Monthly Archives: June 2015

Neil Young Bitch-slaps Donald Trump

Neil Young

Would-be candidate’s handlers still claim they did everything on the up and up…

By Blurt Staff

Neil Young issued a statement late Thursday. ‘nuf sed…


Yesterday my song “Rockin’ in the Free World” was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.

A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement but It was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high resolution music service.

Music is a universal language. So I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don’t share my beliefs.

But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate – I would have said no.
I am Canadian and I don’t vote in the United States, but more importantly I don’t like the current political system in the USA and some other countries. Increasingly Democracy has been hijacked by corporate interests. The money needed to run for office, the money spent on lobbying by special interests, the ever increasing economic disparity and the well-funded legislative decisions all favor corporate interests over the peoples.

The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling is proof of this corruption, as well as the proposed trade deals, which would further compromise our rights.

These Corporations were originally created to serve us but if we don’t appropriately prioritize they will destroy us. Corporations don’t have children. They don’t have feelings or soul. They don’t depend on uncontaminated water, clean air or healthy food to survive. They are beholden to one thing – the bottom line.

I choose to speak Truth to this Economic Power. When I speak out on corporations hurting the common man or the environment or other species, I expect a well-financed disinformation campaign to be aimed my way.

Such is the case with the reaction to my new album The Monsanto Years, which covers many of these issues. I support those bringing these issues to light and those who fight for their rights like Freedom of Choice.

But Freedom of Choice is meaningless without knowledge.

That’s why it’s crucial we all get engaged and get informed.

That’s why GMO labeling matters. Mothers need to know what they are feeding their children. They need freedom to make educated choices at the market. When the people have voted for labeling, as they have in Vermont, they need our support when they are fighting these corporate interests trying to reverse the laws they have voted for and passed in the democratic process.

I do not trust self-serving misinformation coming from corporations and their media trolls. I do not trust politicians who are taking millions from those corporations either. I trust people. So I make my music for people not for candidates.

Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World.

– Neil Young

Delta Rae Releases Charleston Protest Song


Delta Rae, seen here performing live at WXPN in Philadelphia, wrote a song in reaction to Wednesday's mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Delta Rae, seen here performing live at WXPN in Philadelphia, wrote a song in reaction to Wednesday’s mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Listen to the lyric video, below.

North Carolina band (and longtime Blurt/Schoolkids Records faves) Delta Rae was horrified by the events in Charleston, SC on Wednesday night, especially as it hit quite close to home for them, based in Durham, NC. So they wrote and recorded this protest song, “All Good People,” as a means to express their “outrage, sadness, and insistence that things must change.”

“Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those killed in Charleston, SC last night. These tragedies have got to STOP…It’s time to push our leaders to act. All good people must raise their voices. We need to protect every member of our community from hate and racism. And we need to stop so much of this violence by limiting access to guns…This is not the country we want to be. These actions do not represent our values.”

Photo Credit: Kelsey Stanger/WXPN-NPR

Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 Announces Schedule

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The 10th Annual Pitchfork Music Festival, happening Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19 at Chicago’s Union Park, is one month away and it’s time to announce this year’s schedule. Three-day passes are now sold out, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday single day passes are still available.

FRIDAY, JULY 17 – gates at 3pm
8:30pm – (Green) Wilco
8:15pm – (Blue) Ought
7:20pm – (Red) Chvrches
7:15pm – (Blue) Iceage
6:25pm – (Green) Panda Bear
6:15pm – (Blue) Tobias Jesso Jr.
5:30pm – (Red) Mac DeMarco
5:15pm – (Blue) Steve Gunn
4:35pm – (Green) iLoveMakonnen
4:15pm – (Blue) Jessica Pratt
3:30pm – (Red) Natalie Prass
3:20pm – (Blue) Ryley Walker

SATURDAY, JULY 18 – gates at 12pm
8:30pm – (Green) Sleater-Kinney
8:45pm – (Blue) Vic Mensa
7:45pm – (Blue) Sophie
7:25pm – (Red) Future Islands
6:45pm – (Blue) Shamir
6:15pm – (Green) The New Pornographers
5:45pm – (Blue) A$AP Ferg
5:15pm – (Red) Parquet Courts
4:45pm – (Blue) Ariel Pink
4:15pm – (Green) Kurt Vile
3:45pm – (Blue) Vince Staples
3:20pm – (Red) Ex Hex
2:50pm – (Blue) Mr. Twin Sister
2:30pm – (Green) Future Brown
1:55pm – (Blue) Bully
1:45pm – (Red) Protomartyr
1:00pm – (Green) Jimmy Whispers

