Monthly Archives: March 2017

Incoming: Max’s Kansas City 1976 & Beyond 2LP Set

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This is your brain on Suicide, New York Dolls, the Stillettos, the Offs, the Senders, Philip Rambow, VON LMO, Iggy Pop, Knots, Roland Alphonso, Cherry Vanilla, Nico, Joy Ryder, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers…

By Blurt Staff

You know the name Max’s Kansas City if you are even remotely familiar with the NYC punk scene of the mid/late ‘70s. The iconic LP of the same name is now being reissue via Jungle/MVD, greatly extended to 40 tracks on a double-CD and a selection of 25 tracks on a double-LP. The extended collection features Suicide, The Fast, Wayne County, New York Dolls, the Stillettos, the Offs, the Senders, Philip Rambow, VON LMO, Iggy Pop, Knots, Roland Alphonso, Cherry Vanilla, Nico, Joy Ryder, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and Sid Vicious amongst many others.

It includes many previously unreleased tracks and rarities. Compiled by Peter Crowley, who also contributes notes detailing the history of the album. Writer, musician and Max’s scenester Jimi LaLumia provides historical overview sleeve-notes along with biographies of the artists in a 20-page booklet. Look for the album on May 5.

The backstory:

The New York club had closed in 1974, then reopened in 1975 under new management, and Peter Crowley was hired as music director. The new young bands he booked helped spawn, in tandem with CBGBs, the New York City punk scene. In 1976 Peter compiled a studio album of acts associated with the club, Max’s Kansas City 1976, to help promote the club. It featured the first released recordings of Suicide, The Fast and Warhol-era veteran Wayne County, whose title-track gave a roll-call of many of the famous acts who’d regularly performed there. A Vol. 2 was subsequently released a few years later.

Above: Sleeve art from the original LP; below, sleeve art from Vol. 2.

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Damn, It’s the Damned, Ready to Tour America

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Trek kicks off next week in celebration of the punk band’s 1977 debut.

BY TIM HINELY

Ladies and gentlemen, The Damned are coming back to America to complete your Spring (or ruin your day). Yes, the iconic British punk band, at it for over 40 years now, will be doing a full tour of America, hitting just about every part of the country.

The tour begins on April 6th in Los Angeles and will end on May 21st in Phoenix, hitting parts far and wide; half of the dates will be with opening act Bleached, while the other half will have The Bellrays as support). See the itinerary, below.

The band, including co-founders Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible along with longtime members Monty Oxymoron, Andrew “Pinch” Pinching and Stu West, are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut lp, Damned Damned Damned and decided to throw a party, or several of them, of sorts. 7830627d4e434ab3912f6c58cca47b73

To say that the band’s classic debut (produced by Nick Lowe and the first British punk album) has been a huge influence on every punk band worth their salt is an understatement. With classics like “Neat Neat Neat,” “Fan Club,”  “New Rose” and too many others, the record rips from start to finish. Last month BMG released a special remastered edition of the record complete with a special booklet and liner notes by John Ingham, and thus the band decided to hit the road and show everyone how it’s really done.

In addition the band are working on a new record to be released later this year. It will be their first since 2008’s So, Who’s Paranoid?

Personally, the last time I caught the band was at Denver’s Riot Fest in 2015 and they delivered a stunning set complete with songs spanning their extensive catalog (I still think that they were the best band of that particular Riot Fest).

If you’ve never seen the Damned before or if you’ve seen them countless times this tour promises to be an event, so in the words of Classy Freddie Blassie, don’t miss it.

More details at the band’s official website, of course.

The Damned 2017 Tour Dates

4/06 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Belasco Theater
4/07 – San Diego, Calif. @ House Of Blues
4/09 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House Of Blues
4/11 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
4/12 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Ace Of Spades
4/14 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
4/15 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Commodore
4/16 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Showbox
4/18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
4/19 – Denver, Colo. @ Summit Music Hall
4/21 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Delmar Hall
4/22 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Fine Line
4/23 – Chicago, Ill. @ House Of Blues
4/24 – Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom
4/26 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Deluxe at Old National Ctr.
4/27 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s
4/28 – Cleveland, Ohio @ House Of Blues
4/29 – Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrews Hall
4/30 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theatre
5/02 – Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda
5/04 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club
5/05 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Warsaw
5/06 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ Stone Pony
5/07 – Philadelphia, Pa @ TLA
5/09 – Baltimore, Md. @ Sound Stage
5/11 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade/Heaven
5/12 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla. @ House Of Blues
5/13 – St, Petersburg, Fla. @ State Theater
5/14 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution
5/16 – New Orleans, La. @ House Of Blues
5/17 – Houston, Texas @ House Of Blues
5/18 – Dallas, Texas @ House Of Blues
5/19 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk Outdoors
5/21 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Marquee Theater

Getting Ready for Bonnaroo?

