Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tindersticks Announce Album, Film Project; Collaborate w/Savages’ Singer

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Watch hypnotic video clip, below.

By Blurt Staff

Any Tindersticks fan will understand the sentiment: there are so many moments spread throughout their oeuvre that get under your skin and/or haunt your dreams that it’s often hard to convey it in words without sounding like a precious college freshman lit student. Nevertheless, we carry on, and carry the faith—and faith, as the saying goes, will be rewarded come January 22 with the release of The Waiting Room (City Slang). Not only is the album artwork, above, unsettling in its twisted elegance, the just-released video for the track “We Are Dreamers!” is downright unnerving in its raw simplicity. You can watch it now:

The group’s 10th album and the followup to 2012’s The Something Rain, it features a notable guest turn by Jehnny Beth from Savages (e.g. “We Are Dreamers!”) and sleeve art by French photographer Richard Dumas (who also shot the photo of the band that appears at the top of this page). Per our note about the video, both the CD and LP editions will be accompanied by a DVD for the accompanying film project — each track is accompanied by a short film interpreted by renowned filmmakers such as Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Rosie Pedlow and Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and Gabriel Sanna. Indeed, “We Are Dreamers!” was shot by Brazilian director Gabriel Sanna. There will also be a series of live listening events that follow the record’s release – details at the bottom.

Tindersticks CD

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Tracklist:
1. Follow Me
2. Second Chance Man
3. Were We Once Lovers?
4. Help Yourself
5. Hey Lucinda (feat. Lhasa De Sela)
6. This Fear of Emptiness
7. How He Entered
8. The Waiting Room
9. Planting Holes
10. We are Dreamers! (feat. Jehnny Beth)
11. Like Only Lovers Can

The Waiting Room Cine-Concert live events (more band info HERE):
February 11 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR @ Clermont-Ferrand ISFF
February 13, 14 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbuehne
April 19-21 – Paris, FR @ Le Bouffes du Nord
April 26 – Copenhagen, DK @ Chp Pix
April 29 – London, UK @ The Barbican
April 30 – May 8 – Music Beyond Mainstream, UK tour

Listen to Orenda Fink’s New Project: High Up

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“Two Weeks” drops as digital single early next month.

By Blurt Staff

Erstwhile Azure Ray member Orenda Fink—a longtime fave around the BLURT penthouse—has started a new project with her sister Christine called High Up. They’ve been moving forward with it pretty swiftly, in fact, and are releasing a digital single on October 9. It’s called “Two Weeks” and in fact you can listen to the delightful tune online already:

Orenda began brainstorming High Up after Christine relocated to Omaha from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Orenda has released her third solo album, Blue Dream, on Saddle Creek in 2013 but was ready for a change. Indeed, as the saying goes, “after many whiskey soaked nights” they decided they wanted to do an indie “soul” band, essentially an amalgam of classic soul and their indie rock roots, that showcased Christine’s powerful vocals and Orenda’s songwriting. It wasn’t long before they were joined by Greg Elsasser (Capgun Coup) on keys and guitar, Eric Ohlsson (Capgun Coup) on drums, and Josh Soto (The Seen) on bass. Orenda and Muscle Shoals transplant Jason Biggers (Religious Husband) round out the band as the horn section, playing trombone and trumpet respectively.

The group will be touring this fall—go HERE or check their Facebook page to follow them and stay up on the news and dates. No doubt we can expect an album in the near future as well….

 

Track Premiere: A.J. Croce covers Sly & the Family Stone

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Tune—featuring Flea guesting—appears as bonus track on his new reissue.

By Blurt Staff

The ever-soulful A.J. Croce has his gem of a 1995 album, That’s Me in the Bar, reissued by Compass as a special 20th anniversary edition. It boasts a very special bonus track that was originally recorded during the album sessions but ultimately not released, and we’ve got a pretty good idea that you BLURT readers will recognize it right off the bat. Check out our special premiere:

Yes indeed it is “If You Want Me to Stay,” written by a dude called Sly Stone—you may have heard of him. And Croce’s version has all of the irresistible grooves found on the soul/funk king’s 1973 original. Yet it had remained locked in the vault. Featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea, it had the vocals re-recorded by Croce this year in Los Angeles.

Notes Croce, “Jim Keltner and Flea were next door neighbors and talked about working on something, my 2nd record came along at the right time to bring us all together. Jim and I both wanted more classic soul influences on Bar but the label was really resistant. It took 20 years to recover the original 2″ tapes we recorded of the Sly Stone song and sing a final vocal. Hope you dig it.”

That’s Me in the Bar was produced by master drummer Jim Keltner and boasts appearances from the likes of Ry Cooder, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Bill Payne (Little Feat), Robben Ford, Sid Page (Sly Stone & The Family Stone), and others. Keltner was known for his selectivity behind the board, and he produced only four artists other than Croce: Jerry Lee Lewis and Ry Cooder, to name a couple. (Croce and Keltner have remained close friends to this day.) With his unique jazz piano stylings and blues-tinged voice, the 12-track album established Croce as a singular artistic force in 1995.

Croce will be touring this fall:

Oct 2 – Pawleys Island, SC – Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

Oct 3 – Savannah, GA – Dollhouse Productions

Nov 5 – Austin, TX – One World Theater

Nov 11-12 – Long Beach, CA – Carpenter Performing Arts Center

May 6 – Rochester, MN – Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall

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On the web: www.ajcrocemusic.com

www.compassrecords.com/aj-croce

www.facebook.com/ajcrocemusic

www.twitter.com/croceiscroce

 

Blurt Fall Heroes #12: Sonny Vincent (“Bizarro Hymns”)

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Punk vet’s smashing new platter drops next week…

By Blurt Staff

With song titles like “Don’t Give A Fuck,” “Faster Pussycat” and “Pushing Up Daisies” you’re probably not going to expect a tender song cycle, eh? And that’s just fine with NYC Punk legend Sonny Vincent (The Testors, Sonny Vincent & Spite), who returns next week, Oct. 2, with a brand new album full of gritty, grimy, take-no-prisoners Punk Rock’N’Roll. It’s titled Bizarro Hymns and it arrives via Get Hip.

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Bizarro Hymns, the swift followup to Spiteful, features 15 raw, new cuts of fuzzed-out Blues Rock mayhem imbued with the rebellious attitude of ’77 Punk. From album opener “Don’t Give A Fuck”s “attitude-soaked, middle finger riff-a-rama” to “the garage stomp of ‘Voodoo Box'” and “the full-on fuzz of ‘Spin Out’,” Vincent continues to prove that the spirit of Punk Rock never dies. It just gets better–and more volatile–with age.

The vinyl version will be available on black, translucent blue and crystal clear wax if you are lucky enough to score it before copies are all gone. Vincent has also already kicked off an extensive tour that’ll run through the middle of next month, including a stop TONIGHT in Memphis for Gonerfest. He will knock your proverbial socks off, no lie. Here’s a live clip to prove just that:

Tour Dates:

Monday Sept 21- Richmond, VA- Strange Matter
Tuesday September 22- Wilmington,N.C.-Reggies 42nd Street
Wednesday September 23- Chapel Hill, N.C.-The Cave
Thursday September 24- Nashville,TN-The Basement
Friday September 25-Memphis, TN – Gonerfest
Saturday September 26– Atlanta, GA – Starbar
Sunday September 27– Asheville, NC -The Odditorium/Tremors
Monday September 28– Chattanooga,TN- JJ’s Bohemia
Tuesday September 29 – Dayton,OH – Blind Bobs
Wednesday September 30– Cleveland, Ohio- Beachland Tavern
Thursday October 1– Baltimore, MD-Metro Gallery
Friday October 2 – Washington DC /Bethesda,MD – Villian & Saint
Saturday October 3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Get Hip HQ
Sunday October 4– Philadelphia, PA-The Pharmacy
Monday October 5– Rochester,New York – Bug Jar
Tuesday October 6– Providence, Rhode Island- AS220
Wednesday October 7– New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine
Thursday October 8-NYC – Bowery Electric
Friday October 9– London , Ontario,Canada – Call The Office
Saturday October 10-Chicago, Ill – Empty Bottle
Sunday October 11– Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
Monday October 12– Madison, WI – Mickey”s
Tuesday October 13– Columbus,, OH- Ace Of Cups
Wednesday October 14-Detroit, MI – Smalls
Thursday October 15– Buffalo, New York – Iron Works
Friday October 16-Hamilton, Canada- This Ain’t Hollywood
Saturday October 17– Montreal, Canada – Coop KATACOMBES.

