Monthly Archives: August 2016

MP3: Download Alejandro Escovedo’s 7/29/16 Concert


Show is pure Al, including a Mott the Hoople cover…

By Uncle Blurt

Since it’s no secret we here at BLURT are massive Alejandro Escovedo fans, let’s just cut to the chase: a couple of weeks ago he and his latest combo (he calls it The Alejandro Escovedo Experience, fittingly enough) played a small venue in Texas and now the diligent archivists over at Big O zine have posted it in MP3 format so all of us can enjoy it.

MP3: Alejandro EscovedoDosey Doe Music Café, Conroe, Texas; July 29, 2016.

Alejandro Escovedo – vocals, guitar
Brian Standefer- cello
Sean Giddings – keyboards
Scott Laningham – drums
Daniel Durham – bass

The setlist, below, speaks for itself. His between-song patter is pretty great as well. Don’t miss his version of “All the Young Dudes,” either. Big O also has downloadable artwork should you want to cache ‘n’ carry the tunes.

      Track 101
. Talk 4:27 (7.5MB)
      Track 102
. Five Hearts Breaking 9:15 (15.5MB)
      Track 103
. Bottom Of The World 5:44 (9.6MB)
      Track 104
. Talk 1:29 (2.5MB)
      Track 105
. Sally Was A Cop 7:49 (13.1MB)
      Track 106
. Talk 3:33 (6.0MB)
      Track 107
. San Antonio Rain 4:39 (7.8MB)
      Track 108
. Talk 1:24 (2.4MB)
      Track 109
. Sister Lost Soul 5:26 (9.1MB)
      Track 110
. Talk 3:09 (5.3MB)
      Track 111
. Rosalie 6:12 (10.4MB)
      Track 112
. Chelsea Hotel ‘78 13:01 (21.9MB)

      Track 201
. Talk 3:04 (5.2MB)
      Track 202
. Down In The Bowery 9:21 (15.7MB)
      Track 203
. Talk 2:55 (4.9MB)
      Track 204
. Arizona 4:41 (7.9MB)
      Track 205
. Talk 1:29 (2.5MB)
      Track 206
. Always A Friend 6:30 (10.9MB)
      Track 207
. Crowd/Talk 2:45 (4.6MB)
      Track 208
. All The Young Dudes (David Bowie) 4:38 (7.8MB)
      Track 209
. Talk/Tuning 1:54 (3.2MB)
      Track 210
. Sabor A Mi 6:09 (10.3MB)
      Track 211
. Castanets 5:19 (8.9MB)


Incoming: New Bon Iver Album w/F****d Up Songtitles


Say them 20 times out loud and they will be yours…

By Barbi Martinez

Justin Vernon is up to some old tricks – well, if not necessarily old, at least he’s being tricky. Just announced is the new Bon Iver album, 22, A Million, due Sept. 30 via Jagjaguwar. Premiered the album’s material this weekend at his Eaux Claires Music Festival in Wisconsin. The tracklisting – loosely considered, those are actual song titles – is below, along with a couple of the new tracks. Go HERE and HERE to find out more about the record.

01 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
02 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠
03 715 – CRΣΣKS
04 33 “GOD”
05 29 #Strafford APTS
06 666 ʇ
07 21 M♢♢N WATER
08 8 (circle)
09 ____45_____
10 00000 Million

Watch New Ravenna Woods Video for Single


By Blurt Staff

The mighty Ravenna Woods are gearing up to be back in the proverbial rock ‘n’ roll saddle—arriving Oct. 14 via Rocket Heart recs is their Alleyways and Animals EP/7”, and this week they dropped a teaser video for it which you can see below – AND the official video for “Alleyways.” The Seattle band has been knocking around since 2010, although they were initially a folky trio, releasing in that time a couple of albums and an EP. Now, though they’ve expanded: veteran members (Chris Cunningham, Matt Badger and Brantley Duke) have joined forces with composer/multi-instrumentalist Nic Danielson, and bassist Reed LV. The magic 8-ball says that all signs point to “yes” as regards a fruitful future….

