Monthly Archives: October 2016

Watch New Dean Ween Group Video “Exercise Man”


Exercise your right as an American to “like” and “share” too!

By Blurt Staff

Anyone who’s ever chuckled at the colorful, too-tight spandex pants and gritted teeth at the traffic delay can identify with the lyrics:

7 miles of traffic backed up in a turn
but you’re pumpin’ your legs and you’re feelin’ the burn
and you’ll ride that fuckin’ bike just as far as you can, you’re the exercise man

stupid asshole…. exercise man
fuckin’ douchebag…. exercise man
fuck you… exercise man

This would also be the song “Exercise Man” by the Dean Ween Group, from their new record The Deaner Album, and the accompanying video is pretty awesome. Check it out below; it was directed by Monica Hampton. And yes, that is indeed Curt Kirkwood from the Meat Puppets playing guitar in the band in addition to Ween…. The group is on tour all this week and you can check dates at the website, natch.

EXERCISE MAN by The Dean Ween Group from Monica Hampton on Vimeo.

Pre-Fest & Fest 15 Reminder/Update


Gainesville punkathon happens Oct. 28-30 – and there’s a Pre-Fest on Oct. 26 and 27 as well.

By Jeff Clegg

It’s hard to believe but we’re already less than a week away from the start of Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, which kicks off a series of five consecutive days of must-see punk rock music in the Sunshine State between Pre-Fest in Tampa and Fest in Gainesville. Tickets for both events are still available from The Fest website so don’t hesitate!

Among the bands playing is Atlanta’s own emo rockers Microwave, who just released their menacing sophomore album Much Love. There are pieces of several genres throughout the album with influences from blues, grunge, post-hardcore, emo, country, and anything in-between. Check out their music video for the song “Vomit” below:

Fest 15 will also include reunion shows from The Ergs! and Latterman and returning Fest veterans such as Jeff Rosenstock, Dillinger Four, Propagandhi, Braid, Knapsack, and Andrew Jackson Jihad. In case that’s not enough to persuade you, Fest 15 will have stand-up comedy and wrestling showcases, all of which are included in the Fest 15 festival pass. The stand-up showcases will be held at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and will be headlined by L.A.-based comedian Kyle Kinane. The wrestling showcase will take place at Cowboy’s Saloon on Sunday and will include after shows by The Randy Savages and Mac Sabbath.

The original announcement we made is below. Get your tickets and see us there!


We’re soon approaching the 15th anniversary of Gainesville, Florida’s punk rock-heavy music festival The Fest and Blurt will be there to cover all of it. The Fest first took place May 24th and 25th, 2002 and has been a popular summer destination for some of the best hardcore, emo, pop-punk, and ska acts that those genres can offer. The festival’s shows are scattered across the downtown Gainesville area, varying from small bars and shops to large concert halls and outdoor stages. This year’s lineup includes reunion shows from The Ergs!, Latterman, Gunmoll, and Against All Authority, final shows from F.Y.P and Hold Tight!, and the return of many Fest alumni such as Propagandhi, Less Than Jake, A Wilhelm Scream, United Nations, The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock, Knapsack, and many, many more. On top of that, there will be a number of surprises that The Fest will offer, particularly from mystery sets from some of The Fest’s favorite bands that won’t be announced until the day before each of the sets. The full lineup and schedule can be seen here .


For our fellow North Carolinian readers, there will also be quite a few bands from the Old North State making the trip down to Gainesville. These include Charlotte’s  self-described “sissy punks” Sinai Vessel and  fuzzy, melodic alt-rockers Late Bloomer, as well as Wilmington’s pop-punk/noise rockers Museum Mouth, who just released their solid Rory Records (Max Bemis of Say Anything’s imprint within Equal Vision Records) debut Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig. The Fest 15 will also be the last show for Asheville’s 90’s-esque power-pop rockers Old Flings, who can be seen playing their song “Tbc” below at The Fest 13.

In case you check out the schedule and find too many time conflicts, the Fest has a solution for that as well. This year will also be the 4th annual Pre-Fest that takes place October 26th and 27th in Ybor City, a historic neighborhood in Tampa, FL. The purpose of the expansion is to give people additional chances to see their favorite bands at The Fest, so the vast majority of bands playing Pre-Fest will also be playing The Fest. Pre-Fest 2-day passes can be purchased separately right now and until October 24th for $70 or in combination with the Fest 3-day pass for $190. The Fest 3-day passes alone are $135. The Fest is limited to 3,750 passes and Pre-Fest is limited to only 1,200, so follow this link now and get your ticket(s) before they’re sold out!

Here’s a recap of The Fest 13 to get you all excited. Don’t miss out!

Don’t forget to download the Fest 15 app for iPhone and Android so that you can plan your schedules!

Additional info:

Weird Al Sends up Election Campaign in New Video


Watch it, below.

By Barbi Martinez

Weird Al Yankovic is one bad hombred. Or a nasty woman, take your pick. Yesterday he dropped a new Gregory Brothers-directed video. As Billboard reports, “Bad Hombres, Nasty Women” intersperses commentary from Al with soundbytes from both Clinton and Trump. Writes Billboard, “‘We have so many adversaries overseas/ Can we all agree to be frenemies?,’ Al croons before the candidates drone on about the economy and ISIS in their Auto-Tuned best.”

Listen to Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and composer Ben Salisbury’s Black Mirror Score


Also check out two trailers for the show.

By Barbi Martinez

Acclaimed TV techno-thriller Black Mirror is just kicking off its third season, and as you may have heard, Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Ben Salisbury have done the music for the episode titled “Men Against Fire.” You can hear excerpts from it, below. The full soundtrack for the season is out on Invada/Lakeshore. Invada, incidentally, has previously released music from Barrow’s side project BEAK>.) The British series was created by Charlie Brooker.

Video Premiere: The Pop Group “Zipperface”


“A cinematic heretic”: New album slated to appear at the end of this month.

By Blurt Staff

Not long ago word arrived that the legendary UK postpunk outfit the Pop Group has a new album, Honeymoon On Mars, cut earlier this year with dub legend Dennis Bovell and Bomb Squad member Hank Shocklee, and due on their Freaks R Us label on October 28. First single “Zipperface” got a healthy number of spins throughout the interwebs—including right here at BLURT—and now there’s a video to go with it that we are honored to unveil today:

The video was directed by Max Kelan Pearce, who is known for his use of defunct technology and his low-res, degraded style. Kelan’s experiments with VHS players, camcorders and digital manipulation have made him a leading video artist within the contemporary Bristol underground. As well as producing backdrops for New York dubstep institution Reconstrvct, Kelan has collaborated with a wide variety of artists in recent years (Hodge, Karen Gwyer, Creta Kano, Seekers International) and is best known for his affiliation with Bristol’s Young Echo collective, working on projects for the likes of Asda, Giant Swan, Jabu and O$VMV$M.

Mirroring the velocity and tension of “Zipperface,” as well as its themes of blackmail and thought control, Kelan has visualized a grotesque mindtrip that subverts the mundane with infestation, knife play and a psychedelic onslaught of superimposition and tape damage.

Mark Stewart from the band describes the project as “an alien encounter scratch video creates a temporary autonomous zone, an illegal Bristol broadcast from St. Paul’s pirate TV channel.  Max is a cinematic heretic.”


So we assume that if you are reading this you already have a healthy appreciation for all things Pop Group—you can bring yourself up to speed via this 2014 review of their Cabinet of Curiosities/We Are Time archival release. Contributor Michael Toland explained, of the late ‘70s postpunk legends, “An almost textbook example of that nebulous genre known as postpunk, the Bristol quintet deftly combined nervous funk with clanging punk rock and performed it with a loose sensibility that has as much in common with free jazz as rock & roll. Jagged and dissonant but with enough respect for tune to be just this side of accessible, fiercely political but still in thrall to the joy of simply making music.”

More recently, the group returned in 2015 with Citizen Zombie, and in a review of it Toland again sang the group’s praises, writing, “It goes without saying that Citizen Zombie won’t sound exactly like the influential postpunk band did in its late 70s glory – too much time has passed for that. Yet in its own way, the LP picks up where the Group left off – like the Clash’s Combat Rock, it represents a musical evolution while keeping the same spirit.”


