Category Archives: TV/Radio broadcast

Video: Courtney Barnett covers Grateful Dead on Fallon


Boogie on, Courts…

By Blurt Staff

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon featured musical guest (and Blurt 2015 Artist of the Year) Courtney Barnett Friday night, and she performed an ear popping version of the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie,” which she also recorded for the star-studded Day of the Dead (4AD) tribute album to you-know-who. Watch the live clip below.


MP3: Download Charles Bradley’s 4/8/16 Koln Concert


Man is on a mission.

By Uncle Blurt

There’s nothing quite like a Charles Bradley concert. Well, maybe a James Brown concert, but you won’t be getting any of those any time soon, so… The soul/funk powerhouse is currently touring in support of his outstanding recent album Changes, and part of his April 8 show in Germany was broadcast over the radio. It’s now been posted as a free download over at the Big O Zine, and they’ve kindly included downloadable artwork as well.

MP3: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Live Music Hall, Koln, Germany; April 8, 2016.

Sonically speaking, it’s a terrific listen guaranteed to make you get up on the good foot. The full tracklisting is below. Just click on the above link to grab the MP3s.

      Track 01
. Heartaches And Pain 2:59 (5.0MB)
      Track 02
. You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know) * 3:41 (6.2MB)
      Track 03
. How Long 4:39 (7.8MB)
      Track 04
. You Put The Flame On It 4:19 (7.3MB)
      Track 05
. The World (Is Going Up In Flames) 3:28 (5.8MB)
      Track 06
. Lovin’ You, Baby 5:19 (8.9MB)
      Track 07
. In You (I Found a Love) 4:26 (7.4MB)
      Track 08
. Ain’t It A Sin * 4:28 (7.5MB)
      Track 09
. Changes * 9:28 (15.9MB)
      Track 10
. Why Is It So Hard 12:53 (21.6MB)

* Tracks from Changes.

Video: Watch Grimes Live on the Fallon Show

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0464 -- Pictured: Musical guest Grimes performs on May 4, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0464 — Pictured: Musical guest Grimes performs on May 4, 2016 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)

Song from new album, natch.

By Barbi Martinez

Last night Claire Boucher – that’s Grimes to her posse – got all dolled up with a set of dancers at the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and did “Flesh Without Blood” from her latest album Art Angels. Watch the somewhat self-conscious performance below.


Watch Sturgill Simpson on the Daily Show


Roll over Waylon and tell Kurt Cobain the news…

By Uncle Blurt

One reason Jon Stewart probably misses The Daily Show: the occasional musical guest. Such as Wednesday night, when Sturgill Simpson dropped by to do a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” along with “Call To Arms,” which appears on the just-released A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Check ’em out, below.

Watch Charles Bradley on “CBS This Morning”


By Blurt Staff

This weekend the mighty Charles Bradley – who was recently the subject of a pretty great Blurt feature photo gallery by John Boydston – appeared on CBS This Morning Saturday, talking about his career and influences as well as performing three songs. Check out the clips over at the show’s website.

Video: Watch Scharpling & Wurster on “The Simpsons”


Yes, but does the episode, rock, rule or rot?

By Barbi Martinez

We say, “rule!” Who in the indie world is not geeking out over this? Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster – you may have heard of the comedy duo, not to mention such cultural touchstones as “The Best Show” and Superchunk/Mountain Goats – are on this week’s The Simpsons show. As Pitchfork reports, in the episode the duo play a pair of scientists settin up a mission to Mars that Lisa signs up for.

Listen to NPR’s George Martin Special


More than an icon – think “legend.”

By Blurt Staff

With the sad news this week of “5th Beatle” George Martin’s passing, also arriving, inevitably, were the scores of tributes. NPR has been particularly agile with numerous accounts (such as this one by Bob Boilen) and updates, along with several extended segments.Terry Gross, of “Fresh Air,” re-aired an early interview she conducted with the producer in 1980, for example.

Very notable among them: Tom Ashbrook, at WBUR-FM in Boston, and his “On Point” program, which aired a remarkably insightful 50-minute special. You can check it out at this link, or below.

Video: Watch Parquet Courts Guest On Conan


Tight ‘n’ twangy little track from upcoming album, due in April.

By Barry St. Vitus

Well, these guys certainly clean up nice for their close-up for their late night cable TV debut on Conan the other night. Playing “Berlin Got Blurry,” with its cowpunchy guitar riff, off of their upcoming Human Performance album, watch for its arrival 4/8 on Rough Trade. This superlative work really pushes them up to new heights, as well as stretches them out in new directions….again. Following their odd Monastic Living EP a few months back, with mostly instrumental content (read the Blurt online review, Parquet Courts-Monastic Living), which they described as a much needed ‘palate cleanser,’ Human Performance is not only a return to form, but has taken a powerful stride, striking out in a new direction, making it their most inciting and insightful release to date. While many bands seem creatively milked dry after a few albums, PQ is only getting more creative and exciting.

Who Honor Bowie at NYC Show; Perform on Fallon Show



By Uncle Blurt

Catching the Who last year on the band’s 50th anniversary tour was every bit as fun as seeing them back in the  day – and yer ol’ Uncle here saw ’em at least 20 times, starting in 1971. The tour continues apace in 2016, and Thursday night they stormed the gates of NYC at Madison Square Garden. As Rolling Stone reports, they also kicked off the evening with a video tribute to the late David Bowie:

“David Bowie. Friend of The Who. Son of New York. Tonight we will distinctly miss David Bowie, longtime fan of The Who. He’s told the story of how he climbed the fence at London’s Roundhouse to sneak backstage and give Pete Townshend a copy of his new 1969 album, David Bowie. He covered ‘I Can’t Explain’ and ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ on his Pin Ups album. Nearly every year at MSG, he sat in the first row right beside the stage. We’ll miss our friend, a true icon of music and art, and a brilliant innovator.”

Then last night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Pete, Roger and the gang stormed the TV gates with a nearly 7-minute version of “Who Are You” that practically had Fallon wetting his pants in delight. Watch the clip, below.

New Mini-series “Unbound” Uses David Bowie’s “Blackstar” Album


First episode to air this Thursday, Feb. 25.

By Barbi Martinez

It’s called “InstaMiniSeries” and, as you might have deduced from that name, it’s an Instagram video-powered “channel” similar to a TV series. As Pitchfork reports, “Last fall, David Bowie gave the channel early access to his album  for a set of visual interpretations of its tracks, titled UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries. Bowie invited interpretations ‘with no limits or preconditions’ [in order to take the] audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. The series is propelled by a focus on this visual interpretation of the ★ album as opposed to a literal, linear narrative.”

Starring in the 16-episode series will be Tavi Gevinson, actor Patricia Clarkson, and others. Nikki Borges (director) and Carolynn Cecilia (writer) produced and Lawrence Peryer co-produced.

Read a press release about the series and watch the trailer, below.