Track Premiere: J Hacha De Zola “In Curtains”


Choice cut from the visionary’s new album, out this week.

By Blurt Staff

Rahway, NJ, native J Hacha De Zola is about to drop a new album (and second of 2016) on August 12, Picaro Obscuro. It contains track “In Curtains,” which heavily features Tom Waits collaborators Ralph Carney on sax, and David Coulter on percussion and violin, and you can hear it exclusively today right here:

The song “plays upon the idea of falling outside of the cyclical nature of night and day,” Hacha De Zola explains. “This one is a bit of rather absurdist writing about being lost in those in-between places. In limbo.”

On the new album, Hacha De Zola has managed to actually escape from Fat Kat City, (also the title of his early 2016 debut album), leaving Rahway and the shadow of the maximum security prison that literally loomed over him while recording that record, and venturing across the country to a tiny studio built in an old boiler room in Portland, Oregon. It’s here that he was joined by the rest of the Fat Kat band, as well as legendary players Carney and Coulter.

Influences on the sound of Picaro Obscuro, according to Hacha De Zola, include: Perez Prado, Captain Beefheart, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Danil Kharms, Arthur Rimbaud, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Syd Barrett.

Quite a police lineup, eh? Line up the usual suspects!

Check him out on the web, where you can also hear additional music:







Incoming This Weekend: Wrecking Ball 2016


Hardcore heroes, emo emulators, punk progenitors, alternative agitators, and loads more in Atlanta, August 12-14.

By Daniel Matti

This is your helpful reminder that Wrecking Ball Festival in Atlanta starts this Friday with pre-party Poison The Well, Big Jesus, and Piss Shy in Heaven at the Masquerade. Tickets are still available for the pre-party and the festival with headliners Quicksand, L7, Dinosaur Jr, Drive Like Jehu, Thursday, and many more!

Also don’t forget about the late night shows featuring Piebald, Tiny Moving Parts, Turnstile, and Thursday(sorry sold out folks) So get your tickets to the after parties now as these are sold separately from the festival wristbands!



Wrecking Ball Fest in Atlanta Georgia is fast approaching and we are here to spread the word that Blurt will be covering the festival. The festival will be bringing multiple reunion performances including Piebald, Hey Mercedes, Thursday, The Promise Ring, Ranier Maria, and Milemarker. Wrecking Ball has a stacked lineup full of bands featuring artists in the genres of hardcore, emo, pop punk, and everything in between. Juggernauts L7, Drive Like Jehu, Quicksand, and Dinosaur Jr. will be headling the festival. Complete lineup is HERE.

Just announced is their Friday night kickoff concert with hardcore heroes Poison The Well, featuring Big Jesus and Piss Shy. (Friday August 12th. 7:00 pm in Heaven at The Masquerade.) Tickets will be sold separately for this event and will go on sale this Friday morning, July 1, at 10:00 a.m. But The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016 festival ticket holders will get a presale code in your email tonight for first crack at these tickets before they go on sale to the general public.




There are also a very limited # of VIP spots available. VIPs will receive registration instructions via e-mail, as well.

FB Event:

This is one festival not to be missed by fans of the genre.  Below, check out a video clip of Thrice tearing shit up at the 2015 event.

More details:


Track Premiere (2 of ‘em!): Band & the Beat Remixes


NC dreampoppers get the remix treatment by Aberdeen mainman (as The Legendary House Cats). Tourdates also listed below.

By Blurt Staff

Earlier this year we posted a track ably demonstrating Raleigh, North Carolina, based Band & the Beat’s mastery of synth-driven dreampop, as we’ve been a fan of both James Tritten (who helms the Fort Lowell label) and his wife Tracy Shedd (a singer-songwriter in her own right) for some time. As they describe it, the project “was more than simply a way to keep up with the current musical climate. It was chance to break free from years of guitar based songs, and the physical grind of the instrument itself. Inspired by classic bands like New Order, freestyle artists such as Egyptian Lover and Debbie Deb, and shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine, the change of instrumentation freed their hands and minds of the constraints of traditional band structure, to the classic era of 808s and analog beats and melodies of futures past. A near literal electric charge.”

Now the duo has a fresh set of remixes, courtesy producer/guitarist John Girgus (of Sarah Records’ artist Aberdeen), coming on the heels of a previous remix by Mark Robinson (Teen-Beat, Unrest, Air Miami). We’re pretty honored to be able to unveil ‘em for you today at BLURT, so check out the tracks:

The tunes, in fact, are remixes of the group’s prior single single of “Straight and Narrow” b/w “Jimmy’s Jam” (the A-side was the one we posted back in March), remixes that take an ambitious trip from focused electronic pop to an 8+ minute ambient epic, driven by practiced compositions and insightful, motivating, lyrics. ‘Keep on marching, keep on marching to your own drum. . .’

Not long ago remixer Girgus transitioned from studio based instrumentation to a minimal laptop-based home set up with solo project The Legendary House Cats, closer to artists like Trentemøller or Ulrich Schnauss than the shoegaze and indie pop roots of Sarah Records, et al. Having been introduced to the world of remixing with an official remix of The Who’s “Eminence Front” (with KCRW’s Gary Calamar and The Balancing Act’s Willie Aaron), this quickly became an obvious collaboration when Girgus, Tritten and Shedd were catching up in conversation.

Band & The Beat typically makes ‘audio stems’ available for people like Girgus to do their own remixes at their own free will, which is basically what happened here. Girgus is a big Tracy Shedd fan; he played on her album Cigarettes & Smoke Machines (Teen-Beat).  When he got wind of Band & The Beat, and the fact that all of their audio stems were up, he had two remixes done immediately.


On the web:

John Girgus:

Band & the Beat:

B&TB SaN Cover JG Remix WEB


Friday 12 August 2016

Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC

Line-up: Hotline, Erica Eso, Band & The Beat

Friday 19 August 2016

Arts & Draughts Festival

Line-up: Grace Joyner and Band & The Beat

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

Saturday 20 August 2016

The Royal American, Charleston, SC

Line-up: Grace Joyner, Band & The Beat, LOV

Thursday 01 September 2016

Kings, Raleigh, NC

Line-up: Drique London, Chelsea Shag, Band & The Beat

Friday 09 September 2016

Get Downtown! Festival

Line-up: Band & The Beat

Lynchburg, VA

Thursday 15 September 2016

The Station, Carrboro, NC

Line-up: Band & The Beat, Moyamoya

Saturday 17 September 2016

Private House Show, Charlotte, NC

Line-up: Band & The Beat, Moyamoya

(contact Band & The Beat via Facebook for details)

Friday 30 September 2016

The Mothlight, Asheville, NC, US (map)

Line-up: Tin Foil Hat, The Volt Per Octaves, Band & The Beat, Lake Lawn




MP3: Download the 7/29/16 David Bowie Prom Tribute Concert


Ground control to major John – shape up, sir.

By Uncle Blurt

Last weekend in London, Berlin’s musical collective s t a r g a z e and its Artistic Director André de Ridder mounted a special tribute concert billed as the David Bowie Prom 2016. Joining the collective were John Cale, Marc Almond, Neil Hannon, Conor O’Brien, Laura Mvula, Paul Buchanan, Jherek Bischoff, Anna Calvi and Amanda Palmer, and everyone had a grand old time interpreting the late icon’s music. Now the entire show is available as MP3 downloads over at Big O Zine, along with printable artwork.

MP3 – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; July 29, 2016.

The sound quality is uniformly excellent as the show was also broadcast over the airwaves via the BBC. The full tracklist is below – Amanda Palmer apparently was the standout performer, while curiously enough, John Cale was not received all that favorably by the critics in attendance.

