Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mountain Oasis Electronic fest 2013: NiN, HTDA, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar


Plus… drumroll… Neutral Milk Hotel!

 By Blurt Staff

 The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is slated for the weekend of October 25 – 27, and like its previous incarnation as Moogfest, it will take place in Asheville, NC, and capitalize on impending Halloween festivities. (Moogfest, of course, is slated to resume operations at a different time of year and is not affiliated with the MOEMS.)

 Nine Inch Nails, Bassnectar, and Pretty Lights will headline the three-day weekend, which also will feature a performance by Neutral Milk Hotel, who have not played live since 1998. Additionally, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum is curating the night of music surrounding the band’s performance, including special guests Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese.

 Speaking of Nine Inch Nails: a multitaskingTrent Reznor will also be performing with his other group, How to Destroy Angels.

 Other artists confirmed for this year’s initial Mountain Oasis 2013 line up: the avant-rock Animal Collective, electronic rock legend Gary Numan, Montreal-based post-rock visionaries Godspeed You! Black Emperor, producer/rapper and “trip hop” pioneer Tricky, the powerful collaboration between Zola Jesus and JG Thirwell which debuted last spring at the Guggenheim Museum, electro-pop diva Jessie Ware, legendary electro-producer The Bug, and electronica pioneers Silver Apples along with a sampling of who’s who of the new wave in electronica including Disclosure, Rustie, Chromatics, Robert DeLong, Jacques Greene, and Bondax.

 Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks, with some 50 – 60 artists slated to perform in October.

 Weekend passes for Mountain Oasis 2013 will go on sale Thursday, May 2, at 12 Noon Eastern Time exclusively at

Mountain Oasis poster

Details: “The Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is a 3-day music festival staged in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC. The vision and programming philosophy behind Mountain Oasis celebrates the creative spirit of musical exploration, along with the innovative spark that fuels all of the arts. Woven around the twin threads of contemporary electronic music and the creative use of technology – old and new – the festival features world-class musical performances by many of the greatest artists in contemporary music, along with talks, seminars, and panels by artists and others; interactive experiences for audiences; art installations and exhibitions and more.

 “The events all take place indoors, within easy walking distance of one another, in the heart of downtown Asheville – in venues ranging from the Arena and the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, both housed under one roof at the U.S. Cellular Center, to the world-renown music club, the Orange Peel; the beautiful performing arts space, the Diana Wortham Theatre; and in the intimate, high energyAsheville Music Hall. The mountain oasis that is Asheville provides extraordinary inspiration as a stunningly beautiful and unique setting for the festival. Both its rich cultural history and its current innovative vitality are inseparable from the Mountain Oasis experience.”

2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit Lineup (So Far):

 Nine Inch Nails


Pretty Lights

An evening with Neutral Milk Hotel and special guests Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese

Animal Collective

How To Destroy Angels

Gary Numan

Godspeed You! Black Emperor




Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell

The Bug

Jessie Ware


Robert Delong

Bosnian Rainbows

Jacques Greene Bondax

Silver Apples



It’s like Record Store Day all over again!

By Blurt Staff

 Kim Deal released here her second “Solo Series” 7-inch disc, “Hot Shot” b/w “Likkle More,” today (April 29) beginning at 12:01AM EkT. Only 1000 copies of this limited-edition, white-label disc will be manufactured, and will be available exclusively at  In addition, the tracks will be available digitally through iTunes, and other online retail outlets.

In addition, Deal’s first “Solo Series” white label 7-inch release, “Walking with a Killer” b/w “Dirty Hessians,” that sold out shortly after it became available, is getting its official release as a 7-inch disc with full sleeve artwork.  That disc is also available only at, and can be pre-ordered now.

Photo Gallery: Ultra Music Festival 2013


Below view selected shots from Weekend 2 @ Bayfront Park  3/22-3/24  in Miami,FL. (Pictured above: Snoop Dogg, er, Snoop LION, March 24…)

By Tony Landa

Sleigh Bells on Live Stage on Friday March 22.

Bloody Beetroots on Live Stage on Friday March 22.

Live Painting on Saturday March 23.

Fatboy Slim on Main Stage on Saturday March 23.

Ashish Vyas of Thievery Corporation on Live Stage on Saturday March 23.

Yeasayer on Live Stage on Saturday March 23.

Fireworks at Main Stage on Saturday March 23.

Deadmau5 on Main Stage on Saturday March 23.

Hot Chip on Live Stage on Saturday March 23.

Zedd on Ultra Worldwide Stage on Sunday March 24.

Ultra dancer gets wet at Main Stage on Sunday March 24.

Azealia Banks on Live Stage on Sunday March 24.

