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Hats Off To (Roy) Harper!




Have a cigar, boy, Roy Harper’s back catalog going
back into print!

By Fred Mills


Just issued by Koch is a collection
of early titles from legendary UK
folk-rock singer/songwriter Roy Harper — who, if you’ve been paying attention
over the years, has had his praises sung by everyone from Led Zeppelin to Pink
Floyd to Joanna Newsom. This marks the first official US release of albums previously
only available as imports. Freshly restored and repackaged, they are released
on Harper’s own Science Friction record label in exclusive distribution
partnerships with Cadiz Music in UK and KOCH Entertainment in US.


Last week Cadiz issued four albums from Harper’s
catalog via KOCH:



  • Stormcock: from 1971, it’s re-released in a case-bound book and has been
    cited as a major influence by Johnny Marr and Joanna Newsom.
  • Counter Culture: A double CD best-of compilation.
  • Jugula: collaboration with Jimmy Page from Led Zep.
  • Flat Baroque and Berserk:  featuring
    such songs as “Don’t You Grieve,” “I Hate the White Man,” and “Another


Additional forthcoming
Harper titles to be released later in 2008 include: The Green Man, The Dream
Society, The Unknown Soldier,
and Death or Glory.  

In a statement, Harper
noted, “I am delighted that Koch is releasing my albums in the USA. I was
particularly impressed that Michael Rosenberg is a fan of my music. I am
looking to come over to tour in 2009 with my new album.” Added Michael
Rosenberg of KOCH, “Roy Harper is one of the most important songwriters of the
rock era, period.   I’ve been a fan of his for decades, since
discovering his music as a teenager.  Needless to say, we are thrilled to
be working with him.”

About time old cricketer
Harper returned to the American crease, eh?


Incidentally, if you go to
Harper’s MySpace page, check out his blogs — he’s got two lengthy entries where
he writes about the Stormcock album.
Fascinating stuff.





CHANNEL GUIDE: Tuesday Music

Compiled by Blurt Staff

57 channels and nothin’ on? Not likely. Here’s BLURT’s top
music television picks of the day. The time is followed by the
network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program and/or featured artist(s).
All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour listing, go to the VH1
Rock On TV
site. Note that for certain channels, shows frequently
repeat during the day on or subsequent days.




9:00 AM Syndicated: Rachael Ray: KT Tunstall

11:00 AM Bravo: GLAAD Media Awards: Janet Jackson , Rufus
Wainwright , Joss Stone

2:00 PM MOJO: London
Live!: Morrissey , Mohair , Wolfmother , Goldfrapp

2:30 PM VH1C: 46664 – A Concert for Nelson Mandela

5:00 PM VH1C: The U.S. vs. John Lennon

6:00 PM RAVE HD: Later With Jools Holland: Paul Weller ,
Carlos Santana , Anthony Hamilton , Bettye Lavette , John Cale , Sheryl Crow

8:00 PM VH1C: VH1 Goes Inside Yo! MTV Raps

9:00 PM VH1C: Beat Street (1984)

10:10 PM Sundance: Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an
Activist Rock Club

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: Esperanza
Spalding , Jack Black

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Ed Harcourt

12:00 AM BET Jazz: Club J Concerts: George Clinton: Live at
Montreaux – 2004

12:00 AM RAVE HD: The Dave Fanning Interview: R.E.M.

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Secondhand Serenade

12:35 AM NBC: Late Night with Conan O’Brien: They Might Be

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Duffy

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Moby


Stop Press! Slipknot Gets Fresh Masks!



Not scheduled to pull
a KISS, unfortunately.

By Fred Mills


Tomorrow, July 1, everyone’s favorite evil clowns Slipknot
will dump their played-out costumes and don new ones. The Iowa mook merchants plan to unveil their new
imagery in an exclusive partnership with AOL MusicThe event is being billed
somewhat dubiously as a “highly anticipated debut” but hey, it’s just promotion for Slipknot’s new album, All Hope Is
due from Roadrunner on August 26, so we’re  not frettin’ the hype. Hey, we were really
thinking they’d pull a KISS and ditch the masks altogether for a much-needed
cred grab, but no such luck.


“Masks,” writes the band’s handlers, “are an integral part
of the band’s identity and to reflect this point, AOL Music’s will
host a retrospective photo gallery of Slipknot masks throughout their career,
spanning all three previous albums and including the most recent controversial
‘Purgatory Masks.’ The Slipknot mask unveiling will be featured on the main
page of worldwide for 24 hours.”


You might have thought (hoped? prayed?) Slipknot had gone
away; after all, it’s been four years since their last studio album, 2004’s Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses),
although in that interim they also released a live album and documentary CD.
Never fear: it’s clown time again. Literally.



