Monthly Archives: November 2013

Here Come The Mummies Go Xmas In Time for T-giving

Mummies

Santa knew your mummy, yo.

 BLURT faves Here Come The Mummies are, in their own words, “keeping it simple” with a who-needs-Thanksgiving preemptive video to celebrate Christmas: “Secret Santa” features animation is from the supremely talented Bobby’s Brane (he also animated HCTM’s track “Freak Flag” at http://bit.ly/19X5xJl). Yes, there is a reason some of those characters in the “Santa” video look VERY familiar…

HCTM released their album Cryptic in May, subsequently filming Rejuvannihilation, a concert movie, at October at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium with the French Canadian brother team of Pierre and François Lamoureux of FogoLabs (Rush, The Who, Harry Connick, Jr., Cirque du Soleil, Alanis Morissette, Joe Satriani, Willie Nelson and more), slated for an early 2014 release.

 

Sweden’s Goat About to Release Live 2013 Album

Goat

UK performance documented their World Music tour. Below, watch a video of a live concert from the same year.

 In August 201, theatrical Swedish psych band Goat – Julian Cope-approved, no less – released their debut album, World Music. The record went on top many ‘Best of 2012’ lists and the following year, the band took the album on the road. Starting off a year of shows was Goat’s performance (or “Ritual” as the band likes to call them) at Roadburn Festival. A ‘packed to the rafters’ performance was the perfect warm up to their first proper tour, that saw them take on the USA. Footage, audio and photos of their sold out US shows streamed across the internet and revealed a band at the top of their powers.

So on July 27th, the eve of their now legendary Glastonbury performances, the band took the stage at Camden’s Electric Ballroom in London to celebrate the recent launch of their single ‘Stonegoat’. The ATP-promoted show was incendiary; the 1,100+ crowd either danced furiously to the band’s psyched grooves or stood there, mouths open and gazed in awe at the spectacle they couldn’t believe they were witnessing

 Now the LP Live Ballroom Ritual is set to come out on the Rocket label. The double-LP set is due out Dec. 10. And after a long but successful summer the band are now back in Korpilombolo, Sweden, writing the follow up to World Music.

Videos: Haim Swings Their Luxurious Hair on Saturday Night Live

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By Uncle Blurt

Jailbait alert! Well, that’s the message you get if you read the recent Rolling Stone profile on sistah-power indie-pop hipsters Haim, who apparently want to have lots of sex but are not really sure how much sex they want to have. Or maybe not; the writer didn’t seem to know what to think of “three geeky sisters,” but that’s okay.

No matter; said writer was no doubt equally flummoxed watching the gals’ appearance on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, doing “The Wire” and “Don’t Save Me” from Days Are Gone, which may or may not have actually been a shampoo/hair care ad photo shoot. Watch ’em swing those silky tresses below!

Calling All Smiths/Morrissey Fans w/Tattoos!

Morrissey

It’s gonna be a miserablist’s bedsit wet dream!

 By Perez Mills

 Proof that there’s no mope like a mope burned permanently onto one’s skin: at the Rocks Off office in NYC this coming Sunday (Nov. 24), reports Brooklyn Vegan, photographer Patrick Moore will be taking a close look at music fans who bear tattoos related to The Smiths or Morrissey. The official flyer is above; the press release text advises thusly:

 “To Me You Are A Work of Art” is a photo project in search of anyone with tattoo(s) related to, or inspired by, Morrissey and/or The Smiths. The photographs will profile fans and all their tattoos from various cities across the country over the course of the next few months. All photos will be taken by Toronto based photographer Patrick Moore.

The New York City date is this upcoming Sunday, November 24th and will be held at the Rocks Off offices in the Lower East Side (195 Chrystie St #401B) between 2pm and 4pm.  For any additional information – email YouWorkOfArt@gmail.com

Moz

Apparently that 18” x 18” tattoo of the U2 War graphic that I have emblazoned proudly across my middle torso (think 2Pac’s “Thug Life,” but with a randy Irish twist) will not qualify, but I’m still thinking of showing up and seeing if the Siamese cat tat I have on my left arse cheek will make the cut…

Lou Reed Tribute Slated for Sunday Night in NYC

Lou

Proceeds go to the Ali Forney Center.

 By Blurt Staff

 An eclectic pile-up of Big Apple-centric artists will converge at Bowery Electric Sunday (Nov. 24) for a just-announced Lou Reed tribute concert. Among the heavy hitters are Lenny Kaye, Arto Lindsay, Kevn Kinney, Tunde Adebimpe and Ivan Julian. According to Brooklyn Vegan, Tickets for the show are on sale now, and all proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an organization ‘that works to protect LGBT youth from the harm of homelessness in the city.’ There will also be a pre-Thanksgiving food drive for Food Bank of NYC at the venue that night.”

 The full lineup is below—and take note that Hollis Brown performing the Velvet Underground’s Loaded album from start to finish.

Admiral Grey (Cellular Chaos, Ecstatics)
Arto Lindsay
Caged Animals
Christy and Emily
Derek Cruz
Donald Cummings (Virgins)
The Dough Rollers
Drowners
Ivan Julian (Voidoids)
Jack Ridley (Threats)
James Maddock
Jeffrey Lewis
Justin Hayward-Young (The Vaccines)
Katie Eastburn (Young People)
Kembra Pfahler (The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black)
Kevin Salem
Kevin Kinney (Drivin’ N’ Cryin’)
Kirin J Callinan
Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio)
Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Band)
Phantom Family Halo
Sam Mickens (The Dead Science)
Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Marc Ribot)
Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum)
Steven Reker (People Get Ready)
The Bottom Dollars
Travis Johnson (Grooms)
Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio)
Vanessa Bley (Beast Patrol)
Hollis Brown

Issue 14 of Blurt Magazine Is Here!

Blurt 14 Cover

As the image above might suggest—‘nuf sed (to quote Marvel comics).

 By Fred Mills & Stephen Judge

 The 14th issue of BLURT should be in stores and mailboxes any day now. How do we love ourselves? Let us count the ways:

             JASON ISBELL: Our 2013 Artist Of The Year. NICK ZAINO talked to Isbell about his masterful album Southeastern and the groundswell of acclaim that has accrued in its aftermath.

SPECIAL AMERICANA SECTION: In 2013, the “A” word isn’t necessarily synonymous with twangin’ and strummin’—as evidenced by the diverse sounds of Amanda Shires, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Roby, Barrence Whitfield and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.

MOBY: Longtime Contributing Editor A.D. AMOROSI sat down with the influential sonic auteur to discuss the twinned powers collaboration and, er, domesticity. Wait, what?

THE BEATLES: Amorosi also embarked upon a Fab Four mini-odyssey, probing the moptops’ early years and talking to both Yoko Ono and Beatles biographer Larry Kane.

MEGAFAUN: The North Carolina band’s multitasking muse is busier than ever these days, with members engaged in a host of projects—including a new collaboration with savant Arnold Dreyblatt. JORDAN LAWRENCE investigated.

THOSE DARLINS: STEVE WILSON put the Nashville combo on the couch—term used loosely—to find out how they made one of the best damn albums of the year in their masterful Blur The Line.

CHEETAH CHROME: What befits a punk legend the most? How about a new solo record and an appearance in the new biopic CBGB? Our resident punk expert JOHN B. MOORE INVESTIGATES.

THE REPLACEMENTS: A story from the deep, dark archives of Blurt editor FRED MILLS, in which he found himself thrust into the chaos of the original foursome’s rise to prominence, mid ‘80s style.

TOMMY KEENE: In our latest installment of the “Damn, Wish I’d Written That Song” the pop/rock legend outlines five classic tunes he’d mortgage his house to have his name affixed to.

ETHAN JOHNS & HEADY FWENDS: You think YOU know some cool people? Allow Contributing Editor LEE ZIMMERMAN to enlighten you…

ROBBIE FULKS: Senior Editor RANDY HARWARD gets the last word from the roots-rock singer/songwriter on everything from aging to politics to the Bible to Saturday morning cartoons.

EMEFE: Afrobeat never sounded sweeter, particularly when it mixes up in wild style with indie rock. Contributing Editor JENNIFER KELLY knows of what she writes.

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 There’s tons more. What, you ask? Like our usual roundup of pure products for now people, aka “The Goods”, as well as fresh installments of the artist-penned “The Most Fucked Up Thing I’ve Ever Seen” (both overseen by Senior Editor Randy Harward); a look back at our memorable trip to Austin for SXSW 2013; letters from the readers, and our snide replies; some 40-odd (and some not-so-odd) reviews of CDs, Books, DVDs and film; coverage of The Hickoids, Oblivians, Andrew WK, Black Hearted Brother, Califone, the Distractions, Joe Sib, King Khan, Merry Clayton, Parquet Courts, Robert Wyatt, the Stones Throw label, Temperance League, the Coen Brothers, Big Star and Lee Hazlewood; and just the random crap that we throw in to fill up those blank spaces on the pages.

A BIG thank-you to the long-suffering cadre of contributors without whom we could never pull all this off. And an equally huge thanks to the label folks, publicity reps and advertisers who have consistently supported us over our 5 ½ year existence. You know who you are, and we hope you know your encouragement means a hell of a lot to us.

Hope to see everyone in Austin next March during SXSW. We are already brainstorming our annual multi-day day party at the Gingerman Pub.

Incoming: Mark Lanegan 2-CD (or 3-LP) “Anthology”

Lanegan

Arrives on the heels of his Imitations album, which was released in September. Listen to a track, below.

 By Blurt Staff

Mark Lanegan—former frontman of Screaming Trees, collaborator with Kurt Cobain and Queens Of The Stone Age, half of a modern day Nancy & Lee with Isobel Campbell and, most commonly, solo artist—is set to release of Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 on Jan. 14 via venerable label Light In The Attic. It comprises solo material for Sub Pop, Beggars and more plus 12 unreleased tracks and is released in two formats: a Double-CD edition with a gatefold, tip-on jacket and a 44-page booklet comprising hand-written lyrics and rare archive photos by Charles Peterson and Steve Gullick; and a Triple-LP box set, each LP in single pocket jackets within a heavy, tip-on slip case, with a 20-page book featuring the same attention to detail and extras as the Double-CD release.

This 32 track anthology spans his entire career, from 1990’s debut album The Winding Sheet to a treasure trove of recent unreleased gems and features such guests as PJ Harvey, Josh Homme and J Mascis. Here’s a teaser, “Following the Rain”:

Track Premiere: Mount Pressmore’s “Trampoline”

MOUNT-PRESSMORE

Culled from upcoming December full-length.

 By Blurt Staff

 “This is as close as we get to a pop song,” says Thomas Shaw of the Austin-based band Mount Pressmore. It’s called “Trampoline” and it hails from the Texas jazz-rock savants—who’ve been called “an indie rock Steely Dan” by more than one pundit, and with good reason—and their December 3 long-playing debut Enjoy. As the saying goes, “enjoy”:

The tune recalls Talking Heads and Peter Gabriel’s more intricate moments, and is a fine example of Shaw’s musical pedigree, raised as he was amid technical exercises, music theory, and classical recitals. “Music was his religion,” Shaw says of his father Robert Shaw, a famed conductor with 14 Grammy awards to his name. “His obsessions were Bach’s ‘Mass in B minor,’ Mozart’s ‘Requiem,’ and Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis.’  This was the music I heard most frequently as a child.”

Mark calendars for Dec. 3, natch.

 Photo Credit: Vanessa Reiser Shaw

“Trampoline” Lyrics:

Time
Unwind the life before you
Time
Decline your fear and woe
Shine
On those who would adore you
Shine
On those who’ll never know
That you’re here
Never alone
Isn’t it clear
How much you’ve grown
Visions appear
It’s a premiere
Of your very own
I’m your trampoline
Bounce you high and free
I’m your trampoline
Let your world take over me
Live
Withstanding pain and sorrow
Live
Expanding as a star, so far you’ll
Give
As if there’s no tomorrow
Give
The bright light that you are
Yes, you’re here
Never alone
Isn’t it clear
How much you’ve grown
Visions appear
It’s a premiere
Of your very own
I’m your trampoline
Bounce you high and free
I’m your trampoline
Let your world take over me
I’m your trampoline
Bounce you high and free
I’m your trampoline
Let your world take over

Here’s That Lyric Video for U2’s “Ordinary Love”

 

U2

 

It’s not one of the most compelling U2 songs to come down the ol’ Bono chute, but give the remarkably brief tune a chance: it grows on you, if you prefer delicacy over bombast. “Ordinary Love” comes from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, a Nelson Mandela biopic (watch the movie’s trailer)  . And it may be more than appropriate, if you think about it.  Here’s the band’s lyric video:

 

 

 

Wear a Descendents Sweater For Christmas

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What, no his-and-hers “I’m with stupid” versions?

 By Blurt Staff

 Getting into the holiday spirit somewhat prematurely, but not in unwelcome fashion, are punk legends The Descendents. As you can see from the image above, it’s going to be a holly jolly Christmas with Milo and the crew. According to the band:

 “GOOD NEWS DESCENDENTS FANS! You guys have been asking for it, and now we have it! We are proud to present the 2013 Holiday Sweater. The Descendents started this craze a few years ago and you guys can’t get enough! As always, these are only here for a limited time so grab one while you can! Happy Holidays!”

 Available in S-M-L-XL to all good elves and reindeer for the low, low price of $24.99 ($26.99 for 2X or 3X) at Kings Road Merch.