Monthly Archives: August 2014

Graveface Archival Series Nears End of Kickstarter Campaign

Graveface

And yes, this is one we BLURT-ers can get behind…

By Blurt Staff

It’s called the Graveface Archival Series, and it aims to reissue out of print vinyl from Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Appleseed Cast, Whirr, and many more from the dusty vaults of the maverick indie-rock label. Graveface Records has launched a massive vinyl preorder via Kickstarter which the label sais “is not a fundraiser as much as a creative approach to record sales, giving buyers the opportunity to hand-pick their packages.”

Visit the Graveface Archival Series Kickstarter Page

The albums will be shipped out throughout the fall, with three records made available each month. The campaign ends on August 31 so you, dear readers, have a choice to make….

August Delivery:
Whirr – Distressor LP (white and grey color-in-color with electric blue and cyan blue splatter)
The Appleseed Cast – Two Conversations LP (electric blue vinyl with blood red splatter)
Haley Bonar – Golder LP (gold glitter with pink vinyl)

September Delivery:
Whirr – Pipe Dreams (Redux) LP
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Eating Us LP
Hospital Ships – Lonely Twin LP

October Delivery:
The Appleseed Cast – Peregrine 2XLP
Marshmallow Ghosts –  Marshmallow Ghost LP
Octopus Project / Black Moth Super Rainbow – House of Apples and Eyeballs LP

November Delivery:
Dreamend – So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite, and the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave 2XLP
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Dandelion Gum 2XLP
Lava Children – Lava Children LP

December Delivery:
Dreamend – As If By Ghosts… LP
Hospital Ships – Oh, Ramona LP
Monster Movie – Transistor LP

UPDATE: Henry Rollins Steps Up, Takes Ownership of Suicide Comments Flap

Rollins

Perhaps this should be a guide for future behavior…

By Fred Mills

Although former Black Flag/Rollins Band frontman Henry Rollins offered some much-needed clarity-amidst-the-politically-correct-fog earlier this week when he penned his “Fuck Suicide” editorial for the LA Weekly about Robin Williams’ death, he subsequently took a huge amount of grief, both on-line and off-, for his statements, which definitely did not sympathize with the depression/suicide crowd.

Today, then, he posted a statement on his own website apologizing for the hurt, aggravation and animosity he stirred up—clearly, the public response gave him pause, and his own personal response reflects the mind of a person who cares very deeply about his fellow humans. We’ll withhold taking sides in any of this, other than to say – it’s all a huge grey area for most of us, and there’s probably no ultimate right or wrong here. But the way Rollins handled this is admirable, and we think the whole world would run a lot better if more people would take ownership of their actions, words, and even thoughts rather than just put “stuff” out there without regard to their fellow citizens.

Below, read what Rollins has been saying.

 

Rollins’ original LA Weekly editorial (partial; see link for full content above) read: “When someone negates their existence, they cancel themselves out in my mind. I have many records, books and films featuring people who have taken their own lives, and I regard them all with a bit of distain. When someone commits this act, he or she is out of my analog world. I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life. They were real but now they are not. I no longer take this person seriously. I may be able to appreciate what he or she did artistically but it’s impossible to feel bad for them.”

Rollins’ later website posting read: “For the last 9+ hours, I have been answering letters from people from all over the world. The anger is off the scale and in my opinion, well placed. The article I wrote in the LA Weekly about suicide caused a lot of hurt. This is perhaps one of the bigger understatements of all time. I read all the letters. Some of them were very long and the disappointment, resentment and ringing clarity was jarring.
That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result.

“I have had a life of depression. Some days are excruciating. Knowing what I know and having been through what I have, I should have known better but I obviously did not. I get so mad when I hear that someone has died this way. Not mad at them, mad at whatever got them there and that no one magically appeared to somehow save them.

“I am not asking for a break from the caning, take me to the woodshed as much as you see fit. If what I said has caused you to be done with me, I get it. I wrote something for the LA Weekly that they will post on Monday. I wanted to get this out at this moment. I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow. I can’t think that means anything to you, but I am. Completely sorry. It is not of my interest to hurt anyone but I know I did. Thank you for reading this. Henry”

UPDATE 8/25: Today in the LA Weekly Rollins wrote a followup essay that expands upon his apology.

 

Broken Bells Unveil Unique Band-Stocked Jukebox

Broken Bells

One play for a quarter — five for a buck!

Broken Bells – recently profiled in a marathon 3-part story HERE at Blurt – have dreamt up a truly special treat for their fans with the creation of a band-curated jukebox. The jukebox – complete with customized paneling based on their current album After the Disco  (Columbia) – comprises the Broken Bells discography along with 100 other notable albums hand-selected by Brian Burton and James Mercer for listeners to enjoy.

