Instant classic tune has its roots on their latest album, Songs From The Land Of Nod.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Somewhere between gritty garage rock and glam punk resides the New York-based trio Beechwood.
And damn, if it’s not a pretty cool place to live.
So when asked, Blurt jumped at the opportunity to host the premiere of their song “I Know It’s Not Right,” one of the outtakes from their 2018 album Songs From The Land Of Nod.
“I was in bad shape when I wrote and recorded this song,” said the band’s Gordon Lawrence. “I was physically and mentally broken and didn’t see a way out at the time, but I still believed that things would get better, even at my worst. I just didn’t know what that would look like or when it would be. It’s hard for me to listen this song because I don’t like to think of that time, but at least I was self aware enough to come out and say ‘I know it’s not right.’ I’ve never tried to justify what I was doing, but I knew it was wrong. I just didn’t know how to get help until about two years later. Recordings capture a moment in time, and as dark as things may have been, I’m still happy that I was able to capture how I felt, just in case I ever forget.”
Songs From The Land Of Nod was one of two records the band put out last year (the other being Inside The Flesh Hotel). Beechwood is heading to European shortly for a spate of dates.
Culled from the singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut, it’s an instant pop delight.
By John B. Moore
New York, by way of West Virginia, musician Eli Musser name checks the melodic pop “Big Four” when it comes to influences: Beach Boys, Byrds, Big Star and The Beatles.
And it’s not hard to hear those influences on the song “Smile (‘Cause Somebody Loves You)” off his upcoming debut, Content, due out this fall. Check it out for yourself here, on this Blurt exclusive song premiere.
Says Musser, of the track, “I wrote ‘Smile’ as an anthem of optimism and comfort while going through a tough time: moving to New York in my 20’s brought a lot of changes and loneliness. The uplifting lyrics and hummable melody are simple and direct; the arrangement and production are also a knowing nod to the buoyant studio sounds of the late ’60s and early ’70s. It’s a song intended to speak to those who wonder if anyone has their back. The answer is ‘yes’.”
Content was mixed by Bryce Goggin (of Pavement, Evan Dando, Sean Lennon, Ramones, etc., renown). It’s familiar guitar-based rock, brimming with catchy pop melodies and refreshingly personal lyrics. Connect here: https://www.facebook.com/musserofficial
Curse of Lono is easily one of the best Americana/Southern Gothic band to not actually come from the South or even from the America for that matter. Since their relatively recent founding, the London four piece has delivered three near-perfect records (one EP and two LPs) on the Submarine Cat label – check out some of BLURT’s coverage to date:
They are back with 4am and Counting, a stellar new album of stripped-down live versions of classics from their first two records. Recorded live at Rag Tag Studios in London, the band worked with Grammy-winning producer Liam Watson (White Stripes ‘Elephant’) andMixer Oli Bayston(Boxed In) for this one. The record also features Pink Floyd slide guitar player BJ Cole and harmonica playerNick Reynolds. The record comes out on July 12th—although fleet-footed fans already scored it as a limited edition pink-vinyl LP on last month’s Record Store Day. (“Easily my favorite score during RSD 2019, from the packaging and sweet colored wax, to the actual sonics, as it has an immediacy and edginess I can’t recall experiencing in some time,” commented BLURT editor Fred Mills.)
As the band is obviously favorite here, we are beyond thrilled (or chuffed, if you’re reading this from the UK) to be premiering the song “Blackout Fever.”
“We wanted to capture the vibe we get when we’re jamming late at night,” explains frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. “So we booked a couple of days in the studio, invited a few friends down and pressed record. Toe Rag Studios is an incredible place. There are no computers. There’s no technology to tempt you. We just played everything completely live like we do when we’re messing around in our rehearsal room, with no overdubs or studio trickery, so what you hear is exactly what was played.”
Young indie-folk chanteuse has got the right stuff.
By Fred Mills
Everyone, by now, has contended – and sometimes dueled – with suggestion engines and bots. You know, those oftentimes annoying boxes that appear on your screen below something you’ve been browsing on the web, as in “similar items,” “you may also like,” “other shoppers liked these,” etc. Here in the music biz, the strategy even predates Amazon in the form of the once-ubiquitous “RIYL” notations (aka “Recommended If You Like”) that would typically accompany an album review.
But whatever happened to the old-school “hey man, you gotta check out this artist/band/record, it’s right up your alley, and it’s just plain awesome!” that your friends or coworkers came rushing up to you on a Monday morning? Or, for that matter, whatever happened to us just reading record reviews and trusting the reviewer’s judgment?
Please allow me to “suggest,” then, indie-folk artist Peyton Brock who was recommended to me by a friend whose musical taste I can definitely trust. Ms. Brock is 13 years old and she lives in Georgia. On my initial listen I could hear elements of a young Mary Lou Lord, possibly a touch of lo-fi era Liz Phair, and – given the singer’s age – indie female singer-songwriters here in the contemporary era. The music is relatively minimalist, giving her sweet vocals an open sandbox within which to dance, and she is very, very cool. I predict that with time and experience, she’s also going to blossom into someone very, very special to a lot of people.
I’ll spare any more of my hype, and just let you check her out yourself. I suspect you’ll be playing it over and over….
This ace track from the rocker’s recent demos/rarities compilation “was like trying to scratch a squid’s back while blindfolded”—but indeed, the band managed to turn it into something! Watch the lyric video, below. And check out our 2018 interview with Mr. Polonsky as well.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
While it may have appeared like Jonny Polonsky was taking it pretty easy in the 22 years since his amazing debut, Hi, My Name is Jonny, came out, it turns out he was pretty busy all along. Aside from the handful of EPs and LPs he’s put out, Polonsky had been hording a slew of unreleased songs and demos (18, at least).
When Polonsky asked us to share the video for ‘The Same Song,’ we jumped at the opportunity. Well, not literally jumped, but did give an enthusiastic ‘Fuck, yeah!’. Again, not literally out loud, but in our heads.”
“I wrote the chorus to ‘The Same Song”’sometime in the late ‘90s and had it lying around for a long time. I knew it was strong but it just lay around like a head without a body for a long time and I figured that was that.
“In 2002 I moved to Los Angeles and reconnected with Lyle Workman, who I had met when he played guitar in a Frank Black’s band. Lyle is a great guitarist and a really nice guy, and he had a home studio so I thought it would be fun to work on a track.
“I played him the chorus and he helped me figure out a verse. I would play and sing some ideas, he’d say, ‘go up, no, go down, less movement’—it was like trying to scratch a squid’s back while blindfolded, but we managed to turn it into something.
“We brought in Nick Vincent, another Frank Black alum, who had played drums on the original FB-produced demos that had gotten me signed. Nick did a great job, I laid down guitars, bass and vocals, and we finished the entire thing in a day.”
Get aHEAD of the curve and check out this awesome outfit… the March tour dates, too!
By John B. Moore
London by way of Seattle blues trio Lonesome Shack, cite everyone from Canned Heat to Lee “Scratch” Perry as influences. And those eclectic sonic connections come through loud and clear on “The City Is A Desert” off their new LP Desert Dreams. Blurt is stoked to premiere this new track for you.
“London is the biggest, most exciting city I’ve ever lived in and there are all kinds of people everywhere you look. You might say it’s the total opposite of where I used to live in Alma, NM,” said Lonesome Shack singer/songwriter/guitarist Ben Todd. “It’s so inspiring to be in such a thriving metropolis but there are these times when you’re packed in the tube like a sardine and you feel so far away from everyone. Or you’re walking down a crowded street and you’ve never felt so anonymous. Or you’re in a tall building looking down on a never ending urban sprawl and you feel like you’re seeing the expansive desert from the top of a mountain in New Mexico. Luckily in the desert, magic and loneliness walk hand in hand.”
Lonesome Shack’s Desert Dreams will be available March 1st on Limited Edition Vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Alive Naturalsound Records.
Mark March 15 on your calendars, fellow BJM devotees.
By Fred Mills
The Brian Jonestown Massacre has to be one of the most prolific bands on the planet, rivaling even Guided By Voices back in the day for recorded music output. Just the past year has seen a slew of releases, and now comes word that March will bring a self-titled full length released, as always, on founder Anton Newcombe’s own A Records label.
2. Tombes Oubliées
3. My Mind Is Filled With Stuff
4. Cannot Be Saved
5. A Word
6. We Never Had a Chance
7. Too Sad To Tell You
8. Remember Me This
9. What Can I Say
Check out a teaser for the new rec by way of the masterful psych-twang of “Cannot Be Saved.”
“A multitude of great memories”: sonic gem plucked from songwriter’s new EP that arrives in stores THIS WEEK.
By John B. Moore
JM Lansdowne really hit the nail on the hit with the title of his latest EP, Clean & Unholy.
With a crumpling marriage, scoring drugs competing with his shows, and then the sudden death of someone close to him, Lansdowne knew he had to change, so he began the hard path to get clean and sober. The result can be heard all over this powerful new record.
BLURT is stoked to be able to share the song “Baby Blue,” off this new EP:
Lansdowne reflects on the track, noting, “‘Baby Blue’ is one hell of a special tune. For me, it reminds me of the good times and highlights a multitude of great memories. It’s one of those songs that talks of going out drinking with your girl, who probably can’t hold as much alcohol as she lets on… Then come the shenanigans, but you’re cool with it cause you’re crazy about her and could care less about anything else.”
The 7-song Clean & Unholy is due out this Friday, November 23, via Paper + Plastick Records. It was recorded in Dallas, Texas; Valparaiso, Indiana; and Lima, Ohio by Quentin Black. Keep tabs on Lansdowne, along with touring dates, at his Facebook page.
SoCal kings of cool serve up another winner – not to mention a stunning looking slab o’ wax.
By John B. Moore
If Blurt had a house band, there’s a pretty good chance the laidback, LA-based Indie Pop band GospelbeacH would be in the running. No less than our editor Fred Mills called last year’s sumptuous sophomore platter,Another Summer of Love, “not only perfectly titled, it’s a study in both perfect conception and perfect execution”; longtime contributor Barry St. Vitus described 2015’s Pacific Surf Line as a classic release as“viewed through the lens of the Buffalo Springfield, Flying Burrito Brothers, Chris Darrow and others who pioneered the sound and glorified So-Cal’s gilded palace of sin and sun with a country spin early on.”
So imagine how stoked we were to be asked to premiere the song “ Runnin’ Blind,” off their soon-to-be-released Another Winter Alive.
“‘Runnin’ Blind’ is our attempt to blend Krautrock with The Everly Brothers…lyrically it’s one of those prophetic songs that weren’t real at the time but life ended up imitating art,” said singer-songwriter Brent Rademaker.
The album features five previously unreleased studio tracks recorded during the band’s sessions for Another Summer Of Love plus five live songs recorded in London during their California Fantasy tour, revisiting stripped-down live versions of songs from their debut album Pacific Surf Line.
GospelbeacH’s Another Winter Alive will be available on Limited Edition Vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats on November 30th via Alive Naturalsound Records.
Phoenix outfit takes a l’il sonic vacation to sunny Florida and hops in a tanning booth….
By Blurt Staff
sure if you’ve heard this yet, but the guy currently squatting in the White House is a real asshole – I mean, seriously, a racist, misogynistic, egotistical dullard appealing to the worst instincts of humanity – so, not a cool guy. The Phoenix-based band Wyves may have caught on to him as well, as they just put out a stellar, rollicking slice of satire with their new single, “Mar-a-Lago,” is a sweet little tune written in the first person as Donald Trump.
“Instead of just talking about how horrible or absurd he is in literal terms, I wanted to take an approach like “A Day In The Life” or “Sympathy For The Devil” to highlight his ridiculous ways by boasting about his base loves about him,” says Wyves singer Corey Gloden “This includes him going to Mar-a-Lago on the weekends to play golf with world leaders and business partners. I wanted the chorus to read like a brochure and like an 80’s tropical beach song in a major key, like “Kokomo”, offset with dark cryptic lyrics.”
The band was cool enough to let us bring it to you for the premier.
The song is off their new record, R U OK? Listen to “Mar-a-Lago”:
Wyves formed in 2015 and released their debut album, Spoils of War, the next year. That first single (sharing a name with the album title) was named #1 single of 2016 by the Phoenix News Times. Over their three years of existence, the band has shared the stage at festivals and as direct support with acts such as Gary Clark Jr, Dr. Dog, Govt. Mule, Juliette Lewis, and many more.
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