Monthly Archives: December 2015

PJ Harvey Announces New LP w/Teaser Video

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No title announced yet, though.

By Blurt Staff

Just hitting Twitter-trending is PJ Harvey, who has announced a new, as-yet-untitled album for release next spring. It’s the long-overdue followup to Let England Shake. It was previously assumed that there was a record in the works, but this stands as the official confirmation. Below, watch a (very brief) preliminary teaser trailer for it. Photographer Seamus Murphy, of the Harvey poetry/photograph book from this year, “The Hollow of the Hand,” filmed it.

Track Premiere: Game Theory Expanded “Lolita Nation” Bonus Cut

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Now the rest of you can find out why those of us around in the ‘80s called ourselves card-carrying members of the Lolita Nation…. God bless you, Scott.

By Blurt Staff

How do we love thee, Game Theory? Let us count the ways: there was our “Nighttime of the Season” feature; a “Dead Center” review; the “A Blazing Beginning” feature;  and those are just the items of coverage from the past couple of years via the Omnivore label’s diligent archival digging into the band’s back catalog. R.I.P. Game Theory founder Scott Miller, who was one of power pop’s great savants: losing him in 2013 still hurts. So we are doubly proud to have a track to unveil for everyone here: it’s “One More for Saint Michael” (rough mix), a bonus track from the upcoming, expanded, edition of the group’s 1987 magnum opus Lolita Nation, due out Feb. 5 via Omnivore. Check it out:

The Mitch Easter-produced gem was an ambitious 2LP set, and now the original’s 27 tracks are joined by 21 bonus performances. In addition to the previously unheard eight-minute version of “Chardonnay” and alternate mixes of key album tracks, the bonus material features covers of David Bowie, The Modern Lovers, Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, The Smiths, The Stooges, Joy Division, The Hollies, and Public Image Ltd. Classics and a never before heard song by Scott Miller from the Lolita Nation era.

The deluxe reissue’s vinyl edition double LP has its first pressing on translucent dark green vinyl, with black to follow. The LP contains a download card for the entire 48-track CD program. Included in the book are new liner notes from Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, interviews with the band and original album contributors and previously unseen photos. Worth noting: the story of Scott Miller and Game Theory is chronicled in Brett Milano’s recently published book, Don’t All Thank Me at Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller, and there is to be a SXSW 2016 panel titled “No One’s Twisting His Arm: Game Theory’s Scott Miller,” composed of reissue producer Dan Vallor, band member Gil Ray, Omnivore’s Cheryl Pawelski and author Brett Milano.

Lolita Nation

Track Listing:

Disc One:

  1. Kenneth-What’s The Frequency?
  2. Not Because You Can
  3. Shard
  4. Go Ahead, You’re Dying To
  5. Dripping With Looks
  6. Exactly What We Don’t Want To Hear
  7. We Love You Carol And Alison
  8. The Waist And The Knees
  9. Nothing New
  10. The World’s Easiest Job
  11. Look Away
  12. Slip
  13. The Real Shelia
  14. Andy In Ten Years
  15. Watch Who You’re Calling Space Garbage Meteor Mouth • Pretty Green Card Shark
  16. Where They Have To Let You In
  17. Turn Me On Dead Man
  18. Mammoth Gardens
  19. Little Ivory
  20. Museums Of Hopelessness
  21. Toby Ornette
  22. All Clockwork And No Bodily Fluids Makes Hal A Dull Metal Humbert • In Heaven Every Elephant Baby Wants To Be So Full Of Sting • Paul Simon In The Park With Canticle • But You Can’t Pick Your Friends • Vaccuum Genesis • Defmacros • Howsometh • Ingdotime • Salengths • Omethingl • Etbfollow • Aafternoo • Ngetprese • Ntmomenti • Fthingswo • Ntalwaysb • Ethiswayt • Bcacausea • Bwasteaft • Ernoonwhe • Neqbmeret • Urnfromsh • Owlittleg • Reenplace • 27
  23. One More For Saint Michael
  24. Choose Between Two Sons
  25. Chardonnay
  26. Last Day That We’re Young
  27. Together Now, Very Minor

