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Numero Group w/Minneapolis Funk Gem


And here’s tthe backstory.... The Lewis Connection LP (out February 12th) is the first entry in Numero
‘s ongoing excavation of the deep trenches of the Twin Cities’ musical
history and subhistory.



With insurance money from a recently
overturned Buick Century, brothers Andre and Pierre Lewis went on a recording tear through
the Twin Cities in 1978, cutting a half-dozen songs in as many studios.
Combining the astro-sexuality of Parliament with the sophisticated flammability
of Earth, Wind &
, the Lewis Connection‘s misspelled debut captures the
Minneapolis Sound’s founding fathers at the paradigm-shifting confluence of
funk, jazz, and pop for which the Land of 10,000 Lakes is famed.
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Pete Namlook 1960-2012 R.I.P.


pioneer also helmed the influential FAX label.


By Fred Mills


Resident Advisor reports (via Pitchfork) that producer/DJ Pete Namlook (born Peter Kuhlmann)
passed away on Nov. 8 from unspecified causes at the age of 51. The electronic
composer came to fame in the early/mid ‘90s as a key mover-and-shaker of the
ambient and IDM scene, working with everyone from Bill Laswell and Tetsu Inoue
to Richie “Plastikman” Hawtin and the Higher Intelligence Agency, and issuing countless
recordings – many of them on his own German record label FAX +49-69/450464. In addition to techno’s Continue reading

Incoming: Kurt Cobain/Nirvana Film Doc


Due in 2014… and yes, Courtney’s involved.

By Blurt Staff

The New York Post is reporting that filmmaker Brett Morgen, of Rolling Stones Crossfire Hurricane documentary fame (it airs tonight on HBO), is putting into motion his next project, a film about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Courtney Love is involved, having first started talking to Morgen in 2007,  and plans are to release it in 2014.

Morgan is quoted as saying, “Courtney is the one that brought me into this. We’ve been trying to find the right time to put
this film together and the time is now . . . Kurt was not only an
amazing songwriter and musician, he was an incredible artist and
filmmaker. So we are going to do the movie sort of like a third-person
autobiography – [as] if Kurt was around and making a film about his

Ah. Did not know that Cobain was a filmmaker of note. Anyhow, while you wait for the film, read the BLURT interview with author Gillian G. Gaar, who recently published a biography of Nirvana’s pre-fame years that contains its share of previously unknown revelations. And hey, didja ever hear the story about the pre-Nirvana Kurt Cobain demos that turned up in 2010…?

The Undead Live: Arthur Mag Returns


Today the late, great Arthur magazine, bastion of indie-ness of all sundry ephemera (heavy on the cool music, natch) announced it would be returning to print in December. Rather than put a spin on the news or get sucked down a rabbit hole of dissection, we’ll just let you see the announcement ‘cos Arthur was a huge fave of ours and they are big boys anyway – they can speak for themselves. Welcome back, folks….  – Blurt Editors

From Arthur magazine:


After a four-year sabbatical (faked death?), your beloved
revolutionary sweetheart Arthur returns to print, renewed, refreshed,
reinvigorated and in a bold new format: pages as tall and wide as a
daily newspaper, printed in color and black and white on compostable
newsprint, with ads only on the back cover(s). Amazing!


In partnership with Portland, Oregon’s Floating World Comics,
Arthur’s gang of goofs, know-it-alls and village explainers are back,
from Bull Tonguers Byron Coley and Thurston Moore to radical ecologist
Nance Klehm to trickster activists Center for Tactical Magic to Defend Brooklyn‘s
socio-political commentator Dave Reeves to a host of new, fresh-faced
troublemakers, edited by ol’ fool Jay Babcock and art directed by Yasmin
Khan. You want a peek at the contents? Sorry, compadre. That would be
saying too much, too soon. Wait ’til Dec. 22, 2012: that’s right-THE DAY


Please keep in mind… Arthur is no longer distributed for free
anywhere. Those days are (sadly) long gone. Now you gotta buy Arthur or
you won’t see it. Our price: Five bucks cheeeeeep!


Arthur No. 33


Broadsheet newspaper, 15″ x 22.75″


Available Dec. 22, 2012



Video: The Great Book of John


“Dark Star” taken from
upcoming album, due early next year.


By Blurt Staff


In the process of putting the finishing touches on their new
album set for release in 2013 on the Communicating Vessels label is The Great
Book of John, Alabama
natives who’ve been compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley and Stevie Ray
Vaughan. They previously caught the attention of the public with a striking
cover of “Never Tear Us Apart” in 2011, following that up earlier this year
with “Simple Things,” a powerful video that was rich in metaphors and developed
an in depth storyline about the
evils of temptation and greed.


Now they’ve unveiled the video for the upcoming record’s
first single, “Dark Star” (released Nov. 27), cut live in a studio in NYC while
the band was on tour. The track was recorded and produced by PLX / WIZ, while the
video directed by Seth Newell. Check it out:




The Great Book of John chart bluesy Southern rock ballads laced with dreamy
boy-girl harmonies that are intertwined with monster guitar solos, while
frontman Taylor Shaw (late of Wild Sweet Orange) brings forth psychedelic
elements of old-soul-esque vocal qualities. For the new video they decided to
showcase possibly their greatest strength, their performance.




Dark Star by The Great Book of John by Communicating Vessels







Check Out New Yo La Tengo Video


“Before We Run” boasts fascinating animation.

By Blurt Staff

It’s called Fade and it will be in stores Jan. 15 in regular, deluxe and vinyl editions – that would be the new Yo La Tengo album, cut in Chicago with John McEntire. Below watch the first video, for the track “Before We Run.” It was directed by Georgia Hubley’s sis Emily.



Listen to Damon Albarn’s BBC90 Mashup


That’s the sound of
Big Ben you hear at the start. Then it goes from stuff to fun.


By Blurt Staff


Today was the 90th anniversary of the debut of
the BBC Radio – which you’d be forgiven for not noticing unless you actually
lived in Britain, although here at BLURT central we did enjoy listening to a
couple of tributes broadcast this afternoon on the local NPR/PRI affiliate – and
to mark it each BBC station on the planet aired an unusual sonic collage, 2LO Calling, which Blur/Gorillaz
frontman Damon Albarn put together. The ever-restless musical aesthete put out
a call for people to submit their ideas of what would be most representative of
the BBC for someone encountering it 90 years hence – and he subsequently
assembled a three-minute piece.


Read more about it at the BBC, and check out the audio as



Unbelievable. EMF Is Back.


Seriously. Not.
Making. This. Up. Epsom Mad Funkers continue their 2012 reunion (their third to date, actually).


By Blurt Staff


legends EMF – what, you don’t remember “Grebo?” that classic early ‘90s British
music/art movement? don’t feel bad, neither do we – has somehow returned to the
public’s consciousness and will be playing what it calls “the gig of a lifetime”
on Dec. 15 at the Gloucester Guildhall. The Guildhall is a huge part of EMF
history as it was the backdrop for the band’s breakthrough video, “Unbelievable.”
Let’s refresh our memories with that little ’91 gem:







evening will feature not only Schubert
, their debut album, being played from start to finish but they will
also play Stigma, an album dubbed the
“fan’s favourite,” in its entirety. After the music stops, there will be a
meet-and-greet session and DJ set spun by EMF’s own James Atkin and DJ Milf.


friggin’ unbelievable, all right: tickets for the show sold out within 24 hours.


band plans to film the gig for a projected DVD release and has enlisted
PledgeMusic to fund it. Fans who contribute will get a DVD along with the
opportunity to score “fantastic items of memorabilia from the band.” Already
such items as Derry’s keyboard, Ian’s guitar and a drum lesson with Mark have
been taken, while among those still available are Derry’s specially designed
and unique stage costume from their summer festival appearances, signed artwork
from both albums, signed drumsticks and for those going to the gig itself the
opportunity to buy a ticket upgrade which entitles the ticket holder to go to
their sound check on the day of the show. All those who make a pledge will also
receive access to rare and unheard tracks from the archives, including an
entire show from 1995.


the project stands at just over 70%. If the video above didn’t scare you off
already, you can view the items and make a pledge: