Monthly Archives: September 2015

“Cold Fact” LP by Rodriguez Reissued on Color Vinyl

Rodriguez

Feast your eyes on that tasty wax…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

When I first started helping out here at BLURT I had never heard of Sixto Rodriguez – but once I heard him, I was hooked. Some of you may know him from the Oscar-winning Searching For Sugar Man documentary, while others were lucky enough to experience him via his two classic ’70s album, and still others (like our Editor) actually got to see him perform live on one of his infrequent tours during recent years. (Go HERE to read more about the Rodriguez story as well as our interview with him.)

1970’s Cold Fact LP is the pure classic, boasting such gems as “Sugar Man,” “Jane S. Piddy” and “Forget It.” (That said, 1972 followup Coming From Reality is pretty awesome as well.) Originally released via Buddha Records subsidiary Sussex, the soulful songwriter’s American career got rebooted in 2009 when Cold Fact was reissued by the ever-diligent Light In the Attic label. After that came the Searching… film and the rest is history.

Now, as part of the Newbury Comics classic albums reissued on colored vinyl series, Cold Fact is available on absolutely gorgeous “french vanilla” vinyl. Need we say more? Full details HERE – but act fast, as only 750 copies are being pressed. Below, let’s review…

Listen to a New Track by N.C.’s Magnolia Collective

Magnolia Collective

Superb new album arrives in October.

By Blurt Staff

Self-styled “bootgazer” (heh!) North Carolina outfit Magnolia Collective returns in late October with new album An Old Darkness Falls—talk about an appropriate title just as we start easing into the cold months of the year here in the Tarheel state. It’ll arrive via the ever-eclectic Potluck label. To get appetites whetted the band has shared first single “Coldest Winter” online and you can check it out here:

Together about 5 years now, the group currently includes Daniel Snyder, Rich McLaughlin, Mimi McLaughlin and Jonathan Truesdale. They’ve been likened to Son Volt, the Byrds and the Handsome Family, what with their rootsy-yet-rollicking sound that’s lined by elements of folk and psych—cosmic American music for sure, and an album that’s surely being highly anticipated among their fans.

More details at the band’s Facebook page, natch. There’s to be an album release party, incidentally, on Oct. 24 at Chapel Hill’s Local 506 club.

Indie Supergroup: Ty Segall + Ex-Cult + Fuzz = GØGGS

Goggs

Do the math. First single streaming, below.

By Blurt Staff

Never standing still—make that, never even pausing to think about standing still!—is Ty Segall, who has yet another side project. Called GØGGS it comprises Segall, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult) and Charles Moothart (from their collaboration Fuzz). Below you can listen to first single “She Got Harder,” taken from their forthcoming November album on In The Red. (via Pitchfork)

Shaw posted the details via GØGGS’ Tumblr:

CHAPTER ONE: GØGGS IS BORN.Ty and I decided we were going to start a band together when Ex-Cult opened for his band on the Slaughterhouse tour in 2013. A couple years later when the plans were solidified, it only made sense that thrash master Charles Moothart should get in on the experience. The three of us have been friends for years at this point, crashing at each others houses and riffling through each others record collections after a night of performing, partying, or both. This is not a side-project, it is a necessity. GØGGS is three heads, one spine, circling the drain of the wasteland known as mother earth.
The A side to the debut single “She Got Harder” (out this November on In The Red Records) is one of the first songs we came up for this project, with an Iggy Pop cover (Featuring Zumi Rosow) thrown on the B-Side for maximum damage.The album dropping next year (featuring guests Cory Hanson of Wand, Denee Petracek of Vial, and Mikal Cronin) will lead us into the second chapter of the GØGGS saga. Smoke the Wurm. A new player enters the game.  –Chris Shaw

Video Premiere: Brydes “Bright Eyed Boy”

Brydes

Track taken from debut record due in early Nov. (Hey guys, let’s have lunch at El Presidio when the record drops!)

By Blurt Staff

The Tucson-based indie rockers Brydes are prepping the fall release of their debut EP Turquoise, 5 songs that has been generating mucho critical acclaim and comparisons to Haim, Chvrches and Sky Ferreira. It’s due Nov. 10, but meanwhile we’ve got their brand new video for first single “Bright Eyed Boy” exclusively for BLURT readers, so check it out:

BRYDES – Bright Eyed Boy – Official Animated Video from BRYDES on Vimeo.