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June 8-11, 2017 this year on the farm Manchester, TN – see the lineup, above.

By Mark Jackson

This year is set to be another huge year for Bonnaroo! With non other than U2 co-headlining with Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd, this just might push record breaking ticket sales for the festival.

Bonnaroo has always been know for a great mix of music and breaking new acts and this year is no exception with EDM acts such as Marshmello, Getter, Major Lazer, Flume and Nghtmre. Back again this year is the late night jam session known as Superjam and the Blue Grass Situation Superjam Hosted by Ed Helms and friends.

Last year was the debut of the “Real Bathrooms” and was received with great reviews. Perhaps they will even be able to add more this year, it could come in real handy with sponsors Cherokee Distributors bringing tons and tons of Miller Lite Products to Centeroo.

My tips for Bonnaroo this year are:

  1. Buy your tickets as early as possible.
  2. IF camping double check your packed items to ensure you have all necessities.
  3. Bring a camelback or water bottle into Centeroo. There are several location to fill up for free.
  4. Bring a hat and or bandana and wet bandana often.
  5. Bring a great attitude or stay home
  6. Practice your high fives and work those arm muscles.
  7. Last but not least bring sunscreen!

Shaky Knees Festival 2017: Daily and Late-Show Lineups Announced

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Big 5th anniversary bash for the Atlanta musical blowout…

By Jeff Clegg

Atlanta’s biggest summer music festival is returning for its fifth anniversary this year and is taking place May 12-14 at Centennial Olympic Park. The XX, LCD Soundsystem, and Phoenix are headlining the event, which also includes the likes of The Shins, Ryan Adams, Sylvan Esso, Pinegrove, Pixies, Wolf Parade, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest, Hamilton Leithauser, Cloud Nothings, PUP, and Cymbals Eat Guitars. This marks the first time that the event has stayed in the same location consecutive years, which is great considering the event allows re-entry and is located conveniently next to several hotels and attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, World of Coca-Cola, and SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel (just to name a few).

The late-night shows have just been announced, which notably includes sets by artists not on the main festival bill such as Slowdive and Sampha. Tickets for the festival can be purchased here and tickets for the late-night shows can be purchased here. Check out the lineups below:

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In addition, the EDM-focused Shaky Beats Festival from the same organizers is returning for its second anniversary this year and will be held at Centennial Olympic Park the weekend before Shaky Knees, May 5th-7th. Check out the festival lineup below and purchase tickets here.

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James Cotton 1935-2017 R.I.P.

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Blues harp master was one of the last living links to The Blues’ heyday. Above photo: Christopher Durst (via the web).

By Blurt Staff

A giant of classic—and contemporary—blues passed away March 16: James Cotton, harmonica legend, at the age of 81, from pneumonia. Fittingly enough, he died in an Austin hospital while the SXSW musical throngs clogged the clubs in the streets below.

The Delta-spawned bluesman influenced untold players from multiple genres—blues, rock, folk—and aside from the many blues peers he performed with over the years, he also worked with everyone from Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton to Janis Joplin and Keith Richards. He got his start as a vocalist in the ‘50s, at Sun Records of all places, then wound up as a featured performer with Muddy Waters before starting his own James Cotton Blues Band.

The Washington Post and the New York Times both have key summaries of the man’s career. Meanwhile, check out some of his music, below.

Paying Tribute to Chuck Berry 1926-2017 R.I.P.

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Knoxville-based musician Tim Lee, of the late, great Windbreakers, more recently of the Tim Lee 3 and Bark (reviewed here, incidentally) wrote this morning at his Facebook page about the enormous influence Chuck Berry had upon him and several generations’ worth of rockers. He says it better than any of us Blurt-ers could possibly say it. Follow Tim on Facebook here.

BY TIM LEE

When I was a kid, I was eat up with guitar (as we say in the South). I watched the bands on Midnight Special and ABC’s In Concert, and I thought there was nothing cooler than a low-slung Gibson or Fender. Still do.

We had an old Kay hollow-body stashed away in a closet that my brother never got around to learning, so I pulled it out one day. My dad was gracious enough to drive me and the guitar over to Skeets McWilliams’ music store in west Jackson, where they put strings on it and replaced the missing bridge.

