RIP: Bob Babbitt, Motown bassist

RIP: Bob Babbitt, Motown bassist

From Detroit Free Press:

Motown bass player Bob Babbitt, whose work lit up a host of hits in the ’60s and ’70s, died [Monday, July 16] in Nashville, friends said. He was 74.

Babbitt had been diagnosed in early 2011 with an inoperable brain tumor. He was recently readmitted to the hospital after a year of home hospice care.

“Bob was a teddy bear of a guy,” said former Motown engineer Ed Wolfrum. “And he was an extraordinary musician — a player’s player.”

At Motown Records in the late ’60s, Babbitt’s thick, fluid bass lines drove the groove on songs by the Temptations (“Ball of Confusion”), Stevie Wonder (“Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours),” Rare Earth (“Losing You”), Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (“The Tears of a Clown”) and many others.

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Samara Lubelski’s releasing an album called Wavelength on July 24 via De Stijl, and don’t you dare call it psych-folk

Samara Lubelski hasn’t released a solo album since Future Slip in 2009, so what’s she been up to since then? Playing violin in a field of giant aluminum flowers? Strumming her guitar on a meteor near Saturn? Collecting rocks? Harvesting stars?

Lubelski has definitely played in Thurston Moore’s band, Chelsea Light Moving, and released a Eureka!-worthy album with Marcia Bassett called Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (TMT Review). She’s definitely played in a trio called Metal Mountains and contributed to Unrock’s 2010 series of live CDs. She’s definitely worked on a variety of engineering projects. She’s possibly taught dragonflies to swim, too.

On July 24, Lubelski will release her sixth album, Wavelength, on De Stijl, and it shows the multi-instrumentalist and singer still skirting the inevitable psych-folk label with electric soundscapes (check out the title track below). The album features appearances by many of Lubelski’s friends — P.G. Six on guitars, Helen Rush on Casio, Steve Shelley on drums, Moritz Finkbeiner on keyboards, Thilo Kuhn on Mellotron and vibraphone, Werner Notzel on organ guitar, Willie Lane on guitar, and Mouthus’ Brian Sullivan on guitar — and they all play strictly cosmic-psych or space folk or dream noise.

Wavelength tracklist:

01. Nice Price
02. Jammage Cruiser
03. Merch Girls
04. Hang of Summer
05. Switch Up
06. Breaker Lights
07. Astral House, The Jokers Scene
08. Run Out Arcade
09. Group Exchanges
10. Drifter vs. The Believers
11. Age of Decay
12. Wavelength

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• De Stijl:

Jandek, Bradford Cox, Elephant 6 members to play a show together, plant some sunflowers

Jandek sits in a broken chair, strumming a guitar he’s never tuned and singing about midnight telephone calls and wind. No one can hear him. No one can see him.

Bradford Cox smears sunscreen across his face and tells ghost stories to a group of kids wearing printed button-downs and fedoras.

On July 28, Jandek will leave his room and Bradford Cox will put on a hat, maybe a pair of sunglasses. According to Pitchfork, Cox will play guitar in Jandek’s backing band at an Athens, GA show held at the Orange Twin Conservation Community. Cox will play along with various Elephant 6 figures — John Fernandes of Olivia Tremor Control and Circulatory System on bass clarinet and violin, Eric Harris of Elf Power and Olivia Tremor Control on drums, and Heather McIntosh of The Instruments and Gnarls Barkley on cello. Check the details here.

Date (yup, just one):

07.28.12 - Athens, GA - Orange Twin Conservation Community Amphitheater

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• Bradford Cox:
• Orange Twin:

RIP: Ms. Melodie of Boogie Down Productions

From MTV:

Ms. Melodie, member of the legendary Boogie Down Productions crew and ex-wife of BDP founder KRS-ONE has reportedly passed away.

The Brooklyn native born Ramona Parker was signed to Jive Records where she released her debut album Diva back in 1989. Ms Melodie carved a name for herself in the hip-hop circuit thanks to memorable songs such as “Hype According To Ms. Melodie” and “Live On Stage.” One of Melodie’s latter appearances took place in the classic BDP led “Stop The Violence” video for the song “Self Destruction.” “I’m Ms. Melodie and aim a born again rebel” the raptress spit over the funky tune.

According to reports no cause of death has been revealed.

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The Power of the Riff Festival (West Coast Division) adds more power, a little sunn 0))) to lineup

The Power of the Riff festival — West Coast division — has announced that six new acts have been added to the lineup for the “event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages,” and gives a place for metal fans to congregate and not get laughed at.

In addition to previously announced bands OFF!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, and Hordes, the one-day festival emanating from Los Angeles’ Echo/Echoplex on August 11 and co-curated by Southern Lord Records will now also include sunn 0))) (making their first West Coast appearance in three years), Nausea, Despise You, Hoax, Bio-Crisis, and Xaphan.

This year’s event marks the third anniversary of the festival and will also include a record swap/meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets, and a food-truck food-court featuring plenty of fried food, at least a couple versions of hamburgers, and for the more adventurous type, fish tacos.

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AU go on tour, announce Deerhoof remix, think about how much they like Deerhoof

Like many of us, AU have a friend in Deerhoof. The Portland-based experimenters put out a new record called Both Lights earlier this year. Unfortunately, the record did not have a Deerhoof remix on it. This is a problem, but it’s a problem with a solution. The solution is that AU is putting out a limited edition leather-bound vinyl split with Pure Bathing Culture. “WHAT! THAT’S NO SOLUTION!” That’s what you’re yelling out, because you’re insufferable. See, it’s absolutely a solution because this very release features a Deerhoof remix of AU’s “Solid Gold.” We’ll be seeing that solution later this month when Portland bar Dig A Pony puts out the single.

Until then! And after then! AU are going on tour! They’ll be touring throughout the summer, primarily with fellow Portland act Tu Fawning. Once that summer’s over, they’ll do more touring in the fall, primarily with Zammuto. ZAMMUTO IS NOT FROM PORTLAND. Zammuto is from New York. Somewhere in between, AU’s Luke Wyland will be doing a solo performance. And who else will be there? Deerhoof. Ah, finally.


07.20.12 - Portland, OR - PDX POP NOW FEST @ RefugePDXoutdoor
07.25.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
07.26.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
07.27.12 - Madison, WI - Terrace Club @ UW MAdison *
07.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
07.30.12 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel *
07.31.12 - Montreal, QC - Divan Orange *
08.01.12 - Boston, MA - Great Scott *
08.02.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
08.03.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
08.04.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
08.05.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
08.06.12 - Columbus, OH - Tree Bar *
08.07.12 - St Louis, MO - The Gramophone *
08.08.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar*
08.09.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
08.11.12 - Boise, ID - Red Room *
09.08.12 - Portland, OR - Musicfest Northwest @ Pioneer Courthouse Square ^
09.27.12 - Garden City, ID - Visual Arts Collective (Luke Wyland Solo Show) $
10.29.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom #
10.30.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
10.31.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Muddy Waters #
11.01.12 - Los Angelesa, CA - Troubadour #
11.02.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place #
11.03.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent #
11.05.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge #
11.06.12 - Seattle, WA - Barboza #
11.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret #

* Tu Fawning
^ Girl Talk
$ Deerhoof, Buke and Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
# Zammuto

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