Monthly Archives: July 2013

Fuck Buttons Announce Tour, Blurt Mag Interview

Fuck Buttons

Yes, we said Fuck. Not F**k. Don’t tell your kids.

By Blurt Staff

Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power and Andrew Hung release their highly anticipated album Slow Focus today via ATP Recordings. The release marks the duo’s first self-produced record. As the band’s handlers puts things, succinctly:  “Once again abiding by their fundamental rule that “we must always be in the same room when writing,” what Fuck Buttons have created on Slow Focus is something that feels more close-up than ever before, a first-person view through winding pathways set against a frequently aggressive and constantly evolving terrain. It’s an ominously shimmering mirage that could only have come from their own volition.”

Well, all right!  They produced it at their own Space Mountain studio. “We’ve used producers as safety nets in the past,” says Hung, “but we’ve always had a very specific idea of what our music should sound like and so it became about following the logical path.”

Tour dates below, and meanwhile, watch for our FB interview, conducted by contributing editor Jennifer Kelly. In it, the band talks about getting their evocative name out to over a billion punters during the London Olympics (“We didn’t really know in what capacity our music was going to be used until quite late on in the day. We were as surprised as anybody else.”), the new album (“We didn’t want to have any external deadlines, kind of rushing us along trying to finish it. I think that’s made it possible for us to make something that we’re very, very happy with.”) and much more.

To the rest of the world: let’s work on getting rid of all those asterisks. Seeing postings that look like this: F**K Buttons is as lame as when the Butthole Surfers had to tour the UK under the name the “Buttonhole Surfers.” Pussies.

2013 North American Tour Dates:
10/09   San Francisco, CA – The Independent

10/10   Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar Ticket Link

10/11   Los Angeles, CA – The Echo – CultureCollide Festival Ticket Link

10/13   Mexico City – Corona Capital Festival Ticket Link

10/14   Chicago, IL – Subterranean Ticket Link

10/16   Toronto, ON – Wrong Bar Ticket Link

10/17   Washington, DC- U Street Music Hall Ticket Link

10/18   New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge Ticket Link

10/19   Philadelphia, PA – Voyuer – Making Time

10/20   Boston, MA – Sinclair Ticket Link

Ponderosa Stomp Announces Music History Conference – New Orleans Oct. 3-5

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 Festival Unveils the 2013 Music History Conference Schedule Thursday and Friday, October 3rd and 4th; Sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Ponderosa Stomp Record Show October 3rd-5th 

The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation is announcing the full schedule for the Music History Conference and details on the accompanying record show, October 3rd-5th at the Wyndam Riverfront Hotel in New Orleans. These daytime events are the perfect compliment to the Festival itself, which will be staged at Rock N Bowl. Record collectors and lovers of music history can shop for music and attend panels including The Standells, Swamp Dogg, Charles Brimmer & Richard Caiton, Maxine Brown and Chris Clark with Lauren Onkey of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Charlie Gracie with Deke Dickerson, Geno Parks with Michael Hurtt, Kent “Boogaloo” Harris and Eddie Daniels with Jake Austen, Chris Montez with Cyril Jordan and the Standells and Sloths with Jason Hanley of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

The annual Stomp Record Show has become a destination for crate-digging buyers and sellers, purveying vinyl to discriminating fans of garage, soul, R&B, Rocksteady, Boogaloo, Funk, Jazz, Rockabilly, 70s punk and more.

 

The Ponderosa Stomp is famous for bringing the finest American music to their stage annually – some have described it as “the best music you’ve never heard”. This video provides an overview:


DAY 1: THURSDAY OCTOBER 3RD

 

11:00 – 12:15

The Unknown Field Workers: Hudson Marquez and Terry Pattison

Moderator: Bunny Matthews

Painter Hudson Marquez has long been known as the creator of the world famous art installation the Cadillac Ranch, but his obsession with New Orleans musicians stretches back to his early teenage years hanging out in Bourbon Street strip clubs during the thoroughfare’s twilight period of the early ’60s. His rediscovery of Professor Longhair brought the New Orleans piano genius out of retirement, according him the revered status he so richly deserved. Meanwhile, longtime New Orleans record collector and blues enthusiast Terry Pattison refers back to those very same years thusly: “Back then, I thought Professor Longhair was some sort of mythological figurehead.” But it wasn’t long before Pattison would be rediscovering swamp blues men like Silas Hogan, and writing liner notes for some of the earliest New Orleans R&B reissues. Moderator Bunny Matthews, who’s cut from the same irascible cloth as his panelists, completes this not-to-be-missed trio of native New Orleans originality. 