That thing had scary high action, but it was a guitar. I joined the guitar club at my junior high school (yeah, pretty cool, huh?), where English teacher/musician J.R. Robertson gave us printouts of the chords and words to current songs like “Angie” by the Stones. He brought in different guitars and let us play them, and he lit a fire under some of us that never went out.

J.R. is still one of my parents’ good friends. They don’t hold it against him.

A year or so later, we were living in Brookhaven, Miss. David Bowling was a skinny red-haired neighborhood guy who was a couple years older than me and knew some guitar. He figured out that, if he could show me some bar chords and a few familiar rock and roll riffs, he’d have someone to play rhythm guitar while he worked on his improvising solos skills.

I’d spend hours at his house playing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Stormy Monday” (9th chords and all). It was a great education for playing rock n’ roll rhythm guitar.

But David’s favorite was playing “Johnny B. Goode.” He taught me how to play the “runka, runka” rhythm stuff, and I eventually mastered it, no matter how much my pinky protested.

Eventually, he showed me how to play the double-stop intro riff. Torturing my fingers on that damn-near-impossible-to-play Kay through my little solid state Silvertone amp, I thought I’d found Nirvana (obviously the state of being, not the band).

That was it for me. I’d already taken the bait, but the hook was set at that point in time.

From that moment forward, it was hard to drag me away from the guitar. I got a book called “How to Play Lead Guitar” from the Brookhaven library, where I learned a couple scales and a few more “Chuck Berry licks,” as the book referred to them.

Yeah, that’s how important Chuck Berry is to rock n’ roll guitar. That book contained no “George Harrison licks,” no “Bo Diddley licks,” no “B.B. King licks,” and no “Keith Richards licks.” There were just “guitar licks” and “Chuck Berry licks.”

There might have been a few co-authors of the form, but Berry wrote the figurative book on the matter.

The first time I hung out with Bobby Sutliff, he showed me a bunch of less-familiar CB riffs. That had a strong effect on my approach to lead guitar. (Not to stray too far off course, but Bobby really has an encyclopedic knowledge of that stuff. I’ve seen seasoned pros pull him aside so he can show them that killer ascending bit in the “Let it Rock” solo.)

I often joke that my approach to soloing is just Jeff Beck’s solo on “Heart Full of Soul” combined with a handful of Chuck Berry licks, that anything else is just over-achieving. But I’m only half-kidding.

So here’s to Chuck Berry, who was set to release his first record in years at the age of 90. This has been all about his influence on rock n’ roll guitar, but there’s a whole ‘nuther tome that could be written on his contributions to the poetry of the medium.

There won’t be another one like him.

Watch Samantha Fish’s “Chills & Fever” Video

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Smokin’ title track to the guitarist’s new album.

By Fred Mills

Easily one of the best album to date this year is blues guitar whiz Samantha Fish’s Chills & Fever, which dropped this week via the Ruf label. It’s a collection of smokin’ tunes that our reviewer describes as” a blisteringly fine set of rocking soul that both showcases Fish’s estimable fretboard skills and demonstrates her intuitive gifts in selecting classic, maximum-impact material to perform.”

Fish recently delivered a video for the title track, and you can check it out below. Our reviewer was pretty stoked about the tune itself, calling it a “shudder/shimmy/shake appropriation of R&B perennial “Chills & Fever”—which some may recall from Tom Jones’ over-the-top performance—that is authentic enough to give Amy Winehouse nu-soul devotees pause.”

MP3: Download Wilco’s 2/25/17 Chicago FM B-cast

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Chicago is the place!

By Uncle Blurt

Love me some Wilco – the band is arguably the best American combo going right now. So here’s a good ‘un for all my fellow Wilco fanatics – the Chicago bros on home turf (the Chicago Theater, natch), serving up a heaping helping of recent album Wilco Schmilco alongside a ton of fun fan faves. The ever-diligent archivists at Big O zine have rounded up MP3 downloads of the FM broadcast Chicago punters were privy to, and there’s some sweet downloadable artwork as well. Link is below, followed by the full tracklising.

