Monthly Archives: February 2014

Video: Meet the Milagro Saints

Milagro Saints

Terrific NC band you need to know…

 By Blurt Staff

 Okay, so we just came off our official “Americana issue” of BLURT (#14, with Jason Isbell on the cover). That doesn’t mean we’re gonna go all hardcore or house on you for our next move. In fact, right now we feel like supporting the home team, so please welcome North Carolina’s Milagro Saints, who just happen to be appearing at our sister business Schoolkids Records of Raleigh, NC, this Saturday night (March 1), at 8 pm for a FREE in-store performance.

And if you are so moved, below are some links for you to further investigate the band with… they are one of the good ‘uns, trust us. The Raleigh band describes itself as “roots rock arrangements of Woody Guthrie songs including mandolin, accordion and dobro” while additionally citing such stellar influences as Bob Dylan, Calexico, Allman Brothers, Neil Young, Grateful Dead. Sounds good to us!

Ty Segall’s FUZZ Kicks Out Da Jamz w/First Video

Fuzz by Denee Petracek

They know of what they fuzz…

 By Blurt Staff

 FUZZ, which would be Ty Segall (drums, vocals), Charles Moothart (guitar, vocals) and Chad Ubovich, released their sludged-out, super heavy debut album last fall via In The Red. Today, they unleashed the first official FUZZ video, directed by Matt Yoka. (If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s also the man behind both Ty’s excellent “Goodbye Bread” and “Thank God For Sinners” videos.)

 “I felt it was my responsibility as a filmmaker to warn parents that FUZZ is going to turn their children into monsters.” – Matt Yoka, director

 No shit. Let’s rock. (Photo at top by Denee Petracek.)

NXNE Announces 2014 Lineup


20th anniversary festival happens in Toronto mid-June.

 By Blurt Staff

 Toronto, June 13-22: be there. To wit: SPOON will be joined by:









 Not to mention St. Vincent, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Rhye, Mac Demarco, Run The Jewels, Omar Souleyman, Speedy Ortiz, Courtney Barnett, Mas Ysa. Actually, it will be up to 800 bands playing intimate clubs, huge free shows in the heart of downtown, and everywhere in between. Stay tuned for further artist announcements and scheduling. For additional information and to see more of the artists playing NXNE 2014, visit


Watch Vintage Joe Strummer MTV-era Video Clip


Courtesy one of our favorite blogs…

 By Uncle Blurt

Okay, so from time to time I steal content from fellow websites and blogs… hopefully, though, I give credit and provide links (unless, of course, it’s something that was simply sent out via a mass-emailed press release, such as tour dates, an album announcement, etc.). One of my faves – and indeed, a fave among most of the BLURT staffers here in our boogie van – is ‘80s-centric blog Slicing Up Eyeballs, which culls the crème de la college of the era, both vintage and current as it relates to, duh, the ‘80s bands that the Eyeballs crew holds dear.

 Case in point: this Joe Strummer nugget. Reports SUE: “Been a while since we’ve done a “120 Minutes” Rewind … and there’s no better way to do it than with this “120 X-Ray” on the mighty Joe Strummer. The Dave Kendall-intro’d clip from 1989 catches the former Clash frontman while on tour in support of his solo album Earthquake Weather.”

Here ya go, punters… meanwhile, read the BLURT editor’s 2001 interview with Joe Strummer here.

Watch New Lykke Li Video


Preview of new album, due in May…

 By Blurt staff

 It’s to be called I Never Learn and it will be released May 6: that would be the next Lykke Li album. Reportedly the final installment of the sonic/thematic trilogy that includes 2008’s Youth Novels and 2011’s Wounded Rhymes, it’s been given a surprise unveiling via the following video that essentially appeared out of nowhere:

 Talking to NME recently the songwriter described the series of albums as a chronicle of her young womanhood: “It’s always about me and the guilt and the shame and the hurt and the pride and the confusion of being a woman.”

Photo Credit: Josh Olins

Tucson’s Gabriel Sullivan Launches Song A Day Recording Project, Tours w/Howe Gelb


Currently in Europe with Gelb, his song project has already notched 50 entries.

 BLURT fave Gabriel Sullivan—the Tucson songwriter/rocker and current Giant Giant Sand member who we’ve profiled in the past and reviewed his albums—will be opening for and accompanying Howe Gelb on his 2014 February/March European Tour. Sullivan will be performing solo, and with collaborations by band mates Howe Gelb, Thøger Lund, and special guest Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley.

 A prolific solo artist and band leader, Sullivan has recently launched a write, record and post-one-song-a-day project called “The Crucible.” The project is strictly all new original material, ranging from fully hashed out productions to lo-fi sounding demos. Recorded everywhere from studios and green rooms to cars, bedrooms and bathrooms, the project is now reaching over 50 songs. A blog for the page has been set up with small entries accompanying each song explaining the inspiration and instrumentation.

 A limited hand numbered run of 7″ lathe cut picture discs will be released of the song a day track, “The Hidden Mothers.” It will be available online and on the upcoming European tour.

 Sullivan has released several solo albums in the last several years, as well as releases with two of his current bands, Taraf de Tucson and Chicha Dust. Releases include Gabriel Sullivan – Where The Bad Ones Go, Taraf de Tucson – None Of This Is Mine, and Chicha Dust – Live at The Dust Ballroom.

 Through the tour and song-a-day project, Sullivan is putting final touches on a new studio solo album. It was recorded in the summer of 2013 in Denmark with Giant Sand as the backing band. The record is still looking for a home, but is expected to be released in 2014.

Track Premiere: Edward David Anderson (ex-Backyard Tire Fire)


New solo album produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos fame will arrive in late April.