Explains Kaia Mazza, the bands vocalist and creative force, “Simply put, a love song from a girl left in the desert. Narrated from the perspective of two partners, separated geographically, but affirming the purity of that love. Echoing is a solicitation to hold on to commitment and intention and devotion to what may be faith in the future; unseen but fully stubborn in the belief that it will be home and beautiful.”
The Turquoise EP is testimony of what might grow in the desert, paying homage to its southwestern scenery and ambition. The record is positioned in a musical backdrop of ‘80s sensibilities, balancing deeply soulful vocal melodies with patterns of rest and reprieve throughout. BRYDES jump in all the way, with huge, glistening synths and percolating hi-hat rhythms, punctuated by female vocal layers, ready-made in this context for the archetypal big ‘80s MTV anthem.

Brydes EP

The band will be announcing Turquoise tour dates on Nov. 1….

On the web: http://brydesmusic.com/

https://twitter.com/brydesmusic (@BrydesMusic)

https://www.facebook.com/brydesmusic

 

Photo Credit: Seanloui

Third Book in Power Pop Series Due in Oct.

PLAY ON Final Cover Vol 3 Revised

Author Sharp puts the “power” back in “pop”…

By Fred Mills

We’ve previously mentioned the Play On! Power Pop Heroes series of books that archivist and author Ken Sharp has been publishing, and now word arrives of the third volume that is slated to come out late next month. If you are a power pop fan you know you will need this one just like you needed the previous ones—and it is a mammoth 581-page door stop of a book. Here are some details:

Featuring a foreword by Berton Averre of the Knack, the book culls exclusive extended interviews with 16 artists that defined the genre and is profusely illustrated with rare photographs and original handwritten lyrics.

As Averre puts it, “Being in a band inescapably involves great amounts of frustration, rejection, fruitless work, misgivings, misunderstandings, missed opportunities…. [But] we were known. We were admired. We climbed the mountain, and we’re remembered and appreciated to this day. Did we have any problems? I can’t remember them. We had an amazing time.”

As with previous volumes there will be a musical addition: buyers will receive over 130 tracks of bonus music of rare, unreleased and live music

Track-by track commentary is provided about seminal albums including Get the Knack (The Knack,) Marshall Crenshaw (Marshall Crenshaw), The Romantics (The Romantics), Everywhere at Once (The Plimsouls), 20/20 (20/20), On (Off Broadway), The Beat (The Beat), New England (New England) and others plus select artist commentary about classic recordings from members of Rockpile, the Runaways, Greg Kihn, Nick Gilder, Paley Brothers, Robin Lane & the Chartbusters and others to get the inside stories.

Included:

Marshall Crenshaw
Rockpile
The Knack
The Romantics
The Plimsouls
The Runaways
20/20
The Beat
Paley Brothers
Nick Gilder
Greg Kihn
New England
Off Broadway
Robin Lane & the Chartbusters
4 Out of 5 Doctors
The Pinkees

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More details on the book and how to order:

http://www.goodmusicguy.com/play-on-power-pop-heroes-volume-3/

Incoming: Ed Sanders (Fugs) “Yiddish Socialists” 10”

Ed Sanders album

A text (and a recording) of dual resonance: animated by the fits and starts of history as well as the rhythm of the writing (and reading) of the Fugs mainman.

Coming from the ever-eclectic Okraina label is a 10”, gatefold sleeved gem from savant/writer/activist/provocateur Ed Sanders, who of course co-founded the legendary Fugs way back in 1964. Titled Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side the record is an epic piece of almost 18 minutes’ length, a vocal setting of a dense and reasoned text that runs to 8 typed pages, 1400 words, 8500 characters.

Listen to it at the Okraina Bandcamp page.

First issued on cassette in 1991 by the label Hyperaction P.C.C., the piece recalls an almost fifty-year history of Jewish militancy in New York by poetic means – combining historical scholarship, emotion and clarity the echoes of the past found in the present: of the pogroms and escape from Eastern Europe in the 1880s up to the death of Meyer London, the Socialist member of Congress, in 1926 (not overlooking exile, the crossing of the Atlantic, arrival at Ellis Island, back-breaking work in the sweatshops, the creation of political parties and trade unions, the outbreak of the First World War – the rupture in the narrative caused by this is marked here by the passage from the A-side to the B-side of the record).

Ed

This is a literary project that is simultaneously ambitious and highly personal and which cannot help but recall America, a History in Verse, which has occupied Ed Sanders for almost 15 years and which, over more than 3000 pages, recounts in verse the history – both poetic and political – of the United States.

For this recording (solo… and mono) of “Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side”, Ed Sanders accompanies himself on the “pulse lyre”, a small, finger-operated synthesizer which he invented himself in order to accompany the declamation of his texts in the manner of the acoustic lyre used by the ancient poets (Sanders studied Greek at university).

Below, watch an interview with Sanders…

L.A. Benefit Concert for the Records’ John Wicks Slated for Oct.

Beatles show 2014_final_poster

Featuring Bangles, Al Stewart, Denny Laine, Peter Case, Muffs, Kennedys and the Wild Honey Orchestra.

