Monthly Archives: February 2015

Polaris/Miracle Legion Guys for “Pete & Pete” Vinyl, Tour

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Who said TV’s a teenage wasteland, anyway?

By Blurt Staff

Polaris, “the band that once only lived in your television” but was/is actually Mark J. Mulcahy, Scott Boutier and Dave McCaffrey (aka Muggy, Harris and Jersey, aka Miracle Legion), not only has a US tour coming up but will also release new vinyl in April. Say what?!?

Their only album, ‘Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete’ , is slated for Record Store Day April 18th, 2015. Re-mastered by Ryan Smith and re configured by the legendary Paul Kolderie, this will be its first ever release on vinyl.

The backstory: Known as the house band on the mythical ‘90s Nickelodeon show ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’, Polaris had never played live until last year. The band released a record in 1999 and then waited 15 years to tour. What began as a one off show at Comic-Con NY turned into sold out shows in Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, even Iowa. In April the band plays its only Boston show before heading to Spokane to start its first ever West Coast tour.

‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’ was about two brothers named Pete, and featured an amazing list of guest stars, like Steve Buscemi, LL Cool J, Patty Hearst, Debby Harry, Michael Stipe, Adam West, John McLaughlin, Iggy Pop and many, many others. Polaris wrote much of the music including the shows iconic theme song ‘Hey Sandy’.
Tour dates:

4/16 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston
4/21 – The Bartlett, Spokane
4/22 – The Crocodile, Seattle
4/23 – Aladdin Theater, Portland
4/24 – The Chapel, San Francisco
4/25 – The Echoplex, Los Angeles
5/09 – College Street Music Hall, New Haven
5/15 – Highline Ballroom, NYC
5/16 – Underground Arts, Philadelphia

Flamin’ Groovies Announce Tour; Plan to do Entire “SSA” Album

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Greatest American rock ‘n’ roll band, evah!

By Uncle Blurt

Having completed successful tours of Japan, Australia, London and the U.S. over the last two years, THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES are hitting the road again in full force for their 2015 North American Tour. The Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson, George Alexander line-up that rocked the UK, Europe and the US from 1971 – 1980 are back in action. With the addition of Victor Penalosa on drums, they summon such gems as “Slow Death,” “Shake Some Action” and “You Tore Me Down.”

And to mark the 40th anniversary of their classic album Shake Some Action the Groovies plan to perform the LP in its entirely in San Francisco on April 17. See full itinerary, below, and meanwhile, check out a few trailers for the forthcoming documentary about the band. Flame on, brothers and sisters.

Tour Dates:

March 12 – Dante’s, Portland, OR (w/ Criminal Guitars and The Pynnacles)
March 13 – Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA (w/ Bread and Butter, The Tripwires)
March 14 – Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC (w/ BUM)
April 17 – The Chapel, San Francisco, CA (THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES performing their album Shake Some Action in its entirety! w/ special guest Kelley Stoltz)
April 25 – Atlanta Mess-Around 2015 @ The Earl, Atlanta, GA

Meet The Flamin’ Groovies from Kurt Feldhun on Vimeo.

Dave Grohl On Record Stores & Record Store Day

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By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store.”

That would be Mr. David Grohl commenting on his being selected to be the 2015 official Record Store Day Ambassador, an honor that in the past has fallen upon everyone from Jack White to Public Enemy’s Chuck D. The annual event takes place this year on Saturday, April 18, at all cool independent indie record stores—the official announcement of titles being offered for 2015 will be made on March 10. Comments RSD cofounder Michael Kurtz, “It’s such a buzz to have Dave be our Ambassador this year and to have him put out a record in honor of Record Store Day. He’s one of those rare artists that dives into local communities and wallows in our charms and eccentricities. Yeah, we’re a little weird but we like it like that and apparently Dave does too. We couldn’t be happier.”

Grohl adds, in a burst of effusiveness, “1975’s K-Tel’s Blockbuster 20 Original Hits by the original Stars featuring Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more, bought at a small record shop in my suburban Virginia neighborhood, it was this record that changed my life and made me want to become a musician. The second that I heard Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” kick in, I was hooked. My life had been changed forever. This was the first day of the rest of my life.

“More recently, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to rediscover this sense of excitement, that magical feeling of finding something all one’s own, by watching my kids go through it. Watching them realize how crucial and intertwined every part of this experience is, I relive the magic of my earliest experiences with vinyl singles and albums, their artwork, liners notes etc. all over again and again.

“I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial.”

Amen, brother Dave. Check out a video of the vinyl fan at the RSD site.