      Track 100a
. Radio Three introduction 2:12 (3.7MB)
      Track 100b
. 6Music introduction and interviews 11:43 (19.7MB)
      Track 101
. Warszaw (arr s t a r g a z e) 4:35 (7.7MB)
      Track 102
. Station to Station (Neil Hannon, Amanda Palmer, Conor O’Brien) 7:09 (12.0MB)
      Track 103
. The Man Who Sold the World (Conor O’Brien) 5:35 (9.4MB)
      Track 104
. This Is Not America (Elf Kid, Neil Hannon) 5:24 (9.1MB)
      Track 105
. Life On Mars (Marc Almond, arr Anna Meredith) 5:30 (9.2MB)
      Track 106
. Lady Grinning Soul (Anna Calvi, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 6:40 (11.2MB)
      Track 107
. Ashes to Ashes (Paul Buchanan, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 5:59 (10.1MB)
      Track 108
. Fame (Laura Mvula, arr Greg Saunier) 5:29 (9.2MB)
      Track 109
. Let’s Dance (arr Greg Saunier) 1:41 (2.8MB)
      Track 110
. Girl Loves Me (Laura Mvula, Paul Buchanan, arr s t a r g a z e) 5:44 (9.6MB)
      Track 201
. I Can’t Give Everything Away (Paul Buchanan, arr Josephine Stevenson) 6:23 (10.7MB)
      Track 202
. Blackstar (Anna Calvi, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, James McVinnie, arr Jherek Bischoff) 11:33 (19.4MB)

      Track 203
. Heroes (Anna Calvi, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, arr Jherek Bischoff) 4:05 (6.9MB)
      Track 204
. Always Crashing in the Same Car (Philippe Jaroussky, arr David Lang) 6:16 (10.5MB)
      Track 205
. Starman (Marc Almond, arr Anna Meredith) 6:39 (11.2MB)
      Track 206
. Rebel Rebel (Members of the House Gospel Choir, arr Greg Saunier) 1:27 (2.4MB)
      Track 207
. Valentine’s Day (John Cale, arr John Cale) 6:22 (10.7MB)
      Track 208
. Sorrow (John Cale, Anna Calvi, arr John Cale) 5:49 (9.8MB)
      Track 209
. Space Oddity (John Cale, House Gospel Choir, arr John Cale) 9:14 (15.5MB)
      Track 210
. After All (Conor O’Brien, Marc Almond, Philippe Jaroussky, Amanda Palmer, James McVinnie) 6:31 (11.0MB)
      Track 211
. Let’s Dance (arr Greg Saunier, Jherek Bischoff) 3:34 (6.0MB)



Ozzy: I Am A Sex Addict


Above: “I did not use any of my fingers, so she obviously didn’t mean anything to me.”

By Barbi Martinez

Metal god Ozzy Osbourne has apparently been behaving like, well, a metal god, including the usual screw-as-many-groupies-as-possible schtick (plus the requisite checkups for social diseases). One of his conquests, however, was partially responsible for the breakup of his marriage to Sharon Osbourne, and now that conquest has been talking to the media about the “courtship” (term used loosely), making necessary the usual spin-control-via-publicity-agent schtick.

Michelle Pugh is her name, and she was Ozzy’s hair stylist for awhile until all those neck massages evolved into an affair. Pugh, pictured below, told People that it was even like an old fashioned romance. Needless to say, old wounds between Ozzy and Sharon were reopened, so Ozzy issued a statement via his p.r. flack:

He is sorry if Ms. Pugh took their sexual relationship out of context… He would like to apologize to the other women he has been having sexual relationships with. Out of the bad comes good. Since his relationship with Ms. Pugh was exposed, Ozzy has gone into intense therapy… Ozzy is mortified at what his behavior has done to his family. He thanks God that his incredible wife Sharon is at his side to support him.

Bravo, Ozzy. All the best to you and your incredible wife. So sorry to hear that Michelle was just another deluded bimbo groupie in your besieged world….


MP3: Download Radiohead’s 7/2/16 Switzerland Concert


Band touring in support of what is reportedly (?) their final album.

By Uncle Blurt

While Radiohead’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool is not necessarily generating the types of rave reviews the UK band is accustomed to, the group still can be mesmerizing in concert. Their July 2 show was broadcast over the radio, and now you can grab MP3s of the gig as a free download, complete with printable art, courtesy the sharp archivists at Big O zine.

