While we here at the BLURT house o’ wax eagerly await the red-vinyl 2LP release of his recent digital album Damn! (it’s due in July, and damn, the red vinyl is already sold out on preorder at his official store, so you’ll have to settle for the 180-gram black vinyl version at indie record stores, Turntable Lab, etc.), it seems like a good time for a fresh video.
Indeed, he just dropped a clip for “Element.” Check it out below – it was directed by Jonas Lindstroem along with Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment President Dave Free, aka the Little Homies.
Well, so much for that Icelandic vacation I was planning on taking in a couple of weeks: Earlier this year The xx mounted their new Night + Day festival in England, and were looking to replicate its success in Iceland (Skógafoss ) on July 14-16. Now we learn it’s been cancelled because the site is on Iceland’s Environmental Agency’s latest list of endangered areas.
The promoter issued a statement:
“Whilst everyone involved in this event has been excited about working towards something memorable and spectacular, it is however fundamental that we put any environmental responsibilities first especially when we’re dealing with such a special location. Ultimately the challenges on this site were insurmountable and it was not possible to secure another suitable venue in time. We know that people will be hugely disappointed as we are, but we hope everyone understands the situation.”
Start grabbing your refunds, punters, and you’ll just have to catch the likes of The xx, Earl Sweatshirt, Robyn, Sampha, Kamasi Washington, Warpaint, and Floating Points elsewhere this year.
Who out there doesn’t love Yo La Tengo? (Okay, you in the corner, the dude with the Fatomas T-shirt, please let yourself out quietly.) In March the Hoboken heroes mounted a unique concert billed as Yo La Tengo Turned Itself Inside Out that featured additional instrumentation beyond the core three: two drummers, a guitarist, a four-person horn section, and Zeena Parkins on electric harp being processed through multiple effects boxes. The good folks at Big O Zine have now posted the show in its entirety online – via a hot-sounding audiende recording at Dime A Dozen, natch.
Lineup: Ira Kaplan – guitar, piano, vocals
Georgia Hubley – drums, vocals
James McNew – bass, keyboards, vocals
Chad Taylor – drums
Amy Garapic – drums
Zeena Parkins – harp
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Vincent Chancey – french horn
Roswell Rudd – trombone
Daniel Carter – saxophone
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet
Choice track – one of the best surprises of the year to date as well – plucked from brand new album of same name, released June 23.
By Blurt Staff
Founding members Chan Poling and Hugo Klaers, of the legendary Minneapolis new-wave and punk band The Suburbs, have a new album and single called HEY MUSE! The new album is to drop Friday, June 23rd. We are honored at BLURT to be able to give our readers an advance taste. Check out HEY MUSE! single and watch the new music video for it below:
Hey Muse! is a brand new collection of tunes; an extension of the Suburbs sound forged in the cauldron of underground; rock that bubbled up in the Twin Cities in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. As usual the goal is to make you laugh, cry, and shake your ass.
The Suburbs’ newest addition to the band is veteran guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer), who also created their new music video Hey Muse! The video was made on a tour of the U.K., ordinary things through the eyes of someone far from home, but without day to day tasks that keep one’s eyes and imagination busy. A color and shape party.
Join BLURT’s sister business Schoolkids Records of Raleigh, NC, this Friday (June 23), and hear the new remastered version of Prince’s Purple Rain soundtrack.
Warner Bros is re-releasing Purple Rain in various iterations (including an expanded 3CD/DVD edition) and a handful of classic Prince singles, freshly remastered. We will be dropping the needle at 7PM. Re-live those great memories of Prince by hearing Purple Rain again, for the first time! We will have cold beer on tap, hot music on the platter, and plenty of fabulous giveaways. Mark your calendars and don’t miss this party!