By Fred Mills

Back in July we posted the sad news about John Wicks (of power pop legends The Records) battling pancreatic cancer, and how a GoFundMe page in his name, had been established to help raise funds for what promises to be some major medical bills.

Now comes word that a very special Wicks benefit concert in Los Angeles has been scheduled for October 8 at the Teragram Ballroom (1234 W. 7th Street) featuring some major heavy hitters performing: The Bangles (Wicks had been recording with Bangles drummer Debi Peterson, in fact), Al Stewart (of “Year of the Cat” fame), Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings), Peter Case, the Muffs and the Kennedys, along with a kind of supersession collection of top L.A. based musicians dubbed the Wild Honey Orchestra who plan to do songs Wicks himself picks out and use guest vocalists.

That Orchestra is worth special note: it includes Rob Laufer (who’s played with everybody, including Johnny Cash, Fiona Apple and Frank Black), Rusty Squeezbox (aka David Ramsey of Baby Lemonade and Arthur Lee band fame), film and TV composer Willie Aron, Derrick Anderson (Bangles, Dave Davies, Matthew Sweet, Smithereens) and Jim Laspesa (Dave Davies, Susanna Hoffs, the Muffs).

The emcee for the evening will be Chris Carter of KLOS’ Breakfast With The Beatles fame. It’s being put on by the Wild Honey Foundation (founded by Paul Rock, David Jenkins and Andrew Sandoval), which noted Wicks’ tough situation in a press release:

Wild Honey Foundation friend John Wicks, a brilliant musician and songwriter, needs help in his battle against a rare form of pancreatic cancer (stage 4) that has spread to his liver. After a 6-week hospital stay, he has been undergoing round-after-round of intense chemo therapy throughout the summer and making solid progress. Always a fighter with a gentle heart, John faces even more chemo in the coming weeks. Unable to play music and earn a living, John has a tough, expensive battle ahead. This concert aims to alleviate his financial stress during his cancer fight and lift his spirits. All profits will go directly to John to pay his mounting medical bills and living expenses until he can resume working.

John’s a mensch and humanitarian, always willing to donate his considerable talents at the drop of a hat and help recruit his friends-Al Stewart, Laurence Juber, & Denny Laine, and others to participate in Wild Honey benefit events as well. His generous musical donations to our Wild Honey Foundation Autism Fundraising concerts over the past three years have enormously helped kids in need. In short, it’s payback time for the Wild Honey Foundation and all of John’s friends who he has helped over the years. 

The Wild Honey Foundation is no stranger to putting on benefits: it’s a 501 (3) (c) nonprofit that actively supports various charitable causes and “seeks to pass on the passion, creativity, and idealism found in rock, rhythm & blues, folk, and pop music to future generations through cultural events of all types.” One major event they hosted was in 2013 at the El Portal Theatre in Hollywood, doing a Beatles Rubber Soul/Sgt. Pepper’s gala in conjunction with the Autism Think Tank, as well as last year’s sold out Big Star 3rd Live show. Wild Honey shows have raised funds and awareness for the Autism Think Tank, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, the Children’s Music Fund, Habitat for Humanity, the Liberty Hill Foundation, USC Norris Cancer Center, and the Coalition to End Gun Violence.

More details at their Facebook page.

Teragram Ballroom: http://www.teragramballroom.com/

 

Aussie Legends Skyhooks mid-‘70s Oeuvre Reissued

Skyhooks

You don’t hear the name Skyhooks mentioned here in the States that often, and you never see the word “oeuvre” in a music news headline, either!

By Uncle Blurt

Loved ‘em dearly—that would be Melbourne’s flamboyant, glammy, rocking Skyhooks, who for a spell in the mid ‘70s absolutely ruled the Australian airwaves. Their months’-long chart ubiquity, wrought by No. 1 albums Living in the ‘70s and Ego Is Not a Dirty Word, even helped them gain traction here in the U.S., landing them, if not widespread success, still a general awareness among Oz aficionados and underground deejays to such an extent that the band is still remembered fondly among longtime fans such as yours truly.

Festival Records has a sweet collection now set to drop o October 30, the 3CD Don’t You Believe What You’ve Seen or You’ve Heard, subtitled—appropriately enough—“celebrating 40 years of ‘Hooks hysteria.” As the label puts it, “Their success and their cultural impact was unprecedented for an Australian band. And make no mistake, they were a very Australian band – one who sung about Australian places (that weren’t Gundagai) and an Australian life that mainstream society had barely glimpsed, and one who were all of a sudden the biggest and brightest thing in a country that was undergoing some serious changes…. ‘Living In the 70’s’ and ‘Ego Is Not A Dirty Word’ remain together in the nation’s consciousness as the two records that charmed the band into our collective pants. Indeed the albums remain a cohesive pair; together they were the soundtrack to the band’s extended period of mania.”

