Monthly Archives: August 2013

Kinks’ “Muswell Hillbillies” Gets 2CD Deluxe Reissue


2nd (or 4th…) time to the well for the kountry-tinged klassic…

 By Blurt Staff

 Record labels bank on us buying the same old crap over and over, right? As long as there’s a bonus track, or some live material, or an unreleased live show, etc., we queue right up to purchase an album multiple times during our lifetimes. Just ask Elvis Costello or David Bowie, who seem to reissue their back catalog every 10 years, each time they strike a fresh deal with another label. And The Kinks are no stranger to that syndrome, either, with their Reprise/Pye, RCA and Arista eras getting several re-rollouts since the CD was introduced.

But here’s one reish we can get behind: a vastly expanded two-disc version of their 1971 stone classic Muswell Hillbillies, one of those “perfect” albums that could never be improved upon but is also so great that to hear additional material from the same sessions or from the same time period proves nigh-on irresistible to fans. It’s due out Oct. 7 (or possibly the 15th, if you check Amazon) on the Sanctuary label via Universal, and as Uncut is reporting, it “features five previously unreleased tracks, including “Lavender Lane” and early demo “Nobody’s Fool”, as well as alternative song versions and BBC sessions. All have been re-mastered from original tapes.”

 Two of the tracks – “Mountain Woman” and “Kentucky Moon” – previously appeared as bonus tracks on the 1998 remastered reissue, by the way.

 Uncut adds that Ray Davies has authored a new book due out in the fall: Americana: The Kinks, The Road And The Perfect Riff.

 Disc One
‘20th Century Man’
‘Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues’
‘Skin And Bone’
‘Complicated Life’
‘Here Come The People In Gray’
‘Have A Cuppa Tea’
‘Holloway Jail’
‘Oklahoma U.S.A.’
‘Uncle Son’
‘Muswell Hillbilly’

Disc Two
‘Lavender Lane’ (unreleased)
‘Mountain Woman’ (unreleased)
‘Have A Cuppa Tea’ (Alternate version)
‘Muswell Hillbilly’ (1976 remix)
‘Uncle Son’ (Alternate version)
‘Kentucky Moon’ (unreleased)
‘Nobody’s Fool’ (demo – unreleased track)
‘20th Century Man’ (alternate instrumental take)
‘20th Century Man’ (1976 remix)
‘Queenie’ (unreleased)
‘Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues’ (BBC Peel Session)
‘Holiday’ (BBC Peel Session)
‘Skin And Bone’ (BBC Peel Session)

Let’s Listen to that New True Believers Track

True Believers

One more reason why Austin is our favorite rock ‘n’ roll town, hands down…

By Fred Mills

Okay, let’s get this thing started: elsewhere on the site you can read “Metal” Michael Toland’s review of the new, limited edition True Believers EP, Dedication. As he points out, following a one-off reunion gig in 2012, the Troobs – Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Javier Escovedo, Denny DeGorio and Rey Washam- dug the chemistry and decided to keep doing the occasional gig and even some recording. Below, check out the sonic proof that the decision was a good one….

[Photo via the KEXP blog, by David Lichterman; used without permission, but we couldn’t locate another, better, current one of the group so we hope the “borrowing” will be accepted in the spirit of supporting a damn legendary group. Hey, I saw the band way, way back in the day, so I am a card-carrying fan. A “true believer,” so to speak.]

Incoming: New 12” Vinyl EP from The Men

The Men

Tour dates listed below as well. EP arrives Oct. 15 via Sacred Bones.

 While The Men holed up in a house in upstate NY recording New Moon (the bands last full length release), they took full advantage of their rural surroundings, in-house studio, and lack of recording timelines and obligations. The band tracked over twenty-five songs. Additionally, they also managed to record five songs acoustically, while sitting around a campfire outside the house. Those Campfire Songs will now be available on their very own EP, for the first time on vinyl.  The 12” EP comes with a 12-page photo book 11.5″ × 11.5″ insert featuring never before seen black & white photographs shot by their bassist/ and lap-steel player, Kevin Faulkner, during the Big Indian sessions.

   Campfire Songs is the band’s second release this year, and their fifth in the past four years. To say this band is prolific is an understatement; they are teeming, borderline prodigal even. Two of these acoustic jams are alternate takes from the album, I Saw Her Faceand“The Seeds” (listen to that, above). The plugged-inversion of “Water Babies” appeared on the b-side of their 7″ from January, “Patience” and “Turn Your Color” are two entirely new beautiful tracks that highlight this band’s ability to be as gentle as they are commanding.

 Track Listing:

1. I Saw Her Face
2. The Seeds
3. Water Babies
4. Turn Your Color
5. Patience

  Tour Dates:

09/02/13 @ Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA

09/03/13 @ Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC

09/04/13 @ Northern – Seattle, WA

09/05/13 @ Dante’s – Portland, OR

10/10/13 @ The Echo (Culture Collide Festival) – Los Angeles, CA

10/12/13 @ Middle East Upstair – Cambridge, MA

10/13/13 @ The Bug Jar – Rochester, NY

10/14/13 @ The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI

10/15/13 @ Kobo Live – Columbus, OH

10/16/13 @ The Bishop – Bloomington, IN

10/18/13 @ Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL

10/19/13 @ Club Cafe Life – Pittsburgh, PA

10/20/13 @ Horshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON

10/21/13 @ Ill Motore – Montreal, QB

10/22/13 @ Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

10/23/13 @ The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ

10/26/13 @ Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI

11/05/13 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

11/08/13 @ Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX

11/09/13 @ Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX

Listen to Daft BLURT’s Spotify Playlist

Barrence 1

Mama said knock you out: Barrence Whitfield, Hickoids, Superchunk, Radio Birdman, Phil Cook, Flamin’ Groovies, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Fleetwood Mac, The Ettes, Washed Out, Myron & E, Swamp Dogg, The National, Amanda Shires, more.

 By Uncle Blurt

 BLURT magazine: they make carefully-selected playlists to reflect their wide-ranging and esoteric-but-accessible music tastes, just like the rest of us! BLURT points to a 20+ song Spotify playlist selected by ad rep Merrick Marquie, which includes songs by everyone from Barrence Whitfield & the Savages (above), Superchunk and Washed out to Radio Birdman, the Flamin’ Groovies and Fleetwood Mac, and a whole slew of the tastemaker publication’s past, current and future faves.

 The playlist can be found right here, on the right hand side of BLURT’s homepage. (Or, if you are sentient, a few centimeters to the right and up from where your cursor is presently situated.) Shake some action, kids.



Video Premiere: Nicky Egan “Left Unsaid”

Nicky Egan

Steamysexycool clip for latest track in the artist’s digital 45 series.

 By Blurt Staff

 Nicky Egan’s sophomore release, The 45 Homestead Project, is a unique series comprised of three “digital 45’s” that are being released over a three-month span. Each “digital 45” has an A/B side with a music video accompanying each A side track and a live performance at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. ‘Left Unsaid’ is the single from the second release, out this week (August 27th), and you can check out the official unveiling of the video for the track right here at BLURT:


At the end of the third release, the singles will be combined to create one complete 7 song EP that will include an unreleased bonus track.  All three videos are directed and produced by Little Lou Productions. (Go to for a free download of the first two digital 45s.)

 When describing the video Nicky Egan said, “‘Left Unsaid’ is the second A track off of The 45 Homestead Project. The song is a sort of brutally honest, open window into my head. It’s that emotional quarrel you go through after losing someone you love, while trying to sift through different feelings. Figuring out what it all meant and realizing if it’s even worth the time spent doing so. Dani Barbieri (video director) found this series of women photographed in these motel rooms and discovered it was right in the Bronx. The paisley gold and red velvet walls were too perfect. She built a storyboard, we conned some friends into coming with and shot it in a couple of hours.”

 Tour dates:

August 31 Rockwood Music Hall II (release show 2)      New York, NY

September 7 Harmony Presents @ The Silk Mill Hawley, PA

September 8 Holy Smokes Music & Arts Festival @ The Silent Barn Brooklyn, NY

September 27 Rockwood Music Hall II  (release show 3)      New York, NY

Pogues/RfS Guitarist Phil Chevron Battling Terminal Cancer


Was the subject of a huge tribute concert this past weekend in Dublin.

 By Blurt Staff

 Philip Chevron, of Pogues/Radiators From Space fame, recently disclosed publicly that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer; he’d been battling it for about six years. On Saturday, Aug. 24, he was given a righteous Irish salute at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre as friends, peers and former bandmates turned out to sing his music and let him know how much he has meant to them over the years.

 Below, watch a clip of Shane MacGowan performing at the show, followed by one of Chevron himself coming out onstage to thank everyone.




 According to the original event page created at Facebook for last Saturday:

 Pogues and Radiators from Space guitarist Philip Chevron saddened and shocked the Irish music and arts world last month by revealing that the cancer he has battled since 2007 has become incurable and terminal.

Now, using the time-honoured football tradition of giving a departing player a send-off – a Testimonial – some of Philip’s friends and colleagues have gotten together to offer a special tribute concert, which will take place at the Olympia Theatre Dublin on Saturday August 24.

Artists confirmed so far for the Philip Chevron Testimonial Concert include Horslips, Luka Bloom, Declan O’Rourke, Brush Shiels, Shane MacGowan, Patrick McCabe, Gavin Friday, Duke Special with Fiona Shaw, Paul Brady, Joseph O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Paul Cleary, Aidan Gillen, Fiachna Ó Braonáin & Liam Ó Maonlaí, Roddy Doyle, The Radiators from Space, Michael O’Connor and family, and Camille O’Sullivan.

A feature of the show will be that performers will offer their own work along with selections from Chevron’s own songbook, including some items never heard before in public.

Listen to new Odesza Track


Title cut from upcoming EP.

 Seattle production duo ODESZA, made up of Harrison Mills (Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches), will self-release their new EP, My Friends Never Die, on September 17. It’s the follow up to 2012’s  Summer’s Gone. Here’s the title track:

Production of My Friends Never Die began in early 2013 between tours with Emancipator, Beat Connection, and Little People and was completed ahead of performances at Sasquatch Music Festival, Lighting In A Bottle, What The Festival, Summer Meltdown and Capitol Hill Block Partyearlier this summer. After sets at MusicfestNW, Decibel Festival and Symbiosis Gathering in the coming months, ODESZA will tour the East Coast and Midwest for the first time ever with Michal Menert until linking up with Pretty Lights in November for a week of their largest shows yet.

Video Premiere: “Bella Ciao” By Barbez

Barbez 1 pc Gabrielle Plucknette

Track taken from the new album of the same name.

 By Blurt Staff

 Bella Ciao is the fifth full-length album from Brooklyn’s Barbez, arriving this week via John Zorn’s Tzadik label. It was recorded and mixed by Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth, Zorn) at B.C. Studios in Brooklyn, NY with band founder Dan Kaufman producing. We’re pretty stoked that we have the first video to unveil for you right here at BLURT– the title track, in fact. You will enjoy.


Bella Ciao from barbez on Vimeo.


There’s a fascinating backstory to the album as well, one that’s detailed enough to warrant republishing here in full. According to the band:

 “Bella Ciao was influenced by the traditional music of Roman Jews, and inspired by the legacy of the Italian Resistance during World War II, which was inextricably interwoven with the Nazi’s attempt to exterminate Rome’s Jews.

