Monthly Archives: February 2016

Rare Rowland S. Howard Single Gets Reissued



Originally issued in 2005 in Europe.

By Fred Mills

It will come as no surprise to learn that we here at BLURT are big fans of the late Rowland S. Howard, from his Birthday Party tenure to These Immortal Souls and through his latterday solo work. (In 2014 we published a lengthy look at his swansong release, Pop Crimes, and followed that with a review of the Six Strings That Drew Blood anthology, both written by Michael Toland.)

Now comes word that the long-out of print “Autoluminescent” b/w “Ocean” single, originally released in 2005 and billed as Rowland S. .Howard & the Devastations, is being reissued via Spain’s Bang! label. The A side is actually a “revision” of “Autoluminescent” while the B side is a cover of The Velvet Underground´s “Ocean”. As Bang! notes, “This single has been out of the market and reached insane prices in the 2nd hand market. So here it is finally reissued.”

Below, listen to the original version of the song as it appeared on 1999’s ultra-rare Teenage Snuff Film album.

Video Premiere: Marshall Lewis “Look Around”


Key track from new EP by the young artist.

By Blurt Staff

Just released is singer-songwriter Marshall Lewis’ second EP, Learned, which the gifted multiinstrumentalist co-produced with his good friend Kevin Flick (Puddlegum). We’ve got a special unveiling today of atmospheric track “Look Around,” the video for which was produced by Zak Stoldt of The Stills. (Stoldt also guest on the album and is the drummer in Lewis’ live band.) Check it out:


Lewis, incidentally, played all the instruments on the song.

He began his recording career at the tender age of 18, swiftly amassing a trove of material in under a year. This subsequently led to Lewis’ debut EP Chapters (mastered by TW Walsh, who has his own new record just out). With critical acclaim continuing to grow for Lewis – he’s been described as a folkie with an intimate sound, “a young soul dealing with old issues” – this new recording should see him reaching an even broader audience. As Lewis notes, “There seems to be a story put in place in our lives, a sort of timeline. But in the end, what matters is the underlining truth that has always been there. The timeline is just there to help us make sense of it, and that’s what I write about.”

Amen. Find out more about Lewis, including upcoming tour dates that kick off starting March 16 in Evansville, IN, at his official website.


Video Premiere: Talkie – “Sueñatron”


Key track from the band’s forthcoming double LP, Hablas, out next week.

By Blurt Staff

San Francisco rockers Talkie meditated upon things and decided the time was finally right to release their new album Hablas – and upon consulting with their guru, also determined that the karmic forces were good for the unveiling of their new video for album track “Sueñatron.” As we here at BLURT have always been loath to tempt the forces of fate, we are eager to help with said unveiling. Check it out:

Commenting on the track, the band explained, “We drove from San Francisco to and through the desert to Salvation Mountain, with the sole purpose of shooting the cover for our new album. On our way home, we ended up taking a major detour to shoot some B-roll video of one of us eating a turkey leg on the Storybook ride in Disneyland—because Disneyland. The lyrical content of “Sueñatron” seemed to clash with the visuals of the ride, so we thought it would be a great idea to put them together.”

Well, all right then! The album—all 60 minutes of it—will hit the bins on March 4 via Slospeak Records/Milkcarton Media Group. Meditate on that, punters.

On the web:

Talkie CD

Meet Minor Victories: Mogwai, Slowdive, Editors Members



By Blurt Staff

Are supergroups anathema to indie rock? Not on your life, unless you hate, say, Monsters of Folk and the Dead Weather. On the horizon is the next s-group: Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and the Editors’ Justin and James Locke, aka Minor Victories, who plan to drop an eponymous album on June 3 via Fat Possum.

Below you can watch “A Hundred Ropes,” the first single and video from the album, which has a decidedly Slowdive vibe, come to think of it. What started as an online track-swapping project eventually morphed into a full-blown recording session overseen by producer Justin Lockey, with guests Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and James Graham of the Twilight Sad also pitching in. As Braithwaite drily observed, “Starting a band where some of the people have never met each other is something I’ve never heard of.”



