Category Archives: Album Announcement

Original Meat Puppets Lineup Returns w/New Album, Tour

Beloved “dusty” desert denizens hit the record store bins anew in March.

By Blurt Staff

Raise your hand if you caught the Meat Puppets during their ’80s heyday – and count us in, several times over. Now, against all odds, everyone else can witness the cranial-cracking glory that is Curt Kirkwood, Cris Kirkwood, and Derrick Bostrom, as the trio is about to drop their first album since 1995’s No Joke!, via Megaforce. A tour will ensue, naturally.

According to the Pups’ camp:

At their induction into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2017, the original lineup of the Meat Puppets – brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood and Bostrom – joined together onstage for the first time in over two decades.

Throughout a set that included era-defining songs like“Lake of Fire,” “Plateau” and “Backwater,” the chemistry was more than promising, as Bostrom isn’t shy to point out. “It was so intense that even I couldn’t deny it!  I remember why we did this. It was magical.”  “It was the psychedelic fuckin’ time machine,” adds Chris. “Mind-blowing.”

Dusty Notes also features keyboardist Ron Stabinsky, a jazz-trained virtuoso adept at any style, and Curt’s son Elmo, whose old-school rock-guitar grit ideally complements his father’s spacier explorations. Intuitive, inspired and overflowing with genuine musicianship, it’s the sort of band that can transform what Curt describes as “simple yet engaging” songs into maiden voyages each night on the road. “I can ignore my vocal and listen to the other four guys play,” Kirkwood laughs. “They’re all so good.”

“The band has been a really, really deep font of creativity,” Derrick said. “Love it or hate it, hit or miss, Curt is just prodigious. They are still living the rock lifestyle; they’re not doing it by half measures. They stayed on the road. These guys are uncompromising. I consider the Meat Puppets to be a national treasure.

 

Below, check out new track “Warranty.” More details here .

Incoming: Long Ryders LP – 1st New Studio Record in Over 3 Decades

Tear down those “Walls,” Mister President, and get ready for a serious ryde….

By Fred Mills

Breaking news alert – no, Trump hasn’t tweeted that we’re building a wall at the Canadian border. This is far more momentous, and musically speaking, it also involves a song called “Walls”: the mighty alt-country godfathers The Long Ryders have a new album scheduled to drop early next year. Longtime BLURT readers will already know of my longstanding devotion to Sid, Stephen, Greg, and Tom – you can check out a 2009 interview I did with Sid about the band around the time they were getting back together for some American shows.

Psychedelic Country Soul arrives Feb. 15 via Omnivore. Currently it is only listed as forthcoming in CD or digital formats, so let’s lobby for a vinyl version as well, fellow fans. (Note: go HERE for some details on the band’s awesome 4-CD 2016 box set; it’s a must own for any fan.) Here are the official details:

The Long Ryders, founders of alt-country in the 1980s, saddle up for the first time in thirty years with their biggest and best slice of Americana yet, the aptly named Psychedelic Country Soul. The album was produced by Ed Stasium (Ramones, Belinda Carlisle, The Smithereens) and features a eleven Ryder originals and a cover of their friend Tom Petty’s great song, “Walls.”

Recorded in Los Angeles at Dr. Dre’s studio, Psychedelic Country Soul is, in Long Ryder Sid Griffin’s own words, “the album we were always trying to make… each flavor which made the band unique is there be it C&W, rock ’n’ roll, troubadour folk music, raw R&B, or out-there psychedelia.” The Long Ryders (Griffin, ex-Jayhawk Stephen McCarthy, song publisher Greg Sowders and NASA veteran Tom Stevens) are supplemented on the album by old friends The Bangles on harmony vocals and stellar sideman Dave Perlman (Everly Bros. Hoyt Axton) on pedal steel guitar.

Yet, ultimately the album is The Long Ryders. With Griffin’s familiar electric 12-string guitar, McCarthy’s virtuoso Clarence White licks, Tom Stevens earthy bass and Greg Sowders swingin’ drums, Psychedelic Country Soul is an album for 2019 made with the flavors of yesterday which has the sound and the spirit of tomorrow. Get ready for the ryde of your life.

