Monthly Archives: January 2016

Huge Long Ryders Boxed Set Anthology Due

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“Beloved band” doesn’t even begin to sum up the group’s legacy.

By Fred Mills

You can call ’em members of the Paisley Underground – you know, that somewhat erroneously label for the ’80s West Coast guitar band scene that included the Dream Syndicate, True West, Green On Red, Rain Parade and even the Bangles – or you could simply cite their twangy brand of roots-rock and psych that marked ’em as obvious Americana forerunners. Among fans, though, they were simply the Long Ryders, and on Jan. 22 a long-overdue comprehensive career overview drops via Cherry Red. Titled Final Wild Songs (after the band tune “Final Wild Sons” – hey, that’s a pretty efficient way to rope in a name, simply by adding one letter!), it’s a 4-disc box that pretty much serves as the, ahem, final word on the beloved band.

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Below, check out the 6-minute album promo trailer for the box.

Ty Segall’s New Album is Streaming Now Online

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Nice to know the boy keeps hisself busy these days. We sure haven’t heard anything new from him in like, 3 days…

By Blurt Staff

Ty Segall’s new album Emotional Mugger drops next week, on Jan. 22 via Drag City, and you can hear it streaming right now over at NPR Music. And if you want to read a funny piece about Segall and the label sending out advance promos to the media on battered VHS tapes, check this Pitchfork story out. The full tracklisting plus Segall’s press release for the album are below.

Tracklisting:

01 Squealer
02 California Hills
03 Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess
04 Breakfast Eggs
05 Diversion
06 Baby Big Man (I Want A Mommy)
07 Mandy Cream
08 Candy Sam
09 Squealer Two
10 W.U.O.T.W.S.
11 The Magazine

What is emotional mugging?

Emotional mugging is a psychoanalytic subject to subject exchange formed as a response to our hyper-digital sexual landscape.

The over communication relayed in cell based technology and content driven media further detaches passengers of our modern society from deep emotional understanding. These detached residents seek meaning and physical contact which is readily available via traditional social standards often displaced thru the lens of the modern id. These individuals turn to salutation based sexual exchange and solo vice in return for a confirmation of non-emotion. This state of being that is well considered normal in our modern society is riddled with denial depravity and causes destruction on both the internal and external levels.

EM is an unfortunate but tragically essential practice in the age of digital intimacy. Essentially “mugging” is non verbal and non-physical emotional exchange, regardless of the status of the mugger and the muggee. Mugging can help to fill the holes in our ego, and the gaps in our society.

Unlike traditional mugging EM is a victimful crime wherein both the perpetrator and subject are victims of their emotional purpose whether the ego intention is subversive or provocative.
Sexual response has been common for both roles and have often led to meaningful non physical sexual relations.

Visit emotionalmugger.com

Incoming: Reissue of Memphis Power Pop Legend Prix

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Catch that Memphis beat. Above: cover of new reissue, with the 2002 CD below.

By Blurt Staff

If you’re a Big Star fan and/or a Memphis rock ‘n’ roll buff, you probably know the name Prix: that was the power pop band formed by future producer and journalist Jon Tiven, who enlisted the help of Tommy Hoehn (required listening: his “Blow Yourself Up” 45), bassist Rick Clark, and Big Star’s Chris Bell and Alex Chilton for sessions that yielded a 3-song EP for the Ork label and a 45 on the MIracle label. One gem was the track “Girl”:

In 2002, Japanese label Air Mail collected those tracks along with others that had been recorded and issued it as the Historix CD. Long out of print, it’s now slated to be reissued next month on the Hozac label, and as Pitchfork points out, this marks the album’s vinyl debut. For those of us who have long treasured our Prix bootleg cassettes and that Air Mail CD, it’s a gift indeed. Below, listen to “Run, Run Runaway.” Incidentally, sharp eyed readers will no doubt have noted that the Ork single was made part of that recent Ork box set that we reviewed at length not long ago.

Prix – “Run Run Runaway” (Hozac)

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Video: Glen Hansard does Bowie’s “Ashes To Ashes” in NYC

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Subject header pretty explanatory…

By Blurt Staff

A couple of weeks ago Glen Hansard was busking in the streets of Dublin, along with his pals Bono, Hozier, and Imelda May, for charity; the other night, following word of David Bowie’s passing, Hansard turned up in New York outside Bowie’s apartment, strumming an acoustic guitar and singing Bowie songs in tribute of the falling spaceman. Below, watch his version of “Ashes to Ashes”:

Belly Up, Have a “Lemmy” On Us!

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Drink up, punters.

By Uncle Blurt

Since I’m not much of a Facebook kinda uncle, I usually have to be force-fed content by the Editor or Assistant Editor from the social media megasite. This time around, though, it went down smoothly.