Band of Horses Do SC Hurricane Benefit Today


Doing good works indeed!

By Blurt Staff

Tonight (Oct. 19), Band of Horses will perform in Charleston at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. To mark their hometown show, they will also do a special afternoon show at Truphonic Studios as part of a Tri-County Hurricane Matthew Recovery Fund benefit they are mounting that includes signed posters, a raffle of an autographed guitar, and ticket auction to the afternoon concert. All cumulative proceeds will go to the fund. There will also be a food drive taking place if attendees want to drop off canned goods or donate to United Way. More details here.

The band is currently touring in support of latest album Why Are You OK.

Incoming: Asheville’s Jon Stickley Trio EP, Kickstarter Campaign


High energy roots band returns to the well with dude from the Bad Plus. Above photo by Heather Hambor.

By Blurt Staff

One of the finest and most eclectic combos to emerge from the Asheville, NC, music scene in recent years is the Jon Stickley Trio, which amplifies, diversifies, and otherwise fuses acoustic guitar, violin, and drums into a sonic smorgasbord of trippy grooves, high-energy bluegrass (the Blurt editor calls it “punkgrass”) and jammy Americana. Their most recent album, Lost at Last, garnered critical kudos across the board while landing on radio here, there, and yonder. They now have a new 5-song EP, Triangular, and a Kickstarter campaign has also commenced to help fund the recording of their next longplayer (to be produced, once again, by Dave King of the Bad Plus at the venerable Echo Mountain Recording facility in Asheville.


The Trio is looking to raise $28,000 and launched the Kickstarter campaign on 10/10;fFolks can get involved until it ends on 11/11. They say, “We’ve set our goal at $28,000 which is substantially less than what the realistic costs add up to, because we understand that this is a group effort, and we are a part of that group!”

Go HERE to check out the Kickstarter page and learn more details. Even the most modest pledge will net you a quick free download of EP track “Blackburn Brothers.” Meanwhile, you can hear the song at the Live for Live Music site’s official premiere of the tune.

Need more convincing? Check out commentary from The New York Times, NPR’s Heavy RotationNPR’s World CafePremier Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, etc. And below, you can watch a particularly fiery live performance on the World Cafe recorded at Asheville’s Grey Eagle club.

Upcoming tour dates:

10/15-16 Sat-Sun – Suwannee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL
10/17 Mon – Beaches Museum History Park Chapel – Jacksonville, Fl
10/20 Thu – NC State Fair – Raleigh, NC
10/21 Fri – House Concert – Durham, NC
10/22 – Cat’s Cradle- Carrboro, NC
11/2 Wed – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
11/3 Thu – The Ale & The Witch – St. Petersburg, FL
11/4 Fri – Fogarty Community Media and Arts Center – Sarasota, FL
11/5 Sat – Arts Garage – Delray Beach, FL
11/9 Wed – Guanabanas – Jupiter, FL
11/10 Thu – Terra Fermata – Stuart, FL
11/11 Fri – Point Ybel Brewing – Fort Myers, FL
11/12 Sat – The Funky Buddha – Boca Raton, FL
11/13 Sun – Fifth and Thomas Kitchen – Tallahassee, FL
12/7 Wed – WDVX Tennessee Shines @ Boyd’s Jig & Reel – Knoxville, TN
12/30 Fri – The National – Richmond, VA ^
12/31 Sat – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC #

* w. Ricky Skaggs
^ w. The Infamous Stringdusters
# w. The Honeycutters




Listen/Watch Warpaint Live on WFUV-FM


Doing material from their compelling new album. Above photo by Sabrina Sitton.

By Barbi Martinez

NYC’s WFUV-FM, based at Fordham University, has steadily becoming a go-to venue for musicians, both young and older, with everyone from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Violent Femmes, and Steely Dan to River Whyless, Regina Spektor, and the Head and the Heart all appearing live recently, As did the female dreampop quartet Warpaint, promoting their latest album Heads Up (watch for a review on our site this week). The group is Emily Kokal (vocals, guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals, guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, backing vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums). Below, listen to an in-studio performance recorded in August and broadcast last week, and as a bonus you can watch them doing two of the tracks, both from the album, including the brilliant first single, “New Song.”