A founding member of Decima, The Crushes, and I, Revere (not to mention an auxiliary player for Walking For Pennies, The New Hotness, The Black Atlas, and BETS), keyboardist/vocalist/composer Pauline Pisano is now prepping an ambitious new solo album, Inside The Wheel, due in August. We are honored at BLURT to be able to give our readers an advance taste. Check out “Calling All Angels”:
Inside The Wheel has its origins in a cancelled tour and a relationship dissolution, and Pisano subsequently retreating to a secluded family cottage where she could think, write, reflect, write more, and ultimately look within herself for the narrative that emerged. Indeed, it is a concept album involving three main characters: the self, the youngest/oldest self, and the furies. Using a harmonizer, each character is assigned a vocal timbre: The self is Pauline’s voice unaffected, the wise youngest/oldest self is a voice heard an octave below, and the furies are heard in hard-tuned 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths. These characters flow in and out of each song and often speak to each other. The album is meant to be heard from start to finish as song order of the album was embedded in its initial stages of construction.
To capture the dark/hopeful vibe of this record Pauline’s producer, Dan Weiner, utilized bass synths, soft acoustic guitars, a vibraphone, a piano, Rhodes, spacey electric guitars, marimba, cello, percussion and electric/acoustic drums. For Pisano this is a new sound, however there are certain songs that pay homage to her earlier works.
Find out more about Pisano, including her work as a social activist and advocate for mental health, at her official website.
The rumored new Death From Above 1979 single in rumor no more: titled “Freeze Me,” the rowdy, thumping, jerking-back-and-forth track is pressed up as a clear vinyl flexidisc and is currently causing a stir among fans who, uh, can’t play records.
Never fear, kids. As I write, folks are turning the tune into MP3s and uploading the song to the interwebs, and it’s also aired on the BBC HERE so you can listen to it. The flexi has been turning up for free in the mailboxes of fans all over the country, not to mention the mailbox of ye olde editor of BLURT, via the group’s label Warner Bros.
So you say you are enjoying that mega-Beatles box released the other day to mark the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? Y(ou can read all about it HERE on our site.) Well, get set for an additional endorphin rush: The estimable Japanese Label Digital Archives Productions has just dropped its own version that by all accounts is remarkably competitive with the official EMI title, with comparable handsome artwork, intriguing song selection, and very good sound quality.
Titled Sgt. Pepper’ Lonely Hearts Club Band Recording Sessions Chronology, the bootleg is, like its aboveground brother, a six-CD set focusing on studio sessions for the landmark 1967 album and includes extensive documentation of both “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” which were released as a 45 and later surfaced on the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack album.
You can find more information HERE – it will help if you can read Japanese – and meanwhile, check out the tracklisting, below.
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO november 24th 1966 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
1. Rehearsal 2. take 1 3. take 1 overdubs
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO november 28th 1966 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
4. take 2 5. take 3 6. take 4 vocal 7. take 4
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO november 29th 1966 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
8. rehearsal fragment 9. take5 10. take 6 vocal 11. take 6 12. rehearsal fragment (remaster) 13. take 7 14. unknown take 15. take 7 rm 3
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO december 6/8th 1966 WHEN I’M SIXTY FOUR
16. take 1/2 17. take 3 announcement 18. take 2 basic 19. take 2 vocal
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO december 8th 1966 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
20. percussion reversed 21. percussion edit 22. take 24 23. take 25 track2 rs1
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO december 9/15th 1966 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
24. take 25 25. take 26 rm9 26. take 26
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO december 29th 1966 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
27. original mono mix
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO january 3rd 1967 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
28. U.S.stereo mix 29. U.K.original stereo mix
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO december 29th 1966 PENNY LANE
1. take 6 basic piano 2. take 6 piano and harmonium
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO december 30th 1966 PENNY LANE
3. take 7
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO january 5-6th 1967 PENNY LANE
4. take 7 + take 4&6 5. take 7 overdub take 6
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO january 9th 1967 PENNY LANE
6. take 9 overdub sessions 7. take 9 without overdub
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO january 10-12th 1967 PENNY LANE
8. take 9 handbell track 9. take 9 oboe track 10. take 9 flute track 11. take 9 with vocal overdub 12. rm 8
