Category Archives: Video

Video Premiere: Jean Caffeine “Mad as Hell (in the White Night”

Ms. Sadie Saturday Night serves up a passionate revisit to the ’79 White Night Riots in San Francisco—and she was there that night, four decades ago, too.

By Fred Mills

About a year and a half ago we posted a review of Austin singer-songwriter Jean Caffeine and her nigh-on brilliant Sadie Saturday Nite album and accompanying stage show, which is effectively a sonic memoir going all the way back to her late ‘70s punk rock days in San Francisco.

We subsequently posted her videos for album tracks “All Girl Band,” a fond look back at her old bands The Urge, Pulsallama, and Clambake, and the Sex Pistols-inspired “Winter of Hate,” and now we are pretty proud to be able to present her latest video, below. It’s titled “Mad as Hell (in the White Night)” which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the White Night Riots in San Francisco, May 21, 1979. Jean notes, “The music for the song is co-written with Josh Robins from Austin’s Invincible Czars. He was a creative consultant on my Sadie show. His band tours the US doing live accompaniment/soundtracks for various silent films.”

Jean, in creating her Sadie Saturday Night one-woman show some time back, has written about her memories of that night – the riots were in response to the verdict in the Dan White trial, who, as she recalls, “received a very light sentence for murdering Mayor George Moscone and our first out council member Harvey Milk… The city ignited both metaphorically in protest and riot and literally…police cars were burned. After hearing the sentence, I tried to get home from a bar that night and ended up being chased by police along with a bunch of rioters… so although I was in solidarity with the protesters, it was a night of accidental activism on my part.”  It’s well-worth reading some of her additional remembrances now, so I’ll turn this forum over to Jean.

Incidentally, she has a new EP in the can that she hopes to release soon, so stay tuned for details. And upcoming tour dates follow Jean’s remembrance, below.

“One evening in 1979, I was in Day’s Saloon, a barn like old school Hoff Brau and Irish bar on Market Street, near Powell where the cable car turns around.  Days was owned by a couple of brothers. You could get an Irish coffee there, occasionally see a band (my all girl band, the Urge was pretty much the house band). You could get a corned beef sandwich there, on St. Patty’s. If you were lucky it might have been sliced by former roommate Will Shatter, of Negative Trend and Flipper. Days was a haunt of the Urge, and its benevolent bartender, Terese, was sister to my bandmates, sisters Mary and Julie Lawler.

“I had quit the Urge a year earlier in a giant huff over offenses and intrusions during a recording session – over conflicts with the owner of the small label that was recording our single. He was sleeping with one of us girls, not that I wouldn’t, but I wasn’t, because he was an asshole.  He and I quarreled during the  session. I thought the girls would stand by me, but as it turned out, not so much. Leaving the band, which consisted of two of my best gal pals from even before punk rock was tough – it left a big dent in my life, and they quickly filled my drummer void with another gal pal, and they stripped my drum track and had her redo it. Which hurt.

“After a year of no contact with the girls I starting having drinks at the bar at Days, visiting with Terese.  I guess I was laying the first bricks in rebuilding the friendship by putting my toes in friendly waters.  I visited with Terese for a while and she made me a sweet cocktail. I liked drinks that were more like food.  Drinks with a high butterfat count like Hot Toddies and Irish Coffee.  Terese had the radio on and we heard the verdict of the Dan White trial. White had killed mayor Moscone and City Councilman and pioneering gay rights activist, Harvey Milk.  The sentence was as light as Wonderbread. We were both steamin’ mad.

“Angry, I headed out onto Market Street south towards my apartment.  As I tried to cross Market Street, I got caught up in what I didn’t yet realize was a riot.  There were broken shop windows and looting. Apparently we weren’t the only people pissed off about the Dan White verdict.   The light sentence for a double murder was an outrage.  San Francisco reacted rightfully and righteously by going crazy. I was not prepared for what I saw going down on Market Street. I tried to walk in the direction of my place and I got caught inside a mob, which was running away from the police in a completely different direction.  I took a different turn and the same thing happened again and then again until I was chased with the mob to the park by City Hall where a line of police cars were smoldering, having been set on fire.  Although my sentiments were with the rioters, that night I became an accidental activist, and the memory of the night smolders like the cop cars I saw that night.”