This is not Slipknot, but if they took off their masks it might as well be:




This is actually Slipknot:


Air Guitar + Sunset Strip Fest Inferno!



Hey, if you weren’t in L.A. Thursday night — or this weekend, for that matter — you missed it. Scroll down to our Concert reviews section for a wrap-up of that evening’s Sunset Strip Music Festival happenings and the Air Guitar Championships that were going on simultaneously.


Our man on the prowl, Jose Martinez, definitely knows his shit. Of those aspiring air shredders, he muses,“But honestly, does anybody
really care? No, this was just a good time laughing at a bunch of people braver
than us who don’t mind making a spectacle of themselves. Although to tell the
truth, the good air guitarists are really good, while the mediocre one simply
get booed and laughed at.”


Boy howdy to that.


Arthur Mag Strapped, Seeking Donations


Respected underground
magazine in debt and asking readers to help out.


By Fred Mills


With issue #29 of West Coast magazine Arthur en route to the printer — the mighty underground music, arts, politics
and culture mag will feature Sparks on the cover — the publication has officially
run of of money and has accumulated significant debt. So in an ingenious
stroke, owner Jay Babcock (who, as you may remember, acquired Arthur about a year ago in the aftermath
of a falling out with his original business partner that had left the mag up on
blocks for an extended spell) is soliciting donations to keep it afloat.


He’s also got a deadline: July 1. Read on, and get those
PayPal accounts fired up.

From Jay Babcock: 

One year ago I ran up my credit cards and borrowed money from friends

and family in order to buy out my ex-partner in Arthur. Since then I

have maxed out my personal and business credit cards to service that

debt and to start up publication of Arthur again. We have worked very

hard with very little resources: some of us could afford to work pro

bono, others could afford to work at well below market, still others

couldn�t afford to work for Arthur but did it anyway.

Still, we have bills to pay, and debt to service. Starting up again

costs money. And my credit cards are now maxed out.

On the heels of lower than expected ad sales (although they are

trending up), increased production and distribution costs (higher

quality printing and paper, higher fuel costs, increased printrun),

and an �under-performing non-magazine product� (the Living Theatre

dvd, for which we�ve sold less than 25% of the printrun since launch,

received zero reviews or notices, etc), spiraling debt service

payments (now $2k a month) on startup costs, and most importantly ZERO

NEW BACKERS� we�ve finally reached the point where


If we don�t obtain at least $20k in the next six days, ARTHUR is done.

Our long-term prospects are good, if we are fortunate enough to make

it through this rough patch.

Please help. No donation is too small.

Our preferred method of payment is Paypal. It is a free service to

buyers, and enables you to pay directly By VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX,

DISCOVER or from your checking account or debit card. You can also

convert foreign currency to U.S. dollars. Signing up only takes a few


Please use PayPal
to make a donation to editor at

Thank you.

Jay Babcock

Arthur Magazine





Compiled by Blurt Staff


57 channels and nothin’ on? Not likely. Here’s BLURT’s top
music television picks of the day. The time is followed by the
network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program and/or featured
artist(s). All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour listing, go to
the VH1 Rock On TV site.
Note that for certain channels, shows frequently repeat during the day on or
subsequent days.







Honors Legendary Comedian George Carlin, Re-Airing Its 1975 Premiere Episode
with Carlin as Host.


As hilarious and heartfelt tributes pour in marking the passing of
groundbreaking comedian George Carlin, “Saturday Night Live” pays
tribute on Saturday, June 28 (11:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. ET), re-airing its premiere
episode that featured Carlin as host.


Carlin, “Saturday Night Live” creator and executive producer Lorne
Michaels noted: “You never forget the people who were there at the
beginning. George Carlin helped give ‘Saturday Night Live’ its start as our
first host. He was gracious, fearless, and most important of all, funny.”


Typifying the
show’s “of-the-moment” sensibility that would continue throughout its
over thirty-year history, Carlin was brought in as the first host of the
groundbreaking comedy show. Carlin performed three individual monologues on the
program that also introduced audiences to the now legendary “Not Ready For
Prime-Time Players” Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy
Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Larraine Newman and Gilda


The 1975
episode also features musical guests Janis Ian and Billy Preston as well as a
landmark performance from comedian Andy Kaufman.