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO january 17th 1967 PENNY LANE
13. take 9 piccoro trumpet 14. rm 9 15. rm 10 16. rm 11 (U.S. promo mono mix)
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO january 19th 1967 A DAY IN THE LIFE
17. take 1 18. take 2 19. take 4 20. take 4 basic track 21. take 4 vocal track
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO january 25th 1967 PENNY LANE
22. U.K. original mono mix
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO january 20th 1967 A DAY IN THE LIFE
1. take 6 rough mix
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 1st/2nd 1967 SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
2. take 1 3. take 2 4. take 3 5. take 9 unedited 6. take 9 basic track 7. take 9 edit and combined 8. take 10
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 3rd 1967 A DAY IN THE LIFE
9. orchestra overdub 10. edit piece take 11 11. studio chat and overdub 12. bass and drums 13. middle eight vocals
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 8th 1967 GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING
14. basic track
REGENT STUDIO february 9th 1967 FIXING A HOLE
15. basic track 16. guitar and backing vocals
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 10th 1967 A DAY IN THE LIFE
17. take 7 orchestra track 1 18. take 7 orchestra track 2 19. take 7 orchestra track 3 20. take 7 orchestra track 4 21. 4 track tape remix 22. take 11
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 13/14th 1967 ONLY A NORTHERN SONG
23. take 3 24. take 12
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 16th 1967 GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING
25. unknown take 26. take 8 overdub 27. take 8
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 17th 1967 BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE!
28. rehearsal 29. studio chat 30./31. take 1/2 edit 32./33. take 1/2 long version 34. take 3 35. take 6 36. take 7 rehearsal 37. take 7 38. take 9
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 20th 1967 BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE!
39. sound effects
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 21st 1967 FIXING A HOLE
40. unknown take 41. take 3 vocal overdub
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 22nd 1967 A DAY IN THE LIFE
42./43./44./45. piano ending edit pieces
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 22nd 1967 A DAY IN THE LIFE
1. RS 1 2. RS 2 3. RS 3 4. RS 4 5. RS 5 6. RS 6 7. RS 7 8. RS 8 9. RS 9 10. piano overdub
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 23rd 1967 A DAY IN THE LIFE
11. U.S. stereo mix LOVELY RITA 12. take 8 instrumental
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO february 24th 1967 LOVELY RITA
13. take 9 bass and vocal
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 1st/2nd 1967 LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
14. unknown take 1 15. unknown take 2 16. unknown take 3 17. take 6 monitor mix 18. RS edit take 6/7/8 19. take 7 instrumental 20. take 7 overdub 21. take 8 22. RM 20
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 3rd 1967 SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
23. take 10 guitar and horns
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 6th 1967 SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
24. applause overdub
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 6th 1967 SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
1.4 track tape mix
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 7th 1967 LOVELY RITA
2. unknown take 1 3. unknown take 2 4. take 11 backing vocals
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 9th 1967 GETTING BETTER
5. unknown take 1 6. unknown take 2 7. unknown take 3 8. take 7
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 13th 1967 GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING
9. take 10 brass overdub
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 15th 1967 WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU
10. take 1 basic track
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 17th 1967 SHE’S LEAVING HOME
11. take 1 12. unknown take 1 13. unknown take 2
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 20th 1967 SHE’S LEAVING HOME
14. take 9 strings 15. take 9 first vocal 16. take 9 second vocal 17. 4 track tape mix
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 21st 1967 LOVELY RITA
18. take 11 piano solo
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 22nd 1967 WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU
19. take 1 reduction mix
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 23rd 1967 GETTING BETTER
20. take 14 21. take 15
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 28th 1967 GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING
22. take 10 vocal overdub 23. take 10 backing vocals 24. sound effects BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! 25. take 9 effects overdub
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 29th 1967 BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE!
26. take 9 remix
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS 27. unknown take
28. take 10 basic track 29. take 11 vocal 30. take 11 backing vocals
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 30th 1967 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
1. 4 track tape mix 2. take 11 overdub
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO march 31st 1967 BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE!
3. sound effects overdub 4. organ overdub
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO april 1st 1967 SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (REPRISE)
5. take 5 6. unknown take 1 7. unknown take 2 8. take 9
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO april 3rd/4th 1967 WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU
9. unknown take 10. take 2 strings 11. take 1&2 remix 12. anthology mix
ABBEY ROAD STUDIO april 20th 1967 ONLY A NORTHERN SONG
13. take 3&12 14. take 3 overdub 15. RM 6
bonus tracks STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
16. abbey road show mix 17. RM 3 take 7 18. take 7 take 24 19. take 25 alternate mix 20. RM 9 take 26 PENNY LANE 21. take 6/7 LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS 22. take 6 multitrack remix SHE’S LEAVING HOME 23. multitrack remix BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! 24. take1&2 25. take 7&9 anthology mix 26. take 7 anthology video mix A DAY IN THE LIFE 27. take1&2 intro 28. anthology mix ABBEY ROAD STUDIO april 21st 1967
THE RUN OUT GROOVE 29. stereo mix 30. mono mix
Long-overdue second full-length out now revived Twin/Tone label, which is “forced back into existence.” Boy howdy!
By Fred “Blurt Archival Geek” Mills
Once upon a time there was a ground zero punk combo called the Suicide Commandos: Straight outta Minneapolis, the trio foreshadowed that ‘burg’s subsequent explosion as one of the key Amerindie scenes—think Husker Du, Soul Asylum, Replacements, et al. They only notched a pair of 45s and a full-length, 1978’s Make A Record (issued on Pere Ubu’s Mercury-distributed Blank Records label), earning critical kudos across the globe and going on to become a key artifact of punk, but, as with many similar indie avatars of the era, ultimately bit the dust.
Yours truly was honored to have had the proverbial critical front row seat at the time, though, as the punk fanzine I contributed to (and eventually published), Biohazard Informae, covered the band during its initial run. Wait… did I just write “initial run”?!?
Indeed. The news recently arrived that, against all odds, the Suicide Commandos were on the verge of gearing back up. The members, of course, went on to other pursuits—fans with long memories will fondly recall bassist Steve Almaas and his post-SC proto-Americana combo Beat Rodeo—and it’s been aeons since the name “Suicide Commandos” was uttered aside from discussions about the early Twin Cities scene and the stray one-off reunion gig. But here’s the musical proof: Time Bomb is issued by the equally legendary Twin/Tone Records label—yeah, that label, the one that gave the world the Replacements—also returned from the grave to do the deed. It’s the first record since the Suburbs’ 1994 album Viva! Suburbs! Welcome back.
The record has been pressed up as a limited-edition (1000 copies, each numbered) LP, and you can also get it in digital form or as an on-demand burned CDR. Check out the first single from the new album, “Boogie’s Coldest Acre” below, and meanwhile, you can view the album booklet itself HERE.
From the label: “[The Suicide Commandos are] readying their first new studio album since the 1978 Blank/Mercury debut, Make A Record. Time Bomb has many of the hallmarks of the band’s original oeuvre, their fast, punky, brainy, fun and often funny rock n’ roll sound – The Ramones meet Eddie Cochran meets ZZ Top – but adds a catchy, pop-ish slant and a modern production flare that brings a freshness to the entire proceedings. The first vinyl pressing will be a limited, numbered edition of 1,000 copies. (It will also be issued digitally.)
“Time Bomb was produced by the Commandos, primarily recorded in their hometown at Master Mix Studios by Kevin Bowe (Jonny Lang, Paul Westerberg, Dan Wilson) and mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active, The dBs) at Fidelitorium Recordings in North Carolina. Though there had been reunion shows over the years, the band hadn’t felt compelled to record again. Why Now? you may ask.
“Guitarist Chris Osgood tells us, ‘After Tommy Erdelyi died, Steve pointed out that The Ramones were all gone and we were all still here, and that we should make a record.’ The group’s New York City-based bass player, Steve Almaas, adds ‘The time was right. I had a couple of songs I thought would sound good with Chris and Dave. Once they started coming up with material, it inspired me to write a few more. Also, in this modern age, it’s much easier to work long distance. That really helped make this possible.’