Disc Two

  1. Chardonnay (Long Version)
  2. Dripping With Looks (Rough Mix W/ Alternate Vocal)
  3. One More For St. Michael (Live)
  4. Carrie Anne (Live)
  5. The Waist And The Knees (Rehearsal Demo)
  6. Tiny Steps (Radio Session)
  7. We Love You Carol And Alison (Radio Session)
  8. Gimme Danger (Radio Session)
  9. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Live)
  10. Andy In Ten Years (Rough Mix W/ Alternate Vocal)
  11. Candidate (Live)
  12. Little Ivory (Rehearsal Demo)
  13. These Things Take Time (Radio Session)
  14. Roadrunner (Live)
  15. One More For St. Michael (Rough Mix W/ Alternate Vocal)
  16. God Save The Queen (Radio Session)
  17. Drive-In Saturday (Radio Session)
  18. Public Image (Live)
  19. The Waist And The Knees (Rough Mix W/ Alternate Vocal)
  20. Together Now, Very Minor (Radio Session)
  21. Choose Between Two Sons

Band photo credit: Robert Toren

Blurt’s Midweek Track du Jour: Leland Sundries “Radiator Sabotage”

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“More of a garage rock direction”: that’s for sure. Erudite, indeed.

By Fred Mills

Now THIS is old school itchy-kinetic-punk-roots rawk like yer mama warned you about: Leland Sundries, whose upcoming album Music For Outcasts arrives next year (Feb. in the UK; May in the States). We’ve sung the group’s praises before, and there’s no reason to stop now based on the sheer oomph power of first single “Radiator Sabotage.” Check it out:

According to frontman Nick Loss-Eaton, “It’s more of a garage rock direction than our earlier stuff. The record was half-written during a rough period when I was drinking too much and was recorded after my open heart surgery, in an optimistic period. It was recorded in Brooklyn at the unheated Creamery Studio in Greenpoint, last winter.”

Amen. Works for us, Nick…

Listen to Skylar Gudasz do “The Sounds Of Christmas”

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Lovely new track now part of the classic dB’s holiday record. [4th in our series of 2015 Christmas Songs, collect ’em all: (1) Luxuriant Sedans – “Santa Claus, Baby“; (2) Sleater-Kinney – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”; (3) Southern Culture on the Skids – “Silver Bells]

By Fred Mills

It’s our favorite time of year too, Skylar: North Carolina’s premiere indie chanteuse Skylar Gudasz recently appeared on the expanded version of the fan-fave holiday collection It’s Christmas Time Again! by The dB’s And Friends (Omnivore), doing “The Sounds Of Christmas.” Clearly the standout among the newly-added tracks to the record, the tune is now online to bring some additional Xmas cheer, so check it out:

Poison’s Rikki Rockett Diagnosed w/Cancer

 

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By Blurt Staff

Earlier this year Poison’s Rikki Rockett was diagnosed with oral cancer, as he disclosed this week on SiriusXM satellite radio show “Eddie Trunk Live.” Blabbermouth.net reports that the drummer has “recently completed nine rounds of chemotherapy and seven weeks of radiation after being diagnosed with oral cancer this past summer. The 54-year-old rocker will undergo a PET scan in February to determine if the treatment was successful.”

Rockett added that he first became alarmed in June when he experienced “this horrible cold, sore-throat thing” and a subsequent biopsy revealed a tumor at the base of his tongue. The cancer apparently is highly invasive, but treatable and curable. Rockett eventually underwent nine rounds of chemo and 35 rounds of radiation therapy.
“That kicks your dick into the dirt. But I went, ‘Okay, this is what I’m gonna do. I wanna beat it, so I’m just gonna go head first into this. I’m gonna set myself up where every single day, I do something positive for my health. I’m gonna work out one day, I’m gonna go to therapy one day.’ I go to this occupational therapy where they do swallowing and speech and stuff like that, to keep your neck going. Regular therapy, acupuncture…”

Back to Fist-Bump City: Watch Killer Mike Interview Bernie Sanders

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An entire album’s worth of material can come from stuff like this…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

As everybody has heard by now, Killer Mike interviewed Senator Bernie Sanders back in November when the presidential candidate dropped by the rapper’s Atlanta barber shop. You can watch the interview, below, in which Sanders holds forth on everything from voting rights, black-on-black crime and socialism to why pot laws are a crock, why Donald Trump’s a fascist, and why Sanders embarked upon his political career in the first place.

Stuff We Really Don’t Need: A Grateful Dead Biopic

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Just let Val Kilmer play Weir and be done with it, dudes…

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

Okay, so two of my uncles were seriously into the Grateful Dead – I think there was even a karaoke session of “Truckin’” and “Sugar Magnolia” one Christmas at the Martinez house – but that doesn’t mean that I have to perpetuate it as a so-called music journalist. But it appears I, and many of my fellow writers, are destined to suffer: as Rolling Stone reports:

“A limited-run Grateful Dead bio-series is in the works at Amazon, with Bob Weir slated to executive produce and oversee all aspects of the show’s music, Deadline reports. The as-yet-untitled series is based on Steve Parish’s 2003 memoir, Home Before Daylight: My Life On the Road with the Grateful Dead. In the book, Parish — who will serve as an executive producer on the show — chronicles his time as a member of the Grateful Dead’s extended family, starting with his work as a roadie and later as Jerry Garcia’s manager and confidant. In 2008, as Rolling Stone reported, Parish and producer Stephen Emery attempted to turn Home Before Daylight into a Grateful Dead biopic. The project, however, stalled despite having Weir signed on as music director, and Jefferson Airplane, Neil Young and Bob Dylan all set to contribute to the soundtrack.”