Tracklisting:

 

  • Greenville
  • Let It Fly
  • Molly Somebody
  • All Aboard
  • Gonna Make It Real
  • If You Want To See Me Cry
  • What The Eagle Sees
  • California State Line
  • The Sound
  • Walls
  • Bells Of August
  • Psychedelic Country Soul

 

Pre-Drive By Truckers Band Adam’s House Cat 1990 LP Gets Vinyl Release

Album arrives Sept. 21 via ATO.

By Blurt Staff

This just in from ATO Records:

Before Drive-By Truckers, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood formed Adam’s House Cat in the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama in 1985. Their songs and friendship became the foundation on which DBT was built. Their one and only “lost” album from 1990 was remixed by David Barbe, remastered by Greg Calbi and is now available for the first time with archival photos and extensive liner notes from Patterson Hood.

Town Burned Down is hitting stores on September 21 on vinyl, and the yellow wax version is available for pre-order now. Below, check out a few tunes that had previously found their way to YouTube.

Incoming: Album from Nashville’s Sour Ops / In Hand: Promo 12″

Rockin’ two-track advance teaser for Nashville band’s upcoming full-length.

BY FRED MILLS

Self-described as “a collaborative rock & roll effort,” Nashville-based Sour Ops here serves up a righteously rockin’ slab of 12” wax, “Phonograph” b/w “Mind Like Glue” courtesy Feralette Media. On the “Phonograph” A-side, the group is paying tribute to, you guessed it, the joys of recording for, pressing up on, and listening to, vinyl. Gee, how’d they figure out BLURT might be predisposed to liking this ditty?—which, sonically speaking, is a tight-but-loose chip-off-the-ol’-Stooges/MC5-block. (Listen close, and you might also here a couple of sneaky Stones licks in there as well.)

Over on the flip, “Mind Like Glue” picks up the baton and bolts with it via a crunchy, riff-powered progression that marks the band as latterday sons of Nuggets. Which comes as no huge surprise, considering the bandmembers list Panther Burns, Snakehips, the Upstairs Party, Botswanas, and Sixty-Nine Tribe on their collective C.V. Led by guitarist Price Harrison (who also heads up the Feralette label, which has previously brought us music from Snakehips, Marshall Chapman, Boo Ray, and Palmyra Delran), Sour Ops has a full length, Family Circuit, due out in late October, and this limited edition single makes for quite a fine teaser.

 

Incoming: Debut LP from Charleston’s Artisanals

Check out the remarkable ‘shroom-fueled video for a key track from the album, which arrives Sept. 21. Tour dates at the bottom.

By Fred Mills

They’re called the Artisanals, they hail from Charleston, SC (where the once-sleepy tourist town now boasts a thriving indie rock music scene), and no less an artist than Band of Horses’ frontman Ben Bridwell is a major fan and supporter. The group features Johnny Delaware, late of SUSTO, but more important is the fact that their long-playing eponymous debut is stuffed with some of the most memorable rock ‘n’ roll you’ll hear all year, with sonic and songwriting touchstones ranging from Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen to Dawes and the aforementioned Band of Horses.

Check out the Zach Hellmuth-directed video for album track “Drag,” below, for an advance taste, and mark your calendars for Sept. 21, when the album arrives via AWAL. You can also preorder it at the band’s PledgeMusic campaign.

Tour Dates:

9/19 – Boca Raton, Fla. – Funky Biscuit +

9/20 – Tampa, Fla. – The Attic +

9/22 – Gainesville, Fla. – Heartwood Soundstage +

9/23 – Jacksonville, Fla. – Jack Rabbits +

9/26 – Louisville, Kentucky – WFPK Waterfront Wednesday %

9/27 – Asheville, North Carolina – Salvage Station +

9/28 – Charlotte, North Carolina – Evening Muse +

9/29 – Charleston, South Carolina – Charleston Pour House # +

10/2 – Washington, D.C. – Black Cat +

10/3 – New Haven, Conn. – Café Nine +

10/4 – New York, New York – Bowery Electric +

10/6 – Rehoboth Beach, Del. – Dogfish Head Brewings +

10/7 – Philadelphia, Penn. – 118 North +

10/8 – Asbury Park, New Jersey – Wonder Bar

10/9 – Charlottesville, Virginia – The Southern ^

10/10 – Richmond, Virginia – The Camel +

10/11 – Carrboro, North Carolina – Cat’s Cradle +

10/13 – Atlanta, Georgia – The Earl

% with Car Seat Headrest

+ with the High Divers

^ with Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters

# with Dega

Incoming: Shoes “Black Vinyl Shoes” 3CD Deluxe Edition

Our favorite power pop band, bar none, gets set to kill it again with archival release.

