Monthly Archives: January 2015

Gang of Four to Support Feb. Album w/ US Tour

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Looks like a gang of three based on the photo…

By Blurt Staff

The mighty Gang of Four will release a new album, What Happens Next, on February 24 on Metropolis Records. It’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed album Content and features collaborations with Alison Mosshart from The Kills, Robbie Furze from The Big Pink, Gail Ann Dorsey, German superstar Herbert Grönemeyer and Japanese superstar Hotei. (Below, listen to the track featuring Mosshart.)  There’s also to be a US and North American tour kicking off in March that will include several shows in Austin during SXSW:

Gang of Four tour dates:

March 3: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
March 4: Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
March 6: Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
March 7: Irving Plaza. New York, NY
March 9: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Ontario
March 10: Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
March 12: Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
March 13: Park West, Chicago, IL
March 14: Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
March 15: Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
March 17: Warehouse Live Studio, Houston, TX
March 18: Trees, Dallas, TX
March 17-22: South By Southwest, Austin, TX (TBA)
March 23: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
March 24: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
March 25: Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
March 28: Burgerama, Santa Ana, CA

This will be the first album without vocalist Jon King (his fellow co-founder Dave Allen left some time ago). What Happens Next refers to both the outside world and the band itself: an emphatic commitment to the future. “The focus is more on universal issues, like how individuals behave in certain ways or how our world is constructed, than local issues or current affairs,” says guitarist and songwriter (and lone remaining co-founder) Andy Gill. “Gang of Four is anything but parochial.”

According to the band’s handlers, “When King left the project, a reinvigorated Gill seized the opportunity to re-imagine Gang of Four from the ground up. The new album is an unexpected twist that still operates as the next logical step for the group. It was written and produced by Gill in London.”The lead single from What Happens Next is “Broken Talk”, which features vocals from Alison Mosshart:

 

Video Premiere: Tucson’s Gabriel Sullivan

Gabriel Sullivan new

Track taken from his most excellent new solo album.

By Blurt Staff

Always a good day around the Blurt arroyo when we have some fresh Gabriel Sullivan to share with you. The Tucson-based musician, who’s worked with Giant Sand, Marianne Dissard, Billy Sedlmayr and others, is also a prolific solo artist. He just released the JVPITER album – you might recall we premiered his cover of Springsteen’s “Ghost Of Tom Joad” from the album awhile back – and we are proud to unveil the record’s first video. It’s for the tune “Hollow Hunter”:

Gabriel told us a little about the song, saying, “Hollow Hunter” is in my mind perhaps the most representative of the way I view the JVPITER album. It embodies the cold and somewhat alien feeling of the record while maintaining its earthy roots. The basic tracking for this song was done in Denmark while all the string, percussion, and electronics overdubs were done in Tucson… which is perhaps what gives it its balance between two worlds.”

Speaking of two worlds, Sullivan will be hitting France this spring, in April, so for any of our overseas readers in the vicinity, check him out.

TOUR DATES:

February 7th, 2015 – Last Exit Live – Phoenix, AZ

April 5th, 2015 – Le VIP – St. Nazaire, France

April 7th, 2015 – Theatre National de Bretagne – Rennes, France

April 8th, 2015 – Le Petit Bain – Paris, France

April 10th, 2015- Le Gueulard- Nilvange, France

April 16th – Stereolux – Nantes, France

 

Photo Credit DI Holmes

On the web:

gabrielsullivanmusic.com

gabrielsullivan.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/gabrielsullivanmusic

2 Live Crew Reunites for Tour

2 Live Crew

The original pussy poppers are back in the, uh, saddle and stirrups….

By Uncle Blurt

You know, I love me some Luther Campbell – if nothing else, that gap between his teeth is even more striking than Madonna’s or David Letterman’s, and I hear he can whistle through it like a motherfucker. Plus, I’m old enough to have been on the scene when Luther and his 2 Live Crew were making serious bank being as nasty as they wanna’d, in the process fueling the fires of the PMRC and their anti-rap ilk. (Ask me sometime about when I hung out with Tipper Gore during an appearance at a Christian bookstore…)

So it warms the cocks, er, the cockles of yer ol’ Uncle’s heart to learn that the Crew has gotten back together. As a press release this morning breathlessly exclaimed, “The bad boys of Hip Hop are back! The 2 Live Crew reunion is coming to a city near you. Fresh Kid Ice, Brother Marquis, and Uncle Luke, as rap performers, have been responsible for some of the hottest titles in the history of rap music. They have earned one double platinum album, two platinum albums, two gold albums, three chart topping singles, and sales of over ten million units. The 2 Live Crew also had single tracks included on the “New Jack City,” “Boyz In The Hood,” and “Friday” soundtracks.”

Well, all right then! So far it appears the touring itinerary is a tad on the lean side, but we hear the band is available for bookings, and I have already talked to the Blurt Editor about possibly lining ‘em up for our annual hot tub party. Watch this pace for details….

Fri, May 8 – Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park

Fri, May 15 – Atlanta, GA – Wolf Creek Amphitheater

Sat, June 6 – Mobile, AL – Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds

Watch Panda Bear & Sonic Boom in Mini-Doc

Panda

Captures the artist formerly known as Pete Kember hanging with his BFF PB. Above: non-musicians who guest in the film.

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

It’s a match made in heaven if you happen to be a fan of both Animal Collective and Spacemen 3: that would be the Panda Bear-Sonic Boom summit that has now lasted for two Panda Bear solo albums, notably the brand new Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Film director Sam Fleischner has created a mini-documentary, Greeting the Reaper, to mark the occasion, and the 15-minute film features everything from the pair working in the studio to them hitting the Lisbon zoo to noshing at their favorite McDonald’s…

Track Premiere: David Bronson

David Bronson

NYC singer-songwriter taps into a wellspring of soulful authenticity on new album.

By Blurt Staff

“It’s the closest thing to a political song as I’m likely to do,” says NYC-based singer-songwriter David Bronson of “All These Things,” the latest track taken from his new album Questions which dropped a couple of weeks ago via Big Arc. You can listen to the tune right here, exclusively at Blurt, and we are quite pleased to be able to premiere it for you:

David Bronson has been making music for a number of years now but the public really started noticing him after he released the two-record set The Long Lost Story in 2013. Since then he’s become a touring force and a mainstay of festivals in the U.S. ad in Europe. Questions represents a significant step in his maturation process, simultaneously reflective and outgoing, with elements of pop, soul, gospel, folk, even dance-funk marking his style.

Bronson, who is based in NYC and has been compared to everyone from Neil Young to Iron & Wine, elaborates on the “All These Things” track, noting, “I wrote the seed of the song when an unexpected, very sad thing happened to a member of my family right at the time of the recent nuclear disaster in Japan, and I was overwhelmed in this moment. I realized that we suffer personal losses, and we also witness ‘societal’ losses, which inevitably amount to personal loss as well, because we – meaning all of us – are a single body of sorts. We are all personally responsible.”

About the new album, Bronson says, “There’s something about starting the record with a voice other than mine that I really liked and you would only do that if it’s something special, and you’re not going to get more special than Robin Clark.” (She is one of the voices of David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’ – she’s also worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen – and her husband Carlos Alomar has an equally storied resume and was the guitarist on some of Bowie’s biggest hits. Clark and Alomar, along with their daughter Lea-Lórien, are an integral part of Bronson’s band throughout Questions.) As it was with The Long Lost Story production for Questions was handled by Lou Reed producer Godfrey Diamond, who is also the man that turned the Alomars on to Bronson’s work.

Says Alomar, “I love intelligent songs. Songs that are worth singing, songs that would stand the test of time. When I first heard David Bronson, iconic writers came to mind. Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and dare I say it, even Bowie. Recording Questions was pure joy.” Adds Clark, “In every generation there is always a need for a great storyteller, one that can shine a light on the human condition. I think that David Bronson is that person.”

On the web:

https://www.facebook.com/david.ian.bronson

http://www.davidbronsonmusic.com/

Photo credit: Kyle Dean Reinford

Tour dates:

  • 01/30 Philadelphia, PA @ Grape Room
  • 02/01 Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
  • 02/02 Lexington, KY @ Common Grounds
  • 02/03 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
  • 02/04 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
  • 02/05 Chattanooga, TN @ The Honest Pint w/ Nick Lutsko
  • 02/07 Washington, DC @ Electric Maid

 

Blues Hall of Fame Sets Grand Opening for May

Blues Hall

Aims to trace the footsteps of giants. Above: workers installing the marquee.

By Blurt Staff

The Blues Hall of Fame is scheduled to finally open May 8 in Memphis. It’s housed in The Blues Foundation’s headquarters (a 12,000 sq. ft. building) on Main Street in downtown, directly across from the National Civil Rights Museum.