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Amazon? Seriously? Meh. And folks wonder why we Millennials are starting to turn to the NRA and gun rights positions? Oh, by the way—the term is confidante, not “confidant.”

DJ Shadow Protege DJ Harrison to Drop Limited Edition Cassette

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Listen to special sampler mix, below.

DJ Shadow has taken yet another young artist under his wing for a release with the burgeoning Liquid Amber imprint. The first taste of DJ Harrison’s ‘Songs From The Black Water’ EP, out next Friday (12/18) exclusively on a limited run of cassettes, is now available in the form of a Soundcloud sampler featuring several of the tracks. A tour de force of hazy, jazz-inspired hip hop made with analog equipment, this EP’s old school vibes shine through on every track, but it still manages to fit into the modern beat scene. Listen HERE.

“I think it reflects an age of when the beat tape SHOWED who a producer was, before the age of the internet,” says Harrison, real name Devonne Harris, of the project. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he has been involved in a wide range of different musical projects due to the city’s small-town vibe, and these eclectic experiences shine through on ‘Songs From The Black Water.’

DJ Harrison’s soulful soundscapes bring the listener to a good place with their feel-good vibes, and the authenticity of tape brings out the organic nature of his creative process. He got involved with Liquid Amber after opening for DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist on their Renegades of Rhythm tour, and his music has been supported by artists like Questlove and Talib Kweli.

Listen to Southern Culture on the Skids Cover Xmas Classic “Silver Bells”

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More than countrypolitan culture, eh? [3rd in our series of 2015 Christmas Songs, collect ’em all: (1) Luxuriant Sedans – “Santa Claus, Baby“; (2) Sleater-Kinney – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”;]

By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern

It’s never a bummer Christmas when Southern Culture on the Skids turns up under the tree—or on your playlist, so let’s add this one. Some deets from the band follow the sweet countrypolitan-esque track:

“Silver Bells” is available as digital download in the Skidmart on scots.com, and available soon on iTunes and all the other digital stores and streaming sites….”Silver Bells” was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the 1951 movie, “The Lemon Drop Kid” and was a big hit for the King of the Crooners, Bing Crosby. “Silver Bells” was written by Jay Livingstone and Ray Evans. The future classic was originally titled “Tinkle Bells” until Jay played it for his wife who liked the tune but pointed out the bathroom connotations of “Tinkle Bells” and said that just wouldn’t float!!!!”

 

 

 

Charley Pride to Receive Ameripolitan Masters Award

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3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards slated for next Feb. in Austin, natch.

The 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards will be held Tuesday, February 16th, 8:00 pm at Austin’s Paramount Theatre. Past Ameripolitan winner Ray Benson will serve as host, and Charley Pride (Master Award) will join Wanda Jackson (Founder of the Sound) and Red Simpson (Founder of the Sound) as special award recipients.

“Charley Pride is the first living male to ever receive the Ameripolitan Masters Award, preceded only by the amazing Ray Price, who was instrumental in creating the awards,” said Dale Watson, founder of the Ameripolitan Awards, in a statement. “Charley Pride’s music spans several generations, blazed new trails, and has never compromised his roots. This makes him perfect for the highest honor we can bestow, the Ameripolitan Master Award.”

Artists slated to perform at this year’s ceremony include Charley Pride, Wanda Jackson, Red Simpson, Billy Joe Shaver, James Hand, Doyle and Debbie, Georgette Jones, Justin Trevino, Rosie Flores, Whitey Morgan, Kim Lenz, Charlie Thompson, The Country Side of Harmonica Sam, Jason Roberts, Unknown Hinson, and other special guests.

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Voting online or by app is available now through December 26, 2015. Winners will be announced live during the 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Fans may vote in the following categories: Honky Tonk – Female, Male, Group; Western Swing – Female, Male, Group; Rockabilly – Female, Male, Group; Outlaw – Female, Male, Group; Ameripolitan DJ; Ameripolitan Venue; Ameripolitan Festival; and Ameripolitan Musician. A full list of nominees can be found here.

Ticket details: austintheatre.org.