Monthly Archives: July 2013

Watch Bombino Live at 2013 Newport Folk Festival


This one comes fully BLURT-approved, punters…

By Fred Mills

One of the most unexpected delights for me recently was catching African rock band Bombino opening for Robert Plant on Plant’s current U.S. tour. I already had their Dan Auerbach-produced Nomad album, but live, the band absolutely blew me away – thanks in no small part to guitarist and frontman Omar Moctar, who unleashed licks like the unholy spawn of Jimi Hendrix and Ali Farka Toure.

So it’s no less a delight to view this video over at NPR Music of a song from the band’s performance this past weekend (July 26-28) at the Newport Folk Festival. Dig it, below:

Listen to Shovels & Rope’s Live Set at 2013 Newport Folk Fest


Kicking ass and taking names….

By Blurt Staff

Over at NPR Music they’ve archived a pretty ace selection of performances recorded at this year’s Newport Folk Festival, which took place this past weekend (July 26-28). Among the best ones: our old faves (and alumni of our day party at last year’s Hopscotch Fesival) Shovels & Rope, aka Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent.

Listen to a stream of the band’s set right here.

Watch Video: New King Khan Track

King Khan

Album drops via Merge on Sept. 3. The BLURT reviewer notes, of an advance listen, “No one who’s seen Khan play would ever accuse the man of minimalism, so this must be the way he heard his music all along, slathered over with strings, bursting at the seams with big band blasts and blares… great soul has always been about the rasp as well as the smooth-i-tude, the sweat alongside the cool-ness. King Khan is, so far, pursuing a sound that is more huge than slick, and it sounds great.”

 By Blurt Staff

 Though often called the “wildest show on earth” and known for their spectacle of a stage show, King Khan & The Shrines aren’t afraid to mix their velvety pop and soul-infused, psyched-out numbers with meaning and seriousness evident through album title, Idle No More, named after an indigenous-rights movement, and plenty of songs about the state of the world we live in today.

 Consider album track, “Darkness,” which, as King Khan says, is about the “ugly beasts that must be tamed inside of us all” and also his “attempt to do something as real as Nina Simone.” Visually presented through the excellent new stop-motion video, written, directed and produced by Benjael Halfmaderoz/Hylas Film, the “Darkness” video is here:

Tour Dates:

 Wed. Aug. 28 – Luxembourg, LU @ Exit07

Thu. Aug. 29 – Haarlem, NE @ Dutch Garage Rock Explosion @ Patronaat

Fri. Aug. 30 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival

Sat. Aug. 31 – Jersey, UK @ Jersey Live Festival

Sun. Sep. 1 – London, UK @ XOYO

Mon. Sep. 2 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt

Wed. Sep. 4 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo

Thu. Sep. 5 – Brussels, BE @ Magasin 4

Fri. Sep. 6 – Vlieland, NE @ Great Wide Open Festival

Fri. Oct. 11 — San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Sat. Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Culture Collide Festival

Sun. Oct. 13 — San Francisco, CA @ Slims

Mon. Oct. 14 — Portland, OR @ Dantes

Tue. Oct. 15 — Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre

Wed. Oct. 16 — Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Thu. Oct. 17 — Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Fri. Oct. 18  — Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

Sat. Oct. 19 — Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Sun. Oct. 20 — Kansas City, KS @ The Record Bar

Mon. Oct. 21 — St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

Tue. Oct. 22 — Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

Wed. Oct. 23 — Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

Thu. Oct. 24 — Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop

Fri. Oct. 25 — Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

Sat. Oct. 26 — Toronto, ON @ Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Sun. Oct. 27 — Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe

Tue. Oct. 29 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Wed. Oct. 30 — New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Thu. Oct. 31 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Fri. Nov. 1 — Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Sat. Nov. 2 — Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Mon. Nov. 4 — Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Tue. Nov. 5 — Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

Wed. Nov. 6 — New Orleans, LA @ Siberia

Fri. Nov. 8 – Sun. Nov. 11 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

Tue. Nov. 12 — El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

Wed. Nov. 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

Incoming: New Sadies Album


Arrives Sept. 17 via Yep Roc, natch. Tour dates listed below.

