Say what you will about the Libertines – or, specifically, about professional fuck-up Pete Doherty: they made great music together in their short career. Improbably enough, Doherty and Carl Barat have gotten back together to tour in the wake of last year’s reunion album Anthems for Doomed Youth. In Paris a couple of weeks ago they performed an inspiring set that was webcast in HD, and you can now snag the MP3s of the show for free download over at Big O zine.
Plenty of old faves were sprinkled in alongside the new material, so if you are a Libertines fan, this is pure manna. Don’t forget to get the downloadable artwork as well. The full tracklisting is below.
. Intro (Diamond Dogs) 1:56 (3.2MB)
. Barbarians * 3:31 (5.9MB)
. The Delaney 2:47 (4.7MB)
. Heart of the Matter * 3:30 (5.9MB)
. Horror Show 2:59 (5.0MB)
. Fame and Fortune * 3:31 (5.9MB)
. Boys in the Band 4:03 (6.8MB)
. The Milkman’s Horse * 3:43 (6.3MB)
. What Katie Did 4:15 (7.2MB)
. Anthem for Doomed Youth * 5:15 (8.8MB)
. The Man Who Would Be King 6:09 (10.3MB)
. You’re My Waterloo * 4:59 (8.4MB)
. Gunga Din * 2:53 (4.8MB)
. Can’t Stand Me Now 4:25 (7.4MB)
. Vertigo 2:58 (5.0MB)
. Death on the Stairs 5:25 (9.1MB)
. Time for Heroes 2:38 (4.4MB)
. The Good Old Days/applause 13:57 (23.4MB)
. La Marseillaise 1:12 (2.0MB)
. Music When the Lights Go Out 3:53 (6.5MB)
. Up the Bracket 3:18 (5.5MB)
. What a Waster 3:35 (6.0MB)
. Don’t Look Back Into the Sun/Tell the King 4:57 (8.3MB)
Fellow wax enthusiasts are certainly smiling along with me this morning at the news that the White Stripes have entered this year’s Record Store Day (April 16) fray via a two-LP colored vinyl goodie, the previously unreleased Complete Peel Sessions. Third Man Records announced it at their website:
At both our Nashville and Detroit locations as well as a record store near you, we present the first-ever official release of The White Stripes Peel Sessions on 2 stuffed-to-the-brim discs, one red, one white. Capturing Jack and Meg at the precipice of international renown in the hubbub of “White Blood Cells,” their two live sessions with famed BBC DJ John Peel are arguably the best document of the White Stripes at that time. Having been widely bootlegged since their initial broadcast in 2001, these recordings are enjoying their first authorized release in celebration of their 15 year anniversary. The standard black vinyl version of this release will be available later this year.
As you can tell from the photo above, this is sweet. Meanwhile, Third Man also will be selling (at the Detroit and Nashville stores only, apparently) a special green wax Jack White single:
Again, only available at Third Man Nashville and Third Man Cass Corridor it’s Jack White’s version of Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of my Life” on It’s Not Easy Being Green Colored Vinyl™. This exclusive 7″ single includes White’s cover from his appearance on their show earlier this Spring with the legendary Muppets house band, The Electric Mayhem, on the a-side, plus the special TV rendition, featuring the rest of the Muppets singing along, as the b-side.
It’s that time of year again: the annual Glastonbury Festival lineup reveal. Among the big names slated to perform: Adele, Muse, Coldplay, CD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Beck, Grimes, New Order, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, M83, James Blake, ZZ Top, Foals, Skepta, Savages, Stormzy, Floating Points, the Last Shadow Puppets, Vince Staples, Little Simz, Kamasi Washington, Kurt Vile, Bat for Lashes, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mac DeMarco.
Be there Wednesday, April 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. sharp.
By Blurt Staff
Concord Bicycle Music will present a concert of the music of Big Star, performed by an all-star lineup of musicians and guest vocalists doing Big Star Third. Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jessica Pratt, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz are among the guests who will be joined by a full chamber orchestra helmed by the Kronos Quartet, performing scores created directly from the original multitrack tapes from Ardent for this event.
Choice Big Star cuts as well as the entire Third album is to be filmed for “Thank You, Friends,” a DVD and CD release set for release in 2017, and the show will take place at the Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
Carl Marsh, who wrote the original orchestrations, will conduct. According to the organizers, “While the band may not be Big Star per se, the fabled group’s sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens, heads an amazing cast, whose membership includes latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, R.E.M’s Mike Mills, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, and others.”
Taking your life is serious stuff – for many it is indeed a “cry for help,” and its repercussions are profound, lasting, and tragic. The “romance” of suicide, however, reached a new high – make that, “low” – this week when Atlantic-signed singer Kehlani decided to post photos of herself in the hospital, IV tubes attached, following a suicide attempt related to issues she was having with her boyfriends/ex-boyfriends (terms appear to be vague), basketball star Kyrie Irving and musician PartyNextDoor.
You can read/view it all over at TMZ if you really want to be disgusted. And here, I won’t be so cold as to debate the particulars along serious/trivial parameters. Sadly, most of us have been touched by this in in some manner. The chilling thing is not that a young, confused woman would attempt suicide in the wake of romantic troubles; this happens, unfortunately, on a daily basis, to both sexes, to all ages, and everywhere. No, it’s because somewhere along the way we as a society gave the implicit approval that anything is fair game for social media, from broadcasting one’s plans to go on a gun-blasting rampage to strapping on a load of explosives to turning a suicide incident into a publicity-seeking stunt. (Posted the singer, along with the Instagram pics, “I wanted to leave this earth. Being completely selfish for once. Never thought I’d get to such a low point.”)