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This is part of BLURT’s ongoing “Fall Heroes 2015” series spotlighting key upcoming releases (key to US, at least…). Check out the list of artists to date and click on the links to read more and to listen to advance tracks:

Lanterns On the Lake: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-1-lanterns-on-the-lake/

New Mastersounds: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-2-new-mastersounds/

Here We Go Magic: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-3-here-we-go-magic/

Anthony Neff: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-4-n-c-s-anthony-neff-the-nearly-distants/

Bottle Rockets: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-5-the-bottle-rockets/

Foxymorons: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-6-the-foxymorons/

Maserati: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-7-maserati/

Car Seat Headrest: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-8-car-seat-headrest/

Terry Adams of NRBQ: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-9-terry-adams-of-nrbq/

!!!: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-10-as-if/

Des Ark: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-11-des-ark-everything-dies/

Sonny Vincent: https://blurtonline.com/news/blurt-fall-heroes-12-sonny-vincent-bizarro-hymns/

 

 

 

Fall Heroes Preview #11: Des Ark (“Everything Dies”)

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Ambitious new album arrives early next month.

By Blurt Staff

One might justifiably call this album “eagerly awaited” around the BLURT office: Everything Dies by eclectic North Carolina chanteuse Des Ark, aka Aimée Collet Argote. Due Oct. 6 on the equally eclectic Graveface label, it features a host of collaborators & engineers including Andy Lemaster (Bright Eyes/Drive By Truckers), Jonathan Fuller (Engine Down/Denali), Brian Paulson (Wilco/Beck), Jordan Geiger (Shearwater/Hospital Ships), Taylor Holenbeck (Appleseed Cast) & Thor Harris (Swans).

Here’s a little teaser to get you in the proper mood:

The backstory: During the last decade, Argote has had more bands called Des Ark than she has albums under that name. She’s howled and jerked in sweaty houses and rock clubs, backed by a drummer, another drummer, yet another drummer and a second guitarist, and a small symphony. She’s brought big crowds to a whisper with nothing but her voice and a banjo or a tiny guitar that kept slipping out of tune. And though it perennially confuses the crap out of crowds expecting one thing & getting the other, she somehow manages to maintain these two separate Des Ark’s — different songs, utterly different audience experiences — and the dissonance & tension in turn somehow bind together in a brilliant display of songwriting. Des Ark will be touring extensively the fall behind the album—check dates at her official website.

Des Ark CD

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This is part of BLURT’s ongoing “Fall Heroes 2015” series spotlighting key upcoming releases (key to US, at least…). Check out the list of artists to date and click on the links to read more and to listen to advance tracks:

Lanterns On the Lake: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-1-lanterns-on-the-lake/

New Mastersounds: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-2-new-mastersounds/

Here We Go Magic: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-3-here-we-go-magic/

Anthony Neff: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-4-n-c-s-anthony-neff-the-nearly-distants/

Bottle Rockets: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-5-the-bottle-rockets/

Foxymorons: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-6-the-foxymorons/

Maserati: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-7-maserati/

Car Seat Headrest: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-8-car-seat-headrest/

Terry Adams of NRBQ: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-9-terry-adams-of-nrbq/

!!!: https://blurtonline.com/news/fall-heroes-preview-10-as-if/

Download Hot Tuna’s Jefferson Airplane Tribute at Lockn’

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Still volunteerin’ for America…

By Uncle Blurt

Hope you enjoyed our recent photo gallery of the Lockn’ festival that took place a couple of weeks ago in Virginia; go HERE to view shutterbug Willa Stein’s images. Now we’ve got a sonic treat for you: Hot Tuna’s special “Hot Tuna & Friends” set in which Jorma, Jack and company—the “friends” this evening were Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Jeff Pehrson, GE Smith, Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive and Bill Kreutzmann of Grateful Dead—performing a special tribute to the duo’s old band the Jefferson Airplane. The entire thing is available for free download, along with printable artwork, over at the Big O zine.

 

MP3: Hot Tuna & Friends’ Jefferson Airplane Tribute – Arrington, VA 9/11/15

 

It really must have been a special evening, some 50 years on from the legendary Bay Area band’s heyday, and although some of the material was just a tad ragged (and we could definitely have done without the drum solo in “Volunteers,” nod to Kreutzmann or not), it’s still pretty inspiring to here such gems as “3/5 Of a Mile in 10 Seconds,” “Good Shepherd,” “Plastic Fantastic Lover” and of course “Somebody to Love.” Check out the tracklist, below.