*******************

Tour Dates:

May 21 Del’s Books n’ More, El Paso

June 7 Harvest House, Denton TX

June 8 The Kollective, AR

June 9 Lamplighter, Memphis

June 13 Mohawk Place, Buffalo

June 15 ArtBar ArtWord, Hamilton, ON

June 16 The Communist Daughter, TO

June 19, The Garnet, Peterbourough

June 20th L’Escallier, Mtl, Quebec

June 21 Bar Robo, Ottawa

June 22, Shaika Cafe, MTL

June 23, Grumpy’s, MTL

June 26th The High Low, Catskill, NY

July 7 Bar Redux, New Orleans

August 3rd 4pm The Parlour, Austin, TX w/ Prof. Fuzz

Sept 21 Rite Spot, San Francisco

 

 

Video Premiere: Floating Children “Hive Mind”

Glam-bam-thank-you-Ma’am! You’ll be ditching social media and reverting to real-world activities soon, thanks to the band and the surreal video’s creator. (Photos credit: Emma Esser)

By Blurt Staff

North Carolina musical institution The Floating Children take their “dancing tribe” on a surreal journey in the new animated video for current single, “Hive Mind.” Created by NC State College of Design professor Greg Carter, the video follows avatars of band members as they navigate the weird world of social media, ultimately re-discovering the bonding and uplifting power of music. The song itself also captures  the Floating Children performance aesthetic – building to a chanted crescendo, it piles crunchy guitars, a theremin, swelling harmonies, a toy piano, and more into what the band rightly calls “a mountain of ear candy.”

“It’s a bit like ‘Yellow Submarine’ re-booted for our new, digital age of human exploration,” says Carter (pictured here).

He’s not kidding – you half expect a pack of Blue Meanies to pop out of the frame at some point. We’re pretty stoked to be able to share the video with the BLURT audience, so check it out below:

Hive Mind – Black Hat mix from Greg Carter on Vimeo.

“We didn’t just go to town on this production, we went to the Emerald City by way of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory,” says Floating Children lead singer Billy Warden. “The glitter and glee of our shows are all over these grooves.”

Sums up guitarist Jeffo Holshouser: “‘Hive Mind’ is our glam band grand slam.”

The song was produced by Michael Graziano and Artem Smirnov at Raleigh’s Thread Audio studios, and the band subsequently discovered Carter’s animated art at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum. They note that at that point they knew they “had their man – he could bring it to life with appropriate ‘zip and zow.'”

Fittingly, the Floating Children unveiled “Hive Mind” with a surreal “happening” at Raleigh’s leading downtown gallery, ArtSpace. The spectacle included:

  • The national anthem performed by Micah Gaugh on his famed double sax

  • Mister Rogers readings in character by Raleigh attorney Gene Davis

  • The percussion stylings of Bongo John

  • An appropriately antic set by the band which was crashed by a man in a gorilla suit

From “Hive Mind”:

“Can’t put your phone down?
Come to our gig in your town
You won’t need a code
Just let your joy explode …
Come on, expand your hive mind”

Video Premiere: Holiday Gunfire “She’s Got A Machine”

Trippy track plucked from the group’s recently released debut on Cornelius Chapel. (Photo credit: Jackie Lo)

By John B. Moore

Less than two years after the Alabama-based Holiday Gunfire came together over fireworks, booze and BBQ, the group is already out with their self-titled debut LP. The record is a raucous, wildly diverse tour through the world of rock, drawing in influences across the spectrum from punk and garage to power pop and ’90s alternative.

Given that, BLURT jumped at the opportunity to host the trippy video premiere for the band’s latest single, “She’s Got A Machine.”

“The initial idea of the song happened when I was visiting the Hemingway House in Key West,” said Lester Nuby III. “I had the idea of an actual physical machine that someone could use to break someone’s heart. Destroy their life/Kill their spirit. What would that look like? Where is it kept? And over time, the person that uses it also is destroyed. A true uplifter! Enjoy!”

With that in mind: enjoy!

Holiday Gunfire’s self-titled album is out now on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Cornelius Chapel Records

 

Video Premiere: Luther Russell “At Your Feet”

Track taken from the rocker’s recent album, Medium Cool.

By Fred Mills

You know the name Luther Russell: the L.A.-based singer songwriter adept at navigating multiple genres all at once, from power pop to indie rock to twangy Americana to classic ’70sesque rock. He’s also one-half, along with Big Star’s Jody Stephens of Those Pretty Wrongs, and he recently turned up at the Wild Honey Foundation’s Kinks tribute concert.

We’re stoked to be able to premiere a video of a track from Russell’s new album Medium Cool (issued Feb. 22 on Fluff & Gravy ) titled “At Your Feet,” so take a look below. It was directed by NYC musician Luke Rathborne, who was also behind videos for Those Pretty Wrongs. Our own John B. Moore, in his review of the album, enthused how Russell shuns “trendy musical fades for a timeless set of guitar-driven, strong narrative songs that could have come out at any time over the past 40 years.”

“For me,” says Russell, “the key to this song is in the bridge. ‘Hear the rose parade / marching through town / The new pom-pom girls / Make the same old sound’. The old guard switches to the new, and that goes for love and its inevitable fog of war. We’ve all had the feeling where the one we need most sees all but you, lying pale and impaled at their feet.

“Jason Hiller brings a rolling understanding with his bass after the bridge and all the colors refracted by the rain bleed down the windshield. Count it as a loss, but a bittersweet one.”

 

Yours truly reviewed Russell’s 2018 anthology, Selective Memories, writing, “Although he’s not quite a rock ‘n’ roll Zelig, Luther Russell has reared his head in enough disparate settings — from the Bootheels (with Jakob Dylan, no less) in the late ‘80s and the Freewheelers in the ‘90s, to myriad solo incarnations (that found him in the company of such talents as Marc Ford from the Black Crowes and Ethan Johns) and, most recently, guesting at the Wild Honey Orchestra tribute concert – to presume that his music industry Rolodex is pretty damn fat. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist also finds time to team up with Big Star’s Jody Stephens as Those Pretty Wrongs, so he’s got pretty damn good taste, too.”

So what are you waiting for? Check out Russell’s latest and prepare to be amazed.
 

 

Exclusive Video, Photos: Come 12/29/18, Brooklyn

Dates: December 29, 2018

Location: Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY

Live at Union Pool, the Brokaw-Zedek guitar summit continues to stun even after all these years. Below, watch the band do “Submerge.”

Video, Photos, & Text by Jonathan Levitt.

I was extremely lucky to have the chance to see Come play this last December here in NYC. I’ve been a fan since the mid 90s and never thought I’d have a chance to catch them live. Living in China for the past 20 years and the fact that they’d broken up kind of sealed the deal. But as fate would have it they reformed for two shows at Brooklyn’s Union Pool Club which is quite a cool place to catch a performance. The room was tiny and the lighting was awful, but the band played a killer set that veered through ground breaking LP Eleven Eleven, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell  as well as other songs from their canon. Chris Brokaw and Thalia Zedek both wring immense tragedy from their instruments. The combination of the two takes you to some incredibly dark places and is definitely not for the faint of heart. They were tight, bluesy and seemed immediately to hit their stride. I offer up to readers the song “Submerge” from the show.

I can only hope in the near future that this means more shows might be in the offing. It would be great to have them back in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Rabid New The Beasts (of Bourbon) Video / Album Incoming

 

Legendary Aussies pull no punches, based on early estimates….

By Fred Mills

The mighty Beasts of Bourbon are returning – or, more accurately, the members – Tex Perkins, Kim Salmong, Boris Sudjovic, Charlie Owen, Tony Pola – have regrouped as The Beasts, and the Bang! label is prepping to release Still Here on Feb. 15. Here’s the scorching first video, “On My Back,” followed by the label’s press release about the record. We are advised that you can preorder the import album here in the States, on both CD and LP,  via Forced Exposure.

After an extremely emotional final performance with the Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Perkins hit upon the idea of getting all of the band’s members, past and present, into a recording studio with no particular agenda. It was more of a celebratory thing he had in mind than anything else. Sadly, bassist Brian Hooper didn’t make it along as he passed away a week after the Beasts last show. Assembled in Soundpark Studio a couple of weeks later were Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola, Spencer Jones, Kim Salmon, and Tex Perkins. They were unprepared save for some sketchy ideas, loose ends, and a couple of covers. With limited time the band knocked together a collection of jams pretty much true to the crazy M.O. employed back when The Axeman’s Jazz got laid down in that fateful eight-hour session in 1983. Songs weren’t so much learned as ideas were thrown together and recorded the moment they began to coalesce. Captured were: Brian Hooper’s “What The Hell Was I Thinking”, James Baker’s “Drunk On A Train”, Boris’ “Don’t Pull Me Over”, Kim’s “Pearls Before Swine”, Tex’s “On My Back” and “Just Let Go”, and Spencer’s “At The Hospital”. There was also Zappa’s “The Torture Never Stops” and Warren Zevon’s “My Shit’s Fucked Up” (was there ever a more appropriate cover for the Beasts?) Add to that some untitled jams that became the hilarious “Your Honour” and “It’s All Lies”. Sound like an album? You betchya! Deeply sad is that Spencer was only around long enough to make it onto one track. Absolutely wonderful is that he did make it onto the recording. And with such a funny and typically Jones style piece of observation as “At The Hospital”. With respect, this isn’t the Beasts of Bourbon. It would need to have Jonesy on every track to be that!

