RIP: Cornell Dupree, guitarist who played with Miles Davis, James Brown, Bill Withers

RIP: Cornell Dupree, guitarist who played with Miles Davis, James Brown, Bill Withers

From Variety:

Guitarist Cornell Dupree, one of the most prolific and talented session players in R&B and jazz, died May 8 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dupree was 69 and had recently been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Known as “Mr. 2500” (for the number of recording sessions on which he reputedly played) and “Uncle Funky,” Dupree established himself as a studio star at Atlantic Records in the ’60s. Over the years he cut freelance dates with Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, James Brown and Jimmy Smith, to name just a handful of his most notable employers.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tour every country on earth, as long as the country is cute

Indie pop darlings The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are feeling fresh from the success of their sophomore album Belong (TMT Review), which was released at the end of March to critical acclaim. Now, to rep said album, the New York-based band is packing its bags, getting makeovers, and going on an all-expenses-paid trip to sunny Europe! And Turkey! And Japan! Plus Canada and the USA! So… why am I not in this band, tagging along on what’s sure to be THE MUSICAL ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME??? Seriously. There are five people in this band. Who’d notice one more?

In a heartwarming twist, this 2009 buzz band is taking current buzz band Craft Spells with them on the North American portion of the tour to serve as an opening act/confidant/person to take the photograph in front of that giant space needle-lookin’ thing in Toronto. Craft Spells recently released their debut album Idle Labor on Captured Tracks.


06.01.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
06.04.11 - Istanbul, Turkey - To The City Festival
06.07.11 - Cambridge, UK - Junction 2
06.08.11 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
06.09.11 - Bristol, UK - The Trinity
06.10.11 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
06.11.11 - Glasgow, UK - Arches
06.13.11 - Sheffield, UK - Queens Social Club
06.14.11 - Birmingham, UK - Academy HMV Institute
06.16.11 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’or
06.18.11 - Madrid, Spain - Dia de la Musica Festival
06.19.11 - Majorca, Spain - Palou Dels Camtes D’aiamans
06.20.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
06.22.11 - Bordeaux, France - BT59
06.23.11 - Limoges, France - La Fourmi
06.24.11 - Lyons, France - Sonic
06.26.11 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana Bi Festival
06.29.11 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
06.30.11 - Vienna, Austria - Fluc
07.02.11 - Vigo, Spain - Transforma Festival
07.04.11 - Dresden, Germany - Groeve Station
07.05.11 - Berlin, Germany - KL. Posthahnhof
07.07.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
07.09.11 - Koln, Germany - Luxor
07.11.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Trouw
07.13.11 - Bremen, Germany - Lagerhaus
07.15.11 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
07.29.11 - Niigata Prefecture, Japan - Fuji Rock
07.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08.02.11 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House #
08.03.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom #
08.04.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House #
08.05.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway #
08.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.09.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s
08.09-13.11 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
09.12-14.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival

# Craft Spells

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:
• Slumberland:

Bon Iver announces summer tourdates, promises to bring an inflatable pool and Slip-N-Slide to each show

When you’re playing the biggest venues you’ve ever played as a victory lap from collaborating with Kanye West, it’s only fitting that you do it up as big as possible on your upcoming tour. Especially if said tour occurs in the summer when everyone is generally in a good mood. To celebrate his success into the upper echelon of indie rock stardom, Justin Vernon a.k.a. Bon Iver will not only be performing with an eight-piece band, but he’ll be bringing along an inflatable swimming pool AND a Slip-N-Slide to every show. Yes, even if you’re seeing him in some old theater that was built in 1903, it doesn’t matter. Word has it that Vernon even bought new swim trunks for the occasion. Dude is about to get wild and crazy this summer. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. His new album Bon Iver, Bon Iver will be out just in time on June 21, via Jagjaguwar.

Wet and wild:

07.22.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
07.23.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
07.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
07.25.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Murat Theatre
07.27.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
07.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts
07.29.11 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Ampitheatre
07.30.11 - Richmond, VA - The National
08.01.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
08.02.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
08.03.11 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
08.05.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
08.06.11 - Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park
08.08.11 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
08.09.11 - New York, NY - The United Palace Theatre
08.10.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell

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• Jagjaguwar:

Northside Festival 2011 adds tons of bands, congratulates itself on having such good taste

To avenge their leader Sean Bin No Skinny Jeans’ death, the anti-hipster terrorist network has decided to take action. It has been widely reported this week that their next target will be McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York, anywhere from June 16 to 19, as hipsters from all across the tri-state area gather outside for the Northside Festival. As if the terrorist network needed any more proof that their plastic glasses-wearing nemesis would be in attendance, the Northside Festival announced an additional 65 new bands this week that have been added to their lineup:

Surfer Blood, Sharon Van Etten, Theophilus London, DOM, Mount Eerie, The Strange Boys, Iceage (US debut), Frankie Rose & the Outs, Cult of Youth, Alela Diane & Wild Divine, White Fence, Grouplove, Lucky Dragons, Takka Takka, Blondes, Janka Nabay, Holiday Shores, Eternal Summers, The Babies, Xeno and Oaklander, Houses, Teengirl Fantasy, Delicate Steve, Grooms, Slowdance, Grand Rapids, Radical Dads, Mainland, Easter Vomit, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Sean Bones, Dream Diary, Xray Eyeballs, The Loom, Pursesnatchers, Gatekeeper, Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids), Pop. 1280, World Atlas, Dry The River, The Black Hollies, I’m Turning Into, Quiet Lights, The Secret History, Tiny Victories, Indian Rebound, Kindest Lines, Coyote Eyes, Yellow Tears, Epee du Bois, Marie Stella, Mussels, Diehard, Sensual Harassment, Wires Under Tension, Dry the River, RYAT, The Gypsy West, Dirty Dishes, Grandfather, Bangladeafy, Grass Is Green, Anasazi, The Men, Pillow Theory, Lost Tribe, A Lull, and The Brooklyn What.

These bands will be joined by the previously announced Guided By Voices, Beirut, Deer Tick (performing as Deervana), Twin Sister, Allo Darlin’, Javelin, Ava Luna, Delicate Steve, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, and Gabriel & The Hounds. A film festival and arts festival will also accompany the music. If you dare to brave the danger, four-day badges are on sale now for a limited rate of $70 and can be purchased here.

• Northside Festival:

RIP: John Walker, founder of The Walker Brothers

From The Guardian:

John Walker, one of the founders of the Walker Brothers, has died at the age of 67.

The songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, who played a pivotal role in the band, which scored huge commercial success in the 1960s and 1970s with songs such as Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Any More), passed away at his Los Angeles home. He had liver cancer.

Born John Maus, he and the other two unrelated members of the group, Scott Engel and Gary Leeds, adopted the Walker Brothers name after their formation in 1964.

His spokeswoman said: “Sadly John passed away yesterday morning Californian time, after a six-month battle with liver cancer.”

• The Walker Brothers:

The Flaming Lips to collaborate with Panda Bear… OH MY GAWD!!!

The Flaming Lips are definitely getting the hang of this here internet contraption in 2011, with Wayne Coyne and his Merry Plush Pranksters flooding the datastream in recent months with shock-and-awe announcements that make Radiohead look like amateurs. So far they’ve got a retrospective vinyl box set and a Neon Indian collaboration in the bag, a Zaireeka-esque iPhone experiment, an edible gummy skull with new songs lodged in its brain, a planned collaboration with Lightning Bolt, and a Soft Bulletin live album in the works that will be housed in another gummy skull, this one “marijuana-flavored.” (By the way: how the hell is a “marijuana-flavored” anything appealing? Marijuana tastes like dirt and sticks and worms.)

Pretty good string of announcements so far, but what many music fans have been asking is: how does this relate to either Odd Future or Animal Collective? No response yet on the former, but according to an interview with Coyne in Esquire yesterday, Panda Bear is the latest to be tapped for a Flaming Lips collab. “We’re gonna do something with Panda Bear, too,” Coyne whispered out of the side of his mouth, setting the world ablaze.

Unfortunately, no other details are available since they presumably haven’t even met up yet, so let the speculation begin. Will this group of songs also be released in a gummy skull? Will the skull be larger or smaller than previous gummy skulls? Will the gummy skull taste like marijuana, or will the collaboration just be called something like Vaporizers Have Feelings Too? Will the gummy skull fit into a pair of Keep shoes, or is that unsanitary? Keep your browser’s homepage set to Tiny Mix Tapes and all will be revealed soon enough.

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