Major Lazer on Live stage on Sunday March 24.

Steve Aoki on Ultra Worldwide Stage on Sunday March 24.

Fans party at Main Stage on Sunday March 24/

Crystal Castles on Live Stage on Sunday March 24.

Swedish House Mafia on Main Stage on Sunday March 25.

UPDATE (webcast): Shoes Announce Selected Shows


Still on a roll after wildly successful SXSW sets…

 By Fred Mills

 Since we have just republished on the BLURT site contributor Dave Steinfeld’s lengthy profile/interview of power pop icons Shoes, it only makes sense to let you know that the band has a handful of shows coming up, including one this weekend. You can check out the dates below – and as you probably already know, Shoes don’t play out all that often, so these are special.

UPDATE: The Saturday show at FitzGerald’s will be streamed live – for free – via Gigity.TV, so tune in right here that evening:

 *Saturday, May 4th at FitzGerald’s Night Club in Berwyn, IL

 *Friday, July 26th at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI

 *Saturday, July 27th at SPACE in Evanston, IL

MP3 Premiere: Chandler Travis Three-0


Track taken from awesome new album This is What Bears Look Like Underwater.

By Blurt Staff

East Coast rocker Chandler Travis, late of the legendary Incredible Casuals and prolific by anyone’s standards, has been multitasking his ass of lately with the nine-piece Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Chandler Travis Three-0 and the Catbirds—the last two with new releases, This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater and Catbirds Say Yeah! respectively, both on Travis’ Iddy Biddy label. We have a review of the latter set to run shortly, while of the latter, contributor Mary Leary enthused, in a 5-out-of-5-stars review no less that compared the Three-0 crew to the mighty NRBQ, “Both Travis & Co. and NRBQ are versed in American roots music, most notably jump, R&B, and vintage jazz. And as NRBQ’s Terry Adams brought his experience of Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra to the Q, Travis channels a similar attenuation, resulting in what might be called avant jazz’s playful cousin….What you have is a collection of music so cumulatively beautiful that imagining its live impact is almost painful.”

We’ll ease the pain, then by letting you hear a track from the Three-0 album. It’s titled “Make the Small Things” and we knows ya gonna dig it…





Sundry Travis tour dates can be found at his official website. In May he’ll be doing gigs with both the Three-0 and the Catbirds.


Record Store Day Sales Go Through the Roof


But of course…

By Fred Mills

Those of us with one foot in the music journalism biz and one foot in the record store biz already knew this; we were on hand for Record Store Day this past Saturday (at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, NC), and sales went through the roof, both for the event itself and for the entire store’s history. (Below is the line of folks waiting to get in at 6 a.m. at Schoolkids.)



But it’s still kind of cool to have the national mainstream media to stand up and take notice: according to Rolling Stone, the above statement is indeed quite true.

 Sez the Stone: “Record Store Day sales reached new heights last weekend, with total album sales increasing by three percent over last year, and by 60 percent over the previous week, according to new numbers from Nielsen SoundScan. All of Nielsen’s Record Store Day figures take into account sales during the week ending in April 21st.

“Among the most impressive numbers were sales for vinyl LPs at independent record stores, which sold 200,000 units this year as opposed to 147,000 units last year, an increase of 36 percent. A total of 244,000 vinyl albums were sold during the entire week, and vinyl LPs also accounted for 37 percent of all album sales in any format last week. Fourteen vinyl albums sold more than 1,000 copies, as well, and 82 percent of vinyl LPs last week were sold at independent record stores. Album sales in all formats at independent record stores jumped 59 percent over sales from the previous week, while last year’s RSD week only saw an increase of 27 percent over the previous week.”

 Well, all right! See ya next year, punters!


 Meanwhile, industry pundit Bob Lefsetz weighed in today with an encouraging shout-out to the folks who shop at Record Store Day. Thanks, Bob!

 “THE VINYL REVOLUTION: It’s a hobby. Like stamp collecting. Albeit with a lot more press. Just because you spinners are yelling at the top of your lungs that does not mean the rest of us care. While you’re at it, why don’t you bring back dial telephones, typewriters, cathode-ray TVs, pagers…”  -Bob Lefsetz

Girls Against Boys Return With Tour + Track; EP Due


Listen to new track “It’s A Diamond Life.”

By Blurt Staff

Girls Against Boys have announced the release of a brand new track “It’s a Diamond Life.”  This is the first piece of new music from the band since 2002’s You Can’t Fight What You Can’t See album.  The postpunk/post-disco ’90s alt-rock mainstays have also announced tour dates both in the US and Europe. Their full world-wide tour dates are listed below.

Girls Against Boys formed in Washington, DC in 1988 and released 6 albums (including 3 on Touch and Go and 1 on Geffen).   They have toured the US and the rest of the world several times. They last played together at 2006’s All Tomorrow Parties in New York and Los Angeles and their last proper tour was in 2002.

A new EP of all new material is scheduled for release this fall.Tour Dates:

May 10 Lyon, France @ Nuits Sonores Festival

May 11 Milan, Italy @ Bloom

May 12 Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv

May 14 Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino

May 15 Caen, France @ Big Band Cafe

May 16 Bordeaux, France @ Le BT59

May 17 Clermont-Ferrand, France @ La Cooperative De Mai

May 18 La Rochelle, France @ La Sirene

May 19 Toulouse, France @ La Dynamo

July 18 Ostrava, Czech Republic @ Colours of Ostrava Festival

Aug 02 Katowice, Poland @ OFF Festival

Sep 11 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Sep 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Sep 13 Washington, DC @ TBA


Debbie Harry Bobblehead En Route

debbie harry

It’s every new wave fanboy’s wet dream….

By Blurt Staff

Blondie. The name’s Blondie. Actually, Debbie Harry. And now this punk-rock chanteuse is presented as a limited edition, hand-numbered bobble head. Debbie is rendered with her iconic white dress and golden locks. The doll stands approximately seven inches high and is cast in durable polyresin for stability and exquisite detail. 

With her two-tone bleached-blonde hair, Debbie Harry quickly became a punk icon. During 1976 and 1977, Blondie released their first two albums. The second experienced some marginal success outside the United States. However, 1978’s Parallel Lines (US No. 6, UK No. 1) shot the group to international success and included the global smash hit single “Heart of Glass.” Riding the crest of Disco’s domination, the infectious track hit No. 1 in the US and sold nearly two million copies. The follow-up single “One Way Or Another” reached No. 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The album was the band’s biggest success. Although it has sold over 4 million copies in the US, it has never been certified above the Platinum level. It was also the biggest selling album of 1979 in the UK.

Let’s review:

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Primal Scream Shed ‘More Light’ On Upcoming Album

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June 18 marks the band’s own First International label through Ignition Records; guests include Robert Plant, Kevin Shields, The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart and Jason Faulkner.

 By Blurt Staff

 UK mavericks Primal Scream – were/are they jangle pop, shoegaze, Madchester house, Stones/P-Funk/Motor City rawk or all of the above? YOU decide! – issue their first LP in five years on June 18. More Light, the followup to 2008’s Beautiful Future, slithers from the bleeding hearts of Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes and was produced by David Holmes (look him up, punks). It features guest appearances from Robert Plant (“Elimination Blues”), Kevin Shields, The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart (“Culturecide”), and Jason Faulkner. The other members of PS include Martin Duffy, Darrin Mooney, Barrie Cadogan and Simone Butler.

 Mainman Gillespie, on the rec: “I wanted to convey coming out of a dark time and into a good one…We always knew it wasn’t going to be a straight ahead, balls to the wall, high energy rock ‘n’ roll, two guitars, bass and drum record. It’s sophisticated, layered, cinematic and orchestral; obviously working with Holmes we were hoping to make a record more in keeping with that vision.”

 There will be a regular and deluxe version of the album, the latter featuring 6 bonus tracks. Tunes? You want tunes? Here we go:


2013 Hopscotch Music Fest Lineup: Big Boi, Spiritualized, Breeders…

Hopscotch Poster

In addition to the headliners above performing will be Local Natives, John Cale, Sleep, Earl Sweatshirt, Low, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Action Bronson, Matthew Dear, Oblivians, The Rosebuds playing Sade’s Love Deluxe, Califone, ADULT., Merzbow, Chatham County Line, Mikal Cronin, Pere Ubu, Marnie Stern, Pig Destroyer, Ryan Hemsworth, WOLD, Pissed Jeans, Matmos, Charlemagne Palestine, Wolf Eyes, Holly Herndon, Purling Hiss and Mount Moriah.

By Blurt Staff

Today the Hopscotch Music Festival announced the lineup for its fourth-annual party in downtown Raleigh, N.C., scheduled for Sept. 5–7, 2013. “Hopscotch is perfectly aligned to expand along with Raleigh, as the city continues to be one of the fastest growing places in America. We think we’ve established the festival as one of the city’s signature weekends,” said Hopscotch’s founding director, Greg Lowenhagen, in the official announcement statement. “We’re really happy to be part of the downtown community and hope to be viewed as a key part of the city’s ever evolving identity.”