 

12:30 – 1:30

Lost New Orleans Soul Men: Charles Brimmer and Richard Caiton

Moderator: Matt Sakakeeny

Mid ’60s soul singers Charles Brimmer and Richard Caiton have recorded with some of the legends of New Orleans R&B, Wardell Quezergue, Dave Bartholomew and Senator Jones, to name a few. Yet both Brimmer and Caiton had a musical approach that took in influences from well outside of the Bayou State. As a result, they’ve often been overlooked in the New Orleans lexicon. They will discuss the music scenes of the ’60s and ’70s, their brushes with fame, and their experiences waxing tracks for obscure labels such as Hep’Me, ABS and Up-Tight, as well as the famed GNP Crescendo and Malaco. Moderator Matt Sakakeeny serves on the Tulane University music faculty and is a contributor to the American Routes radio show.

 

1:45 – 2:45

Heroes of the Ponderosa Stomp (Film)

Joe Lauro’s annual performance compilation will showcase vintage performance clips from Stomp artists, their legendary peers, and the icons that inspired them. Lauro is a documentarian, musician, 78 rpm collector, and president of the Historic Films archive.

 

3:00 – 4:00

Total destruction of Your Mind: Swamp Dogg Explains the Synthetic World

Moderator: Michael Shelley

Raunchy, satirical, political, and profane, Swamp Dogg is one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music. Despite landmark careers sidelines like penning the Johnny Paycheck hit “She’s All I Got” and producing the great Irma Thomas LP Take A Look, the Dogg’s brand of gritty, graphic country soul is what fascinates the most. Album after album will tell you: there’s no one even remotely like him. Swamp Dogg shares the methods of his madness with Michael Shelley, a New York singer-songwriter (“Goodbye Cheater”) and WFMU DJ.

 

4:15 – 5:15

The Girls Go Uptown: Maxine Brown and Chris Clark

Moderator: Lauren Onkey

Soul and R&B powerhouse Maxine Brown first hit with the classics “All in My Mind” and “Funny” and later with the Goffin-King-penned “Oh No, Not My Baby” for New York’s Wand Records, where she partnered with Chuck Jackson. A favorite of Northern Soul fans for songs such as “Do Right Baby Do Right and “Love’s Gone Bad,” Chris Clark blazed a trail at Motown as a 6-foot, blue-eyed platinum blonde vocalist nicknamed “The White Negress.”  The singers reminisce about their careers with rock historian Lauren Onkey.

 

DAY 2: FRIDAY OCTOBER 4TH

 

11:00 – 12:00

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter: Oral History with Charlie Gracie

Moderator: Deke Dickerson

Hailed as a “brilliant” guitarist by Beatle George Harrison, Philadelphia rock ‘n’ pioneer Charlie Gracie had a No. 1 smash with “Butterfly” on the Cameo label after cutting trailblazing sides for Cadillac and 20th Century. Gracie recalls his appearances on legendary television shows American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show as well as his towering influence on future British Invasion stars, with fellow guitar hero Deke Dickerson.

 

12:15 – 1:15

Last Night I Cried: Oral History with Gino Parks

Moderator: Mike Hurtt

Alabama-born gospel singer Gino Parks recorded two major songs for Motown kingpin Berry Gordy: “Same Thing” and “Fire.” Possessed of a blues-drenched style rarely heard on Grand Boulevard, he started his career by partnering with R&B wildman Andre Williams at Detroit’s legendary Fortune label, where the pair waxed such gut-bucket classics as “Jail Bait,” “Don’t Touch,” “Please Pass the Biscuits,” and “Put a Chain on It.” His own blues-drenched Fortune outing, the cascading “Last Night I Cried” backed with the relentless New Orleans-styled chanter, “Just Go” followed in short succession, paving the way for for the aforementioned Motown favorites as well as the stupendous “That’s No Lie.” His work at Detroit’s Golden World imprint reunited him with Williams and he later recorded “Help Me Somebody” and “Nerves of Steel” for Crazy Horse Records. Parks discusses his career with Detroit writer, musician, and musicologist Michael Hurtt.