MP3: Radiohead: OpenAir St Gallen, Sittertobel, St Gallen, Switzerland; July 2, 2016.

The show is missing “Exit Music,” which was performed but not broadcast, while three other songs were not broadcast in their entirety, so the compiler of the MP3s has subbed in versions of those three from other broadcast sources. The full tracklisting is below.

      Track 101
. Intro/Burn The Witch * 5:01 (8.4MB)
      Track 102
. Daydreaming * 5:18 (8.9MB)
      Track 103
. Decks Dark * 4:57 (8.3MB)
      Track 104
. Desert Island Disk * 7:47 (13.1MB)
      Track 105
. Ful Stop * 5:19 (8.9MB)
      Track 106
. Lucky 4:12 (7.1MB)
      Track 107
. Talk Show Host 5:56 (10.0MB)
      Track 108
. Lotus Flower 4:52 (8.2MB)
      Track 109
. No Surprises 3:55 (6.6MB)
      Track 110
. Pyramid Song (different broadcast) 4:56 (8.3MB)
      Track 111
. The Numbers * 5:43 (9.6MB)
58 mins

      Track 201
. Identikit * 5:22 (9.0MB)
      Track 202
. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi 5:24 (9.1MB)
      Track 203
. Everything in Its Right Place 5:09 (8.6MB)
      Track 204
. Idioteque 4:44 (8.0MB)
      Track 205
. Bodysnatchers 4:32 (7.6MB)
      Track 206
. Street Spirit (Fade Out) 5:50 (9.8MB)
      Track 207
. Bloom 6:07 (10.3MB)
      Track 208
. Paranoid Android 6:19 (10.6MB)
      Track 209
. Nude 4:18 (7.2MB)
      Track 210
. 2 + 2 = 5 (different broadcast) 3:03 (5.1MB)
      Track 211
. There There (different broadcast) 5:30 (9.3MB)
Exit Music (For A Film) – not broadcast
      Track 212
. Karma Police 6:05 (10.2MB)
63 mins

* Tracks featured on A Moon Shaped Pool.

Peter Hook Has 2nd Memoir Due, Substance: Inside New Order


Get ready for at least two less-than-salutory reviews from Barney and Stephen.

By Barbi Martinez

Bassman extraordinaire Peter Hook penned one of the best rock bios in recent memory with 2012’s Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division (It Books) – reviewed HERE. It was well-received, to say the least, although it probably didn’t do much in terms of patching up the long-standing feud between Hook, who regularly tours with his band The Light and performs Joy Division music, and his erstwhile bandmates. One of the, of course, is dead.

Hook returns to the memoir well in October for what’s essentially Part Two: Substance: Inside New Order (Simon & Schuster UK). Here’s the Amazon UK product description; no word yet on an American publisher. Incidentally, the BLURT editor got to see New Order twice shortly after they formed from the ashes of Joy Division, and he tells me, “They were just a three-piece and had not yet gotten Gillian for keyboards. Basically they were fulfilling previously-scheduled tour dates for Joy Division, which of course were cancelled following the suicide of Ian Curtis, and they were still playing mostly Joy Division songs in concert. I saw them on a double bill with labelmates A Certain Ratio in which they played two gigs in one week in NYC, alternating headliners. Pretty damn amazing.”


Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming US tour – Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour and the beginning of what would surely have been an international success story, the band’s troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself.
     ‘We didn’t really think about it afterwards. It just sort of happened. One day we were Joy Division, then our lead singer killed himself and the next time we got together, we were a new band…’Peter Hook
     That band was New Order.Their distinctive sound – a fusion of post-punk and ground-breaking electronica – paved the way for the dance music explosion of the ’80s and earned them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation. Despite their success, the band has always been a collision the visionary and the volatile, and relationships have often been fraught with tensions.
     Peter Hook has written a no-holds-barred, comprehensive account of the band’s entire history, packed with outrageous anecdotes and including every set list and tour itinerary and interspersed with ‘geek facts’ of every piece of electronic equipment used to forge the sound that changed the direction of popular music.