Monthly Archives: May 2015

Album Stream: Charleston’s Human Resources

Human Resources

New album released by the Coast label.

 By Blurt Staff

It’s called En Route but it’s actually already here: that would be the sparkling debut album from Charleston, SC, rockers Human Resources, and it arrived a little over a week ago via Coast Records, also of Charleston (which operates as a fusion of studio & label services, in particular zeroing in on regional acts). We’re pretty happy to be able to offer you a full stream of the album here at Blurt:

The band—Dries Vandenberg, Aaron Utterback, Paul Chelmis, Matt Zutell and Marie Holder—describe themselves as “new wave dance rock,” but as you can no doubt already tell, there’s way more going on than what such a succinct description suggests. More details, photo, info, etc. can be found at the band’s Facebook Page or Bandcamp page.

Video: Awesome New Mikal Cronin

Mikal

From equally awesome Merge album, of course…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

We love Mikal Cronin here at the Blurt enclave. We love his label, Merge (the fact that their office is just down the road from us has nothing to do with that of course…). And we LOVE the new Cronin video for the track “Say” off his recent Merge album MCIII. It is airing over at Funny Or Die and it is funny… you’ll die laughing…

Mikal Cronin on tour:
May 28 Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
May 29 Nimes, FR – This Is Not a Love Song Festival
May 30 Nantes, FR – Le Ferrailluer
May 31 Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
Jun 01 London, UK – 100 Club
Jun 02 Brussels, BE – Botanique
Jun 04 Porto, PT – Primavera Sound Festival
Jun 05 Ravenna, IT – Beaches Brew Festival
Jun 06 Athens, GR – Plisskën Festival
Jun 08 Berlin, DE – Lido
Jun 09 Cologne, DE – Gebäude 9
Jun 10 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
Jun 20 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Jun 21 Chicago, IL – Green Music Festival
Jul 11 New York, NY – 4Knots Music Festival
Jul 12 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl *
Aug 22 Los Angeles, CA – FYF
Sep 05 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios †
Sep 06 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
Sep 07 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Center †
Sep 10 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club †
Sep 11 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon †
Sep 12 Ames, IA – Maximum Ames Music Festival
Sep 14 Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog †
Sep 15 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place #
Sep 16 Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall †
Sep 17 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal at Fairmount †
Sep 18 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair †
Sep 20 Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater †#
Sep 22 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall †#
Sep 25 Rochester, NY – Anthology %
Sep 27 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s †#
Sep 29 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz %
Sep 30 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre %
Oct 01 Birmingham, AL – Iron City %
Oct 12 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre %
Oct 15 Las Vegas, NV – Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan %
Oct 16 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre %
Oct 17 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre %
* w/ Death Cab for Cutie
# w/ Calvin Love
† w/ Cairo Gang
% w/ Father John Misty

Incoming: Cocteau Twins Vinyl/Hi-rez Digital Reissue

Twins

180 gm black wax LPs plus hi-rez digital downloads complete the picture for the iconic UK band.

Following last year’s represses of Cocteau Twins’ Blue Bell Knoll and Heaven or Las Vegas, this July will see their combined EPs of Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay and long out of print, early-80s compilation, The Pink Opaque, back in print on July 17th via 4AD/Beggars.

With a history of releasing singles between albums, the two EPs of Tiny Dynamine and Echoes In A Shallow Bay were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985. Seen as companion pieces, they acted as a precursor to their fourth studio album, Victorialand. 30 years later, they’re now being married together on to one piece of vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork.

A year later The Pink Opaque was compiled to bring together the best of the Cocteau Twins’ early works to become the band’s first official release in the US. Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like “Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops” and “Aikea-Guinea” were given new mixes for this release, while it’s noted for also featuring “Millimillenary”, the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde.
Using new masters created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, both these albums will receive 180g vinyl pressings this July. Hi rez audio downloads of both albums will be made available through specialist retailers at the same time.

 

RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL 2015 IN CHICAGO BANDS ANNOUNCED

Riot Fest

No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop,Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol, Motörhead and more to perform; Several Artists slated to play their Seminal Albums

Sept. 11-13, 2015 in Douglas Park will be this year’s Riot Fest. The bands are:

No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Motörhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube & Guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, Slightly Stoopid, L7, Alexisonfire, Thrice, The Dirty Heads, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, The Academy Is…, The Lawrence Arms, Kongos, Cypress Hill, Echo & The Bunnymen, Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band, The Devil Wears Prada, Yelawolf, Pennywise, The Airborne Toxic Event, Manchester Orchestra, Eagles Of Death Metal, Anthrax, De La Soul, The Damned, Andrew McMahon, In The Wilderness, New Politics, Mayday Parade, Jimmy Cliff, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, OK Go, Bayside, Mest, Andrew W.K., Desaparecidos, The Joy Formidable, The Dead Milkmen, FIDLAR, Atreyu, Millencolin, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Lee Scratch Perry, GWAR, Less Than Jake, The Expendables, Living Colour, The Thurston Moore Band, Morgan Heritrage, Lifetime, Benjamin Booker, Fishbone, Death, Doomtree, Hum, Tarrus Riley, Mariachi El Bronx, Civ, Joyce Manor, Every Time I Die, The Movielife, The Dwarves, Tommy Stinson, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Real Friends, The Dear Hunter, Kevin Devine, Mustard Plug, The Ataris, Jo Mersa, Into It. Over It., Alvvays, The White Buffalo, Black-Am-I, Skip Marley, Knuckle Puck, Post Malone with FKI, Jazz Cartier, Chef’Special, Marmozets, Modern Life Is War, Fit For Rivals, Barb Wire Dolls, The Coathangers, Flatfoot 56, Teenage Bottlerocket, Prayers, Chon, Counterpunch, Have Mercy, Speedy Ortiz, Superheaven, White Mystery, Foxing, Direct Hit!, Main Attrakionz, Ground Up, Skinny Lister, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Alex Wiley, Heems, Dirty Fences, Blis,  Sleep On It, The Brokedowns, Meat Wave, Psalm One, Northern Faces, Dreamers, Souvenirs, Elway, Indian Handcrafts, Skating Polly, Signals Midwest, Modern Chemistry, Faulkner, Pears, Gateway Drugs, Tasha The Amazon, Foxtrott, Twin River, Clowns, Indian School, Die Selloutz, The Municipal Drainage Project & More To Be Announced!!

 

In addition to the first wave of bands, several artists have confirmed that they’ll be performing their seminal albums for this year’s rendition:

Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle)

Ice Cube & Guests (Straight Outta Compton Remix)

Rancid (… And Out Come The Wolves)

The Academy Is… (Almost Here)

The Dwarves (Blood Guts and P*ssy)

More details:

www.riotfest.org

www.facebook.com/riotfest

www.twitter.com/riotfest

 

Third Man On Jack White: “Click Bait Bingo”

Third man

Let’s move on…

By Blurt Staff

Every time Jack White is in the news the haters come out of the woodwork like squirrels attack a freshly-filled birdfeeder. Today, Third Man Records decided to strike back at their Facebook page….

JACK WHITE CLICK BAIT BINGO EXHAUSTION

From the desk of The Third Man Council For Internet Regulation and Journalistic Integrity…

Friends, family, journalists, naysayers, believers, tweeter & ‘grammers… I know we’ve all enjoyed our game of click bait bingo with Jack White this past year… Freeze Frame Cubs Games, Tour Manager Guacamole recipes, Tidal, Poetry as Product Placement, Private Chats with Fans.. Whatever it is, fear not because you are in the age of instantaneous negative internet gratification.

It looks we’re there again with something that seemed harmless and innocuous enough: Jack went into a fan forum and did a Q&A with some fans. This has now ballooned up in the press in a way that is suggesting Jack is going to retire, Jack will never play festivals, Jack won’t speak to Meg, etc ad nauseum.. No offense to any journalists that are “just doing their job” in this current 1 hour news cycle environment, pull quote, tabloid atmosphere but this is what happens when you isolate aspects of a conversation between a musician and his fans in a private forum and put it out into the blogosphere in a sensational way. It completely changes the context and intent of those statements, and the conversation.

So please indulge us so we can shed some light on these things and try and readdress some of these items:

* “I don’t belong here” That quote was Jack teasing Vault members about belonging in the Chat room with them, not him belonging on planet earth. It was not an existential cry to the abyss for attention.

* Never touring again – He never said that, but he IS taking a long break from the road (which was previously announced and discussed drama free over a month ago). He said he’d like to do acoustic shows in sit down venues and electric shows in standing venues. He said he doesn’t like festivals but hey, he does them anyway and he makes them work. Bonnaroo and Coachella were two of the greatest shows he’s ever been a part of (hell, we released his Bonnaroo set as a Vault release cause we loved it so much). He is not quitting music. He’s working with the Dead Weather next week, he’s involved in several projects we’re not even gonna tell you about right now cause we don’t want to ruin the surprise. Oh yeah!

* The stuff about Meg… She doesn’t have to answer her phone. He’s not even complaining about that nor is it depressing. The White Stripes is over and it’s been said a hundred times, and maybe that’s just the quickest way for him to answer that question he gets asked a dozen times a day. Jack loves Meg, and she’s an incredible drummer – nobody can do what she does and did with the White Stripes- but those days are unfortunately gone. Let’s move on, Jack and Meg have. And in the meantime we’re still selling their records (WINK!).

* And all the rest… Jack doesn’t “interview himself”, he answered Tidal questions from fans in the fan Vault forum and we posted them for everyone outside that forum to see. The poem he wrote and we posted the other day… it’s part of a larger idea that has nothing to do with music streaming and more to do with our ongoing efforts spread the love language, music and equal respect for all modes of art. Jack is for artists and Third Man does what we can when we can to help them out. That’s our heart and soul right there. Whether it’s printing obscure records or trying to get struggling musicians paid in some way, or bringing attention to writers and poets and film that we love and respect that’s what we’ll always be for.

Lastly, Jack is a guy who just did a tour charging $3 for a ticket price. How are we getting him mixed up with someone who’s ‘just in it for the money’? Everything we do at Third Man is a bad business move! But we do it because we love, music, and art and making new beautiful things exist that previously did not.

Anyway, let’s move on. We need to get back to inventing a turntable that runs purely on tweet retractions and apologies.

Love,
Third Man Records

Louis Johnson of Brothers Johnson R.I.P.

Louis Johnson , perfoming in Los Angeles , USA . Louis Johnson , American musician , singer and bass guitarist , member of the funk / R&B band , The Brothers Johnson . B April 13 , 1955  .

 

Performed on hit after hit in the late ’70s and into the ’80s.

By Fred Mills

The soul/funk world, as well as the hip-hop milieu, is mourning the loss of Louis Johnson, at the age of 60, according to SoulTracks.com. The bass player was of The Brothers Johnson and had long been a beloved avatar of the bass world; his slap-bass sound was integral to the success of the hit album Right On Time (A&M, 1977), which of course contained the Shuggie Otis-penned single “Strawberry Letter 23.” Other hits for the band included “I’ll Be Good To You,” “Ain’t We Funkin’ Now,” “Stomp” and “You Keep Me Comin’ Back.”

Johnson also worked extensively as a sideman for the likes of Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and Michael McDonald. He earned the nickname “Thunder Thumbs,” with good reason. The exact cause of death has not yet been announced.

Big Star’s Jody Stephens & Freewheelers’ Luther Russell Form Band; Listen to Stream

Jodie

Pristine pop supreme!

By Fred Mills

It’s titled “Lucky Guy” and it’s the A-side of a new single from Burger by new outfit Those Pretty Wrongs. Haven’t heard of ’em? Maybe you’ve heard of the musicians: Jody Stephens from Big Star, and Luther Russell of the Freewheelers. The label has posted a stream of the song, which will be out on 7″ June 2 with the B-side “Fool of Myself.” Check it out:

Burger indicates that the tracks were cut at Ardent in Memphis (no surprise there, since Stephens works at the studios) and among the instruments played were Stephen’s Big Star drums and guitars once used by the late Chris Bell of Big Star. Stephens and Russell originally hooked up when they performed Big Star songs at screenings of the Nothing Can Hurt Me documentary about the band. Here’s hoping an album will follow.

Posies Drummer Darius Minwalla R.I.P.

The Posies - by Christine Taylor 2010. L-R: Darius Minwalla, Matt Harris, Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer

The Posies – by Christine Taylor 2010.
L-R: Darius Minwalla, Matt Harris, Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer

Tragic death for the northwest band.

By Fred Mills

Very sad news for the indie community this morning: Darius Minwalla, drummer for beloved power pop combo The Posies, has passed away. The cause of death has not yet been announced. (He’s pictured above, on the left.)

According to a posting at the band’s Facebook page, “We cannot put off this announcement, as much as we wish to: our dear friend and drummer for the last 14 years, Darius Minwalla, died yesterday. Causes yet unknown. He was at home. He was loved very much by many people; we’re still struggling to cope with the loss. I was dealing with it yesterday, hoping the news was some kind of cruel prank, but alas, no. We love you, buddy.”

We’ll update this news as it emerges. Meanwhile, our condolences go out to Minwalla’s family and friends, and to the Posies and the band’s extended family.

Video: Bob Dylan Appears on the Letterman Show

Dylan

By Blurt Staff

It ain’t every night you talk Bob Dylan into appearing on your television show, but that’s what David Letterman did. The Bard turned up on last night’s show – which is the next to last one, ever – to do “The Night We Called It A Day,” fittingly enough. The song is from his Shadows In the Night, natch. The performance is a bit, er, odd – pure Bob, in other words. Hey, speaking of “odd,” go HERE to watch Tom Waits’ recent performance on the show, and HERE for the subsequent interview.

Austin City Limits B.B. King Episode Re-Airs Next Week

BB King by Scott Newton

The King Of The Blues electrified” the ACL crew and audience.

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

The mighty (and long-running) Austin City Limits show on PBS is prepping to honor of the passing of B.B. King. ACL will be re-airing its classic 1983 B.B. King appearance on Saturday, May 30. It has been “newly upconverted to HD and 5.1 Surround Sound” and hasn’t been aired in 22 years.

Noted ACL executive producer Terry Lickona, “King personified blues music for the whole world,” but when he first appeared on Austin City Limits in 1983 it was rare for a blues artist to command a full hour on national television.”

The episode was one of two ACL appearances, an 11-song set recorded in 1982 for the then-upcoming Season 8. Added Lickona, “There was electricity in Studio 6A that night like no other. It was pure B.B. – just him, Lucille and one of the best road bands he ever toured with. He mixed up hardcore blues with Elvis ballads, and had the audience in the palm of his hand, following his every lead. It was historic!”

Go here for more information, and here for a list of PBS stations airing it this weekend.

Photo Credit: Scott Newton