Monthly Archives: October 2015

Winter Hours Guitarist Michael Carlucci R.I.P.

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Sudden and unexpected passing saddens an entire musical community.

By Fred Mills

We’ve lost another dear musical friend: Michael Carlucci, who as guitarist for ‘80s New Jersey indie rockers Winter Hours helped blaze a brilliant path for that decade’s college rock and folky power pop. The cause of death as of this writing seems to be heart attack, and that it was a sudden death. Since I am proud to call myself a long-distance friend it’s doubly saddening to get the news—I began seeing notifications and remembrances on Facebook yesterday, and there are scores of such notes at his Facebook page now.

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In fact, it was only two months ago that I posted my appreciation of Winter Hours at the BLURT site as part of my “College Rock Chronicles” series, so I’ll let that serve as my basic obituary for Michael. I’ll add here, though, that long after his band’s demise he and I would periodically touch base and catch up a bit, sometimes about the record store he operated in Greenwhich Village, Subterranean Records (I myself am an alumnus of the national record store clerk union), sometimes about the music he was currently making (he went on to play in a number of under-the-radar but much-loved Jersey bands), and sometimes just reminiscing about how much fun everyone had during that pre-Nirvana/grunge college rock era. Bottom line: he was one of the nicest, most genial, absolutely genuine people from our collective “scene” and I know he is already deeply missed by his family, friends and bandmates.

Rest in peace, Michael. You were an inspiration to us all. I’m shocked and nearly speechless right now. There is to be a wake this Sunday in Lyndhurst, NJ, at the Nazere Memorial Home.

Below, listen to Winter Hours’ timeless “Hyacinth Girl,” featuring Carlucci’s prominent, wonderfully plangent guitar lines….

Eddie Argos (Art Brut) Gets Literary w/2 Books

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Memoirs, graphic novels…. perhaps a dictionary one day, Eddie?

By Blurt Staff

The Image Comics publishing house is planning to publish a graphic novel by Art Brut’s Eddie Argos and artist Steven Horry titled Double D. As Pitchfork reports, it’s “about an overweight boy who discovers he can use his body fat as a superpower” (uh, yeah…) and will be published on Nov. 11. An accompanying soundtrack by the two along with Mark Heffernan and Grant Purser should appear via Post/Pop not long after the book.

We also learn that the second edition of Argos memoir I Formed a Band is due soon as well, of which we learn “the story begins with Eddie playing the vacuum cleaner on stage in his home town of Poole, and ends up with Art Brut recording Art Brut VS Satan with Black Francis in Salem, Oregon.” The book previously appeared this year as a limited-edition, with all 500 copies selling out.

Orktober is Here, and So Is the Ork Box

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In which we shameless plug a piece of pop product… because we can!

By Fred Mills

So here at the ol’ BLURT basement we have a semi-official policy of not making what would be construed to be “blatant endorsements” of products, other than Senior Editor Randy Harward’s occasional product overview in which he highlights stuff that is just too cool or weird not to writer about. Our feeling is that the reviews, features and news items we post are equivalent enough, and while we do include links and whatnot, we try to steer clear of including, say, a link to an iTunes or Amazon page where the reader can make the actual purchase.

But then in today’s mail the Ork box arrived (keep an eye out for our upcoming review of it for the site).

Recall that back in June we posted a news item detailing the upcoming 2CD or 4LP Ork Records: New York, New York box set from Numero Group about legendary NYC punk/new wave label Ork. This arrived on the heels of the limited edition 2015 Record Store Day box of Ork vinyl 45s (below) that Numero served up, so needless to say, fans’ appetites were clearly being whetted, as the saying goes.

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In stores this week (Oct. 30), New York, New York is, in a word (or two), an object of beauty, slipcase-and-bound-book packaging design to the unbelievably lengthy and detailed liner notes and accompanying photos of records, posters and more, to the actual music —49 tracks in all, including a health dose of BLURT faves Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple. Even though I was buying the original singles back in the day, to have all this stuff under one cover is a genuine treat and one of the most fun flashbacks I’ve had all year.

My advice: watch the unveiling video below, then run, don’t walk, to your wallet, grab your credit card, and go camp out at your local independent record store for the box to go onsale… More details at the Numero Group site.

MP3: Download Bob Dylan’s 10/22 Royal Albert Hall Concert

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Returning to the scene of the original sin, er, crime…

By Uncle Blurt

Bob Dylan and his Never Ending Tour continues apace, including the other night (Thursday, Oct. 22) in London at the storied Royal Albert Hall. An very good audience tape has already surfaced and the good folks over at Big O zine have kindly offered it up as a free MP3 download along with downloadable artwork. The full tracklisting is below, and as you’ll see the 100-minute show was heavy on (relatively) recent material.