As the Official Motorhead Facebook page just announced, a Jack Daniels with Coke is now to be known as “The Lemmy” in honor of the dear departed Mr. Kilmister. They posted the cover of the latest Food and Beverage magazine – or, technically, an honorary mock-up of the cover – that officially rechristens the Jack & Coke in Lemmy’s name. Anyone with even just a passing knowledge of the band and its founder knows that Jack & Coke was literally the only thing Lemmy would drink, and if you saw him anyplace other than holding his guitar in front of a mic, if there was not that drink at his side, something was definitely wrong.

According to the magazine,

“Rock legend Lemmy Kilmister has joined the ranks Arnold Palmer, Bellini, Shirley Temple and Tom Collins. Food & Beverage Magazine has officially named the industry standard call-out drink of Jack & Coke to “The Lemmy” in honor of Official Motörhead legend Lemmy Kilmister’s favorite drink which he made famous on the Sunset Strip at The Rainbow Bar and Grill.

“‘We are honored to represent the industry and bring the moniker, “The Lemmy” to every bar in the world!” exclaims Food and Beverage Magazine Publisher, Michael Politz. “Owning a Rock club with Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell gave me the chance to meet Lemmy and experience his legend myself.'”

I’ll drink to that. [Side note: here at the BLURT bistro there is indeed a drink concoction known as “The Uncle B” so thanks for asking!]

NC’s Floating Action Drops Surprise Live Album

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Recorded 2 weeks ago in Asheville.

By Blurt Staff

Tarheel watchers – the musical type, although at least a couple of us here at the BLURT luxury suite tend to think “Carolina basketball” whenever that term is uttered – hoisted a few ales and plenty of huzzahs in recent weeks when Seth Kaufman, founder and frontman of acclaimed western NC outfit (Black Mountain, near Asheville, to be precise) Floating Action, unleashed a surprise live album via his Bandcamp page.

It’s billed as “a real, live, raucous, loose, spacey, funky show” and brutha, that pretty much seals the deal, particularly if you are already a fan of the band. If not, prepare to be… you know… kinda floored.

spiriCHILL: Floating Action Live 12/26/15 was recorded at Asheville’s venerable Grey Eagle club on, duh, December 26 of last year. “Just 2 guitars, 1 bass, 1 drum kit” is what the blurb reads, but you may quickly ascertain there is, ahem, way more going on. Click that Bandcamp link above – trust us on this ‘un, punters. One of the best NC bands, in full flight, at one of the best NC venues.

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Details:

Worthwhile Sounds (Jeff Whitworth): live sound engineering/ audio recording.
Seth Kauffman: vocals, guitar.
Evan Martin: drums, vocals.
Drew Heller: guitar.
Michael Libramento: bass, vocals.

What About that Awesome Violent Femmes Album Cover?

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Yes, we know this news was announced last month. We just love that goddam record sleeve, okay? North American tour dates to be announced shortly,

Violent Femmes – you may have heard of ‘em – announced new album due March 4 via PIAS. Titled We Can Do Anything, it’s their ninth studio album and first full-length collection in more than 15 years. The band: singer/songwriter/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and drummer Brian Viglione.

Produced by Jeff Hamilton – a longtime member of the Horns of Dilemma, Violent Femmes’ ever-evolving cabal of multi-instrumentalist backing musicians – and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur, Jr.), it was recorded in studios in Brooklyn, Nashville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Denver, while on tour during the summer of 2015.  The album’s cover image was drawn by Barenaked Ladies’ Kevin Hearn, who also contributed accordion, guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals on several recordings. Rounding out the live touring band and members of The Horns of Dilemma are John Sparrow and Blaise Garza who has been playing with the band since he was 14 years old.

The backstory: “Gano gathered the album’s material by diving headlong into his own voluminous archives, listening to ancient cassette demos and leafing through old journals in search of suitable songs. Among his finds were such new classics as the murderous “Big Car” and the fractured fairy tale, “I Could Be Anything,” Of the album’s more recent songs, “Foothills” and “Holy Ghost” were both penned with the team of Sam Hollander and Dave Katz (Train, Joe Cocker), while “Issues” – co-written by Gano with Hollander and Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin (Christina Perri, Howie Day) – stands out as vintage Violent Femmes, as lyrically cutting as it is musically kinetic. Penned by Gano’s big sister, gifted folk singer/songwriter/artist Cynthia Gayneau, “What You Really Mean,” the album’s sole cover, might as well be an original composition, hewing remarkably close to the frontman’s own sonic sensibility and lyrical heart.”

Tracklisting:

“Memory”
“I Could Be Anything”
“Issues”
“Holy Ghost”
“What You Really Mean”
“Foothills”
“Traveling Solves Everything”
“Big Car”
“Untrue Love”
“I’m Not Done”

Smithsonian Launches Rock Archive; Blurt Photog Perez Joins Project

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Springsteen, Johnny Thunders, R.E.M., Replacements, Courtney Love and loads more…

By Fred Mills

A tip o’ the BLURT newsboy cap and a hoist o’ the ale to veteran photographer Marty Perez of Chicago—he just happens to be a regular contributor to our magazine and site—for getting selected to be part of Smithsonian Books and Smithsonian Media’s recently launched rockandroll.si.edu, which aims to utilize a combination of crowdsourcing and curation “to show the greatest moments in the history of rock’n’roll.”