According to Nora Tucker, the recently appointed Manager/Curator of the Hall, “Once The Blues Hall of Fame is open, the Blues Foundation will, for the first time, exhibit a collection of artifacts, ephemera and artwork that relates to the Inductees, their music to chronicle the milestones they have achieved. Noted institutions are pitching in by loaning items that will be displayed in The Blues Hall of Fame.” Some of the materials include virtually priceless recordings, instruments, articles of clothing and writings associated with the legends who have been honored with induction.”

Among the artifacts to be displayed:

*An original Hohner harmonica and unique Hohner Echophone acoustic harmonica “amplifier” that were used by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller) on his legendary King Biscuit Time broadcasts over KFFA radio between 1941 and 1947.

*A Werco guitar, the very first electric guitar owned by Albert King (pictured below)

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*A stage shirt worn by Ike Turner during the time of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. (The shirt is unique insofar that it fit like a leotard so that it didn’t bunch up while Turner was performing.)

*A tour jacket and accompanying program commemorating the B.B. King-U2 Love Comes To Town Tour of Europe and Australia in 1989.

Tucker additionally notes that “both Sonny Boy Williamson and B.B. King were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, the year The Blues Foundation instated the original BHOF program.  Albert King was inducted in 1983 and Ike Turner was similarly honored in 2005.”

The Blues Hall of Fame’s goals are:

  • Pay tribute to the great blues men and women, giving them and their music the respect and validation they deserve
  • Educate tens of thousands of visitors about blues music and its performers, whether those visitors are young school children or music fans from around the globe
  • Bring tens of thousands of visitors into contact with The Blues Foundation and its programs

 

 

Jesus And Mary Chain to Tour “Psychocandy” in North America

JAMC

Should go down sweet, just like honey…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

Although the Jesus And Mary Chain has continued to tour on and off in recent years since their 2007 reunion – including a high profile trek in 2012 that found the entire Blurt staff swooning during a Raleigh, NC, performance – the ever-volatile Reid brothers have only recently seemed interested in cashing in on their early reputation as postpunk provocateurs. So now, 30 years after the release of their classic, mega-influential album Psychocandy the group has decided to do a modest run of North American tour dates in which they will be performing the record in its entirety. This comes on the heels of UK shows late last year. Tour dates are below; tickets go on sale Friday.

05/01 Toronto, ON – Canadian Music Week
05/03 Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall

05/05 Chicago, IL – Riviera

05/07 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

05/09 Austin, TX – Levitation / Austin Psych Fest
05/11 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05/13 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
05/14 Seattle, WA – Showbox
05/16 San Francisco, CA – Warfield

Meatmen’s Tesco Vee Talks Crime

Tesco

Somebody hot wired the dude’s heart.

By Uncle Blurt

Who else out there remembers late, great San Fran band Crime, one of those ground-zero late ‘70s punk outfits that time may have forgotten but those of us who were weaned on rags like Slash and NY Rocker and other zines of the day have certainly not forgotten. Spanish archival label Munster (which recently released that amazing Destroy All Monsters box discussed at BLURT) has just dropped the Crime Box consisting of seven 7” 45s and an accompanying CD with all the tracks – that would be the band’s three original singles plus four more containing material recorded during the same 1977-79 time period – and a smart 20-page book.

Meanwhile, over at Forced Exposure, no less a Crime buff as Tesco Vee (Meatmen, Hate Police, etc.) has penned an impassioned appreciation of the band. Titled “Murder By Guitar,” it reads, in part:

“These guys out junkie rock the Dolls for Satan’s sake.. and out imaged every other band on the planet, and out postered everyone in the indie rock world, and even played a godamn prison. They famously didn’t consider themselves punks.. they called themselves “America’s First and Only Rock N Roll Band” but were borne of a time when they had no choice.. they were punk.

“I was struck by the imagery… 4 pouting quaffed boy toys in pancake makeup sneering out from the 2ND 7”.. oh I was struck all right.. The jangly, discordant, and outa tune riff of “Hot Wire My Heart” sealed the deal I was in love LUV. Crime were the poster boys for less is more, and that song is a wondrous train wreck coming apart at the couplers.. as it careens along On dish #2 ‘Murder By Guitar’ sports a grind that still ensnares you into their web of deathly delights.. once again out of tune.. and satisfyingly so.. properly tuned guitars are overrated.. nothing reeks more of we don’t give a fuck than an outa tune axe. Those first 2 platters are seminal.. and as close to perfect records as any 2 in my collection.”