MP3 – Bob Dylan 10/22/15, Royal Albert Hall, London

The band: Bob Dylan – piano, harp, vocals
Tony Garnier – bass
George Recile – drums
Stu Kimball – guitar
Charlie Sexton – guitar
Donnie Herron – violin, pedal steel, lap steel, banjo

      Track 101
. Intro/Things Have Changed 6:21 (10.7MB)
      Track 102
. She Belongs To Me 4:25 (7.4MB)
      Track 103
. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ 4:17 (7.2MB)
      Track 104
. What’ll I Do 2:55 (4.9MB)
      Track 105
. Duquesne Whistle 6:53 (11.6MB)
      Track 106
. Melancholy Mood 2:43 (4.6MB)
      Track 107
. Pay In Blood 4:32 (7.6MB)
      Track 108
. I’m A Fool To Want You 4:27 (7.5MB)
      Track 109
. Tangled Up In Blue 6:13 (10.5MB)
      Track 110
. Intro/High Water (For Charley Patton) 6:02 (10.1MB)

      Track 201
. Why Try To Change Me Now 3:35 (6.0MB)
      Track 202
. Early Roman Kings 6:36 (11.1MB)
      Track 203
. Full Moon And Empty Arms 3:54 (6.6MB)
      Track 204
. Spirit On The Water 6:26 (10.8MB)
      Track 205
. Scarlet Town 5:41 (9.6MB)
      Track 206
. All Or Nothing At All 3:12 (5.4MB)
      Track 207
. Long And Wasted Years 4:12 (7.1MB)
      Track 208
. Autumn Leaves 3:30 (5.9MB)
      Track 209
. Blowin’ In The Wind 6:43 (11.3MB)
      Track 210
. Love Sick 5:46 (9.7MB)

 

Grimes’ LP Named; Music Clip Shared; Tour Starts

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Cowgirl motifs are empowering-as above.

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

As Grimes begins her Rhinestone Cowgirls Tour this weekend in Cali, it’s timely that she not only disclosed the title of her forthcoming album this week, but also shared a very-brief-but-intriguing music clip.

The album is Art Angels  as revealed both title and artwork at her Instagram page and you can also hear the music at her Instagram page.

Meanwhile, go HERE to read our in-depth 2012 with the artist, “Art and the Pop Narcotic.” It originally appeared in the spring 2012 print edition of BLURT as well.

Memphis/Ardent/Big Star pal Richard Rosebrough R.I.P.

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Latest in a string of deeply-felt Memphian losses…

By Fred Mills

His name is Richard Rosebrough and although it’s not a household name, anybody with even a passing knowledge of the Memphis pop and rock scene that included Ardent Studio and, of course, Big Star, knows of his talents and his legacy. The 66-year-old drummer, engineer and all-around good guy passed away earlier this week, Oct. 18, of causes not yet disclosed, reports Memphis daily paper The Commercial Appeal, although it is known that he “had been battling various health issues.” It’s been a tough year or so for the Memphis music community, having lost both Ardent owner John Fry in December of 2014 and Grammy-winning engineer/producer John Hampton that same month, and Rosebrough’s passing hits equally hard, known as “a gifted session player and studio hand” and “one of the key cogs in the Ardent Machine” during the 1968-76 era, which of course includes appearances on Big Star’s 1974 classic Radio City.

Big Star drummer and Ardent mainman Jody Stephens, quoted in the obituary, noted, “I was always a little in awe of his drumming; he was that good. He not only played to serve the song, but to give the song mood and emotion. That’s what we all aspired to … Richard always got there. As a drummer, he was a guy who could conjure emotion with his playing like nobody else that I know.”

Among Rosebrough’s efforts beyond Big Star, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton records, were work with the Cramps, John Prine, Tony Joe White, Ry Cooder, Black Oak Arkansas, Little Milton, Jason and the Scorchers and Johnny Hallyday. Below, watch a particularly Memphizoid moment that Rosebrough participated in circa ’92 or ’94. Just ain’t nothin’ like a Memphis thang, folks…

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Memorial services at the Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue in Memphis on Saturday, Oct. 24. Visitation starts at 10 a.m. with a graveside service scheduled for noon.

Incoming: Colored Vinyl Big Star 10” w/Unreleased Material

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And there is a box set for Third just around the corner for next year…

By Fred Mills

The Omnivore label has been no slacker where it comes to Big Star, having issued the Live In Memphis concert album as well as the Nothing Can Hurt Me soundtrack (there’s also been a special edition Big Star slip mat for turntablephiles). Now comes word of a special 10” EP for this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday event (Nov. 27). According to the label, the Jesus Christ EP will feature “the original album version of the song recorded for the band’s Third plus the demo version (which first appeared on Keep an Eye on the Sky) and five previously unissued tracks, for a total of seven cuts on the EP.” It will feature special “Three Wise Men” artwork taken from a ’73 promo poster and will be on translucent blue wax.

The other tracks:

  • “Another Time Another Place and You” (first ever official appearance)
  • TV Mix of “Thank You Friends” (ditto)
  • Two untitled instrumental demos by the late Chris Bell (all four of these tracks were originally mixed for inclusion in the Nothing Can Hurt Me doc)
  • Demo of Third‘s “Big Black Car.”