 By Blurt Staff

 Edward David Anderson was frontman for the mighty roots/twang/trash/pop/raveup band Backyard Tire Fire, who kicked off in 2001 in NC before relocating several times and winding up in Bloomington, IL; a slew of well-received albums resulted, notably the Steve Berlin-produced Good To Be in 2010. Sadly, the group split in 2011. But now Anderson’s back with his solo debut, Lies & Wishes, which drops April 29 via the venerable Royal Potato Family label, based in Brooklyn. We are dead chuffed, as our British peers might put it, to premiere an advance track from the album, “Lies & Wishes,” for your sonic edification:

The ten track collection was written in the time between the dissolution of Anderson’s band and his mother passing away. Steve Berlin of Los Lobos jumped onboard to produce after hearing the title track.

 “Steve thought this song was ‘a paradigm for the whole record’ when I sent it in the initial stages. Turns out we basically used the demo in its entirety, adding drums and some vocals in the studio,” Anderson tells us. “There was a palpable vibe when I demoed it in my basement that had a lot to do with the pain I was experiencing during the decline of my mother’s health.  Writing and recording this tune was beyond cathartic and I love that it ended up being the title track that sets the table for the rest of the album.”

  Tour dates:

 3/08 – Serenbe Community – Chattahoochee Hills, GA

3/14 – Fairhope Brewing Company – Fairhope, AL

3/21 – Seville Quarter – Pensacola, FL

3/29 – Happy Harbor – Orange Beach, AL

4/05 – Shady Nook – Saybrook, IL

4/12 – High Note – Pekin, IL

4/18 – Kemp’s – Lexington, IL

4/19 – Bistro 101 – Canton, IL

4/25 – The Bridge – Columbia, MO

4/26 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO

4/28 – Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL (w/Leon Russell)

5/02 – Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL

5/03 – Martyrs – Chicago, IL


Austin Nixes Lady Gaga’s Bid to Play That Giant Doritos Machine During SXSW


No truth to rumor she’ll be riding the “Coney Dog Car” around in the streets as a substitute…

 By Perez Mills

 Meow! Rrrrr!! Hiss!!!! Take that, Little Monsters: your musical dominatrix will not be performing on the Doritos Stage this year at SXSW, as Austin’s Music & Entertainment Division has turned down a permit request, citing “public safety concerns” stemming from the expected crush of fans that would descend upon the parking lot at 504 E Fifth Street where the giant facsimile – and actually working – replica of a Doritos vending machine doubled as a concert stage. Recall that the event has run smoothly for the past two years, with last year’s hip-hop blowout featuring Public Enemy, Ice Cube and LL Cool J literally blasting the salt off the chips, er, tearing the roof off the sucka.

As reports, M&E manager Don Pitts stated that, “Our conclusion was based primarily on public safety concerns. As part of the review process the applicant provides a talent list to the city team (AFD, APD, ATCEMS and Office of Special Events) to review and we can adjust public resources as needed.  We look at the size and capacity of the location covered by the permit being sought and how it fits with the anticipated attendance, based on event capacity and promotion. At the end of the day, it’s a parking lot. We informed the applicant that we would support relocation to an established venue with the necessary permanent infrastructure.”

Stubbs, are you listening?

Meanwhile, the 360 article also floats the possibility that Lady Gaga might turn out to be this year’s SXSW keynote speaker since one has yet to be announced… which means trying to get near the Austin Convention Center during the keynote time frame would become a logistical nightmare.


Video: New William Onyeabor Documentary


Luaka Bop scores once more.

 By Blurt Staff

 One of 2013’s most intriguing archival releases was Luaka Bop’s Who Is William Onyeabor?, about African electronic music pioneer William Onyeabor. Now there’s a 30-minute documentary about Onyeabor titled Fantastic Man and directed by Jake Sumner. Check it out below.


 It includes interview footage with Dan Snaith, Damon Albarn and others, several of whom will also participate in an Onyeabor tribute concert April 1 in London as “Atomic Bomb – Who Is William Onyeabor”.

Premiere: New Video from Scattered Bodies

Brian Brett pc Joni Kabana

More songs about sex and death, no less. Track comes from brand new album, out this week.

 By Blurt Staff

 Scattered Bodies: an art punk innovator teams up with an award winning firebrand poet and a world-wise songstress. Their sex and death themed album Talking Songs is moody and rhythmic, laced with humanity, and filled with dark and humorous imagery born out of a life lived hard.

Award winning writer Brian Brett (above) supplies the words for Scattered Bodies, and shares vocals with composer Susheela Dawne. Producer Andy Meyers (pictured at bottom, with Dawne) built the tracks by sampling his Toronto art punk band The Scenics, renowned as one of the few Canadian first era punk bands who bring to mind groups like the Velvet Underground and Television.

 Produced at Allowed Sound Studio, Talking Songs was released this week, on Feb. 25, via Dream Tower Records. We are honored to premiere the video for key track “Domestic Mysteries”:

Domestic Mysteries by Scattered Bodies from Andy Meyers on Vimeo.

Meyers: “The music on Talking Songs is sampled from fly-on-the-wall Scenics recordings circa 1976-82. I created songs by setting these samples- rhythm, melody and noise- into drum loops from recent Scenics recordings. Then Brian wove his subversive, darkly funny, words into the music. Susheela, a powerful writer/performer who always gets to the heart of the matter, chose some of Brian’s texts and created her own sophisticated melodies. With her tracks, we added samples after the songs were created. Susheela and Brian’s voices are richly complementary: strong, humane, layered with subtext, her smoky voice providing the ideal feminine counterpoint to Brian’s resonant baritone.”

Andy Meyers and Susheela Dawne pc Matilda Meyers