Check the full lineup, below. The festival will be highlighted by two nights in Raleigh City Plaza: on Friday, Sept. 6, Big Boi will headline Hopscotch’s biggest stage. Future Islands and Gross Ghost will open. And on Saturday, Sept. 8, Spiritualized will end the night with their shrieking psychedelic gospel, while the Breeders will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their 1993 best-seller, Last Splash, by playing it in its entirety. The Lollipops open. Some 165 other bands perform in 14 clubs during Hopscotch’s three days.

Also, this year, locals include established acts Mount Moriah, The Rosebuds, Chatham County Line and Ashrae Fax, plus Double Negative, Ryan Gustafson’s The Dead Tongues, American Aquarium, Shirlette Ammons T4GB, Ironing Board Sam, Shannon Whitworth, Schooner, Loincloth, The Backsliders and many more. Among the new bands: the shambling country of Old Quarter, the electro thump of Body Games and the narcotic, futuristic folk of Sylvan Esso.

“This is the fourth Hopscotch, and I’m confident it’s the best lineup we’ve ever assembled,” says Grayson Currin, the festival’s co-director. “I believe we push some boundaries harder than we have before, with several experimental artists making some of today’s most bleeding-edge music on the slate. But that’s balanced with incredible pop and dance music, great old-time and country offerings, garage rock and our best docket of heavy metal to date. And this year, more than ever, we present a strong set of legends, coupled with musicians who could become exactly that.”

Tickets are on sale now through and Full details on tickets, wristbands, VIP access, and more can be found at the Hopscotch site.


Big Boi, Spiritualized, The Breeders play Last Splash, Local Natives, John Cale, Sleep, Earl Sweatshirt, Low, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Future Islands, Action Bronson, Matthew Dear, Oblivians, The Rosebuds play Sade’s Love Deluxe, Califone, ADULT., Merzbow, Chatham County Line, Mikal Cronin, Pere Ubu, Marnie Stern, Pig Destroyer, Ryan Hemsworth, Pissed Jeans, Matmos, Grouper, American Aquarium, Waxahatchee, XXYYXX, Charlemagne Palestine, Wolf Eyes, Mount Moriah play Miracle Temple, Mount Moriah and The Letting Go, Angel Olsen, Purling Hiss, Holly Herndon, WOLD, Richard Youngs, Torres, Night Beds, Houses, Big Black Delta, Jonathan Kane’s February, Gorguts, Amor de Días, Foot Village, Doug Paisley, Kopecky Family Band, ASG, Lapalux, Riton, Ken Vandermark & Tim Daisy Duo, Lonnie Holley, Nightlands, Pelt, Charalambides, Evoken, Inter Arma, Ashrae Fax, The Backsliders, Ex Cops, Helado Negro, Fat Tony, Sal Mineo, Slavic Soul Party!, SUUNS, High Wolf, Ex-Cult, Endless Boogie, San Fermin, Magik Markers, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, David Grubbs, Swearin’, Shannon Whitworth, Pharmakon, Dauwd, Cy Dune, Jeanne Jolly, Majical Cloudz, Golden Void, Malcolm Holcombe, Rose Windows, Leech, Daniel Bachman, Deleted Scenes, Overmountain Men, Alpoko Don, Whatever Brains, Dan Friel, UBT, OXYxMORON, Double Negative, Spacin’, Survival, Expo ’70, Broken Prayer, Cian Nugent, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, The Beets, High Highs, Gross Ghost, The Lollipops, The Kingsbury Manx, Toddlers, Protomartyr, Loincloth, Arborea, Water Liars, Libraness, Zen Frisbee, Cesar Comanche, Coke Bust, Speedy Ortiz, Drug Yacht, Ilyas Ahmed, Mike Shiflet, Alexander Turnquist, Ahleuchatistas, Villages, The Everymen, Sylvan Esso, Katharine Whalen, Jamaican Queens, Last Year’s Men, Dub Addis, Ryan Gustafson’s The Dead Tongues, Shirlette Ammons T4GB, The Dreebs, Plume Giant, Airstrip, Ironing Board Sam, Nathan Bowles, Schooner, Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team, The Shilohs, Solar Halos, Beloved Binge, Regina Hexaphone, Bitter Resolve, TONK, Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls, Morning Brigade, Prypyat, High Aura’d, Horse Lords, Turf War, The Human Eyes, Old Quarter, The South Carolina Broadcasters, Maple Stave, Melissa Swingle, DJ Paypal, Wichita Falls, Boyzone, Casual Curious, Ama Divers, Body Games, Estrangers, Noise Trauma, Black Zinfandel, Twilighter, Waumiss, Co., Midnight Plus One, Spooky Woods, Wool, Eros & the Eschaton, Late Bloomer, Saints Apollo