Boy howdy to that, Tesco. Check the Forced Exposure link for his entire essay and more deets on the rekkirds…

 

Track Premiere: The Campbell Apartment

The Campbell Apartment montage

Plucked from the San Francisco trio’s upcoming February EP.

By Blurt Staff

San Fran’s The Campbell Apartment has been compared to everyone from R.E.M., Pavement and Jonathan Richman to Ween, the Decemberists and Vampire Weekend with an overall ‘90s indie rock vibe. But we’re in 2015, so we’re gonna go out on a limb and simply proclaim that the trio to be all about now, and we’re doubly stoked to be able to unveil a new track from the band for the Blurt readership. Check out “Something In the Way,” which hails from their forthcoming 6-song EP Sundogs, due Feb. 20:

The Campbell Apartment, named after a bar hidden inside New York’s Grand Central Station, is fronted by Russian born singer-songwriter and oil painter Ari Vais. Rounding out the group is drummer Steve Matthews and bassist Mayya Feygina. Sundogs, their third record, is the follow-up to 2011’s In. It was cut in San Francisco with producer George S. Rosenthal and guest musicians Shane DeSilva (keyboards) and Scott Young (trombone); it will be available digitally and on 12” gold vinyl.

Tour dates will be announced shortly.

On the web: https://www.facebook.com/TheCampbellApartment

 

Numero Group Announces Ork Recs’ Singles Box for Record Store Day

Ork box

Among the gems: Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey, Richard Hell, Television and the Feelies.

By Blurt Staff

The mighty Numero Group label is at it again, excavating crucial sounds for the contemporary generation. Among its forthcoming goodies: The Ork Records box, an 18-disc collection of 45s that reproduce the legendary NYC punk/new wave label Ork’s original vinyl output – and throws in some additional goodies I the process. It’s due April 18 for this year’s Record Store Day and will be, in the parlance, limited.

Some details, from Numero Group”

“At the epicenter of New York’s most significant music scene was an instantly-forgotten record label; Ork Records, the first punk label and the original “indie.” For the first time ever, the monumental output of this explosive imprint’s 1975-1979 run is all in one place. Sixteen singles that birthed punk, no-wave, power pop, and the next four decades of indie rock, including the debut releases from Television, Richard Hell, Richard Lloyd, Cheetah Chrome, Alex Chilton, the dB’s, and Chris Stamey, future nuggets by the Revelons, Student Teachers, Prix, Marbles, Idols, Mick Farren, and Link Cromwell, and previously unreleased singles from the Feelies and Erasers. This is a limited edition of 2000 carefully replicated 7″ sleeves ensconced in a custom box modeled on period-specific Ork mailing labels.” 

Tracklisting: 

1. Television – Little Johnny Jewel Pt. 1

  1. Television – Little Johnny Jewel Pt. 2
  2. Richard Hell – Another World
  3. Richard Hell – Blank Generation
  4. Richard Hell – You Gotta Lose
  5. Marbles – Red Light
  6. Marbles – Fire And Smoke
  7. Alex Chilton – Free Again
  8. Alex Chilton – The Singer Not The Song
  9. Alex Chilton – Take Me Home & Make Me Like It
  10. Alex Chilton – All The Time
  11. Alex Chilton – Summertime Blues
  12. Prix – Girl
  13. Prix – Everytime I Close My Eyes
  14. Prix – Zero
  15. Mick Farren – Play With Fire
  16. Mick Farren – Lost Johnny
  17. Link Cromwell – Crazy Like A Fox
  18. Link Cromwell – Shock Me
  19. Chris Stamey – Summer Sun
  20. Chris Stamey – Where The Fun Is
  21. Chris Stamey & The dBs – I Thought You Wanted To Know
  22. Chris Stamey & The dBs – If And When
  23. The Feelies – Fa Ce’La
  24. The Feelies – Big Plans
  25. Richard Lloyd – Get Off My Cloud
  26. Richard Lloyd – Connection
  27. Erasers – Funny
  28. Erasers – I Won’t Give Up
  29. Idols – You
  30. Idols – Girl That I Love
  31. Revelons – The Way You Touch My Hand
  32. Revelons – 96 Tears
  33. Cheetah Chrome – Still Wanna Die
  34. Cheeta Chrome – Take Me Home
  35. Student Teachers – Christmas Weather
  36. Student Teachers – Channel 13