Monthly Archives: May 2017

John Cale to Perform 1st Velvet Underground in Brooklyn in Nov.

By Blurt Staff

It is to be titled John Cale: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Program A), and it will take place Nov. 16-17 at the storied Brooklyn Academy of Music: that would be a special set of shows in which VU co-founder Cale performs the iconic ’67 album in its entirety. He has already done this once, in Paris in 2016, featuring guests such as Animal Collective, Pete Doherty, and Mark Lanegan; for the Brooklyn concerts he’ll be accompanied by the Wordless Music Orchestra and others to be announced. Velvets drummer Moe Tucker will probably not be on hand, for as Rolling Stone reports, Cale indicated that Tucker’s fear of flying precluded her going to the Paris event. (But hey, there’s always the reliable Trailways bus line or an Econoline van, eh?)

On Nov. 18 Cale will also do a (Program B) featuring his solo material alongside selected Velvets songs. Below, watch some clips from the Paris concert.

Photo credit: Shawn Brackbill


MP3: Download Midnight Oil’s 5/18 Chicago Show

Power and passion par excellence…

By Uncle Blurt

There are a lot of us here at BLURT who are big fans of Australian rock bands, and Midnight Oil is near the top of the list. So your ol’ Uncle was mighty chuffed when news arrived that Peter Garrett & Co. would be barnstorming across North America throughout May for their “Great Circle 2017 Tour.” Last week they performed in Chicago, and now an audience recording of the show has surfaced on Dime A Dozen, with Big O zine picking up the ball and posting the MP3s, along with downloadable artwork, at their site.

MP3: Midnight Oil – The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL; May 18, 2017.

Worth noting: the Oils performed their fourth album, 1982’s 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 , in its entirety during the first set, then plenty more fan favorites and politically-charged hits. The full tracklisting is below.

Disc 1

      Track 101
. Intro 2:32
      Track 102
. Outside World 4:50
      Track 103
. Only The Strong 5:14
      Track 104
. Short Memory 5:41
      Track 105
. Read About It 5:01
      Track 106
. Scream In Blue 5:33
      Track 107
. US Forces 4:11
      Track 108
. Power And The Passion 9:01
      Track 109
. Maralinga 4:58
      Track 110
. Tin Legs And Tin Mines 4:46
      Track 111
. Somebody’s Trying To Tell Me Something 4:10
      Track 112
. Peter’s Band Introductions 1:44
      Track 113
. My Country 3:53
Disc 2
      Track 201
. When The Generals Talk 4:03
      Track 202
. Spirit of the Age 3:02
      Track 203
. Ships of Freedom 4:46
      Track 204
. Kosciusko 4:55
      Track 205
. The Dead Heart 6:40
      Track 206
. Beds Are Burning 4:17
      Track 207
. Blue Sky Mine 4:35
      Track 208
. Dreamworld 6:03
      Track 209
. Put Down That Weapon 4:39
      Track 210
. Truganini 4:44
      Track 211
. Forgotten Years 6:45
      Track 212
. Sometimes 5:03

2017 Lockn’ Festival Set for August

More Dead per capita than any festival on the planet!

By Blurt Staff

One of the best annual summer festivals has to be the jamband-centric Arrington, Virginia-based Lockn’, and while the likes of Bonnaroo and Coachella get the lion’s share of attention, this event has gradually risen to the top among true devotees of live music. (Go HERE and HERE to see some of our past coverage.)

This time around the lineup is even more impressive than usual, with top-of-the-bill artists including the Avett Brothers w/Bob Weir, (the Dead’s Phil Lesh & Friends with moe.), Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, Gov’t Mule (w/guest Ann Wilson, no less), the String Cheese Incident, and—speaking of Lesh and Weir—Phil Lesh / Bob Weir & the Terrapin Family Band doing the iconic Terrapin Station album. Meanwhile, among the must-see acts further down on the bill are Afro-beat kings Antibalas, swamp rockers JJ Grey & Mofro, North Carolina’s own Hiss Golden Messenger, and blazing Southern/roots rocker the Marcus King Band.

It all happens August 24-27, and there will be plenty going on all around the festival grounds, like the Terrapin Station Porch. For details on ticketing, area lodging, directions for travelers and a map of the grounds, go to the Lockn’ Festival website.

Jimmy LaFave 1955-2017 R.I.P.

Austin singer-songwriter was only 61. Watch some incredibly moving live clips, below.

By Fred Mills

Beloved Americana artist Jimmy LaFave passed away earlier this week (May 21) at his home in Austin following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 61. According to the Austin Chronicle, the illness was “a type of sarcoma that primarily affected his lungs [which] was largely kept secret until recently… Last month, news broke that LaFave’s family had finally engaged hospice care.”

Yet just a few days before his death, LaFave appeared at a sold-out concert at Austin’s Paramount Theatre that featured his music done by Christine Albert, Sarah Lee Guthrie, John Fullbright, Shinyribs, Butch Hancock, and Ruthie Foster, among others. LaFave himself came out for part of the finale in a wheelchair and hooked up to oxygen.

LaFave grew up in Texas, later moving to Oklahoma where he pioneered a regional sound dubbed “red dirt music.” Following a relocation to Austin, he became a prolific songwriter and performer, touring frequently issuing numerous critically acclaimed albums. Among his key influences were Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan (he even put together a touring Guthrie tribute show in 2003).