By Blurt Staff

Power pop icons Shoes – who killed it at our 2013 SXSW day party in Austin – have their iconic LP debut Black Vinyl Shoes vastly expanded as a 3CD set on August 31 from Britain’s Cherry Red label, one of the planet’s most reliable archival sources. From Cherry Red:

First issued in 1977 on the band’s own label but not widely available until it was reissued in 1978, SHOES’ first album proper, Black Vinyl Shoes, is an absolute classic of US Power Pop, characterised by gorgeous, Byrds-style chiming guitars, wistful, melancholy melodies and wonderful harmonies. To coincide with the 40th anniversary (ish!) of this landmark record, Cherry Red are proud to present this 3-CD deluxe edition of Black Vinyl Shoes, reconfigured to present – almost – the complete recordings of the band from their embryonic home demos in 1973 through to tracks laid down on the eve of their deal with Elektra Records in 1979. These include the entire Black Vinyl Shoes album, their privately-pressed 1975 album One In Versailles, the 1975 recordings which were unissued at the time but belatedly presented as Bazooka, two tracks from their mythical 1974 LP Heads Or Tails, their one-off single for Bomp! And a handful of previously unissued tracks. Coordinated with the original band members, Black Vinyl Shoes boasts lengthy (8,000-word) sleeve-notes by David Wells, remastered sound quality and a sizeable booklet awash with rare images from the period.

Full track listing for this amazing, long-awaited collection, is below. Meanwhile, check out our 2015 profile of the band, a lengthy interview with cofounder Jeff Murphy by Blurt’s archival guru Dave Steinfeld.

DISC ONE:
BLACK VINYL SHOES
1. BOYS DON’T LIE
2. DO YOU WANNA GET LUCKY?
3. SHE’LL DISAPPEAR
4. TRAGEDY
5. WRITING A POSTCARD
6. NOT ME
7. SOMEONE FINER
8. CAPITAL GAIN
9. FATAL
10. RUNNING START
11.OKAY
12. IT REALLY HURTS
13. FIRE FOR AWHILE
14. IF YOU’D STAY
15. NOWHERE SO FAST

BONUS TRACKS
16. CAPITAL OFFENSE
17. SHE’LL DISAPPEAR (Demo) *
18. LUCKY TAIL
19. I WANNA HIDE
20. TOMORROW NIGHT (Bomp! Version)
21. OKAY (Bomp! Version)
22. I’LL TAKE YOU AWAY
23. FULL BITE
24. BABY’S GONE
25. EVER AGAIN
26. LIKE I TOLD YOU (Second Version) *
27. KAREN (Acoustic Demo) *
28. I’LL TAKE YOU AWAY (Alternative Version) *

* previously unissued

DISC TWO:
BAZOOKA
1. PINHEADS
2. MOVE IT OR LOSE IT
3. ROCK YOUR OWN
4. ALONG WITH LOVE
5. LOVE TOOK A TURN
6. ALONE BUT SATISFIED 7. NEW MEAT
8. I’M BRAZEN
9. THE ATLANTIC
10. MY ANISETTE
11. SNAP!
12. EDUCATED
13. LIKE I TOLD YOU BONUS TRACK
14. I CAN MAKE IT (Demo) *
* previously unissued

DISC THREE:
ONE IN VERSAILLES
1. DANCE IN YOUR SLEEP
2. DOIGETSOSHY
3. UN DANS VERSAILLES
4. KRISTINE
5. SOMETHING I CAN’T SEE
6. EGGROLL ROCK
7. SONG FOR HER
8. ONE NIGHT
9. NO, I DON’T
10. THE SUN
11. ONE IN VERSAILLES
12. BANJO

BONUS TRACKS
13. MY HUSBAND’S HOME!
14. NOTHING MEANS MORE
15. I’D LIKE TO TAKE YOU OUT AGAIN (from “Heads or Tails”, 1974) *
16. ROCK’N’ROLL FREAK
* previously unissued

Peter Holsapple (dB’s) “Game Day” Album Almost Here; Watch Trailer

New album arrives this week.