Lofty aim, eh?

The Smithsonian has been reaching out to “the general public to go through their attics, basements, boxes, drawers, digital cameras, photo albums, cell phones, cloud, photo upload sites, and computer hard drives for pictures that show the greatest moments in the history of rock’n’roll…. Each month the Smithsonian or special guests will choose the best photos that have been submitted. The site will also feature select photos and text from rock artists, band managers, photographers, and more sharing their favorite photos and stories.”

The site launched December 1st, and there will be a book will be published in the fall of 2017.

Back to our bro, Mr. Perez: you can find his Smithsonian page HERE and there is a wealth of his photography on display, including Springsteen, Johnny Thunders, R.E.M., Replacements, Courtney Love, and a buncha crazy fans kicking out da jamz at Sabbath (pictured, above). Me, well, I’m kinda partial to those two prints of Patti Smith playing her clarinet that he made for yours truly awhile back, but still… I think you can dig it all just the same.

Salute to you, Marty, and to the folks at the Smithsonian who came up with this idea. It’s already bearing major fruit.

MP3: Download Unreleased Live David Bowie Album from 1990

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Palais Omnisports, Paris, France; April 3, 1990 – a so-so tour, but a great performance this night.

By Blurt Staff

This one probably needs no introduction: it’s an oft-bootlegged Paris show from 1990 that apparently had been originally recorded for a proposed official live album, but was ultimately shelved by Bowie and/or his record label. The good archivists over at Big O zine had resurrected it, Lazarus-like, as a tribute to Bowie in the wake of his death this past weekend.

MP3: Palais Omnisports, Paris, France; April 3, 1990.

According to Big O: “The Paris show was recorded by Bowie for an official live album/live video; which remains unseen even in leaked form…Bowie was at his worst point of his career vocally during this tour, the previous year’s Tin Machine tour, then vitually once a night shows from this tour reduced his baritone to a dry rasp that on many occasions just packed up (there’s a great shot on youtube of him throwing his guitar away in frustration during the opening verse of Station To Station when his voice cracks). Add to that the worst band he had toured with, and I think, overall the quality of a live album was just not going to look good on his CV. Which is ironic, considering that it is surely his most documented stadium tour; there exists more “official” television and radio shows from this tour than any other.”

Big O has provided downloadable artwork along with the track MP3s.

 

      Track 101
. Beethoven’s #9 Symphony 1:58 (3.3MB)
      Track 102
. Space Oddity 4:54 (8.2MB)
      Track 103
. Changes 2:54 (4.9MB)
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. TVC 15 4:34 (7.7MB)
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. Rebel Rebel 3:11 (5.4MB)
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. Golden Years 4:23 (7.4MB)
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. Be My Wife 3:05 (5.2MB)
      Track 108
. Ashes To Ashes 4:58 (8.3MB)
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. John, I’m Only Dancing 2:52 (4.8MB)
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. Fashion 4:49 (8.1MB)
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. Life On Mars 3:41 (6.2MB)
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. Blue Jean 3:24 (5.7MB)
      Track 113
. Let’s Dance 4:33 (7.6MB)
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. Stay 6:42 (11.2MB)
      Track 115
. China Girl 5:43 (9.6MB)

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. Ziggy Stardust 3:44 (6.3MB)
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. Sound And Vision 3:22 (5.7MB)
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. Station To Station 7:35 (12.8MB)
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. Moon Of Alabama 4:18 (7.2MB)
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. Young Americans 6:01 (10.1MB)
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. Panic In Detroit 4:09 (7.0MB)
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. Suffragette City 2:53 (4.8MB)
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. Fame ‘90 6:01 (10.1MB)
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. Heroes 4:40 (7.8MB)
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. Pretty Pink Rose 5:14 (8.8MB)
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. Queen Bitch 3:13 (5.4MB)
      Track 212
. The Jean Genie 5:21 (9.0MB)

Robert Plant Plots Southern Tour in March

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Sensational Space Shifters an appropriate name.

By Uncle Blurt

A couple of years ago I took the missus and our two kids, then 5 and 8 respectively, to see Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters. Not only was it a phenomenal show that features a slew of reworked (and in some cases, given an African/world-beat flavor) Led Zep songs, the children were absolutely enthralled. I saw similar scenes to ours across the amphitheatre where the show was held..

Plant is planning another Southern swing starting in March, and no doubt he’ll be featuring Zep tunes alongside material from his 2014 album Lullabye… and the Ceaseless Roar. But as Rolling Stone reports, he’s also been working on a fresh album, so expect some brand new songs as well.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Tour

March 4 – 6 – Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
March 6 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
March 7 – Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre
March 9 – Jackson, MS @ Thalia Mara Hall
March 10 – Baton Rouge, LA @ River Center Theatre
March 11 – Shreveport, LA @ Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
March 13 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
March 15 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
March 17 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
March 18 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel Center Performing Arts Center
March 20 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at Moody Theater