Monthly Archives: June 2016

Roskilde Festival Live Streamed Today-Saturday

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Live music. Any questions?

By Blurt Staff

The Red Bull TV live stream   is in full effect today at 1pm (likewise on Friday and Saturday), and for a very good reason: the annual Roskilde Festival is happening. You can view the schedule HERE; appearing later today will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Courtney Barnett, Choir of Young Believers, Destroyer, Tenacious D and plenty more.

Meanwhile, on Friday you’ll be able to catch streamed sets from The National, Young Thug, Biffy Clyro, Mac Demarco, Bomba Estereo, etc….. while on Saturday, look for M83, Gojira, Danko Jones, Miike Snow and New Order, among others.

Watch it all at the link above. A number of performances are also being re-aired.

 

Watch New Video From Shawn James

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New album On the Shoulders of Giants generating plenty o’ buzz…

By Blurt Staff

Roots/blues/rock guitarist Shawn James has been notching kudos left and right of late, and he’s being favorably compared to Leon Bridges, Son House, The Picturebooks, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Black Keys, and Otis Redding. Quite a range of talent; not a surprise to learn that the Fayetteville, Ark., musician’s latest album is titled On the Shoulders of Giants. Not a surprise to learn that his band is called The Shapeshifters, either.

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You can get a whiff of James’ own talent with a new video he filmed at Sun Studios in Memphis. Check it out, below. You can also go HERE to view his previous vid, filmed in a snowy wolf sanctuary. And for more music, visit his BandCamp page.

Sun Studio Highlights from David Arteaga on Vimeo.

 

Anna Hutchison is the photographer in the top pic and David Arteaga for the LP sleeve.

Track Premiere: Scott Three “Runnin’ Wild” (Numero Group “Kid Soul”)

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Ace cut taken from the archival label’s Afterschool Special: The 123Ss of Kid Soul.

By Blurt Staff

A decade or so ago the venerable Numero Group label released Home Schooled, a compilation of vintage soul performed by very young groups rightly described as literal peers of the Jackson Five; they were typically in the same age group. Now comes the followup to that anthology, Afterschool Special: The 123Ss of Kid Soul, due Sept. 16, and we have a standout track by Scott Three to unveil for the BLURT readership. Check out “Runnin’ Wild (“Ain’t Gonna Help You)”:

From the liner notes: A family group poured from the Jacksons mold, College Park, Georgia’s Scott Three came together under the tutelage of eldest brother Randolph in 1971. “I saw what the Jackson 5 were doing and thought, ‘Zach could do that,’” said the keyboard-wielding Randolph. Twelve-year-old Zach Scott found himself with bass in hand, his middle brother Michael behind him on the drums, and soon after they were on the stage of any nightclub that would have them in the Southeast. “We opened for Dee Dee Warwick once, and she dismissed us one by one. It was humiliating,” Randolph remembered. “But we kept going, kept practicing.”

Their strict Jacksons and Osmonds covers set was broken up by only two originals, the Michael and Randolph-penned “Runnin’ Wild” and “Gotta Find a New Love,” which were recorded in March 1972. “I paid for the session and pressing from the tips I earned waiting tables at Morris’ Cafeteria,” Randolph said. When not busing trays and playing live, the eldest Scott also attended the Columbia Broadcasting School and was a part-time DJ at Atlanta’s AM powerhouse WAOK. While the latter afforded the Scott Three’s 45 access to airwaves, the very green Randolph was unable to secure distribution, and the record quietly faded. Within a year they’d made the switch to non-secular and were out of the business entirely.

That same year, Randolph Scott’s first daughter LaTocha was born. A decade later, Randolph caught the kid soul bug again, and cut LaTocha singing “Angel in My Heart” in 1983. By the end of the ’80s, sisters LaTocha and Tamika would form the bedrock of the multi-platinum R&B quintet Xscape. “I always invested in my family first,” said Randolph. “The payoff is so much more satisfying.”