By Fred Mills

Given the enthusiasm we’ve heard for NC’s The dB’s over the ten years BLURT’s been around, we suspect that more than a few of our readers will be ready to snap up longtime member Peter Holsapple’s new solo album, Game Day (Omnivore Recordings), coming this Friday, July 27. Fans and friends got a kind of advance taste last year when Peter released a terrific 7″ single, “Don’t Mention The War”; read our review elsewhere on the site: 

“A richly melodic, midtempo slice of pure pop; the tune’s subtly contrasting sonic elements help lend gravitas to the unsettling lyrical character study.”

And then check out the trailer for the new album. This man’s a Tar Heel treasure… an a national treasure, too.

 

Listen to New Tracks by The Chills

 

Tourdates announced so far are at the bottom.

By Blurt Staff

New Zealand indie stalwarts The Chills will be releasing Snow Bound on September 14 via Fire Records and through their Bandcamp page – the followup to 2015’s Silver Bullets, it will be available on CD, digital, black vinyl, and limited edition clear splatter vinyl. According to Fire, “On ‘Snow Bound’ lost heroes are lamented, relationships are re-evaluated, atonement is sought, mortality is mulled over and fake news is undercut. It’s serious stuff, the thoughts of a dysfunctional 50-something wrestling with maturity and discovering that their post-punk DIY beliefs still have a real voice that resonates between the fans of their early years and which can now pass down to the next generation.”

Below, listen to both “Complex” and “Lord of All I Survey”.

TOURDATES:
09/14 Hamilton, NZ @ Altitude
09/15 Gisborne, NZ @ The Dome
09/16 Hawke’s Bay, NZ @ Haumoana Hall
09/20 CHCH, NZ @ Blue Smoke
09/21 Dunedin, NZ @ 50 Gorillas
09/22 Wanaka, NZ @ Water Bar
09/27 Wellington, NZ @ San Fran
09/28 New Plymouth, NZ @ Mayfair Theatre
09/29 Palmerston North, NZ @ The Globe
09/30 Paekakariki, NZ @ St Peter’s Hall
10/04 Whangarei, NZ @ Butter Factory
10/05 Leigh, NZ @ Sawmill Cafe
10/06 Auckland, NZ @ Galatos
10/07 Waiheke Island, NZ @ Artworks

Incoming: Massive Joe Strummer 4LP/2CD/7″ Deluxe Box Set

Gentleman Joe’s non-Clash career receives a worthwhile tribute as Joe Strummer 001.

By Uncle Blurt

It should go without saying that the subject header, above, has prompted an adrenalin rush for yer ol’ uncle here; the entire BLURT staff consider themselves massive Joe Strummer/Clash fans, and the assumption is that pretty much anyone who frequents this website and/or read our magazine is a fan as well. (For a lengthy, heartfelt tribute, read “Remembering Joe Strummer,” which our editor penned in 2013, recounting his 2001 summit with Joe in New York City.)

Word now arrives that the Ignition label is prepping a retrospective zeroing in on Strummer’s non-Clash work – Mescaleros, 101ers, Earthquake Weather, etc. – that will be available in 4 distinct formats: 2CD set, deluxe edition 2CD, 4LP set, and deluxe edition 4LP set (the latter includes both CDs, a bonus 7″, and some choice memorabilia – it’s pictured above, while the deluxe 2CD version is below). As of this writing, all four iterations are available for preorder via PledgeMusic. Rather than wax nostalgic, I’ll just copy the product description for you, just in case the photos aren’t enticement enough. The collection will be available starting September 28.

