music, from his early days as an underage
musician playing dusty bars long since gone with punk rock pioneers The Pedestrians,
then playing with Giant Sandworms, laying down the blueprint for Tucson music. Over the
years Billy’s made music with local legends like Rainer, Howe Gelb, Dave
Seger, Rich Hopkins, Dan Stewart, Van Christian and many more, a founding
member of a scene that produced bands like Naked Prey, Green On Red, Giant Sand
and more.


“This project is the culmination of a now 2 year collaboration of Billy
Sedlmayr and Gabriel Sullivan. The two began playing music together in the
legendary Tucson
dive, The Red Room, and have since been working towards recording a solo
record of Billy Sedlmayr’s music. Gabriel will be producing the record and will
be recruiting his own band, Taraf de Tucson, to back Billy for the
recordings. The Create Co. (headed by Bryce Myhre) has been documenting
the sonic endeavors of Billy and Gabriel and will be filming the entire
recording process of the upcoming record.”


So there you have it. If you are intrigued, please check out the Kickstarter
and then direct yourself accordingly. ‘Nuf sed.


So to speak.

Watch Video: New Maldives Track


Short film directed by
Sandy Wilson, the track is from the band’s brand new release.


By Blurt Staff


“Blood on the Highway,” the debut video for The Maldives and
taken from the northwest band’s new album Muscle
For the Wing
(Spark & Shine), depicts the story of a man who struggles
with thoughts of exacting revenge on his father’s killer after having witnessed
the murder as a young boy.  Set in the dark edges of memory and
reality this short film is a collaboration from Seattle’s s thriving film and music
communities. It was directed/written by: Sandy Wilson (Undefeated,
Your Sister’s Sister, Wheedles Groove) and stars The
Maldives, Julian
 (Fat Kid Rules the World), Davidson
Hart Kingsbery
, and Richie Zapata.  It was filmed by Nathan
 (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister).




The Maldives “Blood On The Highway” from sandy wilson on Vimeo.





Tour Dates:

SAT 10/20    Seattle,
WA @ City Arts Festival/Neumo’s*

THUR 11/1   Portland,
OR @ Mississippi
Studios w.  Petunia & The Vipers

FRI 11/2       Yakima,
WA @ The Seasons Performance Hall
w. Kithkin

SAT 11/3      Bellingham,
WA @ The Green Frog w. Kithkin

THUR 11/29 Brainbridge, WA
@ Treehouse Café w.  Bobby
Bare Jr.


*The Maldives with My Goodness, The
Grizzled Mighty, and Davidson Hart Kingsbery





Read: New Peter Criss (KISS) Memoir


BLURT’s advice: pick up
the new Neil Young memoir and tuck this guilty pleasure inside that one when
reading it out in public. Out next week via Scribner books.


By John B. Moore


Man, Peter Criss must have just been seething behind those drums for
decades. Sitting on his stool watching Gene $immons do that creepy tongue thing
night after night between blood spits and fire breathing; checking out Paul
Stanley stroke his guitar between his legs like it was a six-stringed cock; and
Ace doing… well Ace doing whatever it is he does, but clearly drunk and
stoned  while doing it. Judging from his
new book Makeup to
Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss
(co-authored with Larry “Ratso” Sloman), Criss was one pissed off
kitty cat.



Makeup to Breakup doesn’t really blow the
doors of any preconceived notions we have of Kiss -those were all shattered
years ago by various books by fellow band members include Ace Frehley’s
contribution to the cannon earlier this year.  Criss rehashes many of the same observations
we’ve heard before: Gene Simmons is an egotistical man whore who loves women as
much as he hates showering; Paul Stanley can be just as bad as Gene, just
busier with all of the visits to his shrink; and Frehley loved his booze and
drugs. But Criss seems to spend a great deal of his book reveling in his
distaste for his band mates (Frehley gets off a little easier, as Criss
actually considered Ace a friend for a few years after they went AWOL from the
Kiss Army). He tries hard to paint Stanley
as gay, despite never seeing him with a man and even gleefully recounts Frehley
making out with a male friend on tour during the late ‘70s. There is a funny,
if petty, anecdote about Stanley
stuffing his pants (a la Spinal Tap)
on their endless reunion tour.


It is
also remarkable how oblivious Criss has become even when strolling down memory
lane. The sappy ballad “Beth,” Criss’ best known contribution to the band and a
punch line to many hard rock followers of the band, is a masterpiece in his
world and a feat he has tried to top throughout the remainder of his career (dammit,
it won a People’s Choice Award!). He also breathlessly recounts his time with
groupies, telling with no hint of shame, about stripping one poor girl naked,
covering her with ketchup, mustard and lunch meat before throwing her on the hotel
elevator and hitting the button for the lobby. Just chapters
later he goes on and on about how much he loves his daughter (clearly these
groupies are all orphans).


Much like
Kiss’s music, Makeup to Breakup is a
guilty pleasure. You know there are little redeeming qualities, but if “hard
Luck Woman” or “Cold Gin” came on in your car, you would make sure the windows
are rolled up tight and then sing right along. This book is a bit like that.
You may roll your eyes and shout “come on!” out loud while reading it, but you
can’t help but read every single page. 
My advice: pick up the new Neil Young memoir and tuck this book inside
that one when reading it out in public. 


Like many
of his former hard rock contemporaries that religious groups once pegged as
devotees of Satan (Alice Cooper, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine), Criss himself
closes the book relaying his recently-found tight relationship with God. If
these bands really did sell their souls to the devil years ago, Satan has
clearly dropped the ball as a band manager.