 

      Track 01
. tuning/setting up 2:55 (4.9MB)
      Track 02
. 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds 6:02 (10.1MB)
Jeff Pehrson lead vocals
      Track 03
. Greasy Heart 5:13 (8.1MB)
Rachel Price lead vocals
      Track 04
. Good Shepherd 7:32 (12.7MB)
Jorma lead vocals
      Track 05
. White Rabbit 4:20 (7.3MB)
Teresa Williams lead vocals
      Track 06
. Law Man 3:03 (5.1MB)
Rachel Price lead vocals
      Track 07
. Plastic Fantastic Lover 5:23 (9.0MB)
Jeff Pehrson lead vocals
      Track 08
. Somebody To Love 3:45 (6.3MB)
Teresa Williams lead vocals
      Track 09
. Eskimo Blue Day 8:24 (14.1MB)
Rachel Price lead vocals
      Track 10
. Band Introductions/Come Back Baby 11:19 (19.0MB)
With Bill Kreutzmann, Jorma lead vocals, Larry on fiddle
      Track 11
. Volunteers 9:35 (16.1MB)
With Bill Kreutzmann, Jeff Pehrson lead vocals, with drum duet
      Track 12
. Feel So Good 10:30 (17.6MB)
With Bill Kreutzmann, Rachel and Teresa lead vocals, Larry on fiddle

Exclusive Album Stream: Powerhouse Garage Duo HUGElarge

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2 dapper gents + 1 cocktail drum + 1 Teisco guitar plugged into a 12 watt amplifier = a great self-titled debut album.

By Blurt Staff

Call it truth-in-titling: that would be HUGElarge by Sonoma county duo HUGElarge, and it is indeed a pretty massive sound the garage/punk outfit constructs. Guitarist/vocalist Robert Malta (Pawpawblowtorch…) and drummer Matt Norelli (American Music Club…) unveil the album this week via HWY 61 Records, and our lucky BLURT readership gets to hear the complete stream of it right here:

HUGElarge features underground classics by the Sonics, Stooges, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, and Standells among others. 15 raucous raveups rendered in the band’s blistering “two-man power trio” style, as Malta himself puts it, adding, “Hugelarge is as much a social thing as a music thing.  We get together and play music to entertain ourselves and have lots of laughs.  These songs are some of the songs we’ve been playing at live shows and represent some of ours and our fan’s favorites.”

Amen to that, brutha. The album was cut at Bayview and Jackalope studios in northern Cali, engineered and mixed by Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, Roky Erickson) and is available in digital, CD and collector’s vinyl editions.

By way of backstory: When Malta was barely in his teens, he began singing in a band with older musicians, lying about his age to perform at now-legendary venues like Pandora’s Box, The Galaxie, and Bido Lidos on the Sunset Strip during the first garage wave. He shared bills with Love, The Music Machine, The Seeds, The Standells among others.  Eventually, Malta moved to San Francisco playing bass with a series of groups: The Dummy Heads (w/Penn & Teller), The SF Mau Maus, Pawpawblowtorch (with Norelli) and Bermuda Triangle Service. Meanwhile, Norelli’s history starts in the 80’s drumming for the San Francisco “skinny tie” band The Ironics. He went on to provide percussion for alt-funksters The Farmers and then playing suitcase for the lo-fi outfit The Cubists. He would become a founding member of American Music Club performing on their first two albums and touring extensively with them. At this point, he took an extended hiatus from music until he joined Pawpawblowtorch, met Malta—and the groundwork for HUGElarge was established.

Since then, the pair set out to make having fun and making a righteous racket their prime imperative, doing mostly covers along with a handful of originals, and pledging to not play outside their home turf and “always play as openers.” Needless to say, an enthusiastic following has developed since HUGElarge first commenced operations in 2005. Worth noting: the local Russian River Brewing Company created a special beer in their honor called HUGElarge Sound Czech Pilsner.

Pass me a pint, mates. Drink up, folks! And if you are digging the album stream, you might also enjoy their official video for Kinks classic “Who’ll Be the Next In Line,” below…

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On the web: http://www.hugelarge.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/HUGElarge/146831972148604

 

Video Premiere: Jack The Radio’s “Moonlight”

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From upcoming album due in mid October.

By Blurt Staff

A couple of years ago Raleigh, North Carolina’s rising indie-roots-rockers Jack the Radio released the outstanding live album Devil In Here, which our reviewer called “a remarkably beautiful collection of a dozen songs that recalls everyone from the Jayhawks to The Avett Brothers.” Now the group will release their first studio album in over three years on October 20th.

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The album, entitled Badlands, featuring cover art by David Paul Seymour, is a twelve song, two-act musical journey inspired by sci-fi Spaghetti Western themes, and features guest vocals from Elizabeth Hopkins (from Durham’s Delta Rae, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records) and BJ Barham (of fellow Raleigh rockers American Aquarium).

Jack the Radio’s Moonlight is the first single off their new album, and we are very honored to be able to premiere it here for BLURT readers via the new video. The band describes it succinctly: “Following a lead, two men unearth a dark and hidden truth from the past.” Check it out:

 

Jack the Radio plays Lincoln Theatre Friday, October 16th, 2015 
Young Yonder and Caleb Caudle to open
Doors 8 p.m. / Show 9 p.m. – Tickets $10 Adv / $15 DOS 
Photo Credit: Story Photographers

MP3: Listen to A-side of New Mount Moriah Single

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Single drops in October via Merge.

By Blurt Staff

They’re one of our favorite North Carolina bands on one of our favorite NC labels – hey, gotta support the home team! – and they’ve got a terrific new single set to arrive next month. That would be Mount Moriah, who have a single due on Merge: “Calvander” b/w “Baby Blue” and “Plane (live)”. You can check out the A-side below (via Stereogum).

And go HERE to read our 2013 interview with the upstart roots/folk band’s Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller, conducted around the time of their brilliant album Miracle Temple. Of the group often being cast as “traditionalists” by reviewers, McEntire was circumspect, saying, “Traditional, that’s another one of those words I don’t totally understand. The  country music I grew up listening to, it was so programmed. All of the stories were just recycled. You could not know the song but know the song and start singing. I like what we’re doing with playing with those more traditional formats and introducing more darkness and things that are harder to digest.”

McEntire, incidentally, recently paired up with fellow Tarheel rocker Michael Rank for his new album Horsehair. Read our review of it HERE.

Kurt Cobain Beatles Song 7” for Nov. – But Not for RSD Black Friday?!?

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Hey Morgen, from all us indie record store devotees—thanks for nothin’…

By Uncle Blurt

You might think that a 7” vinyl single of unreleased Kurt Cobain music would be ideal for either Record Store Day in April or RSD’s more recently established Black Friday event, which falls this year on November 27. Additionally, that date would seem appropriate since the soundtrack to Brett Morgen’s Montage of Heck Cobain documentary is slated for a Nov. 6 release along with the DVD of the film, and it’s rumored that the music on the single, a cover of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” (which appeared in the film) b/w Cobain original “Sappy” may be included on that soundtrack, so it would make sense to boost soundtrack sales while tapping into the RSD Black Friday fever, right?

Wrong—the single is apparently slated for release by Universal on Nov. 20, according to the Vinyl Collector forum, which posted a pre-order link to the Bull Moose music site. Talk about blowing a great opportunity to salute the types of independent record stores that Cobain would have been a huge fan of, eh?

Director Morgen discovered the music while trawling through the Nirvana frontman’s archives as he prepared his film. Of the Beatles song, he told Rolling Stone, “Nobody in Kurt’s life — not his management, wife, bandmates — had ever heard his Beatles thing. I found it on a random tape. It’s a Paul song. How’s that for shattering the myth?”

Morgen added, of assembling the still-unreleased soundtrack album whose tracklisting has not yet been revealed, “I finished the film and there was all this other music… No one asked me to do anything, I just started cutting the thing together and telling the estate that they should put this out. I think initially my thought was it would be a nice complement to the film. I don’t have any financial stake in the album. Creatively, it should be out there as a thing for the fans.”

Below, listen to the aforementioned “Sappy,” a pretty rough, scratchy sounding track at that, although not without merit. Incidentally, if you check the links at that Bull Moose page there’s one for a pretty extensive list of previous Record Store Day titles they apparently still have in stock. Those Half Japanese box sets still look pretty tasty…