Monthly Archives: April 2015

Video Premiere: Adam Sullivan & the Trees

Adam Sullivan

Choice track from upcoming new album…

By Blurt Staff

Acclaimed NYC singer-songwriter Adam Sullivan, along with his band The Trees, has just released his self-titled debut and we’ve got an exclusive video to unveil for you. Check it out:

Sullivan originally appeared on the New York scene after moving there in 2007, subsequently releasing albums in 2009 and 2010. Later, he felt the need to assemble a band. Occasional collaborator Mason introduced Adam to Rob, who dragged along his friend Zack. Shows were performed, good times were had by all, and so it was decided: a band would be formed.  And they would call themselves The Trees.

That album was created in summer of 2013, in a Brooklyn studio with no air conditioning – bringing a whole new meaning to blood, sweat, and tears. Produced by Mike Beck and mastered by Joe LaPorta, the self-titled album soars seamlessly between driving synth rock and indie folk, punctuated with brooding rhythms. From song to song, there is an ambitious ebb and flow to the varying styles and dynamics, each anchored together by a lyrical earnestness.

Next live date:
06/04/15 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY – 7pm

On the web:

MP3: Download Neil Young’s Secret Cali Gig from April 16


Band features Lukas Nelson and his crew backing the bard…

By Uncle Blurt

Whoah – this came outta nowhere. Neil Young did a secret gig last week at the SLO Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo, and an enterprising taper was on hand at the crammed club. Backed by Lukas Nelson (Willie’s kid) and his band, Young debuted a number of new songs, presumably targeted for his next album, along with some old faves. See the setlist below.

The archivally-minded music fans at Big O Zine have kindly posted the MP3s of the show online, along with downloadable artwork, so head over there and grab the show pronto!

Reports the Big O:

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Todd and Korie Newman of Good Medicine Presents dropped a super secret show on SLO Town last night – Thursday, April 16 – when they welcomed Neil Young to SLO Brew. Young, backed by Willie Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real, delivered two sets of environmentally focused and socially conscious rock to a sellout crowd that quickly lined up around the block as news of the last-minute concert spread by word of mouth. Those who couldn’t get in gathered in the alleyway to listen to Young through the side door, and what they heard was Young rail against his pet causes, from corporations to GMO manufacturers. Monsanto basically got punched in the face by Young’s songs.

What’s amazing is no one seemed to know about the concert until the very last minute. “Until this afternoon, we weren’t sure if Lukas was bringing his dad Willie or Neil Young,” Good Medicine Presents’ Korie Newman said. “Lukas was going to make the show free but decided at the last minute we should charge something.” Tickets for the lucky 350 or so fans who got in cost just $10 at the door.

Young wore his trademark fedora and delivered incredible guitar work and his signature vocal sound. Fans packed around the stage, and even trying to get through to the bathrooms proved a struggle, but the crowd was friendly and frankly blown away at what they were witnessing. Lukas Nelson and his band were tapped to work with Young on his new album and tour, and their recent touring has honed them into a tight band.

Neil Young – guitar, vocals
Lukas Nelson – guitar
Jacob Micah Nelson – guitar
Corey McCorkmick – bass
Anthony Logerfo – drums


      Track 101
. Country Home 9:51 (16.6MB)
      Track 102
. People Want to Hear About Love 6:53 (11.6MB)
      Track 103
. New Day for the Planet 6:15 (10.5MB)
      Track 104
. Down by the River 16:32 (27.8MB)
      Track 105
. Too Big Too Fail 8:49 (14.8MB)
      Track 106
. GMO-Starbucks 5:42 (9.6MB)
Walk On [not recorded]
      Track 201
. Monsanto Years (cuts in) 7:32 (12.7MB)
      Track 202
. I Don’t Know You 5:39 (9.5MB)
      Track 203
. Seeds 5:02 (8.5MB)
      Track 204
. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 6:01 (10.1MB)
      Track 205
. Big Sky Wolf Moon 4:41 (7.9MB)
      Track 206
. Love and Only Love 13:02 (21.9MB)
      Track 207
. Workin’ Man 4:39 (7.8MB)
      Track 208
. Country Home 7:55 (13.3MB)
      Track 209
. Crowd Cheer 5:31 (9.3MB)

Watch New Mikel Cee Karlsson-directed Calexico Video


Track from the Tucson group’s awesome new album, natch.

