New Michael Hurtt video: I’m Gonna Be Gone

Video: Michael Hurtt & His Haunted Hearts – “I’m Gonna Be Gone”

'I'm Gonna Be Gone' MICHAEL HURTT & HIS HAUNTED HEARTS (Shakeup festival) BOPFLIX sessions

From an upcoming single on Swelltune Records. Filmed at the 2018 New England Shakeup festival.

On my first trip to New Orleans I got way too drunk and abused my host’s hospitality. She had one rule: no puking in her house.

We had been out all day with her New Orleans pals and at night we all went to see Tav Falco at a club called Muddy Waters. Her friends all dressed sharp in vintage suits. Me and my pals were sloppy drunks.

When I woke up in the morning on my friend’s floor I felt terrible. Like my skull was cracking open. I had no recollection of how we made it home. But Mike Hurrt was in the kitchen cooking skillet eggs for everybody. They smelled delicious and tasted wonderful but as soon as the food hit my gut I knew I was in trouble. I excused myself and barreled out the door and ran as far as I could down the street to find a safe place to barf. I knew I had to get out of earshot of my host or she’d be really mad. I emptied my stomach and walked around the block until my head was clear.

By the time I got back to the house everybody was done with breakfast and Hurtt was interviewing Tav Falco in a back room. I hadn’t realized that Falco spent the night too! But that’s the magic of New Orleans. At least it was back in the early 90s. I haven’t been back since Katrina…

Hurtt formed his Haunted Hearts in New Orleans (where they impressed Hunter S. Thompson one night), but he’s been based out of Hamtramck, Michigan, for a while now. I love their 2006 debut, Come Back To Louisiana, and enjoyed their 2013 Christmas single, but I just realized I completely missed the album they released in 2015, Struck With The Blues. Going to have to look for that.

Not only is Hurtt a fine singer and songwriter (and egg slinger!), but he is an absolute scholar of rock and roll. He’s been published in MOJO magazine, the Detroit Metro Times, and he wrote a ton of great stuff for Offbeat magazine.

This lineup of Haunted Hearts includes Mike’s brother Eric Hurtt on lead guitar, Rudy Varner on bass, Mitch Palmer on pedal steel, and Bobby Trimble on snare.

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New Pip Blom video: Tired

Video: Pip Blom – “Tired”

Pip Blom 'Tired'

Video by The Industry. From Boat, out now on Heavenly Recordings.

Pip Blom’s previous single, “Daddy Issues,” is one of my favorite songs (and videos) of the year so far. This new one has a similar ramshackle charm.

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New Prince video: Manic Monday

Video: Prince – “Manic Monday”

Prince – Manic Monday (Official Music Video)

From Originals, out now on NPG Records.

I don’t remember exactly when I discovered that Prince wrote the Bangles hit “Manic Monday,” but I’ve been hoping to hear his original demo ever since. It was certainly one of the first things I searched for after I downloaded Napster. But of course it never came up.

Until now.

And it’s pretty much everything I’ve been hoping for. Prince’s vocal delivery is laid back and chill. The Bangles kept their arrangement pretty close to the demo. Prince was on fire at this time. It’s crazy how productive Prince was at this time, recording and filming Purple Rain, touring, writing hits for Sheila E., the Time, Apollonia, Vanity 6, and…Kenny Rogers. Dude was on a roll.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 37

Rolling Stone issue #37 had a cover date of July 12, 1969. 40 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Elvis Presley.

Features: “You Won’t ask Elvis Anything too Deep?” by William Otterburn-Hall; “Pete Townshend on Tommy” by Rick Sanders and David Dalton; “Jefferson Airplane Today” by Ben Fong-Torres; “The Troubadour: Rick Nelson” by Jerry Hopkins; “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade, Installment Five” by Akbar Del Piombo; “A Short History Of Religion In California” by Richard Brautigan.

News: Beatles ‘Get Back’ LP Due in July; “Doors’ Movie Is a Feast for Friends” by Jerry Hopkins; Fleetwood Mac to Put Christ on Wax; “‘Back to the Bible’ For Californians” by Ben Fong-Torres; Brian Jones Leaves Stones; Jimi Hendrix Has a Brand New Bass; God Named Party In Property Suits; Cops ‘n’ Robbers For the MC5; Keep on Truckin’, Dopers–It’s OK; “100,000 Sons of A Preacherman” by Robert W. Neubert; Blind Faith Debuts: ‘Well All Right!’; Rock Unsafe at Any Volume; “Beethoven Was Black and Proud” by John Grissim, Jr.; The Wild West: a Wild S.F. Fest; L.A. Gives Dylan Gospel Treatment; Festival Notes. And Random Notes on Zig-Zag papers, Donovan, Manfred Mann, MC5, Mad River, Timothy Leary, Nicky Hopkins, the Supremes, and Pat Boone.

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New Son Volt video: The 99

Video: Son Volt – “The 99”

Son Volt – The 99 – Full Length Official Video

From Union, out now.

I don’t spend a lot of time on negativity anymore, and that includes writing negative reviews. I mean, really…we’re surrounded by a shitstorm of Trumpist negativity and we are a music site of, by and  for fans. So it pains me to write this:

This new Son Volt video is laughably bad. Jay and crew playing in front of a green screen while stock footage of the Great Depression is the No Depression version of phoning it in. And seriously, we can’t have that. This is a crucial time in the history of this country and we need Jay’s voice. It’s important. No half-measures, man. I am onboard with the sentiment, but you must try harder!

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New Sharon Van Etten video: No One’s Easy To Love

Video: Sharon Van Etten – “No One’s Easy To Love”

Sharon Van Etten – No One's Easy To Love

Directed by Katherine Dieckmann. From Remind Me Tomorrow, out now on Jagjaguwar.

I don’t know where she is or where she’s going, but Sharon Van Etten is a boss. How do I know? She walks with great authority. And you can’t be a boss without some authority. New single, “No One’s Easy To Love” is a clear statement of authority in relationships. Not that Sharon has all the answers–that’s not what authority or expertise imply. It’s that she has the experience and insight to speak to the complications that make up our closest connections.

I mean, the title itself is an authoritative statement. No one is easy to love. Humans have faults and flaws and they’re unique to each of us, which means they can be baffling to others. I have a very annoying habit of identifying and highlighting vocal inflections and regional accents. For example, many of my in-laws pronounce words that start with “un” as a prefix as “on.” They say things like “ONusual” or “ONcomfortable.” I notice it every single time. How annoying of me. I am not easy to love. And neither are you. The boss said so.

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New Belle and Sebastian video: Sister Buddha

Video: Belle and Sebastian – “Sister Buddha”

Belle and Sebastian – "Sister Buddha" (Official Music Video)

From Days of the Bagnold Summer, due September 13 on Matador.

It’s always uplifting to hear a new Belle and Sebastian song. And “Sister Buddha” is no exception.

And if God won’t show Her face
Fall upon your loving soul’s embrace
And I’ll send you all the love that I can find

Days Of The Bagnold Summer is the soundtrack album to an upcoming filmed directed by Simon Bird. It’s based on a graphic novel by Joff Winterhart and features eleven new Belle and Sebastian songs, plus two re-recordings of oldies. The movie is set for release in 2020 but the soundtrack will be out in September.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 36

Rolling Stone issue #36 had a cover date of June 28, 1969. 40 page. 35 cents. Cover photo of Nudie Cohn by Baron Wolman.

This issue was dedicated primarily to country music and featured no record reviews. Weird!

Features: “Boosting Peace: John and Yoko in Canada” by Ritchie Yorke; “California White Man’s Shit Kickin’ Blues” by John Grissim Jr.; “Nudie” by Jerry Hopkins; “Ritchie Valens, J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson and Buddy Holly” by Greil Marcus; “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade, Installment Four” by Akbar Del Piombo; “A Short Story About Contemporary Life In California” by Richard Brautigan.

News: People’s Park Peace Talks; Fillmore to Tell All Its Secrets; Mexican President Inks for the Doors; Mick Busted For ‘A Substance’; Chicago Clobbered At Ball Game; “Festival Shucks” by Jerry Hopkins; San Jose Scam; The Beat Goes On; “Moby: the Grape Turns Sour” by Ben Fong-Torres. And Random Notes on the Groupies, Mick Jagger, Angel’s Dust [sic], Peter Sarstedt, Chubby Checker, Tribal Village, Coleman Hawkins, Everly Brothers, and the Sundowners.

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New Frankie Cosmos video: Windows

Video: Frankie Cosmos – “Windows”

Frankie Cosmos – Windows [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Directed by Eliza Doyle and Greta Kline. From Close it Quietly, due September 6 on Sub Pop.

Watch Greta Kline and her pal Eliza Doyle frolic around the streets and beaches of New York. Like the music, the video mixes moments of silliness with poignancy.

Slow leak, slow dream
I never noticed you boiling

Kline says, “This song takes place during the waiting period of healing, not knowing how to proceed or how to find the path to forgiveness. The inner versus the outer — learning to see yourself as part of the whole. For me the lyrics cover some of the slow movements of relationships, the shifts that occur in ways of thinking over time.”

I know it’s probably uncool to dwell on but I still can’t get over the fact that Kline’s parents are Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. That blows my mind.

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New Purple Mountains video: Darkness and Cold

Video: Purple Mountains – “Darkness and Cold”

Purple Mountains "Darkness and Cold" (Official Music Video)

From Purple Mountains, due July 12 on Drag City.

Somewhere deep within the GLONO archives are boxes and boxes of VHS tapes. Throughout much of our teens and all of our 20s, Jake had a video camera and for long periods during those years, he seemed to video everything. Sometimes it was events in our lives, like graduations or birthday parties. Sometimes it was us being creative by making music videos of ourselves singing to The Charlatans. Sometimes–and this was a LOT of the time–it was just us sitting around his mom’s house or driving our friend Pat’s convertible (called The Soft Machine, natch) around our home town. Once, we climbed the fence surrounding an abandoned drive-in movie theater and Jake climbed to the very top of the giant outdoor screen. We did this a lot. We were bored in the midwest and a little infatuated with ourselves. It was cool and unique. It was before we all had a camera in our pockets. It was before selfie culture.

I think David Berman also has a bunch of these boxes in his basement. I think this video might be from one of the boxes way in the back. The tape holding the top closed is getting brittle and has pulled up a little from the surface of the two flaps holding the box closed. I wonder if he ever makes stop-action videos with his old Star Wars figures? We should compare notes.

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