Mos Def changes his name to something less definite sounding, still remains fresh till def under any circumstance

Mos Def changes his name to something less definite sounding, still remains fresh till def under any circumstance

Following in Prince’s footsteps, Mos Def has decided to change his name at the end of this year. Next time he runs into Ms. Fat Booty, he’ll introduce himself as Yasiin. We can’t help but wonder if his new Arabic namesake will deflate his chances at smashing it like an Idaho potato. Of course, if she’s a moneygrubber, and a wise one at that, she’ll realize his new name is just another way of saying “rich.”

And no, before you think his label head Mr. West got to his head, fret not. Mighty Mos will not act a fool if you run into him at a dinner party and mistakenly refer to him by his so-totally-90s-sounding hip-hop moniker. He’s just used to calling himself Yasiin, and with any luck you soon will be too.

Watch the short clip of Mos, er, Yasiin announcing the official change on MT’’s Sucker Free. As he says on Black on Both Sides, “a lot of things have changed, a lot of things have not.” Just make sure you add Yasiin Dante Smith Bey’s name switch to the ever-evolving list of changeovers, and commit this tidbit to memory for trivia games of the future.

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Danzig does his best to look intimidating as he announces tourdates and a best-of compilation

Glenn Danzig, who has always thought that he was more important and essential to the history of music then he really ever was (or will be), has begun puffing up his chest once again, spurred on by meager critical praise for his last album, Deth Red Sabaoth, (TMT Review), and with it has announced a series of “Special Legacy Performances.” These special shows will remind you that Danzig sounds like a goth Elvis, totally works out all the time, and made music that you faintly remember from your time listening to hard rock radio in Junior High.

So reads the press release: “Long into the future we will all be gone, but certain marks we make can live on. Decades beyond this one, Danzig’s music will be heralded by people of various musical interests; it will find a permanent place in the lives of those who need the escape and solace of his vast musical catalog.” Um, not really dudes. Danzig has this for a musical legacy: The Misfits and “Mother.” That’s it, and I bet that no one, outside of Danzig himself, has even listened to “Mother” since at least 1998.

Lastly, if this brief mention of “Mother” has reminded you that you used to listen to it every once in awhile, then make sure you pick up The Essential Danzig, a best-of compilation put together by Sony and available for consumption on October 25… but please, let me recommend that you just buy a Misfits album. You’ll enjoy it more.

Danzig’s Special Legacy Performances:

10.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre (Riot Fest)
10.29.11 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10.31.11 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
11.04.11 - Austin, TX - Auditorium Shores (FunFunFun Fest)

• Danzig:

RIP: Salvatore Licitra, opera singer

From The Guardian:

The opera world was on Tuesday mourning the premature death of an Italian tenor regarded by many as the heir to Luciano Pavarotti.

The announcement that Salvatore Licitra had died came nine days after the 43-year-old suffered severe head and chest injuries after a scooter accident in Sicily. As is common in southern Italy, he was not wearing a helmet.

Licitra’s voice turned him into an overnight sensation when he made his international debut in 2002, standing in for Pavarotti at short notice at the New York Met. Pavarotti, who had been booked for two performances of Tosca, pulled out citing illness and Licitra was rushed across the Atlantic to take his place.

Licitra’s powerful top notes brought him a prolonged standing ovation and comparisons with Pavarotti. Anthony Tommasini, a New York Times critic, described his performance that night as the “starry anointing of a potential successor”.

The American soprano Deborah Voigt said on Monday: “This is just heartbreaking. Salvatore was a great singer, but he was also just a really lovely guy. Always ready for a laugh, always light in spirit.”

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Coen Brothers officially greenlight Dave Van Ronk-inspired film Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers’ next film is switching it up from the Wild West to West 4th Street. Inside Llewyn Davis, about a struggling folk musician during the height of the 1960s New York-based scene, has officially been greenlighted by the sibling directors, who will write, direct, and produce it. This will be the Coen’s follow-up film to 2010’s True Grit remake, though there is no scheduled release date yet.

