RIP: Walter Sear, synth pioneer

RIP: Walter Sear, synth pioneer

From Synthopia (via The Daily Swarm):

Walter Sear […] died yesterday, April 29, 2010 at the age of 79.

Sear was a composer, tuba and theremin player that ran the respected Sear Sound recording studio in New York for over three decades.

In the early days of the Moog synthesizer, Walter Sear represented Moog in New York city. He also introduced Moog to Walter Carlos, who was working at the time as a recording engineer in New York. Carlos went on to arrange Switched On Bach, one of the most influential albums of all time.

Sear released an album of switched on Moog music in 1969, The Copper Plated Integrated Circuit – Plugged In Pop. The same year, he scored Jim Hensen’s experimental TV drama, The Cube.

Sear also played, produced and scored a variety of soundtracks, ranging from Midnight Cowboy to Disco Beaver from Outer Space and Zombi Holocaust.

In later years, Sear’s studio worked with David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones and others.

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Carla Bozulich hits the European road… in two parts

Carla Bozulich, a.k.a. the girl who used to be in Ethyl Meatplow and The Geraldine Fibbers; collaborator with the likes of Nels Cline, Sarah Lipstate (Noveller), and Willie Nelson; and now leader of her own rawk band Evangelista, is heading out on two European tours. The first tour will see her hitting the stage solo (though flanked by Francesco Guerri on all the dates — not sure if this is a continuation of their Bloody Claws project or something different). The second tour will see her joining up with the rest of her Evangelista crew for another 10 shows, in support of last year’s Prince of Truth (TMT Review) on Constellation Records. This time around, Evangelista will be made up of Bozulich on guitar and vocals, Dominic Cramp on keys, Young Michael Tracy on drums, Andrea Serrapiglio on golden cello, and Tara Barnes on bass and vocals. See if her boat is sailing your way:

With Francesco Guerri:

04.30.10 - Brighton, UK - Freebutt
05.01.10 - Newcastle, UK - The Culture Lab
05.02.10 - Hull, UK - Adelphi
05.03.10 - London, UK - Cafe Oto
05.08.10 - Umeå, Sweden - MADE Festival

With Evangelista:

05.07.10 - Krems, Austria - Donaufestival
05.10.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
05.11.10 - Oslo, Norway - Cafe Mono
05.12.10 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
05.14.10 - Goeteborg, Sweden - Koloni (Kulturhamnen)
05.15.10 - Rostock, Germany - JAZ
05.19.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
05.20.10 - Krefeld, Germany - Kulturrampe
05.21.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Maison des Musiques
05.22.10 - Bielefeld, Germany - Bunker Ulmenwall

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Grails tour Europe in the spring, revive the Black Tar Prophecies series

Following quickly on the heels of an extremely productive period for Portland sonic benders Grails comes a tour of the Eastern end of the globe. Not only is the band giving Europe a good go-around, they’ll be resurfacing the Black Tar Prophecies series this spring with the release of Black Tar Prophecies IV May 11 on Important Records. Also planned around this time is a reissue of the first three Black Tar volumes, all on a single slab of black vinyl. Magic! Did I say this tour was following their most productive period? Looks like that period isn’t quite over yet.


05.04.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
05.05.10 - Leuven, Belgium - Stuk
05.06.10 - Leipzig, Germany - Ut Connewitz
05.07.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007
05.08.10 - Berlin, Germany - Friction Fest
05.09.10 - Athens, Greece - Sfentona Club
05.11.10 - London, UK - The Luminaire
05.12.10 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hound
05.13.10 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
05.14.10 - Glasgow, UK - Nice n Sleazy’s
05.16.10 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

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After 1,460 days (but hey, who’s counting) The Pernice Brothers finally release new LP, Goodbye, Killer

You’ve been through the five stages of grief. Denial, anger, etc. You’ve felt it all. Four years and no word of a full-on Pernice Brothers original studio recording since 2006’s Live a Little. Yet, as they say, time heals all wounds, and in this instance it apparently yields a faceload of all-new Pernice Brothers music/books/action figures. It turns out Mr. Joe Pernice has not been resting on his laurels, oh no! He has been making stuff. Crazy stuff. Stuff like writing a novel stuff and kicking out the jams.

It Feels So Good When I Stop, the first novel by Pernice, was published in 2009. A similarly titled soundtrack was also released on Ashmont Records, Pernice’s own label. The soundtrack featured covers of songs mentioned in the book. (Wow. Not to sound like your mom or anything but that is just NEAT.) Now he’s back with Goodbye, Killer, Pernice’s first full-band album since 2006. The lineup consists of Bob and Joe Pernice, James Walbourne (Pretenders, Son Volt, Peter Bruntnell), and Ric Menck (Matthew Sweet, Velvet Crush). The album is slated for June 15 release on Ashmont Records.

Joe Pernice has had a lengthy career with 13 full-length records to his name, performing as part of Scud Mountain Boys, Chappaquidick Skyline, and Big Tobacco. Mr. Pernice noted in a recent press release that he would be sticking with the good ol’ Pernice Brothers name from this point on, so as to avoid confusion. Thank you, sir. You don’t wanna get too close to alt-country Prince territory, at least when it comes to name confusion.

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This isn’t your daddy’s “Pac-Man Fever”: Les Savy Fav’s Seth Jabour scores video game soundtracks

So, there’s this Brooklyn-based art collective known as FAILE that teamed up with this other Brooklyn-based artist BAST to put on an art show together. Their idea was to create a show where not only do they redecorate old, upright video game machines, they also reprogram the machines to include brand new games. They christened the whole thing “Deluxx FLUXX Arcade 2010,” and it looks pretty fucking cool.

Now, if you’re a hardcore gamer like me, or even if you just enjoy the occasional game of Megaman, you know that most great video games have a great soundtrack that you can tap your toes to. So, I bet you’re wondering: “If all the games are re-programmed, then what happened to the great soundtracks that I can tap my toes to?!” Well, you can settle down, nerd, because a whole new set of soundtracks has been written, arranged, and digitized by Les Savy Fav’s own Seth Jabour, who turns in a danceable, synth-heavy (duh) soundtrack for each one of the newly-programmed games.

The art show opened in London but, via The World’s Best Ever, we’ve learned that the show is heading New York’s way and will run April 30 - May 27 at an abandoned store front on the Lower East Side. Now if only they could reprogram my editors so they’re not such assholes.


Mark E. Smith to release unofficial World Cup song

Everyone’s favorite grumpy lead singer of The Fall, Mark E. Smith, has announced to the world that his home soccer team (England, stupid) has his complete and total devotion during their World Cup soccer games. To show his complete and total devotion, Mark E. has also announced that he has recorded and will be releasing a new song, “England’s Heartbeat,” in support of his country and their fútbol hopes.

The song, which includes help from former Fall member Ed Blane and Peculiar Girl Jenny Shuttleworth, is being released under the band name “Shuttleworth” and will be available for download on May 4, with a full release on May 7. The song is an “unofficial” song in support of the World Cup, “unofficial” because it isn’t condoned by FIFA or any official administrative body, and apparently “unofficial” also means “shitty artwork that looks to be similar to my younger brother’s “Soccer Mix ‘99” that was made on an outdated Mac.

However, as we all know, Mark E. Smith is the punkest of punks, and the “unofficial” status and shitty artwork are so punk that we just might not be getting it. So enjoy some soccer and let Mr. Smith help you support the best soccer players in the world: England. Even though Germany is totally going to win this year. Totally.

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