Track Listing:

  1. I’m A Special Kid  Bethlehem Children’s Choir
  2. Runnin’ Wild (Ain’t Gonna Help You) Scott Three
  3. Guessing Game Jimi Hill
  4.  You Got Me Believing (Dreamin’ ‘Bout You)  Leonard Kaigler
  5. I Love You Still  Cash
  6.  Because I Love You Brighter Side Of Darkness
  7.  Everywhere You Go  Next Movement
  8.  I  Want A Little Girl  The Bennetts
  9. Simon Says  Future Kind
  10. I Am Free No Dope For Me  The Dynamics
  11. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised  Brother’s Rap
  12. We Don’t Dig No Busing (The Busing Song)  Greer Brothers
  13. Funky Breakdown Little Man & The Inquires
  14. Love Got A Piece Of Your Mind Five Ounces Of Soul
  15. Girl Why Do You Want To Take My Heart Magical Connection
  16. It’s Time For Love Soul  Emotions & Co.
  17. Losing My Girl  Brotherly Five
  18. The Other Guy  The Mighty Mustangs
  19. James Brown Nancy Dupree

 

 

MP3: Download Funkadelic Live ’74 w/Bernie Worrell

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Getting down for the upstroke and paying tribute to the late keyboardist.

By Uncle Blurt

The Bernie Worrell tributes and testimonies continue to emerge in the wake of the erstwhile Funkadelic/Talking Heads member’s recent passing. Over at Big O zine, there’s a classic archival recording of Funkadelic  live in ’74 that features Worrell in the lineup:

MP3: Funkadelic – The Sugar Shack, Boston, MA; 1974.

The full tracklisting is below, and it’s a corker, as the saying goes. In the lineup of Funkadelic at the time were Worrell and George Clinton, of course, along with Ray Davis, Grady Thomas, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins (vocals), Tiki Fulwood (drums), Mike Hampton, Garry Shider, Ron Brykowski (guitars), and Cordell Boogie Mosson (bass).

      Track 01
. The Goose 14:31 (24.4MB)
      Track 02
. Cosmic Slop 7:39 (12.9MB)
      Track 03
. Maggot Brain 8:56 (15.0MB)
      Track 04
. Red Hot Momma 12:03 (20.2MB)
      Track 05
. Loose Booty 7:59 (13.4MB)
      Track 06
. Up For The Downstroke 6:37 (11.1MB)

Tom Morello on Dems & GOP: “Drive Them Into the Sea”

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Technically the complete quote should read, “Another strategy is marching with pitchforks and torches and driving the whole fucking lot of them into the sea.” Below, check out some rather charged tunes.

By Barbi Martinez

Currently on tour, and ahead of the Republican National Convention for which he plans to take his new supergroup to and fuck some shit up, Tom Morello, aka guitarist for Prophets of Rage featuring the Rage Against the Machine rhythm section, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, is making the press rounds. And he’s pulling no punches. Consider a couple of choice quotes:

From Billboard:

“The goal is “don’t settle.” I believe the lesser of two evils isn’t a figure of speech, that there’s great damage done by both Democratic and Republican parties. And while there are certainly differences between them, it’s a game of good cop/bad cop. It’s a routine; it’s by design. That’s why people can’t escape the two-party monopoly. They try to do it; they get the worse cop. Our message is they’re both cops. Bernie Sanders attempted to hijack the Democratic party so it can’t be used against us. For him, it’s about taking over a corporate party and making a people’s party. Now, it’s a strategy; another strategy is marching with pitchforks and torches and driving the whole fuckng lot of them into the sea. I subscribe to the latter strategy. “

From CNN:

“One thing that we’ve seen in common with both the Trump campaign, elements of the Sanders campaign — from the Black Lives Matter movement to Occupy Wall Street from a few years ago — is that people believe that the system is corrupt, the system is irrevocably broken… [There are] egitimate grievances about American jobs being sent overseas, about declining standard of living, about Wall Street controlling Washington. [But Ttrump is] basically calling for ethnic cleansing.

“The message behind Prophets of Rage and the Make America Rage Again tour is that it’s not enough to just cast your ballots into the void every four years,” Morello said, adding that “progressive, radical or even revolutionary change” can only happen when ordinary people fight “before, during and after Election Day.”

Below, watch Morello cover Woody Guthrie’s “Old Man Trump” and Prophets of Rage perform new song “The Party’s Over”.