1. “Give Up The Ghost”
2. “A Hundred Ropes”
3. “Breaking My Light”
4. “Scattered Ashes (Song for Richard)” (featuring James Graham)
5. “Folk Arp”
6. “Cogs”
7. “For You Always” (featuring Mark Kozelek)
8. “Out To Sea”

9. “The Thief”
10. “Higher Hopes”



Kim Gordon Forms New Band Glitterbust


Space rockin’ par excellence!

By Barbi Martinez

Kim Gordon is one of my all-time heroes, so it broke my heart when Sonic Youth split in 2011 in the wake of Thurston Moore’s infidelity. To her eternal credit, though, she’s maintained her high standards ever since, not only as one-half of noise duo Body/Head but also with her best-selling memoir of last year, Girl In a Band.

Now she’d got a new project called Glitterbust, another duo, which features Alex Knost of improv outfit Tomorrows Tulips. As Stereogum reports, the pair’s self-titled debut, a double album comprising five lengthy tracks, will arrive March 4 via Burger Records. At Stereogum, check out the rather kosmiche track “The Highline.

01 “Soft Landing”
02 “Repetitive Differ”
03 “Erotic Resume”
04 “The Highline”
05 “Nude Economics”

(Photo credit: David Black)

New Mini-series “Unbound” Uses David Bowie’s “Blackstar” Album


First episode to air this Thursday, Feb. 25.

By Barbi Martinez

It’s called “InstaMiniSeries” and, as you might have deduced from that name, it’s an Instagram video-powered “channel” similar to a TV series. As Pitchfork reports, “Last fall, David Bowie gave the channel early access to his album  for a set of visual interpretations of its tracks, titled UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries. Bowie invited interpretations ‘with no limits or preconditions’ [in order to take the] audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. The series is propelled by a focus on this visual interpretation of the ★ album as opposed to a literal, linear narrative.”

Starring in the 16-episode series will be Tavi Gevinson, actor Patricia Clarkson, and others. Nikki Borges (director) and Carolynn Cecilia (writer) produced and Lawrence Peryer co-produced.

Read a press release about the series and watch the trailer, below.

Poison Girls’ Vi Subversa 1935-2016 R.I.P.


Anarcho-punks hoisted the flag high alongside Crass. (Subversa is pictured on the right, above.)

By Fred Mills

Frances Sokolov, aka Vi Subversa of Britain’s Poison Girls, passed away this weekend at the age of 80. Her song, Pete Fender, disclosed the sad news via Facebook, writing that she “passed away peacefully following a short illness.” (View his entire post below.)

Poison Girls: Subversa, Richard Famous, Lance d’Boyle, and Bella Donna. They were peers of and friends with fellow anarcho-punks Crass, releasing three albums, including 1985 swansong Songs of Praise. Subversa herself continued to perform on and off until her death.

It is with deep sorrow that I have to announce the mourning of my wonderful mum Frances Sokolov, known to many as Vi Subversa, who has passed away peacefully following a short illness.
We know that her death will come as a shock. Vi had recently celebrated her 80th birthday and only a few short weeks ago gave what was to be her final performance.
Vi led an extraordinary life in a variety of fields, but was no doubt best known as the lead singer, lyricist and rhythm guitarist in Poison Girls.
She was a key figure to a lot of people and we know that there will be a great many who would wish to pay tribute to her music and words, as well as to her remarkable achievements in life. We know too that she would want this to happen.
We are holding a private funeral for her close friends and family, and naturally there will be a public event to celebrate her life and work later in the year. We, her family, ask that our need for privacy be respected during this very difficult time.
We are confident that Vi would not wish her friends and fans to overindulge in sadness. We all feel that her life was complete and should be celebrated. She made it to the milestone, and her time had come. Flesh and blood is what we are.
PF x

Incoming: New Lush EP; Watch New Video



By Barbi Martinez

A few months ago it was announced that shoegaze-era Brits Lush would be getting back together for performances this spring and summer. Now they’ve announced a new EP, Blind Spot, due April 22 on their nicely-named Edamame label. Meanwhile, the first video from the EP has been unveiled, titled “Out of Control” and directed by Martin Masai Andersen and Kim Thue.

Says the band’s Miki Berenyi, “It certainly took some time to set up, but once we were in the studio, everything came together incredibly quickly. It was great fun! It’s been a long time since I’ve written Lush lyrics, and I realised early on with this EP that what I wrote about then is not what I feel comfortable writing about now. My perspective, and what is close to my heart, has changed, and I think that’s conveyed in the songs.”

Blind Spot:

01 Out of Control
02 Lost Boy
03 Burnham Beaches
04 Rosebud

2016 Pitchfork Festival Lineup Announced


By Blurt Staff

The annual Pitchfork Music Festival takes place in Chicago as usual this year, on July 15, 16 and 17. Below, see the daily lineups. More info here.

Friday: Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, Girl Band, Julia Holter, Mick Jenkins, Moses Sumney, Shamir, Twin Peaks, and Whitney.

Saturday: Anderson Paak, BJ the Chicago Kid, Blood Orange, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Car Seat Headrest, Circuit des Yeux, Digable Planets, Holly Herndon, Jenny Hval, Kevin Morby, Martin Courtney, Oneman, Royal Headache, Savages, Sufjan Stevens, and Super Furry Animals.

Sunday: Empress Of, FKA Twigs, Holy Ghost, Jeremih, JLIN, Kamasi Washington, LUH., Miguel, Nao, Neon Indian, Oneohtrix Point Never, Porches, RP Boo, Sun Ra Arkestra, The Hotelier, Thundercat, and Woods. 

Nirvana “Bleach” Reissued in Dueling Color Vinyl Eds.



A guaranteed sellout, we predict.

By Uncle Blurt

That dry mouth sensation? That quickened pulserate? No, you’re not in the presence of some spectacular specimen of human pulchritude – we’re talking colored wax, jack! As you can tell from the photos above and below, Nirvana’s long playing Sub Pop debut Bleach is up for grabs once again, this time via the colored vinyl reissue nuts over at Newbury Comics. It arrives Feb. 26, and there are only 2800 copies total. More details from Newbury, below. Better act fast, kids. It would be a damn shame if you wanted this one bad but waited too long and it sold out, leavingt you with no choice but to blow your fuckin’ brains out in despair…. (Fun Fact: about 10 years ago I decided to unload all my Nirvana junk on eBay – needed the dough, yo – and in addition to snagging a sweet $1k for a promo-only copy of the band’s “Love Buzz” 45, I was able to net about $250 for my original Bleach LP that included a presskit as well. So here I am now, spending 45 bucks to repurchase Bleach. Admittedly, I’m still ahead by $200, but still…. colored vinyl junkies are nuts.)


The deets: It doesn’t get more classic than this. ‘Bleach’, Nirvana’s debut album, in a 2LP edition, featuring a 12-song live performance from 1990. While the album proper features classics like “About a Girl”, “Love Buzz” and “Negative Creep”, the live disc adds even more essentials, like “Molly’s Lips” and “Been a Son”. Truly essential.

We’ve got one version of this double album pressed on 180-Gram Blue with Black Swirl Vinyl and another version pressed on 180-Gram Clear with Black Swirl Vinyl. Both versions include a 16-page booklet and digital download. Was supposed to be limited to 1500 pieces, but only 1400 hand-numbered pieces made it out of the pressing plant.

As our previous Nirvana releases have sold out immediately, this edition of Bleach will be limited to one piece total per customer, so more people are able to get their hands on one.