Hey Kehlani: speaking as the parent of a teenager, if and when I hear about an incident similar to yours that involves some impressionable young kid, guess who I plan to blame for giving him/her the idea that this might be a quick, easy way to get famous?
Kehlani is reportedly being held on psychiatric watch at a Los Angeles hotel. She, or more likely her record label handlers/apologists, apparently deleted the Instagram posts, but we all know what happens once you upload something to the Internet.
Dreampop par excellence from the AZ-to-NC-duo. Femme vocals and sensuous synths never sounded quite so 4AD delightful as now….
By Blurt Staff
Out Tuesday, March 29, is Raleigh, North Carolina, based Band & the Beat’s new digital single “Straight and Narrow” b/w “Jimmy’s Jam” (Fort Lowell Records). Sharp-eyed BLURT readers will recall that the duo, aka Tracy and James Tritten, formerly called Tucson, AZ, their home, and that James also operates the Fort Lowell Records, which we profiled not long ago. Check out the tingly, luminous, and altogether haunting “Straight and Narrow” for a sense of why we are absolute fans of the femme-voiced, dream-pop, synth/drum machine/vocals duo:
You can snag the single at the band’s Bandcamp page. References? How about:
“[“Straight and Narrow” and “Jimmy’s Jam”] are strong examples of the sort of veteran, polished, easily-lovable work that the members of Band & The Beat are putting out early in their career.“ ~ Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses
Dear Tom Petty, how do I love thee? More to the point, how do I love thee Mudcrutch band, which you resurrected several years ago for an album and tour? There is a Mudcrutch 2 album now officially on the way on May 20, and the band just unveiled the first song from it, which will also be a special vinyl release on Record Store Day, April 16. Listen to it below, and also go HERE to check out tour dates by the band this spring.
Might be a weiner, though, if he turns out to be a Duke fan…. Pictured above: not Mr. Brown.
By Blurt Staff
We asked, you responded, dept.: Not long ago we launched another Blurt contest giveaway, this time asking, What kind of contest giveaways get you the most excited – vinyl, CDs, DVDs or promo swag – and what is the craziest thing you’ve ever done to win? (Notice we didn’t ask you to do something crazy to win free swag – last time we did, Uncle Blurt wound up with three paternity suits and Barbi had to take out a restraining order on one of the readers.)
North Carolina’s Chuck Brown is our winner, and not just because he’s a fellow Tarheel, although that status definitely would have been a tie-breaker. A fabulous Blurt prize is winging his way shortly, and below is his answer. Don’t forget to enter in all the Blurt contests because you, too, could be a weiner….
Writes Mr. Brown: I’ll just put it this way: watching David Allan Coe roll up to the stage on a rascal scooter with one of those oxygen tubes in his nose was totally worth the minor inconvenience of having the call letters of my local Country (& Western!) station tattooed on the inside of my upper lip.
They’re called Shallows, they’re from Asheville, NC, (right near the Blurt offices, hey!) and they’ve got a way-impressive debut EP titled The Moon Rises. Take bit of darkwave, throw in some blackened metallic spaghetti western, and add a whole lot of dramatic and dynamic tension, and you’ve just about got it.
And we’re pretty impressed, too. The band members – Wes, Cameron, Hannah and Daniel – definitely deserve you, gentle readers, giving ‘em the once over, so what are you waiting for? Check them out at their Bandcamp page where you can download the demo, as well as their Facebook page.
Ace track taken from new album, due out next week.
By Blurt Staff
Longtime BLURT hero Willie Nile has been on an artistic tear the last few years, both in the recording studio and onstage. From 2010’s The Innocent Ones (reviewed HERE) and 2013’s American Ride (reviewed HERE), to high profile appearances with Springsteen at the annual Light of Day benefit and The Who at a Grammy/Musicares event honoring Pete Townshend, and recent performances that left fans—including our reviewer—with jaws scraping club floors, Nile is, in the parlance, the man.
He’s about to drop a new album next week, on April 1, titled World War Willie, and we are honored to be able to premiere the video for key track “Forever Wild.” Check it out:
Notes Nile, “’Forever Wild’ is a song about the dreams of youth and honoring them. It’s the story of 2 people who still believe in those dreams. It’s also a roof shakin’ rocker and great fun to play live.”
No shit, Willie. The songwriter recorded the new album with longtime producer Stewart Lerman (Antony and the Johnsons, Loudon Wainwright III, Boardwalk Empire) and Nile’s longstanding band — Matt Hogan on lead guitar, Johnny Pisano on bass and Alex Alexander on drums — with additional sterling guest guitar from Steuart Smith (Eagles, Rosanne Cash) on three tracks. “There’s a live feel to the tracks because we captured an actual performance on every one,” Nile says. “The band and I have done so many shows together that our instincts all seem to arrive at the same intersection at the same time. We all play and feel as one, and there’s an energy there that you can’t manufacture.”
Expect to get that “live feel” in person this year as Nile and the gang tour behind the album. Trust us, this is a rock ‘n’ roll dynamo not to be missed.
Check out our 2013 interview with Nile, “On The Right Path,” conducted with senior editor Lee Zimmerman. Nile, summing up his musical philosophy, advised, “I just want to make masterpiece after masterpiece and just make them so great that I’m really proud of them. So that we can just go out and play them and have people react to them. Life can be tough. People say, ‘Oh, your road has been tough.’ But whose road isn’t tough? You learn from it. You pick yourself up.
“I’ve been lucky. Even though there were times when I‘d be so down, I’ve got no chip on my shoulder. I’ve avoided that. A lot of times people that have had big success have a big chip on their shoulders. But it’s so stupid to have one. My shoulders are too small to carry one, but there ain’t nothing there anyway.”
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