The film’s title character is based loosely on Dave Van Ronk, one of the stars of the Greenwich Village folk scene. An often underappreciated folk and blues guitarist, Van Ronk was a well-known figure in Village coffee shops and night clubs, earning him the title “The Mayor of MacDougal Street.” Though today his musical legacy is largely eclipsed by his folkie protégés (most famously a young Minnesotan named Bob Dylan), thanks to the Coen brothers Van Ronk may finally get his due recognition… as Llewyn Davis.

Generationals keep the memory of CNN’s holographic alive during fall tour

Surprisingly politically-inclined New Orleans indie pop dudes Generationals are hitting the campaign trail road to stump promote their last release, Actor-Caster, which came out this past spring on Park the Van Records. (No joke: the band picked their name after watching tons and tons — oodles, even — of presidential election coverage back in 2008 and hearing assorted newscasters and possibly a hologram of declaring pretty much every issue to be “generational.” Remember that hologram of Future generations will doubt his existence — like qualuudes or Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp or a non-sanctimonious, actually-decent-music-creating Bono — but it happened, oh IT ALL HAPPENED. Just ask Generationals. I’m sure they remember.)

Generationals remember a lot, and you can hear all that past in their bright, Phil Spector-influenced tracks. Now, they might not have been around to witness the Wall of Sound back in the good old 1960s, but their cocktail jams and doo wop gems certainly have a way of spicing up these cloudy, desolate economic days. And so, the happy duo of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer will crisscross the land this fall, kicking out the jams like a rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Appleseed, planting joy and peace and ensuring that the infectious strains of “When They Fight, They Fight” ring out from Los Angeles to Winooski.


09.09.11 - Raleigh, NC - Tir Na Nog
09.10.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
09.12.11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
09.13.11 - Providence, RI - The Met
09.14.11 - Harrisonburg, VA - Commons at James Mason
09.16.11 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House
09.17.11 - Pittsburg, PA - Club Cafe
09.19.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.26.11 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theater
10.27.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10.30.11 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution
10.31.11 - St Louis, MO - Firebird
11.01.11 - Tusla, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
11.02.11 - Dallas, TX - Grenada Theater
11.04.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.07.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
11.08.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
11.12.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
11.13.11 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
11.15.11 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
11.16.11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
11.17.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moose TapHouse
11.18.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
11.19.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
11.21.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

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Autechre emerge from Richard D. James’ converted bank vault/bachelor pad to re-release obscure EPs in a (theoretically) ridiculously expensive format

In their ongoing mission to forever turn listeners’ brains to shit (I mean that in the best way possible), the mindfuck electronic duo Autechre is releasing their two collaborative EPs with The Hafler Trio together in a package titled ah3eo & ha3oe (has a nice ring to it, eh?). The double DVD release features four hours of experimental material recorded in 5.1 surround sound, in both Dolby Digital and DTS. According to a press release, in order to experience the music as intended you will need a 5.1 surround amplifier and speaker setup (a DTS ready system if you wish for the best quality experience), a DVD player capable of playing PAL-format video (or capable of converting PAL to NTSC format), a nuclear fusion reactor, the Staff of Ra, Dilithium crystals, and 100 sacrificial lambs offered to the god of fire Xiuhtecuhtli. A television or video monitor is recommended, but optional.

The release will be issued as a limited edition of only 1000 copies by Die Stadt and Simply Superior on September 29. Finally, a Zaireeka for the exclusively wealthy (eat your heart out Wayne Coyne)!

ah3eo & ha3oe tracklisting:

Disc One:

01. “ah3eo” (Region: 0 Duration: 120 minutes Media: Replicated Dual Layer DVD-Video
Soundtracks: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0 Video Resolution:
720×576 (PAL)

Disc Two:

01. “ha3oe” (Region: 0 Duration: 120 minutes Media: Replicated Single Layer
DVD-Video Soundtracks: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 Video Resolution:
720×576 (PAL)

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