 

Track Premiere: Painted Redstarts do Alejandro Escovedo

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Very special tune with a very special pedigree…

By Blurt Staff

We’ve gone on record as being fans of Austin Americana indie outfit the Painted Redstarts – the band’s video for “Curtains Wide” video (directed by Geoff Marslett) debuted right here at Blurt last summer. The group’s musical pedigree is noteworthy too: Alejandro Escovedo’s old True Believer’s band mate Jon Dee Graham’s son William Harries Graham handles guitars and vocals; he’s joined by bassist Sam Jackson and drummer James Caldwell. Speaking of musical pedigrees, we’ve got a sweet track to debut for the Blurt readership now as well—it’s called “She’s Got,” and some of you out there may recognize the title. Check it out, then read on:

Explains Graham, “Alejandro wrote this song when he was in the True Believers with my dad, Jon Dee Graham. The band does not normally do covers and unlike a lot of our more indie songs it’s a punk rock song. The song has become our own since we played we first played it at Alejandro’s annual ACL show last year. The song is so energetic and puts the band in such a Rock n’ Roll frenzy that I usually wind up flying off the stage with my guitar when we perform it live. The song was recorded by Mark Addison for our forthcoming record Foreign Fields and mixed by Dave McNair.”

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The backstory: No less a source than Rolling Stone hailed the Painted Redstarts as the future of Austin music after their performance at ACL Live/Moody Theater last year at Alejandro Escovedo’s United Sounds of Austin. The band has become regulars at the world renowned iconic Continental Club The Austin Chronicle’s Kevin Curtin hails Graham as the “voice of his generation.” Rock critic Doug Freeman calls the band “ambassadors to the next generation that’s already making waves in river city.” The band was selected as 1 of 7 band’s featured by KUTX for SXSW last year for the series “Ones to Watch.” William was featured in last year’s Wired Magazine’s Annual “Smart List,” the top 50 innovative world changers, that includes Woon-Soon Park (Mayor of Seoul), Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York), Satoshi Nakamoto (founder of Bitcoin) Ben Rattray (founder of Change. org), and James Turrell. William founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit Music4Music that supports communities without music programs.
Photo of the band: Todd V. Wolfson
Photo of the band in the studio with Alejandro: Jon Dee Graham (left to right: Sam Jackson, Alejandro Escovedo, William Harries Graham, James Caldwell)

 

Download a Live/Unreleased “Repercussion”-themed dB’s Album

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McLovin’ those deebs….

By Uncle Blurt

We love the dB’s around here, and have loved ‘em since the early ‘80s, so that makes us doubly appreciative of the most excellent dB’s-centric music blog The dB’s Repercussion. (Tagline: “Every cult band needs a cult.”) It features topnotch writing and, frequently, rare or unusual tracks for free download—all with the musicians’ permission, of course.

So the latest post at the site is particularly special: a free download of what the folks there are calling Repercussion – The Album Revisited. It takes the original 13-song tracklisting of the group’s second album Repercussion and synchs up 13 live versions and demos of the same tunes, and the quality is pretty sweet, too. (There’s also a 14th “mystery track” for all you hardcore fans and ‘deebs geeks.)
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Check it out at the Repercussion blog. The image above shows the tracklisting, and here are the sources:

SOURCES

01, 05, 12 = NYC 1982-04-XX (sbd – venue, day unknown)

02, 06, 08, 13 = The Ritz, NYC 02/XX/82 (FM – master tape source)

03 Chris Stamey demo, c. 1981

04 Holsapple-Stamey studio recording, 2009

07 Reunion Show, Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC 1988-05-15 (sbd)

09–11 = Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC 1981-10-24 (sbd)
14 = mystery track; info contained in the file tags 

Rare 1980 U2 Live Recording Set for Official Release

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Don’t get your hopes up too much, punters….

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

U2 fans – or more specifically, members of U2 fanclub U2.com – are salivating over the imminent release of Another Time Another Place, a limited edition double 10″ record that will be sent out to subscribers soon. It’s described as “a rare live set from 1980, now digitally remastered and presented on double 10″ vinyl in bespoke gatefold sleeve. Recorded in the legendary Marquee Club in London, this rare live set comes from a period when the band were taking early songs like The Electric Co, I Will Follow and Out of Control on the road across Ireland and the UK.”

Of course, you have to be a member of the fanclub to get the record… sigh. Is it too late for me to join?

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The band has another goodie as well for ‘clubbers: North Side Story, a special 274 page book. Here’s the description:

“The definitive account of the band’s Dublin rise from Out of Control to Under A Blood Red Sky… Specially commissioned from the editorial team at Ireland’s Hot Press Magazine, this large-format book offers the inside track on U2’s early days in Dublin: 274 pages of rare photos, original interviews, diaries, letters and profiles plus dozens of new interviews bringing the story right up to date. Complete with beautiful poster, ‘Wandering In U2’s Dublin’, charting U2’s connection to their home city over 35 years.”

 

 

Track Premiere: ANY KIND

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Album comes pre-approved by Mr. Brendon Benson!

By Blurt Staff

The band’s called ANY KIND but it’s far from just any kind of rock combo. Its members—who hail from both Austin and Chicago—recently wrapped up sessions for their sophomore album, and its now almost here in the form of O T H E R, set to drop during the spring. So we’re pretty pleased to be able to unveil an advance track exclusively for Blurt readers. Titled “Lost Again I Am” you can check it out right here:

Frontman Dan Duszynski comments on the music, saying, “There are times when nothing feels good, when you go insane and think the world will never make sense again. Then you fall in love, or you have a Eureka! moment, or you remember how amazing it is to exist at all.”

