RIP: Dennis Palmer of The Shaking Ray Levis

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From Creative Loafing (Atlanta):

Sad news came yesterday when word spread that Dennis Palmer of the Shaking Ray Levis died Friday night. A life-long resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., Palmer, 55, was dedicated to playing and raising awareness about the possibilities of free, improvised music for both listeners and performers. While playing synthesizer for decades alongside percussionist Bob Stagner, Palmer also worked with a long list of collaborators that includes the Rev. Howard Finster, guitarists Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, and Eugene Chadbourne, the Duplex Planet editor David Greenberger, Borbetomagus, John Zorn, and Col. Bruce Hampton, just to name a few.

Since 1986 the Shaking Ray Levi Society has functioned as a quintessential advocate for the arts in Chattanooga, bringing a diverse array of music to town, including Anthony Braxton, Cat Power, the Olivia Tremor Control, and Laurie Anderson.

Among Palmer’s most recent activity, the Shaking Ray Levis will be featured on a handful of songs on Duet For Theremin & Lap Steel’s forthcoming CD, Collaborations. There’s also a forthcoming David Greenberger and the SRLs CD, titled Tramps That Go Think In the Night, and a collaboration with vocalist Shelley Hirsch. Palmer was also finishing up a solo album titled White Wuf.

• Shaking Ray Levis: http://www.shakingray.com

Acid Mothers Temple take ultimate sightseeing roadtrip with Tjutjuna (thanks Google Maps!)

It’s time again for the annual migration of Japanese psych legends Acid Mothers Temple to our shores. Even though they confusingly named their 2012 tour the “Last Tour,” we already have news of their return. Given the group’s penchant for ever-so-slightly changing their name, the 2012 tour very well could have been the last tour for that particular incarnation of the band. With the crazy number of releases that the AMT machine releases in a given year, it’s difficult to keep track of exactly who or what this year’s Acid Mothers Temple will bring.

And that’s awesome! Even if you’ve seen AMT before, I can guarantee that this tour will vary in some significant fashion from what you saw the last time. They’ll be touring with Tjutjuna, who are following up 2010’s self-titled album with Westerner, a seven-track album due April 30 on Fire Talk (pre-order here). If these groups aren’t coming to your town, try to find them en route; they might very well be persuaded to hang if you’re lucky enough to find them on the road. I don’t know what they’ll be driving, but I’m imagining something akin to the Mystery Machine as integrated into a trippy Cheech and Chong reboot.

Check out the dates and a track from Tjutjuna’s new album below:

04.09.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.10.13 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.11.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
04.12.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.13.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04.14.13 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
04.15.13 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
04.16.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
04.17.13 - Brooklyn NY - Knitting Factory
04.18.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
04.19.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.20.13 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
04.21.13 - Washington, DC - DC9
04.22.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
04.23.13 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
04.24.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
04.25.13 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
04.26.13 - Austin, TX - TBA
04.27.13 - Dallas, TX - TBA
04.28.13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
04.29.13 - Wichita, KS - Barleycorns
04.30.13 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
05.01.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabes
05.02.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
05.03.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
05.06.13 - Victoria, BC - TBA
05.07.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
05.08.13 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre
05.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
05.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
05.12.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

• Acid Mothers Temple: http://www.acidmothers.com
• Fire Talk: http://www.firetalkrecs.com

Deerhoof announce classical music performances in NYC and Adelaide; Satomi swanks up her animal heads in preparation

Perennial noise rockers Deerhoof have always exuded a carefree attitude, so think of how antithetical it would be if they announced their future fusion with classical instruments with anything less (initially) confusing than the following video, posted on YouTube last Wednesday:

Bless the publicists whose more general responsibility is to announce things in text form, because otherwise I’d assume Deerhoof were privy to some critical global security information. An army of human-sized, trumpet-playing, dancing roosters, apes, and miscellaneous other animals is going to invade… Adelaide, of all places? Isn’t Australia’s wildlife extravagant enough?

A press release delves deeper: two upcoming performances will feature Deerhoof playing alongside classical musicians. On February 20, the band will join Ensemble Dal Niente at the Ecstatic Music Festival, taking place at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. There, a scantily-detailed composition from drummer Greg Saunier (entitled Deerhoof Chamber Variation) will be performed by the ensemble, while a new piece from Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter will receive joint actualization from both outfits.

On March 6, in the land of didgeridoos, boomerangs, and species that have the capacity to kill both you and all of your recurring lives (shout-out to the Buddhists), Deerhoof will perform alongside the Adelaide Art Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival in Brisbane — I mean, Adelaide.

As it stands, most humans don’t actually live in NYC or Adelaide, so if you’d like to hear the Merkin Hall show in particular, it’ll be recorded by WQXR’s Q2 Music and uploaded here, as well as for future broadcast on WNYC. Q2 Music will also stream it live, for the immediate experience of flutes, cellos, and pandas.

• Deerhoof: http://deerhoof.net

RIP: Tony Sheridan, Beatles collaborator

From Rolling Stone:

Tony Sheridan, the singer and guitarist who collaborated with the Beatles during the band’s early days in Hamburg, died on Saturday at the age of 72, the UK’s Telegraph reports.

Sheridan met John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best in Hamburg’s red-light district in the early 1960s when the young group came to see his act every night after their own shows at a neighboring club. Sheridan took the band under his wing, advising them on their look (which at the time included black leather bomber jackets and cowboy boots) and introducing them to American R&B acts like Little Richard. The Beatles eventually served as Sheridan’s backing band at the Top Ten Club and cut their earliest recordings accompanying him as the Beat Boys on recordings of “My Bonnie” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” (The album they recorded was later released outside Germany as Tony Sheridan and The Beatles.)

• Tony Sheridan: http://www.tony-sheridan.de

RIP: Mindy McCready, country music singer

From CNN:

Country music star Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday at her home in Arkansas from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the local sheriff’s office said in a statement. She was 37.

Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gunshots fired Sunday afternoon and found McCready’s body on the front porch, the statement read.

McCready leaves behind two boys, one of whom is 10 months old. The infant’s father, record producer David Wilson, killed himself last month.

• Mindy McCready: http://www.mindymccready.com

RIP: Shadow Morton, writer/producer famous for his work with The Shangri-Las

From The New York Times:

Shadow Morton, a songwriter and producer who for a brief, luminous period in the 1960s poured the discontents of adolescence into original hit songs, including “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” died on Thursday in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 71.

The cause was cancer, said Amy Krakow, a family friend.

By all accounts possessed of a brazen, naïve genius — he played no instrument, could not read music and wrote his songs in his head — Mr. Morton was almost single-handedly responsible for the wild success of the Shangri-Las, the Queens girl group he introduced and propelled to international stardom.

  

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