Prophets of Rage 2016 Tour Dates:
07/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
08/19 – Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena *
08/20 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion *
08/21 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center *
08/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
08/24 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *
08/26 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center *
08/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
08/28 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun *
09/01 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre *
09/03 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
09/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
09/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre *
09/07 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
09/10 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre *
09/11 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Ampthitheatre *
09/13 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre *
09/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *
09/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion *
09/25 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion *
09/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
09/29 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans *
10/01 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater *
10/02 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amp *
10/04 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
10/05 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *
10/07 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center *
10/08 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
10/09 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
10/11 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum *
10/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center *
10/16 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre *

* = w/ AWOLNATION

 

MP3: Download Television’s 6/8/16 Glasgow Show

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Verlaine, Smith, Ficca and Rip all let it, er, rip…

By Uncle Blurt

Since re-forming a few years ago with Jimmy Rip replacing the then-ailing Richard Lloyd, punk era legends Television have continued to periodically tour, and a couple of weeks ago the New York band put on a pretty amazing show in Glasgow. It’s up on the web now via Big O Zine for free download, along with downloadable artwork:

MP3: Television – 02 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland; June 8, 2016.

Plenty of familiar TV from Verlaine & Co., including a smoking 17-minute version of “Marquee Moon.” The full setlist is below.

      Track 101
. Intro/Prove It 10:46 (18.1MB)
      Track 102
. 1880 or So 9:09 (15.4MB)
      Track 103
. Tuning Talk 1:36 (2.7MB)
      Track 104
. I’m Gonna Find You 6:37 (11.1MB)
      Track 105
. Little Johnny Jewel 11:25 (19.2MB)
      Track 106
. Venus 3:55 (6.6MB)

      Track 201
. Persia 20:56 (35.2MB)
      Track 202
. See No Evil 5:24 (9.1MB)
      Track 203
. Guiding Light 6:25 (10.8MB)
      Track 204
. Marquee Moon 17:42 (29.7MB)
      Track 205
. Friction 6:42 (11.3MB)

 

Pandora Challenges Spotify for Uber Advantage

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Yeah, but whose queue of bands are going to be suggested, the driver’s or the passenger’s?

By Barbi Martinez

Streaming music service Pandora may or may not have been losing ground steadily to Spotify, but with millions of users it’s not quite ready to say “uncle” just yet. (Personally I find Pandora to be clunky and not particularly suggestion-smart, but that’s just me… You may have noticed that we have a Spotify player on the Blurt site and not a Pandora player.) The latest P versus S battleground appears to be Uber. As Digital Music News is reporting:

“Starting today, the Pandora program will be available for all Uber drivers in the countries in which Pandora operates (for now that remains the US, Australia and New Zealand).  The service will also be ad-free for the first six months.For Uber, the partnership allows all drivers to access the music service whilst inside the Uber app, which makes accessing music [simpler than with Spotify].  The main difference is that in order to access Spotify the driver has to come out of their Uber app.  At this point, the driver generally hands their phone to the passenger to choose from Spotify’s catalog, a major complication.  With this new partnership, the driver can access the music service whilst inside the app.”

I suppose this is better than relying on the Uber driver’s CD collection, which has led to some fairly ghastly scenarios for yours truly. Something about being shuttled home from an evening of house music at 2 a.m. and being forced to listen to old Shania Twain songs just ain’t my idea of a “good ride”… At least with Spotify I can pull up my personal playlists and know that a series of songs I personally selected with cue up, albeit in shuffle mode.

What Your Taste In Classic Rock Says About You

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By Uncle Blurt

Shameless ripping-off-other-websites dept.: Your ol’ uncle recently took this personality test – no, not that kind; I already knew I was an asshole – at the Playbuzz.com site. The topic was What Your Taste In Classic Rock Says About You, and basically it flashes selection of records and artists, and what you pick in each category determines your personality.

Somewhat surprisingly, I was determined to be The Punk Rocker. While I did pick folks like Mott the Hoople and Roger Daltrey, it was probably my picks for The Clash, Damned, Stooges and Debbie Harry that tilted the scales. According to the results, “As you prefer non-traditional rock n’ roll, you prefer a non-traditional lifestyle as well. You are not afraid to speak your mind about anything from politics to the weather. Although rather intimidating looking, you are a gentle and kind person on the inside. You make interesting and forward fashion choices that always delight and amaze onlookers. As your favorite musicians, you are never afraid to fight for what you think is right!”

Well, I fight for the right to party… Take the test, and enjoy trying to thwart it with contradictory answers!

Bernie Worrell 1944-2016 R.I.P.

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Feel the Bern. Dr. Woo, indeed.

