Monthly Archives: May 2014

Incoming: First Muffs Album in a Decade!


No truth to the rumor that the deluxe edition contains a bonus EP of Pixies covers, however.

By Blurt Staff

Burger Records has been kicking ass and taking names of late, and the latest “name” they’ve scooped up is LA pop/punk maestros The Muffs. Fresh off her, ahem, truncated stint with the Pixies, Kim Shattuck is ready to serve up some Whoop Dee Doo, due July 29 and the first full-length album of new Muffs material in 10 years. listen to first single, “Up And Down Around,” right now:

Shattuck (Lead Vocals & Guitar) is joined by Ronnie Barnett (Bass & Backing Vocals) & Roy McDonald (Drums), and she formed the band in Los Angeles in late 1990, released records on Sub Pop, Au Go-Go, Sympathy For The Record Industry and Warner/Reprise, later surfacing on Fat Wreck. Their last album was Really, Really Happy, released in 2004 on Five Foot Two, a label started by their longtime friends Charlotte Caffey (Go-Go’s) & Anna Waronker (that dog). They also have had their songs appear on over a dozen soundtracks for major motion pictures, most notably their cover of “Kids In America” which leads off the gold-selling soundtrack, as well as the opening credits, of the movie Clueless. The most recent past has seen Kim join & depart the Pixies in 2013 & Roy reunite with his former band Redd Kross for their recent Researching The Blues album on Merge in 2012.



Is This Some New Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Music?


The magic 8-ball says that all signs point to yes…

By Uncle Blurt

Been listening to the dude since his first album was released and have seen him live countless times since, so you can bet I will be queuing up to get tix to his upcoming tour: that would be Tom Petty, who’s taking his band The Heartbreakers out on the road late summer in support of the upcoming Hypnotic Eye, due 7/29 via Reprise. Below are the dates, along with an album trailer promo video presumably featuring Petty previewing bits and pieces of the new album.

8/3 San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
8/5 Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
8/7 Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Center
8/12 Portland, OR @ Moda Center (Rose Garden)
8/14 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
8/15 George, WA @ The Gorge
8/17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
8/19 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
8/21 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
8/23 Chicago, IL @ United Center
8/26 Toronto, ONT @ Air Canada Centre
8/28 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
8/30 Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
9/7 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9/10 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
9/13 Hartford, CT @ XL Center
9/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
9/18 Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
9/20 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
9/21 Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
9/23 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
9/25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
9/26 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
9/28 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
9/30 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/1 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle @ Bank Arena
10/7 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
10/10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

Just When You Thought It Was Safe Out There… a “New” Iron Butterfly LP!

Iron Butterfly

1967 live album from heavy psych pioneers receives first ever official release, although the material has been bootlegged in the past.

By Blurt Staff

From the deep dark archives of ‘60s psychedelic rock comes a previously bootlegged live concert album showcasing the early beginnings of one of the most legendary heavy psych bands ever, Iron Butterfly, available on CD and gorgeous 12” vinyl from Purple Pyramid May 27. The July 4, 1967 show was recorded at L.A.’s Galaxy Club, which opened in 1964 just two doors west of the Whisky in the heart of the Sunset Strip, and it featured the early line-up of the band that recorded the debut full-length Heavy: Doug Ingle (vocals, organ), Danny Weiss (guitar), Jerry Penrod (bass), Darryl DeLoach (vocals, percussion), Ron Bushy (drums).

“Every big name act that was in LA came to see us play at the Galaxy,” says Bushy. “There was Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, etc.” Atlantic Records showed up too, signed the band, and sent them into the studio to record what would become their long-playing debut. The set list from this night’s performance included “Possession,” Heavy’s opening cut, and its closer, “Iron Butterfly Theme” as well as “Fields Of Sun,” “Gentle As It May Seem” and “You Can’t Win.” (Below, check out “Possession” from an earlier bootleg album of the show.)

This was all prior to the subsequent surprise hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” that would spawn the Top 40 album of the same name, so it’s a crucial glimpse at the band at the very start of their career.

1. Real Fright

2. Possession

3. Filled With Fear

4. Fields Of Sun

5. It’s Up To You

6. Gloomy Day To Remember

7. Evil Temptation

8. So-Lo

9. Gentle As It My Seem

10. Lonely Boy

11. Iron Butterfly Theme

12. You Can’t Win


Newbury Offers Super-limited Elliott Smith Colored Vinyl LP


That would be collector catnip, yo.

By Uncle Blurt

Much to my wife, children and grandchildren’s dismay I have been squandering everyone’s inheritance lately as the international vinyl resurgence continues apace – specifically, on colored vinyl and picture discs. Not long ago I sprung for this limited edition clear vinyl Blurt reviewed for the Fleet Foxes LP that Boston’s Newbury Comics offered as an exclusive in collaboration with Sub Pop, and now I’ve got my eyes on the sweet mustard yellow swirl vinyl LP for Elliott Smith’s classic Either/Or album. It’s an exclusive at Newbury, who’ve partnered with the late icon’s label Kill Rock Stars for this limited-to-1000 pieces goodie. Yow. It’s just the latest in Newbury’s ongoing quest to create collector’s items. Where’s my checkbook?

“Searching For Sugar Man” Director Committed Suicide, Brother Says


By Fred Mills

We were all saddened by the news earlier this week that Sweden’s Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of the 2012 Searching for Sugar Man documentary, had died Tuesday. His brother Johar later confirmed to CNN that the cause of death was suicide,

“My brother had been struggling with depression for a short period of time, and depression is something you can die from,” he told CNN. “This is such an enormous loss that I have no words for it. We ask that everyone kindly respect our family’s privacy during this devastating time.”

We will post a tribute early next week to the director and to Rodriguez – Rodriguez gave Blurt an exclusive interview in 2009 and we’ll be republishing portions of it.

Yow! It’s a New Spider Bags Track!

Spider Bags

From forthcoming album Frozen Letter, the band’s fourth full-length and first for Merge, to be released on August 5.

By Blurt Staff

If you are a fan of Chapel Hill’s Spider Bags—and who isn’t?—then one of 2012’s highlights for you was definitely their Shake My Head album. Coming up in August is the newest addition to the Merge roster’s Frozen Letter and you can check out an advance track, “Back With You Again In The World,” right here:


Meanwhile, just to get you prepped, here’s also some advance hype, but since we’ve heard the whole record and have determined that the band has hit the ball outta the park (while on, uh, acid, even!), we can assure you that this ain’t no unjustified hype.


“Back With You Again in the World” is the kind of up-tempo, riff-driven rocker that Spider Bags have made their trademark, augmented by an Andy Mackay-style sax solo. “Japanese Vacation,” with its Chuck Berry-by-way-of-Johnny Thunders riff, and the frenetic “Chem Trails” keep the needle placed firmly in the red. Indeed, these first three songs blast by with such urgency that you feel as if you were just ushered into the Spider Bags home, and over the course of ten minutes, they failed to take your coat, give you a seat, or offer you a drink-but you had so much fun that it didn’t matter. Before you know it, you’re bouncing along to a cover of John Wesley Coleman’s “Summer of ’79.” But just as we think we know what kind of record this is, the band plunges us immediately into darker and moodier territory. “Coffin Car” finds them mining an ominous morbidity, but over one of their prettier chord patterns. The centerpiece of the record is the brown-acid-laced “We Got Problems,” which features a heavy and repetitive pattern, a slew of effected guitars, searing guest leads from The centerpiece of the record is the brown-acid-laced “We Got Problems,” which features a heavy and repetitive pattern, a slew of effected guitars, searing guest leads from Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan and some of McGee’s best vocals to date. The song encapsulates an entire Spider Bags epoch in just under six minutes. Taken as a whole, Frozen Letter manages to glide along the razor’s edge, and true to an actual acid trip, there are moments of utter terror alongside unfettered joy.

Photo credit: Jeremy Lange

There Is A New Arcade Fire Video…


Arcade Fire

By Blurt Staff

….and here it is! Pretty heavy stuff, indeed.

“We Exist” stars Spider Man, er, Andrew Garfield in a “narrative in a nondescript locale” (so to speak) and includes footage from the band’s performance at Coachella.  The band adds the following details:

“We Exist” is a 6:18 long story of one young person’s struggle with gender identity set to the soundtrack of the second track from Arcade Fire’s Reflektor album. The band’s Win Butler has described the song as “about a gay kid talking to his dad,” specifically coming out to his straight father, and has introduced it during recent live performances with the statement, “The right to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue.”


Photo Credit: JF LaLonde



Watch Big Star’s Jody Stephens Shop for Swag at Amoeba Records

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Latest in Amoeba’s What’s In My Bag? series…

By Fred Mills

If you’ve seen any of Amoeba Records’ “What’s In My Bag?” episodes in which musicians talk about their purchases (this one with Marty Willson-Piper of The Church is a particularly fun one, especially if you’re into obscure Prog bands), you will definitely appreciate the store’s latest one: Jody Stephens, Big Star drummer and Ardent Records mainman. The video follows Stephens in the bins where he snags some choice DVDs as well as T. Rex and Elliott Smith albums and then tells you all about ‘em.