 

Video: Finland’s Tuomo & Markus Commemorate John Lennon’s 1980 Passing

New album from from soul/jazz artist and Latebirds singer, respectively, released earlier in 2018 on the Schoolkids Records label (also a Raleigh/Chapel Hill store and, not incidentally, Blurt’s sister business).

By Blurt Staff

Tuomo & Markus have shared the live video for their cover of John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” paying tribute to the music icon who passed 38 years ago. Recorded in the band’s hometown of Helsinki, Finland, they were joined by acclaimed Finnish jazz trumpeter Verneri Pohjola and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on drums.  You can see the video below:

Tuomo & Markus is the new musical project from acclaimed Finnish soul/jazz artist Tuomo Prättälä and singer/songwriter Markus Nordenstreng of The Latebirds; the duo released their debut album Dead Circles via Schoolkids Records in September of this year. Dead Circles was recorded in Tucson, AZ after a few spontaneous sessions at Wavelab Studios which featured John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco; John Convertino, Joey Burns and Jakob Valenzuela of Calexico; and Gary Louris of The Jayhawks.

You can stream the debut LP Dead Circles here. Upcoming US shows:

2/21: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (supporting The Jayhawks)
1/12: New York, NY – Winter Jazzfest
1/18: Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center

 

Exclusive Video: Jah Wobble & Invaders of the Heart Live Brooklyn 10/26/18

TEXT, PHOTOS, & VIDEO BY JONATHAN LEVITT

On October 26th Jah Wobble and his Invaders of the Heart took the stage at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere club and proceeded to give one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. The crowd was made up of mainly music industry insiders and a smattering of musicians from both the US and Japan.  Jah Wobble who was the bassist for PIL was not only hilarious with his banter but fronted a smoking hot group of musicians that just blew me away.

The drummer was pure military precision, and extremely versatile as well. The guitarist could play anything and make it sound great. The keyboardist was a virtuoso on the instrument and perfectly punctuated certain moments in the songs. Jah showed what an amazing player he is as well veering from dub, to the world music transcendental meditations to a bit of comedy between numbers. Jah even managed to throw some PIL songs into the mix.

 

The show ended with Bill Laswell joining the Invaders of the heart for two songs of throb-heavy psychedelic jazzified mind-bending music. The sound in the club was amazing. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I could hear every instrument tunneling through to me. The mix was incredible because as the sounds hit you they morphed into this groovy organic mass that made you wanna live forever in the moment.

Through the kindness of Jah’s people I was able to get some incredible footage, below, to share with Blurt readers. Jah is currently recording his new album with Bill Laswell in New Jersey. If you get a chance to see Señor Wobble in concert it is an unforgettable experience.

 

Video Interview Exclusive: Thee Hypnotics (in Paris)

VIDEO INTERVIEW BY KIM PHOUNG (more photos/videos: @the_real_kimder)

Ed. note: Our resident Thee Hypnotics fan on the ground in Paris, Kim “Cold Blooded Love” Phoung, recently posted an awesome photo gallery documenting the UK legends’ September 19 performance at Petit Bain in Paris, and now we have the astute correspondent’s post-gig video interview with the group. Check it out below, and special thanks to longtime BLURT staffer Jonathan “Justice in Freedom” Levitt for being our official T.H. liaison and getting this rolling. (Go HERE to read a vintage interview with the band, and HERE for an interview and look at one of the band’s classic albums.)

 

Video Premiere: Fine Lines “Morning Sun”

Young Music City indie rock quartet submits dreamy standout from recent debut album.

 By John B. Moore

The Nashville-based foursome Fine Lines technically may still be the new kids in town – together for under two years – but damn, have they managed to zero on an impressive sound during that short period of time. Made up of refugees from the Alabama and Indiana music scenes, the band’s members came together in Music City, USA and quickly got to work on their debut record, Contact.

After listening to this stellar album, we are stoked to premiere a video for their single “Morning Sun.”

“”Morning Sun” is a song I wrote one snowy weekend while visiting my hometown of Indianapolis,” says singer/guitarist Chris Probasco. “It’s about leaving a place that was once familiar and returning to feel like a stranger. It’s about finding companionship in that loneliness.

The video was shot live in the East Nashville home studio of Don Bates as a part of his “Around the House” series. Don, who was also the engineer on our album, Contact, set the band up in his living-room-turned-studio and operated a single camera, capturing the band in a completely unique setting.”

Along with Probasco, Fine Lines also includes bassist Dustyn Roth, singer/songwriter and guitarist B.L. Reed, and drummer James Thompson.

The band has two upcoming shows, November 9th at Ghost Train Brewing Co. in Birmingham, AL and December 16th at Reggie’s in Chicago. Tour dates and more: https://finelinesband.com/home