RIP: Dannie Flesher, Wax Trax! co-founder

From Wax Trax!:

Former co-founder of Wax Trax! Records, Dannie Flesher passed away from complications with pneumonia Sunday evening. Flesher, 57, stepped away from the music industry in 1999 and retired in his home town of Hope, AR in 2005.

Flesher and long time partner Jim Nash, opened the Wax Trax Record store in Denver in 1974. Later relocating to Chicago in 1978, the store quickly became the headquarters for Chicago’s budding underground music scene. After years of releasing bootlegs and rarities, Flesher and Nash took their operation to a new level and the Wax Trax! Record label was born. The label pioneered the industrial music movement and was home to such acts as Front 242, Ministry, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Underworld, Sister Machine Gun, KFMDM, Revolting Cocks and many more influential artists.

In 1992, the label would file bankruptcy and be sold to New York based TVT Records. The two would retain creative control of the label until Nash’s passing in October of 1995. Flesher then continued to [oversee] label operations until the label folded in the late 90’s. Even though the label was no longer in existence, their impact on the music industry will be forever remembered.

• Wax Trax: http://www.waxtraxrecords.com

RIP: Yabby You, reggae artist

From the AV Club:

I own maybe five reggae CDs, having never really explored the genre for whatever reason, but one of those is Yabby You’s Jesus Dread 1972-1977. I have a pretty clear memory of hearing it for the first time, when it was issued in 1997 by the respected Blood And Fire label. I still can’t put my finger on what struck me about it–maybe its utter starkness or its lack of super-positive vibes, or maybe even its Christian leanings, which was/is strange for reggae. It’s raw and gorgeous, and maybe owning it, along with a couple by Augustus Pablo and the mandatory Bob Marley collections, is all the reggage I require. Vivian Jackson, a.k.a. Yabby You, died January 12 in Jamaica. He was 63.

• Yabby You: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yabby_You

Pavement “Quarantine the Past” and Declare the 1990s Off-Limits.

As you should know by now, Pavement have scheduled a handful of live dates for the first time since 1999 and, in preparation, are also releasing a 23-track greatest hits compilation. The double CD/LP (and digital!) collection will span the entirety of the band’s career, from their 1989 vinyl-only releases up to and including “all the hits” from classic albums like Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and Brighten the Corners. Quarantine the Past, as the album is called, is set to be released March 9 via Matador (try guessing the tracklist!). The comp will totally be one of the albums that you give your kids when they ask “Daddy, what were the ’90s like?” Way to go, Dad! When you give a kid a Pavement CD, they’re only a couple steps away from Television and Steve Reich. Before you know it, you’ll have a hipster for a child!

Pavement 2010 dates announced so far:

03.01.10 - Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall
03.04.10 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
03.05.10 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
03.06.10 - Meredith, Australia - Supernatural Amphitheatre (Golden Plains Festival)
03.07.10 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre
03.08.10 - Perth, Australia - Metro City
03.10.10 - Brisbane, Australia - Tivoli
03.12.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Palace Theatre
03.14.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Palace Theatre
04.07.10 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
04.08.10 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
04.10.10 - Osaka, Japan - Zepp Osaka
04.12.10 - Nagoya, Japan - Zepp Nagoya
05.04.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Tripod
05.05.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowland
05.07.10 - Paris, France - Le Zénith
05.08.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.10.10 - London, England - Brixton Academy
05.11.10 - London, England - Brixton Academy
05.12.10 - London, England - Brixton Academy
05.13.10 - London, England - Brixton Academy
05.15.10 - Minehead, England - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.18.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05.19.10 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
05.20.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Palac Akropolis
05.21.10 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
05.22.10 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
05.24.10 - Rome, Italy - Atlantico Live
05.25.10 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
05.27.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
05.29.10 - Quincy, Washington - Sasquatch! Festival
07.01.10 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
08.12.10 - Oslo, Norway - Oyafestival
08.14.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
09.21.10 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
09.22.10 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
09.23.10 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
09.24.10 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstageer

Thom Yorke Continues Quest for Latter-Day Messiah Status, Writes New Songs for Tibet Documentary

Thom Yorke has been in good deed overdrive lately, all doin’ nice stuff to change the world like Will Smith in that movie where he has “a fateful secret” that catalyzes him to do things to help people. (No, I don’t know what the “fateful secret” is. I just looked this up on IMDB but trust me, it is TOOOOOOTALLY an appropriate simile.) The latest cause to receive Thom’s assistance is an upcoming documentary about Tibet, entitled When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun. Yorke has contributed three new songs to the flick, which takes an inside look at Tibetans’ struggle to free their country from Chinese occupation. Damien Rice and Philip Glass have also lent a hand to the film, which is expected to premiere early this year.

RIP: Teddy Pendergrass

From Rolling Stone:

Teddy Pendergrass, one of the most successful R&B singers of the 1970s and ’80s, passed away yesterday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 59. Pendergrass was diagnosed with cancer last year and had a difficult time recovering from surgery; he died at Bryn Mawr Hospital outside of his native Philadelphia, ABC News reports. The five-time Grammy-nominated singer had chart-topping hits in three different decades with 1978’s “Close the Door,” 1988’s “Joy” and 1991’s “It Should’ve Been You,” plus well-known songs like “Love TKO,” “Two Hearts” with Stephanie Mills and “Hold Me,” a duet with Whitney Houston that featured on Houston’s 1985 debut album.

• Teddy Pendergrass: http://teddypendergrass.com
• Teddy Pendergrass (Wiki): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_Pendergrass

U.K. Approves Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger; U.S. to Decide in Early 2010

Just before Christmas, the U.K.’s Competition Commission announced that they had approved the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation. At the time, Tiny Mix Tapes was too busy fawning over our 2009 year-end feature to have bothered noticing. The decision by the Competition Commission was a surprise, since back in October they had made a preliminary ruling against the deal. They now say that if the deal was blocked it would harm “German ticketing firm CTS Eventim, which signed a deal with Live Nation to expand into the UK in 2007.”

Industry watchers (who are these people?) now wait with bated breath to see how America’s Department of Justice will rule on the deal. Their decision is due early this year. However, “of the 1,726 mergers reported in 2008… the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division challenged only 16.”

Concern has been raised about the merger since Ticketmaster is the world’s largest ticket vendor and Live Nation is the world’s largest concert promoter. Visions of an out-of-control corporate empire abound with Ken Solky, President of the National Association of Ticket Brokers, saying the merger would create a behemoth that “could control every part of a live concert, from artist management and promotion to venue management, merchandise sales, and ticket sales and resales.” The two companies see the deal as “creating a new kind of live entertainment business,” according to Chris Edmonds, managing director of Ticketmaster U.K.