MP3: Wilco – Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL; February 25, 2017

Disc 1

      Track 101
. Announcer 2:11
      Track 102
. Normal American Kids 2:59
      Track 103
. If I Ever Was a Child 3:12
      Track 104
. Cry All Day 4:31
      Track 105
. Sunken Treasure 6:35
      Track 106
. Kamera 3:20
      Track 107
. The Joke Explained 3:48
      Track 108
. Someone to Lose 3:39
      Track 109
. Misunderstood 4:26
      Track 110
. The Lonely 4:12
      Track 111
. Impossible Germany 9:40
      Track 112
. Shouldn’t Be Ashamed 3:29
      Track 113
. We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl) 3:24
      Track 114
. Dawned on Me 4:14
      Track 115
. Theologians 4:55
65 mins

Disc 2

      Track 201
. Via Chicago 5:32
      Track 202
. Jesus, Etc 5:11
      Track 203
. Locator 4:40
      Track 204
. Heavy Metal Drummer 3:20
      Track 205
. I’m the Man Who Loves You 4:08
      Track 206
. Hummingbird 3:43
      Track 207
. The Late Greats 3:10
      Track 208
. Box Full of Letters 3:36
      Track 209
. Random Name Generator 4:40
      Track 210
. Red-Eyed and Blue 2:27
      Track 211
. I Got You (At the End of the Century) 4:00
      Track 212
. Outtasite (Outta Mind) 2:37
      Track 213
. Spiders (Kidsmoke) 10:35
      Track 214
. A Shot in the Arm (Acoustic) 4:32
63 mins

Video Premiere: Tarrant – “Cheap Shit from China”

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Some red-hatted types want to make America grate (on your nerves) again. Luckily, we have this awesome Richmond band who feels your pain….

By Blurt Staff

Update March 22: As it turns out, Fox harbors a deep affection for Donald Trump, because they objected to some film footage used in the clip and subsequently had the video removed. Who knew an indie band, and by extension BLURT, could rattle cages with such aplomb! So the band has re-edited it, and we are duly re-posting it. Enjoy!

It’s a reasonable question the band asks: “From The Snuggie to the The Clapper, America loves a bargain. But does America really need any of this stuff?”

That would be Tarrant, rockers from Richmond, Virginia, in their new video “Cheap Shit from China,” and if the song title alone doesn’t pretty much tell the story to you, then bubba, we’ve got a Trump steak we wanna sell you. The rest of you, however, just settle in and check out the clip. We are confident it will, er, resonate:

It’s not just about American consumerism, however, as the images of Trump crap – both Donald’s ties, shirts, and hats, and Ivanka’s clothing line – suggest. Did ya notice all those “made in China” tags? As the band notes, “Think of this video as an artistic rebuke to President Trump’s populism. A creative ying to Trumps’ erroneous wire tapp (sic) yang [and] baseless late night Twitter posts which culminate in an endless series of terrifying CNN Breaking News updates each day. Or more succinctly: A NEW LOW! SAD!” Put another way, hashtag style: #WeUnderstandThatAsCorporateEntitiesOurPresenceInCertainDiscussionsIsNotAlwaysRequiredSoWeWillStriveToLimitOurActivitiesToJustSellingYouShit

Tarrant is notching plenty of acclaim for their debut EP, Lazarus, and for their dynamic, roots-rock-raveup stage presence. The lineup includes lead singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Jordan Tarrant, guitarist/mandolinist Jared Pool, drummer Dusty Simmons, and bassist Kai Eason, plus auxiliary member Craig Harmon playing Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer and steel guitar. With Jordan Tarrant’s friend and producer Russell Lacy helping to steer the ship in the studio, they’re clearly poised to break nationally.

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The single for the song drops this Friday, March 17, via the Funzalo label. You can get more info about the band and their plan on the web:

https://www.facebook.com/tarrantmusic/

http://funzalorecords.com/

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Last Waltz 40 Tour Gets Underway Again

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Heading back up to Cripple Creek one last time….

By Blurt Staff

What do Warren Haynes and Danny Louis of Govt. Mule, Dr. John, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, Terence Higgins, and Mark Mullins have in common? They’re all devotees of the legendary swansong by The Band—The Last Waltz, which took place four decades ago in San Francisco. This past December the the Last Waltz 40 Band convened in Asheville, NC, for the annual Haynes Christmas Jam, a benefit concert for Habitat For Humanity. Now the tour, having completed the first leg, will be kicking off a second leg March 30 in Dallas, then for the next couple of weeks will hit select markets in the Midwest and West.

By all accounts, this will be a big deal, particularly for folks—which would be just about everybody on the musical planet—who know the artists and songs from The Last Waltz album and Martin Scorcese-filmed documentary. In addition to the folks listed above, there will be an all-star horn section led by Mullins and featuring the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint, plus very special guests Garth Hudson (some dates), Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, and Bob Margolin. Other guests to be announced as the tour unfolds.

Go here for the full itinerary.