Joe Strummer 001,’ is the first compilation to span Joe Strummer’s career outside of his recordings with The Clash. ‘Joe Strummer 001’ includes fan favourites from his recordings with the 101ers and The Mescaleros, his solo albums, soundtrack work plus an album of unreleased songs.

Punk pioneer, singer, songwriter, recording artist, activist, musical and political inspiration for a generation and mighty diamond Joe Strummer was the most charismatic and passionate frontman to emerge from the punk explosion of the late seventies.

After Joe’s untimely death in December 2002 it was discovered that Joe had been an archivist of his own work, having barns full of writings and tapes stored in his back garden. The archiving of this material and compiling of ‘Joe Strummer 001’ was overseen by Joe’s widow Luce and Robert Gordon McHarg III. All tracks have been restored and mastered by Grammy Award winner Peter J. Moore at the E. Room in Toronto, Canada.

This release features new remasters and the previously unreleased material includes an early demo of ‘This Is England’ entitled ‘Czechoslovak Song/Where Is England,’ a solo demo of ‘Letsagetabitarockin’ recorded in Elgin Avenue in 1975, outtakes from ‘Sid & Nancy’ featuring Mick Jones and unreleased songs ‘Rose Of Erin,’ the biographical and mythical recording ‘The Cool Impossible’ and ‘London Is Burning’ one of the last songs Joe recorded.

Super Deluxe Boxset – Limited edition collector’s box with Wibalin wrap, containing both the deluxe CD book as well as the 4LP vinyl product. All audio restored and remastered by Grammy award winning Peter J Moore.

• 2CDs and 4LPs containing rare and unheard audio – restored and remastered by Peter J Moore.
• 64-page hardback book featuring rarely seen and previously unpublished memorabilia from Joe’s personal collection as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums.
• Additional 7” single of previously unreleased demos of This Is England (Side A) and Before We Go Forward (Side B)
• Cassette of previously unheard and unreleased U.S North (Basement Demo) – with artwork replicated from the original cassette recording from Joes’s archive.
• Envelope containing a screen print, a high quality image of Joe, two original art prints, and a sticker sheet.
• Replica of Joe’s Californian driving license.
• Enamel Pin badge

The artwork was curated by Robert Gordon McHarg III who previously worked on the Clash ‘Sound System’ box set with Paul Simonon, the John Cooper Clarke compilation. ‘Anthologia’ and curated the Black Market Clash Exhibition.

Gordon says, “The idea behind the book is that it’s an A4 notebook done as if Joe had designed it himself, telling his story. Hopefully it is an insight into his workings and includes hand written lyrics with personal notes and scribbles.

Tracklisting

CD1:
1. Letsagetabitarockin’ (2005 Remastered Version) – The 101ers – 00:02:08
2. Keys To Your Heart (Version 2) [2005 Remastered Version] – The 101ers- 00:03:08
3. Love Kills – Joe Strummer – 00:03:59
4. Tennessee Rain – Joe Strummer – 00:02:55
5. Trash City – Joe Strummer & The Latino Rockabilly War – 00:04:11
6. 15th Brigade – Joe Strummer – 00:02:40
7. Ride Your Donkey – Joe Strummer – 00:02:21
8. Burning Lights – Joe Strummer – 00:02:43
9. Afro-Cuban Be-Bop – The Astro-Physicians – 00:02:53
10. Sandpaper Blues – Radar – 00:04:44
11. Generations – Electric Dog House – 00:05:30
12. It’s A Rockin’ World – Joe Strummer – 00:02:25
13. Yalla Yalla – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:06:57
14. X-Ray Style – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:04:34
15. Johnny Appleseed – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:04:02
16. Minstrel Boy – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:05:42
17. Redemption Song – Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer – 00:03:24
18. Over The Border – Jimmy Cliff & Joe Strummer – 00:03:51
19. Coma Girl – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:03:48
20. Silver & Gold / Before I Grow Too Old – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:02:39

