Monthly Archives: January 2014

Death Kicks off Check Yo Ponytail Video Series; Also Preps New Single


“Keep on Knocking” is the first in a series of five live performance videos of Death at Check Yo Ponytail 2… 45 arrives courtesy Drag City.

 The punk-before-punk-existed band DEATH has unveiled a Trevor Banta-directed live performance video from their October 28th, 2013 performance at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Slint’s Classic “Spiderland” Album gets Deluxe LP Box Treatment


Act now, as operators are standing by to take your calls for the autographed editions… Whoops, you waited too long. Those are sold out. Watch a video trailer for the album, below.

 By Blurt Staff

 On April 15, Louisville postpunk/college rock legends Slint will release a deluxe box set version of Spiderland on Touch and Go Records.   Continue reading

All-gal Group Fifth Harmony Affirms “With Barbie, Anything is Possible™”


A BLURT intern just may get fired for posting this news item about the iconic toy and the multi-culti, rainbow-hued band o’ Simon Cowell-mentored young vixens.

 By Blurt Staff

 Some days we write the news, some days the news writes… you know. And this is just so insanely wrong – because it appeared in our indie/Americana-centric inbox, not that there is anything inherently wrong with the doll OR the group – that it deserves an airing. To wit:

 Inspired by the Barbie brand tagline, “With Barbie, Anything is Possible™,” the world’s most popular doll is debuting a new brand anthem to kick off 2014.  Serving as a positive, empowering beacon for girls around the world, the high-energy, catchy pop song will be voiced by all-girl group and music sensation Fifth Harmony.  The partnership with Epic Records / SYCO recording artists Fifth Harmony includes today’s global debut of the lyric music video on, followed by the launch of a music video and a Fifth Harmony Barbie doll collaboration.

   “Barbie continues to inspire girls to dream big in 2014 with a new rally cry that celebrates girls and everything in their imaginative dream world,” said Lori Pantel, Vice President, Global Marketing for Barbie.  “As a group of five girls living out their own dreams, Fifth Harmony represents the fun, diverse, aspirational voice that both Barbie and the new anthem are all about– truly showing girls around the world that anything is possible.”

 “Barbie is so dynamic and universal, she’s not just blonde hair and blue eyed – she can be something totally different – as different as we are,” says Normani Kordei, of the group. Adds Lauren Jauregui, “Growing up, I considered Barbie my best friend -I took my Barbie Dolls everywhere – so this is like a dream come true.”

  The band’s song “Anything is Possible” advises, “I can be anything I want to be // If I can dream it, I can do it // Me and my girls – yeah! // It’s our world – yeah! // Anything is possible // We’re unstoppable // Me and my girls.” Anything is indeed possible. Especially if you are a plastic faced blonde bombshell with an hourglass figure of 36DD tits, an 18-inch waist, and  33-inch hips that top off a balance-a-bottle waitress ass.




Video: Dream Syndicate Jamming With Pete Buck & John Paul Jones


“John Coltrane Stereo Blues,” naturally.

 By Blurt Staff

 Holy crap, this is cool. The other night Dream Syndicate was joined onstage with Peter Buck on guitar and John Paul Jones on keyboards – that would be alumni of R.E.M. and Led Zeppelin, duh – and it was captured on audience film for posterity. (Thanks to Slicing Up Eyeballs for bringing this to everyone’s attendion.) It was part of Buck’s annual Todos Santos Music Festival in Mexico. We repeat, holy crap, this is cool.

Listen to New Track From Inventions (EITS, Eluvium)


Arresting album arrives early April.

 Inventions (the duo of Mark Smith from Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper of Eluvium) have just shared “Entity”, the first taste of their forthcoming eponymous album on Temporary Residence Ltd (out April 1st).

 As the band advises, “It’s six+ minutes of warm, enveloping sound; a great antidote for today’s arctic vibes.” Check it out below, along with a video trailer for the album.

Score Some Free Death Grips For Yo’self

Death Grips

They are nothing if not consistent…

 By Blurt Staff

 When the Death Grips speak, they mean business. So it’s no surprise that business is good for the duo. Stem tracks for their latest material (instrumental and vocal tracks) have been posted to the web for your remixing pleasure. You can access the stems for No Love Deep Web for free download here, or if you prefer to check out the Government Plates stems they are here.

 By the way, you might think Death Grips love you for your money…

Download a Free Pete Seeger Concert from ‘56

Seeger photo

Recorded in Evanston, IL, on Oct. 25, 1956

 By Uncle Blurt

 We miss Pete Seeger already – unless you live under a rock, you’ve received the news of his passing on Monday, at the age of ’94 – but our pals over at Big O Zine have stepped up to help mitigate the pain of the loss.

 It’s a concert from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, on Oct. 25, 1956, in which Seeger teamed up with bluesman Big Bill Broonzy for a rousing performance. In the Big O commentary we learn:

Some songs from this tape (12 tracks) MIGHT have been released on the long OOP Verve-Folkways album FV-9008 “Pete Seeger & Big Bill Broonzy In Concert” (which lists the same venue and year, but not the exact date). If so, Moe Asch of Folkways might have taken excerpts from this tape and released them with or without permission (just as he “bootlegged” Woody Guthrie’s RCA Dust Bowl recordings on Folkways)…

This, in my opinion, is one of the best recordings of a complete Pete Seeger concert of the 1950s, with the added bonus of one of the last public performances of blues legend Big Bill Broonzy [who passed away in 1958 at the age of 65] and deserves to be spread and preserved in its entirety. And from where I seed this torrent, even the aforementioned long-out-of-print official album (IF it contains any recordings from this very concert/tape which I was not able to ascertain) has already entered Public Domain…


See the full tracklisting, below, and go here to download the music as free MP3s.

 Tracks 1

Tracks 2

A Message from Burger Records: Throw a Party


You can even bring your favorite cassettes!

By Blurt Staff

The good folks at Burger shared this with everyone on the interwebs this morning…. More details check ‘em out:


BURGER WANTS TO THROW A SHOW WITH YOU!!! On March 8, 2014 we’ll be presenting shows across the globe as part of our Burger Revolution world-wide party!!! We want you to set up a show with whatever bands/artists/freaks you like and we’ll present and hype it under the Burger Revolution banner!!! Not asking for anything other than a good time be had by all!!!

And if you don’t have the means to throw a show, have a record listening party instead!!! Or if you have a radio show, dedicate a set to Burger!!! It’s definitely not limited to just shows with bands, it’s any kinda fun you can think of!!!

Last year we presented Burger Revolution shows in 70+ cities around the world including London, Milan, Glasgow, Paris, Vancouver, Stockholm, Rome, Athens, Falmouth, Tel Aviv, Dublin, Calgary, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Memphis, Austin and WAY more!!!!

If you’re interested in setting up a Burger Revolution show in your town or have any questions about what the heck this is email us at and we’ll get everything worked out!!! Looking forward to ruling the world with you once again!!!


Track Premiere: New from Lily and the Tigers

Lily and the Tigers

Currently booking a spring U.S. tour as well – to coincide with the March release of their LP. Full details below.

 By Blurt Staff

 Americana trio Lily and the Tigers cut their new album The Hand You Deal Yourself (out March 4) under circumstances some have noted were similar to Bob Dylan & The Band’s Basement Tapes or Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago – stripped-down, down-home, and downright intimate.  You can check out advance track “Home” right here, courtesy your friendly neighborhood BLURT (and we are damned proud to offer it to you ‘cos this group is the real deal).



It’s the third effort for Adam Mincey, Casey Hood and most recent addition Jared Pepper, who by the summer of 2013 had crammed their instruments into Hood’s tiny Toyota Yaris and road tripped up the East Coast from Georgia to Vermont where, for the next week, they worked The Hand You Deal Yourself, recording every day and camping every night.

 “There was nobody else around,” Hood says of the solitary sessions. “We’d wake up every morning to the sound of the Mad River, then go into the studio during the day, and afterward there’d still be a couple hours of sunlight to walk to the general store or explore some waterfalls. Being outside inspired us. Playing music around a bonfire is what we love.

“This album is about the all the work we put in to get where we’re going,” Hood adds. “You can be influenced by a lot of things but ultimately you deal your own hand. We don’t carry our fear. We set it aside.”

Canadian Punk Legend Dave Rave Returns w/New Band, Album


What befits a legend most? Kicking ass, natch…

 By Blurt Staff

 Dave Rave is familiar to anyone who’s studied ground zero North American punk – specifically, the Canadian scene of the late ‘70s that spawned his influential garage/punk/rootsabilly band The Shakers, who seriously kicked ass, not to mention his subsequent work with the legendary Teenage Head, who also kicked ass. From there it was a long, fruitful (if not always financially rewarding) journey through the music biz, and he notched mucho peer acclaim working as a session musician for Daniel Lanois, Andrew Loog Oldham, Alex Chilton, and others.

 “But,” writes Rave, in an email to us, “my roots are in the first wave of Canadian punk, and for the last year couple of years I’ve been able to harness that energy in Minneapolis. I found my new band, The Governors while on tour. After a couple of years of bopping in from time to time, it was decided that we should make a record. I was into the idea of going to one of the coldest places in the world to start the project at Rich Mattson’s Sparta Sound.  Sparta is in between Eveleth and Gilbert on Minnesota’s Iron Range.”

 The result is Ashtray Makeup (“It was recorded in the middle of nowhere and cold, but the songs come from the fun and humour that is completely unique to Minnesota.”), and the band is giving away the single “Wake Up Song” for free at Rave’s BandCamp page, so hop over there pronto, because it kicks ass! We would not lie to you… you can also stream the album at the page, but more important, how about simply supporting an independent artist who kicks ass, okay folks?

 Oh yeah – we got a video to show ya. It’s for the track “Benadil.”