SUNDAY, JULY 19 – gates at 12pm
8:30pm – (Green) Chance The Rapper
7:45pm – (Blue) Todd Terje & The Olsens
7:25pm – (Red) Run The Jewels
6:45pm – (Blue) A. G. Cook
6:15pm – (Green) Caribou
5:45pm – (Blue) Clark
5:15pm – (Red) Jamie xx
4:45pm – (Blue) How To Dress Well
4:15pm – (Green) Courtney Barnett
3:45pm – (Blue) Perfume Genius
3:20pm – (Red) Madlib & Freddie Gibbs
2:50pm – (Blue) The Julie Ruin
2:30pm – (Green) Waxahatchee
1:55pm – (Blue) Mourn
1:45pm – (Red) Viet Cong
1:00pm – (Blue) Single Mothers
1:00pm – (Green) Bitchin Bajas

Video: Rolling Stones & Brad Paisley Do ‘Dead Flowers’


Hey, it’s better than watching Mick flirt with Taylor Swift…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

Sure, it’s shamelessly slick – more a commercial for, I don’t know, a tractor or a shaving cream than a plug for a rock band tour. Or in this case, the Rolling Stones’ Zip Code tour, which was in Nashville Wednesday night and featured Brad Paisley coming up to do “Dead Flowers” with Mick, Keef, Charlie, Ronnie and the gang. Other celebs in attendance, some of which turned up in the highly edited video clip here (hint: it’s not a full performance) included: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley, Joe Walsh, Jack White, Lily Alderidge, and others. Still, it’s kinda fun to watch at least once or twice. Question: does Brad own a vintage Stones tee, or did someone hand that to him right before he went onstage?

Psych/Surf Legend Merrell Fankhauser Returns w/”Sci-Fi Symphony”


He was the original man who fell to earth…

Guitar legend Merrell Fankhauser has released a new Sci-Fi symphonic instrumental surf album “Signals From Malibu” featuring strange radio signals from the underwater anomaly off the Malibu California coast. A few years back UFO buffs began investigating some strange electronic signals that appeared to be emanating from a spot deep beneath the Pacific Ocean off the Malibu coast. They reported bizarre psychic phenomena in conjunction with them, and legendary surf guitarist Merrell Fankhauser was inspired to write music based on, and including them.

Says Merrell, “The song ‘Signals From Malibu’ was inspired by the odd anomaly that is off the coast of Malibu California 2000 feet on the ocean floor. The area has had many sightings of UFO’s diving into and coming out of the ocean. This has led many to believe it is an underwater base. An ex Army radio expert recorded some strange signals coming from the area. The signal recordings were sent to me by Michael C. Luckman director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and I incorporated them into the song. After listening more to the signals I was compelled to write a symphonic song using more of the signals titled ‘Messages From The Dome’. I had the feeling the signals were communicating with me and I was inspired to keep writing the rest of the songs on this disc. If you feel tingly after listening don’t worry its perfectly natural!”

Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. He has presented a number of television programs over the years including ‘California Music’, ‘Route 66 TV Live’, and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called ‘Tiki Lounge’ that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast.


  2. MALIBU USO 3:19
  4. POINT DUME 4:23
  8. MYSTO SPOT 2:53
  9. VOICE OF THE SEA 3:10

Merrell’s new CD comes hot on the heels of his recently released critically acclaimed biography “Calling From A Star”, also released on Gonzo Multimedia.

Official website:


Incoming: Expanded Reissue of the Muffs’ 1st LP


Cat scratch fevuh from Kim Shattuck & Co. Watch album trailer, below.

Classic pop/punk alterna/indie combo The Muffs burst onto the California music scene at the beginning of the ’90s, and after a few independent singles and EPs, they were quickly snapped up by Warner Bros. Records. Entering the studio with David Katznelson and Rob Cavallo (who would go on the helm records from Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls, and more), The Muffs cut their self-titled debut to massive critical acclaim. Now Omnivore is prepping to reissue it along with no less than 10 bonus tracks on August 14.

It contains the original album plus a radio remix of “Lucky Guy,” a version of “Everywhere I Go” that was only available on the cassette of The Muffs album, and eight previously unissued demos from the band’s vocalist and lead guitarist, Kim Shattuck — who filled the role of departed Kim Deal on the Pixies’ 2013 tour. Jon Spencer (Pussy Galore and his own Blues Explosion) adds some theremin (“I Need You”), and the Godfather of Exotica, Korla Pandit, contributes Hammond organ (“From Your Girl”). The album includes a 31-second version of the Angry Samoans’ “Stupid Jerk.” The beverage Fruitopia caught the Muffs buzz, using the track “Everywhere I Go” in a popular television campaign.

Shattuck and bassist Ronnie Barnett provide new liners, and they have opened their archives for photos and other ephemera.

