Monthly Archives: June 2013

Here’s That Marathon Replacements Rehearsal Vid!

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Sorry Ma, forgot to take out the DAT recorder…

By Blurt Staff

Nine seconds through a plate glass door, courtesy the band’s official Facebook page earlier today. Hey, it’s the goddam Replacements! (Or at least Paul, Tommy and pals.) Sounds like “Alex Chilton,” which is appropriate, since that Big Star film opens any day now. Recall that the band will be doing some festival gigs this summer, too…

Big Star Film Opens Next Week; Tribs Mounted

Big Star film poster

Concert tributes happening in Chicago and New York this weekend in advance of the opening. Blurt, meanwhile, interviewed the filmmaker and sole surviving member Jody Stephens.

 By Blurt Staff

 The feature-length documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me  from Magnolia Pictures about Big Star opens in New York at the IFC Center on July 3 and will also be available that same day on iTunes and via most on demand video services. A special Los Angeles opening is also set for July 5 & 6 at the Nuart. Big Star tribute concerts in Chicago and New York are taking place this weekend, featuring Jody Stephens, the band’s sole surviving original member & drummer, in anticipation of the film’s release.

Read the Blurt interview with Stephens and filmmaker Drew DeNicola, by contributor Danny Phillips and published June 26. Among the nuggets:

Stephens:  Anytime anyone is creative, they are opening themselves up to being hurt I think so, we just happened to do something that worked.  It was valuable to me, we wrote great songs and it’s completed to me.  I feel good that people love it.

DeNicola:  To me, it seems that they actually succeeded at the real point of making music and the rest of it is just decadence and window dressing.

 

The film’s soundtrack was just released this week via Omnivore Recordings. The movie traces the origins and history of the legendary band from the late sixties with lead singer Alex Chilton sky-rocketing to stardom at the age of sixteen with The Box Tops and their #1 hit, “The Letter” to the serendipitous meeting of Chilton and local Memphis singer-songwriter-guitarist, Chris Bell; through the tumultuous recording of the group’s three landmark albums, #1 Record, Radio City and Third/Sister Lovers (Ardent Records); culminating with their implosion due to failed record sales, personal breakdowns and the tragic death of Chris Bell in 1978.

 Tributes this weekend:

06/28 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theater – A Tribute to Big Star’s Third
06/30 New York, NY – Central Park Summer Stage: A Tribute to Big Star’s Third

 Openings next week:
07/03 New York, NY – IFC Center – film opening *
07/05 & 07/06 Los Angeles, CA – Nuart Theater – film opening #
07/10 Detroit, MI – Magic Bag – film opening
07/12 Memphis, TN – Ridgeway – film opening
07/12 Nashville, TN – The Belcourt – film opening
07/12 Minneapolis, MN – Lagoon Cinema – film opening
07/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Hollywood Theater – film opening
07/13 Montreal, QC – La Salla Rossa – film opening
07/13 & 07/17 Chicago, IL – Music Box – film opening
07/19 San Francisco, CA – Roxie – film opening
07/19 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Art – film opening
07/19 Seattle, WA – The Grand Illusion Cinema – film opening
07/19 Miami, FL – The O Theater – film opening
07/19 Cambridge, MA – The Brattle – film opening
07/20 Portland, OR – Hollywood Theater – film opening

07/21 & 07/22 Austin, TX – Alamo Ritz – film opening
07/25 Portland, ME – Space Gallery – film opening
07/26 Dallas, TX – Texas Theater – film opening
07/26 Denver, CO – Sie Film Center – film opening
07/30 New Orleans, LA – Contemporary Arts Center – film opening
08/03 Jacksonville, FL – The Sun-Ray – film opening %
08/09 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center for the Arts – film opening
08/10 Ooltewah, TN – The Barking Legs Theater – film opening

* = followed by Q&A w/ Jody Stephens & filmmakers

# = followed by Q&A w/ Jody Stephens & filmmakers, plus live acoustic performance from Jody Stephens
% = followed by Q&A w/ filmmakers

 

Video: Watch Joseph Arthur on the Leno Show

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Track from the amazing The Ballad of Boogie Christ

By Fred Mills

You might’ve noticed we’re kinda partial to Joseph Arthur around here… hell, our mountain bureau is practically a fanclub outpost! (Sorry, Alli, couldn’t resist.) But seriously, you need to listen to the new album, and here are a couple of prods:

*”Saint of Impossible Causes,” live the other night (June 25) on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show:


*bunch of cool videos from the album, ‘nuf sed, at this link…

 

MP3 Premiere: Powerkompany’s “Real Boy”

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Track from latest, very cool, album…

 By Blurt Staff

 Athens, GA, duo Powerkompany – aka Marie Davon (Venice is Sinking) and Andrew Heaton (Packway Handle Band), who joined forces in 2011 – serve up a uke-and-guitar buffet o’ goodness, and we are stoked to unveil the track “Real Boy” from their recent I Am More Than This album (available at their Bandcamp page). Check it out:

“‘Real Boy’ started as a song about Pinnochio, about a small wooden doll wanting to be a real boy. I wrote the song on lunch break, sitting in my car, dreading going back into work, and thinking about how I was a slave to my job. We all feel like puppets sometimes—that we’re moving for somebody else’s agenda, and in the song, the subject wants a completely new life. As the chord progression came together it really cried out for an early-1960s, almost Phil Spector-style production.  As the puppet starts to break free from controlling entanglements and really believe there actually can be a new, totally different world, the wall of sound grows and grows.” – singer Marie Davon

 Upcoming tour dates…

Sat, June 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Star Bar w/Photo Ops, Little Horn

Tues, July 9 –  Athens, GA @ Nowhere Bar (songwriters summit)

Sat, July 20: Columbia, SC @ The Art Bar

Sun, Sept. 15: Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge w/Detective

Meet New Zealand’s Ghost Wave

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Listen to track, below, from forthcoming debut album.

 By Blurt Staff

 Flying Nun Records will release Ghost Wave’s debut full-length, Ages, on August 27th in the U.S.  Ages is the first new release since the seminal New Zealand independent label announced their partnership with Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco) in America. Ghost Wave’s sound sits perfectly between the Flying Nun bands of the ’80s, the British explosion of the ’60s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee “Scratch” Perry. Check out new track “Here She Comes”:

 


The Backstory: At its inception, the brainchild of Matthew L. Paul, Ghost Wave was a project relegated to a small room in Auckland, New Zealand. Paul, along with collaborator Eammon Logan, self-recorded what became their self-titled EP; a collection of sunny and warped songs characterized by jangly guitars underpinned by motor-style rhythms and a unique melodic sensibility.  The EP caught the attention of critics, and with some early praise in their pockets, Ghost Wave traveled to the U.S. for shows in New York (including CMJ) and Los Angeles. They returned to the states several months later for appearances at 35 Denton Festival and SXSW; showcasing new songs along with an updated live configuration.

 Ages was recorded and self-produced in various studios around Auckland, New Zealand in six days. Thomas Bell (The Clean) engineered and mixed the record. Meanwhile, recently, Beck’s beer approached Ghost Wave about participating in their Record Label Project. As a part of the project, Beck’s hired designers to create multiple album cover artworks as well as to create an Edison bottle using a Beck’s beer bottle, which was inscribed to play Ghost Wave’s single “Here She Comes” like a 19th century phonograph cylinder. The fascinating video of how the bottle was made can be watched here.

 Ghost Wave just wrapped up New Zealand tour dates with The Black Angels. They will return to the U.S. around the release of Ages for a full tour including performances at the CMJ Music Marathon.

Stones Throw Label Mounts Summer Soul Tour

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Gonna steal back the soul, yo.

By Blurt Staff

It’ll cure what ails you: starting August 16 in Pomona, Peanut Butter Wolf and a posse of his Stones Throw label comrades -Dam-Funk, the Stepkids, Myron & E – will fan out throough the west in order to mount the first Stones Throw Soul Tour. If you are familiar with these maverick hip-hoppers and funk-fiends, you’ll have an insight as to what to expect.

Tour dates listed below – keep your eyes peeled for a Stones Throw feature coming soon here at Blurt…

08-16 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
08-17 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
08-18 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
08-20 Denver, CO – Casslemen’s
08-21 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
08-23 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
08-23 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
08-27 Oakland, CA – The New Parish

 

Woke Up This Morning, Got Myself a Doors Singles Box…

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And it will sell out before the hangover even hits…

 By Blurt Staff

 A 14 CD set containing all 14 Doors singles as they were released in Japan has just been unveiled to Lizard King acolytes via TheDoors.com. And unless you actually live in Japan, you can’t buy this anywhere EXCEPT at the Doors site due to export restrictions.

As you can see from the illustration above, each CD comes individually packaged with original Japanese artwork, and is fashioned to mimic the original 7″ Japanese vinyl packaging. According to the Doors, “This singles box set is the CD reproduction of all vinyl singles released by The Doors between 1967 and 1972.  As four of  [the] 18 US singles were never released in Japan, the singles box includes 14 singles.  Strictly speaking, this is the first time 17 of the 28 tracks are released [in] CD format. Since all the original singles were released by Nippon Victor (now Victor Entertainment Inc), the faithful reproduction of them has certain limitations, but we have managed to use the Elektra Blue Guitar-Man labels that were used exclusively in Japan.

Uh-huh. Well, it costs $99, fans…