 

1:30 – 2:30

Down on Central Avenue: Kent “Boogaloo” Harris and Eddie Daniels

Moderator: Jake Austen

Central Avenue has been hailed as “the 52nd Street of Los Angeles.” Its golden age is recalled by music pioneers Kent “Boogaloo” Harris and Eddie Daniels. Harris’s 1956 composition “Clothesline” for Crest Records was adopted by the Coasters as “Shopping for Clothes,” while the great Bo Diddley hit with his “Cops and Robbers” in 1957. He’s written, produced and recorded for countless labels since then. Eddie Daniels, a teenage Creole rocker with roots in Lafayette, La., blazed a white-hot trail to Los Angeles’s Ebb Records, where he hooked up with Bumps Blackwell’s band to cut a batch of excellent original rockers and a scorching rendition of Professor Longhair’s “Go To The Mardi Gras.” Daniels’ Ebb sides have long been considered some of the finest in the rockabilly canon. Jake Austen, the publisher of Chicago’s esteemed Roctober magazine and author of the book Flying Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll, presides.

 

2:45 – 3:45

Let`s Dance: Oral History with Chris Montez

Moderator:  Cyril Jordan

Growing up in California under the spell of Ritchie Valens and Chan Romero, Chris Montez’s organ-driven sound added a new dimension to chicano rock ‘n’ roll, paving the way for groups like Thee Midniters, ? and the Mysterians and the Sir Douglas Quintet, to say nothing of latter-day practitioners Los Lobos. His 1962 Monogram single “Let’s Dance” hit No. 4 on the national Billboard charts, followed up by the equally infectious “Some Kinda Fun.” His seamless Monogram discography is rife with doo-wop styled ballads as well, such as the great “All You Had to do was Tell Me.” He continued his success in the latter ’60s with a stream of Herb Alpert produced hits for A&M Records. And the ultimate feather in his cap? The Beatles opened for him on three UK dates in the early ‘60s. Artist, guitarist, and founding member of the Flamin’ Groovies Cyril Jordan conducts the interview.

 

4:00 – 5:30

Riot on the Sunset Strip

Members of the Standells and the Sloths with Ty Wagner

Moderator: Jason Hanley

Proto-punk garage rocker Ty Wagner is joined by members of the Standells (“Dirty Water,” “Try It,” “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”) and the Sloths (“Makin’ Love”) to discuss how their angry, primitive sounds sprang forth from the Sunset Strip during the mid ‘60s and, in stark contrast to the folkie flower-power psychedelia of the day, helped spawn the punk and new wave scenes of the ’70s and the urgent, underground rock ‘n’ roll of today. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum education director Jason Hanley will lead the discussion.

 

“Savage” New Jim Jones Revue Album Drops This Week

Jim Jones

Truth-in-titling, yo.

 By Uncle Blurt

 Longtime BLURT faves the Jim Jones Revue just released third album The Savage Heart in the US and Canada through Punk Rock Blues Records. Check out the trailer:

And maybe even this clip as well:

The Savage Heart was produced by Jim Sclavunos (of Grinderman / Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), mixed by Jim Abiss (Arctic Monkeys, DJ Shadow, The Heavy), with spiritual guidance Nick Lowe. (Eh?)

  “While the group look back into the roots of rock n’ roll, we’ve never gone backwards in what we do,” says Jim Jones. “It’s always about pushing things forward for us.” Contributing is Henri Herbert,  who joined the band in 2011, has diversified the band’s keyboard vocabulary, drawing not just on the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard but Otis Spann, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons as well. “He’s the Professor of Piano,” affirms Rupert Orton (guitar). “His wealth of knowledge is astounding. He’s really re-shaped our approach.”

  Stay tuned for live shows in the US and Canada later this year. Meanwhile, check out previous BLURT coverage at the links below:

“Burning Your House Down” https://blurtonline.com/review/jim-jones-revue-burning-your-house-down/

Jim Jones on the Ponderosa Stomp: https://blurtonline.com/2010/09/jim-jones-on-ponderosa-stomp/

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Psychosis”: https://blurtonline.com/feature/rock-n-roll-psychosis-the-jim-jones-revue-2/

“The Jim Jones Revue”: https://blurtonline.com/review/jim-jones-revue-the-jim-jones-revue/

Tony Joe White Preps New LP, Releases New Track

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Tune culled from forthcoming September album.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Swamprock legend and American godfather Tony Joe White is set to release a brand new album, Hoodoo, on September 17th via Yep Roc. In honor of his 70th birthday today (July 23), White released a new track “The Gift” from his forthcoming LP. 