Watch St. Vincent/Andy Samberg “SNL” Promo

Saint Vincent

No, that is not David Byrne…

By Barbi Martinez

You heard it right: St. Vincent (Annie Clark to her mum; coincidentally, MY mum calls me St. Barbi, as we come from a long line of Latina saints, go figure!) will be on the season finale this weekend of Saturday Night Live along with host Andy Samberg (you may have heard of him). Here’s the promo with Clark, Samberg, and SNL cast member Aidy Bryant, although it’s not the greatest come-on. I love Annie in her witch hair, to be honest, ‘cos she reminds me of me mum. (British accent optional.) Still…. meh.

Watch “Wild” New Live Video from Angel Olsen


Truth in titling – “high and wild” indeed.

Angel Olsen released her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, in February, and has been touring steadily while also notching the ongoing press kudos. Such as these, from ye olde BLURT:

“Olsen rises to the challenge she sets for herself as well, traversing an emotional spectrum that leaves the listener gasping with empathy and drained from the shared exertion. Burn Your Fire For No Witness is a mutual journey in every sense of the term, the signpost of a brave new artist right on the cusp of greatness.”

Three months out and it’s still coming in strong as she continues to play to sold-out rooms of awe all over North America and Europe. For those who have not yet had a chance to see the force that is Angel Olsen live, and for those who have and just can’t get enough here is a live video of Angel performing “High & Wild,” shot in London by Phil Poole.


She finishes a second North American tour in support of the new record this week and will play various shows throughout the Northwest this summer, including the Capitol Hill Block Party, Pickathon, and the Woodsist Festival. Tour dates below.

More praise from the press:

She pitches her songs higher and hollower and lets her vocals get shaky. She has stripped away both sweetness and protection so that her songs grow even spookier.” – The New York Times

 “Olsen has found not one voice but a vibrant clutch of sounds that suit her.” – New Yorker

 “The bigger, heftier forms of music and the bolder, more concrete sentiments on Burn Your Fire fit her beautifully.” – Stereogum



Thu. May 15 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel

Fri. May 16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

Sat. May 17 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle

Fri. May 30 – Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn Kilbi

Sat. May 31 – Grenoble, FR @ Le Ciel

Sun. June 1 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound

Tue. June 3 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix

Wed. June 4 – Brighton, UK @ The Old Market

Thu. June 5 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds 2

Fri. June 6 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans

Sat. June 7 – Cork, IE @ Triskel Art Centre

Sun. June 8 – Belfast, UK @ McHughs

Mon. June 9 – Glasgow, UK @ Mono

Tue. June 10 – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall

Wed. June 11 – Paris, FR @ Fleche d’Or

Fri. July 25 – Sun. July 27 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party

Mon. July 28 – Victoria, BC @ Club 9ONE9

Wed. July 30 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett

Thu. July 31 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Fri. Aug. 1 – Sun. Aug. 3 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon

Tue. Aug. 5 – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library – Woodsist Festival

Sat. Aug. 9 – Oslo, NO @ Øya Festival

Tue. Aug. 12 – Luxembourg @ EXIT07 (Congés Annulés)

Thu. Aug. 14 – St. Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock Festival

Sat. Aug. 16 – Brecon, UK @ Green Man Festival

Tue. Sep. 16 – Stockholm, SE @ Kagelbanan

Wed. Sep. 17 – Copenhagen, DK @ Lille Vega

Thu. Sep. 18 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahnfestival

Fri. Sep. 19 – Tilburg, NL @ Incubate Festival

Sat. Sep. 20 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko

Mon. Sep. 22 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

Tue. Sep. 23 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute

Wed. Sep. 24 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny

Thu. Sep. 25 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

Sat. Sep. 27 – Bordeaux, FR @ Krakatoa

Wed. Oct. 1 – Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne

Thu. Oct. 2 – Milano, IT @ Biko

Fri. Oct. 3 – Bologna, IT @ Covo

Sat. Oct. 4 – Zuerich, CH @ Exil

Mon. Oct. 6 – Vienna, AT @ WUK

Tue. Oct. 7 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk

Wed. Oct. 8 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu

Thu. Oct. 9 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik

Fri. Oct. 10 – Brussels, BE @ AB