Skyhooks Don't You Believe cover

The record offers remasters (by the band’s Gred Macainish) of those two records along with pre-album demos and the live ‘74/’75 Skyhooks in Concert, plus the obligatory fat booklet featuring liners by RAM Magazine’s Anthony O’Grady. Needless to say, if you are an Oz nut like me, this is pure collector catnip. Check out the tracklisting, below, along with a couple of choice tracks.

CD1 – ‘Living in the 70’s’ 
1. Living in the Seventies
2. Whatever Happened to the Revolution
3. Balwyn Calling
4. Horror Movie
5. You Just Like Me ‘Cos I’m Good in Bed
6. Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)
7. Toorak Cowboy
8. Smut
9. Hey What’s the Matter
10. Motorcycle Bitch
Additional tracks:
11. Broken Gin Bottle – B side of  original ‘Living in the Seventies’ Single
12. Don’t Suck it (Demo)
13. Hey Whats The Matter (Demo)
14. Horror Movie (Demo)
15. Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo) (Demo)

CD2  – Ego is Not a Dirty Word
1. Ego is Not a Dirty Word
2. Love on the Radio
3. Saturday Night
4. Love’s Not Good Enough
5. The Other Side
6. Smartarse Songwriters
7. Mercedes Ladies
8. All My Friends Are Getting Married
9. Every Chase a Steeple
10. Private Eye
Additional tracks :
11. Sweet Sister (Demo)
12. The Other Side (Demo)
13. Saturday Night (Demo)
14. Love on the Radio (Demo)
15. Smartarse Songwriters (Demo)

CD3 – Skyhooks In Concert  1974-75
1. Hey What’s the Matter
2. Living in the 70’s
3. Whatever Happened to the Revolution
4. Balwyn Calling
5. Toorak Cowboy
6. Smut
7. All My Friends are Getting Married
8. Ego is Not a Dirty Word
9. Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)
10. Private Eye
11. You Just Like Me ‘cos I’m Good in Bed
12. Smartarse Songwriters
13. Horror Movie
14. Love on the Radio
Tracks 1-3 recorded at Sydney Opera House September 15 1974 
Tracks 4-9 Sydney State Theatre  April 12 1975
Track 10  Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide July 9 1975
Tracks 11-12 Reefer Cabaret, Ormond Hall, Melbourne December 31 1975
Tracks 13-14 Festival Hall Melbourne  July 3 1975

Check Out Brian Eno Delivering John Peel Lecture

Eno

Glam-slam-thank-YOU-John! Says the dome-meister…

By Uncle Blurt

It’s called the John Peel Lecture, and it’s held annually featuring a notable music personality holding forth on, ahem, music. Yesterday, Sept. 27, none other than Brian Eno did the proverbial holding forth and you can hear the podcast HERE (BBC Radio 6) in which he delves into what he calls “the ecology of… a single huge organism we call Culture.”

Longtime Eno watchers won’t find tons of material in the lecture that surprises them (those of us who got to see his amazing “Illustrated Talk” lecture/standup-comedy/dissertation at MoogFest a few years ago in 2011 – video HERE – which we discussed as well, will understand that immediately). But it is consistent with the gentleman’s inherent gifts – which includes a hefty dose of humor, fyi – so all concerned will get a huge kick out of the deal.

As the BBC noted ahead of the event: “Brian Eno will seek to demonstrate how the whole complex of individuals and institutions engaged in culture – artists, broadcasters, gallerists, promoters, DJs, managers, lawyers, fans – are symbiotically connected parts of a single huge organism which we call Culture. He will outline some of his thinking on this very unpredictable ecology and explore the interconnective relationships between the elements and components that combine to create our culture, and show how cultural processes confer essential and important benefits on society.”

Well, all right then! Bring those benefits on, Bri!

Lush Reunite, Make Plans to Play Live

Lush

And…. the reunion fever continues to spread. Listen to their two greatest songs, below.

By Blurt Staff

While it’s not considered high on the “unlikely Brit band reunions” list – like, say, Oasis or Spacemen 3 – you can probably say that not too many people saw this coming. Psych/shoegaze mavens Lush are planning a live reunion for May 6 at London’s Roundhouse, they announced via Lush’s Facebook  page.

According to Miki Berenyi, “The opportunities and practicalities of reforming Lush meant that for 20 years it was an impossible undertaking. But we all loved what we did, and the time is finally right for us to do it again.”

It’s not necessarily an opportunistic move, either, despite the ongoing march of reunions intended to capitalize on a release: 4AD is reissuing the band’s greates hits collection Ciao! along with a box set, Chorus, featuring sundry rarities and the three Lush studio albums; but this happens in November, not next spring. [via Pitchfork]

Let’s review: