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Omnivore Recordings will release “Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions” (CD/Digital/LP/Limited Edition LP+7″ Bundle), the first solo recordings from a post-Box Tops / pre-Big Star Alex Chilton, including previously unissued tracks. Available on January 10th, 2012.
Details and Pre-order >> HERE.

Also, Omnivore has released Big Star’s “Third” (Test Pressing Edition), 500 copies Limited-Edition 180-gram clear vinyl as their first webstore exclusive, and the black vinyl as Record Store Day version.


Alex Chilton – The EMI Song (Smile For Me)
from “Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions”
written by Alex Chilton and Terry Manning

released 21 March 2011

Fan Modine Cover of Alex Chilton song from his album ’1970′. Mixing, mastering and additional instrumentation and backup vocals by original song co-writer Terry Manning. Also featuring Chris Stamey (Guitar Solo), Lee Waters (Essex Green, Dean Wareham), Matt McMichaels (formerly of The Mayflies USA), Michael Holland (Jennyanykind), Wes Lachot, Lisa Lachot, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Seamus Kenney (SNMNMNM), and more. 50% of proceeds to benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

Fan Modine – Through the Valley

Taken from North Carolina’s Gordon Zacharias aka Fan Modine’s latest album “Gratitude for the Shipper” which was produced by Zacharias himeself, Chris Stamey (of The dB’s) and the former R.E.M. manager (1981-1996) Jefferson Holt. Available from Daniel 13 Press founded by Jefferson Holt.
Purchase the album, HERE.

R.I.P. Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010)
Thanks to ArAtAq!

Nothing Can Hurt Me: the Big Star story (trailer)

Trailer for documentary about the band Big Star produced and directed by Drew Denicola and Danielle McCarthy, Music Supervisor/Executive Producer: John Fry (the founder of Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, founded in 1959).  More info at  Details on KICKSTARTER, here and recent news on Facebook, here.

現在は編集作業中とか… 今後の経過はFacebookで。

SoLost: William Eggleston Plays the Piano

Eggleston is also a supremely talented pianist. This we know because SoLost was invited by the makers of “Nothing Can Stop Me: The Big Star Story,” a film about legendary cult rockers Big Star (whom Eggleston knew and documented over the years) to tag along for an afternoon with Eggleston at his sister’s home in Memphis. He was planning to play the piano.  

Alex Chilton – My Rival

Video footage by William Eggleston from “Stranded in Canton” (Book & DVD/Twin Palms, 2008), of Alex Chilton and Sid Selvidge playing “My Rival” in Memphis, TN, circal mid-1970′s. Video property of the Eggleston Artistic Trust.

The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) Sondre Lerche, Jon Auer & Ken Stringfellow
In this video: Sondre Lerche, Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Jody Stephens, Amy Spease, Mike Mills, Chris Stamey to name a few… This was backstage prior to Big Star’s Tribute to Alex Chilton at SXSW 2010.

Painted Hills – Nighttime (Big Star Cover) (via Magnet Magazine)

Bird Song Recordings presents the self-titled debut album from Painted Hills (formerly known as Bolero), led by former Beachwood Sparks guitarist, singer & songwriter Josh Schwartz who was also a member of The Summer Hits and Further early on and more recently Northern Lights and The Tyde. Think pastoral psych-pop and starry-eyed Cosmic Americana, influenced by the 70s Laurel Canyon scene and the 80s Paisley Underground in L.A. The band, who call Sierra Madre, California home, also features members of The Whispering Pines. The album is now available as an 11-song CD in an EcoWallet, a 13-song, gatefold 2LP w/download codes & via digital download.

Bird Song Recordings, A&R by Velvet Crush drummer, Action Musik founder, Reaction partner Ric Menck.  Painted Hills consists of Josh Schwartz (gtr/vo), Joe Bourdet (gtr/vo), Jon Leahy (bass/vo), Richard Gowen Jr (drums, tom raddon tambo).

via Fred Mills article for BLURT online

Jeffrey Dean Foster (ex. the Right Profile, the Carneys, the Pinetops), a longtime Winston-Salem musician whose music over the years has clearly been inspired by Chilton & Big Star (go here to read a Blurt story that includes some comments about Foster performing live in NC last year) sent us this MP3 of his version of Big Star’s “Ballad of El Goodo” and asked us to share it with Blurt readers.

Foster sings and plays most of the instruments with the exception of drums and bass – those were handled by none other than Mitch Easter. It was recorded several years ago for a movie soundtrack, but by our way of thinking, it should have been included on that Big Star tribute album awhile back – it clearly would have been a highlight.

LISTEN @ Blurt

Big Star preforming one of Alex Chilton’s best songs ‘The Ballad Of El Goodo’ from “#1 Record”
- live at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple on Nov 18, 2009.

Memphis music legend Alex Chilton, the singer/guitarist known for his work with ragged rockers Box Tops and power-pop legends Big Star, died today in New Orleans at the age of 59. Rest in Peace.

Here’s the article “Memphis music legend Alex Chilton dies
on the Memphis Commercial Appeal,
by Jody Callahan, Bob Mehr / Posted March 17, 2010 at 7:31 p.m.

Big Star – Thank You Friends (from the album “Third/Sister Lovers”)
1971 Big Star footage / OA Best of the South 2008

Big Star – Thirteen (from the 1972 album “#1 Record”)