Review Revue: Blurt – Smoke Time

One thing I like about writing these posts is that sometimes — as you may have noticed — it introduces me to bands I’d never heard of before. This week is an example of this, bringing us Ted Milton’s Blurt, who are on the cusp of their 30th anniversary as a band. That’s right, Blurt has been around almost as long as I’ve been alive, releasing albums steadily, and the first I heard of them was when I pulled their 1987 album Smoke Time off the shelf at KEXP. And I’m actually a huge fan of repetitive guitar licks, disturbing vocals and saxophone squawks, so I wish I’d known of them sooner. Anyway, let’s see what the KCMU folks thought of Smoke Time, shall we? It seems this little album was quite the source of discord among the staff, with some thinking it barely deserved light rotation placement, and others clamoring for medium or heavy. Yet again, we’ve got college DJs carrying out some intense argument on the unsuspecting cover of a slab of vinyl.

“If you dug that last LP from No Trend, you’ll groove on this. There’s a couple interesting tracks here but nothing to warrant more than L in my mind.”

“How about this is M and the Ventures is L? This is infinitely more interesting music.”

“I disagree. [With the first quote, maybe?] Muck listens to one track, makes assumptions and puts the kibosh on it. Some grooving discordant sax and offbeat rhythms.”

“Hartnett’s wrong. True, I did write a comment after hearing one song but I peeled that one off [Hey, you can’t do that!!!] after hearing another. After listening to other tracks, the second sticker stands. I guess I’m just not a fan of ‘discordant sax and offbeat rhythms.’ I wouldn’t spend money on this”

“Go home Muck-head. At the very least this should be in M if not in H since this compares favorably to the majority of records in H, hence would be a refreshing addition to that area of the rotation. Really, you may not like it, but putting it in L or recommending it for L is too selfish on your part.”

“Sorry Mark-head.”

“This is Nice Stuff. H perhaps.”

“Very deserving of H.”

“Tim — perhaps you need an ear enema.”

“I can’t believe my taste differs from other people. Please keep the comments focused on the music.”

“Up up up and away pleeeez.”

“Please don’t come in and write on the records if you are not possessing of the time do an airshift, Tim. [Ooooh, snap!]”

“Best comment out of your mouth in ages, mouth head. Too bad you have to copy me at every turn, gooch head.”

“I don’t remember Billy Bragg having the time to do an airshift.”

“They got the phrase for 2-1 from a Pall Mall package.”

“Hopefully you guys can stop arguing long enough to note that ‘Congregate’ shreds like wacky.”

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3 Comments

  1. Posted October 31, 2008 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    ‘The Tree Is Dead, Long Live The Tree” is a classic track on this album and worth buying it alone.
    It still gets “H” at my place.

    More Blurt on http://www.tedmilton.net

  2. Posted October 31, 2008 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    best. post. EVER.

  3. gilbert-O
    Posted May 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    best experienced live! Playing out now, but probably not in a town near you … but just maybe!
    Long Live Blurt!

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