How can you win the jukebox? Starting Aug 25, fans can head to their local record store and purchase the Broken Bells “Control” 7 inch. Inside will be a special insert with a code that could make you the lucky winner. (Head to http://jukebox.brokenbells.com/ to enter your code and see alternate methods of entry.)

Until then, view this promotional video to learn more about the jukebox:

Get a taste of the Broken Bells jukebox experience now at http://broken-bells-jukebox.herokuapp.com/.

Broken Bells will relaunch their North American tour on September 26 at New York City’s Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. For more information on future touring plans, visit brokenbells.com/tour.

Tour Dates:

09/26/14 – New York, NY – Rumsey Playfield
09/27/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
09/28/14 – Richmond, VA – The National
09/29/14 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
10/01/14 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
10/02/14 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
10/04/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/05/14 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
10/07/14 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
10/08/14 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
10/11/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/24-25/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
10/24-26/14 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Festival
10/28/14 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic Auditorium

 

 

MP3: Listen to new Track from Tucson’s Brian Lopez

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Tune comes from forthcoming album, due in September.

Tucson songwriter/rocker Brian Lopez follows up his debut record Ultra with Static Noise, due Sept. 23 via Funzalo Records. Check out a fresh track preview, “Mercury in Retrograde:

Lopez, whose voice has been compared to Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke and who has worked with Howe Gelb in Giant Giant Sand as well as KT Tunstall, says the album is the product of over more than two years, producing dozens of songs before choosing the best compositions, narrowing the album’s focus and capitalizing on his guitar and vocal talents.

“Listening to the last record and seeing how eclectic it was, I was trying to hone in on tighter arrangements and tighter songwriting and taking my time to make sure each song was like a fine cut gem. I feel like they’re potent,” Lopez says. “I knew it was going to be heavier, more electric guitars and louder drums. I wanted it to go in more of a rock ‘n’ roll direction, to walk that line a bit more.”

“It’s been a pretty crazy couple of years as far as being out on the road and collaborating with a lot of artists and kind of living in different worlds as far as the Howe Gelb circus versus the KT Tunstall pop world. They’re completely different and I think it’s telling how I can somehow disguise myself into each world and be accepted,” he adds.

Lopez recorded Static Noise at Waterworks Recording Studio in Tucson, co-producing with Jim Waters (Sonic Youth, The John Spencer Blues Explosion). Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse, Loretta Lynn, The Walkmen, Phosphorescent) mixed the record. Sean Slade (Radiohead, Pixies, Hole, Ben Folds, Morphine) provided arrangements throughout the album.

Transfigurations II Festival Schedule Announced

Transfig II poster

Performers include The Clean, Mudhoney, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Michael Hurley, Sonny & The Sunsets, Moon Duo, Angel Olsen, Mount Eerie, Little Wings, Endless Boogie, Reighning Sound, The Sadies, Steve Gunn, Bassholes, Hiss Golden Messenger, Disappears, Kevin Morby, Quilt, Sir Richard Bishop, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, Fountainsun, Wooden Wand, EDJ, Bitchin Bajas, Axxa/Abraxas, Container, Profligate, Dylan Golden Aycock, and Nest Egg.

As we previously announced, Aug. 28-30 will mark the Harvest Records-hosted (of Asheville, NC) Transfigurations II music festival, taking place in Asheville and nearby Marshall. Harvest will be celebrating ten years this August 28-30 with Transfigurations II. Featuring 25+ bands, performing over three days at three different venues throughout Asheville and Marshall, North Carolina, Transfigurations II follows in the tradition of Transfigurations I (2009) with a lineup carefully curated by Harvest founders Mark Capon and Matt Schnable to reflect both the community’s taste and its own. The aim with both Harvest Records and this celebration is to turn people on to something new, encourage folks to leave their comfort zone and be immersed.

The concerts on Thursday, August 28th and Friday, August 29th will be held at the Grey Eagle and Mothlight in Asheville and the event on Saturday, August 30th will be held at Blannahassett Island in Marshall, NC.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://harvest-records.com/transfigurations/. The Transfigurations II schedule is available for download here and listed below.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28TH

Grey Eagle: Doors 7pm

THE SADIES 10pm-11pm

SONNY & THE SUNSETS 9pm-9:45pm

EDJ 8pm-8:40pm

The Mothlight: Doors 9:30pm

PETE SWANSON 12:45am-1:30am

CONTAINER 11:45pm-12:30am

PROFLIGATE 10:45pm-11:30pm

BITCHIN BAJAS 10pm-10:30pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH

 Grey Eagle: Doors 7pm

MUDHONEY 9pm-10pm

AXXA/ABRAXAS 8pm-8:45pm

The Mothlight: Doors 9:30pm

MOON DUO 12:15am-1am

DISAPPEARS 11:15pm-12am

NEST EGG 10:15-11pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30TH: gates at 11:30am

Indoor Stage:

ENDLESS BOOGIE 11:30pm-12:30am

REIGNING SOUND 8:45pm-9:30pm

BASSHOLES 6:35pm-7:20pm

QUILT 4:40pm-5:25pm

MOUNT EERIE 2:45pm-3:30pm

KEVIN MORBY 1pm-1:40pm

Outdoor Main Stage:

THE CLEAN 10:30pm-11:30pm

MICHAEL HURLEY 9:20pm-10:20pm

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS 7:10pm-8:10pm

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER 5:15pm-6pm

STEVE GUNN 3:20pm-4:05pm

WILLIAM TYLER 1:30pm-2:10pm

 Outdoor Small Stage:

LITTLE WINGS 8:10pm-9pm

SIR RICHARD BISHOP 6pm-6:45pm

ANGEL OLSEN 4:05pm-4:50pm

FOUNTAINSUN 2:10pm-2:55pm

WOODEN WAND 12:30pm-1:10pm

DYLAN GOLDEN AYCOCK 12pm-12:25pm

 

Watch “Post-apocalyptic” Video from The Pack A.D.

Pack AD

No extras from Mad Max were harmed in the making of this epic…

By Blurt Staff

Vancouver’s rocking duo The Pack A.D. unveiled the new music video for “Rocket” this weekend – it’s from from their latest album Do Not Engage (Nettwerk Records), produced by the ever-prolific Jim Diamond in Detroit. Check it out:

Filmed in Vancouver and directed by Jimi Cuell, the video depicts a post-apocalyptic, road warrior-esque narrative, pitting the girls against each other in armed combat. Currently on the road with Alice In Chains in Canada, the pair will make their way stateside on September 2nd with Man or Astro-Man? Starting in North Carolina, the tour will make its way up the east coast to DC.  Full tour dates are below.

(9/2)  Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

(9/3) Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Ballroom

(9/4) Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio

(9/5) Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

(9/6) Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

(9/7) Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

(9/8) Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

(9/9) Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall

(9/10) Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

(9/11) New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

(9/12) Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

(9/13) Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

(9/14) Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Green On Red’s Dan Stuart Publishes “False” Memoir

Dan Stuart book

The tale of one band, writ large, or at least writ.

By Fred Mills

Raise your hand if you were a fan of Green On Red — that Tucson-to-Cali combo of cosmic cowboys who, along with fellow denizens of the Paisley Underground (think: Dream Syndicate, Long Ryders, Salvation Army, etc.), helped pave the way for the contemporary Americana scene while also providing a much-needed guitar-powered boot in the ass of Eighties musical complacency. In the 20-odd years since the group’s ultimate demise (although there was a terrific reunion a decade or so ago), frontman Dan Stuart has eased in and out of music, most recently surfacing in 2012 with a CD he cut in Mexico, The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings.

Dan Stuart CD

Now he’s published a book bearing the same name: The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings is subtitled “a false memoir” and, while we’ll allow that little big of authorial sleight-of-hand, for folks like yours truly who dearly loved and followed Green On Red, there’s barely a word within that rings false. Some of the names have been changed, either in deference to sundry statutes of limitations that may not have expired just yet or simply to take poetic license. But it’s still a drugs/sex/rock ‘n’ roll-littered tale of a man, his guitar, the occasional pit bull, and his band, and half the fun for yours truly, since I spent a good amount of time in Arizona myself, is catching some of the names and references with true insider’s glee. The pages are also littered with priceless photos of Green On Red back in the day (see below) including a number of pre-GoR images that are illuminating, to say the least.

Green On Red 1

No less a professorial source than Willy Vlautin (a novelist and musician himself) calls the book “funny and heartbreaking, raw and a bit off key, and always charging forward,” while Lydia Lunch simply calls it “American literature as it was meant to be. Brutal.” Lydia knows a thing or two about “brutal.”

You can look into this matter more completely over at the Cadiz Music books website or at Stuart’s Marlowe website. Please don’t try to claim later that I didn’t warn you.

 

Watch Reunited Let’s Active Live at Cat’s Cradle

LA

No doubt there are plenty more videos online as well…

By Fred Mills

Were you there? We mean last weekend’s Let’s Active reunion – part of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation benefit concert at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle (full details right HERE at Blurt, natch). And if you want to check out, or relive for that matter, the group’s absolutely riveting version of LA classic “Waters Part,” here’s a video clip for ya. It’s a bit distant from a viewing standpoint, but the audio is solid. And the audience is clearly as much in the groove as the band – one of those magic NC moments that can only happen in, let’s face it, NC…. Among the other tunes performed were “In Between,” “Easy Does,” “Every Word Means No” and – in a bittersweet moment, because Faye Hunter, who sang it on the record, is no longer with us – “Blue Line,” done appropriately enough by one of our favorite guest singers. You know her… Okay Mitch, let’s do it again, ya know? We all want more.

Track Premiere: New from Tucson’s Billy Sedlmayr

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Tune culled from Kickstarter-funded album, due in September.

By Blurt Staff

Last fall word arrived that Tucson musical legend Billy Sedlmayr (aka “Billy Sed” to friends and fellow musicians on the Arizona scene) was mounting a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new musical project. Spearheaded by Tucson’s Gabriel Sullivan (of solo and Giant Giant Sand fame), Charmed Life had a successful campaign and was completed earlier this year. Now we are pleased and proud—as lovers of Arizona rock in general and longtime fans of Sedlmayr specifically—to unveil a fresh track from the album for you, the discriminating BLURT reader. Check out “Hardbound”:

It’s the second single from Charmed Life which will officially arrive on September 30, available online and at shows.

Some background, per the Kickstarter campaign: “Billy Sedlmayr has some stories he needs to tell, and that need to be heard. For over three decades now Billy Sedlmayr has been deep in the fabric of Tucson music, from his early days as an underage musician playing dusty bars long since gone with punk rock pioneers The Pedestrians, then playing with Giant Sandworms, laying down the blueprint for Tucson music. Over the years Billy’s made music with local legends like Rainer, Howe Gelb, Dave Seeger, Rich Hopkins, Dan Stewart, Van Christian and many more, a founding member of a scene that produced bands like Naked Prey, Green On Red, Giant Sand and more.

“This project is the culmination of a now 2 year collaboration of Billy Sedlmayr and Gabriel Sullivan. The two began playing music together in the legendary Tucson dive, The Red Room… Sullivan produced the record and recruited his own band, Taraf de Tucson, to back Billy for the recordings. The Create Co. (headed by Bryce Myhre) has been documenting the sonic endeavors of Billy and Gabriel and filmed the entire recording process.”

On the web: www.facebook.com/billysedlmayr

 

Track Premiere: Lloyd Cole’s “Women’s Studies”

Lloyd Cole crop

“Women’s Studies” comes from new album that features no less than Fred Maher and Matthew Sweet; meanwhile, initial vinyl pressing arrives on clear wax, Jack!

By Blurt Staff

The album’s called Standards and it was previously available only overseas—into the gap steps Omnivore to bring the acclaimed Lloyd Cole album to fans Stateside on Sept. 30. We’ve got a sweet track premiere just for you, discriminating BLURT-ers. It’s called “Women’s Studies” and you will dig it:

The backstory: Recorded in late 2012 to early 2013 in Los Angeles, New York and at his home in Massachusetts, the albumis produced by Lloyd and mixed by maverick German producer Olaf Opal. All songs are by Lloyd Cole apart from “California Earthquake,” which was written by American folk artist John Hartford. The band Lloyd assembled for Standards comprises Fred Maher (Lou Reed, Material, Scritti Politti) on drums and Matthew Sweet on bass reforming the rhythm section from Lloyd’s debut solo album, 1990’s Lloyd Cole and its follow-up Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe. Also appearing on the record are Joan Wasser, Lloyd’s son Will, Mark Schwaber and Matt Cullen on guitars, Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan, percussionist Michael Wyzik and, from Cole’s post-Commotions band the Negatives, backing vocalist Dave Derby.

Says Lloyd, of the record,“I wanted to make an album with a small fixed palette of sounds, like a Van Gogh, like Highway 61. The album format is supposedly dead, but I still want to make them. Not bunches of songs – albums. For the last 10 years I’ve been primarily an acoustic musician but this is an album for electric guitars, electric bass and loud drums, with piano and synthesizer. Not quite monochrome, then, but not ever-changing either: it has a unique identity — a sound.”

Tracklisting:

California Earthquakes

Women’s Studies

Period Piece

Myrtle and Rose

No Truck

Blue Like Mars

Opposites Day

Silver Lake

It’s Late

Kids Today

Diminished Ex