By Fred Mills

Pretty much anyone who pays even the remotest attention to music world news had already heard that P-Funk/Talking Heads/session man/bandleader/keyboard legend Bernie Worrell was probably nearing the end due to his battle with lung cancer. Last week his wife Judie posted sad news to that end. But that doesn’t really make the hurt go away upon learning last night (June 24) that Worrell had finally succumbed, at the age of 72.

The obits and accolades came pouring forth, including this loving, but bizarrely-titled (so bizarre, in fact, that it bordered on being an insulting one) NPR piece by the otherwise even-handed culture critic Eric Deggins: “Bernie Worrell: The Most Influential Keyboardist You’ve Probably Never Heard Of”.

I can go with “influential.” But “never heard of”? C’mon Eric, get your mainstream head out of your ironic ass. It’s likely that, I dunno, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber fans haven’t heard of Worrell. But… rewind to the first sentence, above. I’ll wait for you.

Rather than trot out the recaps and kudos, let me simply note a couple of, er, notes, by way of thank-you to Worrell. A number of years ago he was performing at the annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, in Asheville, NC, and as I was covering the event for the media I had the coveted backstage pass that allowed me to sidle up to the man and express my appreciation for what he was doing, what he had done to date, and what, in my mind, he probably would do in the future. He was as gracious and cool as they come to one blathering fanboy. Fast-forward a couple of years later, and he’s about to perform with his band at the BLURT/Ginger Man Pub annual day-party during SXSW in Austin. Cue up fanboy action once more, and cue up cool/gracious response on Worrell’s end once again, too.

Thinking about it all now, I’m kicking myself for not driving over to Durham for Moogfest a couple of months ago, as Worrell was one of the featured artists. I dearly would’ve liked to have the chance to be a fanboy for him one last time….

NC Musicians United For EqualityNC Mount anti-HB2 Concert Sunday

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June 26. And before you ask, yes, we have covered quite a few of the artists who will be performing. Blurt is based in NC as well. So consider this a blanket endorsement.

By Blurt Staff

As they did on May 15 at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw (near Chapel Hill), a host of seriously concerned citizens – who also happen to be prominent musicians from the Tarheel State – are about to kick out the jams in protest of the notorious North Carolina “bathroom bill.” It happens this Sunday, June 25, in Winston-Salem at the Millennium Center: North Carolina Musicians United For EqualityNC.

The event starts at noon and will run all day and into the evening. Oh, and yes, thanks for asking: there are indeed some musicians you may have heard of putting their time and sweat into the cause. The lineup:

Noon – Welcome
12:05 – Orlando Parker Jr.
12:25 – Henbrain
12:50 – OG Merge
1:10 – Dan River Girls
1:25 – Bruce Piephoff & Scott Sawyer
1:50 – Gate City Divas
2:10 – David Burney & Steve Eisenstadt
2:30 – Rod Abernethy
2:50 – Robert Kirkland
3:15 – Near Strangers
3:35 – Chris Stamey
4:00 – Peter Holsapple and the Forryst Bruthers
4:30 – John Howie Jr.
4:55 – Laurelyn Dossett and Friends
5:20 – Sarah Shook
5:40 – Kenny Roby
6:00 – Tres Chicas
6:20 – Someone’s Sister
6:40 – Jessica Mashburn and Evan Olson
7:00 – Lemon Sparks with Michael Slawter
7:25 – Jon Lindsay
7:50 – Little Diesel
8:20 – The Luxuriant Sedans
8:50 – Jeffrey Dean Foster and the Birds of Prey
9:20 – Bus Stop with Mark Kano
9:45 – Molly McGinn and Quilla
10:10 – The Camel City Collective
10:30 – Tange Lomax
10:55 – Totally Slow
11:15 – Doug Davis and Solid Citizens
11:45 – Foxture
12:10 – Spirit System

From the organization’s Facebook page details:

On June 26th at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem, we’re having a great concert. North Carolina musicians will raise their voices against HB2 and in support of EqualityNC and QORDS. In fact, 100% of ticket sales will go to these important organizations to help their fight against this harmful and hateful law and their direct work with queer youth and music.

We need you. To attend. To speak. To cheer. To protest. And to spread the word. The time is now, while this issue is front and center!

Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show. Children 12 and under FREE!

Tickets available here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8441887/north-carolina-musicians-united-for-equalitync–winstonsalem-millennium-center