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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.