 “Despite the tragedy of the Holocaust and the pre-war merging of Italian Jewish liturgical traditions in Rome’s main synagogue, the beguiling melodies of Rome’s Jews survived.  The city’s oldest continuous residents, Jews first immigrated to Rome more than two thousand years ago; their arrival predates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the diaspora that followed. Through the centuries, Roman Jews maintained an identity distinct from Sephardi and Ashkenazi cultures, and their music, too, remained singular and mysterious. This music was preserved in part by a visionary Italian ethnomusicologist named Leo Levi (the Alan Lomax of Italy) who recorded elderly Roman Jews singing these rites after the war. Other scholars, most notably, Elio Piattelli have transcribed these Roman Jewish melodies, but they have now largely disappeared from the living world.

 “In the summer of 2009, Barbez bandleader and guitarist Dan Kaufman journeyed to Rome to learn more about this unique music.  He heard dozens of Levi’s recordings, which are archived in the magnificent Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cicilia. While in Rome, Kaufman found himself walking one afternoon down a narrow, quiet street called Via Rasella. Toward the end of the street stands a bullet-ravaged building, where, on March 23, 1944, a small group of Italian partisans attacked a column of more than 150 S.S. officers with a homemade bomb and mortar shells. It was one of the largest and most daring partisan actions in all of German-occupied Europe. Thirty-three German troops were killed, and in one moment the myth of Nazi invulnerability in the occupied city was shattered.  In response to the partisan attack, the Germans murdered 335 innocent Italian men and teenage boys, including more than 70 Roman Jews.

 “Earlier, in July 1943, Benito Mussolini was overthrown in a coup; by early September the new Italian government had signed an armistice with the Allies, and the Germans responded by occupying Rome. They demanded 50 kilograms of gold from the city’s Jewish community, to be delivered in less than two days, or the community would face mass deportation. Somehow, the enormous amount of gold was found in time, but on October 16, 1943, the Gestapo deported more than a thousand Roman Jews to Auschwitz; only sixteen survived.

 “Bella Ciao is an homage to the Roman Jews’ music Kaufman heard and to the memory of the Italian Resistance during World War II, symbolized by that bullet-ravaged building. This album’s title track, probably the most famous artifact of the Italian Resistance, is central to the album’s theme. The song’s lyrics were written during the war by an unknown author and have been translated into dozens of languages. “Bella Ciao” describes a partisan’s wish to fight—and die, if need be—so that others may one day be free. “Bury me up in the mountain, under the shadow of a beautiful flower,” the song goes. “And the people who will pass by will say to me, ‘What a beautiful flower.’ This is the flower of the partisan, who died for freedom.” “

Quote of the Week: The National’s Matt Berninger

National 3

“Boy, it’s a pretty dead crowd out there!” –Matt Berninger of The National, speaking to the audience at the beginning of the band’s concert August 11 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles


[Photo via fan submissions to the National’s Facebook page:]

Video: Replacements Reunion at Toronto Riot Fest


The only band that matters in 2013? Just maybe…

By Blurt Staff

Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Josh Freese, David Minehan: ladies and germs, we give you The Replacements, live at Fort York at the Toronto Riot Fest last night (Aug. 25), for a total of 23 songs. Check some of the videos that have surfaced thus far – lucky for us, the bootleg-averse Westerberg can’t do much about videos from the audience nowadays – and get ready for the Chicago and Denver Riot fests next month. Clips have been surfacing all morning on YouTube, and in varying quality, so if you don’t like any of those below, you can probably find a different version at YouTube.


1 Takin’ a Ride
2 I’m in Trouble
3 Favorite Thing
4 Hanging Downtown
5 Color Me Impressed
6 Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
7 Kiss Me On the Bus
8 Androgynous
9 Achin’ to Be
10 I Will Dare
11 Love You ‘Til Friday
12 Maybellene (Chuck Berry cover)
13 Merry Go Round
14 Wake Up
15 Borstal Breakout (Sham 69 cover)
16 Little Mascara
17 Left of the Dial
18 Alex Chilton
19 Swingin Party
20 Can’t Hardly Wait
21 Bastards of Young
22 Everything is Coming Up Roses
23 IOU