 

You can stream “The Gift” via The Los Angeles Times here: http://lat.ms/13A3kEt

 

“The gift is music and songs” White explains. “But it was just too powerful for this boy in the song, so he sat up in an old slave graveyard with a bottle of wine and a guitar.” As the protagonist hangs his head in lamentation, figures walk out of the past and appear before him, led by a mysterious woman. “These figures were Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and guys from off the plantations, and she was protecting them, because they hadn’t crossed over. They didn’t know how to. But this strange white boy on a tombstone starts singing and playing and singing this tune and…you can hear how it ends in the song, but it gives me chillbumps when I think about it.” 

 

Culled from an initial stack of roughly seventeen tunes, the nine songs that comprise Hoodoo come alive in the haunting atmosphere and intensity of the stripped-down recording process. Cut mostly live to tape—vocals and all—much of Hoodoo consists of first takes. A European and U.S. tour will follow the release of the album.

 

Track List:

 

1) The Gift

2) Holed Up

3) Who You Gonna Hoodoo Now?

4) 9 Foot Sack

5) Alligator, Mississippi

6) The Flood

7) Storm Comin’

8) Gypsy Epilogue

9) Sweet Tooth

Jim James Fall Tour Dates Announced

Jim James

 

Incidentally, Jim: time to get out of that coat and tie. They’ve worn out their welcome…

By Blurt Staff

Following up on his My Morning Jacket dates (on the AmericanaramA Festival with Bob Dylan and Wilco), Jim James has just announced additional dates on his Regions of Light and Sound of God solo tour, which already includes stops at Loufest in St, Louis, MO and Telluride Blues and Brews Festival in Telluride, CO. The tour kicks off in Birmingham, AL on September 6th.
Pre-Sale tickets will be available first come first serve to current members of My Morning Jacket’s Roll Call Fan Club on Thursday, July 25th at 10am local venue time. General on-sale will take place on Friday, July 26th at 10am ET, excluding dates in Lawrence, KS and Birmingham, AL, which will go on sale Saturday, July 27th at 10am ET and Monday, July 29th at 10am ET respectively. Details can be found here.

As BLURT reviewer Lee Zimmerman describes James’ solo album:

With his first solo album under his given name, the sometime Yim Yames abandons his role as a monster of folk in favor of an amorphous, atmospheric set-up that moves him further afield of his day job with My Morning Jacket. Gradually warming to this new terrain, James took the period of recuperation following an onstage accident to regroup and plot his next move.

 

Inspired by an 80 year old novel he read while in recovery, James turned soul-searcher and philosopher, a stance summed up by the album title Regions of Light and Sound of God. The set eschews songs in any traditional sense, opting instead for murky soundscapes characterized by minimal piano and acoustic guitar, suspended strings and a dense overlay of synths and drums. Opening track “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” borrows the minimalism of the first John Lennon Plastic Ono band album and meshes it with a melody reminiscent of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The unsettled air of “All Is Forgiven,” the drift and drone of “Actress” and the spectral shimmer of “Exploding” and “Of the Mother Again” give further credence to James’ experimental instincts. “I want a new life,” he asserts with the supple shuffle of “A New Life.”  Clearly, he seems to have found the design he’s looking for.

Tour dates:

7/27:  Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
9/6: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
9/7: St. Louis, MO – @ LouFest
9/8: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
9/10: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
9/11: Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
9/12: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
9/15: Telluride, CO @ Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’Preps 4th (and final) EP in Year-long Series

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More bands should follow this one’s lead and release more concise records with more specific themes…. Just sayin’…

 By Blurt Staff

 Following up 2012’s Songs From The Laundromat, the Paul Ebersold-produced Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones and April 2013’s Songs From The Psychedelic Time Clock – produced by Kevn Kinney and Chris Griffin – Drivin N Cryin releases Songs For The Turntable, the fourth and final EP in the Georgia band’s celebrated series of releases. The new EP, produced by Paul Ebersold, was recorded at: Sound Kitchen Recording Studios (Nashville) and Ardent Recording Studios (Memphis). It drops Oct. 29.

