Monthly Archives: March 2018

SXSW Tip: NC’s The Veldt

Much-loved NC outfit playing multiple sets during the annual festival; interview in the works.

By Blurt Staff

We would be remiss in not posting the details of fellow Carolinians The Veldt’s Austin excursion this week to SXSW where the indie rock/psych-shoegaze/Afro-futurists will be performing multiple shows. And yes, the venerable outfit, whose legacy stretches back to the early ’90s, is indeed part of the roster of Schoolkids Records, BLURT’s sister company.

Full disclosure aside, you can turn to our review of the group’s most recent effort, 2017’s Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Revolution EP, which we reviewed thusly:

Given The Veldt’s success in breaking down barriers and bringing a distinctive blackness to indie rock realms, a five song EP seems a much too modest offering. Having flirted with major label credence for the better part of the past 30 years, The Veldt, unlike various other black artists (Living Color, Sly & the Family Stone, et. al.) never made crossing over a priority. Rather, they’ve always been content with fusing ambiance with attitude, creating a subliminal sound that owes much of its influence to the cosmic trappings of the Cocteau Twins and the Jesus and Mary Chain.

 Then again, it’s what one might expect from a foursome that borrowed its handle from a Ray Bradbury sci-fi story. The lack of sonic stereotypes notwithstanding, the impossibly long-winded title of their latest opus testifies to the fact that they’re still intent on defying any and all preconceived notions having to do with mood and modality. “One Day Out of Life,” “In a Quiet Room” and “Token” glide by on currents of synthesized set-ups, creating glistening soundscapes as aural additives in the process. Despite some occasionally ominous overtones, the vocals glisten with warmth and assurance, offering the impression that they emanate from a heavenly choir.

 Ambition aside, it’s a soothing set from beginning to end, and if there’s little change in tone or treatment throughout, it simply serves to keep the consistency. Consider it a soulful sway through a celestial space.

Check out the band’s itinerary during SXSW, below, and you can get complete details and updates at their Facebook page. Watch this space for an exclusive interview with co-founder Daniel Chavis very soon…

Watch New ‘60s-drenched/homage Video by Prefab Messiahs

“Having a Rave Up” key track from lysergic new platter…

By Blurt Staff

No, it’s not a Yardbirds (look up that ref…) tribute, but it IS a tribute to ‘60s psych/garage/pop gems of yore: “Having a Rave Up,” from the Boston band’s recently released studio album, Psychsploitation Today (Lolipop and Burger Records). Blurt reviewed their 2015 album Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive and this new one’s even more cranium-crunching. We are advised thusly, of the evolutionary genre grinders (yeah, we stole that description): “While the Prefab Messiahs originally started performing their own lo-fi brand of post-punk, psych, garage-pop in the early ‘80s, along with working with ‘outsider psych legend’ Bobb Trimble at the time, it wasn’t until their early music was re-released a few years ago on Burger Records that media and fans alike started to connect the dots from The Prefabs to today’s garage-psych artists such as Ty Segall, Oh Sees, White Fence, King Tuff and others.”

Here’s that rave up song:

Check out an equally trippy clip from late last year, “Everything U No.” Then the group’s Trump-centric vid for “The Man Who Killed Reality.” Convinced yet? Raise your hands, all fellow Abunai! and Bobb Trimble fans… then surf over to the Messiahs’ Facebook page for more details, tour dates, and cool stuff.

 

 

Listen to New Sean Alan Track “My Love For You”

New album en route in June…

By Blurt Staff

It wasn’t all that long ago when singer-songwriter scored a coup when his song “In This World” was featured in the FX series Better Things. The Los Angeles artist (also, we are advised, “the driving force behind a number of lesser known rock outfits, including The Atma, Squirrel TV and Peppermint Wolf, as well as the adventurous hip-hop sounds of Seanny Dogg”) is eyeing a June release for a new album, The Show Must Go On, and you’ll be seeing him plenty of places as the year unfolds.

Meanwhile, last month he dropped a new single, “My Love For You,” which you can check out below:

Visit his official website or Facebook page to keep track of his touring itinerary with The True Love Band. Dude just might be in love…

Exclusive Video: New Chris Smither (acoustic): Down to the Sound

O, what a lucky man: Key track from new album currently out (and being toured as well).

By Fred Mills

This clip is a personal fave: Having followed Chris Smither avidly ever since seeing him in a small blues club in Charlotte, NC (and later having the privilege of hanging with him and sundry other fans and media types during a memorable night of, ahem, music and fun in Tucson, AZ), I can state personally that the cat is the real freakin’ deal —and you, gentle readers, will bear witness with me when you view the following video for “Down to the Sound,” a special solo acoustic performance, filmed in Leverett, MA, of a key track from his superb new album, Call Me Lucky (Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert), which dropped a few days ago, on March 2:

With video production via J. Elon Goodman / www.saltstage.com, this simple-yet-piercing track comes alive, not unlike having the blues/Americana virtuoso sitting across you in your own house.

Smither, on the track: “This song came about from some press interview awhile back when I was in the middle of writing songs for this record. He asked me the question I’ve been asked more times than I care to remember, ‘How do you write songs?’  I think ‘Down To The Sound’ ended up being a suitable answer.”

Amen, sir.

It’s the Boston virtuoso’s 18th—yes, that makes EIGHTEEN—album to date, and a 2CD set to boot, one which took him to Austin with producer David Goodrich along with players Billy Conway (Morphine) and Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase junket). If you need more convincing, HERE is a video you can also view over at NPR’s World Café.

Or you could just check out the man in concert, because he’s on the road just about constantly for the next couple of months…

Wed., March 7  PORTLAND, OR Alberta Rose Theatre*

Thurs., March 8  EUGENE, OR Shedd Institute*

Fri., March 9  BAINBRIDGE WA The Treehouse Café*

Sat., March 10  VANCOUVER, BC St. James Hall*

Sun., March 11  SEATTLE, WA  Tractor Tavern*

Wed., March 14  SANTA CRUZ, CA  Kuumbwa Jazz Center*

Thurs., March 15  AUBURN, CA  Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center*

Fri., March 16  BERKELEY, CA  Freight & Salvage*

Sat., March 17  SEBASTOPOL, CA  Sebastopol Community Center*

Fri., March 30  HOUSTON, TX  The Mucky Duck

Sat., March 31  AUSTIN, TX  Cactus Cafe

Wed., April 4  NEW YORK, NY  City Winery NYC*

Fri., April 6  FALL RIVER, MA Narrows Center for Arts*

Sat., April 7  TURNERS FALLS, MA Shea Theater*

Sun., April 8  CAMBRIDGE, MA  The Sinclair*

Fri., April 13  AUBURN, NY  Auburn Public Theater

Sat., April 14  PHILADELPHIA, PA  World Cafe Live

Sun., April 15  BALTIMORE, MD  Creative Alliance at Patterson

Fri., April 27  NASHVILLE, TN  Bluebird Cafe

Sat., April 28  BATON ROUGE, LA Red Dragon Listening Room

Sun., April 29  NEW ORLEANS, LA Chickie Wah Wah

Thurs., May 10  EVANSTON, IL  Evanston SPACE

Fri., May 11  MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center

Sat., May 12  ANN ARBOR, MI The Ark

Sun., May 13  CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Ballroom

Tues., May 15  PITTSBURGH, PA  Club Cafe

Wed., May 16  BUFFALO, NY  9th Ward @ Babeville

Thurs., May 17  ROCHESTER, NY Penthouse at One East Ave

Fri., July 20  TELLURIDE, CO  Telluride Americana Music Festival

 

*Band dates