Brent Knopf leaves Menomena, gives us I Am the Fun Blame Monster reissue to remember him by

Brent Knopf leaves Menomena, gives us I Am the Fun Blame Monster reissue to remember him by

As Pitchfork reports, a post on experimental-rock outfit Menomena’s website states that multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf has left the group. According to the site, Knopf departed in order to focus on his Ramona Falls project, along with other creative pursuits. “We want to thank Brent for his vast con­tri­bu­tions over the years and wish him noth­ing but hap­pi­ness in all of his future endeav­ors,” said the band in the posted statement.

While not entirely surprising considering fairly well-publicized tensions within the group, it is somewhat unexpected that the rather democratic band’s previously announced spring tour will continue as scheduled. Replacing Knopf on tour will be Paul Acott. All those dates can be found just below.

Also, if you want to reminisce about the days when Brent Knopf was still in Menomena, FILMguerrero plans to reissue the band’s 2003 debut I Am The Fun Blame Monster in deluxe CD/DVD format this spring. What, no vinyl origami monster?

Menomena dates:

02.04.11 - Brisbane, Australia - Fortitude Valley
02.05.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Footscray Community Arts Centre
02.06.11 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney College of the Arts
02.07.11 - Sydney, Australia - The Factory Theatre
02.09.11 - Melbourne, Australia - East Brunswick Club
02.11.11 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowler’s Live
02.12.11 - Perth, Australia - Perth Cultural Centre
03.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN - U of M
03.05.11 - Ames, IA - The Maintenance Shop
03.06.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
03.09.11 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
03.10.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle
03.11.11 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
03.12.11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
03.15 .11 -New Orleans, LA - Republic
03.16.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
03.17-20.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.15-17.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella

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Beasties Boys’ Adam Yauch says reports of him being cancer-free are “exaggerated”

In sadder news than we’re used to on Monday mornings, it appears as if the happy news we received on Friday about Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch being cancer free was a little premature. The MC had this to say through press-release: “While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.”

The Beastie Boys’ previously announced new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, is still scheduled for a spring release.

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RIP: Jesus "Jess" Porras of The Mixtures

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Jesus “Jess” Porras, longtime resident of San Diego, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on December 26, 2010. Jess was born in Oxnard, to Felipe and Dolores on November 20, 1941 and with his sister Maria and brothers Phil and Art, were raised surrounded by a large, loving extended Mexican American family.

Jess came from a lineage of professional musicians and his first love was music which he took to early, learning the violin at nine, followed by tenor and alto sax, flute, horn, guitar, and piano.

He was a member of “The Mixtures,” an R&B band, and played all the major L.A. Clubs from 1957 to 1962. Their album “Stompin at the Rainbow” is being re-released April 5.

Sleeping in the Aviary wake up to head out on tour; okay, but yesterday was Mr. Bean’s birthday!!

(Happy belated birthday Mr. Bean!)

Sleeping in the Aviary, whose website looks like if it were designed by someone on acid and hosted on GeoCities (R.I.P.), are heading out on a super-long tour, which started in fact on Mr. Bean’s birthday. Formerly of Madison, the band now lives in Minneapolis and released their third LP Great Vacation in 2010 via Madison label Science of Sound. Sleeping in the Aviary also released a new music video for their song “Y.M.C.A. (No Not That One),” which you can watch via City Pages, along with their videos for “Maria’s Ghost” and “Last Kiss on a Sinking Ship.”


01.06.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
01.07.11 - Madison, WI -  High Noon Saloon
01.09.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Borg Ward
01.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
01.11.11 - Indianapolis, IN -  Radio Radio
01.12.11 - Bloomington, IN - Rachael’s Cafe
01.13.11 - Nashville, TN - Little Hamilton Collective
01.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - The 529
01.16.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Saint
01.18.11 - Houston, TX -  Jet Lounge
01.19.11 - San Antonio, TX -  The Ten Eleven
01.20.11 - San Marcos, TX - Triple Crown
01.21.11 - Austin, TX - Hole In The Wall
01.22.11 - Dallas, TX - Double Wide
01.25.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Winning Coffee Co.
01.26.11 - Tucson, AZ - The Hangart
01.27.11 - Phoenix, AZ -  Trunkspace
01.28.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
01.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Pink House
01.30.11 - Oakland, CA - First Church Of The Buzzard
02.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Blue Moon
02.04.11 - Corvallis, OR - Corvallis DIY Co-op
02.05.11 - Portland, OR - Sea Shanty
02.11.11 - Grand Junction, CO - The Midnight Special
02.12.11 - Boulder, CO -  Astroland
02.13.11 - Denver, CO - Backforty
02.14.11 - Pueblo, CO - Red Raven
02.15.11 - Wichita, KS - Kirby’s
02.16.11 - Norman, OK - Red Room
02.17.11 - Little Rock, AR - Happy Fuckers Unite!
02.18.11 - Hot Springs, AR - The Exchange
02.20.11 - Lincoln, NE - Powerhouse
02.21.11 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews

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RIP: Phil Kennemore, Y&T bassist

From NME:

Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore has died.

The musician, who had been battling lung cancer, died this morning (January 7) aged 57.

He was a founding member of Y&T, who were formerly known as Yesterday And Today, and played with the hard rock band at every stage of their 36-year history, helping the band sell over four million albums in the process.

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Radiohead Haiti benefit show released as a multi-cam 2-disc DVD

Last January, Radiohead setup a last-minute benefit show in L.A. to raise money in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. Fourteen fans took their camcorders to the show and, after a concerted joint effort spearheaded by superfan Inez, produced a multi-cam 2-disc DVD set. With help from Radiohead, Inez and other fans are now making the 24-song set available for download here. And in the spirit of the original performance, they’ve even partnered with Oxfam to setup a special donation page. Kudos for making shit happen!

Read Colin Greenwood’s post about the DVD set here.

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