 The plan has been to release 4 EPs over a 12 month period. EP1 Songs From The Laundromat revisited the band’s Southern-fried jangle-rock roots. EP2 Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones showcased songs from the secret landscape of the American psyche. Songs From The Psychedelic Time Clock was both an homage and an update to the garage band sound of the ’60s that explored the experimental facet of the Drivin N Cryin sound with flourishes of 12-string guitar, electric sitar, synthesizer washes and horns.

 Notes Kinney, “A couple months ago I was writing in the morning and my wife was listening to a record. She said I should record that song and I said ‘well, I did.’ It was the last song on the last record! It dawned on me then that most people that listen to records don’t usually listen past five or six songs, so I’m going to make a record with only five or six songs on it. In fact, I’m going to do four… Or five… Or maybe the rest of them this way!!!! This solves a lot of problems for drivin n cryin.”

 Photo courtesy the band’s Facebook page. Read the earlier interview with Kevn Kinney right here at BLURT.

King County Queens: This Ain’t Yer Mama’s “Krautrock”

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Alcohol + guns = any questions?

By Blurt Staff

In their new video for KRAUTROCK!, the King County Queens explore the dark side of international gamesmanship fueled by alcohol. The song is based on true events. The video is not.

Their debut album, Ladies & Gentlemen, YourKing CountyQueensis out now on Green Monkey. KCQ are guitar rock with wah-wah, Psychedelic Pop! KCQ features past and current members of The Green Pajamas, Chemistry Set, Half Light and some other fine bands.

Rock Community & Amnesty International Rally for Pussy Riot Members’ Release

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Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Kim Gordon, Lykke Li, Madonna, Phoenix, Michael Stipe, U2, Johnny Marr, Stephen Malkmus, Eddie Vedder, Thurston Moore, Radiohead, Knife, Paul McCartney, Björk, Animal Collective, Yoko Ono, Portishead, PJ Harvey, Adele, Patti Smith, Sleigh Bells, Karen O, Yasiin Bey, Clash, Coldplay, Lily Allen, Cat Power, Franz Ferdinand…

 By Blurt Staff

 As signed by the above (and rapidly growing…) list of artists, Amnesty International has posted an open letter calling for the release of the two Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, currently in a Russian prison camp. By now you know the story, and the pair is slated to be heard by a so-called Russian parole board this week.

 Per Amnesty: Join them and sign the petition below.

Currently, the global petition has 5,866 signatures (which, to be honest, isn’t all that much, so while outsiders’ voices typically have perilously little effect on Russian politics, it is still imperative that you act on the chance that the collective outcry might, in fact, have an effect).

  The letter:

 Dear Masha and Nadia,

As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, we are writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release. Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know that there were many other young people who have suffered in the protests, about whom we are also very concerned. But, in many ways, through your imprisonment, you have come to represent them.

Many artists voiced their concern when these charges were first brought against you, we had every hope that the authorities, in dealing with you, would show some understanding, a sense of proportion, even some of the wonderful Russian sense of humour, but none of the above were forthcoming.

The impact of your shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide. Especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world, including the many parents who feel your anguish at being separated from your children. While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.

The right to freedom of expression and dissent is a legitimate one and essential in any kind of democracy. You have been accused of what could be described as ‘a victimless’ crime, but in our opinion, in a just society, there can be no crime where there is no identifiable ‘victim’.

Your strength, bravery and fearlessness are an inspiration to us all. 

Yours in solidarity,

Bryan Adams, Adele, Alt-J, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Anti-Flag, Arcade Fire, Arch Enemy, Archive, Joan Armatrading, Joan Baez, Beardyman, Jeff Beck, Yasiin Bey, björk, Rubén Blades, Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Peter Buck, Tracy Chapman, Chase & Status, Neneh Cherry, The Clash, Coldplay, Lily Rose Cooper, Dido, Django Django, Melissa Etheridge, Siobhan Fahey, Paloma Faith, First Aid Kit, Franz Ferdinand, Foster the People, fun., Peter Gabriel, Sir Bob Geldof, Kim Gordon, Debbie Harry, PJ Harvey, Don Henley, The Hidden Cameras, Niall Horan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Ke$ha, Angelique Kidjo, The Knife, Mark Knopfler, Tom Lehrer, Sean Lennon, Annie Lennox, Lykke Li, Sir Paul McCartney, Romy Madley-Croft, Madonna, Zayn Malik, Stephen Malkmus, Marina & the Diamonds, Johnny Marr, Massive Attack, Mike Mills, Moby, Thurston Moore, Tom Morello, Alanis Morissette, James Morrison, Graham Nash, Kate Nash, Youssou N’Dour, Karen O, Yoko Ono, Clock Opera, Ozzy Osbourne, Liam Payne, Peaches, Joe Perry, Phoenix, Portishead, Portugal. The Man, Rain Phoenix, Cat Power, Radiohead, Bonnie Raitt, Rise Against, Patti Scialfa, Scissor Sisters, Paul Simon, Sleigh Bells, Patti Smith, Esperanza Spalding, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Stewart, Sting, Michael Stipe, Harry Styles, Neil Tennant, Louis Tomlinson, Pete Townshend, K T Tunstall, U2, Eddie Vedder.

Let’s Active’s Faye Hunter 1954-2013 R.I.P.

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Pictured above, center, she was the original bassist for the beloved 1980’s NC power pop trio.

 By Fred Mills

 Faye Hunter of Let’s Active passed away Saturday night (July 20), the victim of an apparent suicide. Hunter, 59, of Winston-Salem, reportedly had been despondent due to financial and job stresses as well as the pressures of having to care for an extremely elderly parent.

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 Music critic David Menconi of Raleigh’s News & Observer wrote on his music blog:

 “Sunday night, Hunter’s status as an important part of North Carolina’s musical ecosystem was in evidence as remembrances lit up Facebook upon news of her death. Peter Holsapple, co-leader of Let’s Active’s Winston-Salem peers the dB’s, described her as ‘he big sister I never had during my teen years,’ and numerous people posted pictures and YouTube links — and lamented that they’d been unable to help her.”

 Menconi also quotes Hunter’s friend Jamie K. Sims, of Tarheel popster legend The Cosmopolitans, as saying, “I’m not shocked, but I am surprised about the timing. She’d been talking about this for quite some time. The past three or so years were really bad.”

Mitch Easter, cofounder of Let’s Active, posted a message on Facebook, saying, “Today’s news has broken our hearts. Faye Hunter, you will be missed and loved forever.”

On a personal note: When it hits so close to home like this, it hurts all the more. I saw Let’s Active many times back in the day, and Faye was always the hail-fellow-well-met member of the trio, someone whom I always wound up having great conversations with before and after gigs. I loved that band dearly, and during its initial incarnation, Faye was an integral part of both the musicianship (that’s her lead vocal on their wonderful cover of “Blue Line,” below) and the personality that helped make Let’s Active so special and so important to my circle of friends (many of whom had Winston-Salem roots). After moving to Arizona in the ‘90s I lost touch with a lot of those folks but gradually began reconnecting upon my return to NC a decade later, and Faye was one of the correspondents who popped up in my email inbox from time to time. Eventually I wound up doing an interview with her about her Let’s Active days, and I’m glad I had the chance. I’m just very, very sad that I didn’t have the chance to offer a helping hand or say goodbye.

A Dubious Proposal: Royal Philharmonic Covers Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours?

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Er, maybe they should just go their own way….

By Blurt Staff

 

The Royal Philharmonic is now revisiting the ‘70s melodic rock favorite Rumours by Fleetwood Mac in its entirety. Recorded at the historic Abbey Road studios, this release marks the first time the RPO have taken on an entire album, from opening note to closing refrain. The roughly 50+ musicians who comprise the orchestra were aided in their quest by the guiding hands of arrangers James Graydon and Richard Cottle as well as guest appearances by Peter Frampton and steel guitarist Sarah Jory.

Graydon comments, “Rumours was such an important album in terms of both songwriting and production. Although we were mindful of the fact that these songs are very well known, we decided to approach the arrangements from a slightly different perspective to make it work in the orchestral world.” Executive producer Anthony Klein remarks, “It was a privilege to work with the Royal Philharmonic, and to have them play and record those classic songs in such an iconic room as Studio 2 at Abbey Road made the whole project even more epic. We now have a fantastic album and hope that it will appeal to all generations.”

Er, yeah…

 

(The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra official website: http://www.rpo.co.uk)