 By Blurt Staff

 It’s called Internal Sounds, and its fresh Sadies. Any questions? Check out lead track, “The First 5 Minutes”:

 Recorded in Toronto, the 11-track album was produced by The Sadies’ Dallas Good (guitars, organ, vocals) and mixed by Peter J. Moore. In addition to Good, the album features band members Travis Good (guitars, fiddle, vocals), Sean Dean (bass) and Mike Belitsky (drums). Of the experience, Dallas Good comments, “There was a conscious effort to deliver a finished product that wouldn’t suffer from a deadline or budget. We recorded this record over a span of a year, in session for 20-plus days. By the end, we’d spent every dime we had and used up every favor. There is usually a sense of immediacy to our records, maybe because we make a lot of them. I didn’t want that this time.”

1. The First 5 Minutes

2. So Much Blood

3. The Very Beginning

4. Starting All Over Again

5. The Very Ending

6. Another Tomorrow Again

7. Another Yesterday Again

8. Leave This World Behind

9. The Lesser Key

10. STORY 19

11. We Are Circling

Tour dates:

 July 27                                                         Guelph, ON                                           Hillside Festival

July 28                                                         Guelph, ON                                           Hillside Festival

August 9                                                    Kitchener, ON                            Kitchener Blues Festival

August 10                                                  Kitchener, ON                            Kitchener Blues Festival

August 17                                                 Port Dover, ON                          Port Dover Roots Music

October 15                                                 Winnipeg, MB                         West End Cultural Centre

October 16                                                 Saskatoon, SK                                     Broadway Theatre

October 17                                                   Regina, SK                                              The Exchange

October 18                                                   Calgary, AB                       Commonwealth Bar & Stage

October 19                                                 St. Albert, AB                                             ArdenTheatre

October 21                                                Lethbridge, AB                                          Geomatic Attic

October 22                                                   Nelson, BC                        The Hume Hotel—Spiritbar

October 24                                                 Vancouver, BC                                      Rickshaw Theatre

October 25                                                   Victoria, BC                                          Upstairs Cabaret

Light In the Attic Preps 20th Anniv. Edition of Seefeel LP

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Arrives Aug. 27 on the esteemed collectors’ label. Reissued on double vinyl in an expanded gatefold sleeve, 1000 random copies will be pressed on blue wax. Listen to the track “Polyfusion,” below.

By Blurt Staff

Light In The Attic/Modern Classics, in association with Medical Records, is marking the 20th anniversary of a Seefeel’s Quique. The London quartet’s debut album (pronounced ‘keek’) is a dreamy confluence of dub, abstract electronic music and minimalist composition techniques, and remains a touchstone record in the ambient and shoegaze movements, comprising mostly instrumental music plus Sarah Peacock’s wordless vocals.

 It originally was released in July ’03 on Too Pure and has been described as “joining the dots between Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and Aphex Twin.” It came on the heels of the band’s emergence in London in 1992 and the EP More Like Space. Before long, they were carving out an entirely new sound. “There was a sharp shift to wanting to do something definitive, because this is what I began to respect in others — a sense of striking out, of urgency,” says guitarist Mark Clifford in the extensive liner notes by Dave Segal accompanying this reissue. Being a debut album, it’s one that finds invention in economy. Quique’s unusual sound was not the result of an extravagant setup or a loaded, state-of-the-art studio, even if the guitars and vocals especially existed in a universe apart from everything else happening at the time. It was instead recorded in an attic studio in Camden, north London.

Seefeel left Too Pure for the more electronically-oriented Warp Records after Quique, and with the move assumed a more severe electronic approach. For its invention, its unique sound and the brevity with which its creators pursued it, Quique represents a prized moment for fans of electronica. The album is notable not just for the artists and records that trailed in its wake, but for the effect it has on listeners too. Clifford once noted, “Quique was used with autistic children – I have letters from people [in Liverpool] saying they’ve used it therapeutically with children… And I’ve had letters from people who’ve given birth to Quique.”