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt intern

It should go without saying that we love us some Calexico around the Blurt office (our editor, a Tucson expat, even did the liner notes for the Arizona group’s vinyl box set a few years ago). The new album Edge Of The Sun is every bit as good as we had hoped it would be, and now there’s a video for key track “Falling From the Sky.” This week they shared the video for the single featuring Ben Bridwell with Pitchfork and you can check it out below:

The video was directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson (Jose Gonzalez, Fever Ray, Junip) who explained the making of the video, writing:

“The idea for this video have been lingering for a while, ever since I saw Albin Karlsson and Björn Renner´s worm-like creation made for a show at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. In original form, the “worm” was strictly covered in black leather. But I wanted to make it more like a living thing, like an evolutionary side step, a creature that is stuck in it´s codependency and has rather few possibilities in this world but still has the capacity to dream of better things.

I also had the idea that I wanted to make a two part video on the same story and tell it from two different perspectives. When I heard Calexico´s “Falling from the sky” I felt that I heard the perspective of the creature, or rather the perspective of anyone who find themselves in a similar mindset or situation. So, this video is actually part I of II, or more precisely perspective I of II of this relationship.”

The second video created for Jose Gonzalez (who is also featured in this video) will be featured as a standalone video and will be out soon.

 Calexico CD


Loop Returns w/1st New Material in 25 Years



Band also to do selected live dates, including an appearance at ATP. Hear a new track, below.

Towards the end of 2013 saw the reformation of one of the most revered and respected late ‘80s UK alternative bands, LOOP.  The group, founded by Robert Hampson, hadn’t played together since the early ‘90s but got together to curate a night at the legendary All Tomorrow’s Parties at Camber Sands.  US dates followed in 2014 and they then got back in the studio to start recording.  The result is three brand new releases coming over the next year.

The first release is ‘Array 1’, due June 22. ‘Precession’, ‘Aphelion’, ‘Coma’ and ‘Radial’ are the first songs to be heard from their recording session done in Sub Station Studios in Rosyth in Scotland with the current lineup of Robert Hampson (vocals/guitar), Hugo Morgan (bass), Wayne Maskell (drums) and Dan Boyd (guitar).  With only an early version of ‘Precession’ having had any previous outing (at a show at the Garage in London at the end of 2014), this is the very first new music from the band since their third album, 1990’s lost classic ‘A Gilded Eternity’.  Listen to ‘Precession’:

The next tracks will be released in the autumn in keeping with Loop’s previous habit of putting out music in batches, Hampson describes it as “one project, with the same concept, delivered in bulletins”.

This all ties in with a show at the Roundhouse in London on 28th June where they are part of the line-up of ATP’s Season at the Roundhouse. The event, curated by post rock band Mogwai to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, will be spread over six nights and see performances from the likes of Public Enemy, GZA, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Loop CD

Updated List of Bonnaroo 2015 Acts


June 11-14 is rapidly approaching.

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt intern

Getting excited about Bonnaroo? Us too! While Uncle Blurt has complained about sitting out in a hot field in the middle of July every year, for those of us who are, er, less curmudgeonly (that’s code lingo for “not an old geezer”), it’s an opportunity to sample the cream of the traveling bands each summer. I. Can. Not. Wait. See ya there, fellow punters!

Billy Joel
Mumford & Sons
Kendrick Lamar
Florence and The Machine
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters
My Morning Jacket
Alabama Shakes
Childish Gambino
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Belle and Sebastian
The War On Drugs
Ben Folds
Atomic Bomb! Who Is William Onyeabor?
Tears for Fears
Brandi Carlile
The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam featuring Ed Helms & Special Guests
Flying Lotus
Earth Wind & Fire
Gary Clark Jr.
Punch Brothers
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
Tove Lo
Run the Jewels
Trampled By Turtles
Sturgill Simpson
Moon Taxi
Sylvan Esso
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Jamie XX
Against Me!
Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester
Mac DeMarco
The Very Best
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Shakey Graves
Shabazz Palaces

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Benjamin Booker
The Growlers
Glass Animals
Ana Tijoux
Courtney Barnett
Rhiannon Giddens
Royal Blood
Tanya Tagaq
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Between The Buried & Me
Ryn Weaver
Pokey LaFarge
Strand of Oaks
Gregory Alan Isakov
Brownout Presents BROWN SABBATH
The Districts
Madisen Ward & Mama Bear
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Dej Loaf
Christopher Denny
Hiss Golden Messenger
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Unlocking the Truth

Jack White’s Final Acoustic Show Livestreamed TONIGHT


Tonight being April 26, yo.

Tonight’s show at the Fargo Theatre in Fargo, ND marks the end of Jack White’s acoustic tour of states he has never played and will be his final live performance of any sort for the foreseeable future. To commemorate this performance, Jack will livestream tonight’s show exclusively on TIDAL. TIDAL users can view the TIDAL X JACK WHITE livestream on at 8:30pm CT/9:30pm ET. The performance will also replay one time immediately following the initial live broadcast. An on-demand archive of the full performance will be available on TIDAL at a later date.

Replacements Debut New Song In Concert; New Tracks Also Cut


Not just the loose jam “Poke Me In the Cage,” either…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

Whoah – the ‘mats are dominating the pre-weekend music news, which suggests pop nirvana is at hand. Not only are two vinyl boxes en route (Twin\Tone albums (Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, Stink, Hootenanny, Let it Be; and Sire era LPs Tim, Pleased To Meet Me, Don’t Tell A Soul, All Shook Down), Billboard reports that the group has been in the studio recently in Waltham, Mass., and Minneapolis cutting “actual songs,” as manager Darren Hill told the magazine.

Some tentative confirmation has already surfaced online via a video from Los Angeles on April 16. It’s a new song called “Whole Foods Blues” and although it might just be a jokey throwaway, the bluesy (duh) number ain’t half bad!

Meanwhile, read our review of the band’s show in Denver on April 19 – the band also played “WFB.” The group’s tour continues apace with two shows next week in Chicago followed by a string of additional Midwest and east coast dates, as outlined on the poster, above.

Crowdfunding Project We Can Get Behind: As Lonely As Dave Bowman


Make that (ahem) Projekt!

By Blurt Staff

Sam Rosenthal, leader of iconic American gothic pop group black tape for a blue girl and majordomo of classy label Projekt Records, has taken to Kickstarter to help fund the new CD from As Lonely As Dave Bowman, Rosenthal’s electro-space side project. Rosenthal (who’s also an accomplished author) knows what he’s doing as both composer and label owner, so we think he deserves the support.

You can find more information on how to donate and get a free download of the new ALADB album #Monolith# here.

Track Premiere: New from The Old Ceremony

Old Ceremony

Tarheel savants aim to seduce and philosophize on new album, yo…

By Blurt Staff

NC’s The Old Ceremony is prepping 6th album Sprinter, which their label Yep Roc quite astutely describes as “a rich, haunting collection of southern gothic pop.” Indeed! Lead track “Magic Hour” “combines a noir melody with earworm lyrics that will come to you in your sleep” and we have a special unveiling for you, the astute BLURT readership:

The record is the followup to 2012’s acclaimed Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide and was produced by Tarheel legend Mitch Easter with arrangement help from Chris Stamey (dB’s). According to the band’s Django Haskins, “There’s a fine line between a philosopher and a seducer. This one definitely veers from side to side. Our friend Mike Mills contributed some wonderful high harmonies to this one. The intentional empty space and the slow swagger suggest a song looking for a movie, possibly in black-and-white. Either way, there will be excellent suits.”

You can get more details at the Yep Roc site as well as iTunes, so get crackin’, fans.


Premiere: New Solo Track from dB’s founder Chris Stamey


Choice cut from upcoming June full-length by the Tarheel sonic wizard.

By Blurt Staff

Chris Stamey needs no introduction to the BLURT readership; the dB’s founder and solo artist has been reviewed and profiled a number of times here. He’s got a new album incoming, Euphoria, out June 2 on Yep Roc Records, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be able to unveil a track for you. It’s called “Where Does the Time Go”:

Of the song, Stamey offers: “Pop songs have always been more about moments than eons, they are miniatures by nature. After I finished this album, I realized how much it is about extremely minute amounts of time–that point on the line we’re on between the past and the future, how mysterious it is that the “now” seems fixed but it always a shifting landscape. When I lived in NYC, I was always going through tunnels–the Lincoln or Holland, the subway or PATH–and it was a good time to think about Einstein and Hawking and Doppler.

“Of course, it’s a cliche, ‘How the time has flown, I must be leaving the party now, thank you very much,’ but like many cliches it is also a question that rewards further examination. This tune was the first one written with “brass ‘n’ band” in mind.”

We’ve been listening to our advance of Euphoria and in all honesty, we can’t put it down. It’s perhaps the strongest Stamey outing since Instant Excitement back in the ‘80s. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for it in June…