Meanwhile, due to arrive in 2016 is the box set Complete Third. Boy howdy!

 

Big Ears Music Festival 2016 Lineup Announced

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Book those flights to the sprawling musictropolis of Knoxville, TN…

Besides last week’s announcement of John Luther Adams as the Big Ears Festival 2016 Composer-in-Residence… well, as the organizers of the storied Knoxville, TN, forward-looking music event put it: “Wev’e got plenty more in store for you!”

Indeed. On March 31 – April 2 next spring, artists will include Big Ears alumni Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass will present the American debut of their unique collaboration, thus far heard only once this past summer in Italy. In addition, the legendary 1972 minimalist/industrial rock creation by violinist/filmmaker Tony Conrad with German “Krautrock” legends FaustOutside the Dream Syndicate, will be heard live in its only concert performance in 2016.

The remainder of the weekend will see dozens of concerts by a virtual who’s who of the world’s most iconoclastic and visionary music artists. Composer / saxophonist Anthony Braxton will perform with two of his ensembles – a ten piece group and a trio; his former associate, composer/trumpet virtuoso Wadada Leo Smith will perform duos with leading jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer; while the wildly acclaimed young saxophonist Kamasi Washington – collaborator with Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus – will present his soulful, spiritual jazz.

The Irish supergroup, The Gloaming, will perform, along with young British folksinger, Olivia Chaney; leading American folk and alternative rock artists like Andrew BirdYo La TengoBonnie “Prince” BillyAngel OlsenJoe HenryLambchop, and Circuit des Yeux will be in attendance as well. Icelandic producer/composer Valgeir Sigur∂sson will be bringing his Bedroom Community compatriots Nico MuhlyBen Frost, and Sam Amidon for a show commemorating their 10th Anniversary as a label and musician’s collective; and fellow Iceland native composer Ólafur Arnalds will present his electronica collaboration with Janus RasmussenKiasmos. Widely acclaimed new music ensemble eighth blackbird will make their Big Ears debut, presenting Bryce Dessner’s new work Murder Ballades during their performance, and Australia’s musical shamans, the Necks, will return to lead Big Ears on another kaleidoscopic musical journey.

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There will be groundbreaking electronics from Nicolas JaarIkue Mori, and Andy Stott; maximum minimalism from drone legends Sunn O))); future thinking hip-hop and beyond with Shabazz Palaces and Hieroglyphic Being; Saharan Desert electric guitar jams from Bombino; and even more musical exploration with avant-garde sonic explorers Phantom Orchard and Wolf Eyes.

There’s more to come, including other special performances and details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Oct. 23 and details can be found here.

Go HERE to read contributing editor Steven Rosen’s coverage of the 2015 Big Ears event. It was seriously kickass…

MP3: Download Unreleased Springsteen “The River” Outtakes

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Fan-assembled “unofficial” collection to also get a proper “official” release on forthcoming Boss box.

By Uncle Blurt

The news announced this week about Bruce Springsteen prepping a deluxe box set of his 1989 album The River was certainly expected, given that he’s already done boxes for both Born To Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. Nestled among the details, however, was a tantalizing tidbit: among the previously unreleased material will be a disc devoted to the 1979 River forerunner titled The River: Single Album, comprising key alternate takes of album material as well as the totally unreleased song “Cindy.” And longtime Boss fans and collectors get that significance, for that single album (the final version of The River was 2LP) has circulated in the underground previously as The Ties That Bind including a remastered version (by the JEMS folks) of the 39-min. bootleg as recently as 2011.

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Now, courtesy of archival site Big O zine, you can download an MP3 version of that remastered boot along with artwork for printing out.

Bruce Springsteen – “The Ties That Bind” (single LP)

Apparently Big O will only have the material posted for about a week and a half, so if you want to listen to it streaming or grab the MP3s, don’t wait. The full tracklisting is below. As one of the compilers notes, of the tracks, “ “Cindy” is the one major River outtake that Bruce is still sitting on. The alternate verse in “The Price You Pay” remains lost. The rockabilly “You Better Not Touch” has never seen the light of day, nor the double-tracked vocal take of “To Be True.” “Stolen Car” is a different take to the one on Tracks and even “The Ties That Bind,” “The River” and “I Wanna Marry You” are each alternate takes or mixes from the released versions. “Hungry Heart” and now “Loose Ends” are the most like their official selves, but still distinct.”

      Track 01
. The Ties That Bind 3:37 (6.1MB)
      Track 02
. Cindy 2:29 (4.2MB)
      Track 03
. Hungry Heart 3:33 (6.0MB)
      Track 04
. Stolen Car 4:32 (7.6MB)
      Track 05
. To Be True 3:55 (6.6MB)
      Track 06
. The River 4:56 (8.3MB)
      Track 07
. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) 2:14 (3.8MB)
      Track 08
. The Price You Pay 6:02 (10.1MB)
      Track 09
. I Wanna Marry You 3:34 (6.0MB)
      Track 10
. Loose Ends 4:10 (7.0MB)