The backstory: Duszynski (vocals, guitars, keys) is joined by Matt Schuessler (bass), Adam Kaltenhauser (drums) and Bobby Lord (vocals, guitars, keys). Together they create pop songs with an experimental edge, with lyrics that offer insight with a whimsical streak. Their first album was self-released in 2012, and demonstrated Duszynski’s ability to render feelings of grief and despondency in a captivating way, urging the listener to dig deep into the layers of each song.

The new album was recorded in an old office building in Chicago, and it is also the band’s first for Brendan Benson’s Readymade Records label. It features ten songs that build on Duszynski’s pop-leaning songwriting sensibilities, while continuing to expand the soundscape with more lush, cinematic takes, like the harrowing “Creep All Night” and the hypnotic, Radiohead-like “Sightseeing.” There are flashes of Elvis Costello, the Beatles and ELO, mixed with a whimsy and grit that create a lithe, compelling collection of songs from the Austin and Chicago-based band.

On the web: http://anykind.bandcamp.com/

 

Clark Terry 1920-2015 R.I.P.

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Watch a blip of his signature tune “Mumbles,” below.

By Blurt Staff

Described by the New York Times as “one of the most popular and influential jazz trumpeters of his generation and an enthusiastic advocate of jazz education,” Clark Terry passed away yesterday (Feb. 21) at the age of 94, for reasons not yet disclosed. It’s known that he had experienced health problems starting in the late 1990s.

Proficient in both trumpet and flugelhorn, he was a veteran session player as well as a featured performer for Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Quincy Jones’ big bands and orchestras, and he recorded with a who’s-who of jazz legends, among them Mingus, Monk, Gary Mulligan and Oscar Peterson. He also became known to the general public via Doc Severinson’s Tonight Show band starting in the ’60s.

The Times obit comments on Terry’s work in jazz education, noting that he appeared “at high school and college clinics, writing jazz instruction books and running a summer jazz camp. He was an adviser to the International Association of Jazz Educators and chairman of the academic council of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. For many years he was also an adjunct professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., to which he donated his archive of instruments, sheet music, correspondence and memorabilia in 2004.”

The recipient of numerous jazz awards, including as recently as 2010 when the Recording Academy gave him a lifetime achievement award, he also penned an autobiography, Clark, in 2011.

Pussy Riot Talks to NPR About Eric Garner Song

 

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By Blurt Staff

Pussy Riot, notably erstwhile Russian political prisoners Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, yesterday released a new song and the band’s first in English. Titled “I Can’t Breathe” as you no doubt have already heard, it’s about Eric Garner. The striking video, which features the voice of Richard Hell reciting Garner’s dying words, is below.

In a statement the band commented, “This song is for Eric and for all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror — killed, choked, perished because of war and state sponsored violence of all kinds.”

Meanwhile, the band was part of today’s “Weekend Edition” at NPR, whose Scott Simon talked Tolokonnikova about the song. You can listen to the fascinating conversation after 12pm EST HERE.

UPDATE: Don’t Quit That Day Job, Scarlett

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UPDATE 3/25: Pitchfork reports that the band had been hit by a cease-and-desist order over the name, from L.A. band The Singles, operative since 1999 – something that anyone with even a passing knowledge of indie rock would know, and certainly something that any monkey with a search engine could discover. In a press release the band’s frontman Vincent Frederick explained why they are alleging trademark infringement: “I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own. It’s hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success. Our band, The Singles, has an account on nearly all social media sites and our music is available in record shops, on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other websites. Just a simple search on Google would have revealed that ‘The Singles’ was already a band name being used by another pop/rock band – our band.” Of course, Johansson probably  has enough dough stashed to make it worth that band’s while to change its name, too….

 

 

She’s clearly pumped about all this, as the photo below illustrates. But who’s licking whom?

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

My favorite “hot” actress Scarlett Johansson has decided to go “super-pop” as Singles, which would be her, Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris, and Julia Haltigan.The distaff dance outfit calls itself the Singles and the first single is the Dave Sitek-produced “Candy,” due out on Sitek’s own Federal Prism label.

Announced Johansson, “The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls. I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go’s. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”

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Let us know what the joke is, Scar. Oh wait, you already did: both your duet album with Pete Yorn (2009’s Break Up) and your collection of Tom Waits covers (2008’s Anywhere I Lay My Head) were real knee-slappers. And that’s no joke.

Apparently the song, which you can listen to HERE, will be available as a limited edition 12″, which the Federal Prism site informs us amid at least one notable misspelling (plus a glaring grammatical gaffe):

“Limited to 1,000 copies, this 12” single features the debut track from The Singles, ‘Candy’, with remixes on the B-Side. The Singles is a band comprised of Scarlett Johannson, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan, with Este Haim as a studio “hired gun” on drums. The music was recorded at the Federal Prism Studio and produced by Dave Sitek.”