CD2:
1. Letsagetabitarockin’ (Strummer Demo) – Joe Strummer – 00:01:49
2. Czechoslovak Song / Where Is England – Strummer, Simonon & Howard – 00:03:49
3. Pouring Rain (1984) – Strummer, Simonon & Howard – 00:03:29
4. Blues On The River – Joe Strummer – 00:04:37
5. Crying On 23rd – The Soothsayers – 00:02:52
6. 2 Bullets – Pearl Harbour – 00:03:11
7. When Pigs Fly – Joe Strummer – 00:04:06
8. Pouring Rain (1993) – Joe Strummer – 00:04:06
9. Rose Of Erin – Joe Strummer – 00:04:12
10. The Cool Impossible – Joe Strummer – 00:04:32
11. London Is Burning – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:03:14
12. U.S. North – Joe Strummer & Mick Jones – 00:10:32

VINYL 1:
A1. Letsagetabitarockin’ (2005 Remastered Version) – The 101ers – 00:02:08
A2. Keys To Your Heart (Version 2) [2005 Remastered Version] – The 101ers – 00:03:08
A3. Love Kills – Joe Strummer – 00:03:59
A4. Tennessee Rain – Joe Strummer – 00:02:55
A5. Trash City – Joe Strummer & The Latino Rockabilly War – 00:04:11
A6. 15th Brigade – Joe Strummer – 00:02:40

B1. Ride Your Donkey – Joe Strummer – 00:02:21
B2. Burning Lights – Joe Strummer – 00:02:43
B3. Afro-Cuban Be-Bop – The Astro-Physicians – 00:02:53
B4. Sandpaper Blues – Radar – 00:04:44
B5. Generations – Electric Dog House – 00:05:30

VINYL 2:
C1. It’s A Rockin’ World – Joe Strummer – 00:02:25
C2. Yalla Yalla – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:06:57
C3. X-Ray Style – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:04:34
C4. Johnny Appleseed – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:04:02

D1. Minstrel Boy – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:05:42
D2. Redemption Song – Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer – 00:03:24
D3. Over The Border – Jimmy Cliff & Joe Strummer – 00:03:51
D4. Coma Girl – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:03:48
D5. Silver & Gold / Before I Grow Too Old – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:02:39

VINYL 3:
E1. Letsagetabitarockin’ (Strummer Demo) – Joe Strummer – 00:01:49
E2. Czechoslovak Song / Where Is England – Strummer, Simonon & Howard – 00:03:49
E3. Pouring Rain (1984) – Strummer, Simonon & Howard – 00:03:29
E4. Blues On The River – Joe Strummer – 00:04:37
E5. Crying On 23rd – The Soothsayers – 00:02:52
E6. 2 Bullets – Pearl Harbour – 00:03:11

F1. When Pigs Fly – Joe Strummer – 00:04:06
F2. Pouring Rain (1993) – Joe Strummer – 00:04:06
F3. Rose Of Erin – Joe Strummer – 00:04:12
F4. The Cool Impossible – Joe Strummer – 00:04:32
F5. London Is Burning – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 00:03:14

VINYL 4 (12″ Single):
A1. U.S. North – Joe Strummer & Mick Jones – 00:10:32

VINYL 5 (7″ Single):
A1. This Is England – Strummer, Simonon & Howard – 00:03:04
B1. Before We Go Forward – Strummer, Simonon & Howard – 00:02:49

CASSETTE
A1. U.S. North (Basement Demo) – Joe Strummer & Mick Jones – 00:06:29

Watch the Moody/Auto-Tuned New Swamp Dogg Video

By Blurt Staff

The above photo displays the handsome new Swamp Dogg album, Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune, which drops Sept. 7 via Joyful Noise. (The photo also shows the limited edition SD flexidisc that is offered to folks in the Joyful Noise VIP program. And yes, before you ask, it will also be available on CD and digital download.) The funk/soul/swamp-rockin’ legend clearly has no intentions of burning out or fading away, to paraphrase Neil Young. According to the label:

Nearly fifty years after his debut release, Swamp Dogg stands on the precipice of another radical reinvention. His latest creation is titled Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune a nine song collection featuring production by Poliça’s Ryan Olson. Love, Loss, and AutoTune finds Swamp Dogg’s bluesy southern soul colliding head-on with 21st Century electronic music production techniques.

You can get more details at the above link. Meanwhile, check out the new video for album track “I’ll Pretend”: