Monthly Archives: October 2014

Watch Run The Jewels Letterman Show + Video Teaser; Grab Some Special RTJ Popcorn


Hip-hop supergroup to also put in a special appearance at BLURT ground zero.

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

Run The Jewels just played live on Late Show With David Letterman, doing “Early” from RTJ2. Check it out, complete with backing singers in Halloween-appropriate creepy backing singers attired in Dia de los Muertos facepaint:


The El-P/Killer Mike collective is additionally celebrating via (1) a teaser for the forthcoming video “Blockbuster Night Part 1” and (2) a special limited edition run of Run The Jewels popcorn. Check out the former, below; the latter is pictured, above, and you can buy it at their label’s website.

Run The Jewels tour starts tonight in Philly shortly after they finish taping the Letterman show. From there they go to DC and Charlottesville, then on Monday night (Nov. 3) they perform at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Earlier that day they’ll be dropping in at BLURT’s sister business, Schoolkids Records of Raleigh, NC, for a special record signing session. (We share space with Schoolkids.) Target time is 6pm so don’t be late—a huge crowd is expected, based on our Facebook event response.

10/31 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *

11/1 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *

11/2 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater *

11/3 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *

11/3 – Raleigh, NC – Schoolkids Records (record signing, not performance; 6pm)

11/4 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *

11/6 – Dallas, TX – Trees *

11/7 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

11/8 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *

11/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *

11/11 – La Jolla, CA – Porters Pub *

11/12 – Pomona, CA – Glass House *

11/14 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine +

11/15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *

11/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *

11/18 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre *

11/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Line Music Café *

11/21 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *

11/22 – Chicago, IL – Metro *

11/23 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room *

11/25 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall *

11/26 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall *

11/27 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda *

11/28 – Boston, MA – Paradise *

11/29 – New York, NY – Stage 48 *

12/10 – Glasgow, UK – Glasgow Garage

12/11 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla

12/12 – London, UK – Koko

12/13 – Paris, FR – La Bellevilloise

12/15 – Oslo, NO – BLA

12/16 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand

12/19 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset

12/20 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg

12/21 – Dublin, IE – Opium Rooms

12/30 – Lorne, AU – Falls Festival

12/31 – Marion Bay, AU – Falls Festival

1/1 – Sydney, AU – Field Day

1/2 – Byron Bay, AU – Falls Festival

1/4 – Busselton, AU – Southbound Festival

1/7 – Sydney, AU – Enmore Theatre ^

1/8 – Melbourne, AU – The Forum ^

1/9 – Brisbane, AU – Hi Fi ^

1/10 – Auckland, NZ – Town Hall ^


% Red Bull Sound Select show

* with Rat King & Despot

+ with Despot

^ with Joey Bada$$

Watch War On Drugs Live on Conan Show


Sadly, not a single reference to Sun Kil Moon in the song…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

One of my fave bands, War On Drugs, appeared on the Conan O’Brien show last night (Oct. 30), doing their great song “Burning” (from Lost in A Dream, of course, which is easily one of the year’s best releases). Check it out, below. And if you want more, you can go HERE to check out their earlier appearance on Late Show With David Letterman.

T. Rex “Tanx” Limited Ed. Silver/Purple Vinyl Reissue

Trex 1

Collector catnip alert!

By Fred Mills

It’s the classic T. Rex album from ’73: Tanx, which wasn’t as hit-stuffed at Electric Warrior and The Slider but was still pretty ace via such key tracks as “Mad Donna,” “Country Honey,” “Life Is Strange” and of course “Born to Boogie.” There have been numerous reissues over the years, including a two-CD expanded version, but this particular reish is pretty special: a silver/purple 180gm vinyl edition limited to just 500 copies. Included is a poster plus the expected download card.

Trex 2

It’s the latest in Newbury Comics’ series of vinyl reissues—that Jeff Buckley Grace on colored wax was downright awesome—and it’s being offered in conjunction with Fat Possum. Better grab it while ya can, punters…

IndieGoGo Project Worth Supporting: New Billy Jonas Album

Billy Jonas

Building it one set of ears at a time! Campaign ends Nov. 3…

By Fred Mills

Since 2002’s acclaimed What Kind of Cat are You?, Asheville-based kid’s music auteur Billy Jonas has been expanding his musical palette to appeal not only to the wee folks but to their entire family; it’s no secret that his music (not to mention his outrageously innovative “industrial re-percussion” cadre of homemade instrumentation) makes him one of North Carolina’s most popular artists. He’s been putting the finishing touches on The Billy Jonas Band’s next album, Build It Back Again, additionally mounting an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign in order to help fund the project. Check out the pitch video:

So we here at BLURT would like to put our humble “thumbs up” out there for the Jonas Band album and encourage you, our gentle readership, to consider contributing to the IndieGoGo campaign. Go to the campaign page to contribute and for full details about the album and its financing, along with a list of perks you can grab at certain contribution levels. (Our favorite option: for $80 you can get “a personalized, improvised song written and sung for you over the phone.” Hey, that’s at least as cool as having Carl Kassell’s voice on your home answering machine!) There are 4 days left to contribute; it ends Nov. 3,so get a move on, folks. As of this writing it’s 89% funded, so just a few more contributions will help ’em meet the total goal of $30,000.

The upcoming record, in Jonas’ words, “carries the tradition forward. The music is written and recorded with a mission: to honor and empower the creativity, inherent intelligence, and desire to learn in young folks, as well as their adults; to inspire them, apart and together, to question and play — and to see these two things as inseparable, and as pathways to joy. Sophisticated, fun music, in the service of creating joy-filled individuals, families, and community. Yeah, we wanna change the world for the better — 2 ears at at time.”




Video Premiere: Churchwood’s “Cain”


Snout mask replica alert! Key track from the Austin band’s recently released album.

By Blurt Staff

The album’s called Churchwood 3: Trickgnosis, and no, we aren’t sure what a “trickgnosis” is. What we ARE sure of is that the album kicks holy blooze skronkin’ ass, and that it an obvious musical byproduct of that “what’s-in-the-Austin-water” syndrome. Churchwood’s the name, and fuggin’ you up is the game of these longtime vets of the Austin scene. Ergo, we have a swank new video from the combo and their label Saustex Media to unveil. Say hello to “Cain”:

As Saustex advises us, the band made the film noir inspired piece with photographer Victoria Renard. It’s “a cautionary tale about what happens when you get between the constabulary and their donuts.”

How do we love Churchwood? Let us count thee ways. As noted in our recent review of the album, “Not since Dr. John commenced his night trippin’ has there been a set of voodoo-blooze rawk quite so brilliantly primal as the third platter from Austin’s Churchwood… The C-wood display their agility at inhabiting multiple genres (sometimes several at once) and ability to shift gears at the flick of an unfiltered butt. It was no coincidence that Churchwood was invited to perform at BLURT’s annual SXSW day party this year as well as last year; we generally prefer to have different artists each year so as not to appear to be playing favorites, but were so blown away in 2013 that it was almost a foregone conclusion we had to see ‘em a second time.”

We’re BLURT, and we approve of that message. More info: and

Churchwood 9-16

MP3: Download Jack Bruce/Ginger Baker Concert from ‘89


Fresh Cream for you and me. Plus some special Parliament-Funkadelic musicians in the lineup…

By Uncle Blurt

One of my most cherished concert memories of the late ‘80s was seeing the Jack Bruce-Ginger Baker band in Charlotte; the exact date escapes me. Now, in the wake of Bruce’s untimely passing over the weekend, the diligent archivists at Big O Zine have posted several Bruce concerts as free MP3s for download, including suitable-for-printing artwork. In addition to a couple of shows dating to 1970 and 1975, a Bruce-Baker gig from Peabody’s Down Under in Cleveland Dec. 13, 1989.

You can download the Cleveland show HERE and read more about it, of which Big O notes, “Peabody’s Down Under was a small club, maybe 400 seats. Located in the booming Flats district. It was standing room only on this night.” Note the setlist below, which includes a TON of vintage Cream.

The lineup: Bruce – bass, vocals, harmonica; Baker – drums; Bernie Worrell – keyboards; Blues Saraceno – guitar; Gary ‘Mudbone’ Cooper – percussion. Quite a roster of players, eh?

      Track 101
. Sitting On Top Of The World (very beginning cut) 8:59 (15.1MB)
      Track 102
. Politician 7:33 (12.7MB)
      Track 103
. Sunshine Of Your Love (very end cut) 12:06 (20.3MB)
      Track 104
. Keep It Down (start and end cut, small gap spliced in middle) 4:45 (8.0MB)
      Track 105
. Spoonful (beginning cut) 7:36 (12.8MB)
      Track 106
. NSU (beginning cut, gap spliced in middle) 5:29 (9.2MB)
      Track 201
. Obsession 6:08 (10.3MB)
      Track 202
. White Room (end cut) 7:00 (11.8MB)
      Track 203
. Hey Now Princess (beginning cut) 6:43 (11.3MB)
      Track 204
. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ 14:04 (23.6MB)
      Track 205
. Toad (cuts out) 8:00 (13.4MB)


Album Premiere: Bloodhounds’ Debut LP “Let Loose”


Just a little band from East L.A….. album drops Nov. 4 on CD and colored wax.

By Blurt Staff

East L.A. combo the Bloodhounds— Aaron “Little Rock” Piedraita on rhythm guitar, Johnny Santana on bass, Branden Santos on lead guitar and Mark Schafler on drums and percussion—will drop their debut album Let Loose next week on Alive Naturalsound, and it’s a heady brew indeed. R&B/punk/Latin rock never sounded sweeter, and because it’s so sweet we are gonna gift you, the erudite Blurt readership, with an advance stream of the record. Check it out:

Though founded on electric sound they also dig the old jug band style of playing. Picking up cheap acoustic guitars, turning ordinary household items into instruments and constructing a traditional washtub-broomstick bass, they often busk in the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the delight of large crowds. The band was discovered by Arthur Alexander (The Poppees, Sorrows) who wound up producing the album.

Frontman Piedraita enthusiastically describes Let Loose as “a mixup of our influences, styles and personalities. Recorded and produced by Arthur Alexander and released on Alive Records and we couldn’t have asked for it any other way. Now watch out now cus’ it ain’t our last!”

Tour Dates:

October 25 @ Redwood Bar — Los Angeles, CA

October 30 @ The Lexington — Los Angeles, CA

November 6 @ KKUP Radio — Santa Clara, CA

November 7 @ The Brainwash Cafe — San Francisco, CA

November 20 RECORD RELEASE SHOW @ Harvard & Stone — Los Angeles, CA

November 21 @ Linneas — San Luis Obispo, CA

November 23 @ Hully Gully — Downey, CA




Track Premiere: Gabriel Sullivan Does Springsteen’s “Tom Joad”


From the back seat of his father’s car to the local skate park to the Giant Sand collective—and now to the BLURT readership.

By Fred Mills

Our admiration here for Tucson’s Gabriel Sullivan is well-documented; we’ve talked about his work with Giant Sand as well as profiled him for his solo work. (Go here to read an early interview with him, and here for a review of his last album, 2012’s None Of This Is Mine.) His new record JVPITER arrives in late November, and earlier this month he unveiled the first single, “Seven Cataracts.” Now we’ve got a new track for you as a preview, and the fact that it’s also one of our favorite-ever tunes makes the song premiere even more special—it’s his haunting cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad”:

Sullivan details how he initially discovered the song, and how he came to cover it:

“Funny to think back on how I found this song. I heard it as performed by Rage Against The Machine before I ever heard the original; I was a 13 year old kid with a skateboard and an Ibanez guitar and I didn’t have a bit of knowledge or interest for songwriters that are now my heroes. After playing the song countless times in the car with my parents, my Dad informed me—with a shake of the head—that this was in fact a Bruce Springsteen cover.

“’The Ghost of Tom Joad’ was a song that I never thought I deserved to cover, one of them ‘untouchable’ tunes—you just don’t play it. But on a gray afternoon in Denmark last year, with no new songs coming to mind, I started playing ‘Tom Joad’ for the Giant Sand boys. They had never heard the song and immediately fell into this trancelike groove. Peter Dombernowsky played the drum set with his hands and added a back beat to the song that I think is what makes it its own. We got it down in two takes and that was that. Some sort of tribal, goth, barren landscape take on what is perhaps my favorite song of all time.”

Sullivan will be doing selected Arizona shows during November; you can get details (as well listen to “Seven Cataracts”) at his official website.




Bassist Jack Bruce R.I.P. 1943-2014


Famed musician was comfortable in both the rock and jazz worlds.

By Fred Mills

Cream bassist John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce passed away yesterday (Oct. 25) at the age of 71, reports the New York Times, from liver disease, having had a liver transplant in 2003. Born in Scotland in 1943, he was at his home in Suffolk, England, at the time of his death, announced his website.

Though Bruce earned his “legendary” stripes with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in Cream during the late ‘60s, prior to that he came to no small prominence in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and the Graham Bond Organisation. Following the breakup of Cream in ’68 he issued three solo album (notably 1969’s acclaimed Songs For A Tailor), additionally working with jazz fusion outfit Lifetime and forming the West, Bruce & Laing power trio with former Mountain members Leslie West and Corky Laing. He continued to keep busy for most of his life despite a period of crippling drug addiction and, eventually, poor health stemming from liver cancer. He worked with jazz players and rock musicians alike and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. He also reunited with Clapton and Baker in 2005 for a string of Cream reunion concerts in London and New York. His final album, Silver Rails, was released in March of this year.

Photo by Christian Sahm, via Wikipedia