Incoming: Chris Bell (Big Star) Biography in August

By Blurt Staff Considering how BLURT pretty much covers everything related to Big Star, this one’s a no-brainer: Venerable music journalist Rich Tupica has authored a biography/oral history of the late Big Star co-founder, Chris Bell, and it arrives in August via the equally venerable HoZac Records’ book division. Need we say more, other than […]

Blurt Contest: Win Copies of Big Star 4CD Box & Chris Bell Solo Album

Both essential titles reissued by Rhino this month and you can score ‘em both. By Blurt Staff It’s been a Big Star kinda year, what with sold-out live performances of the Chris Stamey-helmed Big Star’s Third, remastered reissues of #1 Record and Radio City and the archival release of CD and DVD versions of Live […]

Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos – Deluxe Edition

(Rhino Handmade)   www.rhinohandmade.com   In the treasure trove of Big Star demos, alternative takes and other assorted artifacts on the recently released box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky, there are plenty of revelations to be found. But one sequencing choice in particular sticks out in Rhino’s grand anthologizing of one of rock’s […]

UP IN THE COSMOS Chris Bell

The late Big Star founder’s legacy is finally, and handsomely, reaffirmed.   BY ZACHARY HERRMANN   In the treasure trove of Big Star demos, alternative takes and other assorted artifacts on the recently released box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky, there are plenty of revelations to be found. But one sequencing choice in […]

Big Star’s Chris Bell Reissued!

  Late founder of the seminal Memphis pop band gets the two-CD deluxe treatment in September.   By Fred Mills   Back in May we were talking about that upcoming Big Star boxed set, the 4-CD Keep an Eye on the Sky, due Sept. 15 from Rhino. At the same time we’d been tipped by […]

Listen to Warm the Bell do Classic Peanuts Christmas Song

North Carolina outfit serves up the Charlie Brown goodness. [5th in our series of 2015 Christmas Songs, collect ’em all: (1) Luxuriant Sedans – “Santa Claus, Baby“; (2) Sleater-Kinney – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”; (3) Southern Culture on the Skids – “Silver Bells”; (4) Skylar Gudasz – “The Sounds of Christmas” […]

CHRISTMAS IN MY/YOUR/OUR PANTS: The Jingle Bell Rocks! Film

What do you get when you combine Nat King Cole, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Run-DMC, Schoolhouse Rock, El Vez, John Waters and James Brown? A classic celebration of Christmas, natch! Our intrepid reporter offers a look at this recent holiday season film and conducts an interview with the director. BY JASON GROSS Canadian […]

25 Pieces of Christmas Music to Actually Enjoy in 2019

  Guarantee: No Mariah Carey fans were harmed during the making of this column. Check out some cool videos at the bottom, too. And yes, the photo above was grabbed off the web. Meanwhile, below, Jason Gross, a longtime BLURT contributor, is also the editor/publisher/majordomo of Perfect Sound Forever, the internet’s greatest-ever music magazine. Yeah, […]

PUTTING THE ‘X’ BACK IN XMAS: The Sixth (or last?) Annual Blurt Christmas Album Guide

Our annual—and always, in-progress, so keep checking back through Dec. 24.—roundup of seasonal platters. Guarantee: no evangelical caveats required; this is a rainbow roundup. X-tra points for any releases that come packaged with sex toys. Happy holidays, kids! (Ed. note: JBM = John B. Moore; FM = Fred Mills)  BY JOHN B. MOORE, TIFFINI TAYLOR, […]