SATURDAY 6-28-08


9:00 AM Biography: Dean Martin


12:00 PM MHD: This Is Spinal Tap (1984)


1:00 PM VH1C: Heavy: The Story of Metal


3:30 PM RAVE HD: Beautiful Noise: Neko Case


6:00 PM VH1 Classic in Concert: Poison – Live, Raw &


8:00 PM Great American Country: Opry Live: Dwight Yoakam ,
Joe Nichols , Charley Pride , Jennifer Hanson


9:00 PM MHD: Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop


9:00 PM PBS: Austin
City Limits: Blues
Traveler / Café Tacuba


9:30 PM VH1C: Tommy (1975)


11:00 PM MTV2: Headbangers Ball: Lamb of God


11:30 PM NBC: Saturday Night Live – October 11, 1975: George
Carlin / Billy Preston / Janis Ian




SUNDAY 6-29-08



11:00 AM Great American Country: Master Series: John Hiatt


11:00 AM MHD: Radiohead: From The Basement


12:00 PM HDNet Concert Series: Hootie and the Blowfish Live
in Charleston


12:00 PM RAVE HD: Montreux Jazz Festival 1991: Ray Charles ,
Robert Cray , The Moody Blues


2:00 – 12:00 PM VH1C: The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll:


3:00 PM HDNet Concert Series: Gorillaz – Demon Days Live


4:00 PM RAVE HD: From The Basement: Beck , Jamie Lidell ,
Jarvis Cocker


7:00 PM MHD: O.A.R. – Live From Madison Square


7:00 PM Sundance: Forty Shades of Blue (2005) w/J. Blackfoot
, Jim Dickinson , Sid Selvidge , Tommy Burroughs


8:00 PM ET HDNet Concert Series: John Mellencamp Live at
Walter Reed


10:30 PM MOJO: London Live!: Newton Faulkner ,
Alphabeat , David Jordan , The Futureheads


11:15 PM HDNet Concert Series: Willie Nelson Live at Billy


12:00 AM VH1C: Storytellers:  Billy Idol


1:00 AM VH1C: Unplugged: Nirvana


Blurt TV Exclusive: DeVotchKa Video Interview/Live

Filmed in April at Asheville’s Orange Peel


By Fred Mills


On April 16, 2008, Anti- recording artist DeVotchKa
descended upon the Orange Peel — recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the top five clubs in America — in
Asheville, NC, and BLURT was on hand. We filmed a portion of the show and did
an interview with frontman Nick Urata and you can view this exclusive BLURT
video in our video section.



BLURT Multi-Media Director Allie Goolrick produced, and cub
reporter/Shuffle mag editor John
Schacht handled the interview chores. The video footage was shot by Lindsey
Liden, Manny Sadek and Kelly Doty. Big thanks to our friends at the Orange


Prince Sues Norwegian Record Label

Much ado about nuthin’
actually… why would you want to listen to 5 CDs’ worth of crappy Prince covers

By Fred Mills


Oh, snap. What do you get when you get 50 Norwegian artists
to record covers of Prince tunes and them issue the results as a 5-CD box set?
Why, a buncha lawyers descending upon the record label waving lawsuits!



That’s right. In a music news gossip item posted at The
Daily Swarm
, his Purpleness received word from C + C Records about the project
and his response was to have his legal team sue C+C and demand that all extant
copies of the box be destroyed.


Sounds like overkill to us.


Of course, there are some ironic elements here, aside from the obvious fact that TRIBUTE ALBUMS SUCK.


One is that
the box set is being billed as “a limited edition” of 5000 copies; funny, but
last time we looked, a 5000 print run for an indie label is hardly “limited.”
And who can even NAME a single Norwegian artist, much less 50?


Really, who gives a shit about a box set of Prince covers by
obscure bands on an obscure label?


Requiem for a Beach Boy Bum


Dennis Wilson lives!

By A.D. Amorosi


While we’re not one to celebrate sales charts, I have to
admit these marks are impressive. According to Sony/BMG Legacy:










We’re no talking about a Beck or a Coldplay. This is the
Epic/Legacy release of Pacific Ocean
Blue: Legacy Edition
– troubled Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson’s solo
album from 1978 and its accompanying tracks from his unfinished Bambu sessions. To say that the moody
record was a lost emotive masterpiece might be a bit much. But it was a gruff
blue-eyed soul/folk/rock effort that showed off skills only hinted at within
latter-day B-Boys hits such as “Sail On Sailor” and other Brother label


died in 1983, at age 39.


You can read BLURT’s review of the album HERE or in our June
digital magazine.



[Photo Credit: Dean O.




Exclusive: Liz Phair, Modest Mouse Live Reviews




Liz Phair in San Francisco 6/23, Modest Mouse in Rochester 6/18

By Blurt Staff


Scroll down the BLURT homepage and cast your peepers on our
exclusive Liz Phair concert review — if you can tear your eyes away from the
pic of Liz, above, that is. And check out our ever-growing trove of live
reviews too: we also added a Modest Mouse show yesterday, with other recent
entries including Plant & Krauss, Grand Archives, Bruce Springsteen and
Death Cab for Cutie.


You can just click on in if you wish…


Liz Phair (by Evan Chase)


Modest Mouse (by April S. Engram)