“We were not afraid of any possibilities,” says Seefeel bassist Daren Seymour in the liner notes. “And in fact, we enjoyed challenging the status quo as we saw it.”

Seefeel CD

Star & Dagger Rewrites Book on Femme-metal Freakouts


White Zombie and Cycle Sluts From Hell gals descend into nihil…

 In conjunction with the release of their debut album Tomorrowland Blues, New Orleans-based female-centric rock/metal band, Star & Dagger are releasing a new video for the song “Freak train.” The video was made from live footage of their recent tour of England, and showcases the live show that they will be delivering in the US on their tour dates aug 1-10. The song is about a nihilistic ride through a world of brain- numbing monotony – and getting the hell outta dodge on the Freaktrain – “time to just say what the fuck!” the entire video was shot with gopro cameras by Chris Lee, and edited by Todd Perley.

The female-centric rock/metal band Star & Dagger will perform on all three U.S. coastlines at special record release parties, celebrating the release of their debut album Tomorrowland Blues. The group features Sean Yseult (White Zombie), Dava She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell) and comely newcomer Von Hesseling. They will hit the Gulf Coast in New Orleans, the Atlantic Coast two days later in NYC, and then the Pacific Coast to play San Diego and Los Angeles (where they will also shoot their upcoming video for the title track).

 Tomorrowland Blues features ten original songs. Dig it.

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Greek Psychedelic Grunge Punks? Fuck yeah!


What, you’d rather listen to Insane Clown Posse? Or look at Anthony Weiner photos?

 By Blurt Staff

 Slovenly Recordings discharges the much anticipated full-length, self-titled LP from Greece’s BAZOOKA. A severely crusty unit from Volos, and now relocated to Athens, Bazooka, who is perhaps the most savage crew of an incredibly corrosive rock ‘n’ roll scene that includes Acid Baby Jesus and Gay Anniversary, has concocted an evil, grungy stomper of an album that Slovenly deems worthy of the grossly overused title of “epic”.

 With just enough pop sensibility to keep it from being heavier than a death in the family, this surly, riff-heavy opus has been formulated for maximum distorto-crumble factor from a twin-guitar / double-drum onslaught with searing vocals as righteously delivered on their now classic “I Want To Fuck All The Girls In My School” single. But let it be known that the humor is null this time around – being the victims of a massive Greek financial crisis, there is no room for it.

 From the fully pissed off screamer “Mr. George” to the smashing ‘”Koritsi Stin Akti” (sung entirely in Greek), “Bazooka” also resurrects the out-of-print and sought after single on France’s Inch Allah label, including the mentally tortured anthem “Shame Take My Brain”. Saturated with fuzzed out rumblers from a dark place we dare not glance at, this record somehow yields perfect melodies trying to claw their way out of Bazooka’s decimated destinies!

Tompkins Square Releases “Live At Caffè Lena”


3-CD Box Set Available Worldwide September 24, 2013. Unreleased performances by Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Kate McGarrigle, Rick Danko, Anais Mitchell, Sleepy John Estes, Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and more.

 Nestled in the quaint upstate town of Saratoga Springs, New York is Caffè Lena, the oldest continuously operating folk music coffeehouse in the US. Opened by Lena Spencer in 1960, this tiny room has played host to influential artists across diverse genres of music; traditional folk, blues, singer-songwriters, jazz and bluegrass. Luckily, many performances were caught on tape through the years, offering the listener a thrilling seat inside this hallowed venue. “Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America’s Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013,” a 3-CD box set, the result of years of investigative research, contains 47 tracks, all released for the very first time, alongside previously unpublished photographs. Images include selections from the archive of esteemed photographer Joe Alper, who captured many iconic, intimate portraits from the folk era of the 1960s.

‘Live At Caffè Lena’ documents an important folk universe that was and is still happening in upstate New York, a story heretofore largely untold. The release of this collection comes at an auspicious time in light of renewed interest in the New York folk scene of the 60s as depicted in the forthcoming Coen Brothers film, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ The film is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk’s 2005 memoir ‘The Mayor of Macdougal Street.’ Van Ronk, a Caffè Lena regular, served as a mentor to many artists, some who would go on to eclipse his fame. His 1974 recording of “Gaslight Rag”featured on the box set references the Gaslight Café, a famed Greenwich Village venue that along with Caffè Lena was a catalyst for the folk music revival.

 Caffè Lena embodied the spirit of the folk boom, the era and its artistry, building a reputation as a hotbed of creativity and connection. It was also a safe haven and nurturing space for artists, its atmosphere cultivated personally by Lena Spencer herself. She would graciously house wayward artists, sometimes for months at a time. But she was not merely a host. She championed artists, from Bob Dylan as early as 1961 all the way through the 80s until her passing. Her passion for identifying and promoting talent is evident throughout this 3-CD set. That Caffè Lena is still open for business tonight is a testament to her legacy.

 ‘Live At Caffè Lena’ is an important visual and audio document – 40+ years of our collective music history unearthed from dozens of “lost” tapes – night after night, show after show, through the decades – captured on tape in a tiny room in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Producers: Steve Rosenthal (Three-time GRAMMY Award-winner, owner of The Magic Shop and The Living Room Music Club in NYC), Jocelyn Arem (Director of the Caffè Lena History Project)

Liner notes: Holly George-Warren & Robert Burke Warren, Scott Goldman, Michael Eck

“Live at the Academy of Music 1971”: The Band’s “Rock of Ages” Shows Expanded


4CD+DVD Collection Builds on The Band’s ‘Rock Of Ages’ Concerts, Unearthing Much More From the Acclaimed Shows in New Stereo and 5.1 Surround Mixes. Though. Available Sept. 17.

During the final week of 1971, The Band played four legendary concerts at New York City’s Academy Of Music, ushering in the New Year with electrifying performances, including new horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and a surprise guest appearance by Bob Dylan for a New Year’s Eve encore.  Select highlights from the concerts were compiled for The Band’s classic 1972 double LP, Rock Of Ages, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and remains a core album in the trailblazing group’s storied Capitol Records catalog.

 For the first time, all four of the concerts’ multi-track recordings have been revisited for Live At The Academy Of Music 1971, a new 4CD+DVD collection to be released September 17 by Capitol/UMe. Collectors have long prized bootleg versions of the event, but this is the first time that an extensive OFFICIAL version has appeared.

 The expansive new collection features new stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes, including 19 previously unreleased performances and newly discovered footage of two songs filmed by Howard Alk and Murray Lerner.  Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 takes a deep dive into The Band’s historic shows for a definitive document of the pioneering group’s stage prowess at the apex of their career.  On the same date, the collection’s first two discs will also be released as a 2CD set.

 Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 is presented in a deluxe, 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos, a reproduction of Rolling Stone’s original Rock Of Ages review by magazine co-founder Ralph J. Gleason, an essay by The Band’s Robbie Robertson, and appreciations of The Band and the set’s recordings by Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.  The collection’s first two discs feature performances of every song played over the course of the four concerts, and the New Year’s Eve soundboard mix on discs 3 and 4 puts the listener in the room for that entire legendary night: Uncut, unedited, taken straight from the master recordings and presented in full for the first time.  The set’s DVD presents the tracks from discs 1 and 2 in 5.1 Surround, plus Alk and Lerner’s filmed performances of “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” and “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show.”

 Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 is produced by Robbie Robertson, with co-producers Michael Murphy and Matt D’Amico.  The stereo mixes for the first two discs and the DVD’s 5.1 Surround mix were done by Bob Clearmountain, with the stereo mixes for discs 3 and 4 helmed by Sebastian Robertson and Jon Castelli, assisted by Ryan Nasci.  The collection was mastered by Patricia Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering.  The concerts were originally recorded by Phil Ramone with Mark Harman.

 Of the set’s complete New Year’s Eve recording, Robertson says, “This is like being there.  It was the final night; there was a thrill in the air.  We were excited about New Year’s Eve, and then Dylan joined us for the encore.  When he came out, we thought we could wing it, and wing it we did.  We thought, ‘We’re not gonna fall off this wire.’  That whole night had a bit of magic to it.”