Anyone who ever saw LaFave in concert came away deeply moved, not only by his inherent tunefulness and ability to conjure lyrical images frequently as vivid as those by his influences, but by the otherworldly aura he projected, one that reassured and brought comfort to the human spirit.

I’ll never forget seeing him live in Tucson and getting to meet him after the show: He seemed humbled by the fans’ adulation and adoration, yet relaxed and genial, ready to engage. Below, watch some choice LaFave clips – including a version of Prince’s “Purple Rain” as well as a somewhat shaky audience recording  fo the Left Banke’s “Walk Away Renee” that still somehow seems… perfectly appropriate. Also included is a clip from one of his final concerts, this past April at Threadgills in Austin, in which he does Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Miss Me When You Go” that reportedlybrought the audience – which knew he only had a little time left – to tears. R.I.P., Jimmy.

Video Premiere: Thomas Wynn and the Believers “Wade Waist Deep”

Title track from just-released debut album.

By Blurt Staff

Premiering today for our astute BLURT readership, we have the new video by Thomas Wynn and The Believers. Coming from all the way down in Orlando, Florida, the Americana band has been hailed as one of the most promising Americana bands from the area. Check out the video for the title track of their debut album Wade Waist Deep:

The video was directed by Blake Judd, who has also done music videos for Shooter Jennings and Amanda Shires.”

Orlando Weekly has given Wynn and his Believers the title of Best Rock Group and Best Country/Folk Band for seven years in a row. Last Friday, May 19, the band dropped Wade Waist Deep via Mascot Label Group on vinyl, CD, and digital—and you can get more info, including upcoming tour dates, at the band’s official website.

Track Premiere: Feederz “Stealing”

Incendiary tune is the A-side of the band’s crucial new single.

By Blurt Staff

In a recent roundup of new and notable single releases, the leadoff review is of Arizona punk vets the Feederz’ incendiary new 45 “WWHD (What Would Hitler Do?), a limited edition/orange vinyl 7”.  On the Cris Kirkwood-produced record, bandmembers Frank Discussion, DH Peligro, and Clear Bob serve up a twinpack of pure outrage and sonic scree, a veritable call to arms of the citizenry. The sleeve art alone (below) is worth its weight in cultural gold.

As Frank Discussion explains, “The record is the only reasonable response to a world gone completely off its fucking rails: sabotage, subversion and the other fine arts.” Indeed – when the new administration took power in January, pundits were divided as to whether this so-called bold new era of American greatness would galvanize the artistic community or not. Well, history tells us that during the Reagan years, punk rock was utterly energized, and it sounds like history is on the verge of repeating itself – with the Feederz’ record an early warning shot across the cultural bow.

Check out the track “Stealing” for ample evidence:

Notes Mr. Discussion, “’Stealing’ explores the joys to be found in rioting and looting because in a society that abolishes all adventure, the only adventure becomes abolishing that society.”

Amen. ‘Nuf said. Find the Feederz online for more info, touring details, and ordering the record:


Watch Fiery New Video from L.A.’s Willodean

Excellent new EP recently released, the second of four.

By Blurt Staff

Willodean hails from Los Angeles, and the tuneful trio serves up rootsy power pop and Americana within a decidedly indie-rock approach. Eric Holden, Randy Wooten, and Abbie Huxley have ambitious plans for this year, with no less than four EPs planned for release. Awesome Life Decisions was the first of the quartet, and it arrived in February. The second EP is now dropping, Fires, Cars & Autumn Stars, and the first video, by Rachel Win, from it is not to be missed. Check out “Firelight”:

According to Holden, who also produced the record, “’Firelight’, to me, has the simplicity of a campfire ditty and the scope of everything we want out of life. At least the important things, a full heart and a meaningful life. And the video really does that justice. The two interracial claymation characters staring up at the stars and imagining the scope of the universe. There’s something beautiful and simple about claymation that really comes across here. I’m realizing after the fact that it’s one of the most important songs on the record and really helped steer the sound of this record. All of the songs on this EP are different than the last EP and the two upcoming EPs in that way.  This one is more simple, more straight to the heart, lyrically and in production.”

You can find out more at the band’s website and Facebook page.


Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell 1964-2017 R.I.P.

By Blurt Staff

The Soundgarden and Audioslave vocalist is dead at the age of 52. On Wednesday night, May 17, he took his own life, by hanging. He apparently use an exercise band that he attached to the top of a hotel bathroom door. Soundgarden had performed earlier that evening in Detroit.

Some observers have claimed it was not altogether unexpected, as Cornell had a history of substance abuse and, according to his wife, was on anti-anxiety medicine. His wife, however, further speculated that it might not have been altogether intentional because she had talked to him earlier in the evening and said he sounded “groggy” and indicated he had taken additional anxiety medicine. Cornell’s attorney noted, according to Rolling Stone, “Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise. Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions…. [side effects of Ativan include] “paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.”

Soundgarden, of course, was one of the premiere acts of the grunge era, along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Mudhoney. 1991’s Badmotorfinger remains a defining release from the era. The band was also one of the early acts to appear on Sub Pop Records. He follows in the footsteps of fellow grunge icon Kurt Cobain, who also committed suicide.