According to Barnett in the notes: “This album did find its audience, if not a huge one. It’s the first album Rob Cavallo produced (his second one was called Dookie by some buddies of ours from the Bay Area who were fans). It has its flaws, but it’s never gone out of print. It may or may not have too many songs, and there may have been too many cooks in the studio, but it is what it is — our first album. It had heart, it had songs, and is the basis for our ongoing — after all of this time — career. Kim and I used to dismiss this album, but I now think it’s time to embrace it.”

Last year the band reunited and issued their first new release in a decade, garnering critical lauds and playing to enthusiastic crowds.

Track Listing:

  1. Lucky Guy

2.Saying Goodbye

3.Everwhere I Go

4.Better Than Me

5.From Your Girl

  1. Not Like Me

7.Baby Go Round

8.North Pole

  1. Big Mouth
  2. Every Single Thing
  3. Don’t Waste 
Another Day
  4. Stupid Jerk
  5. Another Day
  6. Eye To Eye
  7. I Need You
  8. All For Nothing

Bonus Tracks:

  1. Lucky Guy (Radio Remix)
  2. Everywhere I Go (Cassette Version)

 Even More Bonus Tracks (4-Track Demos)

  1. All For Nothing *
  2. Do You Want Her *
  3. I Don’t Expect It *
  4. My Face *
  5. Something On My Mind *
  6. Ethyl My Love *
  7. Not Like Me *
  8. Saying Goodbye To Phil *

*Previously unissued




Video Highlights of Bonnaroo ’15 Now Streaming Online


Beats sitting in a hot field in Tennessee in the middle of June, eh?

By Blurt Staff

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival last weekend featured everyone from Robert Plant and Billy Joel to Mumford & Sons and War On Drugs to Earth, Wind & Fire and Kendrick Lamar. Much of the event was livestreamed on Red Bull TV, and you can still watch the performances now at

Also available to watch on demand via are many of the weekend’s highlights. Performances include Earth, Wind & Fire’s classics “Shining Star” and “September” and songs from Bonnaroo vets Dawes, who were promoted to the main stage for the first time this year; Laura Jane Grace and her groundbreaking punk band Against Me!; blues rock guitarist Gary Cark Jr., buzzy Australian singer-guitarist Courtney Barnett; indie rap vets Atmosphere; and rising indie rock crooner Mac DeMarco. Check back for additional content to be added throughout the week.


The livestream broadcast, hosted by Sal Masekela & Ted Stryker, took viewers beyond the stage with interviews and VIP tours of the festival grounds highlighting the people and elements that make Bonnaroo truly unique. Interviews with Mumford & Sons, Run The Jewels, ODESZA, Trampled By Turtles and more can be viewed on demand now too.




Against Me! – “True Trans Soul Rebel” & “I Was a Teenage Anarchist”

Atmosphere – “January On Lake Street” & “Yesterday”

Courtney Barnett – “Avant Gardener” & “Pedestrian at Best”

Dawes – “Things Happen” & “Don’t Send Me Away”

Earth, Wind & Fire – “Fantasy,” “September” & “Shining Star”

Gary Clark Jr – “Bright Lights” & “Church”

Mac DeMarco – “Blue Boy” & “Chamber of Reflection”

Sylvan Esso – “H.S.K.T.”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” & “So Good at Being in Trouble”


AWOLNATION / Danny Clinch / Earth, Wind & Fire / Gary Clark Jr. / Mumford & Sons / My Morning Jacket / ODESZA / Run The Jewels / Twenty One Pilots


Watch Sexy New Father John Misty Video


The joys – and tragedies – of young love…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

It’s a remarkably sexy – and then dark – video for the title track of Father John Misty’s acclaimed I Love You Honeybear album. Josh Tillman says of the new visual: “Here’s the video for “I Love You, Honeybear” starring Brett Gelman and Susan Traylor. It’s a portrayal of an average night in the lives of two EMTs.”

“I Love You, Honeybear” was written by Josh and Emma Tillman, and helmed by Josh and returning director Grant James (“This is Sally Hatchet” and “Funtimes in Babylon”).

Joseph Arthur’s New Album Released on USB; Only 1 CD Pressed


Days of Surrender arrived last week on Lonely Astronaut Records; artist plans to tour US as well.

By Blurt Staff

Joseph Arthur never does anything exactly like other artists. In fact, he often goes out of his way to do things markedly differently. To wit: his new album.

“This is a living, breathing artifact of my own little journey through the bizarre contours of rock ‘n’ roll,” says Arthur, as he combines his success in the art world with his latest album, Days of Surrender.    The album is only available on a USB drive that comes with a limited edition packaging paired with signed art prints and original paintings.

One single CD of Days of Surrender from the mastering plant will be available, and can only be bought with the purchase of Arthur’s touring van, recently painted as an art piece.  This is the same van that was seized and auctioned by the City of New York, as reported in The New York Times. The cost: $14,999.00.

For over a decade, Joseph has been exhibiting his artwork worldwide and online at the Museum of Modern Arthur.   “I celebrate this road I’ve taken by turning the vehicle into a holy roller,” adds Joseph.  “And beyond that, to package the last album I make in this style in its player (which still works great).”

“I was struck by the strength and visceral quality of Jo’s paintings.  They seem to connect to Expressionism, Art Brut, Basquiat and the Graffiti movement,” says Peter Gabriel, who first signed Joseph in America.  “I remember encouraging him to take the painting seriously and it has been great to watch its evolution.  Jo is a really unusual, interesting and talented artist in music and art.”

Tour dates

June 2 – Seattle, WA  The Triple Door

June 5 – Portland, OR  Doug Fir

June 6 – San Francisco, CA  The Chapel

June 9 – Los Angeles, CA  Troubadour

June 20 – Croton-on-Hudson, NY  Clearwater Festival

June 27 – New York, NY  City Winery

July 24 – San Diego, CA  The Casbah

Aug 26 – New York, NY  City Winery

Sept 19 – Montclair, NJ  Outpost in the Burbs

Nov 6 – Vienna, VA  Jammin Java


Yo La Tengo Preps New “Fakebook”-inspired Album


Listen to some new music below.Planning extensive US tour to boot.

By Blurt Staff

Yo La Tengo announce that they will release Stuff Like That There on August 28th via Matador Records and will embark on a world tour starting September 23rd in Troy, NY (tour dates below).

The trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew now return as a quartet, reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar as they revisit the original concept of their beloved Fakebook (a mix of cover songs, “covers” of Yo La Tengo songs, and brand new originals) on its 25th anniversary. This unprecedented live set-up — Ira on acoustic guitar, Georgia up-front on a small kit, and James on upright bass — marks the first occasion of this particular Yo La Tengo incarnation touring together (and since it took them 31 years to get around to doing so, could very well also be the last).The bio for the band was penned by none other than Kurt Wagner of Lambchop.

Pre-orders of Stuff Like That There are available via Matador’s webstore.  Each pre-order customer will receive a Yo La Tengo full-print tote bag containing a circa 2015 cassingle (with new unreleased songs) and mystery Stuff.

READ: Q&A with Ira Kaplan on Stuff Like That There, Fakebook, cover songs, and more via Vulture 


A1: My Heart’s Not in It (Darlene McCrea)

A2: Rickety

A3: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)

A4: All Your Secrets (remake of track from Popular Songs)

A5: The Ballad of Red Buckets (remake of track from Electr-o-pura)

A6: Friday I’m in Love (The Cure)

A7: Before We Stopped to Think  (Great Plains)

B1: Butchie’s Tune (The Lovin’ Spoonful)

B2: Automatic Doom (Special Pillow)

B3: Awhileaway

B4: I Can Feel the Ice Melting (The Parliaments)

B5: Naples (Antietam)

B6: Deeper Into Movies (remake of track from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One)

B7: Somebody’s in Love (The Cosmic Rays with Le Sun Ra and Arkestra)

Tour Dates:
Friday, June 26 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
Saturday, September 5 – San Sebastian, Spain – Kutxa Kultur Festibla
Wednesday, September 23 – Troy, NY – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall*
Thursday, September 24 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre*
Friday, September 25 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre*
Saturday, September 26 – Durham, NC – The Carolina Theatre of Durham*
Sunday, September 27 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse*
Tuesday, September 29 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre*
Wednesday, September 30 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth*
Friday, October 2 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre*
Saturday, October 3 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theatre*
Thursday, October 15 – Dublin, Ireland – National Concert Hall*
Friday, October 16 – Glasgow, Scotland – The Garage*
Sunday, October 18 – Bristol, UK – Colston Hall*
Monday, October 19 – Coventry, UK – Warwick Arts Center*
Tuesday, October 20 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire*
Friday, October 23 – Paris, France – La Cigale*
Saturday, October 24 – Holland, Amserdam – Paradiso*
Sunday, October 25 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot*
Tuesday, October 27 – Berlin, Germany – Heimathafen*
Wednesday, October 28 – Koln, Germany – Kulturkirche*
Thursday, November 5 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre*
Friday, November 6 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre*
Saturday, November 7 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre*
Monday, November 9 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*
Friday, November 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel*
Saturday, November 14 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic*
Tuesday, November 17 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall*
Wednesday, November 18 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall*
Friday, November 20 – Seattle – Neptune